American Board of Medical Specialties Selects FIGmd to Develop its New CertLink™ Platform

ABMS FIGmd

News Release
ABMS Media Contact:     Rich Waters
(312) 436-2626
rwaters@abms.org
 
FIGmd Media Contact:     Thirumalai E. Rajagopal
(773) 672-3155 x 1744
t.e.rajagopal@figmd.com


CHICAGO – June 27, 2016 – The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a leading organization that oversees physician Board Certification and the Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) in the United States, has announced the selection of FIGmd, Inc., to partner with in creating the technology solution CertLink™, a new, web-based assessment platform that leverages smart mobile technology to explore new assessment approaches. A leading provider of clinical data registry platforms, FIGmd’s demonstrated expertise in the inventive management of clinical information and data transfer as well as their high levels of customer satisfaction and project management proficiency were key factors in its selection to develop CertLink. When completed, CertLink will support the design, delivery and evaluation of innovative pilot programs of those ABMS Member Boards that elect to use the platform.

“We are pleased to be working with FIGmd on the development of CertLink,” stated ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA. “They have a strong reputation for being a groundbreaking software partner that is mindful of their customer’s strategic objectives and is both flexible and dynamic in their thinking and approach. With multiple Member Boards interested in the new platform, CertLink needs to be configurable and customizable – an approach that FIGmd has successfully demonstrated in their support of different medical societies and organizations.”

The CertLink platform will allow interested ABMS Member Boards the opportunity to explore and pilot new methods of assessing physician knowledge. The platform’s design flexibility will allow participating Member Boards the ability to create a program that best meets their diplomates’ needs as well as their specialty-specific MOC requirements. The mobile feature of the platform is an added benefit as it will offer physicians easy access which in turn will encourage and improve use of the system.

“We are excited about working with ABMS to build CertLink,” said Sanket Baralay, CEO of FIGmd. “ABMS selected us based on our intrinsic ability to deliver solutions that work, on time and within budget, and that delight the ultimate customer – the end user. We are honored to be a part of this effort in advancing the frontier in the field of continuous certification and assessment.”


About ABMS
Established in 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) continues to be the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. ABMS establishes the standards its 24 Member Boards use to develop and implement educational and professional evaluation, assessment, and certification of physician specialists. More than 840,000 physicians are certified in one or more of the approved 37 specialties and 85 subspecialties offered by the ABMS Member Boards. For more information about ABMS, visit abms.org or call (312) 436-2600.


About FIGmd
FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and others. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd’s technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd’s solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit www.figmd.com

FIGmd Achieves EHNAC Data Registry Accreditation

DRAP accreditation serves as a baseline standard for stakeholders to assure compliance with CMS requirements and guidelines

Chicago, IL – November 5, 2015 – FIGmd, the technology company that designs, operates and maintains the largest and most effective clinical data registries in the country, announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Designed for those registry database stakeholders who provide these services to their stakeholders which can include health information exchanges (HIEs), regional extension centers (RECs) as well as others, EHNAC’s DRAP establishes a trust framework between stakeholders to ensure a common level of system functionality across the industry.

“Our EHNAC DRAP accreditation proves our commitment and ability to adhere to the highest industry standards, ensure healthcare reform compliance and maintain our leading position in the industry. Most importantly, it lets our current and future customers know they can always trust our ability to manage their data effectively and with integrity,” said FIGmd President and CEO Sanket Baralay.

FIGmd provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and more. They are known for developing registries that are simple to implement, easy to use and a pleasure to be a part of, as providers use data to measure, improve and report healthcare outcomes.

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated FIGmd in areas of privacy, security, mandated standards and key operational functions. EHNAC assessed the organization’s health information and oversight for meeting privacy and security, HIPAA, HITECH, Omnibus Rule and ACA requirements, as well as technical performance, business processes and resource management.

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ mandated use of Qualified Data Registries to report Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) associated with Meaningful Use, PQRS, GPRO, DSRIP, HEDIS, CHIPRA, etc. spotlights the need to ensure that these entities meet the privacy and security obligations expected of all large scale handlers of protected health information (PHI),” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “With their newly acquired accreditation, FIGmd is raising awareness about the quality of its products and services as well as compliance with industry standards – a major accomplishment in today’s healthcare environment.”


About FIGmd

FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and others. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd’s technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd’s solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit www.figmd.com

 

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, eprescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org, contact info@ehnac.org, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

AAO-HNSF to build clinical data registry for otolaryngology

During a morning session today at the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, James C. Denneny III, MD, Executive Vice President and CEO, announced the selection of FIGmd to build RegentSM, the first otolaryngology-specific clinical data registry.

