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Posted on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 : 2:53 p.m.

Cielo MedSolutions lands federal grant to deliver web-based clinical management program

By Nathan Bomey

Ann Arbor-based Cielo MedSolutions will coordinate with the University of Michigan Health System to develop a web-based clinical management program after receiving a $1.3 million federal grant, company officials announced today.

The new system, which will be based on the company's Cielo Clinic product, will be tailored with input from primary care physicians.

The $1.3 million grant is a Phase 2 Small Business Technology Transfer award. In Phase 1, Cielo surveyed primary care physicians to compile data and anecdotal information on what kind of information technology tools would improve their practices. In Phase 2, Cielo will create a prototype of the web-based program.

Cielo said the program would be "clinically focused," not "billing-focused," a key distinction from many existing technologies.

"We will be building and prototyping the system that practices and providers said they wanted: a lightweight, web-delivered solution designed for all care-delivery participants that tracks and manages activities and outcomes at all stages including screening, prevention, diagnosis and treatment," said Chris King, Cielo's senior vice president of product and operations, in a statement.

"The system will also simultaneously support the requirements of 'meaningful use,' patient-centered medical homes and pay-for-performance programs in an integrated manner."

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