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Amazing Charts Reaches 10,000 Clinician License Milestone

Up to 40,000 Total Users Now Taking Advantage of the EHR Rated #1 for Usability

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI–(Marketwired – November 24, 2014) – Amazing Charts, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems for physician practices, today announced it has surpassed 10,000 total clinician licenses sold. Each clinical license represents approximately four staff users, so Amazing Charts estimates there are now more than 40,000 users of the Amazing Charts Electronic Health Record system at over 6,500 independent medical practices.

This milestone underscores the success of Amazing Charts EHR, a top-rated clinical documentation system for independent medical practices. In multiple physician surveys, Amazing Charts EHR has been recognized for ease of use, affordability and overall customer satisfaction. More than 60 percent of Amazing Charts clinicians practice Primary Care Medicine, with nearly 37 percent practicing Family Medicine and 21 percent practicing Internal Medicine. Top specialties include Pediatrics, Neurology, Cardiology, and Pain Medicine.

“I want to thank our customers for reaching this significant milestone,” said John Squire, president and COO of Amazing Charts. “Our success with independent Primary Care practices puts us squarely in the middle of the struggles facing physicians today. Our mission is to help practices stay independent with new tools like our new Practice Management module, which is fully integrated with our EHR to save time and eliminate errors, while helping to increase revenue and profitability.”

About Amazing Charts
Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 6,800 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts.com, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

Amazing Charts is a trademark of Amazing Charts, LLC. All products or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

November 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

ONC Welcomes 2 New Members to their Office of Communications and Public Affairs

ONC Acting National Coordinator Lisa Lewis about two new hires at ONC’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs.  Here’s her letter to the ONC team:

Team –

We have two new members on the ONC Team. Chartese Day and Amanda Woodhead started with ONC on Monday, November 17th. Chartese and Amanda bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Office of Public Affairs and Communications (see bios below). We are very excited to have them on the team! Both of their offices are in HHH 729D. Please stop by and say hello as schedules allow.

Also, let’s extend our thanks to Peter Ashkenaz for serving as the acting OPAC Director for the last few months. Peter, you are greatly appreciated!

Sincerely, Lisa

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Chartése Day

Chartése joined ONC on Monday, November 17th as the new Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications (OPAC). Prior to ONC, Chartése spent more than a decade as a senior strategist at top international public relations firms leading award-winning programs and campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, major healthcare trade associations and non-profit groups. Chartése has deep expertise in public health awareness and education campaign programming, stakeholder engagement, regulatory communications, issues management, crisis and litigation communications and multicultural outreach. Chartése’s specific therapeutic area and category experience includes implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), infectious disease, cardiovascular, pain management, respiratory, women’s health, mental health and food and nutrition. Her past clients have included Universal Health Services, CareFirst, Kaiser Permanente, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, American Nurse Credentialing Center, Wal-Mart, Merck, Pfizer, and  Johnson & Johnson among others.

A native of Washington, D.C., Chartése began her career as an aide for the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Chartése earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors of International Business from George Mason University.

Amanda Woodhead

Amanda Woodhead joined ONC on Monday, November 17th as the Stakeholder Engagement Lead in OPAC.  Amanda comes to ONC following six years at health IT vendor, Emdeon. While there, she led corporate communications and media efforts including traditional, tradeshow, social media and crisis communications as well as industry relations and executive events. She previously served as a public relations manager at Windsor Health Group, a senior publicist for Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson publishers and a public affairs officer for the U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan.

Amanda holds a BA in Journalism from Mississippi University for Women and a MS in International Relations from Troy State University. She is an active volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of her father, a multiple myeloma survivor. In 2012, she participated in the Washington DC area Man and Woman of the Year campaign to benefit LLS and was awarded the community involvement award for outstanding community outreach. She lives in Arlington with her spouse and 8 year old daughter and spends most weekends (in the fall at least) watching SEC football and cheering on the Mississippi State Bulldogs!

