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Health Management Technology News
  February 26, 2014
In this issue:

Path of Next Hospital EMR Buying Wave Beginning to Form

Survey of Hospitals Suggests Patient Data at Risk Due to Inconsistent Data Management Practices

The Value of HIT Lies In Getting Content Back Out, Not In Putting Content In

Vocera Announces Direct Integration with Hill-Rom NaviCare Nurse Call System

Anton/Bauer Launches Revolutionary Battery System for Point-of-Care Devices at HiMSS14

SSI Renews HFMA Peer Review Designation

Carestream Sponsors HIMSS 2014 Executive Panel Discussion on Efficient Enterprise Data Management

Path of Next Hospital EMR Buying Wave Beginning to Form

Almost half of large hospitals interviewed indicated that they will be making a new EMR purchase by 2016, but only 22 percent of those buying decisions may still be up for grabs. This and other key findings were released in the latest KLAS report, entitled Acute Care EMR 2014: The Next Buying Wave.

Of the providers considering a change, 34 percent have already selected a vendor and another 44 percent are strongly leaning toward a specific vendor.

"Where the last round of EMR purchases was fueled by meaningful use requirements and enticing reimbursements, this next round is being fueled by concerns about outdated technology and health system consolidation," said report author Colin Buckley. "This shift in focus will play a major factor in which EMRs are being considered."

As part of this study, KLAS interviewed 277 providers from large hospitals (200+ beds) across the U.S. Providers gave feedback on which vendors they are considering, why they are considering them and what their timelines look like for making these purchases. The EMRs compared in the report include products from Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, McKesson, MEDITECH and Siemens.

Read the full 24-7 Press Release here

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Survey of Hospitals Suggests Patient Data at Risk Due to Inconsistent Data Management Practices

Despite skyrocketing volumes of data, many hospitals still rely on outdated and inefficient practices to backup and archive information, putting data and organizations at risk and unnecessarily straining IT storage budgets. This is the central  finding from a study of data backup and archiving practices at hospitals, conducted by HIMSS Analytics, the research and analytics arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and sponsored by Iron Mountain Incorporated , the storage and information management company.

The survey asked 150 senior-level technology professionals at hospitals across the country to assess how they protect data from potential loss or disaster as well as archive it to meet long-term compliance requirements. Among other findings, the survey revealed areas for improvement including:

- Not all data is created equally. A majority of hospitals said they classify an average of 75 percent of their clinical data as “active,” meaning they store it onsite for immediate access, a surprising practice given that less than 30 percent of this data is accessed after 18 months, and could be moved to more cost-effective storage mediums.

- Only half have an archive strategy in place. Fifty-two percent of respondents reported that they have a data archiving strategy in place, with 83 percent citing compliance as the chief reason. Yet with much of the active data not accessed over time, an archive strategy can help reduce the impact on limited IT budgets.

- There are data protection danger signs. Thirty-one percent don’t currently have disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place, raising questions on their preparedness to continue delivering care in an emergency situation. And 42 percent of respondents don’t have a documented data retention policy that specifies how long to keep backup and archival data and when they can destroy it, posing legal and compliance risks for the organization.

Read the full HiMSS article here

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The Value of HIT Lies In Getting Content Back Out, Not In Putting Content In

In 2002, Microsoft launched “Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.”  The tablets were expected to be groundbreaking productivity devices, but they failed to resonate with consumers.  Experts blamed the tablets’ weight, thickness, high cost, and need for a pen.  In 2010, Apple released the iPad.  It was a blockbuster that rapidly took the lion’s share of the tablet market, decimated the netbook market, and even “cannibalized” desktop PC sales.  The iPad was lighter, thinner, less costly, and far more stylish than the early Microsoft tablets.  Unlike the Microsoft tablets, the iPad offered a touchscreen and virtual keyboard designed for content consumption over content creation.  In other words, the iPad was more about listening to music, watching movies, surfing the Internet, and reading emails; and less about taking notes, authoring documents, creating presentations, and writing emails.

