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Medisolv Achieves another Milestone in Electronic Clinical Quality Reporting

Successfully Submits patient data under The Joint Commission Option 2 Electronic Clinical Quality Reporting (eCQM) for ORYX Performance Measurement

Columbia, MD, March 10th, 2016 — Medisolv, Inc., a recognized leader in Quality Management and Reporting Solutions, is proud to announce that it has successfully completed reporting electronic clinical quality measures data for The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to The Joint Commission under Option 2 of the ORYX® Performance Measurement Program. The entire submission including all six Core Measure Sets were submitted electronically in the new QRDA I format without any manually abstracted data. Medisolv maintains its leadership in eCQM reporting as the only vendor to have successfully submitted patient data in both TJC Option 2 and the first year of the CMS electronic quality reporting pilot.

“We are very proud of this achievement. I want to congratulate our team for their dedication and hard work. We thank our partners at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). This would not be possible without their active collaboration. Together we have significantly moved the ball forward in electronic quality reporting” said Dr. Zahid Butt, CEO of Medisolv.

“This is another example of our commitment to leverage health IT for improving quality of care for our patients. Our substantial investments in an EHR and clinical workflow optimization were crucial in production of high quality data that made this submission possible,” said Dr. Danielle Scheurer, Chief Quality Officer of MUSC.

“We are pleased to see the commitment to electronic reporting of quality data coming to fruition. It was an extensive undertaking by all parties and we congratulate their hard work,” said David Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, and Executive Vice President of Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission.

About Medisolv, Inc.

Medisolv, Inc. is a national leader in Quality Management and Reporting solutions covering electronic, abstracted and claims based quality measures. Medisolv’s ENCOR is an integrated suite of software modules designed to meet the challenges of alignment between electronic quality measures and manual abstraction in CMS and Joint Commission quality reporting programs. These include CMS hospital inpatient (IQR), hospital outpatient (OQR) and physician quality reporting (PQRS). All Joint Commission quality reporting options, including Option 2 (eCQM only), are fully supported. ENCOR is ONC certified (2014 edition) for all 29 hospital, and 64 provider eCQMs used for Stage 2 Meaningful Use quality reporting. Medisolv Quality Management and Reporting solutions have received the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association (AHA). For more information about Medisolv, visit www.medisolv.com.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.2 billion. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children’s Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute designated center) Level I Trauma Center, and Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit muschealth.org.

About The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission atwww.jointcommission.org.

March 11, 2016 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.

e-MDs to Acquire Ambulatory Software Technology Assets from McKesson

Austin, TX – March 9, 2016 – e-MDs, a leading provider of ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR), practice management (PM) software, revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions, and credentialing services, today announced that it has agreed to acquire several software technology assets from McKesson Business Performance Services (McKesson). The McKesson assets include McKesson Practice Choice™, Medisoft®, Medisoft® Clinical, Lytec®, Lytec® MD, and Practice Partner®.

The acquisition will provide its customers with added resources for growth. The combined company’s products and services are projected to be used by nearly 55,000 providers nationwide.

“The McKesson team supporting these products is passionate about the same thing we are ─ helping doctors maintain focus on the patient,” stated Derek Pickell, CEO of e-MDs. “All of us at e-MDs look forward to aligning this team with ours to bring e-MDs’ full suite of solutions to thousands of new providers across the country.”

The acquisition will establish e-MDs as a front-runner in the ambulatory healthcare market, enhancing the company’s future growth and performance potential. Existing e-MDs and the McKesson clients, who use these products, will benefit from working with a company whose primary focus is software and services for small- to medium-sized practices, and the increased depth and breadth of industry knowledge this acquisition affords.

“e-MDs is the perfect fit for these assets because it has award-winning technology that is ideally suited to this customer base,” said Scott Sanner, SVP & GM, McKesson Business Performance Services.

“This acquisition is key to both our growth and diversification strategies,” stated George Kase, Partner with Marlin Equity Partners, the financial backers of e-MDs. “The purchase is in line with our strategy to complement organic growth by making selected strategic acquisitions. It also offers economies of scale allowing us to extend the e-MDs brand into new areas not previously available.”

About e-MDs

e-MDs is a leading provider of integrated electronic health records, practice management software, revenue cycle solution, and credentialing services for physician practices and enterprises. Founded by physicians, the company is an industry leader for usable, connected software that enables physician productivity and a superior clinical experience. e-MDs software has received top rankings in physician and industry surveys including those conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Practice Management, AmericanEHR™ Partners, MedScape®, and Black Book®. e-MDs has a proven track record of positioning clients for success as demonstrated by Meaningful Use attainment in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. According to data provided by CMS, e-MDs clients are attesting in the top proportion of all major vendors. For more information, please visit http://www.e-mds.comhttp://facebook.e-mds.com and https://twitter.com/emds.

March 10, 2016 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.

Mississippi Division of Medicaid Leverages MedeAnalytics to Become First Medicaid Agency in the Nation to Exchange Clinical Data in Real-Time

Data Analytics Leader Establishes Interface between Medicaid and State’s Largest Medicaid Provider

Emeryville, CA – (March 8, 2016) – Today MedeAnalytics and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) announced that DOM has become the nation’s first Medicaid agency to send and receive clinical data in real-time with a health system using the Epic medical records system. The agency worked with MedeAnalytics and Epic to provide Medicaid data to the state’s largest provider of care to Medicaid patients, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The connection is powered by MedeAnalytics, a leader in healthcare analytics.

This accomplishment means that UMMC doctors can now review the electronic medical history of DOM patients, allowing them to quickly make better-informed decisions. “Giving doctors and nurses access to important information such as medications, diagnoses and allergies ensures that they can make the best care decisions for Medicaid patients,” said Dr. John Showalter, chief health information officer of UMMC.

MedeAnalytics established and standardized DOM’s Medicaid Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI). The standardized EMPI, a multi-year initiative, serves as the core identity management service to allow easy management of a patient’s longitudinal record improving patient safety and care.

“As part of our commitment to provide quality health coverage for vulnerable Mississippians, we are proud to have established one of the nation’s first interfaces between Medicaid and Epic to share Medicaid clinical data with the state’s largest Medicaid provider,” said David J. Dzielak, executive director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.

MedeAnalytics first helped DOM lay the groundwork for this effort by creating an EMPI and single patient identifier in 2014. They accomplished this by analyzing and de-duplicating more than a decade of medical records from 2.3 million Medicaid beneficiaries. The process resulted in a unique longitudinal patient record for over 750,000 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries. MedeAnalytics worked with DOM to make the data accessible through a Medicaid provider portal, then began the next phase of the project: standardization of the Medicaid clinical EMPI to support a clinical data interface with external stakeholders.

“After years of working with our technology partners to build a foundation consisting of an EMPI and clinical data repository, we can now instantly share patient summaries with external stakeholders, such as UMMC. This real-time access to beneficiary data will improve insight into beneficiary health trends, empower better care decisions and much more,” said Rita Rutland, DOM deputy administrator of information technology management.

Now, DOM and UMMC can interact to share Consolidated-Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) patient summaries through UMMC’s Epic electronic health record (EHR). MedeAnalytics expects to receive approximately 3,500 clinical inquiries per day from UMMC and will send the corresponding clinical summaries for Medicaid beneficiaries in response.

“We are excited to have achieved this level of interoperability. Securely exchanging our patients’ data with Medicaid advances our mission to provide the safest, most advanced care for patients across the region,” said Dr. Showalter. “With the ability to access DOM’s patient information at the point of care, we are not only improving patient safety, but are also helping to ensure that the beneficiary’s longitudinal record is always current.”

The benefits of real-time access to beneficiary data for DOM and UMMC include:

  • Emergency room care

o   Urgent care treatment decisions are more informed with a complete patient record, including an allergies list.

o   The cause and frequency of visits is readily available to help providers prevent future unnecessary readmissions.

  • Case management

o   Medicaid utilization and remaining benefits can be quickly accessed.

o   Referrals for additional services are easily identified.

