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OnPage is Chosen by Boston Children’s Hospital to Provide Secure Paging for Smartphones

Doctors can now stay in touch at all times with secure, HIPPA-compliant priority messaging without carrying a traditional pager device

WALTHAM, Mass. -January 22, 2013 —Onset Technology, creator of OnPage™  Priority Messaging, announced today that Boston Children’s Hospital, ranked number one pediatric hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report, has chosen OnPage Priority Messaging to replace its traditional pagers. The dedicated paging devices carried by physicians everywhere will no longer be necessary as their functionality is integrated into their smartphones. “Using OnPage, this progressive, forward thinking hospital is now bringing the same level of innovation to address its communication needs as it did to medical care for over a century” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology.

Traditional pagers are used for alpha-numeric 240 character-max one way communication. Pages sent to traditional pagers require the physician to call back to retrieve the actual message and acknowledge receipt. The OnPage service officiates the process to save precious time; it sends the actual message in its entirety to the intended smartphone and continuously alerts the physician until the message is acknowledged, and automatically keeps the sender informed as to the status of the message, from receipt to actually being read.

Boston Children’s hospital will enjoy many benefits using the OnPage service, including the ability to communicate immediately and securely with its doctors through both cell service and WI-FI, send continuous paging alerts until message receipt, receive actual read acknowledgement automatically when a doctors read their messages, create and manage groups and escalation groups through the OnPage Console, keep a log of the entire communication chain for traceability, and all with HIPAA-compliant encryption for security. Furthermore, since OnPage runs on the most popular smartphones, there is no longer the need for the doctors to carry an additional pager device.

“We are delighted to have the world-renowned Boston Children’s Hospital entrust their priority communications to OnPage,” says Judit Sharon, CEO of Onset Technology, creator of OnPage. “They tested our product against a major competitor over a large array of metrics and found OnPage to be superior. Forward-thinking hospitals and clinics are looking for HIPAA-compliant, secure, reliable, and traceable communication. We are proud to be their solution of choice.”

OnPage converts any iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android device into a secure, fault-tolerant communication system. Unlike traditional pagers, it guarantees that no messages will ever be missed. With OnPage, a message sent is a message received. You can count on it! And just in case, you also get the audit trail to prove it. For more information about OnPage, visit the OnPage website at http://www.OnPage.com;

ABOUT ONSET TECHNOLOGY

Onset Technology is a leading provider of mobile messaging solutions to organizations with secure priority communications requirements. The company’s latest solution OnPage™ turns iOS, BlackBerry or Android smartphones into secure digital pagers with additional capabilities such as massage status notification to the sender and secures messaging to individual, groups or escalation group. OnPage is device agnostic and carrier agnostic, supported by an enterprise-grade secure messaging and paging platform. Onset Technology’s OnPage is now used by over 1,000 organizations, including those in healthcare, emergency services, information technology, financial institutions, the legal profession, and government agencies. For more information about OnPage, visit http://onpage.com/ . For other products by Onset Technology visit http://onsettechnology.com/

 

February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions Signs Agreement with Porter Adventist Hospital to Deploy OTTR Transplant Care Platform Uniquely Deployed in a Cloud Environment Integrated to CORHIO

A revolutionary state-of-the-art integrated cloud based transplant system 

OMAHA, Nebraska (April 18, 2012) – OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions, an Omaha-based clinical process management and informatics company, announced that they have signed an agreement with Porter Adventist Hospital.

Porter Adventist Hospital will use the OTTR™ Transplant Care Platform comprehensively across all their transplant programs. In addition to using the unique cloud deployed OTTR™ Transplant Care Platform, Porter will use the TRA module for interfacing information to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Furthermore, Porter will enhance overall productivity using OTTR Interoperability tools such as external lab integration, transcription, and more.

“We wanted to fully leverage technology to support our clinical workflow and regulatory compliance.  OTTR will allow us to push the envelope and track everything we do.  OTTR is installed in a cloud environment which is a first for any transplant center and is fully interfaced.  Our staff will access OTTR via iPads for donor calls, outreach clinics, inpatient rounds, selection committee, and to complete CMS required forms,” said Alan Qualls, director of Transplant Services at Porter Adventist Hospital. “We easily customized it to support some of our other needs like tracking hepatology and hepatobiliary patients.”

