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Colorado Department of Human Services partners with H4 Technology and NRI for its Integrated Behavioral Health Data Collection Solution

July 18, 2017

Omaha, NE – Data management and analytics provider, H4 Technology, announced that it has been selected by the Colorado Department of Human Services to manage data integration, storage, and business intelligence for their mental health and substance abuse populations. Colorado is the second state, along with Nebraska, to rely on H4 Technology for their data management needs.

H4 Technology will deploy its Software-as-a-Service COMPASS Data Management and Analytics platform for administrators and providers affiliated with the Office of Behavioral Health. The COMPASS Analytics Platform will integrate disparate data silos from EMRs to access databases using standard formats like CCDA, HL7, and JSON. After applying an Electronic Master Patient Index (EMPI) and other normalization standards, resulting data will be available for business intelligence activities, case management, population health, financial reconciliation, and coordination with physical care providers.
“We are extremely excited to work with the State of Colorado on this important project”, said H4 Technology CEO Chris Henkenius. “Serving both physical and behavioral health clients, we understand the value of standards-based data management and strive to ensure providers have the data they need in the way they need it to serve their clients”.

H4 Technology has partnered with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute, Inc. (NRI), to lend their behavioral health policy and process expertise to this solution.

“H4 Technology and NRI present several strategic advantages to the State of Colorado”, said NRI CEO Tim Knettler. “Between the two companies, our partnership has direct, relevant, and recent experience with public and private behavioral health organizations across the country, including a statewide deployment in Nebraska, and support to the State of Colorado. This experience grants us a unique insight and ability to provide a comprehensive solution that is unmatched in the industry.”

Included in this project are innovative capabilities including Encounter-Based Management, Consent, Grant Management, Health Information Exchange (HIE), and Provider Directory. The system will begin integration and customization activities immediately, with functionality rollout over the next 9 months.

About H4 Technology
H4 Technology (www.h4-technology.com) H4 Technology empowers healthcare organizations to efficiently manage, integrate and analyze their data through the industry’s premier single-source data management platform, COMPASS. A Nebraska based company, H4 Technology’s has worked with more than 10 states and numerous hospitals, ACOs, HIEs, and Behavioral Health organizations in furtherance of their HIT efforts.
About NRI Inc.
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute, Inc. (NRI) (www.nri-inc.org) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a goal to ascertain and analyze data and performance measures about the public behavioral health service delivery systems for the education of behavioral health administrators and the improvement of those systems in each state and nationwide.

Region V Systems implements COMPASS for its Integrated Behavioral Health, Population Health and Analytics Solution

 

Omaha, NE – June 20, 2017

H4 Technology, a Nebraska based data management and analytics solution provider serving the healthcare industry, implementation a partnership with the Region V Systems.  H4 Technology deployed it’s hosted COMPASS Data Management and Analytics platform for Region V Systems and their providers.  The COMPASS Analytics Platform will serve as a core platform used to integrate and analyze consumer demographic, assessment, and outcome data related to mental health and substance use disorder service delivery while facilitating cluster based population health initiatives.  The Region and providers are now able to proactively monitor and drill down into data within their dashboards for National Outcome Measures (NOMS), Clusters (Population Health), Service Delivery, and Assessments.  The COMPASS system also provides an option for providers within the region to share non-state funded encounter information to track and see a broader picture of the patient as they move in and out of services as well as funding sources.  

The COMPASS platform being implemented includes an enterprise data warehouse, integration technology, interactive dashboards and self-service analytics.   Chris Henkenius, CEO of H4 Technology said, “COMPASS allows the Region V Systems real-time access to demographic, population health, service utilization, and outcomes data at their fingertips to enable them to make data driven decisions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of care that is being delivered.”

About Region V Systems

Region V Systems (http://www.region5systems.net) is responsible for the development and coordination of publicly funded behavioral health services within 16 counties in southeastern Nebraska.  Region V Systems contributes to the public safety and health of consumers, consumer access to services, availability of high quality and cost-effective behavioral health services.

Region V Systems:

·       Performs comprehensive planning activities

·       Integrates and coordinates the delivery of services

·       Prepares and administers budgets

·       Monitors System Performance

·       Takes corrective action when necessary.

 

About H4 Technology

H4 Technology (http://www.h4-technology.com) is a Nebraska based healthcare data warehouse, integration and analytics company with over 15 years of experience providing healthcare technology solutions. H4 Technology’s background comes from experience implementing technology solutions for Health Information Exchange, Healthcare Systems, Health Plans, and Behavioral Health Organizations.

