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Feb. 26, 2008 | McKesson announced a strategic relationship with Proventys, a personalized medicine knowledge service provider that utilizes cutting-edge predictive modeling to enable personalized clinical decisions at the point of care. McKesson plans to incorporate Proventys’ risk prediction capabilities into the core clinical decision support solutions. Founded by prospective medicine luminary and Duke University Chancellor Emeritus Ralph Snyderman, M.D., Proventys translates predictive data from traditional and emerging diagnostic tests, including genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, into clinical decision support solutions.

GetWellNetwork is teaming with Dell to release an interactive patient care system developed by GetWellNetwork, run on Dell hardware and deployed by Dell Services, hospital patients can access valuable information and services that are designed to improve their hospital stay and also make the delivery of care more efficient and consistent for caregivers. Using Dell OptiPlex PCs and Dell PowerEdge servers, the GetWellNetwork system provides patients with an interactive resource through their bedside television monitor. Patients use a wireless keyboard or other handheld devices to navigate the GetWellNetwork system to access education, communication, and entertainment tools.

GetWellNetwork has also formed a joint development partnership with The Paquin Group, the nation’s leading specialist in health care-based retail solutions. The Paquin Group offers hospitals a turn-key opportunity for deploying a customized online health care retail store. With the integrated solution, patients can use the GetWellNetwork PatientLife System to visit the hospitals’ online store directly from their hospital bed to shop for products and services that help improve their health and recovery. Hospitals can have their own online store that includes more than 250,000 products designed for various patient populations, including new mothers, diabetics, orthopedics and heart health.

Spring Medical Systems has announced the availability of SpringCharts Version 9.5 (V9.5), which offers a host of new features to improve functionality, ease-of-use, and increase time savings. The new version focuses on streamlining workflow and allowing detailed information to instantly appear in key areas of the user interface. SpringCharts V9.5 was developed by integrating feedback from the SpringCharts user base, beta site practices and key development partners and is specifically built to simplify office tasks while allowing physicians to increase practice productivity. New features in SpringCharts V9.5 include an extensive user interface enhancements; enhanced print formatting; and digital forms.

Lawson Software has introduced Lawson Resource Navigator, a workforce communications tool that integrates with Lawson Employee and Manager Self-Service solutions, which are part of the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management application suite. Lawson Resource Navigator provides personalized, searchable content with greater context to individual employees’ HR transactions, such as benefits enrollment, through Lawson self-service tools. Lawson Resource Navigator was created in partnership with Enwisen, a leading provider of workforce communications applications. This enhanced functionality can help Lawson customers better manage health care costs, retain top talent, and provide better content and context surrounding work/life events to their employees and managers. The new solution set includes four modules: Employee Resource; Manager Resource; HR Professional; and Total Compensation Statement.

Memorial Hospital North is the first health care institution to deploy ApexPro FH, a spread-spectrum frequency hopping telemetry system by GE Healthcare, on its CARESCAPET Enterprise AccessT in-building wireless platform. The solution provides the hospital with a single, integrated, wireless platform that enables critical patient data to be securely coordinated, managed and distributed without the communications failures, interference or interruptions associated with un-integrated systems.

HTP has released of HTP Charity Compliance Manager, an automated software solution that helps tax-exempt hospitals comply with the new IRS Form 990 through accurate classification and reporting of community benefit. The new IRS Form 990 Schedule H requires not-for-profit hospitals to clearly report charity care, un-reimbursed costs from financial assistance programs, and bad debt. Uncompensated care can no longer be reported as charity without documented justification. Charity Compliance Manager eliminates subjectivity regarding whether a patient is eligible for charity care, and ensures the consistent and uniform application of hospital charity care policy to all patients. Bolstered by deep third-party data networks, the software allows hospitals to accurately assess and identify a patient’s eligibility for charity care up-front, even in the absence of supporting patient income documentation (such as W2 forms). The system can also be used to analyze bad debt accounts and retroactively classify them as charity where appropriate. Ongoing operational reports provide the documentation and justification required by the new IRS Form 990. has launched FroozHIE, a free tool which reconciles clinical patient data from disparate sources including PHRs, EMRs, HIEs, and other health care IT platforms. A user-friendly, interoperable application, FroozHIE supports data between platforms utilizing different data standards including CCR, CCD, CDA, and HL7. is making the FroozHIE application available to the health care IT community as a free, secured Web-based tool in order to encourage full interoperability.

