Volume 2, Edition 5: Biomedical Device Integration

>>Healthcare Hot Topics

Biomedical Device Integration. Getting Vitals Where and When Its Needed Most
Includes Case Study on Sentara Healthcare

Dr. Jeff Goldstein and Mike Freeman

In the world of medical technology, increasing connectivity across care settings to get vital real-time patient health information into electronic medical records (EMRs) is of growing importance with the accelerated adoption of EMRs occurring across the country. As The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sees their Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) program helping increase the procurement and implementation of EHRs across eligible hospitals and eligible providers (48% and 19% respectively that have received incentive payments through May 2012),i the opportunity for biomedical device integration (BMDI) is becoming ever more important. In this white paper, we provide some insights to key issues in BMDI implementation, a case study on Sentara Healthcare and how they have managed their BMDI program, and benefits from BMDI implementations.>>read more

Successful Adoption and Meaningful Use of EHR Tools and Processes
Brian Fitzgerald

A non-profit organization was awarded a grant in 2011 to support eligible providers working in the Southwest region meeting Meaningful Use. One facility that deployed the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) EHR recognized that while they successfully implemented deploying the EHR it tended to magnify certain manual practices that were not optimized prior to EHR go live. As a result Divurgent was asked to provide a solution that would involve a two phased approach. The first phase would be to perform a current-state workflow analysis of the ambulatory departments of Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy. The second phase was focused on providing support for the successful implementation of the phase one recommendations. >>read more


>>Divurgent News

Nashville Bound to Modern Healthcare’s 2012 Best Places to Work Award Gala

NashvilleTeam Resources Lead, Marydawn Bovatsek and Marketing Coordinator, Keri DeSalvo, put on their cowboy hats (literally) and headed to Nashville, TN to accept Divurgent’s Award as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare!

Held at the Nashville Gaylord Opryland Resort, the Award Gala was nothing less than spectacular. “It was an amazing experience,” says Marydawn. “To be amongst some of healthcare’s elite organizations and to know that Divurgent is a part of it all, is pretty awesome!”

>>Welcome to Divurgent

Colette Carbone
Divurgent welcomes Colette to the Clinical Transformation Team. Colette has been a bedside Critical Care nurse for 27 years and a Clinical Educator for CCU the last 6 years. She was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for her unit twice in her nursing career. She was chosen by her facility to participate in the early stages of design of the new EMR and became a Clinical Lead for her 800 + facility. As a Clinical lead, she assisted in the implementation of each Phase of the EMR and provided at the elbow support for nursing, ancillary and physician support for 10 facilities all in various stages of Go Live.

Colette is originally from New York and is from a large Italian family, and now resides in Clearwater, FL. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves attending local theater productions. Colette is an avid walker and likes seeing the sites.

Greg Linaker
Greg is an implementation, Training and Consulting professional with over 18 years experience in the health care industry. Greg’s first client in health care was working with VHA and their member hospitals standardizing clinical data across 150 hospitals. He then would assist member hospitals benchmark their data with the other hospitals analyzing various patient populations and outcomes. Greg went on to work with several niche vendors before moving into consulting. Consulting has allowed Greg to work in project management and process/change management for various Epic and Cerner organizations. He also managed several system selection and implementation projects focusing on patient through-put software and was part of one of the first HIE projects in the country.

Greg grew up in Minneapolis, but decided to move down to Dallas to thaw out. He attended the University of Minnesota and started in the Decision Support/Business Intelligence industry upon graduating. He likes to read medical thrillers and David Sedaris. He also spends a lot of time working on his house and playing (or watching TV) with his pug, Ace. He also likes to travel to tropical locations.

Mary Catherine Thompson
Mary Catherine has joined Divurgent as the new Inside Business Development Associate. Mary Catherine, or MC as she prefers to be called, has worked as an Inside Sales Manager and Account Manager for the Construction/Industrial Supply Industry for the past 6 years. In her most recent role, she worked with Prime Contractors for the Federal Government and was responsible for sourcing out parts needed for repairs on MRAP vehicles overseas.

MC, will be working to increase Divurgent’s exposure to potential clients across the United States and will be helping the rest of our Business Development team optimize our approach and follow-up on all of the neat things we hear about happening at healthcare provider organizations across the country.

Micaela Wiuker
Micaela Wiuker has recently joined the Accounting Team. She is currently studying Business Management with a minor in Finance with a little over a year left at Old Dominion University. Micaela was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Even though she is a Florida Gator fan, she has been forced to become an Alabama fan by marriage. On her off time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs Trent (Australian Cattle Dog) and Roxy (Yorkie). She loves going to the beach, cooking, and tutoring math.

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