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CHIME Statement on Finalization of Meaningful Use ‘Modifications’ Rule

From Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO, President and CEO

This afternoon the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) finalized a regulation granting providers additional flexibility in meeting Meaningful Use (MU) requirements in 2014. However, the final rule lacked a key provision that would ensure continued EHR adoption and MU participation

CHIME is deeply disappointed in the decision made by CMS and ONC to require 365-days of EHR reporting in 2015. This single provision has severely muted the positive impacts of this final rule. Further, it has all but ensured that industry struggles will continue well beyond 2014.

Roughly 50% of EHs and CAHs were scheduled to meet Stage 2 requirements this year and nearly 85% of EHs and CAHs will be required to meet Stage 2 requirements in 2015. Most hospitals who take advantage of new pathways made possible through this final rule will not be in a position to meet Stage 2 requirements beginning October 1, 2014. This means that penalties avoided in 2014 will come in 2015, and millions of dollars will be lost due to misguided government timelines.

Nearly every stakeholder group echoed recommendations made by CHIME to give providers the option of reporting any three-month quarter EHR reporting period in 2015. This sensible recommendation, if taken, would have assuaged industry concerns over the pace and trajectory of rulemaking; it would have pushed providers to meet a higher bar, without pushing them off the cliff; and it would have ensured the long-term vitality of the program itself. Now, the very future of Meaningful Use is in question.

August 29, 2014 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 13 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.

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014

Rule will help more providers use electronic health record technology

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

“We listened to stakeholder feedback and provided CEHRT flexibility for 2014 to help ensure providers can continue to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs forward,” said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator. “We were excited to see that there is overwhelming support for this change.”

Based on public comments and feedback from stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) identified ways to help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) implement and meaningfully use Certified EHR Technology. Specifically, eligible providers can use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs; All eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs are required to use the 2014 Edition CEHRT in 2015.

These updates to the EHR Incentive Programs support HHS’ commitment to implementing an effective health information technology infrastructure that elevates patient-centered care, improves health outcomes, and supports the providers that care for patients.

The rule also finalizes the extension of Stage 2 through 2016 for certain providers and announces the Stage 3 timeline, which will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful EHR users in 2011 or 2012.

An updated meaningful use timeline and a chart with 2011 and 2014 CEHRT Edition options are available at http://cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2014-Press-releases-items/2014-08-29.html.

For more information about the EHR Incentive Programs, please visithttp://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms. For more information about CEHRT, please visit http://www.healthit.gov/certification.

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 13 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.

HIMSS Says Start Stage 2 On Time And Give It Time To Work

Data from HIMSS Analytics database led HIMSS Board of Directors to support launch of Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-schedule, while simultaneously recognizing timeline and certification challenges articulated by eligible hospitals, eligible professionals, and the vendors who serve them, necessitates a longer attestation window.

 CHICAGO (August 15, 2013) –  Adopting an approach that encourages continued progress while simultaneously acknowledging short-term obstacles, HIMSS recommends launching Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-schedule and extending Year 1 of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation period through April 2015 and June 2015 for EHs and EPs, respectively.  This would encompass 18 months in which EHs and EPs can attest to Meaningful Use requirements for one quarter.

Data from the more than 5,400 hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database indicate clear challenges for eligible hospitals and tethered ambulatory care facilities preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 2.  These data show:

  • Up to 68 percent of eligible hospitals, and
  • 41 percent of tethered ambulatory facilities

have purchased the necessary software to attest to the 2014 Certification requirements, but there are concerns that many may still be waiting for the necessary upgrade to the certified version.

HIMSS shared its position on extending the deadline for Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation in an Aug. 15 letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner; and, National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM.

“In our Call to Action, HIMSS asks the healthcare community – providers, hospitals and vendors – to come together in their execution plans for the 2014 certification process and implementation of 2014 certified products. We have recommended an extra six months to achieve Year 1 of Meaningful Use Stage 2, which is a brief amount of time when considering our ultimate and joint goal of successful implementation of health IT to support care coordination and healthcare transformation,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS.

