Healthland Recognized for Contribution to Rural Hospitals and Success as a Small Business
Healthland, America’s market leader of healthcare information technology solutions for rural hospitals, today announced it has been named a 2012 Honoree for its success and accomplishments as a Minnesota Small Business. Twin Cities Business will honor Healthland at a special event later this week. Healthland is among ten small businesses to receive the award in Twin Cities Business’ 10th annual event.
In the January edition of Twin Cities Business, Healthland is highlighted as an organization working to automate technology for small hospitals in rural communities in an effort to keep them independent so they are able to continue to deliver high quality, cost effective and timely patient care to people in their communities.
“I am pleased Twin Cities Business contacted us to be part of their small business success stories because it will help shed a light on the importance of access to quality healthcare in rural America,” said Angie Franks, Healthland president and CEO. “Although it is nice to be recognized for our work as a Minnesota small business, it is even more important to increase awareness of the essential services rural hospitals provide to their communities each and every day. Often times, these hospitals are the lifeblood of a community, both from a healthcare perspective and an economic perspective. Without a hospital, many small towns simply can’t make it.”
Healthland works to provide healthcare IT for hospitals in the rural environment, including Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) solutions. Healthcare providers must now utilize this technology to meet government regulations, as well as to increase productivity, decrease cost and improve the quality of healthcare for their patients. Healthland provides the only solution that coordinates all patient data in one complete EHR for rural hospitals.
“Healthland’s solution is designed for the rural healthcare provider with the workflows and specific tools we need to be successful,” said Karla Hall, Faulkton Clinical Manager and Healthland client. “With Healthland, we have quick and easy access to patient data and preventative care tools that allow us to provide more proactive care in our community.”
“It’s a common story with Healthland clients,” added Franks. “The fact that our solutions help improve the quality of healthcare in rural communities is both humbling and incredibly rewarding.”
In addition to improving business processes for rural hospitals, Healthland currently employs over 300 professionals nationwide with over 100 positions in Minnesota. The healthcare IT provider is also experiencing impressive financial growth.
CHITREC Awards SA Ignite Contract to Ease Providers’ Path to EHR Meaningful Use
SA Ignite, Inc., a provider of software solutions that streamline and automate the “last mile” to reaching Meaningful Use (MU) of electronic health records (EHR), and the Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC) today announced a strategic partnership.
CHITREC, a collaboration between Northwestern University and the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services, will utilize SA Ignite’s MU Assistant®, dubbed the EHR Meaningful Use “TurboTax® equivalent” for its ability to automate clients’ MU reporting and achieve one-click electronic attestation to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs offering up to $63,750 per provider, CHITREC has a grant to support 1,486 eligible primary care providers as they adopt, implement and achieve Meaningful Use of EHRs. CHITREC is expanding its services to assist additional primary care providers and specialty practices.
Tom Lee, PhD, CEO and Founder of Chicago-based SA Ignite, became interested in Meaningful Use while helping CHITREC write its REC grant. Dr. Lee and the team at CHITREC have been working together in one form or fashion since 2009 and share a passion for both the value EHRs provide to the healthcare system and a deep belief that the data captured across populations will be the cornerstone of healthcare progress and efficiency for the foreseeable future.
“It is a real thrill to come full circle with CHITREC. The seed of the idea for MU Assistant was sown when I worked at Northwestern University’s world-class institution, and now, three years later, to have CHITREC choose SA Ignite as a partner is a nice milestone in our company’s continued growth,” Lee said.
CHITREC marks the third REC to contract with SA Ignite. Among other milestones, SA Ignite recently signed agreements with Intermountain Health Care, GW Medical Faculty Associates, Quincy Medical Group and The Franciscan Hammond Clinic.
St. Anthony’s Medical Center Selects Capsule Tech
Capsule Tech, Inc., the leading provider of medical device connectivity solutions, today announced that St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri, will implement Capsule products in multiple care areas of the hospital. St. Anthony’s will roll out Capsule’s Neuron™ touch-screen bedside connectivity platform to anesthesia machines in the hospital’s Operating Rooms (OR) and Labor and Delivery C-section suites. Additionally, Capsule will be implemented in the Gastro-Intestinal (GI) lab where Capsule’s terminal servers will be used to integrate patient monitors in six GI procedure rooms and a single portable GI system. The goal of the implementation is to automate the flow of patient data directly into St. Anthony’s Epic EMR system to improve documentation and patient care.
“Medical device integration is a rapidly growing, critical investment for hospitals as they strive to connect EMRs with a variety of medical devices from a single care unit to across the enterprise”
Capsule offers a variety of flexible and scalable connectivity solutions designed to fit the needs of virtually any healthcare organization. Featuring a truly vendor-neutral design, Capsule’s medical device integration (MDI) solutions enable connectivity of virtually any medical device to virtually any EMR system and allow hospitals to choose their type and scope of project. At their core is Capsule’s proprietary DataCaptor™ connectivity software. Proven and tested in over 1,100 implementations, DataCaptor manages the communication between medical devices and their clinical information systems. Data can be collected continuously in acute-care settings, or periodically in lower acuity, multi-patient environments. DataCaptor software is deployed through software on a PC, terminal server and/or bedside hardware such as the Capsule Neuron. Implementations range from single departments to multi-facilities, and in some cases, even system-wide deployment at hundreds of hospitals in a single network.
“Medical device integration is a rapidly growing, critical investment for hospitals as they strive to connect EMRs with a variety of medical devices from a single care unit to across the enterprise,” said Stuart Long, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Capsule Tech. “We look forward to helping St. Anthony’s increase efficiency and will continue to support its efforts to provide high levels of care to its patients.”