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Premier, Inc. to acquire CECity, Inc., expanding its performance improvement capabilities across the healthcare continuum

  • Extends seamless performance analytics and improvement platform across the entire ambulatory and acute care spectrum, creating opportunities for growth and expansion.
  • Simplifies and consolidates value-based payment reporting, automating the submission of physician practice and hospital data to private and public payers, and clinical data registries to scale improvement.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AUG. 4, 2015) — Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading healthcare improvement company, reached an agreement to acquire CECity, Inc., for $400 million. CECity is a privately-held, SaaS-based healthcare solutions provider, specializing in performance management and improvement, pay-for-value reporting and professional education.

Both organizations are industry-leading influencers that complement one another as they help providers holistically deliver higher-quality, more cost-effective care. Premier unites an alliance of 3,400 hospitals and health systems, as well as 110,000 non-acute sites of care. CECity serves more than 1.2 million individual healthcare professionals; more than 5,000 individual practices; and more than 100 professional societies, quality improvement organizations and certifying boards.

“This transaction is exciting and timely for many reasons,” said Susan DeVore, president and chief executive officer of Premier. “We are enhancing our capability to provide turn-key performance improvement and measurement reporting solutions in a rapidly expanding market. These capabilities are critical given the ongoing movement toward population health, as well as emerging Medicare requirements for all physicians to start reporting on a range of new performance measurements,” she said.

Michael J. Alkire, chief operating officer of Premier, said, “The combination will support unique, end-to-end solutions that span the continuum of care, supporting providers as they move toward advanced payment models.  Our many capabilities will include furthering physicians’ abilities to meet and exceed all value-based payment and meaningful use requirements; enabling medical practices to send clinical patient data in real time to designated registries; and deepening our relationships with healthcare professionals across North America through private and public portals.”

Integrating CECity’s capabilities, Premier will provide one consolidated source for both ambulatory and acute care performance management that supports and aligns providers with value-based care. Premier’s payer and vendor-agnostic platform will be enhanced with expanded data collection, measurement and monitoring, expanding the ability to offer quality cycle management, regulatory reporting and performance improvement services. Premier will also have the ability to automate the flow of information directly from physician practices to qualified clinical data registries, in partnership with national professional societies, accelerating improvement and the delivery of high-quality, coordinated care. In addition, combining CECity’s integrated and extensible learning management platform with the collaborative learning and research services developed by Premier and its members will further advance and expand evidence-based quality improvement solutions.

“Our two companies share the same goal of transforming healthcare,” said Lloyd Myers, RPh, CECity president and chief executive officer. “Together we will offer seamless, cloud-based solutions across the continuum of care that make information exchange and pay-for-value reporting both secure and simple for hospitals, providers and payers. We believe this is a ‘game changer’ that can fulfill the promise of continuous learning health systems to improve quality and safety for hospitals, healthcare professionals and their patients, at scale.”

CECity and its 134 employees/contractors will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future as part of Premier’s performance services segment.

“This is a proven partnership,” said Keith J. Figlioli, senior vice president of healthcare informatics at Premier. “Premier and our member health systems have successfully partnered with CECity on the development and delivery of performance improvement solutions to accountable care organizations. So we already know our integrated solutions are effective.”

Expected financial contribution

Assuming realization of the expected long-term accelerated growth prospects of the business based on identified synergies with Premier and CECity’s quality, regulatory, education and research offerings, Premier expects the transaction to be accretive to adjusted fully distributed earnings per share by approximately 2-4 cents in fiscal 2016, and 8-10 cents in fiscal 2017.  Note: the expected fiscal 2016 and 2017 contributions from CECity are based on preliminary unaudited financial data and are subject to change based on an audit and disclosure of CECity’s financial results within 75 days after the close of the transaction.

Transaction terms and structure

Under terms of the agreement, Premier will purchase 100 percent of CECity’s outstanding stock for $400 million. This amount will be funded by $250 million of cash on hand and $150 million from borrowings under the company’s untapped $750 million revolving credit facility. The transaction is expected to close in Premier’s fiscal first quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015, subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and other customary closing conditions. Further information regarding all terms and conditions contained in the definitive stock purchase agreement will be included in Premier’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the SEC in connection with the transaction. 

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,400 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well asTwitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.

