James Wellman, CIO, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Chapter 1

James Wellman, CIO, Comanche County Memorial Hospital

About Comanche County
McKesson in acute, eClinicalWorks in ambulatory
Transition from Horizon to Paragon — “It was quite an interesting challenge.”
Outsourced IT & the “added layer of complexity.”
Attesting to MU — “It wasn’t ‘we barely made it.’
Continued optimization with Paragon 13 — “It’s another opportunity to tackle.”


Jeff Young, CIO, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Chapter 1

Jeff Young, CIO, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

About Children’s Hospitals & Clinics
Vision “to be every family’s partner in raising the health of their children”
From PBM world to CIO
Cerner Millenium in acute, eClinicalWorks in physician practices
Steering docs down the path of an integrated system
Physician leaders & work groups — “The community was very active.”
“There are always going to be a number of tweaks.”


KLAS: Third-Party Vendors Cornering the ACO Market

Eric Bermudez, Research Director, KLAS

When it comes to meeting the needs of physician-led ACOs, which are becoming increasingly common, third-party ACO vendors are getting a leg up on the competition, according to new research from KLAS. The report — Physician ACOs 2014: Variations on the Accountable Care Theme — found that physician organizations now lead more ACOs than hospitals […]


KLAS: Third-Party Portals Getting Locked Out By MU 2

Mark Allphin, Senior Research Director, KLAS Enterprises

Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements are pushing patient portals to the top of the CIO’s priority list — particularly EMR vendor products that offer increased interoperability, according to new data from KLAS. In the report, a large majority (84 percent) of providers identified EMR integration as their primary portal selection criterion, while compatibility with other […]


Mike Mistretta, VP & CIO, MedCentral Health System, Chapter 2

Mike Mistretta, VP & CIO, Kaweah Delta Healthcare District

Data exchange with employed & affiliated docs
Adoption hurdles — “There’s still quite a bit of skepticism”
State HIEs & ROI (or lack thereof)
Physician revenue management
Preparing for ICD-10 & MU 2 — “We’re trying to pull the initiatives together.”
Staffing challenges
Taking a stand on consultant use — “All we’re doing is inflating our costs.”