Informatics Corporation of America

Informatics Corporation of America ( ICA ) is a privately held 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 the efficiency and communication processes in order to deliver cohesive care across the medical center and its affiliated clinics and physicians’ practices. [2]

History

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

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 [4] and at IPAs such as Cumberland IPA . [5]

References

  1. Jump up^ Mahdoubi, Kathy. “Expanding Electronic Records: Vanderbilt CIO and ICA President Talk Interoperability”, DOTmed News, July 29, 2009. Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  2. Jump up^ Wicklund, Eric. “ICA seeks its niche in healthcare IT”, Healthcare IT News, January 22, 2007. Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  3. Jump up^ Mahdoubi, Kathy. “Expanding Electronic Records: Vanderbilt CIO and ICA President Talk Interoperability”, DOTmed News, July 29, 2009. Retrieved on March 17, 2010
  4. Jump up^ “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
  5. Jump up^ Lawley, Erin. “Cumberland Pediatrics picks ICA’s CareAlign”, Post Business, March 1, 2010. Retrieved on March 17, 2010

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