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Philips is first to bring adaptive intelligence to radiology, delivering a new approach to how radiologists see, seek and share patient information

  • Introduced at RSNA 2016, new health informatics technology uses data and contextual awareness to optimize the radiologist’s user experience, hanging protocols and workflow
  • Illumeo with adaptive intelligence makes sharing the most relevant patient data with colleagues or referring physicians easy, to support confident diagnoses to improve patient care

Amsterdam, the NetherlandsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced the introduction of Illumeo, a new imaging and informatics technology with adaptive intelligence* that redefines and enhances how radiologists work with medical images. The intelligent software is the first to combine contextual awareness capabilities with advanced data analytics to augment the work of the radiologist. Its built-in intelligence records the radiologists’ preferences and adapts the user interface to assists the clinician by offering tool sets and measurements driven by the understanding of the clinical context. Illumeo aims to enable faster diagnoses, to drive well-informed care decisions and improved patient care. The new technology integrates with existing systems such as Philips IntelliSpace PACS and will eventually extend its workspace efficiency beyond radiology to other domains.

One single view for most relevant case-related information

The new Illumeo technology offers a radically new approach to how radiologists will see, seek and share clinical information, enabling them to provide an even more critical contribution to patient care. Through its Data Analytics Engine, the software provides the radiologist with the most relevant case-related information from various sources in one single view. This holistic ‘Patient Briefing’ includes the patient problem list**, laboratory results, prior radiology reports, imaging orders or scanned documents (such as handwritten referral letters from GPs and referring specialists) obtained from health information systems like the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or Radiology Information Systems (RIS). It integrates and organizes this data and helps radiologists to bridge the stages of diagnosis to treatment to follow-up, while being able to rely on a current, comprehensive patient picture. 

“As the number of patients and complexity of care continues to increase, the amount of data and information we deal with on a daily basis is overwhelming,” said Dr. Eliot Siegel, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology for the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, USA. “In order to help solve this problem, having solutions that streamline information and provide context to what is most relevant to a specific case is critical. This will provide a more efficient workflow, which is key to enabling quicker, more confident diagnoses.”

Anatomy-aware enables smart images and data presentation

Illumeo is also anatomy-aware. Built-in intelligence understands the anatomical context and thus what the radiologist is looking at on the screen. It then automatically suggests the right tool sets (such as tools for easy measurement and analysis of vessels) to help the radiologist focus on the diagnosis***. Its intelligent clinical Semantic Labelling Engine reads and analyses image tags and image series descriptions from a variety of vendors and provides automated semantic labelling with meaningful descriptions. It will make it easier and faster to retrieve specific relevant medical images, and manage their display and quantification. Illumeo is adapting to and remembering radiologists’ preferred hanging protocols: the complex process of organizing and displaying medical images for optimal examination, based on many variables such, modality, body part, available comparison images.

With Illumeo, the radiologist can also generate dynamic reports that can include 3D images or image quantifications based on minimal user input. This information integrates with PACS and can be accessed via EMR systems and can be shared as a multidisciplinary patient information dashboard across the hospital enterprises to facilitate collaboration. The report is designed to be shared with colleagues or the referring physicians and supports the transition of radiology into a ‘value-based’ care delivery model.

“Radiologists are central in the diagnosis process, with a critical role in definitive diagnostics and improvement of patient care,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics, Philips. “By supporting clinicians with adaptive intelligence and providing health IT solutions to foster collaboration between multidisciplinary care teams, we aim to extend the power of their clinical expertise.”

Illumeo with adaptive intelligence’s main highlights include:

  • Contextual relevance – provides the radiologist with meaningful patient data via the ‘Patient briefing’ and is anatomy-aware, to suggest the right tools based on what the user is looking at.
  • Adaptive intelligence – allows for an intelligent, tailored user experience and workflow. It achieves this by recording and reproducing the user’s hanging protocols in a consistent manner.
  • Reduced variability – incorporates guidelines built into the system to remind radiologists of best practices and ultimately assist in standardizing care throughout the institution.
  • Extensibility – integrates easily within existing systems by leveraging the latest interoperability standards (such as HL7 FHIR, DICOM RESTful web service, etc.), in order to present relevant patient data. It is scalable—meaning the platform will grow with an institution as it evolves.  

The new technology will be showcased at booth # 6735 at the RSNA Annual Meeting, taking place Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, in Chicago, Ill. For more information on Philips integrated informatics solutions, visit our clinical informatics webpage.  For details on Philips presence at RSNA 2016, please visit www.philips.com/rsna and follow the conversation @PhilipsLiveFrom and the event hashtag, #RSNA16 for live updates throughout the event.

* Adaptive intelligence is seen as an emerging concept of combining domain specific models and knowledge (e.g. in the field of Radiology) and Artificial Intelligence to create an adaptive and contextual experience, anticipating users and augmenting their work. The current release of Philips Illumeo exhibits the first step into Adaptive Intelligence.

** Work in progress. Not available for sale in the U.S.A.

*** Anatomy awareness supports launch in context of ‘inspection modes’ enabling quantification on the fly suggesting quantification on the fly when hovering over veins. 

December 2, 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.

Amazing Charts Makes Five Predictions for Health IT in 2017

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – December 01, 2016) – Amazing Charts, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for physician practices, today issued five health IT predictions for 2017.

#1 Telemedicine will no longer be futuristic. Contrary to popular belief, telemedicine does not necessarily mean live video conferencing with a physician halfway across the country who lacks a full picture of the patient’s health status. Patients would rather receive “low tech” remote care from a local primary care physician they already know.

Telemedicine happens whenever an EHR system adds to a patient’s clinical chart the messages, pictures, or videos sent securely via smartphone. Use of smartphones for telemedicine will further increase with the introduction of add-on hardware for real-time collection of biometric data such as temperature, blood pressure and pulse.

This trend will be fueled by the expansion of reimbursement for non-face-to-face services. Medicare’s new billing code for Chronic Care Management is just one example of how the future of value-based care is not about 15-minute office visits, but instead keeping patients out of the office with follow-up phone calls about medications and answering patient questions via text.

#2 Practices will focus on reengineering patient access. As part of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is designed to encourage providers to expand patient access with “practice improvement activities,” such as same-day appointments for urgent needs, longer office hours, and after-hours clinician advice.

Physicians also want to shift the responsibilities such as appointment scheduling from the office staff to the patient. Delegating that type of chore to the patient saves the staff time; and, patients not only don’t mind doing the work, they perceive value in self-service options that give them total control.

While tablet-based patient intake solutions have not become widespread because the hardware is costly and requires complex systems integration, simple web forms and PDF attachments can get the job done just as well.

#3 Physicians will get financially creative. A host of factors is pushing independent physicians to be more financially creative. These include the frustrations of making claims to insurance carriers, the new Medicare fee-for-value payments creating uncertainty in gauging reimbursement levels, and burnout with the “corporate medicine” model of seeing dozens of patients each day for lower fees.

One example of financial creativity is the direct care model which establishes a financial relationship between patient and provider, cutting out the middleman of insurance payers. This model includes concierge and direct primary care, where patients become members who pay a fixed monthly fee for unlimited care. There are also a growing number of cash-only practices for walk-in and urgent care.

Beleaguered small practices under financial stress are also looking for novel ways to generate cash. The new rules allowing reimbursement of telemedicine and other non-face-to-face services will encourage physicians to bill for activities they were already doing for free, such as phone calls with patients to discuss medications.

#4 Physicians will opt out of Medicare thanks to MACRA. Like all well-intentioned laws, The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will have unintended consequences. Some providers in small independent practices will either opt-out of Medicare entirely, or decline to accept new Medicare patients if they currently fall below the threshold for exemption (less than $30,000 in Part B billings or 100 Part B patients).

To ease small practices into MACRA, the Final Rule issued by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relaxed many of the requirements for 2017. By 2018, however, MACRA starts to impose more financial risk and stricter reporting requirements with less clarity around the return on investment. Small practices might just drop Medicare altogether and transition to a direct-care practice based on cash, membership, or a hybrid (see prediction #3 above).

#5 EHRs will become more interoperable. The next certification cycle from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) positions the EHR as a secure repository, allowing certified ancillary tools to be “snapped” into it. This will be driven by a new Application Programming Interface (API) called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). FHIR is a more granular way to exchange data without the rigid workflow of traditional Health Level Seven International (HL7).

Providers will benefit from the broader choice of technology solutions that can be used alongside the EHR to improve overall outcomes. Amazing Charts is currently developing a FHIR API to connect our EHR with other best-of-breed vendors for solutions such as population health management. This way small practices can leverage their investments in EHR systems to the maximum extent possible.

Furthermore, MIT researchers have proposed a cryptocurrency-backed system (like Bitcoin), called MedRec, for managing medical records that use the Ethereum blockchain. It is a novel, decentralized record management system for EHRs that uses blockchain technology to manage authentication, confidentiality, accountability, and data sharing.

