Tuesday, September 30, 2008

CCHIT indentifies $700 million in EHR funding

The links include a breakdown of 90 programs and 21 states activities. SV


CCHIT Incentive Index
CCHIT will certify free standing e-Prescribing software

The CCHIT Incentive Index does not yet include what may become one of the largest new incentive programs offered. Under recent legislation (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, or MIPPA), Medicare payment bonuses will become available for any physician who uses qualified electronic prescribing technology beginning in 2009. Although the Commission requires e-prescribing in certified EHR systems, it has not been certifying stand-alone e-prescribing products. But that situation will soon change: At its Sept. 23 meeting, the CCHIT Board of Commissioners officially gave the go-ahead to develop certification for stand-alone e-prescribing systems. After public comments and a pilot test, the Commission expects to launch this new program by July 2009.


Friday, September 26, 2008

AmeriHealth New Jersey launches statewide program to give physicians shared, web access to patient imaging records

Done right, this will save lives and reduce costs. Presumaby this will be using Xebra. More details to follow. SV

The exchange, now in the pilot program stage, is being built by Philadelphia-based HxTechnologies (HxTI), a health care IT and services company specializing in health information exchange. HxTI will also operate the system, and continually audit system use to enforce compliance.

Philadelphia – November 6, 2007 – Today HxTechnologies, Inc. (HxTI) announced the public availability and free open source licensing of the Xebra™ platform for web-based distribution and clinical review of medical imaging.

The software provides healthcare organizations and software developers with all the necessary components to securely transmit and review medical images over a network such as the Internet. Unlike its closed and proprietary predecessors locked to a single vendor, Xebra is intended to work alongside any picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and to provide advanced imaging capabilities to a wide range of healthcare IT applications. Written in Java, the software is designed to run on any operating system with an ultra-thin client that can be launched over the Web without any installation required by the end user.

In addition to image navigation and manipulation tools, the initial release of Xebra introduces features not generally available in web viewers offered with current PACS solutions. Xebra provides interoperability based on the latest industry standards such as JPEG2000 and WADO and contains advanced encryption and network security features especially well suited for health information exchanges (HIEs), regional health information organizations (RHIOs), longitudinal electronic health records (EHRs) and personal health records (PHRs) accessed over the Web.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Columbia Center for Advanced Information Management December 2008 Event

Please save the date for the:

2008 New York City Medical Informatics Update

December 10, 2008

More information to follow shortly.

Center for Advanced Information Management
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street, PH1501
New York, NY 10032

Availity and Prematics Launch First Comprehensive E-Prescribing Service For Florida Physicians

This a wonderful use of the Availity Health Information Network.
Transaction fees to be paid by the MCOs will finance the system.
The only thing missing is the additional reimbursement to providers for using the system to help compensate the initial slowdown with any new office workflow and to reward them with some of the savings to be accrued. The reimbursement needs to be in addition to the temporary bonus from CMS. SV


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

HIMSS Event Information: Webinar - Post-Election Highlights and Implications for Health Information Technology Policy Changes in 2009

I encourage everyone to "attend" this free Webinar. SV

Date and time: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 11:00 am
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Duration: 1 hour

Description: Post-Election Highlights and Implications for Health Information Technology Policy Changes in 2009

The November 4, 2008, elections are predicted to have a tremendous impact on anyone connected with the health information technology industry...and most importantly - you! Learn from national experts and a former Congressman how to prepare for the new Presidential Administration and 111th Congress about the big changes ahead affecting your community...your state and the whole country.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Eclipsys to Acquire MediNotes (EHR/PMS)

Eclipsys, well-known among hospital staff, will be purchasing MediNotes.
MediNotes is a very popular solution for small practices and has dozens of interfaces with practice management systems such as Per-se Medisoft.
In interesting means of connecting small practices with an enterprise system.SV


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to contribute $29 million to promote ePrescribing

Highmark Inc. announced that it is contributing $29 million to help physicians acquire ePrescribing/eHealth Record technology for their practices.

Highmark will pay up to 75 percent of the cost for a physician's office to acquire, install and implement an electronic technology system, up to a maximum of $7,000 per physician, with the physician's practice to pay the remaining balance.

ZixCorp Pocketscript will be participating.



Thursday, September 04, 2008

NY County Medical Society Presidental Campaign Forum

Admission free

Health advisors to the candidates present their health policies on:

Monday, October 6, 2008, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,

in the Second Floor Conference Room, Hospital for Special Surgery

535 East 70th Street, New York, New York 10021.

Sponsored by
The New York County Medical Society

and the
Health Policy Journal Club of the Hospital for Special Surgery


Irwin Redlener, MD, Advisor to Senator Barack Obama

Gail Wilensky, PhD, Advisor to Senator John McCain

Both Presidential candidates have ambitious plans for reforming the U.S. healthcare system: Reforming the health insurance market, expanding coverage, boosting HIT, modifying Medicare to reward physicians and hospitals for higher quality care.

Hear how the two candidates would tackle these and other challenges from two different philosophies, and how they would handle the details.

There will be ample time for debate and audience questions.

Admission free

RSVP required. Call Lisa Joseph at 212-684-4670, ext. 222, or e-mail ljoseph@nycms.org.