Healthcare News May 13, 2012

  • Electronic Health Records Association Responds to ONC and CMS NPRMs on Meaningful Use Stage 2
    CHICAGO (May 4, 2012) – The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Association today submitted its detailed comments on the two Notices of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRMs) on Meaningful Use Stage 2 – one from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for healthcare providers laying out revised Meaningful Use objectives and measures for use of certified electronic health records (EHRs); and the second from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on EHR certification criteria and Standards related to Stage 2.
    “This was truly a collaborative effort that engaged more of our members than any of the previous public comment opportunities,” said Leigh Burchell, Vice President of Government Affairs for Allscripts and Chair of the Association’s Public Policy Leadership Workgroup. “Seven of our eight standing workgroups focused on specific sections of the NPRMs, ultimately collecting feedback from 138 individuals representing 25 member companies. We’re delighted with the level of participation, which represents the majority of operational EHRs in the US and, most importantly, their users, lending credibility and weight to these comments.”
    The Association provided many specific recommendations on proposed certification criteria and standards as well as on Stage 2 meaningful use requirements for providers. It praises CMS’ confirmation of a one-year delay in the start of Stage 2 in order to allow more time for development, testing and implementation of EHRs updated for Stage 2, which had been requested by a wide variety of stakeholder organizations.
    The EHR Association represents a community of software developers with many decades of experience creating successful electronic health records and related modules. Their collaborative response to the NPRMs is intended to provide input from both EHR companies and their customers based on this unparalleled experience. Comments and suggestions sent to ONC and CMS represent the consensus of companies that bring many points of view, including small ambulatory systems to large enterprise systems, software-as-a service models to traditional software, and software module suppliers.
    “Through our comments, we try to highlight many of the initiatives from ONC and CMS that we agree with and offer our comments on how to fine tune other areas for best adoption by our users,” added Carl Dvorak, Vice President at Epic and Chair of the EHR Association.
    Dvorak went on, “We are honored to carry the message from our customers to ONC and CMS in support of appropriate timelines for not only software development and deployment, but most importantly for safe adoption by clinicians. In this regard, we strongly support and appreciate CMS’ proposed one-year extension of Stage 1 of meaningful use. We also recommend that CMS and ONC consider the additional ideas shared previously by the EHR Association and again in our comments this week that would build upon the one-year extension and assist in holistically resolving the challenge of appropriately timing Stage 2 for all stakeholders.”
    The Association also highlighted that many elements of both the CMS and ONC proposed rules are aimed at substantially increasing the use and benefit of standards-based interoperability and exchange, which has been one of the EHR Association’s areas of advocacy and support since its inception in 2004.
    Ms. Burchell concluded, “Overall, we congratulate ONC and CMS on the tremendous effort that went into the development of the proposed rules, as well as the progress we’ve made as an industry in accelerating the adoption of EHRs and other health IT.  We are ready to work with ONC and CMS to add clarification to the final rules as quickly as possible after they are published to ensure that our companies are ready to support the work our customers will need to do to upgrade their systems and implement many new features prior to the rapidly approaching start of Stage 2.”
    About the HIMSS EHR Association
    The HIMSS EHR Association is a trade association of 42 electronic health record (EHR) companies that join together to lead the health IT industry in the accelerated adoption of electronic health records in hospital and ambulatory care settings in the US. The Association provides a leadership forum for the EHR software provider community to speak with a unified voice relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other EHR issues as they become subject to increasing government, insurance and provider-driven initiatives and requests. Membership is open to HIMSS Corporate Members companies that design, develop and market their own EHRs. The Association is a partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and operates as an independent organizational unit within HIMSS.  For more information, visit www.himssEHRA.org.

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  • Shareable Ink and Medical Web Technologies Partner to Provide an Easy, Affordable Way for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers to Document Patient Care

    Cloud-Based EHR Offering Provides Seamless Flow of Critical Information Throughout Surgical Visits and Helps Facilities Meet Required CMS Reporting Metrics

    Nashville, TN and Scituate, MA (May 8, 2012) – Shareable Ink and Medical Web Technologies announced today that they have partnered to offer an affordable, easy to use solution that integrates information collected preoperatively by Medical Web Technologies’ One Medical Passport System directly into Shareable Ink’s intraoperative system. By digitizing a patient’s entire surgical visit, facilities are able to streamline workflow, increase efficiency and improve patient care. Additional benefits include the ability to automatically populate billing systems with all required demographic and charge details, and capture new quality reporting metrics required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

    The combined solution enables easy implementation of a complete electronic health record, without the burden of a major IT project. The process starts when patients scheduled for surgery are instructed to log onto One Medical Passport.  One Medical Passport is a secure, easy to use, web-based solution that guides patients through the process of entering complete demographic, insurance and medical information.  A patient’s information is then immediately available to the medical facility and the patient’s doctor.

