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Quality Systems, Inc. Acquires Gennius, Inc.

Acquisition to provide new enterprise analytics capabilities for QSI’s Subsidiary, Mirth

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII), announced today it has acquired Gennius, a leading provider of healthcare data analytics. The acquisition is expected to enhance the Company’s current enterprise analytics competencies while broadening its business intelligence capabilities for addressing new value-based care requirements.

Founded in 2002, Cambridge, Mass.-based Gennius is a healthcare analytics company with capabilities to harmonize data to prepare and compute utilization and quality analyses of integrated patient, administrative, and financial data across medical settings and time periods. Its solutions generate comprehensive performance information needed to successfully support provider organizations under new coordinated delivery and reimbursement models.

Gennius’ data analytics engine embeds industry specifications as well as payer contract requirements into functionality that provides prioritized actionable insight into patient care, population health and ACO community performance. This includes computing and submitting measurement results for reporting programs, such as Meaningful Use (MU), Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

“Gennius is pleased to join forces with QSI and its subsidiaries, Mirth and NextGen Healthcare,” said Bernadette Downey, former chief executive officer for Gennius, Inc. “By combining our engineering expertise and methodologies with Mirth’s premier open source connectivity tools and powerful visualization console, we are able to provide customers with access to an unparalleled enterprise system. The system affords users an in-depth data-driven approach to care and helps healthcare community teams align their efforts, succeed in meeting their financial goals and deliver on their population health initiatives.”

“Utilization and quality of care remain consistent focuses of value-driven organizations. To remain viable, value-driven organizations like ACOs must find ways to leverage agile solutions that can scale and adapt to industry demands, dictated by evolving value-based and coordinated care initiatives,” said Steve Plochocki, president and chief executive officer for QSI. “By integrating Gennius’ extensive data analytics and reporting capabilities with NextGen Healthcare and Mirth solutions, we are bringing to market the analytics-based enterprise system needed to provide actionable data intelligence to all agents involved in the community of care delivery. This further strengthens the position of the company and that of our clients for continued success and growth amid the new pay for performance arena.”

About Quality Systems, Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices and small hospitals. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.

April 9, 2015 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.

Caradigm Identity Access Management Solution Certified for Use With FairWarning’s Patient Privacy Monitoring System

BELLEVUE, WA – Mar. 17, 2015 -Caradigm, the leader in enterprise population health, today announced that Caradigm Provisioning has achieved certification in the FairWarning Ready® for Identity Management program, creating an integrated solution that offers healthcare organizations enhanced data privacy monitoring and alerting.

Hospitals using Caradigm Provisioning with the FairWarning® Patient Privacy Monitoring Platform (“FairWarningPlatform”) will be able to more rapidly determine if there is inappropriate access to patient records when they receive alerts and then take actions to remediate the problem.

“Operating Caradigm Provisioning and the FairWarning Platform together has enhanced our organization’s ability to proactively discover, respond to, and mitigate potential security incidents,” said Vincent Berretta, manager of security for Virtua, one of New Jersey’s largest health systems. “As a result, Virtua has been able to further solidify our overall security posture.”

Part of Caradigm’s suite of Identity and Access Management solutions for healthcare, Caradigm Provisioning helps healthcare organizations minimize security and compliance risk through role-based management of user identity. By codifying access and entitlement rights for the organization in a central repository, and by managing the creation, modification and termination of user access to clinical and core systems, Caradigm Provisioning helps organizations protect patient data while giving their clinicians rapid access to the applications and information they need to perform their jobs.

“Healthcare organizations are facing unprecedented risks to patient privacy and security, and they’re not fully prepared to manage that risk,” said Ralf Klein, vice president, identity and access management, Caradigm. “Caradigm’s collaboration with FairWarning® will give health systems the comprehensive tools they need to quickly pinpoint security issues and take steps to rectify them.”

FairWarning Ready® for Identity Management is a comprehensive program designed to help hospital customers make better use of their existing investment in IT infrastructure. The FairWarning Ready® for Identity Management program enables identity management application vendors to seamlessly integrate with FairWarning® Patient Privacy Monitoring to provide customers with advanced privacy monitoring and alerting.

“By leveraging identity management investments, healthcare providers are able to dramatically reduce the time and effort required to integrate key user identity data and deliver sustainable compliance through their patient privacy monitoring program,” said Shane Whitlatch, FairWarning enterprise vice president.

Customers that integrate Caradigm Provisioning with the FairWarning Platform now have the following capabilities when privacy alerts are triggered:

  • Caradigm’s Provisioning solution provides FairWarning® with a more complete view of the users accessing systems through a daily import of provisioned users.The additional information, including their location, department, role, telephone number, email address, manager’s name, etc. provides the security and privacy managers need when performing an investigation.
  • Using Caradigm’s Provisioning solution, security officers can then take critical security actions, such as suspending all access to clinical applications until the investigation of the person in question is complete; modifying access rights to certain pieces of the clinical application; or removing all access completely from that clinical application.
  • By alerting security officers with potential problems, providing them with additional information and empowering them to take critical actions, Caradigm and FairWarning® can now provide customers with a more complete lifecycle of patient privacy protection.

With customers representing over 7,000 facilities globally, FairWarning® is seeing increased investment in identity management infrastructure across the healthcare industry. The FairWarning® Ready program focuses on partnering with identity management vendors who have demonstrated a track record of customer success in the healthcare industry, to speed and improve patient privacy monitoring deployments and to protect against inadvertent, criminal and fraudulent misuse of electronic health records.

About FairWarning®

FairWarning®’s mission is to lead the industry expansion of trust in Electronic Health Records empowering care providers to grow their reputation for protecting confidentiality, scale their digital health initiatives and comply with complex Federal and state privacy laws such as HIPAA. By partnering with FairWarning®, care providers are able to direct their focus on delivering the best patient outcomes possible while receiving expert, sustainable and affordable privacy and compliance solutions. Customers consider FairWarning® privacy auditing solutions essential for compliance with healthcare privacy regulations such as ARRA HITECH privacy and meaningful use criteria, HIPAA, UK and EU Data Protection, California SB 541 and AB 211, Texas HB 300, and Canadian provincial healthcare privacy law. For more information on FairWarning® visit http://www.FairWarning.com or email Solutions@FairWarning.com.

About Caradigm

Caradigm is a population health company dedicated to helping organizations improve care, reduce costs, and manage risk. Caradigm analytics solutions provide insight into patients, populations, and performance, enabling healthcare organizations to understand their clinical and financial risk and identify the actions needed to address it. Caradigm population health solutions enable teams to deliver the appropriate care to patients through effective coordination and patient engagement, helping to improve outcomes and financial results. The key to Caradigm analytics and population health solutions is a rich set of clinical, operational, and financial data delivered to healthcare professionals within their workflows in real time. Learn more at: www.caradigm.com.

March 17, 2015 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.

Exostar Reaches New Milestones with Life Sciences Identity Hub

Community Expands into Healthcare, Medical Device Markets; Company Formally Launches Partner Program

HERNDON, VA, February 4, 2015Exostar, an innovative information technology company offering cloud-based solutions that enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, today announced its Life Sciences Identity Hub attained key milestones over the second half of 2014, including the following:

  • 40% Increase in Connected Organizations – Nearly 700 companies, such as manufacturers, contract research organizations, and laboratories, are active participants in Exostar’s hybrid cloud community.
  • 50% Increase in Academic Institutions – Over 60 universities are collaborating with life sciences organizations to speed the drug research and development process.
  • 50% Increase in Engaged Users – Almost 15,000 individuals are executing business-critical efforts through the Life Sciences Identity Hub.
  • Expansion into New Markets – The Exostar community now encompasses health IT vendors, healthcare providers, and medical device manufacturers who are helping bring life-altering and life-saving therapies to patients through solutions like electronically prescribed controlled substances.

Exostar’s Life Sciences Identity Hub is a cloud-based, connect-once solution delivered as-a-Service.  As a result, Exostar handles all organization and individual on-boarding, user authentication, and application connection and access enforcement requirements.  Organizations can mitigate risk and minimize the burden on their IT resources to establish the collaborative operating environments they desire.  Individuals benefit from a single sign-on user experience and secure access to the applications and information they need to conduct business with colleagues inside and outside of the enterprise.

“Organizations in life sciences and healthcare are adopting an external partner business model to reduce cost, ensure compliance, and get new drugs to market as quickly as possible,” said Daniel Pfeifle, Exostar’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “These companies are embracing our proven, scalable Life Sciences Identity Hub because it allows them to engage and productively collaborate beyond enterprise boundaries faster and more securely than virtually any other alternative.”

In response to demand for improved cloud access in the Life Sciences and Aerospace and Defense industries, Exostar has launched a new partner program to extend the company’s reach and the value of participating in the community.  The partner program formalizes the relationships with current partners and lays the foundation for the immediate addition of application partners, reseller partners, technology suite partners, and strategic alliance partners.

To oversee the growth of this strategic initiative, Exostar has hired a new Director of Global Partnerships and Alliances, Kevin O’Brien.  O’Brien brings over 25 years of business development and technology experience to his position, where he will be responsible for the planning and execution of the Exostar partner program.  He comes to Exostar from Sprint Nextel, where he spent nine years crafting multi-million dollar relationships with Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, and other global market leaders.

About Exostar

Exostar powers secure business-to-business information sharing, collaboration and business process integration throughout the value chain.  Exostar supports the complex trading needs of many of the world’s largest companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and other industries.  Exostar’s cloud-based identity assurance products and business applications reduce risk, improve agility and strengthen trading partner relationships and profitability for over 100,000 companies in 150 countries worldwide.  The Exostar community includes market leaders such as AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp., Merck, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Co. and Rolls-Royce.  For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.

February 4, 2015 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.

FDB Releases Web API Solution to Enable Fast, Reliable and Secure Access to FDB Drug Knowledge in the Cloud

First-to-market cloud-based solution for integrated medication decision support enables users to access and deploy the latest drug knowledge in vastly reduced development timeframes

South San Francisco, CA January 29, 2015 – First Databank (FDB), the leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that improves medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, today announced the general release of the FDB Cloud Connector, a web API solution that effectively delivers FDB’s vast drug knowledge through high performing and highly available web services that are easily integrated into today’s mission-critical healthcare applications from client-server to mobile.

Healthcare has been slow to adopt the Cloud, but with healthcare reform, that trend is rapidly changing. According to a 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey, more than 80% of providers are already using the cloud and nearly 60% of all healthcare CIO’s see the cloud as a strategic and operational necessity. With the dramatic reductions in development time and IT overhead that come from using a web API, many healthcare organizations are turning to this technology as a means to keep up with never-ending demands on limited IT resources. Web services can be easily deployed through client-server and web-based applications, and mobile application developers can now more easily develop native mobile apps to support the growing number of patient encounters that will be conducted over smart devices.

The FDB Cloud Connector, based on state-of-the art architecture which includes high-performing and highly available web services powered by Amazon Web Services, offers a host of user benefits for health IT system developers. It allows customers to request and receive FDB drug knowledge, as needed, without the complexity of hosting and updating data and software, or having to develop the means to redistribute. The web API solution also significantly reduces development timelines enabling applications to be released to the market more quickly. And the FDB Cloud Connector provides users with the flexibility to easily bolt on individual services to their existing applications to take advantage of FDB’s latest capabilities without the need to manage a large software upgrade.

“As cloud-based services are steadily becoming more widely adopted by healthcare organizations globally, we are excited to be the first in our industry to offer cloud-based delivery of integrated drug knowledge to our customer base,” said Chuck Tuchinda, MD, MBA, president, FDB. “With the FDB Cloud Connector, we have created an opportunity to vastly improve application development times so that our customers are able to immediately and securely deploy the most current FDB drug knowledge and, ultimately, enhance medication care guidance.”

After testing with several large information system vendor partners, the new delivery option is now generally available to FDB customers. “The FDB Cloud Connector allows us to deliver a huge amount of drug data through the web” said Larry O’Toole, associate vice president of strategy at MEDITECH. “FDB, MEDITECH, and our customers continue to benefit from such collaborations.”

Data delivery through web services in the cloud will also ease the implementation of next generation clinical decision support such as pharmacogenomics data. These large data sets with complex algorithms may be impractical to deliver via traditional means and the FDB Cloud Connector is expected to facilitate the adoption of these new capabilities.

About First Databank (FDB)
FDB (First Databank), part of the Hearst Health network, is the leading provider of drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication decision support category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visit http://www.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Hearst Health
FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx Health, MCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 20 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

January 29, 2015 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.

ShareQuality, capturing quality data that matters, is now QCDR Ready

The Anesthesia Quality Institute recognizes Shareable Ink as QCDR ready

Nashville, TN (January 24, 2015) Shareable Ink®, an enterprise cloud-based platform that simplifies clinical documentation at the point-of-care, today announced the release of ShareQuality, the first mobile quality capture product that is QCDR ready, a new and highest level of quality distinction awarded by the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI).

ShareQuality helps anesthesia groups implement effective quality programs, participate in quality registries (such as AQI’s NACOR), and ensure appropriate reimbursements.  ShareQuality is unique because it is so easy to use and implement: iPad and cloud-based software captures requisite information without disrupting clinical workflow; real-time reports demonstrate progress and identify problems; sophisticated integration with AQI allows maximum Quality Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) participation.

“Practices can set themselves apart by being leaders in quality reporting and engaging in early adoption of the CMS preferred reporting mechanism, QCDR,” said Lance Mueller, AQI Director.  Shareable Ink, a leader in providing easy to use and adopt capture tools for anesthesiologists, has completed this advanced level of integration with AQI to become QCDR Ready.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program to encourage health care facilities and professionals to report quality data and the AQI provides the only quality registry for anesthesiology.  With claims-based reporting being phased out, advanced clinical solutions are necessary for to maximize reimbursement while advancing quality data capture.

“Capturing quality data at the point of care is simply the best way to improve safety and achieve better outcomes.  Shareable Ink is proud to work with the Anesthesia Quality Institute and integrate our ShareQuality product with the QCDR,” said Laurie McGraw, president and CEO of Shareable Ink.

Shareable Ink will speak about its ShareQuality offering during The ASA QCDR: Reporting Quality Measures that Matter session at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Practice Management 2015 conference on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

About Shareable Ink

Shareable Ink is an enterprise cloud-based platform that simplifies clinical documentation and EHR use by capturing structured, clinically-rich data using natural input tools including iPad, digital pen and voice recognition. Our solutions for anesthesia, surgery centers, providers and patient check-in are used in leading hospitals and healthcare systems across North America. Shareable Ink amplifies what works in healthcare, and enables clinicians to focus on the patient, deliver the best outcomes and improve the bottom line. For additional information, please visit www.shareableink.com.

January 26, 2015 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.

Healthsense Launches New Health Dashboard, Delivering Instant Insight for Proactive Care

Minneapolis, Minn. –October 16, 2014Healthsense, Inc., the fastest growing provider of technology-enabled care solutions for the senior care continuum, announced today the release of its eNeighbor® Dashboard™, a first-of-its-kind application which utilizes proprietary analytics to help providers make more informed care decisions.
 
The eNeighbor Dashboard arms care providers with the actionable information needed to address the rising costs and challenges of caring for a clinically complex, rapidly growing senior population. It provides caregivers with access to the right data at the right time so they can deliver high quality care and reduce unnecessary costs to the healthcare system.
 
Part of the Healthsense eNeighbor remote monitoring platform, the eNeighbor Dashboard is a web-based preventative monitoring application that quickly and easily identifies health concerns through a tiered analysis of data collected by sensors placed in an individual’s home. These sensors continuously gather data on activities of daily living (ADL), key wellness indicators such as sleep quality and activity, and other physiological information.
 
“By collecting comprehensive ADL information, we are able to visualize alterations in patterns that often reveal an oncoming change in a person’s level of wellness. Individualized summaries of activity changes and trending reports provide actionable information to care providers, allowing for proactive care and the avoidance of exacerbations of chronic or acute conditions,” said Julie Carr, Healthsense Director of Clinical Operations.
 
This information, collected throughout each 24-hour period, is compared against previously established individual benchmarks and rated by significance of change. An analysis is displayed for each category with trending information over time based on pre-established activity levels. This gives providers further insight into the health and wellbeing of their care population, making it easier to identify health changes that may need further analysis or intervention. The trending information also allows providers to ascertain whether those in their care are responding to treatment or changes in their environment.
 
“The eNeighbor Dashboard is the latest example of Healthsense’s commitment to provide innovative technology that delivers measurable value to caregivers and those in their care,” saidA.R. Weiler, Healthsense President and CEO. “By enabling proactive care management through more timely interventions, the eNeighbor Dashboard helps to lower total medical expenses while improving caregiver productivity. This results in enhanced top- and bottom-line financial performance through greater staff efficiencies, broader service offerings and a lower cost of care.”
 
Healthsense will debut the eNeighbor Dashboard at the National LeadingAge Conference, October 20-23, in Nashville (Booth #1324).

About Healthsense, Inc. 

Healthsense is the fastest growing provider of technology-enabled care solutions for the entire senior care continuum. With our full range of health and safety monitoring systems, providers are empowered to proactively deliver the highest quality care possible through critical health information. Caregivers reduce costs, increase independence and enhance senior experiences when armed with the right information at the right time.
Visit www.healthsense.com for more information.
October 16, 2014 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.

Vestrum Health and First Insight Announce MaximEyes EHR Data Aggregation Integration

Unlock the value of EHR data by capturing benchmarking analytics and receiving revenue.

Hillsboro, OR (August 14, 2014– First Insight Corporation, developer of MaximEyes cloud-based practice management and 2014 Certified EHR software, and Vestrum Health announced that MaximEyes EHR is now compatible with Vestrum Health’s EHR data aggregation technology platform.

“Vestrum Health is a proprietary, secure and regulatory-compliant EHR data aggregation platform where participating physicians can securely transmit their EHR data to a proprietary database, without compromising the stability and security of their EHR system,” said Nadeem Ahmad, Vestrum Health’s Director of Operations. “Physician and patient identifiers are removed in accordance with HIPAA regulations and the data is made available to participating physicians for analytics and clinical research. Physicians always retain control over how their data is utilized. In addition, in an industry first, Vestrum Health shares a significant portion of revenue generated by data sales in the form of royalty payments to participating physicians who choose to commercialize their de-identified data. Vestrum Health provides physicians with the ability to finally capture a monetary return on their EHR investment.”

“First Insight securely uploads a participating physician’s de-identified patient data from MaximEyes to the Vestrum Health servers where it will be converted by Vestrum Health into an easily analyzable format,” said Nitin Rai, First Insight’s President and CEO. “Our goal is to always provide our customers with the best experience, service and value in the EHR industry. By collaborating with Vestrum Health, we are providing additional value to our physician customers.”

About First Insight Corporation: First Insight was founded in 1994 by Nitin Rai, president and CEO, to revolutionize and lead the eye care industry with the most complete and customizable electronic health records and practice management software. The company’s focus has been to help doctors achieve a paperless practice through MaximEyes, its flagship “eye care only” Certified Cloud Based EHR and Practice Management Software. MaximEyes helps thousands of eye care professionals increase revenue, reduce billing errors, improve patient retention, enhance office efficiency, and relieve the stress of regulatory requirements. MaximEyes software delivers tailored and affordable options for all practice sizes. First Insight is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR. To learn more, visit www.first-insight.com

About Vestrum Health: Vestrum Health was founded by retina specialists in 2012 to provide physicians with the opportunity to unlock the value of their EHR data. The company’s innovative and patent-pending technology platform facilitates the aggregation and de-identification of EHR data for clinical research, analytics and commercialization. For additional information visit www.vestrumhealth.com or download Vestrum Health’s FAQs.

August 14, 2014 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.

Healthcare Data Solutions Partners with aPureBase to Strengthen Global Data Network

July 28, 2014 – Irvine, CA – Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS), a leading provider of healthcare databases, compliance and business intelligence services, is pleased to announce it has become the U.S. Data Supplier for the aPureBase Global Data Network. aPureBase is an EU-based one-source data supplier offering the Life Sciences industry with high-quality data for Sales, Marketing and Transparency Reporting.

The aPureBase Network consists of leading healthcare data providers contributing data from over 33 countries. These local data suppliers know their markets best and contribute their high-quality data to aPureBase to construct a single unified cross-border database. Together, Healthcare Data Solutions and aPureBase will create new solutions to provide their joint clients with international data on healthcare providers and healthcare organizations for compliance reporting, commercial sales and marketing purposes.

The partnership comes at a critical time. From a Commercial perspective, emerging markets in the Life Sciences industry are seeing tremendous growth. From a Compliance perspective, Transparency Reporting is expanding across the globe. The combination of Healthcare Data Solutions’ “Compliance-Grade” healthcare data with aPureBase’s international healthcare data, which spans 33 countries, will give HDS/aPureBase clients the far-reaching business intelligence they need to enter new markets and comply with Transparency reporting requirements.

“To compete in today’s global healthcare marketplace, companies are looking beyond U.S. borders to grow their reach,” said Tim Slevin, CEO of Healthcare Data Solutions. “We are thrilled to join forces with aPureBase to provide the same high-quality data that we offer stateside to our clients who are expanding their markets internationally.”

“We have great expectations of this partnership. We feel it is a perfect match when it comes to products, client portfolios and company cultures,” said Caroline Widriksen, CEO of aPureBase. “This global partnership will set our clients up for the future as well as both our businesses, and I expect to see fast and great results.”

About Healthcare Data Solutions:
Healthcare Data Solutions is a leading healthcare information services company focused on building and maintaining the most accurate, compliance-grade data on Physicians, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners and other Healthcare Providers, as well as Pharmacies, Hospitals, Health Systems, ACOs, IDNs, GPOs and other Healthcare Organizations. Healthcare Data Solutions provides healthcare data, physician validation programs, data processing, compliance services, web services and new customer acquisition programs for leading healthcare firms. Compliance clients can access over 5 million healthcare provider profiles to crosswalk government databases for accurate reporting. Healthcare Data Solutions is the fastest growing healthcare data services company in the United States on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Fast 500 list. For more information, visit www.HealthcareDataSolutions.com.

About aPureBase:
aPureBase is a formalised partnership of experienced data providers in the European Healthcare industry. To the best price on the market, we keep your Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) data up-to-date, accurate and compliant with local legislation concerning personal data protection.

With our unique database structure consisting of thousands of HCPs, it is possible to compare sales and marketing activities across borders and hereby minimise internal costs. We deliver HCP data into your CRM system and have a standardised proven technical interface to all CRM systems. For more information, visitwww.aPureBase.com.

July 28, 2014 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.

FDA Launches openFDA to Provide Easy Access to Valuable FDA Public Data

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched openFDA, a new initiative designed to make it easier for web developers, researchers, and the public to access large, important public health datasets collected by the agency.

In alignment with the recent Presidential Executive Order on Open Data and the Department of Health and Human Services Health Data Initiative, openFDA will make the FDA’s publicly available data accessible in a structured, computer readable format that will make it possible for technology specialists, such as mobile application creators, web developers, data visualization artists and researchers to quickly search, query, or pull massive amounts of public information instantaneously and directly from FDA datasets on an as needed basis.

OpenFDA utilizes a search-based Application Program Interface (API) to collect large amounts of existing publicly available data, offering developers the ability to search through text within that data, ranking results much like a search using Google would do. This method then allows them to build their own applications on top of openFDA, giving them a large amount of flexibility to determine what types of data they would like to search and how they would like to present that data to end-users. This enables a wide variety of applications to be built on one common platform.

“The openFDA initiative leverages new technologies and methods to unlock the tremendous public data and resources available from the FDA in a user-friendly way,” said Walter S. Harris, the FDA’s chief operating officer and acting chief information officer. “OpenFDA is a valuable resource that will help those in the private and public sectors use FDA public data to spur innovation, advance academic research, educate the public, and protect public health.”

The initiative is the result of extensive research with internal officials and external developers to identify those datasets that are in recurrent demand and are traditionally fairly difficult to use. Based on this research, the FDA decided to phase in openFDA beginning with an initial pilot program involving the millions of reports of drug adverse events and medication errors that have been submitted to the FDA from 2004 to 2013. Previously, the data was only available through difficult to use reports or Freedom of Information Act requests.

The adverse events data made available under this initiative do not contain any data that could potentially be used to identify individuals or other private information. The pilot will later be expanded to include the FDA’s databases on product recalls and product labeling.

“Through this new and novel approach to data organization, these reports will be available in their entirety so that software developers can build tools to help signal potential safety information, derive meaningful insights, and get information to consumers and health care professionals in a timely manner,” said Taha Kass-Hout, M.D., the FDA’s chief health informatics officer. “OpenFDA offers a scalable platform that can be easily searched and queried across many distinct datasets, and can be easily redeployed or altered to fit a variety of purposes, and provides an innovative public data search and analytics solution.”

In addition to providing datasets, openFDA will encourage the innovative use of the agency’s publicly available data by highlighting potential data applications and providing, a place for community interaction with each other and with FDA domain experts.

The FDA will continually work to identify additional public datasets to make available through openFDA. More information can be found at open.FDA.gov or you can email the FDA for more information at open@fda.hhs.gov.

The openFDA Initiative was formally launched with the creation of the Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) and the Office of Informatics and Technology Innovation (OITI) at the FDA.

June 2, 2014 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.

Independent Health IT Vets Create Team FloriDUH to #FillTheVoid Against Big Health at Health Datapalooza

Still, Kypreos, Bishop team up to compete against established industry heavyweights at the 2014 Code-A-Thon event in Washington, DC

Jacksonville, Fla. (May 7, 2014) – In a true-life David vs. Goliath battle, Team FloriDUH, a group of three independent contributors from across the country, has been selected by the Health Data Consortium, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to compete against a number of leading healthcare information technology industry giants at the 2014 Health Datapalooza finals on June 1-3, 2014 in Washington, DC. Ten finalists were chosen out of a field of 56 applicants. Teams are vying for $35,000 in prizes, awarded to the most compelling data visualization application that makes use of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Provider Utilization and Payment data set, released on April 9, 2014. Team FloriDUH was created the day the competition was announced and consists of three virtual friends, united by a shared passion for data science and analytics.

Due to the nature of the contest, Team FloriDUH cannot divulge specific information regarding its application, only that it is focused in part on what they call The Void. Finalists will be judged on consumer usability, visual appeal, and the application’s use of the required CMS data set. To meet these criteria, Team FloriDUH has created a cast of characters who will tell the story of The Void on stage at Health Datapalooza, essentially bringing their data visualization to life.

In order to facilitate future development on the open source data visualization platform that Team FloriDUH is building for Health Datapalooza, the team has formed a non-profit corporation, FloriDATA Foundation, Inc., and is presently filing for 501(c) 3 status. The Foundation’s goal is to provide open source tools, including APIs and REST service integration capabilities, to allow other entities or individuals to use the analytics application that Team FloriDUH builds, and to expand the analytics capabilities to incorporate additional data sets beyond the Provider Utilization and Payment data.

The FloriDATA Foundation is set to launch a #FillTheVoid Crowdfunding campaign on May 9 through the healthcare-industry funding site, Medstartr. Their goal is to raise $10,000 over 30 days. The funds will then be used to acquire more data, optimize the hosting platform used for the application, develop additional application components, and cover the team’s travel costs to the Health Datapalooza event.

Team FloriDUH consists of the following experts:

  •  Team founder and veteran health hack-a-thon participant, Lauren Still of San Francisco, a Navy brat whose formative years were spent in Pensacola, FL. Lauren is currently the Policy and Regulations Advisor for cloud-based Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), DICOMGrid.
  •  Nick Kypreos of Seattle, team data scientist and particle physicist who previously worked at CERN and Fermilab. He is currently an independent consultant. Nick and Lauren’s friendship dates back to their high school years in Pensacola.
  •  Team leader and taskmaster, Mandi Bishop of Jacksonville, FL. Mandi is a partner in consulting firm Adaptive Project Solutions, Inc., and Chief Data Strategist for Surgical Momentum, LLC. She met Nick and Lauren via social networking, primarily interacting through Twitter about their shared interests.

The name FloriDUH represents the teammates’ affinity for their home state, and the state’s (and its inhabitants’) tragi-comic reputation for bungling various government programs, such as elections and Medicare claims management. In addition, the name offers a humorous approach to the monumental healthcare system transformation task at hand.

 

For updates, follow Team FloriDUH, on Twitter @teamfloriduh.

For more information, visit teamfloriduh.com

For more information on Health Datapalooza visit www.healthdatapalooza.org

For information on the Health Data Consortium, visit www.healthdataconsortium.org

For information on Medstartr, visit www.medstartr.com and on Twitter @Medstartr

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May 7, 2014 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.