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Statement from CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO and CHIME Board Chairman Randy McCleese FCHIME, CHCIO

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) welcomes CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner’s announcement this morning, acknowledging the need to provide relief for our nation’s providers.  Such relief is vitally important for the future success of Meaningful Use, as ICD-10 deadlines and continued shifts in payment policies demand an ever-increasing amount of IT and workforce resources.  If the expansion of the office’s EHR Hardship Exceptions provides the kind of relief the industry desperately needs, CHIME pledges to assist policymakers in every way possible.  Should CMS choose to define the new hardship exceptions in a way that does not address the core concerns of our industry we will continue to seek the kind of flexibility that nearly 50 national healthcare organizations communicated to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on February 21, 2014.

Policy leaders at CHIME pledge to continue their work with CMS and ONC to chart a course that drives interoperability and patient engagement, and facilitates delivery transformation.  It will be CHIME’s highest policy priority to ensure that providers receive the kind of relief they need in order to deliver quality care.

February 27, 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.

Nation’s Providers Recommend More Time, Flexibility for Meaningful Use in 2014

Healthcare CIOs continue to voice challenges related to 2014 ‘time crunch’

ANN ARBOR, MI, February 24, 2014 – In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and forty-seven other of the nation’s largest healthcare provider organizations issued a joint call for additional time and flexibility in the Meaningful Use program to ensure its continued success.

While underscoring the Meaningful Use program’s invaluable role in advancing technology adoption among hospitals and physicians, the letter states that strict adherence to current program requirements endangers overall success of the EHR program, disrupts providers’ healthcare operations and potentially jeopardizes patient safety.

“Given that we have just celebrated the anniversary of HITECH, we can look back at the last five years with great pride and take stock of how far we’ve come – as an industry and as a nation,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO. “But we must look ahead and recognize the immense work in front of us. Now is the time to make much-needed course corrections to ensure that we continue this success well past HITECH’s tenth anniversary.”

The letter reiterates many points made by several organizations dating back to May 2013, including letters from CHIME; the American Hospital Association (AHA); the American Medical Association (AMA); the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA); the American College of Physicians (ACP); the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

The latest letter, the first to be issued jointly by more than 40 organizations, comes in response to concerns that the nation’s 5,000 hospitals and 550,000 eligible professionals must adopt the latest certified versions of EHR technology and meet more difficult program requirements to remain in compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. Hospitals only have until July to adopt, implement, test and train staff to meet either Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements in 2014. Eligible professionals have until October to begin collecting data to attest to meeting program requirements.

“Failure to do so will not only result in a loss of incentive payments, but also the imposition of significant penalties,” the letter states, adding that, “it is clear the pace and scope of change have outstripped the ability of vendors to support providers.”

“Providers need adequate time to learn how to use the newly deployed technology,” the letter said, noting that implementing EHRs has wide implications for staffing, workflow and care delivery practices. “If providers move forward, as dictated by the current policy, our concerns regarding rushed implementations are heightened. Furthermore, we believe that an ‘all or nothing’ approach – where missing a single objective by even a small amount results in failure for the program year – compounds our concerns.”

The current structure of the system essentially leaves providers with two options, said Branzell. “Providers will either abandon any hope of meeting Meaningful Use criteria this year, or they’ll be forced to implement a system more rapidly than they would otherwise. The first option works against everything the federal program has sought to achieve over the first two years, while the second option is inefficient and endangers patient safety.”

The letter seeks an extension through 2015 for providers to implement 2014 Edition Certified EHR software, and meet program requirements for either Stage 1 or Stage 2. It also requests flexibility in the scorecard used to assess completion of meaningful use requirements to enable as many providers as possible to successfully meet program requirements.

CHIME Board Chairman Randy McCleese FCHIME, CHCIO, Vice President of IS and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Kentucky, noted that providers will begin to see penalties – reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements – beginning in 2014 if they don not meet program requirements. “The country won’t be able to achieve important health reform efforts without support from information systems, and given current obstacles faced by providers in implementing this crucial technology, we must make a substantive course correction,” he said.

Sign-on Organizations Include the Following:

AMDA-Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

American Academy of Dermatology Association

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Home Care Medicine

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons

American College of Cardiology

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

American College of Osteopathic Internists

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons

American College of Physicians

American College of Radiology

American College of Rheumatology

American College of Surgeons

American Health Information Management Association

American Hospital Association

American Medical Association

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

American Osteopathic Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

American Society for Radiation Oncology

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

American Society of Hematology

American Urological Association

America’s Essential Hospitals

Association of American Medical Colleges

Catholic Health Association of the United States

Children’s Hospital Association

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

Federation of American Hospitals

Heart Rhythm Society

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Medical Group Management Association

National Rural Health Association

North American Spine Society

Premier healthcare alliance

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Endocrine Society

VHA Inc.

