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Siemens Healthcare adopts EHR Developer Code of Conduct

Today, Siemens Healthcare announced that the company has officially adopted the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Developer Code of Conduct. Released by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) EHR Association (EHRA), the code establishes transparent industry principles reflecting a continued commitment to support safe healthcare delivery, to recognize the value and impact that EHRs have for patients, and to operate with high integrity in the market. Siemens Healthcare, Health Services, will incorporate the principles of the EHR Developer Code of Conduct into U.S. operations.

“By adopting the EHR Developer Code of Conduct, Siemens Healthcare affirms many of its business practices that already were meeting the code’s underlying principles and demonstrates a commitment to developing solutions that are focused on meeting our customers’ needs and more importantly the needs of their patients,” said John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Siemens Healthcare, Health Services.

A number of the principles outlined in the EHR Developer Code of Conduct have already been in practice at Siemens Healthcare. For example, the Code of Conduct calls for a commitment to product design, development, and deployment in support of patient safety. Siemens employs a Quality Management System which is in compliance with 21 CFR Part 820 and that is certified to recognized international standards: ISO 9001 and ISO 13485. Siemens has also supported the development of a learning healthcare system and believes that the Code of Conduct is another important step toward achieving it.

“The Developer Code of Conduct highlights an increased accountability that healthcare organizations expect of their vendors,” said Dr. Glaser. “Providers today are facing an unparalleled demand to incorporate healthcare IT into their operations and care provision, necessitating an even more thoughtful approach to mutually assuring successful implementations, highlighting the need for interoperability and creating an opportunity for vendors and providers to learn from each other in a way that benefits patients.”

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For further information please visit:www.siemens.com/healthcare.

June 25, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Siemens sponsors landmark PBS cancer documentary

Today, Siemens affirmed its commitment to sponsor the PBS special “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” a six-hour, three-part series helmed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by Siddhartha Mukherjee, the documentary chronicles the 4,000-year effort to understand, treat and ultimately cure cancer. Siemens’ investment in the production is synergistic with the company’s mission of innovating to advance human health.

“We owe our current understanding of the cancer process to the tremendous advancements in imaging, in blood tests and in information technology solutions that make sense of all of the digital data that has been collected – all of which contribute to selecting better treatment options, an improved ability to measure results, and the opportunity for advanced research analysis,” said Gregory Sorensen, MD, president and CEO, Siemens Healthcare, North America. “This documentary will play a formative role in helping more people understand the contributions that medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics and information technology have played in the history of cancer.”

Since the late 1890s Siemens has been delivering tools for physicians and researchers on the forefront of medical research. In 1896 Siemens developed the first industrially manufactured X-ray tubes for medical diagnostics. In 1957 Siemens performed the first automation of chemical analysis. In 1962 Siemens pioneered the first real-time ultrasound diagnostics. In 2000 Time magazine named Siemens’ Biograph positron emission tomography / computed tomography (PET/CT) system as an Invention of the Year – the system was one of the first to fuse information about tumor metabolism with anatomical images. In 2004 Siemens released the MAGNETOM® Avanto, the first full-body MRI system, creating new possibilities for high-resolution MRI to be used in tumor detection. In 2013 Siemens released Healthcare Intelligence, a solution that automates collection of healthcare data; aggregates and standardizes this data across an enterprise; provides predictive analytics helping identify populations at risk; and helps monitor performance at all levels of the organization.

“Medical imaging and laboratory diagnostics help providers save lives and deliver more effective and, in some cases, less invasive care,” said Dr. Sorensen. “Through our commitment to innovation we put the most sophisticated tools in the hands of the people who are actively shaping our understanding of cancer.”

 

June 13, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

46% of U.S. Physician Groups plan to join a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Burlington, VT – HIMSS Analytics continues the series of strategic industry reports previously published by CapSite with the release of the 5th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Practice Management (PM) Study.  The study represents unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 800 physician groups on market adoption, market share, market opportunity and vendor mind share across the U.S. physician market.  Additionally, it incorporates information from the HIMSS Analytics® Database for a comprehensive snapshot of the Ambulatory EHR and PM marketplace.

