Saturday, December 31, 2011

HIMSS eNurse Mentoring Program

Once again, HIMSS, is leading the way for sharing HIT guidance. SV

Welcome to the eNurse Mentoring Program, developed in collaboration between HIMSS Career Services and HIMSS Nursing Informatics. This program will give our members the opportunity to become connected to nationally recognized leaders in nursing. If you have a question you would like to ask our mentors pertaining to career growth and advancement and looking for possible insights into processes and thoughts not otherwise found in the health IT arena please submit your question to: A new question will be posted monthly.

By creating this eNurse Mentoring Program, HIMSS Professional Development Career Services strives to strengthen our members' abilities to connect to industry leaders focusing on nursing leadership, healthcare IT and management systems for HIMSS members at various stages of their health IT careers.

Monday, December 19, 2011

NYS Designated Phase I Medicaid Health Homes

On November 1, 2011, the NYSDOH received 61 Health Home applications to serve the ten counties in Phase 1. All applications were reviewed by a broad multidisciplinary team representing many perspectives including the NYS Department of Health's Offices of Health Insurance Programs, Health Information Technology and the AIDS Institute; the NYS Office of Mental Health; the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services; and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Twenty-one applicants are being conditionally approved as Phase 1 Medicaid Health Homes. The contingent approved Health Homes are by region:


Montefiore Medical Center (establishing the Bronx Accountable Healthcare Network) with Acacia Network; Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Morris Heights Health Center; St. Barnabas Hospital; & Union Community Health Center

NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation + MetroPlus Health Plan

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Home Care + Institute for Family Health; Argus Community; Help PSI Inc.; Urban Health Plan, Inc.; & Community Healthcare Network

Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center + CBC/FEGS Health and Human Services System, Inc., IHealth/Help PSI Inc.; Bronxworks; Allmed Medical Centers; Corinthian IPA, Essen Medical.


Maimonides Medical Center + Lutheran Medical Center; Institute for Community Living; FEGS Health and Human Services System, Inc.; Visiting Nurse Service of New York; First to Care Home Care; Jewish Board of Family and Children Services; Promoting Specialized Care and Health; Center for Urban and Community Services

NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation + MetroPlus Health Plan

Community Health Care Network

Institute for Community Living + Coordinated Behavioral Care, Inc.

Long Island /Nassau

North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System + LI Federally Qualified Health Center (LIFQHC) and Nassau University Medical Center (NuHealth)

FEGS Health and Human Services System, Inc. + Nassau County Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services

Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady County, Inc. + Ellis Hospital; Hometown Health Center; Capital District Physicians Health Plan

Northern Region (Clinton, Essex, F, Hamilton, Warren, Washington cos.)

Adirondack Health Institute, Inc. + Hudson Headwaters Health Network; Community Partners, Inc.; & Adirondack Health

Glens Falls Hospital + Capital District Physicians Health Plan

View the full list of network partners by region and/or county.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Disruptive Technology Leadership: From EHRs to iPads

Kristopher P. Kusche, M.Eng., CISSP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Vice President, Information Services - Technology Management
Albany Medical Center

Friday, December 9th, 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern / 12:00 - 1:00 PM Central

A review for IT executives of the adoption of disruptive technologies, measuring the impacts of such adoption, and an experience-based methodology of managing the process:
• Understanding disruptive technologies and the drivers of need/desire;
• Measure the benefits and challenges of adopting disruptive technologies;
• Identify management strategies around adopting disruptive technologies; and
• Review disruptive technologies on the HIT horizon.

Registration Link

Sunday, December 04, 2011

CDPHP adds additional funding to help Specialists adopt EHRs

Insurer's Dollars Push Specialists onto EHR Highway

N.Y. health insurer adds $1 million to the pot to help specialists implement electronic health records, qualify for Meaningful Use, and use health information exchange

November 25, 2011

Information Week

By Nicole Lewis


Article reports that a health insurance provider, Capital District Physicians Health Plan, is providing $1 million to help 800 specialists within its network to implement health IT. Article mentions that the funding will go to pay for consultation services to help specialists select EHRs, attest to Meaningful Use, and connect to an HIE. Article includes comments from Dr. Bruce Nash, senior VP of medical affairs and CMO at CDPHP, who says that this funding is necessary because specialists are a critical piece to making an HIE work by connecting them to primary care providers.