Tackling interoperability

Two industry groups address the problems of health care's complicated connectivity
Nov 15, 2015 12:22 PM

Five local health care leaders named to national interoperability board

National health care industry group The Center for Medical Interoperability has announced its board of directors, which includes five big-time Nashville health care leaders.

The local quintet consists of: Dr. Jeffrey Balser, vice chancellor of health affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Bill Carpenter, CEO of LifePoint Hospitals; Milton Johnson, CEO of HCA Holdings; Michael Schatzlein, CEO of Saint Thomas Health on behalf of Ascension Health; and Wayne Smith, CEO of Community Health Systems.

The Center for Medical Interoperability's goal is to spearhead integration of medical technologies. The organization will develop a research and development lab to build standardized "plug-and-play" solutions for electronic medical records.

"It is vital that all forms of health care technology, including medical devices and electronic health records, be able to seamlessly exchange information so that the quality and safety of care can be improved and costs can be reduced," Dr. Michael Johns, board chairman, said in a release.

The board of directors also includes representatives from Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Hennepin Health System, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, West Health Institute, West Health and Scripps Health.

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EHR study finds market leader lacks local presence

A report published by Brentwood-based TechnologyAdvice found that electronic health record usage in Nashville was comparable to the national average, but the industry's market leader lacked a significant local presence.

The study, which surveyed nearly 300 physicians, found a 76 percent EHR adoption rate in Nashville, just under the national average of 78 percent. However, the national market leader, Epic Systems Corp., did not make the local top five list of EHR providers. Massachusetts-based eClinicalWorks took the top spot in Nashville with 14 percent of the market, followed by PracticeFusion and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems.

The study noted that cost was the primary consideration in implementation, a finding supported by free EHR PracticeFusion's ranking.

"With such wide regional variance in national studies on EHR adoptions, we wanted to examine how implementation is doing in a city renowned for its health care industry," Zach Watson, a TechnologyAdvice EHR specialist, said in a release. "While we were not surprised that cost was a priority, we were surprised to see how much it played a role in limiting the footprint of one of the nation's top EHR platforms."

For the full report, click here.

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Atlanta EMR venture adds local exec to board

Local real estate executive Marshall Karr has been named to the board of KaZee, an Atlanta electronic health records company he long ago had a role in shaping. Before getting into the property business, Karr in the late 1990s was president and COO of Nashville-based Medical Information Management Systems, which was eventually sold to Atlanta-based Business Computer Applications. This January, BCA spun out KaZee, which works with various outpatient clinics, physician practices, county health departments and correctional facilities.

“Marshall Karr’s experience and reputation in the electronic medical records field will be invaluable to KaZee executives as we respond to unprecedented demand for healthcare services as a result of changes in patient populations, technology advances, government regulations and scientific breakthroughs,” said KaZee CEO Albert Woodard.

Also on KaZee's board is Jerry Tannenbaum, who founded Medical Information Management Systems in 1993 and later ran National Nephrology Associates and helped build up DSI Renal. Tannenbaum now runs Sanderling Healthcare, which markets modular hospital construction services.

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