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Mission Health Selects PeraHealth To Enhance Clinical Surveillance, Patient Safety

Asheville, N.C.-based Mission will integrate PeraHealth’s suite of clinical surveillance solutions into its existing enterprise data warehouse and its Cerner electronic medical record (EMR) system, helping care teams visualize a full picture of patient condition. The software will also be used at the 763-bed Mission Hospital to remotely monitor patients and support bed management across the health system’s five other hospitals located throughout western North Carolina.

“Our partnership with PeraHealth further demonstrates our commitment to providing fully integrated patient care that improves the health of the people and communities we serve,” said Ronald A. Paulus, M.D., president and CEO at Mission, the only health system in the nation named to Truven Health Analytics’ Top 15 Health Systems list four years in a row (2012-2015).

Powered by the Rothman Index, a disease-agnostic measure of patient condition used to predict patient readmission and mortality risk, PeraHealth software pulls data from all major EMR systems. The data is automatically translated into an Index score that’s presented in color-coded graphs computed upon admission and trended across the entire episode of care. The Rothman Index is validated by 18 peer-reviewed publications, including a recent article detailing how its use by a nurse rapid response team was linked to a 30 percent mortality reduction.

“Providing clinicians with innovative, analytics-driven resources to help deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time is essential in today’s healthcare environment,” said Dr. Chris DeRienzo, Chief Patient Safety Officer at Mission Health. “We believe our partnership with PeraHealth will enhance communication among caregivers, especially during care transitions, and deliver new methods of reducing preventable harm to our patients through machine learning and predictive analytics.”

Patients frequently exhibit subtle warning signs in the hours and days before experiencing life-threatening health problems. Considering the average five-day hospital stay includes at least 24 patient handoffs, these signs can easily be missed during department transfers and shift changes, increasing the potential for unnecessary patient harm and costs.

“Detecting potential patient deterioration is extremely challenging for any care team,” said PeraHealth CEO Stephanie Alexander. “By clearly trending a full picture of patient condition in real-time, PeraHealth solutions alert clinicians earlier to subtle health issues, which can increase the likelihood of successful intervention. We are honored to partner with Mission Health to support their use of innovative analytics to provide high value patient care.”


National Decision Support Company Launches CareSelect

Today, National Decision Support Company (NDSC) announced CareSelect, a new enterprise-wide appropriate use criteria (AUC) and clinical pathway delivery engine integrated with electronic medical records (EMR).

"With over 2 million monthly transactions being generated by more than 100 health systems using our flagship solution ACR Select, we have rapidly become the market's choice to enable the delivery of EMR integrated imaging appropriate use criteria (AUC)," saidMichael Mardini, CEO, NDSC. "Through this experience we have also earned the trust of EMR vendors and guideline publishers alike, and due to the rich interoperability we've achieved with our EMR partners we have expanded into new clinical areas through CareSelect."

CareSelect is designed to house and manage both national and local guidelines and enable healthcare organizations to directly manage the delivery and configuration of EMR advisories using the most up to date clinical knowledge—all within the native EMR user interface.

Guidelines are constantly changing and providers are struggling to manage the delivery of all this new medical knowledge to healthcare providers in a meaningful way. Compliance and quality are critical success factors in a value driven healthcare environment and CareSelect enables the delivery of a wide range of medical knowledge to healthcare providers without the need to reconfigure the EMR each time a guideline changes or needs to be added.

Through the company's work with the American College of Radiology and numerous other imaging criteria sources, NDSC has proven its competence in distilling medical knowledge into actionable criteria. "With CareSelect, we are now applying natural language processing and sophisticated algorithms to the EMR data, enabling high impact advisories across the care continuum," said Mardini. "These new capabilities also extend the sophistication of the imaging guidelines we can deliver with ACR Select, to include automated indication calculation, and to cover more complex clinical scenarios."

Through CareSelect, the company is delivering high impact clinical advisories covering a range of medical conditions across the care continuum, such as those from Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM and that cover a range of care settings and conditions, including anti-biotic stewardship, high cost lab testing and utilization management in the Emergency Department.

NDSC is currently deploying CareSelect at select healthcare organizations and will demonstrate its latest developments, including integrations with leading EHRs, at HIMSS 2016, booth #11010, March 1-3, 2016, Las Vegas, NV.


Drummond Group Introduces Decision Guide for 2014 Edition Testing and Certification

  • HHS Grants Approval for Drummond to Move Forward with 2014 Edition Criteria.

