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October 24, 2014

DrFirst Launches Electronic Prior Authorization for Providers Nationwide with CoverMyMeds

DrFirst, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, announced today that its new electronic prior authorization (ePA) service, Patient Advisor ePA+SM, will begin rolling-out to providers on October 28th.  Using the service, prescribers and their staff will be able to initiate, submit and complete prior authorizations electronically, and will be able to respond to prior authorizations that are initiated from pharmacies after a claim rejection, from within their eRx/EMR workflow.  The … [Read more...]

Vendor’s Ability to Partner with Providers Key to Alarm Management Success

Connexall is the early leader in both performance and market share as alarm management vendors expand their focus beyond nurse call to incorporate additional data sources (i.e. patient monitors, ventilators, etc.) This and other findings are shared in the latest KLAS report on alarm management. "Although the alarm management segment has been around for a long time, the incorporation of additional alarm sources is creating a shift in the market," said report author Paul Hess. "Some vendors are … [Read more...]

Shareable Ink to Provide Simplified Clinical Documentation Solutions for Allscripts Sunrise Clients

Anesthesia information management system (AIMS) market leader, Shareable Ink, is pleased to announce a preferred partnership agreement with Allscripts, for its Allscripts Sunrise business unit. Shareable Ink provides a full AIMS documentation solution supporting pre-op, intra-op, and post-op, and capturing key quality measures that are critical to outcomes reporting. Shareable Ink will also extend the Allscripts Sunrise platform with additional point-of-care clinical documentation solutions … [Read more...]

EHRs Can Place Excessive Data Entry Burden on Physicians

A new study by WebChartMD  indicates that as little as 7% of data in a typical patient note is required to be structured in order to meet Meaningful Use.  The percentage rose to 9% when lab data was present. The study analyzed one hundred de-identified orthopedic and cardiovascular patient notes obtained from MTSamples.com. While a larger body of documents needs to be analyzed to confirm study findings, the key take-away appears to be that as much as 91% to 93% of data typically captured … [Read more...]

New study compares Cerner and Siemens performance going into the acquisition

A new report from KLAS compares the performance, usability, and mindshare of more than a dozen Cerner and Siemens HIT software and services offerings. This, as providers around the world consider how Cerner's acquisition of Siemens might affect them.    "The question on everyone's mind is what this acquisition will mean to providers, not just Siemens customers, but Cerner customers as well," said KLAS VP of Clinical Research, Coray Tate. "One of the things we wanted to look at is how each … [Read more...]

ADP AdvancedMD EHR Receives ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group

ADP® AdvancedMD has announced it has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. ADP AdvancedMD EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital … [Read more...]

Experience is not a good predictor of performance for Epic consulting firms

The number of engagements completed by a firm is not an accurate predictor of provider satisfaction when it comes to Epic consulting. Despite the standout performance of a few experienced firms like Nordic and Sagacious Consultants, there is little correlation between overall satisfaction and experience, according to the latest KLAS report on Epic consulting firms.   "It is great for providers that this market is so competitive," said report author Erik Westerlind. "There are a lot of really … [Read more...]

Flagler Hospital chooses Allscripts dbMotion to advance population health management

Flagler Hospital, located in St. Augustine, Fla., has selected the Allscripts dbMotion solution to connect a myriad of electronic health records across the community. In creating a single, longitudinal patient record through Allscripts dbMotion, Flagler Hospital seeks to reduce costs and improve quality of care. A private, non-profit acute care facility with 335 beds and ambulatory services, Flagler Hospital has earned national recognition for clinical excellence and patient safety, and … [Read more...]

HIMSS Analytics Honors Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Healthcare System With Stage 7 Award

HIMSS Analytics recognized the two hospitals the Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Healthcare System, in Naples, Fla., (my home town) with its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model  (EMRAM), which tracks EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals … [Read more...]

PwC to Propose Open Source EHR System to the Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization Program

PwC US has announced its intent to pursue the Department of Defense (D0D) Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) Electronic Health Record contract. The DHMSM program would replace and modernize the Military Health System which currently supports more than 9.7 million beneficiaries, including active duty, retirees and their dependents. PwC US has announced its intent to pursue the Department of Defense (D0D) Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) Electronic Health … [Read more...]