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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.

Zoeticx Leverages Crowd Funding to Introduce TruRecord, Medical Prescribing Software That Will Address 2.2 Million Adverse Drug Reactions in U.S.

First EHR-integrated, Precise and Personalized, Mobile Platform to Leverage Advances in DNA Testing for Better Patient Outcomes and Lower Malpractice Payouts

June 29, 2015; San Jose, Calif — Zoeticx, Inc., the developer of medical software that bridges the gap between medical data and quality patient care, today announced a crowd funding campaign for TruRecord, the first subscriber-based, medical prescribing software to leverage advanced DNA testing technology for optimal drug analysis and prevention of adverse drug reactions.

The company is raising funds for a fall launch of TruRecord on medical crowd funding site Medstartr http://www.medstartr.com/projects/662-trurecord

TruRecord improves patient outcomes by reducing the 80,000 annual deaths due to drug adverse reactions, resulting in 289 billion spent annually on malpractice payouts. CDC ranks this as the fourth highest cause of deaths in US. With 30 new medications introduced yearly and 25 percent of patients on multiple medications, the need is growing.  The CDC also ranks this as the fourth highest cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, cancer and strokes.

TruRecord is designed to foster better patient outcomes by helping to prevent the 100,000 deaths yearly from drugs that are prescribed properly and 80,000 deaths from those which are not, resulting in 289 billion spent annually on malpractice payouts.

Breaking Through Drug Analysis Limitations

Through an intuitive visualization of drug-to-drug interactions, drug-to-allergy interactions, and drug to DNA metabolization, medical professionals can now create what-if scenarios for drug issues, enabling providers to personalize prescriptions. This capability breaks through providers’ drug analysis limitations and the burdensome task of scanning and searching text and tables to identify adverse reaction data which is often complex.

These scenarios can now also be more complete with accurate patient medical information from any facility, including integration from existing hospital EHR’s through Zoeticx’s Patient-Clarity Platform which connects disparate EHR records and enables medical system interoperability.

Mobile Devices, HIPAA Compliance

TruRecord client interfaces are supported on mobile and web interfaces, providing precise, personalized medication prescriptions. TruRecord accesses patient medical records via an on-demand, real time access from EHR / EMR systems. Without data duplication, TruRecord complies with all required secure patient privacy protection outlined by HIPAA.

“We built Zoeticx to help medical systems address interoperability, lower accidental deaths and bridge the gap between medical data and better patient outcomes,” said Thanh Tran, CEO, Zoeticx. “Today our goal is the same, but a shift toward an additional focus—adverse drug reactions. We are ushering in an era where we can leverage the fruits of DNA research to bring more precise and accurate prescriptions to those who rely on them. TruRecord takes the guess work out of drug interactions and patients by delivering security, peace of mind and accuracy.”

About Zoeticx

Zoeticx offers software solutions for the healthcare industry which are dedicated to improving patient outcomes, enhancing the quality of care, containing costs, and simplifying administration. These solutions offer an immediate increase in the quality of care by delivering the right information to the right caregiver at the right time, in a manner that can be easily understood.  Additionally, as the Affordable Care Act continues to roll out, healthcare providers will face new challenges which arise whenever there is a transition from an old system of doing business to a new one. Zoeticx helps solve those challenges, allowing care providers to focus on what is most important, the patient. www.Zoeticx.com For additional information contact Glass Lantern PR at @glasslanternpr.com.

June 25, 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.

Nebraska Medicine and Epic ahead of their time with a new patient engagement app for the Apple Watch

Information about appointments, medications and more coming to the wrists of patients with Apple’s newest device

Omaha, Neb – Apple has always been about innovation. The same can be said for Epic, the Verona, Wisconsin-based healthcare software company whose customers manage medical records for more than half the U.S. population, including patients at Nebraska Medicine. Now, Epic and Nebraska Medicine announce one of the first efforts to improve the patient experience using Apple’s first wearable device.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the satisfaction of our patients,” said Michael Ash, M.D., chief transformation officer at Nebraska Medicine. “We recognize that as more of our patients use devices like the Apple Watch, we not only have to be able to use that technology to initially provide convenience for them, but we also have to envision how we can also improve patient outcomes via use of the device in the future.”

