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MEDECISION ACQUIRES AXISPOINT HEALTH’S PLATFORM BUSINESS

Medecision supports platform clients through transition to Aerial

DALLAS, TX and DENVER, CO – October 3, 2017—Medecision, a category leader in population health management solutions for risk-bearing entities, announced today the acquisition of over 50 clients from AxisPoint Health. In this transaction, Medecision acquired the clients that currently use CCMS and VITAL, recently rebranded as AXIS. AxisPoint Health’s services businesses, including CarePoint, GuidePoint, and Analytix, are not included in this transaction and remain under management by AxisPoint Health.

This acquisition makes Medecision the largest independent provider of care management platforms and applications in the United States, now supporting over 50 million lives for nearly 100 of the nation’s leading health plans and care delivery organizations. AxisPoint Health’s platform clients join Medecision’s community of national and regional brands and population health pioneers, expanding the Company’s footprint and strengthening its presence in markets where risk-sharing arrangements and value-based contracting require insights-actionable workflow throughout the care ecosystem, all the way to consumers and their caregivers. Medecision currently serves health plans and care delivery organizations that manage population risk.

“We are committed to providing our new clients with a great customer experience on their current platform as well as a path to the benefits that Aerial clients enjoy–advanced functionality and value, a strong product roadmap, improved access to innovation and world-class data and security services,” said Deborah M. Gage, CEO and President at Medecision. “These software customers can now rapidly modernize their care management programs by migrating to the more fully featured and advanced Aerial platform and applications, proven to lower the total cost of operations and improve their ability to manage risk and care,” Gage continued.  “We are excited to welcome a team of talented and dedicated employees into our community of hundreds of healthcare liberators.”

“I am thrilled that our platform clients now have a partner like Medecision,” said Christopher A. Long, President of AxisPoint Health. “Since the CCMS platform retirement announcement, many customers have asked about the critical enhancements and new functionality required for their programs. The demands of risk-bearing operations are only outpaced by the technological advancements critical to sustainability and security. Through their next-generation ecosystem, I believe Medecision offers our platform clients the best opportunity for today and going forward.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Aerial: A Premium Platform for Population Health Management

For almost a decade, Medecision has consistently invested in Aerial, strengthening its big data aggregation and insights management capabilities, increasing engagement throughout the care team, ensuring compliance with multiple programs and jurisdictional entities and helping users manage to quality and financial performance targets. Aerial operates in a big-data-platform-plus-apps mode, supported by the layering of a portfolio of workflow and engagement applications over robust services that push bi-directional, machine-learning-enriched intelligence to clinical and consumer users.

Aerial has become the standard bearer for population health management support across the payer and provider markets, and is recognized by several industry analysts. Medecision’s clients, which operate successful population health and care management programs nationally, rely on Aerial to succeed in multiple lines of business, with diverse populations and within various payment models and risk-sharing agreements.

Aerial’s Suite of Applications & Flexible Packaging Solve Pop Health’s Multidimensional Needs

In the past 18 months, Medecision has launched multiple platform assets and applications that complement our core products including Care, Utilization, and Disease Management, Network Management and Care Coordination. The latest releases include:

  • Insights™
    • Supporting all Aerial applications with powerful intelligence and analytics, Aerial’s big data platform and enterprise data warehouse provides the longitudinal, person-centric knowledge base required for personalized care and population health management as well as the insights on behavioral, physical and clinical dimensions that drive targeted workflow for optimal interventions, care plans and engagement.
  • Population Analytics
    • Predicts risk and directs interventions to avoid costly occurrences through analytics, risk models, visualizations and reporting.
  • Health Summary™
    • The most powerful, complete and actionable personal health record available. The Aerial Health Summary empowers members, and their care teams with a single comprehensive view of the patient’s medical care plan, risks, gaps and an up to the minute care view.
  • Financial Performance Dashboards
    • Provides actionable intelligence to make rapid and critical decisions in utilization, prescribing and dispensing and population stratification.
  • Risk Score Manager™
    • Enables providers to identify and close gaps critical to care and reimbursement, putting the management of HCC scoring, Star Ratings, HEDIS, P4P or other reimbursement programs in the clinicians’ hands.
  • Appeals and Grievances™
    • A leading solution to manage the complex workflows and tasks to optimize revenues, lower labor costs and comply with regulations related to the handling of appeals and grievances.
  • Bundled Episode Manager™
    • Supports more productive and efficient care coordination and revenue generation around specific clinical episodes of care, helping care navigators focus on risk identification, intervention and coordination across multiple settings.
  • InCircle™
    • A social-mobile app that allows consumers to share their health status and care plan with their care community to improve consumer engagement and involve care-givers in virtual information sharing, thereby reducing the cost of care and improving clinical outcomes.

