Tags: Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet, Francis de Wet, Health IT
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Frans de Wet Awarded *Davis Productivity Award* March 29, 2013Posted by gonzalezloumiet in Health Care, Technology.
Tags: Davis Productivity Aware, Florida, Florida Department of Health, Frans de Wet, Health IT
We are proud to announce that our very own Frans de Wet was awarded a 2013 Davis Productivity Award for his work with the Florida Department of Health. The award program recognizes and rewards the efforts of those in state government who find ways to stretch tax dollars. The awards, some including cash payments, are made possible through the support of title sponsor Prudential. The awards were the creation of brothers J.E. Davis and A.D. Davis, co-founders of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. Florida TaxWatch, another sponsor, administers the review of nominations, which are judged by a panel of experts from government and the private sector.
Click here to see the full list of 2013 winners.
Congrats to Frans!
Über University March 12, 2013Posted by gonzalezloumiet in Data Integration, Education, Health Care, HIT, Interoperability, NHIN, open source, Technology.
Tags: Cybersecurity, Direct, Education, HealthIT, HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use, MU, NwHIN, PHINMS, Privacy, Security, SFTP, Tech
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We are proud to announce the launch of Über University - Your Resource for Healthcare Education.
Über University has instructors equipped and specialized to teach a wide variety of healthcare topics. These topics include:
- HL7: 2.x, 3.x Overview
- Integration Engines: Cloverleaf, Rhapsody, Mirth, EPIC Bridges
- Transport: Direct, NwHIN, PHINMS, SFTP, MoveIT
- Certification Prep: PMP, CPHIMS, Six Sigma, Cloverleaf, Mirth
- Meaningful Use: Stage 1, 2, and 3
- HIPAA Privacy: Gap Analysis, Privacy Officer, Disclosures, Human Resources, Enforcement
- HIPAA Security: Physical Security, Administrative Safeguards, Risk Analysis, Contingency Operations
- Omnibus Rule: Business Associate Responsibilities and Contracts, Notice of Privacy Practices, Policies
- OSHA: OSHA Law, Biomedical Hazards, Bloodborne Pathogens, Work Practice Controls, MSDS, Accidents and Injury
- Medical Billing: Coding, ICD 9/ICD 10, Pre-collection items, Billing Letters, Compliance
- Social Networking: Policy, Compliance, Best Practices
- System Selection: EMR, EHR, Integration Engine
- Audit Preparation: Mock Audits, Training, Policies and Forms
- Health care Professional Continuing Education
The Über University team of instructors is dedicated to your convenience, offering trainings:
- In person at our Über Offices
- Via video conference: Google+ Hangout or WebEx (with hands on labs)
- At your location
The proficient and knowledgeable professors at your disposal include:
- Julie Keefe, Esq.
- Dr. Jose Delgado
- Shane Molinari, MSc, PMP, CISSP, SSMBB
- Christopher B. Sullivan, Ph.D.
- Sai Valluripalli
- Donna Whitmore
- Linda Nelson
- John Butler
- Francis de Wet
- Jeff Couch
- Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet, MBA, PMP, CPHIMS
Also, please register here for exciting news on our launch!
Gonzalez Loumiet to present at LATISM ’12 September 14, 2012Posted by gonzalezloumiet in Health Care, HIT, Stimulus Plan, Technology.
Tags: Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet, Health Care, Health IT, Houston, LATISM
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Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet, Managing Director and Senior Project Manager, will be moderating a health care panel at this year’s Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) Conference. The panel discussion is titled “Connecting Healthcare through Technology and Innovation’”.
The panel discussion is part of the Health Track:
Information and resource-sharing can undoubtedly make an impact in the health and quality of people’s lives within our community. This track will feature top researchers, health practitioners and organizations who will explore the key health issues faced by our community, the individual and community barriers to health education, the need for advocacy in health policy and the path to equity in health communication.
Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet is now a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems July 6, 2012Posted by Caitlin Pfaff in EMR, Health Care, HIMSS, HIT, Technology, Uncategorized.
