TechSectors: Medical Software: Medkinetics

September 18, 2007
MDNG Hospital Medicine, September 2007, Volume 1, Issue 1

Recipient of the Dell/National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Excellence Award on July 10, 2007, Medkinetics provides customizable, Web-based software...

Recipient of the Dell/National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Excellence Award on July 10, 2007, Medkinetics provides “customizable, Web-based software for clients ranging from rural clinics to urban hospitals, allowing staff to easily verify a new doctor’s credentials, receive alerts about potential issues, update privileges as new standards develop, facilitate peer reviews, and transfer information between client facilities.” NFIB is a leading small-business advocacy association that was founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, and provides “small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business.”

According to a Dell press release, Jim Cox, founder and president of Medkinetics said, “Eight years ago my wife, a pediatric ophthalmologist, came home with a stack of credentialing paperwork to fill out and challenged me to find a technology solution to the time-consuming, antiquated process. I started writing the software that night and my business idea was born.” Support through Dell’s PowerEdge™ servers helps make the speedy credentialing process possible.

A United Front

Medkinetics’ Universal Credentialing System includes full credentialing and verification systems to gather provider data, automatically print application forms, and manage expiration dates and CME. The Web-based program prevents transcription errors, relying on a customizable “extensive library of fully researched, evidence-based core and special privilege delineations.”

Essentially, after a hospital confirms a physician’s credentials, it then grants the doctor certain “privileges” based on the doctor’s credentials, according to Cox. The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit organization considered to be the nation’s preeminent healthcare accrediting body, has been urging hospitals to adopt a code of standards for physician privileging. Medkinetics provides a solution by supplying the necessary information to hospitals instantaneously and enabling them to update that information as procedures are added or changed, all the while managing the privileges of all their doctors.

Backed by Horty, Springer, & Mattern, PC, the first law firm to devote its practice entirely to healthcare, Medkinetics’ state-of-the-art credentialing system offers the following features:

• Security — the same security, encryption, and intrusion detection used by major financial institutions protects credentialing information in the Universal Credentialing System.

• Nightly Backups — full data protection and nightly backups ensure your data is there when you need it.

• Password Protection — login name and password can be issued to the person designated as a hospital’s facility administrator. The facility administrator has full access to all features in the Universal Credentialing System and can add and remove other users and establish their level of access.

• Provider Profile — manage up to 2,700 data elements for each provider.

• Form Bank™

• Data Mapping

• Automatic Application Form Completion

· Attach licenses and certificates

· Track expiration, CME, and primary source verification

· Query the National Practitioner Data Bank

· Create, edit, and send verification letters

· Online application review — and submit comments and concerns.

Access a demo of the software, free of charge.