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FDA Launches openFDA to Provide Easy Access to Valuable FDA Public Data

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched openFDA, a new initiative designed to make it easier for web developers, researchers, and the public to access large, important public health datasets collected by the agency.

In alignment with the recent Presidential Executive Order on Open Data and the Department of Health and Human Services Health Data Initiative, openFDA will make the FDA’s publicly available data accessible in a structured, computer readable format that will make it possible for technology specialists, such as mobile application creators, web developers, data visualization artists and researchers to quickly search, query, or pull massive amounts of public information instantaneously and directly from FDA datasets on an as needed basis.

OpenFDA utilizes a search-based Application Program Interface (API) to collect large amounts of existing publicly available data, offering developers the ability to search through text within that data, ranking results much like a search using Google would do. This method then allows them to build their own applications on top of openFDA, giving them a large amount of flexibility to determine what types of data they would like to search and how they would like to present that data to end-users. This enables a wide variety of applications to be built on one common platform.

“The openFDA initiative leverages new technologies and methods to unlock the tremendous public data and resources available from the FDA in a user-friendly way,” said Walter S. Harris, the FDA’s chief operating officer and acting chief information officer. “OpenFDA is a valuable resource that will help those in the private and public sectors use FDA public data to spur innovation, advance academic research, educate the public, and protect public health.”

The initiative is the result of extensive research with internal officials and external developers to identify those datasets that are in recurrent demand and are traditionally fairly difficult to use. Based on this research, the FDA decided to phase in openFDA beginning with an initial pilot program involving the millions of reports of drug adverse events and medication errors that have been submitted to the FDA from 2004 to 2013. Previously, the data was only available through difficult to use reports or Freedom of Information Act requests.

The adverse events data made available under this initiative do not contain any data that could potentially be used to identify individuals or other private information. The pilot will later be expanded to include the FDA’s databases on product recalls and product labeling.

“Through this new and novel approach to data organization, these reports will be available in their entirety so that software developers can build tools to help signal potential safety information, derive meaningful insights, and get information to consumers and health care professionals in a timely manner,” said Taha Kass-Hout, M.D., the FDA’s chief health informatics officer. “OpenFDA offers a scalable platform that can be easily searched and queried across many distinct datasets, and can be easily redeployed or altered to fit a variety of purposes, and provides an innovative public data search and analytics solution.”

In addition to providing datasets, openFDA will encourage the innovative use of the agency’s publicly available data by highlighting potential data applications and providing, a place for community interaction with each other and with FDA domain experts.

The FDA will continually work to identify additional public datasets to make available through openFDA. More information can be found at open.FDA.gov or you can email the FDA for more information at open@fda.hhs.gov.

The openFDA Initiative was formally launched with the creation of the Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) and the Office of Informatics and Technology Innovation (OITI) at the FDA.

June 2, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Independent Health IT Vets Create Team FloriDUH to #FillTheVoid Against Big Health at Health Datapalooza

Still, Kypreos, Bishop team up to compete against established industry heavyweights at the 2014 Code-A-Thon event in Washington, DC

Jacksonville, Fla. (May 7, 2014) – In a true-life David vs. Goliath battle, Team FloriDUH, a group of three independent contributors from across the country, has been selected by the Health Data Consortium, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to compete against a number of leading healthcare information technology industry giants at the 2014 Health Datapalooza finals on June 1-3, 2014 in Washington, DC. Ten finalists were chosen out of a field of 56 applicants. Teams are vying for $35,000 in prizes, awarded to the most compelling data visualization application that makes use of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Provider Utilization and Payment data set, released on April 9, 2014. Team FloriDUH was created the day the competition was announced and consists of three virtual friends, united by a shared passion for data science and analytics.

