Connectathon 2015 Recap

Posted on behalf of Hollis Marek, Director of Software Development, Summit Healthcare

Now that the Connectathon is over it’s time to reflect a bit on the event. This year was the first time that Summit Healthcare participated in the testing, and it was an impressive conference. From the numbers I saw there were over 500 software engineers representing more than 100 companies, most of whom were competitors for the other 51 weeks of the year. At the Connectathon, however, we all worked toward the same goal without a hint of competition (well, maybe just a little showing off and grandstanding, but we are engineers after all).

Summit Healthcare brought the latest incarnation of our Healthcare Integration platform to the testing floor; I won’t tell you too much about it here so as not to spoil the surprise but you’re going to be impressed when you see it.

After we registered at the Cleveland Convention Center on Monday we found our seats and set up our servers. In our case that meant plugging in a couple of laptops but for others this process was a little more involved. Once the servers were all set up we started looking for testing partners, and they started looking for us. Since this was our first time we started small with the easier client profiles that we knew we could test quickly and get some small accomplishments to share with the folks back home.

From that point on for about 10 hours each day through Thursday we worked on testing and retesting the software. We found that many vendors were willing to help out even if they had finished their own testing, in fact around midweek an email was sent out with a list of “Good Samaritans” who were available for just that reason. Our own testing wrapped up late Friday morning, but with the lessons we learned we expect to be on that list very early in the week next time.

Despite being several months from complete our new product was able to pass all of the profiles we attempted including XDS, PIX and PDQ testing for both HL7 versions 2 and 3, along with the ATNA security profiles. We’re pretty proud of the accomplishment to be honest.

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Summit Healthcare is Synonymous with Interoperability

Posted on behalf of Paul Actis, Vice President of Research & Development, Summit Healthcare

From our start in 1999 our mission has been to make it easier for hospitals to integrate within their infrastructure in order for them to concentrate on what they do best: patient care. Our initial product was a workflow automation tool , however,  it was soon evident that quicker and more efficient ways to distribute data were needed.

Our first messaging product was the HL7 Adapter which provided integration for systems that used HL7 version 2.x. This quickly matured into the Summit Connect application which allows for all message structures to be transmitted. As the market changed , and Meaningful Use regulations required more advanced methods of moving data, Summit continued to be the market leader in helping our clients achieve certification with suite of integration products.

Summit is about to embark on its next generation of messaging integration with its Exchange platform. As Summit has always been at the forefront of conforming to industry standards, we felt it only a natural progression of our company to participate in the IHE Connecathon. The Connectathon’s focus on interoperability, its ability to bring in other industry leaders and the chance to also participate in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase in April is very exciting for us, and we look forward to the challenge.

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Leveraging technology in a meaningful way

Healthcare IT News published a profile on seven trends we are likely to see in 2015 and number seven peaked my interest; “Leveraging technology in a meaningful way”.

I started thinking what does this mean to the clinical community? Healthcare organizations are being faced with providing tighter integration models, driven by multiple industry drivers and stakeholders asking these specific questions.  How can we continue to be a connected healthcare leader?  How can we provide a path for interoperability to our end user population at all touch points in the continuum of care?

Leveraging technology at the foundation and expanding the footprint to include all areas of focus will be crucial.  The integration pathways within the walls of your hospital EMR must interact with all touch points in the community.  Enabling the interaction with your physician community to support order and result integration, as well as ensuring CCD data exchange continues on for all points of clinical care will be critical.

Is your organization positioned to leverage your technology investments in a meaningful way?

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Pre-Connectathon Testing is in Full Swing!

Posted on behalf of Hollis Marek, Director of Software Development, Summit Healthcare

As the Pre-Connectathon testing period comes to a close Summit Healthcare is checking in the last of our changes and wrapping up our testing checklists.  On January 26th we’ll be taking the new Summit Exchange platform to Cleveland for the main event, the 2015 IHE Connectathon.  At this venue we’ll have the opportunity to put our newest product through its paces with several real vendor systems.

For our first Connectathon we’ve chosen a fairly ambitious set of tests:

Integration Profile


Audit Trail and Node Authentication Secure Application
Consistent Time Time Client
Patient Demographics Query Patient Demographics Consumer
Patient Demographics Query Patient Demographics Supplier
Patient Demographic Query HL7 V3 Patient Demographics Consumer
Patient Demographic Query HL7 V3 Patient Demographics Supplier
Patient Identifier Cross-referencing forMPI Patient Identifier Cross-referenceConsumer
Patient Identifier Cross-referencing forMPI Patient Identity Source
Patient Identifier Cross-referencing forMPI Patient Identity Cross-referenceManager
Patient Identifier Cross-ReferenceHL7 V3 Patient Identifier Cross-referenceConsumer
Patient Identifier Cross-ReferenceHL7 V3 Patient Identity Source
Patient Identifier Cross-ReferenceHL7 V3 Patient Identity Cross-referenceManager


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Prepping for IHE Connectathon – the countdown is on!

Posted on behalf of Tori Buck, Product Manager, Summit Healthcare

After months of coding, preparation, and webinar attendance, we are approaching the final deadlines. Summit Healthcare will be participating in the IHE North American Connectathon for the first time! This is a very exciting opportunity for Summit to identify key areas for future development, and validate its success in the past, by testing with other participants during the 2015 event in Cleveland, OH.

