HealthLine Systems’ Clients Are Well Represented Among the Nation’s Most Prosperous Healthcare Organizations

HealthLine Systems’ Clients Are Well Represented Among the Nation’s Most Prosperous Healthcare Organizations












(PRWEB) August 17, 2011

Becker’s Hospital Review has identified the 50 top grossing for-profit hospitals in the United States, according to CMS cost report data analyzed by American Hospital Directory. Twenty-eight percent or 14 of these 50 financially successful healthcare organizations use one or more software solutions from HealthLine Systems.

HealthLine Systems’ CEO Dan Littrell commented: “We’re proud of our clients included among the nation’s most financially prosperous healthcare organizations. HealthLine Systems’ industry-leading software solutions help our clients improve access to care, strengthen relationships with consumers and physicians, move toward paperless provider credentialing, track and trend patient safety incidents, and document improvements in quality.”

HealthLine’s specialized software packages and consulting services assist clients to meet their unique challenges with physician credentialing, quality assurance, contact centers, and managed care. HealthLine Systems is recognized as a leading supplier of provider data management software designed to promote healthcare standards, reduce costs, and enhance patient satisfaction.

About HealthLine Systems

HealthLine Systems offers EchoCredentialing, web-based credentialing and provider management software; EchoQuality, an integrated and comprehensive quality management software solution that supports patient safety and regulatory compliance initiatives and EchoAccess, healthcare’s first fully web-enabled contact center solution with a web-browser user interface. All product lines are offered as either hosted/cloud or as installed solutions.

HealthLine Systems’ client base represents over a thousand distinguished healthcare organizations in 50 states, Canada and Mexico. Incorporated in 1985, HealthLine is committed to provide peerless information management solutions to maximize the quality and delivery of healthcare services through technological innovation. For more information, visit HealthLine Systems’ website at http://www.healthlinesystems.com

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AHIMA Selects Leadtail to Develop Online Marketing and Advertising Programs

AHIMA Selects Leadtail to Develop Online Marketing and Advertising Programs










Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 01, 2011

AHIMA, the premier association for health information management professionals, has selected Leadtail, experts in online marketing and advertising, to develop and implement its online branding and awareness strategy. AHIMA recently launched a major branding and awareness initiative and is now focused on expanding its online marketing and advertising efforts to generate increased awareness among employers of health information management professionals. The Leadtail team will develop and implement online marketing, advertising, and social media programs to build greater awareness of AHIMA within the wide range of industries that rely on health information management professionals.

“We selected Leadtail because they are experts in developing marketing strategies for organizations that are looking to increase awareness online,” says Craig May, Director of Public Relations for AHIMA. “We have over 61,000 members who are the best trained, most qualified and best equipped professionals to help employers develop and implement solutions to vital health information management issues like implementing Electronic Health Records, upgrading to ICD-10, reducing medical errors, improving patient billing and ensuring privacy and security of medical records. Leadtail will help us get the word out to employers that our members are the cream of the HIM crop.”

“We’re very excited to be working with AHIMA”, says Johnathan Robinson, Leadtail’s VP of marketing and sales. “AHIMA, and its membership, is the gold standard in Health Information Management. We are developing an integrated online media plan that will incorporate social media marketing with a broad mix of online advertising methods, including search, email and display. We look forward to helping AHIMA take that message to those who influence the hiring of HIM professionals. We’ll tap into all employer segments, from hospitals and healthcare facilities to providers, pharmacies and private practices.”

About AHIMA

Representing more than 61,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. Visit us at: http://www.ahima.org

About Leadtail

The Leadtail team are marketing and advertising experts, and are also the developers of the world’s first online advertising search engine. Marketers, business owners, and organizations are using Leadtail’s services to succeed with their marketing, advertising, and social media efforts. Based in Burlingame, CA, Leadtail is committed to making marketing and advertising easier for everyone!

Visit http://Marketing.Leadtail.com and follow us at http://twitter.com/Leadtail to learn more about how we can help with your marketing and advertising efforts.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to Offer Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Individuals

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to Offer Health Risk Assessments for Employers and Individuals











Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) March 13, 2007

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina today announced an extensive new program aimed at helping employers and individuals understand and act on their health risks.

Your Health Profile, BCBSNC’s confidential health risk assessment (HRA), helps employers quantify the health risks that exist in their employee population. Using an aggregate summary report that comes from the HRA, employers can design and promote programs that target the specific needs of their workers — such as managing diabetes or increasing physical activity.

“Employers tell us they want more information to help them take specific, measurable actions toward containing rising medical costs,” said Bob Greczyn, BCBSNC president and CEO. “Your Health Profile can be one of the first and most important steps to creating a healthy workforce. A healthy workforce not only affects direct health costs such as medical claims, it also cuts down on the indirect costs of absenteeism and disability.”

Your Health Profile helps individuals who fill out the HRA to better understand their own health risks. Upon completion of the confidential questionnaire, BCBSNC members receive personalized assessments of their health status, complete with tips on developing an action plan for maintaining and improving their health.

BCBSNC is offering Your Health Profile through an agreement with Summex Corp., a unit of WebMD Health Corp. that provides comprehensive health and wellness programs to employers. The HRA becomes available to BCBSNC employer groups in early June.

Cook Endoscopy in Winston-Salem offered Your Health Profile to employees in January as part of a pilot program. “The HRA is a big part of our plans to promote workplace wellness,” said Maryann Atkins, Human Resources Benefits Specialist at the maker of medical devices. “It’s giving us some insight into the health issues our workforce is facing that we couldn’t have gained through any other means.”

How It Works

Your Health Profile consists of an online or paper questionnaire designed by Summex and administered by BCBSNC. Questions involve such health behaviors as physical activity, eating habits and tobacco use, as well as self-reporting of height, weight and medical history. The questionnaire takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Upon completion, individuals receive their personalized health report outlining health status and risks. The report may suggest actions to take to improve health. Individuals are encouraged to share their report with their physician.

Individuals whose reports show risks for certain health conditions — and who indicate a willingness to improve their health — will be enrolled in BCBSNC’s Member Health Partnerships. The program offers customized support and education to members with one or more health conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, asthma or unhealthy weight. Also, members taking the HRA may access BCBSNC’s Online Healthy Living program for help with such lifestyle issues as weight loss and stress reduction. These tie-ins with existing BCBSNC programs enhance Your Health Profile, extending its reach beyond information and giving members the support they need to maintain and improve their health.

Employers with 50 or more employees completing the survey receive an aggregate summary report that includes suggested steps for addressing health issues within their employee population. The employer does not receive individual questionnaire results.

Who Is Eligible

Employer groups with coverage from BCBSNC, including self-funded employers who pay a fee to BCBSNC to administer their health plan, may use Your Health Profile. Workers at those employers who have chosen a BCBSNC plan will be given the opportunity to take the HRA. BCBSNC is offering Your Health Profile at no additional charge to employers and individuals when the survey is taken online.

Customers of BCBSNC’s Blue Advantage individual coverage also may take the HRA and receive a confidential health report. Blue Advantage customers should visit http://www.bcbsnc.com and click on “Member” to log into My Member Services, where Your Health Profile is available.

About BCBSNC:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.4 million members, including approximately 749,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 73 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at http://www.bcbsnc.com

Contact: Kyle Marshall or Heidi Deja

BCBSNC Media Line: 919-765-3005    

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Mobile Health Activity Spreads to Over 4 in 5 Countries, but Remains Limited to Small Scale and Single Issue Projects

Mobile Health Activity Spreads to Over 4 in 5 Countries, but Remains Limited to Small Scale and Single Issue Projects












Cape Town, South Africa (PRWEB) June 07, 2011

Eighty-three per cent of governments surveyed report at least one use of mobile phones to support health activities in their country, yet the majority of mHealth activities are limited in size and scope, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report launched today with support from the mHealth Alliance, the United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation at the GSMA and mHealth Alliance Mobile Health Summit.

Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation, a founding member and host of the mHealth Alliance, welcomed the report saying, “Wireless technologies have enormous potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health programs as they grow beyond the pilot programs common in most of the world. This report provides the data that can help accelerate the strategic use and evaluation of mobile technologies as mHealth is taken to scale to help meet health needs.”

