Category Archives: Health Foods Retail

Nationally Recognized Food Expert Gives Safety Tips Following E Coli Outbreak

Nationally Recognized Food Expert Gives Safety Tips Following E Coli Outbreak

Angela Paymard, Chairwoman of N2N Global

Orlando, Fla. (PRWEB) June 02, 2011

An outbreak of a dangerous strain of Escherichia coli bacteria in Germany has already killed 15 people and made 1,000 more ill. Early evidence by German researchers linked the outbreak to cucumbers imported from farms in Spain.

“Every expert says there is no immediate risk to the U.S. food supply, which is great news. But consumers wanting to remain aware of any new developments can take some additional steps to ease their fears,” said Angela Paymard, Chairwoman of N2N Global. N2N Global, based in Orlando, Fla. provides operations, compliance, and food safety solutions for food companies which helps ensure the world’s food supply operates more effectively and efficiently. Better and more efficient operations translates to a higher quality of food in the supply chain. Paymard works with food supply chain companies like restaurants, retailers, and distributors all the way through growers, packers, and processors around the world.

“Consumers need to adopt better food safety habits as a rule,” Paymard said. “It’s an opportunity for consumers to become educated in best practices for food safety.”

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, U.S. food consumers are increasingly demanding greater variety, quality, and convenience in the food they consume. As Americans become more ethnically diverse, the American food basket reflects a growing share of tropical products, spices, and imported gourmet products.

Americans have also become much more health conscious, with consumers demanding more nutritious foods. Dietary concerns have changed the emphasis from red meat to fish, fostered growing interest in fresh fruits, vegetables, and unsaturated fats, such as olive oil and canola oil, and sparked new interest in green teas, which contain antioxidants. In addition, cocoa (and dark chocolate) contains high levels of antioxidants and flavonoids, which are linked to improved cardiovascular health. Green tea and cocoa butter are also used in beauty products.

But, a growing share of U.S. imports can be attributed to intra-industry trade, where agricultural-processing industries based in one country carry out certain processing steps offshore and import products at different levels of processing from their subsidiaries in foreign markets.

Food manufacturing operations are often spread over many national boundaries to minimize production and distribution costs as well as to enhance the ability to quickly replenish inventories, the USDA concluded.

Whether the food is coming from Europe or other parts of the world, consumers should keep in mind that if food is processed and packaged, the food should be safe as long as the seal is not broken. For fresh foods, the risk of contamination is higher.

While experts say there is no immediate threat to the U.S. consumer, and since the attacks on September 11, 2001, the USDA’s commitment to protect America’s supply of meat, poultry, and egg products from any form of intentional or unintentional contamination has never been higher, consumers can do the following:

1. Check the Country of Origin Labeling on your fresh food. As part of the overall 2008 Farm Bill legislation, retailers must provide country of origin information at point of sale for perishable agricultural commodities. This paved the way for companies to label their packages with the city and state from which the product came. If from outside the U.S., labeling includes the country from which it came. Consumers can decide whether they want to consume product from any particular geography.

2. Visit The FDA’s job is to protect the public food supply. They monitor food domestically and have offices internationally in some countries. The FDA has a great website, Consumers can log on to the website and receive the latest information about radiation safety and the status of any contamination from Japan as seen by the people protecting and examining imports at our borders. Consumers can also log onto N2N Global’s Twitter page for up to date information under

Paymard says food safety risks can easily be avoided at home when consumers adhere to good food safety practices every day. Here are some of Angela’s tips:

    Wash Fresh Foods. As with any good food safety practices, make sure to wash your fresh foods with a thorough rinse. While soap is not necessary, many retailers offer a vegetable rinse for purchase that works great at cleansing fresh fruit and vegetables while not impacting taste
    Wash Your Hands: Consumers should wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after handling food. Clean hands are one of the best ways to protect your family from illness.
    Clean Your Countertops and Utensils: After cooking wash your surfaces with hot soapy water and run your cutting boards and utensils through the dishwasher every time you use them to prevent bacteria from growing and spreading. Dishwashers help wash utensils in water of at least 120 degrees or higher for an extended period to help assure contaminants are neutralized.
    Cook to Proper Temperature: Under cooked food is a common cause of food illness. Check the proper temperature of the foods you’re cooking and get a thermometer to be on the safe side. Food thermometers are inexpensive and can be found in most grocery stores.
    Chill and Refrigerate Foods Promptly: Keep foods refrigerated before and after they are served. Refrigeration slows bacterial growth.
While the United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world, preventing foodborne illness remains a public health challenge, says Paymard. Consumers need to be aware of ways they can protect themselves and their families from all types of illnesses that can be caused by food.

About N2N Global

N2N Global’s product suite brings powerful solutions for all members of the food supply chain. For Supply Side companies, N2N offers agri-ERP solutions, farm management, food safety, business analytics and traceability software. For direct to consumer and buy side companies, N2N offers food safety, compliance, and asset tracking tools to help ensure the food supply is properly managed for minimized risk.N2N Global provides comprehensive solutions for companies looking for ways to improve efficiencies, enhance profitability, and ensure food safety. To contact Angela Paymard directly, visit her on N2N’s twitter page For more information, please visit

N2N Media Relations

Karen McGagh




Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

Health Advocate, Inc. Makes Donation to Operation Smile

Health Advocate, Inc. Makes Donation to Operation Smile

Plymouth Meeting, PA (PRWEB) August 22, 2011

Health Advocate, Inc., the nation’s leading healthcare assistance and advocacy company, made a $ 600 donation to Operation Smile, an organization whose cause is to help children with congenital facial deformities such as cleft lip or cleft palate. Money for the donation was raised through a corporate donation along with a “Summer Splash” dress down day, a weekday in which employees pay a dollar or more each to dress in casual clothes.

“Many kids who are affected by cleft lip or palate come from families who cannot afford expensive surgeries,” says Marty Rosen, cofounder and Executive Vice President of Health Advocate. “We’re happy to support an organization like Operation Smile that provides those surgeries, and helps change a child’s life for the better.”

“Over 200,000 children each year are born with the condition, which makes not only eating and speaking difficult, but may make them feel embarrassed, or worse, shunned,” says Lauri Catena, National Director of Operation Smile. “This generous donation from Health Advocate will help us transform the lives of children and families in need.”

Health Advocate’s 21 million members across the country, many who suffer from a variety of conditions, are helped by the company everyday to find the most convenient and affordable care. Today, the company’s donation will help two children get the surgeries they need.

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is a worldwide children’s medical charity whose network of global volunteers is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and young adults. Since its founding in 1982 by Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee, Operation Smile has treated more than 160,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities and the organization has a presence in more than 60 countries. In addition to contributing free medical treatment, Operation Smile trains local medical professionals in its partner countries and donates crucial equipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency.

About Health Advocate

Health Advocate™, Inc., the nation’s leading independent healthcare advocacy and assistance company, serves 21+ million Americans through more than 7,500 client relationships, including many of the nation’s largest companies, helping members personally navigate healthcare and insurance-related issues, saving time and money. Our Core Health Advocacy service is centered around our Personal Health Advocates, who assist members with a range of clinical, administrative and insurance-related issues, saving time and money. Our Core Health Advocacy service is centered around our Personal Health Advocates, who assist members with a range of clinical, administrative and insurance-related issues. Our spectrum of add-on complementary employee- and employer-based solutions include our Wellness Advocate™, Benefits Gateway and Health Information Dashboard™, EAP+Work/Life™, Chronic Care Management™ and decision support programs. The solutions are designed to lower healthcare costs, increase productivity and improve outcomes.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, Health Advocate has been recognized, for the fourth consecutive year, as one of America’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. 500, named one of the fastest growing companies in North America on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500™ and is rated one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work by Philadelphia magazine.

