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Valley Health System to Enhance Patient Identification and Coordinated Care Delivery with NextGate

Regional healthcare system will implement NextGate’s market-leading EMPI technology to reduce duplicates, bolster patient matching and connect disparate data sources across the enterprise

PASADENA, Calif., December 14, 2018 – NextGate, the global leader in healthcare enterprise identification, announced today that Valley Health System has selected its Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) to eliminate costly duplicate records and provide automated medical record matching. The solution will enable significant improvements in coordinated care delivery and outcomes for New Jersey-based Valley Health System by consistently connecting the right data to the right individual for a trusted and consolidated window of care.

Valley Health System, which serves 440,000 residents in northern New Jersey and southern New York, is the latest organization to implement NextGate’s market-leading EMPI platform to centralize and unify patient data at an enterprise level across a growing, technologically diverse healthcare environment.

As organizations transition to value-based payment and care delivery models, the need for a complete and accurate view of patient data across the continuum becomes increasingly critical for greater clinical, operational and financial performance. Inaccurate patient identification costs the U.S. healthcare system $6 billion annually and results in medical errors, data quality issues, administrative waste, and poor patient and provider satisfaction.

“Healthcare organizations continue to struggle with poor data quality when managing their patient population. Fragmented multi-vendor systems only compound the problem, giving rise to duplicate, inaccurate and outdated patient information,” said NextGate CEO Andy Aroditis. “NextGate is honored to support Valley Health System with a fully-integrated, automated solution where individuals are properly identified and matched to their health record throughout every step of the continuum for improved delivery and quality of care.”

NextGate’s flagship EMPI solution, which manages patient identities for more than two-thirds of the U.S. population, empowers physicians and hospitals by seamlessly linking medical records in any given system and reconciling data discrepancies across multiple sources and sites of care with a single best patient record.

“Incomplete or inaccurate data in one’s health record can be detrimental to patient safety and a major barrier to providing highly-coordinated, individualized care. Safe and effective care management hinges on the ability to view a holistic, real-time portrait of patients during every encounter,” said Michael Burke, Asst. Vice President of Information Systems at Valley Health System. “NextGate’s EMPI Platform will play a significant role in our transformational journey toward improved data exchange, provider collaboration, and operational efficiency for value-based care success.”

About NextGate

With over 200 customers in four countries, NextGate is the global leader in healthcare enterprise identification. Committed to helping organizations overcome the clinical, operational and financial challenges that result from duplicate records and disparate data, our full suite of identity matching solutions connects the entire healthcare ecosystem to drive critical improvements in quality, efficiency and safety. NextGate’s market-leading EMPI currently manages 300 million lives and is deployed by the nation’s most successful healthcare systems and health information exchanges. For more information, visit www.nextgate.com. 

About Valley Health System

Valley Health System is a regional healthcare system that serves residents in northern New Jersey and southern New York. It includes The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed, not-for-profit, regional acute-care hospital that has been consistently recognized for quality care and patient satisfaction, Valley Home Care, a home care and hospice agency; and Valley Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of more than 300 doctors and advanced practice professionals representing over 40 medical and surgical specialties, eight urgent and primary care centers, and many community-based physician practices throughout the region. Key services include cardiology, oncology, women’s and children’s services, emergency care, orthopedics and neurosciences. Valley Health System’s Centers of Excellence offer comprehensive coordinated inpatient and outpatient programs and services to help ensure excellent clinical outcomes and quality. For more information visit www.ValleyHealth.com.

December 14, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

HHS Issues Draft Strategy To Reduce Health It Burden

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a draft strategy designed to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by the use of health information technology (health IT) such as electronic health records (EHRs).

The draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs was led by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and was required in the 21st Century Cures Act. The draft strategy reflects the input and feedback received by ONC and CMS from stakeholders, including clinicians, expressing concerns that EHR burden negatively affects the end user and ultimately the care delivery experience. This draft strategy includes recommendations that will allow physicians and other clinicians to provide effective care to their patients with a renewed sense of satisfaction for them and their patients.
 
“Usable, interoperable health IT was one of the first elements of the vision I laid out earlier this year for transforming our health system into one that pays for value,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “With the significant growth in EHRs comes frustration caused, in many cases, by regulatory and administrative requirements stacked on top of one another. Addressing the challenge of health IT burden and making EHRs useful for patients and providers, as the solutions in this draft report aim to do, will help pave the way for value-based transformation.”