In response, Microsoft released two touch-oriented operating systems (Windows 8 and Windows RT), and two direct competitors to the iPad (Microsoft Surface and Surface RT).  The new tablets were reasonably priced, thin, lightweight, and beautifully designed.  So how did they differ from the iPad?  Content creation!  With Office apps and a critically acclaimed keyboard-cover, Microsoft touted the Surface as “The most productive tablets on the planet.” Unfortunately for Microsoft, sales have been weak.  After upgrading the software and hardware, Surface market share merely grew “from dismal to bad.”

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Vocera Announces Direct Integration with Hill-Rom NaviCare Nurse Call System

Vocera Communications, Inc., the leading provider of integrated, intelligent communication solutions for mission-critical mobile environments, today announced its solutions are now directly integrated with the Hill-Rom NaviCare Nurse Call system to provide a critical communication link between hospital patients and their care teams. Information about this integration will be available in the Vocera booth #5751 and live demonstrations will be provided in the Hill-Rom booth #1503 at HIMSS14.

The integration of NaviCare Nurse Call with the Vocera platform, including Vocera Collaboration Suite, the Vocera B3000 Communication Badge and Vocera Connect for iPhone, Android(TM), and Cisco, automates the clinical environment and enables instant communication, real-time information, and consolidated alerts. When a patient presses the nurse call button, the request is delivered directly to staff within an assigned Vocera role or group.

Hill-Rom's NaviCare Nurse Call provides a powerful platform for clinical connectivity focused on improving productivity, safety, and the patient experience. Unlike traditional nurse call systems, NaviCare Nurse Call is designed from the ground up to streamline communication and to facilitate integration into the healthcare enterprise. Providing a powerful platform for clinical connectivity, NaviCare Nurse Call helps get the right information to the right people at the right time, allowing caregivers to focus their time and energy on the health and well-being of their patients.

"Patients can 'talk' from the pillow speaker in their bed to care team members who are using a Vocera Badge or a smart device," said Niraj Jain, vice president of business development at Vocera. "This integration is powerful because it will help hospital caregivers improve communication and response times to their patients, ultimately helping to ease the delivery of care, enhance the patient experience, and drive performance excellence."

By integrating Vocera directly with NaviCare Nurse Call, hospitals gain robust capabilities without the additional implementation, maintenance and costs of middleware. Together, Vocera and the Hill-Rom NaviCare Nurse Call system leverage a hospital's mobile communication strategy to facilitate real-time communication and responsive care.

Key features of the integrated solution are:

  • Allows for instant notification to the Vocera Collaboration Suite, Vocera Badge and Vocera Connect for iPhone, Android, and Cisco for patient requests, alarms, and events, including nurse call, bathroom, and shower
  • Permits caregivers to initiate requests for code blue, staff assist, physician orders, transport, housekeeping, room turn, dietary requests and rounding
  • Enables quick call back from the Vocera Badge to the patient or caregiver at the pillow speaker
  • Utilizes the assignment of clinical roles in Vocera Staff Assignment, such as "Room 4101 Nurse," for voice workflows in Vocera and NaviCare Nurse Call alert and alarm workflows
  • Provides nurse call integration and workflow reporting from both Vocera and NaviCare Nurse Call

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Anton/Bauer Launches Revolutionary Battery System for Point-of-Care Devices at HiMSS14

Anton/Bauer, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of mobile power systems for the healthcare industry, will debut its new Elora Battery System at HiMSS14. The innovative system is designed to dramatically transform battery management for any point-of-care technology, regardless of AC or DC power requirements, including mobile workstations, vital signs monitors, and EKG monitors. The Elora Battery System features five modular components that can be configured into 36 unique combinations to power any device used in any workflow. Anton/Bauer will showcase the system at their exhibit (booth #641) at HiMSS14 in Orlando, which runs February 23-27.

The Elora Battery System provides a flexible, scalable solution that can be customized to meet an end-user’s unique needs, budgetary requirements and performance expectations by utilizing its key modular components. The system’s features include:

