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Final Day for Advanced Registration Pricing for HIMSS 14

Today’s the final day to get the advanced registration pricing to attend HIMSS 2014. I thought many of you might be interested to know this in case you haven’t registered to attend yet. We’ll be at the event again and hosting the 5th Annual New Media Meetup at HIMSS.

Here’s the HIMSS notice about the final day to register at the discounted price.

Time’s running out to save on registration fees for HIMSS14.Advanced registration discount ends Monday, January 27.

Don’t miss this opportunity — to save and to be there — when health IT professionals from around the globe converge on Orlando for the best in educationnetworkingsolutions and more.

Be sure to check out the latest HIMSS14 brochure for a preview of the education sessions and the activities that can help you and your organization take advantage of the value gained from health IT.

Register by January 27 and save!

January 27, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Amazing Transforming Healthcare Conference Logo

Props to @healthcarewen for pointing out this awesome healthcare conference logo for the 2013 Oklahoma Association for Home Care and Hospice Annual Conference & Trade Show:
Transforming Healthcare - Transformers Conference Logo

If you love that logo, you’ll love the conference brochure even more.

September 23, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Digital Health Conference Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon

As I wrote about in my post about the Digital Health Conference in NYC post on EMR and HIPAA, I’ll be attending the conference again this year. In that post I also offered a 20% registration discount for those who want to attend. If you’re planning to attend, you’ll want to register today or tomorrow since early bird pricing for the event ends on 9/20/13.

I’m particularly excited to hear George Halverson, CEO of Kaiser speak at the event. I’ve never heard him in person and there’s little argument that Kaiser has done some things that no one else in healthcare has done. This is particularly true in the healthcare IT space. I just hope it goes beyond just telling us the same superlatives we’ve already heard about Kaiser and health IT (ie. the mass adoption of the portal by their patients).

Of course, I’m also most excited to network with the people who attend the event. The Digital Health Conference is a unique opportunity because there is a sprinkling of the usual health IT conference crowd together with a lot of local providers and healthcare leaders. Not that I’m against the great discussions I have with the usual health IT conference crowd, but it’s nice to get a number of new perspectives as well.

I also won’t be surprised if we put together another tweetup at the event. Last year’s tweetup was done in the pouring rain, but was really enjoyable. Hopefully local NYC resident @healthcarewen puts one together again.

September 18, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Seniors Embracing Technology Infographic

The following infographic seemed fitting since in two weeks I’ll be attending the AARP Life@50+ event in Las Vegas. It looks to be a really interesting event with a lot of great healthcare technology that can benefit seniors. I’ll be sure to report back on what I find. Until then, check out this infographic on seniors and technology.

Seniors and Technology infographic CDW Healthcare

May 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS13 Healthcare IT Leadership Survey Infographic

The 2013 HIMSS annual conference is complete. There were 33,920 total attendees and 13,585 professional attendees at the event and I heard over 1200 exhibitors. Some pretty amazing numbers. The attendees is lower than last year in Las Vegas, but the exhibitors are up. I’ll be interested to see how those numbers play out with HIMSS 2014 in Orlando.

At the conference HIMSS put out it’s 24th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey results and shared the inforgraphic below.
HIMSS Leadership Survey Infographic

March 7, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Top 7 Hottest Health IT Jobs

HIMSS recently sent out a message to their LinkedIn group which listed CIO.com’s list of top 7 hottest health IT skills (and I’d say jobs):
7. Quality Assurance
6. Data Architecture
5. Application Development
4. Program Management
3. Project Management
2. Healthcare Analytics
1. EMR Build Specialists

They also said, “As JoAnn Klinedinst, HIMSS’ Vice President, Professional Development, noted “There’s something for everyone at HIMSS13.””

JoAnn is absolutely right about HIMSS 2013. If you’re in healthcare IT, then there’s definitely something for you at HIMSS 2013. I describe it like being a kid in a candy store. Everywhere you look there is something interesting that you want to learn about.

I did find the list of hot health IT jobs interesting. Not surprising to see EMR at the top of the list. Seems like all of the jobs are EHR related or healthcare BI/Big Data related. Seems like this should give us a good idea of where healthcare IT is going.

December 21, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

$4.2 Million New York Digital Health Accelerator Announces Inaugural Class

Today at the Digital Health Conference, NYeC announced their inaugural class of companies for the New York Digital Health Accelerator. This is a big announcement just 5 months after they announced the creation of the Digital Health Accelerator.

