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What if the real-time sharing and exchange of widely dispersed patient information could significantly lower medical costs and improve healthcare to millions of uninsured, impoverished people?
A coalition of hospitals unifies patient records with an exemplary solution that slashes costs, enables unprecedented collaboration and transforms specialty healthcare for rural Americans.
What was the situation?
After a devastating hurricane left 1.5 million poverty-line patients without healthcare facilities, a regional health sciences center instigated a partnership with 24 rural hospitals to improve access to specialty care across the region. The challenge, however, was significant: Because many of the region’s patients visited multiple medical facilities, medical histories were dispersed and fragmented. To realize the vision of providing remote patient evaluations via telemedicine, the center needed to link its member hospitals online and provide doctors with access to a single, aggregated view of a patient’s record—while keeping the original data in place and without risking security, privacy or confidentiality.
What makes it Smarter?
As more and more healthcare providers seek to improve care and cut costs, creating alliances with other facilities presents an attractive solution as long as doctors can readily share and access dispersed patient medical records. With the help of IBM Business Partner CareFX, this alliance of hospitals deployed an innovative web portal solution that aggregates patients’ medical information such as lab results, prescribed medications and allergy information from across heterogeneous hospital information systems into a single view, without moving any data from its native applications. The solution makes it possible for doctors and specialists to collaborate remotely, identify trends in a patient’s health, make better clinical decisions and see discharge notes from other caregivers so that proper treatments and follow-up care can be provided. The system has profoundly affected costs saving the hospitals millions of dollars associated with duplicated or unnecessary testing, imaging and laboratory investigation.
What were the real business results?
• Reduced duplicate testing by 93 percent at participating hospitals
• Shortened patient wait time to see specialists from weeks or months to 24 to 48 hours
• Saved significant costs associated with shorter hospital visits and reduced admissions
See the full story here: http://bit.ly/jg86Xy
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IBM and OsiSoft smarter energy solution allows Eledia to enable customers to monitor energy usage in near real-time, to control consumption and reduce their carbon footprint.
What was the situation?
Edelia has launched a scalable pilot program to improve household energy management using advanced technology. Edelia envisions helping consumers reduce their energy consumption and costs, as well as enabling power companies to optimize energy production and expenses. As a result, Edelia aims at becoming the leader in Energy Management Services for mass market consumers with this strategic project.
What makes it smarter?
With the help of IBM Business Partner OsiSoft, Edelia has developed a new, complex energy consumption monitoring and management solution that benefits both consumers and operators. They can now deliver near real-time reports to consumers, sending alerts and making recommendations to consumers about their consumption habits to enable them to reduce their energy consumption. With the permission of consumers, automation of remote control service of the consumption of electrical equipment (including heating) is possible.
What are the real business results?
• Enables operators to manage peak consumption with load management operations, reducing consumer energy usage,
helping optimize power distribution
• Enables operators to avoid the provision of more costly forms of energy, thus reducing greenhouse gases and providing
economic savings to their consumers
See the full story here: http://bit.ly/kMBIvE
Great achievement for our first specialty partner, VirtualAgility. They have been selected as a finalist in the inaugural New England CIO Innovation Awards. The award recognizes those New England CIOs who exemplify excellence in driving innovation within their organization through the use of technology. The awards will be presented to chief information officers in five New England organizations during the inaugural New England CIO Innovation Summit, a one-day June conference focused on innovative use of information technology.
Congratulations to VirtualAgility!
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Great opportunity for the Government ecosystem to learn more about the power of analytics.
The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) surveyed over 100 public sector leaders, from governmental organizations, non-profit, and non-government organizations worldwide to help organizations understand the opportunity to leverage the information explosion for better decisions and actions relevant to the public sector context. On May 17th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT, we will host a virtual event to review the study results and learn how other government leaders are using analytics to achieve and/or influence outcomes in their organizations.
Register here: http://events.unisfair.com/index.jsp?eid=556&seid=17847
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RuggedCom achieves fourth IBM SAFE (Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities) validated solution!
RuggedCom today announced their fourth SAFE validated solution with IBM: RuggedMAX. RuggedCom designs and manufactures Rugged communications equipment for harsh electrical and climatic environments.
SAFE is IBM’s standards-based industry software platform and business partner validation program that enables utility companies to operate more efficiently and accelerate the development of their smart utility solutions. A part of the IBM Smarter Planet strategy, the Solution Architecture for Energy and Utilities Framework (SAFE) brings the capabilities of IBM software to power solutions across all areas of a utility company, including plant operations, smart meters and personal utility management.
RuggedMAX, a high-performance, long range, secure family of products designed to extend IP networks over large distances to fixed and mobile users, joins RuggedSwitch, RuggedAir and RuggedServer in a quartet of IBM SAFE validated solutions.
The RuggedCom solutions integrated with IBM Tivoli Software are RuggedSwitch, Rugged Air and RuggedServer Smart Monitoring with Tivoli OMNIbus and Network Manager. It consists of event and alarm management, root-cause analysis, automated discovery, topology visualization and automated maintenance. Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus and Tivoli Network Manager monitor all events and alarms generated by RuggedCom devices in the communications network permitting quick root cause analysis of faults.
The joint RuggedCom and IBM proposition increases network performance and availability by comprehensive network management and real-time visualization of physical and logical connectivity. The principal benefit of this solution is enhanced monitoring and control capabilities for the electrical utility.
Congratulations RuggedCom on your fourth IBM SAFE validation!
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More great work between IBM and their partner ecosystem. I posted an earlier blog entry about Sametime and Government Partner UnifiedEdge going to the Superbowl. Today IBM will announce that Ft. Worth and Tarrant County will adopt the UnifiedEdge + IBM solution to allow police, firefighters, healthcare providers and officials to share radio communication, text messaging and files on the fly.
I had the opportunity to visit the Fort Worth Emergency Response Center a few months back. The team there graciously agreed to give us a tour and to show us how RadioConnect helped them to maintain situational awareness and to foster group communications.
Imagine needing to coordinate up to 40 different agencies (each with their own communications equipment and protocol) in the midst of an unfolding situation. City officials need to be briefed. Rescue may need to be dispatched. Water services, roads, hospitals, the power company all may play a role. Now imagine that you need to send information between these groups. Do you swap email addresses? Phone numbers? What happens when the shift changes and John Doe at Fire and Rescure has gone home for the night. Hwo is his replacement? And how do you reach them?
All good questions that you don't want to answer in an emergency.
For more on the IBM + UnifiedEdge announcement click here: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2011/05/tackling-change.html
For more on UnifiedEdge click here: http://www.unifiededgeinc.com/
CrossView offers Cross-channel commerce solutions for retailers. Being validated on the industry framework allows their customers to make quick deployments and demonstrates that CrossView understands the market in which their customers operate.