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HIMSS Analytics Honors Sutter Health with Stage 7 Award and Associated Clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

CHICAGO (March 3, 2015) – HIMSS Analytics awarded Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. with a  Stage 7 Award, and its Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinics throughout the Bay Area with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Stage 7 Award: 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.

Stage 7 Ambulatory Award: Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, only 3.6 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Award, and only 6.21  percent of the more than 30,000 ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

“This Stage 7 recognition from HIMSS Analytics serves as testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated physicians, nurses, clinicians, allied health professionals and information services staff.  It is both acknowledgement and validation of our continuing commitment to provide the safest, highest quality care and comfort to those we serve,” said Jon Manis, senior vice president and chief information officer, Sutter Health.

Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest-quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient-safety technology.

“Sutter Health’s EHR implementation is a star example for California and the west coast. The health care network expertly involves its medical staff to drive clinical transformation across its hospitals and care centers—all enabled by a comprehensive EHR system. Its care centers consistently use the EHR technology, showing strong system governance and well-delivered education,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics.

Sutter Health will be recognized at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on April 12-16, 2015, in Chicago, Ill.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics web site for more information on the Stage 7 award and Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

March 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.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Carolina Health System With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

The HIMSS Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards honors facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR.

CHICAGO  (March 2, 2015) – HIMSS Analytics awarded 230 Carolinas Health System clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EHR adoption and indicates a health system’s advanced electronic patient record environment.
As of the fourth quarter of 2014, only 6.21 percent of the more than 30,000 U.S. ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

“As the first healthcare system to achieve Stage 7 for both hospitals and physician offices in North and South Carolina, its shows our commitment and dedication to our patients to provide access to quality health and care,” said Craig Richardville, FACHE, MBA, senior vice president and chief information officer. “Using electronic medical records to its fullest potential connects our clinical providers and our patients across all points of health and care. That means our patients experience a seamless integrated system of care from their work or home, to their physicians’ offices, to the emergency department, to the hospital, at all points of care. Most importantly, our EHR engages our patients to become full partners with their providers to live healthier lives.”

Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Carolinas HealthCare System works to enhance the overall health and well-being of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.
“Carolinas HealthCare System is clearly one of the country’s leaders in use of data derived from their ambulatory EHR to drive improvements in chronic disease management. They have abundant evidence that disease states are improving in their patient population, all made possible by the strong foundation of data derived from their wide reaching ambulatory EHR,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics.
Carolinas Health System will be recognized at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on April 12-16, 2015, in Chicago, Ill.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics web site for more information on the Stage 7 award and Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

March 2, 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.

SRS Launches “Essentials”—An Alternative Non-MU EHR For Specialists and Those New To EHR

SRS Essentials Makes EHR Transition Easy, Lets Physicians Focus on Patients

MONTVALE, NJ – February 25, 2015 – SRSsoft, the recognized leader in flexible and easy-to-use productivity-enhancing EHR and HIT solutions for specialists and other high-performance physicians, today announced the launch of SRS Essentials. The new product offers an alternative to traditional government-driven EHR solutions and helps specialists reap the benefits of digitization without having to change the way they practice medicine. In addition to providing all the speed, efficiency, and financial benefits of a digital office, SRS Essentials offers growth options for practices to evolve the scope and utilization of their EHR at their own pace, on their own terms. Should medical practices find themselves requiring the next level of EHR solution, SRS Essentials can seamlessly transition them without the usual daunting effort and the frustration of downtime.

Many specialists have delayed EHR implementation—they are concerned about the longevity of currently available EHRs, they don’t want technology interfering with the way they practice medicine, or they have chosen not to participate in government incentive programs. Others are frustrated by the complexity of their current EHRs and find the negative impact on productivity unacceptable. With SRS Essentials, these highly focused practices can be prepared for ongoing success in the rapidly changing healthcare industry while enjoying immediate benefits:

  • Efficient and easy-to-use electronic chart and workflow capabilities
  • Flexible documentation options
  • Electronic messaging and tasking
  • Maintenance-free hosted platform
  • Outstanding US-based service, support, and training

SRS understands the demanding needs of specialist workflows, and SRS Essentials streamlines business processes so physicians can focus on patients. Many practices recover their investment by the efficiencies gained from converting from paper to electronic charts. Benefits include: automated patient intake, prescribing, ICD-10 code search, and much more.