Health Advocate is not affiliated with any insurance or third party provider. Health Advocate does not replace health insurance coverage, provide medical care or recommend treatment.


Rhonda L. Lipschutz

Public Relations

Health Advocate, Inc.

Direct: 610.397.7446

Toll Free: 866.385.8033 ext. 6374



Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine Awarded ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 EHR Module Certification

Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine Awarded ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 EHR Module Certification

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Orion Health, Inc., global leaders in Health Information Exchange(HIE) solutions, announced today that the Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine and Rhapsody Connect versions 4.1 are compliant and certified as an Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) Module by ICSA labs, an independent division of Verizon.

Christopher Ward, Orion Health Senior Vice President of Marketing says the certification is advantageous to both customers and partners, especially those looking for a public health reporting solution. Rhapsody 4.1 helps providers and hospitals seeking eligibility for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) by assuring they meet 100% of the security/privacy- and public health-related criteria.

“Rhapsody is one of the most broadly adopted and reliable solutions available and now offers an even greater value by helping customers meet government requirements for Meaningful Use while simultaneously helping them plan for future growth and innovation. Rhapsody’s depth of functionality helped in meeting all eight of the government mandated security objectives and in turn, supports those organizations who are looking for superior security and overall solution integrity. Similarly, we drew on our experience across the 52 state and local health departments where Rhapsody is currently deployed to also meet the ONC’s public health criteria,” Mr. Ward continues.

In addition to ONC certification, Rhapsody is registered as a Class I Medical Device by the US Food and Drug Administration. The combined certifications demonstrate Orion Health’s commitment to quality and high standards in producing healthcare technology solutions.

“Another key benefit of Orion Health solutions is that they do not require an organization to replace entire systems, meaning they can continue to leverage their existing IT investments,” Mr. Ward concludes.

Orion Health’s intensive focus on serving the healthcare industry has driven Rhapsody’s success and adoption both as an independent data integration platform and an embedded component in medical devices. Currently, Orion Health helps facilities and healthcare communities that connect 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users. Rhapsody has been developed with a focus on the needs of IT professionals, with the inclusion of features and functionality including testing and secure FTP options that ease the migration process and streamlined message exchange between clinical and business systems, both internally and externally in anticipation of future HIE activity.

The Rhapsody Integration Engine and Rhapsody Connect versions 4.1 will each have certifications for inpatient and ambulatory, and meet meaningful use objectives:

    170.302 (k) Submission to immunization registries
    170.302 (l) Public Health surveillance
    170.306 (g) Reportable lab results
    170.302 (o) Access control
    170.302 (p) Emergency access
    170.302 (q) Automatic log-off
    170.302 (r) Audit log
    170.302 (s) Integrity
    170.302 (t) Authentication
    170.302 (u) General encryption
    170.302 (v) Encryption when exchanging electronic health information

This EHR Module is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

About Orion Health™ Rhapsody Integration Engine

Orion Health Rhapsody is a powerful integration engine that delivers advanced messaging capabilities between systems for health organizations of all kinds. Rhapsody is designed for rapid, effortless installation and use, and enables quick accurate and efficient exchange of electronic data. For more information please see

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security products and network-connected devices, such as printers and faxes, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance to many of the world’s top security vendors. Visit and for more information.

About Orion Health Inc.

Orion Health™ is the leading Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution provider with expertise in clinical workflow and integration technology for the healthcare sector. Orion Health’s easy-to-use solutions and applications improve patient care and clinical decision making by enabling the exchange of healthcare information among disparate systems and providing integrated health data in a single, unified view. By extending existing healthcare information systems, the Orion Health™ Rhapsody Integration Engine, recently registered as a Class I Medical Device with the FDA, and workflow solutions provide healthcare workers with easy access to patient data and trends, and reduce errors and omissions by streamlining information transfer. The HIE and EHR also supports Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) continuing their goal of improved care coordination, cost savings and better quality of care.

