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Jefferson Radiology Deploys Just Associates’ Repair™ for Ongoing MPI Maintenance

Remote management service improves data integrity by speeding identification, elimination of duplicate and overlaid patient records

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Nov. 26, 2012 – Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for healthcare organizations, announced today that Jefferson Radiology will deploy its Repair™ remote master patient index (MPI) management service.

Part of the firm’s comprehensive outsourced patient identity management suite, Repair leverages Just Associates’ highly trained staff and proprietary IDMaster® Duplicate Workflow Software for cost-effective ongoing management of the duplicate validation and reconciliation process. Jefferson Radiology will rely on Repair to maintain the integrity of its patient database, which contains approximately 750,000 records as well as an additional 26,000 referring provider entries.

“Data integrity is Just Associate’s core business. As such, we are confident they have the expertise to deploy effective record-matching, duplicate elimination and audit processes to ensure the integrity of our patient database,” said Michael Quinn, CTO, Jefferson Radiology. “Repair also eliminates the need for us to dedicate internal resources, which are better utilized elsewhere, to the complex task of reconciling duplicate patient records.”

Based in East Hartford, Conn., Jefferson Radiology is the largest radiology private practice group in Connecticut and includes 10 private offices and affiliations with seven regional hospitals. Its fellowship-trained physicians are supported by a sophisticated business and technological infrastructure and offer the full spectrum of diagnostic imaging and interventional services. This includes cardiovascular, neuroradiology, oncology, pediatric, orthopedic imaging and women’s services.

Utilizing Repair provides Jefferson Radiology with several significant benefits over internal MPI management, including:

  • An experienced team providing efficient duplicate validation and resolution seven days a week
  • Ongoing monitoring to prevent new duplicates and other issues from negatively impacting data integrity
  • Elimination of backlogs, overflows and staffing challenges, such as turnover and leave time, that impact productivity levels
  • Significant cost savings or cost-neutral expenses by eliminating the need to  recruit, train and retain qualified internal staff
  • A more accurate count of unique patients to accelerate compliance with several key meaningful use criteria

“A duplicate-free patient database is crucial to Jefferson Radiology’s ability to provide quality care,” said Beth Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Just Associates’ CEO and president. “By leveraging Repair and our data integrity expertise, Jefferson Radiology ensures its clinicians have continuous access to accurate patient information, eliminating unnecessary costs and enhancing patient care and safety.”

About Just Associates, Inc.

A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management, Just Associates, Inc. (www.justassociates.com) is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved data integrity. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve clients’ financial outcomes and business processes, support delivery of quality patient care, and meet the expectations of diverse stakeholders through improved data integrity.

December 3, 2012 I Written By

TeraMedica Signs Agreement with Jefferson Radiology based in East Hartford, CT, for its Evercore® – Enterprise Vendor Neutral Architecture

TeraMedica’s Evercore Smartstore to Connect 11 Locations

(MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – April 5th, 2012)

TeraMedica, Inc. announced that following the signing of an agreement between the parties on December 16th, 2011, Jefferson Radiology, P.C. will implement TeraMedica’s Evercore® Enterprise Vendor Neutral Architecture (VNA) in early 2012. Specifically, Jefferson Radiology will utilize TeraMedica’s Evercore Smartstore™ DICOM module. The complete deployment includes eleven regional imaging facilities throughout Connecticut.

“Jefferson Radiology sought out vendor neutral architecture to gain visibility into all of their customer data, given the fact they provide primary diagnostic reading for several hospitals in the area,” said Jim Prekop, TeraMedica’s President and CEO. “By supporting a statewide image-sharing initiative, TeraMedica’s Evercore Clinical Enterprise Suite will enable Jefferson Radiology to reach a higher level of patient care.”

Added Prekop: “This implementation was driven by Jefferson Radiology Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Michael L. Quinn, who wanted to integrate studies throughout Jefferson Radiology’s multiple facilities. By utilizing Evercore, Jefferson Radiology should see immediate consolidation of storage costs, increased control of their data as well as reduced cost of ownership.”

“Our physicians provide a significant level of clinical depth and breadth radiology expertise,” said Quinn. “Aligned with the goal of employing the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology, Jefferson has the only advanced imaging analysis and 3D lab in the state, and is one of a few such advanced facilities in the country. It only makes sense that we also implement Evercore, a highly-regarded vendor neutral architecture, to allow our subspecialty radiologists the ability to work more accurately and provide a better product to our referring physicians.”

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

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

About Jefferson Radiology

Jefferson Radiology is a partnership of more than 50 radiologists, offering sub-specialized diagnostic and interventional imaging services. Jefferson Radiology’s fellowship and subspecialty trained physicians and highly skilled staff are committed to providing exceptional patient care and responsive service. Established in 1963, it is the largest radiology private practice in Connecticut. Jefferson Radiology is one of the few radiology private practices in Connecticut to receive Joint Commission accreditation. For more information, please visit: https://www.jeffersonradiology.com/Home.aspx

About TeraMedica® Inc.

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

April 16, 2012 I Written By