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Population health management encompasses a range of activities aimed at improving outcomes and reducing costs for different groups of patients. To better understand how organizations are approaching population health management, eHealth Initiative surveyed provider organizations in 2015. The survey questions addressed how health information technology supports patient engagement, analytics, and care management.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

There’s no debate that achieving true interoperability in healthcare is a tall order. But current and emerging technologies — along with an overriding philosophy of openness where warranted — have healthcare organizations poised to deliver desired information to stakeholders of all sizes and capabilities.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

By Nancy J. Ham | Published by HealthITInteroperability

In the first part of this two part series, we outlined the three key components of a data-driven care management system for high-risk populations and took a close look at the first segment: population health analytics.  In this part we examine two other key components of holistic health management, and how to access the financial impact of CareManagement and Patient Engagement tools.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

By Nancy J. Ham And Madhavi Vemireddy | Published by hfma

With the shift to value-based models and the subsequent drive to improve care, reduce costs and increase patient satisfaction, the role of analytics has become more important than ever. Banner Health is regarded as one of the top health systems in the U.S. With 29 acute and critical access hospitals, more than 1,000 doctors, and $5.4 billion in revenue, Banner has mastered the art of transforming big data into analytics and insights, helping the organization reach its population health goals.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Data-driven care management for high-risk populations is usually discussed in terms of clinical outcomes, but the systems that drive these efforts can also improve financial outcomes. In fact, poor compliance with care management guidelines is estimated to cost the U.S. healthcare system $290 billion a year.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

By Nancy J. Ham And Madhavi Vemireddy | Published by hfma

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), the leading Health Information Exchange in Michigan, recently surpassed a goal to have 1,000 medical practices using its closed-loop Referrals application and will soon link 1,000 provider practices to the state's immunization registry. This growth comes on the heels of the recent announcement that GLHC has surpassed 1 billion health information transactions annually, making it one of only a few health information exchanges in the country to achieve this kind of volume.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Published by PR Newswire

The healthcare industry is rapidly moving toward value-based models that pay for quality of care rather than quantity of care. These new models require providers and healthcare organizations to shift their business to contracts that require them to share risk, but sharing risk also means sharing data. In order to be successful, organizations’ current technology for capturing and sharing heath data will need to change, as they will need to use both structured and unstructured data to meet the needs of an evolving health system.

Friday, June 12, 2015

By Brian Ahier | Published by AJMC, Managed Markets Network

In this webinar, Brian Ahier, Director of Standards and Government Affairs for Medicity, provides a short overview of the changing health care landscape and the role of the HIE in helping organizations move toward value based care models. He touches on the latest on Meaningful Use 3 and FHIR. From there, Dan Paoletti, CEO of Ohio Health Information Partnership, delves into the CliniSync story, providing an in-depth analysis of the organization’s journey to success.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

South Dakota’s state HIE has achieved notable levels of participation, including:

  • 150 organizations representing 2,200 providers using Direct services
  • 95 percent of hospitals and 75 percent of primary care clinics using Point of Care Exchange (querybased services)
  • First state in the nation to link with a local Veterans Affairs facility

Friday, June 5, 2015

Springfield, Illinois-based Lincoln Land Health Information Exchange (LLHIE) aims to help providers overcome these issues in the transition to value-based models. Formed in August 2011, LLHIE has more than 15 health care organizations across central Illinois participating in the HIE, including:

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Healthcare organizations should consider the potential for "softer" returns when determining whether to invest in clinical care technology. As the industry transitions from fee-for-service to value-based payment models, providers increasingly need technologies to help them achieve the Triple Aim: better population health, lower costs, and better patient experiences. With each new investment, it is critical to identify which technologies have the potential to deliver the most value over the short and long term.

Friday, May 29, 2015

By Nancy J. Ham | Published by hfma

Health Data Management interviews Nancy Ham, CEO of Medicity, to discuss how HIEs are dealing with rapid changes in the industry.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Published by Health Data Management
Population health technology at this year's HIMSS went well beyond the high-level categories of interoperability, analytics and management tools.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

By Brian Ahier | Published by Healthcare IT News
We all know that population health is at the forefront of our industry right now. Improving care, reducing costs and increasing patient satisfaction is everyone's goal. But all of this is impossible without leveraging the right data.

