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  • c_martel_732 c_martel_732 Nov 30, 2009 9:31 AM Flag

    PSID Enters into Strategic Alliance

    PositiveId Corporation Enters into Strategic Alliance with Innovations Avocare, LLC, Serving Florida's Regional Health Information Organizations and over One Million Patients
    Alliance to Foster Interoperability Between PositiveID's Health Link and Medical Facilities' Electronic Medical Records











    Press Release
    Source: PositiveID Corporation








    November 30, 2009












    DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PositiveID Corporation ("PositiveID" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: PSID - News) announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Innovations Avocare, LLC ("Avocare"), to develop, implement, distribute and use PositiveID's Health Link personal health record ("Health Link") within the medical facilities, physician networks and related healthcare providers participating in the State of Florida regional health information organizations ("RHIO"). PositiveID and Avocare will also work together to advance the interoperability of Health Link with the Electronic Medical Record systems utilized in the RHIOs throughout the State of Florida, thereby integrating Health Link with medical facilities and healthcare providers serving over one million patients.

    Avocare connects healthcare within a community through the Regional Health Information Networks ("RHIN"), a hardware and software system that brings medical information together through a secure Physicians Portal website. The mission of the Physicians Portal is to offer a more efficient, private and secure replacement to paper, fax and phone communications between health care providers. Avocare offers its products and services to various RHIOs within the State of Florida including, but not limited to, Big Bend Regional Healthcare Information Organization, North East Florida Regional Health Organization, Inc., Tampa Bay Regional Health Information Organization, Sun Coast Regional Health Information Organization and the Health Network of the Palm Beaches.

    Scott R. Silverman, PositiveID's Chairman and CEO, said, "We believe that working closely with Avocare will further our goal of providing a personal health record that is interoperable with all electronic medical records systems. Avocare currently works with numerous medical facilities and RHIOs, which we believe will enable us to utilize their expertise and receive greater access to patients throughout the State of Florida."

    About Innovations Avocare, LLC

    Innovations Avocare, LLC is a technology company that has developed the components necessary for the creation and implementation of a RHIN and Health Information Exchange ("HIE"). The RHIN and HIE facilitate an integrated health care system, coordinating care between hospitals, providers, the health department, community health centers, free clinics, independent providers, and other community services.

    About PositiveID Corporation

    PositiveID Corporation provides unique health and security identification tools to protect consumers and businesses. PositiveID operates in two main divisions: HealthID and ID Security. For more information on PositiveID, please visit www.PositiveIDCorp.com .





















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    • PositiveID Corporation Enters Into Strategic Partnership with Health Network of the Palm Beaches
      Partnership Gives Health Link Personal Health Record Access to the County’s Safety Net Clinics and 8,000 Patients












      Press Release Source: PositiveID Corporation








      December 9, 2009












      DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PositiveID Corporation ("PositiveID" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:CHIP - News) announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Health Network of the Palm Beaches ("HNPB") to combine efforts on the technological development, implementation, distribution, access and use of PositiveID’s Health Link personal health record (“Health Link”) within the medical facilities, physician networks and related healthcare providers participating in the Southern Florida Regional Heath Information Organization (RHIO). The partnership will initially focus on the county’s safety net clinics including FoundCare, Community Health Center of West Palm Beach, FAU-Westgate and FAU-Diabetes Clinic.

      PositiveID and the HNPB also intend to advance the interoperability of Health Link with the electronic medical record (EMR) systems utilized in the other RHIOs throughout the State of Florida, thereby making Health Link accessible to all participating medical facilities, healthcare providers and patients.

      RHIOs are the building blocks of the proposed National Health Information Network (NHIN) initiative proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. To build a national network of interoperable health records, the effort must first develop at the local and state levels. The concept of NHIN requires extensive collaboration by a diverse set of stake holders.

      Scott R. Silverman, PositiveID's Chairman and CEO, said, "This partnership with the Health Network of the Palm Beaches not only enables us to provide Health Link to a broad group of patients, but it also will help us continue to improve Health Link’s interoperability, a key component of its future success. By ensuring seamless communication between Health Link and the EMR systems currently in use in doctors' offices and hospitals throughout the state, we can gain significant traction in the product's roll-out. We are proud to partner with a community organization representing a large group of individuals and believe our relationship will provide a benefit to both the community and our Company."

