Healthcare News June 15, 2013

  • Bill to repeal ObamaCare tax hits 218 cosponsors

    A bill to repeal a new tax in President Obama’s healthcare law now has 218 cosponsors in the House — enough to ensure it would pass.

    The bill would repeal a new tax on health insurance plans, which is expected to raise roughly $100 billion over the next 10 years. Insurers and small businesses strongly oppose the tax, saying it will drive up premiums.

  • NoMoreClipboard and ICA to Collaborate on Health Information Exchange and Patient Engagement Opportunities
    Fort Wayne, Ind. – June 11, 2013 – NoMoreClipboard and ICA, a provider of interoperability technology that enables care coordination and health information exchange (HIE), today announced a strategic agreement that will capitalize on integrating ICA HIE offerings with NoMoreClipboard personal health record (PHR) and patient portal solutions.  By combining ICA technology with patient-facing applications from NoMoreClipboard, HIEs, hospitals, health systems, providers, communities and ACOs can improve electronic communication with patients and meet the patient engagement requirements in meaningful use stage two.
    “ICA and NoMoreClipboard are already working together on several projects with HIE and health system clients, and we have quickly come to appreciate our respective commitment to standards-based interoperability,” said Gary Zegiestowsky, CEO of ICA. “We are working on everything from Direct to XDS information exchange, with a focus on making HIE and provider data available to patients in a secure, electronic format. We are formalizing our collaboration to help our respective clients qualify for meaningful use and engage patients looking for easier ways to access, organize and manage health information.”
    “As electronic patient engagement gains traction, there is a real opportunity for HIEs and forward thinking providers to offer patients portable solutions that enable them to access and share data across the care continuum,” said NoMoreClipboard president Jeff Donnell. “ICA is adept at managing patient information, and we are working together to put that information in the hands of patients who can then take a more active role in managing health and wellness.”
    ICA and NoMoreClipboard are currently working on projects for several mutual clients including the Kansas Health Information Network, the statewide HIE in Kansas, and Meridian Health, a leading New Jersey health system.
    About ICA
    Originating from clinical informatics solutions developed within Vanderbilt Medical Center, ICA’s state-of-the-art CareAlign® interoperability and informatics platform addresses and solves data and communication challenges for many healthcare entities, including hospitals, IPAs, IDNs, HIEs, payers and others.  CareAlign delivers a flexible architecture to connect, collect, consume and intelligently distribute data through Direct, IHE, HL7, and custom methods for use in EHRs, third party applications, and ICA’s applications.  CareAlign unites a wide range of information and supports analytic needs associated with population health management, transitions of care communication, re-admissions reduction, meaningful use requirements and PCMH/ACO operations. Visit, and follow us on Twitter, ICA HITme Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
    NoMoreClipboard is a leader in electronic patient engagement, connecting consumers and clinicians to improve communication and foster collaboration. NoMoreClipboard gives consumers portable, interoperable personal health records to access, manage and share health information. Provider solutions include branded patient portals designed to integrate with clinical workflow, enhance efficiency and contribute to improved patient outcomes. Visit for more information and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

  • IHE USA Publishes “Interoperability for Dummies” A Guide to Health IT

    CHICAGO (June 12, 2013) – Across the world, various communities in Health Information Technology (IT) are developing methods for exchanging health information among healthcare providers, patients, and other authorized parties to revolutionize the delivery of care.  However, doing something as simple as sharing secure, private healthcare information is hard. Everything involved in sharing the information must be securely constructed in a way that all the other systems involved understand it. To advance this goal, IHE USA has published “Interoperability for Dummies; IHE Edition,” a complimentary eBook in the Wiley For Dummies format, which explains what Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is, its value, and how people can use IHE to advance interoperability.

    The eBook, written by Anita Samarth, in collaboration with IHE USA, provides an introduction to the integration and interoperability of health data, the origins of IHE, and an overview of IHE’s standards-based profiles which are used by communities for exchanging health information

    Interoperability for Dummies – IHE Edition, will help readers to not only understand the value and critical nature of standards-based interoperable health IT systems and IHE’s role, but how to personally become part of the solution by implementing change in their organization.” says Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, president, IHE USA.

    Readers of the eBook will learn how IHE improves patient care by providing a common standards-based framework for seamlessly exchanging health information among care providers at a local, regional, or national level. More than 160 health IT vendors and health information exchanges have implemented systems worldwide based on IHE.

    The eBook discusses:

    • How IHE can help organizations meet interoperability goals;
    • The current state of document exchange, different scenarios for exchanging information, and how IHE is improving the process; and
    • Opportunities IHE offers for stakeholders and clinicians to work together to advance health information exchange.
    • An introduction to the IHE USA Certification Program.

    The eBook is available for complimentary download on the IHE USA website, beginning June 26.

    About the Author                                                                                                                                                                            

    Anita Samarth is co-founder and president of Clinovations. She has extensive experience with EHRs, HIE, and interoperability. She was also a co-author of “Electronic Health Records for Dummies.”

    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 national health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc

  • Mitochon and CureMD Partner to Deliver Targeted Clinical Content to thousands of Physicians

    Mitochon Systems Inc., Laguna Hills, CA, June 12, 2013 – CureMD Healthcare, a leading national provider of award winning EMR, Practice Management and Billing Services and Mitochon Systems Inc., announced today a partnership to utilize Mitochons patented delivery platform for clinical content for physicians and patients, drug sample programs, co-pay vouchers, DME orders and pharma promotional messaging to the entire CureMD subscriber network.

    Bill Hashmat, CIO and CO founder at CureMD Healthcare stated, “CureMD constantly strives for innovative approaches that benefit its subscribers though advances in patient safety, improving outcomes and quality while reducing costs” he continued. “The ability to connect with multiple content sources through a single connection is a significant factor in establishing this preferred partnership.” He further stated, “Mitochons deep understanding of the technical and workflow challenges that EHR vendors face in regards to content delivery, along with pharma demand for their patented Granular and Contextually targeted content made this an exciting partnership to enter.”

    Mitochon content Service is a HIPAA compliant, patented delivery model for a variety of clinical and promotional content to the EHR community. It also provides support for Meaningful Use stage 2 compliance. The benefit of a simple internet based connection, eliminating the high cost of establishing custom API’s and the ongoing maintenance associated with them, is an attractive proposition to the EHR vendor’s. The significant incremental revenue stream from multiple content sources is also very attractive proposition to help subsidize EMR adoption.

    “We are delighted to enter this partnership and further develop our patented content solutions within CureMD’s physician networks” said Chris Riley CEO at Mitochon. “In CureMD we have a forward thinking, agile partner who understands the dynamics in the market place in regards to declining ability to extract high prices from physicians for EHR systems and the need to develop significant revenue from other services. The patent was approved in April 2012 and we are on the move to deploy it with leading EMR venders across the nation.”

    About CureMD
    CureMD is an award winning provider of EMR, practice management and billing services to help optimize outcomes, quality and returns. CureMD is consistently ranked as the number 1 SaaS EMR by independent research organizations for the highest customer satisfaction rate in the industry.

    About Mitochon
    Founded in 2006 and awarded a patent for the delivery of targeted, contextual clinical and promotional content to EHR systems in 2012. Mitochon offers EHR vendors incremental revenue from the delivery of targeted content to their physician and patient communities, enabling better outcomes and assisting in reducing medical costs

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