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April 17, 2007
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"Our hope is that by starting the PULSE Center, people will learn how to work in teams, how to better handle parents and how to manage in situations with upset children," said Mary Cantrell, director of the PULSE Center. "This will make health care much safer for children here in Arkansas."

CAQH Simplifies e-Patient Data Exchange

Mobile, Ala.-based CAQH recently announced that North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System has joined the Committee on Operating Rules Information Exchange (CORE), an industry initiative to simplify electronic patient administrative data exchange.

North Shore-LIJ plans to collaborate with nearly 100 healthcare industry stakeholders on CORE. The CAQH initiative will aim to give providers access to eligibility and benefits information before or at the time of service using the electronic system of their choice for any patient or health plan.

According to CAQH, CORE participants are building consensus on a set of operating rules that will enhance interoperability between providers and payers, streamline eligibility and benefits data transactions, and reduce the amount of time and resources providers spend on administrative functions.

Medical Infomatics 20/20

Douglas Goldstein

Jones and Bartlett Publishers announced the release of "Medical Informatics 20/20: Quality and Electronic Health Records through Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation." The book addresses critical problems in the U.S. health services system, in which it claims outdated and non-existent health information technology systems lead to high costs, poor quality, non-patient centric care, medical errors, and insufficient disaster preparedness.

The authors Douglas Goldstein, Peter Groen, Suniti Ponkshe, and Marc Wine, provide readers with resources and case studies that present a roadmap for realizing a quality healthcare system enabled by multi-disciplinary teams and new processes supported by electronic health records and interoperable health information technology.

AHIMA Gets State Level HIE Contract

The Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) of the American Health Information Management Association has been awarded a contract by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to continue its work on a State Level Health Information Exchange Consensus project.

The contract builds on and extends FORE's work in developing emerging best practices and practical tools for state level health information exchange initiatives. The project will be guided by a steering committee with the help of the eHealth Initiative and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The contract was signed on Feb. 27 and went into effect March 1.

Additions to the Alliance Board

The National Alliance for Health Information Technology has elected five new members to its board of directors.

Joining the Alliance board, as of Feb. 1 are:

  • Ida Androwich, Ph.D., R.N., BC, FAAN, professor and program director, Health Systems Management, Member of American Nurses Association's NIDSEC and AONE Representative to TIGER

  • Jeffrey Hillebrand, chief operating officer, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare

  • Mary Beth Lang, president/vice president, Diagnostix, LLC/Amerinet Enterprise Solutions

  • Deward Watts, vice president, managing partner, Global Health Solutions, CSC Consulting Inc.

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