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Collective Medical Secures $47.5 Million in Series A Funding

Kleiner Perkins-led investment to fuel enrichment and expansion of Collective Medical’s care team collaboration network

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH —NOVEMBER 14, 2017Collective Medical, delivering the nation’s largest network for care collaboration, has secured $47.5 million in Series A funding. The investment, led by Kleiner Perkins, will be used to expand and advance the company’s care team collaboration network accelerating efforts to drive better patient outcomes nationwide.

Bessemer Venture PartnersMaverick VenturesKaiser Permanente Ventures, Providence VenturesPeterson Ventures, and Epic Ventures also participated in the round.

Utah-based Collective Medical, which has been bootstrapped for eight years, has quietly developed the nation’s largest network for real-time care collaboration. Collective Medical’s technology addresses the full continuum of care in support of many of the country’s most vulnerable individuals—patients with complex needs that are not met at any single point of care. By unifying providers and payers through real-time information alerts, patient context, and collaborative care planning, Collective Medical empowers care teams to identify patients with complex needs and help them get the care they need, when they need it, from those best positioned to deliver it. Collective Medical’s approach has been proven to reduce avoidable emergency department (ED) visits and hospital readmissions, ease transitions of care, and eliminate unnecessary risk and friction from care delivery.

“We’re putting collaboration at the heart of the solution to a fragmented healthcare system,” says Chris Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “Our job is to connect care teams. By arming providers and payers with real-time insights and a platform to seamlessly collaborate across organizations and care settings, we ensure patients don’t slip through the cracks.” Klomp adds that, “we are beyond excited and grateful to be joined by such an extraordinary group of investors who share our vision for further enriching and expanding our network to help care teams provide the most effective care possible.”

Collective Medical is engaged with every national health plan in the country, hundreds of hospitals and health systems, and tens of thousands of providers and care managers including those in emergency departments, primary care practices, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, emergency medical services, and mental and behavioral health organizations. Collective Medical’s network has visibility across 13 states, with an additional 10 states expected to go live in 2018.

“Event notification systems (ENS) and care coordination applications have historically struggled to provide actionable information to providers at the point-of-care” says Noah Knauf, partner at Kleiner Perkins. “Collective Medical is the first technology we’ve seen that allows the providers and payers in a local healthcare system to efficiently collaborate, delivering significantly better outcomes through risk analytics, real-time notifications, and shared care planning tools. Supporting this team is a rare opportunity to be a part of something that is meaningfully changing the way care is delivered in this country.”

Collective Medical improves outcomes and lowers costs on an impressive scale. In a Brookings Institution review of Medicaid patients who visited emergency rooms in Washington State, Collective Medical’s network and EDIE application—allowing actionable, real-time coordination across organizations—was one of the core strategies for lowering the number of ED visits by patients with patterns of high ED utilization. By partnering with Collective Medical to focus on these patients, Washington State reported $34 million in savings in emergency costs and a decline of 9.9 percent in emergency department visits in its first year of use in 2013.

Similar results have been experienced across the country. “Collective Medical has been an integral part of our hospital system’s efforts to coordinate care for patients with complex needs,” says Dr. Maria Raven, MPH, MSc, a practicing emergency medicine physician and health services researcher and an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF. “With our partnership, we’re collaborating on our at-risk patients’ social determinants as well as curbing the opioid epidemic.”

Mitigating the opioid epidemic is a single but timely demonstration of the power of the Collective Medical network. Using the company’s partnership with Washington State as an example, care team collaboration and coordination through Collective Medical has reduced opioid prescriptions coming out of the ED by 24 percent since the program’s inception.

A recent evaluation of Collective Medical’s impact throughout the state of Oregon, conducted by the Oregon Health Leadership Council, found a promising downward trend in ED visits by patients with history of high ED utilization during a three-year period. As a participant in this evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Northwest initially used Collective Medical’s EDIE application to identify and collaborate on care plans for a group of approximately 363 patients with complex clinical and social challenges who visited the ED more than six times in six months. Over the three years of this program Kaiser has seen a 42 percent reduction in ED visits and a 47 percent reduction in inpatient admissions for those individuals enrolled in this program.

Collective Medical will use the funding to expand and advance its network with the goal of empowering care teams across the country to provide patients with the most effective care. As a part of this effort, Collective Medical plans to expand its leadership team and scale its engineering, clinical support, sales and marketing organizations. The company anticipates hiring more than 100 additional team members in the next 12 – 18 months, with the majority based in its Salt Lake City headquarters.

