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March 2014

Chief information officers under the gun of upcoming standards

Our team refers to it as the Super Bowl of healthcare IT trade shows. Don Fluckinger That's because, at the annual Health Information Management Systems Society's conference and exhibition, federal authorities release more rules and regulations than at any other gathering. Vendors unveil more new products. Provider CIOs rally around one another to make their views known en masse. People make it happen. Things get done. HIMSS 2014 lived up to that hype once again. This year, chief information officers felt under the gun with a passel of EHR upgrades supporting ICD-10 diagnoses codes, 2014 ONC certification standards, potential 2015 certification standards and tools enabling data systems to meet accountable care reporting standards. And, oh, yeah, support for new HIPAA data security regulations. In fact, Intermountain Healthcare vice president and CIO Marc Probst went as far as to say at the show, this year in Orlando, Fla., that his organization would miss this year's meaningful use stage 2 attestation deadline. There's just too ...

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