      About Health Network of the Palm Beaches

      Health Network of the Palm Beaches is an alliance of health and human service providers who work together to advance the delivery of healthcare services. HNPB is an independent, non-profit entity that is facilitating an integrated health care system, coordinating care between community health centers, free clinics, the health department, hospitals, independent providers, and other community services. It serves as a Regional Health Information Organizations for Southern Florida.

      About PositiveID Corporation

      PositiveID Corporation provides unique health and security identification tools to protect consumers and businesses. PositiveID operates in two main divisions: HealthID and ID Security. For more information on PositiveID, please visit www.PositiveIDCorp.com .






















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      • Federal Affairs: Blumenthal Addresses HIMSS10 Attendees












        HIMSS News








        3/5/2009












        The top themes of Dr. Blumenthal’s Keynote Address on Wednesday include:

        •Professionalism – Science and experience support the notion that the ability to use and move information will become a core professional attribute for clinical professionals
        •Innovation – Human ingenuity will support advancements needed to keep pace with changes on healthcare landscape
        •Future of Health IT – EHRs will becomes as much a part of the fabric of medicine as stethescopes, EKGs, and MRIs.
        •Regulation – Four regulations released since January 2010 are forming the foundation of the Nationwide Health Information Network (fNHIN): the Meaningful Use NPRM, Standards and Certification Criteria IFR, HHS Certification Process NPRM, and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)






















        [ http://www.himss.org/ASP/ContentRedirector.asp?ContentId=73257&type=HIMSSNewsItem
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      • HIMSS Health Information Exchange (HIE)












        The terms “RHIO” and “Health Information Exchange” or “HIE” are often used interchangeably. RHIO (regional health information organization) is a group of organizations with a business stake in improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery. RHIOs are the building blocks of the proposed National Health Information Network (NHIN) initiative proposed by David Brailer, MD, and his team at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT). To build a national network of interoperable health records, the effort must first develop at the local and state levels. The concept of NHIN requires extensive collaboration by a diverse set of stake holders. The challenges are many to achieve success for a health information exchange or a RHIO.

        Information and data exchange is a critical to the delivery of quality patient care services and effectiveness of healthcare organizations. The benefits of appropriate sharing of health information among patients, physicians, and other authorized participants in the healthcare delivery value chain, are nearly universally understood and desired. Few organizations and systems have taken advantage of the full potential of the current state of the art in computer science and health informatics. Healthcare Information Exchange initiatives focus on the areas of technology, interoperability, standards utilization, harmonization, and business information systems while also supporting HIMSS activities focused on the national, state and local level.























        [ http://www.himss.org/asp/topics_rhio.asp ]

    • Obama to give $600 million to health centers











      REUTERS








      DEC. 9, 2009












      WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he will allocate nearly $600 million from the $787 billion economic stimulus plan to help create jobs at 85 community health centers.

      Obama is under heavy pressure to generate job growth in the United States, with the November unemployment rate at 10 percent.

      Republicans say the economic stimulus package passed in February by the Democratic-controlled Congress has had little impact, but Democrats counter that the stimulus pulled the country back from the brink of an even deeper recession.

      The White House said nearly $600 million would awarded to help pay for major construction and renovation projects at 85 community health centers across the country and assist networks at the centers to move to electronic records. ...






















      [ http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN099593520091209 ]

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    • HHS Gets Advice on Incentive Definitions
      HDM Breaking News, December 7, 2009

      More than 40 hospitals and delivery systems are giving advice to federal officials as they finalize proposed rules to implement the meaningful use provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

      The organizations, working through the American Hospital Association, have sent a letter to three top policymakers outlining concerns with statutory or expected definitions for "hospital" and "hospital-based physician." The definitions of these entities will play a major role in determining eligibility for incentive payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records.














      ... An EHR in a hospital ambulatory setting is an entirely different module from an EHR in a hospital inpatient setting because of the inherent differences between the types of care provided in each. In fact, many physicians who treat patients in the ambulatory setting do not provide care in the inpatient setting, and thus, do not use the inpatient EHR. Accordingly, implementing an EHR in an ambulatory setting requires a significant cost separate from the cost of the inpatient EHR. Physicians may contribute financially to the ambulatory EHR, meaning that they are not furnishing substantially all of their services using the facilities and equipment, including the EHR, of the hospital.
      Although the inpatient and ambulatory EHR modules are distinct, they also must be interoperable. Because many inpatients are treated by the same hospital in an ambulatory setting, they are greatly benefitted by this interoperability. For example, interoperable EHRs allow physicians to more closely monitor and track chronic care patients, and easily send patient reminders with respect to appointments and prescriptions, thereby improving quality, increasing efficiency, and providing better preventative care.
      We thank you for your consideration in these matters.
      Sincerely,























