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CHIME to HHS: Extend Certification Criteria to HIE Market

ANN ARBOR, MI, April 18, 2013 – The government should explore ways to extend the concept of certification to the health information exchange marketplace to advance interoperability, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) said in comments submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released a joint request for information (RFI) March 7, outlining several possible changes to policies and programs to advance interoperability and health information exchange.  Some questions in the RFI seek feedback on the ability of payment system reforms, such as ACOs or bundled payments, to advance interoperability; other questions ask if changes to Conditions of Participation might be leveraged to encourage more exchange.

CHIME answered all the questions posed by CMS and ONC in their response, focusing on a need to address technical barriers related to exchange.  “CHIME believes that the certification process, developed under the EHR Incentive Payments program, has had a major impact on the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology,” the organization said in a response to the RFI.  “As a policy lever, the impact of certification criteria developed for Meaningful Use cannot be understated.  Thus, CHIME recommends HHS extend the concept toward the health information exchange market, via standard interfaces, standard methods for isolating sensitive information, standard means to securely transport patient care information (i.e., Direct), standard ways to accurately identify patients and standard protocols for tracking consent.”

The organization of healthcare CIOs urged both ONC and CMS to continue a strategy that enables local flexibility, while leading stakeholders in the development of specific technical standards, services, and policies that solve core problems, reduce costs and complexity, and facilitates nationwide interoperability.

CHIME also supported the payment model changes underway at CMS and the CMS Innovation Center, also known as CMMI, as a way to enhance interoperability by creating a stronger business case for providers to exchange health information.  “CHIME believes CMS should continue the evolution of payment policies towards pay-for-value and away from fee-for-service,” the letter said.  But the letter also urged caution in applying blanket mandates to participate in exchange, saying, “While we believe any model of accountable care delivery cannot be successful without robust technology usage, CHIME believes that forcing miscellaneous exchange through requirements for participation, receipt of incentive payments, or avoidance of payment adjustments is a serious proposition – one that needs broad input from stakeholders.”

Another important area highlighted by CHIME in its response, includes the issue of positive patient identification and accurate patient data-matching.  “As exchange increases from other treating providers outside of their primary practice or system, patient data-matching errors and mismatches will become exponentially more problematic and potentially dangerous.  As stated in a survey of CHIME membership[1] from May 2012, ‘Unintended injury or illness attributable to patient data-matching error is a considerable, and growing, problem in this era of health information exchange.  And with a substantial portion of CIOs involved with HIEs that use differing approaches to data matching, we can expect the inconsistency and variability inherent to healthcare IT systems to persist – and become more endemic – without national leadership and consistent standards.’  While technologies, architectures and strategies exist to mitigate errors, CHIME encourages CMS and ONC to dedicate substantial resources to this foundational challenge.”

To read CHIME’s response to CMS and ONC in its entirety, click here.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,450 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit


May 29, 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 IT Leaders Partner to Launch imPatient Movement

A call to action in pursuit of improved electronic health record sharing and open communication between patients and medical professionals
NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 – To promote improved electronic health information exchange between consumers and clinicians, key health IT leaders have partnered to launch the imPatient Movement. The movement was introduced today at HIMSS13 in New Orleans and will work to empower patients, healthcare providers and health IT organizations to collaborate and advocate for swift and meaningful action in making electronic health information accessible, interoperable and actionable. The movement also supports meaningful use stage two criteria that will require health care providers to more actively engage patients by providing them with the capability to electronically view, download, and transmit relevant information from their provider’s electronic health records to a designated holding place.
The imPatient Movement was formed by an independent coalition of health information technology providers, healthcare professionals and organizations, including NoMoreClipboard, Microsoft HealthVault and Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc.
“We’re excited to see these organizations teaming up to fulfill their Blue Button Pledge through outreach and engagement. The imPatient campaign recognizes what we firmly believe — that both patient and provider attitudes must change in order to achieve the full potential of eHealth, and that both parties will benefit from having greater access to and use of electronic health data,” said Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“The genesis of the imPatient Movement was feedback from frustrated consumers who took the time to create a personal health record, only to be handed an old-fashioned clipboard and directed to fill out the registration forms,” said NoMoreClipboard president Jeff Donnell. “At the same time, those on the provider side have questions and concerns about electronic patient engagement.
The imPatient Movement was created to help consumers and clinicians engage in meaningful dialog about the value of sharing data electronically.”
I’m imPatient.  My health depends on IT

