At this year’s HIMSS conference I had the privilege of meeting many of you either at our meeting room, at the MEDITECH customer appreciation event or at MEDITECH’s booth. HIMSS offers a great deal of programming and events and I thank those of you who shared some of your time with me and my team. I want to share two highlights from the conference:
First, because of the positive feedback received by KLAS from our clients, we earned the Best in KLAS Award for Technical Services and attended the annual Best in KLAS Awards ceremony.
John Haffty receives Best in KLAS Award
for Technical Services on behalf of NHA
Second, at MEDITECH’s booth, Howard Messing gave a toast in recognition of their 50th anniversary and they shared a short video of their history. For those of us who have been with MEDITECH for many years, the early pictures were fun to see as we tried to recognize friends from over the years (I still can’t guess who was riding the motorcycle).
For me, the best part of HIMSS continues to be meeting with current and past clients, sharing stories of past and recent successes and trying to solve the challenges of the present and future.
John Haffty, President
Navin, Haffty & Associates
Healthcare IT Today recently posted a two-part interview with Howard Messing. Here is an excerpt from the article written by John Lynn, the site’s founder.
“As part of MEDITECH’s 50th year celebration, they agreed to have [Howard] Messing sit down with me and look back at some of the important inflection points in MEDITECH’s history. Although he isn’t the founder of MEDITECH, he has been with the company for 44 years and the vast majority of those years in a prominent leadership role.
In the first part of this interview with Messing, we cover a broad range of topics including a look at the history of MEDITECH’s EHR software and why MEDITECH has chosen to create a new EHR every decade or so. He talks about what it was like being a successful tech company during the 60s in Boston and the experience introducing EHR systems and other technology to healthcare. We also talk about a number of MEDITECH decisions to never sunset a platform and almost never acquire another company. Messing also shares what it was like to experience rapid growth with implementations like HCA and MEDITECH eventually being used in all 50 states.
In the 2nd part of this interview, Messing talks about meaningful use and other healthcare regulations and their impact on MEDITECH and their customers. Then, we dive into MEDITECH’s international expansion including successes in Canada and Africa and where else MEDITECH is seeing opportunities internationally. Messing also shares some perspectives on MEDITECH’s approach to marketing and the value of having a number of women on the senior leadership team. Then, we talk about the company’s latest product – Expanse – including their cloud efforts and the new Greenfield API. Finally, I ask Messing what MEDITECH hasn’t accomplished that he still wants to accomplish and what the future looks like for Messing and MEDITECH.
If you’re interested in learning more about MEDITECH, the company, the culture, and the history, then you’ll enjoy this two-part interview with Howard Messing, President and CEO of MEDITECH.”
Patient privacy is a concern in both the U.S. and Canada. When we saw the following information posted on HIStalk on February 22, it made us appreciate that, unlike some EHR vendors, MEDITECH does not sell patient data. We have learned de-identified data, when matched against other databases, may lead to compromised patient information. We appreciate and value the integrity MEDITECH brings to our industry and thought our readers would want to be aware of this:
In Ontario, the Toronto paper notes that an unnamed vendor of an EHR system used there is selling anonymized patient data to IQVIA, which uses it in pharmaceutical marketing.
One of the major issues facing healthcare is the opioid crisis. MEDITECH Expanse now features “…an integrated Opioid Stewardship Toolkit that supports the efforts of healthcare organizations to identify high-risk patients, realize safer opioid prescribing, and reduce opioid-related harm…”
We thought this was important and wanted to share the specific details from MEDITECH’s website:
“Aligned with all 12 CDC recommendations, the Opioid Stewardship Toolkit consists of evidence- and experience-based tools and clinical decision support interventions, along with best practice workflows and educational materials. Some of these features include:
One of the impressive statements from their posting is the following:
“…MEDITECH Expanse technology has been leveraged by customers like CalvertHealth (Prince Frederick, MD), in conjunction with their opioid stewardship program, to decrease opioid prescriptions in their ED by 26% in just six months…”
Click here to read more about MEDITECH’s Opioid Toolkit.
MEDITECH recently published the following statistics regarding 2018. We thought some of you would find these of interest:
For all the promises of improved efficiency and clinical care made by software vendors, we often find technology increases documentation time for clinicians, whether to improve consistency of care, meet billing requirements or satisfy quality reporting measures. However, this has changed with MEDITECH Expanse Point of Care (POC) tools for nurses and therapists. In speaking with the two early adopters, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Brookhaven, Mississippi and Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, each site reported significant documentation time reductions for nurses.
With the HIMSS19 conference behind us, we wanted to share a few observations that may be of interest to the MEDITECH community:
We are pleased to share a recent testimonial from one of our clients:
“Navin, Haffty & Associates provided excellent service during our MEDITECH Expanse implementation. I can’t say enough good things about the consultant who provided the on-site services for us. He was professional, had an excellent skill set and was easy to work with. And the executive oversight was great. They kept in touch often enough without being too intrusive.”
John Hanks, Chief Information Officer
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee
Upcoming MEDITECH webinars (all times listed in EDT):
Gain Mobility with MEDITECH’s Web Point of Care Solution
March 25, 11:00 AM | 30 min.
Learn how MEDITECH’s Expanse Point of Care solution empowers clinicians to engage with patients while enhancing mobility, patient safety, and patient experience.
A Physician’s Insight on Population Health Management
March 26, 1:00 PM | 60 min.
Join MEDITECH Physician Consultant William Gustin, MD, as he shares his thoughts on the future of population health and emerging trends.
Mastering the Physician Mindset with MEDITECH Expanse
March 27, 11:00 AM | 60 min.
See how MEDITECH Expanse offers physicians the modern, personalized workflows they deserve, through mobile web-based navigation.
2019 Strategic Leadership Summit
Marina del Rey, CA
April 3-4, 2019
MEDITECH’s Strategic Leadership Summit is a brand new event designed especially for clinical leaders and healthcare executives to have an interactive discussion of goals and how to work together to achieve them. For those interested in attending, register here.
2019 Nurse Forum: Innovative Care Coordination
June 12-14, 2019
Here’s what you can look forward to during this free event:
For those interested in attending, register here.
2019 Physician and CIO Forum
Save the date! This year’s forum is happening a month earlier than usual. More details to come.
If you are interested in consulting, consider joining us. NHA continues to need excellent MEDITECH specialists and for the fifth year in a row, we have been named to the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine.
We are excited that we are now able to hire Canadian employees. There are current openings for individuals with MEDITECH implementation experience as clinical leads and project managers for Canadian based Expanse/6.1 projects.
We are also looking for individuals with MEDITECH Expanse/6.1 implementation experience for US engagements, with a special interest in project managers and ambulatory leads.
Please note 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 Katie Kelly. Please note that as this is a courtesy to the MEDITECH community, we will not accept postings from recruiting companies.