One-on-One w/Washington County Hospital CIO Kim Larkin, Chapter 2

The days of associating small hospitals with low-tech facilities are slowly fading in the past. One reason is that the small, including critical access, hospitals (CAHs) are not exempt from the HITECH programs carrots … or sticks. But sometimes being small does mean being resource constrained and, in that environment, doing any kind of rip […]

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One-on-One w/Washington County Hospital CIO Kim Larkin, Chapter 1

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The days of associating small hospitals with low-tech facilities are slowly fading in the past. One reason is that the small, including critical access, hospitals (CAHs) are not exempt from the HITECH programs carrots … or sticks. But sometimes being small does mean being resource constrained and, in that environment, doing any kind of rip […]

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PODCAST: One-on-One w/St. Mary CIO Marian Moran

Marian Moran, CIO, St. Mary Medical Center

It’s a debate as old as IT itself — best of breed versus enterprise. In healthcare, that timeless decision usually surfaces in the emergency department, where workflow is incredibly specialized and applications from core clinical vendors usually don’t make the grade. But if niche solutions carry the day, it’s the CIO’s job to make sure […]

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TEXT/PODCAST: A Plan to Approach Meaningful Use

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The government’s Meaningful Use measures, and corresponding payments, are intended to incentivize the adoption of EHRs. The HIT Policy Committee recommends that incentives should be paid according to an adoption year rather than a calendar year. This implies that a first year incentive payment would be assessed for eligibility based upon the 2011 measure. (click […]

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TEXT/PODCAST: Bell Named CCHIT Chair

Karen Bell, Chair, CCHIT

Karen Bell, M.D. — most recently SVP, Health Information Technology Services with Masspro — has been named chair of CCHIT, effective April 26. Prior to her tenure at Masspro, the federally-contracted QIO within Massachusetts, Bell was director, Office of Health Information Technology Adoption and acting deputy at ONC, and was ONC’s representative on CCHIT’s board of commissioners from 2006 to 2008. She also has served as division director for the quality improvement group, office of standards and quality for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and medical director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, among other positions.

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