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HIMSS Analytics Recognizes Three-State Group of Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (April 11, 2013) – Since 2005, HIMSS Analytics has tracked progress of electronic medical record implementation with its EMR Adoption Model? (EMRAM) for hospitals. Now, HIMSS Analytics announces that 54 Essentia Health ambulatory clinics, located in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have reached Stage 7 on The Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM).

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Stage 7 ambulatory facilities:

  • Deliver patient care without the use of paper charts;
  • Use their EMR and patient portal to drive patient engagement, and thus, improved health status through better health maintenance;
  • Use their vast database of clinical information and evidence based practice guidance to improve  outcomes using business intelligence solutions; and
  • Are able to share patient information through private and public health information exchanges (HIE), which improves communications, speeds up appropriate care delivery, and ultimately, reduces unnecessary consumption.

The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a Chief Medical Information Officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.  Visiting a representative ambulatory clinic or clinics that deployed the same EMR applications and software, the validation team conducts both a comprehensive system overview and an analytics review to ensure improved health status indicators and understanding of the effectiveness of their patient engagement strategy.

“Having a common electronic medical record that spans our integrated delivery system is a key strategy for Essentia Health.  As we focus on changing models of care, quality initiatives and new payment models, our EMR has been instrumental in allowing Essentia to adapt quickly to these trends,” says Dennis Dassenko, Chief Information Officer, Essentia Health System.

“Rich ambulatory health IT tools and real-time analytics have provided operational and clinical leadership the opportunity to change care models as we become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  It also allows us to improve patient care by closing care gaps and improving quality metrics,” says Thomas H. Wiig, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Essentia Health.  “Patient involvement on care councils and at medical section meetings has provided valuable feedback about optimizing our secure patient portal and other patient care tools, and adds to our goal of increased patient engagement.”

“Essentia operates in a paperless environment using its fully deployed, multi-specialty EMR as the backbone for its comprehensive analytics program, which is tied to a patient engagement strategy resulting in improved health status in asthma care and congestive heart failure,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Serving a wide geographic area over several states, the Essentia clinics have adapted their program to fit a complex environment. With improved documentation, the claims denial rate has plummeted from the mid-teens to only 1 percent.”

As the current data on the A-EMRAM indicates, as of March 30, 2013, HIMSS Analytics has recognized only:

  • 1.10 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 6; and
  • 0.9 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 7.

An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit for more information.

May 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Health Catalyst Systems Brings Accountable Care to New Jersey’s Largest Health System

Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Created by Hackensack University Medical Center and Its Affiliated Physicians Selects Health Catalyst Systems to Support Participation in Medicare Shared Savings Program

HACKENSACK, NJ–(Marketwire – March 04, 2013) –   Health Catalyst Systems, LLC today announced that the Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO), an accountable care organization created by the combination of HackensackUMC and its affiliated physicians, has selected its Technology Enabled Active Management (TEAM) of Care model to proactively manage care coordination across the ACO. By implementing the TEAM of Care Solution, the Hackensack Alliance ACO will be able to provide hospital and community clinicians, care coordinators, and patients a coordinated and unified view of the patient’s clinical, financial and administrative data from electronic health records, claims systems, and other data sources. To assure the Hackensack Alliance ACO fully realizes its goals, Health Catalyst will provide advisory consulting, care coordination technology, and it’s TEAM of Care workflow algorithms for best practice care coordination. Providers in the ACO will have an integrated view of patient records, shared care plans, a status tracking system for care plan adherence, and a secure messaging system for communications. Primary care providers, medical specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, care coordinators, and home health aides can use the system to designate multidisciplinary care teams that actively manage their patients across multiple EHR platforms in multiple settings and locations.

Morey Menacker, D.O., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hackensack Alliance ACO, stated that “Health Catalyst provides us with one platform to manage and coordinate the care activities inside and outside our organization, across the entire continuum of care.” “This Active Management of Care model is critical to how the ACO will achieve our goals for improved patient care and reduced costs of care,” said Peter Gross, M.D., Chairman of the Hackensack Alliance ACO Board of Managers. Edward Gold, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Hackensack Alliance ACO Board of Managers stated that “Because the TEAM of Care model automates our visibility into care coordination activities, our physicians, nurses, care coordinators and patients can take immediate actions that will improve outcomes.” According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, failure to coordinate care delivery cost the U.S. Health System between $102 and $154 Billion Dollars in 2011. (Source: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

HackensackUMC has remained committed to remaining at the forefront of technology to achieve better patient results. In fact, Dr. Shafiq Rab, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, HackensackUMC, was recently listed among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know” based upon his commitment to the pursuit of innovative health technology and IT programs as a means to achieving high-quality coordinated care delivery for HackensackUMC. Dr. Rab’s evangelism is based on his unique clinical, IT and public health experience and this background has enabled his to improve the meaningful use of technology and the clinical delivery of care at the lowest cost at every institution that he has worked. Dr. Rab stated “After an exhaustive search of technology and consulting ACO vendors, Health Catalyst and its Technology Enabled Active Management of Care allows us to leverage the existing hospital and ambulatory technology Electronic Health Record platforms we already have invested in to be able to share community wide agreed up care plans across multiple technology platforms.”

“The most complex patients in our healthcare system are also the highest cost,” said Alan Gilbert, MPA, FHIMSS, Managing Partner at Health Catalyst Systems. “A larger percentage of patients with chronic diseases — diabetes, COPD, CHF, obesity, and cancers — have multiple conditions and require care from a wide variety of providers in a wide variety of settings. Our TEAM of Care approach enables healthcare providers to more effectively monitor and manage a patient’s care. For patients with chronic disease, this process leads to reduced hospitalizations, reduced lengths of stay, fewer readmissions, avoided redundant tests, and improved adherence to treatment therapies.”

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. This 775-bed facility has created an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas — more than any other hospital in the nation, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named one of the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals®, a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades® for seven years in a row. HackensackUMC received 19 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission — more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, visit:

About The Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

The Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was established to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), which is designed to reduce the growth in Medicare expenditures through the development of a patient centered care model that focuses on providing high quality services and medical care. Our mission is to provide patients with high quality service and medical care while reducing the growth in care expenditures through enhanced care coordination, preventive care, patient empowerment and best practices supported by medical research. In order for our patients to receive quality care that makes a positive difference, Hackensack Physician-Hospital Alliance ACO physicians must work closely with patients, family members and other providers to coordinate care across medical specialties and care settings. Patient centered care requires Hackensack physicians to transform and improve all aspects of the healthcare experience for the individual patient as well as the population. In the interest of our patients, HackensackUMC physicians are dedicated to providing patients with quality medical care that includes: patient and family education, better access to care, efficient processes, and evidence based care management. To learn more about The Hackensack Physician-Hospital Alliance Accountable Care Organization, visit

About Health Catalyst Systems, LLC 

Health Catalyst Systems, LLC has developed a unique and innovative care coordination solution called Technology Enabled Active Management (TEAM) of Care. This solution creates proactive care management activities through plans of care, work flow rules, and triggers for active follow up. Health Catalyst automates this process by configuring these rules into care coordination software that includes a work flow decision engine, Health Information Exchange, communication platform, and analytics tools. The TEAM of Care model converts data into action through work lists, phase dashboards, secure messages, and reports for immediate care follow up and active management. Health Catalyst assures delivery and value realization from every project by combining best practices for care coordination with world-class consulting and implementation expertise. Our combined solutions deliver an unmatched foundation for clinical integration, care coordination, and associated reimbursement models tied to quality outcomes. To learn more about the TEAM of Care, please visit

March 8, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Virtua Selects Tribridge Consulting Services for Accountable Care Organization Initiative

TAMPA, Fla. (March 1, 2013) –Tribridge, a leading U.S.-based IT services and business consulting firm, today announced that Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua, the largest healthcare provider in southern New Jersey, has selected Tribridge consulting services to assist with administrative functions of its care coordination program, including its Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, this custom business solution will support enrollment, patient consent management, secure messaging and other administrative functions, as well as provide a platform for clinical information from other technology systems to be available to Virtua’s care coordinators in a unified environment.

“Our ACO initiative is enabled by several technologies working together in new ways,” said Al Campanella, executive vice president of strategic business growth and analytics at Virtua. “We chose Tribridge because they have a vision for coordinating care that aligns with ours, as well as deep experience with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and they are partnering well with our other technology vendors.”

