February 10, 2016

EMR and EHR News for April 24th

News.jpgToday’s EHR and HIT News includes customer acquisition news from both Allscripts and InteHealth, as well as the news of a new report from KLAS on Healthcare Analytics.

Southern Illinois University HealthCare selects Allscripts TouchWorks EHR for clinics

Southern Illinois University HealthCare (SIU HealthCare), located in Springfield, Ill., has selected Allscripts TouchWorks® electronic health record solution to help manage and facilitate patient care at its clinics in Springfield and throughout southern Illinois.

SIU HealthCare’s electronic health records will be hosted on Springfield Clinic’s Allscripts TouchWorks system, which has been fully implemented since 2008. Allscripts TouchWorks will replace all existing ambulatory solutions at SIU HealthCare sites, enabling its clinicians and staff to better coordinate patient care throughout the region.

“This is a tremendously positive development for health care in our region,” said Shashi Tripathi, Chief Information Officer at Springfield Clinic. “Allscripts TouchWorks is a robust solution that will improve the efficiency of clinical operations and, importantly, connect physicians and clinics to coordinate patient care for better outcomes and a healthier community.”

SIU HealthCare provides clinical care at 55 sites in 46 Illinois communities, including Springfield and satellite locations in Carbondale, Decatur and Quincy. SIU HealthCare served 112,000 patients in 470,000 visits to its clinics in 2013.

“We are proud of our exciting new relationship with SIU HealthCare,” said Greg White, Senior Vice president and General Manager of Allscripts TouchWorks business unit. “We believe that Allscripts TouchWorks has the right set of solutions to help this important institution drive and transform clinical care throughout southern Illinois.”

InteHealth Signs Four New Patient Portal Customers in Q1 2014

InteHealth has announced the Company signed four new contracts in the first quarter of this year for their Patient Portal solution. The InteHealth Patient Portal recently achieved 2014 Edition Modular EHR Inpatient and Ambulatory ONC Health IT Certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting healthcare providers with Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

InteHealth welcomes these Hospitals to the growing list of providers utilizing InteHealth’s advanced solutions. “We recognize these Hospitals have placed their faith in InteHealth. We will continue to provide the same level of high quality service to these facilities as we have in the past. In fact, two of the four new contracts are with existing InteHealth customers, which speaks to their level of satisfaction with our solutions and our outstanding service,” said InteHealth CEO Anthony McCarley.

Healthcare analytics enters new frontier of value-based care

Amid the shift toward value-based care, providers’ analytics needs are drastically changing, resulting in vendors rushing to the market with a wave of new products, including more targeted solutions. This according to the most recent KLAS report, “Healthcare Analytics Perception 2014: Analytics for Value-Based Care-A New Paradigm.”

The healthcare analytics market is bursting with vendors, giving providers more options than ever before. In fact, in this perception study, providers mentioned a staggering 87 different vendors being considered for BI/analytics in value-based care. To that point, no single vendor was mentioned more than 7% of the time. In this report, KLAS makes sense of the growing vendor crowd and provides insights into the most-considered vendors.

“Business intelligence and analytics have gone from a ‘nice-to-have’ to a ‘must-have’ in today’s challenging healthcare environment,” said Joe Van De Graaff, report author. “To fulfill short-term analytics needs, many providers report shifting more consideration to vendors with healthcare-specific solutions. However, a clear market leader has yet to emerge.”

KLAS spoke to more than 100 healthcare providers to capture which vendors they are considering and in which specific arenas. Cross-industry BI/analytics vendors discussed in this study include Dimensional Insight, IBM, Information Builders, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, SAS, and Tableau. Healthcare-specific/niche vendors discussed in this study include Advisory Board, Explorys, Health Catalyst, Optum, Premier, and Truven Health Analytics. EMR (large HIT) vendors include Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, McKesson, and Siemens. For more information about this study, “Healthcare Analytics Perception 2014: Analytics for Value-Based Care-A New Paradigm,” visit KLAS online at