Healthcare News May 6, 2012

  • NextGen Healthcare Selected by Minnesota Eye Consultants to Aid in Enhancing Clinical Care Through Automation

    Leading ophthalmology group seeks to further advance patient care and improve operational efficiency

    HORSHAM, Pa.- April 19, 2012 – NextGen Healthcare Information Systems,LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, today announced an agreement with Minnesota Eye Consultants to deploy NextGen® Ambulatory EHR and NextGen® Practice Management across its enterprise. The renowned ophthalmology group joins a growing number of eye clinics currently served by NextGen Healthcare, including more than 500 ophthalmology practices nationwide, representing more than 52 percent of the market.

    Minnesota Eye Consultants currently operates three ambulatory surgery centers, five laser and refractive surgery centers, with 10 clinic locations (five in the Twin Cities metro area and five in greater Minnesota). As one of the premier ophthalmology surgery centers in the nation, Minnesota Eye Consultants places a strong emphasis on education, research and training for ophthalmologists and surgeons from around the world. NextGen Ambulatory EHR will enable the group to enhance its extensive clinical research trials program with a goal to expand their comprehensive disease management capabilities. Additionally, NextGen Practice Management will aid in optimizing operational efficiencies by automating business processes that currently drain staff resources and capturing accurate measurement data.

    “Based on NextGen’s strong presence and expertise in the ophthalmology arena, we believe that we can better automate our processes and enhance our clinical care by leveraging the industry’s leading software platform with our knowledge and experience,” said Dr. Richard L. Lindstrom, founder and attending surgeon of Minnesota Eye Consultants. “Our overall mission is to provide the highest quality surgical eye care to our patients, and, with NextGen, we found a partner with a proven track record that shares our vision for improving patient outcomes and achieving concrete results in the ophthalmology market.”

    “Ophthalmology practices have always been at the forefront in terms of incorporating the latest technology in innovative ways,” said Scott Decker, president of NextGen Healthcare. “As one of the leading eye care groups in the nation, Minnesota Eye Consultants will strive to further elevate their leadership position by utilizing our technologies to strengthen their ability to optimize the patient experience and more effectively coordinate care.”

    NextGen Healthcare will be showcasing its ophthalmology-related applications at the upcoming American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Symposium and Congress, April 20-24 in Chicago, booth #361.

    For more information and case studies on NextGen® solutions for ophthalmology, please visit

    About Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A.

    Minnesota Eye Consultants, P.A. is a nationally recognized ophthalmology practice with a reputation for handling the most difficult and complicated cases, specializing in refractive surgery subspecialists in cornea, glaucoma and oculoplastics. The practice is committed to education and research with a cornea fellowship training program, a residency training program for optometry and ongoing involvement in numerous teaching programs for new technologies. With a dedicated research department, Minnesota Eye regular participates in FDA investigational studies and studies for FDA approved devices. Call 1-800-Eye-to-Eye or visit for more information.

    About NextGen Healthcare

    NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, financial and connectivity solutions for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit and Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at or Facebook at

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  • A2iA Releases New Versions of its Data Extraction and Automatic Document Classification Software to Meet Market Demands

    A2iA’s new software versions enable users to achieve higher levels of automation, fostering the push towards intelligent document processing.

    NEW YORK, April 18, 2012 – A2iA, (@A2iA), the worldwide leading developer of cursive handwriting and machine-printed text recognition, and intelligent document classification technology, has released new versions to its software to address end-user requirements. Available in 23-country versions and 6-languages, A2iA’s product line is trusted worldwide to process hundreds-of-millions of documents each year within a wide variety of industries, including banking and finance, healthcare, insurance, government, telecommunications, and service bureaus / business process outsourcing organizations.

    A2iA DocumentReader™, an award-winning data extraction and document classification toolkit, automatically locates, captures and routes data from documents that are unstructured and can contain cursive handwriting or information in an unknown location. A2iA DocumentReader 4.0 includes:

    • Automatic detection of check boxes associated with a pre-defined set of labels, such as those fields on a laboratory requisition form.
    • Automatic detection and recognition of Social Security Numbers anywhere on a document.
    • Barcode recognition, including auto-locate and auto-rotate.
    • Improved transcription and keyword spotting for letters, including the header, address, and body text.
    • Name recognition through a custom vocabulary for an address interface.
    • French phone number extraction on printed and handwritten pages.

