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Two Intelligent InSites Customers Win Intelligent Hospital Awards

US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 (VISN 11) and Group Health Cooperative recognized by the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) and Intelligent Hospital.org for their leadership in advancing healthcare by integrating advanced healthcare technology solutions


Fargo, ND – February 1, 2013 –
Intelligent InSites, Inc., the leading provider of real-time operational intelligence in healthcare, has announced that two of its customers have been recognized as Intelligent Hospital Award winners for 2013, presented by the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) and Intelligent Hospital.org.

According to Dr. Paul Frisch, President and CTO of the RFID in Healthcare Consortium, “The objective of the Intelligent Hospital Awards is to highlight the changing healthcare patient environment and recognize those who are advancing healthcare by integrating advanced technologies, such as auto-ID, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors and wireless along with point-of-care information delivery and communications devices.”

Improving Regulatory Compliance was awarded to US Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 (VISN 11) and Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System Sterile Processing Services (VAAAHS SPS). The recipients are VAAAHS SPS Chief, Robin McLeod and VISN 11 Biomedical Engineering Point of Contact, Michael McDonald (Indianapolis, IN).

Most Innovative Use Case was awarded to Group Health Cooperative (Seattle, WA). The award will be received by Donnell Coomes, Enterprise Project Management, Senior Project Director.

Award recipients have been invited to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Conference and Exhibition to participate in the Intelligent Hospital Awards Ceremony, which will be held March 4, 2013, at 5:30pm in Booth 8711. During the event, recipients will be honored, and the 2013 RHCC/Intelligent Hospital Grand Award will be announced.

The judges for the first annual Intelligent Hospital Awards are as follows: University of California-San Francisco Professor Donna Hudson; Georgia Tech Institute Professor Gisele Bennet; University of Wisconsin Distinguished Researcher Alfonso Gutierrez; and RFID 24-7 Journalist and Editor-in-Chief John Johnson.

The Intelligent InSites’ software platform—which collects and processes data, in real-time, from healthcare IT systems, electronic health records, nurse call systems, communications platforms, building management systems, and wireless sensory networks, including multiple RFID and RTLS hardware technologies—empowers multiple healthcare operations applications, including asset management, patient flow, bed management, environmental monitoring, infection control, surgical instrument tracking, rentals management, and consumable asset management, with real-time, actionable information. This ability to leverage real-time information across the enterprise enables healthcare organizations to improve operations and care delivery processes, resulting in more affordable care and improved patient satisfaction.

Healthcare providers can learn more about Intelligent InSites’ real-time healthcare platform at HIMSS13, March 3-7, in New Orleans, LA. Intelligent InSites can be found in booth #8025 and in the Intelligent Hospital pavilion.

About Intelligent InSites
Intelligent InSites helps transform healthcare operations with real-time operational intelligence that improves care, enhances the human experience, and increases efficiency. Through its open, flexible, secure, and scalable technology and business platform, Intelligent InSites automatically collects and processes data from any real-time location system (RTLS), environmental sensors, EHRs, building systems, and other healthcare IT systems, then delivers meaningful information to the right person, at the right time, on the right device. Intelligent InSites’ customers gain enterprise-wide visibility and insights for continuous process improvement, resulting in remarkable financial and quality of care outcomes. For more information, visit www.IntelligentInSites.com.

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 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS and ACCE Recognize Paul H. Frisch for Excellence in Clinical Engineering and IT

CHICAGO (January 15, 2013) – Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS, received the 2012 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award, a joint award sponsored by ACCE and HIMSS. The Boards of Directors of both organizations selected the recipient.

The award recognizes individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in promoting or implementing significant synergies between the clinical engineering and information technology professions.  Award recipients also must be members in good standing of both organizations.  Nominees for the award are honored for professional or technical contributions to the professions, such as research, development of a new process or product, a paper of significance, and “trailblazing’ work in a new application of clinical engineering and IT.

“The American College of Clinical Engineering is very proud to support the selection of Dr. Frisch for this award.  His work is an excellent model for the new direction that practitioners of clinical engineering need to take as more and more of the technologies we work with incorporate computer-based functionality and integrate with health IT systems.  Dr. Frisch is to be commended for his forward-thinking leadership in our profession,” says Jim Keller, President of ACCE.

Dr. Frisch has over 30 years of professional experience and contributions to the field; and is a long-standing of member of HIMSS & ACCE. He has educated clinical staff, administration and hospital thought leaders about diverse technologies and the synergies required to develop, deploy and manage complex systems in the healthcare setting.

