Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NJ HIMSS Chapter - Clinical Informatics Workshop

For those of you in the NY/NJ area, see below. SV

NJ HIMSS Chapter - Clinical Informatics Workshop
Date: 2/10/2009
8:30:00 AM-4:00:00 PM

Conference Center at NJHA
760 Alexander Road
Princeton, NJ

$75 HIMSS members
$125 nonmembers


Join us for a full day of learning and workshops with Carol Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor-Program Director IT Healthcare, Stevens Institute of Technology. Ms Brown leads the curriculum for the school’s Healthcare IT Management course that works with healthcare professionals and IT experts to create the industry’s most needed Healthcare IT specialist.

Healthcare professionals and IT professionals will strengthen their knowledge about clinical, financial and other administrative software applications to assist in:

• Making sound business decisions about software investments
• Communicate workflow and technical support needs to others
• Improve healthcare services by leveraging proven products
• Avoid common pitfalls when implementing new systems
• Influence others about IT policy decisions and eHealth trends
• Developing better IT products and services for the healthcare industry
• Communicate the value of operational and clinical IT solutions

For more information regarding this event or the New Jersey Chapter, please go to the website here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

HEALTHeLINK Western New York Clinical Information Exchange is Live!

500 physicians have signed on for Free access to view lab results, radiology results and transcribed reports from hospitals. ePrescribing is also an option. SV

HEALTHeLINK which is a collaborative effort among physician, hospital, and insurance organizations to share clinical information in efficient and meaningful ways to improve the delivery of care, enhance clinical outcomes, and help control healthcare costs throughout the region. HEALTHeLINK is a not-for-profit organization.

HEALTHeLINK supports and is working toward creating a privacy-protected system for health care providers and payers to exchange medical information and other clinical applications through a community-based system.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama

The 44th President of the United States has just been sworn in.

God Bless America.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

President-elect Obama proposes Electronic Health Records for all Americans in 5 years and 20 Billion dollars Stimulus

In 2004, President Bush recommended that this be accomplished by 2014.

This is a daunting task. New York State has led the way with financial investment and perhaps more importantly by creating an opportunity for all the vested interests to participated and fast track the solutions needed for this to be achieved.
New York City has already recruited 1400 healthcare providers to participate in its Health Information Technology initiative (NYC DOH PCIP).
The 20 Billion dollars proposed from the Federal Government will be appreciated. But its not just about dollars. Its about standards, technical support, changes in health care delivery models and educating Americans about healthy lifestyle choices.

Good luck Mr. President, we support you all the way. SV

Monday, January 12, 2009

Senators Stabenow and Snowe Encourage President-elect to Include Health IT in Economic Recovery

Thank you very much Senators. Hopefully a consensus can be reached that will jumpstart the economy and advance HIT adoption. SV

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) today announced the introduction of the Health Information Technology Act of 2009 (S. 179) that would provide a much-needed investment to modernize and improve the country’s health care infrastructure. Also today, Stabenow and Snowe sent a letter to President-elect Obama, encouraging him to use the Act as a blueprint for addressing health care issues in the upcoming economic recovery package. The Act would provide critical investments into health care technology that will improve quality of care, improve efficiency and reduce costs. Senators Stabenow and Snowe are co-chairs of the Senate Health Care Quality Improvement and Information Technology Caucus.

Senator Stabenow

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Nomination of Tom Daschle as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

All – HIMSS has arranged for you to personally add your support for Senator Tom Daschle to be confirmed as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As you know, this past Tuesday, the 111th Congress was sworn in and legislators are hitting the ground running. Confirmation hearings of the Secretary-Designates have begun, including hearings for Secretary-Designate of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Daschle.

HIMSS has sent formal letters of support to the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee who will both hold hearings on Senator Daschle’s confirmation. The Senate HELP Committee’s hearing is today and then Senate Finance Committee will hold their hearing next. Senate Finance Committee will then send the confirmation recommendation to the full Senate for a floor vote.

I'd like to encourage all of the to encourage each of our HIMSS members to electronically send a personal letter of support to your United States Senators and local media supporting the nomination of Senator Tom Daschle as Secretary of HHS. You can use our award-winning HIMSS legislative action center as your personalized electronic tool to help you communicate directly with your elected officials.

Just go to: and click to go to the Legislative Action Center. All you need is your zip code to get started. A letter has been drafted for you that you can personalize if you choose. Thanks for taking action today and encourage all your colleagues to take action also.
2007 CMS PQRI Results Disappointing

Over 48% of 14 million quality data points submitted were invalid.
Despite the errors, practices should receive some credited for making the effort.
The best method would be via an EHR which would prompt the healthcare provider at the point of care to collect the data point. The second best is via a Registry.
Let us know which system you have used and what your results have been. SV

2009 PQRI Measures

PQRI Tool Kit


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

MSSNY HIT and RHIO Technology Fairs

Physicians and office managers in New York State are urged to register early for the Health Information Technology Tech Fairs scheduled for the New York medical community over the coming months.

Below are the coming date and locations:

* Rochester:
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 at the RIT Conference Center in Rochester.

* Syracuse: Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 at the Double Tree at Carrier Circle.
Click Here to Register for Syracuse

* Albany: Saturday, January 17th, 2009 at the Albany Marriott, Wolf Road.
Click Here to Register for Albany