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IT guru Melissa Chapman: how to make health IT work for the bottom line

Former aerospace engineer Melissa Chapman knows a thing or two about how to make things fly, especially when it comes to health information technology (HIT).

After serving as CIO at two wide-berth go......

Full article >>> t dollars needed to upgrade their existing silos of patient information or other HIT solutions or bridge them to one another. Rural RHIO efforts tend to actually be easier because many are starting from the ground up and the pressing needs reduce costs, improve patient access are more universal and clear-cut.

And all of that costs money big money. As in hundreds of thousands of dollars......

Full article >>> tremendous burden for any one stakeholder to take on."

"Sustaining it is going to be the proof in the pudding. If there are genuine administrative savings, and you're able to care for more patients, you will see an ROI."

Flip side of efficiency

Irony rears its head on RHIOs when one considers that efficiency reduces redundancy; but redundancy, particularly in testing, mak......

Full article >>> le to personally validate with each other what's been done to a patient," Chapman said. "It's fairly clear that HIT will improve quality and reduce, in particular, some of the tragic errors we see in this country as documented by the Institute of Medicine [of the National Academies]. But it's important to not be nave and not to come to over-rely on the technology to be thoughtful about how you im......

Full article >>> actical step, the Department of Health and Human Services might want to expand one of its eGov work groups called the Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI) initiative. The goal of CHI's, which involves about 20 government bodies, is to adopt interoperability standards for health information for federal government systems.

"Rather than hav......

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