Better data systems help VA cut disability claims backlog | Systems Made Simple nabs IT contract from VA | Novant to launch e-prescription service
August 28, 2015
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Better data systems help VA cut disability claims backlog
The Department of Veterans Affairs has cut the backlog of disability claims older than 125 days to over 98,000 claims, and decision accuracy has increased to 91% this year from around 83% in 2011, says Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey. Hickey attributed the improvements to the replacement of the agency's data systems and mandatory overtime for employees. "We streamlined our processes; we moved out of antiquated systems; we got away from thousands of tons of paper; we met you online so that you could access us wherever and whenever you needed; and many of you changed right along with us," Hickey wrote in a blog post. Health Data Management (8/27), The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)/The Associated Press (8/24), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/24)
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Systems Made Simple nabs IT contract from VA
A more than $600 million contract to develop a new scheduling platform was offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to Systems Made Simple. As part of the deal, the firm will design the Medical Appointment Scheduling System to support the agency's effort to advance its analytics, scheduling, EHR and workflow management capabilities. The platform is set to be implemented by 2017. FierceHealthIT (8/26)
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Novant to launch e-prescription service
An e-prescription service will be unveiled by Novant Health to help providers, pharmacists and patients comply with regulations related to accessing hydrocodone-combination products and other controlled substances. The service combines Imprivata's MyID authentication platform with Surescripts' e-prescription processing and Epic's EMR platform to enable users to transmit and process prescriptions in a secure manner. Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (8/26)
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3 HIT firms join Prosper Capital Fall Startup Accelerator Program
Three health IT firms were tapped by Prosper Women Entrepreneurs to become part of its Prosper Capital Fall Startup Accelerator Program. Among them are EDIS Solutions, which focuses on using pharmaceutical data to boost strategic planning, and SkyMedicus, which offers international and domestic resources related to medical tourism. Janus Choice, which provides software designed to improve the discharge process at hospitals, was also named to the program. (8/27)
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Akana designs software to unlock EHR information
A new tool that health care firms can use to implement digital interoperable platforms was unveiled by Akana. The Akana Healthcare Solution combines the capabilities of Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and the Akana API Management system to securely unlock clinical data stored in EHRs and encourage providers to work together to boost care outcomes. (8/26)
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Report shows declining demand for wearable devices in 2015
Fitness Tracker Company Fitbit Debuts As Public Company On NYSE
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An Argus Insights report revealed that the demand for smart glasses, sensor-enabled systems and other wearable devices has declined in the first six months of the year. According to the report, consumer demand reached its peak this year in January but has slowed down as consumers begin to look for tools that can perform multiple tasks. (8/27)
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Ind. provider signs accountable care deal with Humana
An accountable care deal was recently signed by Madison, Ind.-based King's Daughters' Health with Humana to offer coordinated care to Medicare Advantage members. The deal, which supports the entities' predictive analytics, wellness initiatives and other population health efforts, will offer incentives to providers when they meet care quality measures. (8/27)
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Aetna unveils accountable care program with Calif. health system
Aetna and MemorialCare Health System will launch a product on Sept. 1 to provide accountable care to patients in Orange County and select parts of Los Angeles County in California. With the release of Aetna Whole HealthSM -- MemorialCare plans, patients can receive coordinated care from over 40 urgent care facilities, seven hospitals and around 2,000 doctors in the state. The partnership was launched to enhance the care management of chronically ill patients and cut emergency room visits and readmissions. (8/27)
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