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Pioneer ACO Atrius Health Focuses on Clinical & Business Intelligence within its Six Practice Groups

CHICAGO (January 31, 2013) – Second in its series on clinical and business intelligence, HIMSS Analytics published a new white paper, “Atrius Health, Pioneer ACO, Clinical Intelligence & Business Intelligence,” released in January 2013.

Atrius Health, one of 32 organizations selected in 2011 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, is a nonprofit alliance of six multi-specialty medical groups. It was created in 2004 to enable collaboration on new and better ways of delivering care, transform the delivery of health care in eastern and central Massachusetts, while maintaining an emphasis on care for the local community. The staff of over 7,200 employees includes 1,000 physicians and more than 1,425 healthcare professionals who service 3.8 million visits from over one million adult and pediatric patients at some 50 sites cross Eastern and Central Massachusetts.

HIMSS Analytics worked with Atrius Health to present its unique perspective on how the organization approached management and delivery of care to assigned beneficiaries. This white paper provides a benchmark of the approach Atrius took to manage two critical components of its Pioneer ACO: clinical and business intelligence.

Clinical Intelligence with Atrius Health – as a Pioneer ACO: The Atrius Pioneer ACO program has been assigned and services approximately 55,000 Medicare Advantage patients with about 70 percent of its revenues from risk-based patient populations. With that in mind, Atrius developed its own approach to managing these populations.

“We also adopted a relatively unique concept in that we wanted to take care of all of our patients exactly the same, no matter what their funding mechanisms were. So we’ve combined our ACO population with our Medicare Advantage population,” says Dr. Gene Lindsey, CEO, Atrius Health, in the white paper.

The organization has two primary goals for clinical intelligence:

  • To reduce Atrius Health’s cost to two percent under the official Medicare “reference population” trend, allowing Atrius Health access to its earned savings, which bends the cost curve two percent relative to the baseline population; and
  • To effectively report on the 33 quality metrics required of all Pioneer ACOs from the Innovation Center.

With these goals in mind, Atrius hired an ACO Executive Director to coordinate and manage the interaction between participating organizations and facilitate Pioneer ACO efforts. The executive director then established clinical workgroups to focus on four areas:

  • hospital strategy;
  • post-acute facility strategy;
  • home care strategy; and
  • geriatric care model design.

Each workgroup established its own goals, but used common reporting and benchmarking standards to ensure accountability for the workgroup and the overall ACO patient focus. Then, to build and sustain momentum, Atrius Health also established a monthly event called “ACO Day,” where all clinical leaders come together for a half day meeting with updates on current activities, separate workgroup meetings a learning collaborative with best practice presentations and discussions on a specific topic.

Business Intelligence with Atrius Health – as a Pioneer ACO: The provider groups at Atrius Health pay a fee for centralized IT services, thus enabling efficient IT management and economies of scale for pricing and support. As indicated in the white paper, the centralized approach also allows for investment in tools that increase value of the data, a benefit not possible with data and funding segregated by provider practice or facility location.

“Anything that we do clinically has to be supported with the business, both with an operationally efficiency and cost perspective, but as well with patient experience,” says Dr. Joe Kimura Medical Director of Clinical Reporting and Analytics, Atrius Health.

Dr. Kimura thus identified four primary business markets, beyond the 33 quality measures all Pioneer ACOs must report.  Each of these markets – executive team/external partners; director and site-based administrators; physician and line managers; and patients – has a different level of maturity as well as needs for different types of data and access.  The white paper reviews these markets and details current and planned-for business intelligence activities at Atrius Health.

In managing its Pioneer ACO capabilities, Atrius Health has: 1) leveraged its physician practice expertise; 2) developed a centralized and supportive IT department with a complete EMR and supporting data warehouse; 3) used strong communication and internal coordination; and 4) worked with its external partners, including hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, to set consistent standards, for normalized patient care with other organizations, to reach patients wherever they need care.

“The Atrius Health ACO provides a good contrast to our research and publication on how Banner Health approached clinical and business intelligence within the Pioneer ACO program.  The organizations are quite different in focus, size, mission, and of course, the IT capital and resources they can access. Atrius Health uses astute negotiating with care partners combined with simple IT-based care coordination solutions to affect a dramatic, yet practical, impact on their ability to leverage clinical and business intelligence,” says James Gaston, Senior Director, Clinical and Business Intelligence, HIMSS Analytics.

Read Atrius Health, Pioneer ACO, Clinical Intelligence & Business Intelligence,the second white paper in the Pioneer ACO series from HIMSS Analytics.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

February 8, 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.

Fovia Expands into Veterinary Imaging Market

 Animage’s Multi-Modality Solution Delivers HDVR®

Palo Alto and Pleasanton, California, January 31, 2013 — Fovia Inc., a global leader in advanced visualization, and Animage, LLC, an innovative developer and manufacturer of veterinary imaging equipment, today announced that Animage will enhance its product offering by integrating Fovia’s High Definition Volume Rendering® into Fidex, its unique, three-modality diagnostic imaging system.

Fidex combines computed tomography (CT), digital radiography (DR) and fluoroscopy to provide a cost-effective, small footprint solution, therefore making in-house 3D viable for veterinarians and animal researchers. Fovia’s CPU-based HDVR® enables Animage to offer “on-the-fly” advanced visualization to veterinarians and researchers on most major operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS), greatly expanding 3D imaging accessibility, flexibility and scalability in the veterinary field.

Fovia’s server-based architecture enables thin-client delivery of unrivaled image quality and performance anytime, anywhere.  In the veterinary market, Fovia’s flagship products, HDVR® Connect and HDVR® Mobile, provide unprecedented advancement in diagnosis, treatment and  pre-surgical planning.  With HDVR, veterinarians have rapid access to highly detailed images, therefore enabling them to make quick, well-reasoned decisions.  In cases where remote specialists are needed, Fovia’s unique architecture facilitates seamless, real-time collaboration.

“The level of detail that Fovia’s HDVR software provides allows exploration of structures never before seen in veterinary medicine,” said Horst Bruning, President and CEO of Animage.  “With 3D imaging becoming increasingly important in our field, we are thrilled to be on the cutting-edge of veterinary clinical care and research by using Fovia’s best-in-class rendering.”

Ken Fineman, Chief Executive Officer of Fovia, stated, “We are excited to be working with a company that has put such extensive thought into the unique needs of their market.  Fidex successfully addresses the need for a mutli-modality, cost-effective, small-footprint imaging solution for veterinary offices and research facilities.”

About Fovia, Inc.

Fovia, Inc. was founded in 2003 to address the challenge of data explosion – the exponentially increasing amount of data being acquired by modern imaging modalities.  The firm has developed a CPU-based, High Definition Volume Rendering software solution that leverages and scales with multi-core, multi‑processor and multi-threaded generational processor development.  Fovia’s HDVR Connect and HDVR Mobile solutions are more scalable, cost effective, flexible, and easily deployable on an enterprise-wide basis than GPU or other hardware-based approaches.  They can be easily and natively integrated into various original equipment manufacturers’ offerings, thereby enabling OEMs to deliver unrivaled image quality and uncompromised performance, both locally and remotely, in 2D, 3D and 4D advanced volume visualization applications.  More information can be found at www.fovia.com.

About Animage, LLC:

Animage, LLC develops and manufactures cutting-edge radiological imaging technology and equipment designed specifically for companion animal veterinary practice and research environments.  Animage, LLC was founded in 2008 to bring advanced diagnostic imaging technology to the veterinary practice market.  Animage, LLC is a subsidiary of Exxim Computing Corporation (www.exxim-cc.com), a diagnostic imaging software company founded in 2002.  Exxim is a specialist in 3D imaging, tomographic image reconstruction, and 3D visualization for medical and NDT applications.  Exxim has customers worldwide, such as Siemens and Imaging Sciences, who use Exxim’s software to optimize the performance and diagnostic value of their diagnostic imaging hardware.

