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Kareo Buys Epocrates EHR

Small practice EHR combines mobile technology and clinical knowledge base acquired from Epocrates with Kareo’s medical office software platform

IRVINE, CA – February 20, 2013 – Kareo, Inc., the cloud-based medical office software and services provider for small medical practices, serving over 17,000 medical providers, today launched Kareo Electronic Health Record (EHR). This new application is available free of charge as a stand-alone application or integrated with Kareo Practice Management and Kareo Billing Services, providing a seamless user experience and instant data exchange across applications. Kareo EHR offers small medical practices an intuitive and intelligent way to deliver care and engage patients through native iPad and iPhone applications or with a web browser. Kareo acquired mobile technology and a clinical knowledge base from Epocrates and leveraged these assets in developing its new EHR.

“More physicians in the US practice medicine in small practices than any other way, yet the demands of managing a small practice continue to grow. Small practice physicians need smarter and more mobile technology to help them care for their patients and optimize their businesses,” said Dan Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Kareo. “Our customers asked us to develop an electronic health record to complement our practice management and billing services solutions. With Kareo EHR, small practice physicians can now take advantage of an intuitive solution designed for how they deliver care and run their practices. Best of all, Kareo’s EHR is available for free and without ads or any long-term commitments.”

Kareo EHR was designed to support how small practice physicians deliver care and interact with their patients and can be used through native mobile applications or a web browser. With mobile use, physicians can restore the natural doctor-patient interaction that desktop-based EHRs have come to inhibit, while demonstrating savvy use of technology in delivering care. Kareo EHR offers a simple and intuitive interface physicians can use to quickly build notes via clinical knowledge base pick lists or with integrated voice recognition. Regardless of device or location, all care team participants have critical, up-to-date patient health information at their fingertips. Health information can be instantly exchanged electronically, including e-prescribing medications, ordering and viewing lab work, and sharing information with patients through the embedded patient portal. Kareo EHR streamlines workflows through its integration with Kareo Practice Management providing users single sign-on and instantly synchronized data, including appointments, billing codes, and all critical patient information. Kareo EHR is certified for use, as a complete EHR, by providers to demonstrate Meaningful Use and to qualify for up to $39,000 in 2013 incentives offered under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Kareo acquired core EHR technology originally developed by Epocrates and combined it with Kareo’s medical office software platform to build the new application. Included in the acquired technology, was a comprehensive clinical knowledge base that enables documentation and treatment orders for the top 100 primary care conditions and previously unreleased mobile device technology designed to deliver efficient note taking on tablets through intuitive swipe, tap, and touch actions. The overall development effort was led by Dr. Tom Giannulli, Kareo’s chief medical information officer, practicing physician, and original inventor of much of the acquired technology. The combination of Dr. Giannulli’s leadership, Epocrates technology, and Kareo’s software platform enabled the creation of a breakthrough EHR application for small practices.

“Adopting an electronic health record is especially challenging for small practices because most EHRs were not built with their needs in mind,” said Tom Giannulli MD, MS, chief medical information officer at Kareo. “Our cloud-based solution gives small practices the promised benefits of EHR technology and eliminates the challenges of implementing complex and expensive on-premise software. It was our goal to build Kareo EHR to support the physician’s need to deliver high-quality care while ensuring the utmost in practice efficiency.”

Kareo EHR is available free of charge, with no long-term commitments, no expensive implementation or ongoing support costs. Physicians simply sign up and get started. Kareo coaches are available to help physicians take full advantage of the features of Kareo EHR and free support is included for all users. Application upgrades are delivered automatically allowing physicians to instantly utilize new functionality and meet emerging industry demands, including supporting the requirements of each subsequent stage of Meaningful Use. Kareo EHR is advertising free and clinical data are owned and controlled by the practice. Kareo’s EHR is made available for free in an effort to build trust and earn physicians’ business in other practice areas. Should they decide to upgrade, physicians using Kareo EHR have the ability to purchase and instantly integrate Kareo’s full software and services suite at any time.

Kareo has built a market leading position in delivering intuitive, integrated, affordable technology and services to support the business needs of small medical practices. The launch of the best-of-breed, no cost Kareo EHR immediately delivers these same benefits to physicians on the clinical side of their practice. Small medical practices now can rely on a single trusted partner to deliver all of the cloud-based technology needed to manage essential clinical and business components, enabling optimized practice efficiency and an increased focus on patients not paperwork. Kareo EHR is available now at www.kareo.com.

About Kareo

Kareo is the only cloud-based medical office software and services platform dedicated to small practices. At Kareo, we believe that, with the right tools and support, small practices can do big things. We offer an integrated suite of products and services designed to help small practice physicians get paid faster, run their business smarter, and provide better care. Our Practice Management software, Billing Services, and free, full-featured EHR help more than 17,000 medical providers more efficiently manage the business and clinical sides of their practice. Based in Irvine, California, Kareo’s mission is to help providers spend their time focused on patients, not paperwork. For more information, visit www.kareo.com.

