Health System Chief Information Officers Juggling responsibilities, managing expectations, building the future – Deloitte Center for Health Solutions – 2013

Posted on February 26, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics, Workforce | Tags: |

Health System Chief Information Officers Juggling responsibilities, managing expectations, building the future – Deloitte Center for Health Solutions – 2013

“Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in traditional, acute health care systems face enormous challenges as they race to prepare their organizations to make the transition to an information-driven health system.

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions interviewed CIOs in 12 major health care systems to assess their opinions about and preparedness for the challenges ahead. Their responses are presented in the report, Health System Chief Information Officers: juggling responsibilities, managing expectations, building the future.”

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Digital hospitals: debunking the myths surrounding the technology journey – Deloitte – July 2012

Posted on January 4, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , , |

Untangling the truth: debunking the myths surrounding the technology journey for digital hospitals – Deloitte – July 2012

“Do you believe that a digital hospital and a paperless hospital are the same thing? That a single data governance approach is all your hospital needs? That clinical requirements should dictate the hospital’s technology capabilities? Or that mobility is a ‘nice to have’?

If you do, you are not alone. So whether you are building a new digital hospital from the ground up, or digitising an existing hospital, views like these can make your journey more complex, risky and expensive than it really needs to be.

This paper details 12 myths surrounding the technology journey to digitisation that, if left unchanged, can limit the value that can be realised from digital hospital initiatives.”

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Primary care: Today and tomorrow. Improving general practice by working differently – Deloitte – May 2012

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: General Practice, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: |

Primary care: Today and tomorrow. Improving general practice by working differently – Deloitte – May 2012

“Primary care, and in particular care delivered by general practice, has been a cornerstone of the United Kingdom’s healthcare system since the inception of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948. Indeed, good quality primary care is considered an essential
feature of all cost-effective healthcare systems. Patient satisfaction with primary care delivered through general practice has traditionally been high, albeit with local variations in both patient experience and quality of care.

The general practice delivery model has evolved slowly with most general practitioners (GPs) working in single or dual practices until the 1990s. The promotion of a ‘primary care led NHS’ during the 1990s and the implementation of new contract models from 2003 onwards, have resulted in the majority of GPs now working in larger group practices and health centres. Nevertheless, the delivery model still  relies largely on face-to-face consultations between the patient and GP or, for a limited but growing number of interventions, between the patient and practice nurse.

The focus of this report is on the general practice as a provider of primary care services, and while it is based on the English NHS, many of the solutions could apply equally to general practice in the rest of the United Kingdom.

In this report we acknowledge general practice and its registered patient list system as a strong foundation upon which different models of care can be built. We propose a range of solutions involving new business models and incentives, and accelerated use of technologies, which shift the focus of primary care from providers to consumers. While some of the proposed solutions are already being trialled by a number of GPs, and the challenge is to increase the scale of adoption, others have yet to be adopted in any meaningful way. What they all have in common is the need for primary care staff to work differently.”

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The Time is Now: 2009 Global Life Sciences & Health Care Security Study – Deloitte – July 2009

Posted on July 27, 2009. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: |

The Time is Now: 2009 Global Life Sciences & Health Care Security Study
A global perspective on cyber security, privacy and data protection

“The global economic environment and the ever-changing regulatory landscape have impacted life sciences and health care (LSHC) organizations, regardless of sector, size and region.  The changing environment has a profound effect on how organizations realize their security and privacy objectives. The lifeblood of any health care or life sciences organization is information, whether patient, intellectual property, or revenue. Organizations are dealing with the challenge of how to protect their information while facing increasingly sophisticated security threats and spiraling regulatory and legislative requirements—all against a backdrop of reduced spending, staff cuts and organizational changes.

Whether it is the broader purview of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the widespread adoption and use of electronic health record (EHR) technologies under the HITECH ACT of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the implementation of electronic exchanges for health, there will be significant pressure on organizations to meet these challenges.

The industry is heading into a period of massive opportunity as it seeks to maximize the value of data and the promise of new automation. But it is our view that the industry is not yet prepared to meet the challenges of managing the risk as this opportunity emerges.

The global study respondents included life sciences and health care organizations headquartered in the following regions: North America (NA); Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific (APAC); and Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office (LACRO). Among the participating companies in the study, nearly half reported revenue between US$1 billion and greater than US$15 billion, and half reported employee strength of 5,001- 50,000.

Key findings of the study are:
• Data leakage protection is a primary threat-based initiative across all sectors
• Identity and access management is a top priority
• The trend towards outsourcing raises a host of third-party security concerns.
• The role of the CISO has taken on greater significance with the evolution of the business and regulatory environment.
• As the security environment becomes more complex and regulation continues to increase, security budgets fail to keep pace.”

Read the full report attached for additional information.
2009 Global Life Sciences & Health Care Security Study (4507 KB)  72-page PDF

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