- Saves 20-25 minutes per procedure every time an insurer requires a narrative with the report.
- Special LABORIE template automatically inserts standardized Urology comments for the various results, and all comments can be customized by each provider.
- Greater number of data points stored per report that is ideal for retrospective analysis
- Eliminates transcriptionist time, reducing a direct expense and improving physician quality of life.
- Report is available immediately instead of days later, if transcribing.
- CPT code selection assistance is provided, and billing information is entered automatically.
- ICD codes are selected automatically.
SRS, the leader in high-performance hybrid EMR solutions, today announced that Eye Associates of Colorado Springs, P.C., has increased physician productivity with the SRS high-performance hybrid EMR. Eye Associates of Colorado Springs has been providing exceptional medical and surgical eye care to the Colorado Springs area for over thirty-five years.
“Our physicians experience a high volume of patient visits on a daily basis, so it was imperative to find a robust EMR solution focused on physician productivity,” says Dean Carlson, M.D., Eye Associates of Colorado Springs. “The SRS hybrid EMR is easy to use and provides us the cutting-edge tools that increase workflow efficiencies throughout our practice.”
“SRS delivered all the EMR functionality we need to consistently provide excellent patient care and service, yet the implementation was effortless,” says Jim Barad, M.D., Eye Associates of Colorado Springs. “I didn’t realize how productive the SRS hybrid EMR really is—I thought I’d have to reduce my volume on the day we went live, but I didn’t.” [Read more…]
Kool Smiles received top honors for its “Thin-Client EHR Initiative,” with national recognition as one of InfoWorld’s Top 100 IT Projects of 2009. Led by Chief Technical Architect, Mark Blomquist, Kool Smiles built a Wyse-based thin-client infrastructure to support the electronic health records systems at 13 new dental offices across the United States. With this roll-out now complete, Kool Smiles has implemented electronic health records across its entire network of providers in 15 states.
“Every year, the InfoWorld 100 Awards celebrate 100 IT organizations that have implemented and integrated technologies in innovative ways in pursuit of concrete business goals,” wrote InfoWorld’s Jason Snyder about the annual awards listing. “These 100 real-world projects stand as proof that striking a new path in IT can reap deep organizational rewards.” [Read more…]
The Certification Commission today announced the first group of products certified under its two new programs – CCHIT Certified® 2011 Comprehensive, and Preliminary ARRA 2011 – launched on October 7, 2009. Both programs inspect electronic health record (EHR) technology for the first time against proposed Federal standards to support providers in qualifying for 2011-2012 incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
“The ARRA incentives have the potential to significantly accelerate adoption of EHR technology by office-based physicians, other eligible providers and hospitals,” said Alisa Ray, the Commission’s executive director. “These first four health IT companies, demonstrating their compliance with the proposed Federal standards, are now able to offer certified products to providers who wish to purchase and implement EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives. We’ve had about 25 applications in our 2011 programs and inspections are continuing. Look for additional announcements from these early applicants in the upcoming days and weeks.” [Read more…]
eHealth Made EASY LLC’s Version 3, an electronic medical reporting product, was acknowledged today by the recognized certifying body for Electronic Health Record systems as “Preliminary ARRA 2011 Certified for CMS Quality Reporting required to support that 2011-2012 Meaningful Use Objective for Hospitals and Eligible Providers under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” (ARRA) for financial incentives to adopt Health Information Technology.
The preliminary ARRA standard supporting a “Meaningful Use Objective” for which eHealth Made EASY Version 3 has the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology’s (CCHIT®’s) Preliminary ARRA certification is: CMS Quality Reporting for Hospitals and CMS Quality Reporting for Eligible Providers.
The eHealth Made EASY product is the first to receive Quality Reporting certification for both Hospitals and Eligible Providers by the Chicago-based CCHIT, a highly respected, independent, not-for-profit commission.
George Blumenthal, eHealth Made EASY’s Founder and CEO, said: “We’re delighted and honored to be in the very first group of organizations receiving Preliminary ARRA Certification by CCHIT for products for use by Hospitals and other Eligible Healthcare Providers seeking to earn their share of the $40 billion of incentives provided by ARRA.”
“In my opinion,” Mr. Blumenthal added, “The deployment of EMRs is the facilitating mechanism for a tectonic shift in improving the quality of healthcare through evidence-based medicine while ‘bending the curve’ in the rate of growth of healthcare costs which are strangling our country.”
Free Use of eHealth Made EASY PQRI Registry
Mr. Blumenthal also announced today that to facilitate this rapid transformation to EMR technology, the Company is offering eligible providers free use of the eHealth Made EASY PQRI Registry. In addition, Mr. Blumenthal is providing academic institutions with the free use of this product as a teaching tool so that they may receive teaching grants pursuant to the November 23, 2009 ARRA announcement (EP-HIT-10-001) issued by the Office of the National Coordinator.
Mr. Blumenthal said he believes that eHealth Made EASY is the “cumulative distillation of my business experiences over the past 30 years,” which dates back to his founding of Cellular Communications, Inc. – an original awardee of cellular telephone licenses in the United States and Italy. He adds, “As cellular revolutionized the connectivity among the worldwide population, internet-based EMRs will revolutionize the connectivity among healthcare providers.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Kaiser Permanente today announced an exciting program designed to improve care and services to our Nation’s heroes. VA and Kaiser Permanente are launching a pilot program to exchange electronic health record (EHR) information using the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) created by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“The ability to share critical health information is essential to interoperability,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki. “Utilizing the NHIN’s standards and network will allow organizations like VA and the Department of Defense to partner with private sector health care providers to promote better, faster and safer care for Veterans.”
