New Products, Tech & Research

PHYSICIANS CAN NOW DIFFERENTIATE PARKINSONIAN SYNDROMES FROM ESSENTIAL TREMORS

Posted on 02/6/2012

First FDA-approved imaging drug of its kind in the United States
Manchester, NH – Catholic Medical Center announced the availability of DaTscan(tm), the first FDA-approved radiopharmaceutical imaging drug to help physicians evaluate patients with suspected Parkinsonian syndromes (PS), such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). DaTscan gives physicians additional diagnostic capabilities that may help lead to timely and [...]

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CyberLock Access Solutions for Healthcare Facilities

Posted on 12/31/2011

CORVALLIS, OR – CyberLock(r) offers versatile, cost-effective access control solutions for hospitals, healthcare facilities, and pharmacies that are challenged with ensuring HIPAA/HITECH and JCAHO compliance. The CyberLock System of electronic lock cylinders and programmable keys provides the flexibility and customization a facility needs to manage and audit traffic to areas that contain confidential records, financial [...]

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New AliMed Innovation Aims To Reduce Nighttime Falls

Posted on 12/2/2011

Dedham MA – AliMed(r) announced the release of the Motion Sensor Night Light, a new product developed to lower the high incidence of nighttime falls in nursing homes due to low visibility. The device’s LED lights automatically turn on as soon as motion is detected in the sensing field.
“Fall risks can be more easily avoided [...]

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A technology “check-up” for the healthcare industry

Posted on 11/3/2011

By Kevin McNally
The rapid and recent advancement of technology has benefitted many industries, and perhaps none more than the medical field.  From research to preventative medicine to discovering new therapies and remedies, technology is the foundation of a wide range of remarkable medical advances.
But despite the prevalence of these amazing new tools, many hospitals, doctors, [...]

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Technology Fills the Compliance Void for Healthcare HR

Posted on 10/1/2011

By Matthew Haddad, President & CEO, Medversant Technologies, LLC
In today’s globalized market, it is generally recognized that the talent of an organization’s personnel can make or break a business enterprise in mere moments. Nowhere is this statement truer than within the healthcare industry where entities compete on a daily basis for a limited number of [...]

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Hyperventilation May Trigger Febrile Seizures in Children

Posted on 10/1/2011

Controlling Acid-Base Status Could Lead to Novel Treatment Strategies
New research shows that febrile seizures in children may be linked to respiratory alkalosis, indicated by elevated blood pH and low carbon dioxide levels caused by hyperventilation, and independent of the underlying infection severity. Febrile seizures were not observed in susceptible children with fevers brought on by [...]

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Electronic Healthcare Credentialing: The Future has Arrived

Posted on 10/1/2011

By Matthew Haddad, President & CEO,
Medversant Technologies, LLC
These days, it seems that everyone is being “credentialed.” Americans are painfully aware of the need to produce credible, current identification each and every time they board a flight. Banks and consumer credit companies use increasingly sophisticated techniques to ascertain identity and eliminate fraud.  For decades, the healthcare [...]

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Continua Health Alliance Releases 2011 Design Guidelines

Posted on 10/1/2011

The Alliance further enhances its complete personal connected healthcare solution
BEAVERTON, OR – Continua Health Alliance, the international non-profit, open industry organization of leading healthcare and technology companies, announced the release of its 2011 Design Guidelines. The new Guidelines further enhance the pathway for complete solutions based on Continua-certified products and services.
The release of the 2011 [...]

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Can You Treat Depression Without Prescription Drugs?

Posted on 09/6/2011

Doctor Reveals How to Manage Depression Without Resorting To Anti-Depressants
In the past, people suffering from depression were often given two choices – medicate it or deal with it. One expert, however, believes there is a third option.
“Those suffering with depression were considered to be self-indulgent and self-obsessed,” said Dr.Gregory Jantz, a licensed mental health counselor [...]

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MIT: Stopping Arthritis Before It Starts

Posted on 09/6/2011

A commonly used drug may prevent osteoarthritis in people who suffer  severe joint injuries.
CAMBRIDGE, MA. — About 27 million Americans suffer from arthritis, and more than three million of those cases result from a joint injury, often in the knee, that provokes slow and steady cartilage deterioration.
A new study from MIT suggests that a steroid [...]

