Healthcare News May 14, 2012

  • M*Modal Debuts Cloud-Based Speech UnderstandingTM Platform With Extensive M*Modal ‘Fluency’ Family of Clinical Solutions

    M*Modal announced the latest/greatest in a cohesive line of clinical speech solutions – Fluency Direct.  Fluency Direct voice-enables EHRs and other clinical systems from anywhere, allowing physicians the flexibility of dictating their notes on-the-go while still providing top functionality needed to tell a more complete patient narrative in real-time.

    Platform includes new M*Modal Fluency DirectTM to speech-enable EHRs and orchestrate healthcare workflows

    FRANKLIN, Tenn.–(May 9, 2012)M*Modal (MModal Inc. – NASDAQ/GS: MODL), a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced the launch of M*Modal Fluency™, a new family of clinical solutions built on the Company’s cloud-based healthcare Speech Understanding platform. The Company also today introduced M*Modal Fluency Direct™, which speech-enables EHRs and other clinical systems on any workstation, anywhere in the enterprise to assist care providers from every medical specialty in the creation of high-quality clinical documentation. Providers can conversationally update patient narratives while M*Modal Fluency Direct interprets and understands their statements and populates EHR templates in a real-time, single process.

    “At M*Modal, we’ve taken a unique approach to capturing the complete patient story through the power of advanced Speech Understanding,” said Vern Davenport, Chairman and CEO, M*Modal. “We see the doctor’s narrative as a rich source of unstructured clinical data that can now be easily created, explored and analyzed to enhance the quality of care in the most efficient and meaningful ways, while improving internal processes, such as reimbursement.”

    Benefiting from a decade of continuous advancements, this latest market introduction furthers M*Modal’s rich heritage of delivering speech technologies, contextual understanding and workflow orchestration technologies to the healthcare industry. The new line of M*Modal Fluency clinical solutions has been built on M*Modal’s proprietary cloud-based Speech Understanding platform. The M*Modal Fluency family of solutions was designed to orchestrate information-enabled dynamic workflows that improve the quality, completeness and compliance of clinical documentation. M*Modal Fluency Direct provides:

    • Speech Understanding Capability: This capability surpasses traditional speech recognition technology, by analyzing the spoken word, understanding the intent and generating actionable data that informs and drives workflow – all with unmatched accuracy in a real-time, single process.
    • Fully Integrated Enterprise-Class Technology: Whether relying on mobile reporting, direct EHR speech enablement or simply back-end transcription, providers enjoy a consistent, personalized experience from any location. All M*Modal Fluency solutions rely on a single, cohesive technology platform housed in the cloud.
    • Out-of-the-Box Accuracy from Day One: There is no need to train M*Modal Fluency. For the past eight years and 200,000 physician voices later, the system has processed and analyzed huge quantities of data to understand the spoken word and in what context it was spoken. It understands each physician’s accent, dialect, cadence and any sub-specialty terminology right out of the gate.
    • The Power of the Cloud: M*Modal Fluency allows providers to access a reliable and secure platform anytime, anywhere, on any workstation and provides IT departments with a streamlined deployment model that is easy to maintain.
    • Meaningful Use and ICD-10: M*Modal Fluency enables providers to be more efficient at capturing patient information in their clinical systems. This in turn drives adoption of EHRs and facilitates compliance with incentive programs such as Meaningful Use, as well as assisting with the transition to ICD-10.

    The M*Modal Fluency family of speech understanding solutions includes:

    • M*Modal Fluency Direct™: Integrates effortlessly with leading EHRs and other clinical systems. Rather than typing, physicians simply speak into their EHR. In a single step, their voice instantly populates their system of choice.
    • M*Modal Fluency for Transcription™: Offers a single document management and workflow solution integrating the capture of voice with speech recognition, editing and electronic signature tools. Includes document distribution and EHR integration capabilities as well as advanced reporting analytics for data-driven decisions in support of workflow and quality improvements.
    • M*Modal Fluency for Imaging™: Redefines reporting by combining three solutions into one comprehensive platform – Speech Understanding technology with real-time prompts, unified worklists and departmental business analytics – to measurably improve productivity, efficiency, quality and patient outcomes.
    • M*Modal Fluency for Coding™: Uniquely combines computer-assisted coding, an embedded encoder and powerful workflow management tools to instantly impact the bottom line and ease the transition to ICD-10.
    • M*Modal Fluency for Practices™: Enables physician practices to be compliant and productive with a cloud-based document management platform, easy dictation, quality transcription and seamless integration with EHRs and other clinical systems.

    “M*Modal Fluency is plug-and-play. It’s helpful to be able to just carry the mic as opposed to carrying a big computer with you,” said Daniel Fischman, MD, MMM, Physician Champion for Clinical Informatics, PinnacleHealth. “M*Modal is very precise regarding physician language. It’s geared towards the way physicians think and the way physicians speak. When I want to capture a patient or physician conversation, I’m now able to dictate complex or long conversations in a natural conversational manner.”