Epic’s MyChart app for Apple Watch, available now on the App Store, lets patients view messages from their care providers, upcoming appointment details, and information on their active medications. They can also see notices when new test results, billing statements and health maintenance reminders are accessible on their iPhones.

“It’s great to see Nebraska Medicine help lead the way on patient engagement with the Apple Watch,” says Sumit Rana, Epic’s senior vice president for research and development. “Wearables such as the Apple Watch have great potential to empower patients as active participants in their own healthcare and wellness while improving the overall care experience.”

Epic has development in the works based on the Apple Watch’s ability to “tap” wearers on the wrist to get their attention. Diabetic patients will be able to get reminders to test their blood sugar regularly, for example. Care organizations will also be able to use the watch to help patients get quicker access to high-demand specialty visits and services. Epic’s Fast Pass On the Go feature would allow a patient with an appointment three weeks out to get an Apple Watch alert if an earlier slot opens up – when another patient cancels an appointment, for example – and accept the new appointment time from the watch.

An Apple Watch app is also available for physicians who use Epic’s Haiku mobile application for the iPhone. Doctors can view their schedule, hospitalized patients and clinical summaries. They can also use Siri’s speech-to-text functionality to record a clinical note or a MyChart message to send to a patient.

Nebraska Medicine is the most esteemed academic health system in the region offering exceptional patient care combined with innovative research and education. Committed to advancing quality health care, Nebraska Medicine represents the clinical integration of The Nebraska Medical Center, the state’s largest and highest rated hospital, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians. Our newly integrated organization allows us to strengthen our services by expanding collaboration with our partners and providing patients access to more than 1,000 physicians and 678 licensed hospital beds as well as approximately 40 specialty and primary care clinics in Omaha and the surrounding area. Find Nebraska Medicine online at www.nebraskamed.com.

June 19, 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.

Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine Improves Clinical Integrations and Reduces Costs

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mobile healthcare communications company, Vocera (NYSE:VCRA), today introduced the Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine to streamline integrations between the Vocera Communication System and clinical systems such as nurse call and electronic health records (EHRs). By integrating Vocera with these and other solutions, hospitals can automatically send an alert to the nurse assigned to a particular patient based on the intelligent workflow defined in the system, improving patient safety and reducing the noise and annoyance of broadcast alarms.

Vocera’s Clinical Workflow Engine eliminates the need for third-party middleware. It streamlines clinical workflows for voice, messaging, patient monitoring alerts and alarms, nurse calls, EHRs, bed management and other clinical systems. As part of the Vocera Communications System, this solution also reduces costs and the number of vendors required to support clinical workflows, simplifying care team collaboration.

A recent Vocera study sent to nearly 500 high-level hospital employees, conducted by TechValidate, showed 84 percent of respondents find value in Vocera integrations with patient monitoring; 75 percent find value in Vocera’s ability to integrate with EHRs; and 87 percent indicated that Vocera integrations with nurse call systems were important.1 This workflow solution gives Vocera users the ability to deliver the right information, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time.

Using the Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine as the single source of information exchange improves accuracy and consistency within the communication data flow, and enables advanced workflow capabilities in reporting and analytics. For example, by integrating alert and alarm systems with the Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine, care teams can better understand alarm trends and identify potential workflow gaps with detailed analytics filtered by bed, unit, staff, alarm type, alarm density, distribution and response time. Between 72 and 99 percent of all clinical alarms do not require clinical intervention so this contextual data plays a crucial role in improving patient safety and care team efficiency while reducing the growing concerns of alarm fatigue.

“Real-time communication requires seamless integration between systems to ensure clinicians have the right information at the right time to optimize workflow, improve patient care and safety, and reduce costs,” said Gautam M. Shah, vice president of product management at Vocera. “The Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine allows the Vocera Communication System to operate as a single-source for clinical integrations, simplifying and improving the accuracy and efficiency of communication, data flow, reporting and analytics.”

For more about Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine, please visit http://www.vocera.com/resource/vocera-clinical-workflow-engine-solution-brief.