About Amazing Charts

Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 7,100 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 275,000 clinicians since 1995. Visit www.amazingcharts.com for more information.

Amazing Charts is a trademark of Amazing Charts, LLC. All products or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

December 1, 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.

UCSF Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Partners with referralMD to Reduce Patient Wait Times

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (November 15, 2016) – ReferralMD is proud to announce a partnership with the University of California at San Francisco, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (UCSF-OMS). UCSF has implemented ReferralMD’s leading enterprise patient access platform in order to lower their patient wait times, provide regular feedback to referring providers, prevent lost referrals, and centralize their referral management process.

UCSF-OMS previously received faxed referrals from hundreds of referring providers, converted them to PDFs and then stored them in shared folders. This process was inefficient and error-prone, leading to lost referrals and no time to provide status updates to referring providers.

After 90 days of using the ReferralMD platform, UCSF-OMS saw the following changes:

–        48% lower waiting times

–        100% staff adoption

–        Ability to automate appointment status updates to 395 referral sources

–        0 lost referrals

“As a high-volume group practice we receive referrals through a variety of channels,” said Jake Blackshear, Department Manager at UCSF-OMS. “ReferralMD consolidates these channels into a single interface and automates much of the follow up. Our staff is saving time and our referring providers are getting better service. It’s a win-win.”

“The industry shift to value-based healthcare drives the importance of partnership and collaboration among health systems” said Jonathan Govette, co-founder and CEO of ReferralMD. “We are excited to partner with a best-of-breed institution like UCSF to improve patient access and communication for its’ community network.”

About UCSF-OMS

The UCSF Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is one of four academic departments in the School of Dentistry. In addition to a significant role in the education of both dental and medical students, the department operates clinics, research labs and residency programs across five core areas: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Implants,Orofacial Pain and Sleep Dentistry, Hospital Dentistry and Pain Research

The University of California, San Francisco, is a center of health sciences research, patient care, and education devoted solely to graduate education and located in San Francisco, California.” UCSF is ranked 3rd among research-oriented medical schools in the United States and ranked 3rd for primary care by U.S. News and World Report, making it the only medical school to achieve a top-5 ranking in both categories.

About ReferralMD

ReferralMD improves collaboration and patient access between health systems by providing communication tools with clinical decision support for expedited physician-to-physician (P2P) e-consults and referrals. Please visit www.getreferralmd.com to learn more.

November 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.

CareCloud Completes $31.5 Million Series C Funding Round to Further Modernize Healthcare

MIAMI, FL – (November 15, 2016) – CareCloud, the platform for high-growth medical groups, today announced an oversubscribed $31.5 million Series C funding round, including new investments by diversified financial services leader The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) and commerce technology giant First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC). Blue Cloud Ventures joined as a new investor and led the round. CareCloud will use the capital to rapidly scale its team and its clinical and financial platform as it transforms how physician practices modernize the patient experience and deliver value-based care.

“The healthcare sector is evolving quickly, especially with respect to patient engagement and consumerism,” said James G. Graham, Head of Treasury Management at PNC. “Our team brings to bear deep industry knowledge and sophisticated treasury management capabilities for our customers. Aligning with CareCloud will help both of us continue to lead the way with physicians’ practices and patients.”

“We are excited to partner with Ken Comée and the team at CareCloud as they continue to deliver on their vision of providing the healthcare industry’s best-in-class, cloud-based, comprehensive technology platform,” added Mir Arif, partner at Blue Cloud Ventures.

CareCloud supports medical practices through a flexible and powerful cloud-based platform that streamlines workflow and supports more efficient and effective patient engagement. The platform modernizes revenue cycle management, practice management (PM), electronic health record (EHR) and patient engagement activities within high-performance medical groups.

CareCloud’s technology is tailored to medical groups focused on expanding operations and advancing patient care, especially in cardiology, general surgery, orthopedics, dermatology, ophthalmology, neurology, internal medicine, urology and family medicine specialties. Pairing award-winning design with deep clinical and billing expertise, CareCloud offers integrated clinical and financial technology that adapts to varied payment models. By using an open API architecture powered by the most advanced app platform in healthcare, the company enables rapid deployment of innovative solutions for patients and development of EHR and clinical tools designed to address physician workflows.

“We’re modernizing the healthcare experience for both physicians and patients at the precise point where care happens — the medical practice,” said Ken Comée, CEO at CareCloud. “To simplify and improve the process of delivering and financing healthcare within a rapidly changing ecosystem, you need a technology platform that is flexible with tools as easy to use as we see in banking, shopping and our other everyday activities. We couldn’t imagine better partners than PNC and First Data working with us to reimagine healthcare commerce for physicians and patients alike.”

