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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

Independa Closes Convertible Note Funding at $2.35 Million

Independa, a leading innovator in this fast-growing area of healthcare, is announcing the closing of a funding round consisting of a $2.35 million convertible note.

Independa announced $1.6 million of the funding last September and said it was seeing strong interest from investors for more support of the company’s premise to offer integrated technology solutions to help older adults extend and enrich their independence.

The news today is that the company received an additional $750,000 in funding, which is $150,000 more than its original target of $2.2 million for this round. Independa announced the new funding during the Health Evolution Partners Leadership Summit, being held today through Friday in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Independa views the oversubscription in funding as strong validation of both its overall approach in telehealth and, specifically, of its recent moves to broaden its base of users in deals with LivHOME Inc. for elders living at home, and LG Electronics for those in independent living and assisted living facilities.

Oversubscribed Note Further Validates Investors’ Belief in Company’s Innovative Telehealth Approach to Enabling Independent Living for Elders via Cloud-based Services and Applications

SAN DIEGO – April 25, 2012 – Telehealth innovator Independa™ announced today that it has closed its convertible note funding at $2.35 million, with investment that surpassed the target of $2.2 million indicating strong affirmation of the company’s strategy to offer integrated technology solutions that enhance independence for older adults.

The additional $750,000 in backing disclosed today comes on top of $1.6 million in seed-round venture capital funding Independa announced last September. The company is now engaged in discussions with venture capital firms and strategic investors on a round of equity-based venture capital.

CEO Kian Saneii said the company will use the funds to expand sales, support and engineering operations, as well as marketing efforts aimed at broadening its customer base. Independa is one of 22 companies that are being nurtured in the San Diego-based business incubator, EvoNexus™.

Independa enables elderly care recipients to live in their current residences longer, safer and more comfortably – reducing costs, complexity and anguish while improving the lives of the care recipients and their caregivers alike. “The fact that we attracted funding that exceeded our goal further validates the growing acceptance of Independa solutions,” Saneii said.

Saneii pointed to the recent agreement with LivHOME Inc. to offer Independa’s Integrated CloudCare services that incorporate social engagement and remote monitoring for health and safety. This is in addition to Independa’s strategic relationship with LG Electronics to deploy Independa’s Angela™ application through LG commercial TV sets available to residents of independent living and assisted living facilities. Angela offers a suite of video calling, messaging, notifications, reminders and other services that enable elderly users to keep in touch with professional and family caregivers.

“These are exciting times for Independa. In addition to our announced partnerships with LivHOME and LG, and continually adding solutions to our highly integrated offerings, we are pursuing other opportunities for growth,” Saneii said. “It’s both rewarding and humbling to be recognized as the poster child for success in technology-enabled independent living. We’re thrilled to be a part of this expanding connected health market beginning to take off in the United States and globally.”

The latest investment comes from new and previous funders. Southern California venture capital firms Miramar Venture Partners and City Hill Ventures™, which participated in the earlier seed round, increased their investment positions. In addition to the $2.35 million raised to date, Independa announced in September that it had received $200,000 in debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank (NASDAQ: SIVB).

About Independa, Inc.

Independa offers integrated technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa’s best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly to remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides holistic solutions that seamlessly operate across otherwise not connected devices, such as telephones, tablets, touchscreen computers and TVs. Services include medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

May 9, 2012 I Written By

Honeywell HomMed Presents the Future of Telehealth With the New Genesis Touch™

Samsung Mobile and Honeywell HomMed are pleased to announce the launch of the Genesis Touch home healthcare solution, running on the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. Now, the original Galaxy Tab is the first Samsung Mobile device to receive FDA approval clearance as part of an innovative home health solution. Please see below for more details and let me know if you have any questions.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Adds High-touch Technology to Family of Personal Health Devices

LAS VEGAS – February 22, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) HomMed, a global leader in telehealth and remote patient care, today announced the newest addition to its Genesis™ product line – the Genesis Touch™– a personal health device designed to address the current and future needs of patients who use telehealth to better manage their healthcare.

The Genesis Touch™ redefines available telehealth technology with a simple-to-use Android-based tablet offering patients and their families increased information and flexibility, while delivering a richer interaction between patients and their healthcare providers.

“The Genesis Touch represents the next step in the progression of remote patient care,” said Terry Duesterhoeft, president of Honeywell HomMed. “Blending the latest in widely-accepted consumer technology with all the traditional telehealth benefits that healthcare providers, patients and their families have come to expect from the Genesis family of products allows Honeywell HomMed to continue redefining how – and where – remote patient monitoring occurs.”

