It appears that MEDITECH has hit the tipping point for its web-based products. If you are considering moving to 6.1, you may want to get in the queue soon. Here are some observations:
As we speak with our friends at MEDITECH, we have learned that the company is experiencing a healthy pipeline and active implementation schedule. If you are planning on moving to 6.1, it might be time to ramp up planning this fall. Consider attending MEDITECH events, such as the Physician/CIO Forum, regional events or webinars, which will provide information on the evolution of these developments. Further, Navin, Haffty & Associates (NHA) continues to work with our clients to document significant benefits that have been achieved with 6.1. If this is a factor in your decision process, give us a call.
John Haffty, President
Navin, Haffty & Associates
Given the importance of interoperability, we thought many of you would want to be aware of MEDITECH’s commitment to CommonWell. Below is the text from MEDITECH’s July 20 press release:
MEDITECH Set to Deploy CommonWell Health Alliance Services to Customers
Interoperability service to enable seamless, trusted, nationwide access to patient data
MEDITECH, a leading Electronic Health Record (EHR) vendor with a sizable U.S. market share and Contributor Member of CommonWell Health Alliance, is set to offer CommonWell interoperability services in early 2018. The deployment will enable healthcare organizations to exchange patient information seamlessly for improved patient care and quality outcomes.
CommonWell Health Alliance was formed to develop and deploy a vendor-neutral platform that enables providers to accurately and securely access patients’ data regardless of where care takes place. As a Contributor Member of the Alliance, MEDITECH has the opportunity to help steer the future direction of CommonWell and provide its clients access to services that go beyond one EHR system, one healthcare organization, and one community; enabling nationwide connectivity and interoperability.
“Advancing interoperability initiatives has always been a cornerstone of MEDITECH’s healthcare IT vision,” said Lawrence O’Toole, associate vice president of strategy at MEDITECH. “MEDITECH is proud to partner with CommonWell Health Alliance in providing our customers access to the CommonWell network, enabling faster and simpler exchange of protected health data across the care continuum.”
Provider usability of CommonWell services is crucial, and MEDITECH is working closely with Alliance members to ensure its services will seamlessly weave into providers’ and administrators’ workflows. In addition, by leveraging its work with the Argonaut Project, MEDITECH will be among the first members in the Alliance to deploy the Argonaut Project’s FHIR specifications to customers, including Find Document References and Retrieve Document resources, opening the door for more comprehensive sharing of discrete segments of data in the future.
In less than four years, CommonWell went from having seven founding members to more than 60 and growing. In December 2016, CommonWell and Carequality announced they will interoperate; the two organizations collectively represent more than 90 percent of the acute EHR market and nearly 60 percent of the ambulatory EHR market. With connectivity across CommonWell and through the planned CommonWell connection with Carequality implementers, MEDITECH customers will be able to take advantage of expansive exchange avenues, avenues which greatly reduce the pressure and cost burdens to rip and replace systems that are providing benefit.
Today, CommonWell services are live at more than 5,000 provider sites in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Together, MEDITECH and vendors across the industry are breaking down barriers that have stood in the way of efficient data exchange and achieving cross-vendor interoperability.
“CommonWell is excited to work with MEDITECH and other members as we continue to strive toward a reality in which there are no gaps in access and availability of patient data,” said Jitin Asnaani, executive director of CommonWell Health Alliance. “MEDITECH’s intention to deploy our services will help ensure we move even closer to that reality.”
Learn more about how MEDITECH’s clinically-integrated EHR is advancing interoperability standards.
We are pleased to announce that our newly redesigned website is LIVE. The new site is optimized for viewing on any device, providing a better user experience. We have streamlined the navigation and provided some additional content that you may find useful. If you get a chance, check it out at www.navinhaffty.com.
MEDITECH recently updated its website with the information needed for the CMS Appropriate Use Criteria requirement. Here is an excerpt:
MEDITECH/NDSC: CareSelect Imaging Communication
To comply with the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), MEDITECH has collaborated with the National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to streamline the licensing and activation of features required for compliance. NDSC offers a widely adopted, market-validated solution for delivery of national standard imaging guidelines within MEDITECH.
Here you will find valuable information, tools, resources and documentation related to MEDITECH and National Decision Support (NDSC) integration. MEDITECH’s API solution to utilize NDSC’s imaging clinical design support guidelines is geared to help you meet CMS requirements to promote an Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program for any “advanced diagnostic imaging service.” The result is high usability and the most accurate reporting offerings for outpatient settings, physician offices and ambulatory facilities.
Click here for the complete information.
On August 2, CMS issued their Final Rule on the 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System. One of the parts of the Final Rule addresses Meaningful Use (MU) and Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) requirements for calendar years 2017 and 2018. Here is a summary of the major changes for hospitals:
For any questions related to this latest update, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long-time readers of this newsletter know we have been strong proponents of the value of an integrated EMR. We have written several articles over the years about the importance of the emergency department and inpatient EMR being on a common platform. The marketplace has caught up with our thinking, as virtually every MEDITECH 6.1 implementation includes the Emergency Department Management (EDM) application.
For those approaching the challenge of replacing a third-party emergency department system with MEDITECH’s Web ED, you might point those who are reluctant to a blog post from Dr. Louis Dandurand of Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, Vermont. Northwestern is the first site LIVE with the new Web ED product, having replaced a third-party system as part of their migration to 6.1. Below is a quote from the article:
“The integration between our ED and the inpatient side has seen significant improvements over our best-of-breed past. Health history information like allergies in the integrated patient chart spans the care continuum across all available settings.”
