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HHS Announces Major Initiative to Help Small Practices Prepare for the Quality Payment Program

Over the last few weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made several important announcements related to the Quality Payment Program, which has been proposed to implement the new, bipartisan law changing how Medicare pays clinicians, known as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA. Today, we are announcing $20 million to fund on-the-ground training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer.

These funds will help provide hands-on training tailored to small practices, especially those that practice in historically under-resourced areas including rural areas, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas.

“Doctors and health care providers in small and rural practices are critical to our goal of building a health care system that works for everyone,” said Secretary Burwell. “Supporting local health care providers with the resources and information necessary for them to provide quality care is a top priority for this administration.”

As required by MACRA, HHS will continue to award $20 million each year over the next five years, providing $100 million in total to help small practices successfully participate in the Quality Payment Program. In order to receive funding, organizations must demonstrate their ability to strategically provide customized training to clinicians. And, most importantly, these organizations will provide education and consultation about the Quality Payment Program at no cost to the clinician or their practice.

“The bipartisan MACRA legislation gave us the tools to improve Medicare and make it modern and sustainable by improving the incentives for and lowering the burden on clinicians,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Real change must start from the ground up, and today’s announcement recognizes this reality by  getting doctors the resources they need to provide better, smarter care.”

Organizations receiving the funding would support small practices by helping them think through what they need to be successful under the Quality Payment Program, such as what quality measures and/or electronic health record (EHR) may be appropriate for their practices’ needs. Organizations would also train clinicians about the new clinical practice improvement activities and how these new activities could fit into their practices’ workflow, or help practices evaluate their options for joining an Alternative Payment Model.

“Providing these tools to help physicians and other clinicians in small practices navigate new programs is key to making sure they are able to focus on what is most important: the needs of their patients,” said B. Vindell Washington MD, MHCM, FACEP, principal deputy national coordinator. “As with the Office of the National Coordinator for health ITs funding for regional extension centers, this assistance will help health care providers leverage health information technology to enhance their practices and the care they deliver.”

Awardees will be announced by November 2016.  HHS encourages all qualified organizations to apply for this funding.

To learn more about today’s announcement and how to apply, please contactMQIDTA@cms.hhs.gov.

For more information on the Quality Payment Program, please visit:https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/Quality-Payment-Program.html

June 20, 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.

New Survey Shows Nearly All U.S. Hospitals Using Certified Health IT to Manage Patient Care

According to data from a new survey to be released today at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., nearly all of the nation’s hospitals have adopted certified electronic health records (EHRs).

This represents a nine-fold increase since 2008, according to survey data from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Information Technology Supplement. The data also show there have been increases in sharing health data among hospitals, with over 85 percent of hospitals sending key clinical information electronically.

For the next three days, ONC will convene key stakeholders across the public and private sector to discuss the collective work to advance the seamless and secure flow of health information for a number of national priorities, including advancing delivery system reform and improving health and facilitates science and research, such as through the Precision Medicine Initiative.

This year’s sessions align with the three core commitments that market leaders have made around improving consumer access to their health information, combating information blocking, and implementing federally recognized, national standards so that different health IT systems can speak the same language. Today’s agenda will include panel discussions with health IT influencers from both the public and private sectors, featuring conversations on high profile topics critical to achieving “Better Health through IT,” this year’s theme.

The day will conclude with a fireside chat between National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.  Secretary Sebelius oversaw the implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, which led to a rapid increase in the adoption and use of health IT.

“As we kick off the 2016 ONC Annual Meeting today, these data showing nearly universal adoption of certified electronic health records by U.S. hospitals are an indication of how far we have come for clinicians and individuals since the HITECH Act was passed,” said DeSalvo. “I look forward to these next three days with leaders from across the country to discuss our collective work to ensure health information can flow where and when it is needed for national priorities like delivery system reform, the Precision Medicine Initiative, the Cancer Moonshot, and the opioid crisis.”

Over 1,200 people are expected to attend the 2016 ONC Annual Meeting, with several hundred joining online via streaming webcast.

The ONC data briefs released today show the adoption rate of certified EHRs has increased from almost 72 percent in 2011 (when this information began to be collected) to 96 percent in 2015. While the overall rate for the use of certified health IT has remained stable, the new data show that adoption rates for small, rural, and critical access hospitals increased.

The AHA data also show that:

  • The percentage of hospitals sending, receiving and finding key clinical information grew between 2014 and 2015.
  • In 2015, about half of hospitals had health information electronically available from providers outside their systems; this grew by five percent from 2014.
  • About half of hospitals report they often or sometimes use patient information they receive electronically from providers outside their systems.

The two data briefs, Adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals: 2008 – 2015 and Interoperability among U.S. Non-Federal Acute Care Hospitals in 2015 can be viewed at HealthIT.gov.

May 31, 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.

Quality Systems, Inc. Discontinues NextGen Now in Favor of MediTouch Platform

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) announced today its Board of Directors approved management’s recommendations for several strategic initiatives, the Company’s updated cloud strategy, a corporate restructuring and the initiation of financial guidance.

MediTouch® Based Cloud Strategy

Following several months of assessment of both the recently acquired MediTouch platform and the Company’s NextGen Now platform in development, management concluded that the MediTouch platform offers the most efficient path to providing a high-quality, robust, cloud-based solution for ambulatory care. As a result, the Company will cease further investment in NextGen Now and immediately discontinue all efforts to use or repurpose the NextGen Now platform. This assessment was conducted under the technology leadership of David Metcalfe, who joined the Company on February 1, 2016 as chief technology officer.

“The acquisition of the MediTouch platform accelerates our time-to-market with a cloud-based platform that already meets the needs of smaller practices. Our focus now will be to scale this solution to address the needs of enterprise-level organizations and larger practices,” stated Metcalfe.

As a result of this decision, Quality Systems’ fiscal fourth quarter and full-year results will reflect a pre-tax charge of approximately $32 million, relating to the impairment of the Company’s previously capitalized investment in NextGen Now. This charge did not result in, nor is it expected to result in, any additional cash expenditures.

Streamlined Corporate Structure

The Company also announced a restructuring plan, which will eliminate its business units in favor of a streamlined, functional-based organizational structure. This new structure will enable a more efficient, integrated and client-centered delivery of the holistic solutions ambulatory care organizations need.

“We are realigning the organization to remove silos and be better positioned to serve our clients, as they pursue population health and value-based reimbursement initiatives. It will also reduce our cost structure and make the organization more nimble,” explained Rusty Frantz, president and chief executive officer.

This organizational realignment is expected to result in approximately $4 million of restructuring-related charges, consisting principally of severance and other one-time termination benefits. The restructuring costs are expected to be primarily incurred and funded in the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2017. In connection with such charges, the Company estimates that it will reduce its headcount by approximately 150 employees, approximately six percent of its U.S.-based workforce. The Company expects $14 million to $16 million of personnel-related savings in fiscal year 2017, excluding the restructuring charge.

Fiscal Year 2017 Guidance and Preliminary & Unaudited Fiscal Year 2016 Results

Effective in fiscal year 2017, the Company will begin providing annual guidance for certain financial metrics. For fiscal year 2017, the Company anticipates revenues of $508 million to $522 million and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.78 to $0.86. This fiscal year 2017 guidance reflects the anticipated full year contribution from the acquisition of HealthFusion as well as the impact of the corporate restructuring. The Company expects to update this guidance, as appropriate, in its fourth quarter 2016 earnings announcement, scheduled for May 19, 2016.

To provide context for the fiscal year 2017 guidance, the Company also reported that, based upon preliminary financial data, it expects total revenue of $491 million to $493 million for fiscal year 2016 and $126 million to $128 million for its fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016, which are modestly below analysts’ consensus. The Company also expects to report non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.70 to $0.72 for fiscal year 2016 and $0.17 to $0.19 for the fourth quarter, in line or slightly above analysts’ consensus. The Company expects GAAP earnings per share of $0.08 to $0.10 for fiscal year 2016 and a GAAP loss per share of ($0.28) to ($0.26) for the fourth quarter, largely due to the aforementioned impairment charge.