 

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.

Leading Healthcare IT Solutions Firm Sees Dramatic Increase in Outsourced Helpdesk Utilization

CareTech Solutions reports 75% spike in use of Service Desk™ in 2012; cites EHR learning curve and diversion of IT resources to strategic initiatives as likely causes

(TROY, Mich., Jan. 31, 2013) CareTech Solutions, an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for more than 200 hospitals, today announced that use of its Service Desk service increased by 75% in 2012. This industry-leading clinical help desk solution provides real-time IT support to clinicians and other staff from support analysts that are trained on all major hospital clinical and business information systems.

CareTech added five new Service Desk clients in 2012 with the most recent being Boulder Community Hospital and New York Hospital Queens. The company attributes the increase in utilization to a combination of clinicians coping with a steep learning curve related to the adoption of new electronic health records (EHR) and other clinical systems, and the fact that IT resources are increasingly being deployed to a growing list of strategic initiatives, including implementing and integrating new clinical systems (including EHRs), connecting to community HIEs, security enhancements driven by regulatory changes ICD-10 and more.

“Today’s IT departments are overwhelmed with overseeing implementations of EHRs and other electronic systems; and the demands of initiatives like ICD-10, Meaningful Use and audit compliance only increase their workload,” said Jim Giordano, president and CEO, CareTech Solutions. “This has created a perfect storm where there is more technology being implemented than can be supported by in-house resources, and more demand than ever for support and fewer resources available to provide it. The fact that our teams are up to speed with the latest systems and requirements has driven the demand for our services through the roof in the last year.”

CareTech introduced Service Desk in 2008 in response to an industry need for highly-specialized help desk support. As organizations continue to transition to an increasingly electronic healthcare environment, fostered by government regulations like the HITECH Act and Meaningful Use, seamless IT adoption depends on a high level of rapid, responsive support. CareTech’s trained analysts provide value to clinicians and hospital staff by making it easier to use these technologies in order to provide quality, compliant patient care.

“Clinician support calls have definitely increased and are more involved at our organization since the implementation of our EHR system last year,” said Linda Minghella, CIO, Boulder Community Hospital. “CareTech’s team is familiar with all the systems we use, is well trained as support professionals, and they are getting our clinicians back to treating patients faster and more efficiently than we ever could.”

Features of CareTech Solutions Service Desk include:
•       Trained and certified support analysts based in the U.S. and available 24x7x365
•       Scalable operation (500 to 20,000 calls per hospital per month)
•       Knowledge management
•       Comprehensive implementation
•       Performance metrics tracking and reporting
•       Trend analysis to understand problems and reduce call volumes
•       Proactive infrastructure and applications monitoring
•       Physician-only hotline

About CareTech Solutions
CareTech Solutions is an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for more than 200 U.S. hospitals and health systems, creating value for clients through customized IT solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. From implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day IT operations, CareTech offers clients expert health information technology services earning it the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Best in KLAS award for IT Outsourcing (Extensive) and 2012 partial outsourcing as ranked by healthcare executives and professionals in the respective annual Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” report.

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.

DebMed® GMS™ Is World’s First and Only Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring System to Meet the WHO (World Health Organization) ‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ Recommendation

Electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring systems should be based

on the World Health Organization’s ‘Five Moments for Hand Hygiene’ to reduce the life-threatening, costly and unnecessary occurrence of healthcare-associated infections around the globe

CHARLOTTE, NC – DebMed®, the creator of the world’s first and only electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” is now the only hand hygiene system that meets the WHO’s C recommendation. The “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” is from the WHO’s “Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care.”

