Murfreesboro-based National HealthCare Corp. has partnered with Collain Healthcare, a Texas electronic health care record company.
Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed in a release, NHC will deploy Collain's EHR solutions at the company's skilled nursing operations. NHC and Collain, a LG CNS company, are also collaborating on an integrated EHR for home care operations.
"As our nation's health care system evolves, we recognized three major business needs: to create efficiencies to optimize resources for focusing on quality; to coordinate care up and down the continuum; and to make care more predictive and proactive," Stephen Flatt (pictured), NHC president, said in the release. "Working closely with LG CNS, we look forward to achieving these goals in addition to a great customer experience supported by quality outcomes."
Shares of NHC (Ticker: NHC) were up to $63.93 Tuesday at the close of the market. Year to date, shares are essentially flat.
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.
Deloitte Consulting, a subsidiary of the Big Four accounting firm, has announced a new electronic health record solution, Evergreen. The system is based on a platform developed for Catholic Health Initiatives by Deloitte, and includes cyber risk services, analytics and reporting capabilities, clinical models and workflow optimization.
Deloitte officials say Evergreen could save hospital systems 30 percent of their EHR costs. In a segment of health care IT that is still searching for wide-ranging standards, that could be the ticket to get broad buy-in. The company is targeting both large providers and academic health centers as well as mid-sized systems.
"It brings the enterprise-wide view that organizations may need it retooling their cultures around a greater use of data," Tim Smith, Deloitte Consulting principal, said in a release.
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A Texas hospital network has chosen Medhost's electronic health record platform, as well as clinical and financial solutions, for the IT needs of its two hospitals.
Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed in a release. Carrus Hospitals in Sherman, Texas will implement Medhost's enterprise solutions in its two medical facilities. Carrus comprises a 16-bed acute care specify hospital and a 24-bed rehabilitation hospital.
"Long-term acute care facilities and rehabilitation hospitals, like Carrus Hospitals, have unique clinical and financial challenges, such as multi-disciplinary teams needing access to patient data so they can work in parallel," said Craig Herrod, Medhost president. "Carrus Hospitals is a great example of a health care facility leveraging the latest available technology to help overcome these challenges. Medhost is proud to provide Carrus Hospitals a comprehensive solution that aligns with its business, clinical and regulatory demands and for the opportunity to be part oft he organization's strategy to continually provide high-quality care."
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."
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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.
Four out of 10 health care executives surveyed by group purchasing organization Premier are dissatisfied with or (maybe worse) indifferent toward their company's investments in electronic health records. As Lena Weiner at HealthLeaders points out, "The growing dissatisfaction continues despite almost half (49%) of respondents stating that their largest capital investment this year will be in health IT, an area that includes EHR as well as hospital telecommunications systems, telemedicine, and advanced data analytics."
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