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Siemens Healthineers – The new brand for Siemens’ healthcare business

Today Siemens Healthcare unveiled its new brand name Siemens Healthineers. The new brand underlines Siemens Healthcare’s pioneering spirit and its engineering expertise in the healthcare industry. It is unique and bold and best describes the Healthcare organization and its people – the people accompanying, serving and inspiring customers – the people behind outstanding products and solutions.

“We have an exceptional track record of engineering and scientific excellence and are consistently at the forefront of developing innovative clinical solutions that enable providers to offer efficient, high quality patient care. Going forward as Siemens Healthineers, we will leverage this expertise to provide a wider range of customized clinical solutions that support our customers business holistically. We are confident in our capability to become their inspiring partner on our customers’ journey to success”, explained Bernd Montag, CEO of the company. “Our new brand is a bold signal for our ambition and expresses our identity as a people company – 45,000 employees worldwide who are passionate about empowering healthcare providers to optimally serve their patients.”

As part of its Vision 2020 strategy Siemens AG announced nearly two years ago that its healthcare business would be separately managed as a company within the company with a new organizational setup. Siemens Healthineers will continue to strengthen its leading portfolio across the medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics business while adding new offerings such as managed services, consulting and digital services as well as further technologies in the growing market for therapeutic and molecular diagnostics.

The name of the legal entities will remain unchanged.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

May 4, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Quality Systems, Inc. Discontinues NextGen Now in Favor of MediTouch Platform

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) announced today its Board of Directors approved management’s recommendations for several strategic initiatives, the Company’s updated cloud strategy, a corporate restructuring and the initiation of financial guidance.

MediTouch® Based Cloud Strategy

Following several months of assessment of both the recently acquired MediTouch platform and the Company’s NextGen Now platform in development, management concluded that the MediTouch platform offers the most efficient path to providing a high-quality, robust, cloud-based solution for ambulatory care. As a result, the Company will cease further investment in NextGen Now and immediately discontinue all efforts to use or repurpose the NextGen Now platform. This assessment was conducted under the technology leadership of David Metcalfe, who joined the Company on February 1, 2016 as chief technology officer.

“The acquisition of the MediTouch platform accelerates our time-to-market with a cloud-based platform that already meets the needs of smaller practices. Our focus now will be to scale this solution to address the needs of enterprise-level organizations and larger practices,” stated Metcalfe.

As a result of this decision, Quality Systems’ fiscal fourth quarter and full-year results will reflect a pre-tax charge of approximately $32 million, relating to the impairment of the Company’s previously capitalized investment in NextGen Now. This charge did not result in, nor is it expected to result in, any additional cash expenditures.

Streamlined Corporate Structure

The Company also announced a restructuring plan, which will eliminate its business units in favor of a streamlined, functional-based organizational structure. This new structure will enable a more efficient, integrated and client-centered delivery of the holistic solutions ambulatory care organizations need.

“We are realigning the organization to remove silos and be better positioned to serve our clients, as they pursue population health and value-based reimbursement initiatives. It will also reduce our cost structure and make the organization more nimble,” explained Rusty Frantz, president and chief executive officer.

This organizational realignment is expected to result in approximately $4 million of restructuring-related charges, consisting principally of severance and other one-time termination benefits. The restructuring costs are expected to be primarily incurred and funded in the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2017. In connection with such charges, the Company estimates that it will reduce its headcount by approximately 150 employees, approximately six percent of its U.S.-based workforce. The Company expects $14 million to $16 million of personnel-related savings in fiscal year 2017, excluding the restructuring charge.

Fiscal Year 2017 Guidance and Preliminary & Unaudited Fiscal Year 2016 Results

Effective in fiscal year 2017, the Company will begin providing annual guidance for certain financial metrics. For fiscal year 2017, the Company anticipates revenues of $508 million to $522 million and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.78 to $0.86. This fiscal year 2017 guidance reflects the anticipated full year contribution from the acquisition of HealthFusion as well as the impact of the corporate restructuring. The Company expects to update this guidance, as appropriate, in its fourth quarter 2016 earnings announcement, scheduled for May 19, 2016.