About CECity®

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., CECity (www.cecity.com) is a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions, specializing in performance improvement, pay-for-value reporting and continuous professional education. CECity combines its unique registry and Big Data analytics platform with education and improvement interventions from world-class partners to help stakeholders answer the most important question, “How Do We Improve?” Since 1997, leading healthcare organizations have trusted CECity to power and scale their high-stakes performance management solutions. CECity is a leading CMS qualified PQRS registry and powers approximately 20 percent of the nation’s Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs), which are aligned with PQRS, meaningful use and emerging payment models. CECity is the exclusive performance assessment organization for the Bridges to Excellence program.  CECity is also a partner in the joint venture, Pharmacy Quality Solutions, Inc. with the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and Ostonics Quality Systems, LLC with the National Osteoporosis Foundation. CECity’s clients include brand-name organizations from across the healthcare paradigm, including medical certifying boards, professional societies, EHRs, pharmacy chains, health systems, physician practices and health plans.

August 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.

Ingenious Med Integrates Health Language to Enhance ICD-9 and ICD-10 Search

Provider of the nation’s largest charge capture solution chooses Health Language to improve code search functionality

ATLANTA – June 13, 2013 – Ingenious Med, Inc., the nation’s largest point of care charge capture solution, has announced the integration of Health Language® from Wolters Kluwer Health to support its code search engine. The update will be another step toward creating a robust solution for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014, which will increase the number of codes a physician must use from 13,000 to 65,000.

“We are taking our best-in-class code search functionality and making it even better with the best code data in the industry from Health Language,” said Hart Williford, president and CEO of Ingenious Med. “We know that our clients need a strong partner to help each of them successfully transition to ICD-10, and their success is our top priority.”

With Health Language, Ingenious Med will be able to help physicians reach the best billable code, based on documentation, in the quickest manner possible. Code validation and crosswalking capabilities will be built in.

After delaying the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 several times, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is holding firm on its Oct. 1, 2014 date. CMS has assured the industry that there will be no more delays and that all organizations must be ready.

“The healthcare industry’s critical transition to the modern ICD-10 coding system is a massive undertaking that is expected to impact nearly every aspect of hospital operations,” said Brian McDonald, executive vice president, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased Ingenious Med has chosen Health Language to provide the tools it needs to navigate this complex process.”

About Ingenious Med

Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning point of care platform that automates the activities of 25,000 inpatient and outpatient physician in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. The mobile and cloud-based charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy and ensure compliance. For more information, visit www.ingeniousmed.com or call 404-815-0862.

About Health Language
Health Language® provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT® and LOINC®. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, the advanced Language Engine (LE) and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information. This, backed by a team of HIM experts that support the integration process, helps hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations to overcome industry challenges such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and health information exchange.

Health Language 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).

June 18, 2013 I Written By

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

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Selects Edifecs to Integrate its IT Systems with Vermont’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX)

Off-the-Shelf Integration Solution will Help Insurer  Maximize Opportunity, Minimize  Disruption and Deliver a Smooth Experience to Individuals and Small Business Participating on the Exchange

BELLEVUE, Wash.—May 22, 2013— Today, Edifecs, Inc., a leading healthcare solutions provider specializing in healthcare information management and compliance technology, announced that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBS of VT) has chosen the company as its technology integration partner in anticipation for preparing to  integrate with Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange (HIX). Beginning in October of this year, more than 100,000 Vermont residents, individuals and small groups with 50 or fewer employees, will be required to transition to Vermont Health Connect for their health care coverage as part of what may be the largest open enrollment period in history nationwide. Health insurance exchanges are mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act.

BCBS of VT is deploying the Edifecs HIX Integration Solution, a hosted solution that integrates member enrollment and billing transactions among insurers, state health insurance exchanges and the federal government to reduce the implementation and operational risk of participating on an HIX. Of key concern for health plans during the first year or two of operating on an HIX are the expected changes and disruptions that will occur as state exchanges, the federal government and the healthcare industry work toward stable and predictable processes and system integration.

The Edifecs HIX Integration Solution serves as a “guardian” for a health plan’s HIX business—shielding and monitoring interactions with HIXs, financial institutions and the federal government. It ensures that only accurate and timely information is sent to core membership systems or reported to the federal government.

“As is the case with most of the health plan industry, we continue to be concerned about the operational readiness of the State and the Federal Governments HIX technical integration with us and we are doing everything we can to not let that impact the consumer experience and to ensure our members and all eligible Vermonters are able to enroll on day one,” said Dan Galdenzi, CIO of BCBS of VT.

