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New Website To Standardize Cardiac Educational Training Throughout Europe

European nations are making their first attempt to standardize physician training and certification, which, surprisingly still varies from nation to nation. This first effort is being accomplished with the recent launch of an educational website commissioned by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and created by the Frederick, MD-based firm, Enforme Interactive. The dynamic ESC website will provide standardized education and certification to its 75,000 members located in 52 (mostly) European countries. The educational website content calls upon best practices and will result in a higher quality of care for cardiac patients across the continent. Again, this is the first such attempt to address the challenges of varying medical education and practices which still exist among international nations.

A recently launched European website is the first in the world to address the challenges of internationally harmonized medical education and certification. The dynamic new online education platform commissioned by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and developed by Enforme Interactive, will provide consistent, standardized education and testing to its 75,000 members across 52 countries. European medical leaders are convinced that standardized medical training will result in a higher quality of care for cardiac patients across the continent.

ESC, the non-profit association founded in 1950, based in Sophia-Antipolis, France, is dedicated to reducing cardiovascular disease through physician education. “European health care leaders have grappled for years with the variance in medical training and certification among cardiologists that occurs from nation to nation,” said Eric Delente, co-owner of Enforme Interactive, one of the largest providers of web technologies for medical and scientific associations in the U.S.  “Our assignment was to develop a learning platform that would respond to the complex and multi-faceted educational and certification needs of ESC’s international membership – yet designed in a manner that would be highly user friendly.”

Delente and his team responded with the development of the ESC eLearning Platform, (ESCeL) which debuted at ESC’s annual congress in August, attended by approximately 28,000 health care professionals. The dynamic education portal provides for the training and certification needs across six cardiology subspecialties: acute cardiac care, echocardiography, heart failure, heart rhythm, percutaneous interventions, and prevention and rehabilitation.

ESCeL will provide cardiologists with the online coursework, study materials, and examinations required for international certification across Europe. The site will also allow physicians to demonstrate their practical clinical experiences and professional skills through online case logbooks and patient safety journals, another requirement for certification. These and other logged clinical experiences will then be reviewed and approved at the local, national and European levels using a sophisticated workflow approval management engine, developed by Enforme. The certification requirement is further enhanced with a journal of publications, research and teaching experience submitted by the ESC physician members that following certification can be shared with prospective employers as a standardized CV.

Delente said that two of the six cardio subspecialty groups are currently using the site with one or more groups expected to join in by year end. “There is a massive effort underway to add more content to the site. Currently, all the educational content is offered in English, but it will soon support the big five European languages and potentially, later, some languages in Asia and the Middle East.”

Despite Enforme’s long track record of creating highly sophisticated website portals for medical associations that can deliver highly structured education, be tracked, audited and provide a state-of-the-art user experience, Delente said the ESCel site was extremely challenging. “Because of the internationality and diversity of ESC’s extensive membership which include numerous cardiac associations, the site required many special provisions.  However we felt confident we nailed the site this summer based on the response we received from the hundreds of medical trainees, trainers and professionals we demonstrated it to at the ESC conference.”

While the ESCel site is still new, Delente believes it has already established a precedent for the importance and need for greater uniformity of medical training among international nations. “It is an issue that medical associations must be debating based on the number of inquiries we’ve received since the portal was launched.”

Enforme Interactive is located at 228 N. Market Street in downtown Frederick, MD.
To visit the ESC educational portal, visit Learn.escardio.org
To see a demonstration of its use, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPK_pi9kZkI

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Intelligent InSites Announces Healthcare Advisory Board Members

Fargo, ND – October 2, 2012 – Intelligent InSites, the leading provider of enterprise real-time location systems (RTLS) software helping healthcare organizations improve patient care and increase healthcare efficiency, announced today the members of its Healthcare Advisory Board.

“We are thrilled to be joined by such an experienced and diverse group of today’s leading healthcare executives and visionaries,” said Margaret Laub, President and CEO of Intelligent InSites. “As we continue our rapid growth and develop leading solutions for our healthcare customers, we will benefit tremendously from our Healthcare Advisory Board’s guidance and industry leadership.”

