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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.

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.

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.

TELUS Health Announces Agreement to Acquire Nightingale’s Canadian EMR Operations

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 14, 2016) – TELUS Health announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Canadian business of Nightingale Informatix Corp. (Nightingale) (TSX VENTURE:NGH), including its proprietary Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software solutions and related assets.

Nightingale currently provides its EMR solution to 4,000 physicians in Canada, mainly in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces.

“At TELUS Health, we are on a mission to leverage the power of technology and our world-class telecommunications infrastructure to improve health outcomes for Canadians,” said Paul Lepage, President, TELUS Health. “We are working to realize our goal not only by continuing to invest in health technology that supports the primary care ecosystem, but also through strategic acquisitions.”

The acquisition of Nightingale’s Canadian operations is subject to customary closing conditions, including Nightingale shareholder approval and regulatory approval.

About TELUS Health

TELUS Health is a leader in telehomecare, electronic medical and health records, consumer health, benefits management and pharmacy management. TELUS Health solutions give health authorities, providers, physicians, patients and consumers the power to turn information into better health outcomes. For more information about TELUS Health, please visit telushealth.com.

July 18, 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.

Azalea Health Receives $10.5 Million in Series B Funding From Kayne Partners Fund

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – Jul 15, 2016) – Azalea Health announced today that it has closed its $10.5 million Series B round of funding. The round was led by Kayne Partners, the growth private equity group of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., an alternative investment firm managing over $22.5 billion in assets. Existing Azalea investor Intersouth Partners, a venture capital firm in Durham, NC, also participated in the round.

Azalea Health is a leading provider of fully integrated, technology-enabled healthcare solutions and Revenue Cycle Enhancement™ services for practices of all sizes and most specialties. “The additional capital allows us to rapidly advance organic growth and consolidate the market through acquisition,” said Justin Pierce, Vice President of Sales.

“We are very pleased with this opportunity to partner with Kayne Anderson, a like-minded, technically focused equity provider that has a strong track record within the health IT space,” said Baha Zeidan, CEO and Co-Founder.

“Now more than ever, hospitals and physicians need tools that deliver a strong ROI, streamline workflow, and are easy to adopt and use,” Zeidan continued. “With payment reforms focused on achieving outcomes and lower costs, healthcare organizations require a comprehensive end-to-end platform that supports every aspect of their practice.”

“Kayne strives to identify companies with unrivaled competitive advantages in fast-growing industries which are led by exceptionally strong management teams. Azalea is solving unique healthcare access and delivery needs in the U.S. rural healthcare market. We recognize this is a significant growth opportunity for Azalea and believe they are uniquely positioned to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Nishita Cummings, Partner, Kayne Partners. Cummings will join the board of Azalea Health.

Azalea Health focuses on rural markets that are traditionally underserved by healthcare technology. The company is able to cost-effectively meet the needs of community and critical access hospitals, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as their associated physician practices.

Approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, but only 10 percent of U.S. physicians practice there. This disparity creates unique healthcare access and delivery challenges for patients, caregivers and physicians, ultimately resulting in significant costs to the healthcare system.

Azalea Health is the first company to fully integrate telehealth capabilities within its technology-enabled solutions platform, which includes integrated electronic health records (EHR), practice management, electronic prescribing, interoperability services, personal health records, patient portal, Azalea M™ mobile platform integrated with Apple® HealthKit and Revenue Cycle Performance™ services.

Azalea Health, established in 2008, is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, and serves customers nationwide. By using true cloud-based technology, Azalea eliminates the need to manage hardware and software, while reducing the complexity and cost of EHR technology.

Victor Culiuc and Healthios Capital Markets LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Azalea.

About Azalea Health
Azalea Health is a leading provider of fully integrated, technology-enabled healthcare solutions and managed services for practices of all sizes and most specialties. Azalea’s comprehensive portfolio includes integrated electronic health records, practice management, electronic prescribing, interoperability services, personal health records, patient portal, telehealth, Azalea M™ mobile platform integrated with Apple® HealthKit, as well as Revenue Cycle Performance™ services. The Azalea platform also provides tools and resources to help customers meet their Meaningful Use and ICD-10 requirements, as well as strategies to navigate accountable care and alternative payment models. To learn more, please visitwww.AzaleaHealth.com, call (877) 777-7686 or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitterand LinkedIn.

About Kayne Partners
Kayne Partners is a leading provider of capital and connections to rapidly growing companies in North America. Since its inception more than a decade ago, it has invested over $600 million in platform investments and add-on acquisitions. Kayne Partners seeks to partner with driven entrepreneurs as a non-control minority investor and provide transformative capital to these high growth companies. Kayne Partners is the growth private equity group of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. www.kaynepartners.com

About Kayne Anderson
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., founded in 1984, is a leading independent alternative investment management firm focused on niche investing in upstream oil and gas companies, energy infrastructure, specialized real estate, middle market credit, and growth private equity. Kayne’s investment philosophy is to pursue niches, with an emphasis on cash flow, where its knowledge and sourcing advantages enable it to deliver above average, risk-adjusted investment returns. Kayne manages over $22.5 billion in assets (as of 6/30/16) for institutional investors, family offices, high net worth and retail clients and employs nearly 300 professionals in eight offices across the United States. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Houston, New York City, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta and Boca Raton. For more information, please visit our website: www.kaynecapital.com.

July 15, 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.

Medsphere Systems and ChartLogic Merge

Enterprise EHR provider broadens focus to incorporate robust ambulatory electronic medical record, practice management and medical billing solutions

SALT LAKE CITY & CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medsphere Systems Corporation and ChartLogic, Inc., today announced that they have executed a definitive agreement to merge the two companies. The transaction will expand Medsphere’s existing enterprise healthcare IT products and services to include ChartLogic’s proven ambulatory electronic health record (EHR), practice management and medical billing solutions. ChartLogic will retain its name and operate as a division of Medsphere; the expanded company will offer integrated delivery networks and physician practices an affordable and interoperable choice that meets the clinical needs of providers across the spectrum of care. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, and the parties expect to close by June 30, 2016.

Among ChartLogic’s proven suite of products and services is a proven EHR enhanced by modern dictation technology. ChartLogic EHR incorporates superior command and control voice navigation and speech recognition, enabling efficient charting. ChartLogic EHR also includes an extensive library of specialty-oriented vocabularies, templates, macros, and other customization tools. With ChartLogic EHR, providers can complete a unique patient record in 90 seconds or less.

“With this merger of Medsphere and ChartLogic, we’re creating a comprehensive healthcare IT platform that extends from physician practices to acute care hospitals and inpatient behavioral health facilities, ensuring continuity of care and patient information,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “And we’re doing it affordably so clinics and hospitals can manage their IT and improve care without going deeply into debt, as is often the case with similarly comprehensive systems. We couldn’t be more excited about the merger with ChartLogic and look forward to the success it will create.”

In 2010, ChartLogic was the first EHR in the nation to meet Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements. The EHR is currently certified for Stage 2, and the ChartLogic team is actively working toward meeting Stage 3 standards. ChartLogic EHR also incorporates e-prescribing, patient portal, labs and document management applications; the complete ChartLogic solution includes medical billing services and a practice management solution: appointment scheduling, claims entry, advanced reporting and eligibility checking.

“ChartLogic has always been about improving the efficiency and quality of care in physician practices, so we’re very excited to join Medsphere and expand that objective to all of healthcare,” said ChartLogic CEO Zubin Emsley. “The simple fact is that the comprehensive solution platforms available to hospitals and integrated delivery networks today are contributing to the high cost of healthcare, not alleviating it. Working with Medsphere, our goal is to enable hospitals and providers to improve care and efficiency without incurring massive ongoing costs.”

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, ChartLogic recently announced a new contract with Children’s Orthopedic Specialists of Tucson, Arizona. The company also worked with Change Healthcare to incorporate a streamlined lab ordering system into ChartLogic EHR.

Derived from the proven VistA system developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service, OpenVista® is a comprehensive EHR platform combining both clinical and financial applications. Medsphere’s Government Services Division also applies extensive knowledge of VistA to development and testing work for the VA and Indian Health Service.

About ChartLogic

ChartLogic, Inc., is driven by the desire to improve patient care, office efficiencies and profitability for the physician practice. Since 1994, ChartLogic has been developing and delivering healthcare technology solutions. The company offers a full ambulatory EHR suite, including electronic medical record, practice management, e-prescribing, patient portal and more, as well as offering complete medical billing services which take care of the claims continuum while maximizing revenue and minimizing costs. ChartLogic is known for its proprietary command-and-control methodology that allows users to create notes fast and efficiently. The company is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is privately held.

For additional information, visit www.chartlogic.com or call 888-337-4441.

About Medsphere

Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an organization of committed clinical and technology professionals working to make quality healthcare IT solutions accessible to organizations of virtually any size, shape or budget. Medsphere’s OpenVista is an acute and inpatient behavioral health-oriented portfolio of clinical products and services that leverages the VistA EHR system developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). Medsphere’s Government Services Division also applies that VistA expertise to development and testing projects for the VA, IHS and international customers.

Medsphere also enables better ambulatory care via physician practice EHR, revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice management systems and services. Using a vendor-independent approach to helping hospitals solve critical challenges, thePhoenix Health Systems division provides a host of healthcare IT services, including systems implementation, compliance project management, service desk, end-user device management, infrastructure support, application management and IT leadership.

Whatever your healthcare IT challenge, Medsphere has a solution.

June 28, 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.