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Mayo Clinic and Tech Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Launch Ambient Clinical Analytics, First-Ever Bedside Decision Support Platform to Transform Patient Critical Care

Company backed by $1.1M in seed funding from prestigious Silicon Valley investors, The Social+Capital Partnership, and established health nonprofits: Rock Health and Mayo Clinic

ROCHESTER, MN and SAN FRANCISCO (February 17, 2014) – Today, a Mayo Clinic academic clinical team and seasoned technology entrepreneurs are launching a new company called Ambient Clinical Analytics. The company is focused on providing critical decision support tools for ICU, Operating Room and Emergency Departments right at the patient’s bedside. Ambient Clinical Analytics brings together a trifecta of powerful new technologies, seeded from Mayo Clinic, to change the way critical care providers operate, offering real-time access to important process-of-care information and analytics, lessening the likelihood of procedural failures and saving lives.

The following three technologies are at the core of Ambient Clinical Analytics’ analytics platform for providers:

·      AWARE (Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation) is a clinical EMR tool that reduces information overload by using analytics to filter relevant patient data and supporting best-care practices for ICUs and Operating Rooms.

·      Mayo Clinic YES Board® is a multi-patient management tool that provides real-time situational awareness for Emergency Departments and hospital Pediatric departments.

·      Syndromic Surveillance provides Smart alerts or“sniffers” that address important clinical problems such as sepsis.

·      The Synthesis technology connects patients’ data with mobile devices.  This is a component for both the YES Board and AWARE.

Ambient Clinical Analytics is backed by Silicon Valleyventure capitalists, The Social+Capital Partnership, and established healthcare organizations Rock Health and Mayo Clinic. Al Berning will lead the company as its Chief Executive Officer. Al is a technology veteran of 20 years, having led PEMSTAR to an IPO in 2000 and helmed LiquidCool Solutions from 2007 to 2012. He is joined by a world-class founding clinical team from Mayo Clinic, including physicians from many specialties.

“Healthcare providers need efficient and organized tools at their fingertips in order to increasepatient safety. Ambient Clinical Analytics is providing the real-time bedside and emergency room technology to accomplish this, which in turn leaves both the provider and patient more satisfied,” said Al Berning, CEO of Ambient Clinical Analytics. “This is a unique opportunity to truly transform how patients are treated. We all desire an organized healthcare operation especially when the emergency department or ICU are involved. Ambient Analytics provides solutions developed by clinicians for clinicians to accomplish this.”

“The amount of data behind AWARE is vast, but unlike any other system I’ve used, AWARE shows me what I need to see, at the point of care, organized in the way I think. As a result, I can approach patients in a more standardized and organized fashion,” said John M. Litell, DO, attending physician, emergency and critical care medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and assistant director of emergency medicine research at St.Vincent Hospital.

“The impetus behind creating AWARE was that I would arrive in the ICU and spend the first hours just coming to terms with basic patient facts. Other physicians face the same situation. By applying technology to this situation, we found a way to hit the ground running. The application was designed to make transitions of care safer and more efficient,” added Brian Pickering, M.D., a founding clinical team member for Ambient Clinical Analytics.

Ambient Clinical Analytic offers two scientifically validated solutions. The first is the patented Septic Shock Sniffer and thesecond is the patent pending Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury (VILI) Sniffer. The solutions were developed by founding clinical team members  Vitaly Herasevich M.D. Ph.D. and Ognjen Gajic M.D.

Vern Smith, M.D., and Andy Boggust, M.D.  founding clinical team members, said, “The fast-paced environment of emergency rooms requires the ability to rapidly assess the needs of patients, the severity of their illnesses, assign staff, and determine next steps. The intent of the YES Board was to make all of those things  available at a glance without moving in and out of different applications, allowing for improved patient satisfaction and the ability to deliver care at a lower institutional cost.”

Ambient Clinical Analytics will be exhibiting at HIMSS, the healthcare IT event of the year, in Orlando, Florida from February 23-27. The conference is known as a launch pad for cutting edge new products and services in the health IT industry.

Mayo Clinic and Drs. Pickering, Heresevich, Gajic, Smith and Boggust have financial interest in the products mentioned in this press release. Revenue Mayo receives is used to support its not-for-profit mission in patient care, education and research.

For additional information please visit: www.ambientclinical.com

About Ambient Clinical Analytics

Ambient Clinical Analytics sells powerful bedside real-time healthcare data assimilation, communication, and analytics based decision support tools that support the ICU, Operating Room and Emergency Department. Our businessmodel is supported by software license fees, SaaS, Cloud and system integration revenue. MD and executive team with strong track records in medicine, medical products and IT.

February 17, 2014 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.

VitalHealth Software Launches Patient Engagement Solution in US market

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Dec 5, 2013 – VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management established by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation, today announces the availability of VitalHealth QuestLink, a cloud-based software solution to stimulate patient engagement through the use of online questionnaires.

VitalHealth QuestLink was designed to give care providers a flexible solution to drive the design, deployment and monitoring of online questionnaires for the purpose of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in for instance pre- and post-operative patient engagement, as well as Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) in mental and behavioral health settings.

Blair Butterfield, President of VitalHealth Software USA comments: “With a successful launch of our Specialty Practice EHR platform earlier this year, the underlying VitalHealth Platform has proven to be a perfect fit for the creation of cloud-based healthcare software solutions.” The VitalHealth Platform is the common denominator for VitalHealth Solutions, and enables the creation and deployment of healthcare solutions that can be accessed remotely through a browser on both workstations as well as mobile devices. “With government regulations putting increased emphasis on preventive care and reduction of costs associated with preventable hospital readmissions, we see patient engagement as the next logical focus area beyond the deployment of EHRs. Patients have adopted mobile technologies en-masse, and it is only a natural progression to use that medium for new patient engagement solutions.”

VitalHealth QuestLink was launched in the Netherlands several years ago, and has been successfully deployed for both ROM and PROM based scenarios. “With patients leading busy lives and often located far from their providers, it is a challenge for providers to monitor and ensure patient adherence to for instance pre- and post-operative instructions, or to routinely monitor their mental well-being”, says Lester Wold, MD, Chief Medical Officer of VitalHealth Software. “Our existing customer base has seen the proof that QuestLink helps avoid costly readmissions and provides early alerts when behavioral health monitoring uncovers alarming developments. We see the same need in the US market, for instance for hospitals and health systems, ACOs, Ambulatory Surgical Centers as well as mental and behavioral health institutes.”

While customers are free to design and deploy their own questionnaires, VitalHealth QuestLink also includes an extensive library of standardized questionnaires, enabling providers to get off to a quick start with improving quality of care and driving down costs. Many questionnaires embed published and proven formulas for calculating measurable results with visual indicators to depict the progress of patient care. Besides that, data can be aggregated at the practice level for population level research projects.

For additional information about VitalHealth QuestLink, or to register for a webinar, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com/questlink.

About VitalHealth Software:
VitalHealth Software delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  The model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India.  For more information, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.

December 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.

Former Mayo Executive Joins VitalHealth Software as Chief Medical Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 10, 2013 – VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management established by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation, today announced that Dr. Lester Wold has joined the company as Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Wold will help advise the company’s long-term market strategies for care collaboration, disease management, specialty EHR applications, and patient engagement. “We are thrilled to have Les join our leadership team and help us refine and apply our industry-leading ehealth solutions in this rapidly changing healthcare delivery and reimbursement environment. Les brings outstanding leadership and clinical experience to VitalHealth, and we look forward eagerly to benefitting from his guidance and contributions,” said Blair Butterfield, President of VitalHealth Software for North America.

Prior to his retirement from Mayo Clinic, Dr. Wold served in various leadership roles over the course of his career, including as Chair of Mayo’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Collaborative Services Board, and Mayo Medical Ventures Board. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Mayo Clinic Foundation. Dr. Wold will continue to be based in Rochester, Minnesota, where VitalHealth recently established a physical presence in the prestigious BioBusiness Center.

About VitalHealth Software:
VitalHealth Software delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  The model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India.  For more information, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.

April 30, 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.

Top Healthcare Organizations Embrace Windows 8 to Advance Patient Care

At HIMSS13, providers such as Pediatric Associates showcase promise of Windows 8 to meet the productivity, collaboration and security needs of the healthcare industry.

NEW ORLEANS — March 4, 2013 — At the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. today announced new healthcare customers and partners that showcased Windows 8 solutions as part of a comprehensive approach to meeting mobility, productivity and collaboration goals within hospital and practice settings. With more than 850 health apps currently in the Windows Store available to healthcare providers, Windows 8 offers a platform for the next generation of apps poised to change the way the healthcare organizations connect with each other and patients, enabling a more integrated and patient-centric health system.

“Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver improved quality of care, provide better access for more patients and lower costs, while tackling productivity and workforce shortage challenges,” said Michael Robinson, general manager, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft. “Microsoft offers the necessary secure communication, collaboration and workflow technologies that complement existing EHR solutions, transforming the practice of medicine from provider-centered piecework to patient-centered teamwork.”

Microsoft is collaborating with Intel and Cleveland Clinic to explore proof-of-concept deployments of Windows 8 line-of-business apps in a clinical setting. Cleveland Clinic is exploring the capabilities of Windows 8 and new Intel-powered mobile devices that enable clinicians to view a risk-stratified list of patients and call up their latest medical information.

“For constantly multitasking clinicians, the Windows 8 interface offers flexibility to use both the touch screen and keyboard on a range of fast, powerful new Intel-based mobile devices,” said Mark Blatt, M.D., medical director for Intel’s worldwide health IT group. “Healthcare organizations no longer need to compromise when it comes to mobile health workflows because today’s innovative designs enable clinicians to instantly convert from tablet to laptop mode.”