November 20, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

Logicalis US Reveals Eight Mistakes Hospitals Make with Electronic Patient Records

Solution Provider Helps Healthcare CIOs Contribute More Strategic Value to Their Organizations

NEW YORK, November 11, 2014 – A few short years ago, electronic medical record (EMR) systems were employed by only a handful of the most sophisticated physicians and hospitals.  Now, as a result of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act’s “Meaningful Use” incentives, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), providers are scrambling to purchase and implement EMR systems.  But that doesn’t mean they’re using them.  Doctors are disillusioned by spending more time with the computer than their patients, and they aren’t taking full advantage of the vast capabilities EMR software suites make available to them.  According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), there are eight critical areas where healthcare professionals can sharpen their IT skills and optimize their utilization of data residing in feature-rich electronic medical records.

“The primary issues with EMR today are the continued lack of utilization and mismatched expectations by clinicians and administrators about the native problem-solving capabilities of EMR,” says Ed Simcox, Healthcare Practice Leader for Logicalis Healthcare Solutions.  “Many hospitals use only a portion of the capabilities available in EMR today, and many applications are not configured in a way that promotes usage of their deep capabilities. Hospitals and physicians have made significant investments in EMR; now it’s time to improve and optimize their utilization.”

Eight Mistakes Hospitals Make in EHR

  1. Lacking complete records: Surprisingly, one of the biggest issues with EMR today is the inability to access all available data on a patient.  While a doctor or hospital may use an EMR system, patient data resides in multiple, disparate systems, providing clinicians an incomplete picture. Hospitals are clearly still struggling with interoperability.  Connecting data sources would offer a single view to the provider looking for a consolidated patient record making interoperability a priority for CIOs. While possible today, this is not yet the norm. Fortunately, though, with the proper project planning and data governance discipline, access to consolidated health records is on the horizon.
  1. Missing patient images: A subset of patient data visibility is imaging.  While there are numerous Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) vendors, most do not provide a single source for all images associated with a patient’s record.  EMRs today do a good job of allowing a doctor to look at a patient’s basic information, but not necessarily all of the related images for that patient, beyond radiology.  Images are most prevalent in radiology, but they’re also becoming increasingly important in other medical specialties from cardiology and OBGYN to surgery and wound care. To be most effective, a patient’s electronic medical records need to include all of these images.  Imaging is also important to the finance offices of hospitals and medical practices for storing patients’ insurance cards, driver’s licenses, etc., which need to be accessed on an as-needed basis.
  1. Not following best practices: One of the chief reasons EMR implementations are viewed as unsuccessful is a lack of adequate user training. Users can “get by” based on what they have taught themselves or learned on the floor from peers, but these practices may not be the most effective way of using the features in a system. In a healthcare organization that combines Lean and Six Sigma approaches to deliver performance improvements, many core processes can be improved.  The goals are to save time and reduce costs and overhead.  Using an objective third party to evaluate clinical and financial workflows and processes helps healthcare organizations optimize the use of their technology and, more importantly, the use of their employee resources.
  1. Failing to consider DR: Because health systems are critically reliant on electronic records, system failure is not an option. EMR downtime can cost thousands of dollars per minute. Business disruption, lost revenue, and most importantly, patient safety are at issue during EMR outages. Besides practicing downtime procedures, it’s important to perform periodic data center assessments to identify areas of weakness that can impact end-user experience.  Failing to address gaps leaves the organization vulnerable to downtime.  Another important area to consider is disaster recovery (DR).  Logicalis encourages healthcare clients to examine whether tapping the cloud for disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) might be right for them.  Cloud providers working with healthcare clients should be HIPAA-certified, and clients should ask if a DRaaS solution employs redundancy so that, if part of the system goes down, it automatically fails over to another system to maintain continuous uptime for the healthcare data system.
  1. Missing out on Meaningful Use 2: Under ARRA’s Stage 1 Meaningful Use, healthcare organizations procured and implemented EMR systems. Now, under Meaningful Use Stage 2, they’ll have to prove they’re using them in very specific ways.  Meaningful Use Stage 2, for example, requires providers to offer patient portals to give patients access to their own healthcare data.  It also requires doctors to be able to perform key tasks such as ordering prescriptions electronically through the medical records of a specific patient.  Providers unable to demonstrate meaningful use through activities like these and others by October 1, 2015, will be penalized 1 percent of their Medicare reimbursements, making this a “use it or lose it” scenario. The good news is, actions can be taken now to ensure organizations are prepared for Meaningful Use attestation.
  1. Lacking in mobility: Like business users, many physicians today want to use their own personal devices – iPads or cell phones – to access EMR and text information. If those devices are not secure, however, then they are in violation of HIPAA rules.  With the wide variety of mobile phones and tablets available to clinicians, putting the right security in place to address each device and individual user may mean turning to an experienced third party that can assess the environment and provide specific solutions. Organizations should also ensure they have a regularly updated personal device usage policy that promotes the use of secure, manageable devices.
  1. Missing out on ICD-10 Readiness: Many institutions have taken a wait-and-see approach to implementing ICD-10, a list of medical classification codes.  The requirement to adopt ICD-10 has been delayed until October 1, 2015, but providers that continue to wait will be ill-prepared to address the huge amount of change ICD-10 will bring to the coding environment.  Moving from ICD-9 will increase classifications from 17,000 codes to 141,000 codes. ICD-10 requires more diagnostic specificity, so doctors may now have to use multiple codes for the same condition. This requires a greater attention to detail and a working knowledge of the codes. Fortunately, through careful thought and planning, providers only need to train clinicians on a small subset of the entire code set. Doing so will avoid assumptions and misinformation and will reduce denied insurance claims and reimbursements.  A thorough assessment, planning, communication and training will give providers the tools they need to prepare for this transition.
  1. Lacking in analytics: Hospitals and medical practices capture and store large volumes of data.  The challenge is locating, integrating, gathering and analyzing that data to improve patient safety, contain costs, increase efficiencies, and improve clinical outcomes.  In healthcare, big data isn’t about choosing a platform. It’s about creating a data governance strategy, rationalizing data, and prioritizing analytics initiatives to make the best use of clinical and financial data.

