Healthcare News June 13, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House panel OKs national late-term abortion ban

    The House Judiciary on Wednesday approved a national late-term abortion ban that is due on the floor next week. The bill from Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) would ban nearly all abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy, making an exception only for women whose lives are in danger. This narrow exemption was the subject of debate during the bill’s markup, with Republicans unanimously blocking three amendments to make the terms more generous to rape and incest victims, as well as to women whose health is at risk.

    At first, Franks’s ban was written only to affect the District of the Columbia — it was the revival of a bill that failed to pass the House last year under suspension of the rules. But Franks expanded it to apply nationwide after the recent murder conviction of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell, which has been a rallying cry for opponents of abortion rights.

    Wednesday’s markup drew wide attention after Franks commented that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is “very low.” The remark drew criticism from Democrats and comparisons between Franks and former GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin (Mo.), who famously said that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely become pregnant. Franks later clarified that he meant to describe the low number of rape-induced pregnancies compared with those tied to normal intercourse. “I would hope that my comments would be heard in the spirit that they were offered,” he said.

  • Information Builders and Axiom EPM Announce Strategic Partnership for Business Intelligence & Performance Management

    Custom Adapter Seamlessly Integrates Financial Planning & Analytics Engine with BI Tools for Optimized Organizational Decision Making and Profitability Management

    June 5, 2013 — Orlando, FL — Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI), analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions and, Axiom EPM, a leading provider of financial planning and performance management software for enterprises, today announced that they have formed a strategic business and technology partnership. Under the terms of this partnership agreement, Axiom EPM will be the preferred Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) partner for Information Builders’ clients, and Information Builders will be the preferred BI, data integration and quality partner for Axiom EPM clients.

    The partnership is a reflection of the natural synergies between BI and EPM functions and also reflects how the office of the CFO and CIO are increasingly working closely together to introduce systems and processes that optimize business performance. The recent increase in big data and the volume and complexity of financial and operational information has contributed to an increasing need for more sophisticated models to support various forms of strategic and operational planning. Finance teams must become more agile and responsive to organizational needs, shifting their time away from more tactical data management tasks to spending more time modeling at the enterprise level and delivering high-value analysis that can impact decision making and ultimately profitability.

    The combined value of the Information Builders and Axiom EPM partnership enables this transformation with proven expertise, methodologies and technology integration. To support this new partnership, Information Builders and Axiom EPM have jointly developed an adapter that enables WebFOCUS business intelligence users to seamlessly and securely query the Axiom EPM financial planning and analytics platform, empowering customers with a full range of business analytics tools to realize the promise and power of EPM. As a result, the robust financial planning content created and stored in the Axiom EPM application becomes a rich and trusted information source that can be consumed by a wide variety of decision makers and functions across the organization for real-time, in context, decision making.

    The industry leading capabilities offered through the Information Builders and Axiom EPM partnership are being leveraged at Sterling Bank, one of the largest regional community banks in the western United States. Sterling Bank needed to rationalize a complex heterogeneous landscape composed of various legacy data sources. They also needed comprehensive performance management capabilities for planning, profitability measurement and incentive compensation. “The combination of Information Builders’ iWay and WebFOCUS tools along with Axiom EPM’s comprehensive performance management platform will deliver the trusted data governance along with the planning and profitability analytics required to understand the key business drivers and inform better decision making.” said Laura Roberts, SVP, Financial Planning & Analysis Executive, Sterling Bank.

    In addition to complementary technologies, both firms share a singular business focus on their respective domains and make customer satisfaction the top priority —each ranking in the upper tier of various industry surveys. “We are extremely excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to seamlessly integrate strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, profitability management and analytics on one integrated platform and database structure,” said Gerald Cohen, CEO, Information Builders. Mike Choi, CEO, Axiom EPM, added, “working with another privately held company that shares a common vision and focus on customer success will help ensure a successful business and technical partnership for many years to come.”

    Axiom EPM
    Founded by industry leaders with over two decades of experience in enterprise and reporting, Axiom EPM delivers solutions that empower the office of finance. 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. From an innovative technology platform, to robust industry solutions to market leading customer support, Axiom EPM provides financial professionals with the tools and knowledge to be successful.

    Information Builders
    Founded in 1975, Information Builders delivers state-of-the-art technology that is transforming business in all commercial industries, government, and education. As one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the software industry, Information Builders focus is ensuring customers can apply intelligence, integration, and integrity solutions to dramatically improve the performance of their entire organization. WebFOCUS Intelligence, the industry’s most comprehensive BI platform, offers easy-to-use BI, business analytics, and performance management capabilities to promote a proactive business culture that helps organizations gain a competitive edge. iWay Integration Solutions work on any platform, inter-operate with proprietary technologies as well as industry standards, support more than 300 database and application adapters, and lay the foundation for a real-time, integrated enterprise. iWay Integrity Solutions integrate, enrich, and transform data into relevant, timely, and usable information. Information Builders’ proven products help organizations to cut costs, reduce risk, achieve compliance, and improve business performance.

  • CHCF Makes Second Investment in Asthmapolis

    The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) today announced a second investment in Asthmapolis, the FDA-cleared mobile health solution designed to improve the care of people with asthma and COPD, advance understanding of symptoms and triggers, and help them achieve control of these diseases.

    Asthmapolis uses a novel combination of smartphone applications and snap-on inhaler sensors that track when and how often patients use inhaled medications. The platform, available in both English and Spanish, is designed to help individuals with their daily preventive medications, manage asthma by revealing insights about their use of rescue medications, and provide personalized feedback to improve their ability to successfully manage the disease.

    Users receive ongoing educational outreach through email, text, mobile apps, and phone calls with a certified asthma educator. People may also opt to share information about their medication use with their health care provider, giving them the ability to monitor whether their treatment is truly controlling symptoms.

    “Knowledge is power,” said Margaret Laws, director of the CHCF Innovations for the Underserved program, which manages the CHCF Health Innovation Fund. “And Asthmapolis empowers people with asthma or COPD and their medical team to harness knowledge for better self-care and treatment.”

    “We need patients to tell us about the severity of their symptoms, how often they have sudden attacks, and what triggers their attacks so we can modify their treatment plans accordingly,” said Dr. Rajan Merchant, an allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology specialist at Dignity Health. “With the Asthmapolis sensor and software application the patient’s inhaler becomes a diary — recording, analyzing, and reporting data in real time — which helps providers monitor their patients and helps patients practice informed self-management.”

    Since receiving FDA clearance in July 2012, Asthmapolis has launched care coordination programs with payers such as Amerigroup Florida/WellPoint, providers such as Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in New York and Dignity Health in California, and retail pharmacy and public sector initiatives through the City of Louisville.

    The CHCF investment in Asthmapolis, which now totals $1,047,000, is directed at helping to serve the underserved in California. “We are pleased that Asthmapolis has developed a low-cost solution that can provide patients with education through email, text, mobile apps, and personalized outreach by certified asthma educators,” Laws said. “We believe there is tremendous potential for patients to benefit from technology that empowers them to better understand and manage chronic conditions.”

    “We look forward to working with CHCF on our joint mission to bring better health to communities across California,” said David Van Sickle, CEO and co-founder of Asthmapolis. “With effort and enthusiasm we are together turning the corner on respiratory disease among these populations and closing the gaps in asthma care that have raised costs and led to millions of days of preventable suffering.”

    About Asthmapolis

    Founded in 2010, Asthmapolis aims to improve the management of chronic respiratory disease for patients and health care professionals. Backed by the California HealthCare Foundation and other investors, Asthmapolis is now working with organizations like Dignity Health to demonstrate how mobile technology can empower patients, improve health, and lower health care costs. For more information, visit

    About the California HealthCare Foundation

    The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians. The CHCF Health Innovation Fund supports entrepreneurs with businesses that have the potential to significantly lower the cost of care or improve access to care. To learn more about the Innovation Fund and our current investments, visit

  • 46% of U.S. Physician Groups plan to join a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

    Burlington, VT – HIMSS Analytics continues the series of strategic industry reports previously published by CapSite with the release of the 5th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Practice Management (PM) Study.  The study represents unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 800 physician groups on market adoption, market share, market opportunity and vendor mind share across the U.S. physician market.  Additionally, it incorporates information from the HIMSS Analytics® Database for a comprehensive snapshot of the Ambulatory EHR and PM marketplace.

    “The year-over-year analysis that we provide allows for an in-depth understanding of industry trends,” said Brendan FitzGerald, HIMSS Analytics Research Director. “While both the tethered and non-tethered Ambulatory EHR markets show signs of maturing, there is continued opportunity with 35% of respondents planning to purchase, replace, or upgrade an Ambulatory EHR solution.”

    The study includes Voice of Customer (VOC) insight on physician group:

    • Status on receiving incentive funding for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU)
    • Plans for purchasing or upgrading Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
    • Primary drivers behind decisions to replace current Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
    • Plans for joining a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

    Vendor Market and Mind Share coverage includes:

    Acumen, ADP AdvancedMD, Allscripts, Amazing Charts, Aprima, athenahealth, BioMedix, Cerner, CPSI, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway, Healthland, HMS, McKesson, Meditech, MedNet, MedPlus, MED3000, NextGen, OptumInsight, Practice Fusion, Siemens, Vitera

    About HIMSS Analytics
    HIMSS Analytics is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company acquired CapSite in October 2012 and offers a portfolio of healthcare information technology market intelligence products and services, including detailed analytics tools, market research, and customized consulting. Visit or for more information.

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