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With MedAllies technology, NYeC HIXNY launch Direct Messaging

Direct technology enhances care coordination, improves patient care 

FISHKILL, N.Y., March 5, 2013–Powered by MedAllies technology, clinician-to-clinician Direct Messaging is now live in New York.

New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY) are now able to provide Direct Messaging between clinicians as part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

Direct Messaging, powered by MedAllies, allows clinicians to securely and seamlessly exchange authenticated, encrypted clinical data with one another. It addresses a serious deficiency in the current system: a lack of interoperability.

With MedAllies Direct technology, clinicians have pertinent clinical information “pushed” to them in their own EHR system, regardless of vendor. They will no longer need to sort through information that’s not relevant, nor will they need to “pull” information from paper records or the health information exchange (HIE). Moreover, the MedAllies connectivity model crosses all provider types and locations where care might be delivered, from small practices to integrated delivery networks.

“This is the holy grail of consultative medicine–being able to effortlessly transmit information back and forth,”said Fred Venditti, MD, vice dean for clinical affairs, Albany Medical Center and head of the Center’s physician faculty practice. “Direct’s point-to-point connectivity will dramatically reduce treatment delays, duplicative testing and revisits.” Albany Medical Center will become the first health care provider in New York State to use Direct Messaging.

MedAllies has provided Direct services since the Direct Project’s inception and has several pilot sites throughout the state. “As we move our Direct efforts from a pilot program into a statewide offering, we recognize that interoperability must be more than sending medical email to inboxes. Interoperability demands integration at the point of care and consistent with each provider’s workflow. With NYeC and HIXNY’s announcement, we are much closer to making this a reality,” said MedAllies CEO A. John Blair, III, MD, F.A.C.S.

Developed by MedAllies according to the Office of the National Coordinator’s Direct Project guidelines and the NYeC-led EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup specifications, Direct Messaging integrates into providers’ EHRs and existing workflows, enhancing their ability to electronically coordinate and improve the delivery of care to patients.

The SHIN-NY is a secure network for sharing clinical patient data across New York state. It is coordinated by NYeC in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health, and the state’s 11 regional health information organizations.

“We’re proud to be working with MedAllies as our vendor to enable SHIN-NY Direct Messaging,” said David Whitlinger, NYeC executive director. “The expertise they bring to HIE integration is invaluable to our efforts in connecting clinicians across the state to exchange records and better coordinate care.”

About MedAllies

MedAllies, founded in 2001, has extensive experience with EHR implementations and workflow redesign to improve clinical care. It provides unmatched expertise in health information exchange and Direct services. MedAllies operates the THINC eXchange, an HIE designed to increase the completeness of information at the point of care, improve care coordination and standardize quality and public health reporting in New York’s Hudson Valley. It has provided Direct services since the Direct Project’s inception and has several pilot sites in New York state. MedAllies Direct Solutions builds on existing technology to achieve interoperability, with physicians using their current EHR systems, allowing information to flow across disparate EHR systems in a manner consistent with provider workflows. MedAllies Direct is a tool to advance primary care models that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions and support patient-centered care.

March 5, 2013 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 York eHealth Collaborative Partners with Health 2.0 to Launch Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge

Challenge calls designers and developers to submit prototypes for a New York State online patient portal for health records – to be judged via public voting.

Deadline for submission is April 11th­

January 15, 2013 (New York, NY) – The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), in partnership with the leading health technology catalyst, Health 2.0, invites designers and developers to participate in the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge with $25,000 in prizes. Starting today, designers and developers can submit prototypes for a statewide patient portal for New Yorkers —a website for patients to access their medical records online. The top portal interface designs will be chosen and voted upon by New Yorkers after the April 11th deadline.

Developers will have 11 weeks to work on and then submit a design for the Patient Portal Challenge. To guarantee patient privacy during the design challenge, developers and designers will be given a test patient data set to build their applications. They will not have access to actual health records. Once all of the submissions are received on April 11th, the New York public will be invited to vote on their favorite designs from April 11-21. The designs with the strongest responses will be invited to present their project at two different demo days—one in New York City in April and another at a location upstate in early May.  A winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

After the Challenge, NYeC will work with a vendor to build the portal and run it on behalf of the state of New York via its health information exchange network.

