In the 2008 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools,U.S. News and World Report ranks the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine No. 13, three notches higher than its previous ranking. Tulane's A.B. Freeman school of Business is ranked 45th.
These two schools are responsible for my graduate education, so I'm proud of their accomplishments, especially at this most challenging time!
Below is information on a conference I received from Will Ross in Mendocino, CA. Northern California is beautiful, so learning more about health information exchange isn't the only reason to attend!
Friday, July 20, 2007 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Ukiah, California - - - - - - - - LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
See demonstrations by Health Information Exchanges in California.
Learn how exchanging health information can improve patient care.
Understand how Health Information Technology Standards make Health Information Exchanges possible.
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Health care facility staff, including providers, medical records and information technology professionals.
Community health leaders, safety net health care organizations, hospice volunteers.
Health care policy makers, health informatics researchers, medical & nursing students.
Payers, employers, patients, caregivers and privacy advocates.
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Keynote address: + Carol Diamond, MD, MPH -- Managing Director, Health Program, Markle Foundation
Health Information Exchange Demonstrations: + Carl Henning, MD -- President, Redwood MedNet + Laura Landry -- Project Director, Long Beach Network for Health + Bill Beighe -- CIO, Santa Cruz HIE
Health Information Technology Standards Presentations: + Wes Rishel -- Research VP, Gartner, Inc. + Jamie Ferguson -- Director, Health IT Policy, Kaiser Permanente + Michael Stearns, MD -- Chief Medical Officer, e-MDs, Inc.
How Practices Improve Patient Care with Health Information Technology + Peter Cho, MD -- Mendocino Family Care + Alan Glaseroff, MD -- Medical Director, Humboldt Del Norte IPA
In April, HIMSS released the results of their 18th Annual Leadership Survey and one of my RHIO friends (who doesn't work in healthcare) wrote to ask me what I thought about the results on page 22. He was surprised to ready that 53% have no plans to participate and 77% don't know, don't participate or have no plans to particiapte in a RHIO.
I told him not to worry, because overall the trend it headed in the right direction and that administrators are still learning about RHIOs. I know this because people find my weblog daily by typing in "What is a RHIO?" and other ask me "What is a RHIO?" when it comes up in conversation.
So, I'd like to know what you think about these statistics. Please leave your thoughts especially if you are one of those administrators finding my weblog because you are looking for the definition of a RHIO.
Now here is a concept... Let's invite bankers to participate in our community RHIO and have them help figure out a way for us to finance this thing!
This is an example of what it means to really involve all of the community's stakeholders and the people in Kansas at KC REE are doing it! When you read the details of what has been created, it reminds one of Utah and UHIN. Like UHIN, they are focusing on the healthcare payment process (administrative) and using efficiencies and cost savings to generate funding for the clinical exchange.
As I've stated before, RHIOs won't really be successful until they engage the full community and draw on their specific resources and knowledge! Successful RHIOs are not just a healthcare thing!
In a recent Washington Post article there were some wonderful examples of how health information technology and mobility made it easy for some physicians and caregivers to exchange health information on their patients with other providers after Katrina.
My favorite is the nurse practitioner who sent the health information of her patients on her Palm Pilot to doctors and nurses caring for her elderly/disabled/indigent patients around the country. It would be wonderful to conduct a return on investment analysis on this example and compare it to the cost of having to re-create the healthcare records of these 100 patients. If you can do this, please leave your answer!