The unplanned care market has experienced exponential growth over the last five years. It's estimated there are now more than 500 freestanding emergency centers (FSEC) in the U.S., and approximately 9,300 walk-in....
For those of us in the healthcare vendor community, that defining statement sets the tone for the future interaction between organizations. Slavitt was also clear that achieving interoperability means “leveling the technology playing field”...
XtreMed, a turnkey medical imaging provider today announced successful integration of their Harmonious Radiology Solution with T-System’s emergency department information system (EDIS) at Neighbors Emergency Center...
I’ve worked for over 30 years in healthcare in variable roles, including being on the provider side in academic, not-for-profit, and for-profit medicine. I’ve held a number of leadership roles companies including Accenture, GE Healthcare...
Dr. Joseph Pocreva, an Air Force Colonel, thought that running a medical evacuation operation in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake would be good experience for whatever assignment that would follow in his career...
In this article Robin Shannon, RN, MN, MBA discusses smart processes for urgent care centers that drive collaboration and success. The article originally appeared in the January 21, 2016 edition of UCAccess.
While leading a hospital or health system can be an incredibly rewarding role, leaders must constantly work to keep their employees engaged, while also maintaining a high level of motivation themselves.
As Chief Technology Officer, Hikspoors will drive the technological development for T-System’s documentation and coding solutions for episodic care settings, including emergency departments, freestanding emergency centers and urgent care centers.
The driving force behind everything we do in healthcare should be improving patient outcomes. Every advancement in healthcare over the past few decades is the result of an innovation that somehow improved an outcome for a patient or group of patients.
"The rules are becoming more stringent on the vendors themselves," said Robert Hitchcock, MD, vice president and CMIO of Dallas-based EHR vendor T-System, which specializes in technology for emergency medicine.
With the increasing use of opioid analgesics has come public health concerns associated with the misuse and abuse of these drugs. States have developed prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help identify and deter opioid abuse, but they are not always used.
While healthcare providers large and small continue to make expanded use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) tools, the vast majority—96%—believes that their technology infrastructure is ill prepared for the next iteration of EHR functionality.
Emergency care at children's hospitals has unique complexities from the front door to billing, which can create revenue challenges. Understanding and identifying these unique differences can help tighten up processes and ensure optimal reimbursement.
Emergency Department Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems is coming soon. How can hospitals implement practical strategies to ensure the best patient care possible and achieve optimal scores?
Readmissions are no longer just painful for patients; hospitals are now feeling some acute discomfort thanks to the CMS program launched last year that’s taking a bite out of revenue for unacceptably high 30-day readmission rates.
T-System CMIO Dr. Robert Hitchcock discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Meaningful Use and takes a strong stance on the big leap from Stage 2 to Stage 3. He also explains what vendors and physicians need to know to prepare.
Robin Shannon, RN, director of performance solutions, T-System Inc., offers her insight, along with other health IT industry experts, on how health IT's goal should be empowering clinicians with information to improve patient outcomes.
T-System Contract Analyst Tonda Terrell shares her insight on understanding how provider and health insurance carrier contractual relationships will be impacted by health reform, in a guest column in the EDPMA newsletter.
In a guest post on KevinMD.com, T-System CMIO Dr. Robert Hitchcock explains how it is the human end-users — doctors and nurses — who need to define the usability of electronic health record (EHR) systems by their acceptance and use of the products.
T-System CMIO Dr. Robert Hitchcock discusses the benefits of clinical decision support specific to emergency care, including reducing the risk of medical errors and misdiagnosis as well as improving efficiency, in this guest post on PEPID's blog.
T-System’s Steve Armond was named private technology CFO of the Year by Dallas Business Journal. Steve Armond has helped T-System acquire three medical coding/billing companies, which enabled the company to unveil RevCycle+™, the industry's premier end-to-end revenue cycle management solution for emergency medicine, and the only one to offer an integrated documentation, care transition and revenue cycle management solution.
T-System has been named one of the Top 100 EHR Companies by the august business magazine for physicians, Medical Economics. T-System was chosen based on key metrics including revenue and MU2 certification requirements for complete EHRs or modules.