These preliminary, unaudited results are subject to the completion of the Company’s customary accounting and auditing procedures. Final adjustments and other developments may arise between the date of this press release and the dates on which the Company announces its 2016 fourth quarter and audited year-end results and files its Annual Report on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that may cause actual results to materially differ

About Quality Systems, Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. (QSI) and its subsidiary, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, develop and provide a range of software and services for medical and dental group practices, including practice management and electronic health record applications, patient portal, interoperability and connectivity products, and population health management and analytics offerings. Services include managed cloud services, revenue cycle management, claims clearinghouse, data interchange and value-add consulting. The Company’s solution portfolio is readily integrated and collectively positioned to drive low total cost of ownership for its client partners, as well as enable the transition to value-based healthcare. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.

April 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.

NATE, DirectTrust and EHNAC Agree That Consumer Access to Data is Critical Next Step in the Future of Interoperable Health IT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2016) – On Sunday, April 10, 2016, theNational Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) – all organizations with a focus on the success of Direct secure messaging – joined together to talk about interoperability in healthcare.  In a pre-conference workshop affiliated with the 13thAnnual World Health Care Congress, the three organizations presented from three very different perspectives on “The Demand for Secure Interoperable Health Information Exchange: Options and Opportunities 2016,” creating a dynamic that echoed the recurring theme of the complementary nature of the organizations’ work.

Dr. David Kibbe, President and CEO of DirectTrust, led the day with a discussion of the factors and players involved in interoperability in healthcare, including some predictions on the future expansion and contraction of various networks.  Lee Barrett, Executive Director of EHNAC, focused his comments on the potential security risks involved in interoperability and the importance of maintaining a risk management strategy.  Aaron Seib, CEO of NATE, talked about the critical role of the patient in any interoperable exchange of personal health data.  Renee Smith, Global Director of IT Enterprise Planning and Portfolio Management, Walgreens Boots Alliance, ably facilitated the discussion, and Paul Uhrig, EVP, Chief Administrative, Legal & Privacy Officer, Surescripts, provided insightful wrap-up commentary.

By the end of the day, much had been discussed about how to measure interoperability, the degree to which security should be a deciding factor in sharing health data, and the role of providers and others in educating patients about their rights to their own information and the various methods available to them to get that information electronically.  While all three organizations brought very different outlooks and offerings to the discussion, the day signaled a renewed sense of collaboration and understanding that the organizations each have a complementary role to play in the success of Direct as a method of securely transporting confidential information.  Further, it was clear that all three organizations see patient involvement as critical to the path forward.

Some quotes from the day:

Paul Uhrig, EVP, Chief Administrative, Legal & Privacy Officer, Surescripts: “The Federal investment in HIT has certainly been a driver of demand of the technologies that many providers are using, but in the future it is likely we’ll see increased consumer engagement and demand, and that very much will drive different and increased demand for interoperability.”

Lee Barrett, Executive Director, EHNAC: “Today’s patients are much more informed and are a lot smarter on the existing capabilities available for managing their own health. As these consumer tools continue to advance, resolving interoperability challenges across healthcare stakeholders and their products will need to remain a top priority.”

Aaron Seib, CEO, NATE: “Ultimately, the consumer is the only person who is a part of every encounter that they have.  And if they are going to have 100% information awareness to share with their next provider and to participate and actually partner with all their caregivers, not just the ones that are in the HIEs, not just the ones that are using a particular EMR, but every provider that they’re going to get care from , we have to enable them to get data in the app of their choice…”

David Kibbe, MD, MBA, President and CEO, DirectTrust: “I do think there is great potential, and things might happen very fast. This idea of a shared medical record, that is in the control of the individual, that literally drives patients in a different way through the medical system, could emerge almost overnight.”

Renee Smith, Global Director of IT Enterprise Planning and Portfolio Management, Walgreens Boots Alliance: “I look forward to the day, and the day is coming, when the patient or consumer has that empowerment and that technology and the appropriate security… If that’s not why we’re all here, then we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, because that is what success will look like.”

