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Healthcare Technology Leader Ivo Nelson Launches Next Wave Health

New venture provides start-up capital, advice and operational support to healthcare entrepreneurs

[Houston, Texas - June 10, 2013] Healthcare pioneer and investor Ivo Nelson announced today the launch of his latest venture, Next Wave Health. Next Wave Health will help start-up healthcare information technology companies succeed with management advice, operational support and capital.

“Big ideas are at the heart of any successful healthcare technology company. But smart visionaries need more than big ideas. They need capital and they need advisors who understand their industry and their business,” said Nelson. “Next Wave Health will bring some of the brightest minds in healthcare together to work with start-up and early stage companies on their vision and managing their growth.”

“The healthcare industry is in the perfect storm right now. The levels of change are unprecedented,” said Nelson. “Risk is shifting, fee-for-service reimbursement models are being replaced with wellness and new discoveries are ahead with big data solutions.   Nimble and innovative new companies are pouring into the healthcare market to address these opportunities. Next Wave Health exists to help these entrepreneurs navigate the healthcare industry and succeed step by step as they grow.”

For 30 years, Nelson has been a leader and an innovator in the healthcare industry. He introduced large-scale outsourcing to the provider segment of healthcare, and pioneered new approaches for improving clinical process through technology.

In 1988, he helped start the healthcare division of Perot Systems, an outsourcing company founded by Ross Perot. In 1992, he helped start the Houston-based Insource Management Group (IMG), later renamed Healthlink. As CEO, Nelson grew Healthlink to be the largest privately held, provider-focused healthcare technology consulting firm in the industry when IBM acquired it in 2005. Following IBM’s acquisition of Healthlink in June 2005, Nelson served as the leader of IBM’s Global Healthcare Provider business.

In 2009, he co-founded Encore Health Resources with Dana Sellers to assist healthcare organizations in mining the business intelligence accrued after decades of process and technology improvements. Encore is one of the fastest-growing consultancies in the industry and has been named one of Modern Healthcare’s “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” three years in a row.

Nelson is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Leadership Award, and was named to the HIMSS “50 in 50″ list, recognizing the top 50 contributors to the healthcare IT industry in the past 50 years. He also won the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2005), one of the most prestigious business award offered.

Next Wave Health currently serves as a strategic advisor or investor for several healthcare technology companies including Health Care DataWorks, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions; MedSynergies, which helps physicians increase market share and improve patient care; HealthPost, which delivers cloud-based healthcare booking solutions and SCI Solutions, which delivers software that enables hospitals to better manage their physician alignment strategies and reduce operating costs. Nelson also continues to serve on the board of Encore Health Resources.

“This is an incredible moment to work in the healthcare industry,” said Nelson. “I am very excited to bring together great new ideas and seasoned leaders. I look forward to applauding the results of their work.”

About Next Wave Health

Next Wave Health provides start-up healthcare technology companies with initial funding, experienced industry advisors and operational services that support growth. For more information, visit www.nextwavehealth.com.

June 13, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

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 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

NextGate EMPI and Provider Registry Pass Interoperability Testing at 2013 IHE Connectathon and Conference

NextGate Products Meet IHE Interoperability Standards for 4th Year in a Row; Underlying Platform for New Provider Self-Service Portal

PASADENA, Calif. — February 28, 2013 — NextGate, a leading provider of enterprise identity management solutions, announced that its Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and NextGate Provider Registry passed all 64 profile tests at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North American Connectathon and Conference 2013, the healthcare IT industry’s largest interoperability testing event. This accomplishment demonstrates the readiness of NextGate’s EMPI and Provider Registry for immediate deployment in IHE-based and other environments, providing accelerated implementation, standard interoperability, and easy access to current patient and provider information from different platforms and stakeholders.

Provider Management Technology

NextGate’s Provider Registry was one of only a few products to test against the IHE Healthcare Provider Directory (HPD) Trial Implementation, a profile designed to simplify the management of individual and organizational healthcare provider information.  As components in the NextGate Registries for Healthcare software suite, the NextGate Provider Registry, NextGate Provider Directory, and NextGate Provider Self-Service Portal aggregate provider information from different public and private sources, and gives healthcare organizations multiple options for consistent, up to date, and easily accessible provider management solutions.

“As healthcare organizations work towards integration and consolidation, the need for interoperability is more critical than ever before,” stated NextGate’s President and CEO, Andy Aroditis. “Our results in the IHE Connectathon show that NextGate’s solutions support any system or architecture that specifies PIX/PDQ, HL7, XCPD, and HPD requirements, and therefore allows customers to leverage all of our advanced data matching and standardization features, rather than just being limited to simple patient indexes or various provider directories.”

The Connectathon, held by IHE International Inc., is a multi-stakeholder effort to promote the effective use of healthcare information technology (HIT) by providing a common framework for multi-vendor systems. Using an accredited, standards-based certification program, IHE USA certifies that systems are interoperable against established criteria.

NextGate will be showcasing its Provider Registry, Provider Self-Service Portal, EMPI, Patient Portal, and other infrastructure products for connected care at the upcoming Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition from March 4-6, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. To view a demo of NextGate’s Provider Self-Service Portal (and enter to win an iPad® mini), please visit http://bit.ly/Ya1vsP, or visit booth #1356 at HIMSS13.

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not for profit organization founded in 2010 that operates as a national deployment committee of IHE International®. IHE USA serves as a voice representing U.S. health IT interests and key partners in national health IT efforts for fostering the national adoption of a consistent set of information standards to enable interoperability of health IT systems.

About NextGate
NextGate provides Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI), Provider Registry, and other identity management and registry solutions that integrate, index and coordinate data from disparate systems to provide unified views, expedite decision processing, and streamline interoperability to drive performance.  For more information visit: www.nextgate.com.

February 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Healthcare Leaders Join KLAS Advisory Board

Top healthcare executives to help KLAS drive improvements to the industry

OREM, Utah – January 14, 2013 – Three industry-recognized healthcare leaders join KLAS to help provide strategic guidance as members of the company’s Advisory Board.

KLAS announced today that the new board members are

  • John Halamka, Chief Information Officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Wright Lassiter, Chief Executive Officer for Alameda Medical Center in San Leandro, California
  • Denni McColm, Chief Information Officer for Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri

“All three individuals possess a wealth of industry insight and want to help make a difference,” said KLAS President Adam Gale. “We’re extremely excited that they have chosen to join KLAS and engage in the work of improving the world’s healthcare by providing transparency to every major healthcare technology and services decision.”

The three healthcare executives will join nine others currently serving three-year terms on the KLAS Advisory Board.

To see a listing of current KLAS Advisory Board members, visit www.KLASresearch.com/About/AdvisoryBoard.aspx.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.

February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

CareCloud Appoints Edwin Miller as Vice President of Product Management

Healthcare Information Technology Veteran to Oversee Continued Development of CareCloud’s Cloud-Based EHR and Mobile Offerings

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services, today announced that the company has hired Edwin Miller as its new Vice President of Product Management. In his new role, Mr. Miller will oversee all development of CareCloud’s existing EHR and forthcoming mobile offerings for the physician practice market. He brings decades of product development and engineering experience to CareCloud, most recently through leadership positions at Practice Fusion and athenahealth. Mr. Miller will be a member of CareCloud’s executive leadership team and report to Chairman and CEO Albert Santalo.

“We are seeing exciting traction in the marketplace, especially with the launch of our cloud-based EHR, CareCloud Charts, so Edwin’s deep experience in clinical product development will be a tremendous force multiplier as we continue to experience a surge in growth and client demands,” said Mr. Santalo. “Edwin understands the need for a healthcare IT platform to provide the flexibility to get users ‘on the cloud’ while causing the least amount of disruption to their practices’ operational and clinical workflows. His unique skillset and experience with the integration of clinical and financial data will be critical as we continue to execute on our long-term vision of creating healthcare’s first fully integrated digital ecosystem.”

“CareCloud represents a true emergence of cloud computing in healthcare and has the velocity to back that up. Other web-based products in the market are showing their age, at 10 or more years old now, and most systems are mired in legacy technology. I have long sought to join a company where a comprehensive solution for physicians could be done right, and CareCloud is it,” said Mr. Miller. “With the growing movement to have caregivers track and provide clinical information in conjunction with costs, CareCloud has the opportunity to not just change the way providers deliver care, but how they view and use healthcare technology.”

Prior to joining CareCloud, Mr. Miller held a number of leadership and product management positions at prominent healthcare technology firms, including Practice Resource Network, digiChart, Artromick International, Practice Fusion, athenahealth and Curaspan Health Group. While at athenahealth, Mr. Miller and his team helped design and launch the Company’s EHR, athenaClinicals.

Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management.

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of web-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 more than 1,200 physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in over 30 states. The company was named a winner of IBM’s SmartCamp Silicon Valley 2010 for its innovative technology and received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

August 23, 2012 I Written By

Sunquest CoPathPlus and the Sunquest Physician Portal at HIMSS 2011

SUNQUEST TO DEMONSTRATE INNOVATIVE DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION SOLUTIONS AT HIMSS 2011

Sunquest Information Systems®, a leading provider of healthcare information technology, will demonstrate its innovative new software solutions at booth # 6171 at the HIMSS 2011 conference, February 20-24, 2011, in Orlando, Florida.  Sunquest will be showcasing its new Sunquest CoPathPlus™ anatomic pathology specimen management and tracking solution, the new web connectivity Sunquest Physician Portal™ outreach  order and results solution, as well as Diagnostic Intelligence, the only business intelligence solution dedicated to laboratory operations.

In addition, Sunquest will be participating in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, a venue for healthcare providers to learn the benefits of transmitting electronic health information seamlessly from application to application across multiple healthcare solutions. Sunquest will be demonstrating the communication of lab results to the CDC for cancer registration, and the management and communication of orders and results for anatomic pathology studies. “Sunquest’s participation demonstrates the importance of effectively communicating accurate reliable laboratory results to care providers who need the information to make informed health care decisions,” said Richard Atkin, president and chief executive officer of Sunquest Information Systems.

Sunquest CoPathPlus™ is a new and innovative anatomic pathology specimen management and tracking solution designed specifically to automate the complexities associated with managing anatomic pathology specimens.  Featuring advanced integration with digital imaging, Sunquest CoPathPlus is designed to function as a virtual “pathologist’s cockpit” for improved productivity and performance. The solution enables more efficient and accurate specimen analysis, enhanced speed to diagnosis, and, ultimately, improved patient outcomes.

The Sunquest Physician Portal™ delivers meaningful connectivity to community-based physicians who refer patients to a laboratory’s outreach and outpatient radiology services. It is part of Sunquest’s overall Outreach Advantage suite of solutions, giving laboratories the tools they need to enable them to compete effectively with national providers for outreach revenue.

With Physician Portal, doctors can electronically enter orders and view results for diagnostic laboratory and radiology tests. The system is fully integrated with Microsoft HealthVault, so results can be sent electronically directly to the patient’s HealthVault record.

According to Mr. Atkin, “Sunquest Physician Portal provides a web based, highly intuitive and easy way for physicians to submit laboratory test orders and view results electronically. This meets several of the meaningful use criteria spelled out in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), helping them more easily the criteria necessary to be eligible for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.”

About Sunquest Information Systems

Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. delivers market leading diagnostic information technology and outreach solutions designed and implemented to fulfill the business objectives of today’s healthcare leaders. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, the company has offices in Raleigh, North Carolina; Norwich, United Kingdom; and Bangalore, India. Sunquest serves the global marketplace with reliable technology required for mission critical applications. These solutions provide the foundation to optimize the healthcare experience, deliver safe, effective, and timely patient care, expand community reach, and transform the delivery of healthcare with predictive and personalized medicine.

For more information, please visit www.sunquestinfo.com, or phone +1 (800) 748-0692.

About Vista Equity Partners
Vista Equity Partners, based in San Francisco with offices in Chicago and Austin, currently invests over $2 billion in capital committed to dynamic, successful technology-based organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support toward companies realizing their full potential. Vista’s investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing.

For more information, please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.

About Huntsman Gay Global Capital
Huntsman Gay Global Capital is a private equity firm that brings unrivaled experience to the middle market—offering all the advantages of both a strategic and a financial buyer in one firm. Co-founded by Jon M. Huntsman, one of the world’s leading industrialists, and Robert C. Gay, a former managing director of Bain Capital, the firm focuses on middle market leveraged buyouts and growth equity investments.

For more information, please visit www.hgequity.com.

January 18, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.