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IHE USA Publishes “Interoperability for Dummies” A Guide to Health IT

CHICAGO (June 12, 2013) – Across the world, various communities in Health Information Technology (IT) are developing methods for exchanging health information among healthcare providers, patients, and other authorized parties to revolutionize the delivery of care.  However, doing something as simple as sharing secure, private healthcare information is hard. Everything involved in sharing the information must be securely constructed in a way that all the other systems involved understand it. To advance this goal, IHE USA has published “Interoperability for Dummies; IHE Edition,” a complimentary eBook in the Wiley For Dummies format, which explains what Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is, its value, and how people can use IHE to advance interoperability.

The eBook, written by Anita Samarth, in collaboration with IHE USA, provides an introduction to the integration and interoperability of health data, the origins of IHE, and an overview of IHE’s standards-based profiles which are used by communities for exchanging health information

Interoperability for Dummies – IHE Edition, will help readers to not only understand the value and critical nature of standards-based interoperable health IT systems and IHE’s role, but how to personally become part of the solution by implementing change in their organization.” says Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, president, IHE USA.

Readers of the eBook will learn how IHE improves patient care by providing a common standards-based framework for seamlessly exchanging health information among care providers at a local, regional, or national level. More than 160 health IT vendors and health information exchanges have implemented systems worldwide based on IHE.

The eBook discusses:

  • How IHE can help organizations meet interoperability goals;
  • The current state of document exchange, different scenarios for exchanging information, and how IHE is improving the process; and
  • Opportunities IHE offers for stakeholders and clinicians to work together to advance health information exchange.
  • An introduction to the IHE USA Certification Program.

The eBook is available for complimentary download on the IHE USA website, beginning June 26.

About the Author                                                                                                                                                                            

Anita Samarth is co-founder and president of Clinovations. She has extensive experience with EHRs, HIE, and interoperability. She was also a co-author of “Electronic Health Records for Dummies.”

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and national health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc

June 14, 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.

ENCORE HEALTH RESOURCES LAUNCHES NEW HEALTH ANALYTICS PRACTICE

“Smart Skinny” approach helps clients improve data quality, increase data value

HOUSTON – MAY 16, 2013 – Encore Health Resources, an award-winning health-information technology (HIT) services company, announced today the launch of its Health Analytics consulting practice focused on “smart enterprise data.” An adjunct to the launch of Encore’s Value-based Performance Improvement™ (VPI) suite of services and solutions at HIMSS in February, the Health Analytics practice helps organizations define their analytics roadmap – including the design and implementation of maturing health data governance structure and process. The new practice will be led by Encore’s newest Service Line Executive, Randy L. Thomas, FHIMSS. Ms. Thomas brings more than 25 years of experience in HIT with a focus on analytics, surveillance, and the re-use of data to support the quality, safety, and efficiency of performance-improvement efforts currently underway across the U.S. healthcare industry.

The new practice addresses the needs of healthcare organizations awash in a sea of disconnected data and struggling to understand the relationships between quality, safety, productivity, and cost. The shifting landscape of care delivery and reimbursement models – from fee-for-service to fee-for value — increasingly demands the leveraging of enterprise data as an essential part of continuous performance improvement. Encore’s full suite of health analytics services will help health systems understand the balance of people, processes, and technology needed to support their information needs in today’s rapidly changing and challenging environment.
As value-based models evolve, Encore’s range of innovative smart, skinny solutions will help clients capture metrics that extend beyond care outcomes to measures of overall population health and wellness. Encore’s Health Analytics practice will help organizations plot an achievable course to demonstrate that they are delivering high-quality clinical outcomes when treating patients and keeping people well.

In contrast to the widespread industry focus on “Big Data,” Encore’s “Smart Skinny Data” strategy is founded on the capture of precise information from multiple systems and sources and focuses on what actually needs to be analyzed at any given time – evolving along the continuum of reform. Beginning with the end in mind, Encore’s Health Analytics practice consultants work with clients to prioritize their measurement and analytics needs – aligned with overall enterprise objectives.

