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EPCS Gold Approaching 700,000 Controlled Substance E-Prescriptions Issued

Volume Represents an Estimated 60-Percent of All U.S. Controlled Substance Electronic Prescriptions to Date

Rockville, Md.– September 5, 2014

DrFirst, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, announced today that providers using the company’s EPCS GoldSM 2.0 controlled substance e-prescribing technology have issued more than 663,000 controlled substance prescriptions to date, and the company expects to surpass the 700,000 mark in mid-September.  This volume represents an estimated 60-percent of total U.S. electronic controlled substance prescriptions issued since 2010 and quantifies DrFirst’s position as the industry’s leading controlled substance e-prescribing solution.

E-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) was legalized at the Federal level by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) interim final rule for e-prescribing of controlled substances.  EPCS is also legal at the State level in 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and beginning on March 27, 2015, New York will be the first state to mandate electronic prescribing for legend drugs and controlled substances through its Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing/Prescription Monitoring Program (I-STOP) legislation.

“The benefits of controlled substance e-prescribing are numerous, including preventing doctor shopping and drug diversion, streamlining prescribing workflows within practices, and enabling these prescriptions to be checked for clinical alerts at the time of prescribing,” said Peter Kaufman, M.D., chief medical officer for DrFirst.  “In light of our growing prescription drug epidemic and as evidenced by the growth we are seeing in the use of EPCS Gold, doctors now regard having controlled substance e-prescribing capability with a heightened sense of urgency.”

There is growing awareness of the prescription drug addiction problem in the U.S., evidenced most-recently by the DEA’s movement of hydrocodone combination drugs into the more-restrictive Schedule II classification in an effort to help stem misuse of such medications.  Controlled substances represent approximately 10 percent of all prescribed medications, however, the electronic processing of controlled substances is disproportionately more difficult than e-prescribing legend drugs, requiring additional technical and security certifications, identity proofing of providers, and two-factor authentication of a provider’s authorization to prescribed controlled substances electronically.

“More than 150 EMR and HIS systems have already contracted to integrate our technology within their systems, which will make controlled substance e-prescribing capability accessible to approximately 275,000 providers,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst.  “Given New York’s I-STOP regulation, the growth of EPCS-enabled pharmacies nationwide, and the proven effectiveness of EPCS Gold, we anticipate increasingly rapid adoption of our controlled substance e-prescribing technology over the coming year.”

For more information on the adoption and growth of controlled substance e-prescribing, download DrFirst’s report, “The Evolving Landscape for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) — An Industry Briefing for 2014,” at http://go.drfirst.com/EPCSreport2014.

To view the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality video, “AHRQ Health IT Success Stories – Forging a Pathway for E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances,” which chronicles the creation of EPCS Gold as the nation’s first controlled substance e-prescribing platform, visit http://www.drfirst.com/testimonials.jsp.

About DrFirst

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

September 5, 2014 I Written By

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

FDB Releases Medicare Part D Module to Support CMS Compliance

New drug knowledge helps Medicare Part D plan sponsors and claims processors efficiently comply with myriad drug coverage and participation rules

South San Francisco, CA – September 3, 2014 – First Databank (FDB), the leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that improves medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, today announced the release of the FDB Medicare Part D Module™. The new drug knowledge codifies several Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) coverage rules, enabling Part D plan sponsors—and their claims processors and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), pharmacy providers, physicians, long-term care organizations and other related entities—to more easily and consistently manage existing and new CMS rules, as well as determine which of these existing rules apply to new drugs that enter the market.

Extensive Medicare Part D program oversight from CMS, including current policies and frequent changes aimed at providing improved services to its beneficiaries, has intensified the need for FDB customers and other stakeholders to access information that enables them to efficiently and effectively manage coverage and participation rules. The content in the FDB Medicare Part D Module is intended to be integrated into the computer systems of those entities that prescribe covered drugs, dispense prescriptions, adjudicate the prescription drug claims, and report on various coverage and quality of care measurements designed for efficient implementation of the Medicare Part D program.