  • High-capacity, 240 watt-hour (WH) Lithium-Ion battery. Weighing less than 4 pounds, this lightweight, impact resistant, ergonomic, and stylishly designed battery charges in approximately three hours, requires virtually no maintenance, and most importantly, provides 100 percent uptime. The groundbreaking Elora Battery builds on Anton/Bauer’s industry-leading technology, including advanced protection circuitry to ensure long battery life. The battery meets agency safety standards, such as IEC 60601-1 3rd edition, and other strict safety requirements.
  • The most advanced battery interface available today. The Elora Interface can be installed on any mobile workstation, patient monitoring system, or other point-of-care technology. The new battery system is completely scalable, and features a small form factor for easy battery installation and removal.  Ergonomically designed and easy to clean, the Elora interface provides a secure fit to ensure the battery stays connected.
  • Innovative on-cart fuel gauge. Anton/Bauer’s patented system changes the way “remaining runtime” is communicated. The Elora Battery System features an LCD screen that displays remaining runtime using Anton/Bauer’s Battery Pain Scale™.  As the battery is depleted, the icon will change from an easily identifiable “happy face” to a “sad face” when the battery system requires a charge.
  • Optional power supply. The system offers an optional AC power supply, allowing the user to configure a system that can be plugged into a wall outlet for charging, increasing the system’s flexibility.
  • Disinfecting charger cabinet. The innovative, disinfecting Elora charger is a wall mounted cabinet that can charge three Elora Batteries simultaneously, in approximately three hours. The cabinet features a proprietary Hygiene Assist System which aids in infection control. The  “Smart Selection” feature illuminates a green LED light to indicate which battery should be used next to ensure proper cycling and maximized life.

To eliminate the headaches associated with battery management, the charger is Wi-Fi enabled to facilitate better fleet management. The Battery Management System (BMS) can also be used to monitor the performance of an entire fleet of batteries. The Elora Charger is designed to meet ADA corridor standards.

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SSI Renews HFMA Peer Review Designation

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) today announced that, following rigorous review, The SSI Group, Inc. (SSI) has once again achieved the "Peer Reviewed by HFMA" standard for its SSI Billing product.

SSI Billing is a comprehensive claims management solution that facilitates the electronic editing, validation and transmission of institutional and professional healthcare claims. SSI provides edits at the HIPAA, payer and provider levels. The technology allows providers to edit claims using Software as a Service (SaaS) or by an Application Service Provider (ASP). Claims are routed through SSI's nationally recognized clearinghouse to over 1000 payer connections. SSI is the first organization to be certified as a CAQH/CORE vendor and clearinghouse. CLAREDI, EHNAC and SAS70 have also certified SSI's Data Center.

"We are pleased that our SSI Billing product has continued to meet the requirements of the HFMA Peer Review process," said James M. Lyons, President and CEO of The SSI Group, Inc. "This ongoing evaluation illustrates the success of SSI's customers and SSI's commitment to quality in its products and services. We are dedicated to supporting our customers through the upcoming regulatory changes by providing effective and efficient revenue cycle management solutions backed by SSI's superior service."

HFMA's Peer Review process provides healthcare financial managers with an objective third party evaluation of products and services used in the healthcare workplace. The rigorous, eleven-step process includes a Peer Review panel review comprised of current customers, prospects who have not made a purchase, and industry experts. Peer Review status of the product or service and its performance claims are based on effectiveness, quality and usability, price, value, and customer and technical support.

"We're pleased to have SSI renew their HFMA Peer Reviewed designation," says HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA. "The HFMA Peer Review process assures our members, through a rigorous evaluation, that the reviewed product or service meets an objective third-party assessment of overall effectiveness, quality, and value."

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Carestream Sponsors HIMSS 2014 Executive Panel Discussion on Efficient Enterprise Data Management

Carestream is sponsoring an executive panel discussion at the HIMSS 2014 meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 202C at the Orlando Convention Center. The title is “Executive Perspective: How to Achieve Efficient Enterprise Data Management” and the session is open to all HIMSS attendees. Jennifer Horowitz, Senior Director of Research for HIMSS Analytics, will be the moderator.

A panel of thought leaders from leading healthcare organizations will discuss the challenges of sharing access to images and clinical data across the enterprise—and examine practical ways to enhance information exchange. Panelists also will explore how to achieve higher revenue and lower costs while enhancing productivity for IT staffs and radiology departments. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the event.

Panelists include:

  • Michael Cohen, Vice President - Clinical Support, Information Management and Chief Privacy Officer, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Canada
  • Tonya Reeder, Chief Information Management Officer, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
  • Steven Sarros, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Baptist Health Care, Pensacola, Fla.; and
  • John Showalter, Chief Health Information Officer, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Miss.

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