Kareo EHR (formerly Caretools EHR) is a Complete EHR and is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by and ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

February 20, 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.

Voalté Establishes Reseller Agreement with Epocrates

Through the agreement, Voalté is now able to provide the Epocrates® Essentials premium clinical suite as part of Voalté’s unified communications solution to staff in acute care hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Voalté also provides support for app updates and will guide users to valuable training information.

Leading clinical reference software complements Voalté’s point-of-care hospital communication system

SARASOTA, Fla. May 23, 2011 – Voalté, a leading developer of innovative point-of-care communications software on the iPhone and other smartphone platforms, announced today that it now has a reseller agreement with Epocrates, the leading provider of mobile drug reference tools to healthcare professionals. Through the agreement, Voalté is now able to provide the Epocrates® Essentials premium clinical suite as part of Voalté’s unified communications solution to staff in acute care hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Voalté also provides support for app updates and will guide users to valuable training information.

“Giving our hospital clients the ability to easily access the top-ranked Epocrates premium drug, disease and lab reference app with Voalté One offers many valuable benefits,” said Trey Lauderdale, vice president of innovation at Voalté. “By adding Epocrates’ trusted content to our portfolio of voice, alarm and text capabilities, we are arming caregivers with a multifaceted resource that enables them to execute many activities from one device, enhancing patient care and safety, and increasing productivity.”
Voalté offers a unified communications solution that enables nurses and clinicians to make high-definition voice calls across the hospital VoIP system, receive critical care alarms on the iPhone, and send and receive presence-based text messages. Voalté’s hospital clients will now have the option to purchase the Epocrates Essentials suite from Voalté and have it installed on caregiver smartphones. The comprehensive application provides on-demand access to important prescribing and safety information, lab interpretation and a diagnostic guide. The Voalté One solution now offers hospitals support throughout the communication and treatment process.
About Voalté
Voaltéâ provides compelling software solutions for healthcare institutions that solve communication problems at the point-of-care. Voalté products are designed to be intuitive, high value, mission critical applications running on the latest generation of touch-based smartphones.  For more information, visit www.Voalte.com or call 941.312.2830.
May 24, 2011 I Written By

Nuance Healthcare Development Platform Brings Medical Speech Recognition To the Cloud

Advanced, Cloud-based Platform Provides Global Healthcare Developers Access to Industry-Leading Speech Recognition and Clinical Language Understanding Technologies

HIMSS 2011, ORLANDO, February 22, 2011 — Today, from HIMSS, Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) announced that its industry-leading medical speech recognition capabilities and latest advancements in Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) technology will be available through the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform.  With this new cloud-based platform, third-party developers, serving global markets, can rapidly incorporate Nuance Healthcare technologies as part of a wide variety of healthcare applications, providing users with new capabilities for speech-driven clinical documentation, voice navigation and automatic clinical fact extraction.

The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform supports multiple devices and operating systems.  By providing all of the CPU intensive speech and language processing in the cloud, this new platform enables Healthcare ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) and internal development teams at provider and payer organizations to seamlessly embed Nuance’s SpeechAnywhere capabilities and CLU functionality as part of browser-based applications, mobile applications and thin-client desktop solutions.  The flexible environment of this new platform as a service expands the delivery of Nuance’s speech and CLU technologies to empower healthcare organizations, physicians, interdisciplinary care teams and patients to achieve better patient documentation, better process and better care.

“Dictation has proven to be among the most preferred, intuitive and effective ways to document clinical information,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.  “By expanding access to Nuance’s speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding capabilities, the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform is enabling application developers to unleash an entire new ecosystem of healthcare applications that will help clinicians and patients create and use high quality clinical documentation better and smarter than ever before.”

The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform empowers developers to build a wide array of clinical solutions including ones that:

•Bring Cloud-based Speech Recognition to Smartphones, Tablets, PCs and Browser-based Applications – Enable physicians, nurses and other caregivers to dictate patient notes in real-time into clinical applications,
such as electronic health records (EHR), running on an array of devices including the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
•Convert Narrative Clinical Documentation to Structured Data within an EHR – CLU will automatically extract key, structured clinical data from clinicians’ dictated notes: patient complaints and allergies, physician-
assessed diagnoses, medication and procedural treatments, and health-related habits.
•Automate Information Retrieval at the Point-of-Care – While at a patient’s bedside, in their office or at home, clinicians can simply dictate a search query to access desired information.  Whether the clinician is
looking for updated patient test results or clinical information from an EHR, clinical data repository or other source of medical content, it can be easily accessed via a mobile device.
•Collect Patient Information – Deploy advanced speech capabilities on PCs, patient Kiosks and mobile devices to enable patients to speak their key medical information, including history of present illness, current
medications and allergies.

Nuance Healthcare Developer Quotes

Industry leaders that have already integrated capabilities from the Platform as part of their solutions include: Epocrates and Calgary Scientific.