The FDB Medicare Part D Module provides National Drug Code (NDC)-level information for the following:

  • Acetaminophen Quantity: Aids in the calculation of the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen to prevent accidental overdose.
  • Morphine Equivalent Doses: Aids in the conversion and calculation of the total morphine equivalent dose for opioid-containing drug products. This assists in determining if the morphine daily quantity threshold is exceeded.
  • Comprehensive NDC SPL Data Elements (NSDE) Information: Identifies drugs eligible for coverage under Medicare Part D using the following elements: NDC, Marketing Category, Marketing Start Date and Marketing End Date.
  • Short Cycle Dispensing: Facilitates the identification of drugs that are subject to the 14-day dispensing rules for pharmacies providing services to long-term care facilities.
  • Star Ratings: Provides medication listings that support CMS Medicare Part D quality of care initiatives and plan ratings.

“As Medicare Part D enrollment numbers continue to grow, so does the complexity of the regulations,” said Keith Fisher, RPh, market manager, FDB. “Our vision is to provide, in a single, convenient source, relevant information that plan providers need in order to keep pace with an ever-changing compliance environment. By using the FDB Medicare Part D Module to manage their Medicare Part D drug lists, our customers can enjoy peace of mind knowing they can focus their efforts on serving the needs of their patients and members.”

About First Databank (FDB)
FDB (First Databank), part of the Hearst Health network, is the leading provider of drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication decision support category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visit http://www.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Hearst Health
FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx HealthMCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 20 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

September 3, 2014 I Written By

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

CHIME Statement on Finalization of Meaningful Use ‘Modifications’ Rule

From Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO, President and CEO

This afternoon the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) finalized a regulation granting providers additional flexibility in meeting Meaningful Use (MU) requirements in 2014. However, the final rule lacked a key provision that would ensure continued EHR adoption and MU participation

CHIME is deeply disappointed in the decision made by CMS and ONC to require 365-days of EHR reporting in 2015. This single provision has severely muted the positive impacts of this final rule. Further, it has all but ensured that industry struggles will continue well beyond 2014.

Roughly 50% of EHs and CAHs were scheduled to meet Stage 2 requirements this year and nearly 85% of EHs and CAHs will be required to meet Stage 2 requirements in 2015. Most hospitals who take advantage of new pathways made possible through this final rule will not be in a position to meet Stage 2 requirements beginning October 1, 2014. This means that penalties avoided in 2014 will come in 2015, and millions of dollars will be lost due to misguided government timelines.

Nearly every stakeholder group echoed recommendations made by CHIME to give providers the option of reporting any three-month quarter EHR reporting period in 2015. This sensible recommendation, if taken, would have assuaged industry concerns over the pace and trajectory of rulemaking; it would have pushed providers to meet a higher bar, without pushing them off the cliff; and it would have ensured the long-term vitality of the program itself. Now, the very future of Meaningful Use is in question.

August 29, 2014 I Written By

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

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014

Rule will help more providers use electronic health record technology

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

“We listened to stakeholder feedback and provided CEHRT flexibility for 2014 to help ensure providers can continue to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs forward,” said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator. “We were excited to see that there is overwhelming support for this change.”

Based on public comments and feedback from stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) identified ways to help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) implement and meaningfully use Certified EHR Technology. Specifically, eligible providers can use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs; All eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs are required to use the 2014 Edition CEHRT in 2015.

These updates to the EHR Incentive Programs support HHS’ commitment to implementing an effective health information technology infrastructure that elevates patient-centered care, improves health outcomes, and supports the providers that care for patients.

The rule also finalizes the extension of Stage 2 through 2016 for certain providers and announces the Stage 3 timeline, which will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful EHR users in 2011 or 2012.

An updated meaningful use timeline and a chart with 2011 and 2014 CEHRT Edition options are available at http://cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2014-Press-releases-items/2014-08-29.html.

For more information about the EHR Incentive Programs, please visithttp://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms. For more information about CEHRT, please visit http://www.healthit.gov/certification.

I Written By

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

VCS Merges With Medkinetics and Payor Enrollment Services

HOUSTON – AUGUST 26, 2014 – Vendor Credentialing Service (VCS), a leading provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) based healthcare compliance and credentialing solutions, today announced a merger with Medkinetics and Payor Enrollment Services. The combination creates the leading provider of compliance and credentialing software covering all constituents of the healthcare community, including physicians, nurses, staff, vendors, contractors and payors. 

“Each of the three companies has an established leadership position in its respective field,” said Rick Pleczko, President and CEO of VCS. “With this merger, healthcare organizations now have a single source provider for all their credentialing and compliance needs, across their entire organization.” 
 