Health Language, Inc. (HLI) and BridgeForward Software have announced their partnership to provide full data interoperability to enhance patient safety and revenue cycle management globally. Their combined solution, available through an ongoing subscription or via a one-time data migration process, will consist of BridgeForward’s embedded integration layer, Edge4, and Health Language’s LE, which supports patient care management and safety by effectively localizing, updating, disseminating, and mapping more than 70 controlled, constantly evolving, licensed health care terminologies, standards and other terminology-related content. Utilizing open architecture, BridgeForward’s Edge4 is an easily embedded, small footprint, private-label integration layer that allows for fast and simplified application integration to virtually all applications and interface engines. Edge4 provides application suppliers with a standardized and supportable integration platform for every install.

QuadraMed Corporation unveiled and demonstrated several Care-Based Revenue Cycle solutions at HIMSS for the first time including: QuadraMed CPR (QCPR) 5.03, a robust, clinician-oriented electronic medical record for large hospitals and academic medical centers; QCPR SmartStart; and QuadraMed Smart Identity Exchange. A preview of QuadraMed's next major release, QCPR 5.0.4 , now in live production use at Forrest General Hospital, an integrated delivery network in Hattiesburg, MS. This release marks QCPR's transition from a proprietary database to the high-performance object CACHE database from InterSystems Corporation.

The North East Florida Regional Health Organization (NEFRHO) has selected Fusion from Carefx to support its vision of a federated health care information exchange (HIE), enabling timely and accurate online exchange of clinical information in the seven county region. Fusion’s open and interoperable platform will provide a view of comprehensive, context-sensitive, and clinician-specific patient data housed in disparate applications across multiple health care organizations. Approximately 150 physicians, representing a mix of primary and specialty care, and two hospitals, HCA – Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville and Orange Park Hospital in Orange Park, will participate in the initial rollout, which is focused on enabling clinical connectivity via a simple, intuitive Web portal that provides unified views of aggregated patient information from Cerner and Meditech application suites. The participating organizations will maintain and store data in their own clinical systems, with NEFHRO deploying applications from Carefx and IBM to connect those systems to its database and application server. To minimize cost and development work, NEFRHO will use the Availity Master Person Index (MPI), which supplies physician access to multiple data sources of demographic and financial patient data. A grant from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Health Information Network will pay for most of the cost associated with providing access to and integrating patients’ clinical and claims data.

MediNotes, a leader in electronic health records (EHRs), has signed a letter of intent to acquire Bond Technologies. Bond’s integrated award-winning .NET-based EHR and practice management (PM) solutions include ePrescribing, patient portals, patient kiosk, image management, and more. MediNotes’ strategic addition of complementary health care technology solutions includes a full range of integrated, single-vendor and best-of-breed EMR and PM solutions to enhance patient care and workflow, as well as the patient experience.

Courion Corporation has announced availability of a new Connector for the company’s Enterprise Provisioning Suite solution, which integrates with the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution from Research In Motion. With the new Connector, organizations in the health care industry using the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution can ensure mobile access is granted automatically to new doctors, nurses, and administrative staff, thereby improving productivity through immediate access to email, text messaging, and intranet applications. To support compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and hospital IT policies, Courion, leveraging the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, also allows mobile access to be immediately disabled if a staff member’s status changes.

PinnacleHealth, a 750-bed, non-profit hospital and health care system serving Central Pennsylvania, and CentraState Healthcare System, a 272-bed, non-profit medical facility located in Freehold, N.J., have each signed on to serve as beta sites for Soarian Plan of Care, a Siemens solution designed to support inter-disciplinary care teams in defining and helping to manage patient problems, interventions and expected outcomes, to provide care in order to achieve desired outcomes and to generate new knowledge at the point of care.

The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, with guidance from BearingPoint Inc., is seeking public input on the draft definitions developed to date as part of a project for the Office of the National Coordinator to define key health information technology (HIT) terms. The project team has posted a document at that details the work in progress for its two work groups, which are charged with drafting definitions for five key health information technology (HIT) terms: electronic medical record (EMR), electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHR), health information exchange (HIE), and regional health information organization (RHIO). The public comment period will last from February 22 to March 3. Feedback can be submitted online and during two public forums held during HIMSS.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and dbMotion announced the completion of the first phase of their extensive interoperability initiative. As a result, an initial group of caregivers at UPMC now have easy access to the comprehensive patient information needed to advance the quality of care.

