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Philips Debuts New Cloud-Based Clinical Analytics Dashboard To Enhance Patient Care And Staff Efficiency In Critical Care

Royal Philips has today announced the launch of IntelliSpace Console Critical Care, a cloud-based clinical decision support dashboard supporting enhanced workflows in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Debuting at the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev., IntelliSpace Console is designed to improve critical care with smart clinical decision making, enhanced patient monitoring and tracking of quality metrics. The easy-to-use dashboard gives clinicians access to patient data across multiple systems and EMRs to help streamline, prioritize and analyze complex patient data quickly.

IntelliSpace Console is the result of a multi-year clinical study and a research collaboration with Ambient Clinical Analytics and the Mayo Clinic. It is the latest to join Philips’ portfolio of advanced health technology and integrated informatics solutions helping to improve workflow efficiencies and patient outcomes with clinical decision support applications. In critical care settings where every second counts, clinicians need to make timely care decisions and navigating the vast amounts of clinical data available at the patient bedside can make it difficult for clinicians to analyze so much information at once. IntelliSpace Console addresses this issue comprehensively and transforms patient data from multiple sources, including EMRs, into actionable insights. The smart dashboard provides intensivists, nurses, respiratory therapists and other specialists with the context-relevant clinical information needed to make decisions quickly and efficiently in critical care settings, leading to better care and greater productivity.

“As health systems continue to move toward value-based care while at the same time facing an explosion of patient data, solutions such as IntelliSpace Console help clinicians make sense of increasingly complex patient information in a meaningful way,” said Carla Kriwet, CEO, Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions, Philips. “This advanced visualization dashboard enables clinicians to make quick, informed decisions, and ultimately provide enhanced care across the health care continuum.”

“The amount of patient data available in the Intensive Care Units is incredible, but it also places a substantial burden on the acting clinician to make quick and effective patient care decisions while making sense of mountains of information,” said Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD, of Mayo Clinic, one of the co-inventors of the technology. “This new solution is formatted as a real-time dashboard that organizes information the way a clinician processes data in a real-life patient scenario to facilitate decision making. This reduces stress, saves time, supports workflow and enhances the care process while allowing multiple members of a patient’s care team to be ‘on the same page’.”

Adding value to the care process

The transition to efficient patient-centric care is driving an increasing number of business and Health IT challenges – including EMR implementation, interoperability, meaningful use, accountable care and healthcare reform. At this year’s HIMSS event in Las Vegas, Philips will be demonstrating how integrated IT solutions like IntelliSpace Console can address these challenges by collecting, combining, analyzing and delivering quality data to help improve patient outcomes, reduce costs and improve quality of care.

IntelliSpace Console’s user experience, which is rendered using evidence-based guidelines, provides clinicians with an overview of the patient population in the ICU, including acuity level, details on life support, and other key information to help clinicians make more informed decisions when assessing interventions and developing patient care plans. The dashboard harmonizes the information on each patient to ensure that each member of the care team sees the same, normalized information. A cloud-based dashboard IntelliSpace Console is hosted on Philips HealthSuite digital platform, an open, secure cloud-based platform that powers solutions that can collect, compile, store and analyze clinical and other data from multiple devices and sources.

The HealthSuite digital platform supports the secure collection of all types of data related to health and lifestyle so patients and caregivers can make more confident health and lifestyle-related decisions with the next generation of connected health and wellness innovations, like IntelliSpace Console. Mayo Clinic developed IntelliSpace Console under the product name AWARE [1] (Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation) and Philips is partnering with Ambient Clinical Analytics to bring the technology to market in the second half of 2016.

Together, with the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group, these organizations received an award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) award from CMS to research the impact of using a cloud-based clinical decision support solution with a novel user interface for the ICU. Mayo Clinic and Dr. Herasevich have a financial interest in the technology referenced in this news release. Revenue Mayo Clinic receives is used to support its not-for-profit mission in patient care, education and research. IntelliSpace Console is expected to be available to a select number of hospitals later this year.

Philips will be showcasing IntelliSpace Console Critical Care technology at booth #3416 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, taking place Feb. 29 – March 4, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV. For updates on Philips’ presence at HIMSS, follow @PhilipsLiveFrom and visit www.philips.com/himss.

[1] ProCCESs AWARE - Patient Centered Cloud-based Electronic System: Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02039297.

Mayo Clinic Reports Strong Performance in 2015

Providing direct care for more than 1.3 million people, Mayo Clinic continues to advance its mission to be a trusted source for clinical quality, medical education and research discoveries that improve lives.

Mayo Clinic reported a strong financial position in 2015, with contributions of $505 million to its pension plan for employees and more than $600 million in capital projects.

“When we look at these numbers, we see people — our patients and our dedicated employees,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “We believe Mayo Clinic has a moral responsibility to provide compassionate care to patients who put their trust in us. We’re not just treating a symptom; our team of experts delivers a seamless, integrated experience that patients expect. Our results solidify our ability to deliver complex care to our patients and provide a secure future for our staff.”

For more than 20 years, Mayo Clinic has led the way in U.S. News & World Report rankings, with more No. 1 ranked specialties than any other hospital in the nation. In 2015, Mayo Clinic ranked first, second and third in all 12 data-driven specialties of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings.

“We thank our teams of employees for their respect, integrity, compassion and innovation,” says Jeff Bolton, vice president, Administration, Mayo Clinic. “Their strong focus on our patients and mission anchors us in the Mayo Clinic values that define us.”

Besides providing in-person care through its destination centers and integrated community care model Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo continues to share its knowledge and provide virtual consultations to providers and patients through Mayo Clinic Care Network, its international network of member practices. With the addition of seven members in 2015, the Mayo Clinic Care Network now has more than 35 members based in the continental U.S., Mexico Puerto Rico and Singapore. These independent organizations represent more than 100 hospitals. Through them, nearly 10 million patients and their care teams have access to Mayo Clinic knowledge, clinical protocols and consultations.

The Center for Connected Care continues to expand Mayo Clinic’s reach. More than 16,000 telemedicine consultations across the institution, including eConsults, telestroke and video consults, were conducted in 2015. Also, almost 800,000 Mayo Clinic patients have Patient Online Services accounts providing them access to their medical record, lab results, appointment itineraries and secure messaging to their health care teams through Web and a mobile app.

“I am confident in our people and direction,” says Dr. Noseworthy. “We work together so patients continue to find hope and healing at all of our campuses.”

Redox Extends Capabilities of Salesforce Health Cloud with Patient Data from Electronic Medical Records

Redox has announced it is extending the capabilities of Salesforce Health Cloud with its EMR integration engine.

Redox provides a modern API solution for clinical integration with electronic medical record (EMR) systems. The addition of Redox to the Health Cloud product provides streamlined sharing of clinical data and a comprehensive view of patient conditions and clinical events. Health Cloud is generally available for purchase today, giving healthcare providers new ways to make smarter care decisions, engage with patients across their caregiver networks and manage patient data. Redox joins Salesforce as a Health Cloud launch partner at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS16) Conference in Las Vegas.

“We are devoted to accelerating the adoption of great technology in healthcare. We believe Salesforce Health Cloud represents a great step for the industry and look forward to helping the solution positively impact the maximum number of lives,” said Niko Skievaski, Co-founder & President, Redox. “Health Cloud brings together data from many sources and presents a comprehensive view of the patient. Accessing data from the electronic medical record real-time through a modern infrastructure is an integral piece of this puzzle and we are proud to partner with Salesforce to deliver robust EMR integrations.”

“We live in the age of the customer, and patients now expect personalized and engaging experiences with their healthcare providers,” said Joshua Newman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, GM, Salesforce Healthcare and Life Sciences. “Health Cloud is all about building stronger patient relationships, and Redox is a valuable part of our journey towards creating a modern healthcare platform for patients, doctors, and everyone else involved in care.”

Redox Key Features

Redox integrates with electronic medical records and standardizes disparate data formats to consistent JSON data models. Partners establish connectivity with Redox once and are then able to send and receive data with any health system or digital health application through a modern web service API. Redox provides robust maintenance and support of connections ensuring data flows appropriately and allows organizations to focus on core functions.

Divurgent Appoints Bert Reese Vice President, Portfolio Management and Innovation

Divurgent, a recognized leader in Healthcare IT Consulting, has announced that Bert Reese has joined its team as Vice President, Portfolio Management and Innovation. In his new role, Reese will work with Divurgent's Executive Team and service-line leaders to deploy solutions that leverage both data and client culture to integrate business, clinical, and financial services, thereby achieving reduced health costs, advanced care delivery, and improved population health. 

The announcement follows last week's appointment of Steve Eckert, FACHE, as Divurgent's new President and COO; both appointments come during a period of rapid growth and unprecedented market demand for the award-winning firm.

"I join the entire Divurgent team in welcoming Bert to his new role. As one of the industry's longest-serving CIOs, Bert has helped to set precedents for the future of healthcare through advances in information technology, patient access, and electronic-medical-record standards across the care continuum," said Eckert. "We look forward to working with Bert, drawing on his extensive experience and strategic insights to continuously shape and refine our service offerings to meet evolving healthcare market demands."

Reese brings more than 30 years' experience with Sentara Healthcare, one of the nation's most advanced integrated health systems. Most recently, he served as Sentara's Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for information technology, process improvement, and information and supply-chain management. Reese's achievements at Sentara include the implementation of a cross-enterprise electronic health record, which drove significant financial savings and improved clinical outcomes throughout the system. 

"In the years I have worked with Divurgent – both as a client and on the Advisory Board – I have grown to respect and admire my new company's passion for advancing the delivery of care through its use of innovative technologies," said Reese. "I look forward to contributing to Divurgent's continued growth as the company leverages insight, agility, and unparalleled dedication to every client's success – a potent chemistry as Divurgent works to improve the health of the patient communities we serve."

The key roles Reese played in his work with Sentara are credited with helping the health system earn awards including Most Wired, Top 100 Innovations, best employer in Information Technology, and the Davies Award.

Sharp To Showcase Solutions At Healthcare Information And Management Systems Society Annual Conference

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, will be participating in the RF Ideas Booth at the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV.

The HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition is a showcase for the newest technology trends and solutions in health IT. Bringing together more than 40,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world, HIMSS is the largest health IT event in the industry. Sharp will be showcasing cost accounting and access control solutions ideally suited for medical care and related facilities.                      

Featured at HIMSS will be the Sharp MX-C301W Desktop Workgroup multifunctional printer (MFP). It provides powerful functionality in a compact footprint and is a great solution for nurse's stations, doctor's offices, reception areas and more.

In addition to the peace of mind that comes from one of the most comprehensive MFP network and data security suites, Sharp MFP security is further enhanced when paired with print release software that helps safeguard printed confidential healthcare information, and tracks and manages print and scan jobs. With this new offering, users can authenticate at an MFP equipped with an RF Ideas card reader which will enable them to access the print/scan/copy options for which they have permissions.

 

Additionally, Sharp will be highlighting its certifications and compatibility with leading healthcare EMR (Electronic Medical Record) providers that help ensure seamless operation of Sharp printers and MFPs.

 

"We're eager to engage with healthcare IT professionals at HIMSS16 and show them how Sharp products can help meet the needs of healthcare organizations of all sizes," said Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Operations and Services, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. "We are thrilled to be invited back for a third time by RF Ideas, our long-standing Sharp Partner Program Member."  

 

Stop by the RF Ideas booth #3669 from March 1 to 3 at the Venetian/Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas to learn more about Sharp's technologies and solutions for the healthcare industry.

Emanate Wireless Launches PowerPath Temp, Revolutionizes Healthcare Refrigeration Monitoring

Emanate Wireless Chief Executive Officer Neil Diener announced today the launch of the company's newest solution, PowerPath Temp, a healthcare refrigeration-monitoring device Diener says will be "a game-changer in the healthcare industry."

"Today's devices monitor the temperature of refrigerators and let healthcare industry employees know when temperatures fall out of spec," Diener explained. "Our newest device, PowerPath Temp, monitors AC power in addition to temperature parameters. That means it's capable of notifying healthcare workers before there's a problem."

For the healthcare industry, this new product represents an opportunity to preserve often-expensive or even irreplaceable products like pharmaceuticals, vaccines, or human organs and tissues requiring a constant temperature for storage.

By monitoring the AC power current, PowerPath Temp from Emanate Wireless can detect laboring compressors and notify maintenance personnel before refrigeration fails. Notification is accomplished via a browser-based dashboard or mobile application. In this manner, the devices from Emanate Wireless are capable of saving thousands of dollars — or of saving lives.

"Imagine having to explain to an organ or tissue recipient that a donated product has spoiled," said Diener. "Now imagine never having to. That's the difference this new product will make for some people. We couldn't be more proud to bring it to market, and I couldn't be more proud of our engineering team for creating it."

PowerPath is easily installed without any particular, mechanical expertise. It mounts on the side of a healthcare or pharmaceutical refrigerator or freezer and gets plugged-in between the refrigerator or freezer's plug and an AC outlet. Its temperature probe gets inserted from the back of the refrigerator or freezer's plug or behind the door seal.

In addition to temperature and AC power status, PowerPath Temp can monitor other conditions, such as whether a door has been left ajar — another condition that can lead to ruin for healthcare providers. The device includes a rechargeable, lifetime battery and Wi-Fi technology. It also features low-energy Bluetooth technology to communicate to the PowerPath mobile application.

An Ohio company, Emanate Wireless invents, engineers and manufactures real-time location and asset monitoring solutions for the healthcare industry.

Mission Health Selects PeraHealth To Enhance Clinical Surveillance, Patient Safety

Asheville, N.C.-based Mission will integrate PeraHealth’s suite of clinical surveillance solutions into its existing enterprise data warehouse and its Cerner electronic medical record (EMR) system, helping care teams visualize a full picture of patient condition. The software will also be used at the 763-bed Mission Hospital to remotely monitor patients and support bed management across the health system’s five other hospitals located throughout western North Carolina.

“Our partnership with PeraHealth further demonstrates our commitment to providing fully integrated patient care that improves the health of the people and communities we serve,” said Ronald A. Paulus, M.D., president and CEO at Mission, the only health system in the nation named to Truven Health Analytics’ Top 15 Health Systems list four years in a row (2012-2015).

Powered by the Rothman Index, a disease-agnostic measure of patient condition used to predict patient readmission and mortality risk, PeraHealth software pulls data from all major EMR systems. The data is automatically translated into an Index score that’s presented in color-coded graphs computed upon admission and trended across the entire episode of care. The Rothman Index is validated by 18 peer-reviewed publications, including a recent article detailing how its use by a nurse rapid response team was linked to a 30 percent mortality reduction.

“Providing clinicians with innovative, analytics-driven resources to help deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time is essential in today’s healthcare environment,” said Dr. Chris DeRienzo, Chief Patient Safety Officer at Mission Health. “We believe our partnership with PeraHealth will enhance communication among caregivers, especially during care transitions, and deliver new methods of reducing preventable harm to our patients through machine learning and predictive analytics.”

Patients frequently exhibit subtle warning signs in the hours and days before experiencing life-threatening health problems. Considering the average five-day hospital stay includes at least 24 patient handoffs, these signs can easily be missed during department transfers and shift changes, increasing the potential for unnecessary patient harm and costs.

