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Siemens Partnership Connects Test Results to EHR Systems

A new alliance between Siemens Healthineers and Relaymed enables automatic patient test result delivery to EHR systems in an effort to reduce errors caused by manual data input.

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By Kate Monica

- Siemens Healthineers today announced a partnership with Relaymed aimed at delivering test results to physician EHR systems through point-of-care instruments.

The new alliance with Relaymed will give users access to secure, cloud-based services and allow for the automatic delivery of patient test results without the need for manual input.

Eliminating manual input from patient test result sending processes reduces the potential for human error that can often lead to additional costs or patient harm.

 “Our exclusive agreement with Relaymed means an extension of our connectivity offerings for Siemens Healthineers point-of-care instruments to meet the needs of healthcare facilities burdened with excessive administrative tasks that interrupt patient care,” Senior Vice President of Point of Care Diagnostics for North America at Siemens Healthineers Michael Sampson sai in a public statement.

“Relaymed is a complement to our existing industry leading POC Informatics portfolio and will specifically address needs for the physician office market. By enabling the delivery of patient results directly to EHR systems, we address a variety of manual-input challenges that trouble our customers, including discrepancies in reporting that ultimately can affect reimbursement.”

Seamlessly integrating Relaymed software into Siemens technologies will also ensure all tests are saved into the physician’s EHR system to avoid the potential for lost revenue as a result of unbilled tests.

"We were finding our testing procedure to be time consuming and inefficient so we sought out a device connectivity solution,” said Senior Director of Operations and Compliance Officer for MD Medical Group Christy Vedia. “Since we implemented the service, we now have it live on 120 devices across 30 locations. We also find the data analytics tool incredibly useful as it has helped us to understand how we can cut down on reagent waste."

The partnership will also ensure provider EHR systems’ total data capture will be free of potential errors that generally occur during manual data-entry transcription. Because data will automatically transfer from point-of-care tools to the EHR, physicians will no longer need to enter information into the system by hand.

“We're delighted to partner with Siemens Healthineers, the leaders in POC,” said CEO at Relaymed Neil Farish. “This partnership ensures our clients benefit from our close collaboration with optimized efficiency, so they can provide better care. As the physician office market continues to consolidate, healthcare systems face overwhelming pressure to grow revenue and increase efficiency. Relaymed is the affordable solution that helps them address this, whilst also ensuring data integrity across their system.”

Relaymed will also automatically capture all quality control samples and provide data analytics to comply with federal requirements. The software is HIPAA and HITRUST compliant, and operates according to the latest industry standard security measures.

athenahealth launches innovation labs as part of its More Disruption Please program

athenahealth is also making its own efforts to foster innovation with the recent launch of its MDP labs as part of the More Disruption Please (MDP) program.

The vendor announced yesterday it is inviting all health IT developers from startups to mature companies to apply to contribute to the accelerator program.

Participants will have access to a workspace, internal experts to assist in programming, mentorship, funding opportunities, and client exposure.

athenahealth has stated it will not take equity in participating companies.

LogicStream Health raises $6M for Clinical Process Improvement

Elsewhere in health IT, Logicstream recently hit the $6 million mark in its effort to raise funds to help hospitals address problems with EHRs through more specific outcomes measures and policy compliance.

The software vendor now has the financial resources to assist hospitals in maximizing their workflow efficiency, improve patient health outcomes, and cut back on costs.

 “Health systems have made massive investments in electronic medical records and data warehouses over the last decade, but are still looking to unlock the value of that data," ​said partner at Noro-Moseley Spence McClelland in a public statement. "LogicStream’s solutions allow them to optimize and recognize a return on their largest IT investment, the EHR. We evaluated all the solutions in the emerging Clinical Process Improvement market and recognized LogicStream as the clear leader.”

The vendor intends to funnel the newly acquired funds primarily toward product development. 



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