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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

DURATION: 1 hour

Overview

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

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

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

Medicity has worked with Trinity since 2010, providing electronic orders and results delivery, clinical summary exchange, closed loop referrals management capabilities and a Secure Messaging solution (using Direct protocol) to improve the exchange of information during transitions of care and meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU2) requirements. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Regulatory policies have prompted greater use of core health information exchange (HIE) services. Since Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements have been enacted, many hospitals have implemented notification systems for better care transitions, Direct, secure messaging, exchange of lab results and public health reporting. According to a 2014 Survey on Health Data Exchange, most hospitals surveyed report that access to external organization data is a challenge and that interoperability continues to be an obstacle as organizations work to integrate with multiple EHR vendors.

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

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

eHealth Initiative presented its key findings from their 11th annual survey of health data exchange on October 8, 2014 via webinar to over 230 participants.

Friday, October 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

The Ohio Health Information Partnership, an industry-leading nonprofit organization, supports 141 hospitals and their physician employees, plus more than 2,000 independent physicians spanning 77 counties. In launching its HIE initiative, CliniSync, the Partnership needed technical and strategic guidance in building a technology infrastructure that would support the diverse workflows and systems of a wide variety of community care providers. Read how Medicity solutions helped the Partnership facilitate clinical document delivery and clinical data exchange across Ohio and beyond. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Validation allows customers to easily participate in national interoperability

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

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

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) understands that long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities are slower to adopt EHR technology which limits their ability to connect electronically to the state’s health care ecosystem. CORHIO wanted the functionality necessary to connect Colorado’s LTPAC providers to its HIE network. Read how Medicity solutions helped CORHIO give LTPACs the ability to view the clinical history of patients and securely send and receive clinical information and summaries using a web-based clinician portal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) — the largest integrated delivery network in the Carolinas — is a health information exchange (HIE) pioneer. With a diverse network of over 40 hospitals and more than 900 care locations, CHS needed to deploy an innovative, future-proof technology that would enable secure data sharing between hospitals, independent physicians and HIEs. Read how Medicity solutions helped CHS successfully create a clinical exchange network and community health record that supports the seamless coordination of care.

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

Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange (CCHIE) is a nonprofit electronic information network with a footprint that encompasses 1.4 million patient records and 247 unaffiliated practices reaching more than 800 providers across 11 counties. CCHIE’s provider participants began to express overwhelming interest in the availability of technology that could send alerts when their patients received care in other settings. Read how Medicity solutions helped CCHIE integrate its network with disparate EHR and HIE systems and deliver patient alerts directly to providers. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership committed to improving health care for all Coloradans through the deployment of a health information exchange (HIE). CORHIO wanted to build an open, flexible and sophisticated HIE technology that would give hospitals, long-term care facilities and providers located around the state a single point of access for securely and quickly exchanging patient health information.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) is the state’s designated entity responsible for managing the health information exchange (HIE) and championing EHR system adoption. As the burgeoning network began to expand, VITL needed technical assistance in meeting its growing technology needs. Read how Medicity solutions helped VITL build out a robust, bi-directional HIE that integrated directly with the EHR systems of hospitals, ACOs and physician practices located throughout Virginia.

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