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Wolters Kluwer and Vocera Arm Halifax Health with Rapid Sepsis Identification Solutions for Improved Patient Outcomes and Safety

Integrated Solutions Warn Clinicians of Patients at Risk of Sepsis in Just Seconds

September 26, 2017 – Wolters Kluwer Health and Vocera® Communications, Inc. (VCRA) have teamed to arm Halifax Health with a high-powered surveillance solution to advance its battle against sepsis. Linking the real-time clinical surveillance and analytics of the POC Advisor™ platform with Vocera’s hands-free communications technology and mobile app accelerates the diagnosis of sepsis and the timely delivery of patient-specific advice to nurses and other clinical staff at the point of care.

“Time is the enemy when it comes to sepsis, with the likelihood of death increasing by 8 percent for each hour that passes without treatment,” said Ginny Kwong, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for Halifax Health. “Complicating early diagnosis is the need to aggregate data scattered across multiple clinical systems before it can be analyzed, and the results communicated to the point of care in a meaningful way.

“POC Advisor and Vocera integrate seamlessly into workflows to overcome these obstacles,” she continued, “quickly alerting our clinicians to a potential sepsis case so they can make the proper diagnosis and begin appropriate life-saving treatment to patients at the earliest, most treatable stages.”

Halifax Health is a two-hospital, 678-bed health system that is the largest medical provider in East Central Florida. A safety net hospital, Halifax is also one of the state’s busiest emergency departments, with more than 115,000 visits annually. Its goal in deploying a sepsis solution was to build upon the success of an internal campaign that resulted in a 33 percent improvement in mortality rates. They chose to implement POC Advisor because of its scientifically proven results, published patient outcomes and industry-leading precision and timeliness. Another key factor was interoperability with Halifax Health’s existing Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Vocera technology, making it easy for staff to use.

“At an average of nearly $19,000 per primary diagnosis, more than half of which is typically not reimbursed by Medicare, the financial cost of sepsis is staggering,” said Sean Benson, Vice President and General Manager of Specialized Surveillance at Wolters Kluwer Health. “At Halifax, POC Advisor analyzes more than 300 data points within a patient’s medical record to identify early signs of sepsis, warn caregivers of escalating risks and push evidence-based guidance to the point of care via the Vocera Badges and mobile apps that clinicians already use in their workflow. This results in faster diagnoses and treatment, which leads to reduced severity, decreased mortality and lower costs.”

POC Advisor is a clinical intelligence platform from Wolters Kluwer that aggregates, normalizes and analyzes patient data from disparate clinical systems to drive early detection with predictive accuracy. Real-time analytics leverage hundreds of rules built into the platform to account for possible comorbidities and medication abnormalities, enabling prescriptive alerts with unprecedented levels of sensitivity and specificity to warn clinicians of patient risks without alert fatigue. These findings, published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, also revealed that POC Advisor cut sepsis mortality in half and reduced 30-day readmissions by 30 percent, while reducing length of stay.

The Vocera Badge is a hands-free, voice-controlled communication device that enables instant two-way and one-to-many conversations. It combines secure text messaging and alerting and enables voice calls with intelligent routing by name, role, group and availability.

“Many applications, technologies and devices have been implemented within hospitals and health systems, but they are used in silos. Too often, key connection points between these systems are missed. The integration between Vocera, POC Advisor and the EHR is helping Halifax Health extract key knowledge from each system, leverage platform functionality and share valuable information with the right clinicians at the right time with intelligent alerting,” said Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera. “It is a comprehensive and potentially life-saving assessment, detection and communication workflow that unfolds in less than one minute.”

For more information on POC Advisor, visit www.pocadvisor.com and follow @POC_Advisor on Twitter.

About Vocera

The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals and patients, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. In 2000, when the company was founded, we began to forever change the way care teams communicate. Today, Vocera continues to offer the leading platform for clinical communication and workflow. More than 1,400 hospitals and health systems around the world have selected our solutions for care teams to text securely using smartphones or make calls with our hands-free, wearable Vocera Badge. Interoperability between Vocera and more than 120 clinical systems helps reduce alarm fatigue, speed up staff response times, and improve patient care, safety and experience. In addition to healthcare, Vocera is at home in luxury hotels, nuclear facilities, libraries, retail stores and more. Vocera makes a difference in any industry where workers are on the move and need to connect instantly with team members and access resources or information quickly. Learn more at www.vocera.com, and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2016 annual revenues of €4.3 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and the organization, visit http://www.wolterskluwer.com/, follow @WKHealth or @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn, or follow WoltersKluwerComms on YouTube.

