June 12, 2015, 12:23 pm

CMS Publishes Final Rule for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations will soon have more flexibility, thanks to a final rule that is expected to help maintain provider participation in Medicare’s incentive program.

“The Medicare Shared Savings Program will offer a new track to take on more financial risk of patient care, and it will allow Medicare ACOs to avoid penalties beyond the initial three-year term,” Modern Healthcare reports.

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June 12, 2015, 12:20 pm

MEDITECH Receives the 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership

MEDITECH was recently recognized by Frost & Sullivan, a market research and consulting firm, with the 2015 Sub-Saharan Africa Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership.

The press release states that Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality, gaining rapid acceptance in the market. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.

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June 9, 2015, 5:47 pm

EHR Integration Challenges of Connecting Medical Devices

The process of upgrading medical devices in inpatient settings presents new opportunities for integrating numerous data points into hospital EHR technology as well as challenges.

When Halifax Regional Medical Center undertook the task of replacing its vital sign monitors, the organization came to understand all the components that must go into making medical device EHR integration successful.

Driving by its nurses, the 204-bed community hospital set about looking at and evaluating a variety of vital sign monitors, a decision that led to setting up a new wireless network. “We wanted wireless and talked to different vendors to make sure that our wireless network matched theirs,” Robert Gordon, Director of Information Systems for Halifax Regional Medical Center, tells HealthITInteroperability.com.

Read the article at HealthITInteroperability.com.

June 9, 2015, 11:36 am

healthsystemCIO.com: Ed Grogan, VP & CIO, Calvert Health System, Chapter 3

In the current health system landscape, where organizations just keep growing, Calvert Health System is considered to be quite small. But it’s a “mouse that roars,” according to CIO Ed Grogan, who has spent the past 12 years leading Calvert’s transformation from a small hospital to a dynamic health system. In this interview, he talks about the Maryland eCare initiative and partnerships that have expanded Calvert’s reach and helped improve care for patients across the state. He also discusses the organization’s comprehensive EHR-selection process — and why they ultimately chose Meditech; their work with CRISP, including plans to implement a “Magic button” for physicians; the importance of team chemistry; and his “passion for technology integration.”

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

  • Best-of-breed affiliation strategy
  • Staff retention — “Success energizes people.”
  • Learning “team chemistry” from Coach K
  • Participative meetings
  • 21 years with Inova — “I wore a number of hats there.”
  • A passion for technology integration
  • Riding The mHealth wave

Read more or listen to the podcast at healthsystemCIO.com.

June 4, 2015, 12:27 pm

healthsystemCIO.com: Ed Grogan, VP & CIO, Calvert Health System, Chapter 2

In the current health system landscape, where organizations just keep growing, Calvert Health System is considered to be quite small. But it’s a “mouse that roars,” according to CIO Ed Grogan, who has spent the past 12 years leading Calvert’s transformation from a small hospital to a dynamic health system. In this interview, he talks about the Maryland eCare initiative and partnerships that have expanded Calvert’s reach and helped improve care for patients across the state. He also discusses the organization’s comprehensive EHR-selection process — and why they ultimately chose Meditech; their work with CRISP, including plans to implement a “Magic button” for physicians; the importance of team chemistry; and his “passion for technology integration.”

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

  • NextGen’s community HIE
  • Attesting to MU 2 (acute in 2014, ambulatory in 2015)
  • Push & pull methods of data exchange
  • CRISP’s magic button to give docs “a broader scale of information.”
  • Patient-centered medical homes: “It’s not just high tech; it’s high touch.”
  • Maryland eCare
  • “We’re the mouse that roars”

Read more or listen to the podcast.

June 3, 2015, 9:56 am

Halifax Regional Medical Center Enhances Care and Creates Efficiencies with Medical Device Integration from Iatric Systems

Halifax Regional Medical Center reports streamlined workflows and enhanced patient care after working with Iatric Systems, Inc., a comprehensive healthcare IT integration company, to integrate Welch Allyn and Nihon Kohden medical devices with its electronic health record (EHR) in various hospital areas. With Iatric Systems Accelero Connect® in place, patient vital signs are automatically captured and integrated into the medical chart, reducing the chance for transcription errors and further improving patient safety.

Halifax Regional, located in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, uses Accelero Connect in several departments, including the ICU and med/surge areas, as well as the progressive care, joint care and psych units.

Read the complete press release.

June 3, 2015, 8:54 am

MEDITECH Customers See 5 Stars from New CMS Survey

Consumers research product reviews and customer satisfaction ratings when shopping for goods and services — why should healthcare be any different?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is making it easier for patients to explore their healthcare options with a new five-star quality rating, based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results.

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June 2, 2015, 6:51 pm

MEDITECH and Centennial-MIT Appointed for NHS Shared Business Services Framework

MEDITECH affiliate Centennial-MIT, which has supplied the MEDITECH Electronic Patient  Record (EPR) in the United Kingdom for 30 years, has been appointed as a supplier on the recently launched NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) framework. “As a long-time supplier of healthcare solutions in the UK and Ireland, we are well versed in helping healthcare organisations achieve their goals by providing patient-centered electronic health records,” says Helen Waters, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MEDITECH. “We are thrilled to be part of the new framework and look forward to the positive impact it will have on the procurement process.”

The framework provides NHS Trusts with the opportunity to save significant time and resources as they procure electronic health systems—important savings as Trusts seek to meet the NHS’ challenge to become paperless by 2018. As a shared business services model, the framework allows NHS Trusts and other public organisations to procure healthcare clinical information systems in a more cost-effective and efficient manner, providing an alternative to what has often been a lengthy and resource-intensive procurement process.

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June 2, 2015, 9:43 am

Permian Regional Medical Center to Connect Rural Clinics with MEDITECH’s Web EHR

A customer since 2002, Permian Regional Medical Center (Andrews, TX) is set to implement MEDITECH’s new 6.1 Web Ambulatory EHR. The 44-bed facility located in West Texas has MEDITECH installed across all healthcare facilities, including their Rural Healthcare Clinics and Home Health offices.

“The physicians really like the widget concept,” says Sandra Cox, CFO at Permian. “With the Web Based Ambulatory EHR, you can customize what you want to see, when you want to see it. This removes the need to switch back and forth from screen to screen—a huge timesaver.”

The Web Ambulatory EHR will be a key component of the medical center’s Quick Care Clinic. Centered on Main Street, it’s a place where patients can get a quick fix for colds, viruses, and other ailments. The clinic treats an average of 600-800 patients a month and is a vital part of the local community.

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May 29, 2015, 11:44 am

Good Shepherd Community Hospital Gets On Board with Web Ambulatory

Good Shepherd Community Hospital (Hermiston, OR) is set to implement MEDITECH’s new 6.1 Web Ambulatory EHR. A MEDITECH customer for 15 years, the 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) has a proud history of providing quality care to its rural community.

With MEDITECH’s new Web Ambulatory product, physicians and clinicians will have a single clinical, billing, and sign-on solution to meet their evolving needs, so they can continue to deliver the best care possible to their community—right from any browser.

Learn more at meditech.com.