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Spellex Releases 2011 Edition of Perfect Prescription Spell Check Software

Posted on 07/31/2011

TAMPA, FL — Spellex announces new version of their popular Perfect Prescription Suite, which includes the Spellex Medical Spelling Dictionary, Spellex Pharmaceutical Spelling Dictionary, and Spell-X-Plus Subscription for Microsoft and other programs.
Benefits:
The new medical and pharmaceutical dictionaries will integrate seamlessly into Microsoft Office and other programs.  This allows you to verify correctly spelled medical [...]

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Myomo’s Portable Neuro-Robotic RehabiliTation Device: Following patients from acute care to home

Posted on 07/31/2011

By Daniel Parkinson
Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
In 2007, Myomo, Inc. of Cambridge, MA introduced a lightweight, portable upper extremity neuro-robotic device to clinical settings throughout the United States.  Since then, it has been adopted across the healthcare continuum from inpatient, to outpatient, to skilled nursing facilities, to home health and personal home use.  The technology has been [...]

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Beyond the iPhone: Reaching Your Healthcare Database Across All Devices

Posted on 07/31/2011

By Aaron Kaufman, general manager and vice president of healthcare and life sciences, Kony Health
The mobile healthcare industry has grown rapidly over the past year, leading analysts to tout further expansion of the industry in 2011. With opportunities across the entire vertical for payers, providers and patients, mobile healthcare is predicted to bring in more [...]

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BUSM STUDY IDENTIFIES NEW POTENTIAL APPROACH TO TREAT MYELOFIBROSIS

Posted on 07/1/2011

Boston, MA – A new study conducted by a team of researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) sheds light on a possible new approach to treat the bone marrow disease known as myelofibrosis by inhibiting an enzyme that connects extracellular fibers. The study, published online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, was conducted [...]

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Healthcare Design From the Floor Upwards

Posted on 06/4/2011

Desso has been designing and manufacturing carpet for almost 80 years.  The company has factories in Europe and its products can be found in commercial and public buildings worldwide.  Andrew Sibley from Desso examines the role of carpeting in modern healthcare facilities.
In recent years, the medical profession has been adopting “evidence-based medicine” that uses research [...]

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PORTLAND SURGEON COMPLETES NATION’S FIRST SPIDER(r) MICROLAP GASTRIC BAND

Posted on 05/1/2011

Dr. Emma Patterson finds new technology minimizes invasiveness; patient reports no scarring, fast recovery
PORTLAND, OR. – As a mother who has had four C-sections, Amy Boyle knows first-hand how uncomfortable abdominal surgery can be and how long it can take to recover afterward.
So when her surgeon, Dr. Emma Patterson, proposed using SPIDER MicroLap tools during [...]

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New Technology Introduced Electronic Prescribing of Chemotherapy Considered Safer

Posted on 04/1/2011

Keene, NH -  Oncology physicians and nurses have implemented a new chemotherapy system, designed to increase the accuracy and safety of cancer medication at the Kingsbury Pavilion (KP), which is the Keene hub of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. The advancement, called IntelliDose, moves physician orders off paper and into an electronic system.
“It provides a [...]

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New Patient Care Tabloid Addresses Financial Reality of Healthcare Facilities

Posted on 02/27/2011

AliMed, a leading healthcare products company is releasing a new publication targeting essential products used by facilities for patient care and rehabilitation. All products in the tabloid are specially priced reflecting healthcare providers’ need to cut costs.  It has 24 pages containing unmatched prices that can only be provided by a manufacturer and master distributor.
Jon [...]

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Posted on 02/27/2011

NestlŽ introduces PEPTAMEN(r)BARIATRIC Formula for the critically-ill obese patient
VANCOUVER, B C,  – NestlŽ HealthCare Nutrition announced the launch of PEPTAMEN(r) BARIATRIC Formula, a unique tube feeding formula specifically designed for the critically-ill obese patient. The announcement came at this week’s American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Clinical Nutrition Week meeting where a panel [...]

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Mercy Hospital Returns to NetFlow Analysis Tool, Saves More than $80,000 Almost Immediately

Posted on 01/30/2011

Maine-based Plixer International’s Scrutinizer software provides instant ROI with network insight.
Portland, ME – Mercy Hospital is a nonprofit community hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Portland.  Established in 1918 by the Catholic Diocese of Portland and the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Hospital’s mission is to provide compassionate, clinically [...]

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UConn Cardiologists Uncover New Heart Attack Warning Sign

Posted on 01/30/2011

FARMINGTON, CT. – Cardiologists at the University of Connecticut Health Center have identified a protein fragment that when detected in the blood can be a predictor of heart attack.
Their research, led by Dr. Bruce Liang, director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, is published in the Jan. 11 issue of the Journal of [...]

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SVMC Adopts Latest Cooling Technology for Cardiac Arrest Patients

Posted on 01/30/2011

BENNINGTON, VT – A new computer-controlled cooling system for patients at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) helps prevent brain damage after someone has been resuscitated following a cardiac arrest. The new system, called the Arctic Sun, is the first of its kind in Southern Vermont and the Berkshires.
“The benefits of cooling cardiac arrest patients are [...]

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Promoting Communication and Independent Living

Posted on 01/30/2011

Eye Tracking Assistive Technology Plays an Instrumental Role in the Life of a Six-Year Old
By Tara Rudnicki – President, Tobii ATI
Over a century old, eye tracking technology is mostly known for its use by market researchers and advertisers to better learn where consumers’ eyes fall on websites and in stores, so they can decide how [...]

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South County Hospital First in New England to Perform Innovative Robotic Arm Guided Knee Surgery

Posted on 01/1/2011

Minimally invasive procedure to treat early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis can provide quicker rehabilitation and more natural knee motion post-surgery
WAKEFIELD, R.I. -  The South County Hospital Orthopedics Center has added another innovation to its orthopedic surgery offerings:  South County Hospital is the first (and currently the only) hospital in New England to offer and perform MAKOplasty(r), [...]

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Preparing for Cold & Flu Season w/ Digital Pen & Paper Technology

Posted on 01/1/2011

Nashua, NH – Last year’s H1N1 virus made it painfully clear that public health officials need to shorten the “data collection” timeline so they can identify and act on serious virus outbreaks as quickly as possible. As you may recall, delays in understanding the spread of H1N1 last year led to widespread vaccine shortages and [...]

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Surgery Complications Linked To Chemotherapy Delay

Posted on 01/1/2011

Research shows complications have long-term impact on quality of colorectal cancer care
ANN ARBOR, MI. – Patients who have complications after colorectal cancer surgery are less likely to get chemotherapy, even when it is clearly recommended for their diagnosis, a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds.
In addition, patients with complications were [...]

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Diabetes May Clamp Down on Brain Cholesterol

Posted on 01/1/2011

C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., senior author on the Cell Metabolism paper
The brain contains more cholesterol than any other organ in the body, produces its own cholesterol and won’t function normally if it doesn’t churn out enough. Defects in cholesterol metabolism have been linked with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. Now researchers at Joslin have [...]

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Saint Francis One of Six Hospitals in the U.S. with this Technology

Posted on 12/1/2010

Hartford, CT – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is the first hospital in Connecticut to install the Carto 3 RMT mapping system to treat complex cardiac arrhythmias. This system is combined with the Niobe Magnetic Navigation System(r) to create a three dimensional picture of the heart, allowing our physicians to safely and accurately treat [...]

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Expert Says ‘Calories In’ Trump ‘Calories Out’ in Childhood Obesity

Posted on 12/1/2010

DERBY, CT – In a debate just published online in the International Journal of Obesity, obesity and nutrition expert, Dr. David Katz – Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center – says it is forks over feet. Calories in, rather than calories out, says Katz, are the main cause – and the main hope for [...]

