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CHIME and KLAS Partner to Support HIT Industry Performance

SAN ANTONIO, TX, October 30, 2014 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today it has formed a partnership with KLAS Enterprises, the research leader in measuring vendor performance for providers in the field of healthcare IT.

The partnership between CHIME and KLAS, effective January 1, 2015, is designed to accelerate and enhance industry performance and support all stakeholders in a rapid new era of healthcare transformation. The partnership, announced today from the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio, will include expanded research, benchmarking, award collaboration, and advocacy support.

“Like KLAS, CHIME is dedicated to helping our members and vendor partners perform at the highest level,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. “This mutually beneficial partnership will help strengthen our commitment to industry high-standards in patient care quality, efficiency and safety.”

“Providers want to be heard and counted,” added Kent Gale, Founder of KLAS. “Working together with CHIME, we can better amplify the provider voice to help healthcare vendors align their delivery to achieve provider organization success.”

Under the terms of the partnership, KLAS will serve as CHIME’s primary research organization, and KLAS will work closely with CHIME for best practice information sharing and healthcare information technology research.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the industry research professionals of KLAS who have made a superb contribution to healthcare IT performance and standards,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “Our members, together with KLAS, will help foster industry excellence and drive healthcare transformation forward.”

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 140 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About KLAS
 

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996 and has maintained a commitment to being honest, accurate and impartial.Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch or call 1-800-920-4109.
October 30, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

eClinicalWorks Chooses Exostar’s New Identity Proofing and Second Factor Credential Authentication Service

ProviderPass Meets Security and Regulatory Compliance Requirements Necessary for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

HERNDON, VA, and WESTBOROUGH, MA, October 29, 2014Exostar, an innovative information technology company offering cloud-based solutions that enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, today announced the general availability of its new turn-key, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) identity proofing and second factor credential authentication solution, ProviderPasseClinicalWorks, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, has selected ProviderPass to expand its comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) product suite to include electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created strict technical EPCS requirements to help combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic.  Healthcare providers who wish to e-prescribe controlled substances must complete a stringent identity proofing process and present a high-assurance digital credential to verify their identity and digital signature when they submit a prescription.

With ProviderPass, eClinicalWorks will deliver easy-to-use, innovative, affordable EPCS functionality to its customers, which include large hospital systems; large and small health systems; large, medium, small, and solo provider practices; correctional health services; and community health centers throughout the U.S.

“We wanted to deploy an EPCS capability that preserved a consistent end-user experience for our customers and met current and anticipated DEA requirements,” said Jinesh Gandhi, partner operations at eClinicalWorks.  “Exostar’s legacy in the aerospace and defense industry, known for the depth and breadth of its security and compliance requirements, was a critical factor in our decision.  That, along with their turn-key SaaS business model and proven track record credentialing organizations with tens of thousands of users, gave us confidence we would meet our objectives and obtain a competitive advantage.”

Exostar’s ProviderPass includes remote identity proofing conducted in conjunction with Experian or via live web cam video.  Individuals purchase a one-time password (OTP) hardware token through Exostar’s web store.  eClinicalWorks customers use its EHR system in tandem with an activated OTP token to seamlessly e-prescribe controlled substances.

Exostar is a full-service Credential Service Provider certified by the SAFE-BioPharma Association to meet the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s 800-63 Level 3 standard mandated by the DEA.  Because SAFE-BioPharma is a U.S. Government-approved Trust Framework Provider, ProviderPass also aligns with U.S. Federal Identity and Credentialing Access Management (FICAM) requirements.

“eClinicalWorks clearly understands how EPCS simultaneously can improve patient outcomes, mitigate the illicit distribution of controlled substances, and enable providers to more efficiently and effectively focus on patient care,” said Vijay Takanti, Exostar’s Vice President of Security and Collaboration Solutions.  “We believe other health IT vendors will follow the lead of eClinicalWorks and turn to our ProviderPass service offering to enhance the security of their EHR solutions for EPCS and other use cases where identity verification and information protection are priorities.”

