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#1 pancake

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 07:32 AM

GLENWOOD, Minn.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Healthland, America's market leader of healthcare information solutions for small community and critical access hospitals, announced today that three of its team members have been selected to participate on industry leading healthcare committees to help improve the quality of healthcare, reduce costs and improve patient safety with leading-edge healthcare information technology (HIT). The organizations include: The Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee, the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®).

These leadership positions will provide Healthland with the opportunity to further its education in the latest industry certifications and standards, influence industry organizations and serve as a voice for the small community hospital market.

“We believe our recent appointments to the HITSP Technical Committee, HITSP Tiger Team, CCHIT and the Minnesota e-Health Initiative validate our role as an advocate for both our customers and small community hospitals,” said James Burgess, president and CEO of Healthland. “We are committed to helping advance the adoption of healthcare information technology and will continue to take our place at the table with organizations that enable us to stay informed on current industry issues, and work on behalf of the small community hospital market to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.”

Healthland Senior Vice President of Sales and Market Development, Angie Franks, will serve on Minnesota’s e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee. The Minnesota e-Health Initiative was created to accelerate the use of health information technology to improve healthcare quality, increase patient safety, reduce healthcare costs and enable individuals and communities to make the best possible health decisions. The Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the Commissioner of Health on policies and strategies that empower consumers, inform and connect healthcare providers, protect communities and enhance infrastructure.

Chief Technology Officer for Healthland, Odell Tuttle, will serve on the HITSP Tiger Team and Technical Standards Committee. HITSP, a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors, works to ensure the interoperability of electronic health records (EHR’s) in the United States. The HITSP Tiger Team and Technical Committees will:

•Perform requirements analysis, minimum data set identification and high level design for use in Interoperability Specifications
•Identify and analyze gaps and duplications within the standards industry as they relate to Clinical Research
•Interact with HITSP Secretariat for coordination with Standards Organizations
Jennifer Lane, Healthland Clinical Product Manager, was one of six new members selected to the CCHIT emergency department workgroup. The work group is charged with developing criteria and test scripts to certify EHR products used to support emergency department patients. CCHIT is an independent, nonprofit organization with a public mission of accelerating the adoption of health IT.

“The appointment of these Healthland team members to such key organizations confirms the talent, influence and commitment we have to transforming community healthcare,” added Burgess. “These advocacy roles will enable Healthland to be on the forefront of changes taking place in the healthcare industry, including healthcare IT standards and meaningful use requirements.”

About Healthland:

Founded in 1980, Healthland (formerly Dairyland Healthcare Solutions) is America's market leader of IT solutions to small community and critical access hospitals. Committed exclusively to this market, Healthland software and services empower small community hospitals to deliver the best possible healthcare by helping create one patient chart across the community, be it a hospital, clinic, home healthcare or long term care facility. Healthland solutions are specifically designed for rural hospitals, enabling them to focus on what they do best – caring for neighbors, family and friends.

Healthland was founded in Glenwood, Minn. and maintains business hubs in Minneapolis, Minn., Louisville, Ky. and Waco, Texas. To learn more, visit: http://www.healthland.com.




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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:35 AM

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has launched its sixth season of the Thrive advertising campaign, with television, radio, print and online ads that reflect the health care organization's commitment to the total health of its members and the communities it serves.


Two new ads -- "Emerald Cities" and "Connected" -- illustrate Kaiser Permanente's leadership in leveraging health information technology. As the nation seeks innovative solutions for reforming health care and reducing costs, Kaiser Permanente is leading the way in making technology a core tool for patients and providers with Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the world's largest civilian electronic health record.


"These new messages are designed to communicate Kaiser Permanente's longstanding and unparalleled commitment to preventive care and our members' total health -- mind, body and spirit," says Debbie Cantu, vice president, brand marketing and advertising. "They work together to communicate how we help people to thrive -- that includes our members, the communities we serve, the environment, and even the overall health of our nation."


The first ad, "Emerald Cities," is a 30-second spot that conveys how Kaiser Permanente's use of advanced technology benefits Kaiser Permanente's health care delivery system by saving lives, managing chronic conditions and making medical breakthroughs. The ad also communicates Kaiser Permanente's focus on sustainability -- by using electronic health records the amount of paper used within the organization is drastically decreased -- saving thousands of trees annually. To date, Kaiser Permanente members have completed 6 million doctor's visits without using one gallon of gasoline. Simply put in the spot's opening line, "By putting an end to paper medical records, we have ushered health into the digital age."


The second ad, "Connected," features a demonstration of My Health Manager on http://kp.org and shows how Kaiser Permanente members can stay connected to their health and health care provider using My Health Manager on http://kp.org. It highlights the convenience of securely e-mailing your doctor, checking your medical records, reviewing test results and booking appointments online. The 30-second spot also shows how Kaiser Permanente clinicians are digitally connected to each other, which ultimately helps them stay connected to Kaiser Permanente's members. The closing line of the ad summarizes, "At Kaiser Permanente, we believe that if knowledge is power, shared knowledge is even more powerful."


Also, in time for the new campaign, http://kp.org/thrive has been refreshed with a new look, new feel, and new content for Kaiser Permanente members, employees, physicians, and the general public. The new ads, as well as six new topical sections, can be found on the Web site. The site is an interactive, health and wellness destination containing tools, information and frequent posts to help people live healthier lives.


The $50-million, multi-year Thrive Campaign was created in partnership with Warren, Michigan-based advertising agency Campbell-Ewald, which has worked with Kaiser Permanente since the rollout of the first Thrive ads in 2004. The new television commercials will run in California, Oregon/Washington state, Colorado, Georgia, parts of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and Hawaii.


About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.




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Posted 04 September 2009 - 06:36 AM

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. & CINCINNATI & INDIANAPOLIS-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The day when your medical information follows you electronically wherever you go just came one day closer to reality.

Three Indiana and Ohio organizations today started securely sending clinical test results, reports and other medical information among their health information exchanges (HIEs), a first in the U.S. These HIEs – HealthBridge in Cincinnati, Ohio, Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE) in Indianapolis, Indiana and HealthLINC in Bloomington, Indiana – have each been innovators and pioneers in a national trend to enable medical information to flow electronically between doctors and hospitals.

These organizations have been exchanging health information securely within their regions for years. But, now they facilitate exchange among their regions as well, using clinical information standards to enable the transfer of data.

For example, if a baby goes to a hospital in Indianapolis, doctors at her pediatrician’s office in Bloomington can now access her current medical information, including test results and radiology notes – so the information follows the patient.

“This connectivity among communities will undoubtedly mean fewer repeated tests and better care coordination between rural and urban providers,” stated J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD, CEO of IHIE. “If a patient has a provider in a different community, as long as they are part of one of the three HIE networks, their care teams will now have more complete medical information available to them much more quickly, enabling more efficient care and better health outcomes.”

These health information organizations represent some of the largest and most successful health information networks in the nation, connecting more than 15,000 physicians, 50 hospitals and 12 million patient records. The secure health information networks provide faster, more accurate delivery of information in the doctor’s office, fewer repeated tests, faster follow-up care, better health outcomes and lower health care costs.

“We know we can improve patient care by seamlessly and securely exchanging health information because we have been doing it in our own regions for years,” said Robert Steffel, CEO of HealthBridge. “This connectivity helps pave the way for more doctors and patients to have the critical information necessary for high quality care regardless of where a patient lives.”

Linking all three HIEs was months in the making. In this first phase, the Indiana Health Information Exchange will be sending information to HealthLINC and HealthBridge providers. Full interconnectivity, meaning that clinical information will flow in both directions among all HIEs, will be implemented by mid-September.

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator awarded contracts to HealthLINC, HealthBridge and Regenstrief Institute (IHIE) through the National Health Information Network. The HIEs worked together as part of the NHIN Cooperative to securely exchange data including summary patient records for providers and patients. This initiative demonstrated a variety of capabilities between HIEs.

“Today’s go-live represents a real milestone in the use of technology in health care,” said Dr. Todd Rowland, Executive Director of HealthLINC. “This is the first real-time, live, ongoing health information exchange between separate communities. Previous demonstrations have used test data or been within a single organization using the same technology system.”

