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Health Management Technology News
  February 27, 2014
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► HIMSS Analytics certifies Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center as Stage 7 hospital

► EHRs can help reduce hospital infections

► Cloud protects PHI with encryption

► Elekta highlights ongoing improvements for MOSAIQ oncology information system

► iPatientCare launches patient centric wearable technology app

► NHS Human Services connects mental health clinics with Comcast Business SIP Trunks

► Health Catalyst receives Fierce Innovation Awards

► Estes Park Medical Center selects Summit Healthcare


HIMSS Analytics certifies Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center as Stage 7 hospital

Kaiser Permanente announced that its Ontario Medical Center in Southern California has received the Stage 7 Award from HIMSS Analytics. Over the last five years 37, Kaiser Permanente hospitals have been awarded Stage 7 certification, the most of any health system in the country.

The Stage 7 Award represents attainment of the highest level on Health Information Management Systems Society Analytics’ Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

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 and paperless patient record environment. According to HIMSS Analytics, Stage 7 hospitals “have a very real competitive and quality advantage, as they support the true sharing, information exchange and immediate delivery of patient data to improve process performance, quality of care and patient safety.” The Stage 7 validation process includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers from other organizations to ensure an unbiased evaluation.

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EHRs can help reduce hospital infections

A computerized safety checklist that automatically pulls information from patients' electronic medical records was associated with a threefold drop in rates of one serious type of hospital-acquired infection, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

The study, conducted in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit, targeted bloodstream infections that begin in central lines — catheters inserted into major veins. The infections are a preventable cause of illness and death, and hospitals across the country are working to reduce their frequency.

The automated checklist, and a dashboard-style interface used to interact with it, made it fast and easy for caregivers to follow national guidelines for keeping patients' central lines infection-free. The new system combed through data in the electronic medical record and pushed alerts to physicians and nurses when a patient's central line was due for care. During the study, the rate of central line infections in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit dropped from 2.6 to 0.7 per 1,000 days of central line use.

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Cloud protects PHI with encryption

At the HIMSS 2014 Conference this week, healthcare companies looked for innovations to improve patient outcomes at lower costs. Many of those innovations came from, or were supported by, new IT strategies. The space is ripe for innovation, from improving user interface designs to fortifying the IT infrastructure protecting patient data.

Online Tech launched an innovative approach to securing patient data by incorporating encryption at the very core of its cloud and backup infrastructure to protect PHI from the front-end of patient portals all the way to the data at rest in offsite disaster recovery environments. This approach means PHI is never in an unencrypted state. Furthermore, “encryption at the core” doesn’t incur the performance sacrifices or administrative penalties that 3rd party or “bolted-on” encryption involves.

Online Tech’s end-to-end encryption addresses one of the most disturbing discoveries by the OCR: encryption is often completely overlooked or not included at the point of implementation.

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Elekta highlights ongoing improvements for MOSAIQ oncology information system

For MOSAIQ users in the United States, Elekta demonstrates a wealth of new functionality being deployed today that allows practices to consolidate their patient records and workflows into a single system, including advanced scheduling, improved connectivity to treatment delivery devices and reporting tools to ensure treatment data is applied to future care decisions. This also includes ePrescribing, an integrated Patient Portal, and IQ Scripts.

“This is an important meeting for those of us who are anticipating the IT and health information needs as the US healthcare system continues to consolidate,” says Richard Stark, Senior Vice President of Elekta Software. “MOSAIQ is the tool of choice for healthcare delivery systems that require a scalable solution that easily integrates with enterprise systems, yet incorporates best-in-class functionality, advanced workflow management tools and redundant safety features designed for cancer treatment centers."

MOSAIQ is a comprehensive OIS that centralizes traditional radiation oncology, particle therapy and medical oncology patient data into a single user interface, accessible by multidisciplinary teams across multiple locations. MOSAIQ provides oncology staff access to the underlying clinical and administrative data, improving both clinical care and operational efficiency.

MOSAIQ earned Best in KLAS recognition in 2011 and 2012, and Category Leader KLAS in 2010 and 2013.

