Medtronic Announces Acquisition of TYRX, Inc., Developer of Solutions for Surgical Site Infections
January 06, 2014
Skylight Healthcare Systems Wins eHealthcare Leadership Award for Second Year
December 12, 2013
Skylight Healthcare Systems Selected as a Fierce Innovation Awards Finalist in Population Health Management
December 06, 2013
PerfectServe Introduces Clinical Event Push for PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician™
December 05, 2013
Health Care DataWorks Named to Business First 2013 Fast 50 List
October 10, 2013
Aventura Honored as Gold Winner in the 5th Annual 2013 Golden Bridge Awards
October 2nd, 2013
Aventura Closes $4.3 Million in New Funding; Appoints John Gobron President and CEO
September 26, 2013
Jason Buskirk of Health Care DataWorks
September 26, 2013
Health Care DataWorks Leadership Team Evolves to Meet Changing Needs of Hospitals and Health Systems
September 18, 2013
PerfectServe Welcomes Kristi Syling as New Compliance Officer
September 03, 2013
Care Team Connect Powers PinnacleHealth’s Innovative Care Coordination Model
August 27, 2013
Ivantis Raises Additional $5 MM from Singapore-based Global Investor, EDBI, Increasing Series B to $32.5 MM
August 20, 2013
Tennessee Payer Makes Population Health Investment
August 8, 2013
TYRX Announces First U.S. Implantation of AIGISRx® R Fully Bioresorbable Antibacterial Envelope
August 7, 2013
Health Care DataWorks Adds Experience to the Management Team with Announcement of Michael Collett as Vice President of Sales
August 06, 2013
Health Care DataWorks Taps Veteran Healthcare Professional Kathleen Kimmel as Chief Clinical Officer
August 01, 2013
Micro-stents progressively defining their role in glaucoma management
July 25, 2013
TYRX Receives FDA Clearance for AIGISRx® N Antibacterial Envelope
July 23, 2013
Health Care DataWorks Secures Investment Capital to Accelerate Product Development, Sales and Marketing
July 16, 2013
TYRX Receives FDA Clearance for Fully Resorbable AIGISRx® R Antibacterial Envelope
July 09, 2013
Health Care DataWorks Eases the Pain of Strategic Business Intelligence Planning and Enterprise Data Warehouse Implementation for Healthcare Organizations
July 09, 2013
The outpatient's caregiver
July 08, 2013
Zero Infections in High-Risk Cardiac Device Replacements Reported with Use of TYRX Antibacterial Envelope
June 26, 2013
KishHealth System Selects PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician Communications Platform
June 18, 2013
MemorialCare Innovation Fund Invests in TYRX for Novel Technology to Reduce Surgical Site Infections
June 04, 2013
Covenant Medical Group Selects PerfectServe to Secure Physician-to-Physician Communications
June 04, 2013
HIStalk Interviews Benjamin Albert, CEO, Care Team Connect
May 15, 2013
Aventura Appoints John Gobron as Chief Executive Office
May 13, 2013
2013 Up-and-Comer: Care Team Connect, Inc.
May 08, 2013
Chicago Health System ACO Selects Care Team Connect to Power Population Health Strategy
May 07, 2013
PerfectServe DocLink Powers Physician-to-Physician Communication for Improved Healthcare Coordination
May 07, 2013
Analytics-Driven Compassionate Healthcare at El Camino Hospital
May 02, 2013
Skylight® Healthcare Systems Appoints New Chief Clinical Officer
April 16, 2013
Skylight® Healthcare Systems Leads the Charge to Boost the Hospital Experience with Interactive Meal Ordering
April 16, 2013
TYRX® Announces First Ever Implantation of AIGISRx® R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope
April 16, 2013
Skylight® Healthcare Systems Continues Substantial Growth with Addition of Prominent U.S. Hospitals
April 10, 2013
Skylight® Healthcare Systems Achieves Meaningful Use Certification
February 28, 2013
Healthcare IT and Clinical Expert Beverly Bell Joins Health Care DataWorks
February 28, 2013
Health Care DataWorks Launches New Version of KnowledgeEdge with Advanced Healthcare Dashboards and Business Intelligence Capabilities
February 25, 2013
Ivantis Announces Completion of $27 MM Financing for Novel Glaucoma Procedure
January 31, 2013
TYRX® Receives Approval for New AIGISRx® R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope from Health Canada
January 31, 2013
PerfectServe Expands Footprint with Leading U.S. Health Systems
January 29, 2013
El Camino Hospital Partners with Health Care DataWorks for Enterprise Data Warehouse and Healthcare Analytics
January 22, 2013
Care Team Connect Launches Integration to Michigan Health Information Network
December 19, 2012
Skylight® Healthcare Systems Wins eHealthcare Leadership Award
December 12, 2012
Advocate Christ Standardizes Clinical Communication
October 30, 2012
MissionPoint Health Partners Selects Care Team Connect to Coordinate Care for 40,000 Patients
September 27, 2012
PerfectServe Releases Patient-Centered Routing
September 25, 2012
Care Team Connect Powers Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in Michigan
September 20, 2012
Skylight Healthcare Secures $5 Million in Financing from Duchossois Capital Partners
September 19, 2012
PerfectServe Now Connecting More Than 25,000 Physicians, 54 Hospitals
September 11, 2012
PerfectServe Releases Paper on Improving Patient Experience
August 14, 2012
MedVentive Names Bernard Chien as Chief Technology Officer
July 18, 2012
Care Team Connect Expands Executive Team, Hires Chief Technology Officer
July 12, 2012
Skylight Healthcare Comments on Supreme Court Update: Impact on Patient Engagement Technology
June 28, 2012
Aventura HQ Named in 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch
June 21, 2012
Michigan Pioneer ACO Partners with Care Team Connect to Coordinate Care for 13,000 Patients
June 20, 2012
PerfectServe’s Chicago Office Moves Due to Continued Growth
June 05, 2012
PerfectServe Doubles Size of Chicago Team
May 30, 2012
Oakwood ACC Partners with Care Team Connect to coordinate patient care
May 30, 2012
Skylight Healthcare Systems: Hospitals Share Innovative Approach in Leveraging Interactive Patient Systems to Address HCAHPS Quiet at Night and Cleanliness Scores
May 8, 2012
MedVentive Named a 2012 “Cool Vendor in Healthcare Providers” by Leading Analyst Firm
April 25, 2012
CombiMatrix names Richard Hockett, M.D. Medical Director
April 11, 2012
MindFrame Inc awarded new patent for breakthrough capture LP Thrombectomy Technology
Jan 5, 2012
PGXL Laboratories partners with AutoGenomics to expand Molecular Testing in Pharmacogenetics
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AutoGenomics launches the INFINITI® FMF Panel
Dec 21, 2010
AutoGenomics Receives FDA Clearance for its INFINITI® CYP2C19 Assay
Oct 26, 2010

MEDTRONIC ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF TYRX, INC.,
DEVELOPER OF SOLUTIONS FOR SURGICAL SITE INFECTIONS

MINNEAPOLIS – Jan. 06, 2014 – Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today announced that it has acquired TYRX, Inc., a privately held, New Jersey-based developer of implantable combination antibiotic drug and implanted medical devices. TYRX’s product offerings include the recently FDA cleared AIGISRx® R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope, designed to reduce surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), and the AIGISRx® N Antibacterial Envelope, for use with spinal cord neuromostimulators. The all cash transaction includes an initial payment of $160 million plus potential earn out and performance based milestone payments. Medtronic expects the net impact from this transaction to be neutral to fiscal year 2014 earnings and for this transaction to be consistent with the company's disciplined focus on long-term returns.

This acquisition supports Medtronic's expansion of its medical device product offerings to include broader healthcare services and solutions, providing meaningful clinical outcomes and economic value for hospitals, physicians, patients and payers.

“While the risk of infection from an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator is low for most patients, repeated operative procedures after the initial device implant are associated with a substantial incremental risk of infection. This is estimated to cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $1 billion per year,” said Pat Mackin, president of the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management business and senior vice president at Medtronic. “TYRX has developed an innovative, proven technology to reduce infection risk, making the procedure safer for patients and removing significant costs from the healthcare system.”

"We look forward to joining Medtronic as part of a combined portfolio that can positively impact outcomes for patients by reducing implant-related infections, and bring value to our customers," said Robert White, president and chief executive officer of TYRX.

In collaboration with leading clinicians, researchers and scientists worldwide, Medtronic offers a broad range of innovative medical technology for the interventional and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease and cardiac arrhythmias. The company strives to offer products and services that deliver clinical and economic value to healthcare consumers and providers around the world.

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include expectations regarding benefits to Medtronic's operations as a result of the closing of the TYRX acquisition. The statements in this release are based upon current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, including risks related to the integration of TYRX's operations into Medtronic's, the anticipated future benefits (including cost savings and other synergies) resulting from the acquisition of TYRX or that such benefits may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected, difficulties and delays inherent in the development, manufacturing, marketing and sale of medical products and services, government regulation, general economic conditions and other risks and uncertainties set forth in Medtronic's periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, but not limited to, Medtronic's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 26, 2013. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results. Medtronic disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this release based on new information, future events or otherwise.



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Skylight Healthcare Systems Wins eHealthcare Leadership Award for Second Year

Recognized for Patient Access and Convenience

SAN DIEGO – Dec. 12, 2013 – Skylight® Healthcare Systems, a pioneer in interactive patient care systems, was named the Gold Winner in Business/Process Improvement Applications and Products for the category of Best Patient Access and Convenience in the 2013 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. This leading awards program recognizes the best websites and digital communications of healthcare organizations, online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, suppliers, and business improvement initiatives.

The Best Patient Access and Convenience Award recognizes organizations that provide ease of access and convenience related to medical appointments requests or schedules, condition-specific patient information and education, pre-registration for procedures, and patient-physician communications.

Skylight was selected from nearly 1,100 entries and judged by 121 individuals familiar with healthcare and the Internet.

Skylight’s innovative flagship product, CareNavigator™, helps engage patients throughout the continuum of care. Utilizing the HIPAA-compliant solution, patients are able to fill out needed forms, learn more about the hospital, and better understand their treatment plan. Once in the hospital, patients benefit from having the in-room television transformed into a care station providing condition- specific health education, an array of patient-centric services, and entertainment options. CareNavigator also streamlines nurse workflow by delivering seamless interoperability with existing healthcare information systems including order entry, electronic medical record applications, nurse call, communications and messaging, service requests, plus bedside shopping and dining applications. Once discharged, patients and their families are able to use CareNavigator Passport™ at home to access vital information to ensure a healthy recovery and decrease chances of readmission.

“Each day we come to work knowing that we are doing something to help patients have a better experience and help providers transform healthcare,” said Tom Klopack, CEO for Skylight Healthcare Systems. “Being acknowledged for our efforts and recognized as a leader in healthcare is further evidence that our efforts are successful. We are honored and thank eHealthcare Strategy & Trends for this award.”

Winners of platinum, gold, silver, and distinction awards represented 17 industry classifications, from hospitals and health systems to pharmaceutical firms and online health companies. Awards were given in 14 different categories: Best Mobile Communications, Best Patient Access and Convenience, Best Site Design, Best Health/Healthcare Content, Best Interactive, Best Care/Disease Management, Best Employee Recruitment, Best Doctor Directory, Best Social Networking, Best Rich Media, Best Marketing Campaign, Best Overall Internet Site, Best Intranet, and eHealth Organizational Commitment.

The eHealthcare Leadership Awards program was developed and first presented 14 years ago by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading industry resource published by Health Care Communications, Rye, NY. The Seventeenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference was sponsored by Greystone.Net, an Atlanta-based strategy firm.

About Skylight® Healthcare Systems
For more than a decade, San Diego-based Skylight® Healthcare Systems has been transforming the patient experience throughout the continuum of care. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight CareNavigator™, the company’s innovative interactive patient care system, uses common communication devices including televisions, computers, and mobile devices to address patient and family needs in health education, services and communication with physicians and care teams. Hospitals subsequently experience improved HCAHPS, reduced readmissions, greater clinical efficiencies and increased reimbursements. Together with Skylight’s account management and clinical consulting teams, hospitals, health systems and Accountable Care Organizations deploy CareNavigator™ to manage populations, increase patient satisfaction and achieve meaningful use. CareNavigator also integrates with existing hospital systems to streamline clinical workflow, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance revenue through additional service offerings including pharmacy and retail. For more information about Skylight’s tools and impact on the patient experience, visit www.skylight.com.



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Skylight Healthcare Systems Selected as a Fierce Innovation Awards Finalist in Population Health Management

12/06/2013 | San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO – Dec. 6, 2013 – Skylight Healthcare Systems announced today that is has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition, an awards program from the publisher of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare, and FierceMobileHealthcare. Skylight Healthcare Systems was recognized as a finalist in the category of Population Health Management.

Skylight Healthcare Systems was selected as a finalist for its innovative, industry-leading product, Skylight CareNavigator™ Passport.

Finalists were selected by a distinguished panel of CIOs and other executives from renowned U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems, including Mayo Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A complete list of judges can be found at www.fierceinnovationawards.com/healthcare/2013/judges.

“These finalists are a cross-section of game-changing solutions providers who are helping providers to transform healthcare delivery and improve care,” said Wendy Johnson, FierceMarkets’ healthcare group publisher. “This is truly an exciting time in healthcare. Disruptive changes are happening that will lead to lasting improvements and millions of saved—and improved—lives.”

All applications were evaluated based on the following criteria: impact on quality of care and patient outcomes; impact on care efficiency; impact on healthcare information exchange; technology Innovation; financial Impact; market validation; compatibility with existing health IT systems; end-user experience and overall level of innovation. Finalists were selected based on the judges’ scores in each area.

“Our mission at Skylight is to deliver hospitals and health systems the tools and power to give better care across the continuum,” said Tom Klopack, CEO for Skylight Healthcare Systems. “CareNavigator Passport extends the hospital care experience to include interaction before and after the hospital stay. Recognition as a finalist in the Fierce Innovation Awards demonstrates the ability of our solution to engage patients to become active participants in their care, and for that we are proud and honored.”

CareNavigator Passport™, a highly intuitive patient engagement tool, connects patients and hospital staff across transitions of care. Building on the engagement and relationship created during the hospital stay, CareNavigator Passport continues to support patients with timely messages, health education, important reminders, outcome assessments, surveys and more. A secure, HIPAA-compliant solution, CareNavigator Passport can be accessed via a home computer, tablet, or mobile device, giving patients anywhere, anytime access to the information and education to better manage their health and recovery. Additionally, CareNavigator Passport can proactively reach out to patients with reminders and notifications about appointments, condition-specific education, and patient-specific medication. Just like in the hospital, CareNavigator Passport provides patients with a personalized user experience that includes essential patient-specific information. CareNavigator Passport is technology that helps patients stay on track with their health.

To learn more about Skylight Healthcare Systems visit, www.skylight.com

About FierceMarkets
FierceMarkets, a wholly owned subsidiary of Questex Media Group, is a leader in B2B emedia, providing information and marketing services in the telecommunications, life sciences, healthcare, IT, energy, government, finance, and retail industries through its portfolio of email newsletters, websites, webinars and live events. Every business day, FierceMarkets' wide array of publications reaches more than 1.3 million executives in more than 100 countries.

Current publications include: Energy: FierceEnergy; FierceSmartgrid; Telecom: FierceWireless; FierceCable; FierceDeveloper; FierceOnlineVideo; FierceTelecom; FierceWirelessTech; FierceWireless:Europe; Healthcare: FierceEMR; FierceHealthcare; FierceHealthFinance; FierceHealthIT; FierceHealthPayer; FierceMedicalImaging; FierceMobileHealthcare; FiercePracticeManagement; Hospital Impact; Life Sciences: FierceBiomarkers; FierceBiotech; FierceBiotechIT; FierceBiotech Research; FierceCRO; FierceDiagnostics, FierceDrugDelivery; FierceMedicalDevices; FiercePharma; FiercePharmaManufacturing; FierceVaccines; Enterprise IT: FierceBigData; FierceCIO; FierceCIO:TechWatch; FierceContentManagement; FierceITSecurity; FierceMobileIT; FierceEnterpriseCommunications; Finance: FierceCFO; FierceFinance; FierceFinanceIT; Government: FierceGovernment; FierceGovernmentIT; FierceHomelandSecurity; and FierceMobileGovernment; Marketing & Retail: FierceCMO; FierceMobileRetail; FierceRetail; and StorefrontBacktalk.

About Skylight® Healthcare Systems
For more than a decade, San Diego-based Skylight® Healthcare Systems has been transforming the patient experience throughout the continuum of care. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight CareNavigator™, the company’s innovative interactive patient care system, uses common communication devices including televisions, computers, and mobile devices to address patient and family needs in health education, services and communication with physicians and care teams. Hospitals subsequently experience improved HCAHPS, reduced readmissions, greater clinical efficiencies and increased reimbursements. Together with Skylight’s account management and clinical consulting teams, hospitals, health systems and Accountable Care Organizations deploy CareNavigator™ to manage populations, increase patient satisfaction and achieve meaningful use. CareNavigator also integrates with existing hospital systems to streamline clinical workflow, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance revenue through additional service offerings including pharmacy and retail. For more information about Skylight’s tools and impact on the patient experience, visit www.skylight.com.



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PerfectServe Introduces Clinical Event Push for PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician™

December 5, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Electronic medical records (EMRs) have traditionally been pigeonholed as data repositories. However, creating awareness among clinicians when new information is available is critical to improving the quality of care and driving down healthcare costs. Today, PerfectServe – the intelligent, unified clinical communications platform company – introduced Clinical Event Push to its industry-leading PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician™ solution, which couples the power of its rules engine with data from the EMR and other clinical systems.

“The data that is entered and stored within the EMR and other clinical systems is rarely communicated proactively, or is done so with much delay,” said Terry Edwards, PerfectServe chief executive officer. “Clinical Event Push allows health systems to leverage the data in their EMR and other clinical systems to implement processes that automatically inform the right physician of important clinical events so he or she can take the right action without unnecessary delay.”

PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician™ improves both patient outcomes and operational efficiencies by reducing hospital staff-to-physician communications process variability and shortening contact cycle times. Now equipped with Clinical Event Push, hospitals and health systems can connect the EMR, admit discharge transfer (ADT), lab, radiology and other clinical systems to the PerfectServe communications platform, allowing them to help clinicians become aware of important clinical events as they occur.

These include:

  • Informing primary care physicians of key patient flow events (i.e., when patients present in the emergency department, are admitted or discharged from the hospital);
  • Informing specialists when new consult orders are entered via Computerize Physician Order Entry (CPOE); and
  • Notifying physicians when new test results are available.

With Clinical Event Push, PerfectServe introduces information systems as a new entry point in the communications process. In the past, clinicians themselves had to initiate all communication using the web, phone or mobile app. With Clinical Event Push, computer systems automatically initiate a communications transaction based upon event triggers and algorithms, without the need for human intervention.

Leading healthcare providers including Advocate Health Care in Chicago, IL and St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit, MI have already started deploying Clinical Event Push capabilities across their clinical staff in a variety of departments, including pathology and the emergency department.

More on PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician™

PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician™ makes it easy to connect with the right clinician at the right time, in the way he or she should be reached. Calls and messages route automatically and securely—according to each clinician’s precise instructions. This is possible because PerfectServe assembles and maintains the communications workflow, call schedules and contact preferences for every medical staff member, for every moment of every day. With PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician, call centers and answering services, Post-It Notes and Rolodexes, web directories, binders and lists are eliminated—along with any potential for communication breakdown.

PerfectServe also addresses HIPAA-compliance by providing a secure communications infrastructure with the ability to automatically filter the electronic transmission of protected health information (PHI).

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About PerfectServe

PerfectServe enables health systems to improve collaboration, reduce risk and increase patient and clinician satisfaction as they move toward new models of care by helping them overcome common, recurring and costly barriers to clinician-to-clinician communication. With deep technical and clinical expertise, PerfectServe evolves health care communications, providing the process improvements to ensure the right information safely and securely reaches the right clinician at the right time in the way they should be reached – both within and outside the walls of the hospital. For more than 12 years, PerfectServe has been connecting clinicians to empower them to improve key quality and efficiency metrics and better coordinate care across the expanding health care continuum.



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Health Care DataWorks Named to Business First 2013 Fast 50 List

Ranked 7, HCD recognized as one of fastest-growing companies in Central Ohio.

Health Care DataWorks (HCD), a leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions and healthcare analytics, has been named to the Columbus Business First 2013 Fast 50 list. Published annually, the list recognizes the fastest-growing private companies in Central Ohio with an average of at least $1 million in revenue over the past three years. Rankings of this year’s winners were announced at a luncheon hosted by the publication at the Hyatt Regency. HCD ranked 7.

“It is a great honor to be included in the Fast 50 list compiled by Business First, and we are proud of what our organization has accomplished in the four years since our 2009 founding,” said Jason Buskirk, Health Care DataWorks CEO.“We expect further growth and success as we continue to partner with hospitals and healthcare systems across the country to deliver solutions that improve the quality of patient care and reduce operational costs.”

HCD enables healthcare organizations to use actionable knowledge to make better business decisions, improve patient care and enhance operating efficiencies. Built by healthcare experts, HCD’s KnowledgeEdge™ is an Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) solution that brings together the existing silos of data and unifies them into a data model built specifically for hospitals and health systems. Through pre-built dashboards, reports, and applications, organizations can quickly begin to empower their nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals with the analytics they need for critical decision-making.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.
Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit http://www.hcdataworks.com.

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Aventura Honored as Gold Winner in the 5th Annual 2013 Golden Bridge Awards

Denver, CO – October 2, 2013 – Aventura, the awareness computing leader for hospitals, has earned the prestigious Gold status in the Golden Bridge Awards for their innovative, secure, and effective healthcare IT awareness computing platform.

The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, case studies, product management, public relations and marketing campaigns, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry. Organizations from all over the world are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

The winners demonstrate an exceptional practice of creating innovative products that translate to new business growth in the areas of cloud security, data centers, enterprise management, mobile solutions, and information security.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Gold winner in the Mobile Innovative Products and Services category,” said Brandi Narvaez, Aventura COO. “This award is a testament to the vital impact awareness computing has in healthcare, and recognizes the efficiencies achieved by streamlining the provider experience as they deliver exceptional patient care. Supporting the mobile workforce of doctors and nurses has monumental impact on this quality of care delivered.”

The award recognizes what Aventura has achieved in building and delivering an awareness computing platform to support doctors and nurses in clinical settings. Awareness computing improves the collaboration between systems that were not actually designed to work together, resulting in a clinical workflow that is more intelligent and secure.

More than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated and their average scores determined the 2013 Golden Bridge Business Awards winners. The winners were honored during the awards dinner and presentation on September 30, 2013 in San Francisco attended by the finalists, industry leaders, and judges.

About the Golden Bridge Awards
Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America, Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about The Golden Bridge Awards at www.goldenbridgeawards.com

About Aventura
Aventura is the leading provider of awareness computing for the healthcare industry. For decades, clinicians have had to adapt their workflow to the limitations of computers; with Aventura, computers can now adapt to how clinicians work. Through its patented technology, Aventura delivers awareness of a user’s identity and role, their location within a facility, what device they are working on, and what patient they are treating. Based on this awareness, they are able to immediately deliver a virtual desktop and dynamically provision the applications a user needs and exact screens required to care for that particular patient, eliminating wasteful clicks and keystrokes. As a result, Aventura helps customers achieve their important initiatives in the areas of EHR adoption and Meaningful Use requirements; PHI data security; mobility; and cost containment. Learn more at www.aventurahq.com

Contact Aventura
Catherine Loop | Marketing Associate | 720.545.1166 | catherine.loop@aventurahq.com

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Aventura Closes $4.3 Million in New Funding; Appoints John Gobron President and CEO

Denver, CO – September 26, 2013 – Aventura, the awareness computing leader for healthcare, announced today the completion of a $4.3 million investment led by current investors Clarion Direct Investment, Excel Venture Management, HLM Venture Partners, and MemorialCare Innovation Fund (MCIF). The support from some of the most respected healthcare venture capital investors focuses on improving critical information access for mobile clinicians while reducing overall hospital costs.

In conjunction with the closed funding, the Aventura Board of Directors voted for the appointment of John Gobron to president and chief executive officer. Previously, Mr. Gobron was serving in the acting CEO role.

“Aventura is uniquely positioned to adapt healthcare IT functionality to the user’s anticipated activity,” said Caleb Winder, Director at Excel Venture Management. “In an age of information overload, a computing system that is aware of the user’s needs is increasingly critical. Under John’s leadership, we look forward to leveraging Aventura’s intelligence in healthcare as awareness computing expands in hospitals across the US.”

The investment strengthens Aventura’s position as the awareness computing leader for healthcare. Awareness computing improves the collaboration between systems that were not designed to work together, resulting in a clinical workflow that is more intelligent and secure.

“Doctors and nurses commit themselves to helping others in times of need, but experience difficulty leveraging their electronic health record (EHR) and applications in conjunction with care delivery,” said Dan Galles, Partner at HLM Venture Partners. “The future of clinical workflow lies in securely boosting information access to these mobile clinicians through awareness computing environments.”