Stakeholders have indicated to ONC and CMS that when they use their EHRs, clinicians have to rely on checkboxes, templates, cut-and-paste functions, and other workarounds that hinder the intended benefits of EHRs. Clinicians have reported they are spending more time entering data into the EHR, leaving less time to interact with their patients. Required documentation guidelines have led to “note bloat,” making it harder to find relevant patient information and effectively coordinate a patient’s care.
 
“Information technology has automated processes in every industry except health care, where the introduction of EHRs resulted in additional burden on clinicians,” said Don Rucker, national coordinator for health information technology. “Health IT tools need to be intuitive and functional so that clinicians can focus on their patients and not documentation. This draft strategy identifies ways the government and private sector can alleviate burden. I look forward to input from the public to improve this strategy.”

“Over the past year, we hosted listening sessions, received written feedback, and heard from a wide range of clinical stakeholders about the current health IT systems and the requirements specifying documentation, reimbursement, and quality reporting that are burdensome and should be re-examined,” said Seema Verma, CMS administrator. “CMS has demonstrated through bold regulatory action the importance of reducing clinician burden.” 

Based on the input received by ONC and CMS, the draft strategy outlines three overarching goals designed to reduce clinician burden:
 

  • Reduce the effort and time required to record health information in EHRs for clinicians;
  • Reduce the effort and time required to meet regulatory reporting requirements for clinicians, hospitals, and health care organizations; and
  • Improve the functionality and intuitiveness (ease of use) of EHRs.

 
The public comment period on the draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs ends on Monday January 28, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM ET.
 
“All of us share the responsibility to improve how we treat the nation’s patients, and we now have the opportunity to work together to find solutions to reduce burden associated with the use of EHRs so clinicians can spend more time with their patients,” said Rucker.

November 28, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

Veritas Capital and Elliott Management to Acquire Athenahealth for $5.7 billion

Evergreen Coast Capital to be Minority Investor in Combination of athenahealth and Veritas-Backed Virence

WATERTOWN, Mass., SEATTLE and NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of network-enabled services for hospital and ambulatory customers nationwide, Veritas Capital (“Veritas”) and Evergreen Coast Capital (“Evergreen”), today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which an affiliate of Veritas and Evergreen will acquire athenahealth for approximately $5.7 billion in cash.

Under the terms of the agreement, athenahealth shareholders will receive $135 in cash per share. The per share purchase price represents a premium of approximately 12 percent over the company’s closing stock price on November 9, 2018, the last trading day prior to today’s announcement, and a premium of approximately 27 percent over the company’s closing stock price on May 17, 2017, the day prior to Elliott Management Corporation’s announcement that it had acquired an approximate 9 percent interest in the company.

Following the closing, Veritas and Evergreen expect to combine athenahealth with Virence Health (“Virence”), the GE Healthcare Value-based Care assets that Veritas acquired earlier this year. The combined business is expected to be a leading, privately-held healthcare information technology company with an extensive national provider network of customers and world-class products and solutions to help them thrive in an increasingly complex environment.

Following the close of that transaction, the combined company is expected to operate under the athenahealth brand and be headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. The company will be led by Virence Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Segert and an executive leadership team comprised of executives from both companies. Following the completion of the transaction, Virence’s Workforce Management business will become a separate Veritas portfolio company under the API Healthcare brand.

“After a thorough strategic review process, we have decided to enter this agreement with Veritas, which we believe maximizes value for our shareholders and accelerates our goal to transform healthcare,” said Jeff Immelt, Executive Chairman of athenahealth. “Combining with Virence will create new opportunities for collaboration and growth. Operating as a private company with Veritas’s ownership and support will provide athenahealth with increased flexibility to achieve our purpose of unleashing our collective potential to transform healthcare.”

“athenahealth is a market leader and a natural and strategic fit with Virence,” said Ramzi Musallam, CEO and Managing Partner of Veritas Capital. “Virence and athenahealth have differentiated and complementary solutions, deep relationships with their respective customer bases and a shared culture of commitment to innovation. We look forward to leveraging our expertise in the sector, as well as the capabilities and solutions across both companies to provide superior value to customers, and create exciting growth opportunities for both sets of employees as Bob and the team build the future of healthcare IT.”