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September 27, 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.

Polyclinic Surgery Center Selects ProVation Medical Software for Documentation and Coding

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — (June 20, 2013) — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Polyclinic Surgery Center has selected its ProVation® Medical software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding.  
 
Located in Seattle, WA, Polyclinic Surgery Center is part of The Polyclinic, one of the largest multi-specialty clinics in the Puget Sound region with more than 200 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Surgical areas of expertise include otolaryngology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, pediatrics, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, plastic surgery, vascular surgery and general and laparoscopic surgery. Polyclinic Outpatient Surgery is Medicare-certified and offers state-of-the art equipment and modern facilities.
“Polyclinic Surgery Center is dedicated to embracing the latest developments in healthcare technology, while remaining a patient-centered healthcare facility,” said Mike Haldane, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased that ProVation MD was chosen to further this mission by providing streamlined gastroenterology documentation and coding.”
 
About ProVation Medical
ProVation® Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, and ProVation® Care Plans, powered by Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.

June 28, 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.

Ingenious Med Integrates Health Language to Enhance ICD-9 and ICD-10 Search

Provider of the nation’s largest charge capture solution chooses Health Language to improve code search functionality

ATLANTA – June 13, 2013 – Ingenious Med, Inc., the nation’s largest point of care charge capture solution, has announced the integration of Health Language® from Wolters Kluwer Health to support its code search engine. The update will be another step toward creating a robust solution for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014, which will increase the number of codes a physician must use from 13,000 to 65,000.

“We are taking our best-in-class code search functionality and making it even better with the best code data in the industry from Health Language,” said Hart Williford, president and CEO of Ingenious Med. “We know that our clients need a strong partner to help each of them successfully transition to ICD-10, and their success is our top priority.”

With Health Language, Ingenious Med will be able to help physicians reach the best billable code, based on documentation, in the quickest manner possible. Code validation and crosswalking capabilities will be built in.

After delaying the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 several times, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is holding firm on its Oct. 1, 2014 date. CMS has assured the industry that there will be no more delays and that all organizations must be ready.

“The healthcare industry’s critical transition to the modern ICD-10 coding system is a massive undertaking that is expected to impact nearly every aspect of hospital operations,” said Brian McDonald, executive vice president, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased Ingenious Med has chosen Health Language to provide the tools it needs to navigate this complex process.”

About Ingenious Med

Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning point of care platform that automates the activities of 25,000 inpatient and outpatient physician in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. The mobile and cloud-based charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy and ensure compliance. For more information, visit www.ingeniousmed.com or call 404-815-0862.

About Health Language
Health Language® provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT® and LOINC®. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, the advanced Language Engine (LE) and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information. This, backed by a team of HIM experts that support the integration process, helps hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations to overcome industry challenges such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and health information exchange.

Health Language is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

June 18, 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.

MedCentral Health System Selects ProVation Software for Order Set and Care Plan Management

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (May 31, 2013) — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that MedCentral Health System has selected its ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, software as its electronic order set solution and ProVation® Care Plans, powered by Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions as its evidence-based interdisciplinary care plans solution.
Headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio, MedCentral Health System is a non-profit health system serving more than 400,000 people in Richland and five surrounding counties. The health system is Joint Commission-certified and comprised of two acute care hospitals, Mansfield and Shelby, with a combined total of 351 beds. In addition to a Level II Trauma Center and Level III Perinatal Department, MedCentral offers comprehensive neurological services, complete cardiac care at MedCentral HeartCare, walk-in medical care at MedCentral Rapid Response, and industrial health and safety at MedCentral WorkAble.
A central component of a healthcare organization’s care quality and core measures improvement strategy, ProVation Order Sets is an easily customizable order set authoring and management solution. It integrates seamlessly into clinical processes to streamline delivery of standardized care for improved patient safety, outcomes, clinician performance and regulatory compliance. Built upon the award-winning clinician-designed ProVation platform, ProVation Order Sets also provides continuous updating of clinical content and medical evidence, including direct links to UpToDate, the resource of choice for more than 700,000 users worldwide.
ProVation Care Plans offers evidence-based care plans developed in conjunction with Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions and its network of hundreds of practicing clinicians. Combined with the dynamic ProVation software, it allows hospitals to define and maintain a custom care plans library while adhering to industry-accepted nursing and medical diagnoses, goals and interventions. Complete with a database of more than 270 evidence-based care plans, including reference links to online resources of current best practices, quality and safety measures, treatments, drug information and diagnostic tests, ProVation Care Plans allows hospitals to drive clinical consensus on standards of care and extend the reach of evidence-based practice across the organization.
“MedCentral Health System is dedicated to providing expert care to the people of North Central Ohio,” said Mike Haldane, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased that they have selected ProVation Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support,andProVation Care Plans, powered by Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions,to further this mission and provide evidence-based medicine to clinicians and interdisciplinary care teams at the point of care.”
 
