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Most Wired Hospitals Focus on Security and Patient Engagement

ANN ARBOR, MI and CHICAGO, July 9, 2015 – Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The 2015 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year’s Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found:

  • 96 percent of Most Wired organizations use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of the all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used.
  • 79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals.
  • 83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.

“With the rising number of patient data breaches and cybersecurity attacks threatening the healthcare industry, protecting patient health information is a top priority for hospital customers,” said Frank Nydam, Senior Director of Healthcare at VMware. “Coupled with the incredible technology innovation taking place today, healthcare organizations need to have security as a foundational component of their mobility, cloud and networking strategy and incorporated into the very fabric of the organization”

As hospitals and health systems begin to transition away from volume-based care to more integrated, value-based care delivery, hospitals are utilizing IT to better facilitate information exchange across the care settings. This includes greater alignment between hospitals and physicians. According to the survey, the physician portal is a key factor in strengthening physician-hospital alignment:

  • In 84 percent of Most Wired organizations, physicians can view and exchange other facilities’ results in the portal compared with 63 percent of hospitals surveyed.
  • 76 percent use the portal and electronic health record (EHR) to exchange results with other EHRs and health information exchanges compared to 56 percent of those surveyed.
  • 81 percent can communicate with patients via email or alerts in contrast to 63 percent of all respondents.

Driven beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, this year’s Most Wired hospitals are utilizing the benefits of a patient portal to get patients actively involved in their health and healthcare. For instance, 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application. Other key findings include:

  • 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer the ability to incorporate patient-generated data.
  • 63 percent offerself-management tools for chronic conditions.
  • 60 percent offer patient-specific education in multiple languages.

“We commend and congratulate this year’s Most Wired hospitals and their CIOs for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation’s hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO.”These Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation.”

“Congratulations to our nation’s Most Wired hospitals for harnessing the potential of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety and lower health care costs,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “At the forefront of the field, these hospitals are setting the bar for protection of patient data through discerning security measures.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals.  Last October, the AHA/Health Forum and CHIME announced the formation of a Most Wired partnership to enhance collaboration between the two organizations in the development and sustainability of the survey, and to collectively help meet the growing demand for useful data on health IT integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners visit www.hhnmag.com.

About the American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, please visit www.aha.org.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,500 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org.

About Health Forum

Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, please visit www.healthforum.com.

About our Sponsor

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware’s industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2014 revenues of $6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online atwww.vmware.com.

July 9, 2015 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.

CMS Begins Implementation of Key Payment Legislation

Proposed Update to Physician Fee Schedule is First Since Repeal of SGR

Today, CMS released the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  The proposal includes a number of provisions focused on person-centered care, and continues the Administration’s commitment to transform the Medicare program to a system based on quality and healthy outcomes.

“CMS is building on the important work of Congress to shift the Medicare program toward a system that rewards physicians for providing high quality care,” said Andy Slavitt, Administrator of CMS.  “Thanks to the recent landmark Medicare and children’s health insurance program legislation, CMS and Congress are working together to achieve a better Medicare payment system for physicians and the American people.”

In the proposed CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule rule, CMS is also seeking comment from the public on implementation of certain provisions of the MACRA, including  the new Merit-based Incentive payment system (MIPS). This is part of a broader effort at the Department to move the Medicare program to a health care system focused on the delivery of quality care and value.

The proposed rule includes updates to payment policies, proposals to implement statutory adjustments to physician payments based on misvalued codes, updates to the Physician Quality Reporting System, which measures the quality performance of physicians participating in Medicare, and updates to the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier, which ties a portion of physician payments to performance on measures of quality and cost.  CMS is also seeking comment on the potential expansion of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, a CMS Innovation Center initiative designed to improve the coordination of care for Medicare beneficiaries.

The proposed rule also seeks comment on a proposal that supports patient- and family-centered care for seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries by enabling them to discuss advance care planning with their providers. The proposal follows the American Medical Association’s recommendation to make advance care planning services a separately payable service under Medicare.

The release of the rule triggers a 60-day comment period, during which time CMS welcomes the input of stakeholders and the public.  A final rule will be published this fall. For a fact sheet on the proposed rule, please see here. For further information, please see the rule on display here.

July 8, 2015 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 Report: QuantiaMD Positively Impacts Physicians’ Patient Safety Practices

65% of Physician Members Report Increased Confidence and Better Outcomes After Engaging in Expert-Led Presentations

July 8, 2015 — Waltham, MAQuantia, Inc. (Quantia), the Physician Engagement Platform, today announced key findings from the second in a series of reports on the impact of QuantiaMD on patient care. This Quantia Impact Report found that on average, 65 percent of physicians have implemented better patient safety practices after participating in expert-led presentations within Quantia’s web and mobile physician community, QuantiaMD.

These results suggest that when relevant clinical content is delivered by trusted experts in a convenient online format, physicians change the way they think about and practice medicine, which may lead to improved quality of life for millions of patients and significant cost savings for the health systems that serve them.

The report is based on a panel of physicians who had interacted with specific, expert-led presentations on QuantiaMD on the topics of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC)-related deep vein thrombosis (DVT), PICC Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI), and sepsis within the past 30 to 90 days, and had since cared for patients at risk for these conditions. Below is an overview of the survey results:

PICC-related DVT survey results (n=431), based on QuantiaMD presentation “Common and Costly PICC-related DVTs,” delivered by Dr. Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, University of Michigan:

  • 59% of respondents reported the presentation influenced how they manage the use of PICCs to reduce deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

PICC line-associated bloodstream infection survey results (n=474), based on QuantiaMD presentation “Reducing Risk of PICC-Associated Bloodstream Infection,” also presented by Dr. Chopra:

  • 55% of respondents reported the presentation influenced how they manage the use of PICCs to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)

Sepsis management survey results (n=409), based on QuantiaMD presentation “Sepsis:  A Review and Update,” delivered by Margaret Johnson, MD, Mayo Clinic Florida:

  • 81% of respondents reported that the presentation influenced how they diagnose and manage sepsis in patient care, of those respondents, 92% say they have adopted at least one of the key recommendations from the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines presented and 72% believe they may have prevented a sepsis patient death using the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines presented

The three examples above represent millions of dollars ($20 million to $30 million, conservatively speaking) in annual costs savings for a health system of 3,000 providers serving one million patients. Such savings could be realized if the same proportion of physicians in that sample system reported a similar level of influence as our survey respondents.

“In an effort to reduce costs and improve outcomes, health systems are making clinicians more accountable for infection control rates and other patient safety measures. In fact, 40% of our surveyed physicians say they have access to infection control data and/or reports from their health system’s analytic system, and are expected to act on this information as it relates to their practice,” said Dan Malloy, Executive Vice President of Quantia. “Health systems are finding that our platform helps them better engage their physicians on the topics that drive these patient safety measures through concise, expert-led interactive presentations—all within a community that physicians already value and trust.”

Quantia’s Physician Engagement Platform enables health systems and life sciences companies to deliver their own content– such as evidence-based guidelines, disease state education, and more—to their target physicians as they participate within the QuantiaMD community. The platform also offers leadership a window into physicians’ attitudes and behaviors on these topics, leveraging built-in polls and surveys, to help gain physician buy-in on key organizational initiatives and drive change.

Download the complete report at http://info.quantia-inc.com/scope.

About Quantia, Inc.

Quantia is on a mission to nurture the wisdom of the physician community – and tap into it to deliver better care.  Every day, our membership of over 225,000 physicians (about 1 in 3 nationwide) visits the award-winning web and mobile community QuantiaMD to learn from top experts and collaborate on a wide range of topics. Our blend of expert-led content, gamification, and social framework creates an environment physicians want to explore, serving up high quality interactions that inspire change. Health systems and life sciences organizations use this platform to boost engagement among physicians, improving performance and delivering higher quality, more consistent care.  Learn more at www.quantia-inc.com.

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.

CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready For ICD-10

With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline.  In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD- 10 code set.

Recognizing that health care providers need help with the transition, CMS and AMA are working to make sure physicians and other providers are ready ahead of the transition to ICD-10 that will happen on October 1.  Reaching out to health care providers all across the country, CMS and AMA will in parallel be educating providers through webinars, on-site training, educational articles and national provider calls to help physicians and other health care providers learn about the updated codes and prepare for the transition.

“As we work to modernize our nation’s health care infrastructure, the coming implementation of ICD-10 will set the stage for better identification of illness and earlier warning signs of epidemics, such as Ebola or flu pandemics.” said Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “With easy to use tools, a new ICD-10 Ombudsman, and added flexibility in our claims audit and quality reporting process, CMS is committed to working with the physician community to work through this transition.”

“ICD 10 implementation is set to begin on October 1, and it is imperative that physician practices take steps beforehand to be ready,” said AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD.  “We appreciate that CMS is adopting policies to ease the transition to ICD-10 in response to   physicians’ concerns that inadvertent coding errors or system glitches during the transition to ICD-10 may result in audits, claims denials, and penalties under various Medicare reporting programs.  The actions CMS is initiating today can help to mitigate potential problems.  We will continue to work with the administration in the weeks and months ahead to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.”

The International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, is used to standardize codes for medical conditions and procedures. The medical codes America uses for diagnosis and billing have not been updated in more than 35 years and contain outdated, obsolete terms.

The use of ICD-10 should advance public health research and emergency response through detection of disease outbreaks and adverse drug events, as well as support innovative payment models that drive quality of care.

CMS’ free help includes the “Road to 10” aimed specifically at smaller physician practices with primers for clinical documentation, clinical scenarios, and other specialty-specific resources to help with implementation. CMS has also released provider training videos that offer helpful ICD-10 implementation tips.

The AMA also has a broad range of materials available to help physicians prepare for theOctober 1 deadline.  To learn more and stay apprised on developments, visit AMA Wire.

CMS also detailed its operating plans for the ICD-10 implementation. Upcoming milestones include:

  • Setting up an ICD-10 communications and coordination center, learning from best practices of other large technology implementations that will be in place to identify and resolve issues arising from the ICD-10 transition.
  • Sending a letter in July to all Medicare fee-for-service providers encouraging ICD-10 readiness and notifying them of these flexibilities.
  • Completing the final window of Medicare end-to-end testing for providers this July.
  • Offering ongoing Medicare acknowledgement testing for providers through September 30th.
  • Providing additional in-person training through the “Road to 10” for small physician practices.
  • Hosting an MLN Connects National Provider Call on August 27th.

In accordance with the coming transition, the Medicare claims processing systems will not have the capability to accept ICD-9 codes for dates of services after September 30, 2015, nor will they be able to accept claims for both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes.

Also, at the request of the AMA, CMS will name a CMS ICD-10 Ombudsman to triage and answer questions about the submission of claims. The ICD-10 Ombudsman will be located at CMS’s ICD-10 Coordination Center.

July 6, 2015 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.

ADP AdvancedMD Debuts New Patient Relationship Management (PRM) Suite

New PRM Suite Includes Check-in Kiosk, Automated Patient Forms and Patient Portal to Help Medical Practices Improve Patient Communications and Free Up Time for Proactively Managing Patient Healthcare Needs

South Jordan, Utah July 1, 2015 ADP® AdvancedMD®, a leader in all-in-one, cloud electronic health record (EHR), practice management, medical scheduling, medical billing services and a pioneer of big data reporting and business intelligence for smaller medical practices, today announced the launch of its new Patient Relationship Management (PRM) suite. The solution helps private medical practices streamline the patient intake process and the amount of time it takes to administer patient forms. PRM enables patients to easily complete forms electronically, and once finished, forms automatically and securely populate in patient charts, ensuring the medical staff has the most up-to-date information available on the patient.

“Private medical practices are extremely pressed for time and continually on the lookout for new tools and strategies to streamline the administrative side of things,” said Arman Samani, CTO, ADP AdvancedMD. “Our new Patient Relationship Management suite helps front office staff and administrators reduce the amount of time they spend on each patient’s paperwork and enables patients to utilize the Internet to complete intake forms electronically from the privacy of their home or the practice kiosk. This ensures the medical staff can enter a patient meeting informed and clearly focused on addressing the patient’s healthcare needs, and not searching for background information.”

The suite includes the AdvancedMD mobile patient and administrative check-in kiosk. The check-in kiosk, when combined with AdvancedMD insurance verification, credit card processing, as well as advanced online communications with patients, creates a full-featured front-office solution.

Other advantages of the ADP AdvancedMD Patient Relationship Management suite include:

  • Customizable patient and consent forms provide multiple workflow options for each practice. Private practice team members can assign intake forms and consent forms to the patient prior to their arrival at the office so they can be completed ahead of the appointment in the patient portal or in the waiting room via iPad.
  • Forms electronically load into the patient chart with no document scanning required. Additionally, the check-in kiosk lets the practice’s staff scan a patient driver’s license, review demographic information, and make any necessary updates.
  • Patient forms can be managed on an iPad with the iOS app or via traditional desktop browser. Both let the practice’s staff enter patient information, select documents for a patient, and setup an iPad kiosk to be utilized by a patient.
  • Staff are also able to view appointments by date, search for patients by name, view patient photo and demographic information, and add new and existing patient data to a record.
  • Once a patient form is completed, it automatically loads into the patient chart without the need for the office staff to scan paper documents.

Private practices can customize and bundle some or all of the products within the suite. AdvancedMDPRM is available now. To learn more and order, please click here.

AdvancedMD Resources­­­­­

About ADP

Employers around the world rely on ADP® (NASDAQ: ADP) for cloud-based solutions and services to help manage their most important asset – their people.  From human resources and payroll to talent management to benefits administration, ADP brings unmatched depth and expertise in helping clients build a better workforce.  A pioneer in Human Capital Management (HCM) and business process outsourcing, ADP serves more than 625,000 clients in more than 100 countries.  ADP.com

July 1, 2015 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.

ALLSCRIPTS TAKES $200M EQUITY POSITION IN NANTHEALTH AND EXPANDS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO ENHANCEPRECISION GENOMIC MEDICINE AT POINT OF CARE

New Agreement Calls For Accelerating Delivery and Coordination of 21st Century Evidence Based Precision Medicine

CHICAGO and CULVER CITY, CA – June 30, 2015 – Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) (“Allscripts”), a global leader in healthcare information technology solutions, and NantHealth, a cloud-based information technology company, announced they have taken a significant step forward in their strategic partnership through two cross-investments and a strengthening of their commercial agreement. The investments include Allscripts’ purchase of a 10% equity stake in NantHealth for $200 million in cash. In addition, NantCapital, LLC, the personal investment vehicle of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of NantHealth, has made a $100 million investment into Allscripts.

NantHealth is a healthcare IT company providing the most comprehensive genomic and protein-based molecular diagnostics testing in the market today through its first in class Genomic Proteomic Sequencing (GPS Cancer) diagnostic test, applying this actionable health information to create personalized cancer treatment plans through its sophisticated care planning tool Eviti. NantHealth is in the process of bringing GPS Cancer to the point of care and into the patient’s home through a single integrated clinical platform. The Company’s vision is to allow IDNs, Academic Medical Centers, Pediatric Centers, physicians, patients, payers, employers, researchers and pharma to coordinate personalized cancer care, enable access to cutting edge clinical trials, monitor outcomes and control cost in real-time.

The investments and commercial agreement strengthen the partnership between Allscripts and NantHealth, originally announced in March 2015, to develop an integrated, evidence-based, personalized approach to healthcare solutions, and specifically cancer care. The companies will use Allscripts’ scale, global network of hospital and physician clients and leading software solutions, combined with NantHealth’s clinical platform, applications and connectivity devices to build out the infrastructure for new personalized, precision medicine programs for our clients to improve cancer care.

Going forward, NantHealth and Allscripts are focused on working together to accelerate the dissemination of technologies that seamlessly bring the promise of comprehensive molecular diagnostics to the routine, patient care setting. Specifically, the companies intend to work on joint development of: API-based integration between the two companies’ solutions; the creation of a cross clinical-GPS Cancer sequencing knowledge ontology and industry standard; the development of GPS Cancer sequencing invitations via the Allscripts FollowMyHealth® solution; integration of NantTransporter giving access to NantCancer Genome Browser, NantContraster and Paradigm and the development of an ACO solution incorporating semantic interoperability.

Research has shown that a physician’s ability to make effective, evidence-based clinical decisions can improve by using specifically matched cancer protocols and drugs, delivered to the patient based on the individual’s unique DNA, RNA and proteomic profile, and integrated with the patient’s holistic clinical picture. http://www.ascopost.com/issues/june-25,-2015/redefining-cancer.aspx For the first time, NantHealth and Allscripts can integrate these two aspects into a unique knowledge-based solution to significantly improve the way clinicians treat cancer.

Together, physicians and patients will have the tools to stay engaged and active and provide necessary intervention as early as possible. Leveraging innovations in patient engagement, care coordination and disease management; NantHealth and Allscripts are creating the first fully comprehensive and integrated platform that will provide a transformation to the coordination and delivery of personalized care across the spectrum of integrated health systems, across community ambulatory and tertiary practices.

Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, said, “We’re taking an important step forward in our strategic partnership that fully aligns our resources and furthers Allscripts’ strategy to invest in new technologies that can revolutionize service to hospitals and physicians. Under the leadership of Dr. Soon-Shiong, NantHealth is pioneering extraordinarily innovative, personalized healthcare solutions that will empower more efficient and effective clinical decisions. We’re confident that our joint efforts will help Allscripts lead the way in our vision of delivering an open, integrated and precision-based medical solutions to physicians and patients.”

Dr. Soon-Shiong stated, “Since the NantHealth/Allscripts partnership began earlier this year, we have come to know Allscripts and its management team well, and I am confident that they can be a major contributor toward the execution of our vision. Allscripts has the technology and scale to become a significant player in a once-in-a-generation shift to personalized medicine. Pursuing unique and innovative partnerships such as this, which can integrate our solutions across the full spectrum of precision care, furthers our mission of building a healthcare ecosystem to drive better outcomes with the highest quality and lowest cost.”

Provider Reaction

“North Shore-LIJ has an established commitment to oncology research and the delivery of world-class cancer care,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “Today’s announcement of an expanded strategic alliance between NantHealth and Allscripts is exciting, both in terms of furthering our clinical mission and the opportunity to generate additional value from our long-term partnership with Allscripts. We look forward to participating in this alliance as we work together to deliver on the potential for truly personalized care.”

“Today’s healthcare providers are looking for innovative solutions that are integrated across the continuum of care,” said Robert L. Meyer, president and chief executive officer of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Allscripts and NantHealth offer a promising vision for how tomorrow’ssolutions will provide healthcare professionals with a personalized, comprehensive view of the patient, better analyze data, create precise protocols to drive down costs and improve patient outcomes throughout our healthcare system.”

Allscripts Adds New Sunrise Hospital Client

Allscripts also announced today that Windber Medical Center, a nonprofit, community healthcare provider, NantHealth client and affiliate, has selected the Allscripts Sunrise™ platform to be the new core electronic health record for its hospital facility, replacing its current electronic health system. Located in Somerset County, in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Windber Medical Center offers comprehensive primary and acute care including a critical care unit, home health and hospice care
fitness and wellness programs as well as the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center.

“Windber Medical Center together with the CAP certified and Platinum rated human tissue repository at the Windber Research institute and its partnership with Walter Reed Medical Center is poised to be an integrated cancer center with the most cutting edge scientific genomic research in cancer, and our affiliation with NantHealth and Allscripts will propel us towards our mission of providing 21st century care at the community level,” said Tom Kurtz, CEO of Windber Medical Center.

NantCapital Investment in Allscripts

NantCapital’s investment has been executed through a private placement of Allscripts common stock. Allscripts received gross proceeds of approximately $100 million in the private placement. The combined impact of the expanded commercial agreement and cross-investments is expected to be modestly accretive to Allscripts earnings in 2016 and become increasingly accretive over the five-year term of the commercial agreement. The transaction does not change Allscripts 2015 guidance.

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About Allscripts
Allscripts (Nasdaq:MDRX) is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Our innovative solutions connect people, places and data across an Open, Connected Community of Health™. Connectivity empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. To learn more, visit www.allscripts.com, Twitter, YouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

About NantHealth
NantHealth, a member of the NantWorks ecosystem of companies, is a healthcare transformational cloud-based IT company converging science and technology through a single integrated clinical platform, to provide actionable health information at the point of care, in the time of need, anywhere, anytime. NantHealth works to transform clinical delivery with actionable clinical intelligence at the moment of decision, enabling clinical discovery through real-time machine learning systems. The company’s technology empowers clinicians, patients and researchers to transcend the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system. By converging molecular science, near real-time patient signal monitoring, computer science and big data technology, the NantHealth Clinical Operating System (cOS) platform empowers providers, patients, and commissioners to coordinate best care, monitor outcomes and control cost in real-time. This is the first system of its kind in healthcare, enabling 21st century coordinated care at a lower cost, enabling value-based population health management at a single patient level and at the population at large. For more information please visitwww.nanthealth.com and follow Dr. Soon-Shiong on Twitter @solvehealthcare.

About NantCancer Genome Browser
NantOmics, NantCancer Genome Browser enables clinicians for the first time to investigate a tumor genome from the full three billion bases down to the single-base level in real-time, thanks to the power of the NantOmics supercomputing and secure mobile infrastructure. The Cancer Genome Browser integrates with NantHealth’s treatment recommendation engine, Eviti, to personalize treatment protocols and clinical trail selection to individual patients based on their genomic and transcriptomic signature. The NantCancer Genome Browser is fully encrypted to allow deployment in a HIPAA secured environment, enabling clinicians to securely access patient data as soon as it’s available, wherever they
are.

About NantTransporter
Data transfer is one of the largest challenges associated with the analysis of sequencing data. NantOmics has designed an infrastructure capable of storing and processing thousands of genomes a day quickly and securely. Our NantTransporter software application enables secure transport of data directly from sequencing machines to NantOmics’s secure private genome processing cloud. Data streams are encrypted using 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-128), the same algorithms designated for Top Secret government documents. Initiating a transfer is as easy as obtaining a transfer code from our web site, and specifying the files to be sent. Annotation of the genomes begins immediately with no downtime between transferring and the beginning of processing.

NantWorks has built a dark fiber network capable of Tb/sec transfers between hospitals, academic institutions and sequencing centers. In July 2012 we demonstrated the capabilities of NantTransporter by transferring 94 TB of genomic data and achieved speeds of up to 9.55 Gb/sec with a sustained rate of over 8.232 Gb/sec, the fastest and largest documented transfer of genomic data to date. To date we have transported over 15,000 cancer genomes via NantTransporter.

About NantContraster
Accurately assessing the state of a patient’s genome is one of the most powerful tools in the emerging field of personalized medicine. NantOmics applies its leading, novel genomic analyses to rapidly discover variants in a patient’s raw genomics data using the latest sequencing technologies combined with advanced statistics and machine learning techniques.

NantContraster annotates all variants against a knowledge database comprising all known and probable disease-associated genes to rank the genomic alterations that have the highest clinical relevance. When applied to cancer tumor/normal samples, our analysis is capable of quickly identifying genomic alterations that could lead to tumorigenesis for a fraction of the cost of conventional approaches. NantContraster is capable of concurrently processing many samples to handle large workflows from researchers and hospital settings.

About Paradigm
PARADIGM (Pathway Recognition Algorithm using Data Integration on Genomic Models) is a proprietary algorithm that uses a probabilistic graphical model to integrate multiple genomic data types on curated pathway databases and is unique for its per-sample approach that allows individual samples to be assessed alone or within the context of a cohort of interest.

June 30, 2015 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.

HIMSS Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Healthcare Organizations Experienced a Significant Security Incident in Recent Past

Healthcare Organizations Implement New Technology and Personnel to Stay Ahead of Cyberattacks

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015– Cybersecurity was identified as an increased business priority over the past year according to 87 percent of respondents in the newly released 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey (http://www.himss.org/2015-cybersecurity-survey). Two-thirds of those surveyed also indicated that their organizations had experienced a significant security incident recently. Released at the Privacy and Security Forum, held in Chicago from June 30-July 1, this research reflects the continued cybersecurity concerns by healthcare providers regarding the protection of their organizations’ data assets.

“The recent breaches in the healthcare industry have been a wake-up call that patient and other data are valuable targets and healthcare organizations need a laser focus on cybersecurity threats,” said Lisa Gallagher, Vice President of Technology Solutions, HIMSS. “Healthcare organizations need to rapidly adjust their strategies to defend against cyber-attacks. This means implementing threat data,incorporating new tools and sophisticated analysis into their security process.”

The survey of 297 healthcare leaders and information security officers across the industry also found that at least half of respondents made improvements to network security, endpoint protection, data loss prevention, disaster recovery and IT continuity. Despite the protective technologies available, most respondents felt only an average level of confidence in their organizations’ ability to protect their IT infrastructure and data.

Key findings from the survey include the following:

  • Respondents use an average of 11 different technologies to secure their environment and more than half of healthcare organizations surveyed hired full time personnel to manage information security
  • 42 percent of respondents indicated that there are too many emerging and new threats to track
  • More than 50 percent of information security threats are identified by internal security teams
  • 59 percent of survey respondents feel the need for cross-sector cyber threat information sharing
  • 62 percent of security incidents have resulted in limited disruption of IT systems with limited impact on clinical care and IT operations
  • 64 percent of respondents believe a lack of appropriate cybersecurity personnel is a barrier to mitigating cybersecurity events
  • 69 percent of respondents indicated that phishing attacks are a motivator for improving the information security environment
  • 80 percent use network monitoring to detect and investigate information security incidents
  • 87 percent of respondents reported using antivirus/malware tools have been implemented to secure their healthcare organizations’ information security environment

In addition to the findings above, survey respondents found the following as the top ways security incidents were identified and the impact they had on their organizations:

To download the complete 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, please visit: http://www.himss.org/2015-cybersecurity-survey

About HIMSS

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

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 58,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 400 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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.

CynergisTek Expands Leadership Team to Support Company Growth

Adam Hawkins Advances as Vice President of Sales and Marketing to Drive Continued Expansion Amid Increased Demand for Privacy and Security Expertise in Healthcare

Austin, Texas, June 29, 2015CynergisTek™, an authority in health information privacy, security and compliance, today announced it has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Adam Hawkins as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Effective July 1, 2015, Adam will be responsible for the sales and marketing operations at CynergisTek, as well as the strategic planning, development and implementation of the company’s Managed Services and Vendor Security Management offerings. In addition, Adam will continue to ensure a high-level of support is maintained across the company’s client base of healthcare provider organizations. Adam originally joined CynergisTek as Director of Client Services in 2012, and was an integral part of developing a highly successful sales team as the company restructured its sales and marketing efforts from the ground up.

Adam’s transition to this executive role will be critical in effectively managing unprecedented company growth spurred by increased demand for privacy and security expertise in healthcare. The company has experienced a 70 percent increase in revenue over the last calendar year, and has rapidly expanded its workforce, requiring seasoned leadership in sales, marketing and client services. Adam has more than a decade of experience in healthcare information security and clinical technologies, positioning him well to manage the company’s sales force, marketing department and partner alliances.

“Adam’s commitment to matching providers with the best possible solutions for their privacy and security needs has been instrumental in fostering the trust our clients have come to know and rely on us for,” said Dr. Michael Mathews, CynergisTek Co-Founder and COO. “Adam has a proven track record of ensuring client success, and we are pleased to have him join the executive team where he can exercise his leadership skills and provide strategic direction as we continue to grow.”

Complex regulations, looming enforcement action and prevalent data breaches in the healthcare industry have made data security a top priority for most providers. This increased focus on information security has led many organizations to seek outsourced expertise, driving business for CynergisTek and opening the door to new career opportunities at the company for those with education and experience in information technology.

“It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of a company that is leading the healthcare industry at such a critical time,” said Adam. “It has been very rewarding to help CynergisTek clients navigate today’s dynamic threat environment, and I am looking forward to stepping into my new role where I can fully dedicate myself to adding value across the board.”

Prior to joining CynergisTek, Adam was a Regional Sales Executive at Diebold and DrFrist and Director of Sales & Technology at VisionTree. Adam holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information and Decision Systems and Political Science from California State University, San Diego.

About CynergisTek

CynergisTek is a top-ranked information privacy and security 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 2003 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. CynergisTek was recognized by KLAS®, as one of three firms provider organizations turn to most for privacy and security assistance in its groundbreaking report released in May 2014, entitled “Security and Privacy Perception 2014: High Stakes, Big Challenges.” For more information visitwww.cynergistek.com, call 512.402.8550 or email info@cynergistek.com.

June 29, 2015 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.

Survey Shows Insider Threats on the Rise: Organizations Experience an Average of 3.8 Attacks per Year

Survey by Crowd Research Partners Shows Endpoints Are by Far the Most Common Launch Point for an Insider Attack; Highlights Need for Robust Endpoint Security and Policies

VERO BEACH, FL − (June 24, 2015)SpectorSoft™, a leader in the user activity monitoring and behavior analysis market, today released results of the Insider Threat Report, a crowd-based research project that was done in cooperation with the 260,000+ member Information Security Community on LinkedIn and Crowd Research Partners to gain more insight into the state of insider threats and solutions to prevent them. The final report results were based on a comprehensive survey of over 500 cybersecurity professionals from organizations of varying sizes across many industries; the results highlight the increasing need for better security practices and solutions to reduce the risks posed by insider threats.

Among the report’s findings:

The Rise of Insider Attacks: A majority of security professionals (62 percent) saw a rise in insider attacks over the last 12 months, while 22 percent saw no rise, and 16 percent were unsure if they had been attacked or not.

Frequency of Insider Attacks: Forty-five percent of respondents cannot determine whether their organizations experienced insider attacks in the last 12 months. Twenty-two percent said they experienced between one and five attacks, and 24 percent of organizations believe they experienced no attacks at all. Of the respondents who were willing to admit they suffered an insider attack, the average number was 3.8 incidents per organization per year.

Cost of Remediation: The overall average cost of remediating a successful insider attack is around $445,000. With an average risk of 3.8 insider attacks per year, the total remediation cost of insider attacks can quickly run into the millions of dollars.

Monitor Insider Activity on the Endpoint: The survey highlights the need for robust endpoint security and policies; respondents identified endpoints as the most common launch point for insider attacks (56 percent); this was followed by networks (43 percent) and mobile devices (42 percent).

Top Insider Threats: Organizations overwhelmingly maintained that data loss was the top concern regarding insider threats. When asked which types of insider attacks were most concerning, 63 percent of respondents said data leaks, 57 percent said inadvertent data breaches and 53 percent said malicious data breaches.

Vulnerable Data: Sixty-four percent of respondents feel extremely, very or moderately vulnerable to insider threats. Due to its value to attackers, the most vulnerable type of data is customer data (57 percent). This was closely followed by intellectual property (54 percent) and financial data (52 percent).

Internal versus External Attacks: Sixty-two percent of respondents find it more difficult to detect internal threats than external threats, while 38 percent cannot determine which type of threat is most difficult to detect.

Monitoring the Threat: When it comes to threat monitoring, 75 percent of companies monitor the security controls of their applications, 60 percent monitor a majority of all of their key IT assets, while only 21 percent continuously monitor user behavior taking place on their networks.

“The survey and report called out a rise in insider threats, the difficulty in detecting them, and the significant costs in cleaning up after a successful insider attack,” said Mike Tierney, COO, SpectorSoft.  “Companies need the ability to detect for anomalies in user behavior to make sure they are aware of the threats that exist within their organizations, because insiders will deviate from their normal behavior patterns when planning and executing an attack.”

About SpectorSoft

SpectorSoft is the leader in user activity monitoring and an innovator in user behavior analysis software. SpectorSoft has helped more than 36,000 businesses, government organizations, schools and law enforcement agencies improve how they address security and achieve compliance. SpectorSoft award-winning solutions include enterprise-grade insider threat detection software, a powerful user activity monitoring solution deployed by thousands of companies in more than 110 countries, robust Event and Security Log Management, and the world’s leading employee investigation tool. For more information, please visitwww.spectorsoft.com.

June 26, 2015 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.

Zoeticx Leverages Crowd Funding to Introduce TruRecord, Medical Prescribing Software That Will Address 2.2 Million Adverse Drug Reactions in U.S.

First EHR-integrated, Precise and Personalized, Mobile Platform to Leverage Advances in DNA Testing for Better Patient Outcomes and Lower Malpractice Payouts

June 29, 2015; San Jose, Calif — Zoeticx, Inc., the developer of medical software that bridges the gap between medical data and quality patient care, today announced a crowd funding campaign for TruRecord, the first subscriber-based, medical prescribing software to leverage advanced DNA testing technology for optimal drug analysis and prevention of adverse drug reactions.

The company is raising funds for a fall launch of TruRecord on medical crowd funding site Medstartr http://www.medstartr.com/projects/662-trurecord

TruRecord improves patient outcomes by reducing the 80,000 annual deaths due to drug adverse reactions, resulting in 289 billion spent annually on malpractice payouts. CDC ranks this as the fourth highest cause of deaths in US. With 30 new medications introduced yearly and 25 percent of patients on multiple medications, the need is growing.  The CDC also ranks this as the fourth highest cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, cancer and strokes.

TruRecord is designed to foster better patient outcomes by helping to prevent the 100,000 deaths yearly from drugs that are prescribed properly and 80,000 deaths from those which are not, resulting in 289 billion spent annually on malpractice payouts.

Breaking Through Drug Analysis Limitations

Through an intuitive visualization of drug-to-drug interactions, drug-to-allergy interactions, and drug to DNA metabolization, medical professionals can now create what-if scenarios for drug issues, enabling providers to personalize prescriptions. This capability breaks through providers’ drug analysis limitations and the burdensome task of scanning and searching text and tables to identify adverse reaction data which is often complex.

These scenarios can now also be more complete with accurate patient medical information from any facility, including integration from existing hospital EHR’s through Zoeticx’s Patient-Clarity Platform which connects disparate EHR records and enables medical system interoperability.

Mobile Devices, HIPAA Compliance

TruRecord client interfaces are supported on mobile and web interfaces, providing precise, personalized medication prescriptions. TruRecord accesses patient medical records via an on-demand, real time access from EHR / EMR systems. Without data duplication, TruRecord complies with all required secure patient privacy protection outlined by HIPAA.

“We built Zoeticx to help medical systems address interoperability, lower accidental deaths and bridge the gap between medical data and better patient outcomes,” said Thanh Tran, CEO, Zoeticx. “Today our goal is the same, but a shift toward an additional focus—adverse drug reactions. We are ushering in an era where we can leverage the fruits of DNA research to bring more precise and accurate prescriptions to those who rely on them. TruRecord takes the guess work out of drug interactions and patients by delivering security, peace of mind and accuracy.”

About Zoeticx

Zoeticx offers software solutions for the healthcare industry which are dedicated to improving patient outcomes, enhancing the quality of care, containing costs, and simplifying administration. These solutions offer an immediate increase in the quality of care by delivering the right information to the right caregiver at the right time, in a manner that can be easily understood.  Additionally, as the Affordable Care Act continues to roll out, healthcare providers will face new challenges which arise whenever there is a transition from an old system of doing business to a new one. Zoeticx helps solve those challenges, allowing care providers to focus on what is most important, the patient. www.Zoeticx.com For additional information contact Glass Lantern PR at @glasslanternpr.com.

June 25, 2015 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.