Diagnostic Imaging Associates Connects Through DHIN
Diagnostic Imaging Associates (DIA), with locations throughout New Castle County, has begun sending radiology and other imaging reports to physicians through the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN). Those reports are now instantly available so that patient treatment decisions can be made more quickly and efficiently.
DIA joins most other laboratories and radiology firms and all acute care hospitals in Delaware in delivering patient information through DHIN. Nearly all of the medical practices in Delaware participate in what has become the most comprehensive statewide health information network in the nation. Together, Delaware’s hospitals, labs, radiology firms and DHIN are helping to expedite treatment that would otherwise take more time if practitioners had to wait for reports to be received through de-centralized, paper-based methods like standard mail, courier systems or fax.
“While Diagnostic Imaging Associates has always strived to provide the best imaging services in Delaware, our main focus has been to meet the needs of our community. Faster access to medical records is an important way to do that,” said Joseph Peacock, MD, co-founder of DIA. “By joining DHIN, our medical reports will be added to the network for easy and timely access by health care providers who need that information.”
Founded in 1984, Diagnostic Imaging Associates began as two multi-modality imaging offices. Nearly 30 years later, it has grown to encompass seven locations in New Castle County with 14 radiologists and more than 100 employees working with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
“We are thrilled to welcome Diagnostic Imaging Associates to DHIN’s family of medical results providers. As a family practice physician, I really appreciate how quick access to important medical information is critical to helping patients,” said Dr. Jan Lee, Executive Director of DHIN. “Physicians can now access results from DIA within minutes of their completion and have that information available, as needed, safely and securely on the state’s electronic community health record. Having real-time clinical results available on DHIN not only saves time and money, but also helps physicians improve care.”
Since the fall of 2011, DHIN has more than doubled the number of data senders, growing from seven to 18. That number is expected to continue to keep growing throughout 2013. Prior to September 2012, there were no radiology firms sending results in to DHIN and now there are five: Diagnostic Imaging Associates, Mid-Delaware Imaging, Ocean Medical, Papastavros Associates and Tristate Imaging Group. DHIN renews it commitment to further enrich the types of medical information available to Delaware’s healthcare providers.
INTEGRIS Health and athenahealth Partner to Improve Care Coordination and Better Manage Network of Providers
athenahealth has announced that INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma’s largest health care system, will use athenahealth’s cloud-based services to centralize revenue cycle management, enhance patient communications and care coordination, and gain better insight into provider productivity and care delivered across INTEGRIS’s growing patient population. INTEGRIS will deploy athenaCollector, athenaCommunicator, and athenaClarity.
As a fast-growing health system with more than 300 physicians across 11 hospital facilities and nearly 100 clinics, INTEGRIS needed an information infrastructure and set of supportive services that could help the health system align its operational processes running across multi-vendor systems and disparate locations. Through its work with athenahealth, INTEGRIS will move from a decentralized billing and IT infrastructure to a uniform structure and set of processes that will help the group to scale, achieve greater ROI and better track and collect on claims.
“We did our homework in terms of qualifying a potential partner that could appreciate our culture and vision, support our growth, and help bring our operations and high-standard of care to the next level. We also sought a partner who could help us not only navigate, but thrive in the face of emerging quality-based payment models,” said Bruce Lawrence, CEO, INTEGRIS Health. “Partnering with athenahealth was a deliberate decision. Their cloud-based platform is incredibly nimble, and they are unique experts; they track the complex and always-changing landscape of health care and use this knowledge to ensure clients do well. We’re confident this partnership will lead to more streamlined business processes, but what’s most exciting is that we’re confident it will help us better serve our growing community of patients.”
As part of its work with athenahealth, INTEGRIS will enhance patient scheduling, making it easy for patients to manage office visits and communication with the health system between visits and simplify coordination between primary and specialty care. INTEGRIS will also gain unique and highly valuable insight into provider productivity and care activity across its many locations; this will allow the health system to evaluate services delivered against a uniform set of metrics. Additionally, this comprehensive insight will position INTEGRIS to perform in line with, and effectively report against, a variety of quality-based reporting and payment models.
Jonathan Bush, chairman and CEO, athenahealth, added: “Caregivers used to be the master of their own island-like payment system; they kept track of claims that went out and money that came back. Now, with pay-for-performance and global contracts emerging, caregivers are responsible for understanding and managing spend beyond their island. INTEGRIS, like many other teams of caregivers, needs to be able to track and manage its network of caregivers, across locations and across systems. athenaClarity is the service that will enable INTEGRIS to thrive under new models of revenue by making data accessible and actionable.”
VisualShare Selects ClearDATA HIPAA Compliant Cloud Platform to Host Medical Imaging Management Solutions & Medical Images
ClearDATA, the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced that VisualShare, an imaging informatics company and leading provider of image exchange, management and collaboration solutions, has selected the ClearDATA HealthDATA™ Cloud Computing Platform for HIPAA compliant hosting of its line of VisualStrata™ Healthcare Information Technology Solutions. ClearDATA will host both the image management software and corresponding medical images.
VisualShare solutions for Opthalmology, Diagnostic Imaging, Radiology, and Life Sciences provide unique Saas Based, medical imaging management solutions for both DICOM and non-DICOM images that facilitates multi-disciplinary team (MDT) care for organizations that need to collaborate over images, conduct reviews and document results.
“ClearDATA is an excellent and best-of-breed cloud hosting provider for the healthcare industry, and ideal partner for VisualShare. Their HealthDATA Cloud Platform enables us to provide enhanced benefits to our customers while reducing their overall IT costs,” said Patricia Goede, President & CEO of VisualShare. “We selected ClearDATA because of its exclusive focus on healthcare and in-depth experience with IT, privacy and security, and regulatory requirements.”
“VisualShare is highly regarded for its well established medical imaging management solutions, along with their reputation for exemplary customer service. We are truly honored to have been selected as their cloud hosting partner,” said David Bean, executive vice president of sales and marketing, ClearDATA Networks, Inc. “Managing, sharing, storing, and archiving medical images is an important and rapidly expanding area within healthcare, and our HIPAA compliant cloud platform provides significant cost savings benefits, as well as increased security and accessibility for this specialty.”