Free EHR, EHR and Healthcare IT Newsletter Want to receive the latest updates on EHR, EMR and Healthcare IT news sent straight to your email? Get all the latest EHR News for FREE!

Scrypt, Inc. acquires DocbookMD

Scrypt, Inc. (OTC Pink: SYPT) developers of secure and compliant productivity tools for regulated industries, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based DocbookMD®, a HIPAA secure patient care team collaboration platform.

DocbookMD, in use by more the 30,000 medical professionals across the US, is a HIPAA secure messaging application for both mobile and tablet, and can be accessed via any web browser. The platform was designed for healthcare to enable physicians to collaborate with other organization members on vital information including detailed images, labs, X-rays and EKGs, and to communicate effectively with their entire care team. One of the advantages of DocbookMD is that the information shared is stored on a secure server, so once the application is closed, the data is cleared from the device; if the device is lost or falls into the wrong hands, the patient information cannot be accessed without proper credentials, ensuring complete privacy and security.

“DocbookMD was built by and for physicians initially to streamline and improve their communications by giving them access to a directory of their entire organization for easy collaboration,” said Dr. Tim Gueramy, co-founder of DocbookMD. “Today, we’re deeply involved in critical communications among the entire care team continuum – both in and outside of the hospital setting. By joining Scrypt, DocbookMD will continue to expand integrations within the entire healthcare arena.”

“With the addition of DocbookMD to our healthcare portfolio we are able to offer more ways for healthcare providers to collaborate on PHI, without compromising on security,” said Aleks Szymanski, CEO of Scrypt, Inc.

DocbookMD is currently being shown at HIMSS 2016 in Las Vegas, February 29-March 4. Visit the Scrypt stand #12219 to learn more.

About DocbookMD

DocbookMD, built by physicians for physicians, is a rapidly growing secure messaging application for smartphone and tablet devices, and now is also available on the web. DocbookMD has over 30,000 users across 42 states. By putting doctors in control of the technology, regardless of practice setting or existing medical technology solutions, DocbookMD enables the kind of immediate, secure communication that can change the face of healthcare. Learn more at docbookmd.com.

About Scrypt, Inc.

Scrypt, Inc. is a leader in helping healthcare and lending customers streamline paper-intensive processes and protect sensitive and business-critical information. Scrypt, Inc. works tirelessly every day to deliver customer value through cloud and on-premises document solutions that include Sfax, Stak, XDOC and FaxAgent. Scrypt, Inc. remains dedicated to eliminating manual process and paper so that their customers can work better, with confidence. For more information please visit Scrypt.com.

March 2, 2016 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.

CIOX Health Created to Revolutionize Health Information Management

Four companies join to create single access point for patient information, enabling skillful management, coordination, and exchange across the healthcare ecosystem

March 1, 2016 (Alpharetta, Ga.)—CIOX Health launched today during the HIMSS16 Conference & Exhibition with the vision of advancing the way health information is managed. The company, created by the 2015 merger of four industry-leading companies – HealthPort, IOD, Care Communications, and ECS – has the industry’s broadest provider network and capabilities in release of information, record retrieval, and health information management. CIOX Health serves more than 18,000 hospital and provider sites, 100 health plans, and 1 million unique requesters of patient information.

CIOX Health represents the culmination of 40 years of industry experience as the leading clinical data exchange organization focused in release of information and retrieval of information.  The organization facilitates the exchange of patient clinical information with the demand for that information through people, technology and best in class processes.

“CIOX Health is the single largest nexus for meaningful health information in the country,” said Vishal Agrawal, chief growth officer and president of health plan solutions at CIOX Health. “As a technology-enabled services company, we are uniquely positioned to bring consent-driven access to all those who need it—regardless of location, EHR, or health system affiliation.”

CIOX Health offers products and services that assist in the management and exchange of health information, increasing efficiency, speed, quality, and security and positively impacting the bottom line. The company delivers expertise in information exchange, workflow, coding, and audit management technology and services. CIOX Health’s benefits to providers, health plans, and requesters include:

  • Most connected workforce in the market. CIOX Health’s team of more than 7,500 HIM and record release experts are connected through technology and can easily process any size request for information.
  • Efficient, reliable connectivity. CIOX Health operates at the highest level of efficiency to transmit information securely between hospitals, health plans, clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, patients, as well as legal and commercial entities.
  • Security and compliance-focused. CIOX Health upholds rigorous privacy and security standards, exceeding industry requirements for maximum compliance. The company takes a proactive approach to HIPAA requirements and secure operations. Every record is a person—and CIOX Health’s mission to keep every record secure.
  • Reducing business risk. When an organization chooses CIOX Health, it has access to one standardized process and set of reporting capabilities across all locations to more easily report and ensure regulatory compliance.