According to COO Paul Markham, “With this unique deployment, OTTR Chronic Care Solutions seeks to change the face of transplant healthcare once again, affecting numerous clinical areas and stakeholders. Firstly, using a cloud deployment improves the overall system productivity for the hospital while reducing the total cost of ownership. Secondly, integration to the CORHIO driven by the Aetna health information exchange will markedly improve patient, payer, and provider access to patient-centered information across Colorado. Finally, through semantic interoperability and mobile technologies such as the iPad, corollary improvements are expected in the patient’s clinical care outcomes.”

Markham continued, “Decades prior to this breakthrough announcement, OTTR and transplant care in general, led the healthcare IT world in patient centered accountable care, lab and cross-provider EMR interoperability. This latest deployment raises the bar to a new level.”

About Porter Adventist Hospital

Porter Adventist Hospital is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is connected to Centura Health, Colorado’s healthcare leader, and its integrated statewide network. The Porter Transplant Center offers liver, kidney, pancreas, and combined kidney/pancreas transplants. For more than 25 years and 2,000 transplants, Porter Transplant has proven itself as one of the leading organ transplant centers in the region. For more information about Porter Transplant, visit porterhospital.org/transplant.

About OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions develops unique state-of-the-art software products that improve the quality of patient care, workflow management, and operational efficiencies for the healthcare industry. The Company’s premier product, OTTR™, was developed as a break-through patient tracking application and clinical information system (CIS) developed specifically for solid organ transplant centers. OTTR™ has been extended to support bone marrow transplant (BMT), stem cell, ventricular assist devices (VAD), and bariatric surgery.
May 4, 2012 I Written By

Fovia Brings Advanced Visualization to the Operating Room via the iPad High Definition Volume Rendering® Changing the Face of Surgical Care

Palo Alto, California and Tokyo, Japan, April 17, 2012 – Fovia Medical, Inc., a world leader in volume rendering technology, and Teikyo University School of Medicine, one of the leading centers for medical research and patient care in Japan, today announced a collaboration to bring High Definition Volume Rendering® on the iPad to the operating room.

Fovia’s HDVR® Connect software, now available for the iPad, delivers critical information in real time, giving surgeons the ability to significantly enhance surgical outcomes.  With HDVR on the iPad, physicians and surgeons have access to advanced visualization on a mobile, multi-touch platform, allowing them to query and review critical data “on-the-fly” without losing valuable time during surgical procedures.

Fovia has developed a flexible, scalable solution designed for state-of-the-art hospital environments that addresses the increasing need for on-demand access to medical images.  Teikyo University School of Medicine now has the ability to deploy Fovia’s CPU-based, thin client-server technology to operate as many iPad clients as needed – using Windows, Mac, or Linux servers that run either locally or via the cloud.

Teikyo University surgeon Shigeo Horie, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, and Visiting Professor of Medical Informatics Research Center, Teikyo University, Maki Sugimoto, M.D., Ph.D., are very enthusiastic about working with Fovia.  “Being able to view medical images in the operating room is important, but being able to view and manipulate 3D patient data on an iPad with Fovia’s High Definition Volume Rendering software is a revolutionary advancement.  Fovia’s amazing clarity and ease-of-use will not only improve surgical outcomes today, but will help drive innovations in surgical care at our university for years to come,” said Dr. Shigeo.

Ken Fineman, Chief Executive Officer of Fovia, stated, “We are fortunate to have valued partners in the surgical space who are as knowledgeable and visionary as Drs. Horie and Sugimoto.  I am confident that Teikyo University will use High Definition Volume Rendering to continue making advances in the field of surgical care, and Fovia is proud to help facilitate such advances.”

About Fovia, Inc.

Fovia has developed High Definition Volume Rendering®, a CPU-based, advanced visualization technology platform that delivers unparalleled quality, performance, scalability and flexibility. Fovia’s innovative HDVR® solution successfully overcomes the inherent limitations of other currently available imaging technologies, thereby enabling local, enterprise-wide and web-based volumetric rendering with affordable, off-the-shelf computers.

Fovia’s flagship product, HDVR® Connect, is a software-only, advanced visualization solution that includes all of the key attributes required by today’s vendors and their customers: performance, quality, scalability, anytime/anywhere image access, cost-effectiveness and flexibility.  With HDVR Connect, OEM vendors can deliver unrivaled image quality and uncompromised performance, both locally and remotely, in 2D, 3D and 4D advanced volume visualization applications.

April 23, 2012 I Written By

Critical-Care Patient Monitoring Data Available on Doctors’ iPads and iPhones

GE today announced a significant mobile app for critical-care hospital units: remote doctors can now access more than 100 patient measurements on iPhones and iPads. AirStrip is collaborating with GE to make this widely available.

