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Colorado Beacon receives Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award

Annual award honors CBC’s pioneering initiatives to transform health care delivery 

 

Grand Junction, Colo., Feb. 6, 2013–The Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC) is one of six teams of health care informatics pioneers to receive the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award. The award recognizes CBC’s efforts to share data and improve care management and care communications across a 17,500 square mile region of Western Colorado.

CBC, which operates with a cooperative agreement from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, an alliance of physician leaders, hospitals, a community-based health information exchange and a local payer, is strengthening existing IT infrastructure, advancing patient-centered primary care and creating a better system for patients, providers and the community. It develops, tests and executes new ways to improve health care while controlling costs. Its  2012 annual report and a video provide the backstory about how CBC fosters better health by meaningfully using health IT to transform care delivery.

“CBC’s success represents precisely what we had hoped to achieve through Beacon,” said Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT. “We recognized the hunger to do things differently, to make better use of data and technology to improve patient care. Now, CBC has shown us how to accomplish that, demonstrating how health care organizations can improve population health through the use of health IT.”

The award recognizes how CBC uses an advanced regional health data architecture (through the Quality Health Network) to deploy a decision-support tool, Archimedes IndiGO, across multiple, independent primary care sites with different EHRs throughout Western Colorado. CBC will be able to perform data analytics across a base of more than 55,000 patients by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

“We are honored to receive this award; it recognizes the value of bringing clinical and administrative data together in one place–at the point of care–to more closely correlate quality with outcomes and value,” said CBC Executive Director Patrick Gordon. CBC’s success offers lessons for communities with independent care providers. “We can collaborate across multiple independent organizations and still achieve community goals and population-level impact. This isn’t corporate health care integration; rather, we are working to show what integration can look like when it is created on a community basis.”

A profile of CBC’s efforts appears in the February issue of Healthcare Informatics, and the winning teams will be honored at the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Reception March 4, 2013, in New Orleans during the annual HIMSS Conference. To learn more about the award, read the FAQs here.

CBC’s undertaking represents a convergence of advanced population health analytics, risk stratification, targeted clinical interventions and patient activation in a single architecture. The effort supports truly patient-centered care. The patient-facing component of IndiGO aligns with the active promotion of new skills (e.g., motivational interviewing) and measures (e.g., a Patient Activation Measure), in comprehensive primary care models. CBC-region physicians report that the use of IndiGO in patient encounters has resulted in improved patient medication adherence and behavior change, as well as more effective shared decision-making.

Communities that want to replicate CBC’s success must act. Gordon offered two pieces of guidance: “Perfect is the enemy of the good,” and “Waiting is wasting.”

He continued: “Had we waited for perfect interoperability standards and vendor solutions to emerge, we would not be receiving this award today. The imperative is for immediate action, amid incomplete insights and solutions within the industry.”

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.

 

February 11, 2013 I Written By

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TeraMedica’s Evercore® Clinical Enterprise Suite is Now MINT & XDS Enabled

Evercore’s Vendor Neutral Architecture Expands the Utility and Access of Clinical Data

(MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – November 21st, 2011)

TeraMedica’s Evercore® Clinical Enterprise Suite, the leading Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) in the industry, is now both MINT (Medical Imaging Network Transport) and XDS (Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing Profile) enabled. MINT provides improved patient care through faster access to medical data with no need for redundant data. XDS enables existing clinical information systems to connect to IHE XDS-based healthcare information exchanges. Both of these technologies are highlighted at RSNA 2011 in Booth 3002 in the South Hall of McCormick Place.”TeraMedica continually works to incorporate the latest advances in technology to enhance patient care,” said Mark Wheeler, TeraMedica’s Vice President of Product Development. “By incorporating MINT and XDS into our Evercore clinical data repository, TeraMedica significantly increases access speed and greatly expands the methods by which medical data may be retrieved.”

Evercore’s support of MINT eliminates the need for DICOM routing and application-specific caches. Evercore’s use of MINT allows for direct access to the metadata, independent of the pixel data, removing data duplication. MINT also encodes the data in XML, the enterprise standard. Image viewing capabilities for MINT are provided through a partnership with Vital, A Toshiba Medical Systems Group Company.

