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Kaufman Hall Announces Acquisition of Axiom EPM, Extending Industry Leading Consulting and Software Capabilities for Financial Performance Management

Transaction Combines Industry Expertise and Innovative Cloud Software Capabilities for Advanced Planning, Modeling, Analysis and Reporting in Healthcare, Banking and Higher Education

April 23, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Kaufman Hall, the leading provider of strategic financial consulting services and software tools to healthcare organizations, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Axiom EPM, a Portland, OR-based private software company recognized for delivering sophisticated, flexible performance management solutions used by leading organizations in sectors including healthcare, higher education and banking.

Terri Wareham, Kaufman Hall CEO, said the combination of Kaufman Hall and Axiom “creates a single company with unmatched expertise and experience in data-driven analysis to transform financial, operational and strategic planning.”

“As companies today struggle with critical business decisions, it is particularly difficult for them to assess and quantify the strategic and financial impact of plans, scenarios and actions,” Wareham noted, “especially in sectors such as healthcare, higher education and banking, where regulatory challenges, revenue pressures and rapidly changing market conditions make strategic decisions and resource allocation so challenging.“

Peri Pierone, Axiom EPM CEO, noted that “Our combined strength is built on the unique synergy of industry-leading consulting expertise and innovative software.Kaufman Hall’s consulting expertise and established software install base, combined with Axiom’s advanced planning and decision-support capabilities, delivered via cloud or on premise, create an organization that meets clients’ needs today and into the future.”

Pierone added “We are also thrilled about the solid foundation for significant growth created by our two powerful blue chip portfolios. Kaufman Hall’s breadth in consulting in healthcare is complemented by Axiom’s significant experience in creating innovative planning and cost accounting software solutions used by major healthcare organizations. The synergies form a solid core that is further enhanced by Axiom’s expertise and proven software solutions for organizations in higher education, banking and other sectors.”

The combined company will be positioned to broaden its base of business via Axiom’s multi-sector portfolio and to extend, as appropriate, Kaufman Hall’s consulting expertise into new industry sectors. Similarly, Kaufman Hall’s industry-leading presence in healthcare will create significant opportunities for utilization of Axiom’s already in-market tools such as cost accounting and service line analytics that are absolutely critical for healthcare providers dealing with the challenges of health system reform.

Both companies have a proven track record of superlative client service and satisfaction. Pierone said “As a combined entity, we have achieved 100 percent implementation success and a client retention rate in excess of 97 percent over the past 10 years – numbers that speak for themselves and are unheard of in this industry.”

The Axiom EPM brand will continue and operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaufman Hall. Current employees and offices will be retained and targeted hiring plans will be put in place to serve increased market demand for performance management software and services. There will be no changes to existing contracts for current Kaufman Hall or Axiom EPM customers and partners. There will also be no changes for current clients in terms of customer support for existing solutions and technology.

“Our top priority is, and has always been, client satisfaction,” commented Wareham. “This strategy is all about extending the value and capabilities that we can provide our clients to help them achieve outstanding financial performance.”

William Blair and Company of Chicago acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Kaufman Hall.  Vista Point Advisors, a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Axiom EPM.

About Kaufman Hall

Since 1985, Kaufman Hall has been a leading software provider and advisor to hospitals and health systems, helping them incorporate proven methods into their strategic and financial management processes and consistently achieve their goals. We contribute to our clients’ success by providing the industry’s most advanced offering of integrated management solutions, which includes consulting services and software tools designed to facilitate and sustain organizational improvement. More than 600 hospitals and health systems across the country use Kaufman Hall software to help plan and manage their operations. To learn more, please visit www.kaufmanhall.com.

About Axiom EPM

Founded by industry leaders with over two decades of experience in enterprise planning and reporting, Axiom EPM provides sophisticated, flexible performance management solutions that empower finance professionals to analyze results, model the future and optimize organizational decision making. Solutions for budgeting and forecasting, reporting and analytics, strategy management, consolidations, capital planning, profitability and cost management are delivered on a single unified platform. Axiom EPM embraces and extends familiar Microsoft Excel® functionality, allowing finance professionals to manage data in a familiar environment – while providing unmatched modeling flexibility and enterprise performance.