Medecision will also launch two new applications in its Fall 2017 release, including:

  • Care Engagement™
    • Improves engagement for optimal clinical outcomes and lowers care management costs through streamlined workflow that is accessible on mobile devices and can be used in “tethered” and “un-tethered” modes.
  • UM Connector™
    • Helps manage financial risk and Increases operational efficiencies by “webifying” and automating workflows, including monitoring, auditing, and oversight of Utilization and Network operations, while assisting with CMS and other compliance and regulatory requirements.

October 3, 2017 I Written By

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

NextGate Unveils New Cloud Offering for Positive Patient Identification

NextGate announces availability of its EMPI as a Service to help providers quickly and accurately match patient data and deliver a longitudinal record at the point of care

PASADENA, Calif., September 28, 2017 – NextGate, a global leader in patient and provider identification, today unveiled a new cloud innovation for its market-leading Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) solution. NextGate’s cloud-enabled EMPI on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offered on a subscription basis and can be deployed rapidly, helping healthcare organizations simplify patient record management with greater cost efficiency.  Easy integration in a SaaS model ensures the right data, for the right patient, is available at the right time for improved care delivery and clinical decision-making.

NextGate’s latest identity management offering is designed specifically for healthcare’s unique data and workflow requirements and is the only fully-featured EMPI available as a Service. The cloud-based EMPI gives organizations the affordability and flexibility to manage the volume, velocity, and variety of patient data, in a highly secure and compliant IT environment. NextGate’s comprehensive cloud EMPI can integrate with third-party data enriched sources to clean and augment information as it arrives in the cloud.

“Healthcare leaders are under immense pressure to modernize their IT environments to remain competitive in today’s evolving landscape. To help organizations keep pace, NextGate’s cloud offering is providing the managed services needed to improve the accuracy, quality, and consistency of their patient data, while offloading the time-consuming tasks of managing day-to-day IT operations,” said Andy Aroditis, CEO of NextGate. “Our EMPI as a Service not only helps organizations harness the benefits of the cloud but also reduces operational costs and errors resulting from duplicate patient records.”

Involved in building patient matching solutions for over two decades, NextGate algorithms in the EMPI reconcile and de-duplicate medical records spread over disparate systems and applications to give providers a longitudinal view of patients at the point of care. Additionally, the EMPI assigns each individual a unique patient identifier that serves as cross-reference for accurate exchange of information across the continuum.

Key features of the NextGate EMPI Cloud include:

  • Turnkey platform for automated patient record management across multiple and disparate systems
  • Improved ROI with subscription-based model
  • Rapid route to market with predictable implementation methodology
  • Fully managed, highly available solution for superior reliability and performance to ensure ongoing lifecycle assurance of the EMPI
  • 24×7 security monitoring and end-to-end encryption to keep protected health information (PHI) tightly secure and HIPAA-compliant
  • Standardized deployments with regular upgrades and annual tunings via a fully integrated release management mechanism
  • Records management, de-duplication, consolidation, and cleanup of multiple patient profiles

To further support NextGate’s move to the cloud, the company recently appointed Shahzad Ahmad to its leadership team as Vice President of Cloud Operations and Delivery. Ahmad, who comes to NextGate from Orion Health, will leverage his more than 15 years of experience in outsourced IT operations, cloud platforms delivery, and client engagement roles to oversee expansion of NextGate’s next wave of portfolio offerings to AWS cloud.

“NextGate is dedicated to supporting rising customer expectations for solutions that enable their organizations to be highly efficient and innovative,” said Ahmad. “By bringing the accuracy and efficiency of our globally recognized EMPI, together with the scalability and flexibility of the cloud, healthcare organizations will be well positioned to accelerate their digital transformation journey and provide certainty when accurately identifying and treating patients.”

About NextGate

NextGate helps connect the healthcare ecosystem by accurately identifying and linking patient and provider data from different applications. NextGate’s iDAS (Intelligent Data Aggregation Server) solution framework leverages the company’s industry-leading identity management technology to organize and relate data from enterprise systems to provide a more complete and accurate view of the total healthcare experience. NextGate’s KLAS Category Leader Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) currently manages nearly 250 million lives and is deployed by the nation’s most successful healthcare systems and health information exchanges. For more information, visit NextGate.com.

