Healthcare News June 27, 2012

  • Both sides poised for healthcare ruling

    Lawmakers and interest groups are ready to respond as soon as the decision is released.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Senate passes FDA bill as SCOTUS countdown continues

    The Senate passed a major Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bill Tuesday, getting some bipartisanship out of its system before the Supreme Court’s explosive decision on healthcare reform.

    The FDA bill passed the Senate 92-4. The same legislation passed the House by a voice vote earlier this month. President Obama is expected to sign the bill, which reauthorizes user fees that the FDA collects from drug and medical-device companies.

    It also makes several changes to FDA policy, mostly geared toward bringing innovative products to market more quickly while bolstering the FDA’s safety oversight.

  • HIMSS Analytics Introduces Framework for Ambulatory Health IT Adoption

    In 2009, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey reported 1 billion visits to office-based physicians in the United States

    CHICAGO (June 11, 2012) – With U.S. healthcare focused on improving care delivery with meaningful use of health information technology, HIMSS Analytics continues to track progress of electronic medical record implementation with its EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) for hospitals, and now, for ambulatory facilities.  The Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM) now tracks IT adoption in more than 28,000 ambulatory facilities in the HIMSS Analytics® Database that are part of a hospital or hospital system, such as physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics.

    HIMSS Analytics recognized the need for this evaluation tool, since more than 26 percent of healthcare expenditures relate to ambulatory care, according to the Centers for Medicare &  Medicaid Services.  “We want to identify the vital health IT systems, and best practices around the use of those systems, while at the same time, provide industry research to help guide ambulatory facilities as they strive to adopt health IT systems that improve outcomes and patient convenience,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.

    Software and healthcare providers reviewed the A-EMRAM during its development providing valuable feedback and guidance to HIMSS Analytics in establishing realistic and achievable metrics for each stage.  Just as with hospitals, HIMSS Analytics will conduct an on-site visit of ambulatory facilities to verify the Stage 7 ranking.

    The A-EMRAM offers a framework for dialogue on IT implementation not only in the United States, but also, in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, where HIMSS Analytics will use this tool. “We want to ‘push the market’ because we believe ambulatory facilities should be able to reach Stage 7 with the health IT software now available in the marketplace. However, we also know it will take some time for these same facilities to achieve this level of sophistication, which requires participation in a health information exchange, use of a community medical record and analysis and application of clinical and business intelligence to help improve patient care.”

    The A-EMRAM now measures those ambulatory facilities tethered to a hospital or hospital system, and it can be adapted to include independent physician practices and other un-tethered ambulatory sites.  As the current data on the A-EMRAM indicates, of the 9,247  ambulatory facilities now reporting data in the HIMSS Analytics database, none is at Stage 7 and 1.2 percent rank at Stage 6.  Just over one-third, or 34 percent, is at Stage 2 with almost half, or 48 percent, paper-chart based at Stage 0.  An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website.

    Like the acute care EMRAM, the basic A-EMRAM construct was devised before the final definition of Meaningful Use Stage 1 for Eligible Providers.  HIMSS Analytics will publish a more detailed white paper on the correlations between the current meaningful use Stage 1 regulations for eligible providers, knowing that it may change when meaningful use Stage 2 regulations are finalized later in 2012.  However, most likely, an A-EMRAM Stage 4 facility will meet the criteria to qualify for Stage 1 incentives for meaningful use for Core measures and for five of the Menu measures including the public health objectives.

    Visit theHIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.
    About HIMSS Analytics

    HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit for more information.

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  • 21st Century Patient Safety: Neehr Perfect Educational EHR Revolutionizes Healthcare Education
    Finally, patient safety is in the 21st century: healthcare students can now learn how to work across disciplines with Neehr Perfect educational electronic health record – a realistic, web-based healthcare education system.
    In the real world, a patient may pass through several healthcare professionals to receive their care: from the medical office assistant to the nurse onto a physician supported by a medical coder then to a physical therapist and back again. But many schools haven’t been teaching this because the right tool wasn’t there.
    Now it is.
    Neehr Perfect(R) networked educational electronic health record system teaches healthcare students to work together to accurately and safely document patient care. No other educational EHR on the market allows educators to teach real, immersive, cross-discipline healthcare practice in such a hands-on way.
    Neehr Perfect was designed to address the way health professional students learn best, says co-founder and President Kathleen Annala, MA, RN, FNP-BC: “The idea for Neehr Perfect was developed from my experiences with faculty teaching Interprofessional OSCEs and Simulation including students of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Social Work, HIIM, Physical and Occupational Therapy.
    What we needed was an easy way to expand these rich and immersive experiences without the physical limitations of time and space. So we created Neehr Perfect.”
    Neehr Perfect is an educational, simulated version of the open source World VistA, one of the most widely-used electronic health record systems in the world. Neehr Perfect was released by Minnesota-based technology company, Archetype Innovations, LLC, in 2009. For more information, contact Jennifer Whigham at

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