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Vestrum Health and First Insight Announce MaximEyes EHR Data Aggregation Integration

Unlock the value of EHR data by capturing benchmarking analytics and receiving revenue.

Hillsboro, OR (August 14, 2014– First Insight Corporation, developer of MaximEyes cloud-based practice management and 2014 Certified EHR software, and Vestrum Health announced that MaximEyes EHR is now compatible with Vestrum Health’s EHR data aggregation technology platform.

“Vestrum Health is a proprietary, secure and regulatory-compliant EHR data aggregation platform where participating physicians can securely transmit their EHR data to a proprietary database, without compromising the stability and security of their EHR system,” said Nadeem Ahmad, Vestrum Health’s Director of Operations. “Physician and patient identifiers are removed in accordance with HIPAA regulations and the data is made available to participating physicians for analytics and clinical research. Physicians always retain control over how their data is utilized. In addition, in an industry first, Vestrum Health shares a significant portion of revenue generated by data sales in the form of royalty payments to participating physicians who choose to commercialize their de-identified data. Vestrum Health provides physicians with the ability to finally capture a monetary return on their EHR investment.”

“First Insight securely uploads a participating physician’s de-identified patient data from MaximEyes to the Vestrum Health servers where it will be converted by Vestrum Health into an easily analyzable format,” said Nitin Rai, First Insight’s President and CEO. “Our goal is to always provide our customers with the best experience, service and value in the EHR industry. By collaborating with Vestrum Health, we are providing additional value to our physician customers.”

About First Insight Corporation: First Insight was founded in 1994 by Nitin Rai, president and CEO, to revolutionize and lead the eye care industry with the most complete and customizable electronic health records and practice management software. The company’s focus has been to help doctors achieve a paperless practice through MaximEyes, its flagship “eye care only” Certified Cloud Based EHR and Practice Management Software. MaximEyes helps thousands of eye care professionals increase revenue, reduce billing errors, improve patient retention, enhance office efficiency, and relieve the stress of regulatory requirements. MaximEyes software delivers tailored and affordable options for all practice sizes. First Insight is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR. To learn more, visit www.first-insight.com

About Vestrum Health: Vestrum Health was founded by retina specialists in 2012 to provide physicians with the opportunity to unlock the value of their EHR data. The company’s innovative and patent-pending technology platform facilitates the aggregation and de-identification of EHR data for clinical research, analytics and commercialization. For additional information visit www.vestrumhealth.com or download Vestrum Health’s FAQs.

August 14, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

FDB Adds Boxed Warning Content to Help Ensure Patient Safety and Regulatory Compliance with High Risk Medications

The FDB High Risk Medication Module now includes both Boxed Warning and REMS content for use within the clinical workflow

South San Francisco, CA – August 7, 2014 – First Databank (FDB), the leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that improves medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, today announced that Boxed Warning content has now been added to the FDB High Risk Medication Module™. The new drug knowledge enables FDB customers and other industry stakeholders to easily identify medications designated as high risk by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have a Boxed Warning and/or a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) requirement. The module’s initial release, in July 2013, covered medications with REMS requirements. Now, with the inclusion of medications with boxed warnings, the module covers a broader spectrum of high risk medications.

Boxed warnings—the FDA’s strongest warning for medicines that carry risks of special problems —serve as notices to prescribers, pharmacists and consumers about possible adverse effects of high risk medications. The FDA has put requirements in place to help ensure the safe use of high risk drugs with the use of boxed warnings and/or REMS, which are critical guidelines for clinicians and institutions that treat patients with these medications. Although high risk medications with boxed warnings are regularly prescribed, studies have shown that these requirements are not routinely followed by clinicians because the information does not appear within their normal EHR workflow.

To address this potential patient safety issue, the FDB High Risk Medication Module is designed to seamlessly integrate with healthcare information systems to provide current boxed warning and REMS information of high risk prescription drugs directly with the clinician’s workflow. The module helps clinicians meet FDA regulatory compliance by presenting actionable messages to the right user at the right time, while eliminating the manual and often tedious efforts required in monitoring drug manufacturers’ changes to boxed warnings and REMS. Additionally, FDB keeps track of when changes are made to the requirements and maintains historical information to support retrospective analysis or auditing.

