Free EHR, EHR and Healthcare IT Newsletter Want to receive the latest updates on EHR, EMR and Healthcare IT news sent straight to your email? Get all the latest EHR News for FREE!

Ingenious Med Announces New Outpatient Revenue Capture Functionality

Provider of nation’s largest physician performance solution expands software offerings by releasing outpatient product 

ATLANTA. Mar. 26, 2013 – Ingenious Med, the nation’s largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution, has announced it will combine both inpatient and outpatient functionality into its award-winning impower platform.

Ingenious Med’s previous inpatient charge capture system and coding suite is employed by more than 22,000 client users across more than 30 different specialties, including cardiology, surgery, pulmonary and pediatrics. The added outpatient functionality allows the company to expand its offerings enterprise-wide.

“Health systems are looking for a single, universal solution that captures and holds all charge capture data,” said Steven Liu, M.D., founder of Ingenious Med. “We do a great job capturing inpatient professional and technical revenue due to our physician workflows and extremely high adoption rates. As organizations shore up their revenue cycle and prepare for ICD-10, the market dictated that we needed to expand our product offerings and bring our benefits to the outpatient side.”

Designed to enhance physician workflow, the newest release offers several different features, including the ability to create highly customizable virtual Superbills, a robust clinic scheduling interface and a sophisticated integration engine with existing back-office practice systems. The end result is a streamlined billing workflow for outpatient clinics and multispecialty organizations.

According to Liu, Ingenious Med’s software can potentially save health systems millions of dollars as revenue leaks are addressed and charges are captured more accurately. The ability to use one system to hold all charge capture data, both inpatient and outpatient, can make those savings even more pronounced.

About Ingenious Med

Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning platform that automates the activities of inpatient and outpatient physicians. Ingenious Med automates the revenue and charge capture processes for more than 22,000 users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. Ingenious Med’s Physician Rounding Platform is the nation’s largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution in the healthcare industry today. 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.

March 30, 2013 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.

El Centro Regional Medical Center deploys UniPrint Infinity

Solution provides simple, secure printing to physicians through virtual desktops in a VMware environment

Toronto, Canada, March 26, 2013 – UniPrint (www.uniprint.net), the leader in printing virtualization, today announced that El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) has selected UniPrint Infinity as the printing solution for its entire virtual IT environment.  UniPrint Infinity, the industry’s first printer-vendor independent managed print solution for any computing environment, provides a patented universal printer driver solution that enables El Centro to offer trouble free printing to all its end users.

ECRMC is an acute-care medical center in California, USA, serving the healthcare needs of the Imperial Valley area since 1956.  The ECRMC IT network is comprised of desktops, thin clients, physical and virtual servers, laptops and some virtual desktops running on VMware.  With hundreds of mixed computing devices on one network connecting from dispersed locations, each with their own printers of various makes and models, printer management was complex and challenging.  UniPrint was able to provide ECRMC a universal printing solution that allowed it to better serve every possible user device and printer combination across the network and integrate seamlessly with its existing IT structure and VMware virtual servers and desktops.  The entire implementation process was completed in two weeks.

With one universal printer driver, UniPrint Infinity allowed ECRMC to simplify its printer installation and management process.  ECRMC no longer had to install a manufacturer printer driver for every printer that the Center supported through a virtual environment.    Physicians and clinical staff on remote virtual desktops or other user devices now work with a single UniPrint printer, making it simple for them to print to any printer.  Additionally, ECRMC has seen a dramatic drop in help desk calls since the installation of UniPrint Infinity.

Henry Felix, Technical Services Manager, ECRMC, commented, “When looking for a printing solution, we evaluated various software from the industry.  UniPrint was the clear answer, solving our problem faster than its competitors.  If we didn’t deploy UniPrint, the alternative would have been to support all printers, and therefore print drivers, inside of the virtual sessions, which would have increased costs and IT complications while decreasing performance.  But with UniPrint, we have no such problems.  Now, we have one universal printer driver to manage, and that’s thanks to UniPrint.”

Arron Fu, VP of Software Development at UniPrint, said, “ECRMC needed a solution to solve its problem of multiple printer drivers, and the solution had to be user-friendly and immediately effective.  Given that 95% of ECRMC’s total printing output stems from printed lab results, the solution needed to be secure as well.  With UniPrint Infinity, ECRMC can now print securely while also minimizing IT costs and help desk calls.”

To download a free 30-day trial, or learn more about how to purchase UniPrint products through its global reseller network, please visit www.uniprint.net.

About UniPrint

UniPrint, a division of ACCEO Solutions Inc. (www.acceo.com), is the recognized leader in printing virtualization.

The newest solution in UniPrint’s patented, award-winning product line, UniPrint Infinity is the industry’s first truly secure enterprise-wide solution for any computing environment. Enabling anywhere, anytime, any device secure pull printing, UniPrint Infinity comes with a proven ROI through its statistics module, print document archiving functionality and Virtual Print Queue technology.

UniPrint Infinity replaces all manufacturer printer drivers with a single PDF generator to promote faster, more efficient printing, helping organizations to improve both productivity and return on investments.  For additional information on UniPrint, please visit www.uniprint.net.

UniPrint Infinity, UniPrint Server, UniPrint Terminal Server Edition, UniPrint Gateway Edition, UniPrint Gateway Terminal Server Edition, UniPrint VDI Edition and UniPrint Host Edition are trademarks of UniPrint.  All other trademarks and registered trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

 

March 29, 2013 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.

DoctorBase Surpasses 3 Million Patients On Its Mobile Messaging Platform

mHealth-as-a-Service company reaches critical milestone as it addresses growing demand for smartphone-based healthcare messaging services.

San Francisco, CA (March 25, 2013) DoctorBase.com, the innovators of “mHealth-as-a-Service” today announced that it had surpassed three million patients and more than 9,000 healthcare providers on its platform. The company, which allows doctors to offer their patients secure, medically-oriented smartphone access – one of the key drivers in lowering healthcare costs – also announced a free version will be available to licensed providers in the U.S. starting today.

Created by former developers from Five9 and LiveJournal, working with a team of primary care doctors and specialists ranging from OB/GYN to Oncology, San Francisco-based DoctorBase believes that mHealth-as-a-Service is the solution to expensive, cumbersome patient portals that have failed to gain traction amongst providers and patient populations.

“Mobile is changing everything,” said John Sung Kim, CEO of DoctorBase.com. “Now that health systems are starting to wake up to the benefits of cloud computing and the Internet, they’re so late to the party that it’s no longer about that paradigm – patients across all demographics now use smartphones as their primary connectivity device. That’s leaving both doctors and patients communicating with each other in non-HIPAA compliant, unsecured ways such as email and text for the simple sake of convenience.”

DoctorBase predicts that it has signaled a new wave of mHealth companies – those that offer medical practices a mobile communications platform without the need for IT and with user experiences that require little training for medical staff while being accessible to “baby boomer patients.”

Dr. James Pinckney II , a medical doctor in Dallas said, “I just had a patient message me with a picture through DoctorBase. She was going to take her son to the ER and I quickly saw that it was not a medical emergency and was able to message her back quickly while she was on the go. We just saved the system $1,500 and this is the kind of efficiency we should be seeking to expand.”

DoctorBase’s CEO and CTO both have backgrounds in building massive online communications infrastructures at Five9 and LiveJournal, respectively, and claim that medical practices are much safer using their platform than trying to build their own mobile products.

“I talk to dozens of large organizations each week who are thinking of, or have released their own in-house mobile communications platform,” said Jamien McCullum, VP of Business Development at DoctorBase. “The results we see are the same each time – little to no adoption, complaints from users and a level of security that’s easily penetrable by hackers. Mobile is here to stay and large organizations need to find partners with track records in this emerging field, not rely on long standing IT relationships.”

About DoctorBase

DoctorBase has a patent pending multi-tenant mobile platform and is one of the fastest growing Health 2.0 companies as measured by doctor and patient acquisition. Its mHealth-as-a-Service allows patients and healthcare providers to easily communicate through mobile devices with security, auditability and reimbursement.

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.

Nearly 200 Former Customers of Allscripts MyWay™ Are Currently Live on Aprima EHR and PM

Providers cite better training and support, easier billing and faster payments among the benefits of switching to Aprima.

Dallas, TX (March 22, 2013) – Aprima Medical Software announced today that nearly 200 former customers of Allscripts MyWay™ have gone live with Aprima in the six months since Allscripts announced it would not develop or update the Allscripts MyWay™ product to be in compliance with government incentives and requirements such as Meaningful Use and ICD-10. After an intentionally cautious start to the roll out to ensure success, providers have recently been going live on Aprima at a rate of 20 per week – a number that Aprima expects will grow significantly as existing contracts get implemented and word continues to get out about the benefits of upgrading to Aprima.

For Dr. Lauranne Harris, the financial benefits were almost instantly apparent. For months before upgrading to Aprima, her practice had struggled with the Allscripts MyWay™ billing module. The situation was immediately resolved after upgrading to Aprima. “The day after the practice went live a professional trainer arrived to train us on Aprima. We got $100K in billing out the door that day and within a week, we had received $25,000 in payments,” Dr. Harris recalled.
J. Woodson Dermatology & Associates reaped benefits that were nothing less than the driving reason to go paperless. Thanks to Aprima EHR’s “one click” insurance eligibility checking, the practice no longer has to assign a full-time employee to this previously tedious task. “There was nothing comparable to that in Allscripts MyWay™,” practice administrator Lori Haynie said.

J. Woodson Dermatology & Associates is currently scanning all of its images and charts within the Aprima EHR, another functionality that, according to Haynie, Allscripts neglected to train the practice how to use. But Haynie noted that these are the type of features that benefit practices and patients alike. “With Aprima, the practice sees the labor savings, but our patients ‘see’ the upgrade, too. For example, they no longer have to wait on the phone for lab results; the results are right there in Aprima. We’re getting to a point where soon they won’t even have to wait to fill out forms. They can do that in advance in Aprima,” she said.

 

Because the Allscripts MyWay™ product was originally based on the source code that Allscripts licensed from Aprima in 2008, customers have also benefited from a quick upgrade. Typically this upgrade is just a couple of days – often over a weekend – minimizing any disruption to their practice. The upgrade process includes verifying their data in Aprima before going live.

Customers have reacted very positively to the Aprima upgrade process. Almost universally they have said they are very relieved that they don’t have to go through a potentially arduous and time-consuming migration to a completely different system, where they might not retain all of their data and could be required to reduce patient load for days or weeks.

“Our traction with Allscripts MyWay™ upgrade orders continues to be very strong; in fact, we believe we will end up with between 1,200 and 1,500 providers – as much as 45% of providers that were actually installed on the Allscripts MyWay™ system, depending on which reports in the marketplace you believe to be accurate,” stated Michael Nissenbaum, Aprima president and CEO. “Virtually all of our newly upgraded practices have commented favorably on Aprima’s support team, or their reseller’s, and are very appreciative of our fast and personalized responses to their inquiries. We deeply appreciate the confidence that these new customers have in us, and promise we’ll never stop working to keep it.”

 

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.

Westbrook Technologies Delivers FortisBlue 2, Bringing Enterprise Content Management to the Cloud

Next-generation ECM software offers enterprise scalability, adds email integration, improves workflow, boosts mobile access, enhances security

BRANFORD, CT – March 19, 2013 – Westbrook Technologies, a leading developer of enterprise content management software (ECM), today announced the release of FortisBlue2, a powerful software solution that gives businesses the flexibility and convenience of a cloud-based offering without the security and governance risks inherent in fully cloud-based software. Featuring across-the-board upgrades and enhancements, FortisBlue 2 is designed to meet the diverse information management needs of today’s mobile, distributed enterprise.

