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M*Modal Drives Anywhere, Anytime Medical Dictation with Enhancements to iOS Mobility Solution

Understanding that physicians require more comprehensive, flexible clinical documentation solutions that reflect the fast-paced highly mobile health care environment, M*Modal today announced enhancements to its Fluency Flex™ Mobile dictation application for iOS 6.0+ devices. Moving beyond the capture of clinical notes during patient encounters to more robust clinical documentation, the new application allows physicians to select a patient from their appointment schedule to quickly and accurately record clinical notes, improving ease of use and productivity.

“M*Modal Fluency Flex Mobile gives physicians a robust dictation solution—right in their pocket,” said Duncan James, CEO of M*Modal. “This app allows them to dictate on their terms to help them save time, streamline their workflow, and ultimately deliver better care.”

M*Modal Fluency Flex Mobile connects doctors with hospital information systems to access health records and dictate and review notes during patient encounters or on the go. The app captures high-quality audio which is securely and immediately transmitted to the M*Modal Fluency for Transcription™ speech engine for fast text conversion and transfer to electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

M*Modal Fluency Flex Mobile includes the following features:

  • Physicians can select a patient from their appointment schedule with real-time updates when connected to hospital interfaces
  • Online and offline voice capture, leveraging 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity for uploading dictations
  • Ability to play back “in process” dictation and suspend jobs for later review/resume/completion
  • Improved audio quality compared to using mobile carrier voice networks by leveraging the latest noise reduction technology on the iPhone
  • Security features meeting HIPAA guidelines including unique authentication, inactivity timeout, encryption of data on device, secure communication over SSL

The app builds on the same cloud-based M*Modal Speech Understanding™ technology powering all M*Modal solutions, so existing clinician voice profiles can be used easily and instantly for optimal accuracy. The M*Modal Fluency™ family of products give healthcare providers the freedom to choose workflow options – mobile, front- and back-end speech recognition, traditional transcription – that best meet their needs.

The M*Modal Fluency Flex™ Mobile app is certified to run on the iPhone® and can work on any device running iOS v6.0 and above. The app is available in the iTunes App Store and is free to customers of M*Modal’s Fluency for Transcription platform.

For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter@MModal.

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About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.comTwitterFacebook and YouTube.

May 5, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Wellmont Health System Selects M*Modal for Advanced Speech Understanding™ Solutions for Electronic Medical Records and Imaging Systems

M*Modal Fluency™ technology to deliver improved productivity, accuracy and seamless interaction with Epic system

Franklin, Tenn. – May 21, 2013 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced an expanded relationship with Wellmont Health System to deliver exclusive enterprise-wide transcription, front-end speech recognition, workflow and reporting for electronic medical records (EMRs) and radiology systems. M*Modal Fluency Direct™ and M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ were selected by Wellmont as the clinical documentation platforms to realize substantial cost savings, increased physician adoption and improved productivity as it implements its Epic EHR later this year.

Based in Kingsport, Tenn., Wellmont is a not-for-profit, 1200-bed integrated health system featuring seven hospitals, two major trauma centers and over 30 ambulatory facilities. M*Modal has provided Wellmont with transcription services since 2009, and with this agreement will become Wellmont’s sole provider of clinical documentation services and solutions across all of its facilities.

“In rolling out our new Epic EMR system, we were looking for a single documentation creation platform to leverage across our enterprise and support efficient workflows and reporting,” said Kent Petty, CIO of Wellmont Health System. “Wellmont emphasizes quality outcomes for our patients, and M*Modal’s speech solutions will help us improve productivity and free up our physicians and staff to focus on patient care.”

M*Modal Fluency Direct and M*Modal Fluency for Imaging are cloud-based software that capture spoken medical dictation and turn it into both unstructured text and structured data that can be shared with EMR/EHR, HIS, RIS and PACS systems. M*Modal’s solutions make documenting effortless by enabling doctors to conversationally create and edit clinical data directly within EMRs through voice-navigation. As part of this agreement, Wellmont will transition from the M*Modal SpeechQ for Radiology™ reporting platform to M*Modal Fluency for Imaging.

