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Perminova founder Gregory Feld, MD, named among nation’s top cardiac electrophysiologists

Perminova Founder Dr. Gregory Feld is known as an innovator and hard-working doc in the fastest-growing cardiac sub-specialty of electrophysiology. Now, US News & World Report has recognized him as one of the top electrophysiologists in the nation.

LA JOLLA, CA – Dr. Gregory Feld, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Perminova, Inc., and Director of UC San Diego Health System’s Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology, is among the top 1 percent of the nation’s electrophysiologists, according to new rankings of top doctors by U.S. News and World Report.

US News Top Doctors, chosen by peers nationwide, were announced today by the news magazine. Dr. Feld has long been recognized as a leader in the field of electrophysiology, the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms, which is the fastest growing of all cardiovascular disciplines. Dr. Feld developed Perminova EP, a web-based cardiovascular information system customized for electrophysiology.

“I’m honored that my colleagues think highly enough of my work to nominate me among the country’s top electrophysiologists,” Feld said. “Electrophysiology is rapidly growing in importance as we refine techniques to treat abnormal heart rhythms and save lives that may have been lost only a few years ago.”

Dr. Feld originally developed Perminova EP to collect data on electrophysiology (EP) cases for use in research into treatments for abnormal heart rhythms. The product grew into an information system to streamline and improve workflow, scheduling, billing, reporting and sharing patient data among all doctors, nurses and technologists in the EP lab. Because it is web-based, clinicians can access patient data anytime, anywhere and from any browser; automated reporting functions in Perminova EP allow doctors and nurses to complete operative and case reports within minutes of a procedure’s completion without dictation and transcription.

As Dr. Feld originally envisioned, Perminova EP also collects thousands of data points for each electrophysiology procedure and stores them in a scalable, secure private database, where they can be de-identified and used for medical research and clinical trials. Perminova EP is an early example of how big health data can be aggregated for research use to help develop breakthrough treatments.

“Dr. Feld’s vision in creating Perminova is indicative of his national leadership in the field of electrophysiology,” said Craig K. Collins, President & CEO of Perminova. “The recognition is not only for his knowledge and skills as an electrophysiologist, which are immense, but also for his foresight in moving the specialty forward.”

In addition to his position as Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Department, Dr. Feld also is Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. His clinical responsibilities include performing up to eight ablation procedures a week, as well as pacemaker and defibrillator implantation procedures. He currently performs the largest number of ablations for atrial fibrillation in Southern California.

Dr. Feld has pioneered several new treatments for cardiac arrhythmias, including catheter ablation of atrial flutter and AV node modification for atrial fibrillation. His current research includes optimizing techniques for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, and development of new energy sources for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Feld received his MD degree from Dartmouth Medical School, his residency and fellowship training at UCLA and VA Wadsworth in Los Angeles, and joined the faculty at UC San Diego in 1987. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology and an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Feld has participated in numerous basic and clinical research studies and his research has been published in the journals Circulation, Heart Rhythm, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the American Journal of Cardiology.

About Perminova

La Jolla, Calif.-based Perminova develops and markets web-based, cloud-based software for the nation’s leading cardiology centers. The company is pioneering healthcare’s move from outdated client-server technology to modern-and-secure cloud computing. Perminova products are electronic surgical records systems for cardiology, and they’re more robust, flexible and cost-effective than anything currently on the market. Its products improve charge-capture and efficiency, while automatically producing operative reports, case reports and billing reports. Perminova seamlessly integrates with existing electronic medical records systems and deploys and upgrades easily via the web. Perminova’s architecture allows integration of medical devices and customization of robust data for medical research and clinical trials. Currently, Perminova EP is used at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and the UC San Diego Health System.

July 31, 2012 I Written By

DentalSmart Selects ClearDATA for HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Hosting of Dentrix Enterprise Practice Management Software

Phoenix, AZ, July 19 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced that DentalSmart, a progressive dental practice with four locations in Charleston, Goose Creek, and Summerville, South Carolina, is hosting its Dentrix Enterprise Practice Management Software on the ClearDATA Private Cloud at the company’s HIPAA-compliant datacenter.

