HERtalk by Inga
From: Telephone Man. “Re: New iPhone OS. Yesterday Apple released iPhone OS 3.0. In the presentation at minute 43:35 Apple introduces J & J Life Scan, a Glucose monitoring device application. I would expect a flurry of healthcare iPhone applications (*cough,cough*) to come out over the next few months, now that iPhone 3.0 has been seeded.” Agreed. In addition to the introduction of new applications, users like me will appreciate the little things such as the ability to cut and paste between applications, attach photos in text messages, and view email in landscape mode. Apple did not announce a release date.
From: John Boy. “I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the work you guys do in keeping us informed of all the happenings in healthcare. You’re like a reach arm for all of us out here and I can’t imagine how much time you put into it. I look at it every day to see what’s happening.” Thanks. It does take some time, which is why I am not too surprised Mr. H (or perhaps Mrs. H) selected an Internet-less vacation destination.
Speaking of Mr. H, he’ll be back with the Monday Morning update sometime this weekend.
If you are interested in hearing what 12 of the leading EHR vendors are saying about the passage of HITECH, visit HIStalkPractice or click on one of the links to your right. The two latest questions: “How is your company defining “meaningful use” of an EHR and how will ensure your customers can reach that level?” and “Providers will be required to implement ‘certified’ software to participate. Who should perform the certification and what criteria should they use?”
President Obama appoints David Blumenthal national coordinator of HIT. Blumenthal is a Harvard medical professor and director of the Institute for Health Policy at MA General Hospital.
A Center for Connected Health study concludes that online diabetes management programs may improve the quality of care delivered.
Cumberland Valley Medical Services selects Advantedge Healthcare Solutions to provide medical billing and practice management services for its 23 employed anesthesiologists and CRNAs.
A study commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association concludes that as e-prescribing rates rise, savings will more than pay for the $19 billion in economic stimulus adoption incentives. The report claims that if current e-prescribing rates were to double, it would result in a $22 billion reduction in drug and medical costs over the next 10 years.
Medsphere Systems invites 16 HIT consulting companies to participate in its new Medsphere University training and certification program. MaxIT is the Medsphere’s first “certified partner.”
Two studies by CSC conclude that financial incentives contribute to the overall HIT adoption rates. The analysis examined CPOE adoption rates among Massachusetts hospitals, the use of e-prescribing, and the use of EHR among ambulatory physicians. Adoption rates for these activities were significantly higher among Massachusetts providers than the rest of the country. The report attributes the success to the number of financial incentives available to providers.
Former Eclipsys sales executive Greg Lusch joins scanning technology vendor IBML as business development director for the healthcare market.
MedAptus raises $6 million in financing, led by Boston Millennia Partners. MedAptus intends to expand its Intelligent Charge Capture software offerings.
Google selects MIE’s WebChart Enterprise EHR for its two onsite employee health clinics.
Authentication and access management vendor Imprivata announces that Box Butte General Hospital (NE) has implemented the OneSign Platform.
The mayor of Monroe, LA is pleased by CPSI’s decision to open a new call center in his town. CPSI’s expansion is expected to create 100 new jobs over the next three years.
BCBS of South Carolina selects Med-Vantage’s HealthSmart Enhanced Provider Directory and Measures Exchange solutions to improve improve consumer transparency.
State lawmakers in Hawaii introduce a bill to build a statewide HIE that would be managed by a state coordinator.
Cardiovascular Specialty Services of North Texas (CSANT) contracts with Greenway Medical Technologies to deploy Greenway’s PrimeSuite and PrimeEnterprise EHR/PM solutions. CSANT is a 50 physician, 18-location specialty group.
MMR Information Systems partners with The Latino Coalition to offers MyMedicalRecords PHR in both English and Spanish. Felicitaciones!
McKesson Specialty Care Solutions introduces a fully integrated e-prescribing solution for oncologists and other specialty physicians to participate in Medicare’s E-RX incentive program. Using RelayHealth’s eScript, providers will be able to electronically file medication renewals and refills directly from McKesson’s Lynx Mobile solution.
Medical transcription service provider MxSecure successfully completes a document management software interface at Roanoke Neurological Associates (VA). The interface allows transcribed documents to be imported into the practice’s Allscripts document management system.
RCM vendor Medical Data Systems promotes Gene Schneider to chief operating officer.
Frost & Sullivan presents GE Healthcare the award for Growth Strategy Leadership of the Year, in recognition of the growth of its imaging informatics business since acquiring Dynamic Imaging.
Massachusetts General Hospital and North Shore Medical Center contract with BridgeForward Software to help with HL7/EMPI integration for a new ambulatory care center. Radiologists from both hospitals will use BridgeForward’s Viaduct platform to integrate reports from Massachusetts General’s RIS to North Shore’s PACS.
FQHC HealthNet in Indiana receives a $2.5 million grant to equip its 110 providers with the eClinicalworks PM/EMR solution.