Healthcare News February 28, 2013

  • North American Connectathon 2013 Provides Testing Ground for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements

    CHICAGO – (February 27, 2013) In an effort to advance interoperability in the U.S., IHE USA and the Health Story Project offered  Health Level Seven’s (HL7) Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture® (C-CDA) standard as part of the testing process at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2013. When implemented into electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs), HL7’s C-CDA contributes a critical component of a patient’s medical record, including the physician’s progress notes, discharge summaries, and other clinical documents. U.S. physicians create over a billion clinical notes each year. These notes contain most of a patient’s clinical records, and most EHRs are not capable of integrating this type of data into their systems.

    “Eighteen vendors registered to test 27 systems for C-CDA – including, a diverse group of EHR, document imaging and HIE vendors. After years of working with EHR and HIE vendors and encouraging acceptance of C-CDA document types, Health Story members are thrilled about the potential uptake of C-CDA and its role in contributing to comprehensive electronic patient stories,” said Joy Kuhl, Executive Director of the Health Story Project.

    IHE USA and Health Story Project are excited to announce that 18 companies earned a passing test score for C-CDA testing at the NA Connectathon 2013, gaining a competitive advantage in meeting Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for adoption of C-CDA.

    Successful Consolidated CDA Test Participants:



    CareEvolution, Inc.

    Certify Data Systems

    Corepoint Health


    GE Healthcare

    Greenway Medical Technologies

    Iatric Systems, Inc.

    ICT Health


    Notable Solutions, Inc.

    Nuance Communications

    Mirth Corporation

    Nextgen Healthcare

    Oracle America

    VitalHealth Software

    Vitera Healthcare Solutions

    Please visit IHE USA to learn more about Consolidated CDA, the NA Connectathon, and Consolidated CDA test participants.

    About IHE USA

    IHE USA ( is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in IHE International, Inc.

    About Health Story

    The Health Story Project was founded five years ago by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Clinical Documentation Industry Association, Lantana Consulting Group, and M*Modal. It is now a collaborative of over two dozen healthcare vendors, providers and associations. Health Story accelerated development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of clinical documents, bringing them through the HL7 ballot process and promoting their adoption within the industry. Over the previous five years, the initiative produced the first set of national data standards for clinical documents – use of which supports requirements for Meaningful Use of EHRs. The Health Story vision is for complete patient stories to be available in electronic medical records.  You can see Health Story in action at HIMSS13 in the Interoperability Showcase.

  • DataMotion Developers Toolkit Facilitates Quick Integration with Direct Messaging, Enabling Providers to Qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Incentives

    Toolkit Offers Lucrative Market Opportunities to EHR, HIE and IDN Vendors by Helping
    Healthcare Providers Overcome Complexities and Qualify for Potential Subsidies

    MORRISTOWN, N.J. – February 27, 2013 – DataMotion (, a health information service provider (HISP) offering secure data delivery services, today introduced the DataMotion Direct Toolkit. The Toolkit enables Health Information Systems (HIS) vendors who develop electronic health record (EHR), health information exchange (HIE) and integrated delivery network (IDN) solutions to qualify their systems’ interoperability capabilities as required for Meaningful Use Stage 2 incentive payments.

    Often times, secure messaging and PKI encryption are not core competencies of HIS vendors. Rather than build a solution in-house, vendors can now quickly add required Direct functionality by leveraging the DataMotion Direct Toolkit. This shortens time to market for HIS vendors and helps them quickly seize lucrative new market opportunities.

    “As we were looking for an expert in the development of Direct messaging functionality, DataMotion came out as the clear choice,” said Mark Pilarski, vice president, product generation for T-System, Inc., the industry leader in clinical, financial and operational solutions for emergency medicine. “After researching prospective HISPs it was clear that DataMotion had the most robust offering. Since engaging their team, we’ve been impressed with the strength and simplicity of the application programming interface (API) and their knowledgeable and responsive tech support. Best of all, we’ve found them to be flexible and easy to do business with. We look forward to offering an integrated Direct solution to our user base.”

