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Deltek Launches New Health Insurance eXchange (HIX) Vertical Profile…

New focused research category gives Deltek GovWin users a state-by-state analysis of HIX government contracting opportunities HERNDON, Va. – December 20, 2012 – Deltek, Inc., the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms and government contractors, has announced the immediate availability of a new Vertical Profile focused on Health Information eXchanges (HIX). Deltek GovWin’s new HIX Vertical Profile tracks the progress of each state in the implementation of the U.S. Government’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) HIX implementation requirements. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $2 billion in grant funding to assist states with HIX implementation. By tracking states’ progress in HIX implementation, the HIX Vertical Profile will give users a competitive edge by mapping out where, when, and how the states are spending that money. “As states continue to solidify plans for HIX implementation, the HIX Vertical Profiles will provide a quick-and-easy way to keep up with governors’ decisions, funding and legislative news, as well as newly announced and recently awarded procurements,” said Aila Altman, Health Care and Social Services Analyst. “Deltek has been a leading resource on HIX development within the states, publishing its first HIX report back in November 2010. This new HIX Vertical Profile takes our leadership to the next level.”Additional features of the new HIX Vertical Profile include:     At-a-glance, current state-level acquisition status     Early identification of HIX-related opportunities     High-level descriptions of state plans     Key state contacts     Links to Opportunity Reports and contracts     Related industry news articles     Electronic library of downloadable state and federal documents, grant applications, presentations, funding and reports The new HIX Vertical Profile joins Deltek GovWin’s current Vertical Profile offerings focused on Health Care, Homeland Security, Justice & Public Safety, and Social Services. GovWin is the essential source for information, teaming and software solutions to help organizations find, manage and win government business. More than 2,800 companies, including small businesses, new entrants to the public sector, and the largest government contractors, rely on GovWin for the latest and most comprehensive information solutions, including market intelligence, consulting, sales management tools, teaming solutions, and educational and networking events. Be sure to download the most recent version of our “Evolving Health Insurance Exchanges Report,” including updated status maps of exchange-related opportunities and post-ruling recommendations. The free summary of the report is available here: www.govwin.com/HIX To learn more about Deltek’s GovWin – or to sign up for a free trial – go to www.govwin.com. If you would like to arrange an interview with an expert of Health Insurance Exchanges, contact Jessica Primanzon at jessicaprimanzon@deltek.com. About Deltek Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms and government contractors. For decades, we have delivered actionable insight that empowers our customers to unlock their business potential. 15,000 organizations and 2 million users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek to research and identify opportunities, win new business, optimize resources, streamline operations, and deliver more profitable projects. Deltek – Know more. Do more.® www.deltek.com. Deltek Contact:Jessica PrimanzonSenior Manager, Marketing & CommunicationsDeltek, ... Read more

Deltek Forecasts $2.7 billion in New HealthCare IT …

Growth rate of 3.1% is driven by elevated demand for benefits programs and the U.S Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform HERNDON, Va. – December 20, 2012– Deltek, Inc., the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms and government contractors, has released a new research report “Health Care and Social Services Market, 2012-2017.” The report outlines that demand for information technology among U.S. state and local health and human services agencies is expected to increase from $16.6 billion in 2012 to $19.3 billion in 2017 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.1%, with $2.7 billion in new spending over that time. “Despite the political rancor over federal health care reform, federal, state, and local leaders are committed to reducing the burden of health care costs on Medicaid, children’s health insurance, and public health care facilities,” says Chris Dixon, Deltek’s senior manager of state and local industry analysis. “The real question is how governors want to use IT to attack the major concerns of reducing improper payments and moving the health insurance programs toward quality-based care.” According to the report, the key forces currently shaping the healthcare IT market include: •    Gradual stabilization of state and local revenue streams •    Implementation of IT architectures to incrementally modernize systems supporting means-tested benefit programs •    Increased federal direction and mandates to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse (i.e., improper payments) •    Renewed efforts (by most states) to implement health insurance exchanges (HIX), following the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding federal health care reform “With sustained high levels of unemployment, states and localities will continue to see increased demand for social services programs,” says Dixon, “And we’re already seeing a renewed debate in the Presidential campaign over the future of welfare-to-work programs that faded during the economic boom. This bodes well for further integration and architectural efforts at the national level to bring increased coherence to a historically fragmented IT environment.” Current evidence of this trend includes increased federal funding participation for systems integration efforts and the release of the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture 3.0. The report also includes a spreadsheet with supporting data for many charts in the report. A free summary of this GovWin IQ report is available at: “State Health Care and Social Services Market, 2012-2017.” Press interviews can be arranged through Jessica Primanzon. About Deltek Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms and government contractors. For decades, we have delivered actionable insight that empowers our customers to unlock their business potential. 15,000 organizations and 2 million users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek to research and identify opportunities, win new business, optimize resources, streamline operations, and deliver more profitable projects. Deltek – Know more. Do more. ® www.deltek.com.Follow us on Twitter @GovWin or like us on Facebook. Deltek Contact: Jessica PrimanzonSenior Manager, Marketing & CommunicationsDeltek, ... Read more

The Regulation of Health Data: How Will it Impact …

A small box inside the chest of Maajida beams all kinds of data about her faulty heart to the company that makes her implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). However, many barriers make it difficult for Maajida to get that information unless she requests summaries from her physician - whom she rarely sees and since she is in jeopardy of losing her insurance, may not ever see again. In short, the data gathered by the leading (ICD) manufacturers isn’t readily accessible to the person whose heartbeat it tracks. Surprisingly, the raw data gathered by the device isn’t held by a doctor or a hospital. Typically it goes directly to the device maker, which provides a summary report to the physician. Health 2.0 Middle East - Dubai will address these type of pressing issues surrounding health policy and the regulatory world of healthcare data. The conference will be held 27th-28th January, 2013 at the majestic Jumeirah Beach Hotel.  The health policy session will be an assembly of national and regional health leaders and stakeholders representing government, health technology, health innovators, pharmaceutical, insurers, and the life sciences. The panel will be addressing the preliminary ground work in progress, that will comprehensively reform and modernize health data policy. A majority, if not all Western countries have strict privacy laws guaranteeing individual’s access to traditional health records. But implants and other new technologies - including smartphone apps and over-the-counter-monitors - are testing the very definition of medical records. Many international legal experts suggest that health law and policies governing patient access to their health records - haven’t kept up with the technology.  The US HIPPA laws, the framework which many Gulf countries are modeling their own health policies and regulations after, is sixteen years old and in desperate need of changes to reflect the new technology realities. Last April United States Rep. Joseph Pitts, R-PA., who chairs the House commerce subcommittee on health, stated. “We are concerned that applying a complex regulatory framework could inhibit future growth and innovation in this promising market and could preclude tools that help patients better their care and allow the health system as a whole reduce costs and improve quality,” while he and a panel addressed the issue of health data policy. Health 2.0 Middle East will be showcasing many of these new technologies and the Health Policy session will explore how new innovations in eHealth are being affected by the adoption of health regulations and privacy policies. “The goal is to assess the opportunities and challenges facing the adoption of new health technologies in the GCC, while identifying several major barriers to the broad adoption of health innovation technologies” says Kenneth Seymens, Managing Partner of Medical IQ and Health 2.0 Middle East p?artner. The desired outcome of the conference is to develop concrete recommendations to accelerate the adoption of health innovation technologies in the GCC and Middle East, at large. Modernizing the healthcare ecosystem is a national priority that requires close collaboration and prioritization among all stakeholders, particularly with federal agencies .. For information and to register visit: http:bit.ly/H2MED About Medica IQ FZ, LLC Based in Dubai, Medica IQ is a multi-disciplinary global Health 2.0 platform company, MedicaIQ (mIQ) offers a more convenient means to connect with health care consumers and health care professionals. Our targeted approach facilitates the needs of public health literacy by developing and delivering health behavior modification education products used in public health awareness and wellness programs. mIQ also offers a variety of customizable mobile and web based solutions.  Learn more at: www.medicaiq.com. About Health 2.0 Health 2.0: The conference. The media network. The innovation community. The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge innovation transforming the health care system and is the premiere platform connecting IT innovators to established health care providers. Health 2.0 covers the broadest spectrum of the technology revolution that is shaking up every sector of healthcare. Learn more at www.health2con.com. For more information and media inquiries contact:Yolanda EsparzaMedicaIQ, Dubai UAE+971 555 0 971 ... Read more


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(December 11, 2012 - MILWAUKEE, WI) TeraMedica announced that following the signing of an agreement between the parties on October 25th, 2012, Duke University Health System will be implementing TeraMedica's Evercore® Enterprise Vendor Neutral Architecture (VNA) in early 2013. Specifically, Duke University Health System will be utilizing TeraMedica’s Evercore Smartstore™ and Univision modules. “Having a technology that is fully compatible with the DICOM standard, and also provides flexibility for storing and managing our own data in both native and DICOM formats is essential,” said Dr. Christopher Roth, Associate Chair of Radiology for Health Information Technology and Clinical Informatics, Duke University Medical Center and Director of Imaging IT Strategy, Duke Medicine.  “The ability to store such things as enterprise digital pathologic slides, visible light photos, and DICOM radiology and cardiology clinical and research images is important to the success of our clinical and research missions." “TeraMedica is extremely excited about adding Duke University to our growing list of leading academic centers that have adopted our Evercore VNA,” said Jim Prekop, TeraMedica’s President and CEO.  “These institutions go through a rigorous and deep-diving evaluation process with both an eye for today and vision for tomorrow.” Prekop adds, “VNA is a technology term that is now widely applied in the industry despite significant underlying variances in both functionality and design. To their credit, Duke was well-informed and asked all of the right questions. There is no doubt that the full capabilities of our solution will be leveraged to meet their aggressive clinical care and IT objectives.” Evercore integrates and manages patient-centric clinical content in the 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 all DICOM and non-DICOM content. The Univision™ module provides a multi-layer, zero-download image viewer, with seamless integration to any EMR/EHR/PHR/RHIO.  Specifically, Duke will be utilizing Univision to view and distribute data through their Epic EMR, anywhere the Epic Hyperspace is available to the user population. “As a pioneer in this technology space, we have seen incredible change and certainly expect more to come. Fortunately, we have been able to leverage and build upon our fundamental VNA architectural advantages during the past decade.  We definitely look forward to working with Duke in pursuit of expanded clinical and IT value,” concludes Prekop. 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:Jeanne-Marie PhillipsHealthFlash Marketing1234 Summer StreetStamford, CT 06905888-655-3434 ... Read more

Claron Technology Awarded BDC Financing to Support …

Healthcare IT Innovator Plans for Major Introduction in 2013 December 6, 2012, Toronto—Claron Technology Inc. announced today it has raised a first round of mezzanine financing from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). After 10 successful years in operation, the Canadian medical software company will use the funds to further accelerate its rapid growth, and strengthen its product engineering and distribution capabilities. "We have seen tremendous demand in the market for our enterprise solutions for web medical image viewing and sharing,” stated Claudio Gatti, co-CEO and co-founder of Claron Technology. "The partnership with BDC allows us to enter into a new period of accelerated growth and to continue building our strong team of innovators." "Claron is a strong illustration of a successful and rapidly expanding technology firm fueled by talented and committed entrepreneurs," said Enes Kula of the BDC's Subordinate Financing Group. "We are extremely pleased to support the company's continued growth and look forward to participating in its ongoing contributions to healthcare IT." "BDC mezzanine financing will be key for our launch next year of a revolutionary product for the guided implantology market, said Doron Dekel, co-CEO and co-founder of Claron Technology." Our products fill important market needs and have been well received among all members of the dental community.  Now, thanks to BDC, we have extra resources to introduce our newest technology into market more aggressively.” 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. About BDC Canada’s business development bank, BDC, puts entrepreneurs first. With almost 2,000 employees and more than 100 business centers across the country, BDC offers financing, subordinate financing, venture capital and consulting services to more than 28,000 small and medium-sized companies. Their success is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity. Media Contact:Jeanne-Marie PhillipsHealthFlash ... Read more

Signove and AT4 Wireless Cooperate for Continua Health …

Malaga, Spain – December 4, 2012, Signove has successfully completed the Continua Health Alliance certification at AT4 wireless laboratory for the Signove HM4A, an Application Host Device (AHD) supporting two wireless interfaces (Bluetooth® as a Personal Area Network interface (PAN), and 3G interface as a Wide Area Network (WAN)). This certification has been performed at the AT4 wireless laboratory in Spain achieving this important milestone and being the first Continua certification in the World for a complete AHD manager with two interfaces: PAN interface for sensors interaction and WAN interface to communicate with health services providers. This achievement provides an end-to-end solution for health data transmission and processing. The recently certified AHD manager is supporting diverse specializations such as Blood Pressure Monitoring, Weighing Scale and Glucose Meter. AT4 wireless is an international testing and certification network of laboratories for wireless communications devices. Its Worldwide network of testing centres conduct conformance, regulatory, interoperability, performance, applications, functional, carrier´s device acceptance and field trials testing to ensure that products meet the quality and safety standards required by both industry bodies, vendors, carriers and consumers. “We are very satisfied with this achievement from Signove and successful completion of the first Continua Health Alliance certification in the World for a manager application with PAN and WAN interfaces: This is an important accomplishment for Continua Health Alliance certification demonstrating the hunger of the market for connected health applications” said Jose de la Plaza, Telecommunications Laboratory Manager of AT4 wireless. “AT4 wireless provided exceptional knowledge and support during the certification process. This was crucial to achieve Continua’s high standards” said Aldenor Martins, CEO of Signove About Signove Tecnologia Signove Tecnologia S/A is a Brazilian software company that offers research and development services in the areas of pervasive computing and embedded systems. Since its foundation in 2009, Signove guarantees international level of quality and excellence, supported by clients and partners all over the world. Having experience in large scale projects in connected health, being an active member of Continua Health Alliance and of Bluetooth SIG, Signove developed its main product: SigHealth Platform. SigHealth provides a complete infrastructure to enable connected health, as a credential of technical expertise and innovation in the areas of embedded systems and pervasive computing. www.signove.com.br About AT4 wireless AT4 wireless is a leading network of testing laboratories offering world-class services for carrier device acceptance, performance, conformance, regulatory, field, functional and interoperability testing as well as worldwide compliance and type approval consulting in over 200 countries. AT4 wireless offers testing, consultancy, development and training services to a wide range of industries as telecommunications, automotive, health, consumer electronics and security around wireless and cellular technologies. AT4 wireless offers one-stop testing and compliance services to the telecommunications industry, ensuring an efficient access to the global markets. AT4 wireless was founded in 1991, has more than 240 employees worldwide and supports customers globally with headquarters in Malaga, Spain, and testing laboratories in the United States, Taiwan and Chile. For more information, visit www.at4wireless.com. For further information:AT4 wireless, S.A.Belén García Corporate Marketing DepartmentT: +34 952 61 93 ... Read more

Claron Partners with Hectec GmbH for Co-Development of …

November 27, 2012, Chicago—Claron Technology (Toronto, Canada), a leading developer of software for advanced visualization and analysis of medical images, and Hectec GmbH (Landshut, Germany), a developer of the most widely used digital orthopedic surgery planning system worldwide, announce a long-term partnership for joint development of novel orthopedic solutions. As part of the agreement, Hectec will license Claron’s Withinsight Framework (WIF) medical image visualization and analysis toolkit and its new SpineMapper engine for automated mapping of spinal anatomical landmarks. Since 2008, Claron’s WIF platform has provided companies with comprehensive tools for the development of a diverse range of specialized medical imaging software applications by providing building blocks for correlated viewing, segmentation, registration and abnormality detection, as well as controlling multiple data volumes, clipping and colorizing spatial regions. The new SpineMapper engine leverages Claron’s patented fast whole-body atlas-based registration to automatically locate the spine and identify its useful anatomical landmarks in CT studies. “Claron’s technology will enable us to enhance and diversify our product line based on a proven platform that will accelerate development of a wide range of advanced software features,” says Joern Seel, CEO of Hectec.  “Claron is a visionary and dynamic company with a creative technical team. We believe the partnership will significantly streamline our product development cycle and enable the expansion of our orthopedic product line to support accurate, yet easy to use, 3D analysis and surgical planning.” “We are pleased to partner with Hectec, an internationally recognized leader in its field,” says Doron Dekel, co-CEO and CTO of Claron. “The company’s mediCAD solution sets the standard for digital orthopedic planning and has a large and loyal customer base. We share Hectec’s vision of enabling orthopedic surgeons to work in 3D with ease by automating all the time consuming steps involved in 3D interactions, and believe the opportunities for our mutual growth will be significant.” 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 HECTEC GmbH In 1994, HECTEC GmbH began developing a solution that gives orthopaedic surgeons digital tools for efficient and safe planning of joint operations. In 1999, HECTEC became the first company in the world to provide a software program that allows for fully digitized pre-operative planning of a joint replacement with just a few inputs. With the aid of automatic calculations and special algorithms, doctors can save up to 85% of the time required for conventional planning. With mediCAD, HECTEC is setting an innovative milestone in the history of surgical orthopaedics. With automatic archiving of critical information and complete traceability of findings and follow-ups, mediCAD provides the best possible framework for monitoring and documenting an operation. Through close collaboration with leading medical technology companies and successful use of mediCAD in clinics around the world, HECTEC GmbH is now a global player in the medical software market. Media Contact: Jeanne-Marie PhillipsHealthFlash ... Read more

Viztek Debuts Meaningful Use-Certified Opal-EHR and …

Radiology-Focused Opal-EHR Provides Integrated Patient and Physician Portal Platinum dRF Features 17” x 17” Panel Size and Elevated Float Top Table Chicago, (November 25, 2012) – Viztek, the digital imaging solution provider, introduces at RSNA 2012 a ground-breaking Meaningful Use-Certified RIS that brings a full range of electronic health record (EHR) functionality to freestanding radiology clinics, while serving as a sophisticated RIS in hospital installations. Viztek also debuts its Dynamic system, a multi-purpose digital radiography and fluoroscopy solution that produces high-quality static mode DR images in as little as five seconds and offers a 17” x 17” panel that eliminates the need for rotation. Opal-EHR Opal-EHR achieves Complete EHR Certification for ambulatory care facilities, while in any setting enabling more effective management of schedules based on timeframes for insurance authorizations, procedure types and insurance company requirements.  Additionally, it provides fully integrated Ordering Physician and Patient Portals, exceeding the market standards for communication and accessibility. Significantly enhancing the functionality of Viztek’s existing Opal-wRIS platform, the new Web-based application enables reading physicians to access all information and communications within the practice relating to their patients. Ordering physicians have the ability to request or view full patient records and exams electronically by simply logging into the system from any web-enabled device, rather than manually contacting providers. Opal-EHR enables radiology facilities to streamline schedule management by predicting insurance authorization time windows based on procedure type and specific insurer policies.  The system can automatically delay exam scheduling if authorizations have not been received prior to a procedure date, relieving staff of delaying procedures after the patient's arrival at the office. “For ambulatory facilities in particular, Viztek's Opal-EHR represents a significant change in the ability to streamline workflow and automate communications both within and beyond the enterprise.  The advanced, feature-rich new platform integrates seamlessly with Viztek’s Opal-RAD PACS and offers the major benefit of qualifying for Complete Meaningful Use certification,” said Steve Deaton, Vice President of Sales for Viztek. “Opal-EHR is a complete, fully integrated solution. We don’t rely on the modular, piecemeal approach that requires integration of third party applications and interfaces as do some vendors that only obtained modular certification. Viztek Opal-EHR comes standard with fully integrated patient and ordering physician portals that all exist natively within the application.  The solution also includes all new Meaningful Use measures, which can generate reports for long term patient trends, resulting in better diagnoses and more complete patient care.” Opal-EHR’s Patient Portal provides access to radiology images and reports and allows patient downloads for consults and second opinions. The system also enables physicians to share cases with specialists electronically, eliminating the need for faxing or mailing information. Viztek’s Dynamic System Viztek’s innovative and versatile new Dynamic System manages a variety of fluoroscopy sub-types, including gastrointestinal, pediatrics, injections, tomography, arthrography, interventional radiography, urogenital, and DSA. In static mode, the machine delivers ultra-fast throughput of high-quality DR images in five seconds.  It offers the world’s most advanced DR technology and features a 17” x 17” panel that provides a large field of view and eliminates the need for panel rotation. Supporting patients up to 584 pounds, the product can be lowered to an 18.9-inch horizontal tabletop height and offers 79 inches of patient coverage, minimizing  patient repositioning, while accommodating  long-leg imaging through auto movement and positioning. “Our innovative product maximizes valuable imaging center real estate without compromising on exam quality or throughput,” said Bruce Ashby, General Manager of DR for Viztek. “With high image quality and ultra-fast patient throughput for radiography and fluoroscopy scans, the solution is ideal for replacing legacy systems.  The table height can be adjusted to a compact 3.15 inch vertical height, giving centers a flexible solution for maximum patient convenience. The system features automatic-stitching and is ideal for many different types of exams. It is specifically designed to offer outstanding patient care and comfort. For more information about Viztek’s healthcare solutions, visit www.viztek.net. Media Contact Jeanne-Marie PhillipsHealthFlash Marketing1234 Summer Street                        Stamford, CT   06905                                 888-655-3434   ... Read more

RamSoft to Exhibit the Latest Enhancements in …

(Toronto, Ontario, Canada – November 22, 2012) RamSoft, a leading developer of RIS, PACS and Teleradiology workflow solutions, will be previewing the latest enhancements in radiology productivity at RSNA 2012. Installed in hundreds of facilities around the world, RamSoft PowerServer is a complete line of fully-customizable web-based radiology workflow solutions designed for imaging centers, radiology groups and hospital radiology departments. RamSoft’s mission is to develop radiology workflow solutions that accelerate productivity while improving patient care. In addition to being built on a single-platform database, worklist and database optimizations have been made to speed up the transmission of patient data, study images and prior reports so radiologists do not experience any delays even in the most demanding environments. Radiologist usability and satisfaction is improved with Cloud-based Speech Understanding™ by M*Modal as it learns and adapts to user behaviors to further improve recognition and understanding of clinical speech and language. Integration with Microsoft HealthVault provides patients with timely access to their medical records. This not only improves patient care but contributes to Meaningful Use efforts in the United States. Customers are already achieving positive results utilizing the Microsoft HealthVault integration. According to Jennifer Staley, PACS Administrator at Tri-City Radiology in Kennewick, WA, the integration with Microsoft HealthVault has streamlined their workflow by allowing them to process patients’ requests for their results electronically. “We conducted rigorous testing on the PowerServer database for maximum speed while carefully analyzing customer feedback to ensure we provide the tools required,” says Vijay Ramanathan, President and CEO “Our continual goal is to provide Radiologists and Referring Physicians with fast and reliable access to patient studies and reports from anywhere.” RamSoft’s PowerServer RIS/PACS is a full-featured, fully-customizable, web-based application running on a single-database platform. It supports all modalities and is designed to be a complete management and diagnostic solution for busy radiology practices. A single-database platform workflow solution eliminates unnecessary steps in the workflow and by automating processes and reducing data errors. The included Physician Portal is a Flash and Mobile app that works on any device with an Internet connection. RamSoft will be exhibiting at RSNA 2012. To see the next version of PowerServer, including the optional Meaningful Use Certified Complete EHR, visit RamSoft in Booth # 600 – Lakeside Center, Hall D. About RamSoft, Inc.: RamSoft, a Canadian software and services company with over 16 years of experience, is dedicated to developing and delivering cost effective RIS, PACS and Teleradiology solutions for its clients in the U.S. and around the world. The company’s goal is to enable imaging facilities, radiology centers, and ambulatory and acute-care practices to continue offering superior patient care while improving workflow efficiencies. RamSoft offers a wide range of affordable and feature-rich solutions such as the PowerServer™ Series of PACS, RIS/PACS, Teleradiology, and patient information management systems. For more information, visit www.RamSoft.com. Media Contact: Amber CasarezSales and Marketing ... Read more

PARCA Introduces EMR Certifications…

As many institutions and individual healthcare practitioners are increasingly implementing electronic health records (EMR’s) driven by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and meaningful use requirements, it is important that management support for these systems is enhanced. As most EMR’s are image enabled, PACS administrators with their current skill set are well positioned to provide this type of support, either in addition to their current positions or as a dedicated support professional. In order to enhance the skill set of these and other professionals with either a clinical or IT background, PARCA now offers two additional certifications: CPEMS (Certified Professional EMR Specialist), or EMR administrators, and the CHEA (Certified Healthcare Enterprise Architect). CPEMS candidates need to have a good understanding of electronic health records and how they are used, in addition to EMR standards and the implementation process. CHEA candidates will focus on image enabling, EMR implementation, and require hands-on troubleshooting knowledge. Candidates for these new certifications can either be PARCA or CIIP certified. How these prerequisites work is explained on the PARCA website or one can contact the PARCA executive secretary at the email below. Chuck Willis, president of PARCA, says these new certifications are a logical extension to the existing PARCA certification, which was started in 2005 and has been very successful in providing healthcare imaging and IT professionals the ability to demonstrate their skills and be recognized for them through certification. “These new certifications will allow current healthcare imaging and IT professionals to grow their expertise and enhance their portfolio to be ready for the roll-out of these systems nationwide,”  Willis says. “These certifications also allow new professionals who either have an IT or clinical background to learn the skills required to support these systems and prepares these professionals to meet the call of regulators for requiring healthcare support and service personnel to be certified.” ABOUT PARCA PARCA is an international, USA based, non-profit organization providing qualified certification programs for healthcare imaging and IT professionals in the PACS and EMR field. Its board of directors has representation from the USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore. For more information on PARCA, contact the executive secretary Tammy Grazer at info@pacsadmin.org. Media Contact: Tammy ... Read more

Avreo at RSNA 2012
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Charleston, SC, November 13, 2012– Providing the right information to the right healthcare professionals at the right time is the ultimate goal of any medical information system. However, when medical information is locked within multiple disparate systems, providing a complete picture of patient health can be challenging at best. Avreo interWORKS provides a solution to this setback by offering a truly unified certified ambulatory EHR, RIS, and PACS within a single application, single database solution. Avreo interWORKS offers: •    Certified interWORKS Meaningful Use Module for Ambulatory aiding Imaging Centers and other radiology centric organizations in achieving meaningful use while incorporating MU data collection in a workflow that fits their organization. •    Innovative web-based design providing access to your patients’ electronic health records throughout your healthcare enterprise via secure, WAN optimized connectivity. •    Modern, web-based design with focus on workflow and usability within radiology and meaningful use. •    Zero impact install without third party utilities reduces manpower and makes it easy to support throughout your organization and network of referring physicians. •    Results Distribution Portal provides worklist driven access to results for ordering physicians and displays the study images along with the report. •    Avreo offers cross-platform support, including Windows, Mac OS X, Apple iOS, and Android to facilitate communication and information exchange. Learn more about these and other innovations at RSNA 2012 November 25-29 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois Avreo booth 4436. Stop by anytime or schedule an appointment for your convenience by visiting www.avreo.com/TradeshowAppointmentRequest.html! We look forward to seeing you at RSNA! About Avreo Avreo, founded in 1997, is a leading provider of RIS/PACS solutions. Avreo interWORKS is a complete Radiology Workflow Solution that manages every aspect of your workflow, then unites these results within the larger electronic health record. interWORKS combines services from traditionally separate RIS, PACS, EHR, Dictation, Transcription, and Results Distribution systems into a single streamlined system. Whether your healthcare organization is an imaging center, hospital, radiology practice, multi-specialty group, or orthopedic group, Avreo interWORKS offers a solution to support the workflow needs of your busy practice. Avreo is a privately held company based in Charleston, SC. Avreo offers our solutions on an operational (fee/exam) or capital acquisition payment model. For more information, visit www.avreo.com or call 1-800-844-9926. Avreo, Inc. 4050 Azalea DriveNorth Charleston, SC 29405Phone: 1-800-844-9926Web: http://www.avreo.com Primary Contact:Avreo. Inc.Amber HaberbergerPhone: 843-696-5978 Email: ... Read more

Doctors can View Diagnostic Images Faster and Easier …

Emergent images support care of patients who need immediate treatment Rochester, N.Y.— Thousands of healthcare providers will get easier access to the diagnostic images that can help them treat patients—from X-rays and CT scans to MRIs and ultrasounds—with an enhancement to the Image Exchange provided through the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO). First introduced in 2009, the Image Exchange provides Rochester RHIO users with access to diagnostic-quality images, on any Internet-connected computer, at the click of an icon. With a system update from another Rochester-based company, eHealth Technologies™, the Image Exchange adds several features that make the RHIO more valuable to physicians. •    “Emergent” images, which need to be seen right away for emergency treatment, are now accessible before a radiologist has issued a report. For example, an X-ray taken at an urgent care clinic or small hospital emergency department can be instantly available to the specialist or larger hospital where a patient may need to go for more treatment. •    Images are displayed with an onboard “zero footprint” viewer that lets physicians analyze details and make side-by-side comparisons, similar to the PACS (picture archiving communications systems) software used by radiology professionals. •    Retrieval is faster than before, with new software designed to deliver full-resolution images in a few seconds. “The Image Exchange is an innovative tool that has helped to improve the quality of care for patients where images are critical to providing treatment,” explained Ted Kremer, executive director of the Rochester RHIO. “It lets specialists and primary care doctors see not just radiology reports but the images on which those reports are based." “The new Image Exchange improves not only the quality but the speed of care, by providing doctors and their staff immediate access to images whenever they are needed to help treat a patient.”Kremer highlighted multiple benefits of the Image Exchange:     Minimizing delays in patient treatment     Reducing the need for costly duplicate exams     Limiting unnecessary radiation exposure for patients     Decreasing risk of medical errors due to an incomplete patient record     Patients no longer need to obtain and carry X-ray films or images on CDs     Physicians in different organizations can compare current and past diagnostic tests     There is nothing for physicians to download; images can be accessed through any secure browser via the RHIO’s Virtual Health Record (VHR) More than 130,000 images are added to the Image Exchange every month, including those from the 19 hospitals and major imaging providers Borg& Ide Imaging, University Medical Imaging, Rochester Radiology, and Rochester Diagnostic Imaging.  Altogether, more than 400 practices across Rochester, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier of Upstate New York are connected to the RHIO, for access to patient data including lab reports, hospital discharge summaries, EMS prehospital care reports and medication history. The technology updates from eHealth Technologies have been designed to work in concert with existing HIE and EMR solutions, requiring no additional training or changes to workflows to view diagnostic-quality images.  Its eHealth Imaging Solutions balance the need for rapid image access with the goal of simplicity while minimizing costs and improving the timeliness of care for patients. Ken Rosenfeld, president and chief technology officer for eHealth Technologies, said Rochester RHIO was the first to use its technology to share diagnostic images across a community. The company now serves a total of 10 HIEs around the country and provides its services to more than half of the nation’s top hospitals. Rosenfeld explained that the Image Exchange is a valuable tool physicians need to achieve Meaningful Use, the federal standard that medical providers must meet in order to prove they are using technology effectively in their practice to improve care for patients. “We are pleased to work with the Rochester RHIO to improve this tool, making it simpler than ever to view patients’ images whenever and wherever needed.” Other new features on the Image Exchange include: an embedded collaboration tool, which will allow two or more people to view and work with the same image simultaneously. A “forward to PACS” feature is coming soon, which imports images from the exchange into the user’s PACS system to build a more complete image record of the patient. About Rochester RHIO Rochester RHIO is a secure electronic health information exchange serving authorized medical providers and consenting patients in Monroe, Allegany, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties in Upstate New York. The service allows a medical care team to share records across institutions and practices, making patient information available wherever and whenever needed to provide the best care. Patients benefit from fewer repeated tests, easier second opinions, a reduced risk of mistakes caused by poor handwriting or incomplete records, and more informed care during office visits and emergencies. Physicians and patients can learn more about Rochester RHIO by visiting RochesterRHIO.org or by calling 877-865-RHIO (7446). About eHealth Technologies™ eHealth Technologies is a leading referral management and diagnostic image exchange service provider, serving over half of the nation's top 100 hospitals and leading health information exchanges (HIEs), including 11 of the top 17 hospitals selected to the prominent honor roll of the best hospitals U.S. News & World Report.  The company's services include eHealth Referral Solutions™ and eHealth Imaging Solutions™. These solutions utilize innovative health information technology to access medical records, pathology slides and diagnostic images in any format, and then securely deliver them in a digital format to improve continuity of care.  Visit www.eHealthTechnologies.com Media contact: Chip PartnerRoberts Communications(585) 246-0256 Jill Eisenstein Rochester RHIO(585) 256-4653 Nicole SpencereHealth Technologies(530) ... Read more

InterSystems Inaugurates First Office in Saudi Arabia…

Global Software Leader Responds to Growing Demand in Saudi Healthcare Market RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, 13 November, 2012 – InterSystems Corporation, a global leader in software for connected healthcare, today announced it has opened an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the company’s first office in the country and its second in the region. The move comes in response to the growing demand for connected healthcare in Saudi Arabia, at a time when the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health is encouraging major healthcare providers to embrace electronic health information systems for the benefit of Saudi nationals. The Riyadh office will provide a base for an InterSystems delivery team to ensure higher levels of customer service and foster the development of local expertise and knowledge in healthcare informatics. Governments across the Middle East recognize the benefits of investing in the latest healthcare technology and solutions. Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing healthcare markets in the world, with a projected compounded annual growth rate of 12.3 percent through 2015 at a spending value of over SR 26 billion. InterSystems’ technology and solutions for connected care have won market share and client trust among leading healthcare organisations around the globe. In the Middle East, InterSystems has already delivered implementations in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. Commenting on the Saudi office opening, Steve Garrington, Group Commercial Director of InterSystems, said: “Our direct presence in Saudi Arabia underscores our commitment to the local and regional healthcare market. Our philosophy is to help our customers achieve the fastest route to long-term success, enabling them to provide better care to their patients, which is perfectly aligned with the Saudi Ministry of Health eHealth initiative.” The new office will help InterSystems deliver the benefits of the Saudi edition of the InterSystems TrakCare™ healthcare information system, which is available in Arabic with the Hijri calendar and is pre-configured to meet Saudi healthcare needs. TrakCare is an Internet-based unified healthcare information system that rapidly delivers the benefits of an electronic patient record. It is used by many of the top hospitals worldwide and across the Middle East, including Security Forces Hospital in Dammam, Sultan Bin Abdel Aziz Humanitarian City in Riyadh, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Oman, and University Hospital Sharjah in the UAE, amongst others. “TrakCare provides many features that support electronic medical record best practices. One such feature is computerized physician order entry and online physician documentation, both supported by clinical decision support to offer evidence-based clinical guidance to physicians,” said Michel Amous, Country Manager, Middle East and India, at InterSystems. “By successfully deploying the most advanced healthcare information technology, healthcare providers can significantly reduce costs, improve the quality of care, and increase patient safety,” added Amous. About InterSystems InterSystems Corporation is a global leader in software for connected care, with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 25 countries. InterSystems TrakCare™ is an Internet-based unified healthcare information system that rapidly delivers the benefits of an electronic patient record (TrakCare is not available in the United States). InterSystems HealthShare™ is a strategic healthcare informatics platform for information exchange and analytics within a hospital network, and across a community, region or nation. InterSystems CACHÉ® is the world’s most widely used database system in clinical applications. InterSystems Ensemble® is a platform for rapid integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems’ products are used by thousands of hospitals and laboratories worldwide, including all of the top ten hospitals on the Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit InterSystems.com, www.youtube.com/InterSystemsCorp, www.facebook.com/InterSystems, or @InterSystems on Twitter. Media contactJosse DulkaSenior Account ExecutiveShamal Marketing CommunicationsDubai, United Arab EmiratesOffice: +9714 365 2709E-mail: ... Read more

Viztek Opal-EHR Receives Complete Ambulatory …

Raleigh, November 13, 2012 – Viztek, the leading radiology solution provider, announced today certification for its Opal-EHR as a complete ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC-ATCB). Certification is necessary to enable purchasers to qualify for federal incentive payments as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Incentives may be as high as $44,000 per radiologist at qualifying practices implementing EMR systems. “Viztek was committed to developing a robust Complete EHR system, compared to a Modular system which would provide only part of the technology needed to qualify for reimbursement,” said Steve Deaton, Vice President of Sales for Viztek. “This means Opal-EHR provides such components as physician and patient portals for accessing information as well as functionality for lab orders, medication and e-prescribing." Complete and Modular are two distinct categories of EHR certification. By contrast to Viztek’s Complete approach, a Modular system would require users to purchase and integrate additional components to qualify for full incentives. Sites would need to ensure that together these components fulfill appropriate Meaningful Use criteria and are also integrated appropriately to achieve these goals. “In Opal-EHR, we were also committed to creating a system that is affordable and easy to use to make the benefits of Meaningful Use accessible to every practice,” notes Deaton. An Electronic Health Record is a digital record of patient health information generated during one or more encounters in any care delivery setting. In an effort to streamline the sharing of medical data across institutional boundaries using such systems, the federal government is providing bonus payments to healthcare enterprises that adopt EHR technologies meeting certain standards. These include both the types of information stored as well as the standards-based format in which the information is archived. Under Meaningful Use, providers are accountable to demonstrate that they are using a certified EHR technology which can be proven through both quality and quantity measures. Currently, Opal-EHR is available for imaging centers and podiatry clinics. Shortly versions will be released for urgent care, general practice, cardiology and orthopedics practices. Since Opal-EHR has earned a Complete certification, even if facilities do not already collect data on all core measures required for full reimbursement, they can begin collection immediately and apply for full reimbursement, if desired. About Viztek Viztek is a leading provider of complete digital software and hardware imaging solutions, backed by comprehensive training and support. The company’s state-of-the-art Opal-RAD PACS and RIS suite delivers advanced connectivity and functionality at an affordable price. Web-based architecture, with ultra-fast image streaming, ensures timely, efficient communications throughout the enterprise and beyond. With both advanced CR and DR technology, Viztek truly is a one-stop shop. Since 1999, Viztek’s comprehensive line of solutions has addressed the needs of radiologists, with special emphasis on the hospital market, as well as medical specialists from orthopedists, and urgent care facilities.  Viztek has more than 1500 CR and 700 PACS solutions installed worldwide. For more information, visit www.viztek.net or call 1-800-366-5343. Viztek is a wholly owned subsidiary of 20/20 HealthCare. Media Contact: Jeanne-Marie PhillipsHealthFlash Marketing1234 Summer Street                        Stamford, CT   06905                                 888-655-3434   ... Read more

System C Founders Set up a New Company to Invest in …

System C founders set up a new company to invest in resurgent market for healthcare IT Dr Ian Denley and Markus Bolton, founders and former directors of System C Healthcare, have set up a new company to provide growth capital and hands-on expertise to IT businesses in the health and social care sector. Shearwater Healthcare Solutions will invest in and develop innovative and entrepreneurial companies that can transform the delivery of care services in the UK. Shearwater is capitalizing on the government’s recent decision to axe the National Programme for IT in favour of creating a vibrant market for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the healthcare sector. “Suppliers in this market have been starved of opportunity for the 10 years of the National Programme”, said Denley. “Now Trusts and care providers are making significant strategic investments in solutions that will bring clinical benefits and deliver cost savings. “SMEs are included for the first time in years and we’re offering portfolio companies an injection of our time, energy, and cash so they can grab this moment and make the most of it.”Denley and Bolton have over 20 years’ experience running successful companies, notably building System C Healthcare from start-up to a leading provider of patient management, clinical and social care systems. They will be using that experience to offer portfolio companies direct, hands-on assistance to ‘turbo-charge’ their growth. This is a new model which provides substantive operational input as well as the strategic guidance traditionally supplied by investors. Bolton explained: “With System C we built a company from the ground up. We took it through several private and venture capital fundraising rounds, floated on AIM, carried out five successful acquisitions, before concluding an £87m trade sale in May 2011. “During that time we also built the UK’s most successful healthcare IT services business, developed a large scale patient management and electronic patient record system, and successfully installed it at several NHS hospitals and at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. “We now want to take that knowledge and experience and re-invest it in British healthcare IT.” Shearwater’s services to portfolio companies will include the provision of direct support from a central team of experts in sales, marketing, product development, deployment and corporate and HR services. There will be a particular focus on the use of the latest technologies to transform how care is delivered. The companies are also expected to benefit from cross-fertilisation of ideas, customer bases and markets. Shearwater is currently in discussions with a number of companies and will be making announcements in due course. For further information, please contact: Markus BoltonCo-founder, Shearwater Healthcare Solutions 33 Glasshouse St, London W1B 5DGT: 020 71291277M:07768437508 Dr Ian DenleyCo-founder, Shearwater Healthcare Solutions 33 Glasshouse St, London W1B 5DGT: 020 71291277M: 07768277394 About System C: System C is the developer of the award-winning Medway patient management and electronic patient record software. As one of the UK’s most successful healthcare IT services businesses, System C was also one of the few SMEs to thrive under the NHS’s National Programme for IT. Markus Bolton and Ian Denley worked together to grow System C Healthcare from a start-up to a leading software and services company with over 400 employees. System C went through private and venture capital fundraising rounds, was listed on AIM in 2005, and then purchased by McKesson for £87m in 2011. Denley and Bolton made five strategic acquisitions during this period, including the purchase of social care software company Liquidlogic to create the UK’s first major health and social care IT ... Read more


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Burnbank Systems, a member of the Sectra Group, has been voted the winner of a UK award program in the category “Outstanding work in healthcare imaging informatics”. This is the second award in two years presented to Burnbank Systems for its medical data sharing service, the Image Exchange Portal. The Image Exchange Portal was originally procured by the Department of Health in the UK to provide a common system for exchanging diagnostic images between 120 healthcare providers across England. Through user engagement, it was enhanced to enable image transfers between the publicly funded UK national healthcare system (NHS) hospitals. It now regularly exceeds 7,000 studies per day and has more than 300 connected sites, with well over 7,000 users in the UK. The award was presented by eHealth Insider, a British website for healthcare IT news, in association with British Telecommunications plc. User engagement and support has enabled Burnbank to develop the service in line with patient care, taking it from an administrative tool to replace CDs to a service that supports direct delivery of clinical care, particularly for acute out-of-hours care, including Stroke & Trauma. Peter Young, Burnbank’s Managing Director said “This award recognizes the success of the service and the efforts of the users in supporting its development and deployment. This has ensured it meets the daily clinical requirements to improve patient care”. About the EHI program The EHI awards program is dedicated to highlighting and rewarding the hard work and excellence in UK healthcare organizations and is open to any healthcare IT organization of any size based in the UK. For further information, please contact: Dr. Torbjörn Kronander, President, Sectra Imtec AB, 46 705 23 52 27 Pictures: http://flickr.com/photos/sectramedicalsystemsPress room: www.sectra.com/medical/press About Sectra Sectra develops and sells IT systems and services for radiology, women’s health, orthopaedics and rheumatology. More than 1,400 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