Aventyn introduced the Cardiotom, a mobile 3D clinical imaging solution in partnership with Adolesco AB of Stockholm, Sweden. The Cardiotom is a mobile tomographic gamma camera unit that can be positioned and used at hospital wards without moving or interfering with the patient’s safety and comfort. Image acquisition time is approximately 2 minutes with the entire process from radionuclide injection to final results taking less than 10 minutes. The novel design allows for rapid unpacking and deployment by connecting the unit to a wall socket thereby reducing installation time and maintenance cost. Its mobile form factor and efficient geometry makes the solution ideal for use in the emergency room for cardiac stress testing as well as for intensive care requirements following cardiac surgery. The Cardiotom has demonstrated clear benefits to clinicians and patients at the Karolinska and Huddinge University hospitals, Stockholm by successfully completing well over 600 myocardial and cerebral perfusion studies.

The Methodist Hospital System in Houston, a U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital, has selected the Picis CareSuite total perioperative automation (TPA) system to automate the clinical, administrative and financial functions of more than 80 operating rooms across the Methodist network. The Methodist Hospital System is dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care. To help establish best practices, deliver quality patient care, facilitate regulatory reporting and ensure that all procedures are properly documented and coded, Methodist’s clinicians and administrators wanted an OR and anesthesia solution that could fully integrate anesthesia, surgical and administrative data and support the organization’s existing Eclipsys system. The Methodist Hospital System selected Picis CareSuite total perioperative product suite including Anesthesia Manager, Preop Manager, PACU Manager, SmarTrack, Extelligence OR, Extelligence Anesthesia, and Anesthesia Professional Fee Billing capabilities to meet these needs.

InforSense made two product announcements at HIMSS. InforSense Virtual Machine (IVM), is a standalone, lightweight workflow execution engine that can be easily be embedded into third party applications that run on a wide variety of platforms including traditional CPUs, embedded devices, or mobile devices. Because of its small footprint, the IVM is easily installed and simple to maintain eliminating the complexity typically found with traditional software installations. IVM provides a 500% increase in performance as compared to the InforSense Server. IVM enables several new applications including embedded data analysis; real-time scoring; and clustered workflow execution

InforSense Translational Research Solution is a solution providing out-of-the-box tools and capabilities to integrate basic scientific research data and techniques with clinical research to improve disease understanding and patient care. World class health care institutions, such as Erasmus Medical Center, are using the InforSense solution in their translational research.

InforSense also announced a strategic partnership with Crosslinks B.V. to support Translational Medicine research initiatives, and that Crosslinks has joined the InforSense Open Partner Network as a certified InforSense Solutions Provider. Through the partnership, Crosslinks becomes a preferred InforSense Services Provider in Europe for both academic and commercial customers. The company also maintains a demonstration showcase center for InforSense technology in the Netherlands.

Frederick Primary Care Associates (FPCA) has partnered with Kryptiq to provide secure patient access to vital information stored in their Allscripts clinical and business systems. With this implementation, Frederick County’s largest medical group will improve the efficiency of its office operations and provide better customer service to its patients. Since 2003, FPCA has delivered innovative customer services through its interactive practice Web site. However, these services were not integrated with the practice’s Allscripts HealthMatics Electronic Health Record and the HealthMatics Ntierprise Practice Management systems, creating unnecessary duplicate data and workflows for the practice.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the primary teaching partner for Harvard Medical School in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, selected McKesson’s Paragon community hospital information system (HIS) to replace multiple legacy systems. Mass Eye and Ear plans to deploy the integrated clinical, financial, and ancillary applications to help enhance patient safety as well as revenue cycle management and regulatory compliance. Mass Eye and Ear selected McKesson after a rigorous and highly competitive six-month evaluation process. The goal is to create an integrated technology platform that supports advanced clinical systems while removing the inefficiencies and costs associated with a highly interfaced system environment.

Motion Computing, has selected Healthphone Solutions as a partner in their Independent Software Vendor (ISV) alliance program. This alliance forms the cornerstone of Healthphone’s U.S. channel market strategy, and supports both companies’ goals of increasing productivity for mobile health care workers and enabling better patient outcomes. Healthphone’s Mobile Wound Care enables communication across the clinical continuum for patient wound care management. It empowers doctors and wound care specialists to provide real-time recommendations, electronically, regardless of patients’ location. Mobile Wound Care is well matched to the durability and data capture technology of Motion’s C5 mobile clinical assistant tablet PC.


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