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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 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Pete Palmer joins MedAllies as chief security officer

FISHKILL, N.Y., May 29, 2013–Pete Palmer, CISSP, has joined MedAllies as chief security officer. He will be responsible for the oversight and ongoing management of MedAllies’ information security program, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.

He comes to MedAllies from Surescripts, which operates the nation’s largest electronic prescribing network, where he served as director of information security since 2009. Previously, he held senior security positions at Wells Fargo and Boston Scientific.

“This is a tremendously exciting time to join MedAllies. The company is at an innovative stage, which is very appealing to me,” Palmer said.

During his first 100 days, Palmer will get a lay of the land. Ultimately, his role as leader of the company’s security program will involve ensuring the security of the MedAllies National Direct Network, which is targeted at integrating certified EHRs used by providers in practices, hospitals and other care settings across the nation.

Currently, EHRs significantly improve clinical workflow efficiencies and quality within an organization. MedAllies sees EHR interoperability through Direct as moving those workflow improvements beyond an organization’s walls to allow providers to work in unison as if they are part of one contiguous organization.

“The improvements in care will be limitless, and I want to make sure that the patient’s health care information is secure at all times. Interoperability means nothing if the information is not secure and the patients can’t trust these evolving networks,” Palmer said. “I couldn’t take this responsibility more seriously. Our country’s health hinges on it.”

He sees no conflict between ensuring health IT is secure and private, and making it consistent with physician workflows and easy for providers to use. “People talk about the tension between security and convenience, but I see it as a partnership that serves patients and providers. Security and privacy are integral to any workflow,” he said. As providers communicate with each other, patients need to be confident their privacy and the security of their records are maintained.

Palmer plays an active role in many industry organizations. He serves as chair of the Kantara Initiative Leadership Council, an industry and community organization that enables trust in identity services, and has held leadership roles in Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society(HIMSS)work groups and task forces. He has written numerous articles and white papers; in 1996, he was lead author of The Web Server Handbook, one of the first Web server programming books.

Palmer is the latest addition to the senior leadership team at MedAllies. He joins the company at a crucial time as it continues its expansion as a national provider of interoperability solutions.
“As we continue to expand, we are mindful of the importance of building user trust and in doing so, selecting the right person to lead this effort internally is essential. Inadequate security and the ensuing lack of trust could derail interoperability efforts and ultimately stall health care transformation,” said MedAllies CEO A. John Blair, III, MD. “Pete brings considerable practical experience, industry knowledge and the technical expertise we need. I am delighted to welcome him to our senior leadership team, and I look forward to working with him as we move forward with our vision of interoperability for all.”

About MedAllies

MedAllies, founded in 2001, has extensive experience with EHR implementations and workflow redesign to improve clinical care. It provides unmatched expertise in health information exchange and Direct services. MedAllies operates the THINC eXchange, an HIE designed to increase the completeness of information at the point of care, improve care coordination and standardize quality and public health reporting in New York’s Hudson Valley. It has provided Direct services since the Direct Project’s inception and has several pilot sites in New York state. MedAllies Direct Solutions builds on existing technology to achieve interoperability, with physicians using their current EHR systems, allowing information to flow across disparate EHR systems in a manner consistent with provider workflows. MedAllies Direct is a tool to advance primary care models that emphasize care coordination and improved care transitions and support patient-centered care.

June 10, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Welch Allyn Will Showcase the EarlySense Contact-Free Patient Monitoring and Electronic Vitals Documentation Systems at HIMSS13

Products offer easy-to-use features and options that provide clinicians with access to information they need to provide the best possible patient care

HIMSS Trade Show and Exhibition, New Orleans, La., USA, March 4, 2013—Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that specializes in helping clinicians improve patient outcomes, will showcase the EarlySense Vitals Surveillance System at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) trade show this week at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The EarlySense System, an innovative monitoring technology from EarlySense Ltd., will be on display in Welch Allyn booth 1655. The system is designed to give clinicians the ability to identify early warning signs of patient safety risk and deterioration to help achieve better outcomes and fewer adverse events.

