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DocuTAP Announces Acquisition of Clockwise.MD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. and ATLANTA, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — DocuTAP, one of the nation’s fastest growing healthcare technology companies and provider of electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) software for urgent care clinics, today announced that it has acquired Clockwise.MD, a patient engagement software provider of online scheduling and wait time transparency solutions for healthcare organizations. The combination brings together the complementary strengths of both companies to form an industry leader in the on-demand healthcare market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 2012, Clockwise.MD’s online scheduling and virtual queuing functionalities are used by more than 1,600 urgent care clinics, emergency departments, primary and specialty care clinics, lab facilities, imaging centers, and more to help boost patient satisfaction, manage online reputations, and improve patient retention. Clockwise.MD’s suite of tools will enhance DocuTAP’s software products with a robust patient-facing product suite, offering urgent care providers a more comprehensive approach to workflow management and greater convenience for patients and clinic staff.

“We are excited to combine with Clockwise.MD, which has built one of the most recognizable brands for patient engagement solutions in the urgent care space and beyond,” said Eric McDonald, CEO of DocuTAP. “This transaction is an important step forward in DocuTAP’s growth trajectory and we look forward to working with the Clockwise.MD team to advance our combined leadership position in the on-demand healthcare market.”

“DocuTAP shares our entrepreneurial approach and commitment to providing a better experience for patients and providers alike. We are pleased to join forces and integrate our products to reach more customers and serve more patients across healthcare markets,” said Mike Burke, Founder and CEO of Clockwise.MD.

About DocuTAP
DocuTAP’s team of 300+ employees serves over 1,300 urgent care and on-demand primary care clinics. DocuTAP provides urgent care practices with an innovative approach to workflow management. Its flagship product, DocuTAP’s EMR and Practice Management software, fully integrates practice management and electronic medical records capabilities in one complete system. DocuTAP’s complete urgent care solution includes revenue cycle management services—along with DocuTAP Analytics, a business intelligence tool with custom reports and built-in industry benchmarks. Craft a better urgent care experience with DocuTAP. Begin at www.docutap.com.

About Clockwise.MD
Clockwise.MD provides online self-scheduling and queue management solutions for healthcare organizations, helping providers to manage their patients’ experience of waiting for care. Clockwise.MD customers realize a measured increase in patient satisfaction scores and patient volume. For more information about Clockwise.MD, please visit http://www.clockwisemd.com.

April 27, 2017 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.

Siemens Healthineers Supports Population Health Management with Planned Acquisition of Medicalis

  • Siemens Healthineers has signed an agreement to acquire Medicalis Corporation to expand Population Health Management portfolio
  • Medicalis’ expertise and solutions provide workflow orchestration and clinical decision support to health systems
  • Offerings expected to deliver desired service levels at lower costs while improving quality and productivity for healthcare providers

Siemens Healthineers plans to expand its Population Health Management (PHM) portfolio with the acquisition of Medicalis Corporation based in San Francisco and Kitchener, Ontario.  Medicalis is a leading provider of Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Solutions at the point of order entry, Imaging Workflow (IW) management, and Referral Management (RM). By incorporating these offerings into its PHM portfolio, Siemens Healthineers will enable healthcare providers to effectively bridge between PHM at the health system level and at the departmental level.  With an expanded focus on PHM, as well as a new name that underlines the company’s pioneering spirit and engineering expertise, Siemens Healthineers—the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG—is helping healthcare providers worldwide meet current challenges and excel in their respective environments.

“The mission of Siemens Healthineers is to be the trusted partner enabling health systems and healthcare providers worldwide to improve medical outcomes and reduce costs,” says Matthias Platsch, Head of Services, Siemens Healthineers. “The addition of Medicalis’ technology solutions to the Siemens Healthineers portfolio complements and supports our offerings in Population Health Management and Value-Based Healthcare, a key priority for our ongoing expansion through our Services business.”

