Centennial-MIT,Clinical and Digital Information Systems (CDIS) Framework,Meditech,NHS London Procurement Partnership

MEDITECH and Centennial-MIT named to UK clinical and digital information systems (CDIS) framework

MEDITECH’s integrated solution is now available on the UK’s recently launched Clinical and Digital Information Systems (CDIS) Framework, as MEDITECH’s longtime partner Centennial-MIT has been appointed as a supplier. The solution is available on the acute, community and paediatric lots of the CDIS Framework.

“We are thrilled to be part of this new framework,” says Gina Kerley, director of international sales at MEDITECH. “The CDIS Framework fittingly ties in with MEDITECH’s goal to bring the next generation of its innovative solutions to the UK, where MEDITECH has been a trusted supplier to NHS hospitals for over 25 years.”

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Carestream Health earns high marks* in KLAS Enterprise Imaging Report for healthcare IT offerings

Carestream Health earns high ratings* for its vendor-neutral archive and universal viewer in the recently released KLAS Enterprise Imaging 2016 Report. Carestream tied with one other vendor for offering “the strongest and most consistent out-of-the-box image management functionality,” according to the report. Carestream’s FDA-cleared Vue Motion also was highly rated* in the universal viewer category and it “integrates well with the Carestream VNA and various service lines,” according to the report.

KLAS has a longstanding reputation for accurately and impartially measuring vendor performance. The company’s reports represent the combined opinions of people from provider organizations comparing how vendors, products, and/or services performed when measured against the participant’s objectives and expectations.

According to the report, Carestream’s Vue Archive “is easy to use, the training is effective and the solution consistently works well.” One chief information officer quoted in the report said, “The VNA is amazing. Tertiary hospitals call us and ask us how we are getting the clinical notes, reporting and imaging sent over to them in a readable format. That makes us feel good considering our size and ability to send things upstream. The VNA is doing exactly what I had planned for it to do.”

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Providers Perspectives

AMGA welcomes new members to Board of Directors

AMGA an association representing medical groups and integrated systems of care, today announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors, beginning their tenure in January 2017. Joining the AMGA Board are the following: Mark DeRubeis, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer, Premier Medical Associates Mark DeRubeis is the chief executive officer at Premier Medical Associates, the largest multispecialty practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. As CEO, DeRubeis is responsible for driving the organization’s growth and commitment to preventative care that delivers the highest quality care with the greatest efficiency. Mr. DeRubeis attended Duquesne University for both undergraduate and graduate work, earning a Bachelor of Arts in business and a master’s in business administration.

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EHNAC announces finalized 2017 accreditation criteria versions for 18 accreditation programs

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced today the release of new versions for its 18 accreditation programs for use starting January 1, 2017. There were several impactful changes to areas of the criteria for all programs, including updates relative to the OCR Phase II Protocol, aligning HIPAA privacy and security criteria, and significant edits to the three DTAAP programs to reflect DirectTrust’s new releases of its Certificate and HISP Policies.

Healthcare industry stakeholders are encouraged to regularly visit the EHNAC website to download and review the latest EHNAC criteria versions in full detail. Applicant candidates commencing the accreditation or re-accreditation process in 2017 will be required to adhere to these updated criteria versions.

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Hospira and Iatric Systems partner to deliver smart pump-EMR interoperability to hospitals

Iatric Systems, a healthcare technology company dedicated to helping healthcare organizations enhance their IT investments, and Hospira, a Pfizer Company and leading provider of infusion technologies, today announced a formal partnership to develop interoperability between Hospira’s smart infusion devices and Iatric Systems Accelero Connect integration software solution. Hospira and Iatric Systems have signed a development agreement and are currently piloting smart pump-EMR interoperability (a/k/a IV-EMR interoperability) at an undisclosed U.S. hospital.

The smart pump-EMR interoperability between Hospira and Iatric Systems provides two-way communication that enables automation of pump programming with the validated EMR medication order, as well as documentation of medication administration data back into the patient’s electronic medical record.

“Hospira is proud to partner with Iatric Systems to make IV-EMR interoperability available to the hundreds of hospitals where Iatric Systems performs integration,” said Julie Sawyer-Montgomery, president, Hospira Infusion Systems. “After already becoming the first smart pump vendor to successfully integrate with three major EMR platforms, we are excited to add another major EMR system to the list once this pilot site goes live.”

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AMGA applauds the decision to not implement Part B drug proposal

AMGA applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) decision to not move forward with the Medicare Part B Drug Demonstration.

