Healthcare News June 8, 2013

  • Parkview Medical Center Extends the PatientTouch® Mobile Care Orchestration™ System to Support Patient Safety and Care Coordination
    – New capabilities build on already-deployed smart point-of-care mobile solution, now integrated with MEDITECH 6.0 Electronic Medical Record (EMR) –

    SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PatientSafe Solutions, a leader in smart point-of-care mobile solutions, today announced that Parkview Medical Center (Pueblo, Colo.) has extended its PatientTouch implementation through new capabilities that unite multiple departments to enhance patient safety and facilitate care team coordination. With these enhancements, the Parkview implementation becomes the first PatientTouch deployment to realize the promise of Mobile Care Orchestration, facilitating collaboration and communication on top of the institution’s upgraded MEDITECH 6.0 EMR.

    Parkview, a non-profit general acute care and behavioral health specialty hospital, sought to maximize the value of its existing MEDITECH EMR and improve patient safety and clinical productivity. The hospital deployed the PatientTouch System to make EMR data mobile and actionable, and to improve patient safety through medication and lab specimen barcode verification, mother-infant identity and human milk matching, and blood transfusion verification. Now, in conjunction with its migration to MEDITECH 6.0, Parkview has taken its PatientTouch implementation further through new capabilities including blood-gas labeling and documentation, blood and specimen collection, and HIPAA-compliant text messaging to improve care team awareness and coordination across clinical departments.The PatientTouch System is a state-of-the-art mobile hardware and software platform that liberates EMR data and connects care teams to eliminate harm, reduce waste, and improve productivity. The PatientTouch device is medical-grade, combining Apple iOS hardware with enhancements that have been designed, developed, and supported by PatientSafe Solutions.

    “The extent to which our team can effectively coordinate and transition care has a direct impact on the quality of care we can provide,” said Linda Flores, chief nursing officer at Parkview. “Equipping our nurses, respiratory therapists, and phlebotomists with a single tool to digitally deliver, document and manage care and patient samples, and to collaborate remotely, can help to reduce length of hospital stay, decrease risk of hospital-acquired infections, and ultimately improve outcomes for our patients.”

    The PatientTouch Blood Product Administration module, which documents and verifies blood transfusions and phlebotomy specimens and then transfers data via the hospital’s secure wireless connection, recently received 510(k) clearance by the FDA. Joined by HIPAA-compliant text messaging and respiratory care management tools, these new features mark the first time that medication management, lab and specimen data collection, scheduled follow-up and alerts, and clinical communications have been integrated and orchestrated on a single smart point-of-care mobile platform.

    “Smart point-of-care mobile technology is now essential for our care team,” said Steve Shirley, chief information officer at Parkview Medical Center. “The PatientTouch System mobilizes our MEDITECH EMR, enabling our clinical staff to provide the safest and highest quality of care for our patients.”

    The latest version of the PatientTouch System also establishes a technological framework for voice-over-IP communications between caregivers, which will launch this summer on the new PatientTouch hardware running on a modified Apple iPhone® 5. Existing PatientTouch handhelds are based on the Apple iPod® Touch.

    “Parkview Medical Center and PatientSafe Solutions have a long history of working together on patient safety, and this expanded implementation underscores our commitment to work closely with providers as their organizations grow and change,” said Joseph Condurso, president and chief executive officer of PatientSafe Solutions. “We were thrilled to collaborate with Parkview as they migrated to the MEDITECH 6.0 EMR. Our Mobile Care Orchestration System provides a mobile front-end to their EMR for nursing and other multidisciplinary care team members and we look forward to continuing to help the organization maximize its health IT investment and improve safety, care quality, and efficiency.”

    For more information about the PatientTouch platform visit the company’s booth (#808) at the 2013 Medical Users Software Exchange (MUSE) International Conference, which is being held May 28-31, 2013 in Washington, D.C. To schedule a demo,

    About PatientSafe Solutions

    PatientSafe Solutions, based in San Diego, California, is leading the way in smart point-of-care mobile solutions and innovating technologies for the future of accountable care. Its flagship product, the PatientTouch® platform, delivers measureable safety and quality improvement by making care team workflows easier and more productive. PatientSafe Solutions was named one of Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies in 2011 and 2012, ranked #2 in Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Venture-Backed Healthcare Companies in 2012, and chosen by Forbes as one of the top Three Health Technology Companies To Watch in 2012. For more information, please visit the company’s website

  • Dem bill would prohibit sale of expired baby formula

    Freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) is preparing legislation to prohibit stores from selling expired baby formula.