InterSystems Awarded 2012 Frost & Sullivan …

Frost & Sullivan recognizes InterSystems for delivering innovation and “extraordinary client value” to leading Asia-Pacific healthcare organizations DUBAI – October 22, 2012 – InterSystems Corporation, a global leader in software for connected care, with a Middle East regional office in Dubai Healthcare City, has announced that it was awarded the prestigious 2012 Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific Healthcare IT Company of the Year award for the “extraordinary client value it has delivered in the Asia-Pacific healthcare IT space.” In selecting InterSystems for the award, global research firm Frost & Sullivan employed both qualitative and quantitative benchmarking criteria in the following three areas: Excellence in Growth Strategy & Differentiation, Degree of Innovation in Business Process, and Leadership in Customer Value and Market Penetration. Frost & Sullivan noted that InterSystems’ technology and solutions for connected care have won market share and client trust among leading Asia-Pacific healthcare organizations, including several large projects in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Thailand in the past two years. InterSystems TrakCare™, an Internet-based unified healthcare information system that rapidly delivers the benefits of an electronic patient record, is already deployed at many of the top hospitals across the Asia-Pacific region, with over 30 sites in China, 30 sites in Thailand, and deployments in Australia, New Zealand, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In addition, InterSystems HealthShare™, a strategic healthcare informatics platform that leverages the InterSystems CACHÉ® database and InterSystems Ensemble® integration technology, is now the fastest growth product for InterSystems. “InterSystems understands there is a significant trend towards high-volume, highly complex installations rather than incremental enhancements at isolated organizations,” said Natasha Gulati, Industry Analyst, Asia-Pacific Healthcare Practice, Frost & Sullivan. “To capture growth from this trend, InterSystems is increasingly working with government agencies and large private healthcare groups. “InterSystems has also innovated service delivery by offering country editions of its products, SaaS-based delivery models and its ARIES methodology for rapidly implementing complex, large-scale enterprise software systems,” added Gulati. “Together, these innovations help clients reduce cost and risk, improve business processes, and keep abreast of the latest technology and software.” Frost & Sullivan noted that InterSystems TrakCare is particularly interesting to clients when offered on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis, allowing many customers to reduce their total cost of ownership and improve their business processes. It also observed that InterSystems has identified an upcoming market segment – construction companies engaged in developing healthcare infrastructure – and is winning large-scale projects to deploy and manage a complete hospital information system in new state-of-the-art facilities. “Frost & Sullivan believes that InterSystems has crafted its core competencies – product excellence, partnering with customers, and delivery in diverse geographies – with a lot of attention to detail and is adopting very specific programs to maintain and harness growth from these competencies,” concluded Gulati. “It has a well-defined business strategy, which will help it achieve its growth goals.” “InterSystems really appreciates Frost & Sullivan’s recognition of our work and leadership position in the Asia-Pacific healthcare IT solutions market,” said Steve Garrington, Group Commercial Director. “This award acknowledges not only technology innovation, but also reflects innovations in service delivery and our ability to work in partnership with leading Asia-Pacific healthcare organizations to ensure successful implementation and adoption of connected care solutions.” About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact us: Start the discussion About InterSystems InterSystems Corporation is a global leader in software for connected care, with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 25 countries. InterSystems TrakCare™ is an Internet-based unified healthcare information system that rapidly delivers the benefits of an electronic patient record (TrakCare is not available in the United States). InterSystems HealthShare™ is a strategic healthcare informatics platform for information exchange and analytics within a hospital network, and across a community, region or nation. InterSystems CACHÉ® is the world’s most widely used database system in clinical applications. InterSystems Ensemble® is a platform for rapid integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems’ products are used by thousands of hospitals and laboratories worldwide, including all of the top ten hospitals on the Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit InterSystems.com, www.youtube.com/InterSystemsCorp, www.facebook.com/InterSystems, or @InterSystems on Twitter. Media contactJosse DulkaSenior Account ExecutiveShamal Marketing CommunicationsDubai, United Arab EmiratesOffice: +9714 365 2709E-mail: ... Read more

NHS Patients at Increasing Risk from Medical Device …

Cyber-attacks on life-saving equipment inevitable without security boost The risk of attacks on medical devices such as defibrillators, pacemakers, insulin pumps, and other software-controlled medical equipment is rising as cyber-criminals improve hacking techniques, according to Bitdefender®, the award-winning provider of innovative antivirus solutions. Following a previous investigation into NHS IT cyber-security vulnerabilities, the US Government Accountability Office has also warned about vulnerabilities in computerised medical devices because of outdated software and firmware. Bitdefender believes targeted attacks on medical equipment and hospitals pose an even greater degree of risk because there is never enough security in place when it comes to this type of attack. Some of the most common types of medical cyber-attacks include Wi-Fi hijacking, spyware installed through network plugs in hospitals, and malware that can overwrite or damage data. “An unspoken law of IT security is that any vulnerability will eventually be exploited. NHS patients risk losing their personal data, and systems within the hospitals may slow down and even become unresponsive if infected,” said Alexandru B?lan, Chief Security Researcher at Bitdefender. “The results can be devastating, resembling events previously only found in movie scenes. Hackers can perform attempts at patients’ lives, steal information about high profile or public figures, and use them as a platform for other social-engineered targeted attacks. Another likely money-making scenario is to simply harvest the hospital’s database and use it to spam the patients with drugs and fake cures." Software-controlled dispatch centres are prone to hacking and spying through their Command and Control Centre, which contains video and audio information, and also hazard, and Automatic Resource Locations maps. Bitdefender advises hospitals and medical centres to: • Tighten security measures, by keeping their operating system, and their security software, updated. • Monitor their bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies in hospitals and dispatch centres to prevent data breaches. • All communication through VPN services should have strong encryption, as basic virtual private networks can be hacked for a few pounds. • Medical devices can also be hacked through common flaws in Windows, the operating system used by most of them. • Keep any and all Wi-Fi networks outside of the main network, as Wi-Fi hacking is common knowledge for anyone with a tool just downloaded from the internet.• Place Intrusion Detection Systems absolutely everywhere and get warnings whenever attempts are made to access the network or a medical device. Find out more on smart devices and their blind spot on HotForSecurity. For a full list of Bitdefender 2013 features and benefits by product, please visit http://www.bitdefender.co.uk or follow Bitdefender on Twitter for daily malware alerts. About Bitdefender® Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. Since 2001, the company has been an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe. Recently, Bitdefender won a series of important awards and accolades in the global security industry, including “Editor’s Choice” by PC Mag for Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 and the “GoldAward” by TopTenREVIEWS that confirmed the software’s top spot among 25 tested security products. Bitdefender antivirus technology has also finished top in leading industry tests from both AV Test and AV-Comparatives. More information about Bitdefender's antivirus products is available from the company's security solutions press room. Additionally, Bitdefender publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, a sizzling blend of steamy computer security stories and stimulating visuals that spotlights the seedy underworld of internet fraud, scams, malicious software – and gossip. Media Contact: Thomas O'NeillAccount ManagerMedia SafariT: +44 (0)1225 471202W: www.mediasafari.com Beehive Yard, Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BT ... Read more

Infraredx and Philips Collaborate to Develop a New …

Companies to Produce New Offering that Combines Market Leading Cardiac X-ray Imaging System with Innovative Intravascular Imaging Platform BURLINGTON and ANDOVER, Mass. – October 17, 2012 – Infraredx, Inc., a medical device company committed to advancing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery and other vascular diseases, and Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced they have signed a joint development and collaboration agreement that is focused on integrating Infraredx’s true vessel characterization (TVC) Imaging System with Philips’ Allura Xper catheterization (cath) lab imaging systems. This collaboration is intended to enable seamless access to the TVC Imaging System with Philips’ Allura X-ray systems. “Philips is the premier provider of X-ray imaging technology for interventional cardiologists and we are pleased to partner with them on developing this integrated solution,” said Don Southard, president and chief executive officer of Infraredx. “Our goal is to offer physicians easier access to the TVC Imaging System’s near-infrared spectroscopy and intravascular ultrasound technology for use in determining the true extent of cardiovascular disease, especially the presence of lipid core plaques (LCPs). The TVC Imaging System is experiencing accelerated adoption in the U.S. and Europe. We believe this growth is the result of mounting clinical evidence around the role of LCP and continuous system enhancements. The joint product development is intended to provide physicians with tableside control of the TVC Imaging System from within the sterile cath lab environment using Allura’s table-mounted Xper module. The TVC Composite Image can be viewed on the Philips’ cath lab monitors, enabling physicians to view the Chemogram and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images alongside the coronary angiogram. This will allow for better visualization of LCPs in a patient’s coronary artery. The automatic sharing and integration of patient demographics and imaging study information between the Allura system and the TVC system will improve workflow efficiency and provide quicker retrieval and review of information. “As the global market leader in cath lab imaging technology, we strive to offer advanced clinical applications that enable interventional procedures to be performed more effectively,” said Bert van Meurs, senior vice president and general manager, Interventional X-ray, Philips Healthcare. “The collaboration with Infraredx supports our commitment to continuously improve the integrated functioning of our cath labs and further enhance the user experience.” About The 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. About Royal Philips Electronics Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter. Contacts:InfraredxGrant FrazierVice President of MarketingInfraredx, Inc.781-345-9632gfrazier@infraredx.com PhilipsRachel Bloom-Baglin,Senior Director, CommunicationsPhilips+1 978- 659-3748Rachel.bloom-baglin@philips.com Susan Heins (media)Pure Communications, Inc.864-286-9597sjheins@purecommunicationsinc.com Steve KlinkSenior Press Officer+31 6 ... Read more