    Through the Toolkit, HIS vendors’ customers can take advantage of DataMotion Direct, a cloud-based secure data transfer service that enables healthcare organizations of all sizes to meet compliance demands and real-world communications needs. The Toolkit’s ease-of-use allows rapid integration –  usually in less than a month. The turnkey solution is regularly updated to meet new industry requirements. Designed to interoperate with disparate systems, provider organizations can also avoid vendor lock-in to ensure the greatest return on technology investments and the ability to take advantage of new developments in the future.

    The DataMotion Direct Toolkit includes:

    • ·         A robust suite of APIs to facilitate integration of Direct messaging into any EHR/EMR, HIE or IDN application
    • ·         An easy-to-follow implementation guide
    • ·         Pre-integration consulting
    • ·         Integration engineering support
    • ·         Tier-1 technical support during third-party certification testing
    • ·         One year membership in the DataMotion Direct Developers Consortium

    “Our Toolkit offers vendors a tremendous opportunity to quickly meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements,” said Bob Janacek, co-founder and chief technology officer for DataMotion. “Whether you want DataMotion to provide the entire messaging interface inside of your solution, or simply need your existing messaging interface to communicate through Direct protocols, the DataMotion Direct Toolkit provides a rapid and easy way to accomplish this.”

    The DataMotion Direct Toolkit is available immediately. For more information, vendors should visit, email or call (800) 672-7233.

    About DataMotion

    DataMotion enables organizations to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of delivering electronic information to employees, customers and partners in a secure and compliant way. The company’s core DataMotion Platform solves a broad range of business issues by providing a secure data delivery hub. DataMotion’s easy-to-use solutions for secure email, file transfer, forms processing and customer contact leverage the DataMotion Platform for unified data delivery. Millions of users worldwide rely on DataMotion to transparently improve business processes and reduce costs, while mitigating security and compliance risk. DataMotion is privately held and based in Morristown, N.J.


    Bethesda, Md., Feb. 27, 2013 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and the RFID in Healthcare
    Consortium (RHCC) will unveil an octagonal-shaped, virtual healthcare theater in The Intelligent
    Hospital™ Pavilion at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
    conference in New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center March 4-6.

    “The Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion concept is creating new ways for healthcare executives to
    witness technology integrating with patient care delivery,” says Dr. Paul Frisch, president and
    CTO, RHCC. “By bringing the right tools and talents together, we’re seeing innovations that will
    revolutionize the healthcare environment.”

    The Intelligent Hospital™ (IH) Pavilion provides a practical overview of how diverse
    technologies, including medical devices and systems, clinical applications, Auto ID, RFID,
    RTLS, sensors and wireless technologies, along with tablets and smart mobile devices, are
    seamlessly integrated to enhance patient care, optimize workflow and manage healthcare
    resources. The pavilion will showcase numerous unique use cases and solutions simulating
    typical scenarios within the OR, ICU, ER, ambulance and pharmacy.

    “HIMSS is a great opportunity to tell our story of bringing systems integration, simulation,
    and analytics into the clinical environment,” said Dr. Robert J. Szczerba, Lockheed Martin’s
    corporate director of global healthcare initiatives. “In our theater, we’ll highlight opportunities to
    create efficiencies, improve care and bring down costs for the healthcare ecosystem.”

    A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the IH Pavilion on Monday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
    Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear from Dr. Szczerba on Wednesday, March 6, at
    9:45 a.m. in Room 245 of the convention center. He will address how advanced technologies
    from the aerospace and defense sectors can be applied to the clinical environments in his
    presentation “How Aerospace Technology Can Help Transform Healthcare”.

    About Lockheed Martin
    Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company
    that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design,
    development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems,
    products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

    About the RFID in Healthcare Consortium

    The RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) globally advocates for the safe and effective use
    of wireless-based technologies in healthcare and supports the development of interoperability standards with government and industry. This worldwide network of RFID professionals shares technical expertise, innovative research results and best practices for wireless technologies in healthcare. RFID applications in healthcare improve patient outcomes, patient safety, access control, asset management and overall operational efficiencies in healthcare delivery. The RFID in Healthcare Consortium is a vendor-neutral organization whose members support RFID education, standards development and advocacy.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Four in 10 say health law covers the undocumented

    About one in three Democrats and more than half of Republicans polled incorrectly believe Obama’s health law covers illegal immigrants.

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