Cloud-based software delivery models give users easy access to critical enterprise applications at any time on any device. But for many organizations, cloud computing introduces a host of concerns centered on application security, identity management and privacy as well as legal and information governance and compliance issues. FortisBlue 2 uses an innovative hybrid approach that bridges the worlds of cloud and on-premise.

“Businesses today must be able to absorb, process and use information – regardless of location or format – while at the same time keeping information safe and meeting governance requirements,” said Einar Haukeland, president and CEO of Westbrook Technologies. “Building on our proven track record in this segment, FortisBlue 2 points the way to a better approach to managing business content in the cloud that reduces costs and improves business agility and competitiveness – all without compromising security – now and in the future.”

Extensive enhancements, new features
In addition to its hybrid cloud delivery model, FortisBlue 2 offers an extensive set of enhancements and new features including enterprise scalability, improved workflow, robust email integration, multi-language support, extended mobile capability and enhanced security. Taken as a whole, these enhancements enable businesses to take immediate control over broken or inefficient content-centric processes, eliminate manual processes and make information easier to find and access either within a department or across the enterprise.

Proven track record
Compared to many vendors who have entered the content management industry in the last few years, Westbrook Technologies has more than two decades of experience in helping companies and government agencies do more with documents and content. This experience has now been brought forward to the cloud era with FortisBlue 2.

About Westbrook Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Branford, CT, Westbrook Technologies’ solutions help organizations of all sizes manage document- and data-intensive processes in compliance-centric industries. The company’s Fortis content management software is used by thousands of customers worldwide to capture, index, securely store and retrieve critical information instantly and securely. Its FortisBlue product line, accessible from the cloud, has an intuitive interface to make daily information management tasks effortless. All Fortis solutions are cost effective, fast to deploy and easy to use, and are supported by an extensive network of resellers. 

March 28, 2013 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.

HIPAA Compliant, Secure Texting Doc Halo App Lands Key Contract with Premier Healthcare Network

The Doc Halo app ensures confidential patient information remains private during the text messaging process for physicians and for healthcare networks.

Cincinnati, Ohio. March 21, 2013.  Doc Halo, the secure healthcare texting app that allows physicians and medical professionals to communicate within a HIPAA-compliant platform, has announced that a renowned healthcare network, TriHealth, Inc., has agreed to offer the Doc Halo secure texting solution to the TriHealth network’s affiliated physicians.

With the Doc Halo secure texting app, physicians can transmit critical and timely information to other healthcare professionals connected to the Doc Halo system.

Co-founder and CEO of Doc Halo, Jose Barreau, MD, explained that Doc Halo provides efficiency, immediacy, privacy, and technology to an industry entrusted with the health and well-being of patients.

“As a physician of more than 20 years myself, I know first-hand the need to communicate immediately – and yet securely – with my colleagues. The benefits that the Doc Halo smartphone technology offers are significant.”

Dr. Barreau added that several key elements have driven the Doc Halo app development team from the beginning. “It was critical to us that we perfect the mobile app to ensure that its operation is flawless, its technology is superior, its user interface is intuitive, and that its privacy compliance is HIPAA-secure at every touch-point.”

Doc Halo President and Co-founder, Amit Gupta, MD elaborated, “Texting and smartphone technology have become second-thought to many of us. In our everyday lives, we can see the value of accuracy and efficiency when we text a friend, family member, or business colleague. Those same fundamentals are needed in the medical field. And yet, ensuring patients’ privacy is equally paramount. Doc Halo offers that needed secure physician texting solution.”

The popularity of smartphones, tablets, apps and innovative communications mediums is pervasive today in popular culture. Similarly in the healthcare industry, this technology is in demand.

Participants, presenters and exhibitors at the recent March 3-7, 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans generated a multitude of articles, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook and Google+ posts about mobile health (mHealth), health information exchange (HIT), electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Dr. Barreau commented, “There are many popular healthcare apps in the smartphone world. The bulk of those options have been, and are, in the areas of patient-to-patient apps, physician-to-public apps, and public-to-public apps. Doc Halo offers an important, new secure texting app technology.”

