Welcome to Lawrence Perea and Kendall Godshall

We’re happy to announce the addition of two new members to our marketing team – welcome to Lawrence Perea and Kendall Godshall!

Lawrence is Meditab’s new Marketing Director and will manage the overall responsibilities for developing the annual marketing plan to establish Meditab’s suite of customizable high-end intelligent medical software solutions as the go-to market leader.  Lawrence will also provide planning and leadership to the marketing and sales teams by ensuring that the appropriate structures, systems, competencies and values are developed in order to meet and exceed the team’s goals.

Originally from Albuquerque, Lawrence recently moved to Sacramento to join Meditab as Marketing Director after many years in Chicago. He has more than 11 years in digital and online marketing management for mid-size to large corporations in B2B product development and professional services and enjoys the outdoors, music and the arts.

Kendall is the new Marketing Specialist and will be working closely with Lawrence; the Account Management Team; and the Value Added Services Team to establish engaging marketing strategies for the website, products, newsletters, special events, and other projects.

Kendall’s background has been focused in email marketing, social media, blog writing, sales, and database management.  She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Sociology.

Meditab Fresno Office Featured in The Business Journal

We’re happy to share that our Fresno office and the recent Open House event they held for clients was featured in The Business Journal.

The article discusses the launch of the latest version of IMS, the Fresno Open House and includes comments from Dr. Tushar Patel on how satisfied he is with Meditab’s IMS.

The Business Journal serves the business community in Fresno and central San Joaquin Valley, reaching approximately 8,000 readers and covering new trends, international trade, technology, retail and media, as well as other issues related to business.

 

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IMS Helps Practices of All Types

If you’re looking for information on the experiences that our clients have had using IMS, be sure to visit our Client Stories page.  We have been fortunate enough to work with a variety of practices and they each have a unique story of success.

For example, there’s the profile of Colorado River Pediatrics, a busy practice that had been using a system going through a rebranding.  Running the office on separate EHR and practice management systems that didn’t communicate with one another, they knew it was time for a change. In IMS they found the fully integrated, certified system for which they had been looking.

Dr. Barton has been able to customize the well-child checks for each age and said, “I like that it helps me stay focused and thorough and really saves me a lot of time in the exam room.”

Then there is the story of Allergy & Asthma Associates of Laredo.  After 10 years of wanting to go electronic, this specialized practice finally made the jump and went green with IMS.  Dr. Jane Unzeitig was able to achieve her goal of providing an even higher level of care, while also going green.

Additionally, the customization options help Dr. Unzeitig give her own voice to all communications coming out of her office. “With the options in AllergyEHR, as well as the Dragon speech recognition system I use, I can create sentences to sound the way that I talk. This is an important feature to me because as a practice that frequently consults and refers to other physicians, we’re always sending out letters and I like that they don’t have to sound generic.”

We’ve even had the privilege of working with a solo psychiatric practitioner.  Dr. Aarti Kapur wanted to start her own psychiatric practice on the right foot – with a robust, customizable EHR system that could support her specific needs.  She selected Meditab IMS and hasn’t looked back since.

You can read more on these practices and others at http://www.meditab.com/client/client-quotes/.

CMS Imposes New Rule Stretching Stage 1

Under a new rule by CMS, healthcare providers will be able to use the 2011 Edition software of their EHR for one more year. Providers scheduled to switch to Stage 2 will have another year to stay on the software and attest to the same requirements of 2013.

The head of the ONC, Karen DeSalvo, says the modified timeline will give new options to smaller providers and hospitals that could not make the transition within the original deadline.

For more information on ways Meditab helps its clients achieve Meaningful Use goals, visit http://www.meditab.com/company/ehr-meaningful-use/mu-readiness-program/.

How Doctors View EHRs

Researchers from Baystate Health and University of Massachusetts-Amherst College of Engineering recently analyzed how physicians distribute their visual attention when reviewing electronic notes to see where their eyes spend more time reading and comprehending.

According to the study conducted by Applied Clinical Informatics, Clinical Innovation & Technology, physicians mainly focus on the impression and plan section of EHRs and do not give much attention to the other sections.

Ten physicians were tested used eye-tracking devices to measure their attention patterns as they read three electronic notes. Examined were their reading rates and the sections of the EHRs they read.

The results of the study showed that physicians read through the laboratory results, medication profiles, and vital signs very quickly, almost at a skimming rate and paid more attention to impression and plan sections.

The researchers concluded that optimizing the design of electronic notes may include rethinking the amount and format of imported patient data as this data appears to largely be ignored.

Optimizing Digital Patient Check-Ins

With healthcare technology becoming more and more popular, many physicians are looking for ways to utilize it in ways that will help them connect with patients and also make the patients’ experience more pleasant and seamless.

Smart devices, like the iPad, allow easier sharing of information between doctors and patients, optimization of care, and streamlined workflows.

