Healthcare News November 6, 2012

  • Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC) Selected as Executive Director of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN)

    Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that it has been selected by the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), a collaborative, payer- and provider-directed solution for connectivity, administrative simplification and clinical data exchange, to serve as the management services organization for NEHEN operations. Effective immediately, MAeHC will take charge of the organization’s executive management, business development, and operations management as NEHEN continues to align its services with state HIE efforts and evolving customer needs.

    Nationally Recognized Healthcare IT Leader to Provide Management Expertise and Align NEHEN’s Services with Regional State HIE Efforts

    Waltham, Mass., October 3, 2012 – The Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit pioneer and leader in healthcare delivery through health information technology, announced today that it has been selected by the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), a collaborative, payer- and provider-directed solution for connectivity, administrative simplification and clinical data exchange, to serve as the management services organization for NEHEN operations. Effective immediately, MAeHC will take charge of the organization’s executive management, business development, and operations management as NEHEN continues to align its services with state HIE efforts and evolving customer needs.

    “NEHEN is a self-sustaining health information exchange whose success has been based on our responsiveness to members’ needs,” said John D. Halamka, M.D., Chair of the NEHEN Board of Directors. “MAeHC has been a key facilitator of HIT/HIE activities across the Commonwealth, including the Massachusetts Health Information Highway, the statewide HIE that will be launched on October 16, 2012.  NEHEN will adapt its services in ways that are complementary to statewide HIE activities and our members’ current and future needs. We will rely on MAeHC to help us set a firm, strategic path and manage the execution of our plans in a smooth and efficient process.”

    “NEHEN is one of the most successful and sustainable eHealth initiatives in the nation and we are very proud to have the opportunity to serve this vital institution,” said Micky Tripathi, CEO for MAeHC. “Interoperability and collaboration among all stakeholders is key to the development of a sustainable healthcare system. We are deeply committed to these efforts and grateful for the opportunity to further broaden our work within the New England healthcare community.”

    As NEHEN’s Executive Director and management services partner, MAeHC will also help to streamline the organization’s daily operations, coordinate communications, ensure timely completion of projects and reduce overall costs. MAeHC will work closely with the Computer Science Corporation (CSC), NEHEN’s technology provider. CSC will continue its role as the technical architect responsible for the design, implementation and technical support of NEHEN’s core technologies. For more information about NEHEN and their latest developments, please visit: http://nehen.org/home.aspx.

    About New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN)

    The New England Healthcare Exchange Network is a consortium of regional payers and providers that has designed and implemented a secure and innovative health information exchange with the intent of reducing administrative costs and improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care. Since 1998, the NEHEN technology has changed the way healthcare is delivered and reimbursed in over 40 member organizations which consist of over 55 hospitals, 8 health insurance plans, and tens of thousands of practitioners.

    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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  • Legacy Health Selects Explorys as its Healthcare Big Data Platform for Value-Based Care Initiatives

    Explorys, an innovator of cloud-computing platform solutions for leveraging big data in healthcare, announced today that Legacy Health, one of Oregon’s premier multi-hospital health systems, has selected Explorys to power the healthcare system’s enterprise and community-wide value–based care initiatives, including its flagship patient centered medical home (PCMH) program and to support its participation in the Cigna ACO launched in the region.  This news is great example of how provider organizations are starting to use the kind of powerful big data tools prevalent in other industries to figure out how to make initiatives like PCMH and ACO successful.  In this case, Legacy is using a cloud-based approach – which has a lot of benefits over the more traditional build a giant data warehouse approach – to aggregate and analyze not just their own data, but also data from partners like Cigna.

    Explorys’ Cloud-Based Analytics Platform to Enhance Quality and Cost Performance at Legacy Health; Tool Will Combine and Analyze Data from Multiple Sources for Holistic View of Patient and Improved Care Coordination

    Cleveland, OH, November 5, 2012 — Explorys, the leader in cloud-based big data solutions for healthcare, announced today that Legacy Health, one of Oregon’s premier multi-hospital health systems, has selected the Explorys Platform and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) applications to power the healthcare system’s enterprise and community-wide value-based care initiatives, including its flagship patient centered medical home (PCMH) program.  The Explorys solution will also play a key role in helping the organization to better understand quality and cost performance as it joins Cigna’s (NYSE: CI) new collaborative accountable care (ACO) program that was recently expanded into Oregon.

    Legacy Health has been on the forefront of implementing new models of care.  Since 2007, Legacy Health has been implementing the PCMH model across their primary care practices.  Legacy Health is shifting to a holistic, coordinated approach to deliver quality care for the patients they serve.  “Taking our patient-centered care model to the next level will require more efficient, holistic visibility to the analytic information that is essential for improving coordinated care for all of the patients we serve,” said Kelley Aurand, DO, Legacy Health Medical Director of the Health Home. “Building on our very successful implementation of an electronic health record, we generate huge volume of clinical data that we can mine for better population health.”

    “Legacy Health sought a data solution that would help us take the next steps in health care transformation,” said John Kenagy, PhD, Legacy Health’s senior vice president and CIO. “We need to be able to aggregate, analyze, and explore our clinical and operational data across our delivery system. As we become increasingly accountable for the long-term health of our patients, we will be analyzing data for patient quality and clinical effectiveness.”

    The Explorys Platform supports a series of independent software-as-a-service applications for data exploration, population management, performance measurement, and patient outreach. Explorys analytics and informatics services provide prescriptive solutions that combine technology and process to deliver more effective care.  “It is obvious that Legacy Health is committed to the improvement of patient experience, the quality of care that is delivered, and lowering the cost of care to the populations they serve.  We are excited about the opportunity to partner with them as a foundational component of their population health management strategy to meet these needs now and in the future,” stated Sarah Mihalik, VP of Client Services, Explorys.

    About Legacy Health

    Legacy Health is an Oregon-based, not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation comprising five full-service hospitals, a children’s hospital, and more than 50 clinics.  Within these award-winning facilities, Legacy offers an integrated network of health care services – acute and critical care, inpatient and outpatient treatment, community health education and a variety of specialty services.
    For more information, visit www.legacyhealth.org.

    About Explorys

    Founded in 2009, Explorys provides the first secure cloud-computing Enterprise Performance Management Platform for Healthcare powered by BIG DATA. The rising costs of healthcare and the need for better outcomes are driving leading healthcare providers to more effectively leverage their data to improve quality, patient satisfaction, and support Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Accountable Care (ACO) models. Adopted by 13 major integrated healthcare systems 19 million cared-for-lives, 118 hospitals, and thousands of providers and ambulatory venues, Explorys is the leading healthcare BIG DATA platform in the United States.
    For more information, visit www.explorys.com.

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  • FDA chief to testify on meningitis outbreak at House hearing

    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg is scheduled to testify before lawmakers on the outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 30 nationwide.

    The outbreak has been linked to tainted steroid injections distributed by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), a Framingham, Mass.-based drug compounder that has now surrendered its license and recalled its products.

    Federal health officials first learned of the outbreak in late September, and Congress has been pushing for details while in recess. 

  • Swing-state ballot measures take aim at ‘ObamaCare,’ abortion rights

    President Obama’s healthcare law isn’t just a big issue in the 2012 presidential campaign.

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