“To feel more comfortable implementing a project as large as the State’s exchange in such an abbreviated time period we chose Edifecs for its ability to help reduce the impact on our existing IT infrastructure and streamline our integration timeline. Edifecs is a proven partner of ours and their experience with enrollment and claims management made this solution the right technology fit for BCBS of VT.”

Healthcare industry experts view HIXs as central to the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act because they provide an online marketplace where consumers can shop for, compare and purchase health insurance. According to a recent survey of healthcare professionals at the 2013 Healthcare Mandate Summit, HIX participation in 2014 will be high. The survey also revealed the country’s health insurers are confident they will be ready by the October 1, 2013 launch deadline, but have reservations about how HIXs will be implemented and run.

“While most of the country is focused on the scheduled open enrollment date, the real challenge comes with the operational changes to the business and the long term sustainability of participation in the exchanges,” said Sunny Singh, CEO of Edifecs. “Edifecs is committed to supporting Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont through the process of readying its IT systems for the state exchange, maintaining an outstanding member experience, and ensuring the long term success of its participation.”

BCBS of VT has taken a leading role in helping Vermont residents understand their health insurance options on the new HIX. It recently launched a new phone line staffed by trained representatives who can answer questions and provide detailed information about Vermont Connect. BCBS of VT has also held more than 35 community meetings all across the state with more than 1,600 small businesses and has many more planned in the weeks and months ahead.

In addition to the new phone line and trained staff, the company will also host webinars, enrollment meetings and provide one-on-one support at a new retail location in South Burlington, which opens in early May to help Vermonters find the coverage that is right for them.

On January 1, 2014, enrolled members will start using their health benefits, which means all qualified health plans, benefit tiers and payment contracts must be loaded and integrated with insurer IT systems to ensure members receive appropriate benefits and providers are paid promptly.

About BCBS of VT

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs about 340 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in South Burlington, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

About Edifecs, Inc.

An industry leader since 1996, Edifecs provides healthcare software solutions that improve operational performance by streamlining the exchange of information among health plans, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations, while enabling compliance with current mandates such as HIPAA, Operating Rules and ICD-10.

Today, more than 250 healthcare customers use Edifecs technology to unify transactions from any information channel source and input mechanism, while automating manual business processes such as enrollment, claims and payments management.

Edifecs is currently recognized as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the state of Washington, 100 Best Places to Work in the state of Washington, an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte. Edifecs is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. For more information, please visit http://www.edifecs.com.

June 7, 2013 I Written By

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

MedSys Group Names Dick Taylor, MD as Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division

Dr. Taylor brings extensive experience including clinical practice, software development, strategic IT transformation, and large program leadership.

Frisco, Texas (May 21, 2013) – In its latest strategic move in creating the industry’s finest Advisory Services Team, MedSys Group today announced the designation of Dick Taylor, MD, as Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division. Dr. Taylor will focus on integrating IT efforts with the clinical and operational ownership needed to capture permanent and positive changes within health care institutions.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Taylor join the MedSys Group team,” Steven Heck, President of MedSys Group said. “He is a very talented software engineer and a practicing physician. This combination of skills allows him to approach a broad range of HCIT challenges with unique insight. We are very pleased that Dr. Taylor is now part of our leadership team”.

A software engineer for more than 35 years and a pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist for over a decade, Dr. Taylor has been at the epicenter of the Healthcare IT revolution, both as a practitioner and as a leader in large EMR implementations. Currently, Dr. Taylor is working with multiple large health delivery systems in various stages of implementation and post-implementation work, helping define the cultural, strategic, and tactical approaches best suited to finding real clinical value from those systems’ large IT investments.

To position itself ahead of the market, MedSys is creating an Advisory Services Division made up of thought leaders in key industry categories that will be crucial to the success of healthcare institutions over the next decade. The team will advise its clients on their IT infrastructure and security to fully support their systems.

In January, MedSys named Steven Heck as company president. Heck has already made an immediate impact on the thinking in the industry with his forward look at Beyond the Boom: What Happens After Meaningful Use? For its second addition to the Advisory Services Team, MedSys went outside of healthcare to tap one of the country’s leading infrastructure architects, Thure Meyer. Now, with Dr. Taylor’s unique combination of technical and clinical experience, MedSys gains invaluable insight into the realities of implementing technology in the real world of clinical medicine.

“Healthcare delivery is complicated, expensive, and growing more so every day. Dr. Taylor’s direct experience with some of the largest systems in the country allows MedSys to offer advice and support that stretches from the bedside to the boardroom and from the rural heartland to the largest tertiary-care medical centers in the nation,” Alan Kravitz, MedSys Group Founder and CEO said. “As delivery systems cover more and more variety and are asked to take on more and more of the financial and operational risk, navigating this territory requires guidance based on familiarity with all sides of the problem.”

“Too often, IT makes promises without understanding the clinical world, while clinicians define their needs without understanding what the technology can truly offer,” explains Dr. Taylor. “This is where the whole world of informatics is taking us, but you need people who have lived on both sides of the aisle. The difference is sometimes subtle, but we’ve seen over and over that Healthcare IT can create a transformative experience if we unite the two sides of the world. Doing that and doing it predictably is my core focus.”

Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in software development, including user interface research, firmware and embedded software development, and large scale peripheral subsystems architecture. In 1998 he received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and finished his Pediatrics residency at The Children’s Hospital of Denver (now Children’s Hospital of Colorado) in 2001. Dr. Taylor has practiced in multiple settings and sites including general office pediatrics and pediatric hospital medicine. He has directed medical device development, provided sales support as a Vice President for Medical Affairs with McKesson, Inc., and served Providence Health and Services (Oregon) as their Chief Medical Information Officer. Most recently, he led Providence’s Epic implementation team as the Chief Program Officer and served Providence as their Chief for IS Strategy and Business Development.
About MedSys Group, LLC:
Founded in 2008, MedSys Group, LLC, a national Healthcare Information Technology Consulting firm, supports today’s technology in large academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, specialty hospitals, and physician practice organizations. MedSys Group’s vision of ‘evolving healthcare’ is centered on contributing to the success of its clients while providing a supportive culture for its professional consultants and associates. MedSys is able to lend expert guidance and knowledge in Cerner, Epic, Siemens, Meditech, McKesson, and Eclipsys solutions, as well as the Ambulatory and Practice Management arenas. MedSys is frequently featured in A-list publications and was named number 31 on the 2013 Dallas 100 list of fastest growing companies in North Texas. For more information about MedSys Group, LLC or to reach a MedSys Associate please visit: www.MedSysGroup.com of call 972-464-0020. You can also follow MedSys on Twitter @MedSysGroup. For interviews or media inquiries, please contact Gretchen Hydo, Director of Public Relations, at Gretchen@Chatterboxink.com.

June 6, 2013 I Written By

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

NextGen Healthcare to Integrate PDR Network’s Drug Information and Patient Safety Services to Benefit Providers

— PDR Certified Partner Network Continues Growth, Now Reaching More Than 130,000 Prescribers —

Montvale, NJ/HORSHAM, PA: May 14, 2013 – PDR Network, the leading distributor of FDA-approved patient drug safety and support services for electronic health record (EHR) and e-prescribing (e-Rx) platforms, today announced a strategic alliance with NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, to integrate PDR® interactive solutions within the NextGen® Ambulatory EHR platform. Once integrated, these services will provide drug information, safety alerts, medication adherence and product support programs within the workflow to NextGen Healthcare providers, enhancing their user experience and delivering the information necessary to provide optimal patient care.

By integrating PDR interactive solutions, NextGen Healthcare demonstrates the company’s commitment to improving patient drug safety by offering the most critical drug information needed, concisely and conveniently within workflow, at the point of prescribing. These solutions – including PDR® BRIEF, PDR® Search and RxEvent – offer maximum value to providers and their patients by delivering critical information behind the exam room door.

“We are proud to partner with NextGen Healthcare and provide solutions to enhance the safety and functionality of their EHR system to benefit end users and their patients,” said Andrew Gelman, senior vice president, EHR vendor relations, PDR Network. “In joining our Certified EHR Partner Network, NextGen Healthcare reinforces the trust and confidence that leading EHR platforms have in PDR solutions and the importance of trusted, up-to-date drug information within the new EHR-based provider workflow.”

Under the agreement, PDR Network’s interactive solutions will be available as part of each NextGen® EHR platform, to deliver critical prescribing and patient support information directly to providers. The NextGen product suites are integrated systems that streamline patient care with standardized, real-time clinical and administrative workflow throughout a practice, group or care facility.

