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