“The solutions Welch Allyn is featuring at HIMSS13 are a direct result of the growing demand for comprehensive technologies that anticipate and respond to unique healthcare provider needs around the world,” said Dave Perkins, senior category manager, Vital Signs, at Welch Allyn. “The products offer easy-to-use features and options that provide clinicians with access to information they need to provide the best possible patient care.”

Welch Allyn and EarlySense Ltd. recently entered into a strategic collaboration and distribution agreement for Welch Allyn to distribute the EarlySense Vitals Surveillance System to hospitals across the United States. The new system measures heart rate, respiration rate, patient movement while in bed and patient bed entries and exits, without ever physically touching the patient, using a sensor that is placed under the mattress of a bed. The EarlySense technology is designed to monitor patients on medical surgical floors who typically have their vital signs taken only once every four hours. In the event of a change in a patient’s status, the system provides alerts to the clinical staff via the bedside monitor, the central nursing station, hallway displays and directly to their pagers or in-house telephones.

Welch Allyn will also showcase its Connex® Electronic Vitals Documentation (EVD) System to demonstrate how patient data can be transmitted immediately to an EMR as it is captured. This all-in-one solution enables improvements in patient safety and clinical decision making and helps to reduce risk for facilities. Included in the Connex EVD System is the Welch Allyn Connex® Vital Signs Monitor (VSM), a full-color, touch-screen device that acts as three devices in one—providing comprehensive patient documentation on a single display. This documentation includes automatic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and pulse oximetry. It can also capture manual parameters such as respiration, height, weight and pain level and modifiers such as body position, O2 therapy details and others. The Connex VSM can be set up in spot-checking, monitoring or triage mode to accommodate healthcare facilities’ needs.

About Welch Allyn
Welch Allyn is a leading global healthcare company that offers a complete range of digital and connected diagnostic solutions that help reduce risk and enhance workflow in a variety of clinical settings. Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. (USA), Welch Allyn is a family-owned business that employs nearly 2,700 employees in 26 different countries. The company specializes in helping doctors, nurses and other frontline practitioners across the globe enhance care by developing innovative products, breakthrough technologies and cutting-edge solutions that improve patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. More information about Welch Allyn and its complete line of connected products and solutions may be found at www.welchallyn.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

At HIMSS 2013, Siemens Demonstrates Care Coordination Across Healthcare Communities

• Soarian® enterprise EHR synchronizes workflow across care settings
• Siemens MobileMD® HIE helps providers easily and securely share data
• Business intelligence and predictive analytics now available in the Healthcare Intelligence suite

Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa., is demonstrating solutions that connect healthcare communities in booth #2641 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition, from March 3 – 7, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Siemens will depict how a growing number of healthcare organizations — both large and small — are using Soarian to connect top-of-the-line patient care with effective bottom line results. The company will spotlight how the MobileMD Health Information Exchange (HIE) is being used by providers to securely deliver clinical and administrative data across a community. Siemens will showcase a solution that addresses the challenges posed by “big data” in healthcare, which is called Healthcare Intelligence. Siemens will continue recruiting top IT talent with on-site Human Resources recruiters, and the company will also make charitable donations to returning veterans through Hope For The Warriors®, a national, nonprofit organization that supports wounded U. S. service members, their families and families of the fallen.

“Healthcare information technology continues to deliver numerous benefits to providers: helping them to better synchronize information and workflows across care settings,” said John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Health Services Business Unit, Siemens Healthcare. “At HIMSS, Siemens will showcase the progress we have made in helping providers achieve a high degree of care coordination and to prepare to meet accountable care objectives.”

Siemens is increasingly being sought out to help organizations transform care delivery by re-engineering inefficient processes, re-imagining the revenue cycle and re-thinking business intelligence. These objectives are easier when enabled by Soarian, an enterprise electronic health record with embedded workflow technology available across the entire care continuum. Soarian helps providers coordinate clinical activities, proactively identify patient risk factors and escalate potential delays and adverse events.

To connect care communities, Siemens offers the MobileMD HIE, which securely delivers clinical and administrative data across a community. This cloud based HIE serves as an important building block in enabling care providers within a community to better coordinate care for individuals and populations while achieving clinical and financial objectives.

