American Sentinel University Announces Redesigned Online Master of Science Information Systems Management Program

American Sentinel University, a leading online accredited university offering degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors, today announced it will be offering a redesigned online Master of Science Information Systems Management (MSISM) program beginning in the winter 2014 term.

The MSISM is a nationally accredited 36-credit hour (12 courses) online program designed to focus on the demand for information systems managers in the health care community and its increasing information technology needs. The redesigned program places greater emphasis and exposure on information systems integration and management created by current industry trends such as big data, cloud computing and mobile computing advances.

“American Sentinel’s Master of Science in Information Systems Management program teaches the skills needed in management of current and evolving technology practices with a focus on the health care industry, while providing an educational foundation for professional growth,” says Kurt Linberg, Ph.D., provost at American Sentinel University.

Program Shaped by IT and Health Care Leaders The program blends theory and practice and leverages action learning with a technology curriculum delivered by expert faculty with real-world health technology exp

erience that help students master skills applicable to real-word needs. As a result, students in the MSISM program will develop a thorough knowledge of the field and master the following skills for future professional growth:

Apply advanced information systems tools, techniques and methodologies to solve and prevent problems in health care organizations.

Incorporate ethical principles into business strategies and project management.

Manage health care information systems development projects from inception to conclusion.

Identify future strategic initiatives for a health care organization’s information systems/IT function.

Identify opportunities and problems in a health care system, critically analyze possible solutions and tools relevant to these topics and clearly communicate a recommended system specification.

Advantages for IT Professionals and Career Changers

The North American health care information technology market (HCIT) is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent and is expected to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 due to increasing demand for clinical information technology and administrative solutions and services. Dr. Linberg notes that as health care continues to rely on computer systems in their organizations, there will be an even greater demand for professionals who have mastered these important technology skills.

He notes that the MSISM program is ideal for those seeking a transition to a new career in health care or for technology professionals looking to enhance their credentials with management integration and advanced technology skills.

“Expertise in information systems integration and management, expanding your computer skills and increasing your knowledge in big data, cloud and mobile technology ensures that professionals will be proficient in solving technology challenges,” says Dr. Linberg. “Our MSISM program will help make a professional invaluable in the current health care job market and in the future.”

American Sentinel University’s MSISM program is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and is an approved education partner of 36 major U.S. hospital systems. The university offers real-world application, experienced faculty and learning outcomes that support clinical or administration decision-making to meet the latest operational, legislative and accrediting requirements.


World Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) Market 2013-2018 - eHealth, Telemedicine & Health Informatics

The recent explosion in mobile communications has been driven by increased uptake of devices such as the smartphone and tablet.

Synonymous with these devices are app stores which offer a huge array of downloadable programs and services, many of which apply to the healthcare field. As 4G and LTE promise to transform bandwidth , we expect the usage of mobile devices to expand to encompass many fields, especially that of healthcare. Visiongain has determined that the value of the global mHealth market in 2013 will reach $2bn.

The potential benefits of mHealth solutions include improving healthcare system processes, collecting and retrieving crucial medical data and patients being able to manage chronic conditions better. Mobile communications can also transform how subscribers who live in remote or rural areas access health advice and how patients in these areas communicate with their healthcare practitioners. Dedicated devices that perform medical functions can utilise mobile technologies such as the cloud allowing data to be uploaded and downloaded instantly. The mHealth ecosystem includes mobile operators who are set to reap revenues from increased data consumption. Healthcare practitioners will find workloads decreased and greater efficiency in treatments.

Software and app developers will gain wide revenue streams from the creation of popular apps or solutions either through consumer purchase or subsidised purchase by health insurance companies. Governmental bodies and pharmaceutical companies can also increase savings and revenues from mHealth. The report covers leading companies in the mHealth space and provides information on global revenues, regional revenues, service types and end user perspectives. There are two exclusive interviews from leading members of the mHealth ecosystem provide insider information and analysis reinforcing visiongain forecasts.

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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:

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.

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Leading Hospice can Picture Better Patient Outcomes with Secure Photo Application


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 ****A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See for details and locations.