About Exostar

Exostar powers secure business-to-business information sharing, collaboration and business process integration throughout the value chain.  Exostar supports the complex trading needs of many of the world’s largest companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and other industries.  Exostar’s cloud-based identity assurance products and business applications reduce risk, improve agility and strengthen trading partner relationships and profitability for over 100,000 companies in 150 countries worldwide.  The Exostar community includes market leaders such as AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp., Merck, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Co. and Rolls-Royce.  For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.

About eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks® is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With physicians across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, community health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Ten eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past six years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia. For more information, please visit www.eclinicalworks.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 866-888-6929.

October 29, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

M*Modal Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Franklin, Tenn. – October 23, 2014  – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced that healthcare IT industry veteran Scott MacKenzie has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and a member of M*Modal’s Board of Directors.

“Scott brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and information technology, with a successful track record in driving operational execution and helping companies leverage their core assets to create growth and value,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, Chair of the Board at M*Modal. “M*Modal continues to be at the forefront of clinical documentation and technology-enabled services, and we are confident that Scott’s leadership will help strengthen the company for long-term success.”

Mr. MacKenzie joins M*Modal having served as CEO of Passport Health Communications, which was purchased by Experian in 2013. Since the acquisition, he has been President of Experian Health, a leading healthcare revenue cycle solutions provider. Prior to Passport, Mr. MacKenzie was part of McKesson Corporation as President of RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions. He also held executive positions at Cerner Corporation, where he ran its Providing Care business unit focused on physician, nurse, pharmacist and consumer electronic health record (EHR) software.

“M*Modal has a unique combination of talent, assets and relationships that creates tremendous potential in how it can impact healthcare and serve customers,” said Mr. MacKenzie. “I am joining M*Modal at a time when the company is positioned for change and the market is open to solutions that improve productivity and leverage technology investments. I look forward to working with M*Modal’s talented team to deliver on its vision to be the industry’s best clinical documentation provider.”

M*Modal is focused on increasing the productivity of healthcare providers using a combination of technology and services to improve clinical documentation and allow physicians to focus on their patients. M*Modal augments EHR investments by improving the accuracy and expediency of input and the fluency of collaborative information exchange.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service providers in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

October 23, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

CHIME Launches Two New Organizations to Serve Professional Needs of Chief Technology Officers and Chief Application Officers in Healthcare

ANN ARBOR, MI, October 23, 2014The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today the launch of two new organizations to serve the education and professional development needs of healthcare executives in senior technology and application roles.

The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA) are the first professional organizations representing chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief application officers (CAOs) in the healthcare setting. Formed to address an unmet need in the industry, AEHIT and AEHIA will provide educational resources on important healthcare technology and IT application-focused issues, as well as an environment where CTOs and CAOs can communicate with, inform, and educate one another. These follow the recent creation and launch of AEHIS, the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security to serve healthcare CSOs.

“With the establishment of these two new organizations, CHIME has taken an active role in providing these healthcare leaders an opportunity to pool their collective knowledge and advance their skills,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. “CIOs are increasingly relying on leaders like CTOs, CAOs and CSOs in order to deliver and manage a complex technology environment, so collaboration among these highly-accomplished individuals is essential to furthering industry solutions and opportunities.”

“Both of these new organizations will help strengthen the CTO and CAO roles in order to meet the challenges created by the rapid and unprecedented changes in healthcare technology,” said CHIME Executive Vice President of Membership and Professional Development George W. McCulloch, FCHIME, CHCIO. “Our goal is to provide the education and collaboration necessary for these leaders so they can solve issues, share best-practices, and form meaningful, supportive relationships with their peers.”

AEHIT and AEHIA will operate as separate membership associations under the umbrella of CHIME, a professional organization dedicated to serving healthcare chief information officers (CIOs) and other senior IT leaders. AEHIT and AEHIA members will benefit from CHIME’s twenty-two year history in delivering valuable, high-quality leadership education and networking opportunities.

“CHIME is committed to not only supporting healthcare CIOs, but also those on the CIO’s executive team,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “The CHIME Board recognized our industry’s need for the professional development and peer-to-peer needs of CTOs and CAOs, where professional development educational resources for these individuals were lacking.”

