Equicare Health adds support for interoperability with Varian’s ARIA 15.1

Vancouver, CANADA, July 27, 2017Equicare Health Inc., the leading supplier of comprehensive care coordination solutions, extends support for Varian’s latest release of ARIA – version 15.1.

“The underlying security model in ARIA has fundamentally changed, and we’ve updated Equicare to support these new requirements,” says Malcolm Wright, VP of Product Management at Equicare Heath. “This update ensures that customers can continue to use Equicare with current as well as prior versions of ARIA. It also demonstrates our continued commitment to support interoperability with all oncology system vendors.”

Equicare has been a primary provider of its comprehensive care coordination system (ECS) and patient portal (APP) to oncology centers worldwide. Through an established reseller agreement, Equicare has been providing additional capability, resources, and support to enhance Varian’s care solutions. Equicare and Varian continue to work together to provide the highest level of integration to their customers.

ECS and APP support real-time integration with multiple Oncology Information Systems (OIS) including Elekta’s MOSAIQ and Varian’s ARIA. This integration allows customers to consolidate up-to-date, structured data for patients. Customers can range community cancer centers to large academic institutes as well as multi-site enterprises running a variety of systems.

This latest release adds support for ARIA version 15.1, with security enhancements that better protect patient data and simplify provider authentication using Active Directory.

About Equicare Health
Equicare Health is the industry’s leading provider of comprehensive care coordination and patient navigation solutions. Equicare’s flagship solution EQUICARE CS™ (ECS) is a multi-facility web-based software tool, which enables cancer centers to influence clinical outcomes for patients, optimize revenue streams, and increase operational efficiency. ECS facilities Patient engagement through patient reported outcomes, patient navigation, and survivorship care. The software provides other clinical tools (including MDT, Clinical trials, education material, and patient engagement) as well as an administrative suite of worklists and reports for managing adherence to accreditation standards (including Meaningful Use, Commission on Cancer (CoC), NAPBC, QUOPI, OCM). To learn more, please visit www.equicarehealth.com.

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MACRA rule adds EHR flexibility, pushes back mandate for 2015 editions

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday delivered a 2018 MACRA proposed rule that would add more flexibility to the health IT mandates associated with the law.

The proposal pushes back the requirement that clinicians use 2015-certified electronic health records for another year. Instead, doctors can continue to use legacy systems if they choose and those that opt to use 2015 editions would get a 10 percent payment bonus from CMS.

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Equicare Health and Elekta announce Vendor Interoperability Program partnership

Vancouver, BC – June 22, 2017 – Equicare Health Inc., the leading provider of oncology care coordination software, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership and Vendor Interoperability Program (VIP) with Elekta, a leading innovator of equipment and software used to improve, prolong and save the lives of people with cancer. This partnership will provide seamless interoperability between EQUICARE CS™ (ECS) and Elekta’s MOSAIQ® oncology information systems.

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Pop Health Data Needed for Future Patient Engagement Tech

Healthcare professionals are increasingly looking into patient engagement technology solutions that help them determine how and when to best engage a healthcare consumer, according to a report from Black Book Research.

The report includes testimony from nearly 750 industry leaders, including chief information officers, chief financial officers, and hospital managers. Ninety percent of respondents said that patient engagement technology will dominate their population health management tools going forward.

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Ready to Rocket lists Equicare Health as one of the top digital health companies of 2017

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Over a Decade of Excellence in Oncology Patient Navigation & Care Coordination

At Equicare Health, a group of driven healthcare professionals, engineers, scientists and business leaders come together with a passion for innovative oncology solutions. They are on a mission to improve the lives of cancer patients and survivors around the world. With the help of their industry-leading software, Equicare CS (ECS), currently serves cancer centers, oncology care providers and patients across the globe.

ECS is a comprehensive approach to care coordination with unrivaled Oncology Information Systems (OIS) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration. It is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the necessary tools to coordinate patient care from screening, through treatments, survivorship and follow-up.

To learn more, please visit the website and request a demo today.

*Infographics and Design by Ann Wong, who holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. She is an author of over 10 SCI publications, having taught at UBC and the Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) in Beijing. 

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Patients managing a chronic illness are confronted with a plethora of health information, often coming from multiple different specialists and primary care clinicians. All of this information must be sent from one clinician to the other, with each doctor knowing what the other is doing to achieve the end goal of patient wellness.

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Closing the information gap: Web-based PROs systems hold promise in supportive cancer care


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