“Our relationship with PDR Network opens the door to a new level of information that we can offer our providers to enhance their EHR system and their overall user experience,” said Michael Swim, assistant vice president business development, NextGen Healthcare. “This partnership demonstrates the value of trusted drug information within workflow to support patient safety and the commitment we have for our providers to enhance our system with these solutions.”

PDR Certified Network Growth Continues

Since its inception, the PDR Certified Network has grown steadily through strategic partnerships with industry-leading partners who appreciate the importance of delivering critical prescribing, safety and product support information to their providers within workflow at the point of care. Today, the Network now includes 27 industry-leading partners delivering content via more than 225 EHR platforms reaching more than 130,000 EHR prescribers and approximately 600,000 additional end users. PDR projects continued growth in the number of providers reached with these critical drug services—both through increases in the user-base of current EHR partners and through new EHR partners joining the Network.

June 3, 2013 I Written By

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

Houston Northwest Medical Center, Park Plaza Hospital and Providence Memorial Hospital Top Texas Patient Engagement Index Ranking

Axial Exchange’s Patient Engagement Index Ranks Hospitals Based on Personal Health Management, Patient Satisfaction and Social Media Engagement Data

Raleigh, NC ­ May 15, 2013 — Axial Exchange, Inc., a pioneer in using mobile apps to deepen the patient’s role in improving outcomes, today announced the results of its Texas Patient Engagement Index (PEI), a groundbreaking index that ranks U.S. hospitals based on an analysis of publically available data in three categories: personal health management, patient satisfaction and social media engagement. This is the second regional PEI the company has issued; the first ranked top hospitals in Florida. Both states were selected because their demographics make them bellwethers for the rest of the country.

Axial Exchange’s methodology for ranking hospitals’ patient engagement performance is based on analyzing metrics that research has indicated lower costs and improve clinical outcomes. For each PEI, Axial Exchange evaluates provider organizations’ personal health management strategies, awarding maximum points to those organizations that not only offer electronic access to patient health records, but also provide resources for ongoing disease management support, including mobile, tablet and desktop tools. Axial Exchange also ranks hospitals according to an annual Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) patient satisfaction survey called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (HCAHPS), a standardized instrument for measuring patients’ perspectives on hospital care. Lastly, Axial Exchange analyzes the extent to which hospitals and health systems engage their patients via social networking channels.

The highest possible ranking a hospital can receive in Axial Exchange PEI is a score of 100. Top ranking hospitals in the Texas PEI included Houston Northwest Medical Center, which received an overall score of 84; Park Plaza Hospital, which received a score of 83; and Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, which received a 76. Lower ranking hospitals in the PEI included notable healthcare institutions like Parkland Hospital, which scored a 41 and University Hospital in San Antonio, which scored a 36.

“The term ‘patient engagement’ has been so widely used that its true meaning has been diffused; people talk broadly about improving patient engagement, but have not done the analysis and research to determine exactly what types of patient engagement programs improve outcomes,” said Joanne Rohde, CEO of Axial Exchange. “However, we have done the research to determine which programs and tools actually drive more meaningful patient engagement that leads to improved patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower healthcare costs. My hope is that these indices we have issued, and will continue to compile and share, will encourage provider organizations across the country to reevaluate their patient engagement strategies and place higher emphasis on the programs that drive real change.”

Future indices for other U.S. regions will debut throughout the coming months. Detailed methodology of the Patient Engagement Index is published here. All Texas hospitals were notified of their ranking, and provided with links to the published data for consideration in their own initiatives toward Meaningful Use and heightened reimbursement levels.

About Axial Exchange, Inc.
Axial Exchange is revolutionizing the way that patients manage their health. With Axial, hospitals are able to keep their patients continuously engaged resulting in dramatically improved health outcomes and much more satisfied patients. Axial drives engagement by giving patients the information and interactive tools patients need in order to get well — all delivered securely to the device of the patient’s choice. Patients can share their health information with providers and care givers. Health systems benefit via lower readmissions and improved patient satisfaction scores.

In December 2011 Axial’s flagship solution was named first-prize winner in the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients Initiative innovation competition for “Ensuring Safe Transitions from Hospital to Home.” Axial Exchange is backed by a syndicate of top venture capital firms, led by Canaan Partners (www.canaan.com). Visit www.axialexchange.com.

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.

