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HCI's Blogospherewww.healthcare-informatics.com/blogs Guest Blogs: 25 View Blogs from Industry Insiders, Including: Joe MarionFounder and
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Guest Blogs: 25

View Blogs from Industry Insiders, Including:

Joe Marion

Founder and Principal, Healthcare Integration Strategies, Waukesha, Wis.

Joe Bormel, M.D.

CMO and Vice President, QuadraMed, Reston, Va.

Pete Rivera

Senior Healthcare Consultant, Hayes Management Consulting, Newton Center, Mass.

Tim Tolan

Senior Partner, Healthcare IT and Services Practice, Sanford Rose Associates, Charleston, S.C.

Mark Hagland

Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Informatics

John DeGaspari

Managing Editor, Healthcare Informatics

Jennifer Prestigiacomo

Associate Editor, Healthcare Informatics


Each week, Sharon Canner, Sr. Director of Advocacy for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, reports on the latest legislative developments from Washington, D.C.

Getting the CMIO Perspective on Professionalization

Dirk Stanley, M.D., has been CMIO at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, a community hospital in Northampton, Mass., for more than three years. He believes strongly that the role of the CMIO needs to be more fully formalized, through education, training, credentialing, and management support, and that in order for CMIOs to succeed, those leaders bringing them into their organizations need to better prepare the way for their arrival.


Looking at the Big Picture on ACOs

One significant element in the comprehensive federal healthcare reform legislation passed by Congress in March, and signed into law by President Obama, was the inclusion of legislative language to support the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs). Sorting out how physicians, physician groups, and hospitals will relate to one another as their leaders create ACOs will require intensive efforts and negotiations on all sides, as well as the implementation of very robust IT infrastructures to support all the data needs involved. Chet Speed, vice president, public policy, at the American Medical Group Association, discusses the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Utah HIE Becomes Certified

The Utah Health Information Network's (UHIN's) clinical HIE is the first HIE to be certified by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission's Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program. The clinical HIE is in the early stages of bringing its community's major stakeholders online. We caught up with UHIN's President and CEO Jan Root, Ph.D., to talk about the accreditation process and why it was necessary.


Dialing Into Physician Smartphone Usage

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based Spyglass Consulting Group recently released a study showing significant growth in physician adoption of smartphones-94 percent of physicians reported using smartphones, compared to a 59 percent usage rate in November 2006. Spyglass’ managing director Gregg Malkary spoke with HCI about why physicians love their smartphones, and why those devices won't be fully integrated into clinical workflow anytime soon.


Due Diligence a Key Part of Data Security

Legal expert Steven J. Fox, a partner at the Washington, D.C. law form Post & Schell, PC, offers actionable advice to providers on what they can do to protect the integrity and privacy of their patient information. The ability to demonstrate that patient information is secure is crucial under the latest federal requirements under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and recent revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Michigan Beacon Grant Targets Diabetes Tracking

A Beacon Communities grant sets in motion a diabetes treatment plan and other quality improvements at a Michigan health information exchange. Robert Jackson, M.D., chairman of the Southeast Michigan Health Information Exchange, explains how the grant funding will allow the organization to build registry functions to provide feedback to primary physicians in the area.


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