As a faculty member and Chief of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and a visiting professor at Binghamton University, Dr. Frisch is also a researcher. One of his research interests has been the transition of clinical devices from stand-alone to networked systems sharing and distributing information between clinical applications and devices. He has extensively researched how these devices have also moved to expand their functionality to use wireless technologies (WiFi, etc.) as medium for conveying this critical information. As these clinical devices and systems transition between the boundaries of engineering and information technology, it becomes critical for the industry to develop a strong synergy between information technologies and biomedical / clinical engineering.

To further demonstrate this complex interaction, Frisch designed the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion, an interactive exhibit first introduced at HIMSS11.This addition to the exhibit floor has helpedraise awareness of, and educated the healthcare industry on, the many applications of RFID and RTLS technologies integrated within clinical scenarios, including the required synergy between information technologies and biomedical/clinical engineering.

Dr. Frisch will be honored at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Awards Recognition Banquet on March 5, 2013, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the HIMSS13 website.

“The connection and integration between clinical engineering and information technology come to the forefront with this joint ACCE-HIMSS award, as indicated by the accomplishments of this year’s recipient Paul H. Frisch, PhD, FHIMSS.  All of us at HIMSS congratulate Dr. Frisch for his ongoing contributions to the Society, and specifically, to HIMSS13, where he will speak at the Clinical Engineering & IT Symposium and has already provided his expertise for one of our large, interactive exhibits,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President & CEO.

About ACCE

Founded in 1990, the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) is committed to enhancing the profession of clinical engineering. With members in the United States and abroad, the ACCE is the only internationally recognized professional society for clinical engineers.

About HIMSS                                                                                                                                                                                        HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Awarepoint, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and American College of Clinical Engineering at HIMSS12 Annual Conference – #HIMSS12

Executives to Discuss Important Role of RTLS in Connected HIT Ecosystem’s Medical Device and Intelligent Hospital Pavilions

SAN DIEGO, California – February 17, 2012Awarepoint Corporation, the leading provider of real-time location system (RTLS) solutions for healthcare, announced today that its CEO, Jay Deady, VP of National Accounts, Carla Gallegos, and Brian Leader of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will discuss the importance of RTLS in building a healthcare information technology (HIT) ecosystem during the HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition and at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion.

Deady and Gallegos will describe how hospitals can leverage and integrate RTLS with medical devices, electronic health records (EHRs) and other HIT solutions to enhance quality of care, patient safety, and clinician workflow at the Clinical Engineering and IT Community – ACCE Reception and Awards at 6 p.m., Feb. 21 at the Venetian, Bellini 2104. During this event, ACCE will debut a video documentary recognizing and featuring interviews with its first group of “elders” comprised of eight clinical engineers who have made significant contributions to the field of clinical engineering. Awarepoint is a co-sponsor of the ACCE Elders documentary.

“Awarepoint congratulates the ACCE Elders for their vision, contributions, and commitment to using technology to improve healthcare,” Deady said. “We share their commitment and look forward to increasing awareness about how ACCE and HIMSS members can integrate and leverage RTLS solutions with medical devices and clinical systems to transform clinical, operational, and financial outcomes.”

The “Meet the Experts: Clinical Engineering and IT Working Together” session begins at 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Medical Device Pavilion, booth #14647, Hall G in the Venetian Sands Expo Center. The Medical Device Pavilion, which is co-sponsored by ACCE and HIMSS, is a forum for industry stakeholders to share best practices and insights for medical device and EHR interoperability and connectivity.

“We are very grateful for Awarepoint’s support of our Elders and HIMSS programs,” said Mario Castaneda, president of ACCE. “Hospitals today face intense pressure to improve care at a reduced cost, and Jay’s and Carla’s presentations align perfectly with our goal of educating the industry on how clinical engineers can collaborate with other healthcare stakeholders to make patient care better, safer, and more efficient.”

Awarepoint’s RTLS technology will be the focus of a presentation at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion. Brian Leader, vice president of the orthopedic service and perioperative services at LVHN, and James Miller, director of anesthesia services at Lehigh Valley Anesthesia Services, both in Allentown, Penn., will present “Using Real-time Patient and Resource Information to Analyze Workflow and Improve Perioperative Processes.” Their session will cover how RTLS provides actionable data to improve workflow, staff productivity, communication, quality of care, patient experience, and revenue in the perioperative areas including the operating room and post anesthesia care unit. The session will be held at booth #12442on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at 4:45 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.

