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Meaningful Use is Changing Healthcare

February, 2012 -- You may be receiving questions from health care professionals regarding Meaningful Use. Now that 2014 has been set as the deadline for implementing Syndromic Surveillance, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and urgent care facilities must connect to a surveillance service in order to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs.

HMS Begins Extended Data Types Project

February, 2012 -- In response to a client’s request, Health Monitoring Systems (HMS) is working to expand the number of data types collected by the EpiCenter service. For this specific project, HMS will add three more qualifiers—for patient temperature, preliminary diagnosis, and disposition—to be collected when patients are admitted to the emergency room. The overall project goal is to enhance surveillance capabilities and increase insight into possible public health outbreaks.

Syndromic Surveillance: Connecting Physicians’ Offices and Ambulatory Care Facilities

February, 2012 --Health Monitoring Systems (HMS) believes that Meaningful Use and Syndromic Surveillance provide a unique opportunity for public health professionals to better serve their constituencies. When physicians’ offices and other ambulatory care facilities implement Syndromic Surveillance data collection, valuable information is collected that helps public health professionals to be better aware of health threats.

EpiCenter Helps Ohio Physicians’ Practices Meet Meaningful Use Requirements

January, 2012 -- The Smith Clinic and Kettering Health Network in Dayton, Ohio, recently signed on to become the first physicians’’ practices to utilize EpiCenter.

HMS Adds Alameda County, CA as EpiCenter Client

January, 2012 -- HMS recently entered into a three-year contract with the Alameda County Public Health Department. Alameda County is the seventh California county—the others include Fresno, Humboldt, Nevada, Sacramento, Tulare, and Ventura—to utilize EpiCenter’s community health monitoring services.

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