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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About CAE Healthcare

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

About CAE

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

January 27, 2017 I Written By

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

KHIN and HIETexas establish connection; enhance medical care across state lines

TOPEKA, Kan. – October 18, 2016 – Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) has expanded its horizons, as well as connections, to the South.

Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN), renowned as one of the largest, most successful Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) in the country announced that it is now connected to Health Information Exchange Texas (HIETexas), a “network of networks,” made available by the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). THSA connects local HIEs within Texas to each other and with networks across the nation through the eHealth Exchange.

“KHIN is pleased to connect to HIETexas through the eHealth Exchange which is a secure, nationwide connectivity network,” said Laura McCrary, Ed.D and Executive Director of KHIN. “Many Kansas patients receive care in Texas. This connection helps to ensure that Texas physicians have all of the patients’ health records from Kansas and vice versa.”

There are several hospitals and clinics in Texas that are now connected to KHIN. This not only benefits patients who have or will receive care in both Texas and Kansas, it also helps Kansas and Texas providers meet the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements for Meaningful Use.

“The connection between HIETexas and KHIN will enhance medical care by connecting hundreds of hospitals and thousands of doctors across state lines,” said George Gooch, Chief Executive Officer of THSA. “Many Kansas residents travel to Texas for advanced medical treatments at one of the state’s world-class medical facilities and this connection will allow those patients’ healthcare providers to have immediate access to information they need to make better informed decisions.”

“This critical health information improves patient safety and reduces duplicative tests as Texas physicians know what healthcare a patient has already received in Kansas,” said McCrary. “We are looking forward to completing our next eHealth Exchange connection with the Veteran’s Administration.”

About Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN)

KHIN’s mission is to improve health care quality, coordination and efficiency through the exchange of health information at the point of care utilizing a secure electronic network provided by a collaboration of health care organizations. KHIN is a provider led 501(c)3. It draws users from a broad geographical area and aligns with state data sources to support cost effective delivery of services. It supports and integrates with community and medical trading area efforts to drive care coordination and workflow changes creating a climate to encourage innovation. Its goals are to ensure providers, patients and communities have long-term access to cost effective, sustainable health information exchange aligned with costs distributed across a broad user base. It also encourages and removes barriers so communities and regions can focus on quality improvement, patient centered medical home and entrepreneurial strategies that effect local health outcomes. For more information, visit www.khinonline.org.

About Texas Health Services Authority (THSA)

The Texas Health Services Authority is responsible for coordinating the implementation of health information exchange (HIE) in Texas. The THSA was created by the Texas legislature in 2007 as a public-private partnership, legally structured as a non-profit corporation, to support the improvement of the Texas health care system by promoting and coordinating HIE and health information technology throughout the state to ensure that the right information is available to the right health care providers at the right times. For more information, visit www.HIETexas.org.

October 18, 2016 I Written By

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

Navicure Partners with Bain Capital Private Equity to Continue Growth and Expand Healthcare Technology Platform

Investment to fuel growth from new products and expansion to new market segments

DULUTH, GA and BOSTON, June 15, 2016 – Navicure, a leading provider of cloud-based claims management and patient payment solutions for physician practices and hospitals, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to receive a strategic investment from Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global private investment firm.  Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Navicure, which is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, will continue to be led by current CEO and founder, James M. Denny, Jr. and his executive team.  They will retain a meaningful interest in the business.  Selling shareholders include JMI Equity and other minority investors.

Navicure’s subscription-based software solutions help healthcare organizations of all sizes increase revenue, accelerate cash flow, and reduce the costs associated with managing insurance claims and patient payments.  Serving more than 90,000 healthcare providers nationwide, Navicure’s integrated revenue cycle management platform automates accounts receivable processes, and assures timely and accurate billing and collection from payers and patients.  The Company’s solutions help healthcare providers effectively handle claims management, patient eligibility verification, remittance and denial management, appeals, posting, reporting and analysis, and patient payment collections at and near the time of service.