HIM Connections, Inc. Recruits The Coding Center to Deliver a Broader Range of HIM Services

Companies Join Forces to Augment Customer Staffing Needs for ICD-10

May 6, 2013, Birmingham, AL— HIM Connections, Inc., an expert recruitment and staffing firm for health information management (HIM), proudly announces the merger with The Coding Center, LLC, a specialty outsourced remote coding services company and division of Doozer Software, Inc. Both companies are located in Birmingham, Alabama and focus exclusively on clinical coding and health information management services. The announcement was made by Kayce Dover, MSHI, RHIA, who is the President and CEO. The new entity will operate as HIM Connections, LLC.

Hospitals can’t locate the experienced HIM staff they need to maintain quality, productivity, and patient or physician satisfaction. “Our companies recognize the enormous staffing needs associated with the implementation of ICD-10; even as provider organizations already struggle to find qualified coding talent,” mentions Dover. “The synergies between the two companies made it a great opportunity to come together and serve our clients with a broader blend of services. The two companies have aligned core values of integrity, client focus, financial responsibility, development and balance.”

“By joining forces we are able to not only help our customers find and employ the best HIM talent, but also augment their existing HIM staff,” adds Sandy Syx, President, Doozer Software, Inc. “We know that recruitment and staffing is not a one size fits all model. The company is now better aligned to offer solutions that are designed to fit and evolve with our client needs”, says Syx.

The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 represents HIM’s greatest challenge thus far in the 21st century and industry experts predict nationwide coder shortages before, during and after the October 1, 2014 transition. In a recent KLAS report, HIM Services 2012: Helping to Weather the Storm, “nearly one-fourth of providers in the study plan to increase use of coding services”.

The merger includes the remote coding technology designed and developed by Doozer Software, Inc. “The technology will continue to be used as a remote coding platform, and also as a document management solution for facilities with a hybrid EHR and as an option for facilities and/or physician offices without an EHR”, mentions Syx. “HIM Connections, Inc. and The Coding Center have always been committed to providing quality HIM services. This merger further solidifies our commitment to our clients as well as the HIM industry”, adds Dover.

About HIM Connections, LLC
HIM Connections is a results-driven staffing and recruitment firm specializing in HIM. The company quickly locates qualified, credentialed and experienced HIM professionals to fill hospitals’ HIM staffing needs; short-term or long-term. The company saves time for their customers by presenting fully-vetted candidates, building relationships with passive candidates, and offering flexible service options: staffing, recruitment and outsourcing. For more information, visit www.himconnections.com.

June 1, 2013 I Written By

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

Ingenious Med Announces New CFO

Mike Vandiver joins Atlanta-based physician performance company

ATLANTA. May 8, 2013– Atlanta-based Ingenious Med, provider of the nation’s largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution, has announced the appointment of Mike Vandiver as its new chief financial officer.

Vandiver brings more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, human resources, legal, tax and treasury, and risk management to Ingenious Med. He previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for SecureWorks, chief financial officer for Digiquant, and vice president of finance for LHS Group, Inc.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike as we continue to expand our team,” said Hart Williford, CEO at Ingenious Med. “His demonstrated track record and extensive financial experience will help drive the future success of Ingenious Med.”

Ingenious Med’s point-of-care solution automates the revenue and charge capture processes allowing physicians to capture a larger number of charges while improving the quality of care. The application, currently used by more than 25,000 clinicians and physicians in the U.S., also provides cleaner, more accurate bills, enabling billers to review and submit physician charges within hours of an encounter, minimizing charge lag and increasing hospital revenue.

According to Williford, the company’s software can save hospitals millions of dollars as revenue leaks are addressed and charges are captured more accurately.

“This increased revenue allows hospitals and private groups to maximize profits and get a solid return on investment for implementing the solution,” he said.

About Ingenious Med

Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning platform that automates the activities of inpatient physicians. Ingenious Med automates the revenue and charge capture processes for more than 25,000 users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. Ingenious Med’s Inpatient Physician Management Platform is the nation’s largest charge capture and physician performance solution in the healthcare industry today. The cloud-based, charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy and ensure compliance. For more information, visit www.ingeniousmed.com or call 404-815-0862.

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.

Vidyo and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Partner to Enhance Statewide Medical Network with Vidyo Communications

Vidyo-Powered Solution Will Visually Connect over 200 Sites and 2500 Healthcare Providers Across all Regions of Alaska
American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Conference – May 6, 2013 –Vidyo, Inc. and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) today announced that they have partnered to add Vidyo’s visual communications and collaboration capabilities to ANTHC’s existing statewide telehealth network — AFHCAN.  By integrating Vidyo’s Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) with AFHCAN’s existing tConsult software-based system, thousands of Alaska health care practitioners will have the ability to conduct real-time, high-definition video consultations and examinations with hundreds of thousands of patients in more than 200 locations.

