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Hielix and Rural Health Innovations (RHI), a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary of the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center), jointly announce the launch of a new Transitions of Care service. The Transitions of Care service is tailored to small and rural healthcare providers to meet those specific requirements in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 requires both hospitals and eligible professionals, who transition their patient to another setting of care or provider of care or refer their patient to another provider of care, to provide a summary of care record for each transition of care or referral. This requirement includes three measurements – 1) Provide a summary of care record for >50% of transitions of care and referrals; 2) Provide a summary of care record for >10% of transitions electronically; and 3) Complete a successful exchange with different EHR system or a successful test with CMS designated test EHR.
“Properly managing a patient’s care as they transition across different care settings can dramatically impact the overall cost and efficiency of the healthcare services provided and the ultimate health of the patient,” according to Patti Dodgen, CEO at Hielix. “RHI is a tremendous resource for the rural healthcare provider market. We are excited about this partnership and will look forward to developing more joint services together.”
New Hampshire-based Red River, a leading information technology (IT) services provider, made a formal announcement today of their partnership with Hielix. Our partnership with Red River comes as part of an expansion of Red River’s healthcare division.
Hielix and Red River will collaborate on the implementation of efficient hospital IT solutions, in maximizing productivity gains from clinical utilization, and in training clinicians to effectively use technologies to maximize clinical outcomes. In collaboration with Red River Healthcare, we will focus on healthcare IT adoption and sustainability efforts around critical projects like EHR system adoption and optimization, Meaningful Use, clinical workflow support and interoperability.
It's the impact to the clinical staff that is often overlooked when deploying new technologies. This puts additional pressure on the IT department in terms of physician satisfaction and help desk volume, among other challenges. For customers, having this partnership between Red River’s strengths and Hielix's deep expertise in addressing the clinical impact of technology adoption allows more efficient deployment of projects with greater outcomes than other competitors.
EHR applications have become the center of clinical workflow evaluation and change for many physicians both in the ambulatory physician practice and the inpatient environment. However, the evolving Meaningful Use regulations in Stage 2 and overall competitive pressures have placed a greater priority on the ability to exchange clinical data between disparate systems and independent care providers. The primary vehicle for this exchange of data is through some form of Health Information Exchange (HIE).
HIE solutions are intended to quickly and easily supply healthcare providers with additional information on a patient. Yet, many HIE’s continue to struggle to reach critical adoption levels due to challenges in ease of accessing or utilizing data within the network. HIE solutions with smooth clinical workflows allow users to operate within their existing environments without additional applications or portals requiring a sign-on. Applications that require physicians to break their clinical workflows risk lagging adoption rates.
“The doctors were interested in this to start out, but once they realized that they were going to have to do things in two different places, they lost interest. It is just too cumbersome.” (HIMSS 2012 Presentation, Jason Hess, KLAS)
“Some of our physicians won’t use the HIE if they have to search for the data in a portal. HITECH funding is great but it has ground some of our decisions to a halt.” (HIMSS 2012 Presentation, Jason Hess, KLAS)
Hielix CEO, Patti Dodgen recently spoke at the 2012 Health Connection Technology Summit, see below for the video.
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