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ENCORE HEALTH RESOURCES LAUNCHES NEW HEALTH ANALYTICS PRACTICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

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 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Wolters Kluwer Health Launches UpToDate Anywhere, new mHealth Clinician Resource

Features Anytime/Anywhere Access to the Award-Winning UpToDate Mobile App

 

New Orleans, LA (March 4, 2013) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition, the availability of UpToDate® Anywhere, enabling healthcare enterprises to improve patient care by equipping clinicians with anytime/anywhere access to comprehensive, evidence-based, clinical decision support through the award-winning UpToDate mobile app.

As doctors and healthcare enterprises embrace mobile health initiatives and increasingly adopt devices like the iPad®, iPhone® and other tablets and smartphones as clinical tools, they can now get actionable answers to point-of-care questions on-site, at satellite offices, at home or on the go by using the UpToDate mobile app. Rated as one of “The Best Apps in Publishing” by EContent Magazine, UpToDate is available in iOS, Android™ and Windows 8 mobile platforms as well as via any internet browser. More than 88,000 UpToDate individual subscribers are already using the UpToDate mobile app which is available in over 180 countries.

UpToDate Anywhere offers robust back-end tools for healthcare IT administrators that streamline user registration and on-going user management. Available in the United States and Canada, the UpToDate Anywhere Subscriber Manager is an intuitive, web-based tool for ambulatory group practices that allows administrators to add users, upload user groups and manage access efficiently. For hospitals and other healthcare institutions, Subscriber Self Registration allows clinicians to register for UpToDate directly without added HIT administration.

“I love remote access to UpToDate. It’s a resource we use as a go-to source for peer-reviewed information that is universally trusted,” said Douglas Young, PA-C at Southwest Medical Associates in Nevada. “The fact that we get CME credit for the time we spend researching clinical information is a huge bonus. The more our staff uses UpToDate, the better the return on our investment!”

With UpToDate Anywhere, hospitals can support broader opportunities for continuing medical education: whenever and wherever clinicians research clinical questions through UpToDate, they are earning CME credits.

“UpToDate Anywhere plays a key role in provider efforts to increase clinician satisfaction by making their go-to evidence-based clinical decision support solution available regardless the clinician’s location,” said Denise Basow, M.D., Vice President/General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions.

To learn more about UpToDate Anywhere, please visit Wolters Kluwer Health at HIMSS13, booth 1740 or visit www.uptodate.com.

Follow UpToDate on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About UpToDate

UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical knowledge system which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. UpToDate’s more than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality. More than 700,000 clinicians in 158 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the U.S. rely on UpToDate, and more than 30 research studies confirm UpToDate’s widespread usage and association with improved patient care and hospital performance, including reduced length of stay, adverse complications and mortality.

UpToDate is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

PEPID Delivers Infobutton Solution

Provides immediate support for Meaningful Use 2 Certification 

Phoenix, AZ — March 1, 2013 — As the healthcare industry works through the challenges in the efforts to implement electronic health records and information systems required by Obamacare and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, PEPID has introduced its new Infobutton providing all members of the healthcare team access to clinical and patient information, labs and drug references at the touch of a button.

With the PEPID Infobutton, all PEPID content is accessible with one click, including patient education, drug information, clinical and disease reference and more.

“We’re excited to provide the Infobutton to make it easy for clinicians and patients to access relevant resources and information truly at the point of care. Now any institution’s HIT team can easily provide this via any system or patient portal,” says John Wagner, PEPID president.  “PEPID Infobutton provides access to thousands of clinical and drug reference materials, patient education, lab results and procedures, while achieving meaningful use objectives.”

The PEPID Infobutton is context-specific for patients, physicians, nurses and pharmacists. This allows clinicians and patients to access resources and content relevant to their inquiry. Through the PEPID Infobutton manager thousands of reference-specific resources may be accessed by clicking the Infobutton.  For instance, a nurse may select nursing reference information on a treatment, care plan or nursing intervention for a particular condition, a physician may access diagnostic information or drug information, or print information for patients including a disease reference, lab results, procedures, drug reference (English and Spanish) and pill identification.

The PEPID Infobutton is HL7 (Health Level Seven) compliant and is standardized using system vocabularies including ICD-9, ICD-10, SNOMED, RxNORM, NDC, LOINC, CPC and more.