CareCloud is working to address new opportunities in patient consumerization and value-based care, accelerating market trends that are detailed in a new briefing paper released today: “The New Medical Economy.” Healthcare market dynamics are shifting; patients are becoming more directly responsible for an increasing percentage of costs (as much as 25 percent, according to the AMA) through the rise of high-deductible health plans and changes in the health insurance marketplace. At the same time, medical groups are seeing new opportunities for innovation in a landscape of regulatory uncertainty.

CareCloud’s prior investors all participated in the round, including Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Tenaya Capital and Adams Street Partners. The company previously entered into a debt financing agreement with Wellington Financial to provide access to additional growth capital.

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About CareCloud

CareCloud is the leading provider of cloud-based revenue cycle management, practice management (PM), electronic health record (EHR) and patient engagement solutions for high-performance medical groups. CareCloud helps clients increase profitability, streamline workflow and improve patient care nationwide. The company currently manages more than $4 billion in annualized accounts receivable on its integrated clinical and financial platform. To learn more about CareCloud, visit www.carecloud.com.

About PNC

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About Blue Cloud Ventures

Blue Cloud Ventures (BCV) is a New York–based growth equity fund focused on providing flexible capital to innovative cloud-based enterprise software companies. Within three years, BCV has raised two sequential funds, backed 20 market-leading software companies and differentiated itself with its unique investment strategy of providing right-sized financing to target gaps in the growth and late stage funding markets. For more information, visit www.bluecloudventures.com

November 15, 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.

Vital Enters into an Agreement to Acquire Innovative Healthcare Informatics Company, Karos Health

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vital Images, Inc. (Vital), a Minneapolis-based enterprise medical imaging and informatics company, has entered into an agreement to acquire Karos Health (Karos), an innovative global healthcare informatics company.

The acquisition will allow Vital and Karos to offer customers and OEM partners a robust imaging and informatics solution-set. The combined technologies provide a customer-centric, modular platform that allows hospital systems to solve a broad set of enterprise imaging challenges without requiring large-scale, disruptive PACS replacement of existing systems. The combined organizations will build on Karos’ vast experience in enabling healthcare interoperability, while Vital will continue its market leadership in advanced visualization, diagnostic viewing and image-processing algorithms to support personalized medicine.

“Karos Health’s solution-set enables collaboration between healthcare providers and patient engagement, while providing secure access to complete the patient’s health record – anytime, anywhere,” says Jim Litterer, president and CEO of Vital Images. “Karos’ technology allows Vital to provide one modular solution, giving CIOs globally the ability to adapt and grow their service delivery without disrupting existing investments.”

The non-disruptive approach championed by both Vital and Karos enables hospital systems to optimize diagnostic imaging workflows and deliver enterprise-wide imaging information to the EMR, helping to improve both patient and business outcomes.

Rick Stroobosscher, CEO of Karos Health, adds “From a marketplace perspective, this transaction will deliver a comprehensive solution to help hospital systems confidently navigate the global move towards personalized medicine, population health and the requirements of value-based care.”

Statement from Jim Litterer, president and CEO of Vital
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Statement from Paul Markham, VP Marketing at Vital
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About Karos Health
Karos Health is focused on elevating the quality of patient care by enabling the sharing and storing of clinical information. Karos’ Rialto platform empowers healthcare enterprises to enable cross-community access to information, facilitating collaboration between healthcare providers and patients. Karos’ EasyViz is a breakthrough product for image display, delivering diagnostic quality imaging information when and where needed. Rialto and EasyViz are based on open standards that ensure safe and secure handling of patient health information and is backed by a team with decades of experience in healthcare interoperability. For more information about Karos, visit www.karoshealth.com.

About Vital Images, Inc.
Vital Images, Inc., a Toshiba Medical Systems Group company, is a leading provider of diagnostic imaging and enterprise informatics solutions to help healthcare organizations deliver exceptional care while optimizing resources across multi-facility organizations. The company’s solutions are scalable to meet the unique needs of hospitals and imaging centers and are accessible throughout the enterprise anytime, anywhere. For more information, visitwww.vitalimages.com or join the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

November 3, 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.

Vocera Acquires Extension Healthcare

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), the leading healthcare communications company, today announced that it has acquired Extension Healthcare for approximately $55 million in an all-cash transaction. Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Extension Healthcare is a leading provider of clinical, event-driven communication and workflow collaboration software for the hospital environment.