To provide context for the fiscal year 2017 guidance, the Company also reported that, based upon preliminary financial data, it expects total revenue of $491 million to $493 million for fiscal year 2016 and $126 million to $128 million for its fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016, which are modestly below analysts’ consensus. The Company also expects to report non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.70 to $0.72 for fiscal year 2016 and $0.17 to $0.19 for the fourth quarter, in line or slightly above analysts’ consensus. The Company expects GAAP earnings per share of $0.08 to $0.10 for fiscal year 2016 and a GAAP loss per share of ($0.28) to ($0.26) for the fourth quarter, largely due to the aforementioned impairment charge.

These preliminary, unaudited results are subject to the completion of the Company’s customary accounting and auditing procedures. Final adjustments and other developments may arise between the date of this press release and the dates on which the Company announces its 2016 fourth quarter and audited year-end results and files its Annual Report on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that may cause actual results to materially differ

About Quality Systems, Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. (QSI) and its subsidiary, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, develop and provide a range of software and services for medical and dental group practices, including practice management and electronic health record applications, patient portal, interoperability and connectivity products, and population health management and analytics offerings. Services include managed cloud services, revenue cycle management, claims clearinghouse, data interchange and value-add consulting. The Company’s solution portfolio is readily integrated and collectively positioned to drive low total cost of ownership for its client partners, as well as enable the transition to value-based healthcare. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.

April 27, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Nokia and Withings: Connecting People to Better Health

By Ramzi Haidamus, President Nokia Technologies

Today is a day to celebrate! Over the years, many of you have shared with us your love for Nokia. We’ve heard so many great stories about the coolest Nokia device you ever owned — something that helped define your life, make it better, more fun, and more connected to the people and things that matter to you most. Your continued enthusiasm is just one of the reasons we’re thrilled to announce some very big news today.

We’re now starting a new chapter as a company, this one focused on connecting you to better health through technology. We aim to help you lead a happier, healthier life through the kind of beautifully designed products that you expect from Nokia.

To help us do this as fast as possible, we will be welcoming Withings into the Nokia family. A leader in digital health products and apps designed to improve everyday well-being and long term health, Withings will combine perfectly with Nokia’s heritage of mobility and connectivity.

Withings products already help people manage every aspect of their health and lead a more balanced life. Their products allow you to measure how your lifestyle is affecting your wellness — how well you’re sleeping, how many calories you’re burning, how many steps you’re taking — and go beyond the numbers to give you information that matters. They help you understand how your body responds to activity and changes — the impact your activity is having on your body temperature, your weight, your blood pressure and your heart. And they do it with such a beautiful design that you love to wear them anywhere — at work, at home, or even at the opera.

Please stay tuned for more news about this new chapter for Nokia. We’re thrilled to be welcoming the Withings team to Nokia Technologies and help spread the word about all the awesome products they’re building. Together, we’ll take digital health products beyond counting and tracking to help people everywhere connect to healthier and happier lives.

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Nokia plans to acquire Withings to accelerate entry into Digital Health

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has announced plans to acquire Withings, a pioneer and leader in the connected health revolution with a family of award-winning digital health products and services to help people all over the world lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. Withings would be part of our Nokia Technologies business.

“We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market,” said Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia. “With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives.”

World Health Organization figures show cardiovascular disease as today’s number one cause of death, with more than a billion adults around the world living with uncontrolled hypertension. Diabetes now affects more than one in twelve adults worldwide, a four-fold increase since 1980. Healthcare is expected to be one of the largest vertical markets in the Internet of Things, with analysts forecasting that mobile health, with a CAGR of 37%, will be the fastest growing health care segment from 2015-2020.

“Withings shares our vision for the future of digital health and their products are smart, well designed and already helping people live healthier lives,” said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. “Combining their award-winning products and talented people with the world-class expertise and innovation of Nokia Technologies uniquely positions us to lead the next wave of innovation in digital health.”

The combination of innovative products from Withings and the Digital Health business will also ensure the ongoing renewal of Nokia Technologies’ world class IPR portfolio.

