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WebPT, EMR for Rehab Therapists, Makes Second Acquisition

WebPT, the leading web-based electronic medical record (EMR) solution for rehab therapists, today announced its acquisition of Therabill, a web-based practice management software for physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and behavioral health specialists.

“At WebPT, our overall goal is to create the most innovative, comprehensive rehab therapy solution on the market, and this acquisition is a huge step toward fulfilling that vision,” said WebPT CEO Paul Winandy. “Therabill and WebPT serve similar audiences, have similar company histories, and uphold similar commitments to providing exceptional customer service. So, it made a lot of sense for us to combine our companies and present our customers with a true end-to-end business solution.”

Joe Dundas, the president and co-founder of Therabill, said the decision to bring the two companies together was not a hasty one. “It’s never an easy decision for a founder to hand a business over to someone else,” Dundas said. “We spent a lot of time getting to know the culture at WebPT and seeing how they value their customers the same way we do. We’re confident that WebPT will take care of our customers with the same level of customer service that they’ve become accustomed to.”

Currently, WebPT’s integration with Therabill is similar to those WebPT offers with its other billing partners. In each of those set-ups, data flows from WebPT into the billing software. However, once WebPT creates a bidirectional integration with Therabill, rehab therapy practices of all sizes will have a single solution to their documentation, scheduling, reporting and billing needs.

“Bringing Therabill under the WebPT umbrella is another step toward our company’s goal of delivering an all-encompassing software platform to help therapists achieve greatness in practice,” said WebPT co-founder and COO Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L. “It’s an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to introduce this solution to the therapy community. Our customers have been asking for a solution like this, and in true WebPT fashion, we’re answering with an innovative product that will change the game for our current and future membership base.”

About WebPT, Inc.
With more than 49,000 members and 7,800 clinics, WebPT is the leading EMR for physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Offering a simple, affordable solution, WebPT makes it easy for therapists to transition from paper and outdated software to a user-friendly, cloud-based system. With WebPT, therapists, directors and front office staff all have access to their patients’ medical records anywhere, anytime. Based in downtown Phoenix, WebPT has a 99.9 percent uptime rate as well as a 99.5 percent customer retention rate. Learn more at WebPT.com.

August 18, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

U.S. Coast Guard Uses InterSystems HealthShare as Interoperability Platform for Integrated Health Information System (IHiS)

Platform Unifies Electronic Health Data Across Disparate Systems for the First Time

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., August 11, 2015 — InterSystems, the global leader in software for connected care, today announced that the U.S. Coast Guard is using the InterSystems HealthShare® health informatics platform to enable strategic interoperability for its Integrated Health Information System (IHiS). For the first time, HealthShare makes it possible to view a comprehensive electronic health record across the Coast Guard’s disparate systems.

As the Coast Guard transitions from legacy systems to a commercial electronic health record (EHR) solution, HealthShare provides standards-based interoperability to unify health information from civilian and Coast Guard care providers.

Clinicians can now view longitudinal health records for Coast Guard and U.S. Department of State beneficiaries. The IHiS encompasses ambulatory care, urgent care, dental, physical therapy, optometry, behavioral health, occupational health, immunizations, audiology, radiology, pharmacy, and laboratory records.

“InterSystems is proud to support the U.S. Coast Guard and State Department. Building on our experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, public and private health systems, and health information exchanges around the world, we are providing the Coast Guard the interoperability foundation to help deliver better, more connected care,” said Paul Grabscheid, Vice President, Strategic Planning, for InterSystems.

For more information about the InterSystems HealthShare family of interoperable healthcare solutions, please visit www.intersystems.com/healthshare.

About InterSystems
InterSystems develops advanced software technologies that enable breakthroughs. With a passion for excellence and a focus on client success, InterSystems provides data management, strategic interoperability, and analytics platforms used in healthcare, financial services, government, and dozens of other industries. InterSystems also offers unified healthcare applications, based on its core technologies, that deliver on the promise of connected healthcare. Founded in 1978, InterSystems is a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), with offices worldwide. Its products are used daily by millions of people in more than 100 countries. Visit InterSystems.com.

