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Hospital IT Leaders Agree on Network Priorities and Future Wireless Challenges

CHICAGO (May 6, 2012) – Today HIMSS Analytics, with the support of Comcast Business, releases the results of a study of hospital IT leaders on information network challenges and barriers, as well as strategies being implemented to address current and future network demands. The study, based on the results of a focus group, was conducted at HIMSS13 in March. The findings show that these leaders aligned in IT infrastructure priorities but diverged in their approaches to addressing the current issues relating to network scalability, executive support as well as the viability and security of cloud computing.

Focus group participants identified four interrelated IT infrastructure priorities:

  • Use of mobile devices
  • Security
  • Data storage
  • Images and information exchange

“We found that IT network priorities for all participating hospital systems were consistently focused around accommodating greater mobile and wireless connectivity to their networks,” said Jennifer Horowitz, senior director of research for HIMSS Analytics. “Simultaneously, the IT leaders were also concerned with ensuring the security of patient data, particularly as they relate to the challenges associated with Bring Your Own Device environments.”

Participants were asked to share their thoughts and concerns regarding their current network environment. The following are the key findings:

  • Current hospital IT network environments are both wired and wireless. Participants reported that they used a number of different items to establish their networks, from Wi-Fi to DSL lines, but that the number of wireless versus wired devices was growing exponentially.
  • Reliable IT networks are critical. Participants said that it was imperative to design a network with “zero downtime” because a great deal of data is housed electronically and “physicians are data hungry.” Disaster preparation is critical as well, with each participant reporting various strategies for data protection including tape back-ups and multiple data centers.
  • IT networks are good for now, but healthcare organizations will need to be prepared for the increasingly wireless world. Overall, participants reported that they were content with current network environments but expressed concern on how their networks will adapt to accommodate the increased use of wireless technologies and devices.

“As the healthcare industry becomes increasingly focused on utilizing technology to improve patient care, health IT leaders are examining their network infrastructures to ensure they have a strong, reliable and scalable foundation,” said Karen Schmidt, vice president of enterprise marketing for Comcast. “A key challenge will be keeping pace with the growing number of mobile devices entering the market while maintaining secure access and providing the performance to deliver vast amounts of healthcare data.”

Despite overall satisfaction with current IT networks, challenges still loom. The focus group cited wireless “drop zones,” regulating web access to limit personal internet use and the lack of options offered by vendors regarding networking solutions. Each participant had a different approach for addressing these issues.

When asked about the future of healthcare network environments as network demands continue to grow, the participants identified three areas of concern, all with mixed responses and different experiences:

  • Scalability of solutions. Healthcare organizations relying on older technology, such as DSL lines, were more concerned about their organization’s ability to scale in the future than were those using more cutting edge solutions.
  • Executive support for the necessary investments of an expanding network. Several participants noted they had to educate their executive team about the nature of networks and that additional staffing needs would arise with the expansion of networks.
  • Viability of cloud computing and ensuring the ability to secure data. Participants approached cloud computing with caution and some noted that they would not trust storing personal health information in the cloud.

“Moving forward, healthcare organizations must ensure that they can provide secure access to patient data and local networks via a wide variety of devices as the world of apps and mobile technologies continues to evolve,” said Horowitz. “In order to successfully execute expanding mobile strategies, ongoing network vendor collaboration will be key.”

To download the full report, visit here: http://www.himssanalytics.org/research/AssetDetail.aspx?pubid=82090&tid=127.

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 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.

Gamma-Dynacare Selects PilotFish’s HL7 Interface Engine Solution to Support Strategic Integration Initiatives

Gamma-Dynacare Leverages Capability of Interoperability with Any Entity Towards Transforming Laboratory Information into Client Solutions

Middletown, CT –(PRWEB)– March 6, 2013 – Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration (APHII), a provider of middleware solutions, announced today that Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories has implemented its eiPlatform and eiConsole for Healthcare, HL7 interface engine products. The products support the high-volume data exchange and diverse healthcare integration requirements of Gamma-Dynacare’s broad range of laboratory information and services solutions. Gamma-Dynacare generates information and knowledge that is critical to patients and their health. Timely data exchange and the interoperability of this data between Gamma-Dynacare and its clients are essential.

