Healthcare Systems Integration

Healthcare system integration is crucial to contributing to successful electronic health records allowing for streamlined communication of critical patient data throughout the entire patient care cycle.  Summit Healthcare has connected over 180 unique vendor systems and we continue to work to help organizations solve their many complex integration challenges.   

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CMS offers answers to sequestration questions
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offered clarification for some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the effects of the recent budget sequestration on the healthcare industry.
Children's hospitals{'} EHR adoption rate growing quickly
A study found that EHR adoption rates are increasing among children's hospitals.
Customer service a key component of successful EHR systems
A vital component of EHR success is selecting the right vendor and the right offering. Specifically, hospitals need to be on the lookout for partners that can provide high-quality customer service and support.
Openness needed for successful EHR implementation
Colleen Lyons emphasized the importance of openness for achieving effective EHR implementation.
US physicians lags behind other nations' EHR adoption rates
The U.S. lags behind other nations when it comes to EHR adoption rates among physicians.
Tight EHR integration essential for preserving doctor-patient relationship
EHR integration is essential for maintaining the integrity of doctor-patient relationships.
CMS to audit EHR incentive program recipients prior to payment
The CMS is now auditing some EHR incentive program beneficiaries before sending out payments.
Rural hospitals struggling to achieve EHR implementation, study finds
Rural hospitals are struggling to implement EHR systems, with serious consequences.
EHR success depends on physician involvement, expert claims
Daniel Morreale, vice president and CIO at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York City, explained that one of the keys to achieving successful implementation is a high level of physician involvement.
Hospital reduces readmissions with EHR alert system
Cox Medical Center Branson cut readmissions by utilizing a primary care notification system featuring EHRs.
CMS updates Meaningful Use program qualifications
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released updates concerning the 2014 clinical quality measures (CQMs) for hospitals eager to participate in the federal electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs.
Planning essential for EHR success
Mitzi Cardenas, senior vice president of strategy, business development and performance integration at Truman Medical Centers, emphasized the importance of planning when implementing EHR systems.
Early EHR adoption critical precursor to big data success
Hospitals that have been quick to adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology are much better positioned to see benefits from big data tools.
US House considering bill altering MU requirements
The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering exemptions from and alterations to the consequences for organizations and individuals that fail to meet the upcoming meaningful use deadlines.
Physicians favor limiting patient EMR access
As a recent study demonstrated, physicians are far less enthusiastic about increasing patient access to EMRs than policy makers.
Achieving Stage 2 Meaningful Use a complex task
The deadline for achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use is rapidly approaching, and consequently many hospitals have already reached this level and are looking ahead to Stage 2. However, the requirements for reaching Stage 2 are significantly more complex and challenging than those for the earlier level.
Qualifications needed for healthcare IT jobs growing, evolving
The qualifications needed to thrive in healthcare IT are both expanding and evolving.
Open-source EHR systems invaluable for developing nations
Open-source EHR systems are proving invaluable for a number of developing nations.
CMS releases toolkit for stage 2 of EHR incentive program
Recently, the CMS released a new tool to further help hospitals and individuals take advantage of its EHR incentive program.
CMS clarifies EHR incentive program policies with expanded FAQ
the CMS recently updated its EHR incentive program's frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.
Medicare EHR payments will face cuts due to sequester
Medicare EHR payments will be affected by the sequester.
Nearly half of hospitals had EHR systems in 2012
As two recent briefs from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology highlighted, adoption rates are growing fast, as is meaningful use.
EHR and big data analytics reduce wasteful testing for Texas Children's Hospital
Demonstrating the potential of EHRs, Texas Children's Hospital recently announced that it has significantly cut back on unnecessary medical tests, thanks to combining EHRs with big data analytics technology.
