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Vista, CA (March 6, 2013) Leica Biosystems, which through its acquisition of Aperio became the leading provider of digital pathology systems, announced today that Chinese physicians have access to U.S. healthcare organizations for real-time, expert review of pathology cases through the first scalable, secure medical cloud network through its strategic collaboration with Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.

The U.S. institutions providing pathology services include: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dianon/Lab Corp. and ProPath. According to Krista Crews, executive director of ProPath, “Through the use of amazingly innovative technologies, pathology services can be provided efficiently and rapidly to support the needs in China.”

“We are pleased to now have access to additional pathology resources,” said Hongbo Li, M.D., a GI pathologist and co-founder of Sinopath Diagnostics. Located in the Beijing International Medical Center, Sinopath Diagnostics provides services for routine anatomic pathology diagnoses, pathology consultation, tele-IHC, companion diagnostics and genetic testing. “By improving communication among our colleagues, we can enhance the quality of care we provide for our patients,” said Li.

“Demand for pathology services in China is growing rapidly and we need easier access to experts both inside and outside of China to keep up with the demand,” said Shiang Huang, M.D., founder and CEO of Kindstar Globalgene Technology. Kindstar provides laboratory services to over 3,300 Chinese hospitals for advanced diagnostics in oncology and other medical specialties.

“Connecting China and the U.S. through our collaboration with Dell begins to meet our goal to address the regional and global imbalances of pathology expertise available for patient care by enabling access to pathologists, regardless of location,” said Matthias Weber, M.D., president of Leica Biosystems.

The cloud-based solution, powered by Dell’s Unified Clinical Archive, is a global, secure and scalable IT platform. This provides the foundation of best practices to optimize access to large pathology images so physicians can quickly and easily review and collaborate to expedite patient results and treatment decisions.

“Dell is excited to work with Leica Biosystems on this initiative and to facilitate the sharing of whole slide pathology images via the cloud,” said August Calhoun, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. “This is a prime example of how a hybrid cloud solution with application-neutral data management capabilities can break down traditional information silos and allow healthcare organizations to securely manage, store and share data to advance patient care even across great distances.”

About Leica Biosystems

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in laboratory workflow solutions for anatomic pathology, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve patients’ lives. Leica Biosystems provides a comprehensive product range for each step in the pathology process, from sample preparation and staining to imaging and reporting. Recognizing there is a shortage of Pathology expertise worldwide, as well as increasing sub specialization, Leica Biosystems expanded its capability in pathology imaging with Aperio ePathology Solutions enabling greater access for Pathologists through market leading whole slide scanners, NETWORK solutions that enables remote, real-time viewing and easy distribution of images for collaboration, and PRECISION solutions that provide pathologists with easy-to-use quantitative image analysis to improve clinical and research productivity, reproducibility, and consistency. Leica Biosystems is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. Further information can be found at


March 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

MedHOK Named Finalist for 2013 BizTech Innovation of the Year Award

TAMPA, Fla. – March 5, 2013 – MedHOK, which delivers industry leading actionable healthcare solutions for care, quality and compliance across an integrated cloud-based platform, has been named a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 BizTech Innovation of the Year Award. This recognition acknowledges MedHOK as an organization in the Tampa Bay area who continues to make substantial gains in the development, implementation and utilization of their technology across their entire enterprise, including their valued clients.
Finalists for the2013 BizTech Awards were determined by a distinguished panel of judges in the Tampa Bay business community. Winners will be announced on March 14, 2013 during the BizTech Innovation Summit awards luncheon.
“Developing a platform that meets the rapidly evolving needs of the healthcare industry and that utilizes the latest advances in technology and cloud-computing is at the center of all that we do,” said Anil Kottoor, president and CEO, MedHOK. “It is an honor to be named among the most innovate technology providers in the Tampa Bay region. It acknowledges the hard work that our team has put into developing and maintaining our integrated platform.”
MedHOK’s single platform for care, quality and compliance, provides insurance carriers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), accountable care organizations (ACOs) and integrated health networks with the tools they need to view patient information in real time and make it immediately available across the care continuum. By doing so in a manner that is meaningful to each end user, MedHOK’s platform creates actionable healthcare wherein individual providers and integrated delivery systems can proactively close care gaps, comply with federal and state regulations, enhance care management and improve Star, HEDIS® and other quality scores.
The unique Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model allows clients to rapidly deploy and easily maintain MedHOK’s scalable solutions, for lower up-front and ongoing costs. MedHOK’s software is fully NCQA-certified for HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management Performance Measures and compliance with CMS and State regulations, to ensure consistent application of rules and regulations.
About MedHOK
Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 23 million lives in production, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing PaaS (platform as a service) companies. Its integrated single platform for care management, quality and compliance helps health plans, PBMs, ACOs and public and private payers meet 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. MedHOK’s platfo rm holds 2013 HEDIS® certification and 2012 Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures certification.
I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

State of Connecticut Selects eiPortal for Healthcare Integration from PilotFish for Meaningful Use Testing

Cloud-Based Testing Tool Automates Provider Registration, Certification and Validation of HL7 Messaging

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.–(PRWEB)–March 4, 2013–Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, a provider of middleware solutions, announced today that the State of Connecticut has commenced implementation of the PilotFish eiPortal to support reporting requirements for Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing efforts.

The eiPortal, a cloud-based application, provides 24/7 access to all the implementation resources required to build an interface along with a fully automated, self-service, interface testing and validation facility that will be configured for reporting requirements.

Any common or standards-based message can be configured as an eiPortal service. Each service can be associated with a unique set of business rules, data quality checks and other validations. Once a service is configured, data exchange partners can submit messages electronically for automated review. Subsequently, a web-based UI displays immediate, detailed feedback. It also provides simulated responses (synchronous and asynchronous) to inbound messages, again without requiring human intervention or full test environments. Users can refine their interface and achieve conformance without involving their service provider.

“The State of Connecticut is really able to leverage the self-registration and automation capabilities of the eiPortal to perform Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing and HL7 format and content validation. This will enable all hospitals and practices in the State of Connecticut to build interfaces that will conform to healthcare interoperability standards,” said Neil Schappert, Executive Chairman of Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration.  “Starting with HL7 immunization messages, the State will configure services for each Meaningful Use reporting requirement. As each organization that is looking for documentation for Stage 1 attestation for reporting meets these requirements, a certificate will be issued through the eiPortal’s automated process. The time savings for State employees will be considerable.”

The eiPortal greatly exceeds the basic Meaningful Use requirements of just capturing and verifying the electronic transmission of this data. It is also capable of certifying the conformance of these messages against national standards and internal processing requirements. This capability positions Connecticut to manage future-stage Meaningful Use testing, and to use the eiPortal as a pre-production, self-service on-boarding tool to greatly benefit Connecticut healthcare providers. The on-boarding tool will ready them to begin the move to full production for Stage 2 reporting.

“We are excited to partner with PilotFish for our Meaningful Use testing,” commented Mark Raymond, CIO for the State of Connecticut. “The eiPortal allows us to eliminate significant human intervention, while providing a higher level of service to our providers, than would otherwise have been possible.”

“States and organizations are spending millions of dollars working with different partners implementing the same message over and over again. It is a repetitive process that is intensely reliant on expensive human capital. The eiPortal provides a unique solution to automating this process. It frees up IT staffs not just in Government, but in Labs, at HIEs and Manufacturers or any entity that offers a standard set of interfaces, file formats or web services for consumption by many customers,” said Neil Schappert. “Meeting this critical need for the State of Connecticut for Meaningful Use certification is just one example. We are thrilled with the opportunity to help our home state be more efficient. We are also pleased to provide the state’s practices and hospitals with an online resource that lets them meet Meaningful Use requirements faster and with far less effort.”

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration is exhibiting at HiMSS13, March 4-6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, Booth #7941 – see live demos of the eiPortal and eiConsole for Healthcare (an IDE featuring a graphical Assembly Line for configuring interfaces).

About PilotFish

Founded in 2001 and based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology provides middleware software and services to enable the integration of disparate systems. The eiPortal for Healthcare Integration is distributed through Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII), a subsidiary of PilotFish Technology. Products are distributed directly to end users and through select channel partners.


March 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Cisco Study Reveals 74 Percent of Consumers Open to Virtual Doctor Visit

Results of Global Customer Experience Report Focused on Health Care Demonstrate Shift in Consumer Attitudes Toward Personal Data, Telemedicine and Access to Medical Information 

New Orleans – March 4, 2013 – Cisco today announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference the results of the Cisco Customer Experience Report focused on health care.  The global report examined the perceptions of consumers and health care decision makers (HCDMs) on the patient experience in health care.

The results of the report demonstrate that as information, technology, bandwidth, and integration of the network become the center of the “new world,” both human and digital aspects are key parts to the overall patient experience. These components lead to more real-time, meaningful patient and doctor interaction.

The survey studied the views of consumers and HCDMs on sharing personal health data, participating in in-person medical consultation versus remote care and using technology to make recommendations on personal health.  Views on these topics differed widely between the two groups (consumers and HCDMs) and the ten geographies surveyed.

The global report conducted in early 2013, includes responses from 1,547 consumers and HCDMs across ten countries.  Additionally, consumers and HCDMs were polled from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages within each country.

Privacy and Personal Service
This portion of the survey focused on how comfortable consumers and HCDMs are with sharing personal health and medical information for a better experience. Overall, health care practitioners were more willing to share personal and private information than patients or other citizens. The degree to which all clinicians, patients and citizens are willing to share personal health information and to improve the quality of care varies by geography.

Key findings:

·         Most consumers are comfortable with having all of their health records securely available on the cloud except for those in Germany and Japan.

·         Nearly half of the consumers surveyed and two-thirds of the HCDMs surveyed would be comfortable sharing and receiving health information through social media channels.

·         Most North American consumers – nearly eighty percent – are comfortable submitting a complete medical history and diagnostic information to help ensure they have all the information available to treat them and offer the most personal diagnosis possible. Ninety percent of Russian consumers expressed comfort, while fifty percent of Japanese customers expressed discomfort with the idea of submitting DNA.

·         Though roughly half of HCDMs believe data protection is adequate for protecting health and medical data privacy in their respective countries, fewer consumers believe data protection is adequate. The largest discrepancy among consumers and HCDMs is observed in Brazil, as approximately two-thirds of consumers feel data protection in their country is adequate while about 8 in 10 HCDMs believe otherwise.  In the U.S., close to sixty percent of HCDMs expressed confidence while only forty percent of consumers shared that sentiment.

In-Person vs. Virtual Customer Service
The report findings challenged the assumption that face-to-face interaction is always the preferred health care experience. While consumers still depend heavily on in person medical treatments, given a choice between virtual access to care and human contact, three quarters of patients and citizens would choose access to care and are comfortable with the use of technology for the clinician interaction.

Key findings:

·         Three quarters of consumers indicate they are comfortable with the idea of communicating with doctors using technology instead of seeing them in person.

·         In China, Russia and Mexico, nearly three-quarters of consumers would be comfortable communicating with a specialist using virtual technology (e.g. video chatting, text messaging) for a health condition.

·         More than 60 percent of consumers from Germany, Japan and the U.S. indicate being comfortable with the idea of being treated by a specialist using virtual technology.

·         Patients and citizens will give up anything, including cost, convenience and travel, to be treated at a perceived leading health care provider to gain access to trusted care and expertise.

How Much Do Consumers and HCDMs Rely on Technology?
As machines become connected and networked, they play an even larger role in the overall health care experience. Interest in accessing health information on mobile devices is growing rapidly and is the No. 1 topic of consumer interest In Mexico, Brazil and China.

Key findings:

  • About 4 in 10 consumers indicate they would be interested in receiving recommendations about doctors, hospitals, medication, etc., automatically through their computer or mobile devices.
  • While the majority of consumers who have health care apps on their mobile devices indicate their apps are related to healthy eating and exercise, 25 percent indicate they are for chronic disease management.
  • Nearly one in four indicates receiving health-related reminders on their device.

Supporting Quote: 

•       “The patient and care provider experiences are top of mind in health care around the world.  Due to the increasing convergence of the digital and physical, there is an opportunity to provide increased collaboration and information sharing among providers to improve the care experience and operate more efficiently,” said Kathy English, Public Sector and Healthcare Marketing, Cisco.

About Cisco
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March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Top Healthcare Organizations Embrace Windows 8 to Advance Patient Care

At HIMSS13, providers such as Pediatric Associates showcase promise of Windows 8 to meet the productivity, collaboration and security needs of the healthcare industry.

NEW ORLEANS — March 4, 2013 — At the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. today announced new healthcare customers and partners that showcased Windows 8 solutions as part of a comprehensive approach to meeting mobility, productivity and collaboration goals within hospital and practice settings. With more than 850 health apps currently in the Windows Store available to healthcare providers, Windows 8 offers a platform for the next generation of apps poised to change the way the healthcare organizations connect with each other and patients, enabling a more integrated and patient-centric health system.

“Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver improved quality of care, provide better access for more patients and lower costs, while tackling productivity and workforce shortage challenges,” said Michael Robinson, general manager, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft. “Microsoft offers the necessary secure communication, collaboration and workflow technologies that complement existing EHR solutions, transforming the practice of medicine from provider-centered piecework to patient-centered teamwork.”

Microsoft is collaborating with Intel and Cleveland Clinic to explore proof-of-concept deployments of Windows 8 line-of-business apps in a clinical setting. Cleveland Clinic is exploring the capabilities of Windows 8 and new Intel-powered mobile devices that enable clinicians to view a risk-stratified list of patients and call up their latest medical information.

“For constantly multitasking clinicians, the Windows 8 interface offers flexibility to use both the touch screen and keyboard on a range of fast, powerful new Intel-based mobile devices,” said Mark Blatt, M.D., medical director for Intel’s worldwide health IT group. “Healthcare organizations no longer need to compromise when it comes to mobile health workflows because today’s innovative designs enable clinicians to instantly convert from tablet to laptop mode.”

Pediatric Associates recognizes the continuing need to provide innovative ways in delivering key medical information to our providers while caring for patients. This pilot enables them to meet this need by seamlessly delivering protected health information in the Greenway PrimeMOBILE app via Windows 8 devices wherever the clinician or patient may be.

“As a physician-owned practice with seven clinical locations and over 80 providers seeing 250,000 patient visits per year, we are focused on leveraging technology as a tool in providing quality patient care. Through our partnership with Microsoft, Intel and Greenway, we engaged in a pilot project to assess the potential of Windows 8, in combination with Greenway’s PrimeMOBILE EHR app, in supplying a mobile solution to an ever-growing mobile patient demographic,” said Brock Morris, chief information officer, Pediatric Associates Inc., PS. “Through the intuitive nature and enhanced security of Windows 8 and the PrimeMOBILE app, our providers can gain ready access to the patient’s full medical chart, providing a tremendous help to our patients by taking the burden off the family and by allowing our physicians to efficiently and accurately access the necessary medical information regardless of the point of care.”

Windows 8 and its broad network of apps, which are inherently secure, are bringing value to healthcare providers by connecting enterprise apps and consumer experiences together in a way that is unique to the industry. Microsoft and its partner ecosystem unveiled a range of new enterprise apps that connect to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), apps for mobile physicians and nurses to access Clinical Reference information and Business to Consumer apps aimed at empowering consumers to better manage their health.

Electronic Medical Record Apps

Clinicians and nurses are leveraging Electronic Medical Record (EMR) apps to access patient information securely in a healthcare setting, allowing them to make more informed decisions about patient health, collaborate more effectively across teams and improve the overall health outcomes of patients.

• Greenway developed the PrimeMOBILE app for Windows 8, which provides complete remote access to patient data housed in Greenway’s EHR solution, allowing providers to view patient history and problem lists, progress notes, and appointment schedules encompassing a healthcare provider’s entire patient population in a secure manner. PrimeMOBILE, a business-to-business app, gives physicians and other clinicians access to the most-common functionality of the Greenway PrimeSUITE EHR.

“To truly deliver the most effective care possible, providers need anywhere, anytime access to comprehensive information,” said Johnathan Samples, executive vice president, Research and Development, Greenway Medical. “PrimeMOBILE allows physicians and other caregivers to easily and securely leverage the rich patient data within our PrimeSUITE EHR solution as they direct care from virtually any location. With the growing popularity of Windows 8, we’re pleased to deliver this access on the Windows 8 platform so our providers have another user-friendly tool, working together to improve population health.”

• Pariscribe’s Windows 8 EMR business-to-business app, the EMR Surface, transforms the clinical documentation process. “The tile-based UX design and incorporation of core contracts native to Windows 8 have enabled our development of a feature-rich application that transcends the typical user experience in the medical applications,” said Manny Abraham, president and CEO of Pariscribe. “Pariscribe clinical documentation leverages all the advantages that Windows 8 and touch-enabled mobile devices can offer customers who want a more user-friendly system.”

• MazikCARE, a business-to-business app for Windows 8, is the fully integrated EMR solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Available as a hosted or cloud solution, the MazikCARE Windows 8 app delivers full healthcare IT functionality, including ambulatory and inpatient processing, revenue cycles, medical billing, scheduling, and more. MazikCARE is an intuitive Windows 8 app that cuts down on employee training time, lowers costs, increases return on investment and is the only EMR/ERP solution offering full Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 capability on Windows 8.

Further, EMR providers from Epic to AllScripts are showcasing their integration with Windows 8 at HIMSS.

Clinical Reference Apps

Physicians are constantly on the go, moving between patients and from the hospital to the physicians’ offices. Clinical reference apps enable physicians to access information and make evidence-based recommendations about patient care.

UpToDate allows providers to find clinical answers at the point of care or anywhere they need them by allowing them to access current, synthesized clinical information from UpToDate, including evidence-based recommendations, quickly and easily on a Windows 8 phone or Windows 8 tablet.

• The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed a Windows 8 version of its Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) app, which is designed to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. ePSS brings information on clinical preventive services that clinicians need, recommendations, clinical considerations, and selected practice tools, to the point of care.

Consumer Health Apps

Windows 8 applications are also empowering patients to be more engaged as active participants in their own health.

• Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. has partnered with Microsoft on the launch of the Digital Health Scorecard app for Windows 8. The Scorecard aims to address the growing prevalence of chronic diseases around the world by introducing the concept of a personal health score. The health score is a new, consumer-friendly metric that can be quickly calculated by answering just seven questions about essential health behaviors and measures. It’s like a “credit score” for your health. “The app helps people recognize where they currently stand with their health,” said Michael Weinberger, director of Marketplace Innovation at Johnson & Johnson. “But just as important, it gives them the critical insight they need to have conversations with their doctor and begin making the changes that can lead to longer, healthier, happier lives.”

• The CDC application is a way for consumers to access health information at their fingertips, featuring important health articles, popular journals, timely updates and access to social media to coincide with important health concerns and events that consumers can use to protect their lives and loved ones.

• Mayo Clinic offers a free app called Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy, which is available in the Windows Store. Available for desktop, laptop and tablet users on the Windows 8 platform, Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy is a trustworthy guide to pregnancy, childbirth and baby’s first three months. It was developed by Mayo Clinic to leverage the medical and lifestyle expertise of a team of Mayo’s pregnancy experts in obstetrics and gynecology, genetics, nutrition, midwifery, and lactation.

“Getting pregnant and becoming a parent are among the most significant experiences in a person’s life and can be overwhelming,” said Roger Harms, M.D., a Mayo Clinic specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, and senior medical director for operations in Mayo Clinic’s Global Business Solutions division. “Windows 8 provided an easy-to-use platform for Mayo Clinic to develop an app to guide consumers from conception to delivery, and see them through the first three months with their newborn to give them peace of mind and enhance their sense of wonder throughout the experience.”

• A Microsoft HealthVault app for Windows 8 will soon be available to consumers in the Windows Store. HealthVault enables consumers to collect, store and securely share their personal health information, and connects to hundreds of third-party services and devices that make it easy to keep that information up to date. The new app brings this critical family information to life with a modern, touch-first user experience on Surface and other Windows 8 devices.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Health Organizations Prescribe a Move to the Cloud to Help Improve Patient Outcomes and Solve Business Challenges

Microsoft Office 365’s cloud-based communication, collaboration, and HIPAA privacy and security capabilities win over customers across the healthcare industry.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 4, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that healthcare organizations large and small, including FHI 360, Gwinnett Hospital System Inc., Kindred Healthcare Inc. and Mihills Webb, have selected Microsoft Office 365 as the trusted cloud service to help address their end goal of providing the highest quality, safety and best outcomes of care for each patient.

The choice has simultaneously helped those required to do so comply with critical regulatory and privacy obligations under the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which among other things is designed to protect the privacy of healthcare information for individuals. Office 365 is the only major cloud business productivity solution that addresses rigorous HIPAA regulations, and programmatically offers a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to customers.

“We’re pleased to work with health organizations and partners to offer the cloud-based productivity and collaboration infrastructure they need to enable their people and teams to communicate and collaborate anytime, anywhere and substantially lower their IT operating costs,” said Dennis Schmuland, MD, chief health strategy officer, Microsoft U.S. Health & Life Sciences. “And by incorporating the required HIPAA privacy and security protections, and IT control safeguards in Office 365, Microsoft is enabling health organizations to move to the cloud at their own pace, and with confidence that Office 365 is designed to meet or exceed their requirements for patient-centered collaboration while simultaneously helping them address their HIPAA regulatory requirements for privacy and security compliance.”

The following healthcare organizations have recently implemented Microsoft Office 365 solutions for benefits that include these:

• Unifying and streamlining. FHI 360 is a global development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions for human development. Professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. They serve more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories, which meant FHI 360 needed a single solution to unify all offices. By adopting Office 365, FHI 360 was able to cohesively harness the power of cloud computing for the entire organization.

“We were looking to move every employee to the cloud, and Office 365 offered the best blend of feature set, corporate support and reliability,” said Michael Mazza, chief information officer, FHI 360. “Microsoft demonstrated a commitment in deployment and support that could not be matched. Microsoft’s ability to support our top five languages while understanding future considerations across our disciplines and geographies, within the organization and with our partners, was also important.”

• Low-cost, high-tech. Gwinnett Hospital System was not utilizing instant messaging and conferencing technologies and needed the ability to collaborate remotely without having to travel. The company wanted an effective cloud solution to interoperate with its existing technologies, so it chose Microsoft Lync Online.

“In general, hospitals tend to be behind in deploying new technologies,” said Rick Allen, assistant vice president of information systems at Gwinnett. “But we are competing for talent, and new technologies help attract young employees. With Lync and the cloud, we can provide easy collaboration regardless of location at a cost we can handle.”

• Standardized communication, improved collaboration, stronger management. Kindred Healthcare Inc. has experienced technological challenges in the past when acquiring and integrating healthcare companies and business portfolios, including during the most recent acquisition of RehabCare. After deciding to deploy Office 365 across all RehabCare employees, however, Kindred was able to standardize its lines of business on a common cloud platform, expand communication abilities via Microsoft Lync, and improve collaboration opportunities with Microsoft SharePoint, all the while leveraging the benefits of both cloud and on-premise offerings with robust security. Office 365 has also provided Kindred with a platform that enables it to continually improve productivity and manageability across the company.

“Because Kindred was already leveraging the Microsoft technologies before acquiring RehabCare, we felt confident in migrating RehabCare’s mobile therapists to Office 365,” said John Vorreiter, senior director of Technical Services. “Kindred has 78,000 dedicated employees providing IT and healthcare services to 546,000 patients and residents on an annualized basis, with more than 2,200 locations across 46 states. Having the latest cloud technology that supports a wide range of clinical and business applications, user collaboration, and needs and still helps ensure HIPAA security compliance enforcement tools is essential.”

