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

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

Stage 7 Award: HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 3, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Carolina Health System With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Kaiser Permanente System With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award honors ambulatory facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR

CHICAGO (January 22, 2015) – HIMSS Analytics recognized 350 Kaiser Permanente ambulatory clinics with its Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. The award represents Kaiser Permanente’s attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model™ (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.
 
Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. Stage 7 represents the highest level of EMR adoption and indicates a health system’s advanced electronic patient record environment.
 
During the third quarter of 2014, only 4.37 percent of the more than 27,000 U.S. ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.
 
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to be part of the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Awards since they first began recognizing hospitals in 2009. It’s a rigorous and highly sought after award that recognizes health care organizations for using EHRs at the highest level to improve quality of care, patient safety and process performance,” said Dick Daniels, interim chief information officer, Kaiser Permanente. “Today, all 350 of our eligible ambulatory clinics received the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. Kaiser Permanente is the largest group in that category. Add our 37 HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Hospital Awards and we feel confident that our EHR adoption is maximizing care delivery throughout our integrated delivery system.”
 
Kaiser Permanente currently serves approximately 9.5 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.
 
“Kaiser Permanente has clearly met and exceeded all criteria for an ambulatory Stage 7 organization. They have a complete electronic patient medical record with appropriate ubiquitous access to support patient care in all Kaiser Permanente facilities across the country,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “With world class analytics, Kaiser Permanente has shown the value of a very comprehensive EHR and the business and clinical analytics to improve care, quality, safety, and efficiency on a world class basis.”
 
Kaiser Permanente will be recognized at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition onApril 12-16, 2015, in Chicago, Ill.
 
Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the Stage 7 award.
 
About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.
 
HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
January 22, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Stanley Healthcare Is Transforming Patient Safety, Patient Security and Operational Efficiency with Market-Leading Enterprise Visibility Solutions

Stanley Healthcare’s RTLS Solutions Named the KLAS Category Leader

·      16 of the 17 Top Ranked Hospitals in the U.S. Leverage Stanley Healthcare to Achieve Operational Excellence

·      The Company Now Has More Than 17,000 Healthcare Customers Worldwide 

NEW ORLEANS (HIMSS13), March 4, 2013 – To kick off HIMSS13, Stanley Healthcare today unveiled its redefined and unified EcoSystem, which brings together market-leading healthcare solutions such as the AeroScout Real-Time Location System (RTLS), Hugs Infant Protection Solution, InnerSpace Storage Solutions and WanderGuard Wander Management – all provided by one trusted company. The company also announced that the recent Best in KLAS report named Stanley Healthcare’s solutions the Category Leader for RTLS for the second year in a row.*

Stanley Healthcare is working with more than 17,000 hospitals and long-term care organizations around the world to help transform safety, security and operational efficiency with its enterprise visibility solutions. Among its customers are 16 of the 17 best hospitals in America as ranked by US News & World Report for 2012-2013.

“We’re extremely proud to have been named the KLAS Category Leader for RTLS again this year and to count almost all of the top ranked hospitals in the United States as clients,” said Bert Davis, President of Stanley Healthcare. “For them and for all of our worldwide customers, we continue to evolve the Stanley Healthcare EcoSystem to serve healthcare organizations’ most pressing needs with innovative and integrated products and solutions.”

Stanley Healthcare’s robust offerings address five critical priorities for a healthcare organization and transform departments enterprise-wide:

Clinical Operations & Workflow – operating room, emergency department and clinic patient flow solutions, as well as staff workflow offerings to improve operational efficiency, optimize workflow and enhance the patient experience

Environmental Monitoring – Wi-Fi-based temperature and humidity monitoring solutions to free up valuable clinician time, facilitate regulatory compliance and help ensure optimal conditions for safe patient care

Patient Safety – fall management, automated hand hygiene monitoring and wireless nurse call solutions to automate and improve processes that support patient safety initiatives

