Healthcare News September 25, 2012

  • VitalHealth Software Celebrates National Health IT Week September 10-14, 2012

    Milwaukee, Wis. – September 4, 2012 – Health information technology improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America, VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management, and others across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week , September 10-14, 2012.

    With the NHIT Week theme: One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care, VitalHealth Software will participate in various events during the week to support the NHIT mission of elevating national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT.

    “Our participation in National Health IT Week highlights our organization’s commitment to ensure health information technology is integrated, interactive, interoperable, and intelligent to provide the best patient outcomes,” said Blair Butterfield, President, North America for VitalHealth Software. “By working together we can leverage the technology to promote the betterment of our healthcare system.”

    Butterfield will share the message of health IT with government and industry leaders while attending the HIMSS Policy Summit during his visit to Washington, DC for National Health IT Week. For additional information about National Health IT Week, visit

    About VitalHealth Software

    VitalHealth Software was founded as collaboration between the Noaber Foundation (NL) and Mayo Clinic (US), and delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  Our model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India. For more information about VitalHealth Software, please visit  For more information about VitalHealth EHR, please visit, or contact us via email at

    About National Health Information Technology Week

    Now in its seventh year, National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum assembling key healthcare constituents—vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— working together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT. Log onto for more information.

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  • Doctors Earn Incentive Payments with Pulse PQRS Qualified Registry

    Wichita, KS – September 4, 2012 Pulse, an industry-leading vendor of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Practice Management solutions, announced today it has achieved Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Qualified Registry status. PQRS is a voluntary individual reporting program that provides an incentive payment to eligible professionals (EPs) who report data on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services. EPs who do not participate in PQRS in 2013 will face a 1.5% payment reduction from Medicare beginning in 2015.

    To become a qualified PQRS Registry, Pulse completed a thorough vetting process. This process affirmed the abilities of the Pulse PQRS Qualified Registry to: 1) accurately measure all required PQRS data elements; 2) calculate the requisite flows and algorithms used in PQRS reporting; and 3) transmit all required information in the requisite file format (XML). These features provide Pulse customers with the following:
    • Convenient user interface
    • Provider registry registration
    • Measure selection assistance
    • Qualified patient identification
    • Real-time reports reporting and performance percentages
    • Easy data submission to CMS
    Pulse PQRS Qualified Registry features allow Pulse customers to easily report PQRS measures and receive stimulus money beyond Meaningful Use.
    Basil Hourani, CEO and President of Pulse, states, “Providing our clients with additional, unique services such as an integrated PQRS Qualified Registry really captures what Pulse is about: providing complete practice workflow solutions. It is great to learn that our clients have received thousands of dollars because of the Pulse Registry.”
    About Pulse
    Pulse supports ambulatory physician offices through software that seamlessly integrates clinical, financial and
    administrative processes into one comprehensive solution. Pulse’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice
    Management solutions optimize productivity throughout your practice, allowing your organization to provide
    outstanding care at a lower cost. Pulse has been a force in the industry in the U.S. for over a decade and is
    strongly supported by our parent company, Cegedim. To learn more, please visit
    About Cegedim
    Founded in 1969, Cegedim is a global technology and services company specializing in the healthcare field.
    Cegedim supplies services, technological tools, specialized software, data flow management services and
    databases. Its offerings are targeted notably at healthcare industries, life sciences companies, healthcare
    professionals and insurance companies. The world leader in life sciences CRM, Cegedim is also one of the
    leading suppliers of strategic healthcare industry data. Cegedim employs 8,200 people in more than 80 countries
    and generated revenue of €911 million in 2011. Cegedim SA is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: CGM).
    To learn more, please visit:

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  • Worldwide Clinical Trials Selects Merge eClinical OS(TM) to Streamline Electronic Data Capture

    Solution Provides Single Platform for Data Capture, Processing and Reporting for Clinical Studies

    CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc. has selected Merge’s eClinical OS™ solution to accelerate study startup, streamline electronic data capture (EDC), and maximize operational efficiency across its Phase I-IV studies.

    “We are always looking for ways to increase efficiency and improve study timelines,” explained Graham Downing, Vice President of Global Data, Statistics and Technology at Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc. “Adding a system to our solutions portfolio that would enable rapid study database set-up, efficiencies in data processing, and that incorporated status and metrics reporting was key.”

