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Amazing Charts Launches Practice Management System

Cloud-Based PM Module Is Seamlessly Integrated With EHR Rated #1 for Usability

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – November 03, 2014) – Amazing Charts, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems for physician practices, today announced the general availability of Amazing Charts Practice Management (PM), a revenue cycle management system with fully automated benefits and eligibility checking, all-payor clearinghouse connection and comprehensive financial reporting.

Amazing Charts Practice Management is fully and seamlessly integrated into Amazing Charts EHR to help clinicians improve clinical documentation and manage financial workflows. The user-friendly billing module enables a practice to manage the entire patient visit — from eligibility and scheduling to clinical documentation, billing and reporting — with a single easy-to-use system.

“We built Amazing Charts Practice Management to the same high standards for usability that we apply to Amazing Charts EHR, which is recognized in survey after survey as number one among leading EHRs for being intuitive and easy to use,” said John Squire, president and COO of Amazing Charts. “Now, physicians can purchase a single integrated clinical documentation and billing solution from Amazing Charts, saving time and eliminating errors, while helping to increase revenue and profitability. This new solution will help clinicians and administrators alike to meet the demands of managing independent medical practices.”

Pricing and Availability
Amazing Charts Practice Management is available immediately and priced at $249 per billable provider per month. Full onboarding, staff training, data conversion, an electronic clearinghouse connection, and ongoing technical support are all included in this charge. Amazing Charts Practice Management is sold only as a separate add-on module to Amazing Charts EHR.

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.

Amazing Charts is a trademark of Amazing Charts, LLC. All products or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

November 3, 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 13 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.

Vocera Launches New Product Enhancements to Integrate More Deeply with EHRs

Vocera’s award-winning communication system now further engages patients and physicians

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 28, 2014 – Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VCRA), the leading provider of communication solutions for mission-critical mobile environments, today took another step in delivering on the company vision of empowering people through integrated, intelligent communication by unveiling new product enhancements that improve communication and collaboration across the entire continuum of care.

Vocera’s enterprise-grade communication and collaboration solution now includes deep integrations to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other clinical systems, enabling acute care hospitals, sub-acute facilities, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers to remain in sync.

Mobile EHR apps, such as Epic® Haiku for physicians and Epic Rover for nurses, can now connect directly to the Vocera Collaboration Suite, creating a simplified communication experience. This integration enables care team members to easily communicate by launching Vocera’s unique voice communication and secure text messaging functionality from within the EHR smartphone application.

Vocera’s award-winning software platform can now synchronize care team assignment information between the EHR and Vocera application to enable accurate and effective communication. As a result, the patient’s extended care team is kept up to date, allowing physicians and nurses to reach the right member of the team across the continuum of care.

In addition, the company is launching two new products focused on improving the patient and physician experience.

  • Vocera Care Experience Pre-Arrival Communication enables organizations to provide patients with important information, including appointment reminders and educational content, prior to their arrival for scheduled procedures. Streamlining the pre-arrival process decreases no-shows and last minute cancellations, increasing throughput and improving patient engagement.
  • Vocera Cardiac Consult delivers 12-lead ECGs to physician’s smartphones and tablets over any available data network. It allows the physician to perform measurements and compare current to historic ECGs. This capability enables immediate diagnoses to improve patient outcomes, enhance cardiology coverage, reduce false Cath Lab activation costs, and improve door-to-door balloon times.

“No one is solving for these life-critical, care coordination issues the way Vocera is with our unique communication and collaboration solutions,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “We are mobilizing clinical data and empowering extended care teams to improve patient care before, during, and after hospital visits.”

To learn more about these exciting product enhancements, go to the following URLs for more information:

About Vocera                                                                                                                                                    
Vocera empowers integrated, intelligent communication in healthcare, hospitality, energy and other mission-critical mobile environments. Widely recognized for developing smarter ways to instantly communicate and collaborate, Vocera offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that improve efficiency throughout organizations. The Vocera Communication System is installed in more than 1,200 organizations worldwide. The Vocera portfolio improves workflow, quality, safety and outcomes while elevating the customer and patient experience. In addition to providing innovative technology, Vocera drives thought leadership and new standards to improve patient experience via its research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

October 31, 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 13 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.