The driving force of healthcare IT today is the use, meaningful or otherwise, of clinical systems to help drive better outcomes. One of the torturous challenges for clinicians has always been usability of these systems. Aventura’s patented awareness computing platform makes these systems incredibly more responsive for doctors and nurses. Better information access for mobile clinicians increases real-time documentation and supports important initiatives such as cost containment, meaningful use efforts, and PHI security in hospitals.

“In the age of awareness computing, clinical systems become intelligent as they draw inference from the user and patient’s needs to deliver the right information, at the right location, at the right instant, with the right workflow, for the right patient. We call this the five rights of clinical workflow,” said John Gobron, Aventura President and CEO. “This investment is a true vote of confidence in Aventura’s ability to implement intelligent systems and empower clinicians to deliver seamless, high quality care that focuses on the patient, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

This financing builds on Aventura’s previously announced $13 million equity financing in 2011 and strong backing of leading venture capital investors.

About Aventura
Aventura is the leading provider of awareness computing for the healthcare industry. For decades, clinicians have had to adapt their workflow to the limitations of computers; with Aventura, computers can now adapt to how clinicians work. Through its patented technology, Aventura delivers awareness of a user’s identity and role, their location within a facility, what device they are working on, and what patient they are treating. Based on this awareness, they are able to immediately deliver a virtual desktop and dynamically provision the applications a user needs and exact screens required to care for that particular patient, eliminating wasteful clicks and keystrokes. As a result, Aventura helps customers achieve their important initiatives in the areas of EHR adoption and Meaningful Use requirements; PHI data security; mobility; and cost containment. Learn more at www.aventurahq.com

Contact Aventura
Catherine Loop | Marketing Associate | 720.545.1166 | catherine.loop@aventurahq.com

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Jason Buskirk of Health Care DataWorks

Jason Buskirk is co-founder of Health Care Dataworks, an Ohio State University technology spinoff that develops software to analyze information from electronic medical records (EMR) and billing systems. The company's COO for five years, Buskirk was named CEO in July following a re-alignment in company leadership.

What does your company do?
We're a leading provider of what the industry calls enterprise analytic solutions. We have a product suite called KnowledgeEdge, which delivers an enterprise data-warehousing model that users can access via a web interface. The software looks at hundreds of different metrics - patient throughput, revenue cycle measures and more - that allow healthcare organizations to improve quality of care while also reducing costs.

Our solution pools data into one location, with an interface on top of it. There's no illusion we can create all the metrics a company will be interested in. That's why we also offer user-driven analytics, allowing customers to create their own measures on the fly

Who are your clients?
Our clients are hospitals or large, integrated healthcare delivery networks. Our application is also applicable to smaller community hospitals.

What does the shift in leadership mean for your company?
As a company evolves, it has to stay ahead of industry needs and wants. We're banking on the fact that HCD has a team with deep leadership experience from a business perspective. We are aware of what it will take to build on our reputation for delivering quality solutions and continue to grow our business. As CEO, I'm very excited to be in the position of directing the success of this organization.

How did you become an entrepreneur?
It started at a very young age when my mom would buy me gum and I'd sell it to kids at school. I saw a demand and filled it. Years later during the dot-com bubble I was in Columbus working for a telecom startup. I made it through a few rounds of layoffs and realized I wanted something more stable. OSU's medical center had an opening and that's when I first got into data warehousing.

What advice would you give to someone starting a company in Columbus?
The city has some great resources available. When we started the company (in 2009), TechColumbus gave us a grant to get our contracts established, and they were always available to answer questions. Anyone building a company here should look at the resources available and take advantage of them.

What inspires you?
People are often intimidated by data in the different applications they use. But when I sit in front of our users and see them play around with our interface, I see their eyes light up when they realize what a powerful tool they have. That's what keeps me going. Lots of users are starved for this type of info. They see how easy our solution is, and that's when I know we're having an effect.

Interview by Douglas J. Guth

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Health Care DataWorks Leadership Team Evolves to Meet Changing Needs of Hospitals and Health Systems

Company founder Jason Buskirk named CEO, healthcare industry innovator Ivo Nelson to spearhead business strategy as Chairman of the Board, John Gomez engaged to expand product innovation

Columbus, OH (September 18, 2013) – Health Care DataWorks, Inc., (HCD) a leading provider of business intelligence solutions and healthcare analytics, announced today changes to its leadership team. Under the new direction, the company will continue to build on its reputation for delivering strong solutions that help hospitals and healthcare systems improve the quality of patient care and help them effectively manage ever-increasing operational costs.

Jason Buskirk, one of the company’s founders, has been named CEO and will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations and leading product strategies for HCD’s pre-built applications. Buskirk’s deep expertise and understanding of the challenges healthcare systems face today will be invaluable to HCD’s customers. Ivo Nelson, a member of the HCD Board of Directors since 2010, has moved into the role of Chairman. The leadership team now in place will build on HCD’s continuing success and position the company to maximize its potential for future growth.

“It is critical that the leadership team possess deep industry knowledge and the experience and expertise to guide the company’s direction,” said Buskirk. “As one of the co-founders and COO of the past five years, I am keenly aware of what it will take to build on our reputation for delivering quality solutions and continue to grow our business. With Ivo Nelson as our chairman, I am confident that we are in a good position to serve the dynamic information needs of hospitals and health systems.”

Buskirk has been key to HCD’s success since it was founded in 2008. He was instrumental in developing the company’s flagship solution, the KnowledgeEdge™ Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), and will continue to play a major role in the product’s roadmap. He has the business savvy and deep industry knowledge to provide the leadership necessary to guide the company into the next phase of its growth.

A 28-year veteran in the healthcare industry, Nelson is world renowned for building some of the largest healthcare outsourcing and consulting teams in the United States. Currently, he is a director on the board of Encore Health Resources, which he founded in 2009. Encore provides information technology consulting services to the provider segment of the healthcare market. Nelson is also the Chairman and CEO of Next Wave Health, an advisory investment company that recently announced the creation of Smart Social Media, the first enterprise social media software platform designed specifically for the healthcare industry.

“I joined the Board of Health Care DataWorks three years ago because I recognized the company’s innovation in providing products and services that change the way hospitals and health systems operate,” Nelson said. “I look forward to being a part of the team that provides this core competency to the healthcare industry.”

As part of those efforts, HCD is also collaborating with John Gomez, principal of the New Jersey firm JGo Labs, LLC to help institute leading-edge processes and develop market strategies that align with critical needs in today’s healthcare industry. “This collaboration and interaction will foster imaginative solutions to real-world problems and lead to a stronger, more competitive and effective organization,” Buskirk said.

“As HCD founder and COO for the past five years, Jason Buskirk is a natural part of our CEO succession plan.” said Dr. Herb Smaltz, HCD Board member. With the reins of leadership in his capable hands, I will continue to serve on HCD’s Board of Directors and be operationally involved with business development and thought leadership. With these governance and management realignments, as well as the help of industry experts like John Gomez, the future looks very bright for HCD.”

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit www.hcdataworks.com.

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PerfectServe Welcomes Kristi Syling as New Compliance Officer

Industry veteran with 18 years of government and private healthcare experience joins comprehensive, secure clinical communications company

Sept. 3, 2013

Knoxville, Tenn. — Leading comprehensive clinical communications platform PerfectServe today announced that industry leader, Kristi Syling, joined the company as its new Compliance Officer. With nearly two decades of experience in enhancing operations and increasing revenues through improved compliance management at various companies, Syling will provide strategic leadership to further strengthen PerfectServe’s compliance programs.

“PerfectServe has established a strong position in the market as an authority and expert on clinical communications regulations and compliance,” said Terry Edwards, PerfectServe president and CEO. “We not only believe in meeting compliance requirements for our clients, but also have a strong goal to educate the market about new regulations and industry requirements. By bringing in a dynamic market leader like Kristi, who has years of experience in Medicare, Medicaid, State and Federal regulations, we hope to further improve our offerings and client services, and continue to strengthen our expertise in this market.”

Syling comes to PerfectServe after an illustrious career that includes working in both private and public-sector companies. Prior to joining PerfectServe, Syling served as the privacy compliance officer and project manager at Vanguard Health Systems, where she established processes for documentation and review for the Office of Civil Rights Investigations (OCR) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG). She also provided guidance on HITECH, HIPAA and FDA regulations and requirement. Syling has been the director of compliance and technology (assistant commissioner) at the State of Tennessee, where she reviewed all HIPAA/Security audits, ensuring compliance with program requirements. She has also previously served in various compliance management positions at Community Health Systems and the Woodland Medical Center.

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About PerfectServe

PerfectServe enables health systems to improve collaboration, reduce risk and increase patient and clinician satisfaction as they move toward new models of care by helping them overcome common, recurring and costly barriers to clinician-to-clinician communication. With deep technical and clinical expertise, PerfectServe evolves health care communications, providing the process improvements to ensure the right information safely and securely reaches the right clinician at the right time in the way they should be reached – both within and outside the walls of the hospital. For more than 12 years, PerfectServe has been connecting clinicians to empower them to improve key quality and efficiency metrics and better coordinate care across the expanding health care continuum.

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Care Team Connect Powers PinnacleHealth’s Innovative Care Coordination Model

Partnership will integrate traditional health data with real time monitoring device data to coordinate care

EVANSTON, Ill. – PinnacleHealth, a leading hospital and healthcare system in Central Pennsylvania, has partnered with Care Team Connect (CTC) to power care navigation for their heart failure patients. The program initially supports heart failure patients in their primary care medical home through the use of biometric data supplied from Honeywell Telemedicine devices and traditional health data via PinnacleHealth’s existing Health Information Exchange (HIE).

“PinnacleHealth is focused on developing a strategy to help manage the risk associated with large groups in an ACO agreement by utilizing advancements in technology to minimize the scale up cost. We chose Care Team Connect because of their advanced care coordination product along with the organization’s vision of how healthcare will be provided in the future,” said Jason N. Lato, PinnacleHealth’s Senior Strategic Initiatives Developer. “PinnacleHealth’s strategies align with Care Team Connect’s, which will create an environment for innovative accomplishments.”

Care Team Connect will integrate with PinnacleHealth’s HIE to receive the patient’s biometric data from Honeywell monitoring devices (Weight, Blood pressure, Pulse, and Pulse Ox) in addition to Admit and Discharge data, lab results, and other relevant patient-centric information. Instead of having a simple algorithm based, for example, on just weight gain, CTC has the ability to combine the weight gain data with a patient’s lab result, such as an ejection fraction, to determine whether or not the weight gain is a cause for concern and needs to be escalated to the care manager. This real time data-driven approach ensures appropriate resource utilization, allows care managers more time to respond directly to patients who require active care and ensures timely action to prevent costly patient encounters downstream.

“By combining traditional health data with data from Honeywell’s real time patient monitoring devices, PinnacleHealth will take advantage of Care Team Connect’s sophisticated integration and rules engine to alert and specify what response is needed based on complex clinical rules of care,” said Greg Kuhnen, Care Team Connect’s Chief Technology Officer. “This is the next frontier of care management and we feel very fortunate to team with a visionary organization like PinnacleHealth.”

About PinnacleHealth

PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to providing and improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic) and medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology, at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit http://www.pinnaclehealth.org

About Care Team Connect

Care Team Connect’s integrated care management platform powers innovative population health strategies. By integrating data from disparate health systems, our secure, web-based platform powers workflow across the care continuum via a shared, patient-centric care plan. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission, Patient-Centered Medical Home, and payer care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition, and care setting. To learn more, visit www.careteamconnect.com.

Media Contact: Anu Jayaraman | 773-897-0711 | Email: ajayaraman@careteamconnect.com

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Ivantis Raises Additional $5 MM from Singapore-based Global Investor, EDBI, Increasing Series B to $32.5 MM

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 20, 2013 --- Ivantis, developer of the novel Hydrus™ Microstent device designed to lower eye pressure for glaucoma patients, announced today that it secured an additional $5 MM in the second close of its Series B financing. This second close was led by EDBI of Singapore. In January, Ivantis announced the close of $27 MM (led by new investor Ascension Health Ventures), and this additional $5 MM takes the total Series B to $32.5 MM. The funds will support the company’s three multinational randomized clinical trials, including the U.S. pivotal trial, as well as establishing activity in Asia Pacific.

“Ivantis will strengthen Singapore’s position as a global leader in ophthalmology research and clinical services. The company will build product development and clinical capabilities in the emerging field of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery,” said Ms Swee-Yeok CHU, CEO & President EDBI. “We look forward to supporting Ivantis’ expansion in Asia, and assisting the team with market access and localization of the Hydrus Microstent to realize the potential of this fast growing market.”

In related developments, Ivantis announced that it has received approval to market the Hydrus device in Australia.

“This influx of capital from Asia represents the next step in our global strategy,” said Dave Van Meter, President and CEO of Ivantis. “It is estimated that nearly 20 million people will have open angle glaucoma in Asia by 2020. If one considers Asia Pacific more broadly, and includes India, the number approximates 30 million. EDBI is a proven ophthalmic devices investor, and we look forward to collaborating on our research with the prestigious Singapore National Eye Center as a result of this investment. We are pleased and grateful to have EDBI joining the Ivantis investor syndicate, and we are confident they will be an invaluable partner as our Asia Pacific strategy is crafted and executed over the coming years.”

The Hydrus Microstent, roughly the size of an eyelash, is placed through a minimally invasive, microsurgical procedure and is designed to reduce eye pressure by reestablishing the patient’s natural outflow pathway. Most often, glaucoma patients have both a blockage and a collapse of the natural outflow pathway. The Hydrus device relies on a two-fold mechanism of action, both creating a large opening through the traditional source of flow blockage, known as the “trabecular meshwork,” and then dilating and scaffolding the conventional pathway through which fluid exits the eye (known as Schlemm’s canal). While the U.S. approval trial is evaluating Hydrus in glaucoma patients who are undergoing cataract surgery, the device is being used both in cataract surgery and in standalone glaucoma surgery internationally.

About Ivantis
Ivantis, Inc. is a privately held company established in 2007 to design, develop and commercialize new technologies to treat eye disease. Investors include New Enterprise Associates, Delphi Ventures, Ascension Health Ventures, and MemorialCare Innovation Fund.

About EDBI
EDBI is a leading strategic investment firm headquartered in Singapore with a worldwide presence investing to drive growth opportunities within the knowledge and innovation-intensive sectors of Biomedical Sciences, Internet & Digital Media, Clean Technologies, as well as key industries in Singapore. As a value adding investor, EDBI creates sustainable and synergistic partnerships with its portfolio companies, leveraging on its extensive networks and experience to facilitate the companies’ growth in Asia and the world, through their operations in Singapore. http://www.edbi.com.

Contacts:
For Ivantis, Inc.,
Diana Soltesz, 818-618-5634 or 818 592-6747, Email: Diana@dsmmedia.com Gemma Cunningham, 949-637-4296, Email: Gemma949@yahoo.com

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Tennessee Payer Makes Population Health Investment

Blue Cross BlueShield of Tennessee is implementing a population health management platform from Care Team Connect to improve the overall quality of care at its patient-centered medical home (PCMH) program while also reducing costs for those members. The platform will also allow BlueCross to streamline various pay for performance programs.

Care Team Connect (CTC), which was recently deemed an Up-and-Comer by Healthcare Informatics, says it has a platform that allows providers and payers to track and measure performance against a core set of measures. At Michigan Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO), care managers use the platform to track home care and sub-acute care to create a community-based electronic record.

“Care Team Connect’s end-to-end care management solution truly stands apart in the population health management space with its ability to drive action by leveraging both payer and provider data. Additionally, CTC’s platform enables us to share data and collaborate with our providers in real time,” Christy Vitulli, vice president of provider networks at BlueCross, said in a statement. “CTC’s workflow management and coordinated care capabilities have already demonstrated success with providers in Tennessee and beyond, which further validated our selection.”



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TYRX Announces First U.S. Implantation of AIGISRx® R Fully Bioresorbable Antibacterial Envelope

Procedure Performed at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute

Monmouth Junction, NJ. (August 7, 2013): TYRX, Inc. announced today that the first implantation of its new AIGISRx R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope has taken place at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute in Nashville, TN by Dr. Christopher R. Ellis. The AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope received U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance on May 20, 2013.

“We have been pleased with the performance of the first generation partially-resorbable AIGISRx,” stated Dr. Ellis, cardiac electrophysiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. “Now with the second generation AIGISRx R, we have the added benefit of it being fully bioresorbable, which will shorten procedure times required on potential future interventions.”

The AIGISRx R device is a fully bioresorbable, antibacterial mesh envelope, intended to hold Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) securely in place to provide a stable environment when implanted in the body. The AIGISRx R contains the antimicrobial agents rifampin and minocycline, which are released locally into the tissue to help reduce Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) associated with CIED implantation. Multiple studies have shown that patients at high risk for CIED infection who are implanted with the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope had 70% to 100% fewer device infections than similar patients who did who did not receive the AIGISRx.

Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute recently performed a matched cohort study to compare the incidence of CIED infection in patients receiving a CIED with or without an AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope. After a minimum of 90days of follow-up, the incidence of CIED infection was significantly lower in the group that received the AIGISRx, compared to those that did not (0.4% vs. 3.0%, OR = 0.13 [0.02-0.95],p=0.04). There were 87 percent fewer CIED infections in patients who received the AIGISRx, compared to those who did not. (Kolek et al.Pacing Clin Electrophysiol.2013;36(3);354-361).

“We are very pleased to have the first U.S. AIGISRx R implantation at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute,” commented Robert White, TYRX President and Chief Executive Officer. “The AIGISRx R provides physicians and facilities with a key tool in preventing surgical site infections and in helping to lower the hospital costs associated with them. Two recent studies indicate that hospitals can save $102,000 for every 100 high-risk patients that receive the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope.”

About TYRX, Inc.
TYRX, Inc. commercializes innovative, implantable combination drug+device products focused on infection control, including the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope, designed to reduce surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs). AIGISRx products contain the antimicrobial agents, rifampin and minocycline, which have been shown to reduce infection by pathogens responsible for the majority of CIED infections, including “superbugs” such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).*

For more information, please visit www.TYRX.com or www.HeartDeviceInfection.com.

*Data on file at TYRX and published Hansen et al. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2009; 32(7):898-907.

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Health Care DataWorks Adds Experience to the Management Team with Announcement of Michael Collett as Vice President of Sales

Talented healthcare executive to provide sales leadership, advance sales strategies that contribute to company growth, and boost support for present and future customers

Columbus, OH (August 6, 2013) – Health Care DataWorks, Inc., (HCD) today announced the appointment of healthcare technology sales veteran Michael Collett to the position of vice president of sales. In this role, Collett will be responsible for business development, strategic sales plans and consistent sales execution to ensure company growth. He joins a leadership team that continues to strategically evolve to meet the changing needs of an expanding customer base.

Collett comes to HCD with over 20 years of enterprise software sales experience in healthcare and business intelligence. He has a solid track record of working with large, complex hospital systems to build lasting customer relationships. As vice president of sales, Collett will manage all aspects of operational sales and further develop and expand the sales team.

“Mike joins HCD with valuable years of experience leading sales teams in healthcare technology companies, with a proven track record for exceeding sales goals, expanding customer bases and driving customer satisfaction,” said Jason Buskirk, Health Care DataWorks CEO. “An understanding of the importance of business intelligence to improve healthcare and his ability to react to industry trends make him the ideal choice to join our management team. Under Mike’s leadership, we are confident that HCD will continue to grow as one of the leading providers of business intelligence solutions and healthcare analytics.”

Most recently, Collett was vice president of North American sales for Caradigm, a Microsoft – GE joint venture, where he developed the sales methodology and led a sales team that consistently achieved sales targets and maximized sales opportunities. Prior to Caradigm, Collett was director of sales for the Microsoft Health Solutions Group, where he built and executed a robust opportunity pipeline and was named top sales director for two consecutive years. In addition, Collett spent three years as regional vice president for Sentillion, Inc. (acquired by Microsoft in 2010), where he was responsible for selling identity and access management solutions to healthcare providers across the Southeast region. Collett also served as vice president of sales at HealthCast, Inc., where he spent six years organizing and implementing corporate sales and marketing activities, and increased total customer base from two to more than 130 hospitals. In addition, Collett held several positions at ProxyMed.

“HCD is an industry-leading provider of healthcare business intelligence, and I’m excited to play a role in developing and implementing sales strategies that will have a positive impact on the company’s growth,” Collett said. “I understand the importance of business intelligence in cutting operational costs and managing budgets effectively, and have a passion for using technology to improve the quality of patient care. I am eager to join HCD and use my experience in healthcare technology to help both present and future customers use business intelligence that make their organizations more successful.”

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit www.hcdataworks.com.

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Health Care DataWorks Taps Veteran Healthcare Professional Kathleen Kimmel as Chief Clinical Officer

Renowned healthcare expert to work closely with hospital administrators to help them understand and use analytics to meet business challenges, and incorporate their feedback in the future development of the KnowledgeEdge enterprise data warehouse

Columbus, OH (August 1, 2013) – Health Care DataWorks, Inc., (HCD) is pleased to announce the addition of veteran healthcare technology and clinical specialist Kathleen Kimmel as chief clinical officer. Kimmel will play a key role in developing, designing and delivering strategic services to HCD’s healthcare customers. She joins a leadership team that continues to evolve to provide solutions that help hospitals and healthcare systems improve the quality of patient care.

Kimmel joins HCD with more than 30 years of healthcare experience and a strong business intelligence and performance management analytics background. Her wide range of skills includes hospital administration and product/project management, augmented by extensive knowledge of large health systems, academic organizations, community hospitals, and vendor organizations. Leadership experience extends to customer relations, business development, business process optimization, IT strategy and complex technology implementations. A registered nurse, Kimmel has held a variety of nursing management positions in the intensive care unit, cardiac care unit and cardiac catheter laboratory.

In her role at HCD, Kimmel will work closely with HCD clients to help them understand how business intelligence and analytics can be valuable assets as they face operational and strategic business challenges. She will use her expertise to coach hospital leadership on ways to capitalize on their data and use it to help improve patient care. As HCD continues to grow, Kimmel will provide valuable input into further development of product roadmaps, using feedback from HCD customers to ensure that future offerings are aligned with industry and health system needs.

“We are very fortunate to have a person of Kathleen’s caliber join our team, and know that she will have a solid impact on our business initiatives,” said Jason Buskirk, Health Care DataWorks CEO. “Her expertise will be of immeasurable value as we continue to build on our reputation for delivering the KnowledgeEdge™ Enterprise Data Warehouse that helps healthcare organizations improve patient care while managing escalating costs. Kathleen’s knowledge of clinical and financial analytics, as well as her responsiveness to our clients’ needs, will affect the direction of our product and services roadmaps as we continue to deliver quality solutions.”

Kimmel brings a wealth of clinical experience and technical expertise to HCD. She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado College of Nursing since 2004, where she provides lectures, e-learning and mentoring to graduate students in nursing informatics. In addition to her academic duties, she has also held a variety of positions in various business corporations.

Most recently, Kimmel was the chief nursing officer at MedeAnalytics, Inc., where she led the group responsible for product marketing, advertising, sales, and implementation of the clinical performance intelligence product suite. Prior to that, Kimmel spent a year as product manager of nursing solutions at McKesson Corporation, and an additional six years as vice president of nursing informatics. In that capacity, she created a shared governance team, dramatically increasing collaborative contributions and positioning McKesson as a strong thought leadership resource in the electronic health record (EHR) industry.

Stints at organizations including the Catholic Health Initiatives as director of clinical information systems, and IBM as healthcare and business intelligence consultant further honed her skills. She also held various posts at Integrated Medical System (IMS), now part of WebMD, where she gained valuable expertise in medical communication software that enables hospitals, laboratories, radiology centers, and insurance companies to communicate and share clinical, administrative and financial data.

Kimmel has been designated a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) from the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also sits on the board and holds credentials granted by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). She has been recognized by the University of Colorado College of Nursing as an outstanding lecturer, and received numerous awards including HIMSS Outstanding Special Interest Group Member of the Year, IBM Technical Vitality Award and Bravo Award, and the Overall Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence presented by Microsoft. Kimmel has also been recognized by her peers and awarded the Microsoft Overall Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence.

Accepted as an international industry expert, Kimmel has made numerous presentations at events such as the American Nursing Informatics conferences, HIMSS annual conferences and summits, and American Nursing Informatics events. She has also been a frequent speaker at conferences hosted by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Kimmel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and health sciences from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.

“I am very much looking forward to working with HCD customers to better understand the business and financial challenges they face, and eager to share my knowledge of how business intelligence and analytics can be used as an asset,” Kimmel said. “I share the company’s commitment to helping hospitals and healthcare organizations improve patient care through effective business intelligence solutions, and know that, with all of us working together, we can make a positive impact on healthcare management."

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit www.hcdataworks.com.

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Micro-stents progressively defining their role in glaucoma management

Hydrus

The Hydrus is a crescent-shaped device made of nitinol, a highly biocompatible material used for vascular stents. It is implanted into Schlemm’s canal using an injector through a small incision of less than 2 mm.

This novel 8-mm device stents and dilates the canal, providing a greater possibility that multiple collector channels are within the surgical watershed zone, Samuelson said.

The distal end of the Hydrus is advanced through the trabecular meshwork and then into Schlemm’s canal, allowing the aqueous humor to enter the eye at its end and leave the implant through oval-shaped holes into the canal. Studies are testing the effects of the Hydrus in patients with mild-to-moderate glaucoma, relatively high pressure and visual field defects.