“In our state, we are hearing from residents who are growing impatient with their inability to access, manage and share their health information with a tool of their choosing,” added Andrew VanZee, Indiana’s statewide Health IT Director. “Providers are also impatient with the lack of patient engagement solutions that will help them satisfy meaningful use requirements and foster patient loyalty without disrupting workflow. We see the imPatient Movement as a way to create meaningful, electronic relationships and avoid adversarial ones.”
“The imPatient Movement is committed to providing platforms and tools that will empower patients to take a more active role in their health and also make healthcare providers comfortable with patients being at the center of their own care,” Donnell continued.

Join the Movement
All patients, caregivers, family members, healthcare organizations, vendors and providers are invited to “find your voice and join us in telling others that you’re ‘imPatiently’ in pursuit of improved communication and better health.”  Visit imPatient at
The imPatient website invites visitors to join the Movement and take action in one (or all) of the following ways:
·       Share personal experiences and opinions via the movement’s online blog community
·       Read about experiences, aspirations and ideas from other members – including consumers and clinicians who are working to connect electronically
·       Sign up for e-mail alerts and receive ongoing updates about patient engagement, personal stories from patients and providers, as well as opinion pieces surrounding healthcare IT policies and standards
·       Follow the movement on Facebook and Twitter social media channels
·       Help influence and empower others to take a more active role in their health by sharing information from the site via pre-formatted emails to family and friends, and downloadable letters to educate doctors and other healthcare providers
·       Sign up for a personal health record or patient engagement platform and get started on an improved path to health
“HealthVault is all about empowering real people with the information and tools they need to become active participants in their care,” said Sean Nolan, Chief Architect of Microsoft HealthVault.  “We’re excited to be part of the imPatient Movement to help foster a dialogue between patients and their healthcare providers about the importance of working together — because true collaboration is the real key to improving outcomes and reducing costs.”
To find us at HIMSS13 to learn more or to become part of the movement, visit us at Booth #1340.  Or visit us online at
About the impatient Movement
The imPatient Movement was formed by an independent coalition of health information technology providers, healthcare professionals and patients dedicated to improving patient / provider communication through the use of portable electronic information exchange.  It is a call to call to action for patients and medical professionals who support open communication and electronic medical health record sharing.

March 5, 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.

New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) Selects Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) as State HIE Executive Director and Orion Health as Technical Vendor

New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) Selects Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) as State HIE Executive Director and Orion Health as Technical Vendor

MAeHC to Develop and Manage NH’s HIE, Connecting Key Healthcare Entities to Increase Efficiencies and Improve Patient Safety Outcomes; Orion Health HIE to Provide HIE Platform and Solutions

Waltham, Mass., February 20, 2013– The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that it has been selected by the New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO) to provide Executive Director Management services for the implementation of the statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE).  The NHHIO, a non-profit organization created by New Hampshire legislation in 2011 to establish a statewide electronic health network for healthcare providers, selected MAeHC to help them lead the State’s HIE initiatives based on the organization’s national reputation and experience working with the New Hampshire healthcare provider community via the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and as the operator of the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH).  As the NHHIO Executive Director of Management services, MAeHC will assist the NHHIO board of directors in providing the overall executive leadership, strategic direction and management for the State’s HIE initiatives which will allow healthcare providers to exchange electronic health information in a secure environment.  The NHHIO also selected Orion Health as the technical vendor to provide the HIE technology backbone and solutions that will enable statewide clinical data sharing.

“We are excited to move forward with MAeHC as the State’s HIE Executive Director. They have a strong reputation for their HIE efforts throughout the country and offer years of experience that will help us achieve our vision to leverage existing resources and close the gaps on information exchange,” said Denise Purington, Chair of the NHHIO. “And Orion Health has long been a trusted partner of the State, where its solutions are being utilized within The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and in several of the state’s hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Together, we’re certain that we will be able to create a secure and robust Statewide HIE which will reduce costs in healthcare while improving the quality, efficiency and safety of patient care.”

“This project promises to deliver a significant and lasting benefit to the health and safety of the citizens of New Hampshire, and we are thrilled to have such able and respected partners working with us to ensure the success of this critical initiative,” said Nick Toumpas, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “MAeHC and Orion Health have worked closely with stakeholders from the earliest stages of this process, ensuring that our community gets the most utility and benefit from the NHHIO right from the start.  We are very pleased with the progress so far and are looking forward to the next phase.”