“Just as there is no ‘one doctor fits all,’ there is no ‘one size fits all’ EHR solution. That’s why we created SRS Essentials,” said Scott Ciccarelli, SRS CEO. “SRS Essentials may be the only EHR solution a particular high-performance practice might ever need, yet it is customizable and ready to transition to full EHR capabilities when and if desired.”

Find out more about SRS Essentials and the award-winning SRS support team here.

About SRS
SRS is the recognized leader in flexible and easy-to-use productivity-enhancing EHR and HIT solutions for specialists and other high-performance physicians. With 20 years of industry experience, unmatched implementation success, extensive industry and meaningful use expertise, and top-rated US-based customer service and support, it is no wonder that SRS has more happy clients than any other EHR. Offered via the Unified Desktop™, the robust SRS EHR, PM, Integrated PACS, Patient Portal, and Transcription increase speed and efficiency, boost revenue, free physicians’ time, and enhance patient care and satisfaction. To see why SRS is the trusted partner of so many prominent specialists and high-performance physicians, visit srssoft.com, e-mail info@srssoft.com, fax 201.802.1301, or call 800.288.8369.

February 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.

NYC Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health Expands Relationship with SA Ignite for Meaningful Use Program Management Solution

Organization to Extend Cloud-Based Software to 500 Additional Eligible Providers

CHICAGO – February 24, 2015SA Ignite, Inc., a provider of a cloud-based software solution that automates, accelerates, and simplifies the Meaningful Use (MU) program processes for eligible healthcare providers, today announced it has expanded its relationship with The NYC Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH) to offer its solution, MU ASSISTANT®, to 500 additional providers.

NYC REACH is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) and the Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc., tasked with helping physicians to adopt technology and practices that measurably improve the health of New Yorkers. NYC REACH originally piloted programs with SA Ignite in 2012 and 2013, respectively, to assist providers at Murray Hill Medical Group, PC and Brownsville Multi-Service FamilyHealth Center with their electronic health record (EHR) initiatives and to facilitate efficiencies in the administrative burden of their meaningful use (MU) program management. Following the program’s initial success, it has been expanded to additional organizations and providers.

As NYC REACH assists providers in transitioning from volume- to value-based care, the organization utilizes health IT to drive outcomes and reduce disparities. Alvin Lin, Senior Director of Strategy, PCIP felt that to be more successful in this endeavor, NYC REACH needed a more efficient means by which to access the relevant data within each EHR (Electronic Health Record), monitor providers’ progress and submit MU attestations. MU ASSISTANT was the ideal solution to allow for a quick and easy view into where providers were excelling and where they needed support in meeting government requirements.

Before SA Ignite, MU attestation was a cumbersome process. With multiple sign-ins needed and mountains of data to cull from disparate sources, our MU managers had a difficult time tracking provider status and determining where intervention was needed. Now, MU ASSISTANT provides a one-stop shop for us to facilitate the registration, monitoring and attestation process through a user-friendly automated system, alleviating the administrative burden, and ultimately helping more providers qualify for MU incentive dollars. Also, since MU ASSISTANT is vendor-agnostic, contains a built-in rules engine that’s updated as regulations change and includes historical provider information integrated from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) database, the product can play a crucial role in the event of an EHR switch, providers changing government MU subsidy programs, or an audit.

“NYC REACH is doing great things for the physicians of New York City. We understand and completely align with their vision of utilizing health IT to create efficiencies in pay-for-performance programs such as MU,” said Tom S. Lee, Ph.D., CEO, founder and board member of SA Ignite. “We are excited to continue our groundbreaking partnership and look forward to sharing lessons and best practices with other Regional Extension Centers throughout the country.”

About NYC REACH

The NYC Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH) is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) and the Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. to support healthcare providers in New York City as they adopt and use health IT. Our mission is to improve the health of New Yorkers by targeting primary care settings and facilitating the use of electronic health records and other technologies to raise care quality, reduce health disparities, and facilitate care coordination. We aim to help offset the transition cost and burden as much as possible through training and education. For more information, visit www.nycreach.org.

About SA Ignite, Inc.

SA Ignite is the leading source for healthcare provider pay-for-performance automation. The company’s proven EHR-agnostic, cloud-based solutions and services simplify and automate the processes associated with pay-for-performance programs. SA Ignite’s flagship offering is MU ASSISTANT®, the leading enterprise platform for automating meaningful use processes for eligible providers. SA Ignite currently serves 60+ customers across more than 10 EHR brands, and has helped more than 8,000 eligible providers to garner $80M+ in Medicare and Medicaid incentives. For more information, visit: www.saignite.com.