Aaron Seib: “I think we as a nation have been working on the right priorities, in the right order: make this work for doctors, make the data available to consumers, let the consumers decide how to use that data. I believe that three years from now, we’ll see the portion of the population that is most burdened by disease using tools to better manage their care and better partner with their doctors.  The key to get from here to there is not to wait for the perfect solution that satisfies everyone that may never come.”

April 14, 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.

Healthcare CRM: Improving Health Outcomes through Better Communication

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Improving patients’ outcomes for the sake of value-based care resembles solving a thousand-color jigsaw puzzle. If you don’t have a perfectionist on your team, get ready for a crooked picture with wrong and missing pieces. In terms of patients’ outcomes, these pieces are communication gaps. But who or what can be the perfectionist to help you solve the puzzle? Think of a healthcare CRM.

CRM’s Place in the Care Delivery Puzzle

Providers might ask “Is it a good idea to perceive patients as clients during the care cycle?” It’s questionable. However, a CRM for healthcare doesn’t serve as a salesman. Rather, it helps caregivers communicate with patients more effectively thanks to understanding patients’ health needs better, assuring regular care cycle activities and preventing complications.

Although important for a wide range of diseases, a CRM-based proactive approach to communicating with patients is especially useful for the following care cases:

  • Post-surgery convalescence period
  • Long-term treatment
  • Chronic disease management

So, let’s find out in detail how a CRM can help tackle these challenges.

Post-surgery Convalescence Period

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Patients going through post-surgery recovery at home can’t receive 24/7 nurturing from surgeons, physicians and nurses. Without professional support, a person may feel anxious or depressed. They can also show signs of careless behavior (skipped medications, overlooked or mistreated emerging symptoms) due to an overall weakness after excision, which can lead to complications or even readmission.

To improve the patient’s outcomes in this case, a healthcare CRM should ensure a constant information flow between the patient and the care team members. Thus, the person will receive EHR-tuned personalized information via e-mails with targeted messages, interactive education materials, reminders to take medications, and more.

The caregivers, in turn, will be able to form a clearer picture of the patient’s current health condition as the CRM will be sending the person surveys about their state or requests to send their surgeon a photo of the incision to evaluate the recovery process.

As a result, the patient will pay attention to their condition, track changes and act more responsibly.

Long-term Treatment and Chronic Disease Management

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In the context of healthcare CRM software, there is no significant difference between chronic diseases and conditions requiring long-term healing. Over the months and years, regular consultations, examinations and procedures define the patient’s regimen.

A healthcare CRM tracks gaps in scheduled appointments and detects interrupted care cases. It sends direct reminders to health specialists so that they can undertake corresponding actions. For example, send an email or make a call. Patients also receive notifications about the missed appointments, being able to schedule new appointments or ask for an advice if they experience new symptoms.

Moreover, with a tight integration to the EHR, the CRM notifies physicians about disturbing lab results (for example, when the HbA1c level has risen). Then, the care team member uses the CRM functionality to recommend the patient schedule an appointment for discussion.

Solving the Care Delivery Puzzle

Patients don’t need to be taken care of all the time, but they still need additional guidance. During the period of recovery from a surgery or in cases of long-term treatment and chronic conditions, patients may feel overwhelmed with multiple checks, tests and procedures.

Even if the care team consists of perfectionists only, health professionals are unable to help every patient on a 24/7 basis and safeguard timely medication intakes, healthy habits or a positive mood. Therefore, the care cycle picture is missing important communication pieces.

So, a healthcare CRM does a very important job by adding the following proactive communication elements to the puzzle:

  • Tracking interrupted care cases and notifying health professionals
  • Alerting medical staff to disturbing values in lab results
  • Sending EHR-based personal emails with brochures and education materials
  • Reminding about taking medications and notifying about scheduled appointments
  • Requesting health status information: photos as well as forms with answers about mood, objective, subjective, vitals and other values

With these elements, caregivers can finally solve the care delivery puzzle by reducing interrupted care cases, complications and readmissions.

This guest blog post is written by Dzianis Zhynko.

March 25, 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.

Medsphere Introduces Mobile OpenVista Enterprise to MOVE Clinicians Away From the Desktop

MOVE makes real-time patient data in the OpenVista EHR available anywhere users have web access

CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable healthcare information technology (IT) solutions, today introduced Mobile OpenVista® Enterprise (MOVE). MOVE liberates OpenVista EHR data from the desktop and enables physicians and clinical staff to work more effectively and efficiently.

