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CareCloud Appoints Tom Cady as Vice President of Professional Services; Supporting Record Growth With Enhanced Implementation and Training Capabilities

Brings Close to 30 Years of Executive Management Experience in Consulting, Professional Services, and Sales in the Healthcare Technology Industry to Further CareCloud’s Market Momentum

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, today announced that the Company has hired Tom Cady as its new Vice President of Professional Services. Mr. Cady will be responsible for managing CareCloud’s client implementation and training teams – an essential pillar in powering the Company’s more than 100% year-over-year revenue growth while continuing to enhance customer experience and success. Mr. Cady brings close to 30 years of executive management experience in consulting and professional services, sales and client service in the healthcare industry. He joins CareCloud as a member of its senior leadership team and will report to Albert Santalo, CareCloud’s Chairman and CEO, and will be based in the Company’s Boston office.

“Tom is quite simply the very best professional services executive in the healthcare IT industry and I could not be more thrilled to have him join CareCloud as we continue to scale our national cloud-based platform and streamline the way medical groups leverage our applications and services,” said Mr. Santalo. “The onboarding of clients onto our platform and subsequent training efforts is often the first and most important interaction any client experiences, setting the tone for the long-term relationship. Making sure we have the industry’s very best professional service capabilities and leadership is critical for us continuing to achieve such high client retention, satisfaction, and consistent revenue growth.”

“I have had the privilege to work with some amazing organizations and individuals throughout my time in the healthcare technology industry, while also being part of truly disruptive business models along the way,” said Mr. Cady. “Given the challenges facing the industry, it’s clear that cloud-based technologies are the logical option for helping medical practices optimize their financial and clinical operations. CareCloud, with its modern design, architecture, and workflow automation stands to disrupt how physicians and their staff use technology and I am excited to join such a vibrant and innovative culture.”

Mr. Cady joined CareCloud from athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHN), a provider of web-based software and services to medical groups, holding numerous executive positions over his eleven years at the company. During the last half of his tenure at athenahealth, Mr. Cady led the growth and scaling of the professional services department. Under his leadership, the organization grew in both staff and annual revenue implemented by over 500%. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Cady also served as the athenahealth’s Regional Vice President of Sales. He was a key member of the sales leadership team that drove the Company’s revenue growth from $8 million to $117 million.

Prior to athenahealth, Mr. Cady spent more than seventeen years at IDX Corporation, a provider of software solutions for integrated healthcare delivery systems, group practices, and managed care organizations, that was purchased by GE Healthcare in 2006. During his tenure at IDX, Tom led the implementation organization of the company’s largest division and also built and expanded the company’s consulting practice into a $20 million business unit.

Mr. Cady holds a BS in Management from Bentley University.

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

CareCloud is helping thousands of providers increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in more than 45 states. The company received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners in 2011. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

June 18, 2013 I Written By

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

Wisconsin Providers Become First in Nation to Receive Medicaid EHR Incentives via e-Filing Functionality

CHICAGO, IL, May 20, 2013 – SA Ignite, Inc., a provider of software solutions that streamlines, automates and tracks the achievement of Meaningful Use (MU) of electronic health records (EHR), today announced the first successful MU attestation to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program with Wisconsin physicians using SA Ignite’s MU Assistant®.

Attestation is the part of the process to secure the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program reimbursements that requires providers to prove (attest to) that they are meaningfully using a certified EHR. Physicians who show “meaningful use” of a certified EHR for Medicaid are eligible for up to approximately $64,000 in extra payments from CMS and beginning in 2015, providers who do not attest to MU are subject to financial penalties.

MU Assistant, a cloud-based software solution, automatically aggregates and monitors MU measures across multiple EHR systems and provides decision support tools such as enabling easy selection of 90-day windows 1 and suggesting MU exclusions that providers may claim. The MU Assistant then electronically files providers’ data to the CMS attestation web site, providing a one-click attestation process, and electronically archives supporting data for potential audits

“When we created MU Assistant, we designed it to work like TurboTax®, so with one click providers can attest to both CMS and their state Medicaid office,” said Tom S. Lee, PhD, CEO and Founder of Chicago-based SA Ignite. “Creation of the Wisconsin Medicaid filing capability successfully demonstrates that the federal filing SA Ignite has used to attest more than 2,000 providers can be applied at the state level. And since we are currently working with provider organizations in twenty five states, we have concrete plans to expand state filing capabilities.”

June 6, 2013 I Written By

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

DocuTAP Secures $11.9 Million in Series B Funding Led By Bessemer Venture Partners

Sioux Falls, S.D. (May 2, 2013) – DocuTAP, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based provider of an integrated EHR (electronic health records) and practice management technology for urgent care providers, announced today it has raised $11.9 million in Series B funding from global venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). DocuTAP’s existing financial partner, Bluff Point Associates (BPA), also participated in the round. DocuTAP will use the proceeds to increase their market presence, accelerate sales, and bolster their technology in the fast-growing urgent care marketplace.  DocuTAP has already experienced tremendous growth over the past twelve months and has tripled its workforce to better support and develop its platform and services.

Founded in 2000, DocuTAP offers EHR and practice management software to digitalize urgent care clinic processes, removing the need for manual paper documentation by administrators, nurses, and physicians. DocuTAP’s distinguishing feature is its easy-to-implement, web-based platform which can be used directly on mobile tablets. Streamlining patient care and physician efficiency, DocuTAP offers customizable templates, automated analytics, and valuable reporting information. DocuTAP also offers convenient revenue cycle services for billing and collections.

“The DocuTAP team and I are excited to welcome Bessemer to the family,” said Eric McDonald, Founder and CEO of DocuTAP. “Bessemer has a proven track record of working with fast growing technology companies that are both innovators and leaders in their respective fields. This funding is a testament to our company’s commitment to client success and passion for delivering innovative healthcare solutions.”

“Urgent care is one of the fastest growing sectors within the healthcare marketplace and we are excited to be investing in DocuTAP, the leading EHR and practice management platforms serving the urgent care market,” said Steve Kraus, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. “Bessemer’s history of successfully investing in both vertical SaaS solutions and healthcare companies gives us the unique knowledge and expertise to help Eric and the DocuTAP team to continue to build on the platform.”

About DocuTAP

DocuTAP provides urgent care practices with an innovative approach to workflow management. Its flagship product, DocuTAP’s EHR and Practice Management software, fully integrates practice management and electronic health records capabilities in one complete system. DocuTAP software features automated and customizable tools that enhance healthcare providers’ ability to deliver and manage patient care. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff is committed to improving the delivery of high-quality healthcare. For more information, call (877) 697-4696 or visit www.docutap.com.

About Bessemer Venture Partners

With $4.0 billion under management, Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) is a global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Mass., New York, Mumbai, Bangalore and Herzliya, Israel. BVP delivers a broad platform in venture capital spanning industries, geographies, and stages of company growth. From Staples to Skype, VeriSign to Yelp, LinkedIn to Pinterest, BVP has helped incubate and support companies that have anchored significant shifts in the economy. More than 100 BVP-funded companies have gone public on exchanges in North America, Europe and Asia. See www.bvp.com or follow BVP on Twitter: @bessemervp

About Bluff Point Associates

Bluff Point Associates is a private equity firm based in Westport, Connecticut. Bluff Point actively invests in information services companies supporting the banking, trust, securities, retirement and wealth management sectors of the financial services industry, as well as the healthcare information services sector. Bluff Point’s team collectively has decades of experience in recognizing a company’s growth potential and working with its management to reach that potential. For more information, visit www.bluffpt.com/.

May 31, 2013 I Written By

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

Leading Healthcare Providers Adopt M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ Radiology Workflow Technology

Hospitals and Imaging Centers to Benefit From Real-Time Alerts and Speech-Enabled, Multimedia Report Creation for Improved Clinical Documentation at the Point of Interpretation

FRANKLIN, TN–(Marketwired – Apr 25, 2013) – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced signing seven leading hospitals, radiology centers and practices across 10 states as new customers for its M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ product, expanding further the adoption of the company’s advanced technology platform. M*Modal’s solution combines Speech Understanding technology, structured multimedia reporting and workflow management for fast and accurate diagnostic interpretations.

Recent customers for M*Modal Fluency for Imaging include (in alphabetical order):

  • ·         Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland (Calif.)
  • ·         Coastal Radiology (N.C.)
  • ·         Compass Imaging (Miss.)
  • ·         Coosa Valley Medical Center (Ala.)
  • ·         Maricopa County (Ariz.)
  • ·         Princeton Community Hospital (W.Va.)
  • ·         Wahiawa General (Hawaii)

M*Modal Fluency for Imaging is a highly integrated workflow and documentation platform allowing physicians to create accurate, complete and compliant multimedia clinical reports. This solution leverages cloud-based Speech Understanding to convert physician dictation to electronic and encoded documents that are searchable and shareable. In addition, the technology offers significant time savings by auto-populating clinical content from electronic health record and RIS/PAC systems — as well as delivering quality alerts — at the time of report creation.

“M*Modal Fluency for Imaging uses evidence-based decision support and real-time quality alerts to help these new customers to make more efficient and informed interpretations for referring physicians,” said Mike Raymer, M*Modal’s senior vice president of Solutions Management. “With M*Modal’s reporting tool, radiologists can generate information-driven workflows and interactive documentation at the point of interpretation, which can significantly improve productivity and accuracy.”

Radiologists benefit from Natural Language Understanding technology that identifies clinical terms and concepts, patients and populations in documentation. They can also leverage PQRS compliance indicators and critical findings workflow to ensure attending physicians get the right information.

In addition to creating clinical reports and managing workflow, radiologists can further extend M*Modal Fluency for Imaging’s capabilities with M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology™, which aggregates data across multiple clinical systems, creates problem lists and translates information into actionable insights

For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

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 the largest clinical transcription service provider 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. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.comTwitter, Facebook and YouTube.

 

May 30, 2013 I Written By

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

Availity and Greenway Apply Interoperability to Improve Health Care Delivery

Summaries of patients’ clinical histories integrate with EHRs for ready access to details at point of care.

Integration streamlines quality reporting for Florida physicians, and improves care coordination for members.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Health information network Availity and ambulatory information solutions company Greenway Medical Technologies have joined in a project with Florida’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, to enable physicians to exchange clinical and patient care summaries with the health plan through electronic health records (EHR) software, which then makes patient-specific clinical information accessible at the point of care. The companies are working together to foster collaborative coordinated care for all Florida residents.

Delivering patient history and care reminders within the clinical workflow enables physicians and other clinicians to make better-informed care decisions by helping them to understand a patient’s history; eliminate duplicate or unnecessary services; and identify other treating providers.

As part of the project, physicians using the Greenway PrimeSUITE EHR will see up to two years of patient care history sourced from Florida Blue, presented in the EHR workflow by way of integration with Availity’s patient care summary and encounter summary. Proactively presenting this information gives physicians a more holistic view of the patient’s medical history, at an opportune time in the patient encounter.

Additionally, physicians can automate the exchange of important clinical data back to the health plan for quality improvement reporting. Two-way integration at the EHR level reduces phone, fax and paper exchanges between providers and health plans, while simultaneously improving care and reducing costs.

Russ Thomas, CEO of Availity says, “Availity helps health care businesses remain healthy by meeting the information workflow demands faced by health plans, hospitals and physician practices. Ensuring information flows seamlessly among all stakeholders, when and where it is needed most, is critically important in this changing environment. Together with Greenway, we are applying creative solutions to help physicians become more comfortable with clinical measures being used in new reform-driven care delivery models, and to help their patients become more aware of the positive effects of coordinated care. This project is one more example of the kind of collaboration that we’re fostering to drive sustainable innovation in health care delivery.”

“As a leading EHR provider with a strong presence in Florida, Greenway has the trusted physician desktop access and technology infrastructure to integrate with cutting-edge applications like Availity’s,” said Greenway chief operating officer Greg Schulenburg. “We’re innovative and flexible in integration, and nimble in rolling out new programs quickly and with minimal disruption–which means physicians will get the business benefits quickly and easily.”

In 2012, Greenway Medical Technologies announced its early adoption of Availity’s expanded clinical documentation capabilities, and is showcasing this project as the first widespread example of how collaborative care can directly benefit physicians and patients. The project will continue throughout 2013.

About Availity

Availity delivers revenue cycle and related business solutions for health care professionals who want to build healthy, thriving organizations. Availity has the powerful tools, actionable insights and expansive network reach that medical businesses need to get an edge in an industry constantly redefined by change. To learn more, visit www.availity.com.

May 29, 2013 I Written By

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

Wolters Kluwer Health Outlines Challenges, Offers Solutions to Mandated EHR Infobutton Implementations in Renowned Informatics Journal

JAMIA Article is Latest Demonstration of Company’s Proactive Efforts to Resolve Industry Challenges to CDS-EHR Integration
 
Minneapolis, Minn. — April 11, 2013— Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that key challenges to the use of Infobutton technology are addressed in a Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) article by Howard Strasberg, M.D., Vice President of Medical Informatics. “Terminology Challenges Implementing the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Standard” singles out one of many challenges confronting healthcare providers with integration and use of clinical decision support (CDS) technology in electronic health records (EHRs).
 
Co-authored by Dr. Strasberg, Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, and James Cimino, M.D., of the Laboratory for Informatics Development with the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the article provides insight into the terminology challenges associated with retrieval of Infobutton content. The strengths and weaknesses associated with two primary retrieval methods—text search terms and standardized codes—are outlined, and the authors point to a hybrid approach of both methods as potentially delivering the most optimal outcome.
“Infobutton implementation is not as simple as indexing some content with a few standardized codes and assuming that retrieval of direct matches will provide optimal results. Instead, a variety of subtleties must be considered, including handling inexact matches and different term types and ranking results,” said Dr. Strasberg. “A variety of approaches can be used such as retrieving exact or related code matches and, through query expansion, leveraging the ranking capabilities of search engines. As such, we recommend implementers determine the best approach on a case-by-case basis to achieve the best possible outcomes.”
A key take-away from the review is the need for careful consideration of the complexities associated with integration of CDS technology into EHRs. Identified as a key element to successfully achieving the aggressive quality goals laid out in federal initiatives, the widespread use of CDS technology such as order sets, evidence-based reference content, care plans, medication alerting systems and surveillance technology, is most hindered by EHR integration challenges, according to leading industry research groups like KLAS and The Advisory Board.
Specifically, the use of the HL7 Infobutton standard for retrieval of relevant patient education content is a requirement under Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules for certified EHRs. The rules also require EHRs to provide linked referential CDS, optionally using this same standard.
Many initiatives are underway such as the Health eDecisions Project and various activities of the HL7 CDS working group to design CDS standards that promote interoperability and easier integration. Industry thought leaders and experts believe that the adoption of these standards by health IT vendors will increase momentum with the deployment and use of CDS technology.
Wolters Kluwer Health has taken a proactive approach to CDS standards development, working alongside national initiatives and utilizing standard terminologies such as ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, SNOMED CT, LOINC and RxNorm across its comprehensive line of CDS applications. Dr. Strasberg currently serves as co-chair of the HL7 CDS working group.
“There is little dispute in the healthcare industry that the uptake and use of CDS technology is critical to achieving short- and long-term quality and cost expectations,” said Arvind Subramanian, President and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “Wolters Kluwer Health is actively engaged in helping the industry bridge the current integration gap that exists between EHRs and CDS to improve both patient care outcomes and the health IT landscape overall.”
About Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health (Philadelphia, PA) is a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters Kluwer Health’s customers include professionals, institutions and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ovid®, Medknow, UpToDate®, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons®, Pharmacy OneSource®, Lexicomp® and ProVation® Medical.
Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer had 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.
I Written By

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

NCQA to Test Pioneering Way to Measure Quality, Foster Wider Use of Prevention Strategies

Effort Aimed at Reducing Patients’ Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Uses Patient Data to Evaluate Method for Measuring Health Outcomes

Washington, D.C. – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced a new approach to measuring quality that will provide a more sensitive gauge of risk factors and make it possible to create clinically meaningful incentives for providers to improve disease prevention.

Under a grant from RWJF, NCQA will evaluate a new measurement tool that focuses on improving the health outcomes of patients with heart disease and diabetes. The “Global Cardiovascular Risk” (GCVR) score, which is being co-developed by NCQA and Archimedes, Inc., is the “next generation” quality improvement tool that measures how well providers reduce the risk of future adverse outcomes – such as heart attacks, strokes, and diabetic complications – in the populations they serve. GCVR is also a powerful new use of electronic health records (EHRs), drawing upon clinical information from EHRs to provide the data needed to assess improvement in preventing bad outcomes.

“This new tool has the potential to become the first customized, outcomes-based electronic health record measure used by Medicare and commercial payers,” says NCQA President  Margaret E. O’Kane. “Its widespread adoption could have a profound impact on health care costs because it assesses how well providers engage in prevention and goal-setting for their high-risk patients. We believe it could become the new gold standard of quality measurement, replacing some traditional measures that have been the cornerstone of quality improvement for years.”

The traditional approach to quality measurement focuses on processes of care, and reaching clinically artificial treatment goals for biomarkers, rather than the actual disease outcomes. Traditional approaches provide little quantitative information about the outcomes that actually occur based on the care patients receive. In contrast, the GCVR measures how much patients’ risk of future adverse health outcomes have been reduced.  Unlike current measures, which focus on a particular process or biomarker, the GCVR measure is a single metric that captures what every provider can do to prevent adverse outcomes, all integrated in a medically and clinically realistic way.

Under the project, NCQA will:

  • ·         Evaluate the feasibility of collecting data from EHRs to calculate a measurable result for different providers and provider organizations; and
  • ·         Evaluate provider views on how useful and meaningful the GCVR score is for predicting risk.

“The GCVR program will change how providers, patients, and payers think about the measurement of quality and will provide much more accurate and effective incentives for preventing adverse outcomes than has been possible in the past,” says David Eddy, MD, PhD, founder of Archimedes Inc., a San Francisco-based healthcare modeling company. “Preventing bad outcomes is the ultimate purpose of the health care system, and this measure will directly address that goal,” he says. “And because bad outcomes cause expensive admissions, tests, and procedures, this new measure will be more effective in controlling costs, at the same time that it helps improve patients’ lives.”

“The GCVR is a game-changer for measuring quality, promoting prevention, and assessing the impact of health care decisions on patient outcomes,” says RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD.  “Measuring quality in this way could have major implications for improving patient care and lowering costs because this is focused on preventing adverse health outcomes, not just on care processes or goals, which has been the standard until now.”

Over the next 18 months, NCQA will evaluate the feasibility of extracting the electronic health data it needs to calculate the measure from a number of health systems and health plans that use EHRs from around the country.  It is now in the process of recruiting organizations to participate. The data collection and analysis will occur over the summer and fall of 2013, and NCQA expects to report findings by summer 2014.

Watch the video A Pioneering Way to Measure Health Care Quality in which Helen Darling of The National Business Group on Health discusses how the GCVR will benefit employers.

April 30, 2013 I Written By

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

HIPAA Compliant, Secure Texting Doc Halo App Lands Key Contract with Premier Healthcare Network

The Doc Halo app ensures confidential patient information remains private during the text messaging process for physicians and for healthcare networks.

Cincinnati, Ohio. March 21, 2013.  Doc Halo, the secure healthcare texting app that allows physicians and medical professionals to communicate within a HIPAA-compliant platform, has announced that a renowned healthcare network, TriHealth, Inc., has agreed to offer the Doc Halo secure texting solution to the TriHealth network’s affiliated physicians.

With the Doc Halo secure texting app, physicians can transmit critical and timely information to other healthcare professionals connected to the Doc Halo system.

Co-founder and CEO of Doc Halo, Jose Barreau, MD, explained that Doc Halo provides efficiency, immediacy, privacy, and technology to an industry entrusted with the health and well-being of patients.

“As a physician of more than 20 years myself, I know first-hand the need to communicate immediately – and yet securely – with my colleagues. The benefits that the Doc Halo smartphone technology offers are significant.”

Dr. Barreau added that several key elements have driven the Doc Halo app development team from the beginning. “It was critical to us that we perfect the mobile app to ensure that its operation is flawless, its technology is superior, its user interface is intuitive, and that its privacy compliance is HIPAA-secure at every touch-point.”

Doc Halo President and Co-founder, Amit Gupta, MD elaborated, “Texting and smartphone technology have become second-thought to many of us. In our everyday lives, we can see the value of accuracy and efficiency when we text a friend, family member, or business colleague. Those same fundamentals are needed in the medical field. And yet, ensuring patients’ privacy is equally paramount. Doc Halo offers that needed secure physician texting solution.”

The popularity of smartphones, tablets, apps and innovative communications mediums is pervasive today in popular culture. Similarly in the healthcare industry, this technology is in demand.

Participants, presenters and exhibitors at the recent March 3-7, 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans generated a multitude of articles, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook and Google+ posts about mobile health (mHealth), health information exchange (HIT), electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Dr. Barreau commented, “There are many popular healthcare apps in the smartphone world. The bulk of those options have been, and are, in the areas of patient-to-patient apps, physician-to-public apps, and public-to-public apps. Doc Halo offers an important, new secure texting app technology.”

TriHealth serves the Greater Cincinnati area and is a unified health system of physicians, hospitals and communities.

For more information on the Doc Halo secure texting app, visit http://www.dochalo.com or call 1.855.362.4256.

About Doc Halo 
Doc Halo is the professional standard for HIPAA secure texting for physicians, medical practices, hospitals and healthcare organizations. The Doc Halo app is designed to streamline compliant physician sharing of critical patient information within a secure environment. Doc Halo is trusted by individual physicians, by their staffs, and by comprehensive healthcare networks for secure communication. Because of the intuitive operational structure of the Doc Halo app, physicians see efficiencies with their communications within minutes of registration.

March 28, 2013 I Written By

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

CareCloud Announces Opening of New Boston Office

Mayor Thomas M. Menino And Boston Healthcare Community Welcome CareCloud With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At New Tower Point Location in the Innovation District

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CareCloud, a Miami-based company and leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, today announced it has opened its Boston office, located in the heart of the city’s Innovation District. Boston will stand as CareCloud’s second site and will allow the company to bolster its engineering, product marketing and operational capabilities – as well as house key members of its executive team. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will formally welcome CareCloud to Boston at the Company’s ribbon cutting ceremony at its new Tower Point location this morning.

“We could not be more excited to open our Boston office in the heart of the city’s thriving Innovation District and join one of the country’s most vibrant healthcare ecosystems,” said Albert Santalo, CareCloud Chairman and CEO. “When CareCloud began looking for locations for our second office, Boston became the clear choice, based on its established healthcare and technology communities, world-class talent, and unmatched support for growth companies. The City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts quickly provided their full resources to help CareCloud find the best possible location that would allow us to firmly plant our feet in the Boston business community. We are now beginning our recruiting efforts and job creation, which is critical for us to support our rapidly growing network of physician practices on our cloud-based platform.”

“I want to congratulate CareCloud on their beautiful new office and welcome them to our booming Innovation District,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “Thanks to the work of the LifeTech Boston team, CareCloud is on track to thrive in the growing life sciences and healthcare technology cluster along the South Boston Waterfront.”

CareCloud’s products are already connecting thousands of providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated cloud-based platform that can be accessed on any browser or device. Headquartered in Miami, the company currently has over 180 employees and clients in 45 states. Helping its physician clients to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care, CareCloud now currently manages over $2.0 billion in account receivables via its cloud-based billing service. CareCloud has also emerged as the hottest Venture Backed Healthcare IT company in recent years, winning the prestigious IBM SmartCamp Silicon Valley Competition in 2010.

CareCloud’s top priority in the past year and now in 2013 is to assemble a team of some of the most talented and experienced executives that are critical for the company to continue driving broad adoption of its cloud-based platform among physicians and hospitals. CareCloud today has one of strongest senior leadership teams of any company in the healthcare IT industry. These leaders, many now based in the Boston office, are building out their respective teams that will allow CareCloud to continue experiencing tremendous growth in all phases of operations. Given the robust talent pool in Boston with its academic institutions, healthcare community and local healthcare IT companies, CareCloud’s Boston office will be a major recruiting tool and vehicle for further establishing the Company’s overall brand in healthcare.

LifeTech Boston, Mayor Menino’s program created in 2004 to aggressively target Boston’s life sciences industry for growth, assisted CareCloud in its site selection of its beautiful new 7,000 square foot location (27 Wormwood Street) at Tower Point, http://www.towerpointboston.com/.

About LifeTech Boston

LifeTech Boston, a program of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, was launched by Mayor Menino in 2004, and offers assistance and business tools to attract, maintain, support, and enhance companies involved in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other related industries. Since 2004 LifeTech Boston has assisted in doubling the number of life sciences companies in Boston.

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

CareCloud is helping thousands of providers increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in more than 45 states. The company received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners in 2011. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

March 25, 2013 I Written By

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

Physicians Interactive and Health eVillages Launch HERO Mobile Healthcare Partnership with Regis College and Partners In Health

Nurse educator program will improve quality of healthcare provided in underserved regions of Haiti

Marlborough, MA – (March 7, 2013) – Physicians Interactive, the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions for clinicians, today announced a partnership with Regis College and Partners In Health to improve healthcare in the most underserved regions of Haiti. The program will employ the services of Health eVillages, a program of Physicians Interactive and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights which delivers critical healthcare information via mobile technology to clinicians practicing in challenging environments around the world.

The Health eVillages Regis College Outreach (“HERO”) program will sponsor two coordinators, one from Regis College and one from Haiti, providing them with the means and tools needed to help elevate the quality of care in the area around Hinche, a city in central Haiti. The health center in Hinche is run jointly by the Haitian Ministry of Health and Partners In Health, which has been delivering healthcare in Haiti for 25 years.  Regis College also sponsors an international nursing faculty initiative to educate nursing faculty in Haiti.

Health eVillages through Physicians Interactive will also provide up-to-date mobile clinical decision support and healthcare reference resources, including mobile device training, in March at Regis College in Weston, MA.  Through the HERO program, Health eVillages will not only sponsor the coordinators and nurses treating patients in Haiti, but will also support the health center by sending Regis’ nurse educators, armed with iPod Touches, to teach at Hinche twice a year.

“Regis College is proud to continue its work in improving patient outcomes in Haiti through our partnership with Physicians Interactive and Health eVillages,” said Regis College President Antoinette Hays, Ph.D., R.N. “With its limited resources, Haiti has long struggled with providing healthcare to residents in some of the most underserved regions of the country. The HERO program, along with Health eVillages, will help the Hinche health center provide quality care not just at the clinic level, but also in the surrounding rural areas whose residents may not be able to travel to Hinche.”

Under the program, the Haitian coordinator will receive training at Regis College on the Skyscape mobile app running on Apple iPad and iPod Touch devices. She will then return to Hinche to train her staff on how to use the devices to deliver better patient care at the health center and nearby rural areas. The devices have been updated with several new French-language medical apps to increase accessibility for the Haitian nurses, especially in the surrounding rural areas around Hinche.

“Physicians Interactive could not be more pleased to be an active partner with Regis College and Partners In Health in the HERO program,” said Donato Tramuto, CEO and Vice Chairman of Physicians Interactive and Founder and Chairman of Health eVillages. “Having partners on the ground in Haiti who have the experience, the relationships and the trust of their communities is a blessing for Health eVillages. We are not only excited to sponsor the introduction of nurse educators in Hinche, but we look forward to providing those caregivers with unmatched medical information and tools that will empower them to improve the quality of patient care.”

Health eVillages provides handheld devices, such as smartphones, iPod Touches and iPads, that include specialized medical reference content and clinical decision support tools to clinicians in developing countries. Healthcare professionals using Health eVillages devices saw more than 20,000 patients in 2012. Since the program launched in 2011, Health eVillages has put devices in the hands of more than 100 clinicians worldwide, enabling critical improvements to patient care in Kenya, Uganda, China, Haiti and rural Louisiana.

Physicians Interactive is a leading healthcare provider resource for medical information, medication sampling, patient benefits and mobile decision support via web, mobile and electronic health record channels. PI’s innovative solutions, including their PI Toolkit™ for electronic health records (EHRs), and OMNIO® medical app, help better connect healthcare professionals and life sciences companies in meaningful ways that improve the quality of patient care. To date, PI reaches a network of more than 900,000 physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the United States, with more than two million downloads of its medical apps worldwide.

About Physicians Interactive

Physicians Interactive (PI) is the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions that fit within the medical professional workflow to provide better patient care. We use the full power of our worldwide network of healthcare professionals and life sciences companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine, for the better. PI has developed a foundation of user-generated, proprietary and public data that powers a networked suite of transactional applications, including EHR-based eCoupon and messaging, eSampling, multiplatform learning programs, and mobile solutions. With the recent acquisition of InfoMedics, PI has added patient education and adherence programs to its suite of solutions. Physicians Interactive is a division of Skyscape.com, Inc. For more information about PI, please visit www.Physiciansinteractive.com.

About Regis College

Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, approximately 2,000 students are enrolled in 25 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in applied behavioral analysis, education, communication, biomedical science, heritage for a global society, health administration, professional writing, regulatory and clinical research management, nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice.  With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the second time. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. Visit Regis on the Web at www.regiscollege.edu.

About Partners In Health

Partners In Health (PIH) is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. We build local capacity and work closely with impoverished communities to deliver high quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research and advocate for global policy change. Ninety-three percent of the funds we raise go to our programs in the ten countries where we work, including Haiti, Rwanda, Russia, Peru and the United States. For more information please visit www.pih.org.

About Health eVillages

Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Physicians Interactive, provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. For more information about Health eVillages, please visit http://www.healthevillages.org/.

 

 

March 7, 2013 I Written By

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