HIMSS13 panelist highlights potential of EHR analytics
Hospitals and other healthcare providers are beginning to combine the power of big data analytics with their existing electronic health record (EHR) systems to develop strategies for improving care, overall efficiency and more
EHR model more effective at predicting ICU risk
EHR-based models are more effective for predicting risk for patients in intensive care units (ICUs), according to a recent study.
Radiologists lagging behind in EHR Meaningful Use
Radiologists are lagging behind when it comes to achieving EHR Meaningful Use.
Tennessee utilizes EHR to resolve meningitis emergency
The Tennessee Health Department faced a major fungal meningitis outbreak in late 2012 and responded by leveraging EHRs to great effect.
Texas Medical Association calls for HIT Safety Czar
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has issued a letter calling for the creation of a "highly visible HIT Safety Czar" who can help the healthcare industry achieve its EHR and health IT goals.
DOD, VA abandon plan to unite EHR systems
The Department of Defense (DOD) and VA have decided to abandon their plan to pursue iEHR as a means of cutting costs. Instead, they will pursue interoperability between existing EHR solutions.
Healthcare organizations urge delay of Meaningful Use Stage 3
Several organizations representing hospitals and physicians recently expressed their uncertainty and worries regarding the Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposals, advocating that these standards be delayed andor modified.
Hospitals may need extra help to make the most of EHRs
As a recent study revealed, however, simply implementing an EHR system is not enough. To see actual improvement, hospitals and other healthcare firms may need additional help.
Meaningful use Stage 2 fast approaching
Writing for MedCity News, Kresimir Perharda recently suggested that one of the most significant trends that will likely emerge in 2013 is the pursuit of Meaningful Use Stage 2.
Healthcare IT market growing in Europe
As a recent study demonstrated, professional IT services in the European healthcare market are on the rise.
EHRs to play big role in 2013
Several additonal healthcare IT executives emphasized the importance of EHR systems for improving the performance of healthcare providers in 2013 in a roundtable discussion with Becker's Hospital Review.
Health IT executives hoping for improved EHR systems in 2013
Speaking to Healthcare IT News, a number of health IT executives hope for improved EHR systems in hospitals across the United States in 2013
California striving to reduce healthcare costs
A task force appointed by Governor Jerry Brown has released recommendations that may help in this regard. Among the most prominent suggestions are healthier living styles for citizens of the state and more advanced health systems to improve the efficiency of patient care.
Industry expert critical of state of EHR implementation
Speaking to InformationWeek, Waegemann asserted that around the world, EHR systems have failed to meet expectations.
DOD, VA speeding up EHR integration
The DOD and VA are now likely to meet or beat the original deadline for iEHR
Healthcare industry facing data deluge
Data management is an issue in a variety of industries, but healthcare faces a unique challenge because the data explosion is happening at an extremely rapid pace.
Supplementary tools vital to gaining financial benefits from EHRs
EHR and HCIS platforms offer hospitals the potential to improve operational efficiency and patient care to such an extent that they deliver fiscal gains.
URAC working to formalize clinical integration methods
While clinical integration is becoming a priority across the healthcare industry, models for clinical integration are so broad that many stakeholders are struggling to clearly define the best ways to go about integrating care processes.
Clinical integration can drive value in healthcare
The clinical integration movement has become a key part of the healthcare industry in the United States.
UK care integration goals shed light on general industry trends
Care integration and healthcare system integration efforts are often linked. In care integration, operations are designed to streamline treatment processes by more intelligently coordinating care between various facilities.
IT advances vital for care integration plans
Care integration processes enable hospitals to work in conjunction with physician offices, clinics and other organizations in the region to coordinate care and integrate treatment processes.
Integration becoming priority for cardiology professionals
Healthcare system integration is emerging as a vital solution for many hospitals because it bridges the data gap between diverse EHR solutions.
State HIEs provide important step forward, but may not be the future
Led by the Office of the Coordinator for Health IT and other industry-wide initiatives, many states have been working to develop public health information exchanges.
