Today’s EHR and HIT news includes an update from the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, a new Data Integrity Optimization Service for Epic Identity Users from Just Associates and news from Healthcare DataWorks naming Jyoti Kamal as company president.
Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Selected as Executive Director of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network
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) 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.
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.
Just Associates Launches Data Integrity Optimization Service for Epic Identity Users
Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for healthcare organizations, announced today the launch of Epic Identity Optimization, a new service focused on improving data integrity and master patient index (MPI) management within Epic systems.
Specifically, the service optimizes Epic Identity’s out-of-the-box configurations to enhance system performance, increasing true duplicate identification and reducing false positive rates. Just Associates’ team of experienced data integrity specialists also provides guidance on how Epic users can more efficiently maintain the long-term accuracy of patient data within the MPI.
Just Associates’ team of data management experts optimizes the performance of Epic Identity in the client environment, in part by:
- Defining standard routines for patient searches and improving the accuracy with which the appropriate patient is located
- Determining optimal high and low thresholds to reduce the number of false positive matches identified within the system
- Utilizing demographic change reports to assist in early identification and correction of patient overlays
- Building special work (error) queues to bucket different types of errors for efficient resolution
Healthcare Analytics Expert Jyoti Kamal to Serve in Expanded Role as President of Health Care DataWorks
Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD) has announced that Jyoti Kamal, Ph.D., has taken on the full-time role of president at the leading healthcare analytics company.
Kamal, with more than 15 years’ experience as a healthcare IT executive, is a founder of Health Care DataWorks and one of the visionaries behind the technology that became the foundation for the company’s KnowledgeEdge™ product suite. As president, she helps guide the strategic product direction at HCD and assists clients in developing healthcare business intelligence roadmaps leading to greater value and return on investment.
“Jyoti has played a key role from a technology perspective in helping to establish HCD as the leading provider of healthcare analytics for hospitals and health systems,” said Detlev H. (Herb) Smaltz, Health Care DataWorks CEO. “Her tremendous success in developing and launching a healthcare Enterprise Data Warehouse at one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country has provided her with deep business intelligence experience that we leverage in powerful ways to further benefit our clients.”
A foremost expert in healthcare analytics and speaker on all aspects of an Enterprise Data Warehouse, Kamal was Deputy CIO and Director for the Information Warehouse at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which includes six hospitals, a unified physician practice and more than a dozen research centers and institutes. Under her direction, the Information Warehouse at the Wexner Medical Center became the critical hub of information storage and management for the health system, providing data integration, mining, training and application development to researchers and clinicians system-wide.