The new practice will offer a full array of health analytics services, from strategy and roadmaps to warehouse selection and from implementation to performance improvement. A key element of Encore’s Health Analytics practice is data governance: too many organizations are learning that capturing massive amounts of data in a warehouse without proper data governance creates a lack of lineage and trust – therefore making it impossible to act on the insights that the data provides.

“To survive and thrive in this changing healthcare landscape, our clients will need to define a plan now to harness the untapped value in data across their enterprise – to build the skills, processes, and enabling technologies that turns data into information that can be used to drive new levels of performance,” said Ms. Thomas. “At Encore, we know that this will require our very special breed of consultants: staff that can bridge the gap between clinical and technical teams. These ‘bridge’consultants have their feet in both worlds and the communication skills required to translate clinical needs to technologists and technical realities back to clinicians.”

Ms. Thomas has previously served in leadership roles in strategic consulting, product management, and product marketing. She brings Encore and its clients a seasoned perspective on how to drive measurable results through the use of business intelligence in healthcare. In her new role, Ms. Thomas will lead the Health Analytics practice charged with helping clients define and implement a health analytics roadmap. Previously, Ms. Thomas was vice president of portfolio strategy and design at Premier Inc., where she led the redesign of the analytics and surveillance portfolio and the social business platform. Prior to joining Premier, Ms. Thomas was an associate partner in the healthcare provider practice of Global Services for IBM. There, she created and led the health analytics strategy practice and was a fellow in the IBM Center for Healthcare Management. She joined IBM in 2005 on the acquisition of Healthlink, where she successively led the thought leadership, strategic services, and Eclipsys service areas.

Ms. Thomas has authored a white paper to help clients understand the “smart skinny” approach behind the new Health Analytics practice she leads. It is entitled, Enterprise Data in Healthcare: An Untapped Asset for Performance Improvement Analysis and Measurement, and it is now available on the Thought Leadership page of Encore’s Internet site.

“We will leverage Randy’s extensive experience in healthcare and business intelligence to lead our Health Analytics practice – part of our Value-based Performance Improvement lifecycle of services. We’re particularly excited about the success of our innovative ‘smart, skinny data’ CoreANALYTICS tools in our continuous quest for innovation,” said Dana Sellers, CEO, Encore Health Resources. “Our goal is to help our clients focus on capturing the right data accurately and leveraging that data into actionable intelligence — all while reducing cost as well as the time required to make measurable improvement in clinical outcomes and performance.”

About Encore Health Resources (Encore)
Founded by healthcare veterans Ivo Nelson and Dana Sellers, Encore provides information technology consulting services and solutions to assist healthcare organizations with a wide range of strategy, advisory, implementation, process-redesign, and optimization activities. Encore focuses on capturing data and establishing the analytical capabilities to meet the evolving information and reporting needs for health care providers to improve and document clinical and operational performance.

June 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 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.

Lindgren joins Availity as SVP of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Health information network Availity has named Karin J. Lindgren as its Senior Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel. In addition to overseeing legal, audit and regulatory functions, Lindgren serves as chief compliance officer and corporate secretary.

Lindgren, whose emphasis will be to drive risk management strategies, brings 28 years’ experience as a health care technology lawyer, with a significant background in entrepreneurial health care software, technology companies and medical informatics.

Most recently, Lindgren was General Counsel for the Reed Group Ltd., a Boulder, Colo.-based cloud computing software and informatics services company. She has also previously served as a law firm partner at two firms, and as general counsel and chief compliance officer for the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of academic medical centers.

“Compliance and risk management are increasingly complex fields in healthcare technology, as more information is made available electronically,” said Russ Thomas, Availity CEO. “Karin brings a unique perspective with both a stellar legal and regulatory background and significant experience as a senior executive in health information technology. She is a great addition to our diverse and talented leadership team at Availity, and her work will enable us to execute in this swiftly changing and opportunistic health care market.”