As part of a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in healthcare, the “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands” campaign was launched in 2009 and is a natural extension of the WHO’s “First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care.”  This annual campaign advocates the need to improve and sustain the hand hygiene practices of healthcare workers at the right times and in the right way to improve patient safety by helping to reduce the spread of potentially life-threatening healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

“We recognized as early as 2008 that any electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system would need to be based on the WHO’s ‘Five Moments for Hand Hygiene,’” said Paul Alper, vice president strategy and business development for DebMed, and one of the inventors of the DebMed GMS™ (Group Monitoring System). “We wanted to create a system that could help lead the change from direct observation to a real-time, research-based technology that was accurate, reliable and could help improve patient safety in healthcare settings worldwide. Electronic monitoring is an imperative solution for hospitals.”

Nearly 100,000 people die annually in the U.S. alone from HAIs, making them one of the leading causes of death after cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). At any time, more than 1.4 million patients worldwide are suffering from HAIs. Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent HAIs. However, the WHO Guideline reported that after completing a systematic review of 77 peer-reviewed hand hygiene articles published between 1981 and 2008, the baseline hand hygiene compliance rate was only 38.7 percent – and few followed the “Five Moments” as their observation criteria.

Currently, unobtrusive direct observation of hand hygiene practices by a trained observer is considered the gold standard for evaluating compliance. However, the WHO, in its Save Lives: Clean Your Hands newsletter dated November 12, 2012, recommended that “… promising innovative systems for hand hygiene compliance automatic monitoring … are now available and can significantly … minimize the human resources and time required. When the available resources permit, these new technologies should be the future approach for hand hygiene compliance monitoring, provided that they can detect the ‘Five Moments for Hand Hygiene.’”

The DebMed GMS electronically monitors healthcare workers’ hand hygiene events and provides feedback on compliance rates in real-time. The system reports compliance based on the WHO’s “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” using an evidence-based, statistically valid algorithm and therefore meets the WHO recommendation for how new technologies should be configured.

Because electronic monitoring systems are impartial, unbiased and the only way to capture and report on 100 percent of hand hygiene events, not just the fraction of 1 percent recorded by human observation, they eliminate the human factor and, with it, the Hawthorne Effect. This phenomenon happens when people know they are being watched or observed — they tend to be on their best behavior. Research has shown that this will lead to overstated and unreliable compliance data.

A German study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, for example, concluded that, “To the best of our knowledge, this study provides the first data picturing a complete day, including shift- and indication-specific analyses, and comparing directly observed compliance rates with those calculated based on disinfectant usage, the latter of which revealed a 2.75-fold difference. Worrisomely, compliance rates were very low, especially concerning indications of greatest impact in preventing HAIs, such as before aseptic task. Thus, the gathering of additional data on compliance rates and the reasons for noncompliance is warranted” (Scheithauer, et al. AJIC 2009; 37:835-41).

About DebMed®

DebMed is the healthcare program of the Deb Group. The DebMed program offers innovative hand hygiene products, electronic monitoring technology and improvement tools to support hand hygiene compliance. The DebMed® GMS™ (Group Monitoring System) is the world’s first group monitoring system to report hand hygiene compliance rates in real-time based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” and to date has recorded more than 16 million hand hygiene events.  The electronic monitoring system is being utilized in a four year, multi-site research project being conducted by the Columbia University School of Nursing and funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). It is the first study aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections in pediatric long-term care facilities by improving staff compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. Deb is the first hand hygiene company in the world to provide actionable information along with its hand hygiene products to help drive best practices and improved outcomes for patients worldwide.

For more information on the study or DebMed, visit www.debmed.com.

About Deb Group

Possessing international scale and strong local market presence, Deb Group provides innovative skin care programs for all types of workplace and public environments, spanning industrial, commercial, healthcare and food sectors. Headquartered in the United Kingdom with U.S. operations based in Charlotte, NC, Deb Group is comprised of 21 companies operating in 16 countries. For more information, visit www.debgroup.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.

Your Workout Just Got “SMARTER”- Amiigo, a Fitness Bracelet and Shoe Clip, Identifies Specific Exercises & Tracks How Your Body Responds

Fitness device uses gesture recognition and fitness tracking to identify more than 100 different activities, track physiological information for enhanced experience


SALT LAKE CITY- January 30, 2013- From conception to execution, Utah-based entrepreneurs, Amiigo, developed a Bluetooth low-energy fitness device that will take an ordinary workout experience to the next level.  Amiigo, a sweat-proof fitness bracelet and shoe-clip, identifies what exercise is being performed, and details your body’s physiological response.  Amiigo soared past its initial funding goal on the crowd-funding site, Indiegogo, and is available for preorder now.

