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Computer Assisted Coding Applications Slated for Strong Growth Potential

HIMSS Analytics’ Autumn 2014 edition of the Essentials of US Hospital IT Market highlights the promising sales opportunities for IS Infrastructure and HIM applications

CHICAGO (October 15, 2014) – Computer Assisted Coding applications are poised for increased growth among hospitals, according to data from the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market report (Autumn 2014 edition). Released today, the report evaluates the support service applications and medical devices used most by hospitals across the U.S.

Leveraging data from the HIMSS Analytics® Database, the report profiles 25 support service applications and medical devices being used in hospitals across the nation in terms of their market penetration (saturated, mature to maturing) against their projected sales volumes (decelerating, marginal to accelerating). Computer Assisted Coding was observed as having the highest growth potential. This is a significant finding for health Information Technology (IT) vendors as this accelerated projected sales volume is occurring in a maturing market.

“In preparation for the shift to ICD-10, it is no surprise that the sales potential for coding solutions is high,” said Lorren Pettit, Vice President of Market Research for HIMSS Analytics. “The findings suggest that market opportunities are ripe for vendors with Computer Assisted Coding solutions.”

The 25 applications observed are divided into the following categories:

  • Ambulatory
  • Clinical & Business Intelligence
  • Document/Forms Management
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • Health Information Management (HIM)
  • Home Health
  • IS Infrastructure
  • IS Security
  • Medical Devices

Nearly half of the applications (11 of the 25) profiled can be characterized as standard business tools due to their relatively high market penetration level. Five applications were marked for a healthy growth trajectory over the next five years, while 15 applications reflected a growth trajectory of less than 10 percent during the same period.

The report also covers the market utilization of each application in the marketplace at more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics. The market utilization assessment for each application is determined by the number of hospitals in the market which have installed the application.

Please contact consulting@himssanalytics.org for more information on purchasing the HIMSS Analytics Essentials, Autumn 2014 Edition, and for a copy of the Executive Summary. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information.

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About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions. It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

October 15, 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.

Nuance Healthcare Announces Clinical Language Understanding for Radiology at RSNA

Changes in Payment Models and Transition to ICD-10 Spur Need for More Accurate Clinical Documentation in Radiology

RSNA 2012 – CHICAGO – November 26, 2012 – Today, from booth 6217 at RSNA 2012, Nuance Communications, Inc. announced Assure, a clinical language understanding (CLU) offering for Powerscribe 360 | Reporting that will identify quality errors and omissions in radiology reports prior to final signature.  Assure is the first product offering to leverage CLU and which will benefit from the recent acquisitions of Quantim and J.A. Thomas and Associates, strengthening Nuance’s solutions that help drive clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for radiologists and their referring physicians..

Radiology is moving from fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model where it must now, more than ever, show the value it adds to patient care.  A way to demonstrate this value is to measure how radiology’s clinical documentation makes patient care more efficient and effective; a heavy weight to bear in light of government regulations such as ICD-10.  Voice-enabled radiology reporting with CLU technology plays a key role in the efficient delivery of quality diagnostic reports, enhancing patient care and helping to reduce imaging costs.

By arming radiologists with CLU documentation technologies and enterprise-wide coding, Nuance will provide immediate quality feedback and CDI recommendations for the physician and produce better quality reports and downstream benefits to facilities and providers. Today, Assure for PowerScribe 360 | Reporting goes beyond simply spotting pre-defined words within a report.  Assure leverages Nuance’s CLU technology, which contains the world’s largest knowledge base of medical terms to understand the context of the exam order and report.  Using intelligent concept extraction, Assure considers verb tenses, negations, and historical references to identify conflicts a radiologist can address prior to signature and coding.  This enables radiologists to capture the appropriate data before the diagnostic report is provided to the referring physician and used subsequently for diagnosis, treatment and care.

“Today, nearly half of all imaging exams in the U.S. are being created using Nuance speech recognition,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.  “Now, layer that with our powerful CLU technology to unlock data within clinical documentation and support it with 20+ years of healthcare expertise and you have a perfect opportunity to deliver a radiology solution that supports more accurate, complete clinical documentation and prepares for ICD-10.”

At RSNA, Nuance will have its full radiology portfolio on demonstration at booth 6217, including Powerscribe 360 | Reporting with Assure, critical results communication, and computer-assisted coding (CAC).  To learn more about how Nuance can help radiologists improve patient care, please visit: www.nuancehealthcare.com/destinationbest.

Nuance Healthcare

Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in creating clinical understanding solutions that drive smart, efficient decisions across healthcare.  As the largest clinical documentation provider in the U.S., Nuance provides solutions and services that improve the entire clinical documentation process — from the capture of the complete patient record to clinical documentation improvement, coding, compliance and appropriate reimbursement. More than 450,000 physicians and 10,000 healthcare facilities worldwide leverage Nuance’s award-winning, voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to support the physician in any clinical workflow and on any device. For more information, visit www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm.

Connect with Nuance Healthcare on Social Media:

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Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications.  For more information, please visit: http://www.nuance.com/

December 4, 2012 I Written By

PIH Health Hospital Taps Just Associates’ Repair™ for Outsourced MPI Maintenance

Remote monitoring service speeds identification, elimination of duplicate and overlaid patient records for improved data integrity

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Oct. 16, 2012 – Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for healthcare organizations, announced today that it will deploy Repair™ at PIH Health (formerly Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital) to provide the facility with remote master patient index (MPI) management services.

Part of the firm’s comprehensive outsourced patient identity management suite, Repair leverages Just Associates’ highly trained staff and proprietary IDMaster® duplicate workflow software for cost-effective ongoing management of the duplicate validation and reconciliation process. Previously, the firm provided comprehensive MPI clean-up services to PIH Health in preparation for deployment of an enterprise-wide electronic MPI system that receives and links patient information between PIH Health Hospital and approximately 101 primary care and specialty care physicians and 23 advanced practice professionals.

“Just Associates was instrumental in ensuring the integrity of patient data in our MPI and all downstream systems. That experience and their familiarity with PIH Health’s systems made the decision to turn ongoing MPI maintenance over to them an easy one,” said Lois Miller, RHIA, director of health information management, PIH Health. “Not only will Repair ensure rapid elimination of any new duplicates, but its business intelligence tools and the expertise of the Just Associates team will allow us to target resources to ensure any weaknesses in training, workflows and processes are addressed.”

Utilizing Repair provides PIH Health with a number of significant benefits over internal MPI management, including:

  • An experienced team providing efficient duplicate validation and eradication seven days a week
  • Ongoing monitoring to prevent new duplicate records and other issues from negatively impacting data integrity
  • Elimination of backlogs, overflows and staffing challenges, such as turnover and leave time, that impact productivity levels
  • Significant cost savings or cost-neutral expenses by eliminating the need to recruit, train and retain qualified internal staff
  • A more accurate count of unique patients to accelerate compliance with several key meaningful use criteria

“A duplicate-free MPI is crucial for an effective data integrity strategy,” said Beth Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, Just Associates’ CEO and president. “The power of Repair coupled with our data integrity experts will ensure that PIH Health’s clinicians have access to accurate patient information, which will help drive patient safety and quality care.”

About Just Associates, Inc.

A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management, Just Associates, Inc. (www.justassociates.com) is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved data integrity. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve clients’ financial outcomes and business processes, support delivery of quality patient care, and meet the expectations of diverse stakeholders through improved data integrity.

About PIH Health

PIH Health is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) regional healthcare delivery network that was founded in 1959 by volunteers who went door to door with coffee cans to raise funds to build a local healthcare facility. Over 50 years later, PIH Health has maintained that same sense of community and family-like culture where patients are the top priority, and employees and volunteers are proud to be affiliated with such an organization. PIH Health serves residents of LA and Orange Counties, as well as the San Gabriel Valley area, offering a wide range of services, including utilization of primary care teams to provide general medicine and preventative care, access to emergency and urgent care, home health services and hospice, and a network of over 180 specialists in accessible and welcoming neighborhood locations. PIH Health is committed to remaining at the forefront of healthcare advances, including technology, equipment and top-notch facilities and amenities to benefit patients and staff alike. Its highly trained and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinicians, staff and volunteers work tirelessly and collaboratively every day to be the communities’ health and wellness partner. Those who are interested in supporting PIH Health in carrying out its charitable purpose are invited to make an in-kind gift by visiting PIHHealth.org and clicking the “Donate Now” button or calling the PIH Health Foundation at 562.698.0811 Ext. 14120.

November 21, 2012 I Written By

Tigermed Selects Merge eClinical to Improve Study Management Efficiency

CTMS Solution Provides Single Platform for Management of Clinical Study Activities

CHICAGO, Oct. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Tigermed Consulting Co., Ltd. has selected Merge eClinical’s CTMS solution for Sponsors and CROs to streamline clinical trial management (CTMS) and maximize operational efficiency across its studies.

Based in Shanghai, China, Tigermed is a leading Contract Research Organization (CRO) providing regulatory, clinical and data management services. With several offices located in Asia, including China, South Korea and Japan, partnering with Merge for CTMS will support Tigermed’s expansion of operations into Europe and North America.

“We were seeking a CTMS system that was cost-effective, scalable and easy to use,” explained Dr. Xiaoping Ye, Chairman and General Manager at Tigermed. “With Merge CTMS, we expect to see a significant improvement in our study management efforts, allowing us to pass on cost savings to our clients.”

“With Merge, our clients can be assured that we will track study enrollment and other critical study details in an easy to learn, intuitive interface, accessible via the web by our staff throughout the region,” Dr. Ye continued. “This will allow us to improve study management by ensuring we have reliable, quality data.”

“We are pleased to have been selected as a CTMS partner for Tigermed’s global clinical trial needs,” said Justin Dearborn, President of Merge Healthcare. “This is the largest single transaction Merge has entered into in China to date. With increasing demand for site and data collection solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, we believe our eClinical solution will continue to gain traction. Our straight-forward interface and simplified user experience allows studies to be managed in a fraction of the time of other solutions. Bundled with the industry’s best training and support, Tigermed now has a complete study management solution in Merge CTMS.”

About Merge

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 Tigermed

Tigermed Consulting Co., Ltd. is a leading Contract Research Organization (CRO) in China dedicated to providing regulatory affairs, Phase I–IV clinical trials, data management, biostatistics, medical translation and GCP training services for healthcare products. Since its inception in 2004, Tigermed has been committed to accelerating product development timelines while reducing R&D costs and risks, helping to bring the miracles of new products to market effectively.

November 20, 2012 I Written By

Coding Compliance Policy A Must Have

AHIMA Examines as Part of Thought Leadership Series

CHICAGO – October 31, 2012– Does your organization’s coding compliance policy address upcoming challenges in clinical documentation?

AHIMA explains why a coding compliance policy, updated at least once a year, is essential to an organization’s overall compliance program in a just released white paper, Defining the Core Designated Clinical Documentation Set for Coding Compliance, authored by past president Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS. The policy should provide instructions for the entire process – from the point of service to the billing statement or claim form.

“A well-thought out coding compliance policy anticipates the questions and issues that your organization will address. It is an essential resource to any organization’s overall compliance program,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA.

Significant points and recommendations from the white paper, part of AHIMA’s Thought Leadership Series, include:

  • A coding compliance policy must identify medical records and clinical documentation that require a mandatory review by your coding staff or the outsourced providers of coding for your organization.
  • All coders should review this clinical documentation to identify all diagnoses and procedures requiring coding to increase the accuracy and specificity of coding.
  • When coding is outsourced, the HIM professional should direct the outsourcing partner to follow your organization’s best practice or coding compliance policy.
  • If your organization uses or explores computer assisted coding (CAC), the HIM team should direct the CAC vendor as to which documents or clinical documentation are to be used in the CAC for accurate and compliant discharge clinical coding.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

November 17, 2012 I Written By

Nuance Powers Voice-Enabled Clinical Documentation in Mobile Electronic Health Records

Today, Nuance and Epic have announced that Nuance’s cloud-based voice recognition will now be available via Epic Haiku for the iPhone and Canto for the iPad.  The integration of Nuance’s cloud-based voice recognition in these mobile apps will allow clinicians to work more efficiently on-the-go, while raising the quality of patient care provided through the complete capture of the patient record.

BURLINGTON, Mass., – October 16, 2012 – Nuance Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that Epic electronic health record (EHR) customers can now experience voice-enabled clinical information capture through Epic Haiku for the iPhone™ and Canto for the iPad™. The integration of Nuance Healthcare’s cloud-based voice recognition in the Haiku and Canto applications will allow users to improve the quality of patient care and increase productivity as a result of streamlined mobile clinical documentation.

According to a recent study by Vitera Healthcare Solutions, nine-out-of-ten physicians are interested in mobile EHR solutions. Recent advancements in mobile EHRs, including voice-enabling clinical documentation and navigation, address this growing interest and provide clinicians with the same experience and functionality they’ve come to expect from their desktop EHR. With Epic’s mobile applications, clinicians will use their voice to work more efficiently on-the-go, while raising the quality of patient care provided through the complete capture of the patient record.

“Epic’s mobile applications provide valuable EHR access both inside and outside the hospital or clinic environment,” said Dr. Jeffrey Westcott, medical director, Cardiac Catherization Lab, Swedish Medical Center. “For me, it’s important to have the on-the-go accessibility provided by tablets and smartphones. Using voice recognition to document a note in Haiku or Canto allows me to seamlessly dictate the patient narrative into the electronic healthcare record using a workflow that suits my style and ensures my focus can remain on patients.”

Nuance’s cloud-based, medical voice recognition builds off of its proven success with the more than 450,000 clinicians worldwide who use Nuance’s Best-in-KLAS clinical documentation solutions on the desktop every day. By leveraging the existing desktop-focused interface, Nuance enables Haiku and Canto customers to connect to Nuance Healthcare’s voice recognition in the cloud. This connectivity will provide maintenance-free access and automatic updates of personal speech profiles, medical vocabularies and user-defined shortcuts. Customers can also enter progress notes, histories and physical exams via voice.

“Clinicians’ work lives are not conducive to a desk and chair; they need the flexibility of a mobile environment to support their workflow – between exam rooms, clinics and hospitals – and all at a moment’s notice,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare. “Still, issues surrounding the adoption of mobile technologies remain, including limitations surrounding laborious touchscreen keyboards. With voice-enabled mobile EHR applications, clinicians can enjoy the benefits of the Nuance-powered functionality anytime, anywhere.”

To learn more about Nuance’s cloud-based, medical voice recognition solution, please visit: www.poweredbynuancehealthcare.com

Nuance Healthcare

Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in providing clinical understanding solutions that accurately capture and transform the patient story into meaningful, actionable information. Thousands of hospitals, providers and payers worldwide trust Nuance voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to facilitate smarter, more efficient decisions across the healthcare enterprise. These solutions are proven to increase clinician satisfaction and HIT adoption, help organizations achieve Meaningful Use of EHR systems and support the shift to accountable care. Recognized as “Best-in-KLAS” 2004-2011 for Voice Recognition we invite you to learn more, http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm.

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Health Fidelity Releases REVEAL Version 2.0, a Next Generation Natural Language Processing Service Offering Rapid and Powerful Integration of Unstructured Data

Technology is being used in the EMR/EHR to get crucial information from the big data found in doctor’s notes, nurses notes, HIE information, comments, and other hospital data feeds to help better patient care and to automate the revenue cycle management process.

Dr. Dan Riskin (double board certified surgeon and CEO) and Anand Shroff (CMO) of Health Fidelity are available for briefings at AHIMA if you are interested in learning more about the transition happening from evidence-based medicine to data-driven healthcare because of technologies like Health Fidelity’s REVEAL Version 2.0.

Leverages Patient Narratives to Convert Data Entry from Manual into a Review Step for Revenue Cycle, Compliance, and Analytics

MENLO PARK, Calif., September 25, 2012 — Health Fidelity, a healthcare big data company and technology leader in clinical natural language processing (NLP), announced today the launch of the latest version of its REVEAL™ product, REVEAL version 2.0.

REVEAL v2.0 fulfills Health Fidelity’s promise of relentless innovation and increased efficiency through revolutionary advances in clinical NLP.  REVEAL now offers support for ICD-9, ICD-10, SNOMED, RxNorm, LOINC, and CPT-4, all derived automatically from content already captured within clinical narrative notes.  Staying ahead of the curve as the clinical NLP technology leader, Health Fidelity offers REVEAL as a web service that can be instantly tested and rapidly integrated.  Powering applications in revenue cycle, ICD-10 conversion, meaningful use, accountable care, and analytics, REVEAL dramatically improves an HIT vendor’s operation by automatically populating content for review instead of requiring doctors and hospitals to manually enter extensive documentation.

“Health Fidelity has strengthened its industry-leading position by allowing applications to move away from legacy systems of dropdowns, lists, and check boxes,” said Dan Riskin, CEO and co-founder of Health Fidelity.  “REVEAL v2.0 represents the next generation of data analytics and a fresh solution for liberating busy physicians and increasingly pressured healthcare organizations from the manual burdens underlying revenue cycle, compliance, and quality improvement.  REVEAL v2.0 offers the opportunity to make the computer support patient care, rather than patient care support the computer.”

REVEAL v2.0 represents a next generation approach to clinical NLP, providing a broad expansion of capabilities to deliver faster, more accurate and more robust extracted information, resulting in better patient care.  Innovations and new capabilities in REVEAL v2.0 include a full clinical model, robust schema expansion, and commercial grade terminology mediation.  These features, offered through an instantly ready and scalable web service, reduce the time required to empower downstream applications from years with other NLP systems to months with REVEAL.

About REVEAL

Health Fidelity REVEAL offers the ability to extract information from clinical narratives, empowering solution partner applications to bypass manual workflow and automatically solve the most challenging problems in revenue cycle management, compliance, and analytics.  By leveraging world-leading clinical NLP technology, solution partners leapfrog competition while maintaining focus on their applications and business.

About Health Fidelity

Health Fidelity, Inc., based in Menlo Park, Calif., is a healthcare big data company providing unstructured data solutions.  Offering the longest standing clinical NLP technology with the most peer-reviewed literature and scientific citations, Health Fidelity provides the world’s most accurate, reliable and studied NLP technology for healthcare.  Health Fidelity partners with HIT solution partners and leading health systems to enable healthcare organizations to utilize the 80% of unstructured medical data that resides in narrative notes and is rarely used in healthcare applications.  Health Fidelity’s secure cloud-based integration enables real-time automated extraction and encoding of unstructured information for analytics, regulatory compliance, electronic medical records, transcription, revenue cycle management, and other critical applications.  As a result, physicians and hospitals can make better medical decisions, monitor and improve the quality of care, and drive operational efficiency, thus accelerating the path to data-driven healthcare.

October 17, 2012 I Written By

Mollen, Verizon Wireless and Google to Expand Access to Healthcare

Nation’s largest independent mass immunizer “goes paperless” with the help of Verizon Wireless and Google

Scottsdale, AZ – September 13, 2012 – Mollen Immunization Clinics, the nation’s largest independent mass immunizer, has joined with Verizon Wireless and Google to expand access to a variety of immunizations.

Mollen has equipped over 4,000 of its immunization clinics at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club with Google Chromebooks powered by the Verizon Wireless network.  More than 25,000 nurses will use Chromebooks this immunization season connected by Verizon Wireless’ network to offer and process vaccinations for millions of Americans nationwide.

Mollen considered a variety of technology solutions before choosing the Chromebook, which allows the company to enhance its vaccination program by offering expanded immunizations to help prevent diseases such as whooping cough, shingles and HPV.  The secure, reliable Verizon Wireless network connection helps Mollen’s teams of nurses to determine what immunizations are needed, check insurance eligibility, process payments, submit claims, track vaccine inventories and report on clinic volumes in real time, all while helping to protect patient privacy, including under HIPAA.

“Transforming healthcare in this country depends on expanding access to care and extending the reach of healthcare providers” said John Roehm, CEO, Mollen.  “Through our work with Verizon Wireless and Google, we are able to do just that by providing more immunizations in the most convenient and cost effective ways possible.”

In addition, the new technology will allow Mollen to communicate with both state immunization registries as well as the patient’s primary care physician.  This season, at the request of patients, Mollen can electronically notify participating state immunization registries and primary care physicians when immunizations have been delivered, improving coordination of patient care.  In the future, the new technology will also allow Mollen to access immunization records from participating state registries at the patient’s request.

With the new technology, Mollen will also eliminate more than 20 million pieces of paper from its business.  “Google and Verizon Wireless have enabled us to take significant costs out of our business” said Mike Cihlar, Mollen’s Chief Operating Officer.  “As a result of going paperless, we have been able to improve the patient experience while streamlining our processes.”

“We’re proud to put the strength of our wireless network to work to help Mollen enhance access to preventative healthcare, which ultimately helps save and improve quality of lives,” said Andrés Irlando, president, Southwest Region, Verizon Wireless.

Visit www.FluShotsUSA.com to find Mollen’s clinic locations, services offered and to pre-register for immunizations.  Individuals may also walk-in to any clinic location without an appointment.

About Mollen Immunization Clinics

Mollen enables its customers to deliver and access healthcare services in the most convenient and cost effective ways possible. We do this by leveraging a nationwide network of 200,000 healthcare professionals who provide healthcare services wherever people live, learn, play, work, worship, and shop. Mollen is the largest independent mass immunizer in the country and is focused on leveraging its network of health professionals to deliver more care, more conveniently and more cost effectively to protect the health of American’s one person at a time. For more information go to http://www.FluShotsUSA.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

October 8, 2012 I Written By

Availity and Medecision Innovate to Improve Care Transitions, Reduce Preventable Hospital Readmissions

Hospital information sent to care managers in real-time, for most effective intervention

Helps ensure a smooth transition of care, improve outcomes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. & WAYNE, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Availity and Medecision have integrated their flagship solutions to enable smoother transitions of care and reduce preventable hospital readmissions. Optimizing the care of patients moving between hospitals, care institutions and home, as well as reducing hospital readmissions, are two of the most significant opportunities for cost reduction and quality outcome improvement in the healthcare industry. Smoother transitions and reduced admissions benefit health plans, care managers, hospitals, physicians, patients, and their families and caregivers. Preventable readmissions alone represent $30 billion in annual healthcare costs, with each preventable readmission costing $1 for every $10 spent on hospital care.1 Availity and Medecision are currently working with multiple health plans and hospitals to introduce and implement this solution.

Leveraging the integrated power of Medecision’s Aerial™ care management solution and Availity’s network of physicians and hospitals, health plans and care providers will be connected in real-time through automated admission and discharge information so health plan care managers or physician-based care coordinators can initiate a post-discharge care plan immediately. The automation of this important step replaces inconsistent and lengthy (often weeks-long) manual practices, where care may have been negatively affected due to lagging and inconsistent notifications.

“Real-time care transitions directly attack the problem of costly preventable hospital readmissions, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle we’re solving,” said Deborah M. Gage, President and CEO of Medecision. “Every investment decision we make is to help our payer and care provider clients share immediate and complete information – personalized to the patient — that drives accurate decision making and sets the foundation for better care.”

“Integrating our discharge capabilities with Medecision responds directly to the growing demand from our customers for the clinical solutions we announced in June,” said Russ Thomas, CEO of Availity. “By enabling physicians, hospitals and health plans to exchange time-critical information at the moment of discharge, we resolve workflow inefficiencies that present barriers to best practices in care management. The integration with Aerial is one more application of real-time clinical information we’re developing to meet the demands of new payment structures based on quality and patient outcomes.”

About Availity – Patients. Not Paperwork.®

Availity and its subsidiary, RealMed, make the health care system run faster and better. We provide physicians, hospitals, and health plans with essential business and clinical information to streamline care delivery, drive productivity and better revenue cycle management, and enable better patient experiences. The Availity® Health Information Network encompasses business and clinical services, supporting both real-time and batch electronic data interchange via the Web and business-to-business (B2B) integration. For more information, including an online demonstration, please visit www.availity.com/clinical or call 1.800.AVAILITY (282.4548).

About Medecision – Liberating™

Medecision is the leading provider of healthcare management solutions serving national, regional and local health plans, insurers and provider-based care organizations, more than 74,000 physicians, and 44 million consumers. Working within the framework that patients, care providers and health plans are all driving towards better health outcomes, Medecision and its Aerial™ solutions help connect all stakeholders to liberate the highest quality and most cost-efficient care.

As more organizations transition to value-based care, Medecision continually applies its 24 years of experience, its comprehensive technology platforms, significant investments in research and development, and the strongest clinical expertise to ensure consumers receive the best possible care. With Medecision as a business partner, health plans and care providers confidently manage through market changes, regulatory updates and new populations, while improving quality and reducing costs.

1 More Than 4 Million Potentially Preventable Admissions Cost Hospitals Nearly $31 Billion. AHRQ News and Numbers, April 29, 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD

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Shareable Ink Partners with HealthCo Information Systems to Help Ambulatory Physicians Achieve Meaningful Use

Agreement with Leading Reseller of GE Centricity® Offers Customers an Easy-to-Use EHR Tightly Integrated with Shareable Ink

Nashville, TN and Tualatin, OR (August 13, 2012) Shareable Ink®, the enterprise cloud computing company that transforms handwritten documentation to structured data and predictive analytics, today announced it has partnered with HealthCo Information Systems, a leading GE Healthcare Partner with more than 600 physician practice clients. The partnership enables practices using GE’s Centricity® EHR to achieve the benefits of Shareable Ink Ambulatory Record.  Through this partnership, HealthCo Information Systems customers can now enjoy the best of both worlds: compliance with Meaningful Use (MU) requirements without compromising practice productivity and patient volume in the process. The combined solution addresses the common concerns of physicians who know they need an EHR but are hesitant to deploy a new technology within an established, well-running practice’s operations.

“Shareable Ink enables the easiest capture of the ‘first inch’ of clinical documentation – whether from a patient, nurse or physician – and converts it into structured data that populates GE Centricity EHR fields accordingly,” said Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. “As a reseller for GE Centricity, HealthCo Information Systems is well-positioned to extend the market reach of our easy-to-implement, easy-to-use solution, helping practices achieve MU requirements within existing operations.”

Shareable Ink offers key benefits over alternative ways to enter data into an EHR, such as keyboard or voice options. Both providers and patients utilize Shareable Ink’s natural input tools to capture clinical documentation without compromising productivity. Shareable Ink’s cloud computing platform converts handwritten text and gestures into structured and codified data, which is then delivered to core hospital and practice systems. Shareable Ink Ambulatory Record enables complete visit documentation in the exam room, eliminating the need to go to an office to dictate or type after seeing the patient, and it leverages the inconspicuous nature of pen and paper, so there is no barrier between provider and patient.

“For our large client base, we continuously seek out innovative solutions that can deliver structured and actionable data at any point in the patient encounter – from the waiting room to the exam room – so that providers receive all of the benefits of EHR with none of the pain of change,” said Dustin Wienecke, General Manager of HealthCo Information Systems. “Shareable Ink Ambulatory Record enables our customers to auto-populate the GE Centricity EHR with discrete, useable data from their familiar forms, with minimal training required for providers, staff and patients. This enables them to maintain successful practices now and well into the future.”

About Shareable Ink

Shareable Ink helps healthcare organizations of all sizes transition to electronic health records without disruption to workflow or burdensome IT projects. Its enterprise cloud-based platform incorporates natural input tools, including iPads and digital pen and paper technology featuring Anoto functionality. The resulting structured and clinically-encoded output populates the EHR with discrete data, as if typed in directly. Built-in analytics give hospitals and practices insight into their operations — from a clinical, quality and efficiency standpoint — all previously inaccessible from traditional handwritten records. For additional information, visit www.shareableink.com.

About HealthCo Information Systems

HealthCo Information Systems is a medical software solutions provider specializing in Electronic Medical Records and Practice Management Systems for small to medium sized medical clinics throughout the central and western United States. Founded in 1998, we have made healthcare our only business.  A GE Healthcare Partner, we strive to deliver the best products available that automate the doctor’s office with a seamlessly integrated solution for both the front office and back office.  By partnering with GE Healthcare and implementing GE’s Centricity® Practice Solution for our clients we are able to offer them the security of a multi-billion dollar provider to the healthcare industry with the customer service of a small, agile automated solutions provider.

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