Monthly Archives: November 2012

HMS’ Modular Certification Assists Hospitals in Achieving MU Compliance


HMS is currently working toward receiving Modular Certification (Public Health Surveillance) for its Mergence platform.  This will assist hospitals in achieving Meaningful Use Compliance—without requiring facilities to change their current EpiCenter or EpiStart data feeds.

The key to this certification is the utilization of HMS’ Mergence data integration engine. Mergence, which is a service provided to a medical facility, was the first open source integration engine to work with HL7 and general XML data types. While the first generation of Mergence was open source, today’s Mergence has been fine-tuned to meet our clients’ needs.  Mergence is suitable to a variety of tasks that HL7 integration engines simply cannot accomplish. Data from Mergence is sent in certified, secure format to HMS’ EpiCenter system.


ISDS Conference: December 4-5

This year’s ISDS Conference kicks off December 4 in San Diego, CA. HMS is an event sponsor and we’ll be on hand to talk about syndromic surveillance, community health surveillance, and our products—EpiCenter and EpiStart.

The 2012 conference features industry professionals including Keynotes James H. Fowler, a professor at University of California, San Diego and Bill Davenhall, global marketing manager for health and human services at ESRI, Inc.


Superstorm Sandy’s Effects on Public Health Are Far From Over

Superstorm Sandy’s effects may linger longer than expected, from a public health perspective. According to a November 8th article on, Sandy may have long-term impacts on public health.

The article cites Patrick Kinney of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, who states that threats may still emerge – even though the storm is long gone. “This particular storm, I think we’re still learning what the health impacts specifically were,” he states.