“Athletes are always working to enhance and elevate their workout experience.  We wanted to develop an easy-to-use device that helps people personalize their workouts, share data, and even compete with friends,” says Dave Scott, co-founder of Amiigo.  “Our fitness bracelet and shoe-clip does it all, and we’re confident you’ll work out better and harder with it.  Push yourself and be great with Amiigo.”

Unlike other fitness trackers on the market, Amiigo actually knows what exercise is being performed.  For example, it can differentiate between running on a treadmill and using an elliptical.  Sensors in the bracelet correlate with upper body exercises and sensors in the shoe-clip focuses on the lower body.  Together, these two devices link up via Bluetooth with the Amiigo app on an iOS or Android device, and record more than 100 different exercises and movements.  Users can even create and record their own exercise to be recognized in future workouts.

Athletes can utilize this full-body tracking experience to study their results, and figure out ways to get the most out of their workouts.  Using accelerometers and machine learning algorithms, Amiigo tracks heart rate, blood oxygen levels, skin temperature and calories burned.  You can share this information with friends on your social networks to spark a little friendly competition or simply to announce milestones in your workout goals!

Using thermoplastic elastomers and stainless steel, Amiigo is built for comfort and durability even through the most strenuous workouts.  The sleek and stylish bracelet is micro-adjustable for a snug, secure fit every time. The battery in the Amiigo lasts 2+ days of active use on a full charge.

The Amiigo is available for preorder now on Indiegogo, and is expected to begin shipping in June.

For a full list of pledges, please head to Amiigo’s page on Indiegogo.

Specifications
•    Quality: Composed of thermoplastic elastomers and stainless steel
•    Compatibility: iPhone 4S and newer. Select Android devices supporting BLE
•    Connection: Bluetooth Low Energy
•    Size/Fit: Micro adjustable. Amiigo will fit perfectly on just about any wrist.

About Amiigo

Based in Salt Lake City, a team of six entrepreneurs came together with one goal in mind: to create a fitness device that goes beyond overall activity tracking, and truly enhances a workout experience in a simple and engaging way.  Each member of the team brings their own unique skills and knowledge to this project from app development, manufacturing, design and more.

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.

Roche Turkey Selects Vidyo to Significantly Reduce Travel, Costs and Enhance Productivity

HACKENSACK, NJ, January 30, 2013 –  Vidyo, Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, today announced that its award-winning video communications and collaboration solution was chosen by Roche Turkey, a subsidiary of the multinational healthcare company Roche Group.  Vidyo’s solution was selected over a variety of other platforms, and was chosen primarily because it delivers superior quality video over standard IP networks, including the Internet, 4G and LTE and delivers seamless connectivity between room systems, desktops, laptops and mobile devices.

Prior to using Vidyo, Roche Turkey district managers had to routinely travel to headquarters in Istanbul.  “Our employees often had to fly in the day before a meeting or stay overnight because of changeable flight schedules,” said Yavuz Şanes, IT Site Head Turkey, Roche Turkey. “Travel is not only tiring and stressful, but costly in terms of time and money. Our managers are greatly enthusiastic over Vidyo’s many different benefits.  They have commented many times about how easy and efficient meetings have become through the use of Vidyo.”

To find the best video communications solution, Roche contracted Vitel, a highly regarded Systems Integrator in Turkey.  “Vitel provided essential assistance during all phases of the project, from vendor selection to implementation,” said Şanes.