September 29, 2017 I Written By

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

Wolters Kluwer and Vocera Arm Halifax Health with Rapid Sepsis Identification Solutions for Improved Patient Outcomes and Safety

Integrated Solutions Warn Clinicians of Patients at Risk of Sepsis in Just Seconds

September 26, 2017 – Wolters Kluwer Health and Vocera® Communications, Inc. (VCRA) have teamed to arm Halifax Health with a high-powered surveillance solution to advance its battle against sepsis. Linking the real-time clinical surveillance and analytics of the POC Advisor™ platform with Vocera’s hands-free communications technology and mobile app accelerates the diagnosis of sepsis and the timely delivery of patient-specific advice to nurses and other clinical staff at the point of care.

“Time is the enemy when it comes to sepsis, with the likelihood of death increasing by 8 percent for each hour that passes without treatment,” said Ginny Kwong, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for Halifax Health. “Complicating early diagnosis is the need to aggregate data scattered across multiple clinical systems before it can be analyzed, and the results communicated to the point of care in a meaningful way.

“POC Advisor and Vocera integrate seamlessly into workflows to overcome these obstacles,” she continued, “quickly alerting our clinicians to a potential sepsis case so they can make the proper diagnosis and begin appropriate life-saving treatment to patients at the earliest, most treatable stages.”

Halifax Health is a two-hospital, 678-bed health system that is the largest medical provider in East Central Florida. A safety net hospital, Halifax is also one of the state’s busiest emergency departments, with more than 115,000 visits annually. Its goal in deploying a sepsis solution was to build upon the success of an internal campaign that resulted in a 33 percent improvement in mortality rates. They chose to implement POC Advisor because of its scientifically proven results, published patient outcomes and industry-leading precision and timeliness. Another key factor was interoperability with Halifax Health’s existing Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Vocera technology, making it easy for staff to use.

“At an average of nearly $19,000 per primary diagnosis, more than half of which is typically not reimbursed by Medicare, the financial cost of sepsis is staggering,” said Sean Benson, Vice President and General Manager of Specialized Surveillance at Wolters Kluwer Health. “At Halifax, POC Advisor analyzes more than 300 data points within a patient’s medical record to identify early signs of sepsis, warn caregivers of escalating risks and push evidence-based guidance to the point of care via the Vocera Badges and mobile apps that clinicians already use in their workflow. This results in faster diagnoses and treatment, which leads to reduced severity, decreased mortality and lower costs.”

POC Advisor is a clinical intelligence platform from Wolters Kluwer that aggregates, normalizes and analyzes patient data from disparate clinical systems to drive early detection with predictive accuracy. Real-time analytics leverage hundreds of rules built into the platform to account for possible comorbidities and medication abnormalities, enabling prescriptive alerts with unprecedented levels of sensitivity and specificity to warn clinicians of patient risks without alert fatigue. These findings, published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, also revealed that POC Advisor cut sepsis mortality in half and reduced 30-day readmissions by 30 percent, while reducing length of stay.

The Vocera Badge is a hands-free, voice-controlled communication device that enables instant two-way and one-to-many conversations. It combines secure text messaging and alerting and enables voice calls with intelligent routing by name, role, group and availability.

“Many applications, technologies and devices have been implemented within hospitals and health systems, but they are used in silos. Too often, key connection points between these systems are missed. The integration between Vocera, POC Advisor and the EHR is helping Halifax Health extract key knowledge from each system, leverage platform functionality and share valuable information with the right clinicians at the right time with intelligent alerting,” said Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera. “It is a comprehensive and potentially life-saving assessment, detection and communication workflow that unfolds in less than one minute.”

For more information on POC Advisor, visit www.pocadvisor.com and follow @POC_Advisor on Twitter.

About Vocera

The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals and patients, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. In 2000, when the company was founded, we began to forever change the way care teams communicate. Today, Vocera continues to offer the leading platform for clinical communication and workflow. More than 1,400 hospitals and health systems around the world have selected our solutions for care teams to text securely using smartphones or make calls with our hands-free, wearable Vocera Badge. Interoperability between Vocera and more than 120 clinical systems helps reduce alarm fatigue, speed up staff response times, and improve patient care, safety and experience. In addition to healthcare, Vocera is at home in luxury hotels, nuclear facilities, libraries, retail stores and more. Vocera makes a difference in any industry where workers are on the move and need to connect instantly with team members and access resources or information quickly. Learn more at www.vocera.com, and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2016 annual revenues of €4.3 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.