“The year-over-year analysis that we provide allows for an in-depth understanding of industry trends,” said Brendan FitzGerald, HIMSS Analytics Research Director. “While both the tethered and non-tethered Ambulatory EHR markets show signs of maturing, there is continued opportunity with 35% of respondents planning to purchase, replace, or upgrade an Ambulatory EHR solution.”

The study includes Voice of Customer (VOC) insight on physician group:

  • Status on receiving incentive funding for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU)
  • Plans for purchasing or upgrading Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Primary drivers behind decisions to replace current Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Plans for joining a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Vendor Market and Mind Share coverage includes:

Acumen, ADP AdvancedMD, Allscripts, Amazing Charts, Aprima, athenahealth, BioMedix, Cerner, CPSI, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway, Healthland, HMS, McKesson, Meditech, MedNet, MedPlus, MED3000, NextGen, OptumInsight, Practice Fusion, Siemens, Vitera

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company acquired CapSite in October 2012 and offers a portfolio of healthcare information technology market intelligence products and services, including detailed analytics tools, market research, and customized consulting. Visit www.himssanalytics.org or www.capsite.com for more information.

June 12, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Health Care Providers Give Cloud Vendors High Marks on Security

Yet 66% of non-cloud users say security and control are still an issue with cloud adoption

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Wednesday, March 6, 2013 -With an average satisfaction score of 4.5 out of 5 on security, cloud users feel safe. Non-cloud users though remain at bay-particularly with many questions still looming around the future of cloud computing in healthcare. The KLAS report titled Cloud Computing Perception 2013: The Hybrid Cloud in Healthcare looks at the evolution of the cloud in healthcare, provider concerns, as well as vendor performance.

Given the near-perfect satisfaction scores that cloud-users gave to their vendors, 66% of non-users surveyed said security was definitely the main issue stopping them from moving forward with adoption.

“The contrast in this report between cloud users and non-users is really telling.” said Erik Westerlind, research director and report author. “It really helps providers and vendors get a sense of the gaps that exist within current cloud offerings. Furthermore, providers will understand which vendors might be able to resolve their concerns.”

The rated vendors in this report are Allscripts, Cerner, and Siemens. To learn more about the cloud computing vendors and findings in this study as well as related reports that will publish in 2013, check out the full report, Cloud Computing Perception 2013: The Hybrid Cloud in Healthcare. This report is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.                                                                                                                     

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

March 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

CR SELECTS SIEMENS SYNGO.VIA FOR ADVANCED VISUALIZATION TRAINING CENTER

Today, Siemens Healthcare announced that the American College of Radiology (ACR) has selected the company’s syngo®.via¹ advanced visualization software for use in the ACR Education Center in Reston, Va. The decision provides more opportunities for radiologists to become proficient in using Siemens software for 3D routine and advanced reading. Siemens will be showcasing syngo.via and a complete suite of imaging IT solutions, along with Siemens Image Sharing & Archiving² (ISA), a cloud-based vendor neutral archive, in booth #2641 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition, from March 3 – 7, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

“The ACR is committed to advancing the science of radiology and the value that radiologists bring to patients,” said Harvey Neiman, MD, FACR, CEO, American College of Radiology. “Ensuring that the Education Center offers some of the indus-try’s most contemporary solutions helps the ACR fulfill this mission.”

The ACR Education Center will mainly use syngo.via in computed tomography angiography (CTA) and virtual colonoscopy (CTC) training courses. The ACR Educa-tion Center is an innovative, interactive learning environment with a lineup of next-generation courses on new and evolving technologies, such as advanced visualization that are designed to provide hands-on experience. Individual workplaces emulate a real clinical environment for up to 60 attendees. After completion of the educational program, attendees receive a Certificate of Proficiency.

syngo.via is a multimodality advanced visualization solution built on a client-server architecture. It delivers a comprehensive suite of 3D routine and advanced reading applications for radiology, oncology, cardiology and neurology and drives an inte-grated workflow from case preparation to reading to sharing. syngo.via along with its mobile applications³ defines a new standard in image access ranging from workstations to web-enabled laptop PCs and hand-held devices.

