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CHIME Launches New Initiatives to Better Serve Needs of CIOs and the Industry

Initiatives improve educational services, provide partnership opportunities

ORLANDO, FL, February 23, 2014 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced several new initiatives today, intended to bolster its educational and information initiatives.

The new program and service offerings were announced by CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese FCHIME, CHCIO, during the 2014 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition.

McCleese said the initiatives are a result of strategic vision efforts involving the CHIME Board and Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO, CHIME’s President and CEO. “This process sparked a number of new initiatives that we believe will enhance the value and level of engagement for our members and CHIME Foundation Firm representatives,” he added.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based professional organization will mark several expansions in its education programs, he said.

“CHIME wants to be the go-to resource for CIO education, so that’s why we are delighted to announce several enhancements to our education offerings in 2014,” said McCleese, Vice President of IS and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead, Ky. The new offerings were developed in response to member surveys that indicated areas in which CHIME could broaden education efforts and increase understanding of how using IT can maximize healthcare delivery, he added.

CHIME announced educational partnerships with both the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) to offer two specialized programs based on CHIME’s popular Healthcare CIO Boot Camp.

CHIME is also bringing back its LEAD Forums as one-day regional programs focused around particular topics, as well as increasing the number of online educational opportunities.

To increase its ability to provide advisory services based on industry needs, CHIME plans to offer CIO Advisory Boards, with an initial emphasis on offering services to CHIME Foundation firm members. “The board will help guide the strategies and desired outcomes related to (firms’) products and services,” McCleese said.

Additionally, to advance CHIME’s position as the voice of the industry, and to leverage members’ extensive knowledge and experience in transforming healthcare, CHIME is developing the CHIME Speakers Bureau. The new service will help match qualified speakers with organizations that contact CHIME for speaking services.

CHIME is also planning to provide professional support and education to executives that work closely with CIOs and are shouldering increasingly heavy roles in healthcare organizations. “High-level educational and development opportunities for key members of the CIO’s executive team are seriously lacking,” McCleese said.

Its first efforts in this area will be to provide resources for chief security officers, to be followed by chief technology officers and chief application officers. “With hundreds of health data breaches being reported, and a shortage of security professionals with a background in healthcare, it has become increasing clear that this group could greatly benefit from the kind of opportunities that CHIME provides CIOs,” he said.

The CHIME Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and CHIME also will be acknowledging the role that the Foundation plays in advancing the mission of the organization and the state of the art in healthcare information technology, McCleese said.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 100 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit  www.cio-chime.org

February 23, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Medical Informatics Engineering Welcomes New Sales Director To Help Grow Enterprise Health Division

Fort Wayne, Ind. – January 15, 2014 – Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), a web-based, health information technology solutions provider serving physicians, health systems and Fortune 500 organizations operating on-site employee health clinics, today announced the appointment of industry veteran, Scott Dunton, as National Sales Director for its Enterprise Health division. Dunton brings more than 17 years of operational, channel and sales experience in the technology industry, most notably at Underwriter’s Laboratory where he was a strong contributor in growing the market profile of the company’s occupational health software and solutions across the country.

In his new role at MIE, Dunton will be responsible for expanding the Enterprise Health footprint among Fortune 1000 companies throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Companies including Dow Chemical, Chevron, Concentra and others currently depend on Enterprise Health IT solutions for employee clinic operations. As a growing number of organizations embark on strategic initiatives to improve the health of their workforce and reduce healthcare costs, the need for technology solutions integrating clinical operations, occupational health programs and employee engagement tools continues to expand.

“I am very excited to be part of the Enterprise Health team because I have not seen a comparable enterprise-focused occupational health system on the market today. This is a huge opportunity, and I look forward to being part of something with strong potential for explosive growth,” said Dunton.  “The Enterprise Health solution includes a complete medical record system that communicates with employees, and connects to labs, medical devices and HR systems. Secure information is easy to access and easy to find, from nearly anywhere in the world, on any web-enabled device – including tablets like the iPad, smartphones and laptops.”

