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Independent Health IT Vets Create Team FloriDUH to #FillTheVoid Against Big Health at Health Datapalooza

Still, Kypreos, Bishop team up to compete against established industry heavyweights at the 2014 Code-A-Thon event in Washington, DC

Jacksonville, Fla. (May 7, 2014) – In a true-life David vs. Goliath battle, Team FloriDUH, a group of three independent contributors from across the country, has been selected by the Health Data Consortium, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to compete against a number of leading healthcare information technology industry giants at the 2014 Health Datapalooza finals on June 1-3, 2014 in Washington, DC. Ten finalists were chosen out of a field of 56 applicants. Teams are vying for $35,000 in prizes, awarded to the most compelling data visualization application that makes use of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Provider Utilization and Payment data set, released on April 9, 2014. Team FloriDUH was created the day the competition was announced and consists of three virtual friends, united by a shared passion for data science and analytics.

Due to the nature of the contest, Team FloriDUH cannot divulge specific information regarding its application, only that it is focused in part on what they call The Void. Finalists will be judged on consumer usability, visual appeal, and the application’s use of the required CMS data set. To meet these criteria, Team FloriDUH has created a cast of characters who will tell the story of The Void on stage at Health Datapalooza, essentially bringing their data visualization to life.

In order to facilitate future development on the open source data visualization platform that Team FloriDUH is building for Health Datapalooza, the team has formed a non-profit corporation, FloriDATA Foundation, Inc., and is presently filing for 501(c) 3 status. The Foundation’s goal is to provide open source tools, including APIs and REST service integration capabilities, to allow other entities or individuals to use the analytics application that Team FloriDUH builds, and to expand the analytics capabilities to incorporate additional data sets beyond the Provider Utilization and Payment data.

The FloriDATA Foundation is set to launch a #FillTheVoid Crowdfunding campaign on May 9 through the healthcare-industry funding site, Medstartr. Their goal is to raise $10,000 over 30 days. The funds will then be used to acquire more data, optimize the hosting platform used for the application, develop additional application components, and cover the team’s travel costs to the Health Datapalooza event.

Team FloriDUH consists of the following experts:

  •  Team founder and veteran health hack-a-thon participant, Lauren Still of San Francisco, a Navy brat whose formative years were spent in Pensacola, FL. Lauren is currently the Policy and Regulations Advisor for cloud-based Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), DICOMGrid.
  •  Nick Kypreos of Seattle, team data scientist and particle physicist who previously worked at CERN and Fermilab. He is currently an independent consultant. Nick and Lauren’s friendship dates back to their high school years in Pensacola.
  •  Team leader and taskmaster, Mandi Bishop of Jacksonville, FL. Mandi is a partner in consulting firm Adaptive Project Solutions, Inc., and Chief Data Strategist for Surgical Momentum, LLC. She met Nick and Lauren via social networking, primarily interacting through Twitter about their shared interests.

The name FloriDUH represents the teammates’ affinity for their home state, and the state’s (and its inhabitants’) tragi-comic reputation for bungling various government programs, such as elections and Medicare claims management. In addition, the name offers a humorous approach to the monumental healthcare system transformation task at hand.

 

For updates, follow Team FloriDUH, on Twitter @teamfloriduh.

For more information, visit teamfloriduh.com

For more information on Health Datapalooza visit www.healthdatapalooza.org

For information on the Health Data Consortium, visit www.healthdataconsortium.org

For information on Medstartr, visit www.medstartr.com and on Twitter @Medstartr

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May 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.

New Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference to Focus on Communications Techniques and Best Practices

Founding Sponsors Include Leading Healthcare IT Research, Marketing and PR Firms

Las Vegas, NV — January 6, 2014 — The Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference, organized by HealthcareScene.com and InfluentialNetworks.com, is excited to announce the first of its kind B2B marketing and PR event focused solely on marketing to healthcare executives.  On April 7-8, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference will help marketing managers and PR professionals learn the latest tools and techniques they need to make sure their messages are heard.

