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Borden Appointed to Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority

MRO Corp, a provider of disclosure management services and applications for healthcare organizations, recently announced that its chief technology officer, David Borden, was appointed to the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority. The authority is responsible for developing, establishing, and maintaining a health information exchange (HIE) that complies with federal and state laws and promotes efficient and effective communication among multiple healthcare providers, payers, and participants.

Borden has 30 years of experience working in IT. During his 10 years with MRO, Borden has spearheaded multiple HIT initiatives, including meaningful use certification, patient portal development, and building an esMD interface for submissions of medical records to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Most recently, Borden’s research has focused on HIE initiatives, including the Direct Project, and he is driving MRO’s development of various HIE solutions by early 2013, including a Direct Project HISP and Direct Secure Messaging capabilities.

— Source: MRO Corp

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Editor's E-Note
Indiana Tech
Implementing an EHR is a hair-raising event, one fraught with nerve-wracking decisions and filled with doubts.

Perhaps top among the concerns is deciding whose technology to trust. There are numerous vendors willing to help you with an EHR conversion, but not all are created equal. Selecting the correct company will go a long way toward deciding the organization’s fate.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, a chief information officer suggests six must-ask questions to pose to potential technology partners.

Best wishes from all of us at For the Record magazine for joyous holidays and a happy, healthy 2013!

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusives
Six Questions Every Hospital Should Ask
an EHR Vendor

By Theresa Meadows, RN, MS, FHIMSS

In today’s increasingly complex world of medicine, perhaps one of the largest undertakings for healthcare organizations is converting paper records to a streamlined EMR system. Whether you’re part of a major multifacility system in a metropolitan area or a small independent hospital, the process of converting to an EHR system is a huge process—one that involves a great deal of resources both financially and organizationally.

Yet with the governmental pressure on hospitals that fail to make the switch and the need to become compliant with initiatives such as meaningful use, HIPAA 5010, and ANSI 5010, many healthcare executives and physicians alike may feel pressured to adopt the first EHR system they come across—a decision that could prove disastrous.

While there is no guaranteed way to navigate a vendor vetting process, establishing the specific functions and features that are important to your organization will help the search committee make an informed decision. With this in mind, here are six questions every organization should ask each EHR vendor they vet:

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Other News
Millions at Stake With Digital Medical Record Hurdles
Tampa Bay Online reports local doctors are voicing displeasure with a statewide health information exchange project.

Canada’s First US HIT Accelerator Could Generate Jobs
Canadian firms are looking to get involved with the US HIT scene,
reports MedCity News.
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