DentalSmart recently selected the Henry Schein Dentrix Enterprise practice management solution after using a more limited software. With Dentrix, they decided to go directly to the cloud instead of investing in 2-3 servers and internal infrastructure at a cost of more than $25,000, which did not include support and maintenance costs.  ClearDATA implemented DentalSmart’s Dentrix Enterprise software into the cloud at its datacenter in approximately two weeks, which is the average amount of time.

“With the current trends in cloud hosting and well documented cost saving benefits, it seemed like an outdated workflow to purchase and maintain all of that server and storage equipment and software in house,” said Brian Schleifer, Director of Development National Dental Systems, LLC, DBA DentalSmart. “We were looking for a more progressive architecture model and to outsource as much as possible. ClearDATA came highly recommended by our practice management vendor, as well as other sources in the industry for its exclusive healthcare focus and HIPPA compliance expertise.”

ClearDATA will be hosting three DentalSmart locations with Dentrix Enterprise by the end of July, with a total of seven locations being hosted by the end of 2012.  Additionally, because the cloud model is so efficient, DentalSmart plans to begin hosting its email servers, Web site servers, accounting, internal storage, and other day-to-day functions in the ClearDATA cloud as well. .

About ClearDATA’s HIPAA Compliant EMR Cloud Hosting Service

In response to growing market demand, ClearDATA has developed a secure, HIPAA-compliant, and cost effective solution for EMR software delivery that features a pre-configured combination of ClearDATA’s private Cloud services, HP’s state-of-the art server and storage solutions, and EMR/PM software images to form a single solution delivered as a service. ClearDATA’s EMR Cloud Hosting Service, which includes online backup and recovery, saves healthcare organizations from substantial capital expenditures while providing secure, reliable, high performance access to EMR software and patient information according to HIPAA Security Rule and the HITECH Act.

About ClearDATA Networks, Inc.

ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs. ClearDATA’s services enable providers to fully automate and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud and hosting infrastructure and managed services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, information security and world-class support. The company offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services through its U.S. Healthcare Compliance division to the healthcare industry in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales(at)cleardata(dot)net or visit: http://www.cleardata.net.

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Physicians Interactive Announces New Zero-Click eCoupon™ Solution

Physicians Interactive (PI), announced the launch of eCoupon™, an automated voucher & coupon distribution solution.  This digital coupon program fits into HCPs’ ePrescribe workflows, powered by Allscripts, & provides more efficient ways to distribute medication coupons & vouchers to patients’ right at the point of prescribing.

Why is this news important?  For starters, a lack of patient medication adherence is costing the U.S. an estimated $100 billion every year.  eCoupon not only provides HCPs with easier access to prescription coupons & shares cost-savings on name brands with patients, it also aims to improve first-fill medication compliance.  And with millions of ePrescriptions being filled each year, HCPs are looking for ways to significantly reduce costs without negatively impacting patient care.  eCoupon provides the resources to do just that.

Automated Vouchers and Coupons Strengthens Physicians-Patient Relationship, Offering Valuable Cost-Savings Directly at the Point of Prescribing

Marlborough, Mass. – July 19, 2012 – Physicians Interactive (PI), the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions for healthcare professionals (HCPs), announced today the availability of eCoupon™; an automated voucher and coupon distribution solution for HCPs.  The eCoupon™ fits directly into the HCP’s ePrescribe workflow to provide patients with invaluable cost-savings on name brand prescriptions once a medication has been prescribed by a physician.  This announcement builds on PI’s expertise enabling life science companies to offer their value-add services within the physician workflow.  Additionally and at the same time, it will enhance the user experience for its robust network – of more than 875,000 physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals across all major specialties through its various online and mobile offerings.

PI and Allscripts have an agreement that enables delivery of eCoupons in an integrated fashion with Allscripts stand-alone ePrescribe™, the nation’s most widely used electronic prescribing software.  The agreement helps bring physician’s eCoupon™ – a digital coupon program –to meet a growing demand from physicians for patient-benefit resources within their ePrescribing workflow.  In 2011, the number of prescriptions being processed electronically climbed into the hundreds of millions, while the number of ePrescribers has more than tripled in only two years.1  This trend is supported by additional benefits such as the ease of use, time and cost saving advantages for prescribers, as well as the enhanced in-person experience for patients; enabling more informed decision making when discussing treatment and medicine options with their providers at the point of care.

“PI’s eCoupon™ fits directly into an existing workflow to give practitioners more efficient ways to select and distribute medication coupons and vouchers during the prescription process that can help reduce patient costs at the pharmacy and potentially improve overall compliance,” said Donato Tramuto, CEO and Vice Chairman of PI.  “As health systems strive to achieve Meaningful Use and adopt EHRs, there will be an increased importance on the exchange of clinical information between healthcare providers and their patients.  eCouponing is a great example of a tool that can empower patients to take a more active role in their care and ultimately; strengthen the physician-patient relationship.”

A lack of patient adherence to medication is a large and costly problem in the United States; adding an estimated 100 billion dollars in healthcare spending annually.2  Access to vouchers and coupons within a prescriber’s workflow can help to drive this cost down and improve first-fill medication adherence, creating an opportunity for higher adherence rates in the future.  Additionally, eCoupon™ consistently generates transactional reports and data to ensure that life science companies are able to gain insights on their target audience and stay up-to-date on their current eCoupon campaigns.

To find out more information about Physicians Interactive’s eCoupon™ solution please watch this short video.

1.        Surescripts.com: Clinician’s Guide to e-Prescribing

http://www.surescripts.com/media/800052/cliniciansguidee-prescribing_2011.pdf

2.        QualityMetric.com: Medication Adherence: Rx for Success

http://www.qualitymetric.com/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Public/MedicationAdherence_WhitePaper.pdf

About Physicians Interactive

Physicians Interactive (PI) is the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions that help medical professionals, anytime, anywhere, provide better patient care. We use the full power of our worldwide network of Healthcare Professionals and Life Sciences Companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine, for the better. PI 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. Physicians Interactive, a division of Skyscape.com, Inc., is owned by Perseus LLC, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company. For more information about PI, visit www.physiciansinteractive.com.

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HIMSS Analytics Report Helps Professionals Navigate Health IT Landscape

Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market – 7th Edition provides a current overview and future projections of the US hospital IT market

CHICAGO (July 17, 2012) – With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act/HITECH, meaningful use and 5010/ICD-10 changing the provider landscape, understanding and tracking industry trends and expenditures is vital to drive business. The Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market – 7th Edition provides the latest health IT market intelligence captured from the HIMSS Analytics® Database of more than 5,300 hospitals and 32,000 medical facilities in the United States.

“In 2011, we saw further proof that the ARRA/HITECH act is making a demonstrable effect in the US market. We have seen solid growth into the upper stages of the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model with  nearly double the  number of hospitals reaching  Stage 5 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM)℠,” said John P. Hoyt, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.  “With the  initial Pioneer ACOs selected for the Accountable Care Organization program,  more organizations are now preparing for bundled payments with investments in health IT  that support continuity of care and payment reform.”

The new edition includes:

  • A new chapter on laboratory;
  • Tools to help improve forecasts based on HIMSS Analytics’ insight into industry trends, IT spending and purchasing plans;
  • Information to help identify the right sectors in which to invest for the highest potential ROI;
  • Insight into emerging market drivers; and
  • Assistance in monitoring the market position of key health IT solution providers.

Investors, consultants and healthcare software vendors can use the report to:

·         Learn more about relevant topics for their business or clients;

·         Set realistic goals for their teams; and

·         Support their business plan with market research.

