Today’s EHR and HIT News includes updates from MaxMD on their recent affiliation with the Tennessee Health eShare Direct Project, Black Box ranking news from Quest Diagnostics Care360, and partnership news between iSALUS Healthcare and Billnet Solutions. [Read more…]
Harris Corporation has announced an agreement with Quest Diagnostics that will significantly expand the breadth of services offered by the Florida Health Information Exchange (HIE). Harris was awarded a four-year contract with the Agency for Healthcare Administration in 2010 to implement a statewide HIE infrastructure in Florida that will improve the delivery and coordination of health care.
The technology framework provided by the Florida HIE allows participating healthcare providers to securely access and send patient health information to authorized participants. The latest agreement calls for Harris to integrate its Direct Secure Messaging Services capability with the Care360 suite of solutions from Quest Diagnostics. This will enable the Florida HIE to connect with all users and providers of the 11,000 physician offices in Florida currently using Care360.
The Care360 suite of solutions from Quest Diagnostics is a web-based platform that provides physicians with online laboratory test ordering, e-prescribing, clinical messaging and clinical documentation. [Read more…]
Quest Diagnostics’ health information technology subsidiary MedPlus and HP today announced they are partnering to facilitate and simplify electronic health record (EHR) adoption for physician practices nationwide.
Quest Diagnostics’ web-based Care360™ EHR software and services coupled with HP hardware, services and financing, bring a unique offering to physicians. A key part of this relationship is offering preconfigured bundles designed to enable physicians to leverage their technology investment for faster access to patient information and improved office efficiency. Physicians can receive a personalized onsite assessment of both their technical environment and practice workflow to better understand their unique practice needs.
To help educate physicians on EHRs and meaningful use, Quest Diagnostics and HP will launch a nationwide tour in Baltimore, MD on October 28th. Additional cities and dates will be announced shortly.
HealthDynamix, the healthcare division of PC Mall (Nasdaq: MALL) and an HP PartnerONE Healthcare Elite Partner, will deliver the solution, providing hardware implementation and support services across the United States.
Approximately one third of U.S. physicians—and many of the country’s leading hospitals, health plans, and regional health exchanges—currently rely on health care information solutions developed by Quest Diagnostics to document, analyze and monitor diagnostic, prescription and clinical data to provide better patient care. Because Care360 EHR is completely web–based, the only requirement is Internet access, which reduces the time and costs of implementing the solution. Coupled with HP’s network connectivity, physicians can access more secure patient information, from a fixed or mobile Internet browser.
“Combining our Care360 EHR solution with HP’s hardware and services creates a comprehensive platform for small to medium-sized physician practices to easily and cost-effectively transition to an EHR system,” said Richard A. Mahoney, Quest Diagnostics’ vice president of Healthcare Information Solutions and president of its MedPlus healthcare information technology subsidiary. “The joint solution is designed to deliver the tools physicians need to improve overall clinical outcomes and realize the many financial incentives of EHR adoption.”
HP is an industry leader in healthcare technology innovation with tablet PCs, notebooks, desktops, workstations and thin clients, as well as digital signage and smartphones, designed for the rigors of patient care settings. HP’s broad product line will be integrated into the Care360 EHR offering to provide customers the flexibility to choose the right product and solution for each unique healthcare environment, making it easy for physicians to buy an EHR solution.
HP will also offer special financing solutions, through HP Financial Services — the company’s leasing and lifecycle asset management services division that provide physician practices monthly payment options prior to receiving financial incentives from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for implementing a qualified EHR.
“The vision of a completely secure, wired and interoperable electronic healthcare system is rapidly becoming a reality, yet many physicians are struggling to find the optimal balance of hardware and software as they migrate to EHR adoption,” said Chris Mertens, vice president of the Healthcare Business in the Personal Systems Group at HP. “Our collaboration with Quest Diagnostics will help medical practices find that optimal balance with a custom solution flexible enough to meet their current and future healthcare IT needs.”
Visit www.Care360.com for more information about Quest Diagnostics’ Care360 solutions.
Additional information about HP healthcare offerings is available at www.hp.com/go/healthcare.
Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, today announced that its Care360(TM) Electronic Health Record (EHR), Version 2010.1, has been inspected by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) and is a certified EHR Module, IFR Stage 1, achieving all 14 of the requirements applied for of the 24 requirements for Eligible Providers published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Interim Final Rule of January 2010. The Care360 suite of services is developed by MedPlus, Quest Diagnostics’ health information technology subsidiary.
The preliminary program is designed to demonstrate that a vendor’s product is well prepared to be certified once Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) accredited testing and certification becomes available. Interim requirements were revised with the publication of the final rules on July 13, 2010. For the purpose of qualifying products for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) incentives, CCHIT anticipates but has not yet received accreditation by ONC/HHS. Inspection information is available athttp://www.cchit.org/products.
“Our Care360 EHR certification milestone is further recognition of Quest Diagnostics’ industry leadership in providing interoperable, secure and modular healthcare technology solutions,” said Richard A. Mahoney, Quest Diagnostics’ vice president of Healthcare Information Solutions and president of its MedPlus healthcare information technology subsidiary. “It is but one demonstration of our unwavering commitment to empower the nation’s physicians with relevant, easy to use, affordable technologies that help them both improve patient care and qualify for government incentives.”
The Care360 EHR product roadmap was aligned with most ONC criteria supporting the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Meaningful Use measures. As a result, MedPlus was able to begin preliminary certification activities early, and implemented a two-phase plan to achieve full ONC/HHS certification. Now that Phase 1 certification, which includes 14 of the 24 criteria, has been successfully achieved, the company is focused on Phase 2 certification and meeting the remaining 10 criteria requirements per the final July 13th 2010 published ruling, the least defined EHR requirements from ONC. MedPlus plans to apply for final certification when it becomes available.
