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EHNAC Approved as Certifier by DEA for E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances Certification Program (EPCSCP)demonstrates vendor electronic prescription or pharmacy application compliance with stringent industry regulations

FARMINGTON, Conn. – January 27, 2015 – The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced its approval by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a certifier of electronic prescription of controlled substances applications. On December 3, 2014, the DEA approved EHNAC’s certification process.

As set forth in DEA regulations, before any electronic prescription or pharmacy application may be used to transmit or receive prescriptions, a third party must audit the application for compliance with the requirements of 21 CFR part 1311, or a certifying organization whose certification process has been approved by DEA, such as EHNAC, must verify and certify that the application meets the requirements.

EHNAC offers two certification programs for vendors handling e-prescribing of controlled substances – EPCSCP-Pharmacy and EPCSCP-Prescription. The two certification programs evaluate pharmacy and prescribing companies that offer applications supporting electronic prescription of controlled substances. Launched in September 2012, these programs are designed to demonstrate that vendors and their applications meet detailed DEA regulations as well as EHNAC core criteria addressing privacy, confidentiality, technical performance, business practices, resources and security.

“Receiving the DEA’s approval for our certification process of electronic prescription of controlled substances is a tremendous milestone in our efforts to create a higher standard of privacy and security and to assure stakeholder trust within healthcare data exchange,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “Our EPCSCP accreditations support the overall goal of a closed system that reduces fraud for controlled substances, including the lost, misplaced, altered or forged prescription issues that have plagued healthcare in recent years. Ultimately, we hope this encourages more eprescribing entities to become certified, and more prescribers, patients and insurers to reap the efficiency benefits of electronic prescribing.”

Prior to EHNAC finalizing its approval as a certifier by the DEA, the EPCS programs were administered exclusively by Certified Information System Auditors (CISAs) to meet requirements of the DEA EPCS regulation. This process will now be streamlined and handled exclusively by EHNAC for new accreditation candidates.

EHNAC-accredited organizations and commission members Surescripts and Emdeon weighed in on the accomplishment:

“There is no question that secure, electronic prescribing benefits patients, prescribers and pharmacies, especially when it comes to prescribing controlled substances,” said Paul Uhrig, chief administrative and privacy officer of Surescripts. “Surescripts has worked collaboratively with EHNAC and others across the industry to make e-prescribing a reality, and we’re committed to doing the same with EPCS today.”

Kevin Mahoney, executive vice president of Emdeon added: “This recognition by the DEA is an important step forward for the healthcare industry given EHNAC’s position as a well-established standards development organization for accrediting a wide variety of entities who electronically exchange healthcare data. Emdeon is pleased to have had the opportunity to support EHNAC through this process.”

About EHNAC
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.

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

January 27, 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.

Better, Smarter, Healthier: In historic announcement, HHS sets clear goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value

In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients.

HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018.  HHS also set a goal of tying 85 percent of all traditional Medicare payments to quality or value by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018 through programs such as the Hospital Value Based Purchasing and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Programs.  This is the first time in the history of the Medicare program that HHS has set explicit goals for alternative payment models and value-based payments.

To make these goals scalable beyond Medicare, Secretary Burwell also announced the creation of a Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.  Through the Learning and Action Network, HHS will work with private payers, employers, consumers, providers, states and state Medicaid programs, and other partners to expand alternative payment models into their programs.  HHS will intensify its work with states and private payers to support adoption of alternative payments models through their own aligned work, sometimes even exceeding the goals set for Medicare.  The Network will hold its first meeting in March 2015, and more details will be announced in the near future.

“Whether you are a patient, a provider, a business, a health plan, or a taxpayer, it is in our common interest to build a health care system that delivers better care, spends health care dollars more wisely and results in healthier people.  Today’s announcement is about improving the quality of care we receive when we are sick, while at the same time spending our health care dollars more wisely,” Secretary Burwell said. “We believe these goals can drive transformative change, help us manage and track progress, and create accountability for measurable improvement.”

“We’re all partners in this effort focused on a shared goal. Ultimately, this is about improving the health of each person by making the best use of our resources for patient good. We’re on board, and we’re committed to changing how we pay for and deliver care to achieve better health,” Douglas E. Henley, M.D., executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Academy of Family Physicians said.

“Advancing a patient-centered health system requires a fundamental transformation in how we pay for and deliver care. Today’s announcement by Secretary Burwell is a major step forward in achieving that goal,” AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni said. “Health plans have been on the forefront of implementing payment reforms in Medicare Advantage, Medicaid Managed Care, and in the commercial marketplace. We are excited to bring these experiences and innovations to this new collaboration.”

“Employers are increasingly taking steps to support the transition from payment based on volume to models of delivery and payment that promote value,” said Janet Marchibroda, Health Innovation Director and Executive Director of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “There is considerable bipartisan support for moving away from fee for service toward alternative payment models that reward value, improve outcomes, and reduce costs. This transition requires action not only by the private sector, but also the public sector, which is why today’s announcement is significant.”

“Today’s announcement will be remembered as a pivotal and transformative moment in making our health care system more patient- and family-centered,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families. “This kind of payment reform will drive fundamental changes in how care is delivered, making the health care system more responsive to those it serves and improving care coordination and communication among patients, families and providers. It will give patients and families the information, tools and supports they need to make better decisions, use their health care dollars wisely, and improve health outcomes.”

The Affordable Care Act created a number of new payment models that move the needle even further toward rewarding quality.  These models include ACOs, primary care medical homes, and new models of bundling payments for episodes of care.  In these alternative payment models, health care providers are accountable for the quality and cost of the care they deliver to patients. Providers have a financial incentive to coordinate care for their patients – who are therefore less likely to have duplicative or unnecessary x-rays, screenings and tests.  An ACO, for example, is a group of doctors, hospitals and health care providers that work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow health care cost growth. In addition, through the widespread use of health information technology, the health care data needed to track these efforts is now available.

Many health care providers today receive a payment for each individual service, such as a physician visit, surgery, or blood test, and it does not matter whether these services help – or harm – the patient. In other words, providers are paid based on the volume of care, rather than the value of care provided to patients. Today’s announcement would continue the shift toward paying providers for what works – whether it is something as complex as preventing or treating disease, or something as straightforward as making sure a patient has time to ask questions.

In 2011, Medicare made almost no payments to providers through alternative payment models, but today such payments represent approximately 20 percent of Medicare payments. The goals announced today represent a 50 percent increase by 2016. To put this in perspective, in 2014, Medicare fee-for-service payments were $362 billion.

HHS has already seen promising results on cost savings with alternative payment models, with combined total program savings of $417 million to Medicare due to existing ACO programs – HHS expects these models to continue the unprecedented slowdown in health care spending.  Moreover, initiatives like the Partnership for Patients, ACOs, Quality Improvement Organizations, and others have helped reduce hospital readmissions in Medicare by nearly eight percent– translating into 150,000 fewer readmissions between January 2012 and December 2013 – and quality improvements have resulted in saving 50,000 lives and $12 billion in health spending from 2010 to 2013, according to preliminary estimates.

To read a new Perspectives piece in the New England Journal of Medicine from Secretary Burwell: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1500445

To read more about why this matters: http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-01-26-2.html

To read a fact sheet about the goals and Learning and Action Network:http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-01-26-3.html

To learn more about Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People:http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-01-26.html

A blog from Secretary Burwell is here: http://1.usa.gov/1CYFKAk

Participants in today’s meeting include:

  • Kevin Cammarata, Executive Director, Benefits, Verizon
  • Christine Cassel, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Quality Forum
  • Tony Clapsis, Vice President, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
  • Jack Cochran, Executive Director, The Permanente Federation
  • Justine Handelman, Vice President Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Pamela French, Vice President, Compensation and Benefits, The Boeing Company
  • Richard J. Gilfillan, President and CEO, Trinity Health
  • Douglas E. Henley, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Karen Ignagni, President and Chief Executive Officer, America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, AARP
  • Mary  Langowski, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Policy, & Market Development, CVS Health
  • Stephen J. LeBlanc, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Network Relations, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Janet M. Marchibroda, Executive Director, CEO Council on Health and Innovation, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Patricia A. Maryland, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Health
  • Richard Migliori, Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealth Group
  • Elizabeth Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement
  • Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Samuel R. Nussbaum, Executive Vice President, Clinical Health Policy and Chief Medical Officer, Anthem, Inc.
  • Stephen Ondra, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Health Care Service Corporation
  • Andrew D. Racine, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Jaewon Ryu, Segment Vice President and President of Integrated Care Delivery, Humana Inc.
  • Fran S. Soistman, Executive Vice President, Government Services, Aetna Inc.
  • Maureen Swick, Representative, American Hospital Association
  • Robert M. Wah, President, American Medical Association
January 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.