Dunton’s 17-year career includes strong sales experience within the technology industry, with a specific focus on software applications such as SaaS, virtualization, open source, electronic medical records, security solutions, and occupational health and medical management tools. In addition to his sales and technical background, Dunton brings expertise in product management and business development strategies.

Previously, Dunton served as the Regional Sales Manager for Underwriter Laboratory’s Workplace Health and Safety division. Prior to that, he was the National Sales Director at RECON Dynamics and also a National Sales Director for BNI Equities Corporation.

“Scott has a proven track record of success during all of his previous assignments. We believe that his deep understanding of the occupational health market and its business practices and needs will help grow our business and our product lines,” said Matt Hohman, Executive Vice President of Medical Informatics Engineering.

Dunton graduated with a Bachelor degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He currently resides part-time in San Jose, California and in Eagle, Idaho with his five daughters.

About Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE)

MIE offers a Minimally Invasive™ suite of HIT products that are easy to use, flexible and cost effective. Physicians in more than 2,500 clinics throughout the U.S., and corporate clients including Disney, Dow, Chevron, Xerox, Lilly, HCA, Humana and many others use MIE solutions in 19 countries around the world, in eight languages.

MIE also provides advanced solutions for electronic patient engagement through its NoMoreClipboard subsidiary. For more information, visit http://www.mieweb.com.

January 15, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Edward Marx Named CHIME-HIMSS 2013 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year

ANN ARBOR, MI and CHICAGO (January 13, 2013) – Edward W. Marx FCHIME, FHIMSS has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Marx is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. He will receive the award at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando on February 25, 2014.

The award, sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS, recognizes healthcare IT executives who have made significant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology. The boards of directors for both organizations annually select the recipient of the award, which is named in honor of the late John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered implementation of the first fully integrated medical information system in the world at California’s El Camino Hospital in the 1960s.

“This prestigious award is the greatest professional honor I have received. My world is rocked!” said Marx.  “While I am humbled and grateful, this recognition is a collective reflection of Texas Health employees and clinicians, my team, and the unconditional support from my wife Julie.”

Marx’s distinguished career in the healthcare industry spans 24 years, 16 of which have been spent as CIO. Concurrent with his career in healthcare, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a Combat Medic and then as a Combat Engineer Officer.

Marx has been leading Texas Health’s Innovative Technology Services professionals in developing and implementing strategies to enhance the patient and provider experience through the application of IT since2007. Prior to joining Texas Health, Marx was CIO of University Hospitals Health System of Cleveland. He previously served in a variety of IT leadership roles with health care organizations such as HCA (Tennessee),Parkview Episcopal Medical Center (Colorado) and Poudre Valley Health System (Colorado).

“It is with great pleasure that we are able to recognize Ed with the industry’s highest honor. His renowned career as a healthcare CIO and his record of progressive IT utilization will be valued far into the future,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO.  “Ed’s unique leadership style and approach to IT management; combined with his commitment to supporting the value of healthcare IT and promoting its effectiveness as a strategic asset, make him a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.  He is an extraordinarily talented and innovative CIO, and we are thankful for his many contributions.”

Marx has been a CHIME member since 2004 and a member of HIMSS since 1995. He became a HIMSS fellow in 1999 and a CHIME fellow in 2012. Marx has served in volunteer leadership positions for HIMSS at both the chapter and national levels. A popular communicator and educator, Marx is a faculty member of the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, as well as a frequent conference speaker for both organizations, blogger, and social media enthusiast. Marx has served as the Texas CIO Coordinator for CHIME StateNet since its inception in 2009 and in 2012 was awarded the organization’s annual State Advocacy Award for his commitment to the growth and success of state-wide initiatives to further the advancement of health information exchange and health IT adoption in his home state of Texas. Marx is also the Governor-appointed Chairman of the Texas Health Services Authority, a role he has served since 2010.

Under his leadership, Texas Health Resources received the 2013 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award, which recognizes the use of health IT and the electronic health record to improve the health care delivery processes and patient safety, and achieve a demonstrated return on investment.  In addition, the 14 hospitals in the Texas Health system are either at Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model℠. Marx serves as reviewer for the conference education sessions and HIMSS Analytics on-site reviewer for verification of Stage 7 hospitals. And he continues to provide his expertise to others as a HIMSS Executive e-Mentor.