“The limitation in IOP decrease is still the episcleral venous pressure, but you are opening up a wider section of Schlemm’s canal, potentially gaining access to more collection channels. Potentially, the long-term efficacy could be higher,” Feijoo said.

The Hydrus has the CE mark in Europe, and Ivantis is active in providing scientific evidence of the safety and efficacy of the device.

Xen

The Xen implant is a small tube made of soft, collagen-derived gelatin that conforms to the ocular tissue, minimizing tissue reaction. It is inserted ab interno with a 27-gauge needle injector through a sub-2-mm incision in clear cornea to connect the anterior chamber to the sclera and episcleral surface. It has evolved through three generations: Xen, Xen mini and Xen nano. Xen has been granted the CE mark in Europe.

“It is a procedure that is generally more potent than other micro-stents like those going in the canal. There are more requirements for postoperative assessment, but one of the benefits is that it can be titrated and modified after surgery,” Ahmed said.

The creation of a bleb is typically seen and is a good sign of success.

“These blebs are more posterior and diffused than in traditional filtration procedures. Some steps are required to keep them healthy, including topical medications and wound-healing therapies with mitomycin C in the early postop. If bleb healing is excessive, it can be titrated by a needling procedure to lower the pressure, but this is not required in the majority of cases,” Ahmed said.

The mechanism of action of the Xen allows for a target pressure in the low teens, which makes it suitable for more advanced glaucoma stages. Although it can be used in combination with cataract surgery, its efficacy is equal, if not greater, as a standalone procedure, according to Ahmed.

“It’s the use of MMC that can make the difference. Without MMC, we can aim for IOP in the mid-teens, with little use of medications. With MMC, we lower the pressure more,” he said.

InnFocus

The InnFocus MicroShunt is a micro-tube made of a biomaterial called SIBS, which is used in coronary stents. It is soft and flexible and conforms to the eye.

In a clinical trial, Juan Batlle, MD, successfully implanted the InnFocus MicroShunt in more than 20 mixed-race patients with a genetic predisposition for tissue reaction.

“There was very little postoperative bleeding or inflammation, and the eyes remained quiet throughout the follow-up. The material is very inert, and surgery does not involve dissection of the sclera or iridectomy. The elimination of iridectomy might reduce the risk of inducing cataract,” Paul Palmberg, MD, PhD, who examined several of the patients at their 2-year postoperative visit and graded the bleb photos for an upcoming publication, said.

“Surgery is quite easy,” he said. “One simply opens the conjunctiva, applies MMC and rinses, makes a needle track, inserts the tube and closes. It takes about 15 minutes instead of 30 to 45 minutes for a trabeculectomy with MMC. Virtually no postoperative care is required.”

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TYRX Receives FDA Clearance for AIGISRx® N Antibacterial Envelope

Expands Access to Proven Antibacterial Technology to Neurosurgery

Monmouth Junction, NJ. (July 23, 2013): TYRX, Inc. announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the AIGISRx N Antibacterial Envelope for use with vagus nerve stimulators, which are currently used to treat seizure disorders and depression. This approval extends TYRX’s leadership in the commercialization of implantable medical devices designed to help reduce surgical-site infections (SSIs) associated with implantable devices into the field of neurosurgery.

The AIGISRx N Antibacterial Envelope is intended to hold vagus nerve stimulators securely in place in order to provide a stable environment when implanted in the body. Additionally, the AIGISRx N mesh envelope contains the antimicrobial agents rifampin and minocycline, which are released locally into the tissue in order to help reduce SSIs associated with vagus nerve stimulators implanted in the infraclavicular fossa.

“The AIGISRx N Antibacterial Envelope provides neurosurgery patients and physicians with a new and proven infection prevention technology which can help improve patient outcomes,” stated Christopher Rumana, MD, FACS, Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida State University, and Chairman of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Division of Neurosurgery.

“Securing the FDA-clearance to offer our AIGISRx technology to patients and physicians in the neurosurgery arena is an important milestone for TYRX and expands our leadership in the effort to reduce surgical site infections in multiple therapeutic areas of medical device implantation,” commented Robert White, TYRX President and Chief Executive Officer.

About TYRX, Inc.
TYRX, Inc. commercializes innovative, implantable combination drug+device products focused on infection control, including the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope, designed to reduce surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs). AIGISRx products contain the antimicrobial agents, rifampin and minocycline, which have been shown to reduce infection by pathogens responsible for the majority of CIED infections, including “superbugs” such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).*

For more information, please visit www.TYRX.com or www.HeartDeviceInfection.com.

*Data on file at TYRX and published Hansen et al. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2009; 32(7):898-907.

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Health Care DataWorks Secures Investment Capital to Accelerate Product Development, Sales and Marketing

The leading provider of healthcare analytics and business intelligence solutions receives private equity from two major clients, a testament to the business value its KnowledgeEdge™ Enterprise Data Warehouse and underlying data model delivers to health systems and hospitals

Columbus, OH (July 16, 2013) – Health Care DataWorks, Inc., (HCD), has secured Series A funding as part of a collaborative initiative with two of its high-profile healthcare system clients.

The MemorialCare Innovation Fund, a strategic investment company wholly owned by MemorialCare Health System in Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif., and Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles are each investing. MemorialCare Innovation Fund and Cedars-Sinai provide funding to privately held healthcare companies that offer innovative products, services or technologies, thus providing value for their portfolios and early access to healthcare innovations.

The investment capital will help HCD bolster sales and marketing efforts and broaden its offering of business intelligence solutions for hospitals and healthcare systems, enabling them to better leverage analytics for more informed decisionmaking aimed at improving quality, reducing costs and meeting pay-for-performance metrics.

In 2012, Cedars-Sinai and MemorialCare independently entered into multi-year agreements with HCD for the implementation of its KnowledgeEdge™ Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), which includes numerous accelerators such as an underlying data model as well as pre-built dashboards, reports and applications. The project at Cedars-Sinai centers on a clinical enterprise data warehouse to aggregate and organize disparate clinical and financial data. MemorialCare will utilize the EDW to aggregate organization-wide data for seamless access to information across multiple operational systems.

“We’re looking forward to advancing our relationships with both organizations in a manner that will benefit all involved,” said Jeffrey M. Wilkins, Health Care DataWorks CEO. “We had a variety of options available from private equity investors. We chose to work with two of our customers, not only because of their reputations within the healthcare industry, but also because their approach to healthcare analytics aligns with our objectives. Their decision to invest in HCD is a confirmation of our strategic direction.”

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit www.hcdataworks.com.



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TYRX Receives FDA Clearance for Fully Resorbable AIGISRx® R Antibacterial Envelope

AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope Uniquely Designed to Combat Surgical Site Infections Associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs)

Monmouth Junction, NJ. (July 9, 2013): TYRX, Inc. announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the Fully Resorbable AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope for use with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope received approval from Health Canada in January 2013.

AIGISRx R is a fully bioresorbable, antibacterial mesh envelope, intended to hold CIEDs securely in place in order to provide a stable environment when implanted in the body. Key to its design, AIGISRx R contains the antimicrobial agents rifampin and minocycline, which are released locally into the tissue, to help reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) associated with CIED implantation. Multiple studies have shown that in patients at high-risk for device infection, CIED implantation with the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope significantly reduced device infections by 70% - 100%, compared to patients who did not receive the AIGISRx.

“Over the last couple of decades, the number of cardiac device infections has risen sharply and out of proportion to the number of device implantations. With more than 500,000 CIED implantations annually in the U.S., it is imperative that infections associated with these types of procedures are avoided to save lives and money,” according to electrophysiologist Dr. Charles Love, Professor of Medicine and the Director of Cardiac Rhythm Device Services for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “The AIGISRx R provides physicians with a key technology to prevent surgical site infections following CIED implantation.”

Patients with SSIs following CIED procedures spend an average of two extra weeks in the hospital, undergo repeat surgical procedures to treat the infection, and cost the facility an average of $72,485. Additionally, such patients experience significant increases in morbidity and mortality, with 1-year mortality rates of 26.5 – 35.1%, and 3-year mortality of up to 50%, depending on device type.

“The AIGISRx R represents the next generation of TYRX’s Antibacterial Envelope technology, providing all of the advantages of the original AIGISRx, such as device stabilization and infection reduction, but now with the added benefit of being fully resorbable,” commented Robert White, TYRX President and Chief Executive Officer. “Without question, FDA-clearance is a major milestone for TYRX and cements our leadership in the effort to reduce surgical site infections following CIED implantation. Our mission is to make the AIGISRx R a standard-of-care for all high-risk CIED surgeries where patients are especially vulnerable to the dire effects of an infection.”

About TYRX, Inc.
TYRX, Inc. commercializes innovative, implantable combination drug+device products focused on infection control, including the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope, designed to reduce surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs). AIGISRx products contain the antimicrobial agents, rifampin and minocycline, which have been shown to reduce infection by pathogens responsible for the majority of CIED infections, including “superbugs” such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).*

For more information, please visit www.TYRX.com or www.HeartDeviceInfection.com.

*Data on file at TYRX and published Hansen et al. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2009; 32(7):898-907.

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Health Care DataWorks Eases the Pain of Strategic Business Intelligence Planning and Enterprise Data Warehouse Implementation for Healthcare Organizations

Helps hospitals and health systems develop business intelligence plans that provide a roadmap to achieve clinical, financial, and operational goals resulting in a single source of truth for the entire healthcare organization

Columbus, OH (July 9, 2013) – Health Care DataWorks (HCD), a leading provider of business intelligence solutions and healthcare analytics, offers a range of services that enable healthcare organizations to define and execute a tailored business intelligence strategy to drive operational and clinical improvements. The HCD Strategic Services include a Baseline Business Intelligence Roadmap, a Business Intelligence Strategic Plan, and a Data Governance Strategy.

“While healthcare organizations understand the need and value of an analytics strategy, many don’t have the resources or depth of expertise to build and manage an enterprise-wide business intelligence initiative,” explained Beverly Bell, Health Care DataWorks Vice President of Implementation Services and Business Performance Management. “Utilizing HCD’s professional staff, processes and technology, organizations can plan and execute a business intelligence strategy that includes required data governance.”

The core of the services offerings is the HCD Baseline Business Intelligence Roadmap, a two-week engagement that uses a standard methodology and best practices to develop a high-level overview of a health system’s present state of analytics, where it wants to go in terms of a business intelligence solution, and what it will take to get there. This ‘getting started’ assessment includes recommendations for analytics prioritization in order to generate the most organizational impact.

To facilitate data warehouse implementation, HCD also offers KnowledgeEdge™ Services, a robust business intelligence solution that provides valuable insight into the quality of care and overall patient experience. Services include Implementation and Training, Quarterly Checkpoints and Business Performance Management to help healthcare organizations improve their operations through process changes.

“KnowledgeEdge Services provide the assistance and support our clients ask for,” said Bell. “Time to value is key. By leveraging HCD KnowledgeEdge services, our customers are able to accelerate their EDW implementation, which results in building in a single source of truth for the entire healthcare organization. Once built, that single source of truth is used as part of business process management to find additional clinical, financial and operational improvement opportunities.”

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge™ product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit www.hcdataworks.com.

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The outpatient's caregiver

Ben Albert knew something about electronic medical records as vice president of client services at a software company that built health information exchanges. In 2007, when his grandfather suffered a second stroke, he discovered one of the system's shortcomings: managing a patient's care after he is discharged from the hospital.

“My grandfather was getting bounced around all over the place in the post-acute world,” Mr. Albert, 40, says. “The meter was running, and it pissed me off.”

After brainstorming with a friend, who then was a health policy grad student at Princeton University, Mr. Albert founded a company in 2008 to fill this gap. Though he declines to provide revenue, he says Care Team Connect Inc. will bring in more in 2013's first half than in all of 2012. The Evanston startup counts more than 20 health systems and accountable care organizations around the country among its clients, he adds.

In May, Care Team Connect signed a contract through the end of 2015 to provide care management services for 9,700 patients in Chicago Health System ACO LLC, started by the Illinois arm of Vanguard Health Systems Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based hospital operator.

Care Team Connect provides a software platform that plugs into clients' electronic patient records. Using this info, algorithms compose step-by-step guides to help providers care for patients after they're discharged. The software also “listens” for real-time signals in clients' data that could alert a nurse or doctor to check in on a patient.

“A little piece of data like an admission or two admissions in 90 days—that should alert someone to pick up their head: 'Do I need to engage with that patient?' “ says Mr. Albert, the company's CEO.

Care Team Connect has 37 employees, half of whom joined the company in the last year. It secured $2.7 million in equity financing in 2010 and added $5.2 million a year later. The company has been helped in no small measure by President Barack Obama's health reform law, which docks Medicare reimbursement for hospitals whose readmission rates for patients treated for a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia are higher than average. The law also established Medicare accountable care organizations, which are intended to coordinate care and improve the health of large groups of patients. Providers share in cost savings if they can keep patients healthier; they're penalized if they don't measure up.

Mission Point Health Partners LLC, an ACO also based in Nashville, chose Care Team Connect in 2011 because it seemed ready to handle Mission Point's evolving needs and burgeoning membership, which stands at 45,000 patients, says Wendy Wright, Mission Point's vice president of integration. “He and I both informed each other, and that's the ideal relationship,” she says. A Wilmette native, Mr. Albert earned a bachelor's degree in business and communication at Western Michigan University in 1996 and an MBA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004.

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Zero Infections in High-Risk Cardiac Device Replacements Reported with Use of TYRX Antibacterial Envelope

Prospective, Multicenter Study of 532 Case Matched Patients Showed 100% Reduction in Infections

Athens, Greece (June 26, 2013): Use of TYRX, Inc.’s AIGISRx® Antibacterial Envelope reduced major infection rates by 100% in patients undergoing Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) replacement procedures compared to case-matched retrospective control patients. Investigators presented new interim results from the Citadel / Centurion Clinical Study today at the Late Breaking Clinical Trials session at the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), EUROPACE 2013.

The Citadel / Centurion study is a prospective, multicenter clinical study in patients at high-risk for CIED infection who have their CIED implanted with the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope. The aim of the study is to evaluate the impact of the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope on major device infection and mechanical complication rates in the 12-months after implantation. Investigators at 55 US centers enrolled patients who were at high-risk for device infection because they were undergoing a CIED replacement procedure with either an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), (Citadel), or a cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device (Centurion).

Additional results from a planned interim analysis of the primary endpoints for the first 1,000 eligible patients after 90-days of follow up were presented by Dr. Charles A. Henrikson, the Chief of Electrophysiology at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

Key study highlights included:
  • The Centurion arm of the study enrolled patients undergoing CIED replacement with a CRT and the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope, and compared them to case-matched control patients undergoing CIED replacement with a CRT and no AIGISRx.
  • Case-matched controls were selected in reverse chronologic order, from the period before the AIGISRx was first implanted at each study site.
  • The primary endpoints of the study were major CIED infection and CIED mechanical complication rates.
  • An interim analysis of 3-month follow-up data from the first 1,000 eligible Citadel / Centurion patients demonstrated that there were no major infections in the 597 Centurion patients in this cohort (0.0%). A total of 532 Centurion patients had cased-matched controls.
  • When the 532 Centurion patients implanted with the AIGISRx were compared to the 532 control patients who did not receive AIGISRx (6 major CIED infections), there were significantly fewer major CIED infections in the group that received the AIGISRx (0.0% vs. 1.2%; P=0.03).
  • There was no significant difference in the frequency of CIED mechanical complications in the group implanted with the AIGISRx, compared to the control patients who did not receive the AIGISRx (P=0.23).
“We continue to see that CIED infections are on the rise, are associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and cost, and present substantial challenges to patients, as well as the physicians who provide them care,” stated Charles A. Henrikson, MD, FHRS, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. “The Citadel / Centurion study is a large prospective study enrolling patients at community, academic, and VA medical centers which will provide us with very useful clinical information on the use of the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope when used in a variety of patients at high risk for CIED infection.”

The Citadel / Centurion study is registered in the ClinicalTrials.gov registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the US and around the world (www.ClinicalTrials.gov).

This study was funded by TYRX, Inc.

About European Heart Rhythm Society
The European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) is a registered branch of the ESC. Its aim is to improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reducing sudden cardiac death.

About TYRX, Inc.
TYRX, Inc. commercializes innovative, implantable combination drug+device products focused on infection control, including the AIGISRx® Antibacterial Envelope, designed to reduce surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs). AIGISRx products contain the antimicrobial agents, rifampin and minocycline, which have been shown to reduce infection by pathogens responsible for the majority of CIED infections, including “superbugs” such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).*

For more information, please visit www.TYRX.com or www.HeartDeviceInfection.com.   *Data on file at TYRX and published Hansen et al. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2009; 32(7):898- 907.

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KishHealth System Selects PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician Communications Platform

Leading Quality-Centric Health System Implements PerfectServe for Improved Care Coordination, Efficiency and Physician and Patient Satisfaction

June 18, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — As part of its strategic initiative to increase quality and patient-centric care, KishHealth System has chosen to implement the PerfectServe clinical communications platform across two of its facilities in northern Illinois. Slated to go live in June, PerfectServe will enable Kishwaukee and Valley West Community Hospitals to eliminate costly and time-consuming bottlenecks and delays and increase direct communications among physicians and nurses to improve patient care.

KishHealth began attacking its clinician-to-clinician communication challenge three years ago when hospital leadership adopted a LEAN methodology. In an analysis of its discharge process, KishHealth identified the opportunity to reduce delays caused by communication challenges among clinicians around each patient’s episode of care.

“Specialists often need to consult with primary care physicians and vice versa, but in today’s complex healthcare environment, it’s not always easy for clinicians to reach each other in a timely manner – and it was clear the process we had in place wasn’t working,” said Dr. Michael Kulisz, chief medical officer, KishHealth. “We saw an immediate need to address the communications issue, not only from a hospital efficiency and clinician satisfaction standpoint, but also as a key strategy for improving overall care quality.”

After a review by the health system’s quality cabinet, consisting of a range of multi-specialty clinicians, KishHealth identified PerfectServe as the only system that would standardize its communications processes while allowing clinicians to set preferences for how they want to be reached. Unlike paging systems, call centers and answering services, PerfectServe ensures the secure and accurate delivery of all voice, web-based text and page messages to the right physician or nurse based on practice workflow rules, call schedules and individual clinician-defined contact preferences.

“While other vendors claim to offer a solution to different parts of the process – texting, phone or paging – PerfectServe has enabled us to take a strategic, holistic approach to all our clinical communications, “ said Heath Bell, CIO, KishHealth System. “PerfectServe will play a key role in our ability to maintain high physician and patient satisfaction rates, deliver timely, quality care, and, as our network of care continues to expand, ultimately position KishHealth for success around future population health initiatives.”

Key benefits of the PerfectServe platform for KishHealth included:
  • Increased clinician satisfaction – The platform’s rules-based engine enables more accurate and reliable communication processes that make it easy for clinicians to connect with each other more quickly. Physicians can set individual communication preferences and adjust them on the fly;
  • Secure communications across any mode or device – Whether texting or emailing from any device, PerfectServe maintains HIPAA-compliance across all forms of communications;
  • Support for quality and patient-centric initiatives – Connecting nurses and physicians at the moment it matters, PerfectServe supports KishHealth’s focus on achieving key quality metrics and enhancing patient satisfaction through its LEAN process improvements.
“The current state of clinician-to-clinician communications is a cumbersome and costly issue for many health systems, and one that is often overlooked – but KishHealth has recognized the significant impact it has on a range of patient safety and satisfaction initiatives across its system,” said Terry Edwards, PerfectServe president and CEO. “By empowering clinicians to more easily connect around any patient’s course of treatment, PerfectServe will support KishHealth’s ongoing success in delivering high quality care.”

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About PerfectServe

PerfectServe enables health systems to improve collaboration, reduce risk and increase patient and clinician satisfaction as they move toward new models of care by helping them overcome common, recurring and costly barriers to clinician-to-clinician communication. With deep technical and clinical expertise, PerfectServe evolves health care communications, providing the process improvements to ensure the right information safely and securely reaches the right clinician at the right time in the way they should be reached – both within and outside the walls of the hospital. For more than 12 years, PerfectServe has been connecting clinicians to empower them to improve key quality and efficiency metrics and better coordinate care across the expanding health care continuum.

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MemorialCare Innovation Fund Invests in TYRX for Novel Technology to Reduce Surgical Site Infections

Technology Offers Hospitals Compelling Economic and Clinical Outcomes

Monmouth Junction, NJ (June 4, 2013): TYRX, Inc., the leader in the commercialization of implantable medical devices designed to help reduce surgical-site infections associated with implantable devices including pacemakers and defibrillators, announced today it has received a private investment from the California-based MemorialCare Innovation Fund (MCIF). MCIF is a strategic investment company wholly owned by MemorialCare Health System.

“MemorialCare is a leading healthcare system and its investment is a strong validation of TYRX’s products and our ability to improve outcomes for hospitals, physicians and patients,” stated Robert White, TYRX’s President and CEO. TYRX has already achieved a number of key milestones in 2013 including:
  • Successfully implanted the AIGISRx® device in over 35,000 patients.
  • The Journal of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology (PACE) published the results of a large study conducted by Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular on patients at high risk for pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) infection with ≥ 2 pre-identified risk factors. After a minimum of 90-days of follow-up, the incidence of CIED infection was 87% lower in the group that received a TYRX AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope (0.4% vs. 3.0%, p=0.04).
  • Dr. Charles Henrikson, the Chief of Electrophysiology at the Oregon Health Sciences University, presented an interim analysis on 1,000 patients from the CITADEL / CENTURION studies during the Heart Rhythm 2013 Late Breaking Clinical Trials session showing 95% fewer major infections after 3 months in patients undergoing pacemaker and ICD replacement procedures using the AIGISRx compared to similar published high-risk cohorts who did not receive the envelope (0.1% vs. 1.88%, p<0.001).
  • Dr. Suneet Mittal and his colleagues from the Arrhythmia Institute, Valley Health System, and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons presented the results of their study at Heart Rhythm 2013 showing that AIGISRx significantly reduced cardiac device infection rates. In propensity score matched cohorts there were 70% fewer infections in the cohort with the AIGISRx (1.1% vs. 3.6%; p=0.048).
  • Approval received for the next generation AIGISRx R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope from Health Canada.
TYRX’s portfolio of AIGISRx Antibacterial Products is specifically designed to aid in the stabilization of pacemakers and ICD’s, as well as to help reduce surgical-site infections. Patients who contract surgical-site infections, following cardiac device procedures, spend an average of two extra weeks in the hospital, undergo repeat surgical procedures to treat the infection, and cost the facility an average of $72,485. Additionally, such patients experience significant increases in morbidity and mortality, with 1-year mortality rates of up to 35%, and 3-year mortality rates of up to 50%, depending on device type. Based on the clinical and economic evidence developed to date, hospitals are able to save over $1,000 per patient when using the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope on high risk patients.*

“We are looking forward to our partnership with Clarus Ventures, Pappas Ventures and HLM Venture Partners to assist TYRX in pursuing technology that is critical to improving clinical and economic outcomes for hospitals.” said Brant Heise, Managing Director, MemorialCare Innovation Fund. “Preventing surgical site infections helps ensure better patient outcomes while reducing the cost of care. All hospitals understand the importance of reducing the incidence of infection, and we are supportive of the role TYRX’s technology will play in this endeavor.”

MemorialCare Innovation Fund
MemorialCare Innovation Fund is a strategic investment company wholly owned by the MemorialCare Health System. MemorialCare Innovation Fund makes private equity investments in companies interested in developing a synergistic relationship with the system's five medical centers and affiliated physicians. Investments typically include early to mid-stage companies focused on medical devices, healthcare information technology or healthcare services. For more information, visit www.MemorialCareInnovationFund.com

About Memorial Care
MemorialCare Health System, a not-for-profit integrated delivery system with more than 11,000 employees and 2,500 physicians, includes 200 clinical care sites, six top hospitals—Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children 's Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills and San Clemente; a medical group—MemorialCare Medical Group; an Independent Practice Association (IPA)—Greater Newport Physicians; MemorialCare HealthExpress retail clinics; ambulatory surgery centers and numerous outpatient health facilities throughout the Southland. An innovator in health care delivery, MemorialCare focuses on evidence-based, best practice medicine where physicians and health professionals study best clinical practices and implement them at MemorialCare's sites with outcomes frequently exceeding state and national averages. For more information, visit memorialcare.org.

About TYRX, Inc.
TYRX, Inc. commercializes innovative, implantable combination drug+device products focused on infection control, including the AIGISRx® Antibacterial Envelope, designed to reduce surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs). AIGISRx products contain the antimicrobial agents, rifampin and minocycline, which have been shown to reduce infection by pathogens responsible for the majority of CIED infections, including “superbugs” such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).** For more information, please visit www.TYRX.com or www.HeartDeviceInfection.com.

*Data on file at TYRX.
**Data on file at TYRX and published Hansen et al. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2009; 32(7):898-907.

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Covenant Medical Group Selects PerfectServe to Secure Physician-to-Physician Communications

June 4, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The security of electronic patient health information (ePHI) continues to be a growing concern for healthcare executives, driven by an increasingly mobile clinician workforce, uncertainty around impending updates to HIPAA regulations and widespread use of text messaging among providers. To manage security risks and help prevent PHI breaches across all modes of communication, Covenant Medical Group (CMG) adopted the HIPAA-compliant PerfectServe clinical communications platform.

