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FDB Adds Boxed Warning Content to Help Ensure Patient Safety and Regulatory Compliance with High Risk Medications

The FDB High Risk Medication Module now includes both Boxed Warning and REMS content for use within the clinical workflow

South San Francisco, CA – August 7, 2014 – First Databank (FDB), the leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that improves medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, today announced that Boxed Warning content has now been added to the FDB High Risk Medication Module™. The new drug knowledge enables FDB customers and other industry stakeholders to easily identify medications designated as high risk by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have a Boxed Warning and/or a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) requirement. The module’s initial release, in July 2013, covered medications with REMS requirements. Now, with the inclusion of medications with boxed warnings, the module covers a broader spectrum of high risk medications.

Boxed warnings—the FDA’s strongest warning for medicines that carry risks of special problems —serve as notices to prescribers, pharmacists and consumers about possible adverse effects of high risk medications. The FDA has put requirements in place to help ensure the safe use of high risk drugs with the use of boxed warnings and/or REMS, which are critical guidelines for clinicians and institutions that treat patients with these medications. Although high risk medications with boxed warnings are regularly prescribed, studies have shown that these requirements are not routinely followed by clinicians because the information does not appear within their normal EHR workflow.

To address this potential patient safety issue, the FDB High Risk Medication Module is designed to seamlessly integrate with healthcare information systems to provide current boxed warning and REMS information of high risk prescription drugs directly with the clinician’s workflow. The module helps clinicians meet FDA regulatory compliance by presenting actionable messages to the right user at the right time, while eliminating the manual and often tedious efforts required in monitoring drug manufacturers’ changes to boxed warnings and REMS. Additionally, FDB keeps track of when changes are made to the requirements and maintains historical information to support retrospective analysis or auditing.

Faced with increasing numbers of high risk medications with a boxed warning, the complexity of REMS requirements and penalties for non-compliance, health care providers need easy-to-use workflow solutions. Omnicare, a comprehensive provider of pharmacy and related services to elder care and other specialized health care settings across the United States, is one of many FDB customers whose users and their patients are directly impacted by the regulatory burden and complexity clinician’s face with prescribing, dispensing and administering high risk drugs.

According to Barbara J. Zarowitz, PharmD, vice president of clinical services, Omnicare, their clinicians are concerned with identifying, monitoring and prescribing the increasing numbers of high risk medications in use today that have important medical practice implications for patient safety. In addition, satisfying the constantly changing regulatory requirements is even more challenging outside the EHR workflow. Speaking at a recent FDB Customer Conference, Zarowitz commented that, “The provision of actionable information in the EHR workflow for drugs with boxed warnings is absolutely necessary for clinicians to maximize safe use of medications in our patients.”

“Our vision is to ensure that all medication warnings and required actions—from Boxed Warnings, to REMS requirements and associated Medication Guides—are easily accessible from one convenient source, to ease the burden the healthcare industry currently faces when working to comply with high risk medication guidelines,” said Lisa Geller, senior product manager, FDB.

About First Databank (FDB)
FDB (First Databank), part of the Hearst Health network, is the leading provider of drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication decision support category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visit http://www.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter andLinkedIn.

About Hearst Health
FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx HealthMCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 20 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

August 7, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Mexico’s Healthcare Market Value to Reach Almost $28 Billion by 2020, says GlobalData

LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 7 August 2014 - Mexico’s pharmaceutical and medical devices industries will be worth approximately $22.5 billion and $5.4 billion by 2020, respectively, totaling an overall healthcare market value of $27.9 billion, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report* states that this overall increase in Mexico’s healthcare market value will represent a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.8%, climbing from $17.6 billion in 2013, as estimated in combined findings from GlobalData and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

According to GlobalData, a number of factors, including the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, improvements in regulatory guidelines, government support for the healthcare sector, and the North American Free Trade Agreement, will help drive the anticipated market growth.

Joshua Owide, GlobalData’s Director of Healthcare Industry Dynamics, says: “Over 350 domestic and multi-national companies are engaged in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products in Mexico, making the country one of the leading producers in the Americas.

“During the next five years, the pharmaceutical sector will have the opportunity to expand, due to a number of branded drugs losing market exclusivity. This will benefit domestic manufacturers, as the top pharmaceutical companies in Mexico mostly deal with generic drugs.”

Mexico was Latin America’s main exporter of pharmaceutical products in 2012, and the country has grown to be a key exporter to Europe and the US, thanks largely to free trade agreements.

