Healthcare News March 6, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Dems await Ryan’s latest Medicare plan

    Congressional Democrats were practically salivating Tuesday at the news that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might propose bigger Medicare cuts in his next budget outline. 

    Ryan might change his plan to affect more people who are near retirement, which skeptics see as abandoning the promise to protect anyone 55 or older. That has been a key part of the sales pitch for the Ryan plan, and the primary weapon against Democratic charges that the proposal would hurt seniors.

    Bringing more people into the new system would likely help Ryan save more money from Medicare, potentially moving his proposal closer to balancing the budget without deep cuts to defense or discretionary spending. But it could also open up a new line of attack from Democrats, who have already hammered the Ryan plan in campaign ads.

    Centrist Republicans are unhappy with the potential change, because they’ve defended their votes for the Ryan plan largely by noting that it wouldn’t affect anyone 55 or older.

    Senate Democrats on Tuesday released a list of statements Republicans have made defending the Ryan plan, including this one from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): “We’ve put forward our plan. And our plan said that no one 55 or older would have any changes to their current plan.”

    Boehner was noncommittal about the possible changes during a Tuesday news conference, saying only that “we’ll let them work it out and see what outcome they get.”

  • Westbrook Technologies and Artsyl Technologies Announce Revenue Cycle Management Solution for Healthcare

    HIMSS – New Orleans – March 5, 2013 – Westbrook Technologies, developer of Fortis™ and FortisBlue™ enterprise content management (ECM) software, and Artsyl Technologies™, a leading provider of data capture and document processing technologies, today announces a revenue cycle management solution for healthcare. Artsyl Technologies’ advanced data capture technology combined with Westbrook Technologies’ content management capabilities helps speed the payment process and improves cash flow management for providers and payors.

    Artsyl’s docAlpha advanced capture solution makes it easier for customers to import content into Westbrook Technologies’ repository using preconfigured connectors to Fortis and FortisBlue and by repurposing existing templates. docAlpha can be used to capture and process unstructured data for AP (accounts payable), patient billing, release of information, claims processing, Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) and other document-intensive processes.

    “The combination of technology from Artsyl and Westbrook will help healthcare organizations successfully balance both high-quality patient care and cost containment,” said Peter Ransome, VP Sales and Marketing of Westbrook Technologies. ”Our solution is designed to meet the needs of healthcare organizations and enhance interoperability of systems and departments.”

    “Our partnership with Westbrook Technologies enables our joint customers to take advantage of Fortis and FortisBlue’s strong capabilities in workflow, content lifecycle management and integration with line-of-business systems,” said Jeff Moore, Chief Sales Officer of Artsyl Technologies. “Artsyl brings scalable, cost-effective advanced capture to the healthcare market. With our modern architecture, self-learning and wizard based definition generator, users can dramatically reduce data entry costs, increase data accuracy and streamline the process of importing content into the Fortis or FortisBlue repository. docAlpha’s front-end capture technology makes the overall ECM experience much more efficient.”

    About Westbrook Technologies, Inc.
    Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Branford, CT, Westbrook Technologies’ solutions help organizations of all sizes manage document- and data-intensive processes in compliance-centric industries. The Company is the developer of Fortis content management software in use by thousands of customers worldwide to capture, index, securely store and retrieve critical information – instantly and securely. Its FortisBlue product line, accessible from the cloud, has an intuitive interface to make daily information management tasks effortless. All Fortis solutions are cost effective, fast to deploy and easy to use.

    Call 800-949-3453 or visit for more information.

    About Artsyl Technologies, Inc.
    Artsyl Technologies™ headquartered in Toronto, Canada develops a full range of document and data capture software which reduces the cost of document centric processes, increases data accuracy and improves the speed at which data is fed into line-of-business applications. Artsyl’s products are used to automate the storage of documents as well as improve customer service and regulatory compliance. The company sells its products through a network of more than 120 Value Added Resellers who specialize in a variety of applications such as Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Automation, human resources, healthcare, education and state and local government.
    docAlpha is a highly scalable, server-based product which automatically collects, identifies and captures large volumes of structured and semi-structured documents and data. docAlpha integrates with a wide range of front-end scanners, MFPs and fax servers and with popular document management and database back ends.

    Visit for more information.

  • State of Connecticut Selects eiPortal for Healthcare Integration from PilotFish for Meaningful Use Testing

    Cloud-Based Testing Tool Automates Provider Registration, Certification and Validation of HL7 Messaging

    MIDDLETOWN, Conn.–(PRWEB)–March 4, 2013–Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, a provider of middleware solutions, announced today that the State of Connecticut has commenced implementation of the PilotFish eiPortal to support reporting requirements for Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing efforts.