On www.ICD10watch.com, Chief Medical Officer Tom Ward, M.D., FACEP, blogs on four different approaches vendors will take to generate ICD-10 codes and explains how it will affect emergency department physicians.
In an interview with HIStalk, T-System CEO Sunny Sanyal discusses how the unique breadth of ED solutions the company provides keeps it in step with how unscheduled healthcare as an industry is evolving.
The Dallas Business Journal once again tapped T-System CFO Steve Armond for some thought leadership on caring for employees & the bottom line as the next phase of the Affordable Care Act takes effect on January 1st. (Subscription ot DBJ required)
T-System's CMIO, Dr. Robert Hitchcock, discusses that though the ED is sometimes referred to as a "loss leader," the average ED functions as the front door to the facility and contributes significantly to overall net profits – in this bylined article on Becker's Hospital Review.
This InformationWeek Healthcare article chronicles how Cox Medical Center Branson (Mo.) cut inpatient readmissions by implementing T-System's Care Continuity to insure that patients received proper follow-up care.
Case in Point magazine published an article by Lori Brown, executive director of accountable care, and Amy Swanson, clinical analyst/project manager, at Cox Medical Center Branson which describes their decision to focus on the ED and how they used T-System's Care Continuity to address their readmission rate, bringing it from 11.5% in early 2012 to 7.7% at the end of the year.
In an interview for a podcast on healthcarenowradio.com, T-System CMIO Dr. Robert Hitchcock speaks about new T-System solutions RevCycle+ and Care Continuity and market trends including EMR adoption and impacts of Stage 2 Meaningful Use. Click on "HIMSS13" tab, interview is fifth from the bottom
In a video interview by Healthcare IT News during the HIMSS conference in New Orleans, T-System client Michael Elley, CIO of Cox Medical Center Branson, discusses Cox's use of T-System Care Continuity to reduce avoidable readmissions and manage patient transitions.
In this HealthData Management article, Dr. Richard MacKenzie, ED Senior Vice Chair, Lehigh Valley Medical Center, discusses the market trend toward hospital-employed physicians, causes of this trend, revenue impacts and the role of IT.
T-System Vice President of Solution Management Mark Pilarski gives positive feedback for DataMotion's Direct Toolkit, praising the product's ability to meet T-System's demand for Direct messaging functionality. This partnership will help T SystemEV clients meet Meaningful Use 2 requirements.
In this InformationWeek article, T-System CEO Sunny Sanyal comments on a new KLAS report that finds ED physicians rating best of breed ED systems significantly higher than enterprise systems in critical areas including impact to productivity, adoption, quality of patient care, and patient throughput.
T-System VP and CMIO Dr. Robert Hitchcock discusses how macros in electronic health records (EHR) can create charges for services that were not provided, the risks of improper coding and what physicians can do to protect themselves from improper coding in the KevinMD.com medical blog.
Dr. Robert Hitchcock explains why CPOE adoption in the ED is easier, the importance of CPOE for Meaningful Use and how starting with CPOE in the ED is preferable for a hospital’s strategy in this HealthcareITNews article.
In this Becker’s Hospital Review article, T-System VP and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP discusses seven recommendations to help hospitals and physicians implement clinical decision support in the ED.
In T-System CEO Sunny Sanyal’s final contribution to D Healthcare Daily for 2012, he sheds light on how incorporating point-of-service payment options can allow facilities to expedite their cash flow and also provide patients with a clearer understanding of their financial obligations, resulting in a better patient experience.
T-System VP and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP chronicles how three hospitals addressed ED overcrowding by improving patient flow, processes and documentation in this Health Management Technology article.
Selecting an EDIS that is specially designed to support the ED's unique workflow is critical; and Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements enhance interoperability standards, which will make it easier than ever for hospitals to implement best-of-breed solutions that are most suited for the ED.
T-System Manager of Implementation Services Ali Rana explains the technical details of interoperability for stage 2 Meaningful Use and how best-of-breed solutions like The T SystemEV as a viable option for hospitals in this article he wrote for HIStalk (scroll to the bottom).
T-System Vice President of Revenue Cycle Coding Greer Contreras explains new revenue cycle buzz words like “revenue integrity” and how important it is for leaders to think of the overall revenue cycle process as one piece instead of as compartments in this Healthcare Finance News article.
