Health IT Business News – January 5, 2015

Health IT Business NewsThe College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) formalized its partnership agreement with KLAS Enterprises, an independent researcher of healthcare technology vendors, products and services for the provider market. The partnership, announced in October, will aim to accelerate industry performance and provide support to IT leaders. New details of the agreement include co-developing best practice and benchmarking studies; establishing an industry recognition program for the healthcare C-suite; distributing KLAS research briefs produced exclusively for members of CHIME and its affiliated associations; and offering discounted KLAS executive services to CHIME members.

Lightbeam Health Solutions has announced a strategic capital investment from Glen Tullman and Lee Shapiro, the former CEO and President, respectively, of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. This agreement may surprise a few people. Pat Cline, CEO of Lightbeam, and Tullman share a history as competitors. Cline founded and served as President of NextGen Healthcare, while Tullman served as CEO of Allscripts.

e-MDs and Kansas Health Information Network Inc. (KHIN) announced that e-MDs’ electronic health records (EHR) technology is the first to exchange provider data directly with the newly-created Kansas infectious disease registry. This new capability assists the 31 Kansas healthcare organizations using e-MDs’ EHR with meeting their Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) requirements. It also brings significant benefits to patients. “Sharing and having timely access to information about infectious diseases is critical to containing it,” said Patrick Hall, EVP Business Development for e-MDs. “While automating the reporting process helps physicians meet MU2 requirements, the connection to KHIN is bigger than that. It’s about improving the care and clinical outcomes for patients in Kansas by diagnosing infectious diseases sooner. We are proud to be the first EHR solution to connect to the registry.”

Modernizing Medicine, Inc.announced that it completed an acquisition of Aesyntix Health, Inc. on Dec. 22, 2014. Aesyntix is a privately held company based in Roseville, Calif. The transaction with Aesyntix will enable Modernizing Medicine to provide RCM, inventory management and a GPO to its customers in addition to EMA. The specialty RCM service combines technology that streamlines claim processing and collections, comprehensive support services and specialty certified billing managers to deliver RCM expertise to end users who select the service with EMA.

Capella Healthcare announced it has partnered with RelayHealth, The healthcare system, which includes 13 acute care and specialty hospital facilities across six states, is leveraging Relay’s solution to consolidate clinical information from a wide array of disparate electronic health record (EHR) systems, enabling data exchange across the healthcare enterprise. With RelayHealth, Capella Healthcare is now working to acquire and aggregate information from a variety of information systems into one view, making it possible for clinicians to access comprehensive patient information.