“This is a chance for developers and designers to advance healthcare for all 20 million New Yorkers. A portal of this size and scope has never before existed,” says David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “Through our Design Challenge, we hope to inspire applicants to develop truly creative and user-friendly applications. We look forward to seeing all submissions, and eventually building this portal so patients throughout the state have full access to their health records.”

The patient portal mock-ups are required to include features that will allow patients to log on with a username and password to see their health records online safely and securely. Once logged in, patients will see a full layout of their health records, and also have access to a list of medical professionals, such as their family doctor, who have accessed their health records. The Patient Portal for New Yorkers will also provide an extensive overview of patient privacy rights, and address any privacy concerns a patient might have about Electronic Medical Records and Health IT in general.

“Health 2.0 is excited to be partnering with NYeC on this innovative challenge to design the first statewide patient portal for New York,” said Jean-Luc Neptune, Senior Vice President of Health 2.0. “The winners will not only make a tremendous contribution to the development of a patient portal that reaches nearly 20 million people, but also gain significant exposure and recognition for their achievement through participation in the challenge.”

The patient portal also compliments the information available through the Blue Button, a knowledge tool being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that helps users download their personal health information.  NYeC has proudly taken HHS’ “Blue Button Pledge” and supports the use of the Blue Button to empower “individuals to be partners in their health through health IT” in an effort to build on the Blue Button’s success in improving care coordination for veterans by giving them easy access to their health data.

“We are excited about the steps that NYeC is taking to launch the patient portal and support their commitment to helping make patients’ information available to them,” said Lygeia Ricciardi, Director of the Consumer eHealth Office at HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. “Providing patients and consumers with access to their own healthcare records is what the Blue Button pledge is all about.”

For more information on the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge, and to submit a prototype by April 11th, please visit http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/new-york-state-patient-portal-challenge/

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): 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. For more information about NYeC, visit www.nyehealth.org and @NYeHealth on Twitter.

About Health 2.0: The conference. The media network. The Innovation Community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is a series of prize competitions promoting health technology innovation. Health 2.0 also has its own media channels, Health 2.0 News and Health 2.0 TV; its own market intelligence service, Health 2.0 Advisors; and also sponsors the Health 2.0 Accelerator industry consortium. Health 2.0 was founded by Indu Subaiya & Matthew Holt in 2007 and is now a community of hundreds of organizations and thousands of innovators.

February 1, 2013 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 Health IT Initiative to Make NYS a Hub for High-Tech Jobs

The New York eHealth Collaborative along with the New York City Investment Fund and the NYS Department of Health, launched the New York Digital Health Accelerator(NYDHA) to fund 12 early- and growth-stage companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics, and message alerts for healthcare providers.

The 9 month program will provide up to $300,000 of funding per company from a syndicate of leading venture capital and strategic investors, along with direct mentorship and feedback from senior-level executives at a broad network of provider organizations in New York State.

Eighteen highly influential healthcare provider organizations are participating in the program, including New York Presbyterian, NYU Medical Center, Albany Medical Center, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

NYeC, NYC Investment Fund and the DOH Join Forces to Create Digital Health Accelerator

$4.2M Program to Encourage Health IT Innovation and Create 1,500 New Jobs in New York

New York, NY – Today the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) joined the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) to launch the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a program that will make New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry. Visit digitalhealthaccelerator.com for frequent updates.

The NYDHA is run by NYeC and NYCIF, which is the economic arm of the Partnership for New York City, the city’s pre-eminent business leadership coalition. In upcoming months the program will choose 12 early- and growth-stage companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers. Each chosen company will be awarded up to $300,000 along with invaluable mentoring from senior-level executives at leading hospitals and other providers in New York. The focus areas of innovation will support the development of products that help the state’s Medicaid Redesign Team and its new “Health Homes” program, an initiative intended to make the state’s treatment of Medicaid patients more coordinated and efficient.

