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Riverside Healthcare Customer Case Study – Deployment protects distributed network of healthcare facilities from the latest threats, comply with new regulatory requirements

Riverside Healthcare Selects Fortinet® Enterprise-Class Network Security Platforms to Help Protect its Distributed Network of Healthcare Facilities from the Latest Threats, Comply with New Regulatory Requirements and Lower IT Costs

FortiGate, FortiAP and FortiMail Platforms Provide Cutting Edge Protection Against the Latest Advanced Persistent Threats; Simplified Management and a Lower TCO than Competing Security Platforms

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 5, 2013 - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) – a world leader in high-performance network security – today announced that Riverside Healthcare has deployed a multitude of Fortinet appliances to help protect its distributed network of healthcare facilities from the latest threats, comply with new regulatory requirements and to help lower their overall IT costs. Riverside has selected the FortiGate-1000C, FortiGate-80C, Fortimail-400C and FortiAP-221B platforms to provide encryption, advanced malware and messaging protection and wireless control throughout its core network, which hosts numerous applications for its distributed affiliate organizations.

“Fortinet’s network security platform allows us to address the latest compliance requirements and implement new IT services while lowering costs through consolidation,” said Erik Devine, CSO of Riverside Healthcare. “Our network of doctors and colleagues are continually impressed with our ability to quickly address the latest security challenges, such as providing secure BYOD for employees and patients and protecting against advanced persistent threats, all while maintaining compliance with strict regulatory requirements.”

The Fortinet platforms provide Riverside with firewall, IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, antivirus, intrusion prevention, application control and Web content filtering protection. In addition to protecting Riverside, its affiliates and customers from the latest threats, the platforms offer a simplified management console that reduces IT complexity and lowers total cost of ownership.

Prior to selecting Fortinet, Riverside used a combination of network security vendors to secure patient records and meet regulatory requirements; however they ultimately found this approach too difficult to manage on a day-to-day basis and proved to be extremely costly over time. Using Fortinet’s security platforms, Riverside was able to consolidate their security infrastructure, reduce costs and achieve compliance with Federal regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

About Riverside Healthcare

Riverside HealthCare is a fully integrated healthcare system serving the needs of patients throughout the Illinois counties of Kankakee, Iroquois, Will, Grundy and beyond. Riverside HealthCare is composed of five separate entities:

Riverside Medical Center is located in Kankakee, Illinois and is part of Riverside HealthCare, a fully integrated healthcare system. Riverside Medical Center is a 325-bed hospital that provides a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care. Riverside is a nationally-recognized, award-winning hospital with leading programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery and orthopedics. It is the area’s only Magnet® Recognized hospital and has been named a 100 Top Hospital four years in a row. Riverside also operates several community, primary and specialty health centers throughout the region.

Sojourn, a Riverside community, addresses the health care needs of the area’s elderly population. The four facilities that are a part of Riverside Senior Living Center include: Butterfield Court, an assisted living facility, Miller Center, a skilled nursing facility and Westwood Oaks/Westwood Estates, independent retirement communities.

Oakside Corporation operates the Riverside Health Fitness Center and also coordinates community counseling programs, pharmacy, health equipment sales and leasing and home health care.

Riverside HealthCare Foundation raises funds for the health system for use in facility construction and repair, new equipment acquisition, community health care education initiatives and clinical research.

Riverside Health Fitness Center is a 70,000 square foot medically-based fitness center owned and operated by Riverside HealthCare. It is a world class center that reflects Riverside’s commitment to improving the health and fitness of the community.

“Riverside Healthcare is a great example of a healthcare organization that is taking full advantage of Fortinet’s breadth and depth of products. They recognize that network security is more than just a firewall or a single point product that satisfies a single security function,” said Mark Hanson, director of healthcare sales at Fortinet. “The combination of FortiGate, FortiMail and FortiAP wireless access points provides a world-class security solution while addressing the budgetary constraints in healthcare of needing to do more with less.”

The full case study can be downloaded here: http://www.fortinet.com/sites/default/files/casestudies/Riverside-CaseStudy.pdf

Follow Fortinet Online: Twitter at: www.twitter.com/fortinet; Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fortinet; YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/SecureNetworks.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management (UTM). Our products and subscription services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security infrastructure. Our customers include enterprises, service providers and government entities worldwide, including the majority of the 2012 Fortune Global 100. Fortinet’s flagship FortiGate product delivers ASIC-accelerated performance and integrates multiple layers of security designed to help protect against application and network threats. Fortinet’s broad product line goes beyond UTM to help secure the extended enterprise – from endpoints, to the perimeter and the core, including databases and applications. Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices around the world.

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 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.

Understanding the Benefits of a Vendor Neutral Archive

Report by Imaging Expert Joe Marion Examines Factors that Affect VNA Deployment

New Orleans, LA (HIMSS Booth # 1769) – March 5, 2013 – Vendor Neutral Archiving (VNA) technology can be an effective tool for meeting data management and accessibility objectives, according to a new report written by independent healthcare imaging technology expert Joe Marion, principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies. Now available for download from BridgeHead Software’s website, the “Understanding the Vendor Neutral Archive” report discusses the real-world capabilities of a VNA.

Healthcare facilities have deployed Vendor Neutral Archive technology to consolidate image archive and data accessibility. Moving to a VNA can reduce migration costs and avoid the proprietary data storage obstacles often found in Picture Archive and Communications System (PACS) applications, making information more accessible. Facilities can also realize economies of scale through better utilization of storage infrastructure and the lowering of operational and maintenance costs.

A VNA solution offering immediate and long-term benefits can minimize expenses while improving clinical data accessibility,” said Joe Marion, principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies, LLC. “BridgeHead’s deep knowledge of data integrity and protection, as well as its experience with structured and unstructured data, allow the company to provide VNA solutions that will address clinical and IT requirements for years to come.

BridgeHead’s approach to VNA enables all types of hospital data to be stored, protected, and shared. The file-level protection that it provides is a vital building block in BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution, designed to ‘Bridge the Gap’ between what clinicians want for assured image availability and IT professionals need for data management. It is the only software that combines image protection together with DICOM and non-DICOM archiving, ensuring complete data availability.

It’s no secret that healthcare data is growing at a phenomenal rate. The challenge, with regards to medical image data, is that it doesn’t all adhere to standard formats such as DICOM,” said Jim Beagle, CEO of BridgeHead Software. “BridgeHead supports the drive for improved clinical care by storing and protecting all of a hospital’s data (not just DICOM) and enabling data to be shared back to individuals or systems that need it the most. In doing so, we believe we can help reduce the cost of data management.”

Marion presented his new report with Charles Mallio from NetApp and Tim Kaschinske from BridgeHead Software during the recent “Enterprise Data Archive in Hospital Environments: How VNA Can Bridge the Gaps in Data Availability” webinar. Listen now online or visit our HIMSS13 Knowledge Center site.

 

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.

TigerText Opens Its Secure Communications Platform to Developers with Launch of TigerConnect API

Third Party Applications Can Now Integrate with TigerText, the Healthcare Industry’s Largest Secure Messaging Platform

 

New Orleans, LA, March 5, 2013 - TigerText, Inc., the leader in secure real-time messaging for the enterprise, today announced at the HIMSS 2013 Conference the opening of the TigerText platform to developers through TigerConnect, its open API.   TigerConnect allows developers to harness the power of TigerText’s platform to communicate with customers, partners and other third parties in a secure manner that complies with industry regulations.

“For healthcare providers that need fast response times and seamless care coordination, secure, HIPAA compliant communications is a must,” said Dr. Mark Singh, President and CEO, Clinicore. “We chose to integrate TigerText into our clinical solution, through the TigerConnect open API, because secure messaging is a must for our existing workflow. TigerText enables our users to securely exchange clinical documents and images as part of a communication thread in our existing software. With our integrated solution, our users have the flexibility to communicate in multiple ways, whether from their smartphone app or a desktop computer.”

