State battle on electronic records is latest in national trend

State battle on electronic records is latest in national trend
The action by the Public Records Board could limit the access of citizens and media outlets to information from some texts, emails, Facebook messages and other electronic methods that public employees might use to communicate about official actions.
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Reimagining Electronic Clinical Communication in the Post-Pager, Smartphone Era
Communication is the lifeblood of clinical medicine, yet most health care practitioners still use pagers, communication tools developed a half-century ago. Recently, there is increased interest in shifting to smartphone-based communication modalities.
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State to Use Digital Billboards Indicating Traffic Deaths

Ebony Baker says plans to use digital message boards across the state about traffic deaths is a good idea. “Just like the incident that happened with Tyree they need to raise more awareness.” A roadside memorial for Baker’s son 13-year-old Tyree King has grown to include a football, basketball and lots of stuffed animals since the night he was hit and killed three weeks ago. He was just a few doors away from his home. when investigators say 71 year old Charles Heard who was drunk hit King. Heard was just indicted on two counts of aggravated homicide Monday. The teen’s mom says everyone needs to be more responsible. “Everybody knows where they have had to much to drink and it has left a hole in everyone one of our hearts that our son is not around anymore their brother it really hurts families when you lose a kid like that.” Sgt. Richard Dixon of the Ohio State Patrol says many states have been using these billboards for years and hopefully seeing them will make a difference in our state. “It’s just a matter of getting the public educated letting them know that number. Letting the public know this is the total, a lot of drivers think it can’t happen to them maybe when they see that total they will say that’s a lot.” The video message boards aren’t suppose to start until July 2 but we found a roadside digital sign already up Tuesday on Interstate 70 mile marker 57. The sign flashed nearly 80 more traffic deaths this year so far in comparison to last year. Those statistics show traffic related deaths in Clark and Champaign counties has more than doubled this year so far. OSP says its because fewer people are wearing seat belts and more people are driving impaired. For Baker although it won’t bring her son, Tyree back anything that can save someone else’s life is worth trying. “People need to think before they get in a car and drink and drive.” Now OSP and ODOT hope these signs will help people do just that. Changing driver behavior and hopefully reverse the deadly traffic trend.

Ohio's big school districts using service centers to get more state cash

Ohio's big school districts using service centers to get more state cash
Ohio lawmakers created the forerunner to ESCs — county school boards — over a century ago to help professionalize the state's tiny, rural school districts — think one-room school houses. The ESCs were to provide “supervision,” expertise and training.
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Boards of Heritage and Legacy co-ops vote to merge
The boards of directors of Legacy Farmers and Heritage agricultural cooperatives have voted unanimously to approve a merger agreement of the two groups, just months after meeting to discuss the issue. The agreement will be explained to members during …
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Hollywood poet, University of Miami law professor Marzi Kaplan dies at 79
Kaplan also chaired the Florida Bar Journal and The Florida Bar News editorial boards, served on the boards of WPBT-Channel 2, the Miami Book Fair International and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Her essays were included in the Miami …
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State to Use Digital Billboards Indicating Traffic Deaths

State to Use Digital Billboards Indicating Traffic Deaths
Ebony Baker says plans to use digital message boards across the state about traffic deaths is a good idea. "Just like the incident that happened with Tyree they need to raise more awareness." A roadside memorial for Baker's son 13-year-old Tyree King …
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Group supporting Boehner draws ire of conservatives
Another radio, mail and digital ad campaign in June encouraged undecided Republicans to support the fast-track trade bill, a priority for Boehner, by portraying it as a conservative vote that would project American strength in the world. But it was an …
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Deadly statistics warn drivers traveling July 4 weekend
"Lately, we've seen a lot of Life Flight accidents, and we have had talks with the kids about behavior in the car, too, and how we should behave and drive," said Jill Lesiw. Digital message boards will display these messages all weekend long, plus from …
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State of Connecticut Selects eiPortal for Healthcare Integration from PilotFish for Meaningful Use Testing

MIDDLETOWN, CT (PRWEB) March 04, 2013

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, a provider of middleware solutions, announced today that the State of Connecticut has commenced implementation of the PilotFish eiPortal to support reporting requirements for Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing efforts.