A cornerstone of Covenant Health is Covenant Medical Group, a physician group of 182 physicians that serve the region through five inpatient and 64 outpatient facilities. CMG physicians wanted an innovative way to take advantage of emerging technology by using text messaging to share patient information with other clinicians – along with a range of other electronic communications tools, including alpha numeric pagers, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), email or communication features within electronic medical records (EMR). CMG wanted to ensure HIPAA compliance, so that is why the group chose the PerfectServe platform, which was already in use in the St. Joseph’s system, to secure PHI and streamline all communications between clinicians.

“Our clinicians were communicating with each other via text messaging more and more each day, and regardless of how HIPAA regulations may change in the months ahead, we knew we needed one consistent and standard way to secure all data and reduce our risk of costly breaches,” said Seth Crouch, Director of Outpatient Systems at Covenant Medical Group. “The PerfectServe platform provides us with a standardized system for securely streamlining all communications, eliminates room for error and gives clinicians the freedom to focus on patient care.”

PerfectServe uses industry-leading security features, including cache prevention on mobile devices, password expiration and the removal of PHI information from messages sent to unsecure devices, among others. Along with the ability to customize its platform to fit the security policy of any organization, PerfectServe also provides updated HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance, which ensures health systems meet all security requirements and avoid penalties.

“The average cost of data breaches over the past two years was $2.4 million per organization, and with more stringent ePHI protection measures for all forms electronic communications coming, security is a high priority for all healthcare executives today,” said Terry Edwards, CEO of PerfectServe. “Covenant Medical Group is ahead of the curve in terms of reducing and managing risk by securing not only text messaging, but its entire clinical communications system.”

CMG is among other market leading health medical groups and systems – including St. John Providence Health System, Excela Health and WellStar Health System – that have adopted the PerfectServe communications platform. Where these organizations previously relied on complex flow-charts, paging systems or call centers to communicate amongst clinicians which frequently led to delayed patient care, PerfectServe eliminates these inefficiencies by providing clinicians with the freedom to customize how they would like to be reached at different times throughout the day and week. An extension of the PerfectServe platform, PerfectServe DocLink™, creates a private and secure communications network that provides physicians with direct access to each other at the touch of a button – saving time and improving care coordination and collaboration.

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About PerfectServe

PerfectServe enables more accurate, reliable and secure clinical communications. Its cloud-based applications and HIPAA-compliant platform help hospitals and health systems improve operating efficiencies and the quality of care. More than 30,000 physicians in 10,000 practices and more than 60 hospitals and systems nationwide rely on PerfectServe to help clinicians across the care continuum communicate with each other more easily. PerfectServe clients include forward-thinking organizations such as Advocate Health Care, MemorialCare, WellStar, St. Joseph Health System, Hoag and Orlando Health. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., PerfectServe was founded in 2000.

About Covenant Medical Group

Covenant Health is the largest health care institution in the region with 1,077 licensed beds, more than 5,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 600 physicians at its cornerstone facilities.Covenant is a member of St. Joseph Health System in Orange County and serves a 62-county area spanning West Texas and eastern New Mexico, with a population in excess of 1.2 million. A cornerstone of Covenant Health is Covenant Medical Group, a physician group of 182 physicians that serve the region through five inpatient and 64 outpatient facilities. Learn more about Covenant Health at www.covenanthealth.org. To learn more about Covenant Medical Group visit http://www.covmedgroup.org/.

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HIStalk Interviews Benjamin Albert, CEO, Care Team Connect

Tell me about yourself and the company.

The company started officially in late 2008, but I took it on full time in early 2009. Prior to starting Care Team Connect, I worked in healthcare technology for my whole career, most recently in a services company, PatientKeeper, for the acute care setting, where we were pulling together data for hospitalists and the providers within the hospital to better coordinate and manage care within the hospital.

As a result of that and parallel to that, my grandfather had his second stroke. Seeing all the effort that was going into the inpatient setting and very little effort going into the community setting compelled me to start the company to better coordinate care in the community for high-risk patients.

Describe how care coordination should work ideally.

There’s a number of perspectives on that. In my opinion, the way care coordination should work is that patients should get a patient specific plan of care that encompasses all people who touch that patient so they’re singing off the same sheet of music. Making sure it considers psychosocial factors, patient history and patient risk, and the whole patient as the plan is assembled, so that everybody knows who is going to do what when for each patient. That will enable efficiency, lower costs, and higher quality.

What needs to happen to make the patient-specific plan of care ubiquitous, like medication reconciliation?

You need to have the right team in place in order to manage and coordinate a population’s care. While our technology will streamline it and allow you to do a tremendous amount more with the resources that you have than if you don’t have a platform like ours to power workflow and coordinate care, if you don’t have the people who are focused on it — and I mean truly focused on it, not tangentially focused on it — as soon as you determine that you need to establish a team that’s responsible for coordination, then you need to power that workflow and allow it to scale.

Where we see most of the initiatives fail is that people will make that decision, but then they won’t be able to get lift or scale around the population, because they end up managing just the highest of high-risk patients with a few part-time or full-time resources. That in itself isn’t a way to enable full, broad-scale care coordination.

You need a more systemic process around how you are going to manage the high-risk, moderate-risk, and low-risk patients. What things are you going to do specifically for each patient as they impact quality and cost? Then allow yourself to scale that through automated processes like our technology. But before you even get to technology, you need to talk about your program development and how you can scale, which we also help our clients with.

How does your platform support that process?

The platform listens for data that would trigger action on a patient that’s being managed in a population. Truly managed, not any patient in the population. We’ll identify which patients need to be managed. We’ll reconcile actionable data, which could be a real-time admission alert from an ADT, it could be a new medication, it could be a change in a patient’s psychosocial status like a change in home setting.

Any number of these things can be a triggerable event in our system that would drive action. The system listens for that, weights it against the patient-specific information and the risk to the patient and the care program that that person sits in, i.e. what we need to do in the event this piece of data comes in for this particular patient at this risk?

It drives the specific tasks to the right people across the continuum. When I say that, I mean those right people can be a family member, a clinician, a nurse, and anybody who has a relationship to that patient. The system’s rule will tell you, OK, based on this patient, here’s where you fire this task to.

What integration is required?

The most common integrations we do are to either claims or attribution models from payers or a shared savings program or ACOs or however they have their attribution models in their claims from the payers. We’ll pull that in as the foundation for the population being managed. Then we’ll marry real-time data to that on the fly, which includes ADT, medication feeds, and visits to the physician office. Those types of pieces of data are real time, married to the attribution and patient-specific data.

It can be labs. It can be any number of data elements that will trigger action. Based on the population being managed, we build these programs and actionable events around the data that’s more pertinent to the population being cared for.

How would a typical customer connect to that data and what are they doing with the results?

I’ll walk you through a couple of customer scenarios. We work with medical homes, ACOs, health systems, and we’re starting to get into some more of the employee health types of things. In the ACO medical home scenario, we’ll take a client who is currently managing 120,000 lives across an entire state with 77 physician practices. They need to manage that care across all those lives, across all those demographics.

They take their attribution, and then they take some real-time ADT information from various places across the state, and the plan of care that’s been established for each of the patients based on their criteria. They marry that specific data, i.e. an admission for anyone in their 120,000-patient population will trigger a workflow for the care managers or care navigators supporting that population. That’s a very basic core workflow that prevents readmission, increases coordinated care, and truly establishes a workflow around it, a transitions of care workflow in particular. That’s one example.

Another example might be a pure preventable readmissions initiative with a specific client, who upon discharge, we receive just ADT information along with some other data to identify which patients are at risk of readmission. From there, we’ll drive a particular plan of care based on what type of patient it is, what type of follow-up needs to occur, and drive the tasks and the actionable plan around that in an automated fashion.

If I go back to that first scenario for a second, I failed to talk about one core piece of data that is a differentiator. The population health analytics companies who today are doing a great job of identifying gaps in care and managing the data around the population that also in case of truly managing the health of a population, that data is valuable in addition to the real-time data, in addition to the attribution to trigger the right plans of care based on the patient’s attribution, risk, gaps, and beyond.

Many companies are involved in analytics and population health management. How do you see your offering fitting and who do you consider to be your competitors?

In the population health analytics space, we look at their data as great triggerable events married to all the other things we’re doing with the population. We like to work closely with them, especially if our clients decide to go in that direction and feel the need is strong enough for their population to identify gaps and do that analytics.

We really don’t feel like we’re competitors to the analytics companies. It’s more as a partner, where we can leverage their data to truly drive workflow and action, which seems to be a pretty big gap in the market right now that we’re filling.

Is it difficult for people to understand what you’re offering and how it fits in?

It can be, until the market understands the difference between care coordination and care management and population analytics, which we’re charged with helping the market understand. There’s a huge difference. It can get gray in terms of the client’s perception of what we do versus what those solutions provide.

But as soon as a client really digs in and says, OK, how are we actually going to manage the population? Not how are we going stratify and identify the population, but how are we actually going to manage the population and all of these care coordinators we’re hiring now? How are we going to power their workflow in a way that we’re sure that they are going to follow the right patients and that we’re going to get the yield out of the initiative that we anticipated getting?

It’s the next step. People recognize that as a major need. We sit on front of it to make it all happen. But until there is that understanding of what analytics is really built around — and it’s really built around crunching the data and what we do, which is built around workflow and coordinated care — I think the market does get confused until they understand the difference.

It sounds so obvious that there should be a patient-specific plan of care. Describe how it gets created and maintained and what the end result looks like.

It is somewhat of a new concept in the way in which we approach it, but I think there had been a lot of folks after the longitudinal plan of care for a patient. They are often templated and disease based, much as disease management companies or groups like that have approached the market in the past.

What we do is much different. There are elements of disease-based plans of care, but it’s really about the patient themselves, the psychosocial data, meaning what is their mental health, what is their home status? A number of those other elements which can help dictate how to follow up and manage that patient. Essentially, how much do I need to do to support this patient as opposed to how much can they do on their own without my involvement?

Our approach takes that data, which changes over time, and marries it to the real-time data. The plan is always changing. It’s a living, breathing plan of tasks and documentation to support that patient. As data changes from a real-time perspective and there is a profile change for a patient, the plan morphs along with the patient to make sure that it’s always providing the right level of support and efficiency around that patient’s care as required.

That’s really a big difference for us. It’s by no mean a single-threaded plan of care. This is a living, breathing plan of care based on the data coming in to the system and the patient’s needs, which really hadn’t been done before, not in this way, anyways.

It seems to be getting a lot of traction in the marketplace as a result, because our clients don’t have all the resources in the world and that’s not going to change. How are you going to truly manage this population of patients and help our community members who are collaborating with you in this ACO or in this shared risk initiative to support the population in real time? That’s how we help it happen.

A typical example would be where there is a primary care provider and a hospital relationship that integrates specialists and therapies. They’re potentially with an admission or an ED visit and there might be a specialist involved and there might be therapies of some sort. The resulting plan integrates all that into a single single source of truth that everybody agrees and understands that is taking care of that patient.

Absolutely. You’ve got it. That plan is driven by the individual or group that is responsible for the population. The ACO group may create that source of truth through our platform, or the hospital. It really depends on where is the risk is. They’ll drive that plan based on the automated routines.

The new brave new world of ACOs has put together some bedfellows that may not be comfortable with each other, as in hospitals and practices.

You can add the health plans into that mix as well, in terms of all the groups who are participating in these initiatives and how well they work together in a way that makes sense for everybody.

I suppose the answer to you is that’s initiative by initiative, community by community. In some cases, like in Battle Creek where we are working, everybody is collaborating really well. It’s actually the practices who are leading the initiative, supported by the health systems and other folks in the community organizations and the community.

In the hospital-driven initiatives, it can be very effective. For example, we’re working with a health system in the Northeast. They are powering all their skilled nursing facilities through our platform. Upon discharge, one of the skilled nursing partners will get all their detailed plans for a heart failure patient that’s being discharged to them. Not in the placement type of variety, which I know is probably the next question, but more on, what’s the plan of care for this patient?

Those people are engaging and wanting that type of information because they aren’t armed with that data in a way that makes them successful. They want that type of collaboration. They know in the future it’s all going to be shared, and if they are not lining up to collaborate well with the health system today, it’s going to be a big problem for them in the future.

Everybody thinks about physicians and hospitals when they think about care coordination or ACOs, but in this model that you’re describing, it sounds like there is an important role for a nurse.

A huge role for a nurse and family and community partner. If you fall in to the trap of this is only a physician-led or hospital-led initiative, you’re not going to change things the way that they need to be changed in order to really coordinate care.

You need to infiltrate that with a care navigator-type nurse function that supports the population and also understands what it means to truly work with community members, Meals on Wheels, various partners in the community, family members, adult caregivers. All these people who can play a role for you.

I’ve got all this work to do for this population. I know I need to do to support the population well. I have a handful of resources to make it happen. There are community resources out there willing to do this and they just need to be armed and ready to go. If you put that process in right, you are actually solving a much bigger problem by truly supporting the community and the population as a whole.

Where do you see that company being in five years?

That’s a great question. I get it often. The way I answer that is, I’m not sure where the company will be in five years. We just keep delivering value week to week, month to month, year to year basis, and keep listening to what our clients are telling us. Making sure we understand where the market is going and keep driving and building a successful organization that has value and purpose.

We try very hard not to focus on our five-year plan, but to focus on execution, action, value, and purpose as an organization. The rest will take care of itself.

Any final thoughts?

The company is doing tremendously well. I’m sure this is consistent with what everybody says, but the company is truly doing great. We recently signed our largest client to date. I think Care Team Connect is very, very well positioned for the foreseeable future. We’re just excited to continue to read your blog and hopefully show up there more and more with good news.

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Aventura Appoints John Gobron as Chief Executive Office

Denver, CO – May 13, 2013 – Aventura, the company that makes clinicians’ work flow, announced today that John Gobron, 46, has been appointed as acting Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gobron replaces Howard Diamond, former CEO, who is retiring after leading the company through its years of early growth.

“We would like to thank Howard for his dedication and contributions to the company over the years,” commented Caleb Winder, partner at Excel Ventures and Aventura Board Member. “John is an accomplished executive with a passion for innovation and solving problems for customers. We are thrilled that he will be applying his experience and depth of knowledge to lead Aventura’s next stage of growth.”

Mr. Gobron currently serves as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, having joined Aventura from Symantec, where he led the company’s Americas Healthcare Vertical. Prior to that, Gobron led Microsoft’s Health Solutions business in England. Before that, he was the EMEA General Manager at Sentillion, a healthcare-specific identity and access management company. During his eight years at Sentillion, he held various sales and executive roles including leading the company’s expansion into Europe and helping to manage its acquisition by Microsoft in 2009. Gobron also served as CEO of USTeleHealth, a leading telephone nurse triage services company, and led the company from startup to successful acquisition.

“Healthcare is inherent in John’s professional DNA. He understands the pain that today’s healthcare organizations are facing and works collaboratively with them to help solve their problems,” said T. (Teo) Forcht Dagi, MD, DMedSc, MPH, MBA, partner at HLM Venture Partners and Aventura Board Member. ”Aventura’s elegant technology helps their customers to solve the difficult problems of instantly and securely accessing critical healthcare information at the right time, in the right place, for the right patient.”

The driving force of healthcare IT today is the use, meaningful or otherwise, of clinical systems to help drive better outcomes. One of the torturous challenges for clinicians has always been usability of these systems. Aventura’s unique capability of enabling patient- and location-aware virtualized access on any device makes these systems more responsive for doctors and nurses. Using patented technology, Aventura anticipates what applications clinicians need to access, what functionality they need to utilize, and who the patient is - all in real time, leading to improved efficiencies, better financials, and a more patient-centric healthcare delivery system.

“For decades, human beings have had to adapt themselves to the limitations of how computers work. With Aventura, computers can now adapt to how people work. We enable a visceral change to the status quo of healthcare computing,” said Gobron. “Aventura is a well-capitalized company with an insanely bright team and great customers. I look forward to building upon this impressive foundation.”

About Aventura:
Aventura improves the workflow of doctors and nurses by providing the information they need, when and where they need it. Aventura’s context and location aware computing intelligence orchestrates technologies already in place, making them responsive to the user. Aventura provides tools that help clinicians practice more productively and effectively, allowing them to spend more time with patients. Aventura improves clinician satisfaction, increases EMR use at the point of care, and allows focus on the quality of care. Learn more at www.aventurahq.com.

Contact Aventura
Catherine Loop | Marketing Associate | 720.545.1166 | catherine.loop@aventurahq.com

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2013 Up-and-Comer: Care Team Connect, Inc.

As invaluable a resource as the Healthcare Informatics 100 compendium is, the “100” list encompasses only a small percentage of the total number of healthcare IT vendor companies active in the U.S. A much broader universe of smaller, dynamic vendor firms is always making inroads, and among that group are dozens of interesting companies worth knowing about. Over the next few days, we’re going to feature eight vendor organizations that we at HCI believe you should keep on your radar screen.

Like many entrepreneurial efforts in healthcare, the inspiration for Care Team Connect grew out of a personal experience. CEO Benjamin Albert had worked at PatientKeeper Inc., a company that was doing some impressive work in acute-care settings. “Then my grandfather had a stroke, and I watched as the post-acute-care world failed around him,” Albert says. He saw firsthand the challenges that clinicians, home care workers, and family members face in providing in-home care for a stroke victim.

In response, Albert and Jim Wills launched Evanston, Ill.-based Care Team Connect (CTC) in 2008, to focus on incorporating information from the home into care plans. The company’s solution has gradually evolved with the market to allow hospitals and community providers from multiple organizations as well as family members to collaborate on a shared plan of care for each patient. Through a Web-based platform, CTC unites all of those involved in the continuum of care and seeks to break down data silos between them. Care managers get workflow tools to turn data and protocols into coordinated care.

One of the first breakthrough deals for CTC was a 2010 partnership with Integrated Health Partners, a care management collaborative in Battle Creek, Mich. “That relationship helped pushed us to where the market is going,” Albert says. “We are also proud to be working with the Mission Point ACO in Nashville on several innovations around population management.”

Indeed, CTC’s platform is proving particularly valuable for startup ACOs. For example, Michigan Pioneer ACO uses CTC so that case managers can track home care and sub-acute care to create a community-based electronic record. “It helps us do that medication reconciliation at the point of care,” said Joan Valentine, R.N., corporate director of transitions in care at the Michigan Pioneer ACO, in a recent interview with HCI. “It gives case managers a wonderful mechanism to track episodic treatment. It also helps us track re-hospitalizations and get automated alerts when patients return to the hospital,” she said.

The privately held CTC has grown to 35 employees and has seen revenue growth of 430 percent in the last year.

Although Albert doesn’t see a lot of direct competitors with care management platforms, he calls the market “noisy.”

“As customers look to scale population health initiatives, we see HIEs and analytics firms pivoting to reinvent themselves in this space,” he adds. “The difference is that we are purpose-built for it.”

Besides differentiating the company in the market, Albert sees hiring a talented team and scaling up services to meet growth as among his key challenges. One step was hiring Greg Kuhnen as chief technology officer. Kuhnen joined CTC from Optum, where he was director of product architecture for its HIE business.

“You have to make sure you have the right resources and are adding talented people as you grow,” Albert says. “We’ve all seen companies stumble at this point. You have to make that pivot well as you grow. It takes a lot of care and feeding to maintain your service levels.”

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Chicago Health System ACO Selects Care Team Connect to Power Population Health Strategy

EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Chicago Health System ACO, part of the Vanguard Health Systems, has selected Care Team Connect (CTC) to power care management for their ACO population of about 10,000 patients. The announcement comes on the heels of positive outcomes achieved at the Michigan Pioneer ACO which is also part of the Vanguard Health Systems.

Launched in July 2012 with more than 200 participating healthcare providers across more than 20 specialties, Chicago Health System ACO is a growing network of caregivers dedicated to providing coordinated care by collaborating with Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries and their peers in the medical community. Chicago Health System ACO, a Medicare Shared Savings Program, aims to provide high quality service to patients by working closely with physicians and other healthcare providers participating in the ACO to promote seamless, coordinated care.

"One of the key challenges we face in healthcare is the difficulty in bringing a cohesive set of coordinated care to the average patient across care settings," said Dr. Gary Wainer, President of Chicago Health System ACO. "Care Team Connect's unique product offering solves this challenge in a smart, scalable way that will allow us to improve patient outcomes".

By integrating data from disparate health systems, Care Team Connect's (CTC) secure, web-based platform powers workflow across the care continuum via a shared, patient-centric care plan. CTC connects hospitals, community providers, physicians, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care.

"We feel very fortunate to team with a visionary organization like Chicago Health System ACO, who is focused on providing high-quality healthcare in a smarter, patient-focused way," said Ben Albert, CEO and founder of Care Team Connect.

About Chicago Health System ACO

Chicago Health System ACO, LLC, is a part of Vanguard Health Systems, Chicago Market, a growing multi-hospital system serving metropolitan Chicago. VHS, Chicago Market, includes MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, and Vanguard Medical Group, a growing network of physicians representing a full range of health care specialties at over 20 Chicago-area locations. To learn more, visit http://www.chicagohealthsystem.com

About Care Team Connect

Care Team Connect's (CTC) integrated care management platform powers innovative population health strategies. By integrating data from disparate health systems, our secure, web-based platform enables creation of a shared patient-centric plan of care to power cross continuum care team coordination and collaboration. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission, and Patient-Centered Medical Home care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition, and care setting. To learn more, visit www.careteamconnect.com.

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PerfectServe DocLink Powers Physician-to-Physician Communication for Improved Healthcare Coordination

Excela Health Implements New Extension of Industry Leading, HIPAA-compliant Communications System to Remove Barriers between Physicians, Enable Real-time Collaboration and Secure Text Messaging

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 07, 2013 --(BUSINESS WIRE)--
While population health, accountable care and readmissions reduction initiatives are driving the need for better clinical care coordination, physicians continue to struggle to connect with each other to coordinate patient care. In fact, a 2013 HIMSS study indicated that only half of clinicians believe their colleagues receive their calls, e-mails or texts. To enable health systems to overcome recurring and costly barriers to physician-to-physician communications, PerfectServe launched PerfectServe DocLink, a private and secure communications network that provides physicians with direct access to each other at the touch of a button – saving time and improving care coordination and collaboration.

"As hospital and health systems expand their networks of care and the demand for better care coordination increases, we recognized a recurring frustration across our customer base from physicians who were struggling to reach each other around consults and other time-sensitive patient care issues," said Terry Edwards, CEO of PerfectServe. "PerfectServe DocLink breaks down the traditional barriers that currently exist between physicians, providing the direct access between them that is crucial to determining the appropriate care path for patients as efficiently as possible."

An extension of the industry-leading PerfectServe platform, PerfectServe DocLink improves physician-to-physician communication by enabling HIPAA-compliant texting, voice messaging and real-time intelligent call routing directly between physicians. PerfectServe DocLink enables physicians to connect with each other quickly, easily and securely – without having to search for phone numbers or navigate through switchboards, answering services or front-office.

PerfectServe DocLink Drives Physician and Patient Satisfaction at Excela Health

Several forward-looking health systems have already begun using PerfectServe DocLink to power comprehensive doctor-to-doctor communication and collaboration. Excela Health – a non-profit health system in Pennsylvania offering care across the continuum with the support of primary care, three hospitals and numerous outpatient and long-term care facilities – recognized the importance of physician-to-physician communications, and turned to PerfectServe DocLink to facilitate increased connectivity and collaboration.

"Before PerfectServe DocLink, our physicians hesitated to even attempt reaching out to one another, because it was an arduous process that involved calling an operator, requesting a page and then staying put so they didn't miss a call back," said Carol J. Fox, MD, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Excela Health. "Now, they're encouraging colleagues to join them on the PerfectServe DocLink platform, and we're experiencing an enhanced willingness to connect as a result."

Holding true to its mission of "improving the health and well-being of every life we touch," Excela Health is focusing on communication and collaboration as a way of improving patient care quality, both now and as care models continue to evolve as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"PerfectServe enables our specialists to speak with a patient's doctor while they're with that patient, enabling care decisions to be made more efficiently, but also giving patients the ability to ask questions about those recommendations while they have someone in front of them," said Michael D. Busch, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Excela Health. "We expect more and more physicians and patients will take advantage of this as adoption and clinician collaboration increases."

PerfectServe DocLink: Secure Physician Communication and Collaboration

Only PerfectServe DocLink enables real-time conversations and two-way messaging between physicians. Key features include:
  • One tap, one number access to every medical staff member – To contact another medical staff member, all the physician needs to know is the name of the colleague they wish to reach. Simply launch the PerfectServe mobile application, or dial the toll-free DocLink number, and physicians can connect at the touch of a button.
  • Real-time calls and secure messaging – Sometimes physicians want to send a text, but other times they need to have a conversation. With PerfectServe DocLink, physicians are able to choose the best communications mode for each specific clinical situation, and every option is secure.
  • Individual physician control – With PerfectServe DocLink, physicians can indicate when and how they want to be reached based upon time of day and day of week based on their personal preferences and workflow needs.
  • Call patients and protect caller ID privacy – When physicians return patient calls through PerfectServe, their office number appears as the caller ID—not their personal mobile number.
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About PerfectServe

PerfectServe enables more accurate, reliable and secure clinical communications. Its cloud-based applications and HIPAA-compliant platform help hospitals and health systems improve operating efficiencies and the quality of care. More than 30,000 physicians in 10,000 practices and more than 60 hospitals and systems nationwide rely on PerfectServe to help clinicians across the care continuum communicate with each other more easily. PerfectServe clients include forward-thinking organizations such as Advocate Health Care, MemorialCare, WellStar, St. Joseph Health System, Hoag and Orlando Health. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., PerfectServe was founded in 2000.

