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CITIUSTECH’S BI-CLINICAL RECEIVES 2014 ONC HIT CERTIFICATION

Princeton, NJ (June 18, 2013) – CitiusTech, a leading healthcare technology solutions and services provider, announced today that its healthcare BI and analytics platform, BI-Clinical, version 13.1 is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as an EHR Module on 11 June, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, inaccordance with the applicable Eligible Hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria supports both Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“CitiusTech is pleased to announce the ONC 2014 certification for the BI-Clinical platform,” says Rizwan Koita, Chief Executive Officer of CitiusTech. “With its modular, app-based architecture and flexible integration approach, BI-Clinical is well positioned to help EMR/EHR and other health IT vendors to attain Meaningful Use Stage 2 compliance rapidly and cost-effectively.”

The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2014 Edition criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

“CCHIT congratulates companies successfully achieving EHR technology certification,” said Alisa Ray, executive director, CCHIT. “These companies are now able to make their products available to providers wishing to adopt health IT to demonstrate meaningful use and earn federal incentives.”

BI-Clinical, version 13.1, certification number is CC-2014-449180-1. ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

BI-Clinical version 13.1 meets the following certification criteria:

170.314(c)(1) Clinical Quality Measures – Capture and Export

170.314(c)(2) Clinical Quality Measures – Incorporate and Calculate

170.314(c)(3) Clinical Quality Measures – Electronic Submission

170.314(d)(1) – Authentication, access control, and authorization

170.314(d)(2) – Auditable events and tamper-resistance

170.314(d)(3) – Audit report(s)

170.314(d)(5) – Automatic log-off

170.314(d)(6) – Emergency access

170.314(d)(7) – End-user device encryption

170.314(d)(8) – Integrity

170.314(g)(4) – Quality management system

The clinical quality measures to which BI-Clinical has been certified include: CMS9v1,

CMS26v1, CMS30v2, CMS31v1, CMS32v1, CMS53v1, CMS55v1, CMS60v1, CMS71v2, CMS72v1, CMS73v1, CMS91v2, CMS100v1, CMS102v1, CMS104v1, CMS105v1, CMS107v1, CMS109v1, CMS110v1, CMS111v1, CMS114v1, CMS171v2, CMS172v2, CMS178v2, CMS185v1, CMS188v2, CMS108v1, CMS190v1.

The additional costs that an Eligible Hospital would pay to attempt to meet meaningful use objectives and measures include: license fees, implementation fees, subscription fees and professional services fees for integration.

About CitiusTech

CitiusTech is a specialist provider of healthcare technology services and solutions to healthcare IT vendors, providers, ACOs, and health plans. CitiusTech offers a wide range of healthcare technology services including healthcare software development, healthcare interoperability, Meaningful Use compliance, BI / analytics, care management and consumer health. CitiusTech brings strong healthcare domain expertise across technologies, applications and standards. CitiusTech delivers best in-class solutions with an unmatched cost advantage to global healthcare clients. For more information, visit www.citiustech.com.

 

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB). CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRS. More information on CCHIT and its programs is available at http://cchit.org.

 

About the ONC HIT Certification Program

The ONC HIT Certification Program, provided by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®)” as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB), evaluates EHR technology that has been tested against criteria and standards adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This certification qualifies EHRs as capable of supporting achievement of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ONC HIT certification conferred by the Certification Commission does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

June 19, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HEALTH TECH HATCH SERVES AS IDEA CROWDSOURCER AND USER TESTING PLATFORM FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES “BLUE BUTTON PLUS” MOBILE APP CHALLENGE

Company’s testing capability allows developers to collaborate with end users

to produce consumer-facing applications that make patient information useful

Iowa City, Iowa (June 6, 2013) – Health Tech Hatch (Hatch), a resource for entrepreneurs who create innovative health and wellness products and companies, today announced it will operate as the user testing platform for the Blue Button Patient Co-Design Challenge, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) newest challenge effort. The Challenge seeks to amplify the voices of patients with stories to tell and problems to solve through improved access to their health data.  The Challenge will also uniquely engage the patient community to teach what patients most want to do with their clinical data by crowdsourcing application ideas and incorporating patients in product design. Crowdsourcing and crowdvoting of ideas will take place from June 3 through June 11 at http://ideas.healthtechhatch.com/.

