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KLAS & Interoperability Measurement Advisory Team hold inaugural meeting

OREM, Utah – Feb. 4, 2016 – Aiming to continue and expand the output of the Keystone Summit, the newly established Interoperability Measurement Advisory Team will drive improvement through ongoing measurement of interoperability. Goals for the team include research tool oversight and adaptation, communication of efforts and progress, and advocacy for appropriate measurement standards.

This effort is supported by the freshly inked advisory team mission statement, which is “To effect accelerated advancement in the creation, optimization, and ultimate adoption of impactful interoperability through the measurement of provider experiences. The team will provide insight into and oversight of KLAS’ efforts to measure industry progress, focused especially on provider satisfaction with the utility of exchanged information and vendor support and progress.”

“Research collection for the 2016 interoperability study is already underway, targeting the experience of clinical end-users in receiving data from valued partners outside their system,” said Tim Zoph, committee chair. “What an amazing opportunity we have as a newly formed advisory team to hold ourselves as providers and vendors accountable for evaluating our own progress and developing a measurement tool to ultimately ensure successful interoperability efforts.”

The creation of the advisory team stems from the 2015 KLAS Keystone Summit, where a group of healthcare providers and EMR vendors came together to consider and ultimately recommend a process for measuring the impact of interoperability efforts. The following members represent a unique gathering of cross-industry leaders working together to strengthen collaboration toward interoperability:

Tim Zoph, Chair        Northwestern Medicine (retired)
Bob Cash, Facilitator        KLAS
Bob Barker            NextGen
Dennia Clarke            Allscripts
Peter DeVault            Epic
Darren Dworkin        Cedars-Sinai Health System
John Glaser            Cerner
Edward Glynn, MD        HCA Healthcare
John Halamka, MD        Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Stan Huff, MD            Intermountain Healthcare
Howard Landa    , MD        Alameda Health System
Dan Nigrin, MD        Boston Children’s Hospital
Brian Patty, MD        Rush University Medical Center
Shantanu Paul         Greenway
Donna Roach            Via Christi Health – Ascension
Bob Robke            Cerner
Doran Robinson        athenahealth
Hoda Sayed-Friel        MEDITECH
Nimesh Shah            McKesson
Steve Starkey            MEDHOST
Micky Tripathi            Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative
Helen Waters            MEDITECH
Jon Zimmerman        GE Healthcare

About KLAS
KLAS is a research and insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. For more information about KLAS or to view our reports, visit www.klasresearch.com

February 5, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

eMedApps Unveils Care Connectivity Platform™ for Universal Patient Data Connectivity

Providing one steward of EHR healthcare data creates cohesive interoperability, enhanced security, and cost savings.

SCHAUMBURG, IL – January 27, 2016 – Clinicians need access to the right data at the right time to provide optimal patient care. eMedApps brings comprehensive patient data to the front lines of care with their Care Connectivity Platform™. Leveraging this powerful integration and exchange platform, healthcare delivery organizations easily unify disparate EHR and health IT systems with universal, vendor-neutral connectivity.

Combining modular, secure, ONC-certified interface technologyrobust business continuity solutions, and mission-critical health IT and workflow solutions, the Care Connectivity Platform synchronizes patient information across the care continuum.

The Care Connectivity Platform manages the secure and compliant flow of information across the health IT ecosystem including EHR, PM, LIS, RIS, etc., regardless of data storage location, file format, or vendor-specific architecture. As a patient moves throughout the continuum of care, their data moves with them – securely and seamlessly.

Thousands of providers employ eMedApps’ platform across their respective enterprises. Designed for clinics, hospitals, HIEs, and FQHCs, the Care Connectivity Platform delivers a unified view of the patient and extends that view to imaging centers, labs, and payors.

“eMedApps has been absolutely crucial in the success of our department, our organization, and the broad adoption of our EMR/PM solution,” noted Beth McDonald, director of San Ysidro Health Center’s project management office. “The eMedApps team is an ally at San Ysidro, and my leadership team and our providers feel the same.”

eMedApps Care Connectivity Platform addresses a growing need in healthcare to have consistent access to a complete patient record that often spans a network of disparate HIT systems.

“Working across the healthcare landscape, we see providers struggling with technology integration and data interoperability, often using a number of applications for their integration,” commented Vik Sheshadri, vice president of product development, eMedApps. “We’ve taken an integrated approach, providing vendor-neutral modules that work together cohesively. Providers choose our solutions to solve data exchange, integration, and hosting problems without adding complexity or service fees.”

eMedApps’ Care Connectivity Platform delivers:

  • Connectivity across any healthcare system
  • Data sharing and synchronization with HIEs and public reporting agencies
  • Medical device interoperability and data exchange
  • Business continuity for planned and unplanned EHR and network outages
  • Operational cost savings and clinical efficiency

About eMedApps

Founded in 1999, eMedApps delivers patient-centric and vendor-neutral integration, interface, and business continuity solutions to healthcare delivery organizations across the U.S., enabling improved quality of care, increased EHR efficiency, and interoperability within and across the connected enterprise. With an ONC-ACB Certified Interface Engine and extensive industry expertise, eMedApps’ Care Connectivity Platform™ is compatible with all major EHR vendors. Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill. eMedApps has offices in San Diego, Houston, and Boston. Visit www.emedapps.com or call (847) 490-6869 to learn more. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

January 27, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Nextech Acquires SupraMed, a Web-Based Healthcare Solution

Acquisition Expands Nextech’s Leadership in Providing Specialty-Specific EHR and Practice Management Solutions

TAMPA, FL–( January 25, 2016) – Nextech Systems, the top-ranked provider of specialty-focused healthcare technology solutions for physician practices, today announced its acquisition of SupraMed, developer of a web-based practice management system and electronic health record (EHR) built for the unique needs of plastic surgeons. The acquisition further cements Nextech’s dominance in the plastic surgery market and demonstrates its commitment to delivering top-tier specialty-specific EHR and practice management solutions.

“Specialty physicians have unique needs based on the size and scope of their practices,” said Michael Scarbrough, president and CEO of Nextech. “Combining SupraMed’s capabilities with our existing market-leading solutions empowers practices with a robust choice of product features and service options tailored to their needs.”

SupraMed’s web-based practice management technology complements Nextech’s existing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based offering and will allow the company to scale while strengthening its commitment to specialty-specific products. Nextech already offers both client-server and cloud-based models that help practices take control and work smarter.

Through the acquisition, SupraMed clients are now able to take advantage of Nextech’s full suite of integrated solutions, including practice management, analytics, inventory and point of service modules.

“Nextech’s mission — to provide specialty physicians with the best technology solutions and services possible — complements our own,” said Dr. Robert Pollack, SupraMed founder and board certified plastic surgeon. “We’re delighted to be joining Nextech to deliver enhanced offerings through this acquisition. It’s a clear win for our clients.”

Dr. Pollack will step into an advisory role with Nextech where he will foster collaboration among the entire client base as part of an effort to further enhance the company’s offerings to best meet the needs of clinicians.

For more information on Nextech and how it supports specialty physicians in plastic surgery, ophthalmology and dermatology, visit www.nextech.com.

About Nextech

Nextech is the complete healthcare technology solution for specialty providers. Since 1997, Nextech has been focused on delivering intelligent, intuitive, integrated solutions that empower specialty physicians to maximize efficiency, optimize charting accuracy and increase overall practice profitability. Nextech services more than 7,000 physicians and over 50,000 office staff members in the clinical specialties of Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. Learn more at www.nextech.com.

January 26, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts First to Adopt Enhanced Data Sharing Practices

Five Healthcare IT Leaders Adopt Carequality Interoperability Framework

McLEAN, VA. (January 21, 2016) – Carequality, an initiative of The Sequoia Project, today announced initial implementers of the Carequality Interoperability Framework released in December 2015.  The companies are athenahealth®, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts.

The five organizations have agreed to provide health information exchange services for their customers under the comprehensive Framework, which consists of legal terms, policy requirements, technical specifications, and governance processes. The Framework is an operationalization of the groundbreaking Principles of Trust to enable nationwide health information exchange.

“The adoption of the Carequality Framework represents a major leap forward for nationwide interoperability,” explained Dave Cassel, director of Carequality. “By these organizations committing to unified Rules of the Road, they are simplifying system-to-system connections to make data exchange easier for a significant portion of the healthcare ecosystem.”

The initial implementers of the Carequality Interoperability Framework – and their clients – will benefit from accelerated, less costly health data sharing agreements, because they no longer need to develop one-off legal agreements between individual data sharing partners. These health information exchange partnerships are able to leverage existing networks and business relationships to rapidly expand.  For example, most physicians already have access to a small network through a technology vendor or a health information exchange (HIE). These existing health data sharing opportunities will dramatically expand to include additional providers, payers, government agencies, and others as the Carequality community grows.

The initial implementers will focus first on query-based exchange of clinical documents, but the Framework was developed to support an unlimited variety of use cases.

Quotes from adopting organizations:

“athenahealth believes that physicians should be allowed to focus on patients, not the hassles of coordinating care,” said Doran Robinson, Vice President of Network Integration for athenahealth.  “We’re thrilled to join other major players in reducing the legal and regulatory barriers that impede the development of a national health information backbone that connects care settings, regardless of vendor or service provider.”

“eClinicalWorks is the largest cloud EHR in the nation and we are dedicated to improving the delivery of healthcare,” explained Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “We continue to promote interoperability and enhance the patient experience. The Carequality Interoperability Framework is an exciting initiative to aid our customers in sharing pertinent health data and providing better care.”

“The Carequality Framework is a testament to healthcare vendors’ commitment toward making seamless interoperability a reality for patients and providers,” says Dave Fuhrmann, Vice President of Interoperability for Epic. “Shared rules and guidelines are going to make it possible for all of us to dramatically increase the number of connections we have across systems to make care safer and more efficient.”

“Securely sharing health data across health networks creates the kind of informed and empowered care system required for a successful transition to value-based medicine,” said Rusty Frantz, president and chief executive officer of Quality Systems Inc. “As industry leaders we’re making true progress in nationwide data exchange and look forward to using the Carequality framework to make the right information easily accessible, to the right care team, the right clinician, at the right time and place.”

“Through the Carequality Framework, Surescripts is breaking down legacy barriers and collaborating with other industry leaders to make nationwide healthcare interoperability a reality,” said Tom Skelton, CEO of Surescripts. “We are excited to increase the reach of our network and unleash the power of our National Record Locator Service to enable nationwide data sharing to improve patient care.”

About Carequality
Carequality is a public-private collaborative that facilitates agreement among diverse stakeholders to develop and maintain a common interoperability framework enabling exchange between and among data sharing networks. Carequality brings together a diverse group of representatives from the private sector and government to come to collective agreement on how to enable data to flow seamlessly between and among networks and providers, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks.  For more information, visitwww.carequality.org and follow us at twitter.com/carequalityNet.

About The Sequoia Project
The Sequoia Project is a non-profit 501c3 chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project supports multiple, independent health IT interoperability initiatives, most notably: the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of exchange partners who share information under a common trust framework and a common set of rules; and Carequality, a public-private collaborative effort to build consensus among existing data sharing networks regarding technical specifications and best practices, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks. For more information about The Sequoia Project and its initiatives, visitwww.sequoiaproject.org. Follow The Sequoia Project on Twitter: @SequoiaProject.

January 22, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Leading Healthcare IT Association Announces $1 Million Initiative to Protect Patients from Life-Threatening Medical Errors

Ann Arbor, MI, January 19, 2016 – Imagine a scenario in which a patient goes to a doctor’s office or a hospital and is misidentified or matched to the wrong medical record. Imagine a doctor making critical decisions based on someone else’s medical history. Imagine if that patient is a loved one.

Unfortunately, this scene plays itself out too often in today’s healthcare environment – potentially as high as 20 percent of the time – largely because there’s no universal way of accurately identifying a patient, regardless of where they seek care. In the past, manual processes could reduce the accuracy gap that existed, but as electronic health records become ubiquitous, the challenge takes on new dimensions.

To solve this complex problem, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) today launched the CHIME National Patient ID Challenge, a $1 million crowdsourcing competition encouraging innovators from around the world to develop a solution that is private, accurate and safe. CHIME has teamed with HeroX, co-founded in 2013 by XPRIZE CEO Peter Diamandis, to run the year-long competition.

“Healthcare faces some immense challenges,” said Marc Probst, vice president and chief information officer, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City; and chair of the CHIME board of trustees. “As we digitize healthcare and patients move from one care setting to another, we need to ensure with 100 percent accuracy that we identify the right patient at the right time. Anything less than that increases the risk of a medical error and can add unnecessary costs to the healthcare system.”

