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HIM Professionals on Front Line of Healthcare Revolution

At the concluding General Session of AHIMA’s Annual Convention, former first American Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra, said HIM professionals must play a central role in the ongoing healthcare revolution. Chopra cited a number of innovative breakthroughs in healthcare and challenged the audience to be the innovators needed for the country’s success in delivering high-quality healthcare.

Chopra Inspires AHIMA Members in Convention Closing Address

CHICAGO – Oct. 4, 2012 – The former first American Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States said Health Information Management (HIM) professionals must play a central role in the ongoing healthcare revolution.

Aneesh Chopra, a senior advisor to the Advisory Board Company, a global research, technology and consulting firm helping hospital and university executives better serve patients and students, closed AHIMA’s 84th annual Convention and Exhibit at McCormick Place by highlighting how quality HIM can directly lead to quality healthcare. He said HIM professionals are the foundation of the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, but the transition should be the beginning of their work – not the end.

“HIM professionals are on the front lines and have the ability to connect the dots in our healthcare system,” Chopra said. “Bring your capabilities and brain power to the C-suite and inform and empower a whole new experience for healthcare.”

Chopra, also a candidate to become Lt. Governor of Virginia in 2013, emphasized that AHIMA members are in the “coolest” job sector in the economy because of its recession-resistant job growth.

“Aneesh’s remarks were affirmation of the integral part HIM plays in our nation’s healthcare system,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “His inspiring call to action was a perfect note to wrap up a most productive and memorable convention.”

Chopra urged the United States to catalyze breakthroughs for national healthcare priorities by engaging entrepreneurs and innovators to join the effort.

Chopra cited a number of innovative breakthroughs in healthcare, one of which was MyPHR.com, a website AHIMA created to empower patients to better understand and access what is in their personal health record.

Chopra said improving our nation’s healthcare system is one of the nation’s biggest challenges and highest priorities.

“By finding innovative ways to do our jobs, we can solve one of the most important issues of our day – ensuring we can deliver a high-quality, affordable healthcare system that every American deserves,” Chopra said.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

October 9, 2012 I Written By

It’s Time to Ask for…Your Personal Health Records

CHICAGO (September 7, 2012) – The Alliance for Nursing Informatics wants its members to ask for and access their personal health records as part of a collaborative effort to Ask for Your e-Health Record.  During National Health IT Week: September 10-14, all ANI organizations will join forces to ask their members, nurses and clinical colleagues to reach out for their own digital medical information.

The TEN Steps to Support the ANI eHealth Pledge provides guidance taking the pledge and involving others in the week-long activities. This pledge for nurses is part of the Consumer Campaign, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), to involve and empower consumers in their health management through the use of information technology.

“This grassroots effort goes to the foundation of quality healthcare by asking nurses, who provide care to so many people in many different healthcare settings, to take the lead by requesting their personal health information,” says Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, vice president, informatics, HIMSS.  “By spreading the word to colleagues and consumers through the Ask for Your e-Health Record campaign, we can help educate the general public on the value of health IT by encouraging them to ask for their own patient health information.”

The Ask for Your e-Health Record campaign is a social media campaign designed to encourage conversations, raise awareness and accelerate the overall interest in the pledge and related activities. For more information,

  • Download ANI’s pledge to support the ONC’s Consumer Health eProgram;
  • Take the pledge on ANI’s eHealth Facebook page; or
  • Follow the discussion on Twitter at #Ask4YourRecord.

ANI is co-sponsored by AMIA and HIMSS to represent nursing informatics with a unified voice, while providing synergy and structure needed to advance the efforts of nursing informatics professionals in improving delivery of patient care. ANI represents more than 5,000 nurses, brings together 30 district nursing informatics groups, integrates nurses from a broad swath of academia, practice, industry, and a variety of specialty areas, working collaboratively with nearly three million nurses who currently practice in the United States today. Visit the ANI website for more information.

About AMIA

AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, serves as the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals and plays an important role in medicine, health care, and science, encouraging the use of data, information and knowledge to improve both human health and delivery of healthcare services. More about AMIA is online at www.amia.org.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

September 10, 2012 I Written By

NoMoreClipboard Launches Enhanced Blue Button® Capability

Fort Wayne, Ind. – May 3, 2012 – In support of healthcare industry efforts to make consumer access to digital health data a top priority, NoMoreClipboard today announced that its users can download their personal health record information in five different file formats including ASCII, .pdf, CCD, CCR and PHR Extract.

“We decided to launch a ‘Blue Button on steroids’ to give our users choice,” said Jeff Donnell, president of NoMoreClipboard. “While the Blue Button effort embraced by organizations like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicare enables veterans and Medicare beneficiaries to download health information, it does so in file formats which fall short of the interoperability standards required for certified electronic health record vendors. We added CCD, CCR and PHR extract formats to our Blue Button module, so patients can download a file that could be shared with an HIE, an electronic health record system, or another healthcare IT application that embraces standards-based interoperability protocols.”

“Like others who have adopted the Blue Button initiative, our users can download a human readable ASCII text file or a .pdf, which is inherently valuable” added Donnell. “Since we have been exchanging structured electronic data with other healthcare IT vendors for years at interoperability events and in the marketplace, we are enabling our users make their data available in formats that can be parsed – making discrete electronic data available for consumption. This reinforces our commitment to giving consumers a portable, interoperable personal health record designed to liberate, rather than imprison, health information.”

For more information on the Blue Buttoninitiative, please visit http://bluebuttondata.org. Blue Button, the Blue Button logo, and the slogan “Download My Data” are registered Service Marks of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an agency of the United States Government and are used by permission of VA.

About NoMoreClipboard

NoMoreClipboard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), is a web-based, personal health record management system designed to consolidate medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy retrieval and updates. NMC enables consumers to share personal or family member medical information with medical professionals electronically; reducing the need for repetitive medical paperwork.  For more information, visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com

May 12, 2012 I Written By

NoMoreClipboard Announces Partnership with Healthx, Inc.

Agreement Makes Personal Health Records Available to Payers and Employers

Fort Wayne, Ind. – April 5, 2012 – As consumer engagement becomes increasingly important in healthcare, NoMoreClipboard.com today announced an agreement with Healthx, Inc. to provide best-in-class personal health records (PHRs) to health plans and employers.

The addition of the NoMoreClipboard PHR will add value to Healthx self-service communication and data integration portals that serve more than 130 payer organizations and 39,000 groups. “More than 12 million individuals use our applications to enroll in health plans, manage benefits and improve their health and wellness,” said Mitch Hansen, Healthx Executive Vice President. “Adding the NoMoreClipboard PHR to our cloud-based offering enables our health plan and employer clients to provide a valuable tool to their covered populations – helping them organize, manage and share their family health information.”

“Healthx has carved out a powerful position with medium-sized health plans, health system payer organizations and self-funded employers,” said Jeff Donnell, President of NoMoreClipboard. “The NoMoreClipboard PHR is a great complement to Healthx self-service portals, and Healthx shares our vision of giving consumers access to health information in order to improve communication and coordination of care while reducing unnecessary healthcare cost. We have integrated our PHR into the Healthx application suite, creating a seamless, single sign-on consumer experience.”

For more information, please visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com and www.healthx.com

About NoMoreClipboard

NoMoreClipboard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), is a web-based, personal health record management system designed to consolidate medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy retrieval and updates. NMC enables consumers to share personal or family member medical information with medical professionals electronically; reducing the need for repetitive medical paperwork.  For more information, visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com or http://www.mieweb.com.

About Healthx, Inc.

Healthx was formed in 1998 and has rapidly grown to be the healthcare industry’s leading developer of self-service communication and data integration portals serving more than 130 payers and39,000 groups, representing over 12 million individual lives. Healthx develops and manages the most widely adopted online portals and applications for the healthcare market. Healthx provides SaaS solutions for payers, providers, employers and brokers. Healthx is privately held and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Healthx is SAS 70 audited and HIPAA compliant. All Healthx clients are supported on a cloud-based platform that is housed at a SAS 70 certified data center in Indianapolis. For more information, visit www.healthx.com.

April 5, 2012 I Written By

CHS™ Partners with HealthyCircles™ to Improve the Health Care Patient/Provider Experience

Online Services Will Include Chats, Secured-Data Share, and Health Monitoring

LAS VEGAS, NV (HIMSS 12 Conference) – February 23, 2012 - CHS Health Services™ (CHS) has partnered with HealthyCircles™, an enterprise-class health platform for care teams to greatly enhance the employee-patient collaborative care experience. CHS will incorporate the HealthyCircles portal’s robust functionality for consumers and providers into its Optic™ digital system to securely connect health care professionals to patients, their families and their caregivers via a comprehensive care management system.

“We’ve been collaborating with HealthyCircles for some time and it’s clear they offer a best-in-class, advanced solution to support our efforts to reach patients in a context that fosters engagement – through the web, with mobile devices, and on a platform controlled by the patient, and we are glad to formalize this partnership,” said Stuart Clark, president of CHS. “The HealthyCircles Care Management system represents and is consistent with our commitment to provide improved and differentiated patient-centered tools that increase engagement and positively change behavior.”

In addition to offering easy access to communicate with a CHS onsite health center, the new features of the secured portal will allow CHS’ medical staff to extend their services beyond the physical onsite health center. The HealthyCircle platform will enable the ability to conduct online health challenges for employees, share health activity data with colleagues and health coaches, and video/online chat.

The system extends beyond traditional personal health records (PHR) and builds into CHS’ Optic portal, which already offers online appointment scheduling, e-visits, and electronic prescription refills, allowing more customization based on CHS client requirements and needs. This new level of service will provide CHS clients the ability to build an employer specific health benefit ecosystem that leverages their health offerings and magnifies the employer’s health spend to enhance the quality of care the employee receives.

“CHS’ commitment to connected and personalized health care helps set the standard for patient interaction and the cross-platform technologies for the industry we are building. They are a welcomed partner,” said James Mault, M.D., FACS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HealthyCircles.

About CHS Health Services, Inc.

Founded in 1975, CHS™ is one of the industry’s largest independent provider of onsite health care solutions. The country’s largest corporations look to CHS for workforce health and productivity management services including onsite primary care, health coaching, pharmacy services, and connected health for dispersed workforces nationwide. As an independent provider of workforce health care, CHS offers an objective viewpoint that, combined with its deep analytical approach to employee health, helps maximize the effectiveness of every health care dollar spent, while ensuring employees have the best treatment options. CHS tailors health care delivery to employers’ overarching benefits strategies and supports each organization with integrated health information systems. Visit www.CHSonsite.com or call 800-638-8083.

About HealthyCircles

HealthyCirclesTM (www.healthycircles.com), a San Diego-based, Care Management and Coordination platform company providing enterprise, health care delivery solutions that solve problems related to transitions of care, hospital readmission reduction, home health and remote health monitoring. HealthyCircles provides clients with a private-label experience that is designed as a software-as-a-service model delivering an integrated suite of products and services connecting health care professionals to patients, their families and their caregivers via a HIPAA secure, care management system. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, join us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @HealthyCircles.

February 23, 2012 I Written By

Consult A Doctor Prepares for 2012 Flu Season with Launch of FLUHOTLINE24/7, A Medical Resource for Patients Across the U.S

Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions, today announced the launch of FLUHOTLINE24/7, a resource that will connect people in all 50 states with board certified physicians that can diagnose, treat and prescribe medications, if appropriate, for the highly contagious flu virus via phone.

Here are some of the main highlights:
Industry Statistics
- According to a recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) announcement, more than 160 million cases of the flu are expected for the 2011-2012 flu season.
- In an average year, flu-related complications lead to over 200,000 hospitalizations, many of which are non-emergent and contribute to an overcrowded, wasteful healthcare system.

Consult A Doctor’s FLUHOTLINE24/7
- Consult A Doctor’s network of physicians use the most current clinical information and treatment guidelines from the CDC to answer any flu related questions and provide educational medical instruction and advice.
- A typical consultation with a Consult A Doctor physician via FLUHOTLINE24/7, either via a call to 1-855-DOC-4FLU or logging on to www.FLUHOTLINE247.com, takes just minutes and costs under $40, regardless of insurance status.
- Consult A Doctor also provides a web portal that grants patients and physicians access to a robust health library and other wellness tools.

Consult A Doctor Gives Patients Seeking Diagnosis and Treatment for Flu Symptoms Immediate Access to Physicians via Phone at Low Cost

Miami, FL., January 18, 2012 — The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that it is expecting more than 160 million cases of the flu over the 2011-2012 flu season. In an average year, complications related to the flu lead to over 200,000 hospitalizations, many of which are non-emergent and contribute to an overcrowded, wasteful healthcare system. To help solve the problem of physician access, Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions, today announced the launch of FLUHOTLINE24/7, a resource that will connect people in all 50 states with board certified physicians that can diagnose, treat and prescribe medications, if appropriate, for the highly contagious flu virus via phone.

Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms may call 1-855-DOC-4FLU or log on to www.FLUHOTLINE247.com and be connected with a certified physician in real-time, from anywhere, 24/7/365. A Consult A Doctor physician will conduct a brief consultation via phone. For patients that may need medication, a thorough medical intake will be performed and, if warranted, the doctor can provide a prescription for anti-viral or other indicated medications.

Consult A Doctor’s network of physicians use the most current clinical information and treatment guidelines from the CDC to answer any flu related questions and provide educational medical instruction and advice. A typical consultation with a Consult A Doctor physician via FLUHOTLINE24/7 takes just minutes and costs under $40, regardless of insurance status.

“Until now, concierge medicine has been something few people could obtain. When we are sick, we typically have to get in our cars and drive ourselves to our primary physician’s office – if we have one. If not, our options are quite limited and usually entail spending most of a day at the local ER, wasting time and spending hundreds of dollars,” said Wolf Shlagman, Founder and CEO of Consult A Doctor. “With telemedicine services, this entire process changes. Patients can obtain affordable, quality medical care without ever leaving their home. This is especially important when dealing with a pandemic like the flu as it insulates physicians, patients and the general public from exposure to germs.”

In addition to the FLUHOTLINE24/7 resource, Consult A Doctor also provides a web portal that grants patients and physicians access to a robust health library and other wellness tools. Using this web portal, visitors may schedule appointments, store and share Personal Health Records (PHRs) and consult with physicians regarding any non-emergency illness via secure email consultations.

“As a practicing physician, I have seen influenza season put a strain on time, energy and resources – not only in my own practice but also in urgent care clinics, ER departments and hospitals. Many times health problems are exacerbated by patients not seeking care in a timely manner, resulting in worsening illness and serious complications, including bronchitis, pneumonia, respiratory failure and even death,” said Dr. Doug Smith, CMO of Consult A Doctor and Co-founder of MinuteClinic. “The ability to utilize telemedicine to provide earlier, more timely and more appropriate treatment allows clinicians and patients to reduce the duration and progression of the flu. Telemedicine also helps to identify those patients who are severely ill and direct them to other care settings, if needed, in an efficient and prompt manner.”

About Consult A Doctor

Consult A Doctor is the leading innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services and technology platform solutions empowering organizations to lower healthcare costs, provide revolutionary access and improve outcomes. With years of experience delivering direct-to-employer and consumer telemedicine services that offer convenient 24/7 access to doctor consultations by phone, email and video, Consult a Doctor has saved employers millions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs.  Its telemedicine network of U.S. board certified physicians in all 50 states has made it possible to give on-demand care, anytime, anywhere with access to medically-equivalent care in the lowest cost setting. Consult A Doctor is further transforming the economic equation of care by partnering with payers, providers and other organizations to deploy its telemedicine platform solution that grants its members and patients unmatched access to quality care, offers a new revenue source for providers, and lowers costs for health plans, employers and groups. For more information about Consult A Doctor, please visit www.consultadoctor.com, email telecare@consultadr.com or call 888-688-DOCTOR (3624).

January 19, 2012 I Written By

Jubilee Community Health Uses Mobile PHR to Improve Diabetes Outcomes for Rural, Uninsured Patients

Pilot demonstrates value of mobile PHR to engage difficult to manage patients

Fort Wayne, Ind. – December 13, 2012 – Jubilee Community Health, a safety net clinic in rural Paoli, Indiana, has announced the successful results of a personal health record (PHR) pilot program for patients with diabetes, part of an ONC grant awarded to the HealthLINC and HealthBridge HIEs to help improve consumer access to healthcare information.

The U.S. Department of Health and HumanServices (HHS) data reveals that diabetes currently affects 20.8 million people — about seven percent of the U.S. population — and is the leading cause of adult blindness, kidney failure, non-traumatic amputations, as well as a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Each year, the disease costs the nation an estimated $132 billion in direct medical costs as well as indirect costs, such as disability, work loss and premature death. In Indiana, 10.1 percent of the adult population reports having some form of diabetes.

The PHR pilot program at Jubilee Community Health focused on helping uninsured diabetes patients better manage their chronic health condition using a personal health record (PHR) from NoMoreClipboard. Project objectives included:

  • Explore the use of a PHR by rural, uninsured patients with diabetes
  • Improve patient health outcomes by providing patients with a PHR to share and track daily glucose readings
  • Improve diabetes care management by sharing health information between a clinician and patients using a PHR

Beginning in December 2011, 28 diabetes patients at Jubilee Community Health were provided with a NoMoreClipboard PHR by a patient engagement coordinator who trained patients on actively monitoring their condition by providing blood sugar measurements on a daily basis, as well as utilizing an electronic health diary to track their symptoms and diet. The PHR was configured for smartphone access, making it easy for patients to provide data. Patients were also provided with a laminated card containing instructions on how to access and use the PHR. As patients submitted blood glucose results, they were presented with immediate feedback based on entered values.

When the PHR was set up, the patient coordinator helped patients populate the PHR, and lab results were integrated into the PHR from the clinical messaging service offered by the HealthLINC HIE that serves the area. Lab results were provided after a 72 hour delay to allow clinic staff the opportunity to review results.

Over the course of the study, 37.5 percent of the patients remained actively engaged and regularly entered blood glucose readings via NoMoreClipboard. Of these patients, 28.6 percent had improved A1C levels and reported feeling better. Conversely, of the patients who did notremain engaged, 21.4 percent of them had no improvement or increased A1C levels, and one of the patients whose A1C level increased suffered an MI.

“The problem we see with non-compliant patients is that they rarely have the tools to help them manage their healthcare in an effective and easy way and they don’t feel as if they have someone who is listening and understanding their healthcare frustrations,” said Linda Wells-Freiberger, the nurse practitioner who manages Jubilee Community Health.  “This pilot program helped us find solutions to these challenges.  Our patients found the NoMoreClipboard PHR tool easy to use and they were able to integrate it into their daily lives rather seamlessly.  We also gave patients access to a patient engagement coordinator who not only trained them on how to use the PHR technology, but listened to the problems they were having and helped them create a customized healthcare plan for their individual situation.”

“We were amazed at some of the transformations we saw with our patients,” Wells-Freiberger continued. “One of our patients is a long-haul trucker who has struggled to control his diabetes for the past five years.   Being on the road all the time, he never actively managed his health.  His hemoglobin levels regularly came in at 12 (7 is ideal), making him a high-risk diabetes patient.  After being trained on the NoMoreClipboard PHR and providing him with blood test strips he couldn’t otherwise afford, he began to actively track his blood sugar and hemoglobin levels and manage his diet.  If he forgot to enter data one day, the PHR would text him a reminder on his mobile phone. Over the course of the study, he went from a starting level of 12.2 down to a 6.8!”

“The ability to transfer data from a lab, to a provider and then into the patient’s PHR in a secure format is revolutionary,” said Todd Rowland, MD and Executive Director at HealthLINC.  “We were proud to partner with NoMoreClipboard and Jubilee Community Health on a project that helps solve some of the HIT industry’s biggest challenges and is making patient access to healthcare information easy, secure and cost effective.”

“This project reinforces the value of electronic patient engagement in helping underserved patients manage chronic conditions,” said Jeff Donnell, president of NoMoreClipboard.  “Providers are often skeptical that populations including seniors and safety net patients will be able to cross the digital divide and use a PHR. Our experience with rural and urban uninsuredpatients makes it clear that these individuals are looking for tools to help them take a more active role, and they will use those tools when they provide benefit.”

About Jubilee Community Health

Jubilee Community Health was established in 1999 to provide medical care at a modest cost which people on limited incomes can afford to pay. Jubilee Community Health is a community-based non-profitorganization, relying on the resources of the local community.  The organization keeps its costs low by using volunteer staffing, using a low-cost facility, eliminating expensive billing systems, and avoiding high-cost technologies when possible. For more information, visit http://www.jubileecommunityhealth.org/

About HealthLINC

HealthLINC is a not-for-profit corporation, which through its technology and business partnership with HealthBridge, supports health information technology (HIT) adoption, health information exchange (HIE), and innovative use of information for improved health care outcomes. HealthLINC is connected to the 2 largest, most advanced, andmost financially sustainable health information exchanges (HIE) in the United State via its collaborations with HealthBridge and the Indiana Health Information Exchange.  www.healthlinc.org

About NoMoreClipboard

NoMoreClipboard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), is a web-based, personal health record management system designed to consolidate medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy retrieval and updates. NMC enables consumers to share personal or family member medical information with medical professionals electronically; reducing the need for repetitive medical paperwork.  For more information, visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com

January 3, 2012 I Written By

NoMoreClipboard Partners with iMPak Health and Meridian Health to Develop Comprehensive ACO Solutions

As the healthcare industry migrates to accountable care and medical home models, NoMoreClipboard has partnered with iMPak Health and Meridian Health to develop an electronic solution that will securely and wirelessly transmit health information from a patient’s home to their health care providers and caregivers.

Fort Wayne, IN and Neptune, N.J – December 5, 2011 – As the healthcare industry migrates to accountable care and medical home models, NoMoreClipboard (NMC), the leading personal health record provider, announced a collaborative agreement with iMPak Health, L.L.C. to develop IT solutions that combine easy-to-use electronic home healthcare journals and various health screening devices with clinical portals and personal health records. These end-to-end electronic solutions will securely and wirelessly transmit health information from a patient’s home to their health care providers and caregivers.
The iMPak Health journals and screening devices capture electronic data in a simple-to-use form factor designed to overcome intimidation barriers for technology-averse populations. These devices are ideal for the millions of elderly patients who are uncomfortable with computers, or for consumers who cannot afford expensive technology.
About the size of a smart phone or credit card, iMPak Health products are daily journal device cards that capture health-related data and transmit the information wirelessly via an NFC reader to mobile device applications. Data can then be shared securely with personal health records provided by NMC, enabling patients and family members to manage and share captured health and wellness data. Data also feeds a clinical portal developed by NMC that enables clinical staff to monitor subjective and objective information collected by patients. The clinical portal includes care plan-driven algorithms tied to particular conditions, and will identify patients requiring more intensive intervention. The clinical portal will also generate reminders, alerts and feedback to patients and their caregivers.
“Health systems are looking for complete end-to-end solutions to manage the health and wellness of their patients, and employers and are looking for applications to help them improve workforce health and wellness,” said Sandra Elliott, Director of Consumer Technology and Service Development at Meridian Health, a not-for-profit health system in New Jersey that helped to create iMPak.
“A successful medical home or ACO is not just about one device or an information management platform – it is about the integration of these tools in new ways that can transform how health and wellness services are coordinated between the patient and healthcare providers.”
NoMoreClipboard and iMPak are developing pulmonary solutions to address COPD and adult asthma, with expected launch in early 2012. Cardiovascular and health/wellness solutions are also planned for 2012.
“Our collaboration with iMPak is focused on helping health systems and employers improve clinical outcomes, reduce ER visits and hospital readmissions, and decrease total costs associated with managing chronic disease – hallmarks of a successful ACO or medical home program,” said Jeff Donnell, President of NoMoreClipboard. “Meridian and iMPak are ideal partners, as Meridian is able to pilot and refine our combined solutions within their health system.”
“NoMoreClipboard’s proven success in deploying flexible, affordable, web-based healthcare IT applications combined with our low cost, consumer friendly devices will provide an easy-to-use and affordable option for providers, employers and patients alike,” continues Sal Inciardi, Senior Vice President for Business Development, Meridian Health.
About NoMoreClipboard
NoMoreClipboard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medical Informatics Engineering, is a web based, personal health record management system designed to consolidate medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy retrieval and updates. NMC enables consumers to share personal or family member medical information with medical professionals electronically; reducing the need for repetitive medical paperwork.  For more information, visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com or http://www.mieweb.com.
About iMPak Health, L.L.C.
A joint venture of Swedish-based chip developer and innovator Cypak and Meridian Health, a not for profit leader, iMPak Health brings together the latest in wireless technology and the front-line know-how of today’s health care environment to provide consumers and patients with effective and intuitive tools to better manage their health.  iMPak Health’s mission is to become a leader in developing, easy-to-use devices to screen, diagnose, and monitor health conditions. For more information, visit http://impakhealth.com.
December 13, 2011 I Written By

Survey: Physicians Believe EHRs are Safer than Paper Records, Patients Evenly Split

More and more physicians in the United States are going digital and at Practice Fusion, we were curious to learn about how both physicians and patients feel about this shift. We asked over 1,000 physician and 1,200 patients their pick on which is safer, paper or EHRs, and discovered that physicians believe that the digital option is safer while patients are divided.

Practice Fusion survey compares physician and patient opinions about medical record systems, highlights changing perceptions of health IT

San Francisco – November 2, 2011 – Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are becoming more common in exam rooms across the US but how is the technology transition being perceived?  A survey conducted by GfK Roper for Practice Fusion asked patients about their views on the safety of EHR versus paper charts while a separate survey posed the same questions to medical professionals.  The results: a majority of physicians report that EHRs are safer than their paper record counterparts, citing accessibility of data as the top safety benefit.  Patient perception is mixed with 47 percent stating that paper is safer and 39 percent believing that EHRs are actually the safer option.

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems vs. paper medical charts:

Physicians agreed that EHRs (54 percent) are safer with only 18 percent of respondents selecting paper as the safer option

  • Of doctors who say EHRs are safer, access to records when needed is the top benefit (63 percent)
  • Doctors who select paper charts as the safer option believe that paper is more secure because it is less likely to be hacked or lost (36 percent)

Patient views on medical records are mixed. 47 percent believe that paper is safer and 39 percent believe that EHRs are safer

  • Of patients who say EHRs are safer, 77 percent strongly agree that being able to access records when needed is the greatest benefit of EHRs over paper
  • Of patients who say paper charts were safer, 59 percent agree or strongly agree that paper records are the more private option and allow for more control over who sees those records

“The medical community is rejecting paper charts and embracing technology,” said Robert Rowley, MD, Practice Fusion’s Medical Director. “As a practicing physician using an EHR, I understand the benefits and some of the concerns both physicians and patients have. With more education about why EHRs are safer than paper charts, we’ll see even more physicians switching from paper and patients demanding a digital solution.”

Practice Fusion, the fastest growing EHR community in the Unites States, applies the highest level of data infrastructure, virus prevention and encryption measures to ensure bank-level security of medical records. Records stored in Practice Fusion’s private cloud are securely accessible to doctors 24/7 and protected against fire, flood, theft or loss. Doctors can grant patients access to their records in real-time online using the Practice Fusion Personal Health Record (PHR). Practice Fusion meets and exceeds all HIPAA security requirements.

Survey methodology

The Practice Fusion “EHR vs Paper Charts” study was conducted via an omnibus survey on October 21-23 2011. The GfK Roper OmniTel survey is a weekly national phone survey of US households. Interviews were conducted from among a nationally representative sample of 1,006 adults age 18 or older. The margin of error on weighted data is +/- 3 percentage points for the full sample.

The physician survey was conducted online on October 28, 2011 using the same questions with a sample of 1,220 medical professionals.

About Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to physicians. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, lab integrations, referral letters, Meaningful Use certification, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion’s EHR addresses the complex needs of today’s healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EHR community in the country with more than 100,000 users serving 24 million patients. The company closed a $23 million Series B round of financing led by Founders Fund in April 2011. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit practicefusion.com.

November 3, 2011 I Written By

The Telemedicine Revolution Begins Today with A Free, Cloud-Based Platform for Practices From Consult A Doctor

Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions, today announced the launch of MYPRACTICE24/7, the first in a series of TeleCare 3.0 cloud-based telemedicine solutions designed to improve access for patients while opening new revenue streams for providers and reducing costs for employers and insurers. MYPRACTICE24/7 will be available free to practices interested in providing anytime access to their providers as well as to Consult A Doctor’s national network of on-call physicians for after hours, out-of-state and overflow care.

MYPRACTICE24/7 Delivers Game Changing Power of Next-Generation Telemedicine to Improve Access and Increase Practice Revenue While Lowering Cost of Care

Las Vegas, NV., October 24, 2011 (MGMA Booth #357) — According to the AMA, as many as 70% of all doctor visits could have been handled over the phone, and over 65% of ER visits are non-emergent. Patients seeking care in settings that are excessive for their needs is a major component of the estimated $300 billion spent annually on unnecessary, inappropriate or wasteful care. Telemedicine not only promises to dramatically reduce these costs, but at the same time make access to care easier for patients and make more revenue attainable for practices.

Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions, today announced the launch of MYPRACTICE24/7, the first in a series of cloud-based telemedicine solutions designed to improve access for patients while opening new revenue streams for providers and reducing costs for employers and insurers. MYPRACTICE24/7 will be available free to practices interested in providing anytime access to their providers as well as to Consult A Doctor’s national network of on-call physicians for after hours, out-of-state and overflow care.

Based on TeleCare 3.0, Consult A Doctor’s cloud-based telemedicine platform, MYPRACTICE24/7 is fully secure and HIPAA compliant, and can be customized to support the specific needs of a wide range of practices. In addition to enabling provider-patient encounters anywhere, at any time, this robust platform also includes the following features for providers and their patients:

- Telemedicine platform and communication center
- Marketing and patient enrollment website
- EMR and clinical tools
- Online scheduling and secure messaging
- Mobile application, phone, online and video consults
- Patient portal and Personal Health Manager
- 24/7 Doctor On-Call Hotline for patients
- Request and refill e-Prescription and eLabs
- Online Personal Health Record
- Health library and wellness tools

Perfected over more than four years of providing direct-to-consumer telemedicine services and working with health plans, employers and other groups on telemedicine programs for their members, MYPRACTICE24/7 will allow physicians to practice care from anywhere via phone, email or video all while ensuring compensation and adding new revenue to their practice. MYPRACTICE24/7 empowers patients to receive quality, affordable care 24/7/365, thereby avoiding unnecessary, costly ER and office visits.

“Telemedicine is a win for everyone,” said Wolf Shlagman, CEO of Consult A Doctor. “Employers and health plans see a major reduction in cost of care by shifting a large percentage of encounters to a more 46 cost-appropriate setting; doctors get compensated for phone and online consultations like any other professional would; and patients get access to care whenever and wherever they need it for a very low cost. It’s like concierge medicine at Wal-Mart prices. Telemedicine makes so much sense for everyone, it is a healthcare revolution just waiting to happen – and by making the first next-generation telemedicine platform available to practices for free, we are kicking-off that revolution today.”

The new cloud-based telemedicine platform, MYPRACTICE24/7, will be launched in an invitation-only phased roll-out at www.ConsultADoctor.com. Attendees at the Medical Group Management Association’s (MGMA) 2011 Annual Conference, taking place from October 23 to 26 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, can also register at the Consult A Doctor booth (#357) during exhibit hours.

About Consult A Doctor

Established in 2007, Consult A Doctor is the leading innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services and technology solutions for health plans, providers, groups and patients. With years of direct-to-consumer telemedicine services, Consult A Doctor is transforming the economic equation of care with a PaaS (platform as a service) solution that grants patients unmatched access to quality care, offers a new revenue source for providers, and lowers costs for health plans, employers and groups. Consult A Doctor’s telemedicine service offers patient’s 24/7/365 access to the largest national network of board-certified providers, via phone, email or video. Done right, telemedicine means faster access, most appropriate level of care, more revenue for providers and lower costs for all. For more information about Consult A Doctor, please visit: www.consultadoctor.com, or email us at telecare@consultadr.com.

October 30, 2011 I Written By