August 11, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

AdvancedMD to be Acquired by Marlin Equity Partners from ADP

Largest cloud EHR and practice management ecosystem dedicated to independent physicians

South Jordan, UT – August 6, 2015 – AdvancedMD®, a division of ADP® (NASDAQ: ADP) and the pioneer in cloud technology for physician practices, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by global investment firm Marlin Equity Partners. AdvancedMD is one of the most comprehensive technology ecosystems designed for private practices and serves an expansive national footprint of more than 17,500 practitioners and 500 medical billing companies. AdvancedMD includes fully-integrated electronic health records, practice management, patient relationship management, as well asbig data reporting and business intelligence tools designed to automate and optimize workflow in all areas of the practice.AdvancedMD solutions are proven to accelerate revenue capture, streamline workflow and productivity, and facilitate improved patient health and satisfaction.

Raul Villar, ADP AdvancedMD president, will continue as CEO of the independent company following a 26-year career with ADP as a corporate vice president. “We are thrilled to take the next step in our extraordinary journey of providing medical practices the freedom to remain independent,” commented Raul Villar. “AdvancedMD was the pioneer in cloud solutions for medical practices and today we are the largest provider of clinical and financial solutions to small, independent medical practices. Marlin Equity Partners is a perfect fit for AdvancedMD as Marlin is committed to our vision of enabling medical practices to increase cash flow, reduce administrative burden and improve patient care. Under Marlin ownership we are well positioned to accelerate product investment and will continue to deliver best-in-class implementation and service to our loyal clients and partners.”

“AdvancedMD cloud-based technology along with its unmatched sales, marketing and implementation model provides a scalable platform to execute several growth initiatives already underway,” said Michael Anderson, a principal at Marlin. “We believe that AdvancedMD is poised to continue its impressive growth and we look forward to providing financial and operational support to help expand and enhance the company’s product solutions to meet the evolving needs of the rapidly changing healthcare IT market.”

Closing of the transaction is expected in the third or fourth quarter of calendar 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.

About Marlin Equity Partners

Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthens a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 90 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit www.marlinequity.com.

About AdvancedMD

AdvancedMD is a leading provider of cloud-based PM, EHR and RCM solutions focused on the independent physician practice market. The company’s comprehensive portfolio allows physicians to drive additional revenue and reduce administrative burden by automating medical practice processes, optimizing patient schedules and encounters, streamlining insurance claim creation, managing prescription and order processes, and tracking and analyzing financial performance. AdvancedMD is widely recognized as a leader in its industry, and has earned the #1 ranking from KLAS, the leading independent industry analyst, in a number of categories including product quality, functionality and integration. For more information, please visit www.advancedmd.com.

August 6, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CHIME Applauds Bill (Flex-IT 2 Act) that Makes Necessary Improvements to Meaningful Use Program

Statement from CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO and CHIME Board of Trustees Chair Charles E. Christian, CHCIO, LCHIME, FCHIME

ANN ARBOR, MI, July 30, 2015 – We commend Congresswoman Renee Ellmers for introducing the Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act of 2015 or “Flex-IT 2 Act” and appreciate her continued leadership on this critically important issue.

While CHIME remains committed to the success of Meaningful Use, and to making sure improved patient care is its lasting legacy, we believe significant changes are needed to address increased dissatisfaction with EHRs and growing provider dissatisfaction with the program. The introduction of the Flex-IT 2 Act serves to strengthen accountability and effectiveness of an e-enabled healthcare system and ensure long-term vitality of Meaningful Use.

There is no doubt that the EHR Incentive Payments program has been a vital and successful driver of health IT adoption nationwide, setting the foundation for better population health, improved care delivery and lower costs. However, the ongoing challenges with program implementation must be addressed. Our members believe in the intent and promise of Meaningful Use, but providers and hospitals alike have been hamstrung by its often overly prescriptive requirements. We view the Congresswoman’s legislation as an opportunity to reevaluate and reorient this vital program that will provide the digital infrastructure to support a 21st century healthcare system.