Monday, May 4, 2015

By Cheryl Cruver | Published by ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals

HITECH Answers interview with Brian Ahier, Director of Standards and Government Affairs for Medicity. On the interview, Brian discusses where the industry is going with Interoperability, Pop Health and Merit-basis Incentive Payment Systems (MIPs).

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Published by HITECH Answers

On March 20, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS and the ONC announced the release of the Stage 3 notice of proposed rule making for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. Learn more about the latest release by viewing our recorded webinar,  "Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rules: Focus on Requirements for Eligible Hospitals." Meaningful Use expert Jim Tate of EMR Advocate and national

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Direct secure message to foster innovation in the years ahead.

 Discussions about health care interoperability often focus on barriers and shortcomings, when in fact the current environment is performing reasonably well. While interoperability isn't yet where it needs to be, a great deal of meaningful exchange of health care data is happening today in ways that would have been impossible a few years ago. This points the way for gains to come.

Monday, April 13, 2015

By Brian Ahier | Published by Executive Insight

One of the key financial levers for a successful accountable care organization (ACO) is growing the patient population and then retaining those patients within the ACO network. Although most ACO leaders recognize that patients seek care out-of-network, many participating providers underestimate the extent of the problem. In reality, between 55 percent and 65 percent of patient care may fall outside the ACO network (see e-Care Management Blog, “Patient ‘Leakage’: Rethinking Two Field-of-Dreams Assumptions About ACOs,” June 27, 2011).

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

By Nancy J. Ham | Published by hmfa

A wide array of tools for capturing, sharing and using data will be on display in Chicago this month. Population health efforts are intensely data-driven. Attaining the goals of those efforts will require that we absolutely master the art of capturing data, sharing data and using data.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

By Brian Ahier | Published by Healthcare IT News

I’ve been in healthcare IT for an embarrassing number of years now, about 25. But I’ve always been focused on the same problem, which is, how do we move data in a way that empowers physicians to improve financial and clinical outcomes?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Published by HIStalk

Yvonne Hughes is on a mission to improve patient care through a regional health care information network. Hughes, CEO of COASTAL CONNECT HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE, has been working toward that goal since 2011, when Coastal Connect Inc., was launched. The Wilmington native loves her job and the opportunity to work and live in her hometown.


Friday, March 13, 2015

By Ken Little | Published by WILMA
CORHIO is starting to see a snowball effect with its HIE. The ability to access and communicate the right patient information, at the right time, in the right place, is critical. To illustrate this point, imagine an elderly woman, Betty, who lives alone and has two chronic medical conditions. She takes a number of medications and receives care from multiple specialists in addition to her primary care physician.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

By Nancy J. Ham | Published by Healthcare IT News

We have reached an inflection point in the history of health IT.

In the six years since it became law, the HITECH Act has done much to advance the use of health information technology. And although the process of collecting and sharing health data has not yet significantly impacted care costs or quality, it has laid an important foundation for us to move toward population health management.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

By Brian Ahier, Medicity | Published by Healthcare IT News

While the health information exchange market remains in a state of “persistent unpredictability,” there are pockets of EHR data interoperability around the U.S. But the last year saw a drop in regional connectivity.

That’s according to Black Book Research’s HIE stakeholder survey, which examines both the current state of the HIE market and users favorite HIE technology vendors.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By Tom Sullivan | Published by Healthcare IT News

The answer is a qualified ‘yes’—but, say those in the know, it will take business realism and a strong dose of ingenuity

Monday, January 26, 2015

By Mark Hagland | Published by Healthcare Informatics

As we look toward the future of Health Data Exchange, what have the current Certification and Testing Programs taught us? Join a leading panel of Health IT experts as we take a look at ways to ensure Continuous Interoperability as the next generation of technology platforms evolve. The panel discussed the benefits being delivered by the testing and certification efforts and the role of evolving standards like HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). What steps do we take now to ensure a Continuously Interoperable learning healthcare system for the future?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

There is growing interest in the health care information technology community in an emerging data exchange technology known as FHIR (pronounced “fire”).

FHIR, or Fast Health Interoperability Resources, is a proposed interoperability standard developed by the health care IT standards body known as HL7. Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing and retrieval of electronic health information.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

By Brian Ahier and Jean Doeringsfeld | Published by Government Health IT

It’s probably no surprise to any healthcare CFO that building high-quality relationships with clinical leaders improves care coordination and efficiency. All effective management teams are built on solid relationships and a unified culture. In healthcare, finance leaders need to be in step with clinical leaders, just as finance leaders are with key operational leaders in other industries. In manufacturing, for example, business operations are inexorably fused with the financials of the business.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

By Nancy J. Ham | Published by hmfa

Health IT interest, adoption and use saw big strides in 2014. But debate surrounding federal health IT initiatives, regulation and the future of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT also grew over the last year.

For the fourth year in a row, iHealthBeat asked a variety of stakeholders to weigh in on health IT progress, disappointments and hopes for the future.

Monday, January 5, 2015

By Kate Ackerman | Published by iHealthBeat

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving people in 20 states through 86 hospitals and 109 continuing care facilities, home health and hospice programs.

Why Trinity Chose the Medicity HISP

As part of Trinity’s attestation for MU2, the health system was required to implement a Secure Messaging solution to improve the exchange of information during transitions of care.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Intermountain Healthcare is a large integrated delivery system and internationally recognized nonprofit health system based in Salt Lake City serving the health care needs of Utah and southeastern Idaho residents. The system, which employs more than 33,000 people, includes 22 hospitals, a medical group with more than 185 physician clinics and an affiliated health insurance company.

Monday, December 15, 2014

DURATION: 1 hour

Join us for a very special roundtable led by Kevin Stambaugh, Director of Physician e-Services at Intermountain Healthcare, who discussed how the health system used the Medicity Exchange platform to support convenient, streamlined ordering capabilities.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Electronic health record adoption grew significantly in 2014, but stakeholders say the industry must make progress on interoperability in 2015.

In an iHealthBeat Audio Report by Deirdre Kennedy, experts discussed their health IT priorities for next year.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Published by iHealthBeat

DURATION: 1 hour and 30 minutes

The ONC is currently reviewing the draft Interoperability Roadmap for the post Meaningful Use era. As part of this review, the exchange of health data is being examined closely. While C-CDA exchange has accelerated as a result of meaningful use, there are problems with the current C-CDA, resulting in providers having to sort through too much data and in many cases, increasing rather than decreasing their burden.

Friday, November 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN – PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care market, announced today that enrollment is now available for its secure Integrated Direct Messaging tool.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Published by PointClickCare

In order to improve health care quality in a meaningful way, physicians must be empowered to make informed clinical decisions. This includes being promptly notified of changes to a patient’s health status and any new “care events.” A care event could include the patient receiving care from a specialist, being seen in an emergency department or admitted to a hospital and then discharged to home or to another facility.

Friday, October 10, 2014

By David Palkoner | Published by Healthcare IT News

In an ideal world, providers from different healthcare organizations would have the people, processes and technology to work collaboratively and efficiently to smoothly transition a patient from one care setting to another. The reality is that many of them are not able to effectively coordinate care transitions, and that is taking a heavy toll on both healthcare economics and patient health.

Friday, October 10, 2014

By Nancy Ham | Published by Becker's Hospital Review

DURATION: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Through the annual data exchange survey, eHealth Initiative has tracked the growth and progress of data exchange efforts across the United States. In this webinar they share the findings from the 2014 survey. An expert panel of health information exchange representatives also shared their thoughts on the results and discussed how the findings relate to their experiences building and maintaining a data exchange.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes adherence to data processing standards and compliance with security infrastructure, integrity and trusted identity requirements

Friday, October 3, 2014

A top-of-the-line sports car can’t run well without an equally robust engine. Similarly, an electronic health record (EHR) is only as good as the technology that allows data to travel smoothly, quickly and securely. But while mobility—and adaptability to mobile devices—is a key consideration among health care organization leaders when evaluating EHRs, less attention has been given to the importance of mobile health information exchange (HIE).

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

By David Palkoner | Published by mHIMSS

Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), the statewide health information exchange network that electronically connects Georgia hospitals, physicians and clinicians to safely and securely exchange patient health information, today announced an upgrade to its GeorgiaDirect product to include access to the DirectTrust Community. GeorgiaDirect now connects with a national network of providers and facilities—all members of the DirectTrust Community—that have agreed to adhere to specific policies to ensure the secure exchange of clinical data.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Medicity, a leading provider of integrated workflow solutions for network-enabled population health management, has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Promising Technology Companies in 2014” by CIOReview Magazine.

