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North American Connectathon 2013 Provides Testing Ground for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements

CHICAGO – (February 27, 2013) In an effort to advance interoperability in the U.S., IHE USA and the Health Story Project offered  Health Level Seven’s (HL7) Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture® (C-CDA) standard as part of the testing process at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2013. When implemented into electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs), HL7’s C-CDA contributes a critical component of a patient’s medical record, including the physician’s progress notes, discharge summaries, and other clinical documents. U.S. physicians create over a billion clinical notes each year. These notes contain most of a patient’s clinical records, and most EHRs are not capable of integrating this type of data into their systems.

“Eighteen vendors registered to test 27 systems for C-CDA – including, a diverse group of EHR, document imaging and HIE vendors. After years of working with EHR and HIE vendors and encouraging acceptance of C-CDA document types, 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.

IHE USA and Health Story Project are excited to announce that 18 companies earned a passing test score for C-CDA testing at the NA Connectathon 2013, gaining a competitive advantage in meeting Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for adoption of C-CDA.

Successful Consolidated CDA Test Participants:

Allscripts

athenahealth

CareEvolution, Inc.

Certify Data Systems

Corepoint Health

Epic

GE Healthcare

Greenway Medical Technologies

Iatric Systems, Inc.

ICT Health

InterSystems

Notable Solutions, Inc.

Nuance Communications

Mirth Corporation

Nextgen Healthcare

Oracle America

VitalHealth Software

Vitera Healthcare Solutions

Please visit IHE USA to learn more about Consolidated CDA, the NA Connectathon, and Consolidated CDA test participants.

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 nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in IHE International, Inc.

About Health Story

The Health Story Project was founded five 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 accelerated development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of clinical documents, bringing them through the HL7 ballot process and promoting their adoption within the industry. Over the previous five years, the initiative produced the first set of national data standards for clinical documents – use of which supports requirements for Meaningful Use of EHRs. The Health Story vision is for complete patient stories to be available in electronic medical records.  You can see Health Story in action at HIMSS13 in the Interoperability Showcase.

February 27, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

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.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

LOCKHEED MARTIN AND THE RFID IN HEALTHCARE CONSORTIUM TO UNVEIL VIRTUAL HEALTHCARE THEATER AT HIMSS CONFERENCE

Bethesda, Md., Feb. 27, 2013 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and the RFID in Healthcare
Consortium (RHCC) will unveil an octagonal-shaped, virtual healthcare theater in The Intelligent
Hospital™ Pavilion at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
conference in New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center March 4-6.

“The Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion concept is creating new ways for healthcare executives to
witness technology integrating with patient care delivery,” says Dr. Paul Frisch, president and
CTO, RHCC. “By bringing the right tools and talents together, we’re seeing innovations that will
revolutionize the healthcare environment.”

The Intelligent Hospital™ (IH) Pavilion provides a practical overview of how diverse
technologies, including medical devices and systems, clinical applications, Auto ID, RFID,
RTLS, sensors and wireless technologies, along with tablets and smart mobile devices, are
seamlessly integrated to enhance patient care, optimize workflow and manage healthcare
resources. The pavilion will showcase numerous unique use cases and solutions simulating
typical scenarios within the OR, ICU, ER, ambulance and pharmacy.

“HIMSS is a great opportunity to tell our story of bringing systems integration, simulation,
and analytics into the clinical environment,” said Dr. Robert J. Szczerba, Lockheed Martin’s
corporate director of global healthcare initiatives. “In our theater, we’ll highlight opportunities to
create efficiencies, improve care and bring down costs for the healthcare ecosystem.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the IH Pavilion on Monday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear from Dr. Szczerba on Wednesday, March 6, at
9:45 a.m. in Room 245 of the convention center. He will address how advanced technologies
from the aerospace and defense sectors can be applied to the clinical environments in his
presentation “How Aerospace Technology Can Help Transform Healthcare”.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company
that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems,
products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

About the RFID in Healthcare Consortium

The RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) globally advocates for the safe and effective use
of wireless-based technologies in healthcare and supports the development of interoperability standards with government and industry. This worldwide network of RFID professionals shares technical expertise, innovative research results and best practices for wireless technologies in healthcare. RFID applications in healthcare improve patient outcomes, patient safety, access control, asset management and overall operational efficiencies in healthcare delivery. The RFID in Healthcare Consortium is a vendor-neutral organization whose members support RFID education, standards development and advocacy.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Sharp HealthCare and Nonprofit FHCE to Present Software Answer To $49 Billion Hospital Industry Shortfall with Results from 25-Month ER Study

Presentation Scheduled for HIMSS’ Opening Day March 4    

San Mateo, CA – February 27, 2013 – While thousands of hospitals struggle to find better ways to meet the needs of uninsured and private pay patients, Sharp HealthCare  will present a welcome solution with findings from a 25-month study of uninsured  patients cared for at its four busy San Diego ERs.  In an innovative partnership with the Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE), Sharp will shed new light on how hospitals can gain reimbursement while providing patients with much-needed assistance at the annual HIMSS Conference in New Orleans, Monday, March 4.

