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AdvancedMD Completes Acquisition of NueMD

AdvancedMD further solidifies position as market-leading cloud platform

July 9, 2018 – South Jordan, Utah-based AdvancedMD, the creator of Rhythm, an end-to-end cloud platform that automates all aspects of clinical and business workflow for independent physician practices and medical billing services, today announced that it has acquired Marietta, Georgia-based Nuesoft Technologies (“NueMD”). The transaction adds to AdvancedMD’s leading market position and extends the feature and functionality both companies will be able to provide practices across the broader ambulatory market.

With over half of independent medical practices still on legacy on-premise software, AdvancedMD continues to benefit from discrete, disconnected workflow moving to a unified end-to-end platform that combines next generation electronic health records and practice management with automated patient engagement applications. By adding NueMD to the AdvancedMD platform, NueMD clients now gain access to a much broader, feature-rich platform with unified clinical and patient engagement solutions. In addition, AdvancedMD clients will benefit from NueMD’s clearinghouse capabilities which further expand upon its unified platform and continue to enhance the value proposition and client experience. With the NueMD acquisition closed, AdvancedMD continues to evaluate further M&A to accelerate its organic growth strategy.

“The acquisition of NueMD is the logical next step for expanding our cloud network of practitioners and physicians who have learned to use end-to-end workflow automation to improve their bottom line and the health of their patients,” said Raul Villar, chief executive officer of AdvancedMD. “NueMD has been a formidable competitor for many years and now we are combining our capabilities to deliver better products and services for all of our clients. We are also extremely excited about adding experienced HCIT experts to the AdvancedMD team and extending our geographic footprint in the Atlanta metro area.”

“We have been on a path similar to AdvancedMD since the beginning,” said Massoud Alibakhsh, CEO and founder of NueMD. “Together, we have tremendous capabilities to disrupt traditional solutions offered to independent physicians, solve the most difficult challenges our practices face and provide them with even better service. AdvancedMD is the category leader and we are excited to be joining forces to become the premier company serving the ambulatory sector with a unified cloud platform built for physicians.”

As a result of the transaction, AdvancedMD’s North American footprint will increase by 27%, expanding the total number of medical practice clients and practitioners to 11,000 and 33,000, respectively. AdvancedMD will retain NueMD offices in Marietta, Georgia.

AdvancedMD is owned by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management.

About AdvancedMD

AdvancedMD revolutionized medical office software in 1999 with the introduction of the industry’s first true cloud solution. Today, the company continues to lead MedTech innovation with Rhythm, a complete cloud suite of smart applications that work in unison, accelerating collaborative workflow for every role of the practice. With Rhythm, staff members are empowered to thrive in the online age of healthcare and value-based reimbursement with essential clinicalfinancialpatient engagement and reputation management applications that are unified and available anytime, anywhere on any device. AdvancedMD strives to be the technology heartbeat of healthcare for providers, patients and payers for a healthier world. Visit www.advancedmd.com.

About NueMD

NueMD is a multi-tenant, SaaS platform providing practice management, clinical and medical billing applications to simplify all aspects of running an independent practice.  NueMD clients operate more efficiently and profitably leveraging NueMD’s innovative direct to payer clearinghouse that delivers same day claims processing to practices in nearly all specialties. NueMD also offers medical billing outsourcing services and has 340 medical billing company partners who leverage the NueMD platform to process claims and provide transparency and practice management automation to their clients.

About Marlin Equity Partners

Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthen a company’s outlook and enhance value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 130 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit www.marlinequity.com.

July 9, 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.

OpenEMR Cloud Express Now Available on AWS Marketplace

OpenEMR Cloud Express on AWS Marketplace offers an accessible, low-cost cloud hosting option for low-resource users.

OpenEMR Cloud LogoRUTLAND, Vt. – Dec. 20, 2017 — OpenEMR, the most popular open-source electronic health record (EHR) and medical practice management solution, announced the release of OpenEMR Cloud Express on AWS Marketplace. This offers users a simplified way to setup and use OpenEMR Cloud Express on AWS within minutes.