Veritas, a government and technology focused investor, has a proven track record of driving growth for companies within the healthcare technology space, as illustrated by the firm’s acquisition of Verscend Technologies and its combination with Cotiviti Holdings, as well as the firm’s investment in Truven Health Analytics. Veritas has a deep understanding of the urgent need to digitize the healthcare system and brings a culture of intense customer focus and a drive for growth through focused R&D and product innovation.

“We are excited by the opportunity to partner with athenahealth, one of the largest and most connected provider networks in the nation, to drive outcomes that matter the most to our customers,” said Bob Segert, Chairman and CEO of Virence. “athenahealth and Virence have complementary portfolios and highly-talented people, and this combination expands our depth and reach across the continuum of care. I’m looking forward to combining our mission-driven cultures to create an even stronger healthcare IT company.”

athenahealth investor Elliott Management Corporation (“Elliott”) has expressed support for the transaction. Elliott Partner Jesse Cohn said, “We are pleased to support this transformative transaction combining athenahealth and Virence, which we believe represents an outstanding, value-maximizing outcome for athenahealth shareholders.”

Upon completion of the transaction, Elliott’s private equity subsidiary, Evergreen Coast Capital, will retain a minority investment stake in the combined company.

Evergreen Managing Director Isaac Kim said, “We look forward to taking part in this unique opportunity. Under Bob’s leadership and with Veritas’ strategic oversight and strong track record of value creation, we believe the combined company will be a true leader in healthcare IT, ideally positioned to improve outcomes and reduce the cost of care.”

Approvals and Timing
The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to the approval of the holders of a majority of athenahealth’s outstanding shares and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

The athenahealth Board of Directors has unanimously approved the merger agreement and intends to recommend that athenahealth shareholders vote in favor of it at a Special Meeting of Stockholders, to be scheduled as soon as practicable.

The transaction is not subject to a financing condition.

Cancellation of Q3 2018 Earnings Call
In light of today’s announcement and the pending transaction, athenahealth will no longer be hosting its previously announced Q3 2018 earnings call today.

Advisors
Lazard and Centerview Partners are serving as financial advisors, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as legal counsel to athenahealth.

Schulte, Roth & Zabel, LLP is acting as legal counsel to Veritas.

Deutsche Bank and RBC Capital Markets are acting as financial advisors to Evergreen, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is acting as legal advisor.

About athenahealth, Inc.
athenahealth partners with hospital and ambulatory customers to drive clinical and financial results. We offer medical record, revenue cycle, patient engagement, care coordination, and population health services. We combine insights from our network of more than 120,000 providers and approximately 117 million patients with deep industry knowledge and perform administrative work at scale. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com.

About Virence Health
Virence Health Technologies is a leading software provider that leverages technology and analytics to help healthcare providers across the continuum of care effectively manage their financial, clinical, and human capital workflows. Offering a comprehensive suite of innovative technology-enabled solutions, Virence aims to improve quality, increase efficiency, and reduce waste in the healthcare industry. Learn more at www.virencehealth.com.

About Veritas Capital
Veritas Capital is a leading private equity firm that invests in companies that provide critical products and services, primarily technology and technology-enabled solutions, to government and commercial customers worldwide, including those operating in the aerospace & defense, healthcare, technology, national security, communications, energy, government services and education industries. Veritas seeks to create value by strategically transforming the companies in which it invests through organic and inorganic means. For more information on Veritas Capital and its current and past investments, visit www.veritascapital.com.

About Elliott and Evergreen
Elliott Management Corporation manages two multi-strategy investment funds which combined have approximately $35 billion of assets under management. Its flagship fund, Elliott Associates, L.P., was founded in 1977, making it one of the oldest funds of its kind under continuous management. The Elliott funds’ investors include pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, funds-of-funds, high net worth individuals and families, and employees of the firm. This investment is being led by Evergreen Coast Capital, Elliott’s Menlo Park affiliate, which focuses on technology investing.

