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Lisa Fratt
 - Industry

The Cheesecake Factory, mattress factories, evangelism and aviation all have insights and innovations that could be applied to healthcare. But, healthcare must be open to the information.
 

 - Horizon

Ready or not, Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 is around the corner. The flip of the calendar page from 2013 to 2014 will mark the move from Stage 1 to Stage 2 for those on the leading edge of MU. Some changes are fairly simple, and represent an upping of the denominator on Stage 1 measures. While measures such as increasing the percentage of medication orders placed via CPOE from 30 percent in Stage 1 to 60 percent in Stage 2 are almost a piece of cake, others, particularly patient portals, are far more challenging. To learn more about those challenges and how pioneering organizations are addressing them, Clinical Innovation + Technology spoke with a trio of providers atop the HIMSS EMR 7-stage adoption model.

 - Harvesting The Money Tree

NEW ORLEANS—HealthShare Montana was formed with a simple, yet challenging, goal—to create a sustainable Health Information Exchange (HIE), using analytics to drive long-term financial independence, explained Brad Putnam, executive director during a March 6 session at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

 - award

NEW ORLEANS—It’s difficult, and perhaps impossible, to kill two birds with one stone. But Hawaii Pacific Health achieved both financial return on investment (ROI) and improved population health with its EHR deployment, its leadership team shared during a March 5 session at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

 - Bonus

NEW ORLEANS—A two-year Lean implementation has transformed a 465-bed hospital from an inconsistent performer to a consistent achiever that realized in $1.8 million in net savings in 2012, according to a March 5 presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

 - bridge

NEW ORLEANS—IT project management is an art and science, and careful attention to proven strategies can lay a solid foundation for success, according to an e-session at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

 - Money Balloon

NEW ORLEANS—According to the Workgroup for Electronic Data Exchange (WEDI), ICD-10 is expected to be the most costly government-mandated change ever to hit the healthcare industry, Mike Hourigan, RN, senior practice manager at Cerner, told an audience March 4 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

 - Reimbursement Cuts

NEW ORLEANS—Transitioning from siloed imaging to an enterprise environment delivers multiple benefits and costs can be reduced by leveraging existing technology, according to a March 4 presentation at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

 - airplane

NEW ORLEANS—Healthcare may survive the massive challenges it faces by adopting the business strategies of the airline industry, Warner L. Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, told the audience during a keynote address March 4 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

 - Health IT Portal

NEW ORLEANS—Meaningful Use (MU) is going to make a difference in healthcare in the U.S., predicted Marc Probst, CIO of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, March 3 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference. Success, however, is conditional on interoperability and standards.