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LiveData Signs Strategic Agreement with DSS, Inc. for Sales, Service of OR-Dashboard to Veterans Health Administration

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 9:15am
The Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 11, 2012--LiveData today announced a sales and support agreement with Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.) to sell, implement, and support OR-Dashboard throughout the Veterans Health Administration health care system. DSS, Inc. develops and supplies integrated enhancements to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs VistA system, and specializes in healthcare IT solutions that improve quality and productivity.

LiveData OR-Dashboard presents essential information about the patient and surgical case to the entire OR team on a large display in real-time. Vendor neutral and interoperable with any EHR system, OR-Dashboard integrates data from patient records, administrative systems, physiological monitors, and medical devices, and synchronizes the information with OR workflow. The arrangement will extend LiveData's reach in the important federal market, where the VA is modernizing healthcare facilities and adding new operating room technologies that foster patient safety and improve OR workflow.

"The country has always valued the contributions of its service members. There is no better way to show its commitment than to pursue continued excellence in the VHA health care system," said Mark Byers, President and CEO of DSS, Inc. "LiveData is an exemplary technology partner, and OR-Dashboard is an important patient safety addition to the VistA environment." To foster the adoption of open source in healthcare organizations, DSS, Inc. is a founder and leading supporter of a community-driven, collaboration environment Web site, www.vxVistA.org that acts as a forum for discussion and best practices among open source vxVistA and VistA EHR users internationally. All VA hospitals use the same documentation system (VistA), as well as the DSS, Inc. Integration Framework --with which OR-Dashboard will be connected to VistA.

"We have made significant inroads into the VA market, but it is a complicated network requiring expertise in both VA-specific administrative processes and IT requirements. Through its advocacy and development of VistA integrated solutions, DSS, Inc. is a perfect match for our requirements to deliver the LiveData patient safety solution to Veterans in the most efficient and effective manner," said LiveData CEO Jeff Robbins. "It's a perfect partnership, taking advantage of our respective core competencies, delivering a unique safety product assuredly to the market." The LiveData system reinforces consistent adherence to safety mandates, and helps reduce surgical errors and complications in several proven ways. The system includes Active Time Out® (ATO), a patent(s)-pending technology that provides key perioperative safety steps shown to significantly improve surgical outcomes, such as assuring that the surgical team confirms correct patient/procedure/site prior to first incision. ATO automatically records this safe surgical process and provides comprehensive follow-up reports for making and sustaining quality improvement. The LiveData system also includes dedicated features for ensuring compliance with Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Project (VASQIP), as well as critical CMS initiatives, such as the new Value-Based Purchasing Program.

About LiveData LiveData is a leading innovator in real-time data integration and display technology. The company’s solutions gather data from any number of sources, coordinate it with team workflow, and present it as meaningful information on easy-to-read, graphic displays. Leading medical institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, have selected LiveData OR-Dashboard to improve patient safety, team communication, and perioperative efficiency. Founded in 1991, LiveData is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Information is available at www.livedata.com.

About DSS DSS, Inc. is a Health Information Technology (HIT) software development and systems integration company that provides an open source Electronic Health Record (EHR), vxVistA, with extensions for behavioral health, radiology, oncology and dentistry, among other specialties. vxVistA is based on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ award-winning VistA system, which is proven to reduce costs and enhance the quality of patient care. For more than 20 years DSS, Inc. has specialized in healthcare IT solutions that improve quality and productivity. DSS is founder and supporter of a community-driven, collaboration environment, www.vxVistA.org, that acts as a forum for discussion and best practices among all VistA users. For more information on DSS, Inc., visit http://dssinc.com.

Patent(s)-pending, Active Time Out®, OR-Checkpoint ™ and OR-Dashboard™ are trademarks of LiveData. All other marks are the property of their respective owners, and are used for identification purposes only.

CONTACT: For LiveData Edward Bride, 413-442-7718 ebride@livedata.com KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SENIORS SURGERY TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS SOFTWARE TELECOMMUNICATIONS HEALTH HOSPITALS MEDICAL DEVICES OTHER HEALTH CONSUMER MANAGED CARE SOURCE: LiveData Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 09/11/2012 09:15 AM/DISC: 09/11/2012 09:15 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120911005155/

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