News & Updates on HIE-Bridge™

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Update 8/29/2013

The Minnesota Data Exchange Grant program was given a deadline extension to the end of this year. During this extension period, we will be working on several things.
Firstly, we are working with Nightingale Notes users to register them with the HL7 organization. This registration is necessary in order to get them an Object Identifier (OID). The OID is needed as a security feature to identify the sender of data as an acceptable entity to gain access to another entity. In this case we are working on a peer-to-peer connection with Allina for Epic users in order to access CCDs. Epic and Allina OID values have already been set up on Champ’s end, so that Epic users will be able to request and receive CCDs from Nightingale Notes.

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Also, several users have already begun to test the Direct (secure email solution). Those partners that chose to use Direct and have not yet tested it will be doing so.
User interface work is in progress in Nightingale Notes to generate CCDs including adding a field to track the patient’s consent for their data to be shared.


Update 8/1/2013

The MN Health Information Data Exchange Project is making great strides in connecting a large number of health care providers in the state. Nightingale Notes has undergone two key improvements that form the foundation of this data exchange:

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  1. Nightingale Notes has been updated to use standardized code sets for important demographic and clinical data. Agencies are reviewing and approving the changes to their data currently and soon we will make the data updates for agencies that have given approval. This keeps the product and our customers current with healthcare standards.
  2. Nightingale Notes is now able to create a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) which provides a standards-compliant summary of patient care for use in a wide variety of scenarios and workflows within an agency.

In addition to the changes to Nightingale Notes, there has been significant progress on the development of our data exchange capabilities. Champ Software has partnered with Mirth Corporation to provide up-to-date and well supported data exchange capabilities. Over the past months the data exchange service has been prepared and configured for data exchange between Nightingale Notes and other healthcare systems and health information exchanges (HIEs).
At this point in time, Nightingale Notes is integrating with CHIC (Minnesota’s certified Health Information Organization) to provide a secure email service to all of those participating in the grant as well as working towards a connection with the Allina network here in Minnesota. Together these efforts will connect over 100 health care providers and begin to improve patient care through timely, accessible and accurate data exchange!


What is a CCD?

Rob Colwill of Coldwater Software, Development Consultant for Champ Software, recently gave an excellent presentation about what a CCD is. If you’d like a chance to listen to this great Webex recording, click here.

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Here is a new series of videos to help you better understand data exchange.
What is an EHR
This 8 minute video covers:
  •  EMR vs EHR – What’s the difference
  •  What is contained in an EHR
  •  Features of an EHR
  •  Benefits & Advantages of utilizing them
  •  HIPAA and how it applies to EHRs
  •  Best practices for securing electronic health records

Why is Electronic Data Exchange Important

This 7 minute video covers:

  •  Understanding what electronic data exchange entails
  •  Goals
  •  Benefits
  •  How electronic data exchange impacts healthcare
  •  The future of data exchange in healthcare

Continuity of Care Document Project

This 12 minute video teaches about:

  •  Setting the foundation
  •  The information contained in a CCD
  •  Understanding CDA
  •  Meaningful Use and the stages
  •  Consolidated CDA

Peer-to-Peer Connectivity Project

This 8 minute video covers:

  •  Defining peer-to-peer
  •  The scope of peer-to-peer as it relates to Nightingale Notes in Minnesota
  •  An overview of peer-to-peer process

Risk Analysis Project

Risk Analysis Q&A Session



Minnesota Health Data Exchange Program

e-Health Connectivity Grant

Champ has received news that the 4 regional grant applications we submitted for the Minnesota Department of Health HIE Grant were approved. The grant projects have been awarded approximately 1 million dollars collectively. On page 60 there is a list of 2012 Grant Recipients; partnering with Champ on the MN Health Data Exchange Project are: Douglas County Public Health for West Central HIE Partner Project, Isanti County Public Health for East Central HIE Partner Project, Norman-Mahnomen Public Health for Northwest HIE Partner Project, and Southwest Health and Human Services for Southwest HIE Partner Project. David Rosebaugh, CEO, and Rob Colwill, Development Project Manager, have put a lot of time and effort into this project and now they’ll be even busier as the development and project coordination takes off!

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This project will equip various agencies in the geographic area served with the ability to exchange clinical summary care records as required in Meaningful Use Stage 2. The initial focus will be a Continuity of Care Document (CCD), and health history. Once these elements are in place, Champ will continue working with the participants beyond this grant to exchange other elements like lab and radiology reports, progress notes, and physician orders. This project is designed to gather requirements; document use cases; and provide useable software, processes, and training materials as a result.

Champ has created a presentation available in PowerPoint and PDF that highlights the components and plans for this project.

Click here to download the Powerpoint Presentation of the Grant Proposal Presentation

Click here to download the PDF format of the Grant Proposal Presentation

Below is the map of all regions who is involved in the project:

Counties in Connectivity Grant


Nightingale Notes & Meaningful Use:

Champ Software is dedicated to evolving our applications to meet the needs of our clients, including all new state and federal regulations that impact our customers. We continue to monitor the Meaningful Use requirements. Nightingale Notes already satisfies several Meaningful Use requirements and will have new features every year. Champ will periodically re‐evaluate the need for certification based on criteria that directly impact our current and potential clients.

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Because Nightingale Notes is a program built specifically to meet the needs of public health agencies, we cater to the needs of those clients in particular. We have found that the majority of our clients actually do not qualify for the Meaningful Use grant monies. We try to invest our resources and time where it will most benefit our clients. We also know that our clients need to be cost‐aware, and thus we try to keep the cost of our software affordable. Meaningful Use certified software will be more expensive. We will continue to maintain an open dialog with our clients on how Meaningful Use impacts their business.


Get Educated About Meaningful Use:

Take the quiz on the right to evaluate whether your agency qualifies for Meaningful Use grant money.

While Champ Software has determined it is in our clients’ best interest that Nightingale Notes is not Meaningful Use certified at this time, Nightingale Notes is based on the Omaha System which is a standardized terminology providing reporting capabilities. Nightingale Notes assists your agency in proving the outcomes of your services, which can help you demonstrate effectiveness of programs when applying for grant monies or further funds.

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For more information about Meaningful Use and Federally Qualified Health Centers, please visit the Rural Assistance Center website. You can also download Champ Software’s free eBook, The EHR Primer, written by Judith Riemer, MS, RN, PHN, CNS and David Rosebaugh, CEO, Champ Software. This eBook answers the following common questions:
  • Is there really a difference between an EHR and an EMR?
  • What is interoperability?
  • What’s so meaningful about Meaningful Use?
  • What is cloud computing?
  • Can I prepare my agency for secure cloud computing?


What Does EMR/EHR Mean to a Public Health Agency?

By: David Rosebaugh, CEO, Champ Software

Health care in the United States is a topic much in the news these days. While the general public focuses on the changes coming with “Obamacare,” heath care providers are exploring a federal incentive program called “Meaningful Use” that was part of the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act of early 2009.

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These changes are designed to improve our health care system, which consumes a larger proportion of the US GDP (Gross Domestic Product) every year. In the case of HITECH, the expectation is that increasing the level of automation in the health care industry will improve outcomes and reduce costs. Toward this end, the federal government is offering significant incentive payments for several years, up to approximately $44,000 a year or $64,000 a year (with variations for Medicaid vs. Medicare).

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