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Defining the Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange

CHICAGO (September 9, 2014) – Even with many competitors within an industry, it is in the interest of all industry participants to have a core culture of functionality that is interoperable. With this philosophy in mind, The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange sets the transformational stage for healthcare reform with a strong connection between health information exchange and interoperable exchange of patient health data.
The newer model of sustainability would be supported by a realignment of financial and policy incentives to support HIE, according to the white paper. This approach shifts away from the current system of provider incentives to purchase and implement EHRs and toward rewarding those vendors and stakeholders within the health marketplace who actively design for interoperability and demonstrably prove its value in practice.
“The imperative of health information exchange is now, but in the drive to move from EHRs to information exchange, several tasks still lay ahead. 
“HIMSS envisions a world where we move from static data to a liquid interoperable future, but to advance interoperability toward this goal, there are still challenging tasks ahead. Many of these tasks will require consensus building within the healthcare industry and the development of new policies, laws and ideas that have not yet been conceived or imagined. 
“Each task toward recognizing the business value of HIE also requires an understanding of the problems of the current status quo within health information technology, and a change in the U.S healthcare system to a “culture” of interoperability.” 
The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange, p. 18
“This report serves as a primer on our country’s growing national focus on health IT, prompted by President Bush’s 2004 executive order declaring EMR availability by 2014.  It provides a history from where we’ve come and identifies the challenges ahead for HIE, healthcare integration and interoperability,” said HIE Community member Charlie Rogers, CEO, CoreHealth Technologies Inc.
 “While it is too early to say, initial indicators see interoperability and health information exchange bringing value to healthcare in terms of outcomes, quality, patient engagement and other factors that indicate the investment is paying off,” said  Keith Salzman, MD, IBM, and member of HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence community.
“The connection between health information exchange and interoperability continues as a primary focus for HIMSS through the Interoperability Showcase – held around the world each year – as well as our tools and resources on health IT standards and interoperability. This new white paper extends our vision of better health through IT and demonstrates support for the Office of the National Coordinator’s current 10-year vision of establishing interoperable health IT networks,” says Joyce Sensmeier MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS North America.
• Download the white paper on the HIMSS’ website.
• Watch a video on the HIMSS YouTube channel featuring John Loonsk, MD, FACMI, HIMSS Interoperability Maturity Model committee member, discussing the importance of adoption of interoperability and health IT.
About HIMSS
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.
HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
September 9, 2014 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.

HIMSS Analytics to launch global Continuity of Care Maturity Model

Burlington, VT (February 20, 2014) – HIMSS Analytics is pleased to introduce the Continuity of Care Maturity Modeltm, a global model that addresses the importance of information exchange, care coordination, interoperability, patient engagement and analytics with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management.

For the purpose of this model, continuity of care is concerned with the integration, coordination, sharing and usage of information between providers, government, individuals and others resulting in enhanced care delivery and improved patient outcomes.

With seven stages that align with the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Modelsm (EMRAM), this model evaluates technology implementation and usage, data collection and analytics, and patient empowerment in optimizing clinical and financial outcomes.

HIMSS Analytics will be hosting a session during annual conference on Tuesday, February 25th at 8:30 a.m. During this session, John Hoyt, HIMSS Analytics Executive Vice President, will:

  1. Detail the seven stages and associated criteria of this new HIMSS model and how it can drive transformation in individual and regional health systems globally.
  2. Describe how the model demonstrates the effective use of IT with care coordination, patient/consumer engagement, information exchange, interoperability, analytics and the overall management of the health of individuals and populations.
  3. Discuss how to optimize outcomes for health systems and patients through alignment with this model.

“We are excited to be able to present the industry with a maturity model that encompasses a holistic approach to healthcare,” said Hoyt. “This is the direction the market is headed and we are happy to provide a tool healthcare delivery organizations and governments can use to gauge their progress towards a more efficient care delivery approach.”

For more information or to add the education session to your calendar, visit http://www.himssconference.org/Education/EventDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=25295.

About HIMSS Analytics

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

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporate members and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves global health IT communities with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

February 20, 2014 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.

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.

NoMoreClipboard and ICA to Collaborate on Health Information Exchange and Patient Engagement Opportunities

Fort Wayne, Ind. – June 11, 2013 – NoMoreClipboard and ICA, a provider of interoperability technology that enables care coordination and health information exchange (HIE), today announced a strategic agreement that will capitalize on integrating ICA HIE offerings with NoMoreClipboard personal health record (PHR) and patient portal solutions.  By combining ICA technology with patient-facing applications from NoMoreClipboard, HIEs, hospitals, health systems, providers, communities and ACOs can improve electronic communication with patients and meet the patient engagement requirements in meaningful use stage two.
“ICA and NoMoreClipboard are already working together on several projects with HIE and health system clients, and we have quickly come to appreciate our respective commitment to standards-based interoperability,” said Gary Zegiestowsky, CEO of ICA. “We are working on everything from Direct to XDS information exchange, with a focus on making HIE and provider data available to patients in a secure, electronic format. We are formalizing our collaboration to help our respective clients qualify for meaningful use and engage patients looking for easier ways to access, organize and manage health information.”
“As electronic patient engagement gains traction, there is a real opportunity for HIEs and forward thinking providers to offer patients portable solutions that enable them to access and share data across the care continuum,” said NoMoreClipboard president Jeff Donnell. “ICA is adept at managing patient information, and we are working together to put that information in the hands of patients who can then take a more active role in managing health and wellness.”
ICA and NoMoreClipboard are currently working on projects for several mutual clients including the Kansas Health Information Network, the statewide HIE in Kansas, and Meridian Health, a leading New Jersey health system.
About ICA
Originating from clinical informatics solutions developed within Vanderbilt Medical Center, ICA’s state-of-the-art CareAlign® interoperability and informatics platform addresses and solves data and communication challenges for many healthcare entities, including hospitals, IPAs, IDNs, HIEs, payers and others.  CareAlign delivers a flexible architecture to connect, collect, consume and intelligently distribute data through Direct, IHE, HL7, and custom methods for use in EHRs, third party applications, and ICA’s applications.  CareAlign unites a wide range of information and supports analytic needs associated with population health management, transitions of care communication, re-admissions reduction, meaningful use requirements and PCMH/ACO operations. Visit www.icainformatics.com, and follow us on Twitter, ICA HITme Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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 share health 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 and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
June 14, 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.

CHIME to HHS: Extend Certification Criteria to HIE Market

ANN ARBOR, MI, April 18, 2013 – The government should explore ways to extend the concept of certification to the health information exchange marketplace to advance interoperability, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) said in comments submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released a joint request for information (RFI) March 7, outlining several possible changes to policies and programs to advance interoperability and health information exchange.  Some questions in the RFI seek feedback on the ability of payment system reforms, such as ACOs or bundled payments, to advance interoperability; other questions ask if changes to Conditions of Participation might be leveraged to encourage more exchange.

CHIME answered all the questions posed by CMS and ONC in their response, focusing on a need to address technical barriers related to exchange.  “CHIME believes that the certification process, developed under the EHR Incentive Payments program, has had a major impact on the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology,” the organization said in a response to the RFI.  “As a policy lever, the impact of certification criteria developed for Meaningful Use cannot be understated.  Thus, CHIME recommends HHS extend the concept toward the health information exchange market, via standard interfaces, standard methods for isolating sensitive information, standard means to securely transport patient care information (i.e., Direct), standard ways to accurately identify patients and standard protocols for tracking consent.”

The organization of healthcare CIOs urged both ONC and CMS to continue a strategy that enables local flexibility, while leading stakeholders in the development of specific technical standards, services, and policies that solve core problems, reduce costs and complexity, and facilitates nationwide interoperability.

CHIME also supported the payment model changes underway at CMS and the CMS Innovation Center, also known as CMMI, as a way to enhance interoperability by creating a stronger business case for providers to exchange health information.  “CHIME believes CMS should continue the evolution of payment policies towards pay-for-value and away from fee-for-service,” the letter said.  But the letter also urged caution in applying blanket mandates to participate in exchange, saying, “While we believe any model of accountable care delivery cannot be successful without robust technology usage, CHIME believes that forcing miscellaneous exchange through requirements for participation, receipt of incentive payments, or avoidance of payment adjustments is a serious proposition – one that needs broad input from stakeholders.”