“As a HIMSS fellow and health IT leader throughout his career, Ed’s contributions to HIMSS are noteworthy because he has given back to so many people and in so many different ways. All of us at HIMSS congratulate him on his accomplishments and earning this award,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS.

Branded as one of the top 10 disruptive forces in healthcare, Marx has been nationally recognized by bothCIO and Computerworld magazine as one of the “Top 100 Leaders” and the Dallas Business Journal’s“Newcomer of the Year.” Additionally, Marx’s organizations have earned Computerworld’s “100 Best Places to Work,” AHA/Health Forum’s “Most Wired” list, HealthLeaders’ “Marketing Awards,” andInformationWeek’s “Top 500.”

Marx’s academic background includes a BS in psychology and an MS in consumer sciences (business) from Colorado State University.

“We are very proud of Ed for receiving this significant national recognition,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “Ed and his skilled team of information technology professionals are absolutely critical in helping our system serve North Texans’ health care needs.”

Tickets for the HIMSS14 Awards Banquet are available. Visit the HIMSS14 registration page or call866.229.2386 for more information.

About CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About HIMSS
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).  HIMSS leads global efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. Visit www.himss.org.

HIMSS is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

January 14, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CHIME Applauds Federal Action to Consistently and Accurately Match Patients with their Data

Foundational work will improve interoperability, save lives according to healthcare CIOs

ANN ARBOR, MI, September 11, 2013 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) applauds the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) as it undertakes an effort to identify challenges and opportunities associated with patient data-matching.  This effort will lead directly to saved lives, improved population health and lower costs, says the nation’s healthcare CIOs.

“Patient data-matching is a foundational component to the exchange of electronic health information – which, in turn, is a critical component for improved care coordination and quality improvement,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell.  “Despite years of development, no clear strategy has emerged to accurately and consistently match patient data.  As we advance interoperability and health information exchange, we are delighted to see ONC take action to ensure the right data is matched with the right patient.  This is a necessary, concrete step to bolster patient safety.”

As health information moves from setting to setting and organization to organization, matching patient data accurately becomes more complex and the potential for misidentification increases.  The federal government has mandated such health information exchange through the EHR Incentive Program, but has not provided such guidance on how organizations ought to approach patient data-matching.

Beginning this fall, ONC will begin an environmental scan of activities looking to identify key concerns associated with mismatches by understanding technology applications and process workflows.  They will be looking at past literature on patient data-matching, Health IT Policy Committee recommendations, and interviewing stakeholders currently engaged with patient data-matching, including:

  • ·         health systems/providers;
  • ·         health information organizations;
  • ·         EHR developers; and
  • ·         HIE solution vendors.

These efforts complement activities currently underway through CHIME StateNet.  Convened in May, StateNet’s Patient Data-Matching Workgroup has constructed a charter document to “take a leadership role in establishing a patient matching policy/strategy that is adopted by federal officials, state policymakers and other relevant audiences, such as the vendor community.”  The workgroup will identify technologies, implementation practices and data integrity mechanisms (e.g. data entry, versioning, etc.) that will ensure the most efficient, scalable and robust mitigation of patient data-matching errors.

“False negative and false positive error rates are unacceptably high, despite new generations of algorithms and biometric technologies,” said Patient Data-Matching Workgroup Chair Ralph Johnson, CIO at Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, Maine.  “Unintended injury or illness attributable to patient data-matching error is a considerable, and growing, problem in this era of health information exchange.  National leadership and consistent standards in this area will set a floor for safe patient matching that will, in turn, help focus industry activity towards improved patient data-matching.”

Using the StateNet platform, volunteers consisting of individuals with expertise in developing and implementing consensus standards will agree on a roadmap detailing how organizations could adopt recognized standards and guidelines that would be deemed acceptable for assuring accurate patient data-matching.

