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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.

DrFirst Launches Electronic Prior Authorization for Providers Nationwide with CoverMyMeds

DrFirst’s Patient Advisor ePA+ Service to deploy to 300 EMR Systems Beginning October 28th

Rockville, MD, October 17, 2014

DrFirst, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, announced today that its new electronic prior authorization (ePA) service, Patient Advisor ePA+SM, will begin rolling-out to providers on October 28th.  Using the service, prescribers and their staff will be able to initiate, submit and complete prior authorizations electronically, and will be able to respond to prior authorizations that are initiated from pharmacies after a claim rejection, from within their eRx/EMR workflow.  The release of Patient Advisor ePA+ marks the first live prior authorization solution that is fully integrated within the e-prescribing process.  The service will encompass multiple prior authorization sources, beginning with CoverMyMeds, the industry leader in automating prior authorization processes for prescription drugs.

Prior authorization (PA) is the formulary management process requiring insurance carrier pre-approval for certain prescribed medications. Traditional PA – including paper forms, faxes and phone calls – is exceptionally time-consuming for medical practices, amounting to more than 20 hours per week per physician of staff time to support PA requirements.

The Patient Advisor ePA+ service will deploy to 150 of DrFirst’s more than 300 EMR, EHR and HIS system partners, as well as to all users of DrFirst’s Rcopia® and RcopiaMUSM stand-alone e-prescribing platforms.  In December, DrFirst will continue deployment of Patient Advisor ePA+ to the balance of its partner EMR, EHR and HIS systems.  This deployment schedule is designed to enable the availability and adoption of ePA capabilities that are truly meaningful to doctors and medical staff nationwide, and with no cost to their practices.

CoverMyMeds functionality has been fully integrated within DrFirst’s Patient AdvisorSM medication adherence and clinical content platform.  As a result of functionality provided by CoverMyMeds, Patient Advisor ePA+ will also be the first and only fully integrated ePA solution supporting all plans and all medications.  Patient Advisor is standard functionality within DrFirst’s e-prescribing technology, but can also be integrated directly within the workflows of third-party EMRs.

“Our intent with Patient Advisor ePA+ is to provide a full-spectrum, multi-source, easily integrated ePA solution to all EMR, EHR and HIS vendors,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst.  “Our leadership in other medication management areas, such as controlled-substance e-prescribing (EPCS), serves as a model for our ability to bring high-value technology to EMR systems; in the case of ePA, and with an exceptional partner like CoverMyMeds as the cornerstone of our service, we will similarly and rapidly make this transformative functionality available to providers.”

“CoverMyMeds offers an all-drug, all-payer prior authorization solution,” said Matt Scantland, co-founder of CoverMyMeds. “Our existing integrations with more than 45,000 pharmacy locations and 72% of payers makes us the most connected PA provider in the industry and we anticipate providers using Patient Advisor ePA+ will be able to reduce the amount of time required to process prior authorizations by as much as 70%.”

DrFirst will additionally integrate other ePA services into Patient Advisor ePA+, including Surescripts CompletEPA as well as connections with individual payers, PBMs and other multi-payer connections, in order to provide the most comprehensive selection of ePA sources to EHR and HIS system vendors nationwide.

About DrFirst

DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing the doctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security and reliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Care Coordination and Collaboration. We are proud of our track record of service to more than 45,000 providers, 300 EMR/EHR/HIS system vendors, and 650 hospitals and other acute care facilities. For more information please visit www.drfirst.com.

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.

Computer Assisted Coding Applications Slated for Strong Growth Potential

HIMSS Analytics’ Autumn 2014 edition of the Essentials of US Hospital IT Market highlights the promising sales opportunities for IS Infrastructure and HIM applications

CHICAGO (October 15, 2014) – Computer Assisted Coding applications are poised for increased growth among hospitals, according to data from the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market report (Autumn 2014 edition). Released today, the report evaluates the support service applications and medical devices used most by hospitals across the U.S.

Leveraging data from the HIMSS Analytics® Database, the report profiles 25 support service applications and medical devices being used in hospitals across the nation in terms of their market penetration (saturated, mature to maturing) against their projected sales volumes (decelerating, marginal to accelerating). Computer Assisted Coding was observed as having the highest growth potential. This is a significant finding for health Information Technology (IT) vendors as this accelerated projected sales volume is occurring in a maturing market.

“In preparation for the shift to ICD-10, it is no surprise that the sales potential for coding solutions is high,” said Lorren Pettit, Vice President of Market Research for HIMSS Analytics. “The findings suggest that market opportunities are ripe for vendors with Computer Assisted Coding solutions.”

The 25 applications observed are divided into the following categories:

  • Ambulatory
  • Clinical & Business Intelligence
  • Document/Forms Management
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • Health Information Management (HIM)
  • Home Health
  • IS Infrastructure
  • IS Security
  • Medical Devices

Nearly half of the applications (11 of the 25) profiled can be characterized as standard business tools due to their relatively high market penetration level. Five applications were marked for a healthy growth trajectory over the next five years, while 15 applications reflected a growth trajectory of less than 10 percent during the same period.

The report also covers the market utilization of each application in the marketplace at more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics. The market utilization assessment for each application is determined by the number of hospitals in the market which have installed the application.

Please contact consulting@himssanalytics.org for more information on purchasing the HIMSS Analytics Essentials, Autumn 2014 Edition, and for a copy of the Executive Summary. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information.

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About HIMSS Analytics

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

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

October 15, 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.

Nextech to Acquire MDIntelleSys, the Leading Cloud-Based EHR for Eye Care

Tampa, Florida – October 2, 2014 – Nextech Systems, a leading provider of specialty-focused healthcare technology solutions for physician practices, and MDIntelleSys (MDI), a leading cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) for ophthalmologists, today announced that they have entered a strategic agreement in which Nextech will acquire MDI. The acquisition of MDI effectively doubles Nextech’s ophthalmology market share while adding clinical depth and ophthalmic expertise to Nextech’s suite of solutions. It will also allow Nextech to immediately provide its cloud-based practice management solutions to MDI customers.

“This strategic acquisition strengthens Nextech’s position as the industry leader in specialty-specific healthcare IT solutions, and by combining our product portfolio with MDI, we will be able to offer a collective SaaS presence in our markets,” says David Henriksen, CEO of Nextech. “Together, MDI and Nextech will drive product innovation and deeper engagement with our customers and partners to support the unique needs of specialty physicians.”

Nextech is the largest specialty-specific EHR provider and is the only specialty EHR to be ranked in Medscape’s “Top Favorite EHR List.” Nextech’s industry leading position is supported by the strategic experience and financial strength of healthcare technology focused private equity firm Francisco Partners. In October of last year, Francisco Partners made a strategic investment in Nextech due to its strength and stability as the largest all-in-one specialty specific solution. Through this acquisition, MDI clients are now able to take advantage of Nextech’s full product suite of integrated solutions, including practice management, marketing, inventory and optical shop management modules. These customers will also gain access to Nextech’s consultative services with regard to meeting requirements for meaningful use and ICD-10.

“It is the goal of both Nextech and MDI to capitalize on our joint success in the ophthalmology market to further advance our solution offerings,” says Dan Montzka, MD, founder, chairman and CEO of MDIntelleSys. “This transaction will enhance both companies’ offerings immensely, better serving the needs of more than 25,000 ophthalmologists in the United States alone.”

By joining forces with MDI, which ranked number one in nine categories on the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) 2013 EHR Customer Satisfaction Survey, Nextech is able to further extend its position as the premier specialty-specific solution for ophthalmology practices. Nextech will leverage MDI’s Software as a Service (SaaS) capabilities to expand the company’s cloud offering, extending the usability and reach of Nextech’s integrated solution. Nextech will now offer both a client-server model and cloud-based solution to meet each practice’s unique needs.

“Over the years, I have admired MDI’s excellence in customer service, clinical product focus and its unique SaaS offering.   A testament to the leadership and passion of Dr. Montzka and his team,” says Dr. Kamal Majeed, Founder and Board Member of Nextech. “Combined with Nextech’s all-encompassing products and mobile platforms, this partnership creates a powerful and most unique offering in the market.”

Dr. Dan Montzka will assume the role of Chief Medical Officer at Nextech. While still subject to customary closing conditions, MDIntelleSys, LLC will now be known as MDIntelleSys, a Nextech company. The product portfolios from both companies will continue to move forward as Nextech and MDI work to advance and combine their respective solution offerings.

About Nextech

Nextech deploys specialty-focused healthcare technology for physician practices. As a trusted advisor to thousands of specialty providers since 1997, Nextech delivers consultative guidance, professional services and innovative tools that enable clients to increase efficiencies while meeting their long-term business goals. The company’s robust solutions integrate seamlessly with value-added modules to create a single, intuitive platform that streamlines clinical, administrative, financial and marketing workflows. To learn how Nextech’s advanced offerings help specialty providers succeed in a fast-changing healthcare environment, visitwww.nextech.com.

About MDIntelleSys

MDIntelleSys, A Nextech Company, located in Clearwater, Florida designs, develops and markets intelligent healthcare solutions for ophthalmologists. MDI’s electronic health records (“EHR”) software, called IntelleChart, is the leading cloud based EHR specifically designed for eye care specialists. For additional information visit: www.mdiehr.com.

About Francisco Partners 

Francisco Partners is a global private equity firm that specializes in investments in technology companies. Since its launch over a decade ago, FP has raised approximately $7 billion and invested in more than 100 technology companies, making it one of the most active investors in the industry.  The firm invests in transaction values ranging from $50 million to over $2 billion, where the firm’s deep sub-sector knowledge and operational expertise can help a company realize its full potential. For further information, please visit: www.franciscopartners.com.

October 6, 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.

Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) Quality Data Center (QDC) Gaining Momentum with New Customers and Enhanced Capabilities

Growing Clientele and Innovative Developments Further QDC’s Technology Leadership

Waltham, Mass., October 6, 2014– The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, today announced a number of milestones highlighting the rapid growth of its Quality Data Center (QDC), a fully HIPAA-compliant modular electronic health record (EHR) solution for meeting internal and external clinical reporting requirements. Increased industry demand for the QDC’s premiere online reporting tool has given rise to several new customers, growing partnerships and continued innovative technology developments.

MAeHC has recently started working with new customers looking to utilize the QDC, including the Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association (CMIPA) and Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). These organizations benefit from MAeHC’s holistic end-to-end management of quality measurement and reporting. At Boston Children’s Hospital, MAeHC is providing both Eligible Provider (EP) and Eligible Hospital (EH) certified modular EHR services with the QDC to help meet Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 reporting requirements. Through a central point of connection, the QDC is able to take in clinical data via a standard CCDA Document or Continuity of Care Document (CCD), which provides the discrete data required to generate both the inpatient (EH) and outpatient (EP) certified measure results for BCH.

With CMIPA, MAeHC is developing care management capabilities across payer-specific care management programs, claims-based utilization management reporting and tracking, and clinical quality measurement (CQM) for EHR data. “MAeHC has been helping us with the unique situation of working with multiple EHRs, all with distinct interface requirements, to ensure that the data we need populates into the QDC so we can execute care management programs,” said Paul Bergeron, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association. “The MAeHC team has acted as a trusted partner throughout the process, working through challenges and identifying the best solutions to fit our needs. We could not accomplish our goal of facilitating connected care without them.”

Along with new clients, MAeHC has also expanded the depth and breadth of services within existing QDC partnerships, including support for care management activities, disease registry requirements and other specific care management needs. Partner organization Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) utilizes the QDC in normalizing, analyzing and reporting its data. In a joint venture with HealthFidelity, MAeHC is now helping the organization to employ a natural language processing methodology to deliver a robust and comprehensive coded clinical problem list for the medical center. This innovative approach, which involves the use of advanced contextual language processing, generates clinically relevant problem lists for providers so they are better able to manage and coordinate care.

“MAeHC has become a trusted partner to our organization, and the QDC has proven invaluable for the time it saves our physicians and staff,” said John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “Since our first transaction, reporting has been fast and accurate, helping us to meet the performance measurement and reporting requirements of a wide range of government, payer and internal quality initiatives.”

MAeHC has also integrated the QDC with ChartLogic, an EHR solution provider. This partnership will allow ChartLogic to provide a certified CQM solution to help clients using its software with MU reporting. “When determining how our solution was going to handle CQM reporting, we realized the value of outsourcing this task to MAeHC. Not only does the QDC help deliver accurate, reliable reports, but the team at MAeHC is always on hand with support and strategic guidance when we need it,” said Mark Wilson, Director of Software Development at ChartLogic. “With the QDC, we are able to handle larger, more robust sets of data, and the ease of integration with our existing system cannot be beat.”

