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Editor's e-Note
It’s always heartwarming to learn of collaborations between HIT companies and universities. These efforts provide young people with a grand opportunity to learn about the health care industry and for vendors to expand and experiment with potentially groundbreaking ideas.

This month’s E-News Exclusive spotlights a new effort underway in Long Island, New York.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
ZyDoc Joins Incubator Program at Stony Brook

ZyDoc, a New York-based medical informatics company, has been accepted into the Stony Brook Incubator Program at Stony Brook University. The incubator program, which helps technologically innovative companies grow by providing them with a variety of support resources and services, has four locations totaling more than 100,000 square feet. The ZyDoc research and development (R&D) team has moved into the New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT).

“This is a wonderful opportunity to advance ZyDoc’s research and development in cloud-based, [artificial intelligence]-driven medical knowledge management,” says James M. Maisel, MD, ZyDoc chairman. “ZyDoc has multiple disruptive enabling technologies in development now. We have a small but immensely talented and dedicated in-house team of developers, programmers, and project managers. Through the incubator program, we will gain invaluable support in technology development as well as help in focusing our commercialization strategies.”

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PatientKeeper Charge-Note Reconciliation is an automated tool that helps health care providers ensure that all reimbursable physician services are charged and that all charges are documented. Benefits to provider organizations include increased revenue from avoiding missed charges, streamlined administrative processes for billers and coders, and a mechanism to identify potentially missing documentation that could put an organization at risk during a RAC audit. PatientKeeper’s new charge-note reconciliation tool is available immediately in the latest release of PatientKeeper Charge Capture. PatientKeeper Charge-Note Reconciliation allows organizations to extract clinical notes from many different systems, link the authors of clinical notes to users in PatientKeeper to provide insight into who saw a specific patient, reconcile charges and notes at the department level or the physician level, and apply automated logic to optimize the charge capture process, ensuring that bills include all professional services provided. Learn more »

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Walgreens, NewYork-Presbyterian Ink Telemedicine Deal

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring convenient access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s care services through new telemedicine platforms, now available through Walgreens digital properties and at self-service kiosks at select Duane Reade drugstores in New York. NewYork-Presbyterian, New York’s No. 1 hospital, is offering the telemedicine services as part of its NYP OnDemand suite of digital health services.

“We are delighted to work with Walgreens to bring NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-class care right to your neighborhood drugstore with this exciting new platform,” says Steven J. Corwin, MD, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “Patients can expect to receive focused, one-on-one care from leading physicians where and when they need it. We believe telemedicine has a critical role to play in expanding access to high-quality care, and we are proud to be at the forefront of digital health care delivery.”

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