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Emdeon Announces Clinical Services Agreement with ICA, Educational Sessions During HIMSS12

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Emdeon Inc., a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, today announced a clinical services agreement with Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) to help empower physician orders and results as well as EHR capabilities.

ICA was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to the broader healthcare market and now delivers a comprehensive HIE solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. ICA's CareAlign® solution suite features provider/patient portals, secure clinical communication, NHIN compliant interoperability and population management tools. CareAlign will now be augmented by Emdeon Clinician™, a software-as-a-service solution that simplifies lab order entry and results distribution, facilitates electronic prescribing and is ONC ATCB Certified to meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use*. In addition, CareAlign users will be connected to the Emdeon clinical, financial and administrative health information network that includes connectivity to over 300 laboratories and 60,000 pharmacies nationwide.

"Developing a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) solution is an extremely costly and resource intensive endeavor," said Miriam Paramore, senior vice president of clinical services for Emdeon. "By using Emdeon Clinician, clients like ICA can connect to the Emdeon clinical, financial and administrative health information network, eliminate the need for point-to-point interfaces and focus on their core value propositions of interoperability and care management tools."

The Emdeon services will be demonstrated in the ICA booth number 4831 during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) national conference in Las Vegas, February 21-23, 2012.

Emdeon In-booth Speaking Events

In addition to demonstrating the Emdeon/ICA clinical capabilities, Emdeon will also present short, impactful educational sessions featuring Emdeon and industry partner subject matter experts on clinical information exchange, gaps in care, patient-centric healthcare and data and analytics. All educational presentations will take place at booth number 3616 in Emdeon's in-booth theater.

How would you like a care management program that can help you increase your gap closure rate?
Thursday, 11:00AM ‐ 11:30AM

  • Lynne Higgins, Vice President Clinical Solutions, Emdeon
  • Dr. Tanya Lozano, MD, Physician Informaticist, Anvita Health

As healthcare costs continue to rise and a greater focus is placed on quality outcomes and care collaboration it's more important than ever to implement programs that help physicians identify gaps in care and address them when it matters most, during the patient visit. In this session, you'll learn how Emdeon, through a strategic alliance with Anvita Health, has designed a clinical information exchange solution that has achieved impressive results.

Does your CPOE implementation need a workflow miracle?
Wednesday, 11:00AM ‐ 11:30AM

  • Bob Kearns, IT Implementation at Wuesthoff Hospital, an HMA hospital
  • Eric Reynolds, Vice President of Clinical Services, Emdeon

In 2010, Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) acquired Wuesthoff Health System. HMA needed to develop and deploy a system wide solution for outreach physician orders and results management that would integrate with the new HMA hospital systems and the systems used by their community physicians. HMA needed a "workflow miracle." In this session, you'll learn how Emdeon was able to make miracles happen for their network and how we can for yours too!

Do you know what your hospital readmission rate is? Better yet, do you know how to reduce it?
Wednesday, 5:00PM ‐ 5:30PM

  • Tom Waller, Senior Manager, Emdeon

We all know that readmissions are costly and, in some cases, could be avoided. If you don't have good data that can monitor readmissions, how are you supposed to prevent them? In this session you'll learn how the right access to your readmissions data can help enable you to identify patterns and develop processes that can help reduce costly readmissions going forward.

What if you could easily identify gaps in care, understand your patient population better and use that information to improve clinical outcomes?
Wednesday, 3:00PM ‐ 3:30PM

  • Dr. Steven E. Waldren ‐ Director, Center for Health‐IT, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Gene Boerger, Vice President of Provider Product Management, Emdeon

In this session you'll learn how AAFP and Emdeon have worked together to create a physician metrics and analytics program. The AAFP's clinical data repository is powered by Emdeon using medical, pharmacy and lab data from AAFP member practices. This data, in conjunction with Emdeon analytics tools, delivers practice-specific and comparative benchmarking on a variety of quality and cost measures.

Are You Ready for Data and Analytics 2.0 in Healthcare?
Tuesday, 5:00PM ‐ 5:30PM

  • Adam Hameed, Senior Vice President of Data and Analytics, Emdeon

In this session you'll learn what healthcare information you should be tracking and why. Business and clinical intelligence leads to information you need for Quality Based Reimbursement, Pay for Performance and Medical Home programs. Find out why these are important for your business and how you can implement them for your organization.

*This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary 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. Emdeon Inc., 01/19/12, Emdeon Clinician 7.6, 0119201230701, NQF0064/PQRI128, NQF0041/PQRI110, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0038, NQF0059/PQRI1, NQF0064/PQRI2, NQF0061/PQRI3.

About Emdeon

Emdeon is a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, connecting payers, providers and patients in the U.S. healthcare system. Emdeon's product and service offerings integrate and automate key business and administrative functions of its payer and provider customers throughout the patient encounter. Through the use of Emdeon's comprehensive suite of products and services, which are designed to easily integrate with existing technology infrastructures, customers are able to improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase cash flow and more efficiently manage the complex revenue and payment cycle and clinical information exchange processes. For more information, visit

About ICA

ICA was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader healthcare market, and now delivers a comprehensive health information exchange (HIE) and care management solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. This patient-centered modular approach offers immediate value and return-on-investment through the delivery of clinical information to the point-of-care improving quality while reducing costs. The solution suite, or volume set, includes CareAlign CareExchange, CareConnect, CareCollaborate, CareMeasure and CareManage.  Each volume provides the technology necessary to progressively exchange clinical information, increase care collaboration and manage healthcare risk across the continuum of care with the goal of improving patient outcomes while reducing costs. Visit; follow us on Twitter: @icainformatics; and Facebook.

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