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 the 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.

For more information about Wolters Kluwer’s solutions and organization, visit www.wolterskluwer.com, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

September 27, 2017 I Written By

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

Logicalis US Says Healthcare IT in the Cloud is Now, Time to Set Your Strategy

Solution Provider Offers Five Reasons Why Healthcare Providers Need a Strong Cloud Strategy Now for Employees, Partners, Patients

NEW YORK, September 26, 2017 – Across the US, clinicians, nurse practitioners, physicians, and researchers are increasingly turning to cloud-based apps to provide advanced patient care, look up records and share data. Some healthcare providers are asking: “When will it be our turn?” For their healthcare IT counterparts, the real question is: “Why haven’t you developed your cloud strategy yet?”  Healthcare IT experts at Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), say that now is the time to develop those healthcare IT cloud strategies for deployment of critical patient care applications and provider administrative systems. The team has identified Five Reasons Why Healthcare Providers Need a Strong Cloud Strategy Now for Employees, Partners, and Patients.

“Physicians providing remote cardiac consultation via telehealth and surgeons overseeing delicate operations from half a world away are some of the glamorous capabilities of the healthcare cloud that get headlines, but the ability for teams of healthcare researchers to share clinical trial data with regions that would otherwise lack the proper infrastructure are just as important,” says Mike Riley, U.S. Healthcare Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “Some providers have been deploying cloud-based apps and access for a while and others are just beginning to get into the conversation because of new applications that fit well into cloud architectures. Wherever the starting point, it requires assessing on-premises capabilities and performance as well as identifying new requirements. Logicalis is helping healthcare IT providers make informed decisions on how best to develop hybrid models to incorporate on-premises data centers and public and private clouds. We are helping healthcare IT organizations realize their vision and potential for improving the patient’s healthcare experience, advancing the health of patient populations and reducing the cost of healthcare.”

Five Reasons Why Healthcare Providers Need a Strong Cloud Strategy Now

Any healthcare provider – large or small, suburban or rural, assisted living or long-term care – needs to consider the strategic impact that the cloud brings to multiple aspects of their healthcare operations and patient care. While the cost-effectiveness of the cloud is undeniable for certain applications such as storage and backups, there are many other considerations beyond simple cost-saving discussions:

  1. Patient and Caregiver Demands. Patients and their caregivers demand new capabilities for tracking and delivering care, like personal medical records and telehealth. These applications are proving mature enough to put increasing pressure on healthcare IT organizations to deploy them sooner, rather than later, in their organizations.
  2. Imaging and Research Data Options. When it comes to the accessibility and sharing of medical images, patient records and research data such as genomics – especially among research hospitals – the sheer volume of data and incumbent storage requirements are forcing healthcare IT professionals to consider more cost-effective solutions, such as local storage for frequently accessed patient images and off-site, cloud storage for less-frequently accessed images or data.
  3. Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships. Healthcare organizations continue to pursue mergers, acquisitions and other types of partnerships that will bolster coordinated, cost-effective care. Disparate systems can take months to connect and share data, while a more flexible architecture in the cloud can enable healthcare IT organizations to accelerate M&A activities in weeks.
  4. Speed of Trials and Deploying New Apps. Cloud-based apps can be an attractive solution for healthcare providers that want to try new applications, make quick software changes or get to market fast with a new solution. It is much faster, and more cost-effective, to spin up a new virtual cloud system than stand up your own data center environment.
  5. Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery (BC/DR). We mentioned backups before, but the cloud offers a much more robust and scalable environment for planning and delivering business continuity options. Hybrid on-premises and off-site private cloud systems enable healthcare organizations to take advantage of local and off-site storage depending on the type of disaster recovery necessary.

“Logicalis has been working with healthcare IT teams for a long time, answering questions, providing strategies and achieving successes. We are helping healthcare organizations align their business and technical needs in ways that enhance both financial results and patient outcomes,” says Riley. “We have terrific experience in healthcare in the cloud. In 2012, we developed our own private cloud for hospital applications like workforce management. Today, we are helping hospitals develop cloud strategies, then migrating and managing workloads either in our cloud, or in public health clouds like Azure and AWS.”

About Logicalis

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

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

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

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

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

September 26, 2017 I Written By

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

HEALTHELINK REACHES ONE MILLION PATIENT CONSENTS

BUFFALO, NY – HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange, has reached one million uniquely consented patients. Approximately 95% of those who consent authorize their health information to be shared among treating providers.

“Getting to one million patients is a significant milestone as patients hold the key to enabling their treating providers to have a more complete picture of their medical record,” said Daniel Porreca, HEALTHeLINK’s executive director. “By consenting to allow your health care providers to access your medical information through HEALTHeLINK, you are giving them instant access to information that has proven to improve the quality of care, enhance safety, and reduce health care costs through the elimination of duplicate testing.”

Consent to HEALTHeLINK can be done at any participating hospital or provider office, or by downloading a form at wnyhealthelink.com. A parent or legal guardian can also sign a HEALTHeLINK consent form on behalf of their child, age 17 and younger. Once a patient has consented to HEALTHeLINK, treating providers are able to view lab reports, medication history, diagnostic images, and a wide range of other health information securely at the point of care.

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About HEALTHeLINK:  HEALTHeLINK is a collaboration among hospitals, physicians, health plans and other health care providers in the eight counties of western New York State to securely exchange clinical information to improve the quality of care, enhance patient safety and mitigate health care costs. HEALTHeLINK is a Qualified Entity of the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), which enables providers to access their patients’ data from across the state. HEALTHeLINK is also a founding member of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), the national trade association of health information exchanges. Providers and patients can visitwnyhealthelink.com or @HEALTHeLINK on both Facebook and Twitter for more information.

September 22, 2017 I Written By

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

Auxilio Business Operations to Assume CynergisTek Name

Managed Document Solutions and Cybersecurity Segments to Operate Under the Common CynergisTek Brand

Mission Viejo, CA, August 29, 2017 — Auxilio Inc. (NYSE MKT: AUXO), a leading provider in healthcare document services and cybersecurity solutions, today announced that it has officially assumed the CynergisTek name and the NYSE MKT ticker symbol will become “CTEK”, effective September 8, 2017.

CynergisTek was acquired by Auxilio in January of 2017 and has a proven track record of delivering unmatched healthcare expertise and value to its growing client base which includes hundreds of the largest and most prestigious health systems and hospitals in the country.

Joe Flynn, CEO of Auxilio commented, “Operating under a common name was a logical next step as we see continued crossover between managed document solutions and cybersecurity demands with our healthcare customers.  This move will allow us to fully leverage our customer relationships and build upon the exceptional brand that CynergisTek has created over the years.”

Mac McMillan, President and Chief Strategy Officer added, “The integration of print and digital security is critical to building and maintaining a secure infrastructure today.  With the marriage of these components under one brand, we are unified in our mission to offer healthcare organizations the most comprehensive information management solutions to effectively mitigate risk, optimize productivity and drive savings.”

About Auxilio, Inc.

Auxilio (www.auxilioinc.com) is a leading provider bundling best of breed IT security and workflow solutions into its managed document services program designed exclusively for the healthcare industry. Since 2004, the company has saved more than $80 million for its clients by providing a vendor neutral program that enhances security of printed, stored data and digital documents while driving out costs and inefficiencies within the patient information logistical chain. The company’s document management best practices and intelligent workflow automation suite transforms printed documents to digital workflows, reducing waste and improving end-user satisfaction.

About CynergisTek

CynergisTek, an Auxilio company, (www.cynergistek.com) is a top-ranked cybersecurity, privacy and compliance consulting firm. The company offers solutions to help organizations measure privacy, security and compliance programs against regulatory requirements and assists in developing risk management best practices. Since 2004 the company has served as a partner to hundreds in the healthcare industry and is dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant industry associations. The company has been named in numerous research reports as one of the top firms that provider organizations turn to for privacy and security, and won the 2017 Best in KLAS award for Cyber Security Advisory Services.

 

August 29, 2017 I Written By

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

HIMSS Names Harold “Hal” Wolf III as New President/Chief Executive Office

CHICAGO (July 26, 2017) – HIMSS has announced the appointment of Harold “Hal” Wolf III as its new president and CEO. He will succeed H. Stephen Lieber, who in December 2016 announced his plans to retire as HIMSS President and CEO after more than 17 years of recognized success and exemplary service to HIMSS.

Wolf has served in significant roles that have advanced the impact of technology on healthcare. As an advisor, thought leader and consultant, he continues to lead internationally in the realm of health policy and technology adoption to increase access and improve care outcomes. A key architect in the development of content, research and user interfaces for video on demand and broadband, Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining traditional enterprise strategies with an end-to-end organizational view, while keeping the patient as the central focus. Among his many areas of expertise are integrated care models, mhealth, product development, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation.

“Hal Wolf brings to his new role as president and CEO of HIMSS the powerful combination of broad, deep and relevant knowledge, expertise, experience, energy and accomplishments, along with a deep love of and longstanding commitment to HIMSS. His track record of innovation and success spans premier healthcare delivery organizations, digital strategy groups, media companies, global endeavors and more,” said Dr. Michael Zaroukian, HIMSS board chair.

“He sees and creates opportunities, brings people together, and facilitates their success in creating new and better products and services. We are excited that he will be focusing his full energy and efforts to lead HIMSS, as it advances its vision of improving health through information technology and its mission to globally lead endeavors optimizing health engagements and care outcomes through information technology,” stated Dr. Sebastian Krolop, former HIMSS Board Chair.

For several years, Wolf has been part of The Chartis Group, a comprehensive advisory and analytics services firm, where he is currently director, practice leader information and digital health strategy, leading the firm in supporting providers and healthcare organizations in the development of integrated information, operations, digital health and precision medicine strategies.

Before joining The Chartis Group, Wolf was senior vice president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Federation, representing more than 16,000 physicians. He was responsible for the development and implementation of critical care delivery strategies, data management and governance, population care management environments and the implementation of unique innovations and large-scale programs that impacted end-to-end operations. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Wolf worked as chief information officer for the e-business, corporate systems and wholesale division of Quest Communications/USWest. Previous endeavors include working internationally in the deployment of interactive television services in operations, content and business development; senior business management positions with Time Warner and MTV Networks; and as senior advisor to McKinsey and Company and ADVI, LLC.

Wolf has served HIMSS for four years: two as an advisor to the board and two additional years as a member of the board of directors, recently as vice chair. He serves as a board member and officer of the International Care Delivery Alliance.

His knowledge sharing and partnering are experienced through guest lectures in the United States, Asia, and Europe, and most recently, as a visiting professor at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Institute, University of Southern Denmark, at the Center for Innovative Medical Technology, Odense University Hospital, and at Windsor University Odette School of Business, Canada.

Wolf holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University, and a Bachelor of Science in Textile Management from North Carolina State University.

As an advisor, thought leader and consultant, he continues to lead internationally in the realm of health policy and technology adoption to increase access and improve care outcomes. His role and accomplishments on the HIMSS board have shown him to be a powerful voice and advocate for the organization and its mission.

“It is a great privilege and honor to be chosen to lead HIMSS, an organization whose purpose is to improve healthcare and care outcomes. Across the globe, healthcare is challenged to harness the power of information and technology, to solve for the unique environments of each health system and to support the personalization of care to the individual. In alliance with the growing membership of HIMSS and the expansive capabilities of our organization, our collective task is to enable innovation across the full healthcare ecosystem,” said Wolf.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor and thought leader for health and healthcare transformation through IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare and care outcomes. HIMSS designs and leverages key data assets, predictive models and tools to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers of best practices in health IT, so they have the right information at the point of decision.

Through its health IT network of over 1 million experts, over 200 knowledge exchanges and collaborations, including 68,000-plus members, HIMSS drives innovative, forward thinking around best uses of technology in support of better connected care, improved population health and low cost of care. HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.

July 26, 2017 I Written By

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

Logicalis Examines Digital Transformation Strategies and Challenges Around the World

Solution Provider’s Fifth Annual CIO Survey to Explore Global Trends in Cloud, IoT, Business Analytics, and Security

NEW YORK, July 19, 2017 – To determine how the roles of the CIO and IT department are evolving as organizations worldwide become more digitally enabled, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), has conducted a Global CIO Survey for the past four years. The survey has chronicled significant changes in the ways IT professionals work inside their organizations, outlined their greatest IT pressures and priorities, and identified emerging trends. The Logicalis 2017 survey is currently underway, and the solution provider is inviting all U.S. CIOs and other top IT professionals to take part: http://ow.ly/Ioh630dGQUt.

Last year’s survey found that distributed IT, shadow IT and IT security issues were top of mind for CIOs worldwide.  In 2016, the survey indicated a distinct shift in CIOs’ perceptions of shadow IT from a potential threat to a much more positive “distributed IT” way of operating and an essential element in their organizations’ digital transformation.  The 2016 survey also found that the pace of digital transformation had picked up considerable speed with 73 percent of firms worldwide calling themselves, to some extent, “digitally enabled.”

In the 2016 survey, security was also one of the most important universal issues on CIOs’ minds, a concern quickly validated as large-scale ransomware attacks like WannaCry and others plagued enterprise organizations throughout the world.  This year, Logicalis is taking that question a step further, asking CIOs more specific information about the kinds of threats they’re preparing for in the coming months.

“As an industry, we’ve been talking about the move toward digitization for a few years now, and today, we’re seeing significant changes taking place as organizations around the world enact strategies designed to deliver more meaningful customer-focused user experiences in the workplace and beyond,” says Vince DeLuca, CEO, Logicalis US.  “To deliver this kind of pervasive user experience, CIOs and other IT professionals are quickly adopting smart, connected technologies, and we’re going to see even more of that occur as the Internet of Things drives unimaginable changes in the way we interact with each other, gather and synthesize data, and make truly informed decisions. As a result, we would like to invite all U.S. CIOs and other top-level IT professionals to take part in Logicalis’ 2017 Global CIO Survey. By taking part, IT professionals will be able to offer their insight into the future of compute and digitization strategies and the new models of doing business that can only be made possible through the maturation of all our digital capabilities.”

Participate in the 2017 Logicalis Global CIO Survey

How will CIOs continue their journeys toward digital enablement while protecting their organizations’ data and intellectual assets along the way? To find out, Logicalis is conducting a new survey, and all U.S. CIOs and other top-level IT professionals are invited to take part.  This year’s global survey, now underway, will be available online until August 1, 2017.  The survey results will be ready for download from the Logicalis US website at www.us.logicalis.com in Q3 2017.

About Logicalis

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

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

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

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

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

July 19, 2017 I Written By

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

ChartSpan Closes $16,000,000 Round of Venture Capital

(Greenville, South Carolina) –   ChartSpan Medical Technologies, Inc. has closed a $16,000,000 round of venture capital funding. The capital will be used to grow ChartSpan’s footprint past the Appalachian region, which in turn creates hundreds of new healthcare jobs in the Upstate region of South Carolina.

ChartSpan provides patient care coordination services to health systems and ambulatory practices throughout the U.S. As reimbursements for doctors change from volume- to value-based, healthcare providers use ChartSpan’s turn-key managed service platform to provide out-of-office healthcare services to their patients. ChartSpan helps improve outcomes for chronically ill patients and delivers significant new revenue for physicians.    

The venture round was led by Cypress Growth Capital and included existing investors.  

“ChartSpan offers compelling value to physicians and patients alike,” remarked Ed Mello, Managing Director of Cypress Growth Capital. “The combination of attentive, responsive service and easy-to-use technology that does not disrupt the practice’s established workflow explains why ChartSpan is one of the fastest growing companies in its market. They have truly set themselves apart.”

ChartSpan has created more than 200 jobs in the past 15 months. With today’s funding announcement, the company expects to create 300 additional jobs in the next 18 months.  Most of ChartSpan’s 500 jobs will include nurses and certified healthcare clinicians, such as Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses or Certified Nursing Assistants.  ChartSpan will be holding a hiring event for said clinicians on June 23, 2017 from 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at its headquarters at 2 North Main Street.

With headquarters occupying nearly 100,000 square feet of office space at 2 North Main in downtown Greenville, today’s announcement makes ChartSpan one of the largest employers in the downtown area.  

ChartSpan came to the Upstate as one of ten (10) companies accepted to the Iron Yard Ventures Healthcare Accelerator Program in 2013, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. Upon exiting the accelerator program, the company located in Greenville and began scaling with the assistance of NEXT, the Greenville Chamber’s entrepreneur support program, and the Greenville Area Development Corporation.

“ChartSpan represents what can happen when public-private investments are made in South Carolina’s technology start-up ecosystem,” said Peter Barth, NEXT Board Chair and The Iron Yard Founder & CEO. “The major capital investment announced today indicates the momentum the company has in the healthcare marketplace and the impact they are making in South Carolina as they move toward 500 jobs in downtown Greenville.”

“This capital round helps us grow our national footprint,” said CEO and company co-founder, Jon-Michial Carter. “We currently have a stronghold throughout the Appalachian region. We plan to use these funds to deploy a national sales force and create hundreds of new clinical and technology jobs at our headquarters in Greenville.”

ChartSpan was founded by brothers, Patrick and Jon-Michial Carter.  Patrick is ChartSpan’s Chief Medical Officer and a 20-year practicing clinician.  Jon-Michial is ChartSpan’s Chief Executive Officer and formerly served in executive roles for technology companies such as Iconixx and nGenera.  

“It’s extremely satisfying to partner with Cypress in raising this $16,000,000 round,” said Patrick Carter. “Their belief in our mission ensures our ability to provide critical chronic care management services to hundreds of thousands of patients across the United States.”

“The ongoing success of ChartSpan speaks volumes about the state of industry in South Carolina,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “Businesses of all kinds are thriving here, and we’re excited about the future of ChartSpan in our state.”

ABOUT CHARTSPAN

ChartSpan helps doctors manage compliance and care coordination programs.

ChartSpan delivers turn-key patient engagement solutions to medical providers by maximizing reimbursements, improving care coordination and ensuring Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Payment Model (APM) compliance.

ChartSpan is the choice of medical providers who are tired of buying expensive and ineffective software and demand a more personalized and accountable relationship with their patients. By delighting patients with interoperable and patient-designed technologies, ChartSpan delivers the highest patient engagement rates in healthcare.

ChartSpan is proud to have been named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in America.

June 15, 2017 I Written By

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

HHS ASPR/CIP HPH Cyber Notice: On-Going Impacts to HPH Sector from WannaCry

DISCLAIMER: This product is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) does not provide warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within. HHS does not endorse any commercial product or service referenced in this product or otherwise.

HHS is aware of two, large, multi-state hospitals systems that are continuing to face significant challenges to operations because of the WannaCry malware. Note: this is not a new WannaCry attack.

The behaviors that have been reported are typical for environments where the WannaCry scanning virus persists, even though the encryption stage has been blocked by anti-virus, or is not executing. The virus can persist even on a machine that has been patched. The virus will not spread to a patched machine, but the attempt to scan can disrupt Windows operating systems when it executes. The particular effect varies according the version of Windows on the device. For those devices or systems, we are providing additional guidance below.

We are also sharing FDA’s emergency phone line for those with questions or reports of malware affecting devices as part of the recommended reporting process below.

You may send additional questions to cip@hhs.gov

Mitigating risks of WannaCry

WannaCry ransomware is a fast-propagating worm which exploits Windows’ Server Message Block version 1 (SMBv1) protocol to move through a network or infect other systems on the Internet. However, SMBv1 might not be the only vector of infection for WannaCry, so even patched systems could still be infected if the malware is introduced to the system in a different manner.

Furthermore, a newly patched system could have been previously infected, and if so, would still scan for other vulnerable systems and/or encrypt files. Patching a system is similar to how in physical medicine, a quarantine will prevent an infection from spreading however will not cure the patient who has been quarantined. Reimaging removes the infection in the operating system no matter where the virus is residing.

Mitigate the risk of WannaCry infection by:

  • Patch vulnerable systems with the update from Microsoft which fixes the SMBv1 vulnerability: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx
  • Disable SMBv1 on all devices, across the network and disable it at the firewall if possible. If it is not possible to disable SMBv1, consider the business-impact for quarantining those devices off the network until another solution can be found.
  • See the Tech Support page from Microsoft below for instructions on disabling SMBv1: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2696547/how-to-enable-and-disable-smbv1-smbv2-and-smbv3-in-windows-and-windows-server
  • Block port 445 on all firewalls
  • If possible, reimage potentially affected devices to mitigate risk that malware is on the system in the background.
  • Use a reputable anti-virus (AV) product whose definitions are up-to-date to scan all devices in your environment in order to determine if any of them have malware on them that has not yet been identified. Many AV products will automatically clean up infections or potential infections when they are identified.
  • Work with vendors to make sure both the distribution stage and the encryption stage of WannaCry are detected and blocked.
  • Work with vendors or IT support staff to investigate and remediate systems exhibiting network-scanning activity consistent with WannaCry, which could reimaging per the previous bullet point.

If you are the victim of a ransomware attack

If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps:

  1. Please contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force (www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field/field-offices) or US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (www.secretservice.gov/investigation/#fieldimmediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance. These professionals work with state and local law enforcement and other federal and international partners to pursue cyber criminals globally and to assist victims of cyber-crime.
  2. Please report cyber incidents to the US-CERT (www.us-cert.gov/ncas) and FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov).
  3. **NEW** If your facility experiences a suspected cyberattack affecting medical devices, you may contact FDA’s 24/7 emergency line at 1-866-300-4374. Reports of impact on multiple devices should be aggregated on a system/facility level.
  4. For further analysis and healthcare-specific indicator sharing, please also share these indicators with HHS’ Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) at HCCIC_RM@hhs.gov

Additional Resources

June 5, 2017 I Written By

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