ShareQuality, capturing quality data that matters, is now QCDR Ready

The Anesthesia Quality Institute recognizes Shareable Ink as QCDR ready

Nashville, TN (January 24, 2015) Shareable Ink®, an enterprise cloud-based platform that simplifies clinical documentation at the point-of-care, today announced the release of ShareQuality, the first mobile quality capture product that is QCDR ready, a new and highest level of quality distinction awarded by the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI).

ShareQuality helps anesthesia groups implement effective quality programs, participate in quality registries (such as AQI’s NACOR), and ensure appropriate reimbursements.  ShareQuality is unique because it is so easy to use and implement: iPad and cloud-based software captures requisite information without disrupting clinical workflow; real-time reports demonstrate progress and identify problems; sophisticated integration with AQI allows maximum Quality Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) participation.

“Practices can set themselves apart by being leaders in quality reporting and engaging in early adoption of the CMS preferred reporting mechanism, QCDR,” said Lance Mueller, AQI Director.  Shareable Ink, a leader in providing easy to use and adopt capture tools for anesthesiologists, has completed this advanced level of integration with AQI to become QCDR Ready.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program to encourage health care facilities and professionals to report quality data and the AQI provides the only quality registry for anesthesiology.  With claims-based reporting being phased out, advanced clinical solutions are necessary for to maximize reimbursement while advancing quality data capture.

“Capturing quality data at the point of care is simply the best way to improve safety and achieve better outcomes.  Shareable Ink is proud to work with the Anesthesia Quality Institute and integrate our ShareQuality product with the QCDR,” said Laurie McGraw, president and CEO of Shareable Ink.

Shareable Ink will speak about its ShareQuality offering during The ASA QCDR: Reporting Quality Measures that Matter session at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Practice Management 2015 conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

About Shareable Ink

Shareable Ink is an enterprise cloud-based platform that simplifies clinical documentation and EHR use by capturing structured, clinically-rich data using natural input tools including iPad, digital pen and voice recognition. Our solutions for anesthesia, surgery centers, providers and patient check-in are used in leading hospitals and healthcare systems across North America. Shareable Ink amplifies what works in healthcare, and enables clinicians to focus on the patient, deliver the best outcomes and improve the bottom line. For additional information, please visit www.shareableink.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.

par8o Announces $10.5 Million in Series A Funding

Funding will Support Company Mission to Enable Healthcare Organizations to Optimize Resources to Deliver Quality Care

Boston, MA, January 8, 2015par8o, Healthcare’s Operating System, today announced $10.5 million in Series A funding from Atlas Venture, Founder Collective, CHV Capital and other investors. Since the company’s founding in 2012, a growing and diverse list of organizations have adopted the par8o platform, including the largest employer in the State of Nevada, MGM Resorts, and several pre-eminent academic medical centers, including Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals in Boston and facilities that are part of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York.

Started by the physicians who founded SERMO, the largest on-line physician community in the world, par8o traces its roots back to the on-line discussions around the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Even then, physicians recognized that success in the new era of healthcare would require a new approach to matching the right patient to the right resource at the right time. The par8o Healthcare Operating System allows 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 implement 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.

“We, as a nation, face a formidable challenge to transform our health system to do more with less. Gone is the belief that all parties can optimize exclusively for their own interests, replaced with the recognition that the future will be one of convergence, offering patients not just compassionate care, but a cost-effective, seamless customer experience as well,” said Daniel Palestrant, MD, co-founder and CEO at par8o. “par8o is working to bridge the problematic gaps in EMR technology, facilitate better information sharing, and ease office workflows so that physicians have a smarter way to match patients to the right next step in their care.”

