International MUSE Conference Recap

MUSE International Conference

To recap our incredible experience at the International MUSE Conference in Dallas, TX we’d like to start out with a thank you to MUSE for executing a wonderful event. Our team exhibited and presented at the conference where MEDITECH hospitals and various vendors attended for education and networking purposes.  MUSE continues to provide great opportunity for the MEDITECH community to come together and explore MEDITECH related topics, gain better understanding of how hospitals are using the system and discuss plans for the future.

Here are 5 observations from the conference:

  • 6.1x Momentum – MEDITECH continues to gain momentum with hospitals upgrading or signing as new client for 6.1x platform. More hospitals have gone live with the Web Ambulatory application which allows for one patient record across Acute and Ambulatory settings.  MEDITECH has brought two hospitals live on 6.16 platform in 2017 that includes the Web Acute and Web ED functionality for physicians and is on schedule to bring 7 more hospitals live on 6.16 by end of 2017.  Hospitals have better understanding the value and advantages of going to 6.1x and this momentum is important for MEDITECH.
  • MEDITECH Approach – MEDITECH announced MaaS (MEDITECH as a Service) during annual MEDITECH leadership update presentation. This approach allows hospitals to minimize upfront capital costs when going to 6.1x. This will allow MEDITECH to give hospitals another option when looking at 6.1x. MEDITECH also announced bundling of interfaces and content into software license that would allow for fewer vendors from contract perspective and fewer requests going from hospital to MEDITECH for new interfaces. MEDITECH is working on helping hospitals manage costs and looking for ways to continue to increase 6.1x adoption in increasingly competitive market place.
  • 6.1x Discussions – As more hospitals go live with 6.1x and Web Ambulatory there are more discussions around lessons learned and on-going optimization. The discussion is shifting from “Why go to 6.1x?” to “How to manage and optimize the 6.1x environment.” Conversion of Acute and Ambulatory information was brought up in multiple discussions. Hospitals need to be aware of the conversion options going into 6.1x projects especially when they are converting from another vendor system to MEDITECH. Additionally, the number of priority pack deliveries has increased and the frequency of code change updates for clients has also increased. This has an impact on hospitals’ resources and their ability to keep up with the changes. The shift in discussion shows that as more hospitals have adopted the 6.1x platform, MEDITECH gains more momentum and the respective case studies will only increase the 6.1x client base.
  • MEDITECH Involvement – MEDITECH continues to increase its involvement at the International MUSE conference. There were over 25 attendees and multiple education presentations from MEDITECH. There was executive update provided at the conference and MEDITECH had separate area outside of exhibit hall where product demonstrations were completed. I continue to see MUSE and MEDITECH more involved at each other’s events. That is positive sign and it shows the importance of both organizations working closely together. A strong and active MEDITECH client base is vital for MUSE and MEDITECH and I would like to see MUSE and MEDITECH work on situation where MEDITECH is on exhibit floor with all of the other vendors similar to how MEDITECH exhibits at HIMSS. I think that would increase attendance and provide MEDITECH more opportunities to interact directly with attendees.
  • PTS Presentations– The PTS was honored to have 4 team members host educational sessions at the conference. Each session had a generous attendance and many left with a better understanding of how their experience within the MEDITECH platform can improve. The presentations included:

MEDITECH 6.15 LAB Build: Multiple vs. Single Database by Dennis Majeski

This presentation will help attendees considering moving from a different platform of MEDITECH or a version earlier than 6.15 better understand building requirements for the LAB modules. Options for configuring facilities and databases within multiple facility health care systems will be discussed as well as examples of dictionary build based on configuration. Build tools will be presented:  Dictionary Management Desktop (DMD) and Corporate Management System (CSM).

Does It Really Take a Village? A Journey Towards CPOE by Mark Milnes

Care for the pediatric patient demands an undistracted attention. This presentation aims to describe our journey towards optimizing the medication ordering process within the CPOE environment. Build design, nomenclature, and weight based dosing at the point of order entry all play a role in this adventure

Keeping Your Order Sets in Order by Tina Joyce

In this presentation, we will be discussing and demonstrating the functionality of using reflex orders within OE order sets and also how to create a tracking tool to maintain your current order sets.

Lost Charges = Lost Revenue … Are You Leaving Anything at the Bedside? By David Burgstalher

This presentation will show how to ensure that all your charges are being captured properly and, if they are not, solutions on how to capture them all. Different methodology will include PHA.BAR AND UBC. We will show reporting on these items and well as actual solutions to lost charges or revenue.

If you’re interested in learning more, download all the PTS MUSE presentations here.

Additional Information:

Parallon Technology Solutions (PTS) is MUSE commercial member and READY certified consulting partner of MEDITECH. If you are considering implementing a new system or upgrading your current MEDITECH environment, our team would be happy to provide specific insight depending on your needs and answer any questions you might have. Please contact us at or call us at (855) 276-9112.

About MUSE:

The Medical Users Software Exchange (MUSE) is a community of MEDITECH users and related professionals who interact to learn and share their knowledge and experience. Through MUSE, members network, solve problems, identify best practices, and improve performance for their organizations. To learn more, visit their website at

About the Author:

Craig McCollum is AVP of Professional Services at Parallon Technology Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for implementation services and project delivery for PTS’ clients. Craig has more than 20 years of healthcare IT and finance experience, including practice leadership, business development, EHR project leadership, EHR implementation and financial management.

Craig is a member of Medical Users Software Exchange (MUSE) and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Craig is MEDITECH READY certified in project management, general financials, supply chain management and human resources planning. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Fresno State University.