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Critical healthcare problems & possible solutions

As hospital executives, you’re vividly aware of the critical healthcare problems in the U.S. The question is, how do we as a nation go about solving them? Well Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, recently announced the first class of the HHS “External Innovation Fellows” who’ll be spending the next year working on projects focused on solving critical healthcare problems. See if you agree with the government’s picks.

The projects and external fellows, who were picked from an applicant pool of more than 100 innovators, are:

Accelerating clinical quality measures for Affordable Care Act

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), wants to develop new clinical quality measures. These measures would  incorporate information available in electronic health records to monitor the impact of the implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Affordable Care Act. External Innovation Fellow: Mindy Hangsleben, innovator in the Lean Methodology, Portland, OR.

Designing the infrastructure for Medicaid and CHIP eligibility

CMS would like to develop an electronic infrastructure that states can integrate to implement the Modified Adjusted Gross Income method for determining eligibility for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility that’s required under the Affordable Care Act. External Innovation Fellows: Zachery Jiwa, healthcare technology executive, Baton Rouge, LA, and Chris Lunt, entrepreneur, San Francisco, CA.

Health resilience technology to withstand natural disasters

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of HHS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Department of Homeland Security would like to develop innovative solutions that’ll allow individuals with access and functional needs to continue to use their durable medical equipment (DME) during prolonged power outages. DME includes medical devices powered by electricity, such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators and intravenous infusion pumps. External Innovation Fellow: Frank Sanborn, ecommerce technologist, Seattle.

Electronic tracking, transport of the organ transplant system

The Health Resources and Services Administration would like to revise the existing organ transplantation system to improve identification, labeling, packaging and transport of the nation’s organs for transplantation. It would also like to include electronic components for identifying organs and tracking their movement, to minimize the potential for misdirection or other delays in organ transportation and reduce the chance of incorrect transplantation. External Innovation Fellows: David Cartier, IT supply chain guru, Roswell, GA, and Clive Hohberger, applied physicist, and barcode and RFID expert, Chicago.

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