Blue Button Plus represents the technical standards and policy levers that help patients make use of their clinical and financial data in technology such as personal health records and health apps. All patients whose providers use Meaningful Use Stage 2 certified technology have the ability to view, download, and securely transmit their clinical data from their provider’s Electronic Health Record into another product or holding place of their choice. This is an enormous opportunity for patient-facing, data receiver applications that previously struggled to collect complete and accurate clinical data without manual patient entry.

Intended to increase the number of priority patient-facing applications able to receive clinical data via Blue Button Plus, the Challenge allows site visitors to vote for the highest priority problems and types of products they think will help them best take care of themselves and their families. The top three ideas/problems will become the target products for this Challenge.

“Supporting innovations that will actually be used by people to improve health is a shared mission among Hatch and HHS/ONC, and is the inspiration behind Hatch’s testing platform,” says Patricia Salber, CEO of Health Tech Hatch. “What is so great about this project is the way real patient engagement is built in, starting with crowdsourcing the ideas for the Challenge to having the developers post their concepts on Health Tech Hatch so that patients can iteratively interact with the developers in a codesign process, and vote. It’s the first time such an extensive involvement of patients in the development of apps/tools has taken place.”

Over the summer, developers from across the country will build patient-prioritized tools using the Blue Button Plus technical guidelines, which ensure that patients may move their own health data from a provider’s electronic health record or a patient’s own personal health record into these new products in a secure and structured way.  Developers will receive codesign support from real patients through the Health Tech Hatch platform. Testers will be compensated for their time. If you are interested in applying to be a tester, send an email to info@healthtechhatch.com.

In August, participants will vote again for the winner. Prizes will also be awarded for the best open source developer tools that make it easier for future applications to become Blue Button Plus enabled. Total prize money is $50,000.

“We want the Blue Button Co-Design Challenge to be a significant step forward in the creation and adoption of Blue Button Plus-enabled tools and applications, said Adam Wong, Management and Program Analyst, ONC. “Utilizing the knowledge and experience we’ve gained over the past two years from the many challenges we’ve run, we expect this challenge to result in a slew of new patient applications and developer tools that will bring Blue Button to a wide range of new users. And with the ideation crowd-sourcing and public voting elements we have incorporated the opinions of patients and consumers in an exciting new way.”

Hatch’s platform supports health care innovators by providing the infrastructure for iterative concept feedback from relevant users (consumers and providers) early in design, and hosts challenges that generate solutions for government agencies, foundations, academic institutions and other organizations. An entrepreneur may also crowdfund on the Hatch platform and raise matching funds from sponsor organizations.

The Blue Button Co-Design Challenge builds upon previous ONC activities to support consumer health and patient access to their data. These include Challenges such as Blue Button for All Americans, the Blue Button Mash Up Challenge, and the Health Design Challenge.

For additional information, please visit http://challenge.gov/ONC/557-blue-button-co-design-challenge.”

About Health Tech Hatch

Health Tech Hatch (“Hatch”) is a platform supporting healthcare innovation via early concept feedback, problem-solving challenges, and crowdfunding. Learn more at http://healthtechhatch.com/.

June 12, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

DigiCert and DataMotion Partnership Advances Healthcare Through Secure Health Information Exchange

DataMotion Leads in Deploying Certification from DigiCert’s Common Dual-mode Direct Med CA, Enabling Direct Secure Messaging Among Government and Private Sector Healthcare Providers

 

LINDON, Utah and MORRISTOWN, N.J. – June 12, 2013 – DigiCert, the leading high-assurance digital certificate provider, and DataMotion, an innovative health information service provider (HISP) with more than 14 years of experience in secure data delivery services, today announced a groundbreaking partnership to expand common dual-mode certification for commercial and federal use for the healthcare industry. The partnership promises to improve patient care by making it much simpler for federal and non-federal organizations to engage in the secure electronic exchange of healthcare information.

 

The DigiCert/DataMotion partnership is a major step forward in fulfilling the vision of DirectTrust, an independent non-profit trade association tasked with overcoming secure data transfer challenges related to the Direct Project. Overseen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Direct Project is a federal healthcare initiative fostering a standard method to securely exchange electronic healthcare information. It is aimed at ensuring compliance with federal privacy requirements and improving patient outcomes.

