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Mana Health Launches ManaCreate™ to Enable Agile and Efficient Commercialization of Healthcare IT Innovations

First Platform Targeted to Health System Innovation Groups to Spur Faster, More Cost Effective Innovation

NEW YORK, NY, September 27, 2016 — Mana Health, a leading technology provider for healthcare data access solutions, announced today the availability of ManaCreate, a technology and support solution designed to enable faster and more cost effective commercialization of healthcare innovation. Targeted to innovation and IT groups within health systems and hospitals, ManaCreate supports the process for testing and integration of new applications to support a more agile innovation process.

“A cardiologist envisions treating patients faster with the right data points and providing targeted content. She is certain that with this experience she can improve outcomes.  With ManaCreate™ and an efficient development team, she can expedite the design process, integrate all the right data, and move into deployment mode faster for the betterment of healthcare,” explained Chris Bradley, co-founder, Mana Health.

Bringing any new healthcare IT system to market generally requires the same basic process of developing a first phase of a workable product, conducting testing, going to live deployment – in a HIPAA Compliant environment, and ultimately creating a minimal viable product (MVP). This can not only be time consuming but costly, with the typical new integration can be $200,000 to upwards of $500,000.

ManaCreate successfully removes the barriers of data flow by instantly providing a test environment that is pre-loaded with test patients, with a well-documented API and developer support, and the ability to switch to live data at any time using the production level ManaCloud™ platform. Specific features of the ManaCreate service include the following:

  • Thousands of test patients’ worth of clinical data
  • Ability to import additional custom records from your facility
  • Developer-friendly API, support, and documentation portal
  • Seamless path to EHR integration and live deployment
  • HIPAA-compliant data management

“As developers ourselves, it’s a passion for us to help reduce the barriers to innovation in healthcare. We created a health IT sandbox that enables anyone – from innovation teams at health systems and pharma companies to healthcare accelerators – to test new digital health services without the heavy lifting of creating deep integrations at the outset,” said Bradley. “To allow innovation to flourish in healthcare, more flexible systems are needed for the ‘test and learn’ process, along with more robust data output, and this is exactly what ManaCreate™ provides,” said Bradley.

ManaCreate becomes the third pillar of data access solutions from Mana Health, which also include ManaCloud and ManaPortal patient portal.  The ManaCloud architecture is the foundation of ManaCreate, and Mana Portal, an award winning untethered meaningful use patient portal.

ManaCreate is commercially available and being sold throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.manahealth.com/ManaCreate.

About Mana Health
Mana Health is a technology solutions company that enables streamlined data access in healthcare. Based in New York City, our solutions are deployed to major healthcare clients reaching hundreds of hospitals and millions of patients. Our passionate team has over 100 combined years of experience deploying software technology into large-scale enterprises in the healthcare, telecom, and government verticals. We are a member of the CommonWell Health Alliance and proud to be featured in publications such as HIT consultant, Health Data Management, Information Week, and more. To learn more about Mana Health, visit www.manahealth.com.

September 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.

InstaMed Announces $50 Million Investment From Carrick Capital Partners

Capital to Drive the Growth of the InstaMed Network

PHILADELPHIA, PA and NEWPORT BEACH, CA (September 26, 2016)– InstaMed, healthcare’s most trusted payments network, today announced a $50 million investment from Carrick Capital Partners, an investment firm jointly based in Newport Beach and San Francisco, CA that focuses on technology-enabled businesses including SaaS, BPO and Transaction Processing.

The investment will be used to drive the growth of the InstaMed Network, accelerate go-to-market strategy and drive further innovation in healthcare payments technology. InstaMed’s solutions enable providers and payers to manage all of their healthcare payments on a single platform, integrated into any healthcare IT system. As consumer healthcare payment responsibility continues to soar, InstaMed’s innovative solutions offer ways for providers and payers to address the demands of consumerism while maintaining the highest levels of security and compliance.

“We are very excited to be working with InstaMed President and CEO Bill Marvin and his team, who are revolutionizing healthcare payments by simplifying the experience for providers, payers and consumers,” said Jim Madden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Carrick Capital Partners. “We identified InstaMed as part of our thematic sourcing efforts in healthcare technology and recognized the value of their unique single-technology platform, network effect business model and relentless focus on security and compliance,” he added.

Madden will join the InstaMed board of directors, and Chris Wenner, a Vice President at Carrick Capital Partners, will become an observer to the board of directors.

