Healthcare News February 26, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Sequester closes in

    The across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are set to set in at the end of the week, and the implications for the healthcare sector are vast. Doctors and hospitals will see their Medicare payments cut, drug companies will likely have to deal with approval delays from the Food and Drug Administration, and cuts to the National Institutes of Health could pose a major setback to medical research.

    It seems increasingly likely that the sequester will take effect; President Obama and congressional Republicans are spending far more time trying to pin each other with the political blame for the cuts than trying to avert them. But the question is how long they’ll last — if Congress restores funding relatively soon, the impacts won’t be terribly severe. But the sequester is set to get steeper in later years, posing a much bigger risk to industry stakeholders.

    After lobbying Congress for the past year to cancel the sequester, healthcare providers are now more focused on preparing for the cuts. They’re trying to cut costs by limiting new hiring and looking for efficiencies in how they deliver care, but doctors and hospitals say they can’t absorb the sequester without losing more than 200,000 jobs this year alone.

    Healthwatch has the full story on how the looming cuts would hit healthcare.

    AARP pushes Medicaid: AARP, the nation’s largest seniors’ lobby, says it’s stepping up the pressure on governors to accept the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. The group said Monday that it’s lobbying in more than 40 states, making the case to governors and legislators that the federally funded expansion is a good deal for states as well as residents who are nearing retirement.

  • Axiom EPM Announces Innovative Advances in Platform to Support Strategic Financial Planning and Performance Management

    Axiom EPM Announces Innovative Advances in Platform to Support Strategic Financial Planning and Performance Management  Company Introduces Version 6.0 of Platform at Annual Performance Management Summit; Updates Include Scenario Modeling, Mobile Support and Dashboard Enhancements

    February 25, 2013 — Las Vegas, NV — Axiom EPM, a leading provider of financial planning and performance management software for enterprises, today unveiled the latest version of its unified enterprise performance management platform at its 2013 Performance Management Summit in Las Vegas, NV, the company’s annual conference. The updated platform, version 6, includes innovations designed to help finance professionals more accurately and efficiently plan, budget, forecast and analyze performance for better decision making in today’s dynamic landscape.

    Key enhancements to the Axiom EPM unified platform include:

    •       Scenario Modeling: Intuitive interface empowers finance executives to perform what-if analysis on existing forecasts and plans to understand the impact of business changes and enable decision makers to make informed decisions based upon the results of multiple scenario models.
    •       Mobile Support: Enables access to the Axiom EPM platform across mobile devices including tablets and smart phones, offering decision makers the most-up-to-date information in a convenient and interactive format.
    •       Interactive Dashboards: Allows users to create, render and interact with dashboards, adjusting the data displayed in the dashboards and even contributing data to the dashboards via database write-back capabilities. New chart types and visualization options enable executives to monitor, analyze, adjust and add key performance data.
    •       Alerts and notifications: Provides enhanced alerts and notifications when a specified condition or threshold is met, allowing users to proactively manage business metrics and outcomes.

    “Uncertainty is the new normal,” said Michael Choi, CEO, Axiom EPM. “Organizations are experiencing constant change that impacts their business in ways they’ve not seen before. The new scenario modeling capabilities and dashboard enhancements to the Axiom platform announced today reflect our continued focus on helping organizations stay agile in an ever-changing environment and prepare for the future.”

    “Our organization increasingly needs to collaborate around weekly and even daily changes,” said Grant Slovek, Vice President of Financial Reporting and Budgeting, Sturm Financial Group. “Axiom EPM’s interactive dashboards  give our leadership team access to important information in a simple, yet comprehensive format, allowing us to quickly and easily explore the impact of different business decisions.”