Smith indicated that HIMSS will continue to focus on this Call to Action as part of its activities for National Health IT Week, Sept. 16-20 in Washington, D.C. In addition, resources, such as the HIMSS Value of Health IT Suite, and case studies from HIMSS Davies Award winners and HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 hospitals, are available to healthcare providers seeking data to support and realize the value of health IT.

Read the HIMSS letter to Secretary Sebelius, Administrator Tavenner and National Coordinator Dr. Mostashari.  Read the HIMSS Call to Action statement.

About HIMSS

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

HIMSS is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

August 15, 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 13 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.

DigiCert and DataMotion Partnership Advances Healthcare Through Secure Health Information Exchange

DataMotion Leads in Deploying Certification from DigiCert’s Common Dual-mode Direct Med CA, Enabling Direct Secure Messaging Among Government and Private Sector Healthcare Providers

 

LINDON, Utah and MORRISTOWN, N.J. – June 12, 2013 – DigiCert, the leading high-assurance digital certificate provider, and DataMotion, an innovative health information service provider (HISP) with more than 14 years of experience in secure data delivery services, today announced a groundbreaking partnership to expand common dual-mode certification for commercial and federal use for the healthcare industry. The partnership promises to improve patient care by making it much simpler for federal and non-federal organizations to engage in the secure electronic exchange of healthcare information.

 

The DigiCert/DataMotion partnership is a major step forward in fulfilling the vision of DirectTrust, an independent non-profit trade association tasked with overcoming secure data transfer challenges related to the Direct Project. Overseen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Direct Project is a federal healthcare initiative fostering a standard method to securely exchange electronic healthcare information. It is aimed at ensuring compliance with federal privacy requirements and improving patient outcomes.

 

The partnership makes DataMotion the first HISP to use DigiCert’s dual-mode Direct Med Certificate Authority (Direct Med CA) in the DirectTrust Transitional Trust Anchor Bundle. The Bundle is a collection of trust anchor certificates from HISPs that meet common policies and practices for transmitting healthcare data across geographies and technologies. It eliminates the need for HISPs to manually exchange trust anchors, avoiding complex legal hurdles and one-off contracts. Direct secure messaging leverages the Internet and is far more efficient and secure than fax-based communication. As a result, participating HISPs can quickly help healthcare organizations, providers and patients to communicate in a way that is Direct-compliant and with an expanding community of trusted partners.

 

“The DigiCert Direct Med CA leverages policy processing capabilities to make the Direct protocol much more efficient to implement. This breakthrough eases certification difficulties that have threatened to stall adoption of the Direct Project,” said DigiCert’s Vice President of Government/Education Relations and Senior PKI Architect, Scott Rea, also a member of the Board of Directors for DirectTrust. “We need a national security and trust framework with a foundation of standards-based accreditation, supported by technology to easily on-board healthcare providers. Because our Direct Med CA facilitates commercial and federal use for multiple trust assurance levels, more providers will now be able to quickly and safely exchange information more efficiently. By partnering with DataMotion – a leading HISP with a secure data delivery pedigree – we’re able to get this to market quickly and help build the DirectTrust community.”

 

DigiCert has been at the forefront of Direct-related innovation and was first to issue Direct-compliant Federal Bridge Certification Authority certificates for Federal agencies to interoperate with non-federal organizations. Combined with digital certificates for commercial entities, the Direct Med CA can now serve all of healthcare with basic and medium assurance levels. By incorporating this capability into its HISP services, DataMotion is now able to offer a turnkey solution that will enable electronic health record (EHR) vendors and their customers to easily meet real-world healthcare communications needs.

                                                            

“This takes a huge burden off of healthcare providers by greatly simplifying their use of Direct messaging,” said DataMotion Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bob Janacek. “Through this partnership EHR vendors now have a comprehensive solution for Direct communications, resulting in an easier path for providers to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation, and better healthcare outcomes for patients.”

