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Increase Your EHR Satisfaction Through Innovation

 

Have you read the HealthcareIT News 2016 EHR Satisfaction Survey results? (or maybe you even participated in the survey?)

The results were not totally suprprising to most. The EHRs that have been on top, remained on top, and overall, the satisfaction scores went up, which is encouraging. However, there were still some significant areas where hospitals are experiencing angst with their EHR.

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In the News: The Status of Current and Future HIEs

 

How do you get your industry information? Do you keep up with what's going on in the world of HIE? Or, do you only want to know about what's going on in your state? Either way, if you subscribe to industry publications, or set up Google alerts for "HIE" like I do, you probably couldn't help but notice all of the recent articles.

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How to be the Superhero of Healthcare IT!

It can take super-human strength to meet all of your IT goals!

If you're like a lot of healthcare IT executives that I have spoken to lately, it seems that you need super-human strength to be able to tackle all of your healthcare IT priorities. It's nearly impossible for IT departments to get everything done that is asked for or required (either by the government, or other hospital executives).

This is due in part, to the overwhelming demands on healthcare IT departments, whether it be an increase in the complexity of regulatory requirements to move to value-based care in a short amount of time, achieving the holy grail of interoperability, the need for analytics, or the threat of cyber-security and managing patient privacy. The list can go on and on!

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Recipe for Successful Patient Identity — People, Processes, and a little IT!

Patient identity is a hot topic everywhere we turn.

There are a lot of opinions out there and no one has conjured the perfect recipe just yet. The CHIME National Patient ID Challenge initiative has gotten a lot of buzz, and while the $1,000,000 in prize money is a nice motivator, I’d like to think that everyone has a more altruistic motivation. 

Whether you’re an IT geek, a provider, or a patient, we all have a stake in getting it right. We all win if we get it right. It is worth our time to make a plan, and execute it flawlessly.

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Your State May Require You to Join an HIE — Are You Ready?

 

In the world of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), as with many other challenges in Healthcare IT, the regulations are constantly changing, and it can be hard for providers to keep up.

Let's take a look at state HIEs in particular. Many states are enacting legislation that will require connection to the state HIE. Do you know if your state is one of them?

Here's one example. The state of New York recently adopted the SHIN-NY regulation which, according to the April issue of the SHIN-NY Spotlight, "This regulation provides guidance on how SHIN-NY is operated. Additionally, the policy directs all Article 28 hospitals to connect to the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) on or before March 2017 and other regulated facilities in New York to connect by March 2018."

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Connecting to an HIE — The Good, the Bad, and What it Means to You

Connecting to an HIE and achieving true Interoperability are challenges CIOs face on a daily basis. This is evident based on the number of industry publications that cover this topic almost every day. It’s because the challenge of sharing patient data across disparate systems, and achieving interoperability, are very difficult things to accomplish. And every hospital’s situation is different, which contributes to the complexity.

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Healthcare CIOs Share Their Interoperability Challenges

Is interoperability a challenge at your hospital? Do the frank opinions of hospital CIOs matter to you?

If so, you might be interested in the thoughts and perspectives shared in a focus group at HIMSS16. The topic: Defining Interoperability Challenges, Priorities, and Solutions for 2016. About 18 CIOs attended, representing hospitals, public health agencies, and similar organizations.

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How Patient Identity Impacts all Future Healthcare IT Strategies

It seems that I cannot even open my email these days without seeing an article, podcast, or contest (yes, I said contest — more on that later) about the enormous problem hospitals are facing of accurately identifying patients. Why now, in 2016, is this seemingly becoming a higher priority? I have a few theories:
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How to Get a Handle on Your Patient Identity Challenges

Patient identity challenges are not going away

Patient identity challenges are nothing new; trust me. Back in the 90s, when I implemented the first EMR at a community hospital in the Northeast, we spent a lot of time undoing the damage of well-intentioned registrars. Oh, the joy of our little bubble. Yes, it was a lot of work but it was confined to my little hospital and one EMR. 

We had total control. We undid the registration, documentation, lab results, charges, and any other bits and pieces, only to re-enter them on the new patient and account. Boy did we complain! 

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Interoperability — Don't Get Crushed by the Chaos

Interoperability can mean many things.

Interoperability is one of those words that conjures up very different visuals for each of us. Paper cups attached by string, the WiFi router in your home, the towers and satellites that allow your text to be sent across the world in milliseconds, and the NASA space station, are all examples of interoperability. 

In healthcare, it might mean electronically receiving the lab order from the doctor’s office, or aggregating and sharing in target-system-ese, the problems, meds, and allergies of every patient in Massachusetts.

Some might say the term interoperability is overused, but it’s shorter than saying, “take thousands of proprietary systems that were created as good ol', 'stand-alone, I don’t need anyone, I am king of the hill, you can’t boss me around,' and make them share information.” 

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