CHIME and KLAS Partner to Support HIT Industry Performance

SAN ANTONIO, TX, October 30, 2014 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today it has formed a partnership with KLAS Enterprises, the research leader in measuring vendor performance for providers in the field of healthcare IT.

The partnership between CHIME and KLAS, effective January 1, 2015, is designed to accelerate and enhance industry performance and support all stakeholders in a rapid new era of healthcare transformation. The partnership, announced today from the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio, will include expanded research, benchmarking, award collaboration, and advocacy support.

“Like KLAS, CHIME is dedicated to helping our members and vendor partners perform at the highest level,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. “This mutually beneficial partnership will help strengthen our commitment to industry high-standards in patient care quality, efficiency and safety.”

“Providers want to be heard and counted,” added Kent Gale, Founder of KLAS. “Working together with CHIME, we can better amplify the provider voice to help healthcare vendors align their delivery to achieve provider organization success.”

Under the terms of the partnership, KLAS will serve as CHIME’s primary research organization, and KLAS will work closely with CHIME for best practice information sharing and healthcare information technology research.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the industry research professionals of KLAS who have made a superb contribution to healthcare IT performance and standards,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “Our members, together with KLAS, will help foster industry excellence and drive 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.cio-chime.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.
October 30, 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 13 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.

eClinicalWorks Chooses Exostar’s New Identity Proofing and Second Factor Credential Authentication Service

ProviderPass Meets Security and Regulatory Compliance Requirements Necessary for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

HERNDON, VA, and WESTBOROUGH, MA, October 29, 2014Exostar, an innovative information technology company offering cloud-based solutions that enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, today announced the general availability of its new turn-key, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) identity proofing and second factor credential authentication solution, ProviderPasseClinicalWorks, a leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, has selected ProviderPass to expand its comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) product suite to include electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created strict technical EPCS requirements to help combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic.  Healthcare providers who wish to e-prescribe controlled substances must complete a stringent identity proofing process and present a high-assurance digital credential to verify their identity and digital signature when they submit a prescription.

With ProviderPass, eClinicalWorks will deliver easy-to-use, innovative, affordable EPCS functionality to its customers, which include large hospital systems; large and small health systems; large, medium, small, and solo provider practices; correctional health services; and community health centers throughout the U.S.

“We wanted to deploy an EPCS capability that preserved a consistent end-user experience for our customers and met current and anticipated DEA requirements,” said Jinesh Gandhi, partner operations at eClinicalWorks.  “Exostar’s legacy in the aerospace and defense industry, known for the depth and breadth of its security and compliance requirements, was a critical factor in our decision.  That, along with their turn-key SaaS business model and proven track record credentialing organizations with tens of thousands of users, gave us confidence we would meet our objectives and obtain a competitive advantage.”

Exostar’s ProviderPass includes remote identity proofing conducted in conjunction with Experian or via live web cam video.  Individuals purchase a one-time password (OTP) hardware token through Exostar’s web store.  eClinicalWorks customers use its EHR system in tandem with an activated OTP token to seamlessly e-prescribe controlled substances.

Exostar is a full-service Credential Service Provider certified by the SAFE-BioPharma Association to meet the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s 800-63 Level 3 standard mandated by the DEA.  Because SAFE-BioPharma is a U.S. Government-approved Trust Framework Provider, ProviderPass also aligns with U.S. Federal Identity and Credentialing Access Management (FICAM) requirements.

“eClinicalWorks clearly understands how EPCS simultaneously can improve patient outcomes, mitigate the illicit distribution of controlled substances, and enable providers to more efficiently and effectively focus on patient care,” said Vijay Takanti, Exostar’s Vice President of Security and Collaboration Solutions.  “We believe other health IT vendors will follow the lead of eClinicalWorks and turn to our ProviderPass service offering to enhance the security of their EHR solutions for EPCS and other use cases where identity verification and information protection are priorities.”

About Exostar

Exostar powers secure business-to-business information sharing, collaboration and business process integration throughout the value chain.  Exostar supports the complex trading needs of many of the world’s largest companies in aerospace and defense, life sciences, and other industries.  Exostar’s cloud-based identity assurance products and business applications reduce risk, improve agility and strengthen trading partner relationships and profitability for over 100,000 companies in 150 countries worldwide.  The Exostar community includes market leaders such as AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, Computer Sciences Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp., Merck, Newport News Shipbuilding, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Co. and Rolls-Royce.  For more information, please visit www.exostar.com.

