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October 18, 2012
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  • Experts stress need for IT security amid BYOD trend
    The proliferation of mobile devices in the workplace, driven in part by the bring-your-own-device trend, highlights the need for organizations to prepare for mobile forensic investigations. Experts advise groups, particularly those that are required to comply with HIPAA and similar rules, to be selective in which mobile devices are authorized to be used at work, make sure the company has the right to examine employees' mobile devices and train IT teams in forensic tools, among other recommendations. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on BYOD security
    I need to be able to respond to litigation requests, but honestly, forensic investigations aren’t keeping me up at night. My larger concern around these devices is their security. Last week, the media reported another organization being fined $1.5 million following the loss of a laptop containing sensitive information. We encrypt the hard drives of company-owned laptops, yet many physicians want access from their personal devices. As my organization recently began to implement a PIN requirement for any mobile device accessing patient information, my CMIO warned of a physician uprising. The indignation lessened a few days later when he reported that his own laptop, fortunately containing no patient information, had been stolen from his car the previous night! Oops!

    We have traditionally followed the approach of device standardization to best manage and protect our networks, yet iPads and Android devices continue to proliferate. Gartner and other research organizations forecast the demand for and adoption of Bring Your Own Device policies. Just last week, I heard a prominent Fortune 100 CEO state that applications used at his company must support any device and that his CIO must be prepared to accommodate a universal BYOD policy. He also declared in another context that the systems of any CIO in that audience could be hacked.

    The device innovation fostered by both Apple and the open Android platform has been nothing short of amazing. The size of the fines following the compromise of sensitive information is similarly alarming. Our challenge is to balance these objectives, offering convenient, secure access to our patient information. These are big responsibilities, and I know we’re up to the challenge! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • Move forward with MU, Mostashari tells CHIME forum attendees
    National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari pressed participants in the CHIME 2012 Fall CIO Forum to forge ahead with their meaningful use efforts to improve care quality, patient safety and efficiency at reduced costs, saying that the "internal reform" of the health care system would be accomplished through technology. "[I]f there's one thing I ask of you, it's to use meaningful use, use certification, as your tool. And help us improve every part of it," he said. Healthcare Informatics online (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Progress on HIE efforts takes spotlight at CHIME forum
    The CHIME 2012 Fall CIO Forum opened this week in Indian Wells, Calif., with a session on the status of health information exchange initiatives. The EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, which is a coalition of 34 HIEs, 15 states and 37 vendors, is set to launch an HIE certification pilot next month and a full program in January, a speaker during the session said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • Study: Computerized order entry can help prevent thromboembolism
    Compliance with guidelines for the prevention of venous thromboembolism increased from 66% to 84% with the use of a mandatory computerized order entry-based system, according to a study in the Archives of Surgery. Venous thromboembolic events were 36% less likely with the use of the system, the study found. The rate of deep vein thrombosis declined from a baseline of 2.3% to 0.3%, researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Operation 
  • 3 hospital strategies for easing transition to stage 2 MU
    Laura Kreofsky of Impact Advisors offers three strategies that hospitals can adopt to allow for a smooth transition from stage 1 to stage 2 of the federal meaningful use program. She recommends evaluating the stage 1 revisions under the final stage 2 rule to facilitate implementation, initiating patient engagement efforts as early as now and taking advantage of the reporting period changes. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Statewide HIE goes live in Mass.
    Massachusetts has unveiled a statewide HIE, called the Massachusetts Health Information Highway, that will let providers share health data electronically in an effort to reduce costs, enhance patient safety and boost care coordination. Participants can connect to the HIE through local area network devices, secure e-mail portals or Direct messaging-enabled EHRs. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • Calls to defer MU payments receive pushback from CHIME members
    CHIME members have reacted to recent calls from four House Republicans to defer the meaningful use incentive payments because of a continued lack of interoperability among providers. "While we share your concerns with the current state of interoperability, we strongly believe that EHR incentive payments ... have been essential in moving the nation's health care system into the 21st century," they said in letters sent to the legislators. Healthcare Informatics online (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS touts progress with federal Meaningful Use program
    The federal program to offer incentives to Medicaid and Medicare providers who demonstrate meaningful use of EHRs has made strides despite some growing pains, CMS officials said. Almost 20,000 eligible professionals and about 81% of eligible hospitals have signed up for the program, and about $7.7 billion in incentive payments have been issued as of last month, officials said. Government Health IT online (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Vendor Watch 
  • Report: Cardiology IT market improves, but gaps remain
    A KLAS report finds that the market for cardiology IT solutions is improving, with McKesson, Merge, Philips and Siemens cited as top-performing vendors in overall user satisfaction ratings. The report, however, notes that no single vendor is successful in offering functionality, integration and comprehensive tools that meet users' needs. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Keep up with CHIME and the CHIME12 CIO Forum via Twitter
    Want to know what your CIO colleagues are saying in the press? The CHIME Twitter feed is the best source for keeping up-to-date with articles and blogs featuring interviews with CHIME members. Follow CHIME on Twitter @CIOCHIME. And this week, follow what's happening at the CHIME12 Fall CIO Forum. Keep track of #CHIME12 and #CHIMECIO20YRS. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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