Throughout the entire Roche organization, and especially at Roche Turkey, innovation and sustainability are key goals.  In September, 2012, Roche was recognized the most sustainable healthcare company in the world, topping the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), for the fourth year in a row. The DJSI World and DJSI Europe Indexes track the performance of the leading sustainability companies based on environmental, social and economic performance.  “Vidyo was a natural choice for Roche,” said Şanes. “The Vidyo platform is perfectly in line with the high value our organization places on environmental issues, because of Vidyo’s unique ability to enable our employees to meet and conduct business from wherever they are, whenever they want, without the negative environmental impact of travel.”

The fact that Vidyo allows Roche Turkey employees to access telepresence-quality video communications over an iPad using VidyoMobile, has been one of the most noteworthy benefits to the company. In August of 2011, Roche distributed iPads to its field force of 200 people and since that time, they have needed only one single device for all of their communications needs.  They are able to connect to conferences from wherever they are — over the Internet, 4G and even 3G, when corporate networks are not available.  According to Roche Turkey’s calculations, in 2011, seven hundred employees participated in 216 video conferences eliminating the need for 447,000 kilometers of flight travel and 31,000 kilometers of road travel.  Roche Turkey also asserts that by switching to Vidyo, transportation related risks for employees were reduced.

“Vidyo has again demonstrated the ease and value of its telepresence-quality video communications platform, delivering significant benefits,” said Eric LeGuiniec, VP and General Manager EMEA at Vidyo.  “Roche Turkey is now able to conduct its business more effectively and increase the productivity of their employees by using Vidyo as the solution facilitates high-quality, natural visual communication on whatever device is convenient to Roche employees, regardless of location.”

The Vidyo Difference
The Vidyo communication and collaboration platform is software-based, highly flexible and can be easily customized for individual enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. The VidyoRouter™ is based on the company’s patented Adaptive Video Layering architecture and leverages the standard based Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology. It eliminates the MCU and offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency and rate matching enabling natural, affordable, high quality video to work over the Internet, LTE, 3G and 4G networks. The Vidyo platform allows users to quickly leverage the latest hardware innovations and new consumer devices, making it uniquely attractive to partners. Vidyo has been active driving H.264 SVC, HEVC and SIP videoconferencing interoperability in various standards bodies since 2005.

About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways that interoperate with H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based visual communications solutions. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow@vidyo on Twitter.

 

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.

PEPID Bridges Disease and Treatment Data, Responds to Industry Demands

Enhanced CDS allows EHR systems to identify harmful medications, offer safer alternatives

Phoenix, AZ — January 29, 2013 —PEPID has announced it is the first data provider to allow healthcare professionals to search for appropriate medications based on a patient’s diagnosis, and give alerts if it’s a hazardous treatment based on any of the patient’s conditions, procedures or diagnostics tests. This information can be integrated into any EMR or HIT system, and can help prevent potentially harmful treatment options, and provide safer alternatives.

With the increase in drugs and complex treatment plans, today’s healthcare professionals rely on clinical decision support tools for treatment information and to alert them if a hazardous combination exists. PEPID, recognized world-wide as a leading provider of developer drug data and clinical decision support resources, recently added drug-indication and drug-contraindication coding to its robust clinical decision support resources.

“As more demands are placed on healthcare professionals, and with more patients on multi-drug therapies, having access to robust medication information in one place is essential,” says John Wagner, PEPID president. “There was a need for this in the industry that was not being met – we wanted to better serve our customers by providing the clinical decision support needed to identify potentially harmful treatment options, modify treatment and easily identify alternatives without interrupting their workflow.”

This addition includes drug to disease checkers that alerts providers when a prescribed medication should not be used, due to an underlying disease, recent procedures or diagnostic test, or condition, such as pregnancy. This module also easily allows systems to link treatments to the conditions they treat, in order to identify safe, or cost-effective alternatives.

“We’re providing clinicians with the capability to allow systems to check against the patient history and alert the healthcare practitioner if a potentially hazardous combination exists,” says Edward Reynolds, PEPID chief technology officer.  “We’ve also incorporated the latest healthcare terminology, including ICD-10.”