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New program targets research on reducing deaths due to prescription opioid overdose

Posted on 12/1/2010

PROVIDENCE, RI – A $250,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will support a Rhode Island Hospital research study aimed at reducing the state’s leading cause of accidental death among adults. Researchers will explore the use and effectiveness of statewide prescription monitoring programs (PMP) in reducing the number of accidental overdose [...]

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University of Utah and Harvard Researchers Take Major Step Toward First Biological Test for Autism

Posted on 12/1/2010

BELMONT, MA-Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital and the University of Utah have developed the best biologically based test for autism to date. The test was able to detect the disorder in individuals with high-functioning autism with 94 percent accuracy. The study will be published online the week of November 29th in Autism Research.
The test, which [...]

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Noninvasive And Continuous Hemoglobin Monitoring Technology

Posted on 11/3/2010

First randomized controlled trial study results on noninvasive and continuous hemoglobin monitoring technology show it cuts the need for and frequency of blood transfusions by 86% and the amount transfused by 90% during surgery!
Would you eat a 30-day-old steak that’s been sitting in the refrigerator for dinner?  Most people wouldn’t dream of putting food that [...]

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Engagement Communications Help Increase Patient Compliance

Posted on 11/3/2010

Taking medications, engaging in healthy lifestyles and quitting harmful habits are vital for good health, but patients often resist the advice of health care providers and thus neglect what is in their best interests.
Scott Zimmerman, President of TeleVox Software, Inc.
Medical practices of all shapes and sizes have all seen their share of non-compliant patients.  These [...]

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Automating the Performance Observation Process

Posted on 11/2/2010

In today’s increasingly competitive environment, the challenges of delivering quality healthcare continue to intensify. Going up against greater economic pressures and a more complex regulatory environment, more healthcare leaders are investing in technology solutions for automating key processes, fostering efficiencies and gaining better organizational insight. 
For example, automating the performance observation process – which in some [...]

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Needlestick Safety & Prevention Act — Is It Working?

Posted on 10/1/2010

Did you know, according to the World Health Organization, someone dies every 24 seconds from a needle injury — that’s 1.3 million preventable
deaths globally each year. Accidental needlestick injuries affect 1 million healthcare workers each year in the U.S.
Becky Ettinger, former RN, MSN was accidentally pricked by a contaminated needle and exposed to Hepatitis B. [...]

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Patient Turning Aid

Posted on 09/30/2010

Features & Benefits The physical demand of performing routine tasks essential to maintaining skin integrity and basic hygiene are the very aspects of care that most often put caregivers and patients at risk for serious injury. That’s why we consider the Turn2(r) Turning Aid(tm) such a revolutionary product. Its simple, non-mechanized design makes it one [...]

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Noninvasive Hemoglobin Test (First Ouchless & Bloodless) Makes World Health Organization’s (WHO) List of Innovative Medical Technologies that Address Global Health Concerns and Needs…

Posted on 08/31/2010

 
To expand access to innovative medical technologies, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a list of devices it believes could help meet broad global health needs and Masimo’s portable, palm-sized Pronto-7, is represented as “2.5 transcutaneous anaemia monitoring system.” The list consists of 15 medical devices that represent accessible and affordable healthcare solutions for [...]

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Fusion Care Systems’ Ties Client, Family and Caregivers Together

Posted on 08/31/2010

Preserves independence, freedom for seniors who want to live at home
LAS VEGAS – Fusion Care Systems, a health monitoring service provider whose technology offers new ways for seniors, their families and caregivers to monitor health and preserve independence, announced its launch today.
Fusion Care Systems creates individually customized monitoring systems centered on a simple-to-use touch screen [...]

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RESEARCH FOCUSES ON WELL-BEING OF CANCER SURVIVORS

Posted on 07/31/2010

A research collaboration involving a physician with the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island is probing the impact of exercise and relaxation on the health and emotional well-being of cancer survivors.
The Survivors RENEW study – spearheaded by the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital and [...]

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Olive-oil enriched diet helps breast cancer survivors lose more weight

Posted on 07/31/2010

Women in the study lost more weight on plant-based olive oil diet compared to low-fat diet
Most said they preferred the olive oil diet, which is similar to the Mediterranean diet
Previous studies have shown overweight women with breast cancer are at higher risk for recurrence
PROVIDENCE, RI – Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that olive [...]

