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CITIUSTECH’S BI-CLINICAL RECEIVES 2014 ONC HIT CERTIFICATION

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

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

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

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

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

BI-Clinical version 13.1 meets the following certification criteria:

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

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

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

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

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

170.314(d)(3) – Audit report(s)

170.314(d)(5) – Automatic log-off

170.314(d)(6) – Emergency access

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

170.314(d)(8) – Integrity

170.314(g)(4) – Quality management system

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

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

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

About CitiusTech

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

 

About CCHIT

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

 

About the ONC HIT Certification Program

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

June 19, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 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.

Alego Health Joins HIMSS Innovation Center as Founding Supporter HIMSS is committed to leading global efforts that optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

CLEVELAND (May 28, 2013) – At the HIMSS Innovation Center, located on the fourth floor of the Global Center for Health Innovation, HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, announced Alego Health as Founding Collaborator for the Healthcare Technology Showcase, which is part of the Innovation Center. Alego Health, a national provider of health information technology and electronic medical record consulting services in Westlake, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, is the first organization to join the HIMSS innovation Center.  As founding supporter of the HIMSS Innovation Center, Alego becomes part of the elite team of innovators, working together and leading advancement of health information management by optimizing the use of technology.

“HIMSS welcomes Alego Health as the founding collaborator for the HIMSS Innovation Center, our center of excellence focused on health IT interoperability,” says Smith. “Based on our vision of better health through IT, HIMSS looks forward to working with Alego Health, and all of our collaborators that will be part of this permanent demonstration and testing facility.”

As the founding collaborator, Alego Health will host and present events at the Innovation Center and online, with HIMSS and its provider communities. In addition, Alego will present its technology solutions in exhibit space that is part of the Technology Showcase.

Smith explained that the HIMSS Innovation Center includes the demonstration and testing environment and the Healthcare Technology Showcase. “HIMSS is building the Innovation Center to further its mission and provide the first collaborative, year-round setting allowing health solutions providers to work side-by-side using their respective technologies to demonstrate the vital role health IT plays in improving patient care and patient outcomes.

HIMSS announced its commitment to be part of the Global Center for Health Innovation in February 2013. The Global Center, which is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and healthcare, is adjacent to the Cleveland Convention Center, a premier location that attracts healthcare providers year-round.

“Alego Health is extremely excited about this partnership with HIMSS and the Global Center of Health Innovation.  This is an exciting time for health IT and Alego Health’s roll in this industry,” says Jonathan Levoy, Vice President of Business Development and Technology, and Chair of the mHIMSS Digital Media Task Force.  “This partnership not only gives Alego Health the opportunity to be part of a conduit to potential clients, but also gives us the opportunity to do so in our hometown of Cleveland.  We are very proud of what the city, county, and business leaders have done to bring the Global Center for Health Innovation and the new Convention Center to life.”

For more information, visit the HIMSS Innovation Center website.

June 10, 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.

Parkview Medical Center Extends the PatientTouch® Mobile Care Orchestration™ System to Support Patient Safety and Care Coordination

– New capabilities build on already-deployed smart point-of-care mobile solution, now integrated with MEDITECH 6.0 Electronic Medical Record (EMR) –
 

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PatientSafe Solutions, a leader in smart point-of-care mobile solutions, today announced that Parkview Medical Center (Pueblo, Colo.) has extended its PatientTouch implementation through new capabilities that unite multiple departments to enhance patient safety and facilitate care team coordination. With these enhancements, the Parkview implementation becomes the first PatientTouch deployment to realize the promise of Mobile Care Orchestration, facilitating collaboration and communication on top of the institution’s upgraded MEDITECH 6.0 EMR.

Parkview, a non-profit general acute care and behavioral health specialty hospital, sought to maximize the value of its existing MEDITECH EMR and improve patient safety and clinical productivity. The hospital deployed the PatientTouch System to make EMR data mobile and actionable, and to improve patient safety through medication and lab specimen barcode verification, mother-infant identity and human milk matching, and blood transfusion verification. Now, in conjunction with its migration to MEDITECH 6.0, Parkview has taken its PatientTouch implementation further through new capabilities including blood-gas labeling and documentation, blood and specimen collection, and HIPAA-compliant text messaging to improve care team awareness and coordination across clinical departments.The PatientTouch System is a state-of-the-art mobile hardware and software platform that liberates EMR data and connects care teams to eliminate harm, reduce waste, and improve productivity. The PatientTouch device is medical-grade, combining Apple iOS hardware with enhancements that have been designed, developed, and supported by PatientSafe Solutions.

