Galen Healthcare Solutions


September 2017


Solving for Today.
Preparing for Tomorrow.

It’s been an eventful month, not only for healthcare IT, but also given the recent hurricanes Harvey & Irma that inflicted devastation in Texas, Florida and many other communities. Millions in the southeast United States remain without power and countless are in need. Despite the massive obstacles faced, it is inspiring to see the resolve in communities banding together to help those in need and begin the recovery. Every single action and contribution helps, and there are many outlets that are accepting resources. Please join us in supporting their efforts. 

Natural disasters such as these underscore the importance of a business continuity solution for EMRs to provide backup and access during downtime. HIEs also become instrumental, in that health systems can leverage some level of data exchange and access between health systems and their disparate EMRs as patients are transferred. Sue Schade eloquently outlined the value of HIEs in a piece she penned earlier this month: HIEs matter. In addition, in a timely announcement, and addressing this very issue, Epic demonstrated a step towards interoperability in unveiling Share Everywhere, which allows patients to give doctors access to their medical records through an internet browser.

Moreover, events like these remind us in healthcare IT of our mission, greater purpose and impact. It seems likely that during these natural disasters, EMRs have helped hospitals keep doors open and continue caring for patients. If nothing else, the digitization of health data offers significant advantages over paper records given the ability to backup records to off-site facilities well out of a given disaster zone. We keep those affected in our thoughts, extend our support, and continue our work to advance interoperability and patient care.

Our Newsletter also reports on:

  • Data-Driven EMR Optimization Matrix
  • eClinicalWorks, Horizon & Paragon data extraction and de-migration resources
  • Differentiation between converted (migrated) and archived clinical data. 

I hope that you find this information helpful, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

Steve Brewer, Chief Executive Officer


Upcoming Events

[Hosted by Healthcare Informatics] Expert Panel: Seamless EHR Transition Through Data Migration

[Hosted by HealthSystemCIO] Healthcare Data Archival Strategy

[Hosted by HealthSystemCIO] EHR Transitions: Legacy Support and Staff Augmentation


SEP 19:
Options to Consider When Replacing ConnectR

SEP 21-23:
Becker’s Hospital Review 3rd Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference

OCT 19:
KLAS Reports: Implementation Services 2017: Which Firms Consistently Exceed Expectations?

This Issue

How to realize the benefits of EMR optimization

An implemented EMR does not guarantee a return. Organizations that fail to properly integrate and leverage EMR capabilities can quickly find themselves in post-implementation purgatory, paralyzed by disenchanted users and underwhelming provider performance. 

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eClinicalWorks Data Extract Considerations

According to a recent report by KLAS, 34% of eClinicalWorks customers are prepping to switch EHR vendors. The nature of data structure and storage within the eClinicalWorks database is non-traditional and complex. 

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Horizon & Paragon Data Extract & De-Migration Resources

There are two types of data in Paragon. The first is the common reference masters (what is often referred to as “dictionaries” in other EMRs). It defines configuration of the system, from charge master, item master and caregivers. The other type of data is often referred to as the patient index, consisting of visit files and other clinical data. 

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What's next for Allscripts-McKesson? Innovation and interoperability will be key

As it works to shore up its client base, Allscripts will have to differentiate itself from Epic and Cerner by showing lower total cost of ownership and a commitment to open data sharing.

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Clinical Optimization Effort and ROI Matrix

This matrix that looks at the clinical optimization effort required against the benefits an organization will receive from those efforts and illustrates how you can focus on improving the quality of care your patients receive while still maximizing your organization’s revenue.

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Converted (Migrated) Data vs Archived Data

How are archived data and “migrated” or “converted” data different? There must be a clear distinction made between converted data and archived data, as the drivers and considerations for each are different. Retiring a legacy application and housing the data in an archival solution has markedly different requirements than migrating data from an existing clinical application to another.

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