“M*Modal Fluency products give Wellmont’s healthcare providers tremendous capability to quickly and accurately create documentation for improved billing, productivity and patient care,” said Vern Davenport, CEO of M*Modal. “M*Modal’s cloud-based technology can significantly enhance the quality of digital records while making EMRs more user-friendly and accessible.”

Unlike other speech recognition technologies, M*Modal Fluency products use a single underlying speech platform, giving each physician access to his/her trained voice profile across any application. In addition, these cloud-based solutions offer users choice in accessing and capturing clinical documentation anytime and anywhere. The M*Modal platform offers strong medically-tuned speech recognition and Natural Language Understanding by capturing and processing the documentation of more than 200,000 doctors that access every day.

For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Leading Healthcare Providers Adopt M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ Radiology Workflow Technology

Hospitals and Imaging Centers to Benefit From Real-Time Alerts and Speech-Enabled, Multimedia Report Creation for Improved Clinical Documentation at the Point of Interpretation

FRANKLIN, TN–(Marketwired – Apr 25, 2013) - M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced signing seven leading hospitals, radiology centers and practices across 10 states as new customers for its M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ product, expanding further the adoption of the company’s advanced technology platform. M*Modal’s solution combines Speech Understanding technology, structured multimedia reporting and workflow management for fast and accurate diagnostic interpretations.

Recent customers for M*Modal Fluency for Imaging include (in alphabetical order):

  • ·         Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland (Calif.)
  • ·         Coastal Radiology (N.C.)
  • ·         Compass Imaging (Miss.)
  • ·         Coosa Valley Medical Center (Ala.)
  • ·         Maricopa County (Ariz.)
  • ·         Princeton Community Hospital (W.Va.)
  • ·         Wahiawa General (Hawaii)

M*Modal Fluency for Imaging is a highly integrated workflow and documentation platform allowing physicians to create accurate, complete and compliant multimedia clinical reports. This solution leverages cloud-based Speech Understanding to convert physician dictation to electronic and encoded documents that are searchable and shareable. In addition, the technology offers significant time savings by auto-populating clinical content from electronic health record and RIS/PAC systems — as well as delivering quality alerts — at the time of report creation.

“M*Modal Fluency for Imaging uses evidence-based decision support and real-time quality alerts to help these new customers to make more efficient and informed interpretations for referring physicians,” said Mike Raymer, M*Modal’s senior vice president of Solutions Management. “With M*Modal’s reporting tool, radiologists can generate information-driven workflows and interactive documentation at the point of interpretation, which can significantly improve productivity and accuracy.”

Radiologists benefit from Natural Language Understanding technology that identifies clinical terms and concepts, patients and populations in documentation. They can also leverage PQRS compliance indicators and critical findings workflow to ensure attending physicians get the right information.

In addition to creating clinical reports and managing workflow, radiologists can further extend M*Modal Fluency for Imaging’s capabilities with M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology™, which aggregates data across multiple clinical systems, creates problem lists and translates information into actionable insights

For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About M*Modal
M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.comTwitter, Facebook and YouTube.

 

May 30, 2013 I Written By

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

Canopy Partners Selects M*Modal for Radiology Reporting and Analytics Technology to Improve Productivity and Efficiency

M*Modal’s Catalyst for Radiology™ platform leverages Natural Language Understanding, closed-loop feedback and in-cloud processing to enhance picture archive and communication systems (PACS) reporting and analysis

Franklin, Tenn. – March 19, 2013 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced that Canopy Partners, a healthcare management services organization based in Greensboro, N.C., has chosen M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology™ for creating complete, insightful and compliant imaging documentation. M*Modal’s technology platform gives radiologists the analytical tools and full historical view to make efficient and informed diagnostic interpretations.

