15 new technologies on display at HIMSS

More than 1,000 health IT vendors will showcase their technology solutions at the HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition, the largest event in the health IT industry, in Chicago from April 12-16.

Here are 15 new technologies on display at HIMSS.

1. ONYX Fanless Mobile EHR/Telemedicine Solution from ONYX Healthcare: Taiwan-based ONYX will launch its new desktop computer cart at HIMSS, which includes a fanless computer with dual hot swappable batteries and a non-battery cart. The computer can run indefinitely anywhere in a hospital with no downtime, and is telemedicine-enabled. Its keyboard and mouse are safe to be washed for sanitation as well.

2. Auditor's Desktop from Iatric Systems: Launched early this year, the Boxford, Mass.-based company's new addition to its Security Audit Manager platform uses advanced analytics to reduce false positives, track user/patient audit history and prioritizes the most probable cases of inappropriate access.

3. CareTRx for Inhalers from Gecko Health Innovations: The Cambridge, Mass.-based company will demonstrate its new technology for inhalers at HIMSS. The CareTRx solution is a combination of sensors, apps and cloud computing — sensors attach to maintenance and rescue inhalers, glows at the time of scheduled use and transmits use data to the cloud server so physicians and patients can track compliance.

4. Clinical Language Encoder SaaS from Progeny Systems: Officially launched April 1, the Manassas, Va.-based company's new software-as-a-service product is designed to extract relevant clinical information from free text to produce SNOMED, ICD-9, ICD-10 and RxNorm medical codes and clinical concepts. The platform also includes a clinical decision support application to drive an analytics function.

5. Downtimes Workstation Medical Grade Red Keyboard from Man & Machine: A simpler technology than some, the Landover, Md.-based company's keyboard is what it says: a red keyboard that indicates which computer terminals are available during downtime. It is a bright color to allow staff to easily identify which workstation is available instead of wasting time looking for a little red sticker or by logging into the terminal only to find it disconnected.

6. Echo from CipherHealth: Although it officially launched in May 2014, the New York City-based company will display the technology alongside its Orchid digital rounding tool at HIMSS. Echo is a secure discharge instruction recording platform, giving patients the opportunity to listen to care information when they are better able to comprehend and act on them. Echo integrates with CipherHealth's discharge follow-up program Voice.

7. Fluence from UPMC — Fluence Health: The Pittsburgh-based company is a subsidiary of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a first-time exhibitor at HIMSS. Fluence, its flagship product, is designed to connect clinical applications white maintaining patient context. The interoperability platform streamlines workflows, helping physicians to stay on a single patient's medical record while accessing all the applications he or she needs to provide care for a patient. The software will officially launch April 12.

8. Imprivata Confirm ID from Imprivata: The authentication company based in Lexington, Mass., will demonstrate its Confirm ID software at HIMSS. The program uses biometric signatures to confirm electronic prescriptions of controlled substances, allowing for added security and reducing risk of fraud through paper-based prescriptions. The software officially launched in January.

9. OncoPeer cloud community from Varian Medical Systems: The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company will demo its OncoPeer cloud community platform. The online community allows Varian customers to publish knowledge, share data, exchange treatment techniques and discuss best practices while networking with other oncology professionals. It is available to all Vairan customers in certain geographies.

10. Orion Health ANALYTICS from Orion Health: The Santa Monica, Calif.-based population health company is introducing a batch of new products on its OPEN PLATFORM at HIMSS, including a new analytics platform. Users can search for patients with chronic conditions, access pre-defined reports or do their own customized searches. The platform, which also includes coordination and engagement tools, integrates analytics with clinical and claims data.

11. PatientPoint Exam Room Tablet from PatientPoint: A new patient engagement platform from Cincinnati, Ohio-based PatientPoint, the Exam Room Tablet connects patients in the exam room with health education through health information about chronic conditions, videos, animations, articles, anatomicals, quizzes and more. It also includes information about patient support programs and sends emails to patients to continue the learning after the exam room.

12. Pulse O2 – Activity tracker from Withings: An activity tracking fitness device, the Cambridge, Mass.-based company offers the Pulse O2 activity tracker for patients to monitor their daily activities as well as sleep, heart rate, blood oxygen level. The device also has a two week battery life and a full touch screen with data browsing history. The tracker launched in June 2014.

13. The Electronic Whiteboard from The Electronic Whiteboard: To engage patients, the Winston Salem, N.C.-based company offers tools to include them in the documentation process. The Electronic Whiteboard, its flagship product, is a suite of visual and communication tools that integrate with existing registration, scheduling and clinical systems to streamline workflows and increase productivity. It is designed to promote rapid implementation and adoption.

14. ToxFusion from Camino Information Services: The Houston-based company launched its flagship product, ToxFusion, in March. The software includes a fully customizable lab order entry system exclusively for toxicology labs. It is HIPAA-compliant, secure, electronic data interchange compatible and interfaces with EHRs.

15. Visual Practice from Medicast: The Mountain View, Calif.-based company launched its mobile scheduling software last November. The software allows remote clinicians to handle scheduling and provides mobile point of care tools and easy-to-use charting optimized for a home care setting that is also integrated into the practice's EHR.

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