American College of Healthcare Executives
Your Chapter's Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2009
In This Issue

Summer THEF Educational Meeting, August 18th
Message from the Regent - Summer 2009
BOG Exam - Advancement Seminar Offered
THEF Made History In May
2009-2010 THEF Scholarship Winners
Spring Quarter ePoll Results
National News - Summer 2009
ACHE Hits The Social Networking Scene!
Recognize Prejudgments That Can Cloud Your Decisions
Turn Arguments into Positive Encounters
Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


Excluding Finance, what key area is your institution focusing at this time?

Staffing shortages
Patient safety
Government mandates
Patient satisfaction


THEF Website
ACHE Job Bank

Chapter Officers


Robert E. Byrd, FACHE
Alamance Regional Medical Center


Christine L. Sternjacob
Novant Health – Triad Region


Paul A. Jeffrey
Wesley Long Community Hospital – Moses Cone Health System


Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE
High Point Regional Health System

Samuel B. Seifert
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
THEF Made History In May

The Triad Healthcare Executive Forum (THEF) made history on May 19 when it presented its very first Category I approved educational program.  THEF members in attendance were eligible to receive 1.5 Category I Education Credit from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for no fee to the affiliate.  The program was titled “The Healthcare Executive’s Role in IT Decisions,” and it was presented in a panel discussion format.  As part of its effort to deliver more ACHE services and benefits through its chapters, the College has developed 31 different panel discussion templates that each chapter may use when developing a program for its members.  Up to 1.5 Category I credits may be awarded at each approved chapter program, and up to 6.0 Category I credits may be awarded though these panel discussion programs per year.

THEF’s May program had an excellent panel of three expert executives with respect to information technology:  Dave Garrett, Senior Vice President & CIO, Novant Health; Darrell R. Deaton, FACHE, Vice President of Planning and Information, High Point Regional Health System; and Rex A. Street, Senior Vice President & CFO, Alamance Regional Medical Center.  The program’s moderator was John P. Hoyt, FACHE, Vice President, Healthcare Organizational Services, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). 

Mr. Hoyt began the program with a PowerPoint presentation on “Healthcare IT Trends and Glimmers.”  He first explained that HIMSS is the professional society for healthcare IT leaders that does much research in the field to examine trends, solutions, and best practices.  He focused his presentation on the trends regarding the utilization of PACS, Bar Coding, EMR, and CPOE.  Mr. Hoyt revealed the results of the latest HIMSS hospital EMR adoption survey, describing the 7 stages of EMR adoption where hospitals fall, noting that 94% of all hospitals still fall in Stage 3 or below.  He then provided his “glimmers” on the topics of RFID, interoperability of standards, deriving ROI from clinical systems, Stark relaxation, and benchmarking IT in healthcare.

Following Mr. Hoyt’s remarks, each panelist provided a brief description of the IT program at their respective institutions.  They then responded to questions such as how IT decisions are made at their hospitals, who are the key stakeholders, how does one keep from looking dumb in the eyes of vendors, and how do you know if your CIO is “too tight” with vendors.  Several questions were also asked by the audience.  The interchange between the panelists, moderator, and audience was excellent.

There were 33 THEF affiliates and friends in attendance.  The results of the post-session survey were very positive.  On a scale of 1 to 5 (poor to excellent), the 25 responders’ ratings averaged from 4.2 to 4.9 on each of the 12 questions, with most questions getting a score of 4.7 to 4.9.  The 1.5 Category I credits were much appreciated.  All in all, it was a very interesting, informative, and worthwhile evening.

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