We look forward to working with Congresswoman Ellmers, our membership, and colleague provider organizations toward the passage of this important bill.

About CHIME:

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,600 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve.

July 30, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Kareo Secures over $55 Million in Investment to Extend Market Leadership

Fully subscribed round led by Montreux Equity Partners, with participation from all current Kareo investors, to accelerate expansion of cloud-based product line for independent physicians

Irvine, CA – July 28, 2015Kareo, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for independent medical practices, today announced it has closed $55.4 million in additional funding. This investment is led by Montreux Equity Partners with participation from Silver Lake Partners and all of Kareo’s existing investors. This capital will finance the continued development of Kareo’s product line—which enables physicians to manage all major aspects of their practice—as well as expand the company’s market access.

“With this new investment from Montreux, Silver Lake and our current investors, we’ll be able to accelerate the development of our comprehensive, cloud-based, medical office management platform for independent practices,” said Dan Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Kareo. “Concurrently, we will further expand our market reach, helping even greater numbers of physicians meet their care delivery and practice growth objectives.”

Montreux Equity Partners, a growth capital firm investing in high growth, commercial stage companies with category leading products, technologies and services has a history of investing in high-profile healthcare companies including MINDBODY Online (NASDAQ: MB), Glaukos (NYSE: GKOS) and MAKO Surgical (NASDAQ: MAKO, acquired by Stryker), among others. Along with the investment, Montreux Principal, Michael Matly, MD, will join the Kareo Board of Directors and will provide consultative guidance around the company’s market strategy. Dr. Matly brings valued experience in the health services and technology sectors and is actively involved in Montreux’s late stage investments. He previously represented Montreux on the board of MINDBODY Online (NASDAQ: MB) and currently serves on the board of Pure Life Renal. Before joining Montreux, Dr. Matly led Business Development and New Ventures at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.

“We are very excited to invest in Kareo, a company dedicated to helping physicians deliver outstanding patient care without getting bogged down by administrative tasks and external mandates,” said Matly. “Independent practices are the foundation of the U.S. healthcare system, but they have been underserved by technology, often facing the choice of forgoing technology or deploying expensive and cumbersome enterprise solutions. Kareo is changing this.”

Montreux joins Kareo’s top-tier institutional investors, which include OpenView Venture Partners, Greenspring Associates, Stripes Group, Silicon Valley Bank and Western Technology Investments.

Kareo has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, realizing a 368 percent increase in revenue over the past three years. In 2015, Kareo was named the leading vendor for integrated health records, practice management and physician billing solutions for the third consecutive year by Black Book and was identified by KLAS as a top-three practice management provider for practices with 1-10 physicians. The company serves over 30,000 healthcare professionals caring for 40 million patients and processes over $1 billion in medical claims monthly. In March, Kareo announced its acquisition of DoctorBase, an innovative developer of medical practice marketing and patient engagement solutions, and these solutions are now available to Kareo’s existing customers.

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About Kareo
Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office solutions platform purpose-built for small practices. At Kareo, we believe that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. We offer an integrated solution of products and services designed to help physicians get paid faster, find new patients, run their business smarter, and provide better care. Our practice management software, medical billing solution, practice marketing tools and free, award-winning fully certified EHR help more than 30,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice. Kareo has received extensive industry recognition, including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 500/5000, Red Herring Top 100 Company, and Black Book #1 Integrated EHR, Practice Management and Billing Vendor. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the Kareo mission is to help providers spend their time focused on patients, not paperwork. For more information, visit www.kareo.com.

About Montreux Equity Partners
Montreux is dedicated to making growth capital investments in category-leading companies with products, technologies and services that are advancing health. Since 1993, Montreux has invested in more than 50 companies including MINDBODY (NASDAQ: MB), Glaukos (NYSE: GKOS), MAKO Surgical (acquired by Stryker), SkinMedica (acquired by Allergan), Renal CarePartners (acquired by Ambulatory Services of America), Great Lakes Health Plan (acquired by United Healthcare), and Orexigen (Nasdaq: OREX). Montreux is based in San Francisco, CA, and is currently investing out of its fifth fund. For more information, visit www.mepvc.com.