M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology is a cloud-based workflow and reporting application that aggregates patient history and imaging records, uncovers insights and makes clinical information locked in narrative text quickly available and shareable. It allows radiologists to address and prevent documentation deficiencies at the point of care, structures documents with encoded clinical data, and gives immediate feedback to improve evidence-based decision making.

“Canopy Partners works with hospitals, imaging centers and medical practices to provide critical support in clinical and business workflow,” explained Worth Saunders, CEO of Canopy Partners.  “M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology gives us the analytical capabilities to create meaningful and highly accurate imaging documentation, and complements our core expertise in delivering business intelligence to our clients.”

M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology helps understand the full meaning and context behind physician reports by applying Natural Language Understanding to narrative documentation. Unlike the rudimentary word spotting or tagging of most “natural language processing” products in use today, M*Modal’s technology goes far beyond keyword searches to provide insights that are not apparent when analyzing only structured data.

“For radiologists, delivering fast and accurate imaging interpretations is incredibly important in helping make referring physicians more productive,” said Vern Davenport, CEO of M*Modal. “M*Modal Catalyst products collect and synthesize all available clinical data to ensure reporting is compliant, comprehensive and accurate, which translates to better quality care and reimbursements.”

This solution is part of the M*Modal Catalyst™ portfolio of products and can be fully integrated with the M*Modal Fluency™ family of speech understanding solutions. This integration maximizes M*Modal’s cloud-based speech understanding technology for higher quality care and more accurate reimbursements.  For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About Canopy Partners

Canopy Partners is a management service organization focused on innovative, robust and efficient solutions to the problems of healthcare organizations.  We deliver billing services, business analytics, information technology and management services to health systems, hospitals, imaging centers and physician practices.  Our object is to help our clients improve patient care, tighten their revenue cycle, optimize workflow and seamlessly integrate systems.   Canopy Partners was started by Greensboro Radiology, a premier provider of diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services.  For more information about Canopy Partners, visit www.canopy-partners.com.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading provider of clinical transcription services, clinical documentation workflow solutions, advanced cloud-based Speech UnderstandingTM  technology,  and advanced unstructured data analytics.  Recognized as the largest clinical transcription service provider in the world with its global network of medical editors, M*Modal also offers voice to text and context solutions to capture the complete patient story, codifies the doctor’s narrative to automatically populate EMRs and other key healthcare information systems, delivers computer-assisted coding to support ICD-9 and the transition to ICD-10, and provides highly advanced analytical tools for exploring the richness within the “unstructured” narrative for improvements in quality of care, greater physician satisfaction and lower operational costs. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

March 28, 2013 I Written By

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

M*Modal Announces Strategic Alliance with 3M Health Information Systems

Companies collaborate to link the physician narrative to the computer-assisted coding process

Franklin, TN – February 26, 2013 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced an agreement with 3M Health Information Systems enabling the M*Modal’s clinical documentation platform to work in conjunction with the 3M 360 Encompass System. Healthcare professionals will benefit from this advanced technology collaboration, which brings together cloud-based speech understanding, computer-assisted coding (CAC), clinical documentation improvement (CDI), quality metrics, and analytics into a unified data workflow for mutual clients of 3M and M*Modal.

Through this alliance, healthcare organizations can leverage M*Modal’s capability in structuring the voice-captured physician narrative into a Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), a markup standard used to define the structure of clinical documents such as discharge summaries and progress notes. Verified, structured, and stored clinical documentation delivered through M*Modal’s validation workflow can be processed directly by the 3M 360 Encompass System’s natural language processing (NLP) engine with minimal set-up and engine tuning.

“Healthcare IT leaders are asking their software vendors to collaborate in new and innovative ways to bring greater value to client organizations,” said JaeLynn Williams, senior vice president, 3M Health Information Systems. “With this agreement, 3M and M*Modal can simplify and speed the software implementation process so our clients can see the benefits of their technology investment much more quickly.”

