A Toluna survey of 500 health care professionals revealed that 69% and 87% of those who made resolutions for 2017 ranked "staying current with technology" and "achieving work-life balance" as their most or second most-important resolution, respectively. Researchers also found many physicians have concerns about the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, their ability to deliver a high level of care and how to adapt to Affordable Care Act changes and any other decisions by President-elect Donald Trump.
Female health care CIOs asked to give advice to young women entering health IT or other science, technology, engineering and math careers said women should take as much math and science as they can in school, do their best to demonstrate their value in the workplace and concentrate on work-life balance. Pamela Arora, senior vice president and CIO at Children's Health in Dallas and the 2016 winner of the John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award, advised women to be flexible and not afraid of new challenges.
Pamela Arora, senior vice president and CIO at Children's Health in Dallas and recipient of the 2016 CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award, said leading a high-performing team has been her greatest achievement as a CIO and that her knowledge of health care and IT has helped her in her career. "I have found that a deep knowledge of health care is critical because of its regulatory implications and the complicated nature of the work across the continuum of care both inside and outside the walls of the organization," she said.
Mercy received the 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award for using health IT and standardized clinical processes to improve patient care. "The Davies Award demonstrates how we've been able to blend the best of technology, talent and teamwork to bring better care and better health to our patients," said Mercy CIO Gil Hoffman.
Five dogs died after ingesting fluorouracil, a skin cancer prevention and treatment cream used by humans, and although there are no reports of cats being harmed, the FDA says they also could be at risk. The dogs developed symptoms within hours of ingesting the cream and died or were euthanized, and the FDA warned owners to keep all human medications out of pets' reach.
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Over the last few years, it has been getting harder for businesses across a variety of sectors to find talent. Worldwide, the companies that responded to Aon's most recent Global Risk Management Survey said finding, hiring and retaining employees with the right skills was the fifth-biggest challenge they faced. Companies in North America and the Asia-Pacific region said it was their second-biggest challenge. Learn more about shrinking the skills shortages for employers and the economy alike.
About 19,000 members and 16 current and former customers of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware were affected by a security breach involving subcontractors BCS Financial and Summit Reinsurance Services, according to the Delaware Department of Insurance. Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro said the department is investigating the incident, and he has "directed my staff to closely monitor the situation as it develops."
The Measure Applications Partnership, an HHS advisory partnership and a subgroup under the National Quality Forum, must focus on more streamlined clinical quality measures to improve patient care and quality outcomes and reduce provider workload, according to a letter sent to MAP co-chairs Charles Kahn and Harold Pincus by the American Hospital Association. The group cites the lack of EHR interoperability as a barrier for eCQMs collection and "urges restraint in adding or converting measures into eCQMs."
Growth in telemedicine use this year will be driven by its role in helping health care providers meet requirements for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, creating new health care delivery models and providing consumers with strategic pricing options, writes Ralph Derrickson, president and CEO of Carena. Derrickson cites the importance of increasing partnerships between telemedicine companies and medical educators to help providers get ready to meet demand for telemedicine.
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