    The issue came to light after major consumer investigations revealed that popular big-box chains often sell formula past its use-by date.

    In 2010, a probe in New Jersey found formula on shelves that ranged from nine to 29 months expired. 

  • Dr. Russell Richmond Joins Explorys’ Board of Directors

    Healthcare Industry Veteran Brings Extensive Clinical and Analytics Expertise to Leading Big Data Analytics Company

    Cleveland, OH — May 28, 2013 — Explorys, the leader in big data-driven healthcare transformation, today announced that Dr. Russell Richmond, CEO of Objective Health, has joined its Board of Directors where he will leverage his expertise as a physician and healthcare technology entrepreneur to provide strategic counsel to the company. Over the past twelve months, Explorys has been experiencing unprecedented growth, adding four new customers to its national network, which currently consists of 14 IDNs, 200 hospitals, and over 100,000 providers.

    “Dr. Richmond brings unparalleled healthcare market intelligence to Explorys, which will be essential as we continue to expand the depth of our big data analytics applications to meet the ever-changing needs of delivering smarter healthcare,” stated Stephen McHale, CEO of Explorys. “His specialized experience working with population health and big data analytics companies will be invaluable as we continue to build upon the momentum we have achieved this past year.”

    Dr. Richmond has expertise in the healthcare provider market, with a focus on healthcare reform, population health, and risk management.  His experience includes building large data-analytics companies such as Objective Health, Verisk Health, and D2Hawkeye, as well as counseling CEO’s of large provider and payor organizations as a management consultant. At Objective Health, Dr. Richmond and his team built the company’s solution for reducing health system’s costs, which impacted over 400 hospitals.  Dr. Richmond also led Verisk Health and D2Hawkeye from the early stages into significant subscription revenue businesses.  Prior to D2Hawkeye, Dr. Richmond advised health system CEO’s on strategy and operations as a McKinsey consultant, spending nearly six years in McKinsey’s Boston and Detroit offices.  Dr. Richmond holds a MD from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan.

    “Explorys’ innovative Network model and intuitive big data platform are already significantly disrupting the healthcare market, and I am excited to share my expertise in business development and healthcare informatics to provide guidance as the company continues to expand its customer base and solution portfolio,” stated Dr. Russ Richmond. “In the midst of a rapid transformative era in healthcare, Explorys changes the game by enabling organizations to analyze and benchmark clinical, pharmaceutical, financial, and operational data across the largest data compilation in the industry. I look forward to working with other industry experts on the Board to help Explorys extend its leadership position in clinical big data analytics.”

    The Explorys Board of Directors currently consists of eight industry professionals, including the company’s CEO, Stephen McHale; Stephen Glass, CFO of Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Andrew D. Firlik, managing partner at Foundation Medical Partners; Steven Lindseth, CEO of YouDocs Beauty, Inc.; Dr. Joe Cunningham, managing director of Santé Ventures; Paul Wallace, managing director of the Heritage Group; and John McHale, Chairman of the Board of BreakingPoint. Together, these distinguished professionals help to maximize future opportunities and ensure Explorys maintains its position as the leader in big data-driven healthcare transformation.

    About Explorys

    Founded in 2009 as an innovation spinoff from Cleveland Clinic, Explorys provides the healthcare industry’s first secure, cloud-based Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) platform that leverages BIG DATA to transform healthcare. While applying the power of massively-parallel data processing, its comprehensive network enables the nation’s leading provider organizations to more effectively leverage their data to drive value-based care and Population Health Management results utilizing both business and clinical intelligence, and meaningful performance evaluation.  The Explorys network is made up of over 100 billion data elements encompassing 40 million patients, 200 hospitals, and 14 major integrated healthcare systems with over 100,000 providers who collectively deliver $46 billion of care annually. Deploying solutions comprised of expert resources and exceptional tools, Explorys unlocks the power of BIG DATA to improve healthcare for everyone.

