Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NAHAM Joins HIMSS Patient Identity Integrity Work Group

NAHAM is pleased to announce that it has joined the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Patient Identity Integrity (PII) Work Group.

The Work Group’s goal for 2011 is to call on the members of Congress to pursue a study for an informed patient identity solution. The Work Group will educate lawmakers using a whitepaper that identifies the complex issues that surround accurate identification of an individual’s information within and across systems, as well as the business processes that must be in place to support and maintain data integrity for quality of care.

By joining the coalition, NAHAM joins other leading organizations in the healthcare information field including HIMSS, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Health IT Now! Coalition, Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

NAHAM will keep you updated on the PII Work Group's activities. For more information on HIMSS, visit: http://www.himss.org/ASP/index.asp

Friday, November 5, 2010

What Could the GOP Win Mean for Health IT?

Following the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives and many states on November 2nd, many began to wonder what effect it will have on health reform. A recent article in InformationWeek addresses this question.

Despite campaign talk from the GOP, the author of the article believes that health reform will not be repealed; however, it may be hindered. She believes that health IT will be one area that might suffer. Healthcare providers are just beginning to implement health IT as part of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and state health insurance exchanges. If healthcare reform, or at least provisions of it, appear to be in jeopardy, the author believes that hospital CIOs and CFOs will be more hesitant to continue investing in health IT.

During this lame-duck session, it will be interesting to see what actions the Democrats will take to preserve health reform as is, before they lose control of the House. Meanwhile, many will be watching to see if the Republicans truly take an aggressive approach at overhauling the plan once they are sworn in. NAHAM Government Relations will continue to monitor developments in Washington and report them to you. In the meantime, share your thoughts and comments on the election results in the comment field and in the poll on the NAHAM News homepage.

Source: InformationWeek