Redefining Telehealth – One Touch at a Time

As with Honeywell’s other Genesis telehealth monitors, the Genesis Touch collects vital signs from patients and transmits it to Honeywell’s LifeStream™ Management Suite, so healthcare providers can track and monitor their patients’ data.  In addition, the Genesis Touch also blends HomMed’s highly-intuitive user interface with the strengths of Samsung Mobile’s Galaxy Tab™ platform and the Verizon network, while acting as a portal to access a wide range of applications, such as Fuze Meeting.

“The Genesis Touch enables patients to leverage existing technology tools to improve their healthcare management,” said Duesterhoeft.  “The touchscreen platform is both efficient and familiar, while the integrated video adds a ‘personal touch’ to patient interactions with their healthcare providers.  And the anywhere-communication aspect addresses the need to have increased mobility in data management, a key offering in today’s healthcare marketplace.”

Key features of the Genesis Touch include:

  • Fuze Meeting, a real-time visual collaboration and conferencing application for the Genesis Touch, features simple, integrated video capabilities for face-to-face interaction between a patient and their healthcare provider.
  • Capitalizing on Verizon’s reliable 3G network and with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities, the Genesis Touch sports enhanced mobility to allow patients to securely manage their health, whether they are at home in Maine or on vacation in Alaska.
  • As an FDA-cleared dedicated personal health device, the Genesis Touch delivers stability and enhanced security for patient users, securing patient data to meet HIPAA requirements.  A tamper-resistant interface protects the device and its information from the threat of viruses.
  • The Genesis Touch features an open-development platform for third-party developers to continue to expand the range of applications, devices and services for Genesis Touch patients and healthcare providers.

“Our collaboration with Honeywell HomMed addresses the ever-increasing consumer demand for more efficient mobile healthcare solutions,” said Tim Wagner, vice president and general manager of B2B Sales for Samsung Mobile.  “We believe the premium hardware of the Android-powered Galaxy Tab addresses previous challenges with mobile technology adoption and positively impacts the ability to treat patients. The ability of our device to embody an FDA-cleared healthcare solution speaks to its efficiency, reliability, and versatility.”

“We’re excited to bring the benefits of Fuze Meeting’s multi-party video conferencing capabilities to Honeywell’s LifeStream Management Suite,” said FuzeBox Chief Executive Officer Jeff Cavins.  “By making it easy for patients and their healthcare providers to see and speak to each other in real time, regardless of their locations, we’re able to make a real difference in patients’ everyday lives.”

“Mobility is transforming the patient-care experience,” said Dr. Peter Tippett, vice president and chief medical officer, Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions.  “Combining the power of broadband with personal health devices connects and engages patients and clinicians, resulting in more accessible and efficient care.”

As with all Genesis personal health devices, the Genesis Touch will be supported on the healthcare provider side by the LifeStream Management Suite, a comprehensive platform launched by Honeywell HomMed in 2007, which seamlessly integrates the patient’s monitor-collected information and other point-of-care applications in a single platform, allowing patients, families and healthcare providers easy, secure access to patient information via the Internet.  The Genesis Touch’s interoperability with LifeStream further allows healthcare providers to access a consolidated management dashboard to monitor and triage patients from one cloud-based platform.

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.

February 22, 2012 I Written By

Cisco Survey of Global Health Leaders Reveals That Collaboration Holds Greatest Potential for Health Sector Innovation

Today at the 8th Annual World Health Care Congress in Washington D.C., Cisco announced the findings from the company’s global health leader survey on national health innovation. In addition to finding that the misdistribution of health services is the one of the leading concerns for countries around the globe, the results revealed that health officials view technology-enabled innovations and telehealth solutions as viable options to helping improve healthcare delivery.

Respondents Identify Telehealth as Untapped Area of Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6, 2011 – Today at the World Health Congress, Cisco unveiled findings from a global health leader survey on national health sector innovation. The most significant findings from the online survey, commissioned by the Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI), reveal that collaboration and information-sharing among health professionals have the greatest near-term potential for facilitating large-scale health sector innovation.

Key Findings

Health leaders in 16 countries on six continents were asked about their views on the leading issues and opportunities in providing health services to their citizens.

The health leaders identified their top concerns as:

  • Providing equitable access to health services.
  • Maximizing the efficiency of health resources.
  • Providing quality care consistently.