Alongside a schedule of world class speakers, the conference is supported by a group of four Founding Sponsors: Agency Ten22, Billian, Dodge Communications, and Aria Marketing.

“Healthcare IT is a unique industry and our clients are facing constant change. The old rules of traditional PR and marketing no longer apply,” said Beth Friedman, Founder of AgencyTen22.  “Like many marketing and PR firms, Agency Ten22 wants to stay ahead of the curve. We’re excited to share our experiences and learn from our peers at this first annual event!”

“When we heard about the Healthcare IT PR & Marketing Conference, we knew it was something we wanted to be involved with,” said Cynthia Porter, President of Porter Research – a Billian company. “It’s the first of its kind in the industry, and will afford Porter Research and our sister company, Billian’s HealthDATA, a wonderful opportunity to better understand the challenges health IT vendors face when it comes to their provider-facing marketing and PR initiatives.”

“We are honored to be a sponsor of the inaugural Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference,” says Brian Parrish, executive vice president of Dodge Communications. “The event offers the opportunity to be among leaders in the field and stay on top of industry trends in marketing and PR from both inside and outside of healthcare. Dodge realizes the value of strong public relations and marketing initiatives and is proud to support any event that drives innovation.”

“Healthcare IT marketing has a language all its own and a set of best practices that are constantly evolving,” said Scott Collins, vice president, Aria Marketing.  “Whether you have been doing healthcare marketing and public relations for years, or are a newcomer to the space, there is always a lot to learn, and as the healthcare IT industry continues to expand the need for a conference like this is greater than ever.   We are very excited to be able to help bring this kind of content to our peers and to learn from the other marketing pros that will be attending and presenting at the event.”

To learn more about the event visit HealthITMarketingConference.com and register to attend the event as a Founding Attendee.

About Agency Ten22

Agency Ten22 is a public relations, strategic content and marketing services firm—focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. Formerly The Friedman Marketing Group, we help heal brand identities in healthcare IT.  We’ve grown up in the healthcare vertical and are the only firm with hands-on provider experience. Clients quickly leverage our hospital knowledge and media relationships to deliver compelling messages for hospitals and provider prospects. Learn more about Agency Ten22 at www.ten22pr.com.

About Billian Inc.

Billian Inc. is the leading resource for current and comprehensive sales, marketing and research intelligence into U.S. healthcare facilities. Its Billian’s HealthDATA subsidiary offers more than 3,700 data points on more than 6,900 hospitals, 800,000 physicians, and 43,000 long-term care and home health facilities across the U.S. Its Porter Research subsidiary offers customized business-to-business research programs to companies across the healthcare vertical. Through these companies, Billian offers end-to-end lead generation and custom research solutions designed to help business professionals sell more effectively into healthcare accounts.

About Dodge Communications

Dodge Communications is an integrated PR and marketing agency that accelerates the growth of innovative healthcare companies through strengthened brand awareness, enhanced thought leadership and increased demand. For more information, visit www.dodgecommunications.com or call (770) 998-0500. Slant, the Dodge Communications Blog, provides insights on the latest healthcare industry, marketing and public relations news and issues.

About Aria Marketing

Founded in 1999, Aria Marketing is an integrated, healthcare communications agency providing unmatched industry and strategy expertise, thought leadership‐driven PR, compelling creative and superior client service. Aria earned its reputation as healthcare’s leading thought leadership agency from working with some of the biggest, sharpest and most innovative healthcare organizations, from pre‐angel start‐ups to Fortune 20 companies. Its services include: strategic planning, branding and positioning services; public relations; social media; and creative services.

About Healthcare Scene

The HealthcareScene.com blog network was launched in 2005 and currently consists of 15 blogs containing over 6,500 articles These EMR, EHR, and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times.  The healthcare IT career portal, HealthcareITCentral.com, recently joined the Healthcare Scene family of websites.  HealthcareITCentral features a job board, resume database, certification resource, employer directory, educational directory, and weekly job alert eNewsletter.  You can find HealthcareScene.com on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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January 6, 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.

HBMA 2013 Fall Conference Addressed Urgent Challenges of Today’s Revenue Cycle Management Professionals

10% Increase in Attendance over 2012 Event Demonstrates the Heightened Need for Clarity in a Time of Complex Legislative and Regulatory Issues 

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – October 1, 2013 – Recognized as the most influential healthcare revenue and management services association in the nation, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association, HBMA (www.hbma.org), announced the successful conclusion of its Fall Conference for medical billing professionals, held September 18-20, 2013 at Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

This year’s conference, which focused on the legislative and regulatory issues faced by today’s revenue cycle management professionals, saw an attendee increase of 10 percent over last year’s event.

The opening keynote featured Steve Rizzo, author, television star and Fortune 500 presenter, who showed attendees how to “SHIFT” focus to increase productivity, improve enthusiasm and achieve new levels of success.

Additional highlights of the conference included a presentation by John Boland, managing director, Navigant Healthcare on “Evolving Physician Reimbursement and the Billing Company.” The session investigated pertinent market trends and provided attendees with best practice advice to position their provider clients for future success.

Bill Finerfrock, senior vice president, health policy, Capitol Associates presented his ever-popular “Washington Update.” During the session, HBMA’s director of government affairs provided up-to-the-minute updates on pending legislation and regulations affecting the medical billing community.

Other important topics crucial to healthcare addressed at the HBMA conference included sessions on practice revenue cycle analysis, technology advances, the role of billing companies in Medicare, Medicaid and third-party payor audits, successful ICD-10 implementation, administrative simplification, EHR incentive programs and more.

During the first day of the conference, the association presented a donation to representatives of Three Square, the event’s chosen local charity. Three Square provides more than 18.8 million meals per year for hungry Americans. To learn more about how to support their efforts, visit www.threesquare.org.

HBMA President, Jud Neal, CHBME opened and concluded the conference with his remarks.

About HBMA

HBMA is a key stakeholder in the $38 billion physician revenue cycle management industry, and represents more than 30,000 employees at well over 700 third-party medical billing firms and first-party billers. Every year, HBMA members submit more than 350 million initial claims on behalf of both hospital and office-based physicians, and other allied healthcare providers.

October 1, 2013 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.

MediQuant Inc. to Exhibit at 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans

Pioneer in healthcare data archiving solutions to show attendees how they can maintain real time access to data and actively bill accounts while decommissioning retiring systems by archiving legacy data in an  

ACTIVE archive

Brecksville, OH  – MediQuant Inc., the pioneer in interoperable “Active Archiving” data solutions for healthcare revenue cycle professionals, will showcase its DataArk archive software at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition from March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

MediQuant representatives can be found at exhibit #5649 and will discuss dealing with legacy data management issues and controlling the hidden cost and time associated with system conversions.

As hospitals and other organizations implement new health information systems, they typically retain their old systems to maintain access to vital financial, clinical, HR and other data. These archaic legacy systems are expensive to maintain, and support fees for hardware and software, as well as internal resource costs can range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to several million dollars per year for each legacy system. Support for legacy systems may be inadequate or unavailable as well. By using MediQuant’s DataArk to manage their old data, hospitals eliminate the need for their legacy systems, resulting in significant IT cost savings.

MediQuant has already provided healthcare-IT data management solutions for leading U.S. health systems, including: Catholic Health Partners, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Kettering Health Network, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and West Virginia University Hospitals among others.

To learn more about how DataArk can work for you, visit MediQuant at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference, exhibit #5649 or visit www.Mediquant.com.