Tags: CDC, Certification, CPHIMS, HIMSS, HIMSS Latino Community
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We are proud to announce that Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet, Senior Project Manager & Managing Director of Uber Operations, has successfully passed the Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) exam. He joins approximately 2,400 professionals worldwide who hold the credential. CPHIMS is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals. Individuals who meet eligibility criteria and successfully complete the CPHIMS exam are designated a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). Eduardo and Uber Operations are members of HIMSS and are heavily involved with the newly formed HIMSS Latino Community.
Eduardo shared some of his preparation tips here.
Career Day at FSU College of Communications March 9, 2012Posted by gonzalezloumiet in Health Care, HIT, Obama, Technology.
Tags: Career Day, FSU, Jobs, Tallahassee
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We are looking forward to participating at the 2012 Florida State University – College of Communication & Information (CCI) Career Day. As we continue to grow it is important that we meet local business and technology talent. Hope to see you there.
For more information, feel free to contact Professor Randeree. His contact info is below:
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies
Director, Internships and Outreach
School of Library & Information Studies: Florida’s iSchool
College of Communication & Information
101D Louis Shores Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2100
Update: It was a total success. The CCI hosted a marvelous event with great food in a great venue. The students were very impressive and we received over 50 resumes.
Shifts in the architecture of the Nationwide Health March 5, 2012Posted by gonzalezloumiet in Direct, EMR, Health Care, HIT, Interoperability, NHIN, NwHIN, Obama, open source, Stimulus Plan.
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Some of you may have already read the below, but we feel it’s worth sharing. Looking forward to the webinar today.
JAMIA publication: http://jamia.bmj.com/content/early/2012/01/21/amiajnl-2011-000442.full.pdf
Google+ conversation regarding publication that influenced the scheduling of a national webinar: https://plus.google.com/102493891906301577447/posts/S7SkSPSjU7X
National webinar: http://www.nationalehealth.org/ShiftingHIEArchitecture
Les Lenert on Google+
Uber Operations on Google+
Organizations we work with related to this publication:
Meaningful Use 2 [ proposed ] February 27, 2012Posted by gonzalezloumiet in Health Care, HIT, Technology.
Tags: Dr Halamka, EHR, EMR, Health Information Exchange, Health IT, HealthCare, HIPAA, MU, MU2, Privacy, Security
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At Uber Operations, we understand the importance of Meaningful Use (MU). Working with several state public health agencies and labs, we have participated in several projects (ELC HITECH, Florida ELR, Florida Health Information Network) where MU was in play. The proposed Stage 2 rule is out. We have included a few resources that may help you understand the the proposed requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals.
Below are links to resources regarding MU2.
“A First Look at Meaningful Use Stage 2” By Dr Halamka
“The Stage 2 Standards and Certification NPRM” By Dr Halamka
If you have any questions related to MU and health IT, feel free to contact Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet at email@example.com .
Health IT in the Latino Community–From Concept to Practice January 24, 2012Posted by gonzalezloumiet in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Health Care, HIT, Interoperability, Stimulus Plan, Technology.
Tags: Health IT, HIMSS, Latino
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If you are planning to attend HIMSS 2012, make sure to stop by the HIMSS Latino Community Workshop.
Learn more here
New Statewide Health Data Network Will Improve Patient Care December 13, 2011Posted by gonzalezloumiet in Data Integration, EMR, Health Care, Interoperability, NHIN, open source, Stimulus Plan, Technology.
Tags: BBRHIO, Direct, FHA, FHDN, FMA, NwHIN, Uber Operations
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida healthcare patients soon will receive more collaborative and streamlined care with improved safety, outcomes, privacy and efficiency thanks to the launch of a new, secure, cloud-based, statewide health information exchange (HIE) network.
Leaders from a new Florida company, HIE Networks, the Florida Hospital Association and the Florida Medical Association joined forces at a news conference to announce the creation of the Florida Health Data Network (FHDN), which will make patient medical records easily accessible to authorized healthcare providers.
FHDN is a statewide network developed, solely funded and operated by HIE Networks LLC, a private, physician-owned, national provider of integrated digital medical records technology. Based in Tallahassee, Fla., HIE Networks grew out of its co-founders’ successful piloting of the Big Bend Regional Healthcare Information Organization (BBRHIO), a health information exchange network serving nine counties in North Florida which has been nationally-recognized as one of the top 12 regional HIEs in the country.
