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Napier Healthcare Appoints Mohammad Shublaqas Director of Business Development

Singapore, July 29, 2014 – Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, has named Mohammad Shublaq as Director of Business Development for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Based in Riyadh, Mohammad will take the helm of Napier’s overall business expansion in the territory, covering the areas of Business Development, Sales, Alliance, and Customer Relations.

Mohammad has more than 20 years of professional track record in the Information Technology and healthcare domains in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has held leadership positions at CSC Arabia Ltd., Omar K.Alesayi Communications and Space Services Co. Ltd., Abdullah Fouad Co.Ltd., and Al-Suwaidi Trading and Development. He possesses extensive expertise in the sales and delivery of healthcare solutions including Forensic Laboratories Information Management System, Population Health Management, Care Coordination, Healthcare Analytics, Radiology Information System and Cardiovascular Information System solutions.

“Napier’s foray into the Middle East has been gaining positive traction.With Mohammad’s leadership and industry expertise in the Saudi healthcare market, we are confident that Hospitals will have another viable world class solution. The addition of Mohammad’s leadership on board is a testament to our commitment to the Saudi market. Napier’s products run Hospitals in the US, Africa and Asia and are compliant with USA’s Meaningful Use requirements. Further, Napier’s partner ecosystem comprises world class consulting partners that help implement the best business practices gleaned from Hospitals all over the world.With globally acclaimed products and consulting services, Hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can now implement a world class platform with local expertise,” said Tirupathi Karthik, CEO of Napier Healthcare.

“Healthcare spending is increasing in this region, an indication of the better standards of care and access to medicine. Behind healthcare trends lie massive opportunities for Napier. For example, Napier’s mobility and homecare technology empowers providers to deliver medical services to patients beyond the four walls of a hospital through remote monitoring via mHealth apps and telemedicine services. Napier’s Electronic Mobile Care System (eMCS) allows physicians and nurses to manage and access patients’ data on mobile devices while on the move to access patient history, record observations, schedule appointments, and prescribe medications. I look forward to spearheading the team to drive our best efforts to bring Napier’s innovative solutions to providers across the Middle East,” Mohammad commented on his new appointment.

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About Napier Healthcare

With Napier’s Healthcare solutions, hospitals can run their end-to-end operations with complete visibility and control over costs. The Mobility, Analytical and Home Care solutions offered by Napier are today powering innovative healthcare delivery models worldwide.

Established in 1996, Napier’s software and services have helped midsized, large private and public sector hospitals transform the way they capture clinical information, streamline workflow, reduce medical errors and provide analytical insights. Headquartered in Singapore with presence in USA, India and Middle East, Napier’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and ISO 9001:2008.

For more information, visit www.napierhealthcare.com

July 29, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Healthcare Data Solutions Partners with aPureBase to Strengthen Global Data Network

July 28, 2014 – Irvine, CA – Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS), a leading provider of healthcare databases, compliance and business intelligence services, is pleased to announce it has become the U.S. Data Supplier for the aPureBase Global Data Network. aPureBase is an EU-based one-source data supplier offering the Life Sciences industry with high-quality data for Sales, Marketing and Transparency Reporting.

The aPureBase Network consists of leading healthcare data providers contributing data from over 33 countries. These local data suppliers know their markets best and contribute their high-quality data to aPureBase to construct a single unified cross-border database. Together, Healthcare Data Solutions and aPureBase will create new solutions to provide their joint clients with international data on healthcare providers and healthcare organizations for compliance reporting, commercial sales and marketing purposes.

The partnership comes at a critical time. From a Commercial perspective, emerging markets in the Life Sciences industry are seeing tremendous growth. From a Compliance perspective, Transparency Reporting is expanding across the globe. The combination of Healthcare Data Solutions’ “Compliance-Grade” healthcare data with aPureBase’s international healthcare data, which spans 33 countries, will give HDS/aPureBase clients the far-reaching business intelligence they need to enter new markets and comply with Transparency reporting requirements.

“To compete in today’s global healthcare marketplace, companies are looking beyond U.S. borders to grow their reach,” said Tim Slevin, CEO of Healthcare Data Solutions. “We are thrilled to join forces with aPureBase to provide the same high-quality data that we offer stateside to our clients who are expanding their markets internationally.”

“We have great expectations of this partnership. We feel it is a perfect match when it comes to products, client portfolios and company cultures,” said Caroline Widriksen, CEO of aPureBase. “This global partnership will set our clients up for the future as well as both our businesses, and I expect to see fast and great results.”

About Healthcare Data Solutions:
Healthcare Data Solutions is a leading healthcare information services company focused on building and maintaining the most accurate, compliance-grade data on Physicians, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners and other Healthcare Providers, as well as Pharmacies, Hospitals, Health Systems, ACOs, IDNs, GPOs and other Healthcare Organizations. Healthcare Data Solutions provides healthcare data, physician validation programs, data processing, compliance services, web services and new customer acquisition programs for leading healthcare firms. Compliance clients can access over 5 million healthcare provider profiles to crosswalk government databases for accurate reporting. Healthcare Data Solutions is the fastest growing healthcare data services company in the United States on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Fast 500 list. For more information, visit www.HealthcareDataSolutions.com.

About aPureBase:
aPureBase is a formalised partnership of experienced data providers in the European Healthcare industry. To the best price on the market, we keep your Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) data up-to-date, accurate and compliant with local legislation concerning personal data protection.

With our unique database structure consisting of thousands of HCPs, it is possible to compare sales and marketing activities across borders and hereby minimise internal costs. We deliver HCP data into your CRM system and have a standardised proven technical interface to all CRM systems. For more information, visitwww.aPureBase.com.

July 28, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

WEDI’s HPID Workgroup Announces Release of Issue Brief: “What is the Difference Between a Health Plan and Payer?”

Brief simplifies definitions and usage of terms according to the HPID Final Rule

RESTON, Va. — July 28, 2014 — The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced today its Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Workgroup has developed an issue brief titled, “What is the Difference Between a Health Plan and Payer?” The HPID Workgroup, a part of WEDI’s Strategic National HPID Implementation Process, worked closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to identify common misuse of the terms “health plan” and “payer” across the industry.

These terms, often used interchangeably in the regulation, can cause a misconception of an organization’s role. In an effort to help the industry understand the differences in these terms and how to best use them, WEDI partnered with ASC X12 to develop this issue brief, which includes definitions of both terms and clarifies the role each plays in standard transactions according to the HPID Final Rule.

The brief further explains these defined terms as they are affected by the HPID Final Rule compliance date. An organization currently identified as a payer will continue to be identified as such. However, one that is currently identified as a health plan – and continues to be identified as a health plan after November 7, 2016 – must use an HPID.

“The lack of clarity around the definition of a health plan and payer has caused significant challenges among the payer community in the development of their enumeration strategy,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, WEDI president and CEO. “It is our hope that these definitions will help provide a common understanding of how to apply these terms across our industry.”

The issue brief is available for review and can be found online here.

About WEDI

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Tatum Survey of Business Conditions Reveals Impacts of Affordable Care Act on CFO Business Strategies

Executive Survey Finds that Companies Report Increased Spending, but Minimal Workforce Changes as a Result of ACA Implications

ATLANTA, July 23, 2014 – Tatum, a leading professional and interim services firm offering hands-on strategic, financial and technology solutions that measurably improve business performance, today announced the results of its Survey of Business Conditions, based on the opinions of financial executives spanning a variety of industries and geographic locations.

Through its Survey of Business Conditions, Tatum CFO partners reflect monthly on 30-day business trends and projected business conditions for next 60 days. These responses are reflected in the Tatum Survey of Business Conditions, which shows little upward momentum going into the third quarter in terms of capital expenditure commitments and hiring.

This month’s survey also provided insights into the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on business costs and staffing models. The findings reveal some interesting statistics about how CFOs are contending with ACA implementation. Although this legislation has led to increased healthcare benefit costs, the survey found that the widely held belief that ACA would be an across-the-board headcount game changer did not hold true. When asked if the ACA has altered their company’s staffing model and approach to headcount management, only 18 percent of CFOs responded that their companies have done so as a direct result of ACA implementation. The majority, 65 percent of respondents, state that they have not altered their approach at this time.

