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Ingenious Med Integrates Health Language to Enhance ICD-9 and ICD-10 Search

Provider of the nation’s largest charge capture solution chooses Health Language to improve code search functionality

ATLANTA – June 13, 2013 – Ingenious Med, Inc., the nation’s largest point of care charge capture solution, has announced the integration of Health Language® from Wolters Kluwer Health to support its code search engine. The update will be another step toward creating a robust solution for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014, which will increase the number of codes a physician must use from 13,000 to 65,000.

“We are taking our best-in-class code search functionality and making it even better with the best code data in the industry from Health Language,” said Hart Williford, president and CEO of Ingenious Med. “We know that our clients need a strong partner to help each of them successfully transition to ICD-10, and their success is our top priority.”

With Health Language, Ingenious Med will be able to help physicians reach the best billable code, based on documentation, in the quickest manner possible. Code validation and crosswalking capabilities will be built in.

After delaying the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 several times, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is holding firm on its Oct. 1, 2014 date. CMS has assured the industry that there will be no more delays and that all organizations must be ready.

“The healthcare industry’s critical transition to the modern ICD-10 coding system is a massive undertaking that is expected to impact nearly every aspect of hospital operations,” said Brian McDonald, executive vice president, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased Ingenious Med has chosen Health Language to provide the tools it needs to navigate this complex process.”

About Ingenious Med

Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning point of care platform that automates the activities of 25,000 inpatient and outpatient physician in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. The mobile and cloud-based charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy and ensure compliance. For more information, visit www.ingeniousmed.com or call 404-815-0862.

About Health Language
Health Language® provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT® and LOINC®. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, the advanced Language Engine (LE) and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information. This, backed by a team of HIM experts that support the integration process, helps hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations to overcome industry challenges such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and health information exchange.

Health Language is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

June 18, 2013 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.

Health Catalyst Systems Brings Accountable Care to New Jersey’s Largest Health System

Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Created by Hackensack University Medical Center and Its Affiliated Physicians Selects Health Catalyst Systems to Support Participation in Medicare Shared Savings Program

HACKENSACK, NJ–(Marketwire – March 04, 2013) –   Health Catalyst Systems, LLC today announced that the Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO), an accountable care organization created by the combination of HackensackUMC and its affiliated physicians, has selected its Technology Enabled Active Management (TEAM) of Care model to proactively manage care coordination across the ACO. By implementing the TEAM of Care Solution, the Hackensack Alliance ACO will be able to provide hospital and community clinicians, care coordinators, and patients a coordinated and unified view of the patient’s clinical, financial and administrative data from electronic health records, claims systems, and other data sources. To assure the Hackensack Alliance ACO fully realizes its goals, Health Catalyst will provide advisory consulting, care coordination technology, and it’s TEAM of Care workflow algorithms for best practice care coordination. Providers in the ACO will have an integrated view of patient records, shared care plans, a status tracking system for care plan adherence, and a secure messaging system for communications. Primary care providers, medical specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, care coordinators, and home health aides can use the system to designate multidisciplinary care teams that actively manage their patients across multiple EHR platforms in multiple settings and locations.

Morey Menacker, D.O., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hackensack Alliance ACO, stated that “Health Catalyst provides us with one platform to manage and coordinate the care activities inside and outside our organization, across the entire continuum of care.” “This Active Management of Care model is critical to how the ACO will achieve our goals for improved patient care and reduced costs of care,” said Peter Gross, M.D., Chairman of the Hackensack Alliance ACO Board of Managers. Edward Gold, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Hackensack Alliance ACO Board of Managers stated that “Because the TEAM of Care model automates our visibility into care coordination activities, our physicians, nurses, care coordinators and patients can take immediate actions that will improve outcomes.” According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, failure to coordinate care delivery cost the U.S. Health System between $102 and $154 Billion Dollars in 2011. (Source: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

HackensackUMC has remained committed to remaining at the forefront of technology to achieve better patient results. In fact, Dr. Shafiq Rab, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, HackensackUMC, was recently listed among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know” based upon his commitment to the pursuit of innovative health technology and IT programs as a means to achieving high-quality coordinated care delivery for HackensackUMC. Dr. Rab’s evangelism is based on his unique clinical, IT and public health experience and this background has enabled his to improve the meaningful use of technology and the clinical delivery of care at the lowest cost at every institution that he has worked. Dr. Rab stated “After an exhaustive search of technology and consulting ACO vendors, Health Catalyst and its Technology Enabled Active Management of Care allows us to leverage the existing hospital and ambulatory technology Electronic Health Record platforms we already have invested in to be able to share community wide agreed up care plans across multiple technology platforms.”