 

The partnership makes DataMotion the first HISP to use DigiCert’s dual-mode Direct Med Certificate Authority (Direct Med CA) in the DirectTrust Transitional Trust Anchor Bundle. The Bundle is a collection of trust anchor certificates from HISPs that meet common policies and practices for transmitting healthcare data across geographies and technologies. It eliminates the need for HISPs to manually exchange trust anchors, avoiding complex legal hurdles and one-off contracts. Direct secure messaging leverages the Internet and is far more efficient and secure than fax-based communication. As a result, participating HISPs can quickly help healthcare organizations, providers and patients to communicate in a way that is Direct-compliant and with an expanding community of trusted partners.

 

“The DigiCert Direct Med CA leverages policy processing capabilities to make the Direct protocol much more efficient to implement. This breakthrough eases certification difficulties that have threatened to stall adoption of the Direct Project,” said DigiCert’s Vice President of Government/Education Relations and Senior PKI Architect, Scott Rea, also a member of the Board of Directors for DirectTrust. “We need a national security and trust framework with a foundation of standards-based accreditation, supported by technology to easily on-board healthcare providers. Because our Direct Med CA facilitates commercial and federal use for multiple trust assurance levels, more providers will now be able to quickly and safely exchange information more efficiently. By partnering with DataMotion – a leading HISP with a secure data delivery pedigree – we’re able to get this to market quickly and help build the DirectTrust community.”

 

DigiCert has been at the forefront of Direct-related innovation and was first to issue Direct-compliant Federal Bridge Certification Authority certificates for Federal agencies to interoperate with non-federal organizations. Combined with digital certificates for commercial entities, the Direct Med CA can now serve all of healthcare with basic and medium assurance levels. By incorporating this capability into its HISP services, DataMotion is now able to offer a turnkey solution that will enable electronic health record (EHR) vendors and their customers to easily meet real-world healthcare communications needs.

                                                            

“This takes a huge burden off of healthcare providers by greatly simplifying their use of Direct messaging,” said DataMotion Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bob Janacek. “Through this partnership EHR vendors now have a comprehensive solution for Direct communications, resulting in an easier path for providers to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation, and better healthcare outcomes for patients.”

                                                                                          

About DataMotion

DataMotion enables organizations to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of delivering electronic information to employees, customers and partners in a secure and compliant way. The company’s core DataMotion Platform solves a broad range of business issues by providing a secure data delivery hub. Easy-to-use solutions are provided for secure email, file transfer, forms processing and customer contact that leverage the DataMotion Platform for unified data delivery. Millions of users worldwide rely on DataMotion to transparently improve business processes and reduce costs, while mitigating security and compliance risk. DataMotion is privately held and based in Morristown, N.J. For the latest news and updates on DataMotion, visit www.datamotion.com, like DataMotion on Facebook® or follow Twitter® handle @datamotion.

About DigiCert, Inc.

DigiCert is a premier online trust provider of enterprise security solutions with an emphasis on authentication, PKI and high-assurance digital certificates. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, DigiCert is trusted by a continually growing clientele of more than 70,000 of the world’s leading government, finance, healthcare, education and Fortune 500® organizations. DigiCert has been recognized with dozens of awards for providing enhanced customer value, premium customer support and market growth leadership. For the latest news and updates on DigiCert, visit www.digicert.com, like DigiCert on Facebook® or follow Twitter® handle @digicert.

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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Southpoint Surgery Center Selects ProVation Medical Software for Procedure Documentation, Electronic Health Records

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — (May 29, 2013) — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Southpoint Surgery Center has selected its ProVation® MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding and its ProVation® MultiCaregiver as its electronic health record (EHR) and patient charting solution.
 
Located in Jacksonville, Fla., Southpoint Surgery Center has been designed to accommodate a wide array of procedures from cataract removal to orthopedic surgeries. The state-of-the-art outpatient center features four operating rooms, one treatment room, eight pre-operative preparation areas, 11 recovery areas, a dedicated laser room, two exam rooms for the doctors on-site, as well as surgical support services and a dedicated sterile processing area.
“Southpoint Surgery Center is dedicated to providing a timely, accessible, cost-effective alternative to surgical care,” said Mike Haldane, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased that they have selected ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver to provide streamlined documentation and coding in the GI lab, as well as EHR and patient charting across the facility.”
 