MAeHC will help the NHHIO board of directors develop a platform of core services necessary to facilitate the secure routing of data between existing private, local and regional HIE partners. Such information includes summary of care documents such as hospital discharge summaries, referral and consultation notes, as well as lab results and imaging reports.  To support the delivery of these documents and data, the NHHIO will also implement security services such as secure messaging that will be built in alignment with national specifications as well as provider addressing and auditing. Future phases may include an electronic master patient index, record locator services and the expansion of services to other healthcare stakeholders.

“We are honored to have been selected for such a key role in one of the nation’s most advanced state HIE infrastructures,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.  “The New Hampshire initiative is a great example of a private HIE that will be operated differently from the state run initiatives throughout the country. By doing a few things well for a few key constituents, we hope to incrementally build confidence in and utilization of HIE resources for future growth.”

About New Hampshire Health Information Organization (NHHIO)
NHHIO is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization created by legislation that is establishing a statewide electronic health network to share patient health information between health care providers in a timely, secure, and confidential manner. Our goal is to collaborate with hospitals, physicians, community health centers, long term care providers, home care providers and other clinicians involved in the delivery of healthcare. Our vision is to design and implement a secure and robust health information exchange which will lead to the reduction in healthcare cost and improve quality, efficiency, and safety of patient care. In 2010 multi-stakeholder workgroups were formed to address six Health Information Exchange (HIE) planning and operational domains:  Governance, Finance, Technical Infrastructure, Business & Technical Operations, Legal & Policy and Public Health workgroup members were instrumental in the collaborative process that resulted in a Strategic and Operational Plan for Health Information Exchange in New Hampshire that was approved by the Office of the National Coordinator in December of 2010.   This multi stakeholder effort also resulted in legislation that created the NHHIO effective July 5, 2011. To learn more about NHHIO and its board of directors, please visit us at

About Orion Health Inc.
Founded in 1993 in Auckland, New Zealand, Orion Health is the only global, independently owned eHealth technology company. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health has become the world’s leading provider of health information exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions. Orion Health has extensive experience in the design and installation of complex systems within demanding healthcare environments. Today, Orion Health products and solutions are implemented in more than 30 countries, used by hundreds of thousands of clinicians, and help facilitate care for tens of millions of patients. Clinicians, provider facilities and OEM partners rely on Orion Health to facilitate data exchange between hospitals, health systems, HIEs, and affiliated providers and medical devices, resulting in improved care coordination, increased cost savings and efficiencies, and enhanced quality of care.

In the U.S., Orion Health™ HIE provides the technology backbone for state and regional HIEs across the country. Orion Health Rhapsody® Integration Engine is used by nearly all state and local health departments for public health reporting. Customers include Catholic Health Initiatives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest, Geisinger Health System, Inland Empire HIE, Kaiser Permanente, Lahey Clinic, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Maine HealthInfoNet, Massachusetts Health Information Highway and St. Vincent’s HealthCare. For more information, visit Connect with us on Twitter, facebook and LinkedIn.

About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)
The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC is an independent non-profit corporation with a charitable mission to improve the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT.  Formed in 2004 as a collaboration of non-profit health care stakeholders to demonstrate the most effective ways to deploy EHRs and HIE to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and affordability of care in Massachusetts, MAeHC now works across the United States with a wide range of physician practices, hospitals, state governments, contracting networks, management services organizations, HIE organizations, technology vendors, and consulting firms.  To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit

February 22, 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.

Colorado Beacon receives Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award

Annual award honors CBC’s pioneering initiatives to transform health care delivery 


Grand Junction, Colo., Feb. 6, 2013–The Colorado Beacon Consortium (CBC) is one of six teams of health care informatics pioneers to receive the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Award. The award recognizes CBC’s efforts to share data and improve care management and care communications across a 17,500 square mile region of Western Colorado.

CBC, which operates with a cooperative agreement from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, an alliance of physician leaders, hospitals, a community-based health information exchange and a local payer, is strengthening existing IT infrastructure, advancing patient-centered primary care and creating a better system for patients, providers and the community. It develops, tests and executes new ways to improve health care while controlling costs. Its  2012 annual report and a video provide the backstory about how CBC fosters better health by meaningfully using health IT to transform care delivery.