 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 24, 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 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.

Sandlot Solutions Introduces Entry-Level Notification Solution, Connect Lite

Streamlined, bi-directional communication platform enables information sharing, with or without an EMR system.

Dallas, TX, February 21, 2014 - Sandlot Solutions, a leading community health interoperability and analytics provider, today announced the addition of a new solution, Sandlot Connect Lite. A module of the full Sandlot Connect solution, Connect Lite serves as an electronic notification service, providing the first level of information sharing between ambulatory and inpatient healthcare settings. Hospitals can quickly notify ambulatory care providers of patient visits, promoting more efficient care coordination and management. Faster, easier access to this essential patient information provides immediate value to clinicians without extensive information technology system development or investment – even for practices that do not yet have an electronic medical records (EMR) system.

Connect Lite offers simple, quick implementation and deployment, with flexible technology that seamlessly integrates with existing infrastructures, processes and systems. While cost-effective, it enables healthcare organizations to increase electronic communications by receiving notification in the Sandlot portal or in a DIRECT-enabled inbox, a streamlined start towards greater clinical integration. Connect Lite facilitates higher quality care and helps increase revenue and achieve cost savings for care communities and medical homes as well as Medicare populations through more accurate documentation and capturing a larger portion of Medicare Transitional Care Management CPT codes. As organizations grow and their business needs evolve, they can build upon Connect Lite to expand their capabilities.

“In today’s healthcare landscape, clinicians need immediate access to important patient information like hospital visits – but every organization has different IT timelines and resources,” said Derek Plansky, Vice President, Product Development, Sandlot Solutions.   “We’re excited to offer a simple, cost-effective stepping stone for information sharing. It’s a solid foundation to all of the capabilities we offer – greater exchange of information, analytics and community care management.”

Connect Lite is available now to the healthcare provider community. Sandlot Solutions will be exhibiting at HIMSS14 in Orlando from February 23-27, Booth #5783.  Attendees are invited to visit the booth to learn more about Connect Lite and the company’s full suite of products.

About Sandlot Solutions

Through SaaS-based technology, Sandlot Solutions works with organizations to securely exchange health information that helps physicians and caregivers improve patient care through managed risks and reduced costs. Sandlot Solutions connects data from multiple sources into a single, digital envelope that updates electronic health records within the physician’s workflow where it’s needed most: at the point of care. Clients receive timely, relevant information, and prompts for diagnosis, education and patient follow-up. Visit us at www.sandlotsolutions.com for more information. Follow Sandlot Solutions on Twitter@sandlotsolution.

February 21, 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.

Anthelio Healthcare Solutions Has Acquired Industry Leading Application – ENGAGE– from The Garage

State of the art mobile patient engagement and education platform

DALLAS, TX – February 21, 2014 – Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, the largest independent provider of technology and services to hospitals, physicians practice groups and other healthcare providers announced it is launching ENGAGE, a next generation mobile application for patient engagement that they have acquired from The Garage, a leading health innovation start-up company. ENGAGE informs, educates, entertains and connects patients with their health care providers and enriches their experience.  ENGAGE also gives providers and payers flexibility to have dynamic content available for patients through easy to use web-based content management software. ENGAGE is currently published on the Apple App store as an iPad application.

ENGAGE has the most cutting edge information “hub” that centrally brings all stakeholders –patients, providers, and payers – on a mobile platform.  The global mobile health solution market will grow at a CAGR of 42.4% over the period of 2012-2016 due to increased adoption of tablets and smartphones.  ENGAGE allows healthcare providers and payers a new cost effective option to address these growing demands for health information access from consumers.

“We are excited about ENGAGE, which will provide a new mobile experience for patients across the country.  We believe in engaging patients on the go and ENGAGE is the perfect app for that.  With this customizable platform, organizations can deliver a variety of health information to the patient on their personal mobile device, whenever and wherever they want it,” said Asif Ahmad, CEO of Anthelio Healthcare.

ENGAGE is currently deployed at various healthcare facilities in the state of Florida and has received positive responses. “ENGAGE is a first of its kind. I can personalize content to my patients and I see them more satisfied with an ENGAGE unit in their hands” said Dr Rafael Pinero from Pinero Medical Group in Orlando, FL.

