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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.

Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Warns Healthcare CIOs: Telehealth Has Reached Its Tipping Point

Solution Provider Says Now is the Time to Implement Telehealth Plans

NEW YORK, January 26, 2017 – It’s no secret that telehealth will be among the most talked about healthcare IT topics at HIMSS17 – a prediction perfectly aligned with last month’s revelation from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) that telemedicine is its members’ top medical regulatory issue. According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), telehealth is at a tipping point as the lines between healthcare and telehealth continue to blur. Soon, there will be no distinction between the two – telehealth will become a natural extension of the way medical care is provided. Logicalis warns that healthcare organizations that are unprepared for this change put themselves at risk of being overwhelmed by the coming onslaught of expectations and regulations as the consumerization of IT extends to the healthcare market.  To help healthcare CIOs transition to a successful telehealth implementation, Logicalis is offering a downloadable white paper, “How to Design and Implement a Successful Telehealth Program for Your Organization.”

“Younger generations of patients are digital natives, so a concept like telehealth is not foreign to them.  When possible, they would rather see their clinicians virtually than face-to-face.  Think of it like the transition from banking in front of a teller to online banking or from shopping in a store to using Amazon – the change that’s coming in healthcare will be just as widespread and radical,” says Ed Simcox, Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “To accommodate this, the regulatory environment is changing and the way that payers reimburse for telehealth is improving. Yet, a lot of healthcare organizations are still playing a wait-and-see game.  Our advice is to take strong initial steps now, planning the implementation of their telehealth programs and blending them into their overall clinical profile so they don’t get left behind by patients and payers alike.  Implementing telehealth doesn’t happen overnight – start now or you could miss the boat.”

How Does Telehealth Fit into the ONC’s Triple Aim?

As hospitals and healthcare systems work toward the ideal of value-based care, they are under tremendous pressure from payers to deliver better population health as a whole and from an increasingly younger patient demographic to deliver a more consumer-like healthcare experience.  Understandably, these pressures have led the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to adopt as one of its top missions the Triple Aim, three important healthcare industry goals originally conceived by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for optimizing the performance of health systems.  The experts at Logicalis Healthcare Solutions point out that telehealth can contribute significantly to achieving each goal, a key indicator that telehealth’s time has come.

1.      Improve the Patient’s Care Experience: The goal of telehealth is to give patients anytime, anywhere access to quality care.  With telehealth, hospitals and healthcare systems can literally deliver the physician’s office via an app to a patient’s computer or mobile device. By taking the physical exam room or clinic out of the picture and putting the virtual version of that experience directly into the consumer’s hands, healthcare providers are taking the next step in the consumerization of healthcare IT and delivering the kind of digital service that will usher in a new frontier in medical care.

2.      Improve the Health of Populations: By making healthcare more easily accessible to entire populations of people that previously had physical or geographic limitations to receiving it, telehealth can improve the health of entire populations. Imagine, for example, a senior citizen who has trouble walking and can no longer drive – simply getting to the doctor for diagnoses and periodic followup examinations may be difficult which means such patients often forego recommended care.  Imagine, too, the difficulty for families who don’t have ready access to a reliable vehicle – how will they visit the doctor in person? Telehealth gives them an alternate solution.

3.      Reduce Per Capita Costs of Healthcare: When providers make it easier for patients to consume healthcare, patients become more compliant – and, typically, as compliance with medical advice improves, so does the patient’s health. By monitoring chronic conditions, for example, via telehealth, healthcare organizations can bend the cost curve for an entire population of at-risk people, improving each individual’s overall health and reducing the cost of care as a result.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

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

January 26, 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.

COVERMYMEDS SIGNS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY MCKESSON

Today we announced that CoverMyMeds has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by McKesson Corporation, subject to customary closing conditions. Our plan with McKesson is one of the most important steps we’ve ever taken to maximize the impact we have on our mission and to be the best place to work in Ohio.

McKesson, which ranks 5th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. McKesson partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance.

We started CoverMyMeds in 2008 with a mission to help patients get the medication they need to live healthy lives. Today, our products streamline the prior authorization (PA) process for 47,000 pharmacies, 700,000 prescribers and the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and payers.

Our mission is highly aligned with McKesson’s mission for better healthcare for all, and we have partnered with Mckesson’s RelayHealth Pharmacy since 2010. Once the transaction closes and we become part of McKesson, we are excited to build on our long-term partnership so that the combined capabilities of both companies are used to bring even more innovative solutions to pharmacies, providers, payers, manufacturers, and patients.

Following the close of the transaction, CoverMyMeds will operate as an independent business unit under its existing leadership team. Co-founders Matt Scantland and Sam Rajan have made a long-term commitment to the company, with Matt continuing to serve as CEO of the company, and Sam continuing his leadership in sales. CoverMyMeds remains committed to Columbus and Cleveland, and we look forward to continuing to grow in Ohio.

Until the close of the transaction, McKesson and CoverMyMeds are separate, independent entities.

We’re excited for the future and our ability, now more than ever, to help patients get the medication they need to be well and for CoverMyMeds to be the best place to work in Ohio.

January 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.

Aprima Medical Software Acquires EHR Reseller Healthcare Data Solutions

Aprima to provide ongoing support to HDS’s 300 provider clients across U.S.

Dallas, TX (January 18, 2017) – Aprima Medical Software, a leading provider of innovative electronic health records (EHR), practice management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions for medical practices, today announced the acquisition of a former reseller Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS) of Coral Cables, FL. As part of the agreement, Aprima will assume full support for HDS’s customers, which include approximately 300 providers in 125 medical practices across 15 states. Financial terms were not disclosed.

HDS works with physician groups across the country to identify IT solutions that best fit their needs and to implement and support their ongoing system needs.

“We have worked closely with the HDS team since adding them to our reseller program in 2012,” said Aprima CEO and president Michael Nissenbaum. “When we first learned that HDS founder Rodney Barreto was interested in pursuing other business opportunities, we saw it as an excellent opportunity to expand our direct client base, while also continuing HDS’s longtime tradition of delivering excellent customer support and service.”

Aprima previously acquired RCM services provider Health Care Strategies in 2011. Since acquiring Health Care Strategies, Aprima has grown its RCM client base threefold and quadrupled the dollars under management. As a whole over the same period, Aprima has experienced annual double-digit growth in revenue and EBITDA and maintained a 98 percent customer retention rate.

“We regularly explore opportunities that we believe will provide our customers with complementary products or services, or align with our long-term strategy of building revenues and helping physicians achieve their financial and care delivery goals,” said Nissenbaum. “The acquisition of HDS certainly fits into the second category and we look forward to working with HDS as we transition their customers to the Aprima support team.”

“We’ve had a great working relationship with Aprima over the last few years and have observed their strong commitment to addressing customer needs, and have benefited from the solid support they provide their resellers,” said Rodney Barreto, managing partner at HDS. “I am confident that our customers will be extremely pleased with the quality support and service that the Aprima team will provide.”

About Aprima Medical Software, Inc.

Aprima provides innovative electronic health record, practice management and revenue cycle management solutions for medical practices. Throughout the company’s 18-year history, Aprima has delivered quality solutions that have helped thousands of users enhance patient care and satisfaction, as well as improve their practices’ bottom lines. The Aprima EHR/PM sets the benchmark for ease-of-use, speed, and flexibility, thanks to its single database and customizable design that adapts automatically to individual physician workflows. The Aprima solution has earned Certification for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and been awarded pre-validation status for NCQA PCMH recognition. The company is based in Richardson, Texas and performs all development, support and implementation from within the U.S. To learn more about how Aprima can help your practice, please visit www.aprima.com, call us at 844 4APRIMA or email us at info@aprima.com.

About Healthcare Data Solutions

Healthcare Data Solutions is a Miami, FL-based Gold Certified Aprima reseller. HDS empowers physicians to practice medicine in the 21st century. HDS offers a full suite of Health IT services and solutions that enable providers to select solutions that best fit the needs of their practice.

January 18, 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.

Inspira Health Network Partners with Jellyfish Health to Make Anywhere the Waiting Room

Jellyfish Health technology powers new mobile app for Inspira’s patients

Panama City, FL—January 17, 2017Patients at Inspira Health Network are about to be wowed with next-level accessible care, thanks to technology from Jellyfish Health, the industry leader of real-time patient experience technology. Using their mobile phones, patients can reserve a spot in a now much shorter line that can significantly reduce wait times. Jellyfish’s technology is the underpinning of Inspira’s new mobile app for patients, Inspira Access. The app currently offers remote check-in for urgent care, and will expand to include other ambulatory services including imaging and lab, as well as primary and specialty care physician practices.

“Patients have made it very clear—waiting for care is frustrating and they don’t want to wait any more,” said Dave Dyell, President and CEO of Jellyfish Health. “We’re excited to help Inspira Health lead the charge in bringing truly accessible care to New Jersey, by freeing patients to make the waiting room anywhere, including their home, office or car.”

What’s driving demand for access?

“Patient Satisfaction” and “Patient Experience” are more than just hot buzz words right now; they are important metrics for receiving more reimbursement from Medicare and other payers that utilize patient satisfaction scores. They are also critical factors for winning patient loyalty. Patients now expect to have the same access to reserving a healthcare appointment with their mobile phone as they do with other retail transactions, such as holding a spot in line at a busy restaurant.

“In today’s fast-paced world, most people don’t have time to sit for long stretches in a provider’s waiting room without any idea of when they’ll be seen. People have jobs to do, families to raise and errands to run,” Dyell noted.

He added, “One of the fastest ways to gain their loyalty is to show them their time is valued.”

“Inspira Health Network is dedicated to providing innovative new technologies for our patients,” said Tom Pacek, Inspira Health Network Chief Information Officer. “Our smart phone apps have been very well received by our community and we’re excited to partner with Jellyfish to add new features that make accessing care easier and more convenient.”

On the administrative side, the Jellyfish solution also shows staff how long patients have been waiting and real time workflow. These are valuable insights for identifying potential bottlenecks, and then assigning staff and resources where they’re needed to prevent further waiting.

“Jellyfish has been an excellent partner to help us deliver a more convenient experience for our patients,” said Pacek.

Pacek added, “Having a partner like Jellyfish, a technology leader in making healthcare newly convenient, definitely helps assure the success of this campaign.”

Healthcare organizations and other entities interested in learning more about the convenient care movement sweeping healthcare are invited to download the free Jellyfish guide “How to Become a True Convenient Care Provider: 7 Profitable Paths to Becoming Your Community’s Most Recommended Healthcare Facility.”

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About Jellyfish Health

Founded in 2014 and based in Panama City, Florida, Jellyfish Health transforms the patient experience through actionable data, driving greater transparency at each step of the patient journey. Its advanced mobile and online technology enables healthcare and provider organizations—including health systems, primary care and specialty care practices, ambulatory surgery centers and urgent care clinics—to optimize patient scheduling, wait time updates, appointment status notifications and overall patient volume. The resulting improvements in patient satisfaction positively impact healthcare and provider organizations’ bottom lines while reducing the potential for poor CAHPS scores and decreased payer reimbursements. The innovative technology also enhances staff workflow efficiencies, heightening provider satisfaction with the ability to help even more patients—and delivering an exceptional patient experience—for the ultimate competitive differentiator in the new paradigm of consumer-driven care. For more information, please visit www.jellyfishhealth.com.

January 17, 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.

Auxilio has Acquired Healthcare IT Security Solutions Leader, CynergisTek for up to $34.3 Million

Deal Will Expand CynergisTek Capabilities with Addition of New Services, Tools and Personnel from Redspin, an Auxilio Company

Mission Viejo, CA, January 17, 2017Auxilio, Inc. (OTCQB: AUXOD), a leading provider of complete document workflow solutions and IT security services for the healthcare industry, announced today that it acquired Austin, TX based CynergisTek, an industry leader in health information privacy, compliance and cybersecurity consulting, for initial consideration of approximately $26.8 million in combined cash, stock, and seller debt.  Additional “earn outs” may be paid of up to $7.5 million over the next five years based on certain financial criteria being met.  The acquisition will enable the Company to meet growing demand from healthcare customers for comprehensive IT security solutions that reduce risk and deliver long-term value.

CynergisTek generated approximately $15 million in revenues and $5.0 million of  EBITDA in 2016.  The transaction is expected to be substantially accretive to 2017 EPS.  CynergisTek will continue to operate independently as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Auxilio, offering end-to-end IT security solutions to a diverse and growing customer base, including some of the largest and most prestigious health systems in the country. As part of the deal, Auxilio’s Redspin division will become part of CynergisTek, to complement existing offerings such as penetration testing, security assessment and risk management solutions, and to bolster technical resources and capabilities.  CynergisTek has provided services to hundreds of hospitals and healthcare organizations since its inception in 2004 and was recently recognized by KLAS, a provider of unbiased vendor performance data for the healthcare IT security sector, as the highest-rated firm that healthcare provider organizations rely on for security consulting and services.

The initial consideration paid to CynergisTek of approximately $26.8 million consists of $15 million in cash, approximately 1.17 million shares of Auxilio common stock and a seller’s note in the amount of $9 million.  Auxilio will enter into a 5 year term loan from Avid Bank in the amount of $14 million to fund the cash portion.

“We have long stated our desire to expand our reach in healthcare IT security and this acquisition puts us in an immediate leadership position in the category.  We have come to know the founders and employees of CynergisTek quite well over the last couple of years and from the earliest conversations it was obvious we shared a vision of what the future of healthcare IT security and document workflow looked like and how the two will become increasingly intertwined,” stated Joe Flynn, CEO of Auxilio.  “While CynergisTek will continue to operate independently, there are numerous opportunities for mutually assisted growth over the near term and we foresee the ability to offer services under a combined umbrella over time.  This is a truly unique fit and we could not be more excited to complete this transaction.”

CynergisTek founders, Mac McMillan and Dr. Michael Mathews, will take Board positions in the combined entity and assume a significant ownership stake to ensure the continued leadership and integrity of the CynergisTek brand. The companies plan to align their service offerings to provide comprehensive information management solutions designed to mitigate risk, optimize productivity and drive savings for healthcare organizations.

“With assets from Auxilio, we’ll have what we need to extend our offerings and to keep pace with market demand while simultaneously maintaining the superior level of client support we’ve become known for,” said Mac McMillan, CynergisTek CEO.  “Our clients recognize that document and device security are important components of their overall security risk profile and the ability to deliver an integrated approach to managing those aspects of their infrastructure along with the digital pieces we’ve traditionally focused on is something we are laying the foundation for now.”

About CynergisTek

CynergisTek (www.cynergistek.com) is a top-ranked cybersecurity and privacy consulting firm. The company offers solutions to help organizations measure privacy and security programs against regulatory requirements and assists in developing risk management best practices. Since 2004 the company has served as a partner to hundreds in the healthcare industry. CynergisTek is also dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant associations such as HIMSS, AHIMA, HFMA, HCCA, AHIA, AHLA, IAPP and CHIME. The company has been named in numerous research reports as one of the top firms that provider organizations turn to for privacy and security, including the 2016 KLAS Security Advisory Services report, which rated CynergisTek for having the highest overall client satisfaction, performance and impact on security preparedness.

About Auxilio

Auxilio (www.auxilioinc.com) provides complete document workflow solutions and IT security services to healthcare organizations across the United States. Auxilio has helped its clients save more than $80 million since 2004 by providing solutions which lower costs, improve operational efficiency and enhance security. Auxilio’s iPLATFORM, an intelligent workflow automation suite delivers a customer driven, vendor neutral approach to secure patient health information, reduce waste and drive additional savings opportunities. Auxilio serves a national portfolio of nearly 220 hospital campuses and manages over 1.5 billion documents annually from over 90,000 devices supporting over 280,000 caregivers.

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.

ONC announces winners of consumer and provider app challenges to improve health information access and use

Apps highlight the use of promising new tools and standards

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.  ONC designed these challenges to spur the development of market-ready applications (apps) that would enable consumers and providers to aggregate health data from different sources into one secure, user-friendly product.

Challenge submissions were required to use Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) and open application programming interfaces (APIs), which are both strongly supported by ONC. These types of modern technologies can make it easier and more efficient to retrieve and share information.

“We are thrilled to recognize new tools that make it easier for individuals and clinicians to access health information and put it to use,” said Dr. Vindell Washington, national coordinator for health information technology (IT). “These apps reflect the incredible progress that is possible as a result of the digital health infrastructure that the public and private sector have built together over the last eight years.”

Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge Winners

The Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge asked submitters to address a need that many consumers have today – the ability to easily and electronically access and securely integrate their health data from different health care providers using a variety of different health IT systems.

PatientLink Enterprises won first place and the $50,000 prize. Its solution, MyLinks, is a cloud-based application that makes it easy to gather, manage, and share patient data using several methods including FHIR® and Direct messaging, a method for sending authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the internet. Using the app, patients can also participate in research, monitor data from remote devices, and use interactive tools.

The second place and “connector” prizes, each with an award amount of $25,000, were won byGreen Circle Health.  This application uses FHIR® to import patient data into a platform integrating a comprehensive family health dashboard that includes personal and medical device data, remote monitoring, and reminders.

In addition, the 1upHealth, which helps patients organize and share data from disparate sources, is being recognized as an Honorable Mention.

Provider User Experience Challenge Winners

The Provider User Experience Challenge focused on demonstrating how data made accessible to apps through APIs can enhance health care providers’ use of their electronic health record (EHR) systems by making clinical workflows more efficient and intuitive.

The first place prize, with an award amount of $50,000, was won by Herald Health. Its solution helps clinicians manage the overwhelming flow of alerts and information by allowing them to create highly customizable push notifications. These can be tailored to both individual patients and groups and exported to fellow users.

The second place and “connector” prizes, each with an award amount of $25,000, were won by the collaboration of University of Utah Health Care, Intermountain Healthcare, and Duke Health.Their solution is a clinical decision support tool that can provide recommendations for the treatment of babies with jaundice detected at birth based on the level of liver waste products found in their blood.

In addition, PHRASE Health, which uses clinical decision support to help clinicians align with priorities such as public health alerts, is being recognized as an Honorable Mention.

These efforts are part of a larger community-driven movement toward helping individuals and clinicians benefit from our nation’s rapidly evolving health IT infrastructure, including the adoption of ONC-certified electronic health records by nearly all U.S. hospitals and most physicians.  The efforts also align with several policy objectives outlined in the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap – PDF, the Interoperability Commitments, and ONC’s Health IT Certification Program. The availability and secure interoperable exchange of health data, and the technologies developed through these initiatives, also have the potential to support other key initiatives, such as delivery system reform, the Precision Medicine Initiative, the National Cancer Moonshot, and efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

For more information, visit the ONC’s Connecting and Accelerating a FHIR App Ecosystem page.

January 13, 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.