PEPID contains the most extensive drug database on the market today, along with thousands of disease profiles and medical conditions, medical and dosing calculators, drug interactions checker, illustrations, laboratory values and differential diagnosis generator. All PEPID’s clinical decision support data and tools can be integrated into any healthcare information system, EMR, EHR or EDIS to help meet requirements for meaningful use.

PEPID’s reputable clinical and pharmacological content is designed to support clinicians through every stage of the decision support process, increasing safety and accuracy through better-informed patient care, and this latest module adds to the robust content and tools available, and helps to meet meaningful use criteria in electronic medical records (EMR) systems.

Those attending HIMSS March 3-7, 2013 in New Orleans are encouraged to stop by PEPID’s booth #4837 to see a demonstration.

Learn more at pepid.com/indications-contraindications/

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.

MediQuant Inc. to Exhibit at 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans

Pioneer in healthcare data archiving solutions to show attendees how they can maintain real time access to data and actively bill accounts while decommissioning retiring systems by archiving legacy data in an  

ACTIVE archive

Brecksville, OH  – MediQuant Inc., the pioneer in interoperable “Active Archiving” data solutions for healthcare revenue cycle professionals, will showcase its DataArk archive software at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition from March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

MediQuant representatives can be found at exhibit #5649 and will discuss dealing with legacy data management issues and controlling the hidden cost and time associated with system conversions.

As hospitals and other organizations implement new health information systems, they typically retain their old systems to maintain access to vital financial, clinical, HR and other data. These archaic legacy systems are expensive to maintain, and support fees for hardware and software, as well as internal resource costs can range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to several million dollars per year for each legacy system. Support for legacy systems may be inadequate or unavailable as well. By using MediQuant’s DataArk to manage their old data, hospitals eliminate the need for their legacy systems, resulting in significant IT cost savings.

MediQuant has already provided healthcare-IT data management solutions for leading U.S. health systems, including: Catholic Health Partners, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Kettering Health Network, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and West Virginia University Hospitals among others.

To learn more about how DataArk can work for you, visit MediQuant at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference, exhibit #5649 or visit www.Mediquant.com.

About the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition

The 2013 HIMSS Conference will feature education sessions, including a pre-conference symposia on ICD-10, clinical and business intelligence, health information exchanges, clinical engineering, innovation, meaningful use, nursing informatics, physicians’ IT, and RFID and RTLS in healthcare. More than 300 peer-reviewed sessions, including workshops and roundtables, round out education offerings at HIMSS13. Exhibit floor highlights include the new Meaningful Use Experience, designed to help providers find EHR solutions that are certified for acute or ambulatory facilities. Three Knowledge Centers, on the floor, with more than 60 education and vendor solutions, aim to bring attendees a one-stop experience based around the hot topics of mobile health, clinical and business analytics/intelligence, and ICD-10.

President Bill Clinton will lead a keynote roster that also includes James Carville, political consultant, and Karl Rove, media contributor and former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush. Visit the HIMSS13 web site at www.himssconference.org for more information on the conference.

About MediQuant

In business since 1999 and a current platinum member of HIMSS, MediQuant develops advanced software solutions that reduce time, cut costs and increase revenue for a wide range of hospitals and healthcare organizations. Extensive healthcare software development, past revenue cycle management, clinical services and data management expertise enables MediQuant to craft unique solutions to common problems encountered by chief financial and information officers, patient accounting and human resource directors as well as physician practice managers and clinicians.

 

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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.

NextGate Provides Patient and Provider Identity Management for Healthcare Affiliates in North Central Washington

NextGate Provides Patient and Provider Identity Management for Healthcare Affiliates in North Central Washington
Centralized Information Helps Coordinate Care and Improve Billing

MONROVIA, Calif. – Jan 30 – NextGate, a leading provider of Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and Registry solutions, today announced Wenatchee Valley Medical Center (WVMC) and Central Washington Hospital (CWH) have selected NextGate’s EMPI and Provider Registry to simplify patient identification, centralize provider management, and facilitate exchange of clinical and financial data across their shared region, all in support of coordinated and cost-effective healthcare for the residents of North Central Washington.

