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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.

Philips To Introduce Rapid Cloud-Based Recovery Service For Healthcare Data In Collaboration With Amazon Web Services

Royal Philips announced the introduction of a secure data recovery service, built in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), that rapidly captures and backs up an entire healthcare organization’s data repository in the cloud.

Specifically tailored to meet the needs of medical data backup, Philips’ new storage service helps healthcare enterprises to further secure patient-critical information against local data loss events, ranging from equipment failure to catastrophic events such as earthquake, f