November 12, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

GetWellNetwork Acquires HealthLoop

Patient engagement pioneer unites with Silicon Valley startup to define the next era of digital health

WASHINGTON — Nov. 8, 2018 — GetWellNetwork, the Precision Engagement health care company, announced today that it has acquired HealthLoop, a leading digital health company. With over 7.2 million annual patient interactions, HealthLoop’s more than 160 dynamic care plans monitor patients and assess risk in real time, helping providers, hospitals and health systems improve patient engagement, satisfaction and health outcomes. The acquisition expands GetWellNetwork’s reach into nearly 700 health care providers, placing it at the forefront of the changing health care landscape and at the heart of the patient journey.

As health care organizations adapt to the expectations of today’s digital consumer, GetWellNetwork is combining its nearly two decades of experience implementing patient engagement solutions with HealthLoop’s expertise in mobile technologies and digital care management. The move is designed to catalyze aggressive growth in the ambulatory space and signals plans for more long-term strategic investments in cross-continuum tools to connect patients, families and providers.

GetWell Loop will fill the post-discharge follow-up gap and unify the pre- to post-care patient experience by bringing together the key elements of convenience and coordination frequently missing from traditional care delivery.

“Adding HealthLoop to our portfolio advances our strategy to provide the most comprehensive, end-to-end digital patient and family engagement platform,” said Michael O’Neil, founder and CEO, GetWellNetwork. “The changing nature of the how and where care is delivered requires dynamic solutions to meet modern engagement challenges. With HealthLoop as part of the GetWell portfolio, we’re excited to help health care organizations rethink and accelerate their digital strategies.”

HealthLoop tracks patient progress, monitors clinical areas of concern and automates follow-up care, helping providers, hospitals and health systems improve patient interactions and satisfaction. Built on data-backed, scalable technology, its feature-rich, cloud-native platform presents significant opportunities for integration and impact. Over 70 health care organizations of all sizes and settings, including Advocate Aurora Health, UCSF Health and LifeBridge Health, rely on HealthLoop to drive engagement and patient loyalty.

November 8, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

Mobile Telehealth Company Medici Acquires DocbookMD

Global Telehealth Platform Adds Respected Doctor-Messaging Technology

Austin, Texas (November 6) – Medici today announced its acquisition of secure healthcare messaging company DocbookMD at the Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego, California. The acquisition will offer doctors and other healthcare providers access to a broad range of mobile communication and telehealth tools that will fundamentally change how doctors practice medicine. In the arrangement, Medici will assume DocbookMD’s technical assets, people and customer contracts including those with state medical associations.

Austin-based DocbookMD was founded in 2008 as an early collaboration tool and offers a secure text messaging application that allows medical professionals to communicate with one another. The DocbookMD application is endorsed by more than 42 state medical associations and 400 county medical associations. The mobile application supports more than 25,000 active doctors. Medici acquires DocbookMD from Scrypts, Inc. and financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Medici, also headquartered in Austin, provides a global HIPAA-compliant mobile app with secure text, voice and video messaging and allows doctors to provide virtual healthcare to patients. In addition to offering colleague-communication capabilities, the platform offers more than a dozen innovative features including in-app billing, e-prescribe prescriptions and e-refer referrals. Medici empowers doctors, veterinarians, psychologists and other healthcare providers to provide patient care from anywhere.

Medici plans to provide continued technology support for DocbookMD. Existing users and partners should expect uninterrupted usage of data, functionality and connectivity. Medici CEO & Founder, Clinton Phillips stated, “We are delighted to be acquiring one of the most trusted resources for doctors. Medici and DocbookMD are so well-aligned with each other, and with the interests of medical associations in helping doctors live and practice at the highest level.”

Original DocbookMD co-founder, Tracey Haas, DO, MPH, is supportive of the move, stating: “We are thrilled to see DocbookMD find a home at Medici, with its physician-centric technology that continues to push mobile health beyond secure messaging. We are excited to see how Medici and DocbookMD can help healthcare professionals better meet patient needs in this new era of medicine.”

Medici News Announcement at Exponential Medicine Conference

The Medici acquisition of DocbookMD is the company’s first major acquisition following a recent $22 million private capitalization round. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/medici-announces-private-capital-raise-of-over-22-million-300666007.html

CEO & Founder Phillips was expected to speak at an innovation roundtable at Exponential Medicine (known as X-Med) this week in San Diego. The company did not disclose if additional M&A activity would be forthcoming. However, also last week, Medici announced the addition of Anne Jude Hunt, Ph.D., as vice president and head of product. Dr. Hunt comes to Medici from San Francisco with strong Artificial Intelligence (AI) and semantic sciences expertise.