The strengths of the two companies and their solutions will deepen interoperability of the Vocera Communication Platform with more than 120 clinical systems, including electronic health records (EHRs), physiologic monitors, enterprise clinical systems, and biomed devices such as ventilators.  It will also extend the scalability of the enterprise-class platform and enable stronger person-to-person and system-to-person workflows within a single system from a single vendor.  The addition of Extension Healthcare’s complementary software to the Vocera Communication Platform creates the most powerful and complete mobile communication and collaboration platform on the market.

“This acquisition extends the power of Vocera’s software platform for hospitals and health systems seeking one partner for all of their care team collaboration, workflow and communication needs,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “In addition to offering a powerful combination of technology, Vocera and Extension Healthcare share a mission to improve care delivery, efficiency and safety, while also improving the lives of patients, families and care teams around the world.”

Todd Plesko, co-founder and CEO of Extension Healthcare said, “It’s inspiring to be part of healthcare’s next generation of technology that simplifies and improves care team collaboration. With our visions aligned and software platforms combined, this new endeavor will make a positive and lasting impact on healthcare delivery.”

Founded in 2009, Extension Healthcare is known in the market for its clinical integration software solution Engage, which features an advanced clinical rules engine that unifies data from multiple sources simultaneously, enables prioritization of notifications, adds patient context, and sends messages to the right care team members on their mobile devices. The Engage platform allows clinicians to be away from the bedside while staying informed about their patients. As a result of faster care team response times and reduced noise, patients report higher satisfaction. Similarly, using information from location tracking systems, Engage helps reduce interruption fatigue and unnecessary alarms by detecting the presence of a nurse at the patient’s bedside.

Selected by more than 230 healthcare customers, the Engage software platform has enabled multi-disciplinary care teams to improve response times, minimize interruption fatigue, and reduce patient falls, among other benefits. The intuitive technology offers widespread interoperability and will expand Vocera’s product portfolio, differentiate its competitive position, increase its customer base, and expand the company’s market reach.

Vocera and Extension Healthcare have collaborated many times and share more than 40 hospital customers across the United States, including several medical centers within the Veterans Health Administration. The acquisition will enable Vocera to expand customer relationships and grow software revenue faster by providing highly relevant cross-selling opportunities. In addition, the complete solution will better position Vocera to win more large system-wide deals, according to Lang.

Berkery Noyes served as the exclusive financial advisor to Extension Healthcare on the transaction.

About Vocera
Vocera Communications, Inc. offers the most robust clinical communications system in healthcare. Vocera delivers secure, integrated and intelligent communication solutions that enable care teams to collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, in the right location, at the right time. Vocera solutions provide hands-free voice communication, secure text messaging, patient engagement tools, and integrated clinical workflow with EHRs, nurse call systems and physiological monitors.  These solutions help improve operational efficiency, quality of care, safety and satisfaction across the continuum of care. In addition to technology solutions, Vocera drives thought leadership and new standards in care to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network. Vocera is led by President and CEO Brent Lang and is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Robert J. Zollars is the Chairman of the Board. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

The Vocera logo is a trademark of Vocera Communications, Inc. Vocera® is a trademark of Vocera Communications, Inc. registered in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners.

About Extension Healthcare
Extension Healthcare’s Engage™ “one platform” approach improves clinical communication, collaboration, care coordination, and workflow with a specific focus on reducing unnecessary clinical interruptions and improving response to critical patient events. With what is traditionally accomplished using several vendors and platforms, Extension combines comprehensive alarm management with secure communications on a single platform. The Extension platform intelligently notifies clinicians about real-time patient events through context-driven notifications to smartphones and other common mobile communication devices. Designed for enabling situational awareness and timely information sharing across care teams inside and outside the hospital, Engage aggregates alarm, patient, and care team data from a variety of systems including physiologic monitors, nurse call and lab systems, electronic health records (EHRs), and location sensing technologies and sends relevant information to enhance the usefulness of alarm and alert notifications. Leveraging the common platform that is purpose built for extensive integration and data aggregation, the Engage Mobile secure texting solution helps to expedite care coordination in response to events. With proven integrations and interoperability selected by more than 230 customers, Extension Healthcare has become a leading solution for improving care quality and patient and caregiver experiences.

October 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.

