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Infographics: Health IT leadership and salaries

It’s infographic time! In fact, it’s time for two infographics.

The first is from HIMSS, celebrating 25 years of the organization’s annual health IT leadership survey. Some interesting findings, as pointed out by a HIMSS publicist:

  • 1991- 75 percent say their institution’s financial health is helped by computers
  • 1994 – 14 percent predict that digital patient information will be shared nationwide in 1-3 years
  • 2000 – 70 percent of respondents say HIPAA is a top business issue.


The second infographic comes from Not surprisingly, the most lucrative jobs are in consulting, and those with experience get paid significantly more than newbies.

September 18, 2014 I Written By

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

Podcast: HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber previews HIMSS12

I’m about to head to the airport for my flight to Las Vegas and HIMSS12. As has become customary before each year’s HIMSS conference, I sat down with H. Stephen Lieber, CEO of HIMSS, this past week to discuss the state of health IT and what to expect at the big event.

The timing of this interview was interesting. We spoke Wednesday morning at the new HIMSS office in downtown Chicago, one day after CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told a gathering of American Medical Association leaders that federal officials were re-examining the Oct. 1, 2013, deadline for adopting ICD-10 coding, and one day before HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made it official that there would be a delay.

Also one day after this interview, HIMSS announced that it has taken over the mHealth Summit from the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health. While Lieber talked extensively about mobile healthcare, he gave no hint that this news was coming.

Meanwhile, the whole health IT universe had been expecting HHS to release its proposed rules for Stage 2 of “meaningful use” of electronic health records this past week. That didn’t happen. Monday is a federal holiday, so I don’t think we will hear anything until at least Tuesday, which, coincidentally, happens to be the first day of the HIMSS conference. As if we don’t have enough to keep us occupied in the next few days.

The recording is a little fuzzy. I’m not really sure what created the echo and the background noise, since we were in a dedicated interview room, one of the nice features at the new HIMSS digs. Radio interference perhaps? That happened to me a couple years ago in the old HIMSS office on East Ohio Street. Just pretend you’re listening on AM radio or something.

Podcast details: Interview with HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber, February 15, 2012. MP3, stereo, 128 kbps, 31.9 MB, running time 34:51.

1:00 Logistics of HIMSS12 in Las Vegas after the venue change
2:00 Why the Venetian-Palazzo-Sands might work better than the Las Vegas Convention Center
2:55 Why the conference starts on Tuesday this year
3:25 Massive scale of the conference
5:25 Return of Cerner and Meditech and some first-time exhibitors
7:45 mHIMSS and HIT X.0
10:15 Twitter co-founder Biz Stone keynoting and the state of social media in healthcare
12:00 Accountable care and realignment of incentives
14:15 What might be in proposed rule for Stage 2 of meaningful use
17:20 Preview of HIMSS survey of hospital readiness for meaningful use
20:30 ICD-10 readiness
25:00 Greater public awareness of health IT but continuing difficulties in communicating the finer points of healthcare reform
27:50 Mobile healthcare
31:25 The growing importance of clinical analytics

February 18, 2012 I Written By

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

Mainstream Media watch, part 200 and counting

Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune had a feature story in the main news section about health IT. With health IT drawing $19.2 billion from the federal stimulus legislation, stories are popping up all over the mainstream media of late.

What struck me, though, is that the reporter went to a medical practice in Vero Beach, Fla., and talked to consultants and experts all over the country, when there’s so much health IT activity and expertise right here in the Chicago area. Notably, NorthShore University Health System in suburban Evanston is the only organization not named Kaiser Permanente to reach Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model scale.

To his credit, though, reporter Noam Levey did quote New York City Assistant Health Commissioner Farzad Mostashari, M.D., a rising star in health IT circles.

Also, I recently read a March 3 New York Times story about pharmaceutical-related conflicts of interest among Harvard Medical School faculty. My immediate reaction was that this nothing unique to Harvard, and the story doesn’t even get into the growing controversy about another cash stream flowing from medical device makers.

It also got me thinking that we’ll start to see donations pick up from healthcare software companies once the economic stimulus kicks in. I wonder if the big academic health systems have ethics rules regarding gifts from IT vendors?

March 18, 2009 I Written By

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

Kaiser, NorthShore hospitals reach HIMSS Stage 7

The first-ever list of “Stage 7” hospitals is out, and it includes 15 facilities, but just organizations: Kaiser Permanente and NorthShore University HealthSystem, formerly known as Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

HIMSS Analytics said that 12 Kaiser hospitals in California and all three NorthShore acute care facilities in the suburbs of Chicago reached the top level of EMR implementation on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. That means they are effectively paperless, can share patient data with other organizations by sending standardized electronic transactions and are able to mine their clinical databases for quality improvement.

The Kaiser Stage 7 hospitals are:

  • South San Francisco Medical Center (127 Beds)
  • South Sacramento Medical Center (228 Beds)
  • Sacramento Medical Center (331 Beds)
  • Roseville Medical Center (166 Beds)
  • Modesto Medical Center (220 Beds)
  • Manteca Hospital (77 Beds)
  • Walnut Creek Medical Center (229 Beds)
  • Antioch Medical Center (130 Beds)
  • Hayward Medical Center (200 Beds)
  • Fremont Medical Center (106 Beds)
  • Santa Rosa Medical Center (112 Beds)
  • Irvine Medical Center (150 Beds)

NorthShore University HealthSystem includes:

  • Evanston Hospital (389 Beds)
  • Glenbrook Hospital (143 Beds)
  • Highland Park Hospital (211 Beds)

A cousin of mine is expecting to give birth at Evanston Hospital in late April. I’m happy to know she’ll be in good hands.

March 9, 2009 I Written By

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

HIMSS Analytics: 42 hospitals reach EHR Stage 6

HIMSS Analytics has announced the latest list of hospitals to reach “Stage 6” of EHR implementation, and for 2008, 42 hospitals in 24 organizations make the cut. That is only 0.5 percent of all non-federal hospitals in the U.S., up from 0.3 a year earlier.

Additionally, 15 hospitals, or 0.3 percent of the national total, achieved Stage 7, the highest level of the scale, but HIMSS Analytics has not made those names public. All those in Stage 6 or 7 will be honored at an April 6 awards ceremony.

Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model means hospitals are almost fully paperless, with electronic physician documentation, full clinical decision support and full picture archiving and communications systems available throughout the enterprise.

The Stage 6 list includes:

1. Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland, Texas
2. Clarian North Medical Center, Carmel, Ind.
3. Newport Hospital (148 Beds), Newport, R.I.
4. NorthShore University HealthSystem (3 hospitals reached Stage 6), Evanston, Ill.
5. Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Bolivar, Mo.
6. Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Ga.
7. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La.
8. St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh
9. St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore
10 University Health System, San Antonio
11. Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Ill.
12. HCA – Lewis Gale Medical Center, Salem, Va.
13. UC-San Diego Medical Center (2 hospitals), San Diego
14. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2 hospitals), Nashville, Tenn.
15. SSM Health Care (2 hospitals), St. Louis
16. Watertown Memorial Hospital, Watertown, Wis.
17. UPMC (2 hospitals), Pittsburgh
18. Parkview Adventist Medical Center, Brunswick, Maine
19. Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago
20. Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Wash.
21. Stellaris Health Network (3 hospitals), Armonk, N.Y.
22. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago
23. Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.
24. Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation (11 hospitals), Oakland, Calif.

February 26, 2009 I Written By

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