About ProVation Medical
ProVation® Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, and ProVation® Care Plans, powered by Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.
ProVation Medicalis 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 10, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

PDR Network and OPTIMIZERx (SampleMD) Announce Partnership to Deliver Patient Financial Support Programs Within EHR Workflow

Montvale, NJ/rochester, mi: May 29, 2013 – PDR Network®, the leading distributor of FDA-approved patient drug safety and support services for electronic health record (EHR) and e-prescribing (e-Rx) platforms, today announced a strategic partnership with OptimizeRx Corp. (OTCBB: OPRX), the industry innovator in developing and delivering digital patient financial support technology within the e-prescribing workflow. Under the agreement PDR will bring to market OptimizeRx’s patent solution for e-Coupons in EHR workflow to the parties’ extensive combined EHR network.

“Today’s healthcare providers view the EHR as their ‘desktop’ – the center of their workflow – relying on them to provide convenient access to critical information throughout their day,” said Andrew Gelman, senior vice president, EHR vendor relations, PDR Network. “By partnering with OptimizeRx, we will become a hub for that information, offering the most comprehensive patient financial support solution to manufacturers and thus helping healthcare providers bring dramatic savings to their patients on their medications.”

OptimizERx’s SampleMD patented technology has been the leader in integrating electronic vouchers, co-pay and other targeted patient support directly within the e-prescribing workflow providing solutions for many of the top drug manufacturers.

“By integrating into the PDR Network platforms, we will open new opportunities for our bio/pharmaceutical clients to reach healthcare providers with product information and financial support programs that will help their patients begin and adhere to therapy, improving health outcomes,” said Shad Stastney, chief executive officer, OptimizeRx. “Through this relationship, our companies will lead the industry in delivering innovative services within EHR workflow to benefit healthcare professionals and their patients, while meeting the business needs of our bio/pharmaceutical clients and EHR partners.”

About OPTIMIZERx Corp.

OPTIMIZERx Corp. provides unique consumer and physician platforms to help patients better afford and comply with their medicines and healthcare products, while offering pharmaceutical and healthcare companies effective ways to expand patient awareness, access and adherence to their medications. For more information, please go to www.optimizerxcorp.com  or www.samplemd.com.

About PDR Network

PDR Network, LLC is the leading distributor of FDA-approved drug labeling, safety and REMS information, as well as medication adherence and product support programs, through the Physicians’ Desk Reference® suite of digital and print services. PDR Network’s innovative products deliver industry-leading content to prescribers and patients across channels, including via its growing “PDR Certified” EHR vendor network. PDR Network’s comprehensive offering of interactive drug information services are designed to be easily integrated with any EHR or ePrescribing system and enhancing the EHR, provider and patient experience.

For more information about PDR’s EHR partnership program, please visit http://www.PDRNetwork.com/PDR-in-EHR.

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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

NextGen Healthcare to Integrate PDR Network’s Drug Information and Patient Safety Services to Benefit Providers

– PDR Certified Partner Network Continues Growth, Now Reaching More Than 130,000 Prescribers –

Montvale, NJ/HORSHAM, PA: May 14, 2013 – PDR Network, the leading distributor of FDA-approved patient drug safety and support services for electronic health record (EHR) and e-prescribing (e-Rx) platforms, today announced a strategic alliance with NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, to integrate PDR® interactive solutions within the NextGen® Ambulatory EHR platform. Once integrated, these services will provide drug information, safety alerts, medication adherence and product support programs within the workflow to NextGen Healthcare providers, enhancing their user experience and delivering the information necessary to provide optimal patient care.

By integrating PDR interactive solutions, NextGen Healthcare demonstrates the company’s commitment to improving patient drug safety by offering the most critical drug information needed, concisely and conveniently within workflow, at the point of prescribing. These solutions – including PDR® BRIEF, PDR® Search and RxEvent – offer maximum value to providers and their patients by delivering critical information behind the exam room door.

“We are proud to partner with NextGen Healthcare and provide solutions to enhance the safety and functionality of their EHR system to benefit end users and their patients,” said Andrew Gelman, senior vice president, EHR vendor relations, PDR Network. “In joining our Certified EHR Partner Network, NextGen Healthcare reinforces the trust and confidence that leading EHR platforms have in PDR solutions and the importance of trusted, up-to-date drug information within the new EHR-based provider workflow.”

Under the agreement, PDR Network’s interactive solutions will be available as part of each NextGen® EHR platform, to deliver critical prescribing and patient support information directly to providers. The NextGen product suites are integrated systems that streamline patient care with standardized, real-time clinical and administrative workflow throughout a practice, group or care facility.

