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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 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.

MedSys Group Names Dick Taylor, MD as Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division

Dr. Taylor brings extensive experience including clinical practice, software development, strategic IT transformation, and large program leadership.

Frisco, Texas (May 21, 2013) – In its latest strategic move in creating the industry’s finest Advisory Services Team, MedSys Group today announced the designation of Dick Taylor, MD, as Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division. Dr. Taylor will focus on integrating IT efforts with the clinical and operational ownership needed to capture permanent and positive changes within health care institutions.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Taylor join the MedSys Group team,” Steven Heck, President of MedSys Group said. “He is a very talented software engineer and a practicing physician. This combination of skills allows him to approach a broad range of HCIT challenges with unique insight. We are very pleased that Dr. Taylor is now part of our leadership team”.

A software engineer for more than 35 years and a pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist for over a decade, Dr. Taylor has been at the epicenter of the Healthcare IT revolution, both as a practitioner and as a leader in large EMR implementations. Currently, Dr. Taylor is working with multiple large health delivery systems in various stages of implementation and post-implementation work, helping define the cultural, strategic, and tactical approaches best suited to finding real clinical value from those systems’ large IT investments.

To position itself ahead of the market, MedSys is creating an Advisory Services Division made up of thought leaders in key industry categories that will be crucial to the success of healthcare institutions over the next decade. The team will advise its clients on their IT infrastructure and security to fully support their systems.

In January, MedSys named Steven Heck as company president. Heck has already made an immediate impact on the thinking in the industry with his forward look at Beyond the Boom: What Happens After Meaningful Use? For its second addition to the Advisory Services Team, MedSys went outside of healthcare to tap one of the country’s leading infrastructure architects, Thure Meyer. Now, with Dr. Taylor’s unique combination of technical and clinical experience, MedSys gains invaluable insight into the realities of implementing technology in the real world of clinical medicine.

“Healthcare delivery is complicated, expensive, and growing more so every day. Dr. Taylor’s direct experience with some of the largest systems in the country allows MedSys to offer advice and support that stretches from the bedside to the boardroom and from the rural heartland to the largest tertiary-care medical centers in the nation,” Alan Kravitz, MedSys Group Founder and CEO said. “As delivery systems cover more and more variety and are asked to take on more and more of the financial and operational risk, navigating this territory requires guidance based on familiarity with all sides of the problem.”

“Too often, IT makes promises without understanding the clinical world, while clinicians define their needs without understanding what the technology can truly offer,” explains Dr. Taylor. “This is where the whole world of informatics is taking us, but you need people who have lived on both sides of the aisle. The difference is sometimes subtle, but we’ve seen over and over that Healthcare IT can create a transformative experience if we unite the two sides of the world. Doing that and doing it predictably is my core focus.”

Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in software development, including user interface research, firmware and embedded software development, and large scale peripheral subsystems architecture. In 1998 he received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and finished his Pediatrics residency at The Children’s Hospital of Denver (now Children’s Hospital of Colorado) in 2001. Dr. Taylor has practiced in multiple settings and sites including general office pediatrics and pediatric hospital medicine. He has directed medical device development, provided sales support as a Vice President for Medical Affairs with McKesson, Inc., and served Providence Health and Services (Oregon) as their Chief Medical Information Officer. Most recently, he led Providence’s Epic implementation team as the Chief Program Officer and served Providence as their Chief for IS Strategy and Business Development.
About MedSys Group, LLC:
Founded in 2008, MedSys Group, LLC, a national Healthcare Information Technology Consulting firm, supports today’s technology in large academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, specialty hospitals, and physician practice organizations. MedSys Group’s vision of ‘evolving healthcare’ is centered on contributing to the success of its clients while providing a supportive culture for its professional consultants and associates. MedSys is able to lend expert guidance and knowledge in Cerner, Epic, Siemens, Meditech, McKesson, and Eclipsys solutions, as well as the Ambulatory and Practice Management arenas. MedSys is frequently featured in A-list publications and was named number 31 on the 2013 Dallas 100 list of fastest growing companies in North Texas. For more information about MedSys Group, LLC or to reach a MedSys Associate please visit: www.MedSysGroup.com of call 972-464-0020. You can also follow MedSys on Twitter @MedSysGroup. For interviews or media inquiries, please contact Gretchen Hydo, Director of Public Relations, at Gretchen@Chatterboxink.com.