The Medicity platform was selected based on its innovative approach to integrated data exchange and transformation of clinical, financial and operations strategies.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Branded as CliniSync, the HIE, powered by Medicity, has contracted with 141 hospitals and their employed physicians throughout 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties. More than 2,000 independent physicians are also participating in the network, and that number continues to rise.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Validation allows customers to easily participate in national interoperability

Medicity, the leading provider of integrated workflow solutions for network-enabled population health, has announced it was the first vendor to be recognized as an eHealth Exchange Validated System, and in June, Medicity® Network™ v7 was the first product to be deemed eHealth Exchange validated. This validation will significantly reduce the level of effort and cost to Medicity customers who want to participate in the eHealth Exchange in the future.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As the healthcare industry moves toward value-based reimbursement models and programs such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive take hold, the need for health information exchange (HIE) to securely share data is becoming essential. However, many health systems are not doing much to maximize the full benefits of an HIE. To understand how healthcare organizations can get the most value from HIE technology today, it is important to understand the evolution of secure data exchange.

Monday, August 11, 2014

By Brian Ahier, Ashish Shah | Published by ADVANCE

New collaboration to improve data sharing value for clients

Medicity, a leading provider of integrated workflow solutions for network-enabled population health management, announced a strategic collaboration with athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) to advance clinical content sharing across their combined network of more than 300,000 health care providers.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A growing number of hospitals, physician practices and health systems have implemented electronic health records (EHRs) to comply with Meaningful Use guidelines, receiving incentive payments to help defray the expense. However, there are no Meaningful Use incentives or requirements for long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities, which has resulted in slower adoption and limited connections to the care ecosystem.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The health care industry is currently on two parallel tracks: Maintaining the legacy of fee-for-service while embracing the emergence of value-based programs. This environment has created many obstacles to interoperability and health information exchange (HIE). Organizations deeply entrenched in a fee-for-service business model may still be maintaining a “data hoarding” mindset. Providers may also be struggling to maintain unique processes, systems and workflow to support these two models. As a result, they are hesitant to fully embrace new technical, operational and clinical practices.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

By Brian Ahier | Published by Government Health IT

In my years as a technology executive, I typically met with hospital CFOs at some point in the sales cycle to discuss “the numbers”—the cost of implementing the particular population health management product and its associated ROI. When I went to meet with the CFO of a leading hospital in Indiana, one day a few years ago, I assumed he’d want to discuss those things. Instead, he asked me to open my laptop.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

By Nancy Ham | Published by hfma

DURATION: 1 hour 

Did you know that there is opportunity to mitigate risk, improve compliance and optimize reimbursement during periods where patients are transitioning between care settings? The presence of a primary care provider during transitions is critical. However, studies indicate that less than half of hospitals routinely notify PCPs when patients enter the ED. In fact:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do you think you have all the interoperability criteria to meet current and future stages of the EHR Incentive Programs? A new study published in JAMIA found that most providers don’t. The study concluded that providers likely are lacking critical capabilities. It found that some EHR systems still don’t exchange data correctly using Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA), which may prevent providers from receiving future Meaningful Use (MU) incentives.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Brian Ahier | Published by HIStalk

Many of today’s transitions of care programs are labor- and resource-intensive. Newer technologies offer a means to improve efficiency, optimize the efforts of clinicians and reduce readmissions. Physicians are already taking on additional tasks as a result of new quality initiatives. The volume of information they touch and manage can be overwhelming—including discharge summaries and patient records.

Friday, July 11, 2014

By David Palkoner | Published by Managed Heathcare Executive

Healtheway, the non-profit, public-private collaborative that supports the eHealth Exchange, today announced that Medicity and Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) are the first of two product vendors to successfully complete eHealth Exchange Product Testing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DURATION: 1 hour 

Meaningful Use (MU) only goes so far. It is a foundation that requires innovation to effect change. This webinar focuses on leveraging certification and conformance testing related to MU and interoperability over the next decade for the real end goal — ACO enablement and a platform for population health tools. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It is no surprise that disparate systems and siloes of clinical data place burdens on organizations that are pursuing greater clinical integration and value-based care opportunities. While using an electronic health record (EHR) system is a step in the right direction, this approach alone does not completely address the technological barriers that inhibit care coordination and population health management.

