Today’s EHR and HIT News includes updates from M*Modal as well as news from Welch Allyn has announced the availability of two connectivity-ready electrocardiograph device. There is also news today from Samsung Electronics America has announced the appointment a Group Vice President for Health and Medical Equipment within its Enterprise Business Division. [Read more…]
SuccessEHS and Welch Allyn have announced the successful integration of four Welch Allyn devices with the SuccessEHS 6.1 EHR and Practice Management solution. The integration provides effortless data collection with data obtained by the integrated devices flowing directly into the patient’s electronic chart.
“The introduction of this connectivity furthers our mission to help clients achieve more results,” said Tiffani Collins, Director of Client Services at SuccessEHS. “Medical device integration allows our clients to improve performance by streamlining workflows, increasing productivity, reducing risk of error and eliminating manual documentation required to meet Meaningful Use.”
“By teaming with a leading healthcare technology company like SuccessEHS, we are able to provide more EHR-connectible devices than any other medical device manufacturer in the ambulatory care space,” said Garrison Gomez, director of Integrated Devices at Welch Allyn. “In doing so, we help [Read more…]
Today’s EHR and HIT news includes customer acquisition news from Welch Allyn, on their new relationship with St. Lukes Rehabilititation Institute. Additional customer acquisition news comes from Infor and their partnership with Edward Hospital and Health Services. Finally, today beings news that Logical Images has been selected by the Veterans Administration, who will be using their Mobile App and online resources. [Read more…]
Welch Allyn, a provider of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced it is partnering with Wavelength Information Services, Inc. (Wavelength) to offer its clients a unique service designed to ease the process of selecting and preparing for an electronic health record (EHR) system. Wavelength is a Maryland-based healthcare IT outsourcing and systems integration firm whose comprehensive range of programs and services include system implementation, integration, networking, optimization, project management, programming, custom reporting, education and knowledge transfer expertise. It is a sub-recipient partner of the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) Regional Extension Centers (REC) system.
Wavelength clients will be introduced to the EHR Prep-Select tool, customized for Wavelength by Welch Allyn. The program systematically guides physician practices through the complex EHR preparation and selection process by offering an optimal mix of expert consulting, an easy-to-follow, 10-step project plan, and an intuitive online tool that addresses the challenges associated with selecting an EHR vendor.
“Preparing for and selecting an EHR is a complex process full of unknown twists and turns,” said Jay Mangicaro, senior global category manager, Professional Services, at Welch Allyn. “The process is even more challenging for small primary care practices that are the focus of REC EHR adoption efforts. The Welch Allyn EHR Preparation and Selection program offers a proven, step-by-step, Web-based solution for this difficult project. By partnering with Welch Allyn for the customized EHR Prep-Select tool, Wavelength is able to not only provide primary care and specialty practices with this valuable selection service, but ultimately it will leverage Wavelength staff to help more practices achieve ‘meaningful use’ requirements and secure HITECH stimulus incentives.” [Read more…]
Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) that will offer the more than 11,000 members of this international organization a unique service designed to ease the process of selecting and preparing for an electronic health record (EHR) system. ASGE promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education.
ASGE members will be introduced to the new EHR Prep-Select™ service, a professional consulting program offered by Welch Allyn. The service systematically guides physician practices through the complex EHR preparation and selection process by offering an optimal mix of expert consulting, an easy-to-follow 10-step project plan, and an intuitive online tool that addresses the challenges associated with selecting an EHR vendor.
“Selecting and preparing for an EHR is a complex process full of unknown twists and turns,” said Jay Mangicaro, senior category manager, EHR Services, at Welch Allyn. “The Welch Allyn EHR Preparation and Selection program offers a comprehensive, yet simplified solution to the difficult selection process. We know that careful preparation and planning along with personal consultation is the key to success for an EHR transition. By partnering with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Welch Allyn is able to not only provide members with this valuable selection service, but ultimately it will help ASGE members achieve ‘meaningful use’ requirements and secure HITECH stimulus incentives.”
Welch Allyn will be collaborating with ASGE on several marketing initiatives to introduce and educate members on the value of the EHR Prep-Select service. ASGE members will be able to quickly find the program through their own website, which brings members to a partnered landing page provided by Welch Allyn. In addition, members referred to Welch Allyn by ASGE will be eligible for special pricing on all of the Welch Allyn EHR Prep-Select program services.
“The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy promotes excellence in physician practice management and operations,” said Glenn D. Littenberg, MD, chair of ASGE’s Practice Management Committee. “Through our partnership with Welch Allyn and its’ EHR Prep-Select program, member practices have access to a comprehensive tool that will help them successfully navigate EHR preparation, selection and business process transformation. This program is designed to take some of the fear out of the process for ASGE members and allow for a more streamlined transition from paper to electronic medical records.” [Read more…]
Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, announced it has found a way to significantly reduce vital signs documentation errors from acute care settings. By converging all aspects of vital signs documentation into one system, including patient data capture and wireless transfer to an EMR, medical charting and documentation errors are reduced thereby improving clinical decision-making and patient outcomes.