February 24, 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.

GREENWAY HEALTH SELECTS ORION HEALTH™ RHAPSODY® INTEGRATION ENGINE

Integration Engine to Help Unify Greenway Financial Transaction Processing Solutions
as it Grows Transaction Services to Support Cost-efficient Care Delivery

Santa Monica, CA – February 17, 2015 – Orion Health, a population health management and healthcare integration company, today announced that Greenway Health has selected Orion Health’s Rhapsody Integration Engine® to unify Greenway’s financial transaction processing solutions on a single, scalable technology platform. Rhapsody will help accommodate Greenway’s tremendous growth in transaction services, and the organization will use Orion Health’s professional services to design and build the core transaction-processing engine. Rhapsody will process eligibility, claims and remittances for millions of daily transactions across Greenway’s growing national customer base.

“Greenway Health is dedicated to using standards-based interoperability to streamline secure data flow and improve our customers’ connectivity, processes and outcomes,” said Shantanu Paul, Executive Vice President of Product Development at Greenway Health. “Likewise, we’re always seeking to do the same within Greenway. The flexible and adaptable Rhapsody Integration Engine and the relationship with Orion Health will help us achieve that as we continue to grow our transaction services capabilities.”

Rhapsody enables the secure electronic sharing of claims data, achieving real-time connectivity from any system to any system, streamlining processes and reducing operational costs for improved financial performance. The integration engine enables health information technology companies and partners to quickly and easily connect complex financial and clinical systems between healthcare trading partners, regardless of technology or standards.

“This new partnership is strategic to both organizations as we continue to enable our customers to automate critical business processes including financial clearinghouses. Orion Health worked closely with Greenway Health to ensure we fully understood their business and technical environment to jointly design and scope the final solution,” said Harish Panchal, Global Vice President of Sales, Intelligent Integration, at Orion Health. “We have long-standing relationships with our clients, and everyone at Orion Health is very excited about working with Greenway Health, a great company and leader in the healthcare industry.”

Rhapsody is used by thousands of organizations in the United States and around the world, including hospitals, IDNs, software companies, public health agencies, health information exchanges (HIE), health plans and now financial clearinghouses. The integration engine provides comprehensive support for an extensive range of communication protocols and message formats, and helps interface analysts and hospital IT administrators reduce their workload while meeting complex technical challenges.

About Greenway Health

Greenway Health delivers the clinical, financial and administrative solutions healthcare providers need to effectively manage the delivery of quality care and improve health outcomes for patient populations. For over 30 years, Greenway has offered smarter solutions that help providers succeed in an evolving value-based healthcare system. Greenway’s clinically driven revenue cycle management services and comprehensive suite of interoperable solutions improve financial performance and automate clinical and administrative workflows, so medical providers can spend time on patients instead of paperwork. For more information, visitwww.greenwayhealth.com or call (866) 242-3805. Follow Greenway Health onFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Orion Health Inc.

Orion Health, a population health management company, makes healthcare information available anywhere by providing healthcare IT connectivity in nearly every U.S. state and in over 30 countries worldwide—facilitating care for tens of millions of patients every day. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health facilitates data exchange within and among provider organizations, accountable care organizations, health plans, governments and health information exchanges, to improve care coordination, enable population health management, enhance quality of care and help reduce costs. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.

February 17, 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.

Edifecs Tackles Interoperability Issues for the Healthcare Industry

BELLEVUE, Wash. – February 9, 2015Today, Edifecs, a global health information technology solutions company, unveiled the results of the company’s recent participation at FHIR Connectathon 8, one of the health IT industry’s largest standards-based interoperability testing events.  At Connectathon 8, Edifecs was the only company to present interoperability spanning electronic medical records (EMR) system and external partners, such as payer systems.

To demonstrate cross-enterprise interoperability between payers and providers, Edifecs leveraged Open EMR, Edifecs XEServer and a third-party Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) server. As part of the demonstration, the Edifecs team successfully converted Continuity of Care Document (CCD) to an FHIR Patient Resource with integration to Open EMR. In the simple but important demonstration, Edifecs was able to show that investments by the industry in CDA R.2 constructs can be leveraged and made interoperable using FHIR Resources without a major re-write of interfaces and native EMR functionality.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC), provider industry groups, and even Congress, are putting pressure on healthcare IT and EMR vendors to make data more shareable.  Interoperability and the ability to share and consolidate data across the care continuum are critical to achieving Triple Aim. The only way to achieve this interoperability at scale is by implementing industry standards. As a result, it is likely that FHIR will be included in future standards, such as Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3).