Due to the nature of the contest, Team FloriDUH cannot divulge specific information regarding its application, only that it is focused in part on what they call The Void. Finalists will be judged on consumer usability, visual appeal, and the application’s use of the required CMS data set. To meet these criteria, Team FloriDUH has created a cast of characters who will tell the story of The Void on stage at Health Datapalooza, essentially bringing their data visualization to life.

In order to facilitate future development on the open source data visualization platform that Team FloriDUH is building for Health Datapalooza, the team has formed a non-profit corporation, FloriDATA Foundation, Inc., and is presently filing for 501(c) 3 status. The Foundation’s goal is to provide open source tools, including APIs and REST service integration capabilities, to allow other entities or individuals to use the analytics application that Team FloriDUH builds, and to expand the analytics capabilities to incorporate additional data sets beyond the Provider Utilization and Payment data.

The FloriDATA Foundation is set to launch a #FillTheVoid Crowdfunding campaign on May 9 through the healthcare-industry funding site, Medstartr. Their goal is to raise $10,000 over 30 days. The funds will then be used to acquire more data, optimize the hosting platform used for the application, develop additional application components, and cover the team’s travel costs to the Health Datapalooza event.

Team FloriDUH consists of the following experts:

  •  Team founder and veteran health hack-a-thon participant, Lauren Still of San Francisco, a Navy brat whose formative years were spent in Pensacola, FL. Lauren is currently the Policy and Regulations Advisor for cloud-based Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), DICOMGrid.
  •  Nick Kypreos of Seattle, team data scientist and particle physicist who previously worked at CERN and Fermilab. He is currently an independent consultant. Nick and Lauren’s friendship dates back to their high school years in Pensacola.
  •  Team leader and taskmaster, Mandi Bishop of Jacksonville, FL. Mandi is a partner in consulting firm Adaptive Project Solutions, Inc., and Chief Data Strategist for Surgical Momentum, LLC. She met Nick and Lauren via social networking, primarily interacting through Twitter about their shared interests.

The name FloriDUH represents the teammates’ affinity for their home state, and the state’s (and its inhabitants’) tragi-comic reputation for bungling various government programs, such as elections and Medicare claims management. In addition, the name offers a humorous approach to the monumental healthcare system transformation task at hand.

 

For updates, follow Team FloriDUH, on Twitter @teamfloriduh.

For more information, visit teamfloriduh.com

For more information on Health Datapalooza visit www.healthdatapalooza.org

For information on the Health Data Consortium, visit www.healthdataconsortium.org

For information on Medstartr, visit www.medstartr.com and on Twitter @Medstartr

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May 7, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Encore Health Resources CoreANALYTICS Architecture Receives 2014 EHR Certification

HOUSTON – January 17, 2014Encore Health Resources announced today that its CoreANALYTICS® 1.0 architecture – a set of integrated analytical tools that help drive continuous health-system performance improvement – has been listed on the federal government’s Certified Health IT Product List website as compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria as an EHR Module.  The CoreANALYTICS EHR certification formally occurred on November 27, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, in accordance with the certification criteria adopted by the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stages 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

CoreANALYTICS is a set of integrated analytical tools that, coupled with Encore services, helps to drive continuous health-system performance improvement through the application of “smart, skinny data,” or an Encore approach that focuses on capturing just the data required to solve specific problems.

“We believe this certification confirms that Encore’s CoreANALYTICS software tools are poised to assist health systems meet and exceed thresholds for the quality and performance measures required to qualify for U.S. Government EHR Meaningful-Use incentive payments and avoid associated penalties – as well as manage emerging, at-risk government and commercial payment models” said Sherie Giles, Partner for Research and Development, Encore Health Resources. “CoreANALYTICS comprises a uniquely comprehensive solution that transforms data generated by EHRs as well as financial and operational systems, into actionable intelligence for proactive management of patient populations, quality, and costs.  This helps providers navigate through and beyond challenges posed by the healthcare industry’s rapid shift from fee-for-service to fee-for value care-delivery and reimbursement models.”

The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the 2014 Edition criteria approved by the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

“CCHIT congratulates companies successfully achieving EHR technology certification,” said Alisa Ray, executive director, CCHIT.  “These companies are now able to make their products available to providers wishing to adopt health IT to demonstrate meaningful use and earn federal incentives.”

CoreANALYTICS 1.0’s certification number is CC-2014-100098-1.  ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

CoreANALYTICS 1.0’s modular certification qualifies the technology as capable of supporting achievement of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. The technology is also differentiated by its analytics engine – included in the certification — which enriches information through proven data derivation and measure calculations, successfully demonstrated compliance criteria for Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) and Utilization Measures (Core/Menu Set).

CoreANALYTICS 1.0 met the following certification criteria and clinical quality measures: § 170.314(c)(1), capture and export; 170.314(c)(2), incorporate and calculate; § 170.314(c)(3), electronic submission; § 170.314(g)(2), automated measure calculation; and § 170.314(g)(4) quality management system.  It also met the following clinical quality measures:  CMS55v2, CMS71v3, CMS72v2, CMS73v2, CMS91v3, CMS102v2, CMS104v2, CMS105v2, CMS107v2, CMS108v2, CMS109v2, CMS110v2, CMS111v2, CMS114v2 and CMS190v2.

Additional costs incurred may include:  Software License Agreement; Implementation fees per source system, including install, training, and source system connectivity; any client costs necessary to bring hardware to recommended configuration.

About Encore Health Resources

Encore Health Resources is one of the most successful consulting firms in the health information technology (HIT) industry.  Founded in 2009 and led by Encore CEO Dana Sellers and President Tom Niehaus, the company provides consulting services and solutions that assist its expanding client base with a wide range of HIT strategy, advisory, implementation, process-redesign, and optimization initiatives.  Encore focuses on capturing the right data at the right time, establishing analytical capabilities that meet the evolving information and reporting needs of healthcare providers to document and improve clinical and operational performance. For more information, please visit http://encorehealthresources.com/.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501©3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB).  CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRS.  More Information on CCHIT and its programs is available at http://cchit.org.

January 16, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Shareable Ink Helps Providers Capture Quality Data at Point of Care for National Registry of Clinical Outcomes

Shareable Ink®, today announced the successful submission of quality data to the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) using the Shareable Ink Anesthesia SuiteTM.

This is “big data” in action.  “Reporting live from the field” – in real time – into a national quality registry is exactly what the industry as a whole is looking for in order to identify quality and cost issues to improve healthcare overall.

How Shareable Ink contributes to “big data” in such a unique way:

1.       Cloud-based – means that the links to national registry databases are already set up for each and every user – no matter how small the practice.  The provider doesn’t have to deal with connectivity or interfacing issues, or time-consuming manual abstraction of charts to retrieve the data that the registry is looking for.

2.       Does not inflict any workflow change on providers.  The data is captured and exported as a byproduct of the documentation they’re doing anyway as part of the visit.

3.       Structured data at the source.  Our industry is starting to realize that greater adoption of EHR does not mean more or better data.  Much data entered into EHRs is unstructured (free text typed or dictated) – and therefore pretty useless for submitting to registries or analyzing.  Shareable Ink’s approach creates structured data at the source – as the physician is documenting – which can immediately be submitted to registries with no further human intervention.

Information from Portable Anesthesia EHR Helps Clinicians Obtain Benchmarks and Discover Best Practices for Clinical Problems 

Nashville, TN and Chicago, IL  (October 12, 2012) Shareable Ink®, an enterprise cloud computing company that transforms handwritten documentation to structured data and analytics, today announced the successful submission of quality data to the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) using the Shareable Ink Anesthesia SuiteTM.  Anesthesia data is captured electronically and submitted to SCOR as a natural by-product of case documentation in Shareable Ink’s anesthesia EHR.