April 23, 2014 I Written By

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

Napier Healthcare Partners MGroup for the Middle East

Napier Healthcare and MGroup Collaborate to Bring World Class Healthcare Solutions to the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia 

Singapore, April23, 2014–Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, today announced a strategic partnership with MGroup to bring world class Healthcare Information Technology solutions to healthcare providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This collaboration authorizes MGroup to market and distribute Napier’s robust, feature-rich and easy to deploy solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hospitals that are looking to raise the bar on improving their clinical and non-clinical areas of hospital operations can now rely on Napier Healthcare and MGroup fraternity to drive innovative healthcare delivery models with complete visibility and control over costs.

“The healthcare sector in the Gulf Corporation Council is one of the most promising, with a projected growth rate of 11.4% from 2010 to reach USD$43.9 billion in 2015. There is a rapid increase in healthcare providers coming to us for technologies to help them transform their hospital operations – from streamlining of workflow and reducing medical errors to capturing clinical information and providing analytical insights,”  said Karthik Tirupathi, CEO of Napier Healthcare. “This strategic partnership with MGroup aligns with our expansion strategy and growing commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s healthcare market.”

A well-recognized organization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, MGroup brings to Napier Healthcare an extensive distribution network and proven track records in project consultancy and implementation over the last two decades. Established in 1981 with its corporate office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, MGroup is a holding company with businesses focusing on Telecommunication, Information Technology, Mobile, Security & Defense and Construction.

“MGroup has always been committed to provide comprehensive solutions in multiple sectors. This strategic partnership with Napier Healthcare will enhance our customer offering and add value to MGroup’s overall portfolio. With Napier’s experience and deep domain knowledge in the healthcare sector, we can now confidently engage hospitals here with a world class solution that can help them sustain growth, improve quality and provide better and faster customer service” said Eng. Riyadh Aladel, CEO of MGroup.

Napier Healthcare prides itself with a repository of best business practices gained over the last 17 years from over 70 installations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Napier Healthcare’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards, such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and emerging next generation solutions in Mobility, Home Care and Telemedicine. This strategic partnership will increase MGroup’s offerings to healthcare providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provides an immediate reach to Napier Healthcare’s complete suite of innovative solutions that address the end-to-end Information Technology needs of a healthcare provider.

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About Napier Healthcare -

With Napier’s Healthcare solutions, hospitals can run their end-to-end operations with complete visibility and control over costs. The Mobility, Analytical and Home Care solutions offered by Napier are today powering innovative healthcare delivery models worldwide. Established in 1996, Napier’s software and services has helped midsized, large private and public sector hospitals transform the way they capture clinical information, streamline workflow, reduce medical errors and provide analytical insights. Headquartered in Singapore with presence in USA, India, Middle East and Africa, Napier’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and ISO 9001:2008. For more information, visit www.napierhealthcare.com.

About M Group -

M Group is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is a holding company with businesses focusing on, Telecommunication, Information Technology, Mobile, Security & Defense, Construction and Healthcare. MGroup established in 1981 is today is a well-recognized organization in the Saudi Arabian market assisting businesses to operate more efficiently and produce more value through the vast experience of the executed projects, MGroupis always determined to enable organizations in order to better manage their business strategies and day-to-day operations. M GROUP helps organizations to sustain growth, improve quality, and provide better and faster customer service. For more information, visit http://mgroup.sa/en/

I Written By

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

The Personal Connected Health Alliance Launches with Goal to Improve Health and Wellness through Connected Technologies

Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS partner to enable individuals to better manage their health and wellness, anytime and anywhere

WASHINGTON D.C. – (APRIL 17, 2014) – The Personal Connected Health Alliance, an international non-profit organization established by Continua Health AlliancemHealth Summit and HIMSS to represent the consumer voice in personal connected health, formally launched today. PCHA will build upon the global reach, leadership and resources of its founding organizations, to ensure that personal connected health technologies, such as smartphones, mobile apps, sensors and personal health tracking devices, are user-friendly, secure and can easily collect, display and relay personal health data. The Alliance’s work will generate greater awareness, availability and access to plug-and-play consumer-friendly personal health technologies that empower people to better manage their health and wellness, anytime and anywhere, in an increasingly connected world.