Gamma-Dynacare is one of Canada’s largest and most respected providers of laboratory services and solutions. Their clients include 9 million patients, more than 15,000 healthcare professionals, governments, regional health authorities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinical trial sponsors, employers, insurers and other laboratories. The high volumes of data and very disparate requirements of these clients necessitate an enterprise integration solution. Central to Gamma-Dynacare’s selection of the PilotFish Interface Engine solution was its high performance capability, scalable architecture and common model method of integration.

“By rationalizing the myriad of data formats, communication protocols and encryption methods used through transformation to a single common set of standards, the eiPlatform interface engine enables Gamma-Dynacare to communicate and exchange data with any entity,” said Neil Schappert, Executive Chairman of Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration. “The barriers to interoperability with any Gamma-Dynacare client are totally eliminated. Past impediments due to disparate formats, proprietary systems and incompatible transmission protocols are no longer obstacles to the rapid and seamless exchange of data.”

The eiPlatform is a future-proof solution. Not only does it support FTP transmission, it also supports web services and over 20 other protocols. It is easily extended through an Open API to support any future protocol or standard and for adding additional components.

The IDE complement to the eiPlatform, the eiConsole for Healthcare, is instrumental in enabling developers to rapidly configure Gamma-Dynacare interfaces. Its unique, graphical “Assembly Line”, drag & drop data mapper and HL7 specific features and components provide dramatic cost and time savings. “In metrics, we are finding that by leveraging PilotFish solutions interfacing time has decreased by 50%”, said David Brajkovich, Director of Business Applications Development at Gamma-Dynacare. “With PilotFish we can be more responsive and accommodating to our clients and deliver payloads that are spot on accurate, an absolute necessity in healthcare data exchange. As a result, we consider PilotFish one of our key enablers that provide us with technology services and support for client connectivity requirements.”

Using the eiPlatform and eiConsole for Healthcare, Gamma-Dynacare has gone into production with multiple interfaces exchanging data with hospitals, EMR providers, as well as dozens of practices. Future plans include expanding the use of PilotFish software to interface with other clients and to support Gamma-Dynacare’s Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), message queuing and standardization efforts.

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration is exhibiting at HiMSS13, March 4-6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, Booth #7941 – see live demos of the eiPortal and eiConsole for Healthcare (an IDE featuring a graphical Assembly Line for configuring interfaces).

About Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories

Providing Information. Impacting Lives. Caring for People. By living this mission, Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories (www.gamma-dynacare.com) will achieve its vision of becoming the trusted leader in transforming laboratory information and services into solutions that improve health, wellness and the Canadian health care system.

About PilotFish

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII) is a subsidiary of PilotFish Technology. Founded in 2001 and based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology develops middleware to enable the integration of disparate systems. APHII distributes PilotFish products directly to healthcare industry end users and through select channel partners. For more information, visit www.pilotfishtechnology.com/industries health, or contact Monika Vainius, Vice President at 860 632-9900 x 303.

 

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 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.

Stanley Healthcare Is Transforming Patient Safety, Patient Security and Operational Efficiency with Market-Leading Enterprise Visibility Solutions

Stanley Healthcare’s RTLS Solutions Named the KLAS Category Leader

·      16 of the 17 Top Ranked Hospitals in the U.S. Leverage Stanley Healthcare to Achieve Operational Excellence

·      The Company Now Has More Than 17,000 Healthcare Customers Worldwide 

NEW ORLEANS (HIMSS13), March 4, 2013 – To kick off HIMSS13, Stanley Healthcare today unveiled its redefined and unified EcoSystem, which brings together market-leading healthcare solutions such as the AeroScout Real-Time Location System (RTLS), Hugs Infant Protection Solution, InnerSpace Storage Solutions and WanderGuard Wander Management – all provided by one trusted company. The company also announced that the recent Best in KLAS report named Stanley Healthcare’s solutions the Category Leader for RTLS for the second year in a row.*

Stanley Healthcare is working with more than 17,000 hospitals and long-term care organizations around the world to help transform safety, security and operational efficiency with its enterprise visibility solutions. Among its customers are 16 of the 17 best hospitals in America as ranked by US News & World Report for 2012-2013.

