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 http://csohio.himsschapter.org 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 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/csohimss-2015-fall-conference-so-long-thanks-for-all-the-data-the-conference-on-population-health-tickets-17746989724

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!


HIMSS Annual Conference 2015

Don’t forget that HIMSS Annual Conference 2015 is right around the corner in Chicago between the 12th and 16th of April, 2015. With keynote speakers such as Alex Gourlay, Executive VP of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Bruce Broussant, President and CEO of Humana, Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary of Health, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information technology and the main keynote of the event, George W. Bush in the afternoon of the 15th of April (Tax Day no less!), it proves to be an exciting event.


The Wrap: Healthcare’s Look Back at 2014

Looking back on 2014As we look in the rear view mirror back on 2014, the year that was supposed to change our coding and billing systems, we see that ICD-10 dominated the news with it’s postponement in April and CMS’ subsequent new date of October 1st, 2015. Over the last few weeks though, I’ve heard rumors of yet another delay, this time due to the new political climate in Washington, D.C. These rumors are unsubstantiated, so I would keep them as such. I would record it as a risk to the program for those seeking to restart their ICD-10 initiatives.

Healthcare provider and payer organizations were in “shock and awe” (shocked and many people saying “awww”) at the same time, and high number of provider organizations deciding to postpone their programs indefinitely until the new date was announced and many just restarting the programs either late in the year or planning on doing so in the beginning of the new year, 2015.

The mission of provider IT organizations changed. Just as it was in the pre and post-Y2k days, organizations now wanted to get actual intelligence or analytics from the large systems that they had implemented at such great cost. We came full circle and Analytics started coming to the forefront during the year and it matured after all of the interest, talk and presentations  of Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics over the last few years. Leveraging actual data for case studies that I know of this year on Population Health Management and better response times in the ED.

In a recent article in Clinical Innovation and Technology, it was reported that ” as of November 2014, 11,478 eligible professionals and 840 hospitals have attested to Meaningful Use Stage 2. In total, 15,481 new EPs and 221 new hospitals have attested in 2014″. The healthcare provider ecosystem was able to move forward despite some inertia at the beginning of the year.

Many organizations also realized that their infrastructure needed to be updated with projects such as XP to Windows 7 migration; something that needed to occur due to the end support in April by Microsoft of their well known Microsoft XP Operating System.

Consumer health devices starting to get mainstream traction with products like Fitbit and Google Glass starting to look at possible mHealth applications for providers in the future.

The vision and ‘utopia’ of an Interoperable Healthcare ecosystem received a major boost with The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology releasing it’s “10-Year Vision to Achieve An Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure” by 2024. This would be a baseline for future infrastructure development across the United States and possibly even a starting point for world leadership in healthcare systems and infrastructure interoperability.

What a year it has been and we have so much yet to come in 2015 and beyond.