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Pittsburgh Trauma Surgeons Use Google Glass for On-the-Spot Info

Monroeville, PA – Surgeons at the Forbes Hospital Trauma Center, part of the Allegheny Health Network, are exploring an innovative use of Google Glass technology, along with new software called Visual Info Zonal Reminder (VIZR), to assist in the care of critically injured patients.

Introduced in 2013, Google Glass is a wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display that provides information in a smartphone-like hands-free format. Wearers communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

Forbes’ trauma surgeons are among the first in the country to investigate use of the technology in the patient care setting. The initial application of Google Glass at Forbes will be the integration of prompts during trauma patient resuscitation based on checklists similar to those used in the aviation industry.

“With this new technology, surgeons will have hands-free, immediate access to critical information, checklists and reminders specific to injury categories that will greatly assist in our efforts to provide effective, timely care that saves lives,” said Christoph R. Kaufmann, MD, Trauma Medical Director, Forbes Hospital.

VIZR is being used exclusively at Forbes Hospital. The software features information on a wide range of traumatic injuries. For example, if a pregnant patient with injuries to the abdomen is in transport to the emergency department, the surgeon can voice command a checklist with crucial questions to ask the EMS upon arrival or even prior to arrival.

Once a patient program is initiated, a timer begins that provides important prompts and reminders to the trauma team every few minutes.

“This technology will also be useful during mass casualty events” Dr. Kaufmann said. The technology is meant to augment the surgical team’s skills and training, to serve as a time-saving resource, not replace the surgeon’s knowledge of what to do in a traumatic event.

The software was adapted from military-style checklists for triaging wounded in the battlefield to keep on track while caring for single or multiple patients with life-threatening injuries Google Glass also has promise as a tool to assist in the training of emergency and trauma specialists.

The Google Glass technology being used at Forbes has been modified so it does not record photos or videos in the hospital setting, ensuring that patient privacy is not compromised.

March 4, 2015 I Written By

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

Annual DataMotion Survey Reveals Shortfalls in Healthcare Security & Compliance Policy and Major Mobile Vulnerabilities

Email and File Transfer Poll Exposes Widespread Risks Still Taken By Employees;

Lack of Encryption for Email and Mobile Devices; Growth in Policy Development Undermined by Implementation Failure

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – March 4, 2015 DataMotion™, an experienced email encryption and health information service provider (HISP), today announced results of its third annual survey on corporate email and file transfer habits, revealing significant security risks. While companies in all industries increasingly have put security and compliance policies in place – nearly 90 percent of all respondents affirming that in 2014 (compared to 81 percent in 2013) – the growth is largely from healthcare entities. More than 97 percent from the industry report their organizations as having policies in place, compared to 90.4 percent in 2013. However, challenges remain for healthcare when it comes to implementing these, ranging from low employee comprehension to policy violations. Additionally, a lack of encryption, risks in mobile device usage and low awareness of Direct Secure Messaging (Direct) pose serious issues for the highly regulated industry.

DataMotion polled more than 780 IT and business decision-makers across the U.S. and Canada. In particular, the survey focused on individuals who routinely work with sensitive data and compliance regulations in a variety of industries including healthcare, financial services, education and government.

More than 300 respondents were from healthcare. Key insights/comparisons on the industry include:

  • Security & Compliance Policy: Gains Undermined by Implementation Failure

o    36 percent of healthcare respondents said within their entity, security and compliance policies are at most only moderately enforced.

o    81 percent of all respondents said employees/co-workers either occasionally or routinely violate these policies. While healthcare fared better, nearly 73 percent admitted the same.

o    Key to making policies work is ensuring employee comprehension. When asked if they thought employees fully understood these types of policies, more than a third in healthcare said no, just a slight improvement over those from other industries.

o    When asked about common reasons why policies are violated, 52.7 percent from healthcare said it was because employees were not aware of the policy or that they were in violation. Another 29.1 percent said employees didn’t understand policies. Most troubling,18.2 percent said policies were intentionally violated by employees to get their job done.

o    These healthcare findings raise a “red flag” whereas key to passing an HHS/OCR HIPAA audit is demonstrating implementation of policies.

