Hielix and Rural Health Innovations Launch Transitions of Care Support Service

New Offering Supports Rural Healthcare Providers to Meet the Transitions of Care Requirements in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use

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'Properly managing a patient’s care as they transition across different care settings can dramatically impact the overall cost and efficiency of the healthcare services provided and the ultimate health of the patient,' Patti Dodgen, CEO at Hielix.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) October 03, 2013

Hielix, a professional services organization focused on the clinical and operational impacts of complex healthcare IT projects, and Rural Health Innovations (RHI), a for-profit subsidiary of the National Rural Health Resource Center, jointly announce today the launch of a new Transitions of Care service. The Transitions of Care service is tailored to small and rural healthcare providers to meet those specific requirements in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 requires both hospitals and eligible professionals, who transition their patient to another setting of care or provider of care or refer their patient to another provider of care, to provide a summary of care record for each transition of care or referral. This requirement includes three measurements – 1) Provide a summary of care record for >50% of transitions of care and referrals; 2) Provide a summary of care record for >10% of transitions electronically; and 3) Complete a successful exchange with different EHR system or a successful test with CMS designated test EHR.

“Properly managing a patient’s care as they transition across different care settings can dramatically impact the overall cost and efficiency of the healthcare services provided and the ultimate health of the patient,” according to Patti Dodgen, CEO at Hielix. “RHI is a tremendous resource for the rural healthcare provider market. We are excited about this partnership and will look forward to developing more joint services together.”

The Transitions of Care services will engage healthcare providers with tools they can immediately use to enhance patient outcomes. It will utilize the Direct exchange project to provide a secure communications conduit for the exchange of key patient records such as the discharge summary, care plan, referral, lab results or other documents. In addition, a clear development plan will be created for implementing the Transitions solution, based on national standards, to each stakeholder group. And lastly, the service will assist authorized providers in obtaining a Direct email address and provide training on its use including where Direct integrates with transitions of care.

“Through the successful development and launch of the HIE Toolkit offering, we have already experienced Hielix’s leadership, desire to support rural healthcare providers, and deep subject matter expertise. The Transitions of Care service is a natural extension of our efforts together,” said, Terry Hill, Executive Director of RHI. “With this new service, RHI will have the tools and capabilities necessary to support rural health facilities as they look to enhance the outcomes of patient care in their communities.”

Hielix and RHI will be offering a series of webinars to discuss how transitions of care planning will benefit your facility. Learn more by visiting: http://bit.ly/18tXGVO.

About Helix

Hielix is a professional services provider for the Healthcare IT industry – creating value for our customers and partners by integrating operational and clinical service offerings into complex healthcare IT projects. Hielix has built a national community of partners who sell technology solutions to healthcare customers – including physician, hospitals and state government. Healthcare IT projects blending Hielix’s clinical competencies into their technology adoption projects can be deployed more rapidly, at lower costs and with enhanced strategic outcomes. For more information, follow Hielix on Twitter @Hielix or visit http://www.Hielix.com.

About Rural Health Innovations

Rural Health Innovations, LLC, is a wholly-owned, for-profit, subsidiary of the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center). Rural Health Innovations (RHI) enhances the health of rural communities. RHI promotes a passion for excellence in rural health by identifying, enhancing, creating products and services and the development of resources that: enhance quality and performance; provide value-added customer service; engage stakeholders, educators and policy makers; build strategic relationships; and, provide for the transfer of knowledge, information, and resources.


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