Pediatric Associates recognizes the continuing need to provide innovative ways in delivering key medical information to our providers while caring for patients. This pilot enables them to meet this need by seamlessly delivering protected health information in the Greenway PrimeMOBILE app via Windows 8 devices wherever the clinician or patient may be.

“As a physician-owned practice with seven clinical locations and over 80 providers seeing 250,000 patient visits per year, we are focused on leveraging technology as a tool in providing quality patient care. Through our partnership with Microsoft, Intel and Greenway, we engaged in a pilot project to assess the potential of Windows 8, in combination with Greenway’s PrimeMOBILE EHR app, in supplying a mobile solution to an ever-growing mobile patient demographic,” said Brock Morris, chief information officer, Pediatric Associates Inc., PS. “Through the intuitive nature and enhanced security of Windows 8 and the PrimeMOBILE app, our providers can gain ready access to the patient’s full medical chart, providing a tremendous help to our patients by taking the burden off the family and by allowing our physicians to efficiently and accurately access the necessary medical information regardless of the point of care.”

Windows 8 and its broad network of apps, which are inherently secure, are bringing value to healthcare providers by connecting enterprise apps and consumer experiences together in a way that is unique to the industry. Microsoft and its partner ecosystem unveiled a range of new enterprise apps that connect to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), apps for mobile physicians and nurses to access Clinical Reference information and Business to Consumer apps aimed at empowering consumers to better manage their health.

Electronic Medical Record Apps

Clinicians and nurses are leveraging Electronic Medical Record (EMR) apps to access patient information securely in a healthcare setting, allowing them to make more informed decisions about patient health, collaborate more effectively across teams and improve the overall health outcomes of patients.

• Greenway developed the PrimeMOBILE app for Windows 8, which provides complete remote access to patient data housed in Greenway’s EHR solution, allowing providers to view patient history and problem lists, progress notes, and appointment schedules encompassing a healthcare provider’s entire patient population in a secure manner. PrimeMOBILE, a business-to-business app, gives physicians and other clinicians access to the most-common functionality of the Greenway PrimeSUITE EHR.

“To truly deliver the most effective care possible, providers need anywhere, anytime access to comprehensive information,” said Johnathan Samples, executive vice president, Research and Development, Greenway Medical. “PrimeMOBILE allows physicians and other caregivers to easily and securely leverage the rich patient data within our PrimeSUITE EHR solution as they direct care from virtually any location. With the growing popularity of Windows 8, we’re pleased to deliver this access on the Windows 8 platform so our providers have another user-friendly tool, working together to improve population health.”

• Pariscribe’s Windows 8 EMR business-to-business app, the EMR Surface, transforms the clinical documentation process. “The tile-based UX design and incorporation of core contracts native to Windows 8 have enabled our development of a feature-rich application that transcends the typical user experience in the medical applications,” said Manny Abraham, president and CEO of Pariscribe. “Pariscribe clinical documentation leverages all the advantages that Windows 8 and touch-enabled mobile devices can offer customers who want a more user-friendly system.”

• MazikCARE, a business-to-business app for Windows 8, is the fully integrated EMR solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Available as a hosted or cloud solution, the MazikCARE Windows 8 app delivers full healthcare IT functionality, including ambulatory and inpatient processing, revenue cycles, medical billing, scheduling, and more. MazikCARE is an intuitive Windows 8 app that cuts down on employee training time, lowers costs, increases return on investment and is the only EMR/ERP solution offering full Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 capability on Windows 8.

Further, EMR providers from Epic to AllScripts are showcasing their integration with Windows 8 at HIMSS.

Clinical Reference Apps

Physicians are constantly on the go, moving between patients and from the hospital to the physicians’ offices. Clinical reference apps enable physicians to access information and make evidence-based recommendations about patient care.

UpToDate allows providers to find clinical answers at the point of care or anywhere they need them by allowing them to access current, synthesized clinical information from UpToDate, including evidence-based recommendations, quickly and easily on a Windows 8 phone or Windows 8 tablet.

• The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed a Windows 8 version of its Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) app, which is designed to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. ePSS brings information on clinical preventive services that clinicians need, recommendations, clinical considerations, and selected practice tools, to the point of care.

Consumer Health Apps

Windows 8 applications are also empowering patients to be more engaged as active participants in their own health.

• Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. has partnered with Microsoft on the launch of the Digital Health Scorecard app for Windows 8. The Scorecard aims to address the growing prevalence of chronic diseases around the world by introducing the concept of a personal health score. The health score is a new, consumer-friendly metric that can be quickly calculated by answering just seven questions about essential health behaviors and measures. It’s like a “credit score” for your health. “The app helps people recognize where they currently stand with their health,” said Michael Weinberger, director of Marketplace Innovation at Johnson & Johnson. “But just as important, it gives them the critical insight they need to have conversations with their doctor and begin making the changes that can lead to longer, healthier, happier lives.”

