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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.

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

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.

Defining the Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange

CHICAGO (September 9, 2014) – Even with many competitors within an industry, it is in the interest of all industry participants to have a core culture of functionality that is interoperable. With this philosophy in mind, The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange sets the transformational stage for healthcare reform with a strong connection between health information exchange and interoperable exchange of patient health data.
The newer model of sustainability would be supported by a realignment of financial and policy incentives to support HIE, according to the white paper. This approach shifts away from the current system of provider incentives to purchase and implement EHRs and toward rewarding those vendors and stakeholders within the health marketplace who actively design for interoperability and demonstrably prove its value in practice.
“The imperative of health information exchange is now, but in the drive to move from EHRs to information exchange, several tasks still lay ahead. 
“HIMSS envisions a world where we move from static data to a liquid interoperable future, but to advance interoperability toward this goal, there are still challenging tasks ahead. Many of these tasks will require consensus building within the healthcare industry and the development of new policies, laws and ideas that have not yet been conceived or imagined. 
“Each task toward recognizing the business value of HIE also requires an understanding of the problems of the current status quo within health information technology, and a change in the U.S healthcare system to a “culture” of interoperability.” 
The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange, p. 18
“This report serves as a primer on our country’s growing national focus on health IT, prompted by President Bush’s 2004 executive order declaring EMR availability by 2014.  It provides a history from where we’ve come and identifies the challenges ahead for HIE, healthcare integration and interoperability,” said HIE Community member Charlie Rogers, CEO, CoreHealth Technologies Inc.
 “While it is too early to say, initial indicators see interoperability and health information exchange bringing value to healthcare in terms of outcomes, quality, patient engagement and other factors that indicate the investment is paying off,” said  Keith Salzman, MD, IBM, and member of HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence community.
“The connection between health information exchange and interoperability continues as a primary focus for HIMSS through the Interoperability Showcase – held around the world each year – as well as our tools and resources on health IT standards and interoperability. This new white paper extends our vision of better health through IT and demonstrates support for the Office of the National Coordinator’s current 10-year vision of establishing interoperable health IT networks,” says Joyce Sensmeier MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS North America.
• Download the white paper on the HIMSS’ website.
• Watch a video on the HIMSS YouTube channel featuring John Loonsk, MD, FACMI, HIMSS Interoperability Maturity Model committee member, discussing the importance of adoption of interoperability and health IT.
About HIMSS
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.
HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing 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 this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
September 9, 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.

Caradigm Offers Healthcare Providers Unlimited Identity and Access Management with Guaranteed Go-Live Dates

One annual price for Single Sign-On or Provisioning covers software, services, maintenance and integration with an unlimited number of applications 

BELLEVUE, WA – Aug. 25, 2014 – Caradigm, a population health company, today announced new Identity and Access Management (IAM) offerings designed to make it easier for healthcare organizations to control access to applications and patient data, even as their workforces and IT environments rapidly grow and change.

Built exclusively for healthcare, Caradigm® Identity and Access Management (IAM) – including Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Provisioning – enables healthcare organizations to protect against increasing security and compliance risk by safeguarding patient health information.  At the same time, Caradigm IAM enables healthcare organizations to give clinicians rapid access to the applications and patient data they need to perform their jobs.

New offerings for both Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Provisioning include:

  • Subscription-based pricing: Healthcare providers now can choose to pay a simple yearly subscription fee for the software, services, and support needed to manage IAM, and align their solution with their evolving IT portfolio.

 

  • Unlimited applications: Subscriptions include integration to an unlimited number of applications.  This means organizations can continue to add applications into their IAM solutions after going live.  And, as an organization’s applications are upgraded, Caradigm will make any agreed-upon changes.

 

  • Guaranteed go-live: Caradigm offers a 100% guaranteed go-live date and scope for customers opting to follow Caradigm’s proven deployment methodology.

According to Jim Campbell, vice president of IAM for Caradigm, “With radical changes in healthcare, providers are facing unprecedented challenges in both protecting and speeding access to patient data. Our customers tell us they need simplified IAM solutions that easily adapt to their new realities – new alliances and partnerships, staff changes, and changes in IT environments. Thanks to our deep experience and advances in IAM, we’re delighted to offer customers a new level of flexibility in addressing these challenges head on.”

Caradigm’s IAM portfolio includes the following:

Caradigm Provisioning helps healthcare organizations protect against increasing security and compliance risk through role-based management of user identity. By codifying access and entitlement rights for the organization in a central repository, and by managing the creation, modification and termination of user access to clinical and core systems, Caradigm Provisioning helps organizations protect patient data while giving their clinicians rapid access to the applications and information they need.

Caradigm Single Sign-On (SSO) and Caradigm Context Management (CM) are designed to give clinicians faster access to healthcare applications and patient data while making it easier for organizations to protect patient privacy and system security. The solutions streamline workflows in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, automate management of clinical workstations and expedite compliance reporting. One-tap logoffs and timeouts eliminate the need for generic or shared credentials. Caradigm’s Privacy Auditor®, now included as an integral component in SSO and CM, provides a real-time audit trail of patient record access by user, application and location.

The new offerings are available immediately. Additional information about these offerings can be obtained by going to http://www.caradigm.com/en-us/contact-us/.

About Caradigm

Caradigm USA LLC is a healthcare analytics and population health company dedicated to helping organizations improve care, reduce costs, and manage risk. Caradigm analytics solutions provide insight into patients, populations, and performance, enabling healthcare organizations to understand their clinical and financial risk and identify the actions needed to address it. Caradigm population health solutions enable teams to deliver the appropriate care to patients through effective coordination and patient engagement, helping to improve outcomes and financial results. The key to Caradigm analytics and population health solutions is a rich set of clinical, operational, and financial data delivered to healthcare professionals within their workflows in near-real time. This data asset serves as the foundation for a growing number of innovative healthcare applications developed by Caradigm and industry partners, providing rapid incremental value to customers. Visit: www.caradigm.com.

August 25, 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.

New York eHealth Collaborative, Coordinator of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, Achieves DirectTrust.org/EHNAC Accreditation

Direct Trusted Agent accreditation ensures NYeC’s adherence to data processing standards and compliance with security infrastructure, integrity and trusted identity requirements

New York – The New York e-Health Collaborative (NYeC) – which is coordinating development of New York’s electronic health records network , known as the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY) – announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project.

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated the New York eHealth Collaborative in areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as it relates to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations like the New York eHealth Collaborative establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders,” said Lee Barrett, Executive Director of EHNAC. “The need in the marketplace for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, and we applaud the New York eHealth Collaborative’s commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality.”

“We’re very pleased to receive full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York e-Health Collaborative. “This achievement is a critical step forward in supporting our ability to provide New Yorkers with fast and secure access to their electronic health records, anywhere and anytime.”

The New York e-Health Collaborative (NYeC) is coordinating the development of New York’s electronic health records network, known as the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY). The SHIN-NY will be an innovative public network designed to give doctors and patients fast and secure access to their electronic health records no matter where they are in the state. NYeC has helped put New York at the forefront of health innovation, making NY the first large state in the country to appropriate public funding to build a network of widely accessible electronic health records of this kind.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York(SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. www.nyehealth.org.

About DirectTrust.org

DirectTrust.org is a non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including HISPs, CAs and RAs, doctors, patients, and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC.

DirectTrust.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visitwww.directtrust.org.

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, medical billers, outsourced services, e-prescribing solution providers and direct trusted agents.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact info@ehnac.org. Connect with EHNAC on TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Facebook.

June 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.

Final State Budget Funds New York’s Electronic Health Records System

NEW FUNDING WILL EMPOWER MILLIONS OF NY DOCTORS AND PATIENTS TO TAKE FULL CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH BY PROVIDING THEM WITH FAST AND EASY ACCESS TO THEIR RECORDS ANYWHERE IN THE STATE

New York, NY – Today, the New York State Legislature voted to support New York’s electronic health records system – known as the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY).  The final New York State Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget includes $55M in State funding for the SHIN-NY, which will go towards building an innovative, public network in New York designed to give doctors and patients instant access to their complete health records, anywhere and anytime. New York has been at the forefront of health innovation and will now be the first large state in the country to build a public network of interconnected electronic health records of this kind.

