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    With all of the focus across the EHR marketplace spotlighting the need for Meaningful Use, NCQA’s Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a program that many organizations have yet to focus on. The program is designed to “revitalize” primary care and proactively treat clients for chronic conditions, focusing on 5 key areas: Comprehensive Care Patient-Centered Care […]

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    This time of year many people are thinking about making resolutions to institute some kind of change. Losing weight, staying fit and healthy, and quitting smoking are in the top 10 resolutions for 2014. Personally, I have given up the idea of making resolutions as I have never been good at sticking with them. I […]

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    Each quarter, we take a moment to recognize the employees that continue to grow and excel at Galen.  In this issue, we are not only proud to recognize our employees with their newest certifications, but also recognize those recently promoted.  We look forward to the continued growth and dedication, to Galen and to our Clients, […]

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    Galen’s process for performing health information system conversions is continually improved.  We want conversions to be as safe, flexible, predictable and seamless for our clients as possible.  This is why we develop workbooks, and it’s why we’ve invested countless hours incorporating premium functionality into our Galen ETL conversion platform.  Just this past Friday morning, four […]

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    MUSE which stands for Medical Users Software Exchange was originally created in 1983 to facilitate the interaction and knowledge sharing of all medical and interdisciplinary professionals using the MEDITECH Healthcare Information System. MUSE currently has hundreds of members from all over the world that join their annual spring conference as well as their many regional […]

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    The 2015 MUSE conference was held last week at the lovely Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.  MUSE CEO Alan Sherbinin started off the 2015 International MUSE conference with a bang, and per usual, his opening ceremony was both informative and hilarious.  Alan drove his points home to the audience by way of a Beatles […]

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  • 06/03/15--09:00: MEDITECH Wiki Launch
  • Here at Galen, we continue to evolve alongside the rest of the healthcare community, but we haven’t forgotten our roots. As our company and service offerings grow to support the diverse needs of hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare entities, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the philosophies that will help drive healthcare forward and […]

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    With ICD-10 lurking just 100 days away, many organizations are feeling comfortable with where they stand.  Do you work at one of those organizations?  If so, can you say with any level of certainty that providers know what the documentation requirements are for ICD-10?  Sure, it’s possible for them to know SOME of the requirements for […]

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    One theme that we’re consistently seeing in the ever-changing healthcare IT arena is consolidation.  After the rush to adopt EHRs for successful Meaningful Use attestations, the HIT landscape was littered with MU1-certified EHRs.  As the initiative evolved to focus on improved outcomes and interoperability, the requirements grew stricter and the number of MU-certified EHRs plummeted.  […]

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    A “Wiki” is a web application “which allows collaborative modification, extension, or deletion of its content and structure,” but to Galen it is much more than that. One of our core tenets is to “Perpetually Learn and Share,” and there is no better platform than the wiki to share our knowledge with the HIT community. […]

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  • 07/21/15--08:00: MEDITECH MPM 101
  • Galen is proud to unveil its MEDITECH Technical and Professional service lines, which extend across the acute care modules and the ambulatory suite!  MEDITECH sets itself apart from other EHR solutions with interoperability between the acute and ambulatory care settings, which is inclusive of the emergency department, home health, and other ancillary departments.  In early […]

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    As the emphasis in the healthcare IT industry shifts from data capture to improved results, the ability to understand EHR databases, extract data, and meaningfully employ it towards targeted outcomes becomes increasingly important.  The fee-for-service model is shrinking, and CMS has already made a push to mandate once voluntary pay-for-performance (P4P) programs, vaulting the need […]

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    In taking an EHR upgrade, cost, staffing, and timing obstacles are the biggest hurdles facing any organization.  When it comes to the MEDITECH platform, many clients say that the upgrade from MAGIC to 6.1 behaves more like a new EHR implementation, making this migration even more complex.  Carefully assessing an organization’s needs and creatively strategizing realistic timelines and resource allocations can help ensure a smooth transition to the 6.1 platform. Before moving to MEDITECH 6.1, there are a few things that organizations should be aware of: Even with the MEDITECH READY implementation (fast-track type of methodology to apply performance packs and upgrades), there are huge changes and new workflows that will need to adopted along a tight timeline The introduction of new modules makes the upgrade from MAGIC to 6.1 seem more like a new EHR implementation. Modules such as..

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    Today’s healthcare organizations quite often find themselves at a crossroads that presents a unique challenge, the migration of data from one or multiple legacy EHR systems to a new or existing target EHR system.  These decisions usually come about through a recommendation of a steering committee to adopt a new EHR, an acquisition of practice(s), a merger of healthcare organizations, or even the sunsetting of the organization’s existing EHR.  The data housed in the legacy system represents potentially years or decades of patient health information that carries substantial value to an organization.  Regardless of the reason to adopt a new EHR, it is of utmost importance to convert that data to the new platform. Huntington Memorial Hospital and Galen Healthcare Solutions partnered together to successfully migrate a decade of clinical data from MEDITECH EHR to Cerner® Millennium, leveraging the Orion..

