Blog from Sep 18, 2017

The cyberREN® EMR solution supports best possible renal care for Veterans

JUNO BEACH, Fla., September 12, 2017Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.), a leading provider of health information technology (HIT) solutions for federal, private and public healthcare organizations, today announced it has been awarded the Dialysis Electronic Medical Record Software and Maintenance Electronic Health Record (EHR) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

As part of the contract, the DSS team will implement the cyberREN Renal Patient Care Management System, a comprehensive EMR and clinical data analysis and reporting system for Nephrology. This mature dialysis EMR has been installed in the commercial market since 1996, and is currently being deployed within the VHA at thirteen facilities.

“This new integration will help the VHA leverage a uniform mechanism to capture and report dialysis data – ultimately providing the best possible renal care for Veterans,” said Mark Byers, president and CEO of DSS, Inc.  “VA dialysis facilities will now have access to the necessary software for electronic reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) mandated web-based dialysis quality collection system.”

The cyberREN Renal Patient Care Management System, developed by Cybernius Medical Ltd. (CML), a DSS teaming partner on this contract, will be integrated with VistA using the DSS integration toolkit and overall Integration Framework. With two major modules for Hemodialysis and Chronic Kidney Disease — and other modules available — the solution will enable providers to deliver the best possible renal care for Veterans.

This IDIQ contract enables the VHA to quickly and efficiently acquire a standardized dialysis EHR solution to ensure quality dialysis services.

To learn more about DSS, visit http://www.dssinc.com/products/dss-vista-integrated-administrative-products/.

About Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.)

DSS is a leading software and services company that creates and delivers advanced health information technology (HIT) solutions. For 25 years, healthcare organizations have benefited from our technical and service integration expertise. DSS has extensive experience working with federal, private and public healthcare facilities to modernize their legacy systems and to improve efficiencies for clinical and administrative users through breakthrough technology. For more information about DSS, visit www.dssinc.com.

About Cybernius Medical

Cybernius Medical Ltd. (CML) is focused on automating and improving renal healthcare delivery, and commits 100% of its resources to this end. CML continually engages in extensive R&D; more than 30% of CML revenues are invested back into product development. This operating philosophy has kept CML at the leading edge in the field, and has established cyberREN as a leader in Clinical Data Management in Nephrology.

For more information about Cybernius Medical, visit www.cyberren.com

Bernie Monegain

 

Authors from Brigham and Women's Hospital urge switch from using claims numbers to mining electronic health records.

Investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have found clinical data more reliable than claims statistics for measuring incidences of sepsis.

The findings, published Wednesday in JAMA, question the use of claims data for sepsis surveillance and conclude clinical surveillance using EHR data provides more objective estimates of sepsis incidence and outcomes.

“Sepsis, the syndrome of life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by infection, is a major cause of death, disability, and cost,” the researchers said.

The researchers found many studies suggest the incidence of sepsis is increasing over time, while mortality rates are decreasing. However, reliably measuring sepsis incidence and trends is challenging, they say because clinical diagnoses of sepsis are often subjective. Also, claims data – the traditional method of surveillance – can be affected by changing diagnosis and coding practices over time.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital research estimates the current U.S. burden of sepsis and trends using clinical data from electronic health record systems of a large number of diverse hospitals.

The findings, published in JAMA, challenge the use of claims data for sepsis surveillance and suggest that clinical surveillance using electronic health record data provides more objective estimates of sepsis incidence and outcomes.

The research team, led by Chanu Rhee, MD, a critical care and infectious disease physician at BWH, developed a new strategy to track sepsis incidence and outcomes using electronic clinical data instead of insurance claims.

After reviewing EHR data from nearly 3 million patients admitted to 409 U.S. hospitals in 2014, researchers found sepsis was present in six percent of all hospitalizations and in more than one in three hospitalizations that ended in death.

Using this data to gauge how many people were affected nationwide, they estimated there were approximately 1.7 million sepsis cases nationwide in 2014, and, of those, 270,000 died.

The researchers also assessed whether sepsis incidence and outcomes have changed over time. In contrast to prior claims-based estimates, they found no significant changes between 2009 and 2014.