Finding Hope For Interoperability

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

As I travel across the country and listen to CIOs struggling with mandates from Meaningful Use to ICD-10 to the HIPAA Omnibus rule to the Affordable Care Act, I’m always looking for ways to reduce the burden on IT leaders. All have expressed frustration with the health information exchange (HIE) policies and technologies for care […]

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The New Investor Speak: Present Future Tense

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

I’m often asked by hedge funds, investors, and private equity firms to evaluate startups based on their management savvy, product maturity, and business models. I’ve been on several calls with startups in 2014 in which the grammar was all present future tense. “We will have a product that does…” My response to the investors is […]

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Kindling Fast-Health Interoperability Resources

John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Today, at the HL7 Policy Conference, Chuck Jaffe announced The Argonaut Project, an effort to accelerate Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) in response to the 2013 JASON report, A Robust Health Data Infrastructure, the 2014 JASON report, Data for Individual Health, and the JASON Task Force recommendations. In a vendor neutral approach, Cerner, Epic, Meditech, Athena, McKesson, The Advisory Board […]

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Survey: CIOs Question The Value Proposition Of Integration

Connecting with providers is a key priority for CIOs

As more health systems transition to an ACO model, CIOs face mounting pressures to align with independent practices and to create an integrated platform across the system. But for those organizations that aren’t there yet, some are beginning to question whether it’s all worth it. According to the November healthsystemCIO.com SnapSurvey, the large majority (83 […]

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Russell Branzell, President & CEO, CHIME, Chapter 1

Russell Branzell, President & CEO, CHIME

Thoughts on MU final rule
“Let’s just create a little flexibility.”
Addressing AHIMA
Patient identifiers — “It’s going to take some revolutionary action.”
Interoperability timelines
IT staff burnout
“We cannot adapt to this much change as fast as we can deploy the technology.”

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