Owide concludes: “While the Mexican pharmaceutical market may be vulnerable, with a high share of private healthcare expenditure, alongside out-of-pocket payments and the problem of counterfeit drugs, the overall outlook remains bright.

“Non-communicable disease, which is rising in prevalence due to the increasing elderly population and changes to diet and lifestyle, combined with the Mexican government’s aim to provide universal healthcare coverage, will increase public expenditure and create greater market opportunities for both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.”

-ABOUT GLOBALDATA-

GlobalData is a leading global research and consulting firm offering advanced analytics to help clients make better, more informed decisions every day. Our research and analysis is based on the expert knowledge of over 700 qualified business analysts and 25,000 interviews conducted with industry insiders every year, enabling us to offer the most relevant, reliable and actionable strategic business intelligence available for a wide range of industries.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Premier, Inc. continues growth trajectory with acquisition of Hospira’s TheraDoc, expanding industry leading electronic clinical surveillance solutions to approximately 1,000 facilities

·         Strategic combination positioned to drive quality outcomes improvement beyond current health information technology capabilities

·         Complementary data analytics and real-time surveillance expertise will support next-generation predictive clinical apps on an integrated technology platform

·         Expands Premier’s footprint by approximately 400 unaffiliated facilities

·         Provides opportunity to expand relationships with academic medical centers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 5, 2014) – Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) has reached a definitive agreement to acquireTheraDoc, a market leading provider of clinical surveillance software, for $117 million in cash, subject to potential purchase price adjustments regarding TheraDoc’s actual working capital, cash and indebtedness at closing. The transaction is expected to close in Premier’s fiscal 2015 first quarter ending September 30, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.

TheraDoc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hospira (NYSE: HSP). Premier’s board of directors unanimously approved the transaction, and applicable antitrust approvals have already been obtained. Based on the trailing twelve months operating earnings provided by TheraDoc, the $117 million represents a purchase price multiple in the 10-11 times range.

Premier expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in the first year following the transaction’s completion.

“Our growth story continues to evolve with strategic relationships that extend our reach and add value to the U.S. healthcare system,” said Susan DeVore, president and CEO of Premier. “The addition of TheraDoc propels Premier to the top position in the clinical surveillance market, significantly strengthening our ability to help health systems monitor and protect patients from infections, harmful drug interactions and other adverse events, crucial capabilities in today’s world of performance-based reimbursement. Longer term, we expect the addition of TheraDoc will enable us to create a next-generation predictive safety solution built on Premier’s integrated technology platform.”

The transaction combines two market leaders with capabilities in data analytics and real-time electronic clinical surveillance. TheraDoc and Premier’s capabilities with its SafetyAdvisor® solution are similar in their ability to support both infection prevention and drug therapy surveillance.

Premier has data on one in every three U.S. health system discharges, pushed to members through software as a service (SaaS) apps housed on the PremierConnect® integrated technology platform. Combined, the two organizations will provide clinical surveillance expertise to approximately 1,000 facilities, 400 of which do not have a current relationship with Premier. TheraDoc was ranked as the top product in the infection control and monitoring software category in both 2012 and 2013 by KLAS, a leading health informatics research company. Leveraging this asset in combination with PremierConnect will support a next-generation solution of more than 1,000 safety alerts, capabilities that go well beyond those of electronic health records (EHRs).

“Healthcare providers will benefit from the shared strength, expertise and vision of this partnership,” said France Pitera, who is currently vice president, Clinical Information Technology, Hospira, and is planned to be named vice president, Safety Solutions, Premier. “Considering that only 50 percent of providers have invested in electronic clinical surveillance, our increased scope already addresses a largely untapped marketplace with an unmatched, best-in-class solution. We will leverage the collective resources of TheraDoc and deep analytics capabilities available through the PremierConnect platform to continue developing a broad suite of quality and safety products in a cutting-edge SaaS model.”

“Additionally, this agreement allows Hospira to dedicate even more focus on supporting our strategic growth platforms, including our specialty injectable pharmaceuticals pipeline, biosimilars program and device strategy,” said Thomas Moore, president, United States, Hospira.

TheraDoc’s offices in Salt Lake City and its 120 employees will become part of Premier’s Performance Services business unit, reporting to Keith J. Figlioli, Premier’s senior vice president of Healthcare Informatics.

