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Jim Tufts | Leadership Solutions Team Lead

Jim Tufts | Leadership Solutions Team Lead
Jim, along with the Leadership Solutions team, leads, guides healthcare providers, in user education, consulting, process improvement, disaster recovery planning, strategic IT planning and more. Jim is the author of the whitepaper, “Guide to the HIPAA Security Rule,” and is often found in healthcare association meetings, national conferences, or in a healthcare board room educating on protecting electronic patient health information.

Recent Posts

CMS Clarification on Texting

On December 28, 2017, CMS posted a clarification letter that was stated to be effective immediately.  You can find the PDF document here.  A quick summary of the clarification is as follows:

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IT Shared Services Model FREE Webinar Recording

In light of the need for cost reduction, healthcare organizations will have to find ways to reduce some of their costs without sacrificing value or negatively impacting outcomes. IT costs will get their share of scrutiny, begging us to ask the question, “Is there a way to reduce the spend on IT without impacting technology use and performance?”

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How Two Hospitals Found $1.9M In IT Savings through IT shared Services

In the Advisory Board’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey, 183 c-suite executives rated 26 issues. Coming in at number two in that list was “Innovative Approaches To Expense Reduction.” That leads me to believe that there is an appetite for new opportunities to reduce costs and there is a growing recognition of where these opportunities may lie. It’s getting harder to improve margins through the usual cutting of FTEs or participating in buying groups, so the next big wave of expense reduction will have to come from new approaches.

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From HIMSS17: Cybersecurity and Engaging Healthcare Leadership

Before the week of HIMSS17 sessions began, I attended the Cybersecurity Symposium. Here are a few of my main takeaways from this symposium:

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Seeing Results From Innovation In Healthcare IT

There’s always something changing in healthcare, something always on the horizon. But how do you know your team is ready for innovation? For a while, Value-Based payment models were something “on the horizon” in healthcare and something futuristic to be thinking about, but now healthcare facilities are seeing results from the models they’re implementing.

Payers are seeing real results through alternate payment programs.

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Emerging Impacts Of Artificial Intelligence on Healthcare IT

Here's another "Knowledge Sharing" snippit from the ICE Technologies team who attended HIMSS17 (along with over 40,000 HIT folks!) in Orlando a few weeks ago. We're covering topics including cloud computing, cybersecurity, interoperability, EHR utilization, and others. 

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Webinar: How To Prepare and Respond to an IT Security Attack

A new headline appears nearly every day regarding a healthcare organization facing a security breach or ransomware attack. It’s clear that it is time for healthcare organizations to raise the bar when it comes to security. 

There is so much to lose when becoming a victim of a data breach or ransomware attack and healthcare organizations have become a growing target for these attacks. According to a HealthcareITNews.com article, 75 percent of surveyed healthcare organizations reported they have been targeted for a ransomware attack and 50 percent say they have no way of knowing if they can effectively identify such attacks.

Having an IT security plan in place is a must for all healthcare organizations. But how do you properly prepare for and respond to an IT security attack? In an up-coming webinar, we are partnering with HospitalPortal.net to discuss the answer to that question. At this webinar, Jim Tufts, leadership solutions team lead at ICE Technologies will be presenting alongside Anne La Francis, director of sales and marketing for HospitalPortal.net, in the webinar “How To: Prepare for and Respond to a Ransomware Attack.” 

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Getting Buy-In For Your Healthcare IT Budget

Historically, healthcare organizations have looked at IT and IT budgets as just another cost, or even as a necessary evil. The healthcare industry seems to spend only the bare minimum on IT, while delaying refreshes of infrastructure hardware and desktops until it is absolutely necessary.

Compared to other industries, healthcare organizations allocate about 50% less for IT, keeping IT and associated costs on the backburner. With the incorporation of more and more technology, hospitals, clinics and surgery centers are finding that budgeting for IT is becoming a need rather than a necessary evil.

Healthcare organizations are starting to embrace the philosophy that IT is something that can truly help their organization and can improve patient care and that budgeting for IT is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are a few things to help with buy-in of your healthcare IT budget:

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The Need For Healthcare IT Security Continues to Grow

Healthcare organizations are far more likely to experience a data breach today than they were a few years ago. The increase of connectivity and malicious creativity in the past few years has lead to this great surge in threats to healthcare organizations.

Jim Tufts, leadership solutions team lead, and Phil Stravers, partner and vice president of strategy and development at ICE Technologies, talk about this threat in this recent Des Moines Business Record article. This article focuses on the big cybersecurity threats hospitals and healthcare organizations are now facing.

There is much for a healthcare organization to lose if they were to be a victim of a data breach but the most important loss would be a loss of patient trust. When a healthcare organization has a breach, it is often patient information that has been breached, causing the patient to wonder if his/her information is really being kept secure and cared for by their provider.  

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Infographic: Value-Based Reimbursement Timeline

Value-based care isn’t about providing the same care at a lower cost. It’s about improving the outcomes of care while decreasing costs. In this model, hospitals are paid not for how much they do, but rather how well they care for patients. Explore the milestones of the value-based reimbursement timeline, and find out what the future holds for improved patient care.

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