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Health Management Technology News
  February 12, 2014
In this issue:

 5 lessons to learn from EMR adoption Stage 7 hospitals

 Merge Healthcare expands Meaningful Use leadership in radiology for 2014

 Leading pharmacies and retailers join Blue Button initiative

 5 ways to fix the Samsung Galaxy S

5 lessons to learn from EMR adoption Stage 7 hospitals

Since 2006, HIMSS Analytics has identified 160 hospitals as Stage 7 facilities on the EMR Adoption Model. Thirty of those organizations reached paperless status in 2013 and will be congratulated at HIMSS14. Each of these healthcare facilities has overcome challenges inherent in achieving a paperless environment. Take advantage of their experiences and keep these five lessons in mind during your Stage 7 journey.

1. Use the big bang method

“’Big bang’ inpatient implementation for provider order entry and online clinical documentation (physicians and nursing/patient cares services) provided a more seamless experience for the patient.” University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

“One of the first difficult decisions we needed to make was whether to go live incrementally or go live with the Big Bang method. Initially, the magnitude of the Big Bang go live was daunting; the scope was almost incomprehensible. However, in analyzing our organization’s structure and needs, it became clear that the Big Bang go live was the better option, and in hindsight, it proved to be a very good approach.”
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

2. Train everyone

“System training should be focused on the care delivery team rather than on specific types of providers. System training should be mandatory for all system users prior to system implementation and on a regular interval after implementation.”
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

“Identify a core group of nurse, physician, and leadership champions. Train them all to use the system as early as possible so they can support their peers.”

3. Stay true to your organization

“When deploying vendor software, achieving goals set by federal agencies for EHR meaningful use, or performing benchmarking with other organizations, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that make your organization unique and special. Change leadership must address people’s concerns and the realities of local environments. Find the strengths and leaders inside your organization and leverage them to achieve change and create improvements.”
University of California Davis Health System

4. Make it a team project

“Involve operational leaders at the outset and make clinical systems implementation an enterprise project rather than an information systems initiative.”
UC San Diego

“Understand the EHR as a corporate strategic initiative, owned by clinicians, not IT.”
Texas Health Resources

Read the full HiMSS Article here

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Merge Healthcare expands Meaningful Use leadership in radiology for 2014

Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, today announced that its radiology solutions have been certified for Meaningful Use (MU), broadening its commitment to radiology customers who participate in the program as well as lead their healthcare environments toward overall imaging interoperability. Merge PACS, iConnect Access and Merge RIS are all now Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) certified under the 2014 criteria.

"From the very start of MU, Merge took a long-term view with the program, enabling us to develop and further expand solutions that meet the mandate so that our customers can continue to be successful in their imaging businesses," said Justin Dearborn, CEO at Merge Healthcare. "With the addition of imaging as a new menu measure in the 2014 rule, we believe that further investing and certifying our portfolio of imaging solutions will allow our customers and their referring physicians to more easily succeed with Stage 2 compliance. Qualifying this broader solution for MU is a testament of Merge's ongoing dedication to standards and leadership in radiology and interoperability."

Merge originally began its commitment to MU in 2011 by transforming Merge RIS to be a complete, certified EHR as defined by the program measures. Today, the following Merge solutions are certified for MU, including:

  • Merge RIS to store, manage and distribute patient radiology information for streamlined administrative efficiencies that meets MU requirements.
  • iConnect Access for referring physician image review capabilities from any browser-based device, enabling radiologists to grow their referring physician base.
  • Merge PACS to read, review, archive and share images and reports from a single location in real time, improving interactions with radiologists and referring physicians.
  • Merge OrthoPACS to store, view, manipulate and share orthopedic images from any browser-based device providing orthopedic physicians a more efficient workflow.
  • Merge Eye Care PACS for automatically importing images and diagnostic reports through a web-based system, creating a comprehensive patient record and helping ophthalmologists meet MU2 criteria.
  • Merge LIS for automated lab processes to expand lab capabilities and provide a central administration point, ultimately strengthening customer base.

"Meaningful Use is a big part of our overarching strategy at Triad Radiology. By leveraging Merge's certified technology, we have not only achieved MU but are also able to support referring physicians in their own quest to achieve MU," said Tom Smith, CIO at Triad Radiology Associates. "It's about the ability to share patient data in real time, enabling patients to receive better care, faster than ever before. We wouldn't be at the forefront of attestation and patient care efforts without Merge."

"Now, they can also build and implement interoperability and enterprise imaging strategies for this next stage which focuses more on health information exchange." continued Dearborn. "We are proud to help our customers further become leaders in their respective healthcare ecosystems."

Read the full Globe Newswire press release here

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Leading pharmacies and retailers join Blue Button initiative

Today, as part of the growing movement to help customers access and securely share their own health information, several of the Nation’s largest retail pharmacy chains and associations are pledging to support the Blue Button initiative—a public-private partnership between the health care industry and the Federal Government that aims to empower all Americans with access to their own electronic health information. These steps will help patients access their prescription information and further empower millions of Americans to better manage their healthcare.

The concept behind Blue Button is simple: consumers should be able to securely access their own health information and share it with health care providers, caregivers, and others they trust.

In 2010, with the support of the White House, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) launched the Blue Button initiative to give veterans the ability to access and download their health records on a secure, online patient portal. Since then, the initiative has expanded and more than 150 million Americans today are able to use Blue Button-enabled tools to access their own health information from a variety of sources including healthcare providers, health insurance companies, medical labs, and state health information networks.

An increasingly important part of the Blue Button initiative is making patient information available in secure, simple, standard formats to help spur the development of innovative consumer applications and devices that can help patients better manage their own health care and facilitate the electronic sharing of data with trusted partners, such as medical specialists who might not otherwise have direct access to relevant records.

Read the full Health IT Buzz news release here

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5 ways to fix the Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung will have a lot to prove when it unveils its Galaxy S5 smartphone in two weeks.

Last year's Galaxy S4 never lived up to its incredible hype, and sales were a disappointment. It's still the best-selling Android smartphone, but Samsung's reputation has taken a big hit after essentially tweaking the previous year's Galaxy S3 and calling it the next best thing.

As a result, Samsung is trying to dial down excitement about the newest edition. It is forgoing the kind of splashy Radio City Music Hall launch event that it threw last year, and its is instead introducing the S5 on Feb. 24 at a much more subdued press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

Samsung has also been trying to manage consumers expectations by leaking details about the Galaxy S5. The phone is widely reported to have a faster processor, more memory, a slightly bigger screen (but no added resolution) and a plastic body. The biggest change, supposedly, will come with Samsung's TouchWiz software, which has been given a makeover.

Whatever comes of the Galaxy S5 has already been set in stone. But looking forward, here are five ways Samsung can keep the Galaxy S line of smartphones relevant:

Improve the design. Samsung's big design innovation for the Galaxy S line of smartphones was a plastic back that "feels" like leather. That's not going to win over too many fans.

Samsung's phones don't have to be the iPhone or even crafted of metal to be interesting and attractive. In fact, Samsung should take a look at what Nokia (NOK) has done with its Lumia devices, or even what BlackBerry (BBRY), of all companies, did with the Z10. Bold colors and clean lines can make a world of difference.

Samsung also doesn't need to keep making the screen bigger. Instead, it should focus on shrinking the phone's body around a five-inch screen, much like Motorola did with the Moto X.

Innovate with the camera. Although Samsung has produced some decent smartphone cameras, there's still so much more it could do to improve its phones' photography features.

Samsung has an entire imaging division at its disposal. It could be chasing some fun new ideas, such as figuring out how to replicate the function of Lytro's magically-refocusing camera in a much smaller package.

Embrace Android. Samsung feels the need to remake every aspect of the core Android experience in an effort to stand out from its competitors. But Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) got its operating system mostly right, and Samsung somehow managed to make Android worse by meddling with it.

Samsung should look to Motorola for guidance. The Moto X's treatment of Android is one of the best examples of how to customize the stock Android experience. Motorola mostly left Android alone, only adding its best ideas on top of it. If Samsung came up with something half as genius as the Moto X's Active Display notifications, a lot more people would probably be paying attention.

Optimize hardware for context. Samsung could jump ahead of the pack if it figured out out how it could optimize its phones' hardware and sensors to make it aware of its surroundings and what its user is doing. The goal should be to create a Siri that answers your questions before you ask them.

Read the full CNN Money article here

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