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Vree Health Signs Choice Agreement to Provide Care Transition Management Services to Amerinet

Vree Health, a company that combines technology with direct personal patient engagement to influence positive behavioral change and help improve outcomes, has a new, choice agreement to provide care transition management services to Amerinet, a leading healthcare solutions organization. Under the agreement, Amerinet members, which include acute and non-acute care hospitals, surgery centers, long-term care […]

PerformRx Launches New Specialty Pharmacy Company

PerformRx (www.performrx.com), a URAC-accredited, full-service pharmacy benefits manager with industry-leading clinical programs, announced today the launch of PerformSpecialty, a new specialty pharmacy focused on care management for patients with chronic and complex conditions. The company, which is expected to create more than 80 jobs, is headquartered in Orlando, FL. “PerformSpecialty is structured to provide medications […]

Geisinger Finds Telemedicine Cuts Readmissions, Costs for Heart Failure Patients

Heart failure patients participating in a Geisinger Health Plan telemonitoring program were significantly less likely to be readmitted to the hospital, according to a study to be published in the December issue of Population Health Management. The researchers calculated the program saved $3.30 for each dollar spent to implement the program. There were 541 participants […]

M2M Harnessing the Power of Connected World

The world is currently moving into an era of ubiquitous connectivity, which is transforming the operating styles and communication channels of an enterprise. Machine to machine (M2M) communications, a solution that allows automated communication between connected devices over a wireless network, has aided enterprises in their progress to ascertain constant connectivity and real time monitoring […]

BD to buy CareFusion in $12.2 billion deal

Medical technology company BD has agreed to pay $12.2 billion in cash and stock to buy CareFusion, which sells products and services intended to improve healthcare safety. Franklin Lakes, N.J.- based BD said the deal would give it a product portfolio that addresses the full spectrum of medication management—beginning with preparation in the pharmacy and […]

ACO Challenges to leveraging HIT infrastructure

As accountable care organizations (ACOs) collect data from more sources, they report concerns about interoperability and data management. Interoperability of disparate systems is a significant challenge for 95 percent of organizations using HIT, and could be limiting the abilities of ACOs to exchange data. Reflecting the provider frustration with interoperability problems, the cost and return-on-investment […]

ACOs Face Significant Data Integration Challenges

An accountable care organizations (ACO) survey, fielded in July-August of 2014 found that 88 percent of the ACOs face significant obstacles in integrating data from disparate sources, and 83 percent report challenges integrating technology analytics into workflow – barriers that become more acute as ACOs add new platforms or build on their expansive network of […]

Challenges to Leveraging HIT Data and Analytics

Although most accountable care organizations (ACOs) have the health information technology (HIT) to improve clinical quality, poor interoperability across systems and providers remains a barrier, according to a recent ACO survey. Access to data from external organizations was challenging for 100 percent of respondents. Follow us on Twitter: @ironSageGroup About ironSAGE Health ironSAGE Health is […]

National Science Foundation Releases SBIR Phase I Solicitation

Program Announcement The National Science Foundation has just released its SBIR Phase I solicitation. NSF Phase I awardees will receive a grant of up to $150,000 for a 6-month development/feasibility project. Phase I awardees may then compete for a second grant of up to $750,000 over a 2 year period, with the aim of advancing […]

Healthcare Analytics

Informatics Specialists Working to Develop and Improve Population Health Management Population Health Management(PHM) efforts generally focus on two basic forms of healthcare analytics. The first involves real-time analytics, or the clinical data provided at the point of care that affect prescriptive decision-making during patient encounters. Real-time systems rely on two or more pieces of patient […]