Zimmer Biomet Acquires RespondWell® Telerehabilitation Platform for Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions™

Clinician-Supervised, At-Home Rehabilitation Program Delivers Personalized Physical Therapy Regimen and Outcomes Tracking

(WARSAW, IN) October 27, 2016—Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH), a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced the acquisition of RespondWell®, an award-winning telerehabilitation technology designed to provide personalized, clinician-supervised post-surgical physical therapy in the comfort of a patient’s home. The acquisition strengthens the Company’s recently announced Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions™ commercial offering by integrating a comprehensive, at-home telerehabilitation capability designed to enhance patient compliance with physical therapy and improve the quality of recovery.

“The new value-based reimbursement environment compels hospitals and providers to assume responsibility for patient outcomes well after discharge and through the critical rehabilitation period,” said David Nolan, Group President, Biologics, Extremities, Sports Medicine, Surgical, Trauma, Foot and Ankle and Office Based Technologies. “Integrating an innovative and comprehensive telerehabilitation program into our Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions offering addresses the emerging need for healthcare providers to oversee and optimize post-surgical recovery outcomes in order to maximize value across the entire episode of care.”

“I believe RespondWell’s innovative telerehabilitation platform will help our clinical care team enhance the quality and outcomes of post-op patient care by providing an interactive and motivating physical therapy experience that encourages patient engagement and compliance to physical therapy in a convenient environment, the patient’s home,” said Ronald A. Navarro, M.D., Regional Coordinating Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Kaiser Permanente.

Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions is a strategically-curated suite of technologies and services designed to help hospitals and providers streamline delivery of care and succeed in today’s value-based reimbursement environment. The Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions remote rehabilitation platform, known as Therapy@Home, features a personalized rehabilitation plan designed by a patient’s clinical care team, video-gaming-style exercise system with on-screen digital instructors to coach and encourage patients, and built-in reward features earned through increased patient participation and consistency. The system also allows the patient’s clinical care team to remotely monitor patient progress and activity and digitally communicate with the patient, potentially reducing the costs associated with follow-up visits and clinic-based rehabilitation programs. Zimmer Biomet is currently launching research partnerships for the Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions suite at selected academic research institutions in the U.S., with a broader commercial release scheduled for 2017.

“Telerehabilitation represents the future of optimal and efficient post-surgical patient care, and we are excited to integrate our remote rehabilitation platform into the Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions suite,” said Ted Spooner, Co-founder and CEO of RespondWell.

About Zimmer Biomet

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer Biomet is a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare. We design, manufacture and market orthopaedic reconstructive products; sports medicine, biologics, extremities and trauma products; office based technologies; spine, craniomaxillofacial and thoracic products; dental implants; and related surgical products.

We collaborate with healthcare professionals around the globe to advance the pace of innovation. Our products and solutions help treat patients suffering from disorders of, or injuries to, bones, joints or supporting soft tissues. Together with healthcare professionals, we help millions of people live better lives.

We have operations in more than 25 countries around the world and sell products in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.zimmerbiomet.com or follow Zimmer Biomet on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zimmerbiomet.

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 Global Survey: Digital Brings Fresh Challenges for Three-Fourths of CIOs

Solution Provider Says Distributed IT, Shadow IT Departments, and Data Security Risks Are Top of Mind for IT Leaders as Businesses Respond to Threats from Digital Disrupters Worldwide

NEW YORK, October 24, 2016 – A new study by Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), examined the significant challenges facing CIOs worldwide as they enable businesses in every market segment to respond to threats posed by digital disrupters like Uber and Airbnb.  The 2016 Logicalis Global CIO Survey, now in its fourth year, polled over 700 CIOs worldwide. According to the survey, distributed IT, shadow IT departments and data security are among the biggest issues facing CIOs today. Download a copy of the report, “Digital Enablers: The Challenges Facing CIOs in an Age of Digital Transformation,” here: http://ow.ly/sRjQ305o2f1.

The Logicalis study also revealed that the pace of digital transformation is gathering speed with 73 percent of firms around the world, to some extent, now calling themselves “digitally enabled.” Overall, the survey showed that digital adoption conforms to an innovation bell curve in which:

  • Digitally enabled innovators, or digital disrupters, now account for 7 percent of businesses.
  • Early adopters comprise 22 percent of businesses worldwide.
  • An early majority accounts for 45 percent of firms, while 22 percent fall into the late majority category.
  • And laggards, or those not digitally enabled at all, account for just 5 percent of businesses around the globe.

“This speaks both to the huge benefits that digital transformation brings,” says Mark Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Logicalis Group, “but also to the scale of the challenge posed by digital disrupters and early transformers – while such a rapid transformation almost certainly means big changes for CIOs and IT departments.”

