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Progress Report

  • By Joe Heyman, MD, Wellport Chief Medical Information Officer
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  • On 16 Aug | '2014
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We have successfully gone live with Children’s Health Care and Colden & Seymour Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy and have opted in some 80 patients in just this week. We are changing workflows and documents on the basis of this very successful experience and we couldn’t be more excited about how well things are going. Next week we hope to train and onboard Whittier Medical Associates and James DiResta, Podiatry. They will be stage 2 of the pilot using new workflows and documents.

During the first week in September we hope to formally go live with every other eCW in-house server practice that has signed on. We also anticipate Pentucket Medical Associates going live that same week. At that point we will proudly include practices from three networks, Steward, Partners and BIDCO. You can see all the practices already signed up and their anticipated starting dates by going to http://wellporthealth.net/practices.html. We continue constructive discussions with outside parties, most recently CVS Minute Clinic and the Veteran’s Administration. If and when we partner with the VA, clinicians will be able to view those patients’ records even if they were entered on another continent a day earlier.

Wellport presents a continuous longitudinal record of all patient activity and provides patients with the ability to view, download and transmit their Protected Health Information in an encrypted environment. It helps with so many of the measures for Meaningful Use Stage 2. You can listen to three podcasts about HIE participation and Meaningful Use at http://www.himss.org/library/podcasts/hie-in-practice?navItemNumber=17053.

Dr. Heyman featured on podcasts

  • By Joe Heyman, MD, Wellport Chief Medical Information Officer
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  • On 28 Jul | '2014
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HIMSS and the AMA Introduce Podcast Series on Patient Engagement and Health Information Exchange

CHICAGO (July 28, 2014) –To help provider and provider organizations achieve Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, HIMSS and the American Medical Association (AMA) introduce a collaborative, three-episode series of discussions through the HIMSS HIE inPractice Podcasts.

Captions: Dan Paoletti, chief executive officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) and Dr. Joe Heyman, former chair of the AMA Board of Trustees and former president of the Massachusetts Medical Society

The podcasts, featuring Dr. Joe Heyman, founder, former president and current CMIO of the Whittier IPA, which owns and operates the Wellport Health Information Exchange, and Dan Paoletti, chief executive officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP), which manages the CliniSync Health Information Exchange, discuss how physicians engage with health information exchange (HIE) and how HIE can facilitate achievement of Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.

“Even though only one or two [Meaningful Use Stage 2 measures] require an HIE, if you look carefully at them, probably 95 percent of them will be facilitated by having an HIE,” said Heyman.
The “HIE inPractice” podcast series, has been produced in collaboration between HIMSS and the AMA to provide short audio interviews and conversations on topics of interest to healthcare professionals, health IT leaders and anyone wanting to learn more about health information exchange.
“If a practice or a provider can find a good partnership with a health information exchange, they (HIEs) can be incredibly valuable in helping that practice” said Paoletti. “Not only with Meaningful Use, but other things that are coming down the healthcare highway, such as payment reform – whether that comes in the form of patient-centered medical homes or accountable care organizations, an HIE can really be a trusted partner.”

• Episode #5: Physician Engagement with HIE – The importance of physician engagement with health information exchange is addressed. Specific attention is given to the benefits for both physicians and their practices; challenges to overcome, including recommendations for physicians without access to an HIE organization; and requirements for participation.
• Episode #7: Information Exchange and Stage 2 Meaningful Use (Part I) – The first half of the conversation addresses requirements for HIE participation, Meaningful Use requirements, public health departments and clinical decision support.
• Episode #8: Information Exchange and Stage 2 Meaningful Use (Part II) – The second half of the conversation addresses medication reconciliation, registries, health information service providers (HISPs) and the business case for hospitals and commercial labs to engage with HIE.

Visit The HIMSS website to download the podcasts.
About HIMSS HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.
HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

TO LISTEN TO PODCASTS:  http://www.himss.org/library/podcasts/hie-in-practice?navItemNumber=17053


For more information, contact:
Kelly Wagner/HIMSS
312-915-9502 – kwagner@himss.org


Almost there!

  • By Joe Heyman, MD, Wellport Chief Medical Information Officer
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  • On 26 Jul | '2014
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After years of searching for a vendor partner and then after a solid year of preparation, we are finally ready to start going public and opting in patients. We currently have information in our system from 50 clinicians including well over 100,000 patients and 800,000 progress notes. And we have only just begun. There are many others who have signed up, but we are still developing interfaces for them before they can actually participate. We are already attached to the Mass HIway for Direct encrypted messaging and that has been thoroughly tested with messages successfully going back and forth with Winchester Hospital.

We have two pilot practices who will be preparing the road for the rest of our subscribers. Children’s Health Care and Colden & Seymour ENT have volunteered to put the opting in process through its hoops for a few weeks before we move ahead with everybody else. We want to be sure we work out as many annoying kinks in the processes and find any potential problems before we opt-in everybody else. The opt-in process will begin on July 31 for those two practices. We thank them for assuming this responsibility. Any data present from other practices already onboard will be visible to the pilot practices on any patient who has officially opted in. The patients will also be able to see a summary of that information in their “Personal Health Summary”. Perhaps two or three weeks after that, we plan to have training sessions for the other practices who are subscribing to the HIE — and then they will begin opting in patients as well.

We will have a booth at Yankee Homecoming on Saturday, August 2 and we hope you will stop by and say hello. The Alere public relations team is setting up meetings with potential patients at nursing homes and other venues. The Boston Business Journal is running a story about Wellport this week (http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/health-care/2014/07/alere-accountable-care-merrimack-valley-physician.html) and we are expecting some more local news coverage. The Alere team has conducted focus groups in Newburyport and stopped about fifty people in Market Square to be sure we know how to appropriately engage our patients. They also have hooked up with some volunteers who will help in answering patients’ questions making the opt-in process less of a headache for our practices. When a patient opts in at any practice, that patient is opted in for every practice subscribing to the HIE. Already the HIE has practices contracting through Steward Health Care, Partner’s Health Care and BIDCO.  Quest Laboratories is an active participating subscriber and Home Health VNA is working on the interface for them to participate for their subscription as well.

Dr. Heyman, Chief Medical Information Officer at Wellport, presented last Monday July 14th at the Summit to Leverage EHR’s for Prescriber Engagement in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Heyman presented twice during the Summit. The first, a panel on advancing EHR’s with Dr. Artz, MD who is Medical Director, Information Systems at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The session covered provider viewpoints on pharma integration and support and discussed several important topics including drug information needs, how to achieve optimal care coordination and indications for optimal physician partnerships.

During the second session, Dr. Heyman presented a real case study on Wellport which highlighted the benefits of the HIE to pharmacies and pharma. Dr. Heyman ended the presentation with a review of Wellport’s current advancement in achieving true patient engagement; another great session with very positive feedback.

Please stay tuned for more speaking engagements by Dr. Heyman of Wellport and always keep up to date with our upcoming events on the Wellport blog page!



Yankee Homecoming Family Day

Yankee_homecomingWellport to present at Yankee Homecoming Family Day

Wellport will be setting up an innovative and engaging display for families during the biggest event of the year in Newburyport, Yankee Homecoming. On August 2nd between 10am and 2pm Wellport will be educating the local community about the grassroots effort in Newburyport to promote the Wellport HIE. Members of Wellport and technology partner, Alere, will be on site to answer questions and showcase a fun and interactive game for kids to help teach how a health information exchange works! It’s fun for all ages, please join us August 2nd at Maudslay Park in Newburyport and be prepared to win some prizes for the whole family!

For more information on Yankee Homecoming Family Day please visit http://yankeehomecoming.com/family-day-at-maudslay/