“We’ve seen an explosion in healthcare technology innovation in the last few years. With shifting demographics, policy changes and cost pressures on the healthcare system, the environment is ripe for innovation,” said Jeff Fagnan, Partner at Atlas Venture. “par8o is well positioned to usher in the change that is needed. We are looking forward to the company’s continued growth as they tackle quality, communication and cost — some of healthcare’s biggest issues today.”

par8o gives healthcare organizations a new, comprehensive view into how patients move through their facilities, enabling physicians to remain engaged in every step of the patient’s treatment. The cloud-based platform ensures transitions in care match plan design and that relevant information — such as a test result or discharge plan — are easily available. By adopting the par8o platform and streamlining transitions in care, organizations are able to match the right patient to the right resource at the right time. To date, every par8o customer has expanded their engagement with the company after experiencing initial results.

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. The par8o platform acts as 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. To learn more about par8o, please visitwww.par8o.com.

January 8, 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.

Amazing Charts Releases 2015 Predictions for Medicine and Technology

Membership Medicine Will Come on Strong; Patients Will Help Define Their Healthcare Experience; EHRs Will Get Personalized

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – January 07, 2015) – Amazing Charts, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems for physician practices, today issued its healthcare predictions for 2015.

  1. Membership Medicine Comes on Strong: The patient membership approach to medicine will grow in all forms, including value-based Direct Primary Care (DPC), high-end Concierge Medicine, and primary care services contracted directly by employers. Market-driven medicine, fueled by changes occurring in healthcare today, such as inexpensive health plans with very high deductibles, will continue to encourage consumers to explore more cost-effective alternatives for primary care.
  2. Patients Help Define the Experience: The patient, in partnership with the provider, will help define the care experience going forward. This trend will be powered by technologies that enhance face-to-face interaction in the exam room. One example is the projection of an EHR onto a large display screen to facilitate information sharing between provider and patient. This in turn will help reduce errors and misdiagnosis, as well as motivate patients to take a renewed interest in their own healthcare and treatment options.
  3. EHRs Get Personalized: The EHR market will further mature and become customizable for individual patient needs and treatment plans. Intuitive data analytics will play a critical role here, helping clinicians measure, assess and manage their specific patient populations to better define specific gaps in clinical care and introduce the latest evidenced-based treatment procedures or diagnostic techniques.
  4. Wearable Health Devices Empower Patients: Led by FitBit, the market for mobile health monitoring devices saw explosive growth in 2014. Now Apple is entering the scene, and 2015 promises to see even more apps and devices introduced to consumers. How the government regulates these devices may depend on how they are marketed. For example, a glucometer could be unregulated if the intent is for a user to monitor blood sugar levels for better nutrition. If the same glucometer is marketed for monitoring diabetics, however, it may be more strictly regulated as a medical device.
  5. EHR Interoperability Still Around the Corner: While all EHRs will not be able to seamlessly communicate in 2015, the core infrastructure for increased data liquidity will largely be in place. The data standards of the CCDA and its predecessor, the CCD, are increasingly used by EHR vendors. In addition, Meaningful Use Stage 2 mandates that patients can receive a digital summary of their own records on demand. These positive steps forward will combine in 2015 to get us closer to the promise of data interoperability.
  6. EHR Switching Accelerates: Many practices selected an EHR system lured by the promise of Meaningful Use incentives and now find themselves dissatisfied with their decision, primarily because the solution is not user friendly and slows them down. Despite barriers to switching systems, we will witness a mass conversion of solutions toward EHRs that better meet providers’ expectations and requirements.
  7. The Doctor Will NOT Be In: In 2015 and beyond we will see reimbursements drive the “virtual” appointment, whereby health plans will reimburse clinicians for online patient visits. Patients and their providers will connect over virtual platforms for scheduling, reviewing test results, writing prescriptions, etc. As they do, more and more insurers will follow suit as technology advances and claims its place in the doctor’s office.

About Amazing Charts
Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 6,800 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts.com, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

January 7, 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.

Wellbe, Inc. Closes New Investment Round of $2.42 Million

Wellbe has closed on a new $2.42 million investment. The round included investments from Terrence Gibbons, former CEO of Pharmacy OneSource; Greg Baldwin, former CEO of Baxa; Mark Bakken, former CEO of Nordic Consulting; and Philip Seeger, CEO and President of Medcor, among others.