In an effort to provide further value with the QDC, MAeHC has developed claims data integration, which allows for the aggregation of utilization and cost data with clinical quality data to provide combined cost and quality metrics to providers, enhancing efforts in coordination of care and care management. In addition, QDC customers that are participating in the Pioneer ACO program, or will be participating in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-sponsored incentive programs that adhere to the standard electronic CQM reporting methods, can now leverage the QDC to report electronically. For 2012 and 2013 Pioneer ACO submission years, the QDC generated electronic measure results for reporting to CMS, saving many hours of manual CQM data collection and aggregation. The standards for electronic submission are complex, require deep analytic capability and explicit electronic specification adherence. The QDC helps makes this reporting process simple.

“We’re excited that the QDC is really taking off, as the complexity of analyzing and reporting data is too big a burden for provider organizations to bear on their own in today’s healthcare environment,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative. “We are continuing to expand the functionality of the QDC to offload more of these time-consuming processes so that providers can continue to focus on delivering quality care.”

MAeHC delivers hands-on tactical support and sustainable strategies to help providers improve healthcare delivery within their own organizations and across communities. The QDC uniquely helps MAeHC connect communities by providing a comprehensive, on-demand data warehousing solution that seamlessly extracts and aggregates data from multiple clinical systems and provides timely feedback that helps clinical teams improve overall quality.  For more information regarding the QDC, please visit: http://www.maehc.org/services/quality-data-services/.

About the Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association

Formed in 1998 and based in Worcester, Mass., Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association (CMIPA) is the largest physician group of its kind in the area not affiliated with a hospital. Consisting of almost 200 independent, community physicians with approximately 80 primary care physicians (PCPs) and over 110 specialists (SPSs), CMIPA is responsible for 35,000 patients. Dedicated to the delivery of personalized, compassionate, cost-effective health care, CMIPA believes that choice for physicians and patients is the best way to ensure the highest quality of care.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Health Care, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance, and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Senior Life and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.

About ChartLogic

ChartLogic 8.1 is a complete, cloud-based EHR system. ChartLogic, founded in 1994, offers medical groups revenue cycle management and a powerful EHR suite which includes electronic medical records, superior billing software, and patient portal. ChartLogic 8.1 is guaranteed to meet meaningful use requirements. See www.chartlogic.com for more information.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC is an independent non-profit corporation with a charitable mission to improve the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT.  Formed in 2004 as a collaboration of non-profit health care stakeholders to demonstrate the most effective ways to deploy EHRs and HIE to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and affordability of care in Massachusetts, MAeHC now works across the United States with a wide range of physician practices, hospitals, state governments, contracting networks, management services organizations, HIE organizations, technology vendors, and consulting firms.  To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org

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.

ADP AdvancedMD EHR Receives ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group

ADP AdvancedMD continues efforts to help small medical practices earn maximum government incentives and avoid future penalties

Salt Lake City, UT – (September 17, 2014)ADP® AdvancedMD a leader in all-in-one, cloudelectronic health records (EHR), practice management, medical scheduling, medical billing services as well as a pioneer of big data reporting and business intelligence for smaller medical practices, today announced it has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. ADP AdvancedMD EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology – a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

Maintaining compliance in the ever-changing regulatory landscape is increasingly demanding for independent medical practices. As one of the earliest providers of true software-as-a-service (SaaS) medical office software, ADP AdvancedMD offers speed and savings related to updates and upgrades with all users so they are automatically and continuously upgraded to the latest version as part of their monthly subscription.

ADP AdvancedMD EHR, version 2014.1, which meets the requirements for a Complete EHR, provides the independent physician with clinical solutions to manage patient care from anywhere with improved workflow efficiency and operational control. Flexible and customizable patient encounter documentation can be configured to complement broad work style and clinical approaches.

“This certification wasn’t about getting a checkbox or a listing on the ONC website as much as we felt it an opportunity to help our independent physician customers engage in the benefits of MU2,” said Raul Villar, president, ADP AdvancedMD. “The additions we’ve made to our product suite will help propel independent physicians into the next generation of healthcare IT in a way that previously was unavailable to them. We are proud to be the engine to empower that transition and transformation for our customers. We see this as the beginning, not the finish line.”