“As healthcare delivery evolves and brings care beyond hospital walls to where we live, work, learn and play, individuals are being called upon to engage more intimately with their own health and wellness,” said Jeremy Bonfini, Executive Vice President, PCHA. “The Personal Connected Health Alliance aims to facilitate the development and widespread availability of user-friendly personal health devices, mobile apps, sensors and other connected health technologies, putting consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to their own health.”

The mission of PCHA is to promote the adoption, standardization and appropriate regulation of personal connected health devices and systems in order to empower individuals to better manage their health and wellness from anywhere, at any time, with stronger links between consumers, their social networks and providers. Additionally, PCHA aims to nurture the technology ecosystem necessary to facilitate “big data” in healthcare. PCHA will continue to develop and publish industry standards for interoperability of personal connected health devices, via the Continua Design Guidelines and certification programs.

“Our Board of Directors is very pleased to join with mHealth Summit and HIMSS to create a strong and dynamic voice to advance personal connected health technologies,” added Clint McClellan, Board President Chair, Continua Health Alliance. “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, recently ratified the Continua family of standards as the defacto global connected health standard for plug-and-play interoperability to create an easily accessible, user-friendly and secure network of personal connected health devices and systems. We are currently working with governments around the world, including Denmark, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and the UK, that are developing implementation plans for groundbreaking national connected health initiatives for their citizens based on Continua’s Design Guidelines.”

The Personal Connected Health Alliance will unite the continuum of care across the healthcare ecosystem, and bring together a unique combination of domestic and global expertise, along with resources focused on personalized health solutions that meet individuals’ lifestyle needs. Each participating organization – Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS – will bring a unique perspective to the Alliance, providing a holistic view and approach to promoting the advancement of healthcare technologies that focus on consumers.

“The Personal Connected Health Alliance, in cooperation with the mHealth Summit and Continua, will continue driving the industry forward by generating a new knowledge base around the personal connected health space, providing a strong and united voice on policy, regulatory issues and government relations, and advancing education and awareness for the widespread adoption of personal connected health technologies,” said Rich Scarfo, Vice President, Personal Connected Health Alliance  and Director, mHealth Summit. “The mHealth Summit – the industry’s leading event focused on mobile and personal health topics – will continue to provide an important platform for the industry, and will be expanding its presence to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.”

To learn more about the Personal Connected Health Alliance, visit: www.pchalliance.org.

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About the Personal Connected Health Alliance

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), a global, non-profit organization, is a collaboration between Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS, focused on engaging consumers with their health via interoperable personalized health solutions that meet their lifestyle needs. PCHA is an independent HIMSS organization, combining the dynamic membership and expertise of Continua, and the networking and reach of the mHealth Summit and global mhealth events, with the global access and leadership of HIMSS to bring greater focus on personal connected health technology. Representing the consumer voice in personal connected health, PCHA brings together a unique combination of domestic and global resources focused on personalized health solutions that meet the needs of consumers throughout their lives. Visit www.PCHAlliance.org.

