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Conifer Health Solutions To Acquire SPi Healthcare
Conifer Health Solutions, the nation's leading provider of technology-enabled healthcare performance improvement services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SPi Healthcare, a provider of innovative revenue cycle management (RCM), health information management (HIM) and software solutions for independent and provider-owned physician practices. Conifer expects to complete the transaction, valued at $235 million, in the fourth quarter of 2014. John O'Donnell, SPi's chief executive officer, ...
Posted on: September 30, 2014
Elsevier Enhances ClinicalKey, Improving Point-of-Care Search
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today launched an enhanced version of ClinicalKey that incorporates extensive feedback from clinician users. New intuitive topic pages, a design easily viewable on any mobile device, and multi-layered search functions lead the list of improvements to Elsevier's premier point-of-care clinical resource.By providing both a general topic view and specific answers, ClinicalKey helps clinicians rapidly ...
Posted on: September 29, 2014
Explorys Wins 2014 NorTech Innovation Award
Explorys, the leader in big data-driven healthcare transformation, recently announced that it has been recognized with a 2014 NorTech Innovation Award in the "Most Innovative Use of a National Trend" category for Big Data. The award was presented to Explorys at the Innovation Awards gala at the Cleveland Convention Center on September 23rd."We are honored to be recognized as an innovator in this space," said Charlie Lougheed, president and co-founder at Explorys. "Leveraging big data to improve quality ...
Posted on: September 26, 2014
North Philadelphia Health System's New EHR
MEDHOST Inc. has joined North Philadelphia Health System as a key partner in its long-term financial plan to transition from paper-based processes to a hosted inpatient electronic health record (EHR).MEDHOST's inpatient EHR, which is Meaningful Use Stage 2 certified by ONC-ACB, includes ICD-10 readiness and a robust suite of integrated clinical and financial solutions that will support North Philadelphia Health System's financial and operational goals. The health system has two facilities -- St. Joseph's ...
Posted on: September 26, 2014
New Document Capture Software from Kodak Alaris
Despite widespread adoption of document capture solutions,1 IT and operations managers in many mid-to-large sized enterprises with paper-based processes are still searching for solutions to boost efficiency and productivity in the ways they capture and manage information. Scanning and extracting data for use in business processes and exporting information into repositories can be a bottleneck with serious implications on the cost of back-office operations and customer satisfaction. "As organizations ...
Posted on: September 25, 2014
SurMD Launches Cloud Storage and Distribution Service
SurDoc, the leader in creating and providing secure cloud services, announces the launch of its SurMD DICOM Image Archival and Distribution (SDAD) service to aid medical and diagnostic imaging centers to securely archive and share test results with patients and providers. SDAD, from the SurMD line of products, is HIPAA-certified by a qualified third party, features cost effective pay-as-you-go plans and is designed to address the specific needs of diagnostic imaging. Imaging centers can take advantage of ...
Posted on: September 24, 2014
New Workforce Forecasting Solution for Predictive Scheduling
Further empowering healthcare organizations to move to a value-based care delivery model that focuses on costs, quality, and outcomes, Kronos Incorporated recently announced a forecasting application that predicts fluctuating demand by leveraging historical volume data by day, week, month, and shift. Healthcare organizations can use this application to deliver an accurate workload plan and build the foundation of a predictive scheduling process.Facts: A new application available within the Kronos ...
Posted on: September 23, 2014
Interbit Data Introduces Downtime Patient Verification
Interbit Data, a provider of software and services connecting people with information for more efficient healthcare, recently announced Downtime Patient Verification (DPV), a hospital patient identification and verification solution for confirming a patient's identity and protecting them from clinical errors during a healthcare information system downtime or a network or power outage. Interbit Data offers Downtime Patient Verification as an optional feature with NetSafe, its downtime protection and ...
Posted on: September 22, 2014
New ICD-10 Coding System May Cloud Hospital Safety
Changes in how medical diagnoses are coded under the latest international disease classification system - better known as the ICD-10 codes - may complicate the assessment of hospital safety, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Their report is available online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).Codes for diagnoses that serve as patient safety indicators may not translate in a simple way from ICD-9 to ICD-10, said Andrew Boyd, assistant professor of ...
Posted on: September 20, 2014
The Right IT for the Connected Patient
Engaging patients through information technology continues as a priority for many in the healthcare continuum. Patients, providers, payers and other engaged players want to be part of this connected conversation. But, "patients will be engaged when engagement is personally meaningful, trusted, easy and convenient," as noted in a new HIMSS white paper, The State of Patient Engagement in 2014, edited by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, MA, (Econ.), MHSA, with contributions from the HIMSS volunteer s and HIMSS Center for ...
Posted on: September 19, 2014
CMS Announces Three Weeks of ICD-10 Testing
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced three separate weeks of ICD-10 acknowledgement testing to allow providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses the opportunity to determine whether CMS will be able to accept their claims with the new codes.The three weeks of testing are: November 17-21, 2014; March 2-6, 2015; and June 1-5, 2015. While ICD-10 acknowledgement test claims can be submitted anytime up to the new planned October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation date, CMS is ...
Posted on: September 18, 2014
EDCO Health Information Solutions' Solarity Version 3.5
EDCO Health Information Solutions is pleased to announce major enhancements to its patented medical record scanning and indexing software, Solarity. Version 3.5 of the software includes several new applications and configuration options designed to improve the functionality for users when utilized at the point of care or centrally in the health information management (HIM) department.As part of the 3.5 release, the Solarity Scan application has been redesigned to further streamline the user ...
Posted on: September 17, 2014
drchrono Demos iPad EHR and Glass Integration With Box
Recently, Box co-founder and CEO Aaron Levie unveiled Box for Industries, at BoxWorks, the company's annual user conference. Box for Industries is a suite of enterprise content collaboration solutions aimed at transforming how businesses across verticals work with information. As part of Box's effort to build tailored offerings in healthcare, drchrono demonstrated how its iPad and Glass app integrates with the Box platform.drchrono has been a Box platform integration partner for more than three years, ...
Posted on: September 16, 2014
CMS Final Rule on MU Flexibility Criticized
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have finalized a proposal, released last May, to allow healthcare providers to use 2011 certified electronic health records (EHRs) in meaningful use attestation this year if they have not yet been able to implement systems upgraded to the 2014 criteria.In addition, the final rule allows some physicians who are scheduled to attest to meaningful use stage 2 to attest to stage 1 requirements this year ...
Posted on: September 15, 2014
Clearwater Compliance Risk Management BootCamps
As part of its robust lineup of information privacy and security risk management solutions, Clearwater Compliance has announced it will host new Information Risk Management BootCamp events in Los Angeles and Tampa as part of the company's remaining 2014 educational schedule. For 2015, live, in-person events are scheduled for Dallas, New Orleans, Denver and Washington.The Clearwater Information Risk Management BootCamp is geared toward information privacy, security, compliance and risk management ...
Posted on: September 13, 2014