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Vinod Khosla Challenges The Jobs Of Medical Doctors

Silicon Valley venture capitalist and billionaire, Vinod Khosla, stirred up some controversy at several medical related conferences, where he compared current medical practices to voodoo and predicted that machines will replace 80% of doctors in the field.

Khosla believes that the mass volume of data analyzed by computers can replace traditional medical practices and “data science will do more for medicine than all the biological sciences combined.”

These thoughts are typical of the misconceptions regarding what big data can and cannot accomplish:

  • Correlation is not causation: strong correlations found in large data  analysis is not an indication of causation, a crucial factor in diagnosis;
  • It takes mass volume to compensate quality: accuracy is proportional to the square root of N, so you must have exponentially more data to compensate for loses in quality, defeating the cost argument for lots of cheaply generated data;
  • Consolidation and standardization is not easy it but can have quick results: consolidating information about patients and standardizing processes is a way that big data tech can have huge impacts – by reducing the death rate caused by hospital errors, which kills an estimated 210,000 to 440,000 Americans each year;

“It shows how deeply engrained misconceptions about big data is when a titan in the tech industry holds such flawed views,” said Kally Pan, account manager at Leftronic. “Big data is not magic, but is a tool. And like any tool, its usefulness depends on the wielder.”

The biggest complication to implementing big data solutions is not technical, but social. Government regulation and public opinion are two large gauntlets to pass for any innovation in the industry. Those in the technology world will have to re-learn what mission critical means again when human lives are at stake.

Leftronic is a tech company based in San Francisco that offers metric monitoring, data aggregation and data visualization in real-time. The firm is run by Caltech grads with about 20 years’ experience in the tech industry.

July 16, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Napier Healthcare Names Sahel Mattar as Vice President of Global Consulting and Services

Singapore, June 24, 2014 – Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, today announced the appointment of Sahel Mattar as Vice President of Global Consulting and Services. In his capacity, Sahel will be responsible for strategy, consultation, professional services, and implementation of Napier’s Healthcare Information Technology solutions to healthcare providers around the world.

Sahel brings more than 20 years of Information Technology (IT) and healthcare experience to his new role. Before joining Napier, he has held senior management positions in various companies including Ariba, Cap Gemini, HCL AXON, Misys, SAP Asia and Sun Microsystems.

“It is a privilege to join Napier Healthcare, an innovative company that brings together the best medical informatics professionals with deep domain knowledge and experience in the healthcare industry,” said Sahel on his new appointment. “Today is a turbulent time for the healthcare landscape as major shifts are evolving across the globe. As a team, we are committed to help providers transform their business with innovative care delivery models to achieve the highest quality care possible at the lowest possible cost.”

Sahel has vast experience in implementing IT solutions including Health Information Systems (HIS) deployed across both public and private hospitals in Singapore. Prior to joining Napier Healthcare, Sahel was Head of SAP Services for HCL AXON where he was responsible for managing the SAP line of business and services delivery function.

“We are excited to have Sahel join the leadership team. Sahel will lead Napier’s strategic initiative to transform the Consulting arm as our business expands across the globe. His leadership and experience will help create value for customers and enable Napier’s customers to learn from best practices across hospitals worldwide,” said Tirupathi Karthik, CEO of Napier Healthcare.

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About Napier Healthcare

With Napier’s Healthcare solutions, hospitals can run their end-to-end operations with complete visibility and control over costs. The Mobility, Analytical and Home Care solutions offered by Napier are today powering innovative healthcare delivery models worldwide.

Established in 1996, Napier’s software and services have helped midsized, large private and public sector hospitals transform the way they capture clinical information, streamline workflow, reduce medical errors and provide analytical insights. Headquartered in Singapore with presence in USA, India and Middle East, Napier’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and ISO 9001:2008.

For more information, visit http://www.napierhealthcare.com/

June 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Fundamental Shift Seen in Healthcare Acquisition and Affiliation Strategies

(June 22, 2014, Las Vegas) Acquisitions and affiliations are now being driven more by strategy than by financial need, according to new research released today at the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA’s) 2014 National Institute in Las Vegas.

While traditional acquisitions—in which a weaker healthcare system is acquired by a stronger one—still occur, the trend is shifting toward mergers and acquisitions that take place between financial equals, according to the report. These are value-focused acquisition and affiliation strategies, geared toward improving the quality or cost-effectiveness of care, as opposed to dominating markets.