“We’re extremely proud to have been named the KLAS Category Leader for RTLS again this year and to count almost all of the top ranked hospitals in the United States as clients,” said Bert Davis, President of Stanley Healthcare. “For them and for all of our worldwide customers, we continue to evolve the Stanley Healthcare EcoSystem to serve healthcare organizations’ most pressing needs with innovative and integrated products and solutions.”

Stanley Healthcare’s robust offerings address five critical priorities for a healthcare organization and transform departments enterprise-wide:

Clinical Operations & Workflow – operating room, emergency department and clinic patient flow solutions, as well as staff workflow offerings to improve operational efficiency, optimize workflow and enhance the patient experience

Environmental Monitoring – Wi-Fi-based temperature and humidity monitoring solutions to free up valuable clinician time, facilitate regulatory compliance and help ensure optimal conditions for safe patient care

Patient Safety – fall management, automated hand hygiene monitoring and wireless nurse call solutions to automate and improve processes that support patient safety initiatives

Security & Protection – infant protection, pediatric security/elopement, wander management, staff security and facility security solutions to help protect at-risk patients, long-term care residents and staff

Supply Chain & Asset Management – asset tracking and management, supply chain management and storage solutions to reduce costs, improve utilization rates and help ensure availability of supplies and equipment for optimal patient care

More than 17,000 healthcare organizations worldwide, including over 5,000 acute care hospitals and 12,000 long-term care facilities, rely on Stanley Healthcare, making it one of the foremost providers of healthcare solutions in the world. In addition, the comprehensiveness of its portfolio is unrivaled in its core areas of focus: safety, security and efficiency. Its Wi-Fi Real-Time Location System (RTLS) has the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association, and the 2012 Best in KLAS report named Stanley Healthcare’s solutions the Category Leader for RTLS.

The prestigious Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report was released in December 2012 by KLAS®. A category leader designation is awarded to products and firms that are rated the highest in select market segments. In the report, Stanley Healthcare had the highest overall score in the RTLS category, which is calculated by using data from surveys gathered over 12 months. In addition to the number one ranking, 97 percent of Stanley Healthcare customers surveyed stated that they would “buy again” their RTLS solutions.

Stanley Healthcare’s impact is far reaching. The company helps protect more than 1.5 million infants every year and hundreds of thousands of senior residents, patients and staff. Billions of medical supplies and assets are managed and monitored. In addition, Stanley Healthcare helps its customers save hundreds of millions of dollars on asset costs and patient care.

Stanley Healthcare will be showcasing its solutions and customer case studies in its booth #8441, in the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion and in partner booths at the HIMSS13 conference in New Orleans, March 3 – 7, 2013.

*Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services, December, 2012. © 2012 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. www.KLASresearch.com

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 Announces Its New Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action

HIMSS builds on its vision to improve healthcare delivery with the best use of information technology and management systems 

NEW ORLEANS (March 6, 2013) –  Building on its mission to improve the delivery of healthcare with the best use of information technology, HIMSS announces its new Commitment to Action, made as part of its membership with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). HIMSS joined the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2012 to advance its work on its Healthcare Transformation Project.

The Healthcare Transformation Project gives senior healthcare provider executives the opportunity to take actionable, measurable steps in their organizations that will make a real difference in the lives of the people they serve. During the Healthcare Transformation Project’s meeting at HIMSS13, senior healthcare executives will be able to make their own Commitment to Action for change.

“We’re proud to have made our Commitment to Action, a component of membership with the CGI,” says John H. Daniels, FACHE, FHIMSS, HIMSS Vice President for Strategic Relations, on the HIMSS Blog.  “The other CGI members I met have committed to take action to resolve the world’s most pressing challenges.   They have documented their commitments by specifying actionable, measurable steps they will take to make a transformative difference in people’s lives.  They are committing resources, forging new partnerships, and measuring the progress and impact of their initiatives.”

The Healthcare Transformation brings senior healthcare provider leaders together, with year-round events, research and networking, as they decide and act upon their own commitments to action. HIMSS also announces its participation with CGI on March 6, the same day former President Clinton speaks to the conference attendees during HIMSS13 in New Orleans.  More than 35,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibiting companies have come to the Big Easy for the conference.