¹ syngo.via can be used as a standalone device or together with a variety of syngo.via-based software options, which are medical devices in their own right.
² Siemens Image Sharing & Archiving is only available to customers in the United States.
³ Not for diagnostic use. For mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad country specific laws may apply.

Follow Siemens LIVE from HIMSS at www.twitter.com/siemenshealth and at www.twitter.com/siemenshealthit

Siemens Healthcare, Media Relations
Mark Palacio, phone: +1 610 448-3497
E-mail: mark.palacio@siemens.com

Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, Agenda 2013 program is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector’s innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be imple-mented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sec-tor posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.

March 1, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Providers Say Agfa Healthcare Has Room for Improvement as an Imaging Partner

OREM, Utah – Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Agfa HealthCare’s stated core belief is centered around helping imaging providers succeed, yet a majority of  U.S. clients interviewed by KLAS report gaps in reaching desired results when using Agfa as a vendor. The reasons and other details can be found in the new KLAS vendor-specific report Agfa HealthCare Study 2013: Partnering with Agfa in 2013.

Throughout 2012, KLAS published a series of reports focused on imaging solutions. These reports, as well as discussions with providers, revealed that Agfa was losing client loyalty in some areas due to weak customer relations. In order to further understand this situation, KLAS launched a performance study to specifically evaluate Agfa. With the exception of x-ray equipment and speech recognition systems, Agfa receives second-tier scores across their suite of imaging solutions. However, as provider concerns grow around Agfa as a partner, there is a clear opportunity for Agfa-and other imaging vendors-to improve in helping their clients succeed.

Even with the challenges Agfa faces, they are showing early signs of success and leadership in several aspects of enterprise imaging. One of Agfa’s strengths is scaling IMPAX PACS in large, complex provider organizations. Scalability is an attribute that is important to some providers.

“This report is aimed not just at measuring how well Agfa is currently delivering synergistic solutions to their clients,” says Matt Terry, research director at KLAS and report author, “but its purpose is to also look into user perceptions and provider confidence in moving forward with Agfa.”

Other imaging vendors mentioned in this report include Merge Healthcare, McKesson, FUJIFILM, GE Healthcare, Philips, Carestream, and Siemens. To learn more about this vendor-specific report, the strategic imaging partners in the study, and the related reports published in 2012, providers and vendors can check out the full report, Agfa HealthCare Study 2013: Partnering with Agfa in 2013. This is a vendor-specific report and is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

February 18, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

As ICD-10 Takes Main Stage, Consulting Strategies Play Leading Role

Questions about technology readiness abound while preparation for ICD-10 complexity continues to grow

Orem, Utah – February 12, 2013 – While preparation for ICD-10 intensifies, questions surrounding EMR vendor readiness and ICD-10-related technologies are surfacing. In the KLAS report, ICD-10 Perception 2012: Can Technology Relieve Readiness Issues?, the second report of a two-part series, KLAS discusses how leading providers around the country are utilizing third-party consulting firms to help them overcome these and other key ICD-10 challenges, including staff readiness, training, and technology.

The report reveals that providers rated EMR vendors Cerner, Epic, and Siemens highest in their ICD-10 preparedness, whereas Allscripts and MEDITECH rate lowest. Among the technologies providers are utilizing for the ICD-10 transition is computer-assisted coding, which the majority of the market is looking to 3M for. This report, which will be further discussed in an upcoming live webinar hosted by KLAS, explores 3M, The Advisory Board, Allscripts, Cerner, CPSI, Deloitte, Epic, HMS, McKesson, MEDITECH, Nuance, OptumInsight, Precyse, PwC, QuadraMed, and Siemens.