Tribridge’s consulting practice helps healthcare providers address the various technology capabilities they need to coordinate care among various care providers. By leveraging Virtua’s existing data warehouses, Tribridge is adapting the Dynamics CRM platform to serve as the care manager’s desktop and offers powerful tools for identifying, engaging and communicating with program candidates and participants.

“Just as corporations became more customer-centric in the last two decades, healthcare providers need to become a lot more patient-centric,” said Damon Auer, vice president of the Healthcare Practice at Tribridge. “It is no longer acceptable to operate in a provider-focused, fee-for-volume healthcare model. The Accountable Care challenge for providers to engage patients, personalize and manage individual care plans, and effectively coordinate care outside of their physical facilities requires a change in mindset and organizational structure that enables systems for quality care.”

Members of Tribridge’s consulting practice will be available at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, March 3-7. Visit the Microsoft booth #1127 in the Expo Center for specific information, or to schedule a private demonstration, please contact Linda Athans at or 813-287-8887, x1212.

About Tribridge

Founded in 1998, Tribridge is a technology services firm specializing in business applications and cloud solutions, providing expertise for where you’re headed. Specializing in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP, SharePoint and other essential productivity solutions, the firm’s more than 400 professionals capitalize on an award-winning combination of industry expertise, technical proficiency and proven service methodology to create an exceptional customer experience and promote a solid return on IT investments. Tribridge serves over 3,500 companies representing a variety of industries throughout the U.S.

About Virtua

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers almost 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Alere, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or


March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Trenton Health Team Selects Covisint, a Compuware Company, as its Health Information Exchange Provider

Covisint Technology Enables Trenton Health Team to Establish ACO Model for Other Urban Regions to Follow

LAS VEGAS–February 21, 2012–Covisint, a Compuware (Nasdaq: CPWR) company, today announced that Trenton Health Team (THT) has selected Covisint as its Health Information Exchange. Covisint will enable THT to provide integrated care coordination for its most vulnerable residents, as well as help THT improve and track health quality outcomes.

Challenges facing some urban health systems include coping with poverty, homelessness, lack of integrated primary care access and inadequate health insurance coverage. These factors lead to increased utilization of local emergency departments (for non-emergency reasons) and escalating healthcare costs.

“Trenton Health Team needed a solution providing a high level of security, interoperability and data warehouse/data analysis tools to help us improve health outcomes and reduce costs system-wide,” said Dr. Ruth Perry, Executive Director for Trenton Health Team. “Covisint will drive a positive and transformative culture change in the way healthcare is delivered within THT. This will lead to better health outcomes for our patients and a better patient and provider experience.”

Covisint enhanced THT’s community-wide clinical care coordination, data sharing and utilization efforts, positioning THT to become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Covisint will provide THT with performance- and quality-based metrics in conjunction with robust data analytics to improve the city’s health outcomes and manage integrated care delivery.

“Delivering care effectively means holding the entire care team responsible for the best possible patient outcome–every time,” said David McGuffie, President and COO of Covisint. “Trenton’s ability to deliver on this promise will dramatically improve not only patient and regional health, but also the organization’s health and infrastructure in preparation for becoming a Medicaid ACO.”

Trenton Health Team

The Trenton Health Team (THT) is a collaborative alliance comprised of the City of Trenton, Capital Health, St. Francis Medical Center and the Henry J. Austin Health Center, Trenton’s only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). THT is a community planning and service organization committed to designing and implementing a tightly integrated health care delivery system in their proposed planning area to include six specific Trenton zip codes (08608, 08609, 08611, 08618, 08629 and 08638). The Trenton Health Team’s vision is to make the city of Trenton, New Jersey the healthiest city in the state.Learn more at the THT website,

Covisint, a Compuware Company

Covisint, a Compuware company, enables information ecosystems that quickly revolutionize organizations by providing secure communication and collaboration between people and systems in remarkably simple ways. Covisint is a recognized cloud computing pioneer driving the on-demand revolution that helps organizations connect, communicate and collaborate with their partners–enabling anywhere, anytime information. The Covisint ExchangeLink™ platform provides industry-specific services for identity management, collaborative portals and data exchange, as well as a third-party application marketplace. Learn more at

Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation, the technology performance company, provides software, experts and best practices to ensure technology works well and delivers value. Compuware solutions make the world’s most important technologies perform at their best for leading organizations worldwide, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies and 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. web sites. Learn more at:

February 22, 2012 I Written By

74% of U.S. Hospitals Plan to Purchase New Health Information Exchange (HIE) Solutions

CapSite has released our 2011 U.S. Health Information Exchange (HIE) Study. Study highlights include:

  • 74% of U.S. Hospitals Plan to Purchase New Health Information Exchange Solutions
  • 16% of Hospitals Plan to Engage a Professional Services / Consulting Firm as Part of Their HIE Strategic Planning or Vendor Selection Process
  • Voice of Customer (VOC) Insight from more than 340 U.S. Hospitals

October 25, 2011, Burlington, VT  – CapSite™ announces the release of the 2011 U.S. Health Information Exchange (HIE) Study.  The study is the most recent in a series of CapSite strategic industry reports focused on assessing the impact of the HITECH Act on the U.S. Health Informational Technology (HIT) market. The study represents unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 340 hospitals on the market adoption, market opportunity, market share and vendor mind share across the U.S..

With the HITECH Act focus on stimulating the exchange of health information and Meaningful Use (MU) of EHRs, our study clearly shows a market that has been increasingly adopting HIE solutions since 2009. We are projecting this market to continue to accelerate over the next 24 months.

 “Additionally, we found that nearly 80% of hospitals either already have or plan to join an HIE.  In contrast, the majority of hospitals were uncertain as to whether they were going to participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).” says CapSite Sr. VP and GM, Gino Johnson.

Voice of Customer (VOC) highlights from the study:

  • 16% of hospitals plan to engage a Professional Services / Consulting firm as part of their HIE strategic planning or vendor selection process
  • The most popular HIE solutions that hospitals plan to purchase:
    • MPI / Patient & Provider Indexes
    • Immunization Reporting
    • Results Reporting / Delivery

Market Penetration / Share and Vendor Mind Share coverage includes:

Accenture, ACS, Allscripts, athenahealth, Bass & Assoc., Carefx, Cerner, Covisint, CPSI, CSC, CTG, dbMotion, Deloitte, Dell, Dr. First, eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Healthcare, Healthland, HIMformatics, HP, ICA, InterSystems,  KPMG, McKesson, Medicity, Meditech, MedPlus, MEDSEEK, Microsoft, MobileMD, NextGen, Northrop Grumman, OptumInsight (formerly Axolotl), Orion Health, Prognosis, QuadraMed, RelayHealth, SAIC, Siemens.

About CapSite™

The CapSite database provides unique transparency on Healthcare Technology pricing and packaging.

CapSite™ is a healthcare technology research and advisory firm.  Our mission is to help our healthcare vendor and provider clients make more informed strategic decisions.  The CapSite™ database is the trusted, easy-to-use online resource, providing critical knowledge and evidence-based information on healthcare technology purchases.  The CapSite database represents more than 140 healthcare technology categories and 1,100 vendors.

CapSite has a strategic alliance with AHA Solutions to bring the CapSite database to the 5,000 AHA member hospitals.

October 31, 2011 I Written By

HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association Comments on the Accountable Care Organization NPRM