As I said when I first wrote about this health IT accelerator, there are a number of health IT accelerators and incubators out there, but I think that the Digital Health Accelerator differentiates itself in a couple important ways. First, they offer $300k of investment in the company. Second, they have real tangible relationships with hospital systems. The second is likely the more important. There’s little of more value to a health IT startup company than actual customers giving you feedback on what you’re creating.

Here’s the full press release announcing the inaugural class including a list of companies:

NYeC, Partnership for New York City Fund and the DOH have Joined Forces to Create $4.2M Digital Health Accelerator Program, the Largest Program of its Kind, to Encourage Health IT Innovation and Create Jobs

New York, NY – Today the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the Partnership for New York City Fund (Partnership Fund) revealed the inaugural class of the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a program that will make New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry. The partnership is the largest-funded health IT accelerator program in the United States, and the first to provide access to senior-level healthcare providers who are committed to the success of the eight growth-stage companies selected.

With its initial investment of $4.2 million, the NYDHA program will create approximately 1,500 jobs over five years. In addition, it is expected that the companies will attract upwards of $150 million to $200 million in investment from the venture capital community post-program.

The program has selected 8 early- and growth-stage companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for healthcare providers. The program received 250 applications from companies located in 27 states and 10 countries.  Each chosen company is awarded up to $300,000 along with invaluable mentoring from senior-level executives at leading hospitals and other providers in New York for nine months. Each company has committed to opening an office in New York State.

“The Accelerator provides much-needed, valuable tools for providers in support of New York State’s Medicaid Redesign initiative,” New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. said.  ”The initiative, which promotes a shift from the costly fee-for-service model to a more effective and efficient managed care approach, is resulting in better care – at lower cost – for patients across the continuum of care.  The Accelerator is an essential first step to stimulate the market and nurture innovation within the entrepreneurial community.”

Tech companies accepted into the program are receiving direct mentorship and feedback from senior-level executives with the participating providers. Their coaching, testing, and feedback will help these companies create the most efficient tools that the medical community will want to use to streamline the sharing of electronic medical records and improve coordination of care.

In addition, companies have direct access to the technology platform that is connecting electronic health records across New York State, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

“We are creating the next generation of healthcare applications that will transform the healthcare delivery system,” said NYeC Executive Director David Whitlinger. “These companies are the first software development vendors to have direct access to the SHIN-NY, a secure platform that embodies all of the federal and state policies for usage of patient data by the community.”

“One of the biggest challenges for early stage health care companies is getting access to large customers” explains Maria Gotsch, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City Fund.  “This program not only provides that access but allows the eight companies to benefit from high level feedback, which will accelerate their growth and create good jobs in the important health IT sector in New York.”

The investment capital was provided by a syndicate of investors, including Aetna, Janssen Healthcare Innovation, Milestone Venture Partners, New Leaf Venture Partners, Partnership for New York City Fund, Quaker Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and UnitedHealth Group. The Empire State Development Corporation, Health Research Inc., and NYeC have provided additional funds to operate the NYDHA.

The 8 selected companies include:

AdhereTx: KnowMyMeds web-based, interoperable software supports team-based medication management and reconciliation for high-risk patients at the point of care. KnowMyMeds enables healthcare practitioners to perform clinically validated, cost-effective medication review for high-risk patients, including “dual eligibles” and the chronically ill, to reduce their drug-related hospitalizations and readmissions. (www.adhertx.com)

Aidin: Aidin is a web-based referral platform for hospitals discharging patients to post-acute care.  Aidin collects hard data about how well post-acute providers perform and makes it easy for hospital staff to present that information to patients when they are choosing their post-acute provider – helping patients choose better providers for better outcomes. (www.myaidin.com)

Avado: Avado allows clinicians and patients to securely communicate, track, and manage health information. They centralize data from many EHR’s and make it usable for all stakeholders.  Providers can take comfort knowing that Avado exceeds Meaningful Use requirements for patient engagement while also addressing requirements for medical homes and accountable models. (www.avado.com)

CipherHealth: CipherHealth helps hospitals avoid government penalties by reducing preventable readmissions, improving outcomes, better coordinating care, and creating a positive patient experience.  CipherHealth reaches out over the phone, through tablets, via email, text, or the web, better engaging patients in their care and building stronger relationships between patients and providers. (www.cipherhealth.com)

