I’d like to thank the HL7Standards.com community for the kind welcome yesterday. I’m happy to join the talented team here and I’m looking forward to learning about the topics that interest health care IT professionals, whether it is about HL7, ACOs, HIEs, etc., or about the innovative ways you’re using social media in health care.
It’s an exciting time to be in and around health care, especially from an observer’s point of view. But, for those of you in the “IT trenches,” you may be feeling the pressure of the entire system on your shoulders. I hope to continue the work of the HL7Standards.com team of providing health care professionals with useful information as the system undergoes transformation.
I would like to get things started with my first weekly Wednesday Blotter, where I will share recent articles that I’ve found interesting. From each week’s list of articles I’ll choose up to four to use as discussion topics for our popular, weekly #HITsm chats, held Fridays at 11 a.m., CT, over on Twitter.
Feel free to email me directly with any information you think will be useful for future Wednesday Blotter posts, #HITsm chats or for more in-depth articles. Also, I will monitor blog comments for information, or you can find me on Twitter @OchoTex.
Let’s get started.
According to an healthsystemCIO.com article by Bonnie Siegel, the ongoing changes of the health care system are forcing hospital CIOs to gladly add to their job descriptions, including serving as the “Marketer of EHR Services,” “Sponsor of ICD-10” and “Visionary for HIE and ACO.” Siegel lists seven other CIO roles, but those three new roles, in particular, are listed as factors in an article on FierceHealthIT about why CIO jobs are more stressful than ever, citing a survey, also published by healthsystemCIO.com, that says 25% of healthcare CIOs are considering looking for less-stressful jobs.
MobiHealthNews published their 10 predictions for the mobile health market, including 100 million wireless sensors in use by 2016, one million telehealth gateways by 2012 and, perhaps the most interesting to me, a $1.7 billion market for mobile health enterprise apps that communicate with the health care enterprise’s HIS, including EHR, CPOE, eRx, CDS and Charge Capture.
Do the negatives of hospital social media outlets outweigh the positives? That’s the question posed by Gary Baldwin in Health Data Management Magazine, where he describes the exact opposite of the adage, “Bad press is good press.” However, there are several positives listed in the article that I think win the argument.
ACO watch: Healthcare Finance News reported that The Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic both have plans in place to begin partnerships with outside physicians with the goal of laying the groundwork for an ACO network that will charge physicians membership fees. And, not surprisingly, Kaiser Health News published a recap of a presentation given by Harvard professors that predict ACOs will not end wasteful health care spending.
Lastly, an American Medical News article describes how states are having their own say on health reform, especially when it comes to regulation of insurers.
For Friday’s 11 a.m., CT, #HITsm chat, let’s discuss the following:
- Social media in the hospital. Friend or foe?
- Economists Caution: ACOs May Not End Wasteful Health Spending
See you then!
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