July 28, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Modernizing Medicine Announces Agreement to Acquire gMed

Boca Raton, Florida July 22, 2015 Modernizing Medicine, Inc. announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Weston, Florida-based gMed, Inc.

The acquisition is expected to increase Modernizing Medicine’s gastroenterology market share with the addition of gMed’s electronic health record (EHR) system, endoscopy report writer, practice management solution, patient portal, data analytics tool and revenue cycle management.

“As a provider of EMR systems plus billing, revenue cycle management and inventory management solutions for medical specialties, the acquisition of gMed fits Modernizing Medicine’s specialty-specific focus and strengthens our product portfolio,” said Dan Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “gMed’s gGastro product functionality complements our own EMA Gastroenterology™ EMR system and is compatible with our product development and growth strategy to be the industry’s foremost specialty-specific vendor.”

Modernizing Medicine’s acquisition of gMed is subject to certain customary conditions to closing. Pending fulfillment of such conditions, Modernizing Medicine currently anticipates closing the transaction in the third quarter of 2015.

“This acquisition aligns with our mission to offer the best gastroenterology-specific solutions and allows us to capitalize on our joint successes in the specialty EMR system market,” said Joe Rubinsztain, MD, CEO and founder of gMed. “We believe that blending our teams and areas of expertise will result in increasingly transformational products and services to better address the needs of more than 12,000 U.S. gastroenterologists and their staff.”

Rubinsztain will hold the title of President of gMed and become a part of the Modernizing Medicine senior management team following the closing. “I have watched the rapid growth of Modernizing Medicine and admire the reputation the company has gained in the market with its cloud, mobile and data-driven third generation EMR system, said Rubinsztain. “I expect this transaction to create greater benefits for end users and the most differentiating and comprehensive gastroenterology-specific products.”

About Modernizing Medicine

Modernizing Medicine® is transforming how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized in order to increase efficiency and improve outcomes. Our flagship product, Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), is a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical records (EMR) system built by practicing physicians. Available as a native iPad application and from almost any web-enabled Mac or PC, EMA adapts to each provider’s unique style of practice. This ICD-10 ready EMR system is available for the dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, urology and plastic surgery markets and used by over 6,000 providers in the United States and its territories. The Modernizing Medicine family of companies also provides specialty-specific billing and inventory management. Follow Modernizing Medicine on Twitter at www.modmed.com/twitter and on Facebook at www.modmed.com/facebook.

About gMed

gMed provides the gastroenterology industry with a fully integrated platform consisting of an Electronic Health Record, Endoscopy Report Writer, Practice Management solution, Patient Portal, a Data Analytics tool and Revenue Cycle Management. Fully scalable through the cloud or using an on-site server, gMed’s products are all Meaningful Use Certified and ICD-10 compliant.

July 22, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

The Mass HIway Announces Health Information Exchange with athenahealth

Statewide Health Information Exchange Enables Secure Transmission of Patient Visit Summaries, Improving Care Coordination for Patients in Massachusetts

Waltham, Mass., July 14, 2015 – The Massachusetts Health Information Exchange(Mass HIway) announced today that it has successfully connected with athenaNet, the single instance national health information platform of athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based electronic health records (EHR), care coordination, and population health management services for medical groups and health systems.

This new connection will automatically enable providers using athenahealth’s EHR service, athenaClinicals®, to exchange health information on their patients with other HIway connected participants, like summary records including patient demographics, problems or previous diagnoses, allergies, procedures, medications and laboratory results. Improving patient hand-offs using the HIway provides a vehicle for improving the quality and safety of patient care in Massachusetts.

“Through our partnership with Massachusetts HIway we continue to commit ourselves to the free flow of health care data as we expand providers’ ability to effortlessly send and receive a full picture of a patient’s health story throughout the care continuum—regardless of the platform,” said Doran Robinson, Vice President of Network Integration at athenahealth.

“athenahealth continues to set an example for the industry by making interoperability and information-sharing a priority,” said Darrel Harmer, ACIO, Mass HIway. “Our goal is to bring all providers, statewide, onto the HIway in order to enable healthcare organizations to deliver safe, coordinated care to all patients in Massachusetts, so we are thrilled to have athenahealth onboard.”