Interested CTOs and CAOs that apply and are accepted before December 31, 2014 will be recognized as founding members and will receive a one-year complimentary membership. For more information, please visit www.aehit.org and www.aehia.org.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 140 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation Announces Release of Guiding Principles for Patient Experience-Centered Care

The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation’s Patient Experience Council expandsInstitute of Medicine’s definition for patient-centered care with six guiding principles

RESTON, Va. — October 22, 2014 The  Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation, which is dedicated to distribute health information technology innovation to transform quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery worldwide announced the development of six key guiding principles of patient-centered card in which patients expect when receiving healthcare. These are an expansion of the Institute of Medicine’s definition for patient-centered care: “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”

The full document of guiding principles is available online, which details the six main principles:

  1. Clearly Defined Roles
  2. Assessment of Patient and Clinical Care Team Competencies
  3. Patient-Centered Decision-Making
  4. Information Access and Exchange
  5. Information Accuracy
  6. Privacy and Security

“I am incredibly proud of the work our Patient Experience Council is doing to make strides in reshaping the way we look at healthcare from the patient’s perspective and experience of their own care,” said Kym Martin, MBA, CNC, CFT, Co-Chair of The Sullivan Institute’s Patient Experience Council. “As healthcare stakeholders explore strategies to deliver more patient-centric care, products and services, we see these Guiding Principles serving as the next step to ensuring that the patient engagement strategies being considered result inpatient-experience centered outcomes.”

The Patient Experience Council represents a collective body of ePatients and eAdvocates committed to transforming healthcare from the patient perspective. They are charged with the implementation of the Patient Engagement recommendations set forth in the 2013 WEDI Report, a roadmap for the future of healthcare information exchange that was launched December of 2013.

“The 2013 WEDI Report envisioned the future of healthcare information exchange with the patient in the middle. I believe that the principles being released today by our Patient Experience Council will help provide a framework for how organizations should orient their efforts in order to prepare for the future landscape of healthcare,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, President and CEO, WEDI.

About the Sullivan Institute

The Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, named in honor of The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.  Its mission is to bring healthcare leaders together to share knowledge needed to transform the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery through education, cooperation, communication and innovation. To learn more, visit www.sullivaninstitute.org.

October 22, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

3-D Printed Facial Prosthesis Offers New Hope for Eye Cancer Patients Following Surgery

Made to cover hollow eye sockets, flexible custom masks provide more affordable, fast- production alternative to traditional prosthetics

CHICAGO – Researchers have developed a fast and inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for eye cancer patients using facial scanning software and 3-D printing, according to findings released today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Their novel process can create more affordable prosthetics for any patients who have hollow sockets resulting from eye surgery following cancer or congenital deformities.

In the United States, more than 2,700 new cases of eye cancer are diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society, and the mortality rate is high for the disease. Some patients undergo a life-saving surgery known as exenteration that involves removing the contents of the eye socket and other tissue. The research team hopes to bring these patients relief by providing a more affordable facial prosthesis that will allow them to live their lives more fully and with less stigma.

Conventional facial prostheses can cost $10,000 to $15,000 and take weeks to produce. Each one is created by an ocularist, an artisan who makes a mold of the face, casts it using rubber and then adds the final touches such as skin color and individual eyelashes. Patients and their families often have to pay out-of-pocket for facial prostheses because health insurance oftentimes will not cover the cost.

University of Miami researchers developed a process to manufacture facial prostheses in a matter of hours at a fraction of the cost of a traditional prosthesis using topographical scanning and 3-D printing technology. Patients are scanned on the undamaged side of their face using a mobile scanner. The software then creates a mirror image. Along with a scan of the side of the face with the orbital defect, the program can mesh the two scans together to create a 3-D image of the face. The topographical information then goes to a 3-D printer, which translates the data into a mask formed out of injection-molded rubber suffused with colored pigments matching the patient’s skin tone.

The project started as the brainchild of David Tse, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Florida and the Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid chair in ophthalmic plastic, orbital surgery and oncology. Dr. Tse was treating a child with eye cancer who had both eyelids removed and underwent exenteration. The family could not afford an ocularist, so Dr. Tse raised donations to help pay for her first prosthesis. Now a teenager, she has grown out of the prosthesis and must instead wear an eye patch.

“Hopefully, using this quick and less expensive 3-D printing process, we can make an affordable facial prosthesis for her and also help thousands of other people like her who lack the resources to obtain one through an ocularist,” said Dr. Tse.

