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ZocDoc Raises $130 Million in New Funding Round

Leading Digital Health Platform Will Focus Funds on Accelerating Growth, Expanding Product

NEW YORK, August 20, 2015 ZocDoc, the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience, today announced $130 million of funding and a current valuation of $1.8 billion, making it one of New York City’s most valuable private tech companies. The round was led by Baillie Gifford and Atomico, and included participation from existing investor Founders Fund. ZocDoc was among the first to break open the digital health sector, which has attracted $2.1 billion in private funding so far this year.

This new round of funding will support ZocDoc’s continued growth and innovation. The company will more heavily invest in developing products that sit on top of ZocDoc’s core marketplace and extend beyond its hallmark scheduling capability. These products will remain focused on solving patient problems and facilitating even more patient interactions within the healthcare ecosystem.

“Since our inception, we’ve been working to lead the healthcare experience into the digital age, and this funding will help us continue to deliver on our mission to give power to the patient,” said ZocDoc founder and CEO Cyrus Massoumi. “The fragmented healthcare space has produced too many broken systems that get in the way of good care. We aim to be the digital center of care that delivers the simple, seamless healthcare experience patients expect and deserve.”

Today, ZocDoc is live nationwide with a footprint that covers more than 60 percent of the U.S. population. Each month, millions of patients turn to ZocDoc to find in-network neighborhood doctors, instantly book appointments online, see what other real patients have to say, get reminders for upcoming appointments and preventive check-ups, fill out paperwork online, and more. Patients can book more than 1,800 different types of procedures via ZocDoc, across more than 50 different medical specialties.

Alongside this strong, sustained patient growth, healthcare providers have continued to rapidly adopt ZocDoc’s service. ZocDoc works with independent practices throughout the country and has established new partnerships and deepened existing relationships with the country’s most forward-thinking health systems. This business is a major lever for ZocDoc’s growth; the company is on track to more than double its health system client roster again in 2015.

“We are very excited by the potential for necessary and dramatic improvement in global healthcare,” said James Anderson, Partner, Baillie Gifford. “ZocDoc is an early and inspiring example of the role digital health services can play in this potential revolution. We admire what ZocDoc has already achieved for patients and partners. We look forward still more to seeing where its motivated, talented and visionary team can take the company in the decades ahead.”

Based in New York City with offices in Arizona and India, ZocDoc has grown from three founders to more than 600 team members.

About ZocDoc
ZocDoc is the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience. Each month, millions of patients use ZocDoc to find in-network neighborhood doctors, instantly book appointments online, see what other real patients have to say, get reminders for upcoming appointments and preventive check-ups, fill out their paperwork online, and more. With a mission to give power to the patient, ZocDoc’s online marketplace delivers the accessible, seamless, and simple experience patients expect and deserve. ZocDoc is free for patients and available across the United States via ZocDoc.com or the ZocDoc app for iPhone and Android.

August 20, 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.

Watson to Gain Ability to “See” with Planned $1B Acquisition of Merge Healthcare

Deal Brings Watson Technology Together with Leader in Medical Images

Armonk, NY and CHICAGO — [August 6, 2015]:  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Watson will gain the ability to “see” by bringing together Watson’s advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge Healthcare Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: MRGE) medical imaging management platform.  IBM plans to acquire Merge, a leading provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems designed to advance healthcare quality and efficiency, in an effort to unlock the value of medical images to help physicians make better patient care decisions.

Merge’s technology platforms are used at more than 7,500 U.S. healthcare sites, as well as most of the world’s leading clinical research institutes and pharmaceutical firms to manage a growing body of medical images.  The vision is that these organizations could use the Watson Health Cloud to surface new insights from a consolidated, patient-centric view of current and historical images, electronic health records, data from wearable devices and other related medical data, in a HIPAA-enabled environment.

Under terms of the transaction, Merge shareholders would receive $7.13 per share in cash, for a total transaction value of $1 billion.  The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory review, Merge shareholder approval, and other customary closing conditions, and is anticipated to occur later this year.  It is IBM’s third major health-related acquisition – and the largest – since launching its Watson Health unit in April, following Phytel (population health) and Explorys (cloud based healthcare intelligence).