“We’re excited to join forces with VCS,” said Jim Cox, President of Medkinetics and Payor Enrollment Services. “The combination creates the clear leader in the industry, bringing together professionals with many years of experience in healthcare compliance with state of the art technology enabling our customers to quickly and easily solve their compliance and credentialing challenges.”


The combined company will be headquartered in Houston and will maintain operations out of Franklin, Tenn., formerly the Medkinetics and Payor Enrollment Services headquarters.


VCS is a portfolio company of The CapStreet Group, and Healthcare Growth Partners served as financial advisor to VCS and CapStreet.


Neil Kallmeyer, Managing Partner at The CapStreet Group, added, “The completion of the VCS and Medkinetics/Payor Enrollment Services merger represents VCS’s second acquisition in less than two years. We continue to pursue acquisition opportunities to further expand VCS’s product offering, solidifying the company’s position as the leading compliance and credentialing company in the healthcare industry.”

About VCS
Founded in 2006, VCS is an industry leader in compliance and credentialing Software as a Service solutions that help healthcare organizations mitigate risk and ensure compliance. For more information or to contact VCS, visit www.vcsdatabase.com or (866) 373-9725.

About Medkinetics
Founded in 1999, Medkinetics provides innovative Software as a Service solutions for healthcare organizations including provider credentialing, privileging, peer review, quality and performance improvement, and event reporting. Medkinetics’ solutions enable clients to see increased revenue, reduced cost, enhanced provider relations, and improved compliance. For more information about Medkinetics, visit www. Medkinetics.com

About Payor Enrollment Services
Payor Enrollment Services provides fast and accurate credentialing and enrollment of practices and providers with commercial and federal payors. Payor Enrollment Services streamlines processes using state of the art software – taking the burden off providers and enabling organizations to recognize reimbursements faster. For more information about Payor Enrollment Services, visit www.payorenrollment.com


About CapStreet
The CapStreet Group is a private equity firm founded in 1990 that invests in owner-managed, middle market companies headquartered in Texas and surrounding states.  CapStreet targets companies operating in diversified business service sectors, including healthcare, industrial distribution and industrial manufacturing businesses and partners with management teams and existing owners to accelerate growth and improve profitability.

About Healthcare Growth Partners
Healthcare Growth Partners (HGP) provides investment banking and strategic advisory services with an exclusive focus on health informatics and digital health. Since 2005, HGP has closed over 60 transactions representing over $1 billion in value, including sell-side, buy-side, and capital formation. The firm leverages its experienced management team, domain expertise, and deep network of contacts to provide efficient and high value processes for clients.

August 26, 2014 I Written By

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

Caradigm Offers Healthcare Providers Unlimited Identity and Access Management with Guaranteed Go-Live Dates

One annual price for Single Sign-On or Provisioning covers software, services, maintenance and integration with an unlimited number of applications 

BELLEVUE, WA – Aug. 25, 2014 – Caradigm, a population health company, today announced new Identity and Access Management (IAM) offerings designed to make it easier for healthcare organizations to control access to applications and patient data, even as their workforces and IT environments rapidly grow and change.

Built exclusively for healthcare, Caradigm® Identity and Access Management (IAM) – including Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Provisioning – enables healthcare organizations to protect against increasing security and compliance risk by safeguarding patient health information.  At the same time, Caradigm IAM enables healthcare organizations to give clinicians rapid access to the applications and patient data they need to perform their jobs.

New offerings for both Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Provisioning include:

  • Subscription-based pricing: Healthcare providers now can choose to pay a simple yearly subscription fee for the software, services, and support needed to manage IAM, and align their solution with their evolving IT portfolio.

 

  • Unlimited applications: Subscriptions include integration to an unlimited number of applications.  This means organizations can continue to add applications into their IAM solutions after going live.  And, as an organization’s applications are upgraded, Caradigm will make any agreed-upon changes.

 

  • Guaranteed go-live: Caradigm offers a 100% guaranteed go-live date and scope for customers opting to follow Caradigm’s proven deployment methodology.

According to Jim Campbell, vice president of IAM for Caradigm, “With radical changes in healthcare, providers are facing unprecedented challenges in both protecting and speeding access to patient data. Our customers tell us they need simplified IAM solutions that easily adapt to their new realities – new alliances and partnerships, staff changes, and changes in IT environments. Thanks to our deep experience and advances in IAM, we’re delighted to offer customers a new level of flexibility in addressing these challenges head on.”

