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UVA Health System speech-enables EHR system (via M*Modal)

University of Virginia Health System Selects M*Modal’s Speech Understanding Solutions M*Modal’s suite of cloud-based solutions delivers a single speech platform to create, manage and share high-quality patient records in electronic health record systems

Franklin, TN – January 29, 2013 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced that the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System will deploy M*Modal Fluency Direct™ and M*Modal Catalyst for Quality™ to speech-enable its electronic health record (EHR) systems, bringing greater insight and analysis to patient records. Using M*Modal’s cloud-based Natural Language Understanding™ speech engine, these solutions enable medical staff and informatics professionals to quickly and accurately capture clinical narratives for improved billing, productivity and patient care.

M*Modal’s technology is the exclusive speech platform for all of UVA’s health facilities, which include a 604-bed hospital, level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

“Electronic medical records have significant potential to help us improve the care we provide for our patients,” said Mark Andersen, interim chief of technology services and health information for UVA Health System. “Comprehensive documentation of the care we provide is vital for a variety of reasons.”

The technology solutions selected by UVA Health Systems have different roles in the clinical documentation process and offer various benefits for all the stakeholders involved.

•       M*Modal Fluency Direct enables physicians and hospital staff to dictate and originate documentation directly within EHR templates in a single step. Using speech instead of a keyboard, physicians tend to expand on the patient narrative, capturing greater insight in clinical documents that can be leveraged in areas like coding.
•       M*Modal Catalyst for Quality aggregates records from across the enterprise, uncovers insights and makes clinical information locked in narrative text quickly available and shareable. It also identifies gaps and inaccuracies in documentation to drive CDI initiatives, quality measures and Meaningful Use readiness. By improving document specificity, it helps with ICD-10 transition.

“Using conversational documentation, our technology enables physicians to generate truly useable information that drives actions within an EHR, ensuring better productivity and patient outcomes,” said Vern Davenport, CEO of M*Modal. “M*Modal’s products give UVA Health System a strong platform for building dynamic, high-quality patient records and getting the most out of their EHR system investment.”

M*Modal’s solutions share a single, integrated speech engine, giving physicians and health care professionals a single user profile and consistent, high-quality documentation across all clinical systems. Both Fluency and Catalyst products provide comprehensive speech understanding from day one, based on a library of nearly 200,000 voice patterns in the M*Modal cloud. M*Modal’s Natural Language Understanding draws from a decade of learning to recognize medical terminologies and specialties, as well as different accents, dialects and cadences, for “first time right” speech understanding.

For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About M*Modal and MModal, Inc.
M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

February 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

HealthTronics Selects CareCloud’s Cloud-Based Solutions to Help Physicians Optimize Patient Care and Practice Management Operations

Collaboration Will Bring Integrated Electronic Health Record and Practice Management Offering to Urology Practices Nationwide

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services, today announced that the company has partnered with HealthTronics, Inc., a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: ENDP), to bring to market a new integrated electronic health record and practice management offering specific to urology practices across the nation.

Under the terms of agreement, HealthTronics, a urology solutions company, will combine CareCloud’s practice management solution, CareCloud Central, with its UroChartEHR® and meridianEMR™ urology specific EHR systems, to provide urologists with a fully integrated clinical and financial platform to help enhance patient care and drive improved practice performance.

“As more medical groups continue to understand how getting onto the cloud can help them automate their practice it’s imperative that we help them do this in the least disruptive and most cost effective manner possible, and we feel this exciting new platform addresses this need in the urology-specific market,” said Albert Santalo, Chairman and CEO for CareCloud. “Healthcare is a complex industry and as such, not all physician practices need to outsource their billing or need a vendor’s full suite of products. It’s important we provide medical groups with a flexible model that allows them to leverage the cloud in the way that best meets their immediate needs. We are excited about joining with HealthTronics by coupling our practice management offering with their urology-specific clinical offering and providing them with a platform designed specifically for their needs and the care they provide.”