TriHealth serves the Greater Cincinnati area and is a unified health system of physicians, hospitals and communities.

For more information on the Doc Halo secure texting app, visit http://www.dochalo.com or call 1.855.362.4256.

About Doc Halo 
Doc Halo is the professional standard for HIPAA secure texting for physicians, medical practices, hospitals and healthcare organizations. The Doc Halo app is designed to streamline compliant physician sharing of critical patient information within a secure environment. Doc Halo is trusted by individual physicians, by their staffs, and by comprehensive healthcare networks for secure communication. Because of the intuitive operational structure of the Doc Halo app, physicians see efficiencies with their communications within minutes of registration.

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.

Canopy Partners Selects M*Modal for Radiology Reporting and Analytics Technology to Improve Productivity and Efficiency

M*Modal’s Catalyst for Radiology™ platform leverages Natural Language Understanding, closed-loop feedback and in-cloud processing to enhance picture archive and communication systems (PACS) reporting and analysis

Franklin, Tenn. – March 19, 2013 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced that Canopy Partners, a healthcare management services organization based in Greensboro, N.C., has chosen M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology™ for creating complete, insightful and compliant imaging documentation. M*Modal’s technology platform gives radiologists the analytical tools and full historical view to make efficient and informed diagnostic interpretations.

M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology is a cloud-based workflow and reporting application that aggregates patient history and imaging records, uncovers insights and makes clinical information locked in narrative text quickly available and shareable. It allows radiologists to address and prevent documentation deficiencies at the point of care, structures documents with encoded clinical data, and gives immediate feedback to improve evidence-based decision making.

“Canopy Partners works with hospitals, imaging centers and medical practices to provide critical support in clinical and business workflow,” explained Worth Saunders, CEO of Canopy Partners.  “M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology gives us the analytical capabilities to create meaningful and highly accurate imaging documentation, and complements our core expertise in delivering business intelligence to our clients.”

M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology helps understand the full meaning and context behind physician reports by applying Natural Language Understanding to narrative documentation. Unlike the rudimentary word spotting or tagging of most “natural language processing” products in use today, M*Modal’s technology goes far beyond keyword searches to provide insights that are not apparent when analyzing only structured data.

“For radiologists, delivering fast and accurate imaging interpretations is incredibly important in helping make referring physicians more productive,” said Vern Davenport, CEO of M*Modal. “M*Modal Catalyst products collect and synthesize all available clinical data to ensure reporting is compliant, comprehensive and accurate, which translates to better quality care and reimbursements.”

This solution is part of the M*Modal Catalyst™ portfolio of products and can be fully integrated with the M*Modal Fluency™ family of speech understanding solutions. This integration maximizes M*Modal’s cloud-based speech understanding technology for higher quality care and more accurate reimbursements.  For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About Canopy Partners

Canopy Partners is a management service organization focused on innovative, robust and efficient solutions to the problems of healthcare organizations.  We deliver billing services, business analytics, information technology and management services to health systems, hospitals, imaging centers and physician practices.  Our object is to help our clients improve patient care, tighten their revenue cycle, optimize workflow and seamlessly integrate systems.   Canopy Partners was started by Greensboro Radiology, a premier provider of diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services.  For more information about Canopy Partners, visit www.canopy-partners.com.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading provider of clinical transcription services, clinical documentation workflow solutions, advanced cloud-based Speech UnderstandingTM  technology,  and advanced unstructured data analytics.  Recognized as the largest clinical transcription service provider in the world with its global network of medical editors, M*Modal also offers voice to text and context solutions to capture the complete patient story, codifies the doctor’s narrative to automatically populate EMRs and other key healthcare information systems, delivers computer-assisted coding to support ICD-9 and the transition to ICD-10, and provides highly advanced analytical tools for exploring the richness within the “unstructured” narrative for improvements in quality of care, greater physician satisfaction and lower operational costs. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.com, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center Goes Live with Avantas for Healthcare Enterprise Labor Management Solution

Magnet®-Designated Medical Center and Physician Group Uses Avantas Consulting Services and Technology to Automate Staffing and Enhance Communication, Transparency Across Enterprise

DENVER, CO – March 19, 2013 (AONE Booth #626) – Avantas, a leading provider of strategic labor management technology, services and strategies for the healthcare industry, today announced that Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and its associated Medical Group have implemented Avantas’ consulting services and Smart Square®, Avantas’ proprietary labor management software, to create a paperless, automated labor management system across the entire university-based enterprise.

