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WebMD Acquires Avado, Inc.

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today announced that it has acquired Avado, Inc., a developer of cloud-based patient relationship management (PRM) tools and technologies that enable better communication between consumers and health care professionals.

“Our acquisition of Avado demonstrates WebMD’s commitment to playing a leading role in the emerging patient relationship management space because we believe that connectivity has the potential to make the delivery of care more efficient and improve patient outcomes,” said David Schlanger, WebMD’s Chief Executive Officer.

Today, WebMD’s connectivity platform is enabling physicians that use its Medscape mobile app to securely send health education and instructions on thousands of conditions, procedures and drugs to their patients who use WebMD’s mobile app.

“Avado’s innovative technology and tools will complement, and further accelerate WebMD’s efforts to connect patients with their healthcare providers, which is an important first step toward making connected care a reality,” said Bill Pence, WebMD’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer.

Avado is a StartUp Health Company founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneurs Dave Chase, Bassam Saliba and John Yii. Avado’s investors include The Partnership Fund for New York City and several health tech entrepreneurs and investors. The Avado technology has been tested in physician offices and medical centers and this technology will become an important building block of WebMD’s patient-provider connectivity offering.

Avado’s founders Dave Chase and Bassam Saliba will continue with the company and report to Pence.  Chase, Saliba and Avado’s engineering talent will remain based in Seattle, WA, and work closely with WebMD’s New York-based connectivity product team.

“WebMD reaches the largest audience of health-focused consumers and healthcare providers in the U.S. and it’s exciting to think that Avado’s technology will be built-out and scaled for the benefit of such a significant audience,” said Chase.  “What’s more, since trust is paramount when it comes to the sharing of health information, it made logical sense for us to be joining the company with the most trusted brand in the U.S.”

About WebMD

WebMD Health Corp. (NASDAQ: WBMD) is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans through our public and private online portals, mobile platforms and health-focused publications.

The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD Health, Medscape, MedicineNet, eMedicineHealth, RxList, theheart.org, Medscape Education and other owned WebMD sites.

October 29, 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.

CHIME Calls for Stage 2 Extension in Letter to Senators

CIO organization underscores progress of EHR adoption, highlights importance of standards in Stage 2 

ANN ARBOR, MI, May 6, 2013 – Following a request for feedback from Senators in Washington on the status of health IT adoption, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) issued a response declaring that a one-year extension of Meaningful Use Stage 2 would “maximize the opportunity of program success.”

The organization of healthcare CIOs said the additional 12-months for meeting Stage 2 “will give providers the opportunity to optimize their EHR technology and achieve the benefits of Stage 1 and Stage 2; it will give vendors the time needed to prepare, develop and deliver needed technology to correspond with Stage 3; and it will give policymakers time to assess and evaluate programmatic trends needed to craft thoughtful Stage 3 rules.”

In calling for an extension to Stage 2, CHIME defended much of the federal incentive program’s progress to date, arguing that fundamental shifts in health IT adoption and EHR product capabilities have been made possible through the policy of Meaningful Use.

“While we share some of your concerns with the current state of interoperability, we strongly believe that EHR incentive payments under the policy of Meaningful Use have been essential in moving the nation’s healthcare system into the 21st Century,” the CHIME letter said.  “Through the EHR Incentive Payments program, CMS and ONC have begun to mitigate a fractured and incompatible state for EHRs.”

The response comes amid concerns levied by six Senators that the current direction of the HITECH program is flawed. The white paper released on April 16, “REBOOT: Re-examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT,” outlines several concerns including increased health care costs, lack of momentum toward interoperability, patient privacy, and long-term program sustainability.

“Your report highlights a number of fair and responsible criticisms of the program and it echoes many of the concerns CHIME has voiced over the last three years,” the letter said.  “But given the nation’s increased adoption of EHRs, the increased investments in interoperable solutions and the early-stage transformations encountered every day by our members, we remain convinced that the trajectory set by Meaningful Use is the correct one.

“CHIME believes the industry’s guiding principle should be to maximize the opportunity of program success and monitor the timelines needed to do that.  For this reason, we formally and strongly recommend a one-year extension to Stage 2 before progressing to Stage 3 of Meaningful Use,” the organization concluded.

CHIME also called upon Congress to request an update from ONC on what technologies, architectures and strategies exist to mitigate patient matching errors; seek feedback from the public via congressional hearing or other formal commenting mechanism; and determine how current work at the S&I Framework could be leveraged to address the foundational challenge of patient data-matching.

Responding to a section of the white paper on audits and program integrity, CHIME said CIOs understand the desire to ensure that incentive payments are going to those who have qualified to receive them, but this intent must not result in unreasonable auditing efforts that are poorly structured, inconsistent or lack uniform criteria.  “We ask that Congress ensure CMS audits are efficient and effective without overburdening providers,” the letter stated.

To read the full Senate response, visit the Public Policy section of the CHIME website.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

Contact:
Stephanie Fraser
Director of Communications
734-665-0000
sfraser@cio-chime.org

May 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.

Health Care Providers Give Cloud Vendors High Marks on Security

Yet 66% of non-cloud users say security and control are still an issue with cloud adoption

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Wednesday, March 6, 2013 -With an average satisfaction score of 4.5 out of 5 on security, cloud users feel safe. Non-cloud users though remain at bay-particularly with many questions still looming around the future of cloud computing in healthcare. The KLAS report titled Cloud Computing Perception 2013: The Hybrid Cloud in Healthcare looks at the evolution of the cloud in healthcare, provider concerns, as well as vendor performance.

Given the near-perfect satisfaction scores that cloud-users gave to their vendors, 66% of non-users surveyed said security was definitely the main issue stopping them from moving forward with adoption.

“The contrast in this report between cloud users and non-users is really telling.” said Erik Westerlind, research director and report author. “It really helps providers and vendors get a sense of the gaps that exist within current cloud offerings. Furthermore, providers will understand which vendors might be able to resolve their concerns.”

The rated vendors in this report are Allscripts, Cerner, and Siemens. To learn more about the cloud computing vendors and findings in this study as well as related reports that will publish in 2013, check out the full report, Cloud Computing Perception 2013: The Hybrid Cloud in Healthcare. This report is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.                                                                                                                     

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

March 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.

Gamma-Dynacare Selects PilotFish’s HL7 Interface Engine Solution to Support Strategic Integration Initiatives

Gamma-Dynacare Leverages Capability of Interoperability with Any Entity Towards Transforming Laboratory Information into Client Solutions

Middletown, CT –(PRWEB)– March 6, 2013 – Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration (APHII), a provider of middleware solutions, announced today that Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories has implemented its eiPlatform and eiConsole for Healthcare, HL7 interface engine products. The products support the high-volume data exchange and diverse healthcare integration requirements of Gamma-Dynacare’s broad range of laboratory information and services solutions. Gamma-Dynacare generates information and knowledge that is critical to patients and their health. Timely data exchange and the interoperability of this data between Gamma-Dynacare and its clients are essential.

Gamma-Dynacare is one of Canada’s largest and most respected providers of laboratory services and solutions. Their clients include 9 million patients, more than 15,000 healthcare professionals, governments, regional health authorities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinical trial sponsors, employers, insurers and other laboratories. The high volumes of data and very disparate requirements of these clients necessitate an enterprise integration solution. Central to Gamma-Dynacare’s selection of the PilotFish Interface Engine solution was its high performance capability, scalable architecture and common model method of integration.

“By rationalizing the myriad of data formats, communication protocols and encryption methods used through transformation to a single common set of standards, the eiPlatform interface engine enables Gamma-Dynacare to communicate and exchange data with any entity,” said Neil Schappert, Executive Chairman of Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration. “The barriers to interoperability with any Gamma-Dynacare client are totally eliminated. Past impediments due to disparate formats, proprietary systems and incompatible transmission protocols are no longer obstacles to the rapid and seamless exchange of data.”

The eiPlatform is a future-proof solution. Not only does it support FTP transmission, it also supports web services and over 20 other protocols. It is easily extended through an Open API to support any future protocol or standard and for adding additional components.

The IDE complement to the eiPlatform, the eiConsole for Healthcare, is instrumental in enabling developers to rapidly configure Gamma-Dynacare interfaces. Its unique, graphical “Assembly Line”, drag & drop data mapper and HL7 specific features and components provide dramatic cost and time savings. “In metrics, we are finding that by leveraging PilotFish solutions interfacing time has decreased by 50%”, said David Brajkovich, Director of Business Applications Development at Gamma-Dynacare. “With PilotFish we can be more responsive and accommodating to our clients and deliver payloads that are spot on accurate, an absolute necessity in healthcare data exchange. As a result, we consider PilotFish one of our key enablers that provide us with technology services and support for client connectivity requirements.”

Using the eiPlatform and eiConsole for Healthcare, Gamma-Dynacare has gone into production with multiple interfaces exchanging data with hospitals, EMR providers, as well as dozens of practices. Future plans include expanding the use of PilotFish software to interface with other clients and to support Gamma-Dynacare’s Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), message queuing and standardization efforts.

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration is exhibiting at HiMSS13, March 4-6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, Booth #7941 – see live demos of the eiPortal and eiConsole for Healthcare (an IDE featuring a graphical Assembly Line for configuring interfaces).

About Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories

Providing Information. Impacting Lives. Caring for People. By living this mission, Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories (www.gamma-dynacare.com) will achieve its vision of becoming the trusted leader in transforming laboratory information and services into solutions that improve health, wellness and the Canadian health care system.

About PilotFish

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII) is a subsidiary of PilotFish Technology. Founded in 2001 and based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology develops middleware to enable the integration of disparate systems. APHII distributes PilotFish products directly to healthcare industry end users and through select channel partners. For more information, visit www.pilotfishtechnology.com/industries health, or contact Monika Vainius, Vice President at 860 632-9900 x 303.

 

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.

Everest Group Names Dell Services as Leader in Healthcare Provider Application Outsourcing Service Providers

Dell Services recognized as a Leader based on analysis of Dell’s IT and business solutions in Healthcare Provider Application Outsourcing

·         Everest Group PEAK Matrix assessed Dell’s market success and delivery capability against competitors and positioned Dell number one

PLANO, Texas, March 5, 2013 – Dell Services today announced that Everest Group positioned Dell as a “Leader” in its Performance | Experience | Ability | Knowledge (PEAK) Matrix for Healthcare Provider Application Outsourcing (AO) Service Providers. Everest Group analyzed the capabilities of eight leading AO service providers based on their market success and delivery capability, and then divided the field into three categories: Leaders, Major Contenders and Emerging Players. Among its competitors, Everest Group positioned Dell Services at the top of the Leader category.

Everest Group recognized Dell as the standout provider, acknowledging Dell Services’ strong legacy as a leader in healthcare IT and robust capabilities, including EMR cloud and disaster recovery services, cloud clinical archiving and mobility solutions. Dell’s competitive advantages include deep application, business process and infrastructure outsourcing capabilities with large and medium-sized customers, as well as multiple relationships with leading healthcare vendors. The PEAK Matrix also noted the Dell Services acquisition strategy, including security expertise through SecureWorks and apps modernization through Make Technologies and Clerity Solutions, as a key market differentiator.

“The healthcare market is witnessing fundamental changes, as healthcare providers are incented to leverage IT and analytics for improving care quality and health outcomes, while bringing down the cost of care,” said Jimit Arora, vice president, Everest Group. “Hospitals, physicians, health insurers and life science companies alike are looking to service providers to help get the most out of their applications and technology resources to improve processes and drive down costs. Among the service providers we analyzed in the healthcare provider segment, Dell was the leader based on its depth of knowledge and breadth of capabilities.

More than 2,000 hospitals and 30,000 physicians worldwide rely on Dell for IT support, benefiting from Dell’s full-service, end-to-end IT solutions. Dell works with healthcare organizations to affordably and effectively deploy electronic medical records; improve business processes; enhance access to and gain insights from their data; and meet complex healthcare regulations with data security solutions. These services empower healthcare providers to focus more on patient care instead of administrative tasks.

“The adoption of IT by healthcare organizations is critical to reducing the cost and improving the quality of care,” said Sid Nair, vice president & global general manager, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Dell Services. “Everest Group’s positioning of Dell Services further solidifies our end-to-end solutions strategy, which has been developed through a mix of research and development and acquisitions. Customers can depend on us as a one-stop-shop for their healthcare IT needs.”

The right combination of technology and services increases productivity for clinicians and administrators, and ultimately results in improved patient care. With more than 20 years of experience designing, delivering, managing and supporting IT solutions in healthcare, Dell continues to build on its commitment to accelerate innovation in the healthcare environment as an Everest Group Leader.

Dell at HIMSS13

Dell will showcase its end-to-end solutions and services for healthcare at the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exposition, March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. (Booth #4427, Hall F).

Following HIMSS13, Dell will host a Healthcare Think Tank on March 19. Dell has invited industry thought-leaders to take part in an interactive discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities on the path to information-driven healthcare. Join the conversation via live stream or follow on Twitter at #DoMoreHIT.

About Dell
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Dell Services develops and delivers a comprehensive suite of services and solutions in applications, business process, consulting, infrastructure and support to help customers succeed. Learn more at www.dell.com.

 

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.

Philips Healthcare and Vidyo Enable Enterprise-Grade Video for Remote Patient Monitoring

Clinical Care and Coordination Is Revolutionized with Vidyo’s Next-generation Video Communications Technology Incorporated into Philips’ IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 Platform
Andover, MA and Hackensack, NJ – March 6, 2013 – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and Vidyo, Inc. today announced that the first Philips Healthcare solution incorporating enterprise-grade video for patient monitoring applications – Philips IntelliSpace eCareManager  3.9 enterprise telehealth platform featuring Vidyo’s VidyoRouter technology –  was launched during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 conference and exhibition in New Orleans.
The new remote patient monitoring platform follows an earlier announcement of the companies’ collaboration in April 2012, initiating Philips’ launch of an enterprise video conferencing platform for healthcare to be used for monitoring ICU patients. Technological features of the system incorporate multiple tools for enabling better coordination of patient care, care team collaboration, and patient engagement; allowing visual monitoring and access to vital patient information from remote locations, in a reliable and cost effective manner.
The platform combines Philips orb – a newly launched graphical dashboard – with Vidyo’s VidyoRouter Platform, which expands the ability for care provider devices to work across a broader range of networks. Orb’s ability to integrate practical data with visual technology helps clinicians to prioritize patient needs and streamline in-hospital care. The orb dashboard features circles that represent individual patients and their health status. By viewing these circles, clinicians can determine, at a glance, important patient or population-level information, such as which patients are in need of immediate care versus others who might be ready for hospital discharge. It also helps clinicians prioritize information that was previously unavailable due to the massive amount of data created by a single patient, whether they are providing care at the bedside, from the nurses’ station, or hundreds of miles away from a remote, centralized telehealth care team.
As the adoption of telehealth by health systems continues to increase, companies with complementary technologies are working together to support clinicians who are managing large populations of patients remotely but don’t have the capacity to manage multiple technical systems. Philips eCareManager 3.9 and Vidyo’s collaboration provides a continuous, single platform to reduce technological redundancies – from the Emergency Department to the ICU and discharge – and offers continuity for quality of care.
The integrated workflow provides healthcare facilities with the flexibility to manage large patient populations while maintaining visibility into individual treatment needs. The system enables an expansion of video telepresence across geographically dispersed locations, and aggregates clinical informatics solutions designed to improve the quality of patient care for patients in the hospital and in the home.
“Enterprise-wide deployment of next-generation telehealth services requires advanced video technology that is scalable and flexible enough to support the needs of today’s caregiver, family and patient, regardless of distance or setting.” said Lori Lazzara, Philips’ VP, GM Connected Care Solutions. “This newest version of our IntelliSpace eCareManager platform is the first system which meaningfully combines these innovative technologies from Vidyo and Philips, and underscores our shared commitment to enabling patients to be transitioned between acuity levels at the most appropriate time, to improve patient care and reduce costs.”
“When two leaders in technological innovation, such as Philips and Vidyo, combine forces, the result is game-changing for the healthcare market,” said Amnon Gavish, Vidyo’s Senior VP of Vertical Solutions. “The interface of our two platforms is a significant first step toward a longer- term vision of providing effective telepresence for improving patient management in the ever-evolving environment of healthcare.”
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 118,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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 broadcast solutions. Vidyo for Healthcare eliminates the access, performance and cost issues of traditional systems that require expensive MCU equipment and dedicated QoS. With its amazing quality, unmatched accessibility and market-shifting cost-efficiency, Vidyo for Healthcare provides hospitals, specialized medical centers and physician clinics with low latency telepresence-quality video conferencing from any mobile, desktop or room-based endpoint over the Internet, WiFi and 4G networks.  Vidyo delivers end-to-end encryption, provides HIPAA-compliant security, and easily integrates into existing healthcare environments with support for a variety of medical devices and interoperability with existing conferencing infrastructure. 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 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.

