Raymond D. Aller, MD,
Hal Weiner and
Michael Weilert, MD
HIMSS in push for
universal electronic health records
More than 70 information technology companies and health systems
and an even greater number of senior executives from organizations
nationwide have signed a declaration issued by the Healthcare Information
and Management Systems Society calling for immediate action supporting
the universal implementation of electronic health records. Among
the vendors supporting the declaration, titled “Bridging the
chasm: realizing a universal EHR,” are Cerner, Eclipsys, McKesson
Information Solutions, Misys Healthcare Systems, and Per Se Technologies.
In the declaration, HIMSS pledges to convene the public and private
sectors in an effort to improve patient safety through electronic
health records. “This document signifies the commitment of
our individual members and member corporations for the adoption
of electronic health records in all health care settings,”
says H. Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of HIMSS.
“To make the EHR a reality in the United States,” the
declaration reads, “we support a HIMSS EHR summit that convenes
the leading vendors, consultants, clinicians, HIT provider executives,
payers, government agencies, pharmaceuticals, standards development
organizations, associations, and others to develop a realistic action
Those companies and individuals that signed the declaration also
- Commit resources—individually
within the care site as well as on a corporate level, to immediately
move toward universal implementation of EHRs in acute and ambulatory
- Urge funding
for all health care entities to invest in EHR-enabling technologies.
- Support the
findings of the report from the National Committee on Vital and
Health Statistics recommending a National Health Information Infrastructure
- Endorse the
office of the senior advisor of the NHII, including the impending
NHII consensus conference.
HIMSS declaration and a list of initial supporters are posted on
the HIMSS Web site, www.himss.org.
An online form is also available so interested individuals and organizations
can register their support for the declaration.
SCC Soft Computer and IntraNexus forge relationshipSCC
Soft Computer and IntraNexus have formed a business relationship
to provide comprehensive health care information systems to hospitals
and allied health care organizations.
The companies will offer clinician clients direct access to laboratory,
radiology, and pharmacy information within IntraNexus’ Sapphire
hospital information system.
“With the addition of SCC’s functionality, clinicians
can use our Sapphire HIS to electronically order tests and procedures,
receive alerts regarding abnormal test results, and securely view
patient results in real-time,” says Richard O’Pry, president
and CEO of IntraNexus. “Clinical information from across the
health care delivery network will be incorporated into the patient’s
electronic medical record and viewed within Sapphire.”
Use of the Health Level 7 CCOW standard for context management “will
enable hospital staff to immediately move from Sapphire into SCC’s
systems if needed,” adds Gilbert Hakim, CEO of SCC.
New thermal transfer printers
ID Solutions, a division of Arch Crown, has introduced a new line
of M-Class thermal transfer printers.
The Datamax M-4206 features the capabilities of a large-volume printer,
including serial, parallel, and USB ports. Options include Ethernet
connectivity, internal rewinder, cutter, and peel and present sensor
for single-label printing. The printer also offers six-inch per
second print speed and large label and ribbon capacity.
Axolotl releases transcription management, accounting tools
Axolotl Corp. has released report management, accounting, and auditing
tools for its Elysium transcription service. These Web-based tools
allow health information management staff to track turnaround time
and costs per line, per physician, and per report type in real-time.
All reports are logged and tracked from dictation through transcription
and e-signature. Reports can also be made available outside the
HIM department with secure concurrent access for coding, patient
accounting, and emergency departments. Physicians can access, review,
and sign transcribed reports from any secure Internet connection.
Transcribed reports can be consolidated with lab and radiology reports
and ADT information and stored in a hospital’s standardized
Triple G Systems Group has signed a contract with the Saskatchewan
Health Information Network to provide the TriWin laboratory information
system to five health regions in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Triple G will provide TriWin for the core lab, microbiology, anatomic
pathology, and cytology. The LIS will be centrally hosted in a secure
environment using the province’s wide area network.
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Mr. Weiner is president of Weiner Consulting Services, LLC, Florence,
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Dr. Weilert is director of laboratories, Community Hospitals of Central
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