About Continua Health Alliance

Continua Health Alliance (Continua), an international not-for-profit industry group, is the leading organization convening global technology industry standards to develop end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity for personal connected health. Continua is dedicated to the development of Design Guidelines and test tools to expedite the deployment of personal connected health devices and systems that will empower information-driven health self-management and facilitate the incorporation of health and wellness into the day-to-day lives of individuals. Continua is a pioneer in establishing standards-based guidelines and security for connected health technologies such as sensors, remote monitoring devices, tablets, gateways and smart phones as well as networked and cloud solutions through its Guideline releases. The Alliance’s activities include a certification and brand support program, events and collaborations to support technology and clinical innovation, and outreach to employers, payers, governments and care providers. With over 200 member companies reaching across the globe, Continua’s Board of Directors feature leading technology, medical device and health care industry leaders and service providers: Fujitsu, Intel, Oracle, Orange, Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health, Philips, Qualcomm Life, Roche Diagnostics, Samsung Electronics, Sharp and UnitedHealth Group. For more information visit: www.continuaalliance.org.

About the mHealth Summit

The 2014 mHealth Summit, the global convener of the expanding mobile health ecosystem, explores the disruptions, challenges and opportunities of the expanding integration of mobile and wireless technologies into the healthcare system, and in consumer and patient engagement, for the delivery of better health outcomes. The 6th Annual mHealth Summit will take place December 7-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Focusing on four fundamental platforms – technology, business, research and policy, the mHealth Summit is presented by HIMSS, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the mHealth Alliance and the Foundation for the NIH. For more information, visit www.mhealthsummit.org; and follow at @mhealthsummit or #mHealth14.

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.

April 22, 2014 I Written By

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

Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Selects Sandlot Solutions to Support Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care Initiative

New technology platform will aid a company-wide initiative to improve quality and care coordination across all facilities.

DALLAS and NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 14, 2014 - Sandlot Solutions, a leading community health interoperability and analytics provider, today announced the beginning of a five-year contract with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI), a nonprofit corporation providing comprehensive care for patients with kidney disease.  Sandlot’s health information technology solutions will help DCI achieve effective clinical interoperability. The ability to exchange clinical data and share information across health systems will enable DCI to deliver exceptional care management and improved patient outcomes.  A certified Medicare dialysis provider operating in 28 states, DCI will implement two Sandlot modules, Sandlot Connect, for comprehensive data gathering and exchange, and Sandlot Dimensions, which combines a data warehouse with business intelligence tools.

“We are honored to partner with Sandlot Solutions to improve the coordination of care for our patients.  Currently many providers often operate in separate silos and are unable to see the care given by other providers to patients with kidney disease.  With our new partnership with Sandlot, different providers in each community will be able to obtain a better view of the overall care of patients with kidney disease and will be able to communicate in a secure manner as they partner to improve care for patients with kidney disease.  In addition, we will have the capacity to evaluate the cost of care and determine which of our new interventions are most effective at providing better care, at a lower cost to patients with kidney disease,” said Doug Johnson, MD, Vice Chairman of the DCI Board of Directors.

The technology solutions provided by Sandlot will also support DCI’s long-term goal of becoming a CMS ESRD Seamless Care Organization (ESCO).  ESRD patients make up 1.3% of all Medicare beneficiaries and nearly 7.5% of U.S. Medicare spending. This CMS initiative is designed to test new payment and service delivery models in order to achieve higher quality and more patient-centered care for the ESRD population.

Sandlot Solutions trustee, Fred L. Brown, 2014 inductee into Modern Healthcare’s Health Care Hall of Fame and Past Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation remarked: “I am delighted that Sandlot is working with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. to address the complex clinical challenges of patients who require essential dialysis treatment. Sandlot’s ability to create a comprehensive and longitudinal clinical view of a patient with kidney disease will undoubtedly lead to better care and quality of life.”

“Since its inception, DCI has been an innovator in the delivery of care to dialysis patients. DCI’s goal to become a CMS ESCO builds on this strong tradition and culture of quality improvement. At Sandlot, we are proud to partner with companies like DCI and see firsthand our technology’s role in changing healthcare. We look forward to working together to achieve DCI’s goals of better patient care and outcomes,” said Joseph Casper, CEO, Sandlot Solutions.

