[Pittsburgh, PA, August 11, 2015] – Pittsburgh’s Health Monitoring Systems, the country’s largest provider of population health surveillance data, has been chosen as an “Innovator of the Year” finalist in the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Tech 50 Awards.
For nearly 20 years, the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s annual Tech 50 Awards have recognized southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful, innovative, and thought-leading technology companies, which have become the backbone of Pittsburgh’s new economy.
In the event of an outbreak, public health routinely strives to accurately identify all potential cases of disease. This process includes differentiating between the “worried well,” who may reference an infectious disease by name simply because it is receiving widespread media coverage, and patients who cite genuine causes for concern, like contact with an infected person or travel to a region where an outbreak is peaking. To help address these concerns, EpiCenter users in public health have requested the implementation of a foreign travel classification.
The long-awaited ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2015 is fast approaching, and we’ve spoken with many concerned physicians and technical contacts at acute care facilities about how these changes may affect EpiCenter senders. EpiCenter has been capable of accepting ICD-10 codes since the initial ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2013, and over the past year we have worked with dozens of hospitals and ambulatory care offices on successfully testing their syndromic surveillance feeds with ICD-10 codes.
EpiCenter 3.1 is now live. Along with several bug fixes, there’s some new functionality geared toward making medical and triage notes reports more easily navigable.
When a cell in the report contains lengthy triage or observation notes, it was previously difficult to expand the window enough to be able to read the full text. Now, double clicking on a row will bring up a detailed report window where the full text can be browsed and even copied to be pasted outside the application.
Several HMS staff members are headed to Philadelphia next week for the 2014 ISDS Conference.
You can hear from us at the following talks:
Impact of Demographics on Healthcare Utilization
Who: Dr. Andrew Walsh
Where: Columbus Ballroom C
When: 10:30am to 10:50am on Wednesday December 10th*