d-Wise Technologies Partners with Futrix Health to Deliver Healthcare Analytics and Business Intelligence Platform for Population Risk Management

d-Wise Technologies, a leading life science and healthcare technology solution provider and Futrix Health, a leading healthcare business analytic software solution provider, announced today that they have signed a formal partnership to provide consulting, implementation and integration services for Futrix Health - a Risk-Management Solutions Platform - throughout the United States and Europe.

Futrix Health is a revolutionary data analysis solution for payers, providers, and other healthcare organizations that require population-based metrics for analyzing complex and disparate healthcare data. Data analytics for population risk management and business intelligence (BI) remain a primary focus for the healthcare industry—both in terms of delivering effective outcomes and getting ever-escalating costs under control.

The Futrix Health platform features flexible, “drill-anywhere” self-service business intelligence coupled with an analytic engine that empowers users to create virtually any kind of measure, grouping, or viewpoint and then freely analyze it across all relevant data sources. d-Wise specializes in delivering technology solutions and services to support data management, data warehousing, programming, analytics, and reporting. Over the past decade d-Wise has earned a reputation for exacting quality through numerous technology implementations by leveraging an extensive knowledge of SAS, systems implementation, integration and validation.

The ACA allows and encourages states to create health insurance exchanges (HIE) designed to make health insurance more competitive and affordable. These health exchanges provide a treasure-trove of primary data. To leverage that data asset, states can create their own business intelligence (BI) platform, utilize third-party self-service analytics, or make a substantial investment in one of the major solution providers of business intelligence and predictive modeling. The d-Wise/Futrix Health Risk Management solution provides a unique and affordable alternative that can rapidly deliver new insights and business value.

“Futrix Health’s Risk Management solution platform’s business focus, ease-of-use and affordability made a formal partnership quite attractive for d-Wise,” said Jack Shoemaker, VP Healthcare Practice, d-Wise. The platform has many advanced features that make it ideal for the analysis of population-based metrics. “We’re excited to be partnering with Futrix Health to help deliver this solution to the healthcare market, where we can leverage our extensive knowledge of SAS as well as our experience with healthcare systems, processes and data to deliver a complete self-service business intelligence platform.”

“The combination of d-Wise’s healthcare and risk management domain expertise along with the Futrix Health’s game changing healthcare analytic functionality provides a powerful solution for the healthcare industry,” adds Jack Duncan, CEO of Futrix Americas.

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Kinnser Begins Major Product Expansion with New Software for Hospice

Kinnser Software, creator of the most widely used software solutions for home healthcare, announces a major product expansion that begins with a completely new solution for hospice. Kinnser Hospice™ has been developed in collaboration with a select group of successful hospices and post-acute consultants. It is the company’s latest addition to an increasingly comprehensive set of solutions that increase efficiency and improve patient care. Kinnser Hospice leverages the proven features of Kinnser’s popular solutions Agency Manager™ and Therapy Manager™, but is specifically designed for hospice. The software includes patient-centric intake and scheduling, comprehensive clinical charting, Medicare billing, and many additional tools to help hospices focus on compassionate care without sacrificing their need to be successful businesses.

“We’ve been asked countless times – ‘Why can’t you do for hospice what you’ve done for home health?’” says Chris Hester, president and founder of Kinnser Software. “Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing – with the same ease of use, efficient workflows, and unshakeable commitment to quality care. Whether a hospice is struggling with a poor solution or is considering software for the first time, they shouldn’t make a move without seeing the innovation Kinnser will introduce in a few weeks. They’ll be glad they waited.”

Demand for hospice care is high, with more than 1.65 million people receiving services annually. This demand is reflected in the growing number of hospice programs, which increased from 4500 in 2007 to more than 5300 today. Despite this growth, hospices continue to struggle with software solutions that are not designed for them.

