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CIO Management Services Offering – South Florida HIMSS Regional Conference

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Sep
18

Hunter Stokes & Associates began it’s first marketing effort to the small hospital marketplace by attending the South Florida HIMSS Trade Faire & Regional Conference in Davie, FL.

R. Sheldon Tyndall and new Senior Healthcare Consultant, Louis Schwartz attended the event and hosted a booth at the Trade Faire. Several good contacts were made with the attendees who were interested in learning more about the CIO Management Services Offering to the small hospital marketplace.

Thank you to all who stopped by and we look forward to getting to know you better through professional and business relationships.

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PMO – A Healthcare Trend?

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Jun
8

I gave a presentation on Project Management Office (PMO) at the Muse conference in Dallas last week. To my surprise we had 21 attendees even with Meditech 6.0 sessions, Medication Safety and several other sexy topics in competition. Only 3 attendees had an existing PMO in their hospitals and only a few more had any disciplined approach to Project Management.

The interest in PMO indicates a desire to increase the capability and reliability of running successful projects in their respective organizations. As with many endeavors, it is a journey, not a destination. However, there are significant methodologies that can create quick wins with your customer base when you apply industry standardized tools to manage diverse people in a project.

The Meditech client base is no different than every other hospital, especially facing the significant project implementations caused by the legislative activity passed over the past 18 months. The IT Department is often a “go to” default to manage and often own significant technology impacted projects.

Good luck in your quest to bring value, credibility and ultimate success as new projects are brought (or dumped) to your plate.

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MUSE Conference in Dallas

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Jun
8

I just returned from Dallas last week attending the International MUSE conference. The population of attendees from hospitals seemed to fall into 2 categories: 1) Those who have contracted or committed to Meditech 6.0 looking to learn as much as possible about the journey or 2) those looking for altnernatives to meet Meaningful Use given the Meditech backlog for a 6.0 implementation.

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HIMSS Conference in the Rear View Mirror

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Mar
5

Did you attend this week’s HIMSS10  Conference in Atlanta? If not, you missed a great opportunity to learn, network and be entertained.

Many great speakers, opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends and meet new colleagues in this special industry.

My favorite presentation and most anticipated speaker was the last keynote speaker, Captain Sully Sullenberger. As some of you know, I am a private pilot and pay attention to the aviation industry. Captain Sullenberger did a great job in creating a parallel of the aviation industry to healthcare. He obviously did his research and gave some great examples of how and why healthcare professionals should learn from the many advances of aviation over the past few decades. One of his many points was that technology is a needed requirement to improve outcomes, but it does not take the place of good judgment or human intelligence. It simply provides a better way to create avenues to make clear, concise and more accurate decisions that will result in a healthier population and improve the way we deliver healthcare.

The link below is a good animation and real life audio of the US Air Flight 1549.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE_5eiYn0D0&feature=player_embedded

What was your favorite part of HIMSS10 in Atlanta?

What was the most valuable piece of information you learned at HIMSS10?

Feel free to post your reply and let me and our readers learn from your experience.

Hope you had safe travels back home!

See you next year in Orlando…

Sheldon

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Are you ready for the BA Rules?

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Feb
4

New rules and an expansion of interpretation for the use of Business Associate agreements go into effect on February 18th. Have you begun a review of your organization’s BA agreements? Do they have language that include the new HITECH regulations?

The following website on HIMSS is a listing of resources on this subject: http://www.himss.org/content/files/CPRIToolkit/version6/v6%20pdf/D83_Appendix_A-Websites.pdf

See you at HIMSS in March.

Sheldon

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HIMSS National Conference in Atlanta

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Jan
30

Are you registered for the National HIMSS Conference in Atlanta on March 1-4. It is the place to get the latest information on ARRA, Meaningful Use, network with your peers, and obtain the best concentration of education regarding the Healthcare IT industry.

Visit WWW.HIMSS.ORG to see the latest information and register for the conference.

See you in Atlanta.

Sheldon

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Snow Gone in Western NC

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Jan
20

We’ve had 4 weeks of very cold weather and snow on the ground in western North Carolina where I am serving as Interim CIO at Haywood Regional Medical in Clyde, NC. It finally went away this past weekend except for the very top of the mountains. Living in a motor home while working at HRMC has been an adventure. I learned that hoses need to be covered, taped and electrified to stay fluid and having a home on wheels is not always what it is cracked up to be. Thank you to Creekwood Farms management for helping me to survive the cold during the holidays.

So much for the good news!

Monday after Christmas after work, I came to my temporary home to find pipes frozen. Can’t take a shower with frozen pipes, so off to hotel I go.

First week in 2010 arrives, pipes are still frozen. Another week of hotel! In checking status of motor home, water filter had iced up and broken off. Guess what! No compatible water filter in local Lowes! They flew off the shelves to other similarly struck victims. A trip to Asheville is in order just to get a water filter.

When pipes finally thaw, shower head is broken and heater is making wild noise. Late night trip to WalMart to repair shower head and waking up every 30 minutes to noisy heater, did not make for a good night Monday 1/18. After taking shower Tuesday morning, turn off hot water… knob blasts off from wall and water spewing across shower stall. I’m wet, no way to easily turn off water inside and have to rush out to cut water off.

Last night in taking bags out to car before going to hotel, I leave my new garment bag behind the car. Forgot bag was there, backed out of parking spot, thought I had a flat tire, checked tires, went on my way, 4 miles down the road realized I had run over my new bag.

Sent RV repair guy to look at heater. Guess what the problem was? Dead mouse was being chewed up by “hamster fan”. So I’m back in Motor Home tonight with no water, no heat and hoping temperature doesn’t get below 40.

Hope your 2010 has had a better start than mine. Maybe things will look better for me this year!

Have a prosperous 2010!

Sheldon

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Meaningful Use – Clarified

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Jan
11

There are multiple places to see the recent Interim Final Rules for the HIT Meaningful Use criteria for Obama Bucks. One of the simplest to read has been an article by Jack Beaudoin in the January 5th edition of Healthcare IT News, http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/eligible-hospital-meaningful-use-criteria.

Good luck in your journey to an EMR.

Have a great day, Sheldon