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Global Healthcare IT Market Will Grow At A CAGR Of 5.7% to 2018

The Global Healthcare IT market can be segmented into two divisions on the basis of provider: the Physicians, and Hospitals IT markets. The Global Healthcare IT market is further segmented into Hardware, Software, and IT Services, which are further categorized into sub-segments.

Technological advancements such as cloud computing, social networking, and BI and analytics could have a positive impact on the healthcare system by reducing cost and improving outcomes. Mobile technology is one such advancement. The use of mobile devices will reduce the need for patients to visit hospitals or clinics every time they need a diagnosis or follow-up check-ups. The benefits of mobile devices are not limited to developed countries because the adoption of mobile devices is high in developing countries, thus improving the access to healthcare services.

Analysts forecast the Global Healthcare IT market will grow at a CAGR of 5.7 percent over the period 2013-2018. According to the report, increased need for efficiently storing and effectively using patient information is driving the adoption of IT in the Healthcare industry. With the increasing number of patients, the number of health records is increasing exponentially.

Easy access to archived patient records will enable healthcare providers to offer enhanced services. IT in the Healthcare sector is extremely useful to improve the quality and efficiency of services delivered. Though increased investments on IT systems will eventually lead to higher expenditure by patients due to the advanced technology used, healthcare providers still choose to increase their spending on IT.

Both the Private and Public sectors are engaging in various projects that have increased the usage of IT in healthcare. Private companies are especially seen to be spending more on IT and this trend is forecast to continue in the coming years. Maintenance of standard record formats and financial incentives from governments and other international welfare organizations will further encourage investments in IT systems in the Healthcare sector.

IT will help in enhancing the delivery systems in the Healthcare sector and reduce the occurrence of errors. The report recognizes the following companies as the key players in Global Healthcare IT Market: CareFusion Corp., Cerner Corp., Dell Inc., McKesson Corp., Philips Healthcare, Cognizant Technology Solution Corp., Epic Systems Corp., NTT Data Inc., Pulse System Inc., Siemens AG, UnitedHealth Group Inc. This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Healthcare IT market for the period 2014-2018.

The report also captures the state of cloud computing in the Healthcare IT market; it discusses the benefits and prospect of the technology in the forecast period. The report also throws light on the e-Health initiatives of key countries. The Global Healthcare IT Market 2014-2018 has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts.

The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Healthcare IT market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

BRHC Supports Centralisation Of Specialist Paediatric Services With Three New C-arms

The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) is going through an expansion to facilitate the centralisation of all specialist children's services in a single, state-of-the-art children's hospital.

To support an increase in workload, the hospital has invested in three ARCADIS® Varic C-arms from Siemens Healthcare to provide treatment for local Bristol children plus specialist care for children across the South West and nationally. The three ARCADIS Varics, which are in use 24/7, are being used for general surgery in addition to specialist spinal, neurosurgery, plastic and orthopaedic procedures. The technology is also supporting the hospital’s established Paediatric Cardiac Unit for the treatment of children with congenital heart problems. The systems are ensuring optimum safety for young patients and staff with dose reduction features such as a dose free collimation and multi-level dose control.

“We selected the ARCADIS Varic following an evaluation of a number of systems. Staff were already familiar with the system, so ease of use was also a deciding factor,” states Elin Jones, Superintendent Paediatric Radiographer at The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. “They sit in our newly refurbished department which has a relaxing ambience and child-focussed decor to ensure the best possible experience for our young patients and their families.”

The system’s mobile C-arm is counterbalanced removing the need for it to be locked into place, enhancing ease of use for clinicians and providing easy patient access. The system’s compact and lightweight trolley also features large 19” dual TFT monitors for high-quality image visualisation. This is boosted further by the Varic’s syngo user interface, enabling fast and intuitive system operation, image post-processing and networking.

Darren Parker, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare states: “Siemens Healthcare is delighted to provide three ARCADIS Varic systems which have aided the expansion of Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The technology is ideal for children due to the dose saving features which allow the lowest appropriate dose, in turn putting staff and patients’ family’s minds at ease.”

Procura Group of Companies Leads US Market

The Procura Group of Companies is pleased to announce they now provide Medicaid solutions for over 90% of the United States.

The broad reach of coverage from over 1,500 predefined Medicaid state and waiver programs covering 46 states is unparalleled. When combined with the existing service line and payer solutions, the company, through its ContinuLink Homecare Platform and the Procura Health Management System, is the only software vendor providing solutions for mixed payers and service lines. Providers can now easily enter and compete in their state Medicaid and waiver programs using ready-made tools forms and processes, helping them gain the efficiencies needed to thrive in today's competitive healthcare market.