Without a digital solution such as this, studies have shown that 10,000 omission and/or transcription errors can occur per year for a typical 200-bed facility; 8,000 hours were wasted with manual vital sign documentation; and more than $250,000 was lost in productivity due to lack of access to vitals. The availability of an automated system that captures and wirelessly transmits patient data minimizes all of these issues.
The Welch Allyn Connex® Electronic Vitals Documentation (EVD) System provides clinicians in non-critical care settings with immediate access to accurate vital signs anytime, anywhere. It includes the Connex Vital Signs Monitor, Accessory Cable Management Stand, Connex VM Software, and the new Welch Allyn Partners in Care Services™ program that provides personalized support and installation.
“Every day there are challenges within acute care facilities, but these should not include inaccuracy of patient data, a lack of access to that data, or low efficiency with collecting vitals,” said Dave Perkins, senior category manager, Vital Signs, at Welch Allyn. “The Connex EVD System provides an end-to-end solution to these problems. It has multiple components to ensure satisfaction for not only the clinicians but also the patients who are now receiving more efficient care.”
Connex® Vital Sign Monitor 6000 Series
The Connex VSM (CVSM) is a full-color, touch screen device that acts as three devices in one—providing comprehensive patient documentation on a single display. This documentation includes automatic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and pulse oximetry; manual parameters such as respiration, height, weight and pain level; and modifiers such as body position, O2 therapy details and others. The CVSM also gives the clinician the ability to control alarms, patient data and monitoring in a customized manner for each patient, and they can document this data right on the device—eliminating the need to locate a PC and transcribe it later.
The CVSM also enables two-way wireless communication from the bedside. It associates ID numbers to names to help clinicians properly identify patients and allows them to customize which ID fields are required and how they’re displayed, including simultaneous display of multiple forms of ID. The wireless technology is built right into the system allowing the monitor to act as a true mobile device, and it works with current wireless networks to deliver up-to-date patient demographics.
The innovative design of the CVSM was developed in collaboration with global innovation firm Frog Design. It was created with a user-centered design process that ensured the ultimate combination of cutting edge technology, ease of use for clinicians, and efficiency for patients.
Connex® Vitals Management (VM) Software
Welch Allyn Connex VM Software is the backbone of the system that automates the vitals documentation process to eliminate manual steps and the errors that go with them. With Connex VM integrated into an EMR, users can document accurate patient data right from the bedside—giving clinicians instant access to patient data anytime, anywhere and allowing them to identify abnormal vital signs more quickly.
Accessory Cable Management Stand
The Accessory Cable Management Stand, with its unique accessory storage and cable routing system, is ergonomically designed for ease of use. All system components have their own compartment to allow quick identification and easy access. This helps clinicians keep everything neat and organized, so they can work efficiently and project confidence and professionalism when they interact with their patients. All supplies are on-board for convenience, and it’s designed for ease of cleaning to help minimize cross-contamination.
Partners in Care ServicesSM
To ensure satisfaction, the Connex EVD System includes the new Welch Allyn Partners in Care ServicesSM offering, a support service that assists the facility with complete installation and integration, operation support, software updates and many other service features. The service offers training to get facility staff up to speed and can also certify biomedical technicians online to enable them to perform system repairs and maintain equipment in-house.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, a 431-bed facility in Syracuse, New York, served as a beta test site for the company and saw immediate results after implementing the Connex EVD System. AnneMarie Czyz, MS, RN, chief nursing officer at St. Joseph’s, said they’ve experienced an enhanced documentation workflow to increase time spent with the patients and decrease the potential for errors and have achieved faster results—making the facility safer and more efficient.
“The Connex EVD System gave our facility tangible results that really maximized our EMR investment,” Czyz said. “It helped us not only meet regulatory standards but also the time spent documenting vitals decreased by about 50 percent and errors decreased by about 75 percent. This solution is making it possible to provide higher-quality patient care and safety, the way it should be.”
Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, today introduced its first professional consulting program, EHR (Electronic Health Record) Preparation and Selection Services. The program is designed to guide medical practices systematically through the complex process of EHR vendor selection. Studies have shown that physicians and their office staffs struggle with the process of selecting an EHR vendor and are fearful that the wrong choice may result in significant losses in revenue and productivity during the implementation process.
“The key to successful EHR selection is preparation, yet most medical practices have neither the time nor resources to properly prepare,” said Jay Mangicaro, senior category manager, Integrated Partners, at Welch Allyn. “Our new EHR Preparation and Selection Services program offers an optimal mix of expert
consulting, an easy-to-follow project plan, and an intuitive online tool that addresses the challenges associated with selecting an EHR vendor.” [Read more…]