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California HealthCare Foundation President Mark Smith to Step Down

Founding leader of Oakland philanthropy will depart in late 2013

Dr. Mark D. Smith, who has led the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) since its founding, plans to step down as president and CEO at the end of year, the foundation announced today.

“It has been a great honor to lead the California HealthCare Foundation in its mission to improve the quality of health care for all Californians,” Smith said. “I leave the foundation knowing it is well positioned to continue this important work.”

During his tenure, Smith focused CHCF on catalyzing efforts to improve health care quality, promote greater access, and reduce the cost of care for the state’s most vulnerable and underserved residents. The Oakland-based philanthropy makes grants totaling approximately $37 million annually from a fund of $700 million. CHCF has granted over $500 million since Smith became the founding president and CEO in 1996.

“Mark Smith’s remarkable leadership over the last 16 years has focused the California HealthCare Foundation on a vision to improve the health care system where it matters most: in the clinics, the hospitals, doctors’ offices, and wherever Californians go to find care,” said Ian Morrison, PhD, chair of the CHCF Board of Directors. “While he recognized that the problems in health care are huge, Mark and his team were smart and innovative in targeting the foundation’s resources where they could most make a difference.”

Smith, 61, a physician and expert on state and national health policy, will continue his work as a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, and as an attending physician at the Positive Health Program for AIDS care at San Francisco General Hospital, where he has practiced since 1992, including during his tenure at CHCF.

Under Smith’s leadership, CHCF focused on improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California through a number of initiatives, including:

Promoting research and policy analysis. From its founding, CHCF has supported sound decisionmaking using evidenced-based research and nonpartisan policy analysis. CHCF has become a prolific publisher on issues of quality, access, and the financing of care covering both the commercial and public sectors.

Promoting transparency. The foundation has made significant investments in supporting transparency in health care delivery through publicly reporting quality data on hospitals, nursing homes, and long term care facilities, and building public websites that allow consumers to compare local facilities and provide health care leaders with benchmarks for improvement.

Improving clinical care. Smith focused attention on innovative ways to improve care delivery, including being an early proponent of using information technology at the point of care, challenging providers to deliver high-quality and cost-effective care, and promoting disruptive innovations like retail clinics and process redesign. He has also championed redefining the scope of work among clinical team members, to help ameliorate the need to train more doctors to do work that lower-cost members of the clinical team can deliver safely and effectively.

Training new leaders. The foundation initiated the CHCF Health Care Leadership Program at UC San Francisco in 2001. The two-year, part-time fellowship has trained 355 clinicians in management and leadership skills required to lead the state’s health care institutions in a rapidly changing and challenging environment. The program’s alumni now occupy leading positions in hospitals, clinics, medical groups, and government throughout the state.

Fostering innovation. The $10 million CHCF Health Innovation Fund helps accelerate innovation in care delivery by investing in new and emerging companies focused on lowering costs and improving access to care. While supporting improvements to the health delivery system, CHCF also has focused on the rise of alternative care delivery models such as retail clinics and the adoption and effective use of information technology.

Modernizing enrollment. CHCF has been a leader in promoting more efficient and consumer-friendly ways for eligible Californians to enroll in public programs. In 1999 the foundation supported the development of the first web-based eligibility and enrollment application in the United States, which it licensed at no cost to the State of California. More recently CHCF led the successful national public-private development of a first-class user experience design to streamline enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (C. The foundation has also recently focused on supporting the implementation of the ACA in California, and continues to monitor and report on its progress.

Supporting health care reporting. Recognizing the important role that the media has in promoting improvements in health care, CHCF has devoted significant resources to supporting health care journalism. Since 1998, the foundation has produced California Healthline, a daily digest of news, analysis, and opinion on the state’s health care system. In 2009, the foundation established the CHCF Center for Health Reporting at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, which collaborates with media across the state on in-depth, explanatory journalism on critical health care issues.

“Mark has built a strong staff that is set on a steady course, focusing on the medical delivery and financing systems in California, with an emphasis on quality improvement, increasing both access and efficiency, and addressing the unsustainable cost of care to individuals and society,” Morrison said. “The board expects the foundation to continue building on its successes in these areas.”

“There is still a lot of work to be done. While I will assist the board and staff in making a smooth transition to a new leader, I will also continue to look for ways to make our health care system work better for the people of California,” Smith said.

A native of New York City, Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in Afro-American studies at Harvard (1979), his medical doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983), and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in health care administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (1989).

