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GE to Acquire API Healthcare

WAUKESHA, Wis. & HARTFORD, Wis.–GE (NYSE: GE) announced today it has agreed to acquire API Healthcare, a healthcare workforce management software and analytics solutions provider, headquartered in Hartford, WI. The acquisition aligns with GE’s Industrial Internet strategy to invest in strong, innovative businesses that enhance GE’s portfolio in software, data and analytics. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval, is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2014. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Health care productivity is more important than ever for hospitals as more patients enter the system and operational costs continue to climb”

Improving operational efficiencies is critical for healthcare administrators today. Patients wait to be admitted and discharged. Doctors wait for test results. Staff wait for assignments. Rooms wait to be cleaned. Every hour spent waiting represents billions of dollars in costs to hospitals in aggregate each year. API Healthcare’s complementary offerings will expand GE Healthcare’s current Hospital Operations Management (HOM) portfolio, which gives hospitals real-time access to operational data.

“Labor costs represent over 50 percent of hospital operating budgets,” said Michael Swinford, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Services. “With this acquisition, GE Healthcare will be able to address a significant portion of hospital operations costs – assets, patients and labor – with a mix of software, real-time data, powerful analytics and professional services.”

API Healthcare’s solutions – staffing and scheduling, patient classification, human resources, talent management, payroll, time and attendance, business analytics, and staffing agency offerings – are used by more than 1,600 hospitals and staffing agencies in the U.S. API Healthcare has been rated by KLAS as having the top time and attendance solution for the last 10 years (2002-2012) and the top staffing and scheduling solution provider in 2012.

“Health care productivity is more important than ever for hospitals as more patients enter the system and operational costs continue to climb,” said John Dineen, President & CEO, GE Healthcare. “In addition to clinical systems, hospitals need operational management systems to drive enterprise-wide efficiencies, reduce unnecessary costs and enable improved patient care. Over the next 5-7 years, we believe sales of these systems will accelerate towards double-digit growth and GE Healthcare will lead the way.”

GE Healthcare will work with hospitals and health systems in three key areas:

  • Asset Optimization: Manage and track the utilization of assets throughout their lifecycle, helping to lower costs and improve efficiency.
  • Patient Flow Optimization: Manage and track patients and workflow from admission to discharge in real-time, lowering costs and increasing transparency.
  • Workforce Optimization: With the addition of API, enable better insight into staffing and scheduling to help ensure the right staff member is assigned the right patient at the right time.

Comprehensively managing the scheduling, flow and availability of staff, patients and assets will help hospitals realize significant productivity gains.

“This acquisition will bring API Healthcare’s complementary offerings together with one of the world’s leading healthcare companies to help customers make data-driven decisions on staffing and operations,” said J.P. Fingado, President & Chief Executive Officer, API Healthcare. “As the demands of an aging population increase and the greater challenges associated with a changing workforce take hold, operational efficiency has never been more important. We are excited to expand our capabilities and address customers’ toughest challenges together with GE.”

Once the transaction closes, the API Healthcare solutions will be part of the Predicitivity™ Industrial Internet portfolio alongside GE Healthcare’s existing HOM offerings.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com.

About API Healthcare

API Healthcare (www.apihealthcare.com) is a healthcare-specific vendor focused on workforce management solutions, and also the architect of the Healthcare Workforce Information Exchange (HwIE) — a revolutionary solution that facilitates the sharing of workforce data across the entire continuum of care. Founded in 1982, API Healthcare has been rated in the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards Report (www.KLASresearch.com) as the top time and attendance provider system for the last 10 years (2003-2012) and the top staffing and scheduling solution in 2012. API Healthcare was acquired by private equity firm, Francisco Partners, in 2008. The Company was advised by Spurrier Capital Partners, a technology-focused M&A advisory firm in New York.

January 21, 2014 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.

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes GE Healthcare for Excellence in Radiology Informatics

BARRINGTON, Ill. – June 19, 2013 GE Healthcare’s excellence in radiology informatics was recently recognized when honored by Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 North American Company of the Year Award in Radiology Informatics. The award, which was given to GE Healthcare IT, is part of Frost & Sullivan’s “Excellence in Best Practices Awards,” which are presented each year to companies that are predicted to encourage significant growth in their industries, have identified emerging trends before they became the standard in the marketplace and have created advanced technologies that will help transform industries in the near future.

“We are honored to receive this distinctive recognition from Frost & Sullivan,” said Michael Jackman, vice president and GM of GE Healthcare IT. “Our team is focused on building world-class products for Enterprise Imaging and it’s very exciting to receive acknowledgement from thought leaders in healthcare for our efforts.”

Based on its recent analysis of the radiology informatics market, Frost & Sullivan especially highlighted GE’s significant research and development investments, which resulted in the launch of two important new products in 2012, its Universal Viewer and Centricity* Clinical Archive solutions.

With Centricity PACS with Universal Viewer, GE Healthcare is putting clinical insight within reach to help radiologists and referring physicians deliver patient results efficiently. Universal Viewer brings together advanced visualization, intelligent productivity tools, and multimodality workflow for oncology and breast imaging all within one intuitive workspace that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.

Centricity Clinical Archive consists of a suite of products and services designed to provide an end-to-end solution. Unlike vendor-neutral archives that only support departmental DICOM consolidation, Centricity Clinical Archive unifies patients’ images and documents across the care continuum, helping clinicians make informed decisions with greater efficiency.

“GE Healthcare’s upgraded solution set is in perfect alignment with the evolving end-user demands and various directions being taken on by imaging providers in the U.S. market today. Combining top-quality service, high performance and technology innovation, GE Healthcare’s Centricity imaging solutions, in use by over 3,000 organizations, have a proven track record of allowing providers to lower cost of ownership today, while preparing for the challenges of the future,” said Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Nadim Daher.

“This upgraded value proposition exemplifies GE Healthcare’s renewed vision and focus on delivering innovative radiology informatics solutions as one way of helping providers transition to an integrated collaborative care model,” noted Daher.

*Centricity is a Registered Trademark of General Electric Corp.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.  GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter—great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

 

June 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 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.

46% of U.S. Physician Groups plan to join a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Burlington, VT – HIMSS Analytics continues the series of strategic industry reports previously published by CapSite with the release of the 5th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Practice Management (PM) Study.  The study represents unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 800 physician groups on market adoption, market share, market opportunity and vendor mind share across the U.S. physician market.  Additionally, it incorporates information from the HIMSS Analytics® Database for a comprehensive snapshot of the Ambulatory EHR and PM marketplace.

“The year-over-year analysis that we provide allows for an in-depth understanding of industry trends,” said Brendan FitzGerald, HIMSS Analytics Research Director. “While both the tethered and non-tethered Ambulatory EHR markets show signs of maturing, there is continued opportunity with 35% of respondents planning to purchase, replace, or upgrade an Ambulatory EHR solution.”

The study includes Voice of Customer (VOC) insight on physician group:

  • Status on receiving incentive funding for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU)
  • Plans for purchasing or upgrading Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Primary drivers behind decisions to replace current Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Plans for joining a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Vendor Market and Mind Share coverage includes:

Acumen, ADP AdvancedMD, Allscripts, Amazing Charts, Aprima, athenahealth, BioMedix, Cerner, CPSI, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway, Healthland, HMS, McKesson, Meditech, MedNet, MedPlus, MED3000, NextGen, OptumInsight, Practice Fusion, Siemens, Vitera

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company acquired CapSite in October 2012 and offers a portfolio of healthcare information technology market intelligence products and services, including detailed analytics tools, market research, and customized consulting. Visit www.himssanalytics.org or www.capsite.com for more information.

June 12, 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.

GE Healthcare Launches Centricity Imaging IT Tour 2013 in Dallas

June to October Tour Brings GE Healthcare’s Centricity Imaging Technologies to Hospitals and Medical Centers Across the US and Canada for Viewing and Demonstrations 

DALLAS – June 6, 2013 – Between June and October, 2013, healthcare providers at hospitals and medical centers across the US and Canada can experience GE Healthcare’s entire line of Centricity* Imaging technologies when the Centricity Imaging IT Tour visits locations in over 30 major markets.

“GE Healthcare is about connecting productivity with care on every level,” says David Hale, vice president & GM, GE Healthcare IT, US & Canada. “This tour is one example of that. We are bringing our imaging technologies to the healthcare providers who need to view and assess them, saving them the time and expense of traveling to a trade show to do their research.”

The tour provides access to GE Healthcare’s full line of imaging IT solutions including Centricity PACS or PACS-IW with Universal Viewer, Centricity RIS- IC, Centricity Imaging Analytics, Centricity Cardio Enterprise, Centricity Clinical Archive, Centricity Radiology Mobile Access, AW Advanced Applications, and Dose Monitoring.

Healthcare providers’ recognition of the value of GE Healthcare’s imaging IT solutions to their practices was reaffirmed in May when GE Healthcare was named the 2013 North American Radiology Informatics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.  The Award announcement stated that “GE Healthcare has remained the undisputed leader in the U.S. radiology informatics market for over a decade, both in terms of market revenue and installed base.”

To learn more about the Centricity Imaging IT Tour 2013 or to register to host a visit, go to

http://www3.gehealthcare.com/en/Products/Categories/Healthcare_IT/Centricity_Imaging_Tour.

*Centricity is a registered trademark of General Electric Company.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.  GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

For our latest news, please visit http://newsroom.gehealthcare.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.

University of Nevada School of Medicine Chooses GE Healthcare’s Centricity Solutions

Academic Center to Implement Centricity Financial and Clinical Solutions to Enhance Productivity and Efficiency

BARRINGTON, Ill. – May 1, 2013 – GE Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare information technology, today announced the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s (UNSOM) selection of Centricity* clinical and financial solutions to help improve productivity and efficiency across the continuum of care. The School of Medicine has agreed to use Centricity Business, Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity PACS-IW to help get its 250 students and 310 residents and fellows ready for a life in the ever-changing medical profession.

As Nevada’s only statewide public medical school, the University of Nevada School of Medicine conducts the first two years of its medical education curriculum on its Reno campus. The final two years are spent in hospitals and clinics throughout the state, and residency and fellowship training is conducted in both Las Vegas and Reno. The medical school gives students the opportunity to work on research projects, interact with patients, work directly with physicians, and experience the excitement of becoming a physician.

The School of Medicine, like most U.S. medical schools, integrates clinical training with the biomedical sciences in the first two years of a student’s medical education. First and second year students shadow community-based primary care physicians and experience how “real” medicine is practiced early in medical school.

“We believe our curriculum incorporates the best of integrated clinical and basic science education with early clinical experiences and case-based teaching,” said Thomas L. Schwenk, MD, dean of the School of Medicine.  The School of Medicine awarded GE Healthcare the contract after an 11-month evaluation process including a competitive bidding process against other top providers.

“Medical students will benefit from working with Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity PACS-IW, in a hands-on fashion, as they learn to leverage advanced technology for the benefit of their patients. We will also prepare our medical students for a career in medicine with exposure to the business aspects of providing healthcare. Investing in Centricity Business will help us optimize our financial performance while preparing for the changes that reimbursement reform presents to the organization,” said Dr. Schwenk.

Centricity Business is a proven, next-generation revenue cycle management solution that supports traditional and value-based reimbursement models including shared savings, capitation, and bundled payments, – for greater profitability, efficiency and enhanced quality of care. In addition to being implemented at UNSOM, it is currently used by hundreds of leading healthcare organizations across the United States including 82% of those in the July 16, 2012 US News & World Report “2012-13 Best Hospitals Honor Roll.”

Centricity Practice Solution is designed to enhance the clinical productivity of ambulatory practices.  With exceptional customization, progressive technology, and seamless interoperability, Centricity Practice Solution enables practitioners to spend more time with patients.

Centricity PACS-IW is a Web-based solution for imaging modalities and healthcare environments.
Today’s clinicians are online, managing patient images and clinical data via Web-technology, embracing digital radiology. With its SNAP tool innovation, advanced 3D post-processing and easy-to-use technology, Centricity PACS-IW is the PACS of the future, but delivered today. It offers a wide range of functions at high speed, based on the latest international standards.

“The University of Nevada School of Medicine is a wonderful partner to bring into the Centricity family,” said David Hale, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “They’re training the next generation of clinicians for Nevada and for the world.  GE Healthcare Centricity solutions will be with these men and women along every step of their journey toward enhanced patient care for all.”

The School of Medicine plans to implement its new solutions toward the middle of 2013.

*Centricity is a registered trademark of General Electric Company.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.  GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

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.

GE Healthcare IT Announces New Initiatives in Support of Customers

Company Showcases Customer-Facing Business Plans as Customers Converge on Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2013 — As many GE Healthcare IT customers converge on the nation’s capital for the company’s largest user group meeting of the year, the Company is announcing several new initiatives intended to continue the focus on customers, year-round.