  • Lack of Email Encryption, Mobile Dangers and the Direct Problem

o    Nearly a third of respondents across other industries reported they don’t have the capability to encrypt email. Healthcare posted only a slightly lower response; nearly a quarter of respondents saying the same.

o    80.8 percent of healthcare respondents affirmed they’re permitted to use mobile devices for email. Yet, of those that permit email on a mobile device and have encryption at their organization, 31.3% cannot send and receive encrypted email from their mobile client.

o    Direct – the secure, email-like protocol developed for healthcare – garnered news coverage throughout 2014. Nearly 42 percent of healthcare respondents said they’re unaware of Direct. And of those who are aware of Direct, 42 percent say their organization is not using the alternative to email encryption.

o    The widespread use of mobile devices in healthcare, coupled with a lack of encryption, creates a “perfect storm” for exposing sensitive data.

  • Business Associates and the Long Tail of HIPAA/HITECH

o    Almost 70 percent of respondents whose organizations have a business relationship with a healthcare entity process their protected health information (PHI). Yet, 28 percent said they were either not a Business Associate (BA) or were unsure if they were.

o    Of those processing a healthcare entity’s PHI, 40.5 percent had either not been asked to sign a Business Associate Agreement or were unsure if they had.

o    HIPAA regulations redefined BAs to include downstream entities. Many not previously impacted by HIPAA/HITECH now fall under its long tail. The above numbers show a lack of awareness, placing BAs and the healthcare entities they represent at risk for non-compliance.

“Though the survey shows year-over-year growth in the number of companies putting security and compliance measures in place, the widespread security risks occurring are of great concern,” said Bob Janacek, chief technology officer at DataMotion. “Particularly at a time when organizations have experienced serious data breaches, it’s essential for companies to have strong policies and ensure employees fully understand and follow these. While healthcare has made gains in policy development, it’s all for naught if implementation fails, especially in such a highly regulated industry.”

“These measures should be across the board, as the data shows a gaping hole in security when it comes to mobile devices – with many companies permitting their use but not taking into account their lack of email encryption capabilities,” added Janacek. “Hopefully, this data will provide organizations with a better understanding of what steps need to be taken to ensure security and compliance.”

To view the healthcare survey report, click here or visit: http://www.datamotion.com/get-datamotion-2014-survey-report-healthcare-secure-email-file-transfer-practices/.

For survey results across all industries, click here or visit: http://www.datamotion.com/get-datamotion-2014-survey-report-secure-email-file-transfer-corporate-practices/.

About DataMotion

Since 1999, DataMotion™ SaaS technology has enabled organizations of all sizes to reduce the cost and complexity of delivering electronic information to employees, customers and partners in a secure and compliant way. Ideal for highly regulated industries, the DataMotion SecureMail portfolio offers easy-to-use encryption solutions for email, file transfer, forms processing and customer-initiated contact. In the healthcare sector, DataMotion is an accredited HISP (health information service provider) of Direct Secure Messaging. TheDataMotion Direct service enables efficient interoperability and sharing of patient data across the continuum of care. DataMotion is privately held and based in Florham Park, N.J. For the latest news and updates, visit www.datamotion.com, follow DataMotion on LinkedIn or Twitter® @datamotion.

I Written By

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

Exostar & DocuSign Partner to Help Life Sciences and Healthcare Organizations Go 100% Digital

Integration Brings DocuSign DTM Platform and eSignature Solution to Exostar’s Life Sciences Identity Hub to Deliver Fast, Secure and Fully Compliant Digital Document Workflows to Exostar’s Rapidly Growing Community

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and HERNDON, VA – March 3, 2015 DocuSign, Inc. (DocuSign®), The Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management® (DTM), and Exostar, an innovative information technology company offering cloud-based solutions that enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, announced a new partnership to empower life sciences and healthcare organizations to automate manual, paper-based processes with faster, more secure, and fully-compliant all digital document workflows.

With DocuSign’s DTM platform and industry-leading eSignature solution integrated into Exostar’s Life Sciences Identity Hub, members of the Exostar community can accelerate critical business processes where documents are exchanged and completed, including clinical trial recruitment and reporting, writing and filling prescriptions, and more.