The Intelligent Hospital will demonstrate how the integration of clinical systems, RFID (radio-frequency identification), RTLS, medical devices, and other technologies can be delivered and coordinated inside and outside a hospital using live OR and ED scenarios.

Awarepoint, a platinum sponsor of the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion, will demonstrate aware360°Suite of RTLS-enabled solutions, at booth #12442. The application helps providersmanage and track assets, reduce equipment rental costs, monitor temperature, enhance hand hygiene compliance, and improve emergency and perioperative departmental, as well as enterprise-wide workflow and throughput. The results are lower operating costs, increased revenue, enhanced regulatory compliance, and improved patient satisfaction.

About Awarepoint

Awarepoint provides the only complete RTLS solution optimizing healthcare workflow for improving asset management and availability, optimal patient flow, and increasing care team efficiency.

The company’s aware360°Suite provides unmatched real-time location system (RTLS) technology, best-in-class software, and fully managed services for the healthcare enterprise. By improving asset, patient, and personnel visibility across the enterprise, the aware360°Suite allows administrators and care providers to advance the Quality, Efficiency, Experience, and Economics of care. For more information, visit www.awarepoint.com/.

February 20, 2012 I Written By

Software AG Helps Build “Hospital of the Future” for Nemours

- Rooms set to patients’ lighting, entertainment and other preferences enhance a child’s sense of control

- Children’s safety ensured with interwoven surveillance, RFID and other systems

- Clinicians have centralized view of standalone patient monitoring systems

RESTON, Va., Feb. 15, 2012 – Software AG, a leading provider of Business Process Excellence (BPE) solutions, today announced it is helping build the “hospital of the future” for Nemours, an internationally-recognized children’s health system. Scheduled to open in October of this  year, the full-service Nemours Children’s Hospital (NCH) in Orlando will feature state-of-the-art systems for its clinical, facilities, maintenance and other supporting functions, all working together and unified via Software AG technology to create a “smart building” that ensures a comforting, customized experience for young patients and their families.

Children who frequently visit NCH will be greeted by a familiar room setting each time they return to the hospital. The child’s favorite video games, website bookmarks, friends’ lists and other electronic entertainment will be pre-loaded and available in the room. The lighting and temperature can be set the way the patient prefers, which serves to enhance the patient’s sense of control in an “out of control” setting. The blinds covering the floor-to-ceiling glass windows may be set to provide just the right amount of a view of the gardens around the hospital. Once the children are onsite, hospital surveillance, RFID, facilities, clinical scheduling and other systems work together, behind the scenes, to ensure their safety and security. Other hospital systems coordinate in-room maintenance and related activities to occur when a child is getting an X-ray or otherwise out of the room.

“Nemours has long been a leader in the use of technology to improve patient and family care,” said Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children’s Hospital. “Our partnership with Software AG will allow us to provide better data to our specialists, make our patients more comfortable and improve security.”

Dax French, Senior Director of Business Development at Software AG, said: “Nemours is realizing some striking efficiencies and advances by integrating systems that were not designed to work together. As a result, they can take advantage of new opportunities to better serve their patients, both medically and personally. And for children and their families, that means a hospital stay is more safe and comfortable.”

Inside the “Hospital of the Future”

Nemours is using Software AG technology — webMethods Integration Server and webMethods Business Process Management Suite — to weave together clinical, environmental and other hospital systems that traditionally stand alone and do not communicate with one another. The result of this process-oriented, event-driven integration is a healthcare environment that is more safe, personal and engaging for its young patients, yet efficient and informed for the doctors, nurses and other support staff.

Software AG technology provides the backbone for RFID badging. When a caregiver walks into a patient’s room, an RFID sensor will read the badge and the caregiver’s picture — pulled from the hospital’s HR system — will display on the TV inside the room. This lets Mom know the person matches the badge and lets the hospital know who is accessing which patients. In fact, Software AG helps enable inter-system communication and automation for many situations, such as security events and urgent clinical response events. The integration in no way replaces the expertise of the care providers, instead it frees the physicians and nurses of  non-medical tasks such as  silencing an alarm when entering a patient’s room and allows them to immediately focus on patient care. Thus, the security systems, facilities systems and clinical systems work together through automated event-driven processes to provide a safe, healing environment.

