1) Why was your service/product created, and how is it providing real-world value today?
MedAllies, founded in 2001, has extensive experience with clinician usage of health IT and interoperability. MedAllies was formed as a health Information technology adoption company. Over fifteen years ago, our earliest MedAllies work was with a third party vendor to build a basic referral/consult module as part of an initial Health Information Exchange (HIE) initiative which evolved to a robust regional exchange offering basic interoperability.
As part of the growth of the initiative, MedAllies implemented certified 3rd party Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to digitize ambulatory practices optimizing not only the workflow, but also the technology supporting the workflow. MedAllies realized that incorporating interoperability into the clinician’s workflow was the key to adoption and usage. Many of the previous efforts relied on clinicians working outside of their EHR application.
MedAllies started offering Direct Solutions™ which builds on existing technology to achieve interoperability. As one of the ONC Direct Reference Implementation vendors, MedAllies focused on EHR interoperability for Transitions Of Care (TOC). As an experienced EHR implementation company, MedAllies knew that as patients transitioned across care settings, poor communication hand-offs resulted in patient adverse events, particularly from medication errors.
In addition to MedAllies expertise in Direct, MedAllies has experience in practice/community transformation and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). We know from initial research results, there is a very significant positive impact on patient care which has led to continued efforts including advanced payment models to support and continue these initiatives to properly align incentives.
2) Where is your organization envisioned to be strategically in the next 5-10 years?
MedAllies is able to understand the needs of clinicians and bring interoperability tools at the point of care that assist clinicians in their efforts to improve the care of patient. Our efforts that initially grew out of the Hudson Valley of NY have allowed us to bring our experience to other communities nationwide. MedAllies will continue to utilize our decades of technology and clinical experience to ensure transitions of care and communication among healthcare organizations ensures smooth and error free transitions. Our vision is that as patients transition among organizations, there will be seamless moving of pertinent healthcare data that travels on Accredited networks so when patients arrive for care, the provide has their critical health information.
3) Why did you join Kantara Initiative?
MedAllies joined the Kantara Initiative to support identity interoperability, specifically in the healthcare space. As an operator of a national healthcare information network, MedAllies understands the importance of reliable and secure digital identities involved with the exchange of clinical information. The Kantara Initiative provides the programs and guidance necessary for the identity management solutions needed for the healthcare sector.
4) What else should we know about your organization, the service/product, or even your own experiences?
MedAllies has a full suite of services which include not only leveraging technology, but also an understanding of all aspects of a connected community including the importance of privacy and security. MedAllies employs a team of individuals with certified backgrounds in Health Information Management (HIM), IT, and Security.
MedAllies’ communities have been studied and peer-reviewed research has demonstrated the positive impact of full adoption and usage can have on patient care. Research about our region can be found at: http://www.taconicipa.com/health-it_1.html.
We want to achieve the goal of arriving at your hospital or providers organization and NOT be asked, “could you please fill out these forms and have a seat?”.