“The implementation of Vidyo has given us the ability to change the way we provide health care in rural Alaska,” said Dr. Stewart Ferguson, CIO, ANTHC. “The AFHCAN Telehealth program has more than 1,500 active providers in its network at any one time, with an average of 500 new providers each year. There’s a daily challenge of how best to reach out and connect with more than 200 sites scattered over 37 autonomous organizations at the end of land lines, satellite links, microwave towers, sea cables, you name it. For our complex world, we needed something that just works, period. That’s Vidyo.”

ANTHC/AFHCAN

ANTHC encompasses every city and village in the state of Alaska serving the majority of the state’s population through the AFHCAN telehealth program. Alaska is home to 700,000 people who are spread out over 660,000 square miles. This creates a challenging technology landscape that mixes satellite connectivity, high bandwidth, low bandwidth, high latency as well as terrestrial infrastructure, which all make connectivity and communication huge challenges.

Since being deployed statewide more than a decade ago, tConsult has vastly improved health care delivery in remote regions of Alaska. It has also expanded well beyond its initial concept of improving primary care workflows like specialty clinic referral, post-discharge continuity of care, and billing. Now Vidyo capabilities will be a core part of the system. Vidyo’s rich APIs enabled easy integration with AFHCAN’s tConsult solution to deliver the most cost-effective, scalable high-quality video via standard IP networks.  The Vidyo solution is extremely interoperable so that it performs seamlessly over all devices: PCs, Macs, laptops, tablets, smartphone and also with older, legacy equipment.

“We are extremely impressed by how well ANTHC tackles the challenge of serving such a geographically dispersed population with high-quality health care,” said Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo’s CEO and co-founder. “For ANTHC doctors to directly assess a remote patient’s condition in an emergency situation, they need a reliable system that offers high visual acuity over unpredictable network conditions. The unequalled level of quality, performance and reliability that Vidyo offers makes this possible. The integration of Vidyo with AFHCAN’s existing software solution creates an extraordinarily powerful tool for assisting physicians and ultimately helps save lives.”

The integration of Vidyo with the tConsult system will be demonstrated at AFHCAN’s Booth #1242, at the ATA Conference taking place May 4-8, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Vidyo will be showing a documentary on the ANTHC use case, as well as demonstrating other use cases of its telehealth solution at ATA Booth #616.

The Vidyo Difference for Healthcare

Vidyo provides a highly flexible software communication and collaboration platform that can be easily customized for healthcare needs and integrated into other healthcare solutions. The patented VidyoRouter™ architecture eliminates the MCU and offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency rate matching thus enabling natural, affordable, high-quality video to work over the Internet, LTE and 4G networks.  Vidyo delivers end-to-end encryption, provides HIPAA-compliant security, and easily integrates into existing healthcare environments with support for a variety of medical devices and seamless interoperability with existing conferencing infrastructure. The Vidyo for Healthcare solution includes the industry’s richest and most versatile video collaboration platform with an API to video-enable third party medical applications and for easy integration into the medical workflow.

About Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

ANTHC is a not‐for‐profit tribal health organization managed by Alaska Native Tribal governments and their regional health organizations. ANTHC provides statewide services in specialty medical care; construction of water, sanitation and health facilities; community health and research; information technology and professional recruiting. For more information, please visit www.anthc.org.

About AFHCAN

AFHCAN is an FDA listed medical device manufacturer providing telehealth products and services that empower organizations to improve health care delivery worldwide. AFHCAN offers a diagnostic store-and-forward platform with the ability to create a telehealth case containing textual information, forms and data from biomedical peripherals, and send the case for consultation. Health care professionals are able to view the data and respond to the case using a standard PC workstation or mobile platforms. AFHCAN provides an array of telehealth program services to its ATHS (Alaska Tribal Health System) partners, Indian Health Services and commercial customers.

About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, that interoperate with legacy H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based video conferencing as a service solution.  The VidyoWorks™ platform allows solution providers to integrate high quality visual communications into their applications, leveraging H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter™ technology. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.