    Once verified, the information flows directly into Shareable Ink’s intraoperative EHR and populates all of the relevant sections of the anesthesia preoperative assessment.  The surgery is then documented using Shareable Ink’s digital pen or iPad technology, creating an electronic anesthesia record.  Clinical and business rules embedded into Shareable Ink’s solution deliver immediate feedback and help to ensure that documentation is complete and compliant.  In addition to storing the patient record online, data is output from the system in a structured and codified format for billing, quality reporting, and operational analysis and is interoperable with a facility’s other health information systems.

    “Partnering with Shareable Ink was an easy decision,” said Stephen Punzak, M.D., Founder and CEO of Medical Web Technologies. “Our customers want to document the entire continuum of perioperative care electronically, but most existing intraoperative anesthesia EHRs are too expensive and too cumbersome for practical use in today’s fast-paced OR environment.  Shareable Ink’s solution is markedly different: it is easy to use, affordable, and actually speeds up patient care.  Combining our preoperative and postoperative system with Shareable Ink’s intraoperative system gives our customers exactly what they have been looking for.”

    “We make the transition to EHRs quick and painless so that our customers can achieve meaningful results as fast as possible. To do this, we use technologies that are both natural and easy for the end user inputting clinical information, as well as for the IT staff implementing and maintaining systems,” said Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. “By partnering with Medical Web Technologies, Shareable Ink is better positioned to provide greater overall value to the marketplace and help automate a market historically underserved by EHRs.”

    For more information, please visit Shareable Ink at Booth #737 or Medical Web Technologies at Booth #804 at ASCA 2012, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s annual meeting, taking place May 9-12th in Dallas, TX.

    About Shareable Ink

    Shareable Ink helps healthcare organizations of all sizes transition to electronic health records without disruption to workflow or burdensome IT projects. Its enterprise cloud-based platform incorporates natural input tools, including iPads and digital pen and paper technology featuring Anoto functionality. The resulting structured and clinically-encoded output populates the EHR with discrete data, as if typed in directly. Built-in analytics give hospitals and practices insight into their operations — from a clinical, quality and efficiency standpoint — all previously inaccessible from traditional paper records. For additional information, visit www.shareableink.com.

    About Medical Web Technologies

    Medical Web Technologies, www.mwtcorp.com, provides innovative, Web-based medical information solutions that allow patients and healthcare providers to easily create, store, and distribute a patient’s complete medical information. MWT’s solutions, One Medical Passport and SourcePlus Passport, are used nationwide in a variety of settings that span fast-paced ASCs and major medical centers to solo practitioner physician offices.

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  • HIMSS Analytics Europe identifies first EMRAM Stage 7 hospital in Spain

    Marina Salud Hospital de Dénia achieves top-rating for paperless, digital workflows; second Stage 7 hospital in Europe.

    LEIPZIG, GERMANY and DENIA, SPAIN – (May 7, 2012 ) – HIMSS Analytics Europe has announced today that the Marina Salud Hospital de Dénia in Spain has achieved Stage 7 of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). It is the first hospital in Spain and the second hospital in Europe to achieve the highest rating on HIMSS Analytics’ EMRAM scale, which evaluates the digitization level of a hospital. Stage 7 is awarded for achieving a paperless medical record environment. The Hospital de Dénia will be officially recognised for their achievements at the pan-European eHealth Week 2012 conference in Copenhagen, 7-9 May 2012.

    A role model for the hospital of the future

    Hospital de Dénia has implemented electronic systems for every part of the healthcare process, making it a truly paperless hospital. All the nurses and physicians document their clinical notes online, thus the latest results and impressions are available for all care givers to see instantly. The medical imaging department is completely digital making all images available online across the hospital network. Physicians enter orders electronically, supported by an intelligent clinical decision support system. A sophisticated clinical and business intelligence program enables staff to analyse care quality and efficiency, making it a ‘data driven’ organization, which is a key factor for a Stage 7 hospital.

    “Spain is the country with most Stage 6 EMRAM hospitals, so it was just a question of time before we identified the first Spanish Stage 7 winner. Hospital de Dénia is a rare example of a 100% paperless hospital and is a role model for what the hospital of the future should look like. This is a milestone for healthcare in Spain and we look forward to hosting our upcoming CIO Summit in Mallorca  in November 2012, where representatives from the hospital will be talking about how they reached Stage 7”, said Uwe Buddrus, CEO, HIMSS Analytics Europe.

    In Europe, Spain have the highest number of Stage 6 winners and the highest number of candidate hospitals in the pipeline to be scored. To date, 300 Spanish hospitals have participated in the HIMSS Analytics Europe survey.

    “This eagerness to participate in the survey is a clear reflection of a country that wants to be a leader and transform healthcare through information technology,” said Uwe Buddrus.