“CBC’s success represents precisely what we had hoped to achieve through Beacon,” said Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT. “We recognized the hunger to do things differently, to make better use of data and technology to improve patient care. Now, CBC has shown us how to accomplish that, demonstrating how health care organizations can improve population health through the use of health IT.”

The award recognizes how CBC uses an advanced regional health data architecture (through the Quality Health Network) to deploy a decision-support tool, Archimedes IndiGO, across multiple, independent primary care sites with different EHRs throughout Western Colorado. CBC will be able to perform data analytics across a base of more than 55,000 patients by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

“We are honored to receive this award; it recognizes the value of bringing clinical and administrative data together in one place–at the point of care–to more closely correlate quality with outcomes and value,” said CBC Executive Director Patrick Gordon. CBC’s success offers lessons for communities with independent care providers. “We can collaborate across multiple independent organizations and still achieve community goals and population-level impact. This isn’t corporate health care integration; rather, we are working to show what integration can look like when it is created on a community basis.”

A profile of CBC’s efforts appears in the February issue of Healthcare Informatics, and the winning teams will be honored at the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Reception March 4, 2013, in New Orleans during the annual HIMSS Conference. To learn more about the award, read the FAQs here.

CBC’s undertaking represents a convergence of advanced population health analytics, risk stratification, targeted clinical interventions and patient activation in a single architecture. The effort supports truly patient-centered care. The patient-facing component of IndiGO aligns with the active promotion of new skills (e.g., motivational interviewing) and measures (e.g., a Patient Activation Measure), in comprehensive primary care models. CBC-region physicians report that the use of IndiGO in patient encounters has resulted in improved patient medication adherence and behavior change, as well as more effective shared decision-making.

Communities that want to replicate CBC’s success must act. Gordon offered two pieces of guidance: “Perfect is the enemy of the good,” and “Waiting is wasting.”

He continued: “Had we waited for perfect interoperability standards and vendor solutions to emerge, we would not be receiving this award today. The imperative is for immediate action, amid incomplete insights and solutions within the industry.”

About the Colorado Beacon Consortium

The Colorado Beacon Consortium is made up of executive-level representation from four mission-driven, not-for-profit, Western Colorado-based organizations, all of which have nationally acknowledged track records of coordination to achieve superior outcomes. They are Mesa County Independent Physicians’ Practice Association, Quality Health Network, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The Colorado Beacon Consortium’s mission is to optimize the efficiency, quality and performance of our health care system, and integrate the delivery of care and use of clinical information to improve community health. The geographic focus of the Consortium’s activities includes the Colorado counties of Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Garfield, Gunnison, Pitkin and Rio Blanco. To learn more, visit


February 11, 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.

CAQH CORE Operating Rules Adopted By HHS For Patient Eligibility And Health Claim Status Transactions

Rules to Ensure Electronic Data Transactions are More Predictable and Consistent

 WASHINGTON, DC – December 21, 2011 – CAQH® announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the use of many of the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange® (CORE®) operating rules regarding eligibility for a health plan and healthcare claim status transactions.  All HIPAA covered entities will be required to comply with these operating rules, which will make electronic healthcare transactions more predictable and consistent, by January 1, 2013 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We are pleased that HHS has recognized the valuable role of operating rules in achieving administrative simplification,” said Robin Thomashauer, Executive Director of CAQH.  “With the adoption of the CAQH CORE Phase I and Phase II operating rules related to eligibility and claim status transactions, the industry is taking an important step forward as we move to the next level of electronic solutions.”

CAQH CORE is a national industry multi-stakeholder initiative that is working to streamline electronic healthcare administrative data exchange and improve health plan-provider interoperability.  CAQH CORE rules build on existing standards, such as those in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules, to make electronic data transactions more predictable and consistent, regardless of the technology.

“The CORE participants are committed to leveraging their experience to assist in the successful implementation of the final operating rules, so health plans, providers, hospitals, vendors and other organizations can exchange more efficient and predictable patient-eligibility and claims-verification information,” said Thomashauer.

To date, nearly 60 leading national healthcare organizations are voluntarily certified as exchanging electronic administrative data in accordance with CORE Phase I and/or Phase II rules.

