Blog Profile / Life as a Healthcare CIO

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Blog Post Archive

Enabling Nationwide Interoperability

Today’s post is co-written by Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, and me.It’s been over 10 years since ONC head David Brailer and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson published the “The Decade of Health Information...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of February 2016

Stormaggedon arrived this week. Heavy, wet snow covered the entire farm like a paste, breaking trees, puncturing holes in the hoop house, and taking out power for more than 100,000 households in Massachusetts, including Unity Farm. Power...Show More Summary

Embracing the Cloud

As I have written about previously, CIOs across the country are telling me that expectations for IT delivery are at an all time high. More must be delivered faster, cheaper, and with greater usability.After a recent EHR rollout, a number of clinicians told me they were disappointed with the project. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of February 2016

The germination station I built last week has worked fabulously. 500 sprouts of romaine, bibb, boston, greenhouse, and red lettuce are growing rapidly in the heated, moisture retaining, and light controlled spaces. Here’s what lettuce...Show More Summary

On the Road to Interoperability, Industry Collaboration Drivers Wanted

The following is a guest blog post from Tom Skelton, CEO, Superscripts. I've asked the leaders of number of health information exchange organizations to write guests posts to inform us about their plans for the next year. These posts...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of January 2016

We’ve passed the coldest part of winter and already our thoughts are focused on the germination of our Spring crops and planning for the growing season ahead. This week I used the germination station, pictured below, which can produce 360 seedlings at a time using grow lights and heat pads, regardless of the external temperature. Show More Summary

The Senate HELP Committee Draft Legislation

On January 20, Senators Alexander and Murray released the Bipartisan Senate Health Committee Staff Draft of Bill to Help Improve Health Information Technology for Doctors & Their PatientsHere’s a summaryThis is a really important bill. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal- Third Week of January 2016

The farm is covered with snow and it’s 10F. The yearly 3rd week of January chill has arrived. The chickens and guineas are roosted in the warm coop. The ducks and geese are wearing their down jackets, swimming and pretending it’s balmy. Show More Summary

Passing the Baton

After 10 years of work, today I passed the baton of leadership for US standards harmonization efforts to Arien Malec and Lisa Gallagher. Here’s a brief synopsis of the journey.In 2005, Fran Schrotter, COO of ANSI, met with me in my Harvard...Show More Summary

The Future of Meaningful Use Stage 3

This morning, thirty-one healthcare organizations sent the following letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. Given the recent comments of CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt at the J.P. Morgan Annual Health Care Conference, we remain...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of January 2016

I’ve finished the University of Massachusetts winter semester and submitted my final homestead map - pictured below. It contains:Woodshed - store 8 cords of wood for heatingStorage Barn - 20x24 structure for equipmentAnimal Housing which...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of January 2016

The citizens of Unity Farm have experienced a deep freeze this week - nightly temperatures in the single digits. How have they fared?The geese and ducks have a heated house but choose to stay outside - those down jackets they are wearing have done a good job. Show More Summary

Keeping Your Equanimity in 2016

2016 is a year when CIOs will feel even more overwhelmed than last year - demand will exceed supply (no matter what your budget), the pressure to deliver faster/cheaper/better will accelerate, and security concerns will dominate the agenda. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - 5th week of December 2015

It’s been a great first week with pigs. Hazel Marie, the 100 pound two year old pot belly, experienced her first snowfall. Although I’m building all season dutch doors for the pig barn, they are not finished yet, so I installed a piece of plywood in the doorway, cutting out a piece so that she can easily access the entry ramp. Show More Summary

The 2016 Standards Advisory

ONC recently released the 2016 Standards Advisory. I think this document is more important than Meaningful Use or Certification in accelerating interoperability. Why?Many view Meaningful Use as no longer aligned with the work we need to do for population health, care management, and alternative payment models. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of December 2015

Last week I mentioned the Unity Farm Christmas list.I’ve been an avid student of permaculture - creating an ecologically sustainable farm that keeps everything in balance. I harvest thousands of pounds of vegetables per year but compost the imperfect vegetables.. Show More Summary

My 2016 Predictions for HIT

As the year ends and we archive the accomplishments and challenges of 2015, it’s time to think about the year ahead. Will innovative products and services be social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC)? Will wearables take off? Will clinicians be replaced by Watson? Here are my predictions1. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of December 2015

December continues to be unseasonably warm. The bees are very confused - breaking cluster and leaving their hives in search of nectar which is not available this time of year. We’ve created feeding boards for each hive, covering a hardware cloth screen with a patty of sugar. Show More Summary

The December 2015 HIT Standards Committee Meeting

The December 2015 HIT Standards Committee focused on 3 key projects as we wrapped up our work for the year.Cris Ross presented the work of the Certified Technology Comparison Task Force. The idea behind this work is simple. AlthoughShow More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of December 2015

We’ve had a very warm December that has enabled us to do much more outdoor work than usual. The effort of the past weekend focused on refining our mushroom areas and permaculture plantings. Our end goal is 500 logs in production as follows360...Show More Summary

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