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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.

HIMSS Statement on Dr. Karen DeSalvo’s Appointment as National Coordinator for Health IT

Washington, DC (December 19, 2013) – HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has made an excellent selection in appointing Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc  as the new National Coordinator for Health IT, replacing Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, who left the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in early October 2013. Dr. DeSalvo, who currently serves as the Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans and Senior Health Policy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, will join ONC on January 13, 2014.

HIMSS notes Dr. DeSalvo’s long history of leadership in bringing the benefits of health IT to Louisiana. She served as President of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the Louisiana lead for the state’s health information exchange and regional extension center grants, and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Crescent City Beacon Community grant.  She also advocated for expanded use of health IT by New Orleans’ primary care providers, and ensured that the city’s newest public hospital will utilize a fully-integrated health IT network.

Dr. DeSalvo, who spoke at HIMSS13 in New Orleans earlier this year, has a deep understanding of the value of informatics, as well as of the challenges and promise of interoperability. That insight will be essential as she transitions to lead ONC’s efforts to assist U.S. clinicians and healthcare organizations as they move into Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.

HIMSS looks forward to collaborating with Dr. DeSalvo and the entire ONC team, as we work to underscore the value of health IT as a foundational resource in achieving healthcare transformation.

 

About HIMSS

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

December 19, 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.

HIMSS Supports Stage 2 Extension

Washington, DC (December 6, 2013) – HIMSS is gratified that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have heard concerns from health stakeholders and extended Meaningful Use Stage 2 by one year.  This additional time to attest offers an opportunity for increased feedback and analysis on technology implementation, eClinical Quality Measure reporting, and progress toward interoperability that will enhance the ability of eligible hospitals and eligible professionals to meaningfully use health IT, and thus improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care.

In August, HIMSS issued a Call For Action recommending launching Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-schedule and extending Year 1 of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation period, allowing at least 18 months in which Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Eligible Providers (EPs) can attest to Meaningful Use requirements for one quarter.  HIMSS shared its position on extending the deadline for Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation in an Aug. 15 letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner; and then-National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Farzad Mostashari.

The latest data from the more than 5,400 hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database indicate clear challenges for eligible hospitals and tethered ambulatory care facilities preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 2.  These data show:

  • Up to 72 percent of eligible hospitals, and
  • 44 percent of tethered ambulatory facilities

have purchased the necessary software to attest to the 2014 Certification requirements.  We continue to monitor the important issue of upgrades to the correct certified version.

HIMSS looks forward to working with the government and continuing to engage our stakeholders, chapters, events, and resources to ensure the effective adoption and implementation of electronic health records for improved patient care.

About HIMSS

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

December 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.

HIMSS Says Start Stage 2 On Time And Give It Time To Work

Data from HIMSS Analytics database led HIMSS Board of Directors to support launch of Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-schedule, while simultaneously recognizing timeline and certification challenges articulated by eligible hospitals, eligible professionals, and the vendors who serve them, necessitates a longer attestation window.

 CHICAGO (August 15, 2013) -  Adopting an approach that encourages continued progress while simultaneously acknowledging short-term obstacles, HIMSS recommends launching Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-schedule and extending Year 1 of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation period through April 2015 and June 2015 for EHs and EPs, respectively.  This would encompass 18 months in which EHs and EPs can attest to Meaningful Use requirements for one quarter.

Data from the more than 5,400 hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database indicate clear challenges for eligible hospitals and tethered ambulatory care facilities preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 2.  These data show:

  • Up to 68 percent of eligible hospitals, and
  • 41 percent of tethered ambulatory facilities

have purchased the necessary software to attest to the 2014 Certification requirements, but there are concerns that many may still be waiting for the necessary upgrade to the certified version.

HIMSS shared its position on extending the deadline for Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation in an Aug. 15 letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner; and, National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM.

“In our Call to Action, HIMSS asks the healthcare community – providers, hospitals and vendors – to come together in their execution plans for the 2014 certification process and implementation of 2014 certified products. We have recommended an extra six months to achieve Year 1 of Meaningful Use Stage 2, which is a brief amount of time when considering our ultimate and joint goal of successful implementation of health IT to support care coordination and healthcare transformation,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS.

Smith indicated that HIMSS will continue to focus on this Call to Action as part of its activities for National Health IT Week, Sept. 16-20 in Washington, D.C. In addition, resources, such as the HIMSS Value of Health IT Suite, and case studies from HIMSS Davies Award winners and HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 hospitals, are available to healthcare providers seeking data to support and realize the value of health IT.

