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Physician Satisfaction with Best-of-Breed EDIS 59% Higher than Enterprise Systems

KLAS reports voice of the physician in new emergency department information systems report

Orem, Utah – Feb. 7, 2013 - Emergency department physicians interviewed by KLAS cite better clinical decision support, overall usability, and accuracy of documentation as the primary reasons satisfaction with best of breed is higher than with enterprise emergency department information systems (EDIS). The results can be found in a recently published report, EDIS 2013: Revealing the Physicians’ Voice.

“For years KLAS has heard physicians express passionate concerns over the impact that inefficient and inadequate emergency department systems can have on their ability to deliver patient care,” says report author Erik Bermudez.

The study compares the performance differences between EDIS offerings in facilitating ED efficiency, documentation quality, patient safety, and interoperability. Vendors included in the report are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, MEDHOST, MEDITECH, Picis, T-System, and Wellsoft.

Although best-of-breed systems score higher overall, physicians report that enterprise systems have advantages in interoperability, the continuation of care, and communicating with other departments within the hospital.

For more detailed information on each vendor’s performance and the KLAS report EDIS 2013: Revealing the Physicians’ Voice, visit KLAS online at www.KLASresearch.com/reports. The report is available online to healthcare providers and vendors. Providers receive a significant discount off the standard retail price.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.

February 11, 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.

MEDHOST Launches PatientFlow HD to Improve Hospital-wide Patient Throughput and Enhance Overall Operating and Financial Performance

New enterprise software helps hospitals proactively manage financial outliers and high-impact patients and meet The Joint Commission’s new patient-flow requirements

PLANO, Texas – Feb. 4, 2013 – MEDHOST, provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, today announced general availability of PatientFlow HD, its powerful enterprise-wide patient throughput solution.  PatientFlow HD is Web-based, easy to use and provides hospital executives with real-time, mission-critical facility, clinical and patient-centric data so they can identify process management and patient-flow issues before they become problems.  Providers can also leverage PatientFlow HD to comply with new patient-flow requirements issued December 2012 by The Joint Commission.

“MEDHOST developed PatientFlow HD to break down widespread information silos, a major contributor to patient-flow bottlenecks, and give executives a clearer picture so they can make real-time, data-driven management and patient-flow decisions,” said Craig Herrod, president of MEDHOST.  “MEDHOST is best known for helping hundreds of EDs improve operations and patient flow, often turning this busy department into the most efficient and profitable area of the hospital.  With PatientFlow HD, we’re bringing our expertise to the rest of the hospital to eliminate systemic issues that can cripple operating and financial performance.”

PatientFlow HD’s graphically driven and highly intuitive user interface makes current information, such as 30-day readmissions, patients exceeding their reimbursed length of stay, observation status patients, and patients occupying higher acuity beds than necessary, available to hospital leaders at all times, so they aren’t making decisions with old data.  The easy-to-use system also offers visibility at the unit and bedside levels, and with onscreen and push notifications, everyone involved in patient care stays informed, which creates a culture of accountability and helps improve patient care and safety, the objective of The Joint Commission’s patient-flow requirements.

The new system has already generated meaningful business, financial, patient care and workflow improvements across the enterprise in beta trials with providers including Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in North Carolina.

“Before PatientFlow HD, healthcare executives lacked the ability to proactively detect and manage financial outliers and high-impact patients, so any data collected and reviewed was retrospective.  That isn’t practical, especially considering the importance of immediately solving patient-flow challenges,” said Don Trippel, CFO of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.  “The benefits of PatientFlow HD became evident very quickly.  It created transparency at our hospital never before thought possible, and we’re now able to easily manage day-to-day operations and the wide assortment of factors and influences that affect patient flow and the hospital’s bottom line.”

PatientFlow HD features include:

  • ·         At-a-glance, real-time, visual representation of hospital capacity and financial/operational outliers to better manage and streamline admissions and discharges
  • ·         Quick identification of high-impact patients (core measures, observation status, 30-day readmissions, etc.)
  • ·         Color-coded key performance indicators, including patients approaching or over length-of-stay thresholds, so hospital leaders, case managers and unit supervisors can more effectively coordinate care
  • ·         A simple way to view all on-duty staff, isolation patients, outpatient and inpatient procedures, and more
  • ·         A user-friendly administration utility for customization to meet your needs

MEDHOST will demonstrate PatientFlow HD at the annual HIMSS tradeshow March 4-6 in booth #7013 along with its beta-site Customer, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, which is based in Elkin, N.C.  To schedule a demo, please email MEDHOST at Leslie.McAninch@medhost.com.

