Image management may not get the sexy headlines like electronic medical records, but it’s an area of rapidly increasing importance. Provider organizations are being challenged both technically and financially to raise the bar on clinical data availability and sharing. Cloud-based services such as InSite One’s InDex® free clinical providers from buying and maintaining the scalable infrastructure needed to meet ever-increasing storage and retrieval needs. The rise in Accountable Care Organizations is creating an urgent need for previously unconnected provider groups to share their collective patient information to better manage quality and cost. InSite One provides a cost-effective, pay-as-you-go infrastructure that prepares clinical providers for both known and unknown challenges. We spoke with Mitchell Goldburgh, Senior Marketing and Business Development Executive of InSite One, a Dell company.
As the old saying goes, no margin, no mission. Electronic medical records can help providers do the right thing clinically, but they have limited capability to capture and manage the charges of ever-increasing complexity that fund those clinical services. Revenue cycle management tools from MedAptus get providers paid correctly and promptly for the work they do, keeping them in business and delivering patient care. We spoke to David Delaney MD, chief medical officer of MedAptus of Boston, MA.
QuadraMed’s Care-Based Revenue Cycle is a deceptively simply phrase that aptly describes the technology that hospitals desperately need: sophisticated clinical solutions that mesh seamlessly with world class applications supporting administrative and financial goals, all at a highly competitive price point. Few vendors can boast of a single product line of robust applications that include computerized physician order entry, integrated medication management, patient registration, patient accounting, identity management, and perhaps the most lauded health information management systems in the industry. We spoke with Joe Bormel, MD, MPH, the company’s chief medical officer and vice president for clinical strategy.
Reading healthcare IT magazines might make you think that every hospital needs a $20 million information system that takes five or more years to install and a vast army of highly trained support staff to keep it up and running. What they don’t say is that those systems are not always appropriate for community hospitals that need a fully functional yet affordable system to help them improve patient care, manage costs and the revenue cycle, and allow improving and measuring quality. Systems like that make perfect sense in uncertain economic times, especially when the federal government may soon provide help in financing healthcare technology such as Paragon. The Paragon hospital information system, No. 1 ranked in KLAS, is sold by healthcare giant McKesson Corporation, which backs Paragon with financial stability, deep healthcare expertise, and a wide range of healthcare solutions and technologies. We spoke to Jim Pesce, senior vice president and general manager for Paragon.
The industry is pushing (and being pushed) toward implementing electronic medical records that clinicians can use to improve care and reduce costs, but software applications alone are limited in their caregiver support capabilities. Much of the value of systems like CPOE and medication management actually comes from the underlying clinical decision support systems, not the software itself. Deriving value from those systems means embedding evidence-based clinical content from a respected source, whether it be drug information, CPOE order sets, or coding-aware procedure documentation systems. Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions provides industry-leading content under such universally recognized brand names as UpToDate®, Medi-Span, Facts & Comparisons, and ProVation Medical. We spoke to Linda Peitzman, MD, chief medical officer of the company.