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Analytics-Driven Compassionate Healthcare at El Camino Hospital

May 02, 2013
Given its location in the heart of Silicon Valley, it may not be remarkable that El Camino Hospital was the first hospital in the US to implement EMR. What IS remarkable is that El Camino implemented EMR 51 years ago, leveraging an IBM mainframe system that Lockheed Martin refactored for healthcare from its original intended use for the space program.

Take a moment to process that. El Camino didn't need PPACA, Meaningful Use, HITECH, or HIPAA to tell them health data is critical. El Camino saw the value in investing in healthcare IT for electronic data capture and communication without federal incentive programs or lobbyists. With that kind of track record of visionary leadership, it's no wonder they became early analytics program adopters, and recently turned to Health Care DataWorks (HCD) as a trusted partner.

When I sat down with executive leadership from El Camino and HCD to discuss the journey up Tom Davenport‘s analytics maturity scale from rudimentary operational reporting to advanced analytics, I expected a familiar story of cost pressure, clinical informatics, quality measure incentives or alternative payment models as the business drivers for new insights development. Instead, I heard the burgeoning plan for a visionary approach to patient engagement and "analytics-driven compassionate care".

Greg Walton, CIO of El Camino Hospital, admitted that initial efforts to implement an analytics program had resulted in "textbook errors": "'Competing on Analytics' was easier to write than execute," he said. Their early efforts to adopt and conform to a commercially-available data model were hindered by the complexity of the solution and the philosophy of the vendor. "One of the messages I would give to anybody is: do NOT attempt this at home," Greg laughed, and El Camino decided to change their approach. They sought a "different type of company…a real-life company with applicable lessons learned in this space."

"The most important thing to remember in this sector: you're investing in PEOPLE. This is a PEOPLE business," Greg said. "And that if there's any aspect of IT that's the most people-oriented, it's analytics. You have to triangulate between how much can the organization absorb, and how fast they can absorb it." In HCD, El Camino found an analytics organization partner whose leadership and resources understand healthcare challenges first, and technology second.

To address El Camino's need for aggregated data access across multiple operational systems, HCD is implementing their pioneering KnowledgeEdge Enterprise Data Warehouse solution,including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports. HCD's technology, implementation process, and culture is rooted in their deep clinical and provider industry expertise.

"The people (at HCD) have all worked in hospitals, and many still work there occasionally. Laypersons do not have the same understanding; HCD's exposure to the healthcare provider environment and their level of experience provides a differentiator," Greg explained. HCD impressed with their willingness to roll up their sleeves and work with the hospital stakeholders to address macro and micro program issues, from driving the evaluation and prioritization of analytics projects to identifying the business rules defining discharge destination. And both the programmers and staff are "thrilled," Greg says: "My programmers are so happy, they think they've died and gone to heaven!"

This collaborative approach to adopting analytics as a catalyst for organizational and cultural change has lit a fire to address the plight of the patient using data as a critical tool. Greg expounded upon his vision to achieve what Aggie Haslup, Vice President of Marketing for HCD, termed "analytics-driven compassionate care":

We need to change the culture about data without losing, and in fact enhancing, our culture around compassion. People get into healthcare because they're passionate about compassion. Data can help us be more compassionate. US Healthcare Satisfaction scores have been basically flat over the last 10 years. Lots of organizations have tried to adopt other service industry tools: LEAN,6S; none of those address the plight of the patient. We've got to learn that we have to go back to our roots of compassion. We need to get back to the patient, which means "one who suffers in pain." We want (to use data) to help understand more about person who's suffering. My (recent) revelation: what do you do w/ guests in your house? Clean the house, put away the pets, get food, do everything you can to make guests comfortable. We want to know more about patients' ethnicity, cultural heritage, the CONTEXT of their lives because when you're in pain, what do you fall back on? Cultural values. We want a holistic view of the patient, because we can provide better, compassionate care through knowing more about patients. We want to deploy a contextual longitudinal view of the patient...and detect trends in satisfaction with demographics, clinical, medical data.

What a concept. Imagine the possibilities when a progressive healthcare provider teams with an innovative analytics provider to harness the power of data to better serve the patient population. I will definitely keep my eye on this pairing!

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Skylight® Healthcare Systems Appoints New Chief Clinical Officer

Partners with the Industry's Top Food Management Providers for Interactive Meal Ordering

SAN DIEGO, April 24, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Skylight® Healthcare Systems today announced that Lisa Romano, R.N., M.S.N. has joined the company as chief clinical officer. As CCO, Romano will guide product development efforts and work closely with clients to support effective patient engagement and quality care.

Romano brings more than 25 years of combined experience in clinical practice and business to Skylight Healthcare. Prior to joining Skylight, Romano served as chief nursing officer for TeleTracking Technologies where she helped clients to achieve positive patient flow outcomes, avoid duplicate entry of information, maximize software functionality, and ensure culture change. She also served as director of TeleTracking's Avanti Division, which provides patient flow process redesign services to hospitals. "Lisa brings extensive clinical and technical knowledge to Skylight and shares our vision of how the convergence of healthcare technology and clinical care support effective patient engagement and help create healthier communities," said Tom Klopack, CEO for Skylight Healthcare Systems. "I am pleased to have her join Skylight." Prior to TeleTracking, Romano spent 20 years as a nurse and hospital administrator at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, Penn. where she was responsible for patient placement, patient transfer, quality and patient satisfaction initiatives. She has also written extensively on the topic of patient throughput and will bring her expertise to the clinical and client services team at Skylight Healthcare.

"I am excited to join such a progressive and innovative healthcare technology company," Romano mentioned. "The healthcare environment is changing to focus on population management and patient engagement is one of the key elements that will help hospitals succeed. I am excited to be a part of it."

About Skylight® Healthcare Systems

For more than a decade, San Diego-based Skylight® Healthcare Systems has been transforming the patient experience throughout the continuum of care. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight CareNavigator, the company's innovative interactive patient care system, uses common communication devices including televisions, computers, and mobile devices to address patient and family needs in health education, services and communication with physicians and care teams. Hospitals subsequently experience improved HCAHPS, reduced readmissions, greater clinical efficiencies and increased reimbursements. Together with Skylight's account management and clinical consulting teams, hospitals, health systems and Accountable Care Organizations deploy CareNavigator to manage populations, increase patient satisfaction and achieve meaningful use. CareNavigator also integrates with existing hospital systems to streamline clinical workflow, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance revenue through additional service offerings including pharmacy and retail. For more information about Skylight's tools and impact on the patient experience, visit www.skylight.com.

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Skylight® Healthcare Systems Leads the Charge to Boost the Hospital Experience with Interactive Meal Ordering

Partners with the Industry's Top Food Management Providers for Interactive Meal Ordering

SAN DIEGO, April 16, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Skylight®Healthcare Systems, the industry pioneer in interactive patient systems, continues to address the growing demands of today's healthcare consumer. By partnering with the industry's top hospital food management providers, Skylight has been able to develop, test and deploy integrations with Computrition®, CBORD®, Sodexo®, and Common CENTS® Solutions to provide interactive meal ordering options to patients. With interactive meal ordering, hospitals can deliver an enhanced level of comfort and amenity while improving the overall patient experience, decreasing operating costs, and streamlining the workflow of non-clinical departments.

Interactive meal ordering through Skylight CareNavigator allows patients in the hospital to conveniently order what they want, when they want using an intuitive menu on the in-room television. For hospitals, interactive meal ordering eliminates the need for paper order forms, reduces associated printing and labor costs, streamlines the meal ordering process, and delivers a better hospital experience for patients and their families.

"Working together with Skylight, we innovated the first application for interactive dining that supports nutrition services teams, consistently provides an exceptional standard of care to patient populations, and upholds demands to improve patient satisfaction," commented Kim Goldberg, executive vice president of operations for Computrition. "This solution surpasses our clients' expectations and allows us to offer the best possible products to the industry."

Shawnee Mission Medical Center is just one of many hospitals that has realized the benefits of interactive meal ordering through Skylight CareNavigator.

"Enabling interactive meal ordering through Skylight CareNavigator has made a profound impact with our patients and on our operations," said Susan Larcom, director of nutritional services at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. "We have been able to deliver a better experience to our patients and their families, decrease costs associated with meal and food management, and increase the efficiency of our meal order and delivery process."

Anticipating more consumer-minded patients, Skylight built its platform to be open and flexible. The company continues to broaden its footprint across the patient experience by elevating the features and services it offers to hospitals. With interactive meal ordering, Skylight CareNavigator is able to display the dietary information available from a hospital's meal management provider. Because diet restrictions are common in hospitals and unique to each patient, the ability to display diet limitations and nutritional value using interactive meal ordering provides a number of benefits to both hospitals and patients. First, it ensures that patients follow their prescribed diet. Second, the nutritional value displayed when a patient orders serves as an additional educational mechanism for patients. This is especially important for patients whose condition requires a long-term diet modification. Third, it is more convenient for patients and families. And finally, interactive meal ordering eases the communication of dietary information among various hospital departments to increase compliance and reduce the chance that a patient receive unauthorized food.

"Partnerships such as these are important to Skylight as a means to achieve our goal of providing hospitals with the tools to provide a customer focused experience and enhance patient satisfaction in an area that has historically received the lowest scores," said Scott Johnson, vice president of sales for Skylight Healthcare Systems. "More than six years ago we completed our first integration to deliver an interactive meal ordering experience and we have continued to build our list of nutritional partners. Today we have partnered and delivered more integrated dietary solutions than any other interactive patient system."

About Skylight® Healthcare Systems

For more than a decade, San Diego-based Skylight® Healthcare Systems has been transforming the patient experience throughout the continuum of care. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight CareNavigator, the company's innovative interactive patient care system, uses common communication devices including televisions, computers, and mobile devices to address patient and family needs in health education, services and communication with physicians and care teams. Hospitals subsequently experience improved HCAHPS, reduced readmissions, greater clinical efficiencies and increased reimbursements. Together with Skylight's account management and clinical consulting teams, hospitals, health systems and Accountable Care Organizations deploy CareNavigator to manage populations, increase patient satisfaction and achieve meaningful use. CareNavigator also integrates with existing hospital systems to streamline clinical workflow, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance revenue through additional service offerings including pharmacy and retail. For more information about Skylight's tools and impact on the patient experience, visit www.skylight.com.

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TYRX® Announces First Ever Implantation of AIGISRx® R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., April 15, 2013 --(BUSINESS WIRE)--
TYRX, Inc., the leader in the commercialization of implantable medical devices intended to help reduce surgical site infections, announced today that the first implantation of its new AIGISRx R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope has taken place at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute in Quebec City, Canada by Dr. François Philippon. TYRX announced on January 31, 2013 that it had received a license from Health Canada to market its AIGISRx R Fully Resorbable technology.

The AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope is specifically designed to stabilize Electronic Implantable Devices (EIDs), such as pacemakers and defibrillators, while also releasing antimicrobial agents to help provide protection from microbial colonization of the device during surgical implantation.

"Surgical site infections are on the rise and have profound consequences to the patient with regard to having to spend extra time in the hospital, having to undergo additional surgical procedures, and having significant increases in morbidity and mortality. They are also very expensive to treat," stated Dr. Philippon, cardiac electrophysiologist at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute. "I found implantation of the fully resorbable envelope to be very straightforward and believe that the combination of stabilization and locally delivered antibiotics provided by the product will be of great potential benefit to our patients."

"We are very excited to have the world’s first AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope implanted at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute," commented Robert White, TYRX President and Chief Executive Officer. "The AIGISRx R includes all of the advantages of the original AIGISRx, such as stability and infection reduction, but now with the added benefit of full resorption in approximately 9 weeks."

The AIGISRx R Envelope is intended to hold the EIDs, such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), securely in place in order to provide a stable environment when implanted in the body. Additionally, the AIGISRx R contains the antimicrobial agents rifampin and minocycline, which are released over a minimum of 7 days in order to help provide protection from microbial colonization of the device during surgical implantation.

About TYRX, Inc.

TYRX, Inc. commercializes innovative, implantable combination drug+device products focused on infection control, including the AIGISRx® Antibacterial Envelope, designed to reduce surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs). AIGISRx products contain the antimicrobial agents, rifampin and minocycline, which have been shown to reduce infection by pathogens responsible for the majority of CIED infections, including "superbugs" such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).*

About the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute in Quebec City

Annually, the Institute treats more than 14,600 people hospitalized and 90,300 outpatient visits are performed. The catchment population is over 2 million people, or approximately 30% of the population of the Province of Quebec. The Institute is the only tertiary cardiology center in cardiac electrophysiology to care for that population. Seven cardiac electrophysiologists perform each year more than 2900 procedures, including more than 1100 cardiac implantable devices. Affiliated to Laval University, the Institute relies on the cooperation and dedication of nearly 3,000 employees, physicians, healthcare professionals, researchers, managers and volunteers to provide high quality services to our population. Our specialists and health professionals have extensive expertise and contribute to the advancement of medical science and technology. The Institute is internationally renowned for its leading role in teaching and research.

For more information, please visit www.TYRX.com or www.HeartDeviceInfection.com.

*Data on file at TYRX and published in PACE.2009;32(7):898-907.

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Skylight® Healthcare Systems Continues Substantial Growth with Addition of Prominent U.S. Hospitals

By: Skylight® Healthcare Systems via Business Wire News Releases

Leading acute, specialty, and pediatric hospitals are implementing interactive patient systems to educate and engage patients throughout the continuum of care. The increasing adoption of Skylight CareNavigator, the industry's most advanced interactive patient system, demonstrates a shift by hospitals to deliver a more patient-centered experience and has fueled substantial growth for Skylight® Healthcare Systems.

Scott & White Healthcare in Texas selected Skylight CareNavigator because it will effectively support patient-centered care and because of the high level of support provided by Skylight.

"Communication with patients and families is one key in our approach of providing care. Skylight is one of the many tools that we use to enhance our patient and family experiences, as we constantly strive to improve outcomes," said Jan Upchurch, director of patient and family services at McLane Children's Hospital Scott & White in Temple, Tex. "It is more than just entertainment and education; we use it to support our continuing drive towards excellence. The Skylight team provides guidance, ideas and solutions that help us keep our patients and families informed and engaged."

Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital joins McLane Children's, El Paso Children's Hospital, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital and others as the newest pediatric hospital to use CareNavigator to entertain, educate, and engage patients and families. Bristol-Myers will use CareNavigator's pediatric-specific user experience and health content.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), a 600-bed hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. that has ranked among U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" for six consecutive years, will also use Skylight CareNavigator to address the needs of patients, families, nurses and hospitals. RWJUH and seven Scott & White Healthcare hospitals are a few among the expanding list of hospitals implementing Skylight's interactive patient system.

With the CareNavigator interactive patient system, RWJUH will be able to enhance the patient experience and ease the transitions of care as patients move from pre-admission to post-discharge. In order to support healthier populations and reduce healthcare costs, hospitals like RWJUH are engaging and educating patients to become active participants in their care. Interactive patient systems have proven to be an essential tool for hospitals to provide patients and encourage involvement.

Also essential for Skylight clients is the ease at which CareNavigator integrates into existing clinical workflows and EMR systems (electronic medical records) including Cerner®, Epic, Allscripts, and the other major vendors. CareNavigator streamlines clinician workflow by decreasing the administrative and non-clinical tasks currently performed by nurses leaving more time to deliver care.

Specialty hospitals like Cancer Treatment Centers of America® find interactive patient systems especially helpful in engaging patients and delivering a more comfortable healing environment. CTCA, which offers a welcoming environment where patients and family members can find comprehensive cancer care under one roof, recently opened its fifth cancer hospital. Located in Newnan, Ga., the hospital joins CTCA's family of nationally accredited hospitals as the most recent specialty hospital to use Skylight CareNavigator to empower its patient population.

"The number of hospitals and health systems implementing interactive patient systems demonstrates a marked movement by the healthcare industry to supply patients the technology that empowers them to manage their experience and health," said Tom Klopack, CEO for Skylight Healthcare Systems. "We have experienced record growth and I anticipate this growth to compound and multiply for a number of years."

Skylight CareNavigator, the company's flagship interactive patient system, uses common communication devices including the in-room television, home computers, tablets, and mobile devices to empower patients and their families with services and educational content to better manage their care. It also provides a convenient way for care teams and patients to communicate essential information throughout the continuum of care.

About Skylight® Healthcare Systems

For more than a decade, San Diego-based Skylight® Healthcare Systems has been transforming the patient experience throughout the continuum of care. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight CareNavigator, the company's innovative interactive patient care system, uses common communication devices including televisions, computers, and mobile devices to address patient and family needs in health education, services and communication with physicians and care teams. Hospitals subsequently experience improved HCAHPS, reduced readmissions, greater clinical efficiencies and increased reimbursements. Together with Skylight's account management and clinical consulting teams, hospitals, health systems and Accountable Care Organizations deploy CareNavigator to manage populations, increase patient satisfaction and achieve meaningful use. CareNavigator also integrates with existing hospital systems to streamline clinical workflow, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance revenue through additional service offerings including pharmacy and retail. For more information about Skylight's tools and impact on the patient experience, visit www.skylight.com.

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Skylight® Healthcare Systems Achieves Meaningful Use Certification

Only Interactive Patient System to Attain EHR Provider Certification

SAN DIEGO, Feb 28, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Skylight® Healthcare Systems, the pioneer in interactive patient systems, has attained ONC-ACB 2011 Edition Modular Inpatient EHR certification for CareNavigator Inpatient 2.5. Granted by ICSA Labs after extensive testing in the ONC Health IT Certification Program, this certification confirms that Skylight CareNavigator(TM) satisfies a specified set of standards established by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Program and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as defined by Meaningful Use.

Meaningful Use is a set of standards and requirements established by CMS and ONC as part of CMS's EHR Incentive Program. The incentive program was established by the government to promote use of technology in healthcare by offering rewards and establishing penalties to eligible hospitals, healthcare professionals, and organizations.

In the inpatient environment, information gathered from the Skylight CareNavigator system can be transferred to the hospital's electronic medical record (EMR). This capability is considered to be a key characteristic of software systems required for certification. As a certified EHR technology provider, hospitals using Skylight CareNavigator in the inpatient environment are eligible for incentives from CMS.

"As a certified EHR technology provider, we are able to help our client hospitals address their meaningful use requirements and receive incentives payments," mentioned Tom Klopack, CEO for Skylight Healthcare Systems. "As the first interactive patient system to achieve this certification, this marks a milestone in the market. Skylight's certification confirms the use of interactive patient systems as a vital component in helping hospitals take advantage of incentive payments. Coupled with documented HCAHPS improvements, Skylight can help hospitals optimize the shifting landscape of healthcare payment."

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was established to improve American health care delivery and patient care through investment in Health IT and included The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The HITECH Act was established to promote the adoption and meaningful use of technology by health care professionals and hospitals.

Under HITECH, the ONC was charged with creating an EHR (electronic health record) certification program. Certification ensures that the EHR technology providers offer the necessary capabilities, functionalities, and security that will help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) achieve Meaningful Use and receive incentive payments. Use of a certified EHR technology is one criterion to achieve meaningful use. Eligible professionals, hospitals and CAHs must "Meaningfully Use" the certified EHR and successfully attest to this in order to qualify for an incentive payment.

For more information on meaningful use and the CMS Incentive program, visit: http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Meaningful_Use.html For more information on ONC, visit: http://www.healthit.gov/newsroom/about-onc Information on the HITECH Act, can be found at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/enforcementrule/hitechenforcementifr.html

Legal notice

This EHR Module is 2011 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

Skylight CareNavigator 2.5 successfully met the following 2011 Edition criteria:170.302(m) Patient specific education resources, 170.302(o) Access control, 170.302(p) Emergency access, 170.302(q) Automatic log-off, 170.302® Audit log 170.302(s) Integrity, 170.302(t) Authentication, 170.302(u) General encryption, and 170.302(v) Encryption when exchanging electronic health information

About Skylight® Healthcare Systems

For more than a decade, San Diego-based Skylight® Healthcare Systems has been transforming the patient experience throughout the continuum of care. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight CareNavigator(TM), the company's innovative interactive patient care system, uses common communication devices including televisions, computers, and mobile devices to address patient and family needs in health education, services and communication with physicians and care teams. Hospitals subsequently experience improved HCAHPS, reduced readmissions, greater clinical efficiencies and increased reimbursements. Together with Skylight's account management and clinical consulting teams, hospitals, health systems and Accountable Care Organizations deploy CareNavigator(TM) to manage populations, increase patient satisfaction and achieve meaningful use. CareNavigator also integrates with existing hospital systems to streamline clinical workflow, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance revenue through additional service offerings including pharmacy and retail. For more information about Skylight's tools and impact on the patient experience, visit www.skylight.com.

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Healthcare IT and Clinical Expert Beverly Bell Joins Health Care DataWorks

The highly credentialed industry veteran will develop and lead implementation initiatives for HCD's KnowledgeEdge Enterprise Data Warehouse at hospitals and health systems.

Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) February 28, 2013
Health Care DataWorks, Inc., (HCD), has announced that healthcare information technology veteran and clinician Beverly Bell has been named chief nursing officer and vice president of implementation services and business performance management for the leading healthcare analytics company.

Bell brings to HCD more than 30 years of healthcare IT experience specializing in customer relations, business development, business process optimization, information technology strategy and complex implementations. Additionally, she has held a variety of nursing management positions in the intensive care unit, cardiac care unit and cardiac catheter laboratory.

In her role with HCD, Bell will develop and direct implementation and business performance management initiatives with HCD's healthcare system customers. In this role, she will strengthen the implementation methodology in areas such as data governance, executive sponsorship, change management, and training, as well as assist organizations in their response to data analytics in changing business and clinical processes. Additionally, she will serve as the clinical advisor on the KnowledgeEdge solution where she will guide the company in the areas of patient management and engagement.

"Beverly is a welcome and valuable addition to our executive team," said Jeffrey M. Wilkins, Health Care DataWorks CEO. "Her extensive healthcare IT experience coupled with her deep background in the clinical setting will enable us to speed the implementation process for many of our clients and put them in an even stronger position to achieve broad user adoption of healthcare analytics."

Bell most recently was partner and chief nursing officer (CNO) with CSC, where she provided guidance on data analytics strategy, IT strategy, EHR implementation, advised clinicians and physicians regarding clinical decision support, and supported the global healthcare team as clinical industry expert during the sales process, vendor product alliances and product solution development. She previously held the position of implementation and optimization practice leader with CSC. Prior to CSC, Bell was associate partner and healthcare industry expert with IBM (formerly Healthlink, Inc.), where she was the key participant on the team to redesign system selection and implementation methodology and was executive project advisor for clinical information system implementation at an academic research medical center, among other responsibilities. She held positions with Premier Health Partners in Dayton, Ohio, serving as Good Samaritan Hospital clinical applications director and in nursing management.

Bell is a recognized industry expert, who has been quoted on the use of technology in healthcare by Advance for Health Information Executives, CMIO magazine and other media outlets. Publications include a 2011 cover story for Healthcare Financial Management Association magazine. She has facilitated focus groups for healthcare industry organizations such as College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Health Management Academy (HMA) CFO Forums and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). She is a fellow with HIMSS, a current member of its national board and is a certified HIMSS professional. She has received a number of industry awards, such as the HIMSS Presidential Award for Ohio Advocacy Day 2011.

Bell holds a bachelor's of science degree in health education from Central State University and a master's degree in hospital administration from Central Michigan University. She also has an associate's degree in nursing from Clark State University. "I look forward to working with the HCD team as we work to deliver proven healthcare business intelligence solutions to healthcare delivery networks," Bell said. "By helping our clients to secure high rates of user adoption, we will enhance their ability to leverage their analytics to reduce costs, save money and improve quality of care."

Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit http://www.hcdataworks.com.

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Health Care DataWorks Launches New Version of KnowledgeEdge with Advanced Healthcare Dashboards and Business Intelligence Capabilities

The leading healthcare analytics and business intelligence solutions provider has developed the latest version of KnowledgeEdge to put hospitals and health systems in a stronger position to manage their patient population and a broad range of core measures.

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD), a leading provider of business intelligence solutions and healthcare analytics, has updated its KnowledgeEdge product to include advanced analytics capabilities, as well as new subject areas and healthcare dashboards that will enable hospitals and health systems to better manage core clinical and administrative metrics.

"The enhanced capabilities of our KnowledgeEdge solution will give hospitals and health systems a greater degree of business intelligence in areas that have become more prominent in the last 12 months, such as population and risk management and readmissions," said Pat Bickley, HCD product manager. "With actionable knowledge at their fingertips, they will be in a better position to positively impact quality of care and reimbursements."

The new KnowledgeEdge Population Management dashboard tracks and trends 20 chronic disease conditions and the illness burden for individual patients as well as patient groups, drilling into specific areas such as clinical services, nursing units and physician panels. Organizations can better evaluate the quality of care they provide for improved patient intervention and timely case management. These patient population analytics also can aid in contract negotiations with medical insurance carriers.

