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Auxilio Business Operations to Assume CynergisTek Name

Managed Document Solutions and Cybersecurity Segments to Operate Under the Common CynergisTek Brand

Mission Viejo, CA, August 29, 2017 — Auxilio Inc. (NYSE MKT: AUXO), a leading provider in healthcare document services and cybersecurity solutions, today announced that it has officially assumed the CynergisTek name and the NYSE MKT ticker symbol will become “CTEK”, effective September 8, 2017.

CynergisTek was acquired by Auxilio in January of 2017 and has a proven track record of delivering unmatched healthcare expertise and value to its growing client base which includes hundreds of the largest and most prestigious health systems and hospitals in the country.

Joe Flynn, CEO of Auxilio commented, “Operating under a common name was a logical next step as we see continued crossover between managed document solutions and cybersecurity demands with our healthcare customers.  This move will allow us to fully leverage our customer relationships and build upon the exceptional brand that CynergisTek has created over the years.”

Mac McMillan, President and Chief Strategy Officer added, “The integration of print and digital security is critical to building and maintaining a secure infrastructure today.  With the marriage of these components under one brand, we are unified in our mission to offer healthcare organizations the most comprehensive information management solutions to effectively mitigate risk, optimize productivity and drive savings.”

About Auxilio, Inc.

Auxilio (www.auxilioinc.com) is a leading provider bundling best of breed IT security and workflow solutions into its managed document services program designed exclusively for the healthcare industry. Since 2004, the company has saved more than $80 million for its clients by providing a vendor neutral program that enhances security of printed, stored data and digital documents while driving out costs and inefficiencies within the patient information logistical chain. The company’s document management best practices and intelligent workflow automation suite transforms printed documents to digital workflows, reducing waste and improving end-user satisfaction.

About CynergisTek

CynergisTek, an Auxilio company, (www.cynergistek.com) is a top-ranked cybersecurity, privacy and compliance consulting firm. The company offers solutions to help organizations measure privacy, security and compliance programs against regulatory requirements and assists in developing risk management best practices. Since 2004 the company has served as a partner to hundreds in the healthcare industry and is dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant industry associations. The company has been named in numerous research reports as one of the top firms that provider organizations turn to for privacy and security, and won the 2017 Best in KLAS award for Cyber Security Advisory Services.

 

August 29, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HIMSS Names Harold “Hal” Wolf III as New President/Chief Executive Office

CHICAGO (July 26, 2017) – HIMSS has announced the appointment of Harold “Hal” Wolf III as its new president and CEO. He will succeed H. Stephen Lieber, who in December 2016 announced his plans to retire as HIMSS President and CEO after more than 17 years of recognized success and exemplary service to HIMSS.

Wolf has served in significant roles that have advanced the impact of technology on healthcare. As an advisor, thought leader and consultant, he continues to lead internationally in the realm of health policy and technology adoption to increase access and improve care outcomes. A key architect in the development of content, research and user interfaces for video on demand and broadband, Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining traditional enterprise strategies with an end-to-end organizational view, while keeping the patient as the central focus. Among his many areas of expertise are integrated care models, mhealth, product development, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation.

“Hal Wolf brings to his new role as president and CEO of HIMSS the powerful combination of broad, deep and relevant knowledge, expertise, experience, energy and accomplishments, along with a deep love of and longstanding commitment to HIMSS. His track record of innovation and success spans premier healthcare delivery organizations, digital strategy groups, media companies, global endeavors and more,” said Dr. Michael Zaroukian, HIMSS board chair.

“He sees and creates opportunities, brings people together, and facilitates their success in creating new and better products and services. We are excited that he will be focusing his full energy and efforts to lead HIMSS, as it advances its vision of improving health through information technology and its mission to globally lead endeavors optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information technology,” stated Dr. Sebastian Krolop, former HIMSS Board Chair.

For several years, Wolf has been part of The Chartis Group, a comprehensive advisory and analytics services firm, where he is currently director, practice leader information and digital health strategy, leading the firm in supporting providers and healthcare organizations in the development of integrated information, operations, digital health and precision medicine strategies.

Before joining The Chartis Group, Wolf was senior vice president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Federation, representing more than 16,000 physicians. He was responsible for the development and implementation of critical care delivery strategies, data management and governance, population care management environments and the implementation of unique innovations and large-scale programs that impacted end-to-end operations. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Wolf worked as chief information officer for the e-business, corporate systems and wholesale division of Quest Communications/USWest. Previous endeavors include working internationally in the deployment of interactive television services in operations, content and business development; senior business management positions with Time Warner and MTV Networks; and as senior advisor to McKinsey and Company and ADVI, LLC.

Wolf has served HIMSS for four years: two as an advisor to the board and two additional years as a member of the board of directors, recently as vice chair. He serves as a board member and officer of the International Care Delivery Alliance.

His knowledge sharing and partnering are experienced through guest lectures in the United States, Asia, and Europe, and most recently, as a visiting professor at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Institute, University of Southern Denmark, at the Center for Innovative Medical Technology, Odense University Hospital, and at Windsor University Odette School of Business, Canada.

Wolf holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor of Science in Textile Management from North Carolina State University.

As an advisor, thought leader and consultant, he continues to lead internationally in the realm of health policy and technology adoption to increase access and improve care outcomes. His role and accomplishments on the HIMSS board have shown him to be a powerful voice and advocate for the organization and its mission.

“It is a great privilege and honor to be chosen to lead HIMSS, an organization whose purpose is to improve healthcare and care outcomes. Across the globe, healthcare is challenged to harness the power of information and technology, to solve for the unique environments of each health system and to support the personalization of care to the individual. In alliance with the growing membership of HIMSS and the expansive capabilities of our organization, our collective task is to enable innovation across the full healthcare ecosystem,” said Wolf.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader for health and healthcare transformation through IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare and care outcomes. HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in health IT, so they have the right information at the point of decision.

Through its health IT network of over 1 million experts, over 200 knowledge exchanges and collaborations, including 68,000-plus members, HIMSS drives innovative, forward thinking around best uses of technology in support of better connected care, improved population health and low cost of care. HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.

July 26, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Logicalis Examines Digital Transformation Strategies and Challenges Around the World

Solution Provider’s Fifth Annual CIO Survey to Explore Global Trends in Cloud, IoT, Business Analytics, and Security

NEW YORK, July 19, 2017 – To determine how the roles of the CIO and IT department are evolving as organizations worldwide become more digitally enabled, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), has conducted a Global CIO Survey for the past four years. The survey has chronicled significant changes in the ways IT professionals work inside their organizations, outlined their greatest IT pressures and priorities, and identified emerging trends. The Logicalis 2017 survey is currently underway, and the solution provider is inviting all U.S. CIOs and other top IT professionals to take part: http://ow.ly/Ioh630dGQUt.

Last year’s survey found that distributed IT, shadow IT and IT security issues were top of mind for CIOs worldwide.  In 2016, the survey indicated a distinct shift in CIOs’ perceptions of shadow IT from a potential threat to a much more positive “distributed IT” way of operating and an essential element in their organizations’ digital transformation.  The 2016 survey also found that the pace of digital transformation had picked up considerable speed with 73 percent of firms worldwide calling themselves, to some extent, “digitally enabled.”

In the 2016 survey, security was also one of the most important universal issues on CIOs’ minds, a concern quickly validated as large-scale ransomware attacks like WannaCry and others plagued enterprise organizations throughout the world.  This year, Logicalis is taking that question a step further, asking CIOs more specific information about the kinds of threats they’re preparing for in the coming months.

“As an industry, we’ve been talking about the move toward digitization for a few years now, and today, we’re seeing significant changes taking place as organizations around the world enact strategies designed to deliver more meaningful customer-focused user experiences in the workplace and beyond,” says Vince DeLuca, CEO, Logicalis US.  “To deliver this kind of pervasive user experience, CIOs and other IT professionals are quickly adopting smart, connected technologies, and we’re going to see even more of that occur as the Internet of Things drives unimaginable changes in the way we interact with each other, gather and synthesize data, and make truly informed decisions. As a result, we would like to invite all U.S. CIOs and other top-level IT professionals to take part in Logicalis’ 2017 Global CIO Survey. By taking part, IT professionals will be able to offer their insight into the future of compute and digitization strategies and the new models of doing business that can only be made possible through the maturation of all our digital capabilities.”

