Health IT Business News – Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Health IT Business News

Today’s Business News

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII), announced today that NextGen Inpatient Clinicals version 2.6 is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as a Complete Electronic Health Record (Complete EHR) on September 18, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB). The certification was in accordance with the applicable Hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stage 1 and 2 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Greenway Medical Technologies has become the first ambulatory HIT solutions provider to join Healtheway, Inc. and support the national eHealth Exchange. Healtheway is a public-private collaborative that promotes health information interoperability to improve patient care, streamline disability benefit claims and enhance public health reporting. Greenway PrimeSUITE® was the first ambulatory EHR to be certified as a Complete EHR by CCHIT under ONC 2014 Edition criteria and the first to be gold certified for Cerner interoperability under the Cerner Interoperability Certification Program. Greenway was the first company to announce successful data sharing between its solution at a customer practice and Epic Systems’ solution at an area hospital system, improving community care coordination. And earlier this year, Greenway was a founding member of the CommonWell Health Alliance, a multi-vendor, non-profit association committed to fostering national standards and processes for secure data sharing.

CareCloud has announced that the Company brought on new medical practices to its cloud-based platform at a record pace during the third quarter, resulting in 440 new clients added year-to-date. CareCloud also reported its 15th consecutive quarter of triple-digit revenue growth and while scaling its platform to serve physicians in 47 states. In the third quarter, CareCloud also launched an award-winning next generation of its EHR solution, CareCloud Charts, which further fueled the Company’s market momentum.

Partners HealthCare, an integrated health system, and InterSystems, a leader in software for connected care, announced that Partners has selected InterSystems HealthShare® as an enterprise platform for strategic interoperability. InterSystems’ software technology will replace several existing integration engines and enable Partners to pursue consolidation of its financial and clinical systems onto one electronic health record (EHR) platform, supporting Partners’ vision to be a more agile, integrated, and efficient healthcare system.

ICA, provider of strategic interoperability technology, announced that its CareAlign® interoperability platform is now fully connected with the MEDITECH EHR system as evidenced by Newton Medical Center. The Kansas-based medical center is a participant in the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and is operational with the MEDITECH EHR; this connectivity through ICA allows it to exchange continuity of care documents (CCDs) via Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS). The integration of ICA’s technology with MEDITECH and multiple other EHR systems supports broader care coordination goals of providers within care delivery networks, no matter if they are part of health information exchanges (HIEs) or not. Through XDS, these organizations can register, distribute and access patient electronic information in document format across enterprises. By exchanging CCDs in a standardized format, providers are able to streamline communication throughout the care continuum and meet transitions of care criteria for Meaningful Use. MEDITECH, along with 25 other EHR vendors, has successfully tested and connected with ICA through ICAetc., an industry-wide service for interoperability testing. This testing center allows the vendors to leverage scalable technology for meeting these broader transitions of care requirements.

MedicsDocAssistant Version 7.0 from Advanced Data Systems (ADS) has achieved 2014 Edition Complete EHR Ambulatory ONC Health IT Certification, which designates that the software is capable of supporting healthcare providers with Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  MedicsDocAssistant Version 7 was certified by ICSA Labs, an Office of the National Coordinator-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) and is compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Truven Health Analytics announced that its Meaningful Use Quality Manager version 2.0 is now compliant with the 2014 Office of the National Coordinator’s criteria for clinical quality measures reporting. As of September 18, 2013, the product is certified as an Electronic Health Record Module by CCHIT. In accordance with the applicable hospital certification criteria the 2014 ONC criteria supports stages 1 and 2 of meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The 2014 edition certified Meaningful Use Quality Manager 2.0 will accept patient data from any electronic health record system, calculate measures, and generate results. Truven Health will submit the measure results to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the standardized electronic formats on behalf of the hospitals, allowing them to meet their Meaningful Use CQM reporting requirement.