Below are some easy ways to improve patient care and engagement:

  1. Reception area- patients can become very stressed waiting to be seen by their doctor, especially if the check-in process is disorganized. Having patients use iPads equipped with apps for checking in, filling out paperwork, and even loaded with medical-related articles for entertainment as they wait will make their experience a pleasant one.
  2. Treatment/consultation room- providing patients with images of their x-rays or scans and interactive demos will help them get a better understanding of their condition and treatment.
  3. Practice administration- presenting practice updates and patient information to your team in an interactive way allows them to be more involved. Using a cloud system allows them to access documents, make notes, share their opinions, progress, etc.
  4. Appointment management- providing patients with apps that allow them to make, confirm, cancel, and check on appointments makes their time commitment quicker and therefore more convenient.
  5. Access on the go- mobile apps allow physicians to view appointment and patient information remotely from virtually any location, which optimizes patient care.

For more information on how to optimize patient care with healthcare technology from Meditab, visit http://www.meditab.com/ehr-solutions/mobile-ehr/.

Modular EHR apps initiative SMART adds advisors to scale up adoption

The SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps and Reusable Technology) platform has started an advisory committee to help support the growth of modular apps for EHRs. The committee includes representatives from The Advisory Board Company, AARP, BMJ, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, England National Health Service, Hospital Corporation of America, Eli Lilly and Company, MyHealthBook, Polygot Systems, Surescripts, and professor Clayton Christensen from the Harvard Business School.

The responsibilities of the committee are to advise on how to scale adoption as well as use SMART themselves. They will help create an environment where SMART is the standard for mobile health, with a higher demand for the economy of scale provided by a SMART API.

SMART was created to allow app developers to have a large market for innovation and the ability to run apps, specifically mobile medical apps, anywhere. The current environment for innovation is limited and companies have a hard time getting their products off the ground. SMART counteracts this issue and allows quicker deployment into hospitals and integration from a one-off perspective.

SMART API allows health IT platforms and EHRs to connect to specifically designed HTML5 or iOS apps. The app has already demonstrated use and has a number of large vendors utilizing it.

For more information on the SMART advising committee and about the app see the full article here – http://mobihealthnews.com/32075/modular-ehr-apps-initiative-smart-adds-advisors-to-scale-up-adoption/.

Majority of Hospitals Are Increasing IT Budgets

Recent feedback from the HIMSS leadership survey found that two out of three hospitals are increasing their healthcare IT budgets, while only 12% expect to decrease the budget.

Some reasons for a budget increase are:

  • Overall growth in number of systems
  • Need to comply with regulatory changes
  • Upgrade IT infrastructure
  • Additional staffing
  • Increase long-term IT plan
  • Recent merger or acquisition
  • Ability to prove return on investment
  • Competitive market threats

The HIMSS survey also shows that salaries for IT staff are increasing by 4%, averaging $86,000 for staff and $189,000 for executives.

Top staffing needs reported were:

  • Clinical application support
  • Network/architecture support
  • Clinical informatics
  • IT security
  • Systems integration
  • User training
  • System design
  • Help desk
  • PC/server support
  • Regulatory reimbursement

Interoperability Could Save $30 Billion Nationally

According to the latest white paper released by Gary & Mary West Health Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology, greater interoperability of mobile medical devices not only allows for better communication, but has the potential to save the nation more than $30 billion a year in wasteful healthcare spending.

Greater medical device interoperability will lead to increased efficiency, improved quality, and more affordable care. Commonly adopted standards can accelerate the move toward greater medical device interoperability and potentially reduce the cost of achieving it.

The paper also highlights that while mobile interoperability is being quickly adopted, some healthcare professionals are treading lightly. They claim there is still work to be done to bring the newly developed mobile health IT to mainstream usage and understand its vast benefits on a larger scale.

The goal of the ONC is to make the technology patient-centered, allowing a patient’s health information to be accessible to them wherever they get their care. The main objective is to help improve patient care and health at lower costs.

For more information on interoperability and mobile health IT, follow the link to an article published by Health IT Outcomes- http://www.healthitoutcomes.com/doc/interoperability-could-save-billion-nationally-0001

 

Patient Engagement Crucial for Healthcare IT Success

The success and expansion of healthcare IT is dependent on patient engagement. However the question many providers have is how to assure that patients are comfortable using the technology and will implement it as part of their daily lives. Stage 2 meaningful use mandates that 5% of patients view, download, and transmit their own health data via EHRs, but apart from that, providers are still responsible for getting patients to get involved organically.

The upcoming Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington will provide a platform for experts in the industry to discuss ways in which to communicate better with patients on the benefits of healthcare IT, so they are more receptive to it. Physicians and patients must work in tandem for effective engagement to work.

The current state of patient engagement is still in the early phases. Physicians are concerned with presenting healthcare IT in an appealing way so patients acknowledge it, understand its benefits, and are enrolled in the system.

Some studies have found that the patients with the best reaction to healthcare IT are the ones that are an active part of the team, who are interested in learning about it, not just bystanders. The patients that feel heard when they express their concerns, goals, and expectations have the most positive outlook on the success of healthcare IT.

Patients are no longer bystanders, they are being proactive about their healthcare and the intersection of new models of care, with an emphasis on keeping people healthy, and population health strategies, are really adding a dimension of urgency to patient engagement efforts.

For more information on patient engagement, click the following link for the full article published by Healthcare IT News- http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/smart-data-key-patient-engagement?single-page=true