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Logicalis US: Image Management is One of Healthcare CIOs’ Toughest Tasks

Solution Provider IDs Five Core Components in an Effective Enterprise Imaging Strategy

NEW YORK, March 24, 2015 – Gathering, storing, accessing, and analyzing a rapidly expanding volume of patient images is one of the most complex IT tasks in today’s healthcare environments. These images tell a patient’s clinical life story, and with the recent proliferation of affordable digital technologies such as point-of-care ultrasounds, digital cameras and medical/surgical scopes, images in varying formats are being produced in record numbers by a variety of service lines outside of radiology – including surgical services, dermatology and pathology.  According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), the key to managing these images is to develop a comprehensive enterprise imaging strategy that addresses five core components and to do so, in a standardized, vendor neutral way.

“Developing a thorough enterprise imaging strategy is quickly becoming one of the most important things a hospital CIO can do,” says Kim Garriott, Principal Consultant, Healthcare Strategies, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions.  “Medical imaging is so much more than just capturing and storing X-rays and ultrasounds; it’s a multi-modal discipline that gathers images from a variety of sources and makes them readily available to clinicians through the patient’s electronic medical record (EMR) regardless of the underlying technology used to obtain them. Imaging gives clinicians information they need to enhance patient outcomes, and having that technology available, from a business perspective, can result in increased reimbursements from insurance and Medicare.  Beyond the obvious quality of care issues, hospitals that aren’t taking the steps necessary to move their imaging management practices to the next level risk regulatory infringements and compromised data security making the development of an enterprise imaging strategy one of the most important tasks in healthcare IT.”

Healthcare Imaging’s Five Core Components
Logicalis Healthcare Solutions’ imaging experts have identified five core components that, when properly addressed within the healthcare system’s enterprise imaging strategy, will result in improved coordination of care, increased satisfaction among clinicians, improved patient engagement, streamlined operational costs, and stronger regulatory compliance:

  1. Acquisition: Healthcare IT pros must discover the technologies and clinical workflows used to acquire medical images across as many as 40 service lines before developing their EMR optimization plans.
  2. Storage: Keeping medical images on hand involves more than just storing them; it also requires an in-depth disaster recovery plan and whole-system monitoring to ensure those images are both available and secure 24×7.
  3. Access: Until now, physicians have accessed medical images in a variety of cumbersome ways ranging from portals to unsecure CDs and other portable media delivered directly by the patient into the doctor’s hands.  What doctors want – and are beginning to expect – is to have the patient’s entire medical image library available through their EMR and accessible for viewing regardless of device or source of acquisition.
  4. Sharing: The ultimate goal is for a variety of clinicians to be able to collaborate, securely sharing a patient’s images both within the same healthcare provider and between providers regardless of where those images reside.
  5. Analytics: Clinicians also need to be able to analyze medical images and the associated meta-data in a thoughtful, patient-centric way that leads them to new diagnoses and treatment plans that can benefit both the individual patient as well as a larger patient population as a whole.

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About Logicalis
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration, data center and cloud services, and managed services.

Logicalis employs over 3,800 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of almost 6,000 corporate and public sector customers.  To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of $1.6 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $6 billion.

March 24, 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.

Pittsburgh Trauma Surgeons Use Google Glass for On-the-Spot Info

Monroeville, PA – Surgeons at the Forbes Hospital Trauma Center, part of the Allegheny Health Network, are exploring an innovative use of Google Glass technology, along with new software called Visual Info Zonal Reminder (VIZR), to assist in the care of critically injured patients.

Introduced in 2013, Google Glass is a wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display that provides information in a smartphone-like hands-free format. Wearers communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

Forbes’ trauma surgeons are among the first in the country to investigate use of the technology in the patient care setting. The initial application of Google Glass at Forbes will be the integration of prompts during trauma patient resuscitation based on checklists similar to those used in the aviation industry.

“With this new technology, surgeons will have hands-free, immediate access to critical information, checklists and reminders specific to injury categories that will greatly assist in our efforts to provide effective, timely care that saves lives,” said Christoph R. Kaufmann, MD, Trauma Medical Director, Forbes Hospital.