With a focus on ease of use and cost-effectiveness, OpenEMR Cloud Express leverages Amazon EC2, a secure virtual cloud server solution, allowing users to deploy the latest EMR software in under 10 minutes. Using cutting-edge container technology, the project team was able to provide a bundled version of the OpenEMR solution in a single unit for the cloud. “EC2 and Docker containers are a natural fit. You get the predictability of building and running software in containers along with the unparalleled features of the cloud to make sure the system is running as expected,” says Asher Densmore-Lynn, an OpenEMR contributor and cloud architect.

OpenEMR’s vibrant community of clinicians, scientists, and engineers developed OpenEMR Cloud Express with the goal of providing a low-cost, easier to use solution for users with low resources. “Oftentimes the targeted users of OpenEMR Cloud Express do not enjoy the same IT resource staffing that more developed countries have,” Dr. Brady Miller, an OpenEMR project administrator and physician states. Dr. Miller adds that “It is vital for our team to keep this in mind and I think we have hit this mark with the Express solution. A lay-person can set it up and even maintain it over time.”

Over the past few years of development, the community has learned of the use of OpenEMR in the university setting. OpenEMR contributor and incoming medical student, Jason Oettinger states: “It is my hope that OpenEMR Cloud Express will become a staple in the classroom. No longer will professors have to deal with unreliable physical server setups.” Jason went on to say that the solution is conducive to departments that are on a budget.

“Express is invariably going to be the option for folks looking to keep costs down. For some, anything above $10 a month in operating costs is simply not in the cards,” says Matthew Vita, an OpenEMR project administrator and software engineer. Mr. Vita further notes, “Despite Express’s low cost, there is still a focus on best security practices and data backup processes.”

The Cloud Development team has provided easy-to-follow instructions for setting up OpenEMR Cloud Express. The Cloud Development team also released a video that includes a description of OpenEMR Cloud Express with easy to follow instructions at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfsgKv7zefs

About OpenEMR

OpenEMR is an electronic health record (EHR) system that was originally developed in 2002 by physicians to help them run their practices. As an open-source project, it is maintained and supported by a vibrant community of volunteers and professionals that includes several hundred contributors and is supported by more than 40 companies. OpenEMR is ONC Certified as a Complete EHR, and it is recognized as the most popular open-source electronic health records and medical practice management solution in the world. OpenEMR is downloaded more than 5,000 times per month, and it is estimated that it is used by more than 100,000 medical providers serving more than 200 million patients. OpenEMR has been translated into 33 languages and is used by facilities in more than 100 countries across the globe. Open-source software has changed the world for the better, and OpenEMR is a leader in open-source healthcare software. Costly proprietary EMRs are no longer the only option. For more information please visit http://www.open-emr.org.

December 20, 2017 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.

CareCloud Predicts 2018 Will Be the “Year of the Patient”

Insights from health tech leader show increased use of mobile technology among medical practices to improve patient health outcomes, the patient experience, and practice performance for the year ahead

MIAMI — December 20, 2017 — CareCloud, the platform for high-growth medical practices, is revealing its top predictions for 2018, including modern mobile technology redefining how medical groups deliver patient experience alongside patient care. Medical practices have reached a tipping point as the industry accelerates its shift to value-based care and adapts to patient demands for a better consumer experience at the doctor’s office. CareCloud researchers tracking the intersection of technology with patient expectations believe that a rising tide of patient consumerism, combined with regulatory and financial trends, will make 2018 the year medical practices invest in modern mobile technology and hardware that strengthen practice-patient interactions.

“With patient out-of-pocket costs now accounting for 20-30 percent of a practice’s revenue, a better patient experience is good medicine for the bottom line,” said Ken Comée, CEO of CareCloud. “Consumers are bringing their expectations for personalized on-demand service — and convenience in how they pay for and interact with that service — into the doctor’s office. From wait-times to overdue bills, consumers want to know exactly where they stand with their medical providers, in real-time, via their mobile devices. We expect 2018 will be a watershed year for mobile technology that extends and improves the practice-patient experience outside the office walls.”