CAQH CORE is applying and hopes to continue to serve in the role as author of ACA mandated operating rules given its commitment to improving the efficiency of healthcare transactions.

About CORE

CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) is a multi-stakeholder industry collaboration developing operating rules that streamline administrative transactions. Over the past six years, CORE participation has grown to more than 130 organizations that represent approximately 75 percent of the commercially insured lives plus Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. CORE has a proven track record of operating rules adoption through voluntary certification and stakeholder return on investment.  CAQH CORE was recommended by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), a federal advisory committee to the HHS Secretary (NCVHS), to draft the EFT/ERA operating rules mandated by the ACA, and has testified to NCVHS on other ACA mandates for operating rules.  To learn more about CAQH CORE, visit

About CAQH

CAQH serves as a catalyst for industry collaboration on initiatives that simplify healthcare administration for health plans and providers, resulting in a better care experience for patients and caregivers. CAQH solutions help promote quality interactions between plans, providers and other stakeholders; reduce costs and frustrations associated with healthcare administration; facilitate administrative healthcare information exchange; and encourage administrative and clinical data integration. Visit for more information.

December 29, 2011 I Written By Launches New Healthcare Movement: cc:Me

cc:Me will help simplify the exchange of health information by populating a PHR with existing clinical data in an industry-standard format (a common challenge with PHRs) and will be interoperable with any certified electronic health record system.

Personal health URL simplifies access to electronic health records; empowers consumers to take a more active role in their health
Fort Wayne, Ind. – September 12, 2011 – In support of a national consumer education effort on the value of health information technology announced today by the Department of Health and Human Services, personal health record (PHR) company launched and demonstrated cc:Me, a simple and secure medical record mail service that helps physicians and patients share health information in a standard electronic format.  cc:Me is designed to make it easy for doctors and hospitals  to send electronic documents to a patient cc:Me address – a URL or secure email that enables the patient to receive medical data using Direct Project protocols.
“One of the barriers to widespread consumer adoption of portable personal health records has been the difficulty of populating a PHR with existing clinical data,” said president, Jeff Donnell.  “cc:Me simplifies the exchange of health information in an industry-standard format that is interoperable with any certified electronic health record system used by physicians and hospitals, with no need for integration.”
cc:Me for Consumers:
Most consumers struggle to manage family medical information, generally resorting to paper files or self-created spreadsheets. makes it easy for consumers to compile, organize and share health information online.
The addition of cc:Me helps consumers get access to existing medical data. cc:Me enables consumers with a personal health record account to create a unique health address that can be shared with doctors and hospitals. Medical professionals can securely send electronic health records from their systems to the patient cc:Me address after an office visit or hospital stay, and information from those records will populate
Marty Cardelli, a 73-year-old retiree from Chicago, IL, explains the benefits he has seen from having electronic access to his medical records.  “While vacationing in Hawaii with my family, I was admitted into the emergency room due to chest pains.  Having electronic access to my full history of chronic heart problems, emergency room doctors were able to obtain a clear picture of my condition and make their healthcare decisions more quickly and efficiently and I was able to continue my trip to Maui the next morning.  In addition, I was able to share my treatments in Hawaii with my cardiologist and general practitioner back at home so information was clearly communicated to all parties involved in my health care.”’s cc:Me module is available to consumers at no cost, giving them a free tool to get a handle on their health information. Visit to create a personal health record account and activate a cc:Me address.

cc:Me for Clinicians:
cc:Me was designed to make it easy for physicians and hospitals to share health records with their patients. To qualify for stimulus incentives, physician practices must demonstrate meaningful use of a certified EHR, including requirements to share electronic health information with patients.  Cc:Me is a quick and easy way to satisfy patient engagement meaningful use requirements by uploading a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) directly to a patient cc:Me address – with no tethering or tight integration required, and no need to download data to a CD or flash drive. For practices who already offer a patient portal, cc:Me enables them to share health information with patients who use (or want to use) a portable PHR.
cc:Me is designed to work with any certified EHR, with no need for complex or expensive integration. If a practice still uses paper records, they can fax paper documents directly to the patient’s inbox.
“This addition to the PHR is truly revolutionary,” said Michael Mirro, MD, cardiologist and chairman of the IT committee of the American College of Cardiology. “With cc:Me, our practice can generate a CCD from our EHR and post it directly to the patient’s cc:Me web address – enhancing the patient/provider partnership and satisfying meaningful use requirements.  We see this as a solution that will foster healthcare IT adoption and improve patient care.”
Learn more about cc:Me and other solutions for physician practices, clinics, hospitals and health systems.
cc:Me for Healthcare IT Vendors:
Sending patient records from an EHR or other healthcare IT application to a portable, patient-controlled personal health record has been a challenge. With cc:Me, the HIT vendor community can help their clients share electronic health record information with patients and meet meaningful use requirements without the need for costly interfaces.
One of the vendor requirements for ONC-ATCB certification is the generation of a continuity of care (CCD) document. The CCD file can be posted to a patient cc:Me web address, where it can populate a patient PHR.
Learn about cc:Me and other solutions for healthcare IT vendors at

