New health technology projects are always underway at the University of Maryland Medical System, but one that is stealing Chief Information Officer Jon Burns' attention is building a data analytics structure.
"We have lots of information, lots of data that we store," Burns (pictured) told FierceHealthIT in an interview. "What we want to be able to do is develop an infrastructure that mines that data in ways that help us understand our business better, understand our profitability better and make sure that we are ... developing things that will help the organization continue to thrive."
In addition to UMMS' work in analytics, Burns also spoke to FierceHealthIT about data security, the challenge of creating alignment on specific objectives and how he juggles his many tasks as CIO. Interview
For years, federal officials have given the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs flak for failing to make their electronic health record systems interoperable. The decibel level of such complaints rose astronomically following a February 2013 decision to abandon development of a joint EHR, and has grown deafening in recent months as the push for interoperability of all health records systems continues to gain steam throughout the halls of Congress.
Just last week, in fact:
- David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, slammed the lack of progress by DoD and VA as wasteful in testimony before the House subcommittees on Government Operations and Information Technology; and
- An amendment was added to the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 requiring interoperability between the agencies' systems
That's why the VA's planned launch of its new Enterprise Health Management Platform--demonstrated last week by the agency--is such a breath of fresh air. Read more...
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