Other state-of-the-art hospital services powered by Software AG technology include:

  • Patient Access Display – a tablet will be placed outside the door of each patient’s room; the Patient Access Display replaces traditional magnetic whiteboards with an electronic board that feeds patient-related data to nurses, doctors and other clinicians in a respectful and unobtrusive way.
  • Clinical Logistics – this clinical command center provides clinicians with access to all patient monitoring systems, allowing them to respond to events and alerts. Clinical Logistics unifies historically standalone systems.
  • Federated Data Management – by integrating systems and delivering services, data integrity is improved. Instead of systems copying or creating duplicate versions of information, such as login information for associates and non-associates, data can be delivered real time from a single source. This improves system access security, simplifies support for upgrades, and improves the ability to provide accurate audits, e.g., who accessed specific clinical information five years ago.

For more information on Software AG’s healthcare technology, visit our healthcare site at: http://www.softwareag.com/us/solutions/healthcare_sol/default.asp.

About Software AG

With more than 1,000 U.S.-enterprise customers and 800 employees, Software AG’s U.S. operation contributes one third of the company’s total revenue and is Software AG’s largest market presence and R&D location. Software AG has operated nationwide in the U.S. since 1973 through a fully-owned subsidiary, Software AG USA Inc., which is headquartered in Reston, Virginia also an R&D hub for the company’s core data management and integration technologies. R&D labs for the development of Software AG’s webMethods product suite offering SOA integration and BPM solutions include facilities in San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle and Denver. For more information, visit www.softwareag.com/us.

Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. Our 40 years of innovation include the invention of the first high-performance transactional database, Adabas; the first business process analysis platform, ARIS; and the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods. We offer our customers end-to-end business process management (BPM) solutions delivering low Total-Cost-of-Ownership and high ease of use. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.

Software AG had revenues of €1.1 billion in 2010 and has more than 5,400 employees serving 10,000 enterprise and public institution customers across 70 countries. Our comprehensive software and services solutions allow companies to continuously achieve their business results faster. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW).

About Nemours

Nemours (NAH-mores) is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2012, it will open the full-service Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.Nemours.org

February 16, 2012 I Written By

Ekahau to Showcase Hand Hygiene Monitoring & Temperature and Humidity Sensor Tags at HIMSS11 in Orlando

RESTON, Virginia, February 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
WHO: Ekahau Inc. (http://www.ehakau.com/)
WHAT: HIMSS11 Annual Conference & Exhibition
WHERE: Booth 3701
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Fla.
WHEN: February 20-24, 2011
WHAT’S NEW?

Innovative applications, new products and interactive demonstrations will be at the heart of what Ekahau is showcasing during HIMSS11 next week. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect to see:
- Hand Hygiene Monitoring – Ekahau is expected to announce this week that
it is teaming up with a leading producer of hygiene solutions for the
healthcare market to develop a solution for monitoring hand washing over
Wi-Fi networks to aid in compliance and reduction of hospital acquired
infections (HAI). A prototype will be on display at HIMSS, with
commercial availability beginning in the second quarter 2011.

- Temperature and Humidity Sensor Tags (
http://www.ekahau.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=260&21&Itemid=76)
- Earlier this week, Ekahau introduced three new tags that
provide an automated way to measure, monitor and manage areas where
changes in the environment could be harmful.

- Interactive Demonstrations – Visit the eight stations at the booth to
see the Ekahau solutions in action. You can see how the Ekahau RTLS
(real-time location system) can be used for asset tracking, temperature
and humidity monitoring, staff safety, infection control, patient
tracking and wireless sensing. Other stations in the booth will focus on
solutions designed specifically for the government market, as well as
Ekahau Site Survey, a simple-to-use software tool for professional
Wi-Fi (WLAN) network planning, site surveys, and administration. Ekahau
also will showcase an integrated asset tracking and management system
that combines the power of RTLS with passive RFID and barcodes for a
complete enterprise-wide asset tracking and management solution.

Ekahau will also be leading an Exhibitor Solutions Session on Monday, February 21, from 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Join Tuomo Rutanen, Ekahau’s senior vice president of business development, and Shawn Worthman, vice president at GOJO Industries, to learn more about “Infection Control – Use Wi-Fi, RFID and RTLS to Battle the Bugs ( http://www.himssconference.org/exhibition/pavilionsessiondetail.aspx?ppsid= 313).”

About Ekahau, Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions. Ekahau’s customers, including several Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau’s solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visithttp://www.ekahau.com.

February 16, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.