Exostar and DocuSign help organizations of all sizes collaborate in the digital world to accelerate speed to results with:

  • Increased Security and Compliance – Meet government, industry, and corporate regulations for privacy and security while capturing a legally binding audit trail for every transaction.
  • Reduced Costs – Eliminate the costs of printing, faxing, scanning and overnighting documents, physical document storage, and the manual rekeying of data from paper documents by going fully digital.
  • Improved Patient Outcomes – Accelerate clinical trials and other research and development initiatives to bring treatments to market faster while empowering administrators, healthcare providers, and patients to conveniently electronically sign anything, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Securely.

“Our partnership with DocuSign lets organizations and individuals in our life science and healthcare community access DocuSign’s innovative one account, one login eSignature solution,” said Daniel Pfeifle, Exostar’s vice president of sales and marketing.“DocuSign’s solution perfectly complements the one account, one credential, single sign-on user experience of our Life Sciences Identity Hub. As a result, Exostar community members now can DocuSign documents seamlessly, securely, and compliantly – anytime, anywhere, on any device – to truly unleash the power of collaboration across organizational and geographic boundaries.”

“We’re pleased to have healthcare and life sciences leader Exostar join The DocuSign Global Trust Network,” said Glenn Griffin, vice president of business development, DocuSign.“Exostar’s Life Sciences Identity Hub is a game-changer for the industry, enabling powerful collaboration to advance research, treatment and patient care. Our joint offering will further enable organizations large and small to develop new solutions for the market while protecting sensitive information, maintain compliance, and minimize cost.”

DocuSign offers bank-grade security and enterprise-grade reliability to empower businesses of all sizes to quickly, easily and securely sign, send, and manage transactions in the cloud. DocuSign is the only open, independent, xDTM standards-based platform for managing all aspects of documented business transactions. DocuSign delivers industry-leading identity management, authentication, forms/data collection, collaboration, workflow automation, digital and electronic signature, payment collection and document retention in the cloud.

Exostar’s Life Sciences Identity Hub is a cloud-based solution delivered as a service. Organizations connect once, eliminating redundant infrastructure while reducing on-boarding and provisioning times from weeks or months to days.  Individuals benefit from single sign-on access, where Exostar’s Secure Access Manager (SAM) authenticates identities and enforces privileges defined by the owners of connected applications and associated documents and information. Nearly 700 life science and healthcare organizations and 15,000 individuals in 50 countries securely collaborate through Exostar’s Life Sciences Identity Hub.

For more information, healthcare and life sciences organizations may visit http://www.docusign.com or http://www.exostar.com.

March 3, 2015 I Written By

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I Written By

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

HIMSS Analytics Honors Carolina Health System With Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2, 2015 I Written By

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

WellHealth Quality Care Launches Innovative Healthcare Operating System from par8o

Nevada’s First and Only Accountable Care Network Implements par8o to Improve the Member Experience, Decrease Patient Costs and Enhance Quality of Care in Nevada

Boston, MA, February 26, 2015par8o, Healthcare’s Operating System, today announced that WellHealth Quality Care (WellHealth), Nevada’s first accountable care network, has launched the company’s EMR-agnostic platform to provide a seamless transition-in-care process for all WellHealth members. par8o’s platform enables clinical coordination across the network in order to enhance the member experience, manage costs and deliver high-quality care. WellHealth is the latest of a growing number of organizations in Nevada to adopt par8o, with others including the largest employer in the state, MGM Resorts.

“WellHealth is dedicated to providing our members access to a highly-qualified network of physicians,” said Dr. K Warren Volker, Chairman, and CEO of WellHealth Quality Care. “Physicians must be able to exchange health information easily in order to provide the best care possible, and par8o enables them to do so easily and effectively.”

WellHealth is partnering with payer groups such as the Nevada Health CO-OP to bring Nevada residents an efficient healthcare delivery system. WellHealth provides all medical specialties, from primary care and pediatrics, to neurosurgery and obstetrics. By utilizing the par8o platform, WellHealth’s network physicians will have a simplified workflow, ensuring that patients have access to the right physician at the right time.

