Healthcare News October 18, 2012

  • Health Fidelity Releases REVEAL Version 2.0, a Next Generation Natural Language Processing Service Offering Rapid and Powerful Integration of Unstructured Data

    Technology is being used in the EMR/EHR to get crucial information from the big data found in doctor’s notes, nurses notes, HIE information, comments, and other hospital data feeds to help better patient care and to automate the revenue cycle management process.

    Dr. Dan Riskin (double board certified surgeon and CEO) and Anand Shroff (CMO) of Health Fidelity are available for briefings at AHIMA if you are interested in learning more about the transition happening from evidence-based medicine to data-driven healthcare because of technologies like Health Fidelity’s REVEAL Version 2.0.

    Leverages Patient Narratives to Convert Data Entry from Manual into a Review Step for Revenue Cycle, Compliance, and Analytics

    MENLO PARK, Calif., September 25, 2012 — Health Fidelity, a healthcare big data company and technology leader in clinical natural language processing (NLP), announced today the launch of the latest version of its REVEAL™ product, REVEAL version 2.0.

    REVEAL v2.0 fulfills Health Fidelity’s promise of relentless innovation and increased efficiency through revolutionary advances in clinical NLP.  REVEAL now offers support for ICD-9, ICD-10, SNOMED, RxNorm, LOINC, and CPT-4, all derived automatically from content already captured within clinical narrative notes.  Staying ahead of the curve as the clinical NLP technology leader, Health Fidelity offers REVEAL as a web service that can be instantly tested and rapidly integrated.  Powering applications in revenue cycle, ICD-10 conversion, meaningful use, accountable care, and analytics, REVEAL dramatically improves an HIT vendor’s operation by automatically populating content for review instead of requiring doctors and hospitals to manually enter extensive documentation.

    “Health Fidelity has strengthened its industry-leading position by allowing applications to move away from legacy systems of dropdowns, lists, and check boxes,” said Dan Riskin, CEO and co-founder of Health Fidelity.  “REVEAL v2.0 represents the next generation of data analytics and a fresh solution for liberating busy physicians and increasingly pressured healthcare organizations from the manual burdens underlying revenue cycle, compliance, and quality improvement.  REVEAL v2.0 offers the opportunity to make the computer support patient care, rather than patient care support the computer.”

    REVEAL v2.0 represents a next generation approach to clinical NLP, providing a broad expansion of capabilities to deliver faster, more accurate and more robust extracted information, resulting in better patient care.  Innovations and new capabilities in REVEAL v2.0 include a full clinical model, robust schema expansion, and commercial grade terminology mediation.  These features, offered through an instantly ready and scalable web service, reduce the time required to empower downstream applications from years with other NLP systems to months with REVEAL.

    About REVEAL

    Health Fidelity REVEAL offers the ability to extract information from clinical narratives, empowering solution partner applications to bypass manual workflow and automatically solve the most challenging problems in revenue cycle management, compliance, and analytics.  By leveraging world-leading clinical NLP technology, solution partners leapfrog competition while maintaining focus on their applications and business.

    About Health Fidelity

    Health Fidelity, Inc., based in Menlo Park, Calif., is a healthcare big data company providing unstructured data solutions.  Offering the longest standing clinical NLP technology with the most peer-reviewed literature and scientific citations, Health Fidelity provides the world’s most accurate, reliable and studied NLP technology for healthcare.  Health Fidelity partners with HIT solution partners and leading health systems to enable healthcare organizations to utilize the 80% of unstructured medical data that resides in narrative notes and is rarely used in healthcare applications.  Health Fidelity’s secure cloud-based integration enables real-time automated extraction and encoding of unstructured information for analytics, regulatory compliance, electronic medical records, transcription, revenue cycle management, and other critical applications.  As a result, physicians and hospitals can make better medical decisions, monitor and improve the quality of care, and drive operational efficiency, thus accelerating the path to data-driven healthcare.

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  • HIMSS Supports National-Scale Learning Health System’s Core Values

    CHICAGO (September 24, 2012) – At its September 14, 2012 meeting in Washington, DC ,the HIMSS Board of Directors confirmed its endorsement of the core values of a Learning Health System.  With this data-sharing federation, individuals, care delivery systems, public health programs and clinical research settings will contribute data that can be shared in timely and actionable formats to help patients, caregivers and others make informed health decisions, separately or collaboratively.

    These core values were developed at the Learning Health System Summit, convened by the Joseph E. Kanter Family Foundation, from May 17-18, 2012, in Washington, DC, where representatives from 80 organizations gathered to review and discuss the future of the LHS. As noted in its letter to the Kanter foundation, “HIMSS endorses these Core Values to express its support for the concept of a national-scale LHS, and to express its belief that these values are foundational to a successful, multi-stakeholder process to advance the nation toward an LHS in pursuit of better health for all.”

    This HIMSS endorsement comes following the release of the groundbreaking Institute of Medicine Report Better Care at Lower Cost. The report indicts the American healthcare system as wasteful and dangerous, citing an estimated $750 billion dollars in waste in 2009 and 75,000 needless deaths in 2005.

