September 18, 2014, 12:31 pm

healthsystemCIO.com: Michael Martz, CIO, Meadville Medical Center, Chapter 3

Sometimes the smallest detail can result in major downtime. It was a lesson Michael Martz learned nine months into his tenure as CIO at Meadville, and one his team will never make again. Because as frustrating as it was when the hospital lost its main data center because of a battery that failed during a generator test, the experience strengthened the organization’s disaster preparation strategy. It’s that philosophy of always learning that has helped Martz lead the organization through major changes during the past three years. In this interview, he talks about being an early adopter of Meditech 6.1 and a beta site for the a new web-based ambulatory product, why he opted to use consultants , what it’s like being a standalone in a large IDN world, and his honest take on Meaningful Use.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

  • From Seattle to PA
  • First healthcare CIO role — “I’m constantly on a learning curve”
  • Meadville’s “strong focus on virtualization”
  • Downtime for “the most absurd reason”
  • His leadership philosophy — “It’s figuring out how to serve them.”
  • Being beta tester #1

Read more at healthsystemCIO.com.

September 15, 2014, 1:57 pm

MUSE Webinar: Clinical IT Leadership and Governance

September 24, 2014 at 2pm Eastern
Cost: $100

In order to make the best possible decisions, healthcare organizations need the involvement of healthcare clinicians. Over the course of the last two years SwedishAmerican Hospital has created a leadership and governance structure whose two goals are:

1. Decisions regarding clinical IT will be based upon the needs and opinions of the clinical users.

2. The process by which those decisions are made will be standardized, transparent and responsive.

This webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities of developing a formal change governance structure, EHR change request process, workgroup formation, and committee structure.

Learn more at museweb.org.

September 15, 2014, 12:43 pm

5 Ways to Keep Your Interface Projects Under Control

Interface projects can be challenging and they are often the tasks that take longer than planned or go over budget. Yet interfaces are critical to your hospital’s efficiency and the quality of patient care.

Hear how we can help you get control of your interface projects. Register for this webcast now and find out how you can get your interface projects completed on time and on budget.

Learn how we can help you:

  • Get interfaces built efficiently
  • Deploy higher quality interfaces
  • Increase staff productivity

Register for this Webcast: September 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m. ET presented by Rich Murphy, Vice President of Interface Software at Iatric Systems, Inc.

September 15, 2014, 12:18 pm

At the nexus of health care and technology

Meditech has hired more 2,000 employees in the past five years as the Westwood company provides electronic health record systems for hospitals, physician’s offices, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. With the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, mandating the digitization of a patient’s paper chart, this technology company is at a dynamic juncture, said Shannon Laingen, senior manager of recruiting and staff development. Globe correspondent Cindy Atoji Keene recently spoke to Laingen about what it takes to work at Meditech and the intersection of health care and technology.

Read more at bostonglobe.com.

September 11, 2014, 11:44 am

healthsystemCIO.com: Michael Martz, CIO, Meadville Medical Center, Chapter 2

Sometimes the smallest detail can result in major downtime. It was a lesson Michael Martz learned nine months into his tenure as CIO at Meadville, and one his team will never make again. Because as frustrating as it was when the hospital lost its main data center because of a battery that failed during a generator test, the experience strengthened the organization’s disaster preparation strategy. It’s that philosophy of always learning that has helped Martz lead the organization through major changes during the past three years. In this interview, he talks about being an early adopter of Meditech 6.1 and a beta site for the a new web-based ambulatory product, why he opted to use consultants , what it’s like being a standalone in a large IDN world, and his honest take on Meaningful Use.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

  • Thoughts on MU — “It’s given us better information on the patient.”
  • Using health coaches
  • Meds reconciliation — “It was wrong about 98 percent of the time”
  • Reducing readmissions & ED visits
  • Standalone hospital in a large IDN world
  • Being a “major economic force” in the area

Read more or listen to the podcast.