“Through the Healthcare Transformation Project, HIMSS has established its Commitment to Action as part of CGI. We know improving healthcare with the best use of IT takes a collaborative effort, one that senior executives can be part of through this HIMSS community,” said H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO.

Learn more about the HIMSS Healthcare Transformation Project.

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 health and healthcare. Founded 52 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 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best 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 the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have already improved the lives of more than 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.1 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

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.

Understanding the Benefits of a Vendor Neutral Archive

Report by Imaging Expert Joe Marion Examines Factors that Affect VNA Deployment

New Orleans, LA (HIMSS Booth # 1769) – March 5, 2013 – Vendor Neutral Archiving (VNA) technology can be an effective tool for meeting data management and accessibility objectives, according to a new report written by independent healthcare imaging technology expert Joe Marion, principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies. Now available for download from BridgeHead Software’s website, the “Understanding the Vendor Neutral Archive” report discusses the real-world capabilities of a VNA.

Healthcare facilities have deployed Vendor Neutral Archive technology to consolidate image archive and data accessibility. Moving to a VNA can reduce migration costs and avoid the proprietary data storage obstacles often found in Picture Archive and Communications System (PACS) applications, making information more accessible. Facilities can also realize economies of scale through better utilization of storage infrastructure and the lowering of operational and maintenance costs.

A VNA solution offering immediate and long-term benefits can minimize expenses while improving clinical data accessibility,” said Joe Marion, principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies, LLC. “BridgeHead’s deep knowledge of data integrity and protection, as well as its experience with structured and unstructured data, allow the company to provide VNA solutions that will address clinical and IT requirements for years to come.

BridgeHead’s approach to VNA enables all types of hospital data to be stored, protected, and shared. The file-level protection that it provides is a vital building block in BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution, designed to ‘Bridge the Gap’ between what clinicians want for assured image availability and IT professionals need for data management. It is the only software that combines image protection together with DICOM and non-DICOM archiving, ensuring complete data availability.

It’s no secret that healthcare data is growing at a phenomenal rate. The challenge, with regards to medical image data, is that it doesn’t all adhere to standard formats such as DICOM,” said Jim Beagle, CEO of BridgeHead Software. “BridgeHead supports the drive for improved clinical care by storing and protecting all of a hospital’s data (not just DICOM) and enabling data to be shared back to individuals or systems that need it the most. In doing so, we believe we can help reduce the cost of data management.”

Marion presented his new report with Charles Mallio from NetApp and Tim Kaschinske from BridgeHead Software during the recent “Enterprise Data Archive in Hospital Environments: How VNA Can Bridge the Gaps in Data Availability” webinar. Listen now online or visit our HIMSS13 Knowledge Center site.

 

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.

State of Connecticut Selects eiPortal for Healthcare Integration from PilotFish for Meaningful Use Testing

Cloud-Based Testing Tool Automates Provider Registration, Certification and Validation of HL7 Messaging

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.–(PRWEB)–March 4, 2013–Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, a provider of middleware solutions, announced today that the State of Connecticut has commenced implementation of the PilotFish eiPortal to support reporting requirements for Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing efforts.

The eiPortal, a cloud-based application, provides 24/7 access to all the implementation resources required to build an interface along with a fully automated, self-service, interface testing and validation facility that will be configured for reporting requirements.

Any common or standards-based message can be configured as an eiPortal service. Each service can be associated with a unique set of business rules, data quality checks and other validations. Once a service is configured, data exchange partners can submit messages electronically for automated review. Subsequently, a web-based UI displays immediate, detailed feedback. It also provides simulated responses (synchronous and asynchronous) to inbound messages, again without requiring human intervention or full test environments. Users can refine their interface and achieve conformance without involving their service provider.

“The State of Connecticut is really able to leverage the self-registration and automation capabilities of the eiPortal to perform Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing and HL7 format and content validation. This will enable all hospitals and practices in the State of Connecticut to build interfaces that will conform to healthcare interoperability standards,” said Neil Schappert, Executive Chairman of Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration.  “Starting with HL7 immunization messages, the State will configure services for each Meaningful Use reporting requirement. As each organization that is looking for documentation for Stage 1 attestation for reporting meets these requirements, a certificate will be issued through the eiPortal’s automated process. The time savings for State employees will be considerable.”

