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NYT calls for EHR privacy

Electronic health records have made it to the editorial page of the Sunday New York Times. Today, the paper praises the legislation passed by the House last week and facing the full Senate this week for not watering down privacy protections, at least so far.

Read the editorial here.

February 1, 2009 I Written By

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It’s awards season

We’ve heard the winners or nominees for the Oscars, Golden Globes the SAG Awards and others in the last couple of weeks. Now it’s time for some health IT awards.

HIMSS recently announced its full list of 2008 award winners. Some, like the Davies Award recipients, had been made public earlier:

Industry Service Awards
CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award
Patricia Skarulis, VP and CIO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Nursing Informatics Leadership Award
Rosemary Kennedy, R.N., MBA
Chief nursing informatics officer, Siemens Medical Solutions

Physician IT Leadership Award
Brian R. Jacobs, M.D.
CMIO and executive director, Center for Pediatric Informatics, Children’s National Medical Center

ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering/IT Synergies Award
Todd H. Cooper

SHS-HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award
Lawrence E. Dux

Davies Awards of Excellence
Public Health Award of Excellence
• Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority, Cherokee, N.C.
• New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, N.J.

Ambulatory Care Award of Excellence
• Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia
• Oklahoma Arthritis Center, Edmond, Okla.
• Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology, Lake Worth, Fla.

Community Health Organization Award of Excellence
• Columbia Basin Health Association, Othello, Wash.
• Community Health Access Network, Newmarket, N.H.
• New York Children’s Health Project, New York City
• White River Rural Health Center, Augusta, Ark.

Organizational Award of Excellence
• Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine

Publication Award
Books of the Year Award
“Developing a Data Warehouse for the Healthcare Enterprise”
By Bryan Bergeron, M.D.

“Keys to EMR Success: Selecting and Implementing an Electronic Medical Record”
By Ronald Sterling, CPA, MBA

Service Awards
Distinguished Fellows Service Award
Robin S. Raiford, R.N.

Outstanding Special Interest Group Member Award
Feliciano Yu, M.D.

Chapter Leader of the Year Award
Barry T. Ross

Lifetime Member Award
• John R. Freeman, Ph.D.
• Barbara Gerhardt
• Robert Kowalski
• Frank C. Overfelt

Board of Directors Service Award
• Margaret Amatayakul
• Victoria M. Bradley, R.N.
• Steven J. Fox, J.D.
• John T. Hansmann
• John C. Wade

John A. Page Outstanding Service Award
Ned Simpson

Leadership Award
• Randy McCleese
• Charles Parker
• Barry T. Ross

Chapter Innovations Award
Runners Up
• Arizona Chapter – Small Chapter
• Tennessee Chapter – Large Chapter

Grand Prize
• Iowa Chapter – Small Chapter
• Southern California Chapter – Large Chapter

HIMSS will recognize the 50 winners (yes, 50) on Saturday, April 4, at the Fairmont Chicago hotel. That’s quite a swanky joint. The only wedding I’ve attended there was black tie.

This week, we’ll find out the winners of the TEPR Awards. I’ll be on site in Palm Springs, Calif., to bring you news from this conference. Meantime, here are the finalists:

Personal Health Record Systems
• CapMed Personal Health Management Suite by CapMed
• Doctations by Doctations Inc.
• myHealtheVet by Department of Veterans Affairs

Hot Products, recognizing innovative products that bring the most benefits or positive change to healthcare.
• Doctations by Doctations Inc.
• iChart EMR by Caretools
• PrivacyLayer, RecruitSource and TrialsFinder by Private Access
• TapChart by ImageTrend

The finalists are making their presentations to judges and conference attendees this morning at the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel. The winners will be announced Monday morning during the TEPR opening session.

You will notice that the TEPR Awards are down to just two categories. Everything seems to be shrinking. The conference, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, actually is called TEPR+ this year, which may end up being a little ironic. I’m in Palm Springs now, and every indication I’ve gotten so far is that this conference is going to be the smallest TEPR in years.

The latest news is that we’re being asked to enter the conference via the Wyndham rather than main doors of the Palm Springs Convention Center. Perhaps this means that there is construction going on at the convention center, or has TEPR has downsized to the point that it only needs the hotel’s conference center? I’m on my way over there shortly for the pre-conference seminars to find out for myself.

Blame the economy, sure, but interest in and attendance at TEPR has been steadily declining since peaking in 2004 when David Brailer, M.D., gave his first public speech after being named national coordinator for health IT. This time around, most of the vendor meeting requests I have gotten have come from what could be called ancillary service providers, not vendors of core EMR systems. It’s gone back forth in the past, but this year, the Medical Records Institute is emphasizing the TEPR acronym on its own, not the full name, Towards an Electronic Patient Record (or some other variant, such as Towards the Electronic Patient Record or Toward an Electronic Patient Record).

I may have more on this later.

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I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.