Integration becoming more important in healthcare
The healthcare industry is amid a challenging period in which new technological systems are changing the way hospitals provide care.
HL7 standard gaining relevance
With the rise of EHR systems across much of the healthcare industry, the need for systems that support data sharing is becoming critical.
Big data gaining relevance in healthcare
The big data movement has been sweeping through a variety of industries in recent years. Healthcare now seems poised to take the dive into big data and explore how emerging forms of information gathering and analysis can improve operations.
New study points to care improvements stemming from EHR use
Many early studies of EHR deployment identified several problems with how physicians use the technology.
EHR innovation has to spread to behavioral health
Behavioral health is one of the most active parts of the healthcare industry in the United States.
Third-party integration services can enable healthcare IT advances
Conventional wisdom in many hospitals claims that using a common EHR platform for all internal functions is the easiest and most effective way to enable internal integration.
Hospital IT staffing issues continuing
Hospitals have always had a difficult relationship with IT, as the core competency of hospital staff is patient care and IT has not traditionally been central in that process.
Integration can unify medical research, treatment efforts
The healthcare industry is currently facing a major challenge because of the inherent nature of electronic health record systems.
EHRs can pay dividends for doctors
Electronic health records offer the potential to enable major care gains that allow doctors to more efficiently treat patients and better address community-related concerns.
Predictive medicine could be the future
The vision for predictive medicine is becoming closer to reality, as advanced health IT tools are able to provide physicians with more detailed and relevant patient data.
Health IT results only gained when analysts ask the right questions, report says
Studies abound on the issue of whether or not health IT advances save money or if they improve care.
Analysis playing major role in HIEs
Health information exchanges use a combination of healthcare system integration and a variety of other advanced technologies to enable data sharing across a pre-prescribed organizational setup.
Healthcare reform advice focuses on integration
Healthcare system integration is widely regarded as one of the most important emerging technologies when it comes to enabling healthcare reform.
Integration acts as catalyst for health IT revolution
With government reform efforts pushing the healthcare industry to move forward quickly into more efficient and effective care, it is not surprising that emerging technologies are playing a major role in the industry.
Healthcare industry in dire need of improvement
A lot has changed in healthcare over the past few years. Using new EHRs and other technologies has led to a greater ability to innovate processes and treat conditions.
Imaging issues emerging in healthcare climate
Hospital CIOs have a lot to deal with right now, with issues ranging from attesting to new Meaningful Use standards and securing electronic health data to supporting telemedicine initiatives and managing all of the health IT infrastructure that supports these strategies.
For healthcare data sharing, look to railroad systems, report says
The healthcare industry is beginning to emphasize data sharing in efforts to improve patient care throughout the care cycle, enable operational efficiency in hospitals and support broad reform goals.
Adjustments to Meaningful Use Stage 2 expected, but significant
The finalized version of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 standards has been released just months after the initial revelation of the requirements.
Though not surprising, finalized Meaningful Use standards show progress
The final version of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 standards has been met without too much fanfare, as it is, for the most part, extremely similar to the draft edition of the regulations released earlier this year.
Healthcare industry amid period of rapid change, creating challenges for CIOs
Healthcare CIOs and other technology leaders within the industry are facing a period of rapid change as care facilities work to adapt to meaningful use requirements and better support care operations through IT innovation.
The way physicians access data could be changing
While social media and advanced collaborative technologies have only been officially embraced in extremely rare cases within healthcare, the broad movement toward such solutions could end up having a major impact on the industry, Computerworld reported.
Massachusetts secures $17M to build HIE portal
The Massachusetts governor's office announced recently that it has secured $16.9 million from the Obama administration to build a statewide health information exchange (HIE) portal that will allow hospitals and other care providers to share clinical data over a secure network.
Integration plays key role in preventing medication errors
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine released a study that found approximately 7,000 Americans die every year because of preventable medication errors.