“We’ve unveiled a new name and brand because we’re the combination of four best in class companies, and we are driving a transformation in the way health information is managed,” said Matthew Bennett, chief executive officer of CIOX Health.

Learn more about CIOX Health and its unique solutions by visiting www.cioxhealth.com or booth #6021 at the HIMSS16 Conference & Exhibition.

About CIOX Health

CIOX Health, headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., is creating a better way to manage health information. Whether you are a provider, health plan, or a requester of information, CIOX Health is your trusted partner. We have the industry’s broadest provider network serving more than 18,000 hospital and provider sites, 100 health plans, and 1 million unique requesters who need access to protected health information. We have capabilities in release of information, record retrieval, and health information management, and we facilitate and manage the movement of health information. Learn more about CIOX Health and our unique solutions by visiting www.cioxhealth.com.

March 1, 2016 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 to Showcase its Decision Support Solution for Improving Sepsis Outcomes at HIMSS16

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, will showcase its cloud-based decision support platform for the improved diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in Booth #5537 at the HIMSS16 Conference & Exhibition. POC Advisor™, which reduced sepsis mortality by 53 percent at Huntsville Hospital, integrates and functions seamlessly with the clinical workflow, leveraging electronic alerts and patient-specific, evidence-based treatment advice to drive down sepsis rates.

In December 2015, Halifax Health, East Central Florida’s largest healthcare provider, decided to partner with Wolters Kluwer to adopt POC Advisor into its clinical workflow. Halifax, home to Florida’s largest emergency department (ED) with more than 116,000 emergency visits annually, will be the first to adopt POC Advisor for use in the ED.

“Administering early treatment is imperative to surviving sepsis; however, a number of other conditions present with similar symptoms, which makes diagnosis at the onset challenging.” said Zabrina Evens, M.D., Sepsis BPCI Medical Director for Halifax Health. “For example, in an emergency environment, especially one with a patient population as large as ours, it’s extremely difficult for clinicians to scrutinize the data necessary for early identification for every patient. Partnering with Wolters Kluwer provides our staff with the best opportunity to improve sepsis care and save patients’ lives.”

Sepsis is the deadliest condition treated in hospital critical care units, claiming approximately 258,000 lives in U.S. hospitals every year. At an estimated $20 billion annually, it is also the country’s most expensive condition to treat. The risk of death increases every hour sepsis goes untreated, making early identification crucial to improving outcomes.

POC Advisor uses automated, real-time surveillance that aggregates, normalizes and analyzes patient data from disparate clinical systems to deliver early sepsis alerts and treatment advice to clinicians via mobile devices and clinical portals. With hundreds of rules built into the platform to account for variables specific to individual patients, including comorbidities and medication abnormalities, POC Advisor ensures that alerts are both highly sensitive and specific.

“Diagnosing and treating sepsis is a formidable challenge for providers, especially at a time when clinicians’ responsibilities continue to become increasingly complex and demanding. POC Advisor leverages patient data within the EHR, using real-time analytics and delivering highly accurate alerts and medical advice directly to the point of care without disrupting the clinical workflow,” said David A. Del Toro, President & CEO of Clinical Software Solutions at Wolters Kluwer. “POC Advisor exemplifies our commitment to improving the quality of care by providing latest tools and medical evidence to save lives.”

For a demonstration of POC Advisor, visit the Wolters Kluwer (Booth #5537) at the HIMSS16, taking place February 29-March 4 in Las Vegas.

About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer is a global leader in professional information services. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer’s market leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2014 annual revenues of €3.7 billion. The group serves customers in over 170 countries, and employs over 19,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and organization, visit http://www.wolterskluwer.com/, follow @WKHealth or@Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn, or follow WoltersKluwerComms on YouTube.

February 25, 2016 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.

LogicStream Health Unveils New Clinical Process Measurement Enhancement at HIMSS16

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Feb. 23, 2016 – LogicStream Health, Inc., transforming care through clinical process measurement, announced today they will be releasing the latest functionality to the LogicStream Intelligence Platform in booth #4977 at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, taking place Feb. 29 to March 4 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

More than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world will be in attendance in Las Vegas to learn about and see the latest in healthcare IT. The theme for this year’s convention is “Transforming Health Through IT,” and LogicStream Health will be demonstrating how they have accomplished transformation with their rapidly expanding client base.