When asked to highlight options that would enable significant nationwide health transformation, the survey respondents identified technology-enabled innovations and telehealth solutions as potential breakthroughs. The survey found strong support from world health leaders for enabling innovation with telehealth models.

“Telehealth” is a broad concept used to denote new ways for health professionals to share information, work collaboratively and deliver services using a wide range of information and communications technology.

Focus on Professional-to-Professional Collaboration

The findings show that many enabling technologies exist today but that the focus needs to be on integrated health solutions that will facilitate collaboration to support more efficient diagnosis, treatment and care management. Technologies that combine data exchange with people-to-people interactions help enable easy, efficient professional practices. Specifically,

  • Collaborating via information and communications technology to diagnose and treat patients was high potential for 65 percent of the respondents.
  • Electronically sharing or accessing diagnostic images, video or patient biometric data was also a high-potential approach for 65 percent of the respondents.
  • Providing clinical training and references via ICT was high potential for 64 percent of the respondents.
  • In contrast, patient care provided via care-at-a-distance models was high potential for only 32 percent of the respondents.

Key Concerns and Challenges

  • The top challenge confronting leaders in providing health services was the maldistribution of health professionals, with 35 percent rating it their greatest challenge.
  • Insufficient numbers of health professionals was the next greatest concern, with 20 percent rating it their greatest challenge.
  • Considering their greatest overarching concerns, the global leaders prioritized access, efficiency and quality above “providing health services our country can afford.” Only 10 percent of the respondents rated affordability as their uppermost concern.

Opportunity Gap

Survey respondents voiced strong support for telehealth, but noted a considerable gap between perceived potential and current practices.

  • Only 4 percent said there is “no compelling need to use telehealth.”
  • Only 9 percent said sharing electronic data and images is “very common” today, while a mere 4 percent said professional collaboration via ICT is currently “very common.”

Promising National Initiatives

The survey explored the potential of new national programs in which telehealth approaches could address national challenges. They include:

  • National centers of clinical excellence. These centers would provide consultations, clinical encounters and care-management support across inpatient, outpatient, community and home care settings.
  • Surge capacity aided by telehealth. Sudden increases in health services demand caused by events such as earthquakes, tsunamis and disease pandemics highlight the global need to plan and prepare.
  • Community health workers supported by professionals in other locations. By supplementing knowledge with online clinical references and access to remote experts when needed, community health workers could treat simple problems and provide more sophisticated care.

Call to Action

Governments, health professionals and private sector organizations all have critical roles in health care delivery. According to respondents, the top role of a government is establishing the required technology infrastructure for health innovation. The strongest role for private sector health entities lies with public-private partnerships. Health professionals and their associations can work with governments to overcome barriers to telehealth adoption. Those barriers can include reimbursement policies and regulatory constraints that slow innovation and transformation.

Survey Background

The research was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International through an online survey in five languages and in-person interviews with participants from the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Germany, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa and the United States. The survey targeted senior government leaders (both political appointees and civil servants) with a wide range of responsibilities in the health sector.

Cisco and the World Health Congress

The results of the survey were announced as part of a World Health Congress keynote presentation and panel titled “Ministerial Forum on Global Health Innovation: A Perspective on National Health Opportunities” The panel was moderated by Olivier Raynaud, M.D., senior director of World Economic Forum – Geneva and included a discussion among the following participants: Frances Dare, director, Global Healthcare Practice, Cisco IBSG; Patrick Jeurissen, Ph.D., Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sports, the Netherlands; Dinesh Trivedi, minister of state for health and family welfare, India; and Hans Dohmann, M.D., municipal secretary of health, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group

Cisco IBSG, the company’s global consultancy, helps CXOs from the world’s largest public and private organizations solve critical business challenges. By connecting strategy, process, and technology, Cisco IBSG industry experts enable customers to turn visionary ideas into value. The study was developed by the Cisco IBSG Healthcare Practice and Cisco IBSG Research & Economics (R&E) Practice. The R&E Practice uniquely combines ongoing original research with in-depth financial analysis to produce high-impact insights and thought leadership for the world’s largest public and private organizations.

Supporting Quotes

  • Frances Dare, director, Cisco IBSG Global Healthcare Practice

“The potential for global health transformation remains untapped. These findings tell us that unlocking that potential requires efficient collaboration among health professionals, regardless of time and distance. It’s about connecting the people of health care. Unleashing and disseminating professional expertise must become a national priority.”