Affiliations that improve value for patients and other care purchasers are likely to be well received,” said HFMA president and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA. “When a merger or acquisition happens for the right reasons, everybody wins.”

Interviews with consultants and provider organizations actively pursuing these strategies revealed several key drivers and defining characteristics of acquisition and affiliation activity in the healthcare provider marketplace today:

  • Key drivers include improving operational efficiencies, creating clinically integrated care delivery networks, and accessing sufficient populations for population health management.
  • Many acquiring organizations are not interested in adding acute inpatient capacity. As a result, the other assets a hospital-based system can bring may be equally or more important than the hospital itself.
  • Financially troubled hospitals are becoming less attractive acquisition targets.
  • For affiliation and acquisition purposes, the distinction between not-for-profit and for-profit status is lessening in importance, although religious affiliations of not-for-profit systems still pose roadblocks for some partnerships.
  • Some organizations are pursuing innovative models that are characterized by the parties involved as combinations rather than mergers.

The research findings are detailed in Acquisition and Affiliation Strategies, which was based on a series of interviews conducted by HFMA in early 2014. Innovative approaches developed by AllSpire Health Partners; Dignity Health; Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin; and Minnesota-based Health Partners and Park Nicollet Health Services are among those profiled in the report. The report also addresses legal and regulatory issues and identifies key considerations for organizations that are considering value-focused strategies for affiliation and acquisition. To download the full report, visit hfma.org/valueproject.

About HFMA  
With more than 40,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation’s premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today. Working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, HFMA identifies gaps throughout the healthcare delivery system and bridges them through the establishment and sharing of knowledge and best practices. We help healthcare stakeholders achieve optimal results by creating and providing education, analysis, and practical tools and solutions. Our mission is to lead the financial management of health care. hfma.org

 

June 22, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Automating Laboratory-On-A-Chip To Cut Healthcare Costs

Philip Brisk in his lab

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — A research team at the University of California, Riverside has created a computer programming language that will automate “laboratory-on-a-chip” technologies used in DNA sequencing, drug discovery, virus detection and other biomedical applications.

A laboratory-on-a-chip is a device that integrates laboratory functions on a chip that is only millimeters or centimeters in size. The technology allows for the automation and miniaturization of biochemical reactions. It has the potential and to improve and reduce the cost of healthcare.

“If you think of the beginning of computers they were basically tools to automate mathematics,” said Philip Brisk, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering. “What are we are creating is devices that could automate chemistry in much the same way.”

Digital Microfluidic BioChip illustration 

A tile is the fundamental building block of the virtual architecture. The virtual architecture is imposed onto a Digital Microfluidic BioChip by tiling the fundamental building blocks to create a 2D array of tiles.

The most recent laboratory-on-a-chip devices are equipped with integrated electronic sensors, similar in principle to those used in today’s smart phones and tablet PCs. These sensors enable scientists and health care professionals working with the devices to analyze the sensor data to make informed decisions about future analyses to perform.

Brisk and his research team are funneling the sensor data into a computer, facilitating automated decision making, rather than employing a human-in-the-loop.

“We are really trying to eliminate as much human interaction as possible,” Brisk said. “Now, you have a chip, you use it and then you analyze it. Through automation and programmability, you eliminate human error, cuts costs and speed up the entire process.”

Brisk’s findings were recently published in a paper, “Interpreting Assays with Control Flow on Digital Microfluidic Biochips,” in ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems.

June 16, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Quintiles Honored for IT Innovation, Named to 2014 CIO 100

Infosario® Platform Revolutionizes Drug Safety  

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – June 6, 2014 – Quintiles, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical services provider, has been named to the 2014 CIO 100.  Each year, CIOmagazine identifies and honors 100 organizations that have distinguished themselves by creating business value through the effective and innovative use of IT.

Quintiles was named to the CIO 100 because of its transformational Quintiles Infosario®Safety solution, a drug safety technology platform which is fully integrated with relevant regulatory agencies and future-proofed through a community development model.

“We are honored to be included in the CIO 100 for our work in helping to solve industry and customer challenges,” said Quintiles CIO Richard Thomas.  “Introduced in 2011, our award-winning Infosario solutions combine our deep scientific and operational expertise with industry-leading technology innovations that improve our customers’ probability of success at every step of the way.”

