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Corporate culture key to success ANALYTICS


New research released in November 2011 by MIT Sloan Management Re-

view and the IBM Institute for Business Value reports that organizational challenges, more so than technology hurdles, are holding companies back from fully integrating analytics across their enterprises. According to a global survey of more than 4,500

executives, managers and analysts from more than 120 countries and 30 industries, 44 percent of organizations say cultural barriers to enterprise-wide analytics adoption, such as the requirement for new leadership competen- cies and organizational resistance to new ideas, are the primary barriers. In contrast, only 24 percent point to technology concerns. The report, entitled “Analytics: The Widening Divide,” builds on the fi ndings from the original study by MIT SMR and IBM in 2010 to understand how companies are embedding analytics in more of the enterprise’s processes and operations. To access the full report, visit


Pocket ultrasound reaches milestone IMAGING

“Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Reference Guide,” by

Susan White, Ph.D., CHDA, and June E. Bronnert, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, is intended to prepare candidates for the CHDA exam. This title covers the three CHDA domains: data management, data analytics and data reporting. The CHDA credential was created to meet the demands of a health information manage- ment (HIM) industry that is increasingly data driven and data dependent.

This guide is avail- able through the AHI- MA web store: www.


Vscan, GE’s pocket-size, battery-powered ultrasound device, made a landmark achievement in December 2011 when the Ministry of Health of the Italian region of Lombardia (Lombardy) became the first governmental entity in Europe to order the device. The organization purchased 135 Vscans for use by general practitioners – an encouraging action because government or- ders can drive broader adoption of medical technology and devices.

Vscan provides black-and-white anatomic

and color-coded blood-fl ow images in real time. According to GE, since its introduction in 2009 the device has been used by physi- cians to improve maternal and child care in rural Indone- sia, by trained clinicians and cardiologists in remote jungle villages in east Malaysia and by emergency medicine doc- tors to examine athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Popular Science magazine gave the device a “Grand Award” for innovation in health in 2010. Learn more about Vscan at http://vscanultrasound.

Care Innovations Summit, Jan. 26, Washington, D.C., is co-hosted by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. This fi rst-time HCI-DC event is held in col- laboration with the Offi ce of the National Coordinator at HHS, The West Wireless Health Institute, and Health Affairs. Government and healthcare industry visionaries will share new opportunities to facilitate dialogue and drive action toward “better care and better health at lower cost through continuous improvement.”

FEBRUARY HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 20-

24, Las Vegas, brings together the latest in technologies, patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, business best practices and personal growth all in one location. Experience thousands of products and services on the HIMSS12 exhibit fl oor. Don’t miss the new Knowledge Centers – six powerhouses of education, product solu- tions, resources and industry experts. New schedule for 2012 is Monday through Friday.


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