As the largest multi-specialty medical center and regional hospital in North Central Washington, WVMC and CWH cover a service area encompassing nearly 12,000 square miles, making them one of the nation’s largest rural healthcare delivery systems.  WVMC and CWH are in the process of affiliating to create an integrated healthcare delivery system that includes inpatient and outpatient services.  With the affiliation, and as part of their ongoing effort to build a strong regional health care network that delivers high quality, safe, efficient and cost-effective care for the residents of North Central Washington, it was especially important to have a solution that allows staff and physicians to access patient records stored in two different electronic medical record systems (EMRs).

The NextGate EMPI generates a unique patient identifier for every patient in the enterprise, minimizes confusion from duplicate patient records, and enables clinical and business users to locate and exchange patient data with accuracy and confidence.  The Provider Registry expedites billing, streamlines referrals, and facilitates other provider management processes by aggregating provider information, such as privileges, credentials, and practice locations, into a trusted, central registry.

“Coordinated, collaborative, and cost-effective care depend on instant access to accurate patient and provider information,” said Joe Janda, CIO Wenatchee Valley Medical Center.  “With NextGate’s identity management technology, we anticipated being able to put our shared data to more effective use, reduce costs, improve care and the overall healthcare experience for our patients and care providers.

The industry leading NextGate EMPI and Provider Registry are components of the NextGate Registries for Healthcare platform, a master data management system that identifies, correlates, and aggregates information from disparate systems to create a unified, contextualized view of information across participating entities.

About NextGate
NextGate provides Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and registry solutions that integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance.  www.nextgate.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.

TruCode Announces New Encoder Web Services for Integration into Healthcare IT Applications

Alpharetta, GA— January 8th, 2013. TruCode™, a medical coding software company, proudly announces a new encoder “cloud-based” offering for healthcare IT vendors. TruCode’s Encoder Essentials is a set of web services and components that enable business partners to easily integrate encoder functionality directly into their systems without separate encoder interfaces or onsite software. The announcement was made by Thomas Golden, Co-Founder and CTO of TruCode.

“TruCode is the first company to offer complete encoder capabilities through web services, making it the encoder-inside for computer assisted coding (CAC), clinical documentation improvement (CDI), HIS, EMR and other coding technology companies,” says Golden.

TruCode’s Encoder Essentials have already been integrated into ChartWise (ChartWise CDI), BayScribe (v6 CAC), Dolbey (Fusion CACe), M*Modal’s (Fluency for Coding™), Precyse (precyseCode™), and PlatoCode.

According to Robin Stults RHIA, CHC and Senior Vice President of Health Information Management at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, “Integrating encoders into the CAC process, versus interfacing them, is the future of coding workflow, particularly in light of new ICD-10 demands.”

“Application logistics are difficult without integrated solutions and the symbiotic nature of natural language understanding and encoder rules make it a perfect pairing.  Coders will appreciate the ease of using this type of integrated technology, and health care professionals will appreciate the concept of a solution within a solution,” continues Stults.

All components needed for accurate and effective clinical coding can be embedded into web pages or any other application that can display HTML content for rapid access by coding personnel. These include such valuable resources as code books, grouping, pricing, edits, references and more, available via a broadband internet connection.

“With embedded Web Services, coders have access to coding tools wherever they need them, not just inside their encoder.  When tools are readily available, coders are more productive and more accurate in their coding.  Any system that allows codes to be assigned can benefit from adding TruCode’s tools as an integral part of the solution,” adds Golden.

About TruCode®

TruCode (Alpharetta, GA) is a software company that provides an encoder application, components and web services to the hospital, consulting, and Healthcare IT marketplace.  TruCode was the first to release a complete ICD-10-CM encoder and deliver encoder components via web services.  TruCode’s Encoder Essentials fully integrate into healthcare IT technologies including: Computer Assisted Coding (CAC), Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Health Information Systems (HIS) and Healthcare Business Analytics.  For more information visit: www.trucode.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.