Security & Protection – infant protection, pediatric security/elopement, wander management, staff security and facility security solutions to help protect at-risk patients, long-term care residents and staff

Supply Chain & Asset Management – asset tracking and management, supply chain management and storage solutions to reduce costs, improve utilization rates and help ensure availability of supplies and equipment for optimal patient care

More than 17,000 healthcare organizations worldwide, including over 5,000 acute care hospitals and 12,000 long-term care facilities, rely on Stanley Healthcare, making it one of the foremost providers of healthcare solutions in the world. In addition, the comprehensiveness of its portfolio is unrivaled in its core areas of focus: safety, security and efficiency. Its Wi-Fi Real-Time Location System (RTLS) has the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association, and the 2012 Best in KLAS report named Stanley Healthcare’s solutions the Category Leader for RTLS.

The prestigious Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report was released in December 2012 by KLAS®. A category leader designation is awarded to products and firms that are rated the highest in select market segments. In the report, Stanley Healthcare had the highest overall score in the RTLS category, which is calculated by using data from surveys gathered over 12 months. In addition to the number one ranking, 97 percent of Stanley Healthcare customers surveyed stated that they would “buy again” their RTLS solutions.

Stanley Healthcare’s impact is far reaching. The company helps protect more than 1.5 million infants every year and hundreds of thousands of senior residents, patients and staff. Billions of medical supplies and assets are managed and monitored. In addition, Stanley Healthcare helps its customers save hundreds of millions of dollars on asset costs and patient care.

Stanley Healthcare will be showcasing its solutions and customer case studies in its booth #8441, in the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion and in partner booths at the HIMSS13 conference in New Orleans, March 3 – 7, 2013.

*Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services, December, 2012. © 2012 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. www.KLASresearch.com

March 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

MedHOK Named Finalist for 2013 BizTech Innovation of the Year Award

TAMPA, Fla. – March 5, 2013 – MedHOK, which delivers industry leading actionable healthcare solutions for care, quality and compliance across an integrated cloud-based platform, has been named a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 BizTech Innovation of the Year Award. This recognition acknowledges MedHOK as an organization in the Tampa Bay area who continues to make substantial gains in the development, implementation and utilization of their technology across their entire enterprise, including their valued clients.
Finalists for the2013 BizTech Awards were determined by a distinguished panel of judges in the Tampa Bay business community. Winners will be announced on March 14, 2013 during the BizTech Innovation Summit awards luncheon.
“Developing a platform that meets the rapidly evolving needs of the healthcare industry and that utilizes the latest advances in technology and cloud-computing is at the center of all that we do,” said Anil Kottoor, president and CEO, MedHOK. “It is an honor to be named among the most innovate technology providers in the Tampa Bay region. It acknowledges the hard work that our team has put into developing and maintaining our integrated platform.”
MedHOK’s single platform for care, quality and compliance, provides insurance carriers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), accountable care organizations (ACOs) and integrated health networks with the tools they need to view patient information in real time and make it immediately available across the care continuum. By doing so in a manner that is meaningful to each end user, MedHOK’s platform creates actionable healthcare wherein individual providers and integrated delivery systems can proactively close care gaps, comply with federal and state regulations, enhance care management and improve Star, HEDIS® and other quality scores.
The unique Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model allows clients to rapidly deploy and easily maintain MedHOK’s scalable solutions, for lower up-front and ongoing costs. MedHOK’s software is fully NCQA-certified for HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management Performance Measures and compliance with CMS and State regulations, to ensure consistent application of rules and regulations.
 