The newly-acquired Population Health Management portfolio will extend the Siemens Healthineers strategy for Value-Based Healthcare across the health system enterprise and hospital departmental levels:

  • Clinical Decision Support provides the mechanism, as defined under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), to check appropriateness of imaging orders and enables healthcare providers to define and evolve their standard of care, according to their appropriate use criteria (AUC), based on evidence and best practice. Today, 20%–30% of high-tech imaging procedures fail to provide information that improves patient welfare and, therefore, may represent, at least in part, unnecessary imaging services.
  • Imaging Workflow orchestrates the interpreting physician desktop, streamlining workflow, and standardization of diagnostic pathways for high-impact disease states. It ensures the right specialist, the right tools, a timely read, and prevention of care gaps.
  • Referral Management helps to avoid breaks in care by providing simple appointment scheduling tools, which help a patient schedule examinations in their network. This avoids leakage of patient information to another health system, which breaks communication and causes lost revenue.

In the short term, the solutions developed by Medicalis are expected to address the immediate need for consolidating providers to orchestrate and standardize their imaging workflow and to achieve compliance with the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, expected to become effective on January 1, 2018, which mandates consultation of appropriateness CDS at the point of order for certain advanced imaging tests. Siemens Healthineers believes these solutions will enable providers to achieve PAMA compliance while retaining control over the content, allowing them to move beyond simple compliance towards truly establishing an evolving standard of care based on evidence and direct health system experience.

“The acquisition of Medicalis will allow us to offer healthcare providers a powerful solution to define, implement, monitor, and evolve their own standard of care for their diagnostic service line,” says Robert Taylor, Head of Digital Services Population Health Management, Digital Health Services, Siemens Healthineers.  “We are excited to support our customers with these innovative tools to remove the variability from key high-impact disease states, to create standardized diagnostic pathways which enhance outcomes, control costs, and when combined with intelligent referral management, improve the patient experience overall.”

The solutions developed by Medicalis allow networks of hospitals (Health Systems/Integrated Delivery Networks) to improve physician productivity, manage patient referrals, and scheduling to enhance the relationship with the patient and ensure clinically appropriate imaging and tests to reduce inappropriate utilization.  Currently, seven of the top 25 Health Systems from Massachusetts to California use solutions developed by Medicalis to increase the quality of care they offer to patients.

“We are eager to be joining Siemens Healthineers and believe that this is a strong fit for our company because of our shared values and pioneering heritage,” says Oran Muduroglu, CEO of Medicalis Corporation. “With Siemens Healthineers, we will be able to broaden the context of our decision support, workflow, and referral management to utilize the full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic areas in which Siemens Healthineers operates, to address care gaps, streamline workflow, and help improve the overall experience of healthcare.”

The agreement to acquire the San Francisco, CA, USA and Kitchener, ON, Canada-based company by Siemens Healthineers was signed in April 2017.  Terms of the transaction are not disclosed.  The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

 

Siemens Healthineers is the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG enabling healthcare providers worldwide to meet their current challenges and to excel in their respective environments. A leader in medical technology, Siemens Healthineers is constantly innovating its portfolio of products and services in its core areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and in laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine. Siemens Healthineers is also actively developing its digital health services and enterprise services. To help customers succeed in today’s dynamic healthcare marketplace, Siemens Healthineers is championing new business models that maximize opportunity and minimize risk for healthcare providers.

In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens Healthineers generated revenue of €13.5 billion and net income of over €2.3 billion and has about 46,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available at www.siemens.com/healthineers.

April 19, 2017 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.

CareSkore Releases Industry’s First Population Health Management as a ServiceTM

PHMaaSTM Provides 3rd-party Apps Full Access to Complete Suite of Machine-learning Analytics through API

Mountain View, CA – February 9, 2017CareSkore, the leader in end-to-end personalized population health management, announced today the release of its Population Health Management as a ServiceTM (PHMaaSTM), providing direct access to its extensive machine-learning analytics engine to 3rd-party applications through an API.

“PHMaaS completely changes the game for how organizations adopt population health management,” said Jaspinder Grewal, CEO of CareSkore.  “We have too many proprietary application interfaces in health care.  PHMaaS allows us to provide insights within existing applications that are already part of user workflows.  Now patient-specific clinical, financial, and behavioral risk stratification is as simple as making a seamless API call from within your existing EHR and other applications.”