“Our relationship with PDR Network opens the door to a new level of information that we can offer our providers to enhance their EHR system and their overall user experience,” said Michael Swim, assistant vice president business development, NextGen Healthcare. “This partnership demonstrates the value of trusted drug information within workflow to support patient safety and the commitment we have for our providers to enhance our system with these solutions.”

PDR Certified Network Growth Continues

Since its inception, the PDR Certified Network has grown steadily through strategic partnerships with industry-leading partners who appreciate the importance of delivering critical prescribing, safety and product support information to their providers within workflow at the point of care. Today, the Network now includes 27 industry-leading partners delivering content via more than 225 EHR platforms reaching more than 130,000 EHR prescribers and approximately 600,000 additional end users. PDR projects continued growth in the number of providers reached with these critical drug services—both through increases in the user-base of current EHR partners and through new EHR partners joining the Network.

June 3, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

MTBC Launches ChartScribe™, an EHR-Integrated Transcription Service that Helps Providers Transition to an EHR and Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2

SOMERSET, NJ, May 10, 2013 – MTBC, a leading electronic health record (EHR), practice and revenue cycle management company, today announced the launch of ChartScribe™, a fully integrated transcription service that enables healthcare providers to avoid lost productivity when adopting an EHR and satisfy the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Digital patient charts, which are created by leveraging an EHR, are becoming increasingly important in the interconnected healthcare industry. They enable healthcare providers to optimize decision making, ensure the continuity and coordination of care, and earn Meaningful Use incentives.

While the advantages of using an EHR are clear, industry studies consistently demonstrate that many practitioners, particularly in small practices, struggle to find the time and technical know-how to create their own digital patient charts. MTBC’s ChartScribe™ addresses this challenge by enabling practitioners to easily dictate notes from patient visits and have them converted into searchable text that is automatically inserted in the appropriate fields within the patient’s chart.

Explaining the advantages of ChartScribe™, Dr. Glenn Zeidman of Z Wound Care, McComb, Mississippi, explained, “MTBC’s ChartScribe™ has simplified my workflow by avoiding the need to manually type data into my EHR. I simply create an audio recording and it goes directly into my patient charts. It has enabled me to save time, reduce personnel expenses, meet Meaningful Use requirements and treat more patients.”

“Under Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules, patient charting is more important than ever,” said MTBC Vice Chairman David Rosenblum. “That is why it’s critical to make the process of charting as efficient and intuitive as possible. ChartScribe™ is built around a provider’s workflow and offers providers an efficient method to manage and update charts, ensuring a smooth transition to an EHR with the least amount of disruption to practice workflow.”

Through ChartScribe™, providers can simply upload their digital audio dictation into MTBC’s practice portal and receive updated patient charts within MTBC’s EHR. Since ChartScribe™ is fully integrated with MTBC’s proprietary EHR ChartsPro™, users’ patient charts and data will be seamlessly updated and will be readily available to all participating clinicians.

ABOUT MTBC

Founded in 1999 and based in Somerset, New Jersey, MTBC provides practice and revenue cycle management services and proprietary software solutions to private physician offices and hospital-employed provider groups throughout the United States. Its integrated and competitively priced premium products, PracticePro™ and ChartsPro™, present a service suite unmatched in the industry in scope and value. MTBC has been consistently recognized as a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company – 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 – and has also been recognized during each of the last three years as an Inc. 500│5000 company.

To learn more about MTBC, please visit www.mtbc.com.

June 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Leading Healthcare Providers Adopt M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ Radiology Workflow Technology

Hospitals and Imaging Centers to Benefit From Real-Time Alerts and Speech-Enabled, Multimedia Report Creation for Improved Clinical Documentation at the Point of Interpretation

FRANKLIN, TN–(Marketwired – Apr 25, 2013) - M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced signing seven leading hospitals, radiology centers and practices across 10 states as new customers for its M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ product, expanding further the adoption of the company’s advanced technology platform. M*Modal’s solution combines Speech Understanding technology, structured multimedia reporting and workflow management for fast and accurate diagnostic interpretations.