Prior to joining CHCF, Smith was executive vice president at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. He previously served as associate director of the AIDS Service and assistant professor of medicine and of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University. He has served on the board of the National Business Group on Health, the performance measurement committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences in 2001 and recently completed service as the chair of an IOM committee on “The Learning Health Care System in America,” which issued its report Best Care at Lower Cost in September 2012.

Smith will continue serving as CHCF’s president and CEO until a new leader is in place, which is expected by the end of 2013. The search for Smith’s successor will be conducted by the foundation’s board of directors. Inquiries should be directed to Carol Emmott of Russell Reynolds Associates at cemmott@russellreynolds.com or 415-352-3363.

About the California HealthCare Foundation

The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians. We support ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency, and lower the costs of care.

February 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

New York eHealth Collaborative Partners with Health 2.0 to Launch Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge

Challenge calls designers and developers to submit prototypes for a New York State online patient portal for health records – to be judged via public voting.

Deadline for submission is April 11th­

January 15, 2013 (New York, NY) – The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), in partnership with the leading health technology catalyst, Health 2.0, invites designers and developers to participate in the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge with $25,000 in prizes. Starting today, designers and developers can submit prototypes for a statewide patient portal for New Yorkers —a website for patients to access their medical records online. The top portal interface designs will be chosen and voted upon by New Yorkers after the April 11th deadline.

Developers will have 11 weeks to work on and then submit a design for the Patient Portal Challenge. To guarantee patient privacy during the design challenge, developers and designers will be given a test patient data set to build their applications. They will not have access to actual health records. Once all of the submissions are received on April 11th, the New York public will be invited to vote on their favorite designs from April 11-21. The designs with the strongest responses will be invited to present their project at two different demo days—one in New York City in April and another at a location upstate in early May.  A winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

After the Challenge, NYeC will work with a vendor to build the portal and run it on behalf of the state of New York via its health information exchange network.

“This is a chance for developers and designers to advance healthcare for all 20 million New Yorkers. A portal of this size and scope has never before existed,” says David Whitlinger, Executive Director of NYeC. “Through our Design Challenge, we hope to inspire applicants to develop truly creative and user-friendly applications. We look forward to seeing all submissions, and eventually building this portal so patients throughout the state have full access to their health records.”

The patient portal mock-ups are required to include features that will allow patients to log on with a username and password to see their health records online safely and securely. Once logged in, patients will see a full layout of their health records, and also have access to a list of medical professionals, such as their family doctor, who have accessed their health records. The Patient Portal for New Yorkers will also provide an extensive overview of patient privacy rights, and address any privacy concerns a patient might have about Electronic Medical Records and Health IT in general.

“Health 2.0 is excited to be partnering with NYeC on this innovative challenge to design the first statewide patient portal for New York,” said Jean-Luc Neptune, Senior Vice President of Health 2.0. “The winners will not only make a tremendous contribution to the development of a patient portal that reaches nearly 20 million people, but also gain significant exposure and recognition for their achievement through participation in the challenge.”

The patient portal also compliments the information available through the Blue Button, a knowledge tool being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that helps users download their personal health information.  NYeC has proudly taken HHS’ “Blue Button Pledge” and supports the use of the Blue Button to empower “individuals to be partners in their health through health IT” in an effort to build on the Blue Button’s success in improving care coordination for veterans by giving them easy access to their health data.

“We are excited about the steps that NYeC is taking to launch the patient portal and support their commitment to helping make patients’ information available to them,” said Lygeia Ricciardi, Director of the Consumer eHealth Office at HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. “Providing patients and consumers with access to their own healthcare records is what the Blue Button pledge is all about.”

For more information on the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge, and to submit a prototype by April 11th, please visit http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/new-york-state-patient-portal-challenge/

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. For more information about NYeC, visit www.nyehealth.org and @NYeHealth on Twitter.

About Health 2.0: The conference. The media network. The Innovation Community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies in health care, including Online Communities, Search and lightweight Tools for consumers to manage their health and connect to providers online. The Health 2.0 Developer Challenge is a series of prize competitions promoting health technology innovation. Health 2.0 also has its own media channels, Health 2.0 News and Health 2.0 TV; its own market intelligence service, Health 2.0 Advisors; and also sponsors the Health 2.0 Accelerator industry consortium. Health 2.0 was founded by Indu Subaiya & Matthew Holt in 2007 and is now a community of hundreds of organizations and thousands of innovators.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HealthSpot and Miami Children’s Hospital Pursue a Superior Healthcare Experience

With ten HealthSpot Stations planned for Miami and the Caribbean in 2013, Miami Children’s Hospital continues to shape the future of primary and specialty pediatric medicine. 

