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July 2014

MedEvolve EHR Software is Certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2


MedEvolve, a provider of practice management software, electronic health records (EHR), and physician revenue cycle management services, today announced that its EHR solution, MedEvolve EHR 6.0, has been tested and was certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2 on April 13, 2014 by Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) program. MedEvolve EHR 6.0 met the requirements for ONC’s Complete EHR 2014 criteria which were adopted by the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. MedEvolve’s EHR 6.0 supports both Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 measures, and is certified for use by eligible providers to qualify for EHR incentives.


Drummond Group’s ONC-ACB certification program certifies that EHRs meet the meaningful use criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology – a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.


This Complete EHR is 2014 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.



The Affordable Care Act and Employment Law Seminar


Landrum Human Resources is offering a seminar to help business owners stay up-to-date and compliant with the latest developments in Health Care Reform and other important topics critical to their business. “The Affordable Care Act and Employment Law Update” seminar is being held Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Harry P. Leu Gardens, in Orlando.


Attendees will learn strategies to help protect their business and stay in compliance with the changing employment laws. Ted A. Kirchharr, author of “The Busy Business Owner’s Guide to Health Care Reform,” will discuss the impact of healthcare reform on businesses and what to expect beyond 2014. Employment attorneys Amie Remington of Landrum Human Resources and James W. Seegers from Orlando law firm Baker Hostetler will present legal updates important to employers, including EEOC updates, new social media laws, and results of the 2014 Florida legislative session.


The seminar begins at 8:00am and ends at 10:00am.


There is no charge to attend the seminar. Interested participants should register online atwww.LandrumHR.com/seminar



Florida Hospital Nicholson Center Changes How Robotic Surgery Is Learned



Florida Hospital Nicholson Center’s research into remote surgery or telesurgery began with two questions: “Can it be done?” and “Is it safe?”  After the research was completed, funded with a $4.2 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD), the answer to both questions is…yes.


For the past three years, Roger Smith, Chief Technology Officer at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, has asked physicians to try their hand at telesurgery using a robotic surgery simulator developed by Mimic Technologies Inc.  In a telesurgery environment, there would be a communications delay between a surgeon sitting in one location performing an operation and the patient in another location across the city, state, or country.  The goal was to determine how this delay would impact the surgeons during an operation.  Smith’s question: how long of a delay is safe?  The research determined that 200 milliseconds delay (almost the speed of a blink) was imperceptible to surgeons and that most surgeons could compensate for delays up to 500 milliseconds (half a second). 


The next task: Can communications between two metropolitan hospitals be conducted within that 200 millisecond window?  Again, Smith and the Nicholson Center team said yes.  They conducted experiments using the existing connectivity between Florida Hospital locations in Central Florida and found there was on a 5 millisecond delay between hospitals; well within the 200 millisecond threshold needed to operate safely.  Additional tests from Celebration Health to Daytona Beach, Tampa, even Fort Worth, TX came back with safe levels of delay between 10 and 150 milliseconds.  Next the team will look to repeat their connectivity tests to Denver, CO and Loma Linda, CA. 


In addition to the telesurgery experiments, the Nicholson Center grant from the DoD funded the creation of the world’s first standardized robotic surgery curriculum, called the Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery.  Until now, there was no set standard of learning materials and tests that could measure whether a surgeon was prepared to operate on a patient using a daVinci robot. 


The Nicholson Center team gathered 30 robotic surgery experts from around the world, representing 17 different medical societies to create a curriculum that covered all of the essential skills necessary to be a proficient robotic surgeon. 


After three years of collaboration, this curriculum has been published and hospitals world-wide are already using it train physicians new to robotic surgery. 



OSCEOLA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER OPENS HUNTER’S CREEK ER


Osceola Regional Medical Center officially opened the Hunter’s Creek ER in south Orlando, with physicians treating the first 18 pediatric and adult patients. The facility, located at 12100 S. John Young Parkway, is HCA’s second freestanding ER in Central Florida – following the Oviedo ER, which opened in 2013. It is expected to serve more than 300,000 residents and visitors in the surrounding south Orlando and north Osceola areas.


The $10 million emergency department features 11 private patient beds and a diagnostic laboratory, as well as imaging services that include CT scan, ultrasound and digital X-ray. The one-story building spans 10,600 square feet and includes an ambulance entrance. The Hunter’s Creek ER maintains a staff of approximately 45 healthcare professionals including emergency physicians.


The first pediatric and adult patients received summer and wellness gift baskets to mark the occasion.


The general contractor for the project was Naples, Fla.-based DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group. Phoenix-based Devenney Group Ltd., Architects was the architect.



Orange County Medical Society Names Executive Director


Fraser Cobbe, a political science major from Florida State University, was recently named as the executive director of the Orange County Medical Society (OCMS). Fraser has served as executive director of the Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS) since 2001. In 2007, Fraser formed Cobbe Consulting & Management, an association management company that currently represents the following organizations in addition to OCMS and FOS: Bones Society of Florida; Florida Orthopaedic Risk Purchasing Group; Florida Society of Nephrology; and the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association. 


Fraser received the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Executive Director of the Year Award in 2003. The Florida Orthopaedic Society was awarded the AAOS State Orthopaedic Society of the Year in 2006 and 2008. Fraser served as Chair of the Council of Florida Medical Society Executives in 2010. After previously serving on the Program Committee and Trends Task Force for the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE), he most recently accepted a nomination to serve as an At-Large Member of the AAMSE Board of Directors. 



Mayo Clinic, Parrish Medical Center Announce Collaboration


Mayo Clinic and Parrish Medical Center officials have announced Parrish Medical Center (PMC) as the 29th member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. PMC is the first Central Florida member of the network and the third in Florida.


The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. Using digital technology, physicians with Parrish Medical Group and the Florida Health Network will be able to collaborate with Mayo Clinic on patient care, community health and innovative health care delivery. These physicians will have access to the latest evidence-based medical information through the AskMayoExpert database and connect directly with Mayo specialists on questions related to complex medical cases.


The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents nonownership relationships. Members share a goal of improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, collaborative medical care. The primary goal of the network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise close to home, ensuring that patients only travel outside of the region when necessary. Since its inception in 2011, the network has membership that extends to 15 states, from California to Vermont and Minnesota to Florida, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.  



Nemours Neurosurgeon Commits to Research at White House Summit on Concussions


When President Obama hosted the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit recently he convened experts on the topic from around the country, including the chief of the division of neurosurgery at Orlando’s Nemours Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Todd Maugans has conducted research into the impacts of concussions on the brains of children and educated the community on the prevention and treatment of the injury.  At Thursday’s summit, Maugans and Nemours committed to do even more.


A new Nemours clinical trial will study the use of a specially formulated fluid that athletes consume prior to practice or competition; this fluid will include naturally- occurring chemical substances proven to increase cerebral blood flow.


In Central Florida, Maugans has been regularly meeting with coaches, parents and athletes to educate them on how to prevent and treat concussions.  In the fall of 2013, he spoke to coaches from around the country at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national conference.  At the White House summit, Nemours committed to maximize that outreach.



 
 
 
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