Read the HIMSS letter to Secretary Sebelius, Administrator Tavenner and National Coordinator Dr. Mostashari.  Read the HIMSS Call to Action statement.

About HIMSS

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

August 15, 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.

HIMSS Statement on Dr. Farzad Mostashari Stepping Down as National Coordinator for Health IT

The following is a statement from Carla Smith, Executive Vice President at HIMSS.

Ann Arbor, MI (August 6, 2013) – We learned today that Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, will step down from public service in the Fall. HIMSS has been privileged to work with Dr. Mostashari as he passionately led the government’s collaborations with the healthcare community, ensuring that health IT is truly the foundation of healthcare transformation.

Dr. Mostashari has long been committed to the value of health IT. At the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, he set a benchmark for how EHRs should be leveraged for public health and population health management, leading to the Department’s Public Health Information Project being awarded the prestigious HIMSS Davies Public Health Award of Excellence in 2011. Dr. Mostashari himself was presented with the 2011 HIMSS Federal Leadership Award during National Health IT Week, and, thanks to his enthusiastic vision of our nation’s future health system, Dr. Mostashari routinely drew large audiences to his speeches at HIMSS events.

HIMSS appreciates Dr. Mostashari’s remarkable achievements as National Coordinator for Health IT and beyond. Thanks to his energetic leadership, patient care is improving as providers and hospitals are implementing health IT, efficient information exchange is leading to better care coordination, and consumers are engaging as partners in their own health. We wish Farzad success as he enters the next phase of his career, and look forward to working with ONC to continue his vision.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a 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. 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. For more information, please visit www.himss.org.

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.

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

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 meeting to highlight Colorado Beacon’s success Patrick Gordon to share CBC’s past, present and future at May 22 meeting in D.C.

Grand Junction, Colo., May 15, 2013-The success of the Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC) represents one leg of an ongoing journey–a journey that began before the three-year Beacon project and will continue well into the future. CBC Director Patrick Gordon will deliver this message to a national audience during a May 22, 2013 meeting, “The Beacon Community Experience: Illuminating the Path Forward–Lessons from the field.”

At this event, sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), Gordon will share lessons learned; specifically, he will talk about how local leadership within the community leveraged technology infrastructure to move toward better value in health care.

Joining Gordon on the stage will be the following thought leaders:

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health IT.
Carol Beasley, MPPM, vice president, business development, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, FACP, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Susan Dentzer,senior policy advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and health policy analyst, PBS NewsHour
Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; senior fellow, Brookings Institution

Gordon will provide the “boots-on-the-ground” perspective, describing how Western Colorado is moving toward establishment of an accountable community in which health care providers adopt advanced practice-based tools and develop new skills that allow them to account for the health of the community as a whole and fundamentally change the ways they practice medicine.

Addressing past, present and future experience in Colorado, Gordon will explain how the Beacon work has helped build a bridge to population health accountability, payment reform and patient activation–within a single strategy.

“Resources developed during the Beacon demonstration–including the health information infrastructure, workforce development for practice transformation, data collection and measurement–provide ongoing support as care teams work to redesign physician practices. Beacon helped us build a more effective framework for whole-person care,” he explained.

CBC’s practice transformation resources support the deployment of tools and the development of skills required to deliver comprehensive primary care. This, in turn, creates a viable foundation for value-based payment and accountability for the total cost of care. CBC’s approach has emphasized person-centered care, patient self-management and integration of behavioral health.

CBC’s 2012 annual report and accompanying video describe how CBC fosters better health by meaningfully using health IT to transform care delivery.

CBC has earned national recognition for its efforts on several fronts. It received a Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award, and a profile appeared in the February 2013 Healthcare Informatics. In addition, The Commonwealth Fund recently released a case study describing how CBC managed to build the capacity needed to exchange health data and transform clinical care, and how CBC uses health IT for quality improvement.

The ONC meeting will be videocast; the link is available here. For more information about this videocast or the Beacon Community Program, please contact the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at http://www.healthit.gov/newsroom/contact-us.

About the Colorado Beacon Consortium

The Colorado Beacon Consortium is made up of executive-level representation from four mission-driven, not-for-profit, Western Colorado-based organizations, all of which have nationally acknowledged track records of coordination to achieve superior outcomes. They are Mesa County Independent Physicians’ Practice Association, Quality Health Network, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The Colorado Beacon Consortium’s mission is to optimize the efficiency, quality and performance of our health care system, and integrate the delivery of care and use of clinical information to improve community health. The geographic focus of the Consortium’s activities includes the Colorado counties of Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Garfield, Gunnison, Pitkin and Rio Blanco. To learn more, visit www.coloradobeaconconsortium.org.

