More hospitals hiring CTOs; HIMSS, AMA offer informative podcasts on Stage 2 of Meaningful Use;

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> The role of chief technology officer has recently seen growth in need and status, writes Bonnie Siegel, a healthcare IT recruiter at Witt/Kieffer, at She address the responsibilities and qualities that the position requires. Article

> HIMSS and the American Medical Association are offering a three-episode series of podcasts to help providers achieve Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. The podcasts will feature Joe Heyman, founder, former president and current CMIO of the Whittier IPA; and Dan Paoletti, chief executive officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership. They will discuss how physicians engage with health information exchanges and how the exchanges can facilitate achievement of Stage 2 requirements. Announcement

Health Provider News

> A newly opened hospital in Texas bets that the facility designed by physicians to provide patients with the ultimate patient-centered experience will give it an edge in the marketplace. Article

> To provide the best possible healthcare, hospitals must shake up their rigid hierarchies, argues an opinion piece in Forbes. The standard corporate "pyramid" model is wrong for healthcare, writes Forbes contributor Jeff Boss, because it turns the exchange of information into a game of telephone as the information descends the hierarchy. This means the lowest-level employees work with the least context, limiting their decision-making abilities. Article

Health Insurance News

> As private health insurance exchanges grow in popularity, they could catch up with public exchange's enrollment success. About 3 million Americans enrolled in plans through private exchanges this past year, and that number is expected to surpass 10 million by 2015, according to a recent Accenture report. Article

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