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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have chosen Randy McCleese, MSIS, MBA, former CHIME board chair and chief information officer at Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky., as the recipient of the 2017 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award.

Brent Shafer, new CEO and chairman of Cerner, has served as CEO of Philips North America since Feb. 2014 after previously holding the title of CEO for the company’s global home healthcare business between 2010 and 2014.

Once expected to be valued at $1.5 billion, cloud-based electronic health records vendor Practice Fusion will be acquired by larger EHR provider Allscripts for $100 million in cash.

Managing a hospital without any beds and advising customers on what kind of health insurance plans fits their needs will be tasks assigned to new jobs in healthcare, according to Frost & Sullivan partner Reenita Das.

In response to a report that CMS had banned all text messaging between members of a healthcare team, even on secure platforms, the agency reaffirmed its stance that secure texting of patient information is allowed.

 

Recent Headlines

State medical boards issue telemedicine policy guidelines that favor video

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has updated its voluntary telemedicine policy guidelines to ensure that as communication technologies and care delivery systems evolve, patients are protected.

AHIMA conference concludes without new ICD-10 implementation date

Despite high hopes that Denise Buenning, acting deputy director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services, would use her appearance at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Washington, D.C., as a platform for revealing the new ICD-10 implementation date, the conference ended Wednesday with no further information from CMS on when the actual switch would happen.

Allina Health finds even small use of HIE can prevent care duplication, drug seeking

Minneapolis-based Allina Health’s division of applied research has published a study on its use of one health information exchange (HIE) tool that indicates that even when a HIE is used in a relatively limited fashion, it can help improve care.

Coalition urges CMS to name new ICD-10 transition date now

A broad group of healthcare industry stakeholders involved in the transition to International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10) coding system are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to name Oct. 1, 2015 — the soonest possible date for the transition — as the new date for the change.

CIOs workloads outpacing compensation

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) responsibilities have increased dramatically since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act) passed in February of 2009, and their compensation is not keeping up finds a survey of more than 200 healthcare executives conducted by search firm, SSi-SEARCH.

IOM recommends EHRs include social and behavioral information

An Institutes of Medicine (IOM) committee has issued new recommendations that electronic health records (EHRs) should include social and behavioral data on patients in addition to medical data. However, the IOM does not address the potential patients sensitivities and security issues in including this data.

ICD-10 delay increases transition costs and confusion

The proposal to delay the mandatory implementation of ICD-10 coding went from introduction to being passed by Congress in less than a week and left many hospital and health system CIOs, CMIOs and consultants across the country scrambling to figure out what their next steps should be.

HIPPA security? There’s an app for that

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a free app to help small to medium-sized outpatient healthcare providers conduct required security risk assessments.

Healthcare organizations on budget, if not on schedule, for ICD-10 transition

Early results released this week from a survey on ICD-10 readiness by The Advisory Board Company indicate that most healthcare organizations are at or below their budget for the transition, but they are behind schedule on testing and financial planning.

Realizing a technologically interoperable healthcare system could save $30 Billion

If healthcare could achieve the type of interoperability in devices and information technology (IT) systems other industries take for granted, the cost of care could be lowered by billions while patient outcomes are simultaneously improved finds a whitepaper issued jointly by the West Health Institute and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

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