It wouldn’t be funny if it weren’t so true.
Medicomp Systems has announced the release of Quippe, its latest innovation to support usability of clinical systems at the point of care as a browser-based clinical documentation software development kit (SDK) available for licensing by electronic medical record system developers.
Quippe is highly customizable, optimized for use on the Apple iPad™ and other mobile devices, and conforms to the way doctors think. It utilizes Medicomp’s patented Intelligent Prompting® technology to provide instant access to clinical information relevant to a patient’s conditions and history, automatically.
Doctors were given hands-on use when Quippe was unveiled at the HIMSS convention in February. Response was overwhelmingly positive. We reviewed Quippe after seeing it demonstrated, calling it the coolest thing we saw at HIMSS 11.
Others provided their thoughts at HIMSS 11 as well. “I’ll borrow from what I heard another doctor say, this technology is a real ‘game-changer’ in the world of healthcare IT,” said Dr. Gregg Alexander, Madison Pediatrics and director of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Pediatric Office of the Future.”
“Every single provider I spoke to asked the same two questions, 1) how soon can I get it?, and
2) is it really as easy as it looks here?,” said Dr. Jay Anders, MED3000.
Like all Medicomp products, Quippe is powered by the MEDCIN Engine, a proven knowledge engine that adapts to the unique clinical presentation of each patient and provides enterprises with codes needed for Meaningful Use compliance and reimbursement.
“Quippe represents the largest redesign of our tools in the past 10 years. This invention utilizes cutting edge browser technology to enable a level of usability that was previously thought impossible,” said Peter Goltra of Medicomp Systems.
eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that the State of Hawaii, Public Safety Department has selected eClinicalWorks electronic medical records (EMR) system to help manage care at its seven correctional facilities, which are located on four islands. Using eClinicalWorks will allow the department to streamline operations and improve the quality of care provided through its reporting capabilities and the ability to share data between the facilities. This will help in the continuity of care for its approximately 4,200 inmates within the State.
“Facilitating care across multiple islands creates a unique challenge,” said Wes Mun for the State of Hawaii Public Safety Department. “When we decided to adopt an EMR system, we looked for one that would make this information sharing process seamless and allow us to use technology to improve the quality of correctional health care. eClinicalWorks offers that with a comprehensive solution that is easy to customize as well as use.”
Using eClinicalWorks EMR will aid the State of Hawaii in streamlining processes and promoting improved patient care in its correctional facilities. The system will also permit providers to utilize chronic and preventative care measures, including those that are unique to this setting such as suicide watch alerts, etc. The eClinicalWorks EMR will also provide intake screening process flows and a behavioral health module.
“eClinicalWorks offers technologies that improve clinical outcomes for a variety of settings,” said Girish Kumar Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “Our successful implementation experience with correctional facilities, including Rikers Island, makes us a logical solution for this type of facility. We are honored to have been selected by the State of Hawaii, Department of Public Safety.”
WebPT, a Web-based electronic medical records system (EMR) for physical therapists, is prominently taking the position as the fastest growing EMR for PTs. The company saw strong growth in Q3, nearly 30 percent, and has even stronger projections for Q4. As more therapy clinics adopt EMR systems, the need for a truly Web-based, easy, and complete physical therapy documentation software is higher than ever.
Since its launch just three years ago, WebPT has grown to nearly 5,000 users at 750 clinics and has a retention rate of over 99 percent. The company anticipates it will close 2010 with 300 percent total growth over last year. Its fast growth and recognition in the PT industry is a testament to the strong need for physical therapy software that is designed specifically for therapy practices, which allows PTs to document sessions anywhere they are from their mobile technology.
“Transitioning to EMR systems is at the top of every PTs’ mind and until recently, this has been a stressful, expensive undertaking. We have made the transition to digital documentation significantly easier, more affordable, and mobile, so PTs can create records and view patient information securely from anywhere,” said Heidi Jannenga, PT, MPT, co-founder and chief operating officer for WebPT. “When we look at the numbers, it’s thrilling to see this kind of growth, but also validating. This market deserved the opportunity to jump on the Web-based software bandwagon and we’re happy to be the one in the driver’s seat.”
Kenji Carp, PT, OCS, ATC of Cooperative Performance & Rehabilitation in Eugene, Oregon has been using WebPT for nearly two-years and most recently on his iPad. “I spend a good amount of time outside of the clinic so being able to pull up exercise flow sheets and record exercises instantly on a small, hand-held device like an iPad is a huge benefit. It saves me the time previously spent sitting in the clinic after sessions, and also leads to better accuracy since everything I document is done instantly and not hours later.”