“One of the greatest challenges to providing efficient, cost-effective, high-quality health care is access to patients’ medical history by health care providers,” said Dr. Dan Kaelin, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of HIE Networks. “The Florida Health Data Network will change that forever.”
FHDN can connect hospitals, physicians, laboratories, pharmacies and insurers without geographic boundaries using “cloud” technology that allows for the networking and sharing of patient clinical records in a secure, fully integrated, health information exchange, said Allen Byington, co-founder and CEO of HIE Networks.
“The core HIE technology allows for providers, hospitals and communities to avoid bearing the high capital cost of acquiring and maintaining the initial technology, requiring only a modest monthly service fee,” said Byington. “Leveraging the FHDN technology, providers only have to fund their Electronic Medical Record (EMR) vendors’ interface cost and a small staff-training fee. Our goal is to significantly reduce the capital barrier to HIE adoption nationally.”
“By exchanging patient clinical records in a robust HIE network, physicians can eradicate inefficiencies, duplication of services and medical errors,” said Kaelin.
“Hospital emergency rooms can better provide prompt diagnosis and treatment. Pharmacists can be certain that a new prescription doesn’t conflict with an existing one. Lab and radiology results can be shared and accessed instantly for prompt evaluation and treatment. Patients have more knowledge and control of their treatments and procedures. Elimination of duplicative testing and elimination of waste will help streamline treatment, reduce delivery costs, reduce errors and, most importantly, improve outcomes and save lives.”
“Another unique aspect and value of the FHDN,” said Byington, ”is that it is community-based, local-provider-driven and compatible with other local groups and networks – including BBRHIO and the Gulf Coast Health Information Exchange based in Manatee County – united under HIE Networks’ core HIE technology umbrella.”
The HIE Networks’ endorsements by the Florida Hospital Association (FHA), the Florida Medical Association (FMA) and other provider affiliations will help provide a trusted roadmap and pathway for providers to confidently address their HIE needs, says Byington. HIE Networks is the only endorsed HIE vendor for FHA and FMA.
“The Florida Hospital Association supports local-provider-driven health information exchange based on national standards,” said FHA President Bruce Rueben. “Hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers collaborating to leverage health information exchange improve the coordination and quality of care for patients. FHA is pleased to collaborate with HIE Networks and the Florida Medical Association in the expansion of patient-focused health information exchange.”
“The FMA conducted an exhaustive search among dozens of international, national, regional and local health information exchange vendors with the primary intent to identify and qualify a health information exchange solution that would preserve physician stewardship of sensitive personal health information for the benefit of our patients,” said Dr. Chris Pittman, chairman of FMA’s Health Information Technology Committee. “The FMA identified several excellent vendor finalists; however, HIE Networks prevailed for several reasons: HIE Networks enjoys a multi-year track record as a proven and sustainable community-wide health information exchange model, has demonstrable and deployed solutions that meet physician and patient needs at the point of facilitating high-quality care, an ability to transmit electronic patient information at low cost to both physicians and patients and they are committed to local, provider-driven HIE that promises to preserve the time-honored physician-patient relationship.”
Byington stressed that security and privacy issues are paramount with FHDN.
“Robust HIE actually improves patient privacy by reducing unauthorized access to patient data,” said Byington. “With HIE, we can prevent records from being faxed to the wrong locations and know exactly when and who accessed a patient record.
“The key is that we’re not a monolithic statewide HIE organization, but a unifier, integrator and consolidator of local providers and HIE organizations,” added Byington. “We connect any provider or organization and build uniformity, consistency and accessibility as needed to share information across communities, regions and, ultimately, states. We’ve also added Direct-enabled, secure messaging to FHDN; however, unlike other Direct messaging platforms, FHDN-facilitated messages can be automatically integrated as a part of the patient HIE clinical record rather than as a stand-alone, non-relational communication.” Direct is a national, secure-messaging platform used by some physicians and other medical providers. “With this capability, a single provider login is all that’s needed to access patient clinical records and send secure communications to those not yet participating in an HIE.”
HIE Networks’ FHDN currently has records for nearly one million unique Florida patients representing about 5 percent of Florida’s population. In addition, FHDN already processes more than 32 million messages and responds to more than 800,000 user queries. Current community commitments are expected to increase FHDN’s records to about 12 percent of the state’s population by second quarter 2012. “We expect that percentage to grow exponentially over the next year and beyond,” said Byington.