The alliance will help healthcare organizations reduce interface costs and shorten technology implementation timelines. With streamlined access to M*Modal’s physician generated clinical documentation, mutual clients can more quickly realize value from 3M’s integrated CDI, CAC, and data analytic tools.

“M*Modal and 3M are working together to help healthcare organizations bring increased accuracy and simplicity to clinical documentation and coding processes,” said Matt Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Corporate & Business Development at M*Modal.  “By creating structure from the physician’s narrative, we can drive downstream processes like billing and ICD-10 compliance to promote accurate reimbursements and patient outcomes data.”

3M and M*Modal will demonstrate how their product offerings work together at the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference, March 3-7, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. Visit M*Modal on the HIMSS13 exhibit floor at booth #6647 and 3M Health Information Systems at booth #2341.

The 3M 360 Encompass System integrates computer-assisted coding, documentation improvement, and performance monitoring workflows to achieve greater coding productivity, complete documentation for better coded data, more accurate reimbursement, and actionable data to improve patient care processes. It provides accurate, complete, and compliant data, while improving workflow efficiencies and identifying processes that impact patient care in real-time.

The M*Modal Fluency™ and M*Modal Catalyst™ clinical documentation platforms use a single, integrated speech engine, giving physicians and health care professionals a single user profile and consistent, high-quality documentation across all clinical systems. M*Modal’s solutions enable healthcare professionals to capture patient narratives, aggregate data across an enterprise in real time and retrospectively, and uncover insights to drive action.

About 3M Health Information Systems
Best known for its market-leading coding system and ICD-10 expertise, 3M Health Information Systems delivers innovative software and consulting services designed to raise the bar for clinical documentation improvement, computer-assisted coding, performance monitoring, and quality outcomes reporting. 3M’s robust healthcare data dictionary and terminology services support data interoperability and the expansion and accuracy of the electronic health record. With nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience and the know-how of more than 100 credentialed 3M coding experts, 3M is the go-to choice for more than 5,000 hospitals worldwide that want to improve quality and financial performance. For more information, call 800-367-2447, visit www.3Mhis.com, or follow on Twitter @3MHISNews.

About M*Modal
M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to capture and include the context of their patient narratives in a single step into electronic health records, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012.

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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

VitalHealth Software to Participate in Health Story Demonstration at HIMSS 2013 Interoperability Showcase

VitalHealth Software to Showcase Cloud-based EHR Designed with Mayo Clinic in Collaborative Demo

Minneapolis, MN — February 19, 2013 —VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management founded by the Mayo Clinic and Noaber Foundation, today announced that the company will participate in a Health Story demonstration at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition from March 3 -7, in New Orleans. VitalHealth will demo the latest version of its cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) solution as a participant in The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ (La Nouvelle Ballroom, Level 2). The VitalHealth EHR will serve as the interoperability and data sharing demonstration’s primary care EHR system. Designed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI), the VitalHealth EHR is purpose-built to be easy to use, compatible with handheld devices such as tablets, and adaptable to the varied work styles of small practices. Delivered on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, VitalHealth EHR supports the latest interoperability standards. The EHR is certified for Meaningful Use and meets or exceeds HIPAA privacy and security requirements.

Approximately 1.2 billion clinical documents are produced in the United States each year, however this tremendous source of information is underutilized in current computer-based record systems. The Health Story Project will bring together several health IT vendors at HIMSS 2013 to demonstrate HL7 Consolidated CDA (Clinical Document Architecture) based interoperability, allowing attendees to follow the path of a patient across several points of care.

“Interoperability is crucial for achieving better outcomes and more affordable care, because it helps remove hazardous ambiguity, incompleteness and waste from the medical record. We have long been supporters of IHE and the Health Story Project, so we’re pleased to have been selected to participate this year,” said Blair Butterfield, President, North America, VitalHealth Software. “Our recent success at the North American Connectathon, where we passed all planned tests for exchanging C-CDA documents, was a key milestone to ensuring the demonstration at HIMSS will show the power of interoperability to enhance quality healthcare delivery.”

VitalHealth Software was founded to develop a game changing, cloud-based eHealth application platform, with an emphasis on solutions for managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD, CHF, depression, cancer and Alzheimer’s. The company also has market-leading solutions for ACO, managing online interventions and outcome monitoring for behavioral health. VitalHealth’s primary goal is having a positive impact on the health of 10 million people in five years while at the same time becoming a market leader.

In the Health Story demonstration, which features six leading vendors, the VitalHealth EHR will first receive an unstructured CDA document containing scanned imaging data. After review and diagnosis, the primary care physician will then refer the patient to an oncologist, by generating a referral note and electronically transmitting a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) to the oncologist. The process will streamline and improve the accuracy and responsiveness of existing paper-based processes, demonstrating how interoperable health IT systems can lead to faster, cheaper, and better care delivery.

To learn about tailoring the VitalHealth EHR platform to meet the needs of medical specialties, please contact Arjen Westerink at awesterink@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

To schedule a meeting with VitalHealth Software at HIMSS, please contact Jessica Cohen at jcohen@ariamarketing.com.

About Health Story

The Health Story Project was founded four years ago by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Clinical Documentation Industry Association, Lantana Consulting Group, and M*Modal. It is now a collaborative of over two dozen healthcare vendors, providers and associations. Health Story accelerates development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of clinical documents, brings them through the HL7 ballot process and promotes their adoption within the industry. Over the previous four years, the initiative produced the first set of national data standards for clinical documents-use of which supports requirements for Meaningful Use of EHR systems. Health Story Promoter members include Fujitsu, Inofile, Lantana Consulting Group, M*Modal, Nuance, Optum and Verizon. The Health Story vision is for complete patient stories to be available in electronic medical records.

About VitalHealth Software 

VitalHealth Software was founded as collaboration between the Noaber Foundation (NL) and Mayo Clinic (US), and delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  Our model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India. For more information about VitalHealth Software, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.  For more information about VitalHealth EHR, please visit www.vitalhealthehr.com, or contact us via email at info@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

February 22, 2013 I Written By

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

Speech Recognition Tools Look to Play a Crucial Role within EMR

KLAS’ 2013 look at speech recognition vendors provides key insights for providers

OREM, Utah – Thursday, February 14, 2013 - Speech recognition vendors hope that just as front-end and back-end speech technology proved to cut costs and improve efficiency for transcription and image documentation, similar efficiencies can be found for EMR. This and other insights can be found in a new KLAS report titled Speech Recognition 2013: Going from Back to Front and Beyond.

Through various discussions with providers, KLAS provides key insights into the current state of speech recognition vendors and future considerations. The report touches on early leaders, market share, and front- and back-end innovations. Provider satisfaction with vendors as well as peer recommendations is also shared.

“There is a lot of interesting movement in regard to vendors in this space,” said Ben Brown, research director and report author. “For example, MModal, like some of the other vendors, shows a significant increase in service scores with their back-end solution, yet they show a significant decrease in the same category for their front-end solution. It’s important for providers to know this before they move forward with a vendor.”

Other vendors highlighted in this report include Agfa, Dolbey, and Nuance. To learn more about the speech recognition vendors and findings in this study as well as related reports that will publish in 2013, check out the full report, Speech Recognition 2013: Going from Back to Front and Beyond. This report is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

 

 

 

 

February 18, 2013 I Written By

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

UVA Health System speech-enables EHR system (via M*Modal)

University of Virginia Health System Selects M*Modal’s Speech Understanding Solutions M*Modal’s suite of cloud-based solutions delivers a single speech platform to create, manage and share high-quality patient records in electronic health record systems

Franklin, TN – January 29, 2013 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced that the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System will deploy M*Modal Fluency Direct™ and M*Modal Catalyst for Quality™ to speech-enable its electronic health record (EHR) systems, bringing greater insight and analysis to patient records. Using M*Modal’s cloud-based Natural Language Understanding™ speech engine, these solutions enable medical staff and informatics professionals to quickly and accurately capture clinical narratives for improved billing, productivity and patient care.

