Jan 22, 2015

AbbaDox EHR Awarded Stage 2 Meaningful Use Certification

Delivers Meaning Well Beyond the Measures

It’s official—IDS has successfully completed the next major step in its ongoing commitment to creating a seamless, cloud-based IT platform enabling connectivity across the continuum-of-care.  We are extremely pleased to announce that AbbaDox EHR 14 has received certification for Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) as Complete EHR Ambulatory software by the Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. 

Our new next-generation EHR adds vital, state-of-the-art patient record functionality and communications to our AbbaDox platform and keeps providers poised for the future, while helping them qualify for Meaningful Use reimbursements today. 

AbbaDox EHR 14 is a fully cloud-based health records system built on our core AbbaDox enterprise technology with capabilities for scheduling, reporting, insurance eligibility verification, broad based communications and more.  Our EHR not only meets but exceeds MU requirements for advanced cross-enterprise, cross-vendor communications and unrivaled data sharing across medical sites and EHR systems.  In part, this is thanks to the AbbaDox platform’s built-in interoperability cloud that accepts and transforms disparate data to enable sophisticated, seamless information sharing across enterprises and vendors.  It’s a virtual data communications translation service in the sky.

With all this integrated functionality, AbbaDox EHR surpasses competing technology when it comes to supporting four of today’s most important concerns:
  • Care Coordination     
  • Transition of Care
  • Population Management
  • Patient Engagement

Using AbbaDox EHR, providers can go well beyond the required numbers, ratios and data manipulations involved in merely meeting measures to achieve what is most meaningful to their business model.  They can accomplish what is important to actually deliver a higher standard of care and what will position them to compete favorably in today’s competitive healthcare environment.  For example, with AbbaDox EHR, an accountable care organization (ACO) can easily support patient record communications across all locations no matter what their IT infrastructures.  Notably, to attest to Stage 2 on transition of care measures, sites need only show successful electronic transfer of 50% of all patient records. Yet, to function efficiently, an ACO needs to accomplish this on a much larger scale, and AbbaDox EHR supports this goal. 

Overall, our new EHR and the AbbaDox platform effortlessly enable the broad access to standards-based information that underlies healthcare reform and that will support the success of healthcare organizations of every type in the future.  Our AbbaDox HL7 cloud currently facilitates seamless, direct communication of information among multiple IT systems and healthcare enterprises without costly onsite configuration.  Now, through a wide range of communication protocols all involved in or eventually involved in MU compliance, providers can enjoy a truly robust way to support Care Coordination, Transition of Care and Population Management.  These include Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs), Continuity of Care Records (CCRs), and Direct Messaging secure email.  The AbbaDox platform’s broad analytic capabilities for historical and real time data also further Population Management goals.

Patient engagement is supported by many of these documents, which can be made available to treated individuals after a medical visit and then forwarded on to other practitioners across the continuum of care.  Our robust, user friendly patient portal, customizable for a particular practice, also supports these goals.

In short, through its MU-compliant AbbaDox EHR, IDS overcomes numerous common barriers to communication and extends its commitment to broad, seamless information access across the healthcare system. 

Jan 6, 2015

RSNA 2014: Much Talk about Talk, Software Soars Skyward

We’ve heard it all before, but once again much of the big buzz at RSNA 2014 was about talking—about IT systems talking to one another with interoperability of data.   At the same time, radiology vendors  had their heads in the clouds and their feet were firmly planted on the ground, as virtual IT offerings expanded in new and exciting directions during the events in the past, interoperability was also on everyone’s minds with the ever-growing emphasis on Meaningful Use (MU).

IDS showcased technology that addressed both trends—its unique  IT interoperability cloud service, which enables HL7 data to flow from a medical IT system to the AbbaDox cloud, where it is transformed into a format compatible with an endpoint system, typically in another customer location. It is then forwarded on as compatible data.  The unique AbbaDox Interoperability cloud enables disparate systems to communicate as a customized, managed, turnkey SaaS solution, with all the inherent benefits of cloud technology.

While other vendors discussed custom interfaces and costly onsite HL7 feeds, attendees flocked to the IDS booth to discuss this unique interoperability offering.

Other IDS interoperability technology also included the new AbbaDox Exchange cross-enterprise image and data exchange platform, which automates radiology report distribution in a format compatible with any referrer’s EHR.

When it comes to the cloud, show attendees saw offerings introduced in a range of new categories with many additional vendors looking at the cloud for the first time.  This is good news for radiologists who want to boost their functionality and efficiency with new IT implementations, while minimizing maintenance and cost—all recognized benefits of software in the sky.

Cloud storage continues to be a major trend, while the lowering of hardware costs are making cloud services prices more affordable across the board.  Also big at RSNA were cloud-based image viewers with anywhere, anytime functionality, often paired up with cloud-based vendor neutral archives (VNAs). 

At RSNA, IDS showcased a truly unique cloud offering—Voice2Dox speech recognition and reporting platform with cloud-based clinical speech recognition by Nuance. Thanks to its unique cloud architecture, this next-generation solution enables immediate access on any PC to user profiles, including universal PACS worklists, custom report templates, individual speech profiles and more.

After logging into Voice2Dox, radiologists dictate reports securely to the cloud.  Users talk at their own pace with voice controlled features and immediate report visualization and feedback.  Thanks to cloud architecture, wherever located, radiologists experience the same comprehensive reporting environment and workflow as in their primary Voice2Dox work site. This includes configurable master routines that ensure consistent reporting standards across radiologists, automatic matching of recommended templates to exams, easy embedding of key images and personalized medical vocabularies.

Voice2Dox reports also can be reviewed, edited and archived from any location.  They can be distributed directly to referring physicians by fax, standard email and physician portal as well as through MU-compliant Direct email as an EHR-ready file.

Also bringing new functionality to the cloud was IDS’ introduction of its cloud-based CRM v. 2.0, which features an innovative interactive mapping function showing all potential and existing referrers located in close proximity to a provider. The feature helps pinpoint strong referral prospects, while highlighting the locations of practices already recommending patients.

Map display can be filtered by medical specialty, current relationship status and user defined fields. It also can identify clusters of underserved regions to target appropriate physicians for new relationships and monitor trends and referral patterns. The new CRM also features advanced new architecture, enhanced database design, intuitive graphical interface, rich analytics and a robust marketing toolset.

When it comes to interoperability, do you feel many vendors are simply talking the talk without substance behind it?  What can we anticipate as the latest innovations as cloud architecture expand into the future?  The sky’s the limit.  What do you envision?