STEPS to Value Podcast

What defines HIT value? What actions drive its realization? In an age of boundless innovation & constrained budgets, optimizing the use of technology to realize clinical and operational benefits is a bottom-line necessity in both local & global markets. The HIMSS podcast series, STEPS to Value, highlights the stories of thought leaders who have successfully managed technology, organizational culture and policy to develop innovative processes that maximize the value of their technology investments.  

 

Episode #24: The Value of Health IT Policy

When it comes to governing, everyone has an opinion.  It was Thomas Jefferson who said “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves.” But on the other hand, it was Jon Stewart that said “You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.”  It was Leo Tolstoy who said “Writing laws is easy, but governing is difficult.”  

 

In this episode of STEPS to Value, we will explore the impact that governmental policy has on the health information technology industry with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary and the former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. DeSalvo also shares her own personal story and advice for women considering a career in the STEM fields as part of HIMSS’ Women in Health IT Initiative.   We’ll also get an update from HIMSS Vice President Pat Wise on HIMSS’ Pathways to Value, a collection of action plans focused on key areas with high potential for health IT value realization: Clinical Decision Support; Remote Monitoring; Clinical Business Analysis; Information Exchange for Care Coordination; and Patient Safety.  

This Episode’s Guests:

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Patricia B. Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS, COL (USA ret’d)
Vice President, Health Information Systems
HIMSS
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This Episode's Promo:

The Annual National Health IT Week is being held September 26-30, 2016. Join us for this collaborative forum where public and private healthcare constituents work in partnership to educate industry and policy stakeholders on the value of health IT for the U.S. healthcare system.  Initiated in 2006, National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.  The Week consists of events across the country, including National Health IT Week participants —vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.  Make sure your voice is heard.

Learn how to participate in NHIT Week

This Episode’s STEPS Categories:

Value Suite - Treatment/Clinical
Value Suite - Savings

This Episode’s Series ID Employee Spotlight

Barbara Cousineau
Relationship Manager Organizational Affiliates
HIMSS
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This Episode’s Audience Ask:

How do you think policy has impacted the health IT industry? Send us a voice memo from your smart phone with your thoughts. You can send them to value@himss.org and we will play them on the air at the end of our next episode.

 

(C) 2016, HIMSS North America

Episode #23: The Impact of Long-Term Post-Acute Care’s Digital Divide

We’ve all experienced this, right?  Mom falls.  Dad is getting too difficult to take care of alone anymore.  Grandma finally agrees to let someone help her so she can stay at the house where she and Grandpa built their life together, where so many family memories where born, where the air in the room smells like comfort and yesterday.  

We’ve all experienced this, right?  A visit.  The long hallway.  Faces greeting you, some eager, some lost, as you find your way to the right room.  Awkward conversations about who gets what.  Who will take care this.  Who you will need to call. 

We’ve all experience this, right?  The moment life grabs us, forces us to stop looking ahead or behind.  Forces us to look at ourselves in the right now.  As life transitions from one plane to the next.  Son. Father.  Daughter. Mother.  Care giver.  Care receiver. 

Welcome to STEPS to Value, a podcast that explores the intersection of people, processes & technology in healthcare as the industry moves towards a value-focused model.  In this episode, we conclude our exploration of the long-term, post-acute care marketplace with John Damgaard, CEO of MatrixCare and IT Committee Chair at the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care.  We discuss with John about the LTPAC digital divide, both within the industry and compared to other care settings.  We explore how to best coordinate care across the acute and long-term, post-acute care settings when one setting’s idea of high-tech is Watson and the other’s is a fax machine.  We’ll also get an update from HIMSS member Floyd Eisenberg on a project HIMSS is collaborating on that helps both clinicians and developers incorporate immunization-related capabilities in their software. 