As part of HealthTronics and CareCloud’s new integrated offering, urology practices can select between HealthTronics’ two EHRs, each of which will have a unique interface to CareCloud’s practice management system. CareCloud’s practice management software will provide physician’s practices with dynamic billing rules intelligence, expert support, reporting tools, automated claim submission, and comprehensive analytics reporting that will enable medical groups to track and optimize revenue and operations performance in real-time. With the UroChartEHR and meridianEMR systems both being fully ONC-ATCB certified as complete EHRs, this new offering will also allow physicians to qualify as “Meaningful Users” of their EHR and receive their federal incentive. Additionally, HealthTronics’ clients will also have the potential to access CareCloud’s revenue cycle management service, CareCloud Concierge. Supported by CareCloud’s practice management platform, this service includes a virtual billing back office, dynamic rules intelligence and a reimbursement management system.

“After making the decision to use UroChartEHR for my transition to electronic health records, it became clear that I would need a new practice management system as well. In researching different options, there was great appeal to using a cloud-based platform and obviate the need to have servers in my office. I chose CareCloud because of its many features and almost intuitive simplicity of use,” said Dr. Marcus H. Loo, a New York City-based Urologist. “The integration of UroChartEHR and CareCloud in my practice has been seamless and the training of my staff by the CareCloud implementation specialists has exceeded my expectations. I also came away from the experience with the sense that the CareCloud and UroChartEHR teams coordinated the integration well with minimal disruption to my office workflow and patient care.”

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

CareCloud is helping thousands of physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in more than 45 states. The company received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners in 2011. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Tampa General Hospital Selects Merge CTMS for Enterprise Clinical Research Platform

Integration With Epic EMR to Increase Efficiency and Minimize Duplication of Patient Data

CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Tampa General Hospital selected Merge’s CTMS for Investigators solution for enterprise-wide management of its clinical trials.

Tampa General Hospital’s goal was to increase efficiency and centralize their business operations. They sought a CTMS to manage more than 500 active studies annually across all therapeutic areas, and track study activities for over 100 study coordinators. Billing compliance, financial accountability, patient and enrollment tracking, and reporting for management oversight were all important criteria in selecting a CTMS system.

“With the continued growth of clinical trial activities, we needed a better way to streamline data collection and reporting, as well as a more accurate method for tracking billing activities. We had previously relied on data collected in spreadsheets and multiple databases, and a time-consuming process to produce reports,” said Beth Kohl, Manager, Office of Clinical Research at Tampa General Hospital. “We sought a CTMS that would centralize and organize our research operations to replace numerous manual and fragmented methods of capturing and recording data. After evaluating several CTMS systems, we felt that Merge CTMS provided us the standardization needed, as well as the reporting capabilities to meet our compliance, study and patient tracking, enrollment metrics, and financial requirements.”

The ability for the CTMS to integrate with an existing electronic medical record (EMR) system was also a priority for Tampa General Hospital, so users could have easy access to study patients from a centralized database used throughout the hospital.

“Another important factor in our decision was Merge’s vast systems integration experience,” continued Kohl. “A key component of this project will be an HL7 integration, allowing us to feed data from our Epic EMR into Merge CTMS. Through enhanced patient study searches and the elimination of duplicate data entry, this integration will yield significant efficiency improvement for research operations.”

“As an existing Merge Cardio™ and Hemo™ client, Tampa General Hospital was excited to expand their partnership with Merge. Tampa General Hospital expressed specific needs in looking for a CTMS system to consolidate and streamline their clinical trial management and research operations throughout the organization,” said Justin Dearborn, President of Merge Healthcare. “We’re pleased that Merge CTMS provides the opportunity to meet these needs using a highly intuitive interface for a wide variety of users who will access the application on a daily basis.”

Through enhanced productivity and business management tools, Merge CTMS for Investigators allows research organizations to centralize study information, organize research activities, and improve recruitment and financial performance. Merge CTMS scales easily from one to many sites, offering a comprehensive suite of CTMS tools for independent research sites, physician networks, SMOs, hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers.

About Merge Healthcare

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.

