Healthcare News February 18, 2012

  • Congress approves payroll tax cut extension, sending bill to Obama

    Both chambers easily and quickly approved the measure, which also extends unemployment benefits.  

  • ChartLogic Launches Stella at HIMSS; New EHR Overlay Uses Voice Recognition Technology Similar to Apple’s Siri – #HIMSS12

    SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ChartLogic, a leading national provider of EHR systems, today announced Stella, a voice recognition overlay compatible with all leading EHR systems. Utilizing the same type of cloud-based natural language processing (NLP) employed in Apple’s Siri, Stella can greatly speed workflow for physicians by enabling them to use iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices with their hospital’s EHR system.

    Stella is being demonstrated at HIMSS 12 at ChartLogic’s booth #14024. Stella is also one of the key technologies selected for use in the Health Story Project, which is located in the HIMSS 12 Interoperability Showcase.

    “Stella leverages the speed and ease-of-use of voice dictation, which is preferred by many physicians. Stella allows physicians to dictate, type, or touch (iPad) to review and create clinical documentation. While including a dictation option, it goes much further, using NLP to understand medical terminology and voice commands,” said Brad Melis, founder and executive vice president, ChartLogic.

    Stella allows physicians to “bring their own device.” Working as an overlay application, it provides access via mobile devices to hospital EHR systems without the need to replace or revamp the current system.

    Melis noted that Stella will help medical groups meet the proposed interoperability standards for meaningful use. For example, Stella will facilitate documenting and transmitting clinical care documents because it is the first cloud-based EHR application that natively incorporates the new CDA (common document architecture) Level 2 standard. This helps meet the proposed meaningful use requirement that EHRs have the capability of producing human readable (and computable) documents.


    Founded in 1994, serves more than 2,000 physicians nationwide. ChartLogic EHR is certified for meaningful use and more than 200 ChartLogic customers have qualified for incentive payments. ChartLogic’s EHR suite includes electronic medical records, a patient portal, medical billing software, document management and interactive patient education. For more information, visit

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  • HIMSS Calls for Maintaining October 1, 2013 ICD-10 Implementation Deadline for Most Healthcare Entities – #HIMSS12

    ICD-10 represents one of the most comprehensive projects in healthcare today with far-reaching impacts throughout the healthcare delivery system. An added layer of complexity involves the implementation of other significant programs, such as Meaningful Use and 5010, in a similar period of time.  In light of these multiple requirements, HIMSS has polled the provider community to ascertain ICD-10 readiness.

    HIMSS’ research of providers suggests that most of the larger providers are taking the necessary steps to be ready for ICD-10 by CMS’ existing regulatory timeframe of October 1, 2013. Based on forthcoming research to be released at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition next week, nearly 90 percent of the 302 healthcare IT executives responding to HIMSS’ 23rd Annual Leadership Survey said they expect to complete the conversion to ICD-10 by the deadline.  In fact, two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) indicated that implementing ICD-10 continues to be their top focus for financial IT systems.

    HIMSS believes that there is achievable value in the adoption of ICD-10 by October 1, 2013 for most healthcare stakeholders. The use of this more robust and upgraded data classification system, with the capacity to include current medical knowledge and 21st century patient procedures, will improve healthcare. Therefore, HIMSS urges maintaining the existing deadline of October 1, 2013 for most providers.

    HIMSS members suggest that any delay in the implementation of ICD-10 could result in additional provider costs.  Examples of these costs include maintaining two separate systems, retaining the services of consultants for longer than anticipated, and re-training staff. That is on top of multi-million dollar financial investments that have been budgeted to meet the ICD-10 deadline.  These investments include, but are not limited to, related activities such as training, securing project resources, obtaining consultants and performing vendor analyses. Nineteen percent of respondents to the HIMSS Leadership Survey said their organization had spent more than $1 million on the conversion to ICD-10.

    HIMSS believes there are several reasons why ICD-10 implementation should retain its current timeline, including:

    • ICD-10 is the very basic foundation for other healthcare transformation efforts, including Meaningful Use.
    • ICD-10-CM/PCS will have positive implications for patients. Better clinical intelligence data can describe multiple levels of severity, which should result in improved care algorithms to support accurate, more individualized patient care and lead to or promulgate improved outcomes.
    • ICD-10-CM/PCS will provide more accurate payment structures for providers over time.
    •  ICD-10 has the potential to reduce costly requests for health information.
    • Increased research capabilities, quality metrics and public health tracking and reporting made possible due to ICD-10 cannot be overemphasized
    • The ICD-9 numbering system cannot accommodate today’s current medical technology used for patient procedures
    • Continued use of ICD-9, with its limited codes, will hinder progress towards clinical best practice and evidence-based medicine.

    The final rule mandating implementation of ICD-10 was published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009 with a compliance date of October 1, 2013. For the past three years, impacted stakeholders have been planning for the monumental change, which is systemic in nature. HIMSS’ policy regarding ICD-10 states that, “All sectors of the health industry, including those outside of HHS and the federal agencies, should use ICD-10 as a foundational element.”

    While HIMSS understands and recognizes that there are providers facing resource challenges to meet the compliance date, the conversion to ICD-10 code sets will affect more positive outcomes for patients.  To that end, the Society offers a comprehensive and credible portfolio of ICD-10 related tools, resources, education, and community for health providers. Today, HIMSS and AHIMA will be releasing its “ICD-10 Critical Pathway to Getting Started – 2012 and Beyond.”  This readiness tool is designed to help providers, just starting on the ICD-10 conversion effort, to achieve the October 1, 2013 deadline.