  • Kaveh Safavi, vice president, Cisco IBSG Global Healthcare Practice

“When health care leaders talk about the promise of telehealth, they are thinking more about professional-to-professional collaboration than they are about direct patient diagnosis and treatment, at least in the near term.”

  • Mary McIntosh, principal and president, Princeton Survey Research Associates International

“This survey breaks new ground on a global level about what health leaders believe will help drive meaningful change in national health service. Having a macro view of the ICT challenges and opportunities that health leaders face focuses attention on a host of ways to advance health service for publics around the world.”

April 18, 2011 I Written By

Senticare, Inc. Receives FDA Approval For New Pillstation Telehealth System

Senticare, Inc. Receives Fda Approval For New Pillstation Telehealth System Developed To Combat Congestive Heart Failure (Chf) & Other Chronic Disease Related Hospital Readmissions

Company’s New PillStation Medication Adherence System to Be Launched At Annual HIMSS Conference in Orlando From February 20 – 24

Southborough, MA, February 15, 2011 – SentiCare, Inc. today announced FDA approval for their PillStation, a revolutionary new Medication Adherence Telehealth System designed to reduce re-hospitalization and doctor visits. Developed with a focus to significantly lower complications and improve health by assuring medication compliance with significant cost savings for the healthcare industry, PillStation is designed to combat CHF and other chronic disease related hospital readmissions. Using patent pending technology, PillStation transmits images of patient’s medications from within their PillStation and works with patients on complicated medication regimens to be sure that patients can self-administer the correct medications at the correct time. The companies new system will be showcased this month at the 11th annual HIMSS conference and exhibition (Booth #4005) in Orlando, Florida from February 20 – 24.

The only telehealth system developed which aggregates a list of patient’s prescription drugs, and provides direct visualization of medication, PillStation’s unique technology platform provides clear images of the medications being loaded and takes up-to-date images of the prescriptions after each use. The images, along with other critical data, are sent to the SentiCare Advisor Center for medications management and monitoring 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, PillStation provides secure web access for real-time information regarding adherence and integrates with EMR/PHR services.

Studies show that approximately 29 – 47% of elderly patients with CHF are readmitted within three to six months of discharge and that approximately 125,000 Americans die each year due to Medication Non-Adherence, while almost 60% of the prescription Medication Non-Adherence problems could be prevented. Using proprietary hardware, software and call center protocols, SentiCare’s state-of-the-art technology is uniquely developed to address healthcare issues related to Medication Non-Adherence.  These issues, which result in rising cost and risk, especially with patients managing CHF and other chronic conditions, include:

• Forgetting to take medication

• Discontinuing or taking medication prematurely

• Not filling or refilling a prescription

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• Taking incorrect medication

• Taking incorrect dosage

• Taking the right medication at the wrong time

• Double dosing to make up for a skipped dose

• Combining medication with inappropriate food or beverage

PillStation trials have achieved adherence levels on multiple medications of approximately 98%, compared to an expected baseline in equivalent patients of 40%.  Economic modeling shows that cardiovascular conditions such as CHF are especially likely to benefit from PillStation in terms of both quality and dramatically lowered cost. SentiCare’s new telehealth system offers substantial cost savings, which could result in saving millions of dollars per year, for hospitals, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and physician groups.

“With recent healthcare reform and the advent of new models for healthcare delivery, including the establishment of ACOs, Medication Adherence and remote patient monitoring are emerging as some of the most important areas of healthcare innovation,” stated company co-founder, Yogendra Jain.  “IT models like PillStation, support new health care delivery systems like ACOs, where the exchange of data is critical,” he added.

Check out our website for an online product demo video or for more information or a real time demo on SentiCare’s new PillStation, stop by Booth #4005 at the HIMMS conference in Orlando from February 20 – 24, or call 603-929-6664 to schedule an interview.  HIMMS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

About SentiCare

Founded in 2008 and located in Southborough MA, SentiCare has developed a unique, solution to the serious and costly problem of Medication Non-Adherence.  Using proprietary hardware, software and call center protocols, SentiCare works with patients on complicated medication regimens to be sure that patients take the correct medications at the correct time.  Proper adherence leads to improved health outcomes, reduced hospitalization, reduced re-admission within 30-90 days after discharge, and significant cost savings for Healthcare and Senior Housing Providers.  SentiCare’s approach is unique and targets eight identified attributes that are the root cause of non-adherence. The PillStation product and service are in full production.  www.senticare.com

February 16, 2011 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.