Members of the Intelligent InSites Healthcare Advisory Board include:

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Dr. Kevin Fickenscher, Healthcare Advisory Board Chairman – President, American Medical Informatics Association(AMIA)
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Dr. Arthur Chen – Advisor and Coach, Former Deputy Director, National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health
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Dr. Robin Felder – Professor of Pathology and Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry, University of Virginia
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James Francis – Division Chair, Supply Chain Management, and Assistant Treasurer, Mayo Clinic
- Mark Gingrich – Senior Vice President and CIO, Surescripts
- Dr. Tonya Hongsermeier – Principal Informatician, Partners Healthcare System
- David Klein – CEO, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
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Dr. Ferdinand Velasco – Vice President and Chief Health Information Officer, Texas Health Resources
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Dr. Charles Watts – Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

According to Dr. Kevin Fickenscher, Chairman of Intelligent InSites’ Healthcare Advisory Board, “The future of healthcare requires the integration of information from disparate sources. Intelligent InSites provides the platform that allows healthcare organizations to bring together such information—in an intelligent way—so that we can increase efficiencies and quality, reduce costs, and enhance care delivery services. At the end of the day, that’s what healthcare is all about. Intelligent InSites’ solution enables us to accomplish that goal.”

The Intelligent InSites software platform—which collects and processes data, in real-time, from healthcare IT systems, nurse call systems, communications platforms, building management systems, electronic health records, and wireless sensory networks, including multiple RFID and RTLS hardware technologies—empowers multiple healthcare operations applications, including patient flow, staff communications, infection control, bed management, asset management, rentals management, environmental monitoring, surgical instrument tracking, and consumable asset management, with real-time, actionable information. This ability to leverage real-time information across the enterprise enables healthcare organizations to optimize operations and care delivery processes, resulting in more affordable care and improved patient satisfaction.

Intelligent InSites’ advisors will also include healthcare leaders from government, military, and Veterans’ health. More information about Intelligent InSites’ Healthcare Advisory Board can be found on Intelligent InSites’ website at www.intelligentinsites.com/company/healthcare-advisory-board.

About Intelligent InSites

Intelligent InSites helps healthcare organizations improve care and reduce costs by transforming automatically-collected data into actionable insights. Through its interoperable, hardware-neutral, healthcare real-time location system (RTLS) software platform, Intelligent InSites gathers data from real-time location, condition sensing, and other systems; then delivers meaningful information to the right person, at the right time, on the right device. Intelligent InSites’ customers gain enterprise-wide visibility and are able to impact continuous process improvements, resulting in remarkable financial and quality of care outcomes. For more information, visit www.IntelligentInSites.com.

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Alego Health Adds Jobs, Continues to Grow and Displays EHR Industry Leadership Through Innovation

In just a few short years, Alego Health has risen to the forefront of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) industry. This innovative company, based just outside of Cleveland, has experienced tremendous growth. In fact, through one of its projects with a regional healthcare provider, the company has recently added 450 jobs. But job creation is not the only focus of the company. The company announced today that it has also developed an iPad application that is designed to effectively manage EHR implementations.

The company is adding jobs and clients to its growing portfolio and has developed an Alego-exclusive iPad application

Westlake, Ohio—Oct. 1, 2012— Alego Health, an industry leader in electronic health record consulting, training, implementation and support, announced today that it has added 450 new project jobs and is experiencing tremendous growth through its local, regional and national clients. Alego continues to lead the industry in technology innovation with the introduction of its application based on the Apple iPad platform, which is designed to effectively manage EHR implementations.

This week, Alego will commence work on one of its largest projects to date. The company has recently secured a contract with a large regional health system to provide 24-hour support to seven of its regional hospitals. The project features the optimization and installation of Epic EHR Software Modules: CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry), ASAP (Emergency Room Module), OpTime (Operating Room Module), and Stork (Obstetrics Module).

“This Go-Live highlights the strengths of the Alego Health operations team by deploying 450 support persons and overseeing the management of that number of people over several hospitals,” said Mike Zavadil, vice president of operations, Alego Health.

Alego Health continues to grow its portfolio of large implementations along with the consulting and other healthcare IT-related work with which it is currently involved.

In addition, the company has introduced an iPad application exclusive to Alego Health. This application is designed to provide the company’s clients with instant, accurate information with respect to their EMR/EHR implementation in addition to the communication, documentation, and interactive features of the application. By using this application, users are able to instantly upload workflow information, communicate with key client resources, provide real time analytics, review clinical end user interaction logs, and store necessary documents digitally and securely.

“This application sets us apart in the industry,” added Jonathan Levoy, vice president of business development & technology. “Not only is it a testament to our commitment to innovation and providing superior service, but it also affords us the ability to tweak our support in real time and ensure that all of our resources are allocated properly based on that particular client’s needs.”