In addition, TeraMedica now delivers the XDS within its Evercore® Clinical Enterprise Suite. Evercore delivers a full suite of XDS and XDS-I functionality in compliance with the IHE IT Integration Profile. By delivering the XDS-I functionality, Evercore enables web-access to DICOM images through the WADO standard and also optimizes performance through streaming capability for storing and retrieving.

For a demonstration or more information on the benefits of Evercore utilizing MINT and XDS, visit TeraMedica’s Booth #3002 in Chicago’s McCormick Place South during RSNA 2011.

Evercore’s flexible and scalable architecture integrates and manages patient-centric clinical content in clinical and research settings across wide geographies. Evercore natively manages and distributes data beyond DICOM using global standards such as MPG, JPG, PDF and many types of critical clinical content such as treatment plans for cancer care or vital reports in unstructured data formats.

TeraMedica’s patented Smartstore™ module intelligently manages the total image lifecycle of DICOM and beyond. Smartstore provides a shared enterprise infrastructure for managing clinical content based on business policies, specifically tailored to meet the needs of individual hospitals and/or departments. TeraMedica’s vendor-independent platform connects multiple PACS to any storage system, thus ending cumbersome data migration.

 About TeraMedica® Inc.

TeraMedica is a healthcare informatics company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. TeraMedica’s software manages the storage and distribution of digital medical images as well as other clinical content across healthcare and hospital systems, gathering images from imaging devices or PACS, storing them, and distributing them to the point of patient care. TeraMedica’s technology gives physicians virtual access to image data. TeraMedica software uses an advanced enterprise-scale database and “intelligent”, or rules-based, business logic to deliver fast, efficient image management. For more information visit: www.teramedica.com.

November 28, 2011 I Written By

TeraMedica®, Inc. Signs Agreement with Stanford Hospital & Clinics for its Evercore® Clinical Enterprise Suite

Evercore Smartstore™ and Univision Zero-Download Viewer Achieve Visible Light Workflow and EMR Visualization

(MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – November 15th, 2011)

TeraMedica announced that following the signing of an agreement between the parties on September 30, 2011, Stanford Hospital & Clinics will be implementing TeraMedica’s Evercore® Enterprise Vendor Neutral Architecture (VNA) in early 2012. Specifically, Stanford Hospital & Clinics will be utilizing TeraMedica’s Evercore Smartstore™ and Univision modules.

“Evercore allows for unlimited image distribution and native viewing of visible light objects,” said Jim Prekop, TeraMedica’s President and CEO. “Our patented solution is able to address requirements by delivering storage and access of visible light data seamlessly across an open architecture.”

Added Prekop: “Our Evercore Clinical Enterprise Suite provides viewing and distribution of data through Epic, via the Evercore Univision module, anywhere the Epic Hyperspace is available to the user population. By implementing TeraMedica’s scalable Vendor Neutral Architecture, a hospital can further enhance its patient care and take great strides towards meaningful use.”

Prekop further commented: “TeraMedica developed an ActiveX Evercore to interface to EpicAPI for the storage of visible (non-DICOM) data (photos) into Evercore through Epic. The ActiveX Evercore interface allows medical assistants to retire their ‘sneaker net’ and upload photos immediately after acquisition from the exam room. Previously, the workflow required medical assistants to walk a camera to and from a file room for uploading. The files were then sent to a shared folder location on the network without patient or encounter context.”

Evercore integrates and manages patient-centric clinical content in the clinical and research settings across wide geographies, including standard DICOM objects. Evercore also possesses the ability to natively manage and distribute beyond DICOM using global standards such as MPG, JPG, PDF and many other critical clinical content such as treatment plans for cancer care or vital reports in non-standard formats.

TeraMedica’s patented Smartstore™ module intelligently manages the total image lifecycle of DICOM and beyond. The Univision™ module provides a multi-layer, zero-download image viewer, with seamless integration to any EMR/EHR/PHR/RHIO. TeraMedica’s vendor-independent platform connects multiple PACS to any storage system, thus ending cumbersome data migration.

About TeraMedica® Inc.