June 3, 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.

Health IT Leaders Partner to Launch imPatient Movement

A call to action in pursuit of improved electronic health record sharing and open communication between patients and medical professionals
 
NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 – To promote improved electronic health information exchange between consumers and clinicians, key health IT leaders have partnered to launch the imPatient Movement. The movement was introduced today at HIMSS13 in New Orleans and will work to empower patients, healthcare providers and health IT organizations to collaborate and advocate for swift and meaningful action in making electronic health information accessible, interoperable and actionable. The movement also supports meaningful use stage two criteria that will require health care providers to more actively engage patients by providing them with the capability to electronically view, download, and transmit relevant information from their provider’s electronic health records to a designated holding place.
The imPatient Movement was formed by an independent coalition of health information technology providers, healthcare professionals and organizations, including NoMoreClipboard, Microsoft HealthVault and Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc.
“We’re excited to see these organizations teaming up to fulfill their Blue Button Pledge through outreach and engagement. The imPatient campaign recognizes what we firmly believe — that both patient and provider attitudes must change in order to achieve the full potential of eHealth, and that both parties will benefit from having greater access to and use of electronic health data,” said Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“The genesis of the imPatient Movement was feedback from frustrated consumers who took the time to create a personal health record, only to be handed an old-fashioned clipboard and directed to fill out the registration forms,” said NoMoreClipboard president Jeff Donnell. “At the same time, those on the provider side have questions and concerns about electronic patient engagement.
The imPatient Movement was created to help consumers and clinicians engage in meaningful dialog about the value of sharing data electronically.”
 
I’m imPatient.  My health depends on IT

“In our state, we are hearing from residents who are growing impatient with their inability to access, manage and share their health information with a tool of their choosing,” added Andrew VanZee, Indiana’s statewide Health IT Director. “Providers are also impatient with the lack of patient engagement solutions that will help them satisfy meaningful use requirements and foster patient loyalty without disrupting workflow. We see the imPatient Movement as a way to create meaningful, electronic relationships and avoid adversarial ones.”
“The imPatient Movement is committed to providing platforms and tools that will empower patients to take a more active role in their health and also make healthcare providers comfortable with patients being at the center of their own care,” Donnell continued.

Join the Movement
All patients, caregivers, family members, healthcare organizations, vendors and providers are invited to “find your voice and join us in telling others that you’re ‘imPatiently’ in pursuit of improved communication and better health.”  Visit imPatient at www.impatientmovement.org.
The imPatient website invites visitors to join the Movement and take action in one (or all) of the following ways:
·       Share personal experiences and opinions via the movement’s online blog community
·       Read about experiences, aspirations and ideas from other members – including consumers and clinicians who are working to connect electronically
·       Sign up for e-mail alerts and receive ongoing updates about patient engagement, personal stories from patients and providers, as well as opinion pieces surrounding healthcare IT policies and standards
·       Follow the movement on Facebook and Twitter social media channels
·       Help influence and empower others to take a more active role in their health by sharing information from the site via pre-formatted emails to family and friends, and downloadable letters to educate doctors and other healthcare providers
·       Sign up for a personal health record or patient engagement platform and get started on an improved path to health
“HealthVault is all about empowering real people with the information and tools they need to become active participants in their care,” said Sean Nolan, Chief Architect of Microsoft HealthVault.  “We’re excited to be part of the imPatient Movement to help foster a dialogue between patients and their healthcare providers about the importance of working together — because true collaboration is the real key to improving outcomes and reducing costs.”
To find us at HIMSS13 to learn more or to become part of the movement, visit us at Booth #1340.  Or visit us online at www.impatientmovement.org.
About the impatient Movement
The imPatient Movement was formed by an independent coalition of health information technology providers, healthcare professionals and patients dedicated to improving patient / provider communication through the use of portable electronic information exchange.  It is a call to call to action for patients and medical professionals who support open communication and electronic medical health record sharing.
March 5, 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.

Colorado Beacon receives Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award

Annual award honors CBC’s pioneering initiatives to transform health care delivery 

 

Grand Junction, Colo., Feb. 6, 2013–The Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC) is one of six teams of health care informatics pioneers to receive the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award. The award recognizes CBC’s efforts to share data and improve care management and care communications across a 17,500 square mile region of Western Colorado.