    The eiPortal, a cloud-based application, provides 24/7 access to all the implementation resources required to build an interface along with a fully automated, self-service, interface testing and validation facility that will be configured for reporting requirements.

    Any common or standards-based message can be configured as an eiPortal service. Each service can be associated with a unique set of business rules, data quality checks and other validations. Once a service is configured, data exchange partners can submit messages electronically for automated review. Subsequently, a web-based UI displays immediate, detailed feedback. It also provides simulated responses (synchronous and asynchronous) to inbound messages, again without requiring human intervention or full test environments. Users can refine their interface and achieve conformance without involving their service provider.

    “The State of Connecticut is really able to leverage the self-registration and automation capabilities of the eiPortal to perform Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing and HL7 format and content validation. This will enable all hospitals and practices in the State of Connecticut to build interfaces that will conform to healthcare interoperability standards,” said Neil Schappert, Executive Chairman of Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration.  “Starting with HL7 immunization messages, the State will configure services for each Meaningful Use reporting requirement. As each organization that is looking for documentation for Stage 1 attestation for reporting meets these requirements, a certificate will be issued through the eiPortal’s automated process. The time savings for State employees will be considerable.”

    The eiPortal greatly exceeds the basic Meaningful Use requirements of just capturing and verifying the electronic transmission of this data. It is also capable of certifying the conformance of these messages against national standards and internal processing requirements. This capability positions Connecticut to manage future-stage Meaningful Use testing, and to use the eiPortal as a pre-production, self-service on-boarding tool to greatly benefit Connecticut healthcare providers. The on-boarding tool will ready them to begin the move to full production for Stage 2 reporting.

    “We are excited to partner with PilotFish for our Meaningful Use testing,” commented Mark Raymond, CIO for the State of Connecticut. “The eiPortal allows us to eliminate significant human intervention, while providing a higher level of service to our providers, than would otherwise have been possible.”

    “States and organizations are spending millions of dollars working with different partners implementing the same message over and over again. It is a repetitive process that is intensely reliant on expensive human capital. The eiPortal provides a unique solution to automating this process. It frees up IT staffs not just in Government, but in Labs, at HIEs and Manufacturers or any entity that offers a standard set of interfaces, file formats or web services for consumption by many customers,” said Neil Schappert. “Meeting this critical need for the State of Connecticut for Meaningful Use certification is just one example. We are thrilled with the opportunity to help our home state be more efficient. We are also pleased to provide the state’s practices and hospitals with an online resource that lets them meet Meaningful Use requirements faster and with far less effort.”

    Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration is exhibiting at HiMSS13, March 4-6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, Booth #7941 – see live demos of the eiPortal and eiConsole for Healthcare (an IDE featuring a graphical Assembly Line for configuring interfaces).

    About PilotFish

    Founded in 2001 and based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology provides middleware software and services to enable the integration of disparate systems. The eiPortal for Healthcare Integration is distributed through Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII), a subsidiary of PilotFish Technology. Products are distributed directly to end users and through select channel partners.


  • KLAS Offers First-Ever EPR/PAS Performance Report to Healthcare Providers across the UK and Ireland

    Groundbreaking study provides in-depth report on voice of healthcare providers.

    New Orleans and Orem, Utah – March 5, 2013 – KLAS Enterprises, a U.S.-based research company, interviewed almost one-fourth of all trusts in the UK and Ireland to provide a comprehensive EPR/PAS performance report for healthcare providers in those countries.

    “This is the first report of its kind in the UK and Ireland,” said report author Chris Brown, director of international research at KLAS. “With 50 percent of interviewed trusts looking to acquire an EPR and PAS in the next 24 months, healthcare providers need information like this to make an educated buying decision.”

    KLAS focused most of the report on the suppliers with the largest market share-Cerner, CSC, and MEDITECH-but also received feedback on newer product offerings such as CSC Lorenzo and McKesson Medway Sigma. Suppliers were measured on overall performance, functionality, ease of use, support, and other key metrics.

    Some of the questions answered by the study include:

    ·         Does CSC Lorenzo live up to industry expectations?

    ·         Will MEDITECH move into more trusts with version 6?

    ·         Do Cerner clients have a better experience outside of NPfIT?

    ·         Which suppliers offer a PAS with their EPR?

    ·         Are Allscripts, Epic, or other new entrants poised to capture market share?


    For more detailed information on each supplier’s performance and the KLAS report UK and Ireland EPR/PAS Performance: A Peer Review of Current Experience, visit KLAS online at The report is available to healthcare providers and suppliers. Providers receive a significant discount off the standard retail price or can receive a complimentary summary report in exchange for a survey of one of their current suppliers.

    About KLAS
    KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving supplier performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. Follow KLAS on Twitter at

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