Getting to Know Blockchain in Five Steps
One of the new buzzwords in healthcare—blockchain—could be the next
solution for creating a healthcare system that’s more secure, transparent,
and interoperable, according to Don
Tapscott, co-founder of the Blockchain
Research Institute. In a talk at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) 2017 Fall CIO
Forum, Tapscott discussed steps that
healthcare CIOs can take to get to know
blockchain—and to be prepared for its
arrival on the healthcare scene, according to an article in Health Tech.
Originally created as the ledger technology for Bitcoin, organizations are already
beginning to explore how blockchain
can be applied in healthcare to improve
interoperability, data sharing, and quality
measurement, according to the article.
Five tips that Tapscott offered for getting
familiar with the new technology include:
1. Get to know blockchain on your
own time. Tapscott suggests that
healthcare IT leaders visit block-
chain.info and try out a few Bitcoin
purchases with a mobile wallet.
2. Tap resources for baseline education. Healthcare IT leaders can track
down resources such as those available from the Blockchain Research
Institute and learn how other companies are incorporating blockchain.
3. Find Bitcoin-curious talent. Seek
out members of your team that have
an interest in Bitcoin, and harness
4. Launch a pilot. After becoming
familiar with the technology, it’s
time to try it out on a smaller scale.
5.Think about IT architecture.
Legacy IT architecture may represent difficulties for fully implementing blockchain technology. ¢
AHIMA Releases Opioid Addiction
Documentation Tip Sheet
Opioid addiction has been declared a
public health emergency in the United
States. Efforts continue to try to combat the crisis, including an announcement from the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (CMS) that
states will be allowed to design demonstration projects to increase access
to opioid abuse treatment—improving
access to clinically appropriate treatment for opioid abuse.
In addition, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and
the Opioid Crisis has recommended the
development of a federal integrated data
environment to combine public data
with agency-specific data to address
the opioid epidemic. Further data efforts
are recommended in the commission’s
final report, such as strengthened data
collection activities, and reinstituting the
Drug Abuse Warning Network public
health surveillance system.
It is vital that organizations and providers
make available high quality clinical docu-
mentation to guarantee the data which
drives research and education on this
topic is based on the correct information.
AHIMA has released the Opioid Addiction
Documentation Tip Sheet to guide providers in learning the documentation elements that are needed when documenting opioid use, abuse, or dependency.
In the tip sheet, each of the seven characteristics of high quality clinical documentation are listed in the first column.
Under the example column are scenarios of when each of these characteristics
is missing within the clinical documentation. The final column provides an example of what poor quality documentation would look like, an explanation of the
missing needed clarity, and an example
of high quality documentation.
The tip sheet is available as a PDF
download at http://journal.ahima.org/
AHIMA RELEASES INFORMATICS TOOLKIT
AHIMA’s Informatics Toolkit for Health
Informatics and Information Management Professionals is now available
for download online. The toolkit,
which is free for AHIMA members,
provides tools for health informatics
and information management (HIIM)
professionals to assist them in meeting
the growing demand for informatics
competencies in healthcare. The toolkit
was developed to advance the practice of health informatics and its role
in supporting healthcare’s technology-rich environment.
SURVEY REVEALS LOCAL, STATE HHS
AGENCIES’ DIGITAL HABITS
A report by Comp TIA and the American Public Human Services Association titled “2017 Health and Human
Services State of the States Survey”
provides a look at how local and state
health and human services agencies
are moving forward with their digital
transformation. The study revealed 79
percent of agencies have adopted a
cybersecurity framework based on national standards and guidelines, while
74 percent have applications in the
cloud—up from 55 percent in 2016.
HHS NAMES PATIENT MATCHING ALGORITHM
The US Department of Health and
Human Services’ Office of the National
Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced the winners of the Patient
Matching Algorithm Challenge. ONC
selected the winning submissions from
over 140 competing teams and almost
7,000 submissions using an ONC-provided dataset. ¢