In the new KnowledgeEdge Readmissions dashboard, organizations can monitor and manage readmissions to help them conform to the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Readmissions Reduction Program. Users can access information related to patient safety, infection control, mortality and other quality and process of care measures that are necessary to fulfill regulations and reporting requirements.

Other key highlights of the new version of KnowledgeEdge include:
  • New KnowledgeEdge Event Reporting dashboard that provides clinical event reporting to track and trend the number of occurrences, frequency of occurrences and rates for different types and categories of events on a rolling 12/24 month basis
  • New KnowledgeEdge Admit, Discharge, and Transfer dashboard that allows organizations to determine at any given time where patients are, how many beds are filled, how many beds are open and patient-flow patterns to assist in capacity planning and efficiency enhancements
  • Updates to the KnowledgeEdge Quality and Patient Safety dashboard that include the ability to track and monitor a variety of quality and process of care measures that are necessary to fulfill CMS regulations as well as national and state reporting requirements
For additional information about HCD's healthcare dashboards, including recorded demos, please visit http://www.hcdataworks.com/demos/index.htm.

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.
Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit http://www.hcdataworks.com.

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Ivantis Announces Completion of $27 MM Financing for Novel Glaucoma Procedure

EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 07, 2013--
Ivantis announced today at the Glaucoma Research Foundation`s annual Glaucoma 360 meeting in San Francisco that it has closed on $27 MM in funding in the first closing of its Series B round led by Ascension Health Ventures (AHV). The round also includes returning investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Delphi Ventures, as well as additional new investors, including MemorialCare Innovation Fund. These funds will be used to support four randomized, prospective, controlled multi-center trials at various stages around the world, including the ongoing United States trial.

"AHV is pleased to lead Ivantis`s latest round of financing," said Tara Butler, MD, Investment Director at AHV. "As a disease, glaucoma is already one of the most vexing issues in our healthcare system today, and its prevalence is projected to double in the U.S. by 2030. With over half of all glaucoma patients in the U.S. not taking their medications consistently, if at all, this poses not only a medical challenge, but also a socioeconomic burden. This investment decision was driven by high-caliber clinical data, a strong intellectual property position and obvious clinician conviction for the promise of this technology. Our limited partners` expertise as leading healthcare providers, coupled with Ivantis`s premier technology and outstanding leadership team, made this a highly attractive and synergistic investment opportunity for us."

Additionally, Ivantis announced it has now surpassed 50% enrollment in its landmark comparative effectiveness trial (called the HYDRUS III Study), which evaluates its Hydrus Microstent versus the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass, another leading technology in the nascent micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) category. The HYDRUS III Study is an international, multi-center, randomized, controlled trial and is the first of its kind to compare two different MIGS approaches.

The Hydrus Microstent, roughly the size of an eyelash, is placed through a minimally invasive, microsurgical procedure and is designed to reduce eye pressure by reestablishing the patient`s natural outflow pathway. Most often, glaucoma patients have both a blockage and a collapse of the natural outflow pathway. The Hydrus device relies on a two-fold mechanism of action, both creating a large opening through the traditional source of flow blockage, known as the "trabecular meshwork," and then dilating and scaffolding the conventional pathway through which fluid exits the eye (known as Schlemm`s canal). While the U.S. approval trial is evaluating Hydrus in glaucoma patients who are undergoing cataract surgery, the device is being used both in cataract surgery and in standalone glaucoma surgery internationally.

"We are pleased and grateful to have AHV leading our Series B financing, as well as the ongoing commitment of our current investors," said Dave Van Meter, President and CEO of Ivantis. "Glaucoma medication in the U.S. costs our system nearly $3 billion per year, and studies show that 50% of patients are not compliant with their medications within six months of diagnosis. It`s a grossly inefficient delivery of care at a high cost. Internationally, our research shows that patients will pay out of pocket for a device that potentially eliminates the daily burden of taking multiple eye drops throughout the day. The Hydrus device should help address that challenge in a micro-invasive manner. Through partnerships with our new investors AHV and MemorialCare Innovation Fund, whose limited partners include several leading nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S., we have added two ideal new investors as we seek to maximize not only the potential clinical benefits but also the socioeconomic impact of our technology."

About Ascension Health Ventures

Ascension Health Ventures, www.ascensionhealthventures.org, was launched in 2001 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascension Health. Today it is a subsidiary of Ascension Health Alliance, a parent holding company formed in 2012. AHV`s role has been to construct and manage a strategic portfolio of investments that deliver a venture investment return, have the potential to transform the healthcare industry, and significantly enhance the experience for patients, their families and their caregivers. AHV has three venture funds under management and its limited partners include Ascension Health Alliance, Catholic Health East, Catholic Health Initiatives, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Dignity Health, Mercy, and Intermountain Healthcare.

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TYRX® Receives Approval for New AIGISRx® R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope from Health Canada

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., January 31, 2013 --(BUSINESS WIRE)--
TYRX, Inc. announced today that it has received a license from Health Canada to market its new AIGISRx R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope technology with Implantable Electronic Devices (IEDs). The AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope is specifically designed to stabilize IEDs while also releasing antimicrobial agents to help provide protection from microbial colonization of the device during surgical implantation. TYRX is the leader in the commercialization of implantable medical devices intended to help reduce surgical site infections.

"Canada will be the first market in the world to gain access to our next generation AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope technology," commented Robert White, TYRX President and Chief Executive Officer. "The AIGISRx R technology includes all of the advantages of the original AIGISRx, such as stability and infection reduction, but now with the added benefit of being fully resorbable."

The AIGISRx R Envelope is intended to hold the IED devices, such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) securely in place in order to provide a stable environment when implanted in the body. Additionally, the AIGISRx R contains the antimicrobial agents rifampin and minocycline, which are released over a 7 to10 day period, in order to help provide protection from microbial colonization of the device during surgical implantation.

"Due to the continued increase in surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs), we are very pleased to have access to the AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope. We hope that AIGISRx R will serve as a key technology in addressing the significant impact that surgical site infections have on patient morbidity, mortality, and health care system costs," stated Dr. Peter Guerra, head of electrophysiology at the Montreal Heart Institute.

About TYRX, Inc.

TYRX, Inc. commercializes innovative, implantable combination drug+device products focused on infection control, including the AIGISRx® Antibacterial Envelope, designed to reduce surgical site infections associated with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs). AIGISRx products contain the antimicrobial agents, rifampin and minocycline, which have been shown to reduce infection by pathogens responsible for the majority of CIED infections, including "superbugs" such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA).*

For more information, please visit www.TYRX.com or www.HeartDeviceInfection.com.

*Data on file at TYRX and published in PACE.2009; 32(7):898-907.

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PerfectServe Expands Footprint with Leading U.S. Health Systems

Advocate Health Care, Catholic Health Partners, Premier Health Partners and Presence Health Extend PerfectServe Clinical Communications Platform to Five New Facilities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Health systems across the U.S. are continuing to fuel demand for the PerfectServe clinical communications platform, as the company ended 2012 with contracts at five new hospitals within major integrated delivery networks (IDNs). Recent studies show that most 500-bed hospitals lose $4 million annually due to communications waste and inefficiency. With a growing number of health systems recognizing PerfectServe's role in driving process improvement, increasing operational efficiency and improving patient outcomes, the company is poised for rapid growth in the year ahead.

"Today, with the industry focused on quality metrics, readmissions reduction, payment reform and ACOs, care coordination is more critical than ever before. Yet communication breakdowns among physicians and nurses are still the primary contributor to delays in treatment and other costly and life-threatening errors," said Terry Edwards, PerfectServe president and CEO. "Our platform empowers health systems to overcome the industry's most common, problematic and often overlooked issue: clinicians failing to communicate with each other at the moment it matters."

In December of 2012, four of the most innovative and progressive health systems in the U.S. expanded their commitment to the PerfectServe clinical communications platform – which accurately and securely routes and delivers all voice, web-based text and page messages to the right physician or nurse based on hospital service line, department, practice work group or individual clinician defined workflows. Each health system was impressed with PerfectServe's ability to improve physician satisfaction, streamline processes and achieve a range of quality metrics, including reduced length of stay (LOS) and improved emergency department throughput. These facilities include:

  • Advocate Health Care – With the addition of Advocate South Suburban Hospital and Condell Medical Center, Advocate Health Care now utilizes the PerfectServe platform in all but two of its 10 acute care hospitals. Advocate is widely recognized as one of the top health systems in the U.S. and is the largest integrated health care system in Illinois with more than 250 sites of care, including two children's hospitals.
  • Catholic Health Partners (CHP) – Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Ohio became the second facility in the CHP system to add PerfectServe's platform. A non-profit system serving Ohio, Kentucky and neighboring states, CHP has consistently been named one of top health systems for clinical quality and efficiency in Thomson Reuters' study of 255 health systems across the country.
  • Premier Heath Partners (PHP) – Atrium Medical Center became the first PHP facility to select and implement PerfectServe. One of four hospitals and 100 locations in the PHP system throughout southwest Ohio, Atrium has been recognized by several organizations for its leadership in quality medical care and expertise of its physicians and staff.
  • Presence Health – The result of a merger between Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care, Presence is now the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, with more than 200 sites of care. Presence has begun deploying PerfectServe across its employed group of more than 300 physicians.
"Health systems today face enormous pressures, from deriving value from EMRs to moving to accountable care models to meeting new reimbursement requirements. But what many need to realize is that antiquated communication processes and systems severely restrict or prevent progress in any key strategic area that impacts quality of care," said Dominica Tallarico, Advocate Condell Medical Center president and CEO. "PerfectServe understands the increasing complexities of the flow of information within and across healthcare facilities, and that no two hospitals, departments or clinicians work the same way. By evolving our clinical communication processes with one integrated platform, PerfectServe is enabling us to not only improve quality metrics now, but also prepare for the many changes still ahead."

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About PerfectServe

PerfectServe enables health systems improve collaboration, reduce risk and increase patient and clinician satisfaction as health systems move toward new models of care by overcoming common, recurring and costly barriers to clinician-to-clinician communication. With deep technical and clinical expertise, PerfectServe evolves health care communications, providing the process improvements to ensure the right information safely and securely reaches the right clinician at the right time in the way they should be reached – both within and outside the walls of the hospital. For more than 12 years, PerfectServe has been connecting clinicians to empower them to improve key quality and efficiency metrics and better coordinate care across the expanding health care continuum.

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El Camino Hospital Partners with Health Care DataWorks for Enterprise Data Warehouse and Healthcare Analytics

Health Care DataWorks is providing an Enterprise Data Warehouse as part of a larger El Camino Hospital initiative to implement lean process management and leverage organizational data.

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
Health Care DataWorks, Inc. (HCD) is entering into an agreement with El Camino Hospital to provide its KnowledgeEdge Enterprise Data Warehouse. El Camino Hospital, with facilities in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif., turned to HCD as part of its broader initiative to implement LEAN process management and enhance organization-wide business intelligence.

Health Care DataWorks' Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) will aggregate data for seamless access to information across multiple operational systems, including clinical, administrative and financial functions. This information will enable the system to make more informed decisions to improve quality, reduce costs and enhance business intelligence. KnowledgeEdge includes numerous accelerators, such as an underlying data model, pre-built dashboards, reports and applications. Initially, El Camino Hospital plans to implement business intelligence surrounding clinical services to manage metrics such as quality, patient experience and Value-based Purchasing (VBP).

"We're looking forward to working with HCD to implement a business intelligence solution that empowers our team to achieve results," said Greg Walton, El Camino Hospital's Chief Information Officer. "Our objective is to access organization-wide information from a technology perspective as well as to create processes that engage and encourage employees to maximize use of the Enterprise Data Warehouse to the benefit of the entire health system."

HCD partnered with El Camino Hospital's LEAN process team to develop a business intelligence roadmap that serves as the foundational strategy for the EDW. The process included joint planning sessions to assess information needs and garner insights from end users as to how they would use data in their everyday responsibilities.

"We're working hand in hand to deliver a business intelligence solution that incorporates the methodology, strategy and technology to integrate with El Camino Hospital's lean process management," said Detlev H. (Herb) Smaltz, Health Care DataWorks CEO. "Together, we're putting El Camino Hospital in a stronger position to leverage vast information resources to enhance decision making on multiple levels and positively influence a wide range of metrics."

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Health Care DataWorks, Inc., a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, empowers healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs. Through its pioneering KnowledgeEdge product suite, including its enterprise data model, analytic dashboards, applications and reports, Health Care DataWorks delivers an Enterprise Data Warehouse necessary for hospitals and health systems to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights into their operations. For more information, visit http://www.hcdataworks.com.

About El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 443-bed, not-for-profit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif. In addition to state-of-the-art emergency departments, key medical specialties include heart and vascular, cancer care, urology, orthopedic and spine, neuroscience, genomic medicine, and the only Women's Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as back-to-back ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care.

To learn more, visit our website, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or view our videos on YouTube. For a physician referral, visit our website or call the El Camino Health Line at 800-216-5556.

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Care Team Connect Launches Integration to Michigan Health Information Network

Health Information Exchange will provide real-time updates for 25,000 MiPCT patients

EVANSTON, Ill. & GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Officials with Care Team Connect announced today the completion of their integration into the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN), the state's initiative to improve health care quality, cost, efficiency and patient safety through electronic exchange of health information. Care managers for patients participating in the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT) and under the care of CareBridge physician practices are receiving real-time notifications of admissions, discharges and transfer (ADT) from Grand Rapids-area hospitals.

During this initial launch, Care Team Connect will provide real time updates and alerts for 25,000 of the 120,000 MiPCT patients across the state of Michigan for whom CareBridge is ultimately responsible for managing and coordinating the care.

"The MiHIN funded admission, discharge, transfer (ADT) pilot has entered full production, allowing practices to assess the value of communicating critical transitions of care to the extended care team and medical neighborhood," said Tim Pletcher, Executive Director of MiHIN. "Arming care teams with actionable information will ultimately lead to better care for everyone."

With the integration in place, an aligned care coordinator will receive real-time alerts and care coordination protocols will be automatically applied for care management during and following the hospitalization in those critical weeks post discharge. Relevant patient data, including care team members and hospitalization details, will seamlessly flow into Care Team Connect, where it will be used to generate a patient-specific plan of care aligned with existing treatment protocols.

"Having information at the right time and the right place supports effective care coordination," said Alicia Simmer, CareBridge Project Manager. "A consistent and automatic process for receiving ADT information helps the care managers to quickly offer assistance and provide follow up that will result in more successful patient outcomes, including reduced readmissions."

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based care coordination platform connects hospitals, community providers, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care. Utilizing Care Team Connect's Gateway integration engine, key patient data is consumed and translated into assigned action items via protocols that follow best practices. The technology, already in place throughout CareBridge Physician Practices, will utilize interfaced data from MiHIN to ensure that an estimated 25,000 patients who may be discharged from multiple Detroit-area hospitals receive the proper follow-up necessary to successfully manage their chronic disease and avoid future hospitalizations.

"We are pleased to take this important next step on behalf our client partners in Michigan," said Ben Albert, founder and CEO of Care Team Connect. "The speed and accuracy with which Care Team Connect is now able to capture relevant data that drives action will have a positive impact on the follow-up care that patients, especially those that need the most help, receive."

About Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services

MiHIN is dedicated to improving the healthcare experience, increasing quality and decreasing cost for Michigan's people by supporting the statewide exchange of health information and making accurate and timely health care data available at the point of care. MiHIN is the official state designated entity for health information exchange across Michigan and the future integration with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN). MiHIN is a Michigan nonprofit entity, functioning as a public and private collaboration between the State of Michigan, sub-state Health Information Exchanges, payers, providers, and patients. To learn more, visit www.mihin.org.

About Care Team Connect

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform powers care networks, aligning acute care, post-acute care, community providers, and family members to consistently deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission and Patient-Centered Medical Home care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition and care setting. Care Team Connect unites a cross-continuum care team to focus on a patient-specific care plan outlining precise actions driven by patient data. Client organizations leverage resources effectively and efficiently, gain real time visibility and ensure network partners follow chosen protocols. Care Team Connect: Healthcare the way it was meant to be delivered. To learn more, visit www.careteamconnect.com.

About CareBridge

CareBridge is a Michigan-based not-for-profit company that works with health care providers to create a well-connected community of care for their patients. Working towards the goal of a high functioning medical neighborhood, CareBridge facilitates development of care coordination and care management within physician practices and across the provider community through practice-based care management and processes designed to support team-based care across different locations of service, such as pharmacies, hospitals, primary care offices, specialist offices, etc. By supporting mutually beneficial relationships between all parties serving the same population of patients, CareBridge helps health care providers develop integrated and excellent patient care.

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Skylight® Healthcare Systems Wins eHealthcare Leadership Award

Recognized for Best Patient Access and Convenience

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Skylight® Healthcare Systems, the pioneer in Interactive Patient Care Systems, was named the Gold Winner in Business/Process Improvement Applications and Products for the category of Best Patient Access and Convenience in the 2012 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. This leading awards program recognizes the best websites and digital communications of healthcare organizations, online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, suppliers, and business improvement initiatives.

The Best Patient Access and Convenience Award recognizes organizations that provide ease of access and convenience related to medical appointments requests or schedules, condition-specific patient information and education, pre-registration for procedures, and patient-physician communications.

Selected from nearly 1,100 entries, Skylight was honored along with other leading healthcare organizations at a special presentation in Las Vegas during the Sixteenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference. A total of 115 individuals familiar with healthcare and the Internet judged the entries.

Skylight's innovative flagship product, CareNavigator, helps engage patients throughout the continuum of care. Utilizing the HIPAA-compliant solution, patients are able to fill out needed forms, learn more about the hospital, and better understand their treatment plan in order to help ensure a timely and smooth admittance. Once in the hospital, patients benefit from having the in-room television transformed into a care station providing condition-specific health education, an array of patient-centric services, and world-class entertainment features. CareNavigator In-Patient also streamlines nurse workflow by delivering seamless interoperability with existing healthcare information systems including order entry, electronic medical record applications, nurse call, communications and messaging, service requests, plus bed-side shopping and dining applications. Once discharged, patients and their families are able to use the CareNavigator system again at home to access vital information to ensure a healthy recovery and decrease chances of readmission.

"Our CareNavigator system was the first in the market to engage patients pre-admission, transform the inpatient experience, and support patients and families through the transitions of care," commented Tom Klopack, president and CEO of Skylight Healthcare Systems. "By engaging and involving the patient throughout his or her care continuum, we have been able to help hospitals demonstrate and document improved satisfaction and communication among both patients and nurses. This award further demonstrates the work, passion, and impact of Skylight on transforming the patient experience."

About Skylight® Healthcare Systems

Founded in 1999, and headquartered in San Diego, Skylight® Healthcare Systems is the industry pioneer in the Interactive Patient System market. With patient communication, education, and connection as the cornerstone of a safe, comfortable and clinically optimal hospital experience, the Skylight Interactive Patient System encourages patients and family to actively participate in their health care, improves communication between staff and patient/family members, and can provide a smoother and faster recovery and discharge plan. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight addresses patients' needs in education and health literacy, access to services, and critical information flow between themselves and their caregivers. Patients benefit from more control, faster healing, and a better grasp of health issues and hospitals see improved HCAHPS scores, reduced readmissions, and increased reimbursements. Hospitals implement Skylight to support their ongoing endeavors in improving HCAHPS scores, patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, enhancing operational & service excellence, meeting evolving clinical demands, and delivering on commitments to making a positive difference in the lives of the people they serve. For more information about Skylight's tools and impact on the patient experience, visit www.skylight.com.

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Advocate Christ Standardizes Clinical Communication

Advocate Christ Medical Center streamlining clinical communication and information delivery with PerfectServe.

Knoxville, Tenn. (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

PerfectServe announced today that Advocate Christ Medical Center has launched its comprehensive clinical communications service to standardize communications between physicians and nursing, pharmacy and ancillary teams to improve care coordination for patients.

Advocate Christ Medical Center, a Magnet hospital and Level I trauma center in Oak Lawn, Ill., is currently processing more than 2,000 clinical communication transactions each day through PerfectServe, demonstrating that it has achieved and exceeded process standardization. This is PerfectServe's fourth deployment with the 11-hospital Advocate Health Care system, which is one of the nation's top 10 health systems.

"PerfectServe is giving our nurses more time with patients by standardizing communications between nurses and physicians," said Dr. Robert Stein, vice president of medical management at Advocate Christ Medical Center. "The new system enables us to increase the number of direct nurse-to-physician communications, while giving our doctors the flexibility to best manage these according to their workflow. PerfectServe is also helping us increase physician satisfaction, recover valuable nursing time, and improve quality and patient experience."

Since PerfectServe was launched at Advocate Christ Medical Center, all the variables required for nurses and physicians to accurately determine which physician to reach at any given moment in time — and how to do so — are assembled and maintained within the clinical communication platform. These include all the communication and information delivery workflows, call schedules and contact preferences for every member of its medical staff, for every moment of every day.

Every Advocate Christ Medical Center physician — inside and outside the hospital — is connected to PerfectServe's single network platform and directory. Access is provided via a single number, or via a single Web portal and mobile Android and iPhone applications.

About PerfectServe
PerfectServe offers intelligent voice, online and mobile clinical communication solutions for healthcare. Its industry leading platform routes calls and messages to the right doctor, at the right time, in the way each physician wishes to be reached. It gives physicians complete control over their communications while enabling hospital clinicians and nurses to expedite and improve the coordination of care. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., the intelligent clinical communications platform processes more than 35 million clinical communication interactions each year involving more than 25,000 physicians. For more information, visit http://www.perfectserve.com, Twitter or call 877-844-7728.

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MissionPoint Health Partners Selects Care Team Connect to Coordinate Care for 40,000 Patients

Partnership will advance accountable care model, improve patient outcomes

EVANSTON, Ill. & NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BUSINESS WIRE)— September 27, 2012 -MissionPoint Health Partners, a collaboration between more than 1,000 physicians and Saint Thomas Health, which was recently named a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO, has selected Care Team Connect's care coordination platform to power care navigation for their 40,000 enrolled members.

Launched earlier this year, MissionPoint is a partnership between Saint Thomas Health, physicians, community organizations, insurers, brokers and employers that better enables patients to navigate their healthcare. MissionPoint aims to improve the health of the communities it serves; reduce healthcare costs; improve patient experience; and enrich the lives of caregivers. Payments for physicians participating in MissionPoint are based on "outcomes" -- whether the patient becomes and remains healthy.

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform connects hospitals, community providers, physicians, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care. The technology will serve as the common platform for the creation of patient-specific care plans driven by data interfaced directly from MissionPoint's existing legacy systems, as well as the system of record for all subsequent patient encounters.

"MissionPoint is providing a singular, coordinated platform to not only provide care to patients but prevent illnesses in the first place," said Jason Dinger, CEO of MissionPoint Health Partners. "Care Team Connect offers a unique service that will allow us to achieve better health outcomes for our community."

Per the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) program, MissionPoint assumes responsibility for delivering efficient and effective care to a defined patient population. Care Team Connect's technology platform automates the creation of patient-specific care plans along with task lists that will enable MissionPoint's care navigators to quickly and accurately utilize proven care methods and best practices to care for the patients in their network. The end result is high quality care with all of the guesswork and redundancies removed.

"We feel very fortunate to team with a visionary organization like MissionPoint Health Partners, who is focused on providing high-quality and affordable healthcare in a smarter, patient-focused way," said Ben Albert, CEO and founder of Care Team Connect. "Care Team Connect will enable MissionPoint's care navigation team to deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time, while helping measure the results."

About MissionPoint Health Partners

MissionPoint Health Partners is a new platform for health care delivery developed to bring doctors, nurses, hospitals and other care providers together to share the responsibility for keeping patients healthy. MissionPoint works to measurably lower the total cost and improve quality and satisfaction of a defined patient population's care. For more information, please visit www.MissionPointHealth.org or call 615-284-6843.

About Care Team Connect

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform powers care networks, aligning acute care, post-acute care, community providers, and family members to consistently deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission, and Patient-Centered Medical Home care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition and care setting. Care Team Connect unites a cross-continuum care team to focus on a patient-specific care plan outlining precise actions driven by patient data. Client organizations leverage resources effectively and efficiently, gain real time visibility and ensure network partners follow chosen protocols. Care Team Connect: Healthcare the way it was meant to be delivered. To learn more, visit www.careteamconnect.com.

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PerfectServe Releases Patient-Centered Routing

PerfectServe's new clinical communications feature enables hospital staff to connect with the correct physician caring for a given patient

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB)— September 25, 2012 - PerfectServe, the leading comprehensive clinical communications platform, announced today that it has launched a new patient-centered routing feature. With patient-centered routing, hospitals and health systems make it easy for nurses and physicians to contact the correct physician caring for a given patient, at any moment in time - just by knowing the patient name.

With the growing trend of hospitalists caring for inpatients and evolving hospitalist workflow, it is increasingly challenging for clinicians to know which physician is responsible for the care of a particular patient at any point in time.

Patient-centered routing provides patient census integration with the PerfectServe platform. Using either the EMR or PerfectServe's patient assignment application, physicians can easily enable communication processes that filter interactions based upon patient identity.