CBC, which operates with a cooperative agreement from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, an alliance of physician leaders, hospitals, a community-based health information exchange and a local payer, is strengthening existing IT infrastructure, advancing patient-centered primary care and creating a better system for patients, providers and the community. It develops, tests and executes new ways to improve health care while controlling costs. Its  2012 annual report and a video provide the backstory about how CBC fosters better health by meaningfully using health IT to transform care delivery.

“CBC’s success represents precisely what we had hoped to achieve through Beacon,” said Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT. “We recognized the hunger to do things differently, to make better use of data and technology to improve patient care. Now, CBC has shown us how to accomplish that, demonstrating how health care organizations can improve population health through the use of health IT.”

The award recognizes how CBC uses an advanced regional health data architecture (through the Quality Health Network) to deploy a decision-support tool, Archimedes IndiGO, across multiple, independent primary care sites with different EHRs throughout Western Colorado. CBC will be able to perform data analytics across a base of more than 55,000 patients by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

“We are honored to receive this award; it recognizes the value of bringing clinical and administrative data together in one place–at the point of care–to more closely correlate quality with outcomes and value,” said CBC Executive Director Patrick Gordon. CBC’s success offers lessons for communities with independent care providers. “We can collaborate across multiple independent organizations and still achieve community goals and population-level impact. This isn’t corporate health care integration; rather, we are working to show what integration can look like when it is created on a community basis.”

A profile of CBC’s efforts appears in the February issue of Healthcare Informatics, and the winning teams will be honored at the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Reception March 4, 2013, in New Orleans during the annual HIMSS Conference. To learn more about the award, read the FAQs here.

CBC’s undertaking represents a convergence of advanced population health analytics, risk stratification, targeted clinical interventions and patient activation in a single architecture. The effort supports truly patient-centered care. The patient-facing component of IndiGO aligns with the active promotion of new skills (e.g., motivational interviewing) and measures (e.g., a Patient Activation Measure), in comprehensive primary care models. CBC-region physicians report that the use of IndiGO in patient encounters has resulted in improved patient medication adherence and behavior change, as well as more effective shared decision-making.

Communities that want to replicate CBC’s success must act. Gordon offered two pieces of guidance: “Perfect is the enemy of the good,” and “Waiting is wasting.”

He continued: “Had we waited for perfect interoperability standards and vendor solutions to emerge, we would not be receiving this award today. The imperative is for immediate action, amid incomplete insights and solutions within the industry.”

About the Colorado Beacon Consortium

The Colorado Beacon Consortium is made up of executive-level representation from four mission-driven, not-for-profit, Western Colorado-based organizations, all of which have nationally acknowledged track records of coordination to achieve superior outcomes. They are Mesa County Independent Physicians’ Practice Association, Quality Health Network, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The Colorado Beacon Consortium’s mission is to optimize the efficiency, quality and performance of our health care system, and integrate the delivery of care and use of clinical information to improve community health. The geographic focus of the Consortium’s activities includes the Colorado counties of Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Garfield, Gunnison, Pitkin and Rio Blanco. To learn more, visit www.coloradobeaconconsortium.org.

 

February 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.

HIMSS12 Breaks Previous Attendance Records – #HIMSS12

The record-breaking trend continues for the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, held in Las Vegas at the Venetian Sands Expo Center from Feb. 20-24.  As of Friday morning, Feb. 24, attendance at HIMSS12 reached 37,032 attendees, surpassing the HIMSS11 attendance figure of 31,500 attendees.

HIMSS12 attendees fill the hallways on their way to the more than 300 education sessions and to the exhibit hall with 1,123 exhibiting companies at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

Sessions on Stage 1 and Stage 2 of meaningful use, ICD-10, mobile health and mHIMSS, business and clinical analytics, and more kept attendees busy during the week. HIMSS12 also included HIT X.0 and Leading from the Future, two conferences within a conference introduced last year. In addition, Virtual HIMSS12 provided health IT professionals unable to travel to the conference access to the keynote and other educational sessions.

Keynote presentations at the conference included:

Biz Stone
Co-founder, Twitter

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Terry Moran
NIGHTLINE Anchor

Donna Brazile
Renowned Political Strategist and Commentator Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation, Democratic National Committee

Dana Perino
Political Commentator and Former White House Press Secretary

Dan Buettner
Founder of Blue Zones and World Renowned Explorer

Charlene S. Underwood, MBA, FHIMSS, HIMSS Board Chair and Senior Director of Government and Industry Affairs for Siemens Medical Solutions, welcomes attendees to HIMSS in from Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas.

For more information about HIMSS12, visit www.himssconference.org.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

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