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Health IT Expo Announces Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer at UPMC, as Keynote Speaker

LAS VEGAS, January 30, 2018 – Healthcare Scene today announced that Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer at UMPC will deliver the keynote at the Health IT Expo, May 30 – June 1 at the New Orleans Marriott.

With an exploding Health IT market, CIOs and IT teams are awash in technology solutions. There are apps to solve every patient engagement challenge, systems to address every infrastructure bottleneck and platforms designed to overcome every clinical issue. There are even emerging technologies that solve problems we haven’t imagined yet.

Paradoxically, finding the right solution and speaking to someone that has already dealt with the same problem has never been harder. To help healthcare CIOs and their teams solve today’s healthcare challenges and to find answers to their critical questions, Healthcare Scene has organized the 2018 Health IT Expo (HITExpo18).

This one-of-a-kind event, takes place May 30 – June 1 at the New Orleans Marriott. Rather than focus on pie-in-the-sky technologies, HITExpo18 focuses on practical innovation and collaboration. Leading minds from healthcare organizations and proven HealthIT companies will gather for two days of intense knowledge sharing and problem solving.

Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer at UMPC will deliver the keynote address at HITExpo18.

“Here’s what we need in healthcare: more bridges and fewer silos. I am really excited to be part of this unique extravaganza that is HITExpo. HITExpo’s focus on practical innovation is truly refreshing and a needed counter-balance to the other health IT conferences. I am especially looking forward to collaborating with my peers. The time to come together in meaningful ways and solve for some of healthcare’s most pressing issues is now.”

As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. A cross-functional team collaborator, he is committed to preparing and empowering UPMC for the future of health care. By driving alignment among stakeholders, championing new technologies, and tearing down organizational roadblocks, he creates an environment that accelerates idea generation and the conversion of ideas into reality.

In addition to leading innovation at UPMC, Dr. Shrestha also serves as Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, pushing the needle in the pursuit of a unique blend of health care intelligence, technology expertise, and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive and commercially successful solutions that address complex health care challenges. Dr Shrestha leads a team of over 200 technology professionals innovating towards intelligent health care, building patient-centric, value-based technology solutions that are transforming the industry. Through strategic partnerships, investments in start-ups and co-creation efforts, he champions the development, implementation, and commercialization of these innovations.

“We’re happy to have Dr. Shrestha as the keynote of the inaugural Health IT Expo. Dr. Shrestha understands how to bring real practical innovation to healthcare. He has a real understanding of the end user experience and how healthcare IT can both benefit and hinder that experience,” said John Lynn, Founder of Healthcare Scene and Health IT Expo. “Dr. Shrestha’s insights and perspectives will be invaluable to those healthcare IT professionals who attend Health IT Expo.”

In addition to Dr. Shrestha’s keynote, 40 other thought leaders and solution experts will be delivering/moderating sessions on these hot topic areas:

  • Security and Privacy
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Communication and Patient Engagement
  • IT Dev Ops
  • Operational Alignment and Support

For more information about HITExpo, visit the conference website at www.expo.health

About Health IT Expo
The inaugural healthcare IT expo and conference is a unique venue for healthcare IT professionals to collaborate and improve healthcare using technology. Join us May 30 – June 1, 2018 in New Orleans as health IT professionals learn practical innovations during 40+ sessions that improve healthcare organization and lower costs.

About Healthcare Scene
The HealthcareScene.com network was launched in 2005 and currently consists of 5 blogs and resources containing over 12,500 articles. These EMR, EHR, and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times.  Along with these leading healthcare IT blogs, Healthcare Scene is also home to the leading healthcare IT career resources HealthcareITCentral.com and HealthcareITToday.com. Plus, Healthcare Scene also organizes the extremely popular Health IT Marketing and PR Conference and Health IT Expo.

January 30, 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.

Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Says Future-Ready Health Organizations Must Keep Evolving Imaging Strategies Top of Mind

Solution Provider Offers Five Tips to Help Healthcare IT Professionals Prepare for the Coming Wave of Image-Related Data and Its Intelligent Use

NEW YORK, January 23, 2018 – The number of clinical images captured and stored each year throughout America’s healthcare system is staggering: An estimated 36 million MRIs and 74 million CT scans were performed in the United States in 2017 alone, and that just scratches the surface.1Consider too the myriad of wound care and other visual condition assessments taken with smartphones, digital images acquired from surgical scopes, cardiology images, and even point-of-care ultrasounds captured annually, and it’s easy to see why enterprise imaging strategies are top-of-mind for today’s healthcare organizations.  Intuitive access to this growing number of clinical images is already playing an increasingly important role in electronic health record (EHR) optimization strategies and value-based clinical practices.  But, according to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), as new technologies ranging from deep machine learning to the first FDA-approved digital pathology interpretation software come to market, the capture, storage and management of discrete clinical images is quite literally expected to explode.

“Developing an enterprise imaging strategy and then marrying that strategy to an EHR optimization program is just the beginning of healthcare’s digital transformation. But even when you have the most sophisticated EHR solution in place and have married patients’ digital images to their electronic health records, your transformation journey is not complete,” warns Kim Garriott, Principal Consultant, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “New technologies – things like deep machine learning and digital pathology – that are already visible on the horizon will require your organization to be much more ‘digitally mature.’ Yet, despite the complexity involved in preparing to take full advantage of these emerging capabilities, the payoff in better patient outcomes and, ultimately, better value for the organization and patient alike, will make the journey worthwhile.”

Emphasizing the importance of clinical imaging in health IT, HIMSS Analytics and the European Society of Radiology (ESR) jointly developed the Digital Imaging Adoption Model (DIAM), a multi-stage imaging IT maturity model first introduced at the 29th European Congress of Radiology in Vienna in 2016. Slated for introduction in the U.S. market at HIMSS18, the DIAM helps healthcare organizations visualize what “digital imaging maturity” looks like and understand the considerations needed to attain it.

Further highlighting the importance of clinical imaging, in the newly updated version of DIAM’s predecessor, the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), the requirement for the adoption of digital imaging has been promoted from a Stage 5 requirement to Stage 1.

Five Steps for Better Image Management

All of this means healthcare CIOs must continue to prepare for the coming wave of image-related data and its intelligent use.  To help, the experts at Logicalis Healthcare Solutions have put together a series of five important tips.

1. Develop an Enterprise Imaging Strategy: An enterprise imaging strategy should consider all aspects of imaging, regardless of type, from acquisition to analysis.  Imaging is a complex area of health IT, and it doesn’t start and stop in radiology.  While radiology is, and likely will always be, the producer of the highest volume of clinical images, it’s important to consider the widespread use of point-of-care ultrasound, digital photography and other types of clinical images as well.

2. Create a Data Governance Model: Healthcare organizations need to design and implement data standards for images and associated metadata elements now to be ready to enable a relevant presentation of images within the EHR and take advantage of upcoming analytics and deep learning capabilities as they become more mainstream. It is also important that the standards developed are applied uniformly to ensure the highest data value.

3. Focus on Interoperability: It isn’t acceptable to expect clinicians to launch multiple applications in unique frames without patient context.  Even though specialized image viewing toolsets may be needed depending on physician specialty, and while those toolsets may reside in disparate applications, it is critical that the user experiences a unified viewing environment. Therefore, potential software solutions must comply with industry standards, including Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) among others, and support seamless interoperability to the EHR and the primary diagnostic and clinical viewers in use.

4. Standardize Image Acquisition Workflows: Given the wide variety of image acquisition-related use cases across a multitude of clinical disciplines, standardizing the organization’s image acquisition workflow may seem like a daunting task. However, upon closer examination, there are really only a few variations to consider.  The creation of standardized workflows will enable faster onboarding of service lines needing image management services, and it will ensure that data standards are applied and that images are presented appropriately within the EHR.

5. Embrace Image Lifecycle Management: Most organizations are still retaining clinical images using expensive, antiquated storage technologies or ignoring the lifecycle management capabilities provided by their vendor neutral archives (VNAs) or image management solutions.  The use of hybrid cloud strategies, starting with Tier 4 image storage, is a great way to reduce the overall cost of retaining an image while accommodating the long-term retention requirements needed for research and for compliance with regulatory mandates like those required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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

Our customers span industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,500 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

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

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa.  It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with revenues of over $4 billion.

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

January 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.

AccessOne and HealthFirst Financial Join to Create Industry Leader

Combination creates the clear growth and innovation leader in the evolving patient financing space, with a strong presence on both U.S. coasts, unmatched experience and access to growth capital 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – January 11, 2018 – AccessOne, a leading provider of patient financing options designed to help patients manage their healthcare costs, has announced its agreement to acquire HealthFirst Financial, a leading software-enabled service provider of patient financing programs to healthcare organizations. The transaction fuels AccessOne’s rapid nationwide expansion to support all patients with consumer-driven financing tools while simultaneously driving compelling economics for providers. 

“HealthFirst’s focus on highly tailored solutions for healthcare systems complements AccessOne’s commitment to offering flexible financing options for all patients, regardless of circumstance,” said Mark Spinner, chief executive officer of AccessOne.“This combined offering accelerates our mission toward helping every patient lead their healthiest life through affordable access to needed care.”

In a recent survey by HealthFirst, 53 percent of U.S. adults said they were concerned about how to pay a medical bill of less than $1,000. Worse, 68 percent of U.S. adults with a medical bill of $500 or less did not pay off the full balance during 2016, according to a June 2017 TransUnion report. The growing affordability gap continues to drive declining collection rates for providers and even a loss of patient retention. With the acquisition, AccessOne will now offer health systems the most innovative, tailored solutions on the market for their unique care settings, helping to lower bad debt and improve patient satisfaction scores. 

“As a market leader in consumer finance technology and innovation, HealthFirst is uniquely positioned to provide financing flexibility resulting in high patient satisfaction—a perfect fit with AccessOne’s vision,” said KaLynn Gates, president and corporate counsel at HealthFirst. “The team at HealthFirst is excited to be a part of this next chapter of innovation and accelerated growth as originally envisioned by HealthFirst’s founder Joseph Hawes.”   

AccessOne is backed by Capital One Bank, a top-10 U.S. bank with over $350 billion in assets, and by Frontier Capital, a Charlotte-based growth equity firm that has raised $1.5 billion since 1999 to invest exclusively in software and technology-enabled business services companies.

“AccessOne has experienced significant growth with 26 new hospitals and one nationwide specialty physician practice added this year,” said Andrew Lindner, managing partner at Frontier Capital. “With proprietary predictive analytics and software systems coupled with its patient-first advocate teams on both coasts, AccessOne is very well positioned to expand as a preferred partner to the large health system market.”

Terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed. HealthFirst was advised by Marion Financial Corp. and Armstrong Teasdale LLP, while AccessOne was advised by Womble Bond Dickinson LLP.   

Learn more about AccessOne’s comprehensive and flexible solutions for providers and patients at www.accessonemedcard.com

About AccessOne
Founded in 2002, AccessOne is a leading provider of patient financing options designed to help patient consumers manage their healthcare costs while driving best in class hospital reimbursement. AccessOne offers comprehensive low and no interest payment options for all patient balance types including high-deductible, catastrophic and financial assistance. No patient is ever denied credit or credit reported, and providers can rely on AccessOne to capture more revenue while driving compliance and financial performance. To learn more, visit www.accessonemedcard.com and connect with us onLinkedIn.

About HealthFirst Financial

Founded in 2001, HealthFirst Financial is a national patient financing leader that has helped hundreds of thousands of patients afford care while improving the financial performance of healthcare organizations. HealthFirst Financial is the first and only company awarded the prestigious Peer Review Designation from the Healthcare Financial Management Association for its patient financing programs following a rigorous evaluation of the overall effectiveness, quality and value of its payment solutions. Born out of Hawes Group, HealthFirst Financial was part of a full range of professional service companies including Professional Credit Service, Hawes Technologies, and HeRO Business Services.

January 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.

Cerner Corporation Names Brent Shafer CEO, Chairman

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:CERN) today announced that it has appointed Brent Shafer as its CEO and chairman of the board of directors, effective February 1. Previously CEO of Philips North America, Shafer oversaw the largest market of global technology provider Philips. Philips North America’s health technology portfolio includes a broad range of solutions and services covering patient monitoring, imaging, clinical informatics, sleep and respiratory care as well as a group of market-leading consumer-oriented brands. For 12 years, Shafer played a key role in helping Philips develop and strengthen its health care focus, increase its profitability and grow its market share.

Cerner Co-Founder Cliff Illig, who has served as interim CEO and chairman of the board since July 2017, will resume his role as vice chairman of the board, effective February 1.

“For decades, Cerner has built its reputation on meaningful innovation and driving client value,” Shafer said. “This company’s history of remarkable, sustained growth is testament to a strong leadership culture, and I’m excited to celebrate many new milestones with Cerner associates around the world. My commitment to Cerner’s clients, shareholders and associates worldwide is that we will continue to be the catalyst for real and effective improvement across health care.”

Shafer was appointed CEO of Philips North America in February 2014. Previously, Shafer was CEO of the global Philips Home Healthcare Solutions business from May 2010 until May 2014. He has had additional senior leadership positions with Philips and at other companies, including GE Medical Systems, Hill-Rom Company, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard.

“Brent is a proven chief executive who has helped lead the growth and strategies of a complex, multinational organization over a number of years,” Illig said. “He is committed to innovation, with extensive knowledge of health care, technology and consumer markets and an exceptional skill set that complements Cerner’s strong leadership team. Since our founding, Cerner has used the power of information technology to disrupt and improve health care. The addition of Brent to our leadership team positions Cerner well for our next era of growth.”

About Cerner
Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 27,000 provider facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner® solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. Nasdaq: CERN.

January 10, 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.

Allscripts to acquire Practice Fusion business

CHICAGO, Jan. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX), a global leader in healthcare technology, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Practice Fusion, for $100 million in cash, subject to adjustment for working capital and net debt.

Practice Fusion is a Silicon Valley pioneer in partnering with top-tier life sciences organizations to drive innovation. In combination with Allscripts existing payer and life sciences business, Allscripts expects to expand its big data insights and analytics, data sharing technologies, and clinical trial solutions to enable life sciences organizations to accelerate bringing life-changing therapies to market. Practice Fusion offers an affordable certified cloud-based EHR for traditionally hard-to-reach small, independent physician practices. Privately held Practice Fusion, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, supports 30,000 ambulatory practices and 5 million patient visits a month.

This strategic acquisition is expected to further advance Allscripts’ strategy to offer the most comprehensive, high performing health information technology and solutions. Practice Fusion’s EHR will complement and round out Allscripts existing ambulatory clinical portfolio, providing a value offering and “last mile” reach to the under-served clinicians in small and individual practices.

“By adding Practice Fusion offerings to our portfolio, Allscripts will be further positioned for continued growth and long-term leadership in healthcare,” said Allscripts President Rick Poulton. “Combined with Practice Fusion, we expect Allscripts to continue to drive innovation in addressing gaps-in-care, improving clinical outcomes and real-world-evidence research. Plus, Practice Fusion’s affordable EHR technology supports traditionally hard-to-reach independent physician practices, and its cloud-based infrastructure aligns with Allscripts forward vision for solution delivery.”

Poulton continued, “We believe this transaction will directly benefit Practice Fusion clients, who will now have access to Allscripts solutions and services. We look forward to welcoming Practice Fusion team members to our family. Allscripts highest priority remains to successfully meet healthcare providers’ highly complex needs as we enable them to lead the change to smarter care.”

Transaction Summary

This transaction is targeted to close in the first quarter of calendar 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the waiting period under U.S. antitrust laws.

Allscripts intends to fund the purchase price through its existing secured credit facilities and cash balances.

Additional details of the acquisition are available in a Form 8-K to be filed by Allscripts with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Allscripts

Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) is a leader in healthcare information technology solutions that advance clinical, financial and operational results. Our innovative solutions connect people, places and data across an Open, Connected Community of Health™. Connectivity empowers caregivers to make better decisions and deliver better care for healthier populations. To learn more, visit www.allscripts.comTwitterYouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

January 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.