News & Updates on HIE-Bridge™
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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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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
This 7 minute video covers:
- Understanding what electronic data exchange entails
- How electronic data exchange impacts healthcare
- The future of data exchange in healthcare
This 12 minute video teaches about:
- Setting the foundation
- The information contained in a CCD
- Understanding CDA
- Meaningful Use and the stages
- Consolidated CDA
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
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!
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:
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.
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.
- 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.
To qualify for an incentive payment… (Continue Reading)