Healthcare News November 19, 2012

  • MedHOK Named Finalist for the TBTF Emerging Technology Company of the Year Award

    TAMPA, Fla. – Oct. 11, 2012 – MedHOK, one of the healthcare industry’s fastest growing software companies, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) Emerging Technology Company of the Year Award.

    The award recognizes a technology company that has the potential to make a significant and lasting impact on the region. Winners will be announced Nov. 16, 2012, at the 9th Annual Industry Achievement Awards Gala.

    “We have experienced incredible growth in the past year, driven by our focus on providing the healthcare industry with the innovative technologies it needs to improve quality and performance while reducing the costs of care,” said Anil Kottoor, president and CEO, MedHOK. “It is an honor to be selected as a finalist for an award that recognizes the dedication and quality of our team. Our team and innovative culture are our most important assets.”

    MedHOK’s integrated care management, quality and compliance platform helps health plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs) proactively close care gaps, comply with federal and state regulations, enhance care management and improve Star, HEDIS® and other quality scores. The organization offers fully NCQA-certified software for HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures.

    Founded in 2009, MedHOK currently has more than 23 million lives in production, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing software companies.

    About MedHOK

    Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 23 million lives in production, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing software companies. It offers a cloud-based integrated software platform for care management, quality and compliance that enables health plans, PBMs and ACOs to manage and measure care against national quality standards for optimal outcomes. Its innovative modular software helps healthcare organizations meet quality, care and compliance objectives across business lines by facilitating real-time information sharing with all stakeholders to address disease management and care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and quality and financial measures. ICD-10 compliant, HIE-ready and securely accessible on any device, the MedHOK platform is user-friendly, rapidly deployed and easily configurable for a low total cost of ownership and rapid return on investment. It holds 2012 HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures certification.

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  • Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) Participates in Successful Massachusetts HIWay Kick-Off at Golden Spike Event

    Healthcare IT Leader Receives Health Record Transaction from Beth Israel into MAeHC Quality Data Center Measurement and Reporting System

    Waltham, Mass., October 16, 2012 – The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that it participated in the official launch of the statewide healthcare information exchange, known as the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (HIway).  During the kickoff event at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Governor Deval Patrick executed the exchange’s first transaction, transmitting his own health record between two hospitals on opposite ends of the Commonwealth.  As part of the event, dubbed the “Golden Spike”, MAeHC successfully received a health record from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) into its Quality Data Center (QDC), a hosted clinical quality measurement and reporting solution that helps provider organizations easily and accurately meet the performance measurement and reporting requirements of a wide range of government, private payer and internal quality initiatives.

    “We are thrilled that the QDC was able to demonstrate the Massachusetts HIway’s ability to securely send a standardized patient medical record during today’s Golden Spike,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO for MAeHC. “This marks another huge advancement for the state’s healthcare information infrastructure and the safe and efficient transportation of EHRs. Today’s event was also a great opportunity to showcase the QDC’s ability to accept patient data and normalize it for reporting to various regulatory and compliance programs such as Meaningful Use and PQRS, all of which are aimed at improving the delivery of patient care.”

    Upon receiving the BIDMC patient record, MAeHC’s QDC extracted the clinical data elements of the transmitted medical record and prepared it for future analysis and reporting. Now the medical record which belongs to Kathy Halamka, co-owner at Unity Farm and wife of BIDMC CIO, John D. Halamka, M.D., is stored in a high-performance cloud-based patient records data warehouse which is vendor-agnostic, federally-certified and able to securely support the growing number of quality reporting requirements providers face today.

    “The BIDMC-MAeHC transaction during today’s event was a great demonstration of the Commonwealth’s new HIE infrastructure as well as the QDC’s capabilities,” said Halamka. “Now with streamlined access to the QDC, BIDMC’s reporting will be even faster and more accurate than ever before. MAeHC’s QDC has historically been one of the most trusted resources for BIDMC – reliable and safe enough for my wife’s EHR to be the first transmitted through the HIway – and we look forward to many more transactions via the state’s latest resource.”

