Siemens Medical Solutions took over Gesellschaft für Systemforschung und Dienstleistungen im Gesundheitswesen mbH (GSD), headquartered in Berlin. With more than 300 customers in 14 countries, GSD is a market leader in the area of health information systems (HIS). Siemens hopes to strengthen its position in the healthcare information technology sector in Germany and other European countries. The acquisition is still subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. GSD's clients include 268 hospitals. The company generated revenue of 25.6 million Euro and employed 168 people in the fiscal year 2005 (ended December 31).
RAM Technologies announced that FamilyCareof Portland, Oregon, selected its HEALTHsuite software to administer its Medicare and Medicaid product offerings. Orion Health, Oracle, and Fujitsu Services, announced Hospital Universitario Son Dureta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, has gone live with an electronic health record and clinical applications portal that will provide clinicians with faster and more convenient access to patient data across the 900 bed facility. The system is based on the Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base.
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and John Wiley & Sons will jointly launch InfoPOEMs for Hospitalists in spring 2007. InfoPOEMs for Hospitalists will publish in print on a bi-monthly basis in a stand-alone publication that will mail with the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the official peer-reviewed and MEDLINE indexed journal of SHM; in addition, hospitalist physicians who are SHM members will receive syndicated POEMs by email to support them in providing general medical care for hospitalized patients. POEM is an acronym for "Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters." InfoPOEMs are summaries of evidence-based medical research filtered from 120-plus peer-reviewed journals graded for validity and relevance to patient outcomes.
The TriZetto Group has completed acquisition of privately held QCSI (Quality Care Solutions.). The agreement for the acquisition was executed on September 13, 2006, and regulatory clearance was granted in December. "We expect that the companies' larger combined footprint of payers and consumers will help enable and accelerate the next generation of consumer-retail healthcare innovations such as real-time point-of-service patient liability, pay-for-performance and personal health records," according to Jeff Margolis, TriZetto CEO.
HL7 Tooling Collaborative announced delivery of the first component of a suite of Eclipse-based message development and validation tools for the latest edition of HL7 Version 3 (V3). The HTC suite of tools is a major step forward in global healthcare interoperability that will ultimately improve patient care. The HTC organization, a software development initiative dedicated to providing commercial-quality highly integrated tools that support the development and implementation of HL7-compliant messages, is led by Health Level Seven Inc. (HL7) and supported by founding members HL7, Eclipse Foundation, National Health Service Connecting for Health (NHS CFH) in England, Canada Health Infoway Inc., Intel Corp., Mayo Clinic, US Department of Defense, and Quicksilva.
Seven of every eight hospital execs believe overcrowding has failed to improve in the last year, according to a survey last month by the American College of Emergency Physicians and TeleTracking Technologies. The overcrowding, according to a majority (60 percent) of more than 200 survey respondents, continues to force hospitals to divert patients needing urgent medical care to other facilities. More than 80 percent of respondents say overcrowding is one of their top five management concerns; 70 percent report while their facilities have a stated goal of admitting patients from their EDs within two hours of arrival, almost half (48 percent) fail to meet that goal more than half the time. An overwhelming majority (94 percent) said they believe that technology could help solve the problem.
Texans are optimistic IT can improve patientcare, reduce costs and help transform the state's overall healthcare system, according to a statewide survey released by Dell and polling firm Zogby International. The findings were released at a policy forum in Houston focused on accelerating the statewide adoption of health-care information technology (IT). Key findings: 73 percent say e-prescriptions would improve the quality of healthcare they receive; 43 percent predict the quality and efficiency of care will significantly improve as more technology is introduced into the healthcare system, while 33 percent predict modest improvements. Among respondents who feel reforms are necessary, cost (75 percent) far outweighed quality of care (15 percent) and efficiency and convenience (9 percent) as most critical.
Agfa HealthCare announces that the Greenville Hospital System, University Medical Center , is adding Agfa HealthCare's IMPAX Radiology Information System (RIS) solution to its existing IMPAX image management system. The installation is currently underway. The Hospital System located in Greenville, South Carolina, consists of five campuses and more than 1110 beds and provides integrated healthcare to communities across upstate South Carolina. "The addition of the IMPAX RIS is consistent with our strategy of investing in solutions that provide improvements in access to information, enhance operational efficiencies and improve financial performance," said Doran Dunaway, CIO, Greenville Hospital System, University Medical Center.
Misys-sponsored Center for Community Health Leadership selected Greater New Haven for a grant of healthcare software valued at $3 million. New Haven, Connecticut will be the first community to receive grants of electronic health record (EHR) software to establish a community-wide network of connected medical organizations. The grants, in the form of EHR software valued at up to $3 million, are available to healthcare professionals in New Haven and surrounding towns. The Hospital of Saint Raphael, a large teaching hospital in New Haven, played a major role championing the application process for the grant. Separately, FierceHealthIT reported that Misys Healthcare's CEO Tom Skelton stepped down after a 22 percent drop in operating income for the six months ended November 30th. "From parent company Misys Plc's headquarters in London, corporate boss Mike Lawrie called the results of North Carolina-based healthcare division "unacceptable." Paul Lewis, who joined Misys Healthcare last week as senior vice president of sales and services, was named interim general manager," according to FierceHealthIT.
InterSystems announced the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) has chosenEnsemble as the health care integration engine for the entire enterprise.UMMS is an academic health care system serving Baltimore and the mid-Atlantic region. The hospitals that comprise UMMS include: University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Maryland General Hospital, The James Lawrence Kernan Hospital, University Specialty Hospital, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Memorial Hospital at Easton and Dorchester General Hospital. Jon Burns, SVP and CIO for UMMS says, "Our goal is to build an enterprise-wide integrated clinical information technology architecture that effectively enables and supports UMMS educational, clinical and business goals," Burns said.
Health Level Seven (HL7) has reached four major milestones according to the group: collaboration with the Object Management Group (OMG) resulted in HL7's Services-Oriented Architecture Committee successfully balloting three Draft Standards for Trial Use (DSTUs); co-development with ASTM of the Continuity of Care Document (CCD) endorsed by the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and passed HL7 balloting on January 4, 2007; finalized agreement with California Health Care Foundation to ballot the EHR-Lab Interoperability and Connectivity Specification (ELINCS) through HL7 as a guide to enable reporting of lab results from laboratory information systems to electronic health records (EHRs) in the outpatient setting; and outreach beyond its existing membership to bring clinical input into development of the EHR-S Functional Model. "These accomplishments represent another milestone for HL7 and healthcare information technology," said Chuck Meyer, chairman of the HL7 Board of Directors.