Today’s EHR and HIT news includes a customer acquisition update from InterSystems Corporation and MedInformatix as well as news from HIMSS on it’s latest Stage 7 award winner, Florida Hospital Carrollwood. [Read more…]
The Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), and Missouri Health Connection (MHC) today announced they are now connected and able to exchange Direct secure messages across state lines.
“By connecting with Kansas and Nebraska, Missouri Health Connection is leading the way towards improved care for patients who cross state lines for medical care,” said Mary Kasal, President & CEO of Missouri Health Connection. “We’re excited to now be connected to Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois and look forward to connecting with all our border states.”
“This is an exciting achievement that will help streamline communication, particularly for patients who live near the Kansas/Missouri and Kansas/Nebraska state lines. Many patients see health care providers in Kansas and then receive [Read more…]
IOD has announced a platform extension that will allow its Web-based release of information management, tracking and reporting platform, PRISM®, to facilitate secure electronic exchange of health information via the Direct Project. The enhancement to PRISM will allow healthcare providers to securely share meaningful information electronically between themselves and with their patients, replacing current manual and less secure methods, particularly the fax machine. This new capability conforms to the standards established by the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) endorsed Direct Project sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and specified in the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rule.
The Direct Project’s specifications establish universal, secure, scalable standards that address and support core Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use measures, which define the use of electronic health records and related technology.
“In anticipation of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule released on August 23, 2012, IOD has been looking ahead to make sure all of the regulatory changes [Read more…]
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced yesterday that it will expand its pilot for the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), which enables sharing of Veterans’ health records.
“The expansion of the VLER pilot program will allow more Veterans and facilities to participate in this exciting new technology,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “I invite Veterans to sign up for the program. It will keep health care providers informed, improve continuity and timeliness of care, and eliminate gaps in health care information.”
VLER is a multi-faceted business and technology initiative that includes a portfolio of health, benefits, personnel, and administrative information sharing capabilities.
This pilot expansion is designed to share Veterans’ health information electronically, safely, and privately between VA, Department of Defense (DoD), and selected private health care facilities that are members of the secure Nationwide Health Information Network.
VA is on track to implement health information exchange at 11 VA medical centers and to partner with both DoD and private health care entities by fall 2011. This expansion will enable authorized users to access health information and will provide seamless service to America’s Servicemembers and Veterans.
The VA’s goal is to have 50,000 signed authorizations from Veterans who are VA patients to participate in the pilot by the end of the fiscal year, Shinseki noted.
- San Diego VA Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente San Diego, in operation since winter 2009
- Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia, MedVirginia and DoD, in operation since fall 2010
- Spokane VA Medical Center in Washington, Inland Northwest Health Services and DoD, in operation since spring 2011
- Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va., and MedVirginia, in operation since spring 2011
- Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, and Indiana hospitals, in operation since summer 2011
- Grand Junction VA Medical Center in Colorado, and rural Utah hospitals, first in Moab, Utah, through the Utah Health Information Network by fall 2011
- Asheville VA Medical Center in North Carolina and Western North Carolina Health Network by fall 2011
- VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, N.Y. and Buffalo area hospitals through the HEALTHeLINK Health Information Exchange by fall 2011
- Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. and Charleston area hospitals through the South Carolina Health Information Exchange by fall 2011
- Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Minnesota hospitals through the Community Health Information Collaborative Health Information Exchange by fall 2011
- VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Washington and MultiCare sites by fall 2011.
Veterans interested in learning more about VLER may call the toll-free at 1-877-771-VLER (8537).
IOD Incorporated, a provider of integrated HIM solutions to hospitals, IDNs, healthcare systems and clinics, today announced it will enter the testing phase of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pilot program for the Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD).
IOD has been working towards connecting its online request of information tracking/reporting system, PRISM™,with the National Health Information Network (NHIN) project. The connection will enable IOD’s customers to comply with Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) requests via NHIN and will replace the current paper or CD/DVD submission process.