Lindgren continues to teach graduate courses in medical informatics at Northwestern University and the University of Colorado. She is a frequent national speaker and published author on medical-legal issues, with multiple writing awards to her credit. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Ursinus College.

About Availity

Availity delivers revenue cycle and related business solutions for health care professionals who want to build healthy, thriving organizations. Availity has the powerful tools, actionable insights and expansive network reach that medical businesses need to get an edge in an industry constantly redefined by change. For more information, including an online demonstration, please visit www.availity.com or call 1.800.AVAILITY (282.4548).

April 9, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 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 IT Leaders Partner to Launch imPatient Movement

A call to action in pursuit of improved electronic health record sharing and open communication between patients and medical professionals
 
NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 – To promote improved electronic health information exchange between consumers and clinicians, key health IT leaders have partnered to launch the imPatient Movement. The movement was introduced today at HIMSS13 in New Orleans and will work to empower patients, healthcare providers and health IT organizations to collaborate and advocate for swift and meaningful action in making electronic health information accessible, interoperable and actionable. The movement also supports meaningful use stage two criteria that will require health care providers to more actively engage patients by providing them with the capability to electronically view, download, and transmit relevant information from their provider’s electronic health records to a designated holding place.
The imPatient Movement was formed by an independent coalition of health information technology providers, healthcare professionals and organizations, including NoMoreClipboard, Microsoft HealthVault and Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc.
“We’re excited to see these organizations teaming up to fulfill their Blue Button Pledge through outreach and engagement. The imPatient campaign recognizes what we firmly believe — that both patient and provider attitudes must change in order to achieve the full potential of eHealth, and that both parties will benefit from having greater access to and use of electronic health data,” said Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“The genesis of the imPatient Movement was feedback from frustrated consumers who took the time to create a personal health record, only to be handed an old-fashioned clipboard and directed to fill out the registration forms,” said NoMoreClipboard president Jeff Donnell. “At the same time, those on the provider side have questions and concerns about electronic patient engagement.
The imPatient Movement was created to help consumers and clinicians engage in meaningful dialog about the value of sharing data electronically.”
 
I’m imPatient.  My health depends on IT

“In our state, we are hearing from residents who are growing impatient with their inability to access, manage and share their health information with a tool of their choosing,” added Andrew VanZee, Indiana’s statewide Health IT Director. “Providers are also impatient with the lack of patient engagement solutions that will help them satisfy meaningful use requirements and foster patient loyalty without disrupting workflow. We see the imPatient Movement as a way to create meaningful, electronic relationships and avoid adversarial ones.”
“The imPatient Movement is committed to providing platforms and tools that will empower patients to take a more active role in their health and also make healthcare providers comfortable with patients being at the center of their own care,” Donnell continued.

Join the Movement
All patients, caregivers, family members, healthcare organizations, vendors and providers are invited to “find your voice and join us in telling others that you’re ‘imPatiently’ in pursuit of improved communication and better health.”  Visit imPatient at www.impatientmovement.org.
The imPatient website invites visitors to join the Movement and take action in one (or all) of the following ways:
·       Share personal experiences and opinions via the movement’s online blog community
·       Read about experiences, aspirations and ideas from other members – including consumers and clinicians who are working to connect electronically
·       Sign up for e-mail alerts and receive ongoing updates about patient engagement, personal stories from patients and providers, as well as opinion pieces surrounding healthcare IT policies and standards
·       Follow the movement on Facebook and Twitter social media channels
·       Help influence and empower others to take a more active role in their health by sharing information from the site via pre-formatted emails to family and friends, and downloadable letters to educate doctors and other healthcare providers
·       Sign up for a personal health record or patient engagement platform and get started on an improved path to health
“HealthVault is all about empowering real people with the information and tools they need to become active participants in their care,” said Sean Nolan, Chief Architect of Microsoft HealthVault.  “We’re excited to be part of the imPatient Movement to help foster a dialogue between patients and their healthcare providers about the importance of working together — because true collaboration is the real key to improving outcomes and reducing costs.”
To find us at HIMSS13 to learn more or to become part of the movement, visit us at Booth #1340.  Or visit us online at www.impatientmovement.org.
About the impatient Movement
The imPatient Movement was formed by an independent coalition of health information technology providers, healthcare professionals and patients dedicated to improving patient / provider communication through the use of portable electronic information exchange.  It is a call to call to action for patients and medical professionals who support open communication and electronic medical health record sharing.
March 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 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.

HIMSS13: athenahealth Issues HIT Industry ‘Code of Conduct’

Code Lays Out Five Basic Principles to Move Industry Forward

WATERTOWN, MA, and NEW ORLEANS, LA March 4, 2013athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems, today proposed a Health Information Technology (HIT) ‘Code of Conduct’ that calls upon the health information industry, particularly electronic health record (EHR) vendors, to abide by five principles related to data portability, patient safety, provider freedom of choice, and Meaningful Use.

The HIT Code of Conduct responds to recent statements by National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, who has challenged the industry (HIT vendors) to “step up” and agree to a Code of Conduct that sets forth principles to protect patients, guard against fraud, and empower HIT to finally realize its potential to revolutionize health care. Motivated by the challenge, athenahealth has outlined a framework that its peer vendors can sign on to, and other industry stakeholders can sign up in support of, and today launched an online portal to gather online “signatures.” The five principles HIT vendors are being challenged to adhere to are:

  • Empower Data Portability and Provider Choice
  • Build a True Nationwide Information Backbone
  • Protect Patients
  • Prevent Fraud
  • Drive Meaningful Use

“The HIT Code of Conduct is a call to the industry to abide by a uniform set of high standards that providers should expect and demand as they invest in technology and services as a means to improve care delivery,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO and Chairman of athenahealth. “These are things we’ve committed to do for our clients—things that we believe our industry must do if HIT is going to join the 21st century and finally realize its potential to transform healthcare.”

“These are simple propositions that we think can have a significant impact—if we get broad buy-in from our peer companies and the providers we all serve,” said Dan Haley, VP of Government Affairs, athenahealth.

Added Haley, “The principles in the Code squarely address some of the central policy issues facing the HIT industry, providing not only a push to move the industry forward, but also a strong signal to our providers and to government that our industry understands its responsibility to proactively address those issues.”

HIT vendors, industry stakeholders, and policymakers interested in reviewing the full Code of Conduct are encouraged to visit it here: http://www.athenahealth.com/codeofconduct, where vendors can sign on to the Code in full, or just to the provisions that apply to their businesses, and other stakeholders can sign on to publicly show their support.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems. athenahealth’s mission is to be the most trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing the right thing. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200.

 

March 4, 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.

Philips unveils clinical information technology solutions that drive quality, productivity and value at HIMSS 2013

Clinical IT@work solutions for supporting connected care in clinical decision support, interoperability, telehealth and mobility to be shown at Booth 1919

New Orleans, La., USA – At the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is showcasing  its commitment to simplifying clinical workflow, reducing health care costs and improving patient care through its latest health information technology (IT) solutions as part of its robust Clinical IT@work approach.

Under the Clinical IT@work umbrella, Philips is at the forefront of health IT innovation to provide the solutions that connect care wherever it is needed—in or out of the hospital. These solutions are developed understanding the growing need for them to fit into healthcare providers’ clinical IT strategies and infrastructure.

Dramatic changes affecting healthcare are taking place worldwide, driving evolution in the traditional healthcare enterprise. The traditional inpatient-outpatient setting is shifting toward an extended care experience that continues when the patient leaves the hospital. This is creating the need for advanced clinical technology solutions that are not only focused on outcomes-based data but also span and support the continuum of care.