VIZR is being used exclusively at Forbes Hospital. The software features information on a wide range of traumatic injuries. For example, if a pregnant patient with injuries to the abdomen is in transport to the emergency department, the surgeon can voice command a checklist with crucial questions to ask the EMS upon arrival or even prior to arrival.

Once a patient program is initiated, a timer begins that provides important prompts and reminders to the trauma team every few minutes.

“This technology will also be useful during mass casualty events” Dr. Kaufmann said. The technology is meant to augment the surgical team’s skills and training, to serve as a time-saving resource, not replace the surgeon’s knowledge of what to do in a traumatic event.

The software was adapted from military-style checklists for triaging wounded in the battlefield to keep on track while caring for single or multiple patients with life-threatening injuries Google Glass also has promise as a tool to assist in the training of emergency and trauma specialists.

The Google Glass technology being used at Forbes has been modified so it does not record photos or videos in the hospital setting, ensuring that patient privacy is not compromised.

March 4, 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.

SRS Launches “Essentials”—An Alternative Non-MU EHR For Specialists and Those New To EHR

SRS Essentials Makes EHR Transition Easy, Lets Physicians Focus on Patients

MONTVALE, NJ – February 25, 2015 – SRSsoft, the recognized leader in flexible and easy-to-use productivity-enhancing EHR and HIT solutions for specialists and other high-performance physicians, today announced the launch of SRS Essentials. The new product offers an alternative to traditional government-driven EHR solutions and helps specialists reap the benefits of digitization without having to change the way they practice medicine. In addition to providing all the speed, efficiency, and financial benefits of a digital office, SRS Essentials offers growth options for practices to evolve the scope and utilization of their EHR at their own pace, on their own terms. Should medical practices find themselves requiring the next level of EHR solution, SRS Essentials can seamlessly transition them without the usual daunting effort and the frustration of downtime.

Many specialists have delayed EHR implementation—they are concerned about the longevity of currently available EHRs, they don’t want technology interfering with the way they practice medicine, or they have chosen not to participate in government incentive programs. Others are frustrated by the complexity of their current EHRs and find the negative impact on productivity unacceptable. With SRS Essentials, these highly focused practices can be prepared for ongoing success in the rapidly changing healthcare industry while enjoying immediate benefits:

  • Efficient and easy-to-use electronic chart and workflow capabilities
  • Flexible documentation options
  • Electronic messaging and tasking
  • Maintenance-free hosted platform
  • Outstanding US-based service, support, and training

SRS understands the demanding needs of specialist workflows, and SRS Essentials streamlines business processes so physicians can focus on patients. Many practices recover their investment by the efficiencies gained from converting from paper to electronic charts. Benefits include: automated patient intake, prescribing, ICD-10 code search, and much more.

“Just as there is no ‘one doctor fits all,’ there is no ‘one size fits all’ EHR solution. That’s why we created SRS Essentials,” said Scott Ciccarelli, SRS CEO. “SRS Essentials may be the only EHR solution a particular high-performance practice might ever need, yet it is customizable and ready to transition to full EHR capabilities when and if desired.”

Find out more about SRS Essentials and the award-winning SRS support team here.

About SRS
SRS is the recognized leader in flexible and easy-to-use productivity-enhancing EHR and HIT solutions for specialists and other high-performance physicians. With 20 years of industry experience, unmatched implementation success, extensive industry and meaningful use expertise, and top-rated US-based customer service and support, it is no wonder that SRS has more happy clients than any other EHR. Offered via the Unified Desktop™, the robust SRS EHR, PM, Integrated PACS, Patient Portal, and Transcription increase speed and efficiency, boost revenue, free physicians’ time, and enhance patient care and satisfaction. To see why SRS is the trusted partner of so many prominent specialists and high-performance physicians, visit srssoft.com, e-mail info@srssoft.com, fax 201.802.1301, or call 800.288.8369.

February 25, 2015 I Written By

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

Orion Health™ Completes $125 Million IPO in New Zealand

Trading Began on NZX Main Board and ASX in November

Boston, MA – December 16, 2014Orion Health, a leading population health management company, announced that shares of Orion Health Group Limited (Orion Health, the Company) began trading on the NZX Main Board and ASX following a successful IPO that raised $125 million (NZD) which included $120 million in new capital. Strong demand for the shares from eligible institutions and the clients of NZX firms saw the shares priced at $5.70, at the top of the indicative price range of $4.30-$5.70.

