Informatics Corporation of America

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Informatics Corporation of America
Type Private
Industry Healthcare
Products CareAlign(R)
Employees 103
Website icainformatics.com

Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) is a privately held Health Information Technology organization headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. It serves Integrated Delivery Systems (IDNs), Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), individual hospitals, Independent Practice Associations (IPAs) and Regional Health Information Systems (RHIOs). In 2000, some of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) practicing physicians teamed with informatics professionals to develop two complementary software applications—dubbed StarChart and StarPanel—to aggregate and organize medical data, and to improve communication and clinical decision-making within a single interface.[1] This technology has allowed VUMC to improve efficiency and communication processes in order to deliver cohesive care across the medical center and its affiliated clinics and physicians’ practices.[2]

History[edit]

In 2005, VUMC licensed this technology to Informatics Corporation of America and rebranded it as CareAlignTM, which has become a leading software provider for data exchange solutions in healthcare. CareAlignTM provides community information networks, like Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs), the integration and "matching" of structured and unstructured data unique to a patient to form a consolidated, longitudinal, and universal health record.[3]

ICA was formed to take this innovative model to the broader health care market. ICA integrates with and builds upon existing clinical systems to create a unified electronic health record (EHR), facilitate the exchange of data between existing healthcare source systems and provide workflow tools to clinicians across the continuum of care. Its unique technology gives providers access to patient data from all sources, replacing previously fragmented patient information with a complete view.

In healthcare today, each individual physician office, hospital and other healthcare place of service with information systems in place implements this automation independently with no ability to communicate information between systems. Coupled with the low percentage of fully used information systems in place throughout the healthcare industry, healthcare has not enjoyed the efficiencies, effectiveness and quality improvement gained by other industries.[4] ICA’s solution enables the exchange of data between existing hospital and clinic systems to deliver a comprehensive electronic health record, workflow tools and data exchange capabilities.

By providing clinicians with a consolidated patient record from all of these sources, ICA empowers caregivers to make informed decisions at the point of care in a patient centric view of the individual patient. By providing workflow tools, “EHR-lite” capabilities and data analytics/reporting capabilities, ICA helps healthcare enterprises achieve operational efficiencies, quality and consistency of care improvements and the ability to coordinate patient care across multiple providers and settings. By providing a data exchange engine for data aggregation, translation and distribution, ICA allows the free exchange of information to populate a provider’s core health information system (HIS, EHR, etc.) making their own solution more comprehensive in nature and allows for distribution of government required data and HIE-to-HIE requests through National Health Information Network protocols.[5]

CareAlign deliveries its capabilities by taking a biomedical informatics approach rather than a traditional IT “data processing” approach. This leverages VUMC’s heritage and experience providing new clinical value to its customers.[6]

Additionally, CareAlign has been deployed across the country at IDNs such as Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York; hospitals such as Lourdes Hospital and its affiliated community physicians in Paducah, Kentucky, at HIEs such as MidSouth eHealth Alliance in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Health Information Exchange Montana[7] and at IPAs such as Cumberland IPA, in the central region of TN.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mahdoubi, Kathy. "Expanding Electronic Medical Records: Vanderbilt CIO and ICA President Talk Interoperability", DOTmed News, July 29, 2009. Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  2. ^ Wicklund, Eric. "ICA seeks its niche in healthcare IT", Healthcare IT News, January 22, 2007. Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  3. ^ Mahdoubi, Kathy. "Expanding Electronic Medical Records: Vanderbilt CIO and ICA President Talk Interoperability", DOTmed News, July 29, 2009. Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  4. ^ Morrison, Dennis. "Using HIT to Achieve EHR Interoperability", Nashville Medical News, Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  5. ^ Cunningham, Jeff; Beyond Interoperability: A Solution That Builds Bridges Between Incompatible Systems; HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, Atlanta, Georgia; February, 2010;
  6. ^ "ICA’s CareAlign Suite Provides a Cutting Edge Longitudinal Patient Record, Workflow Tools, and Secure Messaging to Improve Care and Enhance Physician Alignment", HIS tech Report, March 28, 2009. Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  7. ^ "ICA’s CareAlign Suite Provides a Cutting Edge Longitudinal Patient Record, Workflow Tools, and Secure Messaging to Improve Care and Enhance Physician Alignment", HIS tech Report, March 28, 2009. Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  8. ^ Lawley, Erin. "Cumberland Pediatrics picks ICA’s CareAlign", Post Business, March 1, 2010. Retrieved on March 17, 2010