Worldwide, Orion Health has deployed health information communities involving over 35 million patients with hundreds of thousands of active clinical users including Maine’s HealthInfoNet, Alberta Health Services and Spain’s IB Salut. Orion Health’s partners include leading health system integrators and IT vendors such as Accenture, Allscripts, IBM, Oracle, Philips and others. Orion Health has more than 1,000 clients around the world, including Lahey Clinic, Ochsner Health System, UCLA Medical Center, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Spain’s IB Salut, South Eastern Norwegian Regional Health Authority, New Zealand Ministry of Health. Orion Health is a preferred Canada Health Infoway Solution. More information can be found at

Orion Health and Rhapsody are registered trademarks of Orion Health Inc, its parent/or its affiliates. Other names used may be trademarks of their respective owners.


Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE): Eliminating Health Disparities and Improving the Health for all Connecticut Residents

Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE): Eliminating Health Disparities and Improving the Health for all Connecticut Residents

Hartford, CT (PRWEB) May 02, 2011

The Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE) will hold a series of Public Forums on Health Disparities held in May.

State data reveal that minorities, largely African American, Hispanics, Asian American/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans, are less likely to have access to quality health care and to suffer from more disease over the life course. Social factors, when combined with racial and ethnic minority status, can result in reduced access to quality health care and disparities in health outcomes. Connecticut data mirrors national statistics that show that racial and ethnic minorities as well as low-income groups are likely to die considerably younger than their white or more affluent counterparts.

“This effects all of our lives,” says Executive Director of CHE, Dr. Raja Staggers-Hakim. “At every level persons of color, less educated populations, and poorer communities are vulnerable to health disparities.”

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines disparity in health as “the condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree.” Differences in health care for different populations may be the result of a number of causes. At the individual level, a patient may receive different treatment because of stage of disease process, personal choice, insurance coverage, language barriers, race, ethnicity, gender or a host of socioeconomic conditions such as poverty, homelessness, disability, and old age. While it may not be possible to delineate the cause or causes of treatment differences, how individuals and groups of individuals are provided treatment can be documented to determine disparities.”

In 2008, the General Assembly of Connecticut approved and Governor M. Jodi Rell signed into law Public Act No. 08-171: An Act Establishing a Commission on Health Equity. It was predicated on three important assumptions. First, high quality health care is a human right and a priority of the State of Connecticut. Second, state-based research and experience reveal that Connecticut residents face barriers to high quality health based on racial, ethnic, national origin, and linguistic ability. Third, such barriers should be addressed through the collection, analysis, and reporting of information that identifies causes and leads to the development and implementation of policy solutions that both address health disparities and improve the health of Connecticut citizens.

The twenty-eight members of the Commission represent all departments of the Executive Branch of the State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut, Yale University, Black, and Hispanic Caucuses of the General Assembly, key community and legislative groups representing African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and Women and members of the public representing disenfranchised populations.

“The Commission has done some research and highlighted certain health priorities that are more pervasive in communities of color,” says Dr. Staggers-Hakim.

The Commission approved the recommendations of the Data Committee identifying cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality/low birth weight, diabetes and asthma as the most salient health issues requiring urgent efforts to improve racial and ethnic health equity.

“We have a lot of work to do to understand the totality of factors that support and aggravate health disparities at all levels across the State,” says Dr. Staggers-Hakim. “The forums are an avenue to hear from the communities themselves to understand those key factors that are occurring and how people see these inequities persisting.” CHE’s Public Voice Committee found that consumers, community leaders, faith-based organizations and health institutions need to strengthen collaborations for information-sharing, cultural competency education, workforce development and policies and procedures for health promotion/disease prevention. Dr. Raja Staggers-Hakim says, “We hope to draw the greater public, health professionals, public officials, and the academic community for a discussion on health disparities across communities.”

The Public Forums will include a showing of “Place Matters” from the documentary, Unnatural Causes.

This is event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The schedule for the CHE Public Forums on Health Inequity is as follows:


Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 6p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Bridgeport Public Main Library (Burroughs & Saden), Performing Arts Room, 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604


Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 6p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103


Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 6p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Waterbury, New Opportunities, Inc. 232 North Elm Street – Waterbury, CT 06702

In conjunction to the CHE Public Forums Health Justice CT — an innovative initiative designed to use social media channels for raising awareness about the issue of racial and ethnic disparities — will moderate a live Tweetchat during the event using hashtag #CHEmeeting.

The live “Tweetchat” will be held at each event and moderated by Health Justice CT. Participants can follow the discussion using the hashtag #CHEmeeting. Just go to and enter #CHEmeeting in the search box to follow the discussion. Questions and comments can be submitted directly to Health Justice CT (@healthjusticect) using your twitter account.

Also, TweetChat hosts free online discussion forums conducted via Twitter. To follow the discussion on TweetChat, please visit:

For more information about the Public Forum please contact Dr. Raja Staggers-Hakim at Raja.Staggers-Hakim(at)ct(dot)gov or call (860) 297-3847.

About Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE):

The Connecticut Commission on Health Equity was established to eliminate disparities in health status based on race, ethnicity, gender and linguistic ability, thereby improving the quality of health for all of the state’s residents. For more information on CHE visit the website at:

About Health Justice CT:

Health Justice CT is an initiative designed to use social media channels as the foundation for creating a movement of Connecticut residents dedicated to working together to raise awareness about the issue of racial and ethnic disparities, find innovative solutions, and ultimately achieve health justice for everyone in Connecticut. The project is funded by the Connecticut Health Foundation ( and is being managed by the foundation’s grantee, the Society for New Communications Research ( To join the conversation, find us on Facebook ( and Twitter (


Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

STC Hosts 9th Annual User Group Meeting in Scottsdale

STC Hosts 9th Annual User Group Meeting in Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) June 21, 2011

Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC), the nation’s leading public health IT firm, will be hosting its 9th Annual User Group Meeting (UGM) this week at the Arizona Biltmore in Scottsdale. STC develops and maintains state immunization registry solutions and this weeklong event allows public health leaders from all over the country the opportunity to come together and discuss best practices. Event topics will include public health outcomes, innovation, funding opportunities, interoperability, and meaningful use.

STC has complied a captivating agenda for its weeklong event. Deborah Allwes, Director of STC’s Public Health Practice, will be leading a session on public health outcomes, while STC Vice President and Managing Partner Mike Garcia will be covering many topics including registry updates, interoperability, funding opportunities, and meaningful use. Pennsylvania Immunization Registry Administrator Frank Caniglia and STC’s Janet Balog will be discussing registry interfaces while syndicated columnist and renowned author Dale Dauten will be leading a session on the culture of innovation.

STC CEO Mike Popovich says, “The UGM is an opportunity for our customers to share best practices and discuss goals, challenges, and expectations for the coming year with STC partners. It’s also a chance for our customers to provide one-on-one input to our development team and to collaborate with peers to set the direction of our joint public health efforts for 2011 and beyond.”

With a national emphasis on health information technology modernizations and outcomes, STC demonstrates the value-added benefits of applied health IT to real world problems. STC values the participation of its clients at this event so they can work together to protect and improve the health of communities. Together, STC and its clients work to set the bar across the country for policy makers to measure others against.

STC is widely recognized as a leading public health informatics company in the U.S. Their products and services play a key role in protecting the public from diseases. STC leverages more than twenty years of experience in developing solutions important to addressing and solving critical public health issues. STC is committed to improving public health through the applied use of population health data collected through modernized information systems. Their staff is a unique blend of public health specialists and applied information system developers who come together to create cost effective public health technology solutions. STC continually shows its clients the value of investing in public health information exchange through high quality service, innovative software solutions, and population-based outcomes. STC delivers and installs quality products and services in a timely and efficient manner.

