Blog Profile / Life as a Healthcare CIO

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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

The State of Information Security 2015

When I wrote about the most important healthcare IT stories of 2015 (such as ICD-10 and Meaningful Use), I did not include a discussion of Information Security. That’s because security deserves its own post. Increasingly complex threats...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - First Week of December 2015

Thanksgiving was a busy time at Unity Farm, turning our harvest into dinner for the family, “in-laws to be”, and all the animals. Life on the farm is one of constant learning - every day is filled with new experiences and challenges....Show More Summary

2015 In Review

It’s now December and as each year ends, I always look back on the challenges and achievements of the past 12 months. Here’s my sense of 2015.ICD10 - billions were spent, countless other projects were delayed, and the transition occurred on October 1 without a major incident. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of November 2015

The leaves have fallen, the nights are below freezing, and the water systems have been drained for the season. Salt marsh hay covers all the outdoor vegetable beds, all cider has been moved indoors, and every bucket has been taken down from outdoor paddocks (heated buckets keep liquid water available inside the barn.). Show More Summary

A Followup on the MU Path Forward

After last week’s post about my suggested path forward for Meaningful Use, I received a large number of comments. I thought it would be useful to summarize them and clarify some of opinions.In general, 95% of commenters agreed that CMS...Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - The Second Week of November 2015

There are still a few weekend opportunities to work outside before the snow falls. We’ve shut off the irrigation, blown out all external pipes, put away the hoses, taken down all the temporary fences we used to keep the poultry out of fresh plantings, and covered all the firewood with tarps. Show More Summary

The Path Forward for Meaningful Use

Below is my assessment of the current Meaningful Use program and a proposal to better serve the needs of stakeholders. I’m likely going to violate many rules with this post. First, it’s over 1500 words, which is not ideal for social media. Show More Summary

The First Week of November 2015

We’ve had a sudden burst of warmth that enables us to do additional outdoor work. Among our 15 acres are several very old and large trees. The old oak on the hill now hosts the 12x12 tree house. The old maple in the marsh now hosts a 4x4 foot platform. Show More Summary

The November HIT Standards Committee

The November HIT Standards Committee included a comprehensive review of the CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3/Modification Rule and the ONC 2015 Certification Rule.We begin the meeting with a presentation from Robert Anthony of the Meaningful Use Stage 3 and Modification Rule A robust discussion followed. Show More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Fifth Week of October 2015

I’m back from China and have caught up on the accumulated farm work that built up in my absence. I did what I needed to do in Asia, lecturing about Meaningful Use accompanied by lasers and fog, but not fireworks. Kathy kept everyoneShow More Summary

The ONC 2015 Certification Rule

Just as I summarized the CMS Meaningful Use Final Rule last week, this week I’ll summarize the 560 pages of the ONC 2015 Certification Final Rule.Key points to understanding the rule include1. The 2015 Certification Rule is decoupled from Meaningful Use. Show More Summary

A Meaningful Use Rap

A hilarious musical statement about the current state of medical practice, EHRs, and regulatory requirements.

Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of October 2015

October is the best time of year to travel in Shanghai and Beijing. The temperature is typically between 60-75F and there is little rain. Air quality is reasonable and transportation systems are at their most efficient. In my role as...Show More Summary

A Brief Summary of the CMS Meaningful Use Final Rule

I’ve been asked to summarize the 752 page CMS Meaningful Use Final Rule.Note that although it is a final rule, it has a 60 day comment period, so there is still is an opportunity to modify some of the criteria. It contains revisionsShow More Summary

Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of October 2015

I’m in China for the next week with limited access to social media sites, so a few blog posts will accumulate on my laptop until I return. Here’s the farm update.Mid-October is a remarkable time of year in New England. Mornings are crisp and afternoons are warm. Show More Summary

Thursday Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of October 2015

We had 4 inches of rain this week, bringing a welcome end to the drought of the past 30 days. Over the past few years we’ve worked hard to regrade the landscape around the farm and ensure water drains away from buildings. Not a drop entered any structure.The nights are turning cold and we’ve restarted the fireplaces at night. Show More Summary

The CMS and ONC Final Rules Arrive

Steve Posnack from ONC declared today IT Bonanza Day. The Interoperability Roadmap, CMS Meaningful Use Final Rules with a Comment Period (Stage 2 and 3) as well as the ONC 2015 Certification Rule were published today.Here are a few resources...Show More Summary

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