Vendor Notebook: HealthGrades and CPM to merge

By Mike Miliard
09:14 AM

HealthGrades, of Denver, which provides information aimed at helping consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals, and Madison, Wis.-based CPM, which provides customer relationship management technology for hospitals, announced a definitive agreement to merge the two companies. The combination will create a single online company with more than 200 million annual visitors, providing consumers the ability to find, select and connect with physicians and hospitals by accessing its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and patient safety.

Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) announced that 12 hospitals using its certified technology solutions and consulting services from are among the first in Washington state to successfully attest and receive payment notice through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for meeting meaningful use Stage 1 criteria. Ranging from 25-bed to 623-bed facilities, each of the 12 Medicare and Medicaid-eligible hospitals demonstrated meaningful use by providing metrics on how each hospital has achieved the meaningful use objectives and clinical quality measures as reported to CMS' web-based Registration and Attestation System.

announced the release of the Vision HOPD clinical and business management solution. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that operate as Hospital Outpatient Departments have workflow requirements and information management needs that differ from that of independent ASCs and acute care environments.  While much of the workflow tends to mirror that of a standalone ASC, there are often unique billing requirements and complex data integration needs between the HOPD and the hospital IT infrastructure.
Philips announced that the third-generation SpeechMike (SpeechMike III), the latest device in the dictation microphone line, boosts an antimicrobial casing, which officials tout as the first and only device on the market to feature this type of surface. SpeechMike III is also one of the division’s first Philips-certified green products.
Apelon announced the availability of its first comprehensive, cloud-based terminology mapping solution. TermManager, a code set management and collaborative mapping application, cost-effectively supports healthcare data interoperability initiatives by enabling widespread access to national healthcare vocabulary standards including SNOMED CT, LOINC, ICD, RxNorm and NDF-RT. Using TermManager, officials say individuals and organizations can map legacy information to required standards for Meaningful Use incentive payments, departmental data consolidation and regional integration.

Allscripts announced that Scripps Health has selected its technology to connect physicians, hospitals and other health care providers across San Diego County, enabling a more coordinated team approach to patient care, regardless of where providers are located or which clinical technologies they use. Scripps Health is a $2.3 billion nonprofit community health system with 2,600 affiliated physicians and five acute-care hospital campuses serving half a million patients in San Diego County each year.  The Allscripts Community Record powered by dbMotion will enable caregivers to share clinical information and promote care coordination across locations.
Elsevier / CPM Resource Center (CPM) announced the availability of CPM CarePoints Emergency. The product is a new component of the CPM CarePoints collection, a pre-built, implementation-ready solution that provides a framework for evidence-based care and documentation tools across clinical domains. With more than 125 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, CPM CarePoints Emergency is organized through utilization of the CPM Framework and is designed to integrate evidence-based content into practice in order to support clinical decision-making within an emergency department setting.

GE Healthcare announced that, for the 35 millionth time, a newborn baby has taken her first breath under the watch of GE Healthcare’s Centricity Perinatal IT solutions. Kithana Vasana Syharath, the newest member of the Centricity Perinatal family arrived at 12:03PM at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill. and will receive a $5,000 US Savings Bond, courtesy of GE.

The MSDS Apptionary is a new iPhone and iPad app that puts more than 1,000 reader-friendly MSDS-related definitions just a finger tap away. Embedded within these definitions are scores of telephone and website links that will instantly connect users who need more hazard, environmental and regulatory information about a chemical to reliable and authoritative sources for that information. This new app is published by Genium Group Inc., the same General Electric Co. spinoff that developed the hard-copy MSDS Pocket Dictionary, which remains one of the most popular hazard communication references ever published, with close to two million copies sold.
Brainware, a provider of intelligent data capture and enterprise search solutions, announced the release of Brainware Globalbrain v5.3, the latest evolution of the company’s signature application for enterprise search. Differentiated by its n-gram approach to contextual search, fault tolerance, language independence, and ability scale across multiple repositories and terabytes of enterprise data, Globalbrain is the engine that underpins Brainware Distiller’s intelligent data capture technology.

HID Global announced that the company and its parent, ASSA ABLOY, have been notified by the United States Patent Office that their patent, US 2008/0163361, titled “Method and Apparatus for Making a Decision on a Card,” has been allowed and will issue shortly. This invention covers the use of portable credentials in a secure access network, in which the access decision can be made within a portable credential (such as the secure element of a mobile device) using data and algorithms stored within the credential.

eClinicalWorks announced that Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians (COPCP), the second largest privately-owned primary care group in the United States, has chosen eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution for its 230 physicians across 44 practices. Designed to improve communication with access to real-time information, this initiative will aid the group in pursing quality of care initiatives, including meaningful use.
MethodCare announced that Tucson Medical Center has selected its Charge Recovery Solution to maximize revenue, improve coding compliance, and increase staff productivity in charge capture. The application uses proprietary data mining algorithms to analyze Tucson Medical Center’s clinical, billing and patient data to flag missed charges that yield the greatest opportunity for revenue.  The software application provides the workflow to efficiently follow up and add missed charges and report on missing charge trends.