During development of Quintiles Infosario Safety, the company consolidated more than 35 individual drug safety systems and pooled a wide range of best practices and processes to create a highly optimized and efficient operating model to help its biopharmaceutical customers ensure that all regulatory requirements for drug safety management are met on a global basis. Quintiles then developed an entire portfolio of safety applications, regulatory agency integrations and implementation accelerators virtualized and deployed in its private cloud, securely available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via web browser.

This success led to the introduction of a platform that provides customers with benefits including, but not limited to:

  • Massive cost reductions versus legacy solutions;
  • Automated regulatory agency and partner integration;
  • Guaranteed information exchange;
  • Comprehensive safety capabilities and best-of-breed processes;
  • Enhanced regulatory and operational reporting capabilities;
  • Enhanced compliance;
  • Secure environment, guaranteeing patient privacy and pharma confidentiality.

“We take tremendous pride in this recognition, but what really drives us is our passion to help patients,” continued Thomas.  “Patient safety is a top priority for us, just as it is for our customers.  Infosario Safety helps conquer some of the complexity involved in safeguarding patients.  We believe technology innovation must be focused on success in human measures.”

“For 27 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value,” said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of CIO magazine and events. “Our 2014 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage.”

About Quintiles

Quintiles (NYSE: Q) is the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services with a network of more than 29,000 employees conducting business in approximately 100 countries. We helped develop or commercialize all of 2013’s top-100 best-selling drugs on the market. Quintiles applies the breadth and depth of our service offerings along with extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise to help our customers navigate an increasingly complex healthcare environment as they seek to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of better healthcare outcomes.  To learn more about Quintiles, please visit www.quintiles.com

June 6, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

ZirMed Acquires Intelligent Healthcare

Acquisition of Cloud-based Population Health Management Analytics Company Expands ZirMed’s Ability to Support Value-Based Reimbursement Models

Louisville, KY – May 21, 2014 – ZirMed®, a leading health information connectivity and management solutions company, today announced that it has acquired California-based Intelligent Healthcare, a data-driven clinical integration and population health management company. ZirMed will immediately begin integrating Intelligent Healthcare’s population health management analytics platform into its technology suite.

“We’ve always been focused on improving our clients’ bottom line by helping them improve operational efficiencies and get reimbursed more quickly for the services they provide,” said Tom Butts, CEO of ZirMed. “Today, provider organizations need tools to support traditional fee-for-service models and prepare for fee-for-value models of care as quality and reimbursement are increasingly linked. The ability to provide both financial and clinical integration in this environment is a natural extension of our core business. Our goal has always been to help providers operate as efficiently and profitably as possible so that they can focus on their primary job—treating patients and providing quality care. The acquisition of Intelligent Healthcare will further solidify our ability to provide end-to-end revenue cycle solutions for the entire healthcare marketplace.”

Intelligent Healthcare’s population health management solution aggregates clinical and financial data from a variety of disparate healthcare information systems to deliver real-time quality tracking, gaps in care and population health management solutions for value-based reimbursement programs.  Intelligent Healthcare’s highly scalable solution stratifies at-risk patients, provides deep cost and utilization analysis, and supports provider organizations as they work to meet and exceed goals for public and private P4P, Medicare Shared Savings Programs, Commercial Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), PQRS/HEDIS scores, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) models, and other value-based care programs.

“Intelligent Healthcare has built a reputation as a trusted partner for managing value-based programs. We’ve been dedicated to taking population health in a new direction by aggregating information from multiple data silos and focusing on the entire patient population,” said Paul Katz, CEO and Founder of Intelligent Healthcare. “ZirMed was a very natural fit for our organization—they have an extremely modern platform that excels at collecting and normalizing very high-quality data, which is essential for effective analytics and population health management. Together, we are well positioned to help providers succeed in this era of value-based care.”

With its national database of healthcare payment information, ZirMed gathers a massive amount of high quality, normalized data which is the foundation of population health management.  ZirMed’s suite of solutions for revenue cycle management, clinical communications, and financial analytics – combined with Intelligent Healthcare’s population health analytics solution – provides a comprehensive set of tools that will allow healthcare delivery organizations to thrive in the realm of value-based care. For example, tools like ZirMed’s new patient engagement platform and secure provider-to-provider messaging are essential to managing population health.

About Intelligent Healthcare
For more than 23 years, Intelligent Healthcare has been aggregating and analyzing actionable data from diverse sources and putting it into the hands of both physicians at point of care and health system/ACO administrators seeking to pinpoint the most significant opportunities for improving organization and physician performance. Intelligent Healthcare offers a growing portfolio of services that help our clients turn these insights into action such a physician scorecards on quality measures, patient engagement programs and identification of care coordination opportunities with high risk, chronically ill patients. Today, Intelligent Healthcare serves over 40 hospitals representing over 11,000 physicians with over five million patients including several of the leading clinical integrated health organizations. Apart from making ACO measures available, Intelligent Healthcare supports clients with management of other measure sets such as PQRS, HEDIS, Meaningful Use, Pay for Performance, HCCs, and STAR.

About ZirMed®
Founded in 1999, ZirMed is the nation’s premier health information connectivity and management solutions company, modernizing critical connections between providers, patients, and payers to improve the business and process of healthcare. ZirMed combines innovative software development with the industry’s most advanced transactional network and business analytics platform to give organizations a clearer view of their financial and operational performance. ZirMed’s industry-leading technology and client support have been recognized with awards from KLAS®, Healthcare Informatics, Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS), and Black Book Rankings. Our nationwide network facilitates, manages, and analyzes billions of healthcare transactions, driving bottom-line performance with clinical communications, patient portal, analytics, eligibility, claims management, coding compliance, reimbursement management, and patient payment services—including credit card processing, online payments, statements, estimation, and payment plan management. For more information about
ZirMed, visit www.ZirMed.com.

May 21, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Final State Budget Funds New York’s Electronic Health Records System

NEW FUNDING WILL EMPOWER MILLIONS OF NY DOCTORS AND PATIENTS TO TAKE FULL CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH BY PROVIDING THEM WITH FAST AND EASY ACCESS TO THEIR RECORDS ANYWHERE IN THE STATE

New York, NY – Today, the New York State Legislature voted to support New York’s electronic health records system – known as the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (the SHIN-NY).  The final New York State Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget includes $55M in State funding for the SHIN-NY, which will go towards building an innovative, public network in New York designed to give doctors and patients instant access to their complete health records, anywhere and anytime. New York has been at the forefront of health innovation and will now be the first large state in the country to build a public network of interconnected electronic health records of this kind.

“We are thankful that Governor Cuomo, Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, the New York State Assembly led by Speaker Silver, and the Senate led by co-Leaders Skelos and Klein, have authorized critical funds in the final budget for building New York’s electronic health record system,” said Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York eHealth Collaborative, which coordinates activities for the SHIN-NY. “The SHIN-NY already provides thousands of healthcare providers with access to millions of patient records daily and we are starting to see game changing shifts in efficiency, cost and quality of care through its usage.  Now is the time for us to get every aspect of the healthcare system, including the patient engaged.

“The New York eHealth Collaborative and the 10 Regional Health Information Organizations across New York look forward to working closely with the State to assure that this life-saving investment serves the hundreds of hospitals, thousands of healthcare providers and millions of people receiving health care in New York.”

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, the state Commissioner of Health, called the SHIN-NY a major initiative toward the transformation of New York’s health care delivery system. “Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the citizens of New York are the real winners today with the funding of the SHIN-NY,” Shah said. “We are giving them back the health data that is rightfully theirs. Ultimately, having that data will enable them to make the health care decisions that will lead to better health.”

The majority of the funding for the SHIN-NY in the budget will go towards interconnecting the SHIN-NY’s ten regional health information organizations (RHIOs) – hubs of electronic health records scattered throughout the state – and increasing doctor and patient participation in the network.

In addition to transforming patient care in New York, implementation of the SHIN-NY will also promote economic development, lower state healthcare costs and enhance overall public health.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. www.nyehealth.org & @NYeHealth.

April 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Kaufman Hall Announces Acquisition of Axiom EPM, Extending Industry Leading Consulting and Software Capabilities for Financial Performance Management

Transaction Combines Industry Expertise and Innovative Cloud Software Capabilities for Advanced Planning, Modeling, Analysis and Reporting in Healthcare, Banking and Higher Education

April 23, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Kaufman Hall, the leading provider of strategic financial consulting services and software tools to healthcare organizations, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Axiom EPM, a Portland, OR-based private software company recognized for delivering sophisticated, flexible performance management solutions used by leading organizations in sectors including healthcare, higher education and banking.

Terri Wareham, Kaufman Hall CEO, said the combination of Kaufman Hall and Axiom “creates a single company with unmatched expertise and experience in data-driven analysis to transform financial, operational and strategic planning.”

“As companies today struggle with critical business decisions, it is particularly difficult for them to assess and quantify the strategic and financial impact of plans, scenarios and actions,” Wareham noted, “especially in sectors such as healthcare, higher education and banking, where regulatory challenges, revenue pressures and rapidly changing market conditions make strategic decisions and resource allocation so challenging.“

Peri Pierone, Axiom EPM CEO, noted that “Our combined strength is built on the unique synergy of industry-leading consulting expertise and innovative software.Kaufman Hall’s consulting expertise and established software install base, combined with Axiom’s advanced planning and decision-support capabilities, delivered via cloud or on premise, create an organization that meets clients’ needs today and into the future.”

Pierone added “We are also thrilled about the solid foundation for significant growth created by our two powerful blue chip portfolios. Kaufman Hall’s breadth in consulting in healthcare is complemented by Axiom’s significant experience in creating innovative planning and cost accounting software solutions used by major healthcare organizations. The synergies form a solid core that is further enhanced by Axiom’s expertise and proven software solutions for organizations in higher education, banking and other sectors.”

The combined company will be positioned to broaden its base of business via Axiom’s multi-sector portfolio and to extend, as appropriate, Kaufman Hall’s consulting expertise into new industry sectors. Similarly, Kaufman Hall’s industry-leading presence in healthcare will create significant opportunities for utilization of Axiom’s already in-market tools such as cost accounting and service line analytics that are absolutely critical for healthcare providers dealing with the challenges of health system reform.

Both companies have a proven track record of superlative client service and satisfaction. Pierone said “As a combined entity, we have achieved 100 percent implementation success and a client retention rate in excess of 97 percent over the past 10 years – numbers that speak for themselves and are unheard of in this industry.”

The Axiom EPM brand will continue and operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaufman Hall. Current employees and offices will be retained and targeted hiring plans will be put in place to serve increased market demand for performance management software and services. There will be no changes to existing contracts for current Kaufman Hall or Axiom EPM customers and partners. There will also be no changes for current clients in terms of customer support for existing solutions and technology.

“Our top priority is, and has always been, client satisfaction,” commented Wareham. “This strategy is all about extending the value and capabilities that we can provide our clients to help them achieve outstanding financial performance.”

William Blair and Company of Chicago acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Kaufman Hall.  Vista Point Advisors, a San Francisco-based boutique investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Axiom EPM.

About Kaufman Hall

Since 1985, Kaufman Hall has been a leading software provider and advisor to hospitals and health systems, helping them incorporate proven methods into their strategic and financial management processes and consistently achieve their goals. We contribute to our clients’ success by providing the industry’s most advanced offering of integrated management solutions, which includes consulting services and software tools designed to facilitate and sustain organizational improvement. More than 600 hospitals and health systems across the country use Kaufman Hall software to help plan and manage their operations. To learn more, please visit www.kaufmanhall.com.

About Axiom EPM

Founded by industry leaders with over two decades of experience in enterprise planning and reporting, Axiom EPM provides sophisticated, flexible performance management solutions that empower finance professionals to analyze results, model the future and optimize organizational decision making. Solutions for budgeting and forecasting, reporting and analytics, strategy management, consolidations, capital planning, profitability and cost management are delivered on a single unified platform. Axiom EPM embraces and extends familiar Microsoft Excel® functionality, allowing finance professionals to manage data in a familiar environment – while providing unmatched modeling flexibility and enterprise performance.

April 23, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Napier Healthcare Partners MGroup for the Middle East

Napier Healthcare and MGroup Collaborate to Bring World Class Healthcare Solutions to the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia 

Singapore, April23, 2014–Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, today announced a strategic partnership with MGroup to bring world class Healthcare Information Technology solutions to healthcare providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This collaboration authorizes MGroup to market and distribute Napier’s robust, feature-rich and easy to deploy solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hospitals that are looking to raise the bar on improving their clinical and non-clinical areas of hospital operations can now rely on Napier Healthcare and MGroup fraternity to drive innovative healthcare delivery models with complete visibility and control over costs.

“The healthcare sector in the Gulf Corporation Council is one of the most promising, with a projected growth rate of 11.4% from 2010 to reach USD$43.9 billion in 2015. There is a rapid increase in healthcare providers coming to us for technologies to help them transform their hospital operations – from streamlining of workflow and reducing medical errors to capturing clinical information and providing analytical insights,”  said Karthik Tirupathi, CEO of Napier Healthcare. “This strategic partnership with MGroup aligns with our expansion strategy and growing commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s healthcare market.”

A well-recognized organization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, MGroup brings to Napier Healthcare an extensive distribution network and proven track records in project consultancy and implementation over the last two decades. Established in 1981 with its corporate office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, MGroup is a holding company with businesses focusing on Telecommunication, Information Technology, Mobile, Security & Defense and Construction.

“MGroup has always been committed to provide comprehensive solutions in multiple sectors. This strategic partnership with Napier Healthcare will enhance our customer offering and add value to MGroup’s overall portfolio. With Napier’s experience and deep domain knowledge in the healthcare sector, we can now confidently engage hospitals here with a world class solution that can help them sustain growth, improve quality and provide better and faster customer service” said Eng. Riyadh Aladel, CEO of MGroup.

Napier Healthcare prides itself with a repository of best business practices gained over the last 17 years from over 70 installations in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Napier Healthcare’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards, such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and emerging next generation solutions in Mobility, Home Care and Telemedicine. This strategic partnership will increase MGroup’s offerings to healthcare providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provides an immediate reach to Napier Healthcare’s complete suite of innovative solutions that address the end-to-end Information Technology needs of a healthcare provider.

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About Napier Healthcare -

With Napier’s Healthcare solutions, hospitals can run their end-to-end operations with complete visibility and control over costs. The Mobility, Analytical and Home Care solutions offered by Napier are today powering innovative healthcare delivery models worldwide. Established in 1996, Napier’s software and services has helped midsized, large private and public sector hospitals transform the way they capture clinical information, streamline workflow, reduce medical errors and provide analytical insights. Headquartered in Singapore with presence in USA, India, Middle East and Africa, Napier’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and ISO 9001:2008. For more information, visit www.napierhealthcare.com.

About M Group -

M Group is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is a holding company with businesses focusing on, Telecommunication, Information Technology, Mobile, Security & Defense, Construction and Healthcare. MGroup established in 1981 is today is a well-recognized organization in the Saudi Arabian market assisting businesses to operate more efficiently and produce more value through the vast experience of the executed projects, MGroupis always determined to enable organizations in order to better manage their business strategies and day-to-day operations. M GROUP helps organizations to sustain growth, improve quality, and provide better and faster customer service. For more information, visit http://mgroup.sa/en/

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

The Personal Connected Health Alliance Launches with Goal to Improve Health and Wellness through Connected Technologies

Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS partner to enable individuals to better manage their health and wellness, anytime and anywhere

WASHINGTON D.C. – (APRIL 17, 2014) – The Personal Connected Health Alliance, an international non-profit organization established by Continua Health AlliancemHealth Summit and HIMSS to represent the consumer voice in personal connected health, formally launched today. PCHA will build upon the global reach, leadership and resources of its founding organizations, to ensure that personal connected health technologies, such as smartphones, mobile apps, sensors and personal health tracking devices, are user-friendly, secure and can easily collect, display and relay personal health data. The Alliance’s work will generate greater awareness, availability and access to plug-and-play consumer-friendly personal health technologies that empower people to better manage their health and wellness, anytime and anywhere, in an increasingly connected world.

“As healthcare delivery evolves and brings care beyond hospital walls to where we live, work, learn and play, individuals are being called upon to engage more intimately with their own health and wellness,” said Jeremy Bonfini, Executive Vice President, PCHA. “The Personal Connected Health Alliance aims to facilitate the development and widespread availability of user-friendly personal health devices, mobile apps, sensors and other connected health technologies, putting consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to their own health.”

The mission of PCHA is to promote the adoption, standardization and appropriate regulation of personal connected health devices and systems in order to empower individuals to better manage their health and wellness from anywhere, at any time, with stronger links between consumers, their social networks and providers. Additionally, PCHA aims to nurture the technology ecosystem necessary to facilitate “big data” in healthcare. PCHA will continue to develop and publish industry standards for interoperability of personal connected health devices, via the Continua Design Guidelines and certification programs.

“Our Board of Directors is very pleased to join with mHealth Summit and HIMSS to create a strong and dynamic voice to advance personal connected health technologies,” added Clint McClellan, Board President Chair, Continua Health Alliance. “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, recently ratified the Continua family of standards as the defacto global connected health standard for plug-and-play interoperability to create an easily accessible, user-friendly and secure network of personal connected health devices and systems. We are currently working with governments around the world, including Denmark, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and the UK, that are developing implementation plans for groundbreaking national connected health initiatives for their citizens based on Continua’s Design Guidelines.”

The Personal Connected Health Alliance will unite the continuum of care across the healthcare ecosystem, and bring together a unique combination of domestic and global expertise, along with resources focused on personalized health solutions that meet individuals’ lifestyle needs. Each participating organization – Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS – will bring a unique perspective to the Alliance, providing a holistic view and approach to promoting the advancement of healthcare technologies that focus on consumers.

“The Personal Connected Health Alliance, in cooperation with the mHealth Summit and Continua, will continue driving the industry forward by generating a new knowledge base around the personal connected health space, providing a strong and united voice on policy, regulatory issues and government relations, and advancing education and awareness for the widespread adoption of personal connected health technologies,” said Rich Scarfo, Vice President, Personal Connected Health Alliance  and Director, mHealth Summit. “The mHealth Summit – the industry’s leading event focused on mobile and personal health topics – will continue to provide an important platform for the industry, and will be expanding its presence to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.”

To learn more about the Personal Connected Health Alliance, visit: www.pchalliance.org.

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About the Personal Connected Health Alliance

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), a global, non-profit organization, is a collaboration between Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS, focused on engaging consumers with their health via interoperable personalized health solutions that meet their lifestyle needs. PCHA is an independent HIMSS organization, combining the dynamic membership and expertise of Continua, and the networking and reach of the mHealth Summit and global mhealth events, with the global access and leadership of HIMSS to bring greater focus on personal connected health technology. Representing the consumer voice in personal connected health, PCHA brings together a unique combination of domestic and global resources focused on personalized health solutions that meet the needs of consumers throughout their lives. Visit www.PCHAlliance.org.

About Continua Health Alliance

Continua Health Alliance (Continua), an international not-for-profit industry group, is the leading organization convening global technology industry standards to develop end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity for personal connected health. Continua is dedicated to the development of Design Guidelines and test tools to expedite the deployment of personal connected health devices and systems that will empower information-driven health self-management and facilitate the incorporation of health and wellness into the day-to-day lives of individuals. Continua is a pioneer in establishing standards-based guidelines and security for connected health technologies such as sensors, remote monitoring devices, tablets, gateways and smart phones as well as networked and cloud solutions through its Guideline releases. The Alliance’s activities include a certification and brand support program, events and collaborations to support technology and clinical innovation, and outreach to employers, payers, governments and care providers. With over 200 member companies reaching across the globe, Continua’s Board of Directors feature leading technology, medical device and health care industry leaders and service providers: Fujitsu, Intel, Oracle, Orange, Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health, Philips, Qualcomm Life, Roche Diagnostics, Samsung Electronics, Sharp and UnitedHealth Group. For more information visit: www.continuaalliance.org.

About the mHealth Summit

The 2014 mHealth Summit, the global convener of the expanding mobile health ecosystem, explores the disruptions, challenges and opportunities of the expanding integration of mobile and wireless technologies into the healthcare system, and in consumer and patient engagement, for the delivery of better health outcomes. The 6th Annual mHealth Summit will take place December 7-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Focusing on four fundamental platforms – technology, business, research and policy, the mHealth Summit is presented by HIMSS, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the mHealth Alliance and the Foundation for the NIH. For more information, visit www.mhealthsummit.org; and follow at @mhealthsummit or #mHealth14.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

 

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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