Another important area highlighted by CHIME in its response, includes the issue of positive patient identification and accurate patient data-matching.  “As exchange increases from other treating providers outside of their primary practice or system, patient data-matching errors and mismatches will become exponentially more problematic and potentially dangerous.  As stated in a survey of CHIME membership[1] from May 2012, ‘Unintended injury or illness attributable to patient data-matching error is a considerable, and growing, problem in this era of health information exchange.  And with a substantial portion of CIOs involved with HIEs that use differing approaches to data matching, we can expect the inconsistency and variability inherent to healthcare IT systems to persist – and become more endemic – without national leadership and consistent standards.’  While technologies, architectures and strategies exist to mitigate errors, CHIME encourages CMS and ONC to dedicate substantial resources to this foundational challenge.”

To read CHIME’s response to CMS and ONC in its entirety, click here.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,450 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

 

May 29, 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.

Orion Health and Caradigm Expand Partnership to Deliver Integrated Health Information Exchange, Intelligence Platform and Applications

Extensible, end-to-end solution will help healthcare communities use data to gain insight
and transform care

Bellevue, Wash. and Santa Monica, CA – March 27, 2013Caradigm, a Microsoft and GE Healthcare company, and Orion Health, a global leader in eHealth technology and interoperability, today announced they have expanded their alliance agreement to integrate Orion Health’s market-leading Health Information Exchange (HIE) solution with the Caradigm Intelligence Platform (CIP) and ecosystem of applications, which will allow healthcare communities to more rapidly address today’s most complex challenges—including new models of care delivery and payment, population health management and patient engagement—while also helping to reduce costs and increase revenue.

The companies’ integrated, end-to-end solution will offer healthcare organizations the ability to move beyond simple data exchange by using near real-time data aggregated from disparate systems across the healthcare community to rapidly gain insight about patients, populations, performance and outcomes. These insights can be used to identify opportunities and steps to help healthcare organizations improve care for patients and populations across the community.

Healthcare organizations also will be able to use the aggregated data in a wide range of CIP-powered applications developed to target challenges related to population health management, revenue and cost optimization, and healthcare quality improvement. For example, the ecosystem of applications developed by Caradigm and industry partners helps healthcare organizations improve patient engagement, reduce avoidable costs like readmissions, drive quality improvement across populations, and manage new payment and care delivery models, such as accountable care and pay for performance.

Orion Health will expand the Caradigm application ecosystem by developing new applications for the Caradigm Intelligence Platform that take advantage of the extensive data available through Orion Health HIE. These new applications will be aimed at addressing customer needs in the areas of decision support, quality improvement and metrics, and population health management.

Under the new agreement, Orion Health also will act as a referral partner for the Caradigm Intelligence Platform and the integrated solution in the U.S., and as a reseller and services provider for CIP and the Caradigm Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions in certain territories outside of the U.S. The IAM suite includes Caradigm Provisioning, Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Context Management, products designed to accelerate caregiver access to the right patient data across multiple applications, helping organizations improve patient safety, reduce errors and spend more time with patients.  Caradigm will resell Orion Health HIE under the Caradigm brand and promote the integrated solution to health systems in the U.S.

“We’re excited to partner with Orion Health to address the escalating needs of healthcare organizations worldwide with a new generation of interoperability solutions,” said Caradigm CEO Michael Simpson. “As health systems everywhere search for better answers to quality, cost, revenue and population health management, we expect our partnership to deliver significant value to our customers and strong growth for both of our companies.”

“Orion Health HIE is one of the most widely deployed HIEs in the world, linking hundreds of facilities, used by hundreds of thousands of end users, and caring for a population of millions of lives. We look forward to offering our mutual expertise to healthcare organizations worldwide,” said Paul Viskovich, president, Orion Health North America. “Combined with the Caradigm Intelligence Platform’s powerful framework for robust applications, this expanded partnership creates a new generation of solutions that make it easier to aggregate and analyze data to improve care.”

“Platform as a service will increasingly play a role in the health information exchange market as vendors add value-added services, such as analytics, care management and consumer engagement tools,” said Lynne Dunbrack, program director, Connected Health IT Strategies at IDC Health Insights. “This will be especially evident as HIE vendors build out their technology portfolios to target the burgeoning accountable care market and update solution offerings for healthcare providers that are building out their ACO capabilities.”

About Orion Health Inc.