About eClinicalWorks

eClinicalWorks® is a privately-held leader in ambulatory healthcare IT solutions. With physicians across all 50 states using its solutions, customers include ACOs, physician practices, out-patient departments of hospitals, community health centers, departments of health and convenient care clinics. Ten eClinicalWorks customers have received the prestigious HIMSS Davies Awards during the past six years, honoring excellence in electronic health record implementation. The company is second largest in the country for e-prescribing. Based in Westborough, Mass., eClinicalWorks has additional offices in New York City, Chicago, California and Georgia. For more information, please visit www.eclinicalworks.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 866-888-6929.

October 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 13 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.

Kareo Secures $15 Million in Mezzanine Debt from Escalate Capital Partners

Latest investment brings total capital raised in 2014 to $47MM, new capital will be used to further expand Kareo’s cloud-based solutions for independent physicians

Irvine, CAOctober 24, 2014 Kareo, the leading provider of cloud-based medical office software for small medical practices, today announced that it has received $15 million in mezzanine debt from Escalate Capital Partners, an institutionally backed mezzanine fund that invests in high growth companies in the technology, healthcare and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industries. In 2014, Kareo has secured a total of $47 million in funding, reinforcing the company’s unprecedented growth and further enhancing Kareo’s role as the independent physician’s trusted partner.

Kareo enables independent physicians and their staff to streamline patient engagement, clinical documentation, billing, and other critical administrative processes in order to focus on what matters most—providing quality patient care. The $15 million in new growth capital will be used to further expand Kareo’s reach and deepen its solution set to meet inevitable demand due to patient-driven shifts in the industry, while accelerating the development and innovation of the company’s cloud-based technology.

“The shift toward consumer-driven care is continuing to gain momentum,” says Dan Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Kareo, “and we believe that independent practices are uniquely positioned to benefit from this trend and provide the most appropriate and highest quality care to patients. We are delighted to have the backing and confidence of Escalate as we further enhance our products to better support small practices.”

Kareo’s mission has been affirmed by its significant growth. The company has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S., realizing a 552 percent increase in revenue over the past three years. The company now serves more than 25,000 healthcare providers with its award-winning EHR, practice management and billing services platform, and is adding more than 500 provider customers per month.

“Kareo’s unique business model and market-leading solutions are changing the game in healthcare IT,” says Ross Cockrell, managing director at Escalate Capital Partners. “There is considerable market opportunity for Kareo as independent physicians provide the majority of patient care in the United States. And with increasing focus on fee-for-quality reimbursement models, this trend will likely continue. Kareo is well poised to sustain its growth record and we are excited to be a part of its continued success.”

The latest financing brings Kareo’s total capital raised to $90 million. New investor Escalate Capital Partners joins Kareo’s group of top-tier institutional investors which also include OpenView Venture Partners, Greenspring Associates, Stripes Group, Silicon Valley Bank and Western Technology Investments.

About Kareo

Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office software and services platform purpose-built for small practices. At Kareo, we believe that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. We offer an integrated solution of products and services designed to help physicians get paid faster, run their business smarter, and provide better care. Our practice management softwarebilling services, and free, award-winning fully certified EHR help more than 25,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice. Kareo has received extensive industry recognition, including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 500/5000, Forbes Top 100 Most Promising Companies, and Black Book #1 Integrated EHR, Practice Management and Billing Vendor. Headquartered in Irvine, California, the Kareo mission is to help providers spend their time focused on patients, not paperwork. For more information, visit www.kareo.com.

About Escalate Capital Partners

Escalate Capital Partners is an institutionally backed mezzanine fund that invests in high growth companies and is an ideal partner at the critical growth phase in a company’s lifecycle, offering patient capital tailored to each company’s unique needs. Escalate Capital has built a track record as a valued and committed partner through periods of robust growth and economic uncertainty. The Escalate Capital investment team has a combined 75+ years of experience and has invested more than $2 billion in over 500 companies.

October 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 13 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.

M*Modal Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Franklin, Tenn. – October 23, 2014  – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced that healthcare IT industry veteran Scott MacKenzie has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and a member of M*Modal’s Board of Directors.

“Scott brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and information technology, with a successful track record in driving operational execution and helping companies leverage their core assets to create growth and value,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, Chair of the Board at M*Modal. “M*Modal continues to be at the forefront of clinical documentation and technology-enabled services, and we are confident that Scott’s leadership will help strengthen the company for long-term success.”

Mr. MacKenzie joins M*Modal having served as CEO of Passport Health Communications, which was purchased by Experian in 2013. Since the acquisition, he has been President of Experian Health, a leading healthcare revenue cycle solutions provider. Prior to Passport, Mr. MacKenzie was part of McKesson Corporation as President of RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions. He also held executive positions at Cerner Corporation, where he ran its Providing Care business unit focused on physician, nurse, pharmacist and consumer electronic health record (EHR) software.

“M*Modal has a unique combination of talent, assets and relationships that creates tremendous potential in how it can impact healthcare and serve customers,” said Mr. MacKenzie. “I am joining M*Modal at a time when the company is positioned for change and the market is open to solutions that improve productivity and leverage technology investments. I look forward to working with M*Modal’s talented team to deliver on its vision to be the industry’s best clinical documentation provider.”

M*Modal is focused on increasing the productivity of healthcare providers using a combination of technology and services to improve clinical documentation and allow physicians to focus on their patients. M*Modal augments EHR investments by improving the accuracy and expediency of input and the fluency of collaborative information exchange.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service providers in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

October 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 13 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.

CHIME Launches Two New Organizations to Serve Professional Needs of Chief Technology Officers and Chief Application Officers in Healthcare

ANN ARBOR, MI, October 23, 2014The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today the launch of two new organizations to serve the education and professional development needs of healthcare executives in senior technology and application roles.

The Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA) are the first professional organizations representing chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief application officers (CAOs) in the healthcare setting. Formed to address an unmet need in the industry, AEHIT and AEHIA will provide educational resources on important healthcare technology and IT application-focused issues, as well as an environment where CTOs and CAOs can communicate with, inform, and educate one another. These follow the recent creation and launch of AEHIS, the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security to serve healthcare CSOs.

“With the establishment of these two new organizations, CHIME has taken an active role in providing these healthcare leaders an opportunity to pool their collective knowledge and advance their skills,” said CHIME Board Chair Randy McCleese, FCHIME, LCHIME, CHCIO. “CIOs are increasingly relying on leaders like CTOs, CAOs and CSOs in order to deliver and manage a complex technology environment, so collaboration among these highly-accomplished individuals is essential to furthering industry solutions and opportunities.”

“Both of these new organizations will help strengthen the CTO and CAO roles in order to meet the challenges created by the rapid and unprecedented changes in healthcare technology,” said CHIME Executive Vice President of Membership and Professional Development George W. McCulloch, FCHIME, CHCIO. “Our goal is to provide the education and collaboration necessary for these leaders so they can solve issues, share best-practices, and form meaningful, supportive relationships with their peers.”

AEHIT and AEHIA will operate as separate membership associations under the umbrella of CHIME, a professional organization dedicated to serving healthcare chief information officers (CIOs) and other senior IT leaders. AEHIT and AEHIA members will benefit from CHIME’s twenty-two year history in delivering valuable, high-quality leadership education and networking opportunities.

“CHIME is committed to not only supporting healthcare CIOs, but also those on the CIO’s executive team,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “The CHIME Board recognized our industry’s need for the professional development and peer-to-peer needs of CTOs and CAOs, where professional development educational resources for these individuals were lacking.”

Interested CTOs and CAOs that apply and are accepted before December 31, 2014 will be recognized as founding members and will receive a one-year complimentary membership. For more information, please visit www.aehit.org and www.aehia.org.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 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.cio-chime.org.

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 13 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.