“While you’ll hear a lot of discussion about quality improvement, LogicStream Health has a unique focus: clinical process measurement,” said Dan Rubin, MD, MHI, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of LogicStream Health. “Clinical process measurement is the next step beyond measuring populations and end point outcomes. It uncovers how a system achieved or didn’t achieve an outcome providing the information necessary for continuous improvement. This is the next big focus for health IT as pressure mounts for health systems to perform.”

The new executive overview area within the LogicStream Intelligence Platform allows IT and clinical leaders to monitor the activity taking place in the care of patients. This view highlights in real time how the health system is performing on strategic clinical initiatives so adjustments and improvements can be made far in advance of when the outcome is reported.

“These overviews can key in on anything from a broad quality initiative across the health system to a specific hospital-acquired condition like CAUTI or VTE at a single hospital,” Rubin said. “So often, the only measurement is outcomes, at which point it’s really too late to make an impact. We measure the entire clinical process so adjustments can be made immediately to improve outcomes in near real time when they can have the greatest impact on patient lives, publicly reported measures and pay-for-performance.”

Unlike products that simply facilitate the reporting of health or quality outcomes, the LogicStream Intelligence Platform supports the strategic management and analysis of standard clinical protocols and their supporting EHR build. The Intelligence Platform delivers specific solutions targeted at issues such as hospital acquired conditions, revenue cycle management, and regulatory compliance.

About LogicStream Health

LogicStream Health is transforming care through clinical process measurement. The company works with health systems of all sizes to improve healthcare outcomes, patient/provider satisfaction and financial performance through innovative software and solutions. The LogicStream Intelligence Platform delivers results to health systems by reducing unnecessary care variation and providing the ability to monitor the care delivery process in a robust manner. With a strong and experienced team focused on innovation, LogicStream provides a scalable and sustainable method to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit Logic-Stream.net.

February 23, 2016 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 Launches Value Score, Healthcare’s First International Quality and Value Measurement for Health IT

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today HIMSS®, a global voice, advisor and thought leader on transformation of health and healthcare through information technology (IT), announced the launch of the HIMSS Value Score, healthcare’s first international quality measurement for the value of health IT. The Value Score builds off of HIMSS’ Value Suite and HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM℠) and will help healthcare providers optimize and use IT to improve clinical and financial outcomes, and drive efficiencies in care.

The Value Score is the next generation of several HIMSS-developed standards and resources that have served as the leading health IT adoption models for providers over the last decade. For example, HIMSS Analytics’ EMRAM has helped hospitals and clinical practices track and benchmark their EMR adoption and utilization goals since 2005. The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite and Value STEPS™, released in 2013, have provided both a framework and vocabulary for providers to articulate their value strategy. Thousands of entries and more than 900 detailed case studies offer strategy, tactics and measures used to document value. C-suite leaders have continually turned to HIMSS for insights and guidance on how to optimally use IT to tackle the challenges of today and prepare for those to come. As the market continues to evolve, the Value Score will give providers a way to look at their entire organization and capture a 360-degree view of how they achieve value beyond the electronic health record.

“With the move towards value-based care, the international healthcare community can now look beyond initial adoption and toward a broader, all-encompassing way to measure the clinical and financial value of health IT,” said Stephen Lieber, President and CEO of HIMSS. “The Value Score is a combination of HIMSS’ core competencies and is the natural next step in the continual evolution towards better care and outcomes for patients and providers.”

HIMSS developed the guidelines for the Value Score and is currently refining the scoring algorithm across provider organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including HIMSS’ Davies Award winners and small critical access hospitals. The results for this initial pilot group will include actionable data sets and scores.

With over 50 years of experience and access to over one million experts worldwide, HIMSS has long been a trusted source and thought leader in developing a framework for health IT success and accreditation along with bringing the market together on common goals. Upon entering the next phase of technology and innovation, healthcare will need a new, truly universal standard and model for value – the Value Score will fill that void.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader of health transformation through health IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health, healthcare and care outcomes. HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in health IT, so they have the right information at the point of decision.

Through its health IT network of over 1 million experts, over 200 knowledge exchanges and collaborations, including 60,000-plus members, HIMSS drives innovative, forward thinking around best uses of technology in support of better connected care, improved population health and low cost of care.

HIMSS is a not-for-profit, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.