                                                                                          

About DataMotion

DataMotion enables organizations to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of delivering electronic information to employees, customers and partners in a secure and compliant way. The company’s core DataMotion Platform solves a broad range of business issues by providing a secure data delivery hub. Easy-to-use solutions are provided for secure email, file transfer, forms processing and customer contact that leverage the DataMotion Platform for unified data delivery. Millions of users worldwide rely on DataMotion to transparently improve business processes and reduce costs, while mitigating security and compliance risk. DataMotion is privately held and based in Morristown, N.J. For the latest news and updates on DataMotion, visit www.datamotion.com, like DataMotion on Facebook® or follow Twitter® handle @datamotion.

About DigiCert, Inc.

DigiCert is a premier online trust provider of enterprise security solutions with an emphasis on authentication, PKI and high-assurance digital certificates. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, DigiCert is trusted by a continually growing clientele of more than 70,000 of the world’s leading government, finance, healthcare, education and Fortune 500® organizations. DigiCert has been recognized with dozens of awards for providing enhanced customer value, premium customer support and market growth leadership. For the latest news and updates on DigiCert, visit www.digicert.com, like DigiCert on Facebook® or follow Twitter® handle @digicert.

June 12, 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 13 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.

St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates Selects Merge’s Radiology Suite

Replaces Existing System With Merge Solutions for Information and Image Management

CHICAGO, May 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that St. Joseph’s Imaging of Syracuse, NY has selected Merge’s Outpatient Radiology Suite consisting of Merge’s radiology information system, picture achieving communication solution, document management, referring physician engagement and medical image sharing solution.

“We needed to replace aging systems and wanted to work with a partner who could meet the day-to-day needs of our imaging centers and also address the many upcoming challenges and opportunities facing our business because of regulations, industry updates, and changing technology,” explained Olga Stanton, Director of Radiology, St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates.

“With the Merge RIS™ and Merge PACS™, we will be able to manage our daily operations with an integrated system that will reduce duplicate data entry and errors, as well as meet Meaningful Use compliance. We will also be utilizing Merge Referral Portal™ and iConnect® Access* solution to give our referring physicians the ability to place orders with us and access reports and even patient images online,” Stanton concluded.

“Replacing our RIS and PACS is a big undertaking for our IT department and our staff, so we carefully considered all options before making the decision to partner with Merge,” added Tammy Wilson, RIS Administrator. “Our initial plan was to replace our PACS only, but after seeing the value in an integrated solution and understanding how Merge will help us meet future requirements in areas like Meaningful Use Stage 2, it made sense to replace all our systems with Merge.”

“With imaging centers like St. Joseph’s under mounting pressure to deal with increasingly competitive markets, changing reimbursement models and long claim-payment cycles, integrated RIS and PACS systems can improve staff and clinician efficiency, increase revenue capture and ultimately improve patient volume,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “With an integrated RIS and PACS and solutions to more closely engage with their referring physicians, they will be well-positioned to meet their current challenges and future requirements.”

The Merge Outpatient Radiology Suite provides an integrated suite of solutions for an entire radiology business. From the modality to the front office to the back office, Merge solutions deliver more efficient workflow from scheduling through report distribution and billing. Merge provides solutions for easier access to archived images, faster financial return, and the functionality to meet Meaningful Use.

* iConnect Access is not FDA-cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 25 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

June 6, 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 13 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.

MTBC Launches ChartScribe™, an EHR-Integrated Transcription Service that Helps Providers Transition to an EHR and Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2

SOMERSET, NJ, May 10, 2013 – MTBC, a leading electronic health record (EHR), practice and revenue cycle management company, today announced the launch of ChartScribe™, a fully integrated transcription service that enables healthcare providers to avoid lost productivity when adopting an EHR and satisfy the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Digital patient charts, which are created by leveraging an EHR, are becoming increasingly important in the interconnected healthcare industry. They enable healthcare providers to optimize decision making, ensure the continuity and coordination of care, and earn Meaningful Use incentives.

While the advantages of using an EHR are clear, industry studies consistently demonstrate that many practitioners, particularly in small practices, struggle to find the time and technical know-how to create their own digital patient charts. MTBC’s ChartScribe™ addresses this challenge by enabling practitioners to easily dictate notes from patient visits and have them converted into searchable text that is automatically inserted in the appropriate fields within the patient’s chart.

