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Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Warns Healthcare CIOs: Telehealth Has Reached Its Tipping Point

Solution Provider Says Now is the Time to Implement Telehealth Plans

NEW YORK, January 26, 2017 – It’s no secret that telehealth will be among the most talked about healthcare IT topics at HIMSS17 – a prediction perfectly aligned with last month’s revelation from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) that telemedicine is its members’ top medical regulatory issue. According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), telehealth is at a tipping point as the lines between healthcare and telehealth continue to blur. Soon, there will be no distinction between the two – telehealth will become a natural extension of the way medical care is provided. Logicalis warns that healthcare organizations that are unprepared for this change put themselves at risk of being overwhelmed by the coming onslaught of expectations and regulations as the consumerization of IT extends to the healthcare market.  To help healthcare CIOs transition to a successful telehealth implementation, Logicalis is offering a downloadable white paper, “How to Design and Implement a Successful Telehealth Program for Your Organization.”

“Younger generations of patients are digital natives, so a concept like telehealth is not foreign to them.  When possible, they would rather see their clinicians virtually than face-to-face.  Think of it like the transition from banking in front of a teller to online banking or from shopping in a store to using Amazon – the change that’s coming in healthcare will be just as widespread and radical,” says Ed Simcox, Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “To accommodate this, the regulatory environment is changing and the way that payers reimburse for telehealth is improving. Yet, a lot of healthcare organizations are still playing a wait-and-see game.  Our advice is to take strong initial steps now, planning the implementation of their telehealth programs and blending them into their overall clinical profile so they don’t get left behind by patients and payers alike.  Implementing telehealth doesn’t happen overnight – start now or you could miss the boat.”

How Does Telehealth Fit into the ONC’s Triple Aim?

As hospitals and healthcare systems work toward the ideal of value-based care, they are under tremendous pressure from payers to deliver better population health as a whole and from an increasingly younger patient demographic to deliver a more consumer-like healthcare experience.  Understandably, these pressures have led the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to adopt as one of its top missions the Triple Aim, three important healthcare industry goals originally conceived by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) for optimizing the performance of health systems.  The experts at Logicalis Healthcare Solutions point out that telehealth can contribute significantly to achieving each goal, a key indicator that telehealth’s time has come.

1.      Improve the Patient’s Care Experience: The goal of telehealth is to give patients anytime, anywhere access to quality care.  With telehealth, hospitals and healthcare systems can literally deliver the physician’s office via an app to a patient’s computer or mobile device. By taking the physical exam room or clinic out of the picture and putting the virtual version of that experience directly into the consumer’s hands, healthcare providers are taking the next step in the consumerization of healthcare IT and delivering the kind of digital service that will usher in a new frontier in medical care.

2.      Improve the Health of Populations: By making healthcare more easily accessible to entire populations of people that previously had physical or geographic limitations to receiving it, telehealth can improve the health of entire populations. Imagine, for example, a senior citizen who has trouble walking and can no longer drive – simply getting to the doctor for diagnoses and periodic followup examinations may be difficult which means such patients often forego recommended care.  Imagine, too, the difficulty for families who don’t have ready access to a reliable vehicle – how will they visit the doctor in person? Telehealth gives them an alternate solution.

3.      Reduce Per Capita Costs of Healthcare: When providers make it easier for patients to consume healthcare, patients become more compliant – and, typically, as compliance with medical advice improves, so does the patient’s health. By monitoring chronic conditions, for example, via telehealth, healthcare organizations can bend the cost curve for an entire population of at-risk people, improving each individual’s overall health and reducing the cost of care as a result.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

January 26, 2017 I Written By

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

Teladoc Sets Record with 100,000 Telehealth Visits during November

Engagement with Clients and Members Continues to Boost Telehealth Utilization

LEWISVILLE, Texas (December 6, 2016) – Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE: TDOC), the undisputed leader in telehealth, providing access to care for millions, announced today that a company record was set during the month of November with a total of 101,600 patient visits. The impressive milestone was fueled by an increase in utilization among existing members, along with new members and expanded clinical services. The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) predicted the telehealth industry to record a total of 1.25 million visits in 2016, and Teladoc is accounting for significant growth in the market as demonstrated by its new record monthly visit volume.

“This new milestone of more than 100,000 monthly patient visits further substantiates that Teladoc has the scalable platform, clinical expertise and member support needed to effectively manage the increased volume as more and more consumers are engaging with us,” said Stephany Verstraete, chief marketing officer, Teladoc.  “Our innovative approach to driving adoption is proving effective in shifting member mindset; members are embracing Teladoc as a valued care option.”