“We chose to work with FIGmd based on their experience making data collection meaningful. FIGmd has the technology to collect data directly from EHRs, minimizing the burden of data collection on physicians and their practices. And they are renowned for their project management capacity and quick implementation,” said Dr. Denneny.

Regent’s collection of clinical data will ultimately help to improve patient care by documenting care outcomes and identifying potential gaps in clinician knowledge and performance. It will monitor patterns of care, progression of disease, treatment effectiveness and safety. Regent will help practices report on measures for federal and private quality reporting programs, demonstrate the value of care, negotiate with insurers, and prepare for alternative payment models. It will support physician certification and licensure maintenance, and facilitate post-market surveillance for medical devices and drugs.

“Our organization has an ongoing commitment to empower otolaryngologists to provide the best patient care,” continued Dr. Denneny, “Partnering with FIGmd to develop Regent is one of the best things we can do for patients and physicians alike.”


More information about Regent can be found at http://www.entnet.org/Regent.

About the AAO-HNS/F
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents about 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning. The organization’s vision: “Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care.”

About FIGmd
FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and others. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd’s technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd’s solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit http://www.figmd.com.

FIGmd’s Sanket Baralay Speaks About The Role Of Big Data In Healthcare At ABMS Conference 2015

Sanket Baralay, President and CEO of FIGmd, and a leader and innovator in the Health IT and clinical data registry fields, discussed the issues and importance of big data at the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) Conference 2015.

Mr. Baralay was paired with Chris Barrett, PhD, Executive Director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute for the session entitled, Harnessing the Power of Big Data and Keeping It Secure. Specifically, the two addressed the technical and practical importance of big data, how to gain access to the data, how the data can be used and how to manage legal, HIPAA and IP issues.

Mr. Baralay’s insights and expertise stem from his groundbreaking work in the development of the country’s largest clinical data registries that feature complete interoperability with EMR/EHR systems and zero impact on daily workflow. “Big data is changing healthcare as we know it. Predictive modeling, the ability to bring quality measures to the attention of the physician, improving outcomes, avoiding errors, reducing costs and maintaining security are just the beginning,” said Baralay.

The ABMS Conference 2015, was themed Connect, Communicate and Collaborate and covered five major topics: Operations, Initial Certification, Exam Development and Administration, External Relations/Policy and Research, and Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

The conference was held at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel on September 10 – 11. For more information about Sanket Baralay or FIGmd, go to FIGmd.com.


About FIGmd
FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and more. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd’s technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd’s solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit www.figmd.com.

American Academy of Dermatology Selects FIGmd For Its Registry Development

FIGmd, the country’s leading developer of clinical data registries, has been selected by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to build its national DataDerm registry.

“We chose to work with FIGmd based on their experience in the association registry space, innovative approach to making data collection meaningful to practices and their variety of options to minimize the burden of data collection with EMR and non-EMR practices,” said Marta Van Beek, MD, MPH, FAAD, Co-Chair of the American Academy of Dermatology Ad Hoc Task Force on Data Collection Platforms and Registries.

Currently, FIGmd’s FIGconverge platform is interoperable with over 60 EMR and EHR systems. Once data has been extracted, the FIGinsight platform performs analytics and provides quality and performance measures that can be customized to the needs and desires of the registry.

FIGmd President and CEO Sanket Baralay stated, “We look forward to solidifying our collaboration with the AAD and we’re confident we’ll be able to provide physicians with context-specific data that will positively effect patient outcomes.”


About FIGmd
FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and others. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd’s technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd’s solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit www.figmd.com.

ASNC Announces QCDR Designation for the ImageGuide Registry

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) is pleased to announce that CMS recognized ASNC’s ImageGuide Registry as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for 2015. This designation as a QCDR ensures that participation in the registry allows physicians to meet the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements by submitting data to the registry. “For the participating physicians, the registry will allow tracking of quality data for PQRS reporting and other required quality programs,” says Peter L. Tilkemeier, MD, Chair of the Registry Oversight Committee. “Participation in the ImageGuide Registry will create tremendous value to the facility and the practice of nuclear cardiology.”

In 2015, ASNC self-nominated the ImageGuide Registry to become a QCDR. The registry is designed to support nuclear cardiology laboratories, interpreting physicians and technologists. It will ensure and foster continuous quality improvement initiatives in the field of nuclear cardiology. As the first national registry for non-invasive cardiac imaging, the ImageGuide Registry will improve laboratory efficiency, optimize patient radiation exposure, minimize downstream costs, and improve patient care. Participants can measure, benchmark, and improve cardiovascular imaging to achieve quality improvement at the provider and laboratory level, and drive broader adherence to best practices.