    “Speech capability in the health care marketplace is exploding. However, to be successful, speech must be accompanied by natural language understanding,” said Dave Garets, General Manager and Executive Director of the Health Care IT research services, The Advisory Board Company. “The solution in demand is a cloud technology platform that a physician can leverage anywhere, anytime, with a unique voice profile that speeds more granular clinical documentation and helps enrich the information in the health care organization’s EMR and business intelligence tools.”

    For more information on M*Modal and the M*Modal Fluency family of products, please visit or follow on Twitter @MModal.

    About M*Modal

    M*Modal (NASDAQ/GS: MODL) is a leading provider of clinical transcription services, clinical documentation workflow solutions, advanced cloud-based Speech UnderstandingTM technology, and advanced unstructured data analytics. Recognized as the largest clinical transcription service in the U.S. with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also offers voice to text solutions to capture the complete patient story, codifies the doctor’s narrative to automatically populate EHRs and other key healthcare information systems, delivers computer-assisted coding to support ICD-9 and the transition to ICD-10, and provides highly advanced analytical tools for exploring the richness within the “unstructured” narrative for improvements in quality of care, greater physician satisfaction and lower operational costs. For more information, please visit, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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  • Lutheran HealthCare Selects Merge Healthcare for Enterprise-Wide Imaging Platform

    Utilizes iConnect(R) Solution to Expand Archive Capacity; Ensure Full Business Continuity

    CHICAGO, May 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced that Lutheran HealthCare, Brooklyn’s premier health care network, has selected its iConnect® portfolio to create an enterprise-wide imaging platform across its hospital system.

    “In the U.S. alone, more than 480 million radiology exams are performed a year,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Hand-in-hand with this is an increase in the cost of image storage and maintenance. These factors, as well as the need to expand archive capacity have led many organizations to adopt a long-term enterprise-wide imaging strategy.”

    In the next few years, most networks that conduct more than 150,000 imaging studies annually will deploy enterprise-wide VNAs, and the number of organizations with this volume of studies will only increase as industry consolidation continues. The growth of VNA installations is driven by the benefits they deliver, which include improved efficiency through reductions in complexity, improved access to images through better data sharing and interoperability, support for Meaningful Use and accountable care strategies and streamlined costs.

    “Our goal was to expand our archive capacity, and by doing so we were able to build a fully redundant infrastructure that insulates us from upgrade downtime,” said Steve Art, CIO, Lutheran HealthCare.

    Merge’s iConnect suite is the industry’s only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time. It includes iConnect Access*, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS server; iConnect Share, an Internet-based gateway for image sharing between enterprises; and iConnect VNA, a vendor neutral archive to create an enterprise imaging strategy. It works with existing applications, leveraging widely-used web and healthcare technology standards, to provide a vendor neutral interoperable environment.

    The addition of the Merge iConnect suite will complement the existing portfolio at Lutheran HealthCare which includes Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location.

    *iConnect Access is not FDA-cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

    About Merge Healthcare

    Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, with a client base consisting of more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics across the country. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management, and applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. Additional information can be found at

    The Merge Healthcare logo is available at

    About Lutheran HealthCare

    As Brooklyn’s premier health care network, Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) is a comprehensive medical and social support system committed to providing services for the whole person — physically, emotionally and spiritually. The LHC system of community health providers includes Lutheran Medical Center, the Lutheran Family Health Centers, Lutheran Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, Community Care Organization, Inc, senior housing programs and more. Learn about LHC and its 129-year-old commitment to serving Brooklyn neighborhoods by visiting Click here for nine ways to connect with Lutheran on social media.

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  • HIMSS Submits Comments on Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Standards & Certification Criteria NPRMs

    Washington, DC (May 7, 2012) – HIMSS submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services in response to the two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs:  Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program–Stage 2; and Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology.

    “Since the inception of the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), HIMSS has supported the concept of graduated complexity of Meaningful Use that recognizes the varying degrees of maturity of adoption and implementation of health IT that serve as the foundation for healthcare transformation,” said Carla Smith, HIMSS Executive Vice President.  “We appreciate the incredible commitment the Department has placed on engaging in a public dialogue and agree that the Meaningful Use program encourages standards-based collection, analysis, and exchange of health data in a safe and secure environment that can help providers, hospitals, and consumers improve care delivery for all Americans.”

    Over the first year of the Meaningful Use Program, HIMSS has observed an increasing amount of resources being utilized to prepare Eligible Professionals (EPs), Eligible Hospitals (EHs), and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for attestation.  As part of its HIMSS Analytics data collection on Meaningful Use activity, HIMSS has seen a 12 percent increase in hospital preparedness for Meaningful Use Stage 1 requirements.  The increase appears to be an affirmation of the impact of the Meaningful Use program, and organizations’ collective willingness to engage in the program as a foundation for improving the quality and cost effectiveness of care delivery in the U.S.