Probst noted that Intermountain Healthcare spends between $4 million and $5 million annually on technologies and processes to try to ensure proper patient identification. At the Mayo Clinic, each case of misidentification costs at least $1,200, according to the Office of the National Coordinator’s 2014 report, “Patient Identification and Matching: Final Report.”

As ONC reported, healthcare organizations have made strides in improving patient identification and matching, but those solutions have not been universally adopted. For instance, providers vary greatly in how they format names and addresses. Also, the quality of the data entered into systems can be mixed. Additionally, CHIME data show that hospitals differ in how they identify patients. More than 60 percent of CHIME members use some form of a unique patient identifier to match patient data within their organizations, others rely on complicated algorithms. Nearly 20 percent of CHIME members surveyed in 2012 could attribute at least one adverse medical event to incorrect patient matching.

“The National Patient Safety Foundation recognizes patient identification as an important safety issue,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, M.D., MPH, CPPS, president and CEO, NPSF. “We are pleased to see this challenge by CHIME get underway to focus attention on helping find solutions.”

With today’s launch, the CHIME National Patient ID Challenge is now open for innovators from around the world to submit solutions. In the spring, CHIME and HeroX will announce participants moving on to the Concept Blitz Round. Innovators will then further develop and refine their ideas as they prepare for judging and the Final Innovation Round. They will need to produce working prototypes of their designs. CHIME intends to announce the $1 million winner in February 2017 at the CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum.

“HeroX is proud to be partnering with CHIME to drive the next big breakthrough in national patient identification so that we can live safer, healthier lives,” said HeroX Co-founder and CEO Christian Cotichini, who noted that incentive challenges have a history of advancing innovation in healthcare and patient safety.

“Patient mismatching and our inability to accurately identify patients across the continuum of care has been an ongoing problem for the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO, who noted that federal law currently prevents the government from spending funds on a national patient identifier. “We deserve better. Our patients deserve better. We hope that this competition will bring forth a solution that ensures that we can identify patients the right way every single time. If we can achieve that, it will propel us further down the road of being able to effectively and efficiently exchange data between caregivers, improving patient safety and reducing healthcare costs.”

For more details on CHIME’s National Patient ID Challenge, please visit www.herox.com/PatientIDChallenge.

About CHIME:
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,700 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org.

About HeroX:
HeroX is a platform where anyone can spur innovation and solve problems by launching a challenge. A spinoff of XPRIZE, the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high profile, incentivized prize challenges, and a joint venture with City Light Capital, HeroX harnesses the power and momentum of challenge-based innovation to solve both philanthropic and commercial challenges. We provide the tools to make it easy for anyone to frame a problem and to inspire teams to compete to solve it. Everyone wants a chance to be a hero and we’ll show you how. For more information, go to www.HeroX.com.

 

January 19, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

EHR Incentive Programs: Where We Go Next (Message from Andy Slavitt and Karen DeSalvo)

Where We’ve Been

As we mentioned in a speech last week, the Administration is working on an important transition for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. We have been working side by side with physician organizations and have listened to the needs and concerns of many about how we can make improvements that will allow technology to best support clinicians and their patients. While we will be putting out additional details in the next few months, we wanted to provide an update today.

In 2009, the country embarked on an effort to bring technology that benefits us in the rest of our lives into the health care system. The great promise of technology is to bring information to our fingertips, connect us to one another, improve our productivity, and create a platform for a next generation of innovations that we can’t imagine today.

Not long ago, emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and other facilities were sparsely wired. Even investing in technology seemed daunting. There was no common infrastructure. Physician offices often didn’t have the capital to get started and it was hard for many to see the benefit of automating silos when patient care was so dispersed. We’ve come a long way since then with more than 97 percent of hospitals and three quarters of physician offices now wired.

It’s taken a tremendous commitment by physicians, hospitals, technologists, patient groups and experts from all over the country to make the progress we’ve made together in a few short years. The EHR Incentive Programs were designed in the initial years to encourage the adoption of new technology and measure the benefits for patients. And while it helped us make progress, it has also created real concerns about placing too much of a burden on physicians and pulling their time away from caring for patients.

Transitioning From Measuring Clicks to Focusing on Care

Last year, the Administration and Congress took two extraordinary steps to put patients at the center of how we pay for care and support physicians. First, the Administration set a goal that 30 percent in 2016 and 50 percent in 2018 of Medicare payments will be linked to getting better results for patients, providing better care, spending healthcare dollars more wisely, and keeping people healthy.  And, second, Congress advanced this goal through the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which considers quality, cost, and clinical practice improvement activities in calculating how Medicare physician payments are determined. While MACRA also continues to require that physicians be measured on their meaningful use of certified EHR technology for purposes of determining their Medicare payments, it provides a significant opportunity to transition the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for physicians towards the reality of where we want to go next.

What Comes Next

We have been working side by side with physician and consumer communities and have listened to their needs and concerns. As we move forward under MACRA, we will be sharing details and inviting comment as we roll out our proposed regulations this spring. All of this work will be guided by several critical principles:

  1. Rewarding providers for the outcomes technology helps them achieve with their patients.
  2. Allowing providers the flexibility to customize health IT to their individual practice needs. Technology must be user-centered and support physicians.
  3. Leveling the technology playing field to promote innovation, including for start-ups and new entrants, by unlocking electronic health information through open APIs – technology tools that underpin many consumer applications.  This way, new apps, analytic tools and plug-ins can be easily connected to so that data can be securely accessed and directed where and when it is needed in order to support patient care.
  4. Prioritizing interoperability by implementing federally recognized, national interoperability standards and focusing on real-world uses of technology, like ensuring continuity of care during referrals or finding ways for patients to engage in their own care. We will not tolerate business models that prevent or inhibit the data from flowing around the needs of the patient.

What This Means for Doctors and Hospitals 
As we work through a transition from the staged meaningful use phase to the new program as it will look under MACRA, it is important for physicians and other clinicians to keep in mind several important things:

  1. The current law requires that we continue to measure the meaningful use of ONC Certified Health Information Technology under the existing set of standards. While MACRA provides an opportunity to adjust payment incentives associated with EHR incentives in concert with the principles we outlined here, it does not eliminate it, nor will it instantly eliminate all the tensions of the current system. But we will continue to listen and learn and make improvements based on what happens on the front line.
  2. The MACRA legislation only addresses Medicare physician and clinician payment adjustments. The EHR incentive programs for Medicaid and Medicare hospitals have a different set of statutory requirements. We will continue to explore ways to align with principles we outlined above as much as possible for hospitals and the Medicaid program.
  3. The approach to meaningful use under MACRA won’t happen overnight. Our goal in communicating our principles now is to give everyone time to plan for what’s next and to continue to give us input.  We encourage you to look for the MACRA regulations this year; in the meantime, our existing regulations – including meaningful use Stage 3 – are still in effect.
  4. In December, Congress gave us new authority to streamline the process for granting hardship exception’s under meaningful use.  This will allow groups of health care providers to apply for a hardship exception instead of each doctor applying individually. This should make the process much simpler for physicians and their practice managers in the future. We will be releasing guidance on this new process soon.

These principles we’ve outlined here reflect the constructive and clear articulation of issues and open sharing of views and data by stakeholders across the health care system, but they also promote our highest priority – better care for the beneficiaries of the Medicare and Medicaid program and patients everywhere.

The challenge with any change is moving from principles to reality. The process will be ongoing, not an instant fix and we must all commit to learning and improving and collaborating on the best solutions. Ultimately, we believe this is a process that will be most successful when physicians and innovators can work together directly to create the best tools to care for patients. We look forward to working collaboratively with stakeholders on advancing this change in the months ahead.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Summit Healthcare Responds to Strong Market Demands with Cerner-Specific Version of Synchronization Tool

Summit InSync Tool Delivers Domain Compare and Data Synchronization Functionality to Cerner Community

Braintree, Mass., December 22, 2015 Summit Healthcare, a leader in healthcare integration and automation technologies, announced today that the company is offering a Cerner-specific version of Summit InSync. An industry-leading tool well known throughout the MEDITECH community, Summit InSync features a dynamic domain compare and synchronization platform which automates and streamlines a wide range of routine data management tasks, including data extraction, analysis, regression and testing.  Summit InSync’s features and functionality have been adjusted and optimized to meet the specific requirements of the Cerner platform, enabling that community to increase the efficiency of their data maintenance processes and reduce opportunities for human error.

“Many Cerner organizations are faced with volumes of data to manage across multiple domains, with a typical Cerner client maintaining on average six separate instances,” said Ted Rossi, CEO, Summit Healthcare. “Summit InSync provides a solution to data management challenges, such as maintaining corporate database standards across domain sets, by giving hospitals the ability to automate data flow.”

Advantages of Summit InSync to the Cerner market include:

  • The ability to reduce the burden of manual regression, and system and integration testing
  • Decreasing work effort, save time and reduce errors related to the migration of reference and activity data across multiple domains
  • Bridging the resource gap by automating routine tasks and freeing-up staff to concentrate on higher level projects

Summit InSync provides an easy-to-use data analysis, domain compare and synchronization application that can be applied across the hospital enterprise. For routine synchronization and intermittent projects, Summit InSync guides users through a step by step process of data extraction, analysis and automated updating of valuable data.

About Summit Healthcare

Summit Healthcare provides healthcare organizations with comprehensive solutions for data automation, integration and continuity challenges by applying extensive experience and proven technology. Since 1999 we have serviced our customers to ensure each organization achieves the full value of their investment, with the appropriate blend of leadership and support. Together, our solutions and services represent cost-effective, easy to manage platforms, which reliably integrate applications, automate workflows, and simplifies business processes across the healthcare enterprise. Visit us at www.summit-healthcare.com.

December 22, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Chiron Health Raises $2.3 Million Seed Round and Releases iPhone and iPad App

Austin, TX – December 15, 2015 – Chiron Health, Inc., a leading provider of HIPAA-compliant video visit telemedicine technology and reimbursement services, today announced that the company has raised a $2.3 million seed round and has released an iPhone and iPad app for patients.

“The telemedicine industry has been experiencing enormous growth over the last 12 months, and video visits are quickly becoming a mainstream form of healthcare delivery,” said Andrew O’Hara, Chiron Health’s Founder & CEO. “Chiron Health has now raised over $2 million of seed capital to bring a robust set of telemedicine tools to physician practices.”

Chiron Health has taken a fundamentally different approach to telemedicine than many of the well-known players in the space. The company has been focused on the technology needs of physician practices to enable telemedicine encounters with their existing patient base. This approach is in sharp contrast to the common model of on-demand telemedicine where patients must see healthcare providers with no prior relationship.

“We believe that telemedicine should be used as a tool to strengthen the physician-patient relationship,” said O’Hara. “While on-demand telemedicine is good for keeping patients out of the emergency department, the real promise of telemedicine will be realized when patients have easy access to their own healthcare providers.”

Chiron Health’s new patient mobile app is only one piece of this puzzle. The company is also integrating its telemedicine tools with an increasing number of electronic health record systems, including athenahealth, enabling physician practices to schedule and document video visits with no staff behavior change.

About Chiron Health, Inc.

Chiron Health is the only platform designed to get physician practices fully reimbursed for secure video visits. The company’s extensive knowledge of telemedicine regulation and reimbursement allows Chiron to guide practices through the complexities of telemedicine. The result? Guaranteed reimbursement. For more information, visit www.chironhealth.com

December 15, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Launches Value Score, Healthcare’s First International Quality and Value Measurement for Health IT

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today HIMSS®, a global voice, advisor and thought leader on transformation of health and healthcare through information technology (IT), announced the launch of the HIMSS Value Score, healthcare’s first international quality measurement for the value of health IT. The Value Score builds off of HIMSS’ Value Suite and HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM℠) and will help healthcare providers optimize and use IT to improve clinical and financial outcomes, and drive efficiencies in care.

The Value Score is the next generation of several HIMSS-developed standards and resources that have served as the leading health IT adoption models for providers over the last decade. For example, HIMSS Analytics’ EMRAM has helped hospitals and clinical practices track and benchmark their EMR adoption and utilization goals since 2005. The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite and Value STEPS™, released in 2013, have provided both a framework and vocabulary for providers to articulate their value strategy. Thousands of entries and more than 900 detailed case studies offer strategy, tactics and measures used to document value. C-suite leaders have continually turned to HIMSS for insights and guidance on how to optimally use IT to tackle the challenges of today and prepare for those to come. As the market continues to evolve, the Value Score will give providers a way to look at their entire organization and capture a 360-degree view of how they achieve value beyond the electronic health record.

