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SeeMyRadiology.com Honored with the 2012 PointClear HIT Innovation Award…

Recognized for its Advanced On-Demand Image Sharing Platform for Imaging Facilities,  Physicians and Patients ATLANTA — (March 28, 2012) SeeMyRadiology.com has been named recipient of the PointClear Solutions Healthcare Technology Innovation Award for its groundbreaking online platform that makes medical images and related information available on demand to imaging facilities, physicians, and patients worldwide. Taking advantage of secure cloud technology to store and share images, SeeMyRadiology.com is in use by hundreds of affiliated sites across the country and globe for communications with referring physicians, virtual consultations, trauma transfer cases and second opinions. The PointClear Solutions Award, now in its second year, is presented to organizations that recognize the highest achievements in the healthcare IT industry by organizations driven to advancing innovation through revolutionary ideas. Winners are distinguished by their commitment to creating value by implementing new ideas. The nomination process begins in the fall, with finalists determined each December. The winners are unveiled at the national Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference each spring. SeeMyRadiology.com was one of two awards finalists, selected from among 50 nominees along with the overall award winner. “We are honored to have been chosen for this prestigious award based on both our technological innovation and forward-thinking application of this innovation in our product,” says Willie Tillery, CEO of SeeMyRadiology.com. “We are especially proud because we were selected from among such a large group of outstanding leaders in the healthcare field by a group of our peers, well versed in current industry developments.” SeeMyRadiology.com was honored with the award because of its innovative use of cloud and image storage technologies as well as its unique image compression technology that enables ultra-fast transfer and display.  The company’s offering also was notable for its ability to integrate with proprietary hospital systems. According to David Karabinos, chief executive officer of PointClear Solutions, “SeeMyRadiology.com’s passionate focus on thoughtful clinician and patient interaction is well beyond the norm of the industry today, setting a new standard for connecting the healthcare ecosystem around radiology. Furthermore, SeeMyRadiology.com has set themselves apart by working to improve the user experience of their apps while at the same time pushing forward several new patient-centric initiatives.” Since 2008, SeeMyRadiology.com has been setting the standard for easy, flexible, streamlined cloud-based image sharing and management. Its robust, open architecture supports Internet-based image transmission on the fly for trauma transfers, emergency consults and second opinions, while advanced cloud-based tools provide anywhere, anytime image management. The solution requires no software downloads and offers an easy-to-use social media-like interface with a full range of communications options for image viewing and collaboration. It provides advanced security and permissions to ensure full HIPAA-compliance for all image sharing. SeeMyRadiology.com provides a more secure, easy-to-manage, and cost-effective alternative to image sharing using CDs and hard copy films. It delivers on the promise of true imaging system interoperability and brings medical facilities of any size an important step closer to achieving the promise of meaningful use. About SeeMyRadiology.com SeeMyRadiology.com, an Accelarad venture, is an online community for medical image exchange that is revolutionizing how imaging facilities, physicians, and patients store, share, and access medical images and reports.  Via a cloud computing platform, SeeMyRadiology.com allows for easy collaboration and communication among health care providers and patients, dramatically improving access, costs, speed, and mobility of medical image exchange throughout the continuum of care. By fully complying with HIPAA privacy and security rules, SeeMyRadiology.com safeguards total patient confidentiality. About PointClear Solutions PointClear's focus is on transforming healthcare delivery through technology innovation that improves user experience. PointClear’s competencies lie at the intersection of solution strategy, technology and user experience. A user-centered approach to software development assures solutions that are accessible, relevant and actionable - driving user adoption, promoting human-centered delivery of professional healthcare, and ultimately creating business value for our clients. PointClear serves provider, payer, pharmaceutical, public health organizations and the supporting technology markets providing innovative healthcare technology products and solutions. For more information on PointClear, visit www.pointclearsolutions.com Media Contact: Kaci ... Read more

EMR Sales Increases by 14% in the US in 2011, Report…

According to a recent report from Kalorama Information, a leading market researcher, the sales of electronic medical records (EMR) in the United States during 2011 recorded an increase of 14.2% than 2010. The sales of EMR in 2011 recorded around $17.9 billion. A report titled “EMR 2012: the Market for Electronic Medical Records,” discussed the reasons of the boost in EMR sales in the US market. Kalorama’s report indicated that a number of factors resulted in higher demand for EMR, including improved physician and hospital acceptance, increased competition, and more budgets for EMR. Despite there is no significant sales leader in EMR market, the report says “Allscript and Epic have made considerable gains,". The report continues "However, due to the fragmented industry, there seems to be room for additional mergers and acquisitions and new players.” Kalorama’s report also indicated that the incentives provided by the US government to the hospitals using EMR systems via the Meaningful Use program helped in increasing EMR sales. According to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) discussed in February 2009, the government is to provide around $20 billion as incentives. Moreover, some hospitals, according to the report, are encouraged to install EMR systems early enough before they become affected by government penalties. Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information, explains “After 2015, it is no longer voluntary to get EMR and to demonstrate ‘meaningful use’ if you are a physician or hospital,” Mr. Carlson continues “A penalty (will be) assessed if you continue to submit claims by paper. Medicare will actually reduce payments in reimbursement to physicians for paper submission. They plan so far to reduce Medicare reimbursements for physicians who are ‘non-meaningful users of EMR’ (a long way of saying paper record users) 1 percent for 2015, 2 percent for 2016, 3 percent for 2017 and future penalties to be determined. This won’t happen until 2015 but since that is two years from now, we see it impacting software sales a little this year and very much next year.” Kalorama expects that these penalties will result in more growth for EMR sales, up to 20%, in ... Read more

NeuroRad for the iPad and iPhone…

Pasadena, California, March 21, 2012 - RadLynx LLC, a best-selling provider of medical software for the iPad and iPhone, announces the availability of the latest versions of the NeuroRad™ atlases. Since it's initial release in August 2011, NeuroRad™ for the iPad hit #1 highest grossing medical app in 23 countries and reached the top 10 in 55 countries! Both NeuroRad™ for the iPad and NeuroRad Mini™ for the iPhone are priced at $9.99 to ensure easy affordability. Independent review site iMedicalApps.com recent review conclusions:  NeuroRad™ for iPad is a great app for medical professionals  NeuroRad™ for iPad is a fantastic application for radiology residents with an excellent neuroradiology atlas  Has a range of uses for healthcare professionals ranging from student to resident  An all-round excellent application for those interested in neurological imaging “The NeuroRad™ apps are designed for actual day-to-day use in clinical medicine.” said Michael Vincent Klein, M.D., President of RadLynx LLC, an American Board of Radiology certified Neuroradiologist. “All NeuroRad™ atlases include all advertised content. No subscription, in-app purchasing or internet connection required to access the atlases or reference materials.” The iPad version of NeuroRad™ has three main sections: ATLAS. Multiple multitouch atlases, including a fully labeled anatomic structure multiplanar MRI Atlas of the Brain with axial, sagittal and coronal images, a colorized vascular territory atlas, and multiple arterial and venous CT and MRI angiography atlases. The atlases are all optimized for the iPad's multitouch interface and large screen. WEBLINKS. An up-to-date organized collection of live internet links to useful neuroradiology and related websites. Includes many hard to find reference sites. REFERENCE. Primarily a text-based resource and features a limited collection of differential diagnosis lists and quick reference guides including numerous radiological and clinical classification and grading scales for selected topics. NeuroRad Mini™ is an iPhone-specific, completely reengineered and miniaturized version of the cross-sectional imaging MRI Brain atlas found in the full-size NeuroRad™ for the iPad. Called a "must-have for any user interested in better understanding the anatomic layout of the brain in a clinical setting" by iMedicalApps.com. For more information, please visit: http://www.radlynx.com About RadLynx LLC: RadLynx LLC is a privately held medical software publisher established in 2008. The company is the exclusive publisher of the NeuroRad series of mobile reference apps designed for Apple's iOS products. Media contact 70 South Lake Avenue Suite 1000 Pasadena, California 91101 T 888-723-5969 F ... Read more


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Washington, DC – URAC and the Leapfrog Group have partnered to develop the Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency Best Practices Awards and Acknowledgment Program to identify outstanding hospital websites that promote transparency of quality measures in a manner that is useful and user-friendly for consumers.  All hospitals who publically report their Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are eligible. The awards program consists of two parts. Part I is an analysis of the overall website transparency and is determined based on a set of objective criteria established in accordance with the National Quality Forum’s guidelines for consumer-focused, Internet-based public reporting of health performance data as well as the Model Public Report Elements prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and other research-based criteria. The criteria have been developed for the categories of design, credibility, literacy, and connectivity.  Part II evaluates applicants in terms of best practices in website transparency and reporting, and is determined by a panel of expert judges. All hospitals that meet a minimum number of the criteria in Part I will receive an Acknowledgement of Excellence in Hospital Website Transparency. Three winners will then be selected by the judging panel to receive the Best Practices in Hospital Website Transparency Award. The awards program will be launched in April 2012, and all applications must be completed by September. The awards will be presented at the Annual Leapfrog’s Regional Roll-Out Meetings in March 2013, which includes major employer and business coalition groups. More information about the Leapfrog awards program can be found at www.urac.org/hospitalwebsitesawards/. About URAC URAC is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. The URAC Health Web Site Accreditation program outlines a framework of best practices that address the operational policies and procedures necessary for quality online operations, and ensures the quality of health care information for consumers. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit www.urac.org. About The Leapfrog Group The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in healthcare safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer members to encourage transparency and easy access to health care information as well as rewards for hospitals that have a proven record of high quality care. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org. CONTACT:  Maureen Ryan (202) ... Read more

A New Software Solution Estimates The Risk for Cardiac …

A team from the University of Granada has recently designed a new software solution for estimating the risk of cardiac disease. The new solution can also provide massive risk estimations, including determination of the risk of cardiac disease ... Read more

Laurel Bridge Software Announces New Release of …

Newark, DE (March 13, 2012) – Laurel Bridge released version 2.1.24 of Compass™, its sophisticated, rules-based DICOM Store and Forward Routing application for DICOM store jobs. The latest improvements are focused on improving the user’s ability to understand and manage problem image routing situations. Many of the enhancements provided solve real-life scenarios submitted by the Compass user community. Latest enhancements include:  Job Reports: Right-clicking a Failed, Sent, or Queued (for retry) job allows the user to open the Job Report, which provides detailed association information, context negotiation, individual instance statuses, errors, as well as a job summary.  Allow Skip: For destinations where no context id can be negotiated, jobs may be configured to skip the instance.  GUI enhancements:  Job table view filter settings are persisted across sessions.  Job states may be manually changed by the operator: Send, Hold, Cancel.  Job handling improvements:  Improved handling of large, non-pixel binary elements.  "Continue on Error" option so jobs can partially complete, on a per-destination basis.  Send to a secondary destination, if it fails to send to the primary destination, on a per-destination basis.  Job logging may be configured to include more details regarding rule processing. About Laurel Bridge Software Laurel Bridge Software (LBS) specializes in DICOM applications and tools for the medical imaging industry, especially in areas related to network communication for medical devices, appliances and enterprise imaging systems. LBS has a wealth of experience developing modalities, workstations/viewers, PACS, archives and protocol or image converters in support of medical imaging applications. For additional information about this press release or to receive more information about product offerings, please contact Greg Muller by emailing info@LaurelBridge.com, or visiting ... Read more

Wireless and Mobile Applications to Empower Patients…

Singapore, 8 March 2012 – The 2nd Annual Wireless Healthcare Asia Summit 2012 will be taking place in Singapore from 23 – 24 April 2012. The widespread adoption of wireless mobile technologies is increasingly empowering patients to proactively track his or her biometric health information and then transmit usable data into personal health records to doctors, care coordinators or loved ones. These technologies are at the forefront of the changing face of healthcare. With Asia's aging population and the growing burden of chronic diseases, there is an unprecedented interest to tap into wireless technologies and introduce a new era of medical devices and healthcare delivery. This Summit brings together leading healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceuticals, mobile operators, wireless access providers, network & system integrators, application  & software developers, regulators, academics and R&D professionals from Asia, Europe, US and Middle East, to discuss challenges and issues critical to the changing healthcare landscape for 2012 and beyond. Key applications to be discussed at the Summit include remote diagnostic & monitoring, self diagnostics, management of long term medical conditions, clinical information systems, data gathering for public health, hospital administration & supply chain management. Some of the speakers at the Summit include Professor Anthony Cass, Research Director, Bionanotechnology at Imperial College of London, Dr Manosh Kumar Bose, COO, Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr Mehdi Khaled, VP of Healthcare & Life Sciences with Oracle Corporation,  Daljit Singh, President of Fortis Healthcare, Thierry Zylberberg, EVP & Head of Orange Healthcare Div of France Telecom,  K J Kim, Research Professor at Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Prof Michio Kimura, Director of Medical Informatics at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine & Kathryn Ng, Director of Singapore Health Services. The Summit’s Platinum Sponsor will showcase Metria™ Wearable Sensor Technology* platform which is poised to have a significant impact on the future of healthcare. Deepak Prakash, global market segment manager, Avery Dennison Medical Solutions said: “With the platform's proprietary sensor technology, user interfaces, skin-friendly adhesive chemistries and manufacturing processes, we have laid the groundwork for a new generation of remote monitoring.” The CEO of the conference organizing company, Magenta Global Pte Ltd, Singapore, Ms Maggie Tan, said: “Innovative mhealth applications have the ability to transform healthcare – from increasing the effectiveness and reducing the cost of healthcare delivery, improving the effectiveness of public health program, managing and treating chronic illnesses and keeping patients out of hospital beds.” She further commented that “the new generation of smartphones with greater computing, storage and data processing power and greater sensor interfaces provide powerful tools for the healthcare industry.” The event will be held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. Magenta Global Pte Ltd Media Contact: Ms Merilynn Choo Marketing Executive DID: +65 6392 2549 Main: +65 6392 2552 Email: merilynn@magenta-global.com.sg About Magenta Global - Organizer Magenta Global Pte Ltd is a premier independent business media company that provides pragmatic and relevant information to government & business executives and professionals worldwide. The organization provides the opportunity to share thought-provoking insights, exchange ideas on the latest industry trends and technological developments with thought leaders and business peers. With a strong focus in emerging economies especially in Africa, Middle East & Central Asia, Magenta Global works in partnership with both the public and private sectors. www.magenta-global.com.sg About UPnP Forum – Supporting Organization Formed in 1999, UPnP Forum is an industry initiative of 950-plus members that work together to define and publish UPnP device control protocols providing simple and robust connectivity among consumer electronics, intelligent appliances, computers and mobile devices from different vendors. For the past decade, UPnP Forum has led the industry in driving development and adoption of these standards and promoting interoperability for IP-based networked devices through its certification and logo program. About Avery Dennison Medical Solutions – Platinum Sponsor In the years ahead, we'll see a greater emphasis on preventing disease before it starts. One emerging technology will be critical in enabling this important change: wearable sensors. By monitoring the vital signs of patients wherever they are, wearable sensors track key information and bring it where it's needed most. From sports and fitness to clinical diagnostics, wearable sensors could have a significant impact on the future of healthcare. Today's devices are complex and difficult to use. They're uncomfortable, often relying on wires to transmit information. And they can be prohibitively expensive for the patients who need them. That's why Avery Dennison Medical Solutions is building the Metria™ Wearable Sensor Technology platform of patch-based wearable sensors that focuses on patient comfort, discretion and cost. Avery Dennison Medical Solutions, a business unit of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY), brings more than 30 years of expertise to the development of innovative technologies for medical applications. Our work aims to address unmet needs of medical device manufacturers, clinicians and patients in segments including wound care, vascular access, surgical, ostomy and wearable sensors. Our diverse product portfolio is in daily use at medical facilities throughout the world. Learn more at www.medical.averydennison.com/Metria. *Metria Wearable Sensor Technology products have not been evaluated by Regulatory Agencies. Metria features sensor technology from Proteus ... Read more

Sectra's Nine-month Report 2011/2012: Intensified …

IT and medical technology company Sectra reported profit after tax of SEK 349.0 million for the nine-month period May 2011 – January 2012, including operations being discontinued. Earnings include a preliminary capital gain of SEK 322.6 million generated by Sectra’s sale of the MicroDose operations. In recent months, Sectra has made significant progress with its investments in services for analyzing osteoporosis and a visualization table for medical education and surgery planning. “Our technology has already identified more than 1,000 women at high risk of osteoporosis-related fractures, who have now received help to prevent this condition from developing,” says Jan-Olof Brüer, President and CEO of Sectra AB. “Linköping University has purchased our unique visualization table for the training of physicians. Both areas are small as yet, but we bring major benefits for customers and the potential market is large.” For the nine-month period, Sectra’s net sales amounted to SEK 584.6 million. Excluding a nonrecurring item attributable to divestment of the MicroDose operations, sales amounted to SEK 554.6 million (586.4). Operating profit totaled SEK 56.7 million for the period, corresponding to an operating margin of 9.7%. Excluding the effect of the nonrecurring item, operating profit amounted to SEK 31.7 million (50.4). Profit after net financial items amounted to SEK 77.6 million, corresponding to a profit margin of 13.3%. Order bookings rose 1.7% to SEK 512.9 million (504.4) compared with the corresponding year-on-year period. Sectra reports strong cash flow. Cash flow from operations before changes in working capital rose to SEK 102.7 million (21.4) for the nine-month period. The comparative period includes operations being discontinued. “The MicroDose transaction has increased our resources for investing in transactions and products that can generate long-term profitable growth,” says Brüer. For the third quarter, net sales amounted to SEK 196.1 million (200.7) and operating profit was SEK 5.4 million (15.7), corresponding to an operating margin of 2.8% (7.8). Profit after net financial items amounted to SEK 12.2 million (14.7), corresponding to a profit margin of 6.2% (7.3). Order bookings totaled SEK 131.5 million (213.6) for the quarter. The global economic situation and budget austerity in many countries entails that transactions take longer to implement, or – in some countries – fail to materialize. “The dominating view of transactions in Europe and North America at present is that many customers have limited budgets that are mainly devoted to maintaining existing systems and equipment,” says Brüer. “The transactions that take place are increasingly linked to the replacement of existing hardware, which has an adverse impact on our operating margin since these transactions have lower margins than new sales of IT systems.” 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 March 6, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (CET). For further information Contact Dr. Jan-Olof Brüer, CEO and President Sectra AB, ph 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 2010/2011 fiscal year totaled SEK 784 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB exchange. For more information, visit ... Read more


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FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. has recently announced that Synapse® RIS Version 6.1 was awarded modular EHR certification for Meaningful Use for radiology. Based on HITECH act included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, incentives of nearly $1.5 billion will be delivered to radiologists who run their operations using certified EHR solutions in meaningful manner. A wide range of companies, such as Fujifilm present their solutions to organizations, identified by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), for evaluation before receiving EHR certification. Before being awarded the certification, these solutions are assessed based on various criteria. Solutions fulfilling multiple criteria are awarded modular EHR certification. On the other hand, other solutions fulfilling all the 33 criteria described by ONC are awarded complete EHR certification. Jim Morgan, Fujifilm's Vice President of Medical Informatics, said "Having our Synapse RIS receive modular certification is a tangible step towards receiving complete certification," adding "This means that our radiology clients can address their Meaningful Use requirements that ensure an improved workflow and allow them to more quickly qualify for the incentives set forth by the ONC. Additionally, Version 6.1, our latest RIS, enables them to use improved tools to pre-set and manage patient dose and offers a new financial management optimization feature designed to improve facility operations. It's a ... Read more


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Chelmsford, Mass., U.S., and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 5, 2012 — In response to increasing global demand, Kronos Incorporated has extended its reach into the Middle East through a reseller agreement with Health Matrix Corporation, an expert provider of technology solutions to the healthcare sector. News Facts •    The reseller agreement extends Kronos’ distribution network in the Middle East region and enhances Kronos’ ability to support the global workforce management needs of healthcare organizations, as well as to provide local knowledge and support for new customer deployments. •    More than 9,000 healthcare facilities worldwide – including more than 3,000 hospitals and health systems – use Kronos solutions to achieve their workforce management objectives such as control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, improve workforce productivity, enhance employee satisfaction, and improve patient care. •    Leading Middle East healthcare organizations including Arzanah Medical Complex; Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi; Princess Noura University Hospital; and SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services Company) trust Kronos to effectively manage their workforce. •    Kronos and Health Matrix will jointly attend the Saudi e-Health tradeshow, being held March 11-13 at King Faisal Conference Hall – Intercon Hotel in Riyadh, KSA. During this session, organizations will have the opportunity to meet Kronos industry experts in the “Workforce Management Clinic”, a dedicated area to discuss workforce management challenges and share best practices adopted by leading healthcare organizations. Supporting Quotes •    Dick Cahill, vice president and general manager, international, Kronos:  “Formation of this distribution channel represents another important step in execution of our global expansion strategy. The Middle East is a strategic market and we are very encouraged by the demand from the healthcare sector. Our recent significant customer wins in the region confirm that demand is growing. With Health Matrix serving as an extension of our team, we believe we have a tremendous opportunity to establish a strong market presence in the Middle East.” •    Abdul Rahman Qasim, chief executive officer, Health Matrix Corporation: “Health Matrix is committed to helping healthcare providers improve efficiency and care quality. Our relationship with Kronos is another feather in our cap on our quest to lead the healthcare IT revolution brewing in the Middle East by empowering healthcare providers with ground-breaking technology from Kronos. We selected Kronos because of the company’s strong commitment to the Middle East region, expertise in the healthcare sector, proven global capabilities, and market leadership.” About Kronos Incorporated Kronos is the global leader in workforce management solutions that enable organizations to control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity. Tens of thousands of organizations in 80 countries — including more than half of the Fortune 1000® — use Kronos time and attendance, scheduling, absence management, HR and payroll, hiring, and labor analytics applications. To learn how Kronos uniquely delivers complete automation and high-quality information in an easy-to-use solution, visit www.kronos.com or www.kronos.ae. About Health Matrix Founded in 2009 by Healthcare Professionals with extensive expertise and contacts within the Healthcare Sector, Health Matrix has offices in Saudi Arabia and Jordan and on-going projects throughout the Middle East Region. Our vision is to meet the needs of Middle East Region through establishing a “Connecting Health” Platform for Health Community. To learn more, visit www.healthmatrixcorp.com or call: +966 1 4626625. © 2012 Kronos Incorporated. All rights reserved. Kronos is a registered trademark of Kronos Incorporated or a related company. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Contacts Michele Glorie Kronos Incorporated +1 978.947.2855 michele.glorie@kronos.com Lina Khalid Health Matrix +966 1 ... Read more


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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates Feb 27th 2012: Lincor are delighted to announce that in conjunction with their local partner Emitac, they have secured the contract to install MEDIVista at the Oasis Hospital in Al Ain , UAE. The Oasis Hospital will install state-of-the-art bedside computers from Lincor Solutions, to provide staff and patients with access to clinical and multimedia applications at the point of care. The Oasis system includes specially designed touch screen computers installed at every bed for accessing critical hospital management and diagnostic systems, while also offering a suite of entertainment, education and communications services to patients. Lincor is the leading global provider of bedside computing solutions for hospitals. Its MEDIVista solution, already installed at 20,000 hospital beds around the world, is designed to enhance patient care, improve the patient experience and increase operational effectiveness. The solution is based on the most advanced beside device on the market which is fully integrated with clinical, picture archiving and hospital management systems to meet the needs of clinicians, patients and hospital administration personnel. “As the first hospital in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, we have been at the front end of many healthcare firsts in the country and we are proud to carry on that tradition. The Oasis Hospital is excited to be partnering with Lincor to provide a state-of-the-art solution that enhances the patient experience as well as aids the clinicians,” commented Brad Kellogg, Senior Vice President of Facility Management and Safety, Oasis Hospital. “Patient wellbeing and outcomes will be improved by giving doctors and nurses the information they need, when and where they need it.” “The Oasis Hospital continues to be a high performing, patient-focused hospital serving its community by providing quality and excellence in patient care,” said Canice McKee, Sales Manager, Middle East, Lincor Solutions. “By delivering more services and applications direct to the point-of-care, with MEDIVista, it is optimizing its investments in technology and infrastructure, while improving patient safety and experience.” Richard Cooke , CEO of Lincor  added “ We are delighted that  the  Oasis Hospital has chosen to work with Lincor and our local partners Emitac .  We are confident that our MEDIVista technology will improve the patient experience and assist both  clinicians and nursing  as it has done in over 90  other leading hospitals worldwide” The Oasis Hospital is the 1st hospital in the United Arab Emirates to install Lincor’s MEDIVista solution.  It provides television, phone, internet, games, video telephony, educational content and hospital information, all on a secure, sterile bedside PC. Doctors and nurses can also use the same device to access patient records and clinical applications, and to record observations in real-time eliminating the need for additional hardware on the wards and the error-prone practice of re-keying information. Lincor’s MEDIVista solution includes applications for improving the effectiveness of hospital processes such as catering and bed management. It offers an ideal platform for distributing and managing patient surveys, whether they are required for regulatory purposes or to support business intelligence and patient relationship management. At the same time hospitals can mitigate the cost of providing essential clinical bedside access by generating revenue from patient entertainment and other services. About Lincor Solutions Founded in 2003, Lincor Solutions (http://www.lincor.com) is the leading provider of bedside computing solutions for hospitals. Its MEDIVista solution is installed at more than 20,000 beds across 80 hospitals in 15 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. MEDIVista is based on the most advanced beside device on the market and includes a full suite of user-focused front-end applications and back-office services designed to enhance patient care, improve the patient experience and increase operational effectiveness. About Oasis Hospital OasisHospital, “The Birthplace of Leaders for The Nation” has been a source of modern medical care, support and friendship to the people of the Al Ain area since 1960. Oasis Hospital employs highly qualified doctors, nurses and staff from more than 30 countries. In 2007, Oasis Hospital became the first non-government hospital in the emirate of Abu Dhabi to receive Joint Commission International Accreditation, a mark of top medical quality recognized around the world, and was re-accredited in June of 2010.  Oasis is a CURE International Facility. Learn more at www.oasishospital.org Media Contact: Canice McKee canice.mckee@lincor.com +353 87 ... Read more

Siemens Healthcare Enhances its syngo.via …

Improved clinical imaging reporting solution includes reading efficiency, expanded clinical applications and support Siemens Healthcare has enhanced its syngo®.via multimodality image reporting application. The VA11 update offers radiologists a raft of benefits over the initial version of the platform. These include increased reading efficiency to assist with report turnaround time and to help ease costs; an expanded number of clinical applications, more than doubling the previous portfolio; and broader multimodality support. As part of the syngo family, syngo.via can either be used as a standalone device or integrated with a variety of other applications from the range, including zero click integration to Siemens’ PACS solution syngo.plaza. Furthermore, the use of syngo.via Mobile Applications streamlines workflow and enhances productivity and information efficiency, allowing clinicians within and outside the hospital to securely access images and reports in a standard web browser or through mobile devices such as iPads or iPhones. The latest version of syngo.via also introduces the availability of multi-server configurations, allowing customers to increase throughput and capacity, whilst maintaining seamless integration. “Siemens Healthcare is proud to release the VA11 update to our UK syngo.via customers,” comments Ronan Kirby, syngo Business Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The latest version of the platform features a number of benefits to clinicians as they strive to streamline workflow, not least the functionality allowing them to securely and safely access images via a web browser, regardless of whether they are within the confines of the hospital or not.” About Siemens Healthcare The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimising clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare. For more information or images please contact: Marc Gossage / Jon Wilcox Media Safari T: 01225 471202 E: jonw@mediasafari.co.uk Siemens Healthcare Laura Bennett T: 01276 696374 E: laura.bennett@siemens.com W: ... Read more

Arab Health 2012: Paving the way for a healthy Middle …

Visitor numbers at the Middle East’s premier healthcare event up by 18 per cent Dubai, UAE: All eyes were on Dubai at the end of last month as the world’s healthcare professionals and companies specializing in medical equipment came together at the Arab Health Exhibition & Congress 2012 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, UAE. As the 37th edition of the event, the show achieved an estimated 18% increase in visitor numbers, highlighting the ever-increasing importance of the healthcare sector in the Middle East. With the healthcare sector in the Middle East continuing to enjoy robust growth, more than 300 new exhibitors and a host of new country pavilions participated in the show this year, with Bulgaria, Hungry, Chile and Portugal making their debuts. In addition, major delegations also came from China with over 300 participating companies, Germany with over 370 companies and the UAE, UK and USA all with 580 companies each exhibiting. “Arab Health is one of the most important shows in our yearly calendar,” said Waclaw Lukowicz, CEO of the healthcare sector in the Middle East and Africa at Siemens. “We put a lot of effort into the show because we know that we get to meet many of our most important customers during the event.” “We had more visitors to our stand during the first day of the exhibition this year than we had in total last year,” added Hisham Hour, Senior Vice President of Welch Allyn. “Arab Health 2012 has truly been a success for us, and we couldn't be more pleased.” Arab Health 2012 was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Finance Minister. Along with several other government dignitaries, Lord Darzi - a leading figure responsible for healthcare innovation and reform across the UK - also attended the event for the third year running to continue his work in promoting the UK Life Sciences industry and the NHS. “We have found that the Middle East is very receptive to the services and knowledge offered by the UK Life Sciences industry,” said Lord Darzi. “We have been able to make a great deal of progress on building up relationships with the Middle East during Arab Health this year.” Running alongside the exhibition and in partnership with Cleveland Clinic, 17 conferences provided medical professionals with Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits over the four days. 2012 saw the launch of several new conferences covering topics such as Medical Education, Wound Care, Biomedical Engineering and mHealth. In addition, many of the long-standing conferences were a complete sell-out, including the Paediatrics conference, Medlab, and Imaging and Diagnostics. “This year Arab Health has seen groundbreaking news unveiled and many partnerships formed,” said Simon Page. “We look forward to seeing the results and impact on the healthcare industry and the benefits these new initiatives will bring to the care of patients and the community.” The organizers of the event, Informa Exhibitions, placed a great deal of focus on Social Media during this year’s event, which proved to be a great success. With #arabhealth trending among the UAE’s twitterati during the week of the exhibition and the introduction of the social media space on the show floor, which provided regular seminars on how social media can benefit companies in the healthcare sector, the profile of Arab Health was elevated to even high levels than in previous years. To add to the high profile of the event, the Arab Health Achievement and Innovation Awards were once again awarded to industry leaders and outstanding institutions across the Middle East on the second evening of Arab Health. “Each year, the awards are playing an increasing role in improving healthcare standards across the region,” said Simon Page. “The winners were delighted to receive recognition for their work and we are proud to be able to reward industry leaders in this way.” Undoubtedly a testament to the growth and development of the healthcare sector in the region, the Arab Health Exhibition & Congress clearly remains a global player in the field of medical innovation, healthcare education and sustainability. The success of Arab Health 2012 has paved the way for an even better event in 2013. For information about the next edition of Arab Health Exhibition & Congress, please visit www.arabhealthonline.com, or call +971 4 407 2743. About Informa Exhibitions: For more information about Informa Exhibitions, please visit www.informaexhibitions.com. For media enquiries please contact: Inga Stevens PR and Social Media Manager Life Science Division T: +971 4 407 2743 F: +971 4 336 ... Read more


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Oklahoma hospital to simplify IT and improve TCO with integrated Microsoft® platform ATLANTA, Feb. 20, 2012 – McKesson today announced that Comanche County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) in Lawton, Okla., plans to deploy the company’s top-rated1 Paragon® hospital information system (HIS), known for enabling a broad range of hospitals and health systems to simplify their IT environments and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO). CCMH is one of several Horizon Clinicals® customers that have recently decided to migrate to Paragon, which offers a fully integrated clinical and financial HIS on a contemporary Microsoft platform. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with McKesson as our technology partner. With advanced clinical systems in place to safeguard our patients and caregivers, it was the right time for our organization to take steps toward a more integrated, lower-cost platform,” said Randy Segler, chief executive officer, Comanche County Memorial Hospital. “McKesson brings not only the expertise to help us with the IT roadmap, but also the strategic perspective for what will be required in the future.” In December, McKesson announced Better Health 2020 to help its customers achieve better patient care, better business health and better connectivity in their communities. Critical success factors addressed by Better Health 2020 include capturing the value of core systems, reducing costs while improving quality, connecting and coordinating care, and managing advanced payment models. To support these market leading goals, McKesson is committing a billion dollars in research and development across its technology businesses during the next two years. “Our support resources are finite, so our desire to reduce TCO and streamline our systems without compromising quality are key drivers for migrating to Paragon,” said David Blackmon, chief financial officer, Comanche County Memorial Hospital. CCMH’s decision to move to Paragon builds upon its rich history of using technology to further patient care and automate care delivery processes throughout its hospital. An early adopter of electronic health records and advanced revenue cycle systems, the 283-bed hospital also redesigned its pharmacy operations enterprise-wide to leverage McKesson’s pharmacy automation and distribution solutions. “Comanche County has taken a very thoughtful yet ambitious approach to its use of technology,” said Jeremy Chandler, senior vice president, Customer Success, McKesson Provider Technologies. “This hospital illustrates what can happen when you combine a strong leadership team and dedicated staff with the right technology plan to support an organization’s top-line objectives.” About Comanche County Memorial Hospital Comanche County Memorial Hospital is a 283-bed hospital and integrated delivery system, with over 1700 employees and a network of more than 150 physicians. CCMH provides a wide array of services to the southwest quadrant of the state of Oklahoma and has been recognized as a health care leader in the state for many of its services and programs. 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. Media contact: Yancey Casey (404)338-2468 yancey.casey@mckesson.com 1 Source: 2011 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report; December 2011, www.KLASresearch.com, © 2011 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights ... Read more


