NQ Mobile(TM) Subsidiary, NationSky, Accelerates the Growth of its Enterprise Mobile Device Management

NationSky announces a large enterprise contract for its NQSky MDM solution with a major regional hospital in cooperation with a top-tier global medical technology and service provider. A large domestic insurance institution also becomes new customer. NQ Mobile, a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, today announced that its subsidiary, Beijing NationSky Network Technology, Inc. (NationSky), a leading provider of mobile services to enterprises in China, will provide enterprise mobile device management (MDM) services to Guangzhou Overseas Chinese Hospital, a major hospital in Guangdong province, in cooperation with GE Healthcare China, one of the world's top-tier medical technology and services providers.

Additionally, AnBang Insurance Group, one of the largest insurance companies in China, has chosen NQSky as its MDM service provider to manage its corporate issued mobile devices. These two large enterprise customers bring the total to more than 20 major customers that have selected the NQSky MDM solution since its launch in February 2013.

NQ Mobile and NationSky anticipate the NQSky solution to further penetrate the market and accelerate growth throughout 2013.

"Mobility is changing enterprises' working and selling style and MDM is an increasingly important issue to all enterprises, including healthcare practitioners, banks, brokers and insurance companies. The demand will continue to grow along with the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend," said Omar Khan, Co-Chief Executive Officer, NQ Mobile. "With NQSky, enterprises will be able to seamlessly integrate mobile devices with existing enterprise IT policies and fast-track mobility adoption, making this a unique solution."

Founded in 2005, NationSky is a leader in providing mobile services to about 1,250 enterprises in China. In May 2012, NQ Mobile acquired 55 percent of NationSky. Offering a suite of customized services under the NQSky brand, NationSky provides its customers end-to-end solutions from mobile data strategy consulting, architecture design and deployment, to mobile device, content and application management. NationSky also provides industry-specific solutions as well as complete platform integration services.

"With the acquisition of NationSky, NQ Mobile became the only mobile security provider in the world to approach security and privacy holistically for health care providers, large insurance companies, banks and other major enterprises," said Charles Hou, Chief Executive Officer, NationSky. "Mobile malware attacks have been steadily increasing in China and around the world, both for professionals and consumers. With NQSky, we can help our enterprise customers, regardless of the platform."

NationSky is a member of The Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance (GEMA). GEMA is the leading provider of global managed mobility services and is comprised of leading managed mobility services providers. As a member of GEMA, NationSky can provide not only standardized professional services and technical assistance, but also the ability to bridge GEMA's extensive global service structure system. Whether for foreign enterprises operating in China or the overseas expansion of Chinese enterprises, NationSky and GEMA can enable organizations to scale globally while receiving local in-country support wherever they operate around the world.


Plexus and GE Healthcare Celebrate 30 Year Partnership

Plexus Corp. and GE Healthcare recognized a significant achievement, celebrating their strategic, 30-year-partnership. Their collaboration generates economic activity across Wisconsin and other communities in which they operate. As GE Healthcare's largest provider of advanced electronics manufacturing and engineering solutions, Plexus supplies high-tech assemblies that power advanced imaging equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, X-Ray and ultrasound scanners. A new Plexus facility under construction in Neenah, Wis., will be completed in September, and will provide manufacturing solutions to GE Healthcare.

Todd Kelsey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, "Plexus is proud of our 30 years as a strategic supplier to GE Healthcare. The longevity of our partnership is a testament of our ability to successfully deliver growth through customer service excellence on complex products like GE Healthcare's advanced imaging equipment. As one of our first, and now, one of our largest customers, we look forward to continuing to support GE Healthcare with our full Product Realization Value Steam solutions as they provide critical medical technologies across the globe."

Ralph Strosin, General Manager GE Healthcare Global Sourcing, commented, "Our relationship with Plexus has provided us with best-in-class quality products while achieving exceptional service. Plexus' industry leading capabilities and solutions have enhanced our ability to deliver world-class products to the healthcare industry, while delivering operational efficiencies and reducing our expenses. We look forward to continuing our partnership with key suppliers like Plexus in Wisconsin."


NTCA CEO Supports Commissioner Rosenworcel’s Call to Expand Telemedicine Services

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield regarding FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s remarks at the American Telemedicine Association’s Federal Policy Summit in support of expanding telemedicine services for American consumers and veterans.

“I couldn’t agree more with Commissioner Rosenworcel regarding the greater need for telemedicine services and reliable, modern broadband networks to support them. The benefits of these services are huge for rural Americans, who in many cases are required to travel great distances to receive medical treatment. With the introduction of technologies such as remote diagnostics and in-home monitoring, folks in rural America are able to give and receive treatments more efficiently, saving money and time and often improving the quality of care.

