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Axiom EPM Responds to Rapid Growth in Healthcare Vertical

Leading Enterprise Performance Management Company Expands Core Team to Meet Healthcare Market Demand

January 15, 2013 — Portland, OR — Axiom EPM, a leading provider of financial planning and performance management software, today announced that the company has made two strategic additions to its team in response to rapid client growth in the healthcare vertical. Karen Nychay has been hired as the healthcare practice manager, where she will work collaboratively with clients and direct the Axiom EPM Healthcare consulting team to develop and execute best practice Healthcare Performance Management systems. Anthony Martino will join Axiom EPM as a healthcare solutions engineer, helping to build out a robust set of healthcare starter sets and solution accelerators.  Together, Karen and Anthony bring over 35 years of experience in the healthcare sector – further expanding Axiom EPM’s already deep knowledge in this strategic vertical.

“In 2012, we saw incredible growth across our healthcare client base and we are confident that momentum will continue going into the new year,” said Michael Choi, CEO, Axiom EPM. “As healthcare organizations face more complex finance challenges, the demand for our intuitive solutions has rapidly increased. The additions we’ve made to our team are a testament to that, and we are certain that both Karen and Anthony will be exceptional assets as we continue to thrive in the healthcare sector.”

Axiom EPM provides the highest level of support to their clients, earning a satisfaction rating of 4.9 out of 5.0 in the BPM Pulse Survey. Axiom EPM’s healthcare clients are some of the country’s leading academic medical centers and health systems, such as: Meridian, Sentara, Lake Region Healthcare and LifePoint. Axiom EPM provides their clients with familiar and intuitive tools that unify financial planning and decision support functions in a single platform, empowering healthcare executives to reach their financial goals.

“While Axiom EPM provides the sophistication and control I need, it doesn’t require a highly specialized skill set to manage and deploy,” said Steve Esposito, senior manager of budgets and finance, Meridian Health.

“We looked at several products but none were as finance orientated as Axiom EPM,” said Karen Becker, budget manager, Sentara Healthcare.
Axiom EPM’s unified platform is unique in that it embeds powerful modeling and planning capabilities in the familiar Microsoft Excel® format, allowing healthcare finance professionals to manage data more efficiently without needing to learn a new application. Their solutions are designed specifically for users, and that has differentiated Axiom EPM as one of the most innovative and user-friendly companies of its kind.

About AxiomEPM
Founded by industry leaders with over two decades of experience in enterprise planning and reporting, Axiom EPM specializes in enterprise performance management solutions for mid-sized and large healthcare organizations around the world.  Axiom EPM provides customers with a unified performance management software platform that embraces and extends familiar Microsoft Excel® functionality, allowing finance professionals to manage data in a familiar environment – while providing unmatched modeling flexibility and enterprise performance.

February 5, 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.

Voalte Releases Guide to Improving Clinical Effectiveness

Leading clinical communications company provides three steps to improving point of care efficiency
SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2013) – Voalte, the leader in clinical communications technology, released its latest whitepaper entitled, “Crawl, Walk, Run: Three Steps to Improving Clinical Efficiency and Effectiveness.”
According to the report, inefficient communications costs hospitals across the U.S. approximately $12 billion annually. The root of this problem is hospitals utilizing outdated communications models. These outdated models provide nurses with a communications “tool belt” with too many devices to juggle and weaken communications. Voalte recommends that healthcare providers struggling with inefficient communications address the issue in three steps:
Step 1: Invest in One Integrated Communication Tool
Voalte recommends investing in one integrated communications tool, such as a smartphone. Using smartphones allow voice, alarm and text messaging to be integrated in one device allowing nurses to respond from any location in the hospital without having to juggle multiple devices. Smartphones, through applications such as Epocrates, also allow nurses to look up critical information immediately, improving workflow and enabling caregivers to better respond to patient needs.
Step 2: Assess Your Workflow
Hospitals should conduct a clinical workflow assessment prior to implementing a new communications solution. A clinical workflow expert should evaluate current workflow and process improvement methodology. A thorough assessment that includes engaging with clinical staff helps hospitals understand the day-to-day issues and prepare it to implement a new solution.
Step 3: Evaluate and Improve
Voalte recommends implementing any new solution in stages beginning with smaller units. This allows hospitals to evaluate and improve the implementation process and eases the transition when the solution is implemented more broadly.
“It can be tempting to integrate multiple systems at the start of a project,” stated Voalte’s Vice President of Innovation Trey Lauderdale. “But it is our recommendation to start with a specific group of nursing units and one or two ancillary departments, and then expand as workflows are understood.”
The report concludes that smartphone implementation requires time, coordination and dedication, but the benefits can have a major impact in improving hospital workflow.
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.

Healthcare Leaders Join KLAS Advisory Board

Top healthcare executives to help KLAS drive improvements to the industry

OREM, Utah – January 14, 2013 – Three industry-recognized healthcare leaders join KLAS to help provide strategic guidance as members of the company’s Advisory Board.

KLAS announced today that the new board members are

  • John Halamka, Chief Information Officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Wright Lassiter, Chief Executive Officer for Alameda Medical Center in San Leandro, California
  • Denni McColm, Chief Information Officer for Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri

“All three individuals possess a wealth of industry insight and want to help make a difference,” said KLAS President Adam Gale. “We’re extremely excited that they have chosen to join KLAS and engage in the work of improving the world’s healthcare by providing transparency to every major healthcare technology and services decision.”

The three healthcare executives will join nine others currently serving three-year terms on the KLAS Advisory Board.

To see a listing of current KLAS Advisory Board members, visit www.KLASresearch.com/About/AdvisoryBoard.aspx.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.

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.

HIMSS and SHS Recognize Dean Athanassiades for Accomplishments in Process Improvement & IT

CHICAGO (January 16, 2013) –Dean Athanassiades, PMP, CPHIMS, CHS, FHIMSS, DSHS, senior director, software customer services, with Phillips Healthcare in Atlanta, Ga., is the recipient of the 2012 SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management/Process Improvement Award, The joint award honors individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in implementing significant synergies between the process improvement and information technology professions.

Recipients of this award are selected jointly by the Boards of Directors of the Society for Health Systems and HIMSS. This award recognizes individuals who have made contributions of a professional or technical nature, which may include research or development of improved processes (with or without technology), or exemplary contribution to the professional society.

“As a long time member and leader within the Society for Health Systems (SHS), Dean Athanassiades’ has worked tirelessly to improve processes and implement technology that will benefit patients, providers and healthcare stakeholders across the industry,” says Jean Ann Larson, FHIMSS, FACHE, DSHS, President of the Society for Health Systems Board of Directors.  “Through his expertise and commitment to his profession, he leaves a legacy of lifelong learning and service. His support and efforts for both SHS and HIMSS make him an excellent winner of this joint award.  All of us at the Society for Health Systems congratulate Dean for receiving this prestigious award.”

Athanassiades, an active member of both HIMSS and SHS, has 30 years of increasing responsibility in information technology consulting, operations, and sales, with a focus on improving processes through the application of technology.

As a member of HIMSS, Athanassiades received a Distinguished Fellow Award in 2008 and a HIMSS Leadership Award in 2005. He served as Chair of the HIMSS Fellows Council, Membership Services Committee and, Nominating Committee and was a member of the HIMSS Georgia chapter board of directors. Currently, he is a HIMSS Management Engineering Process Community (MEPI) committee member and chair of the Electronic Medical Record Change Management Task Force.

His activity with SHS includes SHS Diplomate, chair of the SHS Annual Conferences in 2009 and 2010, and Chair Emeritus SHS 2011 – 2013 Annual Conferences. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

Athanassiades will be honored at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Awards Recognition Banquet on March 5, 2013, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the HIMSS13 website.

“A HIMSS Fellow who has served in leadership positions with the Fellows Council and Society committees, Dean Athanassiades is an active member and volunteer who sees and acts upon the connection between process improvement and IT to improve the delivery of patient care. In addition, he is one of the more than 700 professionals who used this expertise to become certified in health information and management systems, earning the CPHIMS credential offered by HIMSS,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President & CEO. “All of us at HIMSS congratulate Dean for his ongoing contributions to the Society and healthcare.”

About SHS

The Society for Health Systems (SHS) is a society of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), a professional association that serves the  professional needs of industrial engineers throughout the world. The society’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of healthcare processes through systems engineering, analysis, and process improvement methods. Among the society’s goals are to enhance the career development and continuing education of professionals who use industrial and management engineering expertise for productivity and quality improvement in the health care industry. SHS encourages the exchange of ideas and innovative techniques among healthcare professionals through a variety of mediums. Among the more than 700 members of SHS are management engineers, nurses, CEOs, directors of continuous improvement, administrators, clinicians, physicians, department managers, and students. To learn more about SHS, please visit our website at www.societyforhealthsystems.org.

About HIMSS                                                                                                                                                                                        HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

 

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.