Part one of this series, the KLAS report entitled ICD-10 Consulting: Roadmap to a Successful Transition, was released December 3, 2012.This report discusses how providers expect to use consulting firms in their future preparation and ICD-10 transition plans. KLAS found that the vast majority (84 percent) of providers had engaged a consulting firm for ICD-10 roadmap/gap analysis. The Advisory Board tops the ranking in this category with high praise for quality roadmaps and best-practice sharing, though findings are showing that Deloitte has the largest and most complex engagements of any firm. Training was the second most frequent type of engagement, with the Precyse University offering standing out. The report also included 3M, The Advisory Board, Aspen Advisor, Cerner, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, maxIT, Precyse, PwC, and Siemens.
To learn more about these two ICD-10 reports and for more information about the February webinar, please visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports. Additional ICD-10 resources in 2013 include a computer-assisted coding study and a clinical documentation improvement study, which are available to provider members.

About KLASKLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

February 14, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Dell Healthcare Announcements at RSNA

At RSNA Dell made several announcements involving significant customer and partnership alliances for its cloud-based medical image archive platform, pushing the company to the forefront of cloud-based medical image management.  In fact, in September, Frost & Sullivan recognized Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences with its 2012 North American Company of the Year Award, based on the firm’s analysis of the enterprise imaging informatics market.

More details can be found in the news releases included below:

·         Dell Leading With Industry’s Largest Cloud-based, Vendor-neutral Medical Archive

o   The Dell Cloud Clinical Archive is now managing more than 78 million clinical studies and more than 5.4 billion imaging objects, and supporting more than 800 clinical sites in one of the world’s largest cloud-based, vendor-neutral medical image archives.

·         Siemens Announces $11.7M Enterprise Archiving Contract with Intermountain Healthcare, New Enhancements to syngo.via and syngo.plaza at RSNA 2012

o   Intermountain Healthcare has selected Siemens Healthcare and Dell to provide medical image archiving and sharing services via the cloud to address their long-term data storage needs and consolidate medical imaging data across multiple picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

o   Leveraging the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive (DCCA), Dell and Siemens will be archiving over 14.7 million medical studies over the next few years.  Dell will also migrate an additional 470 terabytes of medical data into its cloud.

·         Dell and Siemens Healthcare Enable Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center to Meet Growing Demand for 3D Mammography

o   Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) has selected Dell and Siemens Healthcare to provide diagnostic image archiving and sharing services to address long-term data storage needs and reduce the complexity of managing medical images. The move provides the hospital with a scalable and cost-effective storage and archival strategy for its new 3D breast imaging services.

December 4, 2012 I Written By

Dell Solutions Help Hospitals Manage Proliferation of Data, Mobile Devices – #HIMSS12

- Dell’s cloud-based medical archive – one of the largest in the world – to simplify image management/sharing for Siemens

- Hospitals turn to Mobile Clinical Computing to secure information and manage proliferation of mobile devices

ROUND ROCK, Feb. 20, 2012 — As hospital IT departments strive to manage an explosion of digital medical data – including electronic medical records, diagnostic images and a host of related applications – they are being challenged by clinicians to adopt mobile solutions that allow access to data at the point of care while protecting it from unauthorized use. The proliferation of consumer-grade devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in the healthcare setting only adds to the complexity.

Dell will demonstrate its latest healthcare solutions – including Unified Clinical Archiving (UCA) and Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) – at the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Feb. 20-24 (Booth #3607).

Cloud-based Archiving

Since acquiring InSite One in December 2010, Dell has developed a complete clinical archiving solution that enables easy and secure data retrieval and sharing for the clinician, while simplifying IT management and maintenance overhead with a variety of storage options. Global expansion and a new alliance with Siemens will extend the reach of Dell’s UCA solution and cloud-hosting capabilities into new markets in 2012.

Dell and Siemens have forged an alliance to deliver a cloud-based vendor-neutral image archiving and sharing solution. Under the agreement, Siemens will incorporate Dell’s clinical data management software into its Image Sharing & Archiving (ISA) solution. In addition, the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive will provide redundant archiving support for Siemens Healthcare Cloud Computing Center. The two companies will collaboratively market the joint solution.

Beginning in the late first quarter of 2012, Dell plans to offer its cloud-based medical archive platform as part of its UCA solution in the United Kingdom, supported by the new data center located in Slough. Cloud-based medical archiving is scheduled to be available to healthcare providers in France and Germany later in the year. Several European hospitals already have been using Dell’s On-Premise Clinical Archive featuring the DX6000 platform as part of a pilot study.