By opening its platform, TigerText enables developers and organizations to extend the benefits of secure messaging beyond their own corporate directory.  With texting becoming the preferred method of communication amongst healthcare providers and doctors, organizations can use TigerText to send and receive all types of information securely on their smartphone, tablet or computer, all while complying with HIPAA regulations.  For example, lab and diagnostic companies can securely text critical lab results directly from their systems to physicians, saving time and resources trying to track doctors down by phone.  Doctors can also use TigerConnect to query third party systems to retrieve timely information such as who is on call, what room their patient is in, or any other information that lies within an EMR.  TigerConnect also enables secure communication with legacy systems and answering service software.

“For nearly 15 years, AMiON has been managing physician call schedules and delivering critical pages to doctors,” said Stuart Karon, Founder of AMiON.  “We support just about every messaging platform available. TigerText is the first we’re comfortable enough with to recommend. TigerConnect lets us integrate TigerText messaging seamlessly into our web service. Messages arrive on people’s devices almost instantly. They’re secure. And with free and pro levels, our customers can keep costs low or maintain enterprise-wide control over messaging.”

“As more organizations recognize the potential of secure real-time messaging and trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) emerge, we believe secure messaging will play a critical role in driving faster response times and improvements in organizational accountability through the use of TigerText’s “read notifications” capability. With our large and growing healthcare customer base, we have seen first-hand how much instant communication can improve care coordination and drive real productivity,” said Brad Brooks, president and co-founder, TigerText. “In turn, we believe that companies need a secure, reliable and scalable solution to drive real utility for their customers.  Today we send more than a million messages a day across our platform as a result of the rapid adoption of TigerText, so we are well positioned to deliver this utility.  When you consider that over two trillion text messages were sent in the US in 2011 alone, it is clear that secure and compliant messaging is set to transform enterprise communications, and we believe TigerText will lead this change.”

Beyond health care, TigerText can be utilized by government agencies, financial institutions and other organizations that have stringent regulations regarding the communication of sensitive information.  There is no charge to get started with the platform and message recipients don’t need the TigerText app to receive and send messages.

TigerText has previously announced integrations with Dropbox and AMiON, allowing their customers to securely share files and access information stored in the cloud.  In order to provide the widest range of connectivity, developers integrating with TigerText can leverage HTTP, SMTP, and WCTP protocols.  As part of today’s launch, TigerText will provide a Software Development Kit (SDK) for companies that want to integrate secure messaging within their own apps or services.

Developers can learn more about TigerConnect at http://developer.tigertext.com

FOR HIMSS 2013 attendees: To learn firsthand how organizations are using TigerText, please attend the TigerText panel presentation on Wednesday, March 6th at 11:15 at the Mobile Health Knowledge Center, Booth #8247.

About TigerText

TigerText is the leader in secure, real-time messaging for the consumer and enterprise.  TigerText allows healthcare providers and businesses to create a private and secure mobile messaging network with their own smartphone.  This controlled platform is HIPAA compliant and replaces unsecured SMS text messages that leave protected health and other confidential information at risk.  The speed, compatibility, and ease of TigerText increases workflow and employee satisfaction.  For more information visit: http://www.tigertext.com or http://developer.tigertext.com or https://www.facebook.com/TigerText or twitter.com/tigertextapp.

 

 

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.

Nemours Children’s Hospital implement Clarity Health Journal to Support Obesity Research Cluster pilot project

New Orleans, LA (March 4, 2013) –    Nemours, one of America’s largest providers of pediatrics subspecialty care has chosen Clarity Health Journal to support its Pediatric Obesity Research Cluster (ORC). A multi-disciplinary team of researchers have commenced recruitment through the pediatric clinics of the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital (Wilmington, Delaware). A co-branded version of Clarity Health Journal is live in the Nemours production environment allowing patient generated data to be passed to the appropriate location within the patient’s medical record.

“This study is about a new level of child and family engagement,” said Dr. David E. Milov, Chief Medical Information Officer at Nemours. “We are measuring compliance of patients who receive supportive messages based on their own responses from the most recent clinic visit.” He went on to say “we chose Clarity Health Journal for its unique family based approach which permits many disparate data types (like dental, insurance and even other family members) within a single portal in the family’s home. It also considers the physician’s needs, allowing population views for all the provider’s patients utilizing the Nemours Health Journal.  Implementation was exceptionally quick and low-cost.”

The Nemours Children’s Hospital of Delaware has started recruiting patients for its pilot research program that will study and monitor outcome measures related to patient and family involvement in the health care process. Patients in the pilot will use Clarity Health Journal, co-branded as Nemours Health Journal to collect and share information with the research team.

For several years Nemours had been investigating how to better engage patients and families in the process of care. Recognizing the evolving needs and technological capabilities of patients and their families, they chose Clarity Health Journal developed by Consulting Cadre to support the ORC program. The pilot program will identify children with a medium to high risk of diabetes and provide them access to Nemours Health Journal.

Nemours Health Journal will allow families to track their food, exercise and other health information to help provide the Nemours research team with a more complete picture of their health. The goal of the project is to engage families dealing with Child Obesity in order to better understand the use of technology to improve patient outcomes by empowering families.

“Clarity Health Journal fosters better quality health by promoting family and patient participation  in the management of their health, integrating health data into the healthcare providers’ work flow, increasing the quality and accuracy of that information and driving down the cost of healthcare,” explains Saverio Rinaldi, President and CEO of Consulting Cadre International Inc. “We are honored that the researchers at Nemours chose Clarity Health Journal to be part of this pilot and we look forward to supporting and contributing to this very important project.”

Clarity Health Journal (www.clarityhealthjournal.com) designed as a family centric health application allows for information sharing and monitoring. It will be used by family members of patients at Nemours. Focusing on both the patient and the family is a unique approach to healthcare. Parents of children with health conditions are motivated in monitoring their health and working with the care team to foster health and wellness while lowering the cost of healthcare.

Clarity Health Journal has the capability to cover the broad spectrum of individual health management, from post-natal and elderly care to normal health and chronic disease management. The solution takes an individual’s health information, which today can be found in paper and/or electronic form in one or more places, including general practitioners and/or specialists’ offices, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and patients’ residences and re-engineers them into an accessible, updatable, electronic health journal.

 

 

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.

ANTON/BAUER MPS LAUNCHES GUARANTEED MOBILE POWER PROGRAM AT HiMSS 2013

An Industry First, Program Offers Custom Power System Assessment and Configurations to Hospitals

NEW ORLEANS, MARCH 5, 2012Anton/Bauer® MPS, a Vitec Group company and a premier provider of mobile power systems for the medical technology industry, is pleased to unveil at HiMSS 2013 (Booth #6348) its new Guaranteed Mobile Power Program. The innovative program, the first of its kind in the medical technology industry, gives hospital decision-makers access to Anton/Bauer MPS battery experts, who can assess and configure a power system that meets the hospital’s long-term performance goals while eliminating the typical upfront capital costs of battery management and maintenance.

As part of Anton/Bauer MPS’ mission to deliver mobile power solutions that streamline hospital workflow, the Guaranteed Mobile Power Program was developed to eliminate the problems that hospitals face when selecting and purchasing mobile power systems to be used with mobile workstation (WOWs), patient monitoring equipment and other mobile devices. The program is designed to take the guesswork and upfront capital expenditure out of mobile workstation batteries.

“Over the past several years, hospitals have been consumed by managing battery power for mobile medical devices,” says Patrick Ney, vice president, Anton/Bauer MPS. “We have designed the Guaranteed Mobile Power Program to eliminate the hospitals most common concerns, cost of ownership, battery-life and how the power system affects workflow and performance goals. In the end, Anton/Bauer MPS manages all aspects of battery power systems, giving hospital staff the time to focus on adding value to patient care.”