Most currently available solutions for hospice were originally designed for other parts of healthcare and poorly adapted for hospice. This has resulted in awkward workflow, frustrated users, poor financial performance, and a less than optimal experience for patients and families. Kinnser took a different, discovery-based approach by collaborating with successful hospices and knowledgeable consultants to create the definitive software for hospice.

Diann Verdugo, RN, Clinical Supervisor of Sea Crest Hospice, Inc. is one of the participants in this process. “We are thrilled to be working so closely with Kinnser to create Kinnser Hospice, a solution we truly believe will help our agency be more efficient and productive,” says Verdugo. “We can’t wait to get some hands-on experience with it as part of Kinnser’s early access program.”

Kinnser Hospice begins an early access program with a select group of customers this month. The solution will be available to the general market later this year.

“Kinnser’s approach to designing and developing their new hospice solution is unique in the industry. Through my involvement with Kinnser in the discovery phase of development, I’ve provided industry insight and guidance that I am confident will help Kinnser Hospice become a very impressive solution,” said Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C, Founder at Provider Insights, Inc. Kinnser Hospice is part of a major product expansion by Kinnser to support the success of healthcare businesses and improve patient care.

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Yarmouth Argyle Leverages Mobile Application Platform to Support Rapid Growth

Yarmouth Argyle Leverages Mobile Application Platform to Support Rapid Growth

  • Nova Scotia Home Health Leader Increases Direct Care with Mobile Technology Solution from CellTrak™.

Yarmouth Argyle Home Support Services (YAHSS) is a non-profit service provider funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, serving people who need ongoing care outside of hospital, either on a long-term or short-term basis. The talented and caring team at YAHSS cares for an average daily census of approximately 300 clients and completes approximately 60,000 visits to their clients each year.

The goal of YAHSS is to support clients in their own homes to maintain their independence as long as possible. YAHSS has been rapidly expanding their agency to address the growing demand for their services. Management has been steadfast in growing direct client care, with little increase in administration or overhead. Importantly, YAHSS needed immediate access to data on an easy to use and cost effective mobile platform to provide security and real-time communications for YAHSS’s Continuing Care Assistants that could interface with their own homegrown EMR system. YAHSS selected the CellTrak VisitManager™ solution with its real-time GPS -location services, and also found the added benefits of administrative efficiency through the elimination of paper-based schedules, time sheets and expense reporting.

Jan Morrow, retiring Executive Director commented, “Our staff work extremely hard and have become an essential part of so many lives as we assist our clients in their homes. YAHSS is pleased in the results they have already seen with the use of CellTrak. We have new tools that give us access to improved data and real-time insight for the safety and security of our staff. Having real-time data has improved productivity and patient outcomes. Electronic documentation has sufficiently increased efficiency and workflow. Working on a mobile platform has kept us connected within our rapidly growing organization”

Heather MacDonald, incoming Executive Director, commented, “Though we expected to see a degree of improved efficiencies in our procedures, we did NOT anticipate that it would eliminate 60% of our first-level workload assignments tech work. This is the level at which scheduling can easily become buried and we need to “talk schedulers off the ledge”! We have established a number of procedural steps, and while working with our own IT supports as well as those from CellTrak, our data sorting capability has now become much more user-friendly as a working tool. We’re further looking to be able to use these tools more effectively in our monthly reporting and data management.”

MacDonald added, “The Agency has needed this savings in paid time for more sophisticated data work, though now it means we won’t need to increase our FTE’s for tech proportionately to our workload increase. This will allow the Agency to look at much needed RN support with the increased volume of service authorizations being received. We attribute this “miracle” to CellTrak!”

Michael K. Wons , President and CEO of CellTrak shared “YAHSS have shown themselves to be a caring and thoughtful organization putting their people first,” Wons added, “we are pleased to be working with YAHSS staff to improve lone worker safety and provide mobile access to real-time scheduling, client information and electronic care documentation using BlackBerry smart phones across Nova Scotia.” CellTrak is the industry leader in mobile applications for home healthcare workers providing a full suite of workforce management capabilities.

In addition to the GPS features that keep workers safe, integrated visit verification and automated mileage tracking and expense calculations streamline administrative workflow saving time and increasing accuracy of results. Real-time access to data collection and documentation allow for better patient outcomes all from an easy to use solution running on a mobile device. The CellTrak Portal provides supervisors and managers with a real-time view of the organization; enabling data-driven quality measures, visit compliance and staff performance management.

About Yarmouth Argyle Home Support Services

The mandate of the Yarmouth Argyle Home Support Services Committee is to deal with any concerns that arise within and concerning Yarmouth Argyle Home Support Services (YAHSS) and to ensure that YAHSS is equipped with the necessary resources to provide the following support services to the residents of the Town of Yarmouth and the Municipalities of Yarmouth and Argyle; Personal Care, Meal Preparation, Light Housekeeping, Sometimes Errands, Respite Visits, Palliative Care in clients’ homes. The goal of YAHSS is to support clients in their own homes to maintain their independence as long as possible.

About CellTrak Technologies

CellTrak Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated mobile solutions for the home healthcare, hospice, and private duty markets. Our patented software-as-a-service solutions run on GPS-enabled mobile devices via a homecare technology platform which automates workflow and reduces cost. Data is transmitted wirelessly via our secure cloud based services making the data available real time where instantaneous integration is provided to the back-end scheduling, billing, clinical systems and the payer networks. Healthcare Workers across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom deliver millions of successful visits every month via CellTrak. For more information please visit: www.celltrak.com

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UK’s First Integrated MR/PET System Marks One Year Of Pioneering Research

The University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is celebrating the one year anniversary of the installation of the UK’s first MR/PET system, the BiographTM mMR from Siemens Healthcare. The world’s first fully integrated MR and PET scanner has expanded horizons for research to better understand, diagnose and address priority diseases including heart attack, stroke and dementia. It allows for the simultaneous acquisition of MR scans with their excellent anatomical and functional information together with PET scans which can depict cellular activity.

Siemens Healthcare, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre and NHS patients have all worked in partnership to drive forward the technological advances that impact on key diseases. The Biograph mMR is used for clinical and research purposes at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, and was installed in 2012 to help investigate and improve the understanding of cancer, as well as to help deliver new improved patient treatment pathways. There are 20 active research projects utilising the system and it is hoped the combination of clinical applications, innovative technology, leading researchers and industry support will allow the Biograph mMR to deliver immediate benefits and continue to evolve to meet its full potential.

The use of a combined MR and PET system provides benefits for the hospital and the patient, producing excellent image quality and helps to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer. The Biograph mMR can provide information on blood flow to monitor a tumour’s response to chemotherapy utilising its powerful 3T MR imaging capability. The combination of high quality MR imaging with simultaneous PET, increases the power of both methods, enabling clinicians and researchers to monitor cell activity levels, potentially removing a requirement for two separate examinations. The single seamless examination offers comprehensive diagnostic imaging for the delivery of critical information used in the early detection and effective staging of disease. The Biograph mMR also allows for the more precise alignment of MR and PET, beneficial in several applications including staging, prostate cancer imaging and evaluation of smaller lesions.

“The Biograph mMR installation at UCLH was a landmark in innovation driving clinical work and oncology research in the UK, made possible by a close collaboration between Siemens and the Biomedical Research Centre,” states Peter Harrison, Managing Director UK at Siemens Healthcare.

“The innovative MR/PET system delivers comprehensive diagnostic imaging that is critical during the early detection and staging process and we look forward to its discoveries and crucial steps towards the advancement of cancer research and care.”

Research infrastructure provided by the NIHR University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre has enabled £1.6million of research activity on the scanner over 3 years as well as funding a dedicated MR/PET clinical scientist to work on the system. The UCLH Charity helped to fund the initial capital outlay required to spur the research into action.

