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Feb. 12, 2008 | Enclarity has introduced ProviderLookup, a Web-based offering that enables health care payers and others to access the industry’s most correct, current, and comprehensive source of provider information in real-time. ProviderLookup’s powerful search engine allows payers to query Enclarity’s Master Provider Referential Database of more than 140 million records for a variety of important needs. Clients can streamline claims verification and updating, internal provider records maintenance, credentialing research, and returned mail research. ProviderLookup also lets users access detailed information for all provider types, including doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and more.

Essentris 1.4.2 received the U. S. Department of Defense’s ATO (Approval to Operate) certification, paving the way for any military hospital to install and connect the latest version of CliniComp’s Essentris suite to its information technology network. Under DIACAP (Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process) the DoD certifies information systems as meeting a strict set of security requirements and then accredits them for operation. The ATO certification and accreditation gives military officials the green light to deploy Essentris 1.4.2 on their hospital’s computer network.

American Hospital Dubai licensed the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management, Enterprise Financial Management, Supply Chain Management, and Business Intelligence Suites. American Hospital Dubai chose the Lawson applications to support its growth strategies and promote greater efficiency by helping to simplify administrative processes. The contract was signed during Lawson's second quarter of fiscal 2008, which ended Nov. 30, 2007. Lawson Professional Services will provide implementation services for the project. American Hospital Dubai is a Joint Commission International-accredited, 143-bed acute care hospital. It has a 60-physician multi-specialty group practice and Centers of Excellence for joint replacement, heart, cancer and diabetes care. With more than 800 employees, the hospital provides American-standard medical and surgical services to residents of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as well as visiting patients from around the world. The hospital is in the process of expanding its inpatient bed capacity to more than 360 beds and adding services.

The TriZetto Group has announced the limited availability release of CareAdvance Medicare, for proactive care management of Medicare members. Designed to address the unique needs of senior populations and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, CareAdvance Medicare automates case and disease management activities; provides case management support specific to Medicare beneficiaries; features a new Medicare Health Risk Assessment for seniors; enables MA plans to align with new guidelines of Special Needs Programs (SNPs); includes identification rules that allow for improved identification and stratification of senior-specific conditions and members with chronic diseases; and offers state-of-the-art information systems that enable adherence to CMS and NCQA standards for evidence-based algorithms, automated documentation, and comprehensive reminder systems. CareAdvance Medicare will be sold as an optional component to TriZetto’s Clinical CareAdvance (CCA) application, the clinician-facing feature of the CareAdvance Enterprise (CAE) solution.

 IAC has acquired a significant minority stake in The HealthCentral Network, a leading collection of health and wellness web properties, reaching 7.7 million viewers. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The HealthCentral Network (THCN) is a collection of over 30 owned and operated condition-specific and healthy living websites that combine authoritative health information with tight-knit communities of people, bringing together patients and experts to share wisdom and personal experience. The move marks a major push into the online health information space, and allows IAC to capitalize on THCN’s highly integrated online properties deeply focused on strong consumer-engagement.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has re-launched www.myPHR.com, a personal health record devoted to promoting health care consumer involvement. myPHR.com offers patients a comprehensive menu of peer-reviewed PHR information and a step-by-step guide for creating a PHR with forms in English and Spanish. In conjunction with the site, AHIMA has launched the “It’s HI Time, America!” campaign to heighten awareness and educate health care consumers on the importance of improving the management of their health information by developing PHRs. This campaign encourages Americans — especially caregivers, maturing adults, parents raising children and individuals managing chronic conditions — to create and maintain comprehensive PHRs that contain the information needed to make important medical decisions.

MediGuide (Delaware and Haifa, Israel) has signed an agreement with Medtronic for co-development of medical positioning system- (MPS) enabled products. The agreement is based on providing Medtronic products with MediGuide's GPS-like (MPS) navigation capabilities to enhance various procedures. The set of agreements includes co-development and an optional equity investment of Medtronic in MediGuide. The integration of the MediGuide MPS navigation technology into Medtronic tools is expected (subject to receipt of regulatory/clinical approvals) to enhance the physician's operation, as well as the procedure duration and outcome. This relationship enlarges MediGuide's portfolio of future products, together with its relationships with leading imaging and device companies. 