Recent customers for M*Modal Fluency for Imaging include (in alphabetical order):

  • ·         Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland (Calif.)
  • ·         Coastal Radiology (N.C.)
  • ·         Compass Imaging (Miss.)
  • ·         Coosa Valley Medical Center (Ala.)
  • ·         Maricopa County (Ariz.)
  • ·         Princeton Community Hospital (W.Va.)
  • ·         Wahiawa General (Hawaii)

M*Modal Fluency for Imaging is a highly integrated workflow and documentation platform allowing physicians to create accurate, complete and compliant multimedia clinical reports. This solution leverages cloud-based Speech Understanding to convert physician dictation to electronic and encoded documents that are searchable and shareable. In addition, the technology offers significant time savings by auto-populating clinical content from electronic health record and RIS/PAC systems — as well as delivering quality alerts — at the time of report creation.

“M*Modal Fluency for Imaging uses evidence-based decision support and real-time quality alerts to help these new customers to make more efficient and informed interpretations for referring physicians,” said Mike Raymer, M*Modal’s senior vice president of Solutions Management. “With M*Modal’s reporting tool, radiologists can generate information-driven workflows and interactive documentation at the point of interpretation, which can significantly improve productivity and accuracy.”

Radiologists benefit from Natural Language Understanding technology that identifies clinical terms and concepts, patients and populations in documentation. They can also leverage PQRS compliance indicators and critical findings workflow to ensure attending physicians get the right information.

In addition to creating clinical reports and managing workflow, radiologists can further extend M*Modal Fluency for Imaging’s capabilities with M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology™, which aggregates data across multiple clinical systems, creates problem lists and translates information into actionable insights

For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About M*Modal
M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.comTwitter, Facebook and YouTube.

 

May 30, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Study Shows Personal Health Records (PHRs) Lead to Improved Health and Engagement for Seniors with Coronary Diseases

Fort Wayne, Ind. – April 10, 2013 – Often considered a population “too old” for computer-based communication tools, a recent study found seniors who had undergone cardiac revascularization and used electronic Personal Health Records were more engaged, with improved clinical outcomes.  When Fort Wayne, Ind. – based Parkview Physicians Group Cardiology provided a pre-populated PHR to approximately 200 cardiac patients (most over the age of 55), it found a significant improvement in hemoglobin A1c levels over a six-month period, as well as improved patient activation scores.

“Lifestyle modification and medication adherence are crucial to improving intermediate health outcomes that influence morbidity and mortality among cardiac patients,” said Michael Mirro, MD at Parkview Hospital.  “This study shows that healthcare technology can increase patient engagement which then leads to more positive health outcomes.”

The study was part of an initiative funded by a Challenge Grant awarded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT) and PHR vendor NoMoreClipboard (NMC) to make health informationexchange (HIE) data available to patients. Working with IHIT and NoMoreClipboard, data from the Parkview EHR was routed through the area HIE to populate patient PHRs.

Study Methodology

Two-hundred patients who had undergone revascularization (stent and/or bypass) were recruited into the study. In addition to serial laboratory tests, surveys measuring patient engagement and technology acceptance were conducted at baseline and six months.

Personnel from the Parkview Research Center (PRC) worked with patients to set up their NoMoreClipboard PHR account and provided training. Parkview’s electronic health record system was configured to support PHR account creation and population. With the patient present, PRC staff was able to send a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) and the patient medical record number to the PHR from the patient chart in the EHR. The CCD was then routed through the Med-Web HIE, which serves Northeast Indiana, and NoMoreClipboard returned a PHR account activation code.

When a PHR account was created, the activation code was entered — establishing a match with the patient’s medical record number at Parkview and releasing discrete data from the CCD to populate the PHR. When new data is available in the Parkview EHR system, the practice can post that data to NMC with a single click.

“This is an example of true HIT integration,” said Jeff Donnell, president of NoMoreClipboard.  “We also worked with Parkview to incorporate a daily health diary into the patient’s PHR so they can self-enter and transmit their blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, height, weight and BMI andsend it to their doctors.  Patients could also sign up for daily reminders to complete and submit their diary information.”

“As we look ahead to Meaningful Use Stage Two, many in the provider community are concerned that the requirement to get five percent of patients to use electronic engagement tools is unrealistic,” added Mirro. “Our experience with a senior population indicates otherwise. More importantly, we are seeing that patients who participate in electronic exchange and use these tools are more engaged, more likely to adhere to prescribed therapies and treatment plans, and more likely to enjoy improved outcomes

and quality of life.”