About Alego Health

Founded in 2004, Alego Health, a minority, woman-owned company, headquartered in Westlake, Ohio,  is a healthcare IT solutions company that focuses on the implementation of electronic health record software and hardware including: EHR selection, consulting, Go-Live support, help desk support, training, clinical and data analysts, gap analysis, mobile implementations & solutions, and hardware. Learn more at www.alegohealth.com.

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Chief Privacy Officer: ‘We Are All Responsible for Privacy and Security’

At the AHIMA Annual Convention & Exhibit, Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, called for all parties in the healthcare system to share responsibility for the privacy and security of a patient’s health information. In her keynote address, Pritts said it is the obligation of not only patients and providers, but vendors, HIM professional and the federal government to be active participants when it comes to protecting personal health information.

Joy Pritts Addresses General Session at AHIMA’s Convention

CHICAGO – Oct. 1, 2012 – Joy Pritts, the chief privacy officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, called for all parties in the healthcare system to create a culture where the privacy and security of a patient’s health information is a shared responsibility: from patients, to providers, to vendors, to Health Information Management (HIM) professionals to the federal government.

Pritts delivered her speech Monday morning during the opening session of AHIMA’s 84th Annual Convention and Exhibit at McCormick Place.

The explosive growth in electronic health records – more than 300,000 providers will start using the tool – gives patients increased access to and responsibility for their personal health information.

“This will be a huge change for people; more and more, individuals will be central participants in their own healthcare,” Pritts said

“The only way to do that is for them to have access to their own information and understand their rights and responsibilities for securing it once they receive it.”

Pritts said healthcare providers need to set their organization’s tone on privacy and security issues.

“(They) should care about protecting the patient’s health information in the same way as the patient’s physical well being,” she said. “It’s about real people, and it’s really important.”

Pritts said privacy and security training should be ongoing and a key part of the overall strategic plan. She urged providers to put privacy and security at the forefront when building their EHR systems rather than risking the expensive consequences of a breach.

“Securing health information is not only good for the patient but good for business,” Pritts said.

“This is a transformative time in the world of HIM and we were honored to have Joy Pritts here to frame the issues involved in the privacy and security of health records, a topic that touches every aspect of healthcare,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA.

The ONC’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer and the AHIMA Foundation recently collaborated on the ““Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information” which is designed to teach healthcare professionals about the roles of privacy and security in EHRs and in Meaningful Use. Pritts noted the instructional guide has garnered extremely positive feedback.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

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Activ Doctors Online Partners with Network of 30 Hospitals in France for Transplant Patient Telemedicine Services

Goals:  Easier Access for 30,000 transplant patients; $250 Million in Savings

MIAMI, October 1, 2012 – Activ Doctors Online, a global telemedicine innovator that offers personal health records, second medical opinions and e-consults all in one unique integrated web-based platform, has announced that it has partnered with the Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris network of 30 government-owned hospitals in France to provide telemedicine services for their transplant patients.

“Activ Doctors Online telemedicine solutions will save our patients time and money associated with trips to the hospital, allowing them to check in with their physicians from the comfort of their homes for some of their follow up care,” said Professor Francois Durand, MD, Director of Hepatology and Liver Intensive Care of Paris-based hospital Hôpitaux Beaujon, a member of the hospital network. “And the hospitals can maintain continuity of care for transplant patients while reducing the number of in-person hospital visits by up to one-third, providing an estimated savings of about $250 million annually in the cost of follow up care for the 30,000 transplant patients in the network.”

“Currently, transplant patients average approximately two visits per month for follow up care at the hospitals,” according to Professor Durand, at a average cost of 3,000 Euros per hospital visit (about $3,600 U.S.)

“This marks an important milestone in advancing the Activ Doctors Online mission to change the face of the world’s healthcare by providing people with more control of their medical records and access to the world’s best specialists,” said Activ Doctors Online Founder and Chief Executive Officer Florent Monssoh.  “We are passionate about empowering people to control their health destiny with more intelligent, secure information management tools and easy access to medical experts,” he said, noting that Activ Doctors Online was the first provider to introduce telemedicine services to France.

“We have long been concerned that the barriers to visit transplant specialists would discourage people from getting the follow-up they really need to ensure that their transplants are successful,” stated Dr. Howard Zahalsky, U.S. Medical Director of Activ Doctors Online.