Collective Medical is endorsed as a best practice for emergency medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The company has been recognized by Inc. Magazine and by the MountainWest Capital Network as one of Utah’s fastest growing companies.

Learn more about Collective Medical’s impact at www.collectivemedical.com

ABOUT COLLECTIVE MEDICAL 

Collective Medical empowers care teams to improve patient outcomes by closing the communication gaps that undermine patient care through seamless collaboration. With a nationwide network engaged with every national health plan in the country, hundreds of hospitals and health systems and tens of thousands of providers—including hospitals, emergency departments, skilled nursing facilities, primary care providers, mental and behavioral health clinics, and others—Collective Medical’s system-agnostic platform is trusted by healthcare organizations and payers to identify at-risk and complex patients and facilitate actionable collaboration to make better care decisions and improve outcomes. Based in Salt Lake City, Collective Medical is proven to streamline transitions of care, improve coordination across diverse care teams, and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. Learn more at www.collectivemedicaltech.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

ABOUT KLEINER PERKINS

Kleiner Perkins partners with the brightest entrepreneurs to turn disruptive ideas into world-changing businesses. With $10 billion raised through 20 venture funds and four growth funds, the firm has invested in over 850 companies including pioneers such as Google, App Dynamics, Amazon, Flexus Biosciences, Nest, Waze, Twitter, JD.com and Square. Kleiner Perkins offers entrepreneurs years of operating experience, puts them at the center of an influential network, and accelerates their companies from success to significance. For more information, visit http://www.kpcb.com and follow us @kpcb.

November 14, 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.

HHS Names Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge Winners

Thousands of submissions received from more than 140 teams

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the winners of the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge.

ONC selected the winning submissions from over 140 competing teams and almost 7,000 submissions using an ONC-provided dataset.  “Patient matching” in health IT describes the techniques used to identify and match the data about patients held by one healthcare provider with the data about the same patients held either within the same system or by another system (or many other systems). The inability to successfully match patients to any and all of their data records can impede interoperability resulting in patient safety risks and decreased provider efficiency.

“Many experts across the healthcare system have long identified the ability to match patients efficiently, accurately, and to scale as a critical interoperability need for the nation’s growing health IT infrastructure.  This challenge was an important step towards better understanding the current landscape,” said Don Rucker, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology.

Winners include:

Best “F-score” (a measure of accuracy that factors in both precision and recall):

  • First Place ($25,000): Vynca
  • Second Place ($20,000): PICSURE
  • Third Place ($15,000): Information Softworks

Best First Run ($5,000): Information Softworks

Best Recall ($5,000): PICSURE

Best Precision ($5,000): PICSURE

Each winner employed widely different methods.   PICSURE used an algorithm based on the Fellegi-Sunter (1969) method for probabilistic record matching and performed a significant amount of manual review. Vynca used a stacked model that combined the predictions of eight different models. They reported that they manually reviewed less than .01 percent of the records. Although Information Softworks also used a Fellegi-Sunter-based enterprise master patient index (EMPI)system with some additional tuning, they also reported extremely limited manual review.

The dataset and scoring platform used in the challenge will remain available for students, researchers, or anyone else interested in additional analysis and algorithm development, and can be accessed via the Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge website.

November 8, 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.

Consumerism is Changing How Patients Find Providers, According to New Patient Access Research

New Survey from Kyruus Shows Majority of Consumers Research Providers Online But Ultimately Schedule by Phone – Underlining the Importance of a Multi-Channel Access Strategy

Boston, MA – November 7, 2017 – Kyruus today announced key findings from a recent survey of 1,000 consumers on how they search for, select, and schedule appointments with healthcare providers. The findings, published in the 2017 Patient Access Journey Report, indicate that the majority of consumers consult the internet in the search for a new provider, yet most still prefer to schedule appointments by phone. In addition, consumers take a wide variety of factors into account when considering potential providers. The results demonstrate that while health systems must enhance their digital presence to provide consumers with the information they seek online, they must do this as part of an integrated, multi-channel patient access strategy.

The findings show that today’s empowered consumers are taking an active role in their healthcare decisions and performing due diligence on providers. In fact, the data reveals that even when consumers receive a referral for a specialist, 90 percent always or sometimes still conduct research on providers before scheduling with them. Despite the fact that consumers value hospital/health system affiliation (three out of four said it was extremely or very important), only a small minority start their provider research on hospital/health system websites—the largest share start with a general internet search. This underscores the need for health systems to invest in their websites and digital strategies to attract and engage new patients online, as well as retain existing ones.

Additional notable findings from this survey include:

  • Consumers consider ‘insurance accepted’ the most important factor when selecting a provider, with three out of four rating it as extremely important. Relevant clinical expertise was the second key factor (53 percent).
  • Four out of five consumers cite appointment availability as a key factor when selecting a provider and over 60 percent have searched for an alternative provider to obtain an earlier appointment.
  • Over 40 percent of consumers say they trust online reviews ‘completely’ or ‘very much.’
  • Overall, 62 percent of consumers prefer to book appointments by phone, citing speed of booking and personalized service as the top two reasons.
  • Convenience is key for millennials. 79 percent have continued their provider searches to look for an earlier appointment and two out of five prefer to book online, indicating that pressure on health systems to enable and enhance online scheduling will only rise.

“Today’s healthcare consumers have come to expect the same informative and action-oriented online experiences in healthcare that they find in other industries,” said Graham Gardner, CEO of Kyruus. “Capturing their attention requires health systems to take a close look at their ‘digital front doors’ – both how consumers find their websites and what they experience once there – and ensure that their online provider information is both robust and consistent with their offline points of access.”

Kyruus conducted the survey of 1,000 consumers, who spanned four key age groups ages 18 to 65 plus, in partnership with Wakefield Research in July 2017. All respondents searched for a healthcare provider for themselves in the last two years.

To learn more about the survey findings, visit www.kyruus.com/patient-access-journey-report

About Kyruus

Kyruus delivers proven provider search and scheduling solutions that help hospitals and health systems match patients with the providers best suited to care for them. The ProviderMatch suite of solutions—for consumers, access centers, and referral networks—enables a consistent patient experience across multiple points of access, while aligning provider supply with patient demand. The company’s proprietary provider data management platform forms the foundation of its solutions, powering them with accurate data by coupling data processing with administrative applications. To find out why a Better Match Means Better Care, please visit www.kyruus.com.

November 7, 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.

EHNAC Executive Director Addresses Recent Cyberattacks and the Implications to Healthcare

FARMINGTON, Conn. – October 31, 2017 – The Equifax data security breach that exposed the personal information of 143 million Americans was just one story in a year full of hackers making headlines as they continue to expose the security vulnerabilities of some of our nation’s most trusted financial and healthcare institutions. With the ramifications of these cyberattacks weighing heavily on the minds of many healthcare industry stakeholders, Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and a member of the HHS Cybersecurity Task Force, tackled several questions to better help the industry both understand and strengthen its defense against these attacks.

Q. What can the healthcare industry learn from the Equifax breach and other cyberattacks like the ones that affected the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Big Four Accounting Firm Deloitte?

Barrett: The Equifax breach impacted more than 143M Americans as a trove of information was breached. It’s no surprise that 2 out of 3 Americans are affected by a breach or cyberattack. That’s an increase from 1 and 3 Americans in years past. In 2017 alone, the top three health data breaches have impacted 1.5 million people. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reported a record number of HIPAA settlements and fines this year as well. These headline-making data breaches are a vivid reminder that it’s clearly not a matter of if a breach can happen but when.

Hospitals and healthcare systems now need to keep their focus on strategies and tactics to mitigate risk and ensure business continuity once a cyberattack occurs. Today’s cybercriminal has evolved into a dangerous entity, capable of bringing an organization’s enterprise and  business operation to a halt, compounded by long-term financial and reputational hardships – the WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks from earlier this year are clear examples of the impact this can have on healthcare. On average, it costs a healthcare organization more than $2.2 million and its business associates more than $1 million for a data breach. Is it worth risking that by taking an “it-can’t-happen-to-us” attitude?

Q. What can healthcare organizations do to adjust to the continuously shifting cybercrime landscape and reduce their risks of becoming another statistic on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) website due to breach or attack?

Barrett: Protecting patient data should be a top priority for all healthcare stakeholders. Every organization handling protected health information (PHI) needs to conduct a risk assessment and asset inventory of their organization and map the data flow within their enterprise in order to determine their risk in the event of a breach or cyberattack. Hospitals and healthcare systems need to build security frameworks and risk sharing into their infrastructure by implementing risk-mitigation strategies, preparedness planning, as well as adhering to the regulations created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).

But it’s not just the security of internal systems that are of concern in this increasingly interconnected healthcare ecosystem. The security and IT risk management protocols of business associates and other vendors and partners must also be ready for the potential negative consequences of an incident, breach or attack as their risk mitigation preparedness can impact a health system’s operations. The failure to do so can bring devastating consequences. At a bare minimum, a system should have sufficient rigor and meet industry standards for adhering to HIPAA requirements, mitigating cybersecurity risks, and assuring that all portal and exchange connection points are secured.

Q. As we look ahead to 2018, what areas should healthcare leaders take a hard look at in terms of enhancing their cybersecurity frameworks?

Barrett: The Internet of Things (IoT) has undoubtedly helped healthcare organizations deliver high-quality, more patient-centric and affordable care. However, by introducing these various internet-connected devices into a healthcare environment, you’ve exponentially increased the level of connection points, which in turn raises the level of exposure and heightens risk of compromise or breach. As a result, hospitals and healthcare systems need to evaluate their medical devices and BYOD protocols within their security frameworks as they present a whole set of data security challenges. Cybercriminals can strike when hospital employees, through their cell phones or tablets, connect into an EMR system, informatics or data exchange, unintentionally or intentionally infecting the hospital’s enterprise infrastructure with malware. In fact, more than 1M healthcare apps are developed worldwide on an annual basis. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of those new applications go through a security type review before being launched to the consumer or other stakeholder.

Finally, think of the impact a cybercriminal could have if they were to control medical devices. Last year, Johnson & Johnson warned patients about a potential hacking risk to their insulin pumps. And just recently, we learned of a security risk in a Boston Scientific medical device  that communicates with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators. These are real instances of medical devices being compromised by the ever-evolving cybercriminal. Our industry needs to make protecting these devices and the patients they serve a priority in 2018. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recently developed some medical device guidelines which are a start but we still have a significant delta to continue to develop further policies, procedures, controls and industry guidance.

About EHNAC

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) is a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization (SDO) established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data. These entities include accountable care organizations, data registries, electronic health networks, EPCS vendors, e-prescribing solution providers, financial services firms, health information exchanges, health information service providers, management service organizations, medical billers, outsourced service providers, payers, practice management system vendors and third-party administrators. The Commission is an authorized HITRUST CSF Assessor, making it the only organization with the ability to provide both EHNAC accreditation and HITRUST CSF certification.

EHNAC was founded in 1993 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization. Guided by peer evaluation, the EHNAC accreditation process promotes quality service, innovation, cooperation and open competition in healthcare. To learn more, visit www.ehnac.org, contact info@ehnac.org, or follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

 

October 31, 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.

BaseHealth Raises $8.5 Million in Series C Funding

Company uses predictive analytics to uncover rising risk patients within a population

Sunnyvale, California: Oct. 18, 2017 – BaseHealth, the creator of the first predictive, evidence-based, and data-driven population health management solution, today announced that it has received an overall investment of $8.5 million, including $2.5 million from lead investor HBM Healthcare Investments (SIX HBMN), a listed healthcare investment company with net assets over $1 billion.

The investment will be used to further develop BaseHealth’s analytics engine, which is based on peer-reviewed medical literature, curated by physicians and scientists, and enhanced with laboratory, biometric, social, family history and behavioral data. BaseHealth supplements this with retrospective claims and ICD data. The data is then passed through the analytics engine, which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to assess patient risk for 43 possible disease threats.

BaseHealth’s approach to population health and value-based care enables healthcare professionals to improve care and reduce the per capita cost of healthcare by identifying the rising unknown risk within their patient population, so they can intervene to both prevent diseases before they start and control them before it’s too late. The “Invisible Patient” is how BaseHealth refers to these individuals. With the right medical intervention at the right time, their healthcare trajectory can be improved.

“Healthcare systems have a lot of data and yet they still have a hard time finding these patients, making it hard to respond proactively to patient care needs,” said Jason Pyle, CEO, BaseHealth. “Our system enables healthcare professionals to assess the unknown risk that exists within their patient population and provide access and critical care needed to both improve our overall population’s health and improve the individual patient’s experience with the healthcare system.”

HBM Healthcare Investments has a track-record of over 100 biopharma and healthcare investments that have resulted in significant value creation by more than 50 trade sales and IPOs since inception.

“We look for companies that are at an advanced stage of development, that are closely tracked and actively guided on their strategic direction. We see a lot of potential in the BaseHealth model in addressing improvements in patient care and controlling costs in the healthcare system,” said Dr. Andreas Wicki, CEO, HBM Healthcare Investments.

About BaseHealth

BaseHealth is the comprehensive predictive analytics company for population health management. The company’s proprietary platform leverages machine learning to sift through millions of medical journals and patient records curated by scientists and physicians to offer healthcare providers the ability to identify patients with underlying risks for 43 chronic diseases and prevent costly treatments before they’re needed. At BaseHealth, we take the guesswork out of risk and population health management and put science in the driver’s seat.

BaseHealth was founded in 2011 by an interdisciplinary team of leading clinical geneticists, healthcare executives, software engineers, and physicians. Learn more at basehealth.com.

October 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.

Avizia Acquires Carena

Leading provider of system-wide telehealth platform now offers robust services; 
serves more than 1,300 US hospitals
 
Reston, Va. — OCTOBER 10, 2017 — Avizia, powering system-wide telehealth, today announced it has acquired Carena, a Seattle-based leading virtual care provider. The acquisition of Carena reinforces Avizia’s position as the largest and most comprehensive telehealth solutions partner for health systems nationwide. 
 
Avizia partners with providers to deploy and power system-wide telehealth strategies. With the acquisition of Carena, Avizia now offers a comprehensive and customizable telehealth platform which includes software, mobile applications, virtual care devices and a provider network. Founded in 2000, Carena designs and operates virtual clinics for health systems and provides access to care for more than 35 million consumers. As part of Avizia, Carena’s services offer health systems a customizable approach to virtual care delivery. 
 
“This acquisition combines two of the nation’s leading virtual care platforms,” says Mike Baird, CEO of Avizia. “With Carena’s select provider network, Avizia empowers hospitals with the most comprehensive, customizable and trusted telehealth solution available.”     
 
Avizia is backed by leading healthcare organizations like HealthQuest, Northwell Health and NewYork-Presbyterian, and has raised $20 million in funding since its founding in 2013. The company now powers telehealth programs at more than 25 percent of the nation’s hospitals. 
 
“The Carena team is proud to become a part of the Avizia telehealth platform, which is trusted by four out of the top five IDNs and connects the nation’s leading neurology, psychiatric and pediatric programs,” says Ralph Derrickson, president and CEO of Carena. He adds that, “our combined company partners with some of the most prestigious healthcare organizations in the country, including Catholic Health Initiatives, NewYork-Presbyterian, Northwell Health, Dignity Health and the Medical University of South Carolina.” 
 
Derrickson will transition into a leadership role with Avizia as senior vice president of corporate development. Avizia’s corporate headquarters will remain in Reston, Virginia. Carena’s Seattle-based office will be a strong part of Avizia’s nationwide recruitment and growth strategy. 
 
Avizia is a privately-held company and terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed. 
 
Learn more about Avizia’s approach to powering system-wide telehealth at www.avizia.com.
 
ABOUT AVIZIA 
Avizia partners with providers to deploy and power system-wide telehealth. To do this, Avizia combines a collaborative approach with a market-leading telehealth solutions suite that scales across the continuum of care. Trusted by four of the top five IDNs in the nation and 25 percent of US hospitals, Avizia empowers providers to deliver unparalleled access and clinical excellence to patients. Visit www.avizia.com.  
 
ABOUT CARENA
Carena designs and operates virtual clinics for health systems. Carena combines technology and new care delivery methods to provide healthcare for the way consumers live and work today. The company has offered on-demand care since 2000, informing its telemedicine solution with industry-leading expertise in clinical quality and consumer preferences. Today, Carena’s virtual care model and configurable technology platform make it possible for health systems to offer care to consumers anytime, anywhere as a natural extension of each system’s brand, mission, and service. Carena partners with more than 120 hospitals, offering virtual care access to over 35 million consumers.

October 11, 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.

Pivot Point Consulting Launches Sixth Annual Healthcare IT Market Survey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB) October 03, 2017 — The landscape of healthcare IT is constantly shifting. Whether changes in health system priorities arise from business concerns or federal regulation doesn’t matter for most employees—what does matter is whether their skill sets still have market value, and whether they’re being compensated for them appropriately.

That’s why Pivot Point Consulting, a Vaco Company is launching its sixth annual market survey of the healthcare IT industry. The anonymous survey asks participants about their salary, benefits package and perks, which will then be published in the company’s market report.

Pivot Point’s Managing Partner, Rachel Marano, says the survey is one of the ways her company looks out for consultants and candidates. “We conduct this survey as a way for employees to benchmark their salaries, and for candidates to better evaluate their job offers,” she said. “Healthcare IT professionals are doing important and challenging work, and they deserve to know they’re being compensated accordingly.”

Healthcare IT professionals are doing important and challenging work, and they deserve to know they’re being compensated accordingly.

The 2017 Healthcare IT Market Survey launches today, is completely anonymous, and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. For every completed response, Pivot Point has pledged to donate $1 to the Red Cross for hurricane relief. If interested, you can take the survey here.

October 3, 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.

MEDECISION ACQUIRES AXISPOINT HEALTH’S PLATFORM BUSINESS

Medecision supports platform clients through transition to Aerial

DALLAS, TX and DENVER, CO – October 3, 2017—Medecision, a category leader in population health management solutions for risk-bearing entities, announced today the acquisition of over 50 clients from AxisPoint Health. In this transaction, Medecision acquired the clients that currently use CCMS and VITAL, recently rebranded as AXIS. AxisPoint Health’s services businesses, including CarePoint, GuidePoint, and Analytix, are not included in this transaction and remain under management by AxisPoint Health.

This acquisition makes Medecision the largest independent provider of care management platforms and applications in the United States, now supporting over 50 million lives for nearly 100 of the nation’s leading health plans and care delivery organizations. AxisPoint Health’s platform clients join Medecision’s community of national and regional brands and population health pioneers, expanding the Company’s footprint and strengthening its presence in markets where risk-sharing arrangements and value-based contracting require insights-actionable workflow throughout the care ecosystem, all the way to consumers and their caregivers. Medecision currently serves health plans and care delivery organizations that manage population risk.

“We are committed to providing our new clients with a great customer experience on their current platform as well as a path to the benefits that Aerial clients enjoy–advanced functionality and value, a strong product roadmap, improved access to innovation and world-class data and security services,” said Deborah M. Gage, CEO and President at Medecision. “These software customers can now rapidly modernize their care management programs by migrating to the more fully featured and advanced Aerial platform and applications, proven to lower the total cost of operations and improve their ability to manage risk and care,” Gage continued.  “We are excited to welcome a team of talented and dedicated employees into our community of hundreds of healthcare liberators.”

“I am thrilled that our platform clients now have a partner like Medecision,” said Christopher A. Long, President of AxisPoint Health. “Since the CCMS platform retirement announcement, many customers have asked about the critical enhancements and new functionality required for their programs. The demands of risk-bearing operations are only outpaced by the technological advancements critical to sustainability and security. Through their next-generation ecosystem, I believe Medecision offers our platform clients the best opportunity for today and going forward.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Aerial: A Premium Platform for Population Health Management

For almost a decade, Medecision has consistently invested in Aerial, strengthening its big data aggregation and insights management capabilities, increasing engagement throughout the care team, ensuring compliance with multiple programs and jurisdictional entities and helping users manage to quality and financial performance targets. Aerial operates in a big-data-platform-plus-apps mode, supported by the layering of a portfolio of workflow and engagement applications over robust services that push bi-directional, machine-learning-enriched intelligence to clinical and consumer users.

Aerial has become the standard bearer for population health management support across the payer and provider markets, and is recognized by several industry analysts. Medecision’s clients, which operate successful population health and care management programs nationally, rely on Aerial to succeed in multiple lines of business, with diverse populations and within various payment models and risk-sharing agreements.

Aerial’s Suite of Applications & Flexible Packaging Solve Pop Health’s Multidimensional Needs

In the past 18 months, Medecision has launched multiple platform assets and applications that complement our core products including Care, Utilization, and Disease Management, Network Management and Care Coordination. The latest releases include:

  • Insights™
    • Supporting all Aerial applications with powerful intelligence and analytics, Aerial’s big data platform and enterprise data warehouse provides the longitudinal, person-centric knowledge base required for personalized care and population health management as well as the insights on behavioral, physical and clinical dimensions that drive targeted workflow for optimal interventions, care plans and engagement.
  • Population Analytics
    • Predicts risk and directs interventions to avoid costly occurrences through analytics, risk models, visualizations and reporting.
  • Health Summary™
    • The most powerful, complete and actionable personal health record available. The Aerial Health Summary empowers members, and their care teams with a single comprehensive view of the patient’s medical care plan, risks, gaps and an up to the minute care view.
  • Financial Performance Dashboards
    • Provides actionable intelligence to make rapid and critical decisions in utilization, prescribing and dispensing and population stratification.
  • Risk Score Manager™
    • Enables providers to identify and close gaps critical to care and reimbursement, putting the management of HCC scoring, Star Ratings, HEDIS, P4P or other reimbursement programs in the clinicians’ hands.
  • Appeals and Grievances™
    • A leading solution to manage the complex workflows and tasks to optimize revenues, lower labor costs and comply with regulations related to the handling of appeals and grievances.
  • Bundled Episode Manager™
    • Supports more productive and efficient care coordination and revenue generation around specific clinical episodes of care, helping care navigators focus on risk identification, intervention and coordination across multiple settings.
  • InCircle™
    • A social-mobile app that allows consumers to share their health status and care plan with their care community to improve consumer engagement and involve care-givers in virtual information sharing, thereby reducing the cost of care and improving clinical outcomes.

Medecision will also launch two new applications in its Fall 2017 release, including:

  • Care Engagement™
    • Improves engagement for optimal clinical outcomes and lowers care management costs through streamlined workflow that is accessible on mobile devices and can be used in “tethered” and “un-tethered” modes.
  • UM Connector™
    • Helps manage financial risk and Increases operational efficiencies by “webifying” and automating workflows, including monitoring, auditing, and oversight of Utilization and Network operations, while assisting with CMS and other compliance and regulatory requirements.

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.

NextGate Unveils New Cloud Offering for Positive Patient Identification

NextGate announces availability of its EMPI as a Service to help providers quickly and accurately match patient data and deliver a longitudinal record at the point of care

PASADENA, Calif., September 28, 2017 – NextGate, a global leader in patient and provider identification, today unveiled a new cloud innovation for its market-leading Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) solution. NextGate’s cloud-enabled EMPI on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is offered on a subscription basis and can be deployed rapidly, helping healthcare organizations simplify patient record management with greater cost efficiency.  Easy integration in a SaaS model ensures the right data, for the right patient, is available at the right time for improved care delivery and clinical decision-making.

NextGate’s latest identity management offering is designed specifically for healthcare’s unique data and workflow requirements and is the only fully-featured EMPI available as a Service. The cloud-based EMPI gives organizations the affordability and flexibility to manage the volume, velocity, and variety of patient data, in a highly secure and compliant IT environment. NextGate’s comprehensive cloud EMPI can integrate with third-party data enriched sources to clean and augment information as it arrives in the cloud.

“Healthcare leaders are under immense pressure to modernize their IT environments to remain competitive in today’s evolving landscape. To help organizations keep pace, NextGate’s cloud offering is providing the managed services needed to improve the accuracy, quality, and consistency of their patient data, while offloading the time-consuming tasks of managing day-to-day IT operations,” said Andy Aroditis, CEO of NextGate. “Our EMPI as a Service not only helps organizations harness the benefits of the cloud but also reduces operational costs and errors resulting from duplicate patient records.”

Involved in building patient matching solutions for over two decades, NextGate algorithms in the EMPI reconcile and de-duplicate medical records spread over disparate systems and applications to give providers a longitudinal view of patients at the point of care. Additionally, the EMPI assigns each individual a unique patient identifier that serves as cross-reference for accurate exchange of information across the continuum.

Key features of the NextGate EMPI Cloud include:

  • Turnkey platform for automated patient record management across multiple and disparate systems
  • Improved ROI with subscription-based model
  • Rapid route to market with predictable implementation methodology
  • Fully managed, highly available solution for superior reliability and performance to ensure ongoing lifecycle assurance of the EMPI
  • 24×7 security monitoring and end-to-end encryption to keep protected health information (PHI) tightly secure and HIPAA-compliant
  • Standardized deployments with regular upgrades and annual tunings via a fully integrated release management mechanism
  • Records management, de-duplication, consolidation, and cleanup of multiple patient profiles

To further support NextGate’s move to the cloud, the company recently appointed Shahzad Ahmad to its leadership team as Vice President of Cloud Operations and Delivery. Ahmad, who comes to NextGate from Orion Health, will leverage his more than 15 years of experience in outsourced IT operations, cloud platforms delivery, and client engagement roles to oversee expansion of NextGate’s next wave of portfolio offerings to AWS cloud.

“NextGate is dedicated to supporting rising customer expectations for solutions that enable their organizations to be highly efficient and innovative,” said Ahmad. “By bringing the accuracy and efficiency of our globally recognized EMPI, together with the scalability and flexibility of the cloud, healthcare organizations will be well positioned to accelerate their digital transformation journey and provide certainty when accurately identifying and treating patients.”

About NextGate

NextGate helps connect the healthcare ecosystem by accurately identifying and linking patient and provider data from different applications. NextGate’s iDAS (Intelligent Data Aggregation Server) solution framework leverages the company’s industry-leading identity management technology to organize and relate data from enterprise systems to provide a more complete and accurate view of the total healthcare experience. NextGate’s KLAS Category Leader Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) currently manages nearly 250 million lives and is deployed by the nation’s most successful healthcare systems and health information exchanges. For more information, visit NextGate.com.

September 29, 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.

Wolters Kluwer and Vocera Arm Halifax Health with Rapid Sepsis Identification Solutions for Improved Patient Outcomes and Safety

Integrated Solutions Warn Clinicians of Patients at Risk of Sepsis in Just Seconds

September 26, 2017 – Wolters Kluwer Health and Vocera® Communications, Inc. (VCRA) have teamed to arm Halifax Health with a high-powered surveillance solution to advance its battle against sepsis. Linking the real-time clinical surveillance and analytics of the POC Advisor™ platform with Vocera’s hands-free communications technology and mobile app accelerates the diagnosis of sepsis and the timely delivery of patient-specific advice to nurses and other clinical staff at the point of care.

“Time is the enemy when it comes to sepsis, with the likelihood of death increasing by 8 percent for each hour that passes without treatment,” said Ginny Kwong, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for Halifax Health. “Complicating early diagnosis is the need to aggregate data scattered across multiple clinical systems before it can be analyzed, and the results communicated to the point of care in a meaningful way.

“POC Advisor and Vocera integrate seamlessly into workflows to overcome these obstacles,” she continued, “quickly alerting our clinicians to a potential sepsis case so they can make the proper diagnosis and begin appropriate life-saving treatment to patients at the earliest, most treatable stages.”

Halifax Health is a two-hospital, 678-bed health system that is the largest medical provider in East Central Florida. A safety net hospital, Halifax is also one of the state’s busiest emergency departments, with more than 115,000 visits annually. Its goal in deploying a sepsis solution was to build upon the success of an internal campaign that resulted in a 33 percent improvement in mortality rates. They chose to implement POC Advisor because of its scientifically proven results, published patient outcomes and industry-leading precision and timeliness. Another key factor was interoperability with Halifax Health’s existing Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Vocera technology, making it easy for staff to use.

“At an average of nearly $19,000 per primary diagnosis, more than half of which is typically not reimbursed by Medicare, the financial cost of sepsis is staggering,” said Sean Benson, Vice President and General Manager of Specialized Surveillance at Wolters Kluwer Health. “At Halifax, POC Advisor analyzes more than 300 data points within a patient’s medical record to identify early signs of sepsis, warn caregivers of escalating risks and push evidence-based guidance to the point of care via the Vocera Badges and mobile apps that clinicians already use in their workflow. This results in faster diagnoses and treatment, which leads to reduced severity, decreased mortality and lower costs.”

POC Advisor is a clinical intelligence platform from Wolters Kluwer that aggregates, normalizes and analyzes patient data from disparate clinical systems to drive early detection with predictive accuracy. Real-time analytics leverage hundreds of rules built into the platform to account for possible comorbidities and medication abnormalities, enabling prescriptive alerts with unprecedented levels of sensitivity and specificity to warn clinicians of patient risks without alert fatigue. These findings, published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, also revealed that POC Advisor cut sepsis mortality in half and reduced 30-day readmissions by 30 percent, while reducing length of stay.

The Vocera Badge is a hands-free, voice-controlled communication device that enables instant two-way and one-to-many conversations. It combines secure text messaging and alerting and enables voice calls with intelligent routing by name, role, group and availability.

“Many applications, technologies and devices have been implemented within hospitals and health systems, but they are used in silos. Too often, key connection points between these systems are missed. The integration between Vocera, POC Advisor and the EHR is helping Halifax Health extract key knowledge from each system, leverage platform functionality and share valuable information with the right clinicians at the right time with intelligent alerting,” said Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera. “It is a comprehensive and potentially life-saving assessment, detection and communication workflow that unfolds in less than one minute.”

For more information on POC Advisor, visit www.pocadvisor.com and follow @POC_Advisor on Twitter.

About Vocera

The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals and patients, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. In 2000, when the company was founded, we began to forever change the way care teams communicate. Today, Vocera continues to offer the leading platform for clinical communication and workflow. More than 1,400 hospitals and health systems around the world have selected our solutions for care teams to text securely using smartphones or make calls with our hands-free, wearable Vocera Badge. Interoperability between Vocera and more than 120 clinical systems helps reduce alarm fatigue, speed up staff response times, and improve patient care, safety and experience. In addition to healthcare, Vocera is at home in luxury hotels, nuclear facilities, libraries, retail stores and more. Vocera makes a difference in any industry where workers are on the move and need to connect instantly with team members and access resources or information quickly. Learn more at www.vocera.com, and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2016 annual revenues of €4.3 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and the organization, visit http://www.wolterskluwer.com/, follow @WKHealth or @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn, or follow WoltersKluwerComms on YouTube.

For more information about Wolters Kluwer’s solutions and organization, visit www.wolterskluwer.com, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

September 27, 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.