December 3, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Analytics Releases 7th Annual Ambulatory Study

Chicago – October 12, 2015 – HIMSS Analytics released today the 2015 U.S. Ambulatory Practice Management (PM) & Electronic Health Record (EHR) Study.

HIMSS Analytics’ latest Essentials Brief provides a look at adoption trends dating back to 2009 when ambulatory practices began acquiring PM and EHR solutions at an increased rate due to the ARRA/HITECH Act. In addition to year-over-year analysis, the 2015 Ambulatory Study details the current landscape highlighting market share, market opportunity and organizations’ strategic plans.

“After tracking the ambulatory market since 2008, the 2015 ambulatory study shows what we feel is nearly universal adoption across the hospital and free standing ambulatory facility market.  This study not only shows current adoption levels, but suggests a limited replacement market,” says Research Director, Brendan FitzGerald.  “There has been movement within vendor market share, but it varies depending on physician practice size.  ”

Key findings of the Study include:

  • Unique Voice of Customer (VOC) from over 700 respondents
  • Year-over-year trending analysis of solution adoption
  • Over 80 percent of the ambulatory market has adopted EHR technology
  • Roughly 8 percent of study respondents plan to replace their current ambulatory solution

Several topics were explored in this research, including current adoption, plans to invest, market drivers, and strategy around practice management (PM) and electronic health record (EHR) solutions.

HIMSS Analytics Essentials Briefs are complimentary for hospitals and health systems, and are available for a fee to all other interested parties. To request a copy or view the Table of Contents please visit www.himssanalytics.org/research.

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

October 12, 2015 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.

Peyton Manning Slated as Closing Speaker at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, will be the closing keynote speaker at HIMSS16. He takes to the podium at 1 p.m. PDT, on Friday, March 4, 2016. The HIMSS Conference & Exhibition ranked as the largest medical conference in North America during the first half of 2015 (Trade Show Executive, September 2015).

Peyton Manning has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category.

In each of his three seasons with Denver, Manning has led the Broncos to an AFC West Division title and a first-round playoff bye. During that time, he ranks first in the NFL in regular-season wins, passing touchdowns and completion percentage.

Named 2013 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, Manning’s season ended with a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII, making him only the third quarterback in NFL history to lead multiple teams to a Super Bowl.

For his actions off the field, Manning was honored as the recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2005 as well as the Bart Starr Award in 2015.

Manning serves as a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and The Pat Summit Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.
HIMSS16
In Las Vegas, HIMSS16 includes more than:

  • 43,000 attendees,
  • 300 education programs,
  • 1,300 exhibiting companies, and
  • daily networking opportunities and programs.

Attendees can develop their own personalized agenda using all of these resources, as they continue to transform health through IT. Education sessions and exhibitions on the show floor provide valuable information on topics

“After a week of education, exhibition and networking at HIMSS16, our attendees will look forward to the closing keynote session with Peyton Manning. Known for his achievements in football and humanitarian efforts, Manning brings a valuable perspective that we want to hear,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS North America.

October 6, 2015 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 Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Healthcare Organizations Experienced a Significant Security Incident in Recent Past

Healthcare Organizations Implement New Technology and Personnel to Stay Ahead of Cyberattacks

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015– Cybersecurity was identified as an increased business priority over the past year according to 87 percent of respondents in the newly released 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey (http://www.himss.org/2015-cybersecurity-survey). Two-thirds of those surveyed also indicated that their organizations had experienced a significant security incident recently. Released at the Privacy and Security Forum, held in Chicago from June 30-July 1, this research reflects the continued cybersecurity concerns by healthcare providers regarding the protection of their organizations’ data assets.

“The recent breaches in the healthcare industry have been a wake-up call that patient and other data are valuable targets and healthcare organizations need a laser focus on cybersecurity threats,” said Lisa Gallagher, Vice President of Technology Solutions, HIMSS. “Healthcare organizations need to rapidly adjust their strategies to defend against cyber-attacks. This means implementing threat data,incorporating new tools and sophisticated analysis into their security process.”

The survey of 297 healthcare leaders and information security officers across the industry also found that at least half of respondents made improvements to network security, endpoint protection, data loss prevention, disaster recovery and IT continuity. Despite the protective technologies available, most respondents felt only an average level of confidence in their organizations’ ability to protect their IT infrastructure and data.

