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Michelle Boucher Discusses EHR Marketing at First Ever Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference

BALTIMORE, March 20, 2014 – Michelle Boucher, Vice President of  Marketing for the award-winning EHR company Medical Mastermind, will be speaking on a panel of healthcare marketing masterminds at the inaugural Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 7th and 8th. The conference is the first of its kind, offering professionals in the health care industry an unprecedented opportunity to interact with peers and colleagues on business-to-business health care marketing.

The idea for the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference came out of a discussion between Medical Mastermind Vice President of Marketing Michelle Boucher, who is a panelist at the conference, and Lynn. Boucher had asked Lynn if he knew of any health IT-specific marketing conferences. When he realized that there were none that dealt directly with the subject of health IT marketing, he took Boucher’s suggestion and, along with business partner Shahid Shah, began creating one to fill the void in the health care community and facilitate communication and education for the people of health IT marketing and public relations.

“I saw an opportunity to make a real contribution to the lives of the health care IT marketing and PR professionals,” explained Lynn, who runs the popular network of health blogs at HealthcareScene.com. “Over the years, I’ve worked with hundreds of them, and I saw how many of them could benefit from a conference that brought together marketing and PR insights from outside of health care, but I also saw the difference in marketing and PR efforts from those within health care.”

Attendees to engage in many unique programs

The April 7 conference is set to have programs like “How to Master the Value of a Corporate Blog,” “Keys to Search Engine Optimization,” “The Content Marketing Future,” and 20 speakers, including Boucher from Medical Mastermind. Geared toward public relation professionals at health IT companies, marketing managers at health care IT firms, digital marketers and even executives who want to learn how to improve their business models, the conference is built to help both businesses and individuals.

“It’s funny, as I was searching for better ways to do things, I found there was a large vacuum where solutions should be,” explains Boucher about how a simple query led to the birth of a new convention. “John was also perplexed that nothing existed, and I told him if he put something together I’d be first in line. I was amazed when he told me just a few months later that he and Shahid had actually created a conference just for healthcare marketers! I’m excited to share and get new ideas and honored to be part of the inaugural event. I know this will become a mainstay in our industry and something I look forward to every year.”

“My hope is that this event will help those who attend expand their thinking when it comes to health IT PR and marketing,” Lynn said about the conference, which is set to feature experts from all over the health care community. “We want to provide them a good mix of forward looking thinking, practical implement-this-tomorrow advice, and exposure to new creative options and tools.”

Health IT marketers and public relation specialists can register and explore the programs the conference has to offer at Healthitmarketingconference.com.

About Medical Mastermind

Established in 1984, Medical Mastermind provides electronic health records, practice management and billing software and services to thousands of physicians from all specialties. Our developers spent more than two years working with doctors and their staff to create the award-winning solution you see today. Medical Mastermind is headquartered in Baltimore, MD with offices in Jackson, MS, Arlington, TX and Orlando, FL. Visit www.medicalmastermind.com for  additional information.

March 20, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Saint Luke’s Chooses Solarity to Achieve a Fully Electronic Health Record

[SAINT LOUIS, Mo, February 19, 2014]  Saint Luke’s Health System, which includes 10 hospitals across the Kansas City, Mo. region, has finalized an agreement with EDCO® Health Information Solutions to implement EDCO’s patented Solarity® technology, and remote indexing services to assist the facility in achieving its goal of reaching Stage 7 of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. The technology and services will provide Saint Luke’s the capability to scan patient records at the point of care, and have the documents indexed automatically with Solarity. EDCO’s team of medical record indexing professionals will quality check the indexed documents before returning them to Saint Luke’s EMR in less than one hour.

Currently, Saint Luke’s Health System scans medical records post-discharge. The process of scanning and classifying documents is distributed through health information management (HIM) departments in each of Saint Luke’s hospitals.  In conjunction with their new EMR roll out, Sharon Korzdorfer, Health Information Management Director for Saint Luke’s Health System, was in search of a solution to scan medical records at the point of care to reach Stage 7 of the HIMSS EMR Adoption Model. Scanning the remaining paper documentation at the point of care will allow clinical providers to access all critical patient information digitally and improve patient care.

Korzdorfer, immediately saw the potential that point of care medical records scanning with Solarity could bring to the health system. After further research and follow up, she and her team developed a strategy to emulate the scanning model employed at Rochester General Health System (RGHS), in Rochester, New York. The model allows for hospital staff to scan records at the point of care quickly and efficiently to be indexed using Solarity technology.