 

May 31, 2013 I Written By

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

Study Shows Personal Health Records (PHRs) Lead to Improved Health and Engagement for Seniors with Coronary Diseases

Fort Wayne, Ind. – April 10, 2013 – Often considered a population “too old” for computer-based communication tools, a recent study found seniors who had undergone cardiac revascularization and used electronic Personal Health Records were more engaged, with improved clinical outcomes.  When Fort Wayne, Ind. – based Parkview Physicians Group Cardiology provided a pre-populated PHR to approximately 200 cardiac patients (most over the age of 55), it found a significant improvement in hemoglobin A1c levels over a six-month period, as well as improved patient activation scores.

“Lifestyle modification and medication adherence are crucial to improving intermediate health outcomes that influence morbidity and mortality among cardiac patients,” said Michael Mirro, MD at Parkview Hospital.  “This study shows that healthcare technology can increase patient engagement which then leads to more positive health outcomes.”

The study was part of an initiative funded by a Challenge Grant awarded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT) and PHR vendor NoMoreClipboard (NMC) to make health informationexchange (HIE) data available to patients. Working with IHIT and NoMoreClipboard, data from the Parkview EHR was routed through the area HIE to populate patient PHRs.

Study Methodology

Two-hundred patients who had undergone revascularization (stent and/or bypass) were recruited into the study. In addition to serial laboratory tests, surveys measuring patient engagement and technology acceptance were conducted at baseline and six months.

Personnel from the Parkview Research Center (PRC) worked with patients to set up their NoMoreClipboard PHR account and provided training. Parkview’s electronic health record system was configured to support PHR account creation and population. With the patient present, PRC staff was able to send a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) and the patient medical record number to the PHR from the patient chart in the EHR. The CCD was then routed through the Med-Web HIE, which serves Northeast Indiana, and NoMoreClipboard returned a PHR account activation code.

When a PHR account was created, the activation code was entered — establishing a match with the patient’s medical record number at Parkview and releasing discrete data from the CCD to populate the PHR. When new data is available in the Parkview EHR system, the practice can post that data to NMC with a single click.

“This is an example of true HIT integration,” said Jeff Donnell, president of NoMoreClipboard.  “We also worked with Parkview to incorporate a daily health diary into the patient’s PHR so they can self-enter and transmit their blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, height, weight and BMI andsend it to their doctors.  Patients could also sign up for daily reminders to complete and submit their diary information.”

“As we look ahead to Meaningful Use Stage Two, many in the provider community are concerned that the requirement to get five percent of patients to use electronic engagement tools is unrealistic,” added Mirro. “Our experience with a senior population indicates otherwise. More importantly, we are seeing that patients who participate in electronic exchange and use these tools are more engaged, more likely to adhere to prescribed therapies and treatment plans, and more likely to enjoy improved outcomes

and quality of life.”

Study Participant Demographics

Of the 184 patients who completed the six-month study, 70 percent were 56-74 years old. About 64 percent were covered by Medicare, and the majority were college educated. There was also a high prevalence of diabetes in the study population (33 percent).

Specific Study Results

  • Active PHR users and super users experienced significant declines in HbA1c percentages. The mean hemoglobin A1c reduced from 6.25 percent to 6 percent.
  • Patients with a history of diabetes showed a significant statistical improvement in glycemic control.
  • Patients with access to a PHR had a greater understanding of their conditions and adopted healthier lifestyle behaviors.
  • Over the duration of the study, data has been imported from Parkview’s EHR to patient PHR accounts more than 600 times, and patients have logged into the PHR more than 2,400 times. On average, patients logged in 8.7 times over a six-month period. Approximately 15 percent of the patients are using the health diary to self-report and share health measures.

“In addition to quantitative results, we also learned several big picture lessons from this study,” said Donnell.  “Clinicians often tell us that tools like PHRs are a great idea for others, but certain patient populations won’t use these tools based on age, income or inability to use technology. Our experience in this study — and with other clients who serve patients on the wrong side of the digital divide — tell a different story.”

AboutNoMoreClipboard
NoMoreClipboard is a leader in electronic patient engagement, connecting consumers and clinicians to improve communication and foster collaboration. NoMoreClipboard gives consumers portable, interoperable personal health records to access, manage and sharehealth information. Provider solutions include branded patient portals designed to integrate with clinical workflow, enhance efficiency and contribute to improved patient outcomes. Visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com for more information.

 

April 30, 2013 I Written By

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