Healthcare News November 20, 2012

  • Shareable Ink Helps Providers Capture Quality Data at Point of Care for National Registry of Clinical Outcomes

    Shareable Ink®, today announced the successful submission of quality data to the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) using the Shareable Ink Anesthesia SuiteTM.

    This is “big data” in action.  “Reporting live from the field” – in real time – into a national quality registry is exactly what the industry as a whole is looking for in order to identify quality and cost issues to improve healthcare overall.

    How Shareable Ink contributes to “big data” in such a unique way:

    1.       Cloud-based – means that the links to national registry databases are already set up for each and every user – no matter how small the practice.  The provider doesn’t have to deal with connectivity or interfacing issues, or time-consuming manual abstraction of charts to retrieve the data that the registry is looking for.

    2.       Does not inflict any workflow change on providers.  The data is captured and exported as a byproduct of the documentation they’re doing anyway as part of the visit.

    3.       Structured data at the source.  Our industry is starting to realize that greater adoption of EHR does not mean more or better data.  Much data entered into EHRs is unstructured (free text typed or dictated) – and therefore pretty useless for submitting to registries or analyzing.  Shareable Ink’s approach creates structured data at the source – as the physician is documenting – which can immediately be submitted to registries with no further human intervention.

    Information from Portable Anesthesia EHR Helps Clinicians Obtain Benchmarks and Discover Best Practices for Clinical Problems 

    Nashville, TN and Chicago, IL  (October 12, 2012) Shareable Ink®, an enterprise cloud computing company that transforms handwritten documentation to structured data and analytics, today announced the successful submission of quality data to the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) using the Shareable Ink Anesthesia SuiteTM.  Anesthesia data is captured electronically and submitted to SCOR as a natural by-product of case documentation in Shareable Ink’s anesthesia EHR.

    Through the use of natural input tools, Shareable Ink works as a portable anesthesia electronic health record that allows any anesthesia provider, even those working in ambulatory and office-based settings, to easily and effortlessly capture quality data at the point of care during the course of their normal case documentation. This data is fed directly to SCOR to obtain national benchmarks for the anesthesia group and discover best practices for important clinical problems, such as PONV (postoperative nausea and vomiting), delayed awakening, GERD and perioperative glucose management.

    “The SCOR registry currently holds more than 10,000 cases used to track performance measures and is the result of several rounds of revision based on input from active, practicing members of the anesthesia community,” said Dr. John Dilger, SAMBA President. “Through partnerships with industry innovators like Shareable Ink, we’re positioned to make incredible progress to exponentially grow the amount of data and advance the quality of care, so we can have a greater impact on future patient outcomes.”

    SCOR is structured to include elements needed for national quality reporting initiatives such as AHRQ, NQF and the Joint Commission.

    “Shareable Ink enables the easiest capture of structured data at the point of care,” said Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. “We then share that data with national registries, such as SCOR, to deliver on the promises of data-driven healthcare.  At the end of the day, it’s about providing measurable comparisons and insights to help individual providers, facilities, and the industry in general improve healthcare outcomes.”

    About SAMBA / SCOR

    The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) is one of the fastest growing anesthesia organizations, responding to the education and research needs of perioperative physicians practicing ambulatory anesthesia. Founded in 1985, SAMBA enjoys a membership of over 1,400 physicians who actively practice ambulatory, office-based and private practice anesthesia, other health professionals with an interest in ambulatory anesthesia, and residents in training.  http://www.sambahq.org/

    SAMBA’s Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) is a clinical registry of patient outcomes in ambulatory anesthesia developed by SAMBA. It is structured to include elements needed for national quality reporting as well as to improve your own practice. SCOR is a member benefit of SAMBA, with reports provided to SAMBA members at no cost. SCOR is affiliated with AQI and MPOG. For further information regarding these partnerships, please contact the SAMBA office at (847) 825-5586 or visit the SCOR website at www.scordata.org.

    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.

