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Fovia Expands into Veterinary Imaging Market

 Animage’s Multi-Modality Solution Delivers HDVR®

Palo Alto and Pleasanton, California, January 31, 2013 — Fovia Inc., a global leader in advanced visualization, and Animage, LLC, an innovative developer and manufacturer of veterinary imaging equipment, today announced that Animage will enhance its product offering by integrating Fovia’s High Definition Volume Rendering® into Fidex, its unique, three-modality diagnostic imaging system.

Fidex combines computed tomography (CT), digital radiography (DR) and fluoroscopy to provide a cost-effective, small footprint solution, therefore making in-house 3D viable for veterinarians and animal researchers. Fovia’s CPU-based HDVR® enables Animage to offer “on-the-fly” advanced visualization to veterinarians and researchers on most major operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS), greatly expanding 3D imaging accessibility, flexibility and scalability in the veterinary field.

Fovia’s server-based architecture enables thin-client delivery of unrivaled image quality and performance anytime, anywhere.  In the veterinary market, Fovia’s flagship products, HDVR® Connect and HDVR® Mobile, provide unprecedented advancement in diagnosis, treatment and  pre-surgical planning.  With HDVR, veterinarians have rapid access to highly detailed images, therefore enabling them to make quick, well-reasoned decisions.  In cases where remote specialists are needed, Fovia’s unique architecture facilitates seamless, real-time collaboration.

“The level of detail that Fovia’s HDVR software provides allows exploration of structures never before seen in veterinary medicine,” said Horst Bruning, President and CEO of Animage.  “With 3D imaging becoming increasingly important in our field, we are thrilled to be on the cutting-edge of veterinary clinical care and research by using Fovia’s best-in-class rendering.”

Ken Fineman, Chief Executive Officer of Fovia, stated, “We are excited to be working with a company that has put such extensive thought into the unique needs of their market.  Fidex successfully addresses the need for a mutli-modality, cost-effective, small-footprint imaging solution for veterinary offices and research facilities.”

About Fovia, Inc.

Fovia, Inc. was founded in 2003 to address the challenge of data explosion – the exponentially increasing amount of data being acquired by modern imaging modalities.  The firm has developed a CPU-based, High Definition Volume Rendering software solution that leverages and scales with multi-core, multi‑processor and multi-threaded generational processor development.  Fovia’s HDVR Connect and HDVR Mobile solutions are more scalable, cost effective, flexible, and easily deployable on an enterprise-wide basis than GPU or other hardware-based approaches.  They can be easily and natively integrated into various original equipment manufacturers’ offerings, thereby enabling OEMs to deliver unrivaled image quality and uncompromised performance, both locally and remotely, in 2D, 3D and 4D advanced volume visualization applications.  More information can be found at www.fovia.com.

About Animage, LLC:

Animage, LLC develops and manufactures cutting-edge radiological imaging technology and equipment designed specifically for companion animal veterinary practice and research environments.  Animage, LLC was founded in 2008 to bring advanced diagnostic imaging technology to the veterinary practice market.  Animage, LLC is a subsidiary of Exxim Computing Corporation (www.exxim-cc.com), a diagnostic imaging software company founded in 2002.  Exxim is a specialist in 3D imaging, tomographic image reconstruction, and 3D visualization for medical and NDT applications.  Exxim has customers worldwide, such as Siemens and Imaging Sciences, who use Exxim’s software to optimize the performance and diagnostic value of their diagnostic imaging hardware.

 

February 8, 2013 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.

DebMed® GMS™ Is World’s First and Only Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring System to Meet the WHO (World Health Organization) ‘Save Lives: Clean Your Hands’ Recommendation

Electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring systems should be based

on the World Health Organization’s ‘Five Moments for Hand Hygiene’ to reduce the life-threatening, costly and unnecessary occurrence of healthcare-associated infections around the globe

CHARLOTTE, NC – DebMed®, the creator of the world’s first and only electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” is now the only hand hygiene system that meets the WHO’s C recommendation. The “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” is from the WHO’s “Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care.”

As part of a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in healthcare, the “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands” campaign was launched in 2009 and is a natural extension of the WHO’s “First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care.”  This annual campaign advocates the need to improve and sustain the hand hygiene practices of healthcare workers at the right times and in the right way to improve patient safety by helping to reduce the spread of potentially life-threatening healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

“We recognized as early as 2008 that any electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system would need to be based on the WHO’s ‘Five Moments for Hand Hygiene,’” said Paul Alper, vice president strategy and business development for DebMed, and one of the inventors of the DebMed GMS™ (Group Monitoring System). “We wanted to create a system that could help lead the change from direct observation to a real-time, research-based technology that was accurate, reliable and could help improve patient safety in healthcare settings worldwide. Electronic monitoring is an imperative solution for hospitals.”