    MAeHC delivers hands-on tactical support and sustainable strategies to help providers improve healthcare delivery within their own organizations and across communities. The QDC uniquely helps MAeHC connect communities by providing a comprehensive, on-demand data warehousing solution that seamlessly extracts and aggregates data from multiple clinical systems and provides timely feedback that helps clinical teams improve overall quality.  For more information regarding the QDC, please visit: http://www.maehc.org/services/quality-data-services/.

    About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.

    About Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

    The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is a national leader in the facilitation and management of electronic health record deployment, health information exchange and quality measure reporting. MAeHC is an independent non-profit corporation with a charitable mission to improve the delivery of health care by promoting the use of health IT.  Formed in 2004 as a collaboration of non-profit health care stakeholders to demonstrate the most effective ways to deploy EHRs and HIE to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and affordability of care in Massachusetts, MAeHC now works across the United States with a wide range of physician practices, hospitals, state governments, contracting networks, management services organizations, HIE organizations, technology vendors, and consulting firms.  To learn more about the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, please visit www.maehc.org.

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  • OrthoNOW to Offer Activ Doctors Online Personal Health Records and E-Consultations as Standard Service Offering

    MIAMI, Florida – October 24, 2012 – Activ Doctors Online, a global telemedicine innovator that offers a complete suite of telemedicine solutions in one unique integrated web-based platform, today announced a partnership with OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care practice that provides immediate care on a walk-in basis for patients with sprains, broken bones and other orthopedic-related injuries. OrthoNOW will offer Personal Health Records (PHRs) and E-Consultations to patients through ACTIV’s PHR Platinum package.

    ACTIV’s PHR Platinum will allow OrthoNOW patients to track and access their medical records and health information securely at ActivDoctorsOnline.com. Using the added Medical Records Assistance (MRA) feature, OrthoNOW patients can also have the system request and upload data on their behalf from selected physicians.

    Empowered by access to medical records, ACTIV’s PHR Platinum also offers OrthoNOW patients the option of making routine check-ups through e-consultations rather than by a visit to the doctor’s office, which can be inconvenient and costly for some. OrthoNOW in Miami sees roughly 6,000 follow-up patients a year, with franchises planned to open in up to 13 states in the short term. E-consults help to manage the patient healthcare costs and scheduling challenges of a continuous treatment plan.

    “OrthoNOW recognizes that advances in how doctors and patients communicate have valuable benefits in establishing new relationships and in efficiently managing care throughout long-term treatment,” said Dr. Alejandro Badia, Chief Medical Officer of OrthoNOW. “Activ Doctors Online gives our patients access to the right information about their health and the ability to carry out a treatment plan, at their convenience, with our specialist physicians.”

    “This is an exemplary partnership that illustrates how Activ Doctors is empowering people with control over their health destiny,” said Activ Doctors Online Founder and Chief Executive Officer Florent Monssoh. “OrthoNOW patients will save time and money while producing the best possible outcomes for health conditions that are often quite serious. We are also honored to have Dr. Badia, a world renowned orthopedist, as an integral part of our global network of specialists.”

    To find out more about how organizations and consumers can take control of their health destiny through Activ Doctors Online’s Web-based information and telemedicine platform, call 888-51-ACTIV or visit www.activdoctorsonline.com.

    About Activ Doctors Online

    The Activ Doctors Online personal health records system and suite of telemedicine solutions help people and organizations reduce their healthcare costs while better managing their healthcare to save money, time and even lives.  The company provides a secure, user-friendly portal for individuals and families to control their health information through professionally managed Personal Health Records. Members can also use the portal to access a network of more than 1,500 physician specialists for second medical opinions, and to connect with their primary physicians through e-consult.  Global operations encompass the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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