Monday, March 31, 2008

HEAL NY PHASE V (5) Results are in


Funded Projects

Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY)

* Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX)
* Greater Rochester RHIO
* Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) RHIO
* Western New York Clinical Information Exchange (WYNCIE)
* Southern Tier Health Link
* Health Information Exchange of New York (HIXNY)
* Long Island Patient Information Exchange (LIPIX)
* Bronx RHIO

Clinical Informatics Services (CIS)

* Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX)
* Parker Jewish Institute of Health Care and Rehabilitation
* Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) RHIO

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for Clinicians, Personal Health Tools for Consumers, Community Portals for Clinicians and Public Health Officials

* Sunset Park Health Council
* New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOH MH)
* Greater Rochester RHIO
* Columbia Memorial Hospital
* Interboro RHIO
* Champlain Valley Physicians
* Hudson River Healthcare
* Health Information Technology Alliance of Syracuse (HITAS)

NYS site

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell signs Executive Order creating Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange (PHIX)

Bravo Governor!
PaEHI, Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative shall provide consultative services.
The devil is in the details: financial and standards related. SV

Sun Herald

Executive Order
The Sixth Vital Sign: Internet Health Searches

I just listened to an excellent interview of

Dr Ted Eytan (quoted above)
Dr Scott Haig
Samantha Fox

The pod cast features their opinions on patients who query the internet about their illness(es). I found it very insightful. SV

Vermont EHR "Tax"

Vermont Information Technology Leaders are recommending a surcharge on medical claims to help pay for the promotion of Information Technology of about 1/3 of one percent.
Most studies support the assertion that medical practices receive less than 15% of the benefit from the savings introduced by HIT but are currently expected to finance 100% of the cost.
What do you think? SV

Burlington Free Press
NYC DOHMH PCIP eClinicalWorks Presentation: A review by Dr Ted Eytan

Dr Eytan was kind enough to attend the presentation and has provided his observations at the PCHIT Blog. SV


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The NYCDOH Primary Care Information Project and eClinicalWorks Electronic Medical Records Demonstration

Thursday March 20th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Program Agenda

DOHMH PCIP Program Overview Mat Kendall, Director of Operations Primary Care
Information Project

eClinicalWorks Provider Experience Review and Q&A Session

Salvatore Volpe, MD FAAP FACP

6:00pm-7:00pm eClinicalWorks Demonstration
Scott Hakanson, Product Specialist
eClinical Works

General Question and Answer

Richmond University Medical Center
Sipp Auditorium
355 Bard Ave, Staten Island, NY

For more information, please send an email to , call (212)341-2263, or visit the PCIP website

If you have a practice on Staten Island please register for the event.
If you know some one who has a practice on Staten Island please encourage her/him to attend.


Registration link

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Cleveland Clinic to take Google's PHR for a test drive

The Cleveland Clinic will run a pilot project of Google's PHR.
The Cleveland clinic currently has 100,000 patients on its current PHR called eCleveland Clinic MyChart®. The pilot, an invitation-only opportunity offered to a group of Cleveland Clinic PHR users, plans to enroll between 1,500 and 10,000 patients.

Joining the other 800 pound gorilla, Microsoft's HealthVault, this project should spur increased discussions on interoperability and security. SV

Cleveland Clinic
Rhode Island Health Information Exchange Act of 2008

Rhode Island's recent legislation should help instill confidence in their Health Information Exchange. SV

The Rhode Island Health Information Exchange Act of 2008 creates a set of critical patient safeguards, many of which go well beyond existing state and federal privacy and data security protections. Baseline consumer protections in the bill include:

.Clear language that participation in the HIE is voluntary – both consumers and providers get to choose whether or not to participate
.The ability to obtain a copy of confidential health care information in the HIE
.The ability to obtain a copy of a Disclosure Report detailing what entities have accessed a patient’s confidential health care information in the HIE
.Notification of any breach of security of the HIE
.The right to terminate participation in the HIE
.The right to request that inaccurate HIE information be corrected
.Strong data security procedures
.The creation of an HIE Advisory Commission to provide community input into the use of confidential health care information in the HIE

Rhode Island
My Dinner with Ted Eytan

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Dr Ted Eytan.
Over a wonderful Croatian meal, we shared stories of respective experiences.
I was glad to finally meet someone from Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, WA, an organization that I hold in high esteem.
He and the other members of PCHIT (Patient Centered Health Information Technology) team are akin to anthropologists traveling across the country observing, documenting and sharing a broad spectrum of patient-physician interactions. His blog at PCHIT is a window through which we can share his experiences. A recurrent theme of our conversation was the goal of transparency. We all have something we can learn from each other. SV

Here is an excerpt from PCHIT

"Our plan was to spend time in a cross section of health care, observing the patient-physician interaction. PCHIT was designed to look at factors present in different care environments at the level of the patient-physician interaction.

This initiative will improve adoption of health information technology (HIT) tools to better engage patients and families in their own care. We will support learning and implementation by working closely with a variety of organizations to better understand each organization’s key levers and barriers to adoption."

Dinner comments