Designed and developed in partnership with Dr. Tse and a team at the Composite Materials Lab at the University of Miami, the 3-D printed prosthesis possesses several advantages over the conventional type created by an ocularist. The material involves a proprietary mix of nanoparticles that provides extra reinforcement and makes it possible to match many shades of skin. Over time, conventional facial prostheses can discolor and fray at the edges, but nanoclay protects the material from breaking down and changing color when exposed to moisture and light. It also prevents dirt from depositing. If the prosthesis ever needs to be replaced, reproduction can happen with the press of a button.

“Once we have a patient scanned, we have the mold, so we can create a new prosthesis in no time,” said Landon Grace, Ph.D., director of the lab and an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “Our long-term goal is to help patients anywhere in the world. We could get a mobile scan, download the data in Miami, print out the prosthesis and ship it back to the patient the next day.”

Rapid and cost-effective orbital prosthesis fabrication via automated non-contact facial topography mapping and 3-D printing (PO467) was presented at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in conjunction with the European Society of Ophthalmology, which is in session October 18-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 25,000 attendees and 620 companies from 123 countries gather each year to showcase the latest in ophthalmic education, research and technology. To learn more about the event Where All of Ophthalmology Meets, visit http://www.aao.org/2014.

More 3-D Printing Technology Research

Additional 3-D printing technology results will be presented at AAO 2014 by ophthalmologist David Myung, M.D., Ph.D., of the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University. His work centers on a 3-D-printed lens adapter system that enables high quality images of the eye using smartphones, which may help increase access to more affordable eye care. The poster is titled “Design and Rapid Prototyping of a Novel 3-D Printed Smartphone Lens Adapter System” (PO328).

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, serving more than 32,000 members worldwide.  The Academy’s mission is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. For more information, visit www.aao.org.

The Academy is also a leading provider of eye care information to the public. The Academy’s EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit www.geteyesmart.org or www.ojossanos.org to learn more.

October 17, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Healthcare IT Leaders Embrace Federal Interoperability Plans

CHIME and HL7 see new interoperability roadmap as an important step towards realizing the promise of health IT; Organizations underscore need to incorporate critical standards under development for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

ANN ARBOR, MI October 17, 2014 – The federal government’s top health IT advisors on Wednesdaymade important recommendations on how public and private stakeholders should progress towards interoperability in healthcare. Leaders from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Health Level Seven International (HL7) embraced the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, calling them a significant step forward in achieving the promise of information technology in healthcare. CHIME and HL7 also highlighted the need to incorporate critical enhancements to standards currently under development for Meaningful Use Stage 3.
 
During a joint meeting of the Health IT Standards and Health IT Policy Committees, federal officials discussed new details regarding a national interoperability roadmap and outlined concrete recommendations meant to improve the appropriate access and use of health data.  The JASON Task Force said that a solid foundation for interoperability should utilize public APIs, advance modern communications standards, such as HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®), and use Meaningful Use Stage 3 as a pivot point to initiate this transition.
 

FHIR is a simple-to-use format that can improve interoperability for a range of technologies, including EHRs, patient-centric solutions and mobile applications.  A next generation standards framework created by HL7, FHIR combines the best features of HL7’s Version 2, Version 3 and CDA® product lines while leveraging the latest web standards and applying a tight focus on implementability.

“Today’s discussion and the recommendations of the JASON Task Force represent an evolution in thinking,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “The updated roadmap and the recommendations put forth by the JASON Task Force incorporate a tremendous amount of stakeholder input and articulate the challenges facing our industry much more completely than previous efforts.”

“The prioritization of standards-based interoperability and a commitment to long-term policymaking will enable healthcare to benefit from information technology in very tangible ways,” said Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD CEO of HL7.

CHIME and HL7 believe important recommendations were accepted by the full Health IT Standards and Health IT Policy Committees. HL7 and CHIME also support allowing time to make Meaningful Use Stage 3 more impactful with the inclusion of key standards that are still under development.  “There remains a disconnect between artificial government timelines and the realities of standards and technology development,” Branzell said.  “This highlights a principle concern with how health IT policy is created, adopted and implemented at the federal level.”