Key findings from the survey include the following:

  • Respondents use an average of 11 different technologies to secure their environment and more than half of healthcare organizations surveyed hired full time personnel to manage information security
  • 42 percent of respondents indicated that there are too many emerging and new threats to track
  • More than 50 percent of information security threats are identified by internal security teams
  • 59 percent of survey respondents feel the need for cross-sector cyber threat information sharing
  • 62 percent of security incidents have resulted in limited disruption of IT systems with limited impact on clinical care and IT operations
  • 64 percent of respondents believe a lack of appropriate cybersecurity personnel is a barrier to mitigating cybersecurity events
  • 69 percent of respondents indicated that phishing attacks are a motivator for improving the information security environment
  • 80 percent use network monitoring to detect and investigate information security incidents
  • 87 percent of respondents reported using antivirus/malware tools have been implemented to secure their healthcare organizations’ information security environment

In addition to the findings above, survey respondents found the following as the top ways security incidents were identified and the impact they had on their organizations:

To download the complete 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, please visit: http://www.himss.org/2015-cybersecurity-survey

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 58,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 400 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

June 30, 2015 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 Submits Comments on CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3; 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria

Focused on better health through the best use of information technology, HIMSS points to critical components of the draft regulations and suggests improvements to advance the secure and consistent digital exchange of patient health information.      

Arlington, VA (May 29, 2015) – On Thursday, May 28, HIMSS submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on  the Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria.  The two letters, sent to Acting CMS Administrator, Andrew Slavitt, and National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, respectively, strongly urge CMS and ONC to:

  • Decrease the prescriptive nature of the EHR Incentive program,
  • Increase focus on the substantial capabilities established earlier in the program, and
  • Reduce complexity in the 2015 Certification Criteria.

HIMSS voiced its continued support for the Meaningful Use Program as a tool to positively transform health and healthcare in the United States. Identifying meaningful use as a “critical tool for enabling healthcare transformation,” the response cites HIMSS Analytics data – collected annually on all non-federal US hospitals, and more than 30,000 tethered US ambulatory facilities – that “70% of hospitals have made a positive progression in the advancement of their EHR capabilities over the last five years, with over 60% of ambulatory facilities showing similar progress in the last three years.”

HIMSS reiterated its long-standing commitment to interoperability:  “HIMSS is committed to a culture in which IT is fundamental to transforming healthcare; improving quality of care, enhancing the patient experience, containing cost, improving access to care, and optimizing effectiveness of public payment.”

The full comments on HIMSS response to the CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3include:

  • HIMSS remains strongly committed to making the Electronic Health Record Incentive program less prescriptive and more focused on encouraging and assisting providers to take advantage of the substantial capabilities established in Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2, including interoperability.
  • HIMSS applauds a proposal in the NPRM for a single definition of Meaningful Use starting in calendar year 2018, no matter when a provider began to participate in the EHR Incentive Program.
  • HIMSS supports the work being done by CMS to align the EHR Incentive Program with other CMS quality reporting programs that also use certified health IT.  HIMSS believes such efforts will lessen the burden on providers.
  • HIMSS is committed to ensuring patient safety remains paramount to the development, implementation, and wide-spread use of health IT systems.
  • HIMSS reiterates its long-standing assertion that 18 months is the minimum length of time needed between the final rules on Meaningful Use, certification, and standards, and the start of any stage of Meaningful Use.  An 18-month timeline allows stakeholders to help educate and prepare providers on the upcoming new stage.  The current timeline for transitioning to Meaningful Use, Stage 3 in 2017 and 2018 does not include 18 months.

The full HIMSS comments  on the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria include:

  • ONC must address the overall complexity of the 2015 Edition Certification Rule by reducing the total number of criterion, as well as the standards and functionalities included.
  • HIMSS acknowledges that ONC and CMS attempted to reduce the complexity of the requirements for the 2015 edition certification criteria and Meaningful Use Stage 3 in their respective NPRMs for this cycle.  However, given all the new requirements included in this NPRM, HIMSS urges ONC to reconsider the requirements needed for the 2015 edition certification criteria and consider approaches to minimize and simplify the options presented.
  • HIMSS remains cautiously supportive of ONC’s efforts to establish innovative certification and testing programs that utilize health IT.  Certification in support of a Learning Health System must be specific, carefully planned, focused on the areas that have the greatest impact on interoperability, and closely aligned with programmatic goals.
  • ONC or another agency should establish the programmatic goals before commencing with any certification program associated with the effort.  It is important that certification criteria be closely evaluated and aligned with the functionalities necessary to meet the goals of the program in question as the move continues beyond EHR-specific certification.
  • HIMSS supports greater harmonization and alignment across the programs covered by certification.
  • HIMSS supports the idea of including the level of adoption and maturity among standards as an important consideration when evaluating inclusions for certification programs.