Join the Movement
“cc:Me is ultimately about movement – securely moving information to improve outcomes and reduce costs, and moving healthcare IT vendors and those who produce and consume medical data to embrace simple, standards-based interoperability,” added Donnell.  “ is encouraging consumers and the healthcare IT community to support cc:Me, the Direct Project, Blue Button and other initiatives that promote the unfettered flow of health information.”
cc:Me is now available to individuals and organizations using the PHR.  Patients will be provided with directions on how to ask their healthcare providers to “cc:Me” following office visits and procedures.
About is an online, patient-controlled personal health record management system designed to consolidate medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy retrieval and updates. NoMoreClipboard enables consumers to share personal or family member medical information with medical professionals electronically or on provider-specific medical forms; reducing the need to complete repetitive medical paperwork. was established to develop innovative web-based solutions for consumers seeking to establish an online personal health record (PHR). The leadership team leverages its extensive clinical health care and technology experience to create and continually enhance a PHR system that is consumer-friendly, interactive, secure and interoperable with physician practice approaches to capturing patient information.

September 19, 2011 I Written By

CAQH Administrative Efficiency Efforts Acknowledged in Health Affairs Study That Concludes U.S. Physicians Spend Four Times as Much Money as Canadians When Interacting With Payers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — CAQH® efforts to simplify healthcare administration have been recognized in a study published in the August 2011 issue of Health Affairs, “U.S. Physician Practices Versus Canadians: Spending Nearly Four Times As Much Money Interacting With Payers,” written by Dante Morra, et al.  The article concludes by affirming, “Everyone – health plans, physicians and their staffs, and patients – will be better off if inefficiencies in transactions between physicians and health plans can be reduced.”  Toward that end, the study states that some “progress is being made” and makes reference to CAQH work that is helping to substantially reduce administrative healthcare costs in the U.S.

“Saving time and costs for providers and health plans in ways that ultimately benefit patients is the commitment at the heart of our efforts,” said Robin Thomashauer, CAQH executive director.  “The industry has come together through CAQH and its initiatives to produce results in simplifying the administrative aspects of healthcare.”

The CAQH Universal Provider Datasource® (UPD®) streamlines provider data collection for credentialing and other purposes for over 940,000 providers and more than 600 organizations in the U.S.  The CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange® (CORE®) is a multi-stakeholder collaboration that develops operating rules enabling healthcare providers to quickly and securely determine patient benefits and insurance coverage eligibility, as well as the status of a health insurance claim.

The CAQH CORE operating rules were recently adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the interim final rule (CMS-0032-IFC) under Section 1104 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires health plans to comply with operating rules for eligibility and claim status transactions by January 1, 2013. HHS is accepting comments on the interim final rule until Sept. 6, 2011. The deadline for the rule to be finalized is Jan. 1, 2012.

In a study for CAQH conducted by IBM Global Business Services, it was estimated that potential savings from an industry-wide implementation of the CAQH CORE Phase I rules would save the U.S. healthcare system $3 billion in three years.  CAQH estimates that at this time UPD reduces provider administrative costs by $111 million a year, representing more than 3.8 million person-hours saved.

About CAQH

CAQH, a nonprofit alliance of health plans and associations, is a catalyst for simplifying and streamlining healthcare administration. CAQH solutions, including UPD and CORE, reduce costs and frustrations associated with healthcare administration, facilitate healthcare information exchange, and encourage administrative and clinical data integration. Visit for more information.

