NEWS REVIEW – BUSINESS

Electronic Medical Records Get Another Fillip in the Healthcare Industry of usa

Maimonides Medical Center is a thriving non-profit, non-sectarian hospital that is the pre-eminent treatment facility and academic medical center in Brooklyn, and also among the best in the USA. Maimonides Medical Center  is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the USA.

Recently Maimonides Medical Center turned to Verizon Business to design and deploy a high-capacity, resilient optical network, connecting the medical center’s main campus buildings and 24 remote locations throughout Brooklyn.

The new network, which Maimonides began to transition to in March, enables the secure and rapid transmission of electronic medical records, providing physicians at Maimonides and affiliated institutions with complete patient medical histories, including doctors’ orders, prescriptions, lab results and radiology films. By eliminating the cumbersome process of transferring paper records between physicians and among various healthcare facilities, Maimonides hopes to reduce medical errors, eliminate duplicative testing and deliver improved patient care at a lower cost – providing critical, comprehensive clinical information directly at the point of care.

Verizon Business is a unit of Verizon Communications; is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. It has  impressive global network along with advanced technology and professional service capabilities, which enables Verizon Business to deliver innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.

According to Walter Fahey, the Chief Information Officer at Maimonides, “Immediate access to electronic patient records can help enhance the speed and efficiency of health care as we know it today.” He added, “Working with Verizon Business, we are on the road to making traditional clipboards and paper records obsolete. The new network supports our current requirements and provides a secure and scalable platform for our future initiatives.” Steve Young, the Senior Vice President of Corporate Markets for Verizon Business averred that “Verizon Business is helping Maimonides and other health care providers transform the way they do business, to provide better care for patients.”

The new Maimonides network will also serve as the foundation for the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIE), a regional healthcare network scheduled for launch in 2008. Designed to meet the federal call to action to transform the delivery of healthcare through regional collaboration,  the BHIE will aid the development of electronic medical records and promote interconnectedness among Brooklyn-based clinicians.

SCS’ Hospital Information System for Shanghai Gleneagles

Singapore Computer Systems Limited (SCS), a leading information and communications technology service provider in Asia with its headquarters in Singapore, has completed the implementation of SCS integrated Hospital Information System (iHIS) for Shanghai Gleneagles International Medical and Surgical Center (Shanghai Gleneagles), which opened on 9 May 2007. Shanghai Gleneagles, part of Parkway Holdings Limited (Parkway), is a premium day surgery centre offering one-stop medical consultations and surgical treatments at a convenient and prestigious location in the heart of Shanghai. Parkway Holdings Limited is one of the largest healthcare groups in Asia with operations across Singapore, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Brunei, and China.

“SCS congratulates Parkway on the opening of Shanghai Gleneagles, a fully digital medical centre. We are pleased that the implementation of SCS web-based dual language integrated Hospital Information System, iHIS, for Shanghai Gleneagles was a success. The close collaboration between the SCS and Shanghai Gleneagles teams ensured that the implementation was well managed. SCS hopes to extend our partnership with the Parkway Group and be the healthcare IT service provider of choice as they expand in China,” said SCS President and Chief Executive Officer, Tan Tong Hai. Dr Jonathan Seah, Chief Executive Officer of Shanghai Gleneagles and Group Vice President for Parkway Holdings North Asia, conferred, “We are pleased that SCS delivered a secure, reliable and scalable solution that enables Shanghai Gleneagles to better service our patients, whom we call our guests, in order to emphasise our focus on five-star service quality.” The high-speed telemedicine and videoconferencing network connects Gleneagles with doctors from the Parkway Group in Singapore, and other countries.

W. Europe attracting best Doctors

A high demand for doctors across the EU, coupled with the extremely low wages paid to doctors in Romania, presents a new challenge — the drain of much-needed doctors who are heading westward. Doctors in Western Europe earn almost ten times as much as their Romanian counterparts. More than 50% of Romanian doctors and 75% of medical specialists plan to leave the country and continue their practice in Western Europe, a survey by the Iasi County Medical College shows. The Iasi survey also shows that 61% of the doctors described the country’s healthcare system reform as stationary, and 21% thought that the reform will be ineffective.

Siemens Medical Solutions Ensures Remote Diagnosis of Medical Imaging Systems

Siemens Medical Solutions is perhaps one of the first manufacturers of medical systems worldwide to implement an internationally valid information security management system (ISMS) for the remote service of medical devices. This has been certified by T�V S�d in Germany, according to the international standard ISO 27001.