“Health information technology is helping us transform our healthcare system to provide high-quality, cost-efficient, and patient-centered care for the 21st century,” said New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. “The Digital Health Accelerator program will further advance New York’s national leadership in health IT as it will attract leading-edge companies at the forefront of developing the technology necessary for robust electronic health records and digital care coordination systems.”

“When the government and the private sector work hand-in-hand to encourage business growth in our state we see results. This Accelerator will help New York keep and attract businesses that grow our state’s economy and create jobs in our communities,” said Maria Gotsch, President and CEO of NYCIF. “Our initial investment will go a long way towards attracting additional investment into New York.”

“The economy and healthcare are the two most important issues facing the state, and the New York Digital Health Accelerator will allow us to tackle them both at once,” noted David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “This initiative represents the best kind of marriage between the public and private sectors. We are leveraging New York’s investment in our statewide health information exchange network and empowering it with the free market.”

The NYDHA’s unique feature is that it offers participants the opportunity to engage directly with a broad network of providers in New York State, including hospitals, long-term care providers, community health centers, and primary care providers. Tech companies accepted into the program will receive direct mentorship and feedback from senior-level executives with the participating providers. In addition, companies will have priority access to the technology platform that is connecting electronic health records across New York State, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

An application for this program, and more information, is available at digitalhealthaccelerator.com. An informational session for companies interested in participating will be held on May 10, 2012 in New York City. Applications for the NYDHA program are due June 1, 2012.

With its initial investment of $4.2 million, the NYDHA program will create approximately 1,500 jobs over five years. In addition, it is expected that the companies will attract upwards of $150 million to $200 million in investment from the venture capital community post-program. The NYDHA will stimulate a new marketplace, creating the next generation of healthcare tools while positioning New York as the capitol of the health IT entrepreneurial sector.

The investment capital will be provided by a syndicate of investors, including Aetna, Milestone Venture Partners, New Leaf Venture Partners, New York City Investment Fund, Quaker Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and UnitedHealth Group. The Empire State Development Corporation, Health Research Inc., and NYeC will provide additional funds and/or services to operate the NYDHA.

18 leading healthcare providers have agreed to participate in the program:
-Albany Medical Center
-Catholic Health System
-Community Healthcare Network
-Continuum Health Partners
-Ellis Medicine
-FEGS Health and Human Services System
-Finger Lakes Community Health
-Hometown Health Centers
-Hudson Valley Initiative
-Institute for Family Health
-Maimonides Medical Center
-NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
-New York-Presbyterian Hospital
-North Shore LIJ Health System
-NYU Langone Medical Center
-Stony Brook University Medical Center
-Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties
-Winthrop University Hospital

“Aetna is strongly committed to advancing healthcare information technology that will connect the healthcare system to help improve quality and outcomes,” said Lonny Reisman, M.D., Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer and a member of board of the New York eHealth Collaborative. “The convergence of health IT and healthcare expertise will be extremely critical and powerful in making healthcare more effective, convenient and affordable for everyone. Aetna has been actively involved in NYeC since its inception, and we are pleased to support this important initiative.”

“Albany Medical Center welcomes this important initiative that will help develop innovative approaches to improving patient outcomes at lower costs while helping to attract healthcare entrepreneurs to New York State,” noted James J. Barba, President and CEO. “Albany Med has long recognized that the type of collaboration this project is building between healthcare providers, government and the private sector will be the key to reforming our healthcare system.”

“Entrepreneurs require access to potential customers as much as they require access to capital,” said Todd Pietri, co-founder and General Partner of Milestone Venture Partners. “The New York Digital Health Accelerator is the first accelerator program we have seen which provides direct access to key decision makers at potential customers.”

“New York City is the place for the creation of next generation digital health companies. The combination of the digital alley talent, the deep healthcare infrastructure of the state and the availability of venture funding is truly unique,” said Philippe Chambon, Managing Director of New Leaf Venture Partners. “This accelerator effort will help us build further the IT tools that healthcare truly needs. New Leaf Venture Partners is honored to be part of the New York Digital Health Accelerator.”