August 17, 2011 I Written By

Physician Using Ingenix CareTracker Becomes One of the First in the U.S. to Demonstrate Meaningful Use of Health IT

Douglas Foreman, D.O., a family physician in Warwick, R.I. will be among the first physicians in the U.S. to attest to meeting Phase 1 requirements for Medicare Meaningful Use of health information technology as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opens the process this morning.

Dr. Foreman has successfully met all 15 Core requirements and 7 of the 10 Menu-set measures, though only 5 are required to qualify for federal health IT funds. To achieve this, Dr. Foreman used the Ingenix CareTracker electronic health record (EHR) system, which features a graphical Meaningful Use Dashboard (which you saw a preview of at HIMSS) created by Ingenix to help physicians monitor progress toward meeting Meaningful Use objectives and take corrective action to improve quality of care as they work to qualify for federal health IT incentives.
New Meaningful Use Dashboard supported patient care and administrative decision-making to help Dr. Douglas Forman demonstrate Meaningful Use in the first 90 days of 2011


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 18, 2011 – Douglas Foreman, D.O., a family physician in Warwick, R.I., will be among the first physicians in the U.S. to attest to meeting Phase 1 requirements for Medicare Meaningful Use of health information technology as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Today is the first day physicians can attest to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to receive Medicare incentive payments provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


To achieve this, Dr. Foreman used the Ingenix CareTracker electronic health record (EHR) system, which features a graphical Meaningful Use Dashboard created by Ingenix to help physicians monitor progress toward meeting Meaningful Use objectives and take corrective action to improve quality of care as they work to qualify for federal health IT incentives.


“The Ingenix CareTracker EHR system supports my ability to provide better patient care and has made it much easier for me to demonstrate Meaningful Use,” said Foreman. “The Meaningful Use Dashboard shows me exactly where I’m meeting or exceeding requirements and in which areas I need to focus more attention. Using Ingenix CareTracker technology gives me more confidence in managing my practice knowing that we do the best job possible for our patients and have the tools to continually improve the quality of our care. Ingenix has provided us with experts in Meaningful Use who have provided feedback, support and education to make this possible.”


ARRA provides $19 billion in Medicare incentive payments to physicians who demonstrate Meaningful Use of an EHR system. To qualify, physicians must meet prescribed benchmarks, including 15 Core criteria that all eligible physicians must meet and five of ten Menu-set criteria, for 90 consecutive days. Dr. Foreman met his criteria between January 1 and March 31.


“The Meaningful Use Dashboard enables Ingenix CareTracker users to instantly access health intelligence and take action to enhance patient care,” said Steve Tolle, senior vice president of physician solutions at Ingenix. “With these innovative tools, Ingenix is already helping physicians to successfully qualify for federal health IT incentive payments. The health analytics capabilities that Ingenix CareTracker delivers to physician desktops will be even more important in light of recent guidance from the federal government on Accountable Care Organizations, which highlight the need for the ability to identify and reduce gaps in care in an increasingly collaborative environment.”


Ingenix recently announced the company is changing its name to OptumInsight.


The Meaningful Use Dashboard, which is now installed for all of the more than 11,000 users of the Ingenix CareTracker system, illustrates the percentage of each physician’s patient visits that meet requirements toward each Meaningful Use rule. In addition, the Meaningful Use Dashboard provides links to the text of the relevant Meaningful Use criteria, and access to Ingenix CareTracker documentation and training modules. Users can also drill down from the Meaningful Use Dashboard into their patient records to identify successful and missed cases, and ultimately correct inefficient workflow processes or proactively reach out to patients.


Ingenix CareTracker is a family of cloud-based services that enable physicians to enhance patient care and manage their practices more efficiently. The Ingenix CareTracker system includes a CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR solution that saves physicians time and money by helping them access clinical information and patient medical history at the point of care. Ingenix CareTracker features connections to thousands of labs, hospitals, pharmacies and commercial and government payers. The system helps physicians conduct medication and allergy verification and interaction checks, electronic prescribing, and quality measurement and reporting. Ingenix CareTracker also fully integrates with all of the operational functions of a physician practice, simplifying administrative tasks such as billing, scheduling and documentation.


About Ingenix

Ingenix, which recently announced it will become OptumInsight, is a leading provider of health information, technology and consulting services. Organizations, institutions, businesses and government agencies that comprise the health care system depend on Ingenix solutions and insights to improve their performance. Visit for more information.