Nearly 100,000 people die annually in the U.S. alone from HAIs, making them one of the leading causes of death after cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). At any time, more than 1.4 million patients worldwide are suffering from HAIs. Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent HAIs. However, the WHO Guideline reported that after completing a systematic review of 77 peer-reviewed hand hygiene articles published between 1981 and 2008, the baseline hand hygiene compliance rate was only 38.7 percent – and few followed the “Five Moments” as their observation criteria.

Currently, unobtrusive direct observation of hand hygiene practices by a trained observer is considered the gold standard for evaluating compliance. However, the WHO, in its Save Lives: Clean Your Hands newsletter dated November 12, 2012, recommended that “… promising innovative systems for hand hygiene compliance automatic monitoring … are now available and can significantly … minimize the human resources and time required. When the available resources permit, these new technologies should be the future approach for hand hygiene compliance monitoring, provided that they can detect the ‘Five Moments for Hand Hygiene.’”

The DebMed GMS electronically monitors healthcare workers’ hand hygiene events and provides feedback on compliance rates in real-time. The system reports compliance based on the WHO’s “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” using an evidence-based, statistically valid algorithm and therefore meets the WHO recommendation for how new technologies should be configured.

Because electronic monitoring systems are impartial, unbiased and the only way to capture and report on 100 percent of hand hygiene events, not just the fraction of 1 percent recorded by human observation, they eliminate the human factor and, with it, the Hawthorne Effect. This phenomenon happens when people know they are being watched or observed — they tend to be on their best behavior. Research has shown that this will lead to overstated and unreliable compliance data.

A German study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, for example, concluded that, “To the best of our knowledge, this study provides the first data picturing a complete day, including shift- and indication-specific analyses, and comparing directly observed compliance rates with those calculated based on disinfectant usage, the latter of which revealed a 2.75-fold difference. Worrisomely, compliance rates were very low, especially concerning indications of greatest impact in preventing HAIs, such as before aseptic task. Thus, the gathering of additional data on compliance rates and the reasons for noncompliance is warranted” (Scheithauer, et al. AJIC 2009; 37:835-41).

About DebMed®

DebMed is the healthcare program of the Deb Group. The DebMed program offers innovative hand hygiene products, electronic monitoring technology and improvement tools to support hand hygiene compliance. The DebMed® GMS™ (Group Monitoring System) is the world’s first group monitoring system to report hand hygiene compliance rates in real-time based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” and to date has recorded more than 16 million hand hygiene events.  The electronic monitoring system is being utilized in a four year, multi-site research project being conducted by the Columbia University School of Nursing and funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). It is the first study aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections in pediatric long-term care facilities by improving staff compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. Deb is the first hand hygiene company in the world to provide actionable information along with its hand hygiene products to help drive best practices and improved outcomes for patients worldwide.

For more information on the study or DebMed, visit www.debmed.com.

About Deb Group

Possessing international scale and strong local market presence, Deb Group provides innovative skin care programs for all types of workplace and public environments, spanning industrial, commercial, healthcare and food sectors. Headquartered in the United Kingdom with U.S. operations based in Charlotte, NC, Deb Group is comprised of 21 companies operating in 16 countries. For more information, visit www.debgroup.com.

 

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.

HealthTronics Selects CareCloud’s Cloud-Based Solutions to Help Physicians Optimize Patient Care and Practice Management Operations

Collaboration Will Bring Integrated Electronic Health Record and Practice Management Offering to Urology Practices Nationwide

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services, today announced that the company has partnered with HealthTronics, Inc., a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: ENDP), to bring to market a new integrated electronic health record and practice management offering specific to urology practices across the nation.

Under the terms of agreement, HealthTronics, a urology solutions company, will combine CareCloud’s practice management solution, CareCloud Central, with its UroChartEHR® and meridianEMR™ urology specific EHR systems, to provide urologists with a fully integrated clinical and financial platform to help enhance patient care and drive improved practice performance.

“As more medical groups continue to understand how getting onto the cloud can help them automate their practice it’s imperative that we help them do this in the least disruptive and most cost effective manner possible, and we feel this exciting new platform addresses this need in the urology-specific market,” said Albert Santalo, Chairman and CEO for CareCloud. “Healthcare is a complex industry and as such, not all physician practices need to outsource their billing or need a vendor’s full suite of products. It’s important we provide medical groups with a flexible model that allows them to leverage the cloud in the way that best meets their immediate needs. We are excited about joining with HealthTronics by coupling our practice management offering with their urology-specific clinical offering and providing them with a platform designed specifically for their needs and the care they provide.”