Las Vegas, NV – CES Booth Grand Lobby-3 - January 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST - HealthSpot™, a pioneer in patient and provider-driven healthcare technology, has signed a strategic partnership with Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) on a proposed multi-phased project that will reshape the pediatric patient and provider experience, involve new technology, and build long term relationships that will substantially improve our country’s healthcare delivery system.

“HealthSpot has been engaging with proven industry leaders as strategic partners to help launch our product offering,” said HealthSpot founder and CEO Steve Cashman. “Together with Miami Children’s Hospital we intend to craft a superior physician, consumer, and community experience to transform the healthcare delivery model.”

Improving access to health care services is the next frontier in healthcare. Meeting the increased demand for access to health services without sacrificing quality, service and efficiency represents a significant challenge, which may be better met by collaboration among different organizations.

For over 60 years Miami Children’s Hospital has been using technology to enhance the delivery of patient care and its affordability. MCH’s award-winning eHealth Initiative involved the development and deployment of leading-edge mobile applications, a pediatric telehealth command center, and the deployment of interactive video devices – all integrated with the hospital’s state-of-the-art electronic medical record system. MCH’s eHealth Initiative has delivered solid results in the organization’s clinical care and business operations; collaborating with HealthSpot represents their dedication to developing a streamlined healthcare delivery system for patients and providers.

HealthSpot Station is expected to work with MCH’s Global Telehealth Command Center, which currently allows pediatric specialists to interact, counsel children and parents, write e-prescriptions for existing patients, and consult with emergency-rescue workers, such as paramedics preparing a child for air ambulance transport. It would also expand MCH’s medical surge capacity, helping to coordinate a rapid and effective response to a pandemic or natural disaster. With ten HealthSpot Stations planned to deploy regionally in Miami and the Caribbean, MCH will increase its delivery of convenient and affordable services through the adoption of new technology.

“We are investing heavily in our infrastructure,” said MCH Senior VP and CIO Edward Martinez. “Technology has played a vital role in building and expanding an effective healthcare environment that is focused on our patients and their families. Here at MCH we are innovating leading-edge mobile applications and telemedicine capabilities, and in cooperation with HealthSpot we will champion telehealth services as a long term solution for transforming the future of primary and specialty pediatric medicine.”

About HealthSpot™

HealthSpot is pioneering patient and provider healthcare technology with a comprehensive, turnkey system called the HealthSpot Station which enables patients’ immediate access to medical diagnostics from board certified doctors via high definition video conferencing and interactive, digital telehealth tools. An innovative approach to the integration of telehealth and acute care, HealthSpot uses digital technology to empower doctors and specialists to provide care that is smarter, simpler and within anyone’s reach.

About Miami Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children’s Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012-2013 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.

 

 

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CalHIPSO Partners with CleraDATA to Provide HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Hosting & Security Services to its Members

Phoenix, AZ, January 10, 2012 – - ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced that it has signed an agreement with CalHIPSO, the largest federally designated Regional Extension Center in the United States. Under the agreement, ClearDATA will offer HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting, offsite backup, disaster recovery, and HIPAA privacy and security services to health care providers in California, including CalHIPSO’s membership of over 8,500 providers in 56 counties throughout California.

“Reducing IT costs, improving system reliability, and ensuring security and privacy of patient information is critically important to all healthcare providers and organizations,” said Speranza Avram, CalHIPSO CEO. “Partnering with ClearDATA for its cloud computing solutions and HIPAA security services provides an excellent resource for our members to increase their operational efficiency and meet regulatory compliance requirements.”

“CalHIPSO is generating impressive results helping its members achieve Meaningful Use via the adoption of Electronic Health Record software and improved HIPAA security practices,” said Darin Brannan, president and CEO of ClearDATA Networks, Inc. “ClearDATA is proud to partner with a national leader such as CalHIPSO, and to offer its members a full selection of HIPAA-compliant solutions and services.”

ClearDATA is 100% focused on providing healthcare cloud computing services to the healthcare industry, and no other industry. Its team of cloud computing and healthcare IT experts help providers in small, medium, and large healthcare organizations to achieve Meaningful Use, reduce IT costs, improve productivity, and ensure regulatory compliance.