The Merge Healthcare logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10757

About Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General is a private not-for-profit hospital and one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in West Central Florida serving a dozen counties with a population in excess of 4 million. As one of the largest hospitals in Florida, Tampa General is licensed for 1,018 beds, and with approximately 6,600 employees, is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit tgh.org

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I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Prince George’s County Health Department Implements Integrated EHR and PHR System

Largo, Md. – January 23, 2013 – Prince George’s County Health Department is deploying a new electronic health record (EHR) system and Personal Health Records (PHRs) to further its goals of improved efficiencies in patient care and management.

The Largo, Maryland-based public health department is implementing WebChart EHR from Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc. (MIE) and an integrated PHR from NoMoreClipboard across all 25 of its clinics in three divisions — women’s health, epidemiology and mental health.  The first phase of the project was deployed in December 2012 with additional functionality being added in early 2013.

“We have always taken a progressive approach to healthcare,” said Ernest Carter, MD at Prince George’s County Health Department. “Our goal is to use health information technology as a way to improve efficiencies across the entire department which in turn, will lead to reduced costs and improved quality of care for all patients.”

Prince George’s County’s EHR system will be used for appointment scheduling, registration and medical record documentation.  The health department also plans to integrate the WebChart solution with Personal Health Records from NoMoreClipboard that will enable patients to collect and store their complete health history, and allow them to communicate electronically with their physicians.

“The PHR from NoMoreClipboard is an automatic extension of the EHR,” said Barbara Banks-Wiggins, IT Project Manager at Prince George’s County Health Department.  “Not only will it help patients better manage their healthcare, but it will give physicians a comprehensive view of all patient data available to improve the gaps that often exist between hospital-based and office-based care.”

The Prince George’s County Health Department is working with ZaneNet Connect on this project. ZaneNet Connect is a Maryland-certified management service organization that helps healthcare providers select and implement health IT solutions and connect to Maryland’s health information exchange.

Over 30 physicians, serving 12,855 patients, will have access to the EHR / PHR solution.

About Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE)

MIE offers a Minimally Invasive™ suite of HIT products that are easy to use, flexible and cost effective. MIE solutions are in use today by more than 2,500 clinics throughout the U.S. and by corporate clients such as Disney, Dow, Chevron, Xerox, Lilly, HCA, Humana and many others in 19 countries around the world in eight languages. MIE also provides advanced solutions for chronic disease management, personal health records and advanced wellness modules through its NoMoreClipboard subsidiary. For more information, visit http://www.mieweb.com

About NoMoreClipboard
NoMoreClipboard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), is a web-based, Personal Health Record management system designed to consolidate medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy retrieval and updates. NMC enables consumers to share personal or family member medical information with medical professionals electronically, reducing the need for repetitive medical paperwork.  For more information, visit www.NoMoreClipboard.com

About  ZaneNet Connect

ZaneNet Connect is the first woman-owned small business selected as a Maryland MSO, and was awarded full accreditation from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), which recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions and ensures compliance with industry-established standards andHIPAA regulations. ZaneNet Connect is uniquely positioned to help primary care providers adopt electronic health records (EHRs), connect to Maryland’s health information exchange (HIE), and achieve meaningful use that qualifies practices for Medicare and Medicaid incentives.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

HIMSS Appoints New Vice President for Government Relations

Arlington, VA (January 23, 2013)- HIMSS has announced the promotion of Thomas M. Leary, MALA, CAE, FHIMSS to the position of Vice President, Government Relations, where he will lead HIMSS’ public policy initiatives and outreach to Congress and Federal agencies.  The appointment is effective immediately.

“Health IT has an important role in healthcare transformation,” said Leary, “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to engage HIMSS and our members with Congress, federal agency leaders, and our healthcare community partners on the critical health IT policy issues facing our nation.”

Leary had served as HIMSS’ Senior Director of Federal Affairs since 2003, directing HIMSS’ public policy activities with federal agencies, including analysis and response to federal regulatory requirements and leveraging HIMSS member subject matter expertise in health IT public policy development.

