Breaking News: Amazon, Berkshire and JP Morgan collaborate for care

These three behemoths of industry want to disrupt healthcare by forming their own company to care for their employees and lower their healthcare costs. Read the article below that came out earlier today.


Heart Hacking – No, you’re reading right!

pacemakerThe FDA just announced that they are recalling close to 500 thousand pacemakers due to hacking concerns. Medical device hacking has been something that I have written about some years ago and sure enough, this has become a risk to patients who have these medical devices. Talk to your doctor to understand if you may be affected.

Read the article on Yahoo! here.

Central and Southern Ohio HIMSS Chapter #1 at HIMSS ’17


As HIMSS 17 starts on Monday, February 20th, the exciting news for the community in the C&S Ohio region is that your chapter was recognized as the #1 Medium Sized Chapter by HIMSS and members of the Board will receive the award at the Gala event on Tuesday 21st of February at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. If you are there, please take a little time to congratulate some of the Board Members who are there and also most importantly, feel proud of being part of a wonderful community and their sense of leadership, collaboration and community involvement.

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, John Boehner, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Ed Rendell, Former Pennsylvania Governer are just a few of the speakers set to speak at the conference.

While I won’t be there myself, I’ll have roving Guest Bloggers that will share their insights and experiences about the events as they unfold at the conference.

For those participating at the conference, enjoy yourselves and for those like me who won’t be there, stay tuned to this blog!

One Month to go! CSO HIMSS Spring Conference

There’s only one month to go for the Central & Southern Ohio Spring Conference – The Hacker’s Guide to Hacking Healthcare. THE Conference on Privacy and Cyber-Security you just can’t miss!

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at the OCLC Conference Center in Dublin, OH on May 20th, 2016. AHIMA members get 4 AHIMA CEUs for attending so make sure to be there in force and get education and have a great time networking and interacting with the best of our community.

Please go to to register!

See you there!

So Long and Thanks for all the Data! CSO HIMSS Fall Conference – 10/23/15

CSO HIMSSFriday October 23rd is the CSO HIMSS Fall 2015 Conference. Make sure you register at

Our Keynotes are from Cerner Corporation and IBM Healthcare. The Board looks forward to seeing you at the Mandalay Banquet Center in Dayton at 8am. Register first though!


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ICD-10. One Month to go!

After all these years, we are closer to the finish line than we have ever been. By now, you should have:

Identified all project scope components for your ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion. Collaborated with your Interface and Reporting teams and conducted regular status updates to assess Reports and Extracts that required ICD-10 remediation. Identified all project activities including development of your project schedule, tracked your project issues (which I am sure would have been many) and tracked your project scope, schedule, resources and budget of all resources and tasks associated with the project.  You would’ve ideally worked with your Physician Champion or CMIO, operational managers and Education,  Communications and Marketing teams to identify training required for Clinical, Operational and IT Staff for ICD-10. Completed your End to End Integrated Testing of your EMR with any 3rd Party bolt-On applications and solved issues that you came up with as well as your organization has been dual coding for a while or have a solution (such as outsourcing your coders) to prepare your organization for the upcoming transition.

Are you ready for Command Center? Some organizations I know have been practicing on ICD-10 diagnosis terminology and are not going to have a long drawn out Command Center. Others, who have not been so lucky, will have a command center that will mimic their EMR vendor’s timeline. For those that thought that there would be another extension…well..good luck! See you on the flip side!