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 […]


Tom Pacek, VP & CIO, Inspira Health Network, Chapter 1

Tom Pacek, VP & CIO, Inspira Health Network

About Inspira
Soarian in hospitals, ambulatory migrating to Cerner
Physician bakeoff to select a system
Inspira’s “enterprise mentality”
MU attestation on physician side — “The biggest gap is the patients.”
Onsite portal signups & tests
“You can’t control the patient; the best you can do is educate them and get them engaged.”


Anne Lara, CIO, Union Hospital of Cecil County, Chapter 1

Anne Lara, CIO, Union Hospital of Cecil County

About Union Hospital
Early adopter of Meditech 6.1 & scribe functionality
“The organization has embraced the concept.”
Partnership with Meditech — “We have a very clear escalation path.”
MU 2 challenges
Direct messaging with DataMotion
Maryland & Delaware HIEs


Chad Brisendine, VP & CIO, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Chapter 2

Chad Brisendine, VP & CIO, St Luke’s Hospital & Health Network

Change management — “It has to be operationally owned and supported by IT.”
HIMSS stage 2 to stage 6
Leading change “can be daunting.”
From Christus to St. Luke’s
Virtualization — “A must-have in today’s environment”
Switching to Cisco’s platform
“Assigned accountability” to increase portal use


Michael Skvarenina, VP & CIO, Holy Name Medical Center, Chapter 2

Michael Skvarenina, VP & CIO, Holy Name Medical Center

MicroHIS mobile app — “It’s one of those low-hanging fruits.”
CPOE — “the next big leap”
The biggest MU 2 hurdle
Off-the-shelf vs self-developed solutions
“When we talk about strategy, that’s what differentiates us.”
WebHIS call queue
Eyeing data analytics