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    3. Shareable Ink Partners with HealthCo Information Systems to Help Ambulatory Physicians Achieve Meaningful Use

  • Pri-Med Acquires Amazing Charts EHR

    Partnership Will Allow Amazing Charts’ Clinicians to Receive Individualized Continuing Education Based On Practice Patterns 

    Boston, Mass., November 19, 2012 – Pri-Med, the leading provider of professional medical education to a community of more than 260,000 clinicians, today announced the purchase of Amazing Charts, a leading provider of electronic health records (EHR) to independent medical practices.

    As an independent operating subsidiary of Pri-Med, Amazing Charts will continue to offer its intuitive and affordable software solutions to clinicians, but now will have the resources to accelerate product development and the geographic reach of Pri-Med’s medical education conferences in 30 cities nationwide. Dr. Jonathan Bertman, founder of Amazing Charts, will continue to serve as President, with Kathleen Repoli serving as Senior Vice President. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    “Given the vast amount of knowledge and the pace at which practice recommendations change, providing real-time feedback to clinicians based on their current practice styles is critical,” said Jonathan Bertman, MD, FAAFP, founder and President of Amazing Charts. “While other EHR vendors may try to find ways to sell EHR data to the highest bidder, we believe any use of this data must be ethical, with clear and consistent disclosure, and used to improve patient outcomes rather than allow advertisers to better target consumers. And after being contacted by dozens of companies, including other EHRs, private equity firms, and venture capitalists, I have no doubt that Pri-Med is the best possible partner for our clients, our employees, and most importantly, the patients for whom we all care.”

    With Amazing Charts, Pri-Med gains a next-generation medical education platform strategically located at the point of patient care, enabling it to deliver CME activities where and when decision support is needed.

    “The holy grail of medical education is to demonstrate improved patient outcomes as a result of access to unbiased evidenced-based CME. We believe that in addition to our live meetings and online CME courses, providing this education at the point of care is the obvious next step, and we are excited to develop this with Amazing Charts,” said John Mooney, founder and CEO of Pri-Med. “With this deeply integrated partnership, we are together reimagining the EHR as a real-time educational instrument that expands well beyond managing one’s practice”

    “Pri-Med has been committed to developing clinician-friendly solutions that are accessible, affordable and immediately applicable to patient care,” added Bertman. “That’s why we have attended every Pri-Med conference for over nine years! Pri-Med’s customers are our customers, and to say I am excited about what we can do together would be an understatement.”

    Shields & Company, Inc. advised Amazing Charts in the transaction.

    Click here to watch John Mooney and Dr. Jon Bertman discuss their vision for this unique partnership and how it came to be.

    About Pri-Med

    Pri‐Med is an operating division of Diversified Business Communications. Based in Boston, Mass., the organization has been a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. Through live meetings in over 30 U.S. cities and online at www.pri-med.com, actively practicing clinicians rely on Pri‐Med for opportunities to engage with local peers, meet internationally renowned faculty and participate in world‐class educational activities. For more information, visit: www.pri-med.com.

    About Amazing Charts

    Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR) and services to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts has been implemented in over 5,600 practices, and continues to add over 70 new practices a month. Founded in 2001 by a practicing family physician, Amazing Charts V6 is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certified for Meaningful Use. Amazing Charts is headquartered at the historic Lafayette Mill Building in North Kingstown, RI. For more information, visit:www.amazingcharts.com

    About Diversified Business Communications

    Diversified Business Communications, based in Portland, Maine, provides information and market access through face-to-face events, magazine publishing, and eMedia on four continents. In addition to health care, Diversified serves a number of industries including: technology, retail, food and hospitality and business management solutions. Diversified operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK and Canada.

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  • Oklahoma is latest to reject state-based health exchange

    Add Oklahoma to the list of Republican-led states that won’t implement the key feature of President Obama’s healthcare law.

  • GOP lawmakers push FDA on documents for meningitis probe

    Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have set a deadline for health officials to supply documents related to the national outbreak of meningitis.

    GOP members have criticized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to provide records related to its oversight of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), the pharmacy behind at least 33 meningitis deaths.

    In a letter Monday, Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and other GOP members told the agency that it has until Nov. 30 to hand over emails related to the NECC.

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