“Saint Luke’s Health System works proactively to utilize the most up to date resources, which helps us offer the best care for our patients,” said Korzdorfer.  “The Solarity technology will allow us to capture information securely at the point of care, which ultimately will improve patient care. The operation to implement Solarity technology and services will be concurrent with the health system installing a new EMR and EDMS. Project completion and implementation is targeted for March, 2014. “

Learn more about smarter scanning and indexing with Solarity, here.

About EDCO Health Information Solutions                                                  

Since 1961, EDCO Health Information Solutions has enabled healthcare facilities to maximize efficiencies, reduce cost, and streamline health information to improve patient care.  Today, EDCO provides a combination of medical records scanning software, services, and process knowledge to optimize the health information management department.

For more information visit www.edcohealthinfosolutions.com.

About Saint Luke’s Health System

Saint Luke’s Health System consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

March 19, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Health Care DataWorks Applauds Cedars-Sinai for Attaining HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Designation

Lends Expertise to Implement an Enterprise Data Warehouse to Assist in Compliance With Stage 7 Requirements

Health Care DataWorks (HCD) takes great pleasure in congratulating its technology partner, world-renowned academic medical center Cedars-Sinai, for achieving Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM). Stage 7 represents an advanced and paperless patient record environment, and is the highest designation awarded by EMRAM.

A leading provider of business intelligence solutions and healthcare analytics, HCD partnered with Cedars-Sinai last year to implement HCD’s KnowledgeEdge™ Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) to capture and analyze data. HCD’s solution played an important role in Cedar-Sinai’s use of its data warehouse to generate normalized patient care data and to comply with EMRAM requirements for Stage 7.

“Less than three percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved Stage 7, we are proud of our doctors, nurses, and all of our staff who played such a vital role in helping us to be recognized with this honor,” said Darren Dworkin, SVP and CIO at Cedars-Sinai. “We recognize that HCD’s EDW enabled us to reach this high level more quickly than we anticipated. Our use of analytics gives us a competitive and quality advantage as we support the sharing and use of data to improve the delivery of patient care.”

HCD’s KnowledgeEdge brings together the existing silos of data and unifies them into a data model built specifically for healthcare organizations. Through the use of accelerators such as pre-built dashboards, applications and reports, organizations can quickly empower their users with the data they need for critical decision making. The solution includes all of the software, hardware and services required to implement an EDW in a fraction of the time and cost required to build one.

“To reach Stage 7, a hospital or health system must prove they are using data warehousing and mining techniques to effectively capture and analyze data to use in improving their performance, quality of care and patient safety,” said Richard Gibson, MD, one of the three surveyors HIMSS Analytics sent to Cedars-Sinai to conduct the Stage 7 survey. “In the case of Cedars-Sinai, it was abundantly clear to us that the data warehousing solution they have in place is doing just that.”

In Stage 7, the hospital is truly paperless. Clinical information can be readily shared with other hospitals, ambulatory clinics, sub-acute environments, employers, payers and patients via standard electronic transactions.

“Cedars-Sinai has long been a pioneer in health information technology. It is a privilege to partner with the organization in implementing an EDW and contribute to the attainment of this designation,” said Jason Buskirk, CEO of HCD. “This is a critical time for health IT. Hospitals and other eligible providers have until 2015 to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EMR technology before being penalized. We are pleased that HCD can offer a solution to assist organizations in attaining this goal. We congratulate Cedars-Sinai for joining the exclusive corps of hospitals who have reached Stage 7.”

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.
Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications, and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse essential for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit http://www.hcdataworks.com.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

New Course with Hands-On Training for EHR Proficiency

Chicago, IL — March 12, 2014 — 4Medapproved, the leading provider of online education and certification resources on topics relating to Health Information Technology, announced today the release of their new Certificate of EHR Office Proficiency (CEOP)  (20% discount if you use the discount code: healthcare20) course in partnership with Medical Mastermind EHR to help individuals, schools and universities by providing hands-on practice with guided online learning on the important topic of electronic health records (EHRs).

Lessons in the CEOP program describe EHR functionality, integration with other applications, Meaningful Use, HIPAA compliance and more. Students also learn electronic workflow by engaging in EHR documentation exercises, allowing them to schedule patients, enter progress notes, practice order entry, experience clinical decision support (CDS) tools and develop basic competencies related to EHR charting. In addition, each license for this course allows the student access to the EHR for further practice and potential case study work in classrooms.