“Through the StateNet network, CIOs and other health IT stakeholders have a unique opportunity to provide insight and much needed guidance to policymakers on best-practices and strategies to accurately match patient-data in an era of increasing health information exchange,” said Branzell.  “We look forward to results from the work ONC is planning and we hope the synergies of their work and ours can solve the dangerous and costly problem of accurately matching patients with their health data.”

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

September 11, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CHIME Comments on Mostashari’s Departure

“Through Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s leadership, we saw the Office of the National Coordinator lead our nation’s providers through the first gates of measured, meaningful use of electronic health records, and address in reality those initial standards that make our health information portable across the U.S. healthcare system.

“Any CIO will tell you that implementing technology in the face of cultural resistance and process redesign is a monumental challenge.  ONC’s task was to help guide such implementations in over 5,000 hospital settings and with nearly 400,000 physicians and clinicians.  Today’s health delivery system is fundamentally different than it was five years ago when HITECH was passed, but it’s not because Congress simply passed a law.  It’s because ONC and CMS, in partnership with the private sector, designed an implementation strategy that tried to align various stakeholders and make the spirit of HITECH a reality.

“CHIME appreciates the partnership forged under Dr. Mostashari’s tenure and his commitment in furthering the development of widespread health IT adoption. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”

Russell P. Branzell
President & CEO
CHIME

George T. Hickman
CHIME Board Chair
Executive VP & CIO
Albany Medical Center

August 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

National eHealth Collaborative Releases the Patient Engagement Framework

Culmination of a collaborative project of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth

Washington, DC (November 19, 2012) – National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) today hosted a webinar to release the much-anticipated Patient Engagement Framework, a model created to guide healthcare organizations in developing and strengthening their patient engagement strategies through the use of eHealth tools and resources. The Framework is the result of several months of collaboration and iteration with many interested stakeholders.

“We hope this Patient Engagement Framework will be a useful resource for healthcare organizations,” said NeHC CEO Kate Berry. “We are at a critical moment when patient engagement is becoming increasingly important given the movement toward meaningful use and accountable care. We as individuals should be more engaged in managing and improving our own health. This Framework is intended as a guide organizations can aspire to as they move in this direction.”

The Patient Engagement Framework outlines several attributes of organizations that successfully engage and support patients, and ultimately their communities, in their care. The Framework provides a series of phases to show the progression from a provider-centric model to one that is truly patient-centered. The phases of the Framework include inform me, engage me, empower me, partner with me, and support my community. Within these phases, the Framework is organized to build on an organization’s capabilities including information and way-finding, e-tools, forms and patient education, patient access to their information, patient role in generating their information, and patient role in the care team.

“The patient is the point of health information, and a framework for systematically keeping the patient’s interests at the center of health information technology helps us move toward higher-performance, higher-value healthcare,” said Dr. Jon Perlin, CMO and President of Clinical Services at the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). “This is a great way for healthcare to measure how prepared they are for patient engagement.”

The Framework took into consideration several existing resources and patient engagement measures, including those required by meaningful use Stage 1 and Stage 2.  More than 100 individuals from across the healthcare, patient engagement, and behavioral science fields reviewed and provided input on the Framework. Since January, the Framework has circulated among several groups, including the Partnership for Women and Families, The Foundation for Informed Decision Making, Healthwise employees and advisors, the Long Term Post Acute Care Association, members of HL7, members of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Health IT Standards and Policy Committees, and members of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth. NeHC thanks Leslie Kelly Hall, Senior Vice President of Policy at Healthwise and a member of the Consumer Consortium Steering Committee for her extraordinary leadership in this effort.

“It was important that we create a tool that could be adapted to a variety of care settings and be a practical guide for organizations really trying to strengthen their patient engagement strategies,” said Leslie Kelly Hall, SVP of Policy for Healthwise and NeHC Board member. “Each time we reviewed the Framework with a group we incorporated feedback and refined our final product. The entire process was a great learning experience and brought us closer to understanding the needs of many communities in trying to effectively engage patients by using health IT.  We recognize that the Framework will continue to be refined.”