The survey also asked participants to qualify the increase in healthcare benefit costs for their companies. Overall, less than half of all respondents (43 percent) reported that employee out-of-pocket expenses are up, and just one-third (33 percent) said employee contribution percentages are increasing. Additionally, respondents were asked about their overall healthcare cost management strategies (such as self-insured, insured, combination of self-insured and insured, use of exchanges, etc.), how they would describe them today and where they expect to be in three years after they’ve had more time to adapt to the new healthcare regulatory landscape. The responses show that insured arrangements are the most prevalent, with exchanges being the least utilized; with a sizeable shift anticipated with insured arrangements dropping and use of exchanges increasing.

“The Survey of Business Conditions gives us an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of senior finance leaders to see how market conditions impact their companies and their strategies for the future,” said Suzanne Donner, Managing Partner, Knowledge Management for Tatum. “The results from our latest survey may be surprising to some, showing that the vast majority of companies are not adjusting their staffing models in light of ACA implementation.“

“Healthcare is our largest industry practice,” Donner continued. “We see a rapidly-evolving landscape for our provider, payer and supplier clients – each of which is wrestling with their own issues and concerns – looking for new ways to collaborate, to organize and to be cost-effective that will work for them in their markets. We believe employers are correct to be cautiously evaluating their options while this all plays out.”

In addition to sharing insight into future business outlook and staffing practices, Tatum’s Survey of Business Conditions also serves as a way for the company to give back to the community. For each survey completed by respondents, Tatum also makes a contribution to Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Tatum has made its Survey of Business Conditions, Second Quarter 2014 available for download at:

http://www.tatum-us.com/documents/SecondQuarterTatum_SoBCDetailReport.pdf

About Tatum

Tatum is a leading professional and interim services firm offering hands-on strategic, financial and technology solutions that measurably improve business performance. Tatum’s executive leaders and consultants help companies navigate critical points in the business lifecycle and execute their strategic initiatives. Our deep management and operational expertise, keen strategic consultancy and a focus on follow-through enable our teams to deliver solutions that drive sustainable impact. With a national footprint of offices in key markets, our firm is ready to mobilize locally anywhere in the country. Tatum is an operating company of Randstad US.

About the Tatum Survey of Business Conditions

The Tatum Survey has been keeping a finger on the pulse of the U.S. economy for over twelve years. Each month, Tatum conducts a survey of its executive and consulting professionals nationwide to gain insight on the business climate. The survey examines key indicators such as hiring and capital expenditures, looking at both the past 30 days and expectations for the upcoming 60 days. The survey captures the observations and opinions of CFOs, Controllers and CIOs in a broad base of industries and companies of all sizes. For additional details, please visithttp://www.tatum-us.com/knowledge-center/thought-leadership/survey-of-business-conditions/.

July 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Consultant Development Program from Stoltenberg Consulting Yields Successful IT Projects for Hospitals at Significantly Lower Costs

More than 25 percent in savings realized by healthcare organizations for IT initiatives leveraging consultants from company’s development program

PITTSBURGH, July 22, 2014 - Stoltenberg Consulting, a leading healthcare information technology (HIT) consulting firm, today announced thirteen consultants having graduated from its Consultant Development Program to date. The program, designed to provide hospitals with first-time, certified consultants, continues to deliver cost-effective results to the company’s hospital customers. The consultants in the program, titled Consultant I’s, undergo rigorous training and work closely with Stoltenberg’s team of experienced consultants on projects.

The 2013 HIMSS Workforce Survey indicated that 31 percent of healthcare organizations had to place IT initiatives on hold due to staffing shortages with 43 percent citing the lack of a qualified talent pool as a challenge to appropriately meeting their staffing needs. The demand remains high for a capable workforce in the healthcare technology industry; to date, hospitals that have leveraged Consultant I’s have seen over 25 percent increase in cost savings on IT implementation projects, with the value and contributions of the consultants adding to an even greater overall ROI.