Testing is scheduled to begin in the last week of September 2011 and is expected to conclude in November 2011. Upon conclusion of the testing process, IOD’s customers will have the ability to submit documentation for requests from CMS approved review contractors electronically through the PRISM platform.
According to David Van Doren, President, Coding/HIM Consulting/EMR Abstraction Division, “CMS and the esMD project team estimate that over one million requests were made for audits last year. By offering the ability to electronically submit medical documentation to satisfy these audit requests, we are vastly improving efficiency and reducing the overhead associated with audit requests.” [Read more…]
EHR Doctors, Inc. and Midland Memorial Hospital announced today that Midland Memorial Hospital is now live with the Social Security Administration (SSA) MEGAHIT project. EHR Doctors, Inc. became the first nationwide health information exchange to connect to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) and the SSA MEGAHIT project.
EHR Doctors developed its own platform for Health Information Exchange, which it calls Medibridge.net. Medibridge.net includes technology to generate Continuity of Care Documents from a hospitals Electronic Health Record systems and to transport those records securely over the NwHIN. Medibridge.net also allows patients to control who has access to their information over the Medibridge.net platform, keeping patient privacy at the forefront of the exchange. Medibridge.net plans to offer physicians and other clinicians to access health records over the NwHIN in the 4th quarter 2011.
“EHR Doctors is proud to announce that we can on-board any hospital across the nation onto the NwHIN, not just in certain geographic areas like other HIE initiatives”, said Gerard Reeder, CEO of EHR Doctors. EHR Doctors is located in Pompano Beach, FL while Midland Memorial is located over 1000 miles away in West Texas.
EHR Doctors, Inc. leveraged Medibridge.net in establishing the link with Midland Memorial Hospital’s OpenVista clinical information system. Midland Memorial Hospital’s clinical document repository (CDR) is connected to EHR Doctor’s record locator service in a federated manner, meaning Midland’s patient records remain inside the hospital’s firewall while allowing records to be located and exchanged across EHR Doctors, Inc.’s gateway to the NwHIN. [Read more…]
The eHealth Initiative (eHI) annual survey of health information exchange (HIE) released today demonstrates an unprecedented amount of patient health information exchanged between physician offices, laboratories and hospitals across the nation, notwithstanding privacy concerns that patients have over the safety and security of their personal information. The eHI 2011 Report on Health Information Exchange: The Changing Landscape documents the growing pains 255 HIE initiatives are experiencing today as they grapple with competing timelines to meet federal requirements, complex systems integration and the uncertain future of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
“Some exchanges have solved their technical issues and are offering more advanced services, such as analytics, quality reporting, wellness programs and education to providers and hospitals. As a result, they are in a much stronger position than those that have not expanded services,” said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, Chief Executive Officer. “HIE initiatives that cannot adapt quickly may not last long in a transformed healthcare system. The HIE marketplace is very competitive today, but the momentum seems to be with private sector HIEs,” added Covich Bordenick.
Key findings from the 2011 survey include:
- There has been net growth of 9% in the number of initiatives, which total 255 in 2011. At least 10 HIE initiatives have closed or consolidated, and 46 new initiatives responded to the survey. Twenty-four initiatives report that they have sustainable business models, up from 18 in 2010.
- Initiatives are developing complex privacy controls for patients, even in the absence of new federal requirements.
- An increased number of behavioral or mental health providers report providing and viewing more data through exchanges.
- Despite uncertainty about accountable care organizations (ACOs), a quarter of the respondents indicated that they will support an ACO.
- In addition to struggling with business models and value, groups are facing new challenges related to technical aspects and systems integration.
- A majority of initiatives (113) plan to incorporate the federal Nationwide Health Information Network’s (NwHIN) Direct Project into their service offerings.