LEICA BIOSYSTEMS AND DELL ENABLE ACCESS TO PATHOLOGY IMAGES BETWEEN CHINA AND THE U.S

Vista, CA (March 6, 2013) Leica Biosystems, which through its acquisition of Aperio became the leading provider of digital pathology systems, announced today that Chinese physicians have access to U.S. healthcare organizations for real-time, expert review of pathology cases through the first scalable, secure medical cloud network through its strategic collaboration with Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.

The U.S. institutions providing pathology services include: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dianon/Lab Corp. and ProPath. According to Krista Crews, executive director of ProPath, “Through the use of amazingly innovative technologies, pathology services can be provided efficiently and rapidly to support the needs in China.”

“We are pleased to now have access to additional pathology resources,” said Hongbo Li, M.D., a GI pathologist and co-founder of Sinopath Diagnostics. Located in the Beijing International Medical Center, Sinopath Diagnostics provides services for routine anatomic pathology diagnoses, pathology consultation, tele-IHC, companion diagnostics and genetic testing. “By improving communication among our colleagues, we can enhance the quality of care we provide for our patients,” said Li.

“Demand for pathology services in China is growing rapidly and we need easier access to experts both inside and outside of China to keep up with the demand,” said Shiang Huang, M.D., founder and CEO of Kindstar Globalgene Technology. Kindstar provides laboratory services to over 3,300 Chinese hospitals for advanced diagnostics in oncology and other medical specialties.

“Connecting China and the U.S. through our collaboration with Dell begins to meet our goal to address the regional and global imbalances of pathology expertise available for patient care by enabling access to pathologists, regardless of location,” said Matthias Weber, M.D., president of Leica Biosystems.

The cloud-based solution, powered by Dell’s Unified Clinical Archive, is a global, secure and scalable IT platform. This provides the foundation of best practices to optimize access to large pathology images so physicians can quickly and easily review and collaborate to expedite patient results and treatment decisions.

“Dell is excited to work with Leica Biosystems on this initiative and to facilitate the sharing of whole slide pathology images via the cloud,” said August Calhoun, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. “This is a prime example of how a hybrid cloud solution with application-neutral data management capabilities can break down traditional information silos and allow healthcare organizations to securely manage, store and share data to advance patient care even across great distances.”

About Leica Biosystems

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in laboratory workflow solutions for anatomic pathology, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve patients’ lives. Leica Biosystems provides a comprehensive product range for each step in the pathology process, from sample preparation and staining to imaging and reporting. Recognizing there is a shortage of Pathology expertise worldwide, as well as increasing sub specialization, Leica Biosystems expanded its capability in pathology imaging with Aperio ePathology Solutions enabling greater access for Pathologists through market leading whole slide scanners, NETWORK solutions that enables remote, real-time viewing and easy distribution of images for collaboration, and PRECISION solutions that provide pathologists with easy-to-use quantitative image analysis to improve clinical and research productivity, reproducibility, and consistency. Leica Biosystems is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. Further information can be found at www.leicabiosystems.com.