FHIR is gaining significant traction in the healthcare IT space with support from leaders like, John D. Halamka and Micky Tripathi.  In December 2014, Chuck Jaffe announced The Argonaut Project, an effort to accelerate FHIR.  Cerner, Epic, Meditech, athenahealth, McKesson, The Advisory Board and several provider organizations have agreed to provide funding and political backing to ensure that HL7 implementation guides for FHIR are available by May 2015.

“To carry our industry forward, we must walk hand-in-hand. By that, I mean partnerships are crucial, and at the crux of them is interoperability,” said Sunny Singh, President and CEO of Edifecs.  “The potential cost savings achieved from industry standards and better interoperability are in the billions of dollars. We are singularly focused on building the pathways to these partnerships to realize these efficiencies and help fix our healthcare system.”

Interoperability and the associated costs and complexity have hampered the ability to create and scale payer/provider partnerships and are the biggest barrier to creating accountable care organizations (ACOs).  There is a widely-held belief that payers and providers have conflicting interests and are reluctant to work together, but both groups need and want to share data to drive payment reform and deliver better and more affordable care. Edifecs is helping solve this challenge by developing cost effective ways to converge the clinical and administrative data streams in healthcare, thereby creating tangible, measurable value in support of collaborative payer/provider partnerships.

On January 30, 2015, the ONC released a shared nationwide interoperability roadmap for public comment.

The roadmap calls for better definition of standards, something that has been elusive in health IT to date. The roadmap’s goal is to provide steps to be taken in both the private and public sectors to create an interoperable health IT ecosystem over the next 10 years. One of the main focuses on the roadmap is to enable “a majority of individuals and providers across the care continuum to send, receive, find and use a common set of electronic clinical information at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.”

Edifecs is delivering the capability to exchange electronic clinical information to our customers.  We are committed to interoperability and look forward to participation in industry workgroups and events that seek to ease the difficulty of partnering to improve care.

About Edifecs

Edifecs develops innovative, cost-cutting information technology solutions to transform the global healthcare marketplace. Since 1996, Edifecs technology has helped healthcare providers, insurers, pharmacy benefit management companies and other trading partners trim waste, reduce costs and increase revenues. More than 350 healthcare customers today use Edifecs solutions to simplify and unify financial and clinical transactions. In addition, Edifecs develops supply chain management solutions to support worldwide customers in non-healthcare industry segments. Edifecs is based in Bellevue, WA, with operations internationally. Learn more about us at www.edifecs.com.

February 9, 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.

Clearing the Way for Patients to Get Access to their Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 3, 2015) – The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) today kicked off its new NATE Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle at the 2015 ONC Annual Meeting with a surprise display of interoperability in patient-mediated exchange.  Shortly after NATE’s announcement, Greg Meyer, Director, Distinguished Engineer, Cerner Corporation, demonstrated how a provider using a Cerner electronic medical record (EMR) can simply push a patient record to the patient’s personal health record (PHR), in this case to the Humetrix iBlueButton app running on the patient’s smartphone.

The new NBB4C Trust Bundle helps relying parties to identify consumer facing applications (CFAs) that meet or exceed criteria considered to be the most important characteristics of a trustworthy steward of consumer health information, while still enabling patients to benefit from the value of having access to their health information.  Participation in the trust bundle will facilitate secure exchange of health information from provider-controlled applications to consumer-controlled applications such as PHRs using Direct secure messaging protocols.

“Thank you to my colleagues at Cerner and Humetrix for helping NATE demonstrate the capabilities of the new NATE Blue Button for Consumers Trust Bundle at the ONC Annual Meeting.  Greg’s demonstration today shows that the NBB4C is ready now to enable real world exchange between provider-facing applications and consumer-facing applications, empowering the consumer to get access to their data,” said NATE’s CEO Aaron Seib.  “Our industry achieved a major milestone today.  We studied the issues around securely sharing information from providers to patients and together we took a leap of faith.  Consumers across the country will now have more control over their care.  NBB4C gets the information flowing to where it should be: in the hands of the patient.  I look forward to the day when patients across the nation routinely download their health information into a consumer-facing application of their choice and use it to improve their lives and the lives of those they love.”

