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."


Siemens Healthcare Limited Expands Consolidation With New Assays

Siemens Healthcare Limited has announced the launch of a range of new assays to be used on ADVIA Centaur® and IMMULITE® XPi 2000 systems. The range includes anti-CCP used as an aid in the evaluation of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and the first automated quantitative thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) assay used in the diagnosis of Graves' disease.

The ADVIA Centaur anti-CCP assay is for use in the semi-quantitative determination of the IgG class of autoantibodies specific to cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) in human serum and plasma, aiding with the diagnosis of RA. The assay provides 96% specificity for an early accurate diagnosis of RA, ensuring improved patient care by allowing timely intervention and treatment.

The Siemens IMMULITE 2000 XPi thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) assay specifically detects thyroid stimulating antibodies, which are the hallmark of Graves' disease, unlike the commonly used TRAb assay which detects both stimulating and blocking antibodies. This makes the assay highly specific, to aid in the disease's diagnosis. With a clinical sensitivity and specificity of 98.3% and 99.7% respectively, it ensures laboratories can provide a fast, easy and specific diagnosis.

Allan Thompson, Product Manager, Immunoassay at Siemens Healthcare Limited states, "The addition of the new assays to our extensive range will help laboratory staff integrate testing into routine workflow, reducing the need for send-away testing. This enables laboratories to reduce operational costs and time, as well as becoming more productive and efficient. We will continue to evolve our portfolio of assays in line with customer demands and expectations."

Healthcare Limited is also set to launch a further range of assays in the future. These will include the ADVIA Centaur holo-TC assay for improved resolution of vitamin B12 deficiency. The holo-TC assay, (also known as "Active B12"), measures the cobalamin attached to the carrier protein transcobalamin for a more accurate vitamin B12 deficiency diagnosis and better resolution of "grey zone" B12 results. In addition,an automated galectin-3 assay will be developed on the ADVIA Centaur to aid in the diagnosis and prognosis of patients with chronic heart failure. ADVIA Centaur PAPP-A and Free Beta hCG will be launched for early Down Syndrome screening in the first trimester, as well as Beta-trace Protein on the BN™ II or BN ProSpec® analysers a new biomarker for CSF leakage and residual renal function.


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."


American Sentinel University Announces Redesigned Online Master of Science Information Systems Management Program

American Sentinel University, a leading online accredited university offering degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors, today announced it will be offering a redesigned online Master of Science Information Systems Management (MSISM) program beginning in the winter 2014 term.

The MSISM is a nationally accredited 36-credit hour (12 courses) online program designed to focus on the demand for information systems managers in the health care community and its increasing information technology needs. The redesigned program places greater emphasis and exposure on information systems integration and management created by current industry trends such as big data, cloud computing and mobile computing advances.

“American Sentinel’s Master of Science in Information Systems Management program teaches the skills needed in management of current and evolving technology practices with a focus on the health care industry, while providing an educational foundation for professional growth,” says Kurt Linberg, Ph.D., provost at American Sentinel University.

Program Shaped by IT and Health Care Leaders The program blends theory and practice and leverages action learning with a technology curriculum delivered by expert faculty with real-world health technology exp

erience that help students master skills applicable to real-word needs. As a result, students in the MSISM program will develop a thorough knowledge of the field and master the following skills for future professional growth:

Apply advanced information systems tools, techniques and methodologies to solve and prevent problems in health care organizations.

Incorporate ethical principles into business strategies and project management.

Manage health care information systems development projects from inception to conclusion.

Identify future strategic initiatives for a health care organization’s information systems/IT function.

Identify opportunities and problems in a health care system, critically analyze possible solutions and tools relevant to these topics and clearly communicate a recommended system specification.

Advantages for IT Professionals and Career Changers

The North American health care information technology market (HCIT) is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent and is expected to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 due to increasing demand for clinical information technology and administrative solutions and services. Dr. Linberg notes that as health care continues to rely on computer systems in their organizations, there will be an even greater demand for professionals who have mastered these important technology skills.

He notes that the MSISM program is ideal for those seeking a transition to a new career in health care or for technology professionals looking to enhance their credentials with management integration and advanced technology skills.

“Expertise in information systems integration and management, expanding your computer skills and increasing your knowledge in big data, cloud and mobile technology ensures that professionals will be proficient in solving technology challenges,” says Dr. Linberg. “Our MSISM program will help make a professional invaluable in the current health care job market and in the future.”

American Sentinel University’s MSISM program is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and is an approved education partner of 36 major U.S. hospital systems. The university offers real-world application, experienced faculty and learning outcomes that support clinical or administration decision-making to meet the latest operational, legislative and accrediting requirements.


Combined Fluoroscopy Solution Provides Excellent Image Quality At Eastbourne DGH

Eastbourne District General Hospital, part of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, is benefitting from high quality images for enhanced clinical diagnosis following the installation of an AXIOM Luminos dRF™ from Siemens Healthcare.

The two-in-one fully digital radiography and fluoroscopy system produces instant images via the fixed 43cm x 43cm detector in the table and the wireless detector. The system’s flexibility is allowing Eastbourne DGH to use it for a wide variety of fluoroscopy imaging procedures on a daily basis as well as digital x-ray imaging. The Luminos dRF was primarily chosen due to its CARE (Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure) features which support excellent image quality at the lowest achievable X-ray dose.

Throughput has also been enhanced due to the versatility and mobility of the wireless detector and the low table which allows geriatric and bariatric patients to use it with minimal handling and eliminating the use of a hoist. The Luminos dRF benefits from advanced post-processing features such as its enhanced DiamondViewPlus software. This helps the hospital to optimise the detail contrast and noise level of images to further improve quality and reduce the need for retakes. In turn this assists with maximising productivity, allowing clinicians to make accurate decisions in a short amount of time.

“We were facing challenges due to patients with limited mobility struggling to get on the previous table. The Luminos dRF solves this by providing a low table and enhanced weight capacity, meaning minimal handling is needed to position the patient,” states Kathryn Dixon, Clinical Modality Manager of General, Interventional, Mammography and Fluoroscopy at Eastbourne District General Hospital. “The Luminos dRF system has already proven to be as easy-to-use and intuitive as our other Siemens systems on site and the applications team was superb when it came to installation and training.”

“As the NHS faces challenges such as an ageing population and an increasing numbers of bariatric patients, everyday imaging systems need to be flexible and accommodating to meet these changes. The Luminos dRF tabletop can go as low as 48cm, making positioning easier for heavier or immobile patients,” states Paul Vaughan, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “We are delighted Eastbourne DGH is benefiting from improved departmental workflow and an enhanced patient experience as a result of the installation.”


Mobile Solution Product Family Offers Hospice Leader Choice

Hospice by the Bay Completes Implementation of CellTrak TimeManager™ for Nursing Staff.

Hospice by the Bay focuses on dignity, comfort and quality of life. As the second oldest hospice in the United States, they have the knowledge and expertise to guide and support you. With a specially trained team they offer personalized care wherever someone may call home. Focused on helping patients and families prepare and cope physically, emotionally and spiritually. Hospice by the Bay also provides additional services to the community, including grief counseling and training in end-of-life care. The overall goal of hospice care during a terminal illness is compassionate care and comfort rather than a cure. Managing this crucial point in a person’s life relies heavily on creating a seamless communication, a seamless delivery of service, and a seamless engagement and comfort of the patient.

To easily meet those goals and manage patient care, it was essential to utilize a simple to use and simple to deploy mobile healthcare technology. With a dedicated focus to maximize information exchange among different care providers enabled with successful collaboration and outcomes, CellTrak offered Hospice by The Bay a mobile technology solution product family. Hospice by the Bay first implemented VisitManager for their aides to capture data and the point of care and interface back into the electronic medical record (EMR) provider, Suncoast Solutions. The CellTrak VisitManager seamlessly interfaces to the system and allowed for aides to access schedules and care plans. Recently, they found another need for their nurses to have better accountability and safety, eliminate paper work, and reduce mileage reimbursement all while using a cost effective solution. For the need they had, laptops were a costly expense. Hospice by the Bay chose TimeManager, a CellTrak solution for time and attendance.

Alex Liang, Network Systems Administrator at Hospice by the Bay, commented, “CellTrak provided a perfect solution for our HHA’s and it has been very easy to work for the past few years. We have seen many improved outcomes with the use of VisitManager with access to care plans and scheduling. When we needed a solution for our nurses we turned to CellTrak for a cost-effective mobile solution. Mileage is now reported accurately and with minimal effort by the field staff so that they can concentrate on patient care and not calculate how far they have driven for each visit.”

Liang added, “The best thing was that we could use a trusted solution for multiple disciplines. Since CellTrak offered multiple solutions we were able choose a solution based on need and by discipline. There are not any other options like this in the market to fit our needs”

Denis Viscek, CFO added, “We are very happy with our implementation and execution in the field with TimeManager for our nurses in addition to our aides using VisitManager. The technology solution is helping improve operational processes and assisting in improving patient outcomes by allowing the nurses to focus on patient care while the application is working for them in real-time on their mobile device.”

At Hospice by the Bay, they are dedicated to helping meet goals about what’s important to your well-being during this time. They talk honestly with you and your family so they can guide you. Your personal physician is their partner in the management of your care to ensure the highest quality of life possible. Patients and their families frequently tell Hospice by The Bay they wish they had called earlier, so they could have benefited that much longer from their personalized care. Patients do get the most benefit from hospice support when care begins earlier in their illness.

Michael K. Wons, President and CEO of CellTrak Technologies added, “It has been a pleasure working with the team at Hospice of the Bay. We are incredibly pleased to help with improving their electronic documentation and bettering staff accountability. The solution has been designed to be cost effective and to meet the needs of the different disciplines that help deliver home and personal care services."

In addition to the GPS features that keep workers safe, integrated visit verification and automated mileage tracking and expense calculations streamline administrative workflow saving time and increasing accuracy of results. Real-time access to data collection and documentation allow for better patient outcomes all from an easy to use solution running on a mobile device. The CellTrak Portal provides supervisors and managers with a real-time view of the organization; enabling data-driven quality measures, visit compliance and staff performance management.

About Hospice by the Bay: Hospice by the Bay is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), caring for patients, families and the community in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma counties. Licensed by the State of California, Hospice by the Bay is certified by Medicare and Medi-Cal. Both Hospice by the Bay® and Hospice of Marin® are registered trademarks of Hospice by the Bay.

For more information please visit: www.hospicebythebay.org

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: www.celltrak.com


d-Wise Technologies Partners with Futrix Health to Deliver Healthcare Analytics and Business Intelligence Platform for Population Risk Management

d-Wise Technologies, a leading life science and healthcare technology solution provider and Futrix Health, a leading healthcare business analytic software solution provider, announced today that they have signed a formal partnership to provide consulting, implementation and integration services for Futrix Health - a Risk-Management Solutions Platform - throughout the United States and Europe.

Futrix Health is a revolutionary data analysis solution for payers, providers, and other healthcare organizations that require population-based metrics for analyzing complex and disparate healthcare data. Data analytics for population risk management and business intelligence (BI) remain a primary focus for the healthcare industry—both in terms of delivering effective outcomes and getting ever-escalating costs under control.

The Futrix Health platform features flexible, “drill-anywhere” self-service business intelligence coupled with an analytic engine that empowers users to create virtually any kind of measure, grouping, or viewpoint and then freely analyze it across all relevant data sources. d-Wise specializes in delivering technology solutions and services to support data management, data warehousing, programming, analytics, and reporting. Over the past decade d-Wise has earned a reputation for exacting quality through numerous technology implementations by leveraging an extensive knowledge of SAS, systems implementation, integration and validation.

The ACA allows and encourages states to create health insurance exchanges (HIE) designed to make health insurance more competitive and affordable. These health exchanges provide a treasure-trove of primary data. To leverage that data asset, states can create their own business intelligence (BI) platform, utilize third-party self-service analytics, or make a substantial investment in one of the major solution providers of business intelligence and predictive modeling. The d-Wise/Futrix Health Risk Management solution provides a unique and affordable alternative that can rapidly deliver new insights and business value.

“Futrix Health’s Risk Management solution platform’s business focus, ease-of-use and affordability made a formal partnership quite attractive for d-Wise,” said Jack Shoemaker, VP Healthcare Practice, d-Wise. The platform has many advanced features that make it ideal for the analysis of population-based metrics. “We’re excited to be partnering with Futrix Health to help deliver this solution to the healthcare market, where we can leverage our extensive knowledge of SAS as well as our experience with healthcare systems, processes and data to deliver a complete self-service business intelligence platform.”

“The combination of d-Wise’s healthcare and risk management domain expertise along with the Futrix Health’s game changing healthcare analytic functionality provides a powerful solution for the healthcare industry,” adds Jack Duncan, CEO of Futrix Americas.


HTM Speaks With Frank Lievens, Secretary/Treasurer, ISfTeH

HTM Speaks With Frank Lievens, Secretary/Treasurer, ISfTeH

Frank Lievens is the Secretary/Treasurer of the ISfTeH, an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organisation. With a Master in Economic and Diplomatic Sciences since 1989, Frank has been involved in Telemedicine since 1989 via a keen interest in Home Care Applications. Frank is also the Managing Director of LIEVENS-LANCKMAN BVBA and AKROMED FRANCE, two companies involved in the manufacturing and global distribution of Medical Devices.

Fact File

  • International Coordinator of MED-e-TEL in Luxembourg
  • Board member, Secretary and Treasurer of the ISfTeH
  • Was involved in the creation of MED-e-TEL, the International Educational & Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine & Health ICT, taking place yearly in Luxembourg and acts as its Director.
  • Was elected to the Board of the ISfTeH (International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth) in September 2003 as Treasurer, and re-elected in December 2007 as Secretary-Treasurer.
  • Has been attending many Telemedicine Conferences and Events in various countries 

He was involved in the creation of MED-e-TEL, the International educational & Networking Forum for eHealth, Telemedicine & Health ICT, taking place yearly in Luxembourg and acts as its International coordinator. He was elected to the Board of the ISfTeH (International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth) in September 2003 as Treasurer, and re-elected in December 2007 as Secretary-Treasurer.

He has attended many Telemedicine Conferences and Events in various countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, U.A.E., U.K., Ukraine, U.S.A. Presentations on the Global Vision about Telemedicine/eHealth were made in: Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Antwerp, Bangalore, Berlin, Bhubaneswar, Brisbane, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Cape Town, Chandigarh, Chennai, Copenhagen, Dubai, Durban, Donetsk, Fiuggi, Guanzhou, Joensuu, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, London, Luxembourg, Lyon, Mangalia, Moscow, Nairobi, New Delhi, Ottawa, Parana, Paris, Perth, Pune, Sao Paulo, Sarajevo, Saratov, Skopje, Sofia, Tarusa, Tirana, Tromsö, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb.

What opportunities currently exist in the global telemedicine industry?

One should actually first define “Telemedicine Industry” ! Telemedicine is covered by many different industrial applications, going from Medical Devices, via IT and Telecommunication, to even Textiles (wearables) and many others. That in itself is already quite a broad scope of opportunities. In fact, Telemedicine I not an industry by itself, but calls upon the input of many industries.

How well are caregivers adopting telemedicine technology?

This is an ongoing process, in the same way as ICT technologies made their way into our daily lives and activities over the last 30 years. Yet, since human health is involved, it goes somewhat slower. But the new generation of caregivers is already very familiar with the modern communication tools and is adopting faster and better telemedicine technology.

What applications does telemedicine suit?

Technologically it can be almost anything. All medical “specialities” can become “Tele”. But the human factor must prevail. If and when Telemedicine allows to treat and serve better the patient (also to more efficient means at the hands of the caregivers), then it fully responds to its goals and potential.

As healthcare moves towards Big data, what security risks exist in telemedicine?

In my opinion, there are no more security risks in Telemedicine than there are or were in the traditional systems so far. Security risks have always existed ! It is correct though that modern ICT allows to register and use far more data than before. But it also allows to develop better security tools. Behind any technology are humans. Therefore it is the responsibility of all partners involved in the telemedicine process to define properly all ins and out’s and to install adequate procedures.

What vital signs may be monitored with telemedicine?

As indicated before, almost any vital parts of the human body can be monitored with Telemedicine. Just refer to : Tele-Dermatology, Tele-Cardiology, Tele-Oncology, Tele-Odontology, Tele-Ophtalmology, Tele-Periodontics, Tele-Woundcare, Tele-Pediatrics, Tele-Psychiatry, etc…

Can telemedicine consultations replace face-to-face appointments?

Telemedicine will never fully “replace” face-to-face appointments. It will run in parallel or in addition. It will be most useful when the patient cannot physically cover the distance to the physician, or in order to avoid costly travels. Specific situations will determine whether a face-to face appointment is mandatory. If not, contact between the patient and the healthcare professional can now be taking place at a distance, thanks to the Telemedicine tools.

In an insurance based healthcare culture, where does telemedicine fit in?

Unfortunately it has not yet found its place. But it definitely will at some point. This will probably come in step by step, and also varying from country to country, from Insurance system to another. I consider it essential to start with establishing a Telemedicine/eHealth nomenclature, creating a list defining Telemedicine acts, products, filled in with the respective cost prices. The next step will then be to decide what will be up for reimbursement and at what level. It would be great if this could be a trans-boarder exercise (e.g. at European Union). But this may be too much asked at this point in time.

What initiatives are the ISFTeH currently spearheading in the business?

The ISfTeH at this point is essentially a “Networking” Society. Its mission is to facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in Telemedicine and eHealth and to provide access to recognized experts in the field worldwide. Emphasis is on developing and emerging countries.

How will The Telehealth Promotion Act of 2012 improve the industry?

We can only trust that it will. It is quite difficult to already evaluate at this point.

Where will the telemedicine industry be in 5 years time?

Two pieces of good news : a. there is no way back! b. the future of Telemedicine/eHealth does not evolve between two parallel lines. They evolve between two permanently enlarging axes, meaning that, as we speak, the scope become broader and the potential increases day by day. My vision and hope are that eHealth/Telemedicine will grow in such a controlled way that, maybe within the 10…20…50 years, there will be no more need to talk about it, as it will have melted entirely in the common practice of medicine and health policies.


Orion Health Chooses HP to Support Managed Health Services

Orion Health Chooses HP to Support Managed Health Services

HP (NYSE: HPQ) have announced that Orion Health, a New Zealand-based leader in health information exchange (HIE), electronic health records (EHR) and healthcare integration solutions, has selected HP Converged Cloud to support its global managed health services. Health technology solutions enable providers to quickly and securely access critical patient data in order to coordinate patient health and improve population health.

These solutions need to be standardized to meet both compliance and regulatory requirements. Orion Health has implemented products and solutions that are used by hundreds of thousands of clinicians to help facilitate care for tens of millions of patients across more than 35 countries. Clinicians, provider facilities and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) partners rely on Orion Health to facilitate data exchange between hospitals, health systems, HIEs, EHRs, and affiliated providers and medical devices.

This results in improved care coordination and enhanced quality of care. HP is providing Orion Health with a scalable and secure virtual infrastructure that is based on HP CloudSystem Matrix, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for private and hybrid cloud environments. This enables customers to quickly provision their infrastructure for physical and virtual environments. By implementing HP CloudSystem Solutions and HP Cloud Maps Solutions, Orion Health will have the flexibility to deliver cloud services that are tailored for each of its customers.

"Through a combination of HP Cloud Maps and Orion Health Managed Services, we will be able to quickly build a comprehensive catalogue of applications for simple deployment, reducing the time to deliver a new application," said Paul Cunningham, chief technical architect, Orion Health.

"By selecting HP, Orion Health will have the flexibility to deliver cloud services that are tailored for each customer on demand, and will be more agile and efficient while maintaining industry compliance and security standards."

The implementation of HP CloudSystem Matrix will enable Orion Health to:

  • Increase performance through a scalable IaaS model that rapidly adjusts to dynamic business demands in minutes.
  • Increase availability through a system enclosure that adds redundancy to each server so there is no single point of failure.
  • Maintain compliance and regulatory requirements by hosting sensitive and private data on-site in a secure environment.
  • Lower administration costs by enabling individual administrators to manage both virtual and physical resources using the same set of tools.

Orion Health will leverage HP's global reach to provide its integrated solution around the world, enabling it to generate new revenue streams by enhancing its managed services IaaS offering.

"As the health technology market evolves and grows, healthcare technology providers need to quickly and easily access information while complying with global regulatory requirements," said Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Cloud, HP. "With a global understanding of the healthcare regulatory environment coupled with its expertise and portfolio, HP is uniquely positioned to provide complete HP Converged Cloud solutions that reduce deployment times and enable integrated health services worldwide."

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