The eiPortal greatly exceeds the basic Meaningful Use requirements of just capturing and verifying the electronic transmission of this data. It is also capable of certifying the conformance of these messages against national standards and internal processing requirements. This capability positions Connecticut to manage future-stage Meaningful Use testing, and to use the eiPortal as a pre-production, self-service on-boarding tool to greatly benefit Connecticut healthcare providers. The on-boarding tool will ready them to begin the move to full production for Stage 2 reporting.

“We are excited to partner with PilotFish for our Meaningful Use testing,” commented Mark Raymond, CIO for the State of Connecticut. “The eiPortal allows us to eliminate significant human intervention, while providing a higher level of service to our providers, than would otherwise have been possible.”

“States and organizations are spending millions of dollars working with different partners implementing the same message over and over again. It is a repetitive process that is intensely reliant on expensive human capital. The eiPortal provides a unique solution to automating this process. It frees up IT staffs not just in Government, but in Labs, at HIEs and Manufacturers or any entity that offers a standard set of interfaces, file formats or web services for consumption by many customers,” said Neil Schappert. “Meeting this critical need for the State of Connecticut for Meaningful Use certification is just one example. We are thrilled with the opportunity to help our home state be more efficient. We are also pleased to provide the state’s practices and hospitals with an online resource that lets them meet Meaningful Use requirements faster and with far less effort.”

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration is exhibiting at HiMSS13, March 4-6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, Booth #7941 – see live demos of the eiPortal and eiConsole for Healthcare (an IDE featuring a graphical Assembly Line for configuring interfaces).

About PilotFish

Founded in 2001 and based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology provides middleware software and services to enable the integration of disparate systems. The eiPortal for Healthcare Integration is distributed through Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII), a subsidiary of PilotFish Technology. Products are distributed directly to end users and through select channel partners.

 

March 5, 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.

Health IT Leaders Partner to Launch imPatient Movement

A call to action in pursuit of improved electronic health record sharing and open communication between patients and medical professionals
 
NEW ORLEANS – March 4, 2013 – To promote improved electronic health information exchange between consumers and clinicians, key health IT leaders have partnered to launch the imPatient Movement. The movement was introduced today at HIMSS13 in New Orleans and will work to empower patients, healthcare providers and health IT organizations to collaborate and advocate for swift and meaningful action in making electronic health information accessible, interoperable and actionable. The movement also supports meaningful use stage two criteria that will require health care providers to more actively engage patients by providing them with the capability to electronically view, download, and transmit relevant information from their provider’s electronic health records to a designated holding place.
The imPatient Movement was formed by an independent coalition of health information technology providers, healthcare professionals and organizations, including NoMoreClipboard, Microsoft HealthVault and Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc.
“We’re excited to see these organizations teaming up to fulfill their Blue Button Pledge through outreach and engagement. The imPatient campaign recognizes what we firmly believe — that both patient and provider attitudes must change in order to achieve the full potential of eHealth, and that both parties will benefit from having greater access to and use of electronic health data,” said Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“The genesis of the imPatient Movement was feedback from frustrated consumers who took the time to create a personal health record, only to be handed an old-fashioned clipboard and directed to fill out the registration forms,” said NoMoreClipboard president Jeff Donnell. “At the same time, those on the provider side have questions and concerns about electronic patient engagement.
The imPatient Movement was created to help consumers and clinicians engage in meaningful dialog about the value of sharing data electronically.”
 
I’m imPatient.  My health depends on IT

“In our state, we are hearing from residents who are growing impatient with their inability to access, manage and share their health information with a tool of their choosing,” added Andrew VanZee, Indiana’s statewide Health IT Director. “Providers are also impatient with the lack of patient engagement solutions that will help them satisfy meaningful use requirements and foster patient loyalty without disrupting workflow. We see the imPatient Movement as a way to create meaningful, electronic relationships and avoid adversarial ones.”
“The imPatient Movement is committed to providing platforms and tools that will empower patients to take a more active role in their health and also make healthcare providers comfortable with patients being at the center of their own care,” Donnell continued.

