When two healthcare systems merge, there are a lot of moving parts that need to be integrated--particularly where technology is concerned.
Matthew Chambers, CIO of Baylor Scott & White Health, knows first-hand what that takes.
"You had two highly functioning, highly capable organizations that we're going in the same direction strategically, toward population health, but had made different investments to get there," he told FierceHealthIT.
In this exclusive interview, Chambers discusses his management style, how Baylor Scott and White handles cybersecurity and the future of the CIO role. Interview
Hospitals, health systems and physician practices invested a lot of time and money preparing for the switch from the ICD-9 coding set to ICD-10, and after numerous delays by the federal government, the industry officially moved over to the new code set Oct. 1.
Early reports indicate that the transition to the new codes was largely uneventful for some payer and hospital organizations. Still, physician practices have reported the conversion has led to delays in care and difficulty accessing payer sites.
In this special report, FierceHealthcare looks at the steps payers and providers must now take to fully transition to the new code set and what the future holds. Report
With kids back in school, many providers are helping to keep students healthy and in the classroom using telemedicine.
This report examines the efforts of three providers and the reactions from parents, nurses and faculty.
At a recent congressional hearing focusing on electronic health record interoperability--or lack, thereof--between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) said to officials from both agencies that after nearly two decades of failed efforts to play nicely together, and billions of dollars spent, perhaps it's time to punish noncompliance of federal requests.
"I think we have to insist on consequences and accountability and performance, and we have not done that effectively to date," he said.
In theory, that idea makes sense. Mandate seamless health data exchange between the agencies--whether it be through a single joint system or interoperability between the DoD's new off-the-shelf system and the VA's VistA--or else, making sure that the "or else," unlike in previous years, actually has teeth behind it.
But it will be difficult to achieve. Read more...
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