February 9, 2016

EHR and HIT News for July 10th

News.jpgToday’s EHR and HIT news includes updates from customer acquisition news from MedAptus , AnyPresence, and Alere Accountable Care Solutions.  There is also news from Akron General Hospital on being named a ‘most wired’ hospital.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center Chooses MedAptus for Electronic Charge Capture and Operational Charge Management

MedAptus has announced that The Brooklyn Hospital Center is undergoing implementation of the company’s Professional Charge Capture (Pro) solution. Physicians across a number of medical and surgical specialties will use the Pro software to code and submit both outpatient and inpatient encounters.

Founded as the borough’s first voluntary hospital, The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) has been keeping Brooklyn healthy since 1845. Today it is a 464-bed teaching hospital with nearly 3,000 medical professionals and staff, offering basic and specialized medical care, sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services, cutting-edge technology, and specialized surgery to nearly 300,000 patients annually. Located in the heart of Brooklyn’s downtown revitalization district, TBHC is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and the Brooklyn academic and clinical affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Since the majority of TBHC’s reimbursement is derived from governmental payers, revenue cycle effectiveness is of paramount importance. By deploying the MedAptus Pro solution, which is practice-proven to help provider organizations obtain appropriate payment for services rendered faster and at less cost, TBHC will eliminate manual, paper-based processes that tend to diminish revenue. Physician-users across specialties that include cardiology, hematology-oncology, nephrology, and surgery, amongst others, will enter patient charges at the point-of-care while back-office personnel review encounters in MedAptus’ Coder Workstation prior to electronic billing transmission.

Peter Pappas, MD, FACS, chairman of the Department of Surgery at TBHC, helped lead the search for a charge capture system. He joined TBHC in 2010 from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he first used the MedAptus system. Given a positive user experience and significant financial return on investment, Dr. Pappas suggested TBHC evaluate MedAptus as part of the vendor search.

“Charge documentation can be time-consuming for physicians – surgeons in particular that perform complicated procedures with several billable components. As a former user of MedAptus, I know firsthand that the company places high-value on physician usability and I expect my peers to easily transition from encounter forms. MedAptus’ Pro offering will help us ensure we are capitalizing on all charge opportunities in a compliant manner while the software’s communication safety net means that coding help is only a message away,” said Dr. Pappas.

“To have a former user champion our software in a new organization is a compliment of the highest order. The entire MedAptus team works so diligently to ensure successful implementations, rapid physician adoption, needed product enhancement and documented financial benefit. We are thrilled to welcome The Brooklyn Hospital Center as the latest MedAptus customer and are focused on delivering a superior service experience,” said Rick Little, vice president of client services at MedAptus.

Alere Accountable Care Solutions to Provide Health Information Network to Children’s Care Alliance for Underserved Children

The Children’s Care Alliance (CCA) is working closely with Alere Accountable Care Solutions (ACS) to create a health information exchange  for underserved children in the Lehigh Valley area of northeastern Pennsylvania. Backed by the support of the business community, the HIE represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between healthcare organizations and the education community and is poised to move toward improving the healthcare of children in the region.

“Many children living in this area suffer from chronic conditions including asthma and obesity. The health care systems and community organizations need to rally together,” says Mike Cirba, CIO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and current CCA Chairperson. “The problem is that care delivery is disconnected.  Individual health records are scattered among multiple access points of care.  And, unfortunately, vital clinical information is often not available to the local physicians, health systems, and the school health rooms that see these kids. By working with Alere ACS, we are committed to bringing key clinical data sets together for clinicians across multiple organizations.”

The Alere ACS HIE technology will allow seamless exchange of student electronic health records between different hospital emergency rooms, clinics, physician offices and school districts in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.   The HIE, branded as the Virtual Health Village, is expected to help clinicians more expediently access needed information, which should also result in the improved coordination of care.

Twenty-seven percent of the 32,000 Bethlehem Area and Allentown school district students change schools each year, contributing to the problem of fragmented pediatric records.   Alere ACS enables the data sharing and resulting care continuity by providing full HIE capabilities, such as a clinical data repository with direct secure messaging. The innovative project will assure better care of chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes and will boost immunization rates.

Miami Children’s Hospital Deploys AnyPresence to Mobilize Patient Engagement

AnyPresence has announced that Miami Children’s Hospital has implemented the AnyPresence solution for mobile app development, including unique new capabilities in their Fit4KidsCare app.  Marking an industry-first for children’s hospitals, the recently updated Fit4KidsCare app now offers families the ability to order gift shop items, such as toys or cards, from a mobile device, and have them delivered to patients in-room within minutes.

“Flexibility and the ability to leverage both HTML5 and native iOS code was paramount in the development of our Fit4KidsCare app,” said Ed Martinez, CIO at Miami Children’s Hospital.  “With its unique architecture and non-proprietary run-time components, the AnyPresence platform provided the flexibility required to implement this project, while establishing the capability to implement additional apps on our roadmap to continuously improve patient engagement.”

The Fit4KidsCare gift store app also includes a web-based administrative portal for hospital staff to manage the product catalog, process orders, send automated email notifications, and perform HIPAA-compliant patient lookups against a Cerner EMR system, all powered by an enterprise-class backend-as-a-service from AnyPresence.

Akron Children’s named one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for 2013

Akron Children’s Hospital has been named one of the country’s “Most Wired” hospitals.

This is the 15th anniversary of the healthcare industry’s Most Wired Survey, which is conducted in cooperation with the American Hospital Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and others.  From the survey, a national benchmarking report is created comparing each hospital’s IT solutions against others. Those with exceptionally high IT integration throughout their organization are recognized with the Most Wired award.

The honor comes just six months after Akron Children’s was ranked at Stage 6 (out of seven stages) and in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally for implementation and use of its inpatient electronic medical records (EMR) by HIMSS Analytics.

“Where Stage 6 reflects our extensive implementation and use of the EMR, the Most Wired honor is broader and looks at an organization’s entire information technology efforts,” said Tom Ogg, chief information officer at Akron Children’s Hospital. “This recognition reflects our dedication to providing the best technologies and resources that deliver high-quality and safe healthcare throughout the organization.”

The Most Wired honor is based on a comprehensive survey that evaluates a hospital’s systems and solutions to improve patient documentation, reduce medical errors and give care providers the information they need to support clinical decision making at the point of care where they need it most.

“It also looks at how we capture and use information to enhance operations like purchasing, billing and communications, the security of our information, who has access, where they have access, and how fast we can restore access to it in the event of a disaster or system outage,” said Ogg.

One of Akron Children’s solutions, computerized provider order entry (CPOE), is an area evaluated in the survey. Akron Children’s has reported an overall CPOE rate of 94 percent, which includes orders for patients’ medications, tests, therapies and treatments. The high usage of CPOE and bedside medication verification puts Akron Children’s in a category with the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide.

“The best hospitals today have strong IT cultures. I am proud to say Akron Children’s is now in that company,” says Grace Wakulchik, chief operating officer at Akron Children’s Hospital.