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par8o Announces $10.5 Million in Series A Funding

Funding will Support Company Mission to Enable Healthcare Organizations to Optimize Resources to Deliver Quality Care

Boston, MA, January 8, 2015par8o, Healthcare’s Operating System, today announced $10.5 million in Series A funding from Atlas Venture, Founder Collective, CHV Capital and other investors. Since the company’s founding in 2012, a growing and diverse list of organizations have adopted the par8o platform, including the largest employer in the State of Nevada, MGM Resorts, and several pre-eminent academic medical centers, including Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals in Boston and facilities that are part of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York.

Started by the physicians who founded SERMO, the largest on-line physician community in the world, par8o traces its roots back to the on-line discussions around the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Even then, physicians recognized that success in the new era of healthcare would require a new approach to matching the right patient to the right resource at the right time. The par8o Healthcare Operating System allows healthcare organizations to optimize their networks of providers and other resources to deliver quality care by applying one of the most powerful and proven principles in economics: Pareto Optimization. This approach, and the EMR-agnostic technologies par8o has developed to implement it, are well-suited to the complex, multi-constituency nature of healthcare because they achieve continuous efficiency improvements while balancing the needs of all parties.

“We, as a nation, face a formidable challenge to transform our health system to do more with less. Gone is the belief that all parties can optimize exclusively for their own interests, replaced with the recognition that the future will be one of convergence, offering patients not just compassionate care, but a cost-effective, seamless customer experience as well,” said Daniel Palestrant, MD, co-founder and CEO at par8o. “par8o is working to bridge the problematic gaps in EMR technology, facilitate better information sharing, and ease office workflows so that physicians have a smarter way to match patients to the right next step in their care.”

“We’ve seen an explosion in healthcare technology innovation in the last few years. With shifting demographics, policy changes and cost pressures on the healthcare system, the environment is ripe for innovation,” said Jeff Fagnan, Partner at Atlas Venture. “par8o is well positioned to usher in the change that is needed. We are looking forward to the company’s continued growth as they tackle quality, communication and cost — some of healthcare’s biggest issues today.”

par8o gives healthcare organizations a new, comprehensive view into how patients move through their facilities, enabling physicians to remain engaged in every step of the patient’s treatment. The cloud-based platform ensures transitions in care match plan design and that relevant information — such as a test result or discharge plan — are easily available. By adopting the par8o platform and streamlining transitions in care, organizations are able to match the right patient to the right resource at the right time. To date, every par8o customer has expanded their engagement with the company after experiencing initial results.

About par8o

par8o is a venture-backed, EMR-agnostic platform that creates a common point for coordinating care delivery and plan design, a technology that connects providers, payers, and patients. The par8o platform acts as a cloud-based healthcare operating system enabling all parties to improve care and optimize towards several clinical and business goals in parallel rather than to the detriment of one another. par8o helps clients succeed by applying Pareto Optimization, a powerful economic principle that succeeds because it is well suited to the complex, multi-constituency nature of healthcare. Simply put, par8o helps organizations match the right patient to the right resource at the right time. To learn more about par8o, please visitwww.par8o.com.

January 8, 2015 I Written By

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

Amazing Charts Releases 2015 Predictions for Medicine and Technology

Membership Medicine Will Come on Strong; Patients Will Help Define Their Healthcare Experience; EHRs Will Get Personalized

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – January 07, 2015) – Amazing Charts, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems for physician practices, today issued its healthcare predictions for 2015.

  1. Membership Medicine Comes on Strong: The patient membership approach to medicine will grow in all forms, including value-based Direct Primary Care (DPC), high-end Concierge Medicine, and primary care services contracted directly by employers. Market-driven medicine, fueled by changes occurring in healthcare today, such as inexpensive health plans with very high deductibles, will continue to encourage consumers to explore more cost-effective alternatives for primary care.
  2. Patients Help Define the Experience: The patient, in partnership with the provider, will help define the care experience going forward. This trend will be powered by technologies that enhance face-to-face interaction in the exam room. One example is the projection of an EHR onto a large display screen to facilitate information sharing between provider and patient. This in turn will help reduce errors and misdiagnosis, as well as motivate patients to take a renewed interest in their own healthcare and treatment options.
  3. EHRs Get Personalized: The EHR market will further mature and become customizable for individual patient needs and treatment plans. Intuitive data analytics will play a critical role here, helping clinicians measure, assess and manage their specific patient populations to better define specific gaps in clinical care and introduce the latest evidenced-based treatment procedures or diagnostic techniques.
  4. Wearable Health Devices Empower Patients: Led by FitBit, the market for mobile health monitoring devices saw explosive growth in 2014. Now Apple is entering the scene, and 2015 promises to see even more apps and devices introduced to consumers. How the government regulates these devices may depend on how they are marketed. For example, a glucometer could be unregulated if the intent is for a user to monitor blood sugar levels for better nutrition. If the same glucometer is marketed for monitoring diabetics, however, it may be more strictly regulated as a medical device.
  5. EHR Interoperability Still Around the Corner: While all EHRs will not be able to seamlessly communicate in 2015, the core infrastructure for increased data liquidity will largely be in place. The data standards of the CCDA and its predecessor, the CCD, are increasingly used by EHR vendors. In addition, Meaningful Use Stage 2 mandates that patients can receive a digital summary of their own records on demand. These positive steps forward will combine in 2015 to get us closer to the promise of data interoperability.
  6. EHR Switching Accelerates: Many practices selected an EHR system lured by the promise of Meaningful Use incentives and now find themselves dissatisfied with their decision, primarily because the solution is not user friendly and slows them down. Despite barriers to switching systems, we will witness a mass conversion of solutions toward EHRs that better meet providers’ expectations and requirements.
  7. The Doctor Will NOT Be In: In 2015 and beyond we will see reimbursements drive the “virtual” appointment, whereby health plans will reimburse clinicians for online patient visits. Patients and their providers will connect over virtual platforms for scheduling, reviewing test results, writing prescriptions, etc. As they do, more and more insurers will follow suit as technology advances and claims its place in the doctor’s office.

About Amazing Charts
Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 6,800 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts.com, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

January 7, 2015 I Written By

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

Wellbe, Inc. Closes New Investment Round of $2.42 Million

Wellbe has closed on a new $2.42 million investment. The round included investments from Terrence Gibbons, former CEO of Pharmacy OneSource; Greg Baldwin, former CEO of Baxa; Mark Bakken, former CEO of Nordic Consulting; and Philip Seeger, CEO and President of Medcor, among others.

Wellbe helps hospitals adapt to new market expectations for value-driven care by leveraging patient navigation to reduce risk, improve efficiency and increase competitiveness. The cloud-based platform combines vital tools for patient engagement and care coordination to help patients and care teams achieve satisfying outcomes by actively engaging them with step-by-step guidance along their journey of care.

“I am very excited to be involved with Wellbe as they leverage the success they have had to date,” said Seeger. “Guided CarePaths will have a significant influence on the outcomes of patient procedures. It is wonderful to be involved with a talented team dedicated to changing the patient experience.”

Wellbe was recently recognized as the Patient Engagement category winner in the 2014 Fierce Innovation Awards byFierceHealthcare. Earlier this year, Butler Health System was given a CI+T Accelerator Award by Clinical Innovation + Technology for their use of Wellbe. Additionally, Avera McKennan Hospital and Wellbe were featured in the December issue of OR Manager for their innovative approach to orthopedic pain management. The recognition and visibility have helped the company double its customer base in six months.

“Healthcare is still too fragmented and complex. Visionary hospital leaders across the country transforming their organizations for value-driven care have determined that a navigated patient experience can deliver good results in reduced risk and improved efficiency,” said James Dias, CEO of Wellbe. “More importantly, our patients are extremely satisfied with their online experience. This new investment will grow our team and help spread these best practices and benefits to more patients across the industry.”

About Wellbe, Inc. (http://www.wellbe.me)
Wellbe, the inventor of the cloud-based Guided CarePath, works with health providers to engage patients as partners in their episodes of care. Our Guided CarePaths empower patients to learn and take the actions required to achieve better outcomes at lower costs. High-performing hospitals use Wellbe’s Connected Care solutions to improve the experience and efficiency of helping patients to successfully navigate their medical treatments and surgeries.

January 5, 2015 I Written By

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

Virtual Care Innovator Zipnosis Receives Investment from Fairview

Partnership aims to help improve access and delivery of convenient, low-cost virtual care

Minneapolis (Jan. 5, 2015) — Zipnosis, a SaaS company, announced today that it ha s received an undisclosed capital investment from Fairview Health Services, one of the largest not-for-profit integrated health care systems in Minnesota. As part of the agreement, a representative from Fairview will have a seat on the Zipnosis Board of Directors.

As one of the country’s leading virtual care providers, Minneapolis-based Zipnosis partners with health systems across the country to power virtual care services that are white labeled. By connecting patients and local clinicians online, Zipnosis makes mainstream medicine not only affordable, but easily accessible to anyone with a web-enabled device. Fairview has been providing online treatment and diagnosis to patients since January 2012 through its partnership with Zipnosis.

“Through funding and a more involved partnership, Fairview’s goal is to help provide Zipnosis the support it needs to further expand its virtual care capabilities and ultimately grow to meet the growing consumer demand for online health care,” said Dan Fromm, Fairview’s Chief Financial Officer. “We’re excited to play a more active role in creating and offering health tools that have real value for today’s health care consumer.”

“Fairview has been an incredible partner for us the past three years,” said Zipnosis Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Pearce. “Their investment is a strong market validation for Zipnosis’ unique solution. It also allows us to rapidly grow and scale to become the market leader in the next generation of digital care delivery.”

Through the Zipnosis platform, patients can receive prompt, high-quality care for common medical conditions such as sinus infections, female bladder infections, pink eye, or cold, cough and flu through via mobile phone, computer and tablet—all for a flat-rate $25-$35 service fee payable by a credit card or health savings card.

The company’s asynchronous model ensures adherence to evidence-based medicine, while guiding connections between clinicians and patients. The platform is incredibly efficient, leading clinicians to provide diagnosis and treatment for common ailments in less than two minutes a visit.  Additionally, the platform attracts new patients to a health system, building an incremental revenue stream for hospitals without adding additional clinical headcount.

Whether using a mobile phone, computer or tablet, patients with web access can receive prompt, high-quality care by board-certified clinicians who follow national best practice guidelines for diagnosing and treating conditions and prescribing medications.

About Zipnosis:
As one of the nation’s leading virtual care providers, Minneapolis-based Zipnosis is defining virtual care, providing treatment for common medical conditions from the convenience of a web-enabled device. Founded in 2008, the company is continuing to improve patient care one click at a time by making it easy for patients and providers to connect online. Whether through Zipnosis.com or its white label product offered by health system and clinic partners around the country, users can be diagnosed, treated and triaged if necessary, to the appropriate level of care—receiving high-quality care in a manner that is most convenient to them—at home or on the go. To learn more about Zipnosis, visit www.zipnosis.com, and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

About Fairview: 
Fairview Health Services, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a nonprofit, academic health system providing exceptional health care across the entire continuum. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s 22,000 employees and 2,300 aligned physicians embrace innovation and new thinking to deliver greater value—higher quality, better experience and lower cost. To learn more about Fairview, visit fairview.org and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Modernizing Medicine Closes Acquisition of Aesyntix Health, Inc.

Provider of EMA™ expands its specialty-specific product offerings with billing, inventory management and group purchasing services

Boca Raton, Fla. – Dec. 30, 2014 Modernizing Medicine, Inc., creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical records (EMR) system, announced today that it completed an acquisition of Aesyntix Health, Inc. on Dec. 22, 2014.

Aesyntix is a privately held company based in Roseville, Calif., that serves medical practices with three specialty-specific offerings: Aesyntix Billing Solutions for revenue cycle management (RCM), Aesyntix Inventory Management (AIM) and Aesyntix Physician Network (APN), a medical group purchasing organization (GPO).

The transaction with Aesyntix will enable Modernizing Medicine to provide RCM, inventory management and a GPO to its customers in addition to EMA. The specialty RCM service combines technology that streamlines claim processing and collections, comprehensive support services and specialty certified billing managers to deliver RCM expertise to end users who select the service with EMA.