September 10, 2014, 4:30 pm

Supporting Low Frequency Users of Computerized Patient Order Entry (CPOE)

September 11, 2014 at 2pm Eastern
Cost: $100
Consultants and physicians affiliated with multiple hospital systems infrequently generate patient orders at any single facility. With the advent of Computerized Patient Order Entry (CPOE), these physicians must commit to memory the navigation of multiple CPOE software modules, and may resist adoption. Continuing use of paper orders presents a risk to patient safety because they may be missed or delayed.

During this webinar attendees will see data on the number of physician low frequency users (LFUs) at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa hospitals by month, day of week, shift and facility, and the options developed for hospitals to assist such physicians in using CPOE and eliminating use of paper orders.
Presenters: George Gellert, MD and S. Luke Webster, MD

Learn more or register at museweb.org.

September 8, 2014, 2:08 pm

healthsystemCIO.com: Michael Martz, CIO, Meadville Medical Center, Chapter 1

Sometimes the smallest detail can result in major downtime. It was a lesson Michael Martz learned nine months into his tenure as CIO at Meadville, and one his team will never make again. Because as frustrating as it was when the hospital lost its main data center because of a battery that failed during a generator test, the experience strengthened the organization’s disaster preparation strategy. It’s that philosophy of always learning that has helped Martz lead the organization through major changes during the past three years. In this interview, he talks about being an early adopter of Meditech 6.1 and a beta site for the a new web-based ambulatory product, why he opted to use consultants , what it’s like being a standalone in a large IDN world, and his honest take on Meaningful Use.

Chapter 1

  • About Meadville MC
  • Migrating from Magic to 6.1
  • Beta site for Meditech’s web-based ambulatory product
  • “We definitely approach it with our eyes wide open.”
  • Getting practices on a single unified system
  • Challenges with CPOE & public reporting interfaces — “That kept us sweating for a while”
  • Using consultants to help with “heavy lifting”

Read more at healthsystemCIO.com.

September 8, 2014, 2:02 pm

MUSE Webinar: Meaningful Use – 2014 and Beyond

September 17, 2014 at 2pm Eastern
Cost: $100

Meaningful Use, and its achievement, has evolved significantly since its inception in the 2009 HITECH Act and even since its initial conception born before that. Achieving Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has become a paramount goal for both the majority of healthcare organizations and eligible professionals over the past five years. With the release of Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements and pending Stage 3 and beyond proposals the topic is not one that clinicians or administrators alike can afford to disregard.

This presentation will highlight not only the finalized Stage 2 requirements but also proposed modifications and implications that will be important to know for those attempting their attainment.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Summarize finalized Stage 2 requirements
  • Describe changes between Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Meaningful Use Stage 2
  • Identify recommendations for Meaningful Use Stage 3 requirements

Read more at museweb.org.

September 8, 2014, 11:35 am

HISTalk: From Bon Scott

“Meditech announcing organizational changes. It seems odd that the previous sales and marketing VP is now over services and the VP over an older product line is now in charge of sales and marketing. Think this is a sign of the times with Meditech and it coming across as desperate for change?” EVP Hoda Sayed-Friel (above) takes over implementation and support, VP Helen Waters moves over sales and marketing, and EVP Michelle O’Connor takes over all develpoment.

Your thoughts? Comment here or at HISTalk.

September 4, 2014, 1:06 pm

Produce MEDITECH Data Repository (DR) reports quickly, today

At a recent DR Implementation Best Practices educational webcast, we heard loud and clear that many hospitals still struggle with DR report writing. But you can produce MEDITECH DR reports quickly, today. Below are three ways to accomplish it.

First, let us take some — or all — of the report writing burden off of your staff, freeing them up for other important IT initiatives:

Data Repository Report Writing — Our DR report writers can create the necessary queries to retrieve the data you need, and they work with a variety of commercial report writing tools to produce the results you want.

You can also improve your staff’s DR report writing skills. These two resources can help them produce DR reports more easily:

DR Resource Center™ demonstration webcast — During this webcast, attendees will see a variety of SQL programming code, SQL Server® Reporting Services (SSRS) reports and other tools that can help them write accurate, efficient DR reports in less time. Click on one of the dates below to register to attend:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. ET

Data Repository Report Training — Our DR report trainers provide custom, on-site training that is hands-on, using your own DR database to maximize the application of what your staff learn.