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JAMIA Study: Wolters Kluwer Surveillance System Reduces Sepsis Deaths

The Decision Support Software Improved Early Diagnosis Using Automated Data Analysis and Accurate Alerts Sent to Mobile Devices

May 25, 2016 – The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, announced today that The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) has published a study by researchers Sharad Manaktala, MD, PhD, et al. detailing a significant reduction in sepsis mortality using automated surveillance and real-time analysis. The study examines how clinicians at Alabama’s Huntsville Hospital decreased sepsis-related deaths by 53% during a 10-month period using a combination of clinical change management and electronic alerting from POC Advisor™, a highly-accurate clinical decision support (CDS) software. The system’s alerts detect sepsis early and guide clinicians to deliver the appropriate treatment, resulting in a breakthrough in alert accuracy, reaching 95% sensitivity and 82% specificity during the study period.

The study, “Evaluating the Impact of a Computerized Surveillance Algorithm and Decision Support System on Sepsis Mortality,” is currently available online and will appear in the June print edition of JAMIA.

Sepsis is the deadliest condition treated in hospital critical care units, claiming approximately 750,000 lives in U.S. hospitals every year. At an estimated $20 billion annually, it is also the country’s most expensive condition to treat. The risk of death increases significantly every hour sepsis goes untreated, yet early diagnosis has long been a struggle because many other acute medical conditions cause similar signs and symptoms.

Using an automated, real-time surveillance algorithm, POC Advisor aggregates, normalizes and analyzes patient data from disparate clinical systems and delivers early sepsis alerts and treatment advice to clinicians via mobile devices and portals. Hundreds of rules built into the platform account for variables specific to individual patients, including comorbidities and medication abnormalities, thereby maximizing the accuracy of alerts and advice.

“There is no single test to identify sepsis; it requires a clinical diagnosis. Delays in diagnosis are very common, resulting in delays in treatment,” said study co-author Stephen Claypool, MD. “Prior to this study, there hasn’t been a study of an electronic system that I’m aware of that has significantly improved mortality. That’s because most systems generate many false positive alerts, so they are ignored and outcomes are not improved. In this study, we used an electronic solution that takes into account existing patient co-morbidities and labs and adjusts the analysis on a patient-specific basis.

“This system is much more accurate, with a highly specific alerting system that minimizes alert fatigue,” added Dr. Claypool, Medical Director of Clinical Software Solutions at Wolters Kluwer. “In this study, Huntsville clinicians acted promptly on the alerting advice, so they were able to more effectively identify and treat sepsis well before a patient’s condition worsened. The end result was a dramatic improvement in mortality.”

The study also incorporated change management practices focused on sepsis education and process improvement for the clinical staff. The education program ensured that the nursing staff was properly trained to respond to sepsis alerts in a timely manner using the latest evidence-based practices.

“Efforts to develop similar CDS tools oftentimes fail because clinicians simply cannot trust the accuracy of the alerts. Either the system has low sensitivity and therefore does not identify all cases of sepsis, or low specificity, which leads to too many false positives resulting in ignored alerts,” said Sean Benson, Vice President and General Manager of POC Advisor at Wolters Kluwer Clinical Software Solutions. “If a tool is going to help doctors and nurses save lives, they have to trust that it works. Most CDS systems fail to achieve sensitivity and specificity levels higher than 50%. However, at the conclusion of our study, POC Advisor achieved alert sensitivity and specificity of 95% and 82%, respectively. That is unprecedented in published literature.”

The study’s publication in JAMIA follows the release of new definitions and clinical criteria for sepsis (Sepsis-3) from the Third International Consensus Definitions Task Force earlier this year. Dr. Claypool noted that while it more accurately defines the condition, Sepsis-3 does little to address the need for improved care.

“Currently, there is no medical evidence to suggest that the Sepsis-3 criteria will detect sepsis earlier than previous methods and in fact may lead to longer delays,” he said. “The reduction in sepsis mortality at Huntsville is a result of effective early alerts that allowed clinicians to treat the patients long before they suffered life-threatening organ dysfunction.”

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About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2015 annual revenues of €4.2 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.

Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and organization, visithttp://www.wolterskluwer.com/, follow @WKHealth or @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn, or follow WoltersKluwerComms on YouTube.

May 26, 2016 I Written By

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

MDLIVE to Offer Behavioral Health Services as Part of Walgreens Mental Health Platform

Expansion of relationship adds behavioral health offering nationwide,  medical services coverage now available to consumers in 37 states and Washington, D.C. through Walgreens digital properties

Sunrise, Florida, May 10, 2016MDLIVE, the nation’s leader in the rapidly growing virtual health market, today announced a further expansion of its collaboration with Walgreens.  The agreement adds access to behavioral health services provided by Breakthrough, an MDLIVE company.

