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EHR Vendor Promoting Standards based interoperability with Hospital Based vendors

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by admin No Comments

I recently read that an EHR vendor has taken steps to create interoperability standards that will allow its EHR systems to communicate with the larger players in the industry, namely Cerner and Epic. I definitely think this is a great step toward pushing the industry forward for the benefit of the nation’s patients. Large hospital systems should be the ones that smaller web-based electronic health record and client server EHR systems should talk to because they represent the hospital market. If government is having trouble promoting standards, than I must applaud the efforts of private vendors to take the lead on this most pressing issue for the Health IT industry and the nation’s healthcare system.

A question I had was why hasn’t there been a proliferation of these types of efforts sooner? If electronic health record vendors start banding together in partnerships that would be mutually beneficial, the whole nation can move faster toward a national HIE where EHRs can all speak to one another governed by one set of standards. I think the efforts of regional HIE’s has been noble and something all regions or states or cities should emulate, but we need something more impactful; something much more effective that can bring together so many disparate parties and disparate EHR systems. Web-based EHRs versus client server models may also be impacting the establishment of a mature, robust national HIE. Any ideas?

EHR’s and Improved Healthcare

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by admin No Comments

According to the The Journal for General Internal Medicine, cited in an article by Ken Terry of Health IT News, EHR (electronic health record) use by community doctors is actually related to an increased quality of healthcare delivery! This article actually blew me away because a study is actually correlating a link between use of technology like EHR and improved healthcare delivery. The main distinguishing factor was on using the EHR to order tests for their patients. As with most web-based EHR’s like Panacea™, a provider can set alerts based on a specific range of criteria. Whenever they see a patient with a specific condition, the EHR will flag the provider and instruct him/or her to order the test. Well, we now have a specific study (which Im sure is only another out of many that have been done before) that supports use and adoption of electronic health record technology. When used meaningfully, providers are even incentivized financially to use EHR’s through the EHR incentive program established by the government. So the question remains: why not use EHR’s if they are linked to improved healthcare delivery? Any thoughts?

The Case for Web-Based EHR

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

It dawned on me today how many expenses a small physician practice has to incur in the daily course of the month. Imagine if the same small practice doc is also forced to buy over ten thousand dollars worth of hardware and software for his EHR investment? I would not recommend such a burden.  What I would make the case for is investing in a web-based electronic health record product. With a web-based EHR, the following advantages just cannot be beaten:

  • Shorter implementation time
  • No need to purchase expensive hardware and or supporting software
  • Easier to Use
  • More affordable

EHRs such as Panacea™ from OA Systems, Inc. is one such web-based EHR that can ease the burden of the high costs of EHR acquisition. Also, one can net more meaningful use dollars from the government’s EHR Incentive Program under ARRA. Health IT like an EHR is much more fun and exciting to use when you’re not burdened by a bulky, client-server based system and instead, use a SaaS based system. Would you agree?

4 Ways MU Stage 2 will Impact EHR Vendors

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use rules for EHRs are finally here! I am excited for the implementation of these rules into EHRs because they align more with the most pressing issue facing the industry today: interoperability. According to Benjamin Harris of Healthcare IT News, the following are some key areas of impact that these new rules will have on us vendors:

  • Transport
  • Gap Testing
  • Base EHR and additional modules
  • Transparency

Basically, with a focus on “transport”, electronic health records (EHR), the transmission of information through documents and internal system generated messages will be addressed through establishment of security standards and cross enterprise document media interchange. An EMR will be transported as a requirement. With gap testing, an EHR will still be able to maintain previous years certification (i.e. 2011), if nothing has changed in the product, but still has the opportunity to get certified against the new criteria for subsequent years. Third, vendors can streamline their EHR products so that a provider can achieve meaningful use without having to use or forced to use all the components offered in the system that may or may not be useful to a particular provider. Lastly, EHR systems can become more transparent  by making all testing criteria that an EHR is certified against made public as well as  the costs associated with the newly certified EHR. The EHR vendor may face some pushback from customers now that they will know the estimated pricetag of an EHR system but nonetheless, transparency makes both parties lives easier. We at OA Systems will now have to make sure Panacea, our web-based EHR, is not only compliant, but cost effective, when the new Stage 2 criteria is incorporated.

Last day to begin 90-Day Reporting Period for 2012 was October 03, 2012

Posted on: October 10th, 2012 by admin No Comments
The last day for eligible professionals to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year 2012 was last Wednesday. If you have missed the target date, 2013 is only a few months away. This gives you enough time to start Meaningful Use Stage 1 at the beginning of 2013 instead of waiting to start towards the end of the 2013 year. By getting started at the beginning of the year, you allow more time for implementation and training. As a result, a much better transition from paper chart to the electronic health record. If you want an even smoother transition from paper records to electronic health records, adopting a web-based EHR can make your practices workflow much more efficient and less costly.

Regina Holliday Features OA Systems’ CEO in New Painting

Posted on: December 7th, 2010 by admin No Comments

Regina Holliday, a renowned artist and patient rights advocate, has produced a new painting called “The Menu Set,” which highlights some familiar faces in the Health IT world.

Some of the more prominent faces are Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal.

Secretary Sebelius appears to be offering pie and water to a patient seated at the bar of a restaurant while  Dr. Blumenthal appears to be holding the restaurant’s menu.

Interestingly, Omar Ahmed, the CEO of OA Systems, is depicted as the one taking the patient’s order.

When asked about him being portrayed in this painting, Omar said, “This is quite an honor for me as I am included amongst some of the most important figures in our industry, but I would like to think that it is not a depiction of just me, rather it represents our company OA Systems, and our philosophy of wanting to understand what patients’ needs are and our willingness to work towards improving their lives.”

We sincerely thank Regina for including our CEO in this esteemed group of people and for continuously being a championed supporter for concerned patients.

You can view this painting in person as it is on display throughout the month of December at Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, located at 5015 Connecticut Ave, NW in Washington, DC.

Videos from “The Meaning of Meaningful Use” Seminar

Posted on: November 11th, 2010 by admin No Comments

On Monday October 18, 2010, OA Systems held a seminar titled “The Meaning of Meaningful Use” in Chicago, IL.

The invited speakers were Regina Holliday, a Patient Rights Advocate and Artist, and Brian Ahier, a Health IT Evangelist.

They spoke about the need for Electronic Health Records (EHR) and the upcoming HITECH Act program, including clarifying the “Meaningful Use” Rules. Please see below for the videos from the seminar:

This is Regina’s speech from the seminar:

This is Brian’s speech from the seminar:

This is the Question & Answer portion from the seminar: