A Medical Device Daily Staff Report

DataMotion (Morristown, New Jersey), a health information service provider with more than 14 years of experience in secure data delivery, said that East Tennessee Health Information Network (etHIN) has selected its DataMotion Direct secure messaging service.

etHIN is adding DataMotion Direct to its suite of product offerings as a service that enables secure provider-to-provider exchange of electronic healthcare information (EHI) among its community of physicians, clinics, diagnostic centers, hospitals and other point-of-care facilities. This capability drives waste out of the healthcare system by replacing paper and fax-based information exchange workflows with electronic ones – resulting in the potential for improved patient care and outcomes through faster and better access to patient information.

"The healthcare industry is working diligently towards major transformational efficiencies by moving from traditional, labor intensive fax or paper-based processes to automated electronic ones," said etHIN executive director Leigh Sterling. " Information sharing is a key factor to improving patient care, and the addition of DataMotion Direct to our current HIE (health information exchange) technology toolkit will help us facilitate yet another cost effective method of information exchange within our strongly committed Community of Care."

In other HIT news:

• Lee Medical (Franklin, Tennessee), one of the first Vascular Access teams to employ iPads running FileMaker Go 12 to collect important patient data across the continuum of care, said it will integrate its VAST solution with Regional Medical Center's (Memphis, Tennessee) traditional electronic medical records platform.

Lee Medical will jointly integrate this effort with the organization's COO/CIO, Robert Sumter, PhD, directing the initiative. Implementation will coincide with the facility's system-wide adoption of the Computerized Physician Order Entry protocol, part of the government-mandated meaningful use initiative for electronic medical records. The implementation is slated for completion near end of year 2013.

"The seamless integration of VAST with the Regional Medical Center's electronic records will greatly enhance data security and integrity while optimizing workflow efficiencies," said Reginald Coopwood, president/CEO, Regional Medical Center. "Deployment of FileMaker Go and interfacing with our electronic health record platform is an important part of our strategy to build a robust and advanced technology enterprise that supports our goals to deliver quality healthcare services in an effective and cost efficient manner."

NDoc 12.11, a comprehensive home health information systems solution designed by Thornberry (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), was certified on July 25, 2013 as a CCHIT Certified 2011 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Electronic Health Record (EHR) with Home Health add-on by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). The NDoc solution is based on leading-edge database and connectivity technology from InterSystems, including the InterSystems HealthShare informatics platform for strategic interoperability and analytics.

"We believe CCHIT certification of NDoc EHR for the home care industry is another example of our commitment to customer success. Striving to be the first and the best is not unique to Thornberry, but I believe what sets us apart is our 'just right' corporate footprint that enables us to move at the speed of change, often propelling our customers ahead of their competitors," said Tom Peth, Thornberry's President.

NDoc is an end-to-end scheduling, billing and clinical point of care solution for home care and hospice agencies designed to fully automate the everyday tasks of an agency's operations, supporting every agency's goal to improve patient outcomes, optimize patient safety, and become a cornerstone for post-acute transitions of care.

• Medhost (Plano, Texas), provider of healthcare throughput, perioperative and emergency department software, said that Brazosport Regional Health System (BRHS Lake Jackson, Texas), will leverage Medhost's Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) to streamline processes, communication and patient throughput in its busy emergency department (ED). Additionally, the Medhost EDIS will help the 175-bed hospital meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 criteria and achieve its patient care and safety goals.

"Our clinicians were drawn to the Medhost EDIS because it aligns with their workflows and is specifically designed to address the unique needs of the ED. Their acceptance of the solution was especially important because we wouldn't be able to achieve our objectives without it."

BRHS leadership was faced with the decision of either adding staff to accommodate its patient load or finding a technology solution that would turn the ED into a model of efficiency. The hospital's selection team included ED clinicians, who found value in many Medhost EDIS features, including its graphical floor-plan view, visual cues, automated notifications and risk alerts, all of which are designed to support existing clinical workflows and improve operations, patient flow and clinical outcomes. BRHS was also attracted to Medhost's integration capabilities and past experience interfacing with Meditech, the hospital's enterprise information system.

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