When a red light flashes at the Siemens Medical Solutions Service Center in Erlangen,Germany,  the customer service engineers know that somewhere in the world the X-ray tube in a computed tomography system needs to get replaced. Siemens is able to detect this situation through its Siemens Remote Service (SRS) platform. Worldwide, thousands of medical systems are connected to the Med SRS platform�primarily via VPN connections (Virtual Private Networks), which are secure virtual data tunnels between two points.

Imaging systems in medical applications are subject to constant use, which subject them to wear and tear. To detect and prevent possible malfunctions in imaging systems as early as possible, Siemens has developed its preventive ‘Remote Service’. The task of Siemens Remote Service is to detect warning or problem messages from imaging systems as early as possible. At present, experienced service specialists proactively monitor more than 15,000 systems daily and can immediately initiate corresponding measures. As soon as the system is started at the customer site, it can automatically send messages to the service center via the secure Siemens Med remote platform. As a result, potential deviations or incidents are detected early as ‘events’, thereby enabling malfunctions to be prevented. Information and data security are crucial decision-making criteria for customers in the medical sector. With this certification, Siemens has shown that information security and data protection have top priority, when operating a highly-complex remote maintenance infrastructure Siemens demonstrated to the T�V auditors an effective information security management system (ISMS) that meets all requirements with respect to availability, confidentiality, integrity, and connectivity.

Philips and Misys in Partnership for Home Healthcare Solutions 

Royal Philips Electronics and Misys Healthcare Systems have announced a plan to join forces for providing a comprehensive solution for the homecare market. The companies intend to develop an integrated software platform that enables homecare agencies to provide high quality care to chronically ill patients, while benefiting from operational efficiencies in monitoring and managing their patients’ health status.

Through this nonexclusive agreement, the companies seek to combine Philips’ experience in telehealth and remote patient monitoring with Misys’ expertise as one of the leading providers of clinical and business software for the U.S. homecare market. Misys Healthcare Systems develops and supports reliable, easy-to-use software and services of exceptional quality that enable physicians and caregivers to more easily manage the complexities of healthcare.  Misys and Philips intend to work together to offer deeper integration of vital signs data and health status information into the patient record, providing a more comprehensive clinical review application than is currently available from telehealth providers today.

The goal is to provide a powerful solution that helps homecare agencies optimize care for patients most in need of clinical attention, in order to reduce hospital readmissions and healthcare costs associated with chronic disease. Philips offers wireless telemonitoring measurement devices, robust clinical content �including patient education, validated health surveys and risk assessment tools�as well as wide-ranging service delivery support and innovative pricing models. Misys brings a fully integrated financial and clinical management solution, including point-of-care, to the homecare industry.

“Telemonitoring, in conjunction with early intervention and self-care education, can extend the reach of care and improve patients’ quality of life,” says Mike Lemnitzer, Senior Director, Philips Consumer Healthcare Solutions.

Jeneane Brian, Clinical Strategy Executive for Misys Healthcare Systems conferred, “Misys is focused on providing cost-effective solutions for the home healthcare market.” According to him Misys provides a better way to monitor and manage home-bound patients and schedule clinical staff.

Agfa HealthCare and ICW embarks on a collaborative effort to promote e-Health

Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic imaging solutions, and InterComponentWare AG (ICW), a leading international e-Health specialist with locations in Germany, the United States, Austria, Switzerland, and Bulgaria, have announced that they are intensifying their cooperation efforts. The non-exclusive agreement covers the development of seamless integration and interoperability between Agfa HealthCare’s hospital information system  ORBIS� and ICW’s eHealth Framework.

The ICW eHealth Framework is an open platform for the development of service-oriented solutions for the healthcare market. It offers standardized interfaces for the integration of existing applications of other manufacturers with solutions from ICW. The eHealth Framework enables seamless integration, allowing different existing systems to be combined into one consistent solution.  The many years of experience of ICW developing and using its own e-Health solutions have been incorporated into the eHealth Framework. It is the foundation for all product developments at ICW and is offered to interested partners for their own development purposes.

The non-exclusive agreement will strengthen Agfa HealthCare’s expanding position in the e-Health market. Agfa HealthCare’s ORBIS has currently been deployed in over 750 institutions across Europe with 4,50,000 daily users.

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