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Chief information officers under the gun of upcoming standards
This article is part of the Pulse issue of March 2014
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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Features in this issue
From rip-and-replace to business as usual, providers differ in this year's EHR upgrades for ICD-10 support, 2014 ONC certification standards.
Three provider reps go in-depth in sharing how they are readying their clinical and financial systems for ICD-10 and meaningful use stage 2.
Four healthcare systems experts give their best tips on how to prepare for 2014's most challenging regulations: ICD-10 and meaningful use stage 2.
Providers are rapidly transitioning to accountable care models, but without better quality measures, these plans may have limited success.
Quality metrics and patient-focused care are the cornerstones for providers' plans as they switch to the ACO model.
News in this issue
Exclusive preview: A HIMSS analytics health data interoperability report shows HIE participation is stalled on the eve of meaningful use stage 2.
With a focus on health data interoperability, the next wave of EHRs will incorporate powers of big data, speech recognition and new database models.
Columns in this issue
Some chief information officers are replacing their EHRs. Add that to coming regulations and the next few years will be full of health IT compliance.