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Wolters Kluwer Health Acquires iCare Educational EMR Software

Wolters Kluwer Health’s unit Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) recently announced the acquisition of iCare LLC, makers of iCare EMR, an educational EMR software program. iCare EMR integrates a simulated EMR into a learning tool for students to prepare future nurses for the demands of the evolving healthcare climate in the 21st century.

The iCare EMR learning tool trains nursing students to manage the challenges of documenting care, patient safety, compliance, and hospital efficiency. Designed to mirror the functionality of commercially available EMRs, iCare allows students to learn about EMR systems within the framework of their current educational curriculum both in the classroom and simulation environments.

“Currently, there are more than 3,000 nursing schools in the U.S., and only 1% of them provide students with access to EMRs,” says Frank Mortimer, publisher for nursing education at Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional & Education.

Nursing students can record and retrieve pertinent data such as physical assessments, vital signs, and medication administration. Within the simulation education environment, nursing students can electronically document a patient’s care and then have that record available in all phases of the nursing curriculum. Nursing faculty can also build their own patient care scenarios and evaluate students on documentation of physical assessments as well as general EMR documentation skills.

— Source: Wolters Kluwer Health


TransTech Inks New Agreement With M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

TransTech Medical Solutions recently announced the expansion of its transcription services agreement with M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The new agreement increases the suite of services that TransTech provides to M. D. Anderson to include traditional transcription and voice recognition editing services across a variety of software platforms.

As part of the expanded services in the new agreement, TransTech will provide voice recognition editing services for all radiologists working in the hospital in addition to the traditional transcription and voice recognition editing services that TransTech has been providing for the past four years.

— Source: TransTech Medical Solutions


MedQuist Names Anthony D. James as Chief Financial Officer

MedQuist Inc, a provider of integrated clinical documentation solutions for the U.S. healthcare industry, recently announced that Anthony D. James, the company’s current co-chief operating officer (COO), has been named the company’s chief financial officer (CFO). James will also continue to serve as the company’s co-COO.

James served as the COO for Spheris Inc, a global outsource provider of clinical documentation technology and services, from 2006 until April 2010 when MedQuist and its majority shareholder, CBay Inc, purchased substantially all of the assets of Spheris. Prior to that, James served as the CFO for Spheris from 2001 to 2006.

— Source: MedQuist Inc


Precyse Solutions Appoints William F. Bria to Advisory Council

Precyse Solutions has announced the appointment of William F. Bria II, MD, to the Precyse Advisory Council (PAC). Led by board member Alan Weinstein, the eight-member PAC team functions as a source of high-level input and advice on the strategic positioning and expansion of Precyse Solutions’ service offerings. In addition, the PAC is a conduit for new business opportunities, client engagement, and best-practice sharing as a result of the extensive experience and networks developed by each of the council members.

Bria serves as chief medical information officer at Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fla., where he directs the medical informatics plan for the 22-hospital system across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This includes the implementation of an integrated EHR system in each hospital as well as formulating and implementing the clinical decision support and business intelligence components for the system.

He is an advisor to the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health, and to the Elsevier medical informatics advisory board. He is president and cofounder of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, an organization of clinicians with formal responsibility for healthcare information technology leadership. He also is an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan and the University of South Florida.

— Source: Precyse Solutions