Called AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING, it helps doctors interact with, manipulate and zoom in on many clinical measurements – e.g. respiratory, cardiac, blood pressure, temperature – and access near-real-time patient information flows. Traditionally, mobile viewing applications do not provide this level of interactivity, offer limited data subsets or do not enable live access to patient data. Now if a nurse requires immediate consultation, doctors can be located anywhere and access critical patient information via their iPhones or iPads.

GE Healthcare and AirStrip Technologies empower busy doctors with the ability to interact with, manipulate and focus on broad range of critical-care information, supporting efficient clinical decision-making on mobile devices

GE Healthcare and AirStrip Technologies today announced AirStrip PATIENT MONITORINGTM, which securely delivers patient monitoring information to critical-care physicians’ iPhones® and iPads.™ AirStrip helps physicians interact with, manipulate and zoom in on more than 100 clinical measurements and access physiologic data and monitoring waveforms, anytime and anywhere.

AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING is designed to help mobile physicians make efficient, informed clinical decisions across and beyond hospital boundaries. The technology adds to GE Healthcare and AirStrip Technologies’ initial joint offering, AirStrip CARDIOLOGYTM, which provides cardiologists with digitally enhanced and comparative cardiac ECG data that can be accessed on iPads and iPhones.

Critical-care physicians must make timely treatment decisions for the hospital’s sickest patients. However, they face increasingly hectic patient care responsibilities, making it difficult to continuously be at the bedside. AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING can serve as an important clinical decision support tool and help expand physicians’ access to patient information. If a nurse requires immediate consultation, physicians can be located anywhere and access critical patient information before determining appropriate care approaches.

Clinicians are early adopters of many wireless devices. According to a Manhattan Research survey, 75 percent of U.S. physicians own some form of Apple device, such as an iPhone or iPad.1

“As doctors increasingly use smartphones and tablets, GE Healthcare is committed to driving convergence between mobile technologies, biomedical devices and clinical information systems,” said Thierry Leclercq, general manager, Life Care Solutions, GE Healthcare. “AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING combines GE Healthcare’s clinical innovations and AirStrip’s powerful mobile health technologies. Empowering doctors with highly interactive patient monitoring information, when and where it is needed, supports physician decision-making and ultimately, patient safety and care.”

Because physicians can directly view and zoom in on live clinical measurements, AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING offers physicians greater decision support than traditional mobile viewing applications which do not enable this level of interaction and provide only limited subsets of data.

AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING is a native application specifically designed for environments where mobile access to critical patient data is essential.

“The mobile technology platform at the heart of AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING can revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered by decentralizing secure, actionable patient information and making it accessible virtually anytime, anywhere,” said Cameron Powell, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer, AirStrip. “AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING unites a strong user experience with the ability for clinicians to make faster, more informed treatment decisions via their mobile device, which can then improve patient care and overall workflow in ways that doctors are already embracing.”

AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING helps clinicians access near real-time data and historical patient information up to 24 hours ago. It links with GE Healthcare’s portfolio of comprehensive patient monitoring platforms, such as the CARESCAPE* Monitor B850, CARESCAPE* Monitor B650, Solar* and Dash* monitors, to give physicians access to patient waveforms, vital signs and other critical clinical measurements on interactive iPad and iPhone displays. This connectivity is powered via CARESCAPE* Gateway, which interfaces biomedical devices with hospital information systems to streamline otherwise disparate clinical information.

In 2010, AirStrip received FDA clearance of the platform behind AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING, and announced it obtained the CE Mark in January 2012. This technology is designed to promote HIPAA compliance and clinical data is securely stored on hospital servers, rather than residing on doctors’ mobile devices.

U.S. hospitals can now purchase AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING through GE Healthcare. To learn more about AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING, please visit http://www.airstriptech.com/.

About AirStrip Technologies, Inc.

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas and backed by Sequoia Capital, AirStrip Technologies develops first-in-class mobile technology that enables access to live and actionable patient data across the care continuum. By pioneering mobility in healthcare through solutions that can be accessed without restrictions—geographic or otherwise—AirStrip will further enhance physician reach and improve patient outcomes to transform healthcare. AirStrip Technologies develops native smartphone and tablet applications for true mobility-enhancing clinical workflow and decision making, allowing physicians to be anywhere and still access patient information. Visit www.airstriptech.com for more information.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

February 22, 2012 I Written By

Announcing Password-free Mobile Roaming To and From Desktops and Tablets – #HIMSS12

Indigo’s mobile solution offers clinicians the ultimate flexibility and security in virtual environments

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 17, 2012 – Indigo Identityware, Inc. (Indigo), a leader in the Identity & Access Management industry, announces password-free  roaming capabilities to and from the desktop and mobile devices including Android® tablets and iPads®. This unique clinical functionality provides clinicians the ultimate flexibility and allows them to provide safe, efficient and effective patient care.