About the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition

The 2013 HIMSS Conference will feature education sessions, including a pre-conference symposia on ICD-10, clinical and business intelligence, health information exchanges, clinical engineering, innovation, meaningful use, nursing informatics, physicians’ IT, and RFID and RTLS in healthcare. More than 300 peer-reviewed sessions, including workshops and roundtables, round out education offerings at HIMSS13. Exhibit floor highlights include the new Meaningful Use Experience, designed to help providers find EHR solutions that are certified for acute or ambulatory facilities. Three Knowledge Centers, on the floor, with more than 60 education and vendor solutions, aim to bring attendees a one-stop experience based around the hot topics of mobile health, clinical and business analytics/intelligence, and ICD-10.

President Bill Clinton will lead a keynote roster that also includes James Carville, political consultant, and Karl Rove, media contributor and former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush. Visit the HIMSS13 web site at www.himssconference.org for more information on the conference.

About MediQuant

In business since 1999 and a current platinum member of HIMSS, MediQuant develops advanced software solutions that reduce time, cut costs and increase revenue for a wide range of hospitals and healthcare organizations. Extensive healthcare software development, past revenue cycle management, clinical services and data management expertise enables MediQuant to craft unique solutions to common problems encountered by chief financial and information officers, patient accounting and human resource directors as well as physician practice managers and clinicians.

 

February 8, 2013 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.

HIMSS13: New Offerings and Programming for Health IT Professionals

Enhancing the In-Person and Virtual Experience, HIMSS Unveils Several New Conference Features Focusing on Industry Trends Including Meaningful Use and Mobile Health

CHICAGO – January 24, 2013 – HIMSS, the cause-based organization devoted to improving healthcare delivery through health IT, today announced new programming and educational offerings that will be part of the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference &Exhibition (HIMSS13) in New Orleans from March 3-7. This year’s latest offerings will be infused throughout the education sessions, exhibit hall programming and live-streaming sessions to provide attendees with the latest health IT content and enhanced networking opportunities.

“We are at the pivotal moment in healthcare we’ve all been waiting for,” said Carla Smith, Executive Vice President, HIMSS. “Technology mandates and quality healthcare have finally come together in a way that we’ve never seen before, and in response, we’ve created specific content around the coming trends in 2013, with a particular focus on meaningful use, mobile health and consumer engagement.”

For example, the Meaningful Use Experience is a special interactive area on the exhibit floor for providers to view demonstrations of certified EHR solutions – including complete EHR and EHR modules for acute and ambulatory settings. Providers will have the unique opportunity to view these solutions side-by-side, listen to vendor presentations and evaluate products based on their specific needs in a credible setting.

Additional new programming for HIMSS13 includes:

  • ·         Expanded Workshop Program As part of educational offerings, HIMSS has added hands-on sessions around the mHIMSS Roadmap, Clinical Workflow Analysis, Health IT Adoption and Mobile App Development
  • ·         HIMSS13 Online – Registered attendees can access six on-demand sessions and 12 e-sessions; interviews with top speakers, broadcast live
  • ·         The Patient Experience through HIT Forum – Features three new sessions dedicated to the value of enhancing the patient experience
  • ·         Top 25 Education Sessions Roundtable Forum
  • ·         Clinical & Business Intelligence Symposium
  • ·         Extended Learning Webinars and Events
  • ·         Global Health Forum
  • ·         Public Policy Events and Educational Sessions

HIMSS13 keynote speakers will include President Bill Clinton, Warner L. Thomas, Eric J. Topol, M.D., Karl Rove and James Carville.

With over 300-plus general education sessions and networking events, attendees will also have many, outstanding opportunities to earn continuing education credit at HIMSS13. This year, the Certified Associate in Health Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) has been added to the certification list. HIMSS13 will also be expanding ways to access these materials as well via its new virtual offering: HIMSS13 Online.

“Quality education comprises a majority of the conference agenda, and to make that programming more accessible, we are offering HIMSS13 Online,” said JoAnn Klinedinst, vice president, professional development, HIMSS. “Due to budget and staffing realities, we understand that many health IT professionals cannot join us in New Orleans. For them, HIMSS13 Online offers conference access – anywhere, anytime – allowing registered attendees to participate virtually in on-demand learning, interact with exhibitors in the virtual setting, and attend selected live simulcast sessions.”

For more information regarding the conference and for a full description of all the latest updates, please the conference website at www.himssconference.org.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents nearly 50,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

February 7, 2013 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.

Ideal Life Chooses Orange Business Services to Add Global Dimension to Remote Health Management

Solutions Expand in Europe and Latin America with Orange M2M communications

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 3, 2012) – At the 2012 mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C., Toronto-based remote health provider Ideal Life announced that it has chosen Orange Business Services to expand its remote monitoring solutions for wellness and chronic conditions to an international audience. Orange will provide seamless machine to machine (M2M) wireless connectivity for Ideal Life in Europe and Latin America, promoting comprehensive remote care to the home and preventing non-critical re-admissions of patients to hospitals.

“As an established and comprehensive provider of global M2M solutions, Orange Business Services provides us with the perfect platform to deliver our remote health monitoring services to a greater number of caregivers and insurance providers from around the world,” said Harvey Goldberg, CEO of Ideal Life. “For healthcare enterprises in these regions, our expanded services will lead to better regulatory compliance, improve their migration to electronic medical records (EMR) and reduce costs. For patients, we can offer a better quality of life with comprehensive and reliable care to more homes, thereby reducing hospital stays and providing around the clock, non-obtrusive preventive care.”

Ideal Life will be offering new medical hubs containing Orange SIM cards. These hubs will reside in the home, collecting data from a variety of health-related devices, from blood pressure monitors to glucose, oxygen saturation and heart rate meters. Once collected, this information is transmitted in real time over the Orange network to physicians who can access it using a variety of devices such as tablets, smartphones and traditional PCs.  The application can also format the data into a standardized EMR, improving compliance with recent legislation requiring such records.

“Technology is the gateway for transforming healthcare and improving quality of life,” said Thierry Zylberberg, executive vice president, Orange Healthcare, a division dedicated to developing e-health solutions. “Combining our expertise in e-health with our global M2M solutions, Orange is well placed to deliver advanced m-Health services to our customers like Ideal Life, and in turn to their patients, health professionals, caregivers and insurance carriers, with the goal in part to offer patients and their families peace of mind.”

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the France Telecom-Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is a leading global integrator of communications solutions for multinational corporations. With the world’s largest, seamless network for voice and data, Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and territories with local support in 166. Offering a comprehensive package of communication services covering cloud computing, enterprise mobility, M2M, security, unified communications, videoconferencing, and broadband, Orange Business Services delivers a best-in-class customer experience across a global landscape. Thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and conducting business. Orange Business Services was awarded three of the telecom industry’s highest accolades at the annual World Communication Awards 2012 – Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and the User’s Choice Award. Orange Business Services is a five-time winner of Best Global Operator. Learn more at www.orange-business.com

France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees worldwide at June 30, 2012. Orange is the Group’s single brand for Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange Brand Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.

Orange Healthcare, new Orange technology for healthcare services

For more than a decade, Orange has gained substantial experience in providing integrated and customer centered technology solutions for health professionals, health providers and patients. This has been done through close collaboration with health professionals and providers – ensuring that the technology brings improved quality and efficiency for all. In 2007 Orange signaled its commitment to the health sector with the creation of Orange Healthcare, its new Health Division.

On the strength of its position as an integrated services operator, Orange has technological know-how to be able to develop solutions which are not only simple, reliable and effective for medical and personal care services, but which also contribute to bringing innovation to patients and an enhanced experience in managing their health and illnesses.

New technologies will play an essential role in the modernization and improvement of health care, in the hospital, local clinics and surgeries and in the home. Orange can provide the technology to meet the needs of all stakeholders in the health sector – professionals, managers and IT administrators, patients and public and private health providers. Orange has unrivalled access to the resources of the France Telecom group with leading edge R&D as well as unparalleled commitment to wellness, e-health and improving efficiency and return on e-health technology investment.

For more information visit: www.orange.com/healthcare

About Ideal Life

Ideal Life, the industry leader in remote health management solutions, has created an innovative platform that addresses many of today’s most challenging and costly healthcare issues. Guided by a medical advisory panel of experts, the Ideal Life program makes proactive prevention more realistic than ever as it is instrumental in gauging health issues before chronic conditions manifest themselves into acute events. For people managing chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, asthma or obesity, Ideal Life provides relevant, real-time, reliable and actionable data from a person either at home or while on the go. It delivers interactive, personalized communication to incorporate feedback to the knowledge base, allowing individuals to become more engaged and active participants in their own health.

The easy-to-use Ideal Life system utilizes digital, wireless, secure two-way communication, allowing for a more personalized and cost-effective wellness experience. The FDA-cleared and HIPAA-compliant products have, for example, been proven to reduce congestive heart failure hospital admissions by 57 percent, demonstrating they can significantly reduce healthcare costs. For more information, visit www.ideallifeonline.com.

December 31, 2012 I Written By

Eliza Corporation and Voxiva Partner to Provide Personalized, Interactive mHealth Solution for Diabetes Support

Eliza Launches Partner Program for Mobile and Social Health Engagement

WASHINGTON, D.C. and DANVERS, Mass. December 3, 2012 – Eliza Corporation (“Eliza”), the pioneer and recognized leader in Health Engagement Management, and Voxiva, the pioneer and recognized leader in Mobile Health Services, announced today a partnership to offer Voxiva’s Care4Life service as part of Eliza’s bundled multimodal offering, at the 4th annual mHealth Summit (booth #628).

Eliza also announced a Mobile and Social Health Engagement Partner Program, with the aim to measure, analyze, and leverage the most useful mobile and social technologies for driving better health outcomes.

“To help people navigate their own paths toward optimal health we need to be leveraging each and every tool out there that works – collaborating in ways that deliver actual outcomes based on real data – and lots of it,” said Alexandra Drane, founder and Chief Visionary Officer at Eliza. “People are hungry to interact in ways that resonate, that feel relevant, that inspire, that offer value and that leave them happier, healthier and more productive. The bar for consumers who are increasingly being offered choices about where and how they access and experience care will be a high one – and working with Voxiva to deliver communication strategies that exceed that bar will be an honor.”

Paul Meyer, Chairman and President, Voxiva, Inc. states, “Voxiva and Eliza are each at the forefront of leveraging new technologies to deliver proven health content to help people live healthier lives. By bringing our capabilities together, we can deliver better results for our customers and help tackle some of America’s most pressing health challenges, starting with diabetes.”

The Care4Life service is an interactive mobile program service that gives ongoing support to people with type 2 diabetes via text messages, mobile web, mobile app and interactive automated phone calls. Care4Life reinforces diabetes education (leveraging guidelines from the American Diabetes Association, National Diabetes Education Program and the American Association of Diabetes Educators) and provides actionable feedback to help people better manage their diabetes and take control of their health. Care4Life sends users text messages with diabetes education, medicine and appointment reminders, glucose testing reminders, exercise and weight tracking. Users record blood glucose readings, blood pressure, weight and exercise, and adherence via text message and also can view all of their data on a secure portal. Care4Life is available in both English and Spanish.

Adds Drane, “From the way we manage our finances to the way we communicate with our friends, mobile devices are becoming, for better and worse, extensions of us all. This learned craving to access information, anywhere, anytime has resulted in a significant shift of communication modes – creating tremendous opportunity for consumers, payers, providers and the entire healthcare continuum. But, all mobile apps and social technologies are not created equal. Through Eliza’s own mobile and social development programs and our partnership efforts, we’re collaborating with our customers to ensure we’re all leveraging the best and most relevant technologies for real people living busy lives. By extending our collective consumer-focused offerings in ways that truly engage, we continue to sustainably improve actual health outcomes, and most importantly, lives.”

For more information about the Eliza-Voxiva Care4Life service offering or Eliza’s Mobile and Social Health Engagement Partner Program, please email info@elizacorp.com.

About Voxiva, Inc.

Founded in 2001, Voxiva is a global pioneer in delivering interactive mobile health services. We leverage the world’s 6 billion mobile phones to communicate and interact with people to help them live healthier lives. All of our patient engagement services incorporate social marketing approaches and evidenced-based best practices to deliver highly effective and engaging solutions. Voxiva’s programs support a broad range of health topics such as maternal & child health, smoking cessation, healthy living and diabetes self-management. In 2011, Fast Company recognized Voxiva as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. Learn more at www.voxiva.com.

About Eliza Corporation

Eliza Corporation (“Eliza”) is devoted to making people happier, healthier, and more productive. The pioneer and recognized leader in Health Engagement Management, Eliza draws from more than 800 million interactions with people about their health, and blends business intelligence, technology, and communication expertise to improve care experiences, reduce costs and advance population health. Each program is powered by Eliza’s engagement-based analytics and population segmentation, and delivered via our patented speech recognition technology, rich web and multi-modal delivery platform (including automate calls, emails, text messages, mail, social and mobile interactions). These programs consistently yield the best outcomes in the industry in terms of increased engagement, health and wellness measures, and sustainable ROI. Eliza was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.elizacorp.com.

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ICSA Labs and IHE USA Team Up to Deliver New Certification That Assures Security, Interoperability of Health Information Technology

Today ICSA Labs announced it has teamed up with IHE USA, a nonprofit that drives adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care, to offer a new certification program. The program, which aims to assure the security and interoperability of health IT, will help ensure that different software and systems can securely connect.

Currently, many products cannot “talk” to each other, making it challenging for health care providers to move to a paperless environment. By implementing products certified to IHE profiles, health care providers and hospitals can take advantage of more complex workflows.

New Service and Testing Will Begin at the 2013 North American Connectathon on Jan. 28 in Chicago

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – IHE USA, a nonprofit organization that drives adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care, and ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, today unveiled a new certification program aimed at assuring the security and interoperability of health information technology.

The program will provide industry-accepted certification to complement existing conformance testing to IHE integration profiles to ensure that different software and systems can securely connect.

Certification to these profiles, which also provide significant underpinnings to Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) specifications, will give purchasers of health IT products independent third-party assurance that there is a standardized, repeatable process that ensures products are suitable for secure health data exchange, and that the products function as intended.

“Implementing products certified to the IHE profiles will allow health care providers and hospitals to take advantage of more complex workflows that can make a huge difference in applying information technology to health care,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president of IHE USA and vice president of Informatics at HIMSS. “Right now, a lot of products cannot ‘talk’ to each other, which makes it very challenging for health care providers to move to a paperless environment.”

Participants who are registered for the 2013 NA Connectathon, sponsored by IHE USA, will be able to register for certification testing at the event. For more information, click here.  Results will be evaluated by ICSA Labs, which will grant certification based on requirements set forth by IHE USA, and the general principles covered by ISO/IEC Guide 65 for organizations providing product certification. Certification also will include ongoing testing to ensure that certified products continue to perform as tested.

“Given our decades of experience as an independent testing and certification entity and as an ONC Authorized Certification Body, ICSA Labs is fully committed to accelerating the adoption of secure, and interoperable health information technology furthering the goal of improving patient safety and care,” said ICSA Labs Managing Director George Japak. “Our new joint certification will have a significant impact on ensuring that the vision of health IT becomes a reality.”

Certified products will be published by IHE USA, as well as in the official ICSA Labs product directory. Three tiers of certification will be awarded:

  • Tier 1: Conformance to IHE profiles
  • Tier 2: Demonstrated interoperability among disparate systems
  • Tier 3: Validated implementations of deployed certified technology

Vendors interested in learning more about having their products certified to IHE integration profiles should contact IHECertification@icsalabs.com.

About IHE USA

IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in IHE International, Inc.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

About Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

December 5, 2012 I Written By

Dell Healthcare Announcements at RSNA

At RSNA Dell made several announcements involving significant customer and partnership alliances for its cloud-based medical image archive platform, pushing the company to the forefront of cloud-based medical image management.  In fact, in September, Frost & Sullivan recognized Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences with its 2012 North American Company of the Year Award, based on the firm’s analysis of the enterprise imaging informatics market.

More details can be found in the news releases included below:

·         Dell Leading With Industry’s Largest Cloud-based, Vendor-neutral Medical Archive

o   The Dell Cloud Clinical Archive is now managing more than 78 million clinical studies and more than 5.4 billion imaging objects, and supporting more than 800 clinical sites in one of the world’s largest cloud-based, vendor-neutral medical image archives.

·         Siemens Announces $11.7M Enterprise Archiving Contract with Intermountain Healthcare, New Enhancements to syngo.via and syngo.plaza at RSNA 2012

o   Intermountain Healthcare has selected Siemens Healthcare and Dell to provide medical image archiving and sharing services via the cloud to address their long-term data storage needs and consolidate medical imaging data across multiple picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

o   Leveraging the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive (DCCA), Dell and Siemens will be archiving over 14.7 million medical studies over the next few years.  Dell will also migrate an additional 470 terabytes of medical data into its cloud.

·         Dell and Siemens Healthcare Enable Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center to Meet Growing Demand for 3D Mammography

o   Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) has selected Dell and Siemens Healthcare to provide diagnostic image archiving and sharing services to address long-term data storage needs and reduce the complexity of managing medical images. The move provides the hospital with a scalable and cost-effective storage and archival strategy for its new 3D breast imaging services.

December 4, 2012 I Written By

Dr. Jeremy Bradley Family Practice Clinic Selected as 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award Winner

CHICAGO (November 26, 2012) – HIMSS honors Dr. Jeremy Bradley Family Practice  located in Owensboro, Ky., as a winner of the 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Since 1994, the Nicholas E. Davies Award recognizes excellence in health information technology, specifically excellence in use of the EHR to successfully improve quality of care and patient safety while achieving a demonstrated return on investment.

The Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence  recognizes the most exemplary implementations and utilizations of EHR in independent ambulatory practices, community health clinics/organizations, and enterprise clinics. The award requires that staff in the healthcare system applying for the award assess and document their progress and accomplishments against a framework for thinking about the process of implementing an EHR.

The 2012 Ambulatory HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence winner Dr. Jeremy Bradley opened his practice in 2000 to meet the clinical needs of Daviess County, a federally designated primary care physician shortage location. Dr. Bradley provides primary care to over 9,000 active patients, with 50% of patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or uninsured. The practice employs one physician, one nurse practitioner, and one physician assistant.

In 2008, Dr. Bradley implemented a fully integrated EHR into the practice. The introduction of EHR-enabled clinical quality measurement and reporting, and later Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice transformation, with all of its attendant changes in provider roles and office workflow, resulted in vastly improved delivery of clinical care and a return on initial investment of 200 percent.. Following the completion of the EHR implementation, Dr. Bradley was honored by the Bridges to Excellence program for improved quality outcomes associated with diabetes and hypertension, and the practice was the first ambulatory clinic in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to earn Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA.)

“Dr. Bradley has used EHR technology to improve patient outcomes over time and ensure evidence-based, high quality care,” says John Bender, MD, chair, Davies Ambulatory Committee, and Medical Director, Miramont Family Medicine, in Ft. Collins, Colo. “All of us on the Davies Ambulatory Committee congratulates Dr. Jeremy Bradley for his focus on improving the quality of healthcare delivery with the best use of health IT.”

Dr. Jeremy Bradley Family Practice will be recognized at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013.  For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS website.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

December 3, 2012 I Written By