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Providers Rethink Health Information Management Strategy in Face of Brewing ICD-10 Storm

Regulatory requirements and ICD-10 changes challenge current go-forward strategies     

Orem, Utah – January 8, 2013 - Providers tell KLAS they are reassessing their go-forward health information management (HIM) strategies accompanying ICD-10 to address new challenges around organizational consolidation or expansion, EMRs, and other HIM technology implementations. This and other insights can be found in a new KLAS report entitled HIM Services 2012: Helping to Weather the Storm.

“The monumental shift to ICD-10 has providers worried about keeping up with regulatory requirements, obtaining and retaining the right staff, and handling the fluctuation in volumes and productivity that they predict will occur,” said Graham Triggs, research director. “As volumes increase with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for the next 18 years, the need for adequate, qualified, and trained staff becomes clear.”

Biggest HIM Department Challenge

To address these staffing and other HIM challenges, some providers are looking to third-party assistance to outsource transcription (MTSO), coding, scanning, or release of information. Providers looking to alleviate ICD-10 coding concerns are also considering computer-assisted coding (CAC) and clinical documentation improvement technology, which are also discussed in depth in this report.

A major focus of this report is a detailed discussion of the turnaround times, report quality, account management, and administrative tools of MTSO firms. Providers have also identified clear distinctions as they examine what firms offer in expertise and tools and their track records of client satisfaction.

Precyse and TransTech top the satisfaction rankings, but more comprehensive offerings by larger firms Nuance and M*Modal continue to dominate market share. Among reasons discussed in the report for Precyse’s and TransTech’s scores are their unique HIM offerings. Precyse offers clients transcription and coding services, a CAC product, and the ability to fully outsource the HIM department. TransTech is onshore only but still delivers consistent report quality and fast turnaround times as well as offering a unique service for radiologists. The key reasons behind Nuance’s and M*Modal’s offerings and market share dominance are discussed at length as well.

Other fully rated MTSO firms include Accentus, Acusis, Nuance (Transcend), and Superior Global. Early data and component firms include Amphion, FutureNet, Keystrokes, MedScribe, M*Modal, NEMT, PJ&A, StenTel, and Transdyne. Findings about Alpha Systems for scanning services and about Healthport and MRO Corp for release of information are also discussed.

To learn more about HIM Services 2012: Helping to Weather the Storm, please visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

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 their staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, emailmarketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

January 31, 2013 I Written By

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

Shareable Ink Appoints Lance Fusacchia as Chief Financial Officer

Shareable Ink is continuing to upgrade its team with more experienced, senior executives and today’s announcement is no exception. The company has just appointed Lance Fusacchia as Chief Financial Officer. Lance has been a CFO multiple times and has sold three companies, including the last transcription company that he founded. His mission: to help grow the company. He believes in Shareable Ink so much he’s voting with his feet and relocating from Atlanta to Nashville.

Atlanta-Based Senior Executive Relocates to Nashville and Complements Company’s Expertise in Clinical Data Analytics

Nashville, TN (September 12, 2012) Shareable Ink®, the enterprise cloud computing company that transforms handwritten documentation to structured data and predictive analytics, today announced that Lance Fusacchia has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). An experienced C-level financial executive, Lance brings more than 25 years of experience as a financial, strategic, and operational leader to Shareable Ink. He will be responsible for providing financial support of business objectives tied to driving the company’s continued growth.

Most recently Lance founded, served as CEO, and then served as CFO of Webmedx, a medical transcription, speech recognition, and analytics company, which was acquired by Nuance in 2011. He has also held positions at several early and mid-stage growth companies, including Automated Healthcare (acquired by McKesson) and Extrel (acquired by Millipore).

“Lance is an industry veteran who has created tremendous shareholder value throughout his career,” said Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. “In his previous role at Webmedx, Lance helped grow a successful business that bridged physician documentation with clinical data and analytics. He represents a solid addition to our team.”

I am thrilled to join the Shareable Ink team and support the company’s next phase of growth and expansion,” said Lance Fusacchia. “As the healthcare industry becomes increasingly data-driven, the Shareable Ink mission also becomes increasingly important.”

Later this Fall, Lance will relocate to Nashville to support the rapidly growing business and team.

About Shareable Ink

Shareable Ink helps healthcare organizations of all sizes transition to electronic health records without disruption to workflow or burdensome IT projects. Its enterprise cloud-based platform incorporates natural input tools, including iPads and digital pen and paper technology featuring Anoto functionality. The resulting structured and clinically-encoded output populates the EHR with discrete data, as if typed in directly. Built-in analytics give hospitals and practices insight into their operations — from a clinical, quality and efficiency standpoint — all previously inaccessible from traditional handwritten records. For additional information, visit www.shareableink.com.

October 8, 2012 I Written By

Amphion Medical Solutions Launches Triton Health Document Cloud™

Innovative cloud-based solution provides hospitals with the flexibility needed to respond to evolving transcription needs

MADISON, Wis. – Aug. 28, 2012 – Amphion Medical Solutions, an innovative provider of transcription and coding technology and outsourcing services, announced today the launch of Triton Health Document Cloud™. The flexible cloud-based transcription solution helps hospitals maximize budgets and resources, in part by facilitating a seamless transition between in-house and outsourced services in response to evolving needs.

“Amphion understands the challenge hospitals face to continuously deliver superior transcription services despite rapidly changing dictation volumes,” said Mike Cavill, chairman and co-founder, Amphion Medical Solutions. “For years, Triton has been the platform across which Amphion delivered the transcription services that helped our clients achieve those quality outcomes. Now Triton is available to any hospital interested in leveraging the power of the cloud to reduce costs and better manage their in-house transcription resources.”

Triton Health Document Cloud integrates M*Modal’s advanced speech understanding and natural language processing (NLP) technologies to create the next generation of clinical documentation workflow. It improves productivity by providing organizations with multiple options: providing transcriptionists with highly accurate documents ready for editing or giving clinicians the option to dictate, review and electronically sign reports in one session or send partial dictations to the transcriptionist for completion.

Triton also provides hospitals with the flexibility to retain all transcription in-house or to seamlessly shift overflow or full services to Amphion’s experienced transcription team as needed. Further, Triton is based upon Amphion’s “right-sized” demand-based pricing model, which means hospitals pay only for the transcribed volumes produced. This reduces costs by aligning transcription expenses with actual utilization.

“The flexibility of the Triton platform streamlines our transcription processes, while the robust management console gives us the ability to easily track all transcription-related activities and quickly adjust to changes in volume,” said Nancy Cloutier, HIM director of Boston-based Hallmark Health System. “Triton has helped us accelerate turnaround times, increase efficiencies and save time and money. It is unlike anything we have ever experienced before.”

Its robust speech understanding capabilities mean Triton is positioned to help hospitals meet proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria by translating physician dictation into searchable, structured information. Narrative clinical data, including diagnostic, procedural, medication and allergy information, is indexed and encoded for download into the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system, while Triton’s NLP capabilities transform narrative dictation into standardized, structured and codified HL7-compliant CDA output.

The Triton platform integrates easily with admission-discharge-transfer (ADT) and EHR systems and can be deployed by department or enterprise-wide. Finally, because Triton is cloud-based, no upfront investment in hardware or software is required and ongoing maintenance costs are eliminated.

About Amphion Medical Solutions

Founded in 2001, Amphion Medical Solutions (www.amphionmedical.com) delivers complete outsourcing services and solutions to meet healthcare clients’ transcription, coding and technology needs. With extensive healthcare expertise and leading-edge technology, Amphion leverages the proven benefits of transcription and coding outsourcing and provides organizations with the technology they need to manage an in-house transcription team. Featured products include Triton, a voice-recognition transcription platform, and Themis, a remote coding solution.

September 24, 2012 I Written By

M*Modal Debuts Cloud-Based Speech UnderstandingTM Platform With Extensive M*Modal ‘Fluency’ Family of Clinical Solutions

M*Modal announced the latest/greatest in a cohesive line of clinical speech solutions – Fluency Direct.  Fluency Direct voice-enables EHRs and other clinical systems from anywhere, allowing physicians the flexibility of dictating their notes on-the-go while still providing top functionality needed to tell a more complete patient narrative in real-time.

Platform includes new M*Modal Fluency DirectTM to speech-enable EHRs and orchestrate healthcare workflows

FRANKLIN, Tenn.–(May 9, 2012)M*Modal (MModal Inc. – NASDAQ/GS: MODL), a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced the launch of M*Modal Fluency™, a new family of clinical solutions built on the Company’s cloud-based healthcare Speech Understanding platform. The Company also today introduced M*Modal Fluency Direct™, which speech-enables EHRs and other clinical systems on any workstation, anywhere in the enterprise to assist care providers from every medical specialty in the creation of high-quality clinical documentation. Providers can conversationally update patient narratives while M*Modal Fluency Direct interprets and understands their statements and populates EHR templates in a real-time, single process.

“At M*Modal, we’ve taken a unique approach to capturing the complete patient story through the power of advanced Speech Understanding,” said Vern Davenport, Chairman and CEO, M*Modal. “We see the doctor’s narrative as a rich source of unstructured clinical data that can now be easily created, explored and analyzed to enhance the quality of care in the most efficient and meaningful ways, while improving internal processes, such as reimbursement.”

Benefiting from a decade of continuous advancements, this latest market introduction furthers M*Modal’s rich heritage of delivering speech technologies, contextual understanding and workflow orchestration technologies to the healthcare industry. The new line of M*Modal Fluency clinical solutions has been built on M*Modal’s proprietary cloud-based Speech Understanding platform. The M*Modal Fluency family of solutions was designed to orchestrate information-enabled dynamic workflows that improve the quality, completeness and compliance of clinical documentation. M*Modal Fluency Direct provides:

  • Speech Understanding Capability: This capability surpasses traditional speech recognition technology, by analyzing the spoken word, understanding the intent and generating actionable data that informs and drives workflow – all with unmatched accuracy in a real-time, single process.
  • Fully Integrated Enterprise-Class Technology: Whether relying on mobile reporting, direct EHR speech enablement or simply back-end transcription, providers enjoy a consistent, personalized experience from any location. All M*Modal Fluency solutions rely on a single, cohesive technology platform housed in the cloud.
  • Out-of-the-Box Accuracy from Day One: There is no need to train M*Modal Fluency. For the past eight years and 200,000 physician voices later, the system has processed and analyzed huge quantities of data to understand the spoken word and in what context it was spoken. It understands each physician’s accent, dialect, cadence and any sub-specialty terminology right out of the gate.
  • The Power of the Cloud: M*Modal Fluency allows providers to access a reliable and secure platform anytime, anywhere, on any workstation and provides IT departments with a streamlined deployment model that is easy to maintain.
  • Meaningful Use and ICD-10: M*Modal Fluency enables providers to be more efficient at capturing patient information in their clinical systems. This in turn drives adoption of EHRs and facilitates compliance with incentive programs such as Meaningful Use, as well as assisting with the transition to ICD-10.

The M*Modal Fluency family of speech understanding solutions includes:

  • M*Modal Fluency Direct™: Integrates effortlessly with leading EHRs and other clinical systems. Rather than typing, physicians simply speak into their EHR. In a single step, their voice instantly populates their system of choice.
  • M*Modal Fluency for Transcription™: Offers a single document management and workflow solution integrating the capture of voice with speech recognition, editing and electronic signature tools. Includes document distribution and EHR integration capabilities as well as advanced reporting analytics for data-driven decisions in support of workflow and quality improvements.
  • M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™: Redefines reporting by combining three solutions into one comprehensive platform – Speech Understanding technology with real-time prompts, unified worklists and departmental business analytics – to measurably improve productivity, efficiency, quality and patient outcomes.
  • M*Modal Fluency for Coding™: Uniquely combines computer-assisted coding, an embedded encoder and powerful workflow management tools to instantly impact the bottom line and ease the transition to ICD-10.
  • M*Modal Fluency for Practices™: Enables physician practices to be compliant and productive with a cloud-based document management platform, easy dictation, quality transcription and seamless integration with EHRs and other clinical systems.

“M*Modal Fluency is plug-and-play. It’s helpful to be able to just carry the mic as opposed to carrying a big computer with you,” said Daniel Fischman, MD, MMM, Physician Champion for Clinical Informatics, PinnacleHealth. “M*Modal is very precise regarding physician language. It’s geared towards the way physicians think and the way physicians speak. When I want to capture a patient or physician conversation, I’m now able to dictate complex or long conversations in a natural conversational manner.”

“Speech capability in the health care marketplace is exploding. However, to be successful, speech must be accompanied by natural language understanding,” said Dave Garets, General Manager and Executive Director of the Health Care IT research services, The Advisory Board Company. “The solution in demand is a cloud technology platform that a physician can leverage anywhere, anytime, with a unique voice profile that speeds more granular clinical documentation and helps enrich the information in the health care organization’s EMR and business intelligence tools.”

For more information on M*Modal and the M*Modal Fluency family of products, please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About M*Modal

M*Modal (NASDAQ/GS: MODL) is a leading provider of clinical transcription services, clinical documentation workflow solutions, advanced cloud-based Speech UnderstandingTM technology, and advanced unstructured data analytics. Recognized as the largest clinical transcription service in the U.S. with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also offers voice to text solutions to capture the complete patient story, codifies the doctor’s narrative to automatically populate EHRs and other key healthcare information systems, delivers computer-assisted coding to support ICD-9 and the transition to ICD-10, and provides highly advanced analytical tools for exploring the richness within the “unstructured” narrative for improvements in quality of care, greater physician satisfaction and lower operational costs. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

May 13, 2012 I Written By

Olympus Now Offers Two Dictation Solutions for Healthcare Professionals – #HIMSS12

Did you know that Olympus has stationary and mobile dictation solutions for healthcare professionals?  It’s the latest technology to increase productivity, improve workflow, and make data management easier and more secure for professionals in all healthcare environments. If you are at HIMSS12, Olympus will be demonstrating these devices. I encourage you to check them out at Booth 5956.

Latest Digital Dictation Devices from Olympus to be Featured at HIMSS12

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 20, 2012 – Olympus, a named recognized around the world for its superior audio recorders for more than 40 years, will present its Professional Audio line of digital dictation technology at the HIMSS12 Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, NV from February 20 – 24, 2012.

Olympus is a global leader in developing innovative dictation systems designed to be the ‘go to’ communication tools for delivering quality, efficiency and security. Olympus’ representation at HIMSS12 will provide valuable insight on the latest dictation technology available to benefit healthcare IT and management systems professionals. HIMSS12 attendees are encouraged to visit Booth# 5956 to learn more and see how Olympus digital dictation can be customized to meet the needs of their hospital, medical practice, nonprofit organization, or other healthcare setting.

OLYMPUS PROFESSIONAL AUDIO COMMITMENT TO HEALTHCARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The Professional Audio family includes the breakthrough DS series – including the flagship Olympus DS-5000® digital recorder and the Olympus DS-3400® digital recorder which feature USB Mass Storage class, large LCD screen, file encryption and decryption, as well as removable SD memory and PC link capabilities.

The newest Professional Audio products – the Directrec 1200, 2200 and 2300 – provide users with expanded technological, ‘power in the palm of their hand.’ New features include a strategically placed slide switch (DR-2200 and DR-2300) and push button (DR-1200) for easy, one-handed navigation and access to commonly-used functions; a high-sensitivity, cutting edge microphone that blocks unwanted background noises, guaranteeing ultra-clear dictation recordings; and, a trackball that functions as a computer mouse to facilitate manipulation of data. Healthcare professionals may be particularly interested in the DR-2300 which includes a barcode scanner attachment. This attachment enables automatic transmission of voice files to electronic health records, and allows for additional security of sensitive information. In addition, the Olympus AS-5000® Transcription Kit comes with a foot switch, headset, and software.

All of the Professional Audio products can be integrated into any hospital or medical practice to streamline data sharing among physicians, medical office administrators and IT staff, as well as among departments and different locations. The products also include the intelligent DSS Player Pro Dictation software. Each of the Olympus Professional Dictation devices provides optimal dependability and reliability, and offers a stable platform for the future through use of integrated solutions that are ideally suited for healthcare-related organizations.

“As a major dictation technology provider, Olympus recognizes how critical information security and efficiency are to the healthcare industry,” says Amy Leslie, Sr. Marketing and Business Development Manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “Olympus’ two digital dictation solution options are ideal to meet the demands of any healthcare setting where effective information management is a priority. We are proud to participate in HIMSS12 to demonstrate the benefits and seamless function of Olympus’ Professional Audio products.”

ABOUT OLYMPUS IMAGING AMERICA INC.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and its ultimate parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhance people’s lives every day. These include:

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is responsible for sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. For more information, visit: www.olympusamerica.com.

February 21, 2012 I Written By

Growing List of Providers Accelerate Revenue Cycles, Improve Clinical Documentation Through True Computer-Assisted Coding with Natural Language Comprehension – #HIMSS12

Precyse details the positive results of several hospitals that have implemented Precyse’s ICD-10 computer-assisted coding platform with Natural Language Comprehension regardless of the delays of the mandated ICD-10 compliance deadline. Baptist Health System, St. Luke’s Health System, Geisinger Health System, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, and Piedmont Healthcare are just a few of the customers who have realized significantly-improved revenue cycle workflow, coding accuracy, and clinical documentation.

Innovative hospital systems report measurable improvements after adopting integrated HIM and coding automation platform—and plan to proceed apace regardless of the ICD-10 deadline; The Advisory Board issues review of precyseCode one year after debut at HIMSS 2011

LAS VEGAS, February 21, 2012—Precyse, a leader in health information management (HIM) technologies and services, announced at the HIMSS 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition that the first wave of precyseCode™ adopters already are reporting measurable improvements in revenue cycle workflow, coding accuracy, and clinical documentation. In the past year, healthcare providers adopting Precyse’s integrated health information management (HIM) and computer-assisted coding platform include Birmingham, Ala.–based Baptist Health System, St. Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo., Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Sarasota, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga.–based Piedmont Healthcare.

“Using precyseCode, we’ve seen a significant improvement in our coding department’s quality, productivity and accuracy,” said Chloe Phillips, corporate director of HIM, Baptist Health System, which implemented precyseCode while Precyse’s services team supported its transition from on-site to remotely based coders. “We’ve set up a wonderful information-sharing structure, allowing the coders to exchange ideas and best practices, which have significantly improved the team’s dynamics. Now, the coders are more engaged and communicative. They solve their problems together and work as a cohesive team. And we can oversee their efforts remotely, so employees don’t feel like we’re looking over their shoulders or micromanaging them.”

With its debut at HIMSS 2011, precyseCode introduced the concept of integrating true computer-assisted and computer-automated coding (CAC) and Natural Language Comprehension™ (NLC) in an intelligent workflow solution, enabling productivity increases of 20–50%. The precyseDashboard™ inherent in precyseCode provides a unified view with widgets showing impacts on productivity, workflow, resources, and savings.

“PrecyseCode uses our NLC engine to create the patient’s clinical story, allowing for the assignment of appropriate, compliant ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, as well as supporting SNOMED clinical terminology,” said Ken Lacy, president and general manager, Precyse Advanced Technologies. “PrecyseCode streamlines workflow by automating data collection and intelligently assigning charts to coders, and it integrates other capabilities including physician query, rules-based pre-billing quality assurance, and clinical documentation improvement. Moreover, our NLC engine is an adaptive technology that learns from coders’ corrections to improve the accuracy of automated code assignment the next time around.”

Earlier this month, The Advisory Board issued its review of precyseCode, which made its debut a year ago at HIMSS 2011. A hardbound copy of The Advisory Board’s report, PrecyseCode™ – An Emerging Computer Assisted Coding Solution, is available at Precyse’s HIMSS Booth #8116. Precyse also has copies available of a white paper by former AHIMA CEO Linda L. Kloss, RHIA, now principal of Kloss Strategic Advisors, Ltd., titled Health Information Management in 2016: The HIM industry’s transformative journey to enterprise information management – what does the HIM Department of the future look like?

In the wake of last week’s Health and Human Services announcement of a potential delay to the October 2013 ICD-10 deadline, precyseCode users have emphatically reaffirmed their commitment to CAC, ICD-10 education and other innovations supported by Precyse technologies and services.

“It’s full steam ahead as far as our customers are concerned,” commented Chris Powell, president, Precyse, noting that he spoke with several Precyse clients prior to attending HIMSS this week. “Clearly, ICD-10 compliance is a benefit, but not a driver, of our customers’ efforts to automate their coding workflow and accelerate their revenue cycle.”

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, Inc., is one of the largest health care systems in Alabama and one of the state’s largest employers. BHS is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama. Baptist Health System was founded in Birmingham in 1922 by a group of Baptist congregations. It is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. For more information, please visit www.bhsala.com.

About Precyse

Precyse provides industry-leading expert services and comprehensive technologies that empower healthcare organizations to most effectively and efficiently capture, organize, secure and analyze clinical data and transform it into actionable information, supporting the delivery of quality patient care and optimizing operating performance. Precyse has enabled 1,000 hospitals and health systems nationwide to improve efficiency and deliver tangible outcomes for more than a decade. With products ranging from an integrated transcription and coding platform with advanced speech recognition, expert workflow technologies and Natural Language Comprehension™ to HIM consulting and services, Precyse’s flexible software can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Now more than ever, hospitals and health systems are challenged to achieve meaningful use of the legal health record. Precyse is the partner hospitals across the country choose to achieve this goal. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com.

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Precyse University Education Preparing More Than 1,000 Facilities – #HIMSS12

In a release from the HIMSS 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition that just crossed the wire this afternoon, health information technology company Precyse has announced more than 1,000 facilities are now using Precyse University for comprehensive ICD-9 and ICD-10 education programs and preparing coders, billers, physicians, nurses, case managers, administrative staff, and other impacted populations for the transition to ICD-10.

Nationally recognized providers add hospitals to Precyse’s education program to train coders and 50 other populations impacted by ICD-10, while optimizing coding in ICD-9

LAS VEGAS, February 20, 2012—Precyse, a leader in health information management (HIM) services and technologies, announced that more than 1,000 facilities are now using Precyse University for comprehensive ICD-9 and ICD-10 education programs. The growing roster of clients are preparing their coders, billers, physicians, nurses, case managers, administrative staff, and other impacted populations for the transition to ICD-10. Leveraging Precyse University these providers are also able to focus on courses and educational applications equally applicable for ICD-9, supporting better clinical documentation and improved coding today.

“Precyse has put a lot of time and energy into looking at our coding process and our coding staff from a quality perspective,” said Sandy Wood, Director of Revenue Cycle, Naples Community Healthcare System. “With the training they are providing, we are confident that we will be prepared to meet the challenges that arise when ICD-10 goes into effect.”

To mitigate the anticipated workflow challenges of ICD-10, Precyse University students are educated on the foundation and guidelines of the new system, as well as the necessary medical terminology and anatomy and physiology that ICD-10 requires to assign very specific diagnosis and procedure codes for medical services. In preparation for this change, Precyse University courses are built to improve the basic skills of coders in ICD-9 areas that will also be required in ICD-10. Precyse has found that additional training needs related to anatomy, physiology, and pathopharmacology, as well as opportunities to improve the understanding of coding system logic and principles, are beneficial regardless of the coding system in use. Precyse achieves this through unique, innovative applications created to provide learners the opportunity to practice applying their knowledge in practical and interactive ways. Some of these applications include labs, simulators, computer animations, video games, as well as other valuable resources facilitating competency today in ICD-9, while preparing for the transition to ICD-10.

In June 2011, Precyse and HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM), a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, formed a partnership to deliver Precyse University, a comprehensive ICD-10 education program for healthcare providers, through HealthStream’s learning platform, the HealthStream Learning Center®. (HIMSS Booth #1376)

“Healthstream Learning Center delivers the Precyse University program to all required learners, whatever their role and wherever in the enterprise they work, in whatever manner they best can learn,” said Mollie Condra, Associate Vice President, HealthStream. “Together, our solutions are helping people adapt to a bewildering amount of changes in healthcare systems, procedures, and workflow—providing in-depth training to medical billing and coding personnel, educating doctors and nurses who have limited time, and explaining to diverse healthcare populations how ICD-10 will touch their work lives.”

“We are pleased to educate Precyse University students from widely respected, forward-thinking healthcare organizations who see beyond billing accuracy and recognize the opportunity that vastly more—and more precise—data ultimately brings to healthcare,” said Chris Powell, president, Precyse. “HealthStream is the mostly widely used hospital learning platform. Hospitals are moving quickly to Precyse University because we bring together in one program our unique combination of experience in medical coding, healthcare information management, and learning delivery.”

More than 1,000 hospitals are now committed to Precyse University education. Equipped with more than 300 coders and hundreds of HIM and clinical professionals on staff, Precyse has a track record of developing tried and true educational content to keep its team of experts consistently meeting or exceeding industry accuracy and timeliness benchmarking standards. Precyse has used this same approach for building its ICD-9 and ICD-10 education content. The Precyse ICD-10 education content is available online through Precyse University or the HealthStream Learning Center®.

About HealthStream

HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM) is a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, transforming insight into action to deliver outcomes-based results for healthcare organizations. Through HealthStream’s learning solutions—which have been contracted by approximately 2.7 million hospital-based healthcare professionals—healthcare organizations create safer environments for patients, increase clinical competencies of their workforces, and facilitate the rapid transfer of the latest knowledge and technologies. Through HealthStream’s research products, executives from healthcare organizations gain valuable insight about patients’ experiences, workforce challenges, physician relations, and community perceptions of their services. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthStream has an additional office in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information about HealthStream’s learning and research solutions, visit http://www.healthstream.com or call us at 800-933-9293.