The NBB4C Trust Bundle is the result of the next generation of NATE’s ongoingPHR Ignite Project and incorporates lessons learned from NATE’s administration of the Blue Button Consumer Trust Bundles.  Over the past year, NATE and a task group made up of thought leaders in the patient-mediated exchange space worked together to develop a set of criteria and expectations that balances what is a ‘must have’ for today and what can wait until tomorrow, what is practical as a starting point and what is a showstopper that would kill consumer engagement if introduced.  In November 2014, NATE crowdsourced the trust framework, calling for and receiving comments from across the industry.  In January 2015, the NATE Board of Directors approved the workgroup’s recommendation for release into production.

“The NBB4C establishes a practical framework that will enable patients to securely exchange health information with their providers without burdening the patient with unnecessary steps to obtain their data and share it with whomever they choose,” said MaryAnne Sterling, Consumer Ombudsman for the NATE Board of Directors.  “As a long time caregiver for my aging parents, this work is important to all of us who manage healthcare on behalf of others.  I have confidence that applications participating in the NBB4C will meet or exceed my expectation that my family’s health information will be confidential and secure.”

Interested CFAs may begin onboarding to the NBB4C Trust Bundle now athttp://nate-trust.org/trustbundles.  Stakeholders interested in participating in the next phase of NATE’s work in consumer-mediated exchange should consider NATE membership or subscribe to news from NATE’s PHR Community.

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About National Association for Trusted Exchange

The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) brings the expertise of its membership and other stakeholders together to find common solutions that optimize the appropriate exchange of health information for greater gains in adoption and outcomes. Emerging from the Western States Consortium, a pilot project supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), NATE was established as a not-for-profit organization in May 2013. Consistent with NATE’s mission to address the legal, policy, and technical barriers that inhibit health information exchange between entities within a state and across states, NATE leads and participates in a number of ongoing and emerging projects in the HIE domain. NATE has been operating its own Trust Bundles in production since November 2012 and recently took over administration of the Blue Button Consumer Trust Bundles.  Working with a broad set of stakeholders through multiple task forces, crowdsourcing and a call for public comment, NATE is proud to make available the first release of NATE’s Blue Button for Consumers (NBB4C) Trust Bundle beginning in 2015.

About Cerner

Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 18,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit cerner.com, read our blog at cerner.com/blog, connect with us on Twitter at twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook atfacebook.com/cerner.

As of February 2, 2015, Cerner Corporation acquired Siemens Health Services.  Certain trademarks, service marks and logos set forth herein are property of Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. All other non-Cerner marks are the property of their respective owners.

About Humetrix

Humetrix has pioneered the development of innovative consumer-centered IT solutions over the past 15 years, which have been deployed around the world.  The company’s award winning Blue Button enabled apps are the mobile embodiment of the U.S. Federal government Blue Button initiative available to more than 150 million Americans. Humetrix’s HHS award winning emergency and disaster preparedness mobile apps are now being advocated by EMS agencies across the US and were demonstrated at the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day last summer. For more information, visit www.ibluebutton.com and www.humetrix.com.

February 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.

HHS Proposes Path to Improve Health Technology and Transform Care

ONC issues draft nationwide health IT Interoperability Roadmap; Implementation resources also released as first deliverable

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0. The draft Roadmap is a proposal to deliver better care and result in healthier people through the safe and secure exchange and use of electronic health information.

“HHS is working to achieve a better health care system with healthier patients, but to do that, we need to ensure that information is available both to consumers and their doctors,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “Great progress has been made to digitize the care experience, and now it’s time to free up this data so patients and providers can securely access their health information when and where they need it. A successful learning system relies on an interoperable health IT system where information can be collected, shared, and used to improve health, facilitate research, and inform clinical outcomes. This Roadmap explains what we can do over the next three years to get there.”

The draft Roadmap builds on the vision paper, Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure,issued in June 2014.  Months of comment and feedback from hundreds of health and health IT experts from across the nation through ONC advisory group feedback, listening sessions and an online forum aided in the development of the Roadmap.

“To realize better care and the vision of a learning health system, we will work together across the public and private sectors to clearly define standards, motivate their use through clear incentives, and establish trust in the health IT ecosystem through defining the rules of engagement.  We look forward to working collaboratively and systematically with federal, state and private sector partners to see that electronic health information is available when and where it matters,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for health IT.