For example, the report includes:

·         Five-year compounded annual growth rate market spend forecast for hospital IT (operating, capital and total) and more than 70 key hospital IT applications; and

·         Fifteen in-depth application overviews including EMR, patient safety, bar coding, health information management, revenue cycle management and financial applications.

Learn more about Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market – 7th Edition. The report is available in its entirety, by financial or ARRA clinical volumes, or by individual chapters. Contact Amy Bergau for more information on Essentials.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of HIMSS. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high-quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, health IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.

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Independa, GreatCall Team to Integrate Emergency Response into Remote Monitoring of Elderly Living Independently

In the latest addition to its integrated telecare suite for the independent elderly, Independa will incorporate GreatCall’s 5Star Urgent Response™ system into its Artemis™ wireless monitoring ecosystem.

Independa plans to announce tomorrow that GreatCall’s mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) will join health and activity monitors as the first safety sensor for Artemis, scheduled for general availability this fall.  GreatCall’s system uses mobile and GPS technologies to exceed traditional emergency response systems that depend only on wireline phones.  The enhancement will further help professional caregivers to enable the elderly to live independently longer, with greater safely and comfort.

The agreement between the two San Diego-based innovators follows Independa announcements of plans to collaborate with Qualcomm Life and Telcare to enrich its Artemis solution.

5 Star Urgent Response to Become First Safety Feature in Independa Artemis Offering

SAN DIEGO – July 18, 2012 – Telehealth innovator Independa™ announced today that it will integrate GreatCall’s 5Star Urgent Response™ system into its Artemis™ wireless monitoring platform, enhancing ability to remotely track the well-being of elderly people who live independently.

5Star, GreatCall’s mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS), is the first safety monitoring feature planned for Artemis, set to become generally available this fall. Independa previously announced health and activity-related sensors.

GreatCall’s emergency response system will join the ecosystem that Independa is building to help caregivers envelope elderly people living alone in a comprehensive network of care linked to wireless monitoring devices and Internet technology.

Using mobile and GPS technology for immediate, accurate location of the care recipient, GreatCall’s system is the forward-looking update to emergency response systems of old that relied on wireline telephone technology.

“GreatCall is well-known for its innovations in elder care technology, product reliability and quality, and outstanding customer support, so we’re very pleased to be adding its 5Star Urgent Response system to Artemis,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. “The 5Star Device is attractive, small and convenient, and the peace of mind it can deliver is huge.”

In addition to the 5Star Device, GreatCall’s Urgent Response service is available on the iPhone and Android mobile devices, as well as the Jitterbug mobile phone from GreatCall. A care recipient needs only to press a button on the 5Star Device to be connected to a trained customer service agent. GreatCall, of San Diego, supports 5Star Urgent Response users around the clock with full national coverage by certified care agents based in the United States.

Under the agreement with Independa, GreatCall will inform professional caregivers of emergency calls from Independa users. Reports on these calls will be incorporated into Independa’s cloud-based Caregiver Web App, the central dashboard and control panel that provides a full picture of an older adult’s health and well-being.

“We’re very pleased that Independa selected our 5Star Urgent Response as the mPERS component of its Artemis monitoring suite,” said GreatCall CEO David Inns. “Joining the Independa ecosystem will enable us to broaden our reach in the home care, home health and senior living markets, becoming part of a larger caring system.”

Laurie Orlov, founder of the market research firm Aging in Place Technology Watch, said: “Wireless and mobile technology represent the next significant direction in enabling older adults to feel safe when they are out and about. The addition of GreatCall’s easy-to-use and highly accessible 5Star Urgent Response system to Independa’s comprehensive suite of Integrated CloudCare solutions represents best-of-breed innovation to further that important trend.”

About Independa, Inc.

Independa offers integrated technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa’s best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly to remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides holistic solutions that seamlessly operate across otherwise not connected devices, such as telephones, tablets, touchscreen computers and TVs. Services include medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

Web: http://www.independa.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/independa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Independa

About GreatCall, Inc.