“Our new specialty-specific RCM service along with EMA can create more efficient, streamlined billing processes at the point of care to help reduce denials, monitor and maximize reimbursements, decrease the cost of collections and increase revenue for providers,” said Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “Nearly 5,000 physicians already use EMA, and most prefer one vendor for both their RCM service and EMR system. It means there is a single source for services, systems and support plus an opportunity for greater efficiencies and cost savings when customers choose combined offerings.”

“We are excited to join forces with Modernizing Medicine; it is a win all around,” said Clark Avery, CEO of Aesyntix. “Not only will the employees be part of a rapidly growing and leading healthcare technology company with a clear mission of modernizing medicine through specialty solutions, but also our customers can benefit from the stronger combined offerings.”

About Modernizing Medicine

Modernizing Medicine® is transforming how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized in order to increase efficiency and improve outcomes. Our flagship product, Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), is a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical records (EMR) system built by practicing physicians. Available as a native iPad, iPhone and Android application and from almost any web-enabled Mac or PC, EMA adapts to each provider’s unique style of practice. This ICD-10 ready EMR system is available for the dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, urology and plastic and cosmetic surgery markets and used by more than 4,800 physicians in the United States and its territories. The Modernizing Medicine family of companies also provides specialty-specific billing, inventory management and group purchasing services.

December 31, 2014 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.

gloStream Selects DrFirst to Integrate Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)

Integration to Support Substantial Push for Adoption of EPCS Driven by New York State’s I-STOP Law

TROY, MI and ROCKVILLE, MD December 29, 2014

gloStream, a performance management services company for independent medical practices, announced today that it will integrate electronic controlled substance e-prescribing (EPCS) capabilities with DrFirst, the leading provider of integrated medication management technology, into gloEMR, gloStream’s electronic medical record system.

gloStream is incorporating DrFirst’s EPCS GoldSM 2.0 controlled substance e-prescribing capability to build on its existing efforts to support medical professionals who increasingly recognize that prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in the United States. gloStream will initially launch EPCS functionality to providers in New York to support compliance with New York’s Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing Law (I-STOP), which requires providers to electronically prescribe all legend drugs and controlled substances beginning on March 27, 2015.

“We understand the importance of giving providers a way to prescribe controlled substances within our system,” said Michael Sappington, CEO, gloStream. “DrFirst’s solution is easy to integrate, cost efficient for our practices, and is not only helping us address the I-STOP issue that is directly impacting New York providers now, it is positioning gloStream to support our users across the country with EPCS.”

Many practices currently write paper prescriptions for controlled substances and e-prescribe legend drugs, although

e-prescribing for controlled medications (Schedules II through V) has been available to providers nationwide since 2010, though with limited availability as EPCS began rolling out slowly at the state level. EPCS is now legal in 49 states and Washington, D.C. Access to the capability requires greater technical requirements than e-prescribing for legend drugs, as mandated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, including provider identity proofing, two-factor authentication functionality, and enhanced audit capabilities.

DrFirst currently processes over 60 percent of all controlled substance electronic prescriptions nationwide, making it theleader in this field. The availability of EPCS-enabled pharmacies has historically slowed provider adoption of EPCS capability; however, more than 45,000 U.S. pharmacies are now EPCS-enabled, with new pharmacies being added daily. EPCS offers significant social benefits to the greater healthcare system as it has been proven to assist providers in reducing prescription drug abuse and drug diversion, as well as in identifying “doctor shoppers” attempting to obtain controlled medications, such as hydrocodone combination drugs, which are abused at epidemic levels.

DrFirst’s proprietary data shows that provider adoption of EPCS is growing swiftly, in the last three-month period, Augustthrough October 2014, EPCS prescription volume jumped by more than 200 percent compared to the same period one year ago. Growing provider recognition of the benefits of EPCS, the rising number of pharmacies nationwide that are EPCS-enabled, and the greater number of EHR, EMR and HIS systems that are ready to handle EPCS, such as gloEMR, have all contributed to the significant increase in EPCS volume. Additionally, New York’s I-STOP law is seen by many as a leading indicator that similar initiatives will be pursued by other states and many healthcare organizations and providers have been encouraged to pursue EPCS in recent months as a result.

“Controlled substance management should be a standard functionality for EHR, EMR and HIS system vendors, so we designed EPCS Gold to be simple and fast to integrate,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. “Vendors, especially those with New York doctors, must provide enough time to implement EPCS and to ensure that each provider successfully completes the identity proofing process before the I-STOP deadline. gloStream is supporting its providers to meet the requirements of the I-STOP mandate, which will inturn make gloStream ready to support doctors in any of the 49 states and the District of Columbia where EPCS is now legal.”

For more information about EPCS, download DrFirst’s report, “The Evolving Landscape for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) — An Industry Briefing for 2014,” which is available at http://go.drfirst.com/EPCSreport2014.

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About gloStream:
gloStream is a strategic and performance management services company focused on delivering value-based services. As practices continue to shift from a fee-for-services clinical and business model towards a fee-for-value model,they need access to the necessary expertise, tools and services to enable them to compete on value. gloStream’s gloComplete service helps practices prepare and transition to value-based care delivery and payment models. Our partnership and tailored approach combines performance management and value-based care solutions that align with the clinical and business interest of practices, assisting with the redesign of the care delivery model around value, and assist with benchmarking and continuous quality improvement. gloStream’s partnership enables practices to focus on the delivery of quality care so they can compete and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment.

For more information, please visit http://www.glostream.com. 

About DrFirst
DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing thedoctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security, andreliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Communication and Collaboration. We are proud of our track record of service to more than 300 EMR/EHR/HIS vendors and an extensive network of providers, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit www.drfirst.com.

December 29, 2014 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.

CHIME and KLAS Formalize Partnership Agreement

Release Top 10 Trends of 2014 Report for CIOs  

ANN ARBOR, MI, December 22, 2014 - Today, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) formalized its partnership agreement with KLAS Enterprises, an independent researcher of healthcare technology vendors, products and services for the provider market.

The partnership, announced in October, will aim to accelerate industry performance and provide support to IT leaders during a critical and transformative time in healthcare. New details of the agreement include co-developing best practice and benchmarking studies; establishing an industry recognition program for the healthcare C-suite; distributing KLAS research briefs produced exclusively for members of CHIME and its affiliated associations; and offering discounted KLAS executive services to CHIME members.

“To keep pace with the healthcare industry’s rapidly changing environment, our goal is to get critical, timely market data into the hands of our members, so they can make informed decisions and effectively lead their organizations,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “With incentive dollars and strategic assets on the line, there is no room for error, and one of the best ways CHIME can help those driving the digitization of healthcare is to partner with prominent industry research leaders like KLAS, to ensure CIOs and the members of their team are equipped with the means necessary for success.”

 

With considerable pressure on providers to meet organizational and regulatory objectives, KLAS Founder Kent Gale said the mutually beneficial partnership will help to strengthen industry high-standards in patient care quality, efficiency and safety.

“By partnering with CHIME, we can assist the industry’s IT vendor and service firms to excel, align their goals and objectives with client success, and become key drivers of innovation,” he said.

 

Gale added that the information shared by the members CHIME will serve as an invaluable resource “in helping us to accurately administer performance-based data.”

To commemorate the partnership, CHIME and KLAS have jointly released “The 10 Trends of 2014 You May Have Missed,” a collection of notable KLAS research findings, tailored for healthcare IT leaders. This report is currently available exclusively to members of CHIME.

“CHIME is proud to partner with the research professionals of KLAS as we focus our combined energies in the advancement and future of our industry,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. “Our members, together with KLAS, will help foster performance excellence and guide healthcare transformation forward.”

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and over 140 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996 and has maintained a commitment to being honest, accurate and impartial. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch or call 1-800-920-4109.

December 23, 2014 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.

Orion Health™ Completes $125 Million IPO in New Zealand

Trading Began on NZX Main Board and ASX in November

Boston, MA – December 16, 2014Orion Health, a leading population health management company, announced that shares of Orion Health Group Limited (Orion Health, the Company) began trading on the NZX Main Board and ASX following a successful IPO that raised $125 million (NZD) which included $120 million in new capital. Strong demand for the shares from eligible institutions and the clients of NZX firms saw the shares priced at $5.70, at the top of the indicative price range of $4.30-$5.70.

“Both our new shareholders and those who have supported the company over the last 21 years clearly understand the dynamics of the health data expansion and Orion Health’s ability to deliver world class solutions that will provide better outcomes for patients, providers and those who fund healthcare services,” said Andrew Ferrier, Orion Health Chairman. “Orion Health is now equipped with the resources necessary to invest in additional research and development to capture these once in a generation opportunities for innovation.”

“Health industries in many countries are aware of the impending funding crisis they will experience in the next few years. This will be driven by aging populations – the huge increase in health data likely to flow from new devices and the demands of patients for greater control over their own healthcare,” said Orion Health Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ian McCrae. “Orion Health is already at the forefront with solutions that are delivering benefits to 450 customers across 25 countries. We are now funded to significantly increase our research and development efforts to expand our capability and solutions for customers.”

McCrae retains 98% of his shareholding and still holds 50.3% of the company. Orion Health’s shares trade with the code OHE on both the NZX Main Board and ASX. Deustche Craigs and First NZ Capital were Joint Lead Managers for the IPO.

About Orion Health Inc.

Orion Health, a population health management company, makes healthcare information available anywhere by providing healthcare IT connectivity in nearly every U.S. state and in over 30 countries worldwide—facilitating care for tens of millions of patients every day. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health facilitates data exchange within and among provider organizations, accountable care organizations, health plans, governments and health information exchanges, to improve care coordination, enable population health management, enhance quality of care and help reduce costs. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

December 16, 2014 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.

Coalfire Predicts: In 2015 the Cost of Cybersecurity and Risk Management Will Remain on Track to Double

Fueled by cyber-crime, cyber-ware, and cyber-terrorism

DENVER–Coalfire, the leading independent information technology governance, risk and compliance (IT GRC) firm, today released its top ten cybersecurity predictions for 2015.

“It’s time for companies to start looking ahead at the next generation of threats and to step up their game to better protect consumer data. The threat landscape is continuously evolving. If you don’t already have threat intelligence and response plans ready for implementation in 2015, now is the time. As 2014 ends, it’s clear this was the year everything changed in the world of information security,” said Rick Dakin, Coalfire’s CEO and chief security strategist. “As high-profile data breaches were announced one after another, consumers stopped believing companies took protecting their information seriously.”

Coalfire conducts more than 1,000 audits and assessments of systems containing sensitive data each year. Based on the trends in those investigations, Dakin predicts the following for 2015:

  1. Motivated Threat Actors – The number and sophistication of cyber threats will continue to increase exponentially. Fueled by both geopolitics and economic incentives, international (and often state-sponsored) criminal organizations will escalate their development of offensive cyber capabilities.
  2. Redefining the Defense – The demands of cybersecurity are fundamentally changing IT. Cyber risk management and security compliance will take an equal weight to other design criteria like functionality, capacity and performance. Financial ROIs will be balanced by a new understanding of risk exposure for sub-par solutions.
  3. Three Heads vs. One – In large organizations, there are technical roles that require the knowledge and experience of CIOs, CTOs and CISOs. While some have predicted the death of the CIO role, we see instead a balancing of responsibility between three peers.
  4. Investments Will Increase – In the face of pernicious new threats, the cost of cybersecurity and risk management will remain on track to double over the next three years.
  5. New Fronts – The expansion of mobility, cloud computing, bring your own device (BYOD) policies, and the Internet of Things will provide new (and previously unforeseen) opportunities for cyber-crime, cyber-warfare, and cyber-terrorism.
  6. Universal Monitoring – As a result of cyber-incidents, every organization (or person) will be using some form of continuous monitoring service (threat, scanning, identity or credit). These will be legislated, mandated by financials institutions or insurers, or acquired on their own behalf.
  7. Business Leadership on Policy Development – Executive leadership will lead to further development and maturation of standards across private sector and governmental organizations. This approach to security and cyber risk management will reduce the potential for “unforeseen” damage from cyber-attacks, cyber warfare and cyberterrorism.
  8. New Threat Detection and Response Technologies – There will be an increased use of crowdsourcing, machine intelligence, and cognitive/advanced analytics to detect and stay ahead of threats. Bounties for catching bad actors and advanced algorithmics will help the “good guys” identify and stay ahead of the hordes of malicious players.
  9. Improved Security – New and better applications of authentication, EMV, encryption and tokenized solutions will increase the security of payments and other personal and confidential information. Apple Pay and other next-generation solutions will overcome anti-NFC inertia and lead to increasing adoption of mobile-based security technologies for both retail payment and other applications, such as healthcare, where critical and confidential information is exchanged.
  10. Back to Offense – We will see the beginnings of a shift from cyber-defense to cyber-offense. From attempting to build impenetrable systems, to building systems that make it possible to identify attackers and provide the means to prosecute, frustrate or delay them.

About Coalfire

Coalfire is the leading, independent cyber security and risk management firm that provides audit, assessment, advisory and compliance management solutions. Founded in 2001, Coalfire has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando, Washington D.C. and England and completes thousands of projects annually in retail, financial services, healthcare, government and utilities. Coalfire’s solutions are adapted to requirements under emerging data privacy legislation, the PCI DSS, GLBA, FFIEC, HIPAA/HITECH, HITRUST, NERC CIP, Sarbanes-Oxley, FISMA and FedRAMP. For more information, visit www.coalfire.com

December 12, 2014 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.

Statewide Health Information Network of New York Introduces New Alert System to Improve Care for High-Risk Patients

New York State Department of Health, Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar Demonstrate How Healthix’s Clinical Event Notifications Protect Patients in New York City and Long Island through Real-Time Alerts

New York, NY: The New York State Health Department today joined with Healthix, the Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar to provide an update on the development of New York’s new electronic health record system, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

To demonstrate how the SHIN-NY operates on a regional level, the group highlighted Healthix’s patient alert system, which allows care managers to receive real-time alerts when their patients are admitted to or discharged from a hospital, helping to improve care coordination and reduce avoidable hospital re-admissions.

Healthix, the largest of the nine Qualified Entities that comprise the SHIN-NY, already facilitates health information exchange for 10 million patients across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

“Healthix and the other regional networks that comprise the Statewide Health Information Network of New York are essential to improving the delivery of health care in the Empire State,” said acting New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “By utilizing advancements in health technology, the SHIN-NY network has given us the ability to ensure that critical health data is up to date and available when it is needed the most.”

Earlier this year, the New York State legislature voted to appropriate $55MM to support the development of the SHIN-NY — a “network of networks.”   The SHIN-NY will enable doctors and patients to securely access their electronic health records no matter where they live or work in the state.  Access to critical health information will improve the quality of care and help reduce unnecessary hospital re-admissions, a key driver of healthcare expenditures in New York.

Healthix’s patient alert system, also known as Clinical Event Notifications, triggers over 5,000 monthly real-time updates to case managers about their high-risk patients, allowing them to better navigate crisis situations and develop comprehensive health care plans to further their care in the future.

“We at Healthix are gratified to be able to deliver tools designed to support providers, assist care managers and help coordinate the care of patients, many of whom struggle with multiple co-morbidities and other complex conditions,” said Tom Check, CEO of Healthix.  “With a growing number of participating clinical, behavioral health and social service providers, as well as health plans, Healthix provides secure access to current patient information wherever and whenever it’s needed.”

 

The Brooklyn Health Home (BHH) coordinates care for over 8,000 at-risk patients across the borough of Brooklyn, and has utilized Healthix’s clinical event notifications with successful results. By using the system, the Health Home’s community-based care managers have been able to expeditiously respond to their patients’ urgent care needs, including visits to emergency rooms and hospital admissions. For example, care managers can bring critical information about patients to hospital staff in real-time, and communicate with patients’ providers in the community to collaborate on care plans that will prevent avoidable hospital visits in the future.

BHH has also implemented protocols that are triggered once a care manager receives an alert. For example, care managers must visit hospitalized patients within two business days, and conduct case conferences with the clinical team. In the third quarter of 2014, Brooklyn Health Home care managers received over 1,300 clinical event notifications from Healthix, and timely responses to these alerts increased by 10% from February – September of 2014.

“Real-time communication and collaboration with a patient’s care team, especially around critical events like ER visits and hospital stays, is the fundamental core of our program,” said Dr. Karen Nelson, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Health Home and Senior Vice President of Integrated Delivery Systems at Maimonides Medical Center. “The Healthix alerts, which are integrated in our care coordination IT platform, are the key drivers that facilitate understanding the root causes of acute care utilization and developing care plans to keep individuals well, in their communities, and accessing appropriate care and services.”

Oscar, the innovative health insurance company representing 17,000 members in New York, has also utilized Healthix’s Clinical Event Notifications for over six months. Thanks to the system, Oscar’s medical team has engaged 80% of their members who generated a Healthix notification on a variety of urgent healthcare issues. Healthix’s system notified Oscar’s medical team of 66 Emergency Room visits and hospital admissions in the past six weeks alone, allowing Oscar’s nurses to provide appropriate care management services, including: care coordination with the Hospital Discharge Planner about post- acute services, arranging and authorizing outpatient rehabilitation and delivery and authorization of medical equipment and supplies.

“Healthix Clinical Event Notifications have enabled Oscar to support our members through new, meaningful interactions with care,” said Oscar co-founder and co-CEO Mario Schlosser.“The CEN process has had a significant effect on improving both the velocity and effectiveness of Case Management and Care Coordination at Oscar. Through this partnership our in-house team of doctors and nurses are able to supplement their knowledge of member health and in turn continue to provide simple, intuitive, health care for all.”

In addition to the Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar, a growing number of healthcare organizations are utilizing Healthix’s alert system, including: NYU Langone Medical Center, Mount Sinai Health System, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Lutheran Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. (FEGS), ProHEALTH Care Associates LLP, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and others.

Currently, patient health data in Healthix is accessible only to healthcare providers within New York City and Long Island. But in 2015 the SHIN-NY will expand Healthix’s reach by connecting healthcare providers and case managers to critical patient health information no matter where they are located in the state, with patient consent. For example, if a patient from New York City needed emergency care while visiting Albany, the SHIN-NY would give the treating physician instant access to that patient’s records in order to provide effective treatment.  For patients who live in areas that border several other regions such as the Hudson Valley, the SHIN-NY, will make it easier for all of their providers to access and share the patient’s health records seamlessly.

In addition to improving the quality of care and improving patient safety, creating a statewide network is expected to save hundreds of millions across the state through reduced re-admissions and eliminating redundant tests. For more information about the SHIN-NY, please visit www.nyehealth.org.

About Healthix:
Healthix is a Qualified Entity, devoted to developing, deploying and operating innovative uses of interoperable health information technology and analytics to facilitate patient-centric care for New Yorkers. Healthix was formed through mergers between NYCLIX, LIPIX, and most recently BHIX. The newly merged Healthix expertly delivers health information exchange services, access to clinical data and the tools to support care coordination for over 10 million patients and over 140 participant organizations serving over 500 locations in New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Please visit www.healthix.org to learn more.

About Oscar:
Oscar is a new kind of health insurance company, designed to put people first. Through a high-tech, data-driven approach, easy-to-understand language and a unique set of benefits, Oscar is drastically changing the way we think about and interact with our health insurance. Founded in 2012, Oscar makes health insurance simple, transparent and human. For more information, visit hioscar.com or holaoscar.com.

About the Brooklyn Health Home:
The Brooklyn Health Home (BHH), led by Maimonides Medical Center, was designated by New York State in December 2011. Its goal is to identify, engage and address the full range of behavioral, medical and social problems affecting thousands of patients with multiple chronic conditions, serious mental illness and/or HIV. The BHH fosters collaboration and the timely exchange of patient information among involved providers and drives measurable improvements in patient engagement and outcomes.

BHH currently serves over 8,000 members who live and/or receive care in Brooklyn.

About New York State Department of Health:
The New York State Department of Health is charged with protecting the health, productivity and wellbeing of all New Yorkers by striving to create healthy communities and ensuring access to quality, evidence-based, cost-effective health services. With a budget of more than $58 billion, the Department regulates more than 200 hospitals and hundreds of other health care facilities; administers the state’s public health insurance programs; oversees more than 80,000 New York state-licensed doctors, administers the state health benefit marketplace, NY State of Health; runs a premier biomedical laboratory; and supports numerous, innovative public health and prevention initiatives.

December 11, 2014 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.