T-System VP and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP discusses his career path in emergency medicine and how his role as CMIO can impact patient care in HIMSS Clinical Informatics Insight’s November 2012 issue.
T-System Vice President of Revenue Revenue Cycle Coding Greer Contreras, CPC, published this exclusive article in For the Record magazine. The article explains the difference between medical decision making and medical necessity and offers clinician documentation tips to optimize reimbursement.
T-System CEO Sunny Sanyal clearly explains the correlation between EHRs and increased Medicare billings. The D Healthcare Daily article highlights certain EHR functionality that can lead to fraudulent coding practices.
T-System COO Mikael Ohman highlights the emergency department’s role in accountable care organizations (ACOs) and describes how physician practices can help lower overall healthcare costs in this Healthcare IT News article.
T-System VP and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP outlines six actions ED physician groups can take to remain financially viable and strengthen their alignment with hospitals in this Healthcare Finance News article.
T-System CEO Sunny Sanyal’s bi-monthly column is featured in D Healthcare Daily. In “Texas EDs: On the Front Lines of Accountable Care,” Sanyal recounts his personal experience in the ED and describes ways in which hospitals can improve patient care transitions.
Medical Director Dr. Dean Gushee of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics sings T-System’s praises in the September issue of CMIO magazine (pages 15 & 16). In the article, “Did Your EHR Make the Grade?” Dr. Gushee describes the benefits the hospital ED reaped from The T SystemEV®, and he weighs the importance of interoperability and clinical usability.
T-System Implementation and Integration Client Services Manager Ali Rana provides practical steps hospitals can take to protect the security of electronic patient health records in this Becker’s Hospital Review article.
T-System client Teresa Miller of Memorial Medical Center describes in Healthcare Finance News how the hospital saved $50,000 in three months as a result of its improved ED coding, achieved through RevCycle+™ consulting services
New D Healthcare Daily contributor T-System CEO Sunny Sanyal discusses overburdened EDs and strategies for physician groups to remain viable. Published every 8 weeks, Sunny’s column will focus on emergency medicine.
In this HIStalk Readers Write column, T-System VP and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP describes how ICD-10 will impact the ED financially and operationally. He offers sound advice for hospitals to consider when transitioning to ICD-10.
T-System’s implementation at White Mountain Regional Medical Center in Arizona was featured in an article in White Mountain’s local paper, The White Mountain Independent. The article offers a powerful quote on the value of choosing T-System as a best-of-breed vendor with an emergency department focus over an enterprise system that must be forced to work in the ED.
Julie Martin, director of business development at Texas Regional Medical Center, describes how T-System PerformNext™ Care Continuity has helped the hospital improve relationships with referring community physicians and communication among providers regarding patient care.
The emergency department may have a reputation for being the hospital’s money-losing department, but T-System VP and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP describes how technology is making EDs more cost-effective in this Healthcare Intelligence Hub article.
T-System VP and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP discusses the complexities of ED patient throughput problems and solutions to help mitigate hospital overcrowding in this Healthcare Briefings article.
InsideARM.com analyzes the strategic mergers and acquisitions from first quarter 2012 in the accounts receivable management and revenue cycle management industries. T-System’s acquisitions of Clinical Coding Solutions and Practice Management Associates are highlighted in paragraph six.
T-System client Dean Gushee, M.D., M.S., FACEP, discusses the importance of EHR design and usability in the May issue of HIMSS Clinical Informatics Insights. In the article, Dr. Gushee describes how The T SystemEV® has helped Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use and participate in an ED information exchange.
T-System client Dean Gushee, M.D., M.S., FACEP, ED and medical director at Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, describes what he loves about The T SystemEV® in this American Medical News article. Among the T SystemEV benefits cited: thorough documentation, improved charge capture and increased revenue, documentation feedback, and improved ED communication and patient safety.
T-System Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer Dr. Bob Hitchcock is quoted in the May 2012 print issue of Healthcare IT News as well as its online edition. In the article, Dr. Hitchcock discusses how EHRs can improve the quality of care and patient safety.