Sandlot Solutions and DCI began working together in March 2014. Today’s announcement marks the most recent collaboration between Sandlot Solutions and progressive healthcare providers, payers and accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve the health of patients and communities while also bending the healthcare delivery cost curve.

About Sandlot Solutions

Sandlot Solutions, founded in 2006, is a leading provider of clinical interoperability and community health management solutions focused on: the exchange of clinical and claims data across the care community, population data analytics and enhanced care coordination. Sandlot provides the tools and technology that enable healthcare organizations to improve the quality of care, understand and manage risk, reduce costs, and transition to new business models. The configurable technology streamlines data-sharing and provides physicians with actionable patient information and analytics, within their existing workflow through a proprietary digital envelope, including prompts to proactively address gaps in care at the point of care.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Sandlot Solutions is jointly owned by Santa Rosa Holdings Inc. and North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP). For more information, visit www.sandlotsolutions.com.

About Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

Started in 1971, DCI is a nonprofit provider, caring for patients with kidney disease.  We currently care for 14,000 patients on dialysis in more than 215 clinics in 28 states.  DCI is the only leading dialysis provider to have remained under its own control since its founding. DCI has been recognized 11 years in a row by an independent government survey, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), for having the lowest mortality and hospitalization ratios among national dialysis providers.  In addition, since inception DCI has allocated over $200 million to support research, education and other activities that benefit patients. Visit www.dciinc.org for more information.

April 14, 2014 I Written By

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

AOD Software Passes National ICD-10 Testing

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Validates Company’s ICD-10 Readiness

Fort Lauderdale, FL – March 20, 2014 – AOD Software, delivering the industry’s leading integrated software solution to long-term care providers, announced today the successful participation in the national ICD-10 testing by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with clean 999 ACK and 277CA claim detail reports. AOD is one of the first long-term care providers to pass the CMS ICD-10 testing.

AOD’s solution suite, Answers™, is composed of clinical, financial, operational and point of sale solutions, and AOD is focused on confirming that all relevant components are prepared for the migration to the ICD-10 code set. Such integration of solutions allows customers to increase productivity, reduce errors, cut costs and manage a practice without overwhelming confusion or concern about industry transitions.

“AOD is committed to providing our clients with the tools they need to successfully prepare for this transition,” said Charles George, CTO and VP of Research and Development. “Proactively participating in the national CMS testing was a priority, to help provide our clients with certainty that the product is ready. We want to help our clients approach the October 1st deadline with confidence. As with other regulations, we have focused on being on the leading edge of preparations so our customers are fully prepared, and the fact that Answers™ was the first Electronic Health Record to receive CCHIT® certification for LTPAC and achieve ONC-ATCB Modular Certification is another example of our forward-thinking to provide our clients with the best product and services within the industry.”

AOD aims to provide a seamless transition that is highly customizable to all customers’ needs. As part of that effort, ICD-9 codes will be available, along with the new ICD-10 codes, throughout the transition period. Embedded interactive mapping will provide codes for users, even when multiple codes are available for a specific case. AOD will continue to partner with its customers, providing educational tools and on-demand training, in order to make the process as seamless as possible.

To pass the ICD-10 test, two separate trials are performed by the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). First, the 999 ACK checks the file format (ASCx12) and the NPI (National Provider Identifier) header segments for HIPAA compliance. Before submitting the UB04 for payment, validity of 277CA transmission reports is checked. In this case, test files were submitted by the Live Oak team to the Medicare contractor, Novitas Solutions, Inc. As a result, AOD’s UB04 file format, with ICD-10 diagnosis codes, passed CMS testing criteria and was ready for payment.

About AOD Software

AOD is the industry’s leading provider of integrated clinical, financial, operational and point-of-sale solutions to long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities. With more than 45 modules, AOD’s software solution, Answers™, is the most comprehensive solution in the industry, offering single-point access to robust, enterprise-wide functionality, including electronic health records (EHR), MDS, care plans, assisted living, home health, human resources, billing, payroll and financials (general ledger, accounts payable, facilities management and donor development). The software suite is the industry’s only fully integrated system that maximizes the capabilities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), Skilled Nursing Home Facilities (SNFs), Independent Living, Rehabilitation and Home Health Agencies. For more information, please visit www.AODsoftware.com.