Caradigm’s IAM portfolio includes the following:

Caradigm Provisioning helps healthcare organizations protect against increasing security and compliance risk through role-based management of user identity. By codifying access and entitlement rights for the organization in a central repository, and by managing the creation, modification and termination of user access to clinical and core systems, Caradigm Provisioning helps organizations protect patient data while giving their clinicians rapid access to the applications and information they need.

Caradigm Single Sign-On (SSO) and Caradigm Context Management (CM) are designed to give clinicians faster access to healthcare applications and patient data while making it easier for organizations to protect patient privacy and system security. The solutions streamline workflows in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, automate management of clinical workstations and expedite compliance reporting. One-tap logoffs and timeouts eliminate the need for generic or shared credentials. Caradigm’s Privacy Auditor®, now included as an integral component in SSO and CM, provides a real-time audit trail of patient record access by user, application and location.

The new offerings are available immediately. Additional information about these offerings can be obtained by going to http://www.caradigm.com/en-us/contact-us/.

About Caradigm

Caradigm USA LLC is a healthcare analytics and population health company dedicated to helping organizations improve care, reduce costs, and manage risk. Caradigm analytics solutions provide insight into patients, populations, and performance, enabling healthcare organizations to understand their clinical and financial risk and identify the actions needed to address it. Caradigm population health solutions enable teams to deliver the appropriate care to patients through effective coordination and patient engagement, helping to improve outcomes and financial results. The key to Caradigm analytics and population health solutions is a rich set of clinical, operational, and financial data delivered to healthcare professionals within their workflows in near-real time. This data asset serves as the foundation for a growing number of innovative healthcare applications developed by Caradigm and industry partners, providing rapid incremental value to customers. Visit: www.caradigm.com.

August 25, 2014 I Written By

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

Apple’s HealthKit to Revolutionize Mobile Health Market Worth $11.8 Billion by 2018, say GlobalData Analysts

LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 21 August 2014 – Linda Tian, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says:

“GlobalData believes that Apple’s strategy to unite medical applications, electronic health records and peripheral devices through a platform, reported to be the HealthKit, will be a major milestone in the wave of technology-healthcare alliances.

“This move into the mobile health (mHealth) space promises significant future returns for Apple, as GlobalData forecasts this market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 31.5%, from an estimated $3 billion in 2013 to $11.8 billion by 2018.

“In addition, Apple’s timely market penetration and established consumer engagement strategies will potentially enable the company to set the industry standards for future developments, similar to how it revolutionized the smartphone space.”

Niharika Midha, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says:

“Given the current innovation-driven market dynamics, an increasing number of companies are reconsidering how their products can fit within the hospital ecosystem. One recent example is the partnership between Google and Novartis for monitoring glucose levels in human tears.

“New technologies mean that data concerning a patient’s heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posture, glucose levels, and many other vital signs, can be collated over time. These data can be leveraged for enhanced healthcare delivery and management.

“Apple’s HealthKit will offer a platform for developers to unveil new approaches to help physicians monitor patient health. Big technology companies also provide the ability to collect the data, transform it into meaningful information, and then disseminate it on a large scale.

“However, GlobalData anticipates that tech-medtech alliances looking to take advantage of new mHealth market opportunities will encounter hurdles in seeking regulatory approval in various countries and subsequently overcoming the reimbursement disconnect. Many medical devices are currently able to achieve regulatory approval, but fail to meet reimbursement criteria and therefore face barriers in adoption.”

-ABOUT GLOBALDATA-

GlobalData is a leading global research and consulting firm offering advanced analytics to help clients make better, more informed decisions every day. Our research and analysis is based on the expert knowledge of over 700 qualified business analysts and 25,000 interviews conducted with industry insiders every year, enabling us to offer the most relevant, reliable and actionable strategic business intelligence available for a wide range of industries.

August 21, 2014 I Written By

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

Recruiters/Executive Search Firms Rated Most Effective Resource in Hiring Health IT Staff

With high demand for health IT workers projected to continue for the foreseeable future, the 2014 HIMSS Workforce Survey results find healthcare organizations consider IT recruiters/ executive search firms the most effective resource to meet hiring needs  

CHICAGO (August 21, 2014) – The high demand for qualified health IT professionals continues, as revealed in the 2014 HIMSS Workplace Study, conducted by HIMSS Analytics:

  • Over 84 percent of survey respondents reported their organization hired at least one staff member in the past year, a finding consistent with the 2013 survey (86 percent).
  • With hiring in 2014 expected to continue at the 2013 pace, 82 percent of survey respondents planned to hire at least one full time employee (FTE) in the next 12 months, a slight increase from the 79 percent of respondents planning the same in 2013.