Government health data integration plan not running on schedule
The federal government is working to implement a healthcare system integration solution that will allow the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense to share data more effectively.
Interoperability critical as healthcare, IT meld into cohesive unit
For the most part, healthcare functions and IT systems have been kept separate in hospitals.
EHRs have real-world results
It is often tempting to look at the EHR innovation taking place across the United States and focus heavily on the political, technological and financial issues surrounding the technology.
Integration could soon be key in long-term care facilities
EHR deployment is maturing at long-term post-acute-care (LTPAC) facilities, but the technology has to be advanced to maximize gains.
Internal integration project pays off for Cook Children’s Health Care System
Pediatric hospitals are in a difficult position when it comes to deploying new EHRs. Most hospitals have the opportunity to strive for meaningful use and gain financial support through attestation.
Innovation needed to support EHR implementation
The rapid rise of EHRs has come, to a great extent, at the expense of quality. The problem is not that EHRs are bad or ineffective, but that they have evolved from systems initially designed for alternative purposes.
Rotherham NHS Trust turning to Meditech solution
The Rotherham NHS Trust has taken the early steps toward Meditech implementation. Currently, the organization is in the first stage of a large-scale project to deploy the new EHR solution, eHealth Insiders reported.
Physicians voice concerns with meaningful use stage 2
A handful of physicians and other medical providers are sounding off against the Medicare and Medicaid guidelines proposed for meaningful use stage 2 of EHRs, claiming the standards would inhibit adoption of the technology.
Integration could soon pay dividends for insurers
Insurance companies play a prominent role in the healthcare IT landscape.
IT ushering in new era of healthcare
EHR systems and other emerging healthcare solutions are rapidly changing the way hospitals, clinics and physician offices function, bringing about a new era of medical practice that is expected to be far more efficient and lead to major care gains.
IT advances could be the common ground in healthcare reform
Opinions on the legislative- and insurance-related issues of recent healthcare reform efforts of the U.S. government are extremely varied, with extremely heated voices emerging on all sides of the equation.
Data sharing key in helping patients throughout care cycle
Patients do not simply go to a doctor, get treated and go home. They do not go to a hospital, undergo surgery, stay overnight and resume life. The care cycle also involves rehab centers, home treatment measures, long-term care and other considerations.
CORHIO establishes new HIE in Colorado
The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization recently announced plans to combine a variety of healthcare solutions into a fully formed health information exchange.
Revisions to Stage 2 meaningful use already on the horizon
The Stage 2 meaningful use standards could be revised only months after their initial release, as the Health IT Policy Committee is analyzing some of the guidelines pertaining to HIEs and considering adding comments to the initial regulations, GovernmentHealthIT reported.
Integration contributes to productivity goals
Actually using EHR infrastructure to improve productivity and generate revenue in healthcare has proven to be something of a roadblock, as the move to electronic records management is so young that many organizations are still moving through the early adoption phase.
Integration key in large-scale health reform
Efforts to improve the healthcare industry and drive technological innovations that enhance patient care and create fiscal sustainability have already begun to pay dividends.
Integration will help take EHR systems to the next level
Ruminating on the implications of presentations at the HIMSS Conference, a recent HealthcareITNews report explained that major changes are on the horizon in the EHR sector for 2012, and many of them stem from advances in healthcare system integration.
NIST releases new guidance for EHR evaluation
The National Institute for Standards and Technology recently unveiled a new set of industry guidelines in an effort to help hospitals and other medical providers develop better methods of EHR evaluation.
Patients still center of health IT investments, expert says
Health IT innovation is still about the patients first and technology second.
ONC unveils HIE pilot project
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently announced a new HIE pilot program that will give patients more control over how their data is exchanged between hospitals, physician offices and clinics.
eHealth Ontario reaching for full potential of healthcare integration
Healthcare systems integration has the potential to completely revolutionize the industry by allowing medical providers to seamlessly share patient data across channels.