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January 3, 2013
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  • Meaningful use, ACOs among key trends for health IT this year
    The health IT industry is expected to strengthen its focus on patient involvement this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The new year also will see a greater emphasis on data analytics and interpretation, more provider groups joining accountable care organizations and tougher, more complex meaningful use requirements, according to this article. Government Health IT online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner shares 5 IT New Year's resolutions
    While I often make a few New Year’s resolutions, I usually keep them to myself so they are easier to forget. Let’s see how I do this year:

    1. Patient engagement is a hot topic, and our portal has been a great start, but it is only the beginning. I need to plot the next steps toward greater service and improved care. Access to more of the record, education materials and incorporation of patient-generated data are likely to be key elements of our plan.

    2. Strong analytics capabilities are among the most-cited prerequisites for survival in this era of health reform. While we are doing well in getting tools into the hands of our users, focus this year will be on education: better understanding of the source data, effective use of the tools and evaluating our care across the continuum.

    3. While we always wrap up the year with a strong list of accomplishments, I can do a better job of communicating those achievements and the value they have brought us. Plans include increasing our communications at management and medical staff forums, inaugurating an online newsletter and increasing the networking time around the organization.

    4. While our ICD-10 transition plans have been in place for two years, recognition of clinical documentation improvement as foundational has expanded the scope. Solid project management is in place, and by year end, we will be on target for a successful transition.

    5. Lastly, this is as much a prayer as a resolution: no privacy breaches. Hardly a week goes by without a breach reported by an unfortunate provider. The public relations impact is terrible, and recovery is both difficult and expensive. I resolve to do everything feasible to maintain patient trust in my stewardship of their most private information. I can do no less.

    Check back in a year. Happy New Year to all! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • 2013 will see more HIEs gaining ground, experts say
    The increased focus on improving care quality at lower costs will drive the development of health information exchanges this year, particularly in areas where the need for data sharing previously was not apparent. The new year also will usher in more standardization and a greater focus on breaking down silos and proving the clinical and business value of HIEs, experts say. Government Health IT online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Spotlight  
  • Cloud computing holds promise for HIT sector, but gaps remain
    Cloud-based services are helping the health IT sector save money, boost research, share data, create health information exchanges and improve medical-team efforts, this unbylined article asserts. Concerns include how to choose a partner, and security and service-level agreement issues that enterprises need to focus on as clouds gain ground, the article argues. Health Tech Zone (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Top 4 cyber security issues facing health groups this year
    Kroll Advisory Solutions has identified the four key cyber security threats that health care groups could face this year. These include "vampire data" or information that organizations only become aware of during a data breach or cyber attack, including backup tapes that have not been destroyed and information that has been copied without the organization's OK. This article also predicts that the value of forensics investigations after a data breach will become recognized more widely in the year ahead. Government Health IT online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Breaking down the 5 ACO payment models
    The move to accountable care organizations presents leaders with the challenge of identifying which payment model would best help them achieve the ACO goals of better care quality and outcomes at reduced costs. An American Academy of Actuaries report describes the five common ACO payment schemes, which include one-sided shared savings and bundled payments. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • Strong cloud measures needed to protect privacy, group tells HHS
    HHS should develop cloud-computing guidelines that focus on business associate deals, security measures and secure infrastructure, Patient Privacy Rights chair and founder Dr. Deborah Peel said. "Issuing guidance to strengthen and clarify cloud-based protections for data security and privacy will help assure patients [that] sensitive health data they share with their physicians and other health care professionals will be protected," Peel said in a letter to the HHS Office for Civil Rights. Government Health IT online (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Registration is open for the 2013 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum
    Join colleagues and thought leaders for an intensive day of education, collaboration and networking on Sunday, March 3, at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton Hotel. The opening reception will be held Saturday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Get more information on the CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum, including registration and hotel information. Only CHIME members are eligible to attend. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME offers special pricing for Critical Access Hospital CIOs
    There is nothing small about the IT needs of a small hospital. To better support CIOs and other senior healthcare IT leaders at small and rural hospitals, CHIME is now offering full membership to the highest-ranking IT executive employed at Critical Access Hospitals (or facilities with less than $34.5 million in annual revenue) at the reduced rate of $99 per year. Join CHIME online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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