Smart Mirror Market – Influential Factors Determining the Trajectory of the Market.

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Albany, NY — (SBWIRE) — 02/21/2017 — Smart Mirror Market: Overview

Any highly functional mirror can be a smart mirror. Smart mirror technologies include self-dimming capability, as well as self-cleaning and self-repairing ability with the layers of different smart materials. Embedded electronics including cameras, displays and sensors are also the parts of smart mirror technologies as they help in converting a simple mirror into an electronic device. Smart mirrors can be used in various applications such as advertising, healthcare, consumer, and automotive. Digital smart mirrors are significantly gaining momentum due to various factors such as design/style, comfort/convenience and safety.

The focus on enhanced road safety drives the demand for incorporating new electronic functionalities to the automotive mirrors. Activated light sensors, and electrochromic self-dimming smart mirrors have significantly improved road safety by increasing response times as well as reducing driver fatigue.

However, through the use of other electronic functionalities such as integrated sensor systems, displays, touch capability, Wi-Fi connectivity, and GPS, the road safety can be further enhanced in a significant manner. Automotive smart mirror vendors are now focused on marketing mirrors having customizable capabilities.

Smart Mirror Market: Trends

Smart mirrors are also anticipated to have a potential market in retail and advertising sectors. The use of these mirrors is in trial stage in certain places such as in elevators, public restrooms, hotels or office lobbies, and so on. For instance, in January 2011, Clear Channel Airports (CCA) and Mirrus Corporation collaborated on a pilot program of deploying 150 smart mirrors with advertising displays in all restrooms at the Chicago O’Hare airport. Moreover, smart mirrors have the capability to increase sales in retail sector, mainly in dressing rooms. The combination of mirrors with RFID and display technology can be helpful in displaying vital information and user-specific suggestions hence increasing the sales.

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The smart digital mirrors are anticipated to gain a considerable market share in healthcare applications, in both residential and professional settings. Smart mirror technologies can improve patient care and compliance, thus reducing healthcare expenses in certain cases. Smart mirrors can deliver patient-specific information such as real-time human body statistics (heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure) and prescription reminders. The information which is provided by the camera in form of an image can be used for diagnostic purposes as well as for determining appropriate treatment.

Smart Mirror Market: Drivers

Growing investment in R&D activities on smart mirrors and new technology penetration are the major factors driving the smart mirror market globally. Various companies are coming up with smart mirror technologies with additional features further aiding the growth of global smart mirror market. For example, in November 2015, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation launched new smart mirrors in the fitting rooms of its flagship New York store. The mirror enables its customers at the store to tap for assistance for the items to try on.

Each clothing item brought in the fitting room is detected by the mirror through RFID chips, and it shows up a display about the garment details. In October 2015, Panasonic Corporation introduced ‘Interactive Mirror’, having multi-functional features which was anticipated to lure customers from retail, beauty as well as lifestyle industry. This mirror was capable of enhancing the lifestyle similar to a professional health or beauty advisor. In December 2014, Gentex Corporation launched its all new ‘Full Display Mirror’ which was an intelligent rear vision system that used an outside mounted camera and mirror-integrated video display for improving a vehicle’s rearward view.

Smart Mirror Market: Key Players

The key players in smart mirror market are Gentex Corporation, Magna International Inc., ACEP France SA, Panasonic Corporation, Seura Solutions, Samsung Electronics, Dension, Keonn Technologies, S.L. and Mirrus Corporation.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Meter Market Growth Opportunities, Driving Factors by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast Analysis to 2021

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Meter market analysis report speaks about the manufacturing process. The process is analysed thoroughly with four points Manufacturers, regional analysis, Segment by Type & Applications and the actual process of whole Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Meter industry.

A complete analysis of the competitive landscape of the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Meter Market is provided in the report. This section includes company profiles of market key players. The profiles include contact information, gross, capacity, product details of each firm, price, and cost of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Meter Industry are covered.

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Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. IAQ can be affected by gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), particulates, microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), or any mass or energy stressor that can induce adverse health conditions.

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TSI

E Instruments

Bacharach

3M

TESTO

FLUKE

Vaisala

Kanomax

Honeywell Analytics and many more

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Meter Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Meter Market Segment by Type, covers

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Household

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James G. Niven, Joseph J. Plumeri Elected Co-Chairs of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

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NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) announced that its board of directors has elected James G. Niven, former chair of Sotheby’s The America’s and a director of several nonprofit organizations, and Joseph J. Plumeri, senior advisor to Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. and vice chairman of First Data Corp., to be co-chairs of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA).

Founded in 1992 by former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA is the premier substance abuse and addiction research and action center to inform the American public and leaders about the costs and dangers of drug and alcohol addiction and abuse, and to identify effective actions that public officials, parents and other individuals and institutions can take to combat this scourge and treat its victims. Messrs. Niven and Plumeri succeed Jeffrey B. Lane who has been chair of CASA since 2012.

“This is a great day for CASA and for all those who work to combat drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in our nation,” said Califano and Lane in a joint statement. “These two new leaders bring a deep commitment to the nation’s battle against substance addiction and abuse and the experience and commitment to take CASA to a great new stage.”

Mr. Plumeri said, “It’s a pleasure to be co-chair of CASA with Jamie Niven. Together we will provide new leadership and vision to the organization. We intend to do all we can to get parents, public officials, schools and all Americans to recognize how serious the epidemic of drug addiction has become in our nation and take the actions needed to combat this scourge.”

Mr. Niven said, “I am delighted to serve as co-chair of CASA with Joe Plumeri. This is a special institution that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Drug addiction has reached epidemic levels and we will focus CASA on doing all it can to encourage public officials and all citizens to work to end this crisis.”

Mr. Plumeri has been on the CASA Board for 20 years. He has been chair & CEO of Willis Group Executives, and a leader of First Data and other global corporations. Before joining Willis, he was CEO of Citibank North America, chairman and CEO of Travelers Primerica Financial Services, vice chairman of the Travelers Group, and president and managing partner of Shearson Lehman Brothers. A generous philanthropist, Mr. Plumeri is involved with a wide number of nonprofit institutions. In 2015 Mr. Plumeri published his first book, a national best seller, The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success – by Putting Passion into Your Life and Work. In his book, Mr. Plumeri offers simple yet profound guidance on how to stay positive, motivate others, and achieve success in life and work. He has said, “I consider CASA among the causes closest to my heart.” During his years on the CASA board he has helped drive many of its initiatives and has said, “My commitment has become even stronger since the death of my son Chris, who struggled with addiction throughout his life. Now I have the time to act on that commitment and I intend to do that.”

Mr. Niven has been on the CASA board for four years. He attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, and the Lycée Jaccard in Lausanne, Switzerland. He graduated from Harvard College in 1967. Mr. Niven has strong ties to the nonprofit community and is currently on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies, and a trustee of The Museum of Modern Art (28 years), The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention (10 years) of which he is the chairman, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (38 years). He has also served on the Boards of Directors of The Central Park Conservancy, The Children’s Aid Society, The Neil A. McConnell Foundation, AMREF, The Parrish Art Museum and The National Center for Learning Disabilities. As an auctioneer at Sotheby’s, he volunteers his time at benefit auctions worldwide.

Founded as The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, CASA is the only national organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs and nicotine and to inform Americans of the costs of substance abuse and addiction and what they and public and private institutions can do to combat and treat this disease, eliminate the stigma of substance abuse and replace shame and despair with hope.

 

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Louisiana drug and dietary supplement maker ordered to cease operations due to federal violations

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SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert G. James for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals, a manufacturer and distributor of drugs and dietary supplements, and its owner, Anton S. Botha, requiring the business to immediately cease operations until it comes into compliance with federal laws.

The complaint, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, sought a permanent injunction against the company and its owners for unlawfully manufacturing and distributing unapproved new drugs, misbranded drugs, adulterated dietary supplements and misbranded dietary supplements. 

The company and its owner marketed their products online at www.ciliminerals.com, www.cilihealthstore.com and www.cil-ergy.com. They also sold their products through a retail location in Lafayette, Louisiana. 

“The FDA works with companies to ensure their processes comply with the public health requirements in our laws and regulations,” said Melinda Plaisier, FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “But when a company refuses to comply, we will take enforcement action.”

The FDA inspected Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals four times since 2012. During the inspections, the FDA found Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals was manufacturing and distributing misbranded and unapproved new drugs as well as misbranded and adulterated dietary supplements. The defendants marketed their products with claims that they could treat medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, bipolar disorder, brain injury and epilepsy. The FDA has not approved Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals’ drugs for any use.

During the inspection, FDA investigators also found numerous violations of the agency’s current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations for dietary supplements, including failing to establish specifications for dietary supplement components and failure to test or verify that components and finished products meet product specifications for identity, purity, strength or composition. Because the defendants failed to follow cGMP regulations, their dietary supplements are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

In May 2015, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals for similar violations.

The consent decree prohibits the company and its owner from marketing and distributing misbranded or unapproved new drugs and adulterated or misbranded dietary supplements. Before the company and its owners can resume operations, they must, among other things, recall and destroy their existing stock of drugs and dietary supplements, hire labeling and good manufacturing practices experts, and receive written permission from the FDA to resume operations. 