About Logicalis
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration, data center and cloud services, and managed services.

Logicalis employs nearly 3,700 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of almost 6,000 corporate and public sector customers.  To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of $1.6 billion, from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

November 11, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

Modernizing Medicine Closes First $15M Tranche of Expected $20M Round of Funding

New round of funding led by Summit Partners and Pentland Group is expected to support product development, market expansion and company growth

Boca Raton, Florida – November 11, 2014 – Modernizing Medicine, Inc., the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical record (EMR) system, announced that it has closed on approximately $15M of an expected $20M funding round. The latest funding comes from existing investors, led by Summit Partners and Pentland Group, many of whom are medical specialists who use EMA.

“At Modernizing Medicine we believe that properly captured and leveraged health data has the power to increase efficiency, improve patient outcomes and transform healthcare,” said Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “This latest round of funding reinforces that belief and the strength of our market-differentiating products and services. With the investment we intend to continue focused development in the surgical-specialties, while also committing resources for development in telemedicine, IBM Watson and mobile applications.”

Developed by surgical physicians, EMA contains built-in specialty-specific medical knowledge and workflows. It can be accessed via the Internet virtually anywhere and at any time. This flexible format, combined with EMA’s touch-screen interface and advanced ICD-10 capabilities, gives providers the freedom they need to focus on their patients with the reassurance that charting plus coding for billing can be completed at the point of care.

Currently serving eight different medical specialties, more than 4,000 providers have adopted Modernizing Medicine’s EMA in their practices.

“Healthcare professionals need tailored technologies that make it easy not only to manage but also benefit from the exploding amounts of patient data,” said Michael Sherling, MD, Modernizing Medicine’s co-founder and chief medical officer. “In a relatively short time, we have developed a solution that does just that, enabling us to capture substantial market share and emerge as a physician-favorite EMR system. In the dermatology specialty alone, more than 26 percent of U.S. dermatologists now use EMA.”

Modernizing Medicine continues to be recognized for its exceptional culture, leadership and growth. The company expects its employee base to continue to grow with approximately 100 new positions being created in the next 12-18 months. Co-founders Cane and Sherling were recently honored with the Leadership in Health Care Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The company was also named in Red Herring’s Top 100 North America list, which recognizes the top private companies across the continent that are expected to achieve significant growth in the near future.