This Episode’s Guests:

John Damgaard
President and Chief Executive Officer
MatrixCare
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Floyd Eisenberg
Vice President, Quality & Regulatory
CNIAdvantage
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Learn more about the Immunization Integration Project

 

This Episodes News

Lawmakers Join the Long-Term-Care Rate Hike Fray
Federal News Radio, August 24th, 2016
A little more than a month after the Office of Personnel Management dropped its long-term-care bombshell, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is asking where exactly that bomb came from.  Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a letter to Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock Financial Services, asking for information on the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. John Hancock Financial Services was the only company to bid on the FLTCIP contract in 2016.

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Memo: Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing Home Staff
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality/Survey & Certification Group, August 5th, 2016

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Inappropriate Social Media Posts by Nursing Home Workers, Detailed
Charles Ornstein & Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, Dec. 21, 2015
Below are details of 47 incidents since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers shared photos or videos of residents on social media networks. The details come from government inspection reports, court cases and media reports.

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This Episode’s Promo

The Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Roundtable helps shape the direction of HIMSS in serving the needs of LTPAC providers and vendors. The LTPAC Roundtable meetings focus on topics relevant to the LTPAC IT community, to include professional development, public policy initiatives, interoperability, and the value of health IT.

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This Episode’s Ask

So how can the health care industry bridge the digital divide within the long-term, post-acute care space?  How can acute care and long, term post-acute care providers more successfully leverage health IT to transition patients from one setting to another?  Send us a voice memo from your smart phone with your examples of LTPAC organizations that are effectively leveraging health IT to provide better care for their residents.   Send it to value@himss.org and we will play them on the air at the end of our next episode. 

Episode #22: HIMSS August Update: Women in HIT & LTPAC Trends

In this episode, we find out more about the HIMSS Women in Health IT initiatives from Carla Smith, EVP at HIMSS and gain a perspective on trends in the long-term, post-acute care (LTPAC) marketplace from Lorren Pettit, VP, HIS at HIMSS.

This Episode’s Guests:

Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS
Executive Vice President
HIMSS
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Lorren Pettit, MS MBA
Vice President, Market Research
HIMSS
 

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This Episodes Initiatives:

HIMSS’ Women in Health IT Roundtable: Engage, Empower and Collaborate
Aug 25, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Register today!

HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards
Call for Applications open until Monday, October 17, 2016

Nominate an Influential Woman in Health IT today!

HIMSS Media’s Women in Health IT News Page

Long-Term, Post-Acute Roundtable

Learn More

This Episode’s Hashtags:

#WomeninHIT, #HITWorks, #LTPAC

This Episode’s STEPS Categories:

Value Suite - Satisfaction
Value Suite - Patient Engagement

This Episode’s Audience Ask:

Send us voice memos or emails letting us know about the influential women in HIT you interact with.  How have they influenced you? Send your voice memos and emails to value@himss.org

Episode #21: The Value of “People” vs. “Patients”: Understanding Long-Term, Post-Acute Care (LTPAC)

Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day.  They will keep doing so for another 13 years.  Chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure & cholesterol are more common amongst the baby boomer generation than the generation before it.  As the health care industry continues to respond to an aging population with more long-term health care needs, how does it ensure that it best supports patients as they transition between ambulatory, acute, and long-term, post-acute care settings?  What does patient engagement look like for like for patients that might not have the agency to participate in their care, such as the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease?  As more and more people receive care in the home, at skilled nursing, rehab and assisted living facilities, how do health care providers ensure that they are working as a team to care for the person, not just the patient?

Please note: This is the first episode of season 2.

This Episode’s Guest:

Chuck Czarnik
Vice President, Strategic Planning
Brookdale Senior Living
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This Episode’s News Items:

 

HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable Webinar Series:  Profiling Health IT Adoption and Maturity in LTPAC Settings / Technologies Supporting Care Coordination among Healthcare Settings

In this LTPAC Roundtable meeting, researchers from the University of Missouri discuss various issues to be considered in the development of national EHR maturation model for nursing home providers and advances in post-acute health information technologies.  Download handouts from this webinar.  Learn more about getting involved with the HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable.