With PerfectServe's new patient-centered routing feature, hospital staff can access PerfectServe over the phone, the web or mobile app to connect with the correct physician caring for any given patient. This expands the functionality of PerfectServe to speed communications to the correct physician, thus reducing cycle times, improving care coordination and patient safety.

The hospitals and health systems currently using the company's new patient-centered routing feature are Orlando Health System, Wellstar Health System, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, St. Jude Medical Center, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Blount Memorial Hospital.

"I've been very pleased with patient-centered routing because it does a great job connecting the nurse to the correct doctor they need," said Dr. Deaver Shattuck, chief of the medical staff at Blount Memorial Hospital. "In our hospitalist group, we use text to communicate, so it really helps our doctors be prepared for what the nurses need from them, and we don't have to waste a lot of time on the phone."

PerfectServe will continue to expand this new functionality at client hospitals and health systems across the country.

About PerfectServe - PerfectServe offers intelligent voice, online and mobile clinical communication solutions for healthcare. Its industry leading platform routes calls and messages to the right doctor, at the right time, in the way each physician wishes to be reached. It gives physicians complete control over their communications while enabling hospital clinicians and nurses to expedite and improve the coordination of care. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., the intelligent clinical communications platform processes more than 35 million clinical communication interactions each year involving more than 25,000 physicians. For more information, visit www.perfectserve.com, visit Twitter, or call 877-844-7728.

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Care Team Connect Powers Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in Michigan

Web-Based Technology Platform Now Utilized for 13,000 Medicare Patients

September 20, 2012 -Officials with Care Team Connect announced today that the Michigan Pioneer ACO is now using the Care Team Connect web-based care coordination platform for the ACO's 13,000 Medicare aligned beneficiaries. The Michigan Pioneer ACO is a partnership of The Detroit Medical Center and its physicians, mainly consisting of primary care physicians in private practice, but including employed and faculty physicians as well. DMC, a part of Vanguard Health Systems, is the largest healthcare provider in southeast Michigan with more than 1,800 licensed beds and nearly 3,000 affiliated physicians.

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based care coordination platform connects hospitals, community providers, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care. Care Team Connect's sophisticated integration technology enables care coordination by integrating historical patient claims data with real-time hospitalization and emergency room visit data. By substantially eliminating all paper processes and manual data aggregation, Care Team Connect allows care managers to coordinate care virtually across the health system and throughout the community.

"Leading up to this launch, our leadership worked very closely with Care Team Connect to develop a program that utilizes the CTC technology to increase our efficiency and effectiveness. By eliminating paper and automating alerts, our care managers can focus on the active care management of patients in greatest need and have the confidence that we won't overlook any patient whose risk increases or condition escalates," said Joan Valentine, Corporate Director of Transitions in Care. "We are confident that our patient population will reap the benefits of this partnership, and we look forward to demonstrating the merits of accountable care - better healthcare at a lower cost - to both our patients and to CMS."

Using Care Team Connect's platform and risk stratification, the Michigan Pioneer ACO's care managers actively coordinate care for patients in need while also receiving alerts for hospitalizations and ER visits for all patients needing immediate intervention. The care management team seamlessly transitions patients between care managers best suited to meet patient-specific needs. Through Care Team Connect, best practice guidelines are embedded and shared across care managers to help ensure critical items are not overlooked and optimal outcomes are achieved.

"We are very excited to work closely with the Michigan Pioneer ACO and The DMC to prevent unnecessary utilization of healthcare resources," said Ben Albert, founder and CEO of Care Team Connect. "We appreciate their selection of Care Team Connect's combined program development service and care coordination platform to support their patients in an efficient and highly effective manner."

The Michigan Pioneer ACO is a partnership of The Detroit Medical Center and its physicians, primarily private practice primary care physicians but including employed and faculty physicians as well. The Detroit Medical Center is an academically integrated system in metropolitan Detroit and one of the largest health care providers in Southeast Michigan. The Michigan Pioneer ACO's primary service area consists of the tri-county Detroit metropolitan area (i.e., Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties).

Michigan Pioneer ACO is managed by the DMC PHO, an 1100 member physician-hospital organization.

Detroit Medical Center is the leading academically integrated system in metropolitan Detroit and the largest healthcare provider in southeast Michigan with more than 1,800 licensed beds and nearly 3,000 affiliated physicians. The DMC continues to meet the healthcare needs of a growing community, offering the best in medical research and development, advanced technology and optimum clinical services. Detroit Medical Center's successful implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) places it in the 99th percentile of U.S. Hospitals in EMR adoption. This level of implementation - Physician Documentation, full Clinical Decision Support System and full Picture Archive Communication System - indicates that DMC is using electronic collaboration and document review to a nearly unsurpassed degree, in support of patient safety.

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform powers care networks, aligning acute care, post-acute care, community providers, and family members to consistently deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission, and Patient-Centered Medical Home care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition and care setting. Care Team Connect unites a cross-continuum care team to focus on a patient-specific care plan outlining precise actions driven by patient data. Client organizations leverage resources effectively and efficiently, gain real time visibility and ensure network partners follow chosen protocols. Care Team Connect: Healthcare the way it was meant to be delivered.

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Skylight Healthcare Secures $5 Million in Financing from Duchossois Capital Partners

New Investment to Fuel Growth of Market Leading Continuum of Care Platform

SAN DIEGO, September 19, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) - Skylight Healthcare Systems, the leading provider of interactive patient systems, today announced the successful closing of a $5,000,000 series D funding round from Duchossois Capital Partners, an affiliate of The Duchossois Group. Skylight will invest these funds to accelerate growth in product development, marketing, and sales of Skylight CareNavigator(TM).

Recognized as the first Interactive Patient Care platform to deliver a comprehensive system for both the in-patient and the ambulatory environment, CareNavigator impacts the in-patient experience with proven programs to increase HCAHPS scores while providing individualized "CareMaps" that support patients and families with education and information--individualized for each patient experience. CareNavigator creates a seamless connection engaging patients prior to admission, during their hospital stay and coupled with follow-up services and reporting long after discharge.

"The move to accountable care, patient centered medical homes, and quality reporting creates an imperative for a new vision and a new mechanism for improving the way patients engage with health care organizations. After significant research into this market, we concluded that Skylight has a strong head-start in both market share and building the products to meet this emerging demand," commented Rohit Seth, General Partner, Duchossois Technology Partners and new Skylight Board member. "Skylight's technology innovation, bold vision, and unyielding commitment to customer satisfaction are the traits we look for in our long-term investment strategy. As a profitable and cash-flow positive entity, Skylight is extremely well positioned financially for continued success especially with the additional funding to accelerate growth and development."

"With a focus on enhancing patient engagement, improving patient experience, and addressing reimbursement and regulatory challenges, enabling technologies that support patient engagement across the continuum of care are emerging as essential elements for health care organizations," commented Tom Klopack, Skylight President and CEO. "Three years ago, we pioneered and created a comprehensive platform that engages and supports patient, families, and clinicians beyond the in-patient stay and the Duchossois investment will help us accelerate the development and delivery of the next generation of CareNavigator." Skylight patients are better prepared for scheduled procedures, less prone to issues after discharge, and more satisfied over the entire continuum of care. From preadmission to post-discharge, Skylight CareNavigator connects the patient directly to the hospital and their clinicians via the web to continue patient specific education, provide alerts and reminders of key care events and follow up appointments, augment patient specific support, facilitate forms and documentation and monitor long term outcomes. The patient outcome information gathered under CareNavigator is an essential element in optimizing hospital operations during stay and after in addition to monitoring and measuring evidence-based quality outcomes.

About Duchossois Capital Partners

Duchossois Capital Partners is affiliated with the The Duchossois Group ( www.duch.com ), which represents over 60 years of entrepreneurship and the development of dozens of companies. The Duchossois Group (TDG), headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, is privately held and holds interests in a diversified portfolio of companies, including The Chamberlain Group, Inc. (consumer and commercial access control products), AMX LLC (consumer and commercial advanced control and automation technology), Heath-Zenith LLC (security and lighting products), Milestone AV Technologies (audio visual mounting equipment), Brivo Systems (cloud security solutions) and Duchossois Technology Partners (early and mid-stage venture capital). TDG also holds a strategic interest in Churchill Downs, Inc.

About Skylight Healthcare Systems

Founded in 1999, and headquartered in San Diego, CA, Skylight® Healthcare Systems is the industry pioneer in the Interactive Patient System market. With patient communication, education, and connection as the cornerstone of a safe, comfortable and clinically optimal hospital experience, the Skylight Interactive Patient System encourages patients and family to actively participate in their health care, improves communication between staff and patient/family members, and can provide a smoother and faster recovery and discharge plan. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight addresses patients' needs in education and health literacy, access to services, and critical information flow between themselves and their caregivers. Patients benefit from more control, faster healing, and a better grasp of health issues and hospitals see improved HCAHPS scores, reduced readmissions, and increased reimbursements. Hospitals implement Skylight to support their ongoing endeavors in improving HCAHPS scores, patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, enhancing operational & service excellence, meeting evolving clinical demands, and delivering on commitments to making a positive difference in the lives of the people they serve. www.skylight.com. Follow us: Blog, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Facebook.

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PerfectServe Now Connecting More Than 25,000 Physicians, 54 Hospitals

PerfectServe's clinical communication platform connects physicians and nurses, improves coordination of care

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— September 11, 2012 - PerfectServe,the leading platform for intelligent clinical communication services, announced today that it is now connecting more than 25,000 physicians through its platform across 154 U.S. healthcare markets and 54 hospitals in health systems including Advocate Health, Orlando Health, Wellstar Health System, St. Joseph Health System and Dignity Health.

More than 5,000 physicians have started using PerfectServe to improve clinical communications in their hospital and private practices in the past nine months alone, bringing the total number of physician users up from 20,000 in January.

"PerfectServe makes contacting colleagues much easier and makes communication between nurses and physicians and between physicians themselves more efficient," said Dr. Susan McDonald, vice president of medical affairs, St. Joseph's Medical Center. "PerfectServe's web-based contact is a favorite for both nurses and physicians, and the smartphone apps make it so easy to return calls and contact colleagues. We continue to find new ways to make the system work for us."

For healthcare providers who want to improve outcomes and efficiency, PerfectServe is a comprehensive clinical communications platform that makes it easy for clinicians to connect with each other and their patients - across the continuum - so they can better coordinate care. Unlike the myriad point solutions, call centers and answering services; overhead paging; secure messaging, and so-called ‘unified communication' systems, PerfectServe provides three capabilities that are essential to effectively manage the complexity inherent in clinical communications:

1. The industry's first purpose-built communications rules engine specific to medicine.

2. A best-in-class services organization to quickly drive and sustain communications process improvement and standardization - across an entire health system.

3. A suite of integrated, cloud-based applications that makes it easy to securely connect interdependent clinicians in any care setting.

"We are excited by the momentum we're gaining to establish PerfectServe as the intelligent clinical communications platform among leading health systems across the United States," said Terry Edwards, president and CEO of PerfectServe. "Our solution is effective with doctors because we give them the ability to manage the flow of information on their terms according to their workflow processes, call schedules and personal contact preferences—giving them more time to provide patient care."

About PerfectServe - PerfectServe offers intelligent voice, online and mobile clinical communication solutions for healthcare. Its industry leading platform routes calls and messages to the right doctor, at the right time, in the way each physician wishes to be reached. It gives physicians complete control over their communications while enabling hospital clinicians and nurses to expedite and improve the coordination of care. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., the intelligent clinical communications platform processes more than 35 million clinical communication interactions each year involving more than 25,000 physicians. For more information, visit www.perfectserve.com, visit Twitter, or call 877-844-7728.

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PerfectServe Releases Paper on Improving Patient Experience


KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— August 18, 2012 - – PerfectServe,the leading platform for intelligent clinical communication services, announced the release of a new paper, "St. Rita's Medical Center: Improving the Patient Experience with PerfectServe."

According to the paper, "Attention to the patient experience of care has become increasingly more important, as payers move to publicly report patient experience metrics and to tie them to reimbursement."

Staff at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, implemented the intelligent clinical communications system in 2005 as an integral part of its plan to improve overall performance, quality and patient safety. Over the past seven years, PerfectServe has reduced communication gaps between clinicians by standardizing communication processes, facilitating the use of updated on-call schedules and monitoring and tracking delayed call-backs.

"Using PerfectServe, we are making it easier for clinicians to speak sooner, eliminating what we call the white space in that timeline, the time that provides no value to the patient," said Dr. Herbert Schumm, vice president of medical affairs at St. Rita's Medical Center. "Shortening that white space is a key element of improving patient satisfaction."

According to Schumm, a key difference since implementing the system is the increased efficiency of communication between clinicians, which allows for patients to quickly receive the care they need.

"Our nurses carry portable phones. With PerfectServe, they can dial one number and speak with the physician in real time without ever leaving the bedside," said Jodi Pahl, nursing administrator at St. Rita's Medical Center. "It increases real-time conversations with physicians, which they appreciate because they are getting an up-to-the-minute status report when there is a problem or change."

The paper cites five benefits that St. Rita's Medical Center has experienced since implementing PerfectServe:

  • Improving the patient experience
  • Increasing direct care time
  • Reducing delays in care
  • Reducing noise
  • Mobilizing care teams quickly

To download the entire paper, please visit www.perfectserve.com.

About PerfectServe - Advancing care coordination across the continuum, PerfectServe's intelligent clinical communications platform makes it easy to connect clinicians — and push relevant clinical information — to the right physician at the right time, in the precise way each physician wishes to be reached. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., PerfectServe processes more than 35 million transactions annually, connecting more than 20,000 physicians in health systems and medical practices across 154 markets in the United States. For more information go to www.perfectserve.com, visit Twitter, or call 877-844-7728.

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MedVentive Names Bernard Chien as Chief Technology Officer

CTO Brings In-Depth Healthcare IT Leadership and Expertise

Waltham, MASS (PRWEB) — July 18, 2012 - MedVentive, a market leader in providing the clinical integration, population management and risk management tools needed by healthcare providers as they evolve into Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), is pleased to announce that Bernard Chien has joined MedVentive as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Mr. Chien brings to MedVentive nearly 20 years of in-depth technology experience in healthcare and software-as-a-Service (SaaS) systems. As CTO, he is responsible for the overall direction and management of the architecture, design, development and operation of the systems that create and deliver MedVentive's products and services.

Mr. Chien was most recently CTO of Radisphere, a national radiology group focused on quality, staff satisfaction and performance. He also held prior technology roles at athenahealth, IntraLinks, Savant Technologies and Sapient.

"I am excited to welcome Bernard to MedVentive to lead our growing technology team," said Nancy Ham, CEO of MedVentive. "He brings an impressive pairing of business focus and technology acumen that will allow MedVentive to further grow and develop our company to serve providers who strive to deliver better-coordinated, more efficient and effective healthcare."

Mr. Chien's early career includes building mission-critical systems for Fortune 500 companies at Sapient and founding a successful e-commerce company, Savant, which he grew and merged into IntraLinks. At IntraLinks, he led the development of a pioneering SaaS application, which by 2012 had more than 1 million registered users. As Senior Vice President of Technology at IntraLinks, he led technology, product and market innovations to achieve 50 percent annual compounded growth. Later, at athenahealth, he focused on workflow management and enterprise implementations. Most recently he served as CTO at Radisphere, where he introduced new technologies to improve business continuity, customer service and business analytics.

"Healthcare reform requires providers to take a new approach to measuring and managing patient outcomes and taking on financial risk – and that requires technology," said Mr. Chien. "MedVentive has the proven technology platform and business vision to help provider groups meet these new challenges. I look forward to expanding the company's market leadership with cutting-edge technologies that will help our customers meet their objectives for improving care quality and reducing costs."

About MedVentive

While healthcare was evolving the concept of an accountable care organization, MedVentive was busy operating as one. MedVentive was founded as the Provider Service Network (PSN) in 1997 by the CareGroup Healthcare System, an integrated, at-risk network of 4,500 physicians and eight hospitals that cared for more than 450,000 at-risk patients.

Our origins as an ACO give MedVentive a deep understanding of provider organizations and the healthcare environment. Having been an at-risk provider network, MedVentive is uniquely qualified to support an organization's transition from a fee-for-service payment environment to risk-based contracting, and provide the clinical integration/population management infrastructure necessary to be successful under this new model.

To learn more, please visit http://www.medventive.com or call (781) 290-2500

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Care Team Connect Expands Executive Team, Hires Chief Technology Officer

Greg Kuhnen brings more than 12 years of experience leading healthcare and IT operations teams

EVANSTON, Ill—July 12, 2012 - Care Team Connect announced today the addition of Greg Kuhnen as Chief Technology Officer. In his current role, Greg will be responsible for the secure, reliable delivery of Care Team Connect's products and the expansion of the company's focus on data integration and scalability.

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform connects hospitals, community providers, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care.

Prior to joining Care Team Connect, Greg was the Director of Product Architecture for Optum's market-leading Health Information Exchange business and drove the development of a number of Optum products. Before his role with Optum, Greg held technical leadership roles in Thomson Reuters Healthcare's provider division; at Matria Healthcare, a leading disease management provider; and at Oracle's Healthcare Transaction Base, where he was a founding member.

He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

"We are very fortunate to have a talented leader like Greg join our company," said Ben Albert, CEO and founder of Care Team Connect. "Care Team Connect's unique ability to support the care navigation process at the root of ACOs, preventable readmission programs and Medical Homes has led to significant expansion of our client base, each of whom will be served by Greg's experience and dedication to delivering client-focused technology that generates results and improves care."

About Care Team Connect

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform powers care networks, aligning acute care, post-acute care, community providers, and family members to consistently deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission, and Patient-Centered Medical Home care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition and care setting. Care Team Connect unites a cross-continuum care team to focus on a patient-specific care plan outlining precise actions driven by patient data. Client organizations leverage resources effectively and efficiently, gain real time visibility and ensure network partners follow chosen protocols. Care Team Connect: Healthcare the way it was meant to be delivered. To learn more, visit www.careteamconnect.com.

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Skylight Healthcare Comments on Supreme Court Update: Impact on Patient Engagement Technology


SAN DIEGO, CA—June 28, 2012 - This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States provided its long-awaited ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Skylight believes that the healthcare organizations that have deployed patient engagement and care coordination solutions are well positioned to effectively address new requirements associated with the healthcare reform act. We also believe engaging patients via enabling technologies has never been more vital making it critical for health systems to accelerate the deployment of integrated patient interactive programs to support patients through the entire continuum of care.

Under the Act, more Americans will be covered by insurance and it's likely that care resources will be extended like never before—highlighting predicted shortages in both nursing and physician resources. Coupled with a movement toward accountable care, recent studies confirm that patients will demand more options, convenience, and access to knowledge. Accenture's recent survey of 1,100 U.S. patients "shows that most patients (90 percent) would prefer to use the Internet, mobile devices and e-mail to self-manage their own healthcare information and services, such as refilling prescriptions and booking appointments."

Now that a level of certainty has been achieved, our organization is more readily deploying new and innovative patient engagement platforms like Skylight CareNavigator," commented Kevin Meek, RN, BA, MHI, Chief Nursing Officer at OASIS Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. "With CareNavigator, we are able to greatly impact the in-patient experience and increase our HCAHPS scores while at the same time, provide individualized "Care Maps" that support our patients with education and information prior to admission and follow-up services and reporting long after discharge. Enabling technologies that support patient engagement across the continuum of care are now essential elements for health care organizations."

Skylight CareNavigator is designed to coordinate care across the continuum, and has sufficient technical backbone to interface with an organization's existing IT, communications, and EMR systems and demonstrates quantifiable performance. Offering advanced technology, scalability, and flexibility, health care organizations can simplify the transition into a new regulatory environment. Skylight clients have demonstrated that their interactive patient systems help address virtually every reform, reimbursement, and regulatory challenge an organization is facing.

"As new payment and delivery reform models are developed to link reimbursements to quality metrics, the need for data to support these payment models will grow," added Tom Klopack, Skylight President and CEO. "Skylight has pioneered and deployed integrated outcomes gathering and analysis that support quantifiable documentation of quality outcomes."

About Skylight Healthcare Systems

Founded in 1999, and headquartered in San Diego, CA, Skylight® Healthcare Systems is the industry pioneer in the Interactive Patient System market. With patient communication, education, and connection as the cornerstone of a safe, comfortable and clinically optimal hospital experience, the Skylight Interactive Patient System encourages patients and family to actively participate in their health care, improves communication between staff and patient/family members, and can provide a smoother and faster recovery and discharge plan. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight addresses patients' needs in education and health literacy, access to services, and critical information flow between themselves and their caregivers. Patients benefit from more control, faster healing, and a better grasp of health issues and hospitals see improved HCAHPS scores, reduced readmissions, and increased reimbursements. Hospitals implement Skylight to support their ongoing endeavors in improving HCAHPS scores, patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, enhancing operational & service excellence, meeting evolving clinical demands, and delivering on commitments to making a positive difference in the lives of the people they serve. Learn more at Skylight.com.

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Aventura HQ Named in 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch

Joins elite group of second-stage companies honored for contribution to Colorado economy

Denver, CO (PRWEB) June 21, 2012 - The Edward Lowe Foundation has named Aventura HQ, the company that makes clinicians' work flow, to its select list of 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch. In its fourth year, Colorado Companies to Watch has recognized almost 200 second-stage growth companies—those with annual revenue between $750k and $50M and 6-99 employees—for their contributions in developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities and creating new industries throughout Colorado. In 2012, Denver-based Aventura was one of the companies selected from 450 applicants to win this prestigious honor.

Located in downtown Denver, Aventura is a four-year old company dedicated to improving healthcare by helping clinicians use technology more efficiently. New technology mandates require doctors and nurses to access computer information dozens of times a day. Computer sharing and long logon processes make it difficult to access the right information at the right time to drive critical care decisions. A leader in using context- and location-aware computing in healthcare, Aventura presents patient information intelligently to the clinician based on location and credentials. With more than 20 patents issued or pending, Aventura gives clinicians desktop access to the patient data when, where and how your clinicians need it—instantly.

"With so many great companies making a difference in Colorado, it is an honor to be recognized as a leader in 2012," said Aventura Chief Executive Officer Howard Diamond. "Colorado is an excellent state in which to grow a company. Not only do we have an incredibly well-educated work force, but also an innovative spirit that propels companies forward naturally."

Colorado Companies to Watch is different from other awards programs. Because the program focuses on the entire state, and not specific industries, it provides an opportunity to paint a realistic picture of a true statewide economy. With growth being just one of the evaluation criteria, the program widens the playing field to companies not often recognized for the critical differences they make in their industry, their community, region and our state.

"We are pleased to recognize Aventura for its outstanding contribution to fueling the economic fire of our wonderful state. Thank you Aventura," says Sam Bailey, Colorado Companies to Watch program director.

About Aventura HQ:

Aventura HQ improves the workflow of doctors and nurses by providing the information they need, when and where they need it. Aventura's context and location aware computing intelligence orchestrates technologies already in place, making them responsive to the user. Aventura provides tools that help clinicians practice more productively and effectively, allowing them to spend more time with patients. Aventura improves clinician satisfaction, increases EMR use at the point of care, and allows focus on the quality of care. Learn more at http://www.aventurahq.com.

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Michigan Pioneer ACO Partners with Care Team Connect to Coordinate Care for 13,000 Patients

Detroit Medical Center's Pioneer ACO is one of 32 in the U.S.

EVANSTON, Ill. & DETROIT, Jun 20, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Michigan Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model, the Detroit Medical Center (DMC)'s organization awarded Pioneer ACO status in late 2011, has selected Care Team Connect's care coordination platform to power care navigation for an estimated 13,000 patients expected to voluntarily participate in the ACO. The Michigan Pioneer ACO is one of only 32 U.S. medical organizations designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Pioneer ACO, the first phase of a comprehensive new system for better coordinating and thus improving medical care among doctors treating Medicare recipients. The Detroit Medical Center is part of Vanguard Health Systems.

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform connects hospitals, community providers, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care. The technology will serve as the common platform for the more than 200 primary care and specialist physicians who currently provide health care services to Medicare patients through the DMC.

"First and foremost, we are committed to delivering seamless and effective care to our patients," said Carrie Harris-Muller, president of the Michigan Pioneer ACO Model. "Care Team Connect will allow us to do so affordably and efficiently, while at the same time keeping us out in front of our industry with regards to information sharing, clinical integration and overall coordination of care."

Under the tenets of the Pioneer ACO Model, the Michigan Pioneer ACO Model assumes responsibility for delivering efficient and effective care to a defined patient population. Participating patients will see no changes at all in their Medicare benefits, and they will maintain the ability to see any Medicare provider they wish. Care Team Connect's technology platform automates the creation of patient-specific care plans along with task lists that will enable Michigan Pioneer ACO care navigators to collaborate and securely share patient data in the interest of eliminating redundancies.

"The Detroit Medical Center's Pioneer ACO has a tremendous future," said Ben Albert, founder and CEO of Care Team Connect. "We look forward to bringing our proven technology platform and program development expertise to this partnership and to demonstrating that, with the correct infrastructure in place, the ACO model can deliver on all its promise."