About ProVation Medical
ProVation® Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, and ProVation® Care Plans, powered by Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.
ProVation Medicalis part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

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June 11, 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.

Medi-Span Releases Controlled Substances File to Help U.S. Customers Meet Compliance Requirements at Federal, State, and Territory Level

Indianapolis, IN — May 31, 2013 — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that its embedded drug data solution, Medi-Span®, is releasing a Controlled Substances File™ to help healthcare organizations meet mandatory U.S. compliance requirements and to support quality assurance programs. The file data assists pharmacies, payers, EMR/CPOE vendors, and hospitals in adhering to prescribing, dispensing, and reporting requirements by identifying controlled substances schedules at the federal, state, and U.S. territory level.
 
Along with federal regulations of controlled substances through the Drug Enforcement Agency, individual states and U.S. territories may also have their own regulations that may differ from each other and those at the federal level. The Controlled Substances File assists organizations by providing support for compliance at all levels. It also identifies controlled substances by National Drug Code (NDC), enabling compatibility with a variety of databases and drug information systems. EMR and CPOE vendors and self-programmers can employ the file to develop rules, applications, and reports based on the needs of their users, aiding in the creation of quality assurance programs around controlled substances.
“Due to concerns over prescription drug abuse, government authorities in the U.S. continue to increase verification, monitoring, and reporting requirements for controlled substances,” said David Del Toro, Vice President & General Manager, Clinical Drug Information, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “The Medi-Span Controlled Substances File was designed based on customer feedback to help make meeting compliance easier by reducing the time spent manually researching and monitoring the varying federal, state, and territory restrictions on controlled substances.”
 
About Wolters Kluwer Health
Medi-Span is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with annual revenues (2012) of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion), approximately 19,000 employees worldwide and operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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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.

UpToDate Global Customer Support Receives Omega’s NorthFace ScoreBoard Award for Customer Service Excellence

BOSTON – (May 30, 2013) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that the UpToDate® global customer support team has received the NorthFace ScoreBoard AwardSM for excellence in 2012 from Omega Management Group Corp. It is the second consecutive year that the UpToDate customer support team has been recognized by Omega for exceeding customer expectations.

 

“At UpToDate, our mission is to improve care everywhere by empowering clinicians to make the best treatment decisions at the point of care,” said Heidi Gentleman Cullen, vice president, Global Customer Operations, UpToDate, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “Thus, it is vital that we provide prompt, accurate and professional support at each and every customer touch point. Receiving the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award for a second consecutive year is testament to our support team’s deep commitment to helping clinicians around the globe improve patient care and outcomes.”
Ms. Cullen will accept the award today during presentation ceremonies highlighting Omega’s annual the SCORE Conference 2013 taking place here May 29-31.
Now in its 13th year, the NorthFace ScoreBoard award is presented annually to companies that, as rated solely on survey responses from their own customers, achieved excellence in customer satisfaction and loyalty during the prior calendar year.

 

Omega’s methodology measures customer satisfaction and loyalty levels on a 5-point scale (or equivalent) at least four times during the year in such categories as technical support, field service, customer service and account management. Award recipients achieved a customer satisfaction rating of 4.0 or above. The UpToDate customer support team, which provides customer support and training to customers in 158 countries, received a score of 4.5 for customer service and 4.4 for both individual and enterprise site support.
“Due to its unique ‘customer-only vote’ criteria, the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award has been viewed from its inception as the only objective benchmark for excellence in customer service,” said John Alexander Maraganis, president & CEO of Omega, an expert in customer experience management (CEM) strategy that helps companies boost revenue and profits by consistently exceeding customer expectations for service quality.  “Our research indicates that companies that consistently achieve a 4.0 rating or above, which we call the ‘Loyalty Zone,’ are succeeding in locking in profitable, long-term customer relationships, and this significantly raises the bar on their competitors.”
About UpToDate
UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical knowledge system which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. UpToDate’s more than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality. More than 700,000 clinicians in 158 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the U.S. rely on UpToDate, and more than 30 research studies confirm UpToDate’s widespread usage and association with improved patient care and hospital performance, including reduced length of stay, adverse complications and mortality.