GreatCall differentiates itself as a company of “People You Can Count On” to deliver wireless services focused on helping to keep customers connected, safe and healthy™. The company stands apart from other wireless services providers through its simplified, personalized and humanized approach, as well as its commitment to providing a high-quality customer service experience. The company has been widely praised for its ability to deliver the benefits of innovation and technology in a meaningful and easy-to-use format. GreatCall has received prominent national media accolades from the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Washington Post and major TV broadcast networks.

GreatCall’s services, apps and cell phone handsets are sold nationwide at leading retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, Sears, Sears Hometown Stores, Radio Shack Dealer Franchise, Fry’s Electronics and ShopKo, as well as direct to consumers at 1-800-918-8543 and online at GreatCall.com. Service coverage includes the U.S. and Canada. GreatCall is located in San Diego, CA. For more information, please visit www.GreatCall.com.

July 23, 2012 I Written By

Consult A Doctor Names Jack Karabees President

Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions for health plans, providers and large employers, today announced the appointment of Jack Karabees as the company’s president, effective July 1, 2012. In his new role as president, Karabees will be responsible for delivering against the company’s updated 2012 business plan, improving sales, expanding markets and adding a level of practical operational experience and an understanding of the financial markets to bring the company to the next level of profitable growth.

Telemedicine Innovator Announces New President; Will Lead Company Growth and Expansion

Miami, July 16, 2012— Consult A Doctor, an innovator of telemedicine services and technology solutions for health plans, providers and large employers, today announced the appointment of Jack Karabees as the company’s president, effective July 1, 2012. Over his four-year association with Consult A Doctor, Karabees has served in several roles, including corporate development, corporate finance and sales and marketing. Most recently, Karabees served as Consult A Doctor’s senior vice president. Karabees has spent the past 25 years successfully executing high-growth sales, marketing, operational, and financial plans for early-stage and mid-market healthcare and technology companies.

“As a result of healthcare reform and recent government initiatives related to healthcare technology, Consult A Doctor has seen unprecedented demand for our innovative, next generation telemedicine technology and services,” said Wolf Shlagman, founder and CEO, Consult A Doctor. “In response to this demand, it is imperative that we have proven leaders managing our business strategy and overseeing operations. As such, we welcome Jack’s experience and leadership to this new position. Jack’s results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically will play a pivotal role in extending our track record of innovation, while helping us substantially increase revenue.”

In his new role as president, Karabees will be responsible for delivering against the company’s updated 2012 business plan, improving sales, expanding markets and adding a level of practical operational experience and an understanding of the financial markets to bring the company to the next level of profitable growth.

Prior to joining Consult A Doctor, Karabees held the title of principal and managing director of corporate finance with CP Capital Securities, a Miami-based, healthcare-oriented investment banking firm. Karabees was recruited into the banking industry following several years at eLabor, a Los Angeles-based labor and project management technology company with substantial healthcare interests, where he led sales and marketing from early-stage through its bi-divisional acquisitions by Microsoft and ADP.

Karabees served honorably in the United States Air Force, is a contributor to and board member of the Enterprise Development Corporation of Florida, and is the co-founder of the Miami Innovation Fund, dedicated to funding seed-stage companies in Miami and Dade County, Florida.

About Consult A Doctor

Consult A Doctor is the leading innovator of cloud-based telemedicine services and technology platform solutions empowering organizations to lower healthcare costs, provide revolutionary access and improve outcomes. With years of experience delivering direct-to-employer and consumer telemedicine services that offer convenient 24/7 access to doctor consultations by phone, email and video, Consult a Doctor has saved employers millions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare costs.  Its telemedicine network of U.S. board certified physicians in all 50 states has made it possible to give on-demand care, anytime, anywhere with access to care in the lowest cost setting. Consult A Doctor is further transforming the economic equation of care by partnering with payers, providers, health systems and other organizations to deploy TeleCare 3.0, its telemedicine services delivery platform that grants its members and patients unmatched access to quality care, offers a new revenue source for providers, and lowers costs for health plans, employers and groups. For more information about Consult A Doctor, please visit www.consultadr.com, email telecare@consultadr.com or call 888-688-DOCT (3628).