This Complete EHR is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. As a cloud technology, ADP AdvancedMD is an all-inclusive product and service. There is a one-time setup fee that covers the implementation and training. The monthly service fee is comprehensive and there are no additional costs that an eligible provider would pay to implement for the purposes of achieving meaningful use. Interface development, configuration, or other required patient services might require additional fees.

Certification of EHR Compliance

  • ADP AdvancedMD EHR v2014.1
  • Certification Number: 09112014?2755?1
  • Certification date: September 11, 2014
  • Modules Tested: 170.314 (a)(1?15); (b)(1?5, 7); (c)(1?3); (d)(1?9); (e)(1?3); (f)(1?3); (g)(2?4)
  • Clinical Quality Measures tested: 50v2; 68v3; 69v2; 75v2; 90v3; 122v2; 123v2; 126v2; 127v2; 131v2; 138v2; 139v2; 146v2; 154v2; 155v2; 156v2; 165v2; 166v3
  • Additional software used: Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability

About ADP

With more than $12 billion in revenues and 65 years of experience, ADP® (Nasdaq: ADP) serves approximately 637,000 clients in more than 125 countries.  As one of the world’s largest providers of business outsourcing and Human Capital Management solutions, ADP offers a wide range of human resource, payroll, talent management, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source, and helps clients comply with regulatory and legislative changes, such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  ADP’s easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes.  ADP is also a leading provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the world.  For more information about ADP, visit the company’s Web site at www.ADP.com

The ADP logo and ADP are registered trademarks of ADP, LLC. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2014 ADP, LLC.

About Drummond Group Inc.
Drummond Group Inc. is a global software test and certification lab that serves a wide range of vertical industries.  In healthcare, Drummond Group tests and certifies Controlled Substance Ordering Systems (CSOS), Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances (EPCS) software and processes, and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) – designating the trusted test lab as the only third-party certifier of all three initiatives designed to move the industry toward a digital future. Founded in 1999, and accredited for the Office of the National Coordinator HIT Certification Program as an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Accredited Test Lab (ATL), Drummond Group continues to build upon its deep experience and expertise necessary to deliver reliable and cost-effective services. For more information, please visithttp://www.drummondgroup.com or email DGI@drummondgroup.com.

September 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.

CHIME Statement on the Introduction of the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act

This afternoon Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Congressman Jim Matheson (D-UT) introduced the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act granting the nation’s healthcare providers the additional flexibility in meeting Meaningful Use requirements through a shortened reporting period in 2015.

CHIME commends Congresswoman Ellmers and Congressman Matheson for their immense leadership on this critically important issue following the industry’s joint call to action earlier today. The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act would negate the latest final rule and adjust the program reporting timeline; giving providers the option to choose any three-month quarter for EHR reporting in 2015.

The misstep by officials 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 intended impact of the program. To date; only 143 hospitals have met Stage 2 to date, representing a very small percentage of the 3,800 hospitals required to be Stage 2-ready within the next 14 days.

With just two weeks remaining in the fiscal year, Congress’ swift passage of the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act would help hundreds of thousands of providers meet Stage 2 requirements in an effective and safe manner, and ensure long-term vitality of the program itself.

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.

September 16, 2014 I Written By

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

Industry Leaders Call for Immediate Action to Amend 2015 EHR Reporting Period

ANN ARBOR, MI, September 16, 2014 – In a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and 15 other healthcare organizations issued an immediate call to action to adjust the 2015 EHR reporting period to help hundreds of thousands of providers meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements in an effective and safe manner.

Responding to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS) final rule on Meaningful Use flexibility, the letter states 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.

“We implore you to take immediate action by shortening the 2015 EHR reporting period to 90 days and by adding flexibility in how providers meet the Stage 2 requirements,” the letter states. “The additional time and flexibility afforded by these modifications will help hundreds of thousands of providers meet Stage 2 requirements in an effective and safe manner. This will reinforce investments made to date and it will ensure continued momentum towards the goals of Stage 3, including enhanced care coordination and interoperability.”

While the final rule does provide flexibility in meeting MU requirements for 2014, most hospitals who take advantage of the new pathways will not be in a position to meet Stage 2 requirements beginning October 1, 2014 (FY 2015).

“With just two weeks to go before the start of Fiscal Year 2015, immediate attention to this requirement is essential,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “There are thousands of hospitals right now desperately trying to determine how to appropriately install and configure software for Stage 2, and how to start collecting data by the end of this month.”