Join the Movement
All patients, caregivers, family members, healthcare organizations, vendors and providers are invited to “find your voice and join us in telling others that you’re ‘imPatiently’ in pursuit of improved communication and better health.”  Visit imPatient at www.impatientmovement.org.
The imPatient website invites visitors to join the Movement and take action in one (or all) of the following ways:
·       Share personal experiences and opinions via the movement’s online blog community
·       Read about experiences, aspirations and ideas from other members – including consumers and clinicians who are working to connect electronically
·       Sign up for e-mail alerts and receive ongoing updates about patient engagement, personal stories from patients and providers, as well as opinion pieces surrounding healthcare IT policies and standards
·       Follow the movement on Facebook and Twitter social media channels
·       Help influence and empower others to take a more active role in their health by sharing information from the site via pre-formatted emails to family and friends, and downloadable letters to educate doctors and other healthcare providers
·       Sign up for a personal health record or patient engagement platform and get started on an improved path to health
“HealthVault is all about empowering real people with the information and tools they need to become active participants in their care,” said Sean Nolan, Chief Architect of Microsoft HealthVault.  “We’re excited to be part of the imPatient Movement to help foster a dialogue between patients and their healthcare providers about the importance of working together — because true collaboration is the real key to improving outcomes and reducing costs.”
To find us at HIMSS13 to learn more or to become part of the movement, visit us at Booth #1340.  Or visit us online at www.impatientmovement.org.
About the impatient Movement
The imPatient Movement was formed by an independent coalition of health information technology providers, healthcare professionals and patients dedicated to improving patient / provider communication through the use of portable electronic information exchange.  It is a call to call to action for patients and medical professionals who support open communication and electronic medical health record sharing.
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.

Griffin Unveils Olli, an iPod touch Case with Built-in Optical Barcode and Magnetic Card Reader, Optimized for Healthcare

First Look at Olli Available at HIMSS13 in New Orleans, Booth #957 (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Nashville, TN – March 4, 2013 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, will be providing a first look at Olli to HIMSS13 conference attendees next week. Olli is a sleek, multi-purpose mobile platform that combines a handheld 1D & 2D barcode and magnetic strip reader with a case for the iPod touch (5th Generation).
“Olli puts the familiar iOS interface to work for the healthcare industry,” says J. Curtis, Griffin’s Director of B2B Product Development. “Designed to eliminate inefficiencies and errors and take patient care to the next level, Olli allows nurses and doctors alike access to medical history, med schedules, drug interactions, insurance information, and anything that is immediate and pertinent to patient care.”
Engineered as a protective case for iPod touch (5th Generation), Olli is made of a nonporous material with an integrated touch-through screen shield. Olli completely encloses the device within a surface that is fully sanitizeable using industry-standard cleaning and sterilization products.
Combined with Apple’s iOS application platform, Olli brings patient information out from behind the administration desk or nurse’s station, and puts it in a handheld, multi-purpose mobile device that can be used at the patient’s bedside. Olli’s functionality is supported by a simple software development kit and can be made to work with any EMR, medicine administration and inventory management system for scalable, custom solutions.
Olli, $499, will be available June 2013. A 6-bay charge and storage stand, $149, will also be available June 2013. A selection of Griffin’s Business Solutions conducive for healthcare will be on display at HIMSS13 taking place March 3-7, 2013 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (Booth #957).
For more information about Griffin’s Business Solutions, visit http://www.griffintechnology.com/business.
About Griffin Technology
Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house, and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs at www.griffintechnology.com. Follow Griffin Technology on http://www.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.
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.

ExtraHop Provides Insurance Policy for Healthcare Applications & IT Infrastructure with IT Operational Intelligence

Growing Number of Healthcare Organizations Rely on ExtraHop to Manage Major IT Initiatives such as Citrix VDI, EHR, and HIPAA

SEATTLE, WA, & NEW ORLEANS, LA — March 4, 2013 — ExtraHop announced today at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition that its real-time IT operational intelligence platform has been adopted by a growing number of healthcare organizations to ensure that vital technologies like desktop virtualization, picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), and electronic health records (EHR) are deployed and perform optimally. ExtraHop’s agentless, network-based platform provides correlated, cross-tier visibility to identify and solve problems quickly for organizations such as Practice Fusion, MedSolutions, and many more. ExtraHop delivers this deep visibility in a way that is compliant with HIPAA security and privacy standards.