HIMSS will continue to monitor the progress on CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3 program and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. Look for updated information at the Policy Center on the HIMSS website. 

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 58,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 400 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

May 29, 2015 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.

Ambir Technology Introduces Innovative Solutions for Capturing and Harnessing Patient Information at HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition

Chicago, April 9, 2015—Ambir Technology, an industry leader in digital capture and document management solutions, introduces new solutions at HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition April 12-April 16 in Chicago for capturing, transferring and managing patient information. Visitors to the Ambir Technology booth (number 2819) will see demonstrations on how the new solutions can impact operational efficiency and productivity.

“Helping healthcare providers efficiently capture and manage patient information is a cornerstone of Ambir Technology’s product development,” said Mike O’Leary, CEO of Ambir Technology. “Today, our signature pads, ID card scanners and document scanners assist many practices in capturing information. At HIMSS 2015, we are introducing new, innovative solutions to push the envelope in regard to patient information capture, transfer and management, boosting office operational efficiency and productivity in meeting Meaningful Use Requirements.”

Ambir nForm  Ambir nForm solution enables totally paperless, convenient and secure capture and transfer of forms and signatures through the Ambir 410x wired tablet and iOS or Android tablets.

The groundbreaking tablet-based solution is available immediately as a yearly subscription. In addition, Ambir introduces Ambir nForm 410x. This dedicated tablet features a larger screen area than signature pads currently on the market.

nForm is easy to use and practices can use existing forms—no requirement to purchase special or customized forms.

Users simply send forms and documents to the Ambir 410x, iOS or Android tablet using the Ambir Document Printer print driver or through nForm Connect (to which users can upload and save their own forms), input information and upload the forms using their scanning application or as a PDF file to their information management solution. There is zero integration needed to use nForm with commercially available EHR or document management applications as it employs nForm by Ambir Technology TWAIN driver known for its plug-and-play ability.

New Generation Sheet-Fed Document and Card Scanners Ambir’s new generation scanners open new doors in operational ease, maintenance, and provide real time solutions for capturing and organizing information by doing more at capture—in office and mobile applications.

The new scanners consist of four models:

  • Ambir ImageScan Pro 490 ix Scanner is a duplex document and card scanner. It scans both sides of a document in about 10 seconds.
  • Ambir ImageScan Pro 687ix Scanner is a duplex card scanner for scanning two-sided identification cards, scanning both sides of a card in approximately 3 seconds.
  • Ambir ImageScan Pro 667ix Scanner is a simplex card scanner for scanning one side of an identification card in about 3 seconds.
  • Ambir TravelScan Pro 600ix Scanner is a simplex document and card scanner designed for mobility and speed. It scans one side of a document in approximately 10 seconds.

The scanners come with AmbirScan Lite Capture Software, elevating document and ID card scanning to a true information capture and management solution by enabling users to save scanned information as PDF, TIF and JPEG files, automatically saving the files to any folder on a computer and/or popular cloud services including Box, DropBox, Evernote and Google Drive.

Having one button operation, the scanners are easy to use.

All are USB port-powered, eliminating the need to find an electrical outlet or carry an AC adapter and enhancing the ability to work wherever and anywhere. They are Energy Star compliant.

Featuring lightweight, compact designs, the scanners are ruggedly constructed for continuous use. In addition, all models have a Kensington Lock Slot to keep them securely on desks or mobile carts. The scanners feature flip-open tops to give unrivaled access for thorough and quick cleaning of the transport area.

All are factory calibrated, requiring no calibration upon installation providing high-quality image quality right out of the box —simply plug in the scanner, install the drivers and start scanning.

The scanners have industry standard TWAIN drivers to provide quick installation and compatibility with thousands of commercially available electronic healthcare record solutions.

For information about Ambir Technology products and solutions, access www.ambir.com.          

#

About Ambir Technology

Ambir Technology, Inc. is an industry leader in digital capture and document management solutions. Combining professional-grade ID card and document scanners, unique digital imaging software and expert-level customer service, Ambir provides their customers with comprehensive, enterprise-level business solutions. Specializing in the healthcare, legal and financial sectors, Ambir helps organizations reduce costs, increase productivity and strengthen data security. For more information, visit www.ambir.com.

April 9, 2015 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.