“Detecting potential patient deterioration is extremely challenging for any care team,” said PeraHealth CEO Stephanie Alexander. “By clearly trending a full picture of patient condition in real-time, PeraHealth solutions alert clinicians earlier to subtle health issues, which can increase the likelihood of successful intervention. We are honored to partner with Mission Health to support their use of innovative analytics to provide high value patient care.”

UPMC Partners with Vivify Health for Mobile Population Health and Chronic Care Management

UPMC is partnering with Vivify Health as a customer of and investor in its mobile population health solutions to remotely care for patients.

Vivify Health's technology is used by the nation's largest health organizations, representing more than 500 hospitals and payers, to efficiently manage, monitor and engage patient populations of all sizes and risk levels. Founded in 2009, Vivify was the first company to offer a Cloud-based solution for mobile population health and chronic care management using any consumer mobile device.

"After an extensive evaluation of a number of companies, Vivify Health clearly stood out to us as the one best aligned to deliver patient-centered remote care across UPMC's integrated payer/provider system," said Tal Heppenstall, President of UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization arm of UPMC which led the Vivify investment.  "As we deliver care under an increasingly risk-based reimbursement model, we are excited to become a customer, development partner and investor in Vivify's scalable population health management technology. Backing this kind of innovation to solve critical healthcare problems is at the heart of our mission at UPMC Enterprises."

Uniquely positioned for true population health management

Vivify Health solutions enable insurance and provider organizations to conduct virtual care visits, communicate seamlessly with patients and members, and remotely monitor any patient population, such as those with chronic illnesses. The solutions are tailored to patients of all levels of technology expertise, from an "instant-on" health kit for consumers with limited or no technology experience, to a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) solution for those who prefer to use their own devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

"Vivify's remote monitoring and communication technology is essential to making patients true partners in their care and providing the right services when and where they need them, increasingly at home," said Andrew Watson, MD, UPMC's Medical Director of Telemedicine and Vice President of UPMC International. "As an integrated healthcare delivery and financing system, we are focused on keeping patients well and out of the hospital, and that can happen only with affordable, easy-to-use technology like Vivify's."

Such flexibility to conform to the consumer's unique needs and comfort level has contributed to outcomes that Vivify reports with other customers, such as reducing readmissions by 65 percent, improving return on investment by 144 percent and achieving patient compliance and satisfaction rates well over 95 percent.

UPMC joins growing roster of customer investors

Vivify Health's other investors include several of the nation's largest health systems and health plans, including over 700 hospitals represented by Heritage Group and Ascension Ventures, followed by LabCorp and Envision Health.

As day-to-day users, customer-investors like UPMC take an active role in the continued development of the Vivify Health platform and the company's strategic direction. To that end, Brenton Burns, Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, will join the Vivify Health board of directors. Enterprises' experienced product development team in Pittsburgh will also work with Vivify to enhance its solutions and to deploy them effectively across UPMC's vast system which covers virtually every aspect of care, including not only hospitals and physician offices but rehabilitation and senior living facilities.

"We are honored to partner with UPMC, one of the nation's most prestigious health systems, to advance its mission to provide outstanding patient care and shape tomorrow's healthcare with innovative population health technology," said Eric Rock, Vivify Health CEO. "We look forward to helping UPMC achieve unprecedented outcomes for its patients as part of its commitment to patient-centered, affordable care."

National Decision Support Company Launches CareSelect

Today, National Decision Support Company (NDSC) announced CareSelect, a new enterprise-wide appropriate use criteria (AUC) and clinical pathway delivery engine integrated with electronic medical records (EMR).

"With over 2 million monthly transactions being generated by more than 100 health systems using our flagship solution ACR Select, we have rapidly become the market's choice to enable the delivery of EMR integrated imaging appropriate use criteria (AUC)," saidMichael Mardini, CEO, NDSC. "Through this experience we have also earned the trust of EMR vendors and guideline publishers alike, and due to the rich interoperability we've achieved with our EMR partners we have expanded into new clinical areas through CareSelect."

CareSelect is designed to house and manage both national and local guidelines and enable healthcare organizations to directly manage the delivery and configuration of EMR advisories using the most up to date clinical knowledge—all within the native EMR user interface.

Guidelines are constantly changing and providers are struggling to manage the delivery of all this new medical knowledge to healthcare providers in a meaningful way. Compliance and quality are critical success factors in a value driven healthcare environment and CareSelect enables the delivery of a wide range of medical knowledge to healthcare providers without the need to reconfigure the EMR each time a guideline changes or needs to be added.

Through the company's work with the American College of Radiology and numerous other imaging criteria sources, NDSC has proven its competence in distilling medical knowledge into actionable criteria. "With CareSelect, we are now applying natural language processing and sophisticated algorithms to the EMR data, enabling high impact advisories across the care continuum," said Mardini. "These new capabilities also extend the sophistication of the imaging guidelines we can deliver with ACR Select, to include automated indication calculation, and to cover more complex clinical scenarios."

Through CareSelect, the company is delivering high impact clinical advisories covering a range of medical conditions across the care continuum, such as those from Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the ABIM and theNNT.com that cover a range of care settings and conditions, including anti-biotic stewardship, high cost lab testing and utilization management in the Emergency Department.

NDSC is currently deploying CareSelect at select healthcare organizations and will demonstrate its latest developments, including integrations with leading EHRs, at HIMSS 2016, booth #11010, March 1-3, 2016, Las Vegas, NV.

Philips And Allianz Worldwide Partners Launch Connected Health Solution And Services In Germany

Royal Philips and Allianz Worldwide Partners entered a partnership focusing on connected health solutions and services in Germany. The personal health programs* are designed for and tailored to motivate people to make healthy choices in their lifestyle, as active health management is necessary to stem the rising tide of chronic diseases. The health programs leverage Philips’ deep healthcare and consumer expertise are offered across employers as an instrument for occupational health, insurers and consumers.

“With ageing populations and in some cases poor lifestyle choices, the risk of chronic diseases are ever increasing, with significant impacts on the individuals and on the healthcare system,” said Caroline Clarke, CEO Population Health Management at Philips. “We want to help people take more control over their health.”

Participants in the Philips personal health programs receive one or more devices, a smart phone app, digital content, and regular coaching sessions from Allianz Global Assistance, the German entity of Allianz Worldwide Partners. These coaching calls are conducted by a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, a nutritionist or a physiologist depending on the program. The healthcare professionals give participants the chance to get more insight into their lifestyle and get personal advice and help change their habits.

“Our multi-modal prevention programs combine modern Philips technology and digital know how with personalized coaching programs and aim at sustainable lifestyle change in the fields of nutrition, exercise and stress management, which are widely accepted as the key to prevent chronic diseases,” said Dr. Steffen Krotsch, Head of Innovation, Allianz Worldwide Partners. “The coaching adds the personal touch, education on medical topics and friendly reminders to sustain the improved lifestyle.”

The health measurement devices that gather information for the Philips personal health programs are all Bluetooth enabled, connecting wirelessly to the Philips HealthSuite Health app so users can conveniently track their measurements over time. They form part of Philips’ connected health propositions that all link through the Philips HealthSuite digital platform, an open and secure platform that collects and analyzes health and other data from multiple devices and sources.

The health measurement devices used for the programs include:

• The Philips Health band – empowers you to live a healthier life by tracking your activity, heart rate and sleep

• The Philips wrist blood pressure monitor – a compact and easy-to-carry device that allows you to measure your systolic & diastolic blood pressure as well as your heart rate. Is rechargeable via USB.

• The Philips body analysis scale – an elegant device that measures weight, estimates body fat through Bio-Impedance Analysis, and calculates BMI. Supports the entire family with up to eight user profiles.

*The Philips health programs and health measurement devices are not currently available for sale in the USA.

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