HealtHIE Nevada Connects to State Immunization Registry

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Statewide HIE substantiates integration with Nevada WebIZ, allowing for care providers to verify real-time patient immunization information and optimize patient care

HealtHIE Nevada, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that offers real-time, secure exchange of clinical patient data, has announced a connection with Nevada WebIZ, the statewide immunization information system, in order to allow health care providers the ability to retrieve immunization data quickly and securely. The connection went live effective June 30, 2019.

HealtHIE Chart, the HIE’s view-only clinical portal which allows providers to access a patient’s clinical information will now be able to display all of a patient’s updated immunization data. Since the WebIZ search is instantaneous, electronic records will always include a patient’s most current data from the registry.

“Obtaining patient records without the use of electronic exchange is extremely costly and widely inefficient for taking the best care of patients, especially with such vital information such as a person’s immunization record,“ said Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealtHIE Nevada. “The more connections we can make to capture the full spectrum of various types of clinical data will improve the care patients receive.”

The connection was established using funds obtained through a $1.2M grant supported by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which was signed and enacted under Title XIII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $25.9 billion spend through the Department of Health and Human Services was endorsed in 2009 to promote the proliferation and adoption of health information technology.

In total, HealtHIE Nevada currently partners with more than 70 organizations across the state. It continues to grow HIE participants, safely and securely managing clinical patient data between physician offices, acute care hospitals, diagnostic services and other healthcare providers in Nevada. For more information about HealtHIE Nevada, visit healthienevada.org, contact hie@comagine.org or call 855-4-THE-HIE.

About HealtHIE Nevada

HealtHIE Nevada is a private, nonprofit, community-based health information exchange dedicated to connecting healthcare organizations by managing real time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information. Certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, HealtHIE Nevada operates throughout the entire state, and is the only HIE open and available to the entire Nevada healthcare community. Ensuring data security and privacy, HealtHIE Nevada is certified by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission’s Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program. To learn more, visit www.healthienevada.org, or follow HealtHIE Nevada on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Hires Radiation Oncologist and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

By | On The Move, Press Release

Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has hired advanced registered nurse practitioner, Tracey Neuman, MSN, APRN, FNP, as well as radiation oncologist, Dr. Samual R. Francis, MD, MS.

Neuman currently treats patients at Comprehensive’s Southeast Henderson Treatment Center (1505 Wigwam Parkway, Suite 130, Henderson, Nevada 89074). She brings more than 16 years of nursing experience to her role as a nurse practitioner at Comprehensive. Neuman offers consultations and manages treatment plans for patients with cancer and serious blood disorders. Previously, She served as an infection prevention nurse at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital. She worked as a medical surgical floor nurse at Mountainview Hospital in Las Vegas and also visited patients in long-term care facilities as a case manager nurse at Comfort Hospice. Neuman is familiar with oncology and the practice as she worked as an oncology hematology nurse at Comprehensive from 2008 to 2015. She graduated with her B.S. in nursing from Kaplan University and earned her Master of Science as a family nurse practitioner from Purdue Global University.

Dr. Francis will see patients at Comprehensive’s Central Valley Treatment Center (3730 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169) effective July 1. Prior to joining Comprehensive, Dr. Francis gained extensive experience utilizing external beam treatment modalities as well as brachytherapy and simulation treatment planning through image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). He graduated with a B.S. in biomedical engineering, a M.S. in bioengineering and earned a M.D. from the University of Utah. He completed his residency in radiation oncology from the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Dr. Francis is currently a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiation Oncology, American Brachytherapy Society and American Radium Society.

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 40 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trails. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 85 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.cccnevada.com, and follow the practice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Healthy Nevada Project Brings in Research to Better Understand Liver Disease

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Renown Institute for Health Innovation Announces Strategic Collaboration to Advance Understanding of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Renown Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) announced a strategic collaboration to determine if there is a link between liver disease and genetics, improving the understanding of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) through the collection and analysis of genetic data.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects 30-40 percent of adults in the United States, and NASH, a type of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, currently has no medicine approved to treat it. People with NASH have an increased chance of dying from liver-related causes. 

“To understand complicated diseases like NASH, we need large cohorts,” said Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D., associate research professor at DRI, principal investigator of the Healthy Nevada Project and chief scientific officer for Renown Health. “The Healthy Nevada Project is able to provide this cohort, which will significantly benefit the patient population in Nevada and meet our goal of improving health in our state which ranks near the bottom.”

To make this research possible, this new partner will provide funding to Renown IHI for the Healthy Nevada Project to sequence and analyze the DNA of 15,000 patients living with NASH or NAFLD, as well as a control cohort of 40,000 individuals in Nevada. This collaboration will leverage genetic data and electronic health records to further the understanding of NASH and to inform the future development of treatment options for the disease.

“We have the tools, ample technology and science to make this a reality,” said Tony Slonim, MD, Dr.PH, FACHE, president and CEO of Renown. “Combining genetic sequencing with large sets of data can play a critical role in understanding and identifying serious health risks, including diseases like NASH. We are excited to collaborate with a new partner to better understand the condition and its complexities. Any genetic variants identified in individuals through the collaboration will be shared with the participants to help guide their own health decisions.”

With nearly 40,000 study participants enrolled in just over two years, the Healthy Nevada Project has become the fastest-enrolling genetic study in the country. The Project was created by Renown IHI – a collaboration between Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). The Project has already been returning clinical results to study participants, notifying them of their risk for CDC Tier 1 conditions including familial hypercholesterolemia, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, and Lynch syndrome, a precursor to colon cancer.

 

Health District Reports Second 2019 West Nile Case

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Encourages everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its second human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female under the age of 50, has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has been hospitalized. The Health District reported its first West Nile case in April in a woman over the age of 50 with the more serious form of the illness; she has since recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.

“With a second case of West Nile virus, it is important to remind everyone that this is a preventable disease,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “By taking some simple steps, you can protect yourself from mosquito bites at home and when you are traveling this summer. It’s also important to eliminate mosquito breeding around your home to protect yourself and your family.”

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases, the virus can cause severe neurologic illness and even death.

The Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for West Nile virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis. As of July 5, 1,137 mosquito traps have been set throughout Clark County with 29,541 mosquitoes submitted to the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory for analysis. The program has identified West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools in the 89005, 89032, 89101, 89110, 89123, 89129, 89131, and 89139 ZIP codes. The program also conducts surveillance for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the species that can transmit Zika and other viruses. This species was identified in Clark County in 2017. To date, none have tested positive for Zika virus.

The Health District recommends the following to prevent mosquito bites and to eliminate breeding sources:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellants containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or 2-undecanone.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce mosquito exposure when outdoors.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water around your home, including non-circulating ponds, “green” swimming pools, and accumulated sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding.

Additional prevention tips are available on the CDC’s Prevent Mosquito Bites webpage.

Miracle Donations Fund Vital Monitors for Sick Babies

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Time is of the essence when delivering life-saving medical care to St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s tiniest, most fragile patients. So is community support – and donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) have helped St. Rose secure Philips IntelliVue MX400 units that provide the St. Rose interdisciplinary care team with accurate, real-time physiological data to assess and address a newborn’s needs.

According to neonatologist, Deepa Nagar, the compact, transportable monitors allow the NICU’s interdisciplinary team of physician specialists, nurses and clinicians to monitor the needs of multiple babies. They also enable neonatal specialists to access the monitor’s data remotely if an infant is in transport from the Emergency Department.

Dr. Nagar says the MX400 units are frequently used to monitor babies born to opioid-addicted mothers. These vulnerable infants often experience withdrawal symptoms, including tremors, seizures, problems sleeping, irritability, and weight loss. St. Rose is a committed partner in Nevada’s EMPOWERED (Empower Mothers for Positive Outcomes with Education, Resources and Early Development) program.

One hundred percent of donations made to CMNH in southern Nevada are used to provide medical services and care to support the health of sick and injured children. For more information on giving to CMNH, call 702-616-5755.

Henderson Hospital Honored by Immunization Action Coalition for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose Rate

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Henderson Hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Nevada State Health Department for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

“Immunizations are one of the most valuable tools parents can give their children, and we are committed to begin vaccinations within our Birthplace,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “We are proud of the work our team has done to earn its spot on the honor roll, and hope that parents continue to immunize their infants and children to protect them against many diseases.”

Henderson Hospital is the newest entry into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll (www.immunize.org/honor-roll/birthdose), which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. The Birthplace at Henderson Hospital team immunized 91 percent of babies over a 12-month period, and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.

The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.

“Hospitals and birthing centers have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” said Deborah Wexler, MD, executive director and founder of IAC. “Henderson Hospital’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown them to be a leader in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”

 

Karen Rubel Named New President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice

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Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced that Karen Rubel has been named President and CEO effective July 1, 2019. Rubel will assume day-to-day leadership of the non-profit organization and will also join the Board of Trustees.

“We are thrilled to announce Karen Rubel’s appointment as CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice,” said Dennis Kennedy, partner of Bailey Kennedy, Attorneys at Law, and Chairman of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees. “Karen’s tenure at Nathan Adelson Hospice, her experience in healthcare, her innovative ideas and her keen grasp of the changing healthcare landscape make her the perfect person to lead the hospice into its next 40 years of caring for the people and families of Southern Nevada.”

Ms. Rubel has been with the organization for over 12 years, previously holding the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Development for Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation. While in these positions, she led hospice operations and major gift fundraising, developed new facilities, and strengthened relations with local health care groups.

“It is a privilege and honor for me to have been chosen as the next CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice,” said Rubel. “My goal is to continue to build on the mission and vision that has been consistent since our beginning that no one end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. During this dynamic time in healthcare, we are excited for the future which includes our continued collaboration with community partners in healthcare.”

Before joining Nathan Adelson Hospice, Ms. Rubel was the Director of Advancement for the Nevada Community Foundation in Las Vegas and previously as the Director of Development at University of Nevada Las Vegas for the colleges of Fine Arts, Education, and Health Sciences. Ms. Rubel earned a B.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University and an M.A. in Administration from Dominican University in Illinois. She is a graduate of the Thayer Institute with a Master’s degree in Leadership Arts and Sciences.

Rubel will be succeeding retiring CEO, Carole Fisher. After 14 years at Nathan Adelson Hospice, Fisher is transitioning into a new role as an executive coach and leadership speaker. She will serve as a special advisor to the hospice through 2020.

 

Las Vegas HEALS Welcomes New and Renewing Members in May

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Nevada’s Healthcare Advocacy Group Welcomes New and Renewing Sponsors

Las Vegas HEALS (Health | Education | Advocacy | Leadership | for Southern Nevada), the largest nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced AMG Specialty Hospital, Ready Responder Nevada, Alliance Mental Health Specialists, Innovative Pain Care Center and First Legal recently joined its’ membership ranks.

The following companies joined Las Vegas HEALS at the sponsorship level in May:

  • Cross Country Mortgage: Stakeholder Sponsorship – With a nationwide footprint, CrossCountry Mortgage is one of the largest privately held mortgage lenders in the country, with the soul of a small company. Clients receive direct access to a dedicated team of mortgage professionals with local market knowledge and expertise. While leveraging technology for maximum efficiency, the company is powered by human beings to meet the needs of today’s high-touch consumer experience – matched by industry leading incentives.
  • Easterseals Nevada: Basic Sponsorship – Comprehensive Cancer Centers has been treating patients in Southern Nevada for more than 40 years. Comprehensive has grown with the community and developed a practice that offers medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary medicine, cancer genetic counseling, and clinical research. The multi-specialty practice strives to recruit the best providers, invest in state-of-the-art technology and offer the latest treatments and services.

The following companies renewed their membership in May: Comagine Health, Silver State Health Insurance, Holland & Hart, Desert Perinatal Associates, UMP Urologicals, Strategic Wealth Design, Guardian Elite Medical Services, SR Construction

The following companies renewed their membership at the sponsorship level in May:

  • Encompass Health Rehabilitation: Stakeholder Sponsor – As a national leader in post-acute, Encompass Health offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that spans 129 hospitals and 272 home health & hospice locations in 36 states and Puerto Rico, the company is committed to delivering high quality, cost-effective care across the post-acute continuum.

“We’re grateful to our new and renewing members for their continued support and commitment to improve the quality of health in Southern Nevada,” stated Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS.  “It is wonderful to see so many new organizations opening or expanding in Las Vegas, and we are always thrilled when these organizations join the membership ranks of Las Vegas HEALS.”

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare.The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization is located in the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. The office is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization uses to bring healthcare industry leaders together on a regular basis.