Withings was founded by Chairman Eric Carreel and CEO Cedric Hutchings in 2009 and is headquartered in France, with approximately 200 employees across its locations in Paris, Cambridge, US and Hong Kong. Withings’ portfolio of regulated and unregulated products includes activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and more, and is built on a sophisticated digital health platform, providing insights to empower people to make smarter decisions about the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. Withings’ own products are complemented by an ecosystem of more than a hundred compatible apps.

“Since we started Withings, our passion has been in empowering people to track their lifestyle and improve their health and wellbeing,” said Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “We’re excited to join Nokia to help bring our vision of connected health to more people around the world.”

The Nokia brand continues to be recognized, valued and trusted by consumers, built on a heritage of beautifully designed, innovative and reliable technology in the service of people around the world to help real human needs.

The planned transaction values Withings at EUR 170 million and would be settled in cash and is expected to close in early Q3, 2016 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Sources:

World Health Organisation: Diabetes fact sheet; Cardiovascular diseases fact sheet; Global Health Observatory data.

P&S Market Research, “Global Digital Health Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2020.” November 2015

About Nokia Technologies
Nokia Technologies is Nokia’s advanced technology and licensing business. Formed in 2014, TECH builds upon our solid foundation of industry-leading licensing and technology R&D capabilities. By focusing on Digital Health, Digital Media, Brand Licensing, and Patent Licensing, TECH is expanding the human possibilities of the ever-evolving world of technology. In 2015, Nokia Technologies launched OZO, the world’s first virtual reality (VR) camera designed for professionals.

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. http://nokia.com

April 26, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Logicalis US Asks 10 Tough Security Questions Every CIO Must Be Able to Answer

NEW YORK, April 19, 2016 – The most important thing CIOs in any industry need to know about IT security, according to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), is that, despite the hype, the fear and the complexity of available solutions, securing digital assets is fundamentally about managing risk.

“It’s important for IT professionals to take their IT security risks seriously,” says Ron Temske, Vice President, Security Solutions, Logicalis US.  “The first thing that has to be established is what you are trying to protect, and whether or not all of your digital assets need the same level of protection.  Most organizations don’t think that way; they see security as a single, across-the-board, ubiquitous solution.  People often think if they have a firewall and anti-virus in place, they’re secure. Others believe no one is targeting them. In both cases, nothing could be farther from the truth. If all you have is traditional antivirus and a firewall, you might as well give your information away – and you might be doing just that. Once a threat moves beyond the firewall, you lose visibility and control of that threat, and that can happen as innocently as having an employee who unwittingly plugs a USB infected with malicious code into their desktop or laptop.  The biggest unpatched security vulnerability you have is your people.  And even if your organization isn’t high profile, your unsecured IT can become a back door for cybercriminals trying to break into your partners’ or clients’ systems. The solution is to develop and implement a comprehensive security program that spans the entire attack continuum – before, during and after an attack.”

This is why, Logicalis experts say, it is critical to know what you are trying to protect against.  A common acronym used among security professionals is CIA, which stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.

  • Confidentiality is primarily associated with protecting the assets that would cause the client harm if they were disclosed – think patient records in a hospital setting or credit card numbers on a major retail site.
  • Integrity is about ensuring data remains accurate and unaltered – patient prescription information is a good example.
  • Availability is about ensuring that business-critical assets are accessible when needed – consider the importance of medical personnel knowing a patient’s allergies.

To develop a plan that meets CIA objectives, Logicalis suggests organizations embrace two important truths: First, because cybercrime has proven to be a highly profitable venture, everyone has valuable information that criminals want.  And second, eventually, every business will experience some sort of breach.

Before designing and implementing security solutions to mitigate those risks, Logicalis suggests organizations partner with a solution provider experienced in security measures that can perform a vulnerability assessment to identify areas where the organization’s attack surface can be reduced.  Also helpful, the company says, is examining services like Logicalis’ Managed Security offering which can help IT pros focus on their business rather than being distracted by varying degrees of cyber threats and related security posture changes.

“Businesses often put off creating comprehensive security solutions because they fear the price tag, but there’s no need for that,” says Jason Malacko, IT security expert, Logicalis US.  “It’s true that there is no silver bullet.  Security is a process, not a product. People who want to find the ‘one thing’ that will protect their entire organization won’t find that because it doesn’t exist.  That’s because, with mobility and IoT, there is no single perimeter to protect anymore.  Security is more complex than that, and it’s our job as security experts to take that complexity out of the equation while helping our clients protect their digital assets as fully as possible.  But that doesn’t mean people have to deplete their budgets; the key is to match the solution to the client’s actual – rather than perceived – business needs. No one should buy a $1,000 safe to protect a $100 bill.”

