One major issue facing private and public Health Information Exchanges (HIE) is how to ensure patients privacy preferences are respected by obtaining their consent before data is shared. This Boston Globe article illustrates the complexity of the issue.
Healthcare Reform requires a foundation of healthcare IT in order to be successful. Improving quality, safety and efficiency requires:
Recently, Alex Knapp wrote a brilliant article entitled "Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk" in Forbes. For those of us who have watched every episode and can recite every line of dialog from memory, these 5 lessons are a great distillation of the series.
On April 29, I’m speaking at the American College of Physician Executives about Leading Innovation. These same 5 points are a great framework for that event.
1. Never Stop Learning
I was recently asked how eligible professionals should report the Meaningful Use Clinical Quality Measures if there are zero denominators (i.e. you do not have any hypertensives, adults, or patients with 2 or more visits in the measurement period).
Here’s the answer as I understand the regulations and FAQs:
The January HIT Standards Committee focused on the first quarter goals – Quality Measurement, NwHIN Exchange implementation, and Value Sets/Vocabularies.
Although my business cards and my CV list the title Chief Information Officer, I was given the title Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) when I was hired at BIDMC in 1998. Today, I serve three kinds of roles:
BIDMC has two million square feet of wireless coverage using over a thousand 802.11n/a/g access points. We operate two separate networks – a secure network for clinical applications and a guest network for visitors.
Hundreds of healthcare IT professionals have offered their support to Kathy as she begins cancer treatment.
Several non-profits have contacted us with educational materials and helpful tools.
One of the most useful is the Cancer Planner from Cancer101.org . Cancer 101 provides the tools and resources that patients and caregivers need to make sense of the overwhelming information and difficult emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis.