VigiLanz Unveils Automated Safety Event Detection and Reporting

MINNEAPOLIS – (December 6, 2017) – VigiLanz, a digital healthcare intelligence firm, announced today the launch of a state-of-the-art automation solution that helps hospitals optimize safety event reporting and enhance compliance with accreditation requirements. VigiLanz® Dynamic Safety Surveillance transforms clinical data into actionable intelligence, empowering hospitals to achieve greater risk reduction through automated safety event detection, management and analytics.

Patient falls and adverse drug events are the most common safety events, which also include surgical errors, wrong blood products, injuries to employees and visitors, and workplace violence. As many as 440,000 people die annually from hospital errors, injuries, accidents and infections. To help combat these issues, The Joint Commission made safety event reporting a requirement for accreditation, which uses the information to improve quality and safety of its hospitals.

Despite the importance of safety event reporting, hospitals are confronted with several barriers that prevent a comprehensive accounting of adverse occurrences. These include:

  • Limited information on the event
  • The time required to complete incident forms
  • A lack of urgency to report events considered too minor
  • Confusion over reporting responsibilities

VigiLanz Dynamic Safety Surveillance overcomes these obstacles by automating the common approaches to managing, reporting and detecting safety events—including capturing information on serious unsafe conditions and resulting adverse events that previously went unreported.

“Those unreported incidents have the potential to do significant long-term harm, as even minor events can escalate into serious, even deadly, situations,” said VigiLanz Chairman and CEO Dr. David Goldsteen, MD, MBA. “Over-reliance on humans to identify and report safety events exposes hospitals to repercussions ranging from loss of payment for ‘never events’ and damaged reputations to patient grievances and lawsuits. VigiLanz Dynamic Safety Surveillance mitigates those risks with a powerful set of monitoring and reporting tools that supplement human actions for comprehensive reporting.”

VigiLanz Dynamic Safety Surveillance integrates clinical data from multiple sources with comprehensive detection and investigation tools, automated escalation, and a full library of analytical and reporting tools into a single solution that:

  • Accelerates the event reporting life cycle through customized workflows
  • Converts health data automatically into uniform intelligence for more complete reporting and event detection
  • Provides comprehensive tools for efficient analysis
  • Generates state of the art dashboards for real-time monitoring

“The business of safety reporting starts with an organizational culture that embraces reporting all safety events,” said Dr. Goldsteen. “VigLanz Dynamic Safety Surveillance takes it to the next level with a tool that facilitates communications about all safety events, including those that might otherwise go unreported.”

For a demonstration of its new Safety Surveillance solution, visit VigiLanz in Booth #212 at the IHI National Forum, taking place Dec. 10-13 in Orlando, Fla.

About VigiLanz

Founded in 2001, VigiLanz Corporation (www.vigilanzcorp.com) is a privately held, rapidly growing provider of SaaS health care intelligence and predictive analytics. The firm is focused on aggregating disparate EHR transactional workflow and documentation data across health systems to identify real-time clinical issues that avoid or minimize harm, optimize clinical outcomes and support preventive care along the entire health system continuum. VigiLanz supports a large and growing community of hospital CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, quality teams, infectious disease and control specialists, pharmacists, and other clinicians dedicated to real-time inpatient and outpatient care. VigiLanz is shaping the emerging era of real-time health care by delivering enterprise intelligence technology and services that improve clinical outcomes, patient care and operational effectiveness.

VigiLanz Integrates Infectious Disease Content from Sanford Guide

MINNEAPOLIS – (November 29, 2017) – VigiLanz, a digital healthcare intelligence firm, announced today that users of its market-leading clinical intelligence platform now have direct access to the industry’s top digital infectious disease content. Integrating content from The Sanford Guide lets clinicians and pharmacists take the critical next step in the antimicrobial de-escalation process by leveraging peer-reviewed recommendations on the latest treatments—without having to exit the VigiLanz workflow.

Through its exclusive partnership with Sanford Guide, the most trusted name in the treatment of infectious disease, VigiLanz clients can access the full suite of digital infection disease content and associate it with specific rules. Users can then search comprehensive coverage of the latest clinician-designed treatment options for infectious diseases, syndromes, and pathogens from within the VigiLanz system, driving improved patient outcomes.

“The value of this partnership to our clients extends beyond their VigiLanz users to include any clinician or pharmacist in need of the actionable treatment recommendations, tailored for use in clinical scenarios, from anywhere across the enterprise,” said VigiLanz Chairman and CEO Dr. David Goldsteen, MD, MBA.

Noting that the company’s antimicrobial stewardship platform recently achieved the top overall satisfaction rating in the “Antimicrobial Stewardship 2017” performance report from KLAS Research, Goldsteen added, “The Sanford Guide’s exceptional content and clinical guidance are the perfect complement to our nationally-recognized platform, advancing care quality and patient safety through industry-leading guidance on the treatment of infectious diseases.”

The VigiLanz clinical intelligence platform leverages real-time monitoring of thousands of patient care data elements to help improve medication safety, antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention, quality and care management, and patient safety. Its state-of-the-art rules engine analyzes that data and pushes alerts to clinicians at the point of care when interventions and other actions are necessary, driving significant improvements in safety, efficiency, performance, and reimbursement.

Trusted by clinicians in more than 100 countries, The Sanford Guide is optimized to minimize time-to-answer while providing comprehensive guidance at the point of care. With continually updated information based on the latest available evidence, focused anti-infective drug information, interactive dosing tables, and extensive links to references and related resources, The Sanford Guide provides actionable guidance that is accessible, concise, and reliable.

“By integrating The Sanford Guide’s trusted clinical treatment recommendations with its top-rated clinical surveillance tools, VigiLanz is helping hospital and health systems take their approach to infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship to the next level,” said Sanford Guide CEO and Managing Editor Jeb Sanford.

For more information on the integrated VigiLanz-Sanford Guide solution, visit VigiLanz in booth #1641 during the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting And Exhibition, taking place Dec. 3-7 in Orlando, Fla.

About VigiLanz

Founded in 2001, VigiLanz Corporation (www.vigilanzcorp.com) is a privately held, rapidly growing provider of SaaS health care intelligence and predictive analytics. The firm is focused on aggregating disparate EHR transactional workflow and documentation data across health systems to identify real-time clinical issues that avoid or minimize harm, optimize clinical outcomes and support preventive care along the entire health system continuum. VigiLanz supports a large and growing community of hospital CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, quality teams, infectious disease and control specialists, pharmacists, and other clinicians dedicated to real-time inpatient and outpatient care. VigiLanz is shaping the emerging era of real-time health care by delivering enterprise intelligence technology and services that improve clinical outcomes, patient care and operational effectiveness.

VigiLanz Becomes First Clinical Intelligence Platform to Integrate Sanford Guide Infectious Disease Content

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and SPERRYVILLE, VA. – (September 26, 2017) – VigiLanz, a digital healthcare intelligence firm, and Antimicrobial Therapy Inc., publisher and developer of The Sanford Guide, announced today an exclusive partnership that brings together the market-leading clinical intelligence platform and the industry’s top digital infectious disease content. Doing so provides VigiLanz users with the critical next step in the clinical surveillance process—access to peer-reviewed recommendations on the latest treatments for improved patient outcomes.

The agreement with Sanford Guide, the most trusted name in the treatment of infectious disease, is just the latest in a string of achievements for VigiLanz. Most recently, its antimicrobial stewardship platform achieved the top overall satisfaction rating in the “Antimicrobial Stewardship 2017” performance report from KLAS Research.

The VigiLanz clinical intelligence platform leverages real-time monitoring of thousands of patient care data elements to help improve medication safety, antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention, quality and care management, and patient safety. Its state-of-the-art rules engine analyzes that data and pushes alerts to clinicians at the point of care when interventions and other actions are necessary, driving significant improvements in safety, efficiency, performance, and reimbursement.

“Integrating Sanford Guide content into this process answers the question, ‘What’s next in the antimicrobial de-escalation process?’ by giving clinicians and pharmacists convenient access to the latest clinician-designed treatment recommendations without having to exit the VigiLanz system,” said VigiLanz Chairman and CEO Dr. David Goldsteen, MD, MBA. “We are proud to provide our clients with access to The Sanford Guide’s exceptional content and clinical guidance, more so because we are the first and only clinical intelligence platform able to do so.”

Trusted by clinicians in more than 100 countries, The Sanford Guide is optimized to minimize time-to-answer while providing comprehensive guidance at the point of care. Edited by distinguished infectious disease experts from leading academic and clinical centers, Sanford Guide content provides comprehensive coverage of treatment options for infectious diseases, syndromes, and pathogens. Under the partnership agreement, VigiLanz clients will have access to the full suite of Sanford Guide digital infectious disease content.

With continually updated information based on the latest available evidence, focused anti-infective drug information, interactive dosing tables, and extensive links to references and related resources, The Sanford Guide provides actionable guidance that is accessible, concise, and reliable.

“This partnership with VigiLanz is the most unique collaboration our company has undertaken since its founding nearly 50 years ago. As we moved forward with ever more sophisticated digital offerings, it was imperative that the company we aligned with share our values and commitment to improving the quality of treatment through focused clinical guidance at the point of care. VigiLanz was that company,” said Sanford Guide CEO and Managing Editor Jeb Sanford. “Together we have created a product that fully integrates trusted clinical treatment recommendations with top-rated clinical surveillance tools. Our goal is to improve patient outcomes while minimizing technology burdens on providers.”

For more information on the VigiLanz-Sanford Guide partnership, visit VigiLanz in booth #226 or Sanford Guide in booth #710 during IDWeek 2017, taking place October 4-8 in San Diego, CA.

About Sanford Guide

Since 1969, Sanford Guide has been a leader in point-of-care recommendations for the treatment of infectious diseases. Widely used by pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, and nurses, Sanford Guide helps to improve patient care by providing carefully curated recommendations based on the latest evidence. With over 1 million users worldwide, Sanford Guide takes pride in responsiveness to customers, the development of innovative solutions, and providing content that is unparalleled in quality and clinical applicability.

About VigiLanz

Founded in 2001, VigiLanz Corporation (www.vigilanzcorp.com) is a privately held, rapidly growing provider of SaaS health care intelligence and predictive analytics. The firm is focused on aggregating disparate EHR transactional workflow and documentation data across health systems to identify real-time clinical issues that avoid or minimize harm, optimize clinical outcomes and support preventive care along the entire health system continuum. VigiLanz supports a large and growing community of hospital CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, quality teams, infectious disease and control specialists, pharmacists, and other clinicians dedicated to real-time inpatient and outpatient care. VigiLanz is shaping the emerging era of real-time health care by delivering enterprise intelligence technology and services that improve clinical outcomes, patient care and operational effectiveness.

VigiLanz Achieves Top Rating for Overall Satisfaction in KLAS AMS Performance Report

MINNEAPOLIS – (Aug. 31, 2017) – VigiLanz, a digital healthcare intelligence firm, announced today that its antimicrobial stewardship platform achieved the top overall satisfaction rating in the “Antimicrobial Stewardship 2017” performance report from KLAS Research. In identifying VigiLanz as the market leader, KLAS cited the platform’s highly robust, fairly user-friendly platform, the strength of the firm’s partnerships with customers, and its dedication to providing the guidance necessary to ensure customizations meet end users’ needs.

“The key is real-time alerting, and Antimicrobial Stewardship has it. The system is able to alert clinicians to certain conditions, even when the physicians are at home having dinner. It is nice to get alerts when we aren’t in front of the EMR,” according to one VigiLanz customer.

To compile its report, KLAS conducted in-depth interviews with current customers of each participating vendor to better understand which antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) tools are helping to drive meaningful interventions and track internal metrics. Interviews also focused on how well users can customize rule sets and use antibiograms to meet organizations’ unique goals, as well as which vendors help customers optimize tools and prepare for future reporting requirements.

Writes KLAS, “Providers new to AMS programs highly value guidance and expertise from their vendors, and VigiLanz’s proactive support has driven their top overall satisfaction rating. Provider interest in VigiLanz has grown over the last few years, and customers receive strong guidance and expertise that ensures their success.”

VigiLanz, which had the highest number of customers interviewed by KLAS, excelled in a large number of the evaluation categories. Under performance indicators, 100% of users said they would buy the platform again and that VigiLanz kept all promises. The platform also exceeded the market average for functionality of its custom rules set and customizable antibiogram. It was also singled out for being farthest along the compliance reporting spectrum, delivering on the three basic fronts of making AMS data accessible within the system for reporting, communicating with customers about forthcoming regulations and actions underway to help them prepare, and automating reporting. Specifically, customers have access to reports that can be submitted directly to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

Also noteworthy is that a significant majority of respondents were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the VigiLanz platform’s ability to track key internal metrics and with its optimization services. This is an important distinction because, as KLAS notes, “internal tracking is crucial to a good AMS program because it enables users to see trending and benchmarking data. It can be tricky to do well because data from many different sources must be aggregated, analyzed and made easy to digest. VigiLanz customers have strong customization abilities and highly value VigiLanz’s robust interfaces, which successfully pull in data from many areas.”

“As more healthcare organizations seek to automate the crucial AMS process, it is important to partner with a vendor that can provide a solution that is flexible, robust and backed by outstanding customer support,” said VigiLanz Chairman and CEO Dr. David Goldsteen, MD, MBA. “It is truly gratifying to know that our customers feel that VigiLanz is that solution.”

About KLAS

KLAS is a research and insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by amplifying the provider’s voice. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data and insights on software, services and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. Follow KLAS on Twitter.

VigiLanz Platform Earns Meaningful Use Stage 3 Certification for Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Reporting

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – (March 6, 2017) – VigiLanz, a digital healthcare intelligence firm, announced today that its antimicrobial stewardship platform has earned Meaningful Use Stage 3 (MU3) certification validating its ability to collect and properly report data around antimicrobial use and resistance. The company is one of the first to achieve Stage 3 certification for use by facilities enrolled in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) that are required to begin reporting Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance (AUR) data in 2018.

A new option for public health registry reporting under MU3, collection of AUR data is already underway in preparation for the 2018 reporting period. Participating facilities must submit monthly reports on anti-infective medications—antibiotics, anti-bacterials, antifungals, antivirals, antiprotozoals, etc.—that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will use to gain a better understanding of how their use impacts antimicrobial resistance in hospitals and healthcare facilities. The AUR objective calls for reporting a full calendar year’s data on R1 Normative Antimicrobial Use Summary, Antimicrobial Resistance Event, and Antimicrobial Resistance Summary data to be reported using Clinical Documentation Architecture (CDA) formatting.

“Inappropriate antibiotic utilization and multidrug resistant organisms are among the deadliest threats confronting the healthcare system today. That is why it was so important to us to achieve MU certification for AUR data collection and reporting,” said VigiLanz Chairman and CEO Dr. David Goldsteen, MD, MBA, noting that drug resistant organisms alone infect 2 million people and claim 23,000 lives in the U.S. every year, while adding $34 billion to annual healthcare costs. “It lets us play an active role in addressing this dangerous and costly phenomenon.”

Submission of AUR data into the NHSN platform allows clinicians to benchmark their antibiotic usage and organism resistance data nationally to target areas of improvement.

VigiLanz spent six months working on updates to its platform in preparation for its certification application. As such, it can properly collect and report data in the CDA format retroactively to January 1, 2017. Any customer with Dynamic Antimicrobial Stewardship or Dynamic Pharmacy Surveillance modules that is currently sending electronic medication reconciliation data can take advantage of certification without the need for additional upgrades, and without incurring any additional costs. VigiLanz also has the means to assist clients not yet collecting this data, to do so retroactively.

Part of VigiLanz’ clinical intelligence platform, the antimicrobial stewardship solution leverages data collected from a hospital’s electronic medical record, physician order entry, laboratory and pathology systems to monitor patients in real-time for drug interactions and ineffective or inappropriate antibiotics. When potential issues are identified, alerts are triggered to enable clinical pharmacists and other members of the care team to take appropriate action.

Certification Information:

“This Health IT Module is 2015 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Product(s) Certified:

Dynamic Antimicrobial Stewardship
Dynamic Pharmacy Surveillance
VigiLanz Corporation http://vigilanzcorp.com
5775 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 970 Minneapolis MN 55416
Modules Tested: 170.315 (d)(1-3, 7); (f)(6); (g)(4,5)
Clinical Quality Measures tested: None
Additional software used: None
Holds Certificate No: 15.04.04.XXXX.Dyna.17.0.0.170217
Date Certified: 02/17/2017
Effective Date: 2015 Edition
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Disclosure Statement:

This certified product-version requires a one-time implementation fee and an annual licensing fee. This certified product-version is certified to data export criteria 170.315(f)(6.) and can generate Antimicrobial Use and Resistance CDA reports in real-time however this monthly data is not available until the 4th of each month to allow time for facility information to finalize.

VigiLanz Experts Address Breakthrough Benefits From Real-Time and Predictive Clinical Intelligence at Becker’s Hospital Events

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Healthcare experts from VigiLanz, a software and services firm delivering healthcare intelligence to more than 300 hospitals, addressed hospital leaders from across the nation on the topic of ”Bending the Outcome Curve in the Fight Against Sepsis with Real-Time and Predictive Clinical Intelligence” at the recent Becker’s Hospital Review 7th Annual Meeting in Chicago. VigiLanz also hosted a Becker’s webinar on the topic, with more than 230 healthcare professionals attending.

The Becker’s Hospital Review conference is a premier event in healthcare drawing more than 1500 executives and clinicians from hospitals including the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Advocate Healthcare, University of Chicago Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Nearly 90 hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs, along with leading health technology innovators, led educational sessions.

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VigiLanz Introduces Enhanced Care Management Solutions Development Services at HIMSS 2016

Robust, flexible capability to design custom cloud-based real-time solutions including discrete workflows, alerts, analytics, reports, etc.

Architecture solves patient care and delivery, readmission, reporting, and cost containment challenges, etc.

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VigiLanz, an enterprise intelligence resources (EIR) software and services firm delivering real-time clinical and business intelligence services to approximately 400 hospitals, introduced today its enhanced Care Management Solutions development services at HIMSS ’16, the annual healthcare information technology conference and exhibition being held this year in Las Vegas.

VigiLanz Care Management Solutions delivers a robust, flexible configuration and customization environment that can be leveraged across a healthcare enterprise by administration, IT, patient care givers, hospital support staff, and researchers alike. “This ‘open platform-on-a-platform’ in the cloud enables numerous and varied projects to be configured and implemented quickly using VigiLanz Care Management Solutions Services for inpatient and outpatient populations alike,” said David Goldsteen M.D., VigiLanz chairman and CEO. “With VigiLanz Care Management Solutions, clients have a workbench environment on the VigiLanz Intelligence platform, to address specific problems by designing custom sets of services, including discrete clinical workflows, real-time alerting, analytics and reports. Groups that are dedicated to improving patient care, care delivery, readmission, cost containment and working to optimize research efficiencies can benefit greatly from the flexibility we provide.”

According to Stacy Pur, VigiLanz Clinical Intelligence vice president, workflows, alerts, analytics and reporting are significantly different from what a typical EHR transaction system can provide. “One of the major advantages of using VigiLanz Intelligence is the rapid speed, flexibility and responsiveness of our enterprise platform. VigiLanz Care Management Solutions enables the creation and delivery of numerous software-based services quickly to meet the dynamic and evolving needs of users. In addition, VigiLanz provides flexibility in working with many different types of healthcare and alternative data across a variety of user groups, and particularly offers the unique ability to standardize disparate data elements along with the ability to deliver solutions and services to groups and systems outside of typical EHR user groups.”

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