CHICAGO (June 14, 2011) – The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of 46 EHR supplier companies, has submitted its comments on the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Shared Savings Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM), with specific focus on the health IT aspects of the proposed rule, as well as aspects of the proposed rule that would benefit from more health IT utilization.
“The concept of the ACO, with provider accountability for cost containment and quality improvement, represents a real effort towards building a new value-driven healthcare system to address the critical shortcomings in the current payment model,” said Leigh Burchell, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Allscripts and Chair of the EHR Association Public Policy Leadership Work Group.
Ms. Burchell went on to say, “Ultimately, we need to improve care coordination for individuals, improve population health, and lower the growth in healthcare-related expenditures. ACOs, if established properly, can be an important tool in
accomplishing these objectives.”
The Association commented favorably on the general approach to health information technology (HIT) in the NPRM, which refrained from being prescriptive on when and how ACO’s would use HIT for such areas as care coordination and patient
Ms. Burchell added, “We appreciate that CMS recognized in the proposed rule that ACOs may take different forms and approaches, following different health IT strategies. But we do request that CMS recognize in the final rule that ACO success will depend on robust IT infrastructure, strong technology leadership, and use of bi-directional, standards-based health information exchange and interoperability.”
While recognizing the importance of accountable care and the promise of ACOs, the Association did comment that it shares the concerns of many industry stakeholders that the ACO Shared Savings proposed rule, as currently formulated, will substantially limit initial participation by constraining the ability of ACOs to invest in needed infrastructure and to operate effectively given the relatively high risk/reward ratio.
The EHR Association identified several other areas in which the ACO Shared Savings proposal could be strengthened, including quality reporting initiatives. “Our customers – hospitals and physicians’ practices across the country – have reporting requirements related to many different programs already in place or in development.
We hope CMS will recognize and minimize the impact on providers and software developers by aligning and avoiding duplication of measures,” added Carl Dvorak, Executive Vice President at Epic Systems and Chair of the EHR Association.
Dvorak went on to say, “As vendors, we recognize the importance of ensuring that our customers are prepared and successful in supporting new aspects of payment reform and quality measurement. We provide our feedback on ACOs with the hope
that we can ensure our customers’ ultimate success should they chose to participate in this program.”
The Association also expressed strong support for CMS’s decision to exclude eligible professional meaningful use incentive payments from ACO shared savings calculations, and proposed extending this exclusion to eligible hospitals as
well. Such exclusions would avoid penalizing professionals and hospitals for having previously earned incentive payments.
Fundamentally, the EHR Association recognizes the key role of health IT in successful ACO deployment, and welcomes the opportunity to engage in ongoing dialog about how key stakeholders can collaborate to make this program successful.
About the HIMSS EHR Association
The HIMSS EHR Association is a trade association of 46 electronic health record (EHR) companies that join together to lead the health IT industry in the accelerated adoption of electronic health records in hospital and ambulatory care settings in the US. The Association provides a leadership forum for the EHR software provider community to speak with a unified voice relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other
EHR issues as they become subject to increasing government, insurance and provider-driven initiatives and requests. Membership is open to HIMSS Corporate Members companies that design, develop and market their own EHRs. The Association is a partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and operates as an independent organizational unit within HIMSS. For more information, visit


June 17, 2011 I Written By

NextGen Healthcare to Help Drive Medicare Advantage and Accountable Care Initiatives for Universal American

Through its family of healthcare companies, Universal American provides healthcare products and programs such as Medicare Advantage to approximately 173,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Under this partnership, Universal American will offer participating physicians access to NextGen Healthcare’s award-winning EHR to help assess patient health risk and manage chronic disease. The agreement includes licenses, implementation and technical support for the deployment of NextGen Ambulatory EHR in multiple healthcare markets throughout the U.S.

Organization provides its participating physicians with access to award-winning EHR to help assess patient health risk and manage chronic disease

HORSHAM, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today that Universal American Corp. (NYSE: UAM) will leverage NextGen® Ambulatory EHR to facilitate better care collaboration across its network of participating physicians.

Through its family of healthcare companies, Universal American provides healthcare products and programs such as Medicare Advantage to approximately 173,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Under this partnership, Universal American will offer participating physicians access to NextGen Healthcare’s award-winning EHR to help assess patient health risk and manage chronic disease. The agreement includes licenses, implementation and technical support for the deployment of NextGen Ambulatory EHR in multiple healthcare markets throughout the U.S.

Recently, Universal American created an accountable care organization (ACO) strategy with the goal of bringing further consistency and collaboration to the care process. Clinical technology was identified as a critical component of Universal American’s ACO strategy, and NextGen Ambulatory EHR was selected as the supporting platform based on its depth of clinical content and comprehensive reporting capabilities.

“Many healthcare organizations seek to identify care gaps after the patient visit,” said Kirk Clove, executive vice president for Universal American. “We see a real opportunity to identify these gaps early on and allow our providers – regardless of setting – to access the real-time information needed to assess patient risk and better manage chronic disease.”

Physicians at Southeast Texas Medical Associates (SETMA), a group practice within the Universal American multi-state network, had successfully built an innovative disease and electronic patient management program leveraging NextGen Ambulatory EHR, helping to solidify Universal American’s decision to partner with NextGen Healthcare.