The live, certified EHR solution embedded in this course for training is delivered through a partnership with Medical Mastermind. This award-winning software creates a working environment similar in design to most of the major certified products on the market—allowing for a flexible learning experience uniquely applicable to multiple platforms and medical workplaces.

“Partnering with 4Medapproved on this important step toward better educational tools for healthcare was in complete alignment with Medical Mastermind’s philosophy of providing outstanding technology that actually helps those who use it to practice better medicine,” said Michelle Boucher, Vice President of Marketing for Medical Mastermind. “Engaging with students, physicians and the entire healthcare community at the point of delivering education through our physician-designed tool will provide them with one of the highest quality experiences as they continue to learn.”

According to the CDC, during 2006–2013, the percentage of working physicians using any EHR system increased 168%, from 29.2% in 2006 to 78.4% in 2013. In two studies published by the journal “Teaching and Learning in Medicine,” the Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE) describes the nearly total lack of EHR training in medical school programs, while stressing the overall importance of EHR training in preparing students for work in the industry.

“As educators, we feel the need to address this unfortunate gap in readiness for those who plan to work in the healthcare industry. This course does not simply simulate or demonstrate health record capabilities, but instead allows students the opportunity to develop skills by engaging in true interactive learning,” said Wendy Whitmore, CIO and co-founder of 4Medapproved. “Partnering with Medical Mastermind has given us a robust learning tool while providing a distinct advantage to students, teachers and medical learning programs.”

All 4Medapproved training is provided online and is self-paced, to accommodate any schedule. It incorporates reading with multimedia review and frequent assessments, in the unique 10/10/10 learning method. Volume licensing and team leader controls are also available for classroom instruction and larger group training.

Successful completion of this course awards a Certificate in EHR Proficiency which has been reviewed and authorized by the 4Medapproved professional medical and technical advisory boards. Accreditation by The International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) for college contact hours and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for nursing CEUs are provided for this course through a partnership with Corexcel.

About Medical Mastermind:

Established in 1984, Medical Mastermind provides Practice Management and Electronic Health Records to thousands of physicians from all specialties. Mastermind’s award-winning software is designed by doctors, nurses, billing administrators, and other medical personnel to provide the ideal solutions for any size practice and every specialty. Medical Mastermind is headquartered in Baltimore, MD; with offices in Jackson, MS; Dallas, TX; Charlotte, SC; Pittsburgh, PA; and Orlando, FL.

About 4Medapproved:

4Medapproved is the leading educational resource for healthcare professionals on topics relating to Health Information Technology. The company provides access to helpful content, community, curriculum, and consulting, all in one convenient location. 4Medapproved also offers free weekly Learning Lunch Webinars and industry updates through columns from leading experts. It provides self-paced online education, certification, and career gap training programs, many of which provide CME, CEUs, and conversion to college credit. Additionally, 4Medapproved facilitates online networking and collaboration through its 4MedProNetwork. Support for the many free resources available through 4Medapproved is provided by sponsors of its 4MedMarketplace and Learning Lunch Webinars. Learn more at www.4Medapproved.com. The 4MedPlus Corporation is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

 

Full Disclosure: Healthcare Scene is an affiliate of 4MedApproved.  That’s what allows us to offer a 20% discount on the new CEOP course and we get paid a commission as well.

March 13, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Statement from CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO and CHIME Board Chairman Randy McCleese FCHIME, CHCIO

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) welcomes CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner’s announcement this morning, acknowledging the need to provide relief for our nation’s providers.  Such relief is vitally important for the future success of Meaningful Use, as ICD-10 deadlines and continued shifts in payment policies demand an ever-increasing amount of IT and workforce resources.  If the expansion of the office’s EHR Hardship Exceptions provides the kind of relief the industry desperately needs, CHIME pledges to assist policymakers in every way possible.  Should CMS choose to define the new hardship exceptions in a way that does not address the core concerns of our industry we will continue to seek the kind of flexibility that nearly 50 national healthcare organizations communicated to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on February 21, 2014.

Policy leaders at CHIME pledge to continue their work with CMS and ONC to chart a course that drives interoperability and patient engagement, and facilitates delivery transformation.  It will be CHIME’s highest policy priority to ensure that providers receive the kind of relief they need in order to deliver quality care.