“The development and implementation of the ImageGuide Registry for myocardial perfusion imaging is truly ground breaking,” says Peter L. Tilkemeier, MD, Chair of the Registry Oversight Committee. “The ImageGuide Registry comprehensively addresses the entire imaging process from indications and appropriateness, type of study performed and radiation dosimetry, to reporting results and compliance with major quality indicators. Release of the registry for clinical use is a sentinel moment in the history of non-invasive cardiac imaging and has been successful only through the collective efforts of many involved in the field of cardiac imaging and registries.”

The ImageGuide Registry reflects ASNC’s commitment to promote the highest quality diagnostic cardiovascular imaging,” says ASNC president, David Wolinsky, MD, “and it will ensure that patients continue to have access to the most appropriate cardiac testing.”


About ASNC

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology is the leader in education, advocacy and quality in cardiovascular imaging, with nearly 4,000 members worldwide. ASNC provides its members with a variety of continuing education programs related to nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular computed tomography (CT), promotes accreditation and certification in nuclear cardiology, establishes standards and guidelines for training and practice and serves as a representative in health policy and the principal advocacy voice for professionals in the field. For more information about ASNC go to www.asnc.org.

CMS Approves ACEP’S New Qualified Clinical Data Registry

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is pleased to announce that its Clinical Emergency Data Registry, known as CEDR, has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) (http://www.acep.org/cedr/).

To create the registry, ACEP contracted with FIGmd, the industry-leading technology company that designs, operates and maintains the largest and most effective clinical data registries in the country. Together, ACEP and FIGmd have established the first national level Emergency Medicine specialty-wide registry.

“The time was right to build a robust registry that would allow emergency physicians to be among the early adopters in strategically using information technology to measure, improve and report healthcare outcomes,” said ACEP’s president Michael Gerardi, MD, FACEP.

ACEP will now be able to report quality measure data to CMS on behalf of their registry members for the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program year. In addition to PQRS, the data submitted by ACEP may also be used by the Value-Based Payment Modifier.

“Having a QCDR is a great advantage for CEDR and emergency medicine,” said Clinical Data Registry Committee Chair Stephen Epstein, MD, FACEP. “With CEDR certified as a QCDR, our registry can report the standard PRQS measures we are familiar with, but it also allows us to create 30 of our own, emergency medicine-related quality measures.”

CEDR is an evolving registry, which will support emergency physicians’ efforts to improve quality, practice patterns and trends in all types of EDs, even as practice and payment policies evolve over the coming years.

“The development of CEDR is right on schedule,” said James J. Augustine, MD, FACEP, a member of ACEP’s Board of Directors who was involved in the development of CEDR. “We look forward to the pilot phase and full rollout that will take place during the rest of the year.”

CEDR is being developed under FIGmd’s sophisticated information technology infrastructure and will be phased in over the next year in terms of the number of participating EDs, scope and functionality. As FIGmd President and CEO Sanket Baralay stated, “We’re honored to have been selected for the CEDR project and to partner with ACEP. The next several months and years will be very exciting as we meet ACEP’s diverse system integration needs and bring CEDR to life for its members.”

“ACEP couldn’t have gotten QCDR approval without FIGmd,” said Stacie Jones, Director of Quality and Health Information Technology at ACEP. “Because of FIGmd’s proven track record, we anticipate the partnership will provide members with an optimal user experience for quality reporting.”

Through the aggregation, organization and reporting of data on clinical effectiveness, patient safety, care coordination, patient experience, efficiency and system effectiveness, CEDR will provide physicians with a definitive resource for informing and advancing the highest quality emergency care.


ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and more. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd’s technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd’s solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit www.figmd.com.

FIGmd Debuts FIGcentris Platform at AMGA 2015 Annual Conference

Attendees at the AMGA annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada will be the first to see a demonstration of FIGmd’s FIGcentris platform. FIGcentris is the largest and most powerful collection of clinical data registries ever assembled and it enables hospitals, health systems and ACOs to consistently measure clinical quality across the entire health care enterprise.

FIGcentris offers access to measures and benchmarks from the American College of Cardiology, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Board of Family Medicine and many others. With FIGcentris, there’s a single measurement and reporting solution that spans all clinical domains.