Drummond Group, recently approved to test and certify 2014 Edition criteria by HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), is now providing electronic health records (EHR) software developers and vendors a Decision Guide to 2014 Edition that essentially bridges the knowledge gap between the ONC's 2014 and 2011 Edition criteria. In essence, this new guide will help reduce the complexity of the decision-making process to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, potentially leading to more expedient compliance with the 2014 Edition criteria for software vendors and improved readiness for their providers and hospital customers.


Electronic Medical Records Progress from an Enterprise-Centric Solution to a Customer-Specific Application, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Electronic Medical Records Progress from an Enterprise-Centric Solution to a Customer-Specific Application, Finds Frost & Sullivan

The implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) in healthcare practices will enhance the efficiency of hospital systems and reduce the chances of errors in medical offices. The need to contain healthcare costs and improve the quality of healthcare services is adding impetus to market advancement. Analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Electronic Medical Records-Technology Trends and Stakeholder Assessment research finds that although large healthcare practices prefer client-server based EMR systems, web-based EMR solutions are gaining popularity with small-sized healthcare practices and private physician offices. If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an email to Britni Myers, Corporate Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.


New Study Questions Ability of Radiology Benefit Managers to Lower Costs

The national policy debate on whether Radiology Benefit Managers (RBMs) should be required for physicians ordering diagnostic imaging tests for patients is analyzed in a new study appearing in the current issue of Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR). The study indicates that the inclusion of these third party decision-makers could actually increase cost to the health care system, largely due to the time consuming administrative burden incurred by providers.


Jefferson Regional Medical Center to Receive Medicare Payment for CMS Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

Use of Sunrise from Allscripts Improves Clinical Outcomes and Drives Approximately $3 Million Incentive

PINE BLUFF, Ark.Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC), a 471-bed acute care hospital inPine Bluff, Ark., announced today that it is one of the first hospitals in the nation to be notified it will receive government incentive funding for successfully demonstrating "meaningful use" of its Electronic Health Record (EHR).  The incentives were established by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) to reward hospitals and physicians who successfully demonstrate "meaningful use" of the technology in ways that improve the quality, safety, and effectiveness of patient-centered care.




Cloud-basedmodel enables real-time tracking and performance coaching on Meaningful Use criteria; start of payments reflects athenahealth's commitment to, and fulfillment of, the Company's Guarantee Program.

WATERTOWN, Mass.athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), the leading provider of cloud-basedpractice management, electronic health record (EHR), and patient communication services to medical groups, today announced that the first Medicare Meaningful Useincentive payment dollars have been issued to its physician clients using athenaClinicals(R), the company's EHR offering. This marks the first step in the fulfillment of the Company's Federal Stimulus Bonus Payment Guarantee Program.


Camden-Clark Medical Center Selects Allscripts Clinical, Revenue Cycle and Performance Management Solutions for Second Hospital

Native Integration of Acute and Ambulatory Electronic Health Records for 70 Affiliated Physicians Contributes to Connected Community of Health

CHICAGO and PARKERSBURG. Camden-Clark Medical Center (CCMC), the third-largest hospital-based healthcare system in West Virginia, has signed a multimillion dollar agreement with Allscripts to develop a connected community of health(TM) encompassing its two hospitals and affiliated physicians across the Mid-Ohio Valley.


HealthTexas Deploys GE Electronic Medical Records

Multi-Specialty Care Network Extends Deployment of Centricity EMR

BARRINGTON, Ill. and DALLAS – With more than 500 doctors serving North Texas, the Baylor Health Care System recently affirmed its plans to extend the reach of its Centricity* EMR solution, supplied by GE Healthcare, across its entire HealthTexas Provider Network.

Since 2006, the HealthTexas Provider Network (HTPN) has been implementing Centricity EMR across its provider community with more than 250 active physicians on the system today. This announcement affirms HTPN’s commitment to implement Centricity EMR for the organization’s remaining 250 physicians. By the time the installation is complete, Centricity EMR will help Baylor physicians manage more than 1.3 million patient visits each year. GE Healthcare and HTPN are currently engaged on several initiatives to prepare HTPN for the achievement of meaningful use incentives established in the HITECH Act of the American Recovery and Reimbursement Act of 2009. 


GE Healthcare announces that GE Centricity* Perioperative Manager 7.5.3 was certified as a Modular EHR on April 28, by Drummond Group, Inc. and considered to be 2011/2012 Meaningful Use compliant (NYSE: GE).

GE Healthcare is pleased to announce that GE Centricity* Perioperative Manager 7.5.3 was certified as a Modular EHR on April 28, 2011 by Drummond Group Inc. and considered to be 2011/2012 Meaningful Use compliant.

Modular certification indicates that Centricity Perioperative Manager supports some certification criteria associated with meaningful use objectives, helping to enable providers qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group made the designation in its capacity as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) in accordance with the applicable Eligible Hospital certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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