HealthLeaders Media IT - April 28, 2009 | Making the Business Case for HIT
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Making the Business Case for HIT
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Chief information officers are not always a member of the CEO's inner circle. In fact, only a quarter (25.23%) of CEOs listed a CIO as members of their senior executive team, according to the 2009 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. But the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may have just elevated their position. The federal government's $36 billion incentive package to install electronic health records means that more CIOs will report directly to the CEO and help set the strategy of the organization. [Read More]
April 28, 2009
Editor's Picks
HIMSS publishes its definitions of 'meaningful use'
HIMSS published its definitions of 'meaningful use of certified EHR technologies' as outlined in the stimulus package. HIMSS sent two definitions—one for meaningful users of certified EHR technologies and the other for meaningful use for hospitals—to the National Coordinator of Health IT and the acting CMS Commissioner yesterday. [Read More]

Mayo opens private medical-data Web site
Mayo Clinic launched its free, online personal health record this past week, and you don't even have to be a patient to store and organize medical information. Mayo Clinic Health Manager, which uses Microsoft's HealthVault software, will also push out customized information, like reminders for checkups. Currently, it offers advice and reminders for asthma, pregnancy, and immunizations. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes care advice will be added later this year. The advice component is something that could give Mayo an edge over its competitors if consumers start viewing the new site as not just a place to hold information but as a way to get health advice, as well. [Read More]

Lifetime EHR Could Mean Better Healthcare for Veterans
The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are working together to create a joint electronic health record that will track veterans' health information from the day they enter the military, throughout their military career, and even after retirement. The project's ideal goal would be to devise an interoperable virtual record that can accept and send data to disparate systems, including a DoD facility, VA hospital, contracted commercial hospital, or TRICARE contracted private physician's office. The project is part of an overall increase in funding for the VA that includes $25 billion over the next five years to honor the nation's veterans and expand the services they receive. [Read More]

Bipartisan legislation would increase access to telemedicine
The Medicare Telehealth Enhancement Act, House Resolution 2068, would expand Medicare reimbursement to telemedicine facilities in urban and suburban areas. The bill would also provide $30 million in grant funding to help healthcare organizations pay for telehealth equipment and expand support services. [Read More]

Time is Running Out
There are only two days left to submit an entry for the 2009 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare awards program. Now in its fifth year, the HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 30. [Learn More]

Business associates: HIPAA survey
We want to hear from business associates about their need for HIPAA training. Business associates perform services on behalf of a covered entity that involve the use or disclosure of protected health information. If you work as an employee of a covered entity, please do not take this survey. To thank you for participating in this survey, we will choose one person to win a $50 AMEX gift card. [Take the Survey Now]
Tech Headlines
Commentary: Five myths on healthcare's electronic fix-it
Washington Post - April 27, 2009

AHA: Hospitals in Critical Condition
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - April 27, 2009

PHI Security: Move Backward, Look Forward
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - April 24, 2009

Medical records in a 'flash'
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - April 24, 2009

Defense investigators in PA raid Siemens Medical
AP/Philadelphia Inquirer - April 22, 2009
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EHR Implementations: Success Lies Beyond the Build: With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's HITECH incentives, healthcare organizations are being urged to roll out EHRs and use them in a "meaningful" way. In this feature, HealthLeaders Media contributor Rob Drewniak offers three areas that often get the short shrift during an EHR implementation, but they are as critical to success as the functionality itself. [Read More]
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