“However, these services are still few and far between in many rural areas. Patients still lack access to the broadband networks needed to support remote in-home health care. Small, independent telecommunications providers are working every day to build the broadband future for rural America, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the commission and other federal policymakers to bring high-speed connections and accompanying health and economic benefits to all Americans—no matter where they live.”

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition,

NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.


AT&T 4G LTE Expands In Copiah County

AT&T* has expanded its 4G LTE network in the Jackson area to include parts of Copiah County bringing more customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T launched 4G LTE last year in Jackson, and the expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market. AT&T 4G LTE provides several benefits, including:

  • Faster speeds. LTE technology is capable of delivering speeds faster than many other mobile Internet technologies. Customers can stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.
  • Cool new devices. AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including new AT&T 4G LTE smartphones and tablets. -- Faster response time. LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you've sent the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine.
  • More efficient use of spectrum. Wireless spectrum is a finite resource, and LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than other technologies, creating more space to carry data traffic and services and to deliver a better network experience.

"Improving our local communities is my top priority," said Representative Greg Holloway. "It is always great to see improved infrastructure that will help draw economic development to the region." "We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Copiah County responds to what customers want from their mobile experience -- more, faster, on the best devices," said Mayo Flynt, president, AT&T Mississippi.

AT&T's 4G Network

AT&T's innovation and investment have resulted in the nation's largest 4G network, covering more than 292 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. Our 4G LTE network delivered faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive's most recent 20-market speed tests.

AT&T's 4G LTE network delivers speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, as well as multiple innovations that optimize the network for performance. Our network's radio components are placed close to the antenna at most cell sites, instead of inside the base station, which helps minimize power loss between the base station and antenna and, in turn, improves the performance of our 4G LTE network.

The network also is designed with its core elements distributed across the country, which helps reduce latency, or the delay when using the Internet, because your request isn't traveling as far. Even as AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE coverage, customers can get 4G speeds outside of 4G LTE areas on our 4G HSPA+ network, unlike some competitors, where smartphone customers may fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage. AT&T's focus to deliver the best possible mobile Internet experience goes beyond 4G to embrace additional connection technologies.

AT&T operates the nation's largest Wi-Fi network**** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more than 402,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn't count against customers' monthly wireless data plans. AT&T also is a leading developer of Distributed Antenna Systems, which utilize multiple small antennas to maximize coverage and speed within stadiums, convention centers, office buildings, hotels and other areas where traditional coverage methods are challenging.

Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into its operations across the country. Since 2008, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. ** Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers' average 4G LTE download speeds for Android(TM) and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not available everywhere. *** 4G LTE device and data plan required. Learn more about 4G LTE at att.com/network. ****A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.


HEALTHCAREfirst Announces Business Intelligence Enhancements That Help Reduce Medicare Denial Rates

Earlier this year, Palmetto GBA announced new medical prepay audits based on certain HIPPS codes that have the highest denial rates. While they have internally identified the top 20 HIPPS groupings with the highest denial rates, they have currently published and set up pre-pay audits for two code groupings. When an End of Episode (EOE) claim is submitted using one of these two HIPPS groupings, Palmetto GBA could place the claims into ADR status and providers will be required to submit additional documentation from the chart in order for a payment determination to be made.

In response to this announcement by Palmetto GBA, HEALTHCAREfirst developed Business Intelligence reporting that will enable home health agencies to identify and monitor episodes that will be audited upon EOE submission. Agencies can then focus on the charts that make up these at-risk claims, ensuring that their documentation is accurate and complete should the claims go into ADR status.

In addition, HEALTHCAREfirst has expanded the HIPPS code groupings beyond the two identified by Palmetto GBA to include ten additional code groupings that may be subject to audit, based on internal statistics. This assists home health agencies in preparing for potential upcoming audits, regardless of their MAC. In addition, Episode Master, the automated QA tool within Business Intelligence has received a number of enhancements that include more detailed messages and suggestions to help protect agency review and ensure documentation is as accurate as possible due to increased industry scrutiny. These edits focus on many of the issues that typically result in take backs when agencies are targeted.

“Like never before, home health agencies must know where their money is at all times in order to avoid interruptions in their revenue cycle. These new enhancements are important additions to our Business Intelligence analytics tool, providing the information needed to make informed business decisions before it’s too late,” said Stan Bell, Vice President of Product Management.


Healthcare IT Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7.0% to reach $ 56.7 Billion by 2017 from $40.4 Billion in 2012

Healthcare IT has the potential to generate valuable information to improve workflow, safety, and efficiency within healthcare organizations. The ability to capture, store, exchange, and analyze medical information in electronic form will improve healthcare in many ways. Healthcare IT provides benefits such as improved patient care, increased engagement of patient in healthcare, improved population-based knowledge, development of new tools for medicine, and augmented administrative efficiency.

