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March 5, 2013 / Issue 10

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Over half of healthcare technology leaders have already qualified for meaningful-use Stage 1

ICD-10 deadline offers chance to improve finances

Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth announce ground-breaking alliance to enable integrated healthcare

CMS creates interactive EHR Participation Timeline for EPs

Where apps meet work, secret data is at risk

Expert: Hospitals’ ‘humongous monopoly’ drives prices high

Another big step in reshaping healthcare

Electronic Health Record Association supports bipartisan policy committee report on patient safety

Exercise, less sitting time, linked to better sleep

HIMSS13: Be there even if you can’t be there

New products and solutions from the show

View the NEW exciting White Papers and Webinars on HMT!

Navigate the Change in Healthcare

Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Five Strategies for Success

6 Critical Tips Regarding Hospital Smartphone Integration

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Meaningful Use

Over half of healthcare technology leaders have already qualified for meaningful-use Stage 1

HIMSS Leadership Survey finds efforts to impact provider investments in healthcare IT a success, but IT staffing concerns linger.

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ICD-10 deadline offers chance to improve finances

The transition to ICD-10 can have an impact on net revenues, through problems with under-coding, over-coding and contractors.

Read the Government Health IT/HIMSS article. >

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Integrated Healthcare

Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth announce ground-breaking alliance to enable integrated healthcare

The first-of-its-kind effort aims to transform quality and cost effectiveness by enabling data liquidity across systems, settings and episodes of care.

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CMS creates interactive EHR Participation Timeline for EPs

Eligible professionals (EPs) can use a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Web resource to determine which year they will demonstrate Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 of meaningful use. It will also provide the length of time required to demonstrate meaningful use at each stage and the maximum incentive payment for each year EPs participate.

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Mobile Computing

Where apps meet work, secret data is at risk

Chinese hackers are one problem. But so are employees who put company information online with their smartphones and tablets.

Read the NYT article. >

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Expert: Hospitals’ ‘humongous monopoly’ drives prices high

The American Enterprise Institute didn’t plan its panel last week on hospital consolidation to coincide with Steve Brill’s much-talked-about Time magazine article on hospital prices. But the Friday session could have taken the piece, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” as its text. Participants mentioned it several times.

Read the KHN article. >

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Health Insurance Exchanges

Another big step in reshaping healthcare

Hospitals and health insurers are locking horns over how much healthcare providers will get paid under new insurance plans that will be sold as the federal health law is rolled out.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Electronic Health Record Association supports bipartisan policy committee report on patient safety

The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of 40 EHR supplier companies, has announced its support of the just-released Bipartisan Policy Committee’s (BPC) report, “An Oversight Framework for Assuring Patient Safety in Health Information Technology.”

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Personal Health

Exercise, less sitting time, linked to better sleep

Insomniacs looking for a good night's sleep may want to hit the treadmill, take a walk or play a game of golf or tennis because a new report released on Monday shows exercise promotes good sleep, and the more vigorous the workout the better.

Read the Reuters article. >

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HIMSS13: Be there even if you can’t be there

If you are unable to attend HIMSS13 in person, you can still get in on the action. HIMSS13 Online provides access to select portions of both live and on-demand events for a one-time fee of $39. Participants can gain valuable information and engage with peers as they seek out practical solutions to healthcare’s most demanding challenges. If you plan to attend the conference in person, add HIMSS13 Online to your registration and gain access to event highlights – during and after the show.

Get a sneak peek at this offering. >

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New products and solutions from the show

What’s happening at HIMSS13 right now? New products and solutions featured at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society show, March 3-7.

Mobile document management? McKesson has an app for that

Decrease turnaround times on deficiency completions and improve your cash flow with Horizon Patient Folder Mobile Deficiency (HPFMD) Completion. HPFMD is a mobile solution that provides a more convenient way for physicians to complete document deficiencies by extending this functionality to wireless iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices.

athenahealth introduces athenaClarity, harmonizes data across disparate claims systems

athenahealth, a provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management and care coordination, has announced athenaClarity, a new cloud-based analytics service for medical groups and health systems to improve visibility into and management over the complex data that exists across caregiver networks and patient populations. This solution harmonizes data across disparate practice management, clinical and claims systems; provides a single, cloud-based platform to develop insight from that data; and guides action at the point of care that aligns with revenue goals and care outcomes.

Metro launches Metro Access platform

The Metro Access platform is an integrated hardware and software system that delivers unified information, medication and supply access across Metro’s expanding technology product portfolio. Drawing on a single shared database and a consistent user interface, the Metro Access platform improves efficiency and reduces costs while giving clinicians more time to focus on patient care.

Nuance addresses big EHR hurdle: Extracting data from paper records to populate medical records

Nuance has successfully completed testing for extracting discrete data from paper records and automatically populating appropriate fields in medical documents. The solution conforms to the new Consolidated CDA format and can help hospitals and physicians address certain meaningful-use requirements for information sharing and exchange.

