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South Metro Primary Care (SMPC), one of the largest primary care independent practice associations in the Denver metro area, along with their medical management company Physician Health Partners (PHP), have announced plans to connect the electronic health records (EHR) of its 118 primary care providers to the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) health information exchange (HIE). South Metro Primary Care (SMPC), one of the largest primary care independent practice associations in the Denver metro area, along with their medical management company Physician Health Partners (PHP), have announced plans to connect the electronic health records (EHR) of its 118 primary care providers to the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) health information exchange (HIE). read more

While more hospitals are implementing CPOE systems, adoption rates still could be higher. HCI Assistant Editor Rajiv Leventhal talks with UMC Health System CIO Bill Eubanks about the transition to CPOE, effective strategies that made it happen, and challenges the organization faced along the way. According to research from the San Jose, Calif.-based Global Industry Analysts (GIA), the computerized physician order entry market is poised for tremendous growth over the coming year

It’s easy to earn a bonus and avoid Medicare Fee penalties by participating in the PQRS program. Participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System, formerly known as PQRI, no longer has to involve complex coding systems and expensive manual processes. Covisint simplifies PQRS and generates revenue for your organization.

The Cost Savings Realized by Single-Platform Solutions By Deborah Kohn Medicare cutbacks, increased mergers and acquisitions, and declining revenues and margins are daily realities for healthcare provider organizations. Yet so are costly and often mandatory IT initiatives, such as replacing or implementing electronic health and financial record (EH&FR) systems, integrating and securing the next mobile form factor of computing devices, converting to ICD-10 for reimbursement purposes, and meeting the Affordable Care Act requirements

The Mount Sinai Medical Center, the New York City-based 1,171 bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility, has announced it's creating a new data management and analysis platform that will be able to communicate with the organization’s electronic health record. The platform, Mount Sinai says, will be able to give doctors real-time therapeutic and diagnostic guidance based on the patient’s genetic profile. The Mount Sinai Medical Center, the New York City-based 1,171 bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility, has announced it's creating a new data management and analysis platform that will be able to communicate with the organization’s electronic health record

A CommonHealth cartoon. In January, 2012, 32 organizations began their participation in the Pioneer ACO Model. The Pioneer ACO Model encourages primary care doctors, specialists, ho…

“Some 240,000 children have missed U.N.-backed vaccinations against polio because of security concerns in Pakistan’s tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, a top official with the World Health Organization said Friday,” the Associated Press/Huffington Post reports.

For providers asked to use new technologies like electronic health records and analytics tools, workflow impact, no doubt, is a top of mind issue. In a recent interview with the Institute for Heath Technology Transformation, Stephen Beck, chief medical informatics officer at Cincinnati-based Catholic Health Partners, said that's exactly how he approaches his organization's IT implementation processes

SecureCare has announced the release of an updated version of Sfax – its secure, HIPAA compliant, cloud-based faxing product. Sfax v3 maintains the essential benefits that keep faxing relevant but removes the pain associated with manual faxing by bringing it to the cloud. Healthcare organizations rely on fax for business-critical documents – Sfax v3, now faster and more efficient, offers easier workflow management for groups to work together and collaborate. “People say ‘fax’ like it’s a dirty word, but really, faxing is just misunderstood. Faxing is universal and ubiquitous with inherent security and an audit trail. It unites companies large and small – from sophisticated cities to remote areas.  Unquestionably, the manual aspect, though, sucks. Our top priority in developing the latest version of Sfax was to change the way people think about faxing,” said Aleks Szymanski, CEO, SecureCare. “We have spent the last two years listening to our customers, understanding their pain points and challenges in meeting compliance requirements and have developed a product that helps get their job done.” SecureCare’s customer-based research led to new features, including: Administrators have increased control over their Sfax account.  They can manage users, access and permissions, security settings and generate reports – allowing them to configure their account for maximum efficiency. Annotations (text, rectangles, circles, check marks, crosses) and legal digital signatures that meet government requirements – just drag on the page and edit as you need. Unlike manual faxing or fax servers, Sfax enables users to send and receive unlimited faxes at the same time.  Customers will never experience a busy signal again.  Retries are handled automatically too. Manage your contacts into groups and share them across your organization or keep to yourself. Find contacts with a powerful search, plus easily import and export to synch data. A central web portal for groups to work together, collaborate, view, file, send or export documents, no matter where individual users are based. Changes made to documents are reflected for the entire group. Enhanced search and filtering with custom folders make organizing, finding and filing documents easier than ever. Increased audit control features including a full history of each document for regulatory compliance. Alongside an enhanced Windows version, there is a new version of Sfax for Macs that uses a virtual printer driver so users can seamlessly send documents from any application or web page.

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