Indigo’s unique and proprietary architecture knows exactly who each user is and how they work. Doctors using a mobile tablet to access patient health records can effortlessly and securely switch to the desktop as they move throughout the hospital. Once they are done on the desktop and want to be mobile again, they simply switch back to their tablet using Indigo’s password-free strong authentication solution, iDNA™.
“Indigo is redefining the way clinicians work. With iDNA™, clinicians can securely roam throughout their enterprise to and from any mobile device back to the desktop whenever needed. The mobility and ease of access saves physicians time and allows them to provide better, more efficient patient care,” said Tom Rheineck, President and CEO of Indigo Identityware. “We are just at the start of seeing the benefits of secure mobile healthcare and Indigo is looking forward to leading this charge with absolute identity security so only those that should be accessing the information, do.”

To see Indigo’s solution first hand, visit them in Booth 4059 at the HIMSS12 Conference at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 21-23.

About Indigo
Indigo Identityware, a leader in the identity and access management industry, distinguishes itself by providing password-free mobile and virtual strong authentication. Indigo’s software-only architecture was built from the ground up for mobile, virtual and clinical cloud computing. This differentiates Indigo from all other identity management solutions. Indigo’s solution works in any virtual environment and has been certified as Citrix Ready. Its flexible design supports multiple strong authentication methods, including next generation biometrics, providing users with secure and fast access to information. Indigo’s software-only solution increases workflow productivity while helping customers ensure regulatory compliance. To learn more, visit www.indigoidware.com.
February 20, 2012 I Written By

GE Healthcare Unveils Imaging Diagnostics…Unplugged

GE Healthcare announced that their Centricity Radiology Mobile Access app has received FDA 510(k) clearance, enabling radiologists to use their iPads and iPhones to remotely diagnose patient CT and MR images.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access is a native app that allows radiologists to access patient PACS (picture archiving and communication system) images and reports on mobile Apple iOS platforms. The app allows radiologists to provide review and diagnose images while away from their hospital workstation within moments of the scans being taken, reducing test result wait times.

This news comes at an interesting time for the mobile health movement, as the FDA works to prepare guidelines for other mHealth apps looking to gain validation. GE’s announcement is reflective of a larger trend in the healthcare industry, as more physicians are adopting mHealth apps and more app developers are eager for FDA validation – a recent study from ABI Research predicted that the mobile health app market is on track to hit $400 million by 2016 (up from $120 million in 2010).

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access Receives FDA Clearance for Advanced, Diagnostic CT and MR Image Review

CHICAGO — November 30, 2011 GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) demonstrated new capabilities for its Centricity* Radiology Mobile Access platform today at RSNA 2011, enabling radiologists to use their iPad® and iPhone® devices to remotely diagnose select patient images from Centricity PACS.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 is the industry’s only mobile product with clearance for primary diagnosis that accesses images and reports from Centricity PACS. This new mode of access removes a sizable productivity barrier for an increasingly mobile field.

Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 demonstrates GE Healthcare’s leadership position in the field of mobile health and portability, while safeguarding patient privacy by not downloading any personal data to the client device. It also provides access to past exams with the speed and precision Centricity PACS users have come to count on.

“This application and its diagnostic clearance provide further validation of our continued investment in our Centricity PACS platform,” said Don Woodlock, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “As a native application for the Apple iOS and Android operating systems, Centricity Radiology Mobile Access requires very little training and, we believe, provides a more productive user experience versus an emulated Windows application that was designed to be driven by a mouse. Today, Centricity PACS stores one in five exams in the US. These advanced wireless capabilities will only expand its utility.”

The diagnostic clearance for Centricity Radiology Mobile Access 2.0 is limited to computed tomography and magnetic resonance exams on an iPad or iPhone when not in proximity to a PACS workstation.

GE Healthcare at RSNA 2011
Each year in Chicago, the conference of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) provides a forum for showcasing the latest innovations in medical imaging. If you are attending the conference, please visit GE Healthcare at McCormick Place South Hall, Booth 3335. Throughout the week of the event, GE Healthcare will distribute news and information using these digital platforms:

· Digital press kit: http://newsroom.gehealthcare.com/press-kits/ge-healthcare-at-rsna-2011/

· Twitter: Follow @GEHealthcare and our hashtag #GERSNA

· YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/gehealthcare

· Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/people/gehealthcare/

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries.  For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

December 1, 2011 I Written By

Medical House Calls Revived with the Help of iPad and EMR

Nurse Practitioner Scharmaine Lawson-Baker in New Orleans uses Practice Fusion’s free, web-based EHR technology on her iPad to make house calls; defends patient records from natural disasters.