“For the past 14 years, SETMA has worked with us to provide care to Medicare Advantage patients in the Beaumont, Texas, area,” said Theodore M. Carpenter, Jr., president of Universal American’s Medicare Advantage Division. “This partnership enabled us to see first-hand how the innovative use of technology can significantly improve the quality and coordination of patient care. It also clearly demonstrated that NextGen EHR was the platform needed to realize a similar vision for our organization. We believe NextGen Healthcare’s EHR will assist providers in our network in further enhancing the care they provide every day.”

“Universal American is recognized for providing high levels of patient care but emerging healthcare reform initiatives such as ACOs are affording forward-thinking organizations the opportunity to further enhance the patient experience,” said Scott Decker, president of NextGen Healthcare. “Partnering with Universal American will allow us to play a key role in formulating these care management initiatives today, as well as in shaping them for the future.”

About Universal American Corp.

Universal American, through our family of healthcare companies, provides health benefits to people with Medicare. We are dedicated to working collaboratively with healthcare professionals in order to improve the health and well-being of our members. For more information regarding Universal American, please visit our website at

About NextGen Healthcare

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, financial and connectivity solutions for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit and Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at or Facebook at

May 13, 2011 I Written By

MEDecision to Release Mobile Application for Access to Clinically Validated EHR

InFrame Mobile App Enables Users to View Clinically Validated Electronic Health Records on Smartphones, Tablets and Other Devices

WAYNE, Pa. — February 15, 2011 — MEDecision, Inc., a leading provider of collaborative health management solutions, today announced that it is launching a mobile application that will enable physicians and other clinical users to access MEDecision Clinical Summaries—clinically validated electronic health records—through smartphones, electronic tablets and similar portable devices.

MEDecision offers tools to facilitate the health management and performance process for physicians and accountable care organizations (ACOs) through its InFrame™ portfolio. The latest milestone in MEDecision’s mission to increase the ubiquity of electronic medical information, the new InFrame mobile application will deliver richer, more accurate and actionable data to the point of care. It is designed to help physicians, ACOs and patient-centered medical homes manage the healthcare process for patients as they transition to different settings throughout the care continuum. The application will be available through the Apple iTunes store beginning March 30.

According to Manhattan Research Company’s 2010 “Taking the Pulse” survey, some 72 percent of U.S. physicians currently use smartphones. That figure is expected to rise to 81 percent by 2012. Additionally, many clinicians believe that mobile applications will become a major platform for healthcare users.

“Mobile applications and the devices that deliver them are the future of technology in general and health IT in particular,” said Eric Demers, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at MEDecision. “With the InFrame app, we’re putting critical health information at the fingertips of those who need it virtually anywhere at any time. It’s the perfect representation of our longstanding commitment to innovation that fosters collaboration and health information exchange, and another reason for health plans and providers to turn to MEDecision for the innovations they need to ensure better outcomes for their members and patients.”

With the MEDecision Clinical Summary, care providers have access to a summarized overview of an individual’s medical history, including: a medication list, conditions list, admissions history, an emergency room visit history, gaps in care and a list of recently-received services. MEDecision’s Nexalign® service compiles a member’s current and historical medical data from multiple sources. Analytics built on evidence-based medicine and best practices are applied to this information to create care plans and highlight treatment opportunities. This actionable insight is then delivered to care providers as a secure mobile application through InFrame.

The actionable insight within MEDecision Clinical Summaries can help reduce duplicative testing, facilitate more appropriate medication therapies, reduce admissions, and lower costs. Most importantly, MEDecision Clinical Summaries help care providers to make vital decisions based on more complete and consistent patient information.

MEDecision will demonstrate the InFrame mobile application in its booth (#2563) at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HiMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition February 20-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

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About MEDecision

MEDecision offers collaborative health management solutions that provide a way for payers and providers to harness the power of knowledge to enable the best clinical decisions, engage patients and improve health outcomes. Designed around a patient-aware health management philosophy, MEDecision’s solutions include Alineo®, a health management platform for delivering outcome-driven case, disease, utilization and behavioral health management; InFrame™, a set of tools to facilitate the health and performance management processes for physicians and accountable care organizations; and Nexalign®, MEDecision’s health decision support service that applies analytics to information gathered from multiple sources to foster better business and clinical decisions on a patient’s behalf. For more information, visit

February 15, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.