Explaining the advantages of ChartScribe™, Dr. Glenn Zeidman of Z Wound Care, McComb, Mississippi, explained, “MTBC’s ChartScribe™ has simplified my workflow by avoiding the need to manually type data into my EHR. I simply create an audio recording and it goes directly into my patient charts. It has enabled me to save time, reduce personnel expenses, meet Meaningful Use requirements and treat more patients.”

“Under Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules, patient charting is more important than ever,” said MTBC Vice Chairman David Rosenblum. “That is why it’s critical to make the process of charting as efficient and intuitive as possible. ChartScribe™ is built around a provider’s workflow and offers providers an efficient method to manage and update charts, ensuring a smooth transition to an EHR with the least amount of disruption to practice workflow.”

Through ChartScribe™, providers can simply upload their digital audio dictation into MTBC’s practice portal and receive updated patient charts within MTBC’s EHR. Since ChartScribe™ is fully integrated with MTBC’s proprietary EHR ChartsPro™, users’ patient charts and data will be seamlessly updated and will be readily available to all participating clinicians.

ABOUT MTBC

Founded in 1999 and based in Somerset, New Jersey, MTBC provides practice and revenue cycle management services and proprietary software solutions to private physician offices and hospital-employed provider groups throughout the United States. Its integrated and competitively priced premium products, PracticePro™ and ChartsPro™, present a service suite unmatched in the industry in scope and value. MTBC has been consistently recognized as a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company – 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 – and has also been recognized during each of the last three years as an Inc. 500│5000 company.

To learn more about MTBC, please visit www.mtbc.com.

June 1, 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 13 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.

PatientSafe Solutions and Meritus Medical Center Partner to Improve Nursing Workflow and Patient Safety through Smart Point-of-Care Mobile Solution

PatientTouch coordinates care across departments, includes oncology-specific application

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PatientSafe Solutions, a leader in smart point-of-care mobile solutions, today announced it has partnered with Meritus Medical Center to implement the PatientTouch™ platform throughout the hospital. PatientTouch enhances an existing electronic medical record installation with an interoperable, PatientSafe Solutions-developed hardware and software solution that enhances patient safety, reduces waste, and improves staff productivity and satisfaction. PatientSafe and Meritus Medical Center are currently rolling out PatientTouch across the hospital’s 272-bed hospital facility in Hagerstown, Maryland.

A 272-bed, not-for-profit hospital facility in Hagerstown, MD, Meritus Medical Center faced a number of challenges in maximizing the value and leveraging the full capabilities of its existing Meditech EMR implementation. The hospital sought to implement a technology that could safeguard patient safety and streamline care coordination across multiple departments, including acute care, special care nursery, Level III trauma, oncology, and stroke units, among others. It also sought to demonstrate Meaningful Use Stage 2 compliance without sacrificing the resources already committed to its existing EMR implementation. With PatientTouch, Meritus Medical Center will now be able to harmonize nursing communications, tasks, and functions on a single platform through its entire facility, and will also have the updated features necessary for Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification.PatientTouch delivers significant benefits for healthcare organizations by deploying smart, mobile technology tools at the point of care. The platform runs on a PatientSafe Solutions-designed, developed, and supported device that pairs Apple iOS hardware with enhancements including a high-performance barcode scanner, full-shift battery, and ruggedized, hospital-grade jacket. PatientTouch leverages an existing EMR system to eliminate harm, reduce waste, and improve productivity through a set of intuitive, dynamic software applications. Specific capabilities include performing barcode positive patient identification (PPID), streamlining data entry, promoting improved collaboration across physically separated care teams, fostering improved care quality and more meaningful clinician-patient relationships through increased face-to-face interaction, and more.