Founded in 1993 in Auckland, New Zealand, Orion Health is the only global, independently owned eHealth technology company. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health has become the world’s leading provider of health information exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions. Orion Health has extensive experience in the design and installation of complex systems within demanding healthcare environments. Today, Orion Health products and solutions are implemented in more than 30 countries, used by hundreds of thousands of clinicians, and help facilitate care for tens of millions of patients. Clinicians, provider facilities and OEM partners rely on Orion Health to facilitate data exchange between hospitals, health systems, HIEs, and affiliated providers and medical devices, resulting in improved care coordination, increased cost savings and efficiencies, and enhanced quality of care.

In the U.S., Orion Health™ HIE provides the technology backbone for commercial, state and regional HIEs across the country. Orion Health Rhapsody® Integration Engine is used by nearly all state and local health departments for public health reporting. Customers include Catholic Health Initiatives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest, North Carolina HIE, Geisinger Health System, Inland Empire HIE, Kaiser Permanente, Lahey Clinic, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Maine HealthInfoNet, Massachusetts Health Information Highway, New Hampshire Health Information Organization and St. Vincent’s HealthCare. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com.  Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Caradigm

Formed by GE Healthcare and Microsoft Corp. in June 2012, Caradigm is a 50–50 joint venture focused on enabling health systems and payers to drive continuous improvements in care. Caradigm software helps healthcare professionals across care settings to use data to gain critical insights, collaborate with each other and with patients, and to develop and implement innovative care solutions. Caradigm products—and applications built by partners to extend these products—give clinicians, administrators and finance teams timely access to key information, helping them to take steps to solve some of healthcare’s biggest challenges, including chronic disease management, preventable hospital readmissions and hospital acquired conditions, and to advance integrated, accountable care. Caradigm is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. For more information about the company, visit http://www.caradigm.com.

April 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.

HIPAA Compliant, Secure Texting Doc Halo App Lands Key Contract with Premier Healthcare Network

The Doc Halo app ensures confidential patient information remains private during the text messaging process for physicians and for healthcare networks.

Cincinnati, Ohio. March 21, 2013.  Doc Halo, the secure healthcare texting app that allows physicians and medical professionals to communicate within a HIPAA-compliant platform, has announced that a renowned healthcare network, TriHealth, Inc., has agreed to offer the Doc Halo secure texting solution to the TriHealth network’s affiliated physicians.

With the Doc Halo secure texting app, physicians can transmit critical and timely information to other healthcare professionals connected to the Doc Halo system.

Co-founder and CEO of Doc Halo, Jose Barreau, MD, explained that Doc Halo provides efficiency, immediacy, privacy, and technology to an industry entrusted with the health and well-being of patients.

“As a physician of more than 20 years myself, I know first-hand the need to communicate immediately – and yet securely – with my colleagues. The benefits that the Doc Halo smartphone technology offers are significant.”

Dr. Barreau added that several key elements have driven the Doc Halo app development team from the beginning. “It was critical to us that we perfect the mobile app to ensure that its operation is flawless, its technology is superior, its user interface is intuitive, and that its privacy compliance is HIPAA-secure at every touch-point.”

Doc Halo President and Co-founder, Amit Gupta, MD elaborated, “Texting and smartphone technology have become second-thought to many of us. In our everyday lives, we can see the value of accuracy and efficiency when we text a friend, family member, or business colleague. Those same fundamentals are needed in the medical field. And yet, ensuring patients’ privacy is equally paramount. Doc Halo offers that needed secure physician texting solution.”

The popularity of smartphones, tablets, apps and innovative communications mediums is pervasive today in popular culture. Similarly in the healthcare industry, this technology is in demand.

Participants, presenters and exhibitors at the recent March 3-7, 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans generated a multitude of articles, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook and Google+ posts about mobile health (mHealth), health information exchange (HIT), electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Dr. Barreau commented, “There are many popular healthcare apps in the smartphone world. The bulk of those options have been, and are, in the areas of patient-to-patient apps, physician-to-public apps, and public-to-public apps. Doc Halo offers an important, new secure texting app technology.”

TriHealth serves the Greater Cincinnati area and is a unified health system of physicians, hospitals and communities.

For more information on the Doc Halo secure texting app, visit http://www.dochalo.com or call 1.855.362.4256.

About Doc Halo 
Doc Halo is the professional standard for HIPAA secure texting for physicians, medical practices, hospitals and healthcare organizations. The Doc Halo app is designed to streamline compliant physician sharing of critical patient information within a secure environment. Doc Halo is trusted by individual physicians, by their staffs, and by comprehensive healthcare networks for secure communication. Because of the intuitive operational structure of the Doc Halo app, physicians see efficiencies with their communications within minutes of registration.