    The HIMSS response to the Meaningful Use Stage 2 proposed rule provides support and constructive observations on the Objectives and Measures outlined by the government. To that end, HIMSS strongly suggests that the government incorporate a 90- to 180-day reporting period for Year 1 of Stage 2 in 2014.  As part of the preparation for the Stage 2 Final Rule, HIMSS is encouraging the Department to continue reviewing and reassessing the timeline to maximize the amount of time all EPs, EHs, CAHs, and vendors have to prepare for Meaningful Use Stage 2.

    HIMSS also recommends that 2014 (the first year of the new certification criteria and CQMs) be limited to a 90- to 180-day reporting period and also recommends that the Department reconsider the proposal that providers who are in Stage 1 will be required to meet all of the criteria changes to Stage 1 by FY/CY 2014.  HIMSS also recognizes the areas in which its members agree with CMS and ONC proposed rules and provides support—notably, this includes support for the “Base” EHR concept, and for the extension of Meaningful Use Stage 1 for 2011 attesters.

    The HIMSS comments also:
    • Encourage alignment between federal and state quality reporting requirements.
    • Emphasize that Quality Measures should be utilized only if the standard and specifications supporting the quality measure have been tested and verified.
    • Encourage the utilization of mobile technologies to support patient engagement.
    • Include several requests for additional clarity or definition.
    • Address questions in the NPRM around accounting of disclosures and data portability.

    For more information visit:
    HIMSS Response to Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM
    HIMSS Response to Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria NPRM HIMSS Response to Proposed Certification Criteria Public Comment Template

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at

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  • Fovia and iCRco Deliver High Definition Volume Rendering® to the Orthopedic Market

    Collaboration Advances Orthopedic Visualization with HDVR® Connect

    Palo Alto and Torrance, California May 8, 2012 – Fovia Medical, Inc., a world leader in volume rendering technology, and iCRco, a leading provider of innovative digital imaging solutions, today announced a groundbreaking collaboration to deliver High Definition Volume Rendering® to the orthopedic market.

    iCRco develops and delivers comprehensive digital x-ray products, including an integrated suite of hardware, PACS and imaging software solutions for the medical, dental, chiropractic, veterinary and non-destructive testing markets.  The combination of Fovia’s imaging capabilities and iCRco’s orthopedic expertise gives physicians and radiologists an unprecedented ability to view and manipulate data “on-the-fly,” making lengthy pre- and post-processing steps, such as time-consuming surface rendering import and export, obsolete.

    Fovia’s CPU-based thin client-server technology provides advanced visualization to OEMs through its customizable SDK integration solution.  Through its server-based architecture, HDVR® Connect provides high performance 3D locally or via web-based solutions, offering immediate access to imaging during critical stages of care.  HDVR Connect’s flexibility extends to its platform accessibility – operating in various combinations of Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS client-server configurations.

    “With the precision of Fovia’s HDVR Connect software, we are able to dramatically improve imaging studies for hip and knee replacement surgical planning, spinal cord trauma diagnostics, and other orthopedic surgical and clinical applications.  The list continues to grow as we investigate the advantages of Fovia’s scalable and flexible platform,” said Stephen Neushul, Chief Executive Officer of iCRco.  “Leveraging HDVR® in our products will provide us with the tools our orthopedic clients need to deliver the best quality care and the high rate of successful surgical outcomes expected by today’s health care consumers.”

    Ken Fineman, Chief Executive Officer of Fovia, stated, “We are thrilled to have such a visionary partner with which to expand into the orthopedic market.  iCRco is keenly adept at recognizing the needs of a particular medical sector and being at the forefront of delivering revolutionary and adaptive innovations in imaging technology, while continuing to remain cost-effective.”

    About Fovia, Inc.

    Fovia has developed High Definition Volume Rendering®, a CPU-based, advanced visualization technology platform that delivers unparalleled quality, performance, scalability and flexibility. Fovia’s innovative HDVR® solution successfully overcomes the inherent limitations of other currently available imaging technologies, thereby enabling local, enterprise-wide and web-based volumetric rendering with affordable, off-the-shelf computers.

    Fovia’s flagship product, HDVR® Connect, is a software-only, advanced visualization solution that includes all of the key attributes required by today’s vendors and their customers: performance, quality, scalability, anytime/anywhere image access, cost-effectiveness and flexibility.  With HDVR Connect, OEM vendors can deliver unrivaled image quality and uncompromised performance, both locally and remotely, in 2D, 3D and 4D advanced volume visualization applications.

    For additional information and to learn more about commercial, academic or research licensing, visit

    About iCRco


    Founded in 1990 by Stephen Neushul, iCRco has introduced several innovative technologies with its direct digital radiography, computed radiography, film digitizer and PACS product lines. In 2002, iCRco introduced the first computed radiography machine to have True Flat Scan Path™ technology. Today, iCRco continues to lead its medical imaging categories through the development of innovative digital x-ray imaging solutions, including a complete suite of x-ray imaging hardware, PACS, imaging software and integrated solutions for the medical, orthopedic, women’s health, chiropractic, veterinary and non-destructive testing markets.

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