“The most complex patients in our healthcare system are also the highest cost,” said Alan Gilbert, MPA, FHIMSS, Managing Partner at Health Catalyst Systems. “A larger percentage of patients with chronic diseases — diabetes, COPD, CHF, obesity, and cancers — have multiple conditions and require care from a wide variety of providers in a wide variety of settings. Our TEAM of Care approach enables healthcare providers to more effectively monitor and manage a patient’s care. For patients with chronic disease, this process leads to reduced hospitalizations, reduced lengths of stay, fewer readmissions, avoided redundant tests, and improved adherence to treatment therapies.”

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. This 775-bed facility has created an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas — more than any other hospital in the nation, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named one of the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals®, a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades® for seven years in a row. HackensackUMC received 19 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission — more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.

About The Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

The Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was established to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), which is designed to reduce the growth in Medicare expenditures through the development of a patient centered care model that focuses on providing high quality services and medical care. Our mission is to provide patients with high quality service and medical care while reducing the growth in care expenditures through enhanced care coordination, preventive care, patient empowerment and best practices supported by medical research. In order for our patients to receive quality care that makes a positive difference, Hackensack Physician-Hospital Alliance ACO physicians must work closely with patients, family members and other providers to coordinate care across medical specialties and care settings. Patient centered care requires Hackensack physicians to transform and improve all aspects of the healthcare experience for the individual patient as well as the population. In the interest of our patients, HackensackUMC physicians are dedicated to providing patients with quality medical care that includes: patient and family education, better access to care, efficient processes, and evidence based care management. To learn more about The Hackensack Physician-Hospital Alliance Accountable Care Organization, visit www.hackensackumc.org/our-services/medical-services/aco/about-us/

About Health Catalyst Systems, LLC 

Health Catalyst Systems, LLC has developed a unique and innovative care coordination solution called Technology Enabled Active Management (TEAM) of Care. This solution creates proactive care management activities through plans of care, work flow rules, and triggers for active follow up. Health Catalyst automates this process by configuring these rules into care coordination software that includes a work flow decision engine, Health Information Exchange, communication platform, and analytics tools. The TEAM of Care model converts data into action through work lists, phase dashboards, secure messages, and reports for immediate care follow up and active management. Health Catalyst assures delivery and value realization from every project by combining best practices for care coordination with world-class consulting and implementation expertise. Our combined solutions deliver an unmatched foundation for clinical integration, care coordination, and associated reimbursement models tied to quality outcomes. To learn more about the TEAM of Care, please visit www.teamofcare.com

March 8, 2013 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.

DIEBOLD HEALTHCARE AND VECNA CREATE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE ON PATIENT ENGAGEMENT

Alliance combines Diebold Healthcare’s nationwide presence with Vecna’s innovative solutions to address demand for patient engagement tools that help providers achieve Meaningful Use.

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Feb 28, 2013 – Vecna and Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD), today announced a strategic alliance enabling Diebold’s healthcare industry business unit, Diebold Healthcare, to provide national service capabilities for all Vecna deployments and distribute Vecna’s patient self-service solution in the Western United States and Canada.

Vecna’s patient self-service solution is an integrated platform that includes a patient portal, patient check-in solutions and queuing. Health systems have reduced administrative costs by more than $30 per patient visit, decreased patient wait times up to 75 percent and received Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursements related to Meaningful Use requirements by using Vecna’s solution.

“Today a patient cannot actively engage in his care because of a lack of access to the fragmented systems that hold his information,” said Ben Bau, Vecna’s VP and General Manager of patient self-service. “As a result, every interaction a patient has with his or her provider is made more frustrating, costly and error-prone than it has to be. These impediments to care are a fundamental barrier to patient engagement.  Vecna’s solutions are delivered on a single platform so patients can engage with their providers from their homes, waiting rooms or mobile phones.”