In this report, the HCIT market is segmented on the basis of its application, delivery mode, and component. The HCIT market, by application is segmented into provider (clinical information technology and non-clinical information technology) and payer, while the market by delivery mode is further categorized as on-premises, web-premises, and cloud-premises. The healthcare information technology by component comprises of hardware, software, and services. North America (U.S. and Canada) commanded the highest share of the healthcare information technology market due to firm government support in terms of investment and incentives, growing demand for integrated healthcare IT systems to achieve high return on investment, growing patient consumerism for quality care and ensure safety, and rise in aging population.

President Obamas administration has spent $32 billion in 2012 on electronic health records. In addition, the Obama administration has provided incentives to implement EHR. For instance, in 2011, around 176,000 doctors registered for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, receiving a total of $2.5 billion in incentives. However, the Asia-Pacific market is slated to grow at the highest CAGR as healthcare organizations in the region are actively moving towards digitization to ensure patient safety and care, and to streamline workflow systems in large healthcare enterprises. In addition, growing healthcare cost in developed countries has strengthened the growth of the HCIT market in developing countries such as India, Singapore and Thailand.

Consequently, this results in migration of patients to suitable medical tourism destinations, where medical cost is lower as compared to their native regions. For instance, a hip replacement that costs $43,000 in the U.S. could cost $12,000 in Singapore and just $9,000 in India, which encourages patients to choose India as a medical destination. This increases the demand for HCIT solutions to streamline workflow and manage patient information.

The key players in the market are McKesson Corporation (U.S.), Epic (U.S.), Cerner Corporation (U.S.), Carestream Health Inc. (U.S.), Athenahealth Inc. (U.S.), Siemens Healthcare (Germany), Medical Information System Inc. (U.S.), Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (U.S.), GE Healthcare (U.K.), Agfa Healthcare (Belgium), NextGen Healthcare Information System, LLC (U.S.), Phillips Healthcare (The Netherlands), and Hewlett-Packard (U.S.), among others. Healthcare IT Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 7.0% to reach $ 56.7 Billion by 2017 from $40.4 Billion in 2012


What Electronic Healthcare Records Do and What they Don’t Do


David Lee Scher, MD, FACP, FACC, FESC, FHRS.

Dr. Scher was, until recently, a practicing cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. He has extensive experience in the medical device and healthcare IT industries, and is now Director at DLS HEALTHCARE CONSULTING, LLC concentrating in device and IT marketing.

Electronic health records should be a digital representation of a provider-patient interaction as well as a repository for test results, medications, and interactions with outside providers. According to the vision of the ONC (government healthcare IT regulators), it should be a tool with Meaningful Use, a secure, fluid flow of information among appropriate players in the healthcare spectrum of that patient. This is very wishful thinking on a number of levels.

What Electronic Healthcare Records DO

EHRs will bring medicine into the digital age more so than it is now. The lack of physician offices being ‘wired’ has been embarrassing for the professionals who have adopted this technology for the good of our patients years ago. Technology utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of disease uses leading edge developments in IT. But the more important communication of this technology among providers has been in the Stone Age. The transition is proving painful but necessary. Government penalties for lack of adoption are estimated to exceed incentives to successfully adoptees by $600 million by 2017.

The adoption of Electronic Healthcare Records will increase patients’ access to their own medical data. Part of the Meaningful Use regulations mandate short time limits between patient requests for their record and the transmission of them by the provider. This applies to emergency department visits, office visits, and the entire patient medical record. This is a right of a patient. The time limits set forth by the ONC are a bit onerous and may very well be revised, but the principal is sound. Patient educational tools will be a function of this portal as well.

EHRs will become a good tool for medical malpractice documentation, both for the defense and plaintiff. Entries will be timed, entry provider identified, and difficult to alter. Providers need to be educated about this aspect of EHRs very well, as it represents a different set of guidelines in this regard.

What Electronic Healthcare Records DO NOT DO

Electronic Healthcare Records will not be accurate coders for services rendered in the office. EHR companies are promoting their products as moneymakers for providers, touting their systems as products that appropriately upgrade coding for higher visit fees. These are very loosely on E and M components of billing. Most of these systems are from automatic drop down lists of history and physicals. These types of systems lend themselves to gross errors. The complexity of the decision making process, the review of records furnished by other providers, and other factors can drastically change the automated billing code. Be wary of EHR companies that put this on the top of the list of why you must buy their product!

