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PIH Health Hospital Taps Just Associates’ Repair™ for Outsourced MPI Maintenance

Remote monitoring service speeds identification, elimination of duplicate and overlaid patient records for improved data integrity

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Oct. 16, 2012 – Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for healthcare organizations, announced today that it will deploy Repair™ at PIH Health (formerly Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital) to provide the facility with remote master patient index (MPI) management services.

Part of the firm’s comprehensive outsourced patient identity management suite, Repair leverages Just Associates’ highly trained staff and proprietary IDMaster® duplicate workflow software for cost-effective ongoing management of the duplicate validation and reconciliation process. Previously, the firm provided comprehensive MPI clean-up services to PIH Health in preparation for deployment of an enterprise-wide electronic MPI system that receives and links patient information between PIH Health Hospital and approximately 101 primary care and specialty care physicians and 23 advanced practice professionals.

“Just Associates was instrumental in ensuring the integrity of patient data in our MPI and all downstream systems. That experience and their familiarity with PIH Health’s systems made the decision to turn ongoing MPI maintenance over to them an easy one,” said Lois Miller, RHIA, director of health information management, PIH Health. “Not only will Repair ensure rapid elimination of any new duplicates, but its business intelligence tools and the expertise of the Just Associates team will allow us to target resources to ensure any weaknesses in training, workflows and processes are addressed.”

Utilizing Repair provides PIH Health with a number of significant benefits over internal MPI management, including:

  • An experienced team providing efficient duplicate validation and eradication seven days a week
  • Ongoing monitoring to prevent new duplicate records and other issues from negatively impacting data integrity
  • Elimination of backlogs, overflows and staffing challenges, such as turnover and leave time, that impact productivity levels
  • Significant cost savings or cost-neutral expenses by eliminating the need to recruit, train and retain qualified internal staff
  • A more accurate count of unique patients to accelerate compliance with several key meaningful use criteria

“A duplicate-free MPI is crucial for an effective data integrity strategy,” said Beth Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Just Associates’ CEO and president. “The power of Repair coupled with our data integrity experts will ensure that PIH Health’s clinicians have access to accurate patient information, which will help drive patient safety and quality care.”

About Just Associates, Inc.

A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management, Just Associates, Inc. (www.justassociates.com) is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved data integrity. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve clients’ financial outcomes and business processes, support delivery of quality patient care, and meet the expectations of diverse stakeholders through improved data integrity.

About PIH Health

PIH Health is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) regional healthcare delivery network that was founded in 1959 by volunteers who went door to door with coffee cans to raise funds to build a local healthcare facility. Over 50 years later, PIH Health has maintained that same sense of community and family-like culture where patients are the top priority, and employees and volunteers are proud to be affiliated with such an organization. PIH Health serves residents of LA and Orange Counties, as well as the San Gabriel Valley area, offering a wide range of services, including utilization of primary care teams to provide general medicine and preventative care, access to emergency and urgent care, home health services and hospice, and a network of over 180 specialists in accessible and welcoming neighborhood locations. PIH Health is committed to remaining at the forefront of healthcare advances, including technology, equipment and top-notch facilities and amenities to benefit patients and staff alike. Its highly trained and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinicians, staff and volunteers work tirelessly and collaboratively every day to be the communities’ health and wellness partner. Those who are interested in supporting PIH Health in carrying out its charitable purpose are invited to make an in-kind gift by visiting PIHHealth.org and clicking the “Donate Now” button or calling the PIH Health Foundation at 562.698.0811 Ext. 14120.

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Authasas Adds the Lumidigm Advantage to Its Advanced Authentication Platform

Solution delivers reliable, convenient, secure, and compliant authentication at all points of access across the enterprise

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — October 30, 2012 — Lumidigm today announced that enterprises can now authenticate users with Lumidigm multispectral imaging biometrics as part of an integrated authentication platform from Authasas. With the addition of Lumidigm’s unique capabilities, the Authasas Advanced Authentication® solution is more secure, more convenient, and strongly spoof-resistant. This combined solution delivers the high levels of security, accountability and compliance that organizations are demanding with the single-touch convenience they expect.