Denny, who founded the business in 2001, said about the partnership, “We are proud that Navicure, for over 15 years, has helped thousands of healthcare organizations from large health systems to solo practices improve their financial results with less effort through the use of our SaaS-based solutions. Their success is our success.  We remain committed to our mission of developing innovative solutions that enable our clients to stay one step ahead. We believe the resources and experience of Bain Capital Private Equity give us an important advantage as we continue to grow our business and deliver an even wider array of differentiated solutions to our clients.”

Bain Capital Private Equity has a history of successful investments in a variety of healthcare and information technology businesses including Applied Systems, Viewpoint Construction Software, Blue Coat Systems, BMC Software, HCA Healthcare, Beacon Health Options, Physio-Control, Quintiles Transnational and CRC Health Group.

Chris Gordon, a Managing Director on Bain Capital Private Equity’s healthcare industry team, said about the investment, “Jim Denny and his team are at the forefront of developing innovative solutions that help healthcare providers manage an increasingly complex healthcare reimbursement ecosystem.  Leveraging technology and data to automate revenue cycle management is vital in light of economic pressure from payers, the shift of more payments to consumers, and the important role providers play in managing the cost and quality of healthcare.”  David Humphrey, Managing Director on Bain Capital Private Equity’s TMT industry team, added, “Navicure’s SaaS platform gives the Company the unique ability to provide clients with cutting-edge solutions combined with excellent service and exceptional financial results.”

The transaction is expected to close in July 2016.  Aeris Partners LLC served as the exclusive M&A advisor, and Jenner & Block acted as legal counsel, to Navicure. Ropes & Gray LLP is serving as legal counsel, and PwC LLP is serving as accounting advisor to Bain Capital Private Equity.  Committed financing for the transaction is being provided by Antares Capital serving as administrative agent and lead arranger, and Bain Capital Credit, Capital One Healthcare and NXT Capital serving as joint lead arrangers.

June 15, 2016 I Written By

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

Chiron Health Raises $2.3 Million Seed Round and Releases iPhone and iPad App

Austin, TX – December 15, 2015 – Chiron Health, Inc., a leading provider of HIPAA-compliant video visit telemedicine technology and reimbursement services, today announced that the company has raised a $2.3 million seed round and has released an iPhone and iPad app for patients.

“The telemedicine industry has been experiencing enormous growth over the last 12 months, and video visits are quickly becoming a mainstream form of healthcare delivery,” said Andrew O’Hara, Chiron Health’s Founder & CEO. “Chiron Health has now raised over $2 million of seed capital to bring a robust set of telemedicine tools to physician practices.”

Chiron Health has taken a fundamentally different approach to telemedicine than many of the well-known players in the space. The company has been focused on the technology needs of physician practices to enable telemedicine encounters with their existing patient base. This approach is in sharp contrast to the common model of on-demand telemedicine where patients must see healthcare providers with no prior relationship.

“We believe that telemedicine should be used as a tool to strengthen the physician-patient relationship,” said O’Hara. “While on-demand telemedicine is good for keeping patients out of the emergency department, the real promise of telemedicine will be realized when patients have easy access to their own healthcare providers.”

Chiron Health’s new patient mobile app is only one piece of this puzzle. The company is also integrating its telemedicine tools with an increasing number of electronic health record systems, including athenahealth, enabling physician practices to schedule and document video visits with no staff behavior change.

About Chiron Health, Inc.

Chiron Health is the only platform designed to get physician practices fully reimbursed for secure video visits. The company’s extensive knowledge of telemedicine regulation and reimbursement allows Chiron to guide practices through the complexities of telemedicine. The result? Guaranteed reimbursement. For more information, visit www.chironhealth.com

December 15, 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.

AEGIS Announces Touchstone for HL7 FHIR Interoperability Testing

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — AEGIS.net, Inc. (AEGIS), a leader in health information exchange standards implementation and the creator of the AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL) introduces the Touchstone Project – a next generation cloud-based Testing Platform which applies Conformance and Interoperability testing in a Test-Driven-Development (TDD) integrated ecosystem.  As organizations new to the Health Level Seven® (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) specification begin to explore and evaluate this new HL7® standard and start projects with a goal of being an early adopter, AEGIS’ Touchstone Test Platform will guide those implementations towards a high degree of conformance and interoperability in a continuous model.