“PEPID’s new Infobutton tool works with any hospital EHR system or patient portal,” says Edward Reynolds, PEPID chief technology officer. “Infobutton enables healthcare providers to access content-specific information integrated with patient data from the electronic medical record in the same workflow.”

PEPID will demonstrate enhancements to its CDS, such as the Infobutton and the new PEPID for Patients electronic reference guide, next week at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS13) Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Those attending HIMSS March 3-7, 2013 in New Orleans are encouraged to stop by PEPID’s booth #4837 to see a demonstration.

PEPID has provided clinical specialty-focused products since 1994, and offers the most robust medical information resources on the market as well as the best customer service in the industry. Visit http://www.pepid.com/meaningful-use/infobutton for more information.

About PEPID LLC
PEPID utilizes cutting-edge technology to deliver clinical decision-support resources specific for healthcare professionals including pharmacists, doctors, nurses, EMTs and students.

PEPID content is reviewed and contributed to by partners including the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators, the Family Physician Inquiries Network, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists to ensure content is of the highest quality. Learn more at www.pepid.com, follow us on Twitter (@PEPID_LLC), or become a PEPID fan on Facebook.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS13: athenahealth Issues HIT Industry ‘Code of Conduct’

Code Lays Out Five Basic Principles to Move Industry Forward

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About athenahealth

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

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

NextGate EMPI and Provider Registry Pass Interoperability Testing at 2013 IHE Connectathon and Conference

NextGate Products Meet IHE Interoperability Standards for 4th Year in a Row; Underlying Platform for New Provider Self-Service Portal

PASADENA, Calif. — February 28, 2013 — NextGate, a leading provider of enterprise identity management solutions, announced that its Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and NextGate Provider Registry passed all 64 profile tests at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North American Connectathon and Conference 2013, the healthcare IT industry’s largest interoperability testing event. This accomplishment demonstrates the readiness of NextGate’s EMPI and Provider Registry for immediate deployment in IHE-based and other environments, providing accelerated implementation, standard interoperability, and easy access to current patient and provider information from different platforms and stakeholders.

Provider Management Technology

NextGate’s Provider Registry was one of only a few products to test against the IHE Healthcare Provider Directory (HPD) Trial Implementation, a profile designed to simplify the management of individual and organizational healthcare provider information.  As components in the NextGate Registries for Healthcare software suite, the NextGate Provider Registry, NextGate Provider Directory, and NextGate Provider Self-Service Portal aggregate provider information from different public and private sources, and gives healthcare organizations multiple options for consistent, up to date, and easily accessible provider management solutions.

“As healthcare organizations work towards integration and consolidation, the need for interoperability is more critical than ever before,” stated NextGate’s President and CEO, Andy Aroditis. “Our results in the IHE Connectathon show that NextGate’s solutions support any system or architecture that specifies PIX/PDQ, HL7, XCPD, and HPD requirements, and therefore allows customers to leverage all of our advanced data matching and standardization features, rather than just being limited to simple patient indexes or various provider directories.”

The Connectathon, held by IHE International Inc., is a multi-stakeholder effort to promote the effective use of healthcare information technology (HIT) by providing a common framework for multi-vendor systems. Using an accredited, standards-based certification program, IHE USA certifies that systems are interoperable against established criteria.

NextGate will be showcasing its Provider Registry, Provider Self-Service Portal, EMPI, Patient Portal, and other infrastructure products for connected care at the upcoming Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition from March 4-6, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. To view a demo of NextGate’s Provider Self-Service Portal (and enter to win an iPad® mini), please visit http://bit.ly/Ya1vsP, or visit booth #1356 at HIMSS13.

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not for profit organization founded in 2010 that operates as a national deployment committee of IHE International®. IHE USA serves as a voice representing U.S. health IT interests and key partners in national health IT efforts for fostering the national adoption of a consistent set of information standards to enable interoperability of health IT systems.

About NextGate
NextGate provides Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI), Provider Registry, and other identity management and registry solutions that integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance.  For more information visit: www.nextgate.com.

February 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Annual HIMSS Analytics Health IT Trend Report moves toward Quarterly Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 26, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Catholic Health Initiatives

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

About Encore Health Resources (Encore)

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

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Online Learning for Health Informatics Simplified

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About TIGER

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

February 23, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.