Wellbe helps hospitals adapt to new market expectations for value-driven care by leveraging patient navigation to reduce risk, improve efficiency and increase competitiveness. The cloud-based platform combines vital tools for patient engagement and care coordination to help patients and care teams achieve satisfying outcomes by actively engaging them with step-by-step guidance along their journey of care.

“I am very excited to be involved with Wellbe as they leverage the success they have had to date,” said Seeger. “Guided CarePaths will have a significant influence on the outcomes of patient procedures. It is wonderful to be involved with a talented team dedicated to changing the patient experience.”

Wellbe was recently recognized as the Patient Engagement category winner in the 2014 Fierce Innovation Awards byFierceHealthcare. Earlier this year, Butler Health System was given a CI+T Accelerator Award by Clinical Innovation + Technology for their use of Wellbe. Additionally, Avera McKennan Hospital and Wellbe were featured in the December issue of OR Manager for their innovative approach to orthopedic pain management. The recognition and visibility have helped the company double its customer base in six months.

“Healthcare is still too fragmented and complex. Visionary hospital leaders across the country transforming their organizations for value-driven care have determined that a navigated patient experience can deliver good results in reduced risk and improved efficiency,” said James Dias, CEO of Wellbe. “More importantly, our patients are extremely satisfied with their online experience. This new investment will grow our team and help spread these best practices and benefits to more patients across the industry.”

About Wellbe, Inc. (http://www.wellbe.me)
Wellbe, the inventor of the cloud-based Guided CarePath, works with health providers to engage patients as partners in their episodes of care. Our Guided CarePaths empower patients to learn and take the actions required to achieve better outcomes at lower costs. High-performing hospitals use Wellbe’s Connected Care solutions to improve the experience and efficiency of helping patients to successfully navigate their medical treatments and surgeries.

January 5, 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.

CHIME and KLAS Formalize Partnership Agreement

Release Top 10 Trends of 2014 Report for CIOs  

ANN ARBOR, MI, December 22, 2014 - Today, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) formalized its partnership agreement with KLAS Enterprises, an independent researcher of healthcare technology vendors, products and services for the provider market.

The partnership, announced in October, will aim to accelerate industry performance and provide support to IT leaders during a critical and transformative time in healthcare. New details of the agreement include co-developing best practice and benchmarking studies; establishing an industry recognition program for the healthcare C-suite; distributing KLAS research briefs produced exclusively for members of CHIME and its affiliated associations; and offering discounted KLAS executive services to CHIME members.

“To keep pace with the healthcare industry’s rapidly changing environment, our goal is to get critical, timely market data into the hands of our members, so they can make informed decisions and effectively lead their organizations,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “With incentive dollars and strategic assets on the line, there is no room for error, and one of the best ways CHIME can help those driving the digitization of healthcare is to partner with prominent industry research leaders like KLAS, to ensure CIOs and the members of their team are equipped with the means necessary for success.”

 

With considerable pressure on providers to meet organizational and regulatory objectives, KLAS Founder Kent Gale said the mutually beneficial partnership will help to strengthen industry high-standards in patient care quality, efficiency and safety.

“By partnering with CHIME, we can assist the industry’s IT vendor and service firms to excel, align their goals and objectives with client success, and become key drivers of innovation,” he said.

 

Gale added that the information shared by the members CHIME will serve as an invaluable resource “in helping us to accurately administer performance-based data.”

To commemorate the partnership, CHIME and KLAS have jointly released “The 10 Trends of 2014 You May Have Missed,” a collection of notable KLAS research findings, tailored for healthcare IT leaders. This report is currently available exclusively to members of CHIME.

“CHIME is proud to partner with the research professionals of KLAS as we focus our combined energies in the advancement and future of our industry,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. “Our members, together with KLAS, will help foster performance excellence and guide 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.chimecentral.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.

December 23, 2014 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.

Orion Health™ Completes $125 Million IPO in New Zealand

Trading Began on NZX Main Board and ASX in November

Boston, MA – December 16, 2014Orion Health, a leading population health management company, announced that shares of Orion Health Group Limited (Orion Health, the Company) began trading on the NZX Main Board and ASX following a successful IPO that raised $125 million (NZD) which included $120 million in new capital. Strong demand for the shares from eligible institutions and the clients of NZX firms saw the shares priced at $5.70, at the top of the indicative price range of $4.30-$5.70.

