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News from the intersection of healthcare, communications and technology. Mostly about us, occasionally other companies too.

The Case For and Against Hiring for MACRA

Uniphy Health co-founder and CMO Dr. Stuart Hochron is quoted extensively in this article discussing MACRA reporting requirements.

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Uniphy Health Introduces UH4: Healthcare’s First Real-time, Enterprise-Wide Collaboration Platform

UH4 Delivers Operational Efficiencies, Performance Insights and Superior Care Coordination on a Single, Mobile-first, Patient-centric Enterprise Platform

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Secure Communications Key in Recent Uniphy Health Mobile App Launch

Catholic Health Services adds Uniphy Health to their IT infrastructure to give clinicians better and more direct communication within the organization.

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Catholic Health Services Begins System-wide Rollout of Uniphy Health Collaboration App

Catholic Health Services of Long Island, a 1,928-bed, six-hospital health system, has tapped Uniphy Health for a physician communication and collaboration app that will be rolled out across the whole system.

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Predictions for the Future of Healthcare IT

Dr. Stuart Hochron, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Uniphy Health, shares his predictions for the future of healthcare IT. (Page 29 of The Journal of mHealth)

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Uniphy Health Recognized for Improved Care Team Communication and High Level of Interface Adoption

Company scores 7.8/9* in KLAS 2016 Secure Communication Report
Uniphy Health has been recognized for accomplishments in secure messaging by the healthcare research firm KLAS, which notes Uniphy Health’s “deeper interface adoption than other standard vendors,” and places the company “on the cusp of becoming a platform vendor,” capable of offering enterprise-wide solutions integrated with third-party systems.

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Alert system uses predictive analytics to combat sepsis

Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center, a 325-bed urban tertiary care facility, is implementing a sepsis alert system that constantly scans patients’ EHRs and leverages predictive analytics to determine which patients are septic or at risk for septic shock and alerts appropriate care team members. Called Sentinel, the system from Newark-based collaboration and communications vendor Uniphy Health tracks more than 70 clinical features in real-time, including body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, white blood cell count, medication lists, blood culture reports, diagnostic imaging, as well as clinician progress notes.

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For patients suffering from sepsis, it's a race against time

From HealthZette: Uniphy Health, of Newark, New Jersey, which specializes in mobile solutions for clinical settings, recently deployed a new platform for sepsis recognition at Jersey City Medical Center-RWJBarnabas Health, a 325-bed urban tertiary care center in Jersey City, New Jersey. While the new CDC directives focus on better training of personnel, Uniphy Health’s Sentinel solution for sepsis continually scans patients’ electronic health records (EHR) and draws on predictive analytics to assess which patients are septic and/or at risk for septic shock.

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Uniphy Health Caregiver tablet app (formerly known as Practice Unite) featured in Huffington Post

The role of the home health aide (HHA) is expanding – and that’s leading to better care as well as cost savings. According to this HuffPost article, in a pilot program in the Bronx, in which HHAs are using Uniphy Health’s Caregiver tablet app (previously known as Practice Unite), emergency room visits have declined substantially. The reason, according to Marki Flannery of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, is that the app allows HHAs to review prescribed medications with the patient, stay on top of doctor appointments and communicate with other members of the care team. So patients stay healthier and don’t need to rush to the ED every time something comes up. It’s real-world evidence of Uniphy Health’s credo: Working together works better.

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Practice Unite, Uniphy Health unite for clinical communications

Mobile clinical communications platform developer Practice Unite has merged with physician engagement startup Uniphy Health. The combined company, which is taking the Uniphy Health name, wants to be a “single pane of glass” for physicians, nurses, home care aides and patients to stay engaged with each other.

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Newark-based mobile health care solutions firm merging with Minnesota company

The merger will create a comprehensive communications and collaboration solutions provider. Its cloud-based platform will address those needs for midsized and large health care firms, including HIPAA-compliant mobile-based solutions.

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Merger of Practice Unite and Uniphy Health Creates Industry's First End-to-End Provider of Healthcare Communications and Collaboration Solutions

Merged company – called Uniphy Health – provides the powerful communications and collaboration Uniphy Care Platform™ that delivers dramatic ROI today and helps transition to value-based care for tomorrow.

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By utilizing Uniphy Health's Practice Unite secure texting mobile app, this hospital was able to make a significant dent in their noise levels, uplift patient satisfaction and immediately improve their HCAHPS scores:

"Currently licensed for up to 1,800 users, overall costs for the communications system total about $200,000, Pacek says, which includes 3,000 licenses so the system can expand the base of users as needed across the delivery system. The price, he acknowledges, was on the lower end compared with other vendors considered, "but it's a small company with smart people who can easily modify the system for us."

