Product Spotlight

April 5, 2015

SaaS data protection frees up IT

BridgeHead RAPid Protect Service is a new Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that enables smaller healthcare facilities to make significant improvements to their data protection strategies and methods without incurring a high up-front cost. For a moderate monthly fee, BridgeHead provides all the software and services needed to protect a hospital’s enterprise data 24/7. This service is sold using a capacity model based on the number of terabytes that need protecting, starting at 2 TB. A DICOM image archiving (VNA) module is also available.
BridgeHead Software 

Get waveform streaming in the EHR

Cerner has partnered with Mortara Instrument to introduceCareAware Waveform Management, a tool that displays waveforms and other physiological data from patient monitoring systems and integrates them into the EHR. Using this solution, clinicians can view physiologic waveforms, data and alarms on devices with access to the patient record and can monitor patient waveforms in the context of other relevant patient information. The benefits are many and include streamlining documentation by enabling clinicians to electronically view, measure, annotate and save waveform strips to the EHR, eliminating one of the final pieces of paper in the hospital setting.Cerner

ResolutionMD gets built-in voice, video

ResolutionMD 5.0 enables doctors to securely view patient images and reports from a wide variety of computers and mobile devices, collaborate with other practitioners and diagnose from any location – and this version includes embedded voice and video collaboration. This FDA-cleared mobile medical diagnosis software can be integrated into an Epic, Cerner or Allscripts EMR and easily plugs into existing distributed storage systems, so practitioners can instantly access expertise via live consultations using their Web or mobile devices. Using this capability for reimbursable telehealth programs is just the beginning.
Calgary Scientific

98 percent and counting

At Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) in Ventura County, CA, 98 percent of all orders and physician notes are being entered electronically as a result of widespread adoption ofPatientKeeper CPOE and PatientKeeper NoteWriter. This overlay on top of the hospital’s MEDITECH Client/Server 5.6.6 system provides physicians a fully integrated, easy-to-use way to access clinical results from CMHS’ MEDITECH, PACS and EKG systems through a Web-based portal, as well as on smartphones and tablets. This solution is also integrated with Data Express and Forward Advantage.

Manage patient populations without IT support

The Caradigm Cohort Designer tool can help simplify patient population management as part of every qualifiedCaradigm Intelligence Platform customer implementation. Empowering non-technical clinical and business analysts to define, track and manage patient populations without IT support can create tremendous efficiencies that lead to faster identification of areas for improvement and prioritizations of care to drive better outcomes. Cohort Designer leverages CIP’s ability to aggregate real-time data from all systems so providers can identify a population at risk for readmission or for a particular condition.Caradigm

Scanners that can help reduce IT costs

With the KODAK SCANMATE i1150 and i1180 Scanners, organizations and departments can embrace “zero-footprint” document scanning, where imaging software is built into the scanner instead of installed on the users’ PCs. These scanners are fast, compact and quiet and feature an easy-to-use interface and virtually jam-free operation. The i1150 is ideal for scanning mixed document types and features a Transaction Mode for 60 percent faster capture for the first 10 pages. The i1180 Scanner (shown) captures and extracts higher volumes of information quickly.Kodak Alaris

Workforce management heads to the cloud

Saint Mary’s Hospital (Waterbury, CT) is moving its Kronos workforce management applications across all departments for more than 2,000 employees to the Kronos Cloud. Kronos will perform all configuration, maintenance, upgrades and support of the time and attendance and scheduling applications, enabling the IT department of Saint Mary’s to focus on other priorities. Saint Mary’s Hospital has also expanded its use of Kronos workforce management applications to include labor analytics, patient classification and workload management, and mobile applications, as well as Kronos InTouch time clocks in a bid to enhance productivity levels and analyze results.

Digital radiography keeps getting better

Carestream Health’s newest DRX imaging system, the CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution Plus, adds several major software and hardware enhancements to meet the changing radiology needs and budgets of healthcare providers worldwide. The system’s modular components, including fully automated systems, have gained wide acceptance among radiology professionals in leading hospitals and clinics. The latest version offers a sleek new design with LED lighting, greater flexibility in high-ceiling rooms via an extended tube column, a new high-performance generator and forward-looking design specifications to embrace future advanced imaging applications.Carestream Health

EHNAC releases final criteria for Practice Management System Accreditation Program

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced the adoption of final criteria for its Practice Management System Accreditation Program (PMSAP). Following the standard, 60-day public review and comment period that began in December 2014, EHNAC has incorporated feedback from organizations and individuals as appropriate and has finalized and adopted the criteria for the PMSAP.

The program, which was jointly developed with the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), was initially announced in February 2014 and launched in July 2014 with the goal of delivering a new standard to the practice management system (PMS) community and a source of confidence within providers in their respective PMS partners. The first two organizations, which participated as betas for the program, were fully accredited in January 2015.

The accreditation program offers a comprehensive evaluation of PMS vendors in the areas of privacy, security, mandated standards and operating rules, and key operational functions. Additionally, the PMSAP assesses health information and oversight for meeting privacy and security, HIPAA and ACA requirements, as well as focuses on technical performance, business processes and resource management. Additionally, the program provides a review of the PMS vendor readiness to support and implement ICD-10 in 2015 and therefore a level of assurance to the provider community.

In addition to WEDI and EHNAC, the PMSAP advisory committee that has been working on developing and refining the draft criteria of the program includes executive representatives from AdvancedMD, the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC), GE Healthcare, Healthpac Computer Systems, the Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Medinformatix, NextGen Healthcare and more, including other major national provider associations.

Visit the EHNAC website  for the criteria

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