Through the use of natural input tools, Shareable Ink works as a portable anesthesia electronic health record that allows any anesthesia provider, even those working in ambulatory and office-based settings, to easily and effortlessly capture quality data at the point of care during the course of their normal case documentation. This data is fed directly to SCOR to obtain national benchmarks for the anesthesia group and discover best practices for important clinical problems, such as PONV (postoperative nausea and vomiting), delayed awakening, GERD and perioperative glucose management.

“The SCOR registry currently holds more than 10,000 cases used to track performance measures and is the result of several rounds of revision based on input from active, practicing members of the anesthesia community,” said Dr. John Dilger, SAMBA President. “Through partnerships with industry innovators like Shareable Ink, we’re positioned to make incredible progress to exponentially grow the amount of data and advance the quality of care, so we can have a greater impact on future patient outcomes.”

SCOR is structured to include elements needed for national quality reporting initiatives such as AHRQ, NQF and the Joint Commission.

“Shareable Ink enables the easiest capture of structured data at the point of care,” said Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. “We then share that data with national registries, such as SCOR, to deliver on the promises of data-driven healthcare.  At the end of the day, it’s about providing measurable comparisons and insights to help individual providers, facilities, and the industry in general improve healthcare outcomes.”

About SAMBA / SCOR

The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) is one of the fastest growing anesthesia organizations, responding to the education and research needs of perioperative physicians practicing ambulatory anesthesia. Founded in 1985, SAMBA enjoys a membership of over 1,400 physicians who actively practice ambulatory, office-based and private practice anesthesia, other health professionals with an interest in ambulatory anesthesia, and residents in training.  http://www.sambahq.org/

SAMBA’s Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) is a clinical registry of patient outcomes in ambulatory anesthesia developed by SAMBA. It is structured to include elements needed for national quality reporting as well as to improve your own practice. SCOR is a member benefit of SAMBA, with reports provided to SAMBA members at no cost. SCOR is affiliated with AQI and MPOG. For further information regarding these partnerships, please contact the SAMBA office at (847) 825-5586 or visit the SCOR website at www.scordata.org.

About Shareable Ink
Shareable Ink helps healthcare organizations of all sizes transition to electronic health records without disruption to workflow or burdensome IT projects. Its enterprise cloud-based platform incorporates natural input tools, including iPads and digital pen and paper technology featuring Anoto functionality. The resulting structured and clinically-encoded output populates the EHR with discrete data, as if typed in directly. Built-in analytics give hospitals and practices insight into their operations — from a clinical, quality and efficiency standpoint — all previously inaccessible from traditional paper records. For additional information, visit www.shareableink.com.

November 19, 2012 I Written By

New Tool from RealMed Resolves Claim Denials Faster, Improves Physicians’ Cash Flow

Health Care Providers Can Resolve Denied Insurance Claims Faster, to Reduce the Cost of Collection

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RealMed announces the addition of a denial management tool that helps physician practices resolve their denied insurance claims more quickly, resulting in better cash flow for the practice.

Reducing the cost to collect on unpaid medical claims is a significant financial challenge for physician practices, where the average practice may experience a claim denial rate of greater than 10 percent, with more than 60 percent of those denials ultimately being written off due to their difficulty to collect.

Physician practices now have the ability to analyze claim denials using detailed reports, so they can more quickly initiate process changes to close gaps in time-to-payment. Using RealMed’s enhanced real-time reporting and on-demand explanations of benefits, physician practices can determine if denials are payer-specific, biller-specific, coding errors, or part of a pattern — and can take action.

According to RemitDATA, the company whose processing enables the new RealMed tool, physician practices can expect to reduce denial rates to three to four percent, a level associated with best practices as described in the 2011 MGMA study of performance and practices of successful medical groups.

“Providing health care management solutions that enable real transparency into our customers’ claims, billing and collection processes translate into significant cost advantages that include lowering denial rates, being paid faster and improving staff productivity,” says Scott Herbst, senior vice president of provider solutions at RealMed. “By including RealMed’s denial management tool among our portfolio of offerings, we can continue to support our customers’ growing need to improve financial and operational process efficiencies.”

Physician practices can benchmark their business performance against peers, which is especially important as evolving payment models and new coding practices are changing the landscape for physician reimbursement. Armed with information about how their denial rates compare with similarly sized competitors in the same specialty, providers can adjust workflows and automate rework to become more efficient.

“Strategic insight to denial patterns can create a distinct financial advantage for physician practices,” said Sean Kilpatrick, director of the provider portfolio for RealMed. “Simply put, denial management tools can help health care businesses run better — and in this era of emerging new payment models and continuously changing regulatory mandates such as ICD-10 and ANSI 5010, physician practices need every advantage they can get.”

About RealMed

RealMed, an Availity company, is a national leader in revenue cycle management solutions for the health care industry. RealMed solutions connect physicians, practice management systems and health plans with essential real-time business information to drive staff productivity and facilitate better patient experiences. For more information, visit www.realmed.com or call 877-RealMed.

November 18, 2012 I Written By

Large Pioneer ACO Outlines Role of Clinical & Business Intelligence in Value-Based Care

CHICAGO (November 15, 2012) – As patient care models evolve to value-based care, clinical and business intelligence (C&BI) tools are playing a central role for organizations operating under new payment models. HIMSS Analytics published a new white paper titled “Banner Health Network Pioneer ACO Clinical Intelligence & Business Intelligence Approaches” that looks at how Banner Health Network is designing and implementing C&BI to effectively operate in a value-based care model.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Banner Health Network (BHN) is one of 32 organizations selected in 2011 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program. BHN stood out as a Pioneer candidate since it had experience coordinating care across multiple patient care settings. BHN expanded an existing ACO relationship with Aetna to include full technology and analytics support for its ACO patient populations. The report covers the results of in-depth interviews with BHN executive staff to explore the organization’s progress and multi-layered approach to C&BI.

Banner Health Network – the Organization: With the overall mission to provide excellent patient care, BHN followed three key drivers, identified as the “triple aim,” from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. BHN had an existing infrastructure to support claims payment, medical management, customer service and other health-plan-like activities, which gave it several critical components needed to support the Pioneer ACO model. In addition, senior leadership viewed existing healthcare fee-for-service payment models as unsustainable. As noted in the white paper, “We are moving from an acute care system to a more comprehensive delivery system that is more viable and stable,” says Dr. Tricia Nguyen, Chief Medical Officer.

Clinical & Business Intelligence in Action: Because BHN is transitioning from fee-for-service payment and incentive methodology to a value-based methodology, physicians must receive the right information at the right time to drive more efficient patient care that results in higher quality outcomes.  Adhering to this philosophy, BHN used C&BI to:

  • Implement payment codes that encourage and reward physicians to spend more time reviewing patient risk scores and profiles based on data gathered from BHN information systems that inform physicians about the status of their patients.
  • Manage and refine communication with specialists to help motivate them to follow processes that align and coordinate patient care with BHN standards.
  • Leverage business intelligence to track gaps in care, healthcare risks, communication plan effectiveness, and to benchmark progress toward the desired change in physician and patient engagement.
  • Establish executive level support and leadership through a Business Intelligence Data Governance program, managed by the Executive Steering Committee, with clearly defined roles and responsibilities for each level of data governance to avoid information silos.

“Our research with Banner Health Network provides valuable insights into how this health system leverages clinical and business intelligence in transitioning to a new model of accountable care.  The BHN executive team supports the use of C&BI tools to better understand patient populations and offer patient-level care coordination with high-quality, standardized information,” says James E. Gaston, Senior Director, Clinical and Business Intelligence, HIMSS Analytics.