“With the move towards value-based care, the international healthcare community can now look beyond initial adoption and toward a broader, all-encompassing way to measure the clinical and financial value of health IT,” said Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS. “The Value Score is a combination of HIMSS’ core competencies and is the natural next step in the continual evolution towards better care and outcomes for patients and providers.”

HIMSS developed the guidelines for the Value Score and is currently refining the scoring algorithm across provider organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including HIMSS’ Davies Award winners and small critical access hospitals. The results for this initial pilot group will include actionable data sets and scores.

With over 50 years of experience and access to over one million experts worldwide, HIMSS has long been a trusted source and thought leader in developing a framework for health IT success and accreditation along with bringing the market together on common goals. Upon entering the next phase of technology and innovation, healthcare will need a new, truly universal standard and model for value – the Value Score will fill that void.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader of health transformation through health IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health, healthcare and care outcomes. HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in health IT, so they have the right information at the point of decision.

Through its health IT network of over 1 million experts, over 200 knowledge exchanges and collaborations, including 60,000-plus members, HIMSS drives innovative, forward thinking around best uses of technology in support of better connected care, improved population health and low cost of care.

HIMSS is a not-for-profit, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.

December 3, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CPSI to Acquire Healthland for $250 Million and Announces Expansion of Its Senior Management Team

MOBILE, Ala.–Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSI), a leading provider of healthcare information solutions to rural and community hospitals, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Healthland Holding Inc. and its affiliates, Healthland Inc., American HealthTech, Inc. and Rycan Technologies, Inc. The acquisition will strengthen CPSI’s position in providing healthcare information solutions in the markets it serves and will provide new growth markets for the combined company. CPSI also announced the expansion of its senior management team to lead the Company going forward.

Healthland provides electronic health records (EHR) and clinical information management solutions to over 350 hospital customers. American HealthTech is a provider of clinical and financial solutions in the post-acute care space, serving over 3,300 skilled nursing facilities. Rycan offers SaaS-based revenue cycle management workflow and automation software to over 290 hospital customers.

Transaction Highlights:

  • Strengthens CPSI’s position in providing healthcare information systems to community healthcare organizations with approximately 1,200 combined hospital customers;
  • Introduces CPSI to the post-acute care market;
  • Expands the products and capabilities of TruBridge with the addition of Rycan and its suite of revenue cycle management software products; and
  • Immediately accretive to adjusted earnings per diluted share.

The combined company is projected to have annual revenues of approximately $300 million in 2015 and more than 1,900 employees. The transaction is expected to be more than 35% accretive to CPSI’s adjusted earnings per diluted share in 2016 and more than 50% accretive in 2017. Adjusted earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, include a cash tax benefit from the acquisition and exclude share-based compensation expense, one-time transaction costs, and acquisition-related amortization and deferred revenue adjustments.

“We are excited to welcome Healthland into CPSI’s family of healthcare IT companies,” said Boyd Douglas, president and chief executive officer of CPSI. “Healthland’s history tracks a very similar course to that of CPSI, as we both have over 30 years of experience in the healthcare IT space, and we share a strong commitment to the improvement of community healthcare. The combination of these two long-standing companies creates in CPSI a broad product portfolio across the continuum of care. Together, we will service a client base of approximately 1,200 acute care facilities and more than 3,300 post-acute care facilities, including Healthland’s American HealthTech subsidiary. As the healthcare industry transitions to value-based reimbursement, our combined solutions will connect communities, patients and providers to facilitate more effective population health management, better patient engagement, and the advancement of quality and care coordination. In addition to an expanded client and solution base, the acquisition will also create synergies in our healthcare services offerings to address the acute and post-acute care markets’ demand for improved financial and operational performance. There is no doubt that the addition of Healthland, along with American HealthTech and Rycan, will not only improve CPSI’s offerings in the healthcare IT market, but will provide our combined company with greater opportunities for growth and significantly deepen our knowledge, resources and experience base. We are confident this combination will allow us to continue to be a leading innovator with greater benefits for our customers and the communities they serve, both now and in the years to come.”

