Healthcare News March 2, 2013

  • Senate GOP pushes HHS for sequester details

    Leading Senate Republicans asked the federal Health department Friday how it plans to implement sequestration, the automatic cuts to the federal budget.

    In a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) demanded details for all HHS accounts and how they will comply with sequester reductions. 

    Alexander, Moran and Hatch are ranking Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee; the HELP Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee; and the Finance Committee, respectively.

  • Health Language Selected by Department of Defense to Augment Data Warehousing Projects
    Global Technology Resources, Inc. Selects Health Language to Support its Armed Forces Clinical Database Contract
    DENVER, CO (March 1, 2013) —Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Global Technology Resources, Inc. (GTRI) and the United States Departmen t of Defense (DoD)have selected Health Language® to enhance documentation and workflow within the Armed Forces Clinical Database. Health Language medical terminology management software and services will enabl e the DoD to leverage greater granularity and trending for more robust population analytics and business intelligence reporting.
    Health Language will support GTRI on its US Navy Communications and Network contract, providing data standardization tools for the DoD’s existing data warehousing projects. Its Language Engine will normalize disparate data across the Armed Forces Clinical Database by automatically mapping it to standard terminologies, such as SNOMED CT® and ICD-10. Additionally, the Health Language Provider Friendly Terminology (PFT) allows  clinicians in the Armed Forces to use everyday terms, abbreviations and nomenclatures to input and search patient information, limiting burden on providers.
    “GTRI is thrilled to utilize our portfolio of prime federal contracts and work with Health Language to deliver its valuable Language Engine solution to address the needs of the Armed Forces Clinical Database,” said Barb Beckner, Director of Federal Programs at GTRI. Health Language’s reputation for delivering innovative tools and content with exemplary service was a key factor in being awarded the contract. We are especially proud to continue our support of the Department of Defense team.”
    GTRI selected Health Language due to its comprehensive terminology management and refined expertise in data standardization. As a result of this partnership, the DoD will be able to:
    • Map seamlessly between ICD-9, SNOMED CT, ICD-10. LOINC®, HCPCS, and other codes;
    • Guide physicians within the Armed Forces to specific, billable codes within ICD-10; and
    • Search for problem lists and diagnoses using familiar clinical expressions.
    “We are pleased to be working with the Department of Defense and delivering powerful tools and content to help the Armed Forces Clinical Database create proper maps between disparate code sets,” said Marc Horowitz, Senior Vice President, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “Our agreement w ith the Department of Defense demonstrates the benefits our innovative solutions bring to organizations looking to solve complex medical terminology management issues. We are also proud of our partnership with GTRI, another Denver-based company, and look forward to more opportunities in the future due to the strong relationships it has forged with the United States government.”
    Work has already begun on the Armed Forces Clinical Database project, and the contract has been awarded on an ongoing basis.
    About Health Language
    Health Language ® provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT® and LOINC®. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, the advanced Language Engine (LE) and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information. This, backed by a team of HIM experts that support the integration process, helps hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations to overcome industry challenges such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and health information exchange.
    Health Language is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).
    About GTRI
    With Relentless Commitment, GTRI is focused on becoming the premier solutions integrator enabling federal agencies to meet or exceed their diverse business requirements. GTRI is a network-centric solutions provider for infrastructure, network services, and professional consulting services, and delivers globally innovative enterprise and operational solutions through collaborative federal agency partnerships to enhance their ability to serve, protect and defend. For more information go to

  • FDA revisits rule on cow intestines in food, cosmetics

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a new look at regulations that spell out which parts of a cow’s insides can be included in food supplements and makeup.

    The agency is reopening the public comment period on a 2005 directive allowing certain previously prohibited cattle parts to be used in food, dietary supplements and cosmetics, according to a notice to be published in Monday’s Federal Register.

  • Philips unveils clinical information technology solutions that drive quality, productivity and value at HIMSS 2013

    Clinical IT@work solutions for supporting connected care in clinical decision support, interoperability, telehealth and mobility to be shown at Booth 1919

    New Orleans, La., USA – At the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is showcasing  its commitment to simplifying clinical workflow, reducing health care costs and improving patient care through its latest health information technology (IT) solutions as part of its robust Clinical IT@work approach.

    Under the Clinical IT@work umbrella, Philips is at the forefront of health IT innovation to provide the solutions that connect care wherever it is needed—in or out of the hospital. These solutions are developed understanding the growing need for them to fit into healthcare providers’ clinical IT strategies and infrastructure.

    Dramatic changes affecting healthcare are taking place worldwide, driving evolution in the traditional healthcare enterprise. The traditional inpatient-outpatient setting is shifting toward an extended care experience that continues when the patient leaves the hospital. This is creating the need for advanced clinical technology solutions that are not only focused on outcomes-based data but also span and support the continuum of care.

    “Philips understands the pressures that hospitals face in providing quality, efficient care while reducing unnecessary health care spending, particularly here in the U.S. in the era of the federal health reform law,” said Mike Mancuso, Executive Vice President and CEO of Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, Philips Healthcare. “We address the needs of health care providers by developing interoperable clinical software solutions based on the latest standards that help them analyze patient data efficiently while our mobile and telehealth technologies are designed to improve efficiency and access to care.”

    Philips’ approach to Clinical IT@work supports connected care for clinicians by focusing on four key areas: clinical decision support, interoperability, telehealth and mobility. Some of the enterprise software solutions that deliver on these key areas include:

    –       IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere*: IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere is an image and report viewer based on Philips’ IntelliSpace PACS 4.4. IntelliSpace PACS 4.4 is a unique image management solution that allows any physician in the hospital to access full fidelity images within three seconds. The IntelliSpace PACS Anywhere viewer is designed to support remote users, or users requiring a solution that can be utilized on multiple platforms, such as laptops and mobile devices. It does not require installation of additional software and therefore will be an easy-to-use solution that expands physician access to patient information, images and reports for communication and collaboration.

    –       Orb: Orb is a newly launched dashboard or “graphical census” within the IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 software – the essential technology behind Philips’ eICU program. Orb dynamically updates a patient’s status and serves as a real-time visual metaphor for complex clinical data. With orb, ICU clinicians can receive important patient information at a glance for faster prioritization, have oversight of a large number of patients, and target key physiologic areas of patient condition to define a care plan.

    –       IntelliVue Mobile Caregiver**: The IntelliVue Mobile Caregiver app is a mobile application that will be available soon. It is expected to deliver near real-time data from Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring systems directly to the clinician’s smart phone or tablet. With this free mobile app, IntelliVue customers will be able to easily access patient monitoring information anywhere—in or out of the hospital, allowing them to more quickly make informed decisions on patient care.

    –       AirStrip Technologies partnership: In order to advance its mobile solution capabilities and effectiveness, Philips is partnering with AirStrip Technologies, a leader in healthcare mobility solutions, to leverage AirStrip’s technology in Philips IntelliVue Information Center (PIIC) – a powerful, real-time central monitoring system that offers clinicians easy access to information.

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