“Because of Lumidigm’s success in bringing higher levels of performance to border crossings, thousands upon thousands of ATMs and even the gates of major amusement parks, we felt it was important to bring the power of their technology to our customers,” emphasizes Reiner van der Drift, Authasas CEO. “Together we provide a very powerful combination of authentication methods, seamlessly delivered at all points of access, to replace the fragmented array of point solutions that is regrettably the common, makeshift response to today’s complex requirements.”

“With our large-scale successes in the banking and healthcare industries, we know our fingerprint sensors offer convenience and security wherever they are deployed,” says Phil Scarfo, Lumidigm Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “Today, in partnership with Authasas, we are expanding our no-compromises approach into comprehensive authentication solutions where multispectral imaging will play an important role in streamlining compliant access for large enterprises requiring seamless transactional authentication.”

The Authasas Advanced Authentication platform lets an enterprise optimize authentication for every transaction by balancing the right level of certainty based on “who” is requesting access with the right level of convenience for the actual user, resulting in a secure, compliant transaction. This flexible, scalable approach meets the size and complexity requirements of any enterprise with authentication methods such as multispectral imaging biometrics, smart cards, NFC, cell phone OTP tokens, USB authenticators and user ID/passwords integrated with a wide variety of SSO and identity management vendors such as NetIQ/Novell, HID ActivIdentity, Oracle, Computer Associates and HealthCast.

About Authasas

With our HQ, Research & Development in The Netherlands and offices in London and Austin, TX, Authasas® delivers strong authentication to Windows networks. Authasas® Advanced Authentication is distributed across the globe via a network of value added distributors and resellers. Authasas is a subsidiary of BioXS International BV. For more information please visit http://www.authasas.com.

About Lumidigm

Lumidigm Inc., a global leader in authentication solutions is dedicated to enabling convenient, secure, and reliable identification of people, products and credentials. Developed with “real world” performance as a priority, Lumidigm’s multispectral imaging technology, innovative software and biometric fingerprint sensors allow customers to know “who” or “what” to a high degree of certainty. Lumidigm and its strategic partners have met challenging authentication requirements in markets such as banking, healthcare, entertainment, and government services. The Lumidigm Advantage is also suitable for industrial, commercial, and transportation applications. Lumidigm is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.lumidigm.com.

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Summit Radiology Associates Selects Merge for End-to-End Radiology Solutions

Full Suite of Applications Provides Scalability and Path to Meaningful Use

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Summit Radiology Associates, a multi-site practice, will implement Merge’s end-to-end suite of Radiology Solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.

“Summit Radiology Associates interprets studies for three sites: a busy hospital, a large multi-specialty practice, and a free-standing imaging center in Westfield, New Jersey,” explained Dr. Amir Salomon, President, Summit Radiology Associates. “With the growing complexity of healthcare, we sought a system that would increase our efficiency and enhance our workflow. We needed a vendor whose solutions could quickly and easily scale to fit our growing needs. In Merge, we found an innovative partner at the forefront of the field offering a comprehensive suite of solutions.”

“Additionally, by selecting the latest version of Merge’s end-to-end Radiology Solutions, we will be well positioned to pursue Meaningful Use for many of our radiologists,” added Marisol Ortiz, Business Manager, Summit Radiology Associates. “This will enable us to receive Meaningful Use incentive payments over the next four years and avoid future penalties.”

“Meaningful Use is the basis for health information exchange in the U.S. and our goal at Merge is to help make it easy for specialists to qualify for incentives and realize the true benefits of the program,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare.  “With the recently announced Stage Two requirements that focus heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, it’s clear that specialties like radiology are very much included in Meaningful Use. Now is the time for specialty physicians to adopt a Meaningful Use strategy so they can qualify for Stage One funding, while preparing for Stage Two.”

Merge Radiology Solutions include Merge RISTM, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACSTM, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge FinancialsTM, a comprehensive billing system; Merge DocumentsTM, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; Merge Referral PortalTM, a web-based portal to engage referring physicians; and Merge DashboardsTM, an on-demand business intelligence solution.

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.

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