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National eHealth Collaborative Convenes Consumer Consortium on eHealth

The Consumer Consortium on eHealth is designed to serve as a collaborative forum for sharing best practices, initiatives, tools, resources, ideas, and experience related to effective consumer engagement on health IT. Consortium members will work together to identify obstacles to the adoption of eHealth, brainstorm solutions, and develop effective communication strategies to reach a national audience with messages about the benefits of health IT.

80 consumer, patient, and business representatives help to spur a new grassroots movement

WASHINGTON, DC (April 27, 2010) – National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) yesterday convened 80 representatives of consumer-facing organizations ranging from patient advocates to government agencies for the inaugural meeting of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth. The Consortium is the first effort of its kind to organize a broad cross-section of stakeholders to develop and coordinate a program to actively encourage individuals to become more engaged in their health and healthcare through the use of health information technology (IT).

“Empowering consumer/patients through eHealth is the most obvious thing in the world,” said “e-Patient Dave” deBronkart. “The resources and support offered by my online cancer community have saved some patients’ lives, and add significantly to patients’ and families’ ability to participate in their care. It’s vital that more of us realize the value IT can have in helping us to take control of our health. I’m honored to be part of the founding of the Consumer Consortium on eHealth – it could spark a widespread movement to make possible the kind of REAL patient-centered care that we all deserve.”

The Consumer Consortium on eHealth is designed to serve as a collaborative forum for sharing best practices, initiatives, tools, resources, ideas, and experience related to effective consumer engagement on health IT. Consortium members will work together to identify obstacles to the adoption of eHealth, brainstorm solutions, and develop effective communication strategies to reach a national audience with messages about the benefits of health IT.

“Health IT can be a great tool for consumers to improve their health,” said Kate Berry, CEO of NeHC and Consumer Consortium on eHealth Steering Committee Co-Chair. “The NeHC Board and executive leadership are excited to be convening the Consumer Consortium on eHealth as an effort to actively encourage the American public to recognize and incorporate into their daily lives the health IT tools and resources that exist to aid them in proactively engaging in their health.”

The Consumer Consortium on eHealth is led by a steering committee of 13 nationally known experts in health IT and consumer and patient advocacy:
Kate Berry, Chief Executive Officer, National eHealth Collaborative (Steering Committee Co-Chair)
Lygeia Riccardi, Senior Policy Advisor for Consumer e-Health, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Steering Committee Co-Chair)
Alice Brown, Director, Health Information Technology, National Partnership for Women and Families
Steven Findlay, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Consumers Union
Nancy Davenport-Ennis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, National Patient Advocate Foundation
Charles Parker, Executive Director, Continua Health Alliance
Michael Lardiere, Director, Health Information Technology and Senior Advisor, Behavioral Health, National Association of Community Health Centers
Joshua Rubin, Executive Director, Kanter Family Foundation
Joyce Dubow, Senior Health Care Reform Director, AARP
Jenifer Simpson, Senior Director for Government Affairs, American Association of People with Disabilities
Marcia Thomas-Brown, Chief Operating Officer, National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved
Jim Hansen, Vice President & Executive Director, Dossia Consortium
e-Patient Dave DeBronkart, Cancer Survivor and Co-Chair, Society for Participatory Medicine

“This effort aligns exactly with the priorities of ONC as laid out in Goal IV of the new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan,” said Lygeia Ricciardi, Senior Policy Advisor for Consumer e-Health at ONC and Steering Committee Co-Chair. “The Consumer Consortium on eHealth will complement and support current efforts to engage consumers in eHealth and I am excited to see the results we can produce by bringing together such a diverse group of stakeholder representatives and organizations in pursuit of this single, important goal.”

During the inaugural meeting, Consortium members heard from Steering Committee members and other experts who discussed the critical need to broadly and inclusively engage directly with consumers as we experience a time of great interest, investment, and innovation in the health IT industry. Members also began to discuss steps for message development and methods for reaching key audiences. The Consortium will continue to convene over the coming months in the form of workgroups that will develop recommendations for next steps in messaging, communication, audience engagement, and best practices to be presented at the next full Consortium meeting in July 2011.

For more information or to sign up as a participating organization in the Consumer Consortium on eHealth, visit the NeHC website at http://nationalehealth.org/consumers.aspx.

About National eHealth Collaborative
National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) is a public-private partnership that enables secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange to advance health and improve health care. Working in conjunction with its partners, NeHC engages stakeholders in a collaborative and consensus-driven way to realize common goals that lead to transformative change. NeHC reaches broadly into all sectors of healthcare and health IT, employs open and inclusive methods, and makes its outcomes broadly available for continued improvement. This philosophy and approach allows NeHC to offer a uniquely balanced perspective that leverages diverse points of view and provides the essential public-private platform for collaboratively pursuing solutions to universal trusted and effective health information exchange. NeHC is a cooperative agreement partner of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Wolters Kluwer Health to Acquire Leading Global Drug Information Provider Lexi-Comp

The acquisition of Lexi-Comp will enable Wolters Kluwer Health to further strengthen its leading position in the clinical decision support and point-of-care information segments and to provide customers with even more robust drug information and clinical content offerings for both hospital pharmacies and overall hospital enterprises. It will also enable pharmacist, physician and nurse customers to use an extended suite of mobile capabilities and online platforms, making access to critical medical information more convenient than ever before.