- The majority of advanced initiatives (85) are offering at least one service that supports Meaningful Use requirements. [Read more…]
NaviNet, America’s largest real-time healthcare communications network, today announced NaviNet Doc Xchange, a new solution to enable electronic document exchange among healthcare providers, insurers and other recipients. NaviNet Doc Xchange offers secure, efficient and cost effective electronic medical document exchange, eliminating mail- and fax-based submission to streamline common healthcare processes. NaviNet Doc Xchange will be available in August as a Health Information Handler (HIH) under the first phase of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) electronic submission of medical documentation (esMD) pilot program.
CMS’ esMD pilot program was developed to help providers submit medical documentation to CMS electronically, reducing cost and revenue cycle time by minimizing and eventually eliminating paper processing, mailing and faxing of medical documentation. The esMD program is designed to streamline a process that takes time away from patient care and gives providers a new mechanism for information delivery.
During Phase 1, which goes live later this summer, Review Contractors will continue to send medical documentation requests via paper mail and providers will have the option to electronically send medical documentation to the Review Contractor that requested it. [Read more…]
Krames StayWell has announced that it is helping to enable the ONC’s Direct Project messaging standards for its award-winning patient education system, Krames On-Demand. Leveraging the Direct Project encrypted e-mail functionality supported by Microsoft HealthVault, health systems will be utilizing Krames On-Demand to engage patients in their care by sending consumer-friendly education resources that can be stored in the patient’s personal HealthVault account. Patients can now have easy, 24/7 access to a repository of information created specifically for them, and in consideration of health literacy design principles, to better manage their health.
“Implementing Direct Project for Krames On-Demand is a win:win:win scenario,” explained Dave Bennett, Chief Technology Officer for Krames StayWell. “First, it is a winner for patients who can be confident that the patient education resources they desire electronically can be delivered in a secure fashion. It alleviates privacy fears allowing patients to focus their energies on taking care of themselves.
“Second, it is a winner for hospitals and eligible providers using Krames On-Demand, an ONC-ATCB Certified EHR module, who can be confident that proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements for secure online patient messaging will be supported.
“Finally, and this cannot be understated, the Direct Project encrypted e-mail program brings a focus on consumer needs into the development of the secure, interoperable Nationwide Health Information Network. Much of the activity we hear about is interoperability among providers. While this is critical, the Krames StayWell Company is committed to transforming healthcare communication via patient engagement. The Direct Project helps us meet our mission.” [Read more…]
The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of 46 EHR supplier companies, announced today the availability of a new white paper “Supporting a Robust Health Information Exchange Strategy with a Pragmatic Transport Framework”. The focused recommendations in the white paper, aimed at key health IT stakeholders, are based on proven standards and successful health information exchange (HIE) implementations around the world. The white paper represents the collective view of EHR Association member companies that support the majority of installed, operational EHRs in the US.
“These recommendations reduce work for providers, developers, and HIE organizations by building on existing standards to provide a strong foundation for the future and to spur innovation by connecting EHRs more quickly. By following this framework, true interoperability can be rapidly achieved as demonstrated by the work on data exchange that has been done over many years by such initiatives as Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) and, more recently, the Direct Project,” said Charles Parisot, Manager, Architecture and Interoperability for GE Healthcare and chairman of the EHR Association Standards and Interoperability Workgroup. “We are pleased to present this significant work effort to health IT stakeholders for their consideration as HIE efforts ramp up to meet Stages 2 and 3 of the federal ‘meaningful use’ program,” Parisot added.
“Although ONC has made progress on content standards, healthcare providers have an immediate need to begin exchanging data as they prepare for and implement meaningful use, healthcare payment reforms, quality management, and accountable care,” commented Justin Barnes, Vice President at Greenway Medical and Chair Emeritus of the Association. “Particularly from the perspective of a company that serves the ambulatory market, we need practical solutions to these complex interoperability needs. EHR Association members are working to meet the needs of all practices, large and small, respecting the needs of solo practitioners as well as the demands of large medical groups and hospitals,” Barnes concluded. [Read more…]