Healthcare News March 8, 2013

  • Physicians Interactive and Health eVillages Launch HERO Mobile Healthcare Partnership with Regis College and Partners In Health

    Nurse educator program will improve quality of healthcare provided in underserved regions of Haiti

    Marlborough, MA – (March 7, 2013) – Physicians Interactive, the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions for clinicians, today announced a partnership with Regis College and Partners In Health to improve healthcare in the most underserved regions of Haiti. The program will employ the services of Health eVillages, a program of Physicians Interactive and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights which delivers critical healthcare information via mobile technology to clinicians practicing in challenging environments around the world.

    The Health eVillages Regis College Outreach (“HERO”) program will sponsor two coordinators, one from Regis College and one from Haiti, providing them with the means and tools needed to help elevate the quality of care in the area around Hinche, a city in central Haiti. The health center in Hinche is run jointly by the Haitian Ministry of Health and Partners In Health, which has been delivering healthcare in Haiti for 25 years.  Regis College also sponsors an international nursing faculty initiative to educate nursing faculty in Haiti.

    Health eVillages through Physicians Interactive will also provide up-to-date mobile clinical decision support and healthcare reference resources, including mobile device training, in March at Regis College in Weston, MA.  Through the HERO program, Health eVillages will not only sponsor the coordinators and nurses treating patients in Haiti, but will also support the health center by sending Regis’ nurse educators, armed with iPod Touches, to teach at Hinche twice a year.

    “Regis College is proud to continue its work in improving patient outcomes in Haiti through our partnership with Physicians Interactive and Health eVillages,” said Regis College President Antoinette Hays, Ph.D., R.N. “With its limited resources, Haiti has long struggled with providing healthcare to residents in some of the most underserved regions of the country. The HERO program, along with Health eVillages, will help the Hinche health center provide quality care not just at the clinic level, but also in the surrounding rural areas whose residents may not be able to travel to Hinche.”

    Under the program, the Haitian coordinator will receive training at Regis College on the Skyscape mobile app running on Apple iPad and iPod Touch devices. She will then return to Hinche to train her staff on how to use the devices to deliver better patient care at the health center and nearby rural areas. The devices have been updated with several new French-language medical apps to increase accessibility for the Haitian nurses, especially in the surrounding rural areas around Hinche.

    “Physicians Interactive could not be more pleased to be an active partner with Regis College and Partners In Health in the HERO program,” said Donato Tramuto, CEO and Vice Chairman of Physicians Interactive and Founder and Chairman of Health eVillages. “Having partners on the ground in Haiti who have the experience, the relationships and the trust of their communities is a blessing for Health eVillages. We are not only excited to sponsor the introduction of nurse educators in Hinche, but we look forward to providing those caregivers with unmatched medical information and tools that will empower them to improve the quality of patient care.”

    Health eVillages provides handheld devices, such as smartphones, iPod Touches and iPads, that include specialized medical reference content and clinical decision support tools to clinicians in developing countries. Healthcare professionals using Health eVillages devices saw more than 20,000 patients in 2012. Since the program launched in 2011, Health eVillages has put devices in the hands of more than 100 clinicians worldwide, enabling critical improvements to patient care in Kenya, Uganda, China, Haiti and rural Louisiana.

    Physicians Interactive is a leading healthcare provider resource for medical information, medication sampling, patient benefits and mobile decision support via web, mobile and electronic health record channels. PI’s innovative solutions, including their PI Toolkit™ for electronic health records (EHRs), and OMNIO® medical app, help better connect healthcare professionals and life sciences companies in meaningful ways that improve the quality of patient care. To date, PI reaches a network of more than 900,000 physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in the United States, with more than two million downloads of its medical apps worldwide.

    About Physicians Interactive

    Physicians Interactive (PI) is the leading provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions that fit within the medical professional workflow to provide better patient care. We use the full power of our worldwide network of healthcare professionals and life sciences companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine, for the better. PI has developed a foundation of user-generated, proprietary and public data that powers a networked suite of transactional applications, including EHR-based eCoupon and messaging, eSampling, multiplatform learning programs, and mobile solutions. With the recent acquisition of InfoMedics, PI has added patient education and adherence programs to its suite of solutions. Physicians Interactive is a division of Skyscape.com, Inc. For more information about PI, please visit www.Physiciansinteractive.com.

    About Regis College

    Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, approximately 2,000 students are enrolled in 25 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in applied behavioral analysis, education, communication, biomedical science, heritage for a global society, health administration, professional writing, regulatory and clinical research management, nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice.  With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the second time. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. Visit Regis on the Web at www.regiscollege.edu.

    About Partners In Health

    Partners In Health (PIH) is a global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. We build local capacity and work closely with impoverished communities to deliver high quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research and advocate for global policy change. Ninety-three percent of the funds we raise go to our programs in the ten countries where we work, including Haiti, Rwanda, Russia, Peru and the United States. For more information please visit www.pih.org.

    About Health eVillages

    Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Physicians Interactive, provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. For more information about Health eVillages, please visit http://www.healthevillages.org/.

     

     

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Exchanges move forward

    The centerpiece of President Obama’s healthcare law went another step forward Thursday as the Health and Human Services Department conditionally approved “partnership” exchanges in four more states. HHS gave conditional approval to partnership exchanges in Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and West Virginia.

    With those four included, HHS has now conditionally approved partnership or state-run exchanges in 24 states and Washington, D.C., likely leaving the federal government in total control of exchanges in the remaining 26 states. Getting the marketplaces ready for open enrollment in October — just seven months away — is a tall order, but HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Thursday that the department will be ready.

    Healthwatch has more details from Thursday’s announcement.

    Employer coverage is safe: Employers expect to continue providing healthcare benefits, despite criticisms that the Affordable Care Act will erode employer-sponsored coverage, according to a new survey from the National Business Group on Health. Eighty percent of employers in the annual survey said they would not consider sending their employees into the exchanges without a subsidy, and 60 percent said they wouldn’t consider such a move even with a subsidy. 

    “Now that the Supreme Court decision and 2012 elections are behind us, employers are moving forward with new supply-side strategies for the post-reform world,” the group’s president, Helen Darling, said in a statement.

  • Interior Dept. nominee defends company’s health law waiver

    During his major healthcare push in 2009, Obama praised Sally Jewell and REI for offering healthcare benefits to part-time employees.

  • Groups urge White House to reconsider ‘borderline discriminatory’ healthcare rule

    Groups in Massachusetts are urging the White House to reconsider a proposed rule on insurance premiums that they say is “borderline discriminatory” against small businesses.

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