The Dell Cloud Clinical Archive is now managing more than 68 million clinical studies, nearly 4.8 billion diagnostic imaging objects and supports more than 800 clinical sites in one of the world’s largest cloud-based clinical archives. Growing at a rate of more than a million new studies under management each month, the archive will soon surpass the 5 billion mark, making Dell one of the largest healthcare cloud computing service providers in the industry.

Dell recently attained ISO-13485 certification for its cloud-based image archive operations. Achievement of this globally recognized quality standard demonstrates a commitment by Dell to provide healthcare solutions and services that consistently meet the most stringent industry requirements.

Mobile Clinical Computing

Dell’s MCC solution, introduced just three years ago, has seen significant gains over the last year as hospitals seek to make information more accessible for clinicians while adhering to privacy and security regulations. Of particular concern is the proliferation of consumer-grade devices in the healthcare setting.

According to the HIMSS 2011 Mobile Technology Survey, 97 percent of respondents indicated that clinicians at their organizations accessed information using a mobile device, yet only 38 percent noted that their organization has a mobile technology policy in place that regulates use of mobile devices and outlines the organization’s mobile strategy. [1] Healthcare data breaches increased 32 percent from 2010 to 2011 and cost the industry $6.5 billion, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ID Experts. The three leading causes of data breaches in healthcare are lost or stolen equipment, errors by third parties and employee mistakes. [2]

Designed to improve clinician efficiency without compromising security, Dell’s MCC solution combines desktop virtualization, single-sign-on and strong authentication technologies with expert consulting, implementation and support services. By storing information in the data center – not the endpoint device – MCC helps reduce the risk of lost or stolen data and simplifies HIPAA compliance.

The solution also increases clinician productivity. Findings of MCC pilot projects at 10 European hospitals demonstrate that medical professionals can reclaim up to three hours a week for patient care by improving access to patient information and reducing application access time by an average of 83 percent. The time savings adds up to approximately $15,000 in annual productivity gains for each medical professional. [3]

Dell at HIMSS12

Dell will showcase its solutions and services for healthcare providers at the 2012 Annual Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition, Feb. 20-24, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas (Booth #3607). Dell will also participate in the Interoperability Showcase (booth #11000, Hall G) to demonstrate the UCA cloud archive capabilities as well as Dell Cloud Clinical WebAccess.

In conjunction with HIMSS12, Dell will host a Healthcare Think Tank on Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m. PST. Dell has invited industry thought-leaders to take part in an interactive discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities on the path to information-driven healthcare. Join the conversation via live stream or follow on Twitter at #DoMoreHIT

Quotes

“Dell is committed to simplifying access to information for clinicians, whether through secure mobile solutions or long-term storage and sharing platforms,” said James Coffin, Ph.D., vice president and general manager, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences. “We’re pleased to be working with an industry leader like Siemens to create new channels for archiving solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of our customers.”

“Imaging departments face significant cost pressures and, as a result, administration must look for ways to optimize productivity while, at the same time, lower the cost of maintaining imaging archives,” said Kurt Reiff, vice president, business management, SYNGO Americas, Siemens Healthcare. “The ISA provides archiving for DICOM and non-DICOM imaging as well as non-imaging data, making it possible to store almost any type of digital file. This approach allows customers to save on the cost of storing data and also allows them to save on the cost of resources, presenting a complete cost of ownership picture, allowing customers to plan their investments accordingly.”

“Creating and managing a clinical mobility capability is a significant priority for healthcare providers. Integrating patient information, imaging and applications at the point of care creates real opportunities to improve the quality of care while eliminating medical errors, reducing cost and improving outcomes,” said Scott Lundstrom, group vice president, IDC Health Insights. “By offering integrated cloud services, image archiving and a mobile computing infrastructure, Dell has created an attractive option for customers deploying mobile clinical capabilities.”

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As the leading provider of healthcare IT services in the world, Dell helps healthcare organizations harness the power of information to simplify administration; coordinate and manage patient care; transition from episodic care to prevention and wellness management and ultimately to deliver personalized medicine. For more information, visit www.dell.com/healthcare.