FIGcentris offers seamless, direct integration with more than 60 different EMR/EHR systems and related practice management systems. It operates regardless of the EMR/EHR a care provider has, or doesn’t have. FIGcentris also has remote integration capabilities, is extremely intuitive, requires no upfront training and does not disrupt daily workflow.


“We fully believe the analytical power of FIGcentris is transformational. Now, previously untapped data can be a reliable source for meaningful and actionable practices that improve the coordination of care and reduce costs,” stated FIGmd President and CEO, Sanket Baralay. “Users can take advantage of customized dashboards with drill down capabilities to target opportunities for improvement and savings at the specialty, sub-specialty and physician levels.”


FIGcentris also boasts of serving as a central and unified data reporting hub that can cater to a multitude of reporting requirements. With the platform’s data management and format capabilities, all entities can easily comply with reporting requirements from the myriad of entities demanding their clinical data. This is especially important as the health care industry continues to move to the value-based payment model.


About FIGMD

FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and more. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd’s technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd’s solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit www.figmd.com.

FIGmd Introduces IRIS Registry App

FIGmd is pleased to announce the launch of its IRIS Registry App. The app brings performance measures to the point-of-care, enabling ophthalmologists to deliver the best care possible and score 100% on every performance measure.

From a mobile device, a physician can use the app to bring up the day’s patient schedule and the applicable measures for each patient. The system then uses an algorithm to evaluate the patient’s clinical data and Appropriate Use Criteria to identify quality improvement interventions.

FIGmd President and CEO, Sanket Baralay stated, “The IRIS Registry App enables opthalmologists to unobtrusively integrate technology and data-driven intelligence into the patient care experience. We’re thrilled to be at the forefront of this innovation”.

Benefits of the using the point-of-care app include bringing quality measures to the attention of the physician; increased quality of care and enhanced health outcomes; avoidance of errors and negative events; improved efficiency; cost-savings; and physician and patient satisfaction.


About FIGMD
FIGmd, Inc. provides clinical data registry, analytics and data reporting solutions to medical practices, specialty societies, medical professional associations, hospitals, health systems and more. With zero impact on workflow, FIGmd’s technologies, solutions and customization capabilities allow organizations to massively scale their projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. For more information on how FIGmd’s solutions can result in productive and actionable data, visit www.figmd.com.

Why You Should Be Excited about the New RISE Registry

by: Salahuddin Kazi, MD
Chair, Registries & Health Information Technology Committe
e

The ACR’s new RISE Registry is designed by rheumatologists, for rheumatologists. I’m thrilled to tell you about it and why you should be excited about giving it a try. Easy, superior quality reporting and quality improvement capabilities for your practice are just the beginning.

Since 2007, I have been working with a group convened by the ACR to help design an innovative new tool for rheumatologists that would help with practice improvements, population management and quality measures. Part of that work was overseeing the ACR’s development of the Rheumatology Clinical Registry, or RCR. It’s been a wonderful tool that has helped more than 600 rheumatologists across the country improve patient care in their offices. Now, more than seven years later, the next wave in innovation is here – the Rheumatology Informatics System for Effectiveness (RISE) Registry. An enhanced version of the RCR, RISE is designed to provide superior quality reporting and quality improvement capabilities.

The real beauty of RISE is in its ease of use. Installation is simple – once the software is installed, the ACR refines the system over the next four to six weeks so that it syncs perfectly with your electronic health records, allowing you to enter data once and then use it as many times as you need it. From there, RISE can be used for quality reporting and quality improvement that goes far beyond anything the field of rheumatology has had before. It is officially recognized as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It allows you to tailor ad hoc data queries to isolate trends and then drill down and find their root cause and make targeted changes. It offers benchmark comparisons, allowing you to measure your results against your peers’ results and against the national average.

Thus far, 41 rheumatology practices are either successfully using RISE or in the process of installation. Initial feedback has been outstanding, and practices that have already signed up have now reached their goal of 100 percent measurement of disease activity. As I’ve watched RISE take shape, I’ve watched it give physicians a better view of their patient population, which allows them to identify areas in which they could be doing better. So often our perspective is limited to one visit at a time. We remember the patient in remission or the patient with high disease activity. RISE allows us to reflect on our work in a broader way, improving our performance and closing treatment gaps that translate to meaningful changes for our patients.

Ultimately, RISE is a tool designed by rheumatologists, for rheumatologists. We’re working to move the needle on a local level and on a national scale. I would encourage everyone to give it a try, watch our demo, learn about our results. It’s so much easier than you imagine and it’s worth it to you and your patients.

To get more information about RISE, or to register, simply send an e-mail to RISE@rheumatology.org.

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