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."

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Cognizant to Acquire TriZetto - Creating A Fully-Integrated Healthcare Technology And Operations Leader

Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH), a global leader in information technology, consulting and business process services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TriZetto Corporation for $2.7 billion in cash, subject to customary adjustments. Based in Englewood, CO, privately-held TriZetto is a leading provider of healthcare IT software and solutions.

"Healthcare is undergoing structural shifts due to reform, cost pressure and shifting responsibilities between payers and providers. This creates a significant growth opportunity, which TriZetto will help us capture," said Francisco D'Souza, CEO of Cognizant. "We are excited that the integrated portfolio of capabilities across technology and operations will uniquely position us to help clients drive higher levels of operational efficiency, while re-imagining care for the future. We look forward to welcoming the TriZetto team into the Cognizant family and creating a truly differentiated and sustainable foundation for healthcare."

Cognizant expects this acquisition to accelerate significantly its market position and strategy of delivering innovative healthcare software and solutions to a wide range of healthcare clients. TriZetto and its 3,700 employees will be a part of Cognizant's existing healthcare business, which currently serves more than 200 clients, including 16 of the top 20 U.S. health plans and four of the top five pharmacy benefit management companies. Healthcare currently represents approximately 26 percent of Cognizant's revenue.

"TriZetto solutions enable the healthcare interactions of millions of people in the U.S. every day," said Jude Dieterman, President and COO of TriZetto. "Our agreement with Cognizant advances our vision of simplifying healthcare for everyone. We believe the combination of Cognizant and TriZetto's talented employees and innovative technology and operations will have a meaningful impact on the way health is managed and care is delivered."

"Cognizant and TriZetto have had a long-term relationship, having jointly served a number of healthcare clients to date," said Gordon Coburn, President of Cognizant. "This acquisition is a natural fit for us. It represents a great opportunity to integrate services across our three horizons—traditional IT services; high-growth businesses such as management consulting, business process services and IT infrastructure services; and emerging delivery models—and provide even greater value to our clients."

"The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Cognizant's non-GAAP EPS, excluding one-time transaction costs and adjustments," said Karen McLoughlin, CFO of Cognizant. "That earnings benefit is expected to increase over time as we realize significant revenue synergy potential from the combination of these businesses."

Cognizant intends to finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt, and has secured $1 billion of committed financing in support of the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014. The purchase agreement provides for customary closing conditions and purchase price adjustments including, without limitation, adjustments for items such as cash, indebtedness and working capital.

Cognizant was advised by Credit Suisse, UBS Securities LLC and Centerview Partners. Legal counsel to Cognizant was provided by Latham & Watkins LLP and Nishith Desai Associates. TriZetto was advised by JP Morgan Securities LLC and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Legal counsel to TriZetto was provided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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BayCare Health System Recognized for Achievement in Electronic Medical Record Adoption by Leading Global Organization

BayCare Health System's progress in adopting an electronic medical records (EMR) system was recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a global organization known for thought leadership on improving health care through information technology (IT).

Electronic medical record systems can improve patient care, increase patient safety, enhance medication safety and increase efficiency. BayCare Health System reached Stage 6 of 7 in the EMR Adoption Model developed by HIMSS Analytics, a non-profit subsidiary of HIMSS, that collects and analyzes health care data. The adoption model identifies and scores hospitals using an eight-step scale (0-7) that charts the path to a fully paperless environment. Less than 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached Stage 6 as they convert to a fully automated/paperless medical records system. The ten BayCare hospitals recognized join only three others in the Tampa Bay area that have achieved this milestone.

BayCare Vice President and Chief Information Officer Timothy Thompson commented, "BayCare's IT strategy has been focused on providing a better care environment for our patients through meaningful information. This recognition by HIMSS validates our leadership position in information technology, not just in Florida but across the U.S. Our achievement enables us to offer health care providers better access to important health information. It also puts relevant information at our patients' fingertips through the MyBayCare.org portal."

Stage 6 hospitals have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; pay for performance; and government quality reporting programs.

The BayCare facilities recognized for reaching Stage 6 are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's and South Florida Baptist.

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Nucleus Independent Living Enables Rapid Response to Care with CellTrak™

New solution platform enables apps that make data actionable.

Nucleus Independent Living a Non-Profit Health Service Provider of Community Support Services, serves the communities of Mississauga, Oakville, South Etobicoke, and 2 Supportive Housing sites in Toronto. Funded by Mississauga Local Health Integration Network and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Nucleus embraces and has adopted the fundamental concepts of the Independent Living philosophy.

Nucleus was seeking a trusted partner to provide technology that would link resources and real-time alerts while delivering care. The technology needed to allow staff to link back to experts in the office to give rapid response to care issues. The strategy was that the staff in the field would link back to the office to direct them or contact resources to deliver the right care seamlessly with a simple to use mobile application that would work in and out of cellular coverage areas.

Beverley John, CEO/Executive Director, Nucleus Independent Living sat down for a post implementation interview to share her thoughts. "While technologies provide many benefits they can be disruptive in their implementation. Working with the CellTrak team we were able to get up and running with an easy to use solution for the entire Seniors Division care staff. It was important to us to leverage the current investment we have made in technologies that we use and add on new capabilities that would provide actionable data and improved workflow for our care team".

Home and community care 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. 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 CellTrak solution provided many benefits for Nucleus including but not limited to the following;

Fully mobilized workforce; Safety for staff; Improved quality; Late visits better managed; No shows are identified and managed immediately; Real two-way communication; Status change- new info can be shared and received in real time; Instant reporting; Increase privacy and security; Timely documentation; Locations and health conditions are kept private and secure; Data mining via portal/pulse: trends can be monitored and addressed promptly.

Nucleus was keen to use the new Alert Driven Management capabilities of CellTrak. 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.

"Nucleus Independent Living was our initial project with Goldcare as the EMR system. With the integrated solution the new capabilities enable further enhancements in care delivery and quality that the team at Nucleus implemented very efficiently," shared Michael K. Wons, President and CEO of CellTrak Technologies, Inc.

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.

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Agfa HealthCare Selects OnX as Canadian Managed Services Provider

OnX Enterprise Solutions, a leading enterprise data center IT solutions provider, today announced that the Company has been chosen as one of two preferred vendors in Canada to Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and IT solutions for hospitals and other healthcare centers.

As an Agfa HealthCare preferred vendor, OnX can provide managed services, data backup, and disaster recovery solutions designed to help deploy Agfa HealthCare's imaging software to hospitals across Canada. Hospitals today are increasingly investing in software solutions to improve diagnostics and care, but often choose not to manage these solutions and data centers on their own. As a part of a joint solution, Agfa HealthCare will manage the diagnostic imaging software solutions, while OnX will supply the infrastructure in the company's managed data centers, including data backup, firewall security, OS management and end-to-end monitoring and reporting. For Canadian healthcare institutions that already have Agfa HealthCare's solution in place, OnX can provide secondary failover and disaster recovery.

"OnX has a very solid record and reputation in the healthcare industry with a dedicated healthcare team and the specific expertise we need from a managed services vendor," said Jeff Merrill, Vice President, Services, Agfa HealthCare North America. "The OnX team understands our issues including the application layer, and is committed to provide the needed support for data security, backup, and recovery, which are important in the delivery of quality care. We look forward to working with OnX's experienced Healthcare and Managed Services team to deploy our diagnostic software to healthcare organizations across Canada."

The healthcare industry is shifting to avoid large capital budgets for high availability and to improve time to deployment. OnX has a long and credible history of providing vital IT solutions to the healthcare industry, where security and high availability are major concerns. OnX's top-tier data center redundancy and SSAE16 certification offer peace of mind to healthcare organizations whose first priority is to keep their patient data secure. In 2014, Branham300 honored OnX Canada with the #5 ranking in the Top 25 ICT Professional Services, #5 ranking in Mixed-play Healthcare ICT Companies, and #17 ranking in the Top 250 Canadian ICT Companies.

"We are pleased to achieve preferred vendor status with a trusted healthcare integrated IT provider like Agfa HealthCare," said Paul Khawaja, President, OnX Canada. "Our focus and investments in providing the highest security measures and data center certification, coupled with our experienced and knowledgeable healthcare team makes us a great fit for clients in the growing healthcare industry. We especially look forward to a fruitful relationship with Agfa HealthCare and to helping them provide the best IT solutions available to their customers throughout Canada."

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Tips to Health IT Professionals for Gaining Competitive Edge in the Job Market

In honor of National Health IT Week Sept. 15-19, American Sentinel University offers tips to health IT professionals for gaining a competitive edge in the healthcare marketplace.

A recent study by HIMSS shows demand for qualified health IT professionals are at an all-time high and a candidate’s skill set is the differentiating factor when filling a position. The skill most desired is that of an IT professional that has clinical workflow and terminology experience. American Sentinel offers specialization in healthcare, giving students a competitive advantage in the clinical IT environment.

“Technology and healthcare are two ever-changing industries. When the two collide it creates dynamic and exciting challenges for health IT professionals,” says Blair Smith, Ph.D., dean of Informatics-Management- Technology programs at American Sentinel University. “Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implementation has become the focal point and while it offers tremendous capabilities, it also creates a multitude of challenges for today’s IT professionals. Those with in-demand skills will find themselves far more marketable.”

At the top of the list of challenges includes data management, application management, BYOD, patient privacy, HIPAA compliance, business intelligence and analytics and risk management. The HIMSS study found that a higher percentage of respondents said that their organizations were interested in either training current employees or hiring recent graduates to fill needed positions, but 85 percent of respondents said their organizations faced barriers meeting their health IT needs. The majority cited a lack of qualified talent and 40 percent of those surveyed said they have open positions for which they cannot find qualified talent.

“Employers want to hire candidates with a health technology degree or certification that are prepared from day one on the job,” says Smith. He says that it’s important for students to choose a degree program that is relevant to today’s industry needs. Smith details some of the must-have skills health IT professionals need to make themselves more marketable in the current healthcare market. “Look for programs that use immersive learning technology to foster program comprehension so that you can immediately apply what you learn to your work to positively impact your career,” he adds. “This will help differentiate you from other candidates and position yourself for a successful career in this fast-growing industry.”

Adaptability to Change. The ability to adapt to changing parameters is very important in healthcare because healthcare reform and government mandates are every-changing. “It’s important that health IT professionals be alert to the latest trends and be prepared for how it will impact your healthcare facility’s plan and goals,” says Smith.

Innovativeness. Healthcare is ever-evolving and health IT leaders will be challenged to think in new ways, adjust to change and lead change while creating new models of care. “The phrase ‘innovate or die’ has never been more true than now as we enter the transformation that is pivotal to the future of healthcare worldwide,” says Smith.

Communications Savvy. The race for information is on and the ability for health IT professionals to be adept at finding new and better ways to communicate greater amounts of data and information will become increasingly important. “The greatest leaders have always been able to rely on strong communication skills. Moving to a data driven culture presents new demands where the accelerated availability of data has rendered the decision of what is useful and what to communicate as important as how to communicate it,” adds Smith.

Applications Know-How. As health organizations begin looking for solutions to measure quality and standards, Smith says that IT professionals will play a critical role to guide them through the technology maze of applications and data management. -Security and Compliance. It is crucial that healthcare facilities be HIPAA-compliant and protect patient health records. This becomes more challenging for IT professionals when information is collected in one place and is required to move from one environment to another, says Smith. This has created a greater need for skills in the information management security side of healthcare.

Risk Management. Most healthcare organizations place a strong emphasis on data management and data security. This critical need to manage and protect this information has created a demand for IT professionals with this particular expertise. “Healthcare needs IT professionals that can create the appropriate structure to govern security and know how to protect information and address breaches from a compliance perspective,” says Smith. He says that it is crucial that healthcare organizations have a plan in place to address the potential losses and breach of information and know how to be protected in the future.

Business Intelligence and Analytics. Business intelligence (BI) and analytics are a way for healthcare organizations to aggregate better quality information. “The industry is currently putting greater emphasis on finding newer and more aggressive BI and analytics tools, which has created a higher demand for those IT professionals with these skills,” says Smith.

“As the healthcare industry continues to be a bright spot for the economy, IT professionals with the right education and skills will have ample opportunities to enjoy a long and promising career in this exciting field,” adds Smith. 

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Ark Uses CellTrak™ for Comprehensive Assessment at the Point of Care

UK Leader Ensured of Highest Level of Personal Health Information.

London based Ark Homecare offers a continuum of homecare and healthcare services from basic care support in the home to specialized nursing. The peace of mind of their customers and their loved ones is Ark’s highest priority and achieving their mission within a constrained resource environment requires intelligent deployment of technology. Operationally Ark’s goal as a homecare provider is to provide better outcomes more cost effectively for their clients. Achieving these objectives requires improved operational efficiencies without substantial capital investments.

After evaluating market options, Ark selected CellTrak Technologies and Coldharbour systems as their solution partner for their integrated mobile solution at the point of care. By implementing an easy to use clinical assessment on a mobile device, CellTrak transformed how their field staff delivers care and improved compliance to the councils concerned about appropriate payment. Ark recently began using the CellTrak mobile care platform on new Samsung Note 3 devices which transformed their point of care assessment process while allowing for more time for care. Staff can utilize mobile to document care, capture signatures, dictations and photos at the point of care.