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Interactive solution enables predictive reimbursement modeling to maximize pay for performance ATLANTA, Feb. 17, 2012. McKesson today announced McKesson Performance Analytics ExplorerTM, an innovative offering that supports provider performance improvement initiatives by enabling healthcare stakeholders to measure, model and predict best practices and optimal outcomes for value-based reimbursement. It supports informed decision-making by identifying how clinical outcomes and reimbursement are affected by variability in the care process and by modeling best-practice scenarios. With the solution’s ability to keep these models in memory, an organization can quickly refine its improvement strategy and select the best course of action. McKesson introduced the new offering as part of its market-leading enterprise intelligence solution suite. The suite provides a comprehensive set of analytics, visibility, intelligence, monitoring, benchmarking and predictive tools that help organizations improve their performance. These capabilities play a central role in supporting the goal of better business, better care and better connectivity as part of the company’s Better Health 2020 strategy, which aims to support organizations as reform unfolds throughout this decade. “In the face of extraordinary market pressures today and yet to come, we are taking a much more dynamic approach to business management,” said Chad Brisendine, VP/CIO of St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network, Lehigh Valley, Pa. “The McKesson Performance Analytics Explorer solution will help us shift from a static analytical model that looks backward to one that enables us to employ a more proactive approach. We expect our big win to be the ability to model and predict how changes may affect our outcomes so we can proactively adjust our strategies.” McKesson Performance Analytics Explorer can be used to identify hidden trends and outliers as well as the root causes of problems and their financial risks. It expands the rich, healthcare-specific capabilities of McKesson Performance AnalyticsTM by adding visual data exploration, guided analytics, and drag-and-drop features that enable users to instantly re-filter data and update the graphical display. “This new solution takes analytics beyond traditional transactional intelligence, which identifies the ‘what’ to transformational intelligence that arms healthcare organizations with insights on the ‘why’,” said Chris Bauleke, president, Health Systems Performance Management, McKesson. “For example, the ability to identify the root cause of a performance issue for a core measure can enable an organization to implement process change and address cultural habits or staff education. Beyond that, providers can model how that process change will affect their metrics and reimbursement under value-based purchasing.” McKesson Performance Analytics Explorer offers a package that contains pre-defined analytics and pre-built scorecards, dashboards and visual controls to help healthcare organizations model reimbursement under value-based purchasing. “To help customers address new payment models, McKesson provides expert business advisors that include former chief financial officers, PhDs, RNs and other subject matter experts that understand analytics as well as the business of healthcare,” said Bauleke. “Our advisors work with the organization to help managers interpret their performance results, identify business issues and target areas for improvement.” McKesson’s enterprise intelligence solution suite is designed to help healthcare leaders instill a culture of excellence by measuring clinical effectiveness, managing operational capacity, maintaining shared accountability and monitoring patient safety initiatives, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and financial results. These capabilities play an important role in helping organizations improve their performance today and as cost and quality pressures grow in the future. 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. Media Contact: Yancey ... Read more

Denmark Selects InterSystems HealthShare For …

Parallel drawn with Middle East – regional healthcare providers would also benefit from latest software as numbers of Diabetics approach epidemic proportions Dubai—February 15, 2012—InterSystems Corporation, a global leader in software for connected care, today announced that InterSystems HealthShare™ has been chosen to support health information exchange (HIE) throughout Denmark. The Danish NSI (Nationalt Sundheds-IT), an agency operating under the Ministry of Health, is beginning development of a new service to link healthcare information systems used within Danish regions on a national level. The new HealthShare-based initiative enables the sharing of patient information between healthcare providers and government agencies countrywide. This will help the Danish Governments address chronic disease including diabetes recently described as a spiralling epidemic with invisible economic burdens of absenteeism and high cost of care. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) the number of people suffering with diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa is expected to double in less than 20 years, with a recent study reporting the number of people living with diabetes is expected to rise from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030. In the Middle East and North Africa Region, 32.6 million or 9.1 percent of the population now have diabetes, the IDF said.  It added that this number is expected to double, with estimates that there are as many as 19.2 million people still undiagnosed. InterSystems HealthShare is a strategic healthcare informatics platform that enables the sharing of patient information via seamless, bi-directional integration, using active analytics to drive decision-making, and unlocking the unstructured data that is found in patient records. Speaking from InterSystems’ regional office in Dubai Healthcare City, Michel Amous, InterSystems Country Manager, Middle East, commented, “We are seeing considerable interest in local, regional and national HIE projects around the world. This Danish project perfectly illustrates how care providers in the Middle East could benefit from unified healthcare.” “With an aging population and the prevalence of diabetes in the region, sharing information amongst health professionals to improve the quality of care is essential. Utilizing a breakthrough solution like HealthShare is clearly the way forward for the Middle East,” added Amous. Denmark’s new National Patient Index (NPI) will enhance clinical safety, improve search capabilities and provide a shortcut to securely accessing patient data. All of these aspects are key to the successful treatment of patients who are acutely ill, whose treatment may involve multiple complex processes, or who are previously unknown to a clinic. The NPI establishes an index of documents, stemming from regional health records and numerous national records. These can then be accessed via the Sundhedsjournalen national clinician portal. The Danish security components in this system ensure that confidential health information is visible only to those with legal access to the data. For InterSystems, the new initiative increases the company’s footprint in the Nordic market.  “We are very pleased that we have been selected to supply software that is an essential part of the Danish healthcare infrastructure. We bring experience from the HealthShare-based Swedish NPÖ project and look forward to working on this implementation. HealthShare provides a flexible approach and will serve as a complement to the existing Danish solutions” said Paul Grabscheid, Vice President, InterSystems Corporation. The mandate is provided by the NSI, an agency under the Ministry of Health. The Authority has signed an agreement with Systematic, a systems integrator that has extensive experience in bringing advanced systems together and connecting technology partners to achieve the best possible results. The requirements of the NSI were clear and InterSystems was chosen as a key technology provider because of its experience and the proven capability to meet the extensive criteria. According to Henrik Jespersen, Vice President at Systematic, “Close cooperation and a flexible approach are essential, not least because the project has a tight timeframe. InterSystems provides a good combination of two crucial components: InterSystems HealthShare, a software platform that adheres to international standards, and implementation services that can ensure a successful project.” About InterSystems InterSystems Corporation is the worldwide leader in breakthrough solutions for connected care. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 23 countries, InterSystems provides advanced technologies for breakthrough applications. InterSystems HealthShare™ is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics and the creation of an Electronic Health Record on a regional or national scale. InterSystems Caché® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems DeepSee™ is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence capabilities in transactional applications. InterSystems TrakCare™ is a Web-based healthcare information system that rapidly delivers the benefits of an Electronic Patient Record. For more information, visit InterSystemsME.com. Media contact Josse Dulka Senior Account Executive Shamal Marketing Communications Dubai, United Arab Emirates Office: +9714 365 2709 E-mail: ... 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Dell and Siemens Introduce a New Medical Could Storage …