In a 2012 survey of more than 500 IT decision makers, 44 percent of healthcare organizations indicated they plan to increase their adoption of server-hosted virtual desktops (SHVD) in 2013, a higher proportion than all other industries. However, while virtualization is a key healthcare initiative, patient care can suffer from latency or slow login times if organizations use legacy application performance monitoring tools, which cannot correlate issues across tiers.

The ExtraHop platform is verified as Citrix Ready® for Citrix XenDesktop®, Citrix XenApp™, and Citrix NetScaler® and provides essential IT operational intelligence through real-time analysis of the Citrix ICA wire protocol. John Smith, Netscaler/Citrix Architect at a major healthcare information technology company, and one of only 46 official Citrix Technology Professional Awardees, says of his experience: “ExtraHop is a great APM tool but it is also a great network monitoring tool and has value to every branch of my IT department. This is not a product whose value can be judged by finding its bubble in a scatter plot. I have not even scratched the surface of what this product can do.”

ExtraHop also offers healthcare organizations a way to monitor applications while complying with HIPAA security and privacy standards. Amidst 270 percent annual growth, Web-based EMR provider Practice Fusion found that only ExtraHop could provide real-time visibility across the network, web, database, and storage tiers without requiring any configuration and without risking privacy violations by storing packets. “We manage more than 50 million patient records,” says John Hluboky, VP of Technical Operations at Practice Fusion. “It’s incredibly important that ExtraHop can monitor all our traffic—even the encrypted traffic—and do it without any potential privacy violations.”

For healthcare cost-management services provider MedSolutions, ExtraHop equips every IT team member from application developers to the CIO with operational intelligence to continually improve everything from team collaboration to application rollouts to customer experience. Additionally, ExtraHop’s performance benchmarking abilities have enabled MedSolutions to migrate critical applications from physical to virtual environments—in one case saving $70,000 in hardware costs.

The ExtraHop platform meets the rigorous demands of modern healthcare applications and infrastructure by delivering key capabilities and supporting important initiatives, including the following:

·         Visibility and monitoring for all clients, applications and infrastructure communicating over the network, regardless of technology or software platform

·         Compliance and security insight that tracks logins by client as well as activity down to the file access level

·         Support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) efforts by automatically discovering and tracking new devices and clients, and distinguishing between those client types, including doctors’ tablets

·         Plug-and-play deployment with no configuration required and no agents to install and maintain

·         Proactive early warning to fix issues before customers are impacted or SLAs are breached.

·         Automatic discovery and classification of all new applications and systems in the IT environment

·         Drill-down capabilities that provide for transaction-specific analysis of problems

“Hospitals and doctors are under pressure to modernize, and they cannot afford disruptions or slow performance that would negatively impact patient care,” says Jesse Rothstein, CEO, ExtraHop. “The rapid adoption of our platform among companies in the healthcare space arises from the safety net that we provide, making sure that these new systems do what they should while also making IT operations less burdensome and expensive.”

To see how the ExtraHop operational intelligence platform can transform your healthcare IT organization, try it for free for 60 days by downloading the ExtraHop Discovery Edition. Visit us in booth #5755 at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition to learn more.

About ExtraHop Networks

ExtraHop provides the real-time operational intelligence required to make IT more agile and proactive. The world’s best-run IT organizations use ExtraHop to manage more than a quarter-million devices and monitor over a trillion transactions daily, including Adobe, Alaska Airlines, Concur, Expedia, and Microsoft. Winner of many innovation awards from Gartner, Interop, and others, the ExtraHop platform auto-discovers and auto-classifies all applications and systems out of the box, providing the correlated, real-time visibility essential for dynamic environments. The ExtraHop platform deploys without agents and delivers value in less than 15 minutes, making it the most cost-effective solution on the market. Follow us on Twitter @ExtraHop.

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.

Virtua Selects Tribridge Consulting Services for Accountable Care Organization Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

About Tribridge

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

About Virtua

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

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 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.