10 Security Questions Every CIO Must Be Able to Answer

Cybercrime is an insidious business; it happens in plain sight, avoids detection and causes damage quickly.  There are even cybercrime-as-a-service offerings available to criminals who lack the technical know-how to reap the big jackpots capable of totaling tens of millions of dollars.  So, how do you prepare your organization to overcome an eventual attack? According to Logicalis, the solution begins by answering 10 important questions:

  1. If you knew that your company was going to be breached tomorrow, what would you do differently today?
  2. Has your company ever been breached? How do you know?
  3. What assets am I protecting, what am I protecting them from (i.e., theft, destruction, compromise), and who am I protecting them from (i.e. cybercriminals or even insiders)?
  4. What damage will we sustain if we are breached (i.e., financial loss, reputation, regulatory fines, loss of competitive advantage)?
  5. Have you moved beyond an “inside vs. outside” perimeter-based approach to information security?
  6. Does your IT security implementation match your business-centric security policies? Does it rely on written policies, technical controls or both?
  7. What is your security strategy for IoT (also known as “the Internet of threat”)?
  8. What is your security strategy for “anywhere, anytime, any device” mobility?
  9. Do you have an incident response plan in place?
  10. What is your remediation process? Can you recover lost data and prevent a similar attack from happening again?

Want to Learn More?

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.

Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $6 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

April 19, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Aria Marketing Named Agency of the Year at HITMC 2016

Healthcare-Focused PR Agency Recognized for Achieving Outstanding Results for Clients

Boston, MA – April 14, 2016 – Aria Marketing, a leading healthcare public relations and marketing communications agency, today announced it was named Agency of the Year at the third annual Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference (HITMC). Aria was nominated for the award by longtime client, CynergisTek™, an authority in health information security, privacy and compliance.

CynergisTek, Aria’s partner since 2010, nominated the company for its consistent and impressive results, such as securing coverage in high-profile outlets including: Forbes, POLITICO Pro, Bloomberg BNA, The Hill and CIO.com. Additionally, Aria has been able to drive alignment and continuity between marketing and PR efforts, which has helped increase CynergisTek’s foothold in the healthcare data security and privacy space. Since engaging with Aria, CynergisTek has been featured in approximately 1,000 articles across healthcare and general business outlets, and its senior executives have been selected to speak at over 200 industry events.

“When we saw that HITMC was looking to honor a PR firm, we immediately wanted to nominate Aria based on the team’s many years of stellar work and phenomenal results for CynergisTek,” said Jana Langhorne, Director of Marketing and Sales Support at CynergisTek. “We saw record sales numbers in 2015, which we know were achieved in large-part thanks to Aria’s efforts to position us as a subject matter expert of healthcare privacy, security and compliance. We view Aria as a trusted partner and a true extension of our internal team.”

HITMC is the first-of-its kind healthcare IT marketing and PR conference focused on B2B marketing to doctors, practice managers, and hospital executives. The annual HITMC Agency of the Year award is presented to an agency that offers the best campaigns, creatives, and people that have been doing amazing work in healthcare IT PR or Marketing.

“It was an honor to be awarded Agency of the Year at HITMC,” said Scott Collins, President of Aria Marketing. “Our mission has always been to achieve non-traditional relationships with our clients and work with them as strategic business partners and friends. Being awarded this title by a group of our peers is a true testament to our hard work and commitment over the years.”

“Having experienced first-hand the work Aria does on behalf of its clients, it was no surprise that they were awarded Agency of the Year,” said John Lynn, conference founder. “This agency continues to bring industry-leading ideas and knowledge to its clients, and based on the results garnered for CynergisTek and a multitude of other healthcare companies, we couldn’t imagine awarding the title to any other company.”

To learn more about Aria Marketing and its services, please contact Scott Collins for more information at scollins@ariamarketing.com.