“We are thrilled to partner with Carrick Capital Partners and benefit from their deep experience in the healthcare marketplace,” said Bill Marvin, Co-Founder, President and CEO of InstaMed. “Carrick’s investment and experience will help drive the growth of the InstaMed Network and enhance the healthcare payment experience for providers, payers and consumers.”

Cowen and Company served as InstaMed’s sole financial advisor.

About InstaMed
InstaMed is healthcare’s most trusted payments network, connecting providers, payers and consumers on one platform. The InstaMed Network connects over two-thirds of the market and processes tens of billions of dollars in healthcare payments annually. InstaMed reduces the risks, costs and complexities of working with multiple payment vendors by delivering one platform for all forms of payment in healthcare, designed and developed on one code base and supported by one onshore team of experts in healthcare payments. InstaMed enables providers to collect more money from patients and payers while reducing the cost and time to collect. InstaMed allows payers to cut settlement and disbursement costs with electronic payments and facilitate consumerism for their members. Visit InstaMed on the web at www.instamed.com.
About Carrick Capital Partners
Headquartered in San Francisco and Newport Beach, Carrick Capital Partners is a growth-oriented investment firm that utilizes ABV (Approach to Building Value) to operationally scale fast-growing, technology-enabled businesses. Carrick adds value by taking a concentrated approach and dedicating significant resources post-investment. Leveraging decades of experience, Carrick helps scale great companies that deliver excellent returns for investors, stimulating economic growth and positively impacting the industry landscape. Working directly with CEOs and entrepreneurs, Carrick fulfills a vital need for investment capital and growth expertise.

 

September 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.

Huntzinger Management Group Announces Acquisition of Next Wave Health Advisors

SCRANTON, Pa.–The Huntzinger Management Group, Inc. (Huntzinger), a leader in healthcare advisory, managed, implementation, and supplemental staffing services, announced the acquisition of Next Wave Health Advisors, LLC (the Advisors). Founding Partner Bob Kitts, Chief Executive Officer of Huntzinger, made the announcement.

As part of Huntzinger, the Advisors will assist in providing healthcare advisory and managed services consulting. The Advisors will staff key advisory and managed services engagements with Huntzinger. Additionally, the Advisors will be actively involved in collaborating with Huntzinger leadership to formulate services most needed by and beneficial to the healthcare IT market.

The Advisors are a select group of experts who have helped shape the healthcare IT industry for the past several decades, and includes:

  • Frank Clark
  • Skip Hubbard
  • Ed Kopetsky
  • Peter Johnson
  • Rose Ann Laureto
  • Bill Montgomery
  • David Muntz
  • Sue Schade
  • Bill Spooner
  • Lynn Vogel
  • Jim Wagner
  • Eric Yablonka

“Huntzinger is a leader within the Healthcare IT industry. With the addition of the Advisors, Huntzinger has significantly expanded our knowledge base and resources within our advisory and managed service offerings. The Advisors and Huntzinger together provide sustainable strategic solutions for the healthcare IT industry,” stated Tanya Freeman, Huntzinger’s President, Chief Operating Officer, and Founding Partner.

Ivo Nelson, healthcare information pioneer, investor, and former Next Wave Health Advisors’ Chairman commented, “Finding the right partner for these preeminent healthcare leaders was our top priority, and Huntzinger is exactly such a partner.” He added, “Now there is a sound home for not only the current Advisors, but for future healthcare IT thought leaders as well.”

About The Huntzinger Management Group, Inc.
Huntzinger provides advisory, managed services, implementation, and supplemental staffing services to the healthcare industry. We focus on clinical and operational business performance optimization by ensuring alignment between IT, clinical, and ambulatory areas to position our healthcare clients for the future. For more information, visitwww.huntzingergroup.com.

About Next Wave Health Advisors, LLC.
The Advisors are preeminent leaders in healthcare information technology. Our team of executives played central roles in forming the modern-day HIT landscape over the past several decades, setting the bar in HIT leadership, management, technology, information security, business intelligence and organizational development. For more information, visit www.nextwavehealthadvisors.com

September 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.

Logicalis US to CIOs: Don’t be Held Hostage by Ransomware

Solution Provider IDs Five Proactive Steps CIOs Can Take Now

NEW YORK, September 12, 2016 – Ransomware, which holds business data hostage until a fee is paid, has taken a sharp upturn this year. In fact, a recent industry study found that nearly half of all U.S. businesses have experienced at least one ransomware attack in the past year alone. While organizations wrestle with the ever-pressing issue of whether to pay or not to pay if they’re victimized, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), suggests CXOs focus first on how to protect, thwart and recover from a potential attack before developing a pay or don’t-pay policy.