Starting with its inpatient facility, Penn State Hershey has begun implementing all of Avantas’ Smart Square® modules, which will provide a transparent view of staffing, scheduling, and productivity at the enterprise level. Penn State is also leveraging Avantas’ HELM(TM) (Healthcare Enterprise Labor Management) methodology, a proven set of strategies combining the science of workforce planning, demand forecasting, and operational best practices with a complete set of scheduling and staffing tools.

“When we chose Avantas as a partner, our objective was to create increased efficiencies and cost savings across our entire enterprise,” said Sherry Kwater, Chief Nursing Officer, Penn State Hershey. “Before using this automated labor management technology we didn’t have an effective way to post and fill staffing needs. Smart Square allows us to have a paperless, precise, and timely staff needs posting, creating enterprise transparency and consistency, allowing us to provide cost-effective quality care to our patients.”

The Penn State Hershey Medical Group is also implementing Avantas’ business intelligence tools and Smart Square dashboards across its more than 70 practice sites, providing in-depth analysis of the entire health system’s labor workforce and operational practices. This includes identifying utilization trends, designing strategies based on demand information, outlining the workforce demographic, identifying trends in staff dissatisfiers, and quantifying high-margin opportunities.

“Our industry is facing unprecedented change and health care organizations will be continually challenged to get the most benefit from every dollar spent,” said Sherri Luchs, Chief Administrative Officer, Penn State Hershey Medical Group. “Through our partnership with Avantas, we intend to gain greater flexibility and increased efficiency to achieve maximum value to effectively meet the staffing needs of each of our practices.”

“As healthcare professionals, we took a clean slate approach to building comprehensive strategies and tools for our clients – something very different from the ‘mega-suite’ solutions adapted to healthcare from other industries,” said Chris Fox, CEO, Avantas. “When our HELM strategy is deployed at this level, and has strong buy-in from our clients, it quickly improves employee satisfaction and results in significant cost savings.”

HELM represents a disruptive innovation for the healthcare industry, challenging organizations to rethink what is possible with regard to labor management in all departments. Avantas has leveraged unique client experiences across large, multi-site healthcare organizations to detail effective methodologies that help them rise above departmental silos and implement a consistent and effective way to integrate labor across the enterprise.

About Penn State Milton S. Hersey Medical Center
Founded in 1963 through a gift from The Milton S. Hershey Foundation, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country. The 491-bed Medical Center is a provider of high-level, patient-focused medical care. The Medical Center campus also includes Penn State College of Medicine (Penn State’s medical school), Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital—the region’s only children’s hospital. The Medical Center campus is part of Penn State Hershey Health System, which also includes the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, and other specialty facilities.

About Avantas
Developers of the HELM™ methodology (healthcare enterprise labor management), Avantas is devoted to serving the healthcare industry. Its proprietary approach to managing labor consists of consulting services and a scheduling and productivity solution, Smart Square®. This comprehensive approach provides its clients with tailored best practice labor management strategies designed to drive substantial and sustaining cost and quality improvements across the enterprise through automation. For more information, please visit the Avantas website at www.Avantas.com.

March 27, 2013 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.

Merge Seeing Rapid Adoption of New OrthoPACS Solution

More Than 650 Providers Select New Image Management and Digital Templating Solution

CHICAGO, March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced more than 650 orthopedic surgeons at more than 50 practices already have or in the process of implementing Merge OrthoPACSTM, a comprehensive image management and digital templating solution for orthopedics. In addition, many of the more than 500 practices that are using legacy technology from Merge plan to upgrade to Merge OrthoPACS in 2013.

“In 2012, we announced the release of Merge OrthoPACS, a comprehensive image management and digital templating solution for orthopedics,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “With the large number of practices that have already decided to upgrade, it means there are already hundreds of surgeons taking advantage of this new solution. We’re extremely pleased to see this rapid adoption and it successfully demonstrates our large investment and commitment to the orthopedic market.”

OrthoVirginia recently decided to upgrade to the new Merge OrthoPACS. “For us the most important thing was the underlying technology and our ability to quickly and smoothly upgrade,” explained Taylor Mawyer, IT Manager for OrthoVirginia. “We know that the solution is sound and that Merge has been a leader in imaging for many years. The new, additional functionality was very welcome, but it all came down the ability for Merge to smoothly move us from our Styker Office PACS 4.1 to this next generation solution.”

Merge OrthoPACS, a comprehensive image management and digital templating solution for orthopedics, lets orthopedic surgeons access images taken at multiple locations in a single viewer, diagnose from anywhere at anytime, plan for surgery with digital templating, and securely archive studies. Orthopedic surgeons will find that the new solution seamlessly fits into and enhances their current workflow. For example:

−  Orthopedic-specific workflows are built into Merge OrthoPACS, from clinic use to the operating room.

−  The Merge OrthoPACS zero-footprint client viewer can be the sole viewer for an orthopedic practice. That means reading images will be no different whether a surgeon reads from their workstation, their iPad, or another device.

−  The Merge OrthoPACS viewer also provides access to pre-surgical templating, including advanced measurements and automated hip templating.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 25 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

The Merge Healthcare logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10757

 

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.

MedHOK Platform Named 2013 BizTech Innovation of the Year

TAMPA, Fla. – March 15, 2013 – MedHOK, which delivers industry leading actionable healthcare solutions for care, quality and compliance across an integrated cloud-based platform, has been named the winner of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 BizTech Innovation of the Year Award.
The award recognizes MedHOK as an organization in the Tampa Bay area who continues to make substantial gains in the development, implementation and utilization of their technology across their entire enterprise, including their valued clients. Winners were determined by a distinguished panel of judges in the Tampa Bay business community and announced yesterday during the 2013 BizTech Innovation Awards luncheon.
“This recognition is a true testament to the hard work and dedication our team has put into the development and maintenance of our proprietary platform,” said Anil Kottoor, president and CEO, MedHOK. “As an organization that is dedicated to utilizing the latest technological innovations to improve care, quality and compliance for healthcare organizations, it is an honor to be recognized for our achievements in this arena.”
MedHOK’s single platform for care, quality and compliance, provides insurance carriers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), accountable care organizations (ACOs) and integrated health networks with the tools they need to view patient information in real time and make it immediately available across the care continuum. By doing so in a manner that is meaningful to each end user, MedHOK’s platform creates actionable healthcare wherein individual providers and integrated delivery systems can proactively close care gaps, comply with federal and state regulations, enhance care management and improve Star, HEDIS® and other quality scores.
The unique Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model allows clients to rapidly deploy and easily maintain MedHOK’s scalable solutions, for lower up-front and ongoing costs. MedHOK’s software is fully NCQA-certified for HEDIS®, Pay for Performance and Disease Management Performance Measures and compliant with CMS and State regulations, to ensure consistent applicatio n of rules and regulations.
 
About MedHOK
Tampa, Fla.-based MedHOK has more than 23 million lives in production, making it one of the healthcare industry’s fastest-growing PaaS (platform as a service) companies. Its integrated single platform for care management, quality and compliance helps health plans, PBMs, ACOs and public and private payers meet objectives across business lines by facilitating real-time information sharing with all stakeholders to address disease management and care coordination, clinical quality and utilization review, and quality and financial measures. MedHOK’s platform holds 2013 HEDIS® certification and 2012 Pay for Performance and Disease Management performance measures certification.

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.