Pick and Pay Inc./Cili Minerals is based in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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Maryland is First State to Legislate New Life-Saving Requirements to Battle Opioid Epidemic

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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Safe Rx, a Colorado-based manufacturer and marketer of locking prescription vials used by pharmacies and veterinarians for dispensing opioids and other controlled substances, today announced its support for new Maryland legislation that will mandate the use of locking vials for dispensing of controlled substances by pharmacies in the state.  

The legislation, originally filed as SB 428 in the Maryland Senate, was sponsored by Senator Katherine Klausmeier, Chairman of the Joint Legislative Taskforce on Opioid Addiction.  The bill co-sponsors included an additional twenty senators and delegates from the General Assembly. 

Dr. Andrea Gielen, a renowned expert and Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, testified in support of the legislation.  In 2015, Dr. Gielen and others from the Bloomberg School published a landmark report on the opioid epidemic, co-signed by over 30 leading national opioid experts, that identified improved container security as a key solution to the drug abuse epidemic, after similar commentary from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration over the last several years.

“The drug abuse epidemic is robbing us of a generation of Marylanders, and locking vials will cut off the number one source for teen abuse,” said Senator Klausmeier.  “It’s another great tool for the toolbox to fix this epidemic,” she added.  

If passed by the legislature, the new regulations will represent the first material upgrade to the security of containers used for drug dispensing since 1970, when the Poison Prevention Packaging Act established the current child-resistant standards.  The legislation is supported by national and local interest groups, including the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association.  Additional in-state coalitions are expected to announce their support in the coming days. 

“The Maryland legislature should be applauded for taking this long overdue step,” said Milton Cohen, President & CEO of Safe Rx.  “For less than a $1.00 more per scrip, Maryland will prevent over 100,000 teens from initiating abuse and return over $1 billion to its state economy over the next ten years,” he added.  

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.  Prescription drugs are the number one gateway to heroin addiction and have become the most commonly abused substances among 12 and 13-year-olds, with pilfering from family medicine cabinets the number one source for teen abuse.  In Maryland, 69% of opioid abusers initiate between 12 – 25 years of age and 26% between 12 & 17, with stealing from family and friends the number 1 and number 5 sources for abuse, respectively.   

About Safe RxTM LPVs

Safe RxTM LPVs are physician-developed, child resistant certified locking vials that are tamper-evident and pilfer-resistant.  Designed for use in high volume dispensing, Safe RxTM LPVs are engineered for extremely low incremental fill time and easy workflow adaptation.  For more information visit www.safe-rx.com.

 

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SodaStream Recalls Carbonating Bottles Due to Injury Hazard

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Carbonating bottles

Hazard:  The bottles can burst under pressure, posing an injury hazard to the user or bystanders.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled carbonating bottles and contact SodaStream for a full refund.  

Consumer Contact: SodaStream USA toll-free at 866-272-9417 between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.sodastream.com and click on the recall at the top of the page or www.sodastreamvoluntaryrecall.com for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 51,000 (in addition, about 7,600 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves SodaStream one liter, blue tinted, plastic carbonating bottles. “SodaStream” and “Dishwasher safe” are printed on the recalled bottles. Only bottles with an expiration date of “4/2020” printed on the warning label are included in the recall. The recalled bottles have a blue cap and blue bottom base.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart and other stores and online at www.amazon.com and www.sodastream.com from February 2016 through January 2017 for about $15.  

Importer: SodaStream USA Inc., Mount Laurel, N.J.

Manufactured in:  Israel

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/62202r-eng.phpRecalled SodaStream carbonating bottles

This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

About U.S. CPSC:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

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Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
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Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

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Huntington Hospital named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 4th year in a row

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PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, Huntington Hospital announced that it has received the Healthgrades 2017 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™, for the 4th year in a row (2014-2017). The distinction makes Huntington Hospital among the top 1% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“We are tremendously proud to be recognized among America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for the fourth year in a row,” said Stephen A. Ralph, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital.  “For 125 years, our goal has been to provide excellent health care and compassionate service to each patient by bringing together outstanding physicians, caring nurses, professional staff and advanced technologies. This award is a tribute to every person who works to achieve that goal.”

From 2013 through 2015, patients treated in hospitals achieving Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ have on average a 26.1% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome. During this same period, if all other hospitals, as a group, had performed at the level of America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, on average 176,473 lives could potentially have been saved.

“Our analysis shows that there is tremendous variation in clinical outcomes across hospitals, so we commend the recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ for delivering exceptional quality care to their patients,” said Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “As consumers take a more active role in managing their own health, they can have confidence that hospitals that have achieved the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ stand above the rest.”