The program is structured to make selecting and implementing the program easy. First, one of Anton/Bauer MPS’ battery experts will visit the medical facility to gain a better understanding of its long-term EHR plan, workflow requirements and the computer devices in use. With this important information, Anton/Bauer MPS will then configure a power system that will meet or exceed the hospital’s expectations and create a monthly or quarterly pricing model to eliminate upfront acquisition and long-term maintenance costs. Next, Anton/Bauer MPS suggests that the hospital tests the power system to prove that the concept works as designed. Once the hospital agrees that system works effectively, a clear integration roadmap and training plan are created to make the go-live simple.

Finally, Anton/Bauer MPS and the hospital works together to decide how frequently the support team should visit the facility to conduct refresher training and system re-evaluation to ensure expectations continue to be met and everything is operating smoothly. In less than three weeks, the hospital can be up and running with the most efficient battery program available anywhere.

“This program changes everything,” says Ney. “U.S. hospitals will finally have an opportunity to partner with the medical industry’s mobile power expert to develop a plan that meets performance, cost and ROI goals. Whether it’s the MPS’ industry-leading, patented HotSwap® system, which provides 24/7 uptime, or one of our other high-quality mobile power systems, by utilizing the Guaranteed Mobile Power Program, hospitals have an opportunity to configure a system that maximizes workflow while making the maintenance and long-term management of batteries easy. Further, this program eliminates the large, upfront capital expense of buying and maintaining batteries with a manageable, predictable operational expense that has been custom suited to support the hospital’s power needs.”

In addition, the technology behind Anton/Bauer MPS’s charging capabilities provides further security to a hospital’s initial investment, when purchasing a power system. Not only does Anton/Bauer MPS give users the ability to charge many different battery chemistries with one device, but as future cell chemistries are developed, the charging system used today will understand and adjust the charging requirements of the future with a simple software upgrade.

For more information, visit www.AntonBauerMPS.com or call (800) 422-3473.

About Anton/Bauer MPS

Anton/Bauer MPS, a Vitec Group company, designs and manufactures Mobile Power Systems (MPS) for use with medical workstations and other mobile devices. Anton/Bauer MPS products include patented technologies that increase overall battery life and run times, specializing in both swappable and conventional base-mounted models in a wide range of configurations, size and chemistries to match any hospital’s needs for capacity, run time and other features.

With more than 40 years of proven experience, Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and premier provider of multi-chemistry battery, charging and monitoring technology for the Mobile Power Systems (MPS) industry. The company’s headquarters is in Shelton, Conn., with offices in South America, Europe and Asia. Its parent company, the Vitec Group, principally serves customers in the international medical, broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets.

 

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.

Westbrook Technologies and Artsyl Technologies Announce Revenue Cycle Management Solution for Healthcare

HIMSS – New Orleans – March 5, 2013 – Westbrook Technologies, developer of Fortis™ and FortisBlue™ enterprise content management (ECM) software, and Artsyl Technologies™, a leading provider of data capture and document processing technologies, today announces a revenue cycle management solution for healthcare. Artsyl Technologies’ advanced data capture technology combined with Westbrook Technologies’ content management capabilities helps speed the payment process and improves cash flow management for providers and payors.

Artsyl’s docAlpha advanced capture solution makes it easier for customers to import content into Westbrook Technologies’ repository using preconfigured connectors to Fortis and FortisBlue and by repurposing existing templates. docAlpha can be used to capture and process unstructured data for AP (accounts payable), patient billing, release of information, claims processing, Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) and other document-intensive processes.

“The combination of technology from Artsyl and Westbrook will help healthcare organizations successfully balance both high-quality patient care and cost containment,” said Peter Ransome, VP Sales and Marketing of Westbrook Technologies. ”Our solution is designed to meet the needs of healthcare organizations and enhance interoperability of systems and departments.”

“Our partnership with Westbrook Technologies enables our joint customers to take advantage of Fortis and FortisBlue’s strong capabilities in workflow, content lifecycle management and integration with line-of-business systems,” said Jeff Moore, Chief Sales Officer of Artsyl Technologies. “Artsyl brings scalable, cost-effective advanced capture to the healthcare market. With our modern architecture, self-learning and wizard based definition generator, users can dramatically reduce data entry costs, increase data accuracy and streamline the process of importing content into the Fortis or FortisBlue repository. docAlpha’s front-end capture technology makes the overall ECM experience much more efficient.”