“We conducted a thorough search, and interviewed a number of impressive candidates.  Ultimately, it was clear that Tom was the best person for the job, and I’m delighted that he’s accepted,” said Carla Smith, Executive Vice President of HIMSS.   “His longtime dedication to healthcare transformation, and his deep understanding of the important issues and players in Washington, DC will further HIMSS’s cause of improving the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access to care through the best use of IT.”

Leary has spent most of his career focused on federal healthcare policy and regulation development. His experience prior to joining HIMSS includes a position as Division Manager for Science Applications International Corporation’s TRICARE Division, where he was engaged in the coordination of healthcare administrative outsourcing solutions for the Military Health System.  He also held several roles at the Department of Defense, including as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) and as the Special Assistant for Health Care Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs).  Leary began his career in Washington working on Capitol Hill for Representative Les Aspin.

Tom Leary holds a Master of Arts degree in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science from Rutgers College, The State University of New Jersey. He was awarded the HIMSS Award of Excellence for FY11 and received an award for exemplary civilian service from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Leary replaces Dave Roberts, who was elected to the San Diego Board of Supervisors and began his term early this month.

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 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 nearly 50,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective 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 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

TRICERAT RELEASES NEW VERSION OF HEALTHCARE PRINT SOLUTION WITH WINDOWS SERVER 2012 AND WINDOWS 8 SUPPORT

COLUMBIA, MD (1/23/13) — Software developer triCerat, Inc. is releasing ScrewDrivers® v4.7 software, a new version of the revolutionary print management technology geared at the healthcare market.

ScrewDrivers® v4.7 offers, providing compatibility with the latest servers and operating systems on the market. Additional printing enhancements improve print speed and performance, which in turn increases work productivity and overall user satisfaction.

ScrewDrivers® v4.7 software provides the added environment support and enhancements that make it extremely simple for healthcare system administrators to manage and gives users a highly stable and responsive print job,” says Andrew Parlette, triCerat’s VP of Product Engineering.

ScrewDrivers® eliminates the need to manage print drivers by virtualizing them, providing users with problem-free remote desktop printing from any applications to any printer, using any printer setting.

“The results are a fast, seamless print job that increases server performance and reliability by eliminating print spooler crashes,” notes Parlette. “ScrewDrivers® v4.7 provides superior document handling using driverless print technology and a proprietary print protocol that ends the hassle inherent with managing printer drivers.”

About triCerat, Inc.

Creator of the revolutionary ScrewDrivers® print management technology that changed the way thousands of organizations operate on a daily basis, triCerat has developed its complete Simplify family of desktop management tools that improve the performance, stability, security, and reliability of server, workstation, and virtual desktop environments. Based in Columbia, MD, triCerat has more than 10,000 clients worldwide. Founded in 1997, triCerat is a Citrix Ready Technology Partner, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and a VMware Technology Alliance Partner. Visit www.tricerat.com for more information.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Voalte and American Nurse Today Partner to Launch Survey Examining Clinical Communications

New survey focuses on clinical communications challenges, tools
SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2013) – Voalte, the leader in clinical communications, and American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, have partnered to conduct the first clinical communications survey to help the healthcare world better understand the voice of the bedside clinician.
The 2013 Clinical Communications Survey will examine the current communications challenges faced by staff clinicians. Participants in the survey will be asked questions about how their clinical staff currently communicates, the communications tools currently used, how those devices are currently managed, along with the daily communications challenges facing clinical staff. The results of the survey will reveal a clear snapshot of the day-to-day lives of clinicians in the field and help create a roadmap for improving clinical communications.
“Nurses are the lifeblood of the clinical care system and it is important they are able to communicate with each other effectively during critical situations,” said Voalte CEO Rob Campbell. “We hope through this survey we learn more about how nurses are communicating and the communications challenges they face. We hope the results can be a catalyst for improving point-of-care communications.”
Voalte and American Nurses Today will be conducting the clinical communications survey beginning Jan. 21, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2013. Participants who take the survey may be eligible to enter a drawing to win a new iPad mini.
“We encourage all nurses to spend a few minutes to take this very important survey and let their voices be heard,” said Greg Osborne, Group Publisher and President of HealthCom Media, publisher of American Nurse Today. “The results will allow the entire healthcare industry better understand the role of clinical communications and help shape the future direction of clinical communications technology.”
To learn more about the 2013 Clinical Communications Survey please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ClinicalCommunicationsSurvey
 
