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Most Regional Extension Centers Plan to Remain Open for Business

CHICAGO (April 30, 2014) – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) introduced Regional Extension Centers (RECs) into the healthcare lexicon with these state-based and regional organizations designed to help eligible providers achieve meaningful use (MU).

Funding for RECs from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) ends at the close of 2014, but respondents to the 2014 HIMSS Regional Extension Center Survey indicated they will continue to do business.  Results show:

  • 85 percent of respondents indicated they did not expect to close their doors;
  • 28 percent of the 36 executive respondents reported their funding ran out before the end of February 2014;
  • About three-quarters (72 percent) had applied for a no-cost extension of their ONC funding;
  • Nearly half are creating strategic partnerships with other organizations in their service area; and
  • Almost half reported that they have received state funding to maintain operations.

Conducted in December 2013 and January 2014, the survey included 39 respondents representing 37 REC organizations.  Almost half of the respondents (46 percent) said they were President/Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the REC with another 13 percent of respondents noted they were the REC Director. Other respondent titles included Director of IT/IS, VP of IT/IS, Manager of IT/IS, Chief Information Officer or staff-level IT/IS.  In addition, respondents are from 35 states with at least one respondent from all nine US census regions.

“According to our results, the survey respondents understand the need for and value of collaborative efforts with other RECS and organizations to support and be part of the services they offer,” says Lisa Gallagher, vice president, technology solutions, HIMSS. Gallagher explained that 92 percent of the respondents indicated they are focused on financial sustainability for their REC, with various funding options and educational support from ONC/CMS cited to help maintain the services offered.  “The survey respondents also offer a positive outlook for their REC as they continue focus on future endeavors.”

By the Numbers…Regional Extension Centers 

  • 147,000 providers now enrolled with a REC.
  • More than 124,000 (of these 147,000 providers) are now live with an EHR; 70,000 have demonstrated meaningful use.
  • 872 critical access hospitals/SRHs received incentive payments for meaningful use.

Sourcehttp://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/regional-extension-centers-recs

Read the complete report of the 2014 HIMSS Regional Extension Center Survey.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

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

May 1, 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.

ClearDATA to Assist Nebraska Regional Extension Center Members in Achieving Meaningful Use

Phoenix, AZ, August 16, 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced that they will offer services that include HIPAA-compliant cloud computing, offsite backup, disaster recovery, and information security to Wide River Technology Extension Center’s members (Nebraska’s Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center).  ClearDATA services are designed to help providers achieve Meaningful Use, reduce IT costs, improve productivity, and ensure regulatory compliance.

“Active and effective Regional Extension Centers like Wide River TEC provide greatly needed IT expertise and important services to healthcare providers and organizations in their respective states,” said David Bean, executive vice president of sales and marketing, ClearDATA Networks, Inc.  “ClearDATA is pleased to offer our expertise and technical services to Nebraska’s healthcare providers in support of the REC mission.” ClearDATA is currently in working relationships or active partnerships with other numerous RECs throughout the country to assist them in fulfilling their missions.

Medical practices adopting EHRs must demonstrate that patient health information is secure according a Department of Health and Human Services rule published in July 2010. That rule, which set requirements for providers receiving EHR Incentive Payments, established two sets of objectives –15 core objectives and 10 menu objectives, from which providers chose five.  The security of patient health information is a core or required objective, specifically, providers must conduct a Security Risk Analysis or if already done, have risk management in place specific to the new risks associated with an EHR.

About Wide River TEC

Wide River TEC was awarded the Regional Extension Center cooperative agreement through an objective review process by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).  In this role Wide River TEC serves as the designated organization in Nebraska to support primary health care providers in EHR adoption and meaningful use. To learn more about EHR adoption, meaningful use and other areas of health IT, visit www.healthit.gov. To learn more about Wide River TEC, please visit www.widerivertec.org.

About ClearDATA Networks, Inc.

ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs, and 100% dedicated to the healthcare field. ClearDATA’s services enable providers to fully automate and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud and hosting infrastructure and managed services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, information security and world-class support. The company offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services through its U.S. Healthcare Compliance division to the healthcare industry in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales(at)cleardata(dot)net or visit: http://www.cleardata.net.

September 18, 2012 I Written By

New York eHealth Collaborative Reaches REC Enrollment Target

NYeC enrolls 5,107 healthcare providers, 4th largest goal in the United States 

New York, NY – The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) Regional Extension Center (REC) on Dec. 15 reached its goal of enrolling 5,107 eligible healthcare providers into its program to help them transition from paper-based to electronic medical records. The nation’s 4th largest REC in terms of its enrollment goal, NYeC reached its goal two weeks early and is only the 2nd of the nation’s largest RECs to do so.

Limited extra spaces remain in the NYeC REC program for eligible providers.

Each state has one or more RECs. New York State has two: NYeC, covering the entire state outside of NYC (including Long Island and Westchester), and NYC REACH, covering the five boroughs.

The federal REC program is designed to support mainly primary care providers and small practices by providing educational and support services to help them adopt health IT and achieve the federally defined “Meaningful Use” of it, which qualifies them for reimbursements. NYeC is currently 2nd in the nation in terms of the number of its REC members who have achieved Meaningful Use, at 7% of its enrollees.

Each REC has the flexibility to design its program. The NYeC REC leveraged existing New York State health IT infrastructure—the result of years of significant investment by the NYS Department of Health and others—by partnering with Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and other health IT groups to tailor regional outreach and support. It also ran a series of provider-targeted educational summits around New York—in Albany, Rochester, Buffalo and other cities—to explain the benefits of EHRs to local providers and teach the best ways to transition.

“5,107 was an ambitious number and we realized that.  But we were committed to reaching a truly significant percentage of the primary care providers in the state,” said Carol Raphael, chair of the NYeC board of directors and president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

“We are thrilled to have reached our goal for enrollees however it’s really step one towards our ultimate goal.  Now we’re looking forward to using the strong relationships we have with our regional partners to move all of our REC providers to Meaningful Use,” said Paul Wilder, director of the NYeC REC.

“As a physician in a small practice I can say I greatly appreciate what the NYeC REC has done for us,” noted Eugene Heslin, MD, owner of Bridge Street Family Medicine in Saugerties, NY. Dr. Heslin is also on the NYeC board of directors. “I’m excited to say that all five physicians in our practice have just attested to Meaningful Use.”

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT).

Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the state of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. The goal of NYeC is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the state of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information. To learn more, visit www.nyehealth.org.

December 28, 2011 I Written By

Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) Partnering with CapSite to Assist Healthcare Providers in Adopting EHRs

CapSite’s online, subscription-based service provides extraordinarily detailed transparency on healthcare technology pricing and packaging to support VITL’s efforts to facilitate the transition to and adoption of HIT at provider sites across the state of Vermont. CapSite enables providers to make informed decisions at the planning, budgeting and negotiating phases of their purchasing process.

CapSite spans over 150 different healthcare technology categories and 1,300 vendors in the areas of Imaging Equipment, Medical Devices, Professional Services and Healthcare IT (HIT).  The HIT categories include extensive coverage of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions which are of significant interest in light of the HITECH Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Burlington, VT, December 19, 2011 – CapSite™ announced today that Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), a non-profit organization assisting Vermont healthcare providers to adopt and use health information technology (HIT) to improve patient care, has subscribed to the CapSite service to assist Vermont physician practices in improving their processes for purchasing healthcare technology.

CapSite’s online, subscription-based service provides extraordinarily detailed transparency on healthcare technology pricing and packaging to support VITL’s efforts to facilitate the transition to and adoption of HIT at provider sites across the state of Vermont. CapSite enables providers to make informed decisions at the planning, budgeting and negotiating phases of their purchasing process.

“It is critical for physician practices to have a good process for assessing the HIT marketplace, selecting vendors, and negotiating agreements. That’s one of the things VITL helps providers with, and we’ll be able to do it better with access to the CapSite service,” said VITL President and CEO David Cochran, MD. “The Vermont providers that we are working with will greatly benefit from having more information about pricing and contract terms.”

CapSite spans over 150 different healthcare technology categories and 1,300 vendors in the areas of Imaging Equipment, Medical Devices, Professional Services and Healthcare IT (HIT).  The HIT categories include extensive coverage of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions which are of significant interest in light of the HITECH Act of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with VITL.  As both the HIE (Health Information Exchange) and REC (Regional Extension Center) for Vermont, VITL plays a strong role in encouraging healthcare technology adoption within the state. This is well-aligned with our goals at CapSite, and we are pleased to share our resource with the network of providers VITL assists,” says Gino Johnson, Sr. VP and GM at CapSite.

In addition to the extensive database, CapSite provider subscribers get full access to CapSite’s portfolio of strategic industry reports. With about twenty new reports published a year, CapSite reports give providers a powerful understanding of healthcare industry trends.

About VITL

VITL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology to improve patient care. VITL has built a broad group of stakeholders, including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers. Because VITL’s stakeholders come from both the private and public sectors, in essence VITL operates as a public-private partnership.

VITL is both the designated health information exchange for the state of Vermont and the federally-designated regional extension center for all of Vermont. VITL’s work revolves around meeting both of those requirements, as well as supporting Vermont’s health care reform efforts.

About CapSite™

CapSite™ is a healthcare technology research and advisory firm.  Our mission is to provide market transparency which enables our healthcare provider clients to save money on healthcare technology investments which drives down the overall cost of healthcare in the U.S.

The CapSite database is the trusted, easy-to-use online resource, providing critical knowledge and evidence-based information on healthcare technology purchases.  The CapSite database represents more than 150 healthcare technology categories and 1,300 vendors. CapSite™ provides detailed transparency on healthcare technology pricing, packaging and positioning.

CapSite has a strategic alliance with AHA Solutions to bring the CapSite database to the 5,000 AHA member hospitals.

December 26, 2011 I Written By

Maine Regional Extension Center Meets Enrollment Target

Another reason Maine was able to hit the first milestone so quickly was its pricing model. The MEREC didn’t charge anything for their services, and instead passed most of the federal money through to the vendors or provider practices themselves. The MEREC will continue to do so in the form of milestone payments. “There is an independent do-it-yourself culture in Maine, so we chose to provide our services at no cost,” said Gemma Cannon, Maine REC Service Coordinator.

The MEREC also tailored its outreach, educational and support services to fit Maine’s culture and geographic landscape. The MEREC did the majority of their outreach by phone and email and held monthly webinars archived on their website so that providers could learn about EHRs and the MEREC on their own time.

While requiring providers contract with an EHR vendor and commit to HIE connection

Portland, MaineThe Maine Regional Extension Center (MEREC), operated by HealthInfoNet, is helping 1,000 of Maine’s primary care providers become meaningful users of electronic health records (EHR). Collectively, these providers average over 4.4 million patient visits a year.

The MEREC is among the first RECs in the country to reach its enrollment target, made even more impressive by its unique model. “We’re the only REC we know of that required providers to contract with a particular electronic health record (EHR) vendor before they could enroll,” said Todd Rogow, Director of IT and the MEREC. Even though this made the enrollment process take a little longer, Rogow explained having this important step completed means Maine providers can move more quickly through the next two milestones and achieve meaningful use.

But for the MEREC, it isn’t just about the milestones. “We focused on the bigger picture,” said Shaun Alfreds, Chief Operating Officer at HealthInfoNet. He said that from the beginning the MEREC was offered as a resource to help providers navigate the different health IT programs and help them see how they all fit together to drive real quality improvement. “It’s not just about EHRs or even meaningful use, it’s about healthcare delivery transformation,” said Alfreds.