This week, VA and Kaiser Permanente will send a joint letter to Veterans in the San Diego area who receive care from both institutions, to invite Veterans to participate in this first-ever pilot program. Veterans, who respond and ask to participate, will enable their public and private sector health care providers and doctors to share specific health information electronically, safely, securely and privately. This initial pilot is planned to begin in mid-December 2009. [Read more…]
InSite One, Inc, the industry’s leading provider of medical data archiving and disaster recovery managed services, announces the creation of the first nationwide Health Information Exchange (HIE) spanning over 600 healthcare institutions across the United States. InSite One currently manages more than three-billion medical documents comprising over thirty-nine million medical imaging procedures and other medical data in the nation’s largest unified medical archive. This archive currently contains patient data from over five percent of the US population.
By leveraging industry leading technology and infrastructure, InSite One is delivering the first national multi-enterprise, multimedia HIE. InSite One’s customers will be able to utilize this new technology to meet the patient data exchange requirements of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This industry leading HIE capability is being launched at the RSNA 2009 (Radiology Society of North America) convention in Chicago which begins November 30. The new services provide for cross-enterprise sharing features that support the exchange of medical data between disparate clinical systems within a hospital as well as between hospitals within an HIE. This managed solution provides inherent business continuance capability critical as healthcare moves to all digital solutions. The service delivers an industry validated technology solution set with proof statements in implementation of large scale projects. [Read more…]
Tech Data Corporation, a leading IT products distributor, has announced that its new Healthcare Specialized Business Unit (SBU) will connect resellers and leading hardware and software producers to the rising demand for IT solutions throughout the healthcare industry. Forecasted budget increases for government-funded healthcare providers and incentives for healthcare IT modernization created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) make this vertical market a key driver for technology spending in 2010.
“Healthcare IT is a top priority for Tech Data,” said Tech Data Senior Vice President, U.S. Marketing Joe Quaglia. “We’ve put our leading market intelligence and data mining capabilities to work and identified a select group of resellers closest to the nation’s small doctor’s offices, clinics and hospitals. Through our Healthcare SBU, we’re partnering with leading hardware and software vendors to provide these resellers with the specialized solutions, services and expert resources they need to take full advantage of the rising demand for healthcare IT.” [Read more…]
Speaking at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology addressed the need for information technology to improve patient care across the “complex and difficult” spectrum of the US healthcare system.
Dr. Blumenthal’s keynote address, presented at the Health Information Exchange Summit in coordination with the Canadian Consulate in Philadelphia and the Eastern Technology Council, focused on resolutions related to Health Information Technology from the Office of the National Coordinator’s Policy Committee. Primary among the issues related to adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for all physicians and patients by 2014, Dr. Blumenthal spent a large portion of his 40 minute speech on achieving “meaningful use” from Electronic Medical Records.
Citing advisory committee findings and the need to improve patient care, Dr. Blumenthal indicated that a definition of “meaningful use” EMR should be in place by the end of 2009. Following will be a 60 day comment period and a period of reconsiderations leading to a final definition of meaningful use. [Read more…]
Health information technology (HIT) is the fastest growing segment of the $1 trillion global health care marketplace—and its “impressive” 11 per cent combined annual growth rate is likely to continue through 2013, according to a Scientia Advisors global industry review released today.
But, in order to remain competitive, the study found, companies must factor in government incentives, new clinical decision-making and electronic health record requirements, as well as emerging competitors and markets in Asia and elsewhere in the developing world.
Scientia Advisors, based in Cambridge, MA and Palo Alto, CA, is a global management consulting firm specializing in growth strategies for major and emerging companies.
“Historically, therapeutics and medical devices have captured more than 90 per cent of worldwide healthcare product sales,” said Harry Glorikian, Scientia Advisors’ managing partner.
“But with declining marginal benefits from new interventional products and greater emphasis on appropriate use of existing interventions, we project accelerating HIT-related sales.” By 2013, indications are that HIT sales will grow from four per cent of the worldwide health care products market to five per cent—representing a 25% increase in HIT’s market share.
Key trends and growth drivers:
- In the next few years, the study found, most incremental HIT-related revenues will be captured in North America—especially in the US, the study found. But faster growth elsewhere, most notably in China and India, will present substantial opportunity, long term.
- HIT expenditures in the US will be heavily weighted toward in-and outpatient electronic health records (EHR) at the expense of specialty/departmental information systems and other capital investments
- Leading players with large installed bases, proven products and streamlined routes to meaningful use of EHRs are likely to gain share.
- Lower risk, lower cost approaches such as remote hosting may become popular for certain small hospitals. In the current economic climate, HIT companies will lend hospitals the capital required to finance IT investments.
- Clinical decision support systems (CDSS) will likely have a profound impact on clinical diagnostics and therapeutics.
- Over the long term, disruptive innovations such as open source software and “software as a service” could lead to dramatically lower pricing.
The review also assessed: HIT’s likely impact on “front” and “back office systems,” clinical testing, diagnostics and pharmacies; how government mandates in North American, Germany, Norway, the UK, China and Australia will affect worldwide HIT opportunity; how the US stimulus bill will impact EHR, CDSS and the adoption of HIT by hospitals of various sizes; and the consequences of CDSS for healthcare market participants.
The review, funded by Scientia itself, was based on extensive primary and secondary research and proprietary analytic methods. “Our studies allow us to provide strategic advice that is deeper, more defensible and more expansive than that offered elsewhere,” Glorikian said. “We are pleased to share our insights with clients and prospective clients and to discuss companies’ strategic planning needs.”
The review is available for download from Scientia’s Web site at www.scientiaadv.com.