For the patient, this connectivity means improved sharing of health information among their providers without the total burden being upon them and their family. For office staff, results and documents will be at their fingertips in organized electronic charts, not phone calls and faxes away.

“Coordination of care requires information sharing. While many medical practices have systems that can share information internally, the connection between different regions and organizations allows me to track patient results from many labs or specialists,” said Dr. Jim Laughlin of the Southern Indiana Pediatrics group. “It is only through this kind of information sharing that we can hope to coordinate care in an efficient manner.”

About HealthBridge

HealthBridge was founded in 1997 as a community effort to share health information electronically in the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky tri-state area. HealthBridge has now grown to be one of the nation’s largest and most successful health information exchanges. Each month HealthBridge enables roughly 3 million clinical lab tests, radiology reports, and other clinical information to be transmitted to authorized physicians through HealthBridge’s secure electronic network. For more information about HealthBridge, see www.healthbridge.org

About HealthLINC (Bloomington)

HealthLINC is a health information exchange formed by Bloomington Hospital and the physician community in Southern Indiana. This community-based organization leads the HIE effort on behalf of healthcare stakeholders in Monroe, Orange and surrounding counties in South Central Indiana. HealthLINC’s key responsibilities are to establish a shared vision and goal for the HIE while representing community-wide stakeholder interests to support a fully integrated electronic healthcare delivery system. To learn more about HealthLINC, see www.healthlinc.org

About Indiana Health Information Exchange (Indianapolis)

Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc. (IHIE) is a non-profit corporation formed by the Regenstrief Institute, private hospitals, local and state health departments, BioCrossroads, the state’s life sciences initiative, and other prominent organizations in Indiana. IHIE is the nation’s most respected health information exchange organization and one of the nation's only health information exchange organizations providing chronic disease and preventive health services (www.qualityhealthfirst.org). It is dedicated to supporting communities by providing services that enable the right medical information to get to the right provider at the right time to enhance patient care. To learn more, visit www.ihie.org. The Regenstrief Institute is an internationally recognized informatics and healthcare research organization, with one of the largest and most comprehensive medical informatics laboratories in the world.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 09:53 AM

I find it interesting that Kaiser Permanente is spending $50 million on advertising. From my vantage point it almost seems as if they have a monopoly on healthcare in California. I understand that they are using EPIC as their EMR. I wonder if that is featuring prominently in their advertising campaign.


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Posted 15 September 2009 - 08:06 AM

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 14, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Perot Systems Corporation today announced that it will conduct a free webinar Wednesday, September 16, from 2:00-3:00 pm (CDT) on Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), providing an industry perspective and highlighting recent activities and trends. The webinar will help healthcare leaders and state officials better understand how to establish and evolve HIEs. The webinar will be hosted by Tim Quigley and Dave Marchand, leaders in the Perot Systems Healthcare group.


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides nearly $600 million in start-up money for the creation of HIEs, which are expected to help healthcare providers better exchange critical patient health information and improve the interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs).


During the webinar, participants will learn:


-- The market conditions driving the need for HIEs, including federal
grants and incentive payments
-- Key issues and challenges states, regional entities, and healthcare
providers must consider when implementing HIEs
-- Technology, privacy, and security issues regarding health data exchange
-- Different HIE deployment models and evolutionary paths
-- How HIEs enable "community based" services
-- Perot Systems approach to improving the adoption rate and lowering the
costs and risks associated with implementing HIEs/EHRs.


WHAT: Perot Systems webinar on Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 16; 2:00-3:00 pm (CDT) REGISTER: www.perotsystems.com/insights. QUESTIONS: Karen Modlin, (972) 577-3597, karen.modlin@ps.net




Perot Systems Corporation: A US Healthcare IT Services Industry Leader


-- Ranked #1 in market share for healthcare professional services in North
America by the Gartner Group
-- Recognized by the Black Book of Outsourcing as the highest rated
full-service vendor by Hospital & Healthcare Provider clients as
well as the highest rated Information Technology Outsourcing Vendor,
based on criteria such as trust, reliability, and client relationships
-- Earned two prestigious KLAS awards, including the #1 ranking of
professional services firms that provide clinical implementation
services


About Perot Systems

Perot Systems is a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions. Through its flexible and collaborative approach, Perot Systems integrates expertise from across the company to deliver custom solutions that enable clients to accelerate growth, streamline operations and create new levels of customer value. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2008 revenue of $2.8 billion. The company has more than 23,000 associates located in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Additional information on Perot Systems is available at http://www.perotsystems.com/.


This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. For factors that could affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at http://www.sec.gov/, as updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed after such Form 10-K, for additional information regarding risk factors. We disclaim any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.


MEDIA CONTACTS: PEROT SYSTEMS CORPORATION Karen Modlin +1 972 577-3597 office +1 214 773-2152 cell karen.modlin@ps.net





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Posted 17 September 2009 - 06:24 AM

BOSTON-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hypatia Research, LLC today released a report entitled "What Healthcare CIOs Need to Know About ARRA & EHR: Healthcare Technology Solutions & Service Providers" outlining current developments, major adoption challenges, business case justification and an assessment of more than 30 EHR vendors that meet government standards for certification and funding programs.

The comprehensive 50+ page report, complete with client case studies, and figures delves into:

Benefits of Electronic Records: Efficiency and Access

Beyond the obvious value of centralized access to patient data, Hypatia Research discerned that electronic records systems provide health providers with multiple benefits:

1. ACCURACY& ERROR-CHECKS: Automated alarm systems notify physicians if drugs prescriptions are contraindicated for patients

2. REPORTING: EHRs Healthcare professionals may compile & analyze data to spot trends

3. MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE-BASE: Advanced EHRs allow physicians and nurses to stay abreast of medical protocols, and in key developments

4. NEAR-TIME ACTIONABLE INSIGHT: Intelligent health records systems (IEHR) that exploit natural language processing [NLP] or semantic analytics to aggregate & analyze unique clinical data

Select Cost Savings & Improvements in Patient Care Efficacy

Hypatia Research interviewed dozens of healthcare providers and found that EHR supported significant improvements in patient care. However, according to senior analyst and co-author Sue Hildreth, "EHR isn't a cure-all for the healthcare industry's ills. While the upfront costs of adoption are significant, EHR does have the potential to significantly reduce paperwork and administrative overhead, as well as improve the speed and accuracy of both medical care and medical claims processing." Hildreth added, "The key to attaining EHR benefits is through successful user adoption--which is heavily dependent on selecting the right EHR solution and training hospital employees adequately."

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Hypatia Research, LLC http://www.HypatiaResearch.com delivers high impact market intelligence, industry benchmarking, best practice, and vendor selection research for how businesses use technology and service providers to capture, manage, analyze and apply customer intelligence to enhance performance and to accelerate growth. Since its inception by co-founder Leslie Ament in 2001, clients have relied on us for industry insight, expertise and independent research for guidance in assessing various technology and service options.




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Posted 21 September 2009 - 07:19 AM

PLANO, Texas and NEW DELHI, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Max Healthcare (MHC) (www.maxhealthcare.in) and Perot Systems Corporation (www.perotsystems.com) today announced a 10-year agreement in which Perot Systems will provide IT outsourcing (ITO) and electronic health records (EHR) implementation for MHC. This agreement marks Perot Systems' first full ITO in the Indian healthcare industry as well as the company's first India-based healthcare client.


In this more than Rs. 90 crores contract, Perot Systems will provide Max Healthcare with full infrastructure management capabilities, data hosting, infrastructure support, project management support, help desk support and the implementation and clinical adoption of an electronic health records (EHR) system using VistA software, which is an open source software platform developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for healthcare facilities. The integrated Hospital Information System (HIS) and EHR will allow access to complete patient information across MHC. These advances are expected to enable MHC to improve the quality of care and patient healthcare delivery through better record accessibility, Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) and care planning.


"Max Healthcare is striving to revolutionize healthcare delivery in India. In this effort, we were searching for a company with broad healthcare experience that could assume the responsibilities for our IT solutions and implement an EHR that would comply with evidence-based medicine and clinical best practice standards, ensuring quality of patient care. Perot Systems is that company," said Dr. Pervez Ahmed, CEO & MD - Max Healthcare.


The National Capital Region (NCR) India-based healthcare provider, Max Healthcare, is one of the top five healthcare corporate organizations in India, and it operates eight medical centers, offers services in more than 30 disciplines and currently has a capacity of 800 inpatient beds. MHC has embarked on an aggressive expansion plan, where it is setting up four large Greenfield hospital projects in the next two years.


"Our goal is to provide Max Healthcare with world-class client service and technology solutions, and in doing so enhance their ability to deliver care to their patients. This modernization effort is a major step for MHC and for the Indian healthcare industry," stated Chuck Lyles, president of Perot Systems healthcare group.


"The engagement with Max Healthcare marks Perot Systems' entry into the Indian healthcare market," said Anurag Jain, president, applications & process solutions group and managing director for Asia-Pacific for Perot Systems. "We expect that this new EHR system will enable Max Healthcare to improve the quality of care at the point of care by not only reducing administrative delays, but improving the availability and delivery of the right information for clinicians including nursing care. The new system will involve the highest standard of data security and confidentiality required for a healthcare environment, and will also help eliminate medical errors and ensure standard care workflows across Max Healthcare. As we are throughout the world, Perot Systems is committed to the transformation of healthcare delivery in India."


Perot Systems is a U.S. healthcare industry leader in providing IT and business process solutions for hospitals, and continues to expand its healthcare IT services in countries across the globe, including Canada, China, Jordan, Mexico, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and The United Kingdom.


About Max Healthcare


Max Healthcare is the country's first comprehensive provider of standardized, seamless and world-class healthcare services. It is committed to the highest standards of medical and service excellence, patient care, scientific and medical education. Max Healthcare operates eight centers in Delhi & NCR, offering services in over 30 medical disciplines. Max Healthcare has an out patient facility, the Max Medcentre and a Speciality centre focused on Eye and Dental care at Panchsheel Park, secondary care hospitals at Pitampura, Gurgaon and Noida and state-of-the-art tertiary care facilities at Saket in South Delhi and Patparganj in East Delhi.


The tertiary care hospitals at Saket include Max Devki Devi Heart & Vascular Institute, a Centre of Excellence in cardiac services and the Max Super Speciality Hospital, a super speciality facility in Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement, Neurosciences, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Internal Medicine. In addition, it has an Institute of Allied Medical Services where it provides General and Laparoscopic surgery, Urology, Eye & ENT, Nephrology, Dermatology, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences amongst others. Max Healthcare is coming up with comprehensive Oncology services at its facilities in Patparganj & Saket. Max Healthcare has collaboration with Singapore General Hospital in the areas of medical practices, nursing, paramedical, research and training.


Max Healthcare has a base of over 1250 leading doctors, 3000 employees and 7,00,000 patients with number of beds growing to over 1900 in the next three years.


About Perot Systems


Perot Systems is a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions. Through its flexible and collaborative approach, Perot Systems integrates expertise from across the company to deliver custom solutions that enable clients to accelerate growth, streamline operations and create new levels of customer value. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2008 revenue of $2.8 billion. The company has more than 23,000 associates located in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Additional information on Perot Systems is available at http://www.perotsystems.com/.


This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. For factors that could affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at http://www.sec.gov/, as updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed after such Form 10-K, for additional information regarding risk factors. We disclaim any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.


Media Contacts Jasrita Dhir + 91 98118 88051 jasrita.dhir@maxhealthcare.com Media Contacts: Perot Systems Corporation United States: Jonathan Moss +1 972 577 6395 jonathan.moss@ps.net India: Manish Jain +91 98 4103 8446 manish.jain@ps.net Genesis Burson-Marsteller Ramya Rajaraman +91 99620 67989 ramya.rajaraman@bm.com




SOURCE Perot Systems Corporation

Perot Systems Corporation CONTACT: Jasrita Dhir of Max Healthcare, + 91 98118 88051,
jasrita.dhir@maxhealthcare.com; or Jonathan Moss, United States,
+1-972-577-6395, jonathan.moss@ps.net, or India, Manish Jain, +91 98 4103
8446, manish.jain@ps.net, both of Perot Systems Corporation; or Ramya
Rajaraman of Genesis Burson-Marsteller, +91 99620 67989,
ramya.rajaraman@bm.com

Web site: http://www.perotsystems.com/
http://www.maxhealthcare.in/

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 01:45 PM

MADISON, N.J., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quest Diagnostics today announced plans to make it easy for every physician in the United States to quickly embrace digital healthcare technology with a six-month, risk-free trial of its Care360™ ePrescribing service. For physicians currently using its Care360 Labs & Meds service, the company will activate the Care360 ePrescribing service for six months, risk free, enabling them to easily opt in and begin ePrescribing. The company is extending the same opportunity to any physician in the United States interested in trying ePrescribing in their practice without obligation. The offer is available to physicians who begin use of the Care360 ePrescribing service before December 18, 2009. Today, approximately 150,000, or more than 20 percent, of U.S. physicians are connected to Quest Diagnostics Care360 solutions.


"Quest Diagnostics shares the goal of many health care leaders to support physician adoption of ePrescribing, which has been shown to improve patient safety; reduce costs; save time spent charting, ordering and renewing prescriptions; and improve patient compliance with filling prescriptions, as well as their wait times at the pharmacy," said Surya N. Mohapatra, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Quest Diagnostics. "Because we currently work with approximately half of all physicians and hospitals in the U.S., we are uniquely positioned to drive interest in this new technology, particularly among smaller and medium sized physician practices. We hope that this risk-free opportunity will convince our nation's doctors to try this new technology and join the thousands of Quest Diagnostics customers who today are already prescribing millions of medications electronically without major investments or changes to their work flow."


Care360 ePrescribing, which is certified by Surescripts®, The Nation's E-Prescription Network(™), is a service in the Quest Diagnostics Care360 suite of health information technologies (HIT). Physicians who use Care360 ePrescribing can access formulary information, act upon Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts, handle refills, send and print prescriptions and take advantage of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) incentives. Since December 2008, the number of medications written through Care360 ePrescribing has more than doubled to an annualized rate of 10 million.


"As a Surescripts Solution Provider, Quest Diagnostics is providing physicians using Care360 with a secure, electronic link to the nation's payers and pharmacies," said Harry Totonis, president and CEO of Surescripts. "In doing so, Quest Diagnostics is providing these physicians with the vital capabilities that define e-prescribing: access to prescription benefit and history information and the ability to electronically route new prescriptions and prescription renewals. The goal of e-prescribing is to ultimately provide all Americans with the prescriptions they need in a way that is more convenient, safer and lower cost. We salute Quest Diagnostics and their efforts to make this goal a reality."


ePrescribing Convenience with Care360 Mobile

Physicians using Care360 Labs & Meds, including the Care360 ePrescribing service, from their personal computer, can now access these services from their Apple® iPhone™ or iPod touch® using Care360 Mobile. With Care360 Mobile, physicians have the ability to view, from the convenience of their iPhones, patient allergies and problems, lab results, medication history, and potential drug interactions. Physicians subscribed to Care360 ePrescribing can, from their iPhones, create and send a new prescription in three simple steps using medication and pharmacy databases, and can also renew existing prescriptions. The application can be found under Medical applications in the Apple App Store and downloaded at no charge. It supports charting prescriptions electronically alongside lab results and enhances patient safety with alerts to drug interactions and contraindications.


"From my perspective, ePrescribing is the wave of the future," said Thomas Wolf, M.D., Prairie Fields Family Medicine, Fremont, Nebraska, who is currently using Care360 ePrescribing with the Care360 Mobile application on his iPod touch. "When I use ePrescribing, I find that it's accurate, it's legible, it's safe for the patients. It's checking allergies, it's checking medications, and it's going to be something that all physicians will use in the future."


ePrescribing Delivers Practice and Patient Benefits

Physicians are rapidly embracing ePrescribing as they become aware of the value the technology can bring to practice management and patient care. A study by the Medical Group Management Association shows that the administrative complexity related to managing prescription refill requests by phone alone can cost practices more than $10,000 per year per physician(1). In addition to helping practices spend less time administering prescriptions, a study funded by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that e-prescribing systems with formulary decision support that allow prescribers to select lower cost or generic medications can save $845,000 per 100,000 patients and could reduce prescription drug spending by up to $3.9 million per 100,000 patients per year(2). ePrescribing has also been shown to reduce errors and medication-related risks to patient health. In fact, a recently published study in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that electronic prescribing alerts in ambulatory( )care may prevent a substantial number of injuries(3). ePrescribing also reduces patient wait times and improves follow-through in picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy. A study conducted by Walgreens and Surescripts showed that once a practice starts ePrescribing, 11 percent more of the prescriptions physicians order for their patients are dispensed(4).


Government Provides Physician Incentives to ePrescribe

Accelerating the adoption of ePrescribing is one of the key action items in the federal government's plan to expedite the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) and build a national electronic health information infrastructure in the United States. In January 2009, a new incentive program was launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for eligible professionals who are "successful ePrescribers" as defined by Section 132 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). CMS ePrescribing incentive program information is posted at http://www.cms.hhs.g...ngfactsheet.pdf.


Care360 EHR Continues Commitment to Physicians in Smaller and Medium Sized Practices

According to Richard A. Mahoney, Vice President, Healthcare Information Solutions, Quest Diagnostics, "Putting critical insights into the hands of physicians wherever they are, and giving them the power to act on that information swiftly in the best interests of their patients, can make a tremendous difference in patient outcomes. At Quest Diagnostics, we see firsthand, daily, the 80% of patient care provided in small practices, and the specialized HIT needs these physicians have. Our Care360 solutions are designed with the needs of smaller and medium sized practices in mind."


He added, "We've been pioneering advancements in health information technology since the 1970s, and our commitment to helping physicians improve patient care, practice efficiency, and take advantage of government incentives extends well beyond our Care360 ePrescribing trial opportunity and the Care360 Mobile application. Our promise is to be there today to help physicians get started with health information technology and take advantage of the 2% CMS incentives, and be there tomorrow with an affordable Care360 EHR (Electronic Health Record) solution they know they can trust when they are ready to take advantage of the federal stimulus package."


Care360 EHR is currently in beta testing in physician practices across the U.S. and scheduled for release in Fall 2009. According to Mr. Mahoney, Quest Diagnostics is committed to Care360 EHR becoming designated as a certified technology as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus package, and to helping physicians meet the requirements for "Meaningful Use" and realize the maximum incentives allowed.


For physicians who begin use of Care360 ePrescribing before December 18, 2009, Quest Diagnostics will send no billing of the monthly license fee during the first six months of use. At the end of six months, physicians may discontinue use of Care360 ePrescribing with no obligation, or continue use of ePrescribing, paying $60 for the prior six months (half the service's standard monthly fee). Subsequent use of Care360 ePrescribing will be billed at the standard rate of $20 per month.


Visit www.Care360.com for more information about the Quest Diagnostics Care360 ePrescribing physician opportunity, Care360 Labs & Meds, Care360 Mobile, and the upcoming Care360 EHR.


About Care360™

Care360™ is an interoperable, web-based physician portal that affords physicians access to clinical information from their personal computer anywhere, anytime. Care360 Labs & Meds makes lab ordering and resulting efficient and convenient, provides enhanced longitudinal reporting for tracking patient progress, and allows physicians the ability to share relevant health information across a secure health information network, and transmit lab results, with appropriate approvals, to patient personal health records (PHRs), such as Google® Health or Microsoft® HealthVault. Care360 ePrescribing, a Surescripts-certified solution, is a service allowing physicians to access formulary information, act upon Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts, handle refills, and send and print prescriptions. Physicians using Care360 can download the Care360 Mobile medical application from the Apple App Store, and use their Apple® iPhone™ or iPod touch® to order and refill prescriptions as well as view patient allergies and problems, lab results, medication history, and potential drug interactions. A new addition to the Care360 suite, Care360 EHR, is currently in beta testing in physician practices across the U.S. and scheduled for release in Fall 2009. Visit www.Care360.com for more information about Care360 Labs & Meds and Care360 EHR, and their Care360 ePrescribing and Care360 Mobile features.


About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at www.QuestDiagnostics.com.


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(1) Impact of administrative complexity in group practices

(http://www.mgma.com/about/default.aspx?id=276)


(2)Effect of Electronic Prescribing with Formulary Decision Support on Medication Use and Cost

(http://www.surescripts.net/downloads/Fischer2008ArchIntMed_E-Rx_cost_generics_in_MA.pdf)


(3)An Empirical Model to Estimate the Potential Impact of Medication Safety Alerts on Patient Safety, Health Care Utilization, and Cost in Ambulatory Care

(http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/169/16/1465)


(4)Research conducted by Surescripts and Walgreens using prescriber data from IMS Health, 2007

(http://www.surescripts.net/benefits-e-prescribing-pharmcists.html)



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Posted 23 September 2009 - 01:48 PM

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- American Telemedicine Association Mid-Year Meeting—KORE Telematics, the world’s largest digital wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, today announced that MedApps telehealth solutions are now certified for use on the KORE network. The MedApps Mobile Wireless Health Monitoring System relies on the KORE cellular M2M network to remotely collect, store and report timely and accurate health information from any location.

“MedApps is committed to developing health monitoring connectivity solutions that drive down healthcare costs by improving patient compliance,” said Kent Dicks, MedApps founder and CEO. “Our innovative telehealth solutions require reliable and ubiquitous wireless network coverage. KORE understands the unique needs of our business and is a key provider in the delivery of our remote health monitoring solutions.”

A number of health conditions, including diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF), asthma (COPD) and hypertension, can be monitored remotely while a patient is at home, improving care and significantly reducing healthcare costs. The FDA-cleared MedApps System automatically collects and transmits data via the KORE network from a remote patient’s health monitor to a specified care provider. Healthcare professionals have the ability to monitor and review transmitted data, and can even integrate it into existing electronic medical records.

“Telehealth applications are an exciting area of growth in the M2M market, and depend on highly reliable, ubiquitous and cost-effective wireless networks. Compelling applications such as those delivered by MedApps offer the benefits of remote health monitoring to patients nearly anywhere,” said Alex Brisbourne, president and COO, KORE Telematics. “KORE is the leading provider of the specialized wireless data network services that power a number of emerging telehealth applications. The KORE network helps ensure that remote health monitoring applications deliver the desired cost savings and patient care enhancements.”

KORE Telematics (booth #4) and MedApps (booth #30) will be demonstrating the power of remote telehealth solutions at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Mid-Year Meeting, being held September 23 – 25, 2009 at the Hyatt Grand Champion Resort, Villas and Spa in Palm Springs, Calif.

About MedApps

MedApps develops innovative products and applications for remote health monitoring that aid in the treatment of chronic disease and can effectively reduce healthcare costs. The FDA cleared MedApps System provides a convenient, low-cost way to transmit, store and report timely, accurate health information anywhere. The company’s unique solution utilizes wireless technology and focuses on ease of use to increase compliance and improve patient outcomes. MedApps is a recognized leader in field of telehealth, recently winning the Nokia MobileRules Competition, the Frost & Sullivan North American Technology Innovation Award for Wireless Point of Care and being selected a finalist of the Dell / NFIB Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.medapps.com

About KORE Telematics

KORE Telematics is the world’s largest fully digital wireless network provider specializing exclusively on the rapidly-expanding machine-to-machine (M2M) communications market. Companies in fields as diverse as security, utilities, health care and fleet management, as well as government agencies, are implementing M2M solutions to achieve productivity gains, cost management, environmental improvement and to expand customer services. Through its extensive network of application and hardware partners, KORE enables complete solutions for vehicle tracking, homeland security, automated metering and dozens of other M2M applications. KORE’s long-term, direct agreements with Tier 1 wireless operator partners allow it to offer a range of technologies—including GSM, HSPA, CDMA and EV-DO—that ensures the greatest possible reliability and coverage. For more information, please visit www.koretelematics.com.




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Posted 23 September 2009 - 01:59 PM

ADDISON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MEDHOST, provider of the leading Emergency Department Information System (EDIS), today announced that CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo., chose MEDHOST’s full-suite software to automate its three emergency departments (ED) and two urgent care centers and boost productivity and efficiency. The EDIS will first be deployed at Cox North in late 2009, followed by deployments at Cox South, Cox Monett, CoxHealth Adult Urgent Care and Pediatric Urgent Care in 2010. CoxHealth selected MEDHOST because of its ease of use, ability to integrate with CoxHealth’s Cerner HIS, and its proven safety tools such as medication reconciliation and risk mitigation.

“CoxHealth is committed to enhancing the patient experience through technology investments. By automating each of our EDs with MEDHOST’s robust, paperless system, we can provide our clinicians the infrastructure they need to deliver high quality care more safely and efficiently,” said Cathy Homeyer, administrative director of emergency departments at CoxHealth. “Our clinicians have been very involved and excited about this project since seeing how easy MEDHOST is to use and how well it aligns with their process and workflow needs. Because MEDHOST integrates with our Cerner HIS, we can pre-populate inpatient charts with critical information upon admission, which is a unique attribute that helps us improve patient safety and achieve our continuum of care goals.”

The Cox South ED receives more than 65,000 visits annually, and the other CoxHealth EDs and urgent care centers receive more than 90,000 visits combined. With its patient volumes on the rise, CoxHealth selected MEDHOST to improve processes and deliver new levels of efficiency. MEDHOST’s automatic Charge Capture eliminates extra steps and prevents lost charges by calculating charges as care is documented, and the system’s real-time notifications will help keep ED clinicians and staff better informed about each patient’s status. MEDHOST also removes unnecessary steps and inefficient processes with its bi-directional CPOE module, which enables clinicians to place orders directly into ancillary department systems from the bedside.

“MEDHOST is excited to be part of CoxHealth’s decision to eliminate manual, paper processes and bring automation to its EDs and urgent care centers. We look forward to helping CoxHealth achieve the maximum benefits that our EDIS offers, as well as providing its clinicians with tools that fully support their workflow needs,” said Craig Herrod, president and CEO of MEDHOST. “We commend CoxHealth’s continued dedication to its patients, and we are eager to work alongside the health system to not only advance its EDs, but most important, enrich the delivery of patient care.”

MEDHOST currently serves more than 170 facilities, including Catholic Healthcare West in California, Catholic Health System in New York, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and several academic facilities across the U.S. MEDHOST is the preferred EDIS provider of VHA Inc., a national cooperative serving more than 2,400 not for profit healthcare organizations. In addition to Cerner, MEDHOST easily integrates with other leading hospital information systems, including MEDITECH, Siemens and McKesson.

About CoxHealth

CoxHealth is accredited by The Joint Commission and distinguished as one of the nation’s Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Systems (2006-2009). Established in 1906 and based in Springfield, Mo., CoxHealth serves more than 900,000 people in a 25-county service area in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Our services include three hospitals and more than 50 physician clinics in 20 communities, Oxford HealthCare (a home health agency), Home Parenteral Services (home infusion therapy), CoxHealth Foundation, Cox College, Cox Family Medicine Residency and much more.

About MEDHOST, Inc.

MEDHOST is a software solutions company that provides highly visual, easy to use process management technology for the healthcare industry. The MEDHOST product suite has been adopted by leading institutions throughout the United States and has proven to dramatically improve emergency department processes and financial performance. It is MEDHOST’s mission to ensure Customer satisfaction by providing the highest levels of quality, performance and service. MEDHOST EDIS version 4.2 is a CCHIT Certified® 08 Emergency Department Electronic Health Record and includes real time Patient Tracking, Nurse Charting, Physician Documentation, Order Entry and comprehensive reporting. MEDHOST is headquartered in Addison, Texas.

More information is available at www.medhost.com.


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Posted 29 September 2009 - 12:43 PM

WILMINGTON, Delaware, September 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The healthcare information technology report forecasts the size of global healthcare information technology market over the period 2009 - 2014. The report analyses the key trends of the market, and segments the global healthcare information technology market ( http://www.marketsan...ormation-techno logy-market%20-136.html) by components and into various geographic regions (with the market size of each of these regions). Further, it discusses the key market drivers, restraints and opportunities of the global healthcare information technology market.

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The healthcare information technology market is estimated to be $53.8 billion by 2014, growing at a CAGR of 16.1%. The market is expected to grow because of the tremendous demand for general applications, which includes electronic medical records, electronic health records, computerized physician order entry system and non clinical systems. It is expected that the market for general applications will grow at an overall CAGR of 13.0% from 2009 - 2014. The main driving element for the global healthcare information technology market is the changing government regulations and government initiatives to bring down the healthcare costs.

Information technology offers solutions for almost all the segments covered under healthcare systems. Clinical trails management system, clinical decision support systems and data mining systems cater to the need of clinicians. Hospital information systems, e-prescribing systems, ambulatory care management systems and patient management systems find wide applications in hospitals. Applications like EMR, E HR, CPOE and physician practice management systems are used by both clinicians and larger healthcare providers to offer improved patient care. Imaging applications like PACS and RIS are used to manage images or patient scans. The inclusion of RIS and PACS in healthcare has helped improve the workflow in hospitals. Increasing number of patients visiting hospitals and physicians has increased the demand of information technology applications in healthcare sector.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 10:55 AM

— Healthcare Provider Relies on Simpana Software to Alleviate Email Pain,

Aid Legal Discovery and Bolster Backup and Disaster Recovery for Essential Email System —





OCEANPORT, N.J.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CommVault (NASDAQ:CVLT):

News Facts

•Freeman Health System, a regional healthcare, three-hospital system serving 450,000 residents in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, has deployed CommVault® Simpana® software to help alleviate the pressure of compliance and eDiscovery demands for maximum protection and availability of electronic medical records.
•After replacing its legacy backup platform with the multi-module capabilities of Simpana software, Freeman reports that it has reduced its window to backup critical data from eight to two hours and significantly lowered administrative overhead with centralized management and granular reporting. By leveraging Simpana software’s Email Archive and web-based Search modules, Freeman’s Compliance Department has reduced the amount of time it takes to search and retrieve specific information. Additionally, Simpana software’s Replication module offers an extra dose of protection for vital Microsoft Exchange email data while reinforcing the company’s disaster recovery strategy.
•By taking advantage of the single platform architecture of Simpana data and information management software, according to Freeman, the healthcare system has lowered costs, reduced overall risk, and improved its delivery of best practices, ISO-registered healthcare.
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Simpana Archive Software Alleviates Email Pain while Search Reduces eDiscovery Concerns

•According to Freeman Health System, Simpana software’s archiving capabilities meet the Freeman Compliance Department’s email retention requirements without requiring Freeman to purchase any additional hardware. Freeman now archives messages that can be content indexed, searched and retrieved quickly and efficiently from across roughly 1,500 Microsoft Outlook mailboxes belonging to hospital employees, physicians, and physicians offices. Simpana software has also helped contain growth of email storage.
•Simpana’s Search module provides immediate access to all types of data across backups, archives, as well as online and offline repositories. Using CommVault software’s Search web interface enables Freeman’s HR and Compliance Departments to conduct email and other data searches as part of eDiscovery without any IT intervention.
•Additionally, the Simpana Replication module will allow Freeman to access archives and retrieve deleted emails, attachments and other data for accelerated disaster recovery.
Supporting Quotes

•“Data stewardship is a key issue for us,” says Tom Ellicott, Network Specialist for Freeman Health System. “So, we work closely with our Compliance Department to adhere to best practices in retaining data of all kinds, including emails. With CommVault Simpana software, we have found a robust solution that gives us an extra measure of data protection from disasters while also easing data movement, archiving and discovery for compliance.”
•“CommVault Simpana software and all its modules work well to give us peace of mind in knowing that we can do much more than protect data. With CommVault as a strategic ally, we can continue to fulfill our mission of delivering best practices, ISO-registered healthcare excellence,” Ellicott added.
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•CommVault Simpana® 8 Software

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•CommVault Simpana® Archive

http://www.commvault...ts-archive.html
•CommVault Simpana® Compliance

http://www.commvault...compliance.html
•More about CommVault's eDiscovery solution

http://www.commvault...scovery/?sc=cvw
•Visit CommVault’s eDiscovery and Compliance Resource Center

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About CommVault

A singular vision — a belief in a better way to address current and future data management needs — guides CommVault in the development of Singular Information Management® solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unprecedented control over data growth, costs and risk. CommVault's Simpana® software suite of products was designed to work together seamlessly from the ground up, sharing a single code and common function set, to deliver superlative Data Protection, Archive, Replication, Search and Resource Management capabilities. More companies every day join those who have discovered the unparalleled efficiency, performance, reliability, and control only CommVault can offer. Information about CommVault is available at www.commvault.com. CommVault's corporate headquarters is located in Oceanport, New Jersey in the United States. (cvlt-cs)

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 07:38 AM

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/09/09 -- MedLink International, Inc. (OTCBB: MLKNA) announced today that the Obama Administration released information about its set plans to spend $600 million to improve the nation's community health centers, including a boost for medical records systems. The funding came from the $787 billion stimulus plan's provisions for creating jobs at 85 community health centers.

Officials expect to spend $88 million to help community health centers upgrade to electronic medical records and other health information technologies. The administration will spend about $509 million to repair, rebuild or replace community health center facilities, which serve more than 17 million patients.

Ray Vuono, President of MedLink, stated, "The federal and state incentives available have had a tremendous impact on the EHR industry and providers are now aggressively seeking to adopt EHR technology, not only to help improve patient care but to take advantage of the financial assistance currently available to them. We continue to see an increase in demand for our MedLink EHR as we expand the available programs that provide funding and subsidies for the MedLink EHR and expect continued growth thanks to the wealth of federal assistance for available to providers."

About MedLink International, Inc.:

MedLink is a healthcare IT company that provides the medical community with products and services designed to help create, manage and share medical information. The company's flagship product, MedLink TotalOffice EHR, a CCHIT Certified® 08 Ambulatory EHR, provides physicians with full EHR and practice management functionality. For more information regarding MedLink's products and services please visit www.medlinkus.com.

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 08:31 AM

LAS VEGAS-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Continua Health Alliance and member companies A&D Medical, IBM, Nonin Medical, PDT, Renesas Technology, Tunstall Healthcare and ZyXEL will demonstrate personal connected health solutions at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 7-10, 2010. Join us in Booth #2817 at the new CES Digital Health Summit in the North Hall to see consumer digital health solutions in action.

Continua is the non-profit, open-industry alliance of more than 220 leading healthcare and technology organizations dedicated to developing a global ecosystem of interoperable personal connected health solutions. Continua products and services leverage smart technology to keep individuals, healthcare providers, professional caregivers and loved ones connected and empowered to manage health and wellness anytime, anywhere.

The demonstrations in the CES Digital Health Summit will include Continua Certified™ connected health solutions for managing chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure and asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Among these products will be a Bluetooth blood pressure cuff and weight scale from A&D, a Bluetooth pulse oximeter from Nonin Medical, and a Cypak USB converter cable designed to connect legacy devices to the Continua ecosystem. These devices will be combined with a HealthLink PC manager from Lamprey Networks, Inc. (LNI) that turns a PC into a home heath gateway, enabling Continua devices to deliver data to Personal Health Records (PHRs).

Other member demonstrations will include:

A&D Medical: A&D Medical’s industry-leading blood pressure and weight monitoring solutions include Continua-certified, Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure monitors and precision health scales as well as Continua-certified USB solutions via Cypak’s new USB converter cable.

IBM: IBM will demonstrate interoperability of telehealth solutions with EMRs and PHRs and Continua Certified™ devices that capture patient data, monitor patient conditions, and enable clinician views and analysis using IBM technologies such as Lotus®, WebSphere®, Rational® and Cognos®.

Nonin Medical: Bringing trusted accuracy to remote vital sign monitoring, Nonin Medical will showcase the world’s first Continua Certified™ wireless fingertip pulse oximeter, the Onyx II, Model 9560 and its GO2™ line of personal consumer fingertip pulse oximeters.

Product Development Technologies: PDT provides the digital health industry with product development resources specializing in innovative research, design, engineering and manufacturing support to align client devices to market needs.

Renesas Technology: The Direct-Drive LCD Demo demonstrates a low-cost Flash H8SX MCU from Renesas, showing the H8SX family’s capability of driving TFT-LCD panels without requiring an external LCD controller in medical applications.

Tunstall Healthcare: Tunstall Healthcare will demonstrate the Tunstall Telehealth Platform able to capture vital sign data from a variety of wireless peripherals. Also included in the exhibit will be a view to Tunstall Connect – Clinical Monitoring Application.

ZyXEL: Networking technology leader ZyXEL will debut its Smart Home Gateway (SHG) at CES. The SHG, a CES Innovations Honoree, is the industry’s first battery-powered 4G/3G/802.11n wireless platform for health monitoring and assisted living solutions.

In addition to empowering individuals to maintain greater responsibility for their health, these easy-to-configure personal connected health devices provide consistent monitoring of individuals’ health and care status, enabling more informed treatment decisions by healthcare professionals and care teams.

The CES Digital Health Summit Conference on Saturday, January 9, will kick off with a keynote at 8 a.m. entitled “The New Age of Digital Health” presented by Bruce Henderson, Continua Treasurer and a senior executive with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Continua will host a panel discussion at 9:45 a.m. entitled "The Future of e-Health is Here: True Stories of Cooperation, Dedication and Occasional Misadventures." Led by Continua Executive Director Charles Parker, the panel will include representatives from Ascension Health, Qualcomm, Roche Diagnostics and Sharp.

About Continua: Continua Health Alliance is a non-profit, open-industry coalition of the finest health care and technology companies joining together in collaboration to improve the quality of personal health care. With more than 200 member companies around the world, Continua is dedicated to establishing a system of interoperable personal health solutions with the knowledge that extending those solutions into the home fosters independence, empowers individuals and provides the opportunity for truly personalized health and wellness management.




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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:04 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) announced today its 2010 Annual Technology & Business Conference will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, May 2-6, 2010. NCPDP’s conference is expected to draw record attendance this year, with the national spotlight on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITEC) Act, and NCPDP’s proven track record over the past 30 years of advancing healthcare information technology (HIT) to tackle the industry’s most challenging issues. The conference is the industry’s most inclusive event, attracting attendees from across healthcare, including pharmacy benefit managers, retail and independent pharmacies, software vendors, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, database management organizations, health plans and others.

“With Congress focused on reforming the healthcare system and the industry focused on achieving meaningful use of electronic health records under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NCPDP’s ability to unite industry stakeholders to promote open discussion and collaboration will be more critical than ever”
.“With Congress focused on reforming the healthcare system and the industry focused on achieving meaningful use of electronic health records under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NCPDP’s ability to unite industry stakeholders to promote open discussion and collaboration will be more critical than ever,” said NCPDP President, Lee Ann Stember. “This year’s Annual Technology & Business Conference is a great opportunity to be a part of the transformation of healthcare. We remain committed to providing the forum and solutions that have successfully advanced healthcare, creating efficiencies for care providers and improved care quality for patients.”

Conference Highlights:

•Industry Roundtable - The conference will feature an industry roundtable discussion with leaders and visionaries in the HIT community exchanging ideas and perspectives on the future of HIT. Topics will include e-prescribing, electronic health records (EHRs), the impacts of healthcare reform, the National Health Information Network and more. Among the panelists are:
◦Wayne Oliver, Center for Health Transformation (Moderator)
◦Cliff Baker, HITRUST Alliance
◦Jamie Ferguson, Kaiser Permanente
◦Mark Frisse, MD, MBA, MSc, Vanderbilt University
◦Kevin Hutchison, National eHealth Collaborative
◦George Lazenby, Emdeon
•Keynote Speaker – Chris Gardner, owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC, and best selling author of the autobiography, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which chronicles his journey from homeless single dad to successful stockbroker, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist, will deliver an inspirational Keynote address. In 2006, Gardner’s autobiography was turned into a top grossing movie starring Will Smith.
•Educational Sessions - The Annual Conference offers attendees ACPE accredited educational sessions on today’s most relevant and up-and-coming topics, including new medication measures from the National Quality Forum, leveraging the Internet to improve public health, and patient care documentation standards for medication therapy management.
•Awards - The conference will name recipients of the prestigious TIME (The Individual Member Excellence) Award, the Benjamin D. Ward Distinguished Member Award, and the Rising Star Award, which recognizes the contributions of a new member who has joined NCPDP within the past two years. The MVP Awards for work groups and committees will also be presented at the conference.
•Networking Events – A valuable component of the conference program, networking events orchestrate opportunities for attendees to meet or reacquaint themselves with other stakeholders with the shared interest in improving the healthcare system. Events include the NCPDP 4th Annual Corporate Cup Challenge and Golf Tournament, the President’s Dinner, and other social events to stimulate conversation and collaboration.
The NCPDP Annual Conference is open to NCPDP members and the media. Annual memberships are processed daily and available to all parties affected by the prescription drug industry. To view member benefits or to become a member, visit http://ncpdp.org/member_benefits.aspx.

For real-time updates before and during the event, follow us at http://twitter.com/ncpdp or join the discussion using NCPDP’s 2010 Annual Technology & Business Conference hashtag: #NCPDP10.

About NCPDP

Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with over 1500 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA and the MMA. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for e-Prescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. Our data services include the NCPDP Provider Identification Number, a unique identifier of over 75,000 pharmacies, and HCIdea, “The Prescriber Identity Solution.” For more information about NCPDP Standards, Data Services, Educational Programs and Work Group meetings, go online at www.ncpdp.org or call (480) 477-1000.


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Posted 02 March 2010 - 09:14 AM

Ramsey County Community Human Services Department, based in Minnesota, has selected DSS, Inc., a provider of software, integration, installation, project management, training, support and development of VistA, to provide open source vxVistA electronic health records (EHR) technology, the mental health suite and the MEDfx Practice Management System. The applications, which will be used by the county’s Mental Health Center, will help staff optimize clinical and financial efficiency, improve quality of care and increase patient satisfaction for the county’s more than 500,000 residents.

“Ramsey County’s selection of DSS software and services signifies the importance of cost-effective, proven technologies as well as the value of fully integrated systems to reengineer administrative and clinical processes for a better performing organization,” said Mark Byers, president and CEO of DSS, Inc. “We look forward to seeing the associated workflow and financial benefits Ramsey will experience once fully implemented on the systems and, most importantly, the way it will change the center’s interactions with patients.”

Through its partnership with DSS, Ramsey County will gain access to a suite of fully integrated applications that connect administrative and clinical communications from before the patient arrives to care delivery to remittance. vxVistA, which is based on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VistA EHR foundation, provides Ramsey County with the ability to customize the system based on its specific needs, collaborate with other users across the country and receive meaningful, ongoing product updates. vxVistA includes functionality such as computerized patient medical records, diagnostic assessments, clinical note templates, progress and discharge notes, e-prescribing, laboratory orders, medication management and referrals.

Ramsey County will also utilize the mental health suite, to automate the process of producing an accurate, consistent, intra-disciplinary treatment plan for its mental health patients. In addition, the selection of the MEDfx Practice Management System will facilitate patient registration, online eligibility verification, scheduling, billing and collections.

The selection of these technologies will help satisfy The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 guidelines for “meaningful use” of certified EHRs, enabling Ramsey County to become eligible for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services financial incentives. The DSS systems will also help the center meet Minnesota State Department of Human Services Rule 29, which is related to quality assurance standards for mental health facilities in Minnesota and required for certain types of private insurance reimbursement.

To learn more about DSS and its services and products, visit booth #2521 at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, March 1-3, in Atlanta. DSS will also host an educational pavilion session highlighting the importance and benefits of open source EHRs during the conference on Tuesday, March 2 from 4:15–5:15 p.m. in room #959.

About DSS, Inc.

DSS, Inc., a 20 year old company that specializes in healthcare IT solutions that enhance open source EHRs, develops and supplies integrated enhancements to the Veterans Affairs VistA system. The organization also designs applications that are compatible with the Indian Health Services RPMS and the Department of Defense’s healthcare systems.

DSS released vxVistA this fall as open source under the Eclipse Public License (www.openhealthtools.org) to meet the needs of non-VA users. The company also offers add-on products including behavioral health, clinical decision support, dental electronic records, document imaging and revenue cycle solutions. To foster the adoption of open source in healthcare organizations, DSS is a founder and supporter of a community-driven, collaboration environment Web site, www.vxVistA.org, that acts as a forum for discussion and best practices among open source vxVistA and VistA EHR users internationally. For more information on DSS, Inc., visit www.dssinc.com.





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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:48 AM

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (Marketwire) -- 08/09/10 -- Indianapolis-headquartered iSALUS Healthcare was recently selected by Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center (I-HITEC), as a collaborative statewide initiative led by Purdue University, as an electronic medical records (EMR) preferred software partner : . This partnership and endorsement allows iSALUS to serve Indiana's healthcare community as part of a federal stimulus program to implement EMR software systems : .

"The entire team at iSALUS has a vested and personal interest in being chosen as a preferred software provider," said Michael Hall, president and founder of iSALUS Healthcare. "These are the doctors we trust to take care of our families, and we are honored to be chosen to help them provide the very best care to all of their patients."

iSALUS was selected by I-HITEC from among hundreds of EMR software firms : . The company was chosen based on its ability to assist healthcare providers in implementing electronic medical records, allowing them to qualify for federal stimulus money, a proven technology platform, previous experience with small to medium size healthcare practices, ability to quickly and efficiently implement a large number of new providers, and affordable pricing. Through this partnership, iSALUS and I-HITEC will provide Indiana healthcare providers with a full electronic medical records solution, education, training, implementation, technical and customer support.

"The Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center is tasked with helping 2,200 Indiana primary care providers (PCPs) achieve Meaningful Use of electronic health record technology : by 2012," said Monica Arrowsmith, I-HITEC's director. "We are confident we can reach this ambitious goal in partnership with iSALUS Healthcare as one of our certified EMR software partners : . Together we will bring understandable, implementable and affordable EMR solutions to Indiana's healthcare community."

About iSALUS Healthcare
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Indianapolis, iSALUS Healthcare offers web-based, mobile-optimized EMR : and practice management software : solutions for small to medium sized physician practices, healthcare offices and medical clinics. Its proven suite of easy-to-learn and easy-to-use applications is accessible from any Internet connection and provided at an affordable monthly fee. iSALUS includes unlimited technical support and customer service with all of its software subscriptions. Throughout its history, the company has served thousands of doctors and practice managers across the country. For more information, visit www.isalushealthcare.com : or call 888.280.6678.

About Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center (I-HITEC)
Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center (I-HITEC) is a federally-designated state-chartered non-profit led by Purdue University. The organization was formed as a result of the 2009 federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act : and is funded through a four-year, $12 million grant. I-HITEC provides subsidized EHR adoption assistance, Meaningful Use coaching and discounted EHR products and services to Indiana's small physician practices, public or critical access hospitals, community health centers or rural health clinics as well as other medical settings that serve the uninsured, underinsured, underserved or other at-risk populations. I-HITEC is tasked with educating and helping these entities transition from traditional, paper-based electronic health record management systems : to federally-mandated electronic health record (EHR) technology. This initiative benefits Indiana through improvements to the state's existing health information technology delivery system which will ultimately improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. To receive reimbursement from the federal stimulus program, Indiana's healthcare providers must achieve and prove Meaningful Use of EHR software : . I-HITEC plays a critical role in this process. For more information about I-HITEC, please visit www.switch.purdue.edu : or call (765) 496-1911.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 07:54 AM

And another instance of Health Information Technology aiding in the ability to communicate effectively between physicians and hospitals...

Driscoll Children's Health Plan Selects Sandlot, LLC to Integrate its Healthcare Community Through Health Information Exchange Technology


FORT WORTH, Texas, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sandlot, LLC, an innovative healthcare solutions company founded by practicing physicians, and Driscoll Children's Health Plan, announced today that Sandlot has been chosen to implement its health information exchange (HIE) technology throughout the Driscoll healthcare community. Driscoll Children's Health Plan is a licensed HMO in Texas that provides healthcare services to children in the Coastal Bend region.
Sandlot's HIE, SandlotConnect®, will streamline data sharing between pediatric practices, Driscoll Children's Hospital and Driscoll Children's Health Plan, allowing Driscoll to enhance patient care and be positioned for anticipated changes in the healthcare delivery model. "Integrating the Driscoll healthcare delivery system will allow us to improve our model of patient care, enhance physician collaboration, and overall improve patient and physician satisfaction within our community," says Chief Executive Officer Mary Dale Peterson. "Based on our vision to improve patient care coordination, Sandlot was the best fit for the needs of our physicians and patients."
This new partnership with Driscoll Children's Health Plan will incorporate products and services offered by Sandlot, including:
Physician access to patient-specific, community wide clinical data at the point-of-care
Implementation, training, and adoption services for physicians and staff
System Integration Services for EncounterPro EMR, EpicCare EMR, and multiple laboratory and radiology systems
Patient matching services to resolve integration discrepancies
Help desk services for technical and end user support

"We are pleased to partner with Driscoll Children's Health Plan to improve their model of patient care, and put them in a better position to align themselves for future Accountable Care Organization opportunities," says Telly Shackelford, Sandlot Chief Executive Officer. "SandlotConnect will help Driscoll's affiliated physicians and other healthcare providers make more informed clinical decisions at the time and place of care."
About Driscoll Children's Health Plan
Driscoll Children's Health System has been serving the healthcare needs of South Texas children for more than 50 years. Driscoll Children's Health Plan is a licensed HMO in Texas that helps provide healthcare services to children in the Coastal Bend region. The Corpus Christi-based insurance company currently offers low cost health insurance for families with children.
About Sandlot LLC
Based in Fort Worth, TX, Sandlot, LLC is an innovative healthcare solutions company founded by practicing physicians who pursue ways to make better clinical decisions at the point-of-care and collectively share clinical information. Sandlot focuses on advancing healthcare by using technology, process and people working together. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP). The company's innovative HIE, SandlotConnect®, launched in 2008, is based on Lawson Enterprise Exchange Technology and is currently interoperable with many of the market's leading EHR systems, including Allscripts, NextGen, and eClinicalWorks. For more information, visit www.sandlotsolutions.com.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:07 AM

Digital Assent is growing, officially taking on new customers in over 15 states:

Digital Assent Signs 100th PatientPad® Customer

PatientPad Point-of-Care Network Quickly Expands to 15 States and Counting
ATLANTA, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just weeks after launching a national sales campaign, Digital Assent, provider of the award-winning PatientPad® self-service patient check-in and patient education solution (www.patient-pad.com), has signed its 100th PatientPad customer and expanded its point-of-care network to 15 states.
The PatientPad is now available in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. The company expects to receive signed agreements from another 20 customers in five additional states by month's end.
"We are thrilled to see such rapid and widespread national adoption of the PatientPad," said Andrew Ibbotson, president and CEO of Digital Assent. "Spurred by an industry-wide conversion to electronic health records and the exploding popularity of wireless touch-screen devices, the U.S. healthcare market is finally ready for self-service technology solutions like the PatientPad. We're making great progress toward achieving our goal of making the 'patient clipboard' a thing of the past."
The PatientPad is a wireless touch-screen solution that automates the patient check-in process and delivers targeted health information to interested patients while they wait in their healthcare provider's waiting room, exam room or treatment room.
“The PatientPad has been a win-win solution for our practice, and we’re not at all surprised that other practices like ours are wanting to bring it on board as quickly as possible,” said Kim V. Powell, CEO and practice administrator of Marietta Dermatology and The Skin Cancer Center, one of Digital Assent’s early PatientPad customers. “As a practice administrator, I appreciate how it has helped streamline patient intake. Our physicians are impressed with its ability to educate patients while they wait to be seen. Patients find it easy to give us their information and make updates when things change.”
Digital Assent recently closed its Series A round of equity financing and expanded its leadership team. The company will continue to focus on its rapidly growing sales and marketing programs as well as ongoing research and development. With an adoption rate of more than 90 percent, the company's PatientPad point-of-care network is expected to be available nationwide well before the end of the year.
About Digital Assent
Founded in 2009, Digital Assent is a fast-growing healthcare technology company based in Atlanta. The company's wireless touch-screen PatientPad solution streamlines the patient check-in process and delivers targeted health information to interested patients while they sit in their provider's waiting or exam room. By automating patient intake, the PatientPad enables healthcare providers to collect patient information in a standard electronic format, more easily transition from paper to electronic health records, and improve the overall patient experience. For more information about Digital Assent and the company's rapidly growing PatientPad point-of-care network, please visit www.digitalassent.com or www.patient-pad.com.
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:13 PM

Digital Assent Announces Integration between PatientPad and PatientNOW Electronic Medical Records System

Digital Assent continues to grow partnering with PatientNOW.

ATLANTA, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Assent, provider of the award-winning PatientPad® self-service patient check-in and patient education solution, has partnered with PatientNOW, a leading provider of electronic medical records (EMR) solutions for aesthetic-focused practices, to automatically transfer patient check-in information entered via the PatientPad to the physician's PatientNOW system.

"Digital Assent's partnership with PatientNOW will significantly improve a patient's experience from the moment they walk through their physician's door," said Tim Collins, CTO and co-founder of Digital Assent. "Everything is electronic and automated, which decreases time spent filling out paperwork or a doctor shuffling through paper for health information. Physicians will also benefit from reduced clerical errors and transcription costs."

The PatientPad is a wireless touch-screen solution that automates the patient check-in process and delivers targeted health information and advertising to interested patients while they sit in their healthcare provider's waiting room, exam room or treatment room. Since the beginning of the year, the PatientPad has enjoyed rapid adoption by physician practices in more than 30 states.

Along with a comprehensive and certified EMR solution, PatientNOW offers fully integrated marketing, customer contact and patient process tracking tools to increase efficiency and revenue creation for each practice. This unified EMR and practice management solution is tailor-made for the aesthetic medical provider market, including plastic and cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists and medical spas.

"Aligning ourselves with Digital Assent and the PatientPad is a natural fit for both companies, which are two of the pioneers leading the conversion from paper to electronic health records," said Jerry Jacobson, president and co-founder of PatientNOW. "Capturing data electronically from the patient and pushing it automatically to the PatientNOW EMR system is a tremendous value and time saver for every one of our practices."

The first office to go live with the integrated solution was The Skin Spa of Newnan Dermatology, located a few miles south of metro Atlanta in Newnan, Ga. "Now that PatientPad integrates with PatientNOW, our front-office staff no longer have to waste time and energy manually entering patient data," said Trisha Kennedy, Director of The Skin Spa.

This partnership follows on the heels of Digital Assent's recent $7.5 million Series B equity funding, which the company is using to more rapidly grow its market share and product footprint. Earlier this year, the company received a $2 million Series A round of funding to expand its leadership team and launch a national sales campaign.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Digital Assent is proud to be a technology company contributing to Georgia's leadership in health IT. Earlier this month Georgia Governor Nathan Deal praised the state's reputation as a healthcare technology hub by having more than 135 health IT companies in the state generating more than $4 billion in revenue each year.




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