Breakthrough Behavioral counseling services without prescriptions are available in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition, behavioral health prescribing services will be available in 20 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Virginia.

MDLIVE’s telehealth medical services have also expanded to 13 additional states, including Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.  This enables MDLIVE to offer these services via Walgreens digital properties in 37 states, as well as Washington, D.C.

Through Walgreens, MDLIVE offers 24/7 access to board-certified, primary-care doctors and pediatricians via online video, mobile app, or phone. With MDLIVE’s HIPAA-compliant cloud-based Virtual Medical Office platform, consumers have a more convenient way to see a doctor for non-emergency health issues—anywhere, and anytime—whether  at home, at work, or while traveling.  With the addition of Breakthrough, an MDLIVE company, Walgreens consumers will now also have access to more than 1,000 licensed therapists nationwide to schedule secure video sessions by appointment.  The collaboration between MDLIVE and Walgreens first launched in December 2014.

Teletherapy, the delivery of web- and mobile-based sessions between a patient and licensed mental health provider via video, is one of the fastest growing sectors of the virtual healthcare market.  A 2013 study conducted by clinical researchers from the University of Zurich, determined that patients who received psychotherapy for depression via the Internet had outcomes that were just as good, if not better, than the same number of patients receiving conventional face-to-face therapy (53% vs 50%). In addition, 95% of those patients who received telehealth services were satisfied with their experience, versus 91% of patients who received conventional treatment. Both groups of patients in the study described their visits with their therapists as “personal.”†

“Teletherapy is an excellent option if you’re looking for a more convenient, private, and affordable way to receive behavioral therapy,” said Randy Parker, founder and chief executive officer of MDLIVE.  “Through our relationship with Walgreens, we are making it easier for consumers to get help by providing the flexibility to schedule therapy at a time that works best for them, and without the need for travel time, waiting rooms, or office visits.”

Walgreens customers can access MDLIVE medical services through the Walgreens mobile app or website.  The cost per visit for medical conditions is $49.

Breakthrough Behavioral Services can be accessed from the Walgreens website, or the Breakthrough mobile app, which is available for download on iOS and Android.  Users will need to set up a free account, and then can begin to browse therapists and schedule a video consult with the therapist of their choice.  The cost per visit is based on the therapist selected, however, Breakthrough accepts most insurance plans. ePrescription services may be available from individual subscribers listed on the Breakthrough marketplace.

“Access to providers and care is one of the biggest challenges for our mental health system today, and we’re pleased to work with MDLIVE to help meet this need as part of the Walgreens mental health platform,” said Adam Pellegrini, Walgreens divisional vice president of digital health.

MDLIVE is able to treat a wide range on non-emergency conditions, including:

Medical conditions

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Cold / Flu
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear problems
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Insect bites
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Pink eye
  • Rash
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sore throats
  • Urinary problems / UTI
  • Vaginitis
  • And more

Behavioral health concerns

  • Addictions
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Child and adolescent issues
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Life changes
  • Men’s issues
  • Panic disorders
  • Parenting issues
  • Postpartum depression
  • Relationship and marriage issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women’s issues
  • And more

About MDLIVE

Founded in 2009, MDLIVE is a visionary and pioneer in the digital delivery of high-quality, convenient, cost-efficient care.  The company provides consumers, health plans, health systems and self-insured employers with 24/7/365 access to board-certified doctors and pediatricians via secure online video, phone or the MDLIVE App.  Instead of the inconvenience and expense of ER or urgent care visits for non-emergency issues, registered users can receive a virtual consultation through the company’s HIPAA and PHI-compliant secure, cloud-based platform from home or on the go, and if necessary, obtain an e-prescription.  Through Breakthrough, the company’s behavioral health service, MDLIVE enables consumers to schedule video appointments with licensed therapists.  To learn more about how MDLIVE is using telehealth innovations to improve the delivery of healthcare, visit www.MDLIVE.com.

May 10, 2016 I Written By

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

Bayshore Networks Raises $6.6 Million From Trident Capital Cybersecurity and Current Angel Investors

Provides Cloud-Based Software That Addresses Security Gaps in the Industrial IoT; Impressed Investors With Its Growing Base of F-100 Customers and Strategic Alliances; Overall Revenues for IoT Security Products Will Exceed $20B by 2020, According to IDC

BETHESDA, MD–(Marketwired – May 10, 2016) – Bayshore Networks, the cybersecurity leader for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has raised $6.6 million in Series A funding from Trident Capital Cybersecurity and its existing angel investors. Alberto Yépez, managing director of Trident Capital Cybersecurity, will join the company’s board. Will Lin, vice president of Trident Capital Cybersecurity, will be a board observer.

