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Annual HIMSS Analytics Health IT Trend Report moves toward Quarterly Releases

CHICAGO (February 26, 2013) – In an attempt to keep industry leaders abreast of the latest developments within the ever changing health information technology (HIT) landscape, HIMSS Analytics announced today that the annual Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market report – 8th Edition, will now be released on a quarterly basis. Based on data reported in the HIMSS Analytics Database, the revamped quarterly reports will focus on select sectors of the HIT industry on a rotating basis. In addition to the revised release schedule, the information and analysis on each application profiled in the reports will be much “deeper” than previous annual editions. The new Essentials Reports now includes:

  • multi-year market penetration profiles
  • five year projections on the number of first time and replacement buyers
  • valuable insights into first-time buyer and replacement purchase market opportunities
  • current year and historical win/loss tables for each application.

“After listening to many vendors, HIT consultants and Wall Street analysts, we revised this 8th edition of the Essentials report to not only provide the data they were asking for, but to compliment the varied resources offered by HIMSS Analytics and our newly acquired company, CapSite.  We truly consider these reports “essential” to those selling to, operating within or monitoring the HIT marketplace,” says Lorren Pettit, MS, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics.

The report is available in its entirety, by financial or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) clinical volumes. Clinical Volume 1, now available, offersinformation on all applicable applications used in the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption ModelSM.

To learn more about Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market – 8th Edition, contact Amy Bergau at amy.bergau@himssanalytics.org.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of HIMSS. 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, health IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.

February 26, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 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 and LinkedIn.

TigerText Brings Secure Messaging to the Enterprise

Leader in HIPAA-Compliant Secure Messaging Solutions Announces Several Major Health Care Enterprise Customers Wins

SANTA MONICA, CA, (February 26, 2013)- TigerText, Inc., the leader in secure compliant real-time text messaging for the enterprise, today announced that in early 2013 it won four system-wide contracts with large U.S. health care organizations, including new clients Adventist Health California, Scottsdale Health Partners, Stamford Hospital, and University of Kentucky HealthCare.  These new additions, which comprise over 20,000 subscribers, join a rapidly expanding client base that includes more than 350 facilities across 37 states.

TigerText, which was launched in 2010, is a privately funded company that has raised more than $10 million to solve the secure communication challenge for enterprise organizations. The company has experienced rapid growth as its industry leading HIPAA-compliant communication platform and application have been widely adopted.  TigerText’s technology is used to secure communication between health care staff, doctors and patients, and to allow the sharing of large files such as critical lab reports – a solution that had previously been unavailable given strict industry regulations.

“This is a testament to the need Tiger Text is filling for the most important industry in the U.S. Having such esteemed customers entrust their daily communications to TigerText is a terrific validation of our product and our people,” said Brad Brooks, TigerText, founder and CEO.   “With the advent of SaaS, the Cloud and Mobility, TigerText stands at the epicenter of an opportunity to fundamentally improve the way daily healthcare communication occurs while saving money for enterprises through faster response times and better compliance.”

TigerText allows organizations to embrace text messaging with its HIPAA compliant application and secure messaging platform.  With its easy-to-use interface, organizations that deploy TigerText realize high adoption rates and improved communication with their workforce, ultimately leading to improved patient safety and physician satisfaction.  To support these large deployments, TigerText developed an Active Directory/LDAP integration to leverage existing user management systems, providing a huge benefit when implementing large enterprise customers with thousands of users.

 “After a long and thorough search of the marketplace, TigerText is the most mature solution that offered the features and flexibility to best meet our needs,” says Faron Thompson, CIO for Scottsdale Health Partners. “Even in the early stages of our implementation, TigerText has made real-time communication between our physicians easier, enabling them to collaborate more efficiently and effectively regarding patient care.”

TigerText will be announcing several key strategic initiatives at the upcoming HIMSS 2013 conference in New Orleans March 3-7, 2013 (Booth #4771).

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 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 and LinkedIn.

ENCORE HEALTH RESOURCES LAUNCHES VALUE-BASED PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT™ SOLUTIONS SUITE POWERED BY CoreANALYTICS™

New lifecycle of services and software tools developed in partnership with CHI

HOUSTON – February 26, 2013 – Encore Health Resources, an award-winning health-information technology (HIT) services company, announced today the launch of its new Value-based Performance Improvement™ (VPI) suite of services and software. VPI features CoreANALYTICS™, a set of integrated analytical tools that helps drive continuous health-system performance improvement. In an industry moving rapidly from volume- to value-based reimbursement, VPI and CoreANALYTICS comprise a uniquely comprehensive solution that transforms data generated by electronic health record (EHR), financial, and operational systems into actionable intelligence for proactive management of patient populations, quality, and costs.

