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From left are Orange Leaf corporate representative Hunter Thoms; Michael Bornhorst, director of Corporate Initiatives at Boston Children's Hospital; Orange Leaf franchisee Mike Hennessy and franchisee Dave Pierre.

Bassler Veterinary Hospital updates radiology unit

The radiology department at Bassler Veterinary Hospital, LLC has been upgraded to a state-of-the-art, fully digital system. Body radiographs, including those of the chest and abdomen, are now computerized images, offering more detail and more information to help diagnose cat and dog illness. This rapid electronic system also enables every radiology case to be interpreted by a board-certified veterinary radiology specialist. The new full-body digital radiology system is in addition to Bassler Veterinary Hospital, LLC’s already existing digital dental radiology department.

Health information exchange forms

Whittier Independent Practice Association (Whittier IPA) of Newburyport has signed an agreement with Alere Accountable Care Solutions to build a community-wide health information exchange (HIE).

“Our vision is to create a fully integrated electronic network in which health information is confidentially exchanged between physicians, hospitals, home health care agencies, pharmacies, long term skilled nursing homes and rehabilitation centers as well as other health care providers to deliver coordinated care that provides the best service to patients in our community,” said Kevin Lanphear, D.O. and president of Whittier IPA.

The Alere ACS Health Information Exchange solution combines multiple streams of data from disparate sources (such as laboratories, pharmacies, physician offices and hospitals), and harmonizes the data into a single semantically coherent patient record. It promotes a secure environment that enables healthcare providers to coordinate patient care, overcoming traditional geographic and technological barriers. Alere ACS’s HIE will enable Whittier IPA’s 200-plus multi-specialty physician organization to more effectively identify and care for high-risk patients across a broad population.

The Alere ACS HIE solution will also enable secure data-sharing across the continuum from patient to doctor to payer, delivering “one patient one record” for each consented patient in the community.

“Many organizations are in the same position as Whittier IPA. They understand the logic of health information exchange, but need to find a solution that can be implemented, is easy to use, that they can afford, and that can grow with their needs.” says Sumit Nagpal, CEO of Alere Accountable Care Solutions.

Orange Leaf raises $30,000 for Children’s Fund

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt recently announced that it raised $30,000 to support Boston Children’s Hospital through contributions made by customers, franchises and the company’s corporate office. All money raised benefits the Children’s Fund, which supports the hospital’s greatest areas of need in care, research, medical training and community health.

Orange Leaf recently held a month-long fundraising initiative at all its Massachusetts locations that invited customers to make contributions to Boston Children’s Hospital. Along with encouraging in-store donations, customers were able to purchase a special edition Orange Leaf T-shirt with all proceeds going to the hospital. Orange Leaf also supported Boston Children’s Hospital with a series of blood drives at locations throughout Massachusetts.

“On behalf of Orange Leaf franchisees in Massachusetts, I want to thank all of our customers who contributed to this fundraiser,” said Dave Pierre, Orange Leaf franchise. “It gives us such great pride to support Boston Children’s Hospital and the remarkable care it provides for children in our communities. We are in awe of the generosity of our customers and delighted that we were able to exceed our fundraising goal.”

In 2012, Orange Leaf locations in Massachusetts made a $25,000 commitment to Boston Children’s Hospital. That commitment was exceeded by $5,000 thanks to contributions from Orange Leaf customers, franchises and corporate office.

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