Tackling interoperability

Two industry groups address the problems of health care's complicated connectivity
Nov 15, 2015 12:22 PM
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'Pulling the data together in one place isn't enough'

The leaders of VUMC, LifePoint talk through the challenges of interoperability
Nov 15, 2015 12:21 PM

Iasis chooses Cerner for EHR contract

Iasis Healthcare has chosen tech giant Cerner Corp. to implement the company's electronic health record and revenue cycle system.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the Franklin-based company — which operates 17 hospitals as well as other provider entities in six states — said in a release the new system is designed to lower costs and improve continuity of care.

"We chose Cerner because we believe they provide a system that will enhance our efforts to provide high quality, cost-effective health care for our patients and health plan members," Carl Whitmer, Iasis president and CEO, said in a release. "We also believe that Cerner will be a sustainable and scalable long-term option, which is important to us."

Nov 5, 2015 6:55 AM

Shareable Ink founder has left company

Eleanor Kennedy at the Business Journal has caught up with the happenings at health care technology company Shareable Ink. Founder and CTO Stephen Hau, who relocated the company here from Boston in 2010, left in May and CEO Hal Andrews says he is refocusing his team's efforts on working with electronic health vendors rather than selling directly to doctors. Get the full story here.

Aug 13, 2015 9:57 AM

Qualifacts to open satellite office in L&C Tower

Growth of SoBro-based company spurs need for more space
Jul 16, 2015 7:00 AM

NHC partners with Texas-based EHR company

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.

Jul 8, 2015 6:50 AM

Brentwood software company merges with EHR developer

Firm founded in '84 will market health record, financial solutions to surgery center market
May 7, 2015 7:08 AM

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.

Apr 9, 2015 7:00 AM

Deloitte Consulting launches EHR platform

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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Feb 11, 2015 7:05 AM

Capella calls on McKesson unit for EHR modification

IT company to consolidate data from multiple vendors
Dec 18, 2014 12:36 PM