“The extent to which our team can effectively coordinate and transition care has a direct impact on the quality of care we can provide,” said Linda Flores, chief nursing officer at Parkview. “Equipping our nurses, respiratory therapists, and phlebotomists with a single tool to digitally deliver, document and manage care and patient samples, and to collaborate remotely, can help to reduce length of hospital stay, decrease risk of hospital-acquired infections, and ultimately improve outcomes for our patients.”

The PatientTouch Blood Product Administration module, which documents and verifies blood transfusions and phlebotomy specimens and then transfers data via the hospital’s secure wireless connection, recently received 510(k) clearance by the FDA. Joined by HIPAA-compliant text messaging and respiratory care management tools, these new features mark the first time that medication management, lab and specimen data collection, scheduled follow-up and alerts, and clinical communications have been integrated and orchestrated on a single smart point-of-care mobile platform.

“Smart point-of-care mobile technology is now essential for our care team,” said Steve Shirley, chief information officer at Parkview Medical Center. “The PatientTouch System mobilizes our MEDITECH EMR, enabling our clinical staff to provide the safest and highest quality of care for our patients.”

The latest version of the PatientTouch System also establishes a technological framework for voice-over-IP communications between caregivers, which will launch this summer on the new PatientTouch hardware running on a modified Apple iPhone® 5. Existing PatientTouch handhelds are based on the Apple iPod® Touch.

“Parkview Medical Center and PatientSafe Solutions have a long history of working together on patient safety, and this expanded implementation underscores our commitment to work closely with providers as their organizations grow and change,” said Joseph Condurso, president and chief executive officer of PatientSafe Solutions. “We were thrilled to collaborate with Parkview as they migrated to the MEDITECH 6.0 EMR. Our Mobile Care Orchestration System provides a mobile front-end to their EMR for nursing and other multidisciplinary care team members and we look forward to continuing to help the organization maximize its health IT investment and improve safety, care quality, and efficiency.”

For more information about the PatientTouch platform visit the company’s booth (#808) at the 2013 Medical Users Software Exchange (MUSE) International Conference, which is being held May 28-31, 2013 in Washington, D.C. To schedule a demo, visitwww.patientsafesolutions.com/muse-demo.

About PatientSafe Solutions

PatientSafe Solutions, based in San Diego, California, is leading the way in smart point-of-care mobile solutions and innovating technologies for the future of accountable care. Its flagship product, the PatientTouch® platform, delivers measureable safety and quality improvement by making care team workflows easier and more productive. PatientSafe Solutions was named one of Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies in 2011 and 2012, ranked #2 in Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Venture-Backed Healthcare Companies in 2012, and chosen by Forbes as one of the top Three Health Technology Companies To Watch in 2012. For more information, please visit the company’s website atwww.patientsafesolutions.com.

June 7, 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.

HIMSS Announces Advisory Panel for Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

Arlington, VA. (May 15, 2013) – National government health IT leaders are shaping the program for the 9th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for June 11-12 in Washington, DC, for the 9th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel. This year’s Honorary Advisory Committee members include:

James Peake, MD – Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Surgeon General of the Army;
Roger Baker – Former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs/Chief Information Officer;
Gayle Harrell – State Representative, Florida House of Representatives;
Dave Poisson, Esq., CAE – Former Delegate, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates;
Aneesh Chopra – Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer;
Ann Kenny, National Capital Area HIMSS Chapter President; and
Chris Panagiotopoulos, Maryland HIMSS Chapter President.

Invited members of the Honorary Advisory Committee offered their insights into the theme for this year’s conference, “The Intersection of Care Delivery: Empowering Patients and Providers to Achieve Better Healthcare,” as well as proposals for presentations on two featured tracks: “Delivering Better Care at a Lower Cost,” and “Engaging Consumers as a Care Partner.”

“We’re delighted and grateful to be able to call upon the expertise and vision of these health IT leaders for this year’s Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition,” said JoAnn Klinedinst, PMP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Vice President for Professional Development at HIMSS. “At this two-day gathering, influencers and executives from the federal government, federal contractors, and state and regional organizations will benefit from the contributions of our planning committee with a program focused on tools, resources, and real-life situations using health IT to transform care delivery and connect providers and patients.”

Full conference registration for government employees is $50. Visit the Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition website for updated information and to register.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

June 3, 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.

National meeting to highlight Colorado Beacon’s success Patrick Gordon to share CBC’s past, present and future at May 22 meeting in D.C.