Collaboration for a Technology Solution:  At Banner Health Network, the distinction between clinical and business intelligence often overlaps, impacting business performance and optimizing patient care.  To better manage C&BI efforts, BHN expanded its existing ACO relationship with Aetna to include technology to better support its value-based care models and patient populations. This support covers population health management and patient services for more than 200,000 Banner Health Network patients, including more than 50,000 Medicare fee-for-service patients who are part of the Pioneer ACO savings program.

The Aetna Accountable Care Solutions (ACS) technology helps physicians see patient data at the individual and population level, and predict risk and opportunities for health and wellness programs. It also enables them to track, monitor, coordinate and report on patient health outcomes.  BHN provides physicians a comprehensive care management model supporting Pioneer ACO efforts so that patient engagement happens in a more meaningful way, including nursing home and palliative care. Using the Aetna ActiveHealth technology care management programs and outreach, BHN is at the early stage, but leading edge, of building and designing true population-based health management tools.

“Value-based care requires physicians to understand and impact the health of individuals and populations of patients, particularly those with chronic disease where intervention and management is key to better health outcomes and cost. The range of technologies from our Aetna companies complements Banner Health Network’s technology to empower full clinical integration and intelligence,” said Charles D. Kennedy, chief executive officer, Accountable Care Solutions from Aetna.

Read “Banner Health Network Pioneer ACO Clinical Intelligence & Business Intelligence Approaches” at www.HIMSSAnalytics.org/research on the HIMSS Analytics website. Contact James E. Gaston at James.Gaston@HIMSSAnalytics.org for more information on this research.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.

About HIMSS Analytics 

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  The company collects and analyzes healthcare information related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions.  HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality products, services and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org for more information.

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OhioHealth Selects Health Care DataWorks for Enterprise Data Warehouse and Healthcare Analytics

Another leading health care system has turned to Health Care DataWorks for the healthcare analytics it needs to make more informed decisions.

OhioHealth, a 17 hospital and 21 health and surgery center system based in Columbus, Ohio has entered into a multi-year agreement with HCD to implement its KnowledgeEdge™ Enterprise Data Warehouse.  OhioHealth joins Cedars-Sinai, Orlando Health, Essentia Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas all of which are already relying on HCD’s solution to provide actionable knowledge to improve quality while cutting costs.
Health Care DataWorks will provide a fully hosted business intelligence solution to speed the implementation process and enhance OhioHealth’s ability to leverage end-to-end user analysis for more informed healthcare decision making.

 Columbus, OH (October 11, 2012) – Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD) is entering into a multi-year agreement with OhioHealth to provide its KnowledgeEdge™ Enterprise Data Warehouse to broaden the health system’s access to analytics in a manner that will  improve quality while reducing costs.

 Organization-wide data will be aggregated in the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) to give OhioHealth seamless and near real-time access to information across multiple operational systems, including financial, administrative, clinical and research. This end-to-end user analysis capability provides an increased level of business intelligence. Additionally, HCD will provide its Value-based Purchasing application to help preserve or potentially secure additional Medicare reimbursements.

The EDW is particularly beneficial in the new paradigm of health care, where the pay-for-results approach is replacing the fee-for-service model. Because the EDW will provide end users with numerous ad hoc capabilities for procuring information, OhioHealth will be able to incorporate predictive analysis into decision making.

“Today’s evolving healthcare environment has placed a premium on system-wide analytics capabilities,” said Michael Krouse, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for OhioHealth. “Our team is looking forward to a strong partnership with HCD that will enable us to fast track the EDW implementation and achieve a higher level of  healthcare analytics that to this point has been largely prohibitive.”

KnowledgeEdge Enterprise will deliver an Enterprise Data Warehouse in a fraction of the time it would take OhioHealth to build its own, the result of HCD providing all the software, hardware and support, including the underlying data model, pre-built dashboards and pre-built reports. HCD also will host the EDW for OhioHealth.