MOVE provides secure, mobile, real time access to patient information—medications, allergies, problems, orders, documentation—anywhere a clinician has WiFi or cell coverage. Physicians can use MOVE at home to review medication orders. Nurses can use MOVE at the bedside to record information about a patient’s changing condition. With MOVE, clinicians have information in hand and can answer questions immediately while cutting down on trips to the PC.

MOVE includes NoteAssist, Medsphere’s advanced patient documentation system, enabling robust patient data on mobile devices. Clinicians can speak or type text into the fully templated system, giving flexibility to users and control to administrators. With MOVE, clinicians can start a note in the hallway and seamlessly complete it on the desktop, or start a note on the desktop in the office and finish and sign it from home. For physicians and clinical staff, NoteAssist and MOVE are a liberating combination.

“Without doubt, healthcare IT is moving toward mobility and enhanced, streamlined processes,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “Medsphere is excited about moving OpenVista in that same direction. When you factor in the proven nature of OpenVista and the affordability of our subscription service, Medsphere offers acute and behavioral health hospitals a clearly superior platform without the excessive costs of so many other options.”

Beyond recent enhancements to OpenVista, Medsphere recently expanded the company’s line of products and services via mergers with Phoenix Health Systems and MBS/Net, both now divisions of Medsphere. Phoenix Health Systems is a recognized provider of healthcare IT services, including systems implementation, compliance project management, service desk, end-user device management, infrastructure support, application management and IT leadership. Currently being integrated with OpenVista, MBS/Net’s suite of ambulatory physician enterprise products include a fourth-generation physician practice management system, ambulatory electronic health record (EHR), document management system and an advanced physician practice scheduling application, as well as the company’s established outsourced revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice hardware management services.

Derived from the proven VistA system developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service, OpenVista is a comprehensive EHR platform combining both clinical and financial applications. Medsphere’s Government Services Division also applies extensive knowledge of VistA to development and testing work for the VA and Indian Health Service.

About Medsphere

Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an organization of committed clinical and technology professionals working to make quality healthcare IT solutions accessible to organizations of virtually any size, shape or budget. Medsphere’s OpenVista® is an acute and inpatient behavioral health-oriented portfolio of clinical products and services that leverages the VistA electronic health record (EHR) system developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). Medsphere’s Government Services Division also applies that VistA expertise to development and testing projects for both VA and IHS.

Medsphere’s MBS/Net division enables better ambulatory care via physician practice EHR, revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice management systems and services. Using a vendor-independent approach to helping hospitals solve critical challenges, the Phoenix Health Systems division provides a host of healthcare IT services, including systems implementation, compliance project management, service desk, end-user device management, infrastructure support, application management and IT leadership.

March 17, 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.

e-MDs to Acquire Ambulatory Software Technology Assets from McKesson

Austin, TX – March 9, 2016 – e-MDs, a leading provider of ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR), practice management (PM) software, revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions, and credentialing services, today announced that it has agreed to acquire several software technology assets from McKesson Business Performance Services (McKesson). The McKesson assets include McKesson Practice Choice™, Medisoft®, Medisoft® Clinical, Lytec®, Lytec® MD, and Practice Partner®.

The acquisition will provide its customers with added resources for growth. The combined company’s products and services are projected to be used by nearly 55,000 providers nationwide.

“The McKesson team supporting these products is passionate about the same thing we are ─ helping doctors maintain focus on the patient,” stated Derek Pickell, CEO of e-MDs. “All of us at e-MDs look forward to aligning this team with ours to bring e-MDs’ full suite of solutions to thousands of new providers across the country.”

The acquisition will establish e-MDs as a front-runner in the ambulatory healthcare market, enhancing the company’s future growth and performance potential. Existing e-MDs and the McKesson clients, who use these products, will benefit from working with a company whose primary focus is software and services for small- to medium-sized practices, and the increased depth and breadth of industry knowledge this acquisition affords.

