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									          2009 Software Source

      The race is on for information technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tronic record, according to the
      Technology summit                                                                                                                                                                                           2004 National Nursing Home
      urges providers to                                                                                                                                                                                          Survey. Seventeen percent have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gone further, automating physi-
      seize stimulus funds                                                                                                                                                                                        cian and medication orders, as
      By Michele Hayunga                                                                                                                                                                                          well as laboratory information and
      With an ambitious timeline for                                                                                                                                                                              medication administration.
      computerizing America’s health                                                                                                                                                                                 “We’re at least as advanced as
      records, backed by $19 billion in                                                                                                                                                                           the hospitals and doctors—and
      stimulus funds, the administra-                                                                                                                                                                             probably ahead,” said presenter
      tion has signaled its commitment                                                                                                                                                                            Barbara Manard, vice president
      to health information technology                                                                                                                                                                            of long-term care health strate-

                                                                                                                                                                                        Photos: Michele Hayunga
      (HIT). Long-term care providers                                                                                                                                                                             gies for the American Associa-
      must prepare now if they want a                                                                                                                                                                             tion of Homes and Services for
      piece of the pie, advocates say.                                                                                                                                                                            the Aging.
         “The next step is to win friends,                                                                                                                                                                           Nursing homes could poten-
      influence people and track the                                 Long-term care providers need to act now to attract government stimulus                                                                      tially take another leap forward,
      money,” said Yael Harris, Ph.D.,                               funding to upgrade their information technology infrastructures. Stake-                                                                      depending on how the Centers for
                                                                     holders discuss future moves at the long-term care IT summit (above).
      senior policy analyst with the Office                                                                                                                                                                       Medicare & Medicaid Services
      of the National Coordinator. He                                                                                                                                                                             (CMS) structures MDS 3.0. A
      spoke at the fifth Long-Term Care                              or health information exchange                           CIO of ACTS Retirement-Life                                                         number of groups are urging CMS
      Health Information Technology                                  (HIE). Providers need to find out                        Communities. As stimulus money                                                      to require standards-based MDS
      Summit in Washington.                                          who’s leading the effort in their                        becomes available, providers with                                                   transmissions.
         The American Health Infor-                                  state and advocate for long-term                         established relationships will be                                                      “CMS has the opportunity to be
      mation Management Association                                  care to be included, advised Majd                        able to capitalize on it quickly.                                                   a leader in migrating almost one
      (AHIMA), in collaboration with                                 Alwan, Ph.D., director of the Cen-                          “We have 20 campuses, and I                                                      hundred percent of nursing homes
      the major associations represent-                              ter for Aging Services Technolo-                         plan to visit each and every hospi-                                                 in the U.S. to a standards-based
      ing long-t
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