“Both our new shareholders and those who have supported the company over the last 21 years clearly understand the dynamics of the health data expansion and Orion Health’s ability to deliver world class solutions that will provide better outcomes for patients, providers and those who fund healthcare services,” said Andrew Ferrier, Orion Health Chairman. “Orion Health is now equipped with the resources necessary to invest in additional research and development to capture these once in a generation opportunities for innovation.”

“Health industries in many countries are aware of the impending funding crisis they will experience in the next few years. This will be driven by aging populations – the huge increase in health data likely to flow from new devices and the demands of patients for greater control over their own healthcare,” said Orion Health Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ian McCrae. “Orion Health is already at the forefront with solutions that are delivering benefits to 450 customers across 25 countries. We are now funded to significantly increase our research and development efforts to expand our capability and solutions for customers.”

McCrae retains 98% of his shareholding and still holds 50.3% of the company. Orion Health’s shares trade with the code OHE on both the NZX Main Board and ASX. Deustche Craigs and First NZ Capital were Joint Lead Managers for the IPO.

About Orion Health Inc.

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

December 16, 2014 I Written By

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

CHIME and KLAS Partner to Support HIT Industry Performance

SAN ANTONIO, TX, October 30, 2014 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today it has formed a partnership with KLAS Enterprises, the research leader in measuring vendor performance for providers in the field of healthcare IT.

The partnership between CHIME and KLAS, effective January 1, 2015, is designed to accelerate and enhance industry performance and support all stakeholders in a rapid new era of healthcare transformation. The partnership, announced today from the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio, will include expanded research, benchmarking, award collaboration, and advocacy support.

“Like KLAS, CHIME is dedicated to helping our members and vendor partners perform at the highest level,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. “This mutually beneficial partnership will help strengthen our commitment to industry high-standards in patient care quality, efficiency and safety.”

“Providers want to be heard and counted,” added Kent Gale, Founder of KLAS. “Working together with CHIME, we can better amplify the provider voice to help healthcare vendors align their delivery to achieve provider organization success.”

Under the terms of the partnership, KLAS will serve as CHIME’s primary research organization, and KLAS will work closely with CHIME for best practice information sharing and healthcare information technology research.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the industry research professionals of KLAS who have made a superb contribution to healthcare IT performance and standards,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “Our members, together with KLAS, will help foster industry excellence and drive healthcare transformation forward.”

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 140 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About KLAS
 

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996 and has maintained a commitment to being honest, accurate and impartial.Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch or call 1-800-920-4109.
October 30, 2014 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.

Caradigm Offers Healthcare Providers Unlimited Identity and Access Management with Guaranteed Go-Live Dates

One annual price for Single Sign-On or Provisioning covers software, services, maintenance and integration with an unlimited number of applications 

BELLEVUE, WA – Aug. 25, 2014 – Caradigm, a population health company, today announced new Identity and Access Management (IAM) offerings designed to make it easier for healthcare organizations to control access to applications and patient data, even as their workforces and IT environments rapidly grow and change.

Built exclusively for healthcare, Caradigm® Identity and Access Management (IAM) – including Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Provisioning – enables healthcare organizations to protect against increasing security and compliance risk by safeguarding patient health information.  At the same time, Caradigm IAM enables healthcare organizations to give clinicians rapid access to the applications and patient data they need to perform their jobs.

New offerings for both Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Provisioning include:

  • Subscription-based pricing: Healthcare providers now can choose to pay a simple yearly subscription fee for the software, services, and support needed to manage IAM, and align their solution with their evolving IT portfolio.

 

  • Unlimited applications: Subscriptions include integration to an unlimited number of applications.  This means organizations can continue to add applications into their IAM solutions after going live.  And, as an organization’s applications are upgraded, Caradigm will make any agreed-upon changes.

 

  • Guaranteed go-live: Caradigm offers a 100% guaranteed go-live date and scope for customers opting to follow Caradigm’s proven deployment methodology.