InterSystems and eHealth Technologies Announce …

InterSystems HealthShare Strategic Informatics Platform to Gain Instant Access to Diagnostic-Quality Images, Supporting Meaningful Use Stage 2 Criteria NEW YORK, October 15, 2012 – InterSystems Corporation, a global leader in software for connected care, and eHealth Technologies™, a leading provider of imaging solutions for electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) solutions, announced today a partnership to provide single-click access to diagnostic-quality images such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds via the InterSystems HealthShare™ strategic informatics platform. HealthShare is currently used by hospitals, integrated delivery networks, and regional and national health information exchanges worldwide. “eHealth Technologies shares our vision for connected care by empowering healthcare providers and physicians with secure, timely access to all patient data, including diagnostic-quality PACS images. Digital images are an essential element of the patient record, and we are thrilled to partner with eHealth Technologies to provide this capability to HealthShare customers worldwide," said Dominick Bizzarro, Global Business Manager, InterSystems HealthShare. External images that traditionally take hours or days, if retrievable at all, are typically hand carried by patients, couriered on problematic CDs, or sent via large file transfers. Using eHealth Technologies’ eHealth Imaging Solutions™, images are delivered along with results, enabling care providers single-click access to seamlessly view and collaborate using a secure, diagnostic-quality, zero-footprint, Web-based application. In addition, emergent image delivery will support emergency care providers by providing images prior to report generation – a leading-edge capability that will drastically reduce the time-to-care in the most vital situations. “We are thrilled to be working with InterSystems to further improve care for patients,” said Ken Rosenfeld, President of eHealth Technologies. “Imaging is a vital piece of the patient record that has typically been difficult and very expensive to share, and not linked to the systems clinicians use on a daily basis, leading to repeat tests which are not only expensive for patients and payers, but expose the patient to unnecessary radiation exposure. The importance of embedding image access within electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) systems is further supported by the Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria.” The digital imaging capability will be available on InterSystems HealthShare in fall 2012. About InterSystems InterSystems Corporation is a global leader in software for connected care, with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 25 countries. InterSystems CACHÉ® is the world's most widely used database system in clinical applications. InterSystems Ensemble® is a platform for rapid integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems HealthShare™ is a strategic healthcare informatics platform for information exchange and analytics within a hospital network, and across a community, region or nation. InterSystems’ products are used by thousands of hospitals and laboratories worldwide, including all of the top ten hospitals on the Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit InterSystems.com, www.youtube.com/InterSystemsCorp, www.facebook.com/InterSystems, or @InterSystems on Twitter. About eHealth Technologies eHealth Technologies is a leading referral management and diagnostic image exchange service provider, serving over half of the nation's top 100 hospitals and leading health information exchanges (HIEs), including 13 of the top 17 hospitals selected to the prominent Honor Roll of the Best Hospitals from the 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report. The company's services include eHealth Referral Solutions™ and eHealth Imaging Solutions™. These solutions utilize innovative health information technology to access medical records, pathology slides and diagnostic images in any format, and then securely deliver them in a digital format to improve continuity of care. Visit ... Read more

Aneurin Bevan Health Board Selects CCube Solutions to …

CCube Solutions has been selected by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board to deliver a Trust-wide electronic document and records management system (EDRMS). The Health Board provides acute, community, mental and child health services to 639,000 people in South Wales, approximately 21% of the total Welsh population. CCube is supplying the CCube EDRMS software suite, specifically designed to deliver paperless healthcare to the NHS. Its partner, US firm BancTec, is providing support and maintenance services. Aneurin Bevan is the first health board in NHS Wales to procure an EDRMS. Vijay Magon, managing director of CCube, said the two companies were selected because they provided a cost effective and proven solution to digitizing patient records. “A number of NHS Trusts are already using CCube’s solutions Trust-wide and have stopped using paper casenotes entirely”, he said. “We are unique in this market in that we can point to substantial and measurable financial and clinical benefits our users are already achieving with our electronic health record.” Aneurin Bevan Health Board will first focus on scanning and publishing health records, and will then move on to digitally capture information from additional sources. The EDRMS will introduce electronic workflow to maximise productivity and increase patient safety and the quality of care. “We are looking to create ready electronic access to patient records. This will reduce the costs and risks currently associated with securely managing and storing our paper health records,” said Steven Harding, Informatics Directorate at Aneurin Bevan Health Board. “But more importantly, we will increase the accessibility of the patient record to staff making information available at the click of a mouse, thereby reducing the time spent in clinics and wards locating crucial information”, he added. “By integrating CCube EDM into our current clinical information systems we will have created a significant potential to improve clinical and clinical support processes across the board and ultimately to improve the level of patient care we provide.” NHS Wales has developed a clinical portal, known as the Welsh Clinical Portal, as part of its national clinical information systems strategy. The CCube solution will integrate both with this portal, once it is fully developed and rolled out nationally, and with Aneurin Bevan’s existing local clinical portal, known as Clinical Work Station. The CCube solution will also interface with the Myrddin PAS, National Active Directory and the national Master Patient Index. The Health Records Service will administer the system, and the installation will be on a new infrastructure and cabling scheme. For more information, please contact: Vijay Magon, managing director, CCube Solutions, 01908 677752 About Aneurin Bevan Health Board ABHB covers the Gwent area, employing more than 14,000 staff and delivering a full range of Acute, Community, Mental Health, and Child Health services to the resident population of Gwent and surrounding areas. The Health Board, which is based on five main sites, is currently undergoing a major strategic redevelopment program (Clinical Futures) that will see new facilities built on various sites and realignment of service delivery over a six-year period. About CCube Solutions CCube’s modular electronic document and records management solutions are designed to deliver paperless healthcare throughout the NHS. With over 25 Trusts using CCube solutions – and a number which have stopped using paper casenotes altogether - CCube is already delivering measurable clinical and financial benefits. Portal technology and support for mobile devices ensure that up-to-date clinical information is available at the point of need. CCube also supplies enterprise content management solutions to local government and the private sector. For further information, please visit www.ccubesolutions.com About BancTec BancTec is a global leader in document management solutions and outsourcing services for organizations seeking to drive efficiency in their financial and back-office processes. Headquartered in Dallas with clients in 50 countries, BancTec leverages its proprietary IP and deep expertise to provide flexible, focused solutions across the financial services, healthcare, utility, transportation and government sectors. The company also operates 19 BPO centers across Europe and worldwide, utilizing a common technology platform to deliver reliability, security, and consistently high levels of performance. To learn more, visit www.banctec.co.uk or call 01753 ... Read more

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