“Exponential Medicine is the place where innovators come to make partnerships, build relationships, and break news,” said Dr. Daniel Kraft, Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience, Singularity University, Founder & Chair, Exponential Medicine. “We are living in a fast-moving, exponential age where the convergence of rapidly developing technologies is enabling vast new capabilities that can radically improve and disrupt the future of health, prevention, and clinical practice.”

“As a fan of Medici,” he added, “I am very pleased the leaders have chosen Exponential Medicine as the venue to announce its latest acquisition to bring more doctors on to its Medici telemedicine platform to care for the greatest number of patients.”

About Medici
Medici (https://medici.md) is addressing the future of healthcare by enabling patients to text, voice or video chat with their personal doctors, therapists, veterinarians and more. Considered the ‘WhatsApp of Healthcare, Medici is an effortless and secure communication tool that allows doctors to unchain themselves from their medical offices while taking great care of patients. Headquartered in Austin, Texas — Medici has offices in Johannesburg, South Africa and Washington, DC.

November 6, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

Healthcare Leaders Merge to Accelerate the Promise of Value-Based Care

Mingle Analytics and SilverVue form Mingle Health to deliver an all-in-one platform that includes the consulting, analytics, and tools to streamline medical practices, integrate the delivery network, and improve patient outcomes.

Sandy, UT – October 24, 2018 12:00 p.m. ET – Mingle Analytics Inc., a pioneer in Medicare quality reporting, and SilverVue, Inc., a leading supplier of care management software, today announce their merger. Mingle Health is a new company focused on transforming value-based healthcare delivery by solving the pain points in quality reporting while improving patient outcomes and strengthening practice health.

For the first time, practices of any size, from large Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and healthcare organizations to a single provider, can access the high-quality software and consulting services that were once only affordable for large health systems. With expert consultant support, Mingle Health’s platform enables practices to navigate the increasingly complex healthcare regulatory environment to lower costs, increase revenue, and spend more time with patients and less time on paperwork. In addition, the platform provides patient management, assessments, and eligibility verification tools for preventive services, disease management, transitional care planning, and long-term care.

Daniel Mingle, MD MS, founder and CEO of Mingle Analytics, has been named Mingle Health executive chairman, and Will West, founder and CEO of SilverVue, will serve as Mingle Health CEO.

“Our merger with SilverVue brings a unique value proposition to the market with a comprehensive toolset that we’re thrilled to offer to our customers. Mingle Health will provide turnkey solutions to guide providers through the complex maze of requirements and regulations that one must meet to succeed in the business and practice of medicine,” said Dr. Mingle, executive chairman. “Mingle Analytics’s wealth of quality reporting experience combined with SilverVue’s powerful care management solution will allow us to unlock the full potential of value-based care, improving quality, increasing access, and bolstering population health, while reducing costs and restoring practice vitality.”

“Mingle Health is poised for dramatic growth over the next several years as we help providers get off the treadmill of fee-for-service care and transition to value-based care,” said CEO Will West. “By making regulations easy to deal with and new care processes easy to integrate, Mingle Health ultimately allows providers to refocus on their true passion: caring for patients.”

Mingle Health’s unique technology platform streamlines the data engines of value-based care with simplified dashboards across each critical aspect of medical care, treatment, and reporting. Mingle Health has customized technology offerings that can include:

  • Analytics and Reporting: Industry-leading Medicare quality reporting services that ensure practices succeed with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Model (APM), and ACO reporting tracks under Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
  • Practice Performance Solutions: Check™, a cloud-based preventive care and disease management toolset.
  • Care Transition Solutions: SilverSearch™, a tool to manage post-acute care referrals and planning for patients, hospitals, and Post-Acute Care (PAC) providers

Leveraging data collected and analyzed from over 100 million patient encounters, Mingle Health builds on this legacy and its best-in-class service to more than 300 hospitals and 75,000 providers to improve the delivery of value-based healthcare. The company now has employees in 18 states serving clients in every state and territory across the nation. The executive leadership team is a combination of existing leaders from both Mingle Analytics and SilverVue and is headquartered in Sandy, Utah and in Paris, Maine.