The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation Announces Release of Guiding Principles for Patient Experience-Centered Care

The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation’s Patient Experience Council expandsInstitute of Medicine’s definition for patient-centered care with six guiding principles

RESTON, Va. — October 22, 2014 The  Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation, which is dedicated to distribute health information technology innovation to transform quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery worldwide announced the development of six key guiding principles of patient-centered card in which patients expect when receiving healthcare. These are an expansion of the Institute of Medicine’s definition for patient-centered care: “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”

The full document of guiding principles is available online, which details the six main principles:

  1. Clearly Defined Roles
  2. Assessment of Patient and Clinical Care Team Competencies
  3. Patient-Centered Decision-Making
  4. Information Access and Exchange
  5. Information Accuracy
  6. Privacy and Security

“I am incredibly proud of the work our Patient Experience Council is doing to make strides in reshaping the way we look at healthcare from the patient’s perspective and experience of their own care,” said Kym Martin, MBA, CNC, CFT, Co-Chair of The Sullivan Institute’s Patient Experience Council. “As healthcare stakeholders explore strategies to deliver more patient-centric care, products and services, we see these Guiding Principles serving as the next step to ensuring that the patient engagement strategies being considered result inpatient-experience centered outcomes.”

The Patient Experience Council represents a collective body of ePatients and eAdvocates committed to transforming healthcare from the patient perspective. They are charged with the implementation of the Patient Engagement recommendations set forth in the 2013 WEDI Report, a roadmap for the future of healthcare information exchange that was launched December of 2013.

“The 2013 WEDI Report envisioned the future of healthcare information exchange with the patient in the middle. I believe that the principles being released today by our Patient Experience Council will help provide a framework for how organizations should orient their efforts in order to prepare for the future landscape of healthcare,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D, President and CEO, WEDI.

About the Sullivan Institute

The Louis W. Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, named in honor of The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.  Its mission is to bring healthcare leaders together to share knowledge needed to transform the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery through education, cooperation, communication and innovation. To learn more, visit www.sullivaninstitute.org.

October 22, 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 13 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.

3-D Printed Facial Prosthesis Offers New Hope for Eye Cancer Patients Following Surgery

Made to cover hollow eye sockets, flexible custom masks provide more affordable, fast- production alternative to traditional prosthetics

CHICAGO – Researchers have developed a fast and inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for eye cancer patients using facial scanning software and 3-D printing, according to findings released today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Their novel process can create more affordable prosthetics for any patients who have hollow sockets resulting from eye surgery following cancer or congenital deformities.

In the United States, more than 2,700 new cases of eye cancer are diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society, and the mortality rate is high for the disease. Some patients undergo a life-saving surgery known as exenteration that involves removing the contents of the eye socket and other tissue. The research team hopes to bring these patients relief by providing a more affordable facial prosthesis that will allow them to live their lives more fully and with less stigma.

Conventional facial prostheses can cost $10,000 to $15,000 and take weeks to produce. Each one is created by an ocularist, an artisan who makes a mold of the face, casts it using rubber and then adds the final touches such as skin color and individual eyelashes. Patients and their families often have to pay out-of-pocket for facial prostheses because health insurance oftentimes will not cover the cost.

University of Miami researchers developed a process to manufacture facial prostheses in a matter of hours at a fraction of the cost of a traditional prosthesis using topographical scanning and 3-D printing technology. Patients are scanned on the undamaged side of their face using a mobile scanner. The software then creates a mirror image. Along with a scan of the side of the face with the orbital defect, the program can mesh the two scans together to create a 3-D image of the face. The topographical information then goes to a 3-D printer, which translates the data into a mask formed out of injection-molded rubber suffused with colored pigments matching the patient’s skin tone.

The project started as the brainchild of David Tse, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Florida and the Nasser Ibrahim Al-Rashid chair in ophthalmic plastic, orbital surgery and oncology. Dr. Tse was treating a child with eye cancer who had both eyelids removed and underwent exenteration. The family could not afford an ocularist, so Dr. Tse raised donations to help pay for her first prosthesis. Now a teenager, she has grown out of the prosthesis and must instead wear an eye patch.

“Hopefully, using this quick and less expensive 3-D printing process, we can make an affordable facial prosthesis for her and also help thousands of other people like her who lack the resources to obtain one through an ocularist,” said Dr. Tse.

Designed and developed in partnership with Dr. Tse and a team at the Composite Materials Lab at the University of Miami, the 3-D printed prosthesis possesses several advantages over the conventional type created by an ocularist. The material involves a proprietary mix of nanoparticles that provides extra reinforcement and makes it possible to match many shades of skin. Over time, conventional facial prostheses can discolor and fray at the edges, but nanoclay protects the material from breaking down and changing color when exposed to moisture and light. It also prevents dirt from depositing. If the prosthesis ever needs to be replaced, reproduction can happen with the press of a button.

“Once we have a patient scanned, we have the mold, so we can create a new prosthesis in no time,” said Landon Grace, Ph.D., director of the lab and an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “Our long-term goal is to help patients anywhere in the world. We could get a mobile scan, download the data in Miami, print out the prosthesis and ship it back to the patient the next day.”

Rapid and cost-effective orbital prosthesis fabrication via automated non-contact facial topography mapping and 3-D printing (PO467) was presented at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in conjunction with the European Society of Ophthalmology, which is in session October 18-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 25,000 attendees and 620 companies from 123 countries gather each year to showcase the latest in ophthalmic education, research and technology. To learn more about the event Where All of Ophthalmology Meets, visit http://www.aao.org/2014.

More 3-D Printing Technology Research

Additional 3-D printing technology results will be presented at AAO 2014 by ophthalmologist David Myung, M.D., Ph.D., of the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University. His work centers on a 3-D-printed lens adapter system that enables high quality images of the eye using smartphones, which may help increase access to more affordable eye care. The poster is titled “Design and Rapid Prototyping of a Novel 3-D Printed Smartphone Lens Adapter System” (PO328).

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, serving more than 32,000 members worldwide.  The Academy’s mission is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. For more information, visit www.aao.org.

The Academy is also a leading provider of eye care information to the public. The Academy’s EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit www.geteyesmart.org or www.ojossanos.org to learn more.

October 17, 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 13 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.

Healthcare IT Leaders Embrace Federal Interoperability Plans

CHIME and HL7 see new interoperability roadmap as an important step towards realizing the promise of health IT; Organizations underscore need to incorporate critical standards under development for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

ANN ARBOR, MI October 17, 2014 – The federal government’s top health IT advisors on Wednesdaymade important recommendations on how public and private stakeholders should progress towards interoperability in healthcare. Leaders from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Health Level Seven International (HL7) embraced the recommendations of the JASON Task Force, calling them a significant step forward in achieving the promise of information technology in healthcare. CHIME and HL7 also highlighted the need to incorporate critical enhancements to standards currently under development for Meaningful Use Stage 3.
 
During a joint meeting of the Health IT Standards and Health IT Policy Committees, federal officials discussed new details regarding a national interoperability roadmap and outlined concrete recommendations meant to improve the appropriate access and use of health data.  The JASON Task Force said that a solid foundation for interoperability should utilize public APIs, advance modern communications standards, such as HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®), and use Meaningful Use Stage 3 as a pivot point to initiate this transition.
 

FHIR is a simple-to-use format that can improve interoperability for a range of technologies, including EHRs, patient-centric solutions and mobile applications.  A next generation standards framework created by HL7, FHIR combines the best features of HL7’s Version 2, Version 3 and CDA® product lines while leveraging the latest web standards and applying a tight focus on implementability.

“Today’s discussion and the recommendations of the JASON Task Force represent an evolution in thinking,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “The updated roadmap and the recommendations put forth by the JASON Task Force incorporate a tremendous amount of stakeholder input and articulate the challenges facing our industry much more completely than previous efforts.”

“The prioritization of standards-based interoperability and a commitment to long-term policymaking will enable healthcare to benefit from information technology in very tangible ways,” said Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD CEO of HL7.

CHIME and HL7 believe important recommendations were accepted by the full Health IT Standards and Health IT Policy Committees. HL7 and CHIME also support allowing time to make Meaningful Use Stage 3 more impactful with the inclusion of key standards that are still under development.  “There remains a disconnect between artificial government timelines and the realities of standards and technology development,” Branzell said.  “This highlights a principle concern with how health IT policy is created, adopted and implemented at the federal level.”

CHIME and HL7 are committed to collaboration in the advancement of health IT initiatives such as FHIR and support government efforts on the interoperability roadmap.

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.cio-chime.org.

About Health Level Seven International (HL7)

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (www.HL7.org) is the global authority for healthcare information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,000 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with other standards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and government agencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.

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 13 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.