Dell and Siemens are currently cooperating to design a new solution that offers extra storage space in the cloud. A new service, Siemens Image Sharing and Archiving (ISA), will offer a cloud platform for vendor-neutral image archiving and sharing. The new ISA service will feature the Unified Clinical Archive of Dell. The latter will offer redundant archiving support to Siemens Healthcare Cloud Computing Center. The recent cooperation between Siemens and Dell will be highlighted via an agreement that will be revealed during the HIMSS12. The latter will take place later on this month. Dr. Jamie Coffin, vice president and general manager for Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences, said "With Siemens, they'll have a first copy in their data center; the other copy will be in our Dell Unified Clinical Archive," Dell’s Unified Clinical Archive will be able to store images coming from procedures such as Computed Axial Tomography (CAT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and electrocardiograms (EKG). Siemens’s new ISA service, on the other hand, will add more storage capabilities in regards to medical images and other types of ... Read more

McKesson and Health Management Associates Sign …

Health Management hospitals to improve operations with McKesson Pharmacy Automation ATLANTA, Feb. 15, 2012 – McKesson and Health Management Associates, Inc. have agreed on a new, innovative technology purchasing program that gives Health Management member hospitals long-term access to McKesson’s most advanced pharmacy automation solutions within a simplified, fixed pricing structure. The three-year, sole-source agreement provides Health Management’s hospitals access to McKesson’s complete suite of pharmacy automation solutions, enabling them to standardize systems and procedures across hospital sites. “The demands on our hospitals continue to shift,” said Larry A. Smith, R.Ph., vice president of pharmacy services, Health Management Associates. “When we considered automation technology providers, we placed special emphasis on partnering with a company that could provide solutions to meet those changing demands. Our partners at McKesson proved that they are nimble and can meet our technology needs today and into the future.” Under the terms of the agreement, Health Management’s 66 hospitals in 15 states can upgrade to the latest version of McKesson’s AcuDose-Rx® medication dispensing system, which is designed to dramatically improve nursing workflow and optimize medication inventory automatically. The addition of narcotics tracking software and a secure storage system automates controlled substance management and creates a closed-loop system with the cabinets. Hospitals also will benefit by consolidating servers and standardizing formularies and databases across McKesson’s Connect-Rx® platform. The associated analytics solution gives Health Management’s hospitals dashboard-level management that enables them to make any necessary adjustments to ensure peak enterprise-wide performance. Cost reduction in operations through best-of-class automation, analytics and other solutions is just one part of McKesson’s recently-announced Better Health 2020 strategy. McKesson offers an entire suite of technology and services that seamlessly connects hospitals internally and externally. Its solutions address key success factors, such as improving clinical and financial outcomes, better coordinating care through connectivity, and managing increased complexity and risk through payment reform. “McKesson is pleased to have been selected by Health Management as its single source provider,” said Kraig McEwen, president of McKesson Automation. “Our integrated suite of solutions is uniquely positioned to help Health Management and other integrated delivery networks consolidate costs and improve performance, enabling better business health across the enterprise.” About Health Management Associates, Inc. Health Management enables America's best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries and upon completion of the previously announced Integris joint venture transaction, will operate 71 hospitals, with approximately 10,700 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.hma.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. Media contact: Yancey ... Read more

Self Regional Taps McKesson for Technology to Support …

Unique Approach to Accountable Care Crosses Healthcare Spectrum ATLANTA, Feb. 16, 2012 – McKesson recently announced that Self Regional Healthcare plans to be a demonstrator site for the company’s accountable care solution set, designed to support providers as they transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement. A powerful example of McKesson’s Better Health 2020 strategy, the solution set leverages capabilities across four major segments of healthcare – hospitals, physicians, pharmacies and payers – to support organizations as they assume greater financial risk now and throughout the decade. The offering includes connectivity, market-leading analytics, population management, care coordination and new payment solutions needed to support accountable care. In addition, McKesson’s neutral approach to the challenge enables multi-payer support and works in concert with a provider’s existing McKesson and third-party clinical and financial systems. “Because McKesson serves so many segments of the healthcare market, we’ve developed a unique 360-degree view of the challenges facing the industry and what’s required to support the success of our customers,” said Rose Higgins, McKesson’s vice president of payer/provider solutions. “In addition to connecting care and helping our customers improve quality and financial performance, a key part of the Better Health 2020 strategy is preparing hospitals and health systems to strategically manage the risk that comes with complex payment and reimbursement models.” Self Regional plans to support accountable care for its self-insured health plan, Self Cares, as well as expanded services to manage the population health of large employer groups in its area. Through the Self Cares plan, Self Regional provides healthcare coverage to approximately 2,200 employees and their dependents, for a total of approximately 5,000 covered lives. The plan enables beneficiaries to gain access to health assessments along with diet, exercise and smoking cessation programs. With the McKesson accountable care offering, Self Regional is deploying: Connectivity tools to improve coordination of care among providers and settings, including a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model to transform care delivery Analytics tools for enterprise intelligence that integrate clinical, financial and operational data Tools for coordinating and managing populations Solutions for managing complex payment models. “Developing an accountable care strategy is our logical next step in preparing for health reform,” said Chuck McDevitt, vice president and chief information officer, Self Regional Healthcare. “McKesson’s solution set can be valuable as we pursue the government’s Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower cost through the Self Cares programs.” About Self Regional Healthcare Self Regional Healthcare, based in Greenwood, S.C., began as Self Memorial Hospital in 1951 and was built to be one of the most advanced hospitals in the country. The health system serves as the referral hospital for the seven South Carolina counties known as the Lakelands including Greenwood, Abbeville, Edgefield, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties. Self Regional provides patients with advanced treatment centers for cancer, heart, rehabilitation, neurosurgery, vascular, and women’s services. 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 www.mckesson.com. Media contact: Yancey ... Read more

