Six Concerns Causing Sleepless Night for Health Care Admins

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Meaningful Use

There are three stages to the Meaningful Use initiative. Stage 1 is about data capture and patient access. Stage 2 is about exchanging information across an integrated organization as well as care coordination throughout the health care community. And Stage 3 is about improving patient outcomes by not only capturing data, but by making meaningful use of that data to inform clinical and administrative decisions. Since analytics involves using data for clinical and business decision making, which adds strategic value to the organization, Big Data and the use of analytics will be requirements going forward.

Health care organizations are privy to a colossal amount of highly sensitive personal data, and as such, are one of the most highly regulated industries in the U.S. Even the most benign security breach could have catastrophic effects on patients' lives. Therefore, it's no surprise that breaches, regulatory compliance and meaningful use are issues that keep health care CIOs up at night. However, with the right planning, it is possible to reduce the risk these threats pose, as well as some of the stress.

Ed Simcox, health care business leader for Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, recently spoke with The Healthcare Insider radio network. In his interview, Simcox identified six of the top issues in health care IT that cause sleepless nights for admins, as well as best practices for resolving these important concerns.

"Traditionally, CIOs and their IT departments in large health care organizations have been considered a necessary cost center," Simcox says. "But CIOs today want to move up the value chain inside their organizations, making IT more strategic and relevant to their Boards of Directors. Health care CIOs are transforming from what essentially was an asset management role to that of a strategic business advisor to the health system."


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