Five Ways To Accelerate Interoperability

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

[Below is a summary of comments I made yesterday at the HIT Standards Committee meeting. For more information on what was reviewed at meeting, click here.] We are in a time of great turmoil in healthcare IT policymaking. We have the CMS and ONC Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for Meaningful Use Stage 3, both of […]

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An Overview Of HIMSS15

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

Interoperability is big at HIMSS in 2015. The challenge of patient identification and finding the location of patient records are important informatics problems to solve. I spoke to Surescripts and the CommonWell Health Alliance. Surescripts is piloting with 3 vendors and CommonWell is embraced by many vendors […]

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Russell Branzell, President & CEO, CHIME, Chapter 1

Russell Branzell, President & CEO, CHIME

Modified MU requirements — “It’s a recognition of where we are in the process.”
Reaching the halfway point
“Occasionally you need to make small course corrections to stay on track.”
Need for ‘enforceable’ standards — “It’s a cornerstone”
ONC’s leadership exodus
Hiring of CIO Mike McCoy — “We’re excited about having people who lived in the trenches.”

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Kevin Groskreutz, Division CIO, Hospital Sisters Health System, Chapter 2

Kevin Groskreutz, Division CIO, Ancillary Systems, Hospital Sisters Health System

Patient portal challenges — “Acute care data is very episodic.”
The interoperability puzzle
4 HIEs in 2 states
3-year plan for IT — “It’s actionable.”
Selling the benefits of an enterprise approach
“Success breeds success.”
The “constant conversation” of change management

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Gene Thomas, VP & CIO, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Chapter 3

Gene Thomas, VP & CIO, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

His career path, from tech to healthcare
Busted by the dot-com bubble
“Don’t let the data fool you.”
Budget constraints
Data security — “You need to lock down your systems.”
Interoperability & the square peg
“It’s not a technology issue. It’s an issue of standards.”

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