“Our relationship with OhioHealth is a testament to the value we bring to healthcare organizations seeking to leverage information for timely and informed decision making,” said Detlev H. (Herb) Smaltz, Health Care DataWorks CEO. “When you aggregate and organize the tremendous amount of data that is created from disparate data-producing systems, you achieve a higher level of business intelligence that puts you in a stronger position to manage the balance between improving quality and reducing costs.”

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit www.hcdataworks.com. 

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization serving and supported by the community. OhioHealth has also been recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” six years in a row, 2007-2012.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, it is a family of 21,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, 17 hospitals, 21 health and surgery centers, home-health providers, medical equipment and health service suppliers throughout a 40-county area. OhioHealth member hospitals include Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital-Columbus, Grady Memorial Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville, Hardin Memorial Hospital and Marion General Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.

November 14, 2012 I Written By

Healthcare Analytics Expert Jyoti Kamal to Serve in Expanded Role as President of Health Care DataWorks

One of the visionaries behind the technology that formed the foundation for HCD will help guide the company’s strategic product direction and develop healthcare business intelligence roadmaps for clients.

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 02, 2012 Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD) has announced that Jyoti Kamal, Ph.D., has taken on the full-time role of president at the leading healthcare analytics company.

Kamal, with more than 15 years’ experience as a healthcare IT executive, is a founder of Health Care DataWorks and one of the visionaries behind the technology that became the foundation for the company’s KnowledgeEdge™ product suite. As president, she helps guide the strategic product direction at HCD and assists clients in developing healthcare business intelligence roadmaps leading to greater value and return on investment.

“Jyoti has played a key role from a technology perspective in helping to establish HCD as the leading provider of healthcare analytics for hospitals and health systems,” said Detlev H. (Herb) Smaltz, Health Care DataWorks CEO. “Her tremendous success in developing and launching a healthcare Enterprise Data Warehouse at one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country has provided her with deep business intelligence experience that we leverage in powerful ways to further benefit our clients.”

A foremost expert in healthcare analytics and speaker on all aspects of an Enterprise Data Warehouse, Kamal was Deputy CIO and Director for the Information Warehouse at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which includes six hospitals, a unified physician practice and more than a dozen research centers and institutes. Under her direction, the Information Warehouse at the Wexner Medical Center became the critical hub of information storage and management for the health system, providing data integration, mining, training and application development to researchers and clinicians system-wide.

“After working for 15 years guiding the development of the Enterprise Data Warehouse efforts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I’m very excited to help other healthcare institutions experience the major benefits to quality and cost reduction that analytics provide,” Kamal said. “In addition, I’m pleased to be furthering the objective of Ohio State to commercialize some of its excellent technology.”

Kamal holds a master’s degree in computer science from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India.

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit http://www.hcdataworks.com.

November 4, 2012 I Written By

HIMSS Analytics Recognizes Fort HealthCare with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (September 17, 2012) – HIMSS Analytics recognizes Fort HealthCare in Fort Atkinson, Wis.  with its Stage 7 Award. The Stage 7 award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

“The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award is further evidence affirming the dedication of our medical staff and employees as they’ve worked tirelessly to improve the patient experience using technology available in our electronic medical records system,” said Jim Dahl, chief information officer at Fort HealthCare.  “I am proud that we have attained an elite level of automation here in Wisconsin that up to now has only been achieved at a much larger university medical institution. This level of accomplishment will be invaluable as we serve our local community with outstanding care.”

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

In 2010, Fort HealthCare began planning for an organization-wide implementation of a comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) system. The main goal was to create a medical record system that would provide critical medical data whenever and wherever it’s needed.  This access to relevant, integrated clinical information allows medical professionals, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and lab technicians to communicate instantly with the rest of the patient’s care team and enables them to make the best care decisions possible.

More than 50 individual EMR components – a component being a radiology information system, a pharmacy system, a laboratory system, a nurse documentation system – were installed in a “big bang” implementation to provide physicians and other care givers access to the highest level of medical record technology. Enhancements related to chronic disease management, revenue cycle and employee benefits management were also implemented.

The new EHR software system, known internally to Fort HealthCare staff as the Compass project, became available throughout all Fort Memorial Hospital and Fort Medical Group clinic locations on August 1, 2011

Fort HealthCare will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013. As of Quarter 2, 2012, Fort HealthCare is among the 95 U.S. facilities, or 1.7 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

“Fort HealthCare has an excellent analytics program that drives performance improvement in core measures and other clinical strategic initiatives,’ said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “It is a totally paperless environment, and well positioned for bundled payment reform with a comprehensive e-record for inpatient as well as ambulatory.”

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 award.

About Fort HealthCare                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Fort HealthCare is an integrated hospital and health system that attracts patients throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Fort Memorial Hospital is a modern, fully accredited, acute care facility with 82 acute care and nursery beds. More than 100 physicians are on staff. Fort Medical Group, a subsidiary of Fort HealthCare, currently employs more than 60 physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers.  Fort Medical Group clinics offering primary and specialty surgical care are located in Fort Atkinson, Cambridge, Edgerton, Johnson Creek, Jefferson, Lake Mills and Whitewater. Other services offered by Fort HealthCare include occupational medicine, rehabilitation and sports medicine, wound care, urgent care, home health, a preferred provider network for employers known as FortCare and more.  Fort HealthCare is a partner in the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center Johnson Creek.  Most major health insurance products are accepted.  For more information, please go to http://www.forthealthcare.com.

About HIMSS Analytics                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

October 11, 2012 I Written By

Shareable Ink Appoints Lance Fusacchia as Chief Financial Officer

Shareable Ink is continuing to upgrade its team with more experienced, senior executives and today’s announcement is no exception. The company has just appointed Lance Fusacchia as Chief Financial Officer. Lance has been a CFO multiple times and has sold three companies, including the last transcription company that he founded. His mission: to help grow the company. He believes in Shareable Ink so much he’s voting with his feet and relocating from Atlanta to Nashville.

Atlanta-Based Senior Executive Relocates to Nashville and Complements Company’s Expertise in Clinical Data Analytics

Nashville, TN (September 12, 2012) Shareable Ink®, the enterprise cloud computing company that transforms handwritten documentation to structured data and predictive analytics, today announced that Lance Fusacchia has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). An experienced C-level financial executive, Lance brings more than 25 years of experience as a financial, strategic, and operational leader to Shareable Ink. He will be responsible for providing financial support of business objectives tied to driving the company’s continued growth.

Most recently Lance founded, served as CEO, and then served as CFO of Webmedx, a medical transcription, speech recognition, and analytics company, which was acquired by Nuance in 2011. He has also held positions at several early and mid-stage growth companies, including Automated Healthcare (acquired by McKesson) and Extrel (acquired by Millipore).

“Lance is an industry veteran who has created tremendous shareholder value throughout his career,” said Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. “In his previous role at Webmedx, Lance helped grow a successful business that bridged physician documentation with clinical data and analytics. He represents a solid addition to our team.”

I am thrilled to join the Shareable Ink team and support the company’s next phase of growth and expansion,” said Lance Fusacchia. “As the healthcare industry becomes increasingly data-driven, the Shareable Ink mission also becomes increasingly important.”

Later this Fall, Lance will relocate to Nashville to support the rapidly growing business and team.

About Shareable Ink

Shareable Ink helps healthcare organizations of all sizes transition to electronic health records without disruption to workflow or burdensome IT projects. Its enterprise cloud-based platform incorporates natural input tools, including iPads and digital pen and paper technology featuring Anoto functionality. The resulting structured and clinically-encoded output populates the EHR with discrete data, as if typed in directly. Built-in analytics give hospitals and practices insight into their operations — from a clinical, quality and efficiency standpoint — all previously inaccessible from traditional handwritten records. For additional information, visit www.shareableink.com.

October 8, 2012 I Written By