Encore’s Value-based Performance Improvement with CoreANALYTICS is poised to assist health systems meet and exceed thresholds for the quality and performance measures required to qualify for U.S. Government EHR Meaningful-Use incentive payments and avoid associated penalties—as well as manage emerging, at-risk government and commercial payment models.  This new solution suite converts relevant data into intelligent, practical ways to help key stakeholders – including hospitals, physicians, and their patients – successfully navigate through and beyond challenges posed by the healthcare industry’s rapid shift from fee-for-service to fee-for-value.

Key VPI and CoreANALYTICS differentiators include a unique blend of Encore’s seasoned consultants with in-depth understanding of clinical data, proven methodologies and vendor-neutral analytical tools. These new tools help healthcare organizations focus on relevant quality and performance data while leveraging existing business-intelligence investments. This new, focused approach accelerates a client’s reimbursement transformation at a competitively low cost of entry through all stages of EHR Meaningful Use and also prepares them for evolving reimbursement models. VPI supports Value-Based Purchasing, Patient Centered Medical Homes, Clinical Integration Networking, and Accountable Care Organizations.

Another key differentiator is that CoreANALYTICS’ architecture allows for full or modular deployment.  A full deployment includes the Data Acquisition Engine (extract, translate, and load); the Integrated Information Platform, including our Analytics Engine (creates a “smart, skinny” data warehouse); and the Quality and Performance Modules (building dynamic dashboards), which together provide a comprehensive data-to-information transformation solution.   At the heart of the suite is Encore’s exclusive Analytics Engine, which enriches information through proven data derivation and measure calculations. These modular components can also be layered with an organization’s established data warehouse or reporting capability for a comprehensive, cost-effective solution.

Encore built its new solutions suite with development partner Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).  Today, CHI is successfully testing VPI and CoreANALYTICS to optimize its OneCare Program, a $2 billion, enterprise-wide initiative to advance patient care through the power of information. Using VPI and CoreANALYTICS, CHI’s goals are to leverage OneCare to create a powerful, information-based system that will drive significant improvements in patient care throughout its 70 hospitals across the U.S.

“Our partnership with Encore has significantly extended the power of OneCare to provide ‘in-time’ information that will help CHI understand how we are performing against our goals,” said Evon Holladay, MGA, Vice President, Enterprise Intelligence, Catholic Health Initiatives.

As the centerpiece of the VPI lifecycle of performance improvement services, CoreANALYTICS is focused on measures targeted at specific quality and performance data from source systems. It dynamically updates measures calculations to meet the demands of a rapidly transforming industry. Encore’s CoreGPS® Data Tool informs the Analytics Engine and eliminates the need for custom coding for new measures and calculations, thereby creating a lower-cost analytics solution.

The CoreANALYTICS Quality and Reporting Modules provide integrated views of actionable information and insight into quality and performance across patient populations.  These modules include:

  • Meaningful Use Compliance and Reporting Module: Focused on analysis and reporting for successful participation in the CMS EHR Incentive Program and subsequent stages. 
  • At-Risk Population Module:  Analysis and reporting focused on high-cost, at-risk populations including analysis for care processes and utilization and performance against specific measures. 
  • Clinical Analytics for Care Coordination Module: Provides physicians “in time” information using dashboards and reports to manage patients with preventive guidelines stratified by disease state.
  • Financial Analytics: Analyzes cost savings achieved through clinical integration efforts and new care processes calculated within specific treatment patterns, clinical focus areas, populations, or globally.

“Encore’s partnership with CHI created a demanding laboratory that presented real-world challenges in dozens of hospitals with multiple EHR systems and a unified goal for improved care delivery in an unprecedented environment of change,” said Dana Sellers, CEO, Encore Health Resources. “The result is our Value-based Performance Improvement lifecycle of services, featuring the CoreANALYTICS road-tested software tools, which are now ready to help clients across our industry gain new insights that drive increasing value throughout their organizations and a future of intelligent health performance.”

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.  The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 81 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies.  In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With total annual revenues of more than $10.7 billion and approximately 86,000 employees, CHI ranks as the nation’s second-largest faith-based health system.

About Encore Health Resources (Encore)

Founded by healthcare veterans Ivo Nelson and Dana Sellers, Encore provides information technology consulting services and solutions to assist healthcare organizations with a wide range of strategy, advisory, implementation, process-redesign, and optimization activities.  Encore focuses on capturing data and establishing the analytical capabilities to meet the evolving information and reporting needs for health care providers to improve and document clinical and operational performance.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 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 and LinkedIn.

A2iA Launches A2iA Mobility: Next-Generation Mobile Software, Streamlining Mobile Data Recognition

Paris, New York, February 25, 2013 – A2iA (@A2iA), a trusted name in the Worldwide data capture, document processing, and payment systems markets, unveiled today its newest software toolkit, A2iA Mobility™, bringing about next-generation capabilities for mobile data recognition. With a Global footprint and available for integration into a variety of mobile applications, including mobile remote deposit capture / check deposit, A2iA Mobility is available for Android and soon iOS platforms, and performs all image capture, cleanup (image quality analysis, IQA / image usability analysis, IUA) and data extraction directly on the smart phone or tablet — no server connection is required, delivering an immediate confirmation of the data extracted and uncovering new opportunities for users looking to capture information in remote locations.

