Healthcare News February 24, 2012

  • Seven states sue over contraception mandate

    Seven state attorneys general sued the Obama administration Thursday, claiming the birth-control mandate infringes on First Amendment rights.

  • CHS™ Partners with HealthyCircles™ to Improve the Health Care Patient/Provider Experience

    Online Services Will Include Chats, Secured-Data Share, and Health Monitoring

    LAS VEGAS, NV (HIMSS 12 Conference) – February 23, 2012 – CHS Health Services™ (CHS) has partnered with HealthyCircles™, an enterprise-class health platform for care teams to greatly enhance the employee-patient collaborative care experience. CHS will incorporate the HealthyCircles portal’s robust functionality for consumers and providers into its Optic™ digital system to securely connect health care professionals to patients, their families and their caregivers via a comprehensive care management system.

    “We’ve been collaborating with HealthyCircles for some time and it’s clear they offer a best-in-class, advanced solution to support our efforts to reach patients in a context that fosters engagement – through the web, with mobile devices, and on a platform controlled by the patient, and we are glad to formalize this partnership,” said Stuart Clark, president of CHS. “The HealthyCircles Care Management system represents and is consistent with our commitment to provide improved and differentiated patient-centered tools that increase engagement and positively change behavior.”

    In addition to offering easy access to communicate with a CHS onsite health center, the new features of the secured portal will allow CHS’ medical staff to extend their services beyond the physical onsite health center. The HealthyCircle platform will enable the ability to conduct online health challenges for employees, share health activity data with colleagues and health coaches, and video/online chat.

    The system extends beyond traditional personal health records (PHR) and builds into CHS’ Optic portal, which already offers online appointment scheduling, e-visits, and electronic prescription refills, allowing more customization based on CHS client requirements and needs. This new level of service will provide CHS clients the ability to build an employer specific health benefit ecosystem that leverages their health offerings and magnifies the employer’s health spend to enhance the quality of care the employee receives.

    “CHS’ commitment to connected and personalized health care helps set the standard for patient interaction and the cross-platform technologies for the industry we are building. They are a welcomed partner,” said James Mault, M.D., FACS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HealthyCircles.

    About CHS Health Services, Inc.

    Founded in 1975, CHS™ is one of the industry’s largest independent provider of onsite health care solutions. The country’s largest corporations look to CHS for workforce health and productivity management services including onsite primary care, health coaching, pharmacy services, and connected health for dispersed workforces nationwide. As an independent provider of workforce health care, CHS offers an objective viewpoint that, combined with its deep analytical approach to employee health, helps maximize the effectiveness of every health care dollar spent, while ensuring employees have the best treatment options. CHS tailors health care delivery to employers’ overarching benefits strategies and supports each organization with integrated health information systems. Visit or call 800-638-8083.

    About HealthyCircles

    HealthyCirclesTM (, a San Diego-based, Care Management and Coordination platform company providing enterprise, health care delivery solutions that solve problems related to transitions of care, hospital readmission reduction, home health and remote health monitoring. HealthyCircles provides clients with a private-label experience that is designed as a software-as-a-service model delivering an integrated suite of products and services connecting health care professionals to patients, their families and their caregivers via a HIPAA secure, care management system. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, join us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @HealthyCircles.

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  • Hospira Joins The Generic Pharmaceutical Association

    LAKE FOREST, Ill., Feb. 23, 2012 — Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), the world’s leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, announced today that it has joined the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA). Hospira is dedicated to Advancing Wellness, a goal that matches well with the GPhA’s core purpose of bringing affordable medications to patients who need them.

    “Hospira is pleased to announce our membership in the GPhA today,” said Thomas Moore, president, U.S., Hospira.  “We commend the leadership shown by GPhA President Ralph Neas and the excellent staff he has assembled. GPhA is a strong industry trade association that will continue to work tirelessly to bring the safest, high-quality, lower cost generic drugs to patients and families who need them, and Hospira looks forward to working with the association on the many pressing issues facing our industry.”