Monday, June 9, 2014

By David Palkoner | Published by Executive Insight

In 2012, more than 95 million passengers passed through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest in the world. On a clear day, 120 airplanes fly in and out every hour. The airport handled 930,000 take offs and landings in 2012. Can you imagine if each airline, pilot and airport department had its own unique communication platform? The system simply couldn’t function and we as consumers wouldn’t tolerate the chaos and risk to safety.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

By Mark Bertolini | Published by Forbes

A physician orders a lab test but cannot receive results back directly in the practice’s electronic health record (EHR). A patient sees a specialist who quickly schedules surgery without the knowledge of the primary care provider. These are the challenges our industry must solve in order to effectively transition into value-based reimbursement models.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

By Ashish Shah, Brian Ahier | Published by Government Health IT

In the five years since the HITECH Act brought funding for public health information exchanges, the technology and the organizations that offer it have seen a varied evolution. Today, HIE as a whole is at a crossroads, with much of the public funding running out, but health data exchange services are more important than ever.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

By Anthony Brino | Published by Government Health IT

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has been moving forward on numerous fronts. Already, more than 1,900 office-based providers, 47 hospitals, and 126 long-term and post-acute care facilities are now connected to each other via the Denver-based health information exchange (HIE). What’s more, CORHIO was one of 16 HIEs in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain States announcing in February that they were coming together as the Mid-States Consortium of Health Information Organizations.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Mark Hagland | Published by Healthcare Informatics

Historically, health information exchange (HIE) implied the tactical, the plumbing and pipes that enable movement of health-related information among organizations according to national standards. Today an HIE network is a strategic asset vital to population health management.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

By Nancy Ham | Published by HIStalk

The new report "Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) Market by Setup Types (Public & Private), Vendors (Web Portal & Platform), Implementation Models (Centralized, Federated, & Hybrid), Application (Interfacing, Secure Messaging) - Global Trends & Forecast to 2018", analyzes and studies the major market drivers, restraints, and opportunities in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Rest of the World. This report studies the global HIE market over the forecast period of 2013 to 2018.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Published by PR Newswire

The health system created and funded its own HIE, Carolinas HealthCare System CareConnect, and selected Medicity to fulfill those needs. Today, CareConnect enables secure data sharing among:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Healtheway announced the formation of Carequality, a new initiative dedicated to accelerating progress in health data exchange among multi-platform networks, healthcare providers, electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) vendors. Carequality is an open, transparent and inclusive industry-driven effort that will convene stakeholders and facilitate industry consensus to develop and maintain a standards-based interoperability framework that enables information exchange between and among networks.

Monday, February 24, 2014

DURATION: 1 hour 

Increasingly, new payment and care delivery models are encouraging healthcare providers who typically have not worked together to form collaborative clinician networks to manage the health of a shared patient population. Electronic data exchange, including the sharing of a wide range of patient, clinical, financial and administrative information, is critical to supporting these new models and to optimize health outcomes for patients while maximizing revenue for providers.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Officially launched in 2009, CCHIE serves a diverse population in eastern North Carolina. A significant portion of the 1.4 million patient records on the exchange represent a population that is under-insured or lacking insurance altogether. The footprint of the exchange includes 247 unaffiliated provider practices representing over 800 physicians in 11 counties. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Designated in 2010 as the state of Colorado’s entity for administering statewide HIE, CORHIO immediately began building a system that allows care providers to securely access patient health information—an important step toward delivering more efficient, higher quality care.

CORHIO knew it would need to focus on three distinct areas to build a successful HIE network:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The organization began as a project of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and became an independent entity in July 2005. VITL operates as a public-private partnership with diverse stakeholders that include health plans, hospitals, physicians, other healthcare providers, state government, employers, and consumers.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

DURATION: 1 hour 

On Dec. 12, 2013, the industry’s leading health data exchange experts discussed Meaningful Use Stage 2 and its impact on electronic data exchange technology. Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program will require healthcare providers to securely exchange clinical information with other healthcare providers and patients, and will have a significant impact on the advancement and implementation of electronic data exchange technology. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ohio's CliniSync Health Information Exchange today announced the signing of Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz as well as Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, bringing the number of Ohio hospitals in the CliniSync statewide health information exchange (HIE) to 101.

Monday, September 9, 2013

More than 1,000 physicians in 422 practices across Michigan have joined Michigan Health Connect (MHC) and are using Medicity’s iNexx Referrals app to automate health care referrals for patients. The process helps deliver pertinent patient information quickly, completely and securely.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rush-Copley Medical Center, a 210-bed hospital in the metro Chicago area, announced today that it selected Medicity health information exchange (HIE) technology to facilitate affiliated physicians’ access to clinical results and reports.

Thursday, February 2, 2012