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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about HITExpo, visit the conference website at

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

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

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John Lynn is the Founder of the 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 and John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Nuance Healthcare to Introduce New Voice Capture and Language Understanding Solutions at AHIMA

CLU-Driven Solutions Unlock Meaning from Clinical Documentation; Leading Healthcare Enterprises Recognize Nuance for Vision and Delivery of Clinical Language Understanding
BURLINGTON, MA, September 28, 2011 —   Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is announcing new CLU-driven solutions for the healthcare industry.  Clinical Language Understanding (CLU), an enhanced, healthcare specific natural language processing (NLP) technology, can identify and relate medical facts and “understand” what caregivers are saying.  By expanding its robust portfolio of medical speech offerings to include CLU-driven solutions, Nuance is delivering healthcare organizations with powerful innovation that can make disparate and unstructured clinical documentation meaningful and actionable.
“Clinical language understanding technology provides robust analytics capabilities to better understand what’s happening with patients as care is delivered over time and in multiple locations,” said Rasu Shrestha, M.D., vice president, medical information technology, at UPMC, a global health enterprise based in Pittsburgh.  “We’ve partnered with Nuance to capture rich clinical data through speech-enabled workflows, and together we are creating CLU-driven solutions that will convert that data into intelligence to improve operational processes and the delivery of care.”
At AHIMA, Nuance will showcase CLU technology as part of a broad spectrum of healthcare scenarios including:
  • Actionable Clinical Insight – Nuance will debut QualityAnalytics, an intelligent, CLU-driven data analysis engine that provides actionable, clinical insight across the healthcare enterprise.  QualityAnalytics can consume unstructured, narrative-based physician documentation and convert it – instantly and in real-time – into concurrent, actionable information more efficiently than manual chart review.
  • Transition to ICD-10 – In its booth, Nuance will showcase Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation technology, which combines Nuance’s speech recognition and CLU capabilities with 3M Health Information Systems’ clinical documentation improvement and coding expertise.  Together, Nuance and 3M are creating CLU-driven solutions to ensure that what clinicians document is high-quality and comprehensive, a necessity for the ongoing delivery of care and for effective coding for accurate billing and reimbursement.  For more on Nuance’s work with 3M visit here.
“High-quality clinical documentation is fundamental to operational and clinical success; it is also a driving element to progress and transition associated with EHRs and ICD-10,” said Lori P. Jayne, RHIA, Privacy Officer, Health Information Management Director at Lahey.  “At Lahey we’re partnering with technology leaders, like 3M and Nuance, that can support our healthcare enterprise from the time data is captured, through care delivery and at every instance where there is an opportunity to leverage better data to improve processes and decisions.  Technologies like speech recognition, computer-assisted physician documentation and clinical language understanding engage our nurses, physicians, coders and others to ensure we are operating under best practices as we collect and use clinical information to drive a real improvements for our business and for our patients.”
At AHIMA, Nuance will have its full healthcare portfolio on demonstration at booth #701.  With medical speech solutions from Nuance, clinicians can capture the patient story anywhere, on any device, integrated into their care delivery workflow.  The addition of CLU-driven solutions as part of the speech-enabled clinical documentation process empowers healthcare organizations to transform the patient story into meaningful, actionable information.
“Nuance is not only supporting healthcare organizations’ documentation process, we are improving it and evolving it,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.  “To date, the healthcare industry has struggled to unlock meaning from unstructured clinical documentation without intensive, manual analysis.  At AHIMA, we are showcasing invaluable, new CLU-driven technologies that will enable healthcare organizations to capture, understand and use their data more intelligently across the healthcare enterprise than ever before.”
About Nuance Healthcare
Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in providing clinical understanding solutions that accurately capture and transform the patient story into meaningful, actionable information.  Thousands of hospitals, providers and payers worldwide trust Nuance speech-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to facilitate smarter, more efficient decisions across the healthcare enterprise.  These solutions are proven to increase clinician satisfaction and HIT adoption, supporting organizations to achieve Meaningful Use of EHR systems and transform to the accountable care model.  Recognized as “Best-in-KLAS” 2004-2010 for Speech Recognition we invite you to learn more,
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About Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications.  For more information, please visit

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UPMC Works with Oracle and Cerner to Provide Clinicians with Continuous Access to Patient Health Records

Recognizing the need for doctors, nurses, and clinicians to have access to the most up-to-date patient healthcare information to drive the quality of care, UPMC, a national leader in the use of electronic medical records (EMRs), announced today a newly-implemented system that uses Oracle GoldenGate and Cerner’s 724Access® software to ensure clinicians have around-the-clock access to electronic patient data whenever they need it, even during system downtime.

In this joint effort, UPMC integrated Oracle’s GoldenGate solution with its databases, enabling 24×7 access to its EMR applications.  In the case of a planned, or unplanned system outage, Oracle and Cerner have reduced potential downtime for UPMC’s eRecord system from hours – which is typical in the industry – to minutes, with a real-time stand-by database.  With this achievement, UPMC – a global health network of over 50,000 employees – has become one of the largest Oracle/Cerner clients of this scope to develop such a capability.

Oracle GoldenGate and Cerner’s 724Access Deliver Business Continuity for Cerner’s Clinical Applications

Redwood Shores, CA – June 28, 2011

News Facts
•       To enhance the quality and safety of patient care, UPMC, a national leader in the use of electronic medical records (EMRs), has implemented a system that uses Oracle GoldenGate and Cerner’s 724Access® software to ensure that its clinicians have continuous, secure access to the most up-to-date patient and order data.
•       UPMC, Oracle and Cerner have integrated Oracle GoldenGate with Cerner’s 724Access software to help reduce potential downtime for UPMC’s eRecord system from hours, which is typical in the industry, to minutes. With its dramatic reduction in downtime and potential reliance on paper backup systems, UPMC is one of the largest Cerner clients of this size and scope to develop such a capability.
•       UPMC is a $9 billion global health enterprise with 50,000 employees and a diverse health care network that includes more than 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, a health insurance services division, and international and commercial services.
•       As part of its adoption of EMRs, UPMC has deployed 14 Cerner Millennium® applications across its hospitals, including Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and PowerChart®, which provide a comprehensive electronic medical record of each patient.
•       To enable business continuity, UPMC chose Oracle GoldenGate and Cerner’s 724Access solution to provide a high availability EMR solution with 24×7, read-only access to its Cerner® applications.
•       UPMC implemented Oracle GoldenGate to replicate all patient data from its Cerner applications running on Oracle Database in real-time to a standby Oracle Database for immediate switchover. The source Oracle Database contains 17 Terabytes of data and supports 4,500 concurrent users (clinicians) and more than 850,000 interactions each day.
•       Oracle GoldenGate synchronizes the production and standby databases with only sub-second latency and enables physicians and staff to continue to view patient data and orders during any planned or unplanned outage.
•       Cerner’s 724Access solution with Oracle GoldenGate enables UPMC to activate the standby database in just 12 minutes with data current from that point on. Previously, it took nearly two hours to activate the instance.
Supporting Quotes
•       “It’s critical that our doctors, nurses and clinicians have access to the most up-to-date patient healthcare information at their fingertips to help ensure that our patients have the best healthcare experience,” said William Costantini, Associate Director, Integrated Operations Center, UPMC. “By developing a system that incorporates Oracle GoldenGate, we have enabled our clinicians to have virtually 24×7 access to electronic patient data whenever they need it, even when the system is down. This capability is rare in our industry and critical to our goal of providing patient-centered care with the help of smart technology.”
•       “Electronic medical records have the power to transform healthcare delivery,” said Marc Perlman, global vice president, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Oracle. “They must, however, be available when and where they are needed. Downtime is not acceptable, especially when it affects patient care. With Oracle GoldenGate, UPMC can ensure high availability of patients’ medical records, even during unplanned outages.”
•       “This joint effort with Oracle and UPMC demonstrates the importance of collaboration to successfully support health care demands and ultimately make health care safer,” said Mike Nill, Cerner COO.

Supporting Resources

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About Oracle

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