ETIAM Introduces ETIAM-Connect Turnkey External Image …

Fast, Secure Cross-Enterprise Solution Ends CD Management Problems ETIAM, Cambridge, MA – February 16, 2012 – ETIAM, the medical image connectivity company, introduces at the HIMSS conference ETIAM-Connect, a unique turnkey system for communicating and managing images beyond the enterprise, whether in hard copy, CD or electronic format. Seamlessly integrating external images into the internal workflow, ETIAM-Connect automatically identifies exam type, directs information to the appropriate department, enables viewing any image format and reconciles patient data with in-house identifiers. The new offering also supports all imaging-related data, including documents, forms and reports. It enables more effective, efficient and cost-effective care of any patient with existing external exams and puts all images, whatever their original source and format, to meaningful use. To use the system, patient films are scanned and CDs copied into the ETIAM-Connect solution.  Electronic files are transferred ultra-securely and efficiently using innovative technology that bypasses the IT cloud, where privacy can be easily compromised. Whether for trauma, stroke or emergency department transfer, for second opinions or for specialized care, ETIAM-Connect accepts patient images and transmits them to the relevant department or directly to the PACS, if desired. According to Emmanuel Cordonnier, ETIAM Corp. CEO and Co-Founder, who has decades of experience in the medical imaging field, a major benefit of ETIAM-Connect is that it brings order to the thousands of CDs that enter many facilities every day.  “CD management is a growing problem in many hospitals where external discs are often managed haphazardly and remain restricted to a specific department,” he says.  “Additionally, a significant number of exam CDs are in file formats incompatible with a facility’s image viewing technology or are simply unreadable.  This results in exam retakes, exposing the patient to unneeded radiation and the medical system to unnecessary expense.” Cordonnier notes that ETIAM-Connect creates an organized digital exam management system similar to a PACS that allows outside images to be saved to a temporary archive and routed efficiently to the point-of-care.  Stroke patient images, for example, are immediately transmitted to the correct specialist, while oncology second opinion cases are entered on the appropriate radiologist’s worklist for review at a later date.  The system supports broad-based enterprise web access and distribution.  It also creates and manages worklists of external images earmarked for permanent storage to a PACS. However, if patients are not treated at the facility, their images can be eliminated easily from temporary storage. By contrast, most other image sharing systems typically handle only electronic images, not CDs or film, and transmit them on a point-to-point basis. Most also utilize cloud image storage and provide a viewer restricted to the system. ETIAM’s new solution provides all users with a universal DICOM viewer to display images from a full range of vendors.  It also supports non-DICOM studies from AMICAS and iSite solutions. In developing ETIAM-Connect, ETIAM draws on the successful track record of its Secure Medical Networking (SMN) image management technology, with more than three years of use at more than 120 hospitals worldwide, while other vendors are just entering the market with new products and new technologies. 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. Media Contact: ETIAM Corp. 185 Alewife Brook Parkway Suite 410 Cambridge, MA 02138 – USA Toll Free: (877) 384-2662 (USA & Canada) Phone/Fax: (617) 395-5809 www.etiam.com info@etiam.com Contact: Jeanne-Marie Phillips Phone: (203) 977-3333 E-mail: ... Read more

Transformation to Fully Paperless in ED with Soarian …

Landmark IT installation at Russells Hall Hospital delivering workflow efficiency in Emergency Department Russells Hall Hospital, part of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, has transformed its Emergency Department (ED) from paper to fully electronic by working with Siemens to develop Soarian® Clinicals to meet the needs of the department. The landmark deployment is installed within the hospital’s large Emergency Department, which annually treats around 100,000 new patients. In wishing to benefit from IT, the Trust redesigned its entire ED care processes to utilize Soarian Clinicals using proven LEAN techniques. The new paperless process enables clinicians to realize care pathway efficiencies by improved patient tracking, quicker electronic referrals and test ordering for radiology and pathology, plus electronic documentation and communication within the ED team. This latest deployment is part of an 18-year IT services Managed Service agreement with Siemens Healthcare. Soarian Clinicals is powered by a Healthcare Process Management workflow engine and knowledge management framework, together with Service Orientated Architecture, which work together to proactively manage and streamline processes including patient plans of care. It also includes analytical tools to enable the monitoring of performance within the department, allowing staff to identify opportunities for additional improvement. Building on existing Trust-wide usage of Soarian Clinicals for patient results, PACS images and some electronic ordering, the ED installation has proven electronic support for a complete patient journey in a high throughput department. This in turn has provided the Trust with confidence to press on with its ambitious program to become a totally paperless organization. The installation of Soarian Clinicals includes an electronic tracking board, which is a single screen sharing the status of all patients across the various sections of the Emergency Department. The board allows clinicians access to a range of real-time information on patients, including the results of X-rays, laboratory tests, triage assessments and progress through clinical tasks. The deployment took full advantage of an upgraded wireless network infrastructure and data security improvement to provide near instantaneous access to the system via proximity cards. Staff have also been issued with mobile clinical tablets enabling them to view and update patient data anywhere in the department including patient cubicles, utilising the most appropriate mobile technology to reduce delays. “The installation of Soarian marks a significant shift for the Emergency Department, as staff move away from using pen and paper to a digital solution,” said Dr. Rajan Paw, Consultant Emergency Physician and Medical Head of Service at Russells Hall Hospital. “We are already starting to benefit from efficiencies since going live with the system, especially with regards to better patient tracking, the retrieval of information such as e-referrals and the ability to order online radiology and pathology tests.” “The installation of Soarian Clinicals within the Emergency Department at Russells Hall Hospital is a landmark, not only for the hospital but for Siemens Healthcare too,” said Garry Marshall, IT Services Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “The deployment within the busy and critical environment of the Emergency Department has a broader impact on the whole Trust, bringing qualitative benefits to clinicians and patients. Clinical input in conjunction with an integrated clinical IT solution to manage assessments, referrals, results, discharge letters and performance data has realized the potential of IT.” About Siemens Healthcare The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimising clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare. For more information or images please contact: Marc Gossage / Jon Wilcox Media Safari T: 01225 471202 E: jonw@mediasafari.co.uk Siemens Healthcare Laura Bennett T: 01276 696374 E: laura.bennett@siemens.com W: ... Read more

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