To meet future needs as the focus shifts to managing population health, HIMSS 2013 attendees can explore a solution such as Healthcare Intelligence, which collects both clinical and financial data as well as structured and unstructured data for analysis. Healthcare Intelligence gives organizational leaders rapid access to detailed analytics on individual patients or entire patient populations so they can better manage risks and achieve the outcomes associated with value-based purchasing, bundled payments and accountable care.

Siemens adds more health IT talent, strategic consulting
Addressing the demand from Siemens customers, the company will use its pres-ence at HIMSS to recruit top-tier talent into the Health Services Business Unit and the North American Sales organization, including the recently announced Strategic Consulting group. The Strategic Consulting group is growing at a rapid pace and helps customers meet the objectives of accountable care through a combination of Soarian, quality reporting tools, healthcare intelligence tools, risk identification and stratification, program dashboards, content fueled workflows, and advisory, optimization and performance improvement services. Workforce expansion in the Siemens health IT business is directly in line with one of the main pillars of the Agenda 2013 program, a two-year global initiative, which focuses on continually strengthening Siemens through people development and talent acquisition.

Follow Siemens LIVE from HIMSS at www.twitter.com/siemenshealth and at www.twitter.com/siemenshealthit

For further information on Soarian, please visit: http://usa.siemens.com/soarian

Siemens Healthcare, Media Relations
Carly Heimer, phone: +1 610 448-3460
E-mail: carly.heimer@siemens.com

Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, Agenda 2013 program is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector’s innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

HIMSS Innovation Center Advances Interoperability

CLEVELAND (February 19, 2013) – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced earlier today that the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, known as HIMSS, will be leasing on the fourth level 12,500 square feet for its Innovation Center, a unique and dynamic testing, demonstration, exhibition, and educational facility, with another 12,500 square feet of exhibition space, of the newly-named Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly the Cleveland Medical Mart). HIMSS also plans to double the size of the exhibition space by 2016. County Executive FitzGerald made the announcement during his annual “State of the County” address at the City Club in downtown Cleveland.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on improving healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS, with its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations.

The HIMSS Innovation Center will provide ongoing services for health delivery organizations and health IT companies, along with exhibitions, educational programming, and consumer-oriented applications. In addition, the year-round interoperability showcase and exhibition space will further validate functionality for new and developing products using standards and customized testing in both a physical and virtual demonstration environment.

“We look forward to the opening in October of the HIMSS Innovation Center in the Global Center for Health Innovation. As we continue to build on our more than 14 years of leadership in and support of achieving seamless, secure exchange of electronic health information, our focus at HIMSS continues on interoperability, standards and harmonization initiatives, here in Cleveland and across the globe,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO.

With its scenario-based setting, the HIMSS Health IT Ecosystem will provide a fully operational, multi-facility environment populated with simulated patient demographic, clinical and financial data. The health and healthcare communities will be able to plug into this environment and both test and demonstrate a specific product’s interoperability capabilities.

At the HIMSS Healthcare Technology Showcase, the health and healthcare community will find opportunities to participate in long-lasting exhibits themed around harnessing the power of IT in vital issues such as mobile devices, consumer-driven healthcare, and evidence-based care. The themed exhibits will show the value of the participating technologies in specific-use cases of the highlighted theme and serve as a point of collaboration.

HIMSS testing and educational services will be available virtually worldwide. The HIMSS space in the Global Center for Health Innovation will become a worldwide hub for health and health IT testing, demonstration, exhibitions, and consumer products, including the latest breakthroughs in mobile health devices and distance medicine technology.

The HIMSS educational offerings will leverage a variety of interoperability platforms, partner with other leaders in the facility, and create a full menu of educational programming for health and healthcare sector learners and conferences housed in the adjacent Cleveland Convention Center.

The newly renamed Global Center for Health Innovation more accurately reflects the purpose and mission of the facility and a natural transition in the business evolution of the Cleveland Medical Mart. The Global Center for Health Innovation is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and healthcare, the majority of the participating partners have global reach and reputation, and the participating partners will draw international visitors to their spaces within the Global Center.