Further substantiating the significance of the Teladoc milestone is that the CDC has reported total flu visits to be below the national baseline this year. Rather, it is the Teladoc member engagement initiatives, broad network of U.S. board-certified physicians, and expansion into clinical specialties that are credited with fueling Teladoc’s growth in patient visits. In addition to the record high of monthly visits, Teladoc also set a daily visit record high during November of 4,158 visits, along with the busiest hour which saw 425 visits, or one visit every 8.5 seconds.

“Our superior member engagement practices combined with the strength and breadth of our offerings are enabling us to meet consumers where they are, provide the quality services they need, and deliver industry-leading ROI for our clients and partners,” added Verstraete.

For more information on the Teladoc telehealth solution, visit https://www.teladoc.com/.

About Teladoc

Teladoc, Inc. (NYSE:TDOC) is the nation’s leading provider of telehealth services and a pioneering force in bringing the virtual care visit into the mainstream of today’s health care ecosystem. Serving some 7,000 clients — including health plans, health systems, employers and other organizations — more than 17 million members can use phone, mobile devices and secure online video to connect within minutes to Teladoc’s network of more than 3,100 board-certified, state-licensed physicians and behavioral health specialists, 24/7. With national coverage, a robust, scalable platform and a Lewisville, TX-based member services center staffed by 400 employees, Teladoc offers the industry’s most comprehensive and complete telehealth solution including primary care, behavioral health care, dermatology, tobacco cessation and more. For additional information, please visit www.teladoc.com.

December 6, 2016 I Written By

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

Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Asks CIOs: Do Your Physicians See Telehealth as a Primary Way to Practice Medicine?

Solution Provider Says Integrating Telehealth into Existing EHR Solutions Encourages Clinician Adoption

NEW YORK, August 9, 2016 – The market is ripe for the rapid expansion of telehealth services as technological capabilities increase and user acceptance – particularly among digital natives like millennials – grows. According to experts, however, there is a key factor still standing in the way of widespread telehealth adoption: Clinicians accustomed to practicing medicine in a traditional face-to-face setting are finding it difficult to incorporate telehealth into their daily workflow.  According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), as important as it is to ensure patients are comfortable using telehealth, it is equally important to ensure physicians and their staff see telehealth as part of their regular workflow.  The best way to do that, Logicalis experts say, is to leverage the healthcare organization’s existing electronic health record (EHR) system, an application that is already a central part of clinicians’ everyday experience.

“The application environment for telehealth is really what will make or break telehealth adoption among clinicians,” says Ed Simcox, Healthcare Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “Organizations that are able to leverage the existing EHR, which is already vital to the physician’s experience during in-office visits, and augment that with well-integrated, third-party capabilities that enhance the telehealth visit will create an easy-to-use application environment that clinicians will embrace.”

Integrating Telehealth into Clinicians’ Daily Workflow

There are four important steps CIOs can take to ensure clinician buy-in of a new telehealth program.  The key, according to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions experts, is to address these steps in the early stages of telehealth planning before any design or implementation takes place.

  1. Incorporate the Existing EHR: By relying on the existing EHR as the core application providing the portal for patient interaction as well as an integration point for scheduling, clinical notes documentation and the prescription of medications, solution providers can help create a virtual experience that not only emulates the physician’s in-office routine, but encourages clinicians to see telehealth as a primary way to practice medicine rather than an outlying service that happens to be offered but is not fully integrated into the practice.
  2. Tightly Integrate Third-Party Applications: Some aspects of the telehealth experience will naturally be tied to the EHR from the start – electronic appointment setting, for example, may be done from the EHR’s secure patient portal.  Other aspects – such as a “virtual waiting room” – will need to be provided by an application outside of the EHR solution, yet must be seamlessly integrated into the EHR functionality to give physicians and their staff a streamlined user experience that feels as similar to an in-person visit as possible.
  3. Make Use of the Familiar: Each step in the telehealth process should follow the same pattern of patient interaction and employ the same terminology – waiting room, intake/evaluation, examination, checkout, prescription, documentation – that clinicians are already accustomed to in face-to-face patient encounters. Experts agree, the more “normal” the experience feels for both patient and staff alike, the more likely telehealth is to be embraced by all.
  4. Avoid Duplicated Work Efforts: To make the best use of telehealth and to encourage clinicians to make it a part of their daily workflow, it is also important to ensure that there is no duplication of data entry along the way.  Everything in a well-oiled telehealth solution should be automated and streamlined. Consider the checkout process, for example. Since telehealth patients will schedule appointments online through a secure patient portal, they can also input their billing and payment information at the same time; this means there is no need for a manual check-out step at the end of the encounter. When the visit with the physician is over, the appointment simply ends saving both the patient and the facility additional time and resources as the visit comes to a close.