Faced with increasing numbers of high risk medications with a boxed warning, the complexity of REMS requirements and penalties for non-compliance, health care providers need easy-to-use workflow solutions. Omnicare, a comprehensive provider of pharmacy and related services to elder care and other specialized health care settings across the United States, is one of many FDB customers whose users and their patients are directly impacted by the regulatory burden and complexity clinician’s face with prescribing, dispensing and administering high risk drugs.

According to Barbara J. Zarowitz, PharmD, vice president of clinical services, Omnicare, their clinicians are concerned with identifying, monitoring and prescribing the increasing numbers of high risk medications in use today that have important medical practice implications for patient safety. In addition, satisfying the constantly changing regulatory requirements is even more challenging outside the EHR workflow. Speaking at a recent FDB Customer Conference, Zarowitz commented that, “The provision of actionable information in the EHR workflow for drugs with boxed warnings is absolutely necessary for clinicians to maximize safe use of medications in our patients.”

“Our vision is to ensure that all medication warnings and required actions—from Boxed Warnings, to REMS requirements and associated Medication Guides—are easily accessible from one convenient source, to ease the burden the healthcare industry currently faces when working to comply with high risk medication guidelines,” said Lisa Geller, senior product manager, FDB.

About First Databank (FDB)
FDB (First Databank), part of the Hearst Health network, is the leading provider of drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication decision support category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visit http://www.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter andLinkedIn.

About Hearst Health
FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx HealthMCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 20 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

August 7, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Mexico’s Healthcare Market Value to Reach Almost $28 Billion by 2020, says GlobalData

LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 7 August 2014 - Mexico’s pharmaceutical and medical devices industries will be worth approximately $22.5 billion and $5.4 billion by 2020, respectively, totaling an overall healthcare market value of $27.9 billion, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report* states that this overall increase in Mexico’s healthcare market value will represent a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.8%, climbing from $17.6 billion in 2013, as estimated in combined findings from GlobalData and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

According to GlobalData, a number of factors, including the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, improvements in regulatory guidelines, government support for the healthcare sector, and the North American Free Trade Agreement, will help drive the anticipated market growth.

Joshua Owide, GlobalData’s Director of Healthcare Industry Dynamics, says: “Over 350 domestic and multi-national companies are engaged in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products in Mexico, making the country one of the leading producers in the Americas.

“During the next five years, the pharmaceutical sector will have the opportunity to expand, due to a number of branded drugs losing market exclusivity. This will benefit domestic manufacturers, as the top pharmaceutical companies in Mexico mostly deal with generic drugs.”

Mexico was Latin America’s main exporter of pharmaceutical products in 2012, and the country has grown to be a key exporter to Europe and the US, thanks largely to free trade agreements.

Owide concludes: “While the Mexican pharmaceutical market may be vulnerable, with a high share of private healthcare expenditure, alongside out-of-pocket payments and the problem of counterfeit drugs, the overall outlook remains bright.

“Non-communicable disease, which is rising in prevalence due to the increasing elderly population and changes to diet and lifestyle, combined with the Mexican government’s aim to provide universal healthcare coverage, will increase public expenditure and create greater market opportunities for both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.”

-ABOUT GLOBALDATA-

GlobalData is a leading global research and consulting firm offering advanced analytics to help clients make better, more informed decisions every day. Our research and analysis is based on the expert knowledge of over 700 qualified business analysts and 25,000 interviews conducted with industry insiders every year, enabling us to offer the most relevant, reliable and actionable strategic business intelligence available for a wide range of industries.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS Analytics Honors TriHealth Hospitals with Stage 7 Award and Associated Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

The HIMSS  Stage 7 Awards honors ambulatory facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR 

CHICAGO (Aug. 4, 2014) - HIMSS Analytics awarded four TriHealth hospitals with  Stage 7 Awards, and 131 of its associated ambulatory clinics, located throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Stage 7 Award: HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

Stage 7 Ambulatory Award: Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

During the first quarter of 2014, only 3.1 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Award, and only 4.54 percent of the more than 24,200 ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award .

“We are thrilled to be one of a small number of hospitals in the country to achieve this high level of technological integration and honored to be the only adult hospital in Cincinnati to do so,” said John Prout, TriHealth president and chief executive officer,. “The HIMSS Stage 7 designation underscores our commitment to patient-centered clinical quality and safety through the use of advanced clinical information systems. The site visit with the HIMSS Analytics officials gave us an opportunity to share our experiences and to recognize our staff and physicians for their work with our patients.”

TriHealth, one of the fastest-growing health systems in Greater Cincinnati, has more than 500 doctors and 11,000 other employees. It operates four hospitals (Good Samaritan in University Heights, Bethesda North in Montgomery, Bethesda Butler in Hamilton and TriHealth Evendale) and more than 130 other locations.

“This is an excellent deployment of an enterprise EHR that proved to be transformational,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president HIMSS Analytics.“TriHealth has been an early adopter of technologies that are just beginning to become mainstream.  This is truly an organization that enthusiastically embraces technology to support their core mission.”

TriHealth will be recognized at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition onApril 12-16, 2015, in Chicago, Ill.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics web site for more information on the Stage 7 award and Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

About HIMSS Analytics

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

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

August 4, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Consultant Development Program from Stoltenberg Consulting Yields Successful IT Projects for Hospitals at Significantly Lower Costs

More than 25 percent in savings realized by healthcare organizations for IT initiatives leveraging consultants from company’s development program

PITTSBURGH, July 22, 2014 - Stoltenberg Consulting, a leading healthcare information technology (HIT) consulting firm, today announced thirteen consultants having graduated from its Consultant Development Program to date. The program, designed to provide hospitals with first-time, certified consultants, continues to deliver cost-effective results to the company’s hospital customers. The consultants in the program, titled Consultant I’s, undergo rigorous training and work closely with Stoltenberg’s team of experienced consultants on projects.

The 2013 HIMSS Workforce Survey indicated that 31 percent of healthcare organizations had to place IT initiatives on hold due to staffing shortages with 43 percent citing the lack of a qualified talent pool as a challenge to appropriately meeting their staffing needs. The demand remains high for a capable workforce in the healthcare technology industry; to date, hospitals that have leveraged Consultant I’s have seen over 25 percent increase in cost savings on IT implementation projects, with the value and contributions of the consultants adding to an even greater overall ROI.

“Considering staffing shortages, limited budgets and a lack of qualified talent in the hiring pool, hospitals are clearly suffering from a shortage of effective IT skills and expertise on projects, without any ideal solution in sight,” said Sheri Stoltenberg, CEO, Stoltenberg Consulting. “The Consultant Development Program is able to address such challenges from every angle by providing cost-effective, highly competent team members that not only deliver the necessary results for hospitals at a critical time in healthcare, but also contribute to a strong job market that supports the advancement of health IT.”

Recent graduates of the Consultant Development Program gained considerable experience through direct involvement in implementation and optimization projects in hospitals around the country, allowing them to establish expertise in clinical, ambulatory, document management and financial areas. Overall, the Consultant I’s spent more than 2,000 hours in training for projects, nearly 9,000 hours on projects and over 15,000 hours serving the help desk service line from Stoltenberg, over the two-year program.

Said a graduate of the program: “There are very few paths in health IT that offer significant hands-on training and opportunities to young professionals. By working closely with a senior consultant from Stoltenberg, I was able to hone important skills at the end-user level while gradually developing experience with Soarian Clinicals Documentation building and CPOE. Programs that offer valuable lessons and opportunities, such as the Consultant Development Program, can be key in changing the perception of a career in health IT to be more attractive for young professionals.”

Previous graduates of the Consultant Development Program have become fully active team members, and in some cases, team leads on IT projects within hospitals across the country. Mentoring provided by senior consultants have allowed the Consultant I’s to far exceed expectations normally set for young HIT professionals.

“I started this program with minimal experience, but by the end, I had gained certain insights in health IT I may have otherwise only learned through multiple years in the industry. From formal vendor training for multiple certifications, to my time taking calls for a university healthcare system with the Stoltenberg Help Desk Service Line, the program greatly prepared me for working and genuinely helping end-users,” said another graduate. “The Consultant Development Program provides a rare opportunity to uniquely groom young HIT professionals for success and I look forward to seeing what is to come from the program in the future.”

To learn more about the Consultant Development Program, please click here or visit www.stoltenberg.com.

About Stoltenberg Consulting 

Founded in 1995, Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc. creates an environment for success by working with healthcare organizations to provide a variety of services including project management, implementation support and integration between systems. Members of the Stoltenberg Consulting team are consultants with extensive experience in both financial and clinical systems, averaging more than 15 years of direct on-site hospital experience. A two-time Best in KLAS Category Leader, Stoltenberg Consulting has grown rapidly to serve a client base of more than 200 preeminent healthcare organizations throughout the United States providing services for Siemens (Approved Partner), Epic (Preferred Partner), Cerner, McKesson, Meditech, NextGen and Allscripts customers. For more information call 1-888-724-1326 or visit www.stoltenberg.com.

 

July 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CHIME Supports New Pathways for Meaningful Use in 2014

Nation’s CIOs ask for swift finalization of proposed rule with ‘common sense’ amendments
ANN ARBOR, MI, June 30, 2014 - In comments submitted Friday, June 27 on proposed “Modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2014,” the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) offered general support of program changes, but requested additional revisions and clarifications to maintain momentum of the federal initiative.

Comments from the professional association of healthcare CIOs and IT leaders said additional flexibility is needed because changes proposed for the Meaningful Use incentive program were only first released in late May, limiting the amount of time providers have to react to changes.

“CHIME supports the new pathways as defined in the proposed rule,” the letter read. “We believe these options will provide needed flexibility for EHR optimization, encourage continued participation in the program and help maintain the upward trajectory of EHR adoption in the US.”

One of CHIME’s primary requests is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allow providers to choose any three-month quarter for an EHR reporting period in the next federal fiscal year or calendar year to qualify for Meaningful Use in 2015. As currently structured, the program requires providers to report a full year of data to qualify for incentives.

“We believe this change will have a dramatically positive effect on program participation and policy outcomes sought in 2015,” CHIME’s comments noted. “The additional time afforded by this modification would help hundreds of thousands of providers meet Stage 2 requirements in an effective and safe manner.”

“We are grateful for the agencies’ acknowledgement that 2014 has been an extremely challenging year for the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO.  “The new pathways created by this NPRM will enable many hospitals and physicians to capitalize on progress made to date. However, the benefits of this new flexibility will be immediately lost if 2015 reporting requirements are not tempered.  Carrying forward the 2014 policy requiring providers submit data covering one quarter of their choosing in 2015 is common sense.”

Additional flexibility is needed because of the continued industry-wide strain to implement information technology in time to meet ongoing requirements of the program, CHIME contended. “Because there is such limited capacity for the industry to absorb ongoing technology upgrades and process changes, CHIME implores CMS to allow 3-month quarter EHR reporting options in 2015.”

CHIME’s comments also asked that the agencies delete ambiguous attestation requirements related to the definition of “fully implemented” Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT). “A number of CHIME members have indicated their apprehension to take advantage of the new pathways created by this NPRM (because of) how this proposed rule defines ‘full implementation’ of CEHRT since the examples do not adequately represent their situation,” CHIME stated.

“Given the industry’s experience with Meaningful Use audits, there is a lot of anxiety over how such a requirement would be validated,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO, Vice President of Information Services and CIO at Moorhead, Kentucky-based St. Claire Regional Medical Center.  “The fear generated by meaningless audits can be crippling for small and rural organizations like ours. Ambiguity in what constitutes ‘full CEHRT implementation’ defeats the primary intent of this NPRM – namely, to encourage continued participation in the program.”

Overall, CHIME believes “these new pathways will provide much-needed relief to hundreds of thousands of providers struggling to meet MU requirements in 2014, due to circumstances beyond their control,” but CHIME is asking agencies to “explicitly state its intentions to let providers meet MU requirements retrospectively in 2014, if they are able.”

Finally, CHIME offered its support of the one-year extension of Stage 2 for providers that first qualified as meaningful users of EHR technology in 2011 and 2012. “This is a necessary extension to give policymakers time to evaluate past experience and incorporate lessons learned into the third Stage of Meaningful Use,” CHIME stated.

“From Day One, CHIME has been an adamant supporter of Meaningful Use, and we remain supporters to this day,” said Branzell. “Our comments and recommendations are pragmatic and meant to ensure that industry, government and taxpayer investments are properly managed.  We are confident that if CMS makes these common sense changes, we can realize the benefits of a modern, connected healthcare system.”

The full text of CHIME’s response to the proposed modifications to the Meaningful Use program can be found at http://www.cio-chime.org/advocacy/resources/download/CHIME_Response_to_Modifications_MU_2014_Final.pdf

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 1,400 CIO members and more than 130 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.cio-chime.org.

June 30, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CareCloud Raises $25.5 Million in Venture Debt from Hercules Technology Growth Capital

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, the leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, today announced that it has received a $25.5 million debt financing commitment from Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC), the leading specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured loans to venture capital-backed companies in technology-related markets, including technology, biotechnology, life science, and energy & renewable technology industries, at all stages of development.

“We are thrilled to have the support and confidence of a leading technology investor like Hercules as we continue to execute on our aggressive business plan,” said R. Scott Lentz, Chief Financial Officer of CareCloud. “This commitment will enable us to accelerate the expansion of our technology solutions and further our strategic objective of providing the industry’s first modern cloud-based platform for healthcare.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to provide the financing required to advance CareCloud’s efforts to expand its market footprint and achieve its impressive growth objectives,” commented Tony Pandjiris, Managing Director at Hercules. “We are confident that CareCloud’s strong management team will be able to seize on the considerable market opportunity as medical groups look to modernize their IT infrastructure and deliver the best patient care possible.”

CareCloud reported record revenue increases during the first quarter of 2014, representing its 17th consecutive quarter of year-over-year triple-digit revenue growth. During the quarter, CareCloud also signed a record of over 170 new medical groups to its cloud-based platform. The Company’s cloud-based platform currently supports thousands of providers in 48 states and manages more than $3 billion in annualized accounts receivables on behalf of its clients. The Company’s award-winning platform also engages more than 8 million unique patients through CareCloud Community, which allows for greater patient engagement and care coordination and is the cornerstone of the company’s vision to be the industry’s Single Log In for Healthcare.

While many physician practices are increasingly concerned about the health of their practices, CareCloud offers products and services to help. The May 2014 Practice Profitability Index (PPI) surveyed over 5,000 U.S. physicians and found they are now more than twice as likely to foresee eroding, not increasing, profits in 2014. Those with a negative outlook increased from 36% to 39% during the past year, while optimists declined from 22% to 19%.The percentage of doctors spending more than one day a week on paperwork rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, from 58% to 70%. Nearly one-quarter (23%) spend more than 40% of their time on administration, up from 15% last year.

About Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc.

Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC) is the leading specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured loans to venture capital-backed companies in technology-related markets, including technology, biotechnology, life science, and energy & renewable technology industries, at all stages of development. Since inception (December 2003), Hercules has committed more than $4.2 billion to over 270 companies and is a lender of choice for entrepreneurs and venture capital firms seeking growth capital financing.

The Company’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “HTGC.”

In addition, Hercules has two outstanding bond issuances of 7.00 percent Senior Notes due 2019—the April 2019 Notes and September 2019 Notes—which trade on the NYSE under the symbols “HTGZ” and “HTGY,” respectively.

Companies interested in learning more about financing opportunities should contact info@htgc.com, or call 650.289.3060.

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 to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in over 48 states, and currently manages over $3 billion in annualized accounts receivables on behalf of its revenue cycle management clients. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

June 26, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

New York eHealth Collaborative, Coordinator of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, Achieves DirectTrust.org/EHNAC Accreditation

Direct Trusted Agent accreditation ensures NYeC’s adherence to data processing standards and compliance with security infrastructure, integrity and trusted identity requirements

New York – The New York e-Health Collaborative (NYeC) – which is coordinating development of New York’s electronic health records network , known as the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY) – announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). Direct Trusted Agent accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards, HIPAA regulations and the Direct Project.

Through the consultative review process, EHNAC evaluated the New York eHealth Collaborative in areas of privacy, security and confidentiality; technical performance; business practices and organizational resources as it relates to Directed exchange participants. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“Endorsed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program ensures that organizations like the New York eHealth Collaborative establish and uphold a superior level of trust for their stakeholders,” said Lee Barrett, Executive Director of EHNAC. “The need in the marketplace for guidance and accountability in health information exchange is undeniable, and we applaud the New York eHealth Collaborative’s commitment to the highest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality.”

“We’re very pleased to receive full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission,” said David Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York e-Health Collaborative. “This achievement is a critical step forward in supporting our ability to provide New Yorkers with fast and secure access to their electronic health records, anywhere and anytime.”

The New York e-Health Collaborative (NYeC) is coordinating the development of New York’s electronic health records network, known as the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY). The SHIN-NY will be an innovative public network designed to give doctors and patients fast and secure access to their electronic health records no matter where they are in the state. NYeC has helped put New York at the forefront of health innovation, making NY the first large state in the country to appropriate public funding to build a network of widely accessible electronic health records of this kind.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York(SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. www.nyehealth.org.

About DirectTrust.org

DirectTrust.org is a non-profit, competitively neutral, self-regulatory entity created by and for participants in the Direct community, including HISPs, CAs and RAs, doctors, patients, and vendors, and supports both provider-to-provider as well as patient-to-provider Direct exchange. The goal of DirectTrust.org is to develop, promote and, as necessary, help enforce the rules and best practices necessary to maintain security and trust within the Direct community, consistent with the HITECH Act and the governance rules for the NwHIN established by ONC.

DirectTrust.org is committed to fostering widespread public confidence in the Direct exchange of health information. To learn more, visitwww.directtrust.org.

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include electronic health networks, payers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, medical billers, outsourced services, e-prescribing solution providers and direct trusted agents.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org or contact info@ehnac.org. Connect with EHNAC on TwitterYouTubeLinkedIn and Facebook.

June 17, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CMS Rule to Change EHR Certification Requirement and Meaningful Use Stage 2 Schedule

Rule also proposes to extend Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs through 2016

Today, HHS published a new proposed rule that would provide eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use. The proposed rule, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), would let providers use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Beginning in 2015, all eligible hospitals and professionals would still be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT. Since the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs began in 2011, more than 370,000 hospitals and professionals nationwide have received an incentive payment.

“We have seen tremendous participation in the EHR Incentive Programs since they began,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “By extending Stage 2, we are being receptive to stakeholder feedback to ensure providers can continue to meet meaningful use and keep momentum moving forward.”

The proposed rule also includes a provision that would formalize CMS and ONC’s previously stated intention to extend Stage 2 through 2016 and begin Stage 3 in 2017. These proposed changes would address concerns raised by stakeholders and will encourage the continued adoption of Certified EHR Technology.

“Increasing the adoption of EHRs is key to improving the nation’s health care system and the steps we are taking today will give new options to those who, through no fault of their own, have been unable to get the new 2014 Edition technology, including those at high risk, such as smaller providers and rural hospitals,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H, M.Sc., national coordinator for health information technology.

Proposed changes to meaningful use timeline

New Meaningful Use and EHR Certification Timelines - Meaningful Use Stage 2 Delay

For more information about the EHR Incentive Programs, please visit http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms. For more information about CEHRT, please visit http://www.healthit.gov.

May 20, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Patient Education Reference Center™ Certified to Meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 Criteria

~ Point-of-Care Resource is certified as an Electronic Health Record Module for Both Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 16, 2014 — Patient Education Reference Center (PERC) from EBSCO Health has been certified as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Module for both Inpatient and Ambulatory settings. PERC is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and supports Stage 2 Meaningful Use measures required for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

PERC provides health care professionals with evidence-based patient handouts that can be customized, printed and given to a patient at the point of care. The health care provider is able to go into a patient’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and click on the Infobutton for any diagnosis, medication or lab within a given record to access relevant patient education documents for the specific patient. The materials can then be printed, saved to a patient record and/or posted to a patient portal record.

The PERC certification is in accordance with the applicable Hospital and Eligible Providers certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stage 1 and 2 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under ARRA.

EBSCO Vice President of Medical Product Management and Chief Content Officer Betsy Jones says that by meeting Meaningful Use Stage 2 Criteria and providing access to patient education content via the HL7 Infobutton Standard, PERC is now even more of an asset for healthcare providers. “PERC has always helped health care professionals by providing customized handouts that can be given to a patient at the point-of-care. Now PERC allows providers to continue to provide the valuable information conveniently through EMRs while also helping institutions comply with Meaningful Use requirements.”

The handouts provided by PERC are easy to read, include illustrations, and are structured to enhance patient knowledge and understanding of material. Topics covered include more than 4,000 common and chronic diseases and conditions; over 750 specific procedures and lab tests; more than 2,800 lifestyle and wellness topics; over 1,500 unique drugs (more than 8,000 brand and generic names); and discharge and home care information for more than 1,000 related topics. For more information on PERC visit http://www.ebscohost.com/nursing/products/patient-education-reference-center.

EBSCO Health, a part of EBSCO Information Services, has several point-of-care resources that integrate evidence-based content into EMR systems. In addition to PERC, valuable clinical content is available from DynaMedNursing Reference Center andRehabilitation Reference Center.

About EBSCO Health
EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, healthcare business intelligence, and medical research information for the healthcare industry. EBSCO Health users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include CINAHL®DynaMed,Nursing Reference Center, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service, licensed databases (such as MEDLINE®), plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the electronic resource favored by libraries around the world.

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 375 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®DynaMedNursing Reference CenterPatient Education Reference CenterRehabilitation Reference CenterRehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source and SocINDEX as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

May 16, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.