“Philips understands the pressures that hospitals face in providing quality, efficient care while reducing unnecessary health care spending, particularly here in the U.S. in the era of the federal health reform law,” said Mike Mancuso, Executive Vice President and CEO of Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, Philips Healthcare. “We address the needs of health care providers by developing interoperable clinical software solutions based on the latest standards that help them analyze patient data efficiently while our mobile and telehealth technologies are designed to improve efficiency and access to care.”

Philips’ approach to Clinical IT@work supports connected care for clinicians by focusing on four key areas: clinical decision support, interoperability, telehealth and mobility. Some of the enterprise software solutions that deliver on these key areas include:

-       IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere*: IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere is an image and report viewer based on Philips’ IntelliSpace PACS 4.4. IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 is a unique image management solution that allows any physician in the hospital to access full fidelity images within three seconds. The IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere viewer is designed to support remote users, or users requiring a solution that can be utilized on multiple platforms, such as laptops and mobile devices. It does not require installation of additional software and therefore will be an easy-to-use solution that expands physician access to patient information, images and reports for communication and collaboration.

-       Orb: Orb is a newly launched dashboard or “graphical census” within the IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 software – the essential technology behind Philips’ eICU program. Orb dynamically updates a patient’s status and serves as a real-time visual metaphor for complex clinical data. With orb, ICU clinicians can receive important patient information at a glance for faster prioritization, have oversight of a large number of patients, and target key physiologic areas of patient condition to define a care plan.

-       IntelliVue Mobile Caregiver**: The IntelliVue Mobile Caregiver app is a mobile application that will be available soon. It is expected to deliver near real-time data from Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring systems directly to the clinician’s smart phone or tablet. With this free mobile app, IntelliVue customers will be able to easily access patient monitoring information anywhere—in or out of the hospital, allowing them to more quickly make informed decisions on patient care.

-       AirStrip Technologies partnership: In order to advance its mobile solution capabilities and effectiveness, Philips is partnering with AirStrip Technologies, a leader in healthcare mobility solutions, to leverage AirStrip’s technology in Philips IntelliVue Information Center (PIIC) – a powerful, real-time central monitoring system that offers clinicians easy access to information.

March 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.

Annual HIMSS Analytics Health IT Trend Report moves toward Quarterly Releases

CHICAGO (February 26, 2013) – In an attempt to keep industry leaders abreast of the latest developments within the ever changing health information technology (HIT) landscape, HIMSS Analytics announced today that the annual Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market report – 8th Edition, will now be released on a quarterly basis. Based on data reported in the HIMSS Analytics Database, the revamped quarterly reports will focus on select sectors of the HIT industry on a rotating basis. In addition to the revised release schedule, the information and analysis on each application profiled in the reports will be much “deeper” than previous annual editions. The new Essentials Reports now includes:

  • multi-year market penetration profiles
  • five year projections on the number of first time and replacement buyers
  • valuable insights into first-time buyer and replacement purchase market opportunities
  • current year and historical win/loss tables for each application.

“After listening to many vendors, HIT consultants and Wall Street analysts, we revised this 8th edition of the Essentials report to not only provide the data they were asking for, but to compliment the varied resources offered by HIMSS Analytics and our newly acquired company, CapSite.  We truly consider these reports “essential” to those selling to, operating within or monitoring the HIT marketplace,” says Lorren Pettit, MS, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics.

The report is available in its entirety, by financial or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) clinical volumes. Clinical Volume 1, now available, offersinformation on all applicable applications used in the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption ModelSM.

To learn more about Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market – 8th Edition, contact Amy Bergau at amy.bergau@himssanalytics.org.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of HIMSS. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high-quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, health IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.

February 26, 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.

