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When every day matters

Working with health information technology companies every day can be exciting – you get a chance to see futuristic solutions that you know will have an impact on generations of people receiving health care. But the origin of these solutions can be quite heartbreaking. You hear stories of medical errors and information gridlock that led to devastating results for loved ones. Here is a story from Patrick Randolph, CEO of QueueDr, told to me about his friend, who had to wait three weeks to find out he had multiple sclerosis (MS): Recently, my oldest friend in the world, who I’ve known for 27 years, found out he had MS. Not a death sentence, but definitely worse than your average Tuesday. My friend told me how lucky he was that they caught it early. His doctor repeatedly stressed to him how […]

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Want to improve shared C-CDA content? Try the new scorecard

  • George E. Cole, Jr.
  • 08/16/2016

Across the Healthcare IT industry, from providers to software developers, and even into the U.S. Senate, we continue to hear that the content of shared Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) documents, in spite of improved guides and constraints, are not meaningfully useful. There continues to be wide divergence of documents across the vendor and provider communities. For example we have heard: Documents are ginormous (a very technical term). We cannot find what we need. It’s just a CCD – where’s the narrative? Where is the operative note? And more… In prior Allscripts posts we touched on many of these points, such as in the Relevant and Pertinent survey post. Results from this survey will be published soon. However, we now have another opportunity to help improve the content of C-CDA using a new scoring tool for C-CDA R2.1, the version of content […]

Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), launched Sync for Science (S4S), a pilot program to enable individuals to access their health data and send it to researchers. Allscripts is one of several electronic health record (EHR) companies to participate in S4S, and our FollowMyHealth® patient engagement platform is proving to be superbly architected for this type of collaboration. First, a little background on what we’re working toward. S4S has two main goals: Enable individuals to contribute data to the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort. If people want to support genetic and genomic research efforts, they should be able to easily share clinical data in a structured electronic format. Accelerate patient data access through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). More regulations are requiring providers to offer […]

It’s been a privilege to be named to Health Data Management’s 2016 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT and feature insights on this blog from some of these women leaders*. Their responses, and encouragement from my colleagues, inspired me to share my own answers to the following questions. Describe your current role and the path you took to get there. As Allscripts Analytics Chief Medical Officer, my role is to provide medical leadership to a world-class team to develop, design and deploy predictive models to improve health. My introduction to population data and analytics came during my health systems and trauma care fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Having finished my master’s degree in Public Health, I was eager to bring together my interest in improving health systems and background in surgery to improve trauma care in Kenya. Why did you choose […]

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The electronic prior authorization tipping point

Today’s prior authorization (PA) process for certain high-cost medications is often a lengthy, manual back-and-forth process among the doctor, payer, pharmacy and patient. But times are changing, and about 20 states have legislation proposed or in place to improve the process with electronic prior authorizations (ePA). The industry is at a tipping point and ready for change. Health IT partnerships with payers and life sciences companies can enable physicians to obtain PA electronically, leading to faster patient access to medications and reduced rates of prescription abandonment. Manual prior authorizations aren’t working According to Frost and Sullivan, about 70% of patients who encounter a manual, paper-based PA do not receive the original prescription, and patients abandon about 40% of manual PAs. With 180 million PAs each year, we can estimate that about 72 million prescriptions are abandoned each year. Manual PA […]

Recognized as an industry leader in interoperability, UPMC is a healthcare provider and insurer that operates more than 20 hospitals and 500 outpatient sites. A talented UPMC Interoperability team drives the organization’s efforts toward excellence in connectivity. We recently gleaned some valuable insights from two members of this team, Diane Michalec, RN, MSN, director of interoperability and Amy Urban, DO, MPH , clinical director of interoperability. They shared career advice and their perspectives on population health management: Tell me a little about your current role and the path you took to get there. Diane: I am currently the Director of Interoperability at UPMC and have responsibilities for managing the enterprise wide point of care application along with strategic planning and oversight of the interoperability program. I came into my first IT role from a critical care nurse background and have […]

To provide the best quality care, clinicians need detailed information about a patient’s medical history and status. They need to know existing information is correct, and also about new details in patients’ lives that could affect their care. Some days, I’m organized and build in time to prepare for upcoming appointments. I may be able to go to an online site and complete the updates and information necessary for my visit in advance. During busy days and weeks, it might be all I can do to get to the appointment on time, and having an onsite option like a kiosk in the waiting room to update my medical history becomes vital to making sure my doctor has all the best data about me. As a person and a patient, I like options. I want to engage with practices who use […]

Editor’s Note: Health Data Management recently named the 2016 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, including Allscripts Analytics Chief Medical Officer Fatima Paruk. This post is one in a series that features insights from some of these women leaders, including Kara Marx , Kate Pavlovich and Dr. Carol Steltenkamp. Few people in the industry have achieved as much as Carol Steltenkamp, M.D., MBA, FAAP, FHIMSS. She is the chief medical information officer at UK HealthCare, which is the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.), serves as chair for the HIMSS International Board of Directors, and is a professor of pediatrics at the UK College of Medicine. Even with all of these responsibilities, she still finds time to see pediatric patients. Her passion for helping others is inspiring, as is the advice she shared in a recent interview. Highlights […]

At the 2016 Pop Health Forum, healthcare providers delved into one of the industry’s most pressing issues: How do we meet demand on the fee-for-service side while simultaneously controlling risk on the value-based-care side? Allscripts Vice President of Solutions Management Jim Bresee helped address that question in this video: Delivering the complete patient record at the point of care Today, patient data resides in many different places. For clinicians to have a complete view of their patients, they need technology that can bring this data together in a way that is accurate and useful. First and foremost, it’s critical to know the record is aggregating the data for the right patient. When you bring information together from inside and outside the organization, you have to know with absolute certainty you have the right patient. Technology must use reliable patient identification […]

Editor’s Note: Health Data Management recently named the 2016 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, including Allscripts Analytics Chief Medical Officer Fatima Paruk. This post is one in a series that features insights from some of these women leaders, including Kara Marx , Kate Pavlovich and Dr. Carol Steltenkamp. A fellow honoree from the 2016 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT awards reminded me that with recognition comes a responsibility to share knowledge and experience with others. It’s a principle that’s especially true in health care, which is by nature is a collaborative field. From Sharp Healthcare (San Diego, California, U.S.A.), Vice President Information Technology Applications Kara Marx recently shared some of her insights with us. Here are highlights from that conversation: Describe your current role and the path you took to get there. In my current role at Sharp, I manage a team […]