by Steve Campbell
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ChartLogic’s new Stella application, an EHR overlay, can help hospitals meet the new Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) requirements by enabling physicians to easily create standardized continuity of care documents on the new Apple iPad.

“With its high resolution display and fast response, the new iPad becomes an even more valuable tool for displaying medical information, both text and images. As an EHR overlay, Stella enables physicians to view, create and transmit documents on iPads using their current hospital EHR system,” said Brad Melis, executive vice president, ChartLogic.

According to Brad Melis, executive vice president, ChartLogic, “The new Stage 2 requirements place a major emphasis on interoperability. The ONC wants physicians to exchange documents using the CDA standards. The goal is to create digital documents that are readable by both physicians and computers.”

Melis said that because Stella works on top of all major EHRs, it will help hospitals meet several of the Stage 2 standards without having to buy a new electronic medical record system. For example, the new rules require hospitals and physicians to provide a summary of care record for more than 65 percent of transitions of care and referrals. Also, 10% of these transitions must be to a recipient with no organizational affiliation, using a different certified EHR vendor.

The Stella EHR overlay was demonstrated at the Health Story Project in the Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS 12. A primary care physician and specialist created and exchanged transition-of-care documents using the new, consolidated clinical document architecture (CDA) standard.

With Stella, physicians can create and transmit CDA-standard documents on the iPad or PC through dictation, typing or touch screen entry. Stella uses Web-based, back-end speech recognition, removing the need for a separate client speech software application on a hospital’s PCs and devices. This is important for widespread adoption because many high-volume specialists prefer dictating notes to typing on a keyboard.

Stella can create documents from a variety of data feeds including CCD, CDA, HL7 and CCR. Stella can search archives for patient documents and generate notes from user-built templates. With Stella, prior patient history is always in view, improving physician productivity.

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