Cureatr: Cureatr will improve how healthcare providers communicate and coordinate patient care. Their lightweight, user-friendly HIPAA-secure group messaging system integrates with existing directory, scheduling and paging systems, making it easy to use while coordinating care within or between organizations. (www.cureatr.com)

 MedCPU: MedCPU delivers accurate real-time clinical care advice through its revolutionary Advisor Button technology. It uniquely captures the complete clinical picture from clinicians’ free-text notes, dictations and structured documentation entered into any EMR, and analyzes it against a growing library of best-practice content, generating real-time precise prompts for best care consideration. (www.medcpu.com)

Remedy Systems: Remedy Systems leverages the power of mobile to lower the cost and improve the quality of healthcare via its flexible care coordination platform that enables physicians and nurses to concentrate on delivering the highest quality of care possible while fostering engagement from patients and family/friends. (www.remedysystems.com) 

SpectraMD: SpectraMD maximizes the value of data across the continuum of care with business intelligence solutions. Their FOCUS™ Actionable Analytics platform enables stakeholders in hospitals and ambulatory care settings to improve outcomes, increase revenues, succeed in quality-based initiatives including Reducing Preventable Readmissions and leverage analytics for the Health Home initiative. (www.spectramd.com)

22 leading healthcare providers are engaged in intense mentorship with the selected companies including:

Adirondack Health Institute Institute for Family Health
Albany Medical Center Maimonides Medical Center
Catholic Health System Mt Sinai Medical Center
Community Healthcare Network NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
Continuum Health Partners New York Hospital Queens
Ellis Medicine New York-Presbyterian Hospital
FEGS Health and Human Services System North Shore LIJ Health System
Finger Lakes Community Health NYU Langone Medical Center
Hometown Health Centers Stony Brook University Medical Center
Hudson River Health Care Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties
Hudson Valley Initiative Winthrop University Hospital

Resources:

A new website at www.digitalhealthaccelerator.com provides updates and progress of the program.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC): NYeC is a not-for-profit organization, working to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of a network to connect healthcare providers statewide. The goal of NYeC is that no patient, wherever they may need treatment within the State of New York, is ever without fast, secure, accurate, and accessible information. For more information about NYeC, visit www.nyehealth.org @NYeHealth on Twitter.

About the Partnership for New York City Fund (Partnership Fund):The Partnership for New York City Fund (www.nycif.org) is the vision of Henry R. Kravis, founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., who serves as its Founding Chairman. The Fund has raised over $110 million to mobilize the city’s world financial and business leaders to help build a stronger and more diversified local economy. It has built a network of top experts from the investment and corporate communities who help identify and support New York City’s most promising entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. The Fund is governed by a Board of Directors co-chaired by Russell L. Carson, General Partner of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe; and Richard M. Cashin, Managing Partner of One Equity Partners. The Fund is the economic development arm of the Partnership for New York City (www.pfnyc.org), an organization of the leaders of New York City’s top corporate, investment, and entrepreneurial firms. They work in partnership with city and state government officials, labor groups, and the nonprofit sector to promote the interest of the city and its neighborhoods. The Partnership carries out research, policy formulation, and issue advocacy at the city, state, and federal levels, leveraging the resources and expertise of its CEO and Corporate partners.

About the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY): The SHIN-NY (pronounced “shiny”) is coordinated by the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and functions similarly to a public utility, making electronic health records secure and accessible to healthcare providers statewide while improving patient care and lowering costs. SHIN-NY is a network of information transmitted between users. Like the Internet, as more users connect, it grows, evolves, and becomes more secure, efficient, and easy to use. As an increasing number of private practices, nursing homes, clinics and hospitals begin to digitize their records, they have the option to connect to information hubs in their region of the state. These Regional Health Information Organizations collect health record data from the healthcare providers in their area and, with patient consent, allow this information to be shared securely with other providers in the region. The SHIN-NY will connect these regional hubs to create a private and secure network spanning the entire State of New York. To see a video about how the SHIN-NY is transforming health information exchange in New York State visit http://nyehealth.org/what-we-do/statewide-network/.

October 15, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

10 Reasons to Attend the Digital Health Conference in New York City

Many of you might have read my post about the Digital Health Conference in New York City which is put on by the NYeC. It’s looking like it will be another great conference this year for those of us in the health IT & EHR world.