Grand Junction, Colo., May 15, 2013-The success of the Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC) represents one leg of an ongoing journey–a journey that began before the three-year Beacon project and will continue well into the future. CBC Director Patrick Gordon will deliver this message to a national audience during a May 22, 2013 meeting, “The Beacon Community Experience: Illuminating the Path Forward–Lessons from the field.”

At this event, sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), Gordon will share lessons learned; specifically, he will talk about how local leadership within the community leveraged technology infrastructure to move toward better value in health care.

Joining Gordon on the stage will be the following thought leaders:

Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health IT.
Carol Beasley, MPPM, vice president, business development, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, FACP, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Susan Dentzer,senior policy advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and health policy analyst, PBS NewsHour
Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; senior fellow, Brookings Institution

Gordon will provide the “boots-on-the-ground” perspective, describing how Western Colorado is moving toward establishment of an accountable community in which health care providers adopt advanced practice-based tools and develop new skills that allow them to account for the health of the community as a whole and fundamentally change the ways they practice medicine.

Addressing past, present and future experience in Colorado, Gordon will explain how the Beacon work has helped build a bridge to population health accountability, payment reform and patient activation–within a single strategy.

“Resources developed during the Beacon demonstration–including the health information infrastructure, workforce development for practice transformation, data collection and measurement–provide ongoing support as care teams work to redesign physician practices. Beacon helped us build a more effective framework for whole-person care,” he explained.

CBC’s practice transformation resources support the deployment of tools and the development of skills required to deliver comprehensive primary care. This, in turn, creates a viable foundation for value-based payment and accountability for the total cost of care. CBC’s approach has emphasized person-centered care, patient self-management and integration of behavioral health.

CBC’s 2012 annual report and accompanying video describe how CBC fosters better health by meaningfully using health IT to transform care delivery.

CBC has earned national recognition for its efforts on several fronts. It received a Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award, and a profile appeared in the February 2013 Healthcare Informatics. In addition, The Commonwealth Fund recently released a case study describing how CBC managed to build the capacity needed to exchange health data and transform clinical care, and how CBC uses health IT for quality improvement.

The ONC meeting will be videocast; the link is available here. For more information about this videocast or the Beacon Community Program, please contact the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at http://www.healthit.gov/newsroom/contact-us.

About the Colorado Beacon Consortium

The Colorado Beacon Consortium is made up of executive-level representation from four mission-driven, not-for-profit, Western Colorado-based organizations, all of which have nationally acknowledged track records of coordination to achieve superior outcomes. They are Mesa County Independent Physicians’ Practice Association, Quality Health Network, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The Colorado Beacon Consortium’s mission is to optimize the efficiency, quality and performance of our health care system, and integrate the delivery of care and use of clinical information to improve community health. The geographic focus of the Consortium’s activities includes the Colorado counties of Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Garfield, Gunnison, Pitkin and Rio Blanco. To learn more, visit www.coloradobeaconconsortium.org.

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.

Value-Based Payment Models Expected to Reach Tipping Point by 2018

Availity Research Study Yields Significant Insights into Health Plan Direction and Progress

Implementing Real-Time Information Exchange with Providers is Key to Operational Success

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 82% of health plans responding to a recent survey consider payment reform a ‘major priority.’ Nearly 60% forecast that more than half of their business will be supported by value-based payment models in the next five years. And, of those, 60% are at least mid-way through implementation. That is according to a study published today by Availity, one of the nation’s leading health information networks.

The Health Plan Readiness to Operationalize New Payment Models study delves into the progress of the country’s commercial health plans, as they migrate from fee-for-service to value-based models of compensating physicians. Importantly, the study highlights the consensus among plans that information sharing with physicians must be automated – primarily in real-time – for these models to achieve success.

“With such a strong focus on payment reform in this country, we felt it was important to study how the health plan community was progressing and what connectivity barriers may be delaying or preventing their ability to transition to value-based models,” said Russ Thomas, Availity CEO. “As a health information network, we are keenly aware of our role in enabling the exchange of information needed [by health plans and physicians] to ensure these models work efficiently. This study endeavors to identify the information-oriented problems that need solving so the industry can achieve success as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Transitioning to payment models that base compensation on outcomes requires physicians and health plans to exchange new kinds of information – different than what is required under today’s predominant fee-for-service arrangements. 90% of health plans agree that automating the exchange of ‘new’ information required under value-based payments is critical to success, with 85% saying the highest value will come from real-time exchange, though less than half have real-time capabilities.

The study further details the lines of business targeted for new payment models, payment model maturity, and expectations for growth over the next 18 months. Please click or visit http://www.availity.com/news-resources/case-studies/ to download a copy of the study.