With an estimated $65 billion per year spent on home and community based services in the US, the expansion into Medicaid services is a rapidly growing diversification strategy being used by providers. Success managing these mixed payer and service line environments is predicated on working with experienced partners that facilitate operating within the unique and changing attributes required of each state and waiver program.

"Experience simplifying the complexities of working in mixed payer and service line models is a unique advantage we bring to our customers. Our solutions have been helping providers thrive in Medicaid programs for over ten years," stated Scott Overhill, CEO, The Procura Group of Companies. "The real challenge for providers working in these mixed models is to create a highly efficient organization across the business and clinical operations, thereby reducing waste and improving the bottom line."

CellTrak™ Achieves Major Milestone in roll-out of Latest Platform

New innovations combine high tech and high-touch enabling more personalized and responsive care.

Earlier today CellTrak Technologies, Inc. announced the achievement of a major milestone in the release and roll-out of its latest mobile applications platform for home and community care. To date the new platform has delivered over 1 million successful homecare visits.

Homecare is at the forefront of improving the access to healthcare across the care continuum and continues to be a major focus area for growth in staff and focus across healthcare. CellTrak has been providing industry leading solutions for homecare and hospice for the past nine years. Homecare services include both medical and skilled nursing services and personal care services; including bathing, condition management, wellness, nutrition, and transportation services. Home health care can also include other services such as medical equipment and supplies, physical therapy and psychological services.

The new platform is now in use across the United States, Canada and Europe in over 100 agency office locations by more than 3,000 healthcare professionals. The new platform builds off of the original CellTrak solution and includes an expansive array of new feature functions to enable the effective delivery of healthcare services.

"In an environment where patient care and improvement is front and center and provider agencies going paperless has become table stakes, CellTrak has worked with the industry to develop these easy to use new features that help improve the accuracy of care delivery every day," shared Michael K. Wons president and CEO of CellTrak Technologies.

CellTrak solutions include a native mobile application that runs on any device and network and includes a powerful new integrated healthcare workflow engine featuring industry leading interoperability with other systems, CellTrak Portal solutions for staff and agency management and the new Healthcare Team Portal that enables care team and family collaboration. Available via one of the product families; CellTrak VisitManager™, TimeManager™ and CareManager™ the new solutions raise the bar on flexible and easy to use robust technology for healthcare workers. Secured messaging, photo capture and remote device management capabilities are enabled with the new platform that includes new alert-driven management, care coordination and outcome management solutions.

Alert Driven Management = Accuracy & Efficiency This new feature includes the ability to set operational, clinical and systems alerts that improve quality and risk management for clients and staff. Alert driven workflow improves the agency efficiency in care delivery and preventing errors. Agency offices are sent targeted, actionable alerts via email and text to get real time insight into the performance of any visit. If an agency is dealing with underperformance issues or workforce scheduling challenges, alerts are sent to operations as to why this is happening, finance gets alerts on travel time and mileage optimization while systems receives alerts on device usage, data and security.

"Technology can assist in reducing hospital admissions and re-admissions by providing more continuous information to the agency and to the clinician because you get daily information on the patient's vital signs and status. Versus the intermittent information that one might get when a nurse is going in one or two times per week." added Maxine Hochhauser, Sr. VP Business Operations at Amedisys.

Care Coordination = Right care at the right time

The goal of coordinated care is to make sure that patients/clients get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing unnecessary readmissions. When care teams collaborate, the patient benefits because they will be working together to deliver the right care at the right time in the right setting. The new solution enables homecare providers to dispatch the right person for the needed care allowing for earlier interventions and preventing unnecessary hospital admissions by leveraging the integrated GPS features of the solution, thus allowing care providers manage care delivery and condition management much more efficiently.

"A big challenge for us is to make sure that our care delivery is more consistent. All of our visits and aides are conducting their services in a more uniform fashion. The technology solutions available today make it much easier for us to deliver a set of protocols and processes to our direct care staff so that they can be more consistent. I would say that the other big advantage and that is the corresponding data capture that we are able to get from the technology at the point of care every time a visit is completed. That data allows us to identify the gaps in consistency in how the care is delivered rather than in a paper based system where we are trying to find that needle in a haystack. It clearly points us to the areas where care has been inconsistent and can quickly identify and take action to close those gaps." - Darby Anderson Senior Vice President for Addus HealthCare.

Outcome Management = Preventive and Enhanced Client Care

Outcome management escalates issues and prevents readmissions all in the interest and goal of keeping the care in home. The data gathered in a common way and shared across the care team helps provide the data necessary to adjust care programs and plan for the best care possible in the future. This solution enables caregivers to better influence patient outcomes with the knowledge available at their fingertips in real-time.

"The biggest action that is ongoing now is staying in touch with the patient in the immediate days following the hospitalization. For those individuals where you're trying to avoid an initial hospitalization of care, good management involving a team of people from family members to the pharmacist to the physicians and nurses and other practitioners in home care. Staying in touch with the patient goes a long way from avoiding that individual with a chronic condition having an acute exacerbation and a costly hospitalization", William A. Dombi, National Association for Homecare and Hospice, Vice-President for Law.

Darby Anderson Senior Vice President for Addus HealthCare added, "The increasing use of technology, CellTrak's solution, as well as other solutions, in home care is going to be playing a significantly increasing role in helping us to bridge the medical and social model worlds of home care. It is imperative that we bridge that gap in order to coordinate services in a more effective way, lowering costs and avoiding acute care utilization and increasing health outcomes, improving health outcomes for the consumers that we serve."

CellTrak offers a family of mobile solutions built on the needs and input from the healthcare continuum. With solutions that start with an easy to use mobile device to empower your workforce to dynamically manage care delivery, care planning/coordination, and care team collaboration. CellTrak includes portal applications that provide real-time visibility and action for your entire care team. Importantly, CellTrak enables any size agency a custom fit solution to allow more time spent on care and less on paperwork and redundant work. Together, CellTrak and leading Homecare providers across the globe partner to provide safety and better care for those in need.

Introducing First-of-a-Kind PhysIQ Predictive Analytic Technology for Proactive Health Monitoring

PhysIQ has announced the company launch based on its proprietary predictive analytic technology for human physiology.

PhysIQ is the first patient-centered predictive analytics platform for both the regulated Healthcare and unregulated Health & Fitness markets. This novel platform is designed to reliably detect subtle changes in vital signs and other health indicators helpful to both clinicians in managing patients who are suffering from chronic illness, as well as consumers interested in tracking their own health and fitness levels. The PhysIQ platform constructs a personalized baseline norm for each person monitored, rather than simple trending or comparison to population-based statistics. It can also be embedded into patient monitoring devices from other manufacturers who are seeking to design “smarter” products.

“Many technology companies today are delivering health information through medical or consumer devices. However, they are all missing an essential step, which is giving the person monitored real-time health updates based on their own health background. The PhysIQ platform is different from all other analytical approaches currently being used in the emerging Digital Health space because it compares you to you, and not you to what might be normal for the broader population,” explains Gary Conkright, CEO, PhysIQ. “Our transformational predictive analytic technology is designed to bring new insights to physiology vital-sign monitoring for applications ranging from helping doctors to better understand their patients with chronic medical conditions to empowering the informed consumer to take greater control of their health.”

Formerly known as VGBio, PhysIQ founders previously worked to commercialize predictive analytic solutions originally developed at the Argonne National Laboratory to monitor complex, mission-critical machine applications, including commercial jet engines, oil and gas, and nuclear reactors. Predictive analytics has proven to be highly effective at reducing unplanned outages and minimizing operating and maintenance costs in these and other mission-critical applications. Boasting an extensive patent portfolio, the PhysIQ team now brings the same personalized analytics technology and commercialization expertise to monitor physiological changes in the human body.

“Today’s healthcare system is optimized for an acute, reactive care delivery model. Expensive and often scarce resources are mobilized to stabilize and attend to patient needs, and all too often these patients soon return to the hospital for another acute admission. This traditional model is inefficient and unsustainable. Innovations in remote monitoring devices, combined with data analytics technology from PhysIQ, will make it possible to provide higher quality, proactive care at a lower cost to the system,” states PhysIQ clinical advisor Dr. Steven Steinhubl, Scripps Translational Research Institute.

The patented PhysIQ advanced personalized health data analytics platform is a device-agnostic platform designed to work with any wearable Digital Health device or other sensor-based physiology monitoring equipment. Recent announcements by major market leaders like Samsung, Apple and Google on plans to create new and less obtrusive, wearable devices make remote monitoring more practical than ever before. For example, it was recently showcased at the Samsung “Voice of the Body” announcement of SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions), the company’s cloud-based data broker platform, demonstrating how the PhysIQ platform uses multiple streams of biometric data to create a numerical Wellness Index.

Today’s wireless networks, non-invasive sensors and ultra-low power consumption chips are now being combined to enable the continuous collection of physiological data from ambulatory patients and health conscious consumers alike. However, this will create a tsunami of data that can quickly overwhelm users and prove to be difficult to interpret.

The power of the PhysIQ platform is that it analyzes numerous data streams originating from any sensor or wearable device to gather key data about a patient’s physiology, including heart rate, blood pressure, oxygenation of the blood, respiration rate and many other biological signals. It then readily converts this physiological data into meaningful information that can be used by clinicians or consumers to make informed decisions and change behavior.

“The challenge of remote monitoring is to identify subtle precursors against a backdrop of normal variation. PhysIQ provides exceptional insight by processing and synthesizing multiple data streams in real-time to create an individualized patient profile,” explains Dr. Martin Burke, University of Chicago Medical Center. “A holistic baseline profile makes it possible to pinpoint discreet changes that might otherwise go undetected, yet represent significant clinical departures from the patient’s normal baseline. This provides an invaluable diagnostic tool to help physicians improve patient quality of life and reduce the cost of care.”

Dr. Burke is overseeing clinical studies involving the PhysIQ platform. PhysIQ has conducted two clinical studies on heart failure patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and is preparing for a third study, while in the process of adding several new study sites. The PhysIQ platform is also the brains behind the company’s VitaLink remote patient monitoring product that recently completed a paid pilot study with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. VitaLink uses an Android smartphone app to transmit vital signs in real-time to PhysIQ’s data center, where data is analyzed and made available for clinical use.

The company plans to submit a 510(k) to the FDA later this year. PhysIQ also recently closed on a $4.6 million Series A funding round led by the LionBird investment firm. The funds will be used to accelerate PhysIQ corporate growth via additional clinical studies and regulatory filings.

CareCloud Continues to Expand Market Footprint, Product Innovation, and Infrastructure for Growth in Second Quarter of 2014

CareCloud, the leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, announced today it continued its expansion upmarket in the second quarter of 2014 to serve larger medical groups via both direct and indirect channels. On the partnership side, this was highlighted by CareCloud’s May announcement of joining forces with BBVA Compass, one of the nation’s largest commercial banks.

The two companies will jointly sell and market their healthcare technology and financial services to BBVA Compass’ physician practice client base. During the quarter, CareCloud also made significant strides to solidify its infrastructure for further growth. It announced the raise of $25.5 million in venture debt from Hercules Technology Growth Capital to help accelerate the expansion of CareCloud’s technology solution offerings.

CareCloud also announced the hiring of Lee Horner as its new Chief Sales Officer. Mr. Horner brings over 20 years of experience leading sales, operations, and marketing within the software and cloud computing space. He is tasked with driving the company’s bookings growth, as well as managing CareCloud’s sales team and operations.

“The second quarter of 2014 saw CareCloud continue to grow at a rapid pace while also bringing new, innovative products to market – all in an effort to help medical practices streamline their operations and enhance clinical workflow,” said Albert Santalo, CareCloud’s Chairman and CEO. “The company also announced a number of large client wins as we continue to find success among sizeable groups that have previously lacked access to modern, scalable cloud technologies.”

In April, CareCloud officially began offering its new CollectiveIQ solution. CollectiveIQ is an automated billing rules platform that harnesses content from industry leaders in order to help medical practices increase collections and margins through faster, more accurate claims submissions. With CollectiveIQ’s rules built directly into CareCloud Central, the company’s cloud-based practice management solution, staff can proactively address billing issues without leaving their workflow or CareCloud’s intuitive interface.

Amid this growth, CareCloud continued its efforts in physician advocacy by announcing the findings of its second annual Practice Profitability Index (PPI) in May. This national survey of more than 5,000 physicians was designed to act as a voice to physician practices across the U.S. regarding issues that impact their financial and operations health. It uncovered important trends around practice profitability, areas of future investment and prospects for improving patient care.

Mark VanderWerf Elected Chairman American Telemedicine Association’s Industry Council

Nonin Medical have announced that Mark VanderWerf, Nonin's Vice President of eHealth and OEM, has been elected Chairman of the American Telemedicine Association's (ATA) Industry Council and will join the ATA's Board of Directors.

The ATA is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. The ATA and its diverse membership work to transform healthcare to improve quality, equity and affordability throughout the world through the full integration of telemedicine and virtual care into healthcare delivery.

