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Health Management Technology News
December 9, 2013

In this issue:

HealthSpot Hand-Picked as Member of Dell Founders Club

Carousel Industries, Polycom and NuPhysicia Partner to Deliver Industry-Leading Enterprise-Class Telehealth Solution for Healthcare Providers

Obama's fixer-upper website races to catch up

Health Information Exchange Improves Identification Of Frequent Emergency Department Users


HealthSpot Hand-Picked as Member of Dell Founders Club

HealthSpot recognized for innovation, showcases Telehealth Kiosk at Dell World 2013

HealthSpot, a pioneer in patient and provider driven healthcare technology, today announced it has been selected to join the Dell Founders Club, a group of fast-growing, disruptive companies that use technology in innovative ways. HealthSpot will demonstrate at Dell World 2013 its revolutionary, walk-in kiosk, the HealthSpot station, showcasing an innovative telehealth solution to reduce healthcare costs, increase efficiencies and improve access to high-quality healthcare.

"Dell recognized the importance of entrepreneurs in the nation's economic recovery, and we responded by creating the Center for Entrepreneurs to focus attention on the needs of our startup and small business customers. We launched the Dell Founders Club to provide leaders running companies that are advancing technology innovation, access, and future growth with access to the resources they need to be successful," said Dell Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Ingrid Vanderveldt. "Dell is excited to welcome HealthSpot, a company, driving innovation in healthcare with a state-of-the-art telemedicine solution that is delivering quality healthcare to patients nationwide, to the Founders Club. We look forward to working together to support them as they grow."

"We are proud to join the Dell Founder's Club and participate in a knowledge-sharing environment such as Dell World, where pioneers from many markets are leading innovative business solutions. We have been fortunate to align ourselves with influential organizations such as the Consumer Electronics Association and Dell to help us drive telehealth momentum and make it easy for consumers across the country to get high-quality healthcare," said Steve Cashman, CEO and founder of HealthSpot. "We are grateful for the support from these organizations as we grow our network while merging technology with convenience in patient care."

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Carousel Industries, Polycom and NuPhysicia Partner to Deliver Industry-Leading Enterprise-Class Telehealth Solution for Healthcare Providers

New Video-Enabled TeleHealth Services Delivers Speed and Efficiency for Caseload Management in Hospitals, Urgent Care Facilities and Retail Pharmacies, Enabling Patients to Receive Care and See Physicians Faster

Carousel Industries, Polycom and NuPhysicia announced today a partnership to deliver a bundled telehealth offering called Distribucare, which combines Carousel's healthcare integration expertise, NuPhysicia’s caseload management software expertise and Polycom’s enterprise-grade video solutions, enabling doctors and nurses to more easily and quickly meet with patients across the globe.

The service makes it much easier for healthcare professionals to coordinate care when initiating a video-based telehealth service within a hospital, urgent care facility, retail pharmacy, or an employee healthcare network. With DistribuCare, patients are placed in a virtual waiting room before visiting with a doctor or nurse over video within the healthcare organizations’ telehealth network. The software within the offering helps to streamline caseload management so that physicians with fewer patients in one virtual location can assist patients in a busier location, enabling more seamless management of clinical resources while increasing revenues. DistribuCare also allows for better patient outcomes since a larger resource of medical experts can treat patients across the network versus only having access to a few doctors or nurses within a single facility.

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Obama's fixer-upper website races to catch up

Changes bring welcome improvements to Obama's health care website, but goal is harder to reach.

It looks like President Barack Obama's fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable sign-up numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder.

Two months in and out of the repair shop have left significantly less time to fulfill the White House goal of enrolling 7 million people by the end of open enrollment on March 31.

Signups were just over 100,000 nationally as of the end of October. The 36 states served by the federal government's website accounted for a paltry one-fourth of that, fewer than 27,000 people. But officials now say an additional 29,000 people enrolled through the revamped HealthCare.gov in just two days at the start of this week, despite heavy volume that not long ago would have caused the system to lock up.

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Health Information Exchange Improves Identification Of Frequent Emergency Department Users

Frequent users of the emergency department (ED) have been much written about in the medical and health policy literature in the past five to ten years. In the era of health reform, there has been increasing discussion about how to reduce the overuse of emergency services. Some goals of health reform are to reduce overuse of the ED, improve access to a broader range of health services, and potentially improve the overall health of frequent ED users.

There is no consensus as to who qualifies as a frequent ED user: Definitions in the literature range from people who make at least two ED visits per year to those who make at least five visits per month—a thirtyfold difference. The most common definition is people who make at least four ED visits per year. When that definition is used, frequent users are 4.5–8.0 percent of all ED patients but account for 21–28 percent of all ED visits. In a study of databases in Massachusetts, Kathleen Fuda and Rachel Immekus found that only 1 percent of state residents accounted for 17.6 percent of all ED visits.

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