Bau adds, “The alliance with Diebold will add significant value to Vecna’s extensive customer base, which includes more than 10,000 kiosks installed at more than 1,000 medical facilities, including the Veterans Administration medical centers, commercial hospital systems and independent ambulatory clinics. Our customers will now have access to Diebold’s superior network of more than 4,000 service technicians.”

The alliance also creates a unique and powerful solution for helping providers achieve the now-mandated 5 percent patient engagement. Vecna’s innovative self-service software already allows patients to update demographic data, make payments and review insurance information through any web-enabled device. Deploying that software on a Diebold Healthcare Patient Kiosk  delivers those same benefits and more during the normal check-in process, before a patient leaves the hospital or clinic.

”We feel that combining Diebold’s proven success with self-service innovation and its service network with the expertise and software development capabilities of Vecna will provide an unmatched solution that will better serve hospitals and ultimately provide a safer, richer experience for patients,” said Dave Byrd, vice president and general manager of Diebold Healthcare.

The Diebold Healthcare patient self-service solution, powered by Vecna, is available today throughout North America. For more information, visit www.diebold.com/healthcare or www.vecna.com.

March 1, 2013 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.

Cottage Hospital Becomes First Critical Access Hospital in New England to Achieve CMS Stage 1 Meaningful Use Certification for Electronic Health Records

Cottage Hospital yesterday announced the completed attestation for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) certification on July 15, 2011, making it the first critical access hospital (CAH) in New England to achieve that milestone. Now Cottage is not only a leader in the state but also among the first healthcare providers nationally to demonstrate that it is using certified EHR technology in ways to improve clinical quality and care.

Woodsville, NH – Cottage Hospital completed attestation for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) certification on July 15, 2011, making it the first critical access hospital (CAH) in New England to achieve that milestone. Cottage Hospital was the second hospital of any kind in the state of New Hampshire to complete attestation for Stage 1 MU following the Elliot Health System of Manchester which attested on July 13.

To help bring higher quality and safer care to patients through broader adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), the ARRA HITECH Act of 2009 has provided incentives to hospitals and physicians who become “meaningful users” of EHRs. In achieving the Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria, Cottage is not only a leader in the state but also among the first healthcare providers nationally to demonstrate that it is using certified EHR technology in ways to improve clinical quality and care.

“The achievement to successfully reach Stage 1 Meaningful Use was the result of a total commitment by every department at Cottage, and the pivotal assistance of the Regional Extension Center of NH,” said Gary Tomlinson, Director of Management Information Systems. “At Cottage Hospital the patient always comes first, and enhancing patient care through the use of technology is the real accomplishment behind achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use.”

“One of the most impressive aspects of Cottage’s rapid attestation for Stage I is that they accomplished the task with so few resources – this 25-bed hospital on the New Hampshire-Vermont border was able to achieve something that has so far eluded far larger organizations with much bigger teams and much deeper pockets,” said Jeff Loughlin, Executive Director, Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH). “As an arm of the ONC supporting provider organizations in achieving meaningful use, we were honored to help Cottage by providing an experienced “sanity check” on its plan and approach, as well as some tools and support for ensuring the hospital’s readiness. Despite its size, Cottage is a true leader in the NH healthcare community and deserves every bit of recognition for this significant achievement.”

“Cottage Hospital’s vision to attain a full Electronic Health Record (EHR) was a strategic objective driven by the hospital leadership team and board of trustees. The initiative was started over seven years ago and the definition and guidance of Meaningful Use provided us with a clear road map of how to accomplish this goal,” said Steven Plant, Chief Financial Officer.

A CAH is designated as such by its State and by CMS for meeting the following criteria:
•       Participates in Medicare
•       Is located in a rural area and is more than a 35-mile (15 in mountainous
•       terrain) drive from any other hospital
•       Maintains no more than 25 inpatient beds
•       Maintains an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less per patient
•       Complies with all CAH Conditions of Participation, including the requirement to make available 24-hour emergency care services 7 days per week

About Cottage Hospital
Cottage Hospital is a 25 bed, critical access hospital serving the beautiful Upper Connecticut River Valley. For additional information regarding Cottage Hospital and any of our services visit us on the web at www.cottagehospital.org or call (603)747-9000.

July 27, 2011 I Written By