About Westbrook Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Branford, CT, Westbrook Technologies’ solutions help organizations of all sizes manage document- and data-intensive processes in compliance-centric industries. The Company is the developer of Fortis content management software in use by thousands of customers worldwide to capture, index, securely store and retrieve critical information – instantly and securely. Its FortisBlue product line, accessible from the cloud, has an intuitive interface to make daily information management tasks effortless. All Fortis solutions are cost effective, fast to deploy and easy to use.

Call 800-949-3453 or visit http://westbrooktech.com/ for more information.

About Artsyl Technologies, Inc.
Artsyl Technologies™ headquartered in Toronto, Canada develops a full range of document and data capture software which reduces the cost of document centric processes, increases data accuracy and improves the speed at which data is fed into line-of-business applications. Artsyl’s products are used to automate the storage of documents as well as improve customer service and regulatory compliance. The company sells its products through a network of more than 120 Value Added Resellers who specialize in a variety of applications such as Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Automation, human resources, healthcare, education and state and local government.
docAlpha is a highly scalable, server-based product which automatically collects, identifies and captures large volumes of structured and semi-structured documents and data. docAlpha integrates with a wide range of front-end scanners, MFPs and fax servers and with popular document management and database back ends.

Visit http://www.artsyltech.com/ for more information.

March 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

State of Connecticut Selects eiPortal for Healthcare Integration from PilotFish for Meaningful Use Testing

Cloud-Based Testing Tool Automates Provider Registration, Certification and Validation of HL7 Messaging

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.–(PRWEB)–March 4, 2013–Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, a provider of middleware solutions, announced today that the State of Connecticut has commenced implementation of the PilotFish eiPortal to support reporting requirements for Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing efforts.

The eiPortal, a cloud-based application, provides 24/7 access to all the implementation resources required to build an interface along with a fully automated, self-service, interface testing and validation facility that will be configured for reporting requirements.

Any common or standards-based message can be configured as an eiPortal service. Each service can be associated with a unique set of business rules, data quality checks and other validations. Once a service is configured, data exchange partners can submit messages electronically for automated review. Subsequently, a web-based UI displays immediate, detailed feedback. It also provides simulated responses (synchronous and asynchronous) to inbound messages, again without requiring human intervention or full test environments. Users can refine their interface and achieve conformance without involving their service provider.

“The State of Connecticut is really able to leverage the self-registration and automation capabilities of the eiPortal to perform Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing and HL7 format and content validation. This will enable all hospitals and practices in the State of Connecticut to build interfaces that will conform to healthcare interoperability standards,” said Neil Schappert, Executive Chairman of Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration.  “Starting with HL7 immunization messages, the State will configure services for each Meaningful Use reporting requirement. As each organization that is looking for documentation for Stage 1 attestation for reporting meets these requirements, a certificate will be issued through the eiPortal’s automated process. The time savings for State employees will be considerable.”

The eiPortal greatly exceeds the basic Meaningful Use requirements of just capturing and verifying the electronic transmission of this data. It is also capable of certifying the conformance of these messages against national standards and internal processing requirements. This capability positions Connecticut to manage future-stage Meaningful Use testing, and to use the eiPortal as a pre-production, self-service on-boarding tool to greatly benefit Connecticut healthcare providers. The on-boarding tool will ready them to begin the move to full production for Stage 2 reporting.

“We are excited to partner with PilotFish for our Meaningful Use testing,” commented Mark Raymond, CIO for the State of Connecticut. “The eiPortal allows us to eliminate significant human intervention, while providing a higher level of service to our providers, than would otherwise have been possible.”