Electronic Healthcare Records will not be compatible with all systems out there utilized by other providers, labs, hospitals, etc. This is the true Achilles heel of Meaningful Use and expectations of EHRs. The huge amount of EHR and other product providers as well as the cost and healthcare political issues involved will slow this goal down indefinitely as far as I can see.It mimics many aspects of our healthcare system that are complicated by the sheer diversity of players (insurance companies, governmental agencies, providers, institutions).

EHRs will not necessarily save money, improve patient outcomes, or decrease adverse drug reactions. None of these have been show thus far. The jury is out. These are the most laudable goals of EHRs. At the minimum EHRs are getting healthcare into the 21st century. Let’s give this a chance!

David Lee Scher, MD, FACP, FACC, FESC, FHRS

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EHRs: A Priority for Hospital Executives

By David Lee Scher, MD, FACP, FACC, FESC, FHRS.

At the recent 19TH Annual Health Forum and the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit, participants were surveyed on how they ranked selected initiatives as major priorities. They included redesigning care delivery processes and procedures (89.5%), advanced diagnostic technology (60.7%), advanced therapeutic technology (34.5%), and social media (30.4%). However the most important priority ranked was electronic health records at 93%. This is extremely revealing information. Hospitals are operating at extremely small economic margins. They are financially incentivized to adopt Meaningful Use (MU). However, many see EHRs as much more. The potential for decreasing medication errors, for improving patient and work flow, and to situate themselves better for joining an accountable care organization (ACO) are other reasons.

It is interesting that EHRs have not yet proven to be cost-saving and yet large hospital systems are investing over $2 million each in EHRs. Positive public perception about EHRs may play a role as well. They see them as progressive and patient-friendly. MU mandates timely availability of patient electronic records both in the emergency department and inpatient settings. The flooding of the healthcare market with the now uninsured and other non-employer funded insured patients in 2014 will potentially increase competition for patients. EHRs will undoubtedly be utilized in marketing hospitals to these patients. A good EHR system will increase the attractiveness of a hospital to an ACO. The EHR will play a pivotal role in managing patient data and ultimately determining reimbursement to ACOs. Those with the best EHRs that work with patient management systems (or incorporate them themselves) will be most useful.

EHRs will be useful aides to hospitals as defense in malpractice cases. No longer will sloppy physician handwriting be admitted as evidence that cannot be read by the jury or even no longer legible by the provider who wrote it. Hopefully they will prevent lawsuits by decreasing medication errors (not proven in studies yet). Patient portals with educational materials can increase the ‘informed’ in informed consent. Test results may be easier to locate and be reviewed by healthcare providers.

EHRs will be utilized in a hospital system-wide health information exchange (HIE). An HIE has all providers, diagnostic and treatment facilities of the system, whether in-hospital or outpatient, all interfaced, communicating with each other. These exchanges will facilitate the accessibility and sharing of data.

The biggest concern that patients have regarding hospital EHRs is data security. Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recently notified more than 2,000 patients that some of their personal information may have been stolen from a hospital computer. The hospital said that an unnamed computer service vendor performed maintenance that later was determined to have caused a virus infection, which transmitted data files to an unknown location.

While EHR adoption is relatively slow by physicians and smaller hospitals, larger hospitals and health systems are vigorously pursuing EHR MU regulatory requirements. ACOs will be most successful with the best EHR systems that incorporate practice management and ACO tracking data programs. Hospital executives see this as a major priority. Security of data remains a major concern.

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Ziehm Imaging Receives "Top100" Seal of Approval

Ziehm Imaging Receives

German manufacturer of mobile C-arms recognized for innovation management in the SME sector Ziehm Imaging was honored last Friday in Friedrichshafen, Germany as one of the country's most innovative medium-sized enterprises. Ziehm Imaging, with headquarters in Nuremberg, has been manufacturing mobile C-arms for 40 years and is now the acknowledged technology leader in the industry. With its innovative solutions, Ziehm Imaging has played a significant role in the rapid development of mobile X-ray technology in recent years and brought numerous revolutionary developments onto the world market.


GE Healthcare Announces U.S. Launch of New Mobile X-ray Platform

New x-ray systems address critical medical needs, use FlashPad wireless digital detector to help enhance clinical outcomes

GE Healthcare announced FDA clearance of Optima* XR220amx, Optima XR200amx and Brivo* XR285amx – a new platform of user-friendly, mobile x-ray systems offering improvements from its predecessors in reliability, accessibility and flexibility to help address the increasingly specialized radiographic needs of patients. Building upon GE’s innovative medical imaging legacy and long-standing AMX mobile x-ray portfolio, these systems are designed to provide healthcare professionals with fast, low-dose, high quality images that can aid in accurate diagnoses as early as possible in challenging clinical settings.

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