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Azalea Health® Announces Agreement to Merge with simplifyMD®

Azalea Health, a provider of cloud-based healthcare solutions and services, announced today an agreement to merge with simplifyMD, a complete electronic health records (EHR) provider.

The merger positions the two privately held companies to become a leading provider of a fully integrated, cloud-based healthcare management and medical billing solution. With a focus on patient engagement, Azalea's integrated EHR and billing solution has the flexibility to accommodate multiple specialties of any size practice or hospital. The company provides Electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management (PM), Revenue Cycle Management Services (RCM), and a Patient Health Records Portal.

John Glushik, with Intersouth Partners, commented on the agreement: "simplifyMD provides physician practices with a simple, document-based approach that enables their users to make an easy transition to using electronic health records (EHR) technology. Azalea Health has a complete cloud-based practice management and medical billing solution. The two solutions complement each other nicely. With this merger, the new company will be better positioned to provide customers with a broader offering and enable the company to aggressively pursue market opportunities."

Baha Zeidan, Founder & CEO of Azalea Health, who will lead the new company, says of the merger: "This is simply a great fit. Both companies have considerable talent and experience in the healthcare technology industry and are dedicated to simplifying the life of physicians and administrators by providing a complete solution that is easy to implement and use. With our combined skills, we'll be able to offer expanded services and product options, as well as the tools and resources to help our customers with meeting their Meaningful Use and ICD-10 requirements."

"The significant investments that continue to be made in the health IT industry are a clear indicator of the region's access to quality talent and customers," said David B. Hartnett, vice president, Bioscience-Health IT Industry Development. "Bringing these two innovative companies together under the visionary leadership of Zeidan is a recipe for success and further underscores why metro Atlanta is the nation's health IT capital."

During the transition, the companies will continue as simplifyMD and Azalea Health, with the products and services of both marketed under the Azalea Health brand. After closing, the two businesses will continue to operate from their main offices in Alpharetta and Valdosta, GA, with satellite offices in Macon, GA, and Gainesville, FL.

"The key to our success is that we make the transition to EHR easy for physicians, and we are constantly striving to add value to our EHR that will help our customers succeed," said Michael Brozino, CEO of simplifyMD. "This is the next step in meeting that objective and an opportunity to offer even greater value to our customers. The bottom line is that we are helping doctors to be doctors so they can focus on their patients' needs rather than on software."

Medicom Health Interactive Announces New CEO Will Sigsbee

Medicom Health Interactive, a trusted leader in online personal health solutions, announced the appointment of Will Sigsbee as CEO effective July 7, 2014.

Mr. Sigsbee brings more than 20 years of leadership in the healthcare industry to his new role having previously served as President of ApeniMED, Inc., a Minneapolis-based health technology company recently acquired by IOD. At ApeniMED, Mr. Sigsbee led the development of interoperable Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology for Minnesota’s Health Information Exchange (HIE), the Michigan Health Information Network, Wisconsin’s Marshfield Clinics and many other hospitals around the country.

“We welcome Will’s experience and leadership to the Medicom Health Interactive community,” said Barbara Goergen, President and Founder of Medicom Health Interactive. “In Will’s new role as CEO, he will be responsible for guiding the company with his results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically, which will play an important role in extending our successful track record of innovation and growth in the healthcare industry.”

“Medicom Health Interactive is at the forefront of developing online health assessment, self-care, and risk management software. The most reputable hospital systems, associations, and healthcare organizations are using our software to address current challenges in the healthcare industry,” said Mr. Sigsbee. “I am excited to be a part of an organization that understands the need to dynamically engage patients and deliver personalized care-coordination plans incorporating self-care modules and health education individualized for each patient’s need. Today hospitals, HIEs, accountable care organizations and other healthcare professionals are racing to implement interoperability and patient engagement strategies to meet Meaningful Use requirements. Medicom Health Interactive has cutting-edge solutions with robust content that can change the way patients and physicians interact.”

Mr. Sigsbee earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Iowa State University. He is an active member of LifeScience Alley and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and has presented regularly on Meaningful Use and interoperability strategies around the country.

Eighty-One Percent of Physicians Want More Direct Connection Between Continuing Medical Education and Patient Health Outcomes

Amazing Charts.com, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, released the results of its second Amazing Charts User Survey, revealing new insights into what physicians want from their continuing medical education (CME).

A total of 316 Amazing Charts users completed the online survey from March 26 to July 9, 2014. When asked whether users would like to see a more direct connection between the CME they take and patient outcomes, eighty-one percent responded affirmatively. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said "yes" when asked whether CME delivered at the point of care (in the form of decision support) could lend valuable insights into the management of patients. The survey also found that less than one percent of respondents currently consume CME through an EHR system, demonstrating a significant unmet need in the marketplace for new approaches to CME delivery.

"Since Pri-Med and Amazing Charts combined in November 2012, we have been working to push the boundaries of what clinicians can achieve through an EHR system -- such as integrating clinical data analytics and CME to facilitate more prescriptive education, close knowledge gaps, and improve patient outcomes," said John Squire, president and COO of Amazing Charts. "Our survey points to a clear demand for medical education to help improve the treatment and improvement of patients. Beyond using data analytics to help bridge the divide, what's needed are the technology tools that can help clinicians access personalized education and resources to address the needs of their specific patient population."