Withings Makes the World’s First Internet Connected Baby and Toddler Scale with App Available in the US

The Withings Smart Kid Scale brings new advancements to parents who want a way to track the weight and growth of their new-borns and toddlers
Paris, France – January 16, 2013 – Withings, pioneers of Internet connected devices, announces the US availability of its Internet connected baby and toddler scale, the Withings Smart Kid Scale. Withings has combined cutting edge technology and exquisite design to create a scale that will give parents a simple to use and extremely accurate way to monitor, understand and share their child’s growth using the power of the internet.
The Smart Kid Scale is the ideal device to help parents start their kids off on the right track to a future long-term healthy lifestyle. Obesity affects 17% (approximately 12.5 million) of all children between the ages of 2 and 19 in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Also according to the CDC, this number has tripled since 1980.  These numbers are a true indication of the importance of parents monitoring and tracking the weight of their children at an early age- even from infancy.
Cédric Hutchings, Co-Founder of Withings says: “With the Smart Kid Scale, we’re hoping to bring the same positive outcomes we’ve seen in adults with weigh tracking to the adults of the future.  We’ve made it very simple for parents to track the weight progress of their children and therefore giving them a tool that will assist in turning their children into healthy adults.”
The Smart Kid Scale has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows for the instant transfer of data measured by the scale to be sent directly to the Withings Baby Companion application.  By using the Withings Smart Kid Scale and accompanying application, parents can access the history of their child’s weight readings.  Also, parents can easily communicate the progress of their child’s weight with their doctor, pediatrician, family and friends.
In addition to storing weight data, the Withings Baby Companion app has been designed to allow parents to capture other important data and keep track of milestones.  Users can log the child’s height and see how he/she compares with other children of the same gender and age.  The app also allows parents to keep track of feedings.  Breastfeeding parents can log when the last feeding was, which side the baby fed from and how long the feeding was.  Parents using bottles can keep track of bottles and ounces.
The Smart Kid Scale can be used from infancy to eight years old.  The scale features a large graphical screen for animations and instructions, a button that allows parents to easily record their baby’s height, and a compact design.  The scale comes with a two-piece interlocking baby basket that is inserted into the scale’s base and is used to weigh infants.  The bi-fold design is perfect for storage and travel.  Once the child grows out of the baby basket and can stand up on his/her own, the basket can be removed to reveal a toddler scale.
Withings Smart Kid Scale Technical Specifications:  
  • Weighing Range: 0-55 lbs
  • Accuracy: 10g (0.02lb)
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart
  • Display: Large graphical screen (120×58 pixels)
  • Power Supply: 4 x AAA Batteries
  • Dimensions: 11” x 9.1” x 1” (without baby basket) / 22” x 10” x 3.7” (with baby basket)
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
The Smart Kid Scale joins the wide range of Withings devices and applications that are aimed to both adults and children, such as the Smart Baby Monitor.
Withings provides an open API to allow third party service providers to retrieve readings recorded by the Smart Kid Scale, and thus offers parents additional services and guidance to monitor their child’s growth.
The Withings Smart Kid Scale is available from Withings.com and other retailers for $179.95.  The Withings Baby Companion app is available for free from the App Store at itunes.apple.com.
 About Withings

Withings is an innovative company that creates smart products and apps to help people across the world easily take care of their health and well-being. Founded by French executives Cedric Hutchings and Eric Carreel, Withings has been pioneering Health 2.0 since the launch of their first Wi-Fi Body Scale in 2009 and  is leading the way of the connected health movement. By extending the capabilities of an object through network resources, Withings provides access to infinite computing and storage facility at no extra cost, turning objects into smart connected devices. Since 2009, Withings has extended those benefits to a wide range of lifestyle friendly devices including the Smart Body Scale, the Smart Blood Pressure Monitor and the Smart Baby Monitor. By connecting through appliances such as mobile phones and computers and opening up its platform to the well being ecosystem, Withings now works seamlessly with over 60 partner apps and devices, providing users with a whole new dimension to their day-to-day life. Read more about Withings on www.withings.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.

Solution to Help Providers Navigate Shifting Risk Models

First Combination of Population Health Management Tools with Claims-Based Analytics to Help Providers Manage Costs under Value-Based Reimbursement

Waltham, MA, Jan. 17, 2013 – Phytel, the leader in automated, provider-led population health improvement, and Verisk Health, a leader in data-driven risk assessment and performance management technologies, announced today a strategic agreement to develop an integrated solution that combines claims-based risk assessment and medical cost management with enterprise-level care management based on real-time clinical data.  The new solution will give healthcare providers and provider-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) key tools and capabilities they require to succeed under health reform.