According to Jim Campbell, vice president of IAM for Caradigm, “With radical changes in healthcare, providers are facing unprecedented challenges in both protecting and speeding access to patient data. Our customers tell us they need simplified IAM solutions that easily adapt to their new realities – new alliances and partnerships, staff changes, and changes in IT environments. Thanks to our deep experience and advances in IAM, we’re delighted to offer customers a new level of flexibility in addressing these challenges head on.”

Caradigm’s IAM portfolio includes the following:

Caradigm Provisioning helps healthcare organizations protect against increasing security and compliance risk through role-based management of user identity. By codifying access and entitlement rights for the organization in a central repository, and by managing the creation, modification and termination of user access to clinical and core systems, Caradigm Provisioning helps organizations protect patient data while giving their clinicians rapid access to the applications and information they need.

Caradigm Single Sign-On (SSO) and Caradigm Context Management (CM) are designed to give clinicians faster access to healthcare applications and patient data while making it easier for organizations to protect patient privacy and system security. The solutions streamline workflows in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, automate management of clinical workstations and expedite compliance reporting. One-tap logoffs and timeouts eliminate the need for generic or shared credentials. Caradigm’s Privacy Auditor®, now included as an integral component in SSO and CM, provides a real-time audit trail of patient record access by user, application and location.

The new offerings are available immediately. Additional information about these offerings can be obtained by going to http://www.caradigm.com/en-us/contact-us/.

About Caradigm

Caradigm USA LLC is a healthcare analytics and population health company dedicated to helping organizations improve care, reduce costs, and manage risk. Caradigm analytics solutions provide insight into patients, populations, and performance, enabling healthcare organizations to understand their clinical and financial risk and identify the actions needed to address it. Caradigm population health solutions enable teams to deliver the appropriate care to patients through effective coordination and patient engagement, helping to improve outcomes and financial results. The key to Caradigm analytics and population health solutions is a rich set of clinical, operational, and financial data delivered to healthcare professionals within their workflows in near-real time. This data asset serves as the foundation for a growing number of innovative healthcare applications developed by Caradigm and industry partners, providing rapid incremental value to customers. Visit: www.caradigm.com.

August 25, 2014 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.

Quintiles Announces Agreement to Acquire Encore Health Resources

Acquisition Will Bolster Quintiles’ Expertise in Health-Information Analytics Services and Create Foundation for Expanded Services Suite

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its continued efforts to strengthen and expand its service capabilities across the healthcare continuum, Quintiles today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Encore Health Resources (Encore). Encore is a leader in the health-information analytics and technology services industry focused on healthcare providers. Through its consulting services and solutions, Encore assists customers with a wide range of strategy, advisory, implementation, process-redesign, optimization, analytics and performance-improvement initiatives.

“Today’s announcement signifies the increasing importance of leveraging EHR and real-world information to inform our customers and improve their probability of success”

Founded in 2009, Encore has more than 300 employees located throughout North America, including approximately 250 consultants. Its primary business is focused on implementation and advisory services around electronic health records (EHR). The addition of these capabilities will enhance Quintiles’ EHR expertise, which is becoming increasingly important as biopharmaceutical customers, payers and providers focus on measuring outcomes based on real-world performance in terms of clinical effectiveness and value.

“Today’s announcement signifies the increasing importance of leveraging EHR and real-world information to inform our customers and improve their probability of success,” said Tom Pike, chief executive officer at Quintiles. “Encore has significant EHR expertise, strong relationships with many large U.S. provider networks and academic medical centers as well as experienced consultants, proven tools, and methodologies. It will be a key strategic addition for our business that will extend our services suite and allow us to work with Encore to strengthen its provider-focused solutions.”

Biopharmaceutical companies are increasingly interested in the “real-world” outcomes associated with their medicines to enable optimal market access. Encore’s expertise with hospitals and hospital information will help Quintiles extend its service offerings meaningfully for biopharmaceutical companies.

By joining Quintiles, Encore will be able to leverage Quintiles’ breadth and depth of capabilities as well as its global scale to accelerate Encore’s vision of enhancing clinical outcomes through data-driven performance improvement. Additionally, Encore can utilize the expertise of Quintiles’ 950 medical doctors, 900 Ph.D.’s, as well as its nurse educators and world-class biostatisticians to help hospitals and providers solve their most pressing population health challenges.

“Today is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Encore,” said Dana Sellers, chief executive officer, Encore. “Encore was founded with a focus on driving value through data to improve performance and clinical outcomes. I believe that this focus and our vision for the future align well with Quintiles. We will be joining a global leader, and we look forward to working together to help deliver further advancements in healthcare.”

The transaction, which is subject to standard and customary closing conditions, is expected to close later this quarter. Upon completion of this transaction, Encore will join Quintiles’ Integrated Healthcare Services segment and be known as “Encore, A Quintiles Company.”

Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on Quintiles’ 2014 earnings per share.

About Quintiles

Quintiles (NYSE: Q) is the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services with a network of more than 29,000 employees conducting business in approximately 100 countries. We have helped develop or commercialize all of the top-50 best-selling drugs on the market. Quintiles applies the breadth and depth of our service offerings along with extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise to help our customers navigate an increasingly complex healthcare environment as they seek to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of better healthcare outcomes. To learn more about Quintiles, please visit www.quintiles.com.

May 12, 2014 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.

New Course with Hands-On Training for EHR Proficiency

Chicago, IL — March 12, 2014 — 4Medapproved, the leading provider of online education and certification resources on topics relating to Health Information Technology, announced today the release of their new Certificate of EHR Office Proficiency (CEOP)  (20% discount if you use the discount code: healthcare20) course in partnership with Medical Mastermind EHR to help individuals, schools and universities by providing hands-on practice with guided online learning on the important topic of electronic health records (EHRs).

Lessons in the CEOP program describe EHR functionality, integration with other applications, Meaningful Use, HIPAA compliance and more. Students also learn electronic workflow by engaging in EHR documentation exercises, allowing them to schedule patients, enter progress notes, practice order entry, experience clinical decision support (CDS) tools and develop basic competencies related to EHR charting. In addition, each license for this course allows the student access to the EHR for further practice and potential case study work in classrooms.

The live, certified EHR solution embedded in this course for training is delivered through a partnership with Medical Mastermind. This award-winning software creates a working environment similar in design to most of the major certified products on the market—allowing for a flexible learning experience uniquely applicable to multiple platforms and medical workplaces.

“Partnering with 4Medapproved on this important step toward better educational tools for healthcare was in complete alignment with Medical Mastermind’s philosophy of providing outstanding technology that actually helps those who use it to practice better medicine,” said Michelle Boucher, Vice President of Marketing for Medical Mastermind. “Engaging with students, physicians and the entire healthcare community at the point of delivering education through our physician-designed tool will provide them with one of the highest quality experiences as they continue to learn.”

According to the CDC, during 2006–2013, the percentage of working physicians using any EHR system increased 168%, from 29.2% in 2006 to 78.4% in 2013. In two studies published by the journal “Teaching and Learning in Medicine,” the Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE) describes the nearly total lack of EHR training in medical school programs, while stressing the overall importance of EHR training in preparing students for work in the industry.

“As educators, we feel the need to address this unfortunate gap in readiness for those who plan to work in the healthcare industry. This course does not simply simulate or demonstrate health record capabilities, but instead allows students the opportunity to develop skills by engaging in true interactive learning,” said Wendy Whitmore, CIO and co-founder of 4Medapproved. “Partnering with Medical Mastermind has given us a robust learning tool while providing a distinct advantage to students, teachers and medical learning programs.”

All 4Medapproved training is provided online and is self-paced, to accommodate any schedule. It incorporates reading with multimedia review and frequent assessments, in the unique 10/10/10 learning method. Volume licensing and team leader controls are also available for classroom instruction and larger group training.

Successful completion of this course awards a Certificate in EHR Proficiency which has been reviewed and authorized by the 4Medapproved professional medical and technical advisory boards. Accreditation by The International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) for college contact hours and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for nursing CEUs are provided for this course through a partnership with Corexcel.

About Medical Mastermind:

Established in 1984, Medical Mastermind provides Practice Management and Electronic Health Records to thousands of physicians from all specialties. Mastermind’s award-winning software is designed by doctors, nurses, billing administrators, and other medical personnel to provide the ideal solutions for any size practice and every specialty. Medical Mastermind is headquartered in Baltimore, MD; with offices in Jackson, MS; Dallas, TX; Charlotte, SC; Pittsburgh, PA; and Orlando, FL.

About 4Medapproved:

4Medapproved is the leading educational resource for healthcare professionals on topics relating to Health Information Technology. The company provides access to helpful content, community, curriculum, and consulting, all in one convenient location. 4Medapproved also offers free weekly Learning Lunch Webinars and industry updates through columns from leading experts. It provides self-paced online education, certification, and career gap training programs, many of which provide CME, CEUs, and conversion to college credit. Additionally, 4Medapproved facilitates online networking and collaboration through its 4MedProNetwork. Support for the many free resources available through 4Medapproved is provided by sponsors of its 4MedMarketplace and Learning Lunch Webinars. Learn more at www.4Medapproved.com. The 4MedPlus Corporation is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

 

Full Disclosure: Healthcare Scene is an affiliate of 4MedApproved.  That’s what allows us to offer a 20% discount on the new CEOP course and we get paid a commission as well.

March 13, 2014 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.

Medical Informatics Engineering Welcomes New Sales Director To Help Grow Enterprise Health Division

Fort Wayne, Ind. – January 15, 2014 – Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE), a web-based, health information technology solutions provider serving physicians, health systems and Fortune 500 organizations operating on-site employee health clinics, today announced the appointment of industry veteran, Scott Dunton, as National Sales Director for its Enterprise Health division. Dunton brings more than 17 years of operational, channel and sales experience in the technology industry, most notably at Underwriter’s Laboratory where he was a strong contributor in growing the market profile of the company’s occupational health software and solutions across the country.

In his new role at MIE, Dunton will be responsible for expanding the Enterprise Health footprint among Fortune 1000 companies throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Companies including Dow Chemical, Chevron, Concentra and others currently depend on Enterprise Health IT solutions for employee clinic operations. As a growing number of organizations embark on strategic initiatives to improve the health of their workforce and reduce healthcare costs, the need for technology solutions integrating clinical operations, occupational health programs and employee engagement tools continues to expand.

“I am very excited to be part of the Enterprise Health team because I have not seen a comparable enterprise-focused occupational health system on the market today. This is a huge opportunity, and I look forward to being part of something with strong potential for explosive growth,” said Dunton.  “The Enterprise Health solution includes a complete medical record system that communicates with employees, and connects to labs, medical devices and HR systems. Secure information is easy to access and easy to find, from nearly anywhere in the world, on any web-enabled device – including tablets like the iPad, smartphones and laptops.”

Dunton’s 17-year career includes strong sales experience within the technology industry, with a specific focus on software applications such as SaaS, virtualization, open source, electronic medical records, security solutions, and occupational health and medical management tools. In addition to his sales and technical background, Dunton brings expertise in product management and business development strategies.

Previously, Dunton served as the Regional Sales Manager for Underwriter Laboratory’s Workplace Health and Safety division. Prior to that, he was the National Sales Director at RECON Dynamics and also a National Sales Director for BNI Equities Corporation.

“Scott has a proven track record of success during all of his previous assignments. We believe that his deep understanding of the occupational health market and its business practices and needs will help grow our business and our product lines,” said Matt Hohman, Executive Vice President of Medical Informatics Engineering.

Dunton graduated with a Bachelor degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He currently resides part-time in San Jose, California and in Eagle, Idaho with his five daughters.

About Medical Informatics Engineering (MIE)

MIE offers a Minimally Invasive™ suite of HIT products that are easy to use, flexible and cost effective. Physicians in more than 2,500 clinics throughout the U.S., and corporate clients including Disney, Dow, Chevron, Xerox, Lilly, HCA, Humana and many others use MIE solutions in 19 countries around the world, in eight languages.

MIE also provides advanced solutions for electronic patient engagement through its NoMoreClipboard subsidiary. For more information, visit http://www.mieweb.com.

January 15, 2014 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.

Vitera Healthcare Solutions and Greenway Medical Technologies Combine

Establishes an Innovative, Trusted Technology Partner Offering Providers Highly Interoperable Solutions to Improve Clinical and Financial Outcomes

Carrollton, GA and Tampa, FL — Nov. 4, 2013 — Vitera Healthcare Solutions, LLC and Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., leading providers of clinical, financial and administrative solutions to healthcare providers, today announced the completion of a previously announced merger resulting in the combination of the two companies into an innovative leader in health information technology.

Vista Equity Partners, owner of Vitera, has acquired all outstanding Greenway common stock for $20.35 per share in a transaction valued at approximately $644 million.

The combined company will be privately held and operate under the Greenway brand. Tee Green, Greenway’s CEO, will maintain that position. Vitera’s CEO, Matthew J. Hawkins, will serve as President. Both will serve on Greenway’s board of directors.

The combined company will maintain headquarters and principal operations in Carrollton, GA, Tampa, FL, and Birmingham, AL, serving 100,000 providers across nearly 13,000 medical organizations nationwide — including healthcare enterprises, ambulatory practices, public health, retail and other clinics.

“Today, we begin the process of integrating our two organizations and operating them as a single entity that will have a laser-like focus on advancing the electronification of our nation’s healthcare system, allowing our customers to more effectively engage with increasingly active healthcare consumers,” said Tee Green, CEO of Greenway Medical Technologies. “With our large and diverse provider base, we are well positioned to have a marked impact on improving both clinical and financial outcomes for patients, payers and providers.”

“The closing of this transaction marks an exciting new beginning,” said Matthew J. Hawkins, President of Greenway Medical Technologies. “The combination of Greenway and Vitera creates one of the largest and most innovative companies in the healthcare information technology industry today. We look forward to combining our experience, talents and technologies in a way the industry has never seen before.”

The two companies possess a combined history of more than 60 years of experience serving healthcare providers with innovative clinical, financial and administrative solutions and customer-focused services. Both companies offer award-winning products that help improve revenue, streamline operations, and assist providers in getting the best patient outcomes. Greenway’s platforms are consistently recognized for their interoperability and ease of use at the point of care. Vitera recently has earned a first-place EHR ranking and a Customer Value Enhancement Award from researchers Black Book Market Research, LLC and Frost & Sullivan.

Current and future customers will benefit from industry-recognized EHR, clinically driven revenue cycle management™, public health and interoperability solutions that help providers meet regulatory requirements, such as meaningful use and the transition to ICD-10, as well as address risk-sharing payment reform models such as accountable care organizations.

The combined entity will continue to offer, enhance and support the portfolio of products currently available under both companies and bring together the strengths of Greenway and Vitera, offering healthcare providers unparalleled industry expertise and an unrivaled depth of resources and capabilities.

About Greenway
Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., provides the clinical, financial and administrative solutions today’s healthcare providers need to proactively manage the delivery of quality care and achieve better health outcomes for patient populations. With an established marketplace presence dating back more than 30 years, Greenway continues to lead the way in health information technology by offering smarter solutions and services that help businesses compete in an evolving value-based healthcare system. Greenway’s clinically driven revenue cycle management™ services and comprehensive suite of interoperable solutions improve financial performance and automate clinical and administrative workflows, so medical providers can spend time on patients instead of paperwork. More than 100,000 providers in over 30 specialties and sub-specialties partner with Greenway to improve outcomes across more than 13,000 medical organizations nationwide. For more information, visit www.greenwaymedical.com or call (866) 242-3805.

About Vista Equity Partners
Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm with offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Austin, currently invests over $7.1 billion in capital committed to dynamic, successful technology-based organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies realizing their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing. For further information please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that relate to future results and events are forward-looking statements made within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 based on Greenway’s current expectations regarding the transaction. Actual results and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits may not materialize as expected; the possibility that the parties will be unable to successfully implement integration strategies; and other risks that are described in Greenway’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 and in its subsequently filed SEC reports. Greenway does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements except to the extent otherwise required by law.

Greenway and the Greenway logo are registered trademarks and Vitera and the phrase “clinically driven revenue cycle management” are trademarks of Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.
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November 5, 2013 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.