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.

Southpoint Surgery Center Selects ProVation Medical Software for Procedure Documentation, Electronic Health Records

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — (May 29, 2013) — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Southpoint Surgery Center has selected its ProVation® MD software for gastroenterology procedure documentation and coding and its ProVation® MultiCaregiver as its electronic health record (EHR) and patient charting solution.
 
Located in Jacksonville, Fla., Southpoint Surgery Center has been designed to accommodate a wide array of procedures from cataract removal to orthopedic surgeries. The state-of-the-art outpatient center features four operating rooms, one treatment room, eight pre-operative preparation areas, 11 recovery areas, a dedicated laser room, two exam rooms for the doctors on-site, as well as surgical support services and a dedicated sterile processing area.
“Southpoint Surgery Center is dedicated to providing a timely, accessible, cost-effective alternative to surgical care,” said Mike Haldane, Vice President and General Manager, Clinical Documentation, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased that they have selected ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver to provide streamlined documentation and coding in the GI lab, as well as EHR and patient charting across the facility.”
 
About ProVation Medical
ProVation® Medical provides procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions for hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. ProVation MD and ProVation MultiCaregiver reduce transcription, paper storage and image printing costs and deliver a high Return on Investment (ROI). ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate Decision Support, and ProVation® Care Plans, powered by Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions, put evidence-based healthcare into practice by establishing and maintaining standards of care.
ProVation Medicalis part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

June 10, 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.

UpToDate Recognized as 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for Global Health Initiative

Waltham, Mass. – (May 16, 2013) – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that its clinical decision support resource, UpToDate® has been named by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program as a 2013 Laureate for its Global Health Initiative.

A partnership between Wolters Kluwer Health and the Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project at Harvard University, the UpToDate Global Health Initiative provides clinicians practicing in resource-limited settings with donated subscriptions to UpToDate, a peer-reviewed, evidence-based clinical resource developed to aid in diagnosis and clinical management. It also provides ongoing development of clinical content specific to the needs of clinicians in these settings and a dedicated community on GHDonline.

Free access to UpToDatehas benefitted 175 institutions and 8,400 clinicians caring for more than 2 million patients in 45 countries. The program has also facilitated UpToDate access following natural disasters worldwide, including the earthquakes in Haiti, Japan and New Zealand.

The annual Computerworld Honors award program recognizes visionary applications of information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

“Clinicians in resource-limited settings frequently practice with insufficient information resources to address the broad range of health issues affecting patient care. The UpToDate Global Health Initiative overcomes these limitations by connecting clinicians with evidenced-based clinical decision support and peer-to-peer networking to support diagnosis and care management decisions,” said Denise Basow, M.D., Vice President/General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are honored to have our efforts recognized by the Computerworld Honors Program and we consider it a true validation of our mission of improving care worldwide.”

The impact the UpToDate Global Health Initiative has on clinicians in resource-limited settings is apparent from the discussions in the private community for international donation program grant recipients on GHDonline.org. Dr. Erin Meier with the Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea writes that access to UpToDate means hospital physicians do not have to rely on guidelines in decades-old textbooks, and helps them apply current recommendations to patient care.

Dr. Meier writes, “Despite our limitations, has helped us immensely in how we care for patients, in making diagnosis, and in helping us relearn and refresh our minds about some of the things we are seeing each day.”

About The Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.

About UpToDate
UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical knowledge system which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. UpToDate’s more than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality. More than 700,000 clinicians in 158 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the U.S. rely on UpToDate, and more than 30 research studies confirm UpToDate’s widespread usage and association with improved patient care and hospital performance, including reduced length of stay, adverse complications and mortality.

UpToDate is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

June 5, 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.

SCL Health System Selects Health Language to Streamline ICD-10 Conversion

DENVER, CO (May 7, 2013) — Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that SCL Health System (SCLHS) has selected its Health Language® software as part of SCLHS’s strategic roadmap to ICD-10 implementation. The Leap I-10 solution will be leveraged to help the 2,250-bed health system mitigate financial risk, improve clinical documentation and streamline conversion to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline of the new clinical coding system.
 