• The CDC application is a way for consumers to access health information at their fingertips, featuring important health articles, popular journals, timely updates and access to social media to coincide with important health concerns and events that consumers can use to protect their lives and loved ones.

• Mayo Clinic offers a free app called Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy, which is available in the Windows Store. Available for desktop, laptop and tablet users on the Windows 8 platform, Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy is a trustworthy guide to pregnancy, childbirth and baby’s first three months. It was developed by Mayo Clinic to leverage the medical and lifestyle expertise of a team of Mayo’s pregnancy experts in obstetrics and gynecology, genetics, nutrition, midwifery, and lactation.

“Getting pregnant and becoming a parent are among the most significant experiences in a person’s life and can be overwhelming,” said Roger Harms, M.D., a Mayo Clinic specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, and senior medical director for operations in Mayo Clinic’s Global Business Solutions division. “Windows 8 provided an easy-to-use platform for Mayo Clinic to develop an app to guide consumers from conception to delivery, and see them through the first three months with their newborn to give them peace of mind and enhance their sense of wonder throughout the experience.”

• A Microsoft HealthVault app for Windows 8 will soon be available to consumers in the Windows Store. HealthVault enables consumers to collect, store and securely share their personal health information, and connects to hundreds of third-party services and devices that make it easy to keep that information up to date. The new app brings this critical family information to life with a modern, touch-first user experience on Surface and other Windows 8 devices.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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.

CCHIT UNVEILS NEW HIE INTEROPERABILITY TESTING AT HIMSS13

Will Introduce Programs and Demonstrate Tools to Test Connectivity 

CHICAGO – March 4, 2013 – Today, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is announcing the opening of the pilot phase of a new health information exchange compliance testing program at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans; it also will reveal the program seals designed to help healthcare providers identify health information exchange (HIE) certified technology, and demonstrate its automated testing tool for vendors.

At completion, the HIE compliance testing and certification program components include the following:

1)    HIE Certified Community™, for electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT systems, that will enable state-wide patient data inquiry allowing clinicians to query an HIE for information on specific patients

2)    HIE Certified Direct™ that provides a simple way for providers to send secure health information directly to trusted recipients, including patients, over the Internet

3)    HIE Certified Network™ for HIE-to-HIE connectivity and for connection to the eHealth Exchange

Certification will be specific to each technology and its version, and include testing of commercially available products, healthcare provider participants and health information exchanges.

“For the first time providers and purchasers of EHRs and HIE will have a simple way of assuring their system has all the capabilities required for plug and play interoperability,” said Dave Whitlinger, Executive Director of the New York eHealth Collaborative. “In New York, vendors will be required to pass the compliance testing program in order to connect to the SHIN-NY (the Statewide Health Information of New York).”

The planned pilot testing – for HIE Certified Network – is  the first offering of a collaboration of states, public agencies, federally funded HIEs and HIT companies covering more than 50 percent of the U.S. population. Healtheway, the public-private partnership of the eHealth Exchange, and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup, a consortium of states and vendors, established the program to test and certify EHRs and other health IT to enable reliable transfer of data within and across organizational and state boundaries. CCHIT was selected as the compliance testing body by the partnership. The pilot will begin soon after the HIMSS meeting, and the launch of the certification program is planned for late in the spring.

“We’re creating a robust, highly automated testing program using an open source version of the AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL) tool that relies on a set of specifications created by the partnership. Our aim is to enable true plug and play connectivity to simplify HIT development and reduce the cost of interface development,” said Alisa Ray, Executive Director and CEO, CCHIT.  “This will help health IT developers get their technology to market quickly and prepare provider and HIE participants share information more efficiently.”

EHR developers and others can view a demonstration of CCHIT’s testing software at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase (Kiosk 17-7, La Nouvelle Ballroom–Level 2).

“The certification program also will support a recently announced collaboration between Healtheway and the Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC), combining Healtheway’s robust network services expertise with the advanced patient-centered care technology and commitment to health IT innovation of CCC,” said Mariann Yeager, Healtheway’s Executive Director.  “The collaboration will support IT interoperability among more than 40 health provider organizations across the nation, including founders Geisinger Health System (PA), Group Health Cooperative (WA), Intermountain Healthcare (UT), Kaiser Permanente (CA), and Mayo Clinic (MN).”

Additional HIMSS13 Demonstrations

CCHIT experts also will be on hand during the HIMSS meeting at The Meaningful Use Experience, Booth 149 in the Exhibit Hall. The Meaningful Use Experience is a special demonstration area that puts visitors in the middle of certified EHR solutions including complete EHR and EHR modules. Visitors to this interactive event will be able to connect with vendors, hear presentations and see demonstrations side-by-side.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB).  CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for  electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRs. More information on CCHIT and its programs is available athttp://cchit.org and http://source.cchit.org.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

About EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup

The EHR | HIE Interoperability Workgroup is a New York eHealth Collaborative-led coalition of 19 States (representing over 50% of the U.S. population), 20 electronic health record (EHR) vendors, and 23 health information exchange (HIE vendors). The workgroup was launched in February 2011 to leverage existing standards and develop consistent implementation guides for interoperability between HIE software platforms, and the applications that interface with them. For more information about the Workgroup, visit www.interopwg.org.