April 22, 2011 I Written By

HIMSS11 Breaks Attendance Record


ORLANDO (February 22, 2011) — It is only day three of the 2011 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, but I am excited to report that attendance has made history with a record number of registrants. An estimated 30,947 people are currently attending this year’s conference in Orlando, compared to an estimated 27,800 registrants at the 2010 event in Atlanta.

The success of HIMSS11 reflects a broader understanding of the important benefits of healthcare IT, and the readiness of these technologies to be implemented immediately.  It also reflects the hard work of many dedicated individuals – including elected officials, healthcare practitioners, IT product developers and my colleagues at HIMSS – on an ongoing basis.

This year’s conference features more than 400 education sessions, and more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and organizations.  Keynote presenters this year include: Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and member of President Obama’s economic transition board; the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services; David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services; Michael J. Fox, Actor and Founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and Richard Boyd, Chief Architect for Lockheed Martin Virtual World Labs.

For more information about HIMSS11, visit


February 28, 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.


Honorees receive award during Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference

OAKLAND, Calif., February 21, 2011 – International Data Group’s (IDG) Computerworld announces Kaiser Permanente’s Lisa Caplan, vice president and business information officer, care delivery, and Mike Brady, senior vice president, infrastructure management group, as 2011 Premier 100 IT Leader honorees. This year’s Premier 100 spotlights IT leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership, innovative ideas and well-executed IT strategies.

“The Premier 100 awards program honors an elite group of IT executives,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Despite the economic downturn, these 100 men and women continue to innovate and deliver measurable business value to their organizations. We’re pleased to honor the achievements of these IT leaders for consistently delivering strategic vision and technology leadership.”

“Both Lisa and Mike provide leadership that benefits Kaiser Permanente members, patients, physicians and employees,” said Phil Fasano, executive vice president and chief information officer, Kaiser Permanente. “The work they lead at Kaiser Permanente has a profound effect on the entire health care industry. I am proud of their leadership and the contributions of our entire IT team to improve health care.”

Caplan leads the national team that delivers technology support for health care delivery at Kaiser Permanente. This includes Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the largest and most advanced non-governmental electronic health record in the world. Additionally, Caplan and her team, working with business and clinical partners, have led advancements in the integration of automated systems that manage medical imaging, laboratory services, radiology, population care, health information exchange, biomedical device integration and clinical call center capabilities. Through this work, Kaiser Permanente is improving health care and health outcomes.

Supporting high-quality patient care, Caplan and her team continue to develop and execute solutions that support the organization’s goal to make electronic medical records interoperable. Caplan’s team, working with clinical leadership, played a critical role in Kaiser Permanente’s pilot program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which enables the exchange of electronic health record information using the Nationwide Health Information Network created by the Department of Health and Human Services. She and her team made it possible for Kaiser Permanente to donate and provide access to its Convergent Medical Terminology to help other health care providers meet meaningful use standards set forth by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Brady presides over Kaiser Permanente’s IT infrastructure, which powers the rapidly expanding technology services the organization provides to members, patients, physicians and employees. Brady and his team focus on supporting and propelling the pace of innovation, and ensuring the continuous availability of systems and information. As a result, Kaiser Permanente has received the prestigious Continuous Availability award from the Uptime Institute for data center availability six times, and is the first health care provider to receive the award.

As the demand for health IT services continues to grow, Brady has seized opportunities to find efficiencies and offset growth, achieving millions in savings. At the same time, he fosters the adoption of new technologies, such as private cloud computing, to provide Kaiser Permanente with the speed and agility necessary to support health care technology advances, while moving toward an infrastructure as a service model. Brady has a sharp focus on developing career paths for both the technologists and the leaders in his organization to ensure his team has the bench strength to meet future demands to support real-time, personalized health care.

The Premier 100 awards ceremony will be one of the highlights of Computerworld’s annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, being held March 6-8, 2011, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California. The conference, to be attended by more than 375 influential senior IT managers, will showcase honorees and other IT innovators as they discuss how to create competitive IT organizations. (More information available at

About the Premier 100:

The Premier 100 was first created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organization through technology. These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year nominees are invited to complete a survey that addresses a number of topics, including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT Leader Index and using the data from the index, which is a measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous honorees can be viewed at:

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to:

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results.  Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2010). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group, the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at

February 22, 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.