“From a financial perspective, we expect TheraDoc to contribute revenue and earnings growth to our business segment,” said Figlioli. “More importantly, this business mixture enables us to deploy an enhanced and superior safety solution to the market over time. It will help to improve clinical outcomes by eliminating unjustified variation and waste associated with preventable infections, which costs the nation’s healthcare system more than $9.8 billion a year in staff time and added treatment expense, before accounting for the added financial impact of reimbursement penalties. It also provides us access to new health systems currently outside the Premier alliance, including many academic institutions.”

About TheraDoc

TheraDoc, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hospira, Inc., is a leading provider of electronic clinical surveillance to healthcare organizations across the country. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, TheraDoc’s mission is to deliver advanced informatics to help protect patients and maximize the performance of Healthcare teams. Founded in 1999 by a group of clinicians and medical informatics experts, TheraDoc was one of the pioneers of electronic clinical surveillance, and has remained at the forefront of advances in this technology. TheraDoc was acquired by Hospira in 2009. TheraDoc’s suite of software applications brings together disparate data from a hospital’s source systems, helps alert clinicians to potential risks, and empowers them with knowledge to improve clinical outcomes, lower costs, and strengthen regulatory compliance.

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as TwitterFacebookLinkedInYouTube,InstagramFoursquare and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.

Forward-looking statements

Statements made in this release that are not statements of historical or current facts, such as projected operating efficiencies and synergies, expected return on investment, the timing and amount of expected revenue growth and earnings accretion from the acquisition, Premier’s ability to expand its customer base and market share, the expected closing date and future operations and integration matters described herein, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Premier to be materially different from historical results or from any future results or projections expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements in the conditional or future tenses or that include terms such as “believes,” “belief,” “expects,” “estimates,” “intends,” “anticipates” or “plans” to be uncertain and forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may include comments as to Premier’s beliefs and expectations as to future events and trends affecting its business and are necessarily subject to uncertainties, many of which are outside Premier’s control. More information on potential factors that could affect Premier’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Forward Looking Statements,” “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of Premier’s periodic and current filings with the SEC, including Premier’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, as well as those discussed under the “Risk Factors” and “Forward Looking Statements” section of Premier’s IPO Prospectus, dated September 25, 2013, filed with the SEC and available on Premier’s website atinvestors.premierinc.com. Forward looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Premier undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise that occur after that date.

August 5, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS Analytics Honors TriHealth Hospitals with Stage 7 Award and Associated Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards

The HIMSS  Stage 7 Awards honors ambulatory facilities operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing EHR 

CHICAGO (Aug. 4, 2014) - HIMSS Analytics awarded four TriHealth hospitals with  Stage 7 Awards, and 131 of its associated ambulatory clinics, located throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, with Stage 7 Ambulatory Awards.

Stage 7 Award: HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

Stage 7 Ambulatory Award: Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

During the first quarter of 2014, only 3.1 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Award, and only 4.54 percent of the more than 24,200 ambulatory clinics in the HIMSS Analytics® Database received the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award .

“We are thrilled to be one of a small number of hospitals in the country to achieve this high level of technological integration and honored to be the only adult hospital in Cincinnati to do so,” said John Prout, TriHealth president and chief executive officer,. “The HIMSS Stage 7 designation underscores our commitment to patient-centered clinical quality and safety through the use of advanced clinical information systems. The site visit with the HIMSS Analytics officials gave us an opportunity to share our experiences and to recognize our staff and physicians for their work with our patients.”

TriHealth, one of the fastest-growing health systems in Greater Cincinnati, has more than 500 doctors and 11,000 other employees. It operates four hospitals (Good Samaritan in University Heights, Bethesda North in Montgomery, Bethesda Butler in Hamilton and TriHealth Evendale) and more than 130 other locations.

“This is an excellent deployment of an enterprise EHR that proved to be transformational,” said John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president HIMSS Analytics.“TriHealth has been an early adopter of technologies that are just beginning to become mainstream.  This is truly an organization that enthusiastically embraces technology to support their core mission.”

TriHealth will be recognized at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition onApril 12-16, 2015, in Chicago, Ill.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics web site for more information on the Stage 7 award and Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

August 4, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Napier Healthcare Appoints Mohammad Shublaqas Director of Business Development

Singapore, July 29, 2014 – Napier Healthcare, a leading healthcare technology and services provider, has named Mohammad Shublaq as Director of Business Development for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Based in Riyadh, Mohammad will take the helm of Napier’s overall business expansion in the territory, covering the areas of Business Development, Sales, Alliance, and Customer Relations.

