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!
* 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