CareSkore’s personalized population health management SaaS platform incorporates advanced real-time analytics and innovative AI-based patient engagement to deliver optimized quality of care.  CareSkore PHMaaS provides existing health care IT systems seamless access to its machine-learning-based, real-time analytics engine, aptly called Zeus, through a simple API call.  Now EHRs, middleware platforms, enterprise data warehouses, clinical information networks, and health information exchanges that are already deployed can provide Zeus with real-time internal clinical and claims data and have Zeus augment that with external intelligence specific to every patient on things like demographics and socio-economic characteristics.  The output is patient-specific predictive analytics with a focus on how providers can quickly operationalize those insights. 

Traditional analytics typically achieve accuracy between 60 and 70%, while CareSkore can deliver greater than 90% accuracy to help create a full view of each patient.  This superior capability is driving rapid growth, with customers increasing 1,000% and headcount rising 12x in 2016.  By the end of 2017, CareSkore expects to be deployed in hundreds of locations.

“CareSkore has dramatically simplified the implementation of advanced patient-specific analytics,” said Rohit Arora, Professor and Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine, Chicago Medical School.  “Access through and integration with existing EHR and other apps significantly lowers the barriers to adoption and deployment.”

CareSkore will exhibit at HIMSS 17 in Orlando in booth 1623 from February 20-22, 2017. To schedule a demo of the PHMaaS solution, go tohttp://resources.careskore.com/himss-2017.

About CareSkore

CareSkore is the leading provider of personalized population health management, leveraging machine-learning to generate real-time predictive and prescriptive analytics to understand each patient you are managing, what you are managing them for, and how you are/should be managing them.  CareSkore’s AI-enhanced post-discharged engagement reduces risk of patient behaviors that could lead to poorer outcomes.  CareSkore’s end-to-end patient care management platform ensures quality results and maximum revenue with value-based contracts.

February 9, 2017 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.

CAE Healthcare announces first mixed reality ultrasound simulation solution with Microsoft HoloLens


On the eve of the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in Orlando, Florida, the largest medical simulation conference, CAE Healthcare announced the release of CAE VimedixAR, an ultrasound training simulator integrated with the Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer. CAE Healthcare will be the first company to bring a commercial Microsoft HoloLens application to the medical simulation market.

VimedixAR delivers an unprecedented simulation-based training experience, allowing learners to interact and move freely within a clinical training environment that is augmented with holograms. For the first time, students will be able to examine 3D anatomy inside the body of the Vimedix manikin. As learners practice scanning an animated heart, lungs or abdomen, they will observe in real-time how the ultrasound beam cuts through anatomy to generate a ultrasound image.

Learners can elevate the VimedixAR hologram above the body to gain an understanding of human anatomy and how its circulatory, respiratory and skeletal structures are integrated. The hologram of the heart, for example, can be isolated and enlarged, rotated, and turned as it floats at eye level. If a learner is struggling to understand a concept, he or she will be able to walk around the hologram to gain a different perspective.

“We are on the cusp of a new frontier in simulation for healthcare,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, president of CAE Healthcare. “Augmented and virtual reality can accelerate learning and provide shared training experiences in a more immersive and engaging clinical learning environment. Our engineering team is just beginning to explore possibilities with the Microsoft HoloLens, and we look forward to offering it as a key training solutions technology to our industry partners.”

The CAE Healthcare team has already begun to develop training prototypes with the medical device industry that incorporate the Microsoft HoloLens and are expected to accelerate professional education for new technologies. With CAE Healthcare’s virtual views of human anatomy and the Microsoft HoloLens, physicians will be able to practice placing cardiac devices or implants with speed and precision before they perform procedures on real patients.

“At Microsoft our goal with HoloLens and mixed reality is to help customers visualize and interact with 3D content in ways that offer new possibilities for creation, collaboration and consumption of information,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences. “It is inspiring to see how CAE is integrating HoloLens into its healthcare simulation portfolio, and we are excited about the opportunities mixed reality presents to revolutionize the future of patient education and training through the use of holographic computing.”

