Health Information Exchanges are at the forefront of information security and general news these days. Since HIEs play an important role within the overall state and federal Health Insurance Marketplaces and the security controls within these marketplaces are looking a bit dubious; the overall discussion of HIEs and how they impact healthcare project managers is a timely topic.
With that in mind my latest AtTask Work Management blog post is up. I cover the HIE technical, regulatory and process backgrounds and how it impacts healthcare project managers.
Here’s a bit of the post and then follow the link for the remainder of the article:
In my last post, “Healthcare’s Creative Destruction & the Project Manager” I mentioned that I would outline Health Information Exchanges and what a project manager should know about the current state of this local, state and federal initiatives. Why is this topic so important? In the scale of software development and database integration, few projects like the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) have been so sweeping in scope; no matter the industry.
One facet that defines the scope of this massive effort is the dollars spent. The Affordable Care Act mandates (Meaningful Use) that healthcare providers shift to Electronic Medical Records (EMR). Without EMRs, a NwHIN would not be possible. In order to facilitate this, the Federal government has doled out $12.6 billion in subsidies to providers since 2012. For the first two months of 2013, $425 million has been handed out for EMR meaningful use. These large numbers do not take into account the vast sums that will be spent on local, state and federal HIE/HIX promotions, setup and operations (currently estimated at $5 billion).
– See more at: Hazards on the HIE Road – A Map for Project Managers