Today’s EHR and HIT news includes a customer update from Allscripts as well as two instances of partnership news. The first between CareCloud and ZocDoc and the second between Codonics and Intelligent Hospital Systems.
Baylor Health Care System upgrades to Allscripts Sunrise 6.1 Electronic Health Record system
Baylor Health Care System, which following a 2013 merger is now part of the new Baylor Scott & White Health, has successfully upgraded to Allscripts Sunrise Clinicals 6.1, an integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution, certified in accordance with the 2014 certification criteria supporting the Meaningful Use Stage 2 measures, that supports the organization’s vision of being the most trusted name in giving and receiving safe, quality, compassionate health care.
Allscripts Sunrise Clinicals 6.1 is an advanced clinical information solution that integrates inpatient and ambulatory care through a single, enterprise-wide EHR.
Allscripts Sunrise Clinicals 6.1 was made generally available in June of this year. This release is certified in accordance with both the 2011/2012 and 2014 certification criteria supporting Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2 measures. With significant functional enhancements, Sunrise Clinicals 6.1 is also designed to help clinicians manage the complexity of ICD-10.
“The successful Allscripts Sunrise Clinicals 6.1 upgrade places our organization in a good position for the next stages of our health information technology development, including Meaningful Use Stage 2,” said Dr Joseph Schneider, Chief Medical Information Officer at Baylor Health Care System.
Allscripts has the second-most Meaningful Use attestations among healthcare information technology (HIT) vendors from 2011-2013, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
“The Baylor Information team performed unprecedented testing and scenario planning for the Allscripts Sunrise upgrade,” said Dr. Rosemary Luquire, Chief Nursing Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health North Texas. “This exceptional preparation led to a shorter downtime with an upgrade that will improve system performance and functionality.”
“Congratulations to all at Baylor on completing the upgrade to Allscripts Sunrise Clinicals 6.1,” said Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. “Sunrise Clinicals 6.1 will facilitate Meaningful Use 2 certification, and with increased power and functionality will support Baylor Health Care System as it drives positive outcomes and delivers the best possible care for patients.”
CareCloud and ZocDoc Announce Partnership to Address Growing Challenges Facing U.S. Physician Practices and their Patients
CareCloud, the fastest-growing provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, and ZocDoc, a service that helps patients receive faster access to care and optimizes doctors’ schedules, today announced a partnership in which ZocDoc will fully integrate into CareCloud’s platform via APIs. As a result, CareCloud practices using ZocDoc will have a more seamless experience in allowing patients to instantly book appointments online via ZocDoc.com or the free ZocDoc mobile apps. This new capability, available in the coming months, will help these two leading services’ joint clients achieve greater efficiency and revenue, while ultimately improving their patients’ experience and access to care.
This partnership addresses a few growing concerns, the first of which is regarding a potential shortage of available physicians in coming years, exacerbated by the arrival of millions of newly insured patients associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The May 2013 Practice Profitability Index (PPI), which surveyed more than 5,000 U.S. physician practices regarding issues impacting the financial and operational health of their practices, revealed that 48% of participating physicians lack the resources to accept these new patients created under the ACA.
In addition to new challenges brought about by the ACA, physicians are frustrated with an increasingly fragmented health IT landscape, and they are demanding more integrated solutions to address their practices’ needs. Health technology companies have an opportunity to collaborate and provide a more dynamic and unified experience for their clients, delivering support that enables physicians to successfully run their practices and focus on providing quality care for their patients.
“Physician practices across the country are under acute financial pressure due to declining reimbursement and evolving government mandates, leaving many concerned about their ability to accommodate patients as millions of newly insured Americans enter the healthcare system,” said Albert Santalo, CEO and Chairman of CareCloud. “Our partnership with ZocDoc exemplifies our strategy of opening our platform to work with the most innovative healthcare IT and non-healthcare companies alike to deliver practical, cloud-based solutions that enhance patient engagement and ultimately support the financial health of clients’ businesses.”
As an innovator in cloud-based practice management, EHR, and revenue cycle management for medical groups, CareCloud delivers easy-to-use software solutions to increase profitability and productivity for physician practices. CareCloud’s platform powers over 3,700 providers in 47 states, supporting more than 5.5 million unique patients.
“Our clients tell us that a robust integration of best-in-class software is increasingly crucial for their practices, and good for their patients,” said ZocDoc founder & COO Oliver Kharraz MD. “These savvy providers want these services – which they consider essential for their practices – to work together seamlessly. This partnership with CareCloud reflects our dedication to delivering the interoperability that they require.”
ZocDoc houses the nation’s largest real-time database of available doctors’ appointments, and more than 4 million patients use ZocDoc each month to find a nearby, in-network doctor and instantly book appointments online. This free service for patients is live in more than 1,900 cities, covering 40 percent of the U.S. population. Appointments made on ZocDoc have grown more than 200% year over year, and patients have booked more than 1,000 different types of procedures on ZocDoc to date.
In October 2013, ZocDoc released the results of its first annual Digital Doctor Survey, exploring how physicians plan to engage with various technologies over the coming year. The Digital Doctor Survey found that the vast majority of physicians surveyed have implemented a practice management system in their office. Data from the survey also indicated that these physicians are looking to deploy new technology that will not only allow them to optimize their practice’s overall workflow but better engage patients.
The integration between CareCloud and ZocDoc addresses this growing market trend and is a result of both companies’ modern, cloud-based experience and dedication to delivering critical and innovative functionality into the healthcare marketplace quickly and more easily.
Codonics and Intelligent Hospital Systems Partner to Increase Patient Safety
Codonics, a global leader in patient safety, medical imaging and information management solutions, today announced its partnership with Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems), a medical device company focused on the design and development of automated solutions for hospital environments. IH Systems will offer Codonics Safe Label System SLS 500i as an option with its RIVA automated IV compounding system to provide customers with comprehensive barcode medication labeling. Using the system, syringes and IV medications prepared by hospital pharmacies will include a Joint Commission-compliant, full-color label that will increase patient safety in operating rooms and post-anesthesia care units.
Codonics SLS labels are Joint Commission-compliant and color-coded according to American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) defined drug classifications. Every medication label produced by the system includes a 2D barcode, allowing for pre-administration verification with the anesthesia record and electronic record (EMR) to document the anesthesia report.
“Safe Label System was designed to increase patient safety and reduce the element of human error,” said Peter Botten, president and CEO of Codonics. “The partnership between Codonics and IH Systems enables healthcare providers to significantly enhance medication safety and regulatory compliance for all syringe and IV medications prepared in pharmacy. Together we are creating an industry-leading approach for medication safety and helping to control outsourced prefill syringe costs.”
Used in combination, SLS and RIVA will enable a hospital pharmacy to produce full-color, compliant labels for injectable and intravenous medications used in anesthesiology, helping to ensure that the right medication is administered to the right patient prior to, during and after surgery.
“The use of the Codonics labeling system in conjunction with RIVA has allowed Mission Hospitals to produce color-coded anesthesia syringes consistent with the American Society of Anesthesiologists recommendations,” said Tracy Wilson, Pharmacy Senior Operations Manager. “Without Codonics system, we would not have obtained buy-in from our anesthesia group. The color-coding of syringes adds a level of patient safety that is paramount when practicing anesthesiology.”
“RIVA was designed to eliminate human error and contamination in the pharmacy medication compounding process,” said Dr. Niels Erik Hansen, president and CEO of IH Systems. “The addition of SLS labels to RIVA’s built-in labeling system adds another level of safety by reducing the risk of mistakes in the delivery and administration of IV medications to vulnerable patients in the OR and post-anesthesia settings.”