As part of HealthTronics and CareCloud’s new integrated offering, urology practices can select between HealthTronics’ two EHRs, each of which will have a unique interface to CareCloud’s practice management system. CareCloud’s practice management software will provide physician’s practices with dynamic billing rules intelligence, expert support, reporting tools, automated claim submission, and comprehensive analytics reporting that will enable medical groups to track and optimize revenue and operations performance in real-time. With the UroChartEHR and meridianEMR systems both being fully ONC-ATCB certified as complete EHRs, this new offering will also allow physicians to qualify as “Meaningful Users” of their EHR and receive their federal incentive. Additionally, HealthTronics’ clients will also have the potential to access CareCloud’s revenue cycle management service, CareCloud Concierge. Supported by CareCloud’s practice management platform, this service includes a virtual billing back office, dynamic rules intelligence and a reimbursement management system.

“After making the decision to use UroChartEHR for my transition to electronic health records, it became clear that I would need a new practice management system as well. In researching different options, there was great appeal to using a cloud-based platform and obviate the need to have servers in my office. I chose CareCloud because of its many features and almost intuitive simplicity of use,” said Dr. Marcus H. Loo, a New York City-based Urologist. “The integration of UroChartEHR and CareCloud in my practice has been seamless and the training of my staff by the CareCloud implementation specialists has exceeded my expectations. I also came away from the experience with the sense that the CareCloud and UroChartEHR teams coordinated the integration well with minimal disruption to my office workflow and patient care.”

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

CareCloud is helping thousands of physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in more than 45 states. The company received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners in 2011. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

February 6, 2013 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.

Dell’s Mobile Clinical Computing Solution Provides Significant Savings While Enhancing Mobility and Security for Healthcare Providers

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare achieves a risk-adjusted return on investment of 83 percent and a payback period of just 13 months

·         Time saved allows each physician to see an additional patient per day

 ROUND ROCK, Texas, Jan. 17, 2013 — Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) saved more than $600,000 and enhanced the productivity of clinicians in its Family Medicine Residency Program by implementing Dell’s Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) solution, according to a new commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell and released today.

TMH, which serves 16 counties in North Florida and South Georgia, participated in a year-long pilot study of the solution at its Family Medicine Residency Program consisting of 55 physicians who were also simultaneously adopting a new electronic medical records system.

Designed to improve clinician efficiency without compromising security, Dell’s MCC solution combines desktop virtualization, single-sign-on and strong authentication technologies with expert consulting, implementation and support services. By storing information in the data center – not the endpoint device – MCC helps reduce the risk of lost or stolen data and simplifies HIPAA compliance. For the deployment at TMH, the solution featured Citrix XenDesktop® for desktop virtualization, Imprivata OneSign® for single sign-on and strong authentication, and AppSense® Environment Manager™ for profile management.

By implementing Dell’s MCC solution, TMH achieved a risk-adjusted return on investment of 83 percent with a payback period of 13 months based on the Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting. The study also notes that Dell’s MCC solution can provide TMH projected risk-adjusted benefits of $636,235 over the next three years.[1]

With the increase in productivity attributed to the adoption of the solution, the Forrester study conservatively estimates that the clinic will be able to schedule an additional one or two patients per day, per physician. In addition, the pilot implementation helped the hospital:

  • ·         Ensure “faster time to care” for patients by maintaining a consistent computing session when a clinician changes location or device. The simple badge-in/badge-out process provides quick, secure access to all relevant patient information.
  • ·         Implement electronic medical records in a secure environment that simplifies compliance with data security policies and regulations and allows clinicians more time to spend with patients.
  • ·         Reduce IT hardware maintenance by leveraging thin and zero clients, such as Dell Wyse endpoints, and centrally fixing remote failures.

According to the study, the hospital also views MCC as a positive recruitment and retention tool since many medical schools are already using the latest IT tools and residency candidates expect the same leading-edge technology in their work environments. By providing residency physicians with remote access via a secure portal, the solution also helps physicians achieve an improved work-life balance.

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“Dell MCC has been a great solution for us,” said Don Lindsey, chief information officer of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. “It helps balance the issues between being secure and ease of use. MCC helps keep us secure while allowing easy and productive access by clinicians.”

“Patients really like the fact that when a physician is talking to them on the phone or in the exam room the information is right there on the virtual desktop,” said Ronald Machado, M.D., faculty at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

“Dell is committed to simplifying access to information for clinicians because we know it ultimately leads to better patient care,” said James Coffin, Ph.D., vice president and general manager, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. “These research findings validate what we already know – that by aligning people and processes, we can achieve true clinical transformation.”

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As the leading provider of healthcare IT services in the world, Dell helps healthcare organizations harness the power of information to simplify administration; coordinate and manage patient care; transition from episodic care to prevention and wellness management and ultimately to deliver personalized medicine. For more information, visit www.dell.com/healthcare.

Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

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.

Withings Makes the World’s First Internet Connected Baby and Toddler Scale with App Available in the US

The Withings Smart Kid Scale brings new advancements to parents who want a way to track the weight and growth of their new-borns and toddlers
Paris, France – January 16, 2013 – Withings, pioneers of Internet connected devices, announces the US availability of its Internet connected baby and toddler scale, the Withings Smart Kid Scale. Withings has combined cutting edge technology and exquisite design to create a scale that will give parents a simple to use and extremely accurate way to monitor, understand and share their child’s growth using the power of the internet.
The Smart Kid Scale is the ideal device to help parents start their kids off on the right track to a future long-term healthy lifestyle. Obesity affects 17% (approximately 12.5 million) of all children between the ages of 2 and 19 in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Also according to the CDC, this number has tripled since 1980.  These numbers are a true indication of the importance of parents monitoring and tracking the weight of their children at an early age- even from infancy.
Cédric Hutchings, Co-Founder of Withings says: “With the Smart Kid Scale, we’re hoping to bring the same positive outcomes we’ve seen in adults with weigh tracking to the adults of the future.  We’ve made it very simple for parents to track the weight progress of their children and therefore giving them a tool that will assist in turning their children into healthy adults.”
The Smart Kid Scale has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows for the instant transfer of data measured by the scale to be sent directly to the Withings Baby Companion application.  By using the Withings Smart Kid Scale and accompanying application, parents can access the history of their child’s weight readings.  Also, parents can easily communicate the progress of their child’s weight with their doctor, pediatrician, family and friends.
In addition to storing weight data, the Withings Baby Companion app has been designed to allow parents to capture other important data and keep track of milestones.  Users can log the child’s height and see how he/she compares with other children of the same gender and age.  The app also allows parents to keep track of feedings.  Breastfeeding parents can log when the last feeding was, which side the baby fed from and how long the feeding was.  Parents using bottles can keep track of bottles and ounces.
The Smart Kid Scale can be used from infancy to eight years old.  The scale features a large graphical screen for animations and instructions, a button that allows parents to easily record their baby’s height, and a compact design.  The scale comes with a two-piece interlocking baby basket that is inserted into the scale’s base and is used to weigh infants.  The bi-fold design is perfect for storage and travel.  Once the child grows out of the baby basket and can stand up on his/her own, the basket can be removed to reveal a toddler scale.
Withings Smart Kid Scale Technical Specifications:  
  • Weighing Range: 0-55 lbs
  • Accuracy: 10g (0.02lb)
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart
  • Display: Large graphical screen (120×58 pixels)
  • Power Supply: 4 x AAA Batteries
  • Dimensions: 11” x 9.1” x 1” (without baby basket) / 22” x 10” x 3.7” (with baby basket)
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
The Smart Kid Scale joins the wide range of Withings devices and applications that are aimed to both adults and children, such as the Smart Baby Monitor.
Withings provides an open API to allow third party service providers to retrieve readings recorded by the Smart Kid Scale, and thus offers parents additional services and guidance to monitor their child’s growth.
The Withings Smart Kid Scale is available from Withings.com and other retailers for $179.95.  The Withings Baby Companion app is available for free from the App Store at itunes.apple.com.
 About Withings

Withings is an innovative company that creates smart products and apps to help people across the world easily take care of their health and well-being. Founded by French executives Cedric Hutchings and Eric Carreel, Withings has been pioneering Health 2.0 since the launch of their first Wi-Fi Body Scale in 2009 and  is leading the way of the connected health movement. By extending the capabilities of an object through network resources, Withings provides access to infinite computing and storage facility at no extra cost, turning objects into smart connected devices. Since 2009, Withings has extended those benefits to a wide range of lifestyle friendly devices including the Smart Body Scale, the Smart Blood Pressure Monitor and the Smart Baby Monitor. By connecting through appliances such as mobile phones and computers and opening up its platform to the well being ecosystem, Withings now works seamlessly with over 60 partner apps and devices, providing users with a whole new dimension to their day-to-day life. Read more about Withings on www.withings.com.
February 5, 2013 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.

Solution to Help Providers Navigate Shifting Risk Models

First Combination of Population Health Management Tools with Claims-Based Analytics to Help Providers Manage Costs under Value-Based Reimbursement

Waltham, MA, Jan. 17, 2013 – Phytel, the leader in automated, provider-led population health improvement, and Verisk Health, a leader in data-driven risk assessment and performance management technologies, announced today a strategic agreement to develop an integrated solution that combines claims-based risk assessment and medical cost management with enterprise-level care management based on real-time clinical data.  The new solution will give healthcare providers and provider-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) key tools and capabilities they require to succeed under health reform.

As healthcare payment models shift from transactional fee-for-service arrangements to provider risk contracts, market demand is growing for solutions that combine financial analytics, risk assessment, and quality improvement with care management tools. Phytel’s Atmosphere Population Management platform aggregates data from electronic health records (EHRs) and practice management systems in hundreds of physician groups nationwide, offering a suite of tools for automating population health management, including modalities for patient outreach, care gap identification, risk stratification, care management, patient engagement, transitions of care, and performance evaluation. Verisk Health’s Provider Intelligence solution helps identify and target inappropriate use of medical resources, manage in-network and out-of-network costs and utilization, and drive physician and practice-level strategies focused on improving the patient experience and maintaining business stability and profitability.

Combined, these services will deliver a key platform that links financial and performance analytics with case management and population health tools within existing care delivery models. The resulting solution will provide healthcare organizations the ability to identify and address high-cost or low-performing areas within their organization while engaging patients to improve the health of their entire population.

Steve Schelhammer, CEO of Phytel, said, “By automating population health management, Phytel enables healthcare organizations to improve care coordination, identify and close patient care gaps, implement care management of high-risk patients, engage patients in managing their own health, and improve critical transitions of care. We’re excited to work with Verisk Health to help our customers better manage financial risk while providing improved care to their patients. By enabling them to both automate population health and draw actionable insights from claims data, this agreement positions our customers to optimize system performance and manage medical costs so they can optimize quality and financial outcomes associated with performance and risk based contracts.”

“The market demand to prove value is driving an unprecedented need to translate data into actionable information that can be used across the care continuum. All stakeholders — patients, providers, and payers — need access to complete sets of information at the right time and within the right context to drive change in behavior and outcomes,” said Joel Portice, president of Verisk Health. “We’re excited to be working with Phytel to provide a transformative solution that will facilitate physician-led teams to achieve increases in quality and cost-savings across their entire populations, effectively and efficiently, using both claims and clinical data.”

The Verisk Health/Phytel solution will provide both clinical information and claims-based risk assessments for an at-risk population engaged in a payer-provider risk contract. Clients will be able to use the solution to answer critical questions, such as:

•        What health risks characterize my patient population?

•        What targeted interventions can I offer to reduce the risks?

•        Which patients are at the greatest risk for hospitalization or ED services?

•        Where are there non value-add treatments/services that can be avoided to reduce cost?

•        Who are the patients I can engage to improve care?

•        How can I measure my effectiveness?

•        How does my effectiveness compare with my peers?

Upcoming Webinar for Providers

To learn more about how providers can better navigate shifting risk models, please join us for a complimentary webinar, February 6, 1 to 2 p.m. ET. To register, please visit www.veriskhealth.com/content/webinars.

About Verisk Health

Verisk Health drives performance excellence in the business of healthcare. By combining clinical and analytics expertise with robust technology and services, we empower customers to fully leverage their data to achieve long-term measurable results. Our data-driven risk assessment technologies and business decision analytics enable clients to proactively seize opportunities for improving clinical, financial and performance results including care management; risk identification and stratification; HEDIS compliance; benefit program measurement; fraud, waste, and abuse prevention; payment accuracy; and revenue cycle management. Verisk Health is a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK). For more information, visit www.veriskhealth.com.

About Phytel

The premier company empowering physician-led population health improvement, Phytel provides physicians with proven technology to deliver timely, coordinated care to their patients. Phytel’s state-of-the-art registry, which now encompasses more than 25 million patients nationwide, uses evidence-based chronic and preventive care protocols to identify and notify patients due for service, while tracking compliance and measuring quality and financial results. For more information, please visit www.phytel.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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.

OnPage is Chosen by Boston Children’s Hospital to Provide Secure Paging for Smartphones

Doctors can now stay in touch at all times with secure, HIPPA-compliant priority messaging without carrying a traditional pager device

WALTHAM, Mass. -January 22, 2013 —Onset Technology, creator of OnPage™  Priority Messaging, announced today that Boston Children’s Hospital, ranked number one pediatric hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report, has chosen OnPage Priority Messaging to replace its traditional pagers. The dedicated paging devices carried by physicians everywhere will no longer be necessary as their functionality is integrated into their smartphones. “Using OnPage, this progressive, forward thinking hospital is now bringing the same level of innovation to address its communication needs as it did to medical care for over a century” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology.

Traditional pagers are used for alpha-numeric 240 character-max one way communication. Pages sent to traditional pagers require the physician to call back to retrieve the actual message and acknowledge receipt. The OnPage service officiates the process to save precious time; it sends the actual message in its entirety to the intended smartphone and continuously alerts the physician until the message is acknowledged, and automatically keeps the sender informed as to the status of the message, from receipt to actually being read.

Boston Children’s hospital will enjoy many benefits using the OnPage service, including the ability to communicate immediately and securely with its doctors through both cell service and WI-FI, send continuous paging alerts until message receipt, receive actual read acknowledgement automatically when a doctors read their messages, create and manage groups and escalation groups through the OnPage Console, keep a log of the entire communication chain for traceability, and all with HIPAA-compliant encryption for security. Furthermore, since OnPage runs on the most popular smartphones, there is no longer the need for the doctors to carry an additional pager device.

“We are delighted to have the world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital entrust their priority communications to OnPage,” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, creator of OnPage. “They tested our product against a major competitor over a large array of metrics and found OnPage to be superior. Forward-thinking hospitals and clinics are looking for HIPAA-compliant, secure, reliable, and traceable communication. We are proud to be their solution of choice.”

OnPage converts any iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device into a secure, fault-tolerant communication system. Unlike traditional pagers, it guarantees that no messages will ever be missed. With OnPage, a message sent is a message received. You can count on it! And just in case, you also get the audit trail to prove it. For more information about OnPage, visit the OnPage website at http://www.OnPage.com;

ABOUT ONSET TECHNOLOGY

Onset Technology is a leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to organizations with secure priority communications requirements. The company’s latest solution OnPage™ turns iOS, BlackBerry or Android smartphones into secure digital pagers with additional capabilities such as massage status notification to the sender and secures messaging to individual, groups or escalation group. OnPage is device agnostic and carrier agnostic, supported by an enterprise-grade secure messaging and paging platform. Onset Technology’s OnPage is now used by over 1,000 organizations, including those in healthcare, emergency services, information technology, financial institutions, the legal profession, and government agencies. For more information about OnPage, visit http://onpage.com/ . For other products by Onset Technology visit http://onsettechnology.com/

 

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.

Panasonic Expands Toughpad Enterprise-Grade Tablet Line

Ten-inch Windows 8 Pro-based and Seven-inch Android™-powered Tablets offer Choice to Meet Expanding Business Tablet Expectations

Las Vegas, NV, January 9, 2013 – Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today expanded its Toughpad™ line of enterprise-grade tablets with the introduction of the Toughpad™ FZ-G1, a 10” tablet featuring Windows® 8 Pro, and the availability of the Toughpad JT-B1, a 7” Android™-powered unit. Both devices follow the original 10” Android-powered Toughpad FZ-A1 which became broadly available late last year. With the Toughpad (#Toughpad) family of ruggedized tablets, businesses and government institutions have a single partner delivering a selection of highly reliable and purpose-built devices ideal for numerous operational needs.

“For nearly 20 years, Panasonic has engineered the most reliable mobile computing devices on the market,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “Because our customers know they can count on our products to deliver performance and return on investment, Panasonic – through its Toughbook brand – holds nearly 80 percent market share in the rugged mobile device space. We believe our engineering acumen, vertical market expertise and reputation for reliability, backed by our world-class service, will result in the Toughpad family being the leading B2B tablet solution in the coming years.”

Hide Harada, Director, IT Products Business Unit added, “The goal for Panasonic is to achieve 50% market share in the ruggedized tablet space by 2015.”

Toughpad tablets are designed for mission-critical and highly mobile workers in fields such as the military, construction, healthcare, public safety, utilities, retail, maintenance, supply chain logistics and insurance. The devices are ideal for a host of usage scenarios, including inventory control, eForms, field sales, field service, route delivery, eCitations, electronic medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and GIS.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1: Key Features

  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3437U vPro™ 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
  • Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 10.1”, sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer, 800nit, WUXGA (1920×1200)
  • Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 10.6” x 7.4” x 0.75”
  • Weight: 2.43lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G
  • I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0, wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.

Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1: Key Features

  • Operating System: Android 4.0
  • Processor: TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual core
  • Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, micro SDHC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 5’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 7”, daylight viewable, 500nit, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Camera: Front: 1.3Mp fixed focus, Rear: 13.0Mp auto focus w/ LED light
  • Battery: 8.0 hours – Large 5,720mAh battery (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 8.7”x 5.1” x 0.7”
  • Weight: 1.2lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE + 3G
  • I/O: Micro USB

Toughpad tablets are MIL-STD-810G tested for drops, fluid ingress and temperature, to assure they deliver reliable performance under circumstances that render typical tablets non-operational. Devices feature daylight viewable screens, user-replaceable or serviceable batteries, a stylus for signature capture and handwriting (on the FZ-G1 and FZ-A1 with 3rd party apps), and multiple options for peripheral connectivity.

“Our Toughpad tablets were designed based on years of input from customers,” continued Poehler. “This customer feedback is a critical part of the development process and will continue to shape Toughbook and Toughpad devices in the future. The wide variety of devices in the Toughbook and Toughpad families is a clear indication that we build products to meet our customers’ needs.”

Enterprise-class mobile computing requires an enhanced level of device security and the Toughpad family is designed with this in mind. Security features like encryption, IPsec VPN, trusted boot, root protection and FIPS compliance are available in various configurations of the Toughpad FZ-A1 and Toughpad JT-B1. Compatibility with world-class Mobile device management (MDM) tools are also available to allow IT managers to manage applications, secure devices from unauthorized use and perform many other tasks.

Toughpad tablets are supported by an ecosystem that includes an enterprise-focused app store, developer tools and deployment support. Panasonic will offer a full set of professional-grade accessories to support the Toughpad line, including cases, mounts, printers, keyboards, magnetic stripe readers, smart card readers and multi-unit storage and charging solutions.

Pricing and Availability

The 10” Windows 8 Pro-based Toughpad FZ-G1 will be available in March starting at $2,899. The 7” Android-powered Toughpad JT-B1 will ship in February starting at $1,199. The 10” Android-powered Toughpad™ FZ-A1 is now shipping, starting at $1,299. All Toughpad tablets can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers.

Toughpad FZ-A1 LTE Certification

Powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the 10” Toughpad FZ-A1 is now certified on the Verizon Wireless 4G/LTE network.

All products in the Toughpad family come standard with the industry’s most comprehensive 3-year warranty.

Sales inquiries for Panasonic’s Toughpad family of tablets should be directed to sales.psc@us.panasonic.com or 877-803-8492.

For more information on the Toughpad family of tablets and detailed device specifications, go to http://www.PanasonicToughpad.com.

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Panasonic Solutions for Business

Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or atwww.panasonic.com/business-solutions.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is committed to becoming the electronics industry’s leader in green innovation by its one-hundredth anniversary in 2018. In the 2012 Interbrand Annual Best Global Green Brands ranking, the Panasonic brand jumped four spots to number six:http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2012-Report.aspx. As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

February 1, 2013 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.

Independa, IDEAL LIFE to Provide Plug-and-Play Health Monitoring for Independent Elderly and Their Caregivers

Independa™ is incorporating IDEAL LIFE’s wireless health monitoring products into its growing set of tools for caring remotely for independent older adults. IDEAL LIFE devices, including scales, glucometers and medication dispensers, as well as its wireless hub, will become part of the Independa Artemis™ solution.

Professional caregivers and the elderly will be able to easily connect the IDEAL LIFE elements with other Artemis components for tracking health, safety and activity. This will come in handy, for instance, when a person returns home from the hospital or moves to an independent living facility. Caregivers won’t have to function as IT integrators; they’ll be free to focus on doing what they do best.

Independa Artemis Solution to Incorporate IDEAL LIFE Glucometers, Medication Dispensers, Other Devices and Wireless Hub

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 1, 2012 – Home health, home care and other professional caregivers face a bewildering array of options for monitoring the independent elderly, and they often have to play integrator to make disparate devices work together. A new agreement between Independa™ and IDEAL LIFE will help avoid that hassle, time and expense by providing caregivers and caregiving organizations a suite of solutions that are connected and ready to use right out of the box.

Independa will integrate IDEAL LIFE’s wireless health monitoring products – including scales, glucometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, medication dispensers and a wireless hub – into the Independa Artemis™ solution.

Caregivers and the independent elderly will simply unpack and power up the devices, which will automatically connect wirelessly to other Artemis elements. This turnkey out-of-the-box experience is ideal for quickly establishing monitoring systems, such as when a person returns home after surgery or moves into an independent living facility.

Artemis, scheduled for general availability this fall, will feature a wide selection of health, safety and activity sensors, with support for a variety of healthcare communications protocols. Artemis will be offered through Independa partners, including home health, home care and senior living providers that want to provide next-generation telecare services.

“Technology is a means to achieve longer and better independent living, more cost-effective care and peace of mind,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. “Through our relationship with IDEAL LIFE, technology will fade into the background the moment caregivers and the older adults open the box. In the process, our companies are setting the standard for integrated, cloud-based telecare and eliminating a major barrier to adoption.”

“Many IDEAL LIFEand Independa customers were searching for such a complete and plug-and-play solution, urging our companies to work together,” said IDEAL LIFE President Jason Goldberg. “The integration of IDEAL LIFE solutions into Artemis creates an innovative platform that meets this need by providing a turnkey experience allowing caregivers to focus on what they do best.”

For more information about Artemis and the rest of Independa’s telecare portfolio, visit http://independa.com/solutions. For more information about IDEAL LIFE’s health and wellness products, visit www.ideallifeonline.com/products.

About Independa, Inc.

Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa’s best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly to remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides services including medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

Web: http://www.independa.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/independa
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Independa

About IDEAL LIFE

IDEAL LIFE, the industry leader in remote health management solutions, has created an innovative platform that addresses many of today’s most challenging and costly healthcare issues. Guided by a medical advisory panel of experts, the IDEAL LIFE program makes proactive prevention more realistic than ever as it is instrumental in gauging health issues before chronic conditions manifest themselves into acute events. For people managing chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, asthma or obesity, IDEAL LIFE provides relevant, real-time, reliable and actionable data from a person either at home or while on the go. It delivers interactive, personalized communication to incorporate feedback to the knowledge base, allowing individuals to become more engaged and active participants in their own health.

The easy-to-use IDEAL LIFE system utilizes digital, wireless, secure two-way communication, allowing for a more personalized and cost-effective wellness experience. The FDA-cleared and HIPAA-compliant system has, for example, been proven to reduce congestive heart failure hospital admissions by 57 percent, demonstrating they can significantly reduce healthcare costs. For more information, visit www.ideallifeonline.com.

August 20, 2012 I Written By

Independa to Integrate with Qualcomm Life’s 2net Platform to Expand Health Monitoring Services for the Elderly

Independa continues expanding its ecosystem of telecare solutions to enable the elderly to extend and enrich their independence.  In the latest addition, announced today, Independa will integrate the Qualcomm Life 2net™ Platform with Independa’s Artemis™ suite of health, safety and activity monitoring.

This development is important for the connected health industry because it will help professional caregivers close interoperability gaps between monitoring devices and applications – paving the way for higher-quality, lower-cost, integrated telecare.  The Independa-Qualcomm Life collaboration will provide more options for tracking older adults’ well-being, as well as ability to pull together and access data from a wider range of sensors, such as scales, blood pressure cuffs and glucometers.

Collaboration Provides New Options for Uploading and Accessing Biometric Data Across Disparate Devices and Protocols

SAN DIEGO, June 14, 2012 – Telehealth provides new options for higher-quality, lower-cost monitoring, but interoperability issues have hampered its adoption. To minimize those challenges and add flexibility, Independa™ today announced that it will incorporate the 2net™ Platform from Qualcomm Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, into its Artemis™ suite of telecare monitoring solutions for the elderly and their caregivers.

The 2net Platform is a unique cloud-based service that enables the wireless transfer, storage and display of medical device data. It interconnects with almost all monitoring devices and applications, enabling end-to-end wireless connectivity that provides the device users and their caregivers a convenient, secure, standards-based way to upload and access biometric information.

By incorporating the 2net Platform with its Integrated CloudCare system, Independa will be able to support and aggregate data from a broader array of health sensors, including wireless monitors and inexpensive analog devices that care recipients may already own. Such devices include weight scales, blood pressure cuffs, blood glucose meters and pulse oximeters.

The 2net Platform will enhance the Independa Artemis ecosystem of health, safety and activity sensors by adding support for Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, 2G and 3G cellular, Wi-Fi and ANT+ local area radio protocols. The 2net Platform supports SLL and is a FDA-listed Class 1 Medical Device Data System (MDDS).

Caregivers can aggregate information sent to the 2net Platform with Independa’s cloud-based Caregiver Web App and the Angela™ social engagement solution.

“By integrating the Independa and 2net ecosystems, we are offering caregivers and older adults new and more options for comprehensive care while reducing the cost of delivering that care,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. “Our arrangement with Qualcomm Life raises the industry bar for flexibility and aggregation, knocking down major barriers to telehealth adoption.”

“We are happy to be working with Independa to help it enhance and expand the reach of its best-of-breed monitoring solutions,” said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life. “Collaborating with Independa also will strengthen Qualcomm Life’s ability to serve the rapidly-growing independent living and senior care segments.”

Robert B. McCray, President and CEO of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, said: “I am pleased when WLSA members, such as Independa and Qualcomm, work together to deliver the benefits of technology to consumers. Qualcomm Life’s 2net provides an essential platform that makes it possible for innovators such as Independa to focus all their attention on delivering the best services to the market. Independa is tackling one of the largest social and economic issues that we face. With a tidal wave of aging seniors, we must create affordable systems to support their independence as long as possible. That is what they want and what our financial system needs.”

Independa will begin offering connectivity through the 2net Platform when its Artemis solution becomes generally available in the third quarter of this year. This option will be available through channel partners, including home care, home healthcare and senior living providers. Independa provides custom solutions to help its partners differentiate their products and services, such as features specific to health conditions or particular service offerings.

The agreement between Independa and Qualcomm Life was announced during the Digital Health Summer Summit in San Diego, in which both companies are participating.

About Independa, Inc.

Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa’s best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly to remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides services including medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

June 28, 2012 I Written By