 

Post-Acute IT 'Getting Interesting' as Attention Turns to EHRs, Analytics, Interoperability

John Andrews, Healthcare IT News, May 12th, 2016

After years of dwelling in the shadows of healthcare, the long-term and post-acute care industry may finally be ready to join its hospital colleagues in the IT spotlight.  The path is long and steep, but operators of skilled nursing, outpatient rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, hospice and home care agencies are embracing their important new roles as providers in the dynamic post-acute care environment.  Keep reading

Special Episode 6: Ten-Minute MACRA: How Does the Quality Performance Category Affect Clinicians?

This episode reviews the proposed structure of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System’s Quality Performance Category. We will discuss how the Quality Performance Category will affect eligible clinicians in a variety of care settings.

Special Episode 5: Ten-Minute MACRA: The Impact of Protecting Patient Health Information

There are a number of ways through which the protection of patient health information can impact the ability for a clinician to receive reimbursement under the regulations included in the MACRA NPRM. This episode will provide an overview of those impacts on affected clinicians.

Episode #20: Creating Value for Caregivers from HIT

Health Information Technology is firmly within the domain of those who provide health care. Physicians, nurses and others document our care encounters. Increasingly, however, we hear of creating a patient-centric health care system, and a lot of smart people are trying to figure out this thing we call “patient engagement.” Is there a role for patients and their families in the provision of care? How can we leverage technology to do that?

In this episode, we hear about one woman’s experience taking care of three parents suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and how technology does and doesn’t work in her role as a caregiver. MaryAnne Sterling has been a caregiver for her aging parents for 20 years as well as an educator on Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on family caregivers. During that time MaryAnne has also acted as a thought leader in health information technology and health policy. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patient & Caregiver-Powered Research Network, as Ambassador for PCORI, Consumer Ombudsman for the National Association for Trusted Exchange, CEO of Sterling Health IT Consulting, & Co-founder of Connected Health Resources, which spearheads innovative new projects to improve how patients & family caregivers navigate the healthcare system.

Episode #19: Innovation, UX & Health Care vs. Healthcare

In this age of rapid digital transformation, the speed at which innovation occurs often impacts success. We know this is true for organizations, but what is its role in systemic transformation? As we move towards a health care delivery system that is based more on value than on volume will innovation come in the form of wholesale transformation or will it occupy in small spaces, chipping away at the old model over time? How do we define the future state? What does it look like? Is it all about technology? Or must we rethink the way we think about health care. In this episode we talk with Dr. Jacob Reider about this timely topic, about the innovative use of technology, the promotion of benevolence in business and the opportunities that lay ahead for each of us to improve the health of our communities.

Special Episode 4: Ten-Minute MACRA: What are APMs?

A major component of MACRA’s proposed rule is the Alternative Payment Models, otherwise known as APMs. This episode will provide an overview of that section of the proposed rule.

Special Episode 3: Ten-Minute MACRA: What’s MIPS?

A major component of MACRA’s proposed rule is the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, otherwise known as MIPS. This episode will provide an overview of that section of the proposed rule.

Special Episode 2: Ten-Minute MACRA: Terms & Definitions

With the proposed rule comes a whole new set of acronyms, terms & definitions that you need to learn to better understand the actions proposed in the regulation. This episode will help you learn the new language of MACRA.

Special Episode 1: Ten-Minute MACRA: What’s MACRA?

This episode reviews the structure of the proposed rule, including its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) component & its Alternative Payment Models (APM) component. We will also discuss the current programs rolled into the new regulation, and implications in the proposed rule for hospitals as well as clinicians.

Episode #18: The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT

The conversation between clinicians and designers is integral when developing effective digital clinical technologies.  A health IT super user and key voice in that conversation is the nurse.  What technologies & processes are helping them perform their duties?  What effects do the usability & user experience of current health IT products have on nurses’ daily workflow?  In this episode we hear directly from thought leaders across the nursing field on the state of user experience for nurses today.

In This Episode

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN and Ellen Makar, MSN, RN-BC, CCM, CPHIMS, CENP provide an overview on the UX issues facing today’s nurses.  They also discuss recently completed research conducted by the HIMSS HIT UX Committee regarding the nursing user experience.  Nancy is Professor, Informatics at University of Utah and Ellen is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) 

Micah Sonderman discusses how developers interact with clinicians as they work to build usability health IT technologies.  Micah is User Experience Team Lead at the Cerner Corporation. 