Another reason Maine was able to hit the first milestone so quickly was its pricing model. The MEREC didn’t charge anything for their services, and instead passed most of the federal money through to the vendors or provider practices themselves. The MEREC will continue to do so in the form of milestone payments. “There is an independent do-it-yourself culture in Maine, so we chose to provide our services at no cost,” said Gemma Cannon, Maine REC Service Coordinator.

The MEREC also tailored its outreach, educational and support services to fit Maine’s culture and geographic landscape. The MEREC did the majority of their outreach by phone and email and held monthly webinars archived on their website so that providers could learn about EHRs and the MEREC on their own time.

Now that all of Maine’s enrolled providers have met milestone one (enrollment), MEREC staff will help these practices meet milestones two and three, which include implementing a certified EHR, meeting meaningful use stage one, and connecting to the statewide health information exchange (HIE), a requirement for enrolled providers to receive the third milestone payment. To make HIE connection viable for smaller practices, HealthInfoNet will not charge enrolled practices with 10 or fewer providers for the first year.

HealthInfoNet is the state-designated entity for HIE and launched Maine’s statewide HIE in 2007. The HIE now contains records for more than one million of Maine’s 1.3 million residents and has close to 3,000 registered clinical users. Connection to the HIE is one of the factors that drove many providers to enroll with the MEREC. One of those was Coastal Women’s Healthcare, an independent women’s health practice in Scarborough, Maine.

“Remaining independent in today’s environment can be very challenging. One of the challenges is connectivity,” said Bev Neugebauer, Executive Director at Coastal Women’s Healthcare. “To best serve our patients, we need to be able to share information and collaborate with other providers in the community.” Bev added that connection to the HIE will help them remain independent and better coordinate care of their patients.

Coastal Women’s Healthcare was also one of the first MEREC practices to attest to meaningful use. “We want to set the gold standard for women’s healthcare in Maine,” said Bev. “Working with the Maine REC has helped us support that vision.” She described how, at first, she and her colleagues thought they could attest to meaningful use on their own, but then quickly realized they needed some additional expertise. “As we started to read more about the measures, it was clear that we needed some help. We provide exceptional women’s health services, but paperwork and federal regulations are not our strongpoint.  So we turned to Gemma to help us.” Gemma Cannon connected Bev with MEREC supported vendor, Arcadia Solutions, and together they walked Bev and her team through the process towards attestation.

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently announced that the nationwide network of 62 RECs, are helping 100,000 primary care providers nationwide adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records to improve care.

“Providers throughout Maine have demonstrated a commitment to working with HealthInfoNet as a trusted advisor in the implementation and meaningful use of electronic health records,” said Lisa-Nicole Danehy, REC Project Officer at ONC. “These Maine providers are part of the one-third of primary care providers nationwide who have committed to working with Regional Extension Centers in their journey towards meaningful use.”

About HealthInfoNet:

HealthInfoNet is an independent, nonprofit organization using health information technology to improve patient care quality and safety. The organization’s core function is the management of a secure computer system, called a health information exchange, for doctors, hospitals and other caregivers to share important health information and improve patient care. The organization also serves as the Maine Regional Extension Center, helping primary care providers adopt and effectively use electronic health records. The organization is based in Portland, Maine and serves healthcare providers and their patients statewide.

December 16, 2011 I Written By

Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians Celebrate Successful Stage One Meaningful Use Attestation

Today Exeter Hospital and its affiliated multi-specialty group practice, Core Physicians, announced its recent completion of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Stage One Meaningful Use (MU) Certification for Electronic Health Records (EHR).

Key highlights from the announcement include:
•       Exeter and Core Physicians successfully established 88 providers to MU
•       This New Hampshire hospital is the largest NextGen Client to achieve this milestone
•       This forward-thinking community-based hospital and affiliated group practice had set internal IT goals years before MU came into fruition, and yet these internal standards ultimately matched up with MU standards
•       In addition to recently receiving its first CMS EHR incentive payments, Exeter Hospital is also a sub-recipient of funds from the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH).

Forward-thinking New Hampshire Community-based Hospital and Affiliated Multi-Specialty Group Practice Embrace Meaningful Use as Natural Extension of Existing Quality Initiatives

Exeter, NH, December 5, 2011 — Exeter Hospital and its affiliated multi-specialty group practice, Core Physicians, recently completed the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Stage One Meaningful Use (MU) Certification for Electronic Health Records (EHR). As the largest NextGen client to achieve this milestone, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians successfully established 88 providers to MU.

To help bring higher quality and safer care to patients through broader adoption of EHRs, the ARRA HITECH Act of 2009 provided financial incentives to hospitals and providers who become “meaningful users” of EHRs. Prior to the announcement of MU incentives, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians had already internally set clinical goals that ultimately came to fall under MU standards. With its forward-thinking philosophy and achievement of Stage One MU criteria, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians not only stand as leaders in the state, but also among the first healthcare providers nationally to demonstrate that they are using certified EHR technology in ways to improve clinical quality.

“Successfully achieving Stage One is not only a significant milestone for Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians, but it is also an excellent validation of the work we have been doing and internal standards we set years ago before MU came into fruition,” said Sean O’Neil, Vice President of Organizational Excellence with Core Physicians. “Patient safety and quality of care have always been the foundation of our strategic platform and we have long believed in the ability of technology to help providers practice better medicine and to provide better care.”

In addition to recently receiving its first CMS EHR incentive payments, Exeter Hospital is also a sub-recipient of funds from the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH).

“Exeter Hospital and its multi-specialty group practice, Core Physicians, are true leaders in the New Hampshire healthcare community. The fact that the internal health IT goals set years ago ultimately matched the MU standards is a real testament to the innovative thinking and quality patient care offered through Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians,” said Jeff Loughlin, Executive Director, RECNH. “The REC of NH is proud to offer these organizations financial assistance as it furthers its long-standing health IT goals.”

“The primary reason we are so far ahead of many other organizations of our size in the country is because of our clinicians, providers, practice managers, Information Services team and support staff,” said David Briden, Chief Information Officer for Exeter Health Resources, parent company of Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians. “MU is core to our mission and because of the staff’s efforts, along with the vision and support of our senior leaders and board members, we are in this favorable position.  The additional support and funding from CMS and the RECNH has helped justify and expedite our IT progress, while leveraging EHR technology has allowed us to do things we never would have been able to do in a paper world. As a result, we are able to know our patients better and make knowledgeable, quicker clinical decisions that ultimately help lead to safer and better quality care.”

Moving forward, Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians are working to improve interoperability between neighboring healthcare providers like the Community Health Access Network (CHAN) and its affiliate Lamprey Health Care with a goal of seamless integration to ensure improved patient care across the entire Exeter region of New Hampshire.

About Exeter Hospital

Exeter Hospital is a community-based hospital that serves residents from 38 towns in New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region. The hospital’s mission is to improve the health of the communities it serves. For more information, visit exeterhospital.com or call (603) 580-6668.

About Core Physicians

Core Physicians is a community based, multi-specialty group practice affiliated with Exeter Hospital. Core Physicians fundamental mission is to improve the health of individuals and families in the communities it serves. For more information about Core Physicians visit corephysicians.org.

December 10, 2011 I Written By

100,000 Primary Care Providers Commit to Adopting Electronic Health Records

Throughout the country, RECs are working with providers in different practice settings to ensure widespread adoption of electronic health records. While RECs mainly assist primary care providers, they also work with small rural and critical access hospitals (CAHs). REACH is working with 85 hospitals. The regional extension centers leverage their broad HIT experience to provide assistance to clinicians working in practices of various sizes and in both urban and rural settings.