Anthelio Healthcare and The Garage will showcase ENGAGE in booths 975 and 4088 at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 24-27, at the Orange County Convention Center, West Building in Orlando.  HIMSS brings together 37,000+ healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.

“ENGAGE is a game-changer in the mobile patient engagement marketplace,” said The Garage Founder and CEO Pranam Ben. “We are excited about partnering with Anthelio who shares our vision and commitment to Innovation in healthcare, delivered through technology.”

About Anthelio Health

Anthelio is the largest independent provider of technology and services to hospitals, physician practice groups and other healthcare providers. Anthelio is the only healthcare services company that has “end-to-end” services expertise, including IT, service desk, patient portal, EMR implementations, data warehousing, clinical analytics, clinical transformation, coding, ICD-10, transcription and revenue cycle services. Enabled through a highly integrated technology platform powered by skillful people, Anthelio drives high value for healthcare organizations by solving complex clinical and business problems while enabling delivery of high quality patient care. Anthelio is an icon of innovation, operational prowess and service excellence in healthcare, serving hundreds of health organizations and touching millions of patients across the U.S.  Anthelio is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has thousands of technology and clinical professionals. www.antheliohealth.com

About The Garage

The Garage is an innovative health information technology (IT) company re-imagining and building breakthrough products to help hospitals and health systems enhance patient safety, increase patient engagement and improve care coordination.  Headquartered in Orlando, The Garage is becoming a leading industry champion in the quest to enhance and protect the healthcare experience for patients and providers through IT innovations.  For more information, visit The Garage’s website (www.thegaragein.com), FacebookTwitter (@TheGaragein) and LinkedIn pages.

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.

FDB MedsTracker® Medication Reconciliation Solution Certifies on Newest Surescripts® e-Prescribing Standard

Latest standard for routing e-prescriptions supports Meaningful Use Stage 2 Incentive Program

South San Francisco, CA – February 20, 2014 – First Databank (FDB), a leading provider of integrated drug knowledge, today announced the company’s proprietary solution for effective medication reconciliation, FDB MedsTracker, has received certification from Surescripts for prescription routing in adherence with the NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6 standard required for Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification. FDB MedsTracker was previously certified on the Surescripts 4.2 routing standard and has been used for electronic prescribing in hospitals since 2010.

Certification testing was performed on FDB MedsTracker, version 6, which is the most advanced version designed to support the required elements specified in Meaningful Use, Stage 2 certification. Surescripts’ Prescription Routing service allows prescribers to securely send a prescription electronically to the patient’s preferred retail or mail-order pharmacy. In turn, pharmacies can use this service to send prescription renewal authorization requests directly to the prescriber.

FDB MedsTracker has demonstrated immediate and measurable improvements in the medication reconciliation process. Notable advances reported by customers include increased accuracy of home medication lists; efficiency of discharge medication orders and electronic prescribing; reductions in missed medications, duplicate therapies, and incorrect dosing; and workflow efficiencies with measurable time savings for clinicians.

Interested parties may learn more about FDB MedsTracker  at the upcoming HIMSS14 Conference, February 23 – 27, Orlando, Florida, by attending a special medication reconciliation presentation during the Interoperability Showcase, February 26 at 12:30 pm, by visiting the FDB booth #1965, or by contacting FDB directly at 800-633-3453.

About First Databank (FDB)
First Databank (FDB) provides drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication decision support category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visitwww.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Hearst Health
FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx HealthMCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 20 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

© 2014 First Databank, Inc. Part of the Hearst Health network. All trademarks mentioned herein are the properties of their respective owners.

February 20, 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.

HIMSS Analytics to launch global Continuity of Care Maturity Model

Burlington, VT (February 20, 2014) – HIMSS Analytics is pleased to introduce the Continuity of Care Maturity Modeltm, a global model that addresses the importance of information exchange, care coordination, interoperability, patient engagement and analytics with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management.

For the purpose of this model, continuity of care is concerned with the integration, coordination, sharing and usage of information between providers, government, individuals and others resulting in enhanced care delivery and improved patient outcomes.

With seven stages that align with the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Modelsm (EMRAM), this model evaluates technology implementation and usage, data collection and analytics, and patient empowerment in optimizing clinical and financial outcomes.