To his quote, I would add medication history and medication reconciliation at the time of admission as other significant advantages of integration. Click here for the full article.
In 2016, we provided an update regarding our rankings in KLAS each month. We discontinued this as there wasn’t much movement but now think we should periodically share this information. Below is our ranking in four categories, where we meet the minimum “Konfidence” factor, as of August 1.
HIT Enterprise Implementation Leadership – 5th – This category most closely aligns with the MEDITECH READY implementations. Please note that we are the only MEDITECH READY certified company with a Konfidence rating in this category. We were awarded “Best in KLAS” for this category for 2015/2016.
HIT Implementation Support and Staffing –14th – This is the category for small READY implementations, smaller projects and backfill resources. Please note that of all the MEDITECH certified companies, we are the highest ranked in this category. Also, this is the most active category, with more than 40 consulting companies considered.
Technical Services – 8th – This category represents report writing, data extractions, proration rule building and other services involving programming skills. Please note that we are the only MEDITECH READY certified company with a Konfidence rating in this category.
IT Advisory Services – 16th – Previously known as Planning & Assessment, where we were “Best in KLAS” for 2014.
KLAS Comments – July 2017
“Navin, Haffty & Associates does what they say they are going to do and when they say they are going to do it. They meet their timelines. In addition, they give us excellent details and excellent documentation.” – Executive
“I would say the biggest deal with Navin, Haffty & Associates is that we usually have our choice of resources. Navin, Haffty & Associates gives us three or four resources to pick from, so they don’t just give us what is available. Their bench is deep enough to give us several options, and we usually interview two or three of the resources and pick the one we think is the best fit for us. We have not been burned yet. I have no complaints about Navin, Haffty & Associates. They do everything that we ask for.” – Executive
Please note selected commentaries may not represent the whole of provider sentiment related to this product or service. For a complete view, visit KLASresearch.com.
Here is a recent testimonial from one of our clients:
“Navin, Haffty was a key strategic partner for Northwestern Medical Center as we worked through a yearlong build to be the first Medical Center on MEDITECH’s Web ED and Web Ambulatory products. With their assistance we completed the project on time and on budget.”
– Joel Benware, Chief Information, Innovation and Compliance Officer
Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, Vermont
MEDITECH’s Physician/CIO Forum is now open for registration. Last year’s event approached maximum capacity, so, if you are considering attending, it would be wise to register as soon as possible. Also, several of us from NHA will be there. As we are local to the MEDITECH offices, we can easily arrange to meet before or after the Forum, if that would be more convenient for you. If you are interested in meeting with us, contact David LaFontaine at email@example.com. We hope to see you there.
Upcoming MEDITECH Webinars (listed in Eastern time)
Web Physician Experience: Acute
Wednesday, August 16, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
See how you can increase productivity and optimize your workflow, with a product developed by physicians, for physicians. This high-level demonstration of MEDITECH’s Web EHR showcases the evolution of the bold functionality within the inpatient space.
Quality and Surveillance
Tuesday, August 22, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This high-level demonstration will show you how MEDITECH’s Quality and Surveillance solution monitors risk and quality throughout your organization – leading to enhanced patient safety and positive patient outcomes.
Building Clinically-Integrated Networks Through Interoperability
Wednesday, August 23, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn how MEDITECH’s Interoperability offerings position customers for Meaningful Use Stage 3 requirements and industry initiatives such as HL7 FHIR and the CommonWell Health Alliance. Hear customer testimonials about what they have achieved with MEDITECH’s features.
Web Physician Experience
Thursday, August 24, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Co-presented by Stephen Cohen, MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
This high-level demonstration will show how MEDITECH’s clinically rich, flexible, mobile Web EHR can help physicians to provide safer, higher quality care to patients. A practicing physician will show you how MEDITECH’s solution guides patients throughout the continuum, highlighting tool sets that enable seamless medication reconciliation while using best practices and evidence-based protocols for both ordering and documentation.
Optimize Your Revenue Cycle Management
Wednesday, August 30, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
See how MEDITECH’s 6.1 Administrative and Patient Accounting solutions enable you to proactively verify insurance, automatically capture charges, and enable real time billing in order to prevent denials and increase revenue for your organization.
Business and Clinical Analytics
Thursday, August 31, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This refreshed 60-minute webinar provides an in-depth look at how MEDITECH’s Business and Clinical Analytics (BCA) can help your organization to increase efficiency, measure progress, and improve its clinical, financial, and operational performance. Loaded with even more standard dashboard and self-serve analytics, BCA enables your management team to reveal areas for improvement, identify performance drivers, and make empowered decisions.
If you are interested in consulting, consider joining us. NHA continues to need excellent MEDITECH specialists, and, for the fourth year in a row, we have been selected as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare.
We are currently looking for candidates with implementation experience with MEDITECH’s 6.1 applications, with special interest in the AMB, RCG and SUR applications.
Please note that at this time we are only able to consider those able to travel up to 80% of the time (also employees from MEDITECH and our clients cannot be considered).
If you are interested in exploring new positions at other organizations, visit the client job board section of our website. This is a free service of NHA to the MEDITECH community. Currently, there are many postings from MEDITECH organizations. If you or a colleague are interested, check out what’s open.
If you would like to include your organization’s listing on the NHA website, please email Patti Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that as this is a courtesy to the MEDITECH community, we will not accept postings from recruiting companies.