Regional Extension Centers Gain Commitment from Providers to Advance America’s Health care

At the ONC Annual Meeting on November 17, 2011, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced that the network of 62 Health Information Technology (HIT) Regional Extension Centers (RECs) achieved one of its first major milestones – gaining commitments from 100,000 primary care providers to adopt electronic health records in a meaningful way. As part of this network of RECs, the Regional Extension Center for HIT (REACH) has enrolled 3,414 primary care providers in Minnesota and North Dakota. Representing roughly one-third of all PCPs in the U.S., these 100,000 providers are building the foundation of a fully-electronic health care system.

“This is an enormous milestone for America’s health care providers,” said Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, national coordinator for health information technology at ONC. “EHR-enabled providers are taking the first steps in transforming health care in the U.S., enhancing the safety and quality of care for patients. We would not have been able to accomplish this without the hard work of regional extension centers across the country.”

Primary care providers are the foundation of America’s health care system as they are often the patient’s first point of contact for health care and can be the center of the patient’s care network. EHR-enabled primary care providers allow clinicians to share more accurate, complete information and better coordinate patient care across specialists, hospitals and other health care providers. As EHR technologies become more widely adopted by providers and reach their full potential, patients will be able to access their own health information and become empowered partners in their medical care.

REACH has been using its broad, HIT expertise to help primary care providers, who face unique and complex challenges with EHR adoption, make a smooth transition to their EHR goals. Because all practices are different, REACH gears its support to meet each practice’s specific needs – from identifying financial resources to negotiating with EHR vendors to redesigning office workflow.

Throughout the country, RECs are working with providers in different practice settings to ensure widespread adoption of electronic health records. While RECs mainly assist primary care providers, they also work with small rural and critical access hospitals (CAHs). REACH is working with 85 hospitals. The regional extension centers leverage their broad HIT experience to provide assistance to clinicians working in practices of various sizes and in both urban and rural settings.

As part of its EHR Incentives Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services defined meaningful use criteria to ensure providers use a certified EHR system to:

•Exchange health information as part of coordinated care
•Report clinical quality care measures and
•Utilize electronic medical services such as e-prescribing

About REACH

REACH is a nonprofit, federal health information technology (HIT) regional extension center, dedicated to helping providers in clinics and small hospitals in Minnesota and North Dakota improve the quality and value of care through adoption and meaningful use of HIT.

REACH is a program of Key Health Alliance, a partnership of Stratis Health, National Rural Health Resource Center, and The College of St. Scholastica, which collaborates with North Dakota Health Care Review and the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

November 29, 2011 I Written By

GE Healthcare Aligns with New York Regional Extension Center

GE Healthcare announced that it is aligning with the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC, the nation’s second-largest regional extension center) to increase physician EMR adoption and support meaningful use attainment in the state of New York. Under the agreement, GE will take a central role in NYeC’s plans to help providers understand the benefits of HIT and adopt the electronic health records systems in their practices.

Nation’s Second Largest REC Will Work with GE to Increase Physician Adoption of EMR

Today, GE Healthcare announced it has aligned with the nation’s second largest Regional Extension Center, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), to increase physician EMR adoption and support meaningful use attainment in the state of New York.

“I am delighted that NYeC is partnering with GE Healthcare,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “The Meaningful Use program is a very important incentive for providers. Establishing a group of Meaningful Use partners will increase the number of providers who can receive services from NYeC and will help physicians, who have become EHR users, learn how to qualify for federal health information technology incentives. NYeC’s mission is to improve the quality of patient care through health information technology. This partnership program will contribute to that goal and benefit the public good.”

NYeC was founded in 2006 and later designated by the federal government and the State of New York to advance Health Information Technology (HIT) statewide–improving healthcare and reducing costs for all New Yorkers. While NYeC receives support and official designations from the state and federal governments, it is an independent collaborative.  NYeC partners with stakeholders from around the state and across the nation to promote innovation, provide the support, and establish the policies necessary to advance HIT in New York. To that end, NYeC communicates with providers to help them understand the benefits of HIT and adopt the electronic health records systems in their practices. NYeC is also an educational resource for providers and consumers about HIT in general. Under this agreement, GE Healthcare takes a central role in NYeC’s plans.

“The New York eHealth Collaborative plays a critical role in helping medical providers evaluate and select electronic medical records,” said Jim Corrigan, Senior Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT.  “By adding the power of Centricity solutions from GE Healthcare to their portfolio, the NYeC can offer solutions for practices sized from one provider to 100.  The regional extension center model offers an easy and effective method for medical providers to implement EMR.”

There are currently 62 government-funded Regional Extension Centers (RECs) across the United States, and GE aligns with more than half of them today.  GE Healthcare participates in RECs primarily through its two featured ambulatory products, Centricity* Advance and Centricity Practice Solution.  Both products featured integrated EMR and practice management solutions, backed by GE’s world-class support and service organization.  Centricity Advance is available exclusively as a software-as-a-service deployment, while Centricity Practice Solution can be deployed on-site or through a hosted model.

*Registered trademark of General Electric Company.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

October 21, 2011 I Written By

CapSite Partners With Peer Consulting to Combine IT Strategic Consulting Services With CapSite’s Hospital Purchasing Database

Burlington, VT – CapSite announced this morning that Peer Consulting has entered into a Provider Consulting Organization (PCO) agreement with CapSite. The agreement enables Peer Consulting to offer the CapSite service to healthcare providers as part of consulting engagements.

“We believe the CapSite Hospital Purchasing Database, when combined with other services offered by select consultants for their provider clients, will serve as a major market differentiator for that consultancy,” says Gino Johnson, Sr. VP and GM of CapSite.

The CapSite database is a unique resource providing transparency on healthcare technology purchases to help healthcare providers make more informed decisions in the planning, budgetary, and negotiating phases of their procurement process. Spanning over 140 categories across Healthcare IT (HIT), Imaging Equipment, Professional Services and Medical Devices, the CapSite database will assist Peer Consulting to advise providers toward making intelligent decisions in vendor evaluations and system selections.

Peer Consulting’s expertise with Healthcare IT Adoption services with hospitals, rural health centers and RECs is aligned with CapSite’s unique coverage in HIT, including EHR and HIE.

“Peer Consulting believes that the system selection process is enhanced when supported by clear and accurate industry data. The ability to make informed decisions based on an understanding of similar organizations’ procurement of information technology is invaluable. We are pleased to partner with CapSite to be able to provide this information to our clients,” says Vice President, Executive Advisory Services of Peer Consulting, Linus Diedling.

The Provider Consultant Organization (PCO) agreement allows providers to benefit from Peer Consulting advisory services paired with CapSite’s unique Database resource.

About CapSite™

CapSite™ is a healthcare technology research and advisory firm. Our mission is to provide market transparency which enables our healthcare provider clients to save money on healthcare technology investments which drives down the overall cost of healthcare in the U.S.  The CapSite database is the trusted, easy-to-use online resource, providing critical knowledge and evidence-based information on healthcare technology purchases. The CapSite database represents more than 140 healthcare technology categories and 1,100 vendors. CapSite™ provides detailed transparency on healthcare technology pricing, packaging and positioning.
CapSite has a strategic alliance with AHA Solutions to bring the CapSite database to the 5,000 AHA member hospitals.

When it comes to healthcare technology research, it helps to see all the details. Those details are now available with CapSite™.

