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4-25-2011 9-48-09 AM

CMS offers a Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator that allows providers and hospitals to assess if they have met all required objectives. Providers can enter details on which core and menu MU items they are using and the calculator will provide a pass/fail for each specific measure. Great way to determine if a provide could successfully demonstrate MU.

RCM provider CompONE Services appoints Kevin O’Keefe executive director of client services. He’s a former VP of radiology for Mckesson.

4-25-2011 2-56-27 PM

Rockford Health Physicians (IL) rolls out RHS MyChart, giving patients access to their medical records and the ability to communicate electronically with providers. As the name suggests, Rockford Health Physicians is implementing Epic.

New Mexico HITREC names Sage Healthcare an appropriate and qualified vendor after evaluating its Intergy EHR Meaningful Use Edition.

4-25-2011 8-36-12 AM

OB-GYN PM/EHR vendor digiChart names Phil Suiter as president and CEO. He most recently served as president and CEO of Transaction Tracking Technologies and was director of strategic projects for Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Department of Medicine. The former president and CEO, founder and Vanderbilt professor G. William Bates MD, will remain with the company as board chair.

Capario names Stephen Garcia CFO. Garcia’s background includes initial and follow-up IPOs, as well as restructuring.

Altos Solutions announces that the three-physician Lake Norman Oncology (NC) has successfully attested for MU using Altos’s OncoEMR.

4-25-2011 9-13-47 AM  4-25-2011 9-12-38 AM 

Two of Massachusetts’ largest physician groups discuss merging to form an 1,100-physician organization. The fact that Atrius Health and Fallon Clinic both use Epic’s EHR, PM, and scheduling platform would presumably make for an easier transition.

Orthopaedic Surgery Associates (MI) selects SRS EHR and CareTracker PM for its 13 providers.

The AMA advises physicians to prepare for possible cash flow issues once the 5010 code set goes into effect January 1, 2012. They warn that technical glitches could delay payments, so practices should establish a line of credit and limit spending when possible.

4-25-2011 4-23-39 PM

I noticed on Greenway Medical’s website today that President and CEO Tee Green recently presented a $3,500 college scholarship to a Carrollton High School (GA) senior as part of the company’s mission to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Over the last year, Greenway has provided funds, on-site mentoring, and company-sponsored internships for about 200 Carroll County youth.

The Centricity Healthcare User Group (CHUG) is having its spring conference April 29-30 in San Diego. CHUG is a vendor-independent group, although GE is hosting an evening reception and numerous GE employees are scheduled to give presentations. Registration is $525 for both users and GE employees. If you are attending, send me an update from the field.

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers forms a strategic partnership with Phytel to support utilization of Phytel’s population health management tools by its member centers.

4-25-2011 1-43-27 PM

Home Physicians Management, a house call-based practice, receives an $11.5 million investment from Triangle Capital Corp. The house call market is predicted to grow due to aspects of last year’s health reform legislation. Analysts see Triangle’s investment as a vote of confidence for the house call model.

MD-IT EMR secures ONC-ATCB modular certification.

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  • Fall out from Amazon cloud server – I ran across this over the weekend via someone on Twitter and went over to take a look and this is not a good thing as the service, frustrated on not being able to get any response from Amazon customer service posted an SOS on the AWS forum. There’s a lot of mistakes here and this is a cardiac home monitoring system that went down on the 21st and there’s a lot of comments made here but scary in the fact that they didn’t have a back up plan for their cloud services, so no ECGs coming through.

    I didn’t want to dig further to see who the company was and actually out of courtesy blurred their Amazon account numbers as they put that on their SOS too. They are the service doing the monitoring so we really don’t know who the end recipients are here, a family, a doctor medical records and so on. It’ kind disturbing when you read the SOS that says we monitor for hundreds of patients. After seeing this I decided to send it up to the FDA since their new class one rules with making data reporting devices less restrictive just went into effect last week:)

    One of the commenters thought this was a start up company and I somewhat tend to agree as everything that even has a slight pulse today is getting funded and it made me wonder if we have enough due diligence being conducted today on the investor side, just a question I posed as we are seeing some strange devices and software for that matter appearing.

    http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-happens-when-cloud-server-goes.html

    I think this was a wake up call and hopefully nobody has had any cardiac issues during this server black out and again where was the fail over? At it stands on the forum today it doesn’t look like much has been done but let’s hope in fact it has been addressed as not too long from now we will all be a lot more reliant on cloud services as it grows and this also makes a point on how “not available” customer service is getting to be with some companies.

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