San Francisco, CA – August 2, 2011 – Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, a certified family nurse practitioner in New Orleans, relies on Practice Fusion’s free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system on her iPad to deliver care to patients in their homes. Lawson-Baker makes about 10 house calls every day, to senior and disabled patients who would otherwise go without critical healthcare. Lawson-Baker is profiled in Practice Fusion’s latest EHR case study video:

“I love making house calls because it really puts you on the frontlines of primary care,” said Lawson-Baker in the new film. “Technology not only makes my job easier, but makes me more efficient and I’m able to provide patients with information in real time. They love it.”

In 2005, Lawson-Baker lost all her physical medical records in Hurricane Katrina, but was able to quickly rebuild her practice using new medical record technology. Thousands of health professionals in Louisiana are turning to EHRs to move away from the inefficiencies and risks of paper records, especially in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane.

Key facts:

  • View Lawson-Baker’s blog profile of her work in New Orleans
  • Lawson-Baker was named NP Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 by Advance for Nurse Practitioners Magazine
  • She formerly served as a Lieutenant-Family Nurse Practitioner with the United States Navy Nurse Corps
  • Before Practice Fusion, Lawson-Baker paid almost $12,000 to use an EHR system, a significant drain on her ability to practice
  • House calls offer an alternative to patients whose conditions keep them from traveling to doctor’s appointments. Low cost technology helps physicians deliver care in a diverse range of settings
  • With Practice Fusion, providers can securely use all features of the EHR from their iPad or tablet computer, increasing their ability to communicate and collaborate with patients and other care providers in real-time
  • Practice Fusion currently has 100,000 healthcare professional users serving 16 million patients

“Scharmaine is a healthcare hero. She is leading the charge with medical technology to support her community and deliver the highest quality of care to patients. Whether it’s a house call, medical office, or from their home, doctors and nurses are creatively delivering medical care using Practice Fusion every day,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “Our goal is to make a healthcare professional’s work easier every step of the way with the best EHR technology absolutely free.”

Practice Fusion uniquely supports solo and small practice physicians transitioning from paper charts to a web-based EHR. With their free, portable EHR, providers can chart anytime, anywhere without being tethered to a locally-installed EHR or standalone computer. New technology helps micropractitioners like Lawson-Baker bring back traditional house calls and thrive in a rapidly changing medical sector.

Healthcare providers across the country have relied on Practice Fusion’s web-based EHR system to instantly access their records even when their practice facility was damaged or inaccessible in a disaster. Contact our media team to learn more about their stories. Medical providers looking to make the switch from paper in their own practice can sign up at www.practicefusion.com.

About Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to physicians. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, referral letters, Meaningful Use certification, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion’s EMR addresses the complex needs of today’s healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EMR community in the country with more than 100,000 users serving 16 million patients. The company closed a $23 million Series B round of financing led by Founders Fund in April 2011. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit practicefusion.com.

August 9, 2011 I Written By

iPad Supports Medical Practitioners on the Move

Web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system removes technological and financial barriers for house call physicians and micropractitioners with complete EHR solution on the iPad

San Francisco, CA – May 24, 2010 – With 22 percent adoption among medical providers, as reported in a Chilmark Research report, the iPad has become a key tool for US doctors and medical professionals transitioning from paper charts and developing innovative practice models. Medical providers are increasingly looking to streamline the delivery of care and reduce costs in a rapidly changing medical sector. Practice Fusion has noted a trend of providers in the company’s EHR community offering traditional house calls and concierge care thanks to the flexible combination of an iPad and web-based EHR. Doctors are able to chart anytime, anywhere without being tethered to a locally-installed EHR or standalone computer.

“As a Family Nurse Practitioner making house calls, I visit around 10 patients a day, so having Practice Fusion on my iPad is really critical to how I deliver care,” said Scharmaine Lawson-Baker a Nurse Practitioner in New Orleans. “Not only am I more efficient and accurate, but my patients have the added confidence of seeing their labs and charts with me in their homes, knowing I have their entire health record at my fingertips.”