ENCORE HEALTH RESOURCES LAUNCHES VALUE-BASED PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT™ SOLUTIONS SUITE POWERED BY CoreANALYTICS™

New lifecycle of services and software tools developed in partnership with CHI

HOUSTON – February 26, 2013 – Encore Health Resources, an award-winning health-information technology (HIT) services company, announced today the launch of its new Value-based Performance Improvement™ (VPI) suite of services and software. VPI features CoreANALYTICS™, a set of integrated analytical tools that helps drive continuous health-system performance improvement. In an industry moving rapidly from volume- to value-based reimbursement, VPI and CoreANALYTICS comprise a uniquely comprehensive solution that transforms data generated by electronic health record (EHR), financial, and operational systems into actionable intelligence for proactive management of patient populations, quality, and costs.

Encore’s Value-based Performance Improvement with CoreANALYTICS is poised to assist health systems meet and exceed thresholds for the quality and performance measures required to qualify for U.S. Government EHR Meaningful-Use incentive payments and avoid associated penalties—as well as manage emerging, at-risk government and commercial payment models.  This new solution suite converts relevant data into intelligent, practical ways to help key stakeholders – including hospitals, physicians, and their patients – successfully navigate through and beyond challenges posed by the healthcare industry’s rapid shift from fee-for-service to fee-for-value.

Key VPI and CoreANALYTICS differentiators include a unique blend of Encore’s seasoned consultants with in-depth understanding of clinical data, proven methodologies and vendor-neutral analytical tools. These new tools help healthcare organizations focus on relevant quality and performance data while leveraging existing business-intelligence investments. This new, focused approach accelerates a client’s reimbursement transformation at a competitively low cost of entry through all stages of EHR Meaningful Use and also prepares them for evolving reimbursement models. VPI supports Value-Based Purchasing, Patient Centered Medical Homes, Clinical Integration Networking, and Accountable Care Organizations.

Another key differentiator is that CoreANALYTICS’ architecture allows for full or modular deployment.  A full deployment includes the Data Acquisition Engine (extract, translate, and load); the Integrated Information Platform, including our Analytics Engine (creates a “smart, skinny” data warehouse); and the Quality and Performance Modules (building dynamic dashboards), which together provide a comprehensive data-to-information transformation solution.   At the heart of the suite is Encore’s exclusive Analytics Engine, which enriches information through proven data derivation and measure calculations. These modular components can also be layered with an organization’s established data warehouse or reporting capability for a comprehensive, cost-effective solution.

Encore built its new solutions suite with development partner Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).  Today, CHI is successfully testing VPI and CoreANALYTICS to optimize its OneCare Program, a $2 billion, enterprise-wide initiative to advance patient care through the power of information. Using VPI and CoreANALYTICS, CHI’s goals are to leverage OneCare to create a powerful, information-based system that will drive significant improvements in patient care throughout its 70 hospitals across the U.S.

“Our partnership with Encore has significantly extended the power of OneCare to provide ‘in-time’ information that will help CHI understand how we are performing against our goals,” said Evon Holladay, MGA, Vice President, Enterprise Intelligence, Catholic Health Initiatives.

As the centerpiece of the VPI lifecycle of performance improvement services, CoreANALYTICS is focused on measures targeted at specific quality and performance data from source systems. It dynamically updates measures calculations to meet the demands of a rapidly transforming industry. Encore’s CoreGPS® Data Tool informs the Analytics Engine and eliminates the need for custom coding for new measures and calculations, thereby creating a lower-cost analytics solution.

The CoreANALYTICS Quality and Reporting Modules provide integrated views of actionable information and insight into quality and performance across patient populations.  These modules include:

  • Meaningful Use Compliance and Reporting Module: Focused on analysis and reporting for successful participation in the CMS EHR Incentive Program and subsequent stages. 
  • At-Risk Population Module:  Analysis and reporting focused on high-cost, at-risk populations including analysis for care processes and utilization and performance against specific measures. 
  • Clinical Analytics for Care Coordination Module: Provides physicians “in time” information using dashboards and reports to manage patients with preventive guidelines stratified by disease state.
  • Financial Analytics: Analyzes cost savings achieved through clinical integration efforts and new care processes calculated within specific treatment patterns, clinical focus areas, populations, or globally.