Participate in the 2017 Logicalis Global CIO Survey

How will CIOs continue their journeys toward digital enablement while protecting their organizations’ data and intellectual assets along the way? To find out, Logicalis is conducting a new survey, and all U.S. CIOs and other top-level IT professionals are invited to take part.  This year’s global survey, now underway, will be available online until August 1, 2017.  The survey results will be ready for download from the Logicalis US website at www.us.logicalis.com in Q3 2017.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

July 19, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ChartSpan Closes $16,000,000 Round of Venture Capital

(Greenville, South Carolina) –   ChartSpan Medical Technologies, Inc. has closed a $16,000,000 round of venture capital funding. The capital will be used to grow ChartSpan’s footprint past the Appalachian region, which in turn creates hundreds of new healthcare jobs in the Upstate region of South Carolina.

ChartSpan provides patient care coordination services to health systems and ambulatory practices throughout the U.S. As reimbursements for doctors change from volume- to value-based, healthcare providers use ChartSpan’s turn-key managed service platform to provide out-of-office healthcare services to their patients. ChartSpan helps improve outcomes for chronically ill patients and delivers significant new revenue for physicians.    

The venture round was led by Cypress Growth Capital and included existing investors.  

“ChartSpan offers compelling value to physicians and patients alike,” remarked Ed Mello, Managing Director of Cypress Growth Capital. “The combination of attentive, responsive service and easy-to-use technology that does not disrupt the practice’s established workflow explains why ChartSpan is one of the fastest growing companies in its market. They have truly set themselves apart.”

ChartSpan has created more than 200 jobs in the past 15 months. With today’s funding announcement, the company expects to create 300 additional jobs in the next 18 months.  Most of ChartSpan’s 500 jobs will include nurses and certified healthcare clinicians, such as Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses or Certified Nursing Assistants.  ChartSpan will be holding a hiring event for said clinicians on June 23, 2017 from 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at its headquarters at 2 North Main Street.

With headquarters occupying nearly 100,000 square feet of office space at 2 North Main in downtown Greenville, today’s announcement makes ChartSpan one of the largest employers in the downtown area.  

ChartSpan came to the Upstate as one of ten (10) companies accepted to the Iron Yard Ventures Healthcare Accelerator Program in 2013, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. Upon exiting the accelerator program, the company located in Greenville and began scaling with the assistance of NEXT, the Greenville Chamber’s entrepreneur support program, and the Greenville Area Development Corporation.

“ChartSpan represents what can happen when public-private investments are made in South Carolina’s technology start-up ecosystem,” said Peter Barth, NEXT Board Chair and The Iron Yard Founder & CEO. “The major capital investment announced today indicates the momentum the company has in the healthcare marketplace and the impact they are making in South Carolina as they move toward 500 jobs in downtown Greenville.”

“This capital round helps us grow our national footprint,” said CEO and company co-founder, Jon-Michial Carter. “We currently have a stronghold throughout the Appalachian region. We plan to use these funds to deploy a national sales force and create hundreds of new clinical and technology jobs at our headquarters in Greenville.”

ChartSpan was founded by brothers, Patrick and Jon-Michial Carter.  Patrick is ChartSpan’s Chief Medical Officer and a 20-year practicing clinician.  Jon-Michial is ChartSpan’s Chief Executive Officer and formerly served in executive roles for technology companies such as Iconixx and nGenera.  

“It’s extremely satisfying to partner with Cypress in raising this $16,000,000 round,” said Patrick Carter. “Their belief in our mission ensures our ability to provide critical chronic care management services to hundreds of thousands of patients across the United States.”

“The ongoing success of ChartSpan speaks volumes about the state of industry in South Carolina,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “Businesses of all kinds are thriving here, and we’re excited about the future of ChartSpan in our state.”

ABOUT CHARTSPAN

ChartSpan helps doctors manage compliance and care coordination programs.

ChartSpan delivers turn-key patient engagement solutions to medical providers by maximizing reimbursements, improving care coordination and ensuring Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Payment Model (APM) compliance.

ChartSpan is the choice of medical providers who are tired of buying expensive and ineffective software and demand a more personalized and accountable relationship with their patients. By delighting patients with interoperable and patient-designed technologies, ChartSpan delivers the highest patient engagement rates in healthcare.

ChartSpan is proud to have been named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in America.

June 15, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HHS ASPR/CIP HPH Cyber Notice: On-Going Impacts to HPH Sector from WannaCry

DISCLAIMER: This product is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) does not provide warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within. HHS does not endorse any commercial product or service referenced in this product or otherwise.

