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Hear, Hear, CMS! Well, pretty much…

I breathed a sigh of relief when CMS and ONC at last released the final rules on the second stage of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program late last week.  It had gotten to the point where people were asking me almost hourly if I had any idea when we’d have them. The rumor mill was in full swing … what was in and what was out? And when we all finally got our hands on it, what was the first thing I looked for in the CMS rule? You may recall that the program originally called for participants to report on 12 months of Meaningful Use activity to qualify for Stage 2 incentive payments.  The problem, though, was that even with the proposed delay of the start of Stage 2 by one year, the length of time it was […]

Joy greeted yesterday’s CMS announcement that 500 practices have been enrolled in a new public-private initiative to support the nation’s struggling primary care physicians. That was the reaction, anyway, of Pamela Coyle-Toerner, CEO and President of Queen City Physicians in Cincinnati, one of many Allscripts EHR clients to be selected for the program. “It’s fun to see primary care providers getting the attention and respect they deserve,” Coyle-Toerner told It Takes A Community. “The government gets it, now we need the rest of the care community to get it. … We’re trying to make sure that primary care survives as a profession.  These providers can truly help us, as a country, survive the cost crisis that we have.” CMS seems to agree. The Comprehensive Primary Care initiative (CPC) is the latest in a series of federal efforts to reinvigorate primary […]

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ACE12 Final Day

  • Todd Stein
  • 08/17/2012

The final day of ACE12 dawned a gorgeous day in Chicago – sunny and not too hot. But the crowd has definitely thinned.  We spoke with several Allscripts clients who were eager to head home to their families and look for ways to apply what they’ve learned. Those who stuck around for Friday’s half day of sessions found some of the best had been saved for last.   The Story of “Open” Among them, David Vawdrey, Ph.D. of Columbia University presented one of the most exciting stories in healthcare IT today.  Vawdrey, Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics, is part of a small team of IT geniuses tasked with enhancing the Sunrise and Enterprise EHR deployments for Columbia’s 1,000+ faculty physicians and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (his colleague, Dr. Peter Stetson, presented at ACE12 yesterday).  NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital includes Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and […]

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ACE12 Day Two (cont.)

 To close Day Two of ACE12, attendees joined the Allscripts team for a party at Navy Pier, the iconic Chicago theme-park-on-a-dock. Judging by the client reaction, Allscripts lived up to its reputation for throwing some of the best parties in healthcare. There were four Chicago-themed areas for hanging out with colleagues and exploring the neighborhoods, music and cuisine that make Chicago famous.  There was a Summer carnival and Midwestern fair on the rooftop. There was a band for virtually every musical taste — blues, dueling pianos, pop and hip-hop. There was Chicago’s incomparable skyline, and, of course, fireworks over Lake Michigan. A good time was had by all.   Before heading out to party, though, attendees soaked up more of the meaningful education at the root of ACE12, most of it led by clients. Sessions that attracted serious attention included, to […]

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ACE12 Day Two

  • Todd Stein
  • 08/16/2012

Day Two of ACE12 dawned bright and early for some of us.  Thirty-seven early-risers gathered at 6 am outside the Hyatt Regency West Tower for a “Fun Run.” The running enthusiasts (or gluttons for punishment, depending on your point of view) split up into two groups, one going 1.5 miles, the other 3 miles – each led by an Allscripts team member.  Allscripts President Lee Shapiro, a true Marathon Man, and Chief Client Officer Laurie McGraw led the way. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an unexpected cameo appearance, following up on his Opening Address on Tuesday.  As the group was running along the Lake Michigan waterfront, who should appear dripping from his morning swim but the Mayor himself!  As if he’d been handed a campaign trail prize, Emanuel greeted the runners and gave them a hearty cheer …   The […]

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ACE12 Day One (continued)

  • Todd Stein
  • 08/16/2012

  Once the excitement of seeing all 4,000 of us gathered in one room for Wednesday’s Opening Address had worn off, ACE12’s attendees got down to the business of learning and educating. Some of the educating was of the map-reading variety as attendees went through the usual first-day adjustment to a large conference in an unfamiliar setting.  Some of them even discovered they were in the wrong conference entirely (ACE Hardware is holding its annual convention in McCormick Place this week as well). In between educational sessions, attendees made their way to The HUB — the ACE12 exhibition hall — to ask questions of the Allscripts solution experts and peruse some of the 84 Allscripts partners exhibiting at the conference. The HUB was also the site of the Opening Day Reception Wednesday evening, where, judging from some of the smiles in the […]

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ACE12 Kicks Off with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

  • Todd Stein
  • 08/15/2012

ACE12, our annual Allscripts users’ conference, kicked off this morning with over 4,000 attendees at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman headlined the opening address.  To see for yourself, watch the full ACE 2012 Opening Address online. (If you have trouble getting the video to run, please reload the page. We wanted to save you the trouble of entering your information to access the replay). For those of you who’d rather not sit through the video, we’ve pulled together the highlights here … Mayor Rahm Emanuel started things off with an introduction to Chicago for ACE attendees.  The former White House Chief of Staff reviewed the success Chicago has had creating jobs – more than in any major U.S. city, he said – and investing $7.3 billion in critical infrastructure. And he outlined the city’s […]

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Live Blogging ACE12

  • Todd Stein
  • 08/14/2012

If you can’t attend ACE12 in Chicago this week, you can still stay current on our annual users’ conference.  We’ll be posting live updates including photos, videos and firsthand reports from ACE12 here several times a day during the conference Wednesday-Friday at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.  To get started, be sure to watch tomorrow’s 9am (CST) opening keynote by Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman. Glen and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will welcome more than 4,000 clients and business partners to the conference. Glen will review the company’s open platform and how it enables collaboration, innovation and insights that will position clients to thrive into the future.    Spoiler Alert: You can expect to see and hear previews of upcoming Allscripts products – tune in tomorrow to catch an early glimpse.  HOW TO WATCH  1. Visit www.allscripts.com/ace2012 at the time of the […]

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The British are Coming!

From the drama and grandeur of Downton Abbey, to the obsession with the Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton), to the fantastic London 2012 Olympic Games, the US has great affinity and affection for all things British.  And that feeling is reciprocal when it comes to healthcare.  Yes, I’ll admit, there’s the odd little difference in the way healthcare is structured, provided and paid for, but England’s National Health Service (NHS) often looks across the Atlantic when looking for solutions to the very similar challenges they face in providing 21st Century healthcare:   Pressures on healthcare funding in a predominantly state-funded delivery system … consolidation of the management of healthcare delivery across the continuum of care for improved disease management … the ongoing drive to embrace and systematize evidence based care to improve outcomes …  and the ever present and ongoing need  […]

Most Electronic Health Record users are forced to wait for the next upgrade to extend their system’s functionality.  At University Hospitals in Cleveland, we’re fortunate to use Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM), an EHR that gives us a lot more flexibility.  With SCM we’re able to make the changes we want ourselves, by leveraging Medical Logic Modules (MLM) — a kind of artificial intelligence that queries the underlying EHR database and, depending on the if-then logic that you create, triggers advanced clinical decision support. Like the apps that make your smart phone smarter, these packets of artificial intelligence have improved patient care and even made our caregivers happy (no easy task for an IT team). Our team has launched many MLM-powered innovations across the eight UH hospitals that use SCM. But I want to talk about just one: a patient handoff […]