“Ransomware has become one of the most sophisticated criminal enterprises the world has ever seen,” says Ron Temske, Vice President, Security Solutions, Logicalis US. “As anyone in the business of cybersecurity knows, we’ve long battled those who simply wanted to create chaos and disruption. We’ve seen nation states attack both military and civilian targets and ‘hacktivists’ who act for various social causes.  But ransomware is different in one key way: It’s all about the money.  Ransomware is a business, complete with sophisticated cybercrime-as-a-service offerings and world-class customer support to ensure its victims’ files are returned expeditiously once the ransom is paid. It’s a service business approaching $1 billion in annual revenue, something that would be heralded as an accomplishment if it weren’t based on such nefarious principles. The business of ransomware has even spawned a network of affiliates that provide redirection of an exploit kit for a cut of the profits.”

Five Ways to Respond to the Threat from Ransomware

To be ready for an attack before it happens, to detect and stop it while it’s happening, or to recover from it after it happens takes planning. To help, Logicalis’ security experts have compiled a list of the top five ways to respond to the threat ransomware poses today.

  1. Create a Modern Defense: Traditional signature-based anti-virus solutions are good to have, but they aren’t up to the job of thwarting a sophisticated ransomware attack.  Neither is your traditional stateful firewall. As a result, it is critically important to plan for the possibility of an attack by developing comprehensive visibility and access to extensive details on how the malware entered the organization’s environment in the first place. IT pros who are serious about heading ransomware off at the pass should focus intently on modern next-generation anti-malware and firewall solutions that can stop an attack before it starts.
  2. Take an Architectural Approach: In some limited situations, point solutions can be effective, but not with ransomware. The most effective way to address the threat posed by ransomware and other pervasive cyberattacks is to take a holistic architectural approach to security that encompasses the entire network including its systems and endpoints as well as the organization’s cloud and mobile strategies. Because so many of today’s threats are automated, solutions that rely on human intervention to detect and respond are neither affordable nor effective, making automation and orchestration key principals in a solid security architecture design.
  3. Prevent the Spread of Malware: If an attacker’s malware does enter the network, it has the ability to spread like a fast-moving cold among passengers on an airplane.  The key at this stage is to compartmentalize data using network micro-segmentation strategies that make it more difficult for malware to spread laterally within the environment.
  4. Plan Your Recovery: The unfortunate truth is, despite the security industry’s best efforts, no organization is entirely immune to attack.  Therefore, it’s critical to examine how the organization will recover if it is breached. First, be sure you’re backing up. Second, test, test and re-test the backup and restore process; a backup is only valuable if the data can actually be restored when it’s needed.  It’s also important to ensure that the restore can be done at the system level since file-based recovery may not be enough. Consider, too, how much redundancy is required; if the organization is hit, do you have an uncorrupted source from which you can immediately recover? And be sure to weigh the costs of various solutions against the cost of potential loss or downtime – not all data is equally valuable, which means not all data needs the same level of protection.
  5. Create a Pay or No-Pay Policy: Finally, the big question: To pay or not to pay? No vertical market is having a tougher time facing this question than healthcare is today; whether it’s critical patient-care data that hackers hold hostage or the threat of hefty regulatory fines imposed when protected patient health information (PHI) is breached, healthcare organizations have become prime targets for ransomware attacks. Before any organization – healthcare or otherwise – pays a ransom, however, Temske suggests examining how much damage will be done if you don’t pay. Do you have an uncompromised data backup from which you can restore? What is the cost to restore vs. pay – both monetarily and in terms of the business’ ability to function in the meantime? Ultimately, the decision comes down to how business-critical the compromised data is to the organization. If you do decide to pay, Temske has one word of advice: “Negotiate. In most cases, you can talk the price down, so it may make sense to consider not paying the first amount offered.”

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.

September 12, 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.

Dizzion Secures $6.4M Series A1 Funding Led by Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners

Investment to support leading market advances in simple, secure cloud-delivered desktops that meet high demand for a remote global workforce

Denver, CO, September 7, 2016 – Dizzion, Inc., a full-service End User Computing (EUC) provider, announced today a $6.4 million Series A1 funding round co-led by investors Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners, with Point B Capital and Correlation Ventures rounding out majorinvestments. The round also marks the addition of retired ViaWest Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder Roy Dimoff, to Dizzion’s board of directors. Dizzion will leverage new resources to grow its staff, expand its partner program and further refine virtual desktop technologies to serve industries with some of the most challenging workforce environments including business process outsourcing and the healthcare, financial services and insurance industries.

Dizzion enables end users to securely access applications and data from their desktop on any device, responding to the enterprise shift to cloud and global workforce trends including third-party contracting, work-from-home programs and a greater requirement for organizations to protectdata. Dizzion is expected to achieve record growth in 2016, following three consecutive years of more than 100 percent year-over-year growth in terms of revenue, customer base and personnel. Specifically, Dizzion has experienced average annual revenue growth of 207 percent since its inception.

“Dizzion is addressing a colossal shift in the workforce toward remote employees, cloud computing and application integration—and it’s not an easy transition for most companies,” said Steve Prather, CEO, Dizzion. “We are committed to providing the only virtual desktop that eliminates the complexity of traditional desktop management while addressing endpoint security and compliance risk, and we want to thank our investors for sharing in this vision.”

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) market is expected to exceed $11 billion by 2023, which is underscored by the fact that Dizzion has grown more in the past six months than all of 2015. The company will use the recently acquired funds to invest in three key areas:

·       Expanding solutions for VDI and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) technology, including a specific focus on HIPAA and PCI compliance 

·       Refining and growing its channel partner program, which is currently responsible for 55 percent of overall revenue 

·       Growing its workforce by 130 percent in 2016 and again in 2017, with a commitment to a collaborative and transparent culture

“Industries like healthcare and finance are some of the fastest growing markets in the world and yet also the most at risk for security breaches, shrinking margins and talent drain,” said Joe Zell, General Partner, Grotech. “Dizzion has created a virtual workforce solution that makes it possible for these firms to expand the use of remote employees while actually improving security and compliance and lowering cost.”

“Dizzion is proving that a wide range of companies and industries can benefit from implementing these types of cloud technologies, including solving critical business challenges, lowering IT costs and mitigating risks—all qualities we value,” said Brian Wallace, Managing Director, Access Venture Partners. “We’re pleased to support Dizzion and look forward to accelerating its growth as it redefines how the world works.”

Dizzion services companies around the globe, including major brands like AARP, Delta Dental, and TELUS International. In addition to working with 40 plus channel partners, including ViaWest, Zayo, CarrierSales, SPS, and HOSTING.

Visit our blog to learn more about the funding announcement, and for more information on employment opportunities with Dizzion, please visit the careers page.

About Dizzion

Established in 2011, Dizzion, Inc. is a global provider of end-user computing services, including cloud-delivered Desktops as a Service (DaaS), paired with complementary offerings like secure endpoints, application delivery and storage. The company is delivering the next generation of virtual desktop solutions to meet the demands of a remote global workforce in industries with stringent security and compliance needs, including business process outsourcing, financial services, healthcare and insurance. Dizzion’s mission is to enable users to securely access applications and data from any device, anywhere increasing mobility and productivity. To learn more about Dizzion, visit www.dizzion.com

Follow us at @Dizzion on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

September 7, 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.

Survey: 8 in 10 Hospital Leaders Say Predictive Analytics is Important to Future Yet Only One-Third Use It

Lack of appropriate tools and trained personnel ranked as top barriers to adoption

SALT LAKE CITY – Sept. 7, 2016 – Nearly 80 percent of hospital executives believe the future of healthcare could be significantly improved through the use of predictive analytics, a population health management tool that can help providers stay one step ahead of costly problems like preventable readmissions, patient downturns and contracts with insurers that pay less than the cost of providing care. Yet only 31 percent of hospitals have used the technology for more than a year, and 19 percent have no plans to do so.

Those results from an August survey of 136 hospital and health system executives by Health Catalyst point to potentially significant barriers to the adoption of predictive analytics. They may also signal pent up demand for the advanced form of analytics, which has been touted as a solution to many of healthcare’s problems and as key to the development of more effective “personalized” treatments for common diseases such as cancer.

Top barrier to adoption: “Right data or tools”

Both current users and non-users of predictive analytics agree (32%) that the top barrier to its adoption is the lack of appropriate data or tools and infrastructure, according to the survey. That result is not unexpected since producing reliable predictions of future probabilities or trends requires both an accessible and trusted source of data aggregated from multiple IT systems—electronic health records (EHR), financial systems, etc.—as well as analytic applications to drive the predictions and make them easy for front-line staff to use.

