DirectTrust Announces Platinum and Silver Sponsors of its 7th Annual Networking Reception at HIMSS20

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DirectTrust is pleased to announce Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) as Platinum Sponsor and Health Catalyst, Harmony Health Solutions, and Velatura Public Benefit Corporation as Silver Sponsors of its 7th  annual networking reception during HIMSS20, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, March 9-13. DirectTrust is a non-profit healthcare industry alliance created to support secure, identity-verified electronic exchanges of protected health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between providers and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care.

“We’re grateful to Konica Minolta for their Platinum Sponsorship of this year’s event.  They have made crucial investments in both our organization and in the success of their clients that use Direct Secure Messaging.  We are privileged to count Konica Minolta, as well as Health Catalyst, Harmony Health Solutions, and Velatura Public Benefit Corporation among our member organizations, and honored to have these esteemed companies sponsor our upcoming networking reception,” said DirectTrust President and CEO Scott Stuewe. “These organizations are dedicated to promoting and enhancing interoperability of healthcare information exchange. In doing so, they are advancing the use of Direct Secure Messaging, and ensuring its continued adoption as an easy and economical means of sharing data for care coordination and other purposes.”

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a world-class provider and market leader in business and information technologies delivers cost-effective healthcare business solutions to improve the patient and provider experience through secure, efficient and interoperable workflow across the care continuum. With decades of endless innovation, Konica Minolta is globally recognized as a leader providing cutting-edge technologies and comprehensive support aimed at providing real solutions to meet customers’ needs and helping make better decisions sooner. “Konica Minolta works in close collaboration with healthcare organizations, like DirectTrust, which result in further advancements within the landscape. We strongly believe that open and collaborative innovation are impactful strides in brightening our future,” said Navin Balakrishnaraja, National Practice Director of Healthcare IT Services, All Covered, Konica Minolta’s IT Services Division.

Health Catalyst, a leading provider of data and analytics technology and services to healthcare organizations, is committed to being the catalyst for massive, measurable, data-informed healthcare improvement. Its customers leverage the cloud-based data platform—powered by data from more than 100 million patient records and encompassing trillions of facts—as well as its analytics software and professional services expertise to make data-informed decisions and realize measurable clinical, financial, and operational improvements. Health Catalyst envisions a future in which all healthcare decisions are data informed.

Harmony Health Solutions (Harmony) has been designed by a team of medical and academic professionals to address an epidemic facing seniors in our country. Harmony is based on an FDA-cleared medical device and has been coupled with other diagnostic tools to allow for a specific transition of care. Our data will empower primary care physicians to know and understand the risks associated with their patient and be able to make rapid adjustments as needed. Harmony is a smaller, smarter, healthier medical technology that uses machine learning and data analysis as mechanisms to make diagnoses more consistent, personal, and effective—and to transform lives. Harmony seeks to contribute to the way information is gathered and transferred as we identify, influence, and inspire health care change all around us.

Velatura Public Benefit Corporation strategically aligns and connects people, organizations, technology, ideas and information to improve healthcare, simplify work and reduce costs. Offering market-driven solutions, as well as being the sole provider of Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services products and services, Velatura Public Benefit Corporation supports organizations in their mission to interoperate and streamline the sharing of pertinent electronic information.

DirectTrust’s 7th annual networking reception will be held on March 10 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, Salon 13-14, from 6:30-9:00pm EDT. Approximately 100 invited guests are expected to attend.

About DirectTrust
DirectTrust™ is a non-profit, vendor-neutral alliance initially created by and for participants in the Direct community, including Health Information Service Providers (HISPs), Certificate Authorities (CAs), Registration Authorities (RAs), healthcare providers, consumers/patients, and Health IT vendors. DirectTrust serves as a governance forum, trust community, standards organization, and accreditation body for persons and entities engaged in exchange utilizing the Direct Standard™, supported by DirectTrust’s robust security and trust framework. The goal of DirectTrust is to develop, promote, and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct Secure Messaging community. DirectTrust is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the interoperable exchange of health information. To learn more, visit www.directtrust.org.

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MiHIN launches Velatura Public Benefits Corporation to nationally expand its health information exchange expertise

LANSING, MI September 9, 2019 —Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is launching Velatura Public Benefit Corporation (Velatura) to consult with and provide product solutions to other states’ health information stakeholders to increase overall national interoperability.

MiHIN is Michigan’s state-designated entity to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide, helping reduce costs for patients, providers, and payers. Velatura will offer the same services that MiHIN offers — including patient matching and coordinating patient care — along with consulting and interoperability accelerations services. Velatura will be able to assist any organization seeking large scale change including mission-based delivery organizations and for-profit entities such as health systems, health plans, foundations, communities and more.