“ResolutionMD Mobile, powered by PureWeb, delivers secure, full-functionality advanced visualization of 2D and 3D, medical images and associated patient reports directly to mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.  By incorporating Nuance’s new cloud-based speech recognition capabilities into the ResolutionMD workflow, clinicians will experience an enhanced level of efficiency,” said Randy Rountree, executive vice president of global sales and marketing at Calgary Scientific.  “Our mobile development team was able to rapidly access the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform and easily incorporate cloud-based, real-time speech recognition as an upcoming feature of the ResolutionMD Mobile reporting functionality.  Now, our customers will benefit from the ability to view images and create reports instantly via speech-recognized dictation from within the same app.”

Epocrates has incorporated Nuance’s SpeechAnywhere technology as part of its web-based EHR solution.  Aimed to meet the unique needs of solo and small group physician practices, Epocrates’ EHR solution incorporates Nuance-powered speech functionality, which enables physicians to easily capture information – any time (day or night), any where (in the office, in the car, at home) and on any device (desktop, iPhone, iPad, etc.).  Physicians will benefit from the ease-of-access to, and flexibility in creating medical records, as well as from the immediate availability of clinical notes for the entire care team, leading to faster and better patient care.

The Healthcare Development Platform incorporates many advanced capabilities including:

•Rapid Application Integration – Application developers can integrate the core SpeechAnywhere functionality in a matter of minutes reducing time to market.
•Flexible, Multi-Modal Applications – Clinicians can freely mix voice, touch and typing to control and document within their applications, creating a seamless user experience.
•Specialized Medical Speech and Language Models – With Nuance’s leading medical speech technology embedded, users will achieve high levels of accuracy and automatic data formatting, minimizing the need for
corrections.
•HIPPA Supportive Security – With HIPAA supportive security and encryption features, users can be sure of data security and privacy.
•Supports Multiple Devices and Operating Platforms – Enables SpeechAnywhere capabilities for applications operating within browsers running on Windows and Mac OSX environments, .NET applications running on Windows desktops and the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  Future versions of the platform will support an expanded list of computing platforms, mobile devices and operating systems.

The Nuance Healthcare Developer Program
Through the Nuance Healthcare Developer Program <http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/developers-program/index.htm> healthcare developers can gain instant access to Nuance’s medical speech recognition technologies for rapid inclusion into their applications, all through a self-service website.  Developers also have access to an on-line forum for additional support, a variety of code samples and full documentation.  To learn more about the Program and the Platform please visit:http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/development-platform/index.htm

As part of Nuance’s ongoing commitment to integrate the Company’s worldwide technologies and solutions, the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform has been fully designed to support both the Dragon and SpeechMagic speech engines, as well as a variety of international languages.  The initial version of the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform will be commercially available by the end the first quarter of 2011 and will support the Dragon speech engine for U.S. English.  In releases scheduled for calendar Q4, 2011 SpeechMagic and international language support will be added.

While at HIMSS, visit Nuance at booth #2744 to learn more about the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform and the entire healthcare portfolio.  For more information on CLU visit:  http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/resources/clu/index.htm

Nuance Healthcare
In the era of Accountable Healthcare, where there is shared responsibility for the quality and cost of patient care, Nuance Healthcare’s portfolio of Medical Intelligence solutions empower healthcare provider organizations, payers and individual physicians worldwide to deliver higher quality care, improve financial performance and enhance compliance efforts.  Nuance Healthcare employs a range of technologies and services as part of its full portfolio – speech recognition, clinical language understanding, decision support, test results management and data analysis.
For additional information on Nuance’s healthcare IT solutions visit: http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm

Nuance Communications
Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com

About Calgary Scientific Inc.
Calgary Scientific is dedicated to providing advanced web-enablement, mobility enhancement and advanced visualization solutions to industries looking for secure access and use of their data or graphics intensive applications, while using their existing systems. All of these products demonstrate a leading edge web and mobile enablement capability made possible with the unique power of PureWeb™. Calgary Scientific also has proprietary intellectual property for image fusion, virtual colonoscopy and Computer Assisted Tissue Identification (CATI™). Calgary Scientific aims to be the premier leader and provider of truly accessible, advanced visualization solutions, in the medical imaging market, as well as the industry leaders in web and mobility enablement technologies. For more information on Calgary Scientific, go to www.calgaryscientific.com.

Trademark reference: Nuance, the Nuance logo, Dragon and Dragon Medical are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the property of their respective owners.

Statements in this document regarding Nuance managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” or “estimates” or similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: fluctuations in demand for Nuance’s existing and future products; economic conditions in the United States and abroad; the effects of competition, including pricing pressure; possible defects in Nuance’s products and technologies; the ability of Nuance to successfully integrate operations and employees of acquired businesses; the ability to realize anticipated synergies from acquired businesses; and the other factors described in Nuance’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010 and Nuance’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nuance disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

March 2, 2011 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.