About MedHOK
Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 23 million lives in production, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing PaaS (platform as a service) companies. Its integrated single platform for care management, quality and compliance helps health plans, PBMs, ACOs and public and private payers meet objectives across business lines by facilitating real-time information sharing with all stakeholders to address disease management and care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and quality and financial measures. MedHOK’s platfo rm holds 2013 HEDIS® certification and 2012 Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures certification.
I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Polycom Recognized as a 2012 Smart Work Excellence Company

Polycom Korea’s video-enabled work processes, faster decision-making and culture of video collaboration earns accolades from Korea Ministry of Public Administration and Security (MOPAS), supports government smart work initiatives

 

Seoul – March 4, 2013: Polycom, Inc(Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that it has been recognized as a Smart Work Excellence Company by Korea’s Ministry of Public Administration and Security (MOPAS) and National Information Society Agency (NIA).

The 2012 Smart Work Excellence Awards, held in Seoul on January 13, recognized companies who have adopted efficient and smart work cultures, with the aim of promoting MOPAS’ key mandate to support the Korean Government’s Smart Work Vitalization Strategy. Smart Work is a practice that focuses on maximizing efficiency and productivity in the workplace through the creation of a flexible work environment, in which employees have greater choice in when and where they do their work through the use of advanced technology solutions. Awardees had to successfully demonstrate improved productivity, competency, employee satisfaction, and overall cost reduction through the implementation of smarter working practices, which include innovative uses of video collaboration technology.

Polycom’s UC&C solutions, which include video and voice solutions for conference rooms to the desktop and mobile environments, enable employees to work from home and remotely to keep business operations running smoothly and create a highly collaborative environment that significantly improves learning, retention, trust and engagement, as well as overall productivity and efficiency. Polycom’s award-winning Seoul office utilizes the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform to power desktop, room and mobile video collaboration solutions for streamlined communication between local teams, regional headquarters in Singapore, and global headquarters in the U.S.

Video conferences with Polycom Korea teams are held daily and remote employees and travelling sales teams are able to participate in team meetings as easily as colleagues at the office, with the ability to present and share content over video.  Video collaboration helps Polycom Korea streamline operational costs, reduce travel expenses and enhance overall workplace productivity levels.

“Polycom Korea has created a flexible corporate culture by actively utilizing its own video conferencing solutions for efficient collaboration amongst remote teams, regardless of time or location,” said Dae-Jun Shin, country manager of Polycom Korea. “The Smart Work Excellence Company award proves that Polycom, as the global leader in unified communications and collaboration, is fully utilizing video collaboration to create a smart work culture,” he added.

About National Information Society Agency (NIA)

Since its establishment in 1987, NIA sowed the first seeds in an information barren land starting with the construction of the National Basic Systems (NBIS) and has for the past 18 years, continued in its efforts to solidify the foundation upon which Korea could transform itself into a nation strong in knowledge and information it has become today. As the agency responsible for the overall implementation and support of the information of the nation and society, NIA, building upon the knowledge and expertise accumulated over the years, will continue to bring new opportunities and possibilities offered by information technology to the nation and society by providing optimal methodologies and solutions to national agencies, local autonomies and public enterprises.

About the Korea Ministry of Public Administration and Security (MOPAS)

The Ministry of Public Administration and Security (MOPAS) assumes affairs related to national administration, government organizations, personnel management, e-government and disaster safety. Furthermore, MOPAS actively supports the local government in terms of local administration, finance, and regional development for the promotion of greater local autonomy. The International Administrative Development Center at MOPAS works closely with international organization and overseas governments in the field of development cooperation by providing policy advice and sharing Korea’s best administrative practices such as e-government and civil service training.

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment.  Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO.  Visit www.polycom.asia or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ZyDoc Expands NIH SBIR NLP Grant for EHR Usability Research Study to Other Facilities

Islandia, NY February 8, 2013 – ZyDoc, an Islandia, NY-based medical informatics company, has been awarded Phase I SBIR grant funding by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health for a study involving ZyDoc’s NLP-powered MediSapien™ knowledge management platform.  James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman of ZyDoc is the Principal Investigator (P.I.) for the project, entitled “Applying NLP to Free Text as an EHR Data Capture Method to Improve EHR Usability.” The study compares the documentation quality, efficiency, and user satisfaction resulting from a method of EHR data capture involving MediSapien NLP (natural language processing) with results from standard methods. ZyDoc was among only 16% of NLM grant applicants to be awarded funding in 2011. The $150,000 project is funded entirely from the grant and is a potential precursor to Phase II funding.