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About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

August 9, 2016 I Written By

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

HealthSpot disrupts the lab industry with plans to bring 7 minute blood tests to retail pharmacy clinics

HealthSpot demonstrates the telehealth industry’s first integrated lab test with Samsung Electronics’ rapid lab testing device at NACDS Expo in Denver
DENVER – August 24, 201510:00 am MDT – NACDS -The Total Store Expo – Booth #419 – HealthSpot®, a pioneer in patient-centric and provider-driven healthcare technology, will unveil new point-of-care lab technology from Samsung that analyzes your blood while you wait with a drop of blood from a finger stick. Pending FDA approval, consumers will be able to obtain fast, easy and accurate blood tests for cholesterol, diabetes and liver tests, as well as other lab tests simultaneously, and get results in as little as 7 minutes.
HealthSpot has already transformed the retail clinic by adding a virtual healthcare provider visit and in the future will be able to automate and integrate lab visits. The HealthSpot technology will connect lab results not only with the doctor’s electronic medical record but with the consumer’s personal health record and with the consumer’s insurance benefit plan and billing.
Through HealthSpot’s telehealth platform and integrated biomedical equipment, medical providers can virtually examine a patient using equipment similar to that found in their doctor’s office. With the addition of point-of-care technology, clinicians will be able to get on-demand results to make decisions right at the point of care, providing health systems with efficiency and cost reduction while improving health outcomes.
At NACDS Expo, taking place August 22-25 in Denver, CO, HealthSpot will showcase Samsung’s latest medical innovation, the Samsung LABGEO PT10, a smart, compact clinical chemistry analyzer, which HealthSpot plans to deploy into its stations. Attendees can experience HealthSpot’s innovative, private kiosk that virtually connects patients to providers from local and national health systems. With the addition of Samsung’s blood analyzer, consumers will be able to get affordable and on-demand lab results in addition to access to healthcare providers, inside HealthSpot stations at convenient retail pharmacy locations. The Samsung LABGEO PT10 saves time for clinicians, improving efficiency and accuracy through automated and rapid testing in seven minutes. It also reduces wait times for consumers while requiring less blood from the patient for the analysis.
“Adding labs to HealthSpot significantly enhances our mission to transform healthcare for consumers and providers. We are transforming retail clinics into a true extension of the local medical community and widening the scope of services that can be offered via telehealth. The addition of blood analysis via Samsung’s smart point-of-care technology will allow providers to go one step further for virtual exams inside the HealthSpot station and serve patients better than ever before,” said HealthSpot CEO Steve Cashman. “We are helping consumerize healthcare-no more needles, no more wait and all at a lower cost. People like that.”
HealthSpot is already bringing the doctor’s office to consumers in retail pharmacies across Ohio. The HealthSpot station is a fully-enclosed, 40-square-foot kiosk enabled with proprietary cloud-based telemedicine software that allows patients to be seen and treated for a series of illnesses and conditions.
About HealthSpot

HealthSpot® is healthcare, reimagined. A pioneer in connected care, HealthSpot has built a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform that combines cloud-based software with the award-winning HealthSpot station, digital medical devices and mobile applications. HealthSpot’s platform radically transforms today’s healthcare system by enabling the delivery of quality, affordable medical care through a diverse professional care network for patients in efficient, convenient locations like pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, employer and community sites, universities and the home. For more information on HealthSpot, go to www.healthspot.net.About the Samsung LABGEO PT10

The Samsung LABGEO PT10 is not FDA cleared and is not yet sold in the USA. The product is CE/IVD registered for international use and is currently sold outside the USA.

August 24, 2015 I Written By

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

Honeywell HomMed Announces LifeStream Leaders Advantage Program To Help Providers Better Implement, Market Telehealth Programs

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – April 1, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) HomMed, a global leader in telehealth and remote patient care, today announced its LifeStream Leaders Advantage Program, designed to support healthcare providers as they implement, market and grow their telehealth programs.
With LifeStream Leaders Advantage, healthcare providers can tap into Honeywell HomMed’s network of marketing assets and clinical expertise – including educational opportunities, access to marketing funds and vertical marketing kits – to ensure they have the right tools in place to successfully communicate the benefits of their telehealth programs to patients and referral sources, such as physicians and hospitals.
“Giving our customers the support they need to make their telehealth programs successful benefits everyone across the care continuum – from providers to physicians to patients,” said John Bojanowski, president-Honeywell HomMed.

