Healthcare News August 18, 2012

  • Bus tours to hit candidates on abortion, women’s health

    Groups for and against abortion rights announced bus tours Friday that will aim to bring their positions to the forefront of the presidential campaign.

    Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Susan B. Anthony List — longtime opponents — are framing their efforts in ways that explicitly bid for women’s votes.

    Starting Saturday, Planned Parenthood will argue that Mitt Romney’s policies would undermine women’s health, according to the group, while the SBA List plans to hammer President Obama for an abortion record it considers “extreme.”

  • Gary Cohen to lead health reform implementation office

    The office implementing most of President Obama’s healthcare reform law has a new director.

    Gary Cohen will be the new leader of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), according to an email to staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Cohen led CCIIO’s oversight group before leaving for a job as the chief counsel for California’s insurance exchange — the new state-based marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Group Health Selects Intelligent InSites’ RTLS Software to Make “Medical Centers of the Future” a Reality Today

    Intelligent InSites’ RTLS solution to enable the leading consumer-governed healthcare system to create the ideal patient experience

    Fargo, ND – August 15, 2012 – Intelligent InSites, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise real-time location systems (RTLS) software helping hospitals improve patient care and increase healthcare efficiency while leveraging any RTLS sensor technology, has announced today that Group Health – the leading consumer-governed healthcare system, serving over 625,000 community members with 25 Group Health medical facilities – has selected Intelligent InSites to help make medical centers of the future a reality today.

    Group Health began in 1947 as a community coalition dedicated to making quality health care available and affordable. Today it is one of the few health care organizations in the country governed by consumers. Care is provided by Group Health Physicians and other clinicians at 25 Group Health-operated medical facilities. In service areas where Group Health doesn’t own facilities and for plans offering more choice, a network of nearly 9,000 community clinicians and 41 hospitals meets member health care needs.

    “We are proud to partner with the leading consumer-governed healthcare system in creating the ideal patient experience,” said Doug Burgum, Chairman of Intelligent InSites. “Group Health’s pioneering approach to care delivery will surely become a model for using innovative solutions to achieve the maximum level of efficiency and patient satisfaction.”

    Scheduled to open in December 2012, the Group Health Puyallup Medical Center was designed based on direct feedback from members, clinicians, and staff.  This medical center of the future allows easy access to services, better care, a low-stress environment, and efficient use of resources. A few of the patient-centric innovations include streamlining patient flow and eliminating waiting rooms.  Patients will be able to check in and go straight to their care room, and services like lab will be brought to the patient with one click of the Intelligent InSites RTLS software.

    By leveraging the Intelligent InSites solution, Group Health can have the right room, the right staff, and the right equipment ready for the patient – reducing patient wait times and cycle times, which in turn will allow Group Health to meet the needs of their growing member population and provide a highly-satisfying patient experience.

    Real-time location data will be provided by CenTrak IR/RF RTLS hardware, which is integrated with Intelligent InSites’ enterprise RTLS software platform.

    With the Intelligent InSites business intelligence and reporting capabilities, Group Health will be able to further optimize patient flow  and improve asset management, as vast amounts of automatically-collected data can be analyzed through easy-to-use real-time dashboards and reports. This valuable information will enable Group Health to continually monitor and optimize their processes.

    About Group Health Cooperative

    Group Health is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit health systems, recognized for its consumer-governed cooperative origins and innovative solutions for improving care. Established in 1947, Group Health Cooperative, together with its subsidiaries Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, provides health coverage to more than 625,000 residents of Washington state and North Idaho.

    More than 420,000 members receive care from Group Health Physicians medical group at Group Health Medical Centers locations across the Puget Sound region and Spokane. Group Health advances health in the community through its medical education, charitable foundation, and nationally recognized research institute.

    Find out more about Group Health at

    About Intelligent InSites
    Intelligent InSites helps healthcare organizations improve care and reduce costs by transforming automatically-collected data into actionable insights. Through its interoperable, hardware-neutral, healthcare real-time location system (RTLS) software platform, Intelligent InSites gathers data from real-time location, condition sensing, and other systems; then delivers meaningful information to the right person, at the right time, on the right device. Intelligent InSites’ customers gain enterprise-wide visibility and are able to impact continuous process improvements, resulting in remarkable financial and quality of care outcomes. For more information, visit

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  • Merge Healthcare Sees Traction in Client Adoption of Subscription-Based Models

    Physician Practices of All Sizes Look to a New Purchasing Model Across Range of Merge Solutions

    CHICAGO, Aug. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced several new additions to its growing list of clients who have selected to utilize a Merge solution via a subscription-based model.

    “Increasing demand for subscription offerings was an important trend we continued to witness in the second quarter of 2012,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “This followed the announcement in Q1 that we were making changes in our operations to offer subscription-based pricing to align more closely with our clients’ long-term operating plans. Since that time we have seen acceleration in clients’ eagerness to adopt this of type of purchasing model. The interest has ranged from very large multi-location groups to single doctor practices. Additionally, the interest has spanned a wide range of our solutions including Merge RISTM, Merge PACSTM, and Merge Eye Care PACSTM among others.”

    “With many locations across Long Island and throughout the greater New York area, our strategic plans are based on continued growth. We needed the flexibility to continue our expansion,” said Dr. Daniel Beyda, Medical Director, Long Island Radiology Associates. “Not only was the economic model a factor in our decisions, but we knew we also needed to partner with one vendor who could offer an end-to-end solution for our practice across our six locations.”

    “We are a long-time Merge client and are excited to be able to upgrade to the latest version of Merge PACS in a manner that worked for the operating realities of practice,” added Dr. Philip Triantos, President of Horizon Imaging located in Vestavia Hills, AL. “We wanted the latest, most advanced technology while also ensuring that we could accurately manage the cash flow of our business. With Merge PACS, we were able to do both.”

    About Merge Healthcare

    Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit

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