About Modernizing Medicine

Modernizing Medicine® is transforming how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized in order to increase efficiency and improve outcomes. Our product, Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), is a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical record (EMR) system with a massive library of built-in medical content. Available as a native iPad application or from almost any web-enabled Mac or PC, EMA adapts to each provider’s unique style of practice and is designed to interface with hundreds of different practice management systems. Today, Modernizing Medicine provides specialty-specific offerings for the dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, urology and plastic and cosmetic surgery markets and to more than 1,400 physician practices across the country.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

Disappointing Meaningful Use Data Prompts Industry Leaders to Urge HHS to Take Immediate Action

WASHINGTON, DC November 4, 2014 –  Healthcare leaders from across the nation today renewed calls for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to shorten the Meaningful Use (MU) reporting period in 2015 and provide more program flexibility, citing concerns with lower-than-expected Medicare numbers and continued reports detailing nationwide difficulty in meeting Federal guidelines for electronic health records (EHR) requirements.

According to newly released CMS numbers, less than 17 percent of the nation’s hospitals have demonstrated Stage 2 capabilities. Further, less than 38 percent of eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) have met either Stage of Meaningful Use in 2014, highlighting the difficulty of program requirements and foretelling continued struggles in 2015.  And while eligible professionals (EPs) have until the end of February to report their progress, only 2 percent have demonstrated Stage 2 capabilities thus far.

Officials from the American Medical Association (AMA), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) called the results disappointing, yet predictable.

“Meaningful Use participation data released today have validated the concerns of providers and IT leaders.  These numbers continue to underscore the need for a sensible glide-path in 2015,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO.  “Providers have struggled mightily in 2014, in many instances for reasons beyond their control.  If nothing is done to help them get back on track in 2015, we will continue to see growing dissatisfaction with EHRs and disenchantment with Meaningful Use.”

CMS data required by Congress indicate that more than 3,900 hospitals must meet Stage 2 measures and objectives in 2015 and more than 260,000 eligible professionals (EPs) will need to be similarly positioned by January 1, 2015.  Given the low attestation data for 2014 and the tremendous number of providers required, but likely unable to fulfill, Stage 2 for a full 365-days in 2015, healthcare leaders have pressed for a shortened reporting period in 2015, mirroring the policy of 2014.

“The low number of EP attestations to date is clear evidence that physician practices and their vendor partners have faced significant challenges in meeting the more onerous Stage 2 requirements of meaningful use,” said Anders M. Gilberg, Senior Vice President, government affairs, MGMA. “Shortening the reporting period in 2015 is a much needed change if the program is to remain viable and is a critical step if the nation is to continue making progress toward the goal of interoperability.”

“We’re focused on transforming health and healthcare,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President of HIMSS.  “Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 2014 certified EHR technology are important drivers toward that outcome.  If CMS continues to require a full-year of Meaningful Use reporting for 2015, we anticipate that large segments of providers will no longer be able to participate in the program-which hinders our nation’s ability to improve the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access to care.”

A coalition of national provider groups have repeatedly told CMS that a shortened reporting period will have a dramatically positive effect on program participation and policy outcomes sought in 2015.  Additionally, allowing flexibility in how providers meet the Stage 2 requirements, particularly related to Transitions of Care and View, Download, Transmit measures would also improve program participation.

“In addition to a shortened reporting period, CMS must end its one-size-fits all approach to achieve the goals of the Meaningful Use program, which are to create a secure and interoperable infrastructure,” said AMA President Elect Steven J. Stack, MD. “The AMA recently released a blueprint to outline ways to improve the Meaningful Use program, as well as a framework outlining eight priorities for more usable EHRs. We believe the stringent pass fail requirements for meeting Meaningful Use, combined with a tsunami of other overlapping regulations, are keeping physicians from participating in the Meaningful Use program.”

In response to a CMS final rule issued in September, provider groups sent a letter to Health and Human Service Secretary Burwell saying additional time would help hundreds of thousands of providers meet Stage 2 requirements in an effective and safe manner.  Further, the group of nearly twenty national provider organizations said a shortened reporting period and flexibility on the Transitions of Care and View, Download, Transmit measures would serve as positive incentive for those who must seek alternative paths to MU in 2014 to continue their work in 2015.