About Precyse

Precyse provides industry-leading expert services and comprehensive technologies that empower healthcare organizations to most effectively and efficiently capture, organize, secure and analyze clinical data and transform it into actionable information, supporting the delivery of quality patient care and optimizing operating performance. Precyse has enabled 1,000 hospitals and health systems nationwide to improve efficiency and deliver tangible outcomes for more than a decade. With products ranging from an integrated transcription and coding platform with advanced speech recognition, expert workflow technologies and Natural Language Comprehension™ to HIM consulting and services, Precyse’s flexible software can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Now more than ever, hospitals and health systems are challenged to achieve meaningful use of the legal health record. Precyse is the partner hospitals across the country choose to achieve this goal. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com.

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ZyDoc Empowers Channel Partners with MediSapien: An NLP-Powered Medical Knowledge Management Platform Incorporating Disruptive/Enabling Technology

LAS VEGAS – February 20, 2012 – James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman of ZyDoc Medical Transcription, LLC, an award-winning New York-based medical transcription technology and informatics firm, is pleased to introduce the MediSapien Medical Knowledge Management Platform at the HIMSS12 annual conference in Las Vegas, February 20-24, Booth #13421. The company’s new MediSapien™ business will be distinguished from ZyDoc Transcription to focus on NLP-powered industry solutions sold through channel partners, including EHRs, Billing and RCM, Analytics, and MTSOs. At HIMSS, MediSapien will demonstrate how unstructured text can be automatically coded and inserted into an ONC-certified EHR.

MediSapien™ is an enterprise-class web-based platform for service partners to convert unstructured text into fully coded structured data. MediSapien accepts dictation or text from transcription vendors, legacy data and EHRs. The fully coded structured output, including ICD-10, is suitable for insertion into EHRs and facilitates interoperability. MediSapien also performs computer-assisted coding (CAC) for revenue cycle management companies and data mining optimized for health data analytics partners. The MediSapien platform supports independent application developers.

“ZyDoc will be exhibiting at HIMSS12 under the MediSapien brand name,” explains Maisel. “Conference attendees can visit Booth #13421 to view the disruptive but enabling MediSapien™ Medical Knowledge Management Platform technology for channel partners. The platform, which couples NLP with multiple patent-pending processes, represents a paradigm shift by leveraging the power of unstructured text to populate EHRs with structured coded data that facilitates Meaningful Use, and multiple secondary uses. It will enable the approximately 40% of physicians who have not adopted EHR to make a seamless transition using dictation.

“From the outset,” adds Maisel, “MediSapien has been designed to facilitate interoperability. Although a primary goal of the HITECH act is data exchange across boundaries, its achievement has been slow because it presents major challenges. MediSapien lowers the barrier to interoperability by providing standardized data that can be shared at the data level between EHRs and through the Verizon Medical Data Exchange and other Health Information Exchanges.”

To illustrate how MediSapien can be integrated with an ONC-certified EHR, and how the MediSapien platform enables the exchange of clinical documents between disparate EHRs in secure, industry-standard format, an EHR will be operational in the MediSapien booth at HIMSS.

According to Ashish Bhatt, VP Business Development, “MediSapien offers a strong value proposition for each of our primary channels. Channel partners and their clients, including EHRs, Billing and RCM, Analytics, and MTSOs, and end-users such as Health Care Providers can utilize the entire MediSapien platform infrastructure or select standalone functionalities such as speech recognition and computer-assisted coding. Channel partners also gain exclusive access to our partner network and new business development opportunities.”

MediSapien Channel Partners can schedule appointments by calling 800.546.-5633 x 718 to meet during HIMSS12 to learn how they can deliver speech recognition, computer-assisted coding, and structured data solutions to their clients using the Medical Knowledge Management Platform. Registration and information is also available at www.medisapien.com.

About MediSapien and ZyDoc

Based in Hauppauge, New York, ZyDoc is a leading-edge medical knowledge management company that was founded in 1993 to develop medical informatics technologies. Under the leadership of James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman, the company has developed award-winning e-transcription infrastructure and speech recognition solutions. ZyDoc will now focus on transcription services. MediSapien will operate as a new technology business in 2012 specifically to assist ZyDoc clients and MediSapien Channel Partners including EHRs, MTSOs, Billing/RCM, Analytics, and Health Care Providers in meeting the new standards and data requirements that are transforming the health care industry.

February 20, 2012 I Written By