      [ http://www.aha.org/aha/letter/2009/091204-let-hit-arra.pdf ]

    • HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces Plans to Establish Health IT “Beacon Communities”
      $235 million set aside to fund nationwide Beacon Community Program












      HHS Press Office








      December 2, 2009












      HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. David Blumenthal, HHS’ National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, announced today plans to make available $235 million to support an innovative Beacon Community Program. The program will work to accelerate and demonstrate the ability of health information technology to transform local health care systems, and improve the lives of Americans and the performance of the health care providers who serve them. The Beacon Community Program will include $220 million in grants to build and strengthen health IT infrastructure and health information exchange capabilities, including strong privacy and security measures for data exchange, within 15 communities. An additional $15 million will be provided for technical assistance to the communities and to evaluate the success of the program.

      “Health information technology will make our health care system more efficient and improve care for every American,” Secretary Sebelius said. “The Beacon Community Program is a critical step forward as we work to expand the use of health information technology in hospitals and doctor’s offices across the country.”

      Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Beacon Community Program will take communities at the cutting edge of electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health information exchange and push them to a new level of health care quality and efficiency. The program will establish cooperative agreements with communities to build and strengthen their health IT infrastructure and health information exchange capabilities to achieve measurable improvements in health care quality, safety, efficiency, and population health. The resulting experience will inform efforts throughout the United States to support the meaningful use of EHRs, the primary goal of the federal government’s new health IT initiative.

      “We recognize that better health care does not come solely from the adoption of technology itself but through the ongoing private and secure exchange and use of health information to provide the best possible information at the point of patient care,” said Dr. Blumenthal.

      Cooperative agreements will be awarded to 15 qualified non-profit organizations or government entities representing diverse geographic areas, including rural and underserved communities. To qualify for the Beacon Community Program, applicants are expected to:

      •Build off of existing health IT infrastructure and exchange to demonstrate care and cost savings;
      •Have rates of EHR adoption that are significantly higher than published national estimates; and,
      •Coordinate with recently announced Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) programs for Regional Extension Centers and State Health Information Exchange to develop and disseminate best practices for adoption and meaningful use of EHRs to support national goals for widespread use of health IT.
      “The Beacon Community Program will help provide more hard evidence that health IT exchange can make a significant and positive difference in the delivery and value of care,” stated Dr. Blumenthal.






















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      • In awaiting meaningful use, ONC's hands not idle












        By Mary Mosquera
        - HEALTHIT








        December 18, 2009













        ... At a Dec. 15 meeting of ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee, Dr. Paul Tang, the panel co-chairman, said that it will hold hearings in early 2010 so that public and private healthcare providers and other organizations can contribute to the development of 2013 and 2015 meaningful use criteria. ...

        ... The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to publish before the end of the year a regulation defining meaningful use and conditions that healthcare providers must meet to be eligible for incentives under the stimulus. The public will have 60 days in which to comment on it.

        Also anticipated this month is ONC’s release of an interim final rule on certification standards and a proposed rule for the certification process. The standards rule will detail the standards for what constitutes a certified EHR.

        The ONC has had its hands full: in the past few months, it announced plans to award grants for a total of 70 regional extension centers to support health IT adoption and regional information exchange; state health information exchange programs; 70 community college workforce training and five curriculum development programs; and 15 “beacon” communities intended to inspire and teach others about using electronic health record systems and information exchange.

        “We will make more announcements of programs over the next weeks and months,” Blumenthal said, adding that the programs to date relate to one another. “We’d like to think that their relationships will be synergistic and that they will support one another,” he said.

        Regional extension centers will assist physicians with health IT adoption at the local level and may be incorporated within beacon communities. Some of the community college programs could also be located in beacon communities or in the same locations as regional extension centers. The goal of the community college programs is to train skilled workers who will staff the beacon communities and regional extension centers, Blumenthal said.

        “We hope that all of these will be supported by the infrastructure that states will facilitate to promote exchange and that the nationwide health information network (NHIN) will be one of the resources that states make available,” he said.

        ONC is also internally bracing for the future. The office is “changing dramatically even as we are trying to implement these programs,” Blumenthal said at the committee meeting. As an example,ONC announced earlier this month that it would reorganize some of its operations and add new senior positions, such as chief privacy officer. It will also double in size to 100 staffers over time.























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    • One MILLION Patients, this number will undoubtedly grow,dex

 
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