TeraMedica is a healthcare informatics company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. TeraMedica’s software manages the storage and distribution of digital medical images as well as other clinical content across healthcare and hospital systems, gathering images from imaging devices or PACS, storing them, and distributing them to the point of patient care. TeraMedica’s technology gives physicians virtual access to image data. TeraMedica software uses an advanced enterprise-scale database and “intelligent”, or rules-based, business logic to deliver fast, efficient image management. For more information visit: www.teramedica.com.

November 22, 2011 I Written By

TeraMedica® Inc. Announces New Medical Archiving Solution Powered by IBM System x® and Storage

Highly scalable solution manages 25,000 to 10 million medical images annually  

(MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – September 8th, 2011)TeraMedica today announced a medical archiving solution, powered by IBM systems, storage and software, which provides patients and caregivers instant access to critical medical data at the point of care. Developed in collaboration with IBM and Avnet Technology Solutions, the medical information management offering is capable of managing from 25,000 to 10 million medical image procedures, helping healthcare practitioners provide better patient care with greater efficiency and at reduced costs.

The integrated archiving platform combines TeraMedica’s Evercore® Total Lifecycle Management product suite with IBM’s Information Archive and Scale-Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) platforms powered by IBM System x® servers and IBM Tivoli® software, allowing users to manage and view clinical images originating from different treatments and providers to bring secure, consistent image management and distribution at the point of care.

“Our collaborative relationship with IBM and global solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions, provides a unique approach to providing a comprehensive medical archiving imaging architecture,” said Jim Prekop, CEO of TeraMedica. “This unparalleled medical offering captures and aggregates digital images from multiple diagnostic sources, assembling them into a vendor-neutral archive with a logical single patient-care centric view. It was built on our proven heritage and is based on the natural progression of our success in the large-scale enterprise imaging market.”

TeraMedica’s Evercore solution allows physicians and patients alike to instantly access medical images from a “single-pane-of-glas”. The offering provides virtual accessibility to X-rays, MRI scans and/or Cardiology exams, as well as other types of clinical digital content, such as electronic reports, both DICOM and non-DICOM. The “bundled” approach allows Avnet resellers to provide customers a turnkey system with TeraMedica’s Evercore Total Life Cycle Management Suite on IBM’s Information Archive or SONAS storage platform.

Avnet Technology Solutions’ integration and services support is vital to this solution. By integrating the various components (storage, servers and software), the business reseller/partner is able to provide a complete solution that seamlessly implements into their customer’s environment.  In addition, Avnet will provide help-desk services for this solution, which provides an important point of contact for customers.

“Avnet helps resellers provide this solution to healthcare providers faster by leveraging Avnet’s enablement, demand generation, and services offerings to the channel,” said Mark Martin, vice president of marketing, Avnet IBM Solutions Group, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “In addition, this offering is exclusive to Avnet, providing our partners with a unique competitive advantage that addresses a high growth segment of the market.”

IBM’s storage solutions provide a foundation from which healthcare customers can build their own vendor-neutral solution for medical imaging. IBM SONAS is designed as a high-performance solution capable of scaling performance and capacity independently, and non-disruptively. In addition, SONAS provides a multitude of data management and business continuity features designed to meet today’s archive and traditional storage challenges. IBM Information Archive is a simple and flexible archiving solution designed to help organizations address their complete information retention needs-business, legal or regulatory. As a result, SONAS and Information Archive can easily integrate with an organization’s existing storage and business strategies.

“IBM Information Archive and SONAS in collaboration with the TeraMedica Evercore offering and Avnet’s integration and distribution capabilities gives healthcare providers a premium-level solution that meets their medical imaging archive requirements,” said Doug Balog, vice president, IBM Storage Systems. “Together we have created a solution to help enterprise customers realize the true benefits of a vendor-neutral architecture for the imaging marketplace.”

About TeraMedica® Inc.

TeraMedica is a healthcare informatics company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. TeraMedica’s software manages the storage and distribution of digital medical images as well as other clinical content across healthcare and hospital systems, gathering images from imaging devices or PACS, storing them, and distributing them to the point of patient care. TeraMedica’s technology gives physicians virtual access to image data. TeraMedica software uses an advanced enterprise-scale database and “intelligent”, or rules-based, business logic to deliver fast, efficient image management. For more information visit: www.teramedica.com.

September 18, 2011 I Written By