To learn more about Mingle Health visit MingleHealth.com.

About Mingle Health

Mingle Health is transforming value-based healthcare delivery. Our data-driven software solutions are designed to give providers tools to identify and solve common healthcare challenges related to preventive medicine, disease management, practice efficiency, patient transitions, and quality reporting. Mingle Health helps providers and practices improve care, lower costs, and increase earnings, ultimately transforming operations to increase the joy and profitability in the practice of medicine.

October 24, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

Kyruus Announces Investment from Salesforce Ventures, Launch of ProviderMatch for Salesforce

New Strategic Investment Supports Go-to-Market Partnership

Boston, MA – October 23, 2018 – Kyruus, a leader in provider search and scheduling solutions for health systems, today announced the availability of ProviderMatch for Salesforce, which integrates into Salesforce Health Cloud on the Salesforce AppExchange. The solution enables access centers to deliver a personalized, end-to-end patient experience by combining Salesforce’s 360 degree view of the patient with Kyruus’ robust matching, appointment booking, and provider data management capabilities.

The launch of ProviderMatch for Salesforce accompanies a strategic investment in Kyruus from Salesforce Ventures, the global CRM leader’s corporate investment group. With access centers serving as a key “front door” to health systems, the two companies have already seen significant demand for the combined offering of ProviderMatch and Health Cloud.

“In healthcare, customer relationship management starts with the first point of contact – when a patient seeks access to care at a health system,” said Matt Garratt, Managing Partner at Salesforce Ventures. “Kyruus has built a platform that enables health systems to match and book patients with the right providers. We’re especially excited to invest in the company because they’re unique in facilitating this service across all access points.”

Kyruus has experienced rapid growth and now manages 150,000 providers across many of the nation’s leading health systems on its platform. The enterprise-wide ProviderMatch platform helps health systems match patients with the right providers whether patients access care by calling in, searching online, or obtaining a referral from another provider.

“We’ve seen incredible momentum for our combined offering with Salesforce as health systems face rising competition and take steps to differentiate the experience they provide to their customers,” said Graham Gardner, CEO of Kyruus. “Having Salesforce join as an investor propels our ability to meet that market demand, build on the value we deliver together, and improve how patients access healthcare.”

About Salesforce AppExchange

Salesforce AppExchange, the world’s leading enterprise cloud marketplace, empowers companies to sell, service, market and engage in entirely new ways. With more than 5,000 solutions, 6 million customer installs and 80,000 peer reviews, it is the most comprehensive source of cloud, mobile, social, IoT, analytics and artificial intelligence technologies for businesses.

About Salesforce Ventures

Salesforce is the fastest growing top five enterprise software company and the #1 CRM provider globally. Salesforce Ventures—the company’s corporate investment group—invests in the next generation of enterprise technology that extends the power of the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, helping companies connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Portfolio companies receive funding as well as access to the world’s largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce’s innovators and executives. With Salesforce Ventures, portfolio companies can also leverage Salesforce’s expertise in corporate philanthropy by joining Pledge 1% to make giving back part of their business model. Salesforce Ventures has invested in more than 275 enterprise cloud startups in 17 different countries since 2009. For more information, please visit www.salesforce.com/ventures.

Salesforce, AppExchange, Salesforce Ventures, Service Cloud and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, inc.

About Kyruus

Kyruus delivers industry-defining provider search and scheduling solutions that help health systems match patients with the right providers across their enterprise-wide access points. Serving 150,000 providers across leading health systems nationwide, the ProviderMatch suite of solutions—for consumers, access centers, and referral networks—enables a modern and consistent patient experience, while optimizing provider utilization. The company’s award-winning provider data management platform powers each of the ProviderMatch solutions and transforms how health systems understand and manage their provider networks. To find out why a Better Match Means Better Care, visit www.kyruus.com.

October 23, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

Carequality Seeks Community Input As It Expands Governance to FHIR

Vienna, VA – October 11, 2018 – Carequality, a national-level, interoperability trusted exchange framework, is actively seeking input from the healthcare community as it adds support for FHIR-based exchange. Member and non-member stakeholders from across the healthcare continuum are encouraged to participate in the new FHIR Implementation Guide Technical and/or Policy workgroups. The former will concentrate more on specifications and security, while the latter will focus on the “rules of the road.”