The VimedixAR module with Microsoft HoloLens will be available for presale and during the IMSH conference and online. For more information, visit caehealthcare.com/hololens

About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers cutting-edge learning tools to healthcare students and professionals, allowing them to develop practical experience through risk-free simulation training before treating real patients. CAE Healthcare’s full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, the LearningSpace audiovisual and center management platform and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, approximately 9,000 CAE Healthcare simulators and audiovisual solutions are in use worldwide by medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, defence forces and other entities. www.cae.com/healthcare

About CAE

CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) is a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. We design and integrate the industry’s most comprehensive training solutions, anchored by the knowledge and expertise of our 8,000 employees, our world-leading simulation technologies and a track record of service and technology innovation spanning seven decades. Our global presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including our joint venture operations, and the world’s largest installed base of flight simulators. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals.

January 27, 2017 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.

Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Warns Healthcare CIOs: Telehealth Has Reached Its Tipping Point

Solution Provider Says Now is the Time to Implement Telehealth Plans

NEW YORK, January 26, 2017 – It’s no secret that telehealth will be among the most talked about healthcare IT topics at HIMSS17 – a prediction perfectly aligned with last month’s revelation from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) that telemedicine is its members’ top medical regulatory issue. According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), telehealth is at a tipping point as the lines between healthcare and telehealth continue to blur. Soon, there will be no distinction between the two – telehealth will become a natural extension of the way medical care is provided. Logicalis warns that healthcare organizations that are unprepared for this change put themselves at risk of being overwhelmed by the coming onslaught of expectations and regulations as the consumerization of IT extends to the healthcare market.  To help healthcare CIOs transition to a successful telehealth implementation, Logicalis is offering a downloadable white paper, “How to Design and Implement a Successful Telehealth Program for Your Organization.”

“Younger generations of patients are digital natives, so a concept like telehealth is not foreign to them.  When possible, they would rather see their clinicians virtually than face-to-face.  Think of it like the transition from banking in front of a teller to online banking or from shopping in a store to using Amazon – the change that’s coming in healthcare will be just as widespread and radical,” says Ed Simcox, Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “To accommodate this, the regulatory environment is changing and the way that payers reimburse for telehealth is improving. Yet, a lot of healthcare organizations are still playing a wait-and-see game.  Our advice is to take strong initial steps now, planning the implementation of their telehealth programs and blending them into their overall clinical profile so they don’t get left behind by patients and payers alike.  Implementing telehealth doesn’t happen overnight – start now or you could miss the boat.”

How Does Telehealth Fit into the ONC’s Triple Aim?

As hospitals and healthcare systems work toward the ideal of value-based care, they are under tremendous pressure from payers to deliver better population health as a whole and from an increasingly younger patient demographic to deliver a more consumer-like healthcare experience.  Understandably, these pressures have led the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to adopt as one of its top missions the Triple Aim, three important healthcare industry goals originally conceived by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for optimizing the performance of health systems.  The experts at Logicalis Healthcare Solutions point out that telehealth can contribute significantly to achieving each goal, a key indicator that telehealth’s time has come.

1.      Improve the Patient’s Care Experience: The goal of telehealth is to give patients anytime, anywhere access to quality care.  With telehealth, hospitals and healthcare systems can literally deliver the physician’s office via an app to a patient’s computer or mobile device. By taking the physical exam room or clinic out of the picture and putting the virtual version of that experience directly into the consumer’s hands, healthcare providers are taking the next step in the consumerization of healthcare IT and delivering the kind of digital service that will usher in a new frontier in medical care.

2.      Improve the Health of Populations: By making healthcare more easily accessible to entire populations of people that previously had physical or geographic limitations to receiving it, telehealth can improve the health of entire populations. Imagine, for example, a senior citizen who has trouble walking and can no longer drive – simply getting to the doctor for diagnoses and periodic followup examinations may be difficult which means such patients often forego recommended care.  Imagine, too, the difficulty for families who don’t have ready access to a reliable vehicle – how will they visit the doctor in person? Telehealth gives them an alternate solution.

3.      Reduce Per Capita Costs of Healthcare: When providers make it easier for patients to consume healthcare, patients become more compliant – and, typically, as compliance with medical advice improves, so does the patient’s health. By monitoring chronic conditions, for example, via telehealth, healthcare organizations can bend the cost curve for an entire population of at-risk people, improving each individual’s overall health and reducing the cost of care as a result.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

January 26, 2017 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.

Inspira Health Network Partners with Jellyfish Health to Make Anywhere the Waiting Room

Jellyfish Health technology powers new mobile app for Inspira’s patients

Panama City, FL—January 17, 2017Patients at Inspira Health Network are about to be wowed with next-level accessible care, thanks to technology from Jellyfish Health, the industry leader of real-time patient experience technology. Using their mobile phones, patients can reserve a spot in a now much shorter line that can significantly reduce wait times. Jellyfish’s technology is the underpinning of Inspira’s new mobile app for patients, Inspira Access. The app currently offers remote check-in for urgent care, and will expand to include other ambulatory services including imaging and lab, as well as primary and specialty care physician practices.

“Patients have made it very clear—waiting for care is frustrating and they don’t want to wait any more,” said Dave Dyell, President and CEO of Jellyfish Health. “We’re excited to help Inspira Health lead the charge in bringing truly accessible care to New Jersey, by freeing patients to make the waiting room anywhere, including their home, office or car.”

What’s driving demand for access?

“Patient Satisfaction” and “Patient Experience” are more than just hot buzz words right now; they are important metrics for receiving more reimbursement from Medicare and other payers that utilize patient satisfaction scores. They are also critical factors for winning patient loyalty. Patients now expect to have the same access to reserving a healthcare appointment with their mobile phone as they do with other retail transactions, such as holding a spot in line at a busy restaurant.

“In today’s fast-paced world, most people don’t have time to sit for long stretches in a provider’s waiting room without any idea of when they’ll be seen. People have jobs to do, families to raise and errands to run,” Dyell noted.

He added, “One of the fastest ways to gain their loyalty is to show them their time is valued.”

“Inspira Health Network is dedicated to providing innovative new technologies for our patients,” said Tom Pacek, Inspira Health Network Chief Information Officer. “Our smart phone apps have been very well received by our community and we’re excited to partner with Jellyfish to add new features that make accessing care easier and more convenient.”

On the administrative side, the Jellyfish solution also shows staff how long patients have been waiting and real time workflow. These are valuable insights for identifying potential bottlenecks, and then assigning staff and resources where they’re needed to prevent further waiting.

“Jellyfish has been an excellent partner to help us deliver a more convenient experience for our patients,” said Pacek.

Pacek added, “Having a partner like Jellyfish, a technology leader in making healthcare newly convenient, definitely helps assure the success of this campaign.”

Healthcare organizations and other entities interested in learning more about the convenient care movement sweeping healthcare are invited to download the free Jellyfish guide “How to Become a True Convenient Care Provider: 7 Profitable Paths to Becoming Your Community’s Most Recommended Healthcare Facility.”

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About Jellyfish Health

Founded in 2014 and based in Panama City, Florida, Jellyfish Health transforms the patient experience through actionable data, driving greater transparency at each step of the patient journey. Its advanced mobile and online technology enables healthcare and provider organizations—including health systems, primary care and specialty care practices, ambulatory surgery centers and urgent care clinics—to optimize patient scheduling, wait time updates, appointment status notifications and overall patient volume. The resulting improvements in patient satisfaction positively impact healthcare and provider organizations’ bottom lines while reducing the potential for poor CAHPS scores and decreased payer reimbursements. The innovative technology also enhances staff workflow efficiencies, heightening provider satisfaction with the ability to help even more patients—and delivering an exceptional patient experience—for the ultimate competitive differentiator in the new paradigm of consumer-driven care. For more information, please visit www.jellyfishhealth.com.

January 17, 2017 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.

ONC announces winners of consumer and provider app challenges to improve health information access and use

Apps highlight the use of promising new tools and standards

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.  ONC designed these challenges to spur the development of market-ready applications (apps) that would enable consumers and providers to aggregate health data from different sources into one secure, user-friendly product.

Challenge submissions were required to use Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) and open application programming interfaces (APIs), which are both strongly supported by ONC. These types of modern technologies can make it easier and more efficient to retrieve and share information.

“We are thrilled to recognize new tools that make it easier for individuals and clinicians to access health information and put it to use,” said Dr. Vindell Washington, national coordinator for health information technology (IT). “These apps reflect the incredible progress that is possible as a result of the digital health infrastructure that the public and private sector have built together over the last eight years.”

Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge Winners

The Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge asked submitters to address a need that many consumers have today – the ability to easily and electronically access and securely integrate their health data from different health care providers using a variety of different health IT systems.

PatientLink Enterprises won first place and the $50,000 prize. Its solution, MyLinks, is a cloud-based application that makes it easy to gather, manage, and share patient data using several methods including FHIR® and Direct messaging, a method for sending authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the internet. Using the app, patients can also participate in research, monitor data from remote devices, and use interactive tools.

The second place and “connector” prizes, each with an award amount of $25,000, were won byGreen Circle Health.  This application uses FHIR® to import patient data into a platform integrating a comprehensive family health dashboard that includes personal and medical device data, remote monitoring, and reminders.

In addition, the 1upHealth, which helps patients organize and share data from disparate sources, is being recognized as an Honorable Mention.

Provider User Experience Challenge Winners

The Provider User Experience Challenge focused on demonstrating how data made accessible to apps through APIs can enhance health care providers’ use of their electronic health record (EHR) systems by making clinical workflows more efficient and intuitive.

The first place prize, with an award amount of $50,000, was won by Herald Health. Its solution helps clinicians manage the overwhelming flow of alerts and information by allowing them to create highly customizable push notifications. These can be tailored to both individual patients and groups and exported to fellow users.

The second place and “connector” prizes, each with an award amount of $25,000, were won by the collaboration of University of Utah Health Care, Intermountain Healthcare, and Duke Health.Their solution is a clinical decision support tool that can provide recommendations for the treatment of babies with jaundice detected at birth based on the level of liver waste products found in their blood.

In addition, PHRASE Health, which uses clinical decision support to help clinicians align with priorities such as public health alerts, is being recognized as an Honorable Mention.

These efforts are part of a larger community-driven movement toward helping individuals and clinicians benefit from our nation’s rapidly evolving health IT infrastructure, including the adoption of ONC-certified electronic health records by nearly all U.S. hospitals and most physicians.  The efforts also align with several policy objectives outlined in the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap – PDF, the Interoperability Commitments, and ONC’s Health IT Certification Program. The availability and secure interoperable exchange of health data, and the technologies developed through these initiatives, also have the potential to support other key initiatives, such as delivery system reform, the Precision Medicine Initiative, the National Cancer Moonshot, and efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

For more information, visit the ONC’s Connecting and Accelerating a FHIR App Ecosystem page.

January 13, 2017 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.

Orbita Announces Breakthrough in Voice Assistant Technologies for Home Healthcare

Boston, MA (December 12, 2016) — Orbita, a provider of innovative software solutions for connected home healthcare, announces a breakthrough tool for creating and managing intelligent voice-powered home health assistants based on the Amazon Echo voice platform.

Orbita’s new Voice Experience Designer, which will be showcased at the Connected Health Conference in Washington, DC, December 11-14th, is a graphical tool for creating and managing voice assistants to support and enhance the care of individuals at home. With the Orbita solution, healthcare providers can easily build and deploy voice-powered applications for a variety of home health scenarios, including treatment and medication adherence, caregiver coordination, pain management, patient monitoring, and more.

With its new Voice Experience Designer, Orbita enables organizations to create voice assistants based on Amazon’s Alexa technology and optimize them for home healthcare applications. For example, using Orbita, providers can deliver voice applications that enable patients to check on doctor’s appointments by simply asking “When’s my next appointment?,” coordinate transportation by saying “I need a ride,” or manage medication by saying “What meds am I supposed to take now?”

Dr. John Loughnane, Chief of Innovation at Commonwealth Care Alliance in Boston says, “We are constantly looking for ways to better to serve our patients and improve their ability to maximize their wellness at home. In 2017, we will be collaborating with Orbita as recipients of a Center for Health Care Strategies Innovation Award to bring this exciting concept to reality and positively impact our patient’s everyday experience of home-based medical care.”

Since the launch of Apple Siri in 2011, use of voice assistant technologies has grown rapidly. In 2015, 65% of all smartphone users in the US used voice assistants, up from 30% in 2013. In late 2014, Amazon released Alexa (their equivalent to Apple’s Siri) packaged in an internet-connected home appliance, the Amazon Echo.

According to Bill Rogers, Orbita founder and CEO, devices like the Amazon Echo have changed how people perceive and use voice assistants. “Instead of requiring someone to speak into a smartphone, the Echo offers an array of sensitive microphones and a built-in speaker,” he said. “It’s ‘always on/always listening’ capabilities bring powerful advantages to home care needs.”

Rogers added, “We believe that voice assistant technologies delivered through connected devices like the Amazon Echo are the future of care journey management for home healthcare. Making them mainstream requires integration with existing healthcare systems and mapping the voice experiences to established care protocols. Orbita created our Voice Experience Designer to simplify the creation of voice-powered healthcare applications that are secure, robust, and fully integrated with existing systems.”

About Orbita 
Orbita is a leading provider of connected, care coordination solutions for home healthcare. Orbita’s Health Cloud platform brings data from connected healthcare and life-style devices into collaborative care experiences that vastly improve patient engagement and care journey management. Orbita works with healthcare providers, payers, home care service providers, medical device manufacturers, and other healthcare organizations to enable digital home healthcare solutions that increase treatment adherence, improve outcomes, reduce costs, and minimize risks for patients with chronic or post-acute healthcare needs. http://www.orbitahealth.com

December 12, 2016 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.

Teladoc Sets Record with 100,000 Telehealth Visits during November

Engagement with Clients and Members Continues to Boost Telehealth Utilization

LEWISVILLE, Texas (December 6, 2016) – Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the undisputed leader in telehealth, providing access to care for millions, announced today that a company record was set during the month of November with a total of 101,600 patient visits. The impressive milestone was fueled by an increase in utilization among existing members, along with new members and expanded clinical services. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) predicted the telehealth industry to record a total of 1.25 million visits in 2016, and Teladoc is accounting for significant growth in the market as demonstrated by its new record monthly visit volume.

“This new milestone of more than 100,000 monthly patient visits further substantiates that Teladoc has the scalable platform, clinical expertise and member support needed to effectively manage the increased volume as more and more consumers are engaging with us,” said Stephany Verstraete, chief marketing officer, Teladoc.  “Our innovative approach to driving adoption is proving effective in shifting member mindset; members are embracing Teladoc as a valued care option.”

Further substantiating the significance of the Teladoc milestone is that the CDC has reported total flu visits to be below the national baseline this year. Rather, it is the Teladoc member engagement initiatives, broad network of U.S. board-certified physicians, and expansion into clinical specialties that are credited with fueling Teladoc’s growth in patient visits. In addition to the record high of monthly visits, Teladoc also set a daily visit record high during November of 4,158 visits, along with the busiest hour which saw 425 visits, or one visit every 8.5 seconds.

“Our superior member engagement practices combined with the strength and breadth of our offerings are enabling us to meet consumers where they are, provide the quality services they need, and deliver industry-leading ROI for our clients and partners,” added Verstraete.

For more information on the Teladoc telehealth solution, visit https://www.teladoc.com/.

About Teladoc

Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE:TDOC) is the nation’s leading provider of telehealth services and a pioneering force in bringing the virtual care visit into the mainstream of today’s health care ecosystem. Serving some 7,000 clients — including health plans, health systems, employers and other organizations — more than 17 million members can use phone, mobile devices and secure online video to connect within minutes to Teladoc’s network of more than 3,100 board-certified, state-licensed physicians and behavioral health specialists, 24/7. With national coverage, a robust, scalable platform and a Lewisville, TX-based member services center staffed by 400 employees, Teladoc offers the industry’s most comprehensive and complete telehealth solution including primary care, behavioral health care, dermatology, tobacco cessation and more. For additional information, please visit www.teladoc.com.

December 6, 2016 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.

Vocera Acquires Extension Healthcare

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), the leading healthcare communications company, today announced that it has acquired Extension Healthcare for approximately $55 million in an all-cash transaction. Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Extension Healthcare is a leading provider of clinical, event-driven communication and workflow collaboration software for the hospital environment.

The strengths of the two companies and their solutions will deepen interoperability of the Vocera Communication Platform with more than 120 clinical systems, including electronic health records (EHRs), physiologic monitors, enterprise clinical systems, and biomed devices such as ventilators.  It will also extend the scalability of the enterprise-class platform and enable stronger person-to-person and system-to-person workflows within a single system from a single vendor.  The addition of Extension Healthcare’s complementary software to the Vocera Communication Platform creates the most powerful and complete mobile communication and collaboration platform on the market.

“This acquisition extends the power of Vocera’s software platform for hospitals and health systems seeking one partner for all of their care team collaboration, workflow and communication needs,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “In addition to offering a powerful combination of technology, Vocera and Extension Healthcare share a mission to improve care delivery, efficiency and safety, while also improving the lives of patients, families and care teams around the world.”

Todd Plesko, co-founder and CEO of Extension Healthcare said, “It’s inspiring to be part of healthcare’s next generation of technology that simplifies and improves care team collaboration. With our visions aligned and software platforms combined, this new endeavor will make a positive and lasting impact on healthcare delivery.”

Founded in 2009, Extension Healthcare is known in the market for its clinical integration software solution Engage, which features an advanced clinical rules engine that unifies data from multiple sources simultaneously, enables prioritization of notifications, adds patient context, and sends messages to the right care team members on their mobile devices. The Engage platform allows clinicians to be away from the bedside while staying informed about their patients. As a result of faster care team response times and reduced noise, patients report higher satisfaction. Similarly, using information from location tracking systems, Engage helps reduce interruption fatigue and unnecessary alarms by detecting the presence of a nurse at the patient’s bedside.

Selected by more than 230 healthcare customers, the Engage software platform has enabled multi-disciplinary care teams to improve response times, minimize interruption fatigue, and reduce patient falls, among other benefits. The intuitive technology offers widespread interoperability and will expand Vocera’s product portfolio, differentiate its competitive position, increase its customer base, and expand the company’s market reach.

Vocera and Extension Healthcare have collaborated many times and share more than 40 hospital customers across the United States, including several medical centers within the Veterans Health Administration. The acquisition will enable Vocera to expand customer relationships and grow software revenue faster by providing highly relevant cross-selling opportunities. In addition, the complete solution will better position Vocera to win more large system-wide deals, according to Lang.

Berkery Noyes served as the exclusive financial advisor to Extension Healthcare on the transaction.

About Vocera
Vocera Communications, Inc. offers the most robust clinical communications system in healthcare. Vocera delivers secure, integrated and intelligent communication solutions that enable care teams to collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, in the right location, at the right time. Vocera solutions provide hands-free voice communication, secure text messaging, patient engagement tools, and integrated clinical workflow with EHRs, nurse call systems and physiological monitors.  These solutions help improve operational efficiency, quality of care, safety and satisfaction across the continuum of care. In addition to technology solutions, Vocera drives thought leadership and new standards in care to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network. Vocera is led by President and CEO Brent Lang and is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Robert J. Zollars is the Chairman of the Board. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

The Vocera logo is a trademark of Vocera Communications, Inc. Vocera® is a trademark of Vocera Communications, Inc. registered in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners.

About Extension Healthcare
Extension Healthcare’s Engage™ “one platform” approach improves clinical communication, collaboration, care coordination, and workflow with a specific focus on reducing unnecessary clinical interruptions and improving response to critical patient events. With what is traditionally accomplished using several vendors and platforms, Extension combines comprehensive alarm management with secure communications on a single platform. The Extension platform intelligently notifies clinicians about real-time patient events through context-driven notifications to smartphones and other common mobile communication devices. Designed for enabling situational awareness and timely information sharing across care teams inside and outside the hospital, Engage aggregates alarm, patient, and care team data from a variety of systems including physiologic monitors, nurse call and lab systems, electronic health records (EHRs), and location sensing technologies and sends relevant information to enhance the usefulness of alarm and alert notifications. Leveraging the common platform that is purpose built for extensive integration and data aggregation, the Engage Mobile secure texting solution helps to expedite care coordination in response to events. With proven integrations and interoperability selected by more than 230 customers, Extension Healthcare has become a leading solution for improving care quality and patient and caregiver experiences.

October 27, 2016 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.