Today’s EHR and HIT news includes two customer acquisition articles. The first, is from Halfpenny Technologies on their selection by Orange Accountable Care. The second article, from HealthMEDX on their selection by Riverside Health Systems. [Read more…]
Siemens Healthcare noted its first two health system customers to successfully attest and achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record, as defined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program. MedCentral Health System, Mansfield, Ohio, and Riverside Health System, Newport News, Va., have completed a 90-day reporting period, met required CMS benchmarks for EHR adoption and have successfully submitted data to the CMS EHR Incentive Program Web Portal.
No timetable has been provided for the receipt of initial 2011 incentive payments.”We are extremely proud of the determination shown by these two health system customers, and their thousands of clinicians, IT staff and administrators, who have worked tirelessly to deploy these systems in a way that is clinically relevant and that provides an opportunity to deliver transformative patient care,” said John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Health Services Business Unit, Siemens Healthcare. “These two customers, along with all the others that will attest to Meaningful Use, are proving that the type of health IT adoption that was envisioned as part of the CMS EHR Incentive Program is achievable. We applaud all those hospitals, health systems, and eligible providers who are taking these first dramatic steps.”
On Jan. 3, 2011, CMS officially opened registration for the EHR Incentive Program for hospitals and eligible providers (EPs). Over the course of a 90-day reporting period, hospitals and EPs collect data about compliance with various criteria that show the hospital or EP has met specific benchmarks (e.g., more than 30% of unique patients with at least one medication in their medication list seen by the EP or admitted to the eligible hospital’s or critical access hospital’s inpatient or emergency department have at least one medication order entered using CPOE). Those data are then submitted to the CMS EHR Incentive Portal for final review and determination that the hospital or EP has met Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria.
A Siemens customer since 2003, MedCentral Health System maintains 351 registered beds across two hospitals in the north-centralOhio area. The health system’s leaders are longtime proponents of a completely integrated approach that seamlessly blends clinical practice, medical imaging, and laboratory hardware.
Zynx Health, the market leader in providing evidence-based and experience-based clinical decision support solutions, today announced the successful implementation of ZynxOrder evidence-based order sets into the Riverside Health System electronic health record (EHR) system. Integration took place at the full hospital system consisting of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital and Riverside Regional Medical Center, facilitating standardization and increasing the efficiency of care while also enabling Riverside Health System to comply with “meaningful use” of EHR as established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
In 2005 Riverside Health System partnered with Zynx Health and leveraged ZynxOrder evidence-based order set templates to facilitate the standardization of their existing order sets. The facilities used the Zynx Health content management system and online collaboration tool to expedite the process of customizing the order set templates, soliciting and incorporating feedback and releasing and maintaining organization-wide order sets. Released as interactive PDF files available for use on their intranet, Riverside Health System gained physician adoption and effectiveness while the medical center prepared to go live with their CPOE system. Riverside Health System successfully went live with CPOE in November 2009 and, having already built the order sets using the Zynx Health online tools, was able to rapidly integrate the 177 standardized evidence-based order sets. This integration will facilitate the access of evidence at the bedside and improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care. [Read more…]