“The physician revenue cycle is changing and the data collected in this study gives us guidance on how quickly that may happen,” said Thomas. “WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange) recently announced plans to publish a report highlighting areas of focus for health IT over the next 20 years, and value-based payment models made the top three. We’re seeing the shift begin; we’re excited about the future and the contributions we are making to ensure the health of our customers’ businesses.”

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. To learn more, visit www.availity.com.

June 1, 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.

Wolters Kluwer Health Outlines Challenges, Offers Solutions to Mandated EHR Infobutton Implementations in Renowned Informatics Journal

JAMIA Article is Latest Demonstration of Company’s Proactive Efforts to Resolve Industry Challenges to CDS-EHR Integration
 
Minneapolis, Minn. — April 11, 2013— Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that key challenges to the use of Infobutton technology are addressed in a Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) article by Howard Strasberg, M.D., Vice President of Medical Informatics. “Terminology Challenges Implementing the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Standard” singles out one of many challenges confronting healthcare providers with integration and use of clinical decision support (CDS) technology in electronic health records (EHRs).
 
Co-authored by Dr. Strasberg, Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, and James Cimino, M.D., of the Laboratory for Informatics Development with the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the article provides insight into the terminology challenges associated with retrieval of Infobutton content. The strengths and weaknesses associated with two primary retrieval methods—text search terms and standardized codes—are outlined, and the authors point to a hybrid approach of both methods as potentially delivering the most optimal outcome.
“Infobutton implementation is not as simple as indexing some content with a few standardized codes and assuming that retrieval of direct matches will provide optimal results. Instead, a variety of subtleties must be considered, including handling inexact matches and different term types and ranking results,” said Dr. Strasberg. “A variety of approaches can be used such as retrieving exact or related code matches and, through query expansion, leveraging the ranking capabilities of search engines. As such, we recommend implementers determine the best approach on a case-by-case basis to achieve the best possible outcomes.”
A key take-away from the review is the need for careful consideration of the complexities associated with integration of CDS technology into EHRs. Identified as a key element to successfully achieving the aggressive quality goals laid out in federal initiatives, the widespread use of CDS technology such as order sets, evidence-based reference content, care plans, medication alerting systems and surveillance technology, is most hindered by EHR integration challenges, according to leading industry research groups like KLAS and The Advisory Board.
Specifically, the use of the HL7 Infobutton standard for retrieval of relevant patient education content is a requirement under Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules for certified EHRs. The rules also require EHRs to provide linked referential CDS, optionally using this same standard.
Many initiatives are underway such as the Health eDecisions Project and various activities of the HL7 CDS working group to design CDS standards that promote interoperability and easier integration. Industry thought leaders and experts believe that the adoption of these standards by health IT vendors will increase momentum with the deployment and use of CDS technology.
Wolters Kluwer Health has taken a proactive approach to CDS standards development, working alongside national initiatives and utilizing standard terminologies such as ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, SNOMED CT, LOINC and RxNorm across its comprehensive line of CDS applications. Dr. Strasberg currently serves as co-chair of the HL7 CDS working group.
“There is little dispute in the healthcare industry that the uptake and use of CDS technology is critical to achieving short- and long-term quality and cost expectations,” said Arvind Subramanian, President and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “Wolters Kluwer Health is actively engaged in helping the industry bridge the current integration gap that exists between EHRs and CDS to improve both patient care outcomes and the health IT landscape overall.”
About Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health (Philadelphia, PA) is a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters Kluwer Health’s customers include professionals, institutions and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ovid®, Medknow, UpToDate®, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons®, Pharmacy OneSource®, Lexicomp® and ProVation® Medical.
Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer had 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.
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.

HL7 Announces Plans for Freely Available IP and Future Membership Model

Health IT Standards Leader Reveals Details of Move
to Make Standards and Other Selected IP Freely Available

New Orleans, USA – March 4, 2013 – Health Level Seven® International (HL7®), the global leader in developing and implementing data, functional, and interoperability standards for healthcare IT, today announced details about its plan to make much of its intellectual property (IP) freely available under licensing terms. The landmark decision represents HL7’s commitment to the betterment of healthcare worldwide by ensuring that all stakeholders have equal access to its HIT standards. The new policy is effective April 1, 2013 and includes all currently published standards, implementation guides and other select IP as determined on a case-by-case basis.

“By making our standards freely available, we hope to accelerate the evolution of healthcare information exchange at the very basic levels, and ultimately to impact wellness and healthcare delivery on a global scale. This decision has met with overwhelming support from members and other stakeholders,” said Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD, CEO of HL7.