June 6, 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.

CHIME to HHS: Extend Certification Criteria to HIE Market

ANN ARBOR, MI, April 18, 2013 – The government should explore ways to extend the concept of certification to the health information exchange marketplace to advance interoperability, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) said in comments submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released a joint request for information (RFI) March 7, outlining several possible changes to policies and programs to advance interoperability and health information exchange.  Some questions in the RFI seek feedback on the ability of payment system reforms, such as ACOs or bundled payments, to advance interoperability; other questions ask if changes to Conditions of Participation might be leveraged to encourage more exchange.

CHIME answered all the questions posed by CMS and ONC in their response, focusing on a need to address technical barriers related to exchange.  “CHIME believes that the certification process, developed under the EHR Incentive Payments program, has had a major impact on the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology,” the organization said in a response to the RFI.  “As a policy lever, the impact of certification criteria developed for Meaningful Use cannot be understated.  Thus, CHIME recommends HHS extend the concept toward the health information exchange market, via standard interfaces, standard methods for isolating sensitive information, standard means to securely transport patient care information (i.e., Direct), standard ways to accurately identify patients and standard protocols for tracking consent.”

The organization of healthcare CIOs urged both ONC and CMS to continue a strategy that enables local flexibility, while leading stakeholders in the development of specific technical standards, services, and policies that solve core problems, reduce costs and complexity, and facilitates nationwide interoperability.

CHIME also supported the payment model changes underway at CMS and the CMS Innovation Center, also known as CMMI, as a way to enhance interoperability by creating a stronger business case for providers to exchange health information.  “CHIME believes CMS should continue the evolution of payment policies towards pay-for-value and away from fee-for-service,” the letter said.  But the letter also urged caution in applying blanket mandates to participate in exchange, saying, “While we believe any model of accountable care delivery cannot be successful without robust technology usage, CHIME believes that forcing miscellaneous exchange through requirements for participation, receipt of incentive payments, or avoidance of payment adjustments is a serious proposition – one that needs broad input from stakeholders.”

Another important area highlighted by CHIME in its response, includes the issue of positive patient identification and accurate patient data-matching.  “As exchange increases from other treating providers outside of their primary practice or system, patient data-matching errors and mismatches will become exponentially more problematic and potentially dangerous.  As stated in a survey of CHIME membership[1] from May 2012, ‘Unintended injury or illness attributable to patient data-matching error is a considerable, and growing, problem in this era of health information exchange.  And with a substantial portion of CIOs involved with HIEs that use differing approaches to data matching, we can expect the inconsistency and variability inherent to healthcare IT systems to persist – and become more endemic – without national leadership and consistent standards.’  While technologies, architectures and strategies exist to mitigate errors, CHIME encourages CMS and ONC to dedicate substantial resources to this foundational challenge.”

To read CHIME’s response to CMS and ONC in its entirety, click here.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,450 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

 

May 29, 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 Announces Opening of New Boston Office

Mayor Thomas M. Menino And Boston Healthcare Community Welcome CareCloud With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At New Tower Point Location in the Innovation District

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CareCloud, a Miami-based company and leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, today announced it has opened its Boston office, located in the heart of the city’s Innovation District. Boston will stand as CareCloud’s second site and will allow the company to bolster its engineering, product marketing and operational capabilities – as well as house key members of its executive team. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino will formally welcome CareCloud to Boston at the Company’s ribbon cutting ceremony at its new Tower Point location this morning.

“We could not be more excited to open our Boston office in the heart of the city’s thriving Innovation District and join one of the country’s most vibrant healthcare ecosystems,” said Albert Santalo, CareCloud Chairman and CEO. “When CareCloud began looking for locations for our second office, Boston became the clear choice, based on its established healthcare and technology communities, world-class talent, and unmatched support for growth companies. The City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts quickly provided their full resources to help CareCloud find the best possible location that would allow us to firmly plant our feet in the Boston business community. We are now beginning our recruiting efforts and job creation, which is critical for us to support our rapidly growing network of physician practices on our cloud-based platform.”