“A2iA Mobility is a powerful tool that will enable our partners to apply the same proven capabilities of our traditional software to a new generation of mobile applications, unlocking new opportunities for field agents, as well as financial institutions looking to offer a simpler user experience to their customers,” said Jean-Louis Fages, A2iA President and Chairman of the Board. “By performing all processes on the local device, A2iA Mobility delivers capabilities for real-time business operations.”

Applicable to various document types including checks, identification documents and other forms and documents, A2iA Mobility is an API, customizable within the host application and changing the way mobile data recognition takes place with a more seamless user experience. Users receive immediate confirmation that all identified data-points have been accurately captured prior to sending to the financial institution or back office, eliminating manual data entry and reducing the number of time the data and image are transferred between parties. Easily interfaceable with existing banking software, such as
internal risk management solutions, A2iA Mobility allows for permission-based functionality to be applied to each transaction, reducing fraud.

About A2iA Mobility™
A2iA Mobility™ is a patent-pending software development kit (SDK) available in multiple country- and language-versions for integration into mobile data capture and recognition applications, such as mobile remote deposit capture. A robust software with the ability to perform all image capture, cleanup and recognition on the native device, A2iA Mobility delivers application diversity by allowing users to broaden their mobile product offerings for applications such as account openings, bill pay, and payment processing.

About A2iA
A2iA, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis (www.a2ia.com / @A2iA), is the worldwide leading developer of handwritten and machine printed text recognition, information extraction and intelligent document classification toolkits. By enhancing solutions from systems integrators and independent software vendors, A2iA allows complex and cursive data from all forms, documents and checks including unstructured handwritten letters, to become part of a structured database, making it searchable and reportable, with the same level of flexibility of printed or digital data. Proven to reduce costs and nearly eliminate data-entry and manual document processing, A2iA has been improving business process automation and delivering a visible ROI for over 20 years. For more information, visit www.a2ia.com or call +1 917-237-0390 within the Americas, or +33 1 44 42 00 80 within EMEA or Asia.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 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 and LinkedIn.

Health Care DataWorks Launches New Version of KnowledgeEdge™ with Advanced Healthcare Dashboards and Business Intelligence Capabilities

The leading healthcare analytics and business intelligence solutions provider has developed the latest version of KnowledgeEdge to put hospitals and health systems in a stronger position to manage their patient population and a broad range of core measures.

February 25, 2013

Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD), a leading provider of business intelligence solutions and healthcare analytics, has updated its KnowledgeEdge™ product to include advanced analytics capabilities, as well as new subject areas and healthcare dashboards that will enable hospitals and health systems to better manage core clinical and administrative metrics.

“The enhanced capabilities of our KnowledgeEdge solution will give hospitals and health systems a greater degree of business intelligence in areas that have become more prominent in the last 12 months, such as population and risk management and readmissions,” said Pat Bickley, HCD product manager. “With actionable knowledge at their fingertips, they will be in a better position to positively impact quality of care and reimbursements.”

The new KnowledgeEdge Population Management dashboard tracks and trends 20 chronic disease conditions and the illness burden for individual patients as well as patient groups, drilling into specific areas such as clinical services, nursing units and physician panels. Organizations can better evaluate the quality of care they provide for improved patient intervention and timely case management. These patient population analytics also can aid in contract negotiations with medical insurance carriers.

In the new KnowledgeEdge Readmissions dashboard, organizations can monitor and manage readmissions to help them conform to the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Readmissions Reduction Program. Users can access information related to patient safety, infection control, mortality and other quality and process of care measures that are necessary to fulfill regulations and reporting requirements.

Other key highlights of the new version of KnowledgeEdge include:

  •     New KnowledgeEdge Event Reporting dashboard that provides clinical event reporting to track and trend the number of occurrences, frequency of occurrences and rates for different types and categories of events on a rolling 12/24 month basis
  •     New KnowledgeEdge Admit, Discharge, and Transfer dashboard that allows organizations to determine at any given time where patients are, how many beds are filled, how many beds are open and patient-flow patterns to assist in capacity planning and efficiency enhancements
  •     Updates to the KnowledgeEdge Quality and Patient Safety dashboard that include the ability to track and monitor a variety of quality and process of care measures that are necessary to fulfill CMS regulations as well as national and state reporting requirements

For additional information about HCD’s healthcare dashboards, including recorded demos, please visit http://www.hcdataworks.com/demos/index.htm.

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.
Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit http://www.hcdataworks.com.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 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 and LinkedIn.