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February 19, 2013
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  • Clinical documentation in EHRs must be addressed, AHIMA tells ONC
    The quality and integrity of clinical data in EHRs need to be addressed now "before health information exchanges become widespread," AHIMA official Michelle Dougherty said in testimony before the ONC's HIT Policy Committee. To that end, the group offered four recommendations, starting with advancing data governance and management to ensure that information is being managed as an asset, and decision-making and oversight processes are pursued proactively. Government Health IT online (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • How analytics can help advance ACOs
    Accountable care organizations seeking to be functional and profitable can leverage analytics to identify heterogeneous information and make it an effective asset. Understanding early successes and building momentum as well as promoting physician engagement are other ways that analytics will help drive ACOs, say Mike Detjan and Greg Chittim of Arcadia Solutions. Healthcare IT News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
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  Management & Operation 
  • Minn. health system uses data warehousing to reduce early-term births
    The adoption of data warehousing and analytics has helped North Memorial Health Care in Minnesota decrease its rate of elective deliveries before 39 weeks' gestation by 75% in six months. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kevin J. Croston said the initiative has helped give physicians evidence-based information for more effective decision-making. Healthcare IT News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 ACOs receive accreditation from NCQA
    Six accountable care organizations have been accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance since the NCQA started accepting applications in March of last year. The groups with accreditation include Essentia Health, HealthPartners and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • ONC voluntary guidelines for HIE will be issued soon
    The ONC will release voluntary guidelines for health information exchange during the first half of 2013. Rather than a formal rule, the guidelines will allow for feedback and sharing of best practices in the health care community. The ONC will update guidelines periodically in an effort to "get something out to reduce uncertainty and let people know what we're thinking," according to ONC policy analyst Steve Posnack. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Meet and greet the CHIME Board Chair at HIMSS13 (Booth #1)
    Stop by the CHIME Booth during HIMSS13 on Monday, March 4, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to visit with current CHIME Board Chair George T. Hickman. Members and non-members alike are encouraged to chat with the current chair about the issues facing health care CIOs. The CHIME booth is located in the collaborator booth section in Lobby G - outside the exhibit hall floor entrance. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME case study series: EHRs are achievable for small facilities
    Earlier this year, CHIME launched a case study series titled "When IT Matters: Improving Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes through Technology." Read the second in the series, "Electronic Health Records Help Henry County Prepare for Change," which shows how the Henry County Health Center used its small size to its advantage to implement an electronic health record system and other supporting applications. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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