“Encore’s partnership with CHI created a demanding laboratory that presented real-world challenges in dozens of hospitals with multiple EHR systems and a unified goal for improved care delivery in an unprecedented environment of change,” said Dana Sellers, CEO, Encore Health Resources. “The result is our Value-based Performance Improvement lifecycle of services, featuring the CoreANALYTICS road-tested software tools, which are now ready to help clients across our industry gain new insights that drive increasing value throughout their organizations and a future of intelligent health performance.”

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 81 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies.  In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With total annual revenues of more than $10.7 billion and approximately 86,000 employees, CHI ranks as the nation’s second-largest faith-based health system.

About Encore Health Resources (Encore)

Founded by healthcare veterans Ivo Nelson and Dana Sellers, Encore provides information technology consulting services and solutions to assist healthcare organizations with a wide range of strategy, advisory, implementation, process-redesign, and optimization activities.  Encore focuses on capturing data and establishing the analytical capabilities to meet the evolving information and reporting needs for health care providers to improve and document clinical and operational performance.

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.

Online Learning for Health Informatics Simplified

CHICAGO (February 21, 2012)  – Many people prefer the option of virtual learning, especially busy healthcare professionals, interested consumers, faculty and students who want to better understand health informatics, but need a flexible and on-demand environment easily adaptable to their own schedules.

Now, the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform – known as TIGER – introduces its Virtual Learning Environment. The TIGER Initiative Foundation’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides an interactive web-based learning opportunity with  resources and information about health IT and related topics for health professionals and consumers.

Online learners can find out more about topics in an interactive environment with ongoing updates and resources. Topics covered include:

  • electronic health records,
  • usability,
  • clinical decision support,
  • health information exchange,
  • care coordination,
  • meaningful use,
  • standards and interoperability,
  • consumer health information,
  • mobile health,
  • privacy and security,
  • health IT and nursing practice, and
  • other related topics.

This convenient format provides real-time accessibility to online content through a variety of formats, including webinars by industry experts, in-depth education sessions, fact sheets, white papers, and other educational materials. All materials can be accessed on the VLE site and downloaded into a virtual briefcase.

“The TIGER Initiative Foundation brings together interested professionals to develop a shared vision, strategies and specific actions for improving nursing practice, education, and the delivery of patient care through the use of health IT.  Through a collaborative effort, this group studied both the benefits and challenges of a virtual learning environment, a process that resulted in the introduction of this new educational platform,” says Sally E Schlak, RN, MBA, Senior Director, TIGER Initiative Foundation.

Go to http://www.thetigerinitiative.org/ to learn more and access the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment.

About TIGER

TIGER was formed in 2004 to bring together stakeholders to develop a shared vision, strategies and specific actions for improving nursing practice, education, and the delivery of patient care through the use of health information technology (HIT). With support from over 70 contributing organizations and a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2006, TIGER Phase II emerged with over 1,500 volunteers in many collaborative working groups.  In July 2011 the TIGER Initiative Foundation was formed as a 501(c) (3) organization operating for charitable, educational and scientific purposes.

February 23, 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.

New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) Selects Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) as State HIE Executive Director and Orion Health as Technical Vendor

New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) Selects Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) as State HIE Executive Director and Orion Health as Technical Vendor

MAeHC to Develop and Manage NH’s HIE, Connecting Key Healthcare Entities to Increase Efficiencies and Improve Patient Safety Outcomes; Orion Health HIE to Provide HIE Platform and Solutions