“e-MDs is the perfect fit for these assets because it has award-winning technology that is ideally suited to this customer base,” said Scott Sanner, SVP & GM, McKesson Business Performance Services.

“This acquisition is key to both our growth and diversification strategies,” stated George Kase, Partner with Marlin Equity Partners, the financial backers of e-MDs. “The purchase is in line with our strategy to complement organic growth by making selected strategic acquisitions. It also offers economies of scale allowing us to extend the e-MDs brand into new areas not previously available.”

About e-MDs

e-MDs is a leading provider of integrated electronic health records, practice management software, revenue cycle solution, and credentialing services for physician practices and enterprises. Founded by physicians, the company is an industry leader for usable, connected software that enables physician productivity and a superior clinical experience. e-MDs software has received top rankings in physician and industry surveys including those conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Practice Management, AmericanEHR™ Partners, MedScape®, and Black Book®. e-MDs has a proven track record of positioning clients for success as demonstrated by Meaningful Use attainment in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. According to data provided by CMS, e-MDs clients are attesting in the top proportion of all major vendors. For more information, please visit http://www.e-mds.comhttp://facebook.e-mds.com and https://twitter.com/emds.

March 10, 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.

Tableau Announces New Technology Agreement with Leading EMR Provider

Seattle & Las Vegas, February 29th, 2016 – Tableau Software (NYSE:DATA), a global leader in rapid-fire business analytics software, today announced a technology agreement with Epic. The agreement will enable joint customers to deliver actionable insights from Tableau to EMR end-users, empowering physicians, clinicians, nurses and case managers for clinical analysis.

As part of this agreement, customer-created Tableau workbooks and dashboards will be integrated with Epic’s EMR, allowing direct access from end-user workflows. In addition, the community of joint customers will share knowledge, innovation and best practices to accelerate time-to-value from both technologies, focusing on helping customers leverage their data assets.

“This is a significant milestone that will enable healthcare providers and health systems to deliver significant value to their patients, physicians, clinicians, nurses, care managers and executives,” said David Delafield, Chief Financial Officer at Medical Group WA/AK, Providence Health and Services in Seattle. “Stakeholders at all levels of the organization will be able to leverage the clinical data from Epic and self-service visual analytics from Tableau to enable performance improvement.”

Dr. Ari Robicsek, VP of Clinical Analytics and Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at NorthShore University Health System, welcomes the relationship. “Tableau has been essential in our effort to transform clinical data from Epic into actionable insights, enabling us to deliver these insights into the real-life workflows of clinicians and healthcare administrators.  Examples include predictive models that drive our Population Health and readmission reduction efforts and actionable quality dashboards for primary care providers.” He further added, “This has delighted our physicians, achieved high levels of adoption, and resulted in demonstrably better patient outcomes.”

“We’re very excited to be working with Epic” said Andy Dé, Managing Director for Healthcare and Life Sciences at Tableau. “We continue to experience strong market adoption for Tableau at the enterprise level nationally in healthcare. This relationship is a direct result of customers’ demand and will deliver value to healthcare providers through the delivery of rapid, actionable insights from their clinical data, for measurable impact on health outcomes.”

This collaboration comes at a time of further recognition for Tableau in healthcare.  KLAS, an independent research firm, placed Tableau among the top business intelligence and analytics vendors for healthcare in the 2015 KLAS report, “Enterprise Healthcare BI: The Search for Outcomes.”

Attendees can learn more about how Tableau can help healthcare organizations during the HIMSS Conference in Las Vegas Feb. 29 – March 4 in the HIMSS Exhibition Hall level 1 at Expo Hall Booth #11937, and at the Clinical and Business Intelligence Knowledge Center Kiosk # 14077, or online at http://www.tableau.com/healthcare-analytics.

About Tableau Software

Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) helps people see and understand data. Tableau helps anyone quickly analyze, visualize and share information. More than 39,000 customer accounts get rapid results with Tableau in the office and on-the-go. And tens of thousands of people use Tableau Public to share data in their blogs and websites. See how Tableau can help you by downloading the free trial at www.tableau.com/trial.

Tableau and Tableau Software are trademarks of Tableau Software, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

February 29, 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.

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.