Innovative Advocacy Events in Ohio and Texas

The trend to use innovative technology and approaches for advocacy events is a priority for HIMSS Chapters and has already taken many forms.

On April 3, the Central and Southern Ohio HIMSS chapter and the Northern Ohio HIMSS Chapter partnered with Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) to host the 7th Annual Ohio Healthcare Information Technology Day in Columbus at the State House Atrium.

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A Successful Career in Health IT Takes the Right Stuff

by Frank Myeroff, PresidentFrank Myeroff
Direct Consulting Associates, Cleveland, Ohio,

The field of health IT is not only one of the hottest occupations today, but it shows no signs of slowing down.   In fact, high growth is expected in hand health IT in the next decade, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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HIMSS Physician Community Blog Series #1 -Why EHR Usability Matters

By David Schlossman, MD, PhD, FACP, MMI, CPHIMS                                                             Medical Oncologist/Board Certified Clinical Informaticist                                             Missouri Cancer Associates/Boone Hospital Center

A survey of over 1000 physicians published in the February 10, 2014 issue of Medical Economics confirmed that the great majority of practicing physicians believe the conversion to electronic health record (EHR) systems has created more problems than it has solved. In the survey, more than 79 percent of the respondents in practices with 10 or more physicians felt that the effort, resources, and cost of implementing an EHR were not justified by the benefits. The findings also corroborated a RAND Corporation Study published in the January, 2013 edition of Health Affairs showing that the main reasons physicians are so critical of EHR systems are poor usability and failure to exchange information.

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Congress Patches Medicare SGR, Again

With passage by the Congress and the President’s signature of HR 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, Medicare reimbursement for physician was preserved from the SGR (Sustainable Growth Rate) reduction of 24 percent.   Continue reading

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Five Models of Patient Engagement Demonstrate Value

By John Sharp and Brad Tritle

BradTritleBrad Tritle is Global Product Owner for Chronic Disease Management at vitaphone health solutions, co-founder of eHealth Nexus, former CEO of eHealth Trust Arizona, former executive director of Arizona Health-e Connection, and has served as a consultant to ONC on patient engagement for health information exchange.  He is a member of the HIMSS Connected Patient Committee, co-chair of the Connected Patient Community, and chair of the HIMSS Social Media Task Force.

John Sharp, MSSA, PMP, FHIMSS is Senior Manager, Health Information Systems at HIMSS. He staffs the Connected Patient initiatives at HIMSS and authored a chapter in the new HIMSS book, Applying Social Media Technologies in Healthcare Environments.

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Ten Types of Medicine For Health Care

Roy Smythe

By Roy Smythe, M.D.

“If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.”

― Seth GodinLinchpin

Whether we realize it or not, we are living and working in a new economy.  Seth Godin, the author of a number of fascinating short books on the phenomenon, such as “Poke The Box” and “Purple Cow,” and the co-founder of Squidoo, summed it up well in a recent interview:

“[I]t’s the end of the industrial age… for eighty years, you had a job,  you did what you were told and you retired… and good people could make above average pay, for average work – and it ended.

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What a Difference Volunteers Make

Every day, I see how HIMSS volunteers make a positive and remarkable difference in improving health with IT. Now, during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, I extend my thanks and appreciation for their contributions.  Let me tell you more.

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Transforming Healthcare from Fee-For-Volume to Fee-For-Value through Population Health

Don Berwick’s pivotal 2008 article, “The Triple Aim: Care, Health, And Cost,” created the framework for healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA places a high priority on improving the quality of Medicare services through creating new payment models aimed at delivering high quality, efficient care for individuals; stifling the growth of expenditures; and improving population health outcomes.

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Why Should I be a Mentor?

Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg offers an interesting perspective on mentoring in her book Lean In. Rather than formally seeking a mentor, she encourages each of us to look for a mentor or sponsor in our everyday professional lives.  For example, mentorship can be an aspect of our relationship with our superior(s). Ongoing touch base meetings can provide natural opportunities to get feedback on ideas or strategies that we are considering. Establishing relationships with respected leaders in our own organization can help expand our network and provide a vehicle for finding the right mentor.

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HIMSS14 by the Numbers

We framed the theme for HIMSS14 with four carefully and consciously chosen words: impact, innovation, outcomes and onward. Continue reading

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