The letter outlines that to date; only 143 hospitals have met Stage 2, representing a very small percentage of the 3,800 hospitals required to be Stage 2-ready within the next 14 days.

“This additional time is vitally important to ensure that hospitals and physicians continue moving forward with technology to improve patient care,” the letter states. “By making such changes, HHS would improve patient safety, without compromising momentum towards interoperability and care coordination supported by health IT.”

By adjusting the timeline, providers would have the option to choose any three-month quarter for an EHR reporting period in 2015 to qualify for Meaningful Use.

“This sensible change to the 2015 reporting period, from 365 days to 90, will ensure broad program participation and will enable providers to continue their Meaningful Use journey,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO, Vice President of Information Services and CIO at Morehead, Kentucky-based St. Claire Regional Medical Center. “Carrying forward the 2014 policy requiring providers submit data covering one quarter of their choosing in 2015 is the right decision, and it is our hope that officials act quickly.”

CHIME leaders will reiterate this call to action as they meet with officials this week as part of National Health IT Week in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

Pri-Med and Amazing Charts Unveil New Technology to Address Clinician Dissatisfaction With Electronic Health Records

Pri-Med InLight™ EHR Is the First Commercially Available System to Feature Intuitive, Problem-Oriented Workflow to Help Clinicians Save Time and Improve Patient Care

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – September 12, 2014) – DBC Pri-Med LLC, the leading provider of professional medical education to a community of more than 260,000 clinicians, today announced the release of Pri-Med InLight EHR. This latest advancement is the first problem-oriented, clinical documentation system designed to increase professional satisfaction and improve patient outcomes by enabling clinicians to deliver higher quality care more efficiently.

Rob Tholemeier, Director of Chilmark Research, a global research and advisory firm that focuses solely on the market for HIT solutions, said: “Current EHRs look like they were designed for back-office staff, not physicians making life or death decisions. There is a gaping need for a new approach to clinical documentation that actually enhances the practice of medicine. From the demos I’ve seen, Pri-Med InLight appears to bring a new level of intelligence to EHRs by learning from you as you practice, and then organizing and presenting information in a way that actually enhances interaction with patients instead of detracting from it.”

InLight combines the highly-rated usability features of Amazing Charts with a pioneering problem-oriented medical record developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the legacy of Pri-Med’s world-class medical education. The key breakthrough is a problem-oriented workflow that organizes information more intuitively, making it faster and easier for clinicians to use. Advantages include:

  • Easy to Use - Pri-Med InLight is a thinking EHR. InLight learns as clinicians practice and then anticipates their needs, providing the right information when they need it. Innovative features, such as the physician-friendly problem vocabulary and one-click ordering, make InLight powerful yet incredibly easy to use.
  • Saves Time – Pri-Med InLight minimizes the distractions of documentation and coding so clinicians can focus on face-to-face interaction with patients and deliver high-quality care. InLight users can access information in a fraction of the time of most current EHRs, giving them more time facing patients and less time facing a screen.
  • Improves Patient Care – Pri-Med InLight improves the hand-off of patients between primary care and specialists for continuity of shared care. Point-of-care medical education, tailored to patients’ specific needs, helps clinicians make more informed clinical decisions.

“Until now, most EHR systems have been seen as a burden, feeding a rising tide of professional dissatisfaction,” said Dr. John Goodson, staff internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “They create a barrier to patients, and keep clinicians in the office late completing charts. Pri-Med InLight not only solves these issues but also gives clinicians new tools for better patient care.”

“We set out to pioneer an electronic health record that is uniquely designed to think the way doctors think and help them make sound medical decisions,” said John Mooney, founder and CEO of Pri-Med. “Built by clinicians for clinicians, InLight is problem-oriented so clinicians can be people-oriented.”

For more information, please visit www.inlightehr.com.

About Pri-Med
Pri‐Med is an operating division of Diversified Communications. Based in Boston, Mass., the organization has been a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. Through live meetings in over 30 U.S. cities and online at www.pri-med.com, clinicians rely on Pri‐Med for opportunities to engage with local peers, meet internationally renowned faculty, and participate in world‐class educational activities. In 2012, Pri-Med purchased Amazing Charts, a leading provider of electronic health records (EHR) to independent medical practices. Amazing Charts operates as an independent operating subsidiary of Pri-Med. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

September 12, 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.