“Considering staffing shortages, limited budgets and a lack of qualified talent in the hiring pool, hospitals are clearly suffering from a shortage of effective IT skills and expertise on projects, without any ideal solution in sight,” said Sheri Stoltenberg, CEO, Stoltenberg Consulting. “The Consultant Development Program is able to address such challenges from every angle by providing cost-effective, highly competent team members that not only deliver the necessary results for hospitals at a critical time in healthcare, but also contribute to a strong job market that supports the advancement of health IT.”

Recent graduates of the Consultant Development Program gained considerable experience through direct involvement in implementation and optimization projects in hospitals around the country, allowing them to establish expertise in clinical, ambulatory, document management and financial areas. Overall, the Consultant I’s spent more than 2,000 hours in training for projects, nearly 9,000 hours on projects and over 15,000 hours serving the help desk service line from Stoltenberg, over the two-year program.

Said a graduate of the program: “There are very few paths in health IT that offer significant hands-on training and opportunities to young professionals. By working closely with a senior consultant from Stoltenberg, I was able to hone important skills at the end-user level while gradually developing experience with Soarian Clinicals Documentation building and CPOE. Programs that offer valuable lessons and opportunities, such as the Consultant Development Program, can be key in changing the perception of a career in health IT to be more attractive for young professionals.”

Previous graduates of the Consultant Development Program have become fully active team members, and in some cases, team leads on IT projects within hospitals across the country. Mentoring provided by senior consultants have allowed the Consultant I’s to far exceed expectations normally set for young HIT professionals.

“I started this program with minimal experience, but by the end, I had gained certain insights in health IT I may have otherwise only learned through multiple years in the industry. From formal vendor training for multiple certifications, to my time taking calls for a university healthcare system with the Stoltenberg Help Desk Service Line, the program greatly prepared me for working and genuinely helping end-users,” said another graduate. “The Consultant Development Program provides a rare opportunity to uniquely groom young HIT professionals for success and I look forward to seeing what is to come from the program in the future.”

To learn more about the Consultant Development Program, please click here or visit www.stoltenberg.com.

About Stoltenberg Consulting 

Founded in 1995, Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc. creates an environment for success by working with healthcare organizations to provide a variety of services including project management, implementation support and integration between systems. Members of the Stoltenberg Consulting team are consultants with extensive experience in both financial and clinical systems, averaging more than 15 years of direct on-site hospital experience. A two-time Best in KLAS Category Leader, Stoltenberg Consulting has grown rapidly to serve a client base of more than 200 preeminent healthcare organizations throughout the United States providing services for Siemens (Approved Partner), Epic (Preferred Partner), Cerner, McKesson, Meditech, NextGen and Allscripts customers. For more information call 1-888-724-1326 or visit www.stoltenberg.com.

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Scott Collins Assumes Role of President and Owner of Aria Marketing; Names New Leadership Team

Jessica Cohen Promoted to Executive Vice President and Ross Homer Joins Company as Vice President to Support Current Clients and Continue Company Growth

Boston, MA – July 22, 2014 – Aria Marketing, an integrated healthcare communications agency, announced that the company is now under new leadership. Scott Collins, former vice president, has been named principal owner and president of the company. Collins acquired ownership of the 15-year-old agency from Bruce Jankowitz, who is continuing to work as an industry consultant. Additionally, Aria has announced that Jessica Cohen has been promoted to executive vice president, and Ross Homer has returned to Aria as vice president.

With over twenty years of agency and in-house public relations and marketing experience, Collins will leverage his extensive industry knowledge and executive-level insight to maintain Aria Marketing’s established reputation as the leader in healthcare communications. Additionally, Collins is investing new resources in growing the company to help keep pace with the increasing demand for its PR and marketing services. Currently, Aria Marketing is seeking new account executives and senior account executives and Collins announced today that the company will be moving to an expanded office space this summer.

“Over the past decade and a half, Aria Marketing has earned a reputation for understanding the ins and outs of healthcare and developing and executing public relations and marketing strategies that align with the key issues,” said Collins. “My top priority is to continue to garner exceptional results for our clients – always putting their needs first – as we prudently grow the company. By adding Jessica and Ross to the senior leadership team, we will be better positioned than ever before to provide exceptional service to both new and existing clients.”