WebPT’s own metrics show that hundreds of PTs are now using iPads during sessions in place of laptops. Sophisticated electronic documentation couldn’t be this easy without a truly Web-based platform. An estimated 80 percent of PTs still use paper documentation, but all of them are required to transition to PT EMR systems by 2014, presenting a significant market opportunity for WebPT.
WebPT is a fully integrated, SaaS (software-as-a-service) EMR system that includes intuitive documentation, scheduling, practice management, and billing tools. Because of its Web-based platform that was designed with the specific workflow of physical therapists in mind, WebPT can improve compliance, expedite claims processing, eliminate certain IT costs, and improve overall documentation processes that hinder profits.
Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. a provider of document workflow solutions for hospitals, today announced that a medical facility located in the Midwestern region of the U.S. has entered into a seven year contract for Streamline Health’s accessANYware hosted document workflow solutions integrated with the enterprise electronic medical record (EMR) system of Streamline Health’s largest remarketing partner. The total value of the contract is estimated to exceed $800,000 with implementation expected to be complete in the third calendar quarter of 2011.
Through this integrated solution, the medical facility looks to improve operational efficiencies, redefine patient care and provide a complete view of the electronic record across the continuum of care. Streamline Health will assist the acute care facility by providing convenient electronic access, including secure web-based access, to all forms of patient information anytime, anywhere. The use of Streamline Health’s enterprise solutions will lead to improvements in regulatory compliance, reduction in operating costs, as well as enhancements in the coordination of care.
“We are pleased to deliver integrated solutions offering improvements in operational efficiencies to enhance patient care,” saidJ. Brian Patsy, president and CEO of Streamline Health. “The seamless integrated workflow solutions will offer the medical facility a flexible, automated process that increases productivity and reduces costs.”
Mr. Patsy continued, “We are particularly pleased with the traction that we are gaining in our sales and marketing efforts to this point in the fiscal year. We are approaching the lower end of our sales goal for the entire year while still operating in our third fiscal quarter. We hope to finish the year on a strong note.” [Read more…]
SRS, the leader in high-performance hybrid EMRs, today announced that Sandhills Pediatrics has selected the SRS hybrid EMR for its 14 providers. Sandhills Pediatrics has four offices in the greater Columbia, South Carolina, area and has served the community’s families since 1975.
“I see 38-45 patients a day, so I wanted an EMR that would easily adapt to my workflow and not hinder the pace of my schedule,” says Kevin O. Wessinger, M.D., Sandhills Pediatrics. “The SRS hybrid EMR allows me to practice the way I like, while eliminating the gross inefficiencies of a paper-centric office. Implementation was smooth—we didn’t have to compromise our productivity at all, even during the first few days!”
“The stopwatch doesn’t lie. During our EMR selection process, we looked at several traditional, point-and-click systems and a free online EMR,” says Ken Fenchel, Practice Administrator, Sandhills Pediatrics. “We timed how long it takes to perform common workflow tasks with each EMR and realized that SRS is the easiest and fastest by far. The higher level of productivity is critical to our physicians’ ability to provide quality care to our high volume of patients.” [Read more…]
SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EMR technology and services for high-performance, specialty practices today announced that OA Centers for Orthopaedics has selected the SRS hybrid EMR for its 41 high-performance specialists. With headquarters in Portland, Maine and satellite centers in Windham and Saco, OA conducts 80,000 patient visits per year, making them the busiest orthopaedic practice in the state.
“SRS clearly recognizes the value of our physicians’ time,” says Benjamin Huffard, MD, OA Centers for Orthopaedics. “The SRS hybrid EMR will help us increase revenue and reduce overhead right from the start.”
“After ten years of research, and consideration of the local health system’s EMR, we finally found the right EMR solution for our practice,” says John Wipfler, CEO, OA Centers for Orthopaedics. “Although we seriously considered the SRS offer of a no-cost pilot program, we are so confident in the experiences of their many orthopaedic clients that we decided there was no reason to postpone practice-wide implementation.”
SRS was designed with direct input by its high-performance physicians to provide them with a system that fits their needs, helps them to work more efficiently, and enables them to achieve a rapid return on their investment. SRS has built the largest national network of high-performance practices that successfully use an EMR and attributes its unmatched adoption rate to ease of use, fast implementation, and an accelerated timeframe for training physicians and office staff. [Read more…]
CSC today announced the CSC Meaningful Use Community, the first open and interactive online community for healthcare providers seeking to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR). The community will provide an open forum for healthcare professionals to learn, connect and share guidance with others who have successfully implemented meaningful use of EHRs. Members also have access to CSC experts and other industry leaders for advice and information about the federal government’s criteria and insights on how to implement meaningful use of EHRs in a timely manner. To join the CSC Meaningful Use Community, visit: https://community.csc.com/community/meaningful_use.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), hospitals will begin to qualify for payments from Medicare and Medicaid starting in October 2010 for the successful implementation and effective use of EHRs. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released final rules on the EHR incentive plan on July 13, and the incentive payments are substantial: a typical 275-bed hospital would be eligible for approximately $6 million. Hospitals that do not meet federal guidelines by 2015 face reductions in Medicare reimbursement.
