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Orion Health and Caradigm Expand Partnership to Deliver Integrated Health Information Exchange, Intelligence Platform and Applications

Extensible, end-to-end solution will help healthcare communities use data to gain insight
and transform care

Bellevue, Wash. and Santa Monica, CA – March 27, 2013Caradigm, a Microsoft and GE Healthcare company, and Orion Health, a global leader in eHealth technology and interoperability, today announced they have expanded their alliance agreement to integrate Orion Health’s market-leading Health Information Exchange (HIE) solution with the Caradigm Intelligence Platform (CIP) and ecosystem of applications, which will allow healthcare communities to more rapidly address today’s most complex challenges—including new models of care delivery and payment, population health management and patient engagement—while also helping to reduce costs and increase revenue.

The companies’ integrated, end-to-end solution will offer healthcare organizations the ability to move beyond simple data exchange by using near real-time data aggregated from disparate systems across the healthcare community to rapidly gain insight about patients, populations, performance and outcomes. These insights can be used to identify opportunities and steps to help healthcare organizations improve care for patients and populations across the community.

Healthcare organizations also will be able to use the aggregated data in a wide range of CIP-powered applications developed to target challenges related to population health management, revenue and cost optimization, and healthcare quality improvement. For example, the ecosystem of applications developed by Caradigm and industry partners helps healthcare organizations improve patient engagement, reduce avoidable costs like readmissions, drive quality improvement across populations, and manage new payment and care delivery models, such as accountable care and pay for performance.

Orion Health will expand the Caradigm application ecosystem by developing new applications for the Caradigm Intelligence Platform that take advantage of the extensive data available through Orion Health HIE. These new applications will be aimed at addressing customer needs in the areas of decision support, quality improvement and metrics, and population health management.

Under the new agreement, Orion Health also will act as a referral partner for the Caradigm Intelligence Platform and the integrated solution in the U.S., and as a reseller and services provider for CIP and the Caradigm Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions in certain territories outside of the U.S. The IAM suite includes Caradigm Provisioning, Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Context Management, products designed to accelerate caregiver access to the right patient data across multiple applications, helping organizations improve patient safety, reduce errors and spend more time with patients.  Caradigm will resell Orion Health HIE under the Caradigm brand and promote the integrated solution to health systems in the U.S.

“We’re excited to partner with Orion Health to address the escalating needs of healthcare organizations worldwide with a new generation of interoperability solutions,” said Caradigm CEO Michael Simpson. “As health systems everywhere search for better answers to quality, cost, revenue and population health management, we expect our partnership to deliver significant value to our customers and strong growth for both of our companies.”

“Orion Health HIE is one of the most widely deployed HIEs in the world, linking hundreds of facilities, used by hundreds of thousands of end users, and caring for a population of millions of lives. We look forward to offering our mutual expertise to healthcare organizations worldwide,” said Paul Viskovich, president, Orion Health North America. “Combined with the Caradigm Intelligence Platform’s powerful framework for robust applications, this expanded partnership creates a new generation of solutions that make it easier to aggregate and analyze data to improve care.”

“Platform as a service will increasingly play a role in the health information exchange market as vendors add value-added services, such as analytics, care management and consumer engagement tools,” said Lynne Dunbrack, program director, Connected Health IT Strategies at IDC Health Insights. “This will be especially evident as HIE vendors build out their technology portfolios to target the burgeoning accountable care market and update solution offerings for healthcare providers that are building out their ACO capabilities.”

About Orion Health Inc.

Founded in 1993 in Auckland, New Zealand, Orion Health is the only global, independently owned eHealth technology company. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health has become the world’s leading provider of health information exchange (HIE) and healthcare integration solutions. Orion Health has extensive experience in the design and installation of complex systems within demanding healthcare environments. Today, Orion Health products and solutions are implemented in more than 30 countries, used by hundreds of thousands of clinicians, and help facilitate care for tens of millions of patients. Clinicians, provider facilities and OEM partners rely on Orion Health to facilitate data exchange between hospitals, health systems, HIEs, and affiliated providers and medical devices, resulting in improved care coordination, increased cost savings and efficiencies, and enhanced quality of care.

