Product Picks

March 30, 2017
Gathering information in today’s digital world

Visitors to the Ricoh booth at HIMSS were greeted by the company’s Virtual Self-Service Hologram, appropriately dressed in scrubs. From there, they had the opportunity to experience similar information journeys as a patient would when arriving at a facility—from admittance to discharge, including the way information is gathered, such as using a tablet for digital form entry; the way information is shared, showing information can move seamlessly from intake to treatment; and the way administrative tasks are completed. Ricoh

Uncovering coding and charging discrepancies

ZirMed, a leader in cloud-based revenue cycle software and predictive analytics, announced an expansion of its proven Charge Integrity solution, which is used by more than 500 hospitals. Health systems will now be able to further integrate professional charges to uncover coding and charging discrepancies between hospital and professional billing. The expanded solution couples data-mining algorithms and coding guidelines to automatically analyze the charging practices of each hospital, health system, and their employed physicians. By automating review of the complete patient encounter, ZirMed helps health systems prevent revenue leakage from missing charges, avoiding duplicate or overlapping charges, and prevent DRG anomalies that spark compliance audits and denials. ZirMed

Improving clinical mobility workflows and patient care

Zebra Technologies, a company providing solutions and services that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, announced two new purpose-built mobile handheld devices that will improve clinical mobility workflows and patient care. The durable TC51-HC mobile computer and the DS8100-HC series scanners can foster clinical collaboration for staffers and drive better operational efficiencies while also supporting the five rights of medication administration to help increase patient safety. The TC51-HC mobile computer with Android can replace multiple devices needed to perform tasks such as calling/texting co-workers, receiving calls via PBX, accessing patient records, scanning barcodes, and increasing medication administration accuracy. Zebra’s Workforce Connect: PTT Express solution comes pre-installed and pre-licensed on the TC51-HC. Zebra Technologies

Moving population health forward

Caradigm announced that the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative (PHQC), the clinically integrated network affiliated with Palmetto Health, is now live on Caradigm solutions to drive population health through its clinically integrated network. The PHQC has implemented the Caradigm Care Management and the Caradigm Intelligence Platform and is working to deploy Caradigm Risk Management and Quality Improvement. Palmetto Health is the largest and most comprehensive integrated healthcare system in the South Carolina Midlands region, and its clinically integrated network, the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative, has more than 1,200 participating providers.

Caradigm Care Management supports the PHQC’s interdisciplinary care teams in sharing patient information, streamlining time-consuming workflows, and ensuring all members of the care delivery team are able to work at the top of their license. With these improvements, the care teams will be better able to transition high-risk patients moving from in-patient or emergency department care back into the community or to a patient-centered medical home. The PHQC participates in a variety of value-based population health initiatives including a Medicare Shared Savings Program, commercial ACO products, and the management of the Palmetto Health self-insured employee population. Caradigm

American Well partners with Samsung

American Well announced a new strategic partnership with Samsung Electronics. The partnership presents tremendous opportunity for the two organizations to develop new healthcare services for providers, delivery networks, payers, and employers.

American Well uses telehealth to improve people’s access to quality care. The company serves more than 200 health systems and health plan partners nationwide. American Well

Engaging providers to accelerate care

athenahealth announced that it will roll out a series of “Network Medicine” health campaigns. Working in collaboration with preeminent specialty societies, including the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, these campaigns will surveil athenahealth’s national cloud network, surface patients who may be at risk of various health threats, and engage their providers to accelerate care. athenahealth

Identifying compliance risks and opportunities

Streamline Health Solutions, provider of the Looking Glass platform of integrated solutions, technology-enabled services, and analytics supporting revenue cycle optimization for healthcare enterprises, introduced its new solution at HIMSS. Streamline Health combined its capabilities in software development with the platform and coding expertise obtained through the acquisition of Opportune IT in 2016 to create eValuator.

The Looking Glass eValuator platform can help healthcare providers identify both compliance risks and opportunities across their enterprise. The cloud-based solution provides real-time insight, advice, and rationale to guide coders on potential changes in coding and/or clinical documentation. The solution uses proprietary algorithms that identify common (and commonly overlooked) patterns in a patient’s chart. Streamline Health Solutions

New alert for possible drug-to-drug interactions

Medisafe, a personalized medication management platform with three and a half million patient and caregiver registered users, announced a new feature to alert users of possible drug-to-drug interactions that may cause unexpected side effects and/or alter the way the medications perform. The interactions feature also includes disclosures when medications have other lifestyle implications, such as interactions with specific foods or alcohol. With this enhancement, Medisafe is aiming to reduce the millions of preventable health emergencies resulting from dangerous medication combinations as well as to increase adherence to medications patients are not taking as prescribed, due to side effects related to a known interaction. The majority of Medisafe users are managing multiple medications; in many cases the medications are filled at different pharmacies and downloaded directly into Medisafe using the app’s medication import feature. Medisafe

New staff augmentation services

OnBase by Hyland, a single enterprise information platform, now offers system administration and staff augmentation resources that include migrating databases from test to production, assisting with disaster recovery plan testing, and supporting help desk tickets.

The staff augmentation services put in place temporary staff who are adept at immediately applying expertise around automating business workflows and integrations with more than 500 applications, including Epic, TriZetto, Meditech, Cerner, Allscripts, McKesson, Lawson, PeopleSoft, and more. Uniting information from core applications throughout healthcare organizations enables clinicians and staff to access the information they need at the moment they need it. OnBase by Hyland

New identity for Capsa Healthcare

An all-new Capsa Healthcare came to HIMSS with a new company identity and an evolution of its flagship mobile computing cart. Capsa Healthcare represents the integration of the former Capsa Solutions and Rubbermaid Healthcare.

Capsa Healthcare also unveiled its newest point-of-care workstation, the M38e mobile computing cart. The M38e features 18% smaller overall profile to glide through tight healthcare settings, 25% longer battery runtime for longer uptime performance, over 20% larger hardware storage area for simple technology management, over 10% larger work space with slide-out surface to add 60% more area, and expanded storage options and configuration flexibility. Capsa Healthcare

Accelerating value-based care improvements

Innovaccer, a Silicon Valley- headquartered healthcare analytics company, was at HIMSS to accelerate improvements in the value-based ecosystem with its revamped proprietary product, Datashop—the operating system that powers healthcare.

Datashop now provides built-in Referral Management, Advanced Chronic Care Management, Patient Engagement, and MACRA solutions on top of the pre-existing holistic Population Health Management suite. Datashop enables organizations to use data as a source of innovation and has been deployed across 15 countries at academic institutions, governmental organizations, and several corporate enterprises such as Catholic Health Initiatives, Stratifi, Catalyst, MLK Community Hospital, El Paso HIE, Sonic Healthsystems, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Wolters Kluwers. Innovaccer

The power of genomics  

2bPrecise, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allscripts Healthcare, announced the general availability of its EHR-agnostic, cloud-based precision medicine platform at HIMSS17. The 2bPrecise solution captures and securely stores genomic data, which it complements with research knowledge and clinical information. It then pushes the resulting insights to the point of care, enabling the clinician to take action.

2bPrecise now gives physicians across the country the ability to practically apply precision medicine to diagnose and treat their patients. National Institutes of Health and Holston Medical Group are participating in early adopter programs. By delivering actionable genomic insights into physicians’ existing clinical workflows, the platform enables informed decision-making in an effort to improve outcomes and reduce costs. Allscripts