In January 2017, Huntington Hospital was recognized as a recipient of Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the 11th consecutive year in a row. In addition, Huntington Hospital was the only hospital in Los Angeles in 2016 to be named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and receive the Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

The 50 recipients of the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ are distinguished for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2017 study period (2013-2015), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures —as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About Huntington Hospital
Huntington Hospital, www.huntingtonhospital.org, is a 619-bed not-for-profit hospital in Pasadena, California.  We are named among the top hospitals in California and nationally ranked in two specialties by U.S. News and World Report. Learn more about us on Facebook www.facebook.com/huntingtonmemorialhospital and on Twitter @huntingtonnews.

 

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OneLegacy Eye Bank Enters Into Exclusive Agreement With Loma Linda Outpatient Surgery Center

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OneLegacy announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement to be the ocular tissue provider for Loma Linda Outpatient Surgery Center. OneLegacy is home to the only organ procurement organization and eye bank in Los Angeles that recovers, processes and distributes ocular tissue for transplant and research.

While OneLegacy currently recovers corneas from Loma Linda Medical Center, this agreement “means that we are able to assure that tissue recovered can be placed back into the community, helping local residents receive the gift of sight through a successful corneal transplant,” said Prasad Garimella, chief operating officer of OneLegacy and executive director of the OneLegacy Eye Bank.

A corneal transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces a portion of an impaired cornea (brought on by disease, injury, infection or any other causes) with a healthy donor cornea. Since 1961, more than 1.5 million people worldwide have had their sight restored through this procedure, yet millions of people around the world struggle to live with corneal blindness.

“The donor cornea is an amazing gift that can be used to replace a cornea that has been injured or diseased. Tissue donation makes corneal blindness a treatable condition,” said Garimella. “We have trained technicians who surgically retrieve the cornea and bring it to our eye bank where we carefully evaluate the tissue to ensure its optimal quality and then distribute it to a corneal surgeon who will transplant this tissue to his or her patient as soon as possible.”

The OneLegacy Eye Bank is accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America and regulated the by the FDA. It obtains, medically evaluates, processes, and distributes ocular tissue donated by caring individuals for use in corneal transplantation, research and education. By early spring OneLegacy plans to open a new and expanded eye bank in downtown Los Angeles.

The Loma Linda Outpatient Surgery Center is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals, and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California.

About OneLegacy

OneLegacy is the nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in seven counties in Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern. Serving more than 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers, and a diverse population of nearly 20 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ, eye and tissue recovery organization in the world. For more information, call OneLegacy at 800-786-4077 or visit onelegacy.org

New Technology Makes EMRs Easier, Searchable, More Secure

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“Currently, electronic medical records are incomplete and inaccessible, and systems for sharing them are inefficient and incompatible,” says Medal Chief Executive Officer Lonnie Kurlander. “Medal is easier to use, delivers higher quality data, and is more

HIMSS is the largest health IT conference in the world with over 50,000 participants. The connected care demonstration spanned multiple health information systems including OpenEMR, EMRDirect, and Epic.

According the the Office of the National Coordinator, roughly 30% of providers have no Health Information Exchange outside of faxing. Medal’s innovative technology “meets providers where they are.” Medal makes it easy to share data with its product “print to FHIR.” Medal software replaces existing fax-based workflows and streamlines health information sharing, creating opportunities to improve health care, reduce effort, and assist research. Medal also connects to existing health information systems such as EMRs and HIEs using FHIR — “Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources” — a quickly emerging standard for health information sharing.

Medal also unveiled their SMART on FHIR application, Search & Summary, which can be hosted in any FHIR-enabled EMR as a part of existing physician workflows. “Medal brings healthcare professionals into the modern age, providing a ‘Google-like’ search that recognizes clinical synonyms and medical terminology from a variety of health data formats, documents and systems,” explained Dr. Andrew McMurry, Medal’s co-founder and CTO. As an example, a search for “high blood pressure” will also return results for “hypertension” and “BP.”

Medal can extract data from any existing medical records system and makes it easy to find. Medal generates a HIPAA audit log for both senders and recipients. Optional high-security cloud hosting is available.

Lonnie Rae Kurlander, CEO of Medal, will present today on the current state of interoperability, existing barriers to and solutions. She will discuss security innovations for risk management such as Rateock, which limits the number of records that can be disclosed in data breaches. Ratelock was engineered with Dan Kaminsky, Medal’s head of security, and the American keyholder to a core part of the internet. Ratelock ensures that when breaches occur the number of records lost are limited.

“Currently, electronic medical records are incomplete and inaccessible, and systems for sharing them are inefficient and incompatible,” says Medal Chief Executive Officer Lonnie Kurlander. “Medal is easier to use, delivers higher quality data, and is more secure.”

About Medal
Medal is a health IT company founded in 2015, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. The company has raised $3.78M in seed funding to date.

About HIMSS Conference
The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 19–23, 2017 in Orlando, brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors, making it one of the largest healthcare IT conferences in the world.

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