The study, mHealth: New Horizons for Health through Mobile Technologies, is the most comprehensive global study of mHealth activity to date. Written by WHO’s Global Observatory for eHealth, the report analyzes data from 112 countries by 14 mHealth activity types, as well as WHO region and World Bank income group. The report also documents the maturity of mHealth activities, and barriers to mHealth adoption and scale.

Although the report shows a groundswell of mHealth activity globally, the majority of these projects are still in pilot phase. Two-thirds of countries surveyed reported between one and three mHealth activities, yet only 12% of reported efforts to evaluate their mHealth activities.

The four most frequently reported mHealth initiatives were health call centres (59%), emergency toll-free telephone services (55%), managing emergencies and disasters (54%), and mobile telemedicine (49%). mHealth initiatives varied by region and income group, with health survey initiatives, for example, being among the most commonly reported mHealth activities in low income countries, yet among the least commonly reported mHealth activities globally.

The 14 mHealth activity types include: appointment reminders, community mobilization and health promotion, decision support systems, emergency toll-free telephone services, health call centers/health care telephone helplines, health surveillance, health surveys, information initiatives, mobile telemedicine, patient monitoring, patient records, public health emergencies, raising awareness, and treatment compliance.

The complete report is available on the WHO website http://www.who.int/goe/publications.

Press contacts:

In Cape Town, South Africa:

Sarah Hiller

shiller(at)unfoundation(dot)org

Mobile: + 1 202-280-5031    

In Washington, D.C.:

Karin Lornsen

klornsen(at)unfoundation(dot)org

Office: + 1 202-887-9040

About the mHealth Alliance

The mHealth Alliance (mHA) mobilizes innovation to deliver quality health at the furthest reaches of wireless networks and mobile devices. Working with diverse partners, the mHA advances mHealth through research, advocacy, and support for the development of interoperable solutions and sustainable deployment models. The mHA sponsors innovation challenges and conferences, leads cross-sector mHealth initiatives, and hosts HUB (Health UnBound), a global online community for resource sharing and collaborative solution generation. Founding partners include the Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation, PEPFAR, the GSM Association, and HP. More information is available at: http://www.mHealthAlliance.org.

About the UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

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KePRO Promotes Barbara Knox to Vice President, Product Management

KePRO Promotes Barbara Knox to Vice President, Product Management










Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) July 23, 2011

The Keystone Peer Review Organization, Inc. (KePRO) recently promoted Barbara Knox to the position of Vice President, Product Management. Ms. Knox assumes overall responsibility for directing, planning, and implementing all care management product development objectives.

In her new role, Ms. Knox will develop and implement KePRO’s strategic product development roadmap to maximize the company’s market position and strengthen its growth strategy. “Barbara has proven herself to be a health care market expert during her tenure with KePRO,” said Joseph A. Dougher, chief executive officer. “She will use her expertise to monitor market trends, analyze competitors, and ensure that KePRO’s products help members better manage their health.”

With over 20 years of experience in product development and marketing, Ms. Knox is highly qualified to position KePRO to better meet the needs of health care management clients. “My experience in product development and management, identifying market opportunities, strategic and operational planning, and reengineering and management of operational processes, will help position KePRO to maximize its market presence through innovative fully integrated products that deliver the best return on investment for clients.”

Prior to joining KePRO, Ms. Knox was Vice President of Product Management with SHPS, a health and human resource management company. She was responsible for the implementation of an integrated health management strategy, as well as the development of disease management, utilization management, case management and wellness/health promotion products.

Ms. Knox holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Morgan State University. She has received many awards and recognition, including 100 Leading Black Women, Who’s Who in American Women and 100 Leading Black Professional Women.

About KePRO

KePRO, a leading quality improvement and care management organization, offers innovative and outcomes-focused solutions to reduce the utilization of health care resources and optimize quality of care for public and commercial clients. KePRO’s comprehensive, member centric care management solutions go far beyond traditional utilization and case management by coordinating the care provided to members with acute, chronic and complex conditions across the continuum, and identifying members who are at the highest risk for future services, but have not yet had an acute event. Tailored programs maximize members’ quality of life, and realize greater cost savings for members and clients.

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, KePRO also has offices in Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. KePRO is URAC health utilization management and case management accredited. For more information, visit http://www.kepro.com.

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