About Healtheway
Healtheway is a non-profit organization chartered to operationally support the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing community of exchange partners, who share information under a common trust framework and a common set of rules. Currently, 38 participants include four federal agencies, six states, eight beacon communities and more than a dozen Health Information Organizations (HIOs) and health systems, which represent hundreds of hospitals, thousands of providers and millions of patients. Healtheway leads in cross-industry collaboration to develop implementation strategies that enable secure, interoperable nationwide exchange of health information. For more information about Healtheway and the eHealth Exchange: www.healthewayinc.org.

About AEGIS

AEGIS.net, Inc. is a CMMI® for Development (v1.3) Maturity Level 3, CMMI® for Services (v1.3) + Service System Development (SSD) Maturity Level 3 rated, ISO 9001:2008 certified small business  and premier provider of information technology consulting services to federal civilian, defense and

commercial sector clients. AEGIS’s services, delivered by practitioners averaging more than 15 years of experience, include Project Management, Software Functional and Performance Testing, Application Design/Development, Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), and Organizational Performance/Process Improvement. Our domains of expertise include health IT and interoperability, regulatory compliance, finance, human resources, and logistics. AEGIS offers the patent-pending Developers Integration Lab (DIL) testing solution for health information exchange gateway, interoperability, and compatibility testing.

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.

VitalHealth Software to Participate in Health Story Demonstration at HIMSS 2013 Interoperability Showcase

VitalHealth Software to Showcase Cloud-based EHR Designed with Mayo Clinic in Collaborative Demo

Minneapolis, MN — February 19, 2013 —VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management founded by the Mayo Clinic and Noaber Foundation, today announced that the company will participate in a Health Story demonstration at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition from March 3 -7, in New Orleans. VitalHealth will demo the latest version of its cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) solution as a participant in The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ (La Nouvelle Ballroom, Level 2). The VitalHealth EHR will serve as the interoperability and data sharing demonstration’s primary care EHR system. Designed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI), the VitalHealth EHR is purpose-built to be easy to use, compatible with handheld devices such as tablets, and adaptable to the varied work styles of small practices. Delivered on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, VitalHealth EHR supports the latest interoperability standards. The EHR is certified for Meaningful Use and meets or exceeds HIPAA privacy and security requirements.

Approximately 1.2 billion clinical documents are produced in the United States each year, however this tremendous source of information is underutilized in current computer-based record systems. The Health Story Project will bring together several health IT vendors at HIMSS 2013 to demonstrate HL7 Consolidated CDA (Clinical Document Architecture) based interoperability, allowing attendees to follow the path of a patient across several points of care.

“Interoperability is crucial for achieving better outcomes and more affordable care, because it helps remove hazardous ambiguity, incompleteness and waste from the medical record. We have long been supporters of IHE and the Health Story Project, so we’re pleased to have been selected to participate this year,” said Blair Butterfield, President, North America, VitalHealth Software. “Our recent success at the North American Connectathon, where we passed all planned tests for exchanging C-CDA documents, was a key milestone to ensuring the demonstration at HIMSS will show the power of interoperability to enhance quality healthcare delivery.”

VitalHealth Software was founded to develop a game changing, cloud-based eHealth application platform, with an emphasis on solutions for managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD, CHF, depression, cancer and Alzheimer’s. The company also has market-leading solutions for ACO, managing online interventions and outcome monitoring for behavioral health. VitalHealth’s primary goal is having a positive impact on the health of 10 million people in five years while at the same time becoming a market leader.

In the Health Story demonstration, which features six leading vendors, the VitalHealth EHR will first receive an unstructured CDA document containing scanned imaging data. After review and diagnosis, the primary care physician will then refer the patient to an oncologist, by generating a referral note and electronically transmitting a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) to the oncologist. The process will streamline and improve the accuracy and responsiveness of existing paper-based processes, demonstrating how interoperable health IT systems can lead to faster, cheaper, and better care delivery.

To learn about tailoring the VitalHealth EHR platform to meet the needs of medical specialties, please contact Arjen Westerink at awesterink@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

To schedule a meeting with VitalHealth Software at HIMSS, please contact Jessica Cohen at jcohen@ariamarketing.com.

About Health Story

The Health Story Project was founded four years ago by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Clinical Documentation Industry Association, Lantana Consulting Group, and M*Modal. It is now a collaborative of over two dozen healthcare vendors, providers and associations. Health Story accelerates development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of clinical documents, brings them through the HL7 ballot process and promotes their adoption within the industry. Over the previous four years, the initiative produced the first set of national data standards for clinical documents-use of which supports requirements for Meaningful Use of EHR systems. Health Story Promoter members include Fujitsu, Inofile, Lantana Consulting Group, M*Modal, Nuance, Optum and Verizon. The Health Story vision is for complete patient stories to be available in electronic medical records.