About MEDHOST

MEDHOST is dedicated to advancing healthcare IT by developing user-friendly software solutions that improve house-wide operations, patient flow, financial performance, and patient care and satisfaction.  The MEDHOST product suite includes EDIS, OpCenter and PatientFlow HD and has been deployed by leading institutions throughout North America.  Its intuitive, easy-to-use solutions align with end-user workflow, and that’s why clinicians, as well as executives, prefer MEDHOST over anything else.  MEDHOST’s EDIS has transformed hundreds of emergency departments into models of efficiency and profitability, and versions 4.2 and 4.3 are ONC-ATCB certified by Drummond Group.  OpCenter streamlines the admission of patients by breaking down communication silos and patient flow bottlenecks between the ED and inpatient units.  PatientFlow HD provides a real-time, enterprise-wide view so executives and hospital leaders can easily manage day-to-day operations, proactively identify house-wide process management and patient flow issues, and detect financial outliers and high-impact patients.  MEDHOST is headquartered in Plano, Texas.  More information is available at www.medhost.com.

MEDHOST is part of HealthTech, a health information technology company that also operates Healthcare Management Systems and Patient Logic.  HealthTech’s mission is to manage technology companies that are focused on creating value for the healthcare industry.  More information is available at www.healthtechholdings.com.

February 9, 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.

PEPID Bridges Disease and Treatment Data, Responds to Industry Demands

Enhanced CDS allows EHR systems to identify harmful medications, offer safer alternatives

Phoenix, AZ — January 29, 2013 —PEPID has announced it is the first data provider to allow healthcare professionals to search for appropriate medications based on a patient’s diagnosis, and give alerts if it’s a hazardous treatment based on any of the patient’s conditions, procedures or diagnostics tests. This information can be integrated into any EMR or HIT system, and can help prevent potentially harmful treatment options, and provide safer alternatives.

With the increase in drugs and complex treatment plans, today’s healthcare professionals rely on clinical decision support tools for treatment information and to alert them if a hazardous combination exists. PEPID, recognized world-wide as a leading provider of developer drug data and clinical decision support resources, recently added drug-indication and drug-contraindication coding to its robust clinical decision support resources.

“As more demands are placed on healthcare professionals, and with more patients on multi-drug therapies, having access to robust medication information in one place is essential,” says John Wagner, PEPID president. “There was a need for this in the industry that was not being met – we wanted to better serve our customers by providing the clinical decision support needed to identify potentially harmful treatment options, modify treatment and easily identify alternatives without interrupting their workflow.”

This addition includes drug to disease checkers that alerts providers when a prescribed medication should not be used, due to an underlying disease, recent procedures or diagnostic test, or condition, such as pregnancy. This module also easily allows systems to link treatments to the conditions they treat, in order to identify safe, or cost-effective alternatives.

“We’re providing clinicians with the capability to allow systems to check against the patient history and alert the healthcare practitioner if a potentially hazardous combination exists,” says Edward Reynolds, PEPID chief technology officer.  “We’ve also incorporated the latest healthcare terminology, including ICD-10.”

PEPID contains the most extensive drug database on the market today, along with thousands of disease profiles and medical conditions, medical and dosing calculators, drug interactions checker, illustrations, laboratory values and differential diagnosis generator. All PEPID’s clinical decision support data and tools can be integrated into any healthcare information system, EMR, EHR or EDIS to help meet requirements for meaningful use.

PEPID’s reputable clinical and pharmacological content is designed to support clinicians through every stage of the decision support process, increasing safety and accuracy through better-informed patient care, and this latest module adds to the robust content and tools available, and helps to meet meaningful use criteria in electronic medical records (EMR) systems.

Those attending HIMSS March 3-7, 2013 in New Orleans are encouraged to stop by PEPID’s booth #4837 to see a demonstration.

Learn more at pepid.com/indications-contraindications/

February 8, 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.