March 28, 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.

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 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.

Samsung Demonstrates Commitment to Healthcare Leadership With Latest Lineup of IT Products and Solutions at HIMSS 2013

Physicians Trust Readiness Center Showcased to Support Effective Transition to EHR

New OrleansMarch 4, 2013 Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today reinforced its commitment to providing innovative solutions to serve the needs of the healthcare providers at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Product specialists will be on hand all week at the Samsung booth (#4281) demonstrating a full range of information technology solutions designed for healthcare providers looking to enhance quality of care and transform the patient experience.

The HIMSS Samsung booth will host:

·         A full line of healthcare information access points for healthcare providers including Cloud Displays, All-in-One PCs, as well as Windows-based Samsung ATIV Smart PCs and Android-powered GALAXY tablets.

·         Printing solutions that are designed to improve administrative efficiencies and security through an open and reliable platform.

·         High-quality, ergonomic LED monitors that help save desk space and energy costs.

·         Digital signage products that enable healthcare providers to scale dynamic communications to better engage with their patients and staff.

“Samsung Electronics has a continuing interest and investment in the healthcare industry, which is an important part of our global growth vision,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics America’s Enterprise Business Division. “We are excited by the opportunity to demonstrate how healthcare providers can leverage our full line of healthcare information technology to maximize the benefits of the transition to EHR, enhance quality of care and transform the patient experience.”

EHR & The Physicians Trust Readiness Center

According to Gartner’s EHR Key Initiate Overview “No other healthcare project will likely be as complex, face more reluctant or even hostile challenges, or have greater potential to transform the organization and its practice of healthcare deliver.”

Samsung understands the challenges healthcare providers face in adopting Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the potential opportunities it presents. With this in mind, Samsung has partnered with Physicians Trust to present the Physicians Trust Readiness Center within the Samsung booth.

Built to represent the ideal healthcare technology learning center, the facility fosters education and adoption of electronic health records, health information exchange and patient applications in the ambulatory care environment. At the Readiness Center physicians, medical staff and administrators can experience a real-life training scenario designed to optimize the learning curve and adoption.

While visiting the Samsung booth, attendees can also preview the PT Practice Assessment and receive feedback on strategies for improving your practice. The PT Practice Assessment is a proprietary application that generates a comprehensive evaluation of a practice, ensuring providers and staff workflows are aligned with the proper technology. In addition, current workflows are measured and tracked against proposed changes that are shared with the practice and implementation team, providing a custom blueprint that is unique to the practice.

Solutions & Partnerships

Samsung is also showcasing a number of solutions and partnerships aimed at realizing our vision for patient-centered healthcare:

·         Pivot3 – This partnership integrates HC-3, a validated virtual desktop infrastructure with Samsung zero client cloud displays and mobile devices into a simple, scalable and cost effective Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution for the healthcare sector. It provides clinicians with non-stop access to virtual desktops with fast log-on times through any endpoint device and from any location with the swipe of a badge or a tap of a fingerprint.

·         Vocera’s Solution – This utilizes the Samsung Galaxy Tab and a LED-backlit large format display, enabling healthcare operations to streamline staff communication and improve operational workflows. The Vocera portfolio of solutions allows team members and groups to communicate instantly and effortlessly via voice, text, or other messaging.

·         Homecare Homebase – This offers a comprehensive, integrated, web-based software solution that operates on Samsung’s Galaxy tablet devices. It allows customers to not only manage their business more effectively, but ultimately provide their patients with the best possible outcomes.

To learn more about Samsung Electronics’ healthcare division, its subsidiaries and products, please visit http://www.samsung.com/healthcare.

About Samsung Electronics America Enterprise Business Division

As a global leader in Information Technology, Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division (EBD) is committed to introducing new business experiences across a diverse spectrum of industries from retail to healthcare, hospitality to sales.  We believe technology brings business and customers together — to better share, collaborate and discover new opportunities. With a market-oriented approach to innovation, EBD is a division of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. (SEC).  For more information, please visit www.samsung.com/business, call 1-866-SAM-4BIZ or follow Samsung EBD via Twitter @SamsungBizUSA.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales exceeding KRW 201 trillion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

March 4, 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.