About Voalte
Voalte is the only company to provide a fully integrated and dependable clinical communications system that health care professionals want, enjoy and effectively use. Voalte products are designed to be intuitive, high value, mission critical applications running on the latest generation of touch-based smartphones. For more information, visit www.Voalte.com or call 941.312.2830.
About American Nurse Today
American Nurse Today is the official journal of the American Nurses Association and reaches 175,000 nurses every month. Published 12 times a year – 6 print and 6 electronic issues the journal provides valuable, peer-reviewed, evidence based clinical, practical and career information that nurses can assimilate into their busy practices immediately.
The journal is published by HealthCom Media, a specialty publishing company located in Doylestown, PA. The company also publishes other specialty journals including Menopause Management. For more information visit www.AmericanNurseToday.com or call Greg Osborne at 215-489-7000, ext. 101.
I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Rex Hospital Selects Merge Hemo to Image-Enable Enterprise EHR

Integrated Solution Delivers Real-Time Documentation for the Cardiac Cath Lab

CHICAGO, Jan. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Rex Hospital, a member of UNC Health Care, has implemented Merge Hemo™ to automate their cath lab processes into their electronic patient record.

“Our cardiovascular volume has been growing by 20% annually for the past few years and we expect that growth to continue into the future,” explained Diana Massa, Director, Heart and Vascular Services, Rex Hospital. “With plans for future expansion, we were looking for a best-of-breed solution that will help us standardize processes across seven heart, vascular and interventional radiology labs. With the help of the Merge Hemo system and consulting from Merge experts, we will significantly improve the workflow and efficiency throughout the department so we can deliver the best possible service to our patients.”

“As we evaluated the options, we selected Merge Hemo because of the workflow efficiencies it offered,” added Tom Hasley, Director of Clinical Systems for Heart and Vascular, Rex Hospital. “The ease of use, simplified touch-screen interface and ability to reduce manual entry of data will allow us to deliver the best possible care in the most efficient fashion. This will benefit our technologists, nurses, physicians, the department as a whole, and most importantly, our patients.”

Currently running in over 500 cardiac cath labs in some of the country’s largest health systems, Merge Hemo captures real-time data and documents procedural events to enable efficient workflow. “We are extremely proud that Merge Hemo has maintained its number one status as the category leader in cardiology hemodynamics with KLAS for two years running,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “We have worked diligently to ensure Merge Hemo provides seamless EHR integration, enhances workflow and reporting and provides quality patient care.”

The Merge Cardiology suite also includes Merge Cardio™, an enterprise-level image and information system that provides a single point of entry to the patient’s complete cardio record spanning all cardiac modalities.

For more than 20 years, Merge Cardiology Solutions have been developed through a partnership with cardiologists and clinical staff, providing systems and tools with workflow and reporting that physicians are familiar with and comfortable using. This makes adoption of these systems successful so hospitals, labs and patients can benefit from the efficiencies and cost savings that come from best-of-breed information and imaging solutions.

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.

The Merge Healthcare logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10757

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters discussed in this news release may include forward-looking statements, which could involve a number of risks and uncertainties. When used in this press release, the words “will,” “believes,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “expects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update such factors or to publicly announce the results of any of the forward-looking statements.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

SHAREABLE INK ACHIEVES SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH AND EXPANDS TEAM

Organizations Use Shareable Ink to Preserve Clinically-Rich Documentation While Liberating Structured Data for Insight and Prediction 

Nashville, TN (January 21, 2013) Shareable Ink®, an enterprise cloud computing company that transforms point-of-care clinical documentation to structured data and analytics, today announced it has experienced 300 percent year-over-year growth and has doubled its team since January 2012.  Demand has been fueled by new products, such as Shareable Ink Anesthesia Cloud, a Meaningful Use-certified, portable anesthesia EHR that can be used in any environment, and Shareable Ink Patient Cloud, a self-service patient registration tool that populates the EHR with Meaningful Use and other data gathered directly from the patient.  Shareable Ink has also added multiple new hospital and provider group customers over the last year, another important validation of its offering a complete suite of data-driven clinical documentation solutions.