To satisfy the demand for desired workers, the study discovered that healthcare employers use multiple approaches to recruit qualified IT professionals. Yet, respondents considered IT recruiters/executive search firms to be the most effective resource to leverage in meeting their hiring demands.

“The lack of local qualified health IT workers, whether real or not, is a very real concern for many. And in an industry in which recruiting workers away from other healthcare organizations is fairly common practice, IT recruiters and staffing agencies are clearly seen to be the most effective recruitment resource at a healthcare employer’s disposal,” said Lorren Pettit, vice president, research, HIMSS Analytics. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see the use of recruiters increase as a preferred recruitment resource as the demand for select IT professionals increases.”

Survey methodology:  HIMSS Analytics conducted this research in May-June 2014 with findings based on responses from 200 individuals representing healthcare providers, vendors and consulting organizations, a sample considered generally representative of the health IT staffing needs and experiences of these types of organizations operating in the United States.

Additional survey results include the following highlights.

Staff Needed:  Clinical application support staff (58 percent) is the most sought-after position provider organizations plan to hire in the next year, an increase from 34 percent, as reported in the 2013 survey results.

IT Layoffs: Even though the reported hiring of, or plans to hire, IT staff are quite high, the findings point to a 5 percent increase in staff layoffs between 2013 (8 percent) and 2014 (13 percent).

Outsourcing or Not:  Healthcare provider organizations expect to continue use of outsourced services in the next year; over two-thirds (70 percent) of respondents reported at least one area of anticipated outsourcing. Use of outsourced services decreased this year, since the 2013 survey found 93 percent of healthcare provider organizations planned at least one outsourced service.

“The 2014 HIMSS Workforce Survey provides positive insights for both experienced and entry-level healthcare professionals,” says JoAnn Klinedinst, vice president, professional development, HIMSS North America.  “The research results show the need for a variety of IT positions in healthcare, with providers who responded to the survey stating they would likely hire clinical application support staff, while vendor respondents said they would be most interested in field support staff. In addition, a higher percentage of organizations in 2014, compared to respondents to the survey in 2013, said they were interested in training current employees to fill needed positions or were willing to hire recent graduates.”

Read the 2014 HIMSS Workforce Survey report.

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. Visit www.himss.org.

About HIMSS Analytics: HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions. It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based global enterprise that produces 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 the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

I Written By

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

HIPAA Secure Now! Ramps up EHR Partner Program, Helps Healthcare Providers Achieve Meaningful Use under Revised CMS Deadlines

MORRISTOWN, NJ – AUGUST 21, 2014 – HIPAA Secure Now! rolled out its EHR (electronic health records) partnership program, making it possible for EHR vendors to now offer their customers a HIPAA security risk assessment, a vital requirement for achieving meaningful use.

HIPAA Secure Now! provides risk analysis services, policies, procedures and training to medical practices throughout the U.S. The company assesses the risks of storing and transmitting electronic protected health information (ePHI) from each system and device used by the practice.

HIPAA Secure Now! has begun adding new EHR vendor partnerships. One partner, TRAKnet targets podiatrists with its EHR solution.  Nearly 200 TRAKnet customers have completed HIPAA Secure Now’s risk assessment program, which identifies and documents ePHI threats and vulnerabilities, and recommends safeguards to avoid the risks of a data breach.

“A HIPAA risk assessment is one requirement that is beyond the capabilities of our software,” said John Guiliana, executive vice president, marketing and sales for TRAKnet “HIPAA Secure Now! fills a gap sorely needed by our clients.”

CMS Changes Rules, Lowers Bar for Healthcare Providers…

Under a new rule from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), healthcare providers that received financial incentives for meaningful use were granted flexibility to use earlier versions of their CEHRT (certified electronic health record technology) and demonstrate that they have met certain stage one and two core objectives, including a HIPAA security risk assessment.  Under CMS guidelines providers must attest for meaningful use over 90 consecutive days within the 2014 reporting period.  The next reporting period ends September 30, 2014.

