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April 24, 2012
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  • Federal group weighs clinical quality measures in stage 2 MU
    An HIT Policy Committee work group met Monday to discuss how best to integrate clinical quality measures into the second stage of EHR meaningful use criteria. One option considered is to allow eligible providers to choose 12 out of 125 proposed measures, with at least one standard addressing each of the six domains for care improvement. The group will meet again Friday before submitting its final proposals to the full committee on May 4. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Strategy & Leadership 
  • HIPAA 5010 conversion is making headway, despite delays
    The industry is making strides in the HIPAA 5010 conversion despite glitches that led the CMS to push back the compliance date to June 30, writes Debbi Meisner, a member of the board of directors at EHNAC and WEDI. Health groups using the 5010 standards are starting to see benefits such as consistency in claims processing, and complying with the HIPAA mandate could prove most beneficial for the impending ICD-10 switch, she notes. Government Health IT online (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Report maps 6 strategies for optimizing use of data
    Health care groups should first address their basic information strategy before embarking on the new paradigm to leverage big data, a CSC report suggests. The report offers six ways for organizations to optimize their data use, including setting up a clear data governance protocol, practicing good data acquisition and promoting information exchange. Healthcare IT News (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Spotlight  
  • New health record bank works like an app store
    Harvard's new MyDataCan health record bank will enable the secure sharing of individual electronic records as well as collection of population data for research on public health, writes Dr. William Yasnoff, president of the Health Record Banking Alliance. The Data Privacy Lab will introduce the free record bank soon. Yasnoff likens its business model to a smartphone's app store: The Data Privacy Lab expects many applications to be available, some free and some for a modest fee, and a small percentage of payments will go toward maintaining the project. Government Health IT online (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Operation 
 
  • ICD-10 issues drive provider interest in computer-aided coding
    Almost half of providers contacted for a KLAS report said they intend to buy a computer-assisted coding tool over the next two years, in part to compensate for productivity and reimbursement losses that could result from the switch to ICD-10 for coding. The report cited 3M, OptumInsight and Dolbey as among the top three CAC vendors being considered by providers. HealthSystemCIO.com (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physicians help patients make sense of medical information
    Patients who have access to their EMRs and other health information online are more informed than ever, but they still need their physicians to help them understand what the data mean, says Dr. Robert Rowley, medical director of EMR company Practice Fusion. He says the role of a physician is changing to become "somewhat of a coach, a trusted adviser." KQED.org/State of Health blog (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Nine Tips to Bring Order to Hospital Communications Chaos
With the amount of information today’s healthcare technology generates, communications have become intricate webs of guesswork, unknown mobile devices, confusing schedules, and just too many systems going beep. In this paper you’ll find nine tips to cope with this chaos and give it the order your patients and staff so desperately need. Download report now >>>
 

  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS issues $4.5B in EHR incentive payments to date
    The CMS has paid a total of $4.5 billion in EHR incentives to 76,612 doctors and hospitals through March. In March, CMS provided $339.9 million to Medicare-eligible providers, while Medicaid incentives paid to professionals and hospitals for adopting, using and upgrading EHRs were $254.1 million. Healthcare IT News (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career  
  • HIT expert offers tips on staff retention
    HIT expert Tim Tolan discusses tips on effective HIT staff retention. Tolan suggests organizations establish a culture that supports ongoing learning and training. Giving actionable feedback and scheduling one-on-one meetings can help retain top performers. Healthcare Informatics online (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Keep up with CHIME members 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. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
There are three cures for ennui: sleep, drink and travel."
--D.H. Lawrence,
British novelist


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