Healthcare News November 18, 2012

  • Tech-Time Selects ClearDATA HIPAA-Compliant Offsite Backup & Recovery Service for 25 Hospitals

    Phoenix, AZ, November 7, 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced that Tech-Time, Inc., a Billings, Montana- based IT service provider for rural healthcare providers, has selected ClearDATA’s HIPAA-compliant Offsite Backup and Recovery service for its client base of 25 hospitals and additional healthcare providers Tech-Time specializes in meeting the processing needs of rural health care providers, small and rural hospitals, nursing homes, and clinic facilities.

    “As healthcare organizations face ever increasing storage needs, tighter IT budgets, and stricter regulatory requirements, cloud-based offsite backup and recovery offers the most cost effective, secure, and reliable solution available with today’s technology,” said Jim Moore, VP Sales and Marketing at Tech-Time, Inc. “Tech-Time selected ClearDATA for this service based on the company’s exclusive healthcare focus, HIPAA security expertise, and excellent reputation with customers large and small in the industry.”

    “ClearDATA is excited to partner with Tech-Time and provide HIPAA-compliant offsite backup and recovery services to their numerous healthcare clients,” said Darin Brannan, CEO of ClearDATA Networks, Inc. “Tech-Time’s in-depth experience and skills in both technology and healthcare enable it to deliver a highly advanced and extremely valuable service to the healthcare community and organizations in Montana.”

    About Tech-Time, Inc.

    Tech-Time specializes in meeting the information processing needs of rural healthcare providers while meeting the standards of the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Our products and services are oriented toward satisfaction of the unique clinical, fiscal and management requirements of non-urban providers. We are a service oriented company focused on proactively addressing the ever-changing demands of the healthcare industry. For more information, visit www.techtimeinc.com.

    About ClearDATA Networks, Inc.

    ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs, and 100% dedicated to the healthcare field. ClearDATA’s services enable providers to fully automate and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud and hosting infrastructure and managed cloud services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, healthcare information security and world-class support. The company also offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services to hospitals and providers in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of HIPAA security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use and to ensure a highly secure environment prior to enabling a HealthDATA Cloud platform installation. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales@)cleardata.net or visit: http://www.cleardata.net.

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  • Coding Compliance Policy A Must Have

    AHIMA Examines as Part of Thought Leadership Series

    CHICAGO – October 31, 2012– Does your organization’s coding compliance policy address upcoming challenges in clinical documentation?

    AHIMA explains why a coding compliance policy, updated at least once a year, is essential to an organization’s overall compliance program in a just released white paper, Defining the Core Designated Clinical Documentation Set for Coding Compliance, authored by past president Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS. The policy should provide instructions for the entire process – from the point of service to the billing statement or claim form.

    “A well-thought out coding compliance policy anticipates the questions and issues that your organization will address. It is an essential resource to any organization’s overall compliance program,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA.

    Significant points and recommendations from the white paper, part of AHIMA’s Thought Leadership Series, include:

    • A coding compliance policy must identify medical records and clinical documentation that require a mandatory review by your coding staff or the outsourced providers of coding for your organization.
    • All coders should review this clinical documentation to identify all diagnoses and procedures requiring coding to increase the accuracy and specificity of coding.
    • When coding is outsourced, the HIM professional should direct the outsourcing partner to follow your organization’s best practice or coding compliance policy.
    • If your organization uses or explores computer assisted coding (CAC), the HIM team should direct the CAC vendor as to which documents or clinical documentation are to be used in the CAC for accurate and compliant discharge clinical coding.

    About AHIMA

    Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

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  • Wenatchee Valley Medical Center Selects Merge’s iConnect(R) for Regional HIE

    Also Upgrades to Merge PACS to Standardize Enterprise-Wide Imaging Around Merge Solutions

    CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced Wenatchee Valley Medical Center (WVMC) has selected Merge PACSTM to upgrade their existing PACS and Merge’s iConnect® Enterprise Archive to provide real-time access to images and information for care providers across their region.

    “WVMC is a large rural healthcare delivery system with a regional focus and a commitment to serve patient needs. To effectively deliver on that mission, we’re establishing a regional health information exchange (HIE) that will allow sister organizations like Central Washington Hospital (CWH) and other regional hospitals to have anywhere, any time access to patient images and data,” said Jay Johnson, Associate Administrator, WVMC. “Merge’s iConnect Enterprise Archive will serve as the backbone for this initiative and its advanced replicated content management capabilities will ensure a fully redundant disaster recovery solution for imaging across our enterprise and region.”

    “We are pleased to be a part of the initiative to develop a health information exchange for images in our region,” added John Hamilton, Interim CEO, CWH. “We previously selected Merge’s iConnect® Share and iConnect Enterprise Archive as well. The seamless combination of these solutions will allow our two organizations and others in our area to easily share and access patient images.”

    “While we’re working to develop our regional exchange, we also made the decision to upgrade our PACS to Merge PACS,” added Karla Gustafsson, Associate Director of Radiology. “We’re excited about the clinical, operational and administrative efficiencies that we believe this will deliver to our busy radiologists.”

    “We are pleased to see WVMC, a long-time Merge client, extend our solutions across their enterprise,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Diagnostic images are a critical component of a patient’s electronic medical record. By being able to deliver those images faster and by providing better access to that content, our iConnect solutions will assist physicians to more quickly diagnose patients across the entire North Central Washington region.”

    iConnect Enterprise Archive and iConnect Share are part of the iConnect® Enterprise Clinical platform, Merge’s comprehensive offering for viewing, sharing and archiving any type of image, anywhere, any time. It also includes iConnect Access*, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS server. iConnect Enterprise Archive acts as the backbone of an enterprise imaging strategy. With current trends in patient safety and healthcare reform as well as competition for referring physicians, the need for image sharing across the enterprise is more critical than ever.

    A recent InMedica study reported iConnect Enterprise Archive as the world’s #1 vendor-neutral archive. As the industry’s first true standalone vendor-neutral archive, it has been successfully integrated with over seventy-five PACS vendors and specialty workstations at over 350 sites across the United States. In over half of the implementations, Merge’s customers have integrated third-party PACS systems with iConnect Enterprise Archive.

    Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system, enhances clinical, operational and administrative functions with an approach that emphasizes workflow efficiency and customer satisfaction. Its modular design allows for easy integration with a broad range of third-party systems.

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

    About Merge

    Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

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  • Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini to Deliver Keynote Address at 2012 mHealth Summit

    Arlington, VA (October 16, 2012) – The mHealth Summit today announced that Mark T. Bertolini, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Aetna, will deliver the opening keynote address at this year’s event.

    The 4th annual mHealth Summit will take place December 3-5, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, DC area.  Mr. Bertolini will address attendees at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, December 3rd. In his keynote, he will share his personal passion  for creating  a connected, convenient health care system that empowers patients to take control of their health. In addition, Mr. Bertolini will demonstrate how Aetna is using innovative technology to bring this connected, convenient system to life.

    “We are pleased this year’s summit will kick-off with a keynote from Mark Bertolini of Aetna, a leading global diversified health care benefits company. It signals a broadening of the mHealth Summit to include greater representation of thought-leaders from across the payer and health delivery community,” commented Richard Scarfo, Director of the mHealth Summit and Vice President of Vendor Events at HIMSS Media.  “In this fast-paced and evolving mobile health ecosystem, we continue to look for ways to make the summit the most impactful global event for serious discussion, collaborations and knowledge-sharing among all the key sectors.“

    Mr. Bertolini is widely recognized as an accessible, forward-thinking and solutions-oriented leader. He is actively engaged in the national dialogue on health care reform, advocating to increase access, lower costs and improve the quality of health care.  He is a strong advocate for market-based solutions, the use of health information technology, and the sustainability of the employer-based system. Born and raised in Detroit, Mr. Bertolini worked various jobs throughout high school and college, including assembly work at a Ford Motor Company plant and various caregiver roles in health care delivery.  He is a spinal cord injury survivor and is partially disabled as the result of a severe skiing accident in 2004.  In 2007, Mr. Bertolini donated a kidney to his son. These experiences are foundational to his dedication to improving the patient experience and addressing the longstanding challenges facing the U.S. health care system.

    The 2012 mHealth Summit has become the global convener of the mHealth ecosystem and brings together 4,500 leaders from over 50 countries to encourage dialogue and advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes.  This year’s expanded program offers an analysis of the critical issues surrounding mobile health in the areas of Health, Innovation, Technology, Research, Policy, Business and Finance.

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