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Healthcare Providers Frame Enterprise Imaging Strategies

Today KLAS is announcing a new report that examines the ways healthcare providers are approaching their enterprise imaging strategies.

A few highlights from the research are:
– Vendor-neutral archive (VNA) and PACS enterprise archive solutions are emerging as the top two preferred strategies.
– GE and Philips are the vendors mentioned most often overall in the study as strategic enterprise imaging partners.
– Agfa and Merge are the most often cited vendors for a VNA-centric strategy.
– Acuo, Carestream, Cerner, Dell, DR Systems, EMC, McKesson, ScImage, Sectra, Siemens, and TeraMedica findings are also included in the study.

Vendor-neutral archive and PACS enterprise archive solutions are emerging as the top two preferred blueprints

OREM, Utah – July 12, 2012 – Most healthcare providers are in the early stages of forming an enterprise imaging strategy, which will enable getting the right image to the right place at the right time, according to a new KLAS study, Enterprise Imaging 2012: Provider’s Strategies and Insights. Although providers feel that no single vendor can deliver all of the pieces needed for their enterprise imaging strategy, most are considering one of two main approaches: a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) centric approach or a PACS enterprise archive solution.

GE and Philips are the vendors mentioned most often overall in the study as strategic enterprise imaging partners. All interviewed GE and Philips customers consider their vendor to be part of their go-forward imaging strategy, especially those going for a PACS enterprise archive centric strategy. Fuji, though not mentioned as often as the other two, seems to have a strong PACS enterprise archive offering as well.

Agfa and Merge are the most often cited vendors for a VNA-centric strategy. Agfa customers using the IMPAX Data Center (IDC) are dedicated to making it work, despite early indications that their lukewarm PACS experience will bleed over to the IDC experience. Merge has many of the needed pieces, but providers are still waiting for integration. Merge customers are looking forward to what they will be able to do with Merge’s iConnect platform.

Acuo and TeraMedica are the primary non-PACS players in the VNA space. In most cases, early trends suggest that TeraMedica customers are pleased with the value of the system and hint toward favorable enterprise DICOM management. Several clients are also starting to leverage TeraMedica’s ability to store other clinical content in its native format.

Acuo clients say their vendor’s core strength is in image distribution and data migration. Their increasing number of vendor partnerships and growing mindshare in the VNA space suggest that Acuo is a viable archive option for those who do not want to rely solely on a PACS archive.

“Image storage is a necessity, no matter what option is chosen,” said Ben Brown, imaging research director and author of the report. “As providers start to bring in more studies and the studies themselves increase in size, the need for storage will increase. In addition, as a provider explained, images will need to be managed as well as stored.”

Of the providers interviewed by KLAS, twenty-seven percent indicate that a VNA would be central to their enterprise imaging strategy, which is selected more often by hospitals with more than 500 beds. Twenty-five percent of providers identify a PACS-centric archive strategy as the direction they plan to go. A PACS-centric archive was more popular among providers in facilities with fewer than 500 beds.

Findings about Carestream, Cerner, Dell, DR Systems, EMC, McKesson, ScImage, Sectra, and Siemens are also included in the report.

Other topics covered in the enterprise imaging perception research include imaging in the cloud, image enabling the EMR, and storage options. To learn more about the enterprise imaging market, the Enterprise Imaging 2012: Provider’s Strategies and Insights report is available to healthcare providers online for a significant discount. To purchase the report online, providers and vendors can visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports. Providers can share their enterprise imaging experiences with KLAS by completing an evaluation online at www.KLASresearch.com/eval.

