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MPIRICA Health Announces $4.6 Million Funding Round to Deliver Surgery Outcome Scores of Doctors and Hospitals

Funding follows growing industry acceptance of outcomes-based quality transparency to achieve patient safety and payer savings

SEATTLE, WA—April 25, 2017MPIRICA Health, Inc., a leading healthcare quality transparency startup, today announces a $4.6 million funding round led by OurCrowd, the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, with participation from a private Seattle-based equity fund. The company plans to use proceeds from this round to fuel its national roll-outs to customers in the Medicare Advantage and employer benefits space, and to scale its cognitive technology platform so that more people and organizations can readily access the best healthcare outcome information for their specific surgical needs.

MPIRICA’s 3-digit metric is simple to access and easy to understand. Available instantly online, the quality score summarizes the actual performance of surgical providers based on clinical outcomes. To produce these consumer-friendly, yet scientific hospital and surgeon scores, the company leveraged a deeply experienced team of data scientists and medical doctors.

The company’s proprietary quality score methodology is based on decades of analyzing and risk-adjusting claims data from insurance companies, commercial payers, the federal government and health systems.

“Armed with this funding, we are thrilled to be able to mainstream the only outcomes-based, trusted quality score for the benefit of payers, healthcare consumers, as well as providers, and to scale our operations and technology,” commented Shakil Haroon, Founder and CEO of MPIRICA.

The MPIRICA Quality Score reveals a wide range of outcomes across the country, from poor-performing to superstar-level surgeons and hospitals in almost every city. The company already has launched scores for 864 different procedures.

In addition to scoring outcomes, the company’s cloud platform delivers integrated cost efficiency measures that allow payers to identify the intersection of the most effective and efficient surgery providers in each region of the US.

“MPIRICA’s current commercial agreements with several leading healthcare management companies position the company for rapid growth and significant impact in shaping the standards of healthcare quality transparency,” said Eduardo Shoval, Chairman of MPIRICA’s Board of Directors and a General Partner at OurCrowd First– the fund that led the investment.

“The company has validated the utility and versatility of its platform by providing instant data to patients, who urgently need information to make informed surgeon and hospital selections while effectively delivering cognitive management tools to healthcare businesses who must manage costs and patient risk.”

MPIRICA’s services are delivered to partners via API and through the company’s platform at www.mpirica.com.

About MPIRICA Health, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Washington, MPIRICA is a digital health startup founded in 2014 to demystify healthcare quality transparency for consumers and payers with an intuitive measurement of surgeon and hospital performance. The MPIRICA Quality Score is based on past medical outcomes, across 864 surgical procedures. The 3-digit score ranges from 100-800, with 600 to 800 representing an excellent demonstration of quality healthcare for a given procedure. Scores less than 600 but more than 400 represent fair care, while anything below 400 indicates substandard historical performance. Find information about MPIRICA Health on Twitter, LinkedInor at www.mpirica.com.

About OurCrowd First

OurCrowd First is Israel’s premier and most active leading early-stage venture capital fund, and the seed-stage fund at OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors. Headquartered in Israel, the OurCrowd First fund is seeding and scaling a carefully curated portfolio of early-stage ventures that are computing and actuating the connected world by leveraging the exponential technology convergence of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the Internet of Things, 3D Printing, digitally enabled Precision Agriculture, Autonomous Robotics, Digital Health, Blockchain technology, and AR/VR.

OurCrowd First is managed by General Partners Eduardo Shoval, Yori Nelken and Avi Reichental, three seasoned parallel entrepreneurs who bring to the fund’s portfolio decades of executive management and corporate leadership experience in growing early-stage startups to convincing scale with successful outcomes. Since its inception, OCF has been recognized as ‘Israel’s most active early-stage VC’. Through its funds, OCF has already invested in some 19 early-stage ventures, guiding some of the most promising Israeli and global exponential-tech startups.

April 25, 2017 I Written By

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

Hospital Merger and Acquisition Activity Continues to Climb, According to Kaufman Hall Analysis

Three Large-scale Mergers Announced in First Quarter

SKOKIE, Ill., April 19, 2017 — The number of hospital and health system partnership transactions continued an upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2017, with an 8 percent increase from 25 to 27 transactions compared to the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest analysis by Kaufman, Hall & Associates, LLC, a leading provider of strategic, capital, financial, and transaction advisory services and software tools. The increase follows another year of continued growth, with transactions climbing from 66 announced deals in 2010 to 102 in 2016. The overall trend illustrates that healthcare organizations across the country continue to seek new efficiencies and capabilities for a transforming industry.

The first quarter was particularly notable for an uptick in transactions among large organizations, with three announced deals targeting organizations with nearly $1 billion or more in revenues. 2016 saw four such deals announced in 12 months. The four announced deals in the first quarter all involved not-for-profit organizations, with the largest of the three being the merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health in Massachusetts. Also announced were affiliations between PinnacleHealth System and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Fairview Health Services and HealthEast Care System.

More transactions among larger and like-sized organizations likely will be seen in the coming months, according to Anu Singh, Managing Director at Kaufman Hall. “Hospitals and health system executives are looking for strategic opportunities to ensure the continued growth and success of their organizations amongst disruptive forces, including innovative competitors, declining payments, flat or decreasing inpatient volumes, and increasing price sensitivities among consumers,” said Mr. Singh. “As the number of independent hospitals declines, organizations are seeking to build new capabilities and economies of scale through partnerships.”

Of the transactions announced in the first quarter of 2017, six involved for-profit acquirers and 21 involved not-for-profit acquirers. In addition to the deal with UPMC, PinnacleHealth announced its acquisition of four Community Health Systems hospitals, and an affiliation with Hanover Hospital. In addition to HealthEast, Fairview Health Services also announced its acquisition of Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. Of all states, Pennsylvania saw the most activity, with five announced transactions in the first quarter.

About Kaufman Hall

Kaufman Hall provides management consulting and software to help organizations realize sustained success amid changing market conditions. Since 1985, Kaufman Hall has been a trusted advisor to boards and executive management teams, helping them incorporate proven methods into their strategic planning and financial management processes, and quantify the financial impact of their plans and strategic decisions to consistently achieve their goals.

Kaufman Hall services use a rigorous, disciplined, and structured approach that is based on the principles of corporate finance. The breadth and integration of our advisory services are unparalleled, encompassing strategy; financial and capital planning; debt and derivatives-related financial transactions; capital allocation and decision making; and mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and joint ventures.

Kaufman Hall’s Axiom Software provides sophisticated, flexible performance management solutions that empower finance professionals to analyze results, model the future, and optimize organizational decision making. Solutions for long-range planning, budgeting and forecasting, reporting and analytics, consolidations, capital planning, and profitability and cost management are delivered on a single integrated software platform. Kaufman Hall’s Peak Software empowers healthcare organizations with clinical benchmarks, data, and analytics to provide a higher quality of care for optimized performance and improved patient outcomes.

April 19, 2017 I Written By

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

Siemens Healthineers Supports Population Health Management with Planned Acquisition of Medicalis

  • Siemens Healthineers has signed an agreement to acquire Medicalis Corporation to expand Population Health Management portfolio
  • Medicalis’ expertise and solutions provide workflow orchestration and clinical decision support to health systems
  • Offerings expected to deliver desired service levels at lower costs while improving quality and productivity for healthcare providers

Siemens Healthineers plans to expand its Population Health Management (PHM) portfolio with the acquisition of Medicalis Corporation based in San Francisco and Kitchener, Ontario.  Medicalis is a leading provider of Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Solutions at the point of order entry, Imaging Workflow (IW) management, and Referral Management (RM). By incorporating these offerings into its PHM portfolio, Siemens Healthineers will enable healthcare providers to effectively bridge between PHM at the health system level and at the departmental level.  With an expanded focus on PHM, as well as a new name that underlines the company’s pioneering spirit and engineering expertise, Siemens Healthineers—the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG—is helping healthcare providers worldwide meet current challenges and excel in their respective environments.

“The mission of Siemens Healthineers is to be the trusted partner enabling health systems and healthcare providers worldwide to improve medical outcomes and reduce costs,” says Matthias Platsch, Head of Services, Siemens Healthineers. “The addition of Medicalis’ technology solutions to the Siemens Healthineers portfolio complements and supports our offerings in Population Health Management and Value-Based Healthcare, a key priority for our ongoing expansion through our Services business.”

The newly-acquired Population Health Management portfolio will extend the Siemens Healthineers strategy for Value-Based Healthcare across the health system enterprise and hospital departmental levels:

  • Clinical Decision Support provides the mechanism, as defined under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), to check appropriateness of imaging orders and enables healthcare providers to define and evolve their standard of care, according to their appropriate use criteria (AUC), based on evidence and best practice. Today, 20%–30% of high-tech imaging procedures fail to provide information that improves patient welfare and, therefore, may represent, at least in part, unnecessary imaging services.
  • Imaging Workflow orchestrates the interpreting physician desktop, streamlining workflow, and standardization of diagnostic pathways for high-impact disease states. It ensures the right specialist, the right tools, a timely read, and prevention of care gaps.
  • Referral Management helps to avoid breaks in care by providing simple appointment scheduling tools, which help a patient schedule examinations in their network. This avoids leakage of patient information to another health system, which breaks communication and causes lost revenue.

In the short term, the solutions developed by Medicalis are expected to address the immediate need for consolidating providers to orchestrate and standardize their imaging workflow and to achieve compliance with the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, expected to become effective on January 1, 2018, which mandates consultation of appropriateness CDS at the point of order for certain advanced imaging tests. Siemens Healthineers believes these solutions will enable providers to achieve PAMA compliance while retaining control over the content, allowing them to move beyond simple compliance towards truly establishing an evolving standard of care based on evidence and direct health system experience.

“The acquisition of Medicalis will allow us to offer healthcare providers a powerful solution to define, implement, monitor, and evolve their own standard of care for their diagnostic service line,” says Robert Taylor, Head of Digital Services Population Health Management, Digital Health Services, Siemens Healthineers.  “We are excited to support our customers with these innovative tools to remove the variability from key high-impact disease states, to create standardized diagnostic pathways which enhance outcomes, control costs, and when combined with intelligent referral management, improve the patient experience overall.”

The solutions developed by Medicalis allow networks of hospitals (Health Systems/Integrated Delivery Networks) to improve physician productivity, manage patient referrals, and scheduling to enhance the relationship with the patient and ensure clinically appropriate imaging and tests to reduce inappropriate utilization.  Currently, seven of the top 25 Health Systems from Massachusetts to California use solutions developed by Medicalis to increase the quality of care they offer to patients.

“We are eager to be joining Siemens Healthineers and believe that this is a strong fit for our company because of our shared values and pioneering heritage,” says Oran Muduroglu, CEO of Medicalis Corporation. “With Siemens Healthineers, we will be able to broaden the context of our decision support, workflow, and referral management to utilize the full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic areas in which Siemens Healthineers operates, to address care gaps, streamline workflow, and help improve the overall experience of healthcare.”

The agreement to acquire the San Francisco, CA, USA and Kitchener, ON, Canada-based company by Siemens Healthineers was signed in April 2017.  Terms of the transaction are not disclosed.  The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

 

Siemens Healthineers is the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG enabling healthcare providers worldwide to meet their current challenges and to excel in their respective environments. A leader in medical technology, Siemens Healthineers is constantly innovating its portfolio of products and services in its core areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and in laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine. Siemens Healthineers is also actively developing its digital health services and enterprise services. To help customers succeed in today’s dynamic healthcare marketplace, Siemens Healthineers is championing new business models that maximize opportunity and minimize risk for healthcare providers.

In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens Healthineers generated revenue of €13.5 billion and net income of over €2.3 billion and has about 46,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available at www.siemens.com/healthineers.

I Written By

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

Bayshore Networks(R) Closes Oversubscribed Venture Funding

Final Investment from Benhamou Global Ventures Completes Series A for Leader in Industrial Cyber Protection

BETHESDA, MD–(Marketwired – March 20, 2017) – Bayshore Networks, the leading provider of cyber protection for industrial infrastructure, today announced the closing of its Series A venture capital investment. With a final investment from Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), the round was oversubscribed at more than $11M, bringing total investment in the company to $15M. Bayshore will use the investment to aggressively grow go-to-market channels, and further develop its industry leading industrial cyber protection platform.

“The market for Bayshore’s industrial cyber protection solutions is expanding quickly,” said Mike Dager, CEO of Bayshore Networks. “Industrial cyber protection is now a key strategic initiative for large enterprises, utilities, and governments alike. We’re experiencing rapid growth because unlike passive visualization and reporting packages, Bayshore’s comprehensive industrial cyber protection platform stops industrial cyber threats before they start.”

“We are impressed with Bayshore’s experienced management team and differentiated technology,” said Anik Bose, General Partner at BGV, who has joined Bayshore’s Board of Directors following the investment. “There is a compelling global need for industrial cyber protection solutions, and we believe Bayshore is well positioned in this burgeoning market.”

“Bayshore’s innovation in the emerging Industrial IoT cyber protection market is well recognized. We led Bayshore’s Series A in support of their pioneering technology in a critical market that is largely untapped to date,” said Alberto Yépez, managing director of Trident Capital Cybersecurity. “We are happy to have BGV join us in supporting the company’s growth.”

About Bayshore Networks, Inc.

Bayshore Networks® is the leading provider of industrial cyber protection. The Company’s award-winning technology unlocks the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), providing enterprises with unprecedented visibility into their Operational Technology infrastructure while safely and securely protecting ICS systems, industrial applications, networks, machines, and workers from cyber threats. Bayshore’s strategic partners include among others Arista, AT&T, BAE, Cisco, Dell, SAP, VMware, and Yokogawa. Bayshore is a privately held company headquartered in Washington, DC and backed by Trident Capital Cybersecurity, Yokogawa, Samsung Next, and BGV Capital. For more information, visit www.BayshoreNetworks.com

About Benhamou Global Ventures

BGV, is an early-stage venture capital firm with deep Silicon Valley roots, with an exclusive focus on enterprise information technology opportunities in global markets. BGV currently has 17 active companies in its portfolio. The BGV team has successfully built and implemented a cross-border venture investing model with companies from Israel, Europe and Asia. The fund was founded by Eric Benhamou, former chairman and CEO of 3Com, Palm and co-founder of Bridge Communications. Comprised of an experienced partnership team of global operating executives and investors, BGV is often the first and most active institutional investor in a company and has a powerful network of technical advisors, executives and functional experts who actively engage with its portfolio companies. The company has offices in Palo Alto, California and Tel Aviv, Israel.

About Trident Capital Cybersecurity

Trident Capital Cybersecurity (TCC) is a $300 million fund that invests primarily in early stage and select growth equity companies. The firm is well positioned as the venture capital firm with the best connections in cybersecurity. Its 47-person Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Council, including industry CEOs, customers and former top-level government leaders is commended for its insights, connections and go-to-market support for TCC’s portfolio companies. TCC’s current portfolio companies include 4iQ, Appthority, Bayshore Networks, ID Experts and IronNet Cybersecurity. Managing Directors Alberto Yépez, Sean Cunningham and Don Dixon jointly lead the investment team and together have made 30 cybersecurity investments during a nearly 20 year period of investing at Trident and Intel Capital. For more information, visit www.tridentcybersecurity.com.

March 20, 2017 I Written By

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

New .Health Top-Level Domain Announces Launch for the Health Industry

.health will have a phased launch with registrations open to the health industry starting July 2017

MIAMI, March 14, 2017 – dotHealth LLC announced today it will launch the new .health top-level domain (TLD) as a new home for health online. The .health TLD is designed to be the premier web address for those who are advancing the health and wellness industry and will provide a new home for health online for brands, organizations and individuals who provide high-quality health products, services and information.

The Internet makes extensive amounts of information available to consumers, and it can be a challenge for consumers to filter unreliable information from valuable information. The .health extension will set a new benchmark for online health information and help promote peace of mind in health-decision making by enabling people to easily find and connect with credible sources of health information.

Driving the new TLD is dotHealth, LLC, an organization comprised of the same team that launched the .co TLD in 2010. dotHealth’s CEO, Jose Ignacio Rasco, is eager to improve the health industry by advancing the online health and wellness experience. “We are designing .health to be the new industry standard for websites in health and wellness. At dotHealth, we are committed to providing value to the health industry by meeting a need that has long existed for health information online,” said Rasco.

dotHealth is taking steps to ensure the .health domain landscape is backed by reliable technology and policies to provide credible and focused content. Registrants who adopt .health domains will be subject to stringent terms and policies that ensure the integrity of the extension and deter misuse. These terms and policies are being developed with the assistance of an advisory board of health and technology experts. In addition to these policies, dotHealth recognizes the importance of security on health-related sites, therefore .health domains are backed by industry-leading technology and security protocols administered by Neustar, the largest provider of core registry and digital naming services.

.health will launch in a phased process to ensure that domains are available as soon as possible to the appropriate communities, while building a credible domain landscape that meets the needs of end users. Websites on .health will represent all areas of the health and wellness industry including: those who provide healthcare, those who provide health information, those who market health products/services, health IT companies, and those in the broader health and wellness space.

Launch Schedule

May 8 – July 7, 2017 – Sunrise – Trademark holders will have first access to register .health domains aligned with their trademark according to ICANN regulations.

July 20 – Nov 30, 2017 – Industry Access – Qualified health industry entities may register .health domains through a token system administered by dotHealth.

Dec 5, 2017 – General Availability – Registration will open to the public while continuing to be backed by terms and policies that will safeguard the credibility of the space.

“We live in an age where we receive so much information, and we need to distill what is helpful to us. The .health domain extension will provide a new level of confidence for those seeking information about health. As consumers, we have certain expectations of some TLDs. Today more than 1,000 TLDs exist around the world, and only a handful garner instant credibility from end-users. .health will join that elite few as the most respected TLD for health information,” said Rasco.

For more information, go to www.get.health.

About dotHealth

dotHealth LLC is the company behind the launch of .health, a new domain extension for brands, organizations, and people who provide high-quality health information, products, and/or services. .health is designed to be the premier address for those who are advancing the health and wellness space.

March 15, 2017 I Written By

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

The HCI Group to Expand Its Technology Offerings

The HCI Group plans to merge with a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra, One of the World’s Leading Technology Firms, to expand its capabilities and service offerings for healthcare providers and create a leading healthcare information technology consulting business.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – March 6, 2017 –The CJS Solutions Group LLC, doing business as ‘The HCI Group’, a global leader in healthcare information technology consulting, announced today its plan to merge with a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra. The combination will be solely focused on driving innovation and digital transformation for healthcare providers.

This planned transaction is strategically designed to bring together Tech Mahindra’s proven ability at driving innovation and digital transformation with The HCI Group’s position as a global leader in healthcare technology consulting to improve the healthcare industry.

“I truly believe that Tech Mahindra is the right partner for us to improve our industry through a combination of disruptive innovation and cost reduction. What better way to support our customers than by joining with the global leader in digitalization and connected technologies…” said Ricky Caplin, CEO, The HCI Group.

The HCI Group will continue to operate as an independent business unit of Tech Mahindra, complementing its deep, proven healthcare domain capabilities with Tech Mahindra’s breadth of technical expertise and innovation labs. Together the two organizations will be positioned to offer new innovative and end-to-end integrated solutions to customers including:

  • Infrastructure Management Services.
  • Process Automation and Outsourcing.
  • Enterprise Business Services that support Business Intelligence and Performance Management.
  • Technical Innovation in support of Clinical Transformation.

Caplin added that “the healthcare industry in itself needs a ‘shot’ of innovation.  We believe that supporting interoperability, leveraging data analytics, building on developments in IoT (Internet of Things) and harnessing the power of machine learning are key to accomplishing true transformation.”

The HCI Group’s financial advisor for the transaction is Allen & Company LLC, with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP serving as its legal counsel.

 

About The HCI Group

The HCI Group is a global leader in healthcare IT consulting with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida and international headquarters in the United Kingdom. It offers a broad scope of healthcare IT solutions in more than 10 countries in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

The HCI Group’s services include enterprise-wide advisory services, with a focus on IT system implementation and training, as well as specialty service lines in integration, testing, go-live, clinical adoption, optimization, HIMSS EMRAM consulting and cyber security. Learn more about the HCI Group by visiting www.thehcigroup.com

About Tech Mahindra

Tech Mahindra represents the connected world, offering innovative and customer-centric information technology experiences, enabling Enterprises, Associates and the Society to Rise™. Tech Mahindra are a USD 4.2 billion company with 117,000+ professionals across 90 countries, helping over 837 global customers including Fortune 500 companies. Tech Mahindra’s convergent, digital, design experiences, innovation platforms and reusable assets connect across a number of technologies to deliver tangible business value and experiences to our stakeholders. Tech Mahindra is amongst the Fab 50 companies in Asia (Forbes 2016 list).

Tech Mahindra are part of the USD 17.8 billion Mahindra Group that employs more than 200,000 people in over 100 countries. The Group operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, after-market, information technology and vacation ownership. Learn more at www.techmahindra.com

March 6, 2017 I Written By

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

OpenEMR Achieves Complete Meaningful Use Certification with Release 5.0

RUTLAND, Vt., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — OpenEMR, the most popular open source electronic health records (EHR) and medical practice management solution, has announced today that OpenEMR version 5.0 has achieved Complete ONC certification, through Infogard.  This certification is vital for medical practices in the U.S. to comply with MACRA and participate in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program.

The Complete Meaningful Use Certification was the result of a community effort that spanned several years, involving over $200,000 in effort and code contributions.  The number of enhancements brought into OpenEMR was expansive and includes standardization of patient medical information, coordination of care, patient privacy, patient engagement, security, public health and automated calculations of metrics and clinical quality measures.  The list of direct contributors to this effort included ZH Healthcare, Ensoftek, Visolve, MI-Squared, Brady Miller MD, EMR Direct, Jan Jajalla, Sunset Systems, Columbia University Certification of Professional Achievement in Health IT, Jeff Guillory NP, Ray Magauran MD, and John Tenny MD, among others.

The OpenEMR 5.0 release boasts many features unrelated to meaningful use.  Modernization was the theme, which includes a new logo and website, www.open-emr.org.  A major enhancement in this release is the sleek user interface, geared towards efficient workflow.  “I have used OpenEMR for seven years.  The new user interface makes the life of providers simpler and easier, with fast retrieval and entering of patient information in a single screen, while supporting a robust feature set,” said OpenEMR user Dr. Arnab Naha MBBS.

Another enhancement is a feature-packed Ophthalmology/Optometry module, designed and built by Ray Magauran MD, a practicing Ophthalmologist.  “As ophthalmologists, we need a product that matches our workflows, doesn’t slow us down or cost an arm and a leg.  My clinic is now paperless.  We have moved into the cloud,” said OpenEMR volunteer developer, Ray Magauran MD.

This release brings enhancements in the patient tracker, reporting, scheduling, billing, security, and form validation modules.  Internationalization of OpenEMR was enhanced by adding support for right to left languages to the already included 33 languages.  Enterprise use of OpenEMR was strengthened by upgrading the MySQL database engine to InnoDB.  Accessibility for OpenEMR developers was improved by migrating the codebase repository from Sourceforge to Github, which allows for efficient, coordinated development.

The OpenEMR community remains committed to continued support and improvement of the OpenEMR product.  “The last year has been a golden age for OpenEMR with increasing active development and a broadening community of developers, users, volunteers, professionals, and OpenEMR champions.  As OpenEMR continues to improve and needs for OpenEMR increases, I expect OpenEMR’s successes to continue into the future,” said OpenEMR project co-administrator Brady Miller MD.

About OpenEMR
OpenEMR was originally released as an open source project in 2002 and is maintained and supported by a vibrant community of volunteers and professionals.  OpenEMR is the most popular open source electronic health records and medical practice management solution.  OpenEMR is downloaded more than 7,000 times per month and it has been estimated that OpenEMR serves more than 100,000 medical providers and up to 200 million patients across the globe.  For more information, visit: http://www.open-emr.org.

About OEMR
OEMR is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2010 to support the OpenEMR project with a mission to ensure that all people, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or geographic location, have access to high-quality medical care through the donation of free, open source medical software and service relating to that software.  The OEMR organization is the legal entity that maintains ONC certification for OpenEMR.  For more information, visit: http://www.oemr.org.

March 2, 2017 I Written By

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

CareSkore Releases Industry’s First Population Health Management as a ServiceTM

PHMaaSTM Provides 3rd-party Apps Full Access to Complete Suite of Machine-learning Analytics through API

Mountain View, CA – February 9, 2017CareSkore, the leader in end-to-end personalized population health management, announced today the release of its Population Health Management as a ServiceTM (PHMaaSTM), providing direct access to its extensive machine-learning analytics engine to 3rd-party applications through an API.

“PHMaaS completely changes the game for how organizations adopt population health management,” said Jaspinder Grewal, CEO of CareSkore.  “We have too many proprietary application interfaces in health care.  PHMaaS allows us to provide insights within existing applications that are already part of user workflows.  Now patient-specific clinical, financial, and behavioral risk stratification is as simple as making a seamless API call from within your existing EHR and other applications.”

CareSkore’s personalized population health management SaaS platform incorporates advanced real-time analytics and innovative AI-based patient engagement to deliver optimized quality of care.  CareSkore PHMaaS provides existing health care IT systems seamless access to its machine-learning-based, real-time analytics engine, aptly called Zeus, through a simple API call.  Now EHRs, middleware platforms, enterprise data warehouses, clinical information networks, and health information exchanges that are already deployed can provide Zeus with real-time internal clinical and claims data and have Zeus augment that with external intelligence specific to every patient on things like demographics and socio-economic characteristics.  The output is patient-specific predictive analytics with a focus on how providers can quickly operationalize those insights. 

Traditional analytics typically achieve accuracy between 60 and 70%, while CareSkore can deliver greater than 90% accuracy to help create a full view of each patient.  This superior capability is driving rapid growth, with customers increasing 1,000% and headcount rising 12x in 2016.  By the end of 2017, CareSkore expects to be deployed in hundreds of locations.

“CareSkore has dramatically simplified the implementation of advanced patient-specific analytics,” said Rohit Arora, Professor and Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine, Chicago Medical School.  “Access through and integration with existing EHR and other apps significantly lowers the barriers to adoption and deployment.”

CareSkore will exhibit at HIMSS 17 in Orlando in booth 1623 from February 20-22, 2017. To schedule a demo of the PHMaaS solution, go tohttp://resources.careskore.com/himss-2017.

About CareSkore

CareSkore is the leading provider of personalized population health management, leveraging machine-learning to generate real-time predictive and prescriptive analytics to understand each patient you are managing, what you are managing them for, and how you are/should be managing them.  CareSkore’s AI-enhanced post-discharged engagement reduces risk of patient behaviors that could lead to poorer outcomes.  CareSkore’s end-to-end patient care management platform ensures quality results and maximum revenue with value-based contracts.

February 9, 2017 I Written By

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

Emanate Wireless Debuts “Enterprise Tier” Subscription for PowerPath Temp

Platform Offers AI-Based System for Healthcare Refrigeration Monitoring

Cleveland, OH- February 8th, 2017Cleveland, Ohio-based Emanate Wireless, a builder of solutions that continuously monitor the operation and productivity of key clinical assets at healthcare facilities, introduced today a new “Enterprise Tier” to its software subscription offerings for the PowerPath platform. PowerPath™ are compact, wireless devices targeted at healthcare refrigeration assets. Emanate Wireless’s AI-based Machine Learning and Analytics software converts the raw data from these monitors into actionable information to help organizations save money, lower risk, and improve quality of care.

Market research conducted by Emanate indicates that half of hospitals perform no automated refrigeration monitoring whatsoever. Instead, they have nurses consume valuable, skilled time to check every refrigerator and log its status manually at least twice per day. Simple math: With 300 refrigerators in a medium-sized hospital getting checked once per shift (three times daily), each fridge will incur roughly 30 hours of checking and logging annually. Nine thousand hours at $50 an hour yields roughly $450,000 in nurse time annually to do something that could be completely automated.

The Solution

Emanate founders all hail from Cisco and boast extensive backgrounds in wireless and signal analysis technologies. After extensive conversations with healthcare professionals and field tests in a major Cleveland-area care facility, the group refined what would become PowerPath Temp, a palm-sized device that sits in-line with AC power between the refrigeration device and a wall outlet. The product uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, deploys in minutes, and monitors both the device’s power consumption and temperature using a wired or wireless temperature probe.

PowerPath’s in-line AC design sets it apart from rival products, many of which incur long-term costs due to frequent (every 12-18 months) battery replacement. If replacements aren’t made promptly and accurately, organizations may not be able to certify correct temperature readings for compliance. In contrast, PowerPath relies on AC power with a lifetime rechargeable backup battery, so no maintenance is ever required. In fact, battery use is entirely optional.

PowerPath’s chief value rests in its ability to monitor the refrigeration device’s operation directly. Emanate mines its signal processing roots to deliver a higher class of utility and intelligence. As AC current data streams into Emanate’s monitoring system, AI machine learning algorithms map incoming data into patterns. Over time, the system learns the difference between, say, a compressor normally cycling on and off versus an anomaly. It can learn when defrost cycles are likely to occur and the power patterns of a door being opened.

Once Emanate’s system detects an event that defies expected patterns or thresholds, alarms can issue to appropriate staff. In February, the new “Enterprise Tier” subscription will provide integrated text- and email-based alarm notifications. This tier will also go beyond the “Basic Tier” subscription with compliance reports and resolution logging.

The Benefits

The system’s ability to generate predictive alarms enables fixing underlying problems before a temperature excursion occurs, which avoids emergency responses and expensive spoilage.  A single refrigerator can contain pharmaceuticals worth $150,000, as well as critical samples and tests. In addition to providing early warning, Emanate’s AI machine learning algorithms also play a powerful role in filtering out nuisance alarms, when temperature briefly changes due to normal operation, such as restocking or a defrost cycle, situations which do not require user attention.

Once a user addresses an alarm situation either by fixing the underlying cause or creating a ticket for device replacement, the Emanate system allows logging of the problem resolution for regulatory compliance. Emanate helps to track these steps and can also leverage the data in creating a wide array of trend reports.

The analytics don’t stop with individual refrigerators. New levels of value materialize once enough data accumulates to assess entire device fleets. Answers will likely emerge to questions such as:

  • What are the common failures, and can they be avoided through routine maintenance?
  • Are certain areas within the organization experiencing higher maintenance volumes?
  • Does a $500 refrigerator provide the same annualized benefit as a $2,500 refrigerator?

In addition to these ROI-linked benefits, proper device monitoring of course yields its chief assistance in satisfying The Joint Commission and other temperature compliance regulations.

“First, when hospitals and clinics fail those compliance tests, there’s a cost to have inspectors return, but the real financial burden is much bigger,” says Dan Cusick,E Emanate’s vice president of customer development. “Failures can result in loss of Medicare reimbursements or other Insurance related expenses. And hospitals tell us that The Joint Commission is being increasingly strict since they know that automated systems are available. So, if a hospital still monitors and logs manually, they’re starting to be cited. Data is usually incomplete, and procedures are not well-established enough for all of the refrigerators and their cold storage inventory. Yes, the consensus is that failing your Joint Commission or other regulatory compliance inspections could be a disaster.”

Other benefits may be less dramatic but no less valuable. We have already touched on how intelligent, automated monitoring can help to nearly eliminate spoilage, but also consider the ramifications for patient safety. No parents want to hear the vaccine their child just received is ineffective because of improper storage. Nor do they want their relatives to be fed a sandwich that has not been refrigerated correctly.  In either case, patients and their lawyers tend not to be forgiving of such mistakes when they could have been easily avoided.

Emanate Wireless and its patented array of monitoring and AI-based analysis technologies stand ready to help healthcare organizations become more efficient with their perishable supplies, more streamlined with their workflow, and better able to make the most of their device investments.

About Emanate Wireless, Inc.

Emanate Wireless brings Clinical Asset AnalyticsTM (CAA) to the healthcare market, allowing greater return on assets. Emanate’s CAA consists of intelligent, cloud-connected sensors that monitor key assets, along with AI Machine Learning and Analytics that convert sensor data into contextual information and actionable insights.  The solution enables enhanced workflow, patient safety and regulatory compliance. Emanate solutions are designed to be quickly installed and easily maintained through the use of standard infrastructure, cloud-based server applications, and zero-maintenance monitors with no-service batteries. For more information, visit www.emanatewireless.com.

February 8, 2017 I Written By

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

CAE Healthcare announces first mixed reality ultrasound simulation solution with Microsoft HoloLens


On the eve of the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in Orlando, Florida, the largest medical simulation conference, CAE Healthcare announced the release of CAE VimedixAR, an ultrasound training simulator integrated with the Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer. CAE Healthcare will be the first company to bring a commercial Microsoft HoloLens application to the medical simulation market.

VimedixAR delivers an unprecedented simulation-based training experience, allowing learners to interact and move freely within a clinical training environment that is augmented with holograms. For the first time, students will be able to examine 3D anatomy inside the body of the Vimedix manikin. As learners practice scanning an animated heart, lungs or abdomen, they will observe in real-time how the ultrasound beam cuts through anatomy to generate a ultrasound image.

Learners can elevate the VimedixAR hologram above the body to gain an understanding of human anatomy and how its circulatory, respiratory and skeletal structures are integrated. The hologram of the heart, for example, can be isolated and enlarged, rotated, and turned as it floats at eye level. If a learner is struggling to understand a concept, he or she will be able to walk around the hologram to gain a different perspective.

“We are on the cusp of a new frontier in simulation for healthcare,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, president of CAE Healthcare. “Augmented and virtual reality can accelerate learning and provide shared training experiences in a more immersive and engaging clinical learning environment. Our engineering team is just beginning to explore possibilities with the Microsoft HoloLens, and we look forward to offering it as a key training solutions technology to our industry partners.”

The CAE Healthcare team has already begun to develop training prototypes with the medical device industry that incorporate the Microsoft HoloLens and are expected to accelerate professional education for new technologies. With CAE Healthcare’s virtual views of human anatomy and the Microsoft HoloLens, physicians will be able to practice placing cardiac devices or implants with speed and precision before they perform procedures on real patients.

“At Microsoft our goal with HoloLens and mixed reality is to help customers visualize and interact with 3D content in ways that offer new possibilities for creation, collaboration and consumption of information,” said Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences. “It is inspiring to see how CAE is integrating HoloLens into its healthcare simulation portfolio, and we are excited about the opportunities mixed reality presents to revolutionize the future of patient education and training through the use of holographic computing.”

The VimedixAR module with Microsoft HoloLens will be available for presale and during the IMSH conference and online. For more information, visit caehealthcare.com/hololens

About CAE Healthcare

CAE Healthcare offers cutting-edge learning tools to healthcare students and professionals, allowing them to develop practical experience through risk-free simulation training before treating real patients. CAE Healthcare’s full spectrum of simulation solutions includes surgical and imaging simulation, curriculum, the LearningSpace audiovisual and center management platform and highly realistic adult, pediatric and baby patient simulators. Today, approximately 9,000 CAE Healthcare simulators and audiovisual solutions are in use worldwide by medical schools, nursing schools, hospitals, defence forces and other entities. www.cae.com/healthcare

About CAE

CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) is a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. We design and integrate the industry’s most comprehensive training solutions, anchored by the knowledge and expertise of our 8,000 employees, our world-leading simulation technologies and a track record of service and technology innovation spanning seven decades. Our global presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including our joint venture operations, and the world’s largest installed base of flight simulators. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals.

January 27, 2017 I Written By

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