The LifeStream Leaders Advantage program has three membership levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze, and provides a wide range of benefits, including access to market development funds, on-site clinical consultation support throughout the calendar year, the ability to become a member of HomMed’s advisory board, and marketing planning support. At the Gold and Silver membership levels, participants can also accrue Market Development Funds that allow them to select from an array of additional marketing and clinical support activities, including clinical visits, goal setting, company-wide email campaigns and online optimization support.

“The program was developed to support our customers as they communicate the benefits of a telehealth program to their customers,” said Wendy Tobin, Manager of Channel Marketing of Honeywell HomMed, and the Program’s designer.  “We created the tiers in the program to provide the level of assistance our customers need, based on the size and scope of their existing telehealth program, and offer our support as they expand their programs in the future.”

For more information about Honeywell HomMed’s LifeStream Leaders Advantage Program, please visit: www.hommed.com/leaders-advantage.

 

About Honeywell:

Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

About Honeywell HomMed:

Honeywell HomMed is part of the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions business group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Honeywell HomMed, please visit www.hommed.com.

 

 

April 8, 2013 I Written By

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

Philips Healthcare and Vidyo Enable Enterprise-Grade Video for Remote Patient Monitoring

Clinical Care and Coordination Is Revolutionized with Vidyo’s Next-generation Video Communications Technology Incorporated into Philips’ IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 Platform
Andover, MA and Hackensack, NJ – March 6, 2013 – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and Vidyo, Inc. today announced that the first Philips Healthcare solution incorporating enterprise-grade video for patient monitoring applications – Philips IntelliSpace eCareManager  3.9 enterprise telehealth platform featuring Vidyo’s VidyoRouter technology –  was launched during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 conference and exhibition in New Orleans.
The new remote patient monitoring platform follows an earlier announcement of the companies’ collaboration in April 2012, initiating Philips’ launch of an enterprise video conferencing platform for healthcare to be used for monitoring ICU patients. Technological features of the system incorporate multiple tools for enabling better coordination of patient care, care team collaboration, and patient engagement; allowing visual monitoring and access to vital patient information from remote locations, in a reliable and cost effective manner.
The platform combines Philips orb – a newly launched graphical dashboard – with Vidyo’s VidyoRouter Platform, which expands the ability for care provider devices to work across a broader range of networks. Orb’s ability to integrate practical data with visual technology helps clinicians to prioritize patient needs and streamline in-hospital care. The orb dashboard features circles that represent individual patients and their health status. By viewing these circles, clinicians can determine, at a glance, important patient or population-level information, such as which patients are in need of immediate care versus others who might be ready for hospital discharge. It also helps clinicians prioritize information that was previously unavailable due to the massive amount of data created by a single patient, whether they are providing care at the bedside, from the nurses’ station, or hundreds of miles away from a remote, centralized telehealth care team.
As the adoption of telehealth by health systems continues to increase, companies with complementary technologies are working together to support clinicians who are managing large populations of patients remotely but don’t have the capacity to manage multiple technical systems. Philips eCareManager 3.9 and Vidyo’s collaboration provides a continuous, single platform to reduce technological redundancies – from the Emergency Department to the ICU and discharge – and offers continuity for quality of care.
The integrated workflow provides healthcare facilities with the flexibility to manage large patient populations while maintaining visibility into individual treatment needs. The system enables an expansion of video telepresence across geographically dispersed locations, and aggregates clinical informatics solutions designed to improve the quality of patient care for patients in the hospital and in the home.
“Enterprise-wide deployment of next-generation telehealth services requires advanced video technology that is scalable and flexible enough to support the needs of today’s caregiver, family and patient, regardless of distance or setting.” said Lori Lazzara, Philips’ VP, GM Connected Care Solutions. “This newest version of our IntelliSpace eCareManager platform is the first system which meaningfully combines these innovative technologies from Vidyo and Philips, and underscores our shared commitment to enabling patients to be transitioned between acuity levels at the most appropriate time, to improve patient care and reduce costs.”
“When two leaders in technological innovation, such as Philips and Vidyo, combine forces, the result is game-changing for the healthcare market,” said Amnon Gavish, Vidyo’s Senior VP of Vertical Solutions. “The interface of our two platforms is a significant first step toward a longer- term vision of providing effective telepresence for improving patient management in the ever-evolving environment of healthcare.”
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 118,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc., pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways that interoperate with H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based broadcast solutions. Vidyo for Healthcare eliminates the access, performance and cost issues of traditional systems that require expensive MCU equipment and dedicated QoS. With its amazing quality, unmatched accessibility and market-shifting cost-efficiency, Vidyo for Healthcare provides hospitals, specialized medical centers and physician clinics with low latency telepresence-quality video conferencing from any mobile, desktop or room-based endpoint over the Internet, WiFi and 4G networks.  Vidyo delivers end-to-end encryption, provides HIPAA-compliant security, and easily integrates into existing healthcare environments with support for a variety of medical devices and interoperability with existing conferencing infrastructure. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.