The architects of the new approach, Gerilynn Sevenikar, vice president of Patient Financial Services for Sharp HealthCare, and Ankeny Minoux, president of FHCE, will present  “How Hospitals Can Improve their Bottom Line and Relationships with Uninsured Patients,” covering the lessons learned and steps other hospitals can take, at 9:45 a.m. in room 347 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Minoux and Sevenikar will share insights into the Sharp approach, which has its genesis in FHCE’s free Eligibility Quiz that allows uninsured ER patients to identify which public and private low-cost coverage options for which they may qualify through a simple, 90-second, five-step quiz. During the 25-month study, Sharp discovered more than 80% of the patients who took the survey were not enrolled in free or low-cost government programs for which they were eligible.

Armed with this critical insight, Sevenikar and her team at Sharp, working closely with FHCE, further refined the approach by incorporating the FHCE coverage and enrollment data along with the organization’s admitting protocols and financial systems. The end result made it possible for every ER patient to receive a list of available coverage options during the point-of-care step.

“Most self-pay patients want to contribute toward their bill, but because of the laborious nature of qualifying for assistance on both the patient’s and the hospital’s end, they often give up and leave the hospital unfunded,” said Sevenikar. “We needed a solution that helped us and helped our patients – through FHCE we found the answer.”

Based on the success of the Sharp program, and interest from other hospitals, FHCE expanded its basic Eligibility Quiz and launched PointCare, a for-profit patient advocacy company in September of 2012.  Sharp and several other hospitals and clinics are now using the technology-based solution to change the tone of financial conversations with their uninsured patients.

“Regardless of when health care reform takes full implementation, millions of people remain without health care coverage today, and we must find ways to help them and the hospitals losing money simply because they provide necessary health care services,” said Minoux.

An independent third-party study analyzing government statistics puts the unpaid tab to hospitals caring for uninsured patients at $49 billion annually.

PointCare is a low-cost monthly subscription-based service. It is modeled after the highly-successful Health Coverage Eligibility Quiz offered by the non-profit, Foundation for Health Coverage Education (www.coverageforall.org), which has helped more than 5 million people nationwide navigate the complex health insurance system.

The mission of California-based PointCare is to provide tools that strengthen the dignity of self-pay patients through the effective, empathetic, and compassionate communication of health coverage options from the hospital, health clinic, or doctor’s office to the patient. For more information or to request a demo, visit www.PointCare.com or call 650-762-1928.

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

BEACON PARTNERS APPOINTS PRINCIPALS

Healthcare Management Expert Appoints New Leadership to Expand Strategic Management and Growth

WEYMOUTH, MA – February 26, 2013 – Healthcare management consulting firm Beacon Partners today announced the promotion of Scott Freeman to principal of its Southwest territory and the appointment of Kevin McKittrick to principal of its Northeast and Eastern Canada territories.
Freeman, who has more than 18 years of experience in leadership roles within the healthcare industry, will be responsible for providing strategic and advisory services to nationally recognized healthcare organizations, including large academic and integrated healthcare systems.
As a former Regional Director at Beacon Partners, Freeman was responsible for supporting current and prospective clients within the Western United States. Prior to joining Beacon Partners, Freeman led a team of ambulatory provider specialists tasked with creating a community integration strategy through ambulatory EMR connectivity for hospital clients.
Freeman holds a Bachelor’s degree in management from California State University, and a Master’s degree in health administration from the University of Washington, School of Public Health (2013).
Kevin McKittrick will serve as Principal for the Northeast and Eastern Canada, McKittrick will be responsible for providing strategic and advisory services to healthcare organizations ranging from small community hospitals to large academic and integrated healthcare systems.
In McKittrick’s previous role as healthcare field director at EMC Corporation, he was responsible for EMC’s healthcare vertical at the divisional sales level in establishing, implementing, and maintaining go-to market strategies to align EMC’s technology, solutions, and services, to the specific needs of the healthcare industry. His areas of specialization include helping clients achieve the greatest clinical, financial, and operational performance possible to deliver the highest level of patient care by improving workflow and productivity for safer, collaborative care decisions.
McKittrick’s experiences provide a strong result focused background in complex enterprise transformation and knowledge within multiple vendor system and practice areas within healthcare IT.

About Beacon Partners:

As one of the largest healthcare management consulting firms, Beacon Partners is chosen by organizations in the healthcare community to provide advisory services to improve overall operational, clinical, and financial performance with the adoption of information technology. With their strategic approach and depth of experience, Beacon Partners is uniquely qualified to help organizations navigate the challenges in healthcare and optimize their potential to deliver the highest possible level of patient care. For more information, please visit beaconpartners.com.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

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.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.