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February 7, 2013
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  • ONC's patient safety plan gains support from CHIME
    The ONC's Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan has received support from CHIME, which said in a comment letter that it supports the idea of using existing programs within the government and private sector "as foundational leverage to strengthen health IT and patient safety." The group also offered recommendations, including relying on a stakeholder-driven group to implement the plan. HealthSystemCIO.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC taps AHRQ's adverse event reporting system to meet safety goals: Improving clinical adverse event reporting and permitting the collection and analysis of such data to avoid future HIT-based errors are two key goals outlined in the ONC's draft Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan. The ONC aims to use the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's system for voluntary adverse event reporting to meet these goals. iHealthBeat (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on the ONC patient safety plan
      
    It would be hard to miss the news reports of the teething pains of the 787 Dreamliner, and it is interesting to think about patient safety in a similar vein. Following multiple incidents and unsuccessful efforts by the airlines and manufacturer to isolate and correct the problem, the FAA ordered the Dreamliner to be grounded. As the investigation proceeds, manufacturing continues, and some airlines profess faith in the airplane, all confident of resolution. Meanwhile, the flying public looks forward to the promised comfort and convenience of the 787, the airlines anticipate lower fuel costs, and the manufacturer expects long-term sales and profits worthy of the investment and lengthy development.

    The health care parallel speaks to the patient, the providers, our software vendors and the regulatory bodies. We are all committed to the triple aim of better patient care, improved population health and reduced costs, but we get tangled up in agreeing on how we ensure success. Our vendors don’t want FDA regulation due to the cost and lengthy review process, stifling both innovation and sales. As providers experienced with the cost and inflexibility accompanying FDA-regulated medical devices, we likewise would avoid FDA oversight. To its credit, the ONC takes the position that its role is to act only where the market has not. Thus far, it has asked to know quality assurance processes of the software vendors and is similarly suggesting some measure of usability.

    The ONC has commonly identified the Agricultural Extension Service as the model replicated in devising the Regional Extension Centers. Imagine patient safety regulated like the airline industry: regular in-depth assessment of the quality controls of vendor and provider, far more forceful than health agency or JCAHO reviews, with required certification as a condition of offering services. We cringe upon learning of the occasional agency action following an extreme event, yet our work could be much more difficult.

    Let’s all be good citizens continuing to enhance the good work we do every day and save the ONC from worrying. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • Presidential Innovation Fellows program is taking applications
    The Obama administration is accepting applications for Round 2 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which recruits top private-sector entrepreneurs and innovators to work with the federal government for six to 12 months on open data initiatives, personal health records, disaster response and other projects. The second round has five new projects, as well as continuing work on projects from the first round of the program. Applications are being accepted through March 17. InformationWeek (2/5), The White House Blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Former LaVie Care CIO takes COO role at AHIMA
    Deborah Green, former CIO at LaVie Care, has been selected to serve as the American Health Information Management Association's first chief operating officer. The group also tapped Denise Froemming to serve as its executive vice president in addition to her current role as chief financial officer. Health Data Management (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HIT use helps federal health centers improve care quality
    A study published in BMC Health Services Research has shown a positive association between the adoption of EHRs and health information exchange and the quality of care provided by federally qualified health centers. "In order for FQHCs to absorb the expected increase in demand and improve quality of care, they must leverage HIT as a tool for improving service delivery and patient outcomes," researchers noted. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
 
  • Study: EHRs are top of mind for health care CIOs this year
    Health care CIOs view EHR rollouts, meaningful use and compliance as their top three priorities for this year, according to a study commissioned by Level 3. The study also notes that while CIOs think the industry changeover to EHRs is crucial to enhance efficiency and patient care, they don't trust their abilities to safeguard sensitive data. Healthcare IT News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lack of clinical IT systems, other issues affect shared decision making
    Inadequate clinical information systems, insufficient provider training and heavy workloads are among the biggest obstacles primary care practices face when implementing shared decision-making, a study published in Health Affairs found. "To meet this challenge, we recommend that such [accountable care] organizations carefully plan their implementation of shared decision making and make substantial long-term investments in information systems, provider training and process reengineering," researchers wrote. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS solicits input on expanded use of clinical quality measures
    CMS is seeking feedback on ways to help doctors easily use clinical quality measures reported as part of other initiatives to help them meet the requirements for EHR meaningful use and the Physician Quality Reporting System. "We are requesting information from medical specialty societies, boards and registries; other third party registry vendors, eligible professionals using registries to report quality measures, and any other party interested in providing information on this request for information," according to the agency. Health Data Management (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC official sheds light on Structured Data Capture initiative
    ONC Office of Science & Technology Director Dr. Doug Fridsma recently wrote a blog post about the agency's Structured Data Capture program, which aims to use interoperability tools to access and populate a template with common EHR data elements. "Given the significant investments that have been made in EHR adoption and interoperability in the last four years, enabling structured data capture within EHRs is poised to be a critical way to integrate EHR data into a variety of health services and clinical research activities," Fridsma wrote. Health Data Management (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • 2013 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum speakers announced
    Join your CIO colleagues on Sunday, March 3, at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton for an intensive day of education, collaboration and networking. This year’s speakers include: author Stephen M.R. Covey, MBA; patient relations expert Fred Lee; Olympic Coach Dan Gable; and Deputy National Coordinator for Programs & Policy at the ONC Judy Murphy, RN. Get more information on the CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum, including registration and hotel information. Only CHIME members are eligible to attend. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do you have what it takes to be a successful health care CIO?
    Get your hands dirty at CHIME’s Healthcare CIO Boot Camp. During this intensive 3½ day program, attendees learn the seven success factors from a faculty of health care CIO thought leaders. Join Program Director Tim Zoph, FCHIME, at the next Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, scheduled to be held April 13-16 in Chicago. Register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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