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GRAChIE Using eHealth Exchange To Mobilize Connection Points for Hurricane Florence Evacuees

eHealth Exchange Network Model Ensures Secure, Interoperable Health Information Exchange

(Vienna, VA – September 14, 2018) –  As the nation braces for the force of Hurricane Florence, the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) is working to connect to eHealth Exchange participants in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida in preparation for displaced evacuees.

Major disasters such as Hurricane Florence have an effect on healthcare information needs – even before they make landfall. Hurricane Florence has already resulted in the evacuation of millions who have left the places where they normally receive care and where their healthcare records are housed.

GRAChIE has been working diligently expand its connectivity to health information exchanges (HIEs) throughout the Southeast via the eHealth Exchange as quickly as possible before Hurricane Florence hits the coast.

“We are making great strides for building bridges and exchange throughout the southeast as the storm approaches,” said Tara Cramer, CEO of GRAChIE.  “We are currently taking connections live with the approach we used last year during Hurricane Irma with great success.”

“The eHealth Exchange network provides a nationwide backbone for health information sharing that enables network participants to share information in the normal course of care and to quickly expand those connections when emergencies arise, “said Jay Nakashima, Vice President of eHealth Exchange. “This ensures a state of readiness. In disaster situations such as Hurricane Florence, physicians must have instant access to electronic patient histories to provide safe and effective care.”

Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE)

When disaster strikes, and families are relocated to shelters in their community or even further afield, prescription refills and other healthcare needs become more challenging. The Sequoia Project, building upon the work incubated by HHS, is spearheading a nationwide deployment plan for the health IT disaster response platform known as the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE). The PULSE system enables authorized disaster healthcare volunteers treating patients in field hospitals, outside the normal care setting to access patient records when they have been injured or displaced by disasters and other emergencies.

“Disasters and other events are unpredictable and disruptive and place unique demands on public health, private sector healthcare, first responders and other key resources,” said Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project. “People need seamless healthcare, whether for emergency care or just uninterrupted prescription access, when they are displaced by a disaster.”

The PULSE platform was activated in California for the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, and many area health systems and providers rallied behind the effort. This experience will guide further efforts to deploy PULSE in other states and regions by informing governance, activities and policies on a national-level platform to enable sharing among disaster healthcare volunteers and community providers.


About eHealth Exchange

The eHealth Exchange is a rapidly growing health data sharing network for securely sharing clinical information over the Internet nationwide. The eHealth Exchange spans all 50 states and is the largest clinical health data sharing network in the United States. Current eHealth Exchange participants include large provider networks, hospitals, pharmacies, regional health information exchanges and many federal agencies, representing more than 75% of all U.S. hospitals, 70,000 medical groups, more than 8,300 pharmacies and 120 million patients where over 200 million clinical documents are exchanged annually. For more information about the eHealth Exchange, visit Follow the eHealth Exchange on Twitter: @eHealthExchange.


The Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) serves healthcare organizations and providers across Georgia seamlessly bringing health information from one healthcare professional to another. GRAChIE provides health information in a secure, electronic format allowing healthcare professionals to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s health information electronically through EHR system.

About The Sequoia Project

The Sequoia Project is a non-profit, 501c3, public-private collaborative chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project supports multiple, independent health IT interoperability initiatives, most notably: the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing national-level health information network; and Carequality, which is a national-level, consensus-built, common interoperability framework to interconnect and enable exchange between and among existing health information networks, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks. For more information about The Sequoia Project and its initiatives, visit Follow The Sequoia Project on Twitter: @SequoiaProject.

September 14, 2018 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.

Doctors Earn Incentive Payments with Pulse PQRS Qualified Registry

Wichita, KS – September 4, 2012 Pulse, an industry-leading vendor of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Practice Management solutions, announced today it has achieved Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Qualified Registry status. PQRS is a voluntary individual reporting program that provides an incentive payment to eligible professionals (EPs) who report data on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services. EPs who do not participate in PQRS in 2013 will face a 1.5% payment reduction from Medicare beginning in 2015.

