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Nuance Healthcare Voice-Enables Clinical Documentation in Canada with Dragon Medical French

Nuance Healthcare’s medical voice recognition solution, Dragon Medical, is now available to French-speaking Canadian healthcare providers. Dragon Medical is currently used by approximately 25% of U.S. physicians, contributing to increased workflow efficiency for clinicians, and more importantly, improved quality of patient care.

Real-Time, Medical Voice Recognition Supports Canadian French-Speaking Providers; Clinicians Can Capture the Patient Story without Sacrificing Quality, Cost or Time

BURLINGTON, MA – January 12, 2012 Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) announced today that it has expanded the availability of its real-time, medical voice recognition solution, Dragon Medical, to French-speaking Canadian providers.  Through the delivery of Dragon Medical 11 French, Nuance will now help the thousands of French-speaking practicing clinicians across Canada to conveniently and efficiently create medical notes by speaking.

Dragon Medical 11 French, released in Europe in the first half of 2010, is already used by thousands of clinicians to document care.  With real-time, voice-driven clinical documentation, clinicians are empowered to capture a more thorough patient story without sacrificing time.  Used by an estimated 25 percent of the total U.S. physician population, Dragon Medical is proven to maximize healthcare professionals’ productivity and performance by supporting a natural, voice-driven workflow that is preferred by clinicians and enables them to spend more time focused on patient care and less time on reporting.

“Dragon Medical French 11 has freed me from the burdens and errors associated with documentation via pen.  With Dragon Medical, I speak my patient notes; I leverage voice-driven macros to streamline the documentation process, to ensure high levels of accuracy and to optimize my efficiency,” said Dr. Sylvain Croteau, M.D. at Gatineau Hospital.  “Even in a loud, hectic emergency service setting, Dragon Medical has helped me and my physician colleagues to save time and more importantly to focus on the delivery of care.”

With Dragon Medical French, clinicians will have access to a general medicine and radiology vocabulary.  In addition, customizable commands such as Voice Shortcuts and DragonTemplates are available to help clinicians streamline the creation of care-critical documentation including Progress Notes, History of Present Illness, Assessments and Treatment Plans, as well as the dictation of Consultation and Referral Letters.  For information on all versions of the Dragon Medical family of solutions please visit: http://www.nuance.com/products/dragon-medical-family/index.htm

“The features of Dragon Medical French 11 are remarkable for French-speaking physicians in Canada.  Last summer, we partnered with Nuance to run a pilot project of Dragon Medical French amongst 25 physicians across a variety of clinical settings,” said Waleed G. Qirbi, Dragon Medical reseller VoicePC.  “The results of the pilot were nothing but positive; doctors were achieving high levels of recognition and are now able to document more efficiently.  We’re very excited to be able to help deliver the value of Dragon Medical to the unique medical community of Canada.”

“We’re excited to introduce Dragon Medical to a broader set of Canadian clinicians and healthcare organizations.  Dragon Medical is proven to contribute to increased quality of patient care and safety, and also brings tremendous efficiencies to clinicians’ workflow,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.  “Across its more than 200,000 clinician users, Dragon Medical has a proven track record in reducing significant costs and improving physicians’ adoption of Electronic Health Records software.”

Availability

Dragon Medical 11 French is available immediately in Canada through a Nuance authorized distributor.  For more information please visit: http://www.nuance.com/for-partners/by-solution/dragon-medical/canadian-partners

About Nuance Healthcare

Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in providing clinical understanding solutions that accurately capture and transform the patient story into meaningful, actionable information.  Thousands of hospitals, providers and payers worldwide trust Nuance voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to facilitate smarter, more efficient decisions across the healthcare enterprise.  These solutions are proven to increase clinician satisfaction and HIT adoption, supporting organizations to achieve Meaningful Use of EHR systems and transform to the accountable care model.  Recognized as “Best-in-KLAS” 2004-2011 for Voice Recognition we invite you to learn more, http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm.

January 17, 2012 I Written By

Continua Health Alliance Releases Free Design Guidelines; Gains Android Support

Continua Health Alliance announced today that it will make its Design Guidelines publicly available for download free of charge after an eight month pilot phase. Public access to the Guidelines will help technology companies streamline and simplify the development of personal connected health products and services. Continua will make the 2011 Guidelines available as a free download in April of this year.

In addition to this announcement, the Alliance wrapped up 2011 with a significant increase in Continua Certified products and a number of exciting new announcements including the release of Android 4.0 with the Bluetooth Health Device Profile which supports Continua Certified devices such as heart-rate monitors, glucose meters, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers and scales.

Android 4.0 includes the Bluetooth Health Device Profile supporting Continua Certified devices as the Alliance continues to gain momentum

Beaverton, Ore. – January 11, 2012 Continua Health Alliance, an international not-for-profit organization of healthcare and technology companies dedicated to creating an eco-system of interoperable personal connected health products and services, today announced it will make its Design Guidelines publicly available for download free of charge. (This public availability will follow an internal 8 month interoperability/pilot phase that will collect and issue errata prior to the public availability).

Public access to the Continua Design Guidelines will help a larger number of developers build end-to-end systems that provide seamless connectivity between personal connected health products and services, facilitating critical interoperability among devices and applications to drive down data collection and management costs to significantly streamline and simplify the development process for technology companies.

“Allowing a large audience to access Continua Guidelines will be healthy for the industry” said Clint McClellan, Continua Board President and Sr. Dir. of Strategic Marketing, Qualcomm Life, Inc. “This is a vital step in enabling a collaborative system of interoperable plug-and-play healthcare technologies, that will ultimately decrease time-to-market and drive down deployment and maintenance costs – core components of Continua’s mission.”

The Alliance recently made its 2011 Design Guidelines available to university students as part of its commitment to support the 2011-2012 GSMA Mobile Health University Challenge. Having access to Continua’s Guidelines has allowed University Challenge participants the opportunity to accelerate their application development by rapidly integrating a wide variety of Continua compliant health and medical devices.

Continua will make the 2011 Guidelines available as a free download in April of this year.

Continua Momentum 

Continua wrapped up 2011 with a significant increase in Continua Certified™ products and a number of exciting new announcements:

  • Android 4.0 was released with the Bluetooth Health Device Profile which supports Continua Certified devices such as heart-rate monitors, glucose meters, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, and scales. This is the first time that applications can be loaded into an unmodified Mobile OS with the levels of security needed for healthcare data transactions.
  • Demand for Continua Certified products increased with the Japanese Tsunami disaster relief efforts and the recent launch of Continua-compliant personal connected healthcare technologies and regional partnership solutions in Japan. There were commercial releases of Continua-based consumer solutions and government-backed use of the Continua technology in two programs in 2011.
  • Continua began collaborating with NFC Forum to expand connectivity, simplify data exchange in healthcare IT. Continua is working to include NFC as a new transport in an upcoming release of the Guidelines.
  • The Alliance launched the Continua-India work group at International Telemedicine Congress 2011. This new regional working group is focused on adoption and promotion of Continua within India.  This new working group now joins formal regional working groups in –  China, Europe, Japan, South Korea, United States and our Emerging Markets working group.

“We are extremely happy that the Bluetooth Health Device Profile is included in Android 4.0,” said McClellan, “this will make it much easier for third parties to develop health applications that can use a wide variety of Continua certified devices. We are also seeing increasing international adoption of Continua as the Japanese government has mandated that relief efforts should use Continua-based systems to ensure rapid and effective clinic deployments. And, because of increasing interest in India, we have formed a dedicated India work group to facilitate adoption of Continua based systems. ”

Consumer Electronics Show

Continua  and member companies AnyDATA, Bluegiga, Freescale, Nonin, Qualcomm Life, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments (TI) and Wind River are demonstrating personal connected health solutions this week, Jan. 10-13 at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Visit us in the North Hall Digital Health Summit (Booth #3027), to see consumer digital health solutions in action.

About Continua: Continua Health Alliance is an international not-for-profit industry organization dedicated to establishing guidelines for combining and applying existing standards to personal connected health products and services. Continua makes a transition from the personal connected health marketplace to a marketplace of interoperable devices that facilitate better care, possible, empowering consumers, improving outcomes and lowering overall healthcare costs. With nearly 250 member companies around the world, Continua is comprised of technology, medical device and healthcare industry leaders as well as service providers dedicated to making personal connected health a reality. For more information visit: www.continuaalliance.org.

January 16, 2012 I Written By

Independa Unveils Health Measures at CES 2012 Digital Health Summit– An Easy, Affordable Option for Home Health Monitoring

Independa announced, during the Consumer Electronics Show, Health Measures– a simple, affordable option to enhance remote health monitoring of the elderly that doesn’t require wireless infrastructure in a home.

The new service will integrate conventional telephony with Independa’s cloud-based services to enable professional and family caregivers to easily record biometric information using only a wireline or mobile phone and have it merged with other data presented on the Independa Caregiver Web app.

This announcement will follow Independa’s announcement of a collaboration with LG to offer an industry-first suite of TV-based services specifically for long-term care facilities. That offering will provide Independa’s cloud-based Angela™ application on LG Electronics’ Pro:Centric™-enabled commercial televisions designed for the unique needs of communities for the elderly.

Cloud-Based Service Works with Any Wireline or Mobile Phone, Allowing Convenient Monitoring of the Elderly

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 11, 2012Independa today announced plans during the 2012 International CES for Health Measures – a platform combining conventional telephony with existing Independa cloud-based services to improve remote care for the elderly.

Simple, affordable Health Measures doesn’t require cellular coverage, broadband service or wireless devices in the home, making it ideal for care recipients who live in rural areas with poor cellular coverage, have limited funds to invest in wireless health devices, or have limited time to implement wireless health monitoring solutions immediately after leaving the hospital.

Health Measures allows home-health and home-care professionals, as well as senior-living facilities and family caregivers, to easily record a multitude of crucial biometric data, including weight, blood pressure, glucose level, temperature, pulse and heart rate. Information entered using a wireline or mobile phone is converted to digital form and delivered to Independa’s cloud-based telecare solution. All information collected is merged with other data to provide a complete and perpetual view of a person’s body telemetry and bio-informatics. The information is presented on the Independa Caregiver Web App, which also enables caregivers to create and follow responses to automatic reminders for those being cared for to take their medications, exercise, eat, hydrate and keep medical appointments.

“We have designed Health Measures to help mitigate expensive and often debilitating conditions that commonly arise during transitions in care,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. “Our new service will enable hospitals, other caregiving organizations and family caregivers to begin monitoring a care recipient’s biotelemetry as soon as the person returns to their residence. Professional and family caregivers will receive timely information, avoiding the need for time-consuming and costly routine home visits.

“Health Measures offers a convenient, intuitive way to provide better, more cost-effective care for elderly people who need remote observation but whose residences don’t have the technological infrastructure for sophisticated wireless health monitoring solutions,” said Dr. Richard Della Penna, Independa Chief Medical Officer and former Kaiser Permanente national eldercare lead. “Considering that most conditions requiring a return to the hospital emerge in the first three days after discharge, Health Measures provides hospitals and other healthcare organizations new opportunities to avoid readmissions and related Medicare and Medicaid penalties.”

Independa plans to make Health Measures available in February after a month of pilot testing. Health Measures offers a no-hardware, no-installation, lower-cost alternative to complement Independa’s Artemis™ solution, a wireless health and home sensor platform. The same alerts and thresholds apply, whether health information is received conveniently via a telephone or a wireless health device.

Health Measures and Artemis both build on the Caregiver Web App and on Independa’s touchscreen-based Angela™ offering, which focuses on social engagement for the care recipient. Angela provides single-touch access to games, puzzles, favorite websites, video Web chat, Facebook, email, a photo album and a calendar planner, as well as health-metrics reporting.

For more information about Health Measures, visit www.independa.com/health-measures.

About Independa, Inc.

Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions. Independa’s best-of-breed cloud-based services enable organizations and individuals providing eldercare to cost-effectively allow the elderly to stay home longer, safer and more comfortably. Independa Integrated CloudCare services include medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

January 15, 2012 I Written By

A2iA Named to ECM Connection’s ‘Top 10 of 2011’

A2iA has been included on ECM Connection’s ‘Top 10 of 2011’ list in two categories – A2iA’s article, “Making History Actionable: Historic Document / Archive Conversion” has been included in the “Top 10 Downloads of 2011” list, and A2iA FieldReader™ Custom Module for Kofax Capture has been named to the list of “Featured Products and Services.”

Annual list details the most impactful technologies and articles of the past year.

NEW YORK, January 10, 2012 - A2iA, (@A2iA), the worldwide leading developer of document analysis and data extraction technology for unstructured and handwritten contents, announced that it has been included on ECM Connection’s ‘Top 10 of 2011’ list in two categories – A2iA’s article, “Making History Actionable: Historic Document / Archive Conversion” has been included in the “Top 10 Downloads of 2011” list, and A2iA FieldReader™ Custom Module for Kofax Capture has been named to the list of “Featured Products and Services.”

“This is an annual review of the year’s most popular content featured in the ECM Connection newsletter and serves as a helpful overview of where we are in the ECM industry,” said Vicki Amendola, ECM Connection Editor-in-Chief. “By highlighting the most impactful news, technologies, discussions, and events of the past year, we can pinpoint trends in the industry to better prepare you for 2012 and beyond.”

Available in 23-country versions and 6-languages, and trusted worldwide to process hundreds-of-millions of documents each year, A2iA’s software is deployed throughout a multitude of industries, including banking / finance, healthcare, insurance, government, and service bureaus / business process outsourcing firms. Proven to make unstructured, complex data searchable and reportable, A2iA reduces operating costs and manual document processing, even with reduced resources.

With over 30,000 registered subscribers, ECM Connection’s ‘Top Ten’ lists are published annually and are selected by their readers based on tallying the most-clicked content from the past year. For more information on ECM Connection visit www.ECMConnection.com.

A2iA’s featured article and product information can be found on the company’s website at www.A2iA.com.

About A2iA
A2iA, (@A2iA) is the worldwide leading developer of handwritten and machine printed text recognition, information extraction and intelligent document classification toolkits. By enhancing solutions from integrators and independent software vendors, A2iA allows complex and cursive data from all forms, documents and checks including unstructured handwritten letters, to become part of a structured database, making it searchable and reportable, with the same level of flexibility of printed or digital data. Proven to reduce costs and nearly eliminate data-entry and manual document processing, A2iA’s technology has been improving business process automation and providing a visible ROI for over 20 years. For more information, visit www.A2iA.com or call +1 917-237-0390 within the Americas, or +33 1 44 42 00 80 within EMEA or Asia.

 

January 14, 2012 I Written By

Wacom Introduces Signature Capture Solution for Business

Wacom announces the availability of sign&save – an affordable and efficient way to integrate electronic handwritten signatures into the healthcare industry’s daily workflow. Without the need to print, scan and store documents, sign&save produces tangible results in terms of time and cost savings, as well as ease-of-use, security and speedy performance  for both employees and patients.

Vancouver, Wash. – Jan. 9, 2012 – Wacom® sign&save, a plug-and-play signature capture solution for small to medium size businesses that are seeking to improve customer-facing digital transaction processes, is now available at the company’s online store. The sign&save solution, available in two versions, combines a Wacom signature tablet with the company’s newly designed software, called sign | pro PDF, to deliver an affordable and efficient way to integrate electronic handwritten signatures into a business’s daily workflow. Both versions are easy to connect to Windows®-based personal computers.  Additionally, each signature tablet is able to capture the static and biometric aspects of individual signatures, providing an effective defense against fraud.

“The sign&save solution provides an immediate ROI by modernizing the signature capture process, making it easy for businesses to add legally-binding electronic signatures to any PDF document,” says Michael Marcum, Vice President of Vertical Markets for Wacom Technology Services Corp. “Ultimately, sign&save is offering businesses a more efficient way to execute contracts and authorize agreements. By eliminating the need to print, scan and store documents, sign&save produces tangible results in terms of time and cost savings, not to mention the ease-of-use, security and speedy performance benefits it gives to both employees and customers.”

Two Versions to Meet Specific Use Cases

Wacom offers sign&save in two configurations, one simply called sign&save and the other called sign&save | mobile. The baseline sign&save features the STU-500 LCD signature tablet with sign | pro PDF software. It is targeted for desk and counter top usage as well as point-of-sale locations. The STU-500, with its larger and higher resolution screen is ideal for uses that require more real estate for a premium signing experience. The other configuration, sign&save | mobile, combines an STU-300 LCD signature tablet with sign | pro PDF software, creating the ideal solution for people on-the-go. The smaller footprint and integrated pen-holder on the STU-300 make it easy to slip into a laptop bag. A field engineer that requires sign-off on specific projects or a traveling salesperson that has to have contracts signed and sent to the home office would find sign&save | mobile ideally suited for their needs.  “Whether working from a desktop or laptop computer, the office or in the field, Wacom has a one-stop solution to fit specific signature capture needs,” continues Marcum. Each version of sign&save delivers outstanding longevity through the hardware’s patented pen technology that never needs batteries or a cord to carry an electronic signal.  Since no electronic signals are passed through the Wacom pen tether, pen operation cannot be affected by damage to the tether. In addition, Wacom’s pen technology, unlike resistive technologies, is not impacted by wear or scratches to the LCD’s screen surface.

Wacom’s sign | pro PDF software works in harmony with the signature tablets, allowing users to capture handwritten signatures electronically and merge them with PDF documents.  While capturing the signature with the tablet’s pressure-sensitive pen, biometric data is recorded and the signed PDF document is automatically protected.

Pricing and Availability

Wacom’s sign&save ($299 USD) and sign&save | mobile ($229 USD) are available at the Wacom online store today.

Resellers and System Integrators interested in selling Wacom’s sign&save can send inquiries to SignatureTablet@wacom.com for more information.

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices provide business and home users with the ability to explore digital content creation in a comfortable, natural way.

January 13, 2012 I Written By

Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates, P.C., Selects the SRS EHR for Its 12 Providers and 11 Office Locations

“One of the primary reasons we chose the SRS EHR was that it was so consistently and highly recommended by physicians and practice managers across the board. Particularly compelling were the enthusiastic endorsements by those who had failed with other EHRs before implementing SRS,” says Michelle Gulley, CEO, POA. “That SRS, itself, claims to increase practice-wide efficiency and physician productivity is one thing—that the physicians who use the SRS EHR say the same thing is quite another. The successful experiences of these practices gave us confidence in the efficiencies inherent in the SRS EHR and the quality of the company behind the software.”

SRS Productivity Claims Validated by Thorough Reference Checking

MONTVALE, NJ – January 9, 2012 – SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, today announced that Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates, P.C. (POA), has selected the SRS EHR for its 12 providers and 11 office locations. POA was founded in 1996 and cares for children throughout the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area.

“One of the primary reasons we chose the SRS EHR was that it was so consistently and highly recommended by physicians and practice managers across the board. Particularly compelling were the enthusiastic endorsements by those who had failed with other EHRs before implementing SRS,” says Michelle Gulley, CEO, POA. “That SRS, itself, claims to increase practice-wide efficiency and physician productivity is one thing—that the physicians who use the SRS EHR say the same thing is quite another. The successful experiences of these practices gave us confidence in the efficiencies inherent in the SRS EHR and the quality of the company behind the software.”

“We also value the benefits that SRS delivers beyond productivity enhancement—it fosters high-quality patient care, allows us to provide a greater level of customer service to our patients, and gives us the tools to successfully keep up with the government’s ever-evolving requirements,” says Timothy S. Oswald, M.D., POA.

“Our highest priority is customer satisfaction, and our success in that regard is validated by our superior KLAS ratings and the uniformly positive feedback that Dr. Oswald and his staff received from our clients,” says Evan Steele, CEO of SRSsoft. “Our commitment to this principle runs deep. From our disproportionately large investment in our development and quality assurance departments to our well-funded service and support staff, our eager-to-please culture delivers results. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates.”

About SRS

SRS is the leading provider of productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians—with a successful adoption rate unparalleled in the industry. Offered via the Unified Desktop™, the robust EHR, SRS CareTracker PM, SRS PACS, and SRS Patient Portal increase speed, boost revenue, free physicians’ time, and heighten patient care and satisfaction. For more information on SRS, visit www.srssoft.com, e-mail info@srssoft.com, fax 201.802.1301, or call 800.288.8369.

About Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates, P.C.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates, P.C., was founded in 1996 by Drs. E. William Schmitt and Peter L. Meehan. POA providers strive to deliver the best care possible to the children in the Atlanta area through the practice’s multiple locations. POA physicians also serve as the primary teachers for pediatric orthopaedic residents at Emory University. Please visit www.mypedsortho.com for more information.

January 12, 2012 I Written By

Hawaii’s Leading Health Care Data Organization Selects NextGate Enterprise Master Patient Index to Support Population Health Management

Hawaii Health Information Corporation using NextGate EMPI to create a more accurate, complete statewide patient database

MONROVIA, Calif. — December 4, 2012 — NextGate, a leading provider of Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and registry solutions, today announced that Hawaii Health Information Corporation (HHIC) will implement NextGate’s EMPI software and related services.  HHIC will use this solution to match patient records collected from various organizations, enable more consistent patient identification across health settings, and increase the accuracy and breadth of population health statistics.

HHIC maintains 18 years of health data and is recognized as the most comprehensive and organized database of health information in Hawaii.  Providers, payers, state government, and researchers use the data for clinical collaboration, financial efficiency, and performance measurements such as readmission rates. HHIC also provides analytics and data for research organizations, including the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ). The patient identity management capabilities of the NextGate EMPI will enable these organizations to exchange health information with the highest levels of accuracy and completeness of patient information.

“Assembling a complete patient record is particularly challenging in Hawaii because we have to accommodate different data systems, non-standard content, a diverse and transient population, and complicated phonetic attributes,” said Jill Miyamura, Vice President at HHIC. “Many other solutions we considered were underpowered and simply fell short.  Our team concluded that NextGate had the intelligence, precision, and flexibility to handle the complexity of our challenge.”

“Now that different organizations are sharing healthcare data with each other, they realize the challenge of determining if the data represent the same patient. Insightful organizations like HHIC are implementing EMPI solutions to improve the accuracy and quality of their data, which provides a direct benefit to the partners that rely on that information,” said Andy Aroditis, President and CEO, NextGate. “As healthcare continues to become more interconnected and complex, basic MPI technology is simply not up to the task and more advanced systems are becoming increasingly essential.”

The NextGate EMPI creates a centralized patient index, supplying providers, payers and applications with a reliable, consolidated, consistent and de-duplicated source of patient demographics enabling accurate exchange of patient information.

About Hawaii Health Information Corporation

Hawaii Health Information Corporation (HHIC) is Hawai‘i’s leading health care information organization. HHIC’s  mission is to collect, analyze and disseminate statewide health information to support efforts to continuously improve the quality and cost-efficiency of Hawai‘i’s health care services. A private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1994, HHIC maintains one of Hawai‘i’s largest healthcare databases. HHIC’s unique strength is the ability to generate comparative information using the extensive records in this database. In addition, we analyze relevant state and national databases to create population-based reports, performance measures, norms and benchmarks. As an independent organization, HHIC brings both objectivity and the required expertise to enable health care facilities, health plans, public and private organizations and communities to make the most of the data available, both locally and nationally.

About NextGate

NextGate provides Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and registry solutions that integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance.  For more information visit: www.nextgate.com.

January 11, 2012 I Written By

Physicians Interactive Holdings Well-Positioned to Accelerate Growth

Merck Global Health Innovation Fund Makes Strategic investment

Marlborough, MA – January 5, 2012 – Physicians Interactive Holdings, Inc. the leading provider of mobile and web-based clinical resources and solutions for healthcare professionals, today announced it entered into an agreement with Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, LLC (“GHIF”) to invest up to $17 million in the Company. The financing includes an initial investment of $8.5 million and potential future investments of up to $8.5 million contingent upon achieving certain pre-specified milestones. The proceeds will be used to fund the growth initiatives of four key products and other initiatives as identified by the Board. Physicians Interactive Holdings was identified by GHIF as being on the forefront of healthcare innovation, and the investment is part of the fund’s strategy to help nurture leading global healthcare solutions.

Today, Physicians Interactive Holdings partners with healthcare professionals and life science companies to provide a powerful integrated suite of clinical medical reference tools, electronic drug sampling and interactive education. The solutions are blended into the clinician’s daily workflow via web, mobile and electronic health records channels, saving time that can be redirected back to critical patient care.

“We are excited by this investment from Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and it validates both our achievements to-date and the compelling vision around our innovative programs for healthcare professionals and life science companies. This investment will allow us to further expand our internal product development and customer solutions, as well as explore new markets and additional customer segments,” said Donato Tramuto, CEO and vice chairman of Physicians Interactive Holdings.

GHIF will have a minority position in Physicians Interactive Holdings and will appoint one of their executives to join the Physicians Interactive Holdings Board of Directors, which currently has six members.

About Physicians Interactive Holdings, Inc.:

Physicians Interactive Holdings (PIH) is the leading provider of mobile and web-based clinical resources and solutions that help medical professionals, anytime, anywhere, provide better patient care. PIH uses use the full power of a worldwide network of healthcare professionals and life sciences companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine, for the better. PIH has developed a foundation of user-generated, proprietary and public data that powers a networked suite of transactional applications, including eSampling, interactive learning programs and mobile solutions. Skyscape.com Inc. is part of PIH and is owned by Perseus LLC, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company. For more information about PIH, visit www.physiciansinteractive.com.

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Independa and LG Team to Provide Industry-First Suite of TV-Based Eldercare Services to Senior Living Market

The healthcare industry continues mainlining technological products and services to enhance the quality of care and lower costs. Some of these are new and innovative while others improve traditional products and services currently available for healthcare facilities.

At the Consumer Electronics Show, Independa plans to announce its collaboration with LG on an industry-first suite of TV-based services specifically designed for long-term care facilities. The service will offer Independa’s cloud-based Angela™ application on LG Electronics’ Pro:Centric™- enabled commercial televisions designed for the unique needs of communities for the elderly.

The Independa Angela solution provides single-click access to multimedia communication and social interaction, including video calling, messaging, Web browsing, calendar reminders and other services that enable community residents to keep in touch with professional and family caregivers.

Independa will be demonstrating the new combined service in Booth 3235 at the Digital Health Summit at CES. Also, for the first time, Independa will be showing how Angela works on an iPhone and an iPad. Independa is thus helping extend the “three-screen” strategy adopted by those in the mobile industry to those involved in long-term care.

Alliance Extends Independa Integrated CloudCare Solutions to LG Pro:Centric TVs for Long-Term Care Facilities

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 – Nearly 1 in 8 Americans are age 65 or older, with higher percentages in countries such as Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. To serve the rapidly-growing aging population, Independa today announced a strategic relationship with Zenith, the U.S. R&D subsidiary of LG Electronics, to deploy technology that will provide residents of eldercare facilities an industry-first suite of video calling, messaging, reminders and other services that enables them to keep in touch with professional and family caregivers.

Under the agreement announced today at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, the companies plan to offer Independa’s cloud-based Angela™ application on LG Electronics’ Pro:Centric™- enabled commercial televisions designed for the unique needs of communities for the elderly. The Independa Angela social-engagement platform enhances independent living by providing single-click access to multimedia communication and social interaction.

With Angela, seniors can conduct video calls with loved ones, review shared photos, access email and Facebook, browse the Web, play games and receive medication and calendar reminders – all directly through the TV and all without any computer knowledge. Angela is a touchscreen application running on tablets and desktops, offered to consumers through channel partners, such as home care and home health care providers. This agreement extends Angela for the first time to televisions specifically designed for long-term care facilities.

