Google Health Begins Its Preseason at Cleveland Clinic

February 24, 2008

For 18 months, Google has been working to come up with a product offering and a strategy in the promising field of consumer health information. Until now, the search giant hasn’t had anything to show for its labors other than bumps along the way — delays and a management change.

But on Thursday, Google’s technology for personal health records, which is still in development, is getting a big endorsement from the Cleveland Clinic. The big medical center is beginning a pilot project to link the health information for some of its patients with Google personal health records.

Cleveland Clinic is at the cutting edge of health information technology, and its more than 100,000 patients each has a personal health record. But a sizable portion of those patients are retirees, notes Dr. C. Martin Harris, the clinic’s chief information officer. Many of them, he said, spend about five months elsewhere, typically in Florida or Arizona, and the clinic’s sophisticated electronic health records don’t follow them there.

“It forces the patient to become his or her own medical historian,” Dr. Harris said.

The Google personal health record, he said, is a solution to that problem, among others. A person can approve the transfer of information on, say, medical conditions, allergies, medications and laboratory results from the clinic’s computers to a Google personal health record — a series of secure Web pages.

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CHARTCARE and Barrie FHT Sign Largest Electronic Medical Records Contract in Canadian History

February 13, 2008

CHARTCARE, Inc.
Februar 12, 2008

NEW YORK, NY — CHARTCARE, Inc. of New York announces that it has been selected by the Barrie and Community Family Health Team in Barrie, Ontario, Canada to implement their OntarioMD approved Clinical Management Solution (CMS).

CHARTCARE will implement its Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Practice Management Applications (PMA) solution to 60 physicians and numerous additional healthcare providers at 35 different locations within the Barrie area starting next month.

Each practice will maintain their individual billing environments but share all other common elements such as patient scheduling, patient recalls, Electronic Medical Records, lab and medication data. Almost 350 workstations will connect securely through the province’s Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA).

“We are a diverse group of family physicians who were in agreement about networking and combining our patients into one server/database for EMR”, said Dr. Anne DuVall, lead physician for Barrie and Community FHT. “We have followed a long and diligent selection process. In addition to CHARTCARE’s ability to accommodate the many styles of physician workflow within our team, it was important for us to choose a vendor that we felt confident could institute a project of this magnitude”.

“This is a proven deployment of a single patient record across many locations, with a powerful security model”, stated Dennis Niebergal, president & CEO of CHARTCARE. “As with previous negotiations in Ontario, we have appreciated the involvement of Barrie’s OntarioMD advisors as a project management resource. Their expert advice helped eliminate confusion and reduced deficiencies ensuring a more successful implementation and better end result”.

CHARTCARE’s advantage is that our Trusted, Proven and Reliable solution supports physicians’ workflow and can be tailored to meet individual physician needs. It helps enhance patient care, improves patient safety and drives both physician and staff productivity.

About CHARTCARE
CHARTCARE, Inc. (www.chartcare.com) has specialized in software development for the ambulatory physician market since 1984. CHARTCARE’s parent company, CLINICARE Corporation is Canada’s leading provider of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Practice Management Applications (PMA). CHARTCARE’s EMR has been rated as one of the Top 2 EMRs in North America for the past 5 consecutive years by the prestigious IT consulting firm – KLAS Enterprises. CLINICARE has also been recognized in recent years by the Canadian Health Informatics Association by being bestowed the “Company of the Year”, “Corporate Citizen of the Year” and “Healthcare Transformation of the Year” Awards. CLINICARE is the only vendor to have received this recognition. CLINICARE is also one of the successful proponents to British Columbia’s Physician Information Technology Office (PITO) initiative. CHARTCARE has branch offices in the United States and Canada, with its Head Office in New York, NY.

 This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including those that may be related to revenue and net income that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are volume and timing of systems sales and installations; length of sales cycles and installation process; the possibility that the products will not achieve market acceptance; seasonal patterns of sales and customer buying behavior; the development by competitors of new or superior technologies; delays in product development; undetected errors or bugs in software; product liability; changing economic, political or regulatory influences in the health-care industry; changes in product-pricing policies; competitive pressures; general economic conditions.


The ArtiSynth Project

February 10, 2008

CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) Computer Simulation is a powerful tool used by many computer scientists and engineers to simulate complicated physical systems and design new technologies. This powerful technique is currently employed by the UBC Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Center (MAGIC) in their ArtiSynth Project.

ArtiSynth is a 3D Biomechanical Modeling Toolkit that allows computer scientists, engineers and even regular doctors to make complicated mathematical predictions of the human body. By combining rigid-body skeletal components as well as 3D finite element soft-body objects, the program allows its users to model the complex biomechanical interactions that occurs between the rigid bones and the soft muscles of the human body.

Though it is still in its development phase, ArtiSynth is already used in many medical research projects including the OPAL Project.

Using ArtiSynth, researchers have constructed a 3D computer model of the human pharyngeal and laryngeal complex. This model can be used to measure internal forces and neuromotor activation levels of the muscles around the oralpharangeal area and determine the effects of muscle damage and paralysis (due to surgery or stroke) on swallowing and speech.

The ArtiSynth Project
http://www.magic.ubc.ca/artisynth/pmwiki.php?n=Main.HomePage
OPAL Project
http://www.magic.ubc.ca/artisynth/pmwiki.php?n=OPAL.HomePage