growth,” he says. “Instead of us investing in a
capital expense of scaling a data warehouse,
they will charge us a monthly fee.” The warehouse will include claims, clinical and patient generated data from remote devices.
Terrell says Cornerstone is working diligently
with the vendor to assure security, but in the
long term he would like to see federal certification programs in place for data security.
Name: Subra Sripada
Title: Vice President, Chief Information/
Organization: Beaumont Health Systems,
Royal Oak, Mich.
Wish List Items: Mobile Device Security,
Security is foremost on the wish list of Subra Sripada, who oversees the I.T. operations at three-hospital Beaumont, which
generates $2.2 billion in annual revenue. The
health system has been running an Epic EHR
for five years, a system used by 700 employed
physicians and some 2,300 affiliated ones.
The health system is widely automated and
has attained Level 6 on the HIMSS Analytics
7-rung scale of I. T. adoption, a perch occupied by only a small percentage of hospitals
Sripada cites security as his top concern.
“The fundamental way of delivering information is changing,” he says. “We moved to
‘bring your own device’ two years ago.” As
physicians and others have clamored for network access privileges through smart phones
and other devices, Sripada has faced a growing challenge: how to secure those devices.
“We have Epic running on iPhones, and it’s
easy to lose those devices.” He is currently
investigating three vendors which offer network device management capability and
hopes to have a system in place in 2013.
The considerations are many, however.
Sripada has to analyze how well the monitoring software would work with Epic, how
easy the system will be for his staff to deploy
and manage, and how it would fit in with
his operating environment. “We’re trying to
see what is smoke and mirrors versus what