HHS is aware of two, large, multi-state hospitals systems that are continuing to face significant challenges to operations because of the WannaCry malware. Note: this is not a new WannaCry attack.

The behaviors that have been reported are typical for environments where the WannaCry scanning virus persists, even though the encryption stage has been blocked by anti-virus, or is not executing. The virus can persist even on a machine that has been patched. The virus will not spread to a patched machine, but the attempt to scan can disrupt Windows operating systems when it executes. The particular effect varies according the version of Windows on the device. For those devices or systems, we are providing additional guidance below.

We are also sharing FDA’s emergency phone line for those with questions or reports of malware affecting devices as part of the recommended reporting process below.

You may send additional questions to cip@hhs.gov

Mitigating risks of WannaCry

WannaCry ransomware is a fast-propagating worm which exploits Windows’ Server Message Block version 1 (SMBv1) protocol to move through a network or infect other systems on the Internet. However, SMBv1 might not be the only vector of infection for WannaCry, so even patched systems could still be infected if the malware is introduced to the system in a different manner.

Furthermore, a newly patched system could have been previously infected, and if so, would still scan for other vulnerable systems and/or encrypt files. Patching a system is similar to how in physical medicine, a quarantine will prevent an infection from spreading however will not cure the patient who has been quarantined. Reimaging removes the infection in the operating system no matter where the virus is residing.

Mitigate the risk of WannaCry infection by:

  • Patch vulnerable systems with the update from Microsoft which fixes the SMBv1 vulnerability: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx
  • Disable SMBv1 on all devices, across the network and disable it at the firewall if possible. If it is not possible to disable SMBv1, consider the business-impact for quarantining those devices off the network until another solution can be found.
  • See the Tech Support page from Microsoft below for instructions on disabling SMBv1: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2696547/how-to-enable-and-disable-smbv1-smbv2-and-smbv3-in-windows-and-windows-server
  • Block port 445 on all firewalls
  • If possible, reimage potentially affected devices to mitigate risk that malware is on the system in the background.
  • Use a reputable anti-virus (AV) product whose definitions are up-to-date to scan all devices in your environment in order to determine if any of them have malware on them that has not yet been identified. Many AV products will automatically clean up infections or potential infections when they are identified.
  • Work with vendors to make sure both the distribution stage and the encryption stage of WannaCry are detected and blocked.
  • Work with vendors or IT support staff to investigate and remediate systems exhibiting network-scanning activity consistent with WannaCry, which could reimaging per the previous bullet point.

If you are the victim of a ransomware attack

If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps:

  1. Please contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force (www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field/field-offices) or US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (www.secretservice.gov/investigation/#fieldimmediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance. These professionals work with state and local law enforcement and other federal and international partners to pursue cyber criminals globally and to assist victims of cyber-crime.
  2. Please report cyber incidents to the US-CERT (www.us-cert.gov/ncas) and FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov).
  3. **NEW** If your facility experiences a suspected cyberattack affecting medical devices, you may contact FDA’s 24/7 emergency line at 1-866-300-4374. Reports of impact on multiple devices should be aggregated on a system/facility level.
  4. For further analysis and healthcare-specific indicator sharing, please also share these indicators with HHS’ Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) at HCCIC_RM@hhs.gov

Additional Resources

June 5, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Ground-breaking whistleblower case against EHR vendor eClinicalWorks settles for $155M

Whistleblower lawsuit against eClinicalWorks settles for $155 million in ground-breaking case against an electronic health records vendor

BURLINGTON, VERMONT, May 31, 2017 – A whistleblower represented by Phillips & Cohen LLP provided key information to the government that led to eClinicalWorks (eCW) settlement of civil fraud and kickback charges today for $155 million.

“This is a ground-breaking case,” said Colette G. Matzzie, a whistleblower attorney and partner at Phillips & Cohen. “It is the first time that the government has held an electronic health records vendor accountable for failing to meet federal standards designed to ensure patient safety and quality patient care.”

The settlement is a “first” in two other ways: (1) An electronic health records (EHR) vendor is being held accountable for the truthfulness and accuracy of representations made when seeking government certification of its electronic health records system; and (2) The government applied the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) law to the promotion and sale of EHR systems.