Trident Capital Cybersecurity watched Bayshore Networks’s growth success for nearly two years as it achieved its key milestones. “We chose to lead the Series A because Bayshore has been recognized as an innovator and early leader in an emerging cybersecurity segment that is largely untapped to date,” said Alberto Yépez, managing director of Trident Capital Cybersecurity. “We are impressed with the company’s cutting-edge cloud-based technology, the team’s ability to grow its customer base across theFortune 100, and its track record of developing strategic alliances with world-class players.”

Targeting Cybersecurity for the Industrial Internet
While the Internet provides significant business advantages to industrial enterprises, it leaves their operations exposed and vulnerable to the hazards of the Internet. Bayshore was founded in 2012 to help protect industrial enterprises against Internet-based cyber attacks, which are becoming increasingly common.

The term “Industrial Internet” refers to the convergence of networked applications and sensors with industrial machinery and processes. The Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) represents new business opportunities for enterprises in industries such as manufacturing, critical infrastructure, smart cities and connected cars.

Bayshore’s cloud-based software, called the Bayshore IT/OT Gateway, provides IT departments with visibility into OT (Operational Technology) infrastructure, networks, applications, machines and workers. These OT networks are undergoing transformation and require services traditionally available for IT networks, such as secure remote access and analytics. Bayshore provides immediate value by preventing OT process disruptions and enhancing operational efficiency and business continuity.

The software is distinguished by extremely granular inspection and filtering of network flows — all the way down to machine sensor values — and the ability to provide security enforcement and application segmentation and isolation via flexible, rapidly deployed policies. Bayshore’s policy engine is capable of supporting common industrial protocols and quickly adapting to new and proprietary protocols.

These capabilities are built from the ground up for Industrial Internet and provide Bayshore’s F-100 customers with future-proof, cloud-based solutions that are complementary to legacy hardware-based industrial firewalls. Designed for IT perimeter security, firewalls look for IP addresses and ports, which means they block attacks according to standard Internet parameters. Because industrial cyber attacks are typically based on granular machine instructions that alter sensor values, Bayshore’s unique technology is well positioned to detect industrial attacks that are often overlooked by other security technologies.

If the Industrial Internet is adequately protected, General Electric estimates it has the potential to add up to $15 trillion in global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the next 20 years.(1) IDC believes that revenues for IoT security products, which totaled $9.4 billion worldwide in 2015, will exceed $20 billion by 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 16.5 percent.(2)

“Bayshore intends to capitalize on the rapid expansion of the market by continuing to focus on solving our customers’ problems,” said Mike Dager, the CEO of Bayshore. “That means providing protection of their industrial operations and workers. Because our software supports all popular industrial protocols and easily adapts to proprietary protocols, we will continue to target customers across a broad spectrum of industrial verticals.”

“The protection of industrial control systems from cyber attacks may be one of the most urgent areas of cyber security in the world today,” said Dr. Edward G. Amoroso, former SVP and CSO of AT&T, and now CEO of TAG Cyber LLC. “Bayshore Networks offers a range of effective and scalable software and virtual solutions to accomplish this important objective.”

Bayshore will use some of its venture capital proceeds to complete the relocation of its headquarters from New York City to Bethesda, Maryland, to access the rich cybersecurity expertise in metropolitan Washington, D.C. It will also invest the capital in R&D and in the expansion of its engineering and sales teams.

About Bayshore Networks, Inc.
Bayshore Networks®, named a Gartner Cool Vendor and SINET 16 Innovator, is the cybersecurity leader for the industrial Internet of Things. The Company’s award-winning, patented Bayshore IT/OT Gateway™ software unlocks the power of the Industrial Internet by enabling industrial applications and data. It provides Fortune 1000s with unprecedented visibility into their Operational Technologies, safely and securely protecting industrial applications, networks, machines and workers. The software platform deploys from the cloud, as a virtual machine, or on-prem as a hardware appliance. Bayshore has strategic alliances with leading technology companies including AT&T, BAE Systems, Cisco Systems, and VMware. For more information, visit www.bayshorenetworks.com.

About Trident Capital Cybersecurity
Trident Capital Cybersecurity is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies leveraging emerging technologies in cybersecurity. The firm is a spinout of Trident Capital, which in 1998 became one of the pioneers of cybersecurity venture capital investing… Managing Directors Alberto Yépez, Don Dixon and Sean Cunningham jointly lead the cybersecurity investment team and sit on the boards of Airtight Networks, AlienVault, Blue Cat, Hytrust, IronNet Cybersecurity, Mocana, and Qualys. Renowned as the venture capital firm with the most valuable network of cybersecurity relationships, Trident Capital Cybersecurity also relies on input from a 40-person Cybersecurity Advisory Council, consisting of industry CEOs, customers and former top-level government leaders. Bayshore Networks is the firm’s third investment. Earlier investments were made in IronNet Cybersecurity and Survela. For more information, visitwww.tridentcybersecurity.com.