Key Facts:

  • With a free Practice Fusion EHR account and a $29.95 LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone/iPad app, medical providers can use an iPad to chart anywhere they have cell or WiFi reception.
  • Providers can securely perform all EHR functions from their iPad tablet increasing their ability to communicate and collaborate with patients and other care providers in real-time.
  • According to enterprise mobility vendor, Good Technology, healthcare is among the top three industries adopting the iPad for business use after financial services and high tech.
  • Practice Fusion currently has 90,000 users serving 12 million patients.
  • Both LogMeIn and Practice Fusion provide free support to users.
  • Check out mobihealthnews’ Infographic: Sizing Up the iPad for Healthcare.

“Being able to have something small to carry room-to-room has been a huge help as well as the outstanding screen resolution,” said Todd Falls, DPM, a podiatrist in Birmingham, referring to using Practice Fusion on an iPad. “The iPad has also allowed me more time with my patients – I see 35-40 a day – and to engage with them more.”

“We’re seeing a transformation in healthcare as savvy medical providers maximize new technology to improve the care they provide to patients,” said Ryan Howard, Founder and CEO of Practice Fusion. “Our portable EHR solution on the iPad allows doctors to chart from the office, home or hospital. Patients win when medical providers have complete record access at all times.”

The iPad has become a popular hardware choice in the medical community due to the device’s price point compared to standalone computers and laptops, their portability, and ease of use. Practice Fusion’s flexible templating system designed to capture, store, and share important health information with just a few clicks.

Doctors and other medical providers with solo, small, medium, and house call practices interested in the free EHR and iPad solution can sign up at practicefusion.com/mobile. The EHR includes charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, referral letters and other clinical features tailored to the primary care medical practice.

About Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to physicians. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, referral letters, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion’s EHR addresses the complex needs of today’s healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EHR community in the country with more than 90,000 users serving 12 million patients. The company closed a $23 million Series B round of financing led by Founders Fund in April 2011. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit practicefusion.com.

May 24, 2011 I Written By

Nuance Healthcare Development Platform Brings Medical Speech Recognition To the Cloud

Advanced, Cloud-based Platform Provides Global Healthcare Developers Access to Industry-Leading Speech Recognition and Clinical Language Understanding Technologies

HIMSS 2011, ORLANDO, February 22, 2011 — Today, from HIMSS, Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) announced that its industry-leading medical speech recognition capabilities and latest advancements in Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) technology will be available through the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform.  With this new cloud-based platform, third-party developers, serving global markets, can rapidly incorporate Nuance Healthcare technologies as part of a wide variety of healthcare applications, providing users with new capabilities for speech-driven clinical documentation, voice navigation and automatic clinical fact extraction.

The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform supports multiple devices and operating systems.  By providing all of the CPU intensive speech and language processing in the cloud, this new platform enables Healthcare ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) and internal development teams at provider and payer organizations to seamlessly embed Nuance’s SpeechAnywhere capabilities and CLU functionality as part of browser-based applications, mobile applications and thin-client desktop solutions.  The flexible environment of this new platform as a service expands the delivery of Nuance’s speech and CLU technologies to empower healthcare organizations, physicians, interdisciplinary care teams and patients to achieve better patient documentation, better process and better care.

“Dictation has proven to be among the most preferred, intuitive and effective ways to document clinical information,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.  “By expanding access to Nuance’s speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding capabilities, the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform is enabling application developers to unleash an entire new ecosystem of healthcare applications that will help clinicians and patients create and use high quality clinical documentation better and smarter than ever before.”

The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform empowers developers to build a wide array of clinical solutions including ones that:

•Bring Cloud-based Speech Recognition to Smartphones, Tablets, PCs and Browser-based Applications – Enable physicians, nurses and other caregivers to dictate patient notes in real-time into clinical applications,
such as electronic health records (EHR), running on an array of devices including the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
•Convert Narrative Clinical Documentation to Structured Data within an EHR – CLU will automatically extract key, structured clinical data from clinicians’ dictated notes: patient complaints and allergies, physician-
assessed diagnoses, medication and procedural treatments, and health-related habits.
•Automate Information Retrieval at the Point-of-Care – While at a patient’s bedside, in their office or at home, clinicians can simply dictate a search query to access desired information.  Whether the clinician is
looking for updated patient test results or clinical information from an EHR, clinical data repository or other source of medical content, it can be easily accessed via a mobile device.
•Collect Patient Information – Deploy advanced speech capabilities on PCs, patient Kiosks and mobile devices to enable patients to speak their key medical information, including history of present illness, current
medications and allergies.

Nuance Healthcare Developer Quotes

Industry leaders that have already integrated capabilities from the Platform as part of their solutions include: Epocrates and Calgary Scientific.

“ResolutionMD Mobile, powered by PureWeb, delivers secure, full-functionality advanced visualization of 2D and 3D, medical images and associated patient reports directly to mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.  By incorporating Nuance’s new cloud-based speech recognition capabilities into the ResolutionMD workflow, clinicians will experience an enhanced level of efficiency,” said Randy Rountree, executive vice president of global sales and marketing at Calgary Scientific.  “Our mobile development team was able to rapidly access the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform and easily incorporate cloud-based, real-time speech recognition as an upcoming feature of the ResolutionMD Mobile reporting functionality.  Now, our customers will benefit from the ability to view images and create reports instantly via speech-recognized dictation from within the same app.”

Epocrates has incorporated Nuance’s SpeechAnywhere technology as part of its web-based EHR solution.  Aimed to meet the unique needs of solo and small group physician practices, Epocrates’ EHR solution incorporates Nuance-powered speech functionality, which enables physicians to easily capture information – any time (day or night), any where (in the office, in the car, at home) and on any device (desktop, iPhone, iPad, etc.).  Physicians will benefit from the ease-of-access to, and flexibility in creating medical records, as well as from the immediate availability of clinical notes for the entire care team, leading to faster and better patient care.

The Healthcare Development Platform incorporates many advanced capabilities including:

•Rapid Application Integration – Application developers can integrate the core SpeechAnywhere functionality in a matter of minutes reducing time to market.
•Flexible, Multi-Modal Applications – Clinicians can freely mix voice, touch and typing to control and document within their applications, creating a seamless user experience.
•Specialized Medical Speech and Language Models – With Nuance’s leading medical speech technology embedded, users will achieve high levels of accuracy and automatic data formatting, minimizing the need for
corrections.
•HIPPA Supportive Security – With HIPAA supportive security and encryption features, users can be sure of data security and privacy.
•Supports Multiple Devices and Operating Platforms – Enables SpeechAnywhere capabilities for applications operating within browsers running on Windows and Mac OSX environments, .NET applications running on Windows desktops and the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  Future versions of the platform will support an expanded list of computing platforms, mobile devices and operating systems.

The Nuance Healthcare Developer Program
Through the Nuance Healthcare Developer Program <http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/developers-program/index.htm> healthcare developers can gain instant access to Nuance’s medical speech recognition technologies for rapid inclusion into their applications, all through a self-service website.  Developers also have access to an on-line forum for additional support, a variety of code samples and full documentation.  To learn more about the Program and the Platform please visit:http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/development-platform/index.htm

As part of Nuance’s ongoing commitment to integrate the Company’s worldwide technologies and solutions, the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform has been fully designed to support both the Dragon and SpeechMagic speech engines, as well as a variety of international languages.  The initial version of the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform will be commercially available by the end the first quarter of 2011 and will support the Dragon speech engine for U.S. English.  In releases scheduled for calendar Q4, 2011 SpeechMagic and international language support will be added.

While at HIMSS, visit Nuance at booth #2744 to learn more about the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform and the entire healthcare portfolio.  For more information on CLU visit:  http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/resources/clu/index.htm

Nuance Healthcare
In the era of Accountable Healthcare, where there is shared responsibility for the quality and cost of patient care, Nuance Healthcare’s portfolio of Medical Intelligence solutions empower healthcare provider organizations, payers and individual physicians worldwide to deliver higher quality care, improve financial performance and enhance compliance efforts.  Nuance Healthcare employs a range of technologies and services as part of its full portfolio – speech recognition, clinical language understanding, decision support, test results management and data analysis.
For additional information on Nuance’s healthcare IT solutions visit: http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm

Nuance Communications
Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com

About Calgary Scientific Inc.
Calgary Scientific is dedicated to providing advanced web-enablement, mobility enhancement and advanced visualization solutions to industries looking for secure access and use of their data or graphics intensive applications, while using their existing systems. All of these products demonstrate a leading edge web and mobile enablement capability made possible with the unique power of PureWeb™. Calgary Scientific also has proprietary intellectual property for image fusion, virtual colonoscopy and Computer Assisted Tissue Identification (CATI™). Calgary Scientific aims to be the premier leader and provider of truly accessible, advanced visualization solutions, in the medical imaging market, as well as the industry leaders in web and mobility enablement technologies. For more information on Calgary Scientific, go to www.calgaryscientific.com.

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Statements in this document regarding Nuance managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” or “estimates” or similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: fluctuations in demand for Nuance’s existing and future products; economic conditions in the United States and abroad; the effects of competition, including pricing pressure; possible defects in Nuance’s products and technologies; the ability of Nuance to successfully integrate operations and employees of acquired businesses; the ability to realize anticipated synergies from acquired businesses; and the other factors described in Nuance’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010 and Nuance’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nuance disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

March 2, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Agilex Receives VAi2 Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs to Advance Veterans Healthcare

Project Extends Capabilities of the VistA Electronic Health Record System to Mobile Devices

ORLANDO, FL – HIMSS11 (BOOTH 431) – February 21, 2011Agilex, a leading provider of mission and technology solutions to the national security, healthcare and public sectors, announced today it is a recipient of a VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) award from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Agilex was selected to lead a project at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center that will extend core capabilities of the VistA electronic health record (EHR) system to mobile devices.  This project will serve as a pilot for VA to evaluate strategies and technologies for providing clinicians with secure, on-demand access to clinical information via smart phones and tablets.

“We are excited about the opportunity to explore the value of displaying critical data from a veteran’s medical record on a mobile platform such as the iPhone or iPad,” said Dr. Neil Evans, Associate Chief of Staff for Informatics at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  “We anticipate that providing real-time, on-the-go information to providers and patients at the point of care will translate into better quality of care and improved satisfaction, both for our patients and the healthcare team. We plan to pilot the mobile health platform in the hospital on medical rounds and in the operating suite, and outside the hospital for secure delivery of vital data to on-call physicians.

Leveraging elements of the Agilex Mobile Health Platform, Agilex will work with VA to integrate VistA with popular mobile devices, such as the Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad) platform.  By doing so, it will provide clinicians with on-demand access to a patient’s medical history, including demographics, laboratory data, medications, allergies, appointments, and problem lists. The project will also integrate clinical calendars and secure messaging with the devices to streamline scheduling and information exchange.  Another key focus will be on addressing device security to achieve compliance with federal and VA directives.

“VA has long been at the forefront of healthcare innovation.  Particularly noteworthy is their ability to develop highly effective and valuable systems that scale to meet enterprise requirements without compromising clinical quality or workflow,” said Larry Albert, Healthcare Sector President, Agilex Technologies, Inc.  “Agilex is a leading provider of both healthcare and mobility solutions to the federal government.  We are excited by the opportunity to share our expertise with VA as they seek to further empower their providers.”

Ranked among the nation’s top one hundred health IT solution providers by both CRN and Healthcare Informatics, Agilex is a leading provider of healthcare solutions to the federal government.  The company’s healthcare specialties include health information exchange, electronic medical records, public health monitoring, benefits administration and clinical decision support systems.  The company’s healthcare clients include the Departments of Defense, Health & Human Services, and Veterans Affairs.

Agilex is also a leader in bringing enterprise mobility solutions to government.  The company’s enterprise mobility services include strategy and visioning, program management, solution and application development, system engineering, testing, configuration management, training and customer support.  The Agilex Mobile Health Platform is an integrated solution for creating, operating and supporting enterprise healthcare applications spanning multiple mobile devices in a secure and sustainable manner.

Agilex is an Apple Authorized Systems Integrator.   This recently launched program identifies IT services providers certified by Apple to deliver enterprise solutions based on Apple technology.  Agilex’ certification encompasses iPad® and iPhone® devices, the Macintosh® computing platform and Apple® software.

VAi2 is a VA-wide program designed to encourage and foster innovative solutions to the most significant challenges facing Veterans.  The award to improve patient care was given to Agilex as part of the Industry Innovation Competition, which was VA’s third competition to date and the first to involve the private sector.

Agilex is showcasing the Agilex Mobile Health Platform at this week’s HIMSS conference (booth 431) in Orlando, Florida.

About Agilex Technologies, Inc.

Agilex is an employee-owned provider of mission and technology solutions to the national security, healthcare and public sectors.  Realize the Value of Information® is our corporate mantra as we help clients unlock the value of information while reducing the cost to manage it.  Our notable professionals include former federal CIOs, multiple patent holders, and architects for some of the U.S. government’s most critical IT systems.

Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, Agilex has delivered significant results for an impressive list of clients throughout federal, state and local government, and within global 2000 corporations.  The Washington Business Journal named Agilex the Washington. DC area’s Fastest Growing Company in 2010.  The company was also recognized by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) as the organization’s 2010 Hottest Emerging Government Contractor for the Washington, DC metro region.

For more information, go to www.Agilex.com or call 1-888-3AGILEX.

February 21, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.