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PHNS Changes Name to Anthelio; Company Forms Healthcare Innovation Council

PHNS, a provider of comprehensive HIT services and business process solutions for hospitals and other healthcare providers, recently announced that it is changing its name to Anthelio Healthcare Solutions. Anthelio derives its name from anthelion, the halo around bodies directly opposite the sun. The new corporate identity stands for an unchanging belief in setting a higher standard in healthcare—a relentlessly rising benchmark, like the ascending sun.

The new name also reflects the broadening of the company’s services portfolio and a reinvigorated go-to-market strategy focused on providing hospitals with innovative ways to use technology and reengineered business processes to improve patient care, streamline operations, and achieve significant cost advantages. This follows the company’s acquisition by ConJoin Global and Actis.

As part of Anthelio’s goal to create a higher standard in healthcare, the company has established an independent group of healthcare experts who have become members of its Healthcare Innovation Council, which will generate innovative ideas about how U.S. hospitals can meet their escalating quality and financial pressures. The Healthcare Innovation Council will develop innovative ideas that could enable healthcare providers to improve their delivery of high-quality, safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable healthcare services and improve their top- and bottom-line financial results.

Council members will meet quarterly to review innovative ideas generated by members, Anthelio’s employees, and employees of Anthelio’s customers. Anthelio is also launching a collaborative public healthcare innovation wiki to demonstrate that mass collaboration can generate game-changing innovative ideas that will improve our healthcare quality and costs.

To convert ideas into results, Anthelio will implement ideas generated from the council in pilot projects at selected hospitals using Anthelio’s clinical, IT, and business process resources and expertise.

— Source: Anthelio


M*Modal CEO Receives 2011 Carnegie Science Award

M*Modal has announced that CEO Michael Finke has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Carnegie Science Award in the Entrepreneur category. The Carnegie Science Awards, assigned by the Carnegie Science Center and sponsored by Eaton Corporation, promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania and help fund Science Center exhibits and educational programs across the state.

Finke is a respected technology leader in the field of conversational speech understanding. Prior to founding M*Modal, Finke served as chief technology officer and cofounder of Interactive Systems, which dealt in conversational speech understanding for the healthcare, telecommunications, automotive, media, and entertainment markets. Finke has also held research positions at IBM, the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), and Carnegie Mellon University.

— Source: M*Modal


WGU’s Online Degree in Health Informatics Earns Key Accreditation

Western Governors University’s (WGU) competency-based, online bachelor’s degree in health informatics has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The accreditation, which is granted after extensive reviews based on industry-developed standards, helps increase certification eligibility and job marketability for graduates of WGU’s health informatics program.

Designed for current healthcare professionals, health information professionals, and information technology professionals, WGU’s bachelor of science degree in health informatics combines concepts in healthcare, IT, and leadership practice and includes two industry-recognized IT certifications. The program, which is part of WGU’s College of Health Professions, is one of eight online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

— Source: Western Governors University