HIMSS exemplifies the global reach of the facility, as the sector’s leader in health IT with offices around the world in Chicago, Brussels, Singapore, Berlin, and Leipzig.  The Healthcare Technology Showcase, much like the Interoperability Showcases held at HIMSS conferences, will enable solutions providers to work collaboratively instead of competitively to demonstrate and solve real-world healthcare delivery problems. HIMSS joins Cleveland Clinic, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, University Hospitals and Philips Healthcare as charter tenants in the Global Center.

February 22, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Collaborative Health Consortium Brings the eCollaboration Forum to HIMSS 2012

HIMSS12, this year’s conference and exhibition from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, is expecting record attendees. This eCollaboration Forum marks the first partnership between HIMSS and an outside organization in developing a program for the annual event. “We’ve put together an incredible program around Collaborative Platforms in conjunction with HIMSS,” said Steve Adams, VP of Collaborative Care and Health Improvement at Alere and Chair of the event. “We have an amazing group of people who have committed to this movement, and this Summit, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Collaborative Platforms: Foundations for Transformation to Accountable Care

First Annual Conference Centered on Strategies for the Future of Collaborative Health Care

Centennial, CO – 9 February 2012 – The Collaborative Health Consortium, formerly known as the Clinical Groupware Collaborative, announced the agenda today for the first-ever eCollaboration Forum, part of HIMSS12 on February 23, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. HIMSS12, this year’s conference and exhibition from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, is expecting record attendees. This eCollaboration Forum marks the first partnership between HIMSS and an outside organization in developing a program for the annual event. “We’ve put together an incredible program around Collaborative Platforms in conjunction with HIMSS,” said Steve Adams, VP of Collaborative Care and Health Improvement at Alere and Chair of the event. “We have an amazing group of people who have committed to this movement, and this Summit, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

This year’s eCollaboration Forum explores collaborative platforms as foundations for transformation to accountable care.  Attendees and others can follow hashtag #eCollab12 on Twitter for Forum highlights.

The one day forum will feature:

  • Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Health IT Platforms and Accountable Care
  • Former National Coordinator for Health IT, Rob Kolodner, with a look at Open Health Tools
  • A look at emerging strategies for care coordination from John Mattison, Kaiser Permanente
  • Lessons learned from TWO leading web platforms: Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com
  • Discussion on the need for consumer focus and input on platforms with ePatient Dave deBronkart
  • A view from the edge of innovation with Esther Dyson, EDventure and leaders from HealthLoop, Iora Health and USC
  • A glimpse at the future of health care platforms with Shahid Shah, HealthcareGuy.com and Vince Kuraitis, Better Health Technologies
  • The role of open tools and open data, including Blue Button data and the SMART project
  • Discussion on the changing business of healthcare with AmeriHealth Mercy and United Health Group

Due to the limited seating at the forum, the Collaborative Health Consortium will also be broadcasting the sessions in an all-day webinar.  Details and registration can be found on the eCollaboration Forum website.

About Collaborative Health Consortium

The Collaborative Health Consortium, formerly known as the Clinical Groupware Collaborative, is a not-for-profit industry group of passionate individuals and organizations devoted to enabling collaborative care and the businesses, technology and care delivery ecosystems that support collaboration for better health.www.collaborativehc.org

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share their mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join them and their members in advancing their cause, please visit their website at www.himss.org.

