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Healthcare IT

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly
or it vanishes.”  ~
Peter Drucker

Following are healthcare IT resources that we frequently access during our consulting and research activities.  Feel free to share these links with other practitioners. If you have comments on these resources or would like to suggest additions to these resources, please contact Dr. Steffani Burd directly at sburd@ansecgroup.com or 917.783.8496.

eHealth Initiative: http://www.ehidc.org/
The eHealth Initiative (eHI) drives improvement in the quality of healthcare by promoting the effective use of technology and information. eHealth Initiative’s research, education and advocacy efforts focus in four areas:

  • Using Data and Analytics to Understand and Improve Care
  • IT Infrastructure to Support Accountable Care
  • Technology for Patients with Chronic Disease
  • Connecting Communities through Data Exchange

If you were unable to attend eHI’s 2013 National Forum on Data and Analytics, you can review the presentations here. Drs. Burd and Aiken presented on “Lessons from the Trenches”. Book your calendar for next year – this was an excellent conference!

HIMSS: http://www.himss.org/
Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads global efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

HHS – Breaches Affecting 500+ Individuals: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/breachnotificationrule/breachtool.html
This listing of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals, required by section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act, is useful for tracking trends in healthcare-related breaches. This searchable list includes brief summaries of the breach cases that OCR has investigated and closed, as well as the names of private practice providers who have reported breaches of unsecured protected health information to the Secretary.

ONC – HealthIT: http://www.healthit.gov/
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.

SHARPS: http://sharps.org/
SHARPS is a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research project, supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, aimed at reducing security and privacy barriers to the effective use of health information technology. SHARPS is one of the four ONC SHARP projects. SHARPS is advancing the requirements, foundations, design, development and deployment of security and privacy tools and methods.