Region V Systems selects COMPASS for Data Management, Integration, & Analytics

Region V Behavioral Health Dashboard

 

Omaha, NE – H4 Technology, a Nebraska based data warehouse, integration and analytics technology solution provider for health systems, behavioral health providers, Accountable Care Organizations (“ACO”), and state governments, today announced a partnership with Region V Systems in Lincoln, Nebraska.   Together, H4 Technology and the Region V Systems will deploy the COMPASS Analytics platform for Region V Systems administration and the behavioral health providers in their region to  integrate and normalize provider encounter data to support dashboards and real-time analytics.

The COMPASS Analytics Platform will serve as a central utility to the Region V Systems and its members. Dashboard capabilities will be used to compare services, quality and efficiency metrics at the aggregate and individual provider level, allowing Region V Systems members to identify outcome measures and opportunities for more effective care. Additionally, easy to use self-service reporting and dashboards tools are being deployed and made available to the providers for further data discovery, ad hoc data requests, and data sharing.

“All healthcare providers moving towards outcome or value based contracts require a mechanism to effectively consume, normalize, and analyze their data to drive effective interventions and improve the efficiency of care that is being delivered.” said Chris Henkenius, President of H4 Technology.

About Region V Systems

Region V Systems (www.region5systems.net) is responsible for the development and coordination of publicly funded behavioral health services within Southeast Nebraska. Region V Systems comprises of thirteen behavioral health providers throughout Lancaster, Saunders, Butler, Polk, Seward, York, Fillmore, Saline, Thayer, Jefferson, Gage, Otoe, Johnson, Pawnee, Nemaha, and Richardson counties in Nebraska.

About H4 Technology

H4 Technology (http://www.h4-technology.com) is a Nebraska based, healthcare data aggregation and Analytics Company with over 15 years of providing technology solutions for the healthcare field. H4 Technology’s roots come from experience with Health Information Exchange, Accountable Care Organization, Health Plans, and Behavioral Health organizations.

COMPASS Live at Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services – Behavioral Health

Improving Outcomes with Data Management & Analytics

DHHS

Nebraska Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) has implemented COMPASS, a custom data management and business intelligence platform that allows DBH to effectively review, monitor, and report on programmatic, administrative, and fiscal accountability functions with all DBH and Regional Behavioral Health Authorities’ contracted providers.   The goal of this project was to provide a Central Data System that both the State and it’s providers can utilize to effectively provide treatment for consumers, reducing duplicate efforts, and provide a data management platform to help identify trends and encourage administrators to make data driven decision on workflow, process, and treatment.

Replacing a core system at the Nebraska Department of Behavioral Health was no easy task.  The year long project was a joint effort between the Nebraska DBH staff, Regions, Providers, Orion Healthcare Technology and H4 Technology to effectively and efficiently gather requirements for the system, develop the data management model, develop customized modules, implement custom business rules, test and train the administrative staff, regions, and providers on the system.   One of these custom modules is an automatic authorization of services when providing treatment enabling providers to know the acceptable treatment plan for consumers during the initial consumer assessment.  The project was a huge success with implementation on May 16th, 2016.

The implementation of a new platform will enable the Nebraska Department of Behavioral Health to have a flexible solution so they are prepared for the future as behavioral healthcare changes.  This system also allows additional custom modules to be built on top of the data warehouse and provide an integration capability so DBH can exchange data to other divisions at the state.

About Orion Healthcare Technology:  Orion Healthcare Technology is a Nebraska based business founded in 1992 to help addiction and mental health professionals succeed through a better understanding and implementation of quality technology resources and solutions. Orion is the creator of the web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Billing/Practice Management software called AccuCare, and has experience working with other NE state systems and initiatives over the last 5 years.  To help manage the NE DHHS/DBH project, Orion has partnered with its longtime valued resource:

H4 Technology, a Nebraska based, consulting and application development company with over 15 years of providing technology solutions for the healthcare field. H4 Technology’s roots are in Health Information Exchange, Accountable Care Organization, and product development. They have also helped implement nine statewide and three regional HIEs, as well as numerous ACOs, HIOs, and hospital systems.

For more information, please visit www.orionhealthcare.com or www.h4-technology.com

UNeMed, Nebraska Medicine sign deal with H4 Technology for Better Healthcare Management Tools

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Media Release

November 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Charlie Litton, charles.litton@unmc.edu, 402-559-2468

 

–UNeMed, Nebraska Medicine sign deal with H4 Technology for better healthcare management tools

 

OMAHA, Neb. (November 17, 2015)—Officials today formally announced a new partnership that could lead to more productive deals for software-based biomedical innovations developed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.

H4 Technology, an Omaha-based software and analytics firm, entered a joint licensing agreement with Nebraska Medicine and UNeMed, the technology transfer arm of UNMC, to further develop a data-based management program for preventing and treating pressure ulcers—commonly known as bed sores. If the pressure ulcer application, called the Nebraska Matrix, progresses as expected, then H4 and UNeMed will likely expand the partnership to include similar UNMC inventions, officials said.

“I’m excited for the partnership with UNeMed because they are the perfect partner to further our mission to transform healthcare through technology,” H4 Technology president, Chris Henkenius, said. “We’re anxious to get started, and further this relationship for years to come.”

Henkenius first became aware of UNeMed during the 2015 Big Omaha convention—a massive annual networking event that brings together a wide swath of the regional entrepreneurship community. Kody Schrader, Senior Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the Greater Omaha Chamber Commerce, introduced Henkenius to UNeMed president and CEO Michael Dixon.

“Kody pulled me aside and said, ‘Here’s some guys you should know,'” Dixon said. “Without Kody and Big Omaha, this technology and license probably never happens. I was enthusiastic from the start because H4 does exactly what we need.”

H4 Technology focuses on healthcare applications that are powered by advanced data integration, data storage and analytics. For the bed sore application, or Nebraska Matrix, H4 will use a protected algorithm formulated by UNMC associate professor Janet Cuddigan, R.N., Ph.D., to integrate healthcare data services with known best practices for treating and preventing pressure ulcers.

The result is a personalized care program for each individual patient based on their risk level for developing painful bed sores—which can lead to dangerous infections, longer hospital stays and increased costs.

But more than that, the base programming behind Nebraska Matrix has the potential to serve as a template for a number of different applications, said Chief Marketing Officer and H4 Technology co-owner, Craig Christenson.

“What we really like about the technology is its potential as a template for other hospital acquired conditions,” he said. “Analyzing outcomes to a specific care coordination plan is big for hospitals in monitoring, managing and reducing the risk of numerous conditions.”

Getting the Nebraska Matrix running will open the door to further development of other UNMC healthcare data applications that could include: Building a platform for managing and minimizing hospital acquired infections, and setting up another program that streamlines the process of coordinating emergency procedures when a patient’s heart stops beating.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with these products,” Christenson said, “because the need is there.”

“If we can do the analytics behind the programs, then we can improve outcomes,” he added.

 

About UNeMed:

UNeMed Corporation is the technology transfer and commercialization office (TTO) for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. UNeMed serves all UNMC researchers, faculty and staff who develop new biomedical technology and inventions, and strives to help bring those innovations to the marketplace.

 

About H4 Technology:

H4 Technology, a Nebraska based, consulting and application development company with over 15 years of providing technology solutions for the healthcare field. H4 Technology’s roots are in Health Information Exchange, Accountable Care Organization, and product development. They have also helped implement nine statewide and three regional HIEs, as well as numerous ACOs, HIOs, and hospital systems.

 

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Contacts:

Charlie Litton

Communications Associate

UNeMed Corporation

charles.litton(at)unmc.edu

402/559-2468

 

BROADCAST:

H-4 Technology, an Omaha-based software and analytics firm, entered a joint licensing agreement with Nebraska Medicine and UNeMed (You-NEE-med), the technology transfer arm of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The agreement is to further develop a data-based management program for preventing and treating bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers. Called the Nebraska Matrix, the pressure ulcer program could lead H-4 and UNeMed to an expanded partnership for similar U-N-M-C inventions, officials said.

Right now, U-N-M-C researchers and staff have invented a handful of similar data-based applications for improving healthcare. Getting the Nebraska Matrix up and running could smooth the way for applications that include: A platform for managing and minimizing hospital acquired infections. And another program that streamlines the process of coordinating emergency procedures when a patient’s heart stops beating.

 

 

Related links:

  • UNeMed: http://www.UNeMed.com
  • UNMC Research: http://www.unmc.edu/research.htm
  • H4 Technology http://www.h4-technology.com/
  • Pressure Ulcers https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007071.htm

 

Keywords:

UNeMed, University of Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC, H4 Technology; hospital acquired infections, Nebraska Medicine, pressure ulcers, bed sores, Nebraska Matrix, Chris Henkenius, Craig Christenson, Big Omaha, Michael Dixon, Kody Schrader, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Transforming Healthcare at HIMSS15

 

On April 12-16, 2015, the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition with invade Chicago’s McCormick Place, and H4 Technology will for the first time be a part of this annual requirement for healthcare technology experts. Each year, more than 38,000 healthcare industry professionals attend to discuss health IT issues and view innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare. H4 Technology will participate this year to debut their Compass platform, a single database/integration/reporting application that fosters customization and low cost of ownership.

