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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 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

April 22, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Selects Sandlot Solutions to Support Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care Initiative

New technology platform will aid a company-wide initiative to improve quality and care coordination across all facilities.

DALLAS and NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 14, 2014 - Sandlot Solutions, a leading community health interoperability and analytics provider, today announced the beginning of a five-year contract with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI), a nonprofit corporation providing comprehensive care for patients with kidney disease.  Sandlot’s health information technology solutions will help DCI achieve effective clinical interoperability. The ability to exchange clinical data and share information across health systems will enable DCI to deliver exceptional care management and improved patient outcomes.  A certified Medicare dialysis provider operating in 28 states, DCI will implement two Sandlot modules, Sandlot Connect, for comprehensive data gathering and exchange, and Sandlot Dimensions, which combines a data warehouse with business intelligence tools.

“We are honored to partner with Sandlot Solutions to improve the coordination of care for our patients.  Currently many providers often operate in separate silos and are unable to see the care given by other providers to patients with kidney disease.  With our new partnership with Sandlot, different providers in each community will be able to obtain a better view of the overall care of patients with kidney disease and will be able to communicate in a secure manner as they partner to improve care for patients with kidney disease.  In addition, we will have the capacity to evaluate the cost of care and determine which of our new interventions are most effective at providing better care, at a lower cost to patients with kidney disease,” said Doug Johnson, MD, Vice Chairman of the DCI Board of Directors.

The technology solutions provided by Sandlot will also support DCI’s long-term goal of becoming a CMS ESRD Seamless Care Organization (ESCO).  ESRD patients make up 1.3% of all Medicare beneficiaries and nearly 7.5% of U.S. Medicare spending. This CMS initiative is designed to test new payment and service delivery models in order to achieve higher quality and more patient-centered care for the ESRD population.

Sandlot Solutions trustee, Fred L. Brown, 2014 inductee into Modern Healthcare’s Health Care Hall of Fame and Past Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation remarked: “I am delighted that Sandlot is working with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. to address the complex clinical challenges of patients who require essential dialysis treatment. Sandlot’s ability to create a comprehensive and longitudinal clinical view of a patient with kidney disease will undoubtedly lead to better care and quality of life.”

“Since its inception, DCI has been an innovator in the delivery of care to dialysis patients. DCI’s goal to become a CMS ESCO builds on this strong tradition and culture of quality improvement. At Sandlot, we are proud to partner with companies like DCI and see firsthand our technology’s role in changing healthcare. We look forward to working together to achieve DCI’s goals of better patient care and outcomes,” said Joseph Casper, CEO, Sandlot Solutions.

Sandlot Solutions and DCI began working together in March 2014. Today’s announcement marks the most recent collaboration between Sandlot Solutions and progressive healthcare providers, payers and accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve the health of patients and communities while also bending the healthcare delivery cost curve.

About Sandlot Solutions

Sandlot Solutions, founded in 2006, is a leading provider of clinical interoperability and community health management solutions focused on: the exchange of clinical and claims data across the care community, population data analytics and enhanced care coordination. Sandlot provides the tools and technology that enable healthcare organizations to improve the quality of care, understand and manage risk, reduce costs, and transition to new business models. The configurable technology streamlines data-sharing and provides physicians with actionable patient information and analytics, within their existing workflow through a proprietary digital envelope, including prompts to proactively address gaps in care at the point of care.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Sandlot Solutions is jointly owned by Santa Rosa Holdings Inc. and North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP). For more information, visit www.sandlotsolutions.com.

About Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

Started in 1971, DCI is a nonprofit provider, caring for patients with kidney disease.  We currently care for 14,000 patients on dialysis in more than 215 clinics in 28 states.  DCI is the only leading dialysis provider to have remained under its own control since its founding. DCI has been recognized 11 years in a row by an independent government survey, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), for having the lowest mortality and hospitalization ratios among national dialysis providers.  In addition, since inception DCI has allocated over $200 million to support research, education and other activities that benefit patients. Visit www.dciinc.org for more information.

April 14, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

Michelle Boucher Discusses EHR Marketing at First Ever Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference

BALTIMORE, March 20, 2014 – Michelle Boucher, Vice President of  Marketing for the award-winning EHR company Medical Mastermind, will be speaking on a panel of healthcare marketing masterminds at the inaugural Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 7th and 8th. The conference is the first of its kind, offering professionals in the health care industry an unprecedented opportunity to interact with peers and colleagues on business-to-business health care marketing.

The idea for the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference came out of a discussion between Medical Mastermind Vice President of Marketing Michelle Boucher, who is a panelist at the conference, and Lynn. Boucher had asked Lynn if he knew of any health IT-specific marketing conferences. When he realized that there were none that dealt directly with the subject of health IT marketing, he took Boucher’s suggestion and, along with business partner Shahid Shah, began creating one to fill the void in the health care community and facilitate communication and education for the people of health IT marketing and public relations.

“I saw an opportunity to make a real contribution to the lives of the health care IT marketing and PR professionals,” explained Lynn, who runs the popular network of health blogs at HealthcareScene.com. “Over the years, I’ve worked with hundreds of them, and I saw how many of them could benefit from a conference that brought together marketing and PR insights from outside of health care, but I also saw the difference in marketing and PR efforts from those within health care.”

Attendees to engage in many unique programs

The April 7 conference is set to have programs like “How to Master the Value of a Corporate Blog,” “Keys to Search Engine Optimization,” “The Content Marketing Future,” and 20 speakers, including Boucher from Medical Mastermind. Geared toward public relation professionals at health IT companies, marketing managers at health care IT firms, digital marketers and even executives who want to learn how to improve their business models, the conference is built to help both businesses and individuals.

“It’s funny, as I was searching for better ways to do things, I found there was a large vacuum where solutions should be,” explains Boucher about how a simple query led to the birth of a new convention. “John was also perplexed that nothing existed, and I told him if he put something together I’d be first in line. I was amazed when he told me just a few months later that he and Shahid had actually created a conference just for healthcare marketers! I’m excited to share and get new ideas and honored to be part of the inaugural event. I know this will become a mainstay in our industry and something I look forward to every year.”

“My hope is that this event will help those who attend expand their thinking when it comes to health IT PR and marketing,” Lynn said about the conference, which is set to feature experts from all over the health care community. “We want to provide them a good mix of forward looking thinking, practical implement-this-tomorrow advice, and exposure to new creative options and tools.”

Health IT marketers and public relation specialists can register and explore the programs the conference has to offer at Healthitmarketingconference.com.

About Medical Mastermind

Established in 1984, Medical Mastermind provides electronic health records, practice management and billing software and services to thousands of physicians from all specialties. Our developers spent more than two years working with doctors and their staff to create the award-winning solution you see today. Medical Mastermind is headquartered in Baltimore, MD with offices in Jackson, MS, Arlington, TX and Orlando, FL. Visit www.medicalmastermind.com for  additional information.

March 20, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

Ten startups launch into Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars in Kansas City

World-class accelerator program tackles wellness, chronic illness, animal health and big data

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – March 12, 2014 – Ten mobile health-related startup teams from across the country and Australia have arrived in Kansas City to build and strengthen their businesses in the inaugural Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars. The three-month intensive mentor-driven program, located in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, officially kicks off this week.

Sprint (NYSE:S) has partnered with Techstars to bring the world-class accelerator program to Kansas City as part of its ongoing activities to help grow the region’s already vibrant startup community.

The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars will provide entrepreneurs in this field an amazing advantage to hone their business strategies and structure and be mentored by leading technology experts from Sprint, regional health care leaders and successful entrepreneurs from around the country.  Each startup receives up to $120,000 in funding. The program culminates in June when the 10 companies will pitch to an audience of investors and business leaders from around the U.S. and the Kansas City community.

“The quality of the companies in our Sprint Accelerator program is outstanding,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Pinsight Media+, a division of Sprint, who has taken a leadership role in expanding and strengthening the company’s work with startups. “Sprint is proud to be part of the innovation movement in the healthcare space. The impact these companies can have on so many people in both the technology and healthcare industries is tremendous. On behalf of Sprint, the life sciences and entrepreneurial communities in the region, I welcome the teams!”

Teams participating in the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars are developing solutions that encompass hardware, software platforms, transformative services, big data and mobile applications. The teams are:

Company Hometown
Akibah San Jose, Calif.
Fitbark New York
Lifeline Response Chicago
Medicast Palo Alto, Calif.
Ollo Mobile Brisbane, Australia
Prime San Francisco
Sickweather Baltimore
Symptom.ly Salt Lake City
Tenacity Health Boston
Yosko Cambridge, Mass.

 

“The Sprint Accelerator is the first mobile health-focused accelerator for Techstars, and we are thrilled to be in Kansas City bringing together these 10 startups to collaborate and grow over the course of the next three months,” said David Cohen, founder and CEO of Techstars. “The mix of entrepreneurs and the strong roster of mentors – Techstars, Sprint and the health care community – promise to make this a truly great program. We believe that these companies have a chance to make a positive impact on the lives of so many.”

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DSJI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

March 12, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan Chooses MedeAnalytics to Optimize Medicaid Performance Management

Medicaid health plan in Massachusetts adds robust analytics platform to improve financial, operational and clinical outcomes

Emeryville, Calif. – (March 11, 2014) – MedeAnalytics® today announced that Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), a non-profit managed care organization committed to providing the highest quality healthcare coverage to underserved populations, selected MedeAnalytics to implement its cloud-based technology platform to optimize care management activities for over 300,000 members, identifying gaps in care and tracking cost savings opportunities.

MedeAnalytics’ Medicaid Management solution enables payers like BMCHP to solve medical and provider network challenges they face in providing vulnerable populations access to care. By integrating the Medicaid Management solution into their care processes, BMCHP will be able to efficiently identify and stratify care for specific, at-risk patient groups. They will also leverage the solutions’ advanced analytics capabilities to monitor emerging trends, allowing them to proactively adapt and modify procedures to minimize costs.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality healthcare coverage to the traditionally underserved populations of Massachusetts and New Hampshire ” said Lisa Feingold, Vice President of Clinical Informatics at BMCHP. “In the wake of reform and the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, our care management team, as well as our provider partners, need a robust analytics solution that can be quickly implemented to support population health management. MedeAnalytics’ solution is a critical part of our efforts to improve the health of our members, improve the experience of care and reduce the cost of health care.”

Over the coming months, BMCHP will roll out the Medicaid Management solution for all its beneficiaries across Massachusetts and New Hampshire in order to provide a more centralized, robust view of care delivery, costs and quality. The go-live date is slated for May 2014.

“Given the complex healthcare needs of low-income and at-risk patients, Medicaid managed care plans need to run incredibly efficient operations,” said Andrew Hurd, MedeAnalytics Chairman and CEO. “BMCHP will leverage the MedeAnalytics platform to gain clear and actionable insights into cost, quality and risk, improving the way they care for the patients who need it most.”

BMCHP joins a long and prestigious group of Medicaid plans that are working with MedeAnalytics. MedeAnalytics’ robust solutions also empower hospitals and physician practices with the ability to ensure accountability and improve operational, clinical and financial outcomes. Due to its SaaS-based delivery model, time to value is under 90 days. For more details on health plan and provider success stories, please email MedeAnalytics@shiftcomm.com.

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About MedeAnalytics®

MedeAnalytics provides evidence-based insights to solve a real problem that plagues healthcare – how to use the immense amount of patient data collected along the care continuum to deliver cost-effective care and promote a healthier population. Its analytics platform delivers intelligence that helps healthcare organizations detect their greatest areas of risk and identify opportunities to improve their financial health. It empowers providers and payers to collaborate and use data to strengthen their operations and improve the quality of care. MedeAnalytics’ cloud-based tools have been used to analyze more than 21 billion patient encounters in the United States and United Kingdom, providing better care to more than 30 million patients and better business for 900 healthcare organizations. For more information, visit www.medeanalytics.com.

About Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan

Boston Medical Center founded Boston Medical Center Health Plan, Inc. in 1997 as a non-profit managed care organization doing business in Massachusetts as BMC HealthNet Plan. Outside Massachusetts the business name is Well Sense Health Plan. BMC HealthNet Plan, the managed care organization with the largest number of MassHealth and Commonwealth Care members in Massachusetts, is ranked in the top 10 among Medicaid plans in the nation according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014. BMC HealthNet Plan also continues to maintain Excellent Accreditation from NCQA as a Medicaid health maintenance organization. In addition, BMCHP’s Qualified Health Plan program has been awarded “Accredited” status from NCQA, the highest accreditation level available at this time.

March 11, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

CHIME Launches New Initiatives to Better Serve Needs of CIOs and the Industry

Initiatives improve educational services, provide partnership opportunities

ORLANDO, FL, February 23, 2014 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced several new initiatives today, intended to bolster its educational and information initiatives.

The new program and service offerings were announced by CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese FCHIME, CHCIO, during the 2014 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition.

McCleese said the initiatives are a result of strategic vision efforts involving the CHIME Board and Russell P. Branzell FCHIME, CHCIO, CHIME’s President and CEO. “This process sparked a number of new initiatives that we believe will enhance the value and level of engagement for our members and CHIME Foundation Firm representatives,” he added.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based professional organization will mark several expansions in its education programs, he said.

“CHIME wants to be the go-to resource for CIO education, so that’s why we are delighted to announce several enhancements to our education offerings in 2014,” said McCleese, Vice President of IS and CIO at St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead, Ky. The new offerings were developed in response to member surveys that indicated areas in which CHIME could broaden education efforts and increase understanding of how using IT can maximize healthcare delivery, he added.

CHIME announced educational partnerships with both the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) to offer two specialized programs based on CHIME’s popular Healthcare CIO Boot Camp.

CHIME is also bringing back its LEAD Forums as one-day regional programs focused around particular topics, as well as increasing the number of online educational opportunities.

To increase its ability to provide advisory services based on industry needs, CHIME plans to offer CIO Advisory Boards, with an initial emphasis on offering services to CHIME Foundation firm members. “The board will help guide the strategies and desired outcomes related to (firms’) products and services,” McCleese said.

Additionally, to advance CHIME’s position as the voice of the industry, and to leverage members’ extensive knowledge and experience in transforming healthcare, CHIME is developing the CHIME Speakers Bureau. The new service will help match qualified speakers with organizations that contact CHIME for speaking services.

CHIME is also planning to provide professional support and education to executives that work closely with CIOs and are shouldering increasingly heavy roles in healthcare organizations. “High-level educational and development opportunities for key members of the CIO’s executive team are seriously lacking,” McCleese said.

Its first efforts in this area will be to provide resources for chief security officers, to be followed by chief technology officers and chief application officers. “With hundreds of health data breaches being reported, and a shortage of security professionals with a background in healthcare, it has become increasing clear that this group could greatly benefit from the kind of opportunities that CHIME provides CIOs,” he said.

The CHIME Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and CHIME also will be acknowledging the role that the Foundation plays in advancing the mission of the organization and the state of the art in healthcare information technology, McCleese said.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 100 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit  www.cio-chime.org

February 23, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

Anthelio Healthcare Solutions Has Acquired Industry Leading Application – ENGAGE– from The Garage

State of the art mobile patient engagement and education platform

DALLAS, TX – February 21, 2014 – Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, the largest independent provider of technology and services to hospitals, physicians practice groups and other healthcare providers announced it is launching ENGAGE, a next generation mobile application for patient engagement that they have acquired from The Garage, a leading health innovation start-up company. ENGAGE informs, educates, entertains and connects patients with their health care providers and enriches their experience.  ENGAGE also gives providers and payers flexibility to have dynamic content available for patients through easy to use web-based content management software. ENGAGE is currently published on the Apple App store as an iPad application.

ENGAGE has the most cutting edge information “hub” that centrally brings all stakeholders –patients, providers, and payers – on a mobile platform.  The global mobile health solution market will grow at a CAGR of 42.4% over the period of 2012-2016 due to increased adoption of tablets and smartphones.  ENGAGE allows healthcare providers and payers a new cost effective option to address these growing demands for health information access from consumers.

“We are excited about ENGAGE, which will provide a new mobile experience for patients across the country.  We believe in engaging patients on the go and ENGAGE is the perfect app for that.  With this customizable platform, organizations can deliver a variety of health information to the patient on their personal mobile device, whenever and wherever they want it,” said Asif Ahmad, CEO of Anthelio Healthcare.

ENGAGE is currently deployed at various healthcare facilities in the state of Florida and has received positive responses. “ENGAGE is a first of its kind. I can personalize content to my patients and I see them more satisfied with an ENGAGE unit in their hands” said Dr Rafael Pinero from Pinero Medical Group in Orlando, FL.

Anthelio Healthcare and The Garage will showcase ENGAGE in booths 975 and 4088 at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, February 24-27, at the Orange County Convention Center, West Building in Orlando.  HIMSS brings together 37,000+ healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.

“ENGAGE is a game-changer in the mobile patient engagement marketplace,” said The Garage Founder and CEO Pranam Ben. “We are excited about partnering with Anthelio who shares our vision and commitment to Innovation in healthcare, delivered through technology.”

About Anthelio Health

Anthelio is the largest independent provider of technology and services to hospitals, physician practice groups and other healthcare providers. Anthelio is the only healthcare services company that has “end-to-end” services expertise, including IT, service desk, patient portal, EMR implementations, data warehousing, clinical analytics, clinical transformation, coding, ICD-10, transcription and revenue cycle services. Enabled through a highly integrated technology platform powered by skillful people, Anthelio drives high value for healthcare organizations by solving complex clinical and business problems while enabling delivery of high quality patient care. Anthelio is an icon of innovation, operational prowess and service excellence in healthcare, serving hundreds of health organizations and touching millions of patients across the U.S.  Anthelio is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has thousands of technology and clinical professionals. www.antheliohealth.com

About The Garage

The Garage is an innovative health information technology (IT) company re-imagining and building breakthrough products to help hospitals and health systems enhance patient safety, increase patient engagement and improve care coordination.  Headquartered in Orlando, The Garage is becoming a leading industry champion in the quest to enhance and protect the healthcare experience for patients and providers through IT innovations.  For more information, visit The Garage’s website (www.thegaragein.com), FacebookTwitter (@TheGaragein) and LinkedIn pages.

February 21, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

FDB MedsTracker® Medication Reconciliation Solution Certifies on Newest Surescripts® e-Prescribing Standard

Latest standard for routing e-prescriptions supports Meaningful Use Stage 2 Incentive Program

South San Francisco, CA – February 20, 2014 – First Databank (FDB), a leading provider of integrated drug knowledge, today announced the company’s proprietary solution for effective medication reconciliation, FDB MedsTracker, has received certification from Surescripts for prescription routing in adherence with the NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6 standard required for Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification. FDB MedsTracker was previously certified on the Surescripts 4.2 routing standard and has been used for electronic prescribing in hospitals since 2010.

Certification testing was performed on FDB MedsTracker, version 6, which is the most advanced version designed to support the required elements specified in Meaningful Use, Stage 2 certification. Surescripts’ Prescription Routing service allows prescribers to securely send a prescription electronically to the patient’s preferred retail or mail-order pharmacy. In turn, pharmacies can use this service to send prescription renewal authorization requests directly to the prescriber.

FDB MedsTracker has demonstrated immediate and measurable improvements in the medication reconciliation process. Notable advances reported by customers include increased accuracy of home medication lists; efficiency of discharge medication orders and electronic prescribing; reductions in missed medications, duplicate therapies, and incorrect dosing; and workflow efficiencies with measurable time savings for clinicians.

Interested parties may learn more about FDB MedsTracker  at the upcoming HIMSS14 Conference, February 23 – 27, Orlando, Florida, by attending a special medication reconciliation presentation during the Interoperability Showcase, February 26 at 12:30 pm, by visiting the FDB booth #1965, or by contacting FDB directly at 800-633-3453.

About First Databank (FDB)
First Databank (FDB) provides drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication decision support category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visitwww.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Hearst Health
FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx HealthMCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 20 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

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February 20, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.