March 21, 2014 I Written By

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

FDB MedsTracker® Achieves 2014 Edition Modular EHR Health IT Certification from ICSA Labs

2014 Edition Certification Includes Ambulatory and Inpatient Settings

South San Francisco, CA – March 20, 2014 – First Databank (FDB), a leading provider of integrated drug knowledge, today announced the company’s medication reconciliation solution, FDB MedsTracker, has achieved 2014 Edition Ambulatory and Inpatient Modular EHR ONC Health IT Certification. The solution was certified on by ICSA Labs, an Office of the National Coordinator-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) and is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

This certification designates that FDB MedsTracker is capable of supporting healthcare providers with Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). FDB MedsTracker meets multiple criteria for Ambulatory and Inpatient Modular EHR ONC Health IT Certification, including medication reconciliation, clinical quality measures and e-prescribing. For a complete list of the criteria certified, please visit the FDB website.

“As Meaningful Use criteria evolve, so do the requirements for effective electronic clinical and medication reconciliation,” said Dewey Howell, MD, PhD, vice president of clinical applications, First Databank. “With this certification, our goal is to enable our customers to meet the requirements for some of the most challenging areas such as those for medication reconciliation, clinical quality measures and e-prescribing. We will now work together to develop an embedded solution so that our health information system partners can more easily integrate this medication reconciliation functionality within their systems.”

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers vendor-neutral testing and certification. 2014 Edition ONC Health IT Certification is awarded to those technologies that are capable of meeting the more rigorous testing criteria developed to support providers and hospitals with Stage 2 meaningful use, which focuses on the capability of health IT to deliver higher quality patient care and exchange clinical information securely.

Electronic medication reconciliation, previously a menu objective for Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements and deferred by more than 70% of eligible hospitals attesting for Stage 1, is now required for Stage 2. FDB MedsTracker has demonstrated immediate and measurable improvements in the medication reconciliation process. Notable advances reported by customers include increased accuracy of home medication lists; efficiency of discharge medication orders and electronic prescribing; reductions in missed medications, duplicate therapies, and incorrect dosing; and workflow efficiencies with measurable time savings for clinicians.

The additional software relied upon to comply with one or more of the certification criteria include the FDB MedKnowledge and FDB OrderKnowledge™ drug databases. Implementation of FDB MedsTracker may require an initial integration set-up fee and a yearly maintenance fee.

About FDB
FDB (First Databank), part of the Hearst Health network, is the leading provider of drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication care guidance category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visit www.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter andLinkedIn.

About Hearst Health
FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx HealthMCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 20 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

About ONC Certification
The ONC Certified HIT Technology program tests and certifies that Health IT technology is capable of meeting the 2014 Edition criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2014 Edition criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more — but not all — of the criteria.

About ICSA Labs
ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. ICSA Labs is NVLAP accredited as a Health IT Test Lab and is also an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) accredited by ANSI to ISO/IEC Guide 65. Visit http://www.icsalabs.comand http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

This Complete EHR/EHR Module is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. FDB MedsTracker v6 was certified on February 26, 2014.CHPL Product Number: 140032R00.

March 20, 2014 I Written By

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

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

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

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

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

Attendees to engage in many unique programs

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

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

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

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

About Medical Mastermind

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

I Written By

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About EDCO Health Information Solutions                                                  

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

For more information visit www.edcohealthinfosolutions.com.

About Saint Luke’s Health System

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

March 19, 2014 I Written By

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I Written By

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

New Course with Hands-On Training for EHR Proficiency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Medical Mastermind:

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

About 4Medapproved:

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

 

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

March 13, 2014 I Written By

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