To learn more about STC, please refer to the attached documentation, which outlines STC’s immunization registry expertise. If you would like additional information about any of STC’s products and solutions, visit the all new or contact: Todd Commyn, STC Director of Sales and Marketing 520.202.3333



Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

2011 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Winners Announced

2011 Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Winners Announced

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 19, 2011

HealthLeaders Media, the leading provider of healthcare business information to healthcare executives, has announced the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare award winners for 2011.

The Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare award program is in its eighth year. The program is designed to celebrate the outstanding teamwork that occurs in healthcare organizations each day, to share what makes top leadership teams successful, and to encourage other healthcare leaders to learn more from the best practices of top leadership teams. This year, HealthLeaders Media recognized outstanding leadership teamwork at three hospitals and one medical group practice.

“The Top Leadership Teams program was founded on the premise that the core value for every successful healthcare organization must be teamwork—this year’s winners certainly demonstrate that concept,” says Gienna Shaw, a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media, who oversaw this year’s program.

The 2011 winners are

    Banner Health, Phoenix, AZ, for Large Hospitals and Health Systems
    Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, WA, for Community and Mid-Sized Hospitals
    Johnson County Community Hospital, Mountain City, TN, for Small Hospitals
    ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, Tarrytown, NY, for Medical Group Practices

“Everyone involved in selecting this year’s winners was so impressed with the hard work that these leadership teams did to make significant changes at their organizations. Each one has a compelling and unique story—but their experiences also hold lessons for all healthcare organizations that want to improve their patients’ experience, the quality and patient safety of their clinical care, and their business operations,” Shaw said.

Winners are judged on the team’s overall leadership culture, its ability to overcome challenges, and its ability to demonstrate successes that result from outstanding leadership teamwork. Only one winner per category receives this national honor each year. This year, the categories included:

    Large Hospitals and Health Systems (500 or more licensed beds)
    Community and Mid-Sized Hospitals (100–499 licensed beds)
    Small Hospitals (fewer than 100 licensed beds)
    Medical Group Practices (physician-owned, single- or multi-specialty groups employing 25 or more physicians)

The winning organizations will be profiled in the October issue of HealthLeaders magazine. For more information about the winners, go to:

HealthLeaders Media

HealthLeaders Media, a division of HCPro, is a leading multi-platform media company dedicated to meeting the business information needs of healthcare executives and professionals. As an integrated media company, HealthLeaders Media includes HealthLeaders magazine,, the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit, HealthLeaders Media Rounds events, HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs reports, and California HealthFax. All entities may be found online at

The HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit is the premier source for executive healthcare business research, and is powered by the HealthLeaders Media Council, made up of select members of the HealthLeaders Media audience of more than 240,000 healthcare executives. HealthLeaders magazine, awarded 2010 Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors, is the premiere resource for information on management trends, innovations, market strategies, and organizational development for more than 40,000 healthcare executives and senior decision-makers every month. Award-winning is the healthcare industry’s destination of choice for online news and analysis.

HealthLeaders Media is the winner of 16 awards in 2011 from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) including:

    2 Gold Awards for Breakthroughs (Best Digital Magazine)
    Best Original Research: HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey
    Best Feature Series: HealthLeaders Service Lines

# # #

Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

Government Regulation,Public Policy and the Deficit Crisis for Healthcare on Agenda at Mobile Health Expo Opening Today in New York City

Government Regulation,Public Policy and the Deficit Crisis for Healthcare on Agenda at Mobile Health Expo Opening Today in New York City

New York City (PRWEB) June 22, 2011

Mobile Health Expo™, the only event focusing on the convergence of mobile technology and healthcare across the entire mobile health ecosystem, today announced an impressive array of speakers that will address the government regulatory environment and the impact of legislation, compliance, and public policy on mobile health and the current health care deficit crisis. Mobile Health Expo will be held June 21-23, 2011 at the New York City Javits Convention Center.