    Axiom EPM offers solutions specifically designed for enterprises that unify financial planning and decision support functions in a single platform. Axiom EPM’s flexible, scalable solutions address the complicated finance needs of a wide variety of organizations provides finance executives with the tools they need to improve corporate performance. Axiom EPM embraces and extends familiar Microsoft Excel® functionality, allowing finance professionals to manage data in a familiar environment – while providing unmatched modeling flexibility and enterprise performance.  Its applications promote end-user adoption as well as actionable participation across business processes.

    To learn more about this release, go to

    About Axiom EPM
    Founded by industry leaders with over two decades of experience in enterprise planning and reporting, Axiom EPM delivers performance management solutions for mid-sized and large organizations around the world.  Solutions for budgeting & forecasting, reporting & analytics, strategy management, capital planning, profitability & cost management are delivered on a single unified platform.  Axiom EPM embraces and extends familiar Microsoft Excel® functionality, allowing finance professionals to manage data in a familiar environment – while providing unmatched modeling flexibility and enterprise performance.  For more information, visit

  • EMRapproved and HealthITxChange Collaborate to Benefit Healthcare and IT Professionals in the Adoption of Health IT

    Partnership debuts at HIMSS13 in New Orleans

    CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2013 – Chicago health information technology (health IT) company EMRapproved is announcing a new collaboration with HealthITxChange, an online community where healthcare practitioners and health IT professionals share best practices and lessons learned throughout their electronic health record (EMR/EHR) implementation and ongoing health IT lifecycle.

    The collaboration brings together both sites’ audiences who will share information and resources to benefit the health IT community at large. HealthITxChange partner organizations include the AHIMA Foundation, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the American Nurses Association (ANA) and Health Level Seven International (HL7).

    “EMRapproved is committed to providing comprehensive resources for the adoption of health information technology and electronic health records (EMR/EHR) for industry professionals,” explained EMRapproved CEO Kevin Donnelly. “HealthITxChange is unique in that they create an interactive and engaged community where members share knowledge and exchange ideas. Our mutual focus and priorities make this a truly strategic partnership.”

    Combining the collaborative nature of a forum with the oversight of a medical publication, HealthITxChange brings together clinicians and health IT professionals to share their knowledge and best practices through “pearls” of information to summarize their collective experiences. These pearls are linked to in-depth discussions which provide users with the details of real life encounters on the road to implementation and Meaningful Use.

    Visitors to, in particular the 900+ members of its 4Med Pro Network of consultants, will benefit from seamless access to the HealthITxChange pearls – and thus the collective wisdom and best practices of this thriving community.

    Completing the collaboration, EMRapproved will link its 4Med Marketplace to the new HealthITxChange site. The 4Med Marketplace will provide a gateway for HealthITxChange members to access education and certification courses; EMR-related products; and consulting services (through the EMRapproved 4Med Pro Network).

    “HealthITxChange’s primary goal is to foster community and collaboration among healthcare and health IT professionals. We are excited to unveil our added functionality that will support community collaboration,” said Helga Rippen, MD, PhD, chair of the HealthITxChange executive council. “By partnering with EMRapproved we are able to generate funds to continue to enhance the site but also provide our members access to the 4Med Marketplace, where they will find valuable, relevant resources all in one location.”

    EMRapproved and HealthITxChange will be exhibiting at the HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans at adjacent booths (#7916 and #7914) to highlight the benefits of the collaboration for the health IT industry. Show attendees will be able to see demonstrations of the various components of the collaboration, register for community membership, and become marketplace sponsors and benefactors of the organizations. Booth interaction opportunities include on-demand new sponsor signup; site resource demonstrations, side-by-side product comparisons and more.

    HealthITxChange is supported by Westat Insight — Center for Health Information Technology for the Rockville Institute for the Advancement of Social Sciences, a 501(c)(3) charitable, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to advance the social sciences by conducting research and disseminating research findings to the public.