In conjunction with freely licensing its IP, HL7 also plans to revise its membership model later this year. In addition to the existing benefits of membership, new benefits and services, many of which are designed to assist with implementation, are currently under development and may include: extensive expansion of deeply discounted or free education programs and training, exclusive access to HL7 experts, certification of HL7 conformance; a professionally supported Help Desk; and enhanced testing of individual expertise in HL7 development, training, and implementation.

“We expect not only to retain our current members, who are committed to playing a continuing role in the development of high quality standards, but also to attract new members who understand the value of supporting standards development and implementation support services. Membership in HL7 enables organizations to influence the development of standards that will shape the healthcare of the future, as well as providing access to resources, tools, and community that make implementation easier and more effective,” says Dr. Jaffe.

More information on HL7 membership and standards is available at www.HL7.org.

About Health Level Seven (HL7) International

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (www.HL7.org) is the global authority for healthcare Information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI-accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,300 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

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.

At HIMSS 2013, Siemens Demonstrates Care Coordination Across Healthcare Communities

• Soarian® enterprise EHR synchronizes workflow across care settings
• Siemens MobileMD® HIE helps providers easily and securely share data
• Business intelligence and predictive analytics now available in the Healthcare Intelligence suite

Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa., is demonstrating solutions that connect healthcare communities in booth #2641 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition, from March 3 – 7, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Siemens will depict how a growing number of healthcare organizations — both large and small — are using Soarian to connect top-of-the-line patient care with effective bottom line results. The company will spotlight how the MobileMD Health Information Exchange (HIE) is being used by providers to securely deliver clinical and administrative data across a community. Siemens will showcase a solution that addresses the challenges posed by “big data” in healthcare, which is called Healthcare Intelligence. Siemens will continue recruiting top IT talent with on-site Human Resources recruiters, and the company will also make charitable donations to returning veterans through Hope For The Warriors®, a national, nonprofit organization that supports wounded U. S. service members, their families and families of the fallen.

“Healthcare information technology continues to deliver numerous benefits to providers: helping them to better synchronize information and workflows across care settings,” said John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Health Services Business Unit, Siemens Healthcare. “At HIMSS, Siemens will showcase the progress we have made in helping providers achieve a high degree of care coordination and to prepare to meet accountable care objectives.”

Siemens is increasingly being sought out to help organizations transform care delivery by re-engineering inefficient processes, re-imagining the revenue cycle and re-thinking business intelligence. These objectives are easier when enabled by Soarian, an enterprise electronic health record with embedded workflow technology available across the entire care continuum. Soarian helps providers coordinate clinical activities, proactively identify patient risk factors and escalate potential delays and adverse events.

To connect care communities, Siemens offers the MobileMD HIE, which securely delivers clinical and administrative data across a community. This cloud based HIE serves as an important building block in enabling care providers within a community to better coordinate care for individuals and populations while achieving clinical and financial objectives.

To meet future needs as the focus shifts to managing population health, HIMSS 2013 attendees can explore a solution such as Healthcare Intelligence, which collects both clinical and financial data as well as structured and unstructured data for analysis. Healthcare Intelligence gives organizational leaders rapid access to detailed analytics on individual patients or entire patient populations so they can better manage risks and achieve the outcomes associated with value-based purchasing, bundled payments and accountable care.

Siemens adds more health IT talent, strategic consulting
Addressing the demand from Siemens customers, the company will use its pres-ence at HIMSS to recruit top-tier talent into the Health Services Business Unit and the North American Sales organization, including the recently announced Strategic Consulting group. The Strategic Consulting group is growing at a rapid pace and helps customers meet the objectives of accountable care through a combination of Soarian, quality reporting tools, healthcare intelligence tools, risk identification and stratification, program dashboards, content fueled workflows, and advisory, optimization and performance improvement services. Workforce expansion in the Siemens health IT business is directly in line with one of the main pillars of the Agenda 2013 program, a two-year global initiative, which focuses on continually strengthening Siemens through people development and talent acquisition.

Follow Siemens LIVE from HIMSS at www.twitter.com/siemenshealth and at www.twitter.com/siemenshealthit

For further information on Soarian, please visit: http://usa.siemens.com/soarian

Siemens Healthcare, Media Relations
Carly Heimer, phone: +1 610 448-3460
E-mail: carly.heimer@siemens.com

Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, Agenda 2013 program is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector’s innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.

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.

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.

 

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.