March 6, 2013 I Written By

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

Philips introduces breakthrough graphical dashboard to advance its eICU telehealth offering

Featuring orb, turning complex data into clear, at a glance, patient-specific information.

New Orleans, La., USA – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announces the launch of its IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 health care platform, powered by orb, during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 conference and exhibition. Included in Philips’ latest offering to its eICU program is orb, a new graphical dashboard that is actuated by over 100 clinical rules, to analyze, process and visualize complex clinical data in real time and tell a better story about what is going on with that specific patient, and in a visually digestible form.

Currently, Philips eICU customers have oversight for nearly 7,000 ICU beds, with approximately 150 patients being monitored in an average Tele-ICU simultaneously, with larger sites caring for over 400 patients on any given day. To present data to support proactive patient interaction, a new type of population-based representation is needed.

Orb’s ability to integrate practical data with visual technology helps clinicians to prioritize patient needs and streamline in-hospital care. The dashboard features circles that represent individual patients and their health status. By viewing these circles, clinicians can determine, at a glance, important patient or population-level information, such as which patients are in need of immediate care versus others who might be ready for hospital discharge. It also helps clinicians prioritize information that was previously unavailable due to the massive amount of data created by a single patient, whether they are providing care at the bedside, from the nurses’ station, or hundreds of miles away from a remote, centralized telehealth care team.

“Health reform places priority on improving the quality of patient care, and key performance indicators such as patient mortality, length of stay, hospital-acquired infections, and hospital readmissions across health system enterprises,” said Lori Lazzara, vice president and general manager, Connected Care Solutions, Philips Healthcare. “Philips eICU Program customers monitor more than 350,000 ICU patients every year and orb demonstrates our commitment to connected care, giving clinicians the flexibility to manage a large population of patients without losing the individualized treatment needs of each person.”

Hospital systems participating in peer-reviewed studies on Tele-ICU programs have shown a reduction in mortality of 20% and length of stay by 30%,1,2,3 and cost reductions in one of the highest cost areas for any hospital. Showcasing its commitment in this space, the Philips eICU program solution seamlessly blends medicine, transformative services and technology to address ICU physician and nurse shortages, increase access to care and dramatically improve quality of care. The Philips eICU program has been shown to reduce mortality and LOS at those levels.[1],[2]

Key functions and customer benefits of the IntelliSpace eCareManager health care platform, powered by orb:

 

•          Enables proportional population management to leverage scarce resources

•          Provides proactive management of patients to avoid complications

•          Visualizes key physiologic indicators for overall patient health/progression

•          Optimizes existing care-provider staff

•          Incorporates single-point visualization of data otherwise fragmented across many systems

Philips telehealth technology is an example of the company’s commitment to helping patients and healthcare system manage transitions between hospital and home. Philips’ Hospital to Home solutions aim to help manage and treat chronic disease, reduce hospital readmission rates, control costs, and increase efficiencies. Philips draws on deep experience in the hospital and in the home to offer a breadth of innovative solutions designed to empower care teams and patients in their quest to maintain continuity at every stage and each transition.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

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

Philips unveils clinical information technology solutions that drive quality, productivity and value at HIMSS 2013

Clinical IT@work solutions for supporting connected care in clinical decision support, interoperability, telehealth and mobility to be shown at Booth 1919

New Orleans, La., USA – At the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is showcasing  its commitment to simplifying clinical workflow, reducing health care costs and improving patient care through its latest health information technology (IT) solutions as part of its robust Clinical IT@work approach.

Under the Clinical IT@work umbrella, Philips is at the forefront of health IT innovation to provide the solutions that connect care wherever it is needed—in or out of the hospital. These solutions are developed understanding the growing need for them to fit into healthcare providers’ clinical IT strategies and infrastructure.

