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MedHOK Earns Full 2012 NCQA HEDIS® Software Certification for 360Measures®

Posted in Press Releases on Monday, January 30, 2012.

Software ensures measure calculation compliance with NCQA specifications and provides unparalleled ability to remediate care gaps and improve outcomes year-round

TAMPA, Fla. – (Jan. 30, 2012) – MedHOK, one of the healthcare industry’s fastest growing providers of cloud-based software, announced today that it achieved full certification for its 360Measures®, version 2.55. MedHOK successfully passed all 63 program measures, sampling methodology, and CAPHS sample frames in the National Committee on Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) certification process.

3 reasons to let HIE customers define services

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, January 23, 2012.

Long-term sustainability is one of the critical challenges facing health information exchange (HIE) initiatives. In its recent report, 2011 Report on Health Information Exchange: Sustainable HIE in a Changing Landscape, eHealth Initiative identified just 24 out of the 196 active HIEs around the country that categorized themselves as sustainable.

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Outlook 2012: Whatever ACA’s Legal Outcome, ACOs Will Survive in Medicare

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Medicare’s ACO programs, which are tied to the Affordable Care Act, could find themselves in a vulnerable position in 2012, with both a Supreme Court decision on the reform statute and potential budget cuts looming on the horizon. But some say that no matter what the legal and political outcomes are next year, ACOs will find a way to survive in the Medicare space.

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Heat Biologics Awarded $250,000 Strategic Growth Loan from North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Posted in Press Releases on Monday, January 09, 2012.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – (Jan. 9, 2012) – Heat Biologics, a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, has been awarded a $250,000 Strategic Growth Loan from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

North Shore-LIJ Health System to Deploy ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, Across 15 Hospitals

Posted in Press Releases on Wednesday, January 04, 2012.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN –Jan. 4, 2012 – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that North Shore-LIJ Health System has selected ProVation® Order Sets, powered by UpToDate® Decision Support, as its electronic order set solution.

A critical choice for optimum patient care

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, January 02, 2012.

The use of clinical decision support (CDS) to elevate patient care is a solid strategy in any healthcare environment. And while the benefits of decision-support tools are expected to be far reaching across the patient-care continuum, there are likely no areas more primed for realizing their potential than critical care.

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UpToDate® Releases Downloadable Local iPhone App

Posted in Press Releases on Wednesday, December 07, 2011.

UpToDate MobileComplete™ Provides iPhone Users with Fast Local Access to Trusted, Evidence-Based Clinical Knowledge

Waltham, Mass. (December 7, 2011) – Building on the success of its debut mobile application, UpToDate, a Wolters Kluwer Health company, has released a downloadable local version of its iPhone App, UpToDate MobileComplete. The fastest mobile version of UpToDate, MobileComplete provides clinicians with access to evidence-based, practical recommendations — even offline, where there is no network connection (Wi-Fi connection required for initial download and new version updates).

Order Set Integration: A Critical Step to Advancing Care

Posted in Client News Coverage on Wednesday, December 07, 2011.

Standardization of care and adoption of evidence-based medicine into clinical practice are two central tenets of meaningful use of EHRs. At Sibley Memorial Hospital, we have found the integration of evidence-based order sets with the EHR for point-of-care access as one way to accomplish these goals.

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Avatar International Expands Patient Experience Offerings with Acquisition of HR Solutions International

Posted in Press Releases on Monday, December 05, 2011.

ORLANDO, Fla. – (Dec. 5, 2011) – Avatar International, a leading healthcare quality improvement firm, announced today its acquisition of HR Solutions International, Inc., a human capital management consulting firm specializing in employee and physician engagement. The acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed, furthers Avatar’s strategic position as a comprehensive provider of patient experience solutions to hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations.

Heat Biologics Appoints Chief Medical Advisor, Senior Director of Clinical Development

Posted in Press Releases on Monday, November 28, 2011.

Seasoned oncology executives poised to lead company into next phase of clinical development of innovative vaccines to combat cancers and other diseases

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – (Nov. 28, 2011) – Heat Biologics, a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, announces two senior executive appointments: Sandra Silberman, M.D., PhD, as chief medical advisor and Jennifer Harris, PharmD, as senior director of clinical development. Dr. Silberman was also named to Heat’s Scientific Advisory Board, which advises the company on current and future research and clinical testing.

Northern California Surgery Center Selects ProVation Medical Software for Patient Charting

Posted in Press Releases on Monday, November 28, 2011.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – November 28, 2011 – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Northern California Surgery Center has selected its ProVation® EHR documentation and patient charting solution.

7 health IT tactics in the uphill ACO battle

Posted in Client News Coverage on Monday, November 21, 2011.

Responding to concerns that its original regulations stymied reform efforts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made a number of concessions in its final Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) rules. Nonetheless, many organizations remain hesitant about entering the ACO fray and continue weighing the pros and cons of setting up the infrastructure demanded by CMS.

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Researchers at Harvard University Report the Adoption of UpToDate® by Hospitals is Directly Associated with Shortening Patient Stays and Saving Lives

Posted in Press Releases on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

Easily-Implemented Clinical Knowledge System is Associated with Saving 11,500 Lives over a Three-Year Period

Waltham, Mass. (November 16, 2011) New research published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine Early View found that hospitals using Wolters Kluwer Health’s UpToDate—an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical knowledge system which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions—experienced shortened hospital stays, fewer deaths, and better quality performance than non-UpToDate hospitals. The study (Isaac T, Zheng J, Ashish J. Use of UpToDate and Outcomes in US HospitalsJ Hosp Med. 2011; DOI 10.1002/jhm.944) reinforces other research studies conducted about how UpToDate improves patient outcomes.

First Service Administrators and Aetna Team Up to Bring Effective and Affordable Healthcare to Customers

Posted in Press Releases on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Customized solutions and data analytics combined with access to superior network discounts will minimize healthcare spending while improving member health

LAKELAND, Fla., Nov. 10, 2011 – First Service Administrators, Inc. (FSAI) announced an agreement with Aetna to offer FSAI clients access to Aetna’s products and services. FSAI is a premier benefits and risk management administrator for hospitals, healthcare systems, and public entities. Aetna offers a broad range of health insurance products and related services to employer groups, individuals, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, and labor groups.

ASCs Face Unique Meaningful Use Challenges—Understanding the 50% Rule and How to Respond

Posted in Client News Coverage on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Twenty-seven billion dollars in potential incentive payments would make any industry take action. When coupled with steep future penalties for noncompliance, the stakes for achieving meaningful use (MU) go even higher.

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