Waltham, Mass., February 20, 2013– The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that it has been selected by the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) to provide Executive Director Management services for the implementation of the statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).  The NHHIO, a non-profit organization created by New Hampshire legislation in 2011 to establish a statewide electronic health network for healthcare providers, selected MAeHC to help them lead the State’s HIE initiatives based on the organization’s national reputation and experience working with the New Hampshire healthcare provider community via the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and as the operator of the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH).  As the NHHIO Executive Director of Management services, MAeHC will assist the NHHIO board of directors in providing the overall executive leadership, strategic direction and management for the State’s HIE initiatives which will allow healthcare providers to exchange electronic health information in a secure environment.  The NHHIO also selected Orion Health as the technical vendor to provide the HIE technology backbone and solutions that will enable statewide clinical data sharing.

“We are excited to move forward with MAeHC as the State’s HIE Executive Director. They have a strong reputation for their HIE efforts throughout the country and offer years of experience that will help us achieve our vision to leverage existing resources and close the gaps on information exchange,” said Denise Purington, Chair of the NHHIO. “And Orion Health has long been a trusted partner of the State, where its solutions are being utilized within The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and in several of the state’s hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Together, we’re certain that we will be able to create a secure and robust Statewide HIE which will reduce costs in healthcare while improving the quality, efficiency and safety of patient care.”

“This project promises to deliver a significant and lasting benefit to the health and safety of the citizens of New Hampshire, and we are thrilled to have such able and respected partners working with us to ensure the success of this critical initiative,” said Nick Toumpas, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “MAeHC and Orion Health have worked closely with stakeholders from the earliest stages of this process, ensuring that our community gets the most utility and benefit from the NHHIO right from the start.  We are very pleased with the progress so far and are looking forward to the next phase.”

MAeHC will help the NHHIO board of directors develop a platform of core services necessary to facilitate the secure routing of data between existing private, local and regional HIE partners. Such information includes summary of care documents such as hospital discharge summaries, referral and consultation notes, as well as lab results and imaging reports.  To support the delivery of these documents and data, the NHHIO will also implement security services such as secure messaging that will be built in alignment with national specifications as well as provider addressing and auditing. Future phases may include an electronic master patient index, record locator services and the expansion of services to other healthcare stakeholders.

“We are honored to have been selected for such a key role in one of the nation’s most advanced state HIE infrastructures,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.  “The New Hampshire initiative is a great example of a private HIE that will be operated differently from the state run initiatives throughout the country. By doing a few things well for a few key constituents, we hope to incrementally build confidence in and utilization of HIE resources for future growth.”

About New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO)
NHHIO is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization created by legislation that is establishing a statewide electronic health network to share patient health information between health care providers in a timely, secure, and confidential manner. Our goal is to collaborate with hospitals, physicians, community health centers, long term care providers, home care providers and other clinicians involved in the delivery of healthcare. Our vision is to design and implement a secure and robust health information exchange which will lead to the reduction in healthcare cost and improve quality, efficiency, and safety of patient care. In 2010 multi-stakeholder workgroups were formed to address six Health Information Exchange (HIE) planning and operational domains:  Governance, Finance, Technical Infrastructure, Business & Technical Operations, Legal & Policy and Public Health workgroup members were instrumental in the collaborative process that resulted in a Strategic and Operational Plan for Health Information Exchange in New Hampshire that was approved by the Office of the National Coordinator in December of 2010.   This multi stakeholder effort also resulted in legislation that created the NHHIO effective July 5, 2011. To learn more about NHHIO and its board of directors, please visit us at www.nhhio.org

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 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, 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 and St. Vincent’s HealthCare. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, facebook and LinkedIn.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)
The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC is an independent non-profit corporation with a charitable mission to improve the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT.  Formed in 2004 as a collaboration of non-profit health care stakeholders to demonstrate the most effective ways to deploy EHRs and HIE to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and affordability of care in Massachusetts, MAeHC now works across the United States with a wide range of physician practices, hospitals, state governments, contracting networks, management services organizations, HIE organizations, technology vendors, and consulting firms.  To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org.

February 22, 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.