Finally, Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN joins us to share her perspective on paths forward for better health IT user experiences for nurses.  Joyce is Vice President, Informatics here at HIMSS.

Episode #17: How Ransomware is Impacting Health IT

We’ve all seen stories of hospital operations impacted by ransomware over the past few months, and in this episode of STEPS to Value we examine this particularly troublesome variant of malware and identify some approaches to combat its growing threat.

Electronic Secure Data is one of the five categories of value in the HIMSS Health IT Value STEPS™ framework. As we’ve shown through the framework, when data is available in electronic form, it adds value in many ways. But if we don’t maintain its confidentiality, integrity and availability, the value could become an unexpected liability. The costs related to a data breach can be crippling and, in the case of ransomware, there are additional costs that come with restoring systems, paying the ransom, or both, depending on the situation.

In This Episode

We talk with Frederick Cox, director of information security for Varian Medical Systems. Fred designs information security architecture and HIPAA and HITECH compliance programs. He’s worked in a variety of industries and has over 30 years’ experience in securing information. Fred also serves on the HIMSS Risk Assessment workgroup.

Over the course of this conversation, Fred shares his insights and offers advice to healthcare professionals looking for a more secure environment. Some solutions involve people, while others are purely technical. All of it is focused on malware, specifically, ransomware.

Share your thoughts in the comments section or send us an email at value@himss.org.

 

Episode #16: How the Davies Award Drives Value at Your Organization

Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations who have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment.  But in addition to the award, the process of applying for the Davies award yielded great internal insights about the organizations applying. 

In This Episode

Hear from the following 2015 Davies Award winners:

Centura Health, a health system that provides accessible and affordable healthcare in Colorado and western Kansas, who was recently named a 2015 Davies Award winner.  Joining us are Louise Schottstaedt, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Information Officer, Steve Milligan, MD, Medical Director, Accountable Care, Will McConnell, PhD, MBA, MS VP Operations and Outreach Strategy and Tamra Lavengood, RN, BSN, MSN, Clinical Performance Coordinator.

HealthNet, Inc., Indiana’s largest federally qualified health center.  We hear from Lauren Borgmann, Clinical Information Systems/EMR Program Manager  & Carlos Guevara, BA, MEd, EMR Clinical Analyst

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores),  a public hospital providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services to those living with complex and serious mental illness.  Joining us is Sanaz Riahi, BScN, MSN, Director, Professional Practice, Clinical Information & Interim Admin Director, Adolescent Services.

The Wright Center, a patient-centered medical home  & cutting-edge medical residency training for primary care physicians in Northeastern Pennsylvania.   Hear from Jignesh Sheth, MD, Senior Vice President of Mission Accountability & Courtney Dempsey, BS, Clinical Innovation Specialist.

Find more information about the Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence here.

Episode #15: Being Accountable: The Evolution to Value-based Care

The shift from a fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model represents as big of a change for the healthcare industry as the shift from paper to electronic medical records.  As policy & the marketplace adjusts to this new reality, this week’s episode brings insights from the field on how alternative payment models are transforming the care experience.

In This Episode

Rene Cabral-Daniels, JD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer at Community Care Network of Virginia, Inc. discusses how alternative payment models are going to revolutionize the role of the patient in their own care team.    Learn more about Rene here. Learn more about the Community Care Network of Virginia here.

Douglas J. Van Daele, MD, FACS, Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Roy J & Lucille A Carver College of Medicine and Executive Director, University of Iowa Physicians describes how the University of Iowa Medicine achieved sustainable clinician buy-in on its journey to accountable care.  Learn more about Douglas here  Learn more about the University of Iowa Physicians here.