About VitalHealth Software 

VitalHealth Software was founded as collaboration between the Noaber Foundation (NL) and Mayo Clinic (US), and delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  Our model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India. For more information about VitalHealth Software, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.  For more information about VitalHealth EHR, please visit www.vitalhealthehr.com, or contact us via email at info@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

February 22, 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.

VitalHealth Software Appoints Healthcare IT Veteran to Leadership Team

VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management established by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation, today announced that Blair Butterfield has joined the company as President of its North American division. Butterfield joins VitalHealth at a time of rapidly increasing demand for the company’s platform and application solutions.

Next-Generation eHealth solutions provider announces Blair Butterfield as President to lead US growth and expansion

Milwaukee, WI —May 15, 2012—VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management established by Mayo Clinic and the Noaber Foundation, today announced that Blair Butterfield has joined the company as President of its North American division. With over 20 years of management experience in new market and business development, strategic marketing, product strategy and government initiatives related to healthcare information technology, Mr. Butterfield will expand the company infrastructure and lead all operations in the US and Canada.  Butterfield joins VitalHealth at a time of rapidly increasing demand for the company’s platform and application solutions.

“As a result of ongoing healthcare reforms and government initiatives related to healthcare IT, VitalHealth is experiencing unprecedented growth and demand for our high-quality health management solutions in the U.S.,” said VitalHealth CEO, Laurens Van Der Tang. “As we continue to advance our business and solidify our position in the marketplace, we need proven healthcare IT executives to lead the organization. Blair was selected to run our North American business because of his extensive global industry experience and because he understands how to manage growth and implement effective business strategies. We firmly believe that he will be a fundamental asset in our efforts to meet the increased demand for our eHealth solutions.”

Prior to joining VitalHealth, Butterfield held various senior management positions at GE Healthcare IT. In his most recent role, Butterfield was vice president of eHealth International Development, where he led multiple teams on high-profile multi-million dollar initiatives in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, China and the Asia Pacific. While at GE he also served two terms on the Board of Directors and Leadership Council of the eHealth Initiative, a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that plays a key role in national health IT advocacy and policy development. Other positions held at GE include: general manager of eHealth Global Marketing, vice president of Connectivity Solutions and general manager of Government Initiatives. He also established and managed an advisory board of ehealth leaders to guide business and product strategy at GE.

Prior to working at GE, Butterfield held senior positions at IDX Systems Corporation, including responsibility for developing government initiatives as well as commercial roles in the Imaging Solutions division. Earlier in his career, he served on the leadership team at Vital Images, Inc and as President of a boutique health IT consulting firm. Butterfield is a frequent invited speaker at global and national health IT events where he shares his expertise in ehealth, health information exchange (HIE), interoperable EHRs, personal health records, 3-D imaging, and image-guided surgery.

About VitalHealth Software

VitalHealth Software delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  The model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India.  For more information, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.

May 16, 2012 I Written By

Healthy Transformation to use VitalHealth EHR to Support Advanced Employee Health and Wellness Coaching Offerings

VitalHealth Software announced that Healthy Transformation, a provider of health coaching and lifestyle management services, has selected the VitalHealth EHR solution, designed with Mayo Clinic, in an effort to reduce employer healthcare costs by improving employee quality of life through preventative healthcare and wellness training and education.

VitalHealth EHR, Designed with Mayo Clinic, to Enable Seamless and Efficient Preventative Health and Wellness Programs

Milwaukee, WI and Tyler, TX – November 15, 2011 — VitalHealth Software, a leading provider of web-based software solutions for health management, today announced that Healthy Transformation, a provider of health coaching and lifestyle management services, has selected the VitalHealth EHR solution in an effort to reduce employer healthcare costs by improving employee quality of life through preventative healthcare and wellness training and education.

Healthy Transformation offers a cutting edge, holistic approach to healthcare, providing one-on-one health and wellness coaching in a corporate setting. Healthy Transformation’s corporate health and wellness program focuses on the prevention and maintenance of chronic conditions through education and coaching, improving the personal health and well-being of client’s employees and therefore decreasing healthcare costs at the corporate level.

Based on extensive research and developed with intellectual property licensed from Mayo Clinic, VitalHealth’s EHR technology platform was designed to be extremely easy to use with an intuitive, customizable interface that supports physicians and nurses in their highly-varied workflow needs, offering point-of-care decision support, smart alerts, population and disease management, and electronic lab ordering and resulting. The VitalHealth EHR is also one of the first platforms designed specifically for use with an Apple iPad® as well as other tablet formats, laptops and desktops.

