Health information technology firm CredenceHealth has landed a contract with eight-hospital nonprofit health system OhioHealth. The Columbus-based system will use Credence's system for its latest clinical surveillance initiative.
Justin Lanning, President and CEO of CredenceHealth said, “OhioHealth’s vision and drive for efficient effective quality care are apparent throughout the entire organization. Our team is excited about partnering with OhioHealth to provide our innovative real-time clinically focused solutions.”
Jul 21, 2010 10:23 AM
Thinking a step ahead, The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog yesterday pondered the incorporation of "meaningful use" standards in future rankings of hospitals and health care providers. Top Doctors is planning to start using the measure in its 2011 rankings.
U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings are out today, and we asked Avery Comarow, the magazine’s health rankings editor, whether the rankings will ever incorporate meaningful use benchmarks or other indicators of IT adoption. In an email, he says that “it’s safe to say that meaningful use of HIT will be folded into the Best Hospitals methodology at some point — provided that a link between such a measure and clinical quality can be established.”As tends to happen with these rankings, top health care IT users are likely to use high marks as patient-attracting marketing tools.
Jul 16, 2010 7:47 AM
Capella Healthcare has selected athenahealth's electronic health record system, athenaClinicals, for its owned physician network.The system will help Capella support clinical IT adoption and connectivity among its owned and affiliated physician practices — comprised of more than 130 doctors — across the country. Capella's owned physician network already uses athenahealth's physician medical billing and practice management service. The company hopes the system will help its physicians achieve government requirements for health IT reimbursement dollars.
Jul 14, 2010 10:50 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services yesterday published its final rule on meaningful use — the criteria health care providers must meet in order to be eligible for government reimbursement for electronic health record systems. Looks like the final rules have "fewer number of requirements and more flexibility," according to Avondale Partners analyst Sean Jackson. In a research note issued yesterday, Jackson said the final rule was relaxed more than Avondale had anticipated. Jackson said the core requirements for physicians dropped from 25 to 15 and from 23 to 14 for hospitals. Of the core requirements, eight were relaxed — meaning the percentage of expsoure was lessened. So, for example, the percentage of prescriptions physicians must transmit electronically dropped from at least 75 percent to more than 40 percent, he wrote.
Jul 14, 2010 8:55 AM
The health information exchange market is cluttered and crowded, but at least one Nashville company is among the few vendors with decent visibility among health care providers. According to a report by KLAS, Informatics Corporation of America is among a group of only five companies considered in 10 percent or more of provider's HIE purchasing decisions.
“The sheer number of HIE vendors vying for provider mindshare makes finding the right solution uniquely challenging,” said Jason Hess, general manager of clinical research for KLAS and author of the new report. “Technology, cost and integration were the selection criteria most often mentioned by prospective buyers, but evaluating those factors is especially difficult when most HIE vendors can point to only a handful of live deployments.”Read more on ICA at this link. See also: Building a health data hub
Jul 13, 2010 7:05 AM
Med City News has a Q&A with Greg Sanker — the guy in charge of selling Cleveland's medical trade center. Sanker is the VP of leasing for MMPI, the developer planning the $425 million publicly-funded Ohio medical mart, which is competing with the Nashville Medical Trade Center to secure tenants. Here's the part where he says Vandy "doesn't compare" to what's going on in the Cleve:
Q: HIMSS says it chose Nashville because it believes Nashville will have a larger, more “comprehensive” facility (and Nashville’s plans call for a project roughly three times larger than Cleveland’s). What would your response be to a prospective tenant you’re trying to sell to who has the same perception? A: My understanding of their project is that it isn’t fully funded and they won’t have the healthcare focus that we will. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a fine institution but it doesn’t compare to what Cleveland and Northeast Ohio bring to the table from an institutional perspective, as a center of innovation, design or specialty manufacturing. My understanding is that the Nashville convention center is a general-purpose facility. The Cleveland Convention Center will be focused on healthcare and more closely linked to the medical mart function.
Jul 12, 2010 11:54 AM
Health information technology company Omnicell may add a dozen or more local employees through office consolidation moves. The California-based company, which in May announced plans to lease 25,000 square feet of office space on Donelson Pike, is closing operations in Bangalore, India, and Woodlands, Texas, according to an SEC filing. The company is offering 20 employees the opportunity to relocate to either its California or Nashville offices. It has given termination notices to another 24 workers and offered another 19 people jobs with a third-party that provides services to Omnicell. As of June 30 the company employed 755 people.
Jul 12, 2010 10:43 AM
The Department of Health and Human Services has sent its final "meaningful use" rules and certification criteria for electronic health record system testing to the Office of Management and Budget, Modern Healthcare reports. It's typically one of the last steps before rules are released. The rules will be used to determine whether hospitals and physician practices may receive federal reimbursement for buying and using EHRs. More background on the topic is available at this link.
Jul 7, 2010 8:59 AM
Local health care information technology firm CredenceHealth has landed a contract with 342-bed Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. The nonprofit facility will use Credence's real-time clinical intelligence system as part of a patient quality improvement initiative. More background on CredenceHealth is available here.
Jul 6, 2010 8:37 AM
The big news about Dell Inc. last week was less than rosy, with news outlets digging in to recently unsealed legal documents related to the company's sale of faulty computers from 2003 to 2005. Coming through with some positive coverage is the Wall Street Journal. It's got a piece discussing a potentially bright future for Dell, which is hoping to build a greater business opportunity out of its contract to create an electronic medical record system for Texas' Methodist Hospital System:
The Methodist contract is one of the most visible examples of what Dell hopes to accomplish with its $3.09 billion 2009 acquisition of Perot Systems, a specialist in health-care information technology. Dell is hoping it can use the unit to move up the technology food chain, offering higher-margin services that complement its relatively low-margin hardware. If successful, the strategy would help Dell combat a slowdown in its core computer business that has pushed it from being the world's largest computer maker to No. 3, behindSee also: Co. and Acer Inc.Dell's downfall
Jul 6, 2010 7:33 AM