“As a proven leader in delivering healthcare solutions for over 20 years, Merge is a tremendous addition to the Watson Health platform.  Healthcare will be one of IBM’s biggest growth areas over the next 10 years, which is why  we are making a major investment to drive industry transformation and to facilitate a higher quality of care,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, IBM Research and Solutions Portfolio. “Watson’s powerful cognitive and analytic capabilities, coupled with those from Merge and our other major strategic acquisitions, position IBM to partner with healthcare providers, research institutions, biomedical companies, insurers and other organizations committed to changing the very nature of health and healthcare in the 21st century. Giving Watson ‘eyes’ on medical images unlocks entirely new possibilities for the industry.”

Teaching Watson to “See” Medical Images
The planned acquisition bolsters IBM’s strategy to add rich image analytics with deep learning to the Watson Health platform – in effect, advancing Watson beyond natural language and giving it the ability to “see.”  Medical images are by far the largest and fastest-growing data source in the healthcare industry and perhaps the world – IBM researchers estimate that they account for at least 90% of all medical data today – but they also present challenges that need to be addressed:

  • The volume of medical images can be overwhelming to even the most sophisticated specialists – radiologists in some hospital emergency rooms are presented with as many as 100,000 images a day1.
  • Tools to help clinicians extract insights from medical images remain very limited, requiring most analysis to be done manually.
  • At a time when the most powerful insights come at the intersection of diverse data sets (medical records, lab tests, genomics, etc.), medical images remain largely disconnected from mainstream health information.

IBM plans to leverage the Watson Health Cloud to analyze and cross-reference medical images against a deep trove of lab results, electronic health records, genomic tests, clinical studies and other health-related data sources, already representing 315 billion data points and 90 million unique records.  Merge’s clients could compare new medical images with a patient’s image history as well as populations of similar patients to detect changes and anomalies. Insights generated by Watson could then help healthcare providers in fields including radiology, cardiology, orthopedics and ophthalmology to pursue more personalized approaches to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients.

Cutting-edge image analytics projects underway in IBM Research’s global labs suggest additional areas where progress can be made.  They include teaching Watson to filter clinical and diagnostic imaging information to help clinicians identify anomalies and form recommendations, which could help reduce physician viewing loads and increase physician effectiveness.

“As Watson evolves, we are tackling more complex and meaningful problems by constantly evaluating bigger and more challenging data sets,” Kelly said. “Medical images are some of the most complicated data sets imaginable, and there is perhaps no more important area in which researchers can apply machine learning and cognitive computing.  That’s the real promise of cognitive computing and its artificial intelligence components – helping to make us healthier and to improve the quality of our lives.”

Watson Health and Merge Capabilities Will Benefit Researchers, Clinicians and Individuals
IBM’s Watson Health unit plans to bring together Merge’s product and solution offerings with existing expertise in cognitive computing, population health, and cloud-based healthcare intelligence offerings to:

  • Offer researchers insights to aid clinical trial design, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Help clinicians to efficiently identify options for the diagnosis, treatment  and monitoring a broad array of health conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease;
  • Enable providers and payers to integrate and optimize patient engagement in alignment with meaningful use and value-based care guidelines; and
  • Support researchers and healthcare professionals as they advance the emerging discipline of population health, which aims to optimize an individual’s care by identifying trends in large numbers of people with similar health status.

“Merge is widely recognized for delivering market leading imaging workflow and electronic data capture solutions,” said Justin Dearborn, chief executive officer, Merge. “Today’s announcement is an exciting step forward for our employees and clients. Becoming a part of IBM will allow us to expand our global scale and deliver added value and insight to our clients through Watson’s advanced analytic and cognitive computing capabilities.”

“Combining Merge’s leading medical imaging solutions with the world-class machine learning and analytics capabilities of IBM’s Watson Health is the future of healthcare technology,” said Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Merge’s chairman. “Merge’s leading technology and proven expertise represent a unique combination of assets that will deliver unparalleled value to Watson Health clients. Together, we will unlock unprecedented new opportunities to improve patient diagnostics and deliver enhanced care.”

About Merge
Merge is a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based technologies for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides clinical trials software with end-to-end study support in a single platform and other intelligent health data and analytics solutions. With solutions that have been used by providers for more than 25 years, Merge is helping to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and enhance the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com and follow us @MergeHealthcare.

IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing
Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability representing a new era in computing. The system, delivered through the cloud, analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions posed in natural language, and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining in value and knowledge over time, from previous interactions.

In January 2014, IBM launched the IBM Watson unit, a business dedicated to developing and commercializing cloud-delivered cognitive computing technologies. The move signified a strategic shift by IBM to deliver a new class of software, services and apps that improves by learning, and discovers insights from massive amounts of Big Data.  As part of the unit, the company has increased the number and diversity of cognitive computing services delivered to its partners, adding new beta Watson services in February 2015, and scalable deep learning APIs with the acquisition of AlchemyAPI in March 2015.

In April 2015, the company continued to build on its strengths in cognitive computing, analytics, security and cloud with the launch of IBM Watson Health and the Watson Health Cloud platform.  The new unit will help improve the ability of doctors, researchers and insurers to innovate by surfacing new insights from the massive amount of personal health data being created daily.  The Watson Health Cloud allows this information to be anonymized, shared and combined with a dynamic and constantly growing aggregated view of clinical, research and social health data.

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

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

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

Learn more about this story at: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2015/08/seeing-believing-bringing-cognitive-image-analytics-healthcare.html

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August 6, 2015 I Written By

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

eHealth Technologies and Orion Health Announce Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Orion Health Inc.

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

About eHealth Technologies

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

About North Dakota Health Information Exchange Network

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

June 9, 2015 I Written By

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

Groundbreaking Online Library for Training Global Health Workforce mPowering Frontline Health Workers

WASHINGTON,  D.C. – Today, mPowering Frontline Health Workers, a public-private partnership supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the launch of ORB, a comprehensive library of resources for training health workers across the globe. This is the first time ever a resource like this will be freely available in a single location, accessible through internet-enabled mobile devices. Working with partners, ORB has the potential to support 100,000 frontline health workers by 2017; health workers who are delivering services to more than 10 million women and children in USAID’s priority countries.

For most people in developing countries, frontline health workers are the first and only source of health care. If these health workers are effectively trained, we know there’s a positive impact on health outcomes for communities. Yet, many frontline health workers lack the training and support they need to provide simple services that could end the preventable deaths of millions of mothers and children every year.

Currently, many training organizations search for content via the Internet, which comes with no guarantee of quality. Others waste effort in creating training resources that already exist elsewhere, and many use print-based materials that are destined to reach limited numbers of health workers and are expensive to update. We know that health training resources are not routinely shared with the global health community.

At the same time, use of mobile devices continues to expand rapidly, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. This means that, with access to mobile health content, frontline health workers, training institutions and ministries of health can engage in on-demand training and access critical job aids.

ORB, a name chosen for its simplicity and inclusiveness, responds to these opportunities in three ways:

  1. Provides high quality and mobile-friendly health content on a single platform.
  2. Encourages re-use and adaptation of these resources, so that training can reach

thousands of frontline health workers.

  1. Catalyzes a global network to share content for use by health workers, wherever they are in the world.

With over 200 resources, in 13 languages, ORB is attracting interest from leading content developers working in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. As more content continues to be added to the library, ORB will become a truly global resource for frontline health workers everywhere.

By combining easy-to-use, open source content which can be used online or offline by health workers ‘on-the-go’, ORB has the potential to radically enhance the quality and reach of the international health worker training effort. In turn, we will see more confident health workers, with the knowledge and skills they need to transform health outcomes for millions of women and children.

To learn more about ORB, visit http://www.health-orb.org

To learn more about USAID, visit www.usaid.gov.

Contact: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov

About mPoweing Frontline Health Workers:

Frontline Health Workers vision is a trained and skilled health worker for every woman and child. We advocate for more effective training, supervision and support, using the power of mobile technologies to connect health workers to the information and job aids they need. mPowering was launched at the Call to Action and developed ORB to accelerate USAID’s work in ending preventable maternal and child deaths around the world. The mPowering members are Accenture Development  Partnerships,  Dalberg, Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Futures Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Intel, Maternal & Child Survival Program, MDG Health Alliance, New England International  Donors, One Million CHW Campaign, Praekelt Foundation, Qualcomm Incorporated,  through its Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ initiative, UNICEF, UN Foundation, USAID, Vodafone and World Vision.

June 1, 2015 I Written By

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

Kareo Announces Apple Watch App To Improve Medical Practice Efficiency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Kareo

Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office software and services platform purpose-built for small practices. At Kareo, we believe that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. We offer an integrated solution of products and services designed to help physicians get paid faster, find new patients, run their business smarter, and provide better care. Our practice management software, medical billing solution, practice marketing tools and free, award-winning fully certified EHR help more than 30,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice. Kareo has received extensive industry recognition, including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 500/5000, Red Herring Top 100 Company, and Black Book #1 Integrated EHR, Practice Management and Billing Vendor. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the Kareo mission is to help providers spend their time focused on patients, not paperwork. For more information, visit www.kareo.com.

May 19, 2015 I Written By

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

IBM Acquires Explorys to Accelerate Cognitive Insights for Health and Wellness

Armonk, NY and Cleveland – 13 April 2015: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has acquired Explorys, a healthcare intelligence cloud company that has built one of the largest clinical data sets in the world, representing more than 50 million lives. The acquisition strengthens IBM’s leadership position in healthcare analytics and cloud computing, and will help bolster its ability to extract and share deep insights to improve wellness and benefit patients.

Since its spin-off from the Cleveland Clinic in 2009, Explorys has secured a robust healthcare database derived from numerous and diverse financial, operational and medical record systems comprising 315 billion longitudinal data points across the continuum of care. This powerful body of insight will help fuel IBM Watson Health Cloud, a new open platform that allows information to be securely de-identified, shared and combined with a dynamic and constantly growing aggregated view of clinical, health and social research data.

Explorys provides secure cloud-based solutions for clinical integration, at-risk population management, cost of care measurement, and pay-for-performance. Headquartered in Cleveland, Explorys clients include some of the most prominent healthcare systems in the United States, together accounting for over $69 billion in care, 360 hospitals and more than 317,000 providers. Explorys’ HIPAA-enabled cloud-computing platform is used by 26 healthcare systems and clinically integrated networks to identify patterns in diseases, treatments and outcomes. Its network includes Cleveland Clinic, Trinity Health, St. Joseph Health System, Mercy Health, Adventist Health System and many others with patients across the country. Market intelligence firm IDC just named Explorys global leader in Healthcare Clinical and Financial Analysis.

“As healthcare providers, health plans and life sciences companies face a deluge of data, they need a secure, reliable and dynamic way to share that data for new insight to deliver quality, effective healthcare for the individual,” said Mike Rhodin, senior vice president, IBM Watson. “To address this opportunity, IBM is building a holistic platform to enable the aggregation and discovery of health data to share it with those who can make a difference. With Explorys, IBM will accelerate the delivery of IBM Health Cloud and IBM Watson cognitive solutions to model and apply medical evidence and large scale analytics to data.”

“Every encounter that a patient has across the continuum of care spins off a meaningful piece of data that can help tell the whole story about an individual’s health to improve the quality and effectiveness of their care,” said Stephen McHale, CEO and co-founder, Explorys. “Information is changing the way care is delivered and paid for. The combination of Explorys technology with IBM’s powerful Health Cloud and Watson cognitive capabilities will expand the reach of health insights so that Big Data can finally be used more easily to transform healthcare. This relationship will not only accelerate but enhance many of the projects underway with our provider organizations.”

Explorys is now part of IBM’s new Watson Health unit, launched today. Its offerings complement and strengthen the IBM Watson Health Cloud platform and will empower IBM’s vast ecosystem of clients, partners and medical researchers to surface new connections among diverse and previously siloed healthcare data sets. Access to these insights is expected to spur the creation of a new generation of data-driven applications and solutions designed to advance health and wellness.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

About Explorys

Originally inspired by physicians and informatics leaders, Explorys combines the most powerful healthcare computing platform in the world with turnkey solutions for clinical integration, at-risk population management, cost of care measurement, and pay-for-performance solutions. Explorys addresses the national imperative to leverage Big Data in healthcare for the improvement of medicine and delivery of care. For more information, please visit www.explorys.com.

About IBM Watson Health

IBM and its vast ecosystem of clients, partners and medical researchers are accelerating the development of a new generation of data-driven applications and solutions built on IBM Health Cloud and IBM Watson cognitive solutions to advance health and wellness. For more information, please visit ibm.com/watsonhealth.

April 15, 2015 I Written By

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

Sanford Health and Intelligent InSites Develop Bi-directional RTLS-EMR Integration

InSites Operational Intelligence Helps Increase Efficiency and Streamline Care at Sanford Health

April 2, 2015

Sanford Health and Intelligent InSites, in collaboration with Epic, have released a bi-directional integration between “OneChart,” (Sanford Health’s implementation of EpicCare EMR) and the InSites RTLS-based operational intelligence platform. This integration increases interoperability and efficiency while streamlining patient care and staff work flow.

The first of many use cases this integration enables and that Sanford Health will use at their Moorhead Clinic facility, involve patient check-in and exit. During registration, information about the Sonitor Sense Real Time Location System (RTLS) tags that patients are given is entered into the EMR system, and then automatically is sent to InSites along with basic patient demographic information. At the conclusion of a visit, the patient’s badge is placed in a designated area, which automatically disassociates it from the patient’s record.

“This is all about improving the experience not only for our patients but also for our staff,” said Meghan Goldammer, Vice President of Clinic Operations at Sanford Health. “Because data now can flow both ways between these two critical systems, staff will no longer need to switch back and forth between them or enter information in two places. Fewer keystrokes for staff means less waiting time and more care time for patients.”

“We’re thrilled to deliver this important integration together with Sanford,” said Shane Waslaski, President and CEO of Intelligent InSites. “We’ve seen greater demand for increased interoperability between EMR and RTLS operational intelligence systems because it enhances the value of both through increased efficiency, context, and decision-support.”

The integration also provides the ability for patient location and duration data to automatically flow to the EMR at various stages of the patient visit. Sanford staff will use this capability as more InSites use cases come on board across the health system.

This integration is part of a long-term partnership between Sanford Health and Intelligent InSites with the goal of co-developing innovative solutions to further transform patient and staff experiences. Sanford Health’s implementation of Intelligent InSites takes in real-time location data from tags and location transmitters provided by Sonitor Technologies, and interprets it into helpful intelligence in the form of tasks and notifications, visualized locations of people and equipment, and in-depth analytics and reporting.

About Sanford Health (http://www.sanfordhealth.org)
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 43 hospitals and 243 clinics in nine states and three countries. With 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases.

About Intelligent InSites (http://www.intelligentinsites.com)
Intelligent InSites helps transform healthcare with real-time operational intelligence that improves care, enhances the human experience, and increases efficiency. Through its open, real-time technology platform, Intelligent InSites automatically collects and processes data from multiple data sources such as EHRs, financial systems, building systems, sensory and real-time location systems (RTLS), mobility solutions, and other healthcare IT solutions–then provides actionable intelligence to achieve cost savings, operational excellence, and better care. By utilizing the enterprise-wide architecture of the InSites platform, healthcare systems can leverage all legacy, current, and future data sources to optimize their technology investments across the entire organization, then have the flexibility to meet changing organizational, regulatory, and compliance needs.

April 3, 2015 I Written By

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

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.