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Surescripts adds clinical messaging capabilities Users of fi ve popular health technology products can

now share clinical information via Surescripts, connecting to an eligible universe of more than 300,000 care providers in acute (hospital) and ambulatory (offi ce practices) set- tings across the country. In late July, Surescripts announced that its Basic Messaging and Communications product for clinical interoperability will be off ered to all users of Inofi le, Greenway, SCI Solutions and Vitera. SOAP- ware users will be able to communicate with users on the Surescripts network using a HISP-to-HISP connection. Epic, GE Medical, NewCrop, NextGen and several other health technology vendors are already connected to the Surescripts network. T ese enhanced capabilities will allow providers across the U.S. healthcare system to seamlessly communicate and share important clinical information through a secure and integrated messaging service powered by the Surescripts network, which allows clinical care information, includ- ing immunization summaries, CCDs, referrals, discharge summaries and lab results, to be transmitted between peers, practices and health systems locally and nationally. T e network supports all federal and state policies and standards for health information exchange, including privacy and security standards, technology interoperability standards and message types.


T ree-year outlook: ITaaS worth $11 billion in health IT savings A new report from public-private government and health

IT partnership MeriTalk quantifi es the potential impact of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) models when deployed by healthcare providers, and the impact is big: $11 billion in the next three years. “Health Check: Healthcare CIOs Prescribe Change,” based on a survey of 109 College of Healthcare Information

Management Executives (CHIME) members in Q2 2013 and underwritten by EMC Corporation, reports that through the adoption of ITaaS, providers can reduce IT costs by 9 percent, which translates into that big $11 billion in IT savings. Ninety-four percent of the health IT execs surveyed have

purchased part of their IT portfolio “as a service” to date, and on average they estimate that 47 percent of their current port- folio has the potential to be delivered via ITaaS by leveraging private, hybrid and public clouds in the future. Ninety-nine percent of the healthcare providers surveyed

are taking steps to transform their IT infrastructure. What are they implementing? • Eighty-seven percent are deploying virtualization. • Seventy-three percent are streamlining IT operations. • Forty-eight percent are centralizing IT management. Just over half (52 percent) say they are unable to fi nd and

hire all the IT staff with the right skills needed for innovation. Read the full report at HEALTH MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY September 2013 7


Emory University rolling out HIPAA-compliant texting app HIPAA-compliant secure tex- forward

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