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Interoperability solution delivers CCD via innovative 'EHR-lite' app, enabling Pennsylvania health system to better connect patients and providers throughout its community

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 6:46am
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 14, 2012-- dbMotion, an innovative provider of connected healthcare solutions, released information today about how its semantic interoperability platform delivers continuity of care documents (CCD) as a vital component of a ground-breaking iPad(R) application developed by Heritage Valley Health System.

Heritage Valley, a progressive community-based healthcare organization located in southwestern Pennsylvania, developed the iPad application iCAP (internet Clinical Access Portal) to better equip providers across its extensive network with comprehensive information about patients they serve. The dbMotion(TM) Solution organizes and harmonizes data captured and stored in disparate health information technologies. It delivers the CCD to Heritage Valley providers so it can be used in a meaningful way.

In addition to making the app available within the health system, Heritage Valley is expanding its mobile access strategy to ClinicalConnect, the region's first health information exchange. The HIE, composed of eight community health systems and UPMC, is being implemented over the next two years, beginning with a pilot program at Heritage Valley.

Apple's iPad device is rapidly becoming the mobile technology of choice for healthcare providers. Thirty percent of US physicians owned an iPad in May 2011 (just over a year after it was launched), according to a survey of more than 2,000 doctors released by Manhattan Research, and an additional 28 percent planned to purchase one within the following six months.

"Physicians have embraced the iPad technology-not only in their personal lives, but in professional settings as well," says David Carleton, vice president and chief information officer of Heritage Valley. "It is portable and easy to use, and allows clinicians to access information when and where they need it. Our application, developed with the support of Athena Advanced Technologies, Inc. is designed to enhance medical decision making, while improving access and quality of care. It's an exciting step into the future." The Heritage Valley iPad application was introduced in March 2011 and is being used by more than 250 of the health system's providers. The solution is used at every point of the continuum of care including physician offices, clinics, long-term care and hospitals. Whether at home or traveling, physicians have 15+ years of historic and real-time data available for clinical decision making and patient care.

"Heritage Valley has long been at the forefront of quality healthcare delivery," notes Peter McClennen, president of dbMotion North America, "and we are delighted that the dbMotion platform is playing such an integral role in making this visionary advancement a reality. Superior care is dependent upon access to superior information. The Heritage Valley iPad application is a creative and practical solution to this challenge." Carleton and other members of the Heritage Valley leadership team will be present at dbMotion's booth at HIMSS 2012 (booth ?4219) to demonstrate and discuss its use of the iPad application.

ABOUT dbMOTION dbMotion(TM) provides an innovative connected healthcare solution that integrates patient information from disparate health information technologies and delivers it to clinicians at the point of care.

Harmonizing health information across the enterprise and throughout the community, the dbMotion interoperability solution semantically organizes volumes of data, enabling providers to easily access and manage information within familiar workflows. The dbMotion solution bridges clinical settings to facilitate seamless transitions of care and nurture referral relationships. Built on an SOA platform, dbMotion combines health data to present a 360-degree view of the patient's health status to facilitate better care and disease management, and to prepare organizations for healthcare reform. This robust solution has been implemented in the world's most demanding healthcare IT environments since 2001. For more information about dbMotion, visit www.dbmotion.com.

About Heritage Valley Health System Heritage Valley Health System is a $450+ million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with more than 425 physicians and 4,100 employees, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver; in 72 physician offices; and 14 community satellite facilities. For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.

CONTACT: dbMotion Marty McKenna, 412-802-2244 Marty.McKenna@dbMotion.com or Dodge Communications Lawrence Hahn, 770-576-2562 lhahn@dodgecommunications.com KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA PENNSYLVANIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY DATA MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE PRACTICE MANAGEMENT HEALTH HOSPITALS MOBILE/WIRELESS SOURCE: dbMotion Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 02/14/2012 11:32 AM/DISC: 02/14/2012 11:32 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120214006326/

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