February 27, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Nation’s Providers Recommend More Time, Flexibility for Meaningful Use in 2014

Healthcare CIOs continue to voice challenges related to 2014 ‘time crunch’

ANN ARBOR, MI, February 24, 2014 – In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and forty-seven other of the nation’s largest healthcare provider organizations issued a joint call for additional time and flexibility in the Meaningful Use program to ensure its continued success.

While underscoring the Meaningful Use program’s invaluable role in advancing technology adoption among hospitals and physicians, the letter states that strict adherence to current program requirements endangers overall success of the EHR program, disrupts providers’ healthcare operations and potentially jeopardizes patient safety.

“Given that we have just celebrated the anniversary of HITECH, we can look back at the last five years with great pride and take stock of how far we’ve come – as an industry and as a nation,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO. “But we must look ahead and recognize the immense work in front of us. Now is the time to make much-needed course corrections to ensure that we continue this success well past HITECH’s tenth anniversary.”

The letter reiterates many points made by several organizations dating back to May 2013, including letters from CHIME; the American Hospital Association (AHA); the American Medical Association (AMA); the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA); the American College of Physicians (ACP); the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

The latest letter, the first to be issued jointly by more than 40 organizations, comes in response to concerns that the nation’s 5,000 hospitals and 550,000 eligible professionals must adopt the latest certified versions of EHR technology and meet more difficult program requirements to remain in compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. Hospitals only have until July to adopt, implement, test and train staff to meet either Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements in 2014. Eligible professionals have until October to begin collecting data to attest to meeting program requirements.

“Failure to do so will not only result in a loss of incentive payments, but also the imposition of significant penalties,” the letter states, adding that, “it is clear the pace and scope of change have outstripped the ability of vendors to support providers.”

“Providers need adequate time to learn how to use the newly deployed technology,” the letter said, noting that implementing EHRs has wide implications for staffing, workflow and care delivery practices. “If providers move forward, as dictated by the current policy, our concerns regarding rushed implementations are heightened. Furthermore, we believe that an ‘all or nothing’ approach – where missing a single objective by even a small amount results in failure for the program year – compounds our concerns.”

The current structure of the system essentially leaves providers with two options, said Branzell. “Providers will either abandon any hope of meeting Meaningful Use criteria this year, or they’ll be forced to implement a system more rapidly than they would otherwise. The first option works against everything the federal program has sought to achieve over the first two years, while the second option is inefficient and endangers patient safety.”

The letter seeks an extension through 2015 for providers to implement 2014 Edition Certified EHR software, and meet program requirements for either Stage 1 or Stage 2. It also requests flexibility in the scorecard used to assess completion of meaningful use requirements to enable as many providers as possible to successfully meet program requirements.

CHIME Board Chairman Randy McCleese FCHIME, CHCIO, Vice President of IS and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Kentucky, noted that providers will begin to see penalties – reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements – beginning in 2014 if they don not meet program requirements. “The country won’t be able to achieve important health reform efforts without support from information systems, and given current obstacles faced by providers in implementing this crucial technology, we must make a substantive course correction,” he said.

Sign-on Organizations Include the Following:

AMDA-Dedicated to Long Term Care Medicine

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

American Academy of Dermatology Association

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Home Care Medicine

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons

American College of Cardiology

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

American College of Osteopathic Internists

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons

American College of Physicians

American College of Radiology

American College of Rheumatology

American College of Surgeons

American Health Information Management Association

American Hospital Association

American Medical Association

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

American Osteopathic Association

American Psychiatric Association

American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

American Society for Radiation Oncology

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

American Society of Hematology

American Urological Association

America’s Essential Hospitals

Association of American Medical Colleges

Catholic Health Association of the United States

Children’s Hospital Association

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

Federation of American Hospitals

Heart Rhythm Society

Infectious Diseases Society of America

Medical Group Management Association

National Rural Health Association

North American Spine Society

Premier healthcare alliance

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Endocrine Society

VHA Inc.

 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 100 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

February 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Sandlot Solutions Introduces Entry-Level Notification Solution, Connect Lite

Streamlined, bi-directional communication platform enables information sharing, with or without an EMR system.