Greenway customer demonstrates integrated Blue Button capability at HIMSS13

Pediatric Associates, Bellevue, Wash., is demonstrating the integrated Blue Button capabilities of Greenway’s PrimePATIENT secure Web portal at HIMSS13. The demonstration is occurring as part of the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase March 4-6 at the invitation of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Blue Button, originally developed by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, has become a universal symbol for the advancement of consumer healthcare data access and engagement, enabling consumers to easily access their health data on demand and become more actively engaged in their own health management.

Expand your reach with a Rubbermaid customizable telemedicine cart

Rubbermaid Telemedicine Cart solutions provide mobile, point-of-care platforms to connect doctors, specialists and clinicians to where patients are – whether in a hospital, clinic or residential facility. The T38 platform is customizable to address different telemedicine requirements, including: medical device connection, high-definition video conferencing, platform computing, touch annotation and content sharing. Built on the best-in-class mobile platform you’ve come to expect from Rubbermaid, the Rubbermaid Telemedicine Cart is expanding the availability of healthcare across the globe.

Dell works with Red Hat, Intel and VMware to launch Center of Excellence for hospitals using Epic EHR software

Dell has joined forces with Red Hat, Intel and VMware to open a dedicated center where hospitals can test and deploy a new option for running Epic Systems’ electronic health records (EHR) software on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The DRIVE (Dell, Red Hat, Intel and VMware for Epic) Center of Excellence is located near the EHR vendor’s Verona, Wis., headquarters.

Hyland Software and Merge Healthcare expand partnership to provide best-of-breed ECM and VNA solutions

Hyland Software, an enterprise content management (ECM) developer, and Merge Healthcare, a provider of clinical systems and innovations, have expanded their long-standing partnership to include an integrated comprehensive system for image viewing and storage. This solution leverages OnBase for proven electronic medical record (EMR) integration, health information management workflows and complete release-of-information capabilities. It ensures full operation of Merge’s zero-download viewer, iConnect Access, in conjunction with OnBase to eliminate unnecessary workflow steps and provide access to any clinical content, both DICOM and non-DICOM, from any EMR.

M*Modal announces strategic alliance with 3M Health Information Systems

M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding solutions, is partnering with 3M Health Information Systems to enable M*Modal’s clinical documentation platform to work in conjunction with the 3M 360 Encompass System. The collaboration brings together cloud-based speech understanding, computer-assisted coding (CAC), clinical documentation improvement (CDI), quality metrics and analytics into a unified data workflow for mutual clients of 3M and M*Modal.

Improve quality and population health through use of near real-time data

The cloud-based Caradigm Intelligence Platform, the next generation of Amalga, aggregates clinical, financial and operational data from multiple systems into problem-specific population summaries. This helps providers gain insight about individual patients, populations and performance, and make changes more easily to improve care and outcomes. Applications developed to run on the platform use the aggregated data to help organizations address challenges related to quality improvement, population health management and revenue and cost optimization.

Siemens demonstrates care coordination across healthcare communities

Siemens Healthcare is demonstrating how a growing number of healthcare organizations, both large and small, are using Soarian to connect top-of-the-line patient care with effective bottom-line results. The company is also spotlighting how the MobileMD Health Information Exchange (HIE) is being used by providers to securely deliver clinical and administrative data across a community.

Ricoh Healthcare unveils multifunction products suite

Ricoh Healthcare is showing off a new suite of multifunction products (MFPs) and printers specifically designed to help healthcare organizations improve outcomes in the face of rising costs, new legislation, security risks and provider consolidation. Healthcare organizations can now print patient wristbands (which today carry an increasing wealth of clinical information, including barcodes, color-coded alerts, patient photos and more) from electronic medical records without the need for expensive, single-purpose thermal printers or extensive configuration.

Reduce patient readmissions and meet meaningful use with T-System's solutions

T-System is presenting PerformNext Care Continuity, advanced Web-based technology that actively manages patient care transitions to reduce avoidable readmissions.

TeleHealth Services showcases iTigr patient engagement solutions

TeleHealth Services is demonstrating its iTigr interactive patient engagement solution at HIMSS13. The iTigr system delivers powerful staff-to-patient interactivity and care plan management tools that help improve patient satisfaction, reduce readmissions and increase workflow efficiencies. It integrates with EMR, pharmacy, dietary, CPOE and other hospital technology systems.

Allscripts shows why 'Open' matters at HIMSS13

Allscripts Open architecture connects both clinical and financial data across every setting: from the provider to the hospital to post-acute settings and even the patient’s home. This openness brings us closer to the company’s vision of a Connected Community of Health. Explore how being Open is driving amazing outcomes across Allscripts’ client community.


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