"We are excited to have Mark's energy, focus and experience as Chairman of the Industry Council," said Jon Linkous, Chief Executive Officer of the ATA. "The ATA's Industry Council represents the most influential corporations in telemedicine including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Panasonic, Philips, IBM and about 45 other corporations. We welcome Mark's leadership as the ATA continues its work with industry to advance the future of telemedicine."

VanderWerf is a globally recognized thought leader, speaker, and advisor in telehealth, telemedicine and virtual care. He was the founder and President of AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc., the world's leading supplier of medical devices for telemedicine, as well as Telehealth Advisors, an industry consulting practice. VanderWerf was elected to the College of Fellows at the ATA in 2011 and is a founding board member of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth.

GlobalMed Announces New Alliance for Transforming Healthcare Delivery In The Middle East Through Telemedicine

MBM Health & Medical and GlobalMed® have signed a mutually exclusive alliance to provide connected health solutions in the Middle East.

MBM Health & Medical is one of the group of companies of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum which is dedicated to providing patients throughout the region access to the world’s best hospitals and healthcare in order to reduce costs and improve outcomes.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum serves as the chairman of MBM Group, a Dubai based Royal family office and investment holding company with activities in investments, strategic advisory, and social and community development. Initially growing into the United Arab Emirates market as a venture capitalist, MBM now shows its leadership and expertise in sports consultancy, healthcare, education, oil and gas services, real estate and special situations.

Related to health, MBM Group is committed to establishing Dubai as a center of excellence. The partnership between GlobalMed and MBM Health & Medical is the latest step towards this goal.

According to Dr. Bahram Safaei, Managing Director of MBM Health & Medical, delivering quality healthcare in the Middle East has its particular challenges, and GlobalMed’s telehealth solutions are the ideal choice to address them. With a large percentage of the population living in remote areas, these solutions can connect underserved populations with MBM’s highly professional healthcare providers and specialist network.

As an example of the complexity, Dr. Safaei points out that even with large developed urban populations, the UAE has the highest percentage of expatriates in the world. GlobalMed telehealth solutions will allow these populations to access healthcare as if they were home. The result will be timely, high quality, and culturally sensitive healthcare for all residents. Along with this strategic alliance with GlobalMed, MBM Health & Medical continues to expand its network by entering cooperation agreements with reputable healthcare service providers throughout the world to provide qualified physician services to the UAE and the Middle East through telehealth.

In addition, agreements have been signed with more than 3000 healthcare providers in the United Kingdom and India, providing direct access to one of the world’s largest groups of medical specialists. GlobalMed’s proven success in meeting the healthcare delivery needs of many dispersed and diverse populations was a deciding factor in reaching this alliance. Last year alone, GlobalMed solutions connected providers and patients for over two million consultations.

“GlobalMed’s commitment to quality service and its fully integrated software and hardware products best meet the needs of our region,” said Dr. Safaei. “We are confident that the GlobalMed telehealth solution will allow us to extend quality healthcare to all, a commitment we are obligated and committed to honor.”

“GlobalMed products and services connect medical professionals with remote and distant patient needs, something we call connected health,” said Joel Barthelemy, CEO of GlobalMed. “We bring the experience and know-how to meet the requirements of MBM Health & Medical to make healthcare readily available to the diverse populations in the UAE and other areas of the Middle East.”

California Telehealth Network Selects Arkadin and Vidyo to Provide Web-Based Video Conferencing for Healthcare

Arkadin, one of the largest and fastest growing collaboration service providers in the world and Vidyo, Inc., today announced that the California Telehealth Network (CTN), the state’s leading telehealth partnership organization, will be offering its members access to a new web-based video conferencing solution based on Vidyo’s platform.

The service is called CTN Connect powered by Arkadin/Vidyo and will enable healthcare providers to virtually connect with other healthcare providers or patients using a standard wired or wireless Internet connection. The launch of CTN Connect supports CTN’s mission of increasing access to healthcare through advanced information technology, with an emphasis on rural and medically underserved areas of California. CTN Connect is a scalable, easy to use, web-based video conferencing service ideally suited for telehealth. High definition [HD] video and imaging quality enables the user to engage in video conferencing collaborations for reliable and secure interactions between healthcare professionals, or between patients and providers meeting remotely.

CTN Connect can be used for routine patient visits or for more intensive consultations involving medical diagnosis and treatments. The platform is interoperable with most legacy video conferencing platforms and provides encryption to enable sharing of patient information or images. Beyond the clinical applications, CTN Connect enables users to conduct virtual staff meetings or participate in distance education or training sessions.

Mobile applications for smartphones and tablets provide additional support for healthcare providers who prefer not to use or do not have access to traditional video conferencing equipment. CTN Connect enables users to securely connect to up to nine video endpoints simultaneously from any computer desktop or legacy end-point.

CTN is providing one free CTN Connect license as a value-added benefit to each participating CTN member site. CTN Connect also provides an online directory of participating CTN sites that can be accessed for video conferencing with the click of a button. Additional licenses and customized directories can be purchased for a small fee.

CTN President and CEO Eric Brown commented, “In our continuing efforts to expand access to healthcare in California, CTN Connect opens up each CTN member’s access to California’s telehealth community from any broadband connection, wired or wireless.”

“CTN’s choice of the Arkadin/Vidyo telehealth solution underscores the value of Internet-based video conferencing for enhancing telehealth initiatives,” says Mark Alexander, president of Arkadin North America. “We’re honored to be a part of CTN’s mission, especially considering their rigorous selection process. As CTN’s members see the value of our affordable, highly scalable solution, we’re confident the technology will be widely adopted.”

“Significant improvements to visual communication technologies for use in telemedicine applications have been made in recent years, however, many practitioners and patients are still not able to receive the benefit of these advancements in healthcare due to limited access to dedicated networks and expensive equipment,” said Dr. Amnon Gavish, Vidyo’s Senior VP of Vertical Solutions. “Vidyo’s technology offers a consistent, secure, high quality connection over the Internet without requiring specialized/proprietary end-points. This is why more and more providers such as CTN are using the Vidyo solution to offer members access to state-of-the-art telemedicine. Arkadin makes the decision easier by providing a turnkey, on-demand solution backed by their award-winning service and support.”

California Telehealth Network Announces Partnership with HealthFusion MediTouch® EHR

The California Telehealth Network (CTN) and HealthFusion, Inc., announced today that HealthFusion’s MediTouch Electronic Health Record is the first electronic health records partner for the California Telehealth Network.

This new partnership supports the CTN mission of increasing access to healthcare through advanced information technology, with an emphasis on rural and medically underserved areas of California. MediTouch, an award winning EHR that is 2014 Meaningful Use certified and ICD-10 ready, is available for CTN members at a discount and with special benefits.

“As our small and independent practice providers face the challenges of complying with Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, HealthFusion provides an affordable cloud based electronic health record solution created by doctors, for doctors,” said CTN President and CEO Eric Brown.

MediTouch is a total medical software solution with EHR, Practice Management, Clearinghouse and a Patient Portal. The system is cloud-based and works with tablets, PCs, and smart phones.

“We are pleased that we can be part of the CTN mission of providing advanced information technologies and services for its members in order to provide high quality healthcare focusing on medically underserved and rural Californians,” said Dr. Sol Lizerbram, Chairman and co-founder of HealthFusion.

“HealthFusion serves thousands of medical practices including many smaller practices, so we believe we can make a significant contribution to the improvement of healthcare for all Californians, including those in rural areas,” Dr. Lizerbram concluded.

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    Nottingham City Hospital, part of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, has chosen a SOMATOM® Definition AS+ system to bolster its CT department and enhance patient care during imaging procedures. The system procurement was facilitated by a member of the community, James Redgate, who left a donation to Nottingham Hospitals Charity in his will. The system is imaging up to 30 patients per day, and…
    Written on Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00 in Breaking News
  • Global Healthcare IT Market Will Grow At A CAGR Of 5.7% to 2018
    The Global Healthcare IT market can be segmented into two divisions on the basis of provider: the Physicians, and Hospitals IT markets. The Global Healthcare IT market is further segmented into Hardware, Software, and IT Services, which are further categorized into sub-segments. Technological advancements such as cloud computing, social networking, and BI and analytics could have a positive impact on the healthcare system by reducing…
    Written on Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:18 in Breaking News
  • BRHC Supports Centralisation Of Specialist Paediatric Services With Three New C-arms
    The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) is going through an expansion to facilitate the centralisation of all specialist children's services in a single, state-of-the-art children's hospital. To support an increase in workload, the hospital has invested in three ARCADIS® Varic C-arms from Siemens Healthcare to provide treatment for local Bristol children plus specialist care for children across the South West and nationally. The three…
    Written on Friday, 15 August 2014 06:54 in Breaking News
  • Procura Group of Companies Leads US Market
    The Procura Group of Companies is pleased to announce they now provide Medicaid solutions for over 90% of the United States. The broad reach of coverage from over 1,500 predefined Medicaid state and waiver programs covering 46 states is unparalleled. When combined with the existing service line and payer solutions, the company, through its ContinuLink Homecare Platform and the Procura Health Management System, is the…
    Written on Friday, 15 August 2014 06:18 in Breaking News
  • Introducing First-of-a-Kind PhysIQ Predictive Analytic Technology for Proactive Health Monitoring
    PhysIQ has announced the company launch based on its proprietary predictive analytic technology for human physiology. PhysIQ is the first patient-centered predictive analytics platform for both the regulated Healthcare and unregulated Health & Fitness markets. This novel platform is designed to reliably detect subtle changes in vital signs and other health indicators helpful to both clinicians in managing patients who are suffering from chronic illness,…
    Written on Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:58 in Breaking News
  • Hopkinton Home Care Launches New In-home Health Services
    Hopkinton Home Care is proud to announce new in-home health care services for the Hopkinton, MA and Metro West areas. Hopkinton Home Care provides peace of mind for your loved ones, the care you want and the service you deserve. Hopkinton Home Care believes that nothing is more important than caring for your family with compassion and helping your loved ones thrive. "When you contact…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:18 in Breaking News
  • National Home Health Leaders Commend U.S. Congressmen Greg Walden and Tom Price for Introducing Medicare Legislation to Improve Access to and the Quality of Home Healthcare
    The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare – a leading coalition of skilled home healthcare providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home health for our nation's seniors – today applauded the introduction of new Medicare legislation that would replace across-the-board rebasing cuts with targeted reform that improves the quality of home healthcare services. The Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:16 in Breaking News
  • Point-Of-Care Diagnostic Market by Products, End Users, Over the Counter & Prescription Based - Global Forecast to 2018
    The global POC diagnostics market is estimated to grow at a lower CAGR in developed countries; however, it is expected to witness high growth in emerging countries such as China, India, and Brazil. Factors such as rising prevalence of lifestyle and infectious diseases, increasing usage of home-based POC devices, technological advancements, and decreasing number of technicians in the central labs are propelling the growth of…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:12 in Breaking News
  • Health Information Exchange Systems Critical To The Integration Of Healthcare Services
    The need to contain hospital operational costs, improve workflow efficiency, and to provide better access to healthcare, has led to the integration of healthcare services. In turn, integrated systems have supported the development of innovative and patient-centric delivery models such as patient-centred medical homes and care-at-a-distance solutions. A strong information system infrastructure will further facilitate affordable, accountable and integrated delivery of services along the continuum…
    Written on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 06:12 in Breaking News
  • The Christie Hospital Joins Elekta And Philips Research Consortium To Develop MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy System For Cancer Treatment
    Elekta and Royal Philips have announced today that The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (Manchester, UK), a specialist cancer center, will join a consortium whose mission is to develop the clinical value of an integrated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guided radiation therapy system. Such a system would, in principle, improve the practice of radiotherapy via real-time visualization of cancer targets. “The Christie was an essential participant…
    Written on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:30 in Breaking News
  • University Of South Florida Selects Digisonics Cardiovascular Information System
    The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Fla. has selected the Digisonics Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS) for their echo and nuclear studies. The Digisonics CVIS will be implemented at four facilities across the USF enterprise including Florida Cardiovascular Institute – Tampa, Florida Cardiovascular Institute – Sun City, USF Health South Tampa Center for Advanced Healthcare and USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare. The…
    Written on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:07 in Breaking News
  • New Siemens RAPIDcomm Data Management System V5.0 Delivers Workflow Innovation For Point Of Care
    Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has released a major software upgrade for the RAPIDComm Data Management System. Version 5.0 of the informatics solution centrally manages Siemens in vitro diagnostics analysers and operators at the point-of-care (POC). The upgrade encompasses Siemens’ POC Ecosystem™ which aims to improve a POC coordinator’s ability to meet challenges across a number of care components including device management, compliance reporting, remote monitoring and…
    Written on Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00 in Breaking News
  • The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Siemens And The Fight Against Dementia
    As dementia rates continue to rise in the UK, The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is proud of its fight in aiding early diagnosis of the condition with the help of its Symbia® TruePoint SPECT•CT system from Siemens Healthcare. Patients from all across the North West of England are referred to the hospital with memory problems where they can be tested using various Nuclear Medicine imaging…
    Written on Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00 in Breaking News
  • CONTINULINK Is The Driving Force In United States
    The recent acquisition of The Procura Group of Companies (Procura) by Carrick Capital Partners was driven by the rapid pace of change in post-acute healthcare. Through their extensive research, Carrick was overwhelmingly impressed by the ContinuLink software, which is Procura's SaaS, fully hosted agency management software solution that has experienced rapid client growth in the US over the past 24 months. One of the fundamental…
    Written on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00 in Breaking News
  • Celebrating 25 Years Of Innovating Healthcare Software Across The Globe
    This year marks a significant milestone achieved by the Procura Group of Companies, the celebration of its 25 years as a global provider of software for home care, hospice, community care, aged, disability and residential care organizations. Founded in 1989, the company is recognized as the leading post-acute software solution across the globe. Over 30,000 healthcare providers use the Procura Group of Companies software platform…
    Written on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 00:00 in Breaking News
  • Carrick Capital Partners Announces Majority Equity Investment In The Procura Group Of Companies
    Carrick Capital Partners today announced the firm's majority investment in the Procura Group of Companies (Procura). A multinational organization specializing in healthcare software and solutions, Procura will remain under the leadership of Scott Overhill, who has been promoted from President to Chief Executive Officer. Procura is the software vendor of choice for home care, hospice, community, aged, disability and residential care organizations across the United…
    Written on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00 in Breaking News
  • REACH3D Teams With Sony Medical To Simplify 3D Display And Recording For Endoscopic Applications
    Visitors to the 2014 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, in Orlando, Fla., will see a joint demonstration of a new 3D solution for endoscopic applications, combining REACH3D's Single Light Path 3D HD capture system and Sony Electronics' medical grade 3D 32-inch display (LMD-3251MT) and 3D video recorder (HVO-3000MT). The REACH3D-Sony demonstration can be seen at AUA in booth #2275. The high-definition, medically compliant equipment…
    Written on Sunday, 18 May 2014 00:00 in Breaking News
  • Community Health Centers Make Substantial Gains in Health Information Technology Use
    Use of electronic health records increased 133 percent in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) between 2009 and 2013, according to a new Commonwealth Fund survey of health center leaders. Spurred by federal investments and financial incentives to more fully embrace health information technology (HIT), 85 percent of FQHCs reported they had achieved advanced HIT capabilities in 2013—meaning they could perform at least nine of 13…
    Written on Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00 in Breaking News
  • Colorado Awards HP $116 Million Medicaid Contract
    HP Enterprise Services today announced the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has signed a $116.9 million contract for HP to implement a new Medicaid management system. HP will serve as the state’s Medicaid fiscal agent to strengthen operations and support Colorado’s healthcare reform initiatives once the new system is implemented. The five-year agreement, which includes five option years not included in the…
    Written on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:29 in Breaking News
  • Siemens Hosts Interactive Forum To Assist Laboratories In Creating Lean Efficiencies
    A Process Management Meeting was recently hosted by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, bringing together a range of Laboratory Managers, Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Scientists to discuss the current issues facing laboratories. The two-day forum, held at one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, The Crystal in London, included seminars delivered by a peer panel of pathology managers and thought leaders from across NW Europe, in addition…
    Written on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:42 in Breaking News
  • Enterprise Content Management: Answer To Clinical Data Boom
    The introduction of mandates involving meaningful use of data and various governmental eHealth initiatives across the globe are fuelling the adoption of electronic medical records (EMR) and healthcare information systems (HIS) to enable universal access to patient information. The resulting boom in clinical content can only be effectively managed by enterprise content management (ECM) solutions. Healthcare providers are upgrading their legacy content management solutions and…
    Written on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:10 in Breaking News
  • Philips Handheld Blood Test Shows Further Promise in Clinical Setting
    Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) has completed its first field study for its Minicare handheld cardiac Troponin-I (cTn-I) blood test, demonstrating the platform’s potential to produce lab-equivalent results with finger prick samples within minutes. The Minicare cTn-I system is designed to help physicians, nurses and paramedics identify patients at high risk for acute cardiac events– right at the bedside or in pre-hospital settings. The…
    Written on Monday, 14 April 2014 07:55 in Breaking News
  • Sensors for Home Healthcare Applications: Market & Technology Analysis
    From 2000 - 2050, the proportion of the world's population aged 60 and over will grow from about 16% to 25% - an increase linked to a marked growth of chronic diseases (Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancers, etc.). Healthcare systems' rising costs and a physicians' shortage are paving the way for increased home care. Sensors previously developed for non-medical applications are transitioning to home care applications, and…
    Written on Sunday, 13 April 2014 11:08 in Breaking News