Draeger announced that it has embedded continuous noninvasive blood pressure measurement technology into its patient monitoring systems. This technology from CNSystems, which has successfully supported patients in Europe for more than four years, is now available in the United States. Draeger bills itself as the first and only vendor to offer CNAP technology, which can help hospitals increase patient safety and reduce costs.

HID Global announced its OMNIKEY Device Service Provider (DSP) software for IBM Tivoli TAM enterprise single sign on (eSSO). The new solution is a software interface that enables customers to benefit from converged physical and logical access control on a single card by using their existing contactless physical access credentials in conjunction with IBM Tivoli TAM eSSO for sign on to IT networks and applications.

Attunity announced that Connecticut Community Care, Inc. (CCCI), the largest care management service for the elderly and individuals with disabilities in Connecticut, has selected its Managed File Transfer platform (RepliWeb-MFT) to secure and automate the delivery of service orders, electronic billing, and payer information throughout their partner ecosystem of Health Care Providers and Servicers.
Allscripts announced that Brown & Toland Physicians, one of the largest independent physician associations (IPA) in California, selected the Allscripts Community Record powered by dbMotion to deliver end-to-end information connectivity for its 1,500 physicians serving 335,000 Bay Area patients. The Allscripts Community Record provides Brown & Toland’s physicians and other caregivers with access to a single, comprehensive patient record.

Hope Paige Medical announced the launch of TextID, revolutionary Short Message Service (SMS) enabled jewelry. TextID uses SMS technology to relay life-saving information with the convenience, speed and efficiency of a text message, making Hope Paige Medical an innovator in the market. In one easy step, EMTs and first responders will be able to access a person’s self-created emergency profile, detailing  medical information, current medications, emergency contacts, and other potentially life-saving information by text messaging their unique PIN to 5-10-20.
SRS announced that OrthoArkansas, P.A. has selected the SRS certified EHR for its 33 providers. OrthoArkansas is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has 3 office locations."Initially, our physicians had concerns about pursuing meaningful use because they feared the negative impact it would have on their productivity—then we saw the SRS approach to meaningful use and our outlook changed," says Bill Greene, CEO at OrthoArkansas. "SRS created a system that high-volume practices, like OrthoArkansas, could use to meet the government's EHR incentive requirements without decreasing productivity."

Allscripts announced that Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) will deploy the Sunrise Clinical Manager acute care Electronic Health Record (EHR). The Sunrise suite of solutions improves the delivery of coordinated, high-quality patient care by giving providers across the community immediate access to patient information and clinical decision support tools. Under the agreement with Allscripts, LVMC will transition from its existing inpatient clinical information system to the Sunrise suite, including the Sunrise Clinician Portal, which will enable caregivers throughout the hospital and in local physician practices to remotely access the Electronic Health Record, monitor their hospitalized patients and provide direction on their care.
INFINITT North America announced that their Xelis Cardiac product has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is now widely available to the North American market. Xelis Cardiac is a 2D, 3D and 4D display and analysis tool for Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) and Left Ventricle Analysis (LVA). It is one of several Advanced Visualization tools for specialized clinical applications that INFINITT markets under the Xelis name. Xelis Cardiac can be used as an integrated solution with Infinitt's web-based PACS or as a stand-alone solution, allowing any third-party PACS user to query,view and analyze DICOM studies. According to INFINITT, Xelis Cardiac includes three diagnostic modules: Vessel Analysis (VA), Functional Ventricle Analysis (FA) and Calcium Scoring (Ca).

Omnicell announced that Athens Regional Medical Center has upgraded its Omnicell supply and medication management solutions with the new fourth generation Omnicell G4 platform. After nearly a decade as an Omnicell pharmacy and supply automation customer, the medical center’s upgrade demonstrates its commitment to improving patient care and clinician efficiency.

Allscripts announced that DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, which specializes in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, oncology, and diagnostic services, and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best pediatric hospitals, will implement the state-of-the-art Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) for all ambulatory services. Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a member of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), selected Allscripts after an extensive evaluation based on the solution’s clinical sophistication and proven ability to integrate with multiple third-party systems, including the hospital’s existing inpatient health information system from Cerner.