“The agency’s decision to require a full-year of reporting using 2014 Edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) in 2015 puts many eligible hospitals and physicians at risk of not meeting Meaningful Use next year and hinders the forward trajectory of the program,” the letter states.

November 4, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

Amazing Charts Launches Practice Management System

Cloud-Based PM Module Is Seamlessly Integrated With EHR Rated #1 for Usability

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – November 03, 2014) – Amazing Charts, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems for physician practices, today announced the general availability of Amazing Charts Practice Management (PM), a revenue cycle management system with fully automated benefits and eligibility checking, all-payor clearinghouse connection and comprehensive financial reporting.

Amazing Charts Practice Management is fully and seamlessly integrated into Amazing Charts EHR to help clinicians improve clinical documentation and manage financial workflows. The user-friendly billing module enables a practice to manage the entire patient visit — from eligibility and scheduling to clinical documentation, billing and reporting — with a single easy-to-use system.

“We built Amazing Charts Practice Management to the same high standards for usability that we apply to Amazing Charts EHR, which is recognized in survey after survey as number one among leading EHRs for being intuitive and easy to use,” said John Squire, president and COO of Amazing Charts. “Now, physicians can purchase a single integrated clinical documentation and billing solution from Amazing Charts, saving time and eliminating errors, while helping to increase revenue and profitability. This new solution will help clinicians and administrators alike to meet the demands of managing independent medical practices.”

Pricing and Availability
Amazing Charts Practice Management is available immediately and priced at $249 per billable provider per month. Full onboarding, staff training, data conversion, an electronic clearinghouse connection, and ongoing technical support are all included in this charge. Amazing Charts Practice Management is sold only as a separate add-on module to Amazing Charts EHR.

About Amazing Charts
Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 6,800 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts.com, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

Amazing Charts is a trademark of Amazing Charts, LLC. All products or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

November 3, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

CHIME and KLAS Partner to Support HIT Industry Performance

SAN ANTONIO, TX, October 30, 2014 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today it has formed a partnership with KLAS Enterprises, the research leader in measuring vendor performance for providers in the field of healthcare IT.

The partnership between CHIME and KLAS, effective January 1, 2015, is designed to accelerate and enhance industry performance and support all stakeholders in a rapid new era of healthcare transformation. The partnership, announced today from the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio, will include expanded research, benchmarking, award collaboration, and advocacy support.

“Like KLAS, CHIME is dedicated to helping our members and vendor partners perform at the highest level,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. “This mutually beneficial partnership will help strengthen our commitment to industry high-standards in patient care quality, efficiency and safety.”

“Providers want to be heard and counted,” added Kent Gale, Founder of KLAS. “Working together with CHIME, we can better amplify the provider voice to help healthcare vendors align their delivery to achieve provider organization success.”

Under the terms of the partnership, KLAS will serve as CHIME’s primary research organization, and KLAS will work closely with CHIME for best practice information sharing and healthcare information technology research.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the industry research professionals of KLAS who have made a superb contribution to healthcare IT performance and standards,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “Our members, together with KLAS, will help foster industry excellence and drive healthcare transformation forward.”

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 140 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About KLAS
 

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996 and has maintained a commitment to being honest, accurate and impartial.Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch or call 1-800-920-4109.
October 30, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

eClinicalWorks Chooses Exostar’s New Identity Proofing and Second Factor Credential Authentication Service

ProviderPass Meets Security and Regulatory Compliance Requirements Necessary for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

HERNDON, VA, and WESTBOROUGH, MA, October 29, 2014Exostar, an innovative information technology company offering cloud-based solutions that enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, today announced the general availability of its new turn-key, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) identity proofing and second factor credential authentication solution, ProviderPasseClinicalWorks, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, has selected ProviderPass to expand its comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) product suite to include electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created strict technical EPCS requirements to help combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic.  Healthcare providers who wish to e-prescribe controlled substances must complete a stringent identity proofing process and present a high-assurance digital credential to verify their identity and digital signature when they submit a prescription.