February 20, 2012 I Written By

HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association Announces New Collaboration and Responds to Stage 2 Meaningful Use Proposals at HIMSS11

CHICAGO (March 2, 2010) — The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), in the midst of its annual all-member meeting and dozens of stakeholder meetings at HIMSS11 in Orlando, FL last week, announced the newly formed EHR Vendor Communications Workgroup, the result of a collaboration agreement between the EHR Association and the Regional Extension Center (REC) Vendor Selection and Management Community of Practice (VSM CoP). The group also submitted its responses to the Health IT Policy Committee’s (HITPC) initial proposals for Stage 2 meaningful use criteria.
“It was a busy and productive week for the EHR Association,” said Carl Dvorak of Epic and Association Chairman. “Our work with the REC VSM Community of Practice on the new communications initiative will help us coordinate our efforts to the ultimate benefit of our customers.”
The overarching goal of the new workgroup is to ensure that adoption and use of health HIT selected by the providers results in improved efficiencies, usability, healthcare quality, clinical decision support, and better outcomes. The new workgroup, made up of an equal number of representatives from the REC VSM CoP and the EHR Association, will work toward the development of best practices for communications, system evaluation, implementation, and support.
Charlie Jarvis of NextGen and Association Vice Chair added, “This collaboration will lay the groundwork for more consistent, efficient processes across EHR Association member companies, the RECs, and even other HIT companies who, we hope, will support our collective efforts on behalf of providers to better manage this complex effort.”
The Association also submitted its comments to the HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) on its preliminary Stage 2 meaningful use proposals. Particular emphasis was made on ensuring that the regulatory schedule allows for sufficient time for software developers and providers to safely develop, implement, and train users on a new software release. The Association is encouraging the HITPC to focus on lessons learned from Stage 1, increasing Stage 1 percentages vs. adding new criteria, and limiting new quality criteria to those specialties that were not included in Stage 1.
“We had more companies supporting this work than on any earlier public comment effort,” said Jarvis. “We clearly recognize the critical importance of getting this right – not only for software developers but, more importantly, for the thousands of provider organizations that are working to achieve meaningful use.”
In preparing this collaborative response, the Association relied on its workgroup structure, which ensures that representation from both enterprise-focused companies and ambulatory-only EHR suppliers, is balanced. Charlene Underwood of Siemens, a former EHR Association Chair and Chair of the Association’s workgroup that led their response effort, said, “This is a process that we’ve used in the past to engage as many member companies and, through them, their customers who reviewed our comments and provided feedback. We hope that the Policy Committee will consider our suggestions in this broader context as we work together to establish achievable objectives and measures that truly encourage adoption and use of interoperable EHRs.” Ms. Underwood serves on the HITPC meaningful use workgroup, representing EHR software developers.
Dvorak added, “While we have shared our concerns as software developers and on behalf of our customers who gave us input as EHR users, we are very encouraged by announcements which were made after several meetings with ONC representatives during HIMSS that they are considering how to correct the timing issue. We believe that a successful Stage 2 will focus on building on Stage 1 capabilities and lessons learned, and recommend that we all concentrate on those key initiatives that can be implemented broadly and deliver the most benefit for taxpayers’ investment in health IT.”
The EHR Association’s detailed comments on Stage 2 meaningful use proposals, as well as its cover letter summarizing these recommendations, is available at www.himssehra.org.

About the HIMSS EHR Association
The HIMSS EHR Association is a trade association of 46 electronic health record (EHR) companies that join together to lead the health IT industry in the accelerated adoption of electronic health records in hospital andambulatory care settings in the US. The Association provides a leadership forum for the EHR software provider community to speak with a unified voice relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other EHR issues as they become subject to increasing government, insurance and provider-driven initiatives and requests. Membership is open to HIMSS Corporate Members companies that design, develop and market their own EHRs. The Association is a partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and operates as an independent organizational unit within HIMSS. For more information, visit http://www.himssEHRA.org.

March 7, 2011 I Written By

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