Healthcare News June 20, 2013


    Princeton, NJ (June 18, 2013) – CitiusTech, a leading healthcare technology solutions and services provider, announced today that its healthcare BI and analytics platform, BI-Clinical, version 13.1 is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as an EHR Module on 11 June, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, inaccordance with the applicable Eligible Hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria supports both Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

    “CitiusTech is pleased to announce the ONC 2014 certification for the BI-Clinical platform,” says Rizwan Koita, Chief Executive Officer of CitiusTech. “With its modular, app-based architecture and flexible integration approach, BI-Clinical is well positioned to help EMR/EHR and other health IT vendors to attain Meaningful Use Stage 2 compliance rapidly and cost-effectively.”

    The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2014 Edition criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

    “CCHIT congratulates companies successfully achieving EHR technology certification,” said Alisa Ray, executive director, CCHIT. “These companies are now able to make their products available to providers wishing to adopt health IT to demonstrate meaningful use and earn federal incentives.”

    BI-Clinical, version 13.1, certification number is CC-2014-449180-1. ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    BI-Clinical version 13.1 meets the following certification criteria:

    170.314(c)(1) Clinical Quality Measures – Capture and Export

    170.314(c)(2) Clinical Quality Measures – Incorporate and Calculate

    170.314(c)(3) Clinical Quality Measures – Electronic Submission

    170.314(d)(1) – Authentication, access control, and authorization

    170.314(d)(2) – Auditable events and tamper-resistance

    170.314(d)(3) – Audit report(s)

    170.314(d)(5) – Automatic log-off

    170.314(d)(6) – Emergency access

    170.314(d)(7) – End-user device encryption

    170.314(d)(8) – Integrity

    170.314(g)(4) – Quality management system

    The clinical quality measures to which BI-Clinical has been certified include: CMS9v1,

    CMS26v1, CMS30v2, CMS31v1, CMS32v1, CMS53v1, CMS55v1, CMS60v1, CMS71v2, CMS72v1, CMS73v1, CMS91v2, CMS100v1, CMS102v1, CMS104v1, CMS105v1, CMS107v1, CMS109v1, CMS110v1, CMS111v1, CMS114v1, CMS171v2, CMS172v2, CMS178v2, CMS185v1, CMS188v2, CMS108v1, CMS190v1.

    The additional costs that an Eligible Hospital would pay to attempt to meet meaningful use objectives and measures include: license fees, implementation fees, subscription fees and professional services fees for integration.

    About CitiusTech

    CitiusTech is a specialist provider of healthcare technology services and solutions to healthcare IT vendors, providers, ACOs, and health plans. CitiusTech offers a wide range of healthcare technology services including healthcare software development, healthcare interoperability, Meaningful Use compliance, BI / analytics, care management and consumer health. CitiusTech brings strong healthcare domain expertise across technologies, applications and standards. CitiusTech delivers best in-class solutions with an unmatched cost advantage to global healthcare clients. For more information, visit


    About CCHIT

    The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB). CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an Accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRS. More information on CCHIT and its programs is available at


    About the ONC HIT Certification Program

    The ONC HIT Certification Program, provided by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®)” as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB), evaluates EHR technology that has been tested against criteria and standards adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This certification qualifies EHRs as capable of supporting achievement of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ONC HIT certification conferred by the Certification Commission does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: ‘Young invincibles’ want coverage

    Young, healthy people want to buy health insurance — if they can afford it. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest tracking poll, released Wednesday, showed a broad desire to have health insurance. Among 18- to 25-year-olds, 77 percent said having health insurance is “very important.” Seventy-six percent said insurance is “something I need” and “worth the money it costs.”

    That’s good news for the Obama administration and supporters of the healthcare reform law, who need large numbers of young, healthy people to enroll in the law’s new coverage options in order to prevent premiums from skyrocketing. 

    Many of the law’s critics say young people will remain uninsured, reasoning that they’re healthy and therefore don’t need to spend their money on insurance coverage. But only 24 percent of young people in the Kaiser poll said they’re healthy enough that they don’t need coverage.

  • Doctors group treats obesity as disease, opposes marketing energy drinks to kids

    The nation’s largest group of doctors wants to treat obesity as a disease and limit marketing of energy drinks to children, in a boon to lawmakers pushing for reforms.

    The American Medical Association (AMA) voted to adopt the new policies during its annual meeting in Chicago on Wednesday.

  • St. Mary’s Healthcare System Selects iConnect(R) Access and iConnect Enterprise Archive

    Vendor-Neutral Archive Consolidates Silos and Provides Access to Any Image, Anywhere, Any Time

    CHICAGO, June 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that St. Mary’s Healthcare System has selected Merge’s iConnect Access and iConnect Enterprise Archive to support their enterprise imaging strategy.

    “Since we already use many Merge solutions including Merge PACS™, Merge Cardio™ and Merge Hemo™ across our enterprise, Merge’s iConnect Enterprise Archive was a natural extension of our long-standing partnership,” explained Brain Duncan, Manager of Radiology Services at St. Mary’s. “Furthermore, we selected Merge’s vendor-neutral archive because we believe that by using the information life cycle management polices within the enterprise archive, we will see extensive storage cost savings both now and well into the future.”

    “Additionally, as we work closely with referring providers in the Athens 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, which has made my life a lot easier,” added Duncan. “Plus, iConnect Access image-enables our Meditech EMR to ensure that we’re ready to meet the Stage Two requirements of Meaningful Use.”

    “We are pleased to see a longstanding client like St. Mary’s standardize on Merge solutions throughout their enterprise,” added Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “The combination of iConnect Enterprise Archive and iConnect Access will further extend the value of their existing Merge solutions and ensure that their imaging strategy can scale to meet the growing needs for their owned and referring physician communities.”

    Merge’s iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform is the industry’s only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time. It includes iConnect Access*, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS server, iConnect Share, a gateway for image sharing across the enterprise and iConnect Enterprise Archive, a vendor-neutral archive (VNA) to create an enterprise imaging strategy. It works with existing applications, leveraging widely-used web and healthcare technology standards, to provide a vendor neutral interoperable environment.

    A recent InMedica study reported iConnect Enterprise Archive as the world’s #1 VNA, storing over 15 billion images. As the industry’s first true standalone VNA, it has been successfully integrated with over seventy-five PACS vendors and specialty workstations at over 350 sites across the United States. In over half of the implementations, Merge’s customers have integrated third-party PACS with iConnect Enterprise Archive.

    *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 25 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit

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