In May, AMGA submitted comments to CMS outlining concerns that the proposal could hinder beneficiary access to needed medications while doing little to improve quality.

“AMGA appreciates that the administration considered stakeholder feedback from AMGA and others and will not move forward with this proposal,” said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, AMGA’s president and chief executive officer. “AMGA supports the transition to value-based payment and looks forward to working with the current and incoming administration on building a healthcare system that truly rewards quality of care, reduces cost, and advances population health.”

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Health Navigator partners with ERatHome

Health Navigator announced today that it has partnered with ERatHome, a network of retail clinics and home-based urgent care services, to expand access to providers and control the flow of medical information between patients and clinicians. As part of the collaboration, Health Navigator will support ERatHome’s Hive application, which is designed to share medical records and treatment history among care teams, provide patients with 24/7 access to doctors, facilitate appointment scheduling, send automated reminders and alerts, and share helpful patient education resources.

“ERatHome provides a valuable opportunity to expand access for patients and providers through its Hive application. This partnership will introduce consumers to a new level of care convenience that includes valuable aftercare instructions and resources,” said Patty Maynard, senior vice president of business development, Health Navigator. “Health Navigator aims to enhance the patient experience with easy-to-understand clinical information in plain language, which makes the Hive application an ideal match.”

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Mount Sinai establishes 3-D printing services for clinicians and researchers

Mount Sinai Health System today announced the creation of the Medical Modeling Core, a collaboration led by the Department of Neurosurgery, where clinicians can confer and order 3D models for their cases. Virtual reality, simulation, and 3D printing services will be provided on a low-cost fee-for-service basis with quick turnaround times. This resource will be the first of its kind catering to the unique patient-specific modeling requirements of clinicians at Mount Sinai.

“Our simulation, prototyping, and 3D printing resources developed here at Mount Sinai are rare for a medical institution,” says Joshua Bederson, MD, Professor and System Chair for the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Health System and Clinical Director of the Neurosurgery Simulation Core. “These models are used in the planning stages for minimally invasive approaches and can be a trial run for the surgery. In conjunction with simulation, they also play an important role in the patient consultation process.”

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Four hospitals receive patient education and engagement Innovation Awards at TigrCon 2016

Four hospitals received Innovation Awards from TeleHealth Services for outstanding achievements and best practices to improve patient engagement at the TigrCon16 client conference held in New Orleans earlier this month.

he conference was hosted by TeleHealth Services, the nation’s leading provider of patient engagement and education solutions. Experts from across the nation discussed clinical challenges including accreditation, population health, readmissions, increasing patient satisfaction, revenue generation, and improving patient outcomes.

“Our growing community of clinicians, patient educators and hospital executives shared new ideas on how to advance the health of patients through streamlining education about their treatment using the SmarTigr solution,” said Matt Barker, vice president of marketing for TeleHealth Services. “Innovation Award winners all demonstrated meaningful examples of how hospitals are using interactive patient care to improve outcomes and promote operational efficiencies.”

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FacilityONE Technologies seats new Board of Directors

FacilityONE Technologies, which provides a cloud-based Facility Information Solution (FIS) that enhances a building’s functional and economic lifespan and boosts employee productivity, announced today it has seated a new Board of Directors. Chairing the newly appointed board is Chandler Rapson, who brings approximately 15 years of healthcare, insurance and financial industry experience to his role guiding the asset management firm’s strategic direction.

Rapson is chair of Rainmaker Partners, which acquired FacilityONE earlier this year, as well as a managing partner and co-founder of Star Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in healthcare and healthcare technology. He is also chairman and co-founder of Star Administrators, LLC, a third-party administrator that is currently enjoying explosive revenue growth driven by a ten-fold increase in membership in less than 24 months. Rapson is vice chair of 340B Technologies, Inc., where he secured the company’s most significant contract with the nation’s largest Medicaid provider and negotiated ownership and control of its current intellectual property. He was previously president of ArroHealth (Formerly MedSave USA) and president and CEO of First Service Administrators, Inc.

“It’s an exciting time for FacilityONE Technologies. It is a company that has huge growth potential within the healthcare space, which places a high value on the kind of cost and capital expenditure reductions made possible by our FIS,” said Rapson. “Our new Board of Directors represents the best and brightest in today’s healthcare, financial and technology fields, and we’re confident that their leadership will steer FaclityONE down the path to optimal success for the company and its customers.”

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