HIMSS Analytics will be hosting a session during annual conference on Tuesday, February 25th at 8:30 a.m. During this session, John Hoyt, HIMSS Analytics Executive Vice President, will:

  1. Detail the seven stages and associated criteria of this new HIMSS model and how it can drive transformation in individual and regional health systems globally.
  2. Describe how the model demonstrates the effective use of IT with care coordination, patient/consumer engagement, information exchange, interoperability, analytics and the overall management of the health of individuals and populations.
  3. Discuss how to optimize outcomes for health systems and patients through alignment with this model.

“We are excited to be able to present the industry with a maturity model that encompasses a holistic approach to healthcare,” said Hoyt. “This is the direction the market is headed and we are happy to provide a tool healthcare delivery organizations and governments can use to gauge their progress towards a more efficient care delivery approach.”

For more information or to add the education session to your calendar, visit http://www.himssconference.org/Education/EventDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=25295.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

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

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.

Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Joins Get Real Health Board of Directors

Former National Coordinator for Health IT of the United States brings unparalleled Health IT experience and knowledge; sees connected healthcare as a change agent and believes in InstantPHR™

Rockville, Maryland – February 19, 2014 — Farzad Mostashari, M.D., has been appointed to the Get Real Health board of directors, effective February 17, 2014. Dr. Mostashari brings unique experience, knowledge and insight into Health Information Technology in the US and around the world. He joined the board in part to amplify his message about the central importance of patient engagement and its transformational power in healthcare — and to stand behind the company that provides the leading-edge patient engagement solution: InstantPHR™.

“As a physician and as a health care proxy for my parents, I have a first-hand understanding of the power of connected care,” says Dr. Farzad Mostashari. “Get Real Health understands the human side of Health IT every bit as much as the technology side. They put patients and providers first, and they built their solution to meet the demands of a healthcare system that is struggling to transform itself. Get Real Health is a leader in this space — and as a board member I intend to help this company ‘stay’ real as it innovates and serves patients and providers.”

“We’re deeply honored to have Farzad on our board,” said Mark Heaney, Get Real Health CEO and founding partner. “He shares Get Real Health’s vision for patient engagement and believes that connected care is a change agent in the healthcare system.”

Farzad cites several key reasons for joining the board:

  • Get Real Health’s strong international presence in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom;
  • Usability of InstantPHR-powered portals for patients who seek to collect their information using Blue Button, organize it and share it with whomever they wish;
  • The company’s understanding of population health and care coordination for providers

“As we look to the future, the ability of patients to get and share their own data and the ability of providers to engage patients will be true game changers,” said Farzad. “Get Real Health is well positioned to be a leader in this new ecosystem.”

The former National Coordinator for Health IT and current Brookings Institute Visiting Fellow is a well-known and highly respected figure in the healthcare industry globally. He’s also a Twitter star, with more than 15,000 followers, and is frequently named a social media influencer at industry conferences:https://twitter.com/farzad_MD. (People even follow his signature bowtie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FarzadsBowtie!)

“Farzad’s energy and passion for innovation will help us appropriately steer and expand our product, InstantPHR™, to continue to keep it ahead of our competitors,” said Heaney. “Plus, as a highly sought out expert and speaker in Health IT around the world, we know he will represent us well!”

As a Forbes writer observed, Dr. Mostashari “left an indelible mark on the healthcare IT landscape” in his role as the US Health-IT czar. He’s been called the ultimate patient advocate, and his thought leadership about the power of data to improve patient care has proven to be both prescient and influential. Dr. Mostashari’s understanding of the delicate balance between public policy and industry innovation has made him a highly effective leader both on the public podium as well as behind the scenes.

About Get Real Health

Rockville, Maryland-based Get Real Health is an award-winning global health information technology pioneer specializing in patient engagement and connected care solutions. Get Real Health’s flagship product — InstantPHR™ — is an electronic toolbox for creating and customizing personal health applications. Get Real Health has a diverse global customer base and strategic partnerships with industry leaders including Microsoft, Caradigm, Telstra Health and TELUS Health Solutions. Visit: www.getrealhealth.com, or watch a two-minute video at http://vimeo.com/86727501 to learn more.

February 19, 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.

Electronic Health Data Breaches Remain Primary Concern Despite Increased Use of Security Technologies and Analytics #HIMSS14

Hospitals and physician practices show progress in securing patient information, but security breaches and medical identity theft still raise concerns

CHICAGO (February 19, 2014) – Results of the 2013 HIMSS Security Survey show that, despite progress toward hardened security and use of analytics, more work must be done to mitigate insider threat, such as the inappropriate access of data by employees. Although federal initiatives such as OCR audits, Meaningful Use and the HIPAA Omnibus Rule continue to encourage healthcare organizations to increase the budgets and resources dedicated to securing patient health data, in the previous twelve months, 19 percent of respondents reported a security breach and 12 percent of organizations have had at least one known case of medical identity theft reported by a patient.