“Both our new shareholders and those who have supported the company over the last 21 years clearly understand the dynamics of the health data expansion and Orion Health’s ability to deliver world class solutions that will provide better outcomes for patients, providers and those who fund healthcare services,” said Andrew Ferrier, Orion Health Chairman. “Orion Health is now equipped with the resources necessary to invest in additional research and development to capture these once in a generation opportunities for innovation.”

“Health industries in many countries are aware of the impending funding crisis they will experience in the next few years. This will be driven by aging populations – the huge increase in health data likely to flow from new devices and the demands of patients for greater control over their own healthcare,” said Orion Health Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ian McCrae. “Orion Health is already at the forefront with solutions that are delivering benefits to 450 customers across 25 countries. We are now funded to significantly increase our research and development efforts to expand our capability and solutions for customers.”

McCrae retains 98% of his shareholding and still holds 50.3% of the company. Orion Health’s shares trade with the code OHE on both the NZX Main Board and ASX. Deustche Craigs and First NZ Capital were Joint Lead Managers for the IPO.

About Orion Health Inc.

Orion Health, a population health management company, makes healthcare information available anywhere by providing healthcare IT connectivity in nearly every U.S. state and in over 30 countries worldwide—facilitating care for tens of millions of patients every day. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health facilitates data exchange within and among provider organizations, accountable care organizations, health plans, governments and health information exchanges, to improve care coordination, enable population health management, enhance quality of care and help reduce costs. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

December 16, 2014 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.

Coalfire Predicts: In 2015 the Cost of Cybersecurity and Risk Management Will Remain on Track to Double

Fueled by cyber-crime, cyber-ware, and cyber-terrorism

DENVER–Coalfire, the leading independent information technology governance, risk and compliance (IT GRC) firm, today released its top ten cybersecurity predictions for 2015.

“It’s time for companies to start looking ahead at the next generation of threats and to step up their game to better protect consumer data. The threat landscape is continuously evolving. If you don’t already have threat intelligence and response plans ready for implementation in 2015, now is the time. As 2014 ends, it’s clear this was the year everything changed in the world of information security,” said Rick Dakin, Coalfire’s CEO and chief security strategist. “As high-profile data breaches were announced one after another, consumers stopped believing companies took protecting their information seriously.”

Coalfire conducts more than 1,000 audits and assessments of systems containing sensitive data each year. Based on the trends in those investigations, Dakin predicts the following for 2015:

  1. Motivated Threat Actors – The number and sophistication of cyber threats will continue to increase exponentially. Fueled by both geopolitics and economic incentives, international (and often state-sponsored) criminal organizations will escalate their development of offensive cyber capabilities.
  2. Redefining the Defense – The demands of cybersecurity are fundamentally changing IT. Cyber risk management and security compliance will take an equal weight to other design criteria like functionality, capacity and performance. Financial ROIs will be balanced by a new understanding of risk exposure for sub-par solutions.
  3. Three Heads vs. One – In large organizations, there are technical roles that require the knowledge and experience of CIOs, CTOs and CISOs. While some have predicted the death of the CIO role, we see instead a balancing of responsibility between three peers.
  4. Investments Will Increase – In the face of pernicious new threats, the cost of cybersecurity and risk management will remain on track to double over the next three years.
  5. New Fronts – The expansion of mobility, cloud computing, bring your own device (BYOD) policies, and the Internet of Things will provide new (and previously unforeseen) opportunities for cyber-crime, cyber-warfare, and cyber-terrorism.
  6. Universal Monitoring – As a result of cyber-incidents, every organization (or person) will be using some form of continuous monitoring service (threat, scanning, identity or credit). These will be legislated, mandated by financials institutions or insurers, or acquired on their own behalf.
  7. Business Leadership on Policy Development – Executive leadership will lead to further development and maturation of standards across private sector and governmental organizations. This approach to security and cyber risk management will reduce the potential for “unforeseen” damage from cyber-attacks, cyber warfare and cyberterrorism.
  8. New Threat Detection and Response Technologies – There will be an increased use of crowdsourcing, machine intelligence, and cognitive/advanced analytics to detect and stay ahead of threats. Bounties for catching bad actors and advanced algorithmics will help the “good guys” identify and stay ahead of the hordes of malicious players.
  9. Improved Security – New and better applications of authentication, EMV, encryption and tokenized solutions will increase the security of payments and other personal and confidential information. Apple Pay and other next-generation solutions will overcome anti-NFC inertia and lead to increasing adoption of mobile-based security technologies for both retail payment and other applications, such as healthcare, where critical and confidential information is exchanged.
  10. Back to Offense – We will see the beginnings of a shift from cyber-defense to cyber-offense. From attempting to build impenetrable systems, to building systems that make it possible to identify attackers and provide the means to prosecute, frustrate or delay them.