The Massachusetts Health Information Exchange (Mass HIway) continues to make significant progress in its efforts to electronically connect the Massachusetts healthcare ecosystem.  For more information please visit www.masshiway.net.

About the Mass HIway

The mission of The Mass HIway is to deploy a secure electronic health information exchange that is accessible to all healthcare systems statewide, regardless of affiliation, location, or differences in technology; and to serve as a tool for the Commonwealth’s healthcare community, improving coordination, quality, patient satisfaction, and public health reporting while containing costs. The Mass HIway is operated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services and overseen by a Health Information Technology Council and informed by consumer, provider, legal and policy, and technology advisory groups to promote a transparent, multi-stakeholder engagement model.

About athenahealth

athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing, patient engagement,care coordination, and population health management, as well as Epocrates and other point-of-care mobile apps. We connect care and drive meaningful, measurable results for more than 64,000 health care providers in medical practices and health systems nationwide. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com.

July 14, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Most Wired Hospitals Focus on Security and Patient Engagement

ANN ARBOR, MI and CHICAGO, July 9, 2015 – Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The 2015 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year’s Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found:

  • 96 percent of Most Wired organizations use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of the all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used.
  • 79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals.
  • 83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.

“With the rising number of patient data breaches and cybersecurity attacks threatening the healthcare industry, protecting patient health information is a top priority for hospital customers,” said Frank Nydam, Senior Director of Healthcare at VMware. “Coupled with the incredible technology innovation taking place today, healthcare organizations need to have security as a foundational component of their mobility, cloud and networking strategy and incorporated into the very fabric of the organization”

As hospitals and health systems begin to transition away from volume-based care to more integrated, value-based care delivery, hospitals are utilizing IT to better facilitate information exchange across the care settings. This includes greater alignment between hospitals and physicians. According to the survey, the physician portal is a key factor in strengthening physician-hospital alignment:

  • In 84 percent of Most Wired organizations, physicians can view and exchange other facilities’ results in the portal compared with 63 percent of hospitals surveyed.
  • 76 percent use the portal and electronic health record (EHR) to exchange results with other EHRs and health information exchanges compared to 56 percent of those surveyed.
  • 81 percent can communicate with patients via email or alerts in contrast to 63 percent of all respondents.

Driven beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, this year’s Most Wired hospitals are utilizing the benefits of a patient portal to get patients actively involved in their health and healthcare. For instance, 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application. Other key findings include:

  • 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer the ability to incorporate patient-generated data.
  • 63 percent offerself-management tools for chronic conditions.
  • 60 percent offer patient-specific education in multiple languages.

“We commend and congratulate this year’s Most Wired hospitals and their CIOs for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation’s hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO.”These Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation.”

“Congratulations to our nation’s Most Wired hospitals for harnessing the potential of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety and lower health care costs,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “At the forefront of the field, these hospitals are setting the bar for protection of patient data through discerning security measures.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals.  Last October, the AHA/Health Forum and CHIME announced the formation of a Most Wired partnership to enhance collaboration between the two organizations in the development and sustainability of the survey, and to collectively help meet the growing demand for useful data on health IT integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners visit www.hhnmag.com.

About the American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, please visit www.aha.org.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,500 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org.

About Health Forum

Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, please visit www.healthforum.com.

About our Sponsor

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware’s industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2014 revenues of $6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online atwww.vmware.com.

July 9, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ADP AdvancedMD Debuts New Patient Relationship Management (PRM) Suite

New PRM Suite Includes Check-in Kiosk, Automated Patient Forms and Patient Portal to Help Medical Practices Improve Patient Communications and Free Up Time for Proactively Managing Patient Healthcare Needs

South Jordan, Utah July 1, 2015 ADP® AdvancedMD®, a leader in all-in-one, cloud electronic health record (EHR), practice management, medical scheduling, medical billing services and a pioneer of big data reporting and business intelligence for smaller medical practices, today announced the launch of its new Patient Relationship Management (PRM) suite. The solution helps private medical practices streamline the patient intake process and the amount of time it takes to administer patient forms. PRM enables patients to easily complete forms electronically, and once finished, forms automatically and securely populate in patient charts, ensuring the medical staff has the most up-to-date information available on the patient.

“Private medical practices are extremely pressed for time and continually on the lookout for new tools and strategies to streamline the administrative side of things,” said Arman Samani, CTO, ADP AdvancedMD. “Our new Patient Relationship Management suite helps front office staff and administrators reduce the amount of time they spend on each patient’s paperwork and enables patients to utilize the Internet to complete intake forms electronically from the privacy of their home or the practice kiosk. This ensures the medical staff can enter a patient meeting informed and clearly focused on addressing the patient’s healthcare needs, and not searching for background information.”

The suite includes the AdvancedMD mobile patient and administrative check-in kiosk. The check-in kiosk, when combined with AdvancedMD insurance verification, credit card processing, as well as advanced online communications with patients, creates a full-featured front-office solution.

Other advantages of the ADP AdvancedMD Patient Relationship Management suite include:

  • Customizable patient and consent forms provide multiple workflow options for each practice. Private practice team members can assign intake forms and consent forms to the patient prior to their arrival at the office so they can be completed ahead of the appointment in the patient portal or in the waiting room via iPad.
  • Forms electronically load into the patient chart with no document scanning required. Additionally, the check-in kiosk lets the practice’s staff scan a patient driver’s license, review demographic information, and make any necessary updates.
  • Patient forms can be managed on an iPad with the iOS app or via traditional desktop browser. Both let the practice’s staff enter patient information, select documents for a patient, and setup an iPad kiosk to be utilized by a patient.
  • Staff are also able to view appointments by date, search for patients by name, view patient photo and demographic information, and add new and existing patient data to a record.
  • Once a patient form is completed, it automatically loads into the patient chart without the need for the office staff to scan paper documents.

Private practices can customize and bundle some or all of the products within the suite. AdvancedMDPRM is available now. To learn more and order, please click here.

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July 1, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ALLSCRIPTS TAKES $200M EQUITY POSITION IN NANTHEALTH AND EXPANDS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO ENHANCEPRECISION GENOMIC MEDICINE AT POINT OF CARE

New Agreement Calls For Accelerating Delivery and Coordination of 21st Century Evidence Based Precision Medicine

CHICAGO and CULVER CITY, CA – June 30, 2015 – Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) (“Allscripts”), a global leader in healthcare information technology solutions, and NantHealth, a cloud-based information technology company, announced they have taken a significant step forward in their strategic partnership through two cross-investments and a strengthening of their commercial agreement. The investments include Allscripts’ purchase of a 10% equity stake in NantHealth for $200 million in cash. In addition, NantCapital, LLC, the personal investment vehicle of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of NantHealth, has made a $100 million investment into Allscripts.

NantHealth is a healthcare IT company providing the most comprehensive genomic and protein-based molecular diagnostics testing in the market today through its first in class Genomic Proteomic Sequencing (GPS Cancer) diagnostic test, applying this actionable health information to create personalized cancer treatment plans through its sophisticated care planning tool Eviti. NantHealth is in the process of bringing GPS Cancer to the point of care and into the patient’s home through a single integrated clinical platform. The Company’s vision is to allow IDNs, Academic Medical Centers, Pediatric Centers, physicians, patients, payers, employers, researchers and pharma to coordinate personalized cancer care, enable access to cutting edge clinical trials, monitor outcomes and control cost in real-time.

The investments and commercial agreement strengthen the partnership between Allscripts and NantHealth, originally announced in March 2015, to develop an integrated, evidence-based, personalized approach to healthcare solutions, and specifically cancer care. The companies will use Allscripts’ scale, global network of hospital and physician clients and leading software solutions, combined with NantHealth’s clinical platform, applications and connectivity devices to build out the infrastructure for new personalized, precision medicine programs for our clients to improve cancer care.

Going forward, NantHealth and Allscripts are focused on working together to accelerate the dissemination of technologies that seamlessly bring the promise of comprehensive molecular diagnostics to the routine, patient care setting. Specifically, the companies intend to work on joint development of: API-based integration between the two companies’ solutions; the creation of a cross clinical-GPS Cancer sequencing knowledge ontology and industry standard; the development of GPS Cancer sequencing invitations via the Allscripts FollowMyHealth® solution; integration of NantTransporter giving access to NantCancer Genome Browser, NantContraster and Paradigm and the development of an ACO solution incorporating semantic interoperability.

Research has shown that a physician’s ability to make effective, evidence-based clinical decisions can improve by using specifically matched cancer protocols and drugs, delivered to the patient based on the individual’s unique DNA, RNA and proteomic profile, and integrated with the patient’s holistic clinical picture. http://www.ascopost.com/issues/june-25,-2015/redefining-cancer.aspx For the first time, NantHealth and Allscripts can integrate these two aspects into a unique knowledge-based solution to significantly improve the way clinicians treat cancer.

Together, physicians and patients will have the tools to stay engaged and active and provide necessary intervention as early as possible. Leveraging innovations in patient engagement, care coordination and disease management; NantHealth and Allscripts are creating the first fully comprehensive and integrated platform that will provide a transformation to the coordination and delivery of personalized care across the spectrum of integrated health systems, across community ambulatory and tertiary practices.

Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, said, “We’re taking an important step forward in our strategic partnership that fully aligns our resources and furthers Allscripts’ strategy to invest in new technologies that can revolutionize service to hospitals and physicians. Under the leadership of Dr. Soon-Shiong, NantHealth is pioneering extraordinarily innovative, personalized healthcare solutions that will empower more efficient and effective clinical decisions. We’re confident that our joint efforts will help Allscripts lead the way in our vision of delivering an open, integrated and precision-based medical solutions to physicians and patients.”

Dr. Soon-Shiong stated, “Since the NantHealth/Allscripts partnership began earlier this year, we have come to know Allscripts and its management team well, and I am confident that they can be a major contributor toward the execution of our vision. Allscripts has the technology and scale to become a significant player in a once-in-a-generation shift to personalized medicine. Pursuing unique and innovative partnerships such as this, which can integrate our solutions across the full spectrum of precision care, furthers our mission of building a healthcare ecosystem to drive better outcomes with the highest quality and lowest cost.”

Provider Reaction

“North Shore-LIJ has an established commitment to oncology research and the delivery of world-class cancer care,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “Today’s announcement of an expanded strategic alliance between NantHealth and Allscripts is exciting, both in terms of furthering our clinical mission and the opportunity to generate additional value from our long-term partnership with Allscripts. We look forward to participating in this alliance as we work together to deliver on the potential for truly personalized care.”

“Today’s healthcare providers are looking for innovative solutions that are integrated across the continuum of care,” said Robert L. Meyer, president and chief executive officer of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Allscripts and NantHealth offer a promising vision for how tomorrow’ssolutions will provide healthcare professionals with a personalized, comprehensive view of the patient, better analyze data, create precise protocols to drive down costs and improve patient outcomes throughout our healthcare system.”

Allscripts Adds New Sunrise Hospital Client

Allscripts also announced today that Windber Medical Center, a nonprofit, community healthcare provider, NantHealth client and affiliate, has selected the Allscripts Sunrise™ platform to be the new core electronic health record for its hospital facility, replacing its current electronic health system. Located in Somerset County, in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Windber Medical Center offers comprehensive primary and acute care including a critical care unit, home health and hospice care
fitness and wellness programs as well as the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center.

“Windber Medical Center together with the CAP certified and Platinum rated human tissue repository at the Windber Research institute and its partnership with Walter Reed Medical Center is poised to be an integrated cancer center with the most cutting edge scientific genomic research in cancer, and our affiliation with NantHealth and Allscripts will propel us towards our mission of providing 21st century care at the community level,” said Tom Kurtz, CEO of Windber Medical Center.

NantCapital Investment in Allscripts

NantCapital’s investment has been executed through a private placement of Allscripts common stock. Allscripts received gross proceeds of approximately $100 million in the private placement. The combined impact of the expanded commercial agreement and cross-investments is expected to be modestly accretive to Allscripts earnings in 2016 and become increasingly accretive over the five-year term of the commercial agreement. The transaction does not change Allscripts 2015 guidance.

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About Allscripts
Allscripts (Nasdaq:MDRX) is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Our innovative solutions connect people, places and data across an Open, Connected Community of Health™. Connectivity empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. To learn more, visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, YouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

About NantHealth
NantHealth, a member of the NantWorks ecosystem of companies, is a healthcare transformational cloud-based IT company converging science and technology through a single integrated clinical platform, to provide actionable health information at the point of care, in the time of need, anywhere, anytime. NantHealth works to transform clinical delivery with actionable clinical intelligence at the moment of decision, enabling clinical discovery through real-time machine learning systems. The company’s technology empowers clinicians, patients and researchers to transcend the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system. By converging molecular science, near real-time patient signal monitoring, computer science and big data technology, the NantHealth Clinical Operating System (cOS) platform empowers providers, patients, and commissioners to coordinate best care, monitor outcomes and control cost in real-time. This is the first system of its kind in healthcare, enabling 21st century coordinated care at a lower cost, enabling value-based population health management at a single patient level and at the population at large. For more information please visitwww.nanthealth.com and follow Dr. Soon-Shiong on Twitter @solvehealthcare.

About NantCancer Genome Browser
NantOmics, NantCancer Genome Browser enables clinicians for the first time to investigate a tumor genome from the full three billion bases down to the single-base level in real-time, thanks to the power of the NantOmics supercomputing and secure mobile infrastructure. The Cancer Genome Browser integrates with NantHealth’s treatment recommendation engine, Eviti, to personalize treatment protocols and clinical trail selection to individual patients based on their genomic and transcriptomic signature. The NantCancer Genome Browser is fully encrypted to allow deployment in a HIPAA secured environment, enabling clinicians to securely access patient data as soon as it’s available, wherever they
are.

About NantTransporter
Data transfer is one of the largest challenges associated with the analysis of sequencing data. NantOmics has designed an infrastructure capable of storing and processing thousands of genomes a day quickly and securely. Our NantTransporter software application enables secure transport of data directly from sequencing machines to NantOmics’s secure private genome processing cloud. Data streams are encrypted using 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-128), the same algorithms designated for Top Secret government documents. Initiating a transfer is as easy as obtaining a transfer code from our web site, and specifying the files to be sent. Annotation of the genomes begins immediately with no downtime between transferring and the beginning of processing.

NantWorks has built a dark fiber network capable of Tb/sec transfers between hospitals, academic institutions and sequencing centers. In July 2012 we demonstrated the capabilities of NantTransporter by transferring 94 TB of genomic data and achieved speeds of up to 9.55 Gb/sec with a sustained rate of over 8.232 Gb/sec, the fastest and largest documented transfer of genomic data to date. To date we have transported over 15,000 cancer genomes via NantTransporter.

About NantContraster
Accurately assessing the state of a patient’s genome is one of the most powerful tools in the emerging field of personalized medicine. NantOmics applies its leading, novel genomic analyses to rapidly discover variants in a patient’s raw genomics data using the latest sequencing technologies combined with advanced statistics and machine learning techniques.

NantContraster annotates all variants against a knowledge database comprising all known and probable disease-associated genes to rank the genomic alterations that have the highest clinical relevance. When applied to cancer tumor/normal samples, our analysis is capable of quickly identifying genomic alterations that could lead to tumorigenesis for a fraction of the cost of conventional approaches. NantContraster is capable of concurrently processing many samples to handle large workflows from researchers and hospital settings.

About Paradigm
PARADIGM (Pathway Recognition Algorithm using Data Integration on Genomic Models) is a proprietary algorithm that uses a probabilistic graphical model to integrate multiple genomic data types on curated pathway databases and is unique for its per-sample approach that allows individual samples to be assessed alone or within the context of a cohort of interest.

June 30, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.