The December HIT Standards Committee focused on the reality of implementing the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Standards and Certification rule in the real world of hospitals, clinician offices, and healthcare information exchanges.
In 2008, I wrote about representing privacy preferences in an XML form that I called the Consent Assertion Markup language (CAML).
When I was 13 years old, the Altair 8800 appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics. By 16, I was building enough hardware and software that I achieved the Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours of competency by age 18. By 19, I founded a company that produced tax calculation software for the Kaypro, Osborne, and new IBM PC. Every week in the Silicon Valley of the early 1980’s brought a new startup into the nascent desktop computer industry.
While in China last week, I participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new private (rather than public) funded hospital. Each patient room included several high tech amenities including showers that transition from clear glass to frosted glass at the touch of the button.
The 42nd meeting of the HIT Standards Committee began with an inspirational introduction from Farzad Mostashari. He told us that the HIT Standards Committee members should keep their "eyes on the prize and feet on the ground".
We should be aspirational in reviewing the Meaningful Use Stage 3 criteria, identifying standards recommendations for 2016 which are likely, which are possible with focus, and which are unrealistic.
As readers of my blog know, my wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in December 2011 and is now in full remission.
She picked up the presence of the tumor (a very fast growing aggressive type) by self examination.
In my role as CIO and a Professor of Medicine, I’m asked many questions about the policies, processes, and procedures of healthcare. Here’s one I was recently asked about Hospital Disaster planning. Meg Femino, BIDMC Director of Emergency Management, prepared the answer.
Healthcare Reform requires a foundation of healthcare IT in order to be successful. Improving quality, safety and efficiency requires: