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Mitochon and CureMD Partner to Deliver Targeted Clinical Content to thousands of Physicians

Mitochon Systems Inc., Laguna Hills, CA, June 12, 2013 – CureMD Healthcare, a leading national provider of award winning EMR, Practice Management and Billing Services and Mitochon Systems Inc., announced today a partnership to utilize Mitochons patented delivery platform for clinical content for physicians and patients, drug sample programs, co-pay vouchers, DME orders and pharma promotional messaging to the entire CureMD subscriber network.

Bill Hashmat, CIO and CO founder at CureMD Healthcare stated, “CureMD constantly strives for innovative approaches that benefit its subscribers though advances in patient safety, improving outcomes and quality while reducing costs” he continued. “The ability to connect with multiple content sources through a single connection is a significant factor in establishing this preferred partnership.” He further stated, “Mitochons deep understanding of the technical and workflow challenges that EHR vendors face in regards to content delivery, along with pharma demand for their patented Granular and Contextually targeted content made this an exciting partnership to enter.”

Mitochon content Service is a HIPAA compliant, patented delivery model for a variety of clinical and promotional content to the EHR community. It also provides support for Meaningful Use stage 2 compliance. The benefit of a simple internet based connection, eliminating the high cost of establishing custom API’s and the ongoing maintenance associated with them, is an attractive proposition to the EHR vendor’s. The significant incremental revenue stream from multiple content sources is also very attractive proposition to help subsidize EMR adoption.

“We are delighted to enter this partnership and further develop our patented content solutions within CureMD’s physician networks” said Chris Riley CEO at Mitochon. “In CureMD we have a forward thinking, agile partner who understands the dynamics in the market place in regards to declining ability to extract high prices from physicians for EHR systems and the need to develop significant revenue from other services. The patent was approved in April 2012 and we are on the move to deploy it with leading EMR venders across the nation.”

About CureMD
CureMD is an award winning provider of EMR, practice management and billing services to help optimize outcomes, quality and returns. CureMD is consistently ranked as the number 1 SaaS EMR by independent research organizations for the highest customer satisfaction rate in the industry.

About Mitochon
Founded in 2006 and awarded a patent for the delivery of targeted, contextual clinical and promotional content to EHR systems in 2012. Mitochon offers EHR vendors incremental revenue from the delivery of targeted content to their physician and patient communities, enabling better outcomes and assisting in reducing medical costs

June 14, 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.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Legacy Health’s Hospitals and Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (June 10, 2013) – HIMSS Analytics recognizes six Legacy Health hospitals, and their ambulatory clinics, located in Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash., with the HIMSS Stage 7 Award, and Stage 7 EMR Ambulatory Award.

The awards represent attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)SM, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics.

 

Legacy Health  includes:

Vancouver, Wash.

  1. Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center;

Portland, Ore.

  1. Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center and
  2. Randall Children’s Hospital;
  3. Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center;

Gresham, Ore.

  1. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center; and

Tualatin, Ore.

  1. Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center

 

“Achieving Stage 7 as a health system, across our six hospitals and 23 ambulatory care locations, represents the vision, hard work, and great success of people throughout Legacy collectively dedicated to health care excellence,” said George Brown, MD, CEO.

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

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

The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a Chief Medical Information Officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.  Visiting a representative ambulatory clinic or clinics that deployed the same EMR applications and software, the validation team conducts both a comprehensive system overview and an analytics review to ensure improved health status indicators and understanding of the effectiveness of their patient engagement strategy.

“Legacy Health’s integration of medical devices with its EMR in its hospitals and ambulatory clinics demonstrates a strong commitment to making the best use of health IT,” says John H. Daniels, FHIMSS, FACHE, CPHIMS, CHPS, Vice President, Strategic Relations, HIMSS. “Legacy Health has also developed an impressive clinical and business intelligence strategy that they demonstrated through various examples of measures.  For example, they analyzed ED utilization data and figured out a way to reduce emergency department visits by 50 percent through proactive care management outreach.”

As of May 31, 2013, 114 U.S. hospitals, or 2.1 percent, of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, to be or have been awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award and 225 of 32,244 ambulatory facilities to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

June 13, 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.

Medi-Span Releases Controlled Substances File to Help U.S. Customers Meet Compliance Requirements at Federal, State, and Territory Level

Indianapolis, IN — May 31, 2013 — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that its embedded drug data solution, Medi-Span®, is releasing a Controlled Substances File™ to help healthcare organizations meet mandatory U.S. compliance requirements and to support quality assurance programs. The file data assists pharmacies, payers, EMR/CPOE vendors, and hospitals in adhering to prescribing, dispensing, and reporting requirements by identifying controlled substances schedules at the federal, state, and U.S. territory level.
 
Along with federal regulations of controlled substances through the Drug Enforcement Agency, individual states and U.S. territories may also have their own regulations that may differ from each other and those at the federal level. The Controlled Substances File assists organizations by providing support for compliance at all levels. It also identifies controlled substances by National Drug Code (NDC), enabling compatibility with a variety of databases and drug information systems. EMR and CPOE vendors and self-programmers can employ the file to develop rules, applications, and reports based on the needs of their users, aiding in the creation of quality assurance programs around controlled substances.
“Due to concerns over prescription drug abuse, government authorities in the U.S. continue to increase verification, monitoring, and reporting requirements for controlled substances,” said David Del Toro, Vice President & General Manager, Clinical Drug Information, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “The Medi-Span Controlled Substances File was designed based on customer feedback to help make meeting compliance easier by reducing the time spent manually researching and monitoring the varying federal, state, and territory restrictions on controlled substances.”
 
About Wolters Kluwer Health
Medi-Span is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with annual revenues (2012) of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion), approximately 19,000 employees worldwide and operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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June 11, 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.

Parkview Medical Center Extends the PatientTouch® Mobile Care Orchestration™ System to Support Patient Safety and Care Coordination

– New capabilities build on already-deployed smart point-of-care mobile solution, now integrated with MEDITECH 6.0 Electronic Medical Record (EMR) –
 

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PatientSafe Solutions, a leader in smart point-of-care mobile solutions, today announced that Parkview Medical Center (Pueblo, Colo.) has extended its PatientTouch implementation through new capabilities that unite multiple departments to enhance patient safety and facilitate care team coordination. With these enhancements, the Parkview implementation becomes the first PatientTouch deployment to realize the promise of Mobile Care Orchestration, facilitating collaboration and communication on top of the institution’s upgraded MEDITECH 6.0 EMR.

Parkview, a non-profit general acute care and behavioral health specialty hospital, sought to maximize the value of its existing MEDITECH EMR and improve patient safety and clinical productivity. The hospital deployed the PatientTouch System to make EMR data mobile and actionable, and to improve patient safety through medication and lab specimen barcode verification, mother-infant identity and human milk matching, and blood transfusion verification. Now, in conjunction with its migration to MEDITECH 6.0, Parkview has taken its PatientTouch implementation further through new capabilities including blood-gas labeling and documentation, blood and specimen collection, and HIPAA-compliant text messaging to improve care team awareness and coordination across clinical departments.The PatientTouch System is a state-of-the-art mobile hardware and software platform that liberates EMR data and connects care teams to eliminate harm, reduce waste, and improve productivity. The PatientTouch device is medical-grade, combining Apple iOS hardware with enhancements that have been designed, developed, and supported by PatientSafe Solutions.

“The extent to which our team can effectively coordinate and transition care has a direct impact on the quality of care we can provide,” said Linda Flores, chief nursing officer at Parkview. “Equipping our nurses, respiratory therapists, and phlebotomists with a single tool to digitally deliver, document and manage care and patient samples, and to collaborate remotely, can help to reduce length of hospital stay, decrease risk of hospital-acquired infections, and ultimately improve outcomes for our patients.”

The PatientTouch Blood Product Administration module, which documents and verifies blood transfusions and phlebotomy specimens and then transfers data via the hospital’s secure wireless connection, recently received 510(k) clearance by the FDA. Joined by HIPAA-compliant text messaging and respiratory care management tools, these new features mark the first time that medication management, lab and specimen data collection, scheduled follow-up and alerts, and clinical communications have been integrated and orchestrated on a single smart point-of-care mobile platform.

“Smart point-of-care mobile technology is now essential for our care team,” said Steve Shirley, chief information officer at Parkview Medical Center. “The PatientTouch System mobilizes our MEDITECH EMR, enabling our clinical staff to provide the safest and highest quality of care for our patients.”

The latest version of the PatientTouch System also establishes a technological framework for voice-over-IP communications between caregivers, which will launch this summer on the new PatientTouch hardware running on a modified Apple iPhone® 5. Existing PatientTouch handhelds are based on the Apple iPod® Touch.

“Parkview Medical Center and PatientSafe Solutions have a long history of working together on patient safety, and this expanded implementation underscores our commitment to work closely with providers as their organizations grow and change,” said Joseph Condurso, president and chief executive officer of PatientSafe Solutions. “We were thrilled to collaborate with Parkview as they migrated to the MEDITECH 6.0 EMR. Our Mobile Care Orchestration System provides a mobile front-end to their EMR for nursing and other multidisciplinary care team members and we look forward to continuing to help the organization maximize its health IT investment and improve safety, care quality, and efficiency.”

For more information about the PatientTouch platform visit the company’s booth (#808) at the 2013 Medical Users Software Exchange (MUSE) International Conference, which is being held May 28-31, 2013 in Washington, D.C. To schedule a demo, visitwww.patientsafesolutions.com/muse-demo.

About PatientSafe Solutions

PatientSafe Solutions, based in San Diego, California, is leading the way in smart point-of-care mobile solutions and innovating technologies for the future of accountable care. Its flagship product, the PatientTouch® platform, delivers measureable safety and quality improvement by making care team workflows easier and more productive. PatientSafe Solutions was named one of Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies in 2011 and 2012, ranked #2 in Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Venture-Backed Healthcare Companies in 2012, and chosen by Forbes as one of the top Three Health Technology Companies To Watch in 2012. For more information, please visit the company’s website atwww.patientsafesolutions.com.

June 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.

Wellmont Health System Selects M*Modal for Advanced Speech Understanding™ Solutions for Electronic Medical Records and Imaging Systems

M*Modal Fluency™ technology to deliver improved productivity, accuracy and seamless interaction with Epic system

Franklin, Tenn. – May 21, 2013 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced an expanded relationship with Wellmont Health System to deliver exclusive enterprise-wide transcription, front-end speech recognition, workflow and reporting for electronic medical records (EMRs) and radiology systems. M*Modal Fluency Direct™ and M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ were selected by Wellmont as the clinical documentation platforms to realize substantial cost savings, increased physician adoption and improved productivity as it implements its Epic EHR later this year.

Based in Kingsport, Tenn., Wellmont is a not-for-profit, 1200-bed integrated health system featuring seven hospitals, two major trauma centers and over 30 ambulatory facilities. M*Modal has provided Wellmont with transcription services since 2009, and with this agreement will become Wellmont’s sole provider of clinical documentation services and solutions across all of its facilities.

“In rolling out our new Epic EMR system, we were looking for a single documentation creation platform to leverage across our enterprise and support efficient workflows and reporting,” said Kent Petty, CIO of Wellmont Health System. “Wellmont emphasizes quality outcomes for our patients, and M*Modal’s speech solutions will help us improve productivity and free up our physicians and staff to focus on patient care.”

M*Modal Fluency Direct and M*Modal Fluency for Imaging are cloud-based software that capture spoken medical dictation and turn it into both unstructured text and structured data that can be shared with EMR/EHR, HIS, RIS and PACS systems. M*Modal’s solutions make documenting effortless by enabling doctors to conversationally create and edit clinical data directly within EMRs through voice-navigation. As part of this agreement, Wellmont will transition from the M*Modal SpeechQ for Radiology™ reporting platform to M*Modal Fluency for Imaging.

“M*Modal Fluency products give Wellmont’s healthcare providers tremendous capability to quickly and accurately create documentation for improved billing, productivity and patient care,” said Vern Davenport, CEO of M*Modal. “M*Modal’s cloud-based technology can significantly enhance the quality of digital records while making EMRs more user-friendly and accessible.”

Unlike other speech recognition technologies, M*Modal Fluency products use a single underlying speech platform, giving each physician access to his/her trained voice profile across any application. In addition, these cloud-based solutions offer users choice in accessing and capturing clinical documentation anytime and anywhere. The M*Modal platform offers strong medically-tuned speech recognition and Natural Language Understanding by capturing and processing the documentation of more than 200,000 doctors that access every day.

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 one of 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.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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.

Avantas Receives 20 Year Patent for Smart Square® Technology

Leading Healthcare Labor Management Company’s Patent Demonstrates Value of its SaaS-based Shift Scheduling and Productivity Solution

Omaha, NE – May 21, 2013 – Avantas, a leading provider of strategic labor management technology, services, and strategies for the healthcare industry, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for the company’s Smart Square® technology. The patent, “Electronic Scheduling for Work Shifts,” applies to Avantas’ shift scheduling solution.

The U.S. Patent Office awarded Patent No. 8,401,884 to Avantas on March 19, 2013. The patent covers Smart Square’s unique, self-administering system which is accessible from remote computer locations. The now patented technology enables healthcare provider organizations to proactively determine labor needs based on forecasted demand, automatically post unfilled shifts, and utilize a calendar methodology to fill the shifts with qualified staff. Employers can also attach incentives to unfilled shifts, decreasing those incentive amounts as open shifts are filled and severity of the need decreases.

“Having a patented technology is another demonstration of the unique value of Smart Square, the only comprehensive scheduling and productivity solution on the market that was built for the specific needs of healthcare professionals,” said Chris Fox, CEO, Avantas. “Smart Square is so much more than scheduling software; it’s a proactive technology solution built to automate best practice work strategies across an entire health system – inpatient, ancillary, and medical practice groups.”

Since labor comprises the largest portion of a hospital or health system’s operating budget, optimization of staff can drive savings and improvements to quality across the entire organization. Avantas’ solutions and services save its clients millions of dollars annually, providing tremendous ROI for world-class provider organizations including Alegent Creighton Health, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Mountain States Health Alliance, and SSM Health Care – St. Louis.

Avantas’ SaaS-based solution, Smart Square®, is the only healthcare scheduling and productivity software that combines demand forecasting with robust scheduling functionality, enterprise transparency, and business intelligence tools all in one application. The flexible platform can interface with third party IT systems including a client’s existing HRIS, EMR, Time & Attendance and Payroll systems, providing users timely access to actionable data they can leverage to drive significant improvements to clinical, operational, and financial outcomes.

About Avantas

Developers of the HELM™ methodology (healthcare enterprise labor management), Avantas is devoted to serving the healthcare industry. Its proprietary approach to managing labor consists of consulting services and a patented scheduling and productivity solution, Smart Square®. This comprehensive approach provides its clients with tailored best practice labor management strategies designed to drive substantial and sustaining cost and quality improvements across the enterprise through automation. For more information, please visit the Avantas website at www.Avantas.com.

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.

Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook® H2 Rugged Handheld Tablet PC

Improved processor, storage, battery life and connectivity advance productivity for mission-critical mobile professionals

Secaucus, NJ, May 15, 2013 – Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Panasonic Toughbook® H2, the industry’s most rugged handheld tablet PC. The MIL-STD-810G1 and IP651 certified device includes a faster processor, expanded storage and other improvements, while retaining critical features to enhance usability and durability – including the ability to survive a 6-foot drop. With these upgrades, the Toughbook H2 delivers an improved return on investment for businesses with mobile workforces and greater performance for clinicians, field service workers, first responders and other mission-critical mobile professionals.

Panasonic Toughbook® H2: Key Improvements

Upgraded processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3427U (up to 2.8GHz) with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Expanded storage: 500GB 7200rpm hard drive (shock-mounted flex-connect with hard drive heater) with optional 128GB SSD
Improved battery life: Twin, hot-swappable batteries deliver 7 hours of uninterrupted work per MobileMark 2007 testing
Enhanced connectivity: Intel® Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth® v4.0 + EDR (Class 1) standard on all models. Integrated wireless broadband options include 4G LTE or 3G Gobi™ and dedicated GPS

For a full list of Toughbook H2 specifications, visit http://www.panasonic.com/toughbook/H2.

“With its versatility, portability and sheer toughness, the Toughbook H2 is a critical tool for workers in diverse industries,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “The improvements we’re announcing only serve to increase its value in helping these workers stay efficient and productive, no matter where their jobs take them.”

Flexible Functionality, Rugged Durability

The 3.5 lb. Toughbook H2 handheld tablet PC runs the Microsoft Windows® 7 Professional (32-bit or 64-bit) operating system and includes optional integrated technology such as barcode, fingerprint, insertable or contactless SmartCard/RFID readers. Further, with standard USB 3.0, serial, and Ethernet ports, connectivity is unparalleled in its class. Its 10.1-inch XGA LED transflective touchscreen with Panasonic CircuLumin™ technology allows for full circle viewability from the brightest sunlight to pitch darkness, and screen brightness can be adjusted from 6,000 nits to as low as 1 nit for concealed nighttime use for the safety of military and public safety users.

The Toughbook H2’s polycarbonate-encased magnesium alloy chassis is built with an IP651 certified sealed all-weather design, and is MIL-STD-810G1 certified for drops up to 6 feet, shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, temperature shock, humidity and explosive atmospheres. A MIL-STD-461F certified model for electromagnetic compatibility is available.

Healthcare-Compliant Design

For healthcare environments, the Toughbook H2 has a fully-sealed design, with no fan vents or exposed ports, for easy disinfection, reducing the risk of potentially pathogenic microorganisms being spread from patient to patient. The device is a secure and intuitive platform for barcode medication administration (BCMA), vitals capture and electronic medical records (EMR) capture and review.

Pricing and Availability

In the United States, the Toughbook H2 is available from authorized Panasonic resellers starting at an estimated street price of $3,349.

The Toughbook H2 is backed with a three-year limited international warranty.

1 Tested by national independent third party lab following MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV for transit drop test and IEC 60529 Sections 13.4, 13.6.2, 14.2.5 and 14.3 for IP65.

Follow the Toughbook Brand

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Panasonic Solutions for Business

Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or at http://www.panasonic.com/business-solutions/.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is committed to becoming the electronics industry’s leader in green innovation by its one-hundredth anniversary in 2018. In the 2012 Interbrand Annual Best Global Green Brands ranking, the Panasonic brand jumped four spots to number six: http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2012-Report.aspx. As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

June 4, 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.

HIMSS Analytics Recognizes Three-State Group of Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (April 11, 2013) – Since 2005, HIMSS Analytics has tracked progress of electronic medical record implementation with its EMR Adoption Model? (EMRAM) for hospitals. Now, HIMSS Analytics announces that 54 Essentia Health ambulatory clinics, located in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, have reached Stage 7 on The Ambulatory EMR Adoption ModelSM (A-EMRAM).

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

Stage 7 ambulatory facilities:

  • Deliver patient care without the use of paper charts;
  • Use their EMR and patient portal to drive patient engagement, and thus, improved health status through better health maintenance;
  • Use their vast database of clinical information and evidence based practice guidance to improve  outcomes using business intelligence solutions; and
  • Are able to share patient information through private and public health information exchanges (HIE), which improves communications, speeds up appropriate care delivery, and ultimately, reduces unnecessary consumption.

The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a Chief Medical Information Officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.  Visiting a representative ambulatory clinic or clinics that deployed the same EMR applications and software, the validation team conducts both a comprehensive system overview and an analytics review to ensure improved health status indicators and understanding of the effectiveness of their patient engagement strategy.

“Having a common electronic medical record that spans our integrated delivery system is a key strategy for Essentia Health.  As we focus on changing models of care, quality initiatives and new payment models, our EMR has been instrumental in allowing Essentia to adapt quickly to these trends,” says Dennis Dassenko, Chief Information Officer, Essentia Health System.

“Rich ambulatory health IT tools and real-time analytics have provided operational and clinical leadership the opportunity to change care models as we become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  It also allows us to improve patient care by closing care gaps and improving quality metrics,” says Thomas H. Wiig, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Essentia Health.  “Patient involvement on care councils and at medical section meetings has provided valuable feedback about optimizing our secure patient portal and other patient care tools, and adds to our goal of increased patient engagement.”

“Essentia operates in a paperless environment using its fully deployed, multi-specialty EMR as the backbone for its comprehensive analytics program, which is tied to a patient engagement strategy resulting in improved health status in asthma care and congestive heart failure,” says John P. Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics. “Serving a wide geographic area over several states, the Essentia clinics have adapted their program to fit a complex environment. With improved documentation, the claims denial rate has plummeted from the mid-teens to only 1 percent.”

As the current data on the A-EMRAM indicates, as of March 30, 2013, HIMSS Analytics has recognized only:

  • 1.10 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 6; and
  • 0.9 percent of 19,234 ambulatory facilities at Stage 7.

An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

May 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.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Florida Hospital Carrollwood with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (April 03, 2013) – HIMSS Analytics announced that Florida Hospital Carrollwood, an Adventist Health System facility, has received the acute care Stage 7 award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model? (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

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

The hospital will be recognized at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. As of Quarter 1, 2013, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, located in Tampa, Fla., is among the 106 U.S. facilities, or 1.95 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

“Florida Hospital Carrollwood is proud to be able to take the lead in patient safety through our use of electronic medical records (EMR) in Hillsborough County,” said Joe Johnson, Florida Hospital Carrollwood CEO. This level of technology integration could not have taken place without the leadership and support of Adventist Health System, which has led the way in the adoption of EMR. With an ongoing commitment from our highly skilled physicians and staff, the use of electronic medical records enables us to continue in our efforts to provide the highest quality and safest care to our patients.”

Florida Hospital Carrollwood has succeeded in implementing an entirely paperless system of medical records. Advantages to this level of technological advancement include the ability to share patient information with other health care providers via a secure standardized summary record and using a vast database of clinical information to improve care, patient safety and outcomes.

“We are excited to see the addition of Florida Hospital Carrollwood to the list of Stage 7 hospitals in the Adventist Health System,” said John Hoyt, Executive Vice President, HIMSS Analytics.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 award.

About Florida Hospital Carrollwood                                                                                  

 Florida Hospital Carrollwood is a member of Adventist Health System. Florida Hospital Carrollwood is a 120-bed community hospital specializing in General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Knees and Joints, Spine Surgery, Wound Care, ENT, Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery, Occupational Health, as well as other services that meet our mission of healing the mind, body and spirit. The Radiation Department provides the only nuclear camera with low dose in the state of Florida and utilizes the first KineGraph VMA™ available in the world for Spine. It’s Knee and Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeons are known for their revision work, correcting procedures done elsewhere. Florida Hospital Carrollwood is the only hospital in the Tampa Bay area to provide spine surgery using the only minimally invasive spine robot available. In addition, its spine surgeons, part of Florida Orthopaedic Institute, perform unique, specialized procedures not available elsewhere in the world. The Hospital collaborates with its physicians and clinicians to provide wellness education for a healthier community. Visit www.elevatinghealthcare.org.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information

April 9, 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.