GE to Honor Productivity Champions

At this year’s session, GE Healthcare is announcing an effort to find the practices that most embody GE Healthcare’s vision of “connecting productivity with care.”  The Centricity Productivity Award honors facilities that have used GE Healthcare IT solutions to boost productivity in significant and measurable ways. Beginning in September, GE Healthcare will collect nominations for the award and a judging committee comprised of customers and GE Healthcare executives.  Judges will then award the winners with gold, silver and bronze level recognition at next year’s Centricity LIVE event in Denver.

Centricity Imaging Solutions Tour

As demand for next generation imaging IT rises, GE Healthcare is finding ways to drive the possibilities to customers, literally.  This year, GE “takes the show on the road” with the Centricity Imaging Solutions Tour that starts in Dallas, site of the annual Society for Imaging and Informatics in Medicine meeting, June 3-7. The truck makes roughly three stops a week as it travels the country for five months. “The goal is to bring our equipment to our customers so they don’t have to wait for a trade show to see it,” said Mike Jackman, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “It’s just another example of how we’re investing to help solve our customers’ imaging needs.”

New Centricity Channel Program to Support Ambulatory Practices Nationwide

GE Healthcare is making significant investments to support small and midsize independent practices nationwide through an expanded partner ecosystem.  Building on the recent launch of Centricity Practice 11 (CPS), which now offers ICD-10 readiness and exciting new features like one-click problem entry, we have expanded our network of Value Added Resellers (VARs) across the nation who sell the solution. In addition, we launched a new, tiered Centricity Channel Program. The program enables partners with marketing funds, co-op funds, performance rebates, and extensive training & certification programs to provide a world class solution and support to practices.  Partners also leverage the broader GE Healthcare marketing activities to help create demand and extend the offering. For information on participating partners in your region, visit the CPS Website, or, for resellers interested in partnering with GE, please email centricitypartner@ge.com

This week’s 2013 GE Healthcare IT User Conference, Centricity LIVE, is the year’s main event for the business’ U.S-based customers to share knowledge and learn best practices in order getting the most out of Centricity software solutions.

“It’s the one event this year where we pull our customers to one place,” said David Hale, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We’ll combine the feedback gathered at these sessions with that collected from our other, regular listening mechanisms. We regularly conduct customer surveys, product demonstrations and focus groups to form a continual, year-round feedback loop, the foundation of our relationship with our valued customers.”

*Registered trademark of General Electric Corp.

About GE Healthcare:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

 

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.

GE Healthcare Showcases Powerful Vendor Neutral Archive at HIMSS

Centricity Clinical Archive Aggregates Images, Documents, Helps Doctors Make More Informed Decisions

NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 — Many attendees at this week’s annual meeting of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) are looking for a vendor neutral archive (VNA) solution that helps clinicians make more rapid and more informed treatment decisions and helps reduce costs by unifying patient images and documents across multiple vendor systems, departments, specialties, and locations. They want a standards-based solution that is easily accessible from the EMR and via the web through a non-diagnostic zero footprint viewer.  In Centricity* Clinical Archive from GE Healthcare, they’ve found it.  

Centricity Clinical Archive consists of a suite of products and services designed to provide an end-to-end solution. Unlike vendor neutral archives that only support departmental DICOM consolidation, Centricity Clinical Archive helps healthcare systems streamline enterprise-level and community-wide collaboration with performance through a breadth of interoperability standards, including IHE-XDS, HL7, and DICOM. Rather than forcing customers to custom-build their own solution with the complexity of multiple vendor relationships, GE Healthcare delivers a “360° Go-Live Experience.” It enables all solution planning, implementation, service, and management through a single team of clinical and IT experts.