The 2013 HIMSS Security Survey, supported by the Medical Group Management Association and underwritten by Experian® Data Breach Resolution, profiles the data security experiences of 283 information technology (IT) and security professionals employed by U.S. hospitals and physician practices. The data from respondents suggests that the greatest perceived “threat motivator” is that of healthcare workers potentially snooping into the electronic health information of friends, neighbors, spouses or co-workers (i.e., inappropriate data access).

Recognizing inappropriate data access by insiders as an area for which organizations are at risk of a security breach, there has been increased use of several key technologies related to employee access to patient data, including user access control and audit logs of each access to patient health records. On a related note, although more than half of the survey’s respondents (51 percent) have increased their security budgets in the past year, 49 percent of these organizations are still spending 3 percent or less of their overall IT budget on security initiatives that will secure patient data.

“Our collaboration with HIMSS for the sixth annual security survey has provided insight into the current state of security within provider organizations,” said Michael Bruemmer, Vice President for Experian® Data Breach Resolution. “Though progress is noticeable, it is critical that healthcare organizations put in place a comprehensive plan that addresses potential security threats – whether internal or external – to prevent electronic health data breaches and minimize the impact of a breach should one occur.”

Other key findings from the survey include the following:

  • 92 percent of organizations conduct a formal risk analysis.
  • 54 percent of organizations report having a tested data breach response plan; 63 percent of these organizations test their plan annually.
  • 93 percent of organizations indicate their organization is collecting and analyzing data from audit logs.
  • Healthcare organizations are using multiple means of controlling employee access to patient information; 67 percent of survey respondents use at least two mechanisms, such as user-based and role-based controls, for controlling access to data.

The survey also pinpoints shortcomings within the healthcare industry. Barriers to improving an organization’s security posture included budget, dedicated leadership and the following:

  • Organizations reported an average score of 4.35 regarding the maturity of the security environment (where 1 is not at all mature and 7 is highly mature).
  • Nearly half (49 percent) of the survey’s responding organizations are still spending 3 percent or less of their overall IT budget on security initiatives that will secure patient data.
  • 52 percent of the hospital-based respondents reported that they had a CSO, CISO or other full-time leader in charge of security of patient data.

“Healthcare organizations are increasingly deploying technologies to increase data security, but continued analysis is crucial in ensuring the proactive prevention of data breaches within hospitals and physician practices. Without these anticipatory measures, security of patient data will remain a core challenge within our nation’s healthcare organizations,” said Lisa A. Gallagher, BSEE, CISM, CPHIMS, FHIMSS Vice President, Technology Solutions, HIMSS.

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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.

EHRs, ePrescribe, and a Snow Storm

“I DON’T WANT TO THINK WHAT THE ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE.”

BIRMINGHAM, AL — February 14, 2014 — With much of the East Coast dealing with unusually disruptive winter weather, a story out of Alabama shows just how much technology can help patients and medical professionals —  after hundreds of them were caught by surprise when a snow storm hit the South late last month.

“When the snow started falling outside The Kirklin Clinic, we had no idea it would become as bad as it did,” said Wendy Tissier, director of Clinical Informatics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System.

Many UAB staff, Tissier included, were among the thousands of people in Alabama unable to get home the night of the storm.  Staff stayed in the clinic overnight — some for multiple nights. More than 200 patients stayed as well.

Many patients and staff members were on prescriptions.  However, many thought they would be home that night and did not bring enough medication to outlast the storm. The UAB Health System uses Cerner technology in its hospitals and physician practices, which Tissier says made a big difference.

“Thankfully, we had electronic health records and a stocked pharmacy,” she said.  “We quickly looked up medications and dosages for our stranded patients and staff and were able to fill them for many in need.”

With the technology, patients were able to get needed medication in spite of the crippling storm.  “I don’t want to think what the alternative would be,” Tissier said.

Cerner Media Contact: Rebecca Gegg, (816) 982-7366  rebecca.gegg@cerner.com, Twitter: @CernerPhysician

University of Alabama- Birmingham Media Contact: Jim Bakken, (205) 934-3887,

mailto:jimb@uab.edu

 

February 18, 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.