Study Participant Demographics

Of the 184 patients who completed the six-month study, 70 percent were 56-74 years old. About 64 percent were covered by Medicare, and the majority were college educated. There was also a high prevalence of diabetes in the study population (33 percent).

Specific Study Results

  • Active PHR users and super users experienced significant declines in HbA1c percentages. The mean hemoglobin A1c reduced from 6.25 percent to 6 percent.
  • Patients with a history of diabetes showed a significant statistical improvement in glycemic control.
  • Patients with access to a PHR had a greater understanding of their conditions and adopted healthier lifestyle behaviors.
  • Over the duration of the study, data has been imported from Parkview’s EHR to patient PHR accounts more than 600 times, and patients have logged into the PHR more than 2,400 times. On average, patients logged in 8.7 times over a six-month period. Approximately 15 percent of the patients are using the health diary to self-report and share health measures.

“In addition to quantitative results, we also learned several big picture lessons from this study,” said Donnell.  “Clinicians often tell us that tools like PHRs are a great idea for others, but certain patient populations won’t use these tools based on age, income or inability to use technology. Our experience in this study — and with other clients who serve patients on the wrong side of the digital divide — tell a different story.”

AboutNoMoreClipboard
NoMoreClipboard is a leader in electronic patient engagement, connecting consumers and clinicians to improve communication and foster collaboration. NoMoreClipboard gives consumers portable, interoperable personal health records to access, manage and sharehealth information. Provider solutions include branded patient portals designed to integrate with clinical workflow, enhance efficiency and contribute to improved patient outcomes. Visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com for more information.

 

April 30, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

MTBC Introduces Business Intelligence Reporting and Analytics Module to Support Physician Practice Management; Enhance Performance

SOMERSET, NJ, April 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) MTBC, a leading electronic health record (EHR), practice and revenue cycle management company, today announced the launch of its business intelligence and reporting module (BI Module) to enhance reporting capabilities for practices of all sizes.  The BI Module is fully integrated with MTBC’s PracticeProTM suite of services and supports in-depth longitudinal and granular analysis of key performance indicators and revenue drivers.

“While powerful business analytics tools are leveraged by many of America’s largest physician groups to support strategic business planning and decision-making, these important tools have, until now, remained out of reach for most small physician groups,” said MTBC President Stephen Snyder. “Our new BI tools are powerful enough to support the largest and most complex physician groups, yet so intuitive and flexible that they can be used by virtually any small practices to better understand its business, improves its bottom line, and mitigate audit risk.”

MTBC’s BI reporting and analytics module was designed to support benchmarking, short-term and long-term planning, together with compensation program development and management.  It is fully integrated with MTBC’s EHR and PM platform.

“This analysis provides an administrator with a holistic view of his or her practice, and can help practices identify opportunities to increase productivity, maximize revenue, reduce expenses and streamline workflows,” explained John Cox, Vice President of Hospital and Consulting Services at MTBC. “Our BI module caters not only to the needs of small practices, but also those of medium to large sized hospital-based and independent groups.”

MTBC’s BI module has an all-inclusive fee of five percent of collections and includes MTBC’s EHR, PM, RCM and mHealth applications. It will enable providers to:

·         Compare provider E&M level utilization to local and national benchmarks to identify and manage audit risk.

·         Analyze payer-level payment trends to support contract negotiations and payer participation decision-making.

·         Examine collections & billing cycle patterns to identify bottlenecks and accelerate reimbursements timeframes.

·         View performance by provider, group, location and more.

·         Create customized reports to support compensation plan development and administration.

·         Optimize the revenue cycle by gaining an insight into performance gaps to improve profit margins.

·         Examine overall patient encounters per provider or practice to identify opportunity for revenue maximization.

·         Improve and accelerate the decision-making process with transparent financial operations.

ABOUT MTBC

Founded in 1999 and based in Somerset, New Jersey, MTBC provides practice and revenue cycle management services and proprietary software solutions to private physician offices and hospital-employed provider groups throughout the United States. It’s integrated and competitively priced premium products, PracticePro™ and ChartsPro™, present a service suite unmatched in the industry in scope and value. MTBC has been consistently recognized as a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company – 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 – and has also been recognized during each of the last three years as an Inc. 500│5000 company.

To learn more about MTBC, please visit www.mtbc.com.

To learn more about MTBC Business Intelligence module, please visit http://www.mtbc.com/business_intelligence_software.aspx.

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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.