    A2iA CheckReader™, an award-winning software toolkit utilized by 8 of the Top 10 US banks and with over 44,000 ATM deployments in North America alone, captures, in real-time, data from all points on checks and key fields on related payment documents. A2iA CheckReader 5.0 includes:

    • U.S. Financial Documents:
      o Recognize proof of deposit endorsement.
      o Barcode recognition.
      o Recognition of Social Security Number use of a floating field.
    • Canadian Financial Documents:
      o Recognition of check number.
    • Colombia and Dominican Republic Financial Documents:
      o Recognition of amount, numeric, alpha-numeric, cursive and date fields.
    • French Financial Documents:
      o Recognition of “Billet à Ordre” and “Lettre de Change.”
      o Recognition of French Social Security Numbers on forms.
      o Enhancements on RIB recognition.
    • Brazilian and Chilean Financial Documents:
      o Improved recognition on line 1 using regular expression and amount recognition for Chilean documents.
    • Kenyan Financial Documents:
      o Recognition of CAR/LAR, date, code line and presence of a signature.

    Since its founding in 1991, A2iA has dedicated its research and development to addressing the needs of today’s changing environment– to foster the push toward automatic document processing. With the end user in mind, A2iA continues to develop its core recognition engines to provide operative solutions for complex data extraction and advanced document classification. Its research lab, one of the world’s largest, continues to dedicate itself to finding ways to process all types of forms, documents and checks automatically, and deliver a visible ROI to its end users.

    About A2iA

    A2iA’s handwritten and machine printed text recognition, information extraction and intelligent document classification toolkits enhance solutions from integrators and independent software vendors. A2iA allows complex and cursive data from all forms, documents and checks to become part of a structured database, making it searchable and reportable, with the same level of flexibility of printed or digital data. Proven to nearly eliminate data-entry and manual document processing, A2iA has been improving business process automation for over 20 years. For more information, visit or call +1 917-237-0390 within the Americas, or +33 1 44 42 00 80 within EMEA or Asia.

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  • CareCloud Appoints Brad Blakey as Vice President of Sales

    Healthcare IT Industry Veteran Brings More Than 20 Years of Sales and Operational Experience

    MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, revenue cycle management, electronic healthcare record (EHR) and medical billing software and services, today announced that the Company has hired Brad Blakey as Vice President of Sales. Mr. Blakey brings decades of experience establishing and scaling sales operations in the healthcare technology industry. He will join CareCloud as a member of its executive leadership team and will be responsible for managing and streamlining the Company’s growing sales organization. Mr. Blakey will report to Richard Lopez del Rincon, Executive Vice President of Sales.

    Brad Blakey most recently served as Vice President of Sales at NextGen Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions. He was responsible for all new business sales in the Southern Region. Prior to his role at NextGen Healthcare, Mr. Blakey was Vice President of Sales at athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a provider of cloud-based revenue cycle management and electronic health record services. During his time at athenahealth, he worked to launch the company’s original web-based revenue cycle management service offering, athenaCollector, and established the company’s brand and sales operations in the Midwestern region.

    “CareCloud continues to add some of the top executive talent in the healthcare technology market. Brad brings tremendous sales management experience in an entrepreneurial environment, having been a key member of athenahealth’s sales team as it was scaling from less than $1 million in revenue to nearly $100 million by the time of his departure,” said Albert Santalo, Founder, Chairman and CEO of CareCloud. “Given the growing demand for our cloud-based technology, it’s vital that we have top sales leadership talent on the team to ensure that our sales engine is unrivaled.”

    “I could not be more excited to join CareCloud at such a pivotal time in its evolution. Having worked in healthcare technology and been exposed to so many different technologies, it is very clear that cloud computing will be the dominant model for how doctors manage their operations and deliver care,” said Blakey. “I cannot think of a company better positioned or with a more disruptive business model than CareCloud. I look forward to working with the leadership and sales teams to bring in new business and sales opportunities.”

    Mr. Blakey received his Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois University.

    About CareCloud

    CareCloud is a leading provider of web-based practice management, revenue cycle management, electronic health record (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

    CareCloud is helping more than 1,200 physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in over 30 states. The company was named a winner of IBM’s SmartCamp Silicon Valley 2010 for its innovative technology and received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit

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  • Drugstore lobby hits back at tax reformer

    Community pharmacists are pushing back against Grover Norquist for criticizing a piece of their legislative agenda.

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