NIHR funding with grants from other research councils such as the European Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has supported UCLH’s ambitions. The unit has also been able to attract funding from charitable institutions including Wolfson Brain and Cancer Research UK. Industrial sponsorship has also been attracted from GlaxoSmithKline, who are supporting an ambitious programme investigating the role of fibrosis in many diseases.

“The Institute of Nuclear Medicine is at the forefront of clinical imaging; we were the first in the UK and fifth in the world for clinical PET-CT. When seeking simultaneous MR and PET imaging, we looked to Siemens who brought something unique to the market with the Biograph mMR,” states Professor Ashley Groves, Head of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine at UCL and Academic Lead at the Department of Nuclear Medicine at University College Hospital. “The system is being used for translational research, ensuring that we are transforming scientific knowledge into visible clinical benefits at UCH.”

“The applications for the system are wide-ranging, from providing early diagnosis in dementia, individualised treatment in oncology to better understanding of a range of conditions such as myocardial disease,” continues Professor Ashley Groves. “The overarching objective is to better understand, diagnose and address priority diseases including heart attack, stroke and dementia. The research has been groundbreaking in the way we have been able to better characterise individual tumours, enabling the most suitable treatment is provided and facilitating early detection. We look forward to witnessing the first clinical benefits of this research over the coming months.”

Dr Bomanji, Clinical Lead at the Department of Nuclear Medicine at University College Hospital states “The Siemens Biograph mMR is a novel machine and prospective data is being acquired to establish its use. In our experience, there is potential for MR/PET to further refine staging. Monitoring treatment response in tumours and radiotherapy planning are also potential uses of MR/PET. MR/PET imaging may benefit patients with dementia and epilepsy. These prospective indications might have a significant effect on patient outcomes.” A wide range of healthcare professionals including clinical imagers, technologists and physicists worked closely with Siemens to gain the desired output from the state-of-the-art MR/PET imaging system in its first year at the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre.

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HTM Speaks With Frank Lievens, Secretary/Treasurer, ISfTeH

HTM Speaks With Frank Lievens, Secretary/Treasurer, ISfTeH

Frank Lievens is the Secretary/Treasurer of the ISfTeH, an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organisation. With a Master in Economic and Diplomatic Sciences since 1989, Frank has been involved in Telemedicine since 1989 via a keen interest in Home Care Applications. Frank is also the Managing Director of LIEVENS-LANCKMAN BVBA and AKROMED FRANCE, two companies involved in the manufacturing and global distribution of Medical Devices.

Fact File

  • International Coordinator of MED-e-TEL in Luxembourg
  • Board member, Secretary and Treasurer of the ISfTeH
  • Was involved in the creation of MED-e-TEL, the International Educational & Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine & Health ICT, taking place yearly in Luxembourg and acts as its Director.
  • Was elected to the Board of the ISfTeH (International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth) in September 2003 as Treasurer, and re-elected in December 2007 as Secretary-Treasurer.
  • Has been attending many Telemedicine Conferences and Events in various countries 

He was involved in the creation of MED-e-TEL, the International educational & Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine & Health ICT, taking place yearly in Luxembourg and acts as its International coordinator. He was elected to the Board of the ISfTeH (International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth) in September 2003 as Treasurer, and re-elected in December 2007 as Secretary-Treasurer.

He has attended many Telemedicine Conferences and Events in various countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, U.A.E., U.K., Ukraine, U.S.A. Presentations on the Global Vision about Telemedicine/eHealth were made in: Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Antwerp, Bangalore, Berlin, Bhubaneswar, Brisbane, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Cape Town, Chandigarh, Chennai, Copenhagen, Dubai, Durban, Donetsk, Fiuggi, Guanzhou, Joensuu, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, London, Luxembourg, Lyon, Mangalia, Moscow, Nairobi, New Delhi, Ottawa, Parana, Paris, Perth, Pune, Sao Paulo, Sarajevo, Saratov, Skopje, Sofia, Tarusa, Tirana, Tromsö, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb.