Survey respondents said the next most significant barriers to the use of predictive analytics were a lack of people or skills (26%) and a lack of executive support or budget (20%). Few seem to question the effectiveness of the technology; only one respondent said past efforts had failed to show results. And despite the relative youth of predictive analytics technology, confidence in its accuracy ranged from neutral to very strong among respondents. Only 2 percent said the technology produces inaccurate results.

Pent up demand?

Apparently driven by faith in predictive analytics’ ability to deliver meaningful results, demand for the technology appears to be strong among hospital leaders. In addition to the 31 percent of respondents who already use it, 38 percent said they plan to adopt predictive analytics within the next three years. Fourteen percent of that group said they will adopt it in the next 12 months.

Still, nearly one-third of the survey takers are on the fence. In addition to the 19 percent who said they have no plans to use predictive analytics, another 11 percent are unsure whether they will use it in the future or not.

Even among those who plan to adopt predictive analytics, few said they have the budget to allocate significant resources to the effort. Most (37%) are tip-toeing into the space with commitments or planned commitments of 1-3 people devoted to the task of leveraging analytics for predictions. Only 8 percent said they would allocate more than four people to that role.  Thirty-four percent of respondents said they were unsure how many people they would have work in the area.

Preventive care tops list of uses

Both current users of predictive analytics and prospective users agreed (58%) the top priority for its use is to alert caregivers to interventions that may prevent health declines among high-risk patients, according to the survey. Asked to name the top three priorities for the use of the technology, respondents assigned the second and third spots to predicting financial outcomes (such as patient cost or likelihood of patients to pay their bills) (52%), and improving the ability of providers to negotiate contracts with insurers (42%).

Other priorities for predictive analytics identified by survey takers were projecting patient health outcomes and satisfaction (38%) and improving the quality of diagnoses (33%). Falling last on the list of priorities was the forecasting of staffing and supply chain needs (27%).

EHR tops list of preferred data sources

When asked to list the top three sources of data for making predictions, respondents most often selected clinical data from the EHR (80%).  Tied for second as important data sources were claims data and patient outcomes data, both selected by 53 percent of respondents. Financial data was the next most selected category (50%), followed by non-medical patient demographics (22%) and patient satisfaction data (21%).

“Overall, the survey findings point to a growing need within the provider community for solutions that help to identify long-term rising-risk patients who are on their way to becoming high-cost consumers of heath care,” said Levi Thatcher, Director of Data Science at Health Catalyst. “With an ever greater light being cast on system-wide inefficiencies, providers are hungry for analytics that will help them identify and treat these patients before their health deteriorates, both improving their lives and reducing needless spending across the system.”

Methods

Survey results reflect the opinions of 136 healthcare professionals who responded to an online survey in August 2016. Respondents included 34 CEOs; 18 chief financial officers; 26 chief information and chief medical information officers; and a variety of other executive and departmental leadership roles. They work for organizations ranging from some of the nation’s largest urban academic medical centers and integrated delivery networks to small, rural critical access facilities.

About Health Catalyst

Health Catalyst is a mission-driven data warehousing, analytics and outcomes-improvement company that helps healthcare organizations of all sizes perform the clinical, financial, and operational reporting and analysis needed for population health and accountable care. Our proven enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 70 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest US health system to forward-thinking physician practices. For more information, visit https://www.healthcatalyst.com, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.       

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.

900-Person European Sleep Data Reveals Italians Sleep Best, While French Have Lowest Quality Sleep

In Addition, European Women Found to Have Higher Sleep Scores than Men

Ramat Gan, Israel, September 6, 2016EarlySense, the market leader in contact-free continuous monitoring solutions, released today sleep scores gathered from a sample of 900 Europeans using an EarlySense-powered sleep sensor for six months. Data recordings from more than 20,000 nights were analyzed.

Originally designed for hospitals, EarlySense’s contact-free health monitoring sensor detectsmore than 50,000 data points every night to provide users with a precise picture of overall health.

“Nighttime is the best time to monitor our health because it builds a clear baseline in which fluctuations can be quickly detected,” said Avner Halperin, CEO of EarlySense. “Any changes or abnormal readings indicate if we are getting healthier and in better shape, or provide advanced warnings of health disorders, including breathing disorders, fever or cardiac events.”

The data indicates that Italians have the highest sleep quality scores, with an average of 71.9. The British follow, at 65.4; Germans are next, at 65.1; and the French sleep most poorly, with an average score of 60.4.  The data also shows that, as expected, breathing interruptions are identified more in overweight people and more in men than in women.

Women sleep better in each of the four countries analyzed, with average sleep scores as follows:

  • Italy: 83.4
  • Germany: 69.0
  • Great Britain: 67.6
  • France: 61.9

Sleep score is determined by a combination of seven contributors, which typically reflect the subjective feeling of one’s sleep, including total sleep time (TST), sleep efficiency (SE), amount of deep sleep, time to fall asleep (Sleep Latency) and number of awakenings during the night.

“Sleep is crucial to our health, and identifying sleep disorders and breathing disorders in sleep is of paramount importance,” said Prof. Asher Tal, Founder and previous Head of the Pediatric Pulmonary Unit and Sleep Center at Soroka Medical Center.  “In a recent letter to the prestigious ‘Sleep’ scientific journal, the authors noted the huge opportunity to improve care by tracking sleep at home with wearable devices.  Now, we may be able to take that a step further with medically-proven sensors that face no compliance challenges.”

Placed under a mattress, the contact-free EarlySense sensor communicates with a dedicated smartphone app to track users’ heart rate, respiratory rate and body motion. Employing advanced algorithms, data is used to measure and analyze sleep patterns and overall health stability.

Additional data findings include:

  • Overweight users (BMI>30) had an 8% lower sleep score than those who were not overweight.
  • Average Time to Fall Asleep:

o   Men: 19 minutes; Women: 17 minutes

o   Age: over 70: 20 minutes; 50-70: 18 minutes; Under 50: 19 minutes

o   British: 20 minutes; German:18 minutes; French: 19 minutes; Italian:18 minutes

  • Average Total Time Slept (hours: minutes):

o   Men: 6:30; Women: 6:49

o   Age: over 70: 6:27; 50-70: 6:39; under 50: 6:34

o   British: 6:51; German: 6:36; French: 6:21; Italian: 6:48

“Good sleep is a pillar of good health, and awareness is the first step toward improvement. Our solution is quickly gaining traction, helping people sleep better while improving their wellbeing,” added Halperin.

EarlySense is showcasing its technology at IFA 2016 in Berlin – Hall 7.2c/111.

 

About EarlySense

EarlySense provides contact-free, continuous monitoring solutions for the medical and consumer digital health markets. EarlySense’s patented sensor and advanced algorithms monitor and analyze cardiac, respiratory, sleep and motion parameters. Used in hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide, EarlySense assists clinicians in early detection of patient deterioration, helping to prevent adverse events, including code blues, preventable ICU transfers, patient falls and pressure ulcers.

The myEarlySense smart home-compatible consumer solution brings hospital-proven technology to the home, providing valuable data regarding wellness and sleep. myEarlySense OEM technology is at the core of wellness and sleep products marketed by international partners including Samsung, Beurer and iFit.

September 6, 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.

Xerox Research Finds Patients and Healthcare Professionals Divided on Responsibility and Cost in Healthcare

NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 15, 2016 – Healthcare research released today from Xerox shows large disconnects between patients and healthcare professionals providing and insuring their care. This research suggests that across all participants in the U.S. healthcare system, there is still much to be settled regarding the transformation driven by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Who is responsible for consumers’ health?

Nearly 50 percent of consumers say they take complete responsibility for their health, whereas less than 6 percent of healthcare professionals believe this to be true. In addition, less than 5 percent of consumers say they don’t know how to take charge of their own healthcare, but nearly 40 percent of payers and providers say consumers don’t know how to take charge.

Moreover, 90 percent of payers and providers say patients need encouragement and help from their healthcare provider to make living a healthier lifestyle a priority, but only 55 percent of patients say they need such encouragement.

The study, conducted by Y&R’s BAV Consulting on behalf of Xerox[1], surveyed 761 U.S. adults who purchase health insurance and are healthcare decision makers for their households and 204 healthcare payers and providers.

“Consumers and healthcare professionals have very different views on patient empowerment and control,” said Rohan Kulkarni, vice president of Strategy and Portfolio, Xerox Healthcare Business Group. “Payers and providers are much less likely to believe patients are taking responsibility for their health than what patients perceive to be true. The results suggest that improved communication could allow healthcare professionals to better showcase to their patients how they’re a partner in their health.”

One solution that can help is Xerox’s Virtual Health Solutions that allows providers to communicate and connect with their patients anytime and anywhere by overcoming interoperability challenges and powering front and back office services.

Are patients shopping around?

The research also found discrepancies between patients and professionals regarding a patient’s willingness to shop for healthcare.

  • Only 34 percent of consumers are more likely to shop around for a provider than they were one year ago, but more than 71 percent of payers and providers think patients are shopping.
  • When asked what consumers consider the top priority when selecting a provider, consumers said quality of care is number one. But payers and providers believe whether or not they take the patient’s insurance plan is the top consideration.
  • Ninety-five percent of payers and providers believe patients are not seeking or delaying treatment due to cost concerns, but only 42 percent of consumers say this is true.

“A lot of payers and providers think patients are shopping around for the best healthcare, but it simply is not the case,” continued Kulkarni. “The industry is clearly still adjusting to the shift toward consumer-centricity, and payers and providers may be best served to focus on patient retention by enhancing their communication channels.”

What is the solution?

Over 63 percent of consumers wish their pharmacist, healthcare provider and insurance company were more connected on their personal health. While interactions with each stakeholder are often transaction-based, Xerox’s Health Outcome Solutions offering can help the effort to coordinate care. The solution, currently available for providers and accountable care organizations with a payer solution coming in the future, offers a customized combination of analytics, clinical, technology and administrative services that help improve the health of patient populations.

Xerox also offers Care Integration Services that help healthcare payers identify members who need support and engage them with timely and personal clinical interventions. This enhanced member outreach service increases payers’ ability to assist their members in maintaining wellness and managing chronic medical conditions.

Xerox Healthcare helps healthcare organizations focus on improving lives through better, more affordable and accessible care by designing processes that work for the people delivering, enabling and receiving care.

About Xerox

Xerox is helping change the way the world works. By applying our expertise in imaging, business process, analytics, automation and user-centric insights, we engineer the flow of work to provide greater productivity, efficiency and personalization. Our employees create meaningful innovations and provide business process servicesprinting equipmentsoftware and solutions that make a real difference for our clients and their customers in 180 countries. On January 29, 2016, Xerox announced that it plans to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies: a business process outsourcing company and a document technology company. Xerox expects to complete the separation by year-end 2016. Learn more at www.xerox.com.

[1] Study conducted by Y&R’s BAV Consulting on behalf of Xerox among 761 U.S. adults who are healthcare decision makers for their households and 204 healthcare payers and providers. Full results and methodology available upon request.

August 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.

Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Asks CIOs: Do Your Physicians See Telehealth as a Primary Way to Practice Medicine?

Solution Provider Says Integrating Telehealth into Existing EHR Solutions Encourages Clinician Adoption

NEW YORK, August 9, 2016 – The market is ripe for the rapid expansion of telehealth services as technological capabilities increase and user acceptance – particularly among digital natives like millennials – grows. According to experts, however, there is a key factor still standing in the way of widespread telehealth adoption: Clinicians accustomed to practicing medicine in a traditional face-to-face setting are finding it difficult to incorporate telehealth into their daily workflow.  According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), as important as it is to ensure patients are comfortable using telehealth, it is equally important to ensure physicians and their staff see telehealth as part of their regular workflow.  The best way to do that, Logicalis experts say, is to leverage the healthcare organization’s existing electronic health record (EHR) system, an application that is already a central part of clinicians’ everyday experience.

“The application environment for telehealth is really what will make or break telehealth adoption among clinicians,” says Ed Simcox, Healthcare Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “Organizations that are able to leverage the existing EHR, which is already vital to the physician’s experience during in-office visits, and augment that with well-integrated, third-party capabilities that enhance the telehealth visit will create an easy-to-use application environment that clinicians will embrace.”

Integrating Telehealth into Clinicians’ Daily Workflow

There are four important steps CIOs can take to ensure clinician buy-in of a new telehealth program.  The key, according to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions experts, is to address these steps in the early stages of telehealth planning before any design or implementation takes place.

  1. Incorporate the Existing EHR: By relying on the existing EHR as the core application providing the portal for patient interaction as well as an integration point for scheduling, clinical notes documentation and the prescription of medications, solution providers can help create a virtual experience that not only emulates the physician’s in-office routine, but encourages clinicians to see telehealth as a primary way to practice medicine rather than an outlying service that happens to be offered but is not fully integrated into the practice.
  2. Tightly Integrate Third-Party Applications: Some aspects of the telehealth experience will naturally be tied to the EHR from the start – electronic appointment setting, for example, may be done from the EHR’s secure patient portal.  Other aspects – such as a “virtual waiting room” – will need to be provided by an application outside of the EHR solution, yet must be seamlessly integrated into the EHR functionality to give physicians and their staff a streamlined user experience that feels as similar to an in-person visit as possible.
  3. Make Use of the Familiar: Each step in the telehealth process should follow the same pattern of patient interaction and employ the same terminology – waiting room, intake/evaluation, examination, checkout, prescription, documentation – that clinicians are already accustomed to in face-to-face patient encounters. Experts agree, the more “normal” the experience feels for both patient and staff alike, the more likely telehealth is to be embraced by all.
  4. Avoid Duplicated Work Efforts: To make the best use of telehealth and to encourage clinicians to make it a part of their daily workflow, it is also important to ensure that there is no duplication of data entry along the way.  Everything in a well-oiled telehealth solution should be automated and streamlined. Consider the checkout process, for example. Since telehealth patients will schedule appointments online through a secure patient portal, they can also input their billing and payment information at the same time; this means there is no need for a manual check-out step at the end of the encounter. When the visit with the physician is over, the appointment simply ends saving both the patient and the facility additional time and resources as the visit comes to a close.

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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.

August 9, 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.

New HIMSS Analytics Research Shows Nearly Universal Adoption Of Practice Management And Electronic Health Record Tools After Eight Years Of Steady Growth

Burlington, VT (August 2, 2016) – HIMSS Analytics® recently released its 2016 Essentials Brief: Outpatient Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Solution Study, the 8th iteration of the study that provides a snapshot of solution adoption and purchase intentions from hospital-owned and free-standing physician practices in the U.S. outpatient market.  Essential Briefs are in-depth market research studies focused on identifying salient topics in the healthcare IT space that highlight mind share, market share and market opportunity of specific healthcare software technologies.

Market adoption of PM & EHR solutions has been trending upward since the initial study and is nearing universal market adoption rates as indicated in the 2016 study.  When compared to adoption levels in HIMSS Analytics LOGIC™, the information obtained from the 2016 study was comparable between hospital-owned (92% LOGIC vs. 87% Study) and free-standing (77% LOGIC vs. 76% Study) practices.  Given this rise, physician practices are positioned to address broader patient needs and continued regulations such as Meaningful Use and Medicare Access and CHIP Reorganization Act (MACRA).

The 2016 Outpatient PM & EHR Solution Essentials Brief offers insight from 436 physicians, practice administrators and managers, practice CEOs/Presidents, PAs, NPs, and practice IT directors/staff on their current PM & EHR usage as well as future plans for PM & EHR solution adoption.  Additional insight is provided through data from HIMSS Analytics LOGIC, the most comprehensive and intuitive global market intelligence tool in healthcare IT.  LOGIC provides on average 48,000 hospital-owned and free-standing practice data points around adoption, vendor market share and vendor mind share.

“I am somewhat surprised a more robust replacement market has not yet developed for practice management and electronic health solutions,” says HIMSS Analytics Director of Research, Brendan FitzGerald.  “But given the cost and implementation effort of these practices over the last eight years, and the need to keep up with industry standards and additional regulations, practices seem content with their current solutions and will look to leverage these solutions to meet industry standards and regulations. It is worth mentioning, however, that 15% of respondents are looking to replace or purchase EHR solutions in the near term so there is still opportunity in that solution set of the outpatient market.”

HIMSS Analytics offers access to this premium study alone or as part of their Outpatient Solutions Market Intelligence Bundle which comes with access to their LOGIC Outpatient Market Intelligence dashboard.

Highlights of the 2016 study include:

  • Current and future adoption of PM & EHR solutions
  • Vendor market share, mind share and market opportunity in the outpatient PM & EHR solution category
  • Study respondents revealed what would cause them to replace their current PM & EHR solution.
  • Study respondent confidence level around meeting Meaningful Use Stage 3 Criteria with their current solution
  • Strategic insight into practice approach toward health information exchange (HIE), accountable care (ACO), and Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIAs)

Click here for more information on the 2016 HIMSS Analytics Outpatient PM & EHR Study.
Click here to get a free snapshot report of the study and a demo of the LOGIC dashboard.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare advisor, providing guidance and market intelligence solutions that move the industry forward with insight to enable better health through the use of IT. As a trusted healthcare research and advisory firm, the industry depends on HIMSS Analytics’ resources, benchmarks, predictive models and assessment tools to improve decision making regarding their IT strategic roadmap and market strategy. HIMSS Analytics is uniquely positioned and differentiated through its industry focused offerings which include a Healthcare IT market intelligence tool, Healthcare IT insights and Healthcare IT benchmarks and services.

HIMSS Analytics a wholly owned subsidiary of HIMSS headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, is the healthcare research and advisory firm for healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, and financial, pharmaceutical, consulting and emerging technology solution partners. Learn more at http://www.himssanalytics.org

August 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.