AEGIS unveiled the Touchstone Project joining a distinguished group of Health IT industry leaders at the HL7® International 29thAnnual Plenary & Working Group Meetings in Atlanta, GA October 5-9, 2015.  The HL7® event was kicked off with the largest ever audience for the HL7® FHIR® Connectathon in which more than 120 attendees participated.

Health Intersections Pty Ltd. Principal, Grahame Greives, often referred to as the Father of FHIR® commented: “The most recent HL7 FHIR Connectathon 10 – which coincided with HL7 Plenary event in Atlanta GA – advanced the focus around Testing and the Quality of FHIR Implementations. AEGIS was a key contributor, providing a Cloud based Solution which allowed developers to Test their FHIR Implementations. Many participants made use of this to follow Test-Driven-Development (TDD) methodology, and we appreciated how this led to more interoperable solutions.”

Orion Health’s David Hay kicked off the HL7® Connectathon by introducing the FHIR® Tracks such as Track 1 – Patient (lead by David Hay), Track 2 – Terminology Services (Robert Hausam), along with many other implementation tracks coming online.  During the HL7® FHIR® Connectathon, the AEGIS Touchstone Test Platform saw more than 17 Organizations register and test their FHIR®Implementations including Health Intersections, Furore, Mirth, Apelon, McKesson, CentriHealth and Mayo Clinic with more joining each day.

After its initial month of FHIR Testing, Touchstone has seen more than 185 unique test executions and counting.  Those organizations currently testing HL7® FHIR® against the AEGIS Touchstone Test Platform are encouraged to publish their HL7® FHIR Conformance Testing results for the public to witness.

Mario Hyland, Senior Vice President of AEGIS said: “AEGIS is proud to pilot this initiative with HL7® International and to bring its member organizations a unique benefit offering HL7®-FHIR® specific testing to ensure continuous conformance and interoperability through the AEGIS DIL, the Touchstone Project, and AEGIS’ own WildFHIR FHIR implementation, an HL7® FHIR® initiative.  AEGIS was impressed with those HL7® FHIR® Connectathon participants who elected to engage in testing with Touchstone. EHR vendors and other Health IT product vendors benefited from leveraging TDD to quickly see that testing against a common Test Platform helps to ensure HL7® FHIR® is built from the ground up being Interoperable.”

Angela Ciminnisi, Director of Product Management for Mirth noted: “Participating in the HL7® FHIR® Connectathon demonstrates our long lasting support of Healthcare initiatives which seek to deliver Interoperable solutions.  The Mirth Connect product continues to advance and the inclusion of HL7® FHIR® technologies is a natural progression of our Product and Platform.  During the HL7® FHIR® Connectathon we were pleased to participate with AEGIS and their Touchstone Test Platform.  We were able to quickly leverage a TDD methodology and during the two-day Connectathon identify a number of FHIR® conformance issues, resolve the issues and retest immediately.”

Charles Jaffe, MD PhD and CEO of HL7® stated: “Iterative testing remains at the heart of agile development. Valid conformance is critical to both the developers and to the end-user community. Iterative testing drives quality and patient safety, and supports innovation. A successful testing program also provides FHIR development teams at HL7 with the essential infrastructure that is critical for all of our stakeholders.”

HL7® and AEGIS have recognized that FHIR has the potential to address one of Gartner 2015 Top Strategic Technologies specifically “Scalable Interoperability”, with additional positive references included in Gartner Research Notes written to address the need for Robust Testing within the Healthcare Industry.

About AEGIS.net, Inc. (AEGIS)

AEGIS.net, Inc. is a CMMI Maturity Level 3 rated, ISO 9001:2008 certified small business and premier provider of industry based standards implementation, Healthcare Solutions, and Information Technology consulting services to Federal Civilian, Defense and Commercial sector clients. Our services, delivered by practitioners averaging more than 15 years of experience, include Project Management, Software Functional and Performance Testing, Application Design/Development, Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), and Organizational Performance/Process Improvement. Our domains of expertise include health IT, standards development and interoperability, regulatory compliance, finance, human resources, and logistics. AEGIS is recognized as a global community leader in innovation of Health IT interoperability, testing, analytics, and informatics.  For more information, please visit:www.aegis.net

About HL7®

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International is the global authority for healthcare information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7® is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7®‘s more than 1,500 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7® collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

November 12, 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.

Exostar’s Life Sciences Identity Hub Now Includes Veeva Vault

Seamless Integration Strengthens Clinical Trials Content Management Security, Performance, and Compliance

HERNDON, VA, November 3, 2015Exostar, whose cloud-based solutions help companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and healthcare mitigate risk and solve their identity and access challenges, today announced a partnership agreement with Veeva Systems Inc., a leader in cloud-based software for the global life sciences industry.  Veeva Vault, a content management platform and suite of applications that reduces IT complexity and increases business agility, now can be accessed through Exostar’s Life Sciences Identity Hub.  The connection enables life sciences organizations and their partners to prepare, exchange, and store clinical trials documentation with the ease and security of a single credential.

Exostar and Veeva are working together to streamline the provisioning process of creating Vault accounts with appropriate roles and permissions for all individuals participating in a clinical trial, regardless of their affiliation.  Exostar’s Secure Access Manager (SAM) delivers an added layer of security when authenticating individuals.  With SAM credentials, individuals enjoy a single sign-on experience to Vault and other applications connected to the Life Sciences Identity Hub.  These credentials also support the inclusion of validated electronic signatures as documents are shared in Vault throughout clinical trials workflow processes.

“Bringing Vault and SAM together allows clinical trials personnel throughout our life sciences community to fully benefit from the strengths of both solutions in a seamlessly integrated environment,” said Vijay Takanti, Vice President of Security and Collaboration Solutions at Exostar.  “Vault enables global business processes and serves as a single source of truth for content, while SAM provides the access control and document signature security necessary for information protection and compliance.”

Veeva Vault is the first cloud platform built specifically to meet the rigorous requirements for content management in the life sciences industry.  The Vault eTMF application offers full Trial Master File (TMF) Reference Model support.  Clinical trial sponsors and their partners can establish and demonstrate control over document processes, using real-time dashboards and reporting to obtain visibility into document status and process bottlenecks.  Sponsors can oversee trials more effectively; contract research organizations (CROs) can more efficiently manage the eTMF; sites can focus on research; and auditors and inspectors get easy online access.

“Being part of the Exostar Life Sciences Identity Hub allows easy single sign-on for companies using Vault eTMF and the other Vault applications,” said Kathryn King, Vice President, Vault Clinical.  “The seamless integration Exostar has created helps companies more effectively and securely work with multiple Vault applications across their partner or client ecosystem.”

The Exostar Life Sciences Identity Hub gives over 1,000 sponsors, CROs, investigators, academic institutions, application providers, and other industry organizations a highly-secure, connect-once environment that reduces redundancy and expenditures while speeding integration and onboarding.  More than 20,000 individuals productively collaborate with one another, accessing applications and data, as defined by asset owners and controlled by SAM.

“The value Exostar and Veeva together are delivering perfectly illustrates the whole being greater than the sum of the parts,” said Daniel Pfeifle, Exostar’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “Now that Vault is connected to the Life Sciences Identity Hub, we look forward to replicating this value throughout the industry.”

About Exostar

Exostar’s cloud-based solutions help companies in highly-regulated industries mitigate risk and solve identity and access challenges. Nearly 125,000 organizations leverage Exostar to help them collaborate securely, efficiently, and compliantly with their partners and suppliers. By offering connect-once, single sign-on access, Exostar strengthens security, reduces expenditures, and raises productivity so customers can better meet contractual, regulatory, and time-to-market objectives.  www.exostar.com.

November 3, 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.

Healthcare vendors agree to interoperability metric during KLAS Keystone Summit

OREM, Utah – Oct. 19, 2015 – Key EMR solution executives and healthcare provider organizations convened at the KLAS Keystone Summit in Midway, Utah, to help solve the key interoperability challenges facing the industry. Micky Tripathi, President and CEO of Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, led and moderated the summit to see whether vendors and providers could take a straw man created by interoperability experts John Halamka, MD, Stan Huff, MD, and Dan Nigrin, MD, and make it a viable measurement tool.

The by-product of the summit is the following statement from the executives in attendance:

“On October 2, 2015, a broad group of EHR stakeholders, including vendor CEOs and provider CIOs, agreed by consensus to objective measures of interoperability and ongoing reporting. Leaders of 12 different EHR vendor companies proactively stepped forward to have an independent entity publish transparent measures of health information exchange that can serve as the basis for understanding our current position and trajectory. Assisted by leading provider organizations and informatics experts, these executive officers knocked down barriers to arrive at measures to improve interoperability for the public good. Vendors and providers willingly committed to go arm in arm to work closely with Washington to help alleviate the interoperability-measurement burden faced by the government.

CEOs or designated executives of the following 12 companies helped build/shape the measurement, and they support its use to independently and transparently measure/assess the status and trajectory of interoperability:

Allscripts: Assaf Halevy, VP Business Development, Solutions Management
athenahealth: Jonathan Bush, CEO
Cerner: Zane Burke, President
eClinicalWorks: Girish Kumar, CEO
Epic: Judy Faulkner, CEO
GE Healthcare: Jan De Witte, President & CEO HCIT
Greenway: Tee Green, CEO
Healthland: Chris Bauleke, CEO
McKesson: Jeff Felton, President
MEDITECH: Hoda Sayed-Friel, EVP
MEDHOST: Steve Starkey, VP Product
NextGen Healthcare: Rusty Frantz, President & CEO

“The consensus on an objective measure is a great step forward for the industry as executives find ways to overcome the complex issue of interoperability,” said KLAS President and CEO, Adam Gale. “We are committed to helping the industry leaders work toward a viable interoperability solution, and we will continue to provide energy around the goal.”

The next step is to put a cohesive plan in place to launch and monitor the measurement. This plan will include continued involvement from those participating in the summit as they lock arms to make a difference.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research and insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by amplifying the provider’s voice. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data and insights on software, services and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. Visit KLAS at www.klasresearch.com.

October 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.

Orion Health Awarded Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization Program Subcontract

Boston, MA, October 5, 2015—As a team member for the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, Orion Health™ is pleased to be part of the team that has been awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide an electronic health record (EHR) off-the-shelf solution, integration activities and deployment across the Military Health System. The contract, known as the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM), is an initiative designed to modernize the military’s healthcare system in a meaningful way, enabling patients and clinicians to capture and share health data that can improve the continuity and quality of care for those who serve and have served our country and their families.

Modernizing the medical records of the millions of service members and their families is vitally important to DoD and our nation. DHMSM will continue the DoD’s leadership in utilizing the best healthcare technology, and can help improve medical outcomes and support the medical readiness of the U.S. military.

“Orion Health is proud to be part of the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, the team that has been selected as the best value solution for the DHMSM contract,” said Paul Viskovich, President, Orion Health. “Together, our qualified and experienced team is working with the Department of Defense to deliver a world class interoperable electronic health records solution for our nation’s armed forces, their families and beneficiaries. We look forward to the work ahead and are committed to improving access to comprehensive healthcare data in order to facilitate improved clinical outcomes for our deserving men and women in uniform.”

The DoD has selected Orion Health’s Rhapsody Integration Engine®, which is designed for rapid interoperability between healthcare IT systems, regardless of technology or standards. Rhapsody will provide the required link between the DoD’s Cerner EHR system and the civilian facilities that provide care to over 50 percent of military personnel. Through continuous innovation, Rhapsody provides a comprehensive set of tools to simplify complex healthcare interoperability, and is the first integration engine to implement the new HL7® FHIR® standard.

Rhapsody is used by thousands of organizations in the United States and around the world, including hospitals, IDNs, software companies, public health agencies, health information exchanges (HIE), health plans and financial clearinghouses. The integration engine provides comprehensive support for an extensive range of communication protocols and message formats, and helps interface analysts and hospital IT administrators reduce their workload while meeting the complex technical challenges associated with making healthcare data accessible to all stakeholders.

