Dallas-based Walnut Hill Medical Center has reached Stage 6 in the HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model, making it one of 1,440 hospitals across the country that have reached that stage.
A KLAS Research survey of over 100 C-suite executives found that many providers rely on outside companies to provide consulting and managed services as they transition to a value-based care model. Lumeris and Valence topped the list of firms providing VBC managed services, while the Advisory Board and Premier were named as top VBC consultants. The report also revealed 33 functions that must change in the transition to value-based care and grouped them into three categories: reimbursement management, care management and organizational alignment.
A partnership was formed between Surescripts and Advanced Data Systems to release a radiology reporting platform. EMRdirect will be added to the MedicsRIS software of ADS and will have the clinical direct messaging tool of Surescripts as one of its key features. The system will also leverage the Surescripts network to deliver digital reports.
A partnership between Ochsner Health System's innovationOchsner and Evidation Health will examine the effectiveness of innovationOchsner's digital health technologies. The partnership will use Evidation's analytics technology to determine how the digital tools affect care quality and outcomes.
A cognitive computing platform has been unveiled by Apixio that will glean data from patient EHRs and analyze it to help providers improve quality of care. Using machine learning algorithms and data extraction tools, the Iris platform creates a self-learning system that will improve the accuracy of patients' care profiles, which will help providers make better care decisions. A similar cognitive computing platform is used by IBM's Watson.
Centura Health has been tapped by HIMSS to receive the Enterprise Davies Award, which recognizes outstanding health IT use to cut care costs and boost patient care. To enhance the quality of care it offers to chronically ill patients in a remote community in Durango, Colo., the provider combined analytics, risk stratification, clinical decision support and patient engagement tools with alternative payment models. Centura Health also implemented the Medicare Shared Savings ACO program, which cut rehospitalizations of heart failure patients by almost 16%.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has sealed an accountable care organization deal with Aetna to offer coordinated care to pediatric patients in Burlington County, N.J., and the five counties in the Philadelphia area. The deal, which is Aetna's first pediatric ACO, supports the insurer's efforts to transition to a value-based payment model.
A study conducted by Children's National Health System found e-prescribing rates to be higher among nurse practitioners and physician assistants than doctors in the emergency department. Researchers revealed the e-prescribing rate among physician assistants was 46.2%, and 38.6% among nurse practitioners, compared with 41.1% among pediatric emergency physicians with at least five years of experience. The study, which examined e-prescribing from December 2013 to October 2014, also found that less-experienced attendings and fellows had lower rates.
CVS Health has unveiled five digital health tools to improve patients' medication adherence. Among them is the CVS/pharmacy iPhone application that uses MedRemind to notify patients when it is time for them to take their medications. The firm has also incorporated its CVS/pharmacy mobile application into the Apple Watch so customers can be notified when their prescriptions are ready.
An updated version of the PowerScribe 360 radiology reporting and communication solution will be released by Nuance Communications. Version 3.5 is equipped with the PowerShare registry reporting feature to allow users to collect the radiology data of patients with lung cancer and transmit important data to the American College of Radiology National Radiology Data Registry.
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