Healthcare News November 22, 2012

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  • Boehner: ‘ObamaCare’ must be on the table in ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations

    “We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact,” Boehner wrote in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • PIH Health Hospital Taps Just Associates’ Repair™ for Outsourced MPI Maintenance

    Remote monitoring service speeds identification, elimination of duplicate and overlaid patient records for improved data integrity

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Oct. 16, 2012 – Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for healthcare organizations, announced today that it will deploy Repair™ at PIH Health (formerly Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital) to provide the facility with remote master patient index (MPI) management services.

    Part of the firm’s comprehensive outsourced patient identity management suite, Repair leverages Just Associates’ highly trained staff and proprietary IDMaster® duplicate workflow software for cost-effective ongoing management of the duplicate validation and reconciliation process. Previously, the firm provided comprehensive MPI clean-up services to PIH Health in preparation for deployment of an enterprise-wide electronic MPI system that receives and links patient information between PIH Health Hospital and approximately 101 primary care and specialty care physicians and 23 advanced practice professionals.

    “Just Associates was instrumental in ensuring the integrity of patient data in our MPI and all downstream systems. That experience and their familiarity with PIH Health’s systems made the decision to turn ongoing MPI maintenance over to them an easy one,” said Lois Miller, RHIA, director of health information management, PIH Health. “Not only will Repair ensure rapid elimination of any new duplicates, but its business intelligence tools and the expertise of the Just Associates team will allow us to target resources to ensure any weaknesses in training, workflows and processes are addressed.”

    Utilizing Repair provides PIH Health with a number of significant benefits over internal MPI management, including:

    • An experienced team providing efficient duplicate validation and eradication seven days a week
    • Ongoing monitoring to prevent new duplicate records and other issues from negatively impacting data integrity
    • Elimination of backlogs, overflows and staffing challenges, such as turnover and leave time, that impact productivity levels
    • Significant cost savings or cost-neutral expenses by eliminating the need to recruit, train and retain qualified internal staff
    • A more accurate count of unique patients to accelerate compliance with several key meaningful use criteria

    “A duplicate-free MPI is crucial for an effective data integrity strategy,” said Beth Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Just Associates’ CEO and president. “The power of Repair coupled with our data integrity experts will ensure that PIH Health’s clinicians have access to accurate patient information, which will help drive patient safety and quality care.”

    About Just Associates, Inc.

    A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management, Just Associates, Inc. ( is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved data integrity. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve clients’ financial outcomes and business processes, support delivery of quality patient care, and meet the expectations of diverse stakeholders through improved data integrity.

    About PIH Health

    PIH Health is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) regional healthcare delivery network that was founded in 1959 by volunteers who went door to door with coffee cans to raise funds to build a local healthcare facility. Over 50 years later, PIH Health has maintained that same sense of community and family-like culture where patients are the top priority, and employees and volunteers are proud to be affiliated with such an organization. PIH Health serves residents of LA and Orange Counties, as well as the San Gabriel Valley area, offering a wide range of services, including utilization of primary care teams to provide general medicine and preventative care, access to emergency and urgent care, home health services and hospice, and a network of over 180 specialists in accessible and welcoming neighborhood locations. PIH Health is committed to remaining at the forefront of healthcare advances, including technology, equipment and top-notch facilities and amenities to benefit patients and staff alike. Its highly trained and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinicians, staff and volunteers work tirelessly and collaboratively every day to be the communities’ health and wellness partner. Those who are interested in supporting PIH Health in carrying out its charitable purpose are invited to make an in-kind gift by visiting and clicking the “Donate Now” button or calling the PIH Health Foundation at 562.698.0811 Ext. 14120.

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  • Authasas Adds the Lumidigm Advantage to Its Advanced Authentication Platform

    Solution delivers reliable, convenient, secure, and compliant authentication at all points of access across the enterprise

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM — October 30, 2012 — Lumidigm today announced that enterprises can now authenticate users with Lumidigm multispectral imaging biometrics as part of an integrated authentication platform from Authasas. With the addition of Lumidigm’s unique capabilities, the Authasas Advanced Authentication® solution is more secure, more convenient, and strongly spoof-resistant. This combined solution delivers the high levels of security, accountability and compliance that organizations are demanding with the single-touch convenience they expect.

    “Because of Lumidigm’s success in bringing higher levels of performance to border crossings, thousands upon thousands of ATMs and even the gates of major amusement parks, we felt it was important to bring the power of their technology to our customers,” emphasizes Reiner van der Drift, Authasas CEO. “Together we provide a very powerful combination of authentication methods, seamlessly delivered at all points of access, to replace the fragmented array of point solutions that is regrettably the common, makeshift response to today’s complex requirements.”

    “With our large-scale successes in the banking and healthcare industries, we know our fingerprint sensors offer convenience and security wherever they are deployed,” says Phil Scarfo, Lumidigm Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “Today, in partnership with Authasas, we are expanding our no-compromises approach into comprehensive authentication solutions where multispectral imaging will play an important role in streamlining compliant access for large enterprises requiring seamless transactional authentication.”

    The Authasas Advanced Authentication platform lets an enterprise optimize authentication for every transaction by balancing the right level of certainty based on “who” is requesting access with the right level of convenience for the actual user, resulting in a secure, compliant transaction. This flexible, scalable approach meets the size and complexity requirements of any enterprise with authentication methods such as multispectral imaging biometrics, smart cards, NFC, cell phone OTP tokens, USB authenticators and user ID/passwords integrated with a wide variety of SSO and identity management vendors such as NetIQ/Novell, HID ActivIdentity, Oracle, Computer Associates and HealthCast.

    About Authasas

    With our HQ, Research & Development in The Netherlands and offices in London and Austin, TX, Authasas® delivers strong authentication to Windows networks. Authasas® Advanced Authentication is distributed across the globe via a network of value added distributors and resellers. Authasas is a subsidiary of BioXS International BV. For more information please visit

    About Lumidigm

    Lumidigm Inc., a global leader in authentication solutions is dedicated to enabling convenient, secure, and reliable identification of people, products and credentials. Developed with “real world” performance as a priority, Lumidigm’s multispectral imaging technology, innovative software and biometric fingerprint sensors allow customers to know “who” or “what” to a high degree of certainty. Lumidigm and its strategic partners have met challenging authentication requirements in markets such as banking, healthcare, entertainment, and government services. The Lumidigm Advantage is also suitable for industrial, commercial, and transportation applications. Lumidigm is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information, visit

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