Visitors to Elekta's HIMSS14 booth learned how MOSAIQ integrates with a varied array of hospital systems, treatment devices and imaging systems, increasing accessibility to critical data anytime by remote users on various platforms. MOSAIQ captures the entire patient chart in a common database that users can customize, allowing radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to coordinate care for complex cases.

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iPatientCare launches patient centric wearable technology app

iPatientCare, Inc. announced the Google Glass App named “miGlass” to Enhance Current State of Patient Engagement and improve Medication Adherence at the HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference.

Sticking to the commitment to improve outcomes via constant innovation, iPatientCare has brought forth a Google Glass App named “miGlass". This readily available technology offers many features that have been designed to help patients and providers improve healthcare behavior. “miGlass” the user friendly Application approaches to all the patients with a hands-free, voice-controlled access to the clinical data in order to improve healthcare quality by engaging them in their own good health. It is a real-time voice, video, and image capture technology that enables the sharing of first-hand experiences with healthcare providers.

Leading transformational change in healthcare technology, iPatientCare aims to pave the way towards improved patient engagement and medication adherence by creating a healthcare system that thrives on constant improvements and utilization of latest technology changes. “Medication adherence is a persistent and elusive problem, interrupting patients’ wellbeing, costing healthcare providers and causing preventable deaths, iPatientCare’s commitment for better outcomes proves itself a breakthrough in reducing the harm that comes from medication non-adherence,” said Kedar Mehta, CTO, iPatientCare.

Kedar Mehta further added, “Patient engagement being a concern and as it redefines patient’s role in healthcare IT. Using game changing technology iPatientCare is committed to develop products that help individuals to take control of their own health outcomes. With a vision to spark innovative ideas that engage patients in their own health care; a shift to patient-centered care was required as a multipronged approach and Google Glass based application is just one more addition to the iPatientCare products suite.”

“Exploiting the latest technology changes miGlass App is a complete patient and provider centric App which will provide exclusive benefits to patients like a take home video record for new information and procedures learned during the patient’s office visit, this ensures they can duplicate the dressing change, dosing schedule or follow the instructions that were provided by their healthcare team. miGlass can be used as a reminder tool to reinforce desired health behaviors. Providers can be available when the patient needs support as it can be a good fit for patient engagement efforts, allowing the patient’s healthcare team to be there and ready to offer support - at the right times,” said Shripal Shah, Senior Technology officer, iPatientCare.

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NHS Human Services connects mental health clinics with Comcast Business SIP Trunks

Comcast Business announced that NHS Human Services, a nonprofit provider of behavioral health services with more than 700 facilities across the United States, is using Comcast Business SIP Trunks to enhance internal communications for Help Desk employees supporting more than 10,000 employees throughout Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Louisiana. With this next generation of IP voice connectivity, NHS will have access to improved functionality while still being able to use its existing PBX equipment.

NHS Human Services, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s leading non-profit providers of community-based human services. With nationally recognized programs in multiple states, NHS offers a full range of integrated services to children and adults. The organization has grown through a series of mergers in recent years and quickly recognized the need to employ a consistent and cost-effective way to connect its existing and future locations via an end-to-end solution that could support both an increasing number of workers and a growing number of incoming patient calls across a diverse geographic footprint.

“We determined that the most pressing need came from our centralized Help Desk department, which receives between 7,500-8,000 calls each month on issues ranging from simple technical support to more pressing equipment issues,” said Sean McCloat, corporate director of IT services. “Comcast quickly integrated its SIP technology with our existing PBX equipment to provide the Help Desk staff in our IT operations center with four times the number of phone lines and the ability to cost-effectively add capacity when needed – proving that if SIP could reliably meet the high call volume of our Help Desk, we could expand its use to the patient-facing side of our organization,” continued Christopher Rieder, CIO of NHS Human Services.

NHS is taking advantage of 36 Comcast Business SIP Trunks, which has allowed its Help Desk technicians to access the organization’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) from their homes and handle troubleshooting issues as though they were in the office – a feature that was not previously available with its prior system. The healthcare facility also plans to expand to more voice services in the near future, as well as upgrade its existing Comcast Business Internet connections to Comcast Business Ethernet to accommodate the additional growth expected over the next few months.