Through the CellTrak quality and risk management portal real-time alerts are triggered through the assessment to assess care and direct workflow across the entire organization. “We are able to start initial and follow up assessments at the point of care. We are also printing completed and easy to read assessments for the clients to leave at their home.

Signature capture features are being used to sign electronically and streamline the completed visit process.” Tracey Rodaway, Finance and IT Lead for Ark Healthcare To maintain and support their mission Ark chose CellTrak to automate their full clinical assessment process. Once a multi paper based assessment process is now accessed in one easy to use app on the mobile device.

The paper form is now a fully automated interactive tool, accessible anytime. Leveraging technology facilitates auto population, prompting and providing guidance in completing assessments, allowing for more person to person time with the client. The full clinical assessment includes client data, environment and risks associated with a client. Assessments are broken into 23 sections, for example, but not limited to medication risk, personal and contact details, and environment.

Ark is currently using Coldharbour to obtain the episode of care needed for each client. When they needed an easy way to capture data at the point of care and feed into their Coldharbour system, they felt mobile would be the best. CellTrak was able to deploy their HealthLink Integration Manager interface to create a real-time bridge into the Coldharbour system to the home of where care is provided. HealthLink provides the glue that connects multiple information sources, point of care devices and health information exchange partners.

“The interface development between CellTrak and the Coldharbour application is unique. This was a cornerstone requirement from the outset to allow our corporate clients a seamless interface from both applications capable of handling and verifying the volumes of data our largest clients generate. The culmination of the systems provides a genuine best of breed solution that has proven to be highly scalable and feature rich in the provision of mobile point of care solutions, “shared Mike Moreton, Sales Director for Coldharbour Systems.

Ms. Rodaway, added “The integration between CellTrak and Coldharbour allows for our schedules to be updated in real-time on staffs mobile devices. This feature allowed staff more time for visits and providing even more care for the clients. This feature allowed for an immediate response and coordination of staff to locations. We were excited and ready to get CellTrak and Coldharbour working together for a complete visit record.”

Assessors at Ark start the care delivery process by evaluating each client and creating the client specific plan of care. A carer is then dispatched to follow the care plan for the client in need. CellTrak quality and risk management portal supports assessors in ensuring safe quality of care as well as supporting staff in the client’s home. Portals identify variance to care allowing for early intervention to decrease acute care visits and exposure to preventable readmissions.

Receiving actionable data from the home in real-time is key to reducing emergency room visits and avoidable hospital readmissions for high-risk population of seniors and individuals with acute and chronic illness. Compliance can be easily demonstrated to their councils to show care services were delivered at a specific time, in that home, for that client. CellTrak facilitates positive and improved outcomes from operations, carers and most importantly, their clients.

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Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage Health

With an estimated 3.5 million U.S. citizens a year expected to reach 65 years-old through 20231, there is more focus on the growing number of tech-savvy seniors (57 percent) who are seeking digital options for managing their health services remotely, according to a new Accenture (NYSE:ACN) survey.

Although many seniors want access to healthcare technology, such as virtual physician consultations (42 percent) and self-serve tools (62 percent) like online appointment scheduling, research shows only a third of healthcare providers currently offer such capabilities.

The growing population of seniors are active online users, as documented by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that shows Internet use between 2000 to 2012 tripled for those 65 and older and doubled among those 50-64 years-old. Accenture’s analysis shows at least three-fourths of Medicare recipients access the Internet, at least once a day, for email (91 percent) or to conduct online searches (73 percent) and a third access social media sites, such as Facebook, at least once a week.

“Just as seniors are turning to the Internet for banking, shopping, entertainment and communications, they also expect to handle certain aspects of their healthcare services online,” said Jill Dailey, managing director of payer strategy, Accenture Health. “What this means for providers and health plans is that they’ll need to expand their digital options if they want to attract older patients and help them track and manage their care outside their doctor’s office.”

Two-thirds of seniors (67 percent) surveyed say that access to their health information is important, but only 28 percent currently have full access to their electronic health records. Similarly, 70 percent of those surveyed believe it’s important to be able to request prescription refills electronically, but, fewer than half (46 percent) say they can do so today. And, the majority (58 percent) want to be able to email healthcare providers, but only 15 percent say they currently have that capability.

“As the digitally engaged senior patient population continues to grow, healthcare systems need to consider the role the Internet can play in making healthcare more convenient for patients of all ages at every touch point,” Dailey added.

1 U.S. Census Bureau: 2011 Estimate of Older Population in the United States, November 2012.

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IBM Helps Inland Northwest Health Services Deliver Cloud-Based Healthcare Solution

IBM have announced that Inland Northwest Health Services is improving patient care via their cloud-based electronic health record services delivered to physicians and medical facilities with IBM server and storage technology.

The solution based on IBM System x servers, Storwize and DS8000 Storage systems, SAN Volume Controller storage virtualization technology and storage software, ensures high reliability, availability and efficiency for the EHR services INHS provides to 40 hospitals and 750 physicians in the northwest United States.

"The core application we provide to our clients is a comprehensive system covering a full range of healthcare activities -- hospital operations, admission of patients, pharmacy orders, lab services, and patient clinical information," said Chad Skidmore, director of INHS. "Because it covers so many critical aspects affecting patient care, we needed a cloud solution that could provide the highest quality of service, and the performance of the technology IBM is providing is just amazing."

INHS chose IBM's data center solution for their cloud to help them address key pressures on their existing IT infrastructure. The company is experiencing annual growth of 25 percent, and is rapidly rolling out new services, significantly increasing their transaction volume. These combined demands were growing faster than their existing server and storage infrastructure could handle, driving a need to increase system efficiency and utilization.

In addition, INHS wanted to reduce the footprint of their data center in terms of physical space, power consumption and cooling requirements. With the IBM solution, roughly 95 percent of their 1,200 servers are virtualized, increasing system uptime, doubling performance for end users of cloud services applications, and meeting or exceeding all of the client's service-level requirements.

With the flexibility of the solution, INHS can rapidly respond to changing business demands because new storage can be added with no downtime, resulting in no loss of service to INHS customers. At the same time, the amount of capacity in the data center has increased while floor space has been reduced by 28 percent and overall power consumption has held steady.

For end users at the organizations served by INHS, performance is two times faster and far more reliable.

"The cloud-based services INHS is providing to their clients demonstrate how our technology can help improve the quality of healthcare services for doctors, medical facilities and ultimately patients," said Jane Munn, vice president and business line executive for Cloud, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "Based on the performance of our System x and Storage offerings for their current data center requirements, INHS is now evaluating adding PureFlex systems to their infrastructure." The solution, provided through IBM Business Partner Solutions-II, consists of System x3850 and x3650 systems, BladeCenter H Chassis and BladeCenter HX5 servers.

For storage, the solution uses Storwize V7000 and DS8000-series storage systems, and System Storage SAN Volume Controller software, serving the core MEDITECH healthcare information system and about 400 ancillary applications. It also uses IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center software for data reporting and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for centralized, automated data protection. IBM Global Financing provides financing services for the project. The combined solution has enabled new levels of uptime and stability, increased business agility, faster end-user performance and greater operational efficiency -- critical benefits for what INHS describes as the largest single instance of the MEDITECH MAGIC software environment currently running in the world.

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Medicus Acquires Oxybec Sante-Confort

The Médicus Group (« Médicus ») have announced that it is acquiring Oxybec Santé-confort (« Oxybec »), a Corporation specializing in daily life aids as well as autonomy and mobility support equipments.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Since 1988, Oxybec developed an expertise in the support of the ageing persons or in loss of autonomy by the sale, rental and after sale service of orthopedic and medical equipments. The Corporation offers latest technology products, insures the training of its personnel to meet the growing needs of the Québec clientele for the institutional and the private sectors, while adopting a responsible and fair behavior.

Jacinte Bleau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation, declared: "We are aware of the growing needs of an ageing customer base in Québec and the upcoming "Livre blanc" in the home care organization. The expertise of Mr. Christian Fabi and the Oxybec team adds to the Médicus know-how in order to better develop this market keeping in mind its quest for excellence".

Christian Fabi, for his part, said: "We are proud to partner with Médicus and The Jean Coutu Group who share our values and are highly concerned with offering high quality products and services. The sharing of the two companies' expertise will benefit our customers. Autonomy is security at home, the prevention of falls, the secure adaptation of the home, the fitting of a bathroom as well as bringing technical support to the people with reduced mobility or loss of autonomy".

Following this transaction, The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) inc. and the Bleau family each own 47.5% of the Corporation and Christian Fabi owns 5%.

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