Kentucky Hospital adopts an Electronic Health Record System for Rural Health Community
iSALUS Healthcare has announces that Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) has selected OfficeEMR as an affordable avenue to convert to electronic medical records and continue providing exceptional patient care to the community.
Serving a rural community since 1955, CCMH was in search of a cost effective EMR that would foster a twenty-first century healthcare environment without straining the fiscal budget. iSALUS Healthcare provided such a solution as well as a commitment to a timely implementation, allowing CCMH to begin the attestation process and qualify for the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program – a critical decision point for Carroll County. This incentive program is slated to provide $63,750 in stimulus incentives to the rural health hospital.
“We are very pleased with iSALUS Healthcare and their web-based OfficeEMR,” said Dr. Kathy Short. “Because patient care is ultimately our top priority, we had to select a certified system that was easy to navigate and cost effective. iSALUS is a perfect fit – a robust software that is user-friendly. It’s expected this solution will help Carroll County Memorial Hospital improve patient care and drive better outcomes.”
With OfficeEMR, CCMH outpatient physicians are able to access a secure, customized cloud-based application through any internet connection or mobile device. This service is available for one low monthly fee and requires no additional IT personnel or hardware, leaving start-up costs at a minimal compared to a server-based solution. Additionally, by transitioning from a paper-based format, CCMH is able to achieve a seamless workflow process, saving critical time for healthcare providers. CCMH’s conversion to electronic health records will address the changing face of their population and is a necessary step as they plan for the next decade of health services.
Hawaii Medical Service Association Expands its Use of Pegasystems
Pegasystems announced today that Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) has selected Pega technology to improve product development operations. This implementation marks the second Pega initiative at HMSA, the largest provider of healthcare coverage in Hawaii.
HMSA will implement Pega Product Composer System (PCS) to gain new product innovation and efficiencies for its members. The solution will proactively guide product development activity providing benefit-based components that intelligently structure all product elements and language, driving speed, transparency and inventiveness in product creation. Pega’s advanced core technology combines dynamic rules with smart processes to transform product configuration and lifecycle management for optimal operational readiness and execution.
HMSA will also use the Pega solution as its single product repository and source of truth for its customer service operations. With products created through Pega, HMSA customer service agents will have quick and easy access to full details of members’ coverage. Product information will be provided in language best suited for accurate and supportive inquiry resolution and heightened customer satisfaction.
How Entrada Improved the Documentation Workflow and Staff Productivity for Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute
Today Entrada published a case study with Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute (PBOI), a full-service orthopaedic care group practicing at several surgical facilities and hospitals in Palm Beach, FL, discussing the operational and administrative efficiencies achieved after implementing Entrada’s workflow solution into the practice. After a sustained decrease in productivity both during and after its transition from paper to digital records, Palm Beach deployed Entrada to accelerate chart completion by enabling its physicians to continue dictating the narrative sections of their clinical notes, supplemented by administrative staff capturing the structured portion of the note. With the automation provided between Entrada’s workflow solution and the NextGen EPM/EHR system, Palm Beach quickly realized improvements in both physician and staff productivity.
“Although we were on a path to achieving our Meaningful Use goals, our physician group was having difficulty transitioning from paper records and our productivity was taking a hit. We knew we needed help, and Entrada was a life-saver for our group,” noted Brian Bizub, CEO of Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute.
After introducing Entrada into its practice in April 2011, the physicians at Palm Beach quickly adopted the solution, citing the flexibility and ease-of-use of Entrada’s mobile application and their ability to continue dictating while using the NextGen EHR system. After syncing with NextGen’s Practice Management system to build a daily worklist, the physicians at Palm Beach use their Apple devices to dictate the desired clinical narrative, without the necessity to include any patient demographics or personal identifying information. The dictation is then automatically and securely submitted to Entrada’s data center, where the audio files are first converted to text using voice recognition technology and then edited by an Entrada staff member. The finished work is then automatically inserted into individual narrative text fields within the NextGen EHR templates, via Entrada’s ExpressNote technology.
“Our primary focus is to provide the highest level of patient care, which includes face time with their physician, educating patients and listening to their concerns,” stated Ryan W. Simovitch, M.D., President of PBOI. “With Entrada, the staff is able to spend less time fixing mistakes and more time focusing on patients.”
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Memorial Hospital Powers Perioperative and Enterprise Business Intelligence Strategy with Analytics from Surgical Information Systems
Surgical Information Systems announced today that Memorial Hospital has selected SIS Analytics as their business intelligence solution to measure and manage clinical, quality and financial performance throughout their perioperative department across three facilities. Memorial Hospital includes the Central, North, and Printers Park locations and is a member of University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), a unique Colorado-based health care system that combines community-based care and academic medicine.
Memorial replaced their Picis OR analytics and reporting solution and paired SIS Analytics with their core Cerner HIS system to provide nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists and hospital executives with a clear view of the performance of their perioperative department and actionable information that helps them develop plans to improve processes and efficiency.
“Memorial is constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of care we provide our patients,” said Susan Baldwin, Director of Perioperative Services for Memorial Hospital. “SIS Analytics gives us immediate access to the rich data in our core IS system and beyond. This intelligence will help us drive improved safety, quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction throughout our hospitals.”
SIS’ unique business intelligence methodology and data visualization toolset, along with their expertise in every aspect of the perioperative process, brought unparalleled value to Memorial. Immediate visibility and proven results in their Perioperative department demonstrated the solution’s value to healthcare executives and prompted enterprise-wide adoption of the SIS methodology to Memorial’s “self-service” enterprise business intelligence approach.
The award-winning healthcare organization now uses SIS Analytics to view, explore and measure an extensible data set from other systems, in addition to perioperative data. Memorial will expand the use of the highly-adaptive analytics platform with its implementation of Epic, where it will blend data from Epic and systems across the enterprise, making it available to SIS Analytics for sophisticated analysis — an essential part of Memorial’s strategy.
“SIS put business discovery tools into the hands of our stakeholders and decision makers and made it incredibly easy to get quick answers to the questions that matter most to them,” stated Ajay Behal, Director of Business Intelligence for Memorial Hospital. “They helped us turn our BI strategy into reality throughout our enterprise.”
“Access to comprehensive, actionable information is the catalyst for achieving the efficiency, quality and safety improvements that hospital leaders need to remain competitive,” said Ed Daihl, CEO, Surgical Information Systems. “Memorial’s results demonstrate the power of sophisticated analytics combined with perioperative know-how that you can’t get anywhere else. We are honored to work with the Memorial team as they use SIS technology to continue to deliver safe, efficient, high-quality care to their community.”