“We are thankful that Governor Cuomo, Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, the New York State Assembly led by Speaker Silver, and the Senate led by co-Leaders Skelos and Klein, have authorized critical funds in the final budget for building New York’s electronic health record system,” said Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York eHealth Collaborative, which coordinates activities for the SHIN-NY. “The SHIN-NY already provides thousands of healthcare providers with access to millions of patient records daily and we are starting to see game changing shifts in efficiency, cost and quality of care through its usage.  Now is the time for us to get every aspect of the healthcare system, including the patient engaged.

“The New York eHealth Collaborative and the 10 Regional Health Information Organizations across New York look forward to working closely with the State to assure that this life-saving investment serves the hundreds of hospitals, thousands of healthcare providers and millions of people receiving health care in New York.”

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, the state Commissioner of Health, called the SHIN-NY a major initiative toward the transformation of New York’s health care delivery system. “Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the citizens of New York are the real winners today with the funding of the SHIN-NY,” Shah said. “We are giving them back the health data that is rightfully theirs. Ultimately, having that data will enable them to make the health care decisions that will lead to better health.”

The majority of the funding for the SHIN-NY in the budget will go towards interconnecting the SHIN-NY’s ten regional health information organizations (RHIOs) – hubs of electronic health records scattered throughout the state – and increasing doctor and patient participation in the network.

In addition to transforming patient care in New York, implementation of the SHIN-NY will also promote economic development, lower state healthcare costs and enhance overall public health.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. www.nyehealth.org & @NYeHealth.

April 25, 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.

30+ New York Health IT Executives Call for State Legislature to Fund Statewide Health Information of New York (SHIN-NY)

Powerful NY Entrepreneurial Companies Lend Public Support to the SHIN-NY

NY Companies Agree that Governor’s Funding for the SHIN-NY will Transform NY into Nation’s Leading Hub for Health IT Innovation + Create 1,500 New Jobs

New York – Today, 33 top New York Health IT investors and entrepreneurs signed a public letter to New York legislators, urging their support for Governor Cuomo’s $65 million funding proposal for the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY).

“By funding the SHIN-NY,” the letter notes, “New York has the opportunity to lead the nation as the first large state to implement a statewide health information exchange that is not tethered to specific healthcare providers.”

By modernizing New York’s system of electronic health records, the letter adds that “the SHIN-NY is poised to attract new technology companies and jobs” to New York’s fast-growing Health IT sector and “is expected to create over 1,500 new jobs across New York State over the next five years.”

The SHIN-NY is a secure and interconnected system of electronic health records that will improve healthcare for all New Yorkers by ensuring that doctors and patients have instant access to their health records, anywhere and anytime. The majority of the Governor’s proposed funding will go towards interconnecting the SHIN-NY’s ten regional health organizations (RHIOs) throughout the state, which are currently silo-ed, and increasing provider participation in the network. The State Legislature will need to approve the Governor’s funding for the SHIN-NY by March 31st.

In the letter, the 33 companies agree that the SHIN-NY is a “forward-thinking investment” and encourage New York legislators to approve the funding in upcoming budget negotiations.

The 33 local, New York State companies that have signed the letter in support of the SHIN-NY include: Start Up Health, OpenmHealth, YingoYango, New Leaf Venture Partners, TenElevenGroup, Meditech, MedCPU, Medent, Netsmart, ManaHealth (Winner of  NYeC’s Patient Portal Design Challenge), J2Interactive, Innovative Solutions, Hinext (Creator of Treat), Fitango, ExactData, BioDigital, ActualMeds, Chenoa Information Services, CipherHealth, eCaring, CredSimple, CureMD, Cureatr, NextGen Healthcare, Remedy, RightCareSolutions, RipRoad,  TalkSession, Luminary Labs, SpectraMedix,  SpotMe, Health Recovery Solutions and Key Management Group.

In addition to these New York State companies, 17 other Health IT companies with strong New York businesses have signed the letter, supporting the SHIN-NY as a key investment that will bring more jobs to the state.

The full list of the letter’s signers is included below.

The SHIN-NY is coordinated by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). The network will be overseen by the New York State Department of Health and will be governed by federal HIPAA and State privacy and security policies and standards.

 

Full Text of Letter: Read more..

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.