Acquisition Strengthens Wolters Kluwer Leading Position in the Clinical Solutions Space

Philadelphia, PA – (April 27, 2011) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for professionals, students and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Lexi-Comp, Inc., a leading provider of drug information and clinical content for pharmacists and clinicians. The acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions Wolters Kluwer Health has made in its Clinical Solutions business as part of the company’s strong focus on serving the point-of-care segment.

“Wolters Kluwer Health has focused heavily on building a robust suite of clinical decision support solutions for point-of-care use by healthcare professionals, and our acquisition of Lexi-Comp is very much aligned with this strategy,” said Arvind Subramanian, President & CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. “Like Wolters Kluwer Health’s current Clinical Solutions businesses, Lexi-Comp is a leader in providing quality drug information and clinical content designed to help pharmacists and other healthcare professionals make informed and efficient clinical judgments and decisions to improve the quality of care they can provide for their patients. With this acquisition, over 500,000 pharmacists and clinicians in 149 countries will have access to Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. Following completion of the acquisition, our combined businesses will be well-positioned to provide a robust portfolio of clinical decision support solutions for professional customers across the healthcare continuum.”

Lexi-Comp provides drug information and medical reference content to more than 1,500 hospitals internationally, and publishes drug monographs covering more than 1,700 products.   Lexi-Comp’s clinical information is available to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals online and on a variety of popular mobile devices, as well as through integrated health information systems. To support and supplement effective clinician-patient interactions, Lexi-Comp also provides patient medication leaflets in 19 languages. The company is headquartered near Cleveland, Ohio and has approximately 150 employees.

The two companies have a long-standing relationship through Wolters Kluwer Health’s UpToDate business. UpToDate offers an electronic clinical information resource via the internet and mobile devices, with one of the world’s largest online clinical information communities including more than 4,400 expert clinicians who function as authors, editors and peer reviewers and over 400,000 users who provide questions and feedback.  UpToDate covers more than 8,500 topics in 17 medical specialty areas, with integrated Lexi-Comp drug information and clinical content offered through the UpToDate platform.

The acquisition of Lexi-Comp will enable Wolters Kluwer Health to further strengthen its leading position in the clinical decision support and point-of-care information segments and to provide customers with even more robust drug information and clinical content offerings for both hospital pharmacies and overall hospital enterprises. It will also enable pharmacist, physician and nurse customers to use an extended suite of mobile capabilities and online platforms, making access to critical medical information more convenient than ever before.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required regulatory approvals. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. For more information on Wolters Kluwer Health, visit www.wolterskluwerhealth.com. For more information on Lexi-Comp, visit www.lexi.com.

About Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health (Philadelphia, PA) is a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters Kluwer Health’s customers include professionals, institutions and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools, journals and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; and electronic information providers, such as Ovid®, UpToDate®, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons®, Pharmacy OneSource® and ProVation® Medical.

Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer has 2010 annual revenues of €3.5 billion ($4.7 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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GE Centricity Customer Achieves Stage 1 Meaningful Use

GE Healthcare IT today announced that the Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona (HVCA) is among the first physician practices in the nation to achieve Meaningful Use with a certified EMR. HVCA reached the milestone using Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 on Monday, April 18, the first day of the attestation period.

HVCA Administrator Barbara Watkins, R.N., helped lead the practice’s six cardiologists through the process of preparing for attestation to meet Stage 1 of Meaningful Use. The practice serves more than 15,000 patients and the providers started preparing for attestation actively in fall 2010.

Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona Uses Centricity Practice Solution to Successfully Meet Threshold

GE Healthcare IT, a leading provider of information technology solutions, congratulates Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona (HVCA) as the first Centricity* customer to achieve Meaningful Use. HVCA reached the milestone using Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 on Monday, April 18, the first day of the attestation period.

“The achievement doesn’t speak as much to our ability to work with the technology as it does to our ability to work with patients,” said Barb Watkins, Administrator at HVCA. “We’re already moving beyond this accomplishment and striving to use our information technology tools to make a meaningful difference in the quality of care that we deliver to our patients.”

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) certified Centricity Practice Solution, v9.5 in October 2010 as an ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 complete EHR meeting Stage 1 criteria, a precursor to meaningful use eligibility, making it one of the first systems to meet the standards.

Centricity Practice Solution v9.5 is also a CCHIT Certified®2011 Ambulatory EHR with additional certification in Cardiovascular Medicine with Advanced Reporting and Child Health. In this independent program offering physicians greater assurance that an EHR will meet their special needs, Centricity Practice Solution also scored a five star rating in CCHIT’s usability testing, the highest awarded by the Commission.

“We are thrilled to see HVCA achieve Meaningful Use so quickly,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire team at HVCA and see this milestone as a testament to the partnership we have with its staff. We look forward to helping other customers achieve Meaningful Use with the same speed and simplicity enjoyed here.”

Both Centricity Practice Solution 9.5 and 10 have attained 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certification as a complete EHR from CCHIT®**.   GE Healthcare has several other electronic medical records products that can help customers achieve Meaningful Use.  GE Centricity Enterprise version 6.9 is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a complete EHR on February 17, 2011 by Drummond Group Inc.***. GE Centricity EMR version 9.5 is also 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on October 28, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT ®)****.  GE Healthcare also previously announced that CCHIT issued GE Centricity Advance, v10.1 GE’s web-based EMR for smaller physician practices, 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certification as a complete EHR*****.

CCHIT and The Drummond Group made these designations in their capacity as Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Bodies (ONC-ATCBs) in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

2011/2012 certification conferred by these agencies does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by HHS nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

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