It seems that LSU is finally moving their trauma center back into Orleans Parish from their temporary quarters at Ochsner's Elmwood Hospital in Jefferson Parish. This is important because it is bringing vital trauma care closer to those who need it most and where few options exist as a result of Katrina's devastation.
This is just one more tiny step in the right direction!
A HHN Most Wired has a new article that reviews old RHIO failures and future success. The author, George Schwend must have read our book or been listening in on our calls because his comments on successful RHIOs fit nicely with what the HIMSS RHIO Guidebook Workgroup believes and wrote about! Thanks George for caring the message forward!
HHS announced on Wednesday, the appointment of Dr. Kolodner as the permanent National Coordinator for Health IT. I welcome Dr. Kolodner and believe his experience as a Washington insider will go a long way to continue the groundwork laid by Dr. Brailer and his staff between 2004 and 2006.
I believe we need to look at the history of this office as Dr. Brailer being the visionary and motivator to initiate change and move the US from discussing interoperable health information exchange to operational planning and implementation. He jolted us all from our comfort zones and pushed the conversation outward to policy makers, industry and the public. Now that people are listening, Dr. Kolodner can make things happen!
Healthcare providers are providing opportunities for aging workers and those that continue to offer flexibility will maintain an advantage over others. Aging healthcare workers is on the rise according to one study by the California Budget Project. The study reported that half of those workers 55 - 65 report that they remain employed because they want to stay active and engaged. And more than 70 percent of workers over age 65 say their primary reason for working is staying active and engaged.
My latest writings for the Journal of Healthcare Management are in the March/April 2007 issue and titled, "The New Frontier of Electronic, Personal and Virtual Health Records." I think it is worth your time if you are still trying to understand the options as it relates to electronic records.
I'm getting a fair number of requests for interviews and invitations to speak to communities building their RHIO. A year ago, I had a flexible schedule and could accommodate these requests. Today, I have a new full time job as a hospital administrator and that is where my primary professional commitment is focused. My interest in RHIOs gets squeezed in between Ventura County Medical Center and my beautiful family.
Since many of these requests are coming from individuals who have found my weblog, I need to offer a couple of suggestions here. First, read the new guide for establishing a RHIO. My chapter is really grounded in my experience with Dr. Brailer and the SBCCDE. You can get a free copy of the guide by participating in a new educational forum which is a collaborative of the eHealth Initiative and HIMSS.
Next, read my recent RHIO posts where I comment on SBCCDE and any links to interviews that are included. Then, if you still have some specific questions please contact me and I will do my best to help. However, 4:30 a.m. on a weekday isn't really a good time to expect that I can make a conference call with your group.
Thank you for your interest in a topic that I believe will help transform healthcare to improve quality, safety, access and efficiency for the communities we serve!