“We are focused on helping corporations increase productivity and lower healthcare costs by providing employees with one-on-one health and wellness coaching, and arming our health coaches with the VitalHealth EHR will enable them to provide the highest quality coaching with maximum flexibility and mobility, ” said Ronda DeDear, RN and CEO, Healthy Transformation. “The EHR’s ability to track chronic conditions along with its customizable and intuitive nature, allow our health coaches to easily catalogue and share patient information between different practitioners and more importantly, to effectively supply patients with the highest quality of preventive care possible. Plus, when our coaches are moving from site to site, and working from the home or the road, they can always have the EHR in hand.”

With VitalHealth EHR’s flexible interface, Healthy Transformation health coaches, consisting of RNs, nutritionists, social workers and education specialists, will be able to seamlessly access and share the different facets of patient information they require while also maintaining a holistic view of the patient’s medical record. Furthermore, VitalHealth EHR’s longitudinal patient tracking and display capabilities provide a complete view of patients’ health over time, allowing the health coaches to treat chronic conditions more effectively. Furthering Healthy Transformation’s goal of disease prevention, the EHR provides disease management automation tools which identify and alert the health coaches and their clients of potential threats, based on available data.

“Healthy Transformation is very much like the small practices we designed the VitalHealth EHR to support: they need a flexible solution that can support a wide range of work styles while still delivering the highest levels of EHR and disease management functionality,”  said Laurens van der Tang, CEO, VitalHealth. “Now more than ever it is critical for corporations to take care of their employees, and that requires quality patient care with a personal touch. VitalHealth is thrilled that our EHR technology platform can assist in Healthy Transformation’s mission to provide a one-on-one, holistic approach to patient care in a corporate setting.”

As part of this new agreement, Healthy Transformation will participate in VitalHealth’s EHR pilot program. Throughout the trial period, the health coaches using the platform will provide VitalHealth with ongoing feedback on the EHR technology.

The VitalHealth EHR recently received ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Meaningful Use Certification as a Complete EHR.
Healthy Transformation went live with VitalHealth EHR early this fall.

For more information about the VitalHealth EHR beta program, please call Melvin Hutchens at (859) 553-3140, or send an email to hutchens@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

About VitalHealth Software

VitalHealth Software was founded as a collaboration between the Noaber Foundation (NL) and Mayo Clinic (US), and delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  Our model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India. For more information about VitalHealth Software, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.  For more information about VitalHealth EHR, please visit www.vitalhealthehr.com, or contact us via email at info@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit MayoClinic.com or MayoClinic.org/news.

About Mayo Medical Laboratories

Mayo Clinic offers proven diagnostic tests to more than 5,000 health care institutions around the world through Mayo Medical Laboratories, Mayo Clinic’s reference laboratory.  Revenue from Mayo Medical Laboratories’ testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic. www.MayoMedicalLaboratories.com

November 21, 2011 I Written By

VitalHealth Software Announces Meaningful Use Readiness

Today VitalHealth announced that it has submitted its EHR for Practices version 1.8, designed with Mayo Clinic, for Stage 1 Meaningful Use certification. The company is also broadening its beta testing program for the product and inviting small practices across the nation to participate.

VitalHealth Submits its Electronic Health Record for Small Practices Designed with Mayo Clinic for Meaningful Use Certification; Invites Small Practices to Participate in Expanded Beta Program

Milwaukee, WI – June  23, 2011  — VitalHealth Software, a leading provider of web-based software solutions for health management, today announced that it has submitted its VitalHealth EHR for Practices version 1.8, the latest version of its electronic health record (EHR) solution for small practices, for Stage 1 Meaningful Use certification. The company is also broadening its beta testing program for the product and inviting small practices across the nation to participate.

Once deemed 2011/2012 compliant, VitalHealth EHR for Practices version 1.8 will be certified as a “Complete EHR” by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), as part of the ONC-ATCB certification program, and in accordance with the applicable hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (H&HS). The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

VitalHealth EHR for Practices is specifically built for small physician practices, focusing on those with fewer than 10 practitioners. The EHR is designed to not only meet but exceed the Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements, providing all required Core measures and all optional Menu set objectives for eligible providers. The EHR technology platform is based on years of extensive research and solution development, while the EHR itself is designed with intellectual property licensed from Mayo Clinic. In order to assure that the system will be easy to use within the highly-varied work styles of small practices, the interface has significant levels of customization and flexibility, allowing each individual physician to work the way they are accustomed to. This next-generation EHR is one of the first designed specifically for use with an Apple iPad® as well as other tablet formats, laptops and desktops.

“By submitting the VitalHealth EHR for Meaningful Use certification, we are further showing our commitment to providing physicians with the clinical and operational benefits of an affordable, easy-to-use, world-class EHR,” said VitalHealth CEO, Laurens van der Tang. “As a company, our goal is twofold: first, to deliver an EHR that physicians truly want to pick up and use, because it allows them to deliver better care, more efficiently; and second, to help physicians qualify for government incentives. This Meaningful Use submission is an important milestone in achieving both of those goals.”