Big Challenges for CIOs

This rapidly changing environment does indeed pose big challenges for CIOs, the survey found.  CIOs have, for instance, less control over IT spending than ever before – 40 percent of CIOs now say they make 50 percent or fewer of their companies’ IT spending decisions.

This trend is also reflected in the frequency with which CIOs are bypassed altogether – with line of business buying technology without involving IT at all.  The proportion reporting that this happens often, very often or most of the time has risen from 29 percent in 2015 to 39 percent in 2016.

Distributed IT and the Shadow IT Department

One result of this loss of control is a move away from centralized IT, with more and more CIOs now operating in “distributed” IT environments.  Perhaps surprisingly, this decentralization of IT, which is a natural extension of “shadow IT,” is no longer seen as subversive, however, and is instead viewed as a positive and essential element of digital transformation.

For example, though the vast majority of CIOs (83 percent) report that line of business departments now employ IT people whose role is to support business function-specific software, applications and cloud services – essentially acting as shadow IT departments – CIOs seem content to work with them.  In fact, more than one-fifth of the world’s IT leaders (22 percent) report working with these “shadow IT departments” on a daily basis, while 41 percent report doing so at least weekly.

“The challenge for IT departments and CIOs is to find ways to support these specialists effectively,” says Vince DeLuca, Chief Executive Officer, Logicalis US, “securing the infrastructure, applications and vital data without stifling the ‘shadow innovation’ their skills support.”

Security Challenges

Together, the combination of the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed IT, and the increased pervasiveness of applications into the very core of the business – along with an ever-evolving threat landscape – represents a perfect security storm.

As a result, the CIOs surveyed cited security as far and away the biggest challenge related to the increased use of cloud services.  More than three quarters (78 percent) pointed to security as a challenge, with related issues like data sovereignty (47 percent) and local data regulations (37 percent) coming in second and third.

Looking at security threats in more detail, CIOs expect the prevalence of increasingly sophisticated threats (61 percent) to be the No. 1 issue for the next 12 months, while issues like ransomware and corporate extortion were highlighted by more than half (56 percent).

Looking Outside for Help

The sheer range of issues facing CIOs as a result of their organizations’ digital transformation means the pressure to hand off day-to-day technology management, to focus on strategy, and to reframe IT departments as internal service providers is now greater than ever.

In response, CIOs are increasingly seeking partner-led and partner-delivered services.  This year, one-fourth (24 percent) of the CIOs surveyed say they outsource most (more than 50 percent) of their IT, while the number outsourcing none or just 10 percent of their IT has dropped dramatically – falling respectively to 9 percent (compared to 13 percent in 2015) and 19 percent (compared to 26 percent in 2015).

“As digital innovation accelerates, the winners will create new customer experiences, make faster and better decisions through smarter collaboration, and create new digital business models and revenue streams securely,” Rogers says. “CIOs and IT leaders can play a leading role in enabling that innovation, drawing on skills from insightful partners to help shape their businesses and lead their sectors through the application of digital technologies.  I am delighted that Logicalis is already helping clients to plan their digital journeys, releasing the creativity that runs through their workforces and using digital technology to deliver outstanding results.”

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

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

October 24, 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.

Fourth Annual Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference Opens Registration

The fourth annual Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference (HITMC) 2017, hosted by HealthcareScene.com, announced today that registration is now open to the healthcare information technology marketing and public relations community. The event takes place April 5-7 at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel.

“This year’s HITMC will be more interactive than ever before. Dozens of hands-on, comprehensive sessions presented by leading thinkers in healthcare IT marketing and PR are already booked,” said John Lynn, editor and founder of the nationally renowned blog network HealthcareScene.com. “Over three power-packed days, hundreds of our industry’s sharpest minds will gain the latest intelligence in content marketing, marketing automation, event marketing, public relations, branding and much more. Just as important is the rare opportunity to network and collaborate with peers.”

Register before Nov. 1 to take advantage of early-bird savings of $500.

The Call for Speakers also will remain open through Oct. 31, offering an opportunity for top pros to share expertise and practical takeaways for success, while gaining exposure and credibility as industry forerunners. The HITMC 2016 conference schedule included sessions such as a storytelling workshop on writing “killer” case studies, innovation practices in social media content creation, relevant digital marketing strategies, best practices in marketing measurement, and the “secret sauce” of successful go-to market strategies. The HITMC 2017 conference will build on those sessions.

“HITMC is a conference like no other. It is a unique gathering of health IT marketing insiders where you learn the latest industry trends, swap best practices and share success stories,” noted Colin Hung, vice president of marketing at Stericycle Communication Solutions. “This is the only conference where you can connect with healthcare IT marketing peers in a relaxed yet educational setting. I always come away from HITMC inspired and energized.”