With ProviderPass, eClinicalWorks will deliver easy-to-use, innovative, affordable EPCS functionality to its customers, which include large hospital systems; large and small health systems; large, medium, small, and solo provider practices; correctional health services; and community health centers throughout the U.S.

“We wanted to deploy an EPCS capability that preserved a consistent end-user experience for our customers and met current and anticipated DEA requirements,” said Jinesh Gandhi, partner operations at eClinicalWorks.  “Exostar’s legacy in the aerospace and defense industry, known for the depth and breadth of its security and compliance requirements, was a critical factor in our decision.  That, along with their turn-key SaaS business model and proven track record credentialing organizations with tens of thousands of users, gave us confidence we would meet our objectives and obtain a competitive advantage.”

Exostar’s ProviderPass includes remote identity proofing conducted in conjunction with Experian or via live web cam video.  Individuals purchase a one-time password (OTP) hardware token through Exostar’s web store.  eClinicalWorks customers use its EHR system in tandem with an activated OTP token to seamlessly e-prescribe controlled substances.

Exostar is a full-service Credential Service Provider certified by the SAFE-BioPharma Association to meet the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s 800-63 Level 3 standard mandated by the DEA.  Because SAFE-BioPharma is a U.S. Government-approved Trust Framework Provider, ProviderPass also aligns with U.S. Federal Identity and Credentialing Access Management (FICAM) requirements.

“eClinicalWorks clearly understands how EPCS simultaneously can improve patient outcomes, mitigate the illicit distribution of controlled substances, and enable providers to more efficiently and effectively focus on patient care,” said Vijay Takanti, Exostar’s Vice President of Security and Collaboration Solutions.  “We believe other health IT vendors will follow the lead of eClinicalWorks and turn to our ProviderPass service offering to enhance the security of their EHR solutions for EPCS and other use cases where identity verification and information protection are priorities.”

About Exostar

Exostar powers secure business-to-business information sharing, collaboration and business process integration throughout the value chain.  Exostar supports the complex trading needs of many of the world’s largest companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and other industries.  Exostar’s cloud-based identity assurance products and business applications reduce risk, improve agility and strengthen trading partner relationships and profitability for over 100,000 companies in 150 countries worldwide.  The Exostar community includes market leaders such as AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp., Merck, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Co. and Rolls-Royce.  For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.

About eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks® is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With physicians across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, community health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Ten eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past six years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia. For more information, please visit www.eclinicalworks.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 866-888-6929.

October 29, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

Kareo Secures $15 Million in Mezzanine Debt from Escalate Capital Partners

Latest investment brings total capital raised in 2014 to $47MM, new capital will be used to further expand Kareo’s cloud-based solutions for independent physicians

Irvine, CAOctober 24, 2014 Kareo, the leading provider of cloud-based medical office software for small medical practices, today announced that it has received $15 million in mezzanine debt from Escalate Capital Partners, an institutionally backed mezzanine fund that invests in high growth companies in the technology, healthcare and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industries. In 2014, Kareo has secured a total of $47 million in funding, reinforcing the company’s unprecedented growth and further enhancing Kareo’s role as the independent physician’s trusted partner.

Kareo enables independent physicians and their staff to streamline patient engagement, clinical documentation, billing, and other critical administrative processes in order to focus on what matters most—providing quality patient care. The $15 million in new growth capital will be used to further expand Kareo’s reach and deepen its solution set to meet inevitable demand due to patient-driven shifts in the industry, while accelerating the development and innovation of the company’s cloud-based technology.

“The shift toward consumer-driven care is continuing to gain momentum,” says Dan Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Kareo, “and we believe that independent practices are uniquely positioned to benefit from this trend and provide the most appropriate and highest quality care to patients. We are delighted to have the backing and confidence of Escalate as we further enhance our products to better support small practices.”

Kareo’s mission has been affirmed by its significant growth. The company has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S., realizing a 552 percent increase in revenue over the past three years. The company now serves more than 25,000 healthcare providers with its award-winning EHR, practice management and billing services platform, and is adding more than 500 provider customers per month.

