An Interoperability Use Case Repository and Narrative

by: Joe Wagner, vice president transformation services, TELUS Health and Seth Blumenthal, program manager national quality registry network (NQRN®),  American Medical Association

The HIMSS Interoperability Maturity Model Task Force is pleased to announce a new web-based use case repository which also includes a narrative entitled,  An Interoperability Use Case Narrative.

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Increase Health IT Knowledge with the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Introduction by Toria Shaw, MSW, Manager of Clinical Informatics, HIMSS

by: Emily “Emmy” Lacey, RN, graduate student in healthIT at the University of Denver and is also an active duty nurse in the United States Army.

Emily “Emmy” Lacey reached out to TIGER inquiring about the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)  and seeking resources to assist with her Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems class.  We asked Emmy to share her impressions, from a student perspective, as well as feedback or tips for improving this education portal for academic professionals, students, adult learners and clinical educators.

TIGERWe thank Emmy for her fantastic blog entry and insightful feedback about the TIGER VLE!




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12 Things You Should Know About Health Information Exchanges

by: Gregory Barnowsky, Chief Architect, Independence Blue Cross

This past year at HIMSS’15, I attended a session on Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).  During that session, the presenter had a slide that stated, “… if you see one Health Information Exchange implementation you have not seen them all.”  This was a play on an old colloquialism, but very true.  Health Information Exchanges vary in implementation and related successes.   HIEs across the nation face many challenges including obtaining initial sponsorship, securing seed funding and most importantly remaining relevant and sustainable to the health community they serve.

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Celebrating Independence!

Growing up I couldn’t wait for summer.  Summer meant school was out and I could have nothing but fun all day!  I didn’t have to go to bed early, do homework or stick to any kind of schedule, and I was free to enjoy warm weather for the next few months.  I was excited about all the fun things summer brought:  long days at the pool, bike riding, family gatherings, barbecues, parades and most importantly, fireworks on the 4th of July!

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HIE inPractice Blog Series: Using Health Information Exchanges to Identify Vulnerable Populations (Part 2)

by: Sharon Davis, CPHIMS, PMP, Senior Project Manager

In our previous blog post, we defined a vulnerable population (VP) and introduced concepts of gathering clinical data from these populations.  In this blog, we will discuss the basics for collecting data and identifying locations where data can be gathered on vulnerable populations.

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Vendor Security Risk Management for Healthcare Organizations

Here is the latest monthly blog from the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee…called PSST!  Keep reading to learn more about this month’s topic –Vendor Security Risk Management for Healthcare Organizations, by HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee Member John L. Phelan, Ph.D., Principal, Phelan Consultants.

Despite the increasing focus and legal requirements for security controls, major and minor security breaches seem to have become routine based on the news headlines and websites citing these breaches.  What is behind the headlines may be less obvious in that healthcare organizations rely on a plethora of vendors for support, including processing and maintaining data, providing analytics and, in many instances, performing core operational tasks.  When there is a breach, a contracted vendor may well share the blame if not the headline.

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Why Medical Device Integration Now…Why is this so interesting?

by: John R. Zaleski, Ph.D., CPHIMS

More than half of U.S. hospitals and health systems are planning to purchase and implement a medical device integration (MDI) solution. This is quite a difference from, say, five years ago. There are a number of reasons motivating this. Partially, the maturing deployment of electronic health record systems; partially, the maturing of the complexity of integration that requires higher-frequency, higher accuracy, higher fidelity data, such as clinical decision support methods within electronic health record systems; partially, the motivation of Meaningful Use and needs for improvement in patient safety; partially the PP-ACA. Other specific motivations, such as the recognition that improved patient care management can be achieved through better, more accurate data. Furthermore, MDI is an essential element for achieving better patient safety.

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Current market view of the usage, value and future of Direct Messaging

by: Mari Greenberger, Director of Informatics, HIMSS, and Sean Kennedy, Director, HIE, Mass eHealth Institute

Recently the FY15 HIMSS Interoperability and HIE Committees conducted a nationwide survey on Direct messaging to learn how the marketplace is using Direct to facilitate health information exchange (HIE). Direct messaging was intended to increase interoperability, and this survey was intended to provide visibility on the use and value of Direct.

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Optimizing for the Acceptable: Managing Design in a Complex Socio-Technical System

For Father’s Day, my parents, my wife and kids all went to my in-laws house for brunch. Ah, the glories of brunch let me siiiinnnnggg your praises (AAAHHHH AAAAAHHH AAAAHHHH!!!), you a nuanced blend of breakfast and lunch, sweets and savories, smorgasbords the world over brimming with blends of tasty bites for different appetites. Brunch mainstays can vary between countries, regions, cities, all the way down into intra-family variations. Because of the murky location to the start of brunch (early midday? Late morning?) the host must provide a variety of dishes and tastes to appease the diversity of culinary needs for their brunchers.   Lean too much toward lunch, your breakfast eaters are nonplussed.   Bust out too many breakfast dishes, your lunch eaters are aggravated. Just like cooking an egg soufflé (a brunch must for my mom),   to design a good brunch you need to balance ingredients, environment, and timing.

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The mission of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”  They do this by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

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