GE Healthcare IT defines VNA as a Four Level Model for Medical Information Management

“There is a lot of buzz out there about Vendor Neutral Archives,” said Mike Jackman, senior vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT.  “At GE Healthcare IT, we define it as a 4 level model for medical information management, which helps connect and share information across multiple departments, specialties, locations and vendors, through a breadth of interoperability standards. GE’s VNA solution, Centricity Clinical Archive, i enables this effective collaboration bringing benefits across the organization to the IT departments, the physician and ultimately the patient. ”

The core offering of Centricity Clinical Archive provides a multi-ology, multi-site imaging content repository that enables consolidation of IT infrastructure for archiving and managing medical images and associated documents using industry standards (DICOM, IHE-XDS).  Its enterprise-wide non-diagnostic zero footprint viewer and IHE-XDS registry provide anywhere, anytime/near instant access to a patient clinical record when there is an internet connection available. A master patient index links patient records across network boundaries, while the messaging interface engine combines workflow systems like HIS and RIS to update an information repository and keep information consistent across systems. It also equips IT administrators with a choice of virtual server deployment to save data center space, disaster recovery by connecting to cloud storage, and high reliability with standardized configurations.

Since Centricity Clinical Archive is a solution offering, services play an important role in completing the picture. The core services include solution consulting, which assesses the current status and future needs including number and type of departmental systems, IT infrastructure, and processes in order to provide recommendations for long term sustainable data management and sharing strategy.  Implementation services help interface existing departmental IT systems from various vendors with the central clinical information archive, helping to ensure regular consolidation of information (DICOM and non-DICOM). One-time data migration services link existing historical data from the departmental systems to the central information archive, while professional project management services oversee the overall implementation to ensure on-time delivery and help the customer exceed their quality goals.

SWODIN built on VNA Platform – Benefitting from Increased Clinician Productivity.

In Canada, the Southwestern Ontario Digital Imaging Network (SWODIN) is built on the highly scalable and vendor neutral archive platform of the Centricity Clinical Archive solution plus other web-enabled components.  SWODIN is a highly advanced technology and infrastructure network that connects radiologists, referring physicians and specialists at hospitals across southwestern Ontario, allowing them to rapidly access, exchange and store diagnostic images and reports from multiple PACS systems that use many different vendor platforms through a unified, web-based interface.  

Today, SWODIN is storing 3.2 million exams every year from 62 hospitals using seven different vendors’ PACS systems.  Says Dave Veeneman, PACS/DI-r Manager, London Health Sciences Centre, “The system provides a single point of access to a single patient jacket, where clinicians can see all the exams that a patient has had across Southwestern Ontario.  We plan to enhance the system for imaging beyond radiology using industry standards like IHE-XDS”.  Glen Kearns, IVP of Technology Services, St. Josephs Health and London Health Sciences, added, “The economic benefits most directly tied to a Diagnostic Imaging repository, beyond IT simplification and cost reductions, include increased clinician productivity that translates into two positive impacts for our patients: faster access to imaging services and more time for our clinicians to collaborate on complex cases.”

IDC Health Insights Anticipates VNA Spending to Grow in 2013

“Vendor neutral archives provide a strong opportunity for providers who want to centralize and aggregate clinical image repositories, optimize storage infrastructure and add agility and flexibility to their PACS environment.  The industry is turning to vendor neutral archives to take advantage of economies of scale in storage, and make clinical images available throughout the enterprise, or to accountable delivery partners in the community, with centralized data management,” said Judy Hanover, Research Director for IDC Health Insights. “We anticipate vendor neutral archive spending will continue to grow in 2013, as more providers take advantage of this technology.

*Registered trademark of General Electric Corp.

About GE Healthcare:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

March 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.

GE Healthcare Announces Development of New Applications for Caradigm Intelligence Platform

GE Healthcare will demonstrate application prototypes in Caradigm booth at HIMSS 2013 Conference

NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 – At the HIMSS 2013 Conference and Exhibition today, GE Healthcare announced it is developing two new applications for the Caradigm Intelligence Platform.  With these new applications, healthcare organizations will be able to gain near real-time visibility into the operations of their emergency rooms and their bed management processes, thus enabling these organizations to better utilize their resources to improve the quality of care delivery while reducing cost.

GE Healthcare will demonstrate prototypes of these new applications in the Caradigm booth at the HIMSS 2013 Conference.  The two applications that GE Healthcare is developing for the Caradigm Intelligence Platform are:

GE Healthcare Guided Analytics– An application that combines data visualization with domain expertise to help healthcare organizations analyze and manage emergency department visits.  By providing situational awareness and identifying causal factors, Guided Analytics reveals insights that can be used to improve care transitions and care delivery effectiveness.

GE Healthcare AutoBedAn operations decision support application that helps optimize in-patient bed assignments so that resources are used most efficiently and effectively.   Driven by a sophisticated yet customizable many-to-many optimization algorithm, the application helps bed managers assign the right bed to the right patient at the right time.  