Chris Bauleke, chief executive officer of Healthland, stated, “With the ongoing transformation in community healthcare, this combination will enable us to deliver solutions faster for our clients and better scale our development investment and customer support across the many communities we serve. Delivering meaningful solutions for our customers as they prepare for the transition into value-based payment models will continue to be a priority.”

Bauleke added, “Healthland’s acquisitions of American HealthTech, a provider of EHR solutions for post-acute care facilities, in 2013, and Rycan, a revenue cycle solutions company, in April 2015, provide immediate benefits to the markets and solutions that the combined company can leverage.”

Following the acquisition, support for Healthland’s core platforms, Classic and Centriq, will remain in place. Current implementations will continue, and CPSI plans to support and invest in the Centriq platform for at least the next seven years. The Healthland Classic platform will continue to be supported for a minimum of two years, as outlined by Healthland management at their recent Connect 15 User Conference.

Transaction Summary

The contemplated total aggregate consideration to be paid by CPSI is $250 million, payable approximately 65% in cash and 35% in CPSI common stock, subject to certain adjustments at and after closing, as provided for in the merger agreement. The completion of the transaction is subject to review under The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, and is targeted to close in 2015.

To finance the transaction, CPSI will use cash available on its balance sheet, $150 million of funded debt from a new senior secured credit facility and shares of its common stock. CPSI and Regions Bank have executed a committed financing letter for the new senior secured credit facility that CPSI intends to enter into at the time of closing the transaction.

CPSI’s financial advisor in this transaction was Allen & Company LLC and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as legal counsel to CPSI. Shearman & Sterling LLP served as legal counsel to Healthland.

CPSI’s Management Team

CPSI also announced a series of changes that expand its management team, effective immediately. David Dye, in addition to continuing to serve as chairman of the board, has assumed the new role of chief growth officer of CPSI and will be focused on driving growth in all segments of CPSI’s business. Chris Fowler, president of TruBridge, will assume the additional role of chief operating officer of CPSI and will be responsible for managing the integration of Healthland and CPSI. Matt Chambless, currently Director of Financial Reporting, is assuming the role of chief financial officer of CPSI.

“Having David Dye focus his experience, industry knowledge and leadership on growth is an exciting opportunity for our company, particularly as we add the Healthland companies to our business,” added Douglas. “Chris Fowler is a proven leader in our company and the right person to lead our operations and the integration of Healthland and CPSI, and Matt Chambless has earned the confidence of our management team and our Board.”

“I am excited about my role as chief growth officer and the opportunity to work with our team to expand our customer base and offer additional products and services in the markets we serve,” noted Dye, who like Boyd Douglas has been with CPSI for over 25 years.

CPSI also announced that Chris Bauleke has agreed to stay on as president of Healthland. Douglas added, “Having Chris as part of our team will be very valuable as we work to integrate these two businesses and position the combined company for future growth. Chris is an experienced executive and has been instrumental in positioning Healthland to compete in a dynamic and growing market. We believe that we have the right team to lead our company into the future and take advantage of the additional opportunities to serve our current customers and expand our service offering. With the addition of the Healthland companies, we also believe it is the right time to expand our senior leadership team and promote some of our younger managers.”

Conference Call

CPSI will discuss the transaction in more detail during a conference call Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. ET. The Company will also provide a slide presentation in connection with the conference call and webcast. A 30-day online replay will be available approximately one hour following the conclusion of the live webcast. To listen to the live webcast or access the replay, visit the Company’s website, www.cpsi.com.

About Healthland

Healthland is a leading provider of integrated technology solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals. Software and services from Healthland, including electronic health records (EHRs), help customers share patient information across care settings to coordinate treatment, improve patient outcomes, and drive patient satisfaction. Healthland is the parent of Mississippi-based American HealthTech, one of the nation’s largest providers of financial and clinical technology solutions in post-acute care. Healthland is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., with offices in its founding rural community of Glenwood, Minn. More information is available at www.healthland.com.

About CPSI

CPSI is a leading provider of healthcare solutions for community hospitals. Founded in 1979, CPSI is the parent of two companies – Evident, LLC and TruBridge, LLC. Evident provides comprehensive EHR solutions for community hospitals. TruBridge focuses exclusively on providing business, consulting, and managed IT services to community healthcare organizations, regardless of their IT vendor. For more information, visit www.cpsi.com, www.evident.com, or www.trubridge.com.

November 25, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.