Ian Hoffberg, Manager, Applied Innovation at HIMSS North America chats about a new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) resource in the HIMSS Value of Health IT Suite.  Learn more about Ian here.  Learn more about the HIMSS ACO Navigator here

Special Episode: Jennifer Horowitz on the 2016 HIMSS Value of Health IT Survey

In this short episode of STEPS to Value, Jennifer Horowitz, MA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS Senior Director, Research at HIMSS describes the findings of the 2016 HIMSS Value of health IT Survey. All respondents to the survey worked for an organization that has achieved Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMRAMSM Model, or has won a Davies Award.

Episode #14: The Value of the HIMSS Conference: Tips for Covering the Conference

The HIMSS Annual Conference connects, educates and informs 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world each year.  With hundreds of education sessions, miles of exhibition halls, and a wide range of individuals to talk to, knowing how best leverage your coverage of the event can be overwhelming when considering your plans.  In this episode of STEPS to Value, hear tips & tricks directly from HIMSS staff on how you can get the most out of your HIMSS Annual Conference reporting experience.

Episode #13: The Value of the HIMSS Conference: Tips for Conference Participants

The HIMSS Annual Conference connects, educates and informs 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world each year. With hundreds of education sessions, miles of exhibition halls, and a cornucopia of networking opportunities, knowing how best leverage your participation in the event can be overwhelming when considering your plans for the event. In this episode of STEPS to Value, hear tips & tricks directly from HIMSS staff on how you can get the most out of your HIMSS Annual Conference experience.

Episode #12: The Value of the HIMSS Conference: Tips for Conference Attendees

The HIMSS Annual Conference connects, educates and informs 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world each year. With hundreds of education sessions, miles of exhibition halls, and a cornucopia of networking opportunities, the choices offered at the HIMSS conference can be overwhelming when planning for the event. In this episode of STEPS to Value, hear tips & tricks directly from HIMSS staff on how you can get the most out of your HIMSS Annual Conference experience.

Episode #11: The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value

With over 70% of doctors’ offices now utilizing electronic health records, the important first steps involved in laying the groundwork for true interoperability of protected health information have been taken.  The successful establishment and maintenance of Health Information Exchanges are an important part of this fluid landscape, and can drive very specific value from your health IT capital and process investments.  In this episode of STEPS to Value, we explore benefits and challenges of interoperability with Robert Cothren, PhD from the California Association of Health Information Exchange (CAHIE) and 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award winner Brian Yeaman, MD.  We also get an overview on the work HIMSS is doing to drive interoperable nation-wide health information exchange with Mari Greenberger, Director of Informatics here at HIMSS.

For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org.

Episode #10: Teaching Value

Paradigm shifts often are the strongest when they start from the bottom up. As the healthcare industry transforms, how does health & technology education transform in response? In this episode, we explore innovative ways informatics programs are incorporating health IT value optimization into the education of the next generation of clinicians and informaticists. We talk with Sharon Kirby, CNIO at Davies-award winning Centura Health about how she is changing her nurse students' minds about informatics in her University of Colorado classes. We also speak with Betty Regan, member of the HIMSS Innovation Committee, about the integrated approach the University of South Carolina is taking to train the next generation of clinicians and informaticists.

For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org.

Episode #9: The Hidden Value of Your Supply Chain

While almost eighty percent of items used by a hospital cost less than $20 each, thousands of dollars are spent capturing consumption of those items.  Have you untapped the hidden value in your supply chain?  In this episode we will talk with three healthcare supply chain thought leaders about how healthcare organizations can optimize their supply chain and move it from a cost center to a revenue generator.  We talk with Drex DeFord & Charles Hodge about supply chain lessons learned at Seattle Childrens Hospital.  We hear about supply chain market trends from Karen Conway, Executive Director-Industry Relations at GHX.

For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org.

Episode #8: The Importance of Trust: Health Data Security

In this episode, we focus on the role data security & privacy management plays in driving trust amongst clinicians and patients alike. We speak Sriram Bharadwaj, CISSP, CLSSBB, CPHIMS, Director, Information Services at UC Irvine Health & Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee about the concept of trust in a health data security environment. We also sit down with Lee Kim, BS, JD, FHIMSS  Director, Privacy & Security here at HIMSS about current health IT privacy & security trends.