“CSC is transforming healthcare with better information for better decisions and we are pleased to host an online, interactive and user-friendly forum devoted to meaningful use to help our nation’s hospitals deliver the highest quality of care and achieve the benefits from the meaningful use of electronic health records,” said Mark Roman, president of CSC’s Healthcare Group. “Now that the finalized standards have been released, hospitals have only months to demonstrate meaningful use. There is a massive need within this growing industry for accurate, up-to-date information and best practices, and the CSC Meaningful Use Community is a great resource for healthcare professionals looking for answers.”
“Amidst a quickly changing healthcare landscape, it is clear that the industry needs a reliable and constantly updated source of information,” said Shelli Williamson, executive director of Scottsdale Institute. “CSC’s Meaningful Use Community is a way for the industry to stay abreast, communicate with each other and learn about how to meet meaningful use standards within tight timeframes for incentive payments.”
“Information sharing is critical in helping the healthcare industry quickly and meaningfully adopt electronic health records,” said Judy Hanover, research manager with IDC Health Insights. “Accurate and timely information will help providers to implement EHRs appropriately and in time to qualify for meaningful use incentives. CSC’s Meaningful Use Community is providing a place for the industry to come together, exchange ideas, and learn from experts and peers.”
The CSC Meaningful Use Community is powered by Jive, CSC alliance partner and social business leader. In June 2010, CSC and Jive announced that CSC is a launch partner for Jive Apps Market and that CSC will market and sell Jive Social Business Software (SBS) across its lines of business.
To get involved in the CSC Meaningful Use Community:
1. Create: Make your profile as informative as possible. Upload a profile photo or avatar and include any associations, certifications and areas of expertise in the profile to encourage community interaction.
2. Engage: Check out existing discussions to see what others are talking about and connect with other healthcare professionals.
3. Participate: Ask an expert a question, post a response to a question and discuss a topic of interest with the entire community.
4. Learn: The more involved you are, the more you will learn. Take advantage of the wealth of information, content and experts existing in the community.
CSC’s Healthcare Group — which serves healthcare providers, health plans, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and allied industries around the world — is a global leader in transforming the healthcare industry through the effective use of information to improve healthcare outcomes, decision-making and operating efficiency.
CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include system design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support and management consulting. The company has been recognized as a leader in the industry, including being named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for Information Technology Services (2010). Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 94,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.1 billion for the 12 months ended April 2, 2010. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.csc.com.
SRS, a leader in high-performance hybrid EMRs, today announced that Coastal Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. has selected the SRS hybrid EMR for its 14 musculoskeletal provider specialists. With offices in Conway and Surfside Beach, Coastal Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. is one of the largest musculoskeletal practices in northeastern South Carolina.
“We wanted an EMR that would increase our productivity, while allowing us to continually improve the quality of care and level of service we provide our patients,” says J. Stewart Haskin, Jr., M.D., Coastal Orthopaedics, P.A. “The SRS hybrid EMR will help us streamline our day-to-day workflow processes and respond to patient inquiries in a more timely fashion, and—unlike point-and-click EMRs—it will enhance, rather than interfere with, physician workflow and the doctor-patient relationship. We look forward to realizing tremendous benefits with SRS.” [Read more…]
Electronic medical record software is becoming an essential part of modern healthcare systems and patient care. EMRs help simplify scheduling and recordkeeping, reduce medical errors and streamline the prescription process. After closely reviewing a variety of software systems, Medicalsoftware.com has chosen to partner with MedAppz to cross-promote their services and products, creating this unique offer. “This partnership will help medical practitioners make a stress free transition, as Medicalsoftware.com will integrate MedAppz EMR software in existing medical practices. Medicalsoftware.com provides the preloaded EMR software free, along with 60 hours of training,” says Marc Haberman, CEO, www.medicalsoftware.com.
MedAppz provides a user-friendly, intuitive system, and was developed by physicians for physicians. This software improves the delivery of health care to patients and minimizes the challenges of day-to-day operations. Compatible with all PCs, the MedAppz EHR Platform is easily accessible from any Internet connection or browser, and the various applications can also be customized to meet the unique needs of each facility. [Read more…]