What opportunities currently exist in the global telemedicine industry?

One should actually first define “Telemedicine Industry” ! Telemedicine is covered by many different industrial applications, going from Medical Devices, via IT and Telecommunication, to even Textiles (wearables) and many others. That in itself is already quite a broad scope of opportunities. In fact, Telemedicine I not an industry by itself, but calls upon the input of many industries.

How well are caregivers adopting telemedicine technology?

This is an ongoing process, in the same way as ICT technologies made their way into our daily lives and activities over the last 30 years. Yet, since human health is involved, it goes somewhat slower. But the new generation of caregivers is already very familiar with the modern communication tools and is adopting faster and better telemedicine technology.

What applications does telemedicine suit?

Technologically it can be almost anything. All medical “specialities” can become “Tele”. But the human factor must prevail. If and when Telemedicine allows to treat and serve better the patient (also to more efficient means at the hands of the caregivers), then it fully responds to its goals and potential.

As healthcare moves towards Big data, what security risks exist in telemedicine?

In my opinion, there are no more security risks in Telemedicine than there are or were in the traditional systems so far. Security risks have always existed ! It is correct though that modern ICT allows to register and use far more data than before. But it also allows to develop better security tools. Behind any technology are humans. Therefore it is the responsibility of all partners involved in the telemedicine process to define properly all ins and out’s and to install adequate procedures.

What vital signs may be monitored with telemedicine?

As indicated before, almost any vital parts of the human body can be monitored with Telemedicine. Just refer to : Tele-Dermatology, Tele-Cardiology, Tele-Oncology, Tele-Odontology, Tele-Ophtalmology, Tele-Periodontics, Tele-Woundcare, Tele-Pediatrics, Tele-Psychiatry, etc…

Can telemedicine consultations replace face-to-face appointments?

Telemedicine will never fully “replace” face-to-face appointments. It will run in parallel or in addition. It will be most useful when the patient cannot physically cover the distance to the physician, or in order to avoid costly travels. Specific situations will determine whether a face-to face appointment is mandatory. If not, contact between the patient and the healthcare professional can now be taking place at a distance, thanks to the Telemedicine tools.

In an insurance based healthcare culture, where does telemedicine fit in?

Unfortunately it has not yet found its place. But it definitely will at some point. This will probably come in step by step, and also varying from country to country, from Insurance system to another. I consider it essential to start with establishing a Telemedicine/eHealth nomenclature, creating a list defining Telemedicine acts, products, filled in with the respective cost prices. The next step will then be to decide what will be up for reimbursement and at what level. It would be great if this could be a trans-boarder exercise (e.g. at European Union). But this may be too much asked at this point in time.

What initiatives are the ISFTeH currently spearheading in the business?

The ISfTeH at this point is essentially a “Networking” Society. Its mission is to facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth and to provide access to recognized experts in the field worldwide. Emphasis is on developing and emerging countries.

How will The Telehealth Promotion Act of 2012 improve the industry?

We can only trust that it will. It is quite difficult to already evaluate at this point.

Where will the telemedicine industry be in 5 years time?

Two pieces of good news : a. there is no way back! b. the future of Telemedicine/eHealth does not evolve between two parallel lines. They evolve between two permanently enlarging axes, meaning that, as we speak, the scope become broader and the potential increases day by day. My vision and hope are that eHealth/Telemedicine will grow in such a controlled way that, maybe within the 10…20…50 years, there will be no more need to talk about it, as it will have melted entirely in the common practice of medicine and health policies.

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Healthcare IT in Greater China to be the focus of HIMSS AsiaPac13 this week in Hong Kong

Healthcare IT in Greater China to be the focus of HIMSS AsiaPac13 this week in Hong Kong

Hong Kong will be the host country for HIMSS AsiaPac13 Greater China eHealth Forum where the world’s leading healthcare IT professionals will discuss the latest trends, challenges and future of Healthcare IT (HIT). Greater China is not only the fastest growing but also the most populous region in the world with a diverse range of healthcare IT systems. Nowhere in the world will HIT’s impact on healthcare delivery be so great and the impact so profound. The conference, which will cover both Greater China and international HIT is scheduled to take place 1 - 2 August at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) with pre-conference symposia on Nursing Informatics and Clinician IT Leadership at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on 31 July 2013.

