Health IT Newsletter – June 2015

Health IT Newsletter – June 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Meaningful Use (MU)

Our Meaningful Use (MU) measurement period will begin in a few weeks – July 1 – September 30, 2015.  This 90-day attestation period is one of two we use in 2015.  There are a host of new measures related to patient engagement including our Patient Portal.

I will be working with department administrators and chairs to provide frequent report cards on MU measures using SA Ignite.  Hopefully this will allow us to keep up with our excellent status in previous years of 90% MU compliance and attestation.

Clinical Visit Summaries (CVS)

Staying on the MU theme, I encourage all providers to please print the Clinical Visit Summaries (CVS) at the end of the clinical visit.  Unfortunately due to the break in transmission at the end of 2014 and early 2015 in printing CVS due to security concerns, our numbers across the campus have fallen precipitously (see attached – Clinical CVS Report).  We are error free from all of our audits so far, and the CVS is much shorter and more relevant to patients.

Again, please print the CVS at the end of clinical visits and continue to emphasize to staff  to check patient name and identifiers on printed CVS to ensure accuracy before handing it to the patient.

So What’s New?

  • Cortext – Secure texting solution is working in multiple clinical departments. This is the HIPPA and security approved manner for text messages in the organization.  This will eventually become the manner in which we send campus wide clinical messages.
  • CareManager, a tool that we currently use in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine quality management, is giving patients Clinical Scorecards at the Hague St. clinic.
  • The Clinical Information System (CIS) and MPIP teams continue to work with billing and coding to ICD-10 in the billing interface. I hope to share more eLearning for providers over the summer months.
  • DocuSign – We are in the process of using DocuSign for clinical applications in OB/GYN and for office documents in IT. Over the year we will start to use DocuSign for forms such as Consent to Treat and Clinical Instruments.

Digital Health Bytes

You are not the only one that is frustrated with EMRs – read here.

A reasoned look at the Health IT space – read here.

Some levity from the future of medicine – read here.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding our EMR, Clinical Information Systems and any issues you have with the direction we are taking in Digital Health.

Thank you.




Ogechika K Alozie, M.D., M.P.H., CPHIMS
Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO)