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Hospital deploying privacy monitoring solution to meet regulatory requirements, enhance public reputation and drive efficiencies. LONDON, UK – 24 July 2012 – Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has become the latest NHS Trust to select FairWarning® Privacy Breach Detection solution to monitor and protect patient privacy, joining a growing number of NHS organizations that are taking proactive steps to counter serious data breaches and the improper accessing of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Studies suggest that the greatest threat to patient privacy in the UK comes from NHS staff abusing their legitimate access rights to read electronic records they are not entitled to see. Research shows that the number of security breaches involving patient data has doubled in the UK in the past four years. But as moves towards a model of electronic healthcare gather pace, NHS organizations are increasingly recognising the ever-present risks of major data breaches, and are taking action to prevent them. Matthew Hall, Information Governance Manager at Homerton University Hospital, said the decision to select the FairWarning® solution was motivated by a combination of factors – chiefly the need to enhance its reputation and to meet regulatory requirements. “Primarily we have taken this step so that we can demonstrate to the public that we do monitor access to their information, and that patients can have trust in us,” he said. “From a regulatory perspective, we are required to have a robust and proactive system that not only reports breaches but also prevents them from happening. We need to be able to show that we are monitoring access appropriately and effectively. FairWarning® will significantly help us to demonstrate that.” The Data Protection Act (DPA) has always been clear that NHS organisations must demonstrate compliance in terms of information security – but this is now being scrutinised and enforced more rigorously. The Information Commissioner’s powers have been increased and the ICO is now able to issue fines of up to half a million pounds for data security breaches. This is already beginning to happen – not just to local authorities, but also to NHS Trusts. Homerton’s decision to deploy FairWarning® was based on the long-term view that the many benefits of electronic healthcare can only be realised if the issue of patient privacy is addressed at the outset. “As the NHS moves further away from paper to electronic health records, it is becoming increasingly important for Trusts to demonstrate that they have effective monitoring systems in place. Consequently, the need for solutions such as those provided by FairWarning® will only grow. At Homerton, we can confidently say that information is safe,” said Matthew Hall. FairWarning® will also help deliver operational efficiencies at Homerton which, in the current climate of austerity, is an important additional benefit. Matthew Hall added: “Historically when we have been made aware of a potential breach it has fallen on IT to go through the audit trails. This has been an onerous manual process – taking up time and resources. With FairWarning®, not only will the amount of investigation work required reduce, but, with such a proactive, automated system, the speed of reporting will accelerate appreciably.” Homerton will initially deploy the FairWarning® solution across Cerner Millennium®, its EPR system for the acute side of the Trust – with a further implementation across the community EPR system, RiO, at a later stage. The flexibility of the solution was a major attraction. “The FairWarning® solution offers interoperability with all the systems we run across the hospital. This was one of the key reasons we chose it,” said Matthew Hall. Les Baker, UK Country Manager of FairWarning, Inc, said: “This is another example of an innovative, forward-thinking Trust recognising the necessity to protect patient privacy. We are hopeful that what they achieve through this deployment will encourage others to follow their lead. Electronic healthcare can be a liberating force for NHS professionals, providers and patients and promises to be a key component in delivering faster, safer and better care. But unless privacy monitoring is built into NHS IT systems at ground level, the risk of major data breaches will remain – and our ability to capitalise on the many benefits of electronic healthcare will be delayed.” About Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Homerton is a designated Olympic hospital for the athletes. This means that any athlete requiring hospital admission will be sent to them. There will also be a large polyclinic on the Olympic site, which will treat many conditions. Homerton University Hospital provides hospital and community services to Hackney and the City of London. Specialist care includes: obstetrics, neonatology, fetal medicine, fertility, neuro-rehabilitation, bariatric surgery and asthma and allergy across east London and beyond. They were one of the first 10 NHS foundation trusts in England. About FairWarning, Inc. FairWarning® is the inventor and world’s leading supplier of cross-platform healthcare privacy auditing solutions for Electronic Health Records. FairWarning® proactively protects healthcare organisations from emerging legal and privacy threats which include medical identity theft, identity theft, and other forms of healthcare information crimes. FairWarning® is industry’s leading best practice solution for automating privacy auditing. The company is located in Clearwater, FL, USA with offices in London, England and Paris, France. To learn more, please visit http://www.FairWarning.com or call 0800 047 0933 or US +1 727 576 6700. Cerner Millennium® is a registered trademark of Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries, and is not affiliated with FairWarning, Inc. Media Contacts Interviews with Kurt Long are available on request. A photo is available from http://www.FairWarning.com/subpages/Management.asp. Susan Venables Tel: +44 (0) 1877 339922 Mob: +44 (0) 7971 166936 Email: ... 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Illinois Pathology Group Chooses McKesson to …

Company’s knowledge of Illinois payer market and ability to boost collections are key differentiators ATLANTA – July 22, 2012 —Peoria Tazewell Pathology Group (PTPG), a 13-physician pathology practice based in Peoria, Illinois, will re-engineer its revenue cycle with assistance from McKesson Revenue Management Solutions (RMS). By partnering with an industry leader in medical billing and practice management services, PTPG expects to increase collections, strengthen financial reporting and improve ICD-10 and other regulatory compliance issues. McKesson will provide the group with a full complement of services, including coding, A/R management, denial management, financial reporting, claims support and the market’s most advanced regulatory compliance capabilities. McKesson brings a powerful array of skills and capabilities to the table,. said Ronald Champagne, M.D., president of PTPG. .We’re confident that their expertise in coding and billing for pathology – coupled with their understanding of the Illinois payer market and national pathology reimbursement trends – will help us optimize collections in today’s difficult healthcare market. Champagne said McKesson will also provide strategic support designed to help the group identify growth opportunities, and will assist the practice in preparing for the impending ICD-10 coding transition. The agreement with PTPG increases McKesson’s already-significant footprint of pathology clients in Illinois. Many pathology groups face significant challenges today, due primarily to declining reimbursements and aggressive competition from national laboratories, said Pat Leonard, senior vice president and general manager, RMS. .McKesson believes that better business health and better patient health go hand in hand. With this in mind, we have developed a comprehensive approach to help groups stabilize their existing cash flow and strategically assess growth opportunities. We are well-positioned to help organizations like Peoria Tazewell improve the financial health of their business in the present healthcare environment. McKesson RMS has a team of more than 4,000 experienced revenue cycle professionals. The team’s services are uniquely designed to help practices improve efficiency and grow revenues while staying current with the latest regulatory requirements. McKesson RMS supports McKesson’s Better Health 2020 strategy. Better Health 2020 is McKesson’s commitment to support the success of its customers, including helping physicians to improve their financial performance and clinical quality. About Peoria Tazewell Pathology Group Peoria, Illinois-based Peoria Tazewell Pathology Group is an independent group with a local and regional base providing professional pathology and laboratory services for nine area hospitals. The practice is a key pathology services provider for central Illinois and includes physicians and allied professionals specializing in dermatopathology, hematopathology, gastrointestinal pathology, cytopathology, forensic toxicology, general surgical pathology and clinical pathology. For more information, visit http://www.ptpg.com.About McKessonMcKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com. Contact: Yancey ... Read more

Physician's Practice finds Rate of Electronic Health …

NORWALK, Conn., July 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US's Physician's Practice 2012 Technology Survey, Sponsored by AT&T, found that 72 percent of U.S. healthcare providers surveyed—are in some stage of EHR adoption. Despite government financial incentives rewarding physicians who adopt electronic health records (EHR) systems, adoption has leveled off, as providers continued to complain about high up-front costs and other challenges to making the transition, according to the survey of 1,300 outpatient practices, taken late in 2011 and early this year by Physicians Practice, America's leading business publication for physicians. Among the findings in the survey: •    29 percent of those without an EHR cited high cost as the reason, more than any other factor. •    A tipping point has already been reached, whereby more doctors are using the technology than aren't, and the holdouts are now at a competitive disadvantage. •    Hospitals have been acquiring community practices in efforts to increase market share and achieve hospital-physician alignment, and those newly acquired practices will adopt their hospitals' EHR systems. •    Technology vendors are responding to physician concerns, offering access to affordable products via the cloud and adapting their products for use on mobile devices, especially the iPad, which doctors are purchasing in high numbers. •    The days of paper-based healthcare recordkeeping are coming to an end. "The main obstacle for EHR holdouts is money," explained Bob Keaveney, editorial director of Physicians Practice. "But among physicians, especially in private practice, there is also a deep well of skepticism – even resentment – about federal incentives programs that are designed to get doctors to behave in particular ways. For example, when Medicare introduced a program to drive quality by paying a 'bonus' to physicians who stick to particular clinical protocols for many patients, a lot of doctors balked. They felt manipulated. Right or wrong, I think that many of the EHR holdouts view this incentive program in the same light: as just another attempt to control doctors." As a companion to this year's survey results, Physician's Practice also identifies five health information technology trends for 2012, talking to physicians and technology experts to identify major trends at practices nationwide. Offering integrated print and online capabilities, Physicians Practice provides award-winning practice-management advice to more than 150,000 physicians and their practice administrators throughout the United States. About UBM Medica US Addressing today's healthcare information needs, UBM Medica US, delivers strategic, integrated communications solutions and comprehensive reach—online, in print, and via custom programs. Improving the effectiveness of healthcare through information and education, UBM Medica US provides unbiased clinical, practical, and business information for physicians, providers, payers, and patients around the world. Through journals, magazines, websites, online communities, drug databases, digital events, and other valuable resources, UBM Medica US also delivers comprehensive communication solutions for the pharmaceutical and related industries. Websites include CancerNetwork.com, ConsultantLive.com, DiagnosticImaging.com, MusculoskeletalNetwork.com, OBGYN.net, PhysiciansPractice.com, PsychiatricTimes.com and SearchMedica.com. UBM Medica US is part of UBM Connect – which provides marketing services across a number of communities, the largest of which are healthcare, medical device design and advanced manufacturing. UBM Connect also includes UBM Studios, the global leader in interactive digital environments. UBM Connect is a UBM plc company. For more information, visit http://www.UBMMedicaUS.com Media contact:Jason J. GoldenContent Marketing ... Read more

MSNVA and Enabledoc Partner on EHR/PMS to enable …

Northern Virginia Medical Society (MSNVA) has partnered with Enabledoc to provide a comprehensive EHR-PM solution for MSNVA members to make electronic health records and practice management affordable, allow physicians to manage their patient and ... Read more


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Momentum continues as three more hospitals choose McKesson HIS to improve care while reducing cost of ownership ATLANTA, July 18, 2012 – McKesson announced today that three additional multi-facility hospitals have selected Paragon®, McKesson’s top-rated hospital information systemi (HIS), to serve their growing organizations. Hospital leaders cited the depth and breadth of Paragon’s fully integrated financial and clinical system, as well as lower total cost of ownership (TCO), as key selection criteria. “With Paragon’s single database platform serving all of our hospitals, we are well-positioned to provide excellent care to our patients regardless of the facility where they receive that care,” said Sean Reigle, chief information officer, Pacific Health Corporation, which owns and operates four hospitals in Southern California. “With its broad scope and deep expertise in the challenges we face, McKesson is the right candidate to partner with us in support of our long-term goals, including preparation for meaningful use and health reform.” As a provider for a large Medicaid and underserved population, Pacific Health selected Paragon a few years ago to improve financial performance and now is adding clinical applications. “Paragon gives clinicians the advanced capabilities they need to make better-informed decisions,” said Reigle. “Our leadership team is excited because we believe that this technology will help us attract top-notch physicians, nurses and other clinicians, which in turn enables us to provide better care for patients.” Also in California, Physicians for Healthy Hospitals selected Paragon to support multiple facilities cost-effectively. Formed in October 2010, the organization is a coalition of more than 100 physicians whose goal is to create state-of-the-art hospitals that can serve as centers of excellence. “After conducting a rigorous competitive selection process, we chose Paragon because it offers deep functionality at an attractive total cost of ownership,” said Kali Priyo Chaudhuri, member of Physicians for Healthy Hospitals’ Board of Directors. “We are confident that McKesson can help us make progress on our path to meaningful use and beyond without the need to employ a team of costly consultants for years to come.” A third new Paragon customer, Optim Healthcare, is a multi-facility orthopedic specialty system near Savannah, Georgia. This progressive organization expects Paragon to help enable the sharing of clinical and financial information across its facilities and offer a consolidated view of its performance. Leaders cited Paragon’s low TCO and ability to support their ambitious expansion strategy as key drivers in the decision. The benefits of the Paragon HIS align with McKesson’s Better Health 2020 initiative, which is designed to help healthcare providers achieve better patient care, better business health and better connectivity as health reform unfolds. Critical success factors addressed by Better Health 2020 include maximizing the value of technology, reducing costs while improving quality, connecting and coordinating care, and managing advanced payment models. “Shifts in the healthcare industry are fueling the emergence of more large, multi-facility hospitals,” said Jim Pesce, president, Paragon, McKesson Provider Technologies. “Our goal is to help these growing organizations use technology to improve care and performance while reducing complexity and cost. Together, we’re shaping the future of healthcare.” About Pacific Health Corporation Pacific Health Corporation was established in 1984 and is headquartered in Tustin, Calif. It is a privately held corporation that currently owns and operates four hospitals, all of them in Southern California. About Physicians for Healthy Hospitals, Inc. Physicians for Healthy Hospitals (PHH) is a coalition of local doctors who are committed to creating strong, state-of-the-art hospitals that serve as centers of medical excellence in the Hemet, San Jacinto, and Menifee Valleys, Calif. PHH currently owns and operates two hospitals and two facilities offering chemical dependency services. About Optim Healthcare Optim Healthcare is owned by a group of 28 orthopedic specialists, providing a range of care including adult and pediatric orthopedics, spine and joint care, sports medicine, and pain management, as well as hand and upper extremities care. Optim operates more than two dozen locations across Southern and Central Georgia. About McKesson McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com.  Media contact: Yancey ... Read more

Tech Trailblazers Awards Go Large: Big Data Unveiled …

Additional category reflects the startup community's response to the awards LONDON, UK - July 11th 2012 - Today the newly launched Tech Trailblazers Awards introduced an additional category even before the inaugural Awards open for submissions. In addition to other enterprise technology categories such as Cloud and Infosecurity, the Tech Trailblazers are adding Big Data as a dedicated category. This addition reflects the overwhelming interest from big data startups in participating in the awards and the agile "community spirit" approach to a new era of awards that the Tech Trailblazers are encouraging. Stephen O'Donnell, chairman of the Tech Trailblazers judging panel, former CEO, author, consultant and blogger at www.TheHotAisle.com, said, "The addition of the Big Data category is a natural progression for Tech Trailblazers. Big data is smoking hot in the enterprise space with massive upside for efficiency and business competitiveness. Startups with a big data capability told us they were unclear about where to position their entries; this new category has helped make that clear. The addition of big data will make for lively competition in one of the hottest enterprise technology spaces out there." The Tech Trailblazers Awards, open for entries next week on July 18th, represent a new concept in enterprise IT awards. Designed explicitly for enterprise tech startups that are less than five years old and privately held or at C-series funding or below, the awards not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups develop their businesses. The extensive judging panel includes the IT industry's leading figures from around the world, giving little-known startups the opportunity to present their products and services to eminent influencers. Sponsors and industry partners to date include MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, the Cloud Security Alliance, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Startup America, RealWire, Lissted, MyNewsDesk, and ExecEvent. To inquire about sponsorship, please email innovate@techtrailblazers.com. To be notified as soon as the Tech Trailblazers Awards opens for entries, or to subscribe to the mailing list to receive information on early bird submission savings and the "Meet the Judges" webinar series, please email innovate@techtrailblazers.com. Stephen O'Donnell, chairman of the Tech Trailblazers Awards judging panel, former CIO, author, and consultant and blogger at www.TheHotAisle.com, is available to comment. Please contact Olivia Shannon at Omarketing for more information (contact details below). At present the judging panel includes: •    Mohit Agrawal, Founder and Editor, Telecom Circle (Twitter: @telecomcircle) •    Cynthia Artin, President, Artin Arts (@cynthiaartin) •    Joe Baguley, Chief Cloud Technologist, VMware (@joebaguley) •    Frank J. Bernhard, Strategy and Operations Director, Deloitte Consulting (@FrankJBernhard) •    Steve Broadhead, Founder and Director, Broadband-Testing Labs (@steve_broadhead) •    Rebel Brown, Author and Startup Veteran (@RebelBrown) •    Mike Burkitt, CTO, Launchpad Europe (@launchpadeurope) •    Teresa Cottam, Founder and Chief Analyst, Telesperience (@teresacottam) •    Chris Evans, Consultant and Blogger, TheStorageArchitect.com (@chrismevans) •    Marty Foltyn, Hands-On Lab Program, SNIA (@MartyFoltyn) •    Ian French, Channel Guru, Mentor and Entrepreneur (@siceo) •    Edward P. Gibson, Director, Forensic Technology Solutions, Pricewaterhousecoopers (@EdwardPGibson) •    Martin Glassborow, Blogger, Storagebod (@storagebod) •    Mark Hillary, CEO, IT Decisions (@markhillary) •    Brian Honan, CEO, BH Consulting (@brianhonan) •    Elise Huang, Partner, WestSummit Capital •    Sam Johnston, Director, Cloud & IT Services, Equinix (@samj) •    Ben Kepes, Principal, Diversity Limited (@benkepes) •    Justin Lodge, Infrastructure Architect, National Australia Bank (@justin_lodge) •    Chris Mellor, Storage Editor, The Register (@chris_mellor) •    Steve O'Donnell, Consultant, Advisor and Author, TheHotAisle.com (@stephenodonnell) •    W. Curtis Preston, CEO, TruthInIT (@wcpreston) •    Simon Robinson, Research Vice President, 451 Research (@simonrob451) •    Kai Roer, Senior Partner, The Roer Group (@kairoer) •    Raj Samani, EMEA Strategy Advisor, Cloud Security Alliance (@raj_samani) •    Andrew Seldon, Editor, Hi-Tech Security Solutions, TechNews (@andrewseldon) •    Sarb Sembhi, Director, Consultancy Services, Incoming Thought (@sarbsembhi) •    Enrico Signoretti, Senior Consultant, Juku Consulting SRL (@esignoretti) •    Harkeeret Singh, Global Head of Energy & Sustainable IT, Thomson Reuters (@harqs) •    Jennifer Steffens, CEO, IOactive (@securesun) •    Jon Toigo, CEO, Toigo Partners International (@jontoigo) •    Matthew Yeager, Chief Technologist, Colt Technology Services (@mpyeager) •    Monica Zlotogorski, Editor, Inside Latin America, TM Forum (@MonicaCZN) Media Contacts For Tech Trailblazers Olivia Shannon Omarketing UK: +44 (0)208 255 5225US: +1 781 519 0275olivia@omarketing.co.ukwww.twitter.com/Olivia_at_O About the Tech Trailblazers Awards Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are less than five years old and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their businesses with exclusive coaching, mentoring and development from VCs and leading CTOs as well as an estimated prize fund worth in excess of $1m. The awards seek to recognize true innovators in the following enterprise technology and other areas: •    Big Data Trailblazers (announced today) •    Cloud Trailblazers •    Emerging Markets Trailblazers •    Mobile Technology Trailblazers •    Networking Trailblazers •    Security Trailblazers •    Storage Trailblazers •    Sustainable IT Trailblazers •    Virtualization ... Read more

ETIAM Corp. Announces 50% Sales Increase for First …

ETIAM, Cambridge, MA – June 27, 2012 – ETIAM, the medical image connectivity and image exchange company, today announced a 50% increase in the frequency of sales for the first quarter of 2012 compared to first quarter 2011. These figures are primarily attributable to an increase in adoption of its technology in the U.S. hospital market. These results follow a successful year in 2011 marked by double digit growth in both sales and corporate profits for ETIAM overall.  Product sales in 2011 saw a 23.7% increase over 2010. The profit for 2011 has exceeded 11%. “The financial growth of ETIAM overall enables the company to invest significantly in its important U.S. presence,” says Eric Le Bihan, who became the primary shareholder of the company in December 2011. At that time, Emmanuel Cordonnier, ETIAM president since its inception in 1996 and a company co-founder, became head of the U.S. subsidiary ETIAM Corp. in Boston.  “With the focus on image sharing and meaningful use in the U.S., we are seeing and capitalizing on a growing demand for our product,” Cordonnier comments.  “We are now well positioned to capture the growing market demand for solutions that enable sharing of images across institutional boundaries.” He notes that because of the nationalized healthcare systems of its European customers, ETIAM has a wealth of experience enabling the IT infrastructure to reach across institutional boundaries. “We are able to point to numerous successful image sharing cross-enterprise implementations that have saved lives and dollars, while many U.S. healthcare IT firms are just beginning to delve into these applications.” Le Bihan points out that the company will continue to invest 10% of its sales in research and development as the need for its products in the U.S. expands. “If medical imaging connectivity for PACS/EHR and CD burning remain the primary source of income for ETIAM overall,” Le Bihan notes, “the company will put a strong emphasis on telemedicine applications, which will become the main axis of corporate growth, particularly through ETIAM-Connect, which is deployed in more than 100 health facilities worldwide.” Cordonnier also notes that medical image sharing has become the key component of the ETIAM offering, with the 80 million images shared mark recently realized.  “We are proud to work with key institutions in the U.S. that are using our medical CD import solutions and are now completing these systems with our ETIAM-Connect image sharing solution,” he says. “I’m also gratified that we have been able to expand our U.S. team in 2012 with key executives, allowing us to offer enhanced client outreach, follow up, support and sales services through our Boston office.” “Our expanded team and innovative product portfolio offers promising potential, already acknowledged by a significant inventory turnover increase for the first six months of 2012 compared to the same period last year,” he says. About ETIAM ETIAM, the medical image connectivity company, provides secure medical networking solutions to hospitals and healthcare professionals with end-to-end, easy-to-use, feature-rich software and services, through a unique software technology and platform. With more than 2,000 customers in Europe and North America, ETIAM solutions allow physicians to securely and reliably exchange medical images while benefiting from 24/7 support. ETIAM solutions seamlessly integrate documents, film, video, visible light and other images, transports and distributes them to any PACS and electronic health record (EHR) systems. Contact: ETIAM Corp.    185 Alewife Brook Parkway Suite 410Cambridge, MA 02138 – USAToll Free: (877) 384-2662 (USA & Canada) Phone/Fax: (617) 395-5809    www.etiam.cominfo@etiam.com Jeanne-Marie PhillipsPhone: (203) 977-3333E-mail: ... Read more

Infraredx Announces a New Agreement for its TVC …

Company Advances International Commercialization Strategy into Asia BURLINGTON, Mass. – June 27, 2012 – Infraredx, Inc., a medical device company committed to advancing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery and other vascular diseases, today announced that the company has signed an exclusive five-year agreement with Nipro Corporation to distribute the TVC Imaging System™ for true vessel characterization of coronary artery disease in Japan. This agreement expands Infraredx’s presence into Asia and demonstrates the company’s commitment to make the TVC Imaging System available worldwide. The TVC Imaging System is a first-in-class intravascular imaging system that integrates near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) lipid core plaque (LCP) detection and enhanced intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging technology to assess vessel composition and structure. Under the terms of the agreement, Infraredx will receive a minimum of $50 million in revenues over the duration of the agreement. Nipro will be responsible for obtaining marketing authorization for the TVC Imaging System and catheter with Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Agency (PMDA). Additionally, Nipro will be responsible for all sales, marketing and promotion of the TVC System, including clinical education and physician training in the operation of the TVC system as well as all field service and technical support of the TVC System. The agreement is contingent upon a Shonin (product approval) by the Japanese regulatory authorities. The companies anticipate approval and subsequent launch of the TVC Imaging System in Japan in 2013. “Japan is the world’s largest intravascular imaging market and as such represents a tremendous commercial opportunity for Infraredx,” said Donald Southard, president and chief executive officer of Infraredx. “Our agreement with Nipro is another major milestone in our global commercialization strategy as we continue to expand access to the TVC Imaging System. As a global life sciences leader, Nipro is the perfect partner to bring the TVC Imaging System to the Japanese market. The company has extensive in-depth knowledge of the medical device and cardiovascular imaging space, and is committed to providing innovative products that meet the needs of healthcare professionals and improve the quality of life for patients.” IVUS has become the standard of care in Japan with more than 80 percent of all percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures guided by intravascular imaging. However, while IVUS can display the structure of a plaque, it is not an optimal method to determine its composition and if it contains a lipid core. Lipid core plaque is a fatty coronary artery plaque suspected to be vulnerable to rupture and cause most heart attacks. It is also known to complicate stenting procedures either during or following the placement of coronary artery stents. The TVC Imaging System is the only device that offers physicians both IVUS and NIRS to improve characterization of the vessel. “We are delighted to partner with Infraredx on the sales and marketing of the TVC Imaging System in Japan,” said Yoshihiko Sano, president of Nipro Corporation. “We have received positive feedback from Japanese interventional cardiologists on the clinical value of the TVC Imaging System and its unique intravascular imaging capabilities. The device enables physicians to identify lipid core plaque in patients who are at risk of developing stenting complications during PCI, which can lead to more precisely tailored treatment strategies. We plan to submit the regulatory package to the PMDA in the coming weeks and look forward to introducing the TVC Imaging System to the market next year.” About TVC Imaging System™ The TVC Imaging System™ is a first-in-class intravascular imaging system that holds the potential to revolutionize the management of coronary artery disease by providing information that is critical for evaluating vessel structure and composition, also known as true vessel characterization. The TVC Imaging System helps interventional cardiologists identify which patients are prone to complications during stenting. The device enables cardiologists to predict peri-procedural heart attacks by assessing not only the degree of stenosis, but also the presence and extent of lipid core plaques (LCP) of interest. In a single pullback, the TVC Imaging System provides rapid and automated detection of LCPs during the cardiac catheterization procedure. The device is the only multimodality imaging system to combine both intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Through IVUS technology, the TVC Imaging System provides clear and relevant information about vessel structure, in real time. The system’s enhanced IVUS image provides a clear view of the vessel and plaque, providing more reliable vessel interpretation and assessment. The system’s NIRS technology enables interventional cardiologists to reliably visualize the presence of LCP and predict the risk of peri-stenting myocardial infarction. The multimodality images are obtained simultaneously and require no post-processing or image manipulation. The TVC Imaging System is the only device available in both the U.S. and Europe for the detection of LCPs. Outside of the U.S., the TVC Imaging System is available in more than 30 countries worldwide. About Infraredx, Inc. Infraredx, Inc. is a privately-funded medical device company dedicated to helping provide practitioners with the information needed for enhanced clinical decision making in treating coronary artery disease. The company is committed to improving the safety and efficacy of coronary stenting and ultimately serving as part of a strategy to prevent initial coronary events. Through its TVC Imaging System™, Infraredx is changing the way coronary artery disease is diagnosed and treated. The TVC Imaging System is the only intravascular imaging system that enables true vessel characterization through simultaneous structural and compositional imaging data obtained in a single pullback. Through the use of both intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technologies, the system helps interventional cardiologists identify which patients are prone to stenting complications by assessing not only the degree of stenosis, but also the presence of lipid core plaque. Founded in 1998, Infraredx is headquartered in Burlington, Mass. For more information, visit www.infraredx.com. Contacts: Grant FrazierVice President of MarketingInfraredx, Inc.781-345-9632gfrazier@infraredx.com Susan Heins (media)Pure Communications, ... Read more

Physician Practices Select McKesson to Transition …

A/R Transition Services help groups optimize collections, improve productivity ATLANTA – June 25, 2012 — At a time of unprecedented change in healthcare billing and reimbursement, physician practices across the country are looking to McKesson’s Revenue Management Solutions division for help in navigating the complexities of payment reform and optimizing financial performance. McKesson Healthcare Business Consulting Solutions team (MHBCS) provides a unique service to help practices transition from legacy billing systems to newer, more productive accounts receivable (A/R) platforms. Unlike others in the industry, McKesson offers a comprehensive portfolio of A/R services across all medical specialties. As medical groups across the country plan to change billing platforms, McKesson’s A/R transition services are in high demand. The services are designed to help practices protect cash flow and realize the best possible outcome rapidly and cost-effectively. Seacoast Radiology in Dover, N.H., is already reaping the benefits. Beginning with an evaluation of the existing platform, McKesson consultants work with practices like Seacoast to identify what can and cannot be leveraged from their legacy systems. The collectability and value of liquidating old A/R is also assessed, as is the cost of collecting all old A/R. Finally, a plan is developed to harness both in-house talent and external resources in making the transition. “McKesson provided us with a detailed plan for transitioning our billing and helped us execute that plan with the least amount of stress on our finances,” said Shawn Rayder, MD, president of Seacoast Radiology. “They developed compensation and separation agreements, addressed legal issues, took charge of the old A/R and brought it to resolution. In addition, they gave us excellent financial guidance. Basically, they delivered on every promise they made.” North Brevard Medical Support, a hospital-managed, multi-specialty physician group in Titusville, Fla., also is partnering with MHBCS to maximize its A/R collections and productivity. McKesson consultants worked with the group’s internal staff to identify inefficiencies and develop actionable plans to address the practice’s financial, operational and regulatory goals. “The Healthcare Business Consulting Solutions team could have had us move immediately to the McKesson Revenue Management Solutions’ billing platform,” said Tim Skeldon, senior vice president of finance, North Brevard Medical Support. “Instead, they advised us to first fix the current A/R issues and then move to the new platform. This showed us that McKesson’s primary goal was to help us solve our problems.” MHBCS provides practice consulting solutions that make a measurable impact on the fiscal success of physician practices through strategic growth and enhanced practice performance. The group’s A/R Transition Services are designed to offer start-to-finish assistance in managing internal and external billing system changes for practices of any size. “As the national healthcare agenda turns to payment reform, McKesson is positioned to play a critical role in addressing the financial needs of physician practices,” said Pat Leonard, senior vice president and general manager, McKesson Revenue Management Solutions. “Our unique combination of highly focused expertise in revenue management, along with the capabilities that come with being a national billing leader, make McKesson the clear choice for A/R transition support.” McKesson RMS is a leading provider of medical billing and practice management services, with a team of more than 4,000 experienced revenue cycle professionals. The services are uniquely designed to help practices improve efficiency and grow revenues while staying current with the latest regulatory requirements. McKesson RMS supports McKesson’s Better Health 2020TM strategy. Better Health 2020 is McKesson’s commitment to support the success of our customers, including helping physicians to improve their financial performance and clinical quality. Together, we are forging a path to the future that enables better business, better connectivity and better care for all. About McKesson McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com. Media contact: Yancey ... Read more

ETIAM Debuts DICOM Izer v4 with Advanced New Features …

At the SIIM 2012 conference, ETIAM will present the new version of its solution for integrating images, video and medical documents into a DICOM archive: DICOM Izer 4.0. Among the main enhancements in the new version are annotation tools for enriching images, technical evolutions for enhanced interactions with other imaging network components and an interface with a new look and feel. ETIAM, June 7, 2012 – At this year’s SIIM conference (Orlando, 7-10 June 2012), ETIAM introduces ETIAM DICOM Izer 4.0, with major new enhancements that make it the most advanced solution for bringing DICOM-compliance to non-imaging data for greater interoperability and integration into the patient record.  New version 4.0 is the choice for all healthcare professionals who want to integrate all major medical image types (images, video, documents, digitized films) as files with universally shared DICOM headers. Since its introduction in 2001, ETIAM DICOM Izer has become an increasingly comprehensive and feature-rich solution for all medical data: dermatology images, endoscopy or surgery motion video, documents, ophthalmology illustrations and more. ETIAM DICOM Izer makes consistent management of medical data in conformance with the medical imaging DICOM standard possible throughout the institution.  It eliminates disparate, difficult-to-maintain data silos with limited access due to the data heterogeneity and opens up new possibilities in meaningful use. Among the most important new features in ETIAM DICOM Izer version 4.0 are: •    Integration and indexing of HD video: DICOM Izer can convert video (AVI, WMV, MPEG2, MPEG4) to DICOM Visible Light formats both in standard and high resolutions. This feature makes it possible to import into PACS video sequences in DICOM MPEG format, offering the best quality/compression ratio. Also, a new feature for indexing key images in video simplifies identification of key images in video sequences. This is extremely useful, for example, for a surgeon who needs to quickly find a critical phase in a surgical procedure in a recording that is several hours in length. •    Addition of medical information (position, laterality…) to images through the insertion of editable DICOM attributes: A new “Add DICOM Attributes” tool makes it possible to add as many DICOM attributes as necessary based on the image type using a customizable labeling system suited to each particular medical specialty. For example, these attributes are important in mammography where identifying the laterality and the shooting orientation is required. •    Addition of image annotation for efficient  PACS integration: The newly supported Presentation State format makes it possible to take measurements, add arrows or text to images and draw regions of interest without altering the image (the annotations are shown on top of the images; i.e. they do not modify image pixels). For example, in dermatology, it is important to specify measurements and show regions of interest to follow up the evolution of a pathological zone over time. •    ETIAM DICOM Izer 4.0 offers an even more friendly and intuitive user interface for easily getting started with the product and an enhanced communication system for automatically inserting patient and study information retrieved from the hospital information system (support of the IHE PDQ profile).  It also adds the ability to record images on a workstation.  For example, they may be added in the OR directly from a workstation and then post-processed on another workstation in the physician’s office.  This is important because the DICOM Izer database is typically shared by several installations throughout the hospital. Today, more than 1,000 healthcare institutions in Europe and North America use the ETIAM DICOM Izer solution. About ETIAM ETIAM, the medical image connectivity company, provides secure medical networking solutions to hospitals and healthcare professionals with end-to-end, easy-to-use, feature-rich software and services, through a unique software technology and platform. With more than 2,000 customers in Europe and North America, ETIAM solutions allow physicians to securely and reliably exchange medical images while benefiting from 24/7 support. ETIAM solutions seamlessly integrate documents, film, video, visible light and other images, and transport and distribute them to any PACS and electronic health record (EHR) systems. ETIAM Corp. Contact: 185 Alewife Brook Pkwy, suite 410 Cambridge, MA 02138 USA Georges le Goualher Directeur marketing E-mail : ... Read more

Claron Debuts Nil App for BlackBerry PlayBook, …

Orlando, June 7, 2012-- Claron Technology introduces at SIIM 2012 the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ app for the Nil family of medical imaging viewers, which support anytime, anywhere web-based review of a full range of imaging modalities and related data.  The Claron Nil viewers include both NilRead for diagnostic applications and NilShare for referring physician and other non-diagnostic users. The Nil app for the BlackBerry PlayBook provides one-click, ultra-fast access to the innovative image viewer running either on Claron’s NilCloud or a medical facility’s dedicated Nil server.  The new app complements Claron’s zero-footprint Nil web viewer accessible on any desktop, tablet or smartphone. The new app is now available for the PlayBook for free on BlackBerry App World™. Innovative Nil technology provides  authorized users sophisticated exam viewing and manipulation capabilities, including 2D, multi-planar reformatting (MPR), 3D and even echocardiology with full cine. It allows comprehensive image manipulation with window/level, zoom, pan, rotate and more in either single or multiple window layouts. Nil allows medical facilities to securely distribute images and reports outside their network without maintaining a dedicated complex IT infrastructure. It is also a versatile, flexible and easy-to-use tool for image viewing on any mobile device, providing medical facilities with an ideal complement to their existing PACS solution. Users access images from either cloud-based storage or by logging into their local Nil server. Nil web technology is compatible with all major desktop OS, and also includes dedicated apps for all the major smartphone ecosystems. Nil uses highly optimized client-server communication to remain highly responsive even over limited bandwidth and high latency connections, such as cellular 3G. “Now BlackBerry PlayBook users have a new ultra-fast and convenient way to access images on Nil servers,” says Claudio Gatti, co-founder and co-CEO of Claron.  “BlackBerry devices are widely used in the medical environment, and we anticipate that the new Nil app for the BlackBerry PlayBook will be very popular among IT managers and physicians in today’s fast-paced, HIPAA-conscious world.” “We’re pleased that Claron is expanding support for the BlackBerry platform with their new Nil app for the PlayBook,” said Peter Ng, Sr. Director, Alliances Strategy & Business Development at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry PlayBook offers Nil customers an ultra-portable design, letting users easily carry the tablet with them. It also includes a high resolution display that offers sharp viewing, and delivers the responsive performance needed for handling medical images.” About Claron Technology, Inc: Claron is dedicated to the application of image processing, image sharing and image distribution in medicine. It has extensive experience in developing systems that help clinicians identify anatomy and tissues of interest, visualize and analyze them, and securely distribute them on a variety of different platforms from desktop to smartphones. Claron helps healthcare vendors, ranging from young start-ups to giant device and IT vendors such as Philips, McKesson and Medtronic, deliver more value to their clinical customers faster by incorporating its technology into their products. Claron's technology is licensed in a range of formats, including low-level modules, platforms, sub-systems, applications and custom engineered exclusive solutions. For more details, visit www.clarontech.com. Media Contact:Jeanne-Marie PhillipsHealthFlash ... Read more

Sectra Acquires Medical IT Company in The UK…

IT and medical technology company Sectra is expanding through the acquisition of Burnbank Systems Limited, which markets IT services to the healthcare sector in the UK. The acquisition is part of Sectra’s program to expand its medical systems operations in the UK market. Burnbank has built up a network for the transfer of medical images and reports between care providers in the UK. More than 290 hospitals, which is essentially all of the National Health Service, use Burnbank’s Image Exchange Portal service. “The delivery of services to the healthcare sector via hosted services is a supply model that will grow in significance,” says Torbjörn Kronander, President of Sectra’s Medical Systems business area. “Burnbank has built up a successful operation with exciting business development potential and the online services offered by Sectra to the healthcare sector will add further customer benefits.” The acquisition comprises the three companies Burnbank Systems Limited, Burnbank Healthsystems Limited and Burnbank Data-connect Limited, with offices in Ipswich, Suffolk. The company has a total of 25 employees and posted sales of GBP 2.4 million and an operating margin of 25% for the 2011 fiscal year. Burnbank will continue to operate under its existing brand as a separate business unit in Sectra’s Medical Systems business area, providing solutions by integrating different vendors’ products to deliver best of breed services. “The transaction presents us with expanded opportunities to guarantee long-term stability,” says Peter Young, Managing Director and owner of Burnbank. “Our business development will continue to be based on the premise that hospitals can avail themselves of our services regardless of which IT systems supplier for medical images and reports they use.” The cash purchase consideration amounts to GBP 5 million. The transaction encompasses an additional purchase consideration of up to GBP 3 million. Financing of the acquisition will be covered by existing funds. Sectra assumed control of the operation on June 6 and the business will be consolidated in the Sectra Group as of June 2012. The information in this press release is such that Sectra AB (publ) is obligated to disclose in compliance with the Swedish Securities and Clearing Operations Act. The information was submitted for publication on June 7, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. (CET). For further information, please contact:Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, President, Sectra Imtec AB, 46 705 23 52 27 Dr. Jan-Olof Brüer, CEO and President, Sectra AB, 46 13 23 52 09 About Sectra Sectra develops and sells IT systems and services for radiology, women’s health, orthopaedics and rheumatology. More than 1,100 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers worldwide use the systems daily, together performing over 55 million radiology examinations annually. This makes Sectra one of the world-leading companies within systems for handling digital radiology images. In Scandinavia, Sectra is the market leader with more than 50% of all film-free installations. Sectra’s systems have been installed in North America, Scandinavia and most major countries in Europe and the Far East. Sectra was founded in 1978 and has its roots in Linköping University in Sweden. The company’s business operation includes cutting-edge products and services within the niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. Sectra has offices in 12 countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2011/2012 fiscal year totaled SEK 823 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB exchange. For more information, visit ... Read more

Claron Introduces Easy Multi-Site Image Sharing with …

Toronto, May 31, 2012-- Claron Technology introduces NilFeed, an image sharing extension for its family of Nil medical image viewers that enables easy, flexible communications among unrelated sites. Nil viewers, which include both diagnostic and referring physician offerings, run within a browser on any Web-enabled device. Using NilFeed, a Nil site can now collaborate easily and securely with any external medical facility, whatever its imaging infrastructure, without setting up and maintaining a dedicated VPN connection.  A remote site can upload or download a DICOM study from a Nil server using only secure HTTPS protocol. NilFeed is recognized by a DICOM network as a service class provider, enabling images to be easily pushed to Nil from any PACS. NilFeed also supports importing a DICOM file through Windows’ regular drag and drop mechanism. Once imaging data has been received by NilFeed, it is automatically uploaded to the Nil archive and made available to Nil users. John Wallace, System Manager for Vanderbilt Imaging Informatics, comments, “At VUMC, NilFeed is under clinical evaluation to enable our trauma specialists with the ability to assess potential community hospital transfer cases by uploading remote patient images.  Previously, this type of image communication was accomplished with a dedicated VPN connection to our Access Center, but the approach was not scalable and was costly. NilFeed, used in conjunction with our on-site, virtualized Nil server, has already demonstrated the potential to significantly improve this critical trauma scenario. Our specialists are notified when a study has been uploaded, and they can quickly make an informed assessment based on the relevant images. They especially like the ability to interact with the referring doctor in a live, collaborative fashion before a transfer decision is made. NilFeed performs the live collaboration perfectly. The Claron engineers have been extremely easy to work with, and their dedication to developing NilFeed to meet our specific needs here at Vanderbilt has been excellent.” “Working with VUMC, we discovered several other clinical scenarios where NilFeed proved extremely useful,” says Claudio Gatti, co-founder and co-CEO of Claron.  “For example, it allows distributed research groups to collaborate on a clinical trial without shipping physical media. Using NilFeed, data can be easily uploaded and downloaded from a selected principal trial archive with minimal IT setup. NilFeed also enables direct site to site image sharing without storage of sensitive clinical data on a third party cloud system, allowing an institution to remain in full control of its HIPAA-compliance status.” NilFeed can also append non-DICOM images and PDF reports to any existing DICOM study, allowing data sharing from a variety of different imaging systems. In addition to PDF, most popular image formats are also supported, including JPEG, GIF, TIFF and PNG. Claron’s NilFeed is the latest addition to the growing Nil family. Nil viewers are a Web-based software solution that allows clinicians to securely visualize imaging studies anywhere a Web browser is available with no application download.  It is compatible with Windows, Apple, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry.  Nil apps for the major mobile ecosystems are also available. Nil supports viewing from both local and cloud-based archives, allowing ease of access and high performance.  Since its introduction at RSNA 2010, Nil has been integrated with the technologies of a growing number of partners in various imaging markets, including Radiology, Eyecare and Pathology.  NilFeed will be on display at Claron booth 410 at SIIM 2012. About Claron Technology, Inc: Claron is dedicated to the application of image processing, image sharing and image distribution in medicine. It has extensive experience in developing systems that help clinicians identify anatomy and tissues of interest, visualize and analyze them, and securely distribute them on a variety of different platforms from desktop to smartphones. Claron helps healthcare providers deliver more value to their patients by making physicians more efficient and connected. For more details, visit www.clarontech.com. About Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education. Its reputation for excellence in each of these areas has made Vanderbilt a major patient referral center for the Mid-South. Each year, people throughout Tennessee and the Southeast choose Vanderbilt for their health care needs, not only because of its excellence in medical science, but also because the faculty and staff are dedicated to treating patients with dignity and compassion. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research. Media Contact:Jeanne-Marie PhillipsHealthFlash ... Read more


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Evercore Now Features Greatly Enhanced Operating Speeds (May 31st, 2012 - MILWAUKEE, WI) With the release of Evercore v. 5.6, TeraMedica has demonstrated the ability to manage a 300% increase in annualized exam volume assuming equivalent IT platforms. The vast portion of these improvements was reached by streamlining the Evercore system’s DICOM engine. The company also utilized more efficient technologies within the system to achieve these significant results. “TeraMedica is committed to technology choices that make the most efficient use of computer resources,” says Del Coufal, Vice President, Marketing for the company. “Given that the company provides the industry’s leading enterprise-wide clinical imaging archive, TeraMedica is especially cognizant of the high volume of activities required by a Vendor Neutral Archive solution.” To further improve Evercore’s data management and solidify TeraMedica’s product as the most comprehensive clinical archive solution, the company has greatly enhanced its ability to process data. This applies not only to incoming exam data, but also to the speed the data traverses to a storage platform or a visualization workstation.   Evercore integrates and manages patient-centric clinical content in clinical and research settings across wide geographies, including standard DICOM objects. Evercore also possesses the ability to natively manage and distribute beyond DICOM using global standards such as MPG, JPG, PDF and many other critical clinical content such as treatment plans for cancer care or vital reports in non-standard formats.   TeraMedica’s patented Smartstore™ module intelligently manages the total image lifecycle of DICOM and beyond. The Univision™ module provides a multi-layer, zero-download image viewer, with seamless integration to any EMR/EHR/PHR/RHIO. TeraMedica's vendor-independent platform connects multiple PACS to any storage system, thus ending cumbersome data migration. About TeraMedica® Inc. TeraMedica, Inc., a global healthcare informatics company based in Milwaukee, WI, is the leading provider of vendor neutral, enterprise-wide solutions for unrestricted medical image management. The company began with the successful development of a cross-departmental, patient-centric clinical image archive for the Mayo Clinic in 2001. To date, TeraMedica has over 600 customer-driven deployments on six continents. Such flexibility can only be achieved by an organization that is committed to exceeding customer expectations using a technology platform that has been designed for adaptation.  For more information, visit www.TeraMedica.com.   CONTACT INFORMATION:Del CoufalVice President, Marketingdcoufal@teramedica.com Toll free: 866.290.8880    Local: ... Read more

Health Matrix and ICNet to Bring New Focus to Patient …

Stroud (ENGLAND), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) May 28, 2012 – ICNet the leading software provider for HAI case management and surveillance has today announced a new partnership with Health Matrix, which is believed to strengthen delivering a safer hospital environment in the Middle East. Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) has long since been known to be a serious issue to both the healthcare environment and its patients. The CDC estimates that 1 in 20 hospitalized patients will receive an HAI, of which the implications can be far reaching. Evidence indicates historically that the majority of patients with an HAI will have an extended length of stay, for as long as a week. The U.S. Department of Health has declared that HAIs are the most common complication of hospital care, and are one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. The cost of the economy runs into billions of dollars, not only direct costs to the healthcare facility, however also societal costs. The quality of life for a person with an HAI can be severely impacted. HAIs add $28 to $33 billion in excess U.S. healthcare costs annually. Pat Beyer, CEO of ICNet says, “The partnership of Health Matrix is a significant step forward for providing hospitals with a safer environment in which patients can be treated. Of every 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, 7 in developed and 10 in developing countries will acquire at least one healthcare-associated infection”. He continues, “The focus Health Matrix are delivering in the Middle East shows a great contribution to deliver high quality products and services to their market, of which in turn will help combat these deadly infections”. According to Abdul Rahman Qasim, CEO of Health Matrix, “several studies have indicated that efficient, proactive and efficient HAI system in any healthcare facility can save lives, time and money significantly helping to reduce the infections rates in hospitals and support medical teams working towards better results. It is vital for Health Matrix to partner with ICNet, the most innovative vendor in the industry, to stimulate a safer hospital environment. Health Matrix is committed to helping Healthcare providers and consumers improve efficiency and quality care. Our partnership with ICNet is another milestone of our journey to effectively lead the Patient safety software revolution in the Middle East”. About ICNet ICNet is a leading healthcare software provider dedicated to improving patient safety, improving healthcare worker efficiencies and delivering cost effective innovative products. Focused on the reduction of Healthcare Associated Infections through its state-of the-art case management and surveillance software, for surgical site infections, infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship, ICNet designs, develops and supports multi-lingual, web-based software solutions that are being used globally saving time and aiding effective action and putting healthcare workers in control of their data. ICNet™ has achieved Meaningful Use status. For more information please contact Tina Herlihy from ICNet, +44 (0)1452 814090. About Health Matrix Founded in 2009 with operating offices in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, Health Matrix is a specialized Healthcare IT Company serving healthcare providers and regulators in the Middle East region. With a long-term strategy of improving the healthcare IT in the region, the company is focused on helping clients to adopt best-of-breed eHealth solutions developed by world-class healthcare IT corporations. These solutions were developed with a core principle of elevating the quality of care delivered to healthcare recipients in the areas of patient safety, risk management, workforce management, policies and procedures, healthcare eLearning, clinical decision support systems, as well as primary care. Capitalizing on our team’s solid experience, local knowledge of the Middle East market, client-centered service approach, and the unique association with worldwide leading software vendors such as Datix, Kronos, MCN Healthcare & Learning, WaveMedical, and CureMD, we believe that Health Matrix is positioned to play a fundamental role in bridging the gap between the region healthcare practices and the international standards. We, in Health Matrix, are strong believers in innovation and deploying a cutting-edge technology to enhance the well being of our communities. For more information, please contact Ola AlAnqar, Marketing and Communications Manager from Health Matrix Corporation at ola.alanqar@healthmatrixcorp.com or +966 1 ... Read more


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IT and medical technology company Sectra reported a strong close of the 2011/2012 fiscal year. Consolidated operating profit for the fourth quarter rose 111.3% to SEK 46.8 million (22.1) and net sales increased 20.9% to SEK 238.5 million (197.3). Prior to the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors proposes that SEK 5.00 per share be transferred to the shareholders through a redemption program. Order bookings for the fourth quarter amounted to SEK 188.2 million (126.6), up 48.7% compared with the corresponding quarter in the preceding fiscal year. “Despite the challenging economic climate, our Medical Systems business area reported increased order bookings in the US and Northern Europe during the fourth quarter,” says Jan-Olof Brüer, President and CEO of Sectra AB. Capital gain boosts Sectra’s profit Sectra reported profit after tax of SEK 385.8 million for the 2011/2012 fiscal year, including discontinued operations. The company’s earnings included a capital gain of SEK 322.6 million generated by Sectra’s sale of its operations for the mammography modality MicroDose Mammography. Order bookings for 2011/2012 rose 11.1% to SEK 701.1 million (631.0) and net sales amounted to SEK 823.1 million. Operating profit totaled SEK 103.5 million, corresponding to an operating margin of 12.6%. Profit after net financial items amounted to SEK 127.9 million, corresponding to a profit margin of 15.5%. Excluding a nonrecurring item attributable to the divestment of the MicroDose operations, Sectra’s sales amounted to SEK 793.1 million (783.7) and operating profit to SEK 78.5 million (72.5), corresponding to an operating margin of 9.9% (9.3). “We increased our profitability during the year through the divestment of the operations for low-dose mammography and began implementing internal efficiency-enhancement measures. We have now completed the divestment of MicroDose and can focus the organization on our core business,” says Jan-Olof Brüer. Higher direct return Sectra maintained a healthy cash flow during the year and significantly strengthened its financial position. The Board of Directors and President propose that no regular dividend be paid for the 2011/2012 fiscal year and that the Annual General Meeting instead resolve to transfer SEK 5.00 per share to the shareholders through a redemption program. This would correspond to a direct return of 11.6%. “The investments we have made in MicroDose Mammography previously impacted our cash flow. Following the divestment of this business, we are able to finance the development of our continuing operations in a secure manner, while also having the possibility to give our shareholders a favorable return,” says Jan-Olof Brüer. The information in this press release is such that Sectra AB (publ) is obligated to disclose in compliance with the Swedish Securities and Clearing Operations Act. The information was submitted for publication on May 22, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (CET). For further information, please contact: Dr. Jan-Olof Brüer, CEO and President Sectra AB, tel 46 13 23 52 09 About the Sectra Group Sectra was founded in 1978 and has its roots in Linköping University in Sweden. The company’s business operation includes cutting-edge products and services within the niche segments of medical systems and secure communication systems. Sectra has offices in 12 countries and operates through partners worldwide. Sales in the 2011/2012 fiscal year totaled SEK 823 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB exchange. For more information, visit ... Read more

Radisphere Launches New site for Radiology Standards …

May 17– Radisphere, the national radiology group that is defining quality standards in radiology, today announced that it has launched a new corporate website, www.radispheregroup.com. The site is for community hospital administrators, medical staffs, radiology directors, or anyone looking to learn about a radiology delivery model that demonstrably improves quality and diagnostic accuracy, medical staff satisfaction and administrative costs. “This new site shows Radisphere as a radiology group focused on true partnership with the community hospitals that we serve,” said Scott Seidelmann, CEO and President of Radisphere. “Visitors can research and evaluate a radiology group that offers a local presence with the benefits of national scale.” Visitors will be able to access:•    Information on Radisphere’s radiology standards •    A resource library with white papers, an RFP template designed to help hospitals conduct a search for a new radiology services provider, and commentary pieces on peer review and patient safety •    A blog that encourages discussions on topics such as compliance, cost savings and revenue growth •    Client case studies showing the benefits of Radisphere’s delivery model, as well as profiles of Radisphere’s local radiologists •    Industry updates, on salient topics such as leadership, medical staff satisfaction and quality assurance The new site is also meant to be a discussion forum about radiology standards and best practices. Visit Radisphere’s blog to share topic ideas or recommendations. To provide a comment or suggestion about the new site, email info@radispheregroup.com or visit our Contact Page. In addition, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and on Twitter. About Radisphere Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Radisphere (www.radispheregroup.com) is a national radiology group that is defining the way quality in radiology is delivered to community hospitals and systems. With more than 30 exclusive hospital contracts in 10 states and 150 radiologists, Radisphere has provided services since 2001 and is now the fastest-growing radiology group in the country. Its local radiologists, whose incentives are aligned with the hospital, are supported by the preeminent network of subspecialists in the United States. Radisphere delivers the highest quality radiology in the industry and guarantees its performance. Contact: Robert Minicucci Radisphere (Office) +1 203.222.6351 (Cell) + 1 ... Read more

Wisconsin Radiology Practice Turns to McKesson for …

Compliance assistance, reporting capabilities expected to boost financial results ATLANTA – May3, 2012 —Radiology Associates of Fox Valley (RAFV) in Neenah, Wisc., has selected McKesson Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) to help the group modernize its revenue cycle operations and navigate rapid changes in the healthcare billing and coding environment. The 33-physician practice will benefit from McKesson’s industry-leading billing services and compliance program as well as its in-depth knowledge of the Wisconsin payer market. Combining RMS’s automated data collection and compliance capabilities with its radiology-specific coding expertise is expected to help RAFV improve its financial performance and help to reduce regulatory risk. “Like a lot of practices, we’re facing strong headwinds in today’s radiology market,” said Monica Nichter, RN, MSN, practice administrator of RAFV. “Developing a long-term strategic relationship with McKesson RMS will help us weather these challenging times. We’re particularly excited about McKesson’s ability to support the complex billing process for interventional radiology, which is an important component of our practice.” RMS will help the group stay current with the latest regulatory requirements, while improving coding accuracy rates and minimizing lost revenues. With more oversight and auditing of the charge capture process, the group expects to reduce denials, improve cash collections and mitigate regulatory risk. In addition, RAFV’s strategic decision-making will be enhanced with web-based reporting tools designed to enable real-time analysis of operational and financial data down to the patient level. “We will get immediate access to vital information on the performance of our practice, from accounts receivables and compliance to staff productivity,” added Nichter. “With that level of insight and transparency, we’re equipped to face the challenges ahead.” McKesson RMS is the nation’s leading provider of medical billing and practice management services, supported by a team of more than 4,000 experienced revenue cycle professionals. The services are designed to help radiologists receive the correct reimbursement and minimize risk. “Radiology billing is highly complex and growing even more so under changing regulations,” said Pat Leonard, senior vice president and general manager, McKesson Revenue Management Solutions. “Radiologists can benefit from the expertise that a full-service company like McKesson can provide. We are well-positioned to help organizations like RAFV adapt to the current healthcare environment while making preparations to protect the financial health of their practices into the future.” About Radiology Associates of Fox Valley Radiology Associates of Fox Valley, based in Neenah, Wisconsin, was founded in 1939 and today covers 10 hospitals and numerous clinics. The group consists of 33 radiologists, a practice administrator, nurse practitioner and an IT manager. RAFV is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive and state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services. The practice seeks to be an integral part of the medical community through best care practices, positive medical staff interactions and continuous training. For more information, visit http://foxvalleyradiology.com About McKesson McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 15th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit http://www.mckesson.com. Contact: Yancey ... Read more

Virtual Patient to be Presented at the Human Toxome …

Brussels, 2 May 2012 – The Information Technology Future of Medicine (ITFoM) initiative will be presented at the Human Toxome Workshop in the European Parliament. The aim of the Human Toxome Project is to map pathways of toxicity and to make the toxicity testing cheaper and more effective. The Human Toxome Workshop, organized under the sponsorship of Prof Vittorio Prodi, Member of the European Parliament, will be held in Brussels on 15 May 2012. EU policy makers and representatives of renowned institutions working in the field of research, medicine, pharmacy, health and toxicology will participate at the event. Toxicity testing typically involves studying adverse health outcomes in animals subjected to high doses of toxicants with subsequent extrapolation to expected human responses at lower doses. This expensive, time-consuming, low-throughput system often provides results of limited predictive value for human health. In the US, a new toxicity testing plan, which includes the use of predictive, high-throughput cell-based assays, has been launched to evaluate perturbations in key pathways of toxicity, and to conduct targeted testing against those pathways. Mapping the entirety of these pathways could be a large-scale effort, perhaps on the order of the Human Genome Project. The ITFoM initiative will be presented by Prof Jos Kleinjans, chair of the Department of Toxicogenomics at Maastricht University and scientific director of the Netherlands Toxicogenomics Centre. ITFoM is a collaborative stream of more than 25 academic institutions and industrial partners with expertise in ICT, the life sciences, public health and medicine. The vision of the ITFoM initiative is to build a personalized model i.e. a “virtual patient”. This model would support clinicians and general practitioners when making decisions concerning medical therapy and help them, amongst other things, to choose the drug treatment which will have optimal effect on the patient. The basis for the “virtual patient” model is data pertaining to the genetic make-up of an individual and data on their protein and metabolite levels, which are used as indicators for the health status of a patient. These molecular data will be combined in the model with anatomical and physiological data, and also with information about the life style and environmental factors for each patient. The final decision on specific medical treatments for patients will therefore be based on the data analysed by the model. The “virtual patient” will help to drastically reduce unwanted or even harmful side-effects of drugs. The potential benefits originating from the ITFoM initiative could be enormous in terms of reduction of healthcare costs as well as for each individual patient: identification of efficient drug combinations on an individual basis; substantial advances in disease prevention and treatment; better data access and use for health professionals, healthcare systems, and researchers. The Human Toxome Workshop will be held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 May 2012 from 12:00 to 14:00 in Room PHS 1A002. About ITFoM ITFoM is one of the six pilot projects preselected to become a European Future Technologies (FET) Flagship Initiatives. FET Flagships are large-scale, science-driven and mission oriented initiatives that aim to achieve visionary technological goals. To prepare the launch of the FET Flagships, the six Pilot Actions are funded with 1.5 million Euros each for a 12-month period starting in May 2011; in the second half of 2012, two of the Pilots will be selected and launched as full FET Flagship Initiatives in 2013. More information about the ITFoM project on www.ITFoM.eu About Professor Jos Kleinjans Prof Jos Kleinjans is a professor of Environmental Health Science at Maastricht University. He is Chair of the Department of Toxicogenomics. He has more than 25 years of experience in toxicology and biomarker research and has contributed more than 200 scientific articles on toxicology and environmental health sciences mainly focused on genetic toxicology and toxicogenomics. Currently, Prof Kleinjans is the scientific director of the Netherlands Toxicogenomics Centre and a member of the Dutch Health ... Read more

ITFoM Industry Day in Berlin
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Brussels, April 19 2012 – The Industry Day dedicated to industry representatives of the IT Future of Medicine (ITFoM) project will take place on the 25th April 2012 in Berlin. The objective of the meeting will be to develop the potential for exploitation, cooperation and synergies. The vision of the ITFoM project is to build a personalized patient model. This ‘virtual patient’ will support clinicians and general practitioners in their medical therapy decisions, allowing them to choose the optimal treatment for each individual and predict future health risks. The idea behind ITFoM is to lead the way towards precision healthcare. In order to achieve this goal, industry will play a vital role in the implementation strategy. The Industry Day offers the perfect opportunity to clarify the industry–ITFoM partnership and is intended to provide a forum to intensify links with different sectors of industry. The scope of the Industry Day is to enable in-depth discussion about concrete cooperation strategies with a variety of fields of industry. The goal of the meeting is not only to raise awareness of the necessity of the interactions between scientists and representatives of industry in general but of the industrial relevance and involvement possibilities in ITFoM specifically. Examples of the mutual benefits coming from the collaboration between industry and ITFoM are the ICT advances. Both the ICT sector and ITFoM stand to benefit from collaboration. Another major benefit for industry lies in the public perception: issues like privacy are perceived differently whether they are driven by industry or by a public international consortium.The Industry Day of the ITFoM project will take place on the 25th April 2012 from 10:00 – 17:00 in Harnack House in Berlin. About the ITFoM project More information about the ITFoM project at http://www.itfom.eu ITFoM is a collaborative stream of ICT, the life sciences, public health and medicine and is one of six selected pilot actions in the EU’s Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Scheme. The aim of ITFoM is to create a “virtual patient” by developing general models of human pathways, tissues, and ultimately of the whole human. The potential benefits are enormous in terms of reduction of healthcare costs as well as for each individual patient: identification of efficient drug combinations on an individual basis; substantial advances in disease prevention and treatment; better data access and use for health professionals, healthcare systems, and researchers. ITFoM is preparing for the amalgamation of 5 areas:     medicine, from sample and diagnosis provision to clinical practice and patient consent;     analytical techniques, covering functional genomics and imaging technology analyses on a routine basis;     IT developments required to address the computational challenges;     integration, developing interfaces, modelling and machine learning tools required to integrate the data generated through the different analysis streams, and to inform relevant health providers;     a coordination work package will address the administrative, educational, funding and translational components of the work. The project brings together partners and associated members from the whole of Europe and beyond, including world leading academic institutes and multinational companies such as IBM, Intel, XEROX, Roche, Illumina, Life Technologies and Agilent. Media enquiries Polona Fabic ISC Intelligence in Science Rue du Trône, 4 1000 Brussels - Belgium Tel. +32 2 8888 100 Fax +32 2 5138114 Email: ... Read more

AHRA Presents its New AHRAdatalynx Solution for …

In today's challenging healthcare environment, industry leaders need easy access to accurate business intelligence for well-informed decision making. AHRA, in collaboration with Regents Health, developed AHRAdatalynx, a sophisticated benchmarking ... Read more

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