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Clinton Tornado Close Call

Many thanks to all those who called concerned about us here at the Clinton offices when today’s tornado hit.  The photo on the left was taken by someone at Mississippi College and of course DSM offices are nearby, but our offices received no damage.  DSM’s network admin, Tracy Reynolds spotted a tornado briefly, we are not sure if it was the same one.   It was certainly a scare. DSM employees were glued to the windows expecting a tornado, we are certainly glad that this one went east of us.  Our thoughts are with the people who were injured.

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Our Silent Solution to Reporting Health Data

I was looking on the web for information on electronic health reporting and found this 2007 report prepared by the National Association of Health Data Organizations.  The report  preceded the law that mandated health data reporting in Mississippi and laid out options that Mississippi used in planning it’s health data reporting systems.  I found it very interesting that under the heading of “Hospital Burden” the report quotes a study that cites “upfront costs” and some very high reporting costs, from “$10 per record to $132 per record”.  As DSM is providing it’s solution to it’s customers for only $100 per month for all records in a month and there were no up front costs, I think we hit a home run.  Not to mention all the monitoring and behind the scenes processing we do. It’s actually an elegant solution:

 DSM personnel monitor the automated processes with the following screen:

 Each individual transmission for a hospital can be pulled up with the following screen:

 If a an error is encountered, which is very rare indeed, a DSM representative contacts the hospital which can access the error by using the option below:

And any errors will appear on the following screen, however, you may notice the message “No records have been selected.”  

That’s because the system rarely has any errors.  Not only do we receive an email if there are errors, we receive emails from the Health Dept. which have totals of records received and we reconcile those numbers.    All of these activities occur without the intervention of your personnel. 

The same infrastructure was applied very similarly in the BCBS daily census reporting, which also runs behind the scenes in a very quiet and unobtrusive way, allowing hospital personnel to concentrate on other tasks.  The MSHDS solution we provided is just another way that DSM continues to provide quality results with affordable efficiency.