As healthcare payment models shift from transactional fee-for-service arrangements to provider risk contracts, market demand is growing for solutions that combine financial analytics, risk assessment, and quality improvement with care management tools. Phytel’s Atmosphere Population Management platform aggregates data from electronic health records (EHRs) and practice management systems in hundreds of physician groups nationwide, offering a suite of tools for automating population health management, including modalities for patient outreach, care gap identification, risk stratification, care management, patient engagement, transitions of care, and performance evaluation. Verisk Health’s Provider Intelligence solution helps identify and target inappropriate use of medical resources, manage in-network and out-of-network costs and utilization, and drive physician and practice-level strategies focused on improving the patient experience and maintaining business stability and profitability.

Combined, these services will deliver a key platform that links financial and performance analytics with case management and population health tools within existing care delivery models. The resulting solution will provide healthcare organizations the ability to identify and address high-cost or low-performing areas within their organization while engaging patients to improve the health of their entire population.

Steve Schelhammer, CEO of Phytel, said, “By automating population health management, Phytel enables healthcare organizations to improve care coordination, identify and close patient care gaps, implement care management of high-risk patients, engage patients in managing their own health, and improve critical transitions of care. We’re excited to work with Verisk Health to help our customers better manage financial risk while providing improved care to their patients. By enabling them to both automate population health and draw actionable insights from claims data, this agreement positions our customers to optimize system performance and manage medical costs so they can optimize quality and financial outcomes associated with performance and risk based contracts.”

“The market demand to prove value is driving an unprecedented need to translate data into actionable information that can be used across the care continuum. All stakeholders — patients, providers, and payers — need access to complete sets of information at the right time and within the right context to drive change in behavior and outcomes,” said Joel Portice, president of Verisk Health. “We’re excited to be working with Phytel to provide a transformative solution that will facilitate physician-led teams to achieve increases in quality and cost-savings across their entire populations, effectively and efficiently, using both claims and clinical data.”

The Verisk Health/Phytel solution will provide both clinical information and claims-based risk assessments for an at-risk population engaged in a payer-provider risk contract. Clients will be able to use the solution to answer critical questions, such as:

•        What health risks characterize my patient population?

•        What targeted interventions can I offer to reduce the risks?

•        Which patients are at the greatest risk for hospitalization or ED services?

•        Where are there non value-add treatments/services that can be avoided to reduce cost?

•        Who are the patients I can engage to improve care?

•        How can I measure my effectiveness?

•        How does my effectiveness compare with my peers?

Upcoming Webinar for Providers

To learn more about how providers can better navigate shifting risk models, please join us for a complimentary webinar, February 6, 1 to 2 p.m. ET. To register, please visit www.veriskhealth.com/content/webinars.

About Verisk Health

Verisk Health drives performance excellence in the business of healthcare. By combining clinical and analytics expertise with robust technology and services, we empower customers to fully leverage their data to achieve long-term measurable results. Our data-driven risk assessment technologies and business decision analytics enable clients to proactively seize opportunities for improving clinical, financial and performance results including care management; risk identification and stratification; HEDIS compliance; benefit program measurement; fraud, waste, and abuse prevention; payment accuracy; and revenue cycle management. Verisk Health is a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK). For more information, visit www.veriskhealth.com.

About Phytel

The premier company empowering physician-led population health improvement, Phytel provides physicians with proven technology to deliver timely, coordinated care to their patients. Phytel’s state-of-the-art registry, which now encompasses more than 25 million patients nationwide, uses evidence-based chronic and preventive care protocols to identify and notify patients due for service, while tracking compliance and measuring quality and financial results. For more information, please visit www.phytel.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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.

OnPage is Chosen by Boston Children’s Hospital to Provide Secure Paging for Smartphones

Doctors can now stay in touch at all times with secure, HIPPA-compliant priority messaging without carrying a traditional pager device

WALTHAM, Mass. -January 22, 2013 —Onset Technology, creator of OnPage™  Priority Messaging, announced today that Boston Children’s Hospital, ranked number one pediatric hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report, has chosen OnPage Priority Messaging to replace its traditional pagers. The dedicated paging devices carried by physicians everywhere will no longer be necessary as their functionality is integrated into their smartphones. “Using OnPage, this progressive, forward thinking hospital is now bringing the same level of innovation to address its communication needs as it did to medical care for over a century” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology.

Traditional pagers are used for alpha-numeric 240 character-max one way communication. Pages sent to traditional pagers require the physician to call back to retrieve the actual message and acknowledge receipt. The OnPage service officiates the process to save precious time; it sends the actual message in its entirety to the intended smartphone and continuously alerts the physician until the message is acknowledged, and automatically keeps the sender informed as to the status of the message, from receipt to actually being read.

