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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., and LEIDEN, Netherlands, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Crucell, N.V., (Euronext, NASDAQ: CRXL; Swiss Exchange: CRX) today announced that Johnson & Johnson, through its subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Crucell have entered into a strategic collaboration focusing on the discovery, development and commercialization of monoclonal antibodies and vaccines for the treatment and prevention of influenza and other infectious and non-infectious diseases. The immediate focus of the collaboration will be the development and commercialization of a universal monoclonal antibody product (flu-mAb) for the treatment and prevention of influenza. The focus of the long-term innovation collaboration will be on new discovery programs leading to the development and commercialization of a universal in... (more)

Krames Patient Education Now Available in eClinicalWorks 8.0

Krames has partnered with eClinicalWorks to provide consumer-friendly patient education to physicians using the electronic medical records system, eClinicalWorks 8.0. The Krames solution allows eClinicalWorks physician users to seamlessly dispense targeted information to a patient based on a specific patient’s record. Additionally, the same quality content can be accessed directly by the patient via the eClinicalWorks Patient Portal ensuring consistent messaging across multiple patient touch points. While improving physician workflow and patient access to information, the inclusion of Krames patient education also helps physicians meet the Patient and Family Engagement meaningful use criteria of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Krames package includes a library of over 1,300 patient-centric, aftercare instructions focused targeted to the immedia... (more)

Merge Healthcare Announces Partnership with Orion Health

Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE) announced today that it has signed a reseller agreement with Orion Health, a leading provider of clinical workflow and integration solutions in healthcare. Orion Health has licensed Merge technology to bring medical images and information into its physician portal solutions. “An integrated medical record helps healthcare organizations improve the quality of care by bringing more complete information into medical decision making at the point of care,” says Paul Viskovich, President of Orion Health, North America and EMEA. “Our customers find that images are a particular challenge, and have been asking us for imaging integration. Merge’s extensive experience in this arena makes them the best partner to help us deliver this to our customers. We are excited to showcase this new integrated Concerto Physician Portal™ at the upcoming HIMSS ... (more)

Capsule to Present at HIMSS12 on Wide-Scale Adoption of Medical Device Integration Technology

Capsule Tech, Inc., the leading provider of medical device connectivity, today announced that it will present at HIMSS12 Annual Conference and Exhibition February 20-24, 2012 in Las Vegas. Capsule’s Knowledge Center Session titled “There’s More to Device Connectivity than Meets the Eye: A BMDI Project Retrospective” will be presented in conjunction with its customer, Sentara Healthcare. Additionally, Capsule customer Aspirus Wausau Hospital will host a HIMSS12 Virtual Event titled “Research Findings: Aspirus Hospital Succeeds with Medical Device Integration.” Each session will provide an inside look at the current state of medical device integration, highlighting the hospitals’ successful journeys to wide-scale adoption of medical device integration (MDI) technology. Following are additional details on each HIMSS12 session: Knowledge Center: There’s More to Device C... (more)

MUforBH.com Hosts Free EHR Incentive Webinar Series

MUforBH.com, an online resource for behavioral health professionals to discuss and share best practices related to meaningful use, will host a free webinar series on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs of Meaningful Use. Participants will learn how to navigate the meaningful use incentive process for successfully implementing EHR. The free webinars are scheduled for Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. To register, visit www.muforbh.com and click on the registration link. The webinar series is also sponsored by Qualifacts, the largest provider of cloud-based electronic health records for the behavioral health and human services market. The webinars will present step-by-step information regarding: • Eligibility requirements for the EHR Incentive Program • Ways to adopt, implement and upgrade EHR • Ways to earn incentive money in year one and ... (more)

Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO George Halvorson Receives 2013 HIStalk Health Care IT Lifetime Achievement Award

OAKLAND, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HIStalk, a widely read health information technology blog, announced today that Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO George Halvorson has received the 2013 HIStalk Health Care IT Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a lifelong body of industry work. Kaiser Permanente is also the 2013 recipient of the Best Provider User of Health Care IT Award, an honor awarded to the organization in 2012 as well. The annual awards, called the HISsies, are given to recipients selected by the blog's readers through an open nomination process. Those with the most nominations are then included on a final ballot that is emailed to a HIStalk list of approximately 9,000 readers. "HIStalk is a widely read blog that has stood the test of time in the health care information technology industry, so it's a great honor to receive recognition... (more)

Partnering for Better Care: University of Michigan Health System and MidMichigan Health Affiliate

MIDLAND, Mich. and ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MidMichigan Health and the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) solidified a partnership on Friday, June 21, 2013, when both health care organizations signed an agreement to affiliate. The partnership is intended to expand access, quality, and the level of care provided for patients who live in the 14-county region served by MidMichigan Health. It will ensure that patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. The agreement follows an announcement of the intended affiliation made late last summer. "Through this affiliation, the University of Michigan Health System and MidMichigan Health will further the delivery of high quality health care to residents in our region," said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., MidMichigan Health president and chief executive office... (more)

Leading Hospital Systems Accelerate Selection of Intelligent Medical Objects® Interface Terminology Service

Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. (IMO), developers of the most-widely used and physician-preferred terminology service for electronic health records (EHR) systems, announced that many of the nation’s leading hospital systems have accelerated the pace of selecting IMO’s interface terminology as their exclusive medical terminology service. More than 2,500 hospitals have now licensed IMO’s market-leading terminology services, including recent adoption by systems such as Catholic Health East (PA), HCA - Hospital Corporation of America (TN), Avera Health (SD), and CHRISTUS Health (TX). These and other systems using IMO’s products represent the largest and most highly-respected healthcare providers in the United States. IMO’s interface terminology allows clinicians to build problem lists and capture true clinical intent that leverages their existing medical terms while ... (more)

Robert H. Lorsch, MMRGlobal CEO, to Be Interviewed on Clear Channel DFW 1109AM

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/13/13 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF), a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs), MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and electronic document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals, today announced that CEO Robert H. Lorsch will be interviewed live by Michal Yorba on Clear Channel Business Talk Radio's Traders Financial Network, Thursday, November 14th, 2013, at 2:00pm CST / 12:00pm PST. Lorsch will discuss how the launch of Obamacare and consumer awareness of online Personal Health Records could impact the value of health information technology companies like MMR. DETAILS Live interview via iHeart Radio Stream: Click here to listen Live Live Link: http://www.iheart.com/live/4276/?autoplay=true Date: Nov. 14th, 2013 Time: 2:00pm CST Network: Clear Channel Station: DFW 1190AM Host: Michael Yorba Abou... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)

The Cloud Its Benefits and Its Threats

I am very intrigued by the following quote from Dave Powers at Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical giant and makers of Prozac®, Cymbalta®, Cialis® and dozens of other medicines. Their IT challenge was daunting - purchase 64 compute nodes and storage, assemble, and perform their critical testing. The choices were a large capital expense layout with high-cost management or look to a new method to conquer the task. Lilly turned to Cloud Computing and specifically Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud). Their  comment below is the epitome of Cloud Computing. Lilly's project is fairly typical of geo-science and manufacturing companies that use a sort of ‘modeling' or simulation approach to discovery, forecasting, and product improvement/ testing. "Lilly has demonstrated the viability of cloud computing in pharmaceutical R&D, according to Dave Powers, the firm's associate inform... (more)