About Coalfire

Coalfire is the leading, independent cyber security and risk management firm that provides audit, assessment, advisory and compliance management solutions. Founded in 2001, Coalfire has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando, Washington D.C. and England and completes thousands of projects annually in retail, financial services, healthcare, government and utilities. Coalfire’s solutions are adapted to requirements under emerging data privacy legislation, the PCI DSS, GLBA, FFIEC, HIPAA/HITECH, HITRUST, NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley, FISMA and FedRAMP. For more information, visit www.coalfire.com

December 12, 2014 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.

Statewide Health Information Network of New York Introduces New Alert System to Improve Care for High-Risk Patients

New York State Department of Health, Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar Demonstrate How Healthix’s Clinical Event Notifications Protect Patients in New York City and Long Island through Real-Time Alerts

New York, NY: The New York State Health Department today joined with Healthix, the Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar to provide an update on the development of New York’s new electronic health record system, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

To demonstrate how the SHIN-NY operates on a regional level, the group highlighted Healthix’s patient alert system, which allows care managers to receive real-time alerts when their patients are admitted to or discharged from a hospital, helping to improve care coordination and reduce avoidable hospital re-admissions.

Healthix, the largest of the nine Qualified Entities that comprise the SHIN-NY, already facilitates health information exchange for 10 million patients across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

“Healthix and the other regional networks that comprise the Statewide Health Information Network of New York are essential to improving the delivery of health care in the Empire State,” said acting New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “By utilizing advancements in health technology, the SHIN-NY network has given us the ability to ensure that critical health data is up to date and available when it is needed the most.”

Earlier this year, the New York State legislature voted to appropriate $55MM to support the development of the SHIN-NY — a “network of networks.”   The SHIN-NY will enable doctors and patients to securely access their electronic health records no matter where they live or work in the state.  Access to critical health information will improve the quality of care and help reduce unnecessary hospital re-admissions, a key driver of healthcare expenditures in New York.

Healthix’s patient alert system, also known as Clinical Event Notifications, triggers over 5,000 monthly real-time updates to case managers about their high-risk patients, allowing them to better navigate crisis situations and develop comprehensive health care plans to further their care in the future.

“We at Healthix are gratified to be able to deliver tools designed to support providers, assist care managers and help coordinate the care of patients, many of whom struggle with multiple co-morbidities and other complex conditions,” said Tom Check, CEO of Healthix.  “With a growing number of participating clinical, behavioral health and social service providers, as well as health plans, Healthix provides secure access to current patient information wherever and whenever it’s needed.”

 

The Brooklyn Health Home (BHH) coordinates care for over 8,000 at-risk patients across the borough of Brooklyn, and has utilized Healthix’s clinical event notifications with successful results. By using the system, the Health Home’s community-based care managers have been able to expeditiously respond to their patients’ urgent care needs, including visits to emergency rooms and hospital admissions. For example, care managers can bring critical information about patients to hospital staff in real-time, and communicate with patients’ providers in the community to collaborate on care plans that will prevent avoidable hospital visits in the future.

BHH has also implemented protocols that are triggered once a care manager receives an alert. For example, care managers must visit hospitalized patients within two business days, and conduct case conferences with the clinical team. In the third quarter of 2014, Brooklyn Health Home care managers received over 1,300 clinical event notifications from Healthix, and timely responses to these alerts increased by 10% from February – September of 2014.