The government’s settlement agreement holds eCW and eCW’s founders and executives Girish Navani, Dr. Rajesh Dharampuriya, and Mahesh Navani liable for payment.  The government today also announced it has reached separate settlements with three eClinicalWorks employees who will pay a total of $80,000 to the government to settle civil allegations.

The whistleblower, Brendan Delaney, was a New York City government employee implementing eClinicalWorks EHR system at Rikers Island for prisoner healthcare when he first became aware of numerous software problems that he alleged put patients at risk.

The government’s complaint joining the “qui tam” (whistleblower) lawsuit alleged that eClinicalWorks:

·         Falsely certified that its EHR met all government criteria

·         Failed to adequately test software before it was released

·         Failed to correct critical and urgent problems and bugs in the software “for months and even years.”

·         Failed to ensure data portability and audit log requirements

·         Failed to reliably record laboratory and diagnostic imaging orders

·         Paid kickbacks totaling at least $392,000 to influential customers to recommend eClinicalWorks products to prospective customers as well as other kickbacks in the form of “consulting” and “speaker” fees

“Accurate and reliable electronic health records are essential to good patient care and safety,” said Matzzie. “The most important outcome of the case is that multiple steps have been taken to alert eClinicalWorks customers, so patients now are better protected.”

eClinicalWorks is the provider of one of the most popular electronic health records software. The privately held company, based in Westborough, MA, says on its website that over 70,000 medical facilities, 115,000 providers and 800,000 medical professionals use its EHR technology.

Both the government and the whistleblower alleged that eClinicalWorks falsely represented to customers that its EHR system complied with federal requirements known as “Meaningful Use” rules.

“Compliance with federal requirements is essential for EHR sales,” said Larry Zoglin, a whistleblower attorney who is Of Counsel to Phillips & Cohen. “Doctors and other healthcare providers can receive federal incentive payments for purchasing EHR technology only if the government certifies that the EHR product they buy meets government standards.”

The incentive program, created by Congress in 2009 to promote the use of EHR, provided payments of up to $43,720 over five years from Medicare to individual healthcare practitioners up until last year. Medicaid incentive payments to individual practitioners can total up to $63,750 over six years until 2021.

Problems that were caused by eClinicalWorks EHR, as alleged in the whistleblower complaint, include:

·         Failure to keep an accurate record of current medications administered to patients

·         Mistakenly Including in a patient’s medical record information from another patient’s record

·         Multiple errors with medication module, including failure to ensure proper dosages, errors with start/stop dates, failure to record changes to medications, duplicate orders for certain prescription drugs, and failure to display current medication at all in some instances

·         Inaccurate tracking of laboratory results

·         Software security problems that undermined the integrity of the medical record

During the government’s investigation of Delaney’s allegations, eClinicalWorks sent out in 2016 a series of advisories to customers, educating them on potential patient safety risks related to use of its EHR.  For instance, a December 2016 notice from eClinicalWorks highlighted a number of risks related to medication management, drug-allergy interactions and updating progress notes with use of its software.  (A list of eCW’s advisories is posted on the Phillips & Cohen website.)

“Brendan Delaney provided the government with information about eClinicalWorks software that became central aspects of the government’s case,” attorney Zoglin said. “He worked tirelessly to document and track the EHR problems, often working until late at night, after a full day at his job. He felt a responsibility to the community at large to get the problems fixed.”

Delaney has worked as a consultant on EHR systems for various hospitals and healthcare providers since he left employment with the City of New York in 2011.

“I was profoundly saddened and disappointed by the indifference of senior health department officials and investigators for New York City when I provided detailed information about serious flaws in the EHR software that could endanger patients,” Delaney said. “I am grateful that Phillips & Cohen and federal government attorneys recognized the seriousness of my charges and dug into the matter quickly and thoroughly.”

The case has been “under seal” – meaning it wasn’t publicly known – since Phillips & Cohen filed the qui tam lawsuit on behalf of Delaney in 2015 in federal district court in Burlington, Vermont.

“The government attorneys and investigators who worked on this case were single-minded in their efforts to protect patients and recover funds for taxpayers,” Matzzie said. “I want to commend the US Department of Justice, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont and the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Assistant US Attorney Owen Foster’s perseverance and efforts, in particular, were a big reason this case was successful.”

“Brendan Delaney, Phillips & Cohen and the government team collaborated very closely and effectively to build this case and bring it to a successful conclusion,” Matzzie noted.

Former US Attorney Tristram J. Coffin and Eric Poehlmann of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC served as local counsel in the case.

For more information about the allegations and the settlement, see:

·         The whistleblower’s complaint against eClinicalWorks [US ex rel. Delaney v. eClinicalWorks, LLC, Case No. 15-CV-00095 (D. Vt.)]

·         The government’s complaint in intervention, filed May 12, 2017

·         The settlement agreement with eClinicalWorks

·         The Department of Justice Press release

·         US Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont press release

About Phillips & Cohen LLP

Phillips & Cohen is the nation’s most successful law firm representing whistleblowers, with recoveries for governments totaling more than $12.1 billion in civil settlements and criminal fines. The firm represents whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits as well as cases brought under the whistleblower reward programs of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. www.phillipsandcohen.com

May 31, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Hyperledger Adds Change Healthcare as Premier Member

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hyperledger, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, announced today at Consensus in New York that Change Healthcare has joined as a Premier Member of the project. One of America’s largest healthcare IT companies, Change Healthcare is the first healthcare organization to join at the top membership level. As a Premier member, Change Healthcare, CTO Aaron Symanski will join the Hyperledger Governing Board.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Change Healthcare as a Premier member,” said Hyperledger Executive Director, Brian Behlendorf. “Their expertise and global reach is sure to be a huge asset, as we continue to bring the community together to advance open blockchain tools and services for healthcare and various other industries.”

Hyperledger aims to create common distributed ledger technology that enables organizations to build and run robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions. Since the beginning of 2016, Hyperledger has grown to more than 140 members that span various industries including finance, healthcare, the Internet of Things and Aeronautics, among several others. Hyperledger is committed to helping the healthcare industry realize the full potential of open source blockchain technologies and as such kicked off a Healthcare Working Group last October that has grown to more than 425 technologists and executives.

“Blockchain is a promising and exciting new technology for secure online transactions,” said Aaron Symanski, CTO, Change Healthcare. “But it’s crucial that healthcare leaders step up to champion innovation to help take blockchain from its early implementations to tomorrow’s healthcare IT solutions. I look forward to collaborating with Hyperledger members to help develop an open, distributed ledger technology that makes secure and safe financial interoperability work better in healthcare and beyond.”

To see a full list of member companies, visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/about/members. If you’re interested in joining Hyperledger as a member company, please visit: https://www.hyperledger.org/about/join

About Change Healthcare

On March 2, 2017, Change Healthcare and McKesson announced the closing of their transaction to form a new healthcare technology company.

The new company is called Change Healthcare. Change Healthcare is inspiring a better healthcare system. Working alongside our customers and partners, we leverage our software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services to help them improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase cash flow, and more effectively manage complex workflows. Together, we are accelerating the journey toward improved lives and healthier communities. Learn more at www.changehealthcare.com.

About Hyperledger
Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technology by addressing important features for a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers. It is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology. The Linux Foundation hosts Hyperledger as a Collaborative Project under the foundation. To learn more, visit:https://www.hyperledger.org/.

May 22, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Asks CIOs: What Is Your Telehealth Strategy Missing?

Solution Provider Explores Five Critical Considerations for an Effective Telehealth Design

NEW YORK, May 16, 2017 – Telehealth has long been a standalone endeavor for many healthcare organizations and something that has been kept completely separate from discussions about electronic health record (EHR) optimization. But according to  Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), there is a significant – and often overlooked – interrelationship between telehealth, imaging, and EHR optimization that healthcare IT pros need to address when striving to attain a more mature, clinically-integrated, program-based telehealth solution.

“At Logicalis, we talk to a lot of healthcare CIOs and IT professionals.  And while the clear majority are thinking about and planning ways to optimize the significant investments their organizations have made in electronic health record systems, they know they’re missing some pieces of the puzzle,” says Ed Simcox, Healthcare Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions.  “Telehealth is one of those missing links. What few people are talking about today is the correlation between telehealth, smart image retention practices, and the optimization strategies that can maximize their returns on EHR investments.  Making telehealth a more integral part of their clinicians’ daily workflow, capturing and marrying telehealth images to each patient’s electronic health record, and making those images more easily referenceable in the EHR so they can be accessed as needed and shared across a patient’s entire care team will allow the organization to deliver a better and more affordable level of care.”