Technology innovation and healthcare reform have heightened the interest and demand for mobile health technology. Mobile Health Expo organizers have assembled speakers with backgrounds in regulation, compliance and public policy to address such questions as:

    How does federal and state legislation impact mobile health?
    How will current and future policy discussions be played out?
    What role does the FDA play in regulating mobile health applications and devices?
    What are the regulatory compliance strategies for mobile health products?

Date: Tuesday, June 21- 23, 2011

Time: 9am

Where: New York City Jacob Javits Center

“The speakers we have at our event to address government regulation, public policy and the deficit crisis are shaping the future of health care. Companies that are creating mobile health applications and devices are the disruptive force needed to transform the health care industry,” said Wendy Thomas, founder and CEO of Mobile Health Expo.

To learn more information about these speakers, their sessions and the entire conference line-up, visit:

About Mobile Health Expo

Mobile Health Expo™ is the only event focusing on the convergence of mobile technology and healthcare across the entire mobile health ecosystem. Mobile Health Expo is designed to catalyze the discussions, partnerships, visions and public policy debates to move mobile health into the future. The event will take place June 21-23, 2011 at the York City Javits Convention Center. For more information, visit


Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

Kansas Health Information Network and ICA Discuss Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE

Kansas Health Information Network and ICA Discuss Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today that Laura McCrary, EdD, Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network and John Tempesco, Chief Marketing Officer, ICA will be delivering a case study entitled, “Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE” at the Institute’s Health IT Summit in Seattle taking place August 15-16, 2011 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

Dr. McCrary and John Tempesco will provide a high-level overview of the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) project discussing how this model works well for both urban and rural communities and how it is bringing this community model to all participants, not just to hospitals. They will also discuss how KHIN defines a community as well as the challenges of linking both urban and rural settings with their implicit differences. Kansas has more critical access hospitals than any other state in the US and Dr. McCrary and John Tempesco will share how this model can be replicated elsewhere in the country.

“KHIN provides services to all of Kansas and portions of northwest Missouri encompassing large urban and rural areas. KHIN’s goal is to connect 80% of healthcare providers in the service area including 163 hospitals, 4500 physicians, 100 public health departments, 40 community mental health centers and 400 long term care facilities. Our challenge of linking this large population requires health information exchange functionality that integrates with disparate EMR/EHR systems and provides the correct clinical data at the point-of-care. ICA’s CareAlign® was the tool we needed to accomplish this complex task,” McCrary says.

The iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the health care provider markets.

Sponsors and Partners for the 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle include: Absolute Software, Apixio, Catalyst Solutions, Carematix, Comcast, Drager, ICA, Intel, MMR Global, Nuance, Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications, Rubbermaid Healthcare, Sago Networks, Vidyo, VoCare, vRad, AMDIS, CMIO, Continua Health Alliance, eHealth SmartBrief, Executive Insight, Frost & Sullivan, Healthcare IT News, HIMSS Washington State Chapter, IDC Health Insights, MarketsandMarkets, ReportsandReports, and

About the ICA:

Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader healthcare market, and now delivers a comprehensive HIE solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. Unmatched in its ability to yield cost effectiveness, improved patient care, and better outcomes, ICA’s CareAlign® solution captures complete data to enhance the decision-making process. The CareAlign clinical intelligence engine empowers HIEs to leverage existing core systems and construct a longitudinal patient record. CareAlign also features provider/patient portals, secure clinical communication, NHIN compliant interoperability, EHR-lite and population management tools. Visit; follow us on Twitter: icainformatics; and Facebook:

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation:

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.


Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

Cognovant Developing a Consumer-Controlled Mobile Platform that will Empower Individuals to Manage and Own their Health Information

Cognovant Developing a Consumer-Controlled Mobile Platform that will Empower Individuals to Manage and Own their Health Information

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) August 10, 2011

Cognovant Inc., a consumer-health company specializing in mobile, personal health record technology, has put down roots in Kansas City and begun developing applications with specialized systems and tools that will allow individuals to manage and own their health and health information.