Jessica Cohen and Ross Homer have joined Collins as executive vice president and vice president, respectively. As members of the leadership team, the pair oversee the company’s PR and marketing functions, providing strategy to all clients. As part of their operational duties, they are spearheading the company’s recruitment and new business initiatives.

Cohen began her career a decade ago as an account executive at Aria Marketing, and most recently functioned as Aria’s director. She has executed successful PR and marketing programs for over 35 healthcare companies, including Dictaphone/Nuance, Craneware and Fallon Clinic. Homer has returned to Aria – where he previously worked as a senior account executive – with both in-house and agency public relations and communications experience. Having worked at companies such as Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospital, Quantia and Care.com, Homer has cultivated a deep healthcare and HIT industry knowledge-base, which he brings to his new role.

About Aria Marketing, LLC

Founded in 1999, Aria Marketing is an integrated, healthcare communications agency providing unmatched industry and strategy expertise, thought-leadership driven PR, compelling creative and superior customer service. Aria earned its reputation as healthcare’s leading thought leadership agency from working with some of the biggest, sharpest and most innovative healthcare organizations, from pre-angel start-ups to Fortune 20 companies. Its services include: strategic planning, branding and positioning services; public relations; social media; and creative services.

July 23, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Epion Health Receives $4.5M Series A Funding from Deerfield Management

ROSELAND, N.J.July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Epion Health announced the closing of a $4.5M Series A financing round with Deerfield Management Company, a New York City based investment firm. The funding will be used to scale Epion’s rapidly growing, iPad based, digital check-in and patient engagement platform used in healthcare facilities around the country.

This news comes on the heels of Epion’s recent announcement of a partnership and successful integration with athenahealth. Epion’s solution is now live and available to Athena’s network of 52,000 plus providers.

At the announcement, Epion’s CEO, Joe Blewitt said, “This additional capital comes into the company at an exciting time. We now have the necessary resources for the foreseeable future to capitalize on a very large market opportunity. In addition to growing our sales and operations teams, a portion of the funding will be used to continue to enhance our product for our rapidly growing network of providers. Our focus is on helping our providers increase revenues, decrease costs and improve patient satisfaction and patient outcomes. We’re excited to be partnering with Deerfield Management. In addition to deep pockets, Deerfield brings strong healthcare industry expertise and an extremely robust research arm to the table.”

Deerfield is committed to supporting innovative healthcare technology solutions and is excited about Epion’s ability to both improve practice level economics as well as enhance clinical care and patient experience,” remarked Leslie Henshaw, a Partner at Deerfield Management.

About Epion Health

Epion Health is a Healthbox Accelerator alumni company and offers a software as a service, patient engagement platform at the point of care, beginning with the patient check-in process. By replacing clipboards and paper forms with iPads, Epion improves efficiencies and engages patients to improve outcomes. The service fully integrates with Electronic Health Record and Practice Management systems.

About Deerfield Management Company 

Deerfield is an investment management firm committed to advancing healthcare through investment, information and philanthropy. For more information about Deerfield, please visit www.deerfield.com

July 22, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Tute Genomics Biomarker Discovery Platform to Support Brigham Young University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Research

Provo, Utah (July 22, 2014)  — Tute Genomics today announced that its genome annotation and discovery platform will support Brigham Young University’s (BYU) efforts to advance Alzheimer’s disease genetics research. This collaboration involves analysis and interpretation of next-generation sequencing data from more than 1,000 exomes and genomes to identify new genetic variants associated with the disease.

“Collaboration is the key to discovering novel variants in genomics research, and Tute Genomics is honored to play a role in supporting this important work,” said Dr. Kai Wang, President of Tute Genomics, “This is an example of how our platform significantly enhances the ability for researchers to identify disease genes and variants from thousands of genomes.”

Dr. John “Keoni” Kauwe is leading a group of scientists from the BYU College of Life Sciences that is leveraging Tute Genomics in a large-scale effort to better understand the genetic basis of Alzheimer’s disease. The causes of this brain disease are still not fully understood and traditional treatments have so far proven unsuccessful. Dr. Kauwe’s group is looking to utilize Tute Genomics’ biomarker discovery platform to identify novel targets that may be used for therapeutic interventions.

