Healthcare News June 7, 2013

  • MedSys Group Names Dick Taylor, MD as Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division

    Dr. Taylor brings extensive experience including clinical practice, software development, strategic IT transformation, and large program leadership.

    Frisco, Texas (May 21, 2013) – In its latest strategic move in creating the industry’s finest Advisory Services Team, MedSys Group today announced the designation of Dick Taylor, MD, as Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division. Dr. Taylor will focus on integrating IT efforts with the clinical and operational ownership needed to capture permanent and positive changes within health care institutions.

    “We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Taylor join the MedSys Group team,” Steven Heck, President of MedSys Group said. “He is a very talented software engineer and a practicing physician. This combination of skills allows him to approach a broad range of HCIT challenges with unique insight. We are very pleased that Dr. Taylor is now part of our leadership team”.

    A software engineer for more than 35 years and a pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist for over a decade, Dr. Taylor has been at the epicenter of the Healthcare IT revolution, both as a practitioner and as a leader in large EMR implementations. Currently, Dr. Taylor is working with multiple large health delivery systems in various stages of implementation and post-implementation work, helping define the cultural, strategic, and tactical approaches best suited to finding real clinical value from those systems’ large IT investments.

    To position itself ahead of the market, MedSys is creating an Advisory Services Division made up of thought leaders in key industry categories that will be crucial to the success of healthcare institutions over the next decade. The team will advise its clients on their IT infrastructure and security to fully support their systems.

    In January, MedSys named Steven Heck as company president. Heck has already made an immediate impact on the thinking in the industry with his forward look at Beyond the Boom: What Happens After Meaningful Use? For its second addition to the Advisory Services Team, MedSys went outside of healthcare to tap one of the country’s leading infrastructure architects, Thure Meyer. Now, with Dr. Taylor’s unique combination of technical and clinical experience, MedSys gains invaluable insight into the realities of implementing technology in the real world of clinical medicine.

    “Healthcare delivery is complicated, expensive, and growing more so every day. Dr. Taylor’s direct experience with some of the largest systems in the country allows MedSys to offer advice and support that stretches from the bedside to the boardroom and from the rural heartland to the largest tertiary-care medical centers in the nation,” Alan Kravitz, MedSys Group Founder and CEO said. “As delivery systems cover more and more variety and are asked to take on more and more of the financial and operational risk, navigating this territory requires guidance based on familiarity with all sides of the problem.”

    “Too often, IT makes promises without understanding the clinical world, while clinicians define their needs without understanding what the technology can truly offer,” explains Dr. Taylor. “This is where the whole world of informatics is taking us, but you need people who have lived on both sides of the aisle. The difference is sometimes subtle, but we’ve seen over and over that Healthcare IT can create a transformative experience if we unite the two sides of the world. Doing that and doing it predictably is my core focus.”

    Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in software development, including user interface research, firmware and embedded software development, and large scale peripheral subsystems architecture. In 1998 he received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and finished his Pediatrics residency at The Children’s Hospital of Denver (now Children’s Hospital of Colorado) in 2001. Dr. Taylor has practiced in multiple settings and sites including general office pediatrics and pediatric hospital medicine. He has directed medical device development, provided sales support as a Vice President for Medical Affairs with McKesson, Inc., and served Providence Health and Services (Oregon) as their Chief Medical Information Officer. Most recently, he led Providence’s Epic implementation team as the Chief Program Officer and served Providence as their Chief for IS Strategy and Business Development.
    About MedSys Group, LLC:
    Founded in 2008, MedSys Group, LLC, a national Healthcare Information Technology Consulting firm, supports today’s technology in large academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, specialty hospitals, and physician practice organizations. MedSys Group’s vision of ‘evolving healthcare’ is centered on contributing to the success of its clients while providing a supportive culture for its professional consultants and associates. MedSys is able to lend expert guidance and knowledge in Cerner, Epic, Siemens, Meditech, McKesson, and Eclipsys solutions, as well as the Ambulatory and Practice Management arenas. MedSys is frequently featured in A-list publications and was named number 31 on the 2013 Dallas 100 list of fastest growing companies in North Texas. For more information about MedSys Group, LLC or to reach a MedSys Associate please visit: of call 972-464-0020. You can also follow MedSys on Twitter @MedSysGroup. For interviews or media inquiries, please contact Gretchen Hydo, Director of Public Relations, at

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  • Wellmont Health System Selects M*Modal for Advanced Speech Understanding™ Solutions for Electronic Medical Records and Imaging Systems

    M*Modal Fluency™ technology to deliver improved productivity, accuracy and seamless interaction with Epic system

    Franklin, Tenn. – May 21, 2013 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced an expanded relationship with Wellmont Health System to deliver exclusive enterprise-wide transcription, front-end speech recognition, workflow and reporting for electronic medical records (EMRs) and radiology systems. M*Modal Fluency Direct™ and M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™ were selected by Wellmont as the clinical documentation platforms to realize substantial cost savings, increased physician adoption and improved productivity as it implements its Epic EHR later this year.

    Based in Kingsport, Tenn., Wellmont is a not-for-profit, 1200-bed integrated health system featuring seven hospitals, two major trauma centers and over 30 ambulatory facilities. M*Modal has provided Wellmont with transcription services since 2009, and with this agreement will become Wellmont’s sole provider of clinical documentation services and solutions across all of its facilities.

    “In rolling out our new Epic EMR system, we were looking for a single documentation creation platform to leverage across our enterprise and support efficient workflows and reporting,” said Kent Petty, CIO of Wellmont Health System. “Wellmont emphasizes quality outcomes for our patients, and M*Modal’s speech solutions will help us improve productivity and free up our physicians and staff to focus on patient care.”

    M*Modal Fluency Direct and M*Modal Fluency for Imaging are cloud-based software that capture spoken medical dictation and turn it into both unstructured text and structured data that can be shared with EMR/EHR, HIS, RIS and PACS systems. M*Modal’s solutions make documenting effortless by enabling doctors to conversationally create and edit clinical data directly within EMRs through voice-navigation. As part of this agreement, Wellmont will transition from the M*Modal SpeechQ for Radiology™ reporting platform to M*Modal Fluency for Imaging.

    “M*Modal Fluency products give Wellmont’s healthcare providers tremendous capability to quickly and accurately create documentation for improved billing, productivity and patient care,” said Vern Davenport, CEO of M*Modal. “M*Modal’s cloud-based technology can significantly enhance the quality of digital records while making EMRs more user-friendly and accessible.”

    Unlike other speech recognition technologies, M*Modal Fluency products use a single underlying speech platform, giving each physician access to his/her trained voice profile across any application. In addition, these cloud-based solutions offer users choice in accessing and capturing clinical documentation anytime and anywhere. The M*Modal platform offers strong medically-tuned speech recognition and Natural Language Understanding by capturing and processing the documentation of more than 200,000 doctors that access every day.

    For more information on M*Modal please visit or follow on Twitter @MModal.

    About M*Modal

    M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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