Healthcare News February 17, 2012

  • All-male picture tells 1,000 words, say backers of birth control policy

    Democrats’ protest, and the optics of an initial panel consisting only of men, underscored the difficulty Republicans are having.

  • GOP senators push for Medicare cuts

    Sens. Richard Burr and Tom Coburn are pushing for major reductions in Medicare spending.

  • Griffin Technology Introduces New iPad Solutions for Healthcare Professionals – #HIMSS12
    New mobile accessories will be showcased at HIMSS12 in Las Vegas at Griffin’s booth (#13323 in the Venetian Sands Expo Center)

    Las Vegas – February 16, 2012 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, will be showcasing a range of business solutions at HIMSS12. Included in the lineup are the new AirStrap Med and AirStrap Lite cases, both designed to help medical personnel easy access to their iPads while caring for patients.Spyglass Consulting Group’s new report, “Point of Care Computing for Physicians 2012,” reveals 80 percent of physicians surveyed believe that the iPad will be a positive player in health care in the future, particularly as software developers optimize their clinical applications for use on the iPad. Spyglass conducted phone interviews with more than 100 doctors in acute and ambulatory care in the United States from July to October 2011.Additionally, a 2011 poll of more than 5,000 doctors conducted by the Physicians Consulting Network found that 27 percent of primary care and specialty physicians own an iPad or similar device and already use it on the job — a rate five times higher than the general population.

    “Our goal in any of our healthcare products is to keep the focus on patient care and let the technology stay out of the way until it’s needed,” says J. Curtis, Griffin’s Director of B2B Product Development. “AirStrap Med is the lightest, most versatile case we’ve ever designed, and it allows full control of the iPad’s amazing Multi-Touch screen even while wearing latex or nitrile gloves.”

    AirStrap Med and AirStrap Lite allow doctors and nurses to easily hold an iPad in one hand while simultaneously using it to view medical applications, records, x-rays and more. AirStrap Med was developed in collaboration with physicians and nurses to adapt the convenience of Griffin’s original AirStrap case to the demanding needs of the healthcare environment.

    AirStrap Med for iPad 2 is constructed as a combination of ABS and TPE, with a lightweight, two-piece frame that closes securely around the tablet, sealing it from moisture and fluids. An adjustable shoulder strap keeps the iPad within easy reach and the case’s non-porous, non-slip surfaces are fully sanitizeable with industry-standard cleaning and sterilization products. AirStrap Med will be available for $89.99 starting in April.

    AirStrap Lite for iPad 2 provides a secure frame for the iPad, protecting back and edges without limiting access to the headphone jack, camera lens, volume controls and dock connector. A built-in neoprene strap on the back makes it possible to hold the tablet securely with one hand during use. AirStrap Lite will be available in March for $29.99.
    Also on display at HIMSS12 will be Griffin’s MultiDock and Kiosk for iPad. MultiDock, Griffin’s remarkably successful offering in the business solution sector, is a station that simultaneously charges, syncs and stores up to 30 iPads, iPhones and iPods. MultiDock provides a compact, scalable power and sync solution perfect for medical practices, hospitals and institutions.Recently unveiled to an enthusiastic reception at the CES Consumer Electronics Show, Griffin’s Desktop and Floorstand Kiosk mounts for iPad provide protection and security in public-use scenarios, with access to the tablet’s Multi-Touch display. Built to withstand intense, everyday use in medical settings, the Kiosk for iPad is an ideal solution for patient check-in, hospital directory, and more.
    A selection of Griffin’s Business Solutions lineup will be on display at HIMSS12 in the Venetian Sands Expo Center (booth #13323).

    To schedule a meeting with Griffin’s Public Relations Director, Jackie Anderson, at HIMSS12, contact Madison McClymonds at madisonmcclymonds@maxborgesagency.com or at 305-374-4404 x 146.

    For more information about Griffin’s Business Solutions, visit http://www.griffintechnology.com/business.

    About Griffin Technology

    Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs at www.griffintechnology.com, www.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.

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  • Family HealthCare Center Selects RTLS Solution from Intelligent InSites to Improve Efficiency and Care

    Real-time locating system (RTLS) enables leading community health center to serve more patients, improve quality, and lower cost

    Fargo, ND – February 15, 2012 – Family HealthCare Center (FHC), a private, non-profit healthcare provider serving the communities of Cass County, ND, and Clay County, MN, announced today that their patients will benefit from faster and more cost-efficient care as a result of implementing a Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) solution from Intelligent InSites.

    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 technology, will implement the InSites RTLS solution in the Family HealthCare Center’s new facility in downtown Fargo, ND.

    The $15 million investment in the new facility, partially funded by a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant, enables Family HealthCare Center to consolidate most of their services into a single location, allowing FHC to better fulfill their mission of providing quality family-centered health care that is accessible, culturally competent, and efficient. FHC patients have access to affordable yet comprehensive primary care services, including adult and pediatric care, pregnancy and women’s health, immunizations, dental, lab, x-ray, pharmacy, wellness, and education. The new site will nearly double Family HealthCare Center’s space and triple the number of medical examination rooms.

    “At Family HealthCare Center, we strive to be innovative in our approach to care,” said Patricia Patron, Executive Director at Family HealthCare Center. “The InSites solution will help us be more efficient with our scarce resources, so we can serve more patients with the highest quality standards and lower cost.”

    The InSites solution will track, manage, and display in real-time, through its unified user interface, the location and status of patients, staff, and equipment, as they move throughout the facility, driving better communication and more efficient use of resources. With the InSites business intelligence and reporting capabilities, Family HealthCare Center will be able to better understand the flow of patients and asset utilization, allowing them to continually evaluate and improve their performance.

    Through the implementation of the InSites solution, FHC also will automate many manual processes, such as monitoring temperature of refrigerators and other temperature-sensitive devices. With the temperature monitoring application, staff will be able to receive notifications if the temperature goes beyond a specified threshold, so corrective actions can be taken and then documented automatically. The InSites solution will also provide reports to meet regulatory compliance.

    In addition, Family HealthCare Center will leverage the integration capabilities of the InSites Platform, tying together several existing healthcare information systems, such as the Simplex EZ Care nurse call system, driving even more value from their current technology investments.

    “We are proud to partner with one of the country’s leading-edge community health centers, helping them in solving the issues facing America’s health system,” said Doug Burgum, President and CEO of Intelligent InSites. “The Family HealthCare Center is a role-model for using innovative solutions to improve patient care, increase staff efficiency, and lower healthcare costs.”

    According to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), community health centers, like FHC, have been providing affordable primary and preventive care for over 40 years, serving the primary healthcare needs of more than 20 million patients in over 8,000 locations across the United States. Community health centers play a crucial role during tough economic times, providing affordable health services for millions of uninsured and jobless Americans. The local approach to health care, combined with an innovative emphasis on comprehensive preventive care, generates $24 billion in annual savings to the health care system – to taxpayers and private payers alike.


    About Family HealthCare Center

    Family HealthCare Center (FHC) is a private, non-profit health care provider serving patients in Cass County, North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. FHC is dedicated to providing quality family-centered health and life care services that are available to everyone in the communities they serve. As a provider of family-oriented health care, FHC believes it can best maintain excellence in service through patient-focus where we continually strive to understand and exceed the patient expectations. Family HealthCare Center has received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. This accreditation provides the most comprehensive evaluation process in the health care industry, and represents the ‘gold standard’ in healthcare. FHC has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 2003, which places them among the elite, a very select number of organizations in the nation. For more information, visit www.famhealthcare.org.

    About Intelligent InSites

    Intelligent InSites helps healthcare organizations improve care and reduce costs by transforming automatically-collected data into actionable insights and the intelligent automation of operational workflows. Through its interoperable, hardware-agnostic, 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 www.IntelligentInSites.com.

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