Leap I-10 provides a foundation of analytics to help hospitals evaluate the potential impact of the ICD-10 conversion process across departments, applications, processes and workflows. The solution mines historical claims data to identify DRGs and ICD-9 codes that may pose a risk, as well as helps hospitals pinpoint clinical documentation improvement needs for compliance. Advanced tools enable healthcare organizations to create customized code mappings from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to minimize the potential for revenue loss.
“The healthcare industry’s critical transition to the modern ICD-10 coding system is a massive undertaking that is expected to impact nearly every aspect of hospital operations,” said Brian McDonald, Executive Vice President, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased SLC Health System has chosen Health Language to provide the tools it needs to navigate this complex process.”
 
About SCL Health System
SCL Health System (SCLHS), based in Denver, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization operating nine hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS provides more than! $220 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.
About Health Language
Health Language® provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT® and LOINC®. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, the advanced Language Engine (LE) and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information. This, backed by a team of HIM experts that support the integration process, helps hospitals, health system! s and other healthcare organizations to overcome industry challenges such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and health information exchange.
Health Language is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

May 30, 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.

Wolters Kluwer Health Outlines Challenges, Offers Solutions to Mandated EHR Infobutton Implementations in Renowned Informatics Journal

JAMIA Article is Latest Demonstration of Company’s Proactive Efforts to Resolve Industry Challenges to CDS-EHR Integration
 
Minneapolis, Minn. — April 11, 2013— Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that key challenges to the use of Infobutton technology are addressed in a Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) article by Howard Strasberg, M.D., Vice President of Medical Informatics. “Terminology Challenges Implementing the HL7 Context-Aware Knowledge Retrieval (Infobutton) Standard” singles out one of many challenges confronting healthcare providers with integration and use of clinical decision support (CDS) technology in electronic health records (EHRs).
 
Co-authored by Dr. Strasberg, Guilherme Del Fiol, MD, PhD, with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, and James Cimino, M.D., of the Laboratory for Informatics Development with the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the article provides insight into the terminology challenges associated with retrieval of Infobutton content. The strengths and weaknesses associated with two primary retrieval methods—text search terms and standardized codes—are outlined, and the authors point to a hybrid approach of both methods as potentially delivering the most optimal outcome.
“Infobutton implementation is not as simple as indexing some content with a few standardized codes and assuming that retrieval of direct matches will provide optimal results. Instead, a variety of subtleties must be considered, including handling inexact matches and different term types and ranking results,” said Dr. Strasberg. “A variety of approaches can be used such as retrieving exact or related code matches and, through query expansion, leveraging the ranking capabilities of search engines. As such, we recommend implementers determine the best approach on a case-by-case basis to achieve the best possible outcomes.”
A key take-away from the review is the need for careful consideration of the complexities associated with integration of CDS technology into EHRs. Identified as a key element to successfully achieving the aggressive quality goals laid out in federal initiatives, the widespread use of CDS technology such as order sets, evidence-based reference content, care plans, medication alerting systems and surveillance technology, is most hindered by EHR integration challenges, according to leading industry research groups like KLAS and The Advisory Board.
Specifically, the use of the HL7 Infobutton standard for retrieval of relevant patient education content is a requirement under Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules for certified EHRs. The rules also require EHRs to provide linked referential CDS, optionally using this same standard.
Many initiatives are underway such as the Health eDecisions Project and various activities of the HL7 CDS working group to design CDS standards that promote interoperability and easier integration. Industry thought leaders and experts believe that the adoption of these standards by health IT vendors will increase momentum with the deployment and use of CDS technology.
Wolters Kluwer Health has taken a proactive approach to CDS standards development, working alongside national initiatives and utilizing standard terminologies such as ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, SNOMED CT, LOINC and RxNorm across its comprehensive line of CDS applications. Dr. Strasberg currently serves as co-chair of the HL7 CDS working group.
“There is little dispute in the healthcare industry that the uptake and use of CDS technology is critical to achieving short- and long-term quality and cost expectations,” said Arvind Subramanian, President and CEO, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “Wolters Kluwer Health is actively engaged in helping the industry bridge the current integration gap that exists between EHRs and CDS to improve both patient care outcomes and the health IT landscape overall.”
About Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health (Philadelphia, PA) is a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters Kluwer Health’s customers include professionals, institutions and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ovid®, Medknow, UpToDate®, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons®, Pharmacy OneSource®, Lexicomp® and ProVation® Medical.
Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer had 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion), employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

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