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Health Management Technology News
November 22, 2013

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Applicants Find Health Website Is Improving, but Not Fast Enough

Van Buren County Hospital to Enhance Access to Patient Information with McKesson PACS

HIMSS Analytics Honors Nemours Children’s Hospital with Stage 7 Award and Associated Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7Ambulatory Awards


Applicants Find Health Website Is Improving, but Not Fast Enough

Tilda Elias had reason to be optimistic when she opened the HealthCare.gov website on Monday, ready to help her first client of the week find health insurance. Technicians had made fixes to the online insurance exchange over the weekend. Even more promising, her client, Giovanna Romano, had managed to complete an online application at home with no problems.

But after Ms. Romano logged in, the system made her reconfirm everything in her application, a process that dragged on for 40 minutes. Then came the screen message that tens of thousands of people shopping for insurance under President Obama’s new health care law have come to hate: “Sorry, our system is temporarily down.”

Defeated, Ms. Elias, a “navigator” who helps people sign up for coverage, scheduled another appointment with Ms. Romano, a busy home health worker who could not return until December. “I’m not sure what happened here,” Ms. Elias told her, shaking her head.

Despite weeks of work by a small army of software experts to salvage HealthCare.gov, navigators in states that depend on the federal insurance exchange say they still cannot get most of their clients through the online enrollment process.

Read the full New York Times Article.

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Van Buren County Hospital to Enhance Access to Patient Information with McKesson PACS

When physicians at Van Buren County Hospital (VBCH), a 25-bed Critical Access hospital in Keosauqua, IA, decided it was time for a change, they turned to McKesson for a solution to help them meet meaningful use requirements and to help them connect with larger academic facilities in the state. VBCH plans to use McKesson Radiology to help streamline workflow and improve physician efficiency by providing better access to patient information.

VBCH realized that it needed to evolve their workflows to improve patient care and reduce the overall costs, and their legacy PACS was no longer able to help them move forward. The hospital knew it required the features, scalability and support available in the McKesson Radiology solution to provide around the clock emergency care, including radiology services to this growing rural community. Additionally, physician and radiologist access to the right analytical tools, imaging results, and the patient record from the McKesson Radiology solution supports the hospital’s designation by The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as its Southeast Iowa Heart Care Center.

The new solution will provide the hospital with increased access to patient records in real-time while seamlessly integrating records across its various systems. With McKesson Radiology, the facility will be able to more quickly provide results to referring doctors in the patient community. Before, all of the hospital’s imaging data was separated by department and it often took more time to get that data to physicians. Now the data will be accessible online and can be shared immediately.

VBCH also plans to deploy McKesson Study Share, an add-on solution to McKesson Radiology that enables radiologists to organize images and archive radiology studies for clinical conferencing, case sharing and teaching. The solution helps to improve diagnostic decision support through the ability to share cases with colleagues in the field.

Read the McKesson News.

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HIMSS Analytics Honors Nemours Children’s Hospital with Stage 7 Award and Associated Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7Ambulatory Awards

HIMSS Analytics recently awarded Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL., with a Stage 7 Award and 31 of its associated ambulatory clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Nemours is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, and the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

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.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 Award.

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