About Aria Marketing

Founded in 1999, Aria Marketing is an integrated, healthcare communications agency providing unmatched industry and strategy expertise, thought leadership-driven PR, compelling creative and superior client service. Aria earned its reputation as healthcare’s leading thought leadership agency from working with some of the biggest, sharpest and most innovative healthcare organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Its services include: strategic planning, branding and positioning services; public relations; social media; and creative services.

April 14, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

NATE, DirectTrust and EHNAC Agree That Consumer Access to Data is Critical Next Step in the Future of Interoperable Health IT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2016) – On Sunday, April 10, 2016, theNational Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) – all organizations with a focus on the success of Direct secure messaging – joined together to talk about interoperability in healthcare.  In a pre-conference workshop affiliated with the 13thAnnual World Health Care Congress, the three organizations presented from three very different perspectives on “The Demand for Secure Interoperable Health Information Exchange: Options and Opportunities 2016,” creating a dynamic that echoed the recurring theme of the complementary nature of the organizations’ work.

Dr. David Kibbe, President and CEO of DirectTrust, led the day with a discussion of the factors and players involved in interoperability in healthcare, including some predictions on the future expansion and contraction of various networks.  Lee Barrett, Executive Director of EHNAC, focused his comments on the potential security risks involved in interoperability and the importance of maintaining a risk management strategy.  Aaron Seib, CEO of NATE, talked about the critical role of the patient in any interoperable exchange of personal health data.  Renee Smith, Global Director of IT Enterprise Planning and Portfolio Management, Walgreens Boots Alliance, ably facilitated the discussion, and Paul Uhrig, EVP, Chief Administrative, Legal & Privacy Officer, Surescripts, provided insightful wrap-up commentary.

By the end of the day, much had been discussed about how to measure interoperability, the degree to which security should be a deciding factor in sharing health data, and the role of providers and others in educating patients about their rights to their own information and the various methods available to them to get that information electronically.  While all three organizations brought very different outlooks and offerings to the discussion, the day signaled a renewed sense of collaboration and understanding that the organizations each have a complementary role to play in the success of Direct as a method of securely transporting confidential information.  Further, it was clear that all three organizations see patient involvement as critical to the path forward.

Some quotes from the day:

Paul Uhrig, EVP, Chief Administrative, Legal & Privacy Officer, Surescripts: “The Federal investment in HIT has certainly been a driver of demand of the technologies that many providers are using, but in the future it is likely we’ll see increased consumer engagement and demand, and that very much will drive different and increased demand for interoperability.”

Lee Barrett, Executive Director, EHNAC: “Today’s patients are much more informed and are a lot smarter on the existing capabilities available for managing their own health. As these consumer tools continue to advance, resolving interoperability challenges across healthcare stakeholders and their products will need to remain a top priority.”

Aaron Seib, CEO, NATE: “Ultimately, the consumer is the only person who is a part of every encounter that they have.  And if they are going to have 100% information awareness to share with their next provider and to participate and actually partner with all their caregivers, not just the ones that are in the HIEs, not just the ones that are using a particular EMR, but every provider that they’re going to get care from , we have to enable them to get data in the app of their choice…”

David Kibbe, MD, MBA, President and CEO, DirectTrust: “I do think there is great potential, and things might happen very fast. This idea of a shared medical record, that is in the control of the individual, that literally drives patients in a different way through the medical system, could emerge almost overnight.”

Renee Smith, Global Director of IT Enterprise Planning and Portfolio Management, Walgreens Boots Alliance: “I look forward to the day, and the day is coming, when the patient or consumer has that empowerment and that technology and the appropriate security… If that’s not why we’re all here, then we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, because that is what success will look like.”

Aaron Seib: “I think we as a nation have been working on the right priorities, in the right order: make this work for doctors, make the data available to consumers, let the consumers decide how to use that data. I believe that three years from now, we’ll see the portion of the population that is most burdened by disease using tools to better manage their care and better partner with their doctors.  The key to get from here to there is not to wait for the perfect solution that satisfies everyone that may never come.”