About Peer Consulting, LLC

Founded in 2001, Peer Consulting provides healthcare organizations with complementary services in management consulting, systems implementation and integration. The firm’s expertise includes enterprise-wide computer systems deployment for hospitals, integrated delivery networks, ambulatory facilities and physician clinics. Other services include Meaningful Use Readiness, Executive Advisory Services, Clinical Systems Adoption, Health Information Exchange Strategy, Implementation Services and Technical Expertise. Headquartered in the greater Seattle area, the firm is distinguished by a multi-disciplinary team of highly experienced, senior consultants strategically based throughout the U.S.

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October 20, 2011 I Written By

Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) Selected as NJ-HITEC EHR Vendor

NJ-HITEC, the Regional Extension Center (REC) in New Jersey, selected Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE) as a participating vendor to help healthcare provider’s transition to electronic health records. Last month, MIE helped Stephen Thomsen, M.D. of Hudson Essex Nephrology, become the first physician to attest for meaningful use in Hudson County and in Union City, New Jersey….a big accomplishment for the state.

Fort Wayne, Ind. – September 28, 2011 – Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), a web-based, minimally invasive™ electronic health record (EHR) provider, was recently selected as a participating vendor by NJ-HITEC, the Regional Extension Center (REC) for New Jersey. As a participating vendor, MIE’s WebChart EHR will help NJ-HITEC’s participating healthcare provider’s transition from paper to electronic health records and qualify for meaningful use incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
WebChart from MIE is an accessible, interoperable, flexible and affordable electronic health record system designed to achieve meaningful use without turning a practice upside down.  MIE was one of the first EHR vendors to receive ONC-ATCB certification for Meaningful Use Stage One as a Complete EHR (WebChart EHR 5.1) and is also a CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR (WebChart EHR Version 5.1) with a 5-star usability rating – the highest possible rating.
“We want to help every member of our regional extension center become a meaningful user of EHR technologies.  We’ve made it our mission to find the best strategic technology partners to help New Jersey physicians reach these goals,” said Ron Manke, North Jersey Director of The New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC). “MIE has already helped several physicians in New Jersey complete the meaningful use attestation process in a cost effective and efficient manner, all with minimal practice disruption.  We are proud to have MIE as a participating vendor because we’ve seen first -hand how the WebChart EHR can be successful in real practice settings.”
In August 2011, MIE helped Stephen Thomsen, M.D. of Hudson Essex Nephrology, become the first physician to attest for meaningful use in Hudson County and in Union City, New Jersey. The practice has transitioned over 11,000 patient files to MIE’s WebChart EHR and is also offering a fully integrated personal health record (PHR) from NoMoreClipboard, allowing patients to take a more active role in their healthcare.
“We look forward to working with NJ-HITEC and their physician partners in the future.  WebChart EHR from MIE is the perfect solution for small to mid-sized physician practices in New Jersey,” said Bruce Lisanti, CEO of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE).  “It is an easy to use, affordable, Web-based platform accessible from any location, on any device that can be customized to a practice’s specific workflow.”
About Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE)
MIE offers a web-based suite of products that are easy to use, flexible and cost effective. MIE systems are ONC-ATCB certified for Meaningful Use as a Complete EHR (WebChart EHR 5.1) and are also a CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR with a 5-star usability rating – the highest possible rating.
MIE solutions are employed by small, specialty and group practices; Fortune 500 enterprise employee health clinics (including the Dow Chemical Company and Google); and safety net providers caring for the indigent and uninsured. MIE launched one of the first sustainable health information exchanges in the country, fostered 65 percent EHR adoption in Northeast Indiana, and deploys EHRs across the United States and around the world. MIE solutions include chronic disease management, occupational health, personal health record, patient portal, and wellness modules. MIE has taken 15 different specialties chartless, and MIE products are endorsed by the American College of Cardiology. For more information, visit http://www.mieweb.com.
About NJ-HITEC
NJ-HITEC is the primary care provider’s trusted advisor in the timely delivery of high quality healthcare through the selection, implementation and achievement of Meaningful Use of an accredited Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.  For more information, visit http://www.njhitec.org/.
October 7, 2011 I Written By