Thursday, May 31, 2012

Provider Education Video Presentations Now Available on the CMS YouTube Channel

Google plus Government: Free Educational Material. Check it out. SV


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Team USA: Olympics EHRs for Athletes

Bravo. The US Olympics Committee is also on board with EHRs! SV

The United States Olympic Committee announced today that, for the time, it will use electronic medical records (EMR) for managing athlete care. The USOC will use GE’s Centricity* Practice Solution, an integrated EMR and practice management product, to manage the care of more than 700 athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as for 3,000 additional records maintained by USOC staff. The technology will replace pallets of paper records historically shipped by the USOC to the Games and will provide doctors with faster access to athletes’ medical records– ultimately supporting the doctor’s ability to provide more targeted care.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

AACP PCMH Diabetes Presentation at St. John's University (Queens) May 30 2012

This is a great program that highlights the benefits of cooperative activity between
pharmacists, physicians and other primary care providers.
Be sure to attend and share your impressions here. SV


Register here


Research has identified that the gap that exists in providing the type of health services that can improve health outcomes is often ineffective systems of care and that 80 percent of medical errors are deemed to be system driven. To assist clinicians and health administrators identify and resolve systems-based barriers to optimal medication use, this educational program will introduce participants to a proven framework for managing performance improvement developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

Meeting Agenda

8:30 a.m. Welcome, Framing, Medication Use in the Medical Home - Todd Sorensen / Buzz Kerr

9:15 a.m. The Breakthrough Model for Improvement - Mark Loafman

9:30 a.m. Case Study – Local Organization in Action - Local Presenter

9:45 a.m. Engaging Physicians - Mark Loafman

10:00 a.m. Participant Roundtable Discussions

10:15 a.m. Break

10:35 a.m. Leadership and the Performance Improvement Team - Todd Sorensen

11:00 a.m. Defining the Population of Focus – The Case for Diabetes - Zandra Glenn

11:25 a.m. Understanding the PDSA Cycle - Mark Loafman

11:50 a.m. Participant Roundtable Discussions

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Creating and Sharing a Vision for Improved Medication Use - Todd Sorensen

1:30 p.m. The Role of Measurement in Performance Improvement - Zandra Glenn / Local Team

2:00 p.m. Participant Roundtables

2:15 p.m. The Role of QIOs in the PSPC and Beyond - QIO Presenter

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1: Committing to Action and Developing a Performance Improvement Story - Mark Loafman/Zandra Glenn
Breakout #2: Performance Improvement and Interprofessional Education - Buzz Kerr

3:45 p.m. Wrap-up and Concluding Remarks - Todd Sorensen / Buzz Kerr

4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

GAO Report on CMS EHR Incentive Programs

Four major recommendations to verify providers have met program requirements.

Tell us what you think of the report and recommendations. SV


Tuesday, May 15, 2012


For my fellow New Yorkers and fans of the Empire State, here is great view what's going on here. SV

The Made in NY Digital Map is a visual testament to the vibrant state of New York's digital industry - showing a powerful constellation of over 500 homegrown startups, investors and coworking spaces across the five boroughs. Browse by neighborhood, review job postings, or add your own startup to the digital landscape - the Made in NY Map is a living resource that reflects New York City's dynamic innovation ecosystem.

Led by Mayor Bloomberg's commitment to realize New York City's digital potential, the Made in NY Digital Map was created by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment in partnership with Internet Week NY and the New York Tech Meetup. Distribution of the map was also made possible thanks to the Association for a Better New York.

Made In NY

Thursday, May 10, 2012

CMS Has Posted Information on Recipients of Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payments

In compliance with the HITECH Act's requirement, CMS has posted the names, business phone numbers, and business addresses of Medicare eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) that have successfully demonstrated meaningful use and received a payment as of March 2012. Medicare EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAH's were able to verify and edit their business phone numbers and addresses during the registration process. CMS has not posted information on group practices, as incentive payments are not provided at the group practice level.

Beginning this month, CMS is posting two file formats of Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment recipients. One format is a searchable PDF, and the other is a tabular downloadable CSV file that can be opened in many common spreadsheet programs. This CSV file can also be used to sort information about recipients, for example, by medical specialty or the state in which they practice. Use the links below to access the PDF and CSV files.

CSV Files

EP Recipients of Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payments

Hospital Recipients of Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payments

PDF Files

EP Recipients of Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payments

Hospital Recipients of Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payments

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

New York Digital Health Accelerator Information & Networking Event

May 10, 2012 | 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm EST
The TimesCenter, New York, NY
The program will begin at 5:15 pm SHARP

Register Today!

There will be streaming this event LIVE – Click here to watch on May 10!

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Western New York HIT Symposium Thriving In Constant Change

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Time: 8:30am to 4:00pm
Location: Roberts Wesleyan College, Cultural Life Center
2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624

Program includes:

Surviving the ICD-10 Conversion
Meaningful Use Stage 2
Networking Opportunities
Continental Breakfast & Lunch Buffet included

• Keynote “Meaningful Use Stage 2” – Ken Ong (CMIO, New York Hospital Queens)

Registration Information

HIMSS Members & Affiliates: $75
Student Members: $35
General Public: $100

Click Here to Register

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Join us at the New York State HIMSS Advocacy Day May 14, 2012

Sign-up to participate in our 2012 New York HIMSS Advocacy event

Monday May 14, 2012 from 1 – 5pm
Legislative Office Building
198 State Street
Albany, NY 12210

Sign up here