Meraz Nasir, director of technology services at Pompton Plains, N.J.-based Chilton Hospital, discussed how his hospital went about implementing single sign-on technology. In this Q&A, he covers why his organization decided to implement single sign-on, how the implementation went, and shares some of the lessons he learned throughout the process.
When did your organization make the commitment to implement single sign-on technology?
Meraz Nasir: When we came on board in 2011, Meditech['s single sign-on product] had already been implemented in the ED [emergency department] and one of the team’s charters was to complete the entire electronic medical record deployment. I was prepared for a certain degree of pushback from the clinical community, as they were not happy with the workflow disruptions that were being caused by all the passwords they needed to access their patients’ information. Dr. [Richard] Weinberg, our CMO [chief medical officer], had exposure to SSO [single sign-on] at his previous hospital and had been impressed with the way it improved productivity. He considered it a “clinician satisfier” and we saw it as a way to speed the adoption of EMRs [electronic medical records] here at Chilton Hospital.
As amazing as it may seem, the 2013 International MUSE conference is once again just around the corner — quite literally for those in the Baltimore/Washington area. I’m looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and also many new ones as we gather near the nation’s capital to network around healthcare’s hottest issues. With a jam packed schedule focusing on relevant topics like: Meaningful Use, patient safety, patient privacy, patient engagement, and Health Information Exchange to name a few, this is probably not the year to miss as we really have a lot to talk about!
This year, Iatric Systems will be found at booth #501. We will be represented by a wide variety of subject matter experts ready to strike up a conversation around the key topics, and in particular, how we can help health systems meet these challenges. In addition, our team will be presenting several educational sessions around the topics of patient privacy, patient engagement, and Health Information Exchange. Of course, Joe Cocuzzo will also be presenting his annual Report Designer and NPR Report Writer Tips and Tricks.
While health information exchanges (HIEs) provide an array of services to healthcare organizations and providers, none of these is possible without first dealing with the lack of EHR interoperability. The ability to interoperate with EHR systems from different vendors that may or may not being using similar standards isn’t something that can be taken too lightly, including successful HIEs such as Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE).
“I absolutely don’t mean to make it sound easy because all of the challenges that you’ve probably heard about if you have been talking to people are just as true in Indiana as they are anywhere else,” says John Kansky, VP of Strategy & Planning at IHIE. “You’re constantly trying to standardize your end and the government is trying to standardize the whole industry, but you’re having to react to changes in standards.”
See MEDITECH’s disease management tools in action at the upcoming American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting.
If you’re a clinician or part of an oncology team, be sure to visit us in the EHR Vendor Lab at booth #5006, during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, May 31 – June 4 in Chicago, Illinois.
Has your MEDITECH hospital deferred one or two public health interfaces to Stage 2? If so, this blog post will provide you with resources to help you get the answers you need for connecting your MEDITECH system to public health agencies and registries.
In Stage 2 Meaningful Use, all three Public Health Interfaces are required Core Objectives, and you must establish live data transmissions. Iatric Systems has worked with State public health agencies in 26 states, and with this knowledge we’ve put together an educational guide just for MEDITECH hospitals to help avoid many of the false starts and errors that are common in this process.
MEDITECH’s Client/Server Electronic Health Record version 5.66 receives ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group for 2014 Edition.
MEDITECH Client/Server Electronic Health Record Version 5.66 has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. This EHR software is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology – a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. health care providers.
MEDITECH’s customers reach new heights in a Meaningful Use CMS pilot.
MEDITECH is happy to announce that four of our customers—Grand View Hospital (Sellersville, PA), Northfield Hospital (Northfield, MN), Major Hospital (Shelbyville, IN), and Morgan Hospital and Medical Center (Martinsville, IN)—were successful participants in the CMS 2012 EHR Reporting Pilot. This pilot is a voluntary reporting initiative to fulfill the CQM objective for the EHR Incentive Program, and the hospitals involved are helping vendors pioneer the electronic reporting of CQMs.