Themes to be discussed during the conference include (1) HIT X.0; (2) Mobile Health; (3) Standards and Interoperability and (4) Care in the Community.

The first day of the conference will feature opening addresses by Dr. Ko Wing-man, Hong Kong Secretary for Food & Health; and Ms Hou Yan, Head of the Department of Planning and Information, National Health and Family Planning Commission in mainland China. In the opening keynote speech, Dan Gordon, Executive Consultant at IBM Global Healthcare Centre of Competence, will talk about how public and private healthcare organisations around the world are leveraging big data technology to build operational dexterity and reshape patient relationships for improved outcomes and reduced costs.

Gordon’s presentation will also look at the challenges that healthcare organisations face when employing big data. The addresses will be followed by two forum tracks – the Greater China Forum and the International Forum – featuring a combined line up of more than 20 notable healthcare experts from 13 countries and regions.

In the Greater China Forum, representatives from the People's Republic of China, Macau, Taiwan and Hong Kong will present the latest healthcare reforms, IT strategies and developments, including updates on cross-boundary and cross-sectoral health record sharing in the region. Healthcare spending in China alone is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020, according to McKinsey & Company.

A speaker from the World Health Organisation will likewise discuss the key drivers to developing sustainable national eHealth strategies and plans, and ways to ensure the success of implementing and scaling standards-based eHealth investments. In the International Forum, speakers from all over the globe will provide observations and case studies on a wide range of topics, such as how using information communication technologies helped countries achieve United Nations Millennium goals of reducing child and maternal mortality and how a Personal Health Record system could empower and engage individuals to better manage their own health.

In the closing keynote speech, Dr. C. Martin Harris, Chief Information Officer and Chairman of the Information Technology Division at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, will emphasise the role of IT as an indispensable medical tool and describe the benefits of HIT in medical practices. The closing speech will be followed by the HIMSS Analytics Asia Pacific EMRAM Award Presentation, where the Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital will be honoured for achieving Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM).

It is the first hospital in Taiwan to receive Stage 6 designation, signifying, among others, that the hospital has recognised the strategic value of improving patient care with EMR and has achieved almost fully automated/paperless medical records.

Dr Wong Chun Por, President of the eHealth Consortium said: “We are very excited to hold HIMSS AsiaPac13 in Hong Kong this year. The conference and symposia are must-attend events for all Healthcare IT practitioners across Asia Pacific. Healthcare IT professionals should not miss this chance to hear from leaders in their field about how new and existing technology is being used to vastly improve patient care and outcome. Attendees will learn about different experiences, best practice, challenges and solutions from a wide range of experts from around the world. The conference also provides a rich networking experience.”

 

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Wireless Health Market to Reach $38.51 Billion by 2016

Wireless Health Market to Reach $38.51 Billion by 2016

The report “Wireless Health Market (WLAN, WMAN, WPAN, Sensors, Smartphone, Tablet, PC, Mobile APPS) - Global Trends, Opportunities, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts Till 2016” as the name suggests, analyzes and studies the major market drivers, restraints, and opportunities in North America (U.S. and Canada), Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, ROE), APAC (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia) and Rest of the World.

Wireless health comprises of advanced sensor technologies, wireless communications, and information technologies which aims at providing a better healthcare delivery. With affordable wireless information and communication technology and availability of inexpensive wireless-based laptops, portables and CD-ROM-based problem resolution and diagnostic technology, the value of wireless technology is clearly seen in improving service productivity, efficiency and profitability.