“We want to provide the best technologies available to support our nursing staff and allow them to do what they love, and do best: deliver safe, high-touch, high-quality care throughout the patient experience,” said Jake Dorst, vice president and chief information officer at Meritus Medical Center. “The PatientTouch platform enhances the experience for both patients and staff without bogging them down. It integrates easily with our Meditech EMR and allows our staff members to leverage that resource throughout the hospital. The enhanced features in PatientTouch also provide a pathway for the hospital to attest for Meaningful Use Stage 2 compliance right now, as opposed to implementing a brand new EMR solution.”

The implementation at Meritus Medical Center also marks the first deployment of PatientTouch’s oncology-specific applications, which include features and capabilities specifically designed for oncology nurses and physicians. In particular, the ability to define chemotherapeutic-agent-specific reminders improves safety and efficiency by prompting the nurse to assess specific patient responses at specific times, to optimally monitor for potential adverse events. The assessed responses are then automatically documented and associated with the administration, and are immediately available to the physician and other caregivers.

According to the Center for Disease Control’s National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, in 2011, more than half of office-based physicians used a partial or full electronic medical record (EMR) system. However, two of the most commonly cited complaints about EMR adoption were clinical workflow disruption and changing regulations that make legacy systems quickly outdated.

“The smart point-of-care mobile solutions provided through the PatientTouch platform deliver measurable safety and quality improvements by making care team workflows easier and more productive,” said Joe Condurso, PatientSafe Solutions’ president and chief executive officer. “With its deep dedication to safety, quality care, and the patient experience, Meritus Medical Center is an ideal partner for us. We are thrilled to work with it to maximize the value of its Meditech EMR and implement innovations that reflect the mobile nature of today’s clinical workforce.”

About PatientSafe Solutions

PatientSafe Solutions, based in San Diego, California, is leading the way in smart point-of-care mobile solutions and innovating technologies for the future of accountable care. Its flagship product, the PatientTouch™ platform, delivers measureable safety and quality improvement by making care team workflows easier and more productive. PatientSafe Solutions was named one of Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies in 2011 and 2012, ranked #2 in Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Venture-Backed Healthcare Companies in 2012, and chosen by Forbes as one of the top Three Health Technology Companies To Watch in 2012. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.patientsafesolutions.com or stop by booth #3681 at this year’s HIMSS13 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana this week.

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 13 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.

DataMotion Developers Toolkit Facilitates Quick Integration with Direct Messaging, Enabling Providers to Qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Incentives

Toolkit Offers Lucrative Market Opportunities to EHR, HIE and IDN Vendors by Helping
Healthcare Providers Overcome Complexities and Qualify for Potential Subsidies

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – February 27, 2013 – DataMotion (www.datamotion.com), a health information service provider (HISP) offering secure data delivery services, today introduced the DataMotion Direct Toolkit. The Toolkit enables Health Information Systems (HIS) vendors who develop electronic health record (EHR), health information exchange (HIE) and integrated delivery network (IDN) solutions to qualify their systems’ interoperability capabilities as required for Meaningful Use Stage 2 incentive payments.

Often times, secure messaging and PKI encryption are not core competencies of HIS vendors. Rather than build a solution in-house, vendors can now quickly add required Direct functionality by leveraging the DataMotion Direct Toolkit. This shortens time to market for HIS vendors and helps them quickly seize lucrative new market opportunities.

“As we were looking for an expert in the development of Direct messaging functionality, DataMotion came out as the clear choice,” said Mark Pilarski, vice president, product generation for T-System, Inc., the industry leader in clinical, financial and operational solutions for emergency medicine. “After researching prospective HISPs it was clear that DataMotion had the most robust offering. Since engaging their team, we’ve been impressed with the strength and simplicity of the application programming interface (API) and their knowledgeable and responsive tech support. Best of all, we’ve found them to be flexible and easy to do business with. We look forward to offering an integrated Direct solution to our user base.”

Through the Toolkit, HIS vendors’ customers can take advantage of DataMotion Direct, a cloud-based secure data transfer service that enables healthcare organizations of all sizes to meet compliance demands and real-world communications needs. The Toolkit’s ease-of-use allows rapid integration –  usually in less than a month. The turnkey solution is regularly updated to meet new industry requirements. Designed to interoperate with disparate systems, provider organizations can also avoid vendor lock-in to ensure the greatest return on technology investments and the ability to take advantage of new developments in the future.