Boston Children’s hospital will enjoy many benefits using the OnPage service, including the ability to communicate immediately and securely with its doctors through both cell service and WI-FI, send continuous paging alerts until message receipt, receive actual read acknowledgement automatically when a doctors read their messages, create and manage groups and escalation groups through the OnPage Console, keep a log of the entire communication chain for traceability, and all with HIPAA-compliant encryption for security. Furthermore, since OnPage runs on the most popular smartphones, there is no longer the need for the doctors to carry an additional pager device.

“We are delighted to have the world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital entrust their priority communications to OnPage,” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, creator of OnPage. “They tested our product against a major competitor over a large array of metrics and found OnPage to be superior. Forward-thinking hospitals and clinics are looking for HIPAA-compliant, secure, reliable, and traceable communication. We are proud to be their solution of choice.”

OnPage converts any iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device into a secure, fault-tolerant communication system. Unlike traditional pagers, it guarantees that no messages will ever be missed. With OnPage, a message sent is a message received. You can count on it! And just in case, you also get the audit trail to prove it. For more information about OnPage, visit the OnPage website at http://www.OnPage.com;

ABOUT ONSET TECHNOLOGY

Onset Technology is a leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to organizations with secure priority communications requirements. The company’s latest solution OnPage™ turns iOS, BlackBerry or Android smartphones into secure digital pagers with additional capabilities such as massage status notification to the sender and secures messaging to individual, groups or escalation group. OnPage is device agnostic and carrier agnostic, supported by an enterprise-grade secure messaging and paging platform. Onset Technology’s OnPage is now used by over 1,000 organizations, including those in healthcare, emergency services, information technology, financial institutions, the legal profession, and government agencies. For more information about OnPage, visit http://onpage.com/ . For other products by Onset Technology visit http://onsettechnology.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.

HIMSS and ACCE Recognize Paul H. Frisch for Excellence in Clinical Engineering and IT

CHICAGO (January 15, 2013) – Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS, received the 2012 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award, a joint award sponsored by ACCE and HIMSS. The Boards of Directors of both organizations selected the recipient.

The award recognizes individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in promoting or implementing significant synergies between the clinical engineering and information technology professions.  Award recipients also must be members in good standing of both organizations.  Nominees for the award are honored for professional or technical contributions to the professions, such as research, development of a new process or product, a paper of significance, and “trailblazing’ work in a new application of clinical engineering and IT.

“The American College of Clinical Engineering is very proud to support the selection of Dr. Frisch for this award.  His work is an excellent model for the new direction that practitioners of clinical engineering need to take as more and more of the technologies we work with incorporate computer-based functionality and integrate with health IT systems.  Dr. Frisch is to be commended for his forward-thinking leadership in our profession,” says Jim Keller, President of ACCE.

Dr. Frisch has over 30 years of professional experience and contributions to the field; and is a long-standing of member of HIMSS & ACCE. He has educated clinical staff, administration and hospital thought leaders about diverse technologies and the synergies required to develop, deploy and manage complex systems in the healthcare setting.

As a faculty member and Chief of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and a visiting professor at Binghamton University, Dr. Frisch is also a researcher. One of his research interests has been the transition of clinical devices from stand-alone to networked systems sharing and distributing information between clinical applications and devices. He has extensively researched how these devices have also moved to expand their functionality to use wireless technologies (WiFi, etc.) as medium for conveying this critical information. As these clinical devices and systems transition between the boundaries of engineering and information technology, it becomes critical for the industry to develop a strong synergy between information technologies and biomedical / clinical engineering.

To further demonstrate this complex interaction, Frisch designed the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion, an interactive exhibit first introduced at HIMSS11.This addition to the exhibit floor has helpedraise awareness of, and educated the healthcare industry on, the many applications of RFID and RTLS technologies integrated within clinical scenarios, including the required synergy between information technologies and biomedical/clinical engineering.

Dr. Frisch will be honored at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Awards Recognition Banquet on March 5, 2013, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the HIMSS13 website.

“The connection and integration between clinical engineering and information technology come to the forefront with this joint ACCE-HIMSS award, as indicated by the accomplishments of this year’s recipient Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS.  All of us at HIMSS congratulate Dr. Frisch for his ongoing contributions to the Society, and specifically, to HIMSS13, where he will speak at the Clinical Engineering & IT Symposium and has already provided his expertise for one of our large, interactive exhibits,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President & CEO.

About ACCE

Founded in 1990, the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) is committed to enhancing the profession of clinical engineering. With members in the United States and abroad, the ACCE is the only internationally recognized professional society for clinical engineers.

About HIMSS                                                                                                                                                                                        HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

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.