Today’s announcement is linked with the administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative to improve care and speed the development of new treatments, as well as the Department-wide effort to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people through improvements to our health care delivery system. As part of this work, HHS is focused on three key areas: (1) improving the way providers are paid, (2) improving and innovating in care delivery, and (3) sharing information more broadly to providers, consumers, and others to support better decisions while maintaining privacy. The draft Roadmap identifies critical actions to achieve success in sharing information and interoperability and outlines a timeframe for implementation.

The draft Roadmap calls for ONC to identify the best available technical standards for core interoperability functions. With today’s announcement, ONC is delivering on this action with the release of the Draft 2015 Interoperability Advisory: The best available standards and implementation specifications for interoperability of clinical health information (“Standards Advisory”). The Standards Advisory represents ONC’s assessment of the best available standards and implementation specifications for clinical health information interoperability as of December 2014.

“ONC’s interoperability Roadmap will help guide our progress toward seamless integration of electronic health record data,” said Mr. Christopher Miller, program executive officer for Defense Healthcare Management Systems within the Department of Defense. “We are proud to be working closely with ONC and other public and private partners to ensure that our health care providers have a complete picture of health information from all sources. The availability of this information increases the medical readiness of our operational forces and enables delivery of the highest quality care that our service members, veterans and their families deserve. We look forward to our continued partnership with ONC as we expand the safe and secure exchange of standardized healthcare data to improve the overall health of our nation.”

“The benefits to patients and to the future of American health care in achieving full interoperability are enormous.  A system built on accessible information and secure, meaningful data sharing will elevate health care delivery, advance quality and cost-efficiency and enable new strides in medical research.  We applaud HHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for making interoperability a national priority and we believe that, by bringing together the ideas and technological expertise from both the public and private sectors, it is a foreseeable and achievable goal,” said Mary R. Grealy, president, Healthcare Leadership Council.

“Interoperability plays a critical role in improving the quality, cost, and patient experience of care and is foundational to both consumer decision-making and new models of health care delivery and payment,” said Janet Marchibroda, director of the Health Innovation Initiative and executive director of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “We applaud ONC’s leadership in creating the roadmap and releasing the standards advisory, as well as its ongoing commitment to public engagement in shaping a path forward.”

“While we have made great strides as a nation to improve EHR adoption, we must pivot towards true interoperability based on clear, defined and enforceable standards,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, F.C.H.I.M.E., C.H.C.I.O. “This Roadmap incorporates a tremendous amount of stakeholder input and articulates a clear path towards interoperability. It is a cornerstone in the continuing evolution of federal health IT policymaking.”

“The HHS interoperability roadmap announced today is an important step forward for all of us committed to a data-driven approach to improving health care. If the public and private sectors will work together on solving the interoperability challenge, we have a chance to significantly improve the practice of medicine and, most importantly, the health of patients across this country. I applaud HHS for its leadership in this area, and I look forward to partnering with the agency on this important initiative,” said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO, eHealth Initiative.

The draft Roadmap, designed in concert with the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020, is based on a core set of building blocks that are needed to achieve interoperability:

  1. Core technical standards and functions;
  2. Certification to support adoption and optimization of health IT products and services;
  3. Privacy and security protections for health information;
  4. Supportive business, clinical, cultural, and regulatory environments; and
  5. Rules of engagement and governance.

The draft Roadmap and Standards Advisory are available for viewing atwww.healthit.gov/interoperability. The public comment period for the draft Roadmap closes April 3, 2015. The public comment period for the Standards Advisory closes May 1, 2015.

January 30, 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.

Modernizing Medicine’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) System Supports Industry Movement toward Quality of Care Reporting and Outcome-Based Reimbursement

Boca Raton, FL – January 29, 2015 — Modernizing Medicine, Inc., the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical record (EMR) system, responded today to recent announcements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and leading health insurers, regarding the concerted push away from fee-for-service healthcare models in favor of outcome-based reimbursements.

CMS has announced that 85 percent of Medicare payments in 2016 could be based on quality of care, and that number could grow to 90 percent in 2018. Additionally, a UnitedHealth Group executive was reported to have said that the company plans to increase value-based payments to doctors and hospitals by 20 percent this year, forecasting over $40 billion in payments tied to value or quality of care.