Supported by and fully incorporated with Independa’s Integrated CloudCare platform, Angela allows the elderly care recipients to enjoy connectivity and social interactivity even as they change residences. For example, they can easily take Angela with them as they move between a private home, a retirement community and an assisted living facility. The cloud-based design also provides facility management with a turnkey solution for uploading events, reminders and other information to their residents via Pro:Centric televisions.

“As the leading commercial television vendor in the U.S. health care and hospitality markets, LG Electronics is the ideal partner for extending Angela to senior living and long-term care facilities,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. “This strategic alliance complements Independa’s core technology and strengthens our market penetration, brand recognition, product excellence and industry relationships, all of which are key as we serve the expanding elderly population.”

Under the agreement, the companies plan to conduct customer trials and collaborate on marketing and development support toward commercial deployments in long-term care facilities.

“Working with Independa provides a powerful new opportunity for adding value to LG commercial TVs for the large and rapidly growing eldercare market,” said LG’s Richard M. Lewis, Zenith senior vice president, technology and research. “With Independa, we are planning to provide seniors, their loved ones and their professional caregivers an industry-first suite of multimedia services for staying in touch and active.”

“This partnership is game-changing for technology adoption in long-term care facilities, as well as the homes of those aging in place,” said Harry Wang, director of health and mobile product research with Parks Associates. “Everyone knows how to use a television, and this combination of a comprehensive integrated software solution and an innovative commercial TV platform creates a model for how long-term care facilities can deploy and leverage easy-to-use technology solutions for their residents.”

About Independa, Inc.

Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions. Independa’s best-of-breed cloud-based services enable organizations and individuals providing eldercare to cost-effectively allow the elderly to stay home longer, safer and more comfortably. Independa Integrated CloudCare services include medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

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Interact with Industry Leaders in Health IT Interoperability

IHE USA Connectathon Conference on Jan. 11 offers unique “one day adventure” with recognized interoperability, information standards and health IT exchange leaders

The annual IHE North America Connectathon 2012 continues to show substantial year-to-year growth as the importance of systems interoperability in health information technology becomes more evident. As part of the Connectathon, IHE USA will sponsor a one-day conference presenting a preeminent team of interoperability, information standards and health information exchange experts.

The one-day educational and networking event – Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise USA (IHE) North American Connectathon Conference – will be held on Jan. 11, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago at 151 E. Wacker Drive. Registration is still open online and can be purchased on-site.

The Connectathon, which will take place Jan. 9-13, is the health IT industry’s only large-scale face-to-face health interoperability testing event. In addition, the one-day conference is a cornerstone of the annual interoperability testing event. This year, the Connectathon testing event will hit record-breaking participation, with more than 120 participating organizations testing 150+ systems advancing the health IT industry and patient safety. Attendees at the Connectathon Conference will be given special access to the testing floor and a guided tour of the event.

IHE USA is proud to announce an exciting and dynamic array of speakers and educational sessions for this year’s Conference, which includes:

• Eric Heflin, Chief Technology Officer, Texas Health Services Authority
• Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS, CMO, Med Allies
• Jim Younkin, IT Program Director, Geisinger Health System, KeyHIE
• Elliot B. Sloane, PhD, CCE, FHIMSS, President, Center for Healthcare Information Research and
Policy at Drexel University
• David Mendelson MD, FACR, Chief of Clinical Informatics Mount Sinai Medical Center
• Anuj Desai, Project Manager, EHR/HIE Interoperability Work Group

Learn more about IHE North American Connectathon or the one-day educational Conference by visiting IHE USA’s website (www.iheusa.org).

About IHE USA

IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc.

About IHE International

IHE International, Inc. (www.ihe.net) is the global hub of the IHE initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort started in 1997 to promote the effective use of electronic health records and health information technology (HIT) by driving the adoption of standards-based solutions for interoperability. IHE International brings together HIT experts and stakeholders in more than a dozen clinical and operational domains to develop implementation guides call IHE Profiles that define the use of standards to address specific HIT interoperability needs. It also oversees a process of testing that fosters the adoption of IHE Profiles in real-world HIT products and care settings. IHE interoperability solutions are implemented in hundreds of products and in care sites around the world.

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