The Patient Engagement Framework is available for download at www.nationalehealth.org/patient-engagement-framework. To view the slides or download the recording from the release webinar, visit www.nationalehealth.org/frameworkrelease (recording will be posted within 24 hours of this release).

To provide a concrete tool for organizations to assess their status of consumer engagement efforts and to make progress on implementing the Patient Engagement Framework, NeHC in partnership with HealthCAWS® will soon be releasing an online assessment and supporting tools. The NeHC eHealth Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment is a business intelligence tool mapped to the concepts and recommendations of the Framework. The Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment is designed to provide customized progress reports and guidance for improving consumer engagement strategies. In addition to progress reports to help organizations assess where they are along the Framework and opportunities for improvement, the online tool provides a directory of consumer engagement resources and eHealth solutions.

To learn more about the NeHC eHealth Consumer Engagement Organizational Assessment, please contact Jenna Bramble at jbramble@nationalehealth.org.

About National eHealth Collaborative

National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership focused on accelerating progress toward widespread, secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to improve health and healthcare.  NeHC’s neutrality and diverse multi-stakeholder participation provides a unique platform for collaboration.  NeHC educates, connects, and encourages healthcare stakeholders to advance health information technology and health information exchange (HIE) nationwide through its NeHC University web-based education program, its Consumer Consortium on eHealth and its HIE Learning Network.

National eHealth Collaborative is a cooperative agreement partner of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

November 27, 2012 I Written By

Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini to Deliver Keynote Address at 2012 mHealth Summit

Arlington, VA (October 16, 2012) – The mHealth Summit today announced that Mark T. Bertolini, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Aetna, will deliver the opening keynote address at this year’s event.

The 4th annual mHealth Summit will take place December 3-5, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, DC area.  Mr. Bertolini will address attendees at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, December 3rd. In his keynote, he will share his personal passion  for creating  a connected, convenient health care system that empowers patients to take control of their health. In addition, Mr. Bertolini will demonstrate how Aetna is using innovative technology to bring this connected, convenient system to life.

“We are pleased this year’s summit will kick-off with a keynote from Mark Bertolini of Aetna, a leading global diversified health care benefits company. It signals a broadening of the mHealth Summit to include greater representation of thought-leaders from across the payer and health delivery community,” commented Richard Scarfo, Director of the mHealth Summit and Vice President of Vendor Events at HIMSS Media.  “In this fast-paced and evolving mobile health ecosystem, we continue to look for ways to make the summit the most impactful global event for serious discussion, collaborations and knowledge-sharing among all the key sectors.“

Mr. Bertolini is widely recognized as an accessible, forward-thinking and solutions-oriented leader. He is actively engaged in the national dialogue on health care reform, advocating to increase access, lower costs and improve the quality of health care.  He is a strong advocate for market-based solutions, the use of health information technology, and the sustainability of the employer-based system. Born and raised in Detroit, Mr. Bertolini worked various jobs throughout high school and college, including assembly work at a Ford Motor Company plant and various caregiver roles in health care delivery.  He is a spinal cord injury survivor and is partially disabled as the result of a severe skiing accident in 2004.  In 2007, Mr. Bertolini donated a kidney to his son. These experiences are foundational to his dedication to improving the patient experience and addressing the longstanding challenges facing the U.S. health care system.

The 2012 mHealth Summit has become the global convener of the mHealth ecosystem and brings together 4,500 leaders from over 50 countries to encourage dialogue and advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes.  This year’s expanded program offers an analysis of the critical issues surrounding mobile health in the areas of Health, Innovation, Technology, Research, Policy, Business and Finance.

November 17, 2012 I Written By

Yu Preaches the Power of Healthcare Innovation

At the AHIMA Annual Convention, keynote speaker Wil Yu, senior advisor of Innovation for the City and County of San Francisco, challenged HIM professionals to be the “pioneers” needed in healthcare innovation to carry the nation forward. Yu also said there has never been a better time to act as a healthcare innovator, as market and policy changes are made to the current care model nearly every day.