“HIMSS is the premier Health Information Technology conference in the country and H4 Technology is proud to be a part of this historic event in Chicago this year. We are showcasing our customized Population Health, Integration, and Health Intelligence platform which enable healthcare organizations to gain valuable insight into their data to improve patient care,   interoperability, and cost“ – Chris Henkenius, President of H4 Technology

The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition ranks as one of the largest health IT gatherings in the world. Attendees who participate in HIMSS15 can select from more than 300 education sessions in more than 20 peer-reviewed topic categories, enjoy a variety of networking events, and visit an exhibit floor filled with innovations and management solutions.

Several high-level speakers have been announced for HIMSS15, including:

  • George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
  • Alex Gourlay, President, Walgreens
  • Bruce  D. Broussard, President and CEO, Humana
  • Jeremy Gutsche, Founder of Trendhunter.com and Author of “Exploiting Chaos”

“This will be my 7th year at HIMSS, and the part I look forward to the most is connecting and collaborating with peers and clients from across the country.” said Henkenius. “This space will allow us to not only showcase our products, but provide a meeting place for continued dialog on improving care coordination.”

H4’s Compass platform was recently purchased by the State of Nebraska Division of Behavioral Health to facilitate improved communications and reporting between providers, regions, and the state. Scalable to any size organization, Compass allows healthcare providers to not only get the tools they need for population health and analytics activities at a reasonable price, but also customize those tools for their own specific workflows. The combination of affordability and customization is a unique differentiator that has allowed H4 to triple in size over the last 6 months. To learn more about H4 Technology, visit us at Booth #7574 during HIMSS15 or visit www.h4-technology.com. For more information about HIMSS15 and to register, visit www.himssconference.org.

Nebraska DHHS DBH Awards Contract

Omaha, NE – Nebraska DHHS DBH Awards Contract to Orion Healthcare Technology of Omaha, NE to Create Custom Solution to Enhance Behavioral Health for the State

December 8, 2014

Nebraska DBHOrion Healthcare Technology, Inc., a Nebraska based company and technology solutions provider, was recently awarded a contract with the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) to provide a custom built, centralized data system (CDS) which will allow DBH to review, monitor, and report on programmatic, administrative and fiscal accountability functions with all DBH and Regional Behavioral Health Authorities’ contracted providers. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide a CDS that both the State and its providers and contractors can utilize to reduce duplicate efforts, streamline workflow and improve quality and continuity of care.

“I am excited for this partnership with Orion because this project will focus our leadership and resources for the benefit of consumers and other stakeholders. Utilizing consumer voice and technology together results in better healthcare decision making by improving communication and accountability in our systems of care,” said Scot Adams, Director for the Division of Behavioral Health.

Implementation of the CDS solution will resume over the next 2 years, which will include a development process with key staff from DHHS DBH, IS&T, Regional Behavioral Health Authorities, providers, and contracted services as its next steps. Orion is excited to begin the initiative and has teamed with another Nebraska native company, H4 Technology, to help implement the project.

“The blend of talents and experience (through our team and the State’s), bringing behavioral health, information technology, health information exchange, business applications, product development and project management will allow us to not only deliver the best solution for the State of NE DHHS DBH,” states Sandra Jones, President of Orion Healthcare Technology, “but will raise the standard for the industry and field.”

“We have long admired Orion’s commitment to healthcare in Nebraska, and across the country”, said Chris Henkenius, President of H4 Technology. “Their behavioral health background in technology combined with their outstanding leadership in the community makes Orion a perfect complement to our offerings, and we are excited to work with them going forward.”

Orion is in the early stages of the gathering requirements for the system, a critical phase in creating a solution that will provide a tool to effectively provide treatment for consumers, reduce duplicate efforts, and provide a data platform to help identify trends and encourage administrators to make data-driven decisions on workflow, processes, and treatment.

About Orion Healthcare Technology:  Orion Healthcare Technology is a Nebraska based business founded in 1992 to help addiction and mental health professionals succeed through a better understanding and implementation of quality technology resources and solutions. Orion is the creator of the web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Billing/Practice Management software called AccuCare, and has experience working with other NE state systems and initiatives over the last 5 years.  To help manage the NE DHHS/DBH project, Orion has partnered with its longtime valued resource:

H4 Technology, a Nebraska based, consulting and application development company with over 15 years of providing technology solutions for the healthcare field. H4 Technology’s roots are in Health Information Exchange, Accountable Care Organization, and product development. They have also helped implement nine statewide and three regional HIEs, as well as numerous ACOs, HIOs, and hospital systems.

For more information, please visit www.orionhealthcare.com or www.h4-technology.com

 

 

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