CareCloud is sharing its top five predictions for the upcoming “Year of the Patient”:

1. PXM as a New Category: A new segment in health technology is emerging: patient experience management (PXM) is poised to join electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice management (PM) as a peer category and a must-have for any medical group in 2018. PXM systems cover a wide range of patient interactions with their health, including digital check-in, reminders, and personalized education — in the practice, at home or on the go. With patient-friendly mobile interfaces, PXM uses data from the practice’s back-end technology suite in real-time to serve an exceptional patient workflow. All of which are key requirements given the growing importance of the patient payment process and rising patient expectations.

2. Paying Attention to Attention: 2017 study of over 1,100 patients by CareCloud showed that patients value personal attention from their physician, even more than their actual medical outcomes. A full seven out ten patients say that personal attention matters highly, jumping to 83 percent for patients over 60 years old. Compare that to 58 percent of patients saying health outcomes are key to their overall satisfaction. Medical practices will be expanding their focus on the patient experience in 2018, using techniques from the likes of Disney and Ritz-Carlton to train staff and create cultures of incredible service. Technology that reduces physician burnout and helps expand attention to patients will also be hot in the year ahead. Look for EHRs focused on fewer clicks to give clinicians more time for patient care.

3.  Perfecting the Payment Process: U.S. patients are already paying for 25 percent of their medical costs out-of-pocket. Experts predict premiums will increase by 40 percent in 2018. At the same time, a recent CareCloud study shows one in three patients has never been asked to pay their medical bills during a visit. In the year ahead, medical practices will integrate better payment options and more price transparency into their patient experience — streamlining the process for practices while meeting the evolving needs of their patient populations. Look for mainstream financial giants such as First Data acting on new opportunities for fintech growth in the medical sector.

4. The Millennial Movement: Millennials are now the largest generational cohort in the U.S., outpacing Baby Boomers by half a million people. Their expectations and decisions are shaping the future of medicine. Early indications show they’re more discerning “buyers.” In fact, a recent CareCloud survey found that more than half of millennials would switch doctors if that led to reduced wait times. Millennials are also twice as likely as other age groups to switch doctors in order to use a computer/tablet to check in. For these reasons, medical groups will start transforming their practice to attract and retain this younger cohort of patients. Startups such as Forward are aiming at the millennial healthcare market and big tech players such as Amazon and Apple are expanding their interest — seeing potential in this large and growing segment of patients.

5.  Analyze This: Despite an uncertain healthcare climate in 2017, government regulations continued to evolve in support of value-based reimbursement models. The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and incentive payments for Alternative Payment Models (APMs) both advanced the focus on patient engagement, care coordination, and more collaborative care. Now that systems have been made electronic through the shift from paper to EHR, practices will lean more on their digitized records next year to run population health analytics like those from Lightbeam in an effort to provide a more patient-centric approach to care. Practices that integrate analytics into their workflows will find data to be a distinct strategic asset in highly competitive markets.

About CareCloud

CareCloud is the leading provider of cloud-based revenue cycle management (RCM), practice management (PM), electronic health record (EHR), and patient experience management (PXM) solutions for high-performance medical groups. CareCloud helps clients increase financial and operational performance, streamline clinical workflows, and improve patient care nationwide. The company currently manages more than $4 billion in annualized accounts receivable on its integrated clinical and financial platform. For additional information about CareCloud’s medical practice market research or patient experience management technologies, please visit carecloud.com.

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.

OpenEMR Achieves Complete Meaningful Use Certification with Release 5.0

RUTLAND, Vt., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — OpenEMR, the most popular open source electronic health records (EHR) and medical practice management solution, has announced today that OpenEMR version 5.0 has achieved Complete ONC certification, through Infogard.  This certification is vital for medical practices in the U.S. to comply with MACRA and participate in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program.

The Complete Meaningful Use Certification was the result of a community effort that spanned several years, involving over $200,000 in effort and code contributions.  The number of enhancements brought into OpenEMR was expansive and includes standardization of patient medical information, coordination of care, patient privacy, patient engagement, security, public health and automated calculations of metrics and clinical quality measures.  The list of direct contributors to this effort included ZH Healthcare, Ensoftek, Visolve, MI-Squared, Brady Miller MD, EMR Direct, Jan Jajalla, Sunset Systems, Columbia University Certification of Professional Achievement in Health IT, Jeff Guillory NP, Ray Magauran MD, and John Tenny MD, among others.

The OpenEMR 5.0 release boasts many features unrelated to meaningful use.  Modernization was the theme, which includes a new logo and website, www.open-emr.org.  A major enhancement in this release is the sleek user interface, geared towards efficient workflow.  “I have used OpenEMR for seven years.  The new user interface makes the life of providers simpler and easier, with fast retrieval and entering of patient information in a single screen, while supporting a robust feature set,” said OpenEMR user Dr. Arnab Naha MBBS.

Another enhancement is a feature-packed Ophthalmology/Optometry module, designed and built by Ray Magauran MD, a practicing Ophthalmologist.  “As ophthalmologists, we need a product that matches our workflows, doesn’t slow us down or cost an arm and a leg.  My clinic is now paperless.  We have moved into the cloud,” said OpenEMR volunteer developer, Ray Magauran MD.

This release brings enhancements in the patient tracker, reporting, scheduling, billing, security, and form validation modules.  Internationalization of OpenEMR was enhanced by adding support for right to left languages to the already included 33 languages.  Enterprise use of OpenEMR was strengthened by upgrading the MySQL database engine to InnoDB.  Accessibility for OpenEMR developers was improved by migrating the codebase repository from Sourceforge to Github, which allows for efficient, coordinated development.

The OpenEMR community remains committed to continued support and improvement of the OpenEMR product.  “The last year has been a golden age for OpenEMR with increasing active development and a broadening community of developers, users, volunteers, professionals, and OpenEMR champions.  As OpenEMR continues to improve and needs for OpenEMR increases, I expect OpenEMR’s successes to continue into the future,” said OpenEMR project co-administrator Brady Miller MD.

About OpenEMR
OpenEMR was originally released as an open source project in 2002 and is maintained and supported by a vibrant community of volunteers and professionals.  OpenEMR is the most popular open source electronic health records and medical practice management solution.  OpenEMR is downloaded more than 7,000 times per month and it has been estimated that OpenEMR serves more than 100,000 medical providers and up to 200 million patients across the globe.  For more information, visit: http://www.open-emr.org.

About OEMR
OEMR is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2010 to support the OpenEMR project with a mission to ensure that all people, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or geographic location, have access to high-quality medical care through the donation of free, open source medical software and service relating to that software.  The OEMR organization is the legal entity that maintains ONC certification for OpenEMR.  For more information, visit: http://www.oemr.org.

March 2, 2017 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.

Aprima Medical Software Acquires EHR Reseller Healthcare Data Solutions

Aprima to provide ongoing support to HDS’s 300 provider clients across U.S.

Dallas, TX (January 18, 2017) – Aprima Medical Software, a leading provider of innovative electronic health records (EHR), practice management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions for medical practices, today announced the acquisition of a former reseller Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS) of Coral Cables, FL. As part of the agreement, Aprima will assume full support for HDS’s customers, which include approximately 300 providers in 125 medical practices across 15 states. Financial terms were not disclosed.

HDS works with physician groups across the country to identify IT solutions that best fit their needs and to implement and support their ongoing system needs.

“We have worked closely with the HDS team since adding them to our reseller program in 2012,” said Aprima CEO and president Michael Nissenbaum. “When we first learned that HDS founder Rodney Barreto was interested in pursuing other business opportunities, we saw it as an excellent opportunity to expand our direct client base, while also continuing HDS’s longtime tradition of delivering excellent customer support and service.”

Aprima previously acquired RCM services provider Health Care Strategies in 2011. Since acquiring Health Care Strategies, Aprima has grown its RCM client base threefold and quadrupled the dollars under management. As a whole over the same period, Aprima has experienced annual double-digit growth in revenue and EBITDA and maintained a 98 percent customer retention rate.

“We regularly explore opportunities that we believe will provide our customers with complementary products or services, or align with our long-term strategy of building revenues and helping physicians achieve their financial and care delivery goals,” said Nissenbaum. “The acquisition of HDS certainly fits into the second category and we look forward to working with HDS as we transition their customers to the Aprima support team.”

“We’ve had a great working relationship with Aprima over the last few years and have observed their strong commitment to addressing customer needs, and have benefited from the solid support they provide their resellers,” said Rodney Barreto, managing partner at HDS. “I am confident that our customers will be extremely pleased with the quality support and service that the Aprima team will provide.”

About Aprima Medical Software, Inc.

Aprima provides innovative electronic health record, practice management and revenue cycle management solutions for medical practices. Throughout the company’s 18-year history, Aprima has delivered quality solutions that have helped thousands of users enhance patient care and satisfaction, as well as improve their practices’ bottom lines. The Aprima EHR/PM sets the benchmark for ease-of-use, speed, and flexibility, thanks to its single database and customizable design that adapts automatically to individual physician workflows. The Aprima solution has earned Certification for Meaningful Use Stage 2 and been awarded pre-validation status for NCQA PCMH recognition. The company is based in Richardson, Texas and performs all development, support and implementation from within the U.S. To learn more about how Aprima can help your practice, please visit www.aprima.com, call us at 844 4APRIMA or email us at info@aprima.com.

About Healthcare Data Solutions

Healthcare Data Solutions is a Miami, FL-based Gold Certified Aprima reseller. HDS empowers physicians to practice medicine in the 21st century. HDS offers a full suite of Health IT services and solutions that enable providers to select solutions that best fit the needs of their practice.

January 18, 2017 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.

Patient Safety and the Use of eCW’s Electronic Health Records Software

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—December 6, 2016— At eClinicalWorks, we are deeply committed to ensuring the safety of all patients whose health care providers rely on our software.  For this reason, we have made a sustained effort to continuously improve our system and processes and to educate users on the proper use of our software to ensure patient safety.  Even with these efforts, given our large base of users and the complexity inherent to all EHR systems, we periodically identify potential patient safety risks related to the use of our software.  As part of our ongoing effort to respond to and minimize such risks, eCW is making this announcement to ensure that all participants in the healthcare process – clinicians, pharmacies, and patients and their family members or caregivers – are aware of key patient safety risks and are focused on the roles they can play in minimizing those risks.

Ensuring the safety of patients requires collaboration and communication between individuals, their physicians, others involved in healthcare delivery, and EHR companies.  With this in mind, we are issuing the following reminders:

  • The use of eCW’s EHR software carries with it risks related to medication management, electronic prescribing, and the ordering process for tests and procedures, which are among the most complex functions performed by any EHR system.
    • In December 2015, for instance, in response to certain identified concerns, eCW advised users to install all software upgrades and patches and make adequate network resources available to allow the system to operate properly.  Prior to and since that time, eCW has issued other similar patient safety-related notices, all of which are available to eCW users at my.eclinicalworks.com.
  • Consistent with our prior advisories, clinicians should continue to be vigilant about medication management, e-prescribing and the ordering of tests and procedures. Specifically, clinicians should review and adopt the measures outlined in both eCW’s December 2015 advisory and the other patient safety-related notices issued by eCW.  These measures include the following:
    • Upgrade to the most current version of eCW’s software: In July 2016, the company directed all users to upgrade to the latest version of V10-SP1-C20.8 or higher to ensure that all changes designed to improve patient safety are implemented.  If you have not already done so, you should immediately install version V10-SP1-8 or higher, as well as all update patches. Failure to continually install updates may result in the software not receiving all necessary corrective fixes.
    • Upgrade to the most current version of the Multum or Medispan drug databases:eCW releases regular updates to commercial drug database information to ensure that the most current medication information is used. For cloud customers, this information is updated automatically; for non-cloud customers, the content update should be downloaded regularly.
    • Designate a patient safety officer: As our previous advisories have made clear, every physician office should designate a patient safety officer to serve as the primary liaison with eCW on patient safety-related matters.
    • Read every patient safety notice: Patient safety advisories and similar notices are an important way in which eCW communicates about potential risks to patient safety related to the use of our software. These notices explain the potential risk and recommend actions to mitigate the risk.  Providers should carefully read every patient safety notice, alert, or advisory that we issue and implement the recommended actions to ensure patient safety.  Again, eCW users can view a complete collection of these notices at my.elinicalworks.com.
    • Confirm order accuracy: To avoid errors, providers should always confirm that prescriptions and orders created using eCW’s software are accurate.
    • Encourage patients to confirm accuracy: You should ensure that your patients and their family members or caregivers are informed about medications, dosages, and other pertinent information about prescriptions and orders. Among other things, this should include encouraging them to obtain online patient portal accounts.  Additionally, you should instruct them to confirm that the correct medication has been dispensed by their pharmacists and that other types of orders have also been properly fulfilled.
    • Follow correct steps for modifying medications: Rather than modifying an existing medication by changing the dosage or route, clinicians should discontinue the original medication and reorder it with the revised dosage or route.
    • Exercise caution in the use of custom medications: Because the use of custom medications poses a higher risk of prescription errors, providers should limit their use whenever possible.  When custom medications are necessary, care should be taken to ensure that the prescriptions are properly transmitted and fulfilled.
  • Patients and their family members or caregivers should adopt the following safeguards:
    • Be educated about your care: Ask your physician to give you or your caregiver access to eCW’s online patient portal, where you can review your visit summaries, medication orders and tests.
    • Know your medications and orders: Be aware of the prescription medications (including names, dosages, and delivery methods) and the clinical, diagnostic, or other evaluative tests that have been ordered by your physician.
    • Be sure to confirm accuracy: Confirm that the correct medication has been dispensed by your pharmacist and that tests are performed as ordered.
  • Anyone – clinicians, prescribers, pharmacists, patients, caregivers, or others – who becomes aware of patient safety concerns or unexpected software issues should immediately report them to eCW at my.eclinicalworks.com and/or to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s complaint website at www.healthit.gov/healthitcomplaints.

December 9, 2016 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.

Philips is first to bring adaptive intelligence to radiology, delivering a new approach to how radiologists see, seek and share patient information

  • Introduced at RSNA 2016, new health informatics technology uses data and contextual awareness to optimize the radiologist’s user experience, hanging protocols and workflow
  • Illumeo with adaptive intelligence makes sharing the most relevant patient data with colleagues or referring physicians easy, to support confident diagnoses to improve patient care

Amsterdam, the NetherlandsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced the introduction of Illumeo, a new imaging and informatics technology with adaptive intelligence* that redefines and enhances how radiologists work with medical images. The intelligent software is the first to combine contextual awareness capabilities with advanced data analytics to augment the work of the radiologist. Its built-in intelligence records the radiologists’ preferences and adapts the user interface to assists the clinician by offering tool sets and measurements driven by the understanding of the clinical context. Illumeo aims to enable faster diagnoses, to drive well-informed care decisions and improved patient care. The new technology integrates with existing systems such as Philips IntelliSpace PACS and will eventually extend its workspace efficiency beyond radiology to other domains.

One single view for most relevant case-related information

The new Illumeo technology offers a radically new approach to how radiologists will see, seek and share clinical information, enabling them to provide an even more critical contribution to patient care. Through its Data Analytics Engine, the software provides the radiologist with the most relevant case-related information from various sources in one single view. This holistic ‘Patient Briefing’ includes the patient problem list**, laboratory results, prior radiology reports, imaging orders or scanned documents (such as handwritten referral letters from GPs and referring specialists) obtained from health information systems like the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or Radiology Information Systems (RIS). It integrates and organizes this data and helps radiologists to bridge the stages of diagnosis to treatment to follow-up, while being able to rely on a current, comprehensive patient picture. 

“As the number of patients and complexity of care continues to increase, the amount of data and information we deal with on a daily basis is overwhelming,” said Dr. Eliot Siegel, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology for the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, USA. “In order to help solve this problem, having solutions that streamline information and provide context to what is most relevant to a specific case is critical. This will provide a more efficient workflow, which is key to enabling quicker, more confident diagnoses.”

Anatomy-aware enables smart images and data presentation

Illumeo is also anatomy-aware. Built-in intelligence understands the anatomical context and thus what the radiologist is looking at on the screen. It then automatically suggests the right tool sets (such as tools for easy measurement and analysis of vessels) to help the radiologist focus on the diagnosis***. Its intelligent clinical Semantic Labelling Engine reads and analyses image tags and image series descriptions from a variety of vendors and provides automated semantic labelling with meaningful descriptions. It will make it easier and faster to retrieve specific relevant medical images, and manage their display and quantification. Illumeo is adapting to and remembering radiologists’ preferred hanging protocols: the complex process of organizing and displaying medical images for optimal examination, based on many variables such, modality, body part, available comparison images.

With Illumeo, the radiologist can also generate dynamic reports that can include 3D images or image quantifications based on minimal user input. This information integrates with PACS and can be accessed via EMR systems and can be shared as a multidisciplinary patient information dashboard across the hospital enterprises to facilitate collaboration. The report is designed to be shared with colleagues or the referring physicians and supports the transition of radiology into a ‘value-based’ care delivery model.

“Radiologists are central in the diagnosis process, with a critical role in definitive diagnostics and improvement of patient care,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics, Philips. “By supporting clinicians with adaptive intelligence and providing health IT solutions to foster collaboration between multidisciplinary care teams, we aim to extend the power of their clinical expertise.”

Illumeo with adaptive intelligence’s main highlights include:

  • Contextual relevance – provides the radiologist with meaningful patient data via the ‘Patient briefing’ and is anatomy-aware, to suggest the right tools based on what the user is looking at.
  • Adaptive intelligence – allows for an intelligent, tailored user experience and workflow. It achieves this by recording and reproducing the user’s hanging protocols in a consistent manner.
  • Reduced variability – incorporates guidelines built into the system to remind radiologists of best practices and ultimately assist in standardizing care throughout the institution.
  • Extensibility – integrates easily within existing systems by leveraging the latest interoperability standards (such as HL7 FHIR, DICOM RESTful web service, etc.), in order to present relevant patient data. It is scalable—meaning the platform will grow with an institution as it evolves.  

The new technology will be showcased at booth # 6735 at the RSNA Annual Meeting, taking place Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, in Chicago, Ill. For more information on Philips integrated informatics solutions, visit our clinical informatics webpage.  For details on Philips presence at RSNA 2016, please visit www.philips.com/rsna and follow the conversation @PhilipsLiveFrom and the event hashtag, #RSNA16 for live updates throughout the event.

* Adaptive intelligence is seen as an emerging concept of combining domain specific models and knowledge (e.g. in the field of Radiology) and Artificial Intelligence to create an adaptive and contextual experience, anticipating users and augmenting their work. The current release of Philips Illumeo exhibits the first step into Adaptive Intelligence.

** Work in progress. Not available for sale in the U.S.A.

*** Anatomy awareness supports launch in context of ‘inspection modes’ enabling quantification on the fly suggesting quantification on the fly when hovering over veins. 

December 2, 2016 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.

Amazing Charts Makes Five Predictions for Health IT in 2017

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – December 01, 2016) – Amazing Charts, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for physician practices, today issued five health IT predictions for 2017.

#1 Telemedicine will no longer be futuristic. Contrary to popular belief, telemedicine does not necessarily mean live video conferencing with a physician halfway across the country who lacks a full picture of the patient’s health status. Patients would rather receive “low tech” remote care from a local primary care physician they already know.

Telemedicine happens whenever an EHR system adds to a patient’s clinical chart the messages, pictures, or videos sent securely via smartphone. Use of smartphones for telemedicine will further increase with the introduction of add-on hardware for real-time collection of biometric data such as temperature, blood pressure and pulse.

This trend will be fueled by the expansion of reimbursement for non-face-to-face services. Medicare’s new billing code for Chronic Care Management is just one example of how the future of value-based care is not about 15-minute office visits, but instead keeping patients out of the office with follow-up phone calls about medications and answering patient questions via text.

#2 Practices will focus on reengineering patient access. As part of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is designed to encourage providers to expand patient access with “practice improvement activities,” such as same-day appointments for urgent needs, longer office hours, and after-hours clinician advice.

Physicians also want to shift the responsibilities such as appointment scheduling from the office staff to the patient. Delegating that type of chore to the patient saves the staff time; and, patients not only don’t mind doing the work, they perceive value in self-service options that give them total control.

While tablet-based patient intake solutions have not become widespread because the hardware is costly and requires complex systems integration, simple web forms and PDF attachments can get the job done just as well.

#3 Physicians will get financially creative. A host of factors is pushing independent physicians to be more financially creative. These include the frustrations of making claims to insurance carriers, the new Medicare fee-for-value payments creating uncertainty in gauging reimbursement levels, and burnout with the “corporate medicine” model of seeing dozens of patients each day for lower fees.

One example of financial creativity is the direct care model which establishes a financial relationship between patient and provider, cutting out the middleman of insurance payers. This model includes concierge and direct primary care, where patients become members who pay a fixed monthly fee for unlimited care. There are also a growing number of cash-only practices for walk-in and urgent care.

Beleaguered small practices under financial stress are also looking for novel ways to generate cash. The new rules allowing reimbursement of telemedicine and other non-face-to-face services will encourage physicians to bill for activities they were already doing for free, such as phone calls with patients to discuss medications.

#4 Physicians will opt out of Medicare thanks to MACRA. Like all well-intentioned laws, The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will have unintended consequences. Some providers in small independent practices will either opt-out of Medicare entirely, or decline to accept new Medicare patients if they currently fall below the threshold for exemption (less than $30,000 in Part B billings or 100 Part B patients).

To ease small practices into MACRA, the Final Rule issued by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relaxed many of the requirements for 2017. By 2018, however, MACRA starts to impose more financial risk and stricter reporting requirements with less clarity around the return on investment. Small practices might just drop Medicare altogether and transition to a direct-care practice based on cash, membership, or a hybrid (see prediction #3 above).

#5 EHRs will become more interoperable. The next certification cycle from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) positions the EHR as a secure repository, allowing certified ancillary tools to be “snapped” into it. This will be driven by a new Application Programming Interface (API) called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). FHIR is a more granular way to exchange data without the rigid workflow of traditional Health Level Seven International (HL7).

Providers will benefit from the broader choice of technology solutions that can be used alongside the EHR to improve overall outcomes. Amazing Charts is currently developing a FHIR API to connect our EHR with other best-of-breed vendors for solutions such as population health management. This way small practices can leverage their investments in EHR systems to the maximum extent possible.

Furthermore, MIT researchers have proposed a cryptocurrency-backed system (like Bitcoin), called MedRec, for managing medical records that use the Ethereum blockchain. It is a novel, decentralized record management system for EHRs that uses blockchain technology to manage authentication, confidentiality, accountability, and data sharing.

About Amazing Charts

Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 7,100 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 275,000 clinicians since 1995. Visit www.amazingcharts.com for more information.

Amazing Charts is a trademark of Amazing Charts, LLC. All products or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

December 1, 2016 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.