“We have been extremely impressed with the Tute platform thus far, and we already have a number of research findings we are evaluating. We are excited to utilize Tute’s technology to support our novel approaches to finding genetic variants associated with Alzheimer’s disease using exome and whole genome sequence data,” said Dr. Kauwe.

The Alzheimer’s Genetic Analysis Group is a collaborative effort led by Dr. John Hardy at University College London. Other Principal Investigators in this group include Dr. Kauwe from BYU, Drs. Alison Goate and Carlos Cruchaga at the Washington University School of Medicine, and Dr. Andrew Singleton at the National Institutes of Health. Late last year this group discovered a novel genetic variant that doubles a person’s risk of developing the disease later in life. The study included families that had several members with Alzheimer’s. The scientists sequenced and compared genes of those individuals affected by the disease and those who were not. They were then able to identify variations in a gene that appeared in affected family members. [1]

Another of their recent studies has helped lift the veil on some of the mystery surrounding the causes of Alzheimer’s. The research team analyzed data from more than 25,000 people and reported that a rare genetic mutation in TREM2, a gene with function in the immune and inflammatory response, increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. [2]

“Dr. Kauwe and the Alzheimer’s Genetic Analysis Group are making exciting progress towards understanding the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease. The first step towards effective treatments and an eventual cure is to fully understand the genetics and neurobiology of the disorder,” said Dr. Reid Robison, co-founder and CEO of Tute Genomics.

About Tute Genomics

Tute Genomics is a Utah-based company developing innovative cloud-based solutions to accelerate genetic discovery and enable precision medicine. Tute developed a clinical genome interpretation platform that assists researchers in identifying disease genes and biomarkers, and assists clinicians/labs in performing genetic diagnosis. Given sequencing data on a genome or a panel of genes, Tute can return over 125 annotations on variants and genes, perform family-based, case/control or tumor sample analyses to identify causal disease genes, and generate clinical reports for clinicians to focus on clinically relevant and actionable findings. Tute is built on the expertise that developed ANNOVAR, the most widely used genome annotation & interpretation technology with over 750 scientific citations. To learn more please visit www.tutegenomics.com.

[1] “Rare coding variants in the phospholipase D3 gene confer risk for Alzheimer’s disease.” Nature. 2014 Jan 23;505(7484):550-4. doi: 10.1038/nature12825.

[2] “TREM2 variants in Alzheimer’s disease.” New England Journal of Medicine. 2013 Jan 10;368(2):117-27. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1211851.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Vinod Khosla Challenges The Jobs Of Medical Doctors

Silicon Valley venture capitalist and billionaire, Vinod Khosla, stirred up some controversy at several medical related conferences, where he compared current medical practices to voodoo and predicted that machines will replace 80% of doctors in the field.

Khosla believes that the mass volume of data analyzed by computers can replace traditional medical practices and “data science will do more for medicine than all the biological sciences combined.”

These thoughts are typical of the misconceptions regarding what big data can and cannot accomplish:

  • Correlation is not causation: strong correlations found in large data  analysis is not an indication of causation, a crucial factor in diagnosis;
  • It takes mass volume to compensate quality: accuracy is proportional to the square root of N, so you must have exponentially more data to compensate for loses in quality, defeating the cost argument for lots of cheaply generated data;
  • Consolidation and standardization is not easy it but can have quick results: consolidating information about patients and standardizing processes is a way that big data tech can have huge impacts – by reducing the death rate caused by hospital errors, which kills an estimated 210,000 to 440,000 Americans each year;

“It shows how deeply engrained misconceptions about big data is when a titan in the tech industry holds such flawed views,” said Kally Pan, account manager at Leftronic. “Big data is not magic, but is a tool. And like any tool, its usefulness depends on the wielder.”

The biggest complication to implementing big data solutions is not technical, but social. Government regulation and public opinion are two large gauntlets to pass for any innovation in the industry. Those in the technology world will have to re-learn what mission critical means again when human lives are at stake.