Dramatic changes affecting healthcare are taking place worldwide, driving evolution in the traditional healthcare enterprise. The traditional inpatient-outpatient setting is shifting toward an extended care experience that continues when the patient leaves the hospital. This is creating the need for advanced clinical technology solutions that are not only focused on outcomes-based data but also span and support the continuum of care.

“Philips understands the pressures that hospitals face in providing quality, efficient care while reducing unnecessary health care spending, particularly here in the U.S. in the era of the federal health reform law,” said Mike Mancuso, Executive Vice President and CEO of Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, Philips Healthcare. “We address the needs of health care providers by developing interoperable clinical software solutions based on the latest standards that help them analyze patient data efficiently while our mobile and telehealth technologies are designed to improve efficiency and access to care.”

Philips’ approach to Clinical IT@work supports connected care for clinicians by focusing on four key areas: clinical decision support, interoperability, telehealth and mobility. Some of the enterprise software solutions that deliver on these key areas include:

–       IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere*: IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere is an image and report viewer based on Philips’ IntelliSpace PACS 4.4. IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 is a unique image management solution that allows any physician in the hospital to access full fidelity images within three seconds. The IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere viewer is designed to support remote users, or users requiring a solution that can be utilized on multiple platforms, such as laptops and mobile devices. It does not require installation of additional software and therefore will be an easy-to-use solution that expands physician access to patient information, images and reports for communication and collaboration.

–       Orb: Orb is a newly launched dashboard or “graphical census” within the IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 software – the essential technology behind Philips’ eICU program. Orb dynamically updates a patient’s status and serves as a real-time visual metaphor for complex clinical data. With orb, ICU clinicians can receive important patient information at a glance for faster prioritization, have oversight of a large number of patients, and target key physiologic areas of patient condition to define a care plan.

–       IntelliVue Mobile Caregiver**: The IntelliVue Mobile Caregiver app is a mobile application that will be available soon. It is expected to deliver near real-time data from Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring systems directly to the clinician’s smart phone or tablet. With this free mobile app, IntelliVue customers will be able to easily access patient monitoring information anywhere—in or out of the hospital, allowing them to more quickly make informed decisions on patient care.

–       AirStrip Technologies partnership: In order to advance its mobile solution capabilities and effectiveness, Philips is partnering with AirStrip Technologies, a leader in healthcare mobility solutions, to leverage AirStrip’s technology in Philips IntelliVue Information Center (PIIC) – a powerful, real-time central monitoring system that offers clinicians easy access to information.

March 1, 2013 I Written By

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

Digital Overload of Healthcare Information and Looming Deadlines Driving New Challenges for IT Executives

Independent Study Commissioned by Level 3 Reveals Confidence Lacking in Network Security as Infrastructure Demands Continue to Increase

Broomfield, CO — Network security issues, vital infrastructure upgrades, Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation and impending federal deadlines will guide priorities this year, according to an independent research study of 100 healthcare provider CIOs and senior IT executives commissioned by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT). At the same time, healthcare CIOs and IT executives are less inclined to focus on mobile-enabled healthcare (mHealth) and slow to adopt cloud computing based on survey responses.

Research highlights and IT challenges for 2013 include:

—56 percent were only “somewhat confident” in their ability to prevent a privacy or security breach on their network
—76 percent of respondents are planning to upgrade their network infrastructure in the next two years
—24 percent reported they are using cloud-based computing, much lower than other industries
—Only 17 percent believe mHealth will have a significant impact on the healthcare industry
—80 percent agree that EHR-based systems will improve patient care
—More than 60 percent of respondents suggest EHR and Meaningful Use mandates are a “good idea” to support better quality patient care

Confidence in Security Lacking
The research study found that many healthcare organizations might not be prepared to deal with the scale of the security challenges headed their way, as more and more critical patient information is digitized. (Reference Exhibits 1 & 2.)

While 80 percent reported their organization had not experienced a security breach in the past 12 months, more than half (56 percent) of those respondents were only “somewhat confident” in their ability to prevent a security breach on their network. This indicates a strong lack of confidence for an industry that experiences a significant number of security breaches each year. In fact, a 2012 survey of 80 healthcare organizations from the Ponemon Institute found that 94 percent of the organizations had a least one data breach in the past two years, at an average cost of $2.4 million per data breach.

Security concerns are also a critical component of EHR implementations. Seventy-seven percent of respondents cited security breaches as either a major or moderate EHR implementation issue. The second top-rated concern with EHRs is patient safety, followed third by privacy issues. Security breaches and patients’ privacy issues were slightly more likely to be of “major concern” among large organizations, due to the sheer volume of patient information at risk. Lower on the list of EHR implementation concerns was penalty costs – 35 percent said security and compliance-related penalties were of little to no concern. (Reference Exhibit 3.)