February 13, 2012 I Written By

OMG and HIMSS to Collaborate on Healthcare Standards Development, Conferences and Resources

Needham, MA, and Chicago, IL, USA – Leaders of the computer industry standards organization OMG®, and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare, have agreed to collaborate on several fronts, including standards development, conferences and resources such as whitepapers and webinars. OMG will become an Affiliate Member of HIMSS, and HIMSS will become a Domain Member of OMG. This collaboration will result in a new effort to deliver healthcare industry-specific guidance and specifications enabling the national vision of secure and seamless exchange of health information.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the emerging relationship with HIMSS. HIMSS’ impact and reach into the healthcare community is unprecedented, and OMG has a tremendous track record of producing practical, usable standards in dozens of vertical markets, including health.  Working together is a natural, symbiotic relationship. We believe we can positively contribute to the HIMSS community, and look forward to closer collaboration to better meet the challenges faced within health and health IT,” said Ken Rubin, co-chair, Healthcare DTF at OMG.
“This collaboration is a perfect match, bringing together OMG’s ability to drive standards and HIMSS deep wealth of healthcare knowledge. I look forward to supporting this effort and the contributions we can make to the HIMSS community,” said Robert Lario, principal, Visumpoint, co-chair, Healthcare DTF at OMG.
“Integration and interoperability of healthcare information has been a HIMSS strategic priority over many years,” said Jim St.Clair, Senior Director, Interoperability and Standards, HIMSS. “This collaboration with OMG, in conjunction with our leadership in the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA, adds another pillar of support to this priority for 2012.”
Initial collaborative activities include OMG Healthcare Domain Task Force participation in upcoming HIMSS events such as a Connectathon, a presentation on enterprise architecture during the November HIMSS virtual conference, and a presence at HIMSS12, scheduled for February 20-24 in Las Vegas. HIMSS will participate in the Semantic and SOA Services Information Day at the OMG Technical Meeting in Santa Clara, Calif. on December 14, in the upcoming OMG healthcare event Interconnected Health 2012, which will include a HIMSS track, and will participate on the program review committee. The groups have also agreed to author joint whitepapers.
About HIMSS
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 40,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.
About OMG
OMG® is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. For more information, visit www.omg.org.
November 12, 2011 I Written By

HOSPIRA MEDNET PORTAL SAFETY SOFTWARE BENCHMARKING SYSTEM DEBUTS AT HIMSS

Hospira MedNet Portal enhances hospital user experience, supports patient safety and helps improve clinician workflow —

ORLANDO, Fl., Feb. 23, 2011 – Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), a leading provider of clinical information and medication delivery technologies, today announced the unveiling of the Hospira MedNetPortal at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. This web-based application will provide healthcare institutions with advanced medication error reporting and patient safety benchmarking capabilities. It will be available as an add-on feature to the award-winning Hospira MedNet safety software.

Hospira MedNet Portal, on demonstration at HIMSS booth 6449, improves a hospital’s ability to monitor, benchmark and evaluate intravenous (I.V.) drug administration practices. With this new technology, healthcare institutions will have access to side-by-side, blinded comparisons of their own safety software drug libraries and infusion performance data with the same information from other institutions. Users can look at data by hospital size, institution type or specific clinical care areas to help them develop and refine their drug library. The software system also allows clinicians and hospital staff to view internal and external peer benchmarking reports to drive improved I.V. medication safety and to help enhance clinical and operational outcomes. Hospira MedNet Portal supports continuous quality improvement efforts by helping users analyze key aspects of their drug administration process against best practices and by providing a more complete picture of clinical performance indicators.

“Our hospital customers are telling us that they’re not just buying infusion pumps, they’re also investing in the safety data that comes from the infusion devices,” said Richard Nevin, vice president, Medication Management Systems, U.S., Hospira. “Hospira MedNet Portal will help give every facility a better view of their medication administration and safety performance, allowing them to benchmark against how other institutions are practicing medicine, and driving  safety and continuous quality improvement programs.”

Hospira MedNet Portal will be available as a value-added feature for healthcare institutions using Hospira MedNet safety software with their Hospira infusion technologies, such as the Plum A+™ with Hospira MedNet safety software, a proven and scaleable infusion pump system; the technologically advanced Symbiq™ infusion system with built-in Hospira MedNet; and the market-leading LifeCare PCA™ pump with Hospira MedNet. Hospira is also the U.S. leader in I.V. clinical integration of infusion pumps with electronic health record systems.

The company is targeting mid-year for making Hospira MedNet Portal available to Hospira MedNet customers.