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet at least one or more of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

VitalHealth EHR for Practices version 1.8 is slated for Complete EHR certification in July of 2011.

VitalHealth Software also recently announced that it is expanding its beta program for its EHR, inviting small practices across the nation to use VitalHealth EHR for Practices and provide feedback for on-going enhancements to the product.
For more information about the VitalHealth EHR beta program, please call Melvin Hutchens at (859) 553-3140, or send an email to mhutchens@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

About VitalHealth Software
VitalHealth Software was founded as a collaboration between the Noaber Foundation (NL) and Mayo Clinic (US), and delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  Our model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India. For more information about VitalHealth Software, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.  For more information about VitalHealth EHR, please visit www.vitalhealthehr.com, or contact us via email at info@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit MayoClinic.com or MayoClinic.org/news.

About CCHIT
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

June 29, 2011 I Written By

VitalHealth Software Announces Beta Program for Ambulatory EHR Designed with Mayo Clinic

VitalHealth Releases Latest Version of Electronic Health Record for Small Practices Designed with Mayo Clinic; Invites Practices to Join Trial Program

Milwaukee, WI – February 21, 2011 (HIMSS Booth #1721) VitalHealth Software, a leading provider of web-based software solutions for health management, today announced the beta testing availability of VitalHealth EHR for Practices version 1.8, the latest version of its electronic health record (EHR) solution for small practices.  This version offers a range of new features and functionality upgrades designed to meet Meaningful Use requirements. The company also announced that it is broadening its beta program for the product, inviting small practices across the nation to use the latest version of the EHR and provide feedback for on-going enhancements to the product.

VitalHealth EHR for Practices is designed to be extremely easy to use in the highly-varied work styles of small practices. It will meet and exceed meaningful use requirements, with technology that delivers the clinical and operational benefits of a world-class EHR. Based on extensive research and designed with intellectual property licensed from Mayo Clinic, this next-generation EHR is also one of the first designed specifically for use with an Apple iPad as well as other tablet formats, laptops and desktops. The system is HIPAA compliant and will be certified for Meaningful Use in the next few months.

“We are extremely excited to be broadening the beta program so that we may have an opportunity to demonstrate, and get feedback on, the real difference we have achieved in building an EHR designed specifically to meet small practice needs,” said VitalHealth CEO, Laurens van der Tang. “We are looking forward to working closely with smaller medical practices to help realize our vision of an EHR truly designed for the small practice that compliments, rather than disrupts, the clinical workflow. We believe this is a great opportunity to bring the benefits of EHR technology to the small practices in the U.S. which has been historically underserved by this kind of technology.”

VitalHealth’s beta program is open to small medical practices, specifically those with fewer than 10 practitioners, and is suitable for both primary care and specialty practices. As part of this trial program, participating physicians will enjoy free use of VitalHealth EHR for Practices version 1.8 and a discounted offer at the end of the beta program. Throughout the trial period, the physicians’ only requirement is to provide VitalHealth with ongoing feedback on the EHR technology.

This latest version offers multiple enhancements, including a number of new user interface, reporting and billing features, including:

  • Point-of-care decision support based on Mayo Clinic primary care practice expertise
  • Disease and population management
  • Integrated patient checkout and billing features
  • Fully functional electronic lab ordering and resulting
  • Dictation workflow support
  • Enabling Connected Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization
  • Delivered on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model via secure wireless connection (either through Wi-Fi or 3G)

VitalHealth recently entered into a marketing collaboration with Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) in which MML will offer the VitalHealth EHR as part of its outreach solution. According to Laurens van der Tang, the collaboration with MML illustrates the value that this EHR technology platform delivers to the medical community, “With this marketing collaboration we are joining efforts with an organization that brings over 40 years of in-depth laboratory knowledge gained through its extensive experience and long standing relationships with community hospitals engaged in outreach services throughout the U.S,” said van der Tang. “It is beneficial to VitalHealth and its customers to have primary care expertise embedded in our EHR solution. Between the recent MML sales channel relationship, the opening of our beta program, and the anticipated meaningful use certification, this is a very exciting time for VitalHealth, setting us up for a very successful formal launch this summer.”

About VitalHealth Software

VitalHealth Software was founded as a collaboration between the Noaber Foundation (NL) and Mayo Clinic (US), and delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  Our model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India. For more information about VitalHealth Software, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.  For more information about VitalHealth EHR, please visit www.vitalhealthehr.com, or contact us via email at info@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit MayoClinic.com or MayoClinic.org/news.

About Mayo Medical Laboratories

Mayo Clinic offers proven diagnostic tests to more than 5,000 health care institutions around the world through Mayo Medical Laboratories, Mayo Clinic’s reference laboratory.  Revenue from Mayo Medical Laboratories’ testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic.

 

 

March 10, 2011 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.