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Selects Edifecs to Integrate its IT Systems with Vermont’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX)

    Off-the-Shelf Integration Solution will Help Insurer  Maximize Opportunity, Minimize  Disruption and Deliver a Smooth Experience to Individuals and Small Business Participating on the Exchange

    BELLEVUE, Wash.—May 22, 2013— Today, Edifecs, Inc., a leading healthcare solutions provider specializing in healthcare information management and compliance technology, announced that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBS of VT) has chosen the company as its technology integration partner in anticipation for preparing to  integrate with Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange (HIX). Beginning in October of this year, more than 100,000 Vermont residents, individuals and small groups with 50 or fewer employees, will be required to transition to Vermont Health Connect for their health care coverage as part of what may be the largest open enrollment period in history nationwide. Health insurance exchanges are mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act.

    BCBS of VT is deploying the Edifecs HIX Integration Solution, a hosted solution that integrates member enrollment and billing transactions among insurers, state health insurance exchanges and the federal government to reduce the implementation and operational risk of participating on an HIX. Of key concern for health plans during the first year or two of operating on an HIX are the expected changes and disruptions that will occur as state exchanges, the federal government and the healthcare industry work toward stable and predictable processes and system integration.

    The Edifecs HIX Integration Solution serves as a “guardian” for a health plan’s HIX business—shielding and monitoring interactions with HIXs, financial institutions and the federal government. It ensures that only accurate and timely information is sent to core membership systems or reported to the federal government.

    “As is the case with most of the health plan industry, we continue to be concerned about the operational readiness of the State and the Federal Governments HIX technical integration with us and we are doing everything we can to not let that impact the consumer experience and to ensure our members and all eligible Vermonters are able to enroll on day one,” said Dan Galdenzi, CIO of BCBS of VT.

    “To feel more comfortable implementing a project as large as the State’s exchange in such an abbreviated time period we chose Edifecs for its ability to help reduce the impact on our existing IT infrastructure and streamline our integration timeline. Edifecs is a proven partner of ours and their experience with enrollment and claims management made this solution the right technology fit for BCBS of VT.”

    Healthcare industry experts view HIXs as central to the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act because they provide an online marketplace where consumers can shop for, compare and purchase health insurance. According to a recent survey of healthcare professionals at the 2013 Healthcare Mandate Summit, HIX participation in 2014 will be high. The survey also revealed the country’s health insurers are confident they will be ready by the October 1, 2013 launch deadline, but have reservations about how HIXs will be implemented and run.

    “While most of the country is focused on the scheduled open enrollment date, the real challenge comes with the operational changes to the business and the long term sustainability of participation in the exchanges,” said Sunny Singh, CEO of Edifecs. “Edifecs is committed to supporting Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont through the process of readying its IT systems for the state exchange, maintaining an outstanding member experience, and ensuring the long term success of its participation.”

    BCBS of VT has taken a leading role in helping Vermont residents understand their health insurance options on the new HIX. It recently launched a new phone line staffed by trained representatives who can answer questions and provide detailed information about Vermont Connect. BCBS of VT has also held more than 35 community meetings all across the state with more than 1,600 small businesses and has many more planned in the weeks and months ahead.

    In addition to the new phone line and trained staff, the company will also host webinars, enrollment meetings and provide one-on-one support at a new retail location in South Burlington, which opens in early May to help Vermonters find the coverage that is right for them.

    On January 1, 2014, enrolled members will start using their health benefits, which means all qualified health plans, benefit tiers and payment contracts must be loaded and integrated with insurer IT systems to ensure members receive appropriate benefits and providers are paid promptly.

    About BCBS of VT

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs about 340 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in South Burlington, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet the Internet at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

    About Edifecs, Inc.

    An industry leader since 1996, Edifecs provides healthcare software solutions that improve operational performance by streamlining the exchange of information among health plans, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations, while enabling compliance with current mandates such as HIPAA, Operating Rules and ICD-10.

    Today, more than 250 healthcare customers use Edifecs technology to unify transactions from any information channel source and input mechanism, while automating manual business processes such as enrollment, claims and payments management.

    Edifecs is currently recognized as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the state of Washington, 100 Best Places to Work in the state of Washington, an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte. Edifecs is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. For more information, please visit

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