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I was preparing to do a show on the essentials of TEFCA and I found myself pulling much of the information from this clip with Micky Tripathi. So instead of paraphrasing, I thought I would just share it. Here is TEFCA straight from the ONC.

The WSJ asked CIOs how the recession might impact budgets. They say, "Not much impact". My take is don't read too much into this. A recession impacts areas of the economy very differently based on many factors. In broad terms, for those prepared for a recession or with enough resources to weather a recession there won't be much impact. Those not prepared, well, they aren't prepared. There will be a significant impact.

June 28: Today on TownHall Brett Oliver, CMIO at Baptist Health, has an intriguing conversation with Steven Lane, Practicing Primary Care Physician & Clinical Informaticist of Sutter Health concerning interoperability and his journey into the world of informatics and what started him on that path. How does he see TEFCA and Carequality working together in the future? What does he see as ways to solve data duplication and corrections to errors? How did his introduction to a world of informatics create a hunger for becoming a better physician? Finally, what we all want to know, what is his funny story about decorating his first office?

June 27, 2022: Sue Schade, Principal at StarBridge Advisors joins Bill for the news. On this episode we discuss four main subjects, leading with how twelve leading hospitals are scaling back care for a variety of reasons, including financial challenges and staffing issues. Trinity Health in Connecticut suspended inpatient and outpatient surgeries on June 9 due to a staffing shortage. And Johnson Memorial Hospital is now referring both their outpatient and inpatient surgery patients to other system-owned hospitals in the area. The healthcare sector is in the midst of a perfect storm. CIOs of leading health systems are grappling with a talent shortage, budgetary constraints and conflicting enterprise priorities. How are they dealing with this? Can academic medical centers be an answer? EHR giant Epic announced that it will apply to become one of the inaugural Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN) under TEFCA. Epic’s Care Everywhere platform exchanges 10 million patient charts every day, and Epic notes that half of those exchanges occur with organizations that use different systems.

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June 24, 2022: Today we are sharing the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force's report on cybersecurity: Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry

They identified the following 6 key imperatives:

  1. Define and streamline leadership, governance, and expectations for healthcare industry cybersecurity
  2. Increase the security and resilience of medical devices and health IT
  3. Develop the healthcare workforce capacity necessary to prioritize and ensure cybersecurity awareness and technical capabilities
  4. Increase healthcare industry readiness through improved cybersecurity awareness and education
  5. Identify mechanisms to protect research and development efforts and intellectual property from attacks or exposure
  6. Improve information sharing of industry threats, risks and mitigation

Three Task Force members graciously sat down with us to explain and engage in a conversation about the key imperatives: Bradford Marsh, EVP Government Health Security & Technology at First Health Advisory, Theresa Meadows, CIO at Cook Children's and David Ting, Chief Technology Officer / Founder of Tausight.

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I've been out of work three times in my career. I talk about each on Today's show. I hope someone gets something out of it that helps them along the way.

June 23: Today on Townhall Mark Weisman, CIO and CMIO at TidalHealth interviews Anurag Jindal, Executive Director Regional CMIO at Providence St. Joseph Health about his new role as a CMIO as well as the lessons and challenges that the role has brought forth in his first 90 days. Anurag brings forth a refreshing perspective in this episode, his mindset when taking on a new role is one to adopt. With his inspiring positivity, he answers the following types of questions: Who does he see as his support group in the new role? What advice would he give someone for their first 90 days as a CMIO? What has success looked like for him since he’s stepped into this role?

Some stories we cover today.

1. UNC Lenoir Health Care becomes 3rd health system affected by vendor data breach Full story

2. Facebook sued after claims of patient data being secretly sent to its platform Full story

3. 6 hospitals have closed this year — here's why Full story

5. Tech layoffs could be a boon for CIOs Full story

6. 14 recent health IT innovations, and partnerships Full story

7. HHS publishes guidance to help health systems strengthen cybersecurity Full story

9. Kentucky health system launches hospital-at-home platform for rural patients Full story

10. How the CIO role is evolving, per UMMS CIO Dr. Joel Klein Full story

Epic will apply to be QHIN under TEFCA. Why are they doing this now? I don't really care, I'm just glad they are doing it.

June 21: Today on Townhall Jake Lancaster, Chief Medical Information Officer at Baptist Memorial Health Care interviews Dara Mize, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on the center’s clinical informatics fellowship program. Who can be a part of the fellowship? How does it differ from a traditional clinical fellowship? What are some next steps and challenges she is seeing for the fellowship?

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