“Patient privacy and the security of health records are weighing on the minds of healthcare CIOs,” said Karl Strohmeyer, Level 3 group vice president. “The ‘Future of Healthcare IT’ study reinforces that there is no room to take chances when patients’ privacy is at risk – ensuring the confidentiality of patient data should be a top priority. As more and more healthcare-related information is digitized and shared remotely, the need for secure networks and services to protect this data will continue to grow.”

Slow to Adopt Cloud Computing
Although many respondents recognized that cloud computing can offer cost-savings and capacity benefits, just 24 percent reported they are using cloud-based computing, which is a relatively low uptake compared to other industries.

Little Traction For mHealth
An even smaller percentage – 17 percent – believes mobile-enabled healthcare will have a significant impact on the healthcare industry, suggesting the healthcare IT industry may not yet be fully primed for a widespread move to mHealth technology and applications.

Telehealth Care Still Growing Trend
The survey results showed that telehealth is a growing trend, with two-thirds (67 percent) of organizations indicating that they currently have telehealth capabilities. The driving factor behind telehealth is patient care. Respondents believe these capabilities will offer both providers and patients better access to EHRs and, as a result, improve patient care. (Reference Exhibit 4.)

Additionally, more than one-third (37 percent) of respondents believe interconnectivity of healthcare facilities will have the greatest impact on the healthcare industry, and another one-quarter (27 percent) believes EHRs themselves will have the greatest impact.

Constant Infrastructure Upgrades In the Works
The study also showed that network infrastructure demands will continue to grow as healthcare organizations try to prepare for increased interconnectivity of healthcare facilities, security demands and other healthcare-related technology advancements. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of respondents are planning to upgrade their network infrastructure in the next two years driven by implementation of EHRs, interconnectivity between providers and facilities, and medical imaging demands. (Reference Exhibit 5.)

“The expansion of network infrastructure that we anticipate will allow healthcare organizations to store massive amounts of patient information securely,” said Strohmeyer. “Providers can access digitized information from any location in real time, ultimately resulting in substantial efficiencies in patient care. Interconnectivity and network security are essential to meeting the growing demands of the digital healthcare world.”

“EHR Deadline is Feasible”
The research also revealed that, despite feeling pressure to implement EHRs to meet new federal regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), most healthcare CIOs and senior executives support the efforts and believe ACA timeframes are feasible. More than 60 percent of respondents suggest EHR and Meaningful Use mandates are a “good idea” – due primarily to the fact that EHRs are expected to support better quality patient care with increased access to medical records and information by providers. In addition, 79 percent believe the 2015 EHR deadline is feasible.

Study Methodology & Demographics
Level 3 commissioned Corona Insights to conduct the “Future of Healthcare IT” study in November 2012. The 100-person respondent base was comprised of CIOs and other c-level and senior IT executives who are employed by hospitals, medical centers and physicians’ offices. The size of the organizations managed by these CIOs and executives range in revenues from $10 million to $1 billion.

To Learn More
To learn more about the research findings and Level 3’s solutions for the healthcare industry, please visit http://www.level3.com/en/solutions/industry/healthcare/.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com

February 9, 2013 I Written By

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

Anoto Announces Continued Worldwide Expansion in Healthcare

The stunning commercial success of tablets and other mobile solutions often masks the newness of these technologies, most of which have become popular only in the last two years. Nowhere is this more the case than in the world of healthcare. Here information usually starts its journey as a piece of paper, a form, or some other document.

Despite the common wisdom that a smartphone or tablet is the best choice when considering a mobile solution, there remains an enormous range of healthcare documents and papers that still need to be filled out or marked up by hand.

Healthcare applications across the globe are turning to the solution to provide instantaneous access to information. As the original mobile device, the pen has been transformed from a device that puts ink onto paper into a rugged, versatile and exceptionally easy-to-use data input device – a smart pen – that lends itself to a variety of unique and highly valuable use cases. There are a number of interesting examples spanning the healthcare industry where digital pen technology is being used.

Technology Being Utilized Around the Globe to Instantly Digitize Information

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — November 13, 2012 — Anoto Group, the creator of Digital Pen and Paper technology, today announced that its flexible and easy-to-use mobile solutions are being adopted by a wide range of healthcare organizations throughout the globe to provide instant access to information.