ZyDoc has received IRB approval from a prominent New York-area teaching hospital for the research study, and additional test sites are now being sought. Researchers at Columbia University will be participating in the study, which also measures the accuracy of ICD-10 coding generated by MediSapien NLP. Facilities interested in participating in the study, including public or private hospitals and physician groups, are invited to contact James Maisel at grant@medisapien.com.

MediSapien was launched at the HIMSS Annual Conference in February 2012 expanding the ZyDoc family of documentation and knowledge management solutions featuring NLP-powered generation of structured codes from unstructured text.  Those codes are formulated in industry standard HL7 CDA Level III R2 messages suitable for insertion in any ONC-certified EHR. MediSapien solutions are primarily marketed through its channel partner network, which includes EHRs, Billing and RCM providers, Analytics companies, and MTSOs. For EHR Channel Partners, MediSapien offers a value-added service to provide objective third-party usability evaluations. For clinician end-users, MediSapien can be utilized in conjunction with existing or planned EHR installations, and can facilitate compliance with Meaningful Use mandates.

“This is an exciting time for ZyDoc and MediSapien” explains Maisel. “While we prove out our solutions in the marketplace in 2013, the grant allows ZyDoc to scientifically measure the usability, efficiency and accuracy of MediSapien.  In the study, doctors will complete typical medical encounters with dictation vs. EHR data entry with keyboard and mouse.  The text will be inserted into the EHR along with the structured coded data extracted by MediSapien. The resultant EHR documentation will be analyzed by document experts and graded for accuracy and other parameters. The SBIR-funded study is a potential precursor to Phase II-funding.”

A research collaborator on the study, David Kaufman, PhD, formerly a research scientist at Columbia University and now at the University of Arizona, offers this perspective, “Although EHRs are promising tools for improving healthcare, it is widely known that the user experience is frequently suboptimal resulting in dissatisfaction and low rates of adoption. This is partly due to the fact that clinicians spend many hours interacting with unwieldy systems documenting patient records. MediSapien is a promising instrument that may serve to reduce the cognitive burden on clinicians and enable EHRs to be instruments of clinical communication and tools that can greatly enhance patient care.”

About ZyDoc and MediSapien

Based in Islandia, New York, ZyDoc is a national leading-edge medical knowledge management company founded in 1993 to develop medical informatics solutions. Under the leadership of James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman, the company has developed award-winning documentation and knowledge management solutions.  The e-transcription infrastructure and speech recognition solutions are now complemented by the disruptive enabling MediSapien NLP technology. The ZyDoc suite of tools can be assembled into seamless flexible solutions for documentation and knowledge management needs. Each award-winning, easy to use module offers the best-in-class performance and is designed to be seamless integrated in a scalable, interoperable, HIPAA secure customizable solution.   Cloud based ZyDoc solutions are always accessible and robust and offer enhanced capabilities for medical knowledge workers.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R43LM011165. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

February 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

New Health IT Innovation Awards Announced by NCHICA and Intel

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (February 7, 2013 ) — The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA) and Intel Corporation have announced a new series of  Health IT Innovation Awards to recognize outstanding applications of technology and unique approaches to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery within the United States. Three broad categories have been designated for award consideration: Information Technology, Informatics/Analytics, and Consumer Engagement.

“Intel has a long history of industry leadership and the development of game-changing technologies intended to spur innovation and enable realization of a trusted, integrated, people-centered healthcare system for the 21st century and beyond,” said Dan Rivera, area director, government, education and medical region, Intel Corporation.  “There is a breadth of innovation taking place and we look forward to highlighting these new and exciting technologies.”

“Through these awards, we seek to showcase innovations that accelerate the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system,” said Holt Anderson, executive director of NCHICA. “This fits with the mission of NCHICA, and we are proud to partner with Intel and other industry leaders on this important initiative.”

Nominations are due by March 8, 2013. Three finalists in each category will be selected by a panel of NCHICA members and other industry experts serving on the Awards Selection Committee. Nine finalists will be notified on March 29. The finalists will be recognized and the three winners will be announced and honored at a Gala Awards Celebration on May 7, 2013.  For further details and nominating criteria, visit http://www.nchica.org/HITNomination.pdf.

About NCHICA:

NCHICA is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to assisting NCHICA members in accelerating the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system through the effective use of information technology, informatics and analytics. Members include leading organizations in healthcare, research and information technology. For more information, visit www.nchica.org.

About Intel Corporation:

Intel brings its trademark innovation and game-changing technologies to the challenges facing healthcare in the 21st century. Independently and through strategic ecosystem partnerships, Intel helps enable trusted, community-based, customized care that improves outcomes, addresses costs, and drives global wellness. www.intel.com/healthcare

February 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Colorado Beacon receives Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award

Annual award honors CBC’s pioneering initiatives to transform health care delivery 

 

Grand Junction, Colo., Feb. 6, 2013–The Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC) is one of six teams of health care informatics pioneers to receive the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award. The award recognizes CBC’s efforts to share data and improve care management and care communications across a 17,500 square mile region of Western Colorado.

CBC, which operates with a cooperative agreement from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, an alliance of physician leaders, hospitals, a community-based health information exchange and a local payer, is strengthening existing IT infrastructure, advancing patient-centered primary care and creating a better system for patients, providers and the community. It develops, tests and executes new ways to improve health care while controlling costs. Its  2012 annual report and a video provide the backstory about how CBC fosters better health by meaningfully using health IT to transform care delivery.

“CBC’s success represents precisely what we had hoped to achieve through Beacon,” said Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT. “We recognized the hunger to do things differently, to make better use of data and technology to improve patient care. Now, CBC has shown us how to accomplish that, demonstrating how health care organizations can improve population health through the use of health IT.”

The award recognizes how CBC uses an advanced regional health data architecture (through the Quality Health Network) to deploy a decision-support tool, Archimedes IndiGO, across multiple, independent primary care sites with different EHRs throughout Western Colorado. CBC will be able to perform data analytics across a base of more than 55,000 patients by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

“We are honored to receive this award; it recognizes the value of bringing clinical and administrative data together in one place–at the point of care–to more closely correlate quality with outcomes and value,” said CBC Executive Director Patrick Gordon. CBC’s success offers lessons for communities with independent care providers. “We can collaborate across multiple independent organizations and still achieve community goals and population-level impact. This isn’t corporate health care integration; rather, we are working to show what integration can look like when it is created on a community basis.”

A profile of CBC’s efforts appears in the February issue of Healthcare Informatics, and the winning teams will be honored at the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Reception March 4, 2013, in New Orleans during the annual HIMSS Conference. To learn more about the award, read the FAQs here.

CBC’s undertaking represents a convergence of advanced population health analytics, risk stratification, targeted clinical interventions and patient activation in a single architecture. The effort supports truly patient-centered care. The patient-facing component of IndiGO aligns with the active promotion of new skills (e.g., motivational interviewing) and measures (e.g., a Patient Activation Measure), in comprehensive primary care models. CBC-region physicians report that the use of IndiGO in patient encounters has resulted in improved patient medication adherence and behavior change, as well as more effective shared decision-making.

Communities that want to replicate CBC’s success must act. Gordon offered two pieces of guidance: “Perfect is the enemy of the good,” and “Waiting is wasting.”

He continued: “Had we waited for perfect interoperability standards and vendor solutions to emerge, we would not be receiving this award today. The imperative is for immediate action, amid incomplete insights and solutions within the industry.”