CHIME and HL7 are committed to collaboration in the advancement of health IT initiatives such as FHIR and support government efforts on the interoperability roadmap.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 140 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About Health Level Seven International (HL7)

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (www.HL7.org) is the global authority for healthcare information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,000 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

DrFirst Launches Electronic Prior Authorization for Providers Nationwide with CoverMyMeds

DrFirst’s Patient Advisor ePA+ Service to deploy to 300 EMR Systems Beginning October 28th

Rockville, MD, October 17, 2014

DrFirst, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, announced today that its new electronic prior authorization (ePA) service, Patient Advisor ePA+SM, will begin rolling-out to providers on October 28th.  Using the service, prescribers and their staff will be able to initiate, submit and complete prior authorizations electronically, and will be able to respond to prior authorizations that are initiated from pharmacies after a claim rejection, from within their eRx/EMR workflow.  The release of Patient Advisor ePA+ marks the first live prior authorization solution that is fully integrated within the e-prescribing process.  The service will encompass multiple prior authorization sources, beginning with CoverMyMeds, the industry leader in automating prior authorization processes for prescription drugs.

Prior authorization (PA) is the formulary management process requiring insurance carrier pre-approval for certain prescribed medications. Traditional PA – including paper forms, faxes and phone calls – is exceptionally time-consuming for medical practices, amounting to more than 20 hours per week per physician of staff time to support PA requirements.

The Patient Advisor ePA+ service will deploy to 150 of DrFirst’s more than 300 EMR, EHR and HIS system partners, as well as to all users of DrFirst’s Rcopia® and RcopiaMUSM stand-alone e-prescribing platforms.  In December, DrFirst will continue deployment of Patient Advisor ePA+ to the balance of its partner EMR, EHR and HIS systems.  This deployment schedule is designed to enable the availability and adoption of ePA capabilities that are truly meaningful to doctors and medical staff nationwide, and with no cost to their practices.

CoverMyMeds functionality has been fully integrated within DrFirst’s Patient AdvisorSM medication adherence and clinical content platform.  As a result of functionality provided by CoverMyMeds, Patient Advisor ePA+ will also be the first and only fully integrated ePA solution supporting all plans and all medications.  Patient Advisor is standard functionality within DrFirst’s e-prescribing technology, but can also be integrated directly within the workflows of third-party EMRs.

“Our intent with Patient Advisor ePA+ is to provide a full-spectrum, multi-source, easily integrated ePA solution to all EMR, EHR and HIS vendors,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst.  “Our leadership in other medication management areas, such as controlled-substance e-prescribing (EPCS), serves as a model for our ability to bring high-value technology to EMR systems; in the case of ePA, and with an exceptional partner like CoverMyMeds as the cornerstone of our service, we will similarly and rapidly make this transformative functionality available to providers.”

“CoverMyMeds offers an all-drug, all-payer prior authorization solution,” said Matt Scantland, co-founder of CoverMyMeds. “Our existing integrations with more than 45,000 pharmacy locations and 72% of payers makes us the most connected PA provider in the industry and we anticipate providers using Patient Advisor ePA+ will be able to reduce the amount of time required to process prior authorizations by as much as 70%.”

DrFirst will additionally integrate other ePA services into Patient Advisor ePA+, including Surescripts CompletEPA as well as connections with individual payers, PBMs and other multi-payer connections, in order to provide the most comprehensive selection of ePA sources to EHR and HIS system vendors nationwide.

About DrFirst

DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing the doctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security and reliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Care Coordination and Collaboration. We are proud of our track record of service to more than 45,000 providers, 300 EMR/EHR/HIS system vendors, and 650 hospitals and other acute care facilities. For more information please visit www.drfirst.com.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Healthsense Launches New Health Dashboard, Delivering Instant Insight for Proactive Care

Minneapolis, Minn. –October 16, 2014Healthsense, Inc., the fastest growing provider of technology-enabled care solutions for the senior care continuum, announced today the release of its eNeighbor® Dashboard™, a first-of-its-kind application which utilizes proprietary analytics to help providers make more informed care decisions.
 
The eNeighbor Dashboard arms care providers with the actionable information needed to address the rising costs and challenges of caring for a clinically complex, rapidly growing senior population. It provides caregivers with access to the right data at the right time so they can deliver high quality care and reduce unnecessary costs to the healthcare system.
 
Part of the Healthsense eNeighbor remote monitoring platform, the eNeighbor Dashboard is a web-based preventative monitoring application that quickly and easily identifies health concerns through a tiered analysis of data collected by sensors placed in an individual’s home. These sensors continuously gather data on activities of daily living (ADL), key wellness indicators such as sleep quality and activity, and other physiological information.
 
“By collecting comprehensive ADL information, we are able to visualize alterations in patterns that often reveal an oncoming change in a person’s level of wellness. Individualized summaries of activity changes and trending reports provide actionable information to care providers, allowing for proactive care and the avoidance of exacerbations of chronic or acute conditions,” said Julie Carr, Healthsense Director of Clinical Operations.
 
This information, collected throughout each 24-hour period, is compared against previously established individual benchmarks and rated by significance of change. An analysis is displayed for each category with trending information over time based on pre-established activity levels. This gives providers further insight into the health and wellbeing of their care population, making it easier to identify health changes that may need further analysis or intervention. The trending information also allows providers to ascertain whether those in their care are responding to treatment or changes in their environment.
 
“The eNeighbor Dashboard is the latest example of Healthsense’s commitment to provide innovative technology that delivers measurable value to caregivers and those in their care,” saidA.R. Weiler, Healthsense President and CEO. “By enabling proactive care management through more timely interventions, the eNeighbor Dashboard helps to lower total medical expenses while improving caregiver productivity. This results in enhanced top- and bottom-line financial performance through greater staff efficiencies, broader service offerings and a lower cost of care.”
 
Healthsense will debut the eNeighbor Dashboard at the National LeadingAge Conference, October 20-23, in Nashville (Booth #1324).

About Healthsense, Inc. 

Healthsense is the fastest growing provider of technology-enabled care solutions for the entire senior care continuum. With our full range of health and safety monitoring systems, providers are empowered to proactively deliver the highest quality care possible through critical health information. Caregivers reduce costs, increase independence and enhance senior experiences when armed with the right information at the right time.
Visit www.healthsense.com for more information.
October 16, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

New Affordable Care Act Initiative to Support Care Coordination Nationwide

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of a new initiative for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Made possible by the Affordable Care Act, ACOs encourage quality improvement and care coordination through the use of health information technology, helping to move our health care system to one that values quality over quantity and preventing illness over treating people after they get sick.

The new ACO Investment Model is designed to bring these efforts to better coordinate care to rural and underserved areas by providing up to $114 million in upfront investments to up to 75 ACOs across the country.

“The ACO Investment Model will give Medicare Accountable Care Organizations more flexibility in setting quality and financial goals, while giving them greater accountability for delivering quality care efficiently,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “We are working with these organizations to make necessary investments that encourage doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to work together to better coordinate care and keep people healthy.”

Through the CMS Innovation Center, this initiative will provide up front investments in infrastructure and redesigned care process to help eligible ACOs continue to provide higher quality care. This will help increase the number of beneficiaries – regardless of geographic location – that can benefit from lower costs and improved health care through Medicare ACOs. CMS will recover these payments through an offset of an ACO’s earned shared savings.

Eligibility is targeted to ACOs who joined the Shared Savings Program in 2012, 2013, 2014, and to new ACOs joining the Shared Savings Program in 2016. The application deadline for organizations that started in the Shared Savings Program in 2012 or 2013 will be December 1, 2014.  Applications will be available in the Summer of 2015 for ACOs that started in the Shared Savings Program in 2014 or will start in 2016.

Recently, ACOs in the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated over $372 million in total program savings for Medicare ACOs while also improving the quality care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries.

ACOs are one part of the overall effort provided by the Affordable Care Act to help lower costs and improve care and quality. For example, the Affordable Care Act has helped reduce hospital readmissions in Medicare by nearly 10 percent between 2007 and 2013 – translating into 150,000 fewer readmissions – and quality improvements has resulted in saving 15,000 lives and $4 billion in health spending during 2011 and 2012.

For more information on the ACO Investment Model, please visit: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/ACO-Investment-Model/

ACO Investment Model CMS Fact Sheet: http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2014-Fact-sheets-items/2014-10-15.html

October 15, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.