The National E-Health Transition Authority of Australia has named Peter Fleming the NEHTA’s news chief executive. Fleming will leave his position as general manager technology at National Australia Bank to take over NEHTA on September 29.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is joining forces with Microsoft HealthVault to offer a new way to safely exchange medical records and other health data. The affiliation follows an earlier commitment to offer a similar service through Google Health.
The Health Level Seven (HL7) Board of Directors has named seven new members to serve on its Advisory Council: Michael Fitzmaurice, senior science advisor for information technology, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Harry L. Reynolds, vice president of the HIPAA & Information Compliance Office at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Helga Rippen; Nina M. Schwenk, vice president of the Mayo Clinic, chair of the Information Technology Committee and consultant with General Internal Medicine; Jeremy Thorp, director of business requirements for NHS Connecting for Health; John Tooker, executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American College of Physicians; and Charlene S. Underwood, director of Government and Industry Affairs at Siemens Medical Solutions.
MDdatacor has announced that CMS has approved the company as a vendor for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). MDdatacor will automate the collection and submission of clinical information for CMS, relieving the administrative burden of having to hand-write data collection worksheets or manually enter data into a registry system. MDdatacor’s patented and interoperable CareInformatix technology collects clinical data from physician practices’ existing electronic medical record, practice management, lab and registry systems, regardless of vendor, as well as from transcribed notes. Specifically, MDdatacor will submit quality measures data on behalf of providers to CMS as part of the organization’s Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) for 2008. PQRI is a voluntary pay-for-reporting program designed to improve the quality of patient care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The program provides payment of up to 1.5% of the total allowed charges for covered Medicare physician fee schedule services to eligible health care professionals who successfully report PQRI quality measures.
MedHelp has announced a partnership with The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Starting immediately, specialists from The Mount Sinai Medical Center will answer questions on a variety of health topics, on the MedHelp website. The service is provided free of charge. This partnership brings expert physicians from The Mount Sinai Medical Center, which ranks in 11 specialties in U.S. News's 2008 publication of America's Best Hospitals, to MedHelp's online health community, the largest in the world with over 5.5 million unique visitors each month. MedHelp's site connects visitors with each other and to the best doctors in the world to get high quality medical information and share health-related experiences.
Surgical Information Systems (SIS) has been chosen as the perioperative software provider for MetroSouth Medical Center (MSMC), a 410-bed acute-care hospital located in Blue Island, Illinois. MetroSouth Medical Center is the new name of the former St. Francis Hospital, which was acquired by MSMC Investors in a transaction completed in July of 2008. MSMC management evaluated several perioperative systems and identified the SIS Solution as a system that would enable them to attain significant operational turnaround for the facility. SIS Rules-Based Charging (RBC), an HFMA Peer Reviewed financial system, factored heavily in the decision.
Nueterra Healthcare (Leawood, Kan.) has implemented McKesson solutions in three community hospitals that it is building. Nueterra selected the Paragon community health care information system (HIS) to provide integrated, comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) and financial management systems for each hospital, and the Horizon Medical Imaging picture archiving and communications system (PACS) to provide electronic access to medical images and reports. The three hospitals in Great Bend, Kan.; McKinney, Texas; and Fremont, Calif., are the first community hospitals to be developed and managed by Nueterra.
Manhattan Research just released its annual Top Pharma Product Site list from the ePharma Physician study. Diabetes treatment brand sites from Januvia, Actos, Byetta, and Avandia are among the top pharmaceutical product websites in terms of primary care physician visitation. Other product websites in the top 10 include Chantix, Gardasil, Actonel, Vytorin, Amitiza, and Aciphex.
Physician leaders and clinic administrators across the Puget Sound region are now privately reviewing draft results measuring key types of care provided to patients, such as diabetes, heart disease, depression and now asthma. The results, when finalized, will be available to the public in the Community Checkup report published by the Puget Sound Health Alliance. The Alliance expects to release the next Community Checkup report in November. The Alliance's first Community Checkup report, published in January of 2008, showed results for 14 medical groups and their 81 clinic locations in King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. This next report is expected to include results for about 45 medical groups and more than 200 clinic locations in the same five counties.
Kryptiq has acquired Secure Network Solutions. Secure Network Solutions brings key administrative workflows to Kryptiq’s Connect IQ Platform, including automated appointment reminders, waitlist management, and electronic billing statements. Secure Network Solutions’ technology is integrated with 4 leading practice management systems. When combined with Kryptiq’s existing portfolio, these solutions will enable providers to better meet the needs of their customers by streamlining many administrative tasks.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced the 2008 recipients of the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Public Health Award of Excellence at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Public Health Information Network Conference (PHIN) in late August. The two public health recipients recognized are: Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority, Cherokee, NC, and New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, NJ. The HIMSS Davies Public Health Award recognizes the impact of information technology and information management on improving the health of a defined population. Applicants must show enhanced care of the overall population, such as a public health department that routinely uses data from its health IT system for more effective care delivery by establishing additional clinics or issuing multi-language alert. Any federal, state, local, tribal, or non-profit public health program can apply for the award. Size of the system does not matter, but the impacted community must be clearly evident and described by geographic area, socioeconomic group, or other applicable factors.
Technology Group International (TGI) and Panorama Consulting Group and holding a joint educational Webinar offering tips and techniques for successfully organizing and managing ERP software selection projects in the small to medium business market. This free Webinar titled, "ERP Software: Failing to Plan Means Planning to Fail," will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The sixty-minute session will cover a complete industry definition of ERP software, how to perform a self-evaluation to determine if your organization needs new business software, and more. To register for the free online Webinar, please visit www.tgiltd.com/webinars.html.
Midmark Diagnostics Group’s (MDG) IQmark digital diagnostics products now interface directly with and are certified for use with the Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution. MDG and Allscripts have partnered to offer the most robust interface possible between MDG’s IQmark’s Digital ECG, Digital Spirometer, EZ Holter and Advanced Holter and Allscripts to optimize connectivity and workflow for health care providers. MDG connects to Allscripts through the company’s Universal Application Integrator (UAI), an innovative application that enables certified third-party vendors to quickly and easily connect their best-of-breed medical devices and software applications to Electronic Health Record solutions from Allscripts. Additionally, MDG offers functionality beyond the standard UAI interface, providing physicians streamlined diagnostic workflow and increased efficiency in their practices. This robust interface optimizes workflow as well as offering additional capabilities such as review, editing and serial comparison all within one unified interface.