Q-and-A with Drexel DeFord | CHIME weighs in on stage 2 meaningful use proposal | What is the future of health information management?
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December 12, 2012
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Q-and-A with Drexel DeFord
Drexel DeFord, chief information officer of Steward Health Care in Boston, talks about meaningful use, moving operations to the cloud, protecting patient data and finding skilled employees to meet the booming demand in health IT. "I think the biggest challenge [in 2013] will be the prioritization of limited IT resources, coupled with managing expectations of both leaders and end-users," he said. "Good collaboration and strong governance will help make sure the company is putting first things first. Plan projects well. Carefully execute those plans. And don't forget about the fundamental HIT infrastructure." Read the interview.
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Industry Forecast
What do you feel is the most important concern in health IT?
38%   Security and privacy of electronic health information
38%   Having HIT solutions to get us through health care reform
13%   Achieving meaningful use
13%   Health information exchange
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As part of your EMR adoption initiatives, are you planning for ongoing clinical IT systems support for physicians?
36%   Yes, well positioned with existing IT help desk and staff
26%   Maybe, but a clinical help desk is probably too costly
23%   No, a clinical help desk is not a priority at this time
17%   Yes, currently exploring clinical help desk options
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Where is your organization in its stage 2 meaningful use efforts?
35%   Still working on stage 1
25%   Have several goals to achieve; hope to attest in 2013
25%   All or most stage 2 goals are covered; should attest quickly
16%   Will start working on stage 2 in 2013
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What is your biggest concern about using the cloud for health IT?
37%   Security of patient information
27%   Lack of direct control over data and/or applications
22%   Uncertainty about availability of information and/or applications
16%   Uncertainty over contingencies in the case of emergencies
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