National Health Innovation Leader Addresses AHIMA Convention

CHICAGO – Oct. 2, 2012 – Wil Yu, senior advisor, Innovation, for the City and County of San Francisco, challenged Health Information Management (HIM) professionals to be “pioneers” in healthcare innovation to carry the nation forward.

Yu, who led the nationwide healthcare innovation efforts for the United States through the Department of Health and Human Services, delivered his speech Tuesday at AHIMA’s 84th Annual Convention and Exhibit at McCormick Place.

“As guardians of health information, you are in the optimal position to thrive in what I consider this country’s long summer of health innovation,” Yu said. “Your work will build the infrastructure of an evolution that will not only improve and save lives, but also change the way Americans perceive their health and their own care.”

Yu noted that while the United States needs healthcare innovation more than ever, there has also never been a better time to be an innovator with market and policy forces building momentum for dramatic change.

This innovation must transform the current care model, Yu said.

“We need to better identify and help those who will be sick before they show up in care settings such as the emergency room where care is more expensive,” he said. “With the support of taxpayer funded programs and public-private partnerships, we can influence the magnitude, velocity and timing of innovation.”

Yu measures innovation by the value obtained from a new finding or application over time. He shared a case history on scurvy to illustrate how challenging it can be to incorporate new information to advance adoption and diffusion of innovations. It took more than 260 years from the early experiment of adding lemon juice to daily diets aboard long overseas voyages before citrus fruits were routinely incorporated as part of the daily ration.

Yu encouraged HIM professionals never to lose focus on the most important reason for innovation – better patient care.

“The patient is always at the center.  We can work together to reduce medical errors, lower hospital readmission rates and raise levels of patient engagement, so that the future care for children born today will be vastly improved from today’s standard due to the current pioneering efforts of innovators across this country” Yu said.

“AHIMA strives to encourage its members, staff, and all healthcare professionals to bring innovation into their daily work,” said CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “Wil’s remarks reiterated that value, and helped to give members the motivation to make positive change, no matter what their role may be.”

Yu will speak again Wednesday at the AHIMA and AHIMA Foundation’s Inaugural Health Information Innovation Leadership Conference.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

November 4, 2012 I Written By

Healthcare Analytics Expert Jyoti Kamal to Serve in Expanded Role as President of Health Care DataWorks

One of the visionaries behind the technology that formed the foundation for HCD will help guide the company’s strategic product direction and develop healthcare business intelligence roadmaps for clients.

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 02, 2012 Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD) has announced that Jyoti Kamal, Ph.D., has taken on the full-time role of president at the leading healthcare analytics company.

Kamal, with more than 15 years’ experience as a healthcare IT executive, is a founder of Health Care DataWorks and one of the visionaries behind the technology that became the foundation for the company’s KnowledgeEdge™ product suite. As president, she helps guide the strategic product direction at HCD and assists clients in developing healthcare business intelligence roadmaps leading to greater value and return on investment.

“Jyoti has played a key role from a technology perspective in helping to establish HCD as the leading provider of healthcare analytics for hospitals and health systems,” said Detlev H. (Herb) Smaltz, Health Care DataWorks CEO. “Her tremendous success in developing and launching a healthcare Enterprise Data Warehouse at one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country has provided her with deep business intelligence experience that we leverage in powerful ways to further benefit our clients.”

A foremost expert in healthcare analytics and speaker on all aspects of an Enterprise Data Warehouse, Kamal was Deputy CIO and Director for the Information Warehouse at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which includes six hospitals, a unified physician practice and more than a dozen research centers and institutes. Under her direction, the Information Warehouse at the Wexner Medical Center became the critical hub of information storage and management for the health system, providing data integration, mining, training and application development to researchers and clinicians system-wide.

“After working for 15 years guiding the development of the Enterprise Data Warehouse efforts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I’m very excited to help other healthcare institutions experience the major benefits to quality and cost reduction that analytics provide,” Kamal said. “In addition, I’m pleased to be furthering the objective of Ohio State to commercialize some of its excellent technology.”

Kamal holds a master’s degree in computer science from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India.

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit http://www.hcdataworks.com.

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