Healthcare News August 24, 2012

  • Romney defends his Mass. healthcare law as better than Obama’s

    “My healthcare plan I put in place in my state has everyone insured,” Romney said.

  • Evangelical colleges sue over birth-control mandate

    Two more Christian universities have filed suit against the Obama administration over a policy meant to ease women’s access to free birth control.

    In their complaint, Indiana-based Grace College and Seminary and California-based Biola University argue that covering certain forms of birth control for employees without a co-pay amounts to “participating in” abortion.

    “The mandate imposes a substantial burden on the schools’ religious exercise and coerces them to change or violate their religious beliefs,” the document states. 

  • CareCloud Appoints Edwin Miller as Vice President of Product Management

    Healthcare Information Technology Veteran to Oversee Continued Development of CareCloud’s Cloud-Based EHR and Mobile Offerings

    MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services, today announced that the company has hired Edwin Miller as its new Vice President of Product Management. In his new role, Mr. Miller will oversee all development of CareCloud’s existing EHR and forthcoming mobile offerings for the physician practice market. He brings decades of product development and engineering experience to CareCloud, most recently through leadership positions at Practice Fusion and athenahealth. Mr. Miller will be a member of CareCloud’s executive leadership team and report to Chairman and CEO Albert Santalo.

    “We are seeing exciting traction in the marketplace, especially with the launch of our cloud-based EHR, CareCloud Charts, so Edwin’s deep experience in clinical product development will be a tremendous force multiplier as we continue to experience a surge in growth and client demands,” said Mr. Santalo. “Edwin understands the need for a healthcare IT platform to provide the flexibility to get users ‘on the cloud’ while causing the least amount of disruption to their practices’ operational and clinical workflows. His unique skillset and experience with the integration of clinical and financial data will be critical as we continue to execute on our long-term vision of creating healthcare’s first fully integrated digital ecosystem.”

    “CareCloud represents a true emergence of cloud computing in healthcare and has the velocity to back that up. Other web-based products in the market are showing their age, at 10 or more years old now, and most systems are mired in legacy technology. I have long sought to join a company where a comprehensive solution for physicians could be done right, and CareCloud is it,” said Mr. Miller. “With the growing movement to have caregivers track and provide clinical information in conjunction with costs, CareCloud has the opportunity to not just change the way providers deliver care, but how they view and use healthcare technology.”

    Prior to joining CareCloud, Mr. Miller held a number of leadership and product management positions at prominent healthcare technology firms, including Practice Resource Network, digiChart, Artromick International, Practice Fusion, athenahealth and Curaspan Health Group. While at athenahealth, Mr. Miller and his team helped design and launch the Company’s EHR, athenaClinicals.

    Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Vanderbilt University Owen School of Management.

    About CareCloud

    CareCloud is a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

    CareCloud is helping more than 1,200 physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in over 30 states. The company was named a winner of IBM’s SmartCamp Silicon Valley 2010 for its innovative technology and received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

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    3. Former athenahealth Executive, Edwin Miller, Joins Practice Fusion as VP, Product Management

  • Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland Selects iConnect(R) Access and Share for Enterprise Image Viewing and Sharing

    Solution Provides Anywhere, Any Time Access to Images From Any Browser-Based Device

    CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland in Oakland, CA has selected Merge Healthcare’s iConnect® Access and iConnect®Share solutions to provide real-time access to images and information among its network of providers and referring physicians.

    “Cutting edge technology like the iConnect Access system helps Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland continue our 100-year-old mission of caring for all children,” said James Hanson, MD, Children’s Vice President of Medical Affairs. “The new system allows Children’s Oakland’s medical expertise to be available to help hospitals throughout California and even has the potential to improve patient care by allowing Children’s to get a surgical team and operating room prepared for an incoming patient.”

    As we work closely with other major care providers in the Oakland area, we need to get data to others quickly and easily. Because iConnect Access is a zero-footprint, web-based viewer, referring physicians can view images anywhere, including on mobile devices. All of this makes it easier for referring, ED, OR or remote physicians to get immediate access to reports for consultative and patient care purposes without downloading of software or a VPN connection to our network.”

    “Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland has taken the first critical step in developing a comprehensive enterprise-wide image strategy,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “We believe that once providers see the value of anywhere, any time access to images, they will want to extend their ability to share and archive these images as they continue to care for children throughout the region and beyond.”

    iConnect Access provides a true “zero-footprint” image viewing capability and can be embedded into many third party products. iConnect Share is an internet-based gateway for image sharing between enterprises. Both solutions are part of the iConnect suite, which is the industry’s only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time.

    *iConnect Access is not FDA-cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

    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 merge.com.

    About Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland

    Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is Northern California’s only independent not-for-profit regional medical center for children. Children’s Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties and sub-specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers with the largest pediatric inpatient critical care unit in the region. Children’s Hospital has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 30 specialties, more than 2,700 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $350 million. Children’s is also a premier teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.

    Children’s research program, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally renowned for taking state-of-the-art basic and clinical research and translating it into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 300 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 research centers in National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. For more information, go to
    www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.

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    3. Chicago’s Top Children’s Hospital Selects Merge Healthcare iConnect for Image Interoperability

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