M*Modal’s technology is the exclusive speech platform for all of UVA’s health facilities, which include a 604-bed hospital, level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

“Electronic medical records have significant potential to help us improve the care we provide for our patients,” said Mark Andersen, interim chief of technology services and health information for UVA Health System. “Comprehensive documentation of the care we provide is vital for a variety of reasons.”

The technology solutions selected by UVA Health Systems have different roles in the clinical documentation process and offer various benefits for all the stakeholders involved.

•       M*Modal Fluency Direct enables physicians and hospital staff to dictate and originate documentation directly within EHR templates in a single step. Using speech instead of a keyboard, physicians tend to expand on the patient narrative, capturing greater insight in clinical documents that can be leveraged in areas like coding.
•       M*Modal Catalyst for Quality aggregates records from across the enterprise, uncovers insights and makes clinical information locked in narrative text quickly available and shareable. It also identifies gaps and inaccuracies in documentation to drive CDI initiatives, quality measures and Meaningful Use readiness. By improving document specificity, it helps with ICD-10 transition.

“Using conversational documentation, our technology enables physicians to generate truly useable information that drives actions within an EHR, ensuring better productivity and patient outcomes,” said Vern Davenport, CEO of M*Modal. “M*Modal’s products give UVA Health System a strong platform for building dynamic, high-quality patient records and getting the most out of their EHR system investment.”

M*Modal’s solutions share a single, integrated speech engine, giving physicians and health care professionals a single user profile and consistent, high-quality documentation across all clinical systems. Both Fluency and Catalyst products provide comprehensive speech understanding from day one, based on a library of nearly 200,000 voice patterns in the M*Modal cloud. M*Modal’s Natural Language Understanding draws from a decade of learning to recognize medical terminologies and specialties, as well as different accents, dialects and cadences, for “first time right” speech understanding.

For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About M*Modal and MModal, Inc.
M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

February 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Providers Rethink Health Information Management Strategy in Face of Brewing ICD-10 Storm

Regulatory requirements and ICD-10 changes challenge current go-forward strategies     

Orem, Utah – January 8, 2013 - Providers tell KLAS they are reassessing their go-forward health information management (HIM) strategies accompanying ICD-10 to address new challenges around organizational consolidation or expansion, EMRs, and other HIM technology implementations. This and other insights can be found in a new KLAS report entitled HIM Services 2012: Helping to Weather the Storm.

“The monumental shift to ICD-10 has providers worried about keeping up with regulatory requirements, obtaining and retaining the right staff, and handling the fluctuation in volumes and productivity that they predict will occur,” said Graham Triggs, research director. “As volumes increase with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for the next 18 years, the need for adequate, qualified, and trained staff becomes clear.”

Biggest HIM Department Challenge

To address these staffing and other HIM challenges, some providers are looking to third-party assistance to outsource transcription (MTSO), coding, scanning, or release of information. Providers looking to alleviate ICD-10 coding concerns are also considering computer-assisted coding (CAC) and clinical documentation improvement technology, which are also discussed in depth in this report.

A major focus of this report is a detailed discussion of the turnaround times, report quality, account management, and administrative tools of MTSO firms. Providers have also identified clear distinctions as they examine what firms offer in expertise and tools and their track records of client satisfaction.