The DataMotion Direct Toolkit includes:

  • ·         A robust suite of APIs to facilitate integration of Direct messaging into any EHR/EMR, HIE or IDN application
  • ·         An easy-to-follow implementation guide
  • ·         Pre-integration consulting
  • ·         Integration engineering support
  • ·         Tier-1 technical support during third-party certification testing
  • ·         One year membership in the DataMotion Direct Developers Consortium

“Our Toolkit offers vendors a tremendous opportunity to quickly meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements,” said Bob Janacek, co-founder and chief technology officer for DataMotion. “Whether you want DataMotion to provide the entire messaging interface inside of your solution, or simply need your existing messaging interface to communicate through Direct protocols, the DataMotion Direct Toolkit provides a rapid and easy way to accomplish this.”

The DataMotion Direct Toolkit is available immediately. For more information, vendors should visit http://www.datamotion.com/DirectProject/HealthcareDirectvendor.aspx, email sales@datamotion.com or call (800) 672-7233.

About DataMotion

DataMotion enables organizations to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of delivering electronic information to employees, customers and partners in a secure and compliant way. The company’s core DataMotion Platform solves a broad range of business issues by providing a secure data delivery hub. DataMotion’s easy-to-use solutions for secure email, file transfer, forms processing and customer contact leverage the DataMotion Platform for unified data delivery. Millions of users worldwide rely on DataMotion to transparently improve business processes and reduce costs, while mitigating security and compliance risk. DataMotion is privately held and based in Morristown, N.J.

February 27, 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 13 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.

IHE North American Connectathon and Conference 2013 Introduces New Features to Advance Health Information Exchange

CHICAGO – (February 6, 2013) – A significant new step was taken toward the interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) with the introduction of a pilot Certification Program at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon and Conference, which concluded last week. The Connectathon testing event drew over 500 of the industry’s top engineers, while the one- day educational conference attracted well over 125 participants.

A new IHE USA Pilot Certification program was introduced during the IHE NA Connectathon 2013, which concluded last week. Also featured was testing for eight IHE International Domains and Health Level 7’s Consolidated CDA.

“The overwhelming majority of attendees at the IHE NA Connectathon Conference 2013 were first time attendees. This demonstrates the importance of interoperability and the essential role of IHE in enabling the meaningful use of health information technology. Connecting key stakeholders with the tools and resources they need to achieve interoperable systems is essential for enabling quality care,” noted Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, President, IHE USA.

IHE USA partnered with ICSA Labs to launch a new IHE Certification Program for health IT systems.. Using an accredited, standards-based certification program, IHE USA will be able to certify that systems are, in fact, interoperable against established criteria.

“The IHE USA Certification Pilot Program, implemented in partnership with ICSA Labs, was a resounding success. A dozen vendors participated in this inaugural effort that complements existing testing of IHE integration profiles at the Connectathon. This accredited, standards-based Certification program will greatly enhance the value of IHE Integration profiles in products that are available in the marketplace.” says Ms. Sensmeier. “We look forward to leveraging feedback from the pilot to augment future efforts that demonstrate IHE’s role in advancing interoperable standards-based systems,” she added.

Eight of the participants at the Connectathon were registered for certification testing on over 70 profiles. Results are being evaluated by the ICSA Labs Certification Body, which will grant certification based on requirements set forth by IHE USA, and the general principles covered by ISO/IEC Guide 65 for organizations providing product certification. Certification also will include industry-standard system surveillance activities that ensure that certified products continue to perform as tested, over time.

Certified products will be published by IHE USA, as well as in the official ICSA Labs product directory. Three tiers of Certification will be awarded:
• Tier 1: Conformance to IHE profiles
• Tier 2: Demonstrated interoperability amongst disparate systems
• Tier 3: Validated Implementations of deployed certified technology

“The Certification Program will benefit the purchasers and end users of the products that have proven IHE capabilities,” noted Amit Trivedi, Program Manager, ICSA Labs.