Dallas, TX, February 21, 2014 - Sandlot Solutions, a leading community health interoperability and analytics provider, today announced the addition of a new solution, Sandlot Connect Lite. A module of the full Sandlot Connect solution, Connect Lite serves as an electronic notification service, providing the first level of information sharing between ambulatory and inpatient healthcare settings. Hospitals can quickly notify ambulatory care providers of patient visits, promoting more efficient care coordination and management. Faster, easier access to this essential patient information provides immediate value to clinicians without extensive information technology system development or investment – even for practices that do not yet have an electronic medical records (EMR) system.

Connect Lite offers simple, quick implementation and deployment, with flexible technology that seamlessly integrates with existing infrastructures, processes and systems. While cost-effective, it enables healthcare organizations to increase electronic communications by receiving notification in the Sandlot portal or in a DIRECT-enabled inbox, a streamlined start towards greater clinical integration. Connect Lite facilitates higher quality care and helps increase revenue and achieve cost savings for care communities and medical homes as well as Medicare populations through more accurate documentation and capturing a larger portion of Medicare Transitional Care Management CPT codes. As organizations grow and their business needs evolve, they can build upon Connect Lite to expand their capabilities.

“In today’s healthcare landscape, clinicians need immediate access to important patient information like hospital visits – but every organization has different IT timelines and resources,” said Derek Plansky, Vice President, Product Development, Sandlot Solutions.   “We’re excited to offer a simple, cost-effective stepping stone for information sharing. It’s a solid foundation to all of the capabilities we offer – greater exchange of information, analytics and community care management.”

Connect Lite is available now to the healthcare provider community. Sandlot Solutions will be exhibiting at HIMSS14 in Orlando from February 23-27, Booth #5783.  Attendees are invited to visit the booth to learn more about Connect Lite and the company’s full suite of products.

About Sandlot Solutions

Through SaaS-based technology, Sandlot Solutions works with organizations to securely exchange health information that helps physicians and caregivers improve patient care through managed risks and reduced costs. Sandlot Solutions connects data from multiple sources into a single, digital envelope that updates electronic health records within the physician’s workflow where it’s needed most: at the point of care. Clients receive timely, relevant information, and prompts for diagnosis, education and patient follow-up. Visit us at www.sandlotsolutions.com for more information. Follow Sandlot Solutions on Twitter@sandlotsolution.

February 21, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS Analytics to launch global Continuity of Care Maturity Model

Burlington, VT (February 20, 2014) – HIMSS Analytics is pleased to introduce the Continuity of Care Maturity Modeltm, a global model that addresses the importance of information exchange, care coordination, interoperability, patient engagement and analytics with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management.

For the purpose of this model, continuity of care is concerned with the integration, coordination, sharing and usage of information between providers, government, individuals and others resulting in enhanced care delivery and improved patient outcomes.

With seven stages that align with the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Modelsm (EMRAM), this model evaluates technology implementation and usage, data collection and analytics, and patient empowerment in optimizing clinical and financial outcomes.

HIMSS Analytics will be hosting a session during annual conference on Tuesday, February 25th at 8:30 a.m. During this session, John Hoyt, HIMSS Analytics Executive Vice President, will:

  1. Detail the seven stages and associated criteria of this new HIMSS model and how it can drive transformation in individual and regional health systems globally.
  2. Describe how the model demonstrates the effective use of IT with care coordination, patient/consumer engagement, information exchange, interoperability, analytics and the overall management of the health of individuals and populations.
  3. Discuss how to optimize outcomes for health systems and patients through alignment with this model.

“We are excited to be able to present the industry with a maturity model that encompasses a holistic approach to healthcare,” said Hoyt. “This is the direction the market is headed and we are happy to provide a tool healthcare delivery organizations and governments can use to gauge their progress towards a more efficient care delivery approach.”

For more information or to add the education session to your calendar, visit http://www.himssconference.org/Education/EventDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=25295.

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 individual members, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporate members and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves global health IT communities with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

February 20, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Electronic Health Data Breaches Remain Primary Concern Despite Increased Use of Security Technologies and Analytics #HIMSS14

Hospitals and physician practices show progress in securing patient information, but security breaches and medical identity theft still raise concerns

CHICAGO (February 19, 2014) – Results of the 2013 HIMSS Security Survey show that, despite progress toward hardened security and use of analytics, more work must be done to mitigate insider threat, such as the inappropriate access of data by employees. Although federal initiatives such as OCR audits, Meaningful Use and the HIPAA Omnibus Rule continue to encourage healthcare organizations to increase the budgets and resources dedicated to securing patient health data, in the previous twelve months, 19 percent of respondents reported a security breach and 12 percent of organizations have had at least one known case of medical identity theft reported by a patient.

