9 New Vendor Services Hawked at HIMSS
Deloitte Consulting unveiled ConvergeHealth, a new business unit that is part of an investment of $150-$200 million in health care and life sciences analytics. The unit brings together the firmís analytics products and consulting services. Initial priorities are clinical/operational optimization, value-based care, personalized genomic medicine, comparative effectiveness and safety/disease surveillance.
The statewide Florida Health Information Exchange has begun offering transition of care notification to patients' insurers and primary care providers. Still in the early stage, insurers will pay for the service so it is free to clinicians. Medicaid payer WellCare Health is the initial health plan and Broward Health is the first provider client for the Event Notification Service. The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration developed the service with contractor Harris Government Health Care Solutions and vendor Audacious Inquiry.
3M Health Information Systems will buy data analytics vendor Treo Solutions for an undisclosed sum. Treo has a sizable claims data warehouse and offers analyses to help providers and payers redesign payment structures and transition to value-based treatment/payment models. 3M Health is strong in clinical data collected by users of its computer-assisted coding software. Now, combining the clinical and claims data and offering assistance in analyzing the data will help providers jump start their transition to population health management, according to 3M.
Harris Corp. rolled out FusionFX, an integration platform to create community-level information exchange among providers. Presence Health and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago are early users, as is Allina Health Systems in Minnesota. FusionFX ties data from practices, pharmacies, long-term care services and other facilities to create a single patient view providing encounter timelines, referral management and secure messaging, among other functions, according to the vendor.
Athenahealth introduced athenaCoordinator Enterprise, a cloud-based platform enabling hospitals and delivery systems to exchange patient data across settings and disparate information systems. The platform, an enhanced service from the physician software and billing services vendor, does not require upfront capital or replacement of current I.T. systems.
Predictive analytics vendor Predixion has a new module for gaining better intelligence in hospitals of patientsí length of stay. Patient risk is stratified at admission to let clinicians understand risk levels and if a patient may be staying beyond the length of a permitted stay. Carolinas Healthcare System will deploy it in 13 hospitals during the first half of 2014. Other analytics modules by the company cover readmissions, hospital-acquired conditions, risk of developing diabetes or asthma, claims denials and patient propensity to pay.
CareInSync has new enhancements for its Carebook care management platform for providers, payers and community organizations. Version 3.0 includes security software from Samsung to manage use of Android mobile apps on the cloud-based platform, which also supports iOS mobile systems. Another feature offers one-click automation of routine communications between caregivers to identify when a patient is leaving and where the patient is going, and their health risks.
Medecision, which has moved beyond its initial payer-oriented software to also target providers, has new software enabling physicians to generate an automated preauthorization through their electronic health records system. ABQ Health Partners, a multi-specialty group practice in Albuquerque, N.M., is the first user. The vendor has repositioned in recent years to better support care coordination across health care stakeholders.
GetWellNetwork has introduced an ambulatory care version of its patient engagement technology platform used in hospital settings. The ambulatory product is customizable for emergency departments, surgery centers, urgent care centers and physician practices. It integrates with a variety of electronic health records and works on stationary or mobile devices, supporting personalized treatment information, educational videos and enrollment in an organizationís patient portal.
Software vendors made many announcements of new products, services and initiatives during HIMSS14 in Orlando. Here's a sample.
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