“WellHealth is leading the way in quality based, efficient, and patient-centric health care initiatives,” said Nicole Flora, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the Nevada Health CO-OP. “The WellHealth provider network is composed of the area’s finest medical professionals, and by using par8o’s platform it is delivering high-quality, coordinated care to patients across the state.”

par8o’s Healthcare Operating System empowers healthcare organizations to optimize their networks of providers and other resources to deliver quality care by applying one of the most powerful and proven principles in economics: Pareto Optimization. This approach and the EMR-agnostic technologies par8o has developed to deploy it, are well-suited to the complex, multi-constituency nature of healthcare because they achieve continuous efficiency improvements while balancing the needs of all parties.

“Innovative new healthcare models, like WellHealth, are gaining a foothold in the industry, but there remains a significant need to bridge technology gaps to connect patients appropriately to the services they need, when they need them,” said Adam Sharp, MD, co-founder, President and CMO of par8o. “par8o provides a smarter application of technology that promotes easy communication between referring and receiving physicians. Together, par8o and WellHealth are moving toward a streamlined patient experience that is quality-driven and strategically focused.”

About WellHealth Quality Care

WellHealth Quality Care is Nevada’s first multi-specialty Accountable Care Network. Based on the principle of providing the very best in patient care, our network of hand-selected providers includes some of the area’s finest medical professionals dedicated to providing five-star, coordinated, and accountable care.  Our integrated and quality-based network of collaborative physicians provides both patients and providers with a sophisticated, efficient and cost effective healthcare delivery system. For more information, visit WellHealthQC.com or call (702) 545-6116.

About Nevada Health CO-OP

The Nevada Health CO-OP is a not-for-profit health insurance alternative created under the Affordable Care Act administered by Nevadans for Nevadans. “Health Insurance Simplified” is the mission of the CO-OP. The not-for-profit is focused on creating a simple member-owned and operated health plan that works easily for patients, doctors, employers and the community. Headquartered in the heart of Las Vegas, the CO-OP serves the Nevada community directly with great understanding of the needs of the people, particularly among diverse populations and small businesses trying to find access and provide healthcare coverage. To learn more, please visit the CO-OP at www.nevadahealthcoop.org or call 702-823-COOP (2667).

About par8o

par8o is a venture-backed, EMR-agnostic platform that creates a common point for coordinating care delivery and plan design, a technology that connects providers, payers, and patients. par8o is a cloud-based healthcare operating system enabling all parties to improve care and optimize towards several clinical and business goals in parallel rather than to the detriment of one another. par8o helps clients succeed by applying Pareto Optimization, a powerful economic principle that succeeds because it is well suited to the complex, multi-constituency nature of healthcare. Simply put, par8o helps organizations match the right patient to the right resource at the right time, ensuring that patients successfully transition to the next step in their care. To learn more about par8o, please visit www.par8o.com.

February 26, 2015 I Written By

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

Study: Medicaid Acceptance by Healthcare Providers Drops in 2015

Drop in acceptance occurs as payment rates decline for Medicaid primary care physicians in many states

Sunnyvale, CAGiven the size of the Medicaid program and its importance to America’s low-income population, HealthPocket examined government records on Medicaid acceptance for a broad cross-section of healthcare providers. HealthPocket’s review of over one million records found that in 2015 only 34% of the healthcare providers examined were listed as accepting Medicaid insurance. The 2015 results represent a 21% decrease from the listings of Medicaid acceptance as compared to 2013 data for the same categories of healthcare providers.

Since both the 2013 and 2015 analyses relied upon the same government data source and provider categories, the marked decline in Medicaid acceptance is significant. In particular, the data calls into question whether the temporary two-year increase in Medicaid payments to primary care physicians effected any lasting improvements to Medicaid acceptance.

Healthcare provider reluctance to accept Medicaid has numerous reasons, most notably the level of reimbursement from Medicaid for healthcare services. Medicaid typically pays 61% of what Medicare pays for the same outpatient physician services. Medicare itself typically pays 80% of what commercial health insurers pay. Consequently, in comparison to commercial health insurance from private insurance companies, Medicaid payments represent a reduction on a reduction.

“HealthPocket has stressed many times that health insurance is only as good as the doctors and hospitals that accept it,” said Kev Coleman, Head of Research & Data at HealthPocket, “In the case of Medicaid, there is an overwhelming number of healthcare providers who do not accept the insurance which, in turn, undermines the value of the insurance provided.”

The results of HealthPocket’s study can be reviewed in the article “Medicaid Acceptance By Healthcare Providers Falls in 2015.”

HealthPocket.com is a free website that compares and ranks all health insurance plans, helping individuals, families, and small businesses to make their best health plan decisions. HealthPocket publishes health insurance market analyses and other consumer advocacy research. HealthPocket’s research is nonpartisan and uses only objective data from government, non-profit, and private sources that carry no conditions that might restrict the site from serving as an unbiased resource. HealthPocket, Inc. is independently managed and based in Sunnyvale, California. Learn more at www.HealthPocket.com.

I Written By

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

Greythorn Seeks to Relieve Foot Pain at HIMSS15

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 (SEATTLE)—According to research from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), 77% of Americans experience foot pain, and half of adults surveyed say the pain has limited their activities. Conferences like HIMSS require an extensive amount of walking—and consequently, thousands of attendees must choose to suffer or limit their involvement. That is why Greythorn will be providing a limited number of complimentary foot massages each day at booth #7739.

Greythorn, a specialty technology recruitment company specializing in health IT, will be utilizing a Shiatsu foot massager to provide pain relief to HIMSS attendees. Those who use it will be provided with hygienic foot covers.

“The people who attend HIMSS are making huge strides in improving the state of healthcare in the United States,” explained Ben Weber, Managing Director of Greythorn. “As they seek ways to better care for our citizens, we wanted to provide them with care, as well.”

An increasing number of studies suggest that massage can offer long-term health benefits, but it’s no surprise that even a short foot rub can be relaxing. Stephanie Wallace, the Eastern Regional Manager, Healthcare IT Practice for Greythorn, agrees:

“People like to joke that I get a ‘vacation’ when I travel for work—but at HIMSS this year, I may actually get to put my feet up for a few minutes!”

Greythorn’s massage station will be available during exhibit hall open hours.

About Greythorn
Greythorn is a specialist technology and healthcare IT recruitment consultancy placing skilled professionals in full-time and contract roles. Established in 1976, Greythorn operates in the Americas, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Singapore, and the UK.

February 25, 2015 I Written By

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

SRS Launches “Essentials”—An Alternative Non-MU EHR For Specialists and Those New To EHR

SRS Essentials Makes EHR Transition Easy, Lets Physicians Focus on Patients

MONTVALE, NJ – February 25, 2015 – SRSsoft, the recognized leader in flexible and easy-to-use productivity-enhancing EHR and HIT solutions for specialists and other high-performance physicians, today announced the launch of SRS Essentials. The new product offers an alternative to traditional government-driven EHR solutions and helps specialists reap the benefits of digitization without having to change the way they practice medicine. In addition to providing all the speed, efficiency, and financial benefits of a digital office, SRS Essentials offers growth options for practices to evolve the scope and utilization of their EHR at their own pace, on their own terms. Should medical practices find themselves requiring the next level of EHR solution, SRS Essentials can seamlessly transition them without the usual daunting effort and the frustration of downtime.

Many specialists have delayed EHR implementation—they are concerned about the longevity of currently available EHRs, they don’t want technology interfering with the way they practice medicine, or they have chosen not to participate in government incentive programs. Others are frustrated by the complexity of their current EHRs and find the negative impact on productivity unacceptable. With SRS Essentials, these highly focused practices can be prepared for ongoing success in the rapidly changing healthcare industry while enjoying immediate benefits:

  • Efficient and easy-to-use electronic chart and workflow capabilities
  • Flexible documentation options
  • Electronic messaging and tasking
  • Maintenance-free hosted platform
  • Outstanding US-based service, support, and training

SRS understands the demanding needs of specialist workflows, and SRS Essentials streamlines business processes so physicians can focus on patients. Many practices recover their investment by the efficiencies gained from converting from paper to electronic charts. Benefits include: automated patient intake, prescribing, ICD-10 code search, and much more.