Anoto operates through a network of specialized partners that work with healthcare organizations that, due to varied circumstances, continue to rely on paper to capture information. Since data collected by the pen becomes instantly available, the solution provides a way for physicians to better collaborate and consult with other healthcare professionals, when and where they need to, translating into better healthcare for all. There is also no physical barrier to the communication between the doctor and the patient that can result with other, more bulky, kinds of technologies such as tablets and laptops.

In addition, the costs associated with training and workflow interruption are dramatically reduced when using a data capture method that is as familiar and intuitive as a pen. For instance, in the UK market, the National Health Service needs to reach a return on investment (ROI) within 18 months on any new technology deployment. Therefore, digital pen technology has been embraced as an ideal solution since it is quick to implement and quick to deliver tangible benefits.

“We continue to find that paper use in healthcare is prevalent universally, particularly for those in remote locations or under pressure to provide accelerated ROI,” said Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto. “With Anoto digital pen technology, physicians can digitize information simply by just changing the pen they are using. Better collaboration with patients and healthcare professionals occurs as a result of the information becoming immediately available.”

A recent survey conducted by Anoto looking at paper use in healthcare, found that more than half of respondents still use paper as a primary source for tracking information within their organizations’ daily activities, citing reasons such as:

  • Paper is too embedded in the culture;
  • Technology adoption is too expensive; and
  • Switching to an electronic system requires too much training and would disrupt care delivery.

In addition, 63% of respondents spend anywhere from 25% to more than 75% of their time at work drafting or processing paperwork.

Digital pen technology’s mobility, ease of use and instantaneous data access has resulted in varied deployments worldwide. Some examples include:

  • Digitized Maternity Notes in the UK Digital pen technologies can be used for digitizing maternity notes, as seen recently by the Perinatal Institute, whose digital maternity notes could potentially save £16 million per annum, whilst freeing up even more time for patient care.
  • Meaningful Use in the United States – Digital pen technology is increasingly being utilized by healthcare providers to input structured data into a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) directly from paper. The result is the adoption of Meaningful Use certified EHRs across a range of areas including hospitals, ambulatory care facilities and physician practices.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Assessments for Wounded Warriors –TBIs are a serious consequence for soldiers in combat zones. Anoto digital pen technology is used to conduct the TBI test, providing detailed test results, which improves assessments and creates a detailed digital record to which clini­cians can get immediate access and use for long-term tracking.
  • Telehealth Anoto digital pens can be used in conjunction with mobile phone technologies for care in community initiatives, such as the Aneurin Bevan Health Board Frailty Program, which has saved the health board £600,000 per year.
  • Digital Pain Diary Brings Relief to Palliative Home Care in Sweden – Patients experienced an improvement in the contact with their caregivers and felt that they were participating more in their own care. The technology allowed patients to combine the comfort of being cared for in their own homes with real-time monitoring and control of their pain levels.
  • Greater Dedicated Time to Patients in UK 800 clinicians within the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust use Anoto’s digital pen technologies, which allow the Foundation Trust to spend more time with patients without increasing staff levels.
  • Breast Cancer Screenings in France – Digital pen technology makes it possible to speed up readings and returning interpretations of bi-annual mammograms. The solution helps to eliminate errors by non-medical staff when entering data. It has also resulted in significant cost and time savings. The average time sent per mammogram has been reduced from three hours to 20 minutes.
  • Rehabilitation in Switzerland – Physicians fill out pain assessments forms and the information instantly transferred to electronic data base. Data is now available faster, resulting in more time for care and increased security and accuracy of information.
  • Jamaica Cleft Pallet Surgery – Digital  pens are being used to document the efficacy of preventive dental care in Jamaica in order to drive expanded funding of worldwide programs from global health organizations.

The digital pen looks feels and writes like a normal ballpoint pen. However, it contains an integrated digital camera, an advanced image microprocessor and a mobile communications device for wireless connection. Using a digital pen on a surface covered with Anoto’s patented dot pattern, users can capture, store and then securely send the handwriting, enabling them to instantaneously convert ink to digital data. Every small area of the pattern has a unique combination of dots which indicates the exact position of the digital pen as it moves across the surface. There are so many unique combinations that if every variant of dots was printed out, the stack of paper would reach the moon or cover the continents of Europe and Asia twice over.

About Anoto Group

Anoto Group is the company behind and world leading in the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable transmission of handwritten text into a digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 100 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The company also has offices in Guildford and Wetherby (UK), Boston (US) and Tokyo (Japan). The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the ticker ANOT. For more information, please visit: www.anoto.com.

November 14, 2012 I Written By