About the Michigan Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model

The Michigan Pioneer ACO is a partnership of The Detroit Medical Center and its physicians, who include employed and faculty physicians, but consisting mostly of private practice primary care physicians. The Detroit Medical Center is an academically integrated system in metropolitan Detroit and one of the largest health care providers in southeast Michigan. The Michigan Pioneer ACO's primary service area consists of the tri-county Detroit metropolitan area (i.e., Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties). Michigan Pioneer ACO will be managed by the DMC PHO, an 1100 member physician-hospital organization.

About the Detroit Medical Center

Detroit Medical Center is the leading academically integrated system in metropolitan Detroit and the largest healthcare provider in southeast Michigan with more than 1,800 licensed beds and nearly 3,000 affiliated physicians. The DMC continues to meet the healthcare needs of a growing community, offering the best in medical research and development, advanced technology and optimum clinical services. Detroit Medical Center's successful implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) places it in the 99th percentile of U.S. Hospitals in EMR adoption. This level of implementation - Physician Documentation, full Clinical Decision Support System and full Picture Archive Communication System - indicates that DMC is using electronic collaboration and document review to a nearly unsurpassed degree, in support of patient safety.

About Care Team Connect

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform powers care networks, aligning acute care, post-acute care, community providers, and family members to consistently deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission, and Patient-Centered Medical Home care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition and care setting. Care Team Connect unites a cross-continuum care team to focus on a patient-specific care plan outlining precise actions driven by patient data. Client organizations leverage resources effectively and efficiently, gain real time visibility and ensure network partners follow chosen protocols. Care Team Connect: Healthcare the way it was meant to be delivered. To learn more, visit www.careteamconnect.com.

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PerfectServe's Chicago Office Moves Due to Continued Growth


KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 05, 2012PerfectServe, the leading platform for intelligent clinical communications services, today announced that it moved its satellite office in Chicago, Ill., to a larger space from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Center to 440 N. Wells St. to accommodate its expanding team.

Over the last 60 days, PerfectServe Chicago office team has more than doubled, with seven new hires. Since January, the company headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., has hired 65 new employees, which is more than a 60 percent increase over the past six months.

The new Chicago office is staffed with 11 hospital implementation consultants and an account manager. The focus of the office is to support clients in Chicago and additional health systems across the United States.

The 5,500-square-foot office is central to the company's five Advocate Healthcare hospital clients located throughout the greater Chicago area, including:

  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospitall
  • Advocate Trinity Hospital
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital
  • Advocate Christ Hospital

"With recent hospital client growth in the Chicago area, including Advocate Health Care , we want a team based in Chicago to provide the best service to physicians, nurses and hospital staff," said Terry Edwards, PerfectServe chief executive officer.

About PerfectServe - Advancing care coordination across the continuum, PerfectServe's intelligent clinical communications platform makes it easy to connect clinicians — and push relevant clinical information — to the right physician at the right time, in the precise way each physician wishes to be reached. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., PerfectServe processes more than 35 million transactions annually, connecting more than 20,000 physicians in health systems and medical practices across 154 markets in the United States. For more information go to www.perfectserve.com, visit Twitter, or call 877-844-7728.

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PerfectServe Doubles Size of Chicago Team

Clinical communications leader continues to expand, more than doubles Chicago team in past 60 days

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 30, 2012PerfectServe, the leading platform for intelligent clinical communications services, today announced three new hires to support the recent expansion of its Chicago implementation team. Over the last 60 days, PerfectServe's Chicago implementation team has more than doubled, with seven new hires.

Stephanie Childers, Colleen Williams, and Deepak Baskar have joined PerfectServe as implementation consultants. They are responsible for guiding PerfectServe's hospital clients through the deployment process of the company's intelligent communications system, which eliminates hospital errors and enables nurses and doctors to better coordinate care.

Childers, 31, joins PerfectServe from Medco Health Solutions, which is the leading pharmacy benefit manager with the nation's largest mail order pharmacy operations. Childers served in various roles with increasing responsibility including senior account coordinator, installation coordination, and most recently as an account manager of national accounts. She also worked as an intake specialist with Apria Healthcare, where she was the Primary contact for physicians and case managers setting up patients with medical equipment. Childers graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and received a bachelor's degree in community health.

Williams, 24, joins PerfectServe from Emmi Solutions, which is a healthcare communications company that delivers actionable health information to patients at key moments across the continuum of care. While at Emmi Solutions, Williams was a client services associate. She provided successful implementations into independent practices, enterprise hospital systems, and healthcare plans. She has a bachelor's degree in Health and Sport Studies with a minor in marketing from Miami University.

Baskar, 32, returns to PerfectServe as a former hospital implementation consultant at LynxIT Solutions. Baskar implemented web-based hospital communication software, developed training programs, and specialized in mobile-phone app distribution. Prior to his position at LynxIT Solutions, Baskar was an implementation specialist at PerfectServe. He has also held positions at CareerBuilder and University of Illinois as a graduate teacher. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from University of Michigan as well as a biochemistry master's degree from University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

"We are continuing to strengthen our Chicago office to support to our client hospitals, clinicians and their patients as PerfectServe is expanding into hospitals throughout the greater Chicago area," said Terry Edwards, chief executive officer of PerfectServe. "Colleen, Stephanie, and Deepak are excellent additions to our team, supporting our strategic vision to provide standardized clinical communications solutions across the continuum of care."

About PerfectServe - Advancing care coordination across the continuum, PerfectServe's intelligent clinical communications platform makes it easy to connect clinicians — and push relevant clinical information — to the right physician at the right time, in the precise way each physician wishes to be reached. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., PerfectServe processes more than 35 million transactions annually, connecting more than 20,000 physicians in health systems and medical practices across 154 markets in the United States. For more information go to www.perfectserve.com, visit Twitter, or call 877-844-7728.

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Oakwood ACC Partners with Care Team Connect to coordinate patient care

Partnership Part of Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project

EVANSTON, Ill.; DEARBORN, Mich., May 30, 2012 – Oakwood ACO, a collaboration between physicians and Oakwood Healthcare Inc. that currently encompasses over 1,000 physician members, has selected Care Team Connect's care coordination platform to power care navigation for their patients included in the Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project (MiPCT). Launched in 2010, Oakwood ACO was founded on the guiding principles important to physicians, such as trust, transparency and physician leadership. MiPCT is the largest of eight Multi-Payer CMS Demonstration Projects in the U.S.

Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform connects hospitals, community providers, family members and patients so they can work in partnership across the care continuum to improve patient outcomes while significantly reducing the overall cost of care. The technology will serve as the common platform for the creation of patient-specific care plans driven by data interfaced directly from Oakwood ACO's existing legacy systems, as well as the system of record for all subsequent patient encounters.

"Having the right technology infrastructure in place is essential to an ACO's success," said Bill Isenstein, Executive Director for Oakwood ACO. "Our care navigators will benefit from both the linkages Care Team Connect creates between our physician offices, community resources and the patients and families themselves, as well as the support engendered by the platform's thorough and innovative approach to care coordination, giving our team the ability to consistently deliver the best possible care to our patients at the lowest cost."

Under the tenets of accountable care, Oakwood ACO assumes responsibility for delivering efficient and effective care to a defined patient population. Care Team Connect's technology platform automates the creation of patient-specific care plans along with task lists that will enable Oakwood ACO's care navigators to quickly and accurately utilize proven care methods and best practices to care for the patients in their network. The end result is high quality care with all of the guesswork and redundancies removed.

"Accountable care organizations like Oakwood ACO are the future of care in this country," said Ben Albert, founder and CEO of Care Team Connect. "Regardless of what happens with health reform, the tenets of accountable care will be necessary for providers to advance into the future. We feel very fortunate to partner with a health system and physician community whose singular focus is providing low-cost, high-quality care to the patients in their community, and we look forward to helping Oakwood deliver on this promise."

About Oakwood Accountable Care Organization, LLC - The Oakwood ACO was established in 2010 as a partnership between more than 1,000 physicians and Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. The ACO promotes collaboration amongst providers, use of a robust IT infrastructure, and taking fiscal responsibility for improved outcomes and reduced costs for a defined patient population.

About Care Team Connect - Care Team Connect's secure, web-based platform powers care networks, aligning acute care, post-acute care, community providers, and family members to consistently deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time. Care Team Connect enables Accountable Care Organization, preventable hospital readmission, and Patient-Centered Medical Home care coordination programs to identify and manage targeted patient populations by risk, payer, condition and care setting. Care Team Connect unites a cross-continuum care team to focus on a patient-specific care plan outlining precise actions driven by patient data. Client organizations leverage resources effectively and efficiently, gain real time visibility and ensure network partners follow chosen protocols. Care Team Connect: Healthcare the way it was meant to be delivered. To learn more, visit www.careteamconnect.com.

Contact: Morgan Ribeiro - Phone: 615-254-0575 - E-mail: mribeiro@jarrardinc.com

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Hospitals Share Innovative Approach in Leveraging Interactive Patient Systems to Address HCAHPS Quiet at Night and Cleanliness Scores

San Diego, CA, May 8, 2012 – In a nationwide broadcast webinar entitled, "Improving HCAHPS Scores for Cleanliness and Quiet: Enhancing the Patient Environment," 394 people representing 175 hospitals participated in an interactive session featuring speakers from University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio and Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona. This Webinar was part of an ongoing series of quarterly forums hosted by Skylight Healthcare Systems that examine key topics in healthcare and ways that Interactive Patient Systems can have a measurable impact on HCAHPS scores and Value Based Purchasing initiatives—which include the potential for a 1% CMS operating payment reduction for hospital performance compared to national benchmarks with other hospitals across the country.

The presenters described innovative yet straightforward approaches to addressing recurrent issues relating to improving the environment for patients and families through room cleanliness and quiet at night programs. This highly engaging program included real-world examples and results as to how hospitals have been able to leverage Skylight's CareNavigator to overcome challenges while improving and maintaining their increased HCAHPS scores with cleanliness and quiet initiatives and programs.

Program highlights included practical applications for:

  • Developing a strategic approach to analyze and address issues
  • Developing a program that can quickly be deployed and measured for effectiveness
  • Creating metrics based on patient perceptions
  • Developing a service culture to grow staff support for change
  • Putting systems in place to solidify staff understanding of their impact on HCAHPS scores

This forum demonstrated that cleanliness and quiet are at the forefront of issues that hospital must address now—especially since they represent an area with great opportunity for improvement. Polling results from participants indicated that only 18% of participants were either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their room cleanliness HCAHPS scores and only 9% of participants were either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their quiet at night HCAHPS scores.

"We are very pleased that webinar participants were able to take away proven and actionable programming tools to begin these initiatives. Skylight has a highly engaged and active community of clients who strive to share best practices and help their healthcare colleagues get the most value from their Interactive Patient System," commented Tom Klopack, Skylight President and CEO. "Beginning with our fall 6th Annual Client Conference and continuing throughout the year, we partner with our clients and industry partners like Sodexo to create a productive and objective communications forum to provide the best possible patient experience while improving clinical workflow."

As hospitals shoulder increasing accountability for both clinical and financial management of patients, Skylight's CareNavigator is recognized by leadership at innovative healthcare organizations as a vital tool for improving the overall patient experience across the comprehensive, coordinated care journey. Impacting more than 1.3 million hospital stays a year (5M lives), the system integrates with the patient's hospital room TV monitor, tablet or other device to provide education, services, and essential information.

About Skylight Healthcare Systems - Founded in 1999, and headquartered in San Diego, CA, Skylight® Healthcare Systems is the industry pioneer in the Interactive Patient System market. With patient communication, education, and connection as the cornerstone of a safe, comfortable and clinically optimal hospital experience, the Skylight Interactive Patient System encourages patients and family to actively participate in their health care, improves communication between staff and patient/family members, and can provide a smoother and faster recovery and discharge plan. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight addresses patients' needs in education and health literacy, access to services, and critical information flow between themselves and their caregivers. Patients benefit from more control, faster healing, and a better grasp of health issues and hospitals see improved HCAHPS scores, reduced readmissions, and increased reimbursements. Hospitals implement Skylight to support their ongoing endeavors in improving HCAHPS scores, patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, enhancing operational & service excellence, meeting evolving clinical demands, and delivering on commitments to making a positive difference in the lives of the people they serve.

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MedVentive Named a 2012 "Cool Vendor in Healthcare Providers" by Leading Analyst Firm

Vendors selected for the "Cool Vendor report" are innovative, impactful and intriguing

Waltham, MA, April 25, 2012 – MedVentive, a leading provider of the clinical integration, population management and risk management tools healthcare providers need as they evolve into Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), announced today that it has been named as one of Gartner's 2012 Cool Vendors in Healthcare Providers. The Cool Vendors are recognized for providing innovative and potentially transformative solutions for healthcare delivery organizations. MedVentive's technology platform and experience supports providers as they tackle the two most critical issues they face as they become clinically integrated and/or transition to ACOs: understanding their patient populations and being accountable for the quality and cost of care.

Gartner, widely recognized as one of the world's leading information technology research and advisory companies, profiled four companies, including MedVentive, that are "true innovators that have found nuanced ways to apply technology to practical administrative, clinical and social problems of delivering healthcare."

"Being named a Gartner Cool Vendor confirms our belief that MedVentive is offering the most effective and innovative solution to help providers manage quality as well as risk," says Nancy Ham, President and CEO at MedVentive. "We've spent 15 years learning the hard way – though direct experience on the front lines of care delivery. As a result, our solutions incorporate years of real-world clinical feedback, demonstrating our deep understanding of what providers need to continually grow and thrive in today's evolving accountable care environments."

For more than a decade, MedVentive's platform for population management and the successful management of risk-based health plan contracts has been helping leading healthcare organizations support clinical integration initiatives and successfully manage their quality, utilization, pharmacy and physician incentive programs. MedVentive clients have achieved significant results using the MedVentive suite of Web-based applications to engage physicians and to optimize quality performance at the patient and population levels.

Request a demonstration of MedVentive's solutions by calling (781) 290-2511.

About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About MedVentive - While healthcare was evolving the concept of an accountable care organization, MedVentive was busy operating as one. MedVentive was founded as the Provider Service Network (PSN) in 1997 by the CareGroup Healthcare System, an integrated, at-risk network of 4,500 physicians and eight hospitals that cared for more than 450,000 at-risk patients.

Our origins as an ACO give MedVentive a deep understanding of provider organizations and the healthcare environment. Having been an at-risk provider network, MedVentive is uniquely qualified to support an organization's transition from a fee-for-service payment environment to risk-based contracting, and provide the clinical integration/population management infrastructure necessary to be successful under this new model.

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CombiMatrix names Richard Hockett, M.D. Medical Director

Specialist in Molecular Diagnostics, Biomarkers to Support Expanding Test Menu, Customer Base

Irvine, CA, April 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – CombiMatrix Corporation (NASDAQ: CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company performing DNA-based testing services for cancer and developmental disorders, today announced that veteran molecular diagnostics specialist Richard Hockett, M.D. has been named Medical Director, effective May 1. Hockett, 52, will report directly to CombiMatrix CEO R. Judd Jessup.

Dr. Hockett is the former Chief Medical Officer for Santa Clara, CA-based Affymetrix Inc., a provider of innovative genomic analysis tools and reagents for exploration and genetic testing. His special areas of focus at Affymetrix included applied genomics, new technology development and regulatory affairs.

As a Board Certified Clinical Pathologist, Dr. Hockett's specialties include molecular diagnostics, clinical application of technology and biomarker strategies. During his career, he has spent more than 25 years applying biomarkers to clinical medicine.

"As our lab operations are maturing, it is critical that we have world-class scientific and medical leadership to support our internal operations and strategies as well as our customer facing clinical support," Jessup said. "Dr. Hockett has been involved in advanced microarray technologies for most of his career so his background is ideal for our needs and those of our growing family of partners and customers. We are very pleased to have a medical executive of Dr. Hockett's caliber join our team."

Prior to joining Affymetrix, from 1999 to 2008, Dr. Hockett was a Medical Fellow II, Group Leader for Genomic Medicine at Eli Lilly and Company, where he developed the pharmacogenomic program and oversaw the application of genetic biomarkers to clinical drug development. He was also instrumental in developing the DMET analysis system, which has become the most comprehensive technology for the measurement of DNA variation in metabolism of pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Hockett started his career as an academic pathologist in the Department of Pathology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where he oversaw the Clinical Immunology and Molecular Diagnostic laboratories and his research focused on developmental immunology and HIV disease.

Dr. Hockett received his M.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. He performed his residency in Clinical Pathology at Washington University, St. Louis.

About CombiMatrix Corporation - CombiMatrix Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiary, CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (CMDX), is a molecular diagnostics laboratory which offers DNA-based testing services to the prenatal, pediatric and oncology markets. The Company performs genetic testing utilizing Microarray, FISH, PCR and G-Band Chromosome Analysis. CMDX offers prenatal and pediatric testing services for the detection of abnormalities of genes at the DNA level beyond what can be identified through traditional technologies. CMDX was also the first commercial clinical laboratory in the United States to make comprehensive DNA-based genomic analysis of solid tumors, including breast, colon, lung, prostate and brain tumors, available to oncology patients and medical professionals. Additional information about CMDX is available at www.cmdiagnostics.com or by calling 1-800-710-0624.

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Company Contact:
R. Judd Jessup - President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation - (949) 753-0624

Investor Relations Contact:
Matthew H. Clawson - Partner, Allen & Caron, Inc. - (949) 474-4300 - matt@allencaron.com

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MindFrame Inc awarded new patent for breakthrough Capture LP
Thrombectomy Technology

Proprietary low profile devices offer clinicians unprecedented access in the treatment of patients experiencing ischemic stroke.

Irvine, CA, January 5, 2012 - MindFrame Inc. today announces the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,088,140, bringing the total number of patents awarded for its breakthrough thrombectomy technology to three. The previous two patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,066,757 and 8,070,791, demonstrate MindFrame's commitment to developing innovative devices that deliver outstanding outcomes for ischemic stroke therapy, in which rapid flow restoration and clot retrieval is essential to prevent irreversible deterioration of brain function in millions of patients suffering from acute ischemic stroke.

"We are proud that our achievements in revolutionary proprietary technology are being recognized," says Ken Charhut, president and CEO of MindFrame Inc. "Our global mission is to continue leading technology development with more ischemic stroke solutions for our clinicians that allow successful procedural and clinical outcomes for their patients."

The MindFrame Therapy Solutions technology portfolio was recently expanded to include the MindFrame Capture LP 4-mm diameter and multiple shorter–length–sized low profile devices. The MindFrame Capture LP is the first and only device that can be deployed through smaller microcatheters to improve navigation through tortuous vessels. MindFrame LP devices provide clinicians with unprecedented access to thrombus aspiration locally and proximally as a result of the reduced microcatheter size. In addition, the devices offer improved tensile strength and kink resistance for device durability, as well as enhanced trackability for precise placement and control.

MindFrame Capture LP is not approved for sale in the United States.

About MindFrame Inc. - MindFrame Inc. is a pioneer in developing optimized technologies for patients experiencing ischemic stroke. The breakthrough MindFrame Therapy Solutions portfolio comprises some of the most advanced device design technology that delivers exceptional rapid flow restoration and clot extraction intended to help clinicians provide improved clinical outcomes for their patients. For more information about the breakthrough MindFrame Capture LP state-of-the-art technologies, visit www.MindFrameInc.com.

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PGXL Laboratories partners with AutoGenomics to expand
Molecular Testing in Pharmacogenetics

Louisville, KY, Vista, CA, April 01, 2011 - PGXL Labs, an internationally recognized pioneer in personalized medicine testing, announced today that it has established a collaborative partnership with AutoGenomics, Inc. wherein they will utilize the automated INFINITI® analyzer for several different personalized medicine applications.

"The automation provided by the AutoGenomics' INFINITI® Analyzer will enhance workflow in our laboratories," said Mark Linder, Executive Vice-President of Operations and Co-Founder of PGXL Laboratories. He further stated that "with their comprehensive menu of molecular applications in the pharmacogenetics arena, we have found AutoGenomics to be a very suitable partner in meeting our emerging testing needs."

"We are excited to partner with PGXL Labs who have pioneered in bringing the benefits of pharmacogenetics testing to patients across the country" said Ramanath Vairavan, Senior Vice President of AutoGenomics. "The versatility of our BioFilmChip Microarray technology allows us to rapidly develop new test applications to meet the evolving needs in companion diagnostic testing and enable PGXL Labs to expand the array of personalized medicine tests."

PGXL plans to utilize the INFINITI® Warfarin Assay and the CYP450 2C19 tests, both of which have been cleared by the FDA. In addition, they will plan to use the INFINITI® KRAS-BRAF test.

About PGXL Laboratories - A privately-owned business located in Louisville, Kentucky, PGXL Laboratories was the first lab in the country CLIA-certified specifically to conduct pharmacogenetic tests. It provides pharmacogenetic testing and interpretive services, and developed one of the first commercial CYP2C9/VKORC1 tests for accurate anticoagulant dosing. Along with its clinical practice, PGXL performs contract research for manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. - www.pgxlab.com

About AutoGenomics - AutoGenomics Inc., a privately held company based in Vista, CA, has developed the first automated, microarray based multiplexing diagnostic platform that can be used to assess disease signatures with novel genomic and proteomic markers in the area of genetic disorders, infectious disease, cancer and pharmacogenetics. With the discovery of genes and their link to various disease states the platform has the versatility to revolutionize the way patients are diagnosed, monitored and managed, leading to the era of personalized medicine. - www.autogenomics.com

For further information please contact:
Tom Johnson - Director, Communications, PGXL Laboratories - 502-419-8204 - Tom.Johnson@pgxlab.com
Ramanath Vairavan - Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, AutoGenomics - 760-477-2248 x 305 - rvairavan@autogenomics.com

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AutoGenomics launches the INFINITI® FMF Panel

December 21, 2010 - AutoGenomics, a leader in providing automated molecular testing solutions, announced today that it has launched a new test, the INFINITI FMF Panel, designed for the identification of genetic mutations associated with Familial Mediterranean Fever. These genetic mutations are prominently present in the Armenian people, Sephardic Jews, Greeks, Arabs and Turks. The INFINITI FMF Panel provides simultaneous multiplexed determination of 13 genetic variants on the automated INFINITI Analyzer.

"We are very excited to introduce the first automated molecular assay that detects mutations related to Familial Mediterranean Fever" said Fareed Kureshy, President and CEO of AutoGenomics. "Classical methods for identifying these mutations have always revolved around sequencing, a complicated and time consuming process. Our INFINITI FMF Panel will finally bring testing for these mutations to a more manageable scale."

"Familial Mediterranean Fever is a very serious problem in affected populations," said Omer Sen, President and CEO of the CDK Group, the distributor of AutoGenomics products in Turkey. "We are very happy that AutoGenomics has taken the initiative to provide us with such a critical tool while also offering the most comprehensive test panel." He further said, "We have launched this novel product successfully at the recently held 9th National Medical Genetics Congress in Istanbul."

The AutoGenomics INFINITI FMF Panel is for research use only and not for use in diagnostic procedures.

About the CDK Group - The CDK Group, based in Istanbul, Turkey, has been in business since 1999 and is among the top diagnostic companies in Turkey distributing molecular testing products. - www.cdkmed.com

About AutoGenomics - AutoGenomics Inc., a privately held company based in Vista, CA, has developed the first automated, microarray based multiplexing diagnostic platform that can be used to assess disease signatures with novel genomic and proteomic markers in the area of genetic disorders, infectious disease, cancer and pharmacogenetics. With the discovery of genes and their link to various disease states the platform has the versatility to revolutionize the way patients are diagnosed, monitored and managed, leading to the era of personalized medicine. - www.autogenomics.com

For further information please contact:
Ramanath Vairavan - Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing - 760-477-2248 x 305 - rvairavan@autogenomics.com

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AutoGenomics Receives FDA Clearance for its INFINITI® CYP2C19 Assay

Vista, CA, October 26, 2010 - AutoGenomics, a leader in providing automated, molecular testing solutions announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its INFINITI® CYP2C19 Assay. The test detects 3 genetic variants, *2, *3, *17, of the CYP450 2C19 gene and is to be used on the company's automated molecular testing platform, the INFINITI® Analyzer.

"We are very excited to receive FDA clearance for our 2C19 test" said Fareed Kureshy, President and CEO of AutoGenomics. "The necessity of this genetic test has been implicated in literature now for several years. The FDA has now provided clinicians with a tool in determining medical strategies for therapeutics that are metabolized by the CYP 450 2C19 gene test specifically * 2, *3, *17. This is an important milestone in the era of personalized medicine. Several of our customers are awaiting such clearance to implement testing in their practice." He further said "we continue to expand our portfolio of FDA cleared products". "The INFINITI® CYP 450 2C19 test is unique in evaluating *17 which can help clinicians identify ultra metabolizers" said Robert Cole, MD., Chief Medical Officer at AutoGenomics.

The INFINITI® System features a broad menu of 42 applications, with 5 FDA cleared products and 16 CE marked products.

About AutoGenomics - AutoGenomics Inc., a privately held company based in Vista, CA, has developed the first automated, microarray based multiplexing diagnostic platform that can be used to assess disease signatures with novel genomic and proteomic markers in the area of genetic disorders, infectious disease, cancer and pharmacogenetics. With the discovery of genes and their link to various disease states the platform has the versatility to revolutionize the way patients are diagnosed, monitored and managed, leading to the era of personalized medicine. - www.autogenomics.com

For further information please contact:
Ramanath Vairavan - Senior Vice President - 760-477-2248 x 305 - rvairavan@autogenomics.com

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