About the Colorado Beacon Consortium

The Colorado Beacon Consortium is made up of executive-level representation from four mission-driven, not-for-profit, Western Colorado-based organizations, all of which have nationally acknowledged track records of coordination to achieve superior outcomes. They are Mesa County Independent Physicians’ Practice Association, Quality Health Network, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The Colorado Beacon Consortium’s mission is to optimize the efficiency, quality and performance of our health care system, and integrate the delivery of care and use of clinical information to improve community health. The geographic focus of the Consortium’s activities includes the Colorado counties of Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Garfield, Gunnison, Pitkin and Rio Blanco. To learn more, visit www.coloradobeaconconsortium.org.

 

February 11, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Two Intelligent InSites Customers Win Intelligent Hospital Awards

US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 (VISN 11) and Group Health Cooperative recognized by the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) and Intelligent Hospital.org for their leadership in advancing healthcare by integrating advanced healthcare technology solutions


Fargo, ND – February 1, 2013 –
Intelligent InSites, Inc., the leading provider of real-time operational intelligence in healthcare, has announced that two of its customers have been recognized as Intelligent Hospital Award winners for 2013, presented by the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) and Intelligent Hospital.org.

According to Dr. Paul Frisch, President and CTO of the RFID in Healthcare Consortium, “The objective of the Intelligent Hospital Awards is to highlight the changing healthcare patient environment and recognize those who are advancing healthcare by integrating advanced technologies, such as auto-ID, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors and wireless along with point-of-care information delivery and communications devices.”

Improving Regulatory Compliance was awarded to US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 (VISN 11) and Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System Sterile Processing Services (VAAAHS SPS). The recipients are VAAAHS SPS Chief, Robin McLeod and VISN 11 Biomedical Engineering Point of Contact, Michael McDonald (Indianapolis, IN).

Most Innovative Use Case was awarded to Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, WA). The award will be received by Donnell Coomes, Enterprise Project Management, Senior Project Director.

Award recipients have been invited to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Conference and Exhibition to participate in the Intelligent Hospital Awards Ceremony, which will be held March 4, 2013, at 5:30pm in Booth 8711. During the event, recipients will be honored, and the 2013 RHCC/Intelligent Hospital Grand Award will be announced.

The judges for the first annual Intelligent Hospital Awards are as follows: University of California-San Francisco Professor Donna Hudson; Georgia Tech Institute Professor Gisele Bennet; University of Wisconsin Distinguished Researcher Alfonso Gutierrez; and RFID 24-7 Journalist and Editor-in-Chief John Johnson.

The Intelligent InSites’ software platform—which collects and processes data, in real-time, from healthcare IT systems, electronic health records, nurse call systems, communications platforms, building management systems, and wireless sensory networks, including multiple RFID and RTLS hardware technologies—empowers multiple healthcare operations applications, including asset management, patient flow, bed management, environmental monitoring, infection control, surgical instrument tracking, rentals management, and consumable asset management, with real-time, actionable information. This ability to leverage real-time information across the enterprise enables healthcare organizations to improve operations and care delivery processes, resulting in more affordable care and improved patient satisfaction.

Healthcare providers can learn more about Intelligent InSites’ real-time healthcare platform at HIMSS13, March 3-7, in New Orleans, LA. Intelligent InSites can be found in booth #8025 and in the Intelligent Hospital pavilion.

About Intelligent InSites
Intelligent InSites helps transform healthcare operations with real-time operational intelligence that improves care, enhances the human experience, and increases efficiency. Through its open, flexible, secure, and scalable technology and business platform, Intelligent InSites automatically collects and processes data from any real-time location system (RTLS), environmental sensors, EHRs, building systems, and other healthcare IT systems, then delivers meaningful information to the right person, at the right time, on the right device. Intelligent InSites’ customers gain enterprise-wide visibility and insights for continuous process improvement, resulting in remarkable financial and quality of care outcomes. For more information, visit www.IntelligentInSites.com.

February 9, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.