News Release: Stella Technology Announces Quality Data Evaluation Solution

iQHD evaluates the “meaningfulness” of clinical data from multiple sources

Better Data = Better Outcomes

SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 28, 2015) – Developed in partnership with HEALTHeLINK, the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, Silicon Valley-based interoperability leader Stella Technology announced today the availability of its next-generation software product, Inspector of Quality Healthcare Data (iQHD). With iQHD, healthcare organizations can now measure the quality of their clinical data with a scalable and automated tool, quickly and efficiently.

“For any healthcare organization collecting and aggregating data for Health Information Exchange (HIE) use, data analytics and/or quality improvement initiatives, getting meaningful, reliable, high quality data from multiple and disparate source systems is a huge challenge that impacts financial performance and patients’ health outcomes,” said Salim Kizaraly, Senior Vice President and Co-Founder, Stella Technology. “With iQHD, organizations now can work collaboratively with their partners and stakeholders to improve the overall quality of the clinical healthcare data in their community, and save a substantial amount of time, resources and costs in collecting, analyzing and leveraging the data for integration projects as well as clinical and business intelligence initiatives.”

As part of the New York Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, HEALTHeLINK is using the Stella iQHD tool to ensure they receive the exact data they need to report on and meet the program’s requirements to help achieve the goals of the DSRIP driven projects.

Using iQHD enables HEALTHeLINK to qualify the data sent to them by their source systems and the ability to “profile” each source by generating a “quality score” based on configurable validation rules and determined standards (e.g., CCDA, C32, FHIR). iQHD users are then able to produce reports with the exact description of what and where the errors are in the document within seconds. Through iQHD, HEALTHeLINK is able to identify and work with their data source vendors or stakeholders to correct any issues – optimizing the data collection process and offering significant time and resources saved in collecting and analyzing data from their disparate sources for data analytics.

“The benefit of our use of Stella Technology’s iQHD will be to qualify the data being sent to HEALTHeLINK and provide a grade so we can determine the value of using that data for specific population health analysis,” said Drew McNichol, HEALTHeLINK’s director of technology and security officer. “This grade produced by iQHD will also enable us to go back to our participating provider organizations to educate on the value of using their electronic health records the way they were designed, for the capture of clinical data.”

“Having meaningful clinical data is a pre-requisite for any successful quality improvement initiatives and population health management,” said Lin Wan, Ph.D., CTO and Co-Founder, Stella Technology. “iQHD is a flexible and customizable tool that enables organizations to uncover data issues, enforce standards and ensure that the data received has a level of quality which can satisfy an organization’s specific use cases. This latest achievement is another testament of our commitment to deliver a comprehensive platform of interoperability tools and solutions for all healthcare organizations to have meaningful data at their fingertips.”

 iQHD benefits include:

  • Efficient identification of data quality issues
  • Determination of clinical data readiness for HIE onboarding, analytics and more
  • Validation score allows organizations to quantify and measure the relative quality of their data
  • Significant time and savings for data providers, receivers and users.

 

For more information on Stella Technology’s iQHD, visit our website at www.stellatechnology.com.

About HEALTHeLINK

HEALTHeLINK, the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, is a collaboration among the region’s hospitals, physicians, health plans and other health care providers to serve the eight counties of western New York State. HEALTHeLINK was created to enable the exchange of clinical information in secure and meaningful ways to improve both efficiency and quality, while also helping to control health care costs. Patients who provide consent allow physicians and providers directly involved in their treatment to securely access relevant medical information via HEALTHeLINK, resulting in more timely and effective treatment at the point of care.

HEALTHeLINK is part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a technology framework spanning the entire state that allows health care providers efficient access to their patients’ data. HEALTHeLINK has been recognized for its work in building a regional health information technology infrastructure and for testing innovative approaches by both state and federal agencies, including being named a Beacon Community, an effort funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. For more information about HEALTHeLINK, please visit www.wnyhealthelink.com.

About Stella Technology

Stella Technology, founded and headquartered in Silicon Valley, is comprised of a team of seasoned professionals who have over the past 17 years designed, built, procured, implemented and run over 40 of the nation’s leading statewide, regional and private clinical data integration and exchange initiatives. Since 2012, Stella has been focused on its mission to build technologies for the next generation, “healthcare-connected” network that will give payers and providers access to meaningful data, such that informed clinical, administrative or financial decisions can be made at the right place, at the right time, in a fully collaborative and coordinated fashion.