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Beaufort Memorial Hospital Selects ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Oct. 22, 2012— Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Beaufort Memorial Hospital has selected its ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, software as the hospital’s electronic order set solution.

ProVation Order Sets is an easily customizable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardized care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. ProVation Order Sets is built upon ProVation Medical’s award-winning, clinician-designed technology platform. A key benefit is continuous updating of clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 600,000 users worldwide.

Located in Beaufort, S.C., the 197-bed Beaufort Memorial Hospital is the largest hospital between Savannah, Ga. and Charleston, S.C. and home to more than 150 board certified or board-eligible physicians. Situated on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the hospital is one of the few hospitals in the country with its own emergency dock. Beaufort Memorial Hospital is a Duke Affiliate in heart and cancer and is Joint Commission-accredited.

“Beaufort Memorial Hospital is dedicated to delivering superior healthcare services to the communities it serves,” said Mike Haldane, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased that they have selected ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, to further this mission and provide evidence-based medicine at the point of care.”

About ProVation Medical

ProVation® Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

ProVation® Medical is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion).

November 20, 2012 I Written By

Datapharm Australia Selects Merge eClinical OS(TM) for Enterprise-Wide Electronic Data Capture

Solution Provides Comprehensive Suite of EDC Tools; Flexibility to Mix and Match Features

CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Datapharm Australia Pty Ltd. has selected Merge’s eClinical OS™ solution to bring EDC in-house and provide control of electronic case report form (eCRF) creation and mid-study adjustments.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of our clients’ studies requiring EDC. Previously, we outsourced EDC projects to a third party vendor to handle eCRF setup,” explained Dr. Helen Allars, Managing Director at Datapharm Australia. “We found that we spent more time and resources managing this process and dealing with support issues. This approach also lacked the flexibility and control for mid-study changes.”

In 2010, Datapharm began an extensive EDC vendor evaluation, which included 14 vendors who could offer in-licensing of software for use across an enterprise, also referred to as technology transfer. Datapharm’s evaluation criteria consisted of a comprehensive suite of EDC tools, time to deployment, and overall costs associated with technology transfer.

“eClinical OS provided all the EDC features we needed – such as 21 CFR Part 11 and CDISC compliance, Hybrid/DDE, CRF library, reporting, data upload and exporting, medical coding, and monitoring tools – as well the opportunity to add patient reported outcomes, interactive response, randomization and inventory management if a particular study called for it,” continued Allars. “We were most impressed with how intuitive and flexible the system is, whether we are creating eCRFs or even making mid-study changes.”

“Companies that are bringing our solution in-house are doing so because they recognize that eClinical OS provides a strategic tool in their pursuit to provide more efficient, cost-effective clinical trials services,” said Justin Dearborn, President of Merge Healthcare. “Datapharm has taken the first critical step to yield the greatest efficiencies and financial rewards of using our eClinical technologies to simplify and accelerate the way they perform clinical trials.”

Merge eClinical OS is a unified platform delivering end-to-end study support. Clinical trial capabilities can be mixed and matched to build a solid foundation for each trial environment, and features and services can be added as needed, directly from within the system. As a single, web-based solution, it has the flexibility to support trials in any phase, and captures any type of data, from any source, over any modality. Merge eClinical OS also has the scalability to grow if a trial increases in size, number or complexity.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare.  Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

About Datapharm Australia

Datapharm Australia is Australia’s most experienced Full Service Contract Research Organization (CRO), celebrating 25 years in 2012. Services include: clinical trial management, set-up, monitoring, data management, statistical analysis and programming, medical writing, pharmacovigilance and auditing for Phase I to IV studies in over 35 therapeutic areas since 1987. Datapharm aims to provide clients with the best cost-effective, quality outcomes. For more information, visit DatapharmAustralia.com.

November 13, 2012 I Written By

Rochester General Health System Selects ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Aug. 21, 2012— Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Rochester General Health System has selected its ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, software as its electronic order set solution.

ProVation Order Sets is an easily customizable order set authoring and management solution that provides flexible integration into clinical processes to streamline the delivery of standardized care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. ProVation Order Sets is built upon ProVation Medical’s award-winning, clinician-designed technology platform. A key benefit is continuous updating of clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 600,000 users worldwide.

Located in Rochester, NY, Rochester General Health System is one of the fastest growing health systems in western and central New York State and is the only area health system to be rated by SDI as one of the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the U.S. It includes eight clinically integrated affiliates delivering comprehensive healthcare services, including Rochester General Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Hill Haven Assisted Living and Nursing Rehabilitation Center, DeMay Living Center, Rochester General Medical Group, Behavioral Health Network, Independent Living for Seniors, and RGHS Ambulatory Services Division. Rochester General Health System and its affiliates regularly earn national recognition for excellence in a range of clinical specialties.

“Rochester General Health System has a reputation for providing medical excellence,” said Mike Haldane, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased they have selected ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, to provide its clinicians with point-of-care access to evidence-based order sets.”

About ProVation Medical

ProVation® Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD, ProVation MultiCaregiver and ProVation EHR software reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, puts evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

ProVation® Medical is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion).

September 18, 2012 I Written By

Windsor Health Group Selects MedHOK’s Single Platform for Care, Quality and Compliance for Clinical and Compliance Programs

TAMPA, Fla. – August 7, 2012 – Windsor Health Group and MedHOK, one of the healthcare industry’s fastest growing software companies, announced today that Windsor’s Medicare Advantage business, Windsor Health Plan, Inc., will deploy MedHOK’s single platform for care, quality and compliance to proactively close care gaps, enhance care management, improve Star scores and ensure compliance.  In doing so, Windsor is positioning itself to succeed in the rapidly changing healthcare environment that is emphasizing care and quality outcomes.

MedHOK offers fully NCQA certified software for HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures. The company has more than 18 million lives in production and is on track to double this number within the year.

Nashville-based Windsor Health Plan, Inc., which provides Medicare Advantage and standalone Part D prescription drug plans for more than 157,000 Americans, will use MedHOK’s platform  to bolster care management quality for its members across 28 states:

  • MedHOK’s 360Member™ solution to increase its commitment to member-focused care
  • Utilization Management
  • Pharmacy Coverage Determinations and Redeterminations
  • Case and Disease Management
  • Predictive modeling and stratification
  • Part C and Part D Star improvement, quality and care gap closure
  • Pay for Performance
  • Grievances
  • Appeals
  • CMS Complaint Tracking Modules (CTMs) and general complaints
  • Independent Review Entity and external appeals
  • Correspondence/fulfillment, dashboard, reporting and audit functionality

“Windsor Health Plan and our employees have as our highest priority to ensure that our members receive the best quality of care available in the markets we serve.  Our strategy is to continue to invest in comprehensive clinical and member management systems like MedHOK that help improve quality and virtually every facet of the user experience for both our members and providers alike. We know that future success depends on constantly driving quality improvement and providing excellent service that our members expect and deserve,” said Michael A. Muchnicki, Chief Executive Officer of Windsor Health Group.

MedHOK’s integrated care management, quality and compliance platform facilitates improved clinical outcomes and care coordination while enhancing quality measures, compliance and financial performance. It accomplishes this by:

  • Providing real-time access to Star, HEDIS, pay-for-performance (P4P), and proprietary quality and performance measures, helping plans and providers to accurately monitor in real-time the data they need to achieve and maintain high quality ratings.
  • Triggering interventions when care gaps are identified, in particular for patients with multiple co-morbidities and chronic conditions.
  • Utilizing predictive analytics models to generate profiles based on clinical, quality and financial data for member, provider and local populations.
  • Calculating risk scores for every member, enabling timely predictions of those at the highest risk for more accurate forecasting of care costs and utilization.
  • Continuously monitoring for and addressing regulatory changes from CMS and state Medicaid agencies, ensuring clients stay ahead of the compliance curve.

“With the passage of health reform, all lines of business will see revenue directly tied to care, quality and compliance outcomes.  Health plans will need to deploy the right technologies that enable continuous monitoring of key care and performance measures,” said Anil Kottoor, president and CEO, MedHOK. “MedHOK’s single platform for care, quality and compliance is built for health plans and other entities seeking to succeed in this new rigorous, results-oriented environment.  We are proud to partner with Windsor to meet their future needs.”

About MedHOK

Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 18 million lives in production and expects to double that number in 2012, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing software companies. It offers a cloud-based integrated software platform for care management, quality and compliance that enables physicians, ACOs, PCMHs, payers and TPAs to manage and measure care against national quality standards for optimal outcomes. Its innovative modular software helps healthcare organizations meet quality, care and compliance objectives across business lines by facilitating real-time information sharing with all stakeholders to address disease management and care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and quality and financial measures. ICD-10 compliant, HIE-ready and securely accessible on any device, the MedHOK platform is user-friendly, rapidly deployed and easily configurable for a low total cost of ownership and rapid return on investment. It holds 2012 HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures certification.

About Windsor

Windsor Health GroupSM refers to Windsor Health Group, Inc., an insurance holding company and its operating subsidiaries, which include Windsor Health Plans, Inc. (WHP), and Sterling Life Insurance Company (SLIC). WHG, through WHP and SLIC, serves more than 230,000 Americans with a variety of insurance offerings for the senior population. WHG is a subsidiary of Munich Health North America, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Munich Reinsurance Company (Munich Re), one of the world’s leading reinsurers.

August 22, 2012 I Written By

Wolters Kluwer Health’s Sentri7® Patient Surveillance Software Receives High Marks in Two Recent KLAS Reports

Bellevue, Wash. — Aug. 21, 2012— Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that a recent KLAS report found that 92% of customers who had purchased its Sentri7® Infection Prevention* patient surveillance technology would buy again. Infection Control Systems 2012: Breaking Barriers and Getting Value also reported that Sentri7 Infection Prevention had earned an overall performance score of 88.5% and rated well in all functional areas with no gaps in satisfaction scores.

Another KLAS report, Clinical Decision Support 2011: Understanding the Impact, rated Pharmacy OneSource Sentri7 as having the highest impact on quality outcomes when compared to other types of clinical decision support tools currently being used in the healthcare market. The product achieved a positive impact score of greater than 80%.

Sentri7® is a web-based platform that aggregates, monitors and delivers patient data in real-time from disparate hospital information systems to assist providers in delivering optimum patient care, reducing drug costs, and improving outcomes. The smart logic contained within the electronic surveillance system allows for a rules-based approach to infection prevention that targets specific conditions to support hospital quality initiatives.

For the Infection Control Systems report, KLAS, an independent healthcare IT vendor research firm that recognizes healthcare vendors for their leadership in working with customers to ensure satisfaction, spoke with 119 providers managing infection control processes on paper and 202 currently using an infection control system. The research specifically focused on system performance for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting, analytics, interfacing and ability to enhance the efforts of infection prevention professionals.

For the Clinical Decision Support report, KLAS interviewed 404 providers to rate the performance of a variety of decision support tools including care plans, diagnostic decision support tools, disease reference tools, drug databases, drug reference tools, order sets and surveillance tools. The impact was measured by asking providers to rate the influence the various tools had on clinical decisions and standardizing care.

“The stakes are high for patient safety. Using electronic surveillance technology is a critical strategy for hospitals seeking to eliminate healthcare-associated infections and maximize reimbursement in the era of value-based purchasing,” said Tim Gibbons, Vice President & General Manager, Pharmacy OneSource, Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased to have received these high scores from customers and believe it demonstrates our commitment to delivering technology to help them identify potential HAI earlier and provide treatment options to reduce overall healthcare cost.  This truly shapes the future of healthcare.”

About Pharmacy OneSource

Pharmacy OneSource® is healthcare’s #1 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider. Our more than 100 innovative team members provide best-in-class, SaaS solutions to current and future challenges within health-systems worldwide. Our SaaS solutions contribute to swift and safe healthcare through earlier, easier and better access to data. More than 1,300 healthcare organizations worldwide utilize our HIPAA compliant web-based services.

Pharmacy OneSource is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion).

About KLAS

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

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Simply Healthcare Selects MedHOK to Enhance Quality Improvement Initiatives

TAMPA, Fla. – Feb. 28, 2012 – MedHOK, one of the healthcare industry’s fastest growing companies providing cloud-based software, announced today that Simply Healthcare will deploy its integrated care management, quality and compliance platform to proactively enhance its quality improvement initiatives. In doing so, Simply Healthcare is well positioned to respond to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) efforts to enhance quality outcomes and reduce costs. MedHOK, which offers fully NCQA certified software for HEDIS®, has more than 15 million live in production and is on track to reach 30 million within the year, making it one of the healthcare industry’s leading software companies.

Simply Healthcare is a Coral Gables, Fla.-based HMO that serves Florida’s Medicaid and Healthy Kids populations and Medicare Advantage members. It will leverage the MedHOK platform for annual HEDIS filings, as well as to identify and remediate any care gaps and improve outcomes going forward.

“We appreciate the expertise MedHOK brings to the table and their collaborative approach to achieving our goals,” said Dwight Pattison, director of quality management, Simply Healthcare.

MedHOK’s integrated care management, quality and compliance platform facilitates improved clinical outcomes and care coordination while enhancing quality measures, compliance and financial performance. It accomplishes this by:

  • Providing real-time access to Star, HEDIS, pay-for-performance (P4P), and proprietary quality and performance measures, helping providers accurately monitor in real-time the data they need to achieve and maintain high quality ratings
  • Triggering interventions when care gaps are identified, in particular for patients with multiple comorbidities and chronic conditions
  • Utilizing predictive analytics models to generate profiles based on clinical, quality and financial data for member, provider and local populations
  • Calculating risk scores for every member, enabling timely predictions of those at the highest risk for more accurate forecasting of care costs and utilization
  • Continuously monitoring for and addressing regulatory changes from CMS and state Medicaid agencies, ensuring clients stay ahead of the compliance curve

“To thrive into today’s healthcare environment, health plans must be committed to improving quality and reducing costs,” said Anil Kottoor, president and CEO, MedHOK. “By leveraging the power of our integrated care, quality and compliance platform, they can eliminate the year-end HEDIS fire drills through continuous performance monitoring and streamlined workflows that mitigate care gaps.”

About MedHOK

Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 15 million lives in production and expects to double that number in 2012, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing software companies. It offers a cloud-based integrated software platform for care management, quality and compliance that enables physicians, ACOs, PCMHs, payers and TPAs to manage and measure care against national quality standards for optimal outcomes. Its innovative modular software helps healthcare organizations meet quality, care and compliance objectives across business lines by facilitating real-time information sharing with all stakeholders to address disease management and care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and quality and financial measures. ICD-10 compliant, HIE-ready and securely accessible on any device, the MedHOK platform is user-friendly, rapidly deployed and easily configurable for a low total cost of ownership and rapid return on investment. The company’s 360Measures holds full 2012 HEDIS® certification.

March 30, 2012 I Written By

EBSCO Publishing and Isabel Healthcare to Provide Integrated Access to Content in Isabel and DynaMed™ – #HIMSS12

A new agreement between EBSCO Publishing and Isabel Healthcare allows mutual customers to link from the Isabel diagnosis tool and the evidence-based point-of-care tool DynaMed. The agreement brings the evidence-based content from DynaMed into the diagnostic process and allows users easier access regardless of whether a search begins in Isabel or DynaMed.

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. The daily updates in DynaMed have led to DynaMed being recognized as the most current point-of-care reference in The British Medical Journal (BMJ 2011 Sep 23) and helped DynaMed rate higher than other disease reference tools in the latest KLAS report on Clinical Decision Support (Clinical Decision Support 2011: Understanding the Impact, 2011. © 2011 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. www.KLASresearch.com).

You can learn more about DynaMed, the Isabel agreement and the importance of evidence-based medicine in the clinical workflow by visiting the EBSCO Publishing booth (#819) at HIMSS 2012.

Agreement Provides Linking Between Isabel’s Diagnosis Decision Support Tool and the Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Support Content from DynaMed

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 21, 2012 — Institutions using the clinical decision support resources Isabel and DynaMed  will benefit from tighter integration of the two tools. A new agreement between Isabel Healthcare and EBSCO Publishing allows direct linking between the Isabel diagnosis tool and the evidence-based point-of-care tool DynaMed, allowing mutual customers to link from one resource to the other. The agreement brings the evidence-based content from DynaMed into the diagnostic process and allows users easier access regardless of whether a search begins in Isabel or DynaMed.

Isabel Healthcare provides a web-based application called Isabel, the industry leading diagnosis decision support system designed to provide essential diagnosis and treatment information at the point of need. For a given set of signs and symptoms, Isabel presents the clinician with a list of likely diagnoses to consider, and each diagnosis is linked to knowledge to help with further investigation, potential testing and treatment. The Isabel system has been extensively validated and is currently being used by leading healthcare systems across North America improving efficiency in decision making.

“We are excited about the tighter integration between DynaMed and Isabel and the decision making efficiencies associated with easy access to information at the point-of-need,” stated Don Bauman, CEO of Isabel Healthcare. “Improving decision making efficiency affords clinicians with more patient-facing time, improves time to diagnosis and treatment, and lowers costs.”

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.

Updated daily, DynaMed editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed.

About Isabel Healthcare

Isabel Healthcare Inc. was founded in 2000 by Jason Maude and is named after Maude’s daughter who almost died after a potentially fatal illness was not recognized. For over 10 years, Isabel Healthcare has provided the Isabel diagnosis decision support system to hospitals, physician practices and individual physicians and gained peer reviewed validation and unmatched experience. Today, Isabel is the only diagnosis decision support system fully integrated with EMR and is used by thousands of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and students world-wide, providing diagnostic support and education by broadening their differential diagnostic considerations. Connect with us at info(at)isabelhealthcare(dot)com, 734-332-0612 or http://www.isabelhealthcare.com or http://www.twitter.com/isabelhealth to learn more.

About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 350 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®, DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center, Patient Education Reference Center, Rehabilitation Reference Center, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source and SocINDEX as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com.

February 22, 2012 I Written By

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Select Isabel Healthcare – #HIMSS12

Diagnosis decision support tool helps physicians determine correct diagnosis the first time; enhances point-of-care diagnostic skills of residents and medical students

LAS VEGAS-HIMSS Annual Conference-Feb. 20, 2012-Isabel Healthcare today announced that Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital(LLUCH), Loma Linda, Calif., have selected Isabel, its diagnosis decision support and clinical knowledge system to assist their combined 950 physicians identify a patient’s diagnosis accurately the first time. The two facilities will further employ the Isabel web application to instruct, train and improve the diagnostic skills of residents and medical students at the point of care.

Isabel Healthcare will demonstrate its solution at booth #13247 at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Conference. The event is this week at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

“We chose Isabel because there is no other decision support solution like it on the market,” said George Reynolds, M.D., MMM, vice president, chief medical informatics officer and chief information officer at the 145-bed Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. “When our physicians work unusual or complex cases, they can enter the symptoms at the point of care into Isabel, and the solution will generate potential diagnoses. This tool empowers our 600 doctors in making the right decisions and arrive at the right diagnosis as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Children’s (Omaha, Neb.) will integrate Isabel with an ambulatory EMR and its new inpatient electronic health record (EHR).

“Like every other EHR, our electronic records solution is bundled with traditional clinical decision support,” continued Reynolds, a pediatric intensivist. “However, that kind of decision support software differs significantly from Isabel’s because it is more closely aligned with medication prescribing. It tells experienced clinicians how to treat a diagnosis that they have already determined. Isabel, instead, helps them identify the diagnosis. The tool broadens our decision support portfolio and greatly expands the quality of care we deliver to infants, children and young adults.”

In addition to decision support, Children’s will use Isabel as a resource to teach its more than 150 residents and medical students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine.

“Isabel is a remarkably potent teaching tool,” Reynolds said. “Not only does it provide very specialized advice to practitioners who are very experienced, the solution serves as a general educational platform for residents just launching their careers and medical students.”

Richard Chinnock, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and physician-in-chief at the 277-bed LLUCH, which renewed its contract with Isabel, agreed.

“At LLUCH, we have several physicians who have written the textbook in their specialty,” Chinnock explained. “They don’t need Isabel to figure out complicated diagnoses; however, the residents who work with them and who admit and evaluate patients want to know what those experts are thinking. Isabel helps our house staff and medical students hone their clinical and diagnostic skills. It’s a tremendous teaching aid.”

“We are honored to partner with Children’s Hospital and Loma Linda to support their shared mission to achieve clinical excellence and train the next generation of practicing physicians,” said Don Bauman, Isabel Healthcare’s chief executive officer. “Finding time to diagnose early and accurately in our knowledge-intensive industry is a huge challenge and if performed incorrectly can waste resources and lead to potentially life threatening and costly errors. Our knowledge management tool helps doctors reach a more informed judgment in a matter of seconds.This advanced intelligence can lead to more appropriate test ordering and treatment planning.”

About Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Proudly serving children since 1948, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is recognized as a 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Repot in cardiology and heart surgery, and orthopedics. It is the only full-service, pediatric health care center in Nebraska providing expertise in more than 30 pediatric specialty services to children across a five-state region and beyond. Located in Omaha, the 145-bed, non-profit hospital houses the only dedicated pediatric emergency department in the region and offers 24-hour, in-house services by pediatric critical care specialists.

About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) includes services for all pediatric patients and for obstetrics. It is internationally recognized for its pioneering pediatric heart transplant program and for having the first clinically dedicated proton beam treatment center in the world. LLUCH offers a full spectrum of services, including heart, kidney and bone marrow transplant. It hosts a level I pediatric trauma center – one of only three in the state. An 84-bed NICU, 25-bed PIC and 14-bed Cardiac ICU bring cutting edge therapies to a 4-county area of California comprising approximately 25% of the land mass of the state. It is the major teaching hospital for pediatric training for 82 pediatric and med/peds residents and for 170 medical students of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

About Isabel Healthcare

Isabel Healthcare Inc. was founded in 2000 by Jason Maude and is named after Maude’s daughter who almost died after a potentially fatal illness was not recognized. For over 10 years, Isabel Healthcare has provided the Isabel diagnosis decision support system to hospitals, physician practices and individual physicians and gained peer reviewed validation and unmatched experience. Today, Isabel is the only diagnosis decision support system fully integrated with EMR and is used by thousands of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and students world-wide, providing diagnostic support and education by broadening their differential diagnostic considerations. Connect with us at info@isabelhealthcare.com, 734-332-0612 or Isabelhealthcare.com or info.isabelhealthcare.com/blog to learn more.

February 20, 2012 I Written By

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust Rolls Out World’s Largest Implementation of a Real-time Location System and Workflow Software

Awarepoint solution helps leading United Kingdom facility improve patient flow, equipment tracking, and hand hygiene compliance

SAN DIEGO – February 16, 2012Awarepoint Corporation, the leading provider of real-time location system (RTLS) solutions for healthcare, announced today that The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust (the Trust) in the United Kingdom has implemented the first phases of its real-time location system (RTLS) to improve patient flow, equipment tracking, and hand hygiene compliance. The RTLS data, as well as extensive data from other systems, is processed through the Awarepoint Rules Engine to help facilitate the flow of patients through the hospital, improving throughput times and creating a more healing environment.

“Like hospitals in other countries, we face the challenge of delivering the highest quality care at a time of severely constrained resources and staffing,” said David Loughton, chief executive of The Trust. “The enterprise-wide implementation of Awarepoint software gives us the ability to care for patients more quickly and provides staff with additional information they need to make decisions. Faster treatment and more efficient processes result in better outcomes and lower clinical, administrative, and operational costs.”

The Awarepoint system was first implemented in a ward of the hospital designed to handle injured and sick patients who also suffer from Dementia. The system quickly proved to provide staff with the critical information they needed to care for patients.

“The work Awarepoint did in conjunction with our new care standards for dementia patients was groundbreaking. We are committed to delivering the best and safest care possible. The work Awarepoint did with us shows that they are committed to the same standards. We look forward to partnering with Awarepoint as we move the system throughout the Trust,” said Loughton.

The aware360° Suite that the Trust installed translates real-time data into actionable intelligence.

Awarepoint performed an extensive analysis of the Trust’s workflow and that workflow could then be mapped into the software. As the software received location data from the RTLS and additional data from other hospital systems, it processed that data against the workflow mapping. When specific types of care need to be provided to a patient, the system alerts the staff member responsible for the care. The software constantly monitors all patients in the 800-bed facility looking for events that caregivers need to know occurred. When those events occur, the caregivers are alerted. This constant monitoring and alerting allows care to be given in a more timely manner, resulting in shorter hospital stays and higher patient satisfaction.

“We are proud our technology is playing a crucial role in advancing the Trust’s vision of being a first-class hospital providing top quality and safe care in every way,” said Jay Deady, president and CEO of Awarepoint. “While most facilities typically apply RTLS to track and monitor the location of clinicians, patients and portable equipment, the Trust is utilizing the technology to its full range of capabilities, serving as an international and pioneering model for other organizations seeking to transform health delivery and financial outcomes through proven, leading edge software.”

About Awarepoint Corporation

Awarepoint provides the only complete RTLS solution optimizing healthcare workflow for improving asset management and availability, optimal patient flow, and increasing care team efficiency.

The company’s aware360°Suite provides unmatched real-time location system (RTLS) technology, best-in-class software, and fully managed services for the healthcare enterprise. By improving asset, patient, and personnel visibility across the enterprise, the aware360°Suite allows administrators and care providers to advance the Quality, Efficiency, Experience, and Economics of care. For more information, visit www.awarepoint.com/.

About The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust (The Trust) was established in 1994 and is one of the largest acute providers in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. It provides a comprehensive range of services for the people of Wolverhampton, the wider Black Country, South Staffordshire, North Worcestershire, and Shropshire. The Trust gained Cancer Centre status in 1997, was designated as the 4th Regional Heart & Lung Centre during 2004/05 and became one of the first wave Bowel Screening Centres in 2006.

The Trust is the largest teaching hospital in the Black Country providing teaching and training to around 130 medical students on rotation from the University of Birmingham Medical School. Providing training for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals through well-established links with the University of Wolverhampton, the Trust has an operating budget of £350 million, 800 beds including 27 intensive care beds and 14 neonatal intensive care cots and employs almost 5000 staff. In 2008/09 the Trust treated more than 670,000 patients at hospital and community sites across the West Midlands.

February 18, 2012 I Written By

Care Logistics Announces Signing of Additional Health System

Total Hospital Efficiency Lowers Costs and Improves Quality

February 14, 2012 – Care Logistics today announced an agreement with Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP), a member of Catholic Health Partners (CHP), to implement the Care LogisticsTM Hospital Operating SystemTM solution in the three HMHP hospitals. The signing is the latest for Care Logistics in a time that has seen strong validation of its patient logistics solution from hospitals across the country. Among the results hospitals have achieved by working with Care Logistics are: an increase in net operating margin from one percent to more than five percent; a 25 percent decrease in patient average length of stay; and a 49 percent decrease in hospital-acquired infection rates.

Care Logistics helps hospitals achieve these dramatic performance breakthroughs by creating a culture of efficiency in the hospital, designing a new patient care coordination model, implementing an enterprise logistics software suite and establishing real-time operational performance management. The result is increased and smoother patient flow that leads to a higher level of reliable and predictable operational performance. Based on experience with its other customers, Care Logistics anticipates HMHPs’ return on investment will occur within the first 12 months of operation of the complete solution.

“We are very excited about the partnership with Care Logistics and the implementation of its enterprise-wide solution to increase our total hospital efficiency,” said Robert Shroder, president and chief executive officer, HMHP. “We chose Care Logistics because we believe its ability to customize a solution to our needs will best support our patient care efforts and, most importantly, help us deliver higher quality care to the communities we serve.”

“We wanted to extend the success we are having with Care Logistics in CHP’s northwest Ohio region to HMHP so that we can improve the care experience for our patients and increase our capacity to serve more members of the communities in which we operate,” noted Samantha Platzke, senior vice president, office of operations and systems effectiveness, CHP.

For too long, hospitals have been unable to maximize performance because balancing the flow of patient needs against a variable daily census created an unpredictable environment. CareLogistics solution helps bring a structured process to the hospital in a manner that supports real-time operational performance management.

“By combining successful performance improvement methodologies with care coordination and customizable, enterprise logistics software, we are able to help hospitals make dramatic leaps in efficiency that enhances care quality, reduces lengths of stay, and lowers the cost to provide care,” said Karl Straub, president of Care Logistics. “We are proud that HMHP has turned to Care Logistics to help them implement the systems that will deliver outstanding performance in a reliable and predictable manner.”

About Humility of Mary Health Partners

Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. It is a region of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care and long-term care.  Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. Learn more about HMHP online at www.HMpartners.org.

About Catholic Health Partners

Catholic Health Partners (CHP) is the largest health system in Ohio and the fourth largest employer in Ohio, and CHP is also one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the United States. With $5.6 billion in assets, CHP employs more than 38,000 associates in more than 100 organizations –- including 31 hospitals –- that meet the health care needs of people in Ohio, Kentucky and contiguous states.  Learn more about CHP at www.health-partners.org

About Care Logistics

In support of our customers’ operational goals we provide a leadership mindset curriculum, process reengineering and enterprise logistics software, which help hospitals achieve reliable and predictable operational performance in the areas of throughput, quality and experience. Care Logistics is a subsidiary of Jackson Healthcare, a group of companies focused on providing the healthcare industry with innovative physician and clinical resources and IT solutions. For more information, contact Care Logistics at 800.930.0870.  Learn more about Care Logistics at www.carelogistics.com

February 15, 2012 I Written By