About Orion Health, Inc.

Orion Health, a global leader in population health management, makes healthcare information available anywhere by providing healthcare IT connectivity in 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’s Open Platform, with Rhapsody Integration Engine, facilitates data acquisition and aggregation within and among payer and provider organizations, accountable care organizations, governments and health information exchanges.  Open Platform stands alone as the foundation for population health management initiatives or can be combined with Orion Health’s own seamlessly integrated applications for analytics, care coordination, and patient engagement to enable end to end population health management, improve care coordination, enhance quality of care and help reduce costs. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

October 5, 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.

Survey Reveals 46% of Primary Care Physicians Considering Transition to Patient-Centric Practice Models within Three Years

Kareo Presented Results of Independent Physician Survey at the AAPP 2015 Fall Summit

Irvine, CA – September 28, 2015Kareo, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for independent medical practices, today announced the results of a survey, in partnership with the American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP), measuring the perceptions and benefits of various practice models. Kareo joined efforts with AAPP on this survey in part to raise awareness of its agile medical practice model. The model exists to empower independent practices’ success by helping them incorporate various payment modalities to solve contentious issues associated with a traditional practice model.

The survey measured common practice challenges, motivations for considering direct pay or concierge practice models, as well as the most important technological needs in direct pay, concierge and insurance-based practice settings.

The survey revealed that 46% of primary care physicians would consider transitioning to direct pay, concierge or other membership models in the next three years, citing the desire to spend more time with patients and to separate from the insurance payer system as their primary motivators. In fact, 81% of private (direct pay or concierge) practices reported that, on average, they spend 30-60 minutes with patients, whereas the majority of traditional insurance-based practices stated that they were only able to spend 15-20 minutes with a patient on average.

Respondents also detailed the primary challenges of each of their respective practice models. For conventional, insurance-based practices, the most commonly faced challenge is staying financially viable. For concierge and direct-pay practices, recruiting new patients was the top concern.

“As this survey showcases, there are challenges and benefits for both private and conventional practice models,” said Rob Pickell, Chief Strategy Officer of Kareo. “However, despite varying workflows and processes, providers are assessing the environment and making changes to better serve patients and ensure the success of their practices. As independent providers look to become more agile, it is Kareo’s mission to support the enhanced payment and practice marketing demands of all care models.”

“The insights gleaned from this survey show the shifting mind set in small practices working to remain independent ahead of changing patient expectations,” said Tom Blue, Chief Strategy Officer of AAPP. “These results reaffirm the need to make medical care more accessible and convenient to patients, reinforcing AAPP’s mission and supporting Kareo’s innovative philosophy around the benefits of becoming an agile medical practice.”

Results of this survey are based on feedback from 682 respondents, which include clinical providers, billing managers and practice managers in primary care and specialty practices. To view the full survey results, please visit Kareo’s Agile Medical Practice 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.

About American Academy of Private Physicians
The American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 for the purpose of supporting and fueling the growth of medical practices that provide “concierge” and other forms of personalized, value-based medical care. AAPP members are united by their common efforts and dedication to making medical care more accessible and convenient to patients by redefining and re-pricing medical services in ways that are not possible for medical practices that rely solely on insurance payers for their revenue.

September 28, 2015 I Written By

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

IBM Watson Health Announces New Partnerships, New Cloud Services and Global HQ in Cambridge, MA

Veteran Health/Tech Leader Deborah DiSanzo Joins IBM Watson Health as General Manager

Introduces IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance and IBM Watson Care Manager

Boston Childrens Hospital, Columbia University, ICON plc, Sage Bionetworks & Teva Pharmaceuticals Join the Roster of Industry Leaders Leveraging the Power of Watson

IBM Watson Health Global Headquarters Planned for Cambridges Kendall Square

CAMBRIDGE, MA 10 Sept 2015: Opening its new IBM Watson Health global headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Deborah DiSanzo is joining the company as the business unit’s General Manager, introduced a pair of new cloud services, and revealed major new partnerships — all reflecting IBM’s commitment to helping advance the quality of health globally.

DiSanzo brings to IBM, its partners and its clients more than 30 years’ experience working at the intersection of healthcare and technology, most recently as CEO for Philips Healthcare. She will lead more than 2,000 IBMers, with a mandate to scale the business globally, expand the capabilities of the IBM Watson Health Cloud, and broaden a growing ecosystem that is building on IBM’s technology platform. Further, she will oversee a fast growing roster of clients, collaborators and partners that includes marquis relationships with Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Medtronic, Epic, and CVS Health, among others. She will report to IBM Watson Group leader Michael Rhodin.

IBM also expanded its solutions portfolio with the introduction of IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance and IBM Watson Care Manager:

  • The IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance will help biomedical companies bring medical innovations to market more efficiently. This first-in-class solution will help the companies fast-track the deployment of a GxP compliant infrastructure and applications while adhering to stringent requirements for hosting, accessing and sharing regulated data.
  • IBM Watson Care Manager is a population health solution that uniquely integrates capabilities from Watson Health, Apple’s HealthKit and ResearchKit, a software framework designed by Apple to make it easy for researchers to conduct studies using an iPhone. It allows medical professionals’ to factor a broad range of determinants into a personalized patient engagement program, with the intent to vastly improve individual health outcomes.

In addition, IBM announced that Boston Children’s Hospital, Columbia University, ICON plc, Sage Bionetworks and Teva Pharmaceuticals will join the roster of industry leaders that are leveraging Watson’s capabilities to transform key aspects of the healthcare ecosystem that include drug discovery and development, personalized medicine, chronic disease management, pediatrics, and digital health. They join CVS Health, Medtronic and Yale University, among others. Teva and Sage both announced the Watson Health Cloud is their organizations’ preferred development platform.

“Watson Health is driving a new era of technology-driven health, enabling entrepreneurs and industry leaders to address diverse needs, spanning the earliest stages of research all the way through to clinical care and population health through to consumer wellness,” said Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson Group. “The variety of new partners and use cases underscores the flexibility and scalability of the IBM Watson Health Cloud to help leaders rapidly advance the state of the art in health and wellness. Further, IBM Watson Health is building for scale, with partners, offerings and now a worldwide headquarters designed to help global organizations meet the world’s pressing health needs.”

The opening ceremony also featured demonstrations by health ecosystem partners Best Doctors, Modernizing Medicine, Pathway Genomics, Socrates and Welltok, which showed how Watson is being deployed in solutions such as enabling cost-effective second opinion services, helping optimize physician practice patterns, and supporting consumers’ ability to make informed, cost effective medical choices.

IBM Watson Health Attracts Start-Ups and Established Leaders

IBM Watson Health has achieved significant market momentum since it was introduced five months ago. Hundreds of partners, ecosystem members and customers are working with IBM to address unmet needs across the continuum of life sciences and healthcare. New collaborations announced today include:

Boston Childrens Hospital has been named Watson Health’s foundational pediatrics partner, building on an existing relationship between the two entities. IBM will integrate Watson’s deep and iterative question and answer capability to enhance and scale the OPENPediatrics initiative, a ground-breaking BCH initiative which aims to bring life-saving medical knowledge to pediatric caregivers worldwide. Moving forward, BCH and IBM will jointly develop solutions for commercialization, initially pursuing applications in personalized medicine, heart health and critical care with the potential to leverage Watson Genomic Analytics to assist researchers and clinicians in the treatment of rare pediatric disease; apply Watson’s image analytics capabilities with the intent to help clinicians improve diagnoses for children facing heart heath conditions; and apply streaming analytics to data from patients on ventilation systems, with the intent to help to medical professionals predict patient decline before it occurs.

Columbia University Medical Centers departments of Pathology & Cell Biology and Systems Biology will collaborate with IBM to test using IBM Watson to help oncologists in the Columbia Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center translate DNA insights into personalized treatment options for patients. Columbia is the 16th cancer center to test the use Watson Genomic Analytics to bring precision medicine to patients worldwide. As Columbia and other institutions evaluate Watson’s ability to help clinicians in identifying actionable mutations in cancer, Watson’s rationale and insights will continually improve, providing the latest combined wisdom of the world’s leading cancer institutes in a scalable, cloud-based solution.

ICON plc is the first global clinical research organization (CRO) to apply Watson to clinical trial matching, tapping into data in the IBM Watson Health Cloud to help its biomedical customers accelerate medical research and the development of new treatment options for patients. It is estimated that 80 percent of clinical trials fail or are delayed due to inadequate patient enrollment and only 2 percent of eligible patients become trial subjects. ICON will leverage Watson to automate the cumbersome process of identifying patients who meet the criteria for a clinical trial. Watson will also analyze trial protocols against a massive volume of patient data in the Watson Health Cloud to assess trial feasibility and identify optimal trial sites.

Sage Bionetworks Open Biomedical Research Platform will be powered by the IBM Watson Health Cloud, with the intent to make the IBM Watson Health Cloud the platform of choice for Sage to aggregate, store, curate, and analyze data collected via apps using ResearchKit. Sage currently has active ResearchKit projects in breast cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. Further, Sage and IBM will collaborate to integrate the IBM Watson Health Cloud with Sage’s BRIDGE server and Synapse, an informatics platform dedicated to supporting the large-scale pooling of data, knowledge, and expertise across institutions to solve some of the most challenging problems in biomedical research. Sage endeavors to engage patients in the scientific discovery process and facilitate global collaboration among researchers working toward a shared goal of advancing and accelerating medical research.

“Successful biomedical research requires active participation and data sharing across a wide variety of stakeholders,” said Stephen H. Friend, MD, PhD, president, co-founder and director, Sage Bionetworks. “The IBM Watson Health Cloud can help us break down barriers that hamper progress in research and accelerate discovery through open collaboration by providing broadly accessible storage with large capacity.”

Teva Pharmaceuticals announced that IBM Watson Health Cloud will serve as Teva’s global technology platform of choice to build solutions designed to help millions of individuals worldwide with complex and chronic conditions such as asthma, pain, and neurodegenerative diseases. Teva expects to introduce its first e-health solution in 2016.

IBM Watson Health Global Headquarters Established in Cambridge Life Science Hub

Unveiled today, Watson Health’s global headquarters are located at 75 Binney Street in Cambridge’s Kendall Square and will serve as a home base for more than 700 IBM employees.

For entrepreneurs and start-ups, Watson Health’s Cambridge headquarters will provide technology, tools and talent to create and launch new products and businesses based on Watson’s cloud-delivered cognitive intelligence. IBM intends to open an interactive Watson Health Experience Center in Cambridge, which will serve as a place for IBM clients to undertake immersive leaning about Watson and how it can help transform their businesses. In addition, IBM Research will establish a dedicated Health Research lab at the headquarters, deepening IBMs decades-long commitment to investigation that informs new IBM offerings.

Cambridge is widely considered the epicenter of the Life Sciences industry, and Massachusetts boasts more than 600 life sciences companies and research organizations employing roughly 60,000 people with a combined payroll topping $7 billion annually, according to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. In recent years, Massachusetts has drawn more than 20 percent of all venture capital outlays for biotechnology companies nationally and the majority of grants from the National Institutes of Health.

IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing

Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability representing a new era in computing. The system, delivered through the cloud, analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions posed in natural language, and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining in value and knowledge over time, from previous interactions. In April 2015, the company launched IBM Watson Health and the Watson Health Cloud platform. The new unit will help improve the ability of doctors, researchers and insurers to innovate by surfacing insights from the massive amount of personal health data being created daily. The Watson Health Cloud allows this information to be de-identified, shared and combined with a dynamic and constantly growing aggregated view of clinical, research and social health data.

For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/watson. For more information on IBM Watson Health, visit: ibm.com/watsonhealth

Check out the IBM Watson press kit at: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/27297.wss

Join the conversation at #ibmwatson and #watsonhealth.   Follow Watson on Facebook and see Watson on YouTube and Flickr.

Learn more about this story at http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2015/09/taking-new-era-computing-healthcare.html

Learn more about our collaboration with ICON Clinical Research at http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2015/09/using-data-analytics-speed-clinical-drug-trials.html

September 10, 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.