Joe Ketcherside, MD – Cognovant’s President and Chief Executive Officer – is leading the start up under the guiding principle that empowered individuals will achieve better outcomes than are possible with the current health system/provider-centric model of health care. For additional and updated information, visit

Cognovant’s mPHR will provide consumers with the technical capability to access health information, share health information, increase health and wellness understanding, participate in clinical trials, contribute to the general knowledge base and to transform into better-educated consumers of health and wellness care. Furthermore, consumers will be empowered through connectivity to technologies that monitor and encourage progress in wellness and health care management plans.

“We want to be the iTunes of health,” said Ketcherside, a former neurosurgeon and Cognovant co-founder. “Our mPHR will be entirely consumer-controlled and owned. This will allow data mobility across the person’s lifetime as they change jobs/careers, providers, location, or needs. This will also provide personal control of health record security, privacy, and reuse or sharing.

“The value of including consumers as ‘information donors’ in the health system is becoming widely recognized and accepted because much of this data and context would otherwise not be captured,” he added. “Patients taking charge of their daily care management is an absolute game-changer. Our mPHR will not diminish the role of the physician, but will enlarge the role of the patient in his or her care and wellness decisions.”

About Cognovant:

Cognovant’s proprietary intellectual property reflects the unique knowledge base of the founders derived from more than 30 years of experience and success in developing and implementing health information technology (HIT) in hospital, clinics, and long-term care facilities. This experience and success covers HIT interoperability, content emulation, usability, work flow, clinical-decision support, public policy, patient safety, and commercialization of HIT applications.

# # #

Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

Nominate an NGO Performing Outstanding Public Health Work for the 2011 Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service

Nominate an NGO Performing Outstanding Public Health Work for the 2011 Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service

PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health

WASHINGTON, DC (Vocus/PRWEB) April 12, 2011

To honor the achievements of volunteerism of outstanding non-governmental organizations working in Latin America and/or the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) invite you to nominate an outstanding organization for the 2011 Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service.

The award celebrates the achievements of national or local non-governmental organizations with a high volunteer-to-staff ratio operating in Latin America and/or the Caribbean that are performing public health work.

Nominations may be submitted at The full guidelines are also available at this URL.

The award consists of a cash prize, a certificate of honor, and a symbolic representation of the award. The awardee is invited to attend the annual meeting of the PAHO Directing Council and will be a guest of honor at PAHO/PAHEF’s awards program event in Washington, DC.

In 2010, The Peruvian League against Cancer won the award for its exceptional work in providing a range of screening and health services to combat cancer and save lives throughout Peru.

The Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service is part of the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program, a joint initiative of PAHO and PAHEF.

About Clarence H. Moore

Clarence H. Moore, an American, joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1947 as an administrative officer in Geneva, where he was instrumental in setting up the WHO regional office structure. He served as executive director and chief operating officer of PAHEF from its inception in 1968 until his death in 1988. For most of that time, Mr. Moore served as a volunteer, accepting no salary for his work at PAHEF.

ABOUT THE AWARDS: The PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health stimulate the growth of the next and rising generation of leaders working together to improve health and health care in the Americas. A jury of distinguished public health professionals reviews nominations and recommends a candidate for each award to the board of directors of the Foundation for final selection. The awards have the unique distinction of recognizing both established and emerging contributors to the field of public health within the Western Hemisphere. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the awards are recognized as a career-defining achievement that brings honor and recognition.

ABOUT PAHO: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was established in 1902 and is the world’s oldest public health organization. It works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the people of the Americas and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

ABOUT PAHEF: Founded in 1968, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) public charity that works with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other strategic partners in the Americas to mobilize resources and jointly address key health, education, and training priorities. With a deep knowledge of major health concerns and strong relationships with key stakeholders in the region, PAHEF builds successful partnerships and projects that advance health in the Americas.


Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.