    About the Rockville Institute

    A Research Institute for the Advancement of Social Science is a non-profit (501c3) organization that operates exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes. Westat is an affiliate organization of the Rockville Institute and makes its full range of corporate resources available to the Institute to perform Institute contracts and grants. Visit

    About EMRapproved

    EMRapproved is a robust health information technology (health IT) and electronic medical record (EMR) resource, providing assistance to professionals at all stages of the health IT implementation process by providing access to invaluable content, community, curriculum and consulting resources in one centralized location. The company offers free industry updates, tools and resources, including topical industry update columns HITAnswers and HITSecurity; provides education, certification and career retraining programs through its 4Med Pro Training program; and facilitates online networking, collaboration and professional consultation through its 4Med Pro Network. Support for the free resources available from EMRapproved is provided by sponsors of its new 4Med Marketplace, where users can buy health IT-related products and services. Learn more at

  • Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security Tablet Meets the Security, Manageability and Reliability Needs of Government Agencies, Financial Institutions and Healthcare Organizations
    • Dell Latitude 10 with enhanced security sets the standard for business-friendly tablets with more industry-leading security features than any other device
    • A third-party study finds Latitude 10 tablets are up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy than iPads in large scale enterprise implementations [1]

    ROUND ROCK, Texas, Feb. 25, 2013 Dell today introduced the Latitude 10 enhanced security configuration, a business-ready tablet designed to address the costly and time consuming management and security challenges faced by organizations deploying tablets. The Dell Latitude 10 is ideal for highly regulated industries such as government agencies, financial institutions and healthcare organizations and builds upon Dell’s heritage of delivering trusted business PCs with industry-leading manageability, security and reliability.

    Study Reveals Multiple IT Challenges of Deploying Tablets in Enterprise Settings
    A recent Dell and Intel-commissioned Harris Interactive online survey [2] of 204 U.S. healthcare IT decision makers highlights the tablet management challenges faced by organizations today. The results show that tablets are increasingly becoming a standard IT device (51 percent of the healthcare organizations surveyed have deployed them). However, other studies show tablets can cost significantly more time and money to manage than other standard Windows-based devices such as laptops and desktops. According to the results of the Harris survey:

    • On average, those institutions managing tablets spend an estimated $2,235.20 configuring these devices to work within their organizations. These costs are often several times more than the actual expense of acquiring the device.
    • Fifty-one percent of tablet using institutions report that the devices required additional software or tools beyond what is used to manage laptops and desktops.
    • Forty-two percent of IT decision makers in tablet using organizations spent between 10 and 29 minutes per tablet to achieve the same level of security inherent in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chips.
    • Forty-four percent of those in tablet using organizations reported that there are applications that are currently used in their organization on desktop and laptop computers that cannot currently be accessed on tablets.

    These results demonstrate that the introduction of tablets into enterprise environments has created a more expensive and difficult management process for IT managers in multiple industries. The Dell Latitude 10 was designed to overcome these challenges by combining a great user experience with ease of management and deployment by IT. The Latitude 10 fits easily and securely into existing IT environments to help improve IT efficiency and decrease total cost-of-ownership. Because it is managed like any standard Windows-based laptop, the Latitude 10 is significantly easier to deploy and manage than the Apple iPad in large scale enterprise implementations. According to third-party testing performed by Principled Technologies [1], when compared to the iPad the Latitude 10 tablet is:

    • Up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy saving approximately 580 hours in system prep and applications installation.
    • Up to 99 percent faster for software updates, saving approximately 197 hours with automated updates.
    • Up to 85 percent cheaper per device to maintain over a three-year period.

    Industry-Leading Tablet Security
    The Latitude 10 tablet, powered by the dual core Intel® Atom™ processor Z2760, delivers more hardware, authentication, data protection, tracking and recovery security features than any other tablet device on the market today and is ideal for organizations that must comply with stringent regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS). The Latitude 10 enhanced security configuration is the only dual-authentication Windows 8 tablet with both an integrated smart card and fingerprint reader, in addition to the Latitude 10’s already robust security features that include:

    • Dell Data Protection|Access providing an integrated end point security management suite that utilizes the fingerprint and smart card reader in the Latitude 10 as well as third-party security devices. A Dell wizard provides simple setup.
    • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 hardware to allow networks to check device integrity and to assign full trust.
    • Microsoft® BitLocker Drive Encryption.
    • Computrace Support for stealth tracking software to allow the recovery of lost or stolen devices.
    • A Noble Lock slot for added hardware security.

    “Other tablets being deployed in business environments can cause more harm than good in the long run with unforeseen management costs and unsecure data protection and access,” said Neil Hand, Vice President of Tablets and Performance PCs, End User Computing, Dell. “With Latitude 10 enhanced security configuration, our customers will be able to give their workers the mobility and productivity they want while having the peace of mind they can easily enforce and adhere to some of the most rigorous security regulations.”

    “While tablets can improve access to patient information for clinicians at the point of care, healthcare IT decision-makers should be informed about potential side-effects,” said Andrew Litt, M.D., Dell’s Chief Medical Officer. “The time and expense to connect, manage and secure these devices could be nearly five times the device’s purchase price2, which can be a significant concern for most healthcare institutions. Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet and integrated solutions like Mobile Clinical Computing address these concerns by simplifying device management and ensuring that information is both secure and accessible for patient care.”

    “In our testing and analysis we found substantial advantages in managing the Dell Latitude 10 over an Apple iPad in an enterprise SCCM environment,” said Bill Catchings, co-founder of Principled Technologies. “Our analysis found that these advantages would translate to significant cost savings, especially when managing large numbers of these devices.”

    Product Availability and Pricing [3]
    The Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security is available worldwide today and costs $779USD.The Latitude 10 essentials 64GB configuration is available starting at $579USD. The Latitude 10 essentials 32GB configuration is available for $499USD.

    About Dell
    Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit

    [1] Tablets in Large Enterprises: Dell Latitude 10 with Windows 8 vs. Apple IPAD, A Principled Technologies Test Report, Commissioned by Dell, Jan. 2013

    [2] The Dell Healthcare and Technology study is a third-party study commissioned by Dell. It was conducted online within the US and UK by Harris Interactive on behalf of Dell between Dec. 27, 2012 and Jan. 17, 2013 among 204 US and 81 UK IT decision makers who work in the healthcare industry who were either hospital/clinic administrators or IT professionals working inside or outside a dedicated IT department, and who had at least a major influence on decision making regarding purchasing computer equipment for hospitals/clinics. 105 IT decision makers in the US and 50 in the UK report that tablets are used in their organization. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available here.

    [3] Offers subject to change, not combinable with all other offers. Taxes, shipping, handling and other fees apply. Offers available only to qualified U.S. customers and subject to restrictions in your applicable contract, if any. Dell reserves right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors.

    About Harris Interactive
    Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing our client’s research investment. Serving clients in more than 196 countries and territories through our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us – and our clients—stay ahead of what’s next. For more information, please visit

    About Principled Technology and Management Cost Methodology
    Principled Technologies (PT) compared a set of typical enterprise IT management operations on the Latitude 10 and the Apple iPad. PT looked at what the cost of doing these operations would be in a typical enterprise with 1,000 of the devices using existing management tools like SCCM. Principled Technologies provides industry-leading technology assessment and fact-based marketing services relying upon extensive experience with and expertise in all aspects of technology testing and analysis, from researching new technologies, to developing new methodologies, to testing with existing and new tools. Principled Technology’s founders have worked in technology assessment for over 20 years. They created and led the Ziff-Davis Benchmark Operation, which developed such industry-standard benchmarks as Ziff Davis Media’s Winstone and WebBench. They founded and led eTesting Labs, and after the acquisition of that company by Lionbridge Technologies were the head and CTO of VeriTest.

    Dell, Latitude and OptiPlex are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.


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