    “We are pleased to welcome Hospira to GPhA, and we look forward to their joining in the Association’s mission to improve the lives of consumers by providing timely access to affordable pharmaceuticals,” said Ralph G. Neas, President and CEO of GPhA.  “Hospira’s products, like those of all our members, have enabled millions of Americans to obtain affordable treatments for critical conditions.  Their input and participation will be a valuable asset for GPhA as we move into this new and exciting time for our industry.”

    As the leading provider of generic injectables in the United States with the broadest and deepest portfolio of low-cost, safe and effective products, Hospira’s specialty injectable pharmaceuticals (SIP) offering includes approximately 200 generic injectable drugs in many dosages and formulations. Therapeutic areas include analgesia, anesthesia, anti-infectives, cardiovascular, oncology, emergency and other areas. Hospira also has robust pipelines of both generic and biosimilar drugs.

    About GPhA

    GPhA represents the manufacturers and distributors of finished generic pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and distributors of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic industry. Generic pharmaceuticals fill 78 percent of the prescriptions dispensed in the United States but consume just 25 percent of the total drug spending. Additional information is available at

    About Hospira

    Hospira, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies. Through its broad, integrated portfolio, Hospira is uniquely positioned to Advance Wellness™ by improving patient and caregiver safety while reducing healthcare costs. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has approximately 15,000 employees. Learn more at

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  • Cerner Announces Next Evolution of Cerner Millennium® – #HIMSS12
    Cerner continues to innovate the EMR and our next iteration of this progression comes with the announcement of Millennium+, which combines the enterprise platform with the secure Cerner Cloud, delivering a new user experience that is fast, smart and easy. It provides personalized, intuitive and moment relevant clinical workflow via the desktop, tablet and smartphone.
    Millennium+ was created to improve the health care provider user experience, starting with physicians. While Cerner has been deploying cloud solutions for more than a decade, the significance of Millennium+ is that the solutions are now designed with those services in mind from the beginning.
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Feb. 21, 2012 — Today Cerner (Nasdaq: CERN) announced the launch of Millennium+™, the next evolution of Cerner Millennium®. Combining the enterprise platform with the secure Cerner Cloud, Millennium+ delivers a new user experience that is fast, smart and easy. It provides personalized, intuitive and relevant clinical workflows via the desktop, tablet and smartphone.

    Cerner understands the importance of health system and community interoperability, which is why Millennium+ integrates and unifies information gathered within the organization and across the community into a provider’s workflow. Millennium+ is designed to speed up workflows, reduce clicks and ensure Cerner solutions provide each user the information they need at the right point in the workflow in context of the person, condition and venue.

    In addition to Sepsis alerting and Chart Search, one of the first solutions that will be launched as part of the Millennium+ platform is PowerChart+Touch™. PowerChart+Touch was created specifically for the iPad. With a swipe of a finger, providers can quickly and easily navigate workflows. As part of the Millennium+ platform, solutions are available on-demand versus relying on major release schedules to access to new capabilities. This provides client organizations, departments and individual users to more quickly adapt to new capabilities, regulatory mandates and quality measurements.

    “Cerner is going beyond foundational automation of the health record and creating a new experience; not just a repository to chart activity or place orders,” said Jeff Townsend, Cerner chief of staff and executive VP. “With this new combination of capabilities, Cerner is well positioned to accelerate innovation around the second order effects of a digitized industry. What you can do now with Millennium+ is much more than just being paperless, it moves the boundaries beyond a typical Enterprise Health Record system.”

    Millennium+ creates a new user experience that is:

      • Fast
        • Millennium+ is designed for optimal performance. The solution speeds up access to comprehensive clinical workflows, anticipating the data requirements to complete end-to-end experiences while reducing clicks and improving context of care.
      • Smart
        • Millennium+ is smart and aware of the context of the patient, the location and the user. It anticipates “next,” and brings information face up in the context of the next decision or action, making it moment relevant.
      • Easy
        • Millennium+ is easy to use. The interaction is intuitive, with minimal training and configuration required.

    Millennium+ solutions are currently rolling out to physicians through the end of the year and to additional providers through 2013.

    Stop by Cerner’s booth (#476) at HIMSS for a demonstration of PowerChart+ Touch.

    About Cerner

    Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.

    Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 9,300 facilities around the world, including more than 2,650 hospitals; 3,750 physician practices; 40,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,600 retail pharmacies.

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