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Editor's e-Note
When it comes to securing funds from a parent for that special toy, children can be quite creative. Somehow, they know exactly which strings to pull to land the coveted item. It can be a promise to keep their room clean or an irrestible smile that gets the job done.

For health care professionals seeking funding for new technology, it’s going to take more than a winning personality to gain approval. This month’s E-News Exclusive explores strategies for how HIM leaders can persuade the C-suite to provide the financial support for release-of-information outsourcing.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
A Pro Forma Guide to C-Suite Approval for ROI Outsourcing
By Deborah Gustavsen, PhD

The benefits of outsourcing release of information (ROI)—eg, reduced costs, fewer phone calls, a reduction in risk and liabilities, tracking software, and improved patient satisfaction—are well known. These benefits are a major selling point for ROI vendors, yet it often is portrayed as a “life-or-death” scenario, with a failure to outsource ROI equivalent to putting your professional life in danger. The truth is, the business of ROI is dynamic and requires continuous evaluation to determine whether your current approach—in house or outsourced—is founded on empirical grounds.

A few helpful tips can help you evaluate your current approach, assess alternative options, and build the business case required to effect change with senior leaders in your organization.

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AHIMA Preview
AHIMACon17 Offers Inspiration and Innovation in LA
By Heather Hogstrom

The 89th AHIMA Convention and Exhibit will be held October 7–11 in Los Angeles. Featuring the theme “Inspire, Innovate, Lead,” the conference will focus on areas health information is transforming and ways health information professionals can play a leading role. Packed with more than 100 education sessions and more than 150 exhibitors, the conference offers information, insights, and ideas attendees can use in their organizations.

One hot topic is privacy and security. Sessions on protecting health information include “HIPAA Hunger Games,” “HIM Response to an Active Shooter Incident,” and “People Mistakes That Lead to Data Breaches.” Additionally, the Privacy and Security Institute, taking place October 7–8, is an intensive, interactive meeting offering plenty of cyber, privacy, security, and compliance education. For example, Boston Children’s Hospital’s CIO will discuss when the hospital was attacked by Anonymous in “When Hacktivists Target Your Hospital.”

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Industry Insight
HIMSS Launches Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship

The Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship, sponsored by the HIMSS Foundation, recognizes the leadership and passion for innovation in digital health technology of its namesake, who was HIMSS president and CEO for more than 17 years.

Applications are now open for this prestigious scholarship, designated for a student pursuing a degree from an accredited collegiate undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral academic program.

“On behalf of the HIMSS Foundation, I am honored to launch the Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship to celebrate Steve’s impact on health IT and confirm his confidence in the innovative spirit of the health IT community,” says Thomas M. Leary, MALA, CAE, FHIMSS, executive director of the HIMSS Foundation.

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Tech & Tools
drchrono First Cloud-Based FHIR-Enabled EHR
drchrono Inc is the first cloud-based EHR platform enabled for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). With FHIR, drchrono is enabling its 10 million patients access to their data via the FHIR application programming interface (API) through the personal health record (PHR), onpatient. The new API is designed to support the Precision Medicine Sync for Science Initiative and fulfills one of the requirements of meaningful use stage 3 to enable a PHR API. The company has been working closely with the government to develop the API, which empowers patients with the right to take ownership of their medical data. drchrono’s Patient API gives patients the freedom to control their own data and share the data with others throughout the continuum of care. Any developer through the PHR FHIR API can build applications on top of drchrono so researchers and other physicians with the patient’s approval can view the patient’s data. Learn more »

Artificial Medical Intelligence Introduces HCC Abstraction
Artificial Medical Intelligence (AMI) has announced the release of its full version of hierarchical condition category (HCC) coding as part of the EMscribe suite of tools in support of medical records processing and abstraction. The new completed HCC Coding Solution is built on the automatic generation of ICD-10 codes and supporting demographic data for reimbursement, which includes V22 HCC, the latest version from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. AMI’s HCC module is offered as an integrated and automated component of its EMscribe coding and clinical abstraction suite, which is able to support the requirement of HCC code submission. EMscribe automatically generates the individual’s health conditions using ICD-10 diagnoses and demographic data directly extracted from the medical record and assigns the risk adjustment attributes to the case based upon a combination of the individual’s health conditions and demographic details. An HCC score is then generated by the EMscribe system and is either displayed in AMI’s Graphical User Interface or provided through an AMI’s Application Protocol Interface. Learn more »
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