The T-System DigitalShare™ solution is highlighted as one of five mobile health solutions to watch in this Healthcare Intelligence Hub article. The article examines the benefits of DigitalShare and its use by Lehigh Valley Health Network to treat drivers and fans at Pocono Raceway. Also featured is iTriage, a T-System partner.
T-System Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management Brian Clare, M.D., FACEP discusses the reimbursement and compliance ramifications associated with the decision to admit, discharge or place an ED patient in observation status in For the Record magazine.
T-System co-founders Dr. Woodrow Gandy and Dr. Rob Langdon describe T-System’s road to success in this Dallas Business Journal feature article. CEO Sunny Sanyal also outlines T-System’s plans for future growth in the emergency department industry.
Jackie Lucas, vice president and CIO at Baptist Healthcare System, describes how The T SystemEV® has laid the groundwork for Baptist’s journey to ICD-10 compliance. Jackie discusses the importance of selecting systems that maintain efficiency and help capture the necessary information upfront to ensure coding accuracy and, ultimately, optimal reimbursement.
Health Data Management previews the proposed CMS and ONC rules for Stage 2 Meaningful Use in this article quoting T-System Vice President and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP and T-System client Jackie Lucas, Vice President and CIO at Baptist Healthcare System in Kentucky
T-System client Baptist Healthcare System’s vice president and CIO Jackie Lucas is featured in Computerworld magazine as a Premier 100 IT Leader. Jackie discusses Baptist’s emergency department information system, The T SystemEV® in her profile.
In this 10-minute EHRtv video interview, T-System CEO Sunny Sanyal discusses his reasons for joining T-System, how T-System was founded, the solutions we offer and the company’s vision for the future with a focus on care coordination. Sunny stresses how T-System helps improve clinician productivity and workflow as well as the overall patient care experience.
In this podcast of MU Live!, Dr. Robert Hitchcock provides background on T-System and The T SystemEV® and describes how the company is preparing for Meaningful Use Stages 2 and 3. Dr. Hitchcock also highlights how T-System has helped many of its clients meet Stage 1 with T SystemEV.
In this FierceHealthIT article, T-System client Duncan Regional Hospital’s CIO Roger Neal describes the challenges he faces with trying to stay ahead of ICD-10, Meaningful Use and other initiatives. Neal also highlights the role of The T SystemEV® at Duncan Regional Hospital.
T-System CEO Sunny Sanyal discusses ICD-10, the biggest healthcare IT trend for 2012, in this Health Management Technology article. Sunny predicts how the transition to ICD-10 will affect emergency departments and discusses how hospitals can prepare.
T Sheets client MD Urgent Care is featured in this PhysBizTech article that discusses the clinic’s unique “hybrid” EHR. MD Urgent Care scans and uploads T Sheets to a secure online documentation management solution that can be accessed via providers’ desktops, iPhones and iPads.
T-System Vice President and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, MD, FACEP, discusses cutting-edge technology for hospitals in Becker’s Hospital Review. He stresses the importance of hospitals choosing simple, easy-to-use EHR systems to ensure success with physician recruitment efforts.
T-System CFO Steve Armond and VP and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, MD, FACEP outline strategies for centering a hospital’s finance strategy around the emergency department (ED) in this Healthcare Technology Online article. The authors also describe how technology can optimize the ED and its financial contribution to the hospital.
This white paper delineates the potential advantages and disadvantages of ICD-10 and discusses its potential effects on hospitals, particularly the ED. It examines the value of implementing effective information technology solutions to offset the costs and reap the potential benefits of migrating to ICD-10, and it offers suggestions on how to select such a system.
CMS has developed a Meaningful Use guide to assist physicians to be in compliance for Medicare incentive payment eligibility. This web-based interactive guide is called "An Introduction to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals."
T-System Vice President and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, MD, FACEP offers guest commentary for EHRWatch.com in this article explaining the top five benefits of clinical decision support in the emergency department.
HIT Exchange profiles T SystemEV CPOE in an interview with T-System Vice President and CMIO Robert Hitchcock, MD, FACEP. Hitchcock describes the solution’s intuitive design, customizable order sets and high adoption rate, and he highlights the successes that Colorado-based Montrose Memorial Hospital has achieved with T SystemEV CPOE.