About CalHIPSO

CalHIPSO is a not-for-profit organization founded by the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), the California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH). As one of 62 federally designated Regional Extension Centers (REC), CalHIPSO helps California clinicians navigate the complicated world of electronic health record adoption and meaningful use by providing technical services at no cost to eligible providers and competitively priced Health eServices to specialists and other clinicians. CalHIPSO is the largest regional extension center in the country, with more than 8,500 provider members working in community clinics, rural hospitals and clinics, small and solo private practices and public hospitals.   Visit www.calhipso.org for more information

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, and 100% dedicated to the healthcare field. 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 infrastructure and managed cloud services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, healthcare information security and world-class support. The company also offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services to hospitals and providers in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of HIPAA security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use and to ensure a highly secure environment prior to enabling a HealthDATA Cloud platform installation. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales@)cleardata.net or visit: http://www.cleardata.net.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Panasonic Expands Toughpad Enterprise-Grade Tablet Line

Ten-inch Windows 8 Pro-based and Seven-inch Android™-powered Tablets offer Choice to Meet Expanding Business Tablet Expectations

Las Vegas, NV, January 9, 2013 – Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today expanded its Toughpad™ line of enterprise-grade tablets with the introduction of the Toughpad™ FZ-G1, a 10” tablet featuring Windows® 8 Pro, and the availability of the Toughpad JT-B1, a 7” Android™-powered unit. Both devices follow the original 10” Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 which became broadly available late last year. With the Toughpad (#Toughpad) family of ruggedized tablets, businesses and government institutions have a single partner delivering a selection of highly reliable and purpose-built devices ideal for numerous operational needs.

“For nearly 20 years, Panasonic has engineered the most reliable mobile computing devices on the market,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “Because our customers know they can count on our products to deliver performance and return on investment, Panasonic – through its Toughbook brand – holds nearly 80 percent market share in the rugged mobile device space. We believe our engineering acumen, vertical market expertise and reputation for reliability, backed by our world-class service, will result in the Toughpad family being the leading B2B tablet solution in the coming years.”

Hide Harada, Director, IT Products Business Unit added, “The goal for Panasonic is to achieve 50% market share in the ruggedized tablet space by 2015.”

Toughpad tablets are designed for mission-critical and highly mobile workers in fields such as the military, construction, healthcare, public safety, utilities, retail, maintenance, supply chain logistics and insurance. The devices are ideal for a host of usage scenarios, including inventory control, eForms, field sales, field service, route delivery, eCitations, electronic medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and GIS.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1: Key Features

  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3437U vPro™ 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
  • Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 10.1”, sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer, 800nit, WUXGA (1920×1200)
  • Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 10.6” x 7.4” x 0.75”
  • Weight: 2.43lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G
  • I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0, wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.

Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1: Key Features

  • Operating System: Android 4.0
  • Processor: TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual core
  • Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, micro SDHC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 5’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 7”, daylight viewable, 500nit, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Camera: Front: 1.3Mp fixed focus, Rear: 13.0Mp auto focus w/ LED light
  • Battery: 8.0 hours – Large 5,720mAh battery (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 8.7”x 5.1” x 0.7”
  • Weight: 1.2lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE + 3G
  • I/O: Micro USB

Toughpad tablets are MIL-STD-810G tested for drops, fluid ingress and temperature, to assure they deliver reliable performance under circumstances that render typical tablets non-operational. Devices feature daylight viewable screens, user-replaceable or serviceable batteries, a stylus for signature capture and handwriting (on the FZ-G1 and FZ-A1 with 3rd party apps), and multiple options for peripheral connectivity.

“Our Toughpad tablets were designed based on years of input from customers,” continued Poehler. “This customer feedback is a critical part of the development process and will continue to shape Toughbook and Toughpad devices in the future. The wide variety of devices in the Toughbook and Toughpad families is a clear indication that we build products to meet our customers’ needs.”

Enterprise-class mobile computing requires an enhanced level of device security and the Toughpad family is designed with this in mind. Security features like encryption, IPsec VPN, trusted boot, root protection and FIPS compliance are available in various configurations of the Toughpad FZ-A1 and Toughpad JT-B1. Compatibility with world-class Mobile device management (MDM) tools are also available to allow IT managers to manage applications, secure devices from unauthorized use and perform many other tasks.

Toughpad tablets are supported by an ecosystem that includes an enterprise-focused app store, developer tools and deployment support. Panasonic will offer a full set of professional-grade accessories to support the Toughpad line, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards, magnetic stripe readers, smart card readers and multi-unit storage and charging solutions.

Pricing and Availability

The 10” Windows 8 Pro-based Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March starting at $2,899. The 7” Android-powered Toughpad JT-B1 will ship in February starting at $1,199. The 10” Android-powered Toughpad™ FZ-A1 is now shipping, starting at $1,299. All Toughpad tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers.

Toughpad FZ-A1 LTE Certification

Powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the 10” Toughpad FZ-A1 is now certified on the Verizon Wireless 4G/LTE network.

All products in the Toughpad family come standard with the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty.