“Kareo’s unique business model and market-leading solutions are changing the game in healthcare IT,” says Ross Cockrell, managing director at Escalate Capital Partners. “There is considerable market opportunity for Kareo as independent physicians provide the majority of patient care in the United States. And with increasing focus on fee-for-quality reimbursement models, this trend will likely continue. Kareo is well poised to sustain its growth record and we are excited to be a part of its continued success.”

The latest financing brings Kareo’s total capital raised to $90 million. New investor Escalate Capital Partners joins Kareo’s group of top-tier institutional investors which also include OpenView Venture Partners, Greenspring Associates, Stripes Group, Silicon Valley Bank and Western Technology Investments.

About Kareo

Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office software and services platform purpose-built for small practices. At Kareo, we believe that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. We offer an integrated solution of products and services designed to help physicians get paid faster, run their business smarter, and provide better care. Our practice management softwarebilling services, and free, award-winning fully certified EHR help more than 25,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice. Kareo has received extensive industry recognition, including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 500/5000, Forbes Top 100 Most Promising Companies, and Black Book #1 Integrated EHR, Practice Management and Billing Vendor. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the Kareo mission is to help providers spend their time focused on patients, not paperwork. For more information, visit www.kareo.com.

About Escalate Capital Partners

Escalate Capital Partners is an institutionally backed mezzanine fund that invests in high growth companies and is an ideal partner at the critical growth phase in a company’s lifecycle, offering patient capital tailored to each company’s unique needs. Escalate Capital has built a track record as a valued and committed partner through periods of robust growth and economic uncertainty. The Escalate Capital investment team has a combined 75+ years of experience and has invested more than $2 billion in over 500 companies.

October 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.

Healthcare IT Leaders Embrace Federal Interoperability Plans

CHIME and HL7 see new interoperability roadmap as an important step towards realizing the promise of health IT; Organizations underscore need to incorporate critical standards under development for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

ANN ARBOR, MI October 17, 2014 – The federal government’s top health IT advisors on Wednesdaymade important recommendations on how public and private stakeholders should progress towards interoperability in healthcare. Leaders from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Health Level Seven International (HL7) embraced the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, calling them a significant step forward in achieving the promise of information technology in healthcare. CHIME and HL7 also highlighted the need to incorporate critical enhancements to standards currently under development for Meaningful Use Stage 3.
 
During a joint meeting of the Health IT Standards and Health IT Policy Committees, federal officials discussed new details regarding a national interoperability roadmap and outlined concrete recommendations meant to improve the appropriate access and use of health data.  The JASON Task Force said that a solid foundation for interoperability should utilize public APIs, advance modern communications standards, such as HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®), and use Meaningful Use Stage 3 as a pivot point to initiate this transition.
 

FHIR is a simple-to-use format that can improve interoperability for a range of technologies, including EHRs, patient-centric solutions and mobile applications.  A next generation standards framework created by HL7, FHIR combines the best features of HL7’s Version 2, Version 3 and CDA® product lines while leveraging the latest web standards and applying a tight focus on implementability.

“Today’s discussion and the recommendations of the JASON Task Force represent an evolution in thinking,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “The updated roadmap and the recommendations put forth by the JASON Task Force incorporate a tremendous amount of stakeholder input and articulate the challenges facing our industry much more completely than previous efforts.”

“The prioritization of standards-based interoperability and a commitment to long-term policymaking will enable healthcare to benefit from information technology in very tangible ways,” said Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD CEO of HL7.

CHIME and HL7 believe important recommendations were accepted by the full Health IT Standards and Health IT Policy Committees. HL7 and CHIME also support allowing time to make Meaningful Use Stage 3 more impactful with the inclusion of key standards that are still under development.  “There remains a disconnect between artificial government timelines and the realities of standards and technology development,” Branzell said.  “This highlights a principle concern with how health IT policy is created, adopted and implemented at the federal level.”

CHIME and HL7 are committed to collaboration in the advancement of health IT initiatives such as FHIR and support government efforts on the interoperability roadmap.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 140 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About Health Level Seven International (HL7)

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (www.HL7.org) is the global authority for healthcare information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,000 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

October 17, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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.