Procura Attains Mobile Milestone Topping 3 Million Mobile Healthcare Visits

The Procura Group of Companies announced today that a new record has been achieved with their industry leading mobile healthcare solution securing their position as the most successful provider of mobile community and home care services worldwide.

Today, the Procura Mobile platform has successfully supported the delivery of 3.4 million visits. Additionally, the growth in mobile device use on the Procura platform is growing faster than any other mobile solutions with 1 million visits served every three months. This is forecasted to increase to 1 million visits per month by 2015. The Procura Mobile platform has been in use globally since 2011 providing a mobile solution for home and community care providers across the globe. As the innovators in mobile, Procura continues to bring great technology that allows providers perform their care in the home through the convenience of a mobile device. The Procura Mobile platform supports healthcare visits across a wide range of devices, form factors and operating systems.

"Procura has always seen the use of mobile devices as a critical component in the delivery of the vision of Population Healthcare Management," stated Scott Overhill, CEO The Procura Group of Companies. "Our dedication to blending technology across the continuum of care reflects our vision of healthcare to focus the right tool for the right purpose. As an example, our smart phone solution is ideal for personal support services and routine nursing visits."


Wireless Health Market to Reach $38.51 Billion by 2016

Wireless Health Market to Reach $38.51 Billion by 2016

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

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

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

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

The U.S. captures the largest market share of North America, and shows a remarkable growth opportunity. The second largest market is Europe, and Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region with China capturing the largest market share of APAC region. Buy a copy of this report @:


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.


Ascom Introduces Waveform Alerts On Smartphones And Tablets

Ascom Wireless Solutions introduces the next phase in mission-critical communication for Healthcare by delivering patient monitor waveform1 images from GE Patient Monitors to smart devices. The Ascom Unite Axess for Smart Devices is a communication application enabling sophisticated, two-way alerts and messaging for healthcare clinicians on Apple iOS and Android phones and tablets.

The addition of waveform image delivery significantly improves the tools now available to healthcare clinicians on-the-go. Now clinicians have more choices and can get waveforms on their Ascom VoWiFi handsets, IP-DECT handsets as well as smartphones and tablets.2 The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, really rings true when nurses view a critical event on their smart device. Enabling patient waveform image viewing allows care providers to more easily determine how quickly they need to respond to the bedside. Ascom Unite Axess for Smart Devices not only delivers waveform images through its application, but also allows clinicians to scroll the image forward and backwards, and zoom in on the image as well.

Tom McKearney, Director Unite Product Line at Ascom Wireless Solutions, states “Hospitals are always searching for genuine tools to improve patient care and to respond quicker to different types of events. Allowing clinicians to receive waveform images on smart devices is a major step in delivering on both of these goals.”

Ascom Unite Axess for Smart Devices allows clinicians the ability to extend healthcare beyond the walls of a hospital. Patient information and alerts are delivered to a smart device utilizing robust, standards-based security and message encryption to ensure patient confidentiality. All data is stored centrally, so even if a device is lost, your data remains safe.

Additionally, the application supports failover via SMS/SMTP to the same device or another device in the event carrier data network coverage is not available. The enormous number of healthcare related applications available, coupled with the need for integration to healthcare systems, is driving the extraordinary growth of smart devices in healthcare. The Ascom Unite Axess for Smart Devices supports those healthcare professionals who need an integrated approach to using a smartphone or tablet at work.2

Ascom Unite Axess for Smart Devices may also be deployed in conjunction with an Ascom VoWiFi or IP-DECT system to ensure both on-site and off-site access to critical events and information. Message alert behavior between both the Ascom on-site wireless devices and smart devices is virtually the same, making it easy to have a combination of different devices and adapt to either device as needed. Ascom Wireless Solutions is the only provider who can deliver intelligent integration, advanced alarm/messaging services, system management and on-site wireless handsets in one powerful package.

1 The waveforms are being sent by the Ascom Mobile Monitoring Gateway (MMG)

2 All technical specifications for what devices will work are included in the “Ascom Unite Axess for Smart Devices Product Sheet” 


Federal Changes to Improve Telemedicine Promised at ATA Policy Summit

Expect big things for telemedicine policy this year. That was the message from speakers the ATA Federal Telemedicine Policy Summit, held last week in Washington, DC. The event, organized by the American Telemedicine Association, revealed growing federal support for telemedicine services and technologies.

It featured an impressive line-up of speakers, including members of Congress, officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Communications Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as an array of leading patient and provider advocates.

Over 250 attendees from across the spectrum of healthcare and technology participated in the event. “The Summit set a new standard, both in terms of the high profile of the speakers, as well as overall attendance,” said Ed Brown, MD, President of the American Telemedicine Association. “I think this reflects a growing realization—both within government and outside the beltway—that telemedicine is a vital component for quality, accessible and cost-effective healthcare.” For the first time, leaders from both sides of the aisle, agency officials and representatives from consumer and industry groups expressed a strong consensus that the federal government should do more to support the deployment of telemedicine and mHealth.

Despite their differing political ideologies and interests, there was a clear consensus amongst Summit speakers about this opinion as well as shared strategies for achieving their common objective. Complete program information from the ATA Federal Telemedicine Policy Summit is available at: “This is a real paradigm shift for telemedicine,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. “ATA is no longer the lone voice advocating for telemedicine; now we’re coordinating public and private stakeholders and leading a broad coalition for the improvement of healthcare through telemedicine. This development bids well, both for our industry and, more importantly, for patients across America who will benefit from telemedicine technologies.”

The American Telemedicine Association is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. ATA and its diverse membership work to fully integrate telemedicine into healthcare systems to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Established in 1993, ATA is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit


CellTrak and C3 Advisors Launch New Operations Efficiency Offerings for Homecare

CellTrak and C3 Advisors Launch New Operations Efficiency Offerings for Homecare

  • Partnership Brings Added Value to Industry in Reduction of Compliance Risks

CellTrak Technologies Inc., the leading provider of mobile solutions for home care, hospice and private duty, announced today that they have executed a new strategic partnership agreement with C3 Advisors, LLC. C3 Advisors provides strategic business process solutions that emphasize convergence among operations, finance and human resources for maximum productivity, risk reduction and optimal profitability. With the combined knowledge of process challenges facing home care, private duty, community care, personal care and hospice throughout the US, Canada and the UK, the CellTrak and C3 partnership delivers a unique opportunity for providers to more effectively utilize your available resources. The partnership offers solutions that will improve operational productivity and achieve lasting efficiency gains and cost reductions for existing or prospective CellTrak customers.

Sharon Harder, President of C3 Advisors commented, “We are very excited about this opportunity to partner with CellTrak, the recognized industry leader in providing effective integrated, mobile solutions for global home care providers. Through process improvement and technology implementation, C3 Advisors and CellTrak will be able to work together with our clients to improve patient care, operational savings and reduction of compliance risk.”

C3 has developed a philosophy rooted in their belief that financial management and human resources are interdependent functions that must operate in tandem to deliver the highest level of productivity, profitability and longevity. They deliver results on their beliefs by providing affordable solutions to help small businesses overcome the challenges associated with achieving long-term business success.

“This partnership is another step toward enabling improved patient engagement through the use of mobile technology. C3 Advisors brings significant operational efficiency expertise to the table to help improve outcomes at the point of care.” added Michael K. Wons, President and CEO of CellTrak Technologies, Inc.

CellTrak solutions are used by thousands of agency offices to support the delivery of care services. All products are agency configurable, secure, and compliant. Interdisciplinary care teams are empowered to communicate directly and deliver information securely and effortlessly. Together we strive for organizations to embrace technology to reduce their operational costs while improving productivity, enhance field staff safety, and increase compliance. Our overall objective is found within the industry, improving overall outcomes.


About C3 Advisors

C3 Advisors, LLC provides expert solutions guided by the conviction that the most successful healthcare service providers build value through proactive management of operations, effective financial management and adoption of strategic human resource programs designed to increase productivity and profitability. C3 focuses on delivery of high quality, affordable services to its clients. The C3 team has deep, rich and relevant expertise in home healthcare services that encompass the work of Medicare certified agencies, private duty providers, community care providers and hospice. 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. For more information please visit:


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.


Catholic Hospice Successfully Implements ActivityDuration Manangement Solution From CellTrak Technologies

Catholic Hospice Successfully Implements ActivityDuration Manangement Solution From CellTrak Technologies

When curative medical treatment is no longer an option, the focus shifts to supporting patient’s quality of life. Catholic Hospice is a community-based not-for-profit program serving the South Florida community since 1988. Catholic Hospice provides responsive end-of-life care for patients of all ages and faiths, and assists families in caring for a loved one with reverence and dignity at the most vulnerable time in life’s journey.


University of Chicago Medical Center Expansion Includes Conversion to Omnicell Automation Systems for Pharmacy and Patient Care Areas

Omnicell Solutions Chosen to Improve Efficiency and Allow More Time for Patient Care

Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL), a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions and analytics software for healthcare facilities, today announced that the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) will implement a decentralized drug dispensing model using Omnicell solutions. The installation will include Omnicell Inventory Management Carousels with WorkflowRx™ software for comprehensive medication inventory management, as well as Omnicell automated dispensing systems to help streamline pharmacy and nursing workflow efficiency. The 532-bed UCMC is rapidly growing to better serve patients, and will open its newest hospital pavilion in 2013. The expansion will feature the introduction of the new Omnicell G4 platform into nursing units throughout the Medical Center. Omnicell’s new G4 platform features a single unified database across the continuum of medications maintained in the hospital’s automated dispensing cabinets and mobile medication systems, thereby decreasing the risk of human error and improving pharmacy workflow.

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