 

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.

Stanley Healthcare Is Transforming Patient Safety, Patient Security and Operational Efficiency with Market-Leading Enterprise Visibility Solutions

Stanley Healthcare’s RTLS Solutions Named the KLAS Category Leader

·      16 of the 17 Top Ranked Hospitals in the U.S. Leverage Stanley Healthcare to Achieve Operational Excellence

·      The Company Now Has More Than 17,000 Healthcare Customers Worldwide 

NEW ORLEANS (HIMSS13), March 4, 2013 – To kick off HIMSS13, Stanley Healthcare today unveiled its redefined and unified EcoSystem, which brings together market-leading healthcare solutions such as the AeroScout Real-Time Location System (RTLS), Hugs Infant Protection Solution, InnerSpace Storage Solutions and WanderGuard Wander Management – all provided by one trusted company. The company also announced that the recent Best in KLAS report named Stanley Healthcare’s solutions the Category Leader for RTLS for the second year in a row.*

Stanley Healthcare is working with more than 17,000 hospitals and long-term care organizations around the world to help transform safety, security and operational efficiency with its enterprise visibility solutions. Among its customers are 16 of the 17 best hospitals in America as ranked by US News & World Report for 2012-2013.

“We’re extremely proud to have been named the KLAS Category Leader for RTLS again this year and to count almost all of the top ranked hospitals in the United States as clients,” said Bert Davis, President of Stanley Healthcare. “For them and for all of our worldwide customers, we continue to evolve the Stanley Healthcare EcoSystem to serve healthcare organizations’ most pressing needs with innovative and integrated products and solutions.”

Stanley Healthcare’s robust offerings address five critical priorities for a healthcare organization and transform departments enterprise-wide:

Clinical Operations & Workflow – operating room, emergency department and clinic patient flow solutions, as well as staff workflow offerings to improve operational efficiency, optimize workflow and enhance the patient experience

Environmental Monitoring – Wi-Fi-based temperature and humidity monitoring solutions to free up valuable clinician time, facilitate regulatory compliance and help ensure optimal conditions for safe patient care

Patient Safety – fall management, automated hand hygiene monitoring and wireless nurse call solutions to automate and improve processes that support patient safety initiatives

Security & Protection – infant protection, pediatric security/elopement, wander management, staff security and facility security solutions to help protect at-risk patients, long-term care residents and staff

Supply Chain & Asset Management – asset tracking and management, supply chain management and storage solutions to reduce costs, improve utilization rates and help ensure availability of supplies and equipment for optimal patient care

More than 17,000 healthcare organizations worldwide, including over 5,000 acute care hospitals and 12,000 long-term care facilities, rely on Stanley Healthcare, making it one of the foremost providers of healthcare solutions in the world. In addition, the comprehensiveness of its portfolio is unrivaled in its core areas of focus: safety, security and efficiency. Its Wi-Fi Real-Time Location System (RTLS) has the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association, and the 2012 Best in KLAS report named Stanley Healthcare’s solutions the Category Leader for RTLS.

The prestigious Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report was released in December 2012 by KLAS®. A category leader designation is awarded to products and firms that are rated the highest in select market segments. In the report, Stanley Healthcare had the highest overall score in the RTLS category, which is calculated by using data from surveys gathered over 12 months. In addition to the number one ranking, 97 percent of Stanley Healthcare customers surveyed stated that they would “buy again” their RTLS solutions.

Stanley Healthcare’s impact is far reaching. The company helps protect more than 1.5 million infants every year and hundreds of thousands of senior residents, patients and staff. Billions of medical supplies and assets are managed and monitored. In addition, Stanley Healthcare helps its customers save hundreds of millions of dollars on asset costs and patient care.

Stanley Healthcare will be showcasing its solutions and customer case studies in its booth #8441, in the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion and in partner booths at the HIMSS13 conference in New Orleans, March 3 – 7, 2013.

*Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services, December, 2012. © 2012 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. www.KLASresearch.com

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 Announces Its New Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action

HIMSS builds on its vision to improve healthcare delivery with the best use of information technology and management systems 

NEW ORLEANS (March 6, 2013) –  Building on its mission to improve the delivery of healthcare with the best use of information technology, HIMSS announces its new Commitment to Action, made as part of its membership with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). HIMSS joined the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2012 to advance its work on its Healthcare Transformation Project.

The Healthcare Transformation Project gives senior healthcare provider executives the opportunity to take actionable, measurable steps in their organizations that will make a real difference in the lives of the people they serve. During the Healthcare Transformation Project’s meeting at HIMSS13, senior healthcare executives will be able to make their own Commitment to Action for change.

“We’re proud to have made our Commitment to Action, a component of membership with the CGI,” says John H. Daniels, FACHE, FHIMSS, HIMSS Vice President for Strategic Relations, on the HIMSS Blog.  “The other CGI members I met have committed to take action to resolve the world’s most pressing challenges.   They have documented their commitments by specifying actionable, measurable steps they will take to make a transformative difference in people’s lives.  They are committing resources, forging new partnerships, and measuring the progress and impact of their initiatives.”

The Healthcare Transformation brings senior healthcare provider leaders together, with year-round events, research and networking, as they decide and act upon their own commitments to action. HIMSS also announces its participation with CGI on March 6, the same day former President Clinton speaks to the conference attendees during HIMSS13 in New Orleans.  More than 35,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibiting companies have come to the Big Easy for the conference.

“Through the Healthcare Transformation Project, HIMSS has established its Commitment to Action as part of CGI. We know improving healthcare with the best use of IT takes a collaborative effort, one that senior executives can be part of through this HIMSS community,” said H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO.

Learn more about the HIMSS Healthcare Transformation Project.

About HIMSS

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

About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have already improved the lives of more than 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.1 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

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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.

MedHOK Named Finalist for 2013 BizTech Innovation of the Year Award

TAMPA, Fla. – March 5, 2013 – MedHOK, which delivers industry leading actionable healthcare solutions for care, quality and compliance across an integrated cloud-based platform, has been named a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 BizTech Innovation of the Year Award. This recognition acknowledges MedHOK as an organization in the Tampa Bay area who continues to make substantial gains in the development, implementation and utilization of their technology across their entire enterprise, including their valued clients.
Finalists for the2013 BizTech Awards were determined by a distinguished panel of judges in the Tampa Bay business community. Winners will be announced on March 14, 2013 during the BizTech Innovation Summit awards luncheon.
“Developing a platform that meets the rapidly evolving needs of the healthcare industry and that utilizes the latest advances in technology and cloud-computing is at the center of all that we do,” said Anil Kottoor, president and CEO, MedHOK. “It is an honor to be named among the most innovate technology providers in the Tampa Bay region. It acknowledges the hard work that our team has put into developing and maintaining our integrated platform.”
MedHOK’s single platform for care, quality and compliance, provides insurance carriers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), accountable care organizations (ACOs) and integrated health networks with the tools they need to view patient information in real time and make it immediately available across the care continuum. By doing so in a manner that is meaningful to each end user, MedHOK’s platform creates actionable healthcare wherein individual providers and integrated delivery systems can proactively close care gaps, comply with federal and state regulations, enhance care management and improve Star, HEDIS® and other quality scores.
The unique Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model allows clients to rapidly deploy and easily maintain MedHOK’s scalable solutions, for lower up-front and ongoing costs. MedHOK’s software is fully NCQA-certified for HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management Performance Measures and compliance with CMS and State regulations, to ensure consistent application of rules and regulations.
 
About MedHOK
Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 23 million lives in production, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing PaaS (platform as a service) companies. Its integrated single platform for care management, quality and compliance helps health plans, PBMs, ACOs and public and private payers meet objectives across business lines by facilitating real-time information sharing with all stakeholders to address disease management and care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and quality and financial measures. MedHOK’s platfo rm holds 2013 HEDIS® certification and 2012 Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures certification.
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.