Health IT PR professionals also gain insights during the three-day event. “I’ve attended many conferences, but HITMC is the most relevant one for me and the work I do on a day-to-day basis as a healthcare PR professional. Plus, I was able to share valuable takeaways with my team,” said Tara Auclair, senior marketing communications manager at Modernizing Medicine.

HITMC 2017 sponsors currently committed include: Studio North, Official Media Sponsor AgencyTen22, Dodge Communications,Lumeno Marketing, Aria Marketing, ClarityQuest Marketing, Anderson Interactive and NPC Creative Services, LLC. “More sponsors are expected to join the list,” said Lynn. “We’re tremendously grateful to these stellar organizations for their generous support.”

For those interested in sponsoring the event, browse the full list of sponsor opportunities or check out the sponsorship matrix for a quick view of the options.

“Agency Ten22 is honored to be the official media partner for HITMC 2017—the healthcare IT industry’s only exclusive event for marketing and PR professionals employed by agencies, vendors or consultants,” said Beth Friedman, founder and president of Agency Ten22. “HITMC is the must-attend event for my staff to learn new insights—whether creating superior online presence and meaningful content, maximizing digital platforms, measuring efforts or improving media pitching. HITMC helps us all achieve our clients’ marketing and public relations goals!”

Healthcare Scene is a network of influential healthcare IT blogs and health IT career resources that cover everything from electronic health records to mobile health. Healthcare Scene has published nearly 11,000 blog posts, accruing 18 million views and approximately 50,000 email subscribers. Healthcare Scene is the proud organizer of the annual Health IT Marketing and PR Conference.

To learn more about the event, visit HealthITMarketingConference.com and register to attend.

October 20, 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.

KHIN and HIETexas establish connection; enhance medical care across state lines

TOPEKA, Kan. – October 18, 2016 – Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) has expanded its horizons, as well as connections, to the South.

Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), renowned as one of the largest, most successful Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) in the country announced that it is now connected to Health Information Exchange Texas (HIETexas), a “network of networks,” made available by the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). THSA connects local HIEs within Texas to each other and with networks across the nation through the eHealth Exchange.

“KHIN is pleased to connect to HIETexas through the eHealth Exchange which is a secure, nationwide connectivity network,” said Laura McCrary, Ed.D and Executive Director of KHIN. “Many Kansas patients receive care in Texas. This connection helps to ensure that Texas physicians have all of the patients’ health records from Kansas and vice versa.”

There are several hospitals and clinics in Texas that are now connected to KHIN. This not only benefits patients who have or will receive care in both Texas and Kansas, it also helps Kansas and Texas providers meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements for Meaningful Use.

“The connection between HIETexas and KHIN will enhance medical care by connecting hundreds of hospitals and thousands of doctors across state lines,” said George Gooch, Chief Executive Officer of THSA. “Many Kansas residents travel to Texas for advanced medical treatments at one of the state’s world-class medical facilities and this connection will allow those patients’ healthcare providers to have immediate access to information they need to make better informed decisions.”

“This critical health information improves patient safety and reduces duplicative tests as Texas physicians know what healthcare a patient has already received in Kansas,” said McCrary. “We are looking forward to completing our next eHealth Exchange connection with the Veteran’s Administration.”

About Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)

KHIN’s mission is to improve health care quality, coordination and efficiency through the exchange of health information at the point of care utilizing a secure electronic network provided by a collaboration of health care organizations. KHIN is a provider led 501(c)3. It draws users from a broad geographical area and aligns with state data sources to support cost effective delivery of services. It supports and integrates with community and medical trading area efforts to drive care coordination and workflow changes creating a climate to encourage innovation. Its goals are to ensure providers, patients and communities have long-term access to cost effective, sustainable health information exchange aligned with costs distributed across a broad user base. It also encourages and removes barriers so communities and regions can focus on quality improvement, patient centered medical home and entrepreneurial strategies that effect local health outcomes. For more information, visit www.khinonline.org.

About Texas Health Services Authority (THSA)

The Texas Health Services Authority is responsible for coordinating the implementation of health information exchange (HIE) in Texas. The THSA was created by the Texas legislature in 2007 as a public-private partnership, legally structured as a non-profit corporation, to support the improvement of the Texas health care system by promoting and coordinating HIE and health information technology throughout the state to ensure that the right information is available to the right health care providers at the right times. For more information, visit www.HIETexas.org.

October 18, 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.