“Carequality has demonstrated the power of a nationwide governance framework in connecting health IT networks and services for clinical document exchange,” said Dave Cassel, Executive Director of Carequality.  “We believe that the FHIR exchange community will ultimately encounter some similar challenges to those that Carequality has helped to address with document exchange, and likely some new ones as well.  We’re eager to engage with stakeholders to map out the details of FHIR-based exchange under Carequality’s governance model.”

With much of the healthcare industry either starting to implement FHIR at some level, or planning to do so, the Carequality community is thinking ahead to the type of broad, nationwide deployments that Carequality governance can enable. The new policy and technical workgroups are expected to work in concert with many other organizations contributing to the maturity and development of FHIR. The workgroups will not duplicate the work that is underway on multiple fronts; including defining FHIR resource specs and associated use case workflows. Instead, the workgroups will focus on the operational and policy elements needed to support the use of these resources across an organized ecosystem.

“The overarching goal of all healthcare interoperability project is to improve outcomes, lower costs, and broadly improve overall population health,” said Cassel. “We believe that adoption of FHIR in the Carequality Interoperability Framework can advance all of these goals by improving the availability of useable clinical information, expanding the scope of exchange, and significantly lowering the costs of participating in interoperable exchange.”

Individuals interested in participating in either or both workgroups should emailadmin@carequality.org, and indicate which workgroup is of interest.

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What is Carequality?

Carequality is a national-level, consensus-built, common interoperability framework to enable exchange between and among health data sharing networks. Carequality brings together diverse groups, including electronic health record (EHR) vendors, record locator service (RLS) providers and other types of existing networks from the private sector and government, to determine technical and policy agreements to enable data to flow between and among networks, platforms, and geographies.

The Carequality Framework provides the essential elements for trusted national exchange, such as common rules of the road (including a Trusted Exchange Framework), well-defined technical specifications and a participant directory. For more information, visit www.carequality.org and follow us at twitter.com/carequality.

October 11, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

GRAChIE Using eHealth Exchange To Mobilize Connection Points for Hurricane Florence Evacuees

eHealth Exchange Network Model Ensures Secure, Interoperable Health Information Exchange

(Vienna, VA – September 14, 2018) –  As the nation braces for the force of Hurricane Florence, the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) is working to connect to eHealth Exchange participants in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida in preparation for displaced evacuees.

Major disasters such as Hurricane Florence have an effect on healthcare information needs – even before they make landfall. Hurricane Florence has already resulted in the evacuation of millions who have left the places where they normally receive care and where their healthcare records are housed.

GRAChIE has been working diligently expand its connectivity to health information exchanges (HIEs) throughout the Southeast via the eHealth Exchange as quickly as possible before Hurricane Florence hits the coast.

“We are making great strides for building bridges and exchange throughout the southeast as the storm approaches,” said Tara Cramer, CEO of GRAChIE.  “We are currently taking connections live with the approach we used last year during Hurricane Irma with great success.”

“The eHealth Exchange network provides a nationwide backbone for health information sharing that enables network participants to share information in the normal course of care and to quickly expand those connections when emergencies arise, “said Jay Nakashima, Vice President of eHealth Exchange. “This ensures a state of readiness. In disaster situations such as Hurricane Florence, physicians must have instant access to electronic patient histories to provide safe and effective care.”

Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE)

When disaster strikes, and families are relocated to shelters in their community or even further afield, prescription refills and other healthcare needs become more challenging. The Sequoia Project, building upon the work incubated by HHS, is spearheading a nationwide deployment plan for the health IT disaster response platform known as the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE). The PULSE system enables authorized disaster healthcare volunteers treating patients in field hospitals, outside the normal care setting to access patient records when they have been injured or displaced by disasters and other emergencies.

“Disasters and other events are unpredictable and disruptive and place unique demands on public health, private sector healthcare, first responders and other key resources,” said Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project. “People need seamless healthcare, whether for emergency care or just uninterrupted prescription access, when they are displaced by a disaster.”

The PULSE platform was activated in California for the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, and many area health systems and providers rallied behind the effort. This experience will guide further efforts to deploy PULSE in other states and regions by informing governance, activities and policies on a national-level platform to enable sharing among disaster healthcare volunteers and community providers.

