Making Time For Innovation

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

CIOs are at a challenging crossroads in their careers. Regulatory burdens, security threats, and changing reimbursement models have led to a demand for change that seems overwhelming. As workflow pressures increase, it’s easy to declare IT the rate limiting step. Given that many CIOs are ready to raise the white flag of defeat in desperation, […]

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A First Look At The Interoperability Roadmap

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

On Thursday, CMS announced their intent to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs for 2015 and beyond, reducing the reporting burden on providers while supporting the long term goals of the program. On Friday, ONC released the Interoperability Roadmap and the Standards Advisory. A busy week. What does it all […]

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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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