    “The implementation of eClinical OS at Worldwide Clinical Trials represents an opportunity to increase awarded studies,” Downing continued. “The straight-forward interface and user experience allows studies to be built and deployed in a fraction of the time of other tools. With eClinical OS, we’ve seen a significant improvement in our study start-up timelines and processing efforts allowing us to pass on cost savings to our clients. This is a valuable further solution that we offer to our sponsor projects.”

    “Merge eClinical OS has the flexibility to support trials in all phases. Worldwide Clinical Trials initially selected eClinical OS as a cost-effective, easy-to-use system that would accelerate startup and streamline management of their clients’ Phase I trials,” said Justin Dearborn, President of Merge Healthcare. “They are now implementing eClinical OS for other phases and trials. We are pleased to have been selected as a provider for their global clinical trial needs, and look forward to working closely with them as they expand their use of eClinical OS.”

    Merge eClinical OS provides end-to-end study support through a single, easy-to-use interface so clients can manage and run studies more efficiently than ever before. It delivers built-in study templates, libraries and reports to help users create studies quickly and manage them effectively without technical assistance. Merge eClinical OS works for the largest and smallest of studies, has the flexibility to support trials in any phase, and captures any type of data, from any source, over any modality. It also has the scalability to grow if a trial increases in size, number or complexity.

    About Merge Healthcare

    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

    About Worldwide Clinical Trials, Inc.

    Worldwide Clinical Trials is a global, full-service contract research organization (CRO) that is medically and scientifically focused on central nervous system, cardiovascular, chronic inflammatory, respiratory and oncology disorders. Worldwide Clinical Trials delivers quality clinical trials with leading edge science and medicine to help clients think through design, methodology and regulatory issues that are unique to every development program. Worldwide Clinical Trials provides highly focused CRO services in all phases of research. For more information, visit

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  • U.S. Hospital IT Data – Expanding its extensive online library of historical data, reports and other resources, The Dorenfest Institute offers 2010 data from HIMSS AnalyticsT Database

    CHICAGO (August 29, 2012) – Simplifying the search for data on health information technology for research purposes, The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information Technology, Research and Education, managed by the HIMSS Foundation, has released updated 2010 data from the HIMSS Analytics™Database. The Dorenfest Institute provides a variety of detailed historical data, reports and white papers about IT use in hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks.  This service is provided at no expense to universities, students under university license, U.S. governments (local, state and federal), and governments of other countries that will be using the data for research purposes.

    The newly released 2010 data from the HIMSS Analytics™ Database covers IT use in hospitals and integrated healthcare delivery networks. This release expands the current library of the Dorenfest 3000+ Databases™ and Dorenfest Integrated Healthcare Delivery System Databases™ for the period 1986 through 2010, as well as many publications on IT use in the healthcare industry during that same time period.

    The 2011 Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT Market, is also now available in pdf format on the Dorenfest Institute website.  The report examines hospital budgets as well as financial, technology and department environments and presents key findings on IT investment and enterprise resource planning. The data is from HIMSS Analytics™ Database. The 2005 through 2010 reports are also available on the site.

    “With this new 2010 data released through the HIMSS Foundation, the Dorenfest Institute continues to offer an extensive and valuable online resource for eligible researchers,” says R. Norris Orms, FACHE, CAE.  “Access to this data provides an opportunity to study and analyze the benefits of, and need for, health IT in improving the delivery of healthcare.”

    Established in January 2005, the Dorenfest Institute furthers the interest in and benefits associated with ongoing research in health IT. The complete listing of databases and publications available from the Dorenfest Institute is available at on the website and includes an online registration form for access to all of the data. Contact for more information on the Dorenfest Institute.

    About HIMSS Foundation

    Established in 1986, the HIMSS Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of HIMSS, providing support and assistance to the organization, its members, and the industry. The HIMSS Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable scientific and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Projects that the Foundation supports include: scholarships for students in healthcare IT-related fields, and relief and assistance for need-based programs such as the Katrina Phoenix Project.

    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

    About The Dorenfest Group 

    The Dorenfest Group is a leading source of knowledge about the worldwide healthcare industry and its improvements needs. Providing a variety of consulting services throughout the world, The Dorenfest Group focuses these services on improving healthcare while reducing costs by helping its clients to improve work processes, management systems, and quality of medical care.

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