NHS Chairman and CEO, Senator M. Joseph Rocks, states, “NHS’s commitment and focus on building strategic partnerships, such as with Comcast, allows us to leverage technological solutions that help increase employee satisfaction, which ultimately increases the quality of services provided to our consumers.”

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Health Catalyst receives Fierce Innovation Awards

Health Catalyst, the leader in healthcare data warehousing and analytics, has been recognized by this year's Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition, a unique CIO-reviewed awards program from the publishers of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare, and FierceMobileHealthcare. Health Catalyst received top honors in the "Data Analytics" category, as well as an overall award of "Best in Show: Best Problem-Solver."

Wendy Johnson, FierceMarkets' healthcare group publisher, says, "The Fierce Innovation awards celebrate the companies who are leading the charge to boldly transform healthcare delivery. We were overwhelmed by the number and the quality of the applications we received."

Honorees were selected by a distinguished panel of CIOs and other executives from renowned U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems, including Mayo Clinic, Boston Children's Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A complete list of judges can be found here.

"We are honored that Fierce Innovation's distinguished healthcare judges have recognized Health Catalyst as a leader in data analytics and a 'problem solver' in healthcare," said Dan Burton, CEO of Health Catalyst. "Much of the credit for the success of our solutions goes to our world-class healthcare clients. The clinical and technical leaders at these health systems are the real problem-solvers, utilizing data and analytics to drive measurable care and efficiency improvement."

Core to helping health systems solve healthcare problems, Health Catalyst uses a Late-Binding™ Data Warehouse and Analytics platform and applications that can be quickly implemented to deliver powerful insights that lead to prioritized care improvement best practices and workflows, better, safer, and more efficient patient care, and streamlined operations.

Award winners were selected based on the following criteria: impact on quality of care and patient outcomes; impact on care efficiency; impact on healthcare information exchange; technology innovation; financial impact; market validation; compatibility with existing health IT systems; end-user experience and overall level of innovation.

The Fierce Innovation Report, a supplement to the Fierce Innovation Awards program, examines the guiding forces in healthcare innovation and their impact on advancing cost-savings, patient care and outcomes.

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Estes Park Medical Center selects Summit Healthcare

Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC) has selected Summit Healthcare as their vendor partner to streamline integration between their Meditech HCIS and MEDHOST EDIS. EPMC is a 25-bed critical-access acute-care hospital located in Estes Park, Colorado.

Health information technology has dramatically improved the quality of healthcare delivery, increased patient safety, and decreased medical errors. However, to accomplish these improvements, organizations must find the strongest system integration possible. Estes Park Medical Center uses Meditech 6.0 as their main hospital information system (HCIS) and is implementing MEDHOST as their emergency department information system (EDIS), with a planned go-live of March 4, 2014. The different systems pose unique challenges related to the integration of emergency department data with the hospital’s electronic medical record. Information such as orders, results, and medications administered must be integrated between the HCIS and the EDIS to give clinicians rapid access to critical patient data.

EPMC looked to Summit Healthcare as an integration leader and for Summit’s experience with Meditech and MEDHOST to handle this unique integration. Leveraging the Summit Interoperability technology platform and expertise, Summit Healthcare will be tasked with ensuring the integration is seamless between the systems. The Summit EDIS integration solution goes well beyond simply establishing and managing EDIS integration projects by providing increased efficiencies, better patient outcomes, and helping to create a complete electronic medical record.

The integration process between the systems will be near real-time including the ability to process critical messages between the systems within one minute of being received. The first focus will be to integrate Laboratory results, Radiology reports, and in/outbound ADT feeds.

“As we embark on integrating our Meditech HCIS with our MEDHOST EDIS, working with Summit Healthcare is the clear solution with their strong technology offering and unique expertise. We look forward to working toward a successful live date,” said Gary Hall, Chief Information Officer, Estes Park Medical Center.

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