For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit http://www.himss.org/valuesuite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org

Episode #7: How mHealth Is Driving Value

In this episode, we begin to look at how mHealth is transforming care delivery and how organizations are driving value from their mHealth investments. We speak with Dr. Ricky Bloomfield Jr., Director of Mobile Technology Strategy & hospitalist at Duke Medicine about their integration of Healthkit into Duke’s HIT processes. We also talk with David Collins, Sr. Director, mHealth here at HIMSS about current mHealth trends. For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit http://www.himss.org/valuesuite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org

Episode #6: Know Your STEPS: Savings

In this episode, we complete our exploration of the HIMSS STEPS value framework, looking at the topic of savings. We talk with Hilo Medical Center and their Davies award winning efforts to drive utilize their EHR to drive revenue for this leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care in Hawaii. Jonathan French also joins us again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through savings-focused projects. For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit http://www.himss.org/valuesuite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org

Episode #5: Know Your STEPS: Patient Engagement & Population Management

In this episode, we continue our exploration of the HIMSS STEPS value framework, looking at the topic of patient engagement & population management. We talk with thought leaders from Hawaii Pacific Health about their Davies award- winning efforts around population management. We talk with HIMSS Public Policy Committee Chair Aaron Miri about the National Health IT week volunteer experience, and we talk to Jonathan French again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through patient engagement-focused projects. Resource Links: For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit http://www.himss.org/valuesuite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org.

Episode #4: Know Your STEPS: Electronic Secure Data

In this episode, we continue our exploration of the HIMSS STEPS value framework, looking at the topic of electronic secure data. We talk with Lisa Gallagher on the importance of data security when trying to drive HIT value optimization. Jonathan French joins us again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through electronic secure data-focused projects, and Margaret Schulte shares the value story of the week.

For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit http://www.himss.org/valuesuite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org.

Episode #3: Know Your STEPS: Treatment/Clinical Value

In this episode, we examine the "T STEP" of the HIMSS HIT Value STEPS framework, Treatment and Clinical. This category is well-represented in Value Suite data collection, and covers topics such as efficiencies, quality of care, and safety issues. We talk with Fred Rachman, CEO of the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services, and Vice Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors, about how IT is used to support treatment and clinical benefits. We talk with Tom Leary, Vice President, Government Relations at HIMSS about the 10th annual National Health IT Week. Jonathan French joins us again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through clinically-focused HIT projects. Finally, Margaret Schulte joins us with some treatment/clinically-focused value stories of the week. Resource Links: For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit http://www.himss.org/valuesuite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org.

Episode #2: Know Your STEPS: Satisfaction

In this episode, we begin our exploration of the HIMSS STEPS value framework, starting with the topic of satisfaction. We talk with Greg Wolverton, CIO for ARcare, a Davies & EMRAM Stage 7 Community Health Organization. Jonathan French joins us again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through satisfaction-focused projects, and Margaret Schulte shares the Value Stories of the week. Resource Links: For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit http://www.himss.org/valuesuite. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question at value@himss.org.

Episode #1: Why Value? Why Now?

In the inaugural episode of STEPS to Value, Rod Piechowski, Senior Director, Health Information Systems at HIMSS, serves as host and moderator. His first guest is Pat Wise, Vice President, HIS at HIMSS. They discuss why everyone in healthcare is starting to focus on value.  We also talk with Jonathan French, Director, HIS at HIMSS about the role that measuring quality against process improvement plays on value optimization strategies. We’re also joined by Margaret Schulte, lead consultant on our value collection project; she shares some specific examples of value providers have achieved.

This episode is the first of a group of podcasts designed to introduce the HIMSS value initiative and the HIMSS HIT Value STEPS™ framework. We’ll take a closer look at each of the STEPS, and hear from the people who are responsible for achieving value at their organizations. In future episodes, we will examine the relationships among value and dozens of other topics of interest, and learn how everything contributes to value.

Resource Links:  For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit http://www.himss.org/valuesuite.