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    As an industry, we have achieved successful Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 1 attestations, conquered the transition to ICD-10, and are now deep in MU Stage 2.  Many healthcare organizations are assessing where they fell short and are evaluating whether they need to upgrade their EHR or move to a new system.  MEDITECH MPM clients comprise a large percentage of this group, and are currently presented with a couple of options.  The new 6.1 Web Ambulatory solution is a great product, but many organizations are not yet ready to move to that version.  Several groups still on Magic are now migrating to the MPM 6.0 platform. Galen helped clients transition to MEDITECH in the past and thought it would be helpful to discuss end-to-end workflows for support staff in MPM 6.0.  If your organization is upgrading to MPM 6.0 or would simply like to see how..

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  • 05/24/16--08:00: MUSE 2016
  • There’ll be a little extra magic in Orlando next week, as MEDITECH’s annual International MUSE (Medical Users Software Exchange) Conference is being held May 31 – June 3.  MUSE not only provides the MEDITECH community the opportunity to network, learn, and view product development, but also to catch up with old friends and meet new ones as well.  With the upgrade to the 6.1 web platform, MEDITECH is bringing some magical changes and new functionality which many in the MEDITECH community are excited for. Akin to the feeling right before taking the plunge on Disney’s Tower of Terror ride, preparing for a practice transformation, whether it be a system upgrade or payment reform implementation, can be daunting and exciting.  If your organization uses MPM as your outpatient EHR and is looking for ways to manage your chronically ill patients, we..

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    I’m sitting at the opening session of MUSE and am filling with anticipation and excitement.  As I listen to the opening remarks, a clip from Toy Story is played.  Buzz Lightyear fills the screen and says, “To infinity and beyond!”  What an appropriate statement for so many occasions, but for MUSE and Healthcare IT, absolutely! The peer led groups and educational sessions offered at MUSE range from Change Management and MU3 to 6.1 Revenue Cycle, and provide ample opportunity for learning and brainstorming, as well as networking with colleagues. So many vendors are lined up and down the aisles of the Exhibit Hall eager to share how they can assist MUSE attendees with MEDITECH products and services.  Don’t forget to visit us at the Galen Healthcare Solutions Booth #1426, and learn how our Best in KLAS Technical and Professional Services..

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    Two weeks ago, Galen attended the 2016 International MUSE conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The conference started off with opening remarks from MUSE CEO Alan Sherbinin and a little inspiration Buzz Lightyear (it was in Orlando after all!). With Galen’s recent #1 Best in KLAS ranking in both Technical Services & HIT Implementation Support and Staffing, booth traffic was busy, with a total of 157 people stopping by! Visitors included CIO’s, IT Directors, HIM Directors, CNO’s, CMIO’s, Pharmacists, and Clinical and Business Analysts from all over the US, Canada, and the UK. There was a lot buzz and excitement around MEDITECH 6.1.  Four hospitals have already moved to the 6.1 platform, 16 more mentioned they were moving within a year, 13 more are moving within 18 months, and seven are moving within 24..

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    MEDITECH’s long anticipated 6.1 platform is here, and the promise of a clinically-integrated, state-of-the-art healthcare solution that’s meeting the needs of large IDNs, small critical access hospitals, and everything in between is ready to be fulfilled. Dr. John D. Halamka, MD, MS, CIO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, elaborates on this promise in a post on his blog: My only advice to them was to create  a few full featured, highly usable products rather than try to launch an entire suite of products simultaneously that lack comprehensive functionality. The 6.0 product was a complete re-platforming for MEDITECH which resulted in some upgraded products not having all the features of their 5.x predecessors. In the past two years, Epic has gained a very large share of the hospital IT marketplace.  Since competition is a good thing for the industry, I’m hopeful that MEDITECH..

    The post MEDITECH 6.X Infographic: Facing Transition Decisions appeared first on The Galen Healthcare Solutions Blog.


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    In this blog series, we will feature tips & tricks for Galen resident MEDITECH expert and Principal Consultant, Kelly Del Gaudio. As featured in Healthcare Finance, this simple rules-based optimization can significantly improve revenue, as Hilo Medical Center realized a $1.8MM annual increase.  Although CMS does not specifically require documentation of start and stop times, infusions are only reimbursable on a per-hour basis . Documentation of infusion start and stop time is imperative to justify the number of minutes (or hours) an infusion ran. The physician order should document: Drug Dosage Administration route Rate at which the drug is given. The nursing documentation should include: Location of the injection/IV site Patient vital signs at initiation of the infusion Start time of each infusion Rate of each infusion Assessment of the line Stop time of each infusion When a physician places an order into MEDITECH,..

    The post Top 5 MEDITECH Rules-Based Optimization Tip #1: Capturing Infusion Start/Stop Times appeared first on The Galen Healthcare Solutions Blog.


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