“Real-time communication and collaboration with a patient’s care team, especially around critical events like ER visits and hospital stays, is the fundamental core of our program,” said Dr. Karen Nelson, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Health Home and Senior Vice President of Integrated Delivery Systems at Maimonides Medical Center. “The Healthix alerts, which are integrated in our care coordination IT platform, are the key drivers that facilitate understanding the root causes of acute care utilization and developing care plans to keep individuals well, in their communities, and accessing appropriate care and services.”

Oscar, the innovative health insurance company representing 17,000 members in New York, has also utilized Healthix’s Clinical Event Notifications for over six months. Thanks to the system, Oscar’s medical team has engaged 80% of their members who generated a Healthix notification on a variety of urgent healthcare issues. Healthix’s system notified Oscar’s medical team of 66 Emergency Room visits and hospital admissions in the past six weeks alone, allowing Oscar’s nurses to provide appropriate care management services, including: care coordination with the Hospital Discharge Planner about post- acute services, arranging and authorizing outpatient rehabilitation and delivery and authorization of medical equipment and supplies.

“Healthix Clinical Event Notifications have enabled Oscar to support our members through new, meaningful interactions with care,” said Oscar co-founder and co-CEO Mario Schlosser.“The CEN process has had a significant effect on improving both the velocity and effectiveness of Case Management and Care Coordination at Oscar. Through this partnership our in-house team of doctors and nurses are able to supplement their knowledge of member health and in turn continue to provide simple, intuitive, health care for all.”

In addition to the Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar, a growing number of healthcare organizations are utilizing Healthix’s alert system, including: NYU Langone Medical Center, Mount Sinai Health System, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Lutheran Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. (FEGS), ProHEALTH Care Associates LLP, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and others.

Currently, patient health data in Healthix is accessible only to healthcare providers within New York City and Long Island. But in 2015 the SHIN-NY will expand Healthix’s reach by connecting healthcare providers and case managers to critical patient health information no matter where they are located in the state, with patient consent. For example, if a patient from New York City needed emergency care while visiting Albany, the SHIN-NY would give the treating physician instant access to that patient’s records in order to provide effective treatment.  For patients who live in areas that border several other regions such as the Hudson Valley, the SHIN-NY, will make it easier for all of their providers to access and share the patient’s health records seamlessly.

In addition to improving the quality of care and improving patient safety, creating a statewide network is expected to save hundreds of millions across the state through reduced re-admissions and eliminating redundant tests. For more information about the SHIN-NY, please visit www.nyehealth.org.

About Healthix:
Healthix is a Qualified Entity, devoted to developing, deploying and operating innovative uses of interoperable health information technology and analytics to facilitate patient-centric care for New Yorkers. Healthix was formed through mergers between NYCLIX, LIPIX, and most recently BHIX. The newly merged Healthix expertly delivers health information exchange services, access to clinical data and the tools to support care coordination for over 10 million patients and over 140 participant organizations serving over 500 locations in New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Please visit www.healthix.org to learn more.

About Oscar:
Oscar is a new kind of health insurance company, designed to put people first. Through a high-tech, data-driven approach, easy-to-understand language and a unique set of benefits, Oscar is drastically changing the way we think about and interact with our health insurance. Founded in 2012, Oscar makes health insurance simple, transparent and human. For more information, visit hioscar.com or holaoscar.com.

About the Brooklyn Health Home:
The Brooklyn Health Home (BHH), led by Maimonides Medical Center, was designated by New York State in December 2011. Its goal is to identify, engage and address the full range of behavioral, medical and social problems affecting thousands of patients with multiple chronic conditions, serious mental illness and/or HIV. The BHH fosters collaboration and the timely exchange of patient information among involved providers and drives measurable improvements in patient engagement and outcomes.

BHH currently serves over 8,000 members who live and/or receive care in Brooklyn.

About New York State Department of Health:
The New York State Department of Health is charged with protecting the health, productivity and wellbeing of all New Yorkers by striving to create healthy communities and ensuring access to quality, evidence-based, cost-effective health services. With a budget of more than $58 billion, the Department regulates more than 200 hospitals and hundreds of other health care facilities; administers the state’s public health insurance programs; oversees more than 80,000 New York state-licensed doctors, administers the state health benefit marketplace, NY State of Health; runs a premier biomedical laboratory; and supports numerous, innovative public health and prevention initiatives.

December 11, 2014 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.