Outcome Sciences has expanded its suite of programs to include a solution for Outpatient Measures to support both the Joint Commission Core Measure Outpatient Measure set and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Outpatient Quality Data Reporting Program (HOP QDRP). HOP QDRP was implemented by CMS as part of the recently established Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), which requires hospitals to report data on the quality of hospital outpatient care in order to receive the full annual payment rate, effective for payments beginning in 2009.

Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in North Carolina has selected the RadarFind Real Time Location System (RTLS) to track their vast inventory of hospital equipment and medical devices for more efficient use and maintenance. The indoor tracking system determines the location of mobile medical equipment throughout the hospital and displays this information via the hospital staff’s computer screens. Installing RadarFind’s RTLS will allow SRMC to significantly reduce equipment purchase costs and use the savings to add health care services typically seen in larger hospitals to further improve patient care. RadarFind’s innovative platform technology overcomes the limitations associated with typical RFID and WiFi solutions. Designed to seamlessly integrate with existing hospital infrastructure and operations, RadarFind requires no new wiring or ceiling and wall penetration associated with adding WiFi access points. And unlike many other systems, RadarFind operates independently of a hospital’s critical IT network.

MEDITECH's product Advanced Clinical Systems MAGIC 5.6 is CCHIT (Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology) Certified, and meets the Commission's inpatient electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2007. Inpatient EHRs are designed for use in acute care hospitals. The Commission — an independent, nonprofit organization — is the Recognized Certification Body in the United States for certifying health information technology products.

OptumHealth announces the availability of a portable, lifetime personal health record enabling individuals who change employers, health plan or doctors to easily retain access to their previous medical history based on their health insurance claims. A division of UnitedHealth Group, OptumHealth is providing this portability service through its free, secure consumer Internet portal, www.healthatoz.com, to more than 21 million consumers. These individuals already have personal health records established through sister-company, UnitedHealthcare or OptumHealth’s private employer or payer health portals.

FirstTrak helps first responders facilitate family reunification by incorporating web 2.0, AJAX, VSE technology and feedback gathered in over 600 exercises and installations to deliver a more robust patient tracking solution than its predecessor, EMSware. The Disaster Management Solutions product uses web 2.0, Ajax, and VSE technology to deliver a configurable, user friendly, virtually maintenance free system. The secret behind FirstTrak's configurability is its Vertical Software Engine (VSE), a proprietary system that allows a custom user experience without the need to write custom code. The streamlined interface helps first responders 'do more' in terms of patient care and family reunification. With FirstTrak's one-click-upgrade feature customers can update their systems within minutes instead of months. This, coupled with easy configurability, means that users can effortlessly remain compliant to changing government guidelines. Current users of EMSware may upgrade to FirstTrak for no charge.

Picis has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program, recognizing Picis’ expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Picis has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel. Picis’ comprehensive information systems help hospitals improve patient safety and operational efficiencies by automating clinical documentation and business practices in the emergency department, operating rooms, post-anesthesia care units and intensive care units. Picis leverages Microsoft technologies as part of its CareSuite product suite, including foundational frameworks, such as .NET 3.5 and ASP .NET 2.0. In addition, Picis products support Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Picis also utilizes Microsoft Visual Studio Team System to help support its development process and achieve a high level of agility and quality in its high-acuity care software products.

CenTrak has recently partnered with GE Healthcare to introduce their InTouch Care, a Real Time Location System (RTLS). With CenTrak's InTouch Care, health care facilities will be able to optimize the utilization of their medical equipment, resulting in enhanced operational efficiency, reduced costs and improved overall patient care and experience. This battery-based, true room-level, Radio Frequency ID (RFID) asset tracking system offers hospitals the ability to provide room-level - accuracy and scalability in the form of a cost-effective solution. Unlike other tracking solutions that require heavy wiring, InTouch Care is the first to rely on batteries as the main power source, eliminating in-room wiring and enabling plug-and-play functionality. Previously traditional RFID installations took six months, but now with battery-operated readers, it may only take six days.

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