Leftronic is a tech company based in San Francisco that offers metric monitoring, data aggregation and data visualization in real-time. The firm is run by Caltech grads with about 20 years’ experience in the tech industry.

July 16, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CHIME Supports New Pathways for Meaningful Use in 2014

Nation’s CIOs ask for swift finalization of proposed rule with ‘common sense’ amendments
ANN ARBOR, MI, June 30, 2014 - In comments submitted Friday, June 27 on proposed “Modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2014,” the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) offered general support of program changes, but requested additional revisions and clarifications to maintain momentum of the federal initiative.

Comments from the professional association of healthcare CIOs and IT leaders said additional flexibility is needed because changes proposed for the Meaningful Use incentive program were only first released in late May, limiting the amount of time providers have to react to changes.

“CHIME supports the new pathways as defined in the proposed rule,” the letter read. “We believe these options will provide needed flexibility for EHR optimization, encourage continued participation in the program and help maintain the upward trajectory of EHR adoption in the US.”

One of CHIME’s primary requests is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allow providers to choose any three-month quarter for an EHR reporting period in the next federal fiscal year or calendar year to qualify for Meaningful Use in 2015. As currently structured, the program requires providers to report a full year of data to qualify for incentives.

“We believe this change will have a dramatically positive effect on program participation and policy outcomes sought in 2015,” CHIME’s comments noted. “The additional time afforded by this modification would help hundreds of thousands of providers meet Stage 2 requirements in an effective and safe manner.”

“We are grateful for the agencies’ acknowledgement that 2014 has been an extremely challenging year for the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO.  “The new pathways created by this NPRM will enable many hospitals and physicians to capitalize on progress made to date. However, the benefits of this new flexibility will be immediately lost if 2015 reporting requirements are not tempered.  Carrying forward the 2014 policy requiring providers submit data covering one quarter of their choosing in 2015 is common sense.”

Additional flexibility is needed because of the continued industry-wide strain to implement information technology in time to meet ongoing requirements of the program, CHIME contended. “Because there is such limited capacity for the industry to absorb ongoing technology upgrades and process changes, CHIME implores CMS to allow 3-month quarter EHR reporting options in 2015.”

CHIME’s comments also asked that the agencies delete ambiguous attestation requirements related to the definition of “fully implemented” Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT). “A number of CHIME members have indicated their apprehension to take advantage of the new pathways created by this NPRM (because of) how this proposed rule defines ‘full implementation’ of CEHRT since the examples do not adequately represent their situation,” CHIME stated.

“Given the industry’s experience with Meaningful Use audits, there is a lot of anxiety over how such a requirement would be validated,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO, Vice President of Information Services and CIO at Moorhead, Kentucky-based St. Claire Regional Medical Center.  “The fear generated by meaningless audits can be crippling for small and rural organizations like ours. Ambiguity in what constitutes ‘full CEHRT implementation’ defeats the primary intent of this NPRM – namely, to encourage continued participation in the program.”

Overall, CHIME believes “these new pathways will provide much-needed relief to hundreds of thousands of providers struggling to meet MU requirements in 2014, due to circumstances beyond their control,” but CHIME is asking agencies to “explicitly state its intentions to let providers meet MU requirements retrospectively in 2014, if they are able.”

Finally, CHIME offered its support of the one-year extension of Stage 2 for providers that first qualified as meaningful users of EHR technology in 2011 and 2012. “This is a necessary extension to give policymakers time to evaluate past experience and incorporate lessons learned into the third Stage of Meaningful Use,” CHIME stated.

“From Day One, CHIME has been an adamant supporter of Meaningful Use, and we remain supporters to this day,” said Branzell. “Our comments and recommendations are pragmatic and meant to ensure that industry, government and taxpayer investments are properly managed.  We are confident that if CMS makes these common sense changes, we can realize the benefits of a modern, connected healthcare system.”

The full text of CHIME’s response to the proposed modifications to the Meaningful Use program can be found at http://www.cio-chime.org/advocacy/resources/download/CHIME_Response_to_Modifications_MU_2014_Final.pdf

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and more than 130 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

June 30, 2014 I Written By

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