Sales inquiries for Panasonic’s Toughpad family of tablets should be directed to sales.psc@us.panasonic.com or 877-803-8492.

For more information on the Toughpad family of tablets and detailed device specifications, go to http://www.PanasonicToughpad.com.

Follow the Toughpad™ Brand (#Toughpad):

The Panasonic Toughpad brand can be followed on various social media channels, including FacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickr and our blog, Panasonic for Business.

Panasonic Solutions for Business

Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or atwww.panasonic.com/business-solutions.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is committed to becoming the electronics industry’s leader in green innovation by its one-hundredth anniversary in 2018. In the 2012 Interbrand Annual Best Global Green Brands ranking, the Panasonic brand jumped four spots to number six:http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2012-Report.aspx. As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

EBSCO Publishing Acquires PEMSoft to Expand its Evidence-Based Pediatric Content

~ Leading Pediatric Clinical Resource Now Part of

EBSCO Publishing’s High-Quality Point-of-Care Databases ~

 

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 9, 2013 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has expanded its evidence-based healthcare content with the acquisition of PEMSoft, a premiere pediatric point-of-care clinical information resource.

PEMSoft is an online clinical library and multimedia decision support system that addresses acute and chronic illness and injury conditions in children from newborn to young adult. PEMSoft was founded in 2003 by Ronald Dieckmann, MD, MPH, and Rob Pitt, MD. Dr. Dieckmann is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University ofCalifornia, San Francisco and served for 25 years as Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, San Francisco GeneralHospital. Dr. Pitt is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Queensland, and served for 25 years as Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.

PEMSoft is available in either U.S. or U.K. English. The product features nearly 1,000 topics and nearly 3,000 proprietary high-quality medical images and videos, as well as several interactive tools for clinicians. The software is completely designed for fast, point-of-care use at the patient’s bedside. The extensive use of links, and intuitive navigation and search features make finding specialized topics easy. Popular modules include an extensive formulary with links to appropriate topics, medical calculators, as well as special sections for triage, signs and symptoms, procedures, quick reference and toxicology. Altogether, there are 41 sections in the vast PEMSoft database that address the entire spectrum of pediatric and neonatal disease and injury.

The unique and comprehensive resuscitation system “Resus Tool” provides exact treatment protocols, drug doses, infusion rates and equipment sizes for children with critical illnesses or injuries. The treatment interventions are based on the child’s length, weight or age and are totally customizable to the individual pediatric patient. Another interactive tool is “Calc” – a module that provides formulas and scoring systems for diagnosis and management of pediatric trauma, acute care, and critical care.  PEMSoft’s medical images, massive medical content, and its innovative interactive tools make it unique among clinical information resources.

EBSCO Publishing Senior Vice President of Product Management and Customer Satisfaction, Stratton Lloyd, says that PEMSoft was developed by leaders in the pediatric field to support pediatric healthcare professionals in a wide variety of healthcare settings and complements other products to make EBSCO a leading content provider in a critical specialty. “Drs. Dieckmann and Pitt have created a vital tool for pediatric care that shares EBSCO’s commitment to providing evidence-based, current, point-of-care information. PEMSoft will make a perfect addition to our clinical information product line which includes products such as DynaMed,  Nursing Reference Center and Patient Education Reference Center.

PEMSoft’s editorial board includes renowned physicians from highly regarded institutions such as Baylor, ChicagoChildrens Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Duke, Stanford University, UCLA, and University ofWashington. “The content development process that the experienced and diverse team of editors uses ensures that PEMSoft has the highest level of consistency, timeliness and quality,” says Dr. Dieckmann.

PEMSoft’s design and use of evidence-based content and multimedia elements help to assure access to online clinical information is fast, simple and intuitive. Dr. Pitt says that PEMSoft makes a difference throughout the clinical workflow. “PEMSoft has valuable content, organized in easy-to-find categories, so that doctors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, paramedics and medical students can find what they need as quickly as possible.”

Dr.s Dieckmann and Pitt will continue their work as editors-in-chief with PEMSoft. More PEMSoft information is available at: http://www.pemsoft.com.

About PEMSoft

PEMSoft is an online clinical information system specializing in acute and chronic illness and injury conditions in children and adolescents. Founded in 2003 by Dr. W. Robert Pitt and Dr. Ronald Dieckmann, PEMSoft is constantly updated by a team of over fifty editors and hundreds of contributors worldwide.

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 375 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®DynaMedNursing Reference Center,Patient Education Reference CenterRehabilitation Reference CenterRehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source andSocINDEX as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact:information@ebscohost.com.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.