About Hospira
Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company dedicated to Advancing Wellness. As the world leader in specialty generic injectable pharmaceuticals, Hospira offers one of the broadest portfolios of generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management solutions. Through its products, Hospira helps improve the safety, cost and productivity of patient care. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has approximately 14,000 employees. Learn more at www.hospira.com.

Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 — A Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the timing of availability of the Hospira MedNet Portal to customers. Hospira cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, legal, technological and other factors that may affect Hospira’s operations and may cause actual results to be materially different from expectations include the risks, uncertainties and factors discussed under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Hospira’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are incorporated by reference. Hospira undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as the result of subsequent events or developments.


March 2, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Kaiser Permanente Honored for Electronic Health Record Implementation HIMSS Analytics Awards Another 11 Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Highest Recognition

Oakland, Calif., February 22, 2010 – Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s leading health care provider and not-for-profit health plan, continues to lead the nation in the number of Stage 7 Awards from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The Stage 7 Award honors hospitals that have achieved the highest level of electronic health record implementation. In the last three years, Kaiser Permanente has now received a total of 35 awards in recognition of its health information technology expertise. The 11 additional awards were presented this week at the HIMSS 2011 annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

Kaiser Permanente is known for leadership in the use of health information technology and its groundbreaking electronic health record, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, which is the largest private-sector EHR in the world. KP HealthConnect enables all of Kaiser Permanente’s more than 15,000 physicians to electronically access the medical records of all of Kaiser Permanente’s 8.7 million members nationwide and serves as a model for other systems.

“We have made a lot of progress in health IT over the past year, including reaching full implementation of our electronic health record, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, and it is an honor to be recognized for that accomplishment with additional Stage 7 Awards,” said Phil Fasano, executive vice president and chief information officer, Kaiser Permanente.  “The Stage 7 Awards value the important role of health IT in improving care and the overall patient experience, the same goals we had in mind when beginning the KP HealthConnect project.”

HIMSS Analytics developed the electronic medical record adoption model as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for acute care delivery environments. There are a total of 8 stages (0-7) on the EMR Adoption Model with the ultimate goal of reaching Stage 7. With a paperless environment, Stage 7 hospitals are recognized for operating in an environment where clinical data is used for performance improvement and analytics of care delivery.

The honors are part of long list of Kaiser Permanente accomplishments in health IT in 2010.  Kaiser Permanente expanded its interoperability pilot with the Veterans Administration to include Hampton Roads, VA., as well as San Diego.   Additionally, Kaiser Permanente donated its Convergent Medical Terminology to the international health care community last year to encourage the broader adoption of electronic health records and help U.S. providers achieve meaningful use.

The following Kaiser Permanente hospitals, one in Oregon and 10 in California, were honored this year for reaching Stage 7:

  • Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside (Clackamas, Ore.) Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Community Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center

For a full listing of Stage 7 Award winners, go to www.himss.org.

In addition to its leadership in EHR implementation, Kaiser Permanente’s personal health record, My Health Manager, is being used by more and more members to engage their care teams and become actively involved in their health care. More than 3.3 million Kaiser Permanente members now have access to secure health information management features, including online appointment scheduling and prescription refills, lab test results, eligibility and benefits information, and even children’s immunization records. In 2010 alone, Kaiser Permanente members viewed more than 25.8 million test results and sent nearly 10.7 million emails to their physicians using My Health Manager.

To see Kaiser Permanente members, physicians and employees talk about KP HealthConnect, go to www.youtube.com/kaiserpermanenteorg.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.

February 28, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Speeds Time to Answers Necessary to Reduce Costs and Increase Quality of Care

Leading pediatric care provider reduces reporting time by 65% and eliminates 12-day waiting period for research-related queries

Radnor, Penn – February 22, 2011 – QlikTech (NASDAQ:QLIK), a leader in Business DiscoveryTM – user-driven Business Intelligence, today announced that Children’s Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA), one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the U.S., is successfully using QlikView to empower users with intuitive operations, finance and research analysis.  With QlikView, 500 users can now leverage the invaluable data that was locked in dozens of different data sources and static reports and CHOA has reduced report generation time by approximately 65%.

As is often the case at many large organizations, years of providing analysis and reports with nearly all of the traditional BI platforms had left the CHOA BI team with expensive implementation schedules, scope reductions and a dissatisfied user base, which ultimately led to a strained relationship between IT and business and clinical staff who need the information.  When CHOA’s cardiology unit, Sibley Heart Center Cardiology, independently evaluated and selected QlikView to replace IBM Cognos, CHOA management saw that Sibley users were able to run reports and analysis in minutes rather than waiting a week for answers.  CHOA decided to conduct a project with QlikView partner IPC Global and gave QlikView 30 days to replace its current vendor’s OLAP cube.

“The other vendor’s initial cube took nine months to build and still lacked a suitable presentation layer for the end user community,” said Michael Thompson, Director of Business Intelligence for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  “QlikView not only replicated the cube’s reporting capabilities, but enabled deeper analysis with a simple user interface – all in only 30 days. And today, after only four months of using QlikView, we have developed more applications and dashboards than we had in two years with our other BI tools.”

CHOA is using QlikView for operations, finance and research analysis to improve decision making in key areas, such as:

Revenue Management — Equivalent to the information previously available in 50 different static reports, CHOA executives, directors and managers now have a single view of revenue billed each day, by each of its three hospitals, by each service and sub service line, and against targeted goals, disease codes and acting physicians. Before QlikView, each report would have taken approximately 30 hours to build. Now, all of that detail — and more — is available in a dashboard that was built in a month.

Service Line Spending — In a single dashboard, users can analyze expenses for each service line, down to a level of detail that would have been previously impossible to obtain due to the sheer number of data sources. This QlikView application targets spending variances and highlights how to gain efficiencies and improve service.

Research Hypothesis Discovery — Integrating data that dates back to 1985, QlikView now enables CHOA research users to query across multiple databases for population identification, diseases, demographics, visits, lab orders and results.  In the past, researchers and physicians had to wait 4-6 weeks for the reports and detail they needed for their grant proposals. Today, they can instantly access a portal that offers a complete picture of the clinical experience, especially the diagnosis-treatment-outcome relationship, and better target research studies.

Waste Reduction and Cost Effectiveness — Using historical data from clinic management and accounting systems, the QlikView application allows CHOA management to pinpoint areas of ineffectiveness and maximize staffing schedules based on cycle times, labor operations and supplies utilization.

When put to the test in head-to-head evaluations, QlikView quickly exposes the flaws of traditional OLAP cube technology and the limitations of the recent in-memory entrants that were not designed with in-memory at their core. QlikView’s Business Discovery platform requires fewer resources, less time and lower cost to deploy and maintain for a more flexible and scalable solution.

“The challenges of today’s economy and constant pressures to do more with less are driving many organizations to demand a solution where value is recognized in days and weeks – not months or years,” said Tim Wassman, President of QlikTech Americas.  “Unlike their OLAP-based BI tools of the past, QlikView allows CHOA users to interactively explore and analyze their data for faster decision making that directly impacts quality of care, influences clinical research and improves operational efficiencies.”

QlikTech at HiMMS

QlikTech will be demonstrating its QlikView Business Discovery solution at booth #4477 of the HiMSS Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference February 20-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida.

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 16 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

About QlikTech

QlikTech (NASDAQ: QLIK) is a leader in Business DiscoveryTM — user-driven Business Intelligence (BI). QlikTech’s powerful, accessible Business Discovery solution bridges the gap between traditional business intelligence solutions and standalone office productivity applications.  Its QlikView Business Discovery platform enables intuitive user-driven analysis that can be implemented in days or weeks rather than months, years, or not at all. The in-memory associative search technology it pioneered allows users to explore information freely rather than being confined to a predefined path of questions. QlikView Business Discovery works with existing BI applications and adds new capabilities: insight for everyone, zero-wait analysis, mobility, an app–like model, remixability and reassembly, and a social and collaborative experience.  Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, QlikTech has offices around the world serving more than 16,000 customers in over 100 countries.

QlikTech and QlikView are trademarks or registered trademarks of QlikTech International AB. Other company names, product names and company logos mentioned herein are the trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.