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The Health IT Landscape: Through the Lens of the State CIO

  • June 2013
  • Number of views: 7033
The Health IT Landscape: Through the Lens of the State CIO

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) formed a collaboration to determine how the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) views the current health information technology landscape. Specific areas of focus for this study included Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS), Medicaid Eligibility Systems, Data Governance and Identity Management, State Level Health Information Exchanges, Shared Services and Collaborations. This study combined HIMSS' expertise in health information technology and information exchange with NASCIO's expertise representing state CIOs and information technology executives from the states, territories and the District of Columbia. The results of this collaborative survey will serve those seeking to understand the current environment of State healthcare technology initiatives ranging from governance models to data exchange activities. This analysis will also facilitate understanding of the intersection of the state CIO's role with state health information technology (HIT) projects. This collaboration represents one of the first holistic analyses focused on the state CIO perspective of State HIT projects.

Examining State Social Media Policies: Closing the Gaps

  • June 2013
  • Number of views: 6632
Examining State Social Media Policies: Closing the Gaps

The issue brief focuses on state use of social media, specifically on state social media participation policies ("SMPP's"). NASCIO's Legal Advisory Working Group took a look at 31 SMPPs, which focus specifically on guidance/policy given to state employees regarding their participation in social media.

States have come a long way in the past few years, with the majority implementing social media policies or working towards one. However, some of the gaps found have the potential to open up states to some severe heartburn: including employee discontent, management concerns, public perception and liability.

The issue brief also addresses the inclusion of clauses on confidentiality, ethical conduct, security and privacy, and transparency in SMPP's.

The Changing Roles of the Chief Architect and the CIO (webinar)

  • April 2013
  • Number of views: 4598

Three important findings have combined to motivate this topic:

  • #1 Poor data management performance to date (requires additional or difference effort)
  • #2 Recognition that data is not a project (requires a difference approach)
  • #3 Lack of domain expertise (requires different career preparation)

Combined these three findings require a new look at these roles.  This webinar will explore the role of a Chief Data Officer (CDO) as a function needed by organizations (especially state governments).  While we don't yet have all the answers, we can at least lay out three necessary but insufficient prerequisites to making progress faster than we have achieved to date.

Capitals in the Clouds Part V: Advice from the Trenches on Managing the Risk of Free File Sharing Cloud Services

  • April 2013
  • Number of views: 5447
Capitals in the Clouds Part V: Advice from the Trenches on Managing the Risk of Free File Sharing Cloud Services

Cloud-based file sharing solutions have become very popular and certainly a growing and significant part of day-to-day computing. It is easy to see why these services are attractive to state government users after using them in many facets of their personal life. With a wide variety of choices in the market, these solutions are easy to access, configure and use. They support multiple devices (especially mobile), and data in multiple formats. The most important consideration for state employee users – these file sharing services are free. Since the release of the 2012 NASCIO and Deloitte Cybersecurity Study, more security and policy questions have been raised on the use of free cloud services by states. In addition to the May 2012 Capitals in the Clouds IV guidance on rogue cloud users, states have continued to seek out leading practices on how to put the proper controls in place, meet security standards, craft acceptable use policies, and identify the open records and legal concerns regarding terms of service. This brief helps to provide real experience from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on free cloud services.

Driving Efficiency and Innovation by Consistently Managing Complexity and Change (webinar)

  • February 2013
  • Number of views: 4606

This presentation outlines the four pillars of a Holistic Enterprise Architecture: architectural models, framework, methodology, and implementation/solution models. It also explains the business and technology gains, and demystifies the practice of implementing a successful Holistic Enterprise Architecture.

Limitations on Liability Infographic

  • January 2013
  • Number of views: 6116
Limitations on Liability Infographic

NASCIO's 2004 publication NASCIO on Unlimited Liability - Gaining Traction on the Road to "Win-Win" recommended changes to the state IT procurement policy regarding limitations on liability, and research from 2010 and 2012 show subtle changes have occurred in the states. This infographic indicates which states have limitations on liability in statute, which states have none, and which states are able to negotiate limitations on a case by case basis, and compares the current situation to previous NASCIO research.

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