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at

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  • Sprint Connects Patients to 21st Century Healthcare – #HIMSS12
    • Sprint is collaborating with innovative companies to bridge the gap as healthcare evolves to a virtual model and focuses on improving quality, increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
    • New agreements with Acadian Monitoring, DayaMed and HealthSpot represent how emerging technology and M2M enable consumer-driven solutions.
    • Sprint’s advanced wireless management strategy helps hospitals and providers make sense of, manage and contain costs for wireless networks, devices and services.

    New agreements with Acadian Monitoring, DayaMed and HealthSpot represent how emerging technology and M2M enable consumer-driven solutions

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 16, 2012 – Sprint (NYSE: S) has been supporting the traditional healthcare delivery model for many years with a reliable network and secure messaging. Now Sprint is working with innovative companies to bridge the gap as healthcare evolves to a virtual model and focuses on improving quality, increasing efficiency and reducing costs. Emerging consumer-driven technologies are enabling patients to become better informed and more active in the healthcare process. With that in mind, Sprint announced new agreements with Acadian Monitoring, LLC, Daya Medicals, Inc. and HealthSpot, Inc.

    DayaMed is working with Sprint to develop embedded wireless connectivity for the MedPod. (Photo: Bus ... DayaMed is working with Sprint to develop embedded wireless connectivity for the MedPod. (Photo: Business Wire)
    • Sprint and M2M solution provider Reflection Solutions are collaborating with Acadian Monitoring Services’ Health Monitoring Center to provide 24/7 health monitoring. Together they will offer remote monitoring capabilities that operate over the Sprint wireless network. Acadian Monitoring Services has teams of trained Emergency Medical Dispatch certified healthcare professionals, including paramedics, who monitor data coming from the patients, including a patient’s location, health, physical activity, fall detection and medical alerts. The team is under the direction of Acadian’s medical director and is managed by a Registered Nurse. Acadian Monitoring Services’ Health Monitoring Center provides home health agencies, hospitals and elder care organizations with comprehensive services, including telehealth equipment rental, wireless connectivity and monitoring.
    • DayaMed is developing the MedPod telehealth hub, a customized medication dispenser and platform that provides patients with precise medication doses and instructions. In addition, HIPAA-compliant alerts can be sent to any authorized member of the patient’s medical ecosystem. DayaMed is working with Sprint to develop embedded wireless connectivity for the MedPod. DayaMed provides patient centered medical consumer devices and services that are designed to elevate patient adherence to prescribed therapeutic regimes, raising patient health endpoints while lowering patient and overall healthcare costs.
    • This morning, Sprint announced that it is working with HealthSpot to develop embedded wireless connectivity for the HealthSpot Care4 Station, a virtual doctor’s office.

    “More Americans are suffering from chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes than ever before,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “Wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication presents an opportunity to streamline healthcare and provide greater access to critical patient information at significantly less cost and effort. The potential to improve patient wellness and physician efficiency in an on-demand setting is just one example of how connected devices are changing the way we work and live.”

    A strategic approach

    Sprint’s advanced wireless management strategy helps hospitals and providers make sense of, manage and contain costs for wireless networks, devices and services. Many hospital networks are currently operating at or near capacity while overburdened IT staffs struggle to keep systems running. Sprint provides the wireless infrastructure so that healthcare providers can focus on service delivery.

    “For 2012, it’s about engaging providers and consumers with enabling technologies to empower the transformation to a more consumer-driven system,” said Julee Thompson, chief healthcare executive, Sprint. “We are focusing on providing core infrastructure integration and key technology process improvements to assure mission-critical elements are in place.” Examples of wireless infrastructure include next-generation messaging supported by a unified communications platform, clinical DAS, mobile integration, M2M technology as well as business-continuity and emergency response solutions. “We want practitioners to have the ability to access secure electronic medical records (EMR) from virtually anywhere,” Thompson added. “Sprint is focused on helping healthcare providers get the right information, to the right person, using the right form factor, at the right time, with the right infrastructure and technical expertise.”

    A commitment to healthcare

    Sprint has sales, engineering, product development and marketing resources in place with a deep history and extensive experience within the healthcare industry. The team understands the industry, standards of practice and care delivery. Thompson has over 25 years of senior-level healthcare expertise, including patient care and operations. Sprint is a diamond corporate sponsor of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Sprint is actively involved in local HIMSS chapters. Debbie Vogel, account manager, Sprint, was recently elected to the board of the Arizona HIMSS chapter.

    As a demonstration of its commitment to the development of telemedicine as a healthcare delivery channel, Sprint is a Sustaining President’s Circle member of the American Telemedicine Association. Sprint works closely with customers to develop solutions to meet their unique needs. Through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Sprint executives meet with healthcare CIOs twice a year to discuss ideas about leveraging communications technology. Sprint is also a CHIME Foundation Firm and an associate member of the National Association for Home Care (NAHC). For more information, visit

    A network vision

    To ensure that future demand for wireless connectivity will be met, Sprint embarked on a multiyear initiative to provide an enhanced network experience expected to provide faster data speeds and improved voice quality, while creating network flexibility, reducing operating costs and improving environmental sustainability. The program, called Network Vision, involves the deployment of multimode base stations across many of Sprint’s cell sites throughout the country. As base stations are deployed, customers are expected to notice immediate improvements both outside and inside buildings, plus 4G LTE capability will become available. Sprint expects to complete Network Vision by the end of 2013.


    The HIMSS annual conference and expo (HIMSS12) will take place Feb. 20 – 24 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Sprint will have telehealth experts on hand in booth #3055 to talk about mobility management, M2M, clinical-grade infrastructure and business continuity.

    About Sprint Nextel

    Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and

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