This year, in addition to the Certification Program, another new feature was added to the IHE NA Connectathon: testing of HL7’s Consolidated CDA standard.

The HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) is a document markup standard that specifies the structure and semantics of “clinical documents” for the purpose of exchange. For testing at the Connectathon, the HL7 Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) offered a combined library of CDA templates and common document types, from progress notes to discharge summaries and more. C- CDA is now stipulated in Standards and Certification Criteria of Meaningful Use Stage 2.

“Over two dozen vendors signed up to test 27 systems for C-CDA – including a diverse group of EMR, document imaging and HIE vendors.  After knocking on the virtual doors of EMR and HIE vendors for years encouraging acceptance of CDA document types, I have to say that the Health Story members are thrilled about the potential uptake of C-CDA and its role in contributing to comprehensive electronic patient stories,” said Joy Kuhl, Executive Director of the Health Story Project.

Over 500 of the industry’s top engineers attended the largest interoperability testing event in the U.S. The Connectathon, which is the health IT industry’s only large-scale face-to-face testing event had over 100 vendors and 160 test systems, demonstrating powerful advancements in health IT. Approximately 70,000 sq. feet of the Hyatt Regency basement was occupied for the testing. There were attendees from 11 countries—including Austria, Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

Introduced in 1999, the IHE Connectathon has been an annual event with continued growth in the level and scope of participation. A parallel event in Europe was established in 2001 and has followed a similar trajectory.

IHE Connectathons are professionally managed and independently monitored testing events. A technical project management team develops detailed test plans for each role being tested at the Connectathon and organizes the process to maximize interoperability testing between corresponding systems from different vendors. Independent monitors observe and record test results, which are published in the Connectathon results database.

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and national health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc.

About IHE International
IHE International, Inc. (www.ihe.net) is the global hub of the IHE initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort started in 1997 to promote the effective use of electronic health records and health information technology (HIT) by driving the adoption of standards-based solutions for interoperability. IHE International brings together HIT experts and stakeholders in more than a dozen clinical and operational domains to develop implementation guides called IHE Profiles that define the use of standards to address specific HIT interoperability needs. It also oversees a process of testing that fosters the adoption of IHE Profiles in real-world HIT products and care settings. IHE interoperability solutions are implemented in hundreds of products and in care sites around the world.

February 11, 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 13 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.

ICSA Labs Set to Begin Testing EHRs for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is now officially authorized and accredited to begin certifying electronic health records for the next stage of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Meaningful Use requirements.

The new 2014 Edition, Stage 2 certification program of HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides more transparency and elevates the overall testing and certification process by mandating additional requirements for organizations providing EHR services. These requirements include a strengthening of security, enhanced interoperability for facilitating health information exchange, better protection of private patient information and new ways for providers to become “meaningful users.”

Last September, ICSA Labs received authorization from the Office of the National Coordinator for the preliminary Stage 2 of the certification program.

To test and validate the ONC 2014 Edition methods and test tools, ICSA Labs successfully conducted a week-long pilot program in December with four vendors that offer EHR-related solutions supporting the more rigorous Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements. These included Dynamic Health IT and Glenwood Systems.

“The latest round of federal requirements will enable us to help companies strengthen the security and privacy of their EHR offerings, ultimately benefiting both patient and health care provider,” said Amit Trivedi, health care program manager for ICSA Labs. “Now that we are fully authorized and accredited to certify and test technology meeting the permanent Meaningful Use requirements, we are officially open for business.”

EHR vendors also must have their products tested by laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Lab Accreditation Program and certified by bodies authorized by the ONC and accredited by the American National Standards Institute. ICSA Labs is accredited by both NVLAP and ANSI.

The ONC’s Health Information Technology Certification program, which provides authorization for the certification of electronic health care records, was established in January 2011.  The recently published Stage 2 Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria Final Rule is administered nationally by the ONC.

ICSA Labs is NVLAP- accredited as a Health IT Test Lab and is also an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) accredited by ANSI to ISO/IEC Guide 65.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

January 16, 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 13 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.