Commercial availability for these two applications will be announced at a later date.

Caradigm is a 50-50 joint venture formed by GE Healthcare and Microsoft Corp. in June 2012.   The Caradigm Intelligence Platform is a flexible, cloud-based solution designed to help healthcare organizations improve quality, optimize revenue and cost, and manage population health through the use of near real-time data.  

“When we formed Caradigm last year, we had a vision of leveraging strong technology and deep healthcare expertise to drive systemic change for healthcare,” said Jan De Witte, president and CEO of GE Healthcare IT and Performance Solutions, and a member of Caradigm’s Board of Directors.  “Our development of these two applications is a strong statement of GE Healthcare’s commitment to make Caradigm successful.  We expect many other vendors in the healthcare industry to follow our lead and develop applications that leverage the powerful capabilities of the Caradigm Intelligence Platform.”  

The Caradigm Intelligence Platform and select applications are available now, with additional applications expected to become available beginning summer 2013.

At booth 1323, Caradigm is also demonstrating the full complement of its integrated health IT solutions including:

·        Caradigm Health Information Exchange – a secure, standards-based infrastructure that connects clinical data from disparate systems to provide near real-time access to comprehensive patient records at the point of care, helping support decisions, drive greater productivity, reduce redundancy and optimize outcomes.

·        Caradigm’s comprehensive suite of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions for healthcare is designed to help providers manage the complete lifecycle of user access to applications and data—enabling caregivers to stay focused on patients rather than technology, improving the workload and efficiency of IT and security professionals, and helping the organization to improve patient safety and more easily comply with security and privacy regulations.

“Our solutions address the full spectrum of needs for organizations striving to achieve integrated, accountable care,” said Brandon Savage, Chief Medical Officer, Caradigm. “This means not just connecting data across boundaries but allowing extended care teams to collaborate effectively across the continuum to improve the outcomes of individual patients and populations.”

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world.  GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

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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.

Virtua Selects Tribridge Consulting Services for Accountable Care Organization Initiative

TAMPA, Fla. (March 1, 2013) –Tribridge, a leading U.S.-based IT services and business consulting firm, today announced that Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua, the largest healthcare provider in southern New Jersey, has selected Tribridge consulting services to assist with administrative functions of its care coordination program, including its Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, this custom business solution will support enrollment, patient consent management, secure messaging and other administrative functions, as well as provide a platform for clinical information from other technology systems to be available to Virtua’s care coordinators in a unified environment.

“Our ACO initiative is enabled by several technologies working together in new ways,” said Al Campanella, executive vice president of strategic business growth and analytics at Virtua. “We chose Tribridge because they have a vision for coordinating care that aligns with ours, as well as deep experience with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and they are partnering well with our other technology vendors.”

Tribridge’s consulting practice helps healthcare providers address the various technology capabilities they need to coordinate care among various care providers. By leveraging Virtua’s existing data warehouses, Tribridge is adapting the Dynamics CRM platform to serve as the care manager’s desktop and offers powerful tools for identifying, engaging and communicating with program candidates and participants.

“Just as corporations became more customer-centric in the last two decades, healthcare providers need to become a lot more patient-centric,” said Damon Auer, vice president of the Healthcare Practice at Tribridge. “It is no longer acceptable to operate in a provider-focused, fee-for-volume healthcare model. The Accountable Care challenge for providers to engage patients, personalize and manage individual care plans, and effectively coordinate care outside of their physical facilities requires a change in mindset and organizational structure that enables systems for quality care.”

Members of Tribridge’s consulting practice will be available at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, March 3-7. Visit the Microsoft booth #1127 in the Expo Center for specific information, or to schedule a private demonstration, please contact Linda Athans at linda.athans@tribridge.com or 813-287-8887, x1212.

About Tribridge

Founded in 1998, Tribridge is a technology services firm specializing in business applications and cloud solutions, providing expertise for where you’re headed. Specializing in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP, SharePoint and other essential productivity solutions, the firm’s more than 400 professionals capitalize on an award-winning combination of industry expertise, technical proficiency and proven service methodology to create an exceptional customer experience and promote a solid return on IT investments. Tribridge serves over 3,500 companies representing a variety of industries throughout the U.S. www.tribridge.com

About Virtua

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers almost 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Alere, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.

 

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.