Cygnus Workstation Solutions for Healthcare

Cygnus creates wood and metal computer workstation solutions with a focus on the healthcare industry. Wall mounted computer desks, charting stations, articulating arms and medication cabinets are some of our largest sellers. This blog is a place where we share articles of interest as well as new product updates.

Monday, March 15, 2010

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Comments on the Interim Final Rule on Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for EHRs

It seems CCHIT is looking out for the little guy with its latest recommendations to loosen regulations. The article below was taken from www.cchit.org.

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The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) respectfully submits these comments on the Interim Final Rule (45 CFR Part 170, RIN 0991-AB58), published in the Federal Register of Jan 13, 2010, “Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology.”

Evidence Base
CCHIT has the most extensive experience in this country developing voluntary, consensus-based EHR certification criteria and test processes, and inspecting and certifying EHRs against Federally-recognized standards.[1] The Commission’s comments draw upon this deep base of practical experience.
Overview
The Certification Commission congratulates HHS and ONC on producing the Interim Final Rule within the statutory deadline. CCHIT is well aware of the challenges faced and the balances that had to be struck in a time-constrained environment. After careful review, however, the Commission believes that the certification criteria and standards in the IFR -- while an admirable first draft effort – need improvement and refinement to drive an achievable step forward in the meaningful use of EHRs, and to avoid an unintended deceleration in the pace of EHR adoption.

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New Drawer System for Non-powered Computer Carts

Caregivers have asked for a robust locking system on a non-powered cart. Cygnus answered with a rechargeable battery-powered lock which can control multiple drawers on a non-powered computer cart.

As a modular unit, the drawer system can be added to any of the Northport carts by Cygnus. The drawer system is also completely compatible with Howard™ carts.

System Benefits:
Battery-powered, push button lock system
Adjustable bin configuration
Smooth action, ball-bearing drawer slides
One, two or three drawer options
Approximately 16 pounds
Custom configurations available
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

HHS panel says ease 2011 meaningful use tests



By Mary Mosquera on GovernmentHealthit.com
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Health and Human Services advisory group today recommended the government abandon an “all or nothing” approach to its plan for offering doctors and hospitals financial incentives next year for getting electronic health record systems up and running.

In a meeting of HHS Health IT Policy Committee, members recommended the government relax some 2011 requirements for “meaningful use” of health IT in order to give providers more flexibility in qualifying for the plan in their first year of eligibility.

The Committee recommended providers be able to defer up to five proposed measures of meaningful use from 2011 to 2013. Six measures – including showing the ability to perform e-prescribing and providing patients an electronic copy of their heath records -- would remain fixed first year requirements.

Under the committee’s Feb. 17 proposal, providers would still have to meet 80 percent of the original meaningful use measures.

The shift would establish a common set of health IT functions among providers qualifying in the first year of eligibility while providing them options for ramping up for the new technology.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Here we come HIMSS10!

With the latest blast of winter weather we can't wait to get down to beautiful Atlanta. Lets hope the weather is sunny and warm.

We believe there is no better time to exhibit than right now. The move is on towards electronic patient charting and Cygnus has been creating solutions for point-of-care computing and charting since 1988.

Late 2009 we won a design award for our newest patient room computer workstation. We can't wait to demonstrate the workstation to everyone.

We'll also be showing our industry ONLY HID/prox cabinet security system that features PoE and full audit trail and remote administration.

Along with our wall mounted computer workstations we'll also be demonstrating our mobile computer carts which we released last year. This cart is amazing and can be customized with a multitude of options.

If you'd like a one-on-one demonstration you can fill out a meeting request.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Custom medication box with NetLock

We're just completing a great project that had our design team digging deep to offer a custom solution to a customer. The customer recognized the need to have enhanced security over medications and supplies within the wall mounted medication cabinet inside the patient room.

Our NetLock system offers complete audit trail and ease of use by allowing the caregiver to open the cabinet with the pass of a proximity card.

The inside of the cabinet was custom fitted to hold various supplies and also has medication shelve has adjustable height. On the bottom of the cabinet are bins used to store McKesson medication envelopes and loose medications.

See our complete line of wall mounted locking medication cabinets and medication stations at www.cygnusinc.net/medication_boxes.html

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Meaningful Use Rules Now Official


HDM Breaking News, January 13, 2010

Agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 13 officially published two rules covering the meaningful use of electronic health records provisions of the HITECH Act within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Publication of the rules starts the clock for the public comment period, with both rules having a March 15 deadline for comment. The proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services defines "meaningful use" of electronic health records to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments. It lays out a series of measures to collect and report data to government agencies. The rule is 169 pages long in a PDF format.

An interim final rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology sets initial standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology. The rule is 33 pages long in a PDF format. A forthcoming rule will establish an EHR certification program.

The rules are available at gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.htm

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