Mohammad has more than 20 years of professional track record in the Information Technology and healthcare domains in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has held leadership positions at CSC Arabia Ltd., Omar K.Alesayi Communications and Space Services Co. Ltd., Abdullah Fouad Co.Ltd., and Al-Suwaidi Trading and Development. He possesses extensive expertise in the sales and delivery of healthcare solutions including Forensic Laboratories Information Management System, Population Health Management, Care Coordination, Healthcare Analytics, Radiology Information System and Cardiovascular Information System solutions.

“Napier’s foray into the Middle East has been gaining positive traction.With Mohammad’s leadership and industry expertise in the Saudi healthcare market, we are confident that Hospitals will have another viable world class solution. The addition of Mohammad’s leadership on board is a testament to our commitment to the Saudi market. Napier’s products run Hospitals in the US, Africa and Asia and are compliant with USA’s Meaningful Use requirements. Further, Napier’s partner ecosystem comprises world class consulting partners that help implement the best business practices gleaned from Hospitals all over the world.With globally acclaimed products and consulting services, Hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can now implement a world class platform with local expertise,” said Tirupathi Karthik, CEO of Napier Healthcare.

“Healthcare spending is increasing in this region, an indication of the better standards of care and access to medicine. Behind healthcare trends lie massive opportunities for Napier. For example, Napier’s mobility and homecare technology empowers providers to deliver medical services to patients beyond the four walls of a hospital through remote monitoring via mHealth apps and telemedicine services. Napier’s Electronic Mobile Care System (eMCS) allows physicians and nurses to manage and access patients’ data on mobile devices while on the move to access patient history, record observations, schedule appointments, and prescribe medications. I look forward to spearheading the team to drive our best efforts to bring Napier’s innovative solutions to providers across the Middle East,” Mohammad commented on his new appointment.

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About Napier Healthcare

With Napier’s Healthcare solutions, hospitals can run their end-to-end operations with complete visibility and control over costs. The Mobility, Analytical and Home Care solutions offered by Napier are today powering innovative healthcare delivery models worldwide.

Established in 1996, Napier’s software and services have helped midsized, large private and public sector hospitals transform the way they capture clinical information, streamline workflow, reduce medical errors and provide analytical insights. Headquartered in Singapore with presence in USA, India and Middle East, Napier’s solutions are in line with the latest global healthcare trends and standards such as the United States Meaningful Use certification and ISO 9001:2008.

For more information, visit www.napierhealthcare.com

July 29, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Healthcare Data Solutions Partners with aPureBase to Strengthen Global Data Network

July 28, 2014 – Irvine, CA – Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS), a leading provider of healthcare databases, compliance and business intelligence services, is pleased to announce it has become the U.S. Data Supplier for the aPureBase Global Data Network. aPureBase is an EU-based one-source data supplier offering the Life Sciences industry with high-quality data for Sales, Marketing and Transparency Reporting.

The aPureBase Network consists of leading healthcare data providers contributing data from over 33 countries. These local data suppliers know their markets best and contribute their high-quality data to aPureBase to construct a single unified cross-border database. Together, Healthcare Data Solutions and aPureBase will create new solutions to provide their joint clients with international data on healthcare providers and healthcare organizations for compliance reporting, commercial sales and marketing purposes.

The partnership comes at a critical time. From a Commercial perspective, emerging markets in the Life Sciences industry are seeing tremendous growth. From a Compliance perspective, Transparency Reporting is expanding across the globe. The combination of Healthcare Data Solutions’ “Compliance-Grade” healthcare data with aPureBase’s international healthcare data, which spans 33 countries, will give HDS/aPureBase clients the far-reaching business intelligence they need to enter new markets and comply with Transparency reporting requirements.

“To compete in today’s global healthcare marketplace, companies are looking beyond U.S. borders to grow their reach,” said Tim Slevin, CEO of Healthcare Data Solutions. “We are thrilled to join forces with aPureBase to provide the same high-quality data that we offer stateside to our clients who are expanding their markets internationally.”

“We have great expectations of this partnership. We feel it is a perfect match when it comes to products, client portfolios and company cultures,” said Caroline Widriksen, CEO of aPureBase. “This global partnership will set our clients up for the future as well as both our businesses, and I expect to see fast and great results.”

About Healthcare Data Solutions:
Healthcare Data Solutions is a leading healthcare information services company focused on building and maintaining the most accurate, compliance-grade data on Physicians, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners and other Healthcare Providers, as well as Pharmacies, Hospitals, Health Systems, ACOs, IDNs, GPOs and other Healthcare Organizations. Healthcare Data Solutions provides healthcare data, physician validation programs, data processing, compliance services, web services and new customer acquisition programs for leading healthcare firms. Compliance clients can access over 5 million healthcare provider profiles to crosswalk government databases for accurate reporting. Healthcare Data Solutions is the fastest growing healthcare data services company in the United States on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Fast 500 list. For more information, visit www.HealthcareDataSolutions.com.

About aPureBase:
aPureBase is a formalised partnership of experienced data providers in the European Healthcare industry. To the best price on the market, we keep your Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) data up-to-date, accurate and compliant with local legislation concerning personal data protection.

With our unique database structure consisting of thousands of HCPs, it is possible to compare sales and marketing activities across borders and hereby minimise internal costs. We deliver HCP data into your CRM system and have a standardised proven technical interface to all CRM systems. For more information, visitwww.aPureBase.com.

July 28, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

WEDI’s HPID Workgroup Announces Release of Issue Brief: “What is the Difference Between a Health Plan and Payer?”

Brief simplifies definitions and usage of terms according to the HPID Final Rule

RESTON, Va. — July 28, 2014 — The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced today its Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Workgroup has developed an issue brief titled, “What is the Difference Between a Health Plan and Payer?” The HPID Workgroup, a part of WEDI’s Strategic National HPID Implementation Process, worked closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to identify common misuse of the terms “health plan” and “payer” across the industry.

These terms, often used interchangeably in the regulation, can cause a misconception of an organization’s role. In an effort to help the industry understand the differences in these terms and how to best use them, WEDI partnered with ASC X12 to develop this issue brief, which includes definitions of both terms and clarifies the role each plays in standard transactions according to the HPID Final Rule.

The brief further explains these defined terms as they are affected by the HPID Final Rule compliance date. An organization currently identified as a payer will continue to be identified as such. However, one that is currently identified as a health plan – and continues to be identified as a health plan after November 7, 2016 – must use an HPID.

“The lack of clarity around the definition of a health plan and payer has caused significant challenges among the payer community in the development of their enumeration strategy,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, WEDI president and CEO. “It is our hope that these definitions will help provide a common understanding of how to apply these terms across our industry.”

The issue brief is available for review and can be found online here.

About WEDI

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit www.wedi.org and connect with us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Tatum Survey of Business Conditions Reveals Impacts of Affordable Care Act on CFO Business Strategies

Executive Survey Finds that Companies Report Increased Spending, but Minimal Workforce Changes as a Result of ACA Implications

ATLANTA, July 23, 2014 – Tatum, a leading professional and interim services firm offering hands-on strategic, financial and technology solutions that measurably improve business performance, today announced the results of its Survey of Business Conditions, based on the opinions of financial executives spanning a variety of industries and geographic locations.

Through its Survey of Business Conditions, Tatum CFO partners reflect monthly on 30-day business trends and projected business conditions for next 60 days. These responses are reflected in the Tatum Survey of Business Conditions, which shows little upward momentum going into the third quarter in terms of capital expenditure commitments and hiring.

This month’s survey also provided insights into the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on business costs and staffing models. The findings reveal some interesting statistics about how CFOs are contending with ACA implementation. Although this legislation has led to increased healthcare benefit costs, the survey found that the widely held belief that ACA would be an across-the-board headcount game changer did not hold true. When asked if the ACA has altered their company’s staffing model and approach to headcount management, only 18 percent of CFOs responded that their companies have done so as a direct result of ACA implementation. The majority, 65 percent of respondents, state that they have not altered their approach at this time.

The survey also asked participants to qualify the increase in healthcare benefit costs for their companies. Overall, less than half of all respondents (43 percent) reported that employee out-of-pocket expenses are up, and just one-third (33 percent) said employee contribution percentages are increasing. Additionally, respondents were asked about their overall healthcare cost management strategies (such as self-insured, insured, combination of self-insured and insured, use of exchanges, etc.), how they would describe them today and where they expect to be in three years after they’ve had more time to adapt to the new healthcare regulatory landscape. The responses show that insured arrangements are the most prevalent, with exchanges being the least utilized; with a sizeable shift anticipated with insured arrangements dropping and use of exchanges increasing.

“The Survey of Business Conditions gives us an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of senior finance leaders to see how market conditions impact their companies and their strategies for the future,” said Suzanne Donner, Managing Partner, Knowledge Management for Tatum. “The results from our latest survey may be surprising to some, showing that the vast majority of companies are not adjusting their staffing models in light of ACA implementation.“

“Healthcare is our largest industry practice,” Donner continued. “We see a rapidly-evolving landscape for our provider, payer and supplier clients – each of which is wrestling with their own issues and concerns – looking for new ways to collaborate, to organize and to be cost-effective that will work for them in their markets. We believe employers are correct to be cautiously evaluating their options while this all plays out.”

In addition to sharing insight into future business outlook and staffing practices, Tatum’s Survey of Business Conditions also serves as a way for the company to give back to the community. For each survey completed by respondents, Tatum also makes a contribution to Junior Achievement, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Tatum has made its Survey of Business Conditions, Second Quarter 2014 available for download at:

http://www.tatum-us.com/documents/SecondQuarterTatum_SoBCDetailReport.pdf

About Tatum

Tatum is a leading professional and interim services firm offering hands-on strategic, financial and technology solutions that measurably improve business performance. Tatum’s executive leaders and consultants help companies navigate critical points in the business lifecycle and execute their strategic initiatives. Our deep management and operational expertise, keen strategic consultancy and a focus on follow-through enable our teams to deliver solutions that drive sustainable impact. With a national footprint of offices in key markets, our firm is ready to mobilize locally anywhere in the country. Tatum is an operating company of Randstad US.

About the Tatum Survey of Business Conditions

The Tatum Survey has been keeping a finger on the pulse of the U.S. economy for over twelve years. Each month, Tatum conducts a survey of its executive and consulting professionals nationwide to gain insight on the business climate. The survey examines key indicators such as hiring and capital expenditures, looking at both the past 30 days and expectations for the upcoming 60 days. The survey captures the observations and opinions of CFOs, Controllers and CIOs in a broad base of industries and companies of all sizes. For additional details, please visithttp://www.tatum-us.com/knowledge-center/thought-leadership/survey-of-business-conditions/.

July 24, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Consultant Development Program from Stoltenberg Consulting Yields Successful IT Projects for Hospitals at Significantly Lower Costs

More than 25 percent in savings realized by healthcare organizations for IT initiatives leveraging consultants from company’s development program

PITTSBURGH, July 22, 2014 - Stoltenberg Consulting, a leading healthcare information technology (HIT) consulting firm, today announced thirteen consultants having graduated from its Consultant Development Program to date. The program, designed to provide hospitals with first-time, certified consultants, continues to deliver cost-effective results to the company’s hospital customers. The consultants in the program, titled Consultant I’s, undergo rigorous training and work closely with Stoltenberg’s team of experienced consultants on projects.

The 2013 HIMSS Workforce Survey indicated that 31 percent of healthcare organizations had to place IT initiatives on hold due to staffing shortages with 43 percent citing the lack of a qualified talent pool as a challenge to appropriately meeting their staffing needs. The demand remains high for a capable workforce in the healthcare technology industry; to date, hospitals that have leveraged Consultant I’s have seen over 25 percent increase in cost savings on IT implementation projects, with the value and contributions of the consultants adding to an even greater overall ROI.

“Considering staffing shortages, limited budgets and a lack of qualified talent in the hiring pool, hospitals are clearly suffering from a shortage of effective IT skills and expertise on projects, without any ideal solution in sight,” said Sheri Stoltenberg, CEO, Stoltenberg Consulting. “The Consultant Development Program is able to address such challenges from every angle by providing cost-effective, highly competent team members that not only deliver the necessary results for hospitals at a critical time in healthcare, but also contribute to a strong job market that supports the advancement of health IT.”

Recent graduates of the Consultant Development Program gained considerable experience through direct involvement in implementation and optimization projects in hospitals around the country, allowing them to establish expertise in clinical, ambulatory, document management and financial areas. Overall, the Consultant I’s spent more than 2,000 hours in training for projects, nearly 9,000 hours on projects and over 15,000 hours serving the help desk service line from Stoltenberg, over the two-year program.

Said a graduate of the program: “There are very few paths in health IT that offer significant hands-on training and opportunities to young professionals. By working closely with a senior consultant from Stoltenberg, I was able to hone important skills at the end-user level while gradually developing experience with Soarian Clinicals Documentation building and CPOE. Programs that offer valuable lessons and opportunities, such as the Consultant Development Program, can be key in changing the perception of a career in health IT to be more attractive for young professionals.”

Previous graduates of the Consultant Development Program have become fully active team members, and in some cases, team leads on IT projects within hospitals across the country. Mentoring provided by senior consultants have allowed the Consultant I’s to far exceed expectations normally set for young HIT professionals.

“I started this program with minimal experience, but by the end, I had gained certain insights in health IT I may have otherwise only learned through multiple years in the industry. From formal vendor training for multiple certifications, to my time taking calls for a university healthcare system with the Stoltenberg Help Desk Service Line, the program greatly prepared me for working and genuinely helping end-users,” said another graduate. “The Consultant Development Program provides a rare opportunity to uniquely groom young HIT professionals for success and I look forward to seeing what is to come from the program in the future.”

To learn more about the Consultant Development Program, please click here or visit www.stoltenberg.com.

About Stoltenberg Consulting 

Founded in 1995, Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc. creates an environment for success by working with healthcare organizations to provide a variety of services including project management, implementation support and integration between systems. Members of the Stoltenberg Consulting team are consultants with extensive experience in both financial and clinical systems, averaging more than 15 years of direct on-site hospital experience. A two-time Best in KLAS Category Leader, Stoltenberg Consulting has grown rapidly to serve a client base of more than 200 preeminent healthcare organizations throughout the United States providing services for Siemens (Approved Partner), Epic (Preferred Partner), Cerner, McKesson, Meditech, NextGen and Allscripts customers. For more information call 1-888-724-1326 or visit www.stoltenberg.com.

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Scott Collins Assumes Role of President and Owner of Aria Marketing; Names New Leadership Team

Jessica Cohen Promoted to Executive Vice President and Ross Homer Joins Company as Vice President to Support Current Clients and Continue Company Growth

Boston, MA – July 22, 2014 – Aria Marketing, an integrated healthcare communications agency, announced that the company is now under new leadership. Scott Collins, former vice president, has been named principal owner and president of the company. Collins acquired ownership of the 15-year-old agency from Bruce Jankowitz, who is continuing to work as an industry consultant. Additionally, Aria has announced that Jessica Cohen has been promoted to executive vice president, and Ross Homer has returned to Aria as vice president.

With over twenty years of agency and in-house public relations and marketing experience, Collins will leverage his extensive industry knowledge and executive-level insight to maintain Aria Marketing’s established reputation as the leader in healthcare communications. Additionally, Collins is investing new resources in growing the company to help keep pace with the increasing demand for its PR and marketing services. Currently, Aria Marketing is seeking new account executives and senior account executives and Collins announced today that the company will be moving to an expanded office space this summer.

“Over the past decade and a half, Aria Marketing has earned a reputation for understanding the ins and outs of healthcare and developing and executing public relations and marketing strategies that align with the key issues,” said Collins. “My top priority is to continue to garner exceptional results for our clients – always putting their needs first – as we prudently grow the company. By adding Jessica and Ross to the senior leadership team, we will be better positioned than ever before to provide exceptional service to both new and existing clients.”

Jessica Cohen and Ross Homer have joined Collins as executive vice president and vice president, respectively. As members of the leadership team, the pair oversee the company’s PR and marketing functions, providing strategy to all clients. As part of their operational duties, they are spearheading the company’s recruitment and new business initiatives.

Cohen began her career a decade ago as an account executive at Aria Marketing, and most recently functioned as Aria’s director. She has executed successful PR and marketing programs for over 35 healthcare companies, including Dictaphone/Nuance, Craneware and Fallon Clinic. Homer has returned to Aria – where he previously worked as a senior account executive – with both in-house and agency public relations and communications experience. Having worked at companies such as Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospital, Quantia and Care.com, Homer has cultivated a deep healthcare and HIT industry knowledge-base, which he brings to his new role.

About Aria Marketing, LLC

Founded in 1999, Aria Marketing is an integrated, healthcare communications agency providing unmatched industry and strategy expertise, thought-leadership driven PR, compelling creative and superior customer service. Aria earned its reputation as healthcare’s leading thought leadership agency from working with some of the biggest, sharpest and most innovative healthcare organizations, from pre-angel start-ups to Fortune 20 companies. Its services include: strategic planning, branding and positioning services; public relations; social media; and creative services.

July 23, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.