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Healthcare CRM: Improving Health Outcomes through Better Communication

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Improving patients’ outcomes for the sake of value-based care resembles solving a thousand-color jigsaw puzzle. If you don’t have a perfectionist on your team, get ready for a crooked picture with wrong and missing pieces. In terms of patients’ outcomes, these pieces are communication gaps. But who or what can be the perfectionist to help you solve the puzzle? Think of a healthcare CRM.

CRM’s Place in the Care Delivery Puzzle

Providers might ask “Is it a good idea to perceive patients as clients during the care cycle?” It’s questionable. However, a CRM for healthcare doesn’t serve as a salesman. Rather, it helps caregivers communicate with patients more effectively thanks to understanding patients’ health needs better, assuring regular care cycle activities and preventing complications.

Although important for a wide range of diseases, a CRM-based proactive approach to communicating with patients is especially useful for the following care cases:

  • Post-surgery convalescence period
  • Long-term treatment
  • Chronic disease management

So, let’s find out in detail how a CRM can help tackle these challenges.

Post-surgery Convalescence Period

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Patients going through post-surgery recovery at home can’t receive 24/7 nurturing from surgeons, physicians and nurses. Without professional support, a person may feel anxious or depressed. They can also show signs of careless behavior (skipped medications, overlooked or mistreated emerging symptoms) due to an overall weakness after excision, which can lead to complications or even readmission.

To improve the patient’s outcomes in this case, a healthcare CRM should ensure a constant information flow between the patient and the care team members. Thus, the person will receive EHR-tuned personalized information via e-mails with targeted messages, interactive education materials, reminders to take medications, and more.

The caregivers, in turn, will be able to form a clearer picture of the patient’s current health condition as the CRM will be sending the person surveys about their state or requests to send their surgeon a photo of the incision to evaluate the recovery process.

As a result, the patient will pay attention to their condition, track changes and act more responsibly.

Long-term Treatment and Chronic Disease Management

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In the context of healthcare CRM software, there is no significant difference between chronic diseases and conditions requiring long-term healing. Over the months and years, regular consultations, examinations and procedures define the patient’s regimen.

A healthcare CRM tracks gaps in scheduled appointments and detects interrupted care cases. It sends direct reminders to health specialists so that they can undertake corresponding actions. For example, send an email or make a call. Patients also receive notifications about the missed appointments, being able to schedule new appointments or ask for an advice if they experience new symptoms.

Moreover, with a tight integration to the EHR, the CRM notifies physicians about disturbing lab results (for example, when the HbA1c level has risen). Then, the care team member uses the CRM functionality to recommend the patient schedule an appointment for discussion.

Solving the Care Delivery Puzzle

Patients don’t need to be taken care of all the time, but they still need additional guidance. During the period of recovery from a surgery or in cases of long-term treatment and chronic conditions, patients may feel overwhelmed with multiple checks, tests and procedures.

Even if the care team consists of perfectionists only, health professionals are unable to help every patient on a 24/7 basis and safeguard timely medication intakes, healthy habits or a positive mood. Therefore, the care cycle picture is missing important communication pieces.

So, a healthcare CRM does a very important job by adding the following proactive communication elements to the puzzle:

  • Tracking interrupted care cases and notifying health professionals
  • Alerting medical staff to disturbing values in lab results
  • Sending EHR-based personal emails with brochures and education materials
  • Reminding about taking medications and notifying about scheduled appointments
  • Requesting health status information: photos as well as forms with answers about mood, objective, subjective, vitals and other values

With these elements, caregivers can finally solve the care delivery puzzle by reducing interrupted care cases, complications and readmissions.

This guest blog post is written by Dzianis Zhynko.

March 25, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Medsphere Introduces Mobile OpenVista Enterprise to MOVE Clinicians Away From the Desktop

MOVE makes real-time patient data in the OpenVista EHR available anywhere users have web access

CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable healthcare information technology (IT) solutions, today introduced Mobile OpenVista® Enterprise (MOVE). MOVE liberates OpenVista EHR data from the desktop and enables physicians and clinical staff to work more effectively and efficiently.

MOVE provides secure, mobile, real time access to patient information—medications, allergies, problems, orders, documentation—anywhere a clinician has WiFi or cell coverage. Physicians can use MOVE at home to review medication orders. Nurses can use MOVE at the bedside to record information about a patient’s changing condition. With MOVE, clinicians have information in hand and can answer questions immediately while cutting down on trips to the PC.

