Today’s EHR and HIT news includes a mixed bag of enhancement news from Prognosis Health Information Systems, product news from 4medica and a claim from TSI Healthcare that over 90% of their qualified EHR clients have or will attest for Meaningful Use.
Prognosis HIS’ New EHR Applications Offer Higher Performance Charting and Optimize Physician Rounding
Prognosis Health Information Systems has announced the availability of two major enhancements to its ONC-ATCB 2011/2012-certified EHR.
The first of these enhancements is ChartNotes which provides nurses, physicians and departments such as dietary, physical therapy and laboratory with easily configurable, intuitive templates that standardize documentation, improve productivity, increase the timeliness and accuracy of patient data, and enable instant enterprise-wide data sharing. In addition to standard data, users can enter free text and dictate entries. Clinicians using the extremely intuitive configurability can easily adapt existing templates or create new ones that align with their workflow, individual preferences and organizational needs without additional technology or other resources.
Data entered into ChartNotes automatically populates all relevant fields within Prognosis HIS enterprise solution. This ensures all health care professionals have real-time access to the most current patient information and eliminates the need for time-consuming, repetitive data entry. The data is also incorporated into flowsheets (e.g., to graphically track vital signs) and Prognosis HIS’ Meaningful Use (MU) Scorecard, which tracks a hospital’s progress toward meeting incentive requirements. A graphical reminder appears on the template if MU data is required so omissions can be addressed while the patient is still hospitalized. As part of Prognosis HIS’ Web-native EHR solution, authorized clinicians can access and enter data into ChartNotes 24/7 from any location on a computer, tablet or other Web-enabled device.
The second of the enhancements is the Physician Rounding Tool which increases physicians’ time with their patients by providing a high-level patient summary view. This helps physicians prioritize patient care for the day, focusing first on those deemed most critical. By having instant access to this up-to-date data during their daily rounds, physicians can review medications and their status, radiology and lab orders and results, and vital signs. They can also easily sign off on orders from their mobile device.
4medica Introduces Cloud-Based EHR/Practice Management System
4medica today introduced OfficeSuite, a cloud-based, electronic health record (EHR) with a fully integrated practice management system. A first of its kind, OfficeSuite is designed to reduce clinical error and enhance patient care, while improving claim collection and regulatory compliance. 4medica provides the industry’s leading cloud clinical integration platform and solutions.
A single, comprehensive system to automate the entire practice, 4medica OfficeSuite comprises:
- 4medica iEHR®, which enables hospitals, physicians, labs and health information exchanges (HIEs) to aggregate laboratory, imaging, pathology, e-prescribing and inpatient data from multiple sources into a single patient-centric record; and
- 4medica practice management and billing software, a complete revenue and financial management solution designed with direct input from experienced medical billers and practice administrators to improve revenue, collection, denial, cash and aging.
Designed and developed by physicians for physicians in private practice, OfficeSuite connects the front office, clinical suites and billing office. It allows doctors to chart notes and do orders, scripts and referrals in minutes. Scheduling screens provide instant, comprehensive views of all appointments for single or multiple providers. The claim-cleansing engine delivers clean claims, keeps patient accounts current and helps collect monies faster.
Coker Group Confirms 92% of TSI Healthcare Clients Should Receive Meaningful Use Incentives
TSI Healthcare announced today that over 90% of their qualified EHR clients have attested or will attest for almost $2,000,000 in Meaningful Use Incentives for the 2011 and 2012 reporting period. This represents a significant variance with the CMS reported National Average of just 9% of other healthcare providers currently using EHR Systems that expect Phase I payments.
According to an independent study conducted by The Coker Group, one of the nation’s leading healthcare consulting and management services groups, TSI Healthcare ranks in the Top 5% of Practice Management and EHR Vendors nationwide that have clients who can or will qualify for Federal funds through the program (CMS 2009 HI-TECH Act). According to Jeffery Daigrepont, Senior Vice President at Coker, “Our analysis reflects that 92% of TSI clients effectively using their NextGen EHR System have attested or are on schedule to attest for Meaningful Use by the end of this year. These results are quite simply exceptional and demonstrate the high level of attention that TSI has given their Clients in helping to lead them to these available incentives.”
TSI Healthcare’s approach to help their providers attain “Meaningful Use” is unique to the medical software industry. Each of TSI’s physicians have the opportunity to participate in the Company’s Meaningful Use Readiness Analysis(TM) and Circle of Excellence(TM) programs. These custom programs examine each individual group’s utilization of their EHR System and include practice-specific roadmaps to attaining meaningful use and “best practices” for maximizing opportunities from the EHR Incentives program.
“We are thrilled for each of our clients achieving these milestones and who are already receiving the financial rewards of the government incentive program,” said David Dickson, Jr., President and CEO of TSI Healthcare. “These benefits should help ease some of the initial and ongoing costs of implementing a complete EHR System. They also represent a validation of the hard work and dedication of our entire team at TSI to help our clients’ through these painstaking processes to improve medicine for everyone.”