Nationally, the concept of an interconnected, private and secure electronic medical record (EMR) system is getting more attention, thanks in part to the 2009 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA, also known as the stimulus bill) which set aside more than $20 billion for incentives to health care providers to deploy and use such systems. During the past year, many more providers have come on board the EMR train, says Byington, and many more are finally starting to see the benefits of HIE.
HIE Networks’ strategic partnership with Über Operations – also a Tallahassee-based company – will address the large-scale integration requirements needed to program EMR interfaces of providers statewide and beyond. “Über Operations’ existing work with the Florida Department of Health and healthcare organizations throughout the nation position the FHDN to streamline the on-boarding and interfacing process for providers and trading partners,” said Byington.
“For the past seven years, we have focused on providing expert and innovative data integration services to both public and private healthcare organizations throughout the nation,” said Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet, Managing Director of Über Operations. “With this new network, we will be in a position to implement state-of-the-art technology to connect local providers, ultimately improving the health care of millions.”
HIE Networks grew out of the Big Bend Regional Healthcare Information Organization, which was profiled in a recent report on leading HIEs by the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC). In response to news of the launch of FHDN, Kate Berry, CEO of NeHC, said, “Today’s announcement is an impressive example of continued innovation in HIE with a relentless focus on what’s best for the patient. The Big Bend team and its broader HIE Networks company are leveraging technology to bring low cost solutions to the market that will benefit patients by improving safety, quality, care coordination, and achieving cost savings.” To view the NeHC report, go to www.nationalehealth.org/secrets-hie-success-lessons-leaders.
For more information about the Florida Health Data Network and HIE Networks, go towww.HIEnetworks.com, call (850) 702-0365 or email zach@HIEnetworks.com. For more information about Big Bend RHIO, go to www.BigBendHealth.com.
About HIE Networks, LLC
HIE Networks is a leading provider of local health information exchange (HIE) services, with secure, standards-based exchanges that create and operate efficient, effective and sustainable health information networks at the local and regional levels. By acting as a region’s single reference point for patient records, HIE Networks allows hospitals, physicians and medical practices, laboratories, pharmacies and insurers to collaborate and streamline patient care, thereby improving the safety, outcomes, privacy and efficiency of healthcare services in their local communities. The HIE Networks service mix includes practice consultation, social architecture, legal structure, hardware support, software implementation, networking, integration, training and support.
About Big Bend RHIO
Big Bend RHIO is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that has deployed BigBendHealth.com, a first-of-its-kind health resource that brings with it economic benefits, a connected workforce, improved medical care and a breakthrough in exchange of clinical records. It serves as an essential communication resource for health care in the Capital region, with many resources offered in one place. BigBendHealth.com is the largest active regional HIE in Florida with millions of records for over 500,000 unique patients in the system and processing over 600,000 new clinical messages a month. BigBendHealth.com initiatives involve every major component of North Florida’s local healthcare system from physicians’ offices to HMOs to hospitals, laboratories and pharmacies. BigBendHealth.com is a partner in the delivery of safer, more cost-effective healthcare, placing its community at the head of the line for federal and state research dollars and making Tallahassee a model for other communities seeking to control the cost and improve the quality of local healthcare. BigBendHealth.com is anchored in Tallahassee, Fla., and serves nine counties in the Big Bend area of the Florida Panhandle, including Gadsden, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Wakulla, Taylor and Dixie counties.
About Über Operations
Founded in 2004 in Tallahassee, Fla., Über Operations is a leading provider of health care IT services. They have provided integration services for well-known organizations, including the Florida Department of Health, Texas Department of State Health Services, Mercy Hospital of Miami, National Cancer Institute, Trinity Health, Association of Public Health Laboratories, and the University of Washington. Über Operations’ team members are experts in various technologies, such as Rhapsody, Cloverleaf, Mirth, PHINMS, Direct, and NwHIN CONNECT, to name a few. Über Operations is nationally recognized by the Association of Public Health Labs (APHL) and the CDC as their choice to architect, develop, host, and support the PHLIP RnR health information exchange hub. Über Operations was named “Health Innovators” by Florida Trend Magazine in 2011. For more information on Über Operations please visit www.UberOps.com