Turns out their marketing people are pretty creative as well. They just sent me 10 reasons to attend their health IT and EHR conference. I thought it was a great list and not just because I’m included in number 7.

1. The “Father of the U.S. health IT movement,” Dr. David Brailer and the enthralling Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner will keynote the event.

2. Unveiling of the inaugural class of the New York Digital Health Accelerator, a $4.2 million program run by the New York eHealth Collaborative and the New York City Investment Fund for early- and growth-stage digital health companies.

3. NYeC’s Gala & Awards show hosted by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, honoring GE’s Chairman & CEO, Jeff Immelt and IBM’s Chairman Sam Palmisano.

4. A peer-driven educational program featuring 18 thought-provoking lectures, panels and interactive presentations.

5. IBM’s Watson featuring IBM’s Chief Medical Scientist, Dr. Martin Kohn and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s VP & CIO Patricia Skarulis

6. The opportunity to network and increase your visibility with over 700 senior-level health IT professionals

7. Social Media Panel featuring Brian Ahier (@ahier), John Lynn (@techguy), Wen Dombrowski (@HealthcareWen) and Amy Dixon (@amyrnbsn).

8. Statewide Health Information Network of NY: HIE Strategy 2.0 led by NYeC Executive Director, Dave Whitlinger

9. Health Tech Innovation & Funding panel featuring StartUp Health’s Co-founder Steven Krein, Health 2.0’s SVP Jean-Luc Neptune, NY City Investment Fund’s CEO Maria Gotsch, and Blueprint Health’s Founding Partner Brad Weinberg, and NYeC’s Director of Business Development, Anuj Desai.

10. All that New York and Chelsea have to offer – take a stroll on the High Line, visit Chelsea’s art galleries, or taste an unrivaled restaurant scene.

I hope many of you can make it to the event. Plus, Monday night we’re holding a tweetup as well.

October 5, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

New Host of Startups Enroll at StartUp Health Academy

A new class of companies will be enrolling in the StartUp Health Academy in the coming weeks. The program is three-years long and involves live and online workshops and demo days.

The newest start-ups that have enrolled include:

  • Avado
  • Beyond Lucid Technologies
  • CakeHealth
  • CarePlanners
  • CareLinx
  • Chemotopia
  • Docphin
  • Empower Interactive
  • Greatist
  • Medikly
  • Rip Road
  • Truth On Call

StartUp Health has had almost 1,000 startups in the academy over the past 10 years. That’s quite a list of companies. A number of them with really interesting history such as Avado founder coming from Microsoft HealthVault and CakeHealth which did really well at TechCrunch Disrupt.

September 25, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

DC to VC Finalists Announced

DC to VC has become a place for healthcare startup companies to pitch their company at Health 2.0. Plus, Health 2.0 has wisely partnered with Morgenthaler Ventures and in particular Missy Krasner for the event. I also love that they have Jeff Tangney, CEO of Doximity (Founder of Epocrates as well) as the keynote speaker for the event.

The companies that will be pitching at DC to VC are listed below:

Series A Finalist Companies:
  • GSI Health
  • Beyond Lucid Technologies
  • CarePlanners
  • Starling Health
  • AgeTak
  • HealthLoop
  • Comprisma
  • NudgeRX
Seed Stage Finalist Companies:
  • Nephosity
  • Force Therapeutics
  • United Preference
  • Aidin
  • Capture Proof
  • Genomera
  • Cara Health

It’s a great time to be a healthcare IT startup company. In the DC to VC finalist announcement they offered these stats on the health IT investment landscape:

  • Venture capital funding for Health IT reached $293M for Q2 2012I according to a report by communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group. Sixty-one investors participated in 28 deals. The report also identified 39 merger and acquisition deals worth $2.9 billion in Q2 2012.
  • In 2011, capital investments in Health IT generated 86 deals worth $633M. There was a 26% increase in deal activity from the year before and a 22% increase in capital raised.
  • 92 VC firms invested in digital health in 2012 thus far (2012 Mid Year, Digital Health Funding Report, Rock Health)
  • B2B funding is the majority of the deals with B2C funding increasing slightly in 2012. (2012 Mid Year, Digital Health Funding Report, Rock Health)

I’m so busy traveling in October that I’ve sadly had to scratch Health 2.0 from my list of conferences. However, this announcement makes me want to make a day trip to San Fran to attend the event.

September 18, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.