“This major shift in payment models requires the right tools and reporting systems if physicians and provider organizations want to safeguard against penalties from volume-based medicine and benefit from related incentives,” said Modernizing Medicine’s CEO and Co-founder Dan Cane in a statement issued following the recent announcements from CMS and HHS. “Modernizing Medicine is deeply committed to the physicians and healthcare professionals we serve, and we believe that health information technology vendors share a large part of the responsibility to ease the impending transition toward quality reporting and outcomes-based reimbursements.”

Unlike EMRs using templates or macros, EMA was designed with unique structured data technology that handles the Value-based Payment Modifier and enables quality reporting including Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program reporting. Cane believes Modernizing Medicine is in a market leading position in providing a system that addresses this burden for physicians, enabling them to focus on practicing medicine without fear of the upcoming changes.

Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Michael Sherling, M.D., M.B.A., echoed Cane’s sentiment about the potentially huge implications of the impending move toward payment models that tie to quality of care.

“While the new mandates signify a big step toward providing improved quality of care, without tools to support and streamline quality reporting, these new payment models may constitute a substantial hurdle for private practice in this country,” said Sherling. “Since Modernizing Medicine’s inception we have focused heavily on accurately documenting patient encounters through structured data. This facilitates the ability to track patient outcomes and report quality of care in a way that doesn’t slow down physician productivity. We would urge providers to consider the implications of these new payment guidelines, and ensure that they are working with technologies that will support both their practice and the forthcoming revised payment structure.”

“With rich capabilities for PQRS reporting, Meaningful Use attestation and ICD-10 coding built in, EMA is ready for the changes in healthcare ahead,” said Cane. “The more than 30,000 physicians and health providers across the nation who use EMA are on solid ground.”

About Modernizing Medicine

Modernizing Medicine® is transforming how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized in order to increase efficiency and improve outcomes. Our flagship product, Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), is a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical records (EMR) system built by practicing physicians. Available as a native iPad application and from almost any web-enabled Mac or PC, EMA adapts to each provider’s unique style of practice. This ICD-10 ready EMR system is available for the dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, urology and plastic and cosmetic surgery markets and used by more than 4,800 physicians in the United States and its territories. The Modernizing Medicine family of companies also provides specialty-specific billing, inventory management and group purchasing services.

January 29, 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.

Orion Health Achieves Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program from EHNAC and DirectTrust

Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Ensures Adherence to Data Processing Standards and Compliance with Security Infrastructure, Integrity and Trusted Identity Requirements

BOSTON, MA – January 28, 2015Orion Health, a leading population health management company, announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) for Health Information Systems Program (HISP) from DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project.

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated Orion Health in areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as it relates to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations like Orion Health establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “The need in the marketplace for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, and we applaud Orion Health’s commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality.”

“We are delighted to have Orion Health join the ranks of accredited Health Information Service Providers, HISPs, and to expand the interoperable network for Direct exchange,” said David C. Kibbe, MD MBA, President and CEO of DirectTrust. “Orion Health has been a strong supporter of transparent, standards-based and secure health information exchange via Direct, and a member of DirectTrust for over two years.”

“At Orion Health, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to privacy and security through our Direct Trust Accreditation. This accreditation has become synonymous with the highest level of compliance in healthcare-related data transfer procedures, and it is the industry-accepted stamp of approval for objective review of Direct messaging-related services,” said Jennifer Scalise, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, Orion Health. “We are pleased to have accomplished this major milestone, which will ultimately enable us to better serve our clients, and that Direct Trust/EHNAC is as confident in our privacy and security controls for direct secure messaging as we are.”

Orion Health delivers interoperable, connected solutions for healthcare facilities, organizations and regions. Its open technology platform aggregates, analyzes and makes actionable all determinants of health data to deliver better care coordination and an enhanced patient experience.

About DirectTrust.org

DirectTrust.org is a non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including HISPs, CAs and RAs, doctors, patients, and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC.

DirectTrust.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org, contact info@ehnac.org, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Orion Health, Inc.

Orion Health, a population health management company, makes healthcare information available anywhere by providing healthcare IT connectivity in nearly every U.S. state and in over 30 countries worldwide—facilitating care for tens of millions of patients every day. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health facilitates data exchange within and among provider organizations, accountable care organizations, health plans, governments and health information exchanges, to improve care coordination, enable population health management, enhance quality of care and help reduce costs. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

January 28, 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.