Advanced research instrumentation pioneer Oxford Optronix launches next-generation tissue oxygenation and blood flow monitoring systems

Oxford Optronix, the leading provider of advanced research instrumentation for the clinical medicine and life science industries, today announces the formal launch of its next-generation OxyLite™ Pro and OxyFlo™ Pro systems for tissue oxygenation and blood flow monitoring – delivering the most advanced tissue vitality monitoring platform on the market today. This latest release marks the third generation of the company’s OxyLite™ and OxyFlo™ brand systems, first launched in 1991. The OxyLite and OxyFlo systems are unique modular instruments that utilise fibre-optic micro-sensors to provide real-time measurements of local tissue oxygenation (ptiO2), tissue blood perfusion (blood flow) and tissue temperature.

These instruments, which are designed to be used either individually or ‘in-tandem’ for simultaneous measurements of tissue oxygenation, blood flow and temperature, are widely used across the globe in areas of biomedical research concerned with hypoxia and ischaemia. With oxygen sensors based on state-of-the-art optical fluorescence technology – pioneered at Oxford Optronix – OxyLite™ Pro is a two- or four-channel oxygen and temperature monitoring instrument that provides continuous, quantitative and high-sensitivity monitoring of oxygen availability to cells and tissue.

This touch-screen based system is remarkably easy to use and is specifically targeted at oxygen measurements in the physiological range, as well as under conditions of hypoxia, offering application in research areas including tumour oxygen monitoring/angiogenesis; cerebral oxygen monitoring in models of stroke and brain injury; vital organ and muscle tissue monitoring; flap monitoring; ophthalmology; wound healing, fMRI-validation techniques; and in-vitro dissolved oxygen monitoring in cell culture and bioreactors.

OxyFlo™ Pro is the company’s third-generation, two- or four-channel laser-Doppler tissue blood flow monitoring instrument. Oxford Optronix is a pioneer in the development of laser-Doppler based blood flow monitoring (LDF) technology and its latest touch-screen, high-performance system sets a new standard in sensitivity and ease of use. An ideal system for measuring changing tissue blood flow in acute experimental models, OxyFlo™ Pro offers applications in peripheral vascular disorders; cerebral perfusion monitoring in models of stroke and brain injury; tumour perfusion monitoring/angiogenesis; blood flow in free flaps and pedicle flaps; wound healing; and gastroenterology.

Commenting on the combined system, Dr Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng of University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children in Canada said: “In our studies on the response to gas inhalation in abdominal organs, OxyLite and OxyFlo allowed us to monitor tissue pO2 and perfusion response simultaneously in the liver and kidney. No other minimally invasive system could capture dynamic changes with such fine temporal resolution, and no other system could provide concurrent pO2 and perfusion measurement in multiple tissue regions. Oxford Optronix enabled us to understand the physiological phenomena underlying our magnetic resonance imaging measurements. It is truly a powerful, must-have technology.”

Andy Obeid PhD, CEO of Oxford Optronix added: “The release of our new OxyLite™ Pro and OxyFlo™ Pro systems is the culmination of 5 years of continued product development in this area for us.” He added: “We work closely with our customers to develop targeted solutions that offer unmatched sensitivity, stability and accuracy coupled with total ease-of-use. The introduction of our third-generation platform, enables us to continue providing the ‘gold-standard’ in tissue vitality monitoring that our customers have come to expect.”


Philips announces FDA clearance for its AlluraClarity interventional X-ray system

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its innovative AlluraClarity live image guidance system in the US. In close collaboration with leading clinicians in the field of minimally-invasive medicine, Philips has been driving innovation in interventional imaging for more than 50 years, helping to guide procedures such as the catheter-based treatment of obstructed coronary arteries, brain aneurysms, heart rhythm disorders and defective heart valves (heart valve replacement).

Philips’ AlluraClarity system with its powerful ClarityIQ technology provides high quality imaging for a comprehensive range of clinical procedures, achieving excellent visibility at low X-ray dose levels for patients of all sizes. To reflect the cost pressures that modern hospitals and health systems face, ClarityIQ technology will also be available as an upgrade for the majority of Philips’ installed base of monoplane and biplane interventional X-ray systems. “All patients treated via X-ray guided interventions benefit from the advantage of low radiation exposure, but it is especially important when you are treating patients who have to undergo lengthy and complex procedures,” said Dr. Marco van Strijen, interventional radiologist at the St. Antonius Hospital Utrecht/Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. “We have been using Philips’ AlluraClarity system for more than a year now and have really grown to appreciate the low dose settings. This technology is making a difference where it really matters."