In the next week there will be final tweaking of settings and the finishing of pre-Connectathon testing to meet the January 9th deadline for completion. The team has been hard at work to be sure a thorough understanding of each testing profile is obtained before heading off to Cleveland the week of January 26th. Within the final weeks before the trip much studying will be taking place to ready the testers for the weeklong event. While the two designated onsite developers will be interacting first hand with the other testers, the remaining members of the team will be on hand to answer any questions that might arise and need additional assistance.

In all, the entire Summit team is going to learn a tremendous amount of information from this event! We are all excited to see what results come from all of the hard work.



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Advantages of Integrated Monitoring Device Data

Getting data from your monitoring devices into your EHR can be a challenge. According to HIMSS Analytics Medical Device Landscape (2012), only a third of hospitals actually integrate medical devices with EHRs, due to lack of standards and costs.

The advantages of integrating your Monitoring Devices are countless. 

In talking with our clients we outline the advantages of this crucial integration.

  • Elimination of manual documentation and transcription errors
  • Immediate access to crucial data for clinician review, validation, including long term storage within your core EHR
  • Support your investment in network infrastructure and monitoring equipment
  • Support one Monitor Vendor model or multiple
  • Support one Interface model or multiple
  • Low cost of ownership with tangible ROI

Monitoring Device Integration can be a burden and a drain on organizations but it doesn’t have to be.  Drive toward one comprehensive EHR and be an integration leader.   Learn more.


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82% Of Health IT Executives Report Their Organizations Are Not Prepared For Unexpected Downtime

A new report released by MeriTalk featured on Health IT Outcomes highlights the staggering costs security breaches, data loss, and unplanned outages have on U.S. Hospitals.

The Summit Downtime Reporting System offers a sophisticated, streamlined solution that provides immediate access to critical data during downtime whether scheduled or unscheduled. Hospital organizations continue to adopt the Summit DRS technology offering at a rapid pace to ensure they are prepared for any situation that may arise. Patient safety continues to be of utmost importance thus making access to critical data for all staff from clinicians, to department managers, and leadership mandatory and readily available during all downtime situations.

Summit Healthcare welcomes the following new healthcare organizations (Siemens HIS) as they begin implementation of the Summit Downtime Reporting System:

  • Mountain States Health Alliance
  • Western Connecticut Health Network
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center


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Think Smarter, Not Harder in Your Business Office…

Have you ever thought to yourself “There’s got to be a better way to do this”? Well,  you’re probably right, there probably was a better way of completing the task. Often times we get so caught up in getting something completed by a deadline, we don’t look into alternative, more efficient ways of getting it done. What you don’t realize is, your hospital may actually already have an answer to all of your stresses.

Many Healthcare IT departments continuously run scripts on the clinical side of the hospital, automating routine data entry tasks. Have you ever thought to run similar scripts within your business office to help cut down on your own repetitive, time consuming tasks? Think about it – a cost effective solution that would help streamline business processes and allow your staff more time to focus on other tasks.

Hospitals are beginning to implement scripting in a variety of ways other than purely clinical. Wayne Memorial Health has been using scripting solutions within their business office for financial data and analysis, and have had tremendous success. They’re currently automating tasks such as:

  • Online Bill Payments
  • Payroll Deductions
  • Patient Comments
  • Checking Credit Scores
  • Compile Desktops for Collectors and Billers
  • Patient Portal Information
  • And Much More!

Join us as Tim Fail and Dean Tino from Wayne Memorial Healthcare present on how they’re using scripting across the board!

Wayne Memorial Hospital Presents Automating Tasks in the Business Office
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT


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Downtime: What Happens When Disaster Strikes?

“I’m sorry, our system is down.” –  One sentence that makes any CIO’s blood pressure skyrocket. Today hospital staffs have been trained to use systems and rely on electronics for just about everything they need to do to get their job done. But what happens when those systems go down?

Whether your HIS vendor system or network goes down due to unforeseen reasons, or due to planned maintenance, having a downtime plan is imperative. Leaving patients and staff confused, stressed, unhappy and uncoordinated is unacceptable. Obviously these situations are unavoidable, but there are ways to make them more manageable.

Hospitals need to adopt a robust technology that will keep information available and easily accessible for hospital staff. Without the right technology in place, the hospitals ability to ensure patient safety and to provide reliable, up-to-date information is near impossible during any type of downtime.

With the right technology and reliable staff, the Summit Downtime Reporting System can provide hospitals with an easy-to-use platform for business continuity. A comprehensive solution that ensures safety and reliability and a significant return on investment, all while enabling your staff access to what they need, when they need it.

If you would like to learn more about the Summit Downtime Reporting System, please email us, or join our upcoming webinar below.

Business Continuity during a HCIS or Network Downtime
Thursday, July 10th
1:00 pm EST


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DirectTrust Welcomes Summit Healthcare

This past week DirectTrust took the opportunity to introduce their newest members. We at Summit Healthcare are thrilled to be a part of the DirectTrust family, and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship. Below is a short snip-it from the article released. For more information visit

Summit Healthcare
Summit Healthcare continues to be the choice of hospitals who want to take full control of their healthcare system integration and automation needs. Since 1999, they have worked to provide over 1,000 clients with flexible technology, complementary tailored services and scalable solutions.  They work with all HIS platforms, EHR and Ancillary systems, and countless vendor partners and resellers.

Summit Healthcare joined DirectTrust to support their clients, vendor partners and the general hospital community as they look to expand and meet their Direct exchange communication and they look forward to the opportunity to interact with the Direct community. For more information on Summit Healthcare, contact Tara Marchi, Director of Corporate Development at or visit them at

Kelly Gwynn
Operational Support


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