• Security features and privacy compliance. Mihills Webb Medical, a small five-physician family practice, deployed Office 365 for communication and compliance benefits. Microsoft’s cloud offering not only improves communication and collaboration but provides robust security and helps meet privacy and other regulatory requirements as demanded by HIPAA, the federal law that applies to health organizations which need to protect patient data. Many organizations seeking to consolidate resources and save money in their infrastructure and email storage businesses needed to combine the benefits of moving to the cloud with the need for a solution with the highest level of scrutiny around how data is secured and accessed from the cloud.

“Compliance in particular was critical for us, and it’s a non-negotiable requirement that we demand from our technology solution providers,” said Dr. Cody Mihills, family physician at Mihills Webb. “Because Microsoft cloud services are HIPAA-compliant and came with a HIPAA business associate agreement, we’ve used Office 365 to unify communications across the office with confidence. Tasks like coordinating schedules between employees and collaborating with peers outside the office who support patients now can be executed in an efficient, HIPAA-compliant manner. Office 365, from a business standpoint, has been a winning proposition.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available in the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.


I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Explorys Launches First Big Data-Powered Benchmarking Network to Prepare Leading Healthcare Systems for Value-Based Care Economy

World’s Largest Healthcare Big Data Compilation to Accelerate Quality Improvement, Cost Reduction, Risk Management and Transform Delivery Models with Comparative Data Network

New Orleans, LA, March 4, 2013 (HIMSS Booth #6455) — Explorys, the leader in big data-driven healthcare transformation, today announced the release of its new National Benchmark offering, which provides comparative metrics across more than 92 billion clinical, financial, and operational data facts spanning the continuum of care for 13 integrated delivery networks, 120 hospitals, and over 100,000 providers providing over $30 billion in care annually across the United States.

National Benchmarks, the first of a new series of comparative analytics, is available to Explorys’ customer base today, with support for disease management, quality, wellness, Accountable Care, and financial measures.  These benchmarks offer unique insight into patterns and trends by supplementing comprehensive clinical data with claims and administrative data.  This new offering enables leading healthcare organizations to compare their performance to the aggregate Explorys Network, all while preserving patient privacy and ensuring HIPAA compliance, and provider/system anonymity.

Participants in the Explorys Network include some of the nation’s leaders in care transformation, such as Cleveland Clinic, Catholic Health Partners, Iowa Health System, Centura Health, St. Joseph Health System, and Legacy Health. “These organizations recognize the imperative to leverage not only their own data, but also comparatively relevant metrics from the aggregate of their peers,” explains Stephen McHale, CEO, Explorys. “It’s this insight that enables provider organizations to design, construct, and measure value-based-care, bundled services, and direct-to-employer models. This is critical for effective payer contracting, as well as prediction and management of the impact on fee-for-service and other at-risk service lines.”

Building upon the Explorys Network and its growing member base, the company will continue to add capabilities throughout 2013 that enable advanced predictive models and analytics for value-based care transformation.

“Our ability to clinically benchmark both internally and externally within the Explorys Network provides an important basis for planning and measuring our quality and performance goals, particularly as the industry moves toward risk-sharing models.  We see a significant advantage in using this insight to inform new service offerings and drive better relationships with our payers and employers,” stated Mike Murphy, President and CEO of Accountable Care, Iowa Health System.

Explorys will be demonstrating its platform, applications, and new Network Benchmarking features at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition from March 4-6, 2013 in New Orleans, LA at booth.  To schedule time to meet with an Explorys representative or existing customer, please go to

About Explorys
Founded in 2009 as an innovation spinoff from Cleveland Clinic, Explorys provides the healthcare industry’s first secure, cloud-based Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) platform that leverages BIG DATA. Its analytics platform enables the country’s leading provider organizations to more effectively leverage their data to improve care quality, patient satisfaction, and support Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Accountable Care (ACO) models while applying the power of massively-parallel data processing to save lives and make healthcare affordable.  Since its inception, Explorys’ platform has been adopted by 13 major integrated healthcare systems with over 92 billion data elements, 31 million cared-for-lives, 120 hospitals, and 85,000 providers. For more information, visit

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John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

HIMSS13: athenahealth Issues HIT Industry ‘Code of Conduct’

Code Lays Out Five Basic Principles to Move Industry Forward

WATERTOWN, MA, and NEW ORLEANS, LA March 4, 2013athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems, today proposed a Health Information Technology (HIT) ‘Code of Conduct’ that calls upon the health information industry, particularly electronic health record (EHR) vendors, to abide by five principles related to data portability, patient safety, provider freedom of choice, and Meaningful Use.

The HIT Code of Conduct responds to recent statements by National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, who has challenged the industry (HIT vendors) to “step up” and agree to a Code of Conduct that sets forth principles to protect patients, guard against fraud, and empower HIT to finally realize its potential to revolutionize health care. Motivated by the challenge, athenahealth has outlined a framework that its peer vendors can sign on to, and other industry stakeholders can sign up in support of, and today launched an online portal to gather online “signatures.” The five principles HIT vendors are being challenged to adhere to are:

  • Empower Data Portability and Provider Choice
  • Build a True Nationwide Information Backbone
  • Protect Patients
  • Prevent Fraud
  • Drive Meaningful Use

“The HIT Code of Conduct is a call to the industry to abide by a uniform set of high standards that providers should expect and demand as they invest in technology and services as a means to improve care delivery,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO and Chairman of athenahealth. “These are things we’ve committed to do for our clients—things that we believe our industry must do if HIT is going to join the 21st century and finally realize its potential to transform healthcare.”

“These are simple propositions that we think can have a significant impact—if we get broad buy-in from our peer companies and the providers we all serve,” said Dan Haley, VP of Government Affairs, athenahealth.

Added Haley, “The principles in the Code squarely address some of the central policy issues facing the HIT industry, providing not only a push to move the industry forward, but also a strong signal to our providers and to government that our industry understands its responsibility to proactively address those issues.”

HIT vendors, industry stakeholders, and policymakers interested in reviewing the full Code of Conduct are encouraged to visit it here:, where vendors can sign on to the Code in full, or just to the provisions that apply to their businesses, and other stakeholders can sign on to publicly show their support.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems. athenahealth’s mission is to be the most trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing the right thing. For more information, please visit or call 888-652-8200.


I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Fovia and Radiant Sage Streamline Clinical Trials for Pharmaceutical Industry

Cloud-based HDVR® Access Facilitates Drug Research, Discovery 

Palo Alto, California and Belmont, Massachusetts, February 28, 2013 – Fovia Medical, Inc., a world leader in volume rendering technology, and Radiant Sage LLC, a leading provider of on-demand clinical image management solutions, today announced a collaboration to deliver High Definition Volume Rendering® to the pharmaceutical market.

The Radiant/Fovia collaboration will provide real-time access to the world’s highest quality 3D medical imaging, thereby enabling clinical sponsors to make critical decisions earlier in the development cycle and facilitating more rapid and cost-effective drug development.  Radiant Sage will be able to deliver Fovia’s full suite of sophisticated volumetric visualization functionality, including automatic segmentation and volume measurement, to global leaders in drug discovery and research—including pharmaceutical, biotech, device and research enterprises.

Fovia’s flexible and scalable software development kit (SDK) is currently deployed in a variety of fields, providing cloud-based, enterprise-wide and local imaging to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).  In clinical image management, HDVR enables rapid diagnosis with real-time visualization and quantitative assessment accurate to the sub-voxel level.  The CPU-based solution supports 24/7 image availability on off-the-shelf computers without requiring expensive graphics cards, thus allowing convenient and inexpensive access, sharing, data manipulation and management.

“Our customers need the ability to retain control of their studies during the entire trial process, make necessary image-aided decisions, and have visibility of their data in real time.  With Fovia as a partner, we can deliver an uncompromised, flexible solution that meets these needs,” said Ven Thangaraj, Chief Executive Officer of Radiant Sage, LLC.  “We simply could not provide the fast and high-quality access demanded by the global pharmaceutical leaders without the advanced features and thin-client technology of Fovia’s HDVR software.”

Ken Fineman, Chief Executive Officer of Fovia, stated, “Fovia is thrilled to have a partner provide such an innovative offering to leaders in the pharmaceutical field.  Radiant’s game-changing products are clearly a step ahead and provide a uniquely comprehensive and timely delivery of clinical trial image management tools.”

About Fovia, Inc.

Fovia has developed High Definition Volume Rendering®, a CPU-based, advanced visualization technology platform that delivers unparalleled quality, performance, scalability and flexibility.  Fovia’s innovative HDVR® solution successfully overcomes the inherent limitations of other currently available imaging technologies, thereby enabling local, enterprise-wide and web-based volumetric rendering with affordable, off-the-shelf computers.

Fovia’s flagship product, HDVR® Connect, is a software-only, advanced visualization solution that includes all of the key attributes required by today’s vendors and their customers: performance, quality, scalability, anytime/anywhere image access, cost-effectiveness and flexibility.  With HDVR Connect, OEM vendors can deliver unrivaled image quality and uncompromised performance, both locally and remotely, in 2D, 3D and 4D advanced volume visualization applications.

For additional information and to learn more about commercial, academic or research licensing, visit

About Radiant Sage:

Radiant Sage LLC provides on-demand clinical trial image management solutions for organizations involved in drug discovery and research.  Specifically designed for clinical trials, the company’s solutions, Core-Lab-in-a-Box™ and RadVista Viewer, enable rapid trial start and increase overall efficiency of the collection, distribution, and processing of images with little or no capital investments.  The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model enables sponsors to retain control of their clinical trials by leveraging cost-effective, efficient and accurate image management solutions.  These secure, Web-based, real-time solutions also offer increased image/data integrity and meet necessary compliance requirements.  Radiant Sage is headquartered near Boston, Mass., and can be found on the Internet at:


February 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.


“My Health Alerts” App Enables Healthcare Providers to More Easily Deliver Mobile Self-Service to Outpatients; Minimizes IT Resource Use and Costs

SEATTLE—February 27, 2013—Varolii Corporation, a market leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) customer interaction management, today announced its first smartphone application designed to enable healthcare providers to deliver personal health information and self-service options at the patient’s fingertips. Built on the Varolii Interact Mobile Service, the My Health Alerts app is a provider-branded smartphone application that delivers proactive reminders for upcoming appointments and clinical quality measures, and complements electronic health record access for patients.

Varolii’s mobile app, combined with Varolii’s mobile Software Development Kit and the Interact platform, uniquely allows providers to engage patients through orchestrated voice, text, email, smartphone push notifications and hosted web app channels so that they get the information they need on the channel they most prefer. With cross-channel orchestration, providers can promote app adoption and be sure that a personalized message is reaching the right people on their preferred smartphone channel. My Health Alerts also leverages Varolii’s robust cloud-based analytics and reporting to quickly and intelligently adjust patient communication strategies based on real-time feedback.

“In a smartphone-majority world, consumers want more information when it suits them and via the channel they prefer – and a growing number prefer a mobile app to complement email, texting and voice interactions. With Varolii’s My Health Alerts app, healthcare providers can deliver exactly that – instant self-service and proactive reminders to consumers in the way they want it on their smartphone,” said Dave McCann, CEO at Varolii.

Consumer expectations are clearly shifting around healthcare. Recent primary research from Varolii shows that the rise of mobile has also led to a desire for more frequent interaction and on their preferred channel of communication. Consumers overwhelmingly prefer mobile channels with nearly 1 in 5 (17%) preferring a text message, 14 percent favoring automated voice and nearly 1 in 10 (9%) preferring a smartphone application. Fifty percent of respondents also believe that texts, emails and smartphone apps with tips, reminders and encouragement could have helped them avoid a health problem in the past.

“Our experience and primary research around healthcare customer interaction management have led us to the conclusion that if a large outpatient clinic operation has one million patients, smartphone applications will appeal to about 14 percent of that population,” added McCann. “However, the app has to be orchestrated with other patient engagement channels like voice, email and text messages. Standalone mobile apps – what we call first-generation apps – are not the answer because they don’t include push notifications or integration with these other channels. This is critical to driving successful adoption and use of a mobile app. Our third-generation mobile app integrates both of these pieces, making it a great choice for providers looking to build or improve a mobile app.”

With the My Health Alerts app, providers can take a more active role in a patient’s health that goes well beyond the doctor’s office. Key benefits include:

·         Improved smartphone app adoption. Smartphone push notifications and Varolii hosted Interact web apps make it more relevant and convenient for patients to utilize the app.

·         Minimized IT resource use. The app minimizes the use of IT resources as a cloud-based solution and takes advantage of progressively expanding capabilities within subsequent app versions that ensure the long-term success and vision of your mobile app strategy.

·         Greater patient self-service. My Health Alerts delivers better patient self-service options to reschedule appointments, view personal health information and receive proactive alerts related to their health and wellness.

·         Improved clinical quality measures. By taking a more proactive role with texts and push notifications, providers can improve key Meaningful Use and other measures, such as patient portal use, mammograms and colorectal cancer screenings.

·         Increased patient satisfaction. By providing an enhanced experience and pushing relevant information to patients at the right time, appointment scheduling and key health reminders through the app, providers can improve patient satisfaction. In one recent case, the Varolii Interact Platform created a two percent lift in patient satisfaction scores by leveraging a cross-channel approach to patient engagement.

·         Fewer missed appointments. With push notifications to remind, reschedule or cancel appointments, My Health Alerts can reduce missed appointment rates and boost unrealized revenue. For example, Varolii’s applications have been proven to reduce missed appointments by 25 percent with cross-channel interactions.

“This new era of pay-for-quality, local competition for market share and meaningful use has taken us well beyond annual check-ups and reactive patient relationships. Today, provider organizations need to be an active partner in a patient’s health and wellness. However, providers cannot scale to develop this kind of relationship on an individual basis,” said Vance Clipson, senior healthcare market manager at Varolii. “That’s where we come in. With Varolii, providers can leverage personalized, cross-channel interactions to engage with patients in a meaningful way across smartphone apps, voice, text and email.”

For more information on Varolii’s My Health Alerts app, please visit Varolii Mobile Health. Varolii will also be exhibiting at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition from March 3-7, 2013 in New Orleans. Please visit Booth #5807 for a live demo of the new My Health Alerts app.

About Varolii Corporation

Varolii is a leading provider of customer interaction management applications. Our cloud-based communication service help organizations more effectively interact with large numbers of customers and employees through voice, text messages, smartphone applications and email, reducing cost of operations and improving service. The company’s award-winning Interact platform enables companies to deliver personalized communication on a large scale, achieving better results from fewer interactions. More than 450 companies trust Varolii to manage more than four million interactions every business day. For more information, visit


I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.