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Watson to Gain Ability to “See” with Planned $1B Acquisition of Merge Healthcare

Deal Brings Watson Technology Together with Leader in Medical Images

Armonk, NY and CHICAGO — [August 6, 2015]:  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Watson will gain the ability to “see” by bringing together Watson’s advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge Healthcare Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: MRGE) medical imaging management platform.  IBM plans to acquire Merge, a leading provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems designed to advance healthcare quality and efficiency, in an effort to unlock the value of medical images to help physicians make better patient care decisions.

Merge’s technology platforms are used at more than 7,500 U.S. healthcare sites, as well as most of the world’s leading clinical research institutes and pharmaceutical firms to manage a growing body of medical images.  The vision is that these organizations could use the Watson Health Cloud to surface new insights from a consolidated, patient-centric view of current and historical images, electronic health records, data from wearable devices and other related medical data, in a HIPAA-enabled environment.

Under terms of the transaction, Merge shareholders would receive $7.13 per share in cash, for a total transaction value of $1 billion.  The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory review, Merge shareholder approval, and other customary closing conditions, and is anticipated to occur later this year.  It is IBM’s third major health-related acquisition – and the largest – since launching its Watson Health unit in April, following Phytel (population health) and Explorys (cloud based healthcare intelligence).

“As a proven leader in delivering healthcare solutions for over 20 years, Merge is a tremendous addition to the Watson Health platform.  Healthcare will be one of IBM’s biggest growth areas over the next 10 years, which is why  we are making a major investment to drive industry transformation and to facilitate a higher quality of care,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, IBM Research and Solutions Portfolio. “Watson’s powerful cognitive and analytic capabilities, coupled with those from Merge and our other major strategic acquisitions, position IBM to partner with healthcare providers, research institutions, biomedical companies, insurers and other organizations committed to changing the very nature of health and healthcare in the 21st century. Giving Watson ‘eyes’ on medical images unlocks entirely new possibilities for the industry.”

Teaching Watson to “See” Medical Images
The planned acquisition bolsters IBM’s strategy to add rich image analytics with deep learning to the Watson Health platform – in effect, advancing Watson beyond natural language and giving it the ability to “see.”  Medical images are by far the largest and fastest-growing data source in the healthcare industry and perhaps the world – IBM researchers estimate that they account for at least 90% of all medical data today – but they also present challenges that need to be addressed:

  • The volume of medical images can be overwhelming to even the most sophisticated specialists – radiologists in some hospital emergency rooms are presented with as many as 100,000 images a day1.
  • Tools to help clinicians extract insights from medical images remain very limited, requiring most analysis to be done manually.
  • At a time when the most powerful insights come at the intersection of diverse data sets (medical records, lab tests, genomics, etc.), medical images remain largely disconnected from mainstream health information.

IBM plans to leverage the Watson Health Cloud to analyze and cross-reference medical images against a deep trove of lab results, electronic health records, genomic tests, clinical studies and other health-related data sources, already representing 315 billion data points and 90 million unique records.  Merge’s clients could compare new medical images with a patient’s image history as well as populations of similar patients to detect changes and anomalies. Insights generated by Watson could then help healthcare providers in fields including radiology, cardiology, orthopedics and ophthalmology to pursue more personalized approaches to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients.

Cutting-edge image analytics projects underway in IBM Research’s global labs suggest additional areas where progress can be made.  They include teaching Watson to filter clinical and diagnostic imaging information to help clinicians identify anomalies and form recommendations, which could help reduce physician viewing loads and increase physician effectiveness.

“As Watson evolves, we are tackling more complex and meaningful problems by constantly evaluating bigger and more challenging data sets,” Kelly said. “Medical images are some of the most complicated data sets imaginable, and there is perhaps no more important area in which researchers can apply machine learning and cognitive computing.  That’s the real promise of cognitive computing and its artificial intelligence components – helping to make us healthier and to improve the quality of our lives.”

Watson Health and Merge Capabilities Will Benefit Researchers, Clinicians and Individuals
IBM’s Watson Health unit plans to bring together Merge’s product and solution offerings with existing expertise in cognitive computing, population health, and cloud-based healthcare intelligence offerings to:

  • Offer researchers insights to aid clinical trial design, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Help clinicians to efficiently identify options for the diagnosis, treatment  and monitoring a broad array of health conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease;
  • Enable providers and payers to integrate and optimize patient engagement in alignment with meaningful use and value-based care guidelines; and
  • Support researchers and healthcare professionals as they advance the emerging discipline of population health, which aims to optimize an individual’s care by identifying trends in large numbers of people with similar health status.

“Merge is widely recognized for delivering market leading imaging workflow and electronic data capture solutions,” said Justin Dearborn, chief executive officer, Merge. “Today’s announcement is an exciting step forward for our employees and clients. Becoming a part of IBM will allow us to expand our global scale and deliver added value and insight to our clients through Watson’s advanced analytic and cognitive computing capabilities.”

“Combining Merge’s leading medical imaging solutions with the world-class machine learning and analytics capabilities of IBM’s Watson Health is the future of healthcare technology,” said Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Merge’s chairman. “Merge’s leading technology and proven expertise represent a unique combination of assets that will deliver unparalleled value to Watson Health clients. Together, we will unlock unprecedented new opportunities to improve patient diagnostics and deliver enhanced care.”

About Merge
Merge is a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based technologies for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides clinical trials software with end-to-end study support in a single platform and other intelligent health data and analytics solutions. With solutions that have been used by providers for more than 25 years, Merge is helping to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and enhance the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com and follow us @MergeHealthcare.

IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing
Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability representing a new era in computing. The system, delivered through the cloud, analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions posed in natural language, and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining in value and knowledge over time, from previous interactions.

In January 2014, IBM launched the IBM Watson unit, a business dedicated to developing and commercializing cloud-delivered cognitive computing technologies. The move signified a strategic shift by IBM to deliver a new class of software, services and apps that improves by learning, and discovers insights from massive amounts of Big Data.  As part of the unit, the company has increased the number and diversity of cognitive computing services delivered to its partners, adding new beta Watson services in February 2015, and scalable deep learning APIs with the acquisition of AlchemyAPI in March 2015.

In April 2015, the company continued to build on its strengths in cognitive computing, analytics, security and cloud with the launch of IBM Watson Health and the Watson Health Cloud platform.  The new unit will help improve the ability of doctors, researchers and insurers to innovate by surfacing new insights from the massive amount of personal health data being created daily.  The Watson Health Cloud allows this information to be anonymized, shared and combined with a dynamic and constantly growing aggregated view of clinical, research and social health data.

About IBM
For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/watson.  For more information on IBM Watson Health, visit: ibm.com/watsonhealth

Check out the IBM Watson press kit at: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/27297.wss

Join the conversation at #ibmwatson and #watsonhealth. Follow Watson on Facebook and see Watson on YouTube and Flickr.

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August 6, 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.

Apervita and Mayo Clinic to Create First Self-Service Marketplace for Health Measures

The marketplace is a one-stop-shop to author, publish, and apply measures, allowing users to connect their data to open standard measure definitions

Chicago (June 2, 2015) Apervita, Inc. (apervita.com), the world’s fastest growing health analytics & data community and marketplace, today announced it will expand its platform capabilities to enable any health professional to publish or subscribe to standard, as well as custom, health measures. The new capability automatically transforms measure definitions into computable analytics and is being developed with Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.org) contributing its expertise in medical care, know how, and technology.

Today, there are already thousands of health measures for quality, safety, outcomes, and finance, with many more to come. These are increasingly the basis for measurement of performance and reimbursement for value-based care. Unfortunately, they are notoriously complex and organizations struggle with the costly process of implementing and maintaining them. This often results in delays of more than 12 months to report new measures or update existing measures. With this new approach, Apervita will offer a family of open interfaces, including open web service APIs, allowing standard measure definitions to be imported, edited, published, executed and exported. Once an author has developed a measure, it can be easily connected to different data sets as well as shared through a global marketplace. Measure results can be displayed on the Apervita platform or accessed through APIs for display within EMRs, third-party systems and mobile applications. The import and export of measures supports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Data Model (QDM) through which all modern measures are today made available.

“There is already an abundance of health measures that support national, state and local objectives, but creating and deploying them can be a daunting task for any health enterprise. With this new capability, Apervita will serve as a platform for standard health measures, facilitating the distribution and execution of expertly developed and conveniently packaged measure sets,” said Paul Magelli, CEO of Apervita. “Apervita subscribers can conveniently browse measures and build their own measure sets, implementing them across their entire organization to monitor and improve performance. No more costly hours spent designing and coding health measures based on individual interpretations of a published standard. For the first time, the entire organization can concentrate on delivering performance excellence, while the development of standard measures are left to subject matter experts.”

“Healthcare providers and facilities should focus on what they do best, providing high quality patient care. After all, that’s what health care measures are designed to enable,” said Dr. Jyotishman Pathak Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Mayo Clinic. “With thousands of health care measures which continuously evolve, keeping track of, implementing and monitoring the measures has shifted some of that focus away from the patients, and it needs to shift back.”

Mayo Clinic and Dr. Jyotishman Pathak have a financial interest in the technology referenced in this news release.

About Apervita

Apervita is the leading health analytics & data community and marketplace, where prominent health professionals and enterprises from around the globe are being empowered to democratize the world’s health analytics and data to improve outcomes and deliver better health for everyone.

At Apervita, we believe that health professionals and enterprises have already created the greatest wealth of knowledge that has ever existed. Today, the majority of this knowledge is paper-based or locked into proprietary systems. The Apervita community is already unlocking them, turning them into 1,000s of computable and shareable analytics and applying them to improve health.

Apervita enables health professionals and enterprises to author, use, publish and apply apply a market of evidence-based algorithms, measures, pathways, protocols and data sets easily connecting them to data and workflow. Available to every health professional and powerful enough for the entire health enterprise, Apervita provides health analytics at a tenth of today’s cost, in a hundredth of the time.

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information visit mayoclinic.com or newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

June 2, 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.

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, 2015Caradigm, 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.