The state of health IT 2013 | Q-and-A with George Hickman | As your organization's CIO, what is your top priority going to be in 2014?
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December 12, 2013
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Year in Review
The state of health IT 2013
Health IT priorities in 2013 were largely dictated by federal mandates, although CIOs had many concerns that went beyond government initiatives. Staffing challenges, health IT-related errors, the quality of available EHR systems and Big Data were top of mind for most CIOs in 2013. The year also brought some unique concerns as CIOs wondered how the federal government shutdown would affect ONC programs.

CIOs were also very interested over the past year in government attitudes on postponing certain initiatives, including stage 2 of the meaningful use program, as well as stage 3, plus HIPAA operating rules and ICD-10.

While the federal government may not have always been quick to make the changes CIOs wanted, it tried to be helpful with resources, including the stage 2 MU transitions of care guide, updates to HIPAA regulation, tips on achieving stage 3 MU and HIE guidance.

 

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Expert Insights
Q-and-A with George Hickman
George Hickman, executive vice president and chief information officer at Albany Medical Center, talks about competing CIO priorities, the upcoming switch to ICD-10 codes, meaningful use and the challenges in the year ahead. "As to what remains of 2013 and looking forward to 2014, my advice to CIO colleagues is to keep executive sponsors and other constituents well-engaged and informed, hold on to your best people and make your choices wisely," he said. Read the interview.
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Industry Forecast
As your organization's CIO, what is your top priority going to be in 2014?
79%   Federal mandates and programs, such as ICD-10 and meaningful use
16%   Accomplishing more with shrinking budgets
6%   Helping my organization move to a pay-for-performance structure, such as an ACO
0%   Finding skilled health IT workers
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How would a unique patient identifier affect your ability to exchange patient information or create a longitudinal patient record?
86%   It would help us with both internal record harmonization and external data exchange
15%   It would not provide any benefits in these areas
0%   It would help us with record harmonization within our own health care organization
0%   It would help us with the exchange of patient information with external organizations
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What are the challenges your organization is facing in implementing ICD-10?
58%   Payer readiness
15%   Vendor readiness
15%   Physician training
15%   My organization is on track to meet the implementation deadline
0%   Other internal challenges
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What best-of-breed strategy are you most likely to adopt for the affiliated physicians in your community?
50%   The affiliates are required to use the hospital's EHR system
25%   One EHR ambulatory solution is selected for affiliates
25%   Two or more ambulatory EHR vendors are endorsed to choose from
0%   Affiliates choose their own EHR vendor(s)
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CHIME Resources
  • CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum
    Feb. 23
    Hyatt Regency Convention Center
    (Formerly the Peabody Hotel)
    Orlando, Fla.
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Smartest Quotes
These are the quotes CHiME's Healthcare CIO SmartBrief readers shared most in 2013
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-- George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright
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It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
-- Roger Babson,
American entrepreneur and business theorist
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Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
-- Norman Vincent Peale,
American minister and author
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Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don't be disappointed when they are not; it helps them to keep trying.
-- Merry Browne,
writer
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Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
-- Richard Bach,
American writer
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Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty in every age of life really never grows old.
-- Franz Kafka,
writer
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I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
-- Bill Cosby,
American comedian and actor
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Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
-- Bill Gates,
American businessman
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I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to empower but to remove obstacles.
-- Scott Adams,
American cartoonist
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You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
-- Beverly Sills,
American opera singer and opera manager
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