About KLAS

KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. KLAS’ mission is to improve healthcare delivery by independently measuring vendor performance for the benefit of our healthcare provider partners, consultants, investors, and vendors. Working together with executives from over 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 clinics, KLAS delivers timely reports, trends, and statistics, which provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures performance of software, professional services, and medical equipment vendors. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.

July 20, 2012 I Written By

Verizon and Zipit Wireless Deliver new Smartphone App, VoIP Capabilities

Health care professionals have traditionally lacked easy access to secure and real-time tools, which can result in critical patient care delay. To address this problem, Verizon today announced that Zipit Wireless launched a new smartphone app for mobile phones and tablets, and added VoIP capabilities to the Zipit Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution, available exclusively through Verizon.

Advances Enable Health Care Professionals to Accelerate Critical Decision-Making and Improve Collaborative Care for Patients

NEW YORK and GREENVILLE, S.C. – Zipit Wireless, a pioneer in connected platform solutions, today launched a new smartphone app for mobile phones and tablets, and added VoIP capabilities to the Zipit Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution, available exclusively through Verizon.   These new options will further enable health care professionals to accelerate their critical decision-making and provide better collaborative care for patients.

Traditionally, health care workers have lacked easy access to secure, real-time tools, an issue that can delay critical care to patients. Deployed in more than 100 health care settings around the country, the Zipit Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution now brings new efficiency and accountability to the health care market through both its smartphone app and purpose-built device, delivering messages within 10 seconds. Both options are compliant with federal HIPAA and HITECH privacy standards and are interoperable with each other.

Available on iOS and Android-powered devices, the Zipit mobile app delivers the same basic functionality and critical communications features as the Zipit device, including multiple priority level pages, continuous alerts similar to a traditional pager, and secure two-way communications with other Zipit mobile app and device users.

“Verizon is focused on helping transform the U.S. health care system through health IT,” said Peter Tippett, chief medical officer and vice president of Verizon Connected Healthcare. “This solution is another good example of how technology can truly enable better patient care by helping health care professionals to connect instantly.”

Frank Greer, CEO of Zipit Wireless, said, “Our customers have asked for a critical messaging solution that is easy to use. Today Zipit delivers the only comprehensive solution that offers both a smartphone app and a purpose-built device with unmatched accountability for increased flexibility and ease of communication.”

Many health care customers are finding Zipit meets their requirements.  Ty Knox, chief information officer at Saint Francis Healthcare, a Catholic Health East regional health corporation that piloted the entire Zipit Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution suite and is now using it, said: “I’m sold on this solution.  The information provided to us through the Zipit Remote Administration Portal is unparalleled.  It will hold all of us to a level of accountability that hasn’t been available before and enable our staff to achieve higher levels of collaborative care.”

The Zipit mobile application enables SMS/text through a dedicated ZText number and Call2Page capabilities for phone-initiated pages, logging all communication in the Zipit cloud infrastructure for true transparency and accountability.  Through these enhancements, it is now possible to call, text, message and page a user running the Zipit Confirm mobile application.

At the University of California, Irvine, Director of IT Greg Ackerman found that “the Zipit Confirm app is a great tool for our nursing professionals.”

“This solution eliminates the typical ‘page-and- pray’ process while enabling efficiencies that save time and improve direct patient care,” he said.

VoIP Feature Provides Richer Functionality for Zipit Device

The new VoIP feature converts the Zipit Now device into a single, low-cost, unified communications solution that can handle all enterprise-critical communications needs including paging, secure chat, SMS and voice calls.  Enabled over Wi-Fi, this capability gives health care workers the ability to make and receive phone calls when connected to their internally managed Wi-Fi network.

The Zipit VoIP feature is compatible with select enterprise PBX systems and cloud-based PBX systems with SIP capability.

Ideal for a Range of Industries

Built to exceed the rigorous reliability demands and privacy standards of the health care industry, the Zipit Solution is fast becoming recognized across vertical markets as a tool to improve critical communications in the hotel and manufacturing industries. This system allows for simple, easy integration with other platforms, relying on the cloud to save customers time and money.