“As the CMS rules are changing we’re helping clients of our EHR partners get the risk assessment piece done before the quarter ends,” said Art Gross, CEO of HIPAA Secure Now!  “EHR companies know their clients are looking for a solution for meaningful use  risk assessments.  Using our cost effective, pain-free program clients can avoid the risk of failing a meaningful use audit and having to return incentive money.”

While providers must implement specific features of their EHR and achieve more than 15 core objectives and measures, a HIPAA security risk assessment is the one objective that falls outside EHR functionality. It applies to stage one and stage two, with the added requirement of addressing encryption of patient data, and is fundamental to meaningful use attestation.

Providers must complete their risk assessment by September 30th  to attest for the third quarter and receive 2014 incentive payments. Through HIPAA Secure Now’s partnership with EHR vendors, clients can attest to meaningful use, pass HIPAA compliance audits and hold on to their incentive money.

About HIPAA Secure Now!

HIPAA Secure Now! has been helping clients comply with the HIPAA Security Rule since 2009.  The company’s all-in-one solution provides risk assessment, which also satisfies Meaningful Use requirements, as well as privacy and security policies and procedures, and training.  HIPAA Secure Now! moves customers toward HIPAA compliance quickly and easily, and protects them in the event of an audit. Customers complete the entire process in two to three hours, and regularly comment that it is painless and has made HIPAA compliance very easy.  For more information visit www.HIPAASecureNow.com.

I Written By

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

HealthSpot and CareSource Team to Improve Access to Healthcare

Managed Care company creates value for Medicaid members, increasing access to care through HealthSpot telehealth platform.

Dublin, OH — August 19, 2014 – HealthSpot®, a pioneer in patient and provider driven healthcare technology, and CareSource, an Ohio nonprofit managed care company dedicated to meeting the needs of healthcare consumers for more than 25 years, announced an agreement to increase access to quality healthcare for CareSource Medicaid, CareSource Just4Me and MyCare Ohio members.

HealthSpot has built a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform that combines cloud-based software with the award-winning HealthSpot station. The stations connect patients to medical providers from a variety of Ohio’s health systems including Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals. For the past 18 months, these providers and others have been using the stations for diagnosis of high frequency illnesses, such as the flu and upper respiratory issues.

HealthSpot plans to roll out nearly 100 stations in community pharmacies across Ohio combining a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform with software in the HealthSpot station. The new HealthSpot stations will provide service to consumers including CareSource members who find the pharmacy locations easier to access instead of traveling to hospital emergency rooms or urgent care facilities for routine diagnosis. The goal is to make it convenient for Ohio residents to get the right, quality care.

HealthSpot will target geographic areas that have high emergency room visit rates and patient wait times, as identified by patient focus-groups and claim data analysis conducted by the two companies.

“Working with CareSource is key to our mission to increase access to the right quality and affordable medical care through a diverse professional care network in locations that are in the patient’s own backyard,” said Steve Cashman, CEO of HealthSpot. “HealthSpot is the first open platform that enables community providers to see patients outside their facility and truly create value for everyone in the healthcare ecosystem.”

“We are dedicated to helping our members find easier access to care. The agreement with HealthSpot allows us to connect members with providers in the most convenient locations, effectively putting quality healthcare at their immediate access,” said Steve Ringel, President Ohio Market CareSource.

HealthSpot aims to bring quality care closer to the consumer by going straight to the places they already know and frequent, the neighborhood pharmacy. The agreement is targeting national chain and independent pharmacies across Ohio.

About HealthSpot®

HealthSpot® is healthcare, reimagined. A pioneer in connected care, HealthSpot has built a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform that combines cloud-based software with the award-winning HealthSpot station, digital medical devices and mobile applications. HealthSpot’s platform radically transforms today’s healthcare system by enabling the delivery of quality, affordable medical care through a diverse professional care network for patients in efficient, convenient locations like pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, employer and community sites, universities and the home. For more information on HealthSpot, go to www.healthspot.net.

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About CareSource

CareSource, a nonprofit health plan is celebrating 25 years as one of the nation’s largest Managed Medicaid Plans. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio CareSource serves more than 1.2 million consumers in Ohio and Kentucky. CareSource is living its mission to provide healthcare to those who need it most. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put healthcare in reach for those it serves.

August 20, 2014 I Written By

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