In the U.S., Orion Health™ HIE provides the technology backbone for commercial, state and regional HIEs across the country. Orion Health Rhapsody® Integration Engine is used by nearly all state and local health departments for public health reporting. Customers include Catholic Health Initiatives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest, North Carolina HIE, Geisinger Health System, Inland Empire HIE, Kaiser Permanente, Lahey Clinic, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Maine HealthInfoNet, Massachusetts Health Information Highway, New Hampshire Health Information Organization and St. Vincent’s HealthCare. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com.  Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Caradigm

Formed by GE Healthcare and Microsoft Corp. in June 2012, Caradigm is a 50–50 joint venture focused on enabling health systems and payers to drive continuous improvements in care. Caradigm software helps healthcare professionals across care settings to use data to gain critical insights, collaborate with each other and with patients, and to develop and implement innovative care solutions. Caradigm products—and applications built by partners to extend these products—give clinicians, administrators and finance teams timely access to key information, helping them to take steps to solve some of healthcare’s biggest challenges, including chronic disease management, preventable hospital readmissions and hospital acquired conditions, and to advance integrated, accountable care. Caradigm is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. For more information about the company, visit http://www.caradigm.com.

April 8, 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.

The Children’s Care AllianceTM Announces Launch of “Virtual Health VillageTM”

The New Pediatric Health Information Exchange is Designed to Improve the Healthcare of Children in the Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley, Pa. (January 28, 2013)….The Children’s Care AllianceTM announces creation of its Virtual Health VillageTM that will allow seamless exchange of student electronic health records between different hospital emergency rooms, clinics, physician offices and school districts in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.  The rapid exchange of information between partner organizations will assure more complete, up-to-date information is available to healthcare providers, including school nurses, when a child is treated in an emergency room, clinic or doctor’s office or when the student visits the school health room. The pediatric health information exchange (HIE) will create more complete health records, while rapid access to a student’s health information will save time, eliminate duplicate tests and procedures and greatly improve initial and follow-up care.

The Children’s Care Alliance (CCA) governance body currently comprises three separate hospital systems –Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Network, Lehigh Valley Health Network and Sacred Heart Health System and two school districts, Bethlehem Area and Allentown, with a combined student population of over 32,000. The HIE represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between healthcare organizations and the education community that share a common goal – improving the healthcare of children in the region.

The innovative project will assure better care of chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes and will boost immunization rates. The Children’s Care Alliance anticipates greater patient and provider satisfaction and lower heath care costs by reducing duplicate tests and procedures. In addition to cutting student absence from school, parents and regional employers will benefit from fewer missed workdays.

“I am really pleased by this collaborative effort on the part of hospitals, doctors and school districts to improve the continuity of care of our children,” states Thomas Coyle, President of the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care. “This is something employers can really get behind. Not only will it cut the time parents miss from work, but potentially it will reduce employer healthcare costs by eliminating duplicate tests and procedures.”

While full implementation of the project is expected to cost about $2.3 million, initial phases addressing governance, legal, security and privacy issues as well as infrastructure, hardware, software and training are being funded by grants – $300,000 from the Harry C. Trexler Trust, and $600,000 from the Kresge Foundation. In addition to the grant funding, all three hospital systems and both school districts are providing in-kind services to move the project forward.

A big plus for the school districts is that participation in the project is at no cost to them. Grant monies have been used to purchase approximately fifty iPads for the school nurses in both Allentown and Bethlehem Area school districts.

“At this point we are teaching the school nurses how to use the iPads,” states Kathy Halkins, Department Chair for District Nurses in the Bethlehem Area School District. “I just spent the day with one of our nurses measuring, weighing, and checking the vision and hearing of our high school students. After screening only two classes she had it mastered. The best part was, when we were done, we were done. We no longer had to pull each student’s file, handwrite the data, enter it into the computer and re-file the paper records. The computer savvy students even helped her out with the iPad, building a better connection between the students and the nurse.”

Halkins also has downloaded other applications to her iPad such as an animated instructional program for children on brushing and flossing teeth. “While most high school students already know how to brush and floss correctly, this is great for our lower grades, especially our underserved students. It also helps to foster relationships between the nursing staff and students.” With completion of training on the iPads, the school nurses are converting student health records into an electronic format so that they can be shared within the school districts and ultimately with hospitals and care providers within the Virtual Health Village.

“We’ve achieved another milestone and have just signed a contract with Alere Wellogic as the CCA HIE technology vendor,” states Michael Cirba, CIO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Network and the newly-elected CCA steering committee chairperson.

“Work now is underway to create the health information exchange capabilities. Later phases of the project will seek to expand the number of participating school districts as well as hospitals and physician groups.”

February 9, 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.

Anoto Digital Pen and Paper Technology Adoption Accelerating in Mainstream Healthcare Industry

Digital Pen and Paper Ideally Suited to New Era of Electronic Health Records

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — August 23, 2011 — Anoto Group, the worldwide leader in Digital Pen and Paper technology, today announced it is seeing significant momentum in healthcare across a range of areas including hospitals, ambulatory care and clinical trials. This momentum continues to establish Anoto technology as a flexible and easy-to-use mainstream data capture option with benefits for all types of healthcare applications.  This is further confirmed by many new integrations, partnerships, and customer deployments involving Anoto technology.

Anoto partner Shareable Ink has completed numerous integrations with mainstream EHRs, including Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, McKesson, Meditech, and others, making digital pen technology available to a wide range of healthcare facilities worldwide.

In addition, a large number of new partnerships have been recently announced in the healthcare sector by Anoto and its partners. Some of those include:

  • NextGen Healthcare, a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, is aligning with Anoto to provide NextPentm, an innovative digital pen solution that quickly and accurately captures structured patient data directly from paper into a patient’s record in NextGen® Ambulatory EHR.
  • Anoto partner ExpeData recently announced a joint venture with Nightingale Informatix, to launch “Clinipen”, an EMR-integrated digital pen solution within the North American market.  Clinipen will be a major breakthrough in EMR data entry, as it will allow healthcare providers to continue using their current paper forms to document patient encounters and write prescriptions, making the transition from paper records to EMR as seamless as possible for physicians.
  • Anoto partner Shareable Ink is working with Waiting Room Solutions to provide physicians with the easiest path to achieving Meaningful Use.
  • Bayscribe is working with Anoto partner RoverINK™ to provide a clinical documentation application to address point of care data capture for EHRs while enforcing meaningful use criteria. The integration to Bayscribe includes the ability to reuse data, and perform clinical decision support via a Natural Language Processor for semantic search, as well as generate interoperable document formats such as CDA, CCD, and C32.
  • H-DOX, a leading provider of web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management Solutions, has also partnered with RoverINK and Bayscribe to provide customers a fully integrated data capture and clinical documentation solution.
  • Intelligent Medical Objects® (IMO®) has also partnered with RoverINK to enhance Rover’s data capture and clinical documentation solution by offering coded data output using IMO’s Clinical Interface Terminology. IMO is the recognized leader in terminology management services and maintains terminology and coding updates for Rover which includes LOINC, SNO-MED, ICD, RxNorm, and CPT code sets directly available from the clinical note written using Anoto-based RoverINK.
  • writeresult®, a provider of data management solutions for clinical research to the pharmaceutical/life sciences industry, has partnered with ExpeData to automate the process of capturing patient-reported outcomes during clinical trials with Anoto digital pen and paper technology. writeresult is able to provide rapid study start-up and deliver clean, ready-to-analyze PRO data to clients at database lock, resulting in faster, more accurate clinical trials and lower costs for sponsors.
  • Integrated Document Solutions (IDS), a provider of cloud-based healthcare technology, has recently signed an agreement with Anoto partner ExpeData to integrate the EDW® digital writing platform within its web-based modular EHR offering.

Digital pen deployments in healthcare continue to expand across the U.S. New deployments include: NorthStar Anesthesia and Mobile Anesthesiologists (both deployed by Shareable Ink®); Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital and Bright Health Physicians (Allscripts™ customers utilizing Shareable Ink). Others include: 

  • Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, is working with Anoto partner Forerun to utilize digital pen technology as part of their innovative charting solution called FlexChart™ for physicians in the emergency department. This technology combines the efficiency of chief complaint driven templates with the quality of electronic charting enabling the familiar capture of data onto a paper form at the bedside which is then exported into the FlexChart™ application. The solution supports both the physician’s need for speed and the hospital’s desire to capture clinical documentation data electronically.
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network has successfully deployed T-System’s DigitalShare™ (powered by Shareable Ink) that allows clinicians to document patient care encounters on a familiar paper template while capturing the information electronically with a digital pen featuring Anoto functionality.
  • Anoto partner BartCharts is working with Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Maryland, to help their emergency department go digital through the use of complaint-based templates. These templates, enabled by digital pen technology, provide real-time physician feedback that drives good medical decision-making.
  • River Park Hospital, a 125-bed full service hospital in McMinnville, Tenn., is working with Anoto partner Shareable Ink to utilize digital pen technology to document anesthesia care in a familiar way without losing productivity while simultaneously automating patient medical records.
  • The Denver Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center (RMPDC) contracted with Anoto partner Kayentis, Inc. to utilize its Clin’Form digital pen technology in a web-based clinical trial.
  • Health Essentials in California is a management services organization that oversees a family of companies including pharmacy, durable medical equipment (DME), post-acute, long-term care physician services and home health and hospices. They have deployed digital pen technology with Anoto partner ExpeData to enable continuous improvement of patient care and streamline e-communications.
  • Public Health Surveys with the City of Nashua, N.H. Like many communities, Nashua collects, analyzes, and reports on public health survey data to prepare for and respond to emergencies. With Capturx Forms and Mapping solutions, survey data is easily collected on paper and instantly sent to the back office for analysis and emergency planning without the hours of delay and effort traditionally required to re-enter data by hand. “The pens were easy to use for the health surveys” says Ashley Conley, MS, CPH, Epidemiologist, Division of Public Health & Community Services.
  • Clinical Trials with EmpiriStat. Clinicians capture large amounts of data on paper forms as part of clinical studies required by the FDA. With Capturx forms solutions, EmpiriStat clinicians instantly digitize their paper records, reducing the risk of missing paperwork and related issues with study tracking and compliance documentation.“EmpiriStat has maximized efficiency by reducing the paperwork, data entry time, and storage issues often associated with both paper based and electronic based studies,” says Nicole Close, PhD, President and Principal Biostatistician of EmpiriStat.

Today, 80 percent of physicians still rely on traditional pen and paper to capture patient information. The HITECH Act, part of the 2009 economic stimulus package, aims at inducing more physicians to adopt EHRs.   The act promises maximum Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments to eligible professionals, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Digital pen and paper offers a simple, alternative way to capture data into EHR systems. The costs associated with training and workflow interruption are dramatically reduced when using a data capture method that is as easy to use as pen and paper. In addition, there is no intrusion into the doctor/patient communication that can result with other kinds of technologies.

“A significant number of businesses today continue to rely on paper-based processes to capture information,” said David Wood, Principal of the Mobile Document Capture Practice of Harvey Spencer Associates. “Healthcare in particular is under unique pressure to transition to electronic records.  Digital pen and paper technology is a method that offers digitized information with minimal user retraining or technical expertise, reducing implementation costs and risks on the road to regulatory compliance.”

Anoto technology includes the Anoto digital pen and the Anoto dot pattern.  The digital pen is Bluetooth enabled and has a tiny digital camera under the tip of the pen that takes pictures at 70 times per second as the user writes.  When medical staff fills out paper forms, the handwritten information is recorded onto a chip in the digital pen. When the form is completed, the data in the pen is transferred via a USB docking station or through Bluetooth transmission. The handwritten information is converted into electronic data and uploaded into any of a wide variety of applications developed by Anoto partners.  Usually handwriting recognition software is then applied.  This translates the handwriting into machine-readable data which can then be imported easily into any EHR or other back-end systems.

“Healthcare professionals continue to struggle with digitizing the vast amounts of patient data they need to capture each day,” said Pietro Parravicini, CEO of Anoto, Inc. “Some have turned to tablet computing or laptops; however these solutions can be too complicated or too cumbersome because of the challenges associated with complex equipment, training, and support. Having to overhaul how physicians do their work day-to-day is a major barrier to EHR adoption. With Anoto digital pen technology, physicians can adopt an EHR solution by just changing the pen they are using.”

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About Anoto Group

Anoto Group is the company behind and world leader in the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable conversion of handwritten text into digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly forms solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 80 employees, offices in Lund (head office), Boston and Tokyo. The Anoto share is listed on NASDAQ OMX Nordic small cap list under the ticker ANOT. For more information visit www.anoto.com.

August 23, 2011 I Written By

Lehigh Valley Health Network and T-System Support Patient Care at Pocono Raceway

T-System’s DigitalShare documentation system, powered by Shareable Ink, is now supporting emergency medical response and on-scene emergency healthcare provided by Lehigh Valley Health Network at Pocono Raceway.

“DigitalShare’s flexibility, rapid deployment and usability allow us to bring capabilities of a hospital emergency department to Pocono Raceway, which is important because the closest hospital is 30 minutes away without traffic congestion,” said Mike Wargo, R.N., Administrator of Emergency Operations and Public Safety for LVHN and Executive Director of Medical Operations at Pocono Raceway.

DALLAS – Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), the official medical provider to Pocono  Raceway, this weekend begins using T-System’s DigitalShareTM documentation system to support emergency medical response and on-scene emergency health care for the “5-Hour Energy 500” Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Sixty providers will be electronically capturing patient care documentation, managing resources and analyzing captured data for post-event risk management. T-System is the industry leader in clinical, business and IT solutions for emergency medicine.

DigitalShare is a solution that allows clinicians to document patient care encounters on familiar paper templates while capturing the information electronically with pens powered with digital technology. The pen’s built-in infrared camera records data documented on digitized paper templates. When “docked” to a computer, the pen sends the data through a secure web network, making it available for viewing and editing by clinicians needing access to the patient’s record.

“DigitalShare’s flexibility, rapid deployment and usability allow us to bring capabilities of a hospital emergency department to Pocono Raceway, which is important because the closest hospital is 30 minutes away without traffic congestion,” said Mike Wargo, R.N., Administrator of Emergency Operations and Public Safety for LVHN and Executive Director of Medical Operations at Pocono Raceway.

At this week’s Pocono Raceway 500, LVHN’s team of physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians and paramedics will set up three emergency care facilities — an infield care center, which serves as the primary trauma care site for drivers, crew members and spectators; an infield first aid center for non-urgent care; and the LVHN mobile field hospital as the grandstand care center. The team will document patient data at three centers, which will then be uploaded to a central data repository. By monitoring the information, a clinician can quickly pinpoint gaps where additional medical staff or emergency personnel are needed and mobilize the appropriate resources.

Because LVHN will have patient data available electronically, personnel can assess the captured data to plan for patient care needs at future events, further improving the safety and delivery of healthcare to raceway participants and fans. In addition to becoming a permanent record of LVHN, this data will be analyzed for statistics, e.g., the volume of patients treated; types of injuries and illnesses, such as a chest pain or heat exhaustion; common areas where injuries originated; and locations where patients were transported.

“We deal with everything from cuts, sprains and broken bones to severe heart attacks, traumatic injuries and delivering babies,” said Wargo, who estimates that the team will treat approximately 200 patients during the busy race weekend.

“The use of DigitalShare at large-scale sporting events and in other unique care settings demonstrates the versatility of our ED solutions,” said Bob Hitchcock, M.D., FACEP, chief medical informatics officer, T-System. “We applaud Lehigh Valley Health Network’s decision to employ the most advanced emergency medical technology to provide exceptional care and analyze captured data to continuously improve outcomes at Pocono Raceway.”

About Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities – two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa.; nine health centers caring for communities in four counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Lehigh Valley Health Network has been recognized by US News & World Report for 15 consecutive years as one of America’s Best Hospitals and is a national Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Lehigh Valley Hospital has been selected as a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program. Lehigh Valley Health Network Office of Emergency Operations and Public Safety, Division of Emergency Preparedness is internationally known for its advanced preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters, the perfect placement for the deployment of DigitalShare during times of crisis. Additional information is available at www.lvhn.org and by accessing www.facebook.com/LVHN and www.twitter.com/LVHNnews.

About T-System
T-System, Inc. sets the industry standard for clinical, business and IT solutions for emergency medicine, with approximately 40 percent of the nation’s emergency departments using T-System solutions. To meet the individual needs of hospitals, T-System offers both paper and electronic systems. These tools help clinicians provide better patient care, while improving efficiency and the bottom line. Today, more than 1,700 emergency departments rely on T-System’s gold-standard content and workflow solutions. For more information, visit www.tsystem.com. Follow us on Twitter (@TSystem), or become a T-System fan on Facebook.

June 14, 2011 I Written By