“States and organizations are spending millions of dollars working with different partners implementing the same message over and over again. It is a repetitive process that is intensely reliant on expensive human capital. The eiPortal provides a unique solution to automating this process. It frees up IT staffs not just in Government, but in Labs, at HIEs and Manufacturers or any entity that offers a standard set of interfaces, file formats or web services for consumption by many customers,” said Neil Schappert. “Meeting this critical need for the State of Connecticut for Meaningful Use certification is just one example. We are thrilled with the opportunity to help our home state be more efficient. We are also pleased to provide the state’s practices and hospitals with an online resource that lets them meet Meaningful Use requirements faster and with far less effort.”

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 PilotFish

Founded in 2001 and based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology provides middleware software and services to enable the integration of disparate systems. The eiPortal for Healthcare Integration is distributed through Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII), a subsidiary of PilotFish Technology. Products are distributed directly to end users and through select channel partners.

 

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.

KLAS Offers First-Ever EPR/PAS Performance Report to Healthcare Providers across the UK and Ireland

Groundbreaking study provides in-depth report on voice of healthcare providers.

New Orleans and Orem, Utah - March 5, 2013 – KLAS Enterprises, a U.S.-based research company, interviewed almost one-fourth of all trusts in the UK and Ireland to provide a comprehensive EPR/PAS performance report for healthcare providers in those countries.

“This is the first report of its kind in the UK and Ireland,” said report author Chris Brown, director of international research at KLAS. “With 50 percent of interviewed trusts looking to acquire an EPR and PAS in the next 24 months, healthcare providers need information like this to make an educated buying decision.”

KLAS focused most of the report on the suppliers with the largest market share-Cerner, CSC, and MEDITECH-but also received feedback on newer product offerings such as CSC Lorenzo and McKesson Medway Sigma. Suppliers were measured on overall performance, functionality, ease of use, support, and other key metrics.

Some of the questions answered by the study include:

·         Does CSC Lorenzo live up to industry expectations?

·         Will MEDITECH move into more trusts with version 6?

·         Do Cerner clients have a better experience outside of NPfIT?

·         Which suppliers offer a PAS with their EPR?

·         Are Allscripts, Epic, or other new entrants poised to capture market share?

                                                            

For more detailed information on each supplier’s performance and the KLAS report UK and Ireland EPR/PAS Performance: A Peer Review of Current Experience, visit KLAS online at www.KLASresearch.com/reports. The report is available to healthcare providers and suppliers. Providers receive a significant discount off the standard retail price or can receive a complimentary summary report in exchange for a survey of one of their current suppliers.

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 supplier performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

With MedAllies technology, NYeC HIXNY launch Direct Messaging

Direct technology enhances care coordination, improves patient care 

FISHKILL, N.Y., March 5, 2013–Powered by MedAllies technology, clinician-to-clinician Direct Messaging is now live in New York.

New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY) are now able to provide Direct Messaging between clinicians as part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

Direct Messaging, powered by MedAllies, allows clinicians to securely and seamlessly exchange authenticated, encrypted clinical data with one another. It addresses a serious deficiency in the current system: a lack of interoperability.

With MedAllies Direct technology, clinicians have pertinent clinical information “pushed” to them in their own EHR system, regardless of vendor. They will no longer need to sort through information that’s not relevant, nor will they need to “pull” information from paper records or the health information exchange (HIE). Moreover, the MedAllies connectivity model crosses all provider types and locations where care might be delivered, from small practices to integrated delivery networks.

“This is the holy grail of consultative medicine–being able to effortlessly transmit information back and forth,”said Fred Venditti, MD, vice dean for clinical affairs, Albany Medical Center and head of the Center’s physician faculty practice. “Direct’s point-to-point connectivity will dramatically reduce treatment delays, duplicative testing and revisits.” Albany Medical Center will become the first health care provider in New York State to use Direct Messaging.

MedAllies has provided Direct services since the Direct Project’s inception and has several pilot sites throughout the state. “As we move our Direct efforts from a pilot program into a statewide offering, we recognize that interoperability must be more than sending medical email to inboxes. Interoperability demands integration at the point of care and consistent with each provider’s workflow. With NYeC and HIXNY’s announcement, we are much closer to making this a reality,” said MedAllies CEO A. John Blair, III, MD, F.A.C.S.