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About eHealth Exchange

The eHealth Exchange is a rapidly growing health data sharing network for securely sharing clinical information over the Internet nationwide. The eHealth Exchange spans all 50 states and is the largest clinical health data sharing network in the United States. Current eHealth Exchange participants include large provider networks, hospitals, pharmacies, regional health information exchanges and many federal agencies, representing more than 75% of all U.S. hospitals, 70,000 medical groups, more than 8,300 pharmacies and 120 million patients where over 200 million clinical documents are exchanged annually. For more information about the eHealth Exchange, visit www.ehealthexchange.com. Follow the eHealth Exchange on Twitter: @eHealthExchange.

About GRAChIE

The Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) serves healthcare organizations and providers across Georgia seamlessly bringing health information from one healthcare professional to another. GRAChIE provides health information in a secure, electronic format allowing healthcare professionals to appropriately access and securely share a patient’s health information electronically through EHR system. https://grachie.org/

About The Sequoia Project

The Sequoia Project is a non-profit, 501c3, public-private collaborative chartered to advance implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. The Sequoia Project supports multiple, independent health IT interoperability initiatives, most notably: the eHealth Exchange, a rapidly growing national-level health information network; and Carequality, which is a national-level, consensus-built, common interoperability framework to interconnect and enable exchange between and among existing health information networks, much like the telecommunications industry did for linking cell phone networks. For more information about The Sequoia Project and its initiatives, visit www.sequoiaproject.org. Follow The Sequoia Project on Twitter: @SequoiaProject.

September 14, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.

Formativ Health Partners with Lyft to Help Get Patients to Medical Appointments with Seamless Booking System

Formativ Health, a technology-enabled health services company focused on transforming the patient-provider experience, announced today it has entered into an agreement with Lyft, the fastest-growing rideshare company in the U.S.

Formativ, whose technology and services support physician practices, hospitals, and health systems, will work with Lyft to integrate Concierge into its Patient Engagement Platform (PEP). Through this integration, Formativ’s 250+ Patient Engagement Specialists can schedule non-emergency Lyft rides for patients directly through its PEP platform to provide Lyft rides in 40+ States. Lyft rides can be ordered on-demand or in advance, and patients don’t need to be a Lyft user to take advantage of the service.

The PEP, which leverages the Salesforce HealthCloud, is the core of Formativ’s technology offering, enabling improved patient-provider experiences when combined with their team of highly trained Patient Engagement Specialists. Formativ’s PEP solution includes enterprise-wide scheduling functionality that enables improved appointment inventory visibility and features automated waitlist, online self-scheduling and many other key practice management capabilities.

According to a 2017 study by the American Hospital Association, nearly four million patients per year miss out on care, due to lack of available transportation options related to cost or geographic barriers. These missed appointments make it difficult for patients to get the care they need, and this partnership is one way to make it easier for provider organizations to cut that number down.

“For many patients, access to reliable transportation can be the biggest hurdle in getting them to the doctor’s office. Formativ partnered with Lyft to enable our team of patient engagement specialists to book on-demand or scheduled rides for the patients we serve on behalf of our clients, addressing some of the negative social determinants of health, decreasing barriers to care and making life that much easier for patients,” explained David Harvey, chief technology officer at Formativ.

“We’re excited to partner with Formativ Health to integrate Lyft Concierge into their patient engagement platform – making it easier for providers to request rides for those who need them,” said Gyre Renwick, vice president of Lyft Business. “As we continue our efforts to reduce the healthcare transportation gap by introducing a reliable and efficient transportation solution to patients, partnering with organizations like Formativ – which schedules hundreds of thousands of appointments each year – is essential to having a tangible impact in this space.”

About Lyft

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S. and is available to 95 percent of the US population as well as in Ontario, Canada. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its reliable and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities, as the first rideshare company to offset carbon emissions from all rides globally.

About Formativ Health

New York City-based Formativ Health is a technology-enabled health services company focused on transforming the patient-provider experience. Their services help health systems, provider groups, and payors respond to the rise of consumerism by combining powerful technology with an empathetic approach to customer service. Formativ helps clients enhance their patients’ experience, adapt to evolving risk-based payment models, improve financial performance, increase practice productivity, and elevate physician satisfaction and patient loyalty. For more information, visit www.formativhealth.com or on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

September 7, 2018 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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.