More than 70,000 physician locations and 160,000 physicians across the nation rely on the Care360 suite of products to help improve patient care and increase practice efficiencies. For those physicians using Care360 Labs & Meds for online lab ordering/results and ePrescribing, the transition to Care360 EHR is simple, using the same web-based platform.
“Care360 EHR is an intuitive solution that allows me to incrementally adopt the features I need to streamline my practice. The ability to have Care360 EHR completely running within just a couple of weeks made the transition from paper records completely seamless,” said Dr. Saif Bajwa, an Internal Medicine Physician of Lake Elsinore, CA. “As a result, Care360 EHR enables me to spend more time with my patients and less time reviewing paper charts and handwritten notes.”
Physicians adopting Care360 EHR can use the convenient online learning modules to get up and running quickly. The entire Care360 platform is designed to facilitate a modular approach to adoption, allowing physicians to incrementally add functionality. Physicians in small and mid-sized practices can seamlessly transition from paper to electronic records at their own pace. For example, they can start with computerized physician order entry (CPOE) such as laboratory test ordering and ePrescribing, and move up to a full EHR with clinical documentation capabilities. Because Care360 EHR is completely web-based, physicians can avoid investments in specialized IT hardware or infrastructure, reducing time and costs often associated with implementing an HIT solution. With Care360 EHR, physicians access secure patient information anywhere anytime, from fixed or mobile internet browsers, including Apple iPhone and iPad platforms. [Read more…]
The California HealthCare Foundation today announced that Quest Diagnostics, a leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, is supporting the EHR-Lab Interoperability and Connectivity Specification (ELINCS) in its national data exchange hub, making it easier for physicians to electronically access Quest Diagnostics laboratory results. Approved by Health Level 7 (HL7) as an implementation guide for ambulatory lab reporting, ELINCS is an agreed-upon set of rules that allows information to be shared and processed uniformly, thereby providing a common language for transmission of diagnostic test results across technologies.
The ability to transfer information between labs, healthcare providers and detox clinics in California is important if EHR adoption rates in the state are to reach the levels where they can be really useful.
“Quest Diagnostics’ support of the ELINCS standard aligns with our company’s and our nation’s goals to create efficiencies and improve quality in our health care system,” said Richard A. Mahoney, Quest Diagnostics vice president of Healthcare Information Solutions.
By implementing the ELINCS lab standard in its national data exchange hub, Quest Diagnostics has enabled its physician customers in the U.S. using participating EHR technology to receive ELINCS-formatted electronic lab results. EHRs leveraging the ELINCS standard not only reduce the time and expense required to set up automated reporting mechanisms between physician offices and their Quest Diagnostics laboratory, but also create opportunities for future utilization of additional interoperable health care applications.
According to Glen Moy, senior program officer of the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), “Physicians in the United States are beginning to recognize that using an interoperable EHR is an important step toward improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare delivery. The ELINCS standard helps physicians make that important transition successfully by allowing them to access their laboratory results more quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.
CHCF sponsored the establishment of the ELINCS standard and developed, tested and enhanced it using input and feedback from health care providers, EHR vendors, commercial laboratories, and government agencies.
J. Marc Overhage, M.D., Ph.D., director of medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, sees the benefits of using EHRs to deliver improved patient care as far-reaching. “Electronic laboratory results are critical to providers becoming meaningful users of EHRs. Quest Diagnostics’ adoption of ELINCS is an important step in efficiently and effectively achieving the required interoperability.”
Practice Fusion today announced that the company’s user base has grown 400% in 2009 to surpass 25,000 medical professionals. Practice Fusion continues to be the fastest growing Electronic Health Record (EHR) community in the US, serving the needs of family practice and private practice physicians across the country.
Practice Fusion’s free model gathered a great deal of attention in 2009, disrupting a sector where equivalent EHR systems cost $50,000+ a year. Highlights from 2009 include: [Read more…]
Maggie Gunter, PhD, president of the New Mexico Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC), announced today that the organization has been appointed as the state’s official health information exchange (HIE) by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
NMHIC will create the health information exchange infrastructure to connect New Mexico’s health care providers through a contract with its technology partner, MedPlus, the healthcare information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX). MedPlus will connect New Mexico’s health care providers to a centralized network containing critical electronic patient information, using its Centergy(TM) suite of integrated technology solutions.
State-wide HIEs are critical for building a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). To ensure this continuity of care, NMHIC will enable health care information to be linked electronically across organizations, both regionally and nationally, and to move clinical information among disparate health care information systems, including physician offices. MedPlus has connected some of the nation’s largest HIEs, including one third of the original NHIN demonstration projects, one of which is NMHIC. [Read more…]
MedPlus, the healthcare information technology subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), announced today that it has been recognized as the health care industry’s number one Document Management & Imaging (DMI) vendor for its ChartMaxx® enterprise-wide electronic patient record system in the KLAS (1) Enterprise DMI: Finding the Right Stepping-Stone to Full EMR report issued on October 2, 2009 (www.KLASresearch.com). ChartMaxx provides health care institutions with the ability to scan, interface, create, archive, electronically validate, and view stored documents and images.
KLAS, an independent research firm, bases its rankings on interviews with healthcare executives, professionals and clinicians at more than 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 clinics. KLAS independently monitors vendor performance through the active participation of thousands of healthcare organizations and uses a stringent methodology to ensure all data and ratings are accurate, honest and impartial. [Read more…]