    In addition, the report makes recommendations for improving digital infrastructure, achieving care coordination, making care patient centric, improving transparency, and structuring payment to incentivize continuous learning. These recommendations are designed to transform the current health care system through the use of tools and incentives for continuous assessment and improvement.

    “The 10 core values for the proposed Learning Health System and recommendations in the IOM report (Better Care at Lower Cost) also closely align with many of our policy principles and overall cause to improve healthcare with the best use of IT,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO. Lieber also cited case studies from HIMSS Davies Award winners and Stage 7 hospitals showing how information technology, and patient-centric and coordinated care, improves healthcare delivery and reduces costs. “The LHS will provide options for anyone seeking research information on quality care and preventive care. This multi-stakeholder approach will streamline the process to identify and gather data so that they are accessible in a secure way to anyone who can benefit from their use.”


    A learning health care system generates and applies the best evidence for the collaborative health care choices of each patient and provider; drives the process of discovery as a natural outgrowth of patient care; and ensures innovation, quality, safety, and value in health care. In such a system, knowledge flows seamlessly between and among patients, providers, diagnostic facilities, and related community services. The best knowledge about treatments, diagnostics, and care delivery is naturally embedded in the delivery process, and new knowledge is captured as an integral by-product of the delivery experience.

    Source:  Better Care at Lower Cost, Institute of Medicine, September 2012


    As an example of what an LHS could do, the IOM report states that “…advances in patient engagement take on increased importance as a means of ensuring that patients can find the right care for their individual characteristics, needs, preferences, and circumstances. Patients and clinicians both need to be involved for optimal care. Clinicians supply information and advice based on their scientific expertise in treatment and intervention options. Patients, their families, and other caregivers bring personal knowledge on the suitability of different treatments for the patient’s circumstances and preferences. Information from both sources is needed to select the right care options.”

    The core values for the Learning Health System and developed by participating attendees at the Learning Health System Summit follow.

    Person-Focused:The LHS will protect and improve the health of individuals by informing choices about health and healthcare.  The LHS will do this by enabling strategies that engage individuals, families, groups, communities, and the general population, as well as the United States healthcare system as a whole.

    Privacy:The LHS will protect the privacy, confidentiality, and security of all data to enable responsible sharing of data, information, and knowledge, as well as to build trust among all stakeholders.

    Inclusiveness:  Every individual and organization committed to improving the health of individuals, communities, and diverse populations, who abides by the governance of the LHS, is invited and encouraged to participate.

    Transparency:With a commitment to integrity, all aspects of LHS operations will be open and transparent to safeguard and deepen the trust of all stakeholders in the system, as well as to foster accountability.

    Accessibility:All should benefit from the public good derived from the LHS.

    Therefore, the LHS should be available and should deliver value to all, while encouraging and incentivizing broad and sustained participation.

    Adaptability:  The LHS will be designed to enable iterative, rapid adaptation and incremental evolution to meet current and future needs of stakeholders.

    Governance:  The LHS will have that governance which is necessary to support its sustainable operation, to set required standards, to build and maintain trust on the part of all stakeholders, and to stimulate ongoing innovation.

    Cooperative and Participatory Leadership:  The leadership of the LHS will be a multi-stakeholder collaboration across the public and private sectors including patients, consumers, caregivers, and families, in addition to other stakeholders.  Diverse communities and populations will be represented.  Bold leadership and strong user participation are essential keys to unlocking the potential of the LHS.

    Scientific Integrity:  The LHS and its participants will share a commitment to the most rigorous application of science to ensure the validity and credibility of findings, and the open sharing and integration of new knowledge in a timely and responsible manner.

    Value:The LHS will support learning activities that can serve to optimize both the quality and affordability of healthcare.  The LHS will be efficient and seek to minimize financial, logistical, and other burdens associated with participation.

    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

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  • Availity Achieves EHNAC Healthcare Network Accreditation

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Health information network Availity today announced it has achieved renewed accreditation with the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body that recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions.

    “With recent changes in legislation and compliance requirements, this is a crucial time for healthcare networks to ensure that they’re adhering to the latest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC.

    To achieve renewed accreditation in the commission’s Healthcare Network Accreditation Program, Availity submitted to an extensive independent evaluation of its business and adherence to the highest level of industry standards and federal regulations. The commission evaluated Availity in areas of privacy measures, systems availability, security infrastructure, and process of managing and transferring protected health information.

    Availity first achieved accreditation from EHNAC in 2008, when it received a near-perfect score on assessments and site reviews.

    “We take great pride in our EHNAC accreditation and achieving the high standards that it requires,” said Russ Thomas, CEO of Availity. “Availity continues to be committed to performing at the highest levels in the health care technology business, to meet the changing demands of our national health care landscape.”

    About Availity, LLC – Patients. Not Paperwork.®

    Availity and its subsidiary, RealMed, make the health care system run faster and better. We provide physicians, hospitals, and health plans with essential business and clinical information to streamline care delivery, drive productivity and better revenue cycle management, and enable better patient experiences. The Availity® Health Information Network encompasses business and clinical services, supporting both real-time and batch electronic data interchange via the Web and business-to-business (B2B) integration. For more information, including an online demonstration, please visit or call 1.800.AVAILITY (282.4548).

    About EHNAC

    The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges and e-prescribing solution providers. EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit or contact

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