“The transition from highly invasive surgical procedures to minimally-invasive image-guided therapies, with all their intrinsic patient benefits, is a transformation in the delivery of healthcare that is rapidly accelerating around the globe,” said Gene Saragnese, CEO Imaging Systems at Philips Healthcare. “It is an area where technology innovation and procedure innovation go hand in hand. AlluraClarity is a perfect example of how Philips’ close collaboration with clinical partners has combined these two areas of innovation to facilitate more advanced treatment while at the same time managing radiation dose.”

AlluraClarity’s low X-ray dose settings are a radical new development in the healthcare industry that will help clinicians to better manage their patients’ and their own exposure to X-ray radiation. This achievement is the result of a multi-year development program that formed part of Philips’ continuous investment in healthcare R&D, totaling EUR 803 million in 2012.

Philips’ AlluraClarity was commercially introduced outside the US in mid-2012, and since then more than 200 systems have been ordered. With this important milestone of FDA clearance, the system can now be marketed in the world’s largest healthcare market.


Electronic Medical Records Progress from an Enterprise-Centric Solution to a Customer-Specific Application, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Electronic Medical Records Progress from an Enterprise-Centric Solution to a Customer-Specific Application, Finds Frost & Sullivan

The implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) in healthcare practices will enhance the efficiency of hospital systems and reduce the chances of errors in medical offices. The need to contain healthcare costs and improve the quality of healthcare services is adding impetus to market advancement. Analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Electronic Medical Records-Technology Trends and Stakeholder Assessment research finds that although large healthcare practices prefer client-server based EMR systems, web-based EMR solutions are gaining popularity with small-sized healthcare practices and private physician offices. If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an email to Britni Myers, Corporate Communications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.


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.


Philips Sparq ultrasound provides high quality images at high paced Yale-New Haven Hospital emergency department

Philips Sparq ultrasound provides high quality images at high paced Yale-New Haven Hospital emergency department

WHAT: Philips has sold six Sparq ultrasound systems to Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), a non-profit, 1,008-bed tertiary medical center receiving national and international referrals, located in New Haven, Conn.

WHY: Given the often hectic pace of an emergency department, each timesaving measure can make a significant difference. This is especially true at a Level 1 trauma center like YNHH which triages more than 80,000 patients a year. In an effort to bring a new level of productivity to emergency ultrasound, Philips offers the Sparq ultrasound system. Sparq combines ease-of-use with efficiency-enhancers like a Simplicity Mode that presents only the ultrasound functions used most often and AutoSCAN, which continuously adjusts the image gain while scanning, and can help a clinician identify tissue type. YNHH recently purchased a half dozen Sparq systems to help meet its high volume ultrasound imaging and needle guidance needs.

The department is led by Christopher Moore, M.D., a world-renowned thought leader, researcher and instructor in emergency medicine. Dr. Moore was involved in the early product development of Sparq. “Sparq puts Philips image quality into a compact, affordable package that is designed for use at the point of care,” said Dr. Moore.

“Innovations like a large articulated screen, embedded wireless capabilites and long battery life allow it to be used effectively at the bedside. The glass touch control panel is intuitive to use and button-free, which allows for easy cleaning.”


Qualicode and CellTrak Deliver Integrated Mobile Scheduling and Health Record Solution

Qualicode and CellTrak Deliver Integrated Mobile Scheduling and Health Record Solution

  • New partnership brings together industry solution leaders to provide a new and improved experience for clients across Canada.

Qualicode Software and CellTrak Technologies announced today that they have entered into an expanded partnership agreement whereby CellTrak will contract its healthcare scheduling solutions (HC) to Qualicode and expand its strategic relationship with them. The new relationship will provide an integrated mobile solution with Qualicode’s industry leading scheduling software and CellTrak’s mobile solution platform bringing the new solution to Quebec and the rest of Canada. Qualicode is the leading software company in home and community care field in the province of Quebec. Their cost-effective software solution is found in over 125 health care facilities throughout Quebec, serving 65% of Community Health and Social Services centers (known as: Centre de santé et de services sociaux or CSSS) and 85% of Home Help Social Economy Companies (ÉESAD).

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