CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell highlights five key policy topics that he will explore in a panel discussion at the upcoming Cerner Health Conference 2019. Read his blog post here.
Vice President of Congressional Affairs Leslie Krigstein participated on a virtual panel on telehealth that was hosted by Healthcare Now Radio. Watch the panel in action here.
Several media reported recommendations that CHIME offered to the Federal Communications Commission about its proposed $100 million Connected Care Pilot. CHIME flagged several potential barriers to broad participation in the program. Read Modern Healthcare’s coverage here.
CHIME Policy Steering Committee member Marc Probst joined with Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association, in a commentary published by The Hill. Their article urged the Senate to vote to remove a ban that has stymied having a unique national patient identifier. In related news, GovInfoSecurity reported on a letter CHIME and more than 50 other organizations sent to Senate leaders asking them to lift the ban.
CHIME is making headlines in India with previews of the Conference on Transforming Healthcare with Information Technology (THIT) in Hyderabad.
HealthsystemCIO.com published a two-part interview with CHIME Board member Will Smart, who talked about the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK and his involvement in CHIME. “What CHIME is doing in terms of accrediting the CIO profession is critically important,” he said. Go here for part 1 and here for part 2.
Several media attended and covered a recent Senate briefing hosted by CHIME and the American Health Information Management Executives to educate staffers about the need for a nationwide unique patient identifier. Here is one of many articles based on the event.
Politico cited Leslie Krigstein, CHIME’s vice president of congressional affairs, in an article on protecting patient information as the federal government pushes to give patients’ more opportunities to share that information. CHIME Board member Darren Dworkin was also quoted in the article.
In an article that detailed results from a CHIME-KLAS white paper using Most Wired survey data, TechTarget’s SearchHealthIT talked with Erik Decker, AEHIS member and author of the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” report. Decker offered recommendations for security leaders in smaller organizations.
Healthcare Innovation published a Q&A that first appeared in Inside CHIME featuring CHIME member Reid Stephan. He discussed his experiences at CHIME Innovation’s first workshop and how he applies the lessons learned to his health system. The second workshop, Innovation Strategy – Launch & Execution, is July 25-26 in Salt Lake City.
John Kravitz, CHIME Board chair-elect, discusses consumerism in healthcare, the patient experience and cybersecurity in this Q&A with Becker’s.
The co-chairs of the CHIME Opioid Task Force outline how health IT can be used to help address the opioid crisis in a commentary published in Modern Healthcare.
Healthcare Info Security talked with Leslie Krigstein, CHIME’s vice president of congressional affairs, about the passage of a House amendment to remove a 20-year ban on funding for a unique patient identification strategy. CHIME members have long seen the ban as a barrier to quality patient care.
No CIO wants to be caught flat-footed when the CEO asks, “What does this policy mean for us?” CHIME Policy Steering Committee Vice Chair Liz Johnson offers guidance on how to stay informed and shape public policy in a column in healthsystemCIO.com.
Just in time for the start of hurricane season, Health Data Management published a Q&A with George Carion, chief technology officer at Cedars-Sinai Health System. Cedars-Sinai was named a top 10 Most Wired recipient in 2018 and received a special shout-out for their disaster recovery program.
“Lead or be led. When offered that option, most healthcare executives would choose the first, especially if the entity doing the leading is the government.” So write CHIME’s two public policy vice presidents, Leslie Krigstein and Mari Savickis, in a commentary in healthsystemCIO.com.
CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell discusses big data, international collaborations and more in a podcast from the Big Data TLV in Healthcare Conference in Israel.
CHIME Innovation Executive Director Jonathan Fritz and CHIME members Myra Davis and Cara Babachicos participated in a webinar on innovation hosted healthsystemCIO.com. The webinar is available here.
The CHIME Opioid Task Force published an eight-chapter playbook to help CIOs and healthcare organizations use IT-based approaches to curb the opioid epidemic. Health Data Management reported on its availability here.
Liz Johnson, vice chair the CHIME Public Policy Steering Committee, shared members’ concerns about cyber risks linked to the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. “We want to do this, but have got to get some certification in place,” Politico quoted her as saying. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are encouraging the use of APIs to promote interoperability.
HealthLeaders cited a CHIME-KLAS cybersecurity report and quoted CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell in an article on ways to make clinicians aware of cyberthreats.
Modern Healthcare cited to a letter that CHIME submitted to CMS and ONC recommending the agencies publish two interim final rules.
Politico quoted Mari Savickis, CHIME’s vice president, federal affairs, about the possible passage of bills that affect meaningful use and telehealth. “We are extremely supportive and have championed each,” she said. Politico and FierceHealthcare also cited CHIME’s letters to the FDA on clinical decision support software.
Politico, Becker’s Hospital Review, HealthcareInformatics called out CHIME’s recommendation to the FCC to consider doubling funding for rural healthcare and to focus on areas affected by the opioid epidemic on Feb. 6. CHIME sent a comment letter to the FCC on Feb. 2.
FierceHealthcare reported on the inaugural meeting of the CHIME Opioid Task Force in an article published on Feb. 1. The article cited co-chair Jim Turnbull: “We need to empower and assist the healthcare community and help them see that there are pathways to success. …CHIME members have the data and skills to illuminate what has worked and what hasn’t.” HealthITAnalytics, Healthcare Informatics and Becker’s Health IT and CIO Review also published articles about the initiative.
Politico spoke with CHIME Board Chair Cletis Earle about an information blocking tool designed to protect patients. The article was published on Jan. 12.
Associations Now featured CHIME Innovator of the Year Award winner Fernando Martinez in an article on the Texas Hospital Association’s “Smart Ribbon” analytic dashboard. The Jan. 12 feature cited CHIME, noting that “the healthcare industry has taken notice of the idea’s potential.”
Politico highlighted CHIME’s concerns in comments sent to CMS about the Quality Payment Program. “Among other complaints – alternative payment models too complicated, clinical measures too byzantine – one that caught our eye concerned data blocking and the agency’s requirement that providers attest that they aren’t engaging in the practice: the authors are concerned about Direct addresses,” they wrote on Jan. 3.
Modern Healthcare noted challenges reiterated by CHIME about the use of 2015 certified EHRs under the Quality Payment Program in an article published on Dec. 30. CMS decided to not penalize clinicians who stay with the 2014 edition in 2018 but the agency will pay bonuses only to those who use the 2015 edition.
Healthcare IT News cited results from a telehealth survey conducted by CHIME and KLAS and quoted CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell in a Dec. 27 article about Geisinger’s telehealth program.
Leslie Krigstein, CHIME’s vice president of congressional affairs, pointed out that the Meaningful Use program is still in place in a Modern Healthcare article on delayed requirements for using 2015 certified EHR technology. The article was published on Dec. 26.
HealthsystemCIO.com managing editor Kate Gamble, in a Dec. 7 column that explores the need to honor women in healthcare IT, shares her experiences as an attendee at Women of CHIME events at the 2017 CHIME CIO Fall Forum. “I walked away with several new contacts, as well as a renewed appreciation for those who paved the way, and a resolve to help smooth the road for future leaders,” she wrote.