(1) “Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines,” Peter C. Evans and Marco Annunziata, General Electric, November 2012.
(2) “Worldwide Internet of Things Security Products Forecast 2016-2020: Vendors Identify Practical Solutions,” doc #US40829715, January 2016.

I Written By

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

WEDI ICD-10 Post-implementation Survey Results Released

Smooth Transition; Industry is Now Focused on Other Initiatives

RESTON, Va. — May 9, 2016 WEDI, the nation’s leading authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced the release of its findings from its March 2016 ICD-10 post-implementation survey. In the May 2 letter to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, WEDI shared survey results and an analysis of the responses on the ICD-10 transition following the Oct. 1, 2015 implementation.

“WEDI has played a tremendous role in educating the industry and helping to best ease the impacts of the ICD-10 transition for many years,” said Jean Narcisi, chair of WEDI. “We wanted this post-implementation survey to be a closing chapter of assessment on why the transition went so well overall and to also leverage specific lessons learned for future large implementations.”

Some key observations from the survey results include the following:

  • Response rate: This survey had a low response rate in relation to prior surveys, possibly indicating the reassignment of ICD-10 project personnel and likely a lack of interest in further ICD-10-related activities that are not operational in nature.
  • Impact of delays: While the changes to the compliance date added cost for many organizations and caused a lack of momentum, all sectors also indicated that the delays improved the ability to perform testing and resulted in a smoother transition.
  • Cost: Vendor and health plan respondents indicated that the cost of implementation was on target with expectations or was more than anticipated. While the majority of provider responses also indicated that costs were in line with expectations or higher, many providers responded that costs were less than expected.
  • Return on investment (ROI): The majority of respondents indicated that they did not expect to realize any ROI with ICD-10.
  • Productivity: The impact to productivity was primarily neutral for vendors and health plans, but there was a slight decrease in productivity for providers.
  • Information sources: All respondents indicated that CMS and WEDI resources were very helpful along with coding materials from industry organizations.
  • Key lessons: Some common themes reflected in the responses indicate the value of starting early, communicating with trading partners and conducting extensive testing.

More information on WEDI events and ICD-10 work products are also available on the WEDI website at www.wedi.org/workgroups/icd-10.

About WEDI

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

May 9, 2016 I Written By

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

Siemens Healthineers – The new brand for Siemens’ healthcare business

Today Siemens Healthcare unveiled its new brand name Siemens Healthineers. The new brand underlines Siemens Healthcare’s pioneering spirit and its engineering expertise in the healthcare industry. It is unique and bold and best describes the Healthcare organization and its people – the people accompanying, serving and inspiring customers – the people behind outstanding products and solutions.

“We have an exceptional track record of engineering and scientific excellence and are consistently at the forefront of developing innovative clinical solutions that enable providers to offer efficient, high quality patient care. Going forward as Siemens Healthineers, we will leverage this expertise to provide a wider range of customized clinical solutions that support our customers business holistically. We are confident in our capability to become their inspiring partner on our customers’ journey to success”, explained Bernd Montag, CEO of the company. “Our new brand is a bold signal for our ambition and expresses our identity as a people company – 45,000 employees worldwide who are passionate about empowering healthcare providers to optimally serve their patients.”

As part of its Vision 2020 strategy Siemens AG announced nearly two years ago that its healthcare business would be separately managed as a company within the company with a new organizational setup. Siemens Healthineers will continue to strengthen its leading portfolio across the medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics business while adding new offerings such as managed services, consulting and digital services as well as further technologies in the growing market for therapeutic and molecular diagnostics.

The name of the legal entities will remain unchanged.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

May 4, 2016 I Written By

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

Quality Systems, Inc. Discontinues NextGen Now in Favor of MediTouch Platform

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSII) announced today its Board of Directors approved management’s recommendations for several strategic initiatives, the Company’s updated cloud strategy, a corporate restructuring and the initiation of financial guidance.

MediTouch® Based Cloud Strategy

Following several months of assessment of both the recently acquired MediTouch platform and the Company’s NextGen Now platform in development, management concluded that the MediTouch platform offers the most efficient path to providing a high-quality, robust, cloud-based solution for ambulatory care. As a result, the Company will cease further investment in NextGen Now and immediately discontinue all efforts to use or repurpose the NextGen Now platform. This assessment was conducted under the technology leadership of David Metcalfe, who joined the Company on February 1, 2016 as chief technology officer.

“The acquisition of the MediTouch platform accelerates our time-to-market with a cloud-based platform that already meets the needs of smaller practices. Our focus now will be to scale this solution to address the needs of enterprise-level organizations and larger practices,” stated Metcalfe.

As a result of this decision, Quality Systems’ fiscal fourth quarter and full-year results will reflect a pre-tax charge of approximately $32 million, relating to the impairment of the Company’s previously capitalized investment in NextGen Now. This charge did not result in, nor is it expected to result in, any additional cash expenditures.

Streamlined Corporate Structure

The Company also announced a restructuring plan, which will eliminate its business units in favor of a streamlined, functional-based organizational structure. This new structure will enable a more efficient, integrated and client-centered delivery of the holistic solutions ambulatory care organizations need.

“We are realigning the organization to remove silos and be better positioned to serve our clients, as they pursue population health and value-based reimbursement initiatives. It will also reduce our cost structure and make the organization more nimble,” explained Rusty Frantz, president and chief executive officer.

This organizational realignment is expected to result in approximately $4 million of restructuring-related charges, consisting principally of severance and other one-time termination benefits. The restructuring costs are expected to be primarily incurred and funded in the first and second quarters of fiscal year 2017. In connection with such charges, the Company estimates that it will reduce its headcount by approximately 150 employees, approximately six percent of its U.S.-based workforce. The Company expects $14 million to $16 million of personnel-related savings in fiscal year 2017, excluding the restructuring charge.

Fiscal Year 2017 Guidance and Preliminary & Unaudited Fiscal Year 2016 Results

Effective in fiscal year 2017, the Company will begin providing annual guidance for certain financial metrics. For fiscal year 2017, the Company anticipates revenues of $508 million to $522 million and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.78 to $0.86. This fiscal year 2017 guidance reflects the anticipated full year contribution from the acquisition of HealthFusion as well as the impact of the corporate restructuring. The Company expects to update this guidance, as appropriate, in its fourth quarter 2016 earnings announcement, scheduled for May 19, 2016.

To provide context for the fiscal year 2017 guidance, the Company also reported that, based upon preliminary financial data, it expects total revenue of $491 million to $493 million for fiscal year 2016 and $126 million to $128 million for its fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016, which are modestly below analysts’ consensus. The Company also expects to report non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.70 to $0.72 for fiscal year 2016 and $0.17 to $0.19 for the fourth quarter, in line or slightly above analysts’ consensus. The Company expects GAAP earnings per share of $0.08 to $0.10 for fiscal year 2016 and a GAAP loss per share of ($0.28) to ($0.26) for the fourth quarter, largely due to the aforementioned impairment charge.

These preliminary, unaudited results are subject to the completion of the Company’s customary accounting and auditing procedures. Final adjustments and other developments may arise between the date of this press release and the dates on which the Company announces its 2016 fourth quarter and audited year-end results and files its Annual Report on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that may cause actual results to materially differ

About Quality Systems, Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. (QSI) and its subsidiary, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, develop and provide a range of software and services for medical and dental group practices, including practice management and electronic health record applications, patient portal, interoperability and connectivity products, and population health management and analytics offerings. Services include managed cloud services, revenue cycle management, claims clearinghouse, data interchange and value-add consulting. The Company’s solution portfolio is readily integrated and collectively positioned to drive low total cost of ownership for its client partners, as well as enable the transition to value-based healthcare. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.

April 27, 2016 I Written By

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

Nokia and Withings: Connecting People to Better Health

By Ramzi Haidamus, President Nokia Technologies

Today is a day to celebrate! Over the years, many of you have shared with us your love for Nokia. We’ve heard so many great stories about the coolest Nokia device you ever owned — something that helped define your life, make it better, more fun, and more connected to the people and things that matter to you most. Your continued enthusiasm is just one of the reasons we’re thrilled to announce some very big news today.

We’re now starting a new chapter as a company, this one focused on connecting you to better health through technology. We aim to help you lead a happier, healthier life through the kind of beautifully designed products that you expect from Nokia.

To help us do this as fast as possible, we will be welcoming Withings into the Nokia family. A leader in digital health products and apps designed to improve everyday well-being and long term health, Withings will combine perfectly with Nokia’s heritage of mobility and connectivity.

Withings products already help people manage every aspect of their health and lead a more balanced life. Their products allow you to measure how your lifestyle is affecting your wellness — how well you’re sleeping, how many calories you’re burning, how many steps you’re taking — and go beyond the numbers to give you information that matters. They help you understand how your body responds to activity and changes — the impact your activity is having on your body temperature, your weight, your blood pressure and your heart. And they do it with such a beautiful design that you love to wear them anywhere — at work, at home, or even at the opera.

Please stay tuned for more news about this new chapter for Nokia. We’re thrilled to be welcoming the Withings team to Nokia Technologies and help spread the word about all the awesome products they’re building. Together, we’ll take digital health products beyond counting and tracking to help people everywhere connect to healthier and happier lives.

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Nokia plans to acquire Withings to accelerate entry into Digital Health

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has announced plans to acquire Withings, a pioneer and leader in the connected health revolution with a family of award-winning digital health products and services to help people all over the world lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. Withings would be part of our Nokia Technologies business.

“We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market,” said Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia. “With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives.”

World Health Organization figures show cardiovascular disease as today’s number one cause of death, with more than a billion adults around the world living with uncontrolled hypertension. Diabetes now affects more than one in twelve adults worldwide, a four-fold increase since 1980. Healthcare is expected to be one of the largest vertical markets in the Internet of Things, with analysts forecasting that mobile health, with a CAGR of 37%, will be the fastest growing health care segment from 2015-2020.

“Withings shares our vision for the future of digital health and their products are smart, well designed and already helping people live healthier lives,” said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. “Combining their award-winning products and talented people with the world-class expertise and innovation of Nokia Technologies uniquely positions us to lead the next wave of innovation in digital health.”

The combination of innovative products from Withings and the Digital Health business will also ensure the ongoing renewal of Nokia Technologies’ world class IPR portfolio.

Withings was founded by Chairman Eric Carreel and CEO Cedric Hutchings in 2009 and is headquartered in France, with approximately 200 employees across its locations in Paris, Cambridge, US and Hong Kong. Withings’ portfolio of regulated and unregulated products includes activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and more, and is built on a sophisticated digital health platform, providing insights to empower people to make smarter decisions about the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families. Withings’ own products are complemented by an ecosystem of more than a hundred compatible apps.

“Since we started Withings, our passion has been in empowering people to track their lifestyle and improve their health and wellbeing,” said Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. “We’re excited to join Nokia to help bring our vision of connected health to more people around the world.”

The Nokia brand continues to be recognized, valued and trusted by consumers, built on a heritage of beautifully designed, innovative and reliable technology in the service of people around the world to help real human needs.

The planned transaction values Withings at EUR 170 million and would be settled in cash and is expected to close in early Q3, 2016 subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Sources:

World Health Organisation: Diabetes fact sheet; Cardiovascular diseases fact sheet; Global Health Observatory data.

P&S Market Research, “Global Digital Health Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2020.” November 2015

About Nokia Technologies
Nokia Technologies is Nokia’s advanced technology and licensing business. Formed in 2014, TECH builds upon our solid foundation of industry-leading licensing and technology R&D capabilities. By focusing on Digital Health, Digital Media, Brand Licensing, and Patent Licensing, TECH is expanding the human possibilities of the ever-evolving world of technology. In 2015, Nokia Technologies launched OZO, the world’s first virtual reality (VR) camera designed for professionals.

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. http://nokia.com

April 26, 2016 I Written By

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

Logicalis US Asks 10 Tough Security Questions Every CIO Must Be Able to Answer

NEW YORK, April 19, 2016 – The most important thing CIOs in any industry need to know about IT security, according to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), is that, despite the hype, the fear and the complexity of available solutions, securing digital assets is fundamentally about managing risk.

“It’s important for IT professionals to take their IT security risks seriously,” says Ron Temske, Vice President, Security Solutions, Logicalis US.  “The first thing that has to be established is what you are trying to protect, and whether or not all of your digital assets need the same level of protection.  Most organizations don’t think that way; they see security as a single, across-the-board, ubiquitous solution.  People often think if they have a firewall and anti-virus in place, they’re secure. Others believe no one is targeting them. In both cases, nothing could be farther from the truth. If all you have is traditional antivirus and a firewall, you might as well give your information away – and you might be doing just that. Once a threat moves beyond the firewall, you lose visibility and control of that threat, and that can happen as innocently as having an employee who unwittingly plugs a USB infected with malicious code into their desktop or laptop.  The biggest unpatched security vulnerability you have is your people.  And even if your organization isn’t high profile, your unsecured IT can become a back door for cybercriminals trying to break into your partners’ or clients’ systems. The solution is to develop and implement a comprehensive security program that spans the entire attack continuum – before, during and after an attack.”

This is why, Logicalis experts say, it is critical to know what you are trying to protect against.  A common acronym used among security professionals is CIA, which stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.

  • Confidentiality is primarily associated with protecting the assets that would cause the client harm if they were disclosed – think patient records in a hospital setting or credit card numbers on a major retail site.
  • Integrity is about ensuring data remains accurate and unaltered – patient prescription information is a good example.
  • Availability is about ensuring that business-critical assets are accessible when needed – consider the importance of medical personnel knowing a patient’s allergies.

To develop a plan that meets CIA objectives, Logicalis suggests organizations embrace two important truths: First, because cybercrime has proven to be a highly profitable venture, everyone has valuable information that criminals want.  And second, eventually, every business will experience some sort of breach.

Before designing and implementing security solutions to mitigate those risks, Logicalis suggests organizations partner with a solution provider experienced in security measures that can perform a vulnerability assessment to identify areas where the organization’s attack surface can be reduced.  Also helpful, the company says, is examining services like Logicalis’ Managed Security offering which can help IT pros focus on their business rather than being distracted by varying degrees of cyber threats and related security posture changes.

“Businesses often put off creating comprehensive security solutions because they fear the price tag, but there’s no need for that,” says Jason Malacko, IT security expert, Logicalis US.  “It’s true that there is no silver bullet.  Security is a process, not a product. People who want to find the ‘one thing’ that will protect their entire organization won’t find that because it doesn’t exist.  That’s because, with mobility and IoT, there is no single perimeter to protect anymore.  Security is more complex than that, and it’s our job as security experts to take that complexity out of the equation while helping our clients protect their digital assets as fully as possible.  But that doesn’t mean people have to deplete their budgets; the key is to match the solution to the client’s actual – rather than perceived – business needs. No one should buy a $1,000 safe to protect a $100 bill.”

10 Security Questions Every CIO Must Be Able to Answer

Cybercrime is an insidious business; it happens in plain sight, avoids detection and causes damage quickly.  There are even cybercrime-as-a-service offerings available to criminals who lack the technical know-how to reap the big jackpots capable of totaling tens of millions of dollars.  So, how do you prepare your organization to overcome an eventual attack? According to Logicalis, the solution begins by answering 10 important questions:

  1. If you knew that your company was going to be breached tomorrow, what would you do differently today?
  2. Has your company ever been breached? How do you know?
  3. What assets am I protecting, what am I protecting them from (i.e., theft, destruction, compromise), and who am I protecting them from (i.e. cybercriminals or even insiders)?
  4. What damage will we sustain if we are breached (i.e., financial loss, reputation, regulatory fines, loss of competitive advantage)?
  5. Have you moved beyond an “inside vs. outside” perimeter-based approach to information security?
  6. Does your IT security implementation match your business-centric security policies? Does it rely on written policies, technical controls or both?
  7. What is your security strategy for IoT (also known as “the Internet of threat”)?
  8. What is your security strategy for “anywhere, anytime, any device” mobility?
  9. Do you have an incident response plan in place?
  10. What is your remediation process? Can you recover lost data and prevent a similar attack from happening again?

Want to Learn More?

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 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 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 over $6 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

April 19, 2016 I Written By

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

Aria Marketing Named Agency of the Year at HITMC 2016

Healthcare-Focused PR Agency Recognized for Achieving Outstanding Results for Clients

Boston, MA – April 14, 2016 – Aria Marketing, a leading healthcare public relations and marketing communications agency, today announced it was named Agency of the Year at the third annual Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference (HITMC). Aria was nominated for the award by longtime client, CynergisTek™, an authority in health information security, privacy and compliance.

CynergisTek, Aria’s partner since 2010, nominated the company for its consistent and impressive results, such as securing coverage in high-profile outlets including: Forbes, POLITICO Pro, Bloomberg BNA, The Hill and CIO.com. Additionally, Aria has been able to drive alignment and continuity between marketing and PR efforts, which has helped increase CynergisTek’s foothold in the healthcare data security and privacy space. Since engaging with Aria, CynergisTek has been featured in approximately 1,000 articles across healthcare and general business outlets, and its senior executives have been selected to speak at over 200 industry events.

“When we saw that HITMC was looking to honor a PR firm, we immediately wanted to nominate Aria based on the team’s many years of stellar work and phenomenal results for CynergisTek,” said Jana Langhorne, Director of Marketing and Sales Support at CynergisTek. “We saw record sales numbers in 2015, which we know were achieved in large-part thanks to Aria’s efforts to position us as a subject matter expert of healthcare privacy, security and compliance. We view Aria as a trusted partner and a true extension of our internal team.”

HITMC is the first-of-its kind healthcare IT marketing and PR conference focused on B2B marketing to doctors, practice managers, and hospital executives. The annual HITMC Agency of the Year award is presented to an agency that offers the best campaigns, creatives, and people that have been doing amazing work in healthcare IT PR or Marketing.

“It was an honor to be awarded Agency of the Year at HITMC,” said Scott Collins, President of Aria Marketing. “Our mission has always been to achieve non-traditional relationships with our clients and work with them as strategic business partners and friends. Being awarded this title by a group of our peers is a true testament to our hard work and commitment over the years.”

“Having experienced first-hand the work Aria does on behalf of its clients, it was no surprise that they were awarded Agency of the Year,” said John Lynn, conference founder. “This agency continues to bring industry-leading ideas and knowledge to its clients, and based on the results garnered for CynergisTek and a multitude of other healthcare companies, we couldn’t imagine awarding the title to any other company.”

To learn more about Aria Marketing and its services, please contact Scott Collins for more information at scollins@ariamarketing.com.

About Aria Marketing

Founded in 1999, Aria Marketing is an integrated, healthcare communications agency providing unmatched industry and strategy expertise, thought leadership-driven PR, compelling creative and superior client service. Aria earned its reputation as healthcare’s leading thought leadership agency from working with some of the biggest, sharpest and most innovative healthcare organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Its services include: strategic planning, branding and positioning services; public relations; social media; and creative services.

April 14, 2016 I Written By

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

NATE, DirectTrust and EHNAC Agree That Consumer Access to Data is Critical Next Step in the Future of Interoperable Health IT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2016) – On Sunday, April 10, 2016, theNational Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE), DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) – all organizations with a focus on the success of Direct secure messaging – joined together to talk about interoperability in healthcare.  In a pre-conference workshop affiliated with the 13thAnnual World Health Care Congress, the three organizations presented from three very different perspectives on “The Demand for Secure Interoperable Health Information Exchange: Options and Opportunities 2016,” creating a dynamic that echoed the recurring theme of the complementary nature of the organizations’ work.

Dr. David Kibbe, President and CEO of DirectTrust, led the day with a discussion of the factors and players involved in interoperability in healthcare, including some predictions on the future expansion and contraction of various networks.  Lee Barrett, Executive Director of EHNAC, focused his comments on the potential security risks involved in interoperability and the importance of maintaining a risk management strategy.  Aaron Seib, CEO of NATE, talked about the critical role of the patient in any interoperable exchange of personal health data.  Renee Smith, Global Director of IT Enterprise Planning and Portfolio Management, Walgreens Boots Alliance, ably facilitated the discussion, and Paul Uhrig, EVP, Chief Administrative, Legal & Privacy Officer, Surescripts, provided insightful wrap-up commentary.

By the end of the day, much had been discussed about how to measure interoperability, the degree to which security should be a deciding factor in sharing health data, and the role of providers and others in educating patients about their rights to their own information and the various methods available to them to get that information electronically.  While all three organizations brought very different outlooks and offerings to the discussion, the day signaled a renewed sense of collaboration and understanding that the organizations each have a complementary role to play in the success of Direct as a method of securely transporting confidential information.  Further, it was clear that all three organizations see patient involvement as critical to the path forward.

Some quotes from the day:

Paul Uhrig, EVP, Chief Administrative, Legal & Privacy Officer, Surescripts: “The Federal investment in HIT has certainly been a driver of demand of the technologies that many providers are using, but in the future it is likely we’ll see increased consumer engagement and demand, and that very much will drive different and increased demand for interoperability.”

Lee Barrett, Executive Director, EHNAC: “Today’s patients are much more informed and are a lot smarter on the existing capabilities available for managing their own health. As these consumer tools continue to advance, resolving interoperability challenges across healthcare stakeholders and their products will need to remain a top priority.”

Aaron Seib, CEO, NATE: “Ultimately, the consumer is the only person who is a part of every encounter that they have.  And if they are going to have 100% information awareness to share with their next provider and to participate and actually partner with all their caregivers, not just the ones that are in the HIEs, not just the ones that are using a particular EMR, but every provider that they’re going to get care from , we have to enable them to get data in the app of their choice…”

David Kibbe, MD, MBA, President and CEO, DirectTrust: “I do think there is great potential, and things might happen very fast. This idea of a shared medical record, that is in the control of the individual, that literally drives patients in a different way through the medical system, could emerge almost overnight.”

Renee Smith, Global Director of IT Enterprise Planning and Portfolio Management, Walgreens Boots Alliance: “I look forward to the day, and the day is coming, when the patient or consumer has that empowerment and that technology and the appropriate security… If that’s not why we’re all here, then we’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, because that is what success will look like.”

Aaron Seib: “I think we as a nation have been working on the right priorities, in the right order: make this work for doctors, make the data available to consumers, let the consumers decide how to use that data. I believe that three years from now, we’ll see the portion of the population that is most burdened by disease using tools to better manage their care and better partner with their doctors.  The key to get from here to there is not to wait for the perfect solution that satisfies everyone that may never come.”

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.