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November 15, 2012
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  • Bill Spooner comments on innovation in health care
      
    Kudos to HHS for another program fostering innovation. Investments in reinventing health care are essential if we are to ever bend the cost curve while improving quality and access. The Innovation Fellows program adds to those others spurred by the HITECH Act – Pioneer ACOs, Beacon and Sharp, to name a few. As technology leaders, we have to be inspired by the confidence that our efforts will result in better health care. It would be interesting, though, to understand how HHS narrowed the field from more than 100 applications to the four most promising opportunities to address the four most pressing and unresolved problems.

    It would also be interesting to study the relative results achieved through publicly sponsored, as compared to privately funded, investments. Success in invention, adoption and improvement of health care might be scored in some fashion. The private sector is easier to understand. Investors fund promising startups or companies devote internal resources, with successes propagated and failures squashed. Low performers may languish due to internal priorities, but ultimately, management will be accountable to its investors. We need to agree on the definitions – how costs and successes are measured – but I can imagine a scorecard on such innovation.

    Government-sponsored efforts, while equally inspired, are more difficult to hold accountable. Certainly some great successes, such as the space program, might never have gotten off the ground through private investment, and great failures like Solyndra would have been back-page news had they been funded by Bill Gates instead of Uncle Sam. What scorecards can be developed to show the return on public money, when agency leaders change with election results and the ultimate investor (the taxpayer) is so distant from his or her investment?

    We are doing great work. I hope we are keeping score. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
 
  • AHRQ offers 10 recommendations for developing consumer health IT
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, recognizing the rising interest among patients in health IT, has issued a report outlining 10 ways for developers to improve the usability of those technologies. These include ensuring that members of the HIT design team have relevant skill sets, researching customers and markets, and taking HIT-related privacy and safety issues into account. Government Health IT online (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Computer-Assisted Coding: Are you REALLY Ready?
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  Technology Spotlight  
 
  • EHR analysis finds high acetaminophen dose in some hospital patients
    An analysis of EHRs in two Boston-area hospitals showed that 4% of patients received higher-than-recommended doses of acetaminophen, elevating the odds of toxicity and acute liver failure. Researchers recommended greater use of clinical decision-support systems to ensure appropriate usage of acetaminophen. The results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Palm scanning is being used in hospital patient safety efforts
    Many hospitals are implementing palm scanning and other procedures to ensure patient safety and proper identity. Privacy advocates say the collection of biometric data could be an identity theft nightmare, but administrators say the data are safely encrypted. Also, patients are not required to be photographed or scanned. "It's a patient safety initiative," said Kathryn McClellan, a vice president at New York University Langone Medical Center. "We felt like the value to the patient was huge." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
 
  • 2 Ga. delivery systems partner to improve clinical outcomes
    WellStar Health System is partnering with Piedmont Healthcare to create the Georgia Health Collaborative that will boost clinical outcomes while lessening costs by expanding the groups' population and geographic base in the greater Atlanta region. "A collaborative allows us to create both scale and efficiency without the same debt and integration challenges that come with expansion or acquisition," Gregory Hurst of Piedmont said. Health Data Management (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS makes stage 2 MU specification sheets available
    The CMS has made the specification sheets for the second stage of EHR meaningful use available for eligible hospitals and professionals. The sheets are created to help them calculate the numerator and denominator for every MU objective and judge whether they qualify to be excluded from an objective. Health Data Management (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA is urged to adopt quicker timeline for device ID rule
    The Healthcare Supply Chain Association has called on the FDA to reduce from seven years to three years the time frame for implementing a unique device identifier system for medical devices. "Patient safety outcomes far outweigh any rationale, economic or otherwise, for such a prolonged phase-in," the group said in a comment letter sent to the FDA. Health Data Management (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career  
  • Why health care IT will remain a robust job market
    Health care IT is expected to remain a top job market given all the activity around Big Data, information privacy and security, and greater use of virtualization, mobile solutions and cloud computing, Rich Hein writes. "Clinical analytics are a top priority for all providers, and Big Data is beginning to move from research to mainstream," says Bill Spooner of Sharp HealthCare. CIO.com (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • CHIME member discount for National eHealth Collaborative Conference
    The National eHealth Collaborative, in partnership with InfoComm International, is proud to host the inaugural Technology Crossroads Conference: Where HIT and AV Meet, which will take place in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 27 and 28. This conference will explore the intersection between audiovisual (AV) and health information technologies. CHIME members are eligible to receive a $100 discount off registration by entering code TECHXPRTNR. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Certified Healthcare CIO Program: Developed for CIOs by CIOs
    Show the world you have what it takes to be a successful health care CIO. CHIME's CHCIO Program is the first certification program designed specifically for CIOs and other IT executives in the health care industry. A CHCIO demonstrates the commitment, knowledge and experience required to master the skills needed by successful CIOs and IT directors. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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