“Quaker Partners is excited to participate in the NY Digital Health Accelerator program. New York is leading the way in healthcare innovation by bringing together hospitals, medical providers, payers, and investors with its rapidly growing Silicon Alley,” said Adele C. Oliva, Partner at Quaker Partners. “Quaker believes that this integrated approach will catalyze entrepreneurship and deliver the revolutionary technology the healthcare system requires to improve care and reduce costs.”

“We are looking forward to becoming a part of the New York Digital Health Accelerator,” said Gary J. Kurtzman, MD, Managing Director at Safeguard Scientifics. “New York is forging an unprecedented path by pulling together investors, hospitals, and other healthcare advisors to collaborate and offer healthcare IT start-ups access to capital, mentorship and expert insights to help them effectively grow their business.”

“Innovation is a key driver in helping make the health system work better for everyone,” said Tom Vanderheyden, Vice President, Emerging Businesses Group at UnitedHealth Group. “We believe the New York Digital Health Accelerator model will help bring practical solutions to market in a significantly shorter timeframe.”

“New health information technologies will help people get better care. Here in the Capital Region, the Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, Ellis Medicine and Hometown Health Center are already working with other healthcare and social service organizations and physicians to ensure that we provide each person with the right care at the right time—and having the right information will help us do that,” stated Joseph Twardy, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties.

May 1, 2012 I Written By

Multiple States and Vendors Agree On Standard Health Data Connectivity Specifications

Workgroup defines “plug and play” connections between electronic health records and health information exchanges

New York, NY – A group of states and vendors focused on eliminating the barriers to sharing electronic health records (EHRs) today issued a set of technical specifications to standardize connections between healthcare providers, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other data-sharing partners. The specifications are now available for the public to view at www.interopwg.org.

The objective of the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup is to define a single set of standardized, easy-to-implement connections to increase the adoption of EHRs and HIE services. The effort leveraged existing published standards for interoperability from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Ultimately, the specifications aim to remove impediments that make it difficult for EHRs to connect to HIEs, including technical specification differences, wait times for interface development, and high costs.

The workgroup was originally formed by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and is comprised of its federally designated counterparts in seven states (California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon) representing approximately 30% of the country’s population.  The eight EHR vendor members include Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Greenway Medical Technologies, McKesson Physician Practice Solutions, NextGen Healthcare, Sage Healthcare Division, and Siemens Healthcare. In addition, there are three HIE services vendors participating, including Axolotl, InterSystems, and Medicity.

Doug Fridsma, MD and PhD, Director of the Office of Standards & Interoperability at the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, commented, “I am encouraged by and excited about this type of collaboration, which has the potential to advance real-world pilots, implementation and feedback on standards for health information exchange. The results of this kind of initiative can help us advance health IT nationwide.”

“This is a crucial step,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “We started this as a New York State initiative, but we soon realized that many other states were facing the same interoperability challenges and many of the EHR and HIE vendors were also looking for clarity from the marketplace to define their product roadmaps. Collectively, the group is now looking forward to widespread adoption and market preference for the products that employ the specifications.”

The first set of specifications focuses on two use cases and the detailed data and metadata specification for a compliant Continuity of Care Document. The first use case, Statewide Send and Receive Patient Record Exchange, describes how encrypted health information can be transmitted over the internet. The second, the Statewide Patient Data Inquiry Service Use Case, describes the clinician’s ability to query an HIE for relevant data on a specific patient.

The workgroup members collaborated to leverage existing HL7 standards, technical frameworks from IHE International, and HIE implementations to provide a fully detailed implementation specification. The implementation specifications were also aligned with Beacon community guidelines to be capable of gathering information required for reporting to the ONC.

“I applaud the work that the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup is doing to move states from implementation guides to production. I expect that the flexibility and agility of the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup will serve as an ideal laboratory for standards that are rapidly evolving,” stated John Halamka, MD, Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network.

November 13, 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