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Vertos Medical Among 12 Healthcare Companies to Achieve Finalist Status for Innovations in HealthcareSM ABBY Awards
--- 13th Annual Awards Event to be held September 28, 2011
Santa Ana, CA, August 25, 2011 - The Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization is pleased to announce that Vertos Medical has been named a Finalist for the 2011 ABBY Awards, which will be presented at the 13th Annual Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards Event, on September 28, 2011. The ABBY Awards honor companies, selected from throughout North America, which have developed ways to lower the cost of providing quality healthcare through their medical or information technologies, or innovative approaches to the delivery of healthcare.
Vertos Medical, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, developed the mild procedure, along with the proprietary interventional devices used in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), a condition diagnosed in over 12 million people in the U.S. each year. Clinical results of mild used to treat patients with moderate to severe LSS demonstrated significant improvement in mobility and significant reduction in pain. Vertos' goal is for mild to become the logical first approach for certain LSS patients, offering the benefits associated with a lumbar decompression surgical procedure, but with local anesthesia, a shorter operation time, and quicker recovery time.
Vertos is among 12 Finalists - three each in each of the four categories - that were selected by a committee composed of ABL Members who are C-level healthcare executives with deep domain knowledge in each of the Award areas. “In this, our 13th year of selecting Finalists for the ABBY Awards, the Committee was truly impressed with the caliber of all of the nominees, representing companies from throughout North America,” noted Mimi Grant, President of the ABL Organization. “Not only are they all innovative, they have convincingly demonstrated that they are currently in use in the United States, and have clinical and financial metrics that prove their product or service reduces the cost of providing quality care.”
Four ABBY Award Winners will be selected via secret ballot by the healthcare executives attending the September 28 Event, after viewing presentations made by the CEO representing each Finalist company. Attendance is open to ABL Members and their guests, as well as non-Member senior executives of healthcare providers and payers, health IT, medical technology, and services firms. Details about the Innovations in HealthcareSM Awards Event, to be held at the Marriott Hotel, in Long Beach, CA, can be found at http://www.abl.org/IIH.htm
Finalists in the “Healthcare Information and/or Telecommunications Technology – Consumer-Facing” category are:
Westbend, WI-based GrandCare Systems provides a telecommunications system that enables individuals to remain independent and at home by remotely assessing their activities of daily living and managing their chronic health conditions. It also offers virtual communication and visits with family and caregivers via two-way web conferencing, and stimulates brain activity and fitness with such activities. GrandCare Systems helps relieve individuals’ feelings of isolation and gives caregivers peace of mind.
Boulder Creek, CA’s HeartMath’s Revitalize You! Resilience Training program provides a video-based online course for organizations and consumers, teaching how to maximize heart-brain communication for increased physiological well-being and cognitive performance. Research has shown that the heart is a primary generator of body rhythms and powerfully influences brain processes that control the nervous system, cognitive function, and emotion.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s IDEAL LIFE is a multinational company that delivers secure, reliable remote health management solutions for individuals with chronic conditions on demand, to any location-accessible through major brands of cell phones, computers, and other devices. The FDA-approved products are wireless, easy-to-use, and affordable, with an open technology platform that supports customization and integration with existing information-based systems, including electronic medical records.
Finalists in the “Healthcare Information and/or Telecommunications Technology – Business-Facing” category are:
Houston, TX-based Blausen Medical Communications has developed and deployed the Blausen Human Atlas app for smartphones and tablets, utilizing its world’s-largest library of 3D medical animations. Doctors and nurses use the app, at the point of care, to explain often-complex medical concepts to patients. The app contains 300+ topics covering medical conditions and treatments, with easy-to-understand animation and narration. Clinicians report that using the Blausen app has resulted in better-informed, less-anxious, and more treatment-compliant patients and their families.
San Mateo, CA’s Extend Health, which operates the largest private Medicare-focused health insurance exchange in the U.S., developed its patent-pending call center solution, Complemax, to shorten average telephone hold times for its customers, while maximizing agent utilization. Using an innovative algorithm, Complemax matches the calling customer’s location and profile with an agent who holds appropriate credentials to provide service - i.e., state licensure, insurance company appointments, and certification to sell specific products in that region.
Irvine, CA’s PathCentral, Inc. offers a scalable web-based anatomic pathology laboratory information system that seamlessly integrates all of the critical components of a pathology practice's day-to-day operations into a single platform. PathCentral’s system quickly and inexpensively interfaces with hospital electronic medical records, doctors’ offices, and a wide range of laboratory instrumentation. It reduces costs through improvements in operating efficiencies and enhances patient safety using state-of the art specimen identification and tracking.
Finalists in the “Approaches to the Delivery of Healthcare” category are:
Aliso Viejo, CA-based CareMeridian’s continuum of post-acute care and rehabilitation options to people with life-altering injuries (i.e., brain, spinal cord) and medically complex illnesses, merges a skilled healthcare team with state-of-the-art technology in community-based settings. With over 1,400 admissions and discharges in recent years, CareMeridian has experienced successful outcomes in 96% of those cases, returning one-third of its short-term admissions directly home and another 40% to acute rehab environments for intense therapy prior to the ultimate discharge home. The company’s 44-day average length of stay is less than half of the benefit days that most patients have in their long-term care plan.
San Fernando, CA’s Partners in Care Foundation Institute for Change developed and disseminated the In-Home Palliative Care (IHPC) program in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, providing home visits to patients with serious chronic illnesses and an estimated life expectancy of one year. The IHPC significantly reduced ER visits (20% for those receiving the intervention vs. 33% of usual care patients), hospitalizations (36% vs. 59%), and hospital use by 4.36 days. Overall costs of care were 33% lower for those receiving the intervention, and the average cost per day was $117.50 lower ($95.30 vs. $212.80) than for the usual treatment group.
Dallas, TX-based Teladoc, Inc. provides access to U.S.-based, board-certified physicians, 24/7/365, via telephone or videoconferencing, for a variety of medical issues, offering an affordable and convenient alternative to using an ER or urgent care facility. Teladoc patients receive a response from a highly-qualified physician within an average of 22 minutes; the average consultation lasts 12 minutes and costs about $38. Teladoc’s solution reduces patients’ workplace absenteeism and presenteeism, and alleviates the strain on urgent care providers. The service is covered by many employers and healthcare plans in an effort to drive down their own healthcare costs.
Finalists in the Medical Device and OTC Innovations category are:
In addition to Vertos Medical:
Irvine, CA’s Cobalis Corporation’s PreHistin is intended to become the first-ever medication aimed specifically at rectifying imbalances in the immune system that trigger the over-production of allergy symptom-causing substances. By preventing or reducing the over-production of histamines before they are released, the need to block the symptom-causing effects of histamine is eliminated, as is the need to rely on antihistamines. In national clinical trials by leading allergists on over 2, 265 allergy sufferers, PreHistin was shown to be free of side effects such as drowsiness. It can also be safely used with any other medications.
Austin, TX-based Vermillion, Inc.’s OVA1 is the only FDA-cleared blood test intended to help physicians identify the likelihood of a woman’s ovarian mass being malignant prior to surgery, thus facilitating her referral to the most appropriate specialist (i.e., a gynecologic oncologist) for her initial surgery. Incorporating OVA1 into physicians preoperative assessment may also help reduce the number of second surgeries, therefore reducing overall healthcare costs.
The Semi-Finalists for the 2011 ABBY Awards were - in the HIT-Business category: BioStorage Technologies, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN); CareCloud (Miami, FL); eBridge Inc. (Tampa, FL); Happtique, Inc. (New York, NY); Informatics Corporation of America (Nashville, TN); Mitochon Systems (Newport Beach, CA); NaviNet (Boston, MA); NetChemistry (Newport Beach, CA); Quality Systems, Inc. (Irvine, CA); and Sajix Inc. (Pleasanton, CA). In the HIT-Consumer category: CaringBridge (Eagan, MN); Conceptus, Inc. (Mountain View, CA); Healthagen, LLC (Lakewood, CO); Pharos Innovations (Northfield, IL); and RememberItNow! (Orinda, CA). In the Medical Device and OTC Innovations category: Hartwell Medical (Carlsbad, CA); Lerner Medical Devices, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA); Masimo Corporation (Irvine, CA); SI-BONE, Inc. (San Jose, CA); Vertos Medical, Inc. (Aliso Viejo, CA); and VitalWear (South San Francisco, CA). And, in the Approach to the Delivery of Healthcare category: AccessOC (Laguna Hills, CA); Catholic Healthcare West + Blue Shield of California + Hill Physicians (Northern California); Forefront TeleCare, Inc. (Emeryville, CA); MediCall (Pleasanton, CA); Private Health Management (Los Angeles, CA); Satori World Medical, Inc. (San Diego, CA); and The Orthopedic Clinic Association (Phoenix, AZ).
Past ABBY Award Winners
Past ABBY Award nominees and winners have included companies that have made breakthroughs and transformative advances in medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, information technology, and electronic solutions, as well as organizations that have applied innovative systems and technology to providing care and coverage, decreasing the numbers of uninsured, and engaging healthcare consumers more actively in their care and health status. Specifically: A-Life Medical; Accuray, Inc.; Alameda County Medical Center; Aperio; BeWell Mobile Technology Inc.; Blue Shield of California; Care Level Management; Dakim, Inc.; Diversa Corporation; eHealth, Inc.; Epocrates Inc.; eV3, Inc.’s Neurovascular Division; FoxHollow Technologies, Inc.; Gen-Probe, Inc.; Health Allies; Health Hero Network, Inc.; I-Flow; IPC - The Hospitalist Company; InSight Health Services; InTouch Health; Kaiser Permanente's eHealth Initiatives; M*Modal, Inc.; Masimo Corporation; Memorial Health Services; Osmetech Molecular Diagnostics; Refractec; Santa Clara Family Health Plan; Silverado Senior Living Center; Specialists On Call; Sutter Health's eICU; Trizetto Group; Vocera Communications; VQ OrthoCare; and WorkWell Systems, Inc.
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