“Just as there is no ‘one doctor fits all,’ there is no ‘one size fits all’ EHR solution. That’s why we created SRS Essentials,” said Scott Ciccarelli, SRS CEO. “SRS Essentials may be the only EHR solution a particular high-performance practice might ever need, yet it is customizable and ready to transition to full EHR capabilities when and if desired.”

Find out more about SRS Essentials and the award-winning SRS support team here.

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

NYC Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health Expands Relationship with SA Ignite for Meaningful Use Program Management Solution

Organization to Extend Cloud-Based Software to 500 Additional Eligible Providers

CHICAGO – February 24, 2015SA Ignite, Inc., a provider of a cloud-based software solution that automates, accelerates, and simplifies the Meaningful Use (MU) program processes for eligible healthcare providers, today announced it has expanded its relationship with The NYC Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH) to offer its solution, MU ASSISTANT®, to 500 additional providers.

NYC REACH is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) and the Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc., tasked with helping physicians to adopt technology and practices that measurably improve the health of New Yorkers. NYC REACH originally piloted programs with SA Ignite in 2012 and 2013, respectively, to assist providers at Murray Hill Medical Group, PC and Brownsville Multi-Service FamilyHealth Center with their electronic health record (EHR) initiatives and to facilitate efficiencies in the administrative burden of their meaningful use (MU) program management. Following the program’s initial success, it has been expanded to additional organizations and providers.

As NYC REACH assists providers in transitioning from volume- to value-based care, the organization utilizes health IT to drive outcomes and reduce disparities. Alvin Lin, Senior Director of Strategy, PCIP felt that to be more successful in this endeavor, NYC REACH needed a more efficient means by which to access the relevant data within each EHR (Electronic Health Record), monitor providers’ progress and submit MU attestations. MU ASSISTANT was the ideal solution to allow for a quick and easy view into where providers were excelling and where they needed support in meeting government requirements.

Before SA Ignite, MU attestation was a cumbersome process. With multiple sign-ins needed and mountains of data to cull from disparate sources, our MU managers had a difficult time tracking provider status and determining where intervention was needed. Now, MU ASSISTANT provides a one-stop shop for us to facilitate the registration, monitoring and attestation process through a user-friendly automated system, alleviating the administrative burden, and ultimately helping more providers qualify for MU incentive dollars. Also, since MU ASSISTANT is vendor-agnostic, contains a built-in rules engine that’s updated as regulations change and includes historical provider information integrated from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) database, the product can play a crucial role in the event of an EHR switch, providers changing government MU subsidy programs, or an audit.

“NYC REACH is doing great things for the physicians of New York City. We understand and completely align with their vision of utilizing health IT to create efficiencies in pay-for-performance programs such as MU,” said Tom S. Lee, Ph.D., CEO, founder and board member of SA Ignite. “We are excited to continue our groundbreaking partnership and look forward to sharing lessons and best practices with other Regional Extension Centers throughout the country.”

About NYC REACH

The NYC Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH) is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) and the Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc. to support healthcare providers in New York City as they adopt and use health IT. Our mission is to improve the health of New Yorkers by targeting primary care settings and facilitating the use of electronic health records and other technologies to raise care quality, reduce health disparities, and facilitate care coordination. We aim to help offset the transition cost and burden as much as possible through training and education. For more information, visit www.nycreach.org.

About SA Ignite, Inc.

SA Ignite is the leading source for healthcare provider pay-for-performance automation. The company’s proven EHR-agnostic, cloud-based solutions and services simplify and automate the processes associated with pay-for-performance programs. SA Ignite’s flagship offering is MU ASSISTANT®, the leading enterprise platform for automating meaningful use processes for eligible providers. SA Ignite currently serves 60+ customers across more than 10 EHR brands, and has helped more than 8,000 eligible providers to garner $80M+ in Medicare and Medicaid incentives. For more information, visit: www.saignite.com.

February 24, 2015 I Written By

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