The 2013 HIMSS Security Survey, supported by the Medical Group Management Association and underwritten by Experian® Data Breach Resolution, profiles the data security experiences of 283 information technology (IT) and security professionals employed by U.S. hospitals and physician practices. The data from respondents suggests that the greatest perceived “threat motivator” is that of healthcare workers potentially snooping into the electronic health information of friends, neighbors, spouses or co-workers (i.e., inappropriate data access).

Recognizing inappropriate data access by insiders as an area for which organizations are at risk of a security breach, there has been increased use of several key technologies related to employee access to patient data, including user access control and audit logs of each access to patient health records. On a related note, although more than half of the survey’s respondents (51 percent) have increased their security budgets in the past year, 49 percent of these organizations are still spending 3 percent or less of their overall IT budget on security initiatives that will secure patient data.

“Our collaboration with HIMSS for the sixth annual security survey has provided insight into the current state of security within provider organizations,” said Michael Bruemmer, Vice President for Experian® Data Breach Resolution. “Though progress is noticeable, it is critical that healthcare organizations put in place a comprehensive plan that addresses potential security threats – whether internal or external – to prevent electronic health data breaches and minimize the impact of a breach should one occur.”

Other key findings from the survey include the following:

  • 92 percent of organizations conduct a formal risk analysis.
  • 54 percent of organizations report having a tested data breach response plan; 63 percent of these organizations test their plan annually.
  • 93 percent of organizations indicate their organization is collecting and analyzing data from audit logs.
  • Healthcare organizations are using multiple means of controlling employee access to patient information; 67 percent of survey respondents use at least two mechanisms, such as user-based and role-based controls, for controlling access to data.

The survey also pinpoints shortcomings within the healthcare industry. Barriers to improving an organization’s security posture included budget, dedicated leadership and the following:

  • Organizations reported an average score of 4.35 regarding the maturity of the security environment (where 1 is not at all mature and 7 is highly mature).
  • Nearly half (49 percent) of the survey’s responding organizations are still spending 3 percent or less of their overall IT budget on security initiatives that will secure patient data.
  • 52 percent of the hospital-based respondents reported that they had a CSO, CISO or other full-time leader in charge of security of patient data.

“Healthcare organizations are increasingly deploying technologies to increase data security, but continued analysis is crucial in ensuring the proactive prevention of data breaches within hospitals and physician practices. Without these anticipatory measures, security of patient data will remain a core challenge within our nation’s healthcare organizations,” said Lisa A. Gallagher, BSEE, CISM, CPHIMS, FHIMSS Vice President, Technology Solutions, HIMSS.

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February 19, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

EHRs, ePrescribe, and a Snow Storm

“I DON’T WANT TO THINK WHAT THE ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE.”

BIRMINGHAM, AL — February 14, 2014 — With much of the East Coast dealing with unusually disruptive winter weather, a story out of Alabama shows just how much technology can help patients and medical professionals —  after hundreds of them were caught by surprise when a snow storm hit the South late last month.

“When the snow started falling outside The Kirklin Clinic, we had no idea it would become as bad as it did,” said Wendy Tissier, director of Clinical Informatics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System.

Many UAB staff, Tissier included, were among the thousands of people in Alabama unable to get home the night of the storm.  Staff stayed in the clinic overnight — some for multiple nights. More than 200 patients stayed as well.

Many patients and staff members were on prescriptions.  However, many thought they would be home that night and did not bring enough medication to outlast the storm. The UAB Health System uses Cerner technology in its hospitals and physician practices, which Tissier says made a big difference.

“Thankfully, we had electronic health records and a stocked pharmacy,” she said.  “We quickly looked up medications and dosages for our stranded patients and staff and were able to fill them for many in need.”

With the technology, patients were able to get needed medication in spite of the crippling storm.  “I don’t want to think what the alternative would be,” Tissier said.

Cerner Media Contact: Rebecca Gegg, (816) 982-7366  rebecca.gegg@cerner.com, Twitter: @CernerPhysician

University of Alabama- Birmingham Media Contact: Jim Bakken, (205) 934-3887,

mailto:jimb@uab.edu

 

February 18, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.