Precyse and TransTech top the satisfaction rankings, but more comprehensive offerings by larger firms Nuance and M*Modal continue to dominate market share. Among reasons discussed in the report for Precyse’s and TransTech’s scores are their unique HIM offerings. Precyse offers clients transcription and coding services, a CAC product, and the ability to fully outsource the HIM department. TransTech is onshore only but still delivers consistent report quality and fast turnaround times as well as offering a unique service for radiologists. The key reasons behind Nuance’s and M*Modal’s offerings and market share dominance are discussed at length as well.

Other fully rated MTSO firms include Accentus, Acusis, Nuance (Transcend), and Superior Global. Early data and component firms include Amphion, FutureNet, Keystrokes, MedScribe, M*Modal, NEMT, PJ&A, StenTel, and Transdyne. Findings about Alpha Systems for scanning services and about Healthport and MRO Corp for release of information are also discussed.

To learn more about HIM Services 2012: Helping to Weather the Storm, please visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, emailmarketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

January 31, 2013 I Written By

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Amphion Medical Solutions Launches Triton Health Document Cloud™

Innovative cloud-based solution provides hospitals with the flexibility needed to respond to evolving transcription needs

MADISON, Wis. – Aug. 28, 2012 – Amphion Medical Solutions, an innovative provider of transcription and coding technology and outsourcing services, announced today the launch of Triton Health Document Cloud™. The flexible cloud-based transcription solution helps hospitals maximize budgets and resources, in part by facilitating a seamless transition between in-house and outsourced services in response to evolving needs.

“Amphion understands the challenge hospitals face to continuously deliver superior transcription services despite rapidly changing dictation volumes,” said Mike Cavill, chairman and co-founder, Amphion Medical Solutions. “For years, Triton has been the platform across which Amphion delivered the transcription services that helped our clients achieve those quality outcomes. Now Triton is available to any hospital interested in leveraging the power of the cloud to reduce costs and better manage their in-house transcription resources.”

Triton Health Document Cloud integrates M*Modal’s advanced speech understanding and natural language processing (NLP) technologies to create the next generation of clinical documentation workflow. It improves productivity by providing organizations with multiple options: providing transcriptionists with highly accurate documents ready for editing or giving clinicians the option to dictate, review and electronically sign reports in one session or send partial dictations to the transcriptionist for completion.

Triton also provides hospitals with the flexibility to retain all transcription in-house or to seamlessly shift overflow or full services to Amphion’s experienced transcription team as needed. Further, Triton is based upon Amphion’s “right-sized” demand-based pricing model, which means hospitals pay only for the transcribed volumes produced. This reduces costs by aligning transcription expenses with actual utilization.

“The flexibility of the Triton platform streamlines our transcription processes, while the robust management console gives us the ability to easily track all transcription-related activities and quickly adjust to changes in volume,” said Nancy Cloutier, HIM director of Boston-based Hallmark Health System. “Triton has helped us accelerate turnaround times, increase efficiencies and save time and money. It is unlike anything we have ever experienced before.”

Its robust speech understanding capabilities mean Triton is positioned to help hospitals meet proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria by translating physician dictation into searchable, structured information. Narrative clinical data, including diagnostic, procedural, medication and allergy information, is indexed and encoded for download into the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system, while Triton’s NLP capabilities transform narrative dictation into standardized, structured and codified HL7-compliant CDA output.

The Triton platform integrates easily with admission-discharge-transfer (ADT) and EHR systems and can be deployed by department or enterprise-wide. Finally, because Triton is cloud-based, no upfront investment in hardware or software is required and ongoing maintenance costs are eliminated.

About Amphion Medical Solutions

Founded in 2001, Amphion Medical Solutions (www.amphionmedical.com) delivers complete outsourcing services and solutions to meet healthcare clients’ transcription, coding and technology needs. With extensive healthcare expertise and leading-edge technology, Amphion leverages the proven benefits of transcription and coding outsourcing and provides organizations with the technology they need to manage an in-house transcription team. Featured products include Triton, a voice-recognition transcription platform, and Themis, a remote coding solution.

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