Developed by MedAllies according to the Office of the National Coordinator’s Direct Project guidelines and the NYeC-led EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup specifications, Direct Messaging integrates into providers’ EHRs and existing workflows, enhancing their ability to electronically coordinate and improve the delivery of care to patients.

The SHIN-NY is a secure network for sharing clinical patient data across New York state. It is coordinated by NYeC in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health, and the state’s 11 regional health information organizations.

“We’re proud to be working with MedAllies as our vendor to enable SHIN-NY Direct Messaging,” said David Whitlinger, NYeC executive director. “The expertise they bring to HIE integration is invaluable to our efforts in connecting clinicians across the state to exchange records and better coordinate care.”

About MedAllies

MedAllies, founded in 2001, has extensive experience with EHR implementations and workflow redesign to improve clinical care. It provides unmatched expertise in health information exchange and Direct services. MedAllies operates the THINC eXchange, an HIE designed to increase the completeness of information at the point of care, improve care coordination and standardize quality and public health reporting in New York’s Hudson Valley. It has provided Direct services since the Direct Project’s inception and has several pilot sites in New York state. MedAllies Direct Solutions builds on existing technology to achieve interoperability, with physicians using their current EHR systems, allowing information to flow across disparate EHR systems in a manner consistent with provider workflows. MedAllies Direct is a tool to advance primary care models that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions and support patient-centered care.

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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.

PANASONIC SHOWCASES NEW HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY AT HIMSS 2013

Company to highlight 103” Interactive Plasma Display and Ultra-HD 4K Tablet Computer

Secaucus, NJ, March 04, 2013 – Panasonic, a leading provider of healthcare technology solutions, will highlight a number of new offerings at its HIMSS 2013 booth (#37510), including an 103” interactive plasma displays, a 20-inch 4K resolution tablet, Toughpad ruggedized tablets, digital signage solutions and video surveillance equipment. Panasonic technologies for healthcare are designed to improve efficiency, collaboration, profitability and security, ultimately improving the patient experience.

HIMSS will mark the North American debut of the 103” TH-103PB1 interactive plasma display, a device designed to increase interactive engagement, enhance collaboration by combining whiteboard-style collaborative functions with a high definition display. The TH-103PB1 brings a number of innovative features to the table including simultaneous multiple-input drawing capabilities (up to four wireless pens), allowing users to engage in written annotation, drawing and independently move items around the screen. The TH-103PB1 is ideal for healthcare facility boardroom applications and video conferencing.

The 20-inch Ultra-HD 4K tablet (3840 x 2560, 9.83 million pixels), recently introduced at CES in January, packs a 1.8-GHz Intel Core i5 3427U processor, Nvidia Geforce graphics, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. With a unique aspect ratio of 15:10, it can display an A3-size paper in almost full size, making it ideal to show large content such as medical images. Moreover, the pen input, with a resolution as high as the panel itself, enables natural handwriting and annotation on the tablet.

The Toughpad family of rugged tablet computers includes the new Toughpad JT-B1, a 7” Android™-powered unit, the  Toughpad JT-B1, a 10” tablet featuring Windows® 8 Pro as well as the original 10” Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1. These tablets are ideal for mobile healthcare workers that need a device that can withstand the bumps and drops often associated with the profession.

Additionally, Panasonic will be showing a number of digital signage solutions for healthcare including LED video walls and large format LCD displays. These displays, when paired with a digital signage software solution, can enable a healthcare facility to communicate in a more efficient and professional way with patients, visitors and vendors. For example, digital signage in an ER waiting room can provide up-to-the-minute wait times and registration information.

Panasonic video surveillance and security solutions, including security cameras, recorders, control systems and monitors, provide nurses, patients, staff and visitors with a safer environment. They are designed to integrate seamlessly with existing video security systems, are vandal-proof and incorporate new facial recognition technology.

Other technologies to be highlighted at the companies HIMSS booth include in-room patient displays, SIP phone systems, document scanners, surgical cameras, surgical displays, mobile computers and DICOM projectors.

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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.