Keystone Beacon Teams with Caradigm for EHR-Less Data Sharing | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Keystone Beacon Teams with Caradigm for EHR-Less Data Sharing

August 9, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

The health IT team at Keystone Beacon Community, a federally funded initiative from Geisinger, the Danville, Pa.-based integrated health system, and Caradigm, the Bellevue, Wash.-based joint health IT venture from Microsoft and G.E. Healthcare, is allowing nursing facilities to share patient information digitally to a health information exchange (HIE) with or without an EHR.

The combo of Keystone and Caradigm has leveraged the federal mandate for skilled nursing facilities to submit electronic patient assessments known as minimum data sets (MDSs) to Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS), and created a MDS-to-Continuity of Care Document (CCD) transformer. This extracts patient information from the records of patients who have provided consent for their data to be shared and transforms it into a CCD format and then sends it to an HIE.  The patient information — including diagnoses and patient functional status — can be accessed by any licensed clinician who has agreed to keep the information private and secure.

The MDS-to-CCD Transformer will facilitate health exchange connectivity for skilled nursing facilities across the country, according to Jim Walker, M.D., Geisinger Health System's Chief Health Information Officer. "Any skilled nursing facility can now share a patient's information inexpensively and securely, which helps the patient's care team work better together," he said in a statement.

Topics

News

Former Health IT Head in San Diego County Charged with Defrauding Provider out of $800K

The ex-health IT director at North County Health Services, a San Diego County-based healthcare service provider, has been charged with spearheading fraudulent operations that cost the organization $800,000.

Allscripts Touts 1 Billion API Shares in 2017

Officials from Chicago-based health IT vendor Allscripts have attested that the company has reached a new milestone— one billion application programming interface (API) data exchange transactions in 2017.

Dignity Health, CHI Merging to Form New Catholic Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), based in Englewood, Colorado, and San Francisco-based Dignity Health officially announced they are merging and have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system.

HHS Announces Winning Solutions in Opioid Code-a-Thon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted this week a first-of-its-kind two-day Code-a-Thon to use data and technology to develop new solutions to address the opioid epidemic.

In GAO Report, More Concern over VA VistA Modernization Project

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is calling into question the more than $1 billion that has been spent to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health IT system.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Aimed at Improving Medicare ACO Program

U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) have introduced H.R. 4580, the ACO Improvement Act of 2017 that makes changes to the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) program.