Meridios First EMR Vendor to Achieve Bridges to Excellence Recognition across All Programs

Only EMR vendor certified by HCI3 as data aggregator for all BTE programs: asthma, coronary artery disease, cardiac care, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and hypertension

NEWTOWN, CT – October 9, 2015 – Software developer Meridios has received certification as a data aggregator for Bridges to Excellence (BTE) from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3), a non-profit group that promotes the use of evidence-based incentive programs and payment reform.

“There continues to be a prevailing myth that meaningful data cannot be systematically extracted from EMR systems to create comprehensive quality dashboards for clinicians,” says Francois de Brantes, Executive Director of HCI3. “Meridios' efforts prove the myth wrong.”

Meridios is the first electronic medical records organization approved by HCI3 to become a data aggregator, the conduit through which clinician medical record data is passed to performance assessment organizations for scoring to assess whether clinicians should be recognized. Meridios has met HCI3’s requirements and now works with customers who submit their data for a performance assessment for scoring using the BTE Recognition Care program criteria. The scoring results are then communicated back to the clinicians and practices. This automated performance assessment process allows for rapid and independent medical record-based clinician performance evaluations by connecting electronic medical record data sources or data aggregators to a network of performance assessment organizations.

BTE works with Meridios to facilitate clinician performance assessment in order to: reduce the reporting burden for clinicians; leverage existing reporting/data aggregation initiatives; reduce data collection and reporting costs; facilitate the connection between quality improvement and incentives; and speed up cycle times between reporting and quality improvement.

“These data aggregation programs are instrumental to helping health care providers bridge the gap between perception and reality,” says Patrick Clark, CEO of Meridios. “Our team is really excited and proud to work with HCI3 on programs like these. HCI3 continues to prove they are leaders in this space.”

Bridges to Excellence Clinician Recognition programs are intended to identify clinicians who deliver high-value care to patients with specific chronic conditions. The programs each comprise a set of clinical measures representing standards of care for patients with these conditions. Programs include:
• Asthma care
• Cardiac care in collaboration with the American College of Cardiology
• Congestive heart failure care
• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease care
• Coronary artery disease care
• Depression care
• Diabetes care
• Hypertension care
• Inflammatory bowel disease care in collaboration with the American Gastroenterological Association
• Physician Office System
• BTE Medical Home

For more information on Bridges to Excellence, visit

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About Meridios
Meridios, Ltd is a software development company specializing in a health care quality tracking application with the ability to perform CMS registry reporting. Reporting is performed via an automated process by extracting required data directly from electronic medical record (EMR) systems. healthMATRIX® can provide the benefit of increased accuracy. A fragmented health care system leaves a gap in the capture and reporting of clinical data. Meridios seeks to bridge that gap.

About Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc.
Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc. (HCI3®) is a not-for-profit organization that aims to create significant improvements in the quality and affordability of health care through evidence-based incentive programs and support of payment reform models. It is the umbrella organization for the Bridges to Excellence® program and PROMETHEUS Payment® model, as well the creator of episode of care, or Evidence-informed Case Rates (ECRs), definitions and the PROMETHEUS Analytics. Through these components, HCI3 offers a comprehensive package of solutions to employers, health plans and coalitions to improve the flawed incentives that currently permeate the U.S. health care system.

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