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Inspira Health Network reduced overhead pages from 150 a day to less than three a day-increasing its patient satisfaction scores-by utilizing our secure texting mobile app for clinicians:

"It was clear that we needed to reduce the number of overhead pages in our three main facilities. The problem was that our nurses had become dependent on this system to reach physicians. Uniphy Health, Futura Mobility and Pursuit Healthcare worked with our IT team to design an innovative solution that has allowed us to all but eliminate overhead paging. This made an immediate impact that is already showing up as increased HCAHPS scores."

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Uniphy named as physician engagement vendor in Gartner Market Guide for Clinical Communication and Collaboration

Clinical communication and collaboration systems are directed at clinicians to enhance care team effectiveness and the patient experience.

Inspira Health Network chose Uniphy Health's Practice Unite secure texting enabled mHealth app to eliminate the noise pollution of overhead paging systems:

"Working with Uniphy Health and Pursuit Healthcare Advisors, Inspira officials established a system whereby doctors and nurses could text each other securely through an app, or send a message to a colleague's extension that would trigger a callback. The auditable system not only helped reduce noise and improve communications in the three hospitals, but enabled better communications with the system's 150+ residents and medical offices."

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MedCityNews interviewed our CEO, Adam Turinas, on our participation in an Independence Care and Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute pilot study involving our mobile communications app for home health aides:

"Uniphy Health has developed a mobile communication app geared to home health aides serving vulnerable seniors. The idea is to provide more efficient coordinated care and urgent care for seniors to help them stay in their homes longer. Independence Care System is taking part in the pilot with Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute. ICS is a managed care system for 5,000 New Yorkers with multiple chronic conditions, such as late-stage ALS and multiple sclerosis...the goal of the pilot program is to reduce ER visits and avoidable hospitalization."

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Cleveland Clinic pilots Uniphy Health for improved communication and collaboration among all care providers

Innovative technology provides a “virtual physician lounge” to improve provider engagement, satisfaction, and collaboration regardless of employment status or geographic location.

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Adam Turinas, Uniphy Health’s CEO and Co-founder, discusses the future of mobile clinical communication:

“When you look across the market right now, the primary buyers for mobile communications solutions are the CIOs, the IT teams for the various healthcare organizations. They default to secure text, so there’s lots of RFPs out there for secure texting solutions. But as they get into it, they immediately see that there’s a lot more that we could be doing with this mobile application. If we’re going to go to the trouble of deploying a secure text solution, let’s address a range of use cases. It might be about improving different workflows. It might be about making it easier to find a physician on call. It might be escalation or delivering clinical data. The market has evolved from being a point solution for secure texting to becoming platforms for delivering all kinds of different solutions.”

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Tom Sullivan, Executive Editor of HIMSS Media weighs the pros and cons of the many roads healthcare can take to achieve interoperability. At one point, he describes a new breed of healthcare technology platforms:

“If you picture the EHR as one piece of a software stack, rather than the entire application, these technologies are a layer of abstraction above the EHR and essentially reach down to get that data. ‘That’s what clinicians want. They don’t care about interoperability,’ said Stuart Hochron, MD, chief medical officer at mobile collaboration platform maker Uniphy Health. ‘They want the information.’”

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Uniphy Health’s chief medical officer and co-founder Stuart M. Hochron, MD, JD, discusses the potential impact of FHIR on mHealth

“Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is blazing a path to interoperability…FHIR (pronounced “fire”) is new generation standard developed by Health Level Seven International (HL7) as a platform for simultaneously accessing data from different healthcare systems, regardless of how data is stored. It will allow public Application Program Interfaces (APIs) to access data that resides on all types of systems (EHRs, etc.) in a format that mobile app developers will easily use to combine and represent clinical information in user-friendly ways.”

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Uniphy Health’s chief medical officer and co-founder Stuart M. Hochron, MD, JD, is interviewed on the future of mHealth

“Q. What’s the one promise of mHealth that will drive the most adoption over the coming year. A. Adoption of mHealth, like adoption of all mobile technology, is related to how much value the technology adds and how easy it is to use…”

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25 Years Of Health IT: Highs & Lows

“Despite the promise of population health management, hospitals and physicians in large areas of the country remain dependent on the fee-for-service payment model,” said Dr. Stuart Hochron, a physician, lawyer, and founder of HIPAA compliance app Practice Unite. “A lack of clarity on the timing and precise nature of population health reimbursement has delayed the development of solutions that will be needed within the next few years.”

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Uniphy Health unveils patient app, allowing patients to communicate with physicians and care coordinators through the use of an industry’s first single, secure, real-time platform

“Uniphy Health is the first company to offer healthcare organizations a single HIPAA-compliant platform that allows communication not only between clinicians but also directly between clinicians, care coordinator, home care aides and their patients through the use of customized apps on their smartphone.”

