Published October 16, 2012
Volume 20, Number 10

  • According to a new Kaiser Permanente study, use of electronic health records (EHRs) has been associated with improved drug-treatment intensification, monitoring, and risk-factor control among patients with diabetes. The findings, which appear in the current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine,  demonstrate for the first time that EHRs help clinicians to better target treatment changes and follow-up testing for patients with diabetes mellitus.    

    “What we saw in this study is that the EHR really helped our alignment with quality measures and clinical guidelines for treatment,” said Marc Jaffe, MD, clinical leader, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program.     Kaiser’s IT department is headquartered in Hacienda.
  • Hacienda’s Equity Administration Solutions, Inc. (EASi), has closed a $5 million Series D round of financing and $7.5 million in additional financing commitments.  The company creates software that allows companies to manage independent stock plans.     

    “Managing equity compensation is fraught with risk, exposure and manual processes that we help our clients automate,” said Carine Schneider, EASi’s CEO. “EASi’s growth continues to accelerate because we are solving increasingly complex regulatory, compliance, administration, and tax challenges for the largest US issuer companies. The innovation and automation we bring to stock plan record keeping, accounting and reporting keeps our mission-critical solution in high demand.”
  • Hacienda’s Roche Molecular Systems donated an estimated $72,000 in used scientific equipment, including microcentrifuges, graduated cylinders, and micropipettes, to Dublin High School, reports the Pleasanton Patch. Janet Kaehms, the school’s Science co-chair, told the online publication, “to a high school biotechnology program, it was like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one.”    

    “Roche's  support enables us to provide key hands on experiences to our students with advanced equipment,” she added. “Having enough of the right equipment allows each student to participate actively in current experiments, gaining crucial knowledge that will help prepare our students for a future in Science. Dublin High School values Roche's support of its community and our students in particular. With 130 students scheduled to take Introduction to Biotechnology, 65 in AP Biology, and, 60 in AP Chemistry the donation will be well used this year and for many years to come.”

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