The eiPortal, a cloud-based application, provides 24/7 access to all the implementation resources required to build an interface along with a fully automated, self-service, interface testing and validation facility that will be configured for reporting requirements.

Any common or standards-based message can be configured as an eiPortal service. Each service can be associated with a unique set of business rules, data quality checks and other validations. Once a service is configured, data exchange partners can submit messages electronically for automated review. Subsequently, a web-based UI displays immediate, detailed feedback. It also provides simulated responses (synchronous and asynchronous) to inbound messages, again without requiring human intervention or full test environments. Users can refine their interface and achieve conformance without involving their service provider.

“The State of Connecticut is really able to leverage the self-registration and automation capabilities of the eiPortal to perform Stage 1 Meaningful Use testing and HL7 format and content validation. This will enable all hospitals and practices in the State of Connecticut to build interfaces that will conform to healthcare interoperability standards,” said Neil Schappert, Executive Chairman of Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration. “Starting with HL7 immunization messages, the State will configure services for each Meaningful Use reporting requirement. As each organization that is looking for documentation for Stage 1 attestation for reporting meets these requirements, a certificate will be issued through the eiPortal’s automated process. The time savings for State employees will be considerable.”

The eiPortal greatly exceeds the basic Meaningful Use requirements of just capturing and verifying the electronic transmission of this data. It is also capable of certifying the conformance of these messages against national standards and internal processing requirements. This capability positions Connecticut to manage future-stage Meaningful Use testing, and to use the eiPortal as a pre-production, self-service on-boarding tool to greatly benefit Connecticut healthcare providers. The on-boarding tool will ready them to begin the move to full production for Stage 2 reporting.

“We are excited to partner with PilotFish for our Meaningful Use testing,” commented Mark Raymond, CIO for the State of Connecticut. “The eiPortal allows us to eliminate significant human intervention, while providing a higher level of service to our providers, than would otherwise have been possible.”

“States and organizations are spending millions of dollars working with different partners implementing the same message over and over again. It is a repetitive process that is intensely reliant on expensive human capital. The eiPortal provides a unique solution to automating this process. It frees up IT staffs not just in Government, but in Labs, at HIEs and Manufacturers or any entity that offers a standard set of interfaces, file formats or web services for consumption by many customers,” said Neil Schappert. “Meeting this critical need for the State of Connecticut for Meaningful Use certification is just one example. We are thrilled with the opportunity to help our home state be more efficient. We are also pleased to provide the state’s practices and hospitals with an online resource that lets them meet Meaningful Use requirements faster and with far less effort.”

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration is exhibiting at HiMSS13, March 4-6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, Booth #7941 – see live demos of the eiPortal and eiConsole for Healthcare (an IDE featuring a graphical Assembly Line for configuring interfaces).

About PilotFish

Founded in 2001 and based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology provides middleware software and services to enable the integration of disparate systems. The eiPortal for Healthcare Integration is distributed through Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII), a subsidiary of PilotFish Technology. Products are distributed directly to end users and through select channel partners.

Inquiries: Monika Vainius, Vice President, 860-632-9900 x303

ViewSonic Ships New Solid State Ultra-Portable, LED-Based DLP

Brea, CA (PRWEB) November 05, 2014

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, announces their latest solid state LED-based, DLP® projectors, the PLED-W600 and PLED-W800, are now shipping. These projectors are lightweight, bright, and come with an integrated MHL-enabled HDMI input allowing users to project directly from compatible mobile devices, as well as from wireless HDMI dongles such as Google’s Chromecast™ device. The palm-sized projectors deliver the best performance and value for business travelers, educators, and home entertainment where portability and performance are both required.

With both projectors weighing just less than two pounds; the PLED-W600 has a brightness of up to 600 ANSI lumens while the PLED-W800 has a brightness of up to 800 ANSI lumens providing superior brightness in an ultra-light form. The two projectors utilize the latest in solid state LED technology for more than 30,000 hours of operation time for a reliable visual experience. The projectors also feature WXGA resolution compatible with HD 1080p/i & 720p content, contrast levels of 120,000:1, and SuperColor™ technology for true-to-life images. Both projectors have 2X digital zoom and automatically adjust video source content to match 4:3, 16:9 or 16:10 viewing ratios for the perfect picture. The projectors feature the ViewSonic SonicMode sound system that provides three unique sound quality modes including Speech Mode for presentations, Entertainment Mode for gaming and videos, and Standard Mode for general all-purpose use. The PLED-600 integrates a single 2W speaker, while the PLED-W800 integrates two 2W speakers.

“From on-the-go business travelers and busy educators to home entertainment enthusiasts, streaming content from mobile devices to larger screens has never been easier or more affordable,” said Jeffrey Hsieh, senior manager of product management at ViewSonic Corp. “Streaming content from smartphones, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, and digital cameras, can be done with the user’s choice of wireless connectivity options for a flexible on-the-go visual solution.”

For additional connectivity, the PLED-W800 also features an SD card slot, USB reader port, and optional WiFi and Miracast compatibility for content streaming and wireless presentation options.

The PLED-W600 and PLED-W800 feature LED technology that is both mercury-free and lamp-free, offering a greener, maintenance-free projector solution. Through its LED light source, the projector provides a compact, yet vibrant visual display with a long operating life that helps lower the total cost of ownership.

The PLED-W600 and PLED-W800 projectors will be available in November 2014. The PLED-W600 will be available at an MSRP of $ 778.00(USD) and the PLED-W800 will be available at an MSRP of $ 920.00(USD).

To find more information about ViewSonic’s award-winning projectors, go to For more news and information about ViewSonic, visit or follow on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About ViewSonic

Founded in California in 1987, ViewSonic is a world leader and pioneer in desktop display technology. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic keeps the world connected with a diverse portfolio of display solutions, including smart displays, projectors, desktop displays, digital signage and touch devices. Continuing our heritage as a desktop technology leader, ViewSonic delivers the latest desktop virtualization and cloud computing products that change the way we compute, communicate and connect. To find out more about our products, visit

ViewSonic’s Finch Club offers resellers an opportunity to benefit from specialized product training and discounts. To sign up, please visit

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PointClickCare Receives Approval for ePrescribing and Medication Management from Ohio State Board of Pharmacy

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

PointClickCare, the most widely used electronic health record (EHR) platform for the long-term and post-acute care industries, today announced at the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) Annual Conference that it has formally received Approvable status from the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy for the use of its Integrated Medication Management system for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and electronic medication administration (eMAR) for Omnicare and PharMerica pharmacy systems.

PointClickCare’s CPOE and eMAR solutions support the integration to pharmacy dispensing systems through a bi-directional prescription data exchange, through use of national standards such as NCPDP and HL7 messaging.

“Enabling our Ohio-based customers to leverage this advancement in our technology is just the first step in this significant achievement,” comments Dave Wessinger, Chief Technology Officer with PointClickCare. “The State of Ohio continues to lead the field in bringing stringent requirements for technology providers and their solution delivery for the betterment of long-term care facilities, their residents, and business processes. We’re extremely pleased to have attained this approval and look forward to extending our Order Management solutions to all customers throughout the US.”

Long-term care facilities using PointClickCare’s eMAR and CPOE without ePrescribing will continue to benefit from features including two-factor authentication (also referred to as positive ID) through RFID, barcode, and mag cards at the point of order entry or medication administration. Telephone/verbal orders sent electronically to the pharmacy will require a wet-ink co-sign on a paper prescription generated at the facility for the prescriber until ePrescribing functionality is available.

About PointClickCare

PointClickCare is the most widely used Electronic Health Record (EHR) platform for the long-term care industry, proven to deliver staff satisfaction, business results, and improved outcomes. The combination of PointClickCare’s intuitive web-based software and value-driven implementation model enables long-term care providers of all sizes, from single independent homes to the largest multi-facility providers, to deliver a higher standard of health care while experiencing superior financial performance. Over 7,500 long-term care providers throughout North America, including 9 of the top 10 largest US chains, have chosen to trust their business to PointClickCare. For more information on PointClickCare’s proven Software-as-a-Service EHR platform, visit

HME Wireless Launches New Restaurant Paging App Suite for Mobile Devices; State of the Art Technology Redefines Restaurant Paging Systems

(PRWEB) May 10, 2013

In the highly competitive food service industry, restaurants are increasingly turning to high-tech tools to improve service and attract more customers. Once again, HME Wireless leads the way with its new Restaurant Paging App Suite. Designed for use with iOS and Android devices, these innovative tools give busy restaurants a complete guest, server, and table status system in one easy-to-use paging app suite.

“Mobile devices are being deployed across almost every industry today with no exception in hospitality,” says Russ Ford, VP of HME Wireless. “We are seeing tablets used to order food at the table, guests taking surveys and playing games on smart phones, digital menu boards and even entire POS systems running on mobile and cloud-based systems. Our new app suite gives restaurants a simple yet sophisticated tool for building sales and increasing guest satisfaction.”

The Restaurant Paging App Suite includes four separate solutions designed to help restaurant staff deliver a more enjoyable dining experience for guests while helping operators execute at an exceptionally high level at the same time:

    GuestCall enables staff to track wait times, page waiting guests or other needed staff members, as well as get detailed reporting on many aspects of restaurant operations.

    ServerCall keeps servers, kitchen staff and managers in constant communication for improved server efficiency.

    Push Button lets users page staff or managers with important updates to keep the restaurant running smoothly.

    TableScout allows staff to update table statuses instantly for faster and more efficient seating of guests.

“The app suite only needs one transmitter, the iStation, and works with all HME Wireless pagers for seamless integration with a restaurant’s current system,” adds Ford. “And you can download the whole suite or just the individual applications you need. At HME, we strive to help restaurants operate more efficiently and profitably, and our new app suite takes a giant step in that direction.”

For more information on the Restaurant Paging App Suite or on wireless paging systems, visit or call 1-866-611-4202.

About HME Wireless, Inc.

HME Wireless (formerly NTN Wireless) is an innovative technology company offering a complete line of on-site messaging solutions to improve efficiency and customer service for businesses worldwide. Restaurants, hospitals, church nurseries and retail stores are just a few that use our systems to increase sales, productivity and customer satisfaction. HME Wireless is a subsidiary of HM Electronics, Inc. To learn more, visit

The Old State Earns Website Design Award for Work with Dallas Arboretum

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 11, 2014

The Old State announced today that the full-service digital marketing website design agency was awarded the Best Cultural Digital Signage from the Digital Screenmedia Association. Company officials say the award was provided in recognition of The Old State’s installation of touch screen kiosks in the highly regarded new Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum. The educational kiosk project is one of the largest installs of its kind in the country – boasting some 980 interactive touch-screen games on over 120 outdoor screens. The Old State also recently designed and developed the Dallas Arboretum’s website.

“This is a bold new step for The Old State,” said Travis McElroy, Owner and CEO of The Old State. “We reached for the brass ring on this project and it really paid off.”

“Nothing like this has been done before on this scale that I know of,” says Ron LeonGuerrero, Director of Technology at The Old State. “Our entire team came together and did a superb job in a very short amount of time. I’m very proud of all of them.”

The award, coming on the heels of a Gold Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for Texas Christian University’s Admissions website, is the second commendation that the company has received this year.

With new clients such as Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, and Great Parks of Hamilton County in Ohio, The Old State is emerging as the go-to company for outdoor kiosk design, development, and installation.

About The Old State:

The state of your brand is our business. We build cohesive websites, beautiful branding and print collateral, powerful applications, and our own web-based products to make your business as visible and profitable as possible. We turn clutter into clarity, problems into solutions and ideas into reality.