About Vocera

Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA) is a mobile healthcare communications company that provides enterprise-class solutions. Widely recognized for developing smarter ways to communicate, Vocera helps care teams collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time, anywhere. Vocera solutions are installed in more than 1,200 organizations worldwide, improving quality, efficiency, safety and outcomes. Via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network, Vocera also drives thought leadership for the healthcare industry and new standards in care delivery to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

1 Source: TechValidate. http://www.techvalidate.com/product-research/vocera-communication-system

June 16, 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.

eHealth Technologies and Orion Health Announce Partnership

Partnership Enables North Dakota Health Information Network Access to Medical Images, Providing a Comprehensive View of the Patient Record

Rochester, N.Y., June 9, 2015eHealth Technologies, the leading provider of image exchange solutions and Orion Health, a global population health management and healthcare integration company, announced today that they have partnered to enable North Dakota Health Information Network (NDHIN) to provide healthcare providers across the entire state of North Dakota with access to medical images as a part of the state-wide Health Information Exchange (HIE).

eHealth Technologies and Orion Health have signed a strategic partnership agreement that incorporates eHealth Connect® Image Exchange into the Orion Health Open Platform, enabling its users to access, view, compare and transfer fully diagnostic quality medical images such as x-ray, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasound studies from anywhere they can access the Orion Health platform. Both companies are committed to delivering the critical and relevant health information needed by providers to care for patients when, where and how they need it.

“The partnership between eHealth Technologies and Orion Health will ensure that providers using NDHIN can access and share diagnostic quality medical images through our Open Platform. This partnership will help us positively affect patients’ health by minimizing radiation exposure from unnecessary duplicate imaging exams, while also reducing the cost of care,” said BG Jones, Vice President, Global Partner Alliances, Orion Health.

Gary Larson, Executive Vice President & General Manager, HIE Solutions for eHealth Technologies noted “Our partnership with Orion Health will allow healthcare providers to access their patients’ images from any external connected facility in full diagnostic quality, on a unified image viewing platform with no software to install, in the context of the complete patient record. Physicians will be able to securely collaborate to make care coordination across multiple facilities more efficient and effective.”

Mr. Sheldon Wolf, Health Information Technology Director, NDHIN also expressed excitement about the physician collaboration that is now possible with an image enabled HIE: “Image-enabling NDHIN will equip our providers with the tools they need to conduct real-time image consultations with other caregivers for a faster and more complete diagnosis and treatment. Being able to quickly connect providers with the information they need in sparsely populated areas will greatly enhance patient care.”

About Orion Health Inc.

Orion Health, a population health management company, makes healthcare information available anywhere by providing healthcare IT connectivity in nearly every U.S. state and in over 30 countries worldwide—facilitating care for tens of millions of patients every day. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health facilitates data exchange within and among provider organizations, accountable care organizations, health plans, governments and health information exchanges, to improve care coordination, enable population health management, enhance quality of care and help reduce costs. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.

About eHealth Technologies

eHealth Technologies is the industry-leading provider of continuity of care solutions, serving over half of the nation’s top 100 hospitals, including 12 of the top 17 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals for 2014-2015, and leading health information exchanges (HIEs) across the United States. The company’s eHealth Connect® Referral Pathways solution enhances patient and physician satisfaction by streamlining transitions of care, and assuring physicians have the right healthcare information to care for their patients, right when they need it. As a critical adjunct to HIEs, eHealth Connect® Image Exchange enables the automated access to all types of medical images in the context of the aggregated patient record, in full diagnostic quality, and supports the ability for providers to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.  For more information, visit www.eHealthTechnologies.com. Connect with us onTwitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About North Dakota Health Information Exchange Network

The mission of the NDHIN is to advance the adoption and use of technology to exchange health information and improve healthcare quality, patient safety and overall efficiency of healthcare and public health services of North Dakota.  The North Dakota Health Information Network creates a safe, secure connection for life’s critical moments. For more information, visit http://www.ndhin.org/.

June 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.

AMIA Issues Report on Electronic Health Records

EHR-2020 recommends changes in the management of medical data.

BETHESDA, MARYLAND – Today AMIA released the results of a task force report on Electronic Health Records (EHR).  The Report of the AMIA EHR 2020 Task Force on the Status and Future Direction of EHRs was released in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) jamia.org  and represents an evolutionary approach in the management of patient medical data.  EHRs allow health-care providers and clinicians to record patient information electronically instead of using paper records.

The EHR-2020 Task Force is comprised of a distinguished group of 15 experts. The findings are being presented publicly today at the AMIA iHealth 2015 Clinical Informatics Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The report recommends changes that will support patient engagement, improve provider workflow, support innovation, and set the stage for future improvements that will improve patient’s health and healthcare.

AMIA is at the forefront of using EHRs and information technology to enhance medical care and advance the functionality of EHRs.  The EHR-2020 Task Force report represents practical solutions to the concerns members have about the challenges of EHR adoption. AMIA worked with many groups, government agencies and professional organizations to determine methods to solve EHR challenges that providers encounter, and to further create a sustainable framework for innovation in EHRs.

“Health information technology is a key part of enhancing health and health care, and empowering patients to be first-order participants in their care.  As part of this report, we listened to our members who work closely with EHRs to understand the current challenges. We think these recommendations will improve the value that EHRs will provide to patients, and set the stage for more significant benefit in the future“, said Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMIA.

Security and confidentiality are at the heart of EHR planning since its inception and AMIA is acutely aware of the concerns of the general public as well as the medical community.  As the professional home of health informatics professionals, AMIA’s members —multidisciplinary and interprofessional—address many of the EHR problems from a wide range of perspectives:  as informaticians, clinicians, scientists, vendors, innovation and implementation scientists, change agents, and people who cross all these boundaries.

“While we recognize that there are challenges with implementing and using EHR technology, this report is aimed at practical solutions that we believe will improve health and health care for patients and their caregivers. We are hopeful that it will generate the thoughtful conversations and innovations that will make what is possible, real for all patients,” said Thomas Payne, MD, Chair, AMIA EHR 2020 Task Force. Dr. Payne is the Medical Director, IT Services, University of Washington (UW) Medicine and Associate Director, UW Medicine Center for Scholarship in Patient Care Quality and Safety.

There is an urgency to act on behalf of patients and the individuals who care for them. AMIA will continue to work with policy makers on their critical role in moving our nation toward better use of EHRs to better serve medical providers and the general public.

You can find a full copy of the report using these links:   www.jamia.org

Report  http://jamia.oxfordjournals.org/lookup/doi/10.1093/jamia/ocv066

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AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,000 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.

May 29, 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.

HIMSS Submits Comments on CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3; 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria

Focused on better health through the best use of information technology, HIMSS points to critical components of the draft regulations and suggests improvements to advance the secure and consistent digital exchange of patient health information.      

Arlington, VA (May 29, 2015) – On Thursday, May 28, HIMSS submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on  the Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria.  The two letters, sent to Acting CMS Administrator, Andrew Slavitt, and National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, respectively, strongly urge CMS and ONC to:

  • Decrease the prescriptive nature of the EHR Incentive program,
  • Increase focus on the substantial capabilities established earlier in the program, and
  • Reduce complexity in the 2015 Certification Criteria.

HIMSS voiced its continued support for the Meaningful Use Program as a tool to positively transform health and healthcare in the United States. Identifying meaningful use as a “critical tool for enabling healthcare transformation,” the response cites HIMSS Analytics data – collected annually on all non-federal US hospitals, and more than 30,000 tethered US ambulatory facilities – that “70% of hospitals have made a positive progression in the advancement of their EHR capabilities over the last five years, with over 60% of ambulatory facilities showing similar progress in the last three years.”

HIMSS reiterated its long-standing commitment to interoperability:  “HIMSS is committed to a culture in which IT is fundamental to transforming healthcare; improving quality of care, enhancing the patient experience, containing cost, improving access to care, and optimizing effectiveness of public payment.”

The full comments on HIMSS response to the CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3include:

  • HIMSS remains strongly committed to making the Electronic Health Record Incentive program less prescriptive and more focused on encouraging and assisting providers to take advantage of the substantial capabilities established in Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2, including interoperability.
  • HIMSS applauds a proposal in the NPRM for a single definition of Meaningful Use starting in calendar year 2018, no matter when a provider began to participate in the EHR Incentive Program.
  • HIMSS supports the work being done by CMS to align the EHR Incentive Program with other CMS quality reporting programs that also use certified health IT.  HIMSS believes such efforts will lessen the burden on providers.
  • HIMSS is committed to ensuring patient safety remains paramount to the development, implementation, and wide-spread use of health IT systems.
  • HIMSS reiterates its long-standing assertion that 18 months is the minimum length of time needed between the final rules on Meaningful Use, certification, and standards, and the start of any stage of Meaningful Use.  An 18-month timeline allows stakeholders to help educate and prepare providers on the upcoming new stage.  The current timeline for transitioning to Meaningful Use, Stage 3 in 2017 and 2018 does not include 18 months.

The full HIMSS comments  on the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria include:

  • ONC must address the overall complexity of the 2015 Edition Certification Rule by reducing the total number of criterion, as well as the standards and functionalities included.
  • HIMSS acknowledges that ONC and CMS attempted to reduce the complexity of the requirements for the 2015 edition certification criteria and Meaningful Use Stage 3 in their respective NPRMs for this cycle.  However, given all the new requirements included in this NPRM, HIMSS urges ONC to reconsider the requirements needed for the 2015 edition certification criteria and consider approaches to minimize and simplify the options presented.
  • HIMSS remains cautiously supportive of ONC’s efforts to establish innovative certification and testing programs that utilize health IT.  Certification in support of a Learning Health System must be specific, carefully planned, focused on the areas that have the greatest impact on interoperability, and closely aligned with programmatic goals.
  • ONC or another agency should establish the programmatic goals before commencing with any certification program associated with the effort.  It is important that certification criteria be closely evaluated and aligned with the functionalities necessary to meet the goals of the program in question as the move continues beyond EHR-specific certification.
  • HIMSS supports greater harmonization and alignment across the programs covered by certification.
  • HIMSS supports the idea of including the level of adoption and maturity among standards as an important consideration when evaluating inclusions for certification programs.

HIMSS will continue to monitor the progress on CMS Meaningful Use Stage 3 program and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. Look for updated information at the Policy Center on the HIMSS website. 

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 58,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 400 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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.

Amazing Charts Launches Partner Community

Company Curates Third-Party Services and Solutions to Create Greater Value for Users

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI–(Marketwired – May 21, 2015) – Amazing Charts, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for physician practices, today announced the Amazing Charts Partner Community, an online marketplace of innovative third-party services and solutions seamlessly integrated with the Amazing Charts platform.

The Amazing Charts Partner Community features a broad spectrum of value-added offerings for medical practices, including solutions for document management, patient engagement, care coordination, and revenue cycle management. Users can filter by product category, compare vendor offerings, and submit inquires. A few of the solutions listed, such as NoteSwift and Updox, are already utilized by Amazing Charts’ customer base, while most are new services curated from dozens of applicants.

“Now there is one place where Amazing Charts users can conveniently find trusted partners who have been pre-approved by our rigorous vetting process,” said Matt Pierce, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Amazing Charts. “We will continue to expand the program as we identify new customer challenges and shifting market trends, forging partnerships with companies that are best positioned to meet those needs.”

About Amazing Charts

Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 6,800 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

May 21, 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 Announces Apple Watch App To Improve Medical Practice Efficiency

Helps physicians streamline care delivery with appointment reminders, scheduling updates, and secure messaging

Irvine, CA – May 19, 2015Kareo, the leading provider of cloud-based medical office software for independent medical practices, today announced the launch of its Apple Watch App. Kareo’s most recent innovation extends the functionality of the company’s EHR to Apple Watch, streamlining care delivery and enhancing the patient experience by improving communications, reducing patient wait times, and increasing practice efficiency.

Kareo is launching this new Apple Watch App in response to the growing demands on physicians to increase their focus on all aspects of patient engagement. “Physicians are on their feet attending to the needs of patients for the majority of the day, leaving little time to check their schedules and prepare for the next appointment,” said Dr. Tom Giannulli, CMIO of Kareo. “Recognizing this demanding care delivery environment, Kareo’s Apple Watch App will help doctors better manage their schedule while enabling enhanced communication throughout the day, improving their ability to deliver a great patient experience.”

Kareo’s Apple Watch App provides the most relevant, practice-oriented information necessary to improve care and increase practice efficiency. Key functionalities of the App include:

  • Secure messaging that allows the user to send, reply, and read messages via dictation. Messages can be sent to staff or patients using Kareo’s secure messaging system, improving overall patient engagement and practice communication.
  • An agenda that allows the provider to quickly reference their schedule and see the status of appointments checked-in, no show, late, checked out, etc., helping reduce wait times and improve practice efficiency.
  • Appointment reminders that can be sent five minutes before the next scheduled appointment. The notification subtly vibrates the watch, indicating that the doctor has an impending appointment.
  • Appointment information that is accessible within a notification or through the agenda, allowing the provider to review details such as the patient’s name, time of appointment, visit type, and reason for the visit.
  • “I’m Running Late” pre-set messages that allow the doctor inform other staff members when they are running behind and how much longer they expect to be. This improves practice communication and enables the front desk to give patients a more accurate wait time estimate.
  • Apple “Glances” that provide a quick overview of key practice metrics, including how many patients are scheduled throughout the day, how many patients are waiting to be seen, and which patients are currently waiting in an exam room.

All features of Kareo’s Apple Watch App are HIPAA compliant and secure, ensuring all data are private, yet easily accessible.

“Independent physicians need new tools to grow strong, patient-centered practices, and Kareo’s Apple Watch App is another example of Kareo’s focus on helping physicians leverage innovative technology to drive their success,” said Dan Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Kareo. “With key practice and patient information accessible on their wrists, physicians are able to discreetly and efficiently provide updates to staff while staying focused on what matters most – the patient.”

Kareo’s Apple Watch App will be available for download on the Apple Watch App Store at the end of May. For further information regarding Kareo’s Apple Watch App, please visit Kareo’s mobile EHR page.

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About Kareo

Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office software and services 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.

May 19, 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.

CareCloud Strengthens Operations with $15M in New Funding and Appointment of Silicon Valley Leader Ken Comée as CEO

Investments Follow a Record First Quarter Amid Accelerating Adoption By Large Ambulatory Medical Groups

MIAMI, FL April 23, 2015 – CareCloud, the leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and medical billing software and services, today announced that it bolstered its operations with new funding and a new CEO to take its market momentum to the next level. The company disclosed $15M in additional funding from its investors, which will be used to further advance product innovation and customer success. It also appointed Ken Comée, a proven leader of enterprise cloud technology businesses, as its Chief Executive Officer, replacing Albert Santalo who will remain at CareCloud as Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer.

“Since its inception, CareCloud has achieved incredible success and growth by delivering an unparalleled platform to help healthcare organizations run better than they ever have before through connected technologies. Ken has been a supporter, friend and confidant for a number of years now and I’m confident that the team, under his leadership, will reach new heights and continue to drive CareCloud’s mission,” said Santalo.

During the past three years, Comée has helped steer CareCloud’s industry-leading growth in his role as a Board member and operational advisor. Comée assumes the CEO role at CareCloud following a successful track record of helping cloud-based technology innovators to secure and extend market leadership.  As CEO of Cast Iron Systems, he grew the company into the #1 brand in cloud integration, leading to its strategic acquisition by IBM.  Most recently, he was CEO of PowerReviews, a leader in product ratings and reviews, and oversaw the scaling of its operations and fast growth in the market.

The company’s investments follow the achievement of record contract values in the first quarter of 2015 – driven by increased demand from large medical groups replacing legacy systems. CareCloud signed seven of its largest deals to date in Q1, as average contract value tripled over the prior year. Among the nearly 50 new clients to select the CareCloud platform in Q1 was a large, multispecialty urgent care group practice with locations across the Southwest.

“The health information technology landscape has changed dramatically in the past year,” said Comée. “Regulatory considerations once drove many purchasing decisions. Today, large ambulatory medical groups demand a true platform of choice that offers superior ease of use and better business results in support of patient care. As the first quarter of 2015 demonstrated, no company is better positioned than CareCloud to lead the charge in replacing legacy systems.  I look forward to leading this team in support of that mission.”

About CareCloud

CareCloud is the leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

CareCloud is helping thousands of physicians increase collections, streamline operations, and improve patient care in 48 states, and currently manages more than $4 billion in annualized accounts receivables on behalf of its revenue cycle management clients. To learn more about CareCloud, visit www.carecloud.com.

April 23, 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.