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Hunterdon Healthcare selects Uniphy Health for customizable, single communications platform and exceptional service & support

“Hunterdon Healthcare, which treats 8,600 inpatients annually, with 33,000 Emergency Department visits and over 292,000 outpatient visits per year, will use Uniphy Health's Practice Unite app for its staff to communicate in a secure manner in order to streamline internal communications, improve physician response times, and increase time with patients.”

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AVIA selects Uniphy Health to help healthcare organizations collaborate

Innovative technology designed to enhance how healthcare systems and providers connect and collaborate.

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Uniphy Health recognized by Gartner in healthcare IT hype cycle

Innovative technology enhances how healthcare systems and providers connect and collaborate

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HES launches Uniphy Care Platform to enhance communication and collaboration

New tool helps care providers connect and collaborate; improve patient care.

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secure messaging mobile healthcare app Practice Unite saved hospital $2 million Healthcare IT News Messaging app saves hospital $2M “The application feels like it is designed specifically for our nurses and physicians.”

“At a time when hospital officials around the country are looking for proof that mHealth-based communication tools will help them save money, officials at LibertyHealth’s Jersey City Medical Center are offering hard figures. The 300-bed hospital, which implemented the Uniphy Health Practice Unite smartphone messaging app roughly one year ago to improve clinical communications, recently reported that the program has saved at least $2 million.”

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Customized mobile health platform acts like a “Swiss Army knife of apps” for hospital communication

“In addition to outpatient care, the makers view the platform as an effective way to communicate with caregivers in post acute care facilities such as nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities. One goal is to reduce unnecessary re-admissions by catching potential problems early or avoiding the need to go to the hospital altogether. For example, caregivers could transmit an image of a rash to a physician to ascertain whether it is serious enough for an in-person trip to the hospital.”

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How a N.J. Medical Center Has Saved Millions With mHealth Technology

“Going beyond secure texting to help healthcare organizations make major efficiency improvements using practical, customized mobile applications, Practice Unite provides a platform for communication and collaboration that connects care teams and their patients…Since implementation of Uniphy Health's Practice Unite application, the results have certainly been there. After about a year of using the technology, Jersey City Medical Center officials believe that the app has saved the organization at least $2 million in three key areas.”

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Uniphy Health saves hospital millions LibertyHealth Says ‘Practice Unite’ Application Saving It Millions

“Referral leakage, meaning that a patient would have to be referred outside the hospital but is now being referred to a physician inside LibertyHealth, is reduced as well. Stopping this kind of referral leakage is saving the hospital as much as $120,000 per active physician. The best part of all is that the application has seen user high user satisfaction marks.”

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Dr. Stuart Hochron & Uniphy Health: Improving hospital communications

“Uniphy Health's Practice Unite differs from other secure messaging systems in three major ways. Perhaps the key differentiator is physician adoption. Physicians adopt the app because it provides solutions to their professional needs, and because they receive personalized user support. Adoption of the app among key hospital physicians, those who are responsible for ninety-percent of care in a hospital, is between 80-99 percent.“

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Spotlight on NJ Tech Startups: Adam Turinas and Stuart Hochron of Uniphy Health

“We have very high adoption rates because it is very doctor-friendly. After they download it, the app has a 93 percent to 97 percent open rate among doctors and nurses who are using it.”

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“… Uniphy Health's Practice Unite product allows doctors, nurses and administrators to securely communicate with one another through whatever devices they choose—

… By allowing the hospital IT departments to easily wipe clean any patient information or hospital data from any device that has been authenticated and approved for use in the network, medical staff can securely share information with one another without worrying about any negative impact on the personal information also stored on the device.”

“Uniphy Health's Practice Unite app overshadows text message-based communication platforms

because it allows for instant and encrypted communication with specific people or groups, enabling physicians to seek and respond to referrals or consults, as well as search within the network for specialists and make outpatient procedure requests.”

“Other hospitals may need BYOD devices to perform other functions, having the ability to customize to both the hospitals’ and users’ needs, without having to re-credential new systems in order to add functionality, is helpful.”

“JCMC President and CEO Joseph F. Scott said Uniphy Health addresses two of the most critical issues in U.S. healthcare: improving communication from hospitals to doctors and having secure, timely communication between doctors. He added that he expects administrators from other hospitals to be contacting him about the effectiveness of the service. Rabson said hospital staff members are being trained in how to use Uniphy Health's Practice Unite in a secure manner. ‘I wish we had this system in place during Hurricane Sandy, when we needed to communicate quickly among physicians and the hospital administration,’ Rabson said.”