Organizations, including Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus (Clarkston, Wash.),

Compass Anesthesia Services Group (Kingwood, Texas) and Merrick Management (Lexington, Ky.) have selected Shareable Ink Anesthesia Cloud to create useful structured data at the point of care – directly from the source of the information (patients and physicians). The data is then analyzed to provide new insights into the organizations’ operations and shared with external systems and national registries.

“Medical specialties, like anesthesia, are increasingly confronted by unprecedented competition and pressures as the traditional business model transitions from ‘pay for presence’ to ‘pay for performance,’” said Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. “The success of products like Anesthesia Cloud validates Shareable Ink’s belief in data liquidity and in providing measurable comparisons and insights to help providers, facilities and the industry in general improve healthcare outcomes.”

Patients, too, are an important source of clinically-rich documentation, and Shareable Ink has recently been implemented at organizations, such as The Center for Orthopedics with EMH Healthcare (Sheffield Village, OH), to easily and effortlessly capture medical history and Meaningful Use data and populate the EHR before the visit even starts, eliminating the need for duplicate data entry by hospital staff.

“The ability to capture and analyze electronic data at the source has become a professional imperative as our industry has begun to realize that greater adoption of EHRs does not mean more or better data, but rather a smarter use of it that goes beyond the retrospective,” said Sheila Tonn-Knopf, Executive Director  at The Center for Orthopedics with EMH Healthcare.  “Shareable Ink’s products offer the easiest capture of structured data at the point of care and prove that investing in and implementing an EHR doesn’t have to be complex, cost-prohibitive or detrimental to our existing clinical process or workflows.”

About Shareable Ink
Shareable Ink helps healthcare organizations of all sizes transition to electronic health records without disruption to workflow or burdensome IT projects. Its enterprise cloud platform leverages natural input tools, including iPads and digital pen and paper technology to support clinicians and patients. The resulting structured and clinically-rich output populates the EHR with discrete data, as if typed in directly. Predictive analytics give hospitals and practices insight into their operations — from a clinical, quality and efficiency standpoint — all previously inaccessible from traditional paper records. For additional information, visit www.shareableink.com.

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

EHR Association Responds to HIT Policy Committee Request for Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use

The EHR Association has responded to the HIT Policy Committee’s Request for Comments on Stage 3 meaningful use requirements through their usual workgroup-led collaborative effort, with representatives from 24 of our 41 member companies working on this effort.

The Association’s comments call for a more pragmatic and focused approach to Stage 3 requirements, building on the substantial capabilities established in Stage 1 and especially Stage 2.  As part of this alternate approach, the Association also calls for policymakers to takes into consideration the time and resources required for developers and providers to get all the information needed to effectively develop, test, and adopt new functionality.  As we’ve stated in the past, and aligned with comments from other stakeholder groups, we suggest that ONC and CMS should not start Stage 3 until at least three years after the start of Stage 2.

Specific recommendations include that ONC and CMS invest time and attention to the maturity and alignment of quality measures across regulatory organizations, without adding a significant number of new quality measures, and enhancing infrastructure and standards based on the foundational work begun in Stage 2 to advance interoperability,

The EHR Association also notes that the public and private sectors are shifting to accountable care and value-based payment models, which are creating a business case for providers to adopt and use EHRs and other health IT.  Such market-based demand will drive additional customer-requested functionality and EHR use patterns for those who have already adopted and demonstrated sophisticated use by attesting for Stages 1 and 2.  We believe the needs of such experienced and often sophisticated users will best be met by market innovation, while extensive and detailed standardized requirements dictated by the federal government may actually interfere with the pace and direction of needed innovations.

Go to http://www.himssehra.org/docs/20130115_EHRARespondstoMU3RFC.pdf for the full response

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.