    Meeting the healthcare leaders at eHealth Week 2012

    Representatives from Marina Salud Hospital de Dénia, together with other high-performers from the European hospital sector, will be recognized for their achievements at eHealth Week 2012 (Copenhagen, 7-9 May 2012); HIMSS Analytics Europe will host their EMRAM award dinner on Monday, May 7th.

    eHealth Week is Europe’s most comprehensive event on the application of information technology in healthcare. Organised by the European Commission and HIMSS Europe, this year’s event is hosted by the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This year’s theme for the three-day main conference is the continuity of care and patient centric health services through the use of innovative eHealth solutions. The programme also includes the 10th High Level eHealth Conference 2012 aimed at health ministers, government officials and stakeholders, the HIMSS mHealth Symposium, an exhibition and a range of networking events for delegates to interact with colleagues from across Europe.

    EMRAM: A road-map for digitizing hospital IT

    The Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) identifies the levels of electronic medical record capabilities of hospitals ranging from limited ancillary department systems through a fully paperless environment. Hospitals can be assessed for their EMRAM rating by taking part in a free survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics Europe. This collects detailed healthcare IT data and tracks the implementation and adoption of EMR applications through each stage. Final evaluation of Stage 7 status is conducted via an on-site visit. Hospitals who want to evaluate their EMRAM score should visit www.himss.eu.

    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 www.himss.org.

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  • Nashville Medical Trade Center Announces New Exhibitors

    Collection of Key Partners Pushes Project Near Goal; Financing Preparation Begins

    DALLAS – May 4, 2012 – Market Center Management Company, the management company of leading trade centers and trade events around the world, announced today a collection of new leases as well as other significant steps toward launching the Nashville Medical Trade Center in downtown Nashville.

    Over the last several months, Market Center Management Company has secured commitments from many companies across healthcare including information technology, surgical technology, furniture and services. A partial list of new commitments includes:

    ·         Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) will showcase interoperability technology that enables health information exchange and will be located in the HIT neighborhood.

    ·         The SSI Group (SSI) will be located in the HIT neighborhood and will promote claims management technology.

    ·         Humanscale will join the furniture neighborhood and offer ergonomic work tools that support healthcare-specific technology.

    ·         ergoCentric will present their specialized line of medical grade seating, healtHcentric, in the furniture neighborhood.

    ·         V Alexander will demonstrate their unique capabilities in supply chain management including transportation, customs, compliance, documentation, and security on the services floor.

    ·         Remind America, a leading HIPAA-compliant physician reminder service, will join the services floor and will showcase the company’s customized services that meet the needs of any practice.

    Separate announcements were also made for each company including additional information.

    “We began this project in the midst of uncertainty about the economy and questions about the viability of a global marketplace for healthcare. But companies have had the time to recognize the cost benefits and business opportunities of a center of innovation attracting visitors from around the world,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO of Market Center Management Company. “As the economy continues to warm up we will add a significant number of new companies and organizations as well as announce companies with existing leases.”

    With these agreements the project enters a new phase as it nears important leasing milestones. Therefore, Market Center Management Company has engaged Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain (LBMC), a Nashville-based accounting and financial services company, to advance final plans for the financing package and structure while the company continues to finalize agreements and develops additional services and plans for healthcare trade events.

    “LBMC is pleased to be working on this exciting opportunity to bring global healthcare innovation to downtown Nashville,” said Jeff Drummonds, Partner, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain Family of Companies. “LBMC will be providing a wide range of consulting services including assistance with advancing final financing and investment structure. We look forward to this new phase of the project.”

    “As we move forward on several fronts, this new stage of the project will place an even greater emphasis on innovation and the leading edge of patient care that will draw the industry to Nashville,” said Cindy Morris, chief operating officer of Market Center Management Company. “At the same time, we continue work with the first major exhibitor in the trade center, the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), to advance our shared vision of a year-round marketplace of ideas, education and innovation. HIMSS has served as a catalyst for attracting a number of important companies to the project,” said Morris.

    “HIMSS will serve as the hub of Information Technology on the top floor of the trade center where we will host technical demonstrations, conferences, workshops, and customer demos,” said Sandra L. Vance, director of global interoperability showcases for HIMSS. “In addition, HIMSS expects to host more than 100 companies inside an interactive exhibit exploring clinical information systems and infrastructure that provides optimum interoperability.”

    The Nashville Medical Trade Center is a comprehensive healthcare marketplace that unifies for the first time permanent showrooms, temporary exhibition space, and education and training facilities. The result is a global marketplace for healthcare products, solutions, and services.

    About Market Center Management Company

    Market Center Management Company (MCMC) is an international wholesale trade center and tradeshow management company based in Dallas, Texas. MCMC and its owner, Crow Holdings, own or manage trade centers and tradeshows on three continents – Asia (ShanghaiMart), Europe (Brussels International Trade Mart), and North America (Dallas Market Center), totaling more than 11 million square feet, more than any other single international company. Within the MCMC trade centers and tradeshows, customers from around the globe source products directly from manufacturers including home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories, and apparel. The dozens of trade events each year hosted by MCMC are attended by hundreds of thousands of customers from all 50 states and more than 78 countries. MCMC’s website is available at www.marketcentermanagement.com.

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