“I want to congratulate CareCloud on their beautiful new office and welcome them to our booming Innovation District,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “Thanks to the work of the LifeTech Boston team, CareCloud is on track to thrive in the growing life sciences and healthcare technology cluster along the South Boston Waterfront.”

CareCloud’s products are already connecting thousands of providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated cloud-based platform that can be accessed on any browser or device. Headquartered in Miami, the company currently has over 180 employees and clients in 45 states. Helping its physician clients to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care, CareCloud now currently manages over $2.0 billion in account receivables via its cloud-based billing service. CareCloud has also emerged as the hottest Venture Backed Healthcare IT company in recent years, winning the prestigious IBM SmartCamp Silicon Valley Competition in 2010.

CareCloud’s top priority in the past year and now in 2013 is to assemble a team of some of the most talented and experienced executives that are critical for the company to continue driving broad adoption of its cloud-based platform among physicians and hospitals. CareCloud today has one of strongest senior leadership teams of any company in the healthcare IT industry. These leaders, many now based in the Boston office, are building out their respective teams that will allow CareCloud to continue experiencing tremendous growth in all phases of operations. Given the robust talent pool in Boston with its academic institutions, healthcare community and local healthcare IT companies, CareCloud’s Boston office will be a major recruiting tool and vehicle for further establishing the Company’s overall brand in healthcare.

LifeTech Boston, Mayor Menino’s program created in 2004 to aggressively target Boston’s life sciences industry for growth, assisted CareCloud in its site selection of its beautiful new 7,000 square foot location (27 Wormwood Street) at Tower Point, http://www.towerpointboston.com/.

About LifeTech Boston

LifeTech Boston, a program of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, was launched by Mayor Menino in 2004, and offers assistance and business tools to attract, maintain, support, and enhance companies involved in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other related industries. Since 2004 LifeTech Boston has assisted in doubling the number of life sciences companies in Boston.

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management 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.

March 25, 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.

Everest Group Names Dell Services as Leader in Healthcare Provider Application Outsourcing Service Providers

Dell Services recognized as a Leader based on analysis of Dell’s IT and business solutions in Healthcare Provider Application Outsourcing

·         Everest Group PEAK Matrix assessed Dell’s market success and delivery capability against competitors and positioned Dell number one

PLANO, Texas, March 5, 2013 – Dell Services today announced that Everest Group positioned Dell as a “Leader” in its Performance | Experience | Ability | Knowledge (PEAK) Matrix for Healthcare Provider Application Outsourcing (AO) Service Providers. Everest Group analyzed the capabilities of eight leading AO service providers based on their market success and delivery capability, and then divided the field into three categories: Leaders, Major Contenders and Emerging Players. Among its competitors, Everest Group positioned Dell Services at the top of the Leader category.

Everest Group recognized Dell as the standout provider, acknowledging Dell Services’ strong legacy as a leader in healthcare IT and robust capabilities, including EMR cloud and disaster recovery services, cloud clinical archiving and mobility solutions. Dell’s competitive advantages include deep application, business process and infrastructure outsourcing capabilities with large and medium-sized customers, as well as multiple relationships with leading healthcare vendors. The PEAK Matrix also noted the Dell Services acquisition strategy, including security expertise through SecureWorks and apps modernization through Make Technologies and Clerity Solutions, as a key market differentiator.

“The healthcare market is witnessing fundamental changes, as healthcare providers are incented to leverage IT and analytics for improving care quality and health outcomes, while bringing down the cost of care,” said Jimit Arora, vice president, Everest Group. “Hospitals, physicians, health insurers and life science companies alike are looking to service providers to help get the most out of their applications and technology resources to improve processes and drive down costs. Among the service providers we analyzed in the healthcare provider segment, Dell was the leader based on its depth of knowledge and breadth of capabilities.

More than 2,000 hospitals and 30,000 physicians worldwide rely on Dell for IT support, benefiting from Dell’s full-service, end-to-end IT solutions. Dell works with healthcare organizations to affordably and effectively deploy electronic medical records; improve business processes; enhance access to and gain insights from their data; and meet complex healthcare regulations with data security solutions. These services empower healthcare providers to focus more on patient care instead of administrative tasks.

“The adoption of IT by healthcare organizations is critical to reducing the cost and improving the quality of care,” said Sid Nair, vice president & global general manager, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Dell Services. “Everest Group’s positioning of Dell Services further solidifies our end-to-end solutions strategy, which has been developed through a mix of research and development and acquisitions. Customers can depend on us as a one-stop-shop for their healthcare IT needs.”

The right combination of technology and services increases productivity for clinicians and administrators, and ultimately results in improved patient care. With more than 20 years of experience designing, delivering, managing and supporting IT solutions in healthcare, Dell continues to build on its commitment to accelerate innovation in the healthcare environment as an Everest Group Leader.

Dell at HIMSS13

Dell will showcase its end-to-end solutions and services for healthcare at the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exposition, March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. (Booth #4427, Hall F).

Following HIMSS13, Dell will host a Healthcare Think Tank on March 19. Dell has invited industry thought-leaders to take part in an interactive discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities on the path to information-driven healthcare. Join the conversation via live stream or follow on Twitter at #DoMoreHIT.

About Dell
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Dell Services develops and delivers a comprehensive suite of services and solutions in applications, business process, consulting, infrastructure and support to help customers succeed. Learn more at www.dell.com.

 

March 6, 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.

CareTech Solutions Introduces New Pulse™ IT Monitoring Service at HIMSS13

New Service Builds on Success of Service Desk in Improving the End-User IT Experience in Healthcare

NEW ORLEANS, March 4, 2013 – (HIMSS13 Booth #1911) — CareTech Solutions, an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for more than 200 hospitals, today announced the availability of CareTech Solutions Pulse™, the company’s new IT monitoring service for healthcare. Pulse is the only end-user experience monitoring solution for healthcare that integrates the monitoring of hospital clinical, business and ancillary applications, as well as the infrastructure on which they run, into one service.

Pulse is a scalable; remote monitoring service staffed by trained healthcare IT analysts who stand guard over hospital IT environments 24/7/365. Using alerts and threshold escalation protocol, analysts identify and react to performance degradation with the goal of resolving issues before the end user is impacted. Working from best-in-class IT performance ranges, Pulse services allow CareTech analysts to study performance data and trends, and if needed, provide application tuning standards, troubleshoot problems and conduct quick root cause analysis. This information is then used by hospitals to improve their application system performance and availability. By proactively addressing IT performance challenges, hospitals can now avoid costly and unscheduled downtimes.

“With so much at stake hospital information systems must perform as promised. When the system is down and clinicians cannot access their EMRs, you better believe hospital administrators will hear about it,” said Jim Giordano, president and CEO, CareTech Solutions. “Hospital CEOs need happy doctors with high levels of system adoption. The goal of Pulse is to find and correct IT problems well before a doctor or nurse ever experiences an issue.”

As part of this service, CareTech uses best-in-class performance monitoring and optimization tools including Compuware APM from its partner, Compuware Corporation. Compuware provides IT software, services and best practices to deliver peak performance for technologies worldwide. Compuware APM is the industry’s leading solution for optimizing the performance of web, non-web, mobile, streaming and cloud applications.

“In preparing for the new service launch, CareTech Solutions worked with Porter Research to gain a better understanding of what hospital CIOs need from an enterprise IT monitoring service when the goal is to deliver a reliable and dependable end-user experience,” said Pat Milostan, COO, CareTech Solutions. “A majority of the CIOs indicated they were all doing some degree of IT monitoring but not one of them had a dedicated, integrated service that would watch both the infrastructure and clinical applications. Almost unanimously, they agreed a service like Pulse would be a tremendous value add in their ongoing efforts to deliver a positive end-user experience.”

This new offering compliments CareTech’s industry-leading clinical help desk solution, Service Desk™, which provides real-time IT support to clinicians and other staff from support analysts trained on all major hospital clinical and business information systems.

CareTech will introduce Pulse, and is demonstrating Service Desk at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in booth #1911.
The conference takes place from March 3-7, in New Orleans.

About CareTech Solutions
CareTech Solutions is an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for more than 200 U.S. hospitals and health systems, creating value for clients through customized IT solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. From implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day IT operations, CareTech offers clients expert health information technology services earning it the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Best in KLAS award for IT Outsourcing (Extensive), and the 2012 IT Partial Outsourcing as ranked by healthcare executives and professionals in the respective annual Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” report.

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

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 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.

Wolters Kluwer Health Launches UpToDate Anywhere, new mHealth Clinician Resource

Features Anytime/Anywhere Access to the Award-Winning UpToDate Mobile App

 

New Orleans, LA (March 4, 2013) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition, the availability of UpToDate® Anywhere, enabling healthcare enterprises to improve patient care by equipping clinicians with anytime/anywhere access to comprehensive, evidence-based, clinical decision support through the award-winning UpToDate mobile app.

As doctors and healthcare enterprises embrace mobile health initiatives and increasingly adopt devices like the iPad®, iPhone® and other tablets and smartphones as clinical tools, they can now get actionable answers to point-of-care questions on-site, at satellite offices, at home or on the go by using the UpToDate mobile app. Rated as one of “The Best Apps in Publishing” by EContent Magazine, UpToDate is available in iOS, Android™ and Windows 8 mobile platforms as well as via any internet browser. More than 88,000 UpToDate individual subscribers are already using the UpToDate mobile app which is available in over 180 countries.

UpToDate Anywhere offers robust back-end tools for healthcare IT administrators that streamline user registration and on-going user management. Available in the United States and Canada, the UpToDate Anywhere Subscriber Manager is an intuitive, web-based tool for ambulatory group practices that allows administrators to add users, upload user groups and manage access efficiently. For hospitals and other healthcare institutions, Subscriber Self Registration allows clinicians to register for UpToDate directly without added HIT administration.

“I love remote access to UpToDate. It’s a resource we use as a go-to source for peer-reviewed information that is universally trusted,” said Douglas Young, PA-C at Southwest Medical Associates in Nevada. “The fact that we get CME credit for the time we spend researching clinical information is a huge bonus. The more our staff uses UpToDate, the better the return on our investment!”

With UpToDate Anywhere, hospitals can support broader opportunities for continuing medical education: whenever and wherever clinicians research clinical questions through UpToDate, they are earning CME credits.

“UpToDate Anywhere plays a key role in provider efforts to increase clinician satisfaction by making their go-to evidence-based clinical decision support solution available regardless the clinician’s location,” said Denise Basow, M.D., Vice President/General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions.

To learn more about UpToDate Anywhere, please visit Wolters Kluwer Health at HIMSS13, booth 1740 or visit www.uptodate.com.

Follow UpToDate on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About UpToDate

UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical knowledge system which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. UpToDate’s more than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality. More than 700,000 clinicians in 158 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the U.S. rely on UpToDate, and more than 30 research studies confirm UpToDate’s widespread usage and association with improved patient care and hospital performance, including reduced length of stay, adverse complications and mortality.

UpToDate is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

 

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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.

METRO UNVEILS ACCESSPOINT MOBILE COMPUTING SYSTEM AT HIMSS13

First release of new Metro Access platform offers unmatched user experience, industry-leading configurability and advanced medication management

 

NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 4, 2013) – Metro, a world leader in providing technology, storage and transport solutions for healthcare facilities, today introduced its Metro AccessPoint™ mobile computing system at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition. This all-new next generation mobile computing solution features advanced ergonomic design, integrated medication tracking and support, and industry-leading configurability and integration to ensure long-term support for evolving technology demands.

Building on the company’s broad, industry-leading line-up of mobile workstations, Metro AccessPoint is the first product of the Metro Access™ platform, an integrated hardware and software system that delivers unified information, medication and supply access across all leading automated dispensing cabinets.

“Metro AccessPoint offers the advanced technology, flexible integration options and fast fleet deployment that facilities are demanding to manage the rapid changes in healthcare IT and to meet the evolving meaningful use mandates,” said Rob Sobie, vice president of healthcare marketing at Metro. “As part of the Metro Access platform, our newest mobile computing workstation gives facilities a powerful tool for improving efficiency and reducing cost while progressing through the HIMSS EMR adoption model.”

The Metro AccessPoint system will be featured at the Metro exhibit (booth 6312) at HIMSS13, along with Metro Access platform. The Metro AccessPoint Rx, ideal for supporting closed-loop medication management required at Stage 5 of the HIMSS EMR adoption model, will also be featured in at the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion at HIMSS13.

Offering an array of new and improved ergonomic features and an unmatched user experience, Metro AccessPoint is designed from the ground up for caregiver comfort and convenience and IT flexibility. The fully adjustable display offers a comfortable viewing position for all users – even those using bifocals, while flexible keypad controller options provides easy access to battery level, battery charging, LED task lighting and electronic lift controls. Ergonomic push handles enhance maneuverability and the workstation offers multiple mounting points to accommodate a wide range of accessories.

Metro’s new design also supports advanced medication management. Through the Metro Access platform, the expanded capacity workstation integrates medication tracking and transport while communicating seamlessly with automated dispensing cabinets from Metro and other leading vendors. Sharing data with the automated dispensing cabinets eliminates the need for duplicate data entry, which saves time and reduces the potential for errors. As a result, clinicians can stock their workstations quickly and spend more time with patients.

The system’s scalable, modular design ensures easy service and the innovative universal tech tray expands to adapt to future technology upgrades. Metro’s Wake-on-LAN/Wake-on-Power integration allows caregivers to power the computer on and off without IT involvement.

Advanced, integrated and upgradable power system includes fan-cooled and fanless charging options along with a variety of chemistries to fit area specific needs and diverse budget needs. Metro’s next-generation LiFePO4 and Li-Nano provide extended runtimes while swappable power solutions from Anton/Bauer provide continuous 24/7 runtime.

For more information on the Metro AccessPoint and Metro’s diverse breadth of healthcare solutions, visit www.metro.com.

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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 CIO Certification Examination Now Available Online

ANN ARBOR, MI, February 28, 2013 – Examinations for the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) Program will be available online in more than 80 countries, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today.

Beginning today, those working to achieve designation as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) will be able to take the 125-question CHCIO Examination at any of 500 Kryterion Inc testing centers worldwide.

The exam, which is the cornerstone of the CHCIO Program, was developed by industry CIOs within CHIME to test the knowledge and management skills associated with successful accomplishments as a healthcare CIO. CHCIO status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development for healthcare CIOs and is the only credentialing program that distinguishes healthcare IT executives from others in the industry.

Interest in the program is growing, drawing nearly 50 CHCIO exam participants during its last offering in October. Until now, opportunities to take the examination were limited to two or three times per year.  By offering the CHCIO Exam at Kryterion testing centers, CHIME is providing candidates increased convenience reduced travel costs and enhanced security.

“The introduction of online testing will increase the opportunity for candidates to pursue certification and will mean that they no longer have to bear the financial burden to take the examination,” said Gary Barnes, CIO at Medical Center Health System in Odessa, Texas and the program’s Certification Committee Chair.

Kryterion is a full-service test development and delivery company that serves the association, technology and education markets with world-class secure testing solutions. Its solutions for testing in certification and distance education include a full suite of components that enable its clients to test with confidence and convenience.

Since CHIME launched the CHCIO Program in 2009, 163 individuals have earned CHCIO status  and 51 have been designated CHCIO-Eligible.

To become a Certified Healthcare CIO, candidates must be a CHIME member or Affiliate with three years of experience as a CIO (or equivalent) pass the 125-question CHCIO Examination; and collect 25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Candidates without the three years of experience, but who otherwise meet the qualifications, receive the designation CHCIO-Eligible. In addition, CHCIOs must be committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years, including collecting continuing education units (CEUs).

“CHIME is continually evaluating and developing the exam and the entire CHCIO process to ensure that it remains relevant and a true barometer of professional expertise and ability,” Barnes said. “We have a panel of CIOs who are passionate about the program and committing the time it takes to make the test an accurate reflection of what a top-flight CIO needs to know to perform at a high level as a healthcare CIO.”

For more information about the CHCIO Program including information on registering for the exam, visit www.cio-chime.org/chcio/exam.asp. For Kryterion testing center locations go to http://www.kryteriononline.com/host_locations.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,450 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

March 1, 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.

Mitochon’s Electronic Medical Office (EMO) Partners with PDR Network to Provide Seamless Access to Updated Drug and Safety Information Benefiting EHR Users & Patients

– Implementing Key Drug Safety Features, Mitochon Recognized with the ‘PDR Certified’ Award –

Laguna Hills, CA/Montvale, NJ: February 27, 2013 – Mitochon Systems, a leading healthcare IT company serving providers throughout the country with a free web based Electronic Medical Office, announced today a new partnership with PDR Network, the leading distributor of FDA-approved patient drug safety and support services for EHR and e-Rx platforms, to integrate PDR’s suite of interactive drug information and safety services within their Electronic Medical Office (EMO) platform. Mitochon users now have access to PDR Network’s updated drug information, safety alerts, medication adherence and product support programs, which will enhance their experience and further enable them to provide optimal patient care.

Dr. Andre Vovan, Chairman of Mitochon Systems, stated, “Mitochon is continually looking for ways to add additional value to our free service to Physicians, particularly in the area of patient safety and improving outcomes” He continued “Working with PDR has been very efficient due to our similar focus on patient safety, improved out comes for patients and philosophy of integrating great resources within superior Physician workflow.”

Mitochon’s FREE end-to-end ELECTRONIC MEDICAL OFFICE (EMO) is a single source, Meaningful Use Certified solution enabling practices to provide better patient care and increase profits for physicians. EMO includes a patient portal, scheduling, clinical records, ePrescribing, lab integration, physician referrals, integrated Practice Management and Claims, ALL FREE. Founded by Dr. Andre Vovan, a nationally recognized physician, and funded by 44 physicians, the EMO service is designed by physicians for physicians. The FREE system is available in all U.S. states.

“We are very happy to have Mitochon join our growing EHR partner network as our fourth fully-integrated EHR partner, expanding our network to 26 industry-leading partners and more than 220 EHR systems, reaching nearly 100,000 EHR prescribers,” said Andrew Gelman, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, PDR Network. “We understand the growing importance of EHRs in medical practice today and are proud to provide tools that enhance EHRs, increasing their functionality and safety in alignment with FDA goals for these systems.”

Mitochon end users have access to PDR interactive services today, earning the PDR Certified award in recognition for the system’s new level of drug safety features and functionality. Developed based on the FDA’s vision for EHR systems improving patient safety and reducing prescriber liability by delivering and collecting critical information at the point of care, the PDR Certified program recognizes those systems that meet this safety standard by integrating each of four key functions:

1.     Full FDA Labeling,

2.     Drug Alerts and Warnings (Safety Alerts, Boxed Warnings, Recalls and REMS Communications),

3.     Adverse Drug Event Reporting, and

4.     FDA-Compliant Patient Education or Support Services.

As part of this award, Mitochon Systems will display the “PDR Certified” logo indicating to existing and prospective customers that it complies with these important patient and drug safety standards. For more information on the PDR Certified program – developed by the independent iHealth Alliance in collaboration with PDR Network – please visit, www.PDRCertified.org.

Mitochon Systems was founded in 2006 by Andre Vovan, MD, MBA, FCCM, who is the director of a critical care department at a large California hospital. He created a system based on the free model because the cost of traditional EHR systems makes them unaffordable for many independent physicians. For information: (877) 817-0902 or www.mitochonsystems.com/about.

PDR Network’s comprehensive offering of interactive drug information services are designed to be easily integrated with any EHR or ePrescribing system and enhancing the EHR, provider and patient experience. For more information about PDR’s EHR partnership program, please visit www.PDRNetwork.com/PDR-in-EHR.

About PDR Network
PDR Network is the leading distributor of FDA-approved drug labeling, safety and product support information, delivering trusted content through the Physicians’ Desk Reference® suite of digital and print services. Leveraging this propriety network, PDR disseminates critical healthcare information across channels to an active network of nearly 800,000 prescribers and via the growing “PDR Certified” network – 26 industry-leading partners delivering content via more than 220 EHR platforms reaching approaching 100,000 EHR providers as well as more than a half of a million additional end users.

A respected member of the healthcare community, PDR Network challenges itself as a company to deliver innovative products and services that meet the industry’s ever-changing needs. From a history of delivering the prescribing information most-trusted by physicians to its current position at the strategic intersection between the bio/pharmaceutical and EHR industries, PDR prides itself on developing practical solutions to benefit its partners. For more information, please visit www.PDRNetwork.com.

 

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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.