Five Critical Telehealth Considerations

For a mature telehealth solution to be truly transformational, it must be user friendly, automated and capable of leveraging integrated electronic patient information.  Whether an organization is just ramping up with telehealth or is reviewing an existing program, it’s important to look for any missed opportunities to integrate telehealth into the overall healthcare experience. To help, the healthcare IT experts at Logicalis are offering a downloadable white paper, “How to Design and Implement a Successful Telehealth Program for Your Organization,” and have identified five commonly missed considerations for effective telehealth strategies.

1.      Collaboration: Telehealth solutions are healthcare solutions enabled by technology, not a standalone solution. To eliminate the barrier between telehealth and healthcare, making the two become one practice, telehealth must be fully integrated with the healthcare organization’s EHR. That includes every aspect of the telehealth experience from scheduling to sharing clinical notes – and importantly – storing telehealth images and marrying them to the patient’s electronic record.

2.      Image Integration: In any patient encounter, there is the possibility that a variety of clinicians may need to consult one another on the patient’s care. This underscores the importance of integrating multidisciplinary images – including the clinical opinions offered based on those images – for each member of the care team to access and review.

3.      Finding Images: Unless telehealth-acquired images are properly catalogued and married to the patient’s electronic health record, they won’t be available when needed. No one will know they exist or where to find them, and they won’t be available for current opinions or longitudinal analyses. This means additional images and scans will need to be performed, exposing the patient to potentially unnecessary radiation, inconveniencing the patient and, of course, needlessly increasing costs.

4.      Documentation: When telehealth images are not stored or married to the EHR, some disciplines may not be able to charge for their consults.  As a result, today, across a wide spectrum of specialties, it is becoming commonplace for healthcare organizations to require the retention of images their physicians use to render any professional opinion – telehealth included. Additionally, if a lawsuit should occur, without properly stored images accompanying clinical notes, there will be no visual support for the clinician’s opinion.

5.      Best Patient Outcomes: Having a patient’s complete medical history on hand is vital in delivering favorable patient outcomes; since those records must include both clinical notes and images obtained via telehealth to be truly complete, the entire healthcare community must ask itself: If we don’t have the right patient history – including all relevant data – can we make the right diagnoses?

A Clinical Example

Imagine an instance in which an ophthalmology practice is providing telehealth consultations to smaller community hospitals about diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic patients need to be assessed for retinopathy annually. Rather than visiting the ophthalmologist in person, the patient’s primary care physician acquires ophthalmic images using a device connected to his cell phone, then transfers the images to an ophthalmologist for assessment. The ophthalmologist then receives the images and renders his opinion.

Who stores the images? Both doctors? And how are they stored – on a thumb drive? A server? If they aren’t married to the patient’s EHR, the images won’t be available for year-to-year comparisons, something which provides caregivers with a much more robust picture of a patient’s health and any changes taking place over time.

Perhaps the diabetic patient’s endocrinologist would also like to see the images. To enable this kind of effective image sharing, each practice needs a logical way to retain and easily retrieve the images as well as each clinician’s notes and opinions to provide a better continuum of care. This is only one example of many illustrating the “missing link” between effective telehealth strategies and EHR optimization.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

May 16, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Modernizing Medicine Announces $231 Million Equity Investment from Warburg Pincus

Financing to Support Growth and Advance Innovation for Surgical and Medical Specialties

BOCA RATON, Fla. and NEW YORK – May 10, 2017 – Specialty-specific health information technology leader Modernizing Medicine, Inc. today announced that funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing, have made a substantial investment of $231 million into the company to provide liquidity to existing shareholders, fund further expansion and support future strategic endeavors.

Founded in 2010 by Daniel Cane and Dr. Michael Sherling, Modernizing Medicine is at the forefront of providing intelligent, medical technology. The company’s award-winning flagship product EMA™, is a mobile, cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) system that is used by thousands of specialty practices nationwide.

Modernizing Medicine’s success can be attributed to its development of technology to support the unique needs of physicians in surgical and medical specialties. With the premise that it was easier to teach physicians how to code software rather than for engineers to learn medicine, Modernizing Medicine hired practicing physicians to build EHR software. The results of this model and time-saving features such as adaptive learning and automated outputs supported by structured data collection have been embraced by physicians. The company now offers a full suite of products and services to empower physicians including Practice Management, Revenue Cycle Management, Telehealth for dermatology, Analytics and more.

With the latest round of funding, the company anticipates pursuing certain strategic initiatives, that may include automation of prior authorization workflows, deployment of an eCommerce platform, investment in data exchange and reconciliation to help practices move clinically relevant data effectively throughout the evolving ecosystem of a patient’s healthcare experience and improvement of access to healthcare via telemedicine.

Modernizing Medicine is also pleased to welcome Fred Hassan, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus and the former CEO and Chairman of Schering Plough and Executive Chairman of Bausch & Lomb, and Amr Kronfol, Principal, Warburg Pincus, to its Board of Directors.

“We expect this infusion of capital from Warburg Pincus to be instrumental in advancing our mission to transform how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized to increase efficiency and improv outcomes,” said Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “Warburg Pincus brings deep experience in the healthcare technology sector and this investment can help further our growth, bolster innovation and support our clients.”

“Modernizing Medicine’s innovative, market-leading technology is used by thousands of specialty practices and ambulatory surgery centers and is focused on improving both business and treatment outcomes,” said Amr Kronfol, Principal, Warburg Pincus.

Andrew Park, Principal, Warburg Pincus, commented, “We see meaningful opportunities for the company’s continued growth and acceleration of existing products and initiatives, and we look forward to partnering with Dan, Michael and the entire management team.”

Evidence of the company’s success is the announcement that the dermatology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery and urology EHR systems were each ranked #1 by Black Book™ on the Physician Practice & Ambulatory Solutions lists. This is the seventh consecutive year that the gGastro™ gastroenterology EHR system ranked first, and the fourth consecutive year that the EMA™ dermatology EHR system earned the top spot. Read the press release here.

May 11, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

DocuTAP Announces Acquisition of Clockwise.MD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. and ATLANTA, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — DocuTAP, one of the nation’s fastest growing healthcare technology companies and provider of electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) software for urgent care clinics, today announced that it has acquired Clockwise.MD, a patient engagement software provider of online scheduling and wait time transparency solutions for healthcare organizations. The combination brings together the complementary strengths of both companies to form an industry leader in the on-demand healthcare market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2012, Clockwise.MD’s online scheduling and virtual queuing functionalities are used by more than 1,600 urgent care clinics, emergency departments, primary and specialty care clinics, lab facilities, imaging centers, and more to help boost patient satisfaction, manage online reputations, and improve patient retention. Clockwise.MD’s suite of tools will enhance DocuTAP’s software products with a robust patient-facing product suite, offering urgent care providers a more comprehensive approach to workflow management and greater convenience for patients and clinic staff.

“We are excited to combine with Clockwise.MD, which has built one of the most recognizable brands for patient engagement solutions in the urgent care space and beyond,” said Eric McDonald, CEO of DocuTAP. “This transaction is an important step forward in DocuTAP’s growth trajectory and we look forward to working with the Clockwise.MD team to advance our combined leadership position in the on-demand healthcare market.”

“DocuTAP shares our entrepreneurial approach and commitment to providing a better experience for patients and providers alike. We are pleased to join forces and integrate our products to reach more customers and serve more patients across healthcare markets,” said Mike Burke, Founder and CEO of Clockwise.MD.

About DocuTAP
DocuTAP’s team of 300+ employees serves over 1,300 urgent care and on-demand primary care clinics. DocuTAP provides urgent care practices with an innovative approach to workflow management. Its flagship product, DocuTAP’s EMR and Practice Management software, fully integrates practice management and electronic medical records capabilities in one complete system. DocuTAP’s complete urgent care solution includes revenue cycle management services—along with DocuTAP Analytics, a business intelligence tool with custom reports and built-in industry benchmarks. Craft a better urgent care experience with DocuTAP. Begin at www.docutap.com.

About Clockwise.MD
Clockwise.MD provides online self-scheduling and queue management solutions for healthcare organizations, helping providers to manage their patients’ experience of waiting for care. Clockwise.MD customers realize a measured increase in patient satisfaction scores and patient volume. For more information about Clockwise.MD, please visit http://www.clockwisemd.com.

April 27, 2017 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.