  • Care Management

o   Immunization records and alerts will ensure beneficiaries are receiving the most up-to-date care.

o   Tobacco use information is available to providers.

“Mississippi DOM continues to be a model agency for the nation and it has been a great privilege to partner with them over the years to set the building blocks for clinical data exchange,” said Andrew Hurd, MedeAnalytics CEO. “By standardizing the EMPI and extending this information to the provider portal, Medicaid beneficiaries will benefit from having their complete medical history available at the point of care, which will improve both safety and care outcomes.”

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About Mississippi Division of Medicaid

Medicaid is a state and federal program created by the Social Security Amendments of 1965 (PL 89-97), authorized by Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide health coverage for eligible, low income populations. In 1969, Medicaid was enacted by the Mississippi Legislature. All 50 states, five territories of the United States and District of Columbia participate in this voluntary matching program. The mission of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid is to responsibly provide access to quality health coverage for vulnerable Mississippians by conducting operations with accountability, consistency and respect.

About University of Mississippi Medical Center

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, is the state’s only academic health science center. UMMC includes six health science schools: medicine, nursing, dentistry, health related professions, graduate studies and pharmacy. (The School of Pharmacy is headquartered on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.) Enrollment in all programs is more than 3,000 students.

The Medical Center’s missions are to improve the lives of Mississippians by educatingtomorrow’s health-care professionals, by conducting health sciences research, and by providing cutting-edge patient care. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income or social status.

About MedeAnalytics
MedeAnalytics provides evidence-based insights to solve a real problem that plagues healthcare – how to use the immense amount of patient data collected along the care continuum to deliver cost-effective care and promote a healthier population. Its analytics platform delivers intelligence that helps healthcare organizations detect their greatest areas of risk and identify opportunities to improve their financial health. It empowers providers and payers to collaborate and use data to strengthen their operations and improve the quality of care. MedeAnalytics’ cloud-based tools have been used to uncover business insights for over 1,500 healthcare organizations across the United States and United Kingdom. The company has also been named one of Modern Healthcare’s top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2014 and 2015.

March 8, 2016 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.

AiRISTA Announces Acquisition of Ekahau RTLS at #HIMSS16

March 3, 2016 – Sparks, MD – AiRISTA Flow, an AiRISTA affiliate company and the world leader in true Wi-Fi enabled location services and workflow software solutions, announced today the acquisition of Ekahau RTLS (Reston, VA) and Ekahau RTLS International (Helsinki, Finland.)

With innovative products and patented technologies, Ekahau is well-known around the world for providing superior solutions for forward thinking organizations in the healthcare industry and in many other industries. Ekahau CEO Michel Wendell explains, “During the past 15 years, Ekahau has built a very strong presence in the RTLS space as well as in the Wi-Fi network design and optimization market. We are thrilled to have met AiRISTA who, with their current business offerings and outlook, is a great match for Ekahau RTLS and its customer base, and to take the RTLS solutions to the next level. Ekahau ESS will continue to operate as an independent company focusing on its own market.”

AiRISTA Flow will continue to offer the current Ekahau RTLS products and fully support the Ekahau RTLS customer base. The company intends to expand these offerings through the integration of the existing AiRISTA and Ekahau platforms.

AiRISTA Flow will assume responsibility for the ongoing servicing of the Ekahau RTLS customer base, worldwide. Ryan Madigan, AiRISTA Flow President, will assume operational control of Ekahau RTLS and lead the business both in the US and Finland.

“The RTLS market is at a point where some consolidation is needed to drive standardization and further innovation,” states Madigan. He adds, “Combining the Wi-Fi locating and software capabilities of Ekahau RTLS and AiRISTA will lead to the continued creation of highly refined, innovative products intended to address business issues our customers face.”

“We are very pleased to welcome the Ekahau RTLS team and customer base into the AiRISTA family,” announced AiRISTA CEO Sy Sajjad. “Ekahau RTLS has earned a well-deserved, excellent reputation in the market for providing innovative solutions to their customers. We see the combination of talent and technology between Ekahau RTLS and AiRISTA as an exciting platform for continued growth and look forward to working with the Ekahau RTLS team and customer base”

AiRISTA (www.airista.com) develops and manufactures leading Identification & Track and Trace solutions using passive, active, and semi-active RFID, RTLS, GPS, and other technologies. AiRISTA’s industry-based solutions are robust and comprehensive enabling increased visibility, security, and safety of mission critical assets and personnel. Business process automation is enabled with full integration of AiRISTA’s Business Rule Engine (BRE), GIS, and messaging platforms.

Ekahau (www.ekahau.com/wifidesign) is the global leader in Wi-Fi network design tools, from WLAN network planning to site surveys and troubleshooting. Ekahau’s Wi-Fi tools are used by the leading Wi-Fi infrastructure vendors, systems integrators, and telecom operators as well as thousands of network administrators to minimize network deployment time and ensure sufficient wireless network performance and capacity.

March 4, 2016 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.

Scrypt, Inc. acquires DocbookMD

Scrypt, Inc. (OTC Pink: SYPT) developers of secure and compliant productivity tools for regulated industries, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based DocbookMD®, a HIPAA secure patient care team collaboration platform.

DocbookMD, in use by more the 30,000 medical professionals across the US, is a HIPAA secure messaging application for both mobile and tablet, and can be accessed via any web browser. The platform was designed for healthcare to enable physicians to collaborate with other organization members on vital information including detailed images, labs, X-rays and EKGs, and to communicate effectively with their entire care team. One of the advantages of DocbookMD is that the information shared is stored on a secure server, so once the application is closed, the data is cleared from the device; if the device is lost or falls into the wrong hands, the patient information cannot be accessed without proper credentials, ensuring complete privacy and security.

“DocbookMD was built by and for physicians initially to streamline and improve their communications by giving them access to a directory of their entire organization for easy collaboration,” said Dr. Tim Gueramy, co-founder of DocbookMD. “Today, we’re deeply involved in critical communications among the entire care team continuum – both in and outside of the hospital setting. By joining Scrypt, DocbookMD will continue to expand integrations within the entire healthcare arena.”

“With the addition of DocbookMD to our healthcare portfolio we are able to offer more ways for healthcare providers to collaborate on PHI, without compromising on security,” said Aleks Szymanski, CEO of Scrypt, Inc.

DocbookMD is currently being shown at HIMSS 2016 in Las Vegas, February 29-March 4. Visit the Scrypt stand #12219 to learn more.

About DocbookMD

DocbookMD, built by physicians for physicians, is a rapidly growing secure messaging application for smartphone and tablet devices, and now is also available on the web. DocbookMD has over 30,000 users across 42 states. By putting doctors in control of the technology, regardless of practice setting or existing medical technology solutions, DocbookMD enables the kind of immediate, secure communication that can change the face of healthcare. Learn more at docbookmd.com.

About Scrypt, Inc.

Scrypt, Inc. is a leader in helping healthcare and lending customers streamline paper-intensive processes and protect sensitive and business-critical information. Scrypt, Inc. works tirelessly every day to deliver customer value through cloud and on-premises document solutions that include Sfax, Stak, XDOC and FaxAgent. Scrypt, Inc. remains dedicated to eliminating manual process and paper so that their customers can work better, with confidence. For more information please visit Scrypt.com.

March 2, 2016 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.

CIOX Health Created to Revolutionize Health Information Management

Four companies join to create single access point for patient information, enabling skillful management, coordination, and exchange across the healthcare ecosystem

March 1, 2016 (Alpharetta, Ga.)—CIOX Health launched today during the HIMSS16 Conference & Exhibition with the vision of advancing the way health information is managed. The company, created by the 2015 merger of four industry-leading companies – HealthPort, IOD, Care Communications, and ECS – has the industry’s broadest provider network and capabilities in release of information, record retrieval, and health information management. CIOX Health serves more than 18,000 hospital and provider sites, 100 health plans, and 1 million unique requesters of patient information.

CIOX Health represents the culmination of 40 years of industry experience as the leading clinical data exchange organization focused in release of information and retrieval of information.  The organization facilitates the exchange of patient clinical information with the demand for that information through people, technology and best in class processes.

“CIOX Health is the single largest nexus for meaningful health information in the country,” said Vishal Agrawal, chief growth officer and president of health plan solutions at CIOX Health. “As a technology-enabled services company, we are uniquely positioned to bring consent-driven access to all those who need it—regardless of location, EHR, or health system affiliation.”

CIOX Health offers products and services that assist in the management and exchange of health information, increasing efficiency, speed, quality, and security and positively impacting the bottom line. The company delivers expertise in information exchange, workflow, coding, and audit management technology and services. CIOX Health’s benefits to providers, health plans, and requesters include:

  • Most connected workforce in the market. CIOX Health’s team of more than 7,500 HIM and record release experts are connected through technology and can easily process any size request for information.
  • Efficient, reliable connectivity. CIOX Health operates at the highest level of efficiency to transmit information securely between hospitals, health plans, clinics, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, patients, as well as legal and commercial entities.
  • Security and compliance-focused. CIOX Health upholds rigorous privacy and security standards, exceeding industry requirements for maximum compliance. The company takes a proactive approach to HIPAA requirements and secure operations. Every record is a person—and CIOX Health’s mission to keep every record secure.
  • Reducing business risk. When an organization chooses CIOX Health, it has access to one standardized process and set of reporting capabilities across all locations to more easily report and ensure regulatory compliance.

“We’ve unveiled a new name and brand because we’re the combination of four best in class companies, and we are driving a transformation in the way health information is managed,” said Matthew Bennett, chief executive officer of CIOX Health.

Learn more about CIOX Health and its unique solutions by visiting www.cioxhealth.com or booth #6021 at the HIMSS16 Conference & Exhibition.

About CIOX Health

CIOX Health, headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., is creating a better way to manage health information. Whether you are a provider, health plan, or a requester of information, CIOX Health is your trusted partner. We have the industry’s broadest provider network serving more than 18,000 hospital and provider sites, 100 health plans, and 1 million unique requesters who need access to protected health information. We have capabilities in release of information, record retrieval, and health information management, and we facilitate and manage the movement of health information. Learn more about CIOX Health and our unique solutions by visiting www.cioxhealth.com.

March 1, 2016 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.

MDLIVE Announces Timeline for Delivering Secure Virtual Doctor Visits using Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business

SUNRISE, Florida, February 29, 2016 – MDLIVE, a national leader in the rapidly growing telehealth market, today announced that it will complete the migration of its video consult platform to Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business during the second quarter of 2016.  Office 365 and Skype for Business will provide MDLIVE with a more robust, secure and scalable collaboration platform as it continues to add consumers, physicians, employers, health systems and health plans to its connected care platform.

Skype for Business provides a complete communications platform for customers and partners, including instant messaging, online meetings, HD video conferencing, and telephony. Skype for Business is an integral part of Microsoft Office 365, which was designed to improve productivity, reduce costs, and streamline collaborations for health professionals and others. Office 365 meets many of the compliance regulations for health organizations around the world, including the HIPAA Business Associate Agreement, the breach notification requirements of ARRA/HITECH, and others.

Currently, MDLIVE patients and physicians have to download and install a video application that runs in the background during online consults. With Skype for Business, this is no longer required.  Instead, MDLIVE will use the Skype for Business developer platform to integrate video functions directly into MDLIVE’s telehealth platform, which is available on Android, iOS, and Windows.   Patients will have a simple, easy-to-use experience and will be able to just click on the “see a doctor link” in the MDLIVE portal or mobile app, and the embedded Skype for Business video consult will start, seamlessly connecting patients to a doctor.

“Skype for Business provides MDLIVE with a much more scalable architecture so we can accommodate even higher volumes of consults daily,” said Randy Parker, founder and CEO of MDLIVE.  “The adoption of Skype for Business also enables us to deliver a significantly improved user experience for both patients and physicians.”

“Fueled by the rapid growth in value-based care and increasing consumer demand for more convenient access to care, virtual care is on the verge of rapid, widespread growth.  Within a matter of years, patients will expect their providers to offer both virtual and in-person visits.  MDLIVE is empowering health systems and providers to meet consumers and patients where they are, independent of time and location, with the next generation Skype for Business platform,” said Neil Jordan, general manager, Worldwide Health at Microsoft.

The adoption of Skype for Business also provides significant advantages for MDLIVE’s physician and health system partners to facilitate more efficient adoption and expansion.  Those with Office 365 will be able to utilize their existing Skype for Business subscriptions giving their physicians a more seamless user experience.

MDLIVE will present live demos of virtual consults with its board-certified physicians using the Skype for Business platform at its booth at the HIMSS 2016 Conference & Exhibition, February 29 – March 3, at the Venetian/Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV at booth #12026, Hall G.  MDLIVE will also feature a live demo on Tuesday, March 1 at 3:00 PM and Wednesday, March 2 at 5:00 PM at the Microsoft booth #3832.

About MDLIVE

Founded in 2009, MDLIVE is a visionary and pioneer in the digital delivery of high quality, convenient, cost-efficient care.  The company provides consumers, health plans, health systems and self-insured employers with 24/7/365 access to board certified doctors, pediatricians and licensed therapists via secure online video, phone or MDLIVE App.  Instead of the inconvenience and expense of ER or Urgent Care visits for non-emergency issues, registered users can receive a virtual consult through the company’s HIPPA and PHI-compliant secure, cloud-based platform from home or on the go and if necessary, obtain an e-prescription.  To learn more about how MDLIVE is using telehealth innovations to improve the delivery of healthcare, visit www.MDLIVE.com.

February 29, 2016 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.

Tableau Announces New Technology Agreement with Leading EMR Provider

Seattle & Las Vegas, February 29th, 2016 – Tableau Software (NYSE:DATA), a global leader in rapid-fire business analytics software, today announced a technology agreement with Epic. The agreement will enable joint customers to deliver actionable insights from Tableau to EMR end-users, empowering physicians, clinicians, nurses and case managers for clinical analysis.

As part of this agreement, customer-created Tableau workbooks and dashboards will be integrated with Epic’s EMR, allowing direct access from end-user workflows. In addition, the community of joint customers will share knowledge, innovation and best practices to accelerate time-to-value from both technologies, focusing on helping customers leverage their data assets.

“This is a significant milestone that will enable healthcare providers and health systems to deliver significant value to their patients, physicians, clinicians, nurses, care managers and executives,” said David Delafield, Chief Financial Officer at Medical Group WA/AK, Providence Health and Services in Seattle. “Stakeholders at all levels of the organization will be able to leverage the clinical data from Epic and self-service visual analytics from Tableau to enable performance improvement.”

Dr. Ari Robicsek, VP of Clinical Analytics and Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at NorthShore University Health System, welcomes the relationship. “Tableau has been essential in our effort to transform clinical data from Epic into actionable insights, enabling us to deliver these insights into the real-life workflows of clinicians and healthcare administrators.  Examples include predictive models that drive our Population Health and readmission reduction efforts and actionable quality dashboards for primary care providers.” He further added, “This has delighted our physicians, achieved high levels of adoption, and resulted in demonstrably better patient outcomes.”

“We’re very excited to be working with Epic” said Andy Dé, Managing Director for Healthcare and Life Sciences at Tableau. “We continue to experience strong market adoption for Tableau at the enterprise level nationally in healthcare. This relationship is a direct result of customers’ demand and will deliver value to healthcare providers through the delivery of rapid, actionable insights from their clinical data, for measurable impact on health outcomes.”

This collaboration comes at a time of further recognition for Tableau in healthcare.  KLAS, an independent research firm, placed Tableau among the top business intelligence and analytics vendors for healthcare in the 2015 KLAS report, “Enterprise Healthcare BI: The Search for Outcomes.”

Attendees can learn more about how Tableau can help healthcare organizations during the HIMSS Conference in Las Vegas Feb. 29 – March 4 in the HIMSS Exhibition Hall level 1 at Expo Hall Booth #11937, and at the Clinical and Business Intelligence Knowledge Center Kiosk # 14077, or online at http://www.tableau.com/healthcare-analytics.

About Tableau Software

Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) helps people see and understand data. Tableau helps anyone quickly analyze, visualize and share information. More than 39,000 customer accounts get rapid results with Tableau in the office and on-the-go. And tens of thousands of people use Tableau Public to share data in their blogs and websites. See how Tableau can help you by downloading the free trial at www.tableau.com/trial.

Tableau and Tableau Software are trademarks of Tableau Software, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

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.

Medical Software Crossroads: Custom or Packaged?

Medical Software Crossroads Custom or Packaged

Prior to adopting a new medical software, caregivers might face the common dilemma of ready-made products vs. custom solutions. Balancing the building and buying smartly isn’t an easy task to handle for decision makers. Considering all the pros and cons, we advise paying attention to the following 3 points first:

Usability Aspects

Poor usability is a situation where technology mismatches user needs. In the case of off-the-shelf applications, the conflict stems from the desire to develop a universal solution. This leads to creating additional abstraction layers (menu levels, over complicated forms irrelevant for particular provider fields, and more), which a particular customer does not necessarily need.

The unfortunate truth is that the ready-made healthcare products are always suffering from this problem. Though doing their best to keep users in mind, developers fail to deliver a one-size-fits-all solution. And unfortunately, healthcare is an industry where systems that aren’t comprehensive might kill.

Here is a story published on Medium. A patient, let’s call her Jenny, was a little girl who had cancer. She needed a very strong and toxic chemotherapy treatment, which required pre-hydration and post-hydration with intravenous therapy fluid for 3 days. The prescription for I.V. hydration was entered in the charting application.

However, the three nurses with over 10 years of experience couldn’t figure out the software they were using and completely missed this critical information.

Jenny had missed her hydration for two shifts and died from toxicity and dehydration.

It’s not just a single case of one deadly mistake, it’s a horrifying trend. According to Healthcare IT News, the overall preventable medical errors persist as the number 3 killer in the US, losing only to heart disease and cancer.

Of course, we can’t blame the software alone. All these medical faults are caused by a wide range of reasons which claim the lives of more than 1,000 people each day. And to reduce the deadly number, we should eliminate the tech factor from this staggering equation.

Intuitive systems running like clockwork will reduce this number only if healthcare technologies are created in strong partnership with end users – physicians, therapists and nurses. This applies to both packaged and custom medical software.

Workflow Adaption

Medical software should accurately handle every caregiver’s process. With off-the-shelf solutions, it might be challenging and pricy. The point of packaged applications is that you don’t actually need any heavy changes in the software.

The mismatch between an out-of-the-box system and client’s processes may be resolved in one of the following ways:

  • Adapt to a packaged system. You expend some energy in training and even persuading your staff to work with the technology understanding and accepting its peculiarities.
  • Adapt a packaged system itself. Packaged applications allow customization to a certain extent, which requires investing time and money. The more alterations a system has, the more you lose the advantages of the ready-made software, because the main idea was to buy it and use it right away.

A custom solution works better, because you can get software that meets all your requirements. It doesn’t challenge nurses and physicians to adapt to the inconvenient application. It just does its job and helps health experts do theirs.

Total Costs

At first gaze, a ready-made solution is more affordable, because all you need is make a purchase. However, there are few pitfalls that could increase the final cost significantly.

If you’re choosing one of the top industry vendors, as you need only the best software out there, you need to be prepared for a hefty price tag. For instance, large health systems can shell out around $50 – $700 million for packaged solutions, whereas smaller ones – around $500 thousand – $5 million.

You should also stay aware of the hidden costs. Any new technology requires some time to integrate into your existing system. You will need to train your staff and wait until they get used to it. While packaged software is assumed to be a ready-to-go solution, it might need some additional tweaks to ensure full compliance with the health industry standards. And here goes the maintenance issue. An off-the-shelf application’s maintenance costs can be surprisingly high.

On the other hand, a custom solution might be less expensive, as it doesn’t have to provide a universal set of features for a wide range of customers. You can forget about the “brand fees”, i.e. marketing expenses of the leading vendors. The downside is your delivery time might be increased to 1-3 years.

Making a Decision

As the healthcare industry is an increasingly competitive area, health systems are motivated to actively use all the tech options available on the market. Therefore, when adopting a new software, care providers need to choose a solution with flawless operational warranties as well as defining the level of customization and the delivery time they want.

Both ready-made and custom applications can be quite flexible, convenient and affordable. Packaged solutions’ benefits are shorter delivery time and fewer technical risks, however, technical only.  And custom software are really user-friendly, adapting to all the minor and major aspects of your staff’s daily workflow.

It’s not an easy call to make, not at all. For the industry which saves lives, every drawback has to be considered. The most valuable advice we could give – include custom software in your shortlist, compare all the options and choose the best for your requirements.
Sinkevich Uladzimir
By Sinkevich Uladzimir, Department Manager at ScienceSoft. He brings in 8 years of experience in IT with 4 years in custom healthcare software development.

February 26, 2016 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.

Wolters Kluwer to Showcase its Decision Support Solution for Improving Sepsis Outcomes at HIMSS16

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Health division of Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, will showcase its cloud-based decision support platform for the improved diagnosis and treatment of sepsis in Booth #5537 at the HIMSS16 Conference & Exhibition. POC Advisor™, which reduced sepsis mortality by 53 percent at Huntsville Hospital, integrates and functions seamlessly with the clinical workflow, leveraging electronic alerts and patient-specific, evidence-based treatment advice to drive down sepsis rates.

In December 2015, Halifax Health, East Central Florida’s largest healthcare provider, decided to partner with Wolters Kluwer to adopt POC Advisor into its clinical workflow. Halifax, home to Florida’s largest emergency department (ED) with more than 116,000 emergency visits annually, will be the first to adopt POC Advisor for use in the ED.

“Administering early treatment is imperative to surviving sepsis; however, a number of other conditions present with similar symptoms, which makes diagnosis at the onset challenging.” said Zabrina Evens, M.D., Sepsis BPCI Medical Director for Halifax Health. “For example, in an emergency environment, especially one with a patient population as large as ours, it’s extremely difficult for clinicians to scrutinize the data necessary for early identification for every patient. Partnering with Wolters Kluwer provides our staff with the best opportunity to improve sepsis care and save patients’ lives.”

Sepsis is the deadliest condition treated in hospital critical care units, claiming approximately 258,000 lives in U.S. hospitals every year. At an estimated $20 billion annually, it is also the country’s most expensive condition to treat. The risk of death increases every hour sepsis goes untreated, making early identification crucial to improving outcomes.

POC Advisor uses automated, real-time surveillance that aggregates, normalizes and analyzes patient data from disparate clinical systems to deliver early sepsis alerts and treatment advice to clinicians via mobile devices and clinical portals. With hundreds of rules built into the platform to account for variables specific to individual patients, including comorbidities and medication abnormalities, POC Advisor ensures that alerts are both highly sensitive and specific.

“Diagnosing and treating sepsis is a formidable challenge for providers, especially at a time when clinicians’ responsibilities continue to become increasingly complex and demanding. POC Advisor leverages patient data within the EHR, using real-time analytics and delivering highly accurate alerts and medical advice directly to the point of care without disrupting the clinical workflow,” said David A. Del Toro, President & CEO of Clinical Software Solutions at Wolters Kluwer. “POC Advisor exemplifies our commitment to improving the quality of care by providing latest tools and medical evidence to save lives.”

For a demonstration of POC Advisor, visit the Wolters Kluwer (Booth #5537) at the HIMSS16, taking place February 29-March 4 in Las Vegas.

About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer is a global leader in professional information services. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer’s market leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2014 annual revenues of €3.7 billion. The group serves customers in over 170 countries, and employs over 19,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and organization, visit http://www.wolterskluwer.com/, follow @WKHealth or@Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn, or follow WoltersKluwerComms on YouTube.

February 25, 2016 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.