Tuesday, May 26, 2009

CalRHIO, UnitedHealthcare Medical Information Exchange

Bravo. This is a good start. Not included at this time are the Medicare HMO patient data. Let's see more companies come on board.
The information: medication history, laboratory results,and clinical data from claims will be made available to hospital emergency room departments. SV

UnitedHealthcare announced on May 20, 2009 that it will participate in CalRHIO, California’s statewide electronic health information exchange (HIE), making it the first national health plan in the country to agree to pay for statewide HIE services.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009



Join us for this year’s Spring Conference where the importance of working together is the focus. Hospitals, physicians and the entire management team need to find solutions to work together not only in the clinical setting, but also through IT.
This year’s speakers will guide you to attaining this goal through a series of informative interactive presentations and displays by our vendors/sponsors.
Our Keynote speaker, Simon Samaha, M.D., was appointed president and chief executive officer of Summit Medical Group in 2009. Previously, Samaha was senior executive vice president and chief medical officer at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, N.J. Samaha received his medical degree from St. Joseph University in Lebanon. He received his MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and his master’s in science in information systems from Drexel University. Samaha was named in Modern Healthcare’s 2001 list of Up and Comers and is board-certified in internal medicine.

Interoperability Convergence: Physician, Facility and Hospital Alignment
Register online at NJHIMSS.ORG with a credit card or make checks payable to NJHIMSS
Fee: $75.00 for HIMSS, ACHENJ, MSNJ and ONENJ Members
$30.00 for NJHIMSS membership
$125.00 for non-members Send fee* and form to:

HIMSS NEW JERSEY CHAPTER 760 Alexander Road, PO Box 1 Princeton, NJ 08543
* Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and course materials
HIMSS NYS :Telemedicine Seminar

Education, Networking and Fun

Prepare for setting up your Patient Centered Medical Home:
See how the VNS has incorporated Telemedicine to assist physicians in the management of patients.

Date: Friday, June 26th
Location: NYC Battery Gardens, inside Battery Park opposite 17 State Street(map)
Time: 6:00 PM- 10:00 PM
Cost: Members $50, Non Member $150 Students $50 What’s included: Open bar, full sit down dinner, networking and educational sessions

Click here to Register

Free Information Technology Fair

DATE: MAY 19, 2009

TIME: 3:00 P.M. TO 6:00 P.M.

PLACE: Dyker Beach Golf Club
Seventh Avenue & 86th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11228

Excellent opportunity to see for yourself Electronic Medical Records and e-Prescribing Systems

Important information will be provided to help you collect thousands of dollars every year from various governmental programs to promote EMR & E-RX initiatives. (Collect $$ per each ELECTRONIC prescription written with additional 2% of your annual collection. More than $40,000 for IMPLEMENTING EMR.)

Cocktails and dinner lecture to follow this event. (Free for members of the MSCK or if you join at the event. Non-member free IT Expo - dinner/lecture fee $100.00 per person).

To register, please complete this form, e-mail to bklynacade@aol.com,
or fax to (718) 745-5833, or call (718) 745-5800.
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Name (please print)

Number of attendees

Telephone Fax


For more information, contact Niraj N. Acharya, M.D. Chair, IT Committee, MSCK at Acharya@optonline.net
AMA ARRA Webinar Series

Health Information Technology (HIT) Resources and Activities
Free ARRA webinar series
Are you ready to maximize American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) opportunities in your practice? This webinar series is designed to support physician practices as they prepare for a new health care environment. As new information becomes available, experts and health care leaders representing diverse sectors will review key components of ARRA and offer insights on the impact to the physician community. Plus, hear from practices using EHR systems and how they made the transition.


Friday, May 08, 2009

Eclipsys H1N1 Swine Flu Tool Kit interview and presentation

I had the pleasure to talk to Rick Mansour, M.D. - CMIO - Eclipsys.
The tool was essentially created within 24 hours of conception.
The tool is modifiable by the end user and can be adapted for other scenarios.
In an altruistic gesture, it is available as free download from a library of "kits", may of which are "donated" by other users. SV

The solution prompts triage caregivers to assess patients for the presence of acute respiratory disease and accompanying risk factors. If positive conditions are indicated, laboratory orders for influenza screening (including H1N1 Flu-specific orders) are then triggered. Meanwhile the patient is placed on a watch list, followed by the creation of patient education and preventive treatment instructions. In addition, the toolkit allows for the export of data to the CDC.

H1N1 Toolkit Presentation

Thursday, May 07, 2009

GE Launches ‘Healthymagination’; Will Commit $6 Billion to Enable Better Health Focusing on Cost, Access and Quality

WASHINGTON--07 May 2009-- GE announced today that it will spend $3 billion over the next six years on healthcare innovation that will help deliver better care to more people at lower cost. In addition, the company will commit $2 billion of financing and $1 billion in related GE technology and content to drive healthcare information technology and health in rural and underserved areas. These investments are the foundation of GE’s healthymagination initiative, which is built on the global commitments of reducing costs, improving quality and expanding access for millions of people.

Under healthymagination, by 2015 GE will:

Invest $3 billion in research and development to launch at least 100 innovations that lower cost, increase access and improve quality by 15 percent. GE will also apply its expertise in services and its suite of performance improvement tools for impact in these areas. These actions will strengthen GE Healthcare’s business model.
Work with partners to focus innovations on four critical needs to start: accelerating healthcare information technology; target high-tech products to more affordable price points; broaden access to the underserved; and support consumer-driven health.
Expand its employee health efforts by creating new wellness and healthy worksite programs while keeping cost increases below the rate of inflation.
Increase the “value gap” between its health spend and GE Healthcare’s earnings to drive new value for GE shareholders.
Engage and report on its progress. GE will engage experts and leaders on policy and programs and create a GE Health Advisory Board, which will include former U.S. senators Bill Frist and Tom Daschle and other global healthcare leaders.



Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Eclipsys Offers H1N1 Virus EHR tool

Here is an example of the ability of EHRs to promote best practices to solve problems.
Please let us know of any other vendors that have done the same. SV

Proactive Client Offering Based on CDC Recommendations; Customized Clinical Workflow Protocols Designed to Expedite Identification and Quarantine of Infected Patients