Hospital EMR News: Meaningful Use Payments, HIE Improvements, Mobile Physician Alerts

Hi folks: Enough of me yakking of late. Thought you’d find the following news bites to be worth a look, from vendor announcements to Meaningful Use wins. Enjoy!

-Katherine

*  Morton County Health System, located in Elkhart, KS, announced today that it was the first hospital in the state of Kansas to receive a Medicare incentive payment.  That’s got to feel nice. Press release

* Next month, diagnostic equipment provider Welch Allyn will premiere a configurable system allowing its physical assessment instruments and vital signs documentation technology to electronically capture and transmit patient data to an EMR. (You mean most devices don’t do this already? Eek!)  Press release

* St. Jude Medical has launched version 5.0 of its Merlin.net Patient Care Network. The network features Mobile DirectAlerts notifying doctors via their mobile device when patients experience key events. What’s cool is that when doctors get the alert, they can jump directly to hospital patient reports. Gotta like that. Press release

* As of Sept. 30, CMS had distributed more than $850 million in incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Program, according to HIMSS. Also, more than 114,000 eligible providers and hospitals reported having registered. Looks like 2012 is going to be a huge year for Meaningful Use.  Becker’s Hospital Review

* In addition to citing 23 of its physicians as being the best in the state, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Burlington, VT based Fletcher Allen Health Care as one of the “Most Connected” in the country. That puts FAHC in the top 3.5 percent of hospitals in EMR adoption and use. Great to catch a winner outside of Chicago, New York, Boston or LA… Press release

* The e-Health Network of Long Island, an HIE serving 1.5 million patients, has adopted new technology from HealthUnity Corp. which adds several Meaningful Use-friendly features to provider EMRs, including  secure messaging, e-referral, an EHR lite provider portal and EHR adapter services. The HIE ties together a group of nine area hospitals and nursing homes. Press release

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Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

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  • I was on the website of e health network of Long Island. A lot of nice words; absolutely nothing to indicate that they have any connected providers or patients yet. Or whether they connect to LIPIX; another Long Island HIE that has far more information posted on their web site but which uses paper patient consent forms. And ehnli’s link above to a press release brings up an empty page.

    Both sites left me rather frustrated.

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