Though healthcare organizations have been slow to embrace wireless technology, more and more organizations are finding that they can save money and improve care with this technology, and as it eliminates the need for wired connections, it increases mobility of the patients and healthcare professionals, invariably improving treatment outcomes. The global wireless health market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 19.43% during the study period (2011-2016). In this report, the wireless health market is segmented on the basis of wireless technologies, handheld devices and mobile apps across their applications in healthcare amenities (hospitals, nursing homes), pharmaceuticals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, home care, telehealth and by physicians through various geographies.

North America led the global wireless health market with around 45% share in 2011; rising cost of healthcare and increasing demand for better healthcare services has lead to the adoption of advanced wireless solutions. In addition, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and U.S. healthcare reforms are boosting the adoption of healthcare IT systems.

The U.S. captures the largest market share of North America, and shows a remarkable growth opportunity. The second largest market is Europe, and Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region with China capturing the largest market share of APAC region. Buy a copy of this report @: http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Purchase/purchase_report1.asp?id=551

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Leading Hospice can Picture Better Patient Outcomes with Secure Photo Application

Leading Hospice can Picture Better Patient Outcomes with Secure Photo Application

  • Cross Timbers Hospice uses Secured Photo Capture from CellTrak Technologies for Improving Patient Care and Service Delivery.

It is the mission of Cross Timbers Hospice to provide quality hospice services that give those with terminal illnesses and their families the opportunity to live each day to the fullest, with choices and dignity. They are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people who have long-term or advanced illness, whether they live alone, or with family or in a facility. The heart of Cross Timbers Hospice is the clinical team who provides and helps with the care people need. Cross Timbers Hospice is more than just a trusted name in their community, they are people who care and are dedicated to assisting patients in receiving the care they deserve.

Hospice is a special approach to care which combines medical expertise and compassion for those suffering with a life limiting illness. Cross Timbers Hospice focuses on a quality of life. To further their passion for patient care they implemented CellTrak Technologies latest feature, secured photo capture. This new feature allows photo capture at the point-of-care in a HIPAA secured fashion similar to secure messaging within its mobile application. The photo capture is useful along with GPS and electronic signature capture to prove a visit occurred as specified in the patients care plan and can be audited via the visit system of record from CellTrak.

Cross Timbers Hospice is about providing comfort, easing pain, listening, or sharing a smile. Their hospice affirms life and does not hasten the end of life. Cross Timbers Hospice decided to implement a mobile technology for real-time data, lowered mileage reimbursement and automation of care plans. Complete automation is fulfilled with an interface into their current EMR, which is Suncoast Solutions. The new feature is currently deployed to field staff for real time monitoring. Cross Timbers Hospice chose to use the latest Samsung Android devices running on the AT&T network.

Rachel Currier, HR Director, commented, “The photos we have captured of wounds were very eye opening to our nursing staff. Most times our CNA’s are first in the field to see what is happening with patient care and having the ability to send these to deploy more care will ultimately enhance patient care experience and pro-actively comfort patients in this very delicate time.”

“The new photo capture feature in the CellTrak solution has assisted with improving overall operational and occupational health and safety outcomes for enhanced patient care and service delivery,” shared Mark Dodge, Executive Director “The easy to use feature is secure, accurate and compliant. Since we can access the photos in the VisitManager portal, we are able to view the photos in the office in real-time and have the GPS evidence to assure our staff is safe and that patient care progressions are tracked and in some cases, alert other disciplines for timely interventions.”

This new feature allows multiple photos to be captured and the photos to reside only within the secured app and not on the device in the photo gallery. The photo as it is captured is date and time stamped along with the specific GPS quadrants of where the photo was taken. When visit notes are printed by the home healthcare agency the photos along with signature can also be included in the visit management report. In addition the photos tied to a specific visit are accessible via the VisitManager Portal. When medical treatments cannot cure an illness, Cross Timbers Hospice may be needed. A patient may be eligible for the benefits of Cross Timbers Hospice services when he or she has a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six months or less, as determined by a physician. When the goal of treatment has changed from curative or aggressive care, to comfort care Cross Timbers Hospice will be there.

