Today’s EHR and HIT News includes customer acquisition updates from Merge Healthcare. There is also news of a partnership between Healthcare Synergy and Great Lakes Health Information Exchange, representing the first partnership of a home health EMR vendor with the Michigan based health information exchange.
Charleston Radiologists Selects Merge Radiology and Honeycomb™ Solutions
Merge Healthcare has announced that Imaging Specialists of Charleston and Charleston Radiologists, P.A. has selected Merge Healthcare’s entire Merge Outpatient Radiology Suite as well as Merge Honeycomb™ Archive.
“Because our organization is committed to providing the highest level of patient care and the latest technology available in our field, we’ve recently made the decision to align ourselves with a partner who can help to enable our ambitious plans for growth with leading technology,” explained Michael Garovich, MD, President of Charleston Radiologists.
“Our current technology required a massive upgrade, our volume had exceeded the capabilities and capacity of the RIS, and, in light of declining reimbursement and other pressures, we needed a integrated solution to create efficiencies,” said Dr. Garovich. “We will also be utilizing Merge Honeycomb Archive for cost-effective, long-term storage of the second copy of all of our patient images.”
“Additionally, we will be well-positioned to achieve Meaningful Use in the future while at the same time improving our current billing process and increasing accuracy and transparency for our patients,” added Vicki Richter, Imaging Center Manager.
“With imaging centers like Imaging Specialists of Charleston under mounting pressure to deal with increasingly competitive markets, changing reimbursement models and long claim-payment cycles, integrated RIS and PACS systems and the cloud can improve staff and clinician efficiency, increase revenue capture and ultimately improve patient volume,” said Justin Dearborn, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “With an integrated RIS, PACS and cloud solution they will be well-positioned to meet their current challenges and future requirements even as they meet the requirements for Meaningful Use.”
The Merge Outpatient Radiology Suite provides an integrated suite of solutions for an entire radiology business. From the modality to the front office to the back office, Merge solutions deliver more efficient workflow from scheduling through report distribution and billing. Merge provides solutions for easier access to archived images, faster financial return, and the functionality to meet Meaningful Use.
Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications are designed to help healthcare stakeholders collaborate and improve the delivery of care while reducing costs. Merge Honeycomb Archive provides a long-term storage option that houses images securely, in multiple locations, providing anywhere, any time access. It delivers comprehensive functionality in a high-availability, high-security framework that meets HIPAA and other privacy requirements.
Home Health EMR Vendor Links to Great Lakes Health Information Exchange
Healthcare Synergy Inc. has signed an agreement with Great Lakes Health Information Exchange (GLHIE) forging the first partnership of a home health electronic medical record (EMR) vendor with the Michigan based health information exchange.
The collaboration between Healthcare Synergy and GLHIE allows home health companies to share data with other providers throughout the health care continuum improving transitions of care. It is an especially important alliance as the need for home health care continues to grow.
“We are excited about this partnership with GLHIE because both companies see the future of this technology as we dive into a post-acute care world outside of the traditional hospital setting. Our commitment to insuring that our clients are ahead of the curve when dealing with electronic health records and an unparalleled reputation for quality at an affordable rate made this partnership a win-win scenario,” said Mike Deck, Project Manager, Healthcare Synergy.
Healthcare Synergy’s Healthcare Assistant Software will seamlessly integrate with GLHIE to facilitate patient data exchange for home health, private duty nursing, outpatient therapy and hospice participants.
GLHIE will send patient diagnostic data, consultative reports, hospital admissions and discharge summaries to authorized home health agencies through the Healthcare Synergy EMR. The delivery of this data will eliminate duplication of treatments and offer better administrative efficiencies to the provider.
Healthcare Synergy has been an active player in the home health software industry for over 20 years. Planned for release in the last quarter of 2013, their new EMR system combines their billing and case management services with a new integrated clinical module for a variety of home health uses, including private duty nursing, hospice, outpatient therapy, Medicare/Medicaid, MSP and Part B billing.