This Healthcare IT News article quotes Dr. Robert Hitchcock, T-System vice president and CMIO, regarding proposed Department of Health and Human Services rules that would grant patients the ability to view their lab results online. Hitchcock analyzes the pros and cons of giving patients this type of access to their healthcare information.
In this IT case study published in Modern Healthcare, CIO Jim Anderson of Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb., discusses the hospital’s financial and operational performance improvements with emergency department information system T SystemEV.
In this Health Data Management article, T-System Director of Human Resources Christina Anderson and Manager of Contract Administration Tina Clark explain how a proposed rule mandated under the HITECH Act to strengthen provisions of HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules could affect business associates.
T-System Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer Robert Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP, offers provoking commentary about the state of the nation’s emergency departments in a 33-minute podcast posted on the Health Thought Leadership One-to-One blog. He examines trends affecting efficiency and revenue in the ED and explains how electronic health records are vital for transforming care quality.
T-System Solution Analyst Mike Rosenfeld weighs the challenges and benefits of ICD-10 in this Becker’s Hospital Review article by Sabrina Rodak. Rosenfeld asserts that ICD-10 will promote better data collection, and he offers suggestions for ways hospitals can prepare for the transition from ICD-9.
In this Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM) Fall article, three CIOs from Baptist Healthcare System in Kentucky and Duncan Regional Healthcare System and Sayre Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma explain their individual strategies using T-System’s emergency department information system, T SystemEV, to show Meaningful Use.
Janie Schumaker, R.N., T-System Manager of Client Services, is quoted in a Healthcare Briefings article about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) campaign to promote better patient communication. Schumaker discusses how effective communication can be beneficial to both clinicians and patients.
Michael Wargo, Executive Director of Medical Operations at Lehigh Valley Health Network discusses how DigitalShare™ is being used to treat drivers and fans at Pocono Raceway and prospects of digital pen technology utilization with EHRs.
Janie Schumaker, R.N., T-System Manager of Client Services, is one of eight selected industry experts to respond to Health Management Technology’s question: “What are the best ways to minimize the pains associated with selecting and adopting a clinical information system?”
HFMA’s Revenue Cycle Forum profiles 25-bed St. Andrews Hospital’s use of T-System’s T SystemEV to increase charge capture by 30 percent, reduce time to final bill by nine days, and improve patient transfers and ED throughput.
Hobson & Company’s research validates the value created by T SystemEV to address four key hospital ED challenges by optimizing revenue capture, reducing the cost of care, increasing operational efficiencies and improving the quality and safety of care.
HealthSystemCIO.com Editor Anthony Guerra interviews Baptist Healthcare System’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jackie Lucas. Discussed are the challenges that Baptist and other community hospitals face in adopting CPOE and meeting quality measures, the experiences in maintaining multiple vendor partnerships, and lessons learned from other industries that can benefit provider CIOs.
Roger Neal, VP and CIO of Duncan Regional Hospital in Oklahoma, shares with InformationWeek Healthcare how the hospital's emergency department is using analytics and predictive modeling to improve workflow and manage patient volume through T SystemEV STAT.
A HIT Exchange article examining standards compliance and interoperability quotes Robert Hitchcock, M.D., CMIO at T-System, explaining how best-of-breed HIT vendors are stepping up to the challenge of interfacing and exchanging data with all information systems.
In CMIO Magazine, CIO Jim Anderson of Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb., describes the hospital’s enhanced ED throughput time and medical record documentation, as well as the EDIS-inpatient system integration to create a complete patient EHR since using T SystemEV beginning in 2006.
Janie Schumaker, R.N., T-System Manager of Client Services, is a guest columnist for EHRWatch.com. She offers suggestions regarding how hospitals can better manage the growing demand for ED services at a time when budgets are tight and adding capacity.
All EDIS offerings are not created equal. To make the best choice and to determine the total cost of ownership, hospitals should examine three key factors: content development, implementation time and maintenance costs.
Healthcare reform is making intra-organizational interoperability as critical to viability as intra-organizational integration. Thus, interoperable emergency department information systems that can meet both the current needs of the ED and the future requirements of the healthcare enterprise can mean the difference between a hospital becoming more efficient or closing its doors.