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Emdeon expands clinical information exchange capabilities

BY Allison Cerra

NASHVILLE — A provider of healthcare revenue, payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions has expanded its technology-enabled solution that aims to improve business and clinical outcomes and care continuity.

Emdeon said the Emdeon Clinical Exchange integrates the company’s electronic prescription routing, lab orders and results exchange, care alerts, medication history, clinical messaging and ONC-certified EHR capabilities into a comprehensive SaaS-based platform. This collection of market-leading clinical components is designed to work with a customer’s existing systems and workflows, and therefore can help minimize financial risk by providing a relatively inexpensive alternative compared with higher cost capital-intensive solutions, Emdeon said.

"Physicians and hospitals that have the ability to electronically connect to labs, pharmacies and managed care companies are better positioned to provide patient-centric collaborative care," Emdeon EVP strategy and product management Miriam Paramore said. "Our enhanced platform for comprehensive clinical information exchange can provide our customers with an even stronger foundation of integrated health information that will support new and emerging healthcare delivery models for years to come."

Emdeon’s network currently reaches approximately 500,000 physicians, 81,000 dentists, 60,000 pharmacies, 5,000 hospitals, 1,200 payers and 300 labs.


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Survey: Consumers may get early start on holiday shopping due to economic outlook

BY Allison Cerra

AUSTIN, Texas — It seems that consumers’ outlook on the economy is influencing how they will shop this upcoming holiday season, according to a new survey.

Conducted by online coupon site RetailMeNot.com, the survey reviewed shopping attitudes and behaviors of consumers and found that only 3% of respondents felt that the economy is in "good shape," 70% of respondents have a dismal view on the economy and 1-in-4 are worried about future purchases. These findings may point to how consumers will shop for the remainder of the year, including this year’s holiday season, RetailMeNot.com said.

"Our most recent survey looked at how consumers plan to shop for the remainder of the year. We believe a lackluster economy combined with high demand for discounts while shopping will lead to more frequent and higher first-time use of coupons over time," said Kristen Remeza, editor-in-chief of RetailMeNot Insider.

The survey noted the following shopping behaviors for the upcoming holiday shopping period:

  • Nearly 4-out-of-10 of respondents (39%) start their holiday shopping before November. Additionally, women are more likely than men to start their shopping earlier than November (46% versus 31%);

  • Almost one-quarter of respondents (23%) said they start shopping in early November, 12% wait to start shopping until Black Friday/Cyber Monday and only 15% wait until after Cyber Monday to begin shopping;

  • 54% of respondents finish their holiday shopping sometime between Black Friday and when they actually give away the gift during the holidays.

  • Nearly 1-in-3 respondents (32%) said they are done with their holiday shopping by the end of Cyber Monday. What’s more, women were more likely than men to say they tend to finish their holiday shopping after Cyber Monday (58% versus 50%); and

  • 59% of consumers still prefer to do their holiday shopping in-store versus online (31%).

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Q.bel Foods adds whole grain crispy chocolate wafers to portfolio

BY Allison Cerra

NYACK, New York — Q.bel Foods has introduced its whole grain chocolate wafer bars.

Q.bel whole grain crispy chocolate wafers, which will launch next month, are available in five flavors, including: Double Dark 70% Cacao, Minty Mint 70% Cacao, Silky Dark 55% Cacao, Peanut Buttery 36% Cacao and Simply Milk 36% Cacao.

Q.bel whole grain crispy chocolate wafers have a suggested retail of $1.29 to $1.49 each.

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