MOVE includes NoteAssist, Medsphere’s advanced patient documentation system, enabling robust patient data on mobile devices. Clinicians can speak or type text into the fully templated system, giving flexibility to users and control to administrators. With MOVE, clinicians can start a note in the hallway and seamlessly complete it on the desktop, or start a note on the desktop in the office and finish and sign it from home. For physicians and clinical staff, NoteAssist and MOVE are a liberating combination.

“Without doubt, healthcare IT is moving toward mobility and enhanced, streamlined processes,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “Medsphere is excited about moving OpenVista in that same direction. When you factor in the proven nature of OpenVista and the affordability of our subscription service, Medsphere offers acute and behavioral health hospitals a clearly superior platform without the excessive costs of so many other options.”

Beyond recent enhancements to OpenVista, Medsphere recently expanded the company’s line of products and services via mergers with Phoenix Health Systems and MBS/Net, both now divisions of Medsphere. Phoenix Health Systems is a recognized provider of healthcare IT services, including systems implementation, compliance project management, service desk, end-user device management, infrastructure support, application management and IT leadership. Currently being integrated with OpenVista, MBS/Net’s suite of ambulatory physician enterprise products include a fourth-generation physician practice management system, ambulatory electronic health record (EHR), document management system and an advanced physician practice scheduling application, as well as the company’s established outsourced revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice hardware management services.

Derived from the proven VistA system developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service, OpenVista is a comprehensive EHR platform combining both clinical and financial applications. Medsphere’s Government Services Division also applies extensive knowledge of VistA to development and testing work for the VA and Indian Health Service.

About Medsphere

Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an organization of committed clinical and technology professionals working to make quality healthcare IT solutions accessible to organizations of virtually any size, shape or budget. Medsphere’s OpenVista® is an acute and inpatient behavioral health-oriented portfolio of clinical products and services that leverages the VistA electronic health record (EHR) system developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). Medsphere’s Government Services Division also applies that VistA expertise to development and testing projects for both VA and IHS.

Medsphere’s MBS/Net division enables better ambulatory care via physician practice EHR, revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice management systems and services. Using a vendor-independent approach to helping hospitals solve critical challenges, the Phoenix Health Systems division provides a host of healthcare IT services, including systems implementation, compliance project management, service desk, end-user device management, infrastructure support, application management and IT leadership.

March 17, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Wolters Kluwer Completes First Group of Data Migrations for New Customers Converting to ProVation MD from Olympus EndoWorks

More Than 94,000 Examination Records at Three Facilities Migrated in Less Than 24 Hours

 

March 16, 2016 – The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced it has successfully completed data migrations at three ProVation® MD Gastroenterology customer facilities that converted from Olympus® EndoWorks® in advance of its 2018 retirement. Wolters Kluwer signed agreements last year to replace Olympus EndoWorks with ProVation MD at 86 healthcare facilities.

The data migrations were conducted using the EndoWorks Export Tool developed by Olympus and licensed to Wolters Kluwer, a preferred replacement vendor. Use of the export tool in conjunction with its own proprietary data import tool enabled Wolters Kluwer to successfully migrate an average of nearly 32,000 examination records representing up to 10 years of patient data at each facility. The three data migrations were completed in less than 24 hours combined, with one migration taking just a single hour.

“The success of these data migrations is a key milestone that further solidifies our position as the leading vendor and product of choice for replacing Olympus EndoWorks,” said David A. Del Toro, President & CEO of Clinical Software Solutions at Wolters Kluwer. “Access to the EndoWorks Export Tool is a key differentiator for us as only Olympus-preferred vendors can license the utility. Using the export tool and applying our years of expertise managing clinical data, we’ve proven the speed, accuracy and value of our EndoWorks data migration methodology.”

The only dedicated structured reporting and coding solution that provides clinically relevant, intuitive software for more accurate and complete documentation of procedures, ProVation MD Gastroenterology allows physicians to efficiently capture robust detail from even the most complex procedures. It then automatically generates clear, complete procedure notes and appropriate reimbursement codes, quickly, easily and without dictation. By automatically applying the reimbursement codes and disseminating critical procedural information, ProVation MD ensures appropriate payment, reduces costs and streamlines quality reporting while improving clinical communication and care coordination.

To lessen the impact on its customers as it phases out EndoWorks over three years, Olympus identified ProVation MD and one other software solution as recommended replacements. That means Wolters Kluwer is one of just two vendors able to license an Olympus-developed export utility to seamlessly migrate data from EndoWorks to ProVation MD.

Click here for more information on converting to ProVation MD from Olympus EndoWorks.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2015 annual revenues of €4.2 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.

Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and organization, visithttp://www.wolterskluwer.com/, follow @WKHealth or @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn, or follow WoltersKluwerComms on YouTube.

March 16, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Health Market Science Rebranded as LexisNexis Risk Solutions for Pharmacy Marke

Integration into LexisNexis Health Care Solutions Holds Promise for Unprecedented Data Intelligence Solutions for Retail Pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers

ATLANTA – March 14, 2016 – LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a leading provider of data, analytics and technology, today announced the rebranding of Health Market Science, its most recent acquisition, as LexisNexis Risk Solutions in the Pharmacy market. The rebranding initiative reflects the organization’s commitment to combine its industry-leading public records footprint and prescriber data, leveraging analytics and big data technology in the Pharmacy space.

“Over the last four years, we have charted – and achieved – a very specific course for growth within the health care data analytics market, and the Pharmacy space has been a top priority since day one,” said Jeff Klein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “We are pleased to have partnered with all of the major retail pharmacy chains and the majority of the Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) over the years and look forward to working with them and other industry leaders to forge the future of data analytics in the Pharmacy market.”

The company acquired Health Market Science in 2014, combining public records, claims and medical data with solutions tailored to pharmacies and PBMs, including VerifyRx™, a real-time and compliance validation solution specifically for pharmacies and PBMs and Provider Data Masterfile™, the industry-leading provider referential database of more than 8.5 million U.S. health care practitioners, including prescriber credentials.

“The Pharmacy market, like the rest of the health care industry, is transforming; and big data technology is at the heart of that transformation,” said Craig Ford, Vice President of Sales, Pharmacy, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “LexisNexis Risk Solutions is ready to build on its heritage of quality provider data and lead the Pharmacy market through the maze of compliance requirements and into the brave new world of population health management and socio-economic data.”

In a market with an increasingly stringent and complex regulatory environment, pharmacies without the ability to perform real-time compliance checks put themselves at risk. By combining the industry-leading provider referential database with the company’s public records footprint, analytics and big data technology, LexisNexis Risk Solutions can offer a continuum of prescriber data assets, analytics and services that allow pharmacy customers to remain compliant.  

“It’s a good time for our brand to reflect what LexisNexis Risk Solutions brings to the Pharmacy market in terms of member and patient data assets, visualization, analytics and services that allows Pharmacy and PBM customers to increase member engagement,” said Dan Schofield, Director, Vertical Market, Health Care,  LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

Non-adherence to medication has been estimated to cost the health care industry $290 billion[1] per year, as patients seek hospitalization, expensive treatments or the emergency room for illnesses that could have been properly treated with medication. The combination of member and claims data, analytics and public records data with big data technology, enables pharmacists and PBMs to use socio-economic health attributes to predict and score the member’s motivation to take medication and take ownership over their own care.

About LexisNexis Risk Solutions
LexisNexis Risk Solutions (http://www.lexisnexis.com/risk/) is a leader in providing essential information that helps customers across industries and government predict, assess and manage risk. Combining cutting-edge technology, unique data and advanced analytics, LexisNexis Risk Solutions provides products and services that address evolving client needs in the risk sector while upholding the highest standards of security and privacy. LexisNexis Risk Solutions is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

Our health care solutions combine proprietary analytics, science and technology with the industry’s leading sources of provider, member, claims and public records information to improve cost savings, health outcomes, data quality, compliance and exposure to fraud, waste and abuse.

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[1] New England Health Care Institute, Thinking Outside the Pillbox: A System-wide Approach to Improving Patient Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease, August 2009, http://www.nehi.net/writable/publication_files/file/pa_issue_brief_final.pdf

March 14, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.