To become a qualified PQRS Registry, Pulse completed a thorough vetting process. This process affirmed the abilities of the Pulse PQRS Qualified Registry to: 1) accurately measure all required PQRS data elements; 2) calculate the requisite flows and algorithms used in PQRS reporting; and 3) transmit all required information in the requisite file format (XML). These features provide Pulse customers with the following:
  • Convenient user interface
  • Provider registry registration
  • Measure selection assistance
  • Qualified patient identification
  • Real-time reports reporting and performance percentages
  • Easy data submission to CMS
Pulse PQRS Qualified Registry features allow Pulse customers to easily report PQRS measures and receive stimulus money beyond Meaningful Use.
Basil Hourani, CEO and President of Pulse, states, “Providing our clients with additional, unique services such as an integrated PQRS Qualified Registry really captures what Pulse is about: providing complete practice workflow solutions. It is great to learn that our clients have received thousands of dollars because of the Pulse Registry.”
About Pulse
Pulse supports ambulatory physician offices through software that seamlessly integrates clinical, financial and
administrative processes into one comprehensive solution. Pulse’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice
Management solutions optimize productivity throughout your practice, allowing your organization to provide
outstanding care at a lower cost. Pulse has been a force in the industry in the U.S. for over a decade and is
strongly supported by our parent company, Cegedim. To learn more, please visit
About Cegedim
Founded in 1969, Cegedim is a global technology and services company specializing in the healthcare field.
Cegedim supplies services, technological tools, specialized software, data flow management services and
databases. Its offerings are targeted notably at healthcare industries, life sciences companies, healthcare
professionals and insurance companies. The world leader in life sciences CRM, Cegedim is also one of the
leading suppliers of strategic healthcare industry data. Cegedim employs 8,200 people in more than 80 countries
and generated revenue of €911 million in 2011. Cegedim SA is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: CGM).
To learn more, please visit:

September 24, 2012 I Written By

Kansas Regional Extension Center selects McKesson Practice Partner EHR for final list of EMR vendors.

March 2, 2010 – The Kansas Regional Extension Center announced Wednesday the final list of certified Meaningful Use vendors of electronic health records. McKesson, a Fortune 14 company and developer of Practice Partner EHR, was selected as one of the top vendors.Professional Data Services (PDS), McKesson’s largest value-added-reseller and six time recipient of McKesson’s Top Value-Added Reseller of the Year award, is the implementation vendor of choice for McKesson throughout the Midwest and other regions of the country.

Based in Hutchinson, KS, PDS is known for PDS Cortex, an award-winning medical practice management software, as well as their outstanding implementation and customer service. PDS was founded in 1973 and has been serving the medical community for over 38 years.

McKesson Practice Partner EHR features Bright Note Technology, which enables physicians to use their preferred method of charting to capture data in a single note and then synchronize that across the entire patient chart.

McKesson has been selected as a certified EHR vendor in over eighteen regions, and is currently awaiting the final vendor list announcement for another 28 regions.

The purpose of the RECs is to furnish aid by means of education, outreach and technical assistance to assist primary care providers in their geographic service areas to select meaningfully use certified EHR technology to improve the quality and value of healthcare.

The Kansas REC selected eight EHR vendors and categorized them into two tiers.

  • Tier 1: Cerner; eClinicalWorks; e-MDs; McKesson; Pulse; SuccessEHR
  • Tier 2: NextGen; Sage

Tier 1 vendors meet all terms, conditions and protections defined by the Kansas REC. Tier 2 vendors meet only some of the terms, conditions and protections.

Two vendors, Cerner and Pulse did not meet the KS REC requirements for the original EMR vendor list but negotiated with the Kansas REC to be put back on the list.

“We are very excited with the recent announcement from the Kansas REC,” stated Race Proffitt, Director of Marketing & Sales at PDS. “Physicians have a number of choices in the EMR market today. We know there is a land rush mentality in the decision process of EMR. However, since doctors and staff will be working with these systems on a day-to-day basis for several years, they need to take into consideration what training, support and practical application the solution provides.”

PDS recently announced a limited-time Interest Free Financing Program which is designed to help independent physician practices implement electronic health records (EHR) and practice management systems into their medical practices. Physicians can bundle software, implementation and training and have the cost spread over a full year with no zero interest.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality health care by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; health care information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients.

About PDS

PDS provides over 38 years of experience with medical practice management and electronic health record solutions for practices at all levels. PDS Cortex, a multi-component medical office management program, gives greater efficiencies in managing patient information, insurance, collections, coding and more. Combining PDS Cortex with McKesson’s Practice Partner (EHR) equips practices with a robust, seamless system that covers everything from the care of patients to the business of cash flow.


March 7, 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.