“Velatura’s overall goal is to improve point of care with health IT, lower total health care costs and increase patient satisfaction on a national basis,” said Tim Pletcher, CEO of Velatura and MiHIN. “We’re looking to states and state governments as well as organizations that recognize the need to engage all of the stakeholders in healthcare to promote standardized approaches, scale shared services and widely adopt new innovations to improve health.”

Velatura will also draw upon MiHIN’s Use Case FactoryTM which is a collection of widgets that share data, necessary in sharing health information electronically focused on care coordination, public health reporting, infrastructure, consumer engagement, and quality measure information. Velatura specializes in the operation of a provider directory, immunization reporting and forecasting, public health, Active Care Relationship Service®, Admission, Discharge and Transfer notifications, medication reconciliation, and quality measure information to comply with State Medicaid and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Velatura also partners with companies and organizations nationwide to host Connectathon’s—collaborative events where developers, vendors, and subject matter experts can learn about, create and test interoperable solutions in safe environment. To learn more about hosting a Connectathon event in your area, contact Courtney Delgoffe at Courtney.Delgoffe@velatura.org.

About Velatura Public Benefits Company

Velatura strategically aligns and connects people, organizations, technology, ideas and information to improve healthcare, simplify work and reduce costs. Offering market-driven solutions, as well as being the sole provider of MiHIN products and services, Velatura supports organizations in their mission to interoperate and streamline the sharing of pertinent electronic information. For more information, visit https://velatura.org.

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For additional information, contact:

Alyssa Jones
Public Relations Manager
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services
269.832.8353
alyssa.jones@mihin.org

Velatura supported FHIR® workshop at Medication Reconciliation Hackathon 2019


FARMINGTON, CT, April 30, 2019 —
During the 2019 Medication Reconciliation Hackathon Conference, led by UConn School of Medicine, Velatura, a subsidiary of Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services, presented Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR) solutions for improving clinical care and reducing medication errors.

UConn Health engaged Velatura to facilitate a Medication Reconciliation workshop as the state looks to improve upon medication errors due to missing medications, giving/taking the wrong medication, duplication of medication or taking the wrong dosage.

The Medication Reconciliation Hackathon is the brainchild of Thomas Agresta MD, MBI, a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut and works as the physician-informatician on the state of Connecticut Health Information Exchange (HIE). “The ultimate goal of this work is to integrate medication reconciliation solutions into the state HIE services to help all stakeholders including physicians, pharmacists and patients by reducing cost, errors, and most importantly, increasing patient safety. Our hope is to lay a foundation on which to build better safety, efficiency and effectiveness in medication management for us all.”

“Establishing a true and accurate medication list for patients can be difficult – medications are prescribed by multiple healthcare providers at any point throughout a patient’s life,” said Allan Hackney, Connecticut Health Information Technology Officer, Office of Health Strategy. “Giving providers the ability to reconcile medication can improve patient safety and may help lower prescription drug costs for consumers.”

During the event, workshops were broken down into two focus areas including – clinical/administrator/patient advocate and programmer/developer/technical. Teams worked to develop storyboards, determine medication reporting requirements, reviewed FHIR resources, developed code and integration into one system. The teams came back together to work on building prototypes that integrate with electronic health records, mobile applications and pharmacy systems all within a test environment. At the conclusion of the event, participants presented their prototypes and shared lessons learned. Velatura led the technical workshop and supported the clinical workshop as well as provided test data and the test environment.

With more than 80 attendees, the clinical attendees included primary care providers, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, patient and caregivers; and technical attendees included developers, postdoctoral fellows and technical product managers.

“At the Hackathon, developers and providers were able to see how FHIR applications can improve the interoperability of various programs as well as work together to build new FHIR applications to solve inefficiencies,” says Tim Pletcher, CEO, Velatura. “Attendees are able to work in a hands-on, collaborative environment to create unique solutions. We look to continue facilitating similar technical workshops across the country.”

The Office of Health Strategy/UConn Health Medication Reconciliation Hackathon took place on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019.

For additional information on Velatura FHIR workshops, email Courtney Delgoffe at courtney.delgoffe@velatura.org.

About Velatura

Velatura strategically aligns and connects people, organizations, technology, ideas, and information to improve healthcare, simplify work and reduce costs. Offering market-driven solutions, as well as being the sole provider of MiHIN products and services, Velatura supports organizations in their mission to interoperate and streamline the sharing of pertinent electronic information. For more information, visit https://velatura.org/.

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) is Michigan’s state-designated entity to improve healthcare quality, efficiency, and patient safety by sharing electronic health information statewide, helping reduce costs for patients, providers, and payers. MiHIN is a nonprofit, public-private collaboration that includes stakeholders from the State of Michigan, Health Information Exchanges serving Michigan, health systems and providers, health plans/payers, pharmacies, and the Governor’s Health Information Technology Commission. For more information, visit https://mihin.org.

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For additional information, contact:

Alyssa Jones
Public Relations Manager
Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services
269.832.8353
alyssa.jones@mihin.org