For more information about Zipit Wireless or to obtain licensing information on the new features, visit http://www.zipitwireless.com.

About Zipit Wireless

Zipit Wireless (“Zipit”) a leader in innovative communications and M2M solutions focuses on delivering fully connected, wireless solutions that use the company’s unique strengths in wireless connectivity, user-friendly device software, and cloud-based infrastructure to access IP services.  The technology created by Zipit has been shipping in Zipit branded and top tier branded solutions since 2004 – enabling people to connect to people and their personalized Internet content.  For more information on Zipit Wireless and our products, please visit www.zipitwireless.com.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 93 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 192,000.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

July 19, 2012 I Written By

Merge Announces Release of New Imaging Solution for Orthopedics

New and Comprehensive Image Management and Digital Templating Solution for Orthopedics

CHICAGO, July 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced the release of Merge OrthoPACSTM, a comprehensive image management and digital templating solution for orthopedics. Merge OrthoPACS lets orthopedic surgeons access images taken at multiple locations in a single viewer, diagnose from anywhere at anytime, plan for surgery with digital templating, and securely archive studies.

“Merge’s OrthoPACS solution successfully demonstrates our large investment and commitment to the orthopedic market,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “We’ve combined new and innovative functionality with proven underlying technology to deliver a truly unified orthopedic-specific PACS solution. Additionally, we’re excited to now offer OrthoPACS in a subscription model that will address clients’ requirements for pricing that more closely aligns with their long-term operating plans.”

“We’ve already begun upgrading our practice to Merge OrthoPACS,” said Bradley Dick, chief information officer at Resurgens Orthopaedics, Georgia’s largest orthopedic practice. “With Merge OrthoPACS, we’ll migrate from a legacy product to true DICOM archive technology which will make it easier to share and manage images across our 21 offices in metro Atlanta.”

Orthopedic surgeons will find that the new solution seamlessly fits into and enhances their current workflow. For example:

  • Orthopedic-specific workflows are built into Merge OrthoPACS, from clinic use to the operating room.
  • The Merge OrthoPACS zero-footprint client viewer can be the sole viewer for an orthopedic practice. That means reading images will be no different whether a surgeon reads from their workstation, their iPad, or another device.
  • The Merge OrthoPACS viewer also provides access to pre-surgical templating, including advanced measurements and automated hip templating.

About Merge

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare.  Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

July 18, 2012 I Written By

A2iA Signs New Deal with Healthcare BPO to Automatically Classify Incoming Medical Charts, Including Those Written in a Providers’ Handwriting

NEW YORK, July 9, 2012 – A2iA (@A2iA), the worldwide leading developer for cursive handwriting and machine-printed text recognition, and intelligent document classification software, announced today that A2iA DocumentReader™ has been selected by a service bureau (BPO) operating in the healthcare space and will displace another technology.

According to the deal, the customer plans to integrate A2iA DocumentReader to automatically classify more than 1.2 million incoming medical documents each day. With more than 15 different document categories, the mixed workflow contains both machine printed data and physicians’ / nurses’ cursive handwriting from patient charts, clinical documentation, laboratory results and administrative / insurance documents generated by various units from within the providers’ facility.

A2iA DocumentReader is an award-winning data extraction and document classification toolkit that leaves room for customization and helps make even cursive handwriting searchable and reportable. Without the use of any third-party technology, it is fully integratable into a wide array of healthcare applications, including those for Computer Assisted Coding (CAC), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Explanation of Benefits (EOB) and Claims. By addressing the hybrid workflow, A2iA DocumentReader delivers access to more usable data – including unstructured information and cursive handwriting that other seemingly similar engines cannot process.

About A2iA

A2iA, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis (www.a2ia.com), is the worldwide leading developer of handwritten and machine printed text recognition, information extraction and intelligent document classification toolkits. By enhancing solutions from systems 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 has been improving business process automation and delivering 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.

July 17, 2012 I Written By