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Jellyfish Protein Making Waves at International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 07/31/2010

Honolulu, HI – Quincy Bioscience, a research-based biotechnology company, is attending the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD) sharing promising interim data from the Madison Memory Study, a randomized controlled trial, which shows the jellyfish protein apoaequorin improves cognitive function in individuals with memory concerns.
Box jellyfish are not a welcomed sight on [...]

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Genetic markers could predict prostate cancer in younger men, U-M study finds Researchers link panel of genes to early onset prostate cancer

Posted on 07/31/2010

ANN ARBOR, MI. – Prostate cancer has become more common in younger men, and it’s often more aggressive in these men. A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a series of genetic mutations could help detect this early onset prostate cancer.
Researchers believe that genetics and traditional [...]

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The Emergence of Open Source Software in Image-Guided Interventions

Posted on 07/1/2010

By Andinet Enquobahrie, PhD 
Image-guided intervention research focuses on the development of innovative technologies that replace traditional surgery and invasive procedures with minimally invasive techniques that incorporate medical imaging to guide the intervention. Patients prefer these procedures to open surgeries because they typically cause less trauma to the body and result in faster recovery times.
Technological advancements [...]

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Tumor Tissue Banking: A Death Defying Deposit

Posted on 06/4/2010

Six-year brain tumor survivor Bob Gibbs exemplifies the importance of saving and storing tumor tissue for life-saving customized cancer immune therapies under development, personalized tumor profiling and treatment planning
Bob Gibbs – a 40-year old husband and father of 4 boys – knows the importance of tumor tissue banking…he likely would not be alive without it. [...]

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Opioid Blocking Medication Reduces Brain’s Response to Alcoholism Cues, McLean Hospital Study Finds

Posted on 06/4/2010

NEW ORLEANS-Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital have produced the first evidence that the opioid blocker extended-release injectable naltrexone (XR-NTX) is able to reduce the brain’s response to cues that may cause alcoholics to relapse.
In data presented today at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, Scott Lukas, PhD, director of the Neuroimaging Center at [...]

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Critical Communicators Eliminate Language Barriers for First Responders

Posted on 06/4/2010

Dedham, MA-AliMed Inc. released details for the Interactive Therapeutics line of Critical Communicators, a new way for first responders and medical staff to speak with emergency patients who have difficulty communicating in English.
Using line drawings as images of common ailments accompanied by English and non-English phrases, these heavy-duty cards allow communication in the 21 most [...]

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Successfully Implementing New Electronic Health Record Technology

Posted on 04/30/2010

Healthcare is facing big changes.  As evidenced by the media, there seem to be no boundaries on the extent to which this can be discussed.  Putting much of it aside, I would like to offer a few thoughts on the adoption of electronic health/medical records, as the advancement of new technology in healthcare appear to [...]

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Landmark Environmental Initiative Eliminates Medical Waste in Landfills

Posted on 04/20/2010

Outside the hospital setting, significant volumes of medical sharps are discarded daily in non-healthcare settings like homes, clinics and long term care facilities. Threats to public health and landfill saturation are resulting issues.
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Sharps Compliance Inc. (NASDAQ: SMED) is introducing their new ‘Waste Conversion Process,’ to deal with [...]

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The Leading-Edge for Healthcare Solutions

Posted on 03/5/2010

THE GREAT HEALTHCARE SWINDLE
A familiar adage goes, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Unfortunately, healthcare reform plans in this country aren’t sounding too good and healthcare itself most certainly has not remained true to us.
How often have we experienced instances where health insurance premiums have risen with little to no [...]

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CeleraCare’s RevenueXcelerator™

Posted on 03/1/2010

CeleraCare provides hospitals with more efficient methods to swiftly and accurately collect co-payments…right at the point of service (POS)! Through the application of electronic data interchange (EDI), the infor-mation that previously took days or even weeks to obtain is gathered in just seconds! EDI is a technology that has been used for years as a [...]

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