Michael K. Wons, President and CEO of CellTrak Technologies added, “This first of its kind feature for the home healthcare and hospice industry is making quite an impact. We developed this feature based on agency needs. Due to the increase of compliance issues and fraudulent activity, we needed to provide a cost effective and compliant solution that provides accountability, clinical features and real-time indisputable GPS evidence of care. Working with Cross Timbers Hospice, one of the first in the industry to use a secure application, has been a pleasure and we strive to continue to improve outcomes together.”

CellTrak solution offerings have gone beyond mobile and with a deep focus on removing fraud and increasing compliance. CellTrak has become the complete visit system of record. Photo capture, secured messaging and signature capture at the point of care to complete your visits without paper and can be interfaced into any of clinical, scheduling, billing and payroll partner systems and can also be interfaced into agency custom developed systems.

About Cross Timbers Hospice

We are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people who have long-term or advanced illness, whether they live alone, or with family or in a facility. The heart of Cross Timbers Hospice is the clinical team who provides and helps with the care you need. Cross Timbers Hospice is more than just a trusted name in our community. We're people who care, dedicated to helping you get the health care you deserve. For more information please visit: www.crosstimbershospice.org

About CellTrak Technologies

CellTrak Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated mobile solutions for the home healthcare, hospice, and private duty markets. Our patented software-as-a-service solutions run on GPS-enabled mobile devices via a homecare technology platform which automates workflow and reduces cost. Data is transmitted wirelessly via our secure cloud based services making the data available real time where instantaneous integration is provided to the back-end clinical systems and the payer networks. Healthcare Workers across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom deliver millions of successful visits every month via CellTrak.

For more information please visit: www.celltrak.com

Leading Hospice can Picture Better Patient Outcomes with Secure Photo Application

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Mayo Clinic Signs Strategic Agreement with Valurise Health Solutions in China

Mayo Clinic today announced that it has entered into a multiyear agreement with Valurise Health Solutions, Inc. (VHS), known as Haorensheng in China, to integrate components of Mayo Clinic's suite of Healthy Living services into their existing product line for employers and insurers in Greater China, including the PRC (People's Republic of China), Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

As part of the deal, Mayo Clinic will provide its Ask Mayo Clinic triage algorithms; EmbodyHealth programs, tools, and newsletters; health information content; Mayo Clinic Health Letter; and condition management content and materials. VHS will be responsible for translating, culturally incorporating and integrating the Mayo Clinic content and knowledge into its products and services, and for marketing, selling, delivering and supporting the resulting products/services in China. For its contribution to the collaboration, Mayo Clinic will receive equity in VHS and royalties over the multiyear term. Simultaneous with its license and collaboration agreement with VHS, Mayo Clinic and SAIF Partners are investors in VHS. SAIF Partners is a leading growth venture capital fund focused on China and India.

"Mayo Clinic's legacy of providing exceptional patient care and advancing the science of health care delivery through the transfer of knowledge and information allows us to extend the hope and healing of Mayo Clinic to people everywhere," says Paul Limburg, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Office of Wellness. "We are excited to provide Mayo Clinic knowledge to the people of China, where the demand for high quality health and wellness offerings is growing rapidly. We welcome this opportunity to inform, inspire and partner with the people of China in their quest for better health."

"We aim to meet the phenomenal demand for chronic disease management and prevention programs in China," states Dr. Rico W. Tang, CEO of VHS/Haorensheng. "Haorensheng is a leading brand in this rapidly expanding health risk management market and we represent the highest standard in China in providing innovative and one-stop health solutions. By partnering with other healthcare providers in China, Haorensheng is now providing services to more than 50% of all life/health insurers and over a million people from leading enterprise employers, government agencies and social security departments. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to receive investment and support from Mayo Clinic, one of the true pioneers of high quality health and wellness in the world."

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