“This important partnership will allow for better access to health care for patients throughout France.  For the first time, patients have the option to get laboratory tests and clinic visits done via the Activ Doctors Online platform, rather than making an extended visit to the hospital.”

To find out more about how organizations and consumers can take control of their health destiny through Activ Doctors Online’s Web-based information and telemedicine platform, call 888-51-ACTIV or visit www.activdoctorsonline.com.
About Activ Doctors Online

The Activ Doctors Online personal health records system and suite of telemedicine solutions help people and organizations reduce their healthcare costs while better managing their healthcare to save money, time and even lives.  The company provides a secure, user-friendly portal for individuals and families to control their health information through professionally managed Personal Health Records. Members can also use the portal to access a network of more than 1,500 physician specialists for second medical opinions, and to connect with their primary physicians through e-consult.  Global operations encompass the U.S., Europe and Asia.
About Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris

The largest university hospital in Europe, Public Assistance Hospitals of Paris is the University Hospital of the Ile de France. Providing community care to support the most serious emergencies and rare diseases, AP-HP meets the needs of millions of patients annually.

AP-HP trains thousands of professionals and conducts numerous research projects and teaching programs to shape the future of medicine, and exports its medical and paramedical expertise around the world. United by a common goal of excellence, the 90,000 professionals of AP-HP aim to provide sustainable care for all patients and their families, regardless of their diseases and their resources. We cared for 7 million patients in 2011, and conducted more than 2,700 research projects.

Serving an area of some 12 million residents, the AP-HP offers a network of 37 hospitals in 12 hospital groups.

October 29, 2012 I Written By

EDCO Unveils Solarity® Software at 2012 AHIMA Convention

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – EDCO® Health Information Solutions, a national leader in the management of health information, announced the launch of Solarity® software at the American Health Information Management Association convention in Chicago, Ill. today.  Solarity, advanced document recognition software for scanning and indexing medical records, has been used by EDCO internally since 2008.  Now, the proven power of Solarity is available to hospitals and clinics throughout North America as web-based software.

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) propelled the healthcare industry into rapid change toward the implementation of electronic health records (EHR).   However, as the industry strives to create a complete electronic patient chart, paper is still a component of the patient record even after the implementation of a leading EHR system.

“As hospitals become more electronic, the paper that remains is more problematic and time consuming to capture electronically.  Finding the right tools to automate this process is critical to creating a complete electronic patient record,” said Rose Devadas, Vice President of Advanced Solutions at EDCO. “Solarity bridges the gap between the paper record and the fully electronic record required for exemplary patient care, the exchange of health information, and expedited downstream billing processes.”

The path to a completely electronic record has many steps and requires the optimization of the entire health record environment.  Solarity software and its defined processes enable the fast, accurate scanning and indexing of paper documents into the electronic chart using a proprietary content recognition engine, document review module, and flexible workflow.  This often overlooked step effects multiple additional processes such as coding and billing in the electronic environment.

Customers utilizing Solarity can easily index and integrate scanned images from the floors, clinics, and the health information management department into the healthcare facility’s existing electronic document management system without the use of bar codes for document recognition.

“Creating Solarity has enabled us to dramatically increase our internal indexing productivity.  We are excited to share this technology with the marketplace so that our customers will be able to realize the same gains in efficiency,” says Chez Tschetter, Chief Information Officer at EDCO.

More information about Solarity can be found online at www.solaritysoftware.com.

About EDCO Health Information Solutions

For more than 50 years, EDCO has assisted healthcare facilities in the digitization of medical records.  Today, EDCO provides software and services to hospitals and clinics throughout North America that enhance electronic health record initiatives.

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McKesson Practice Choice Offers ‘Plug-and-Play’ Ability to Exchange Health Information and Coordinate Care

RelayHealth Collaboration Enhances Standard Package for Providers 

ATLANTA, Oct. 17, 2012 — With the latest set of enhancements to McKesson Practice Choice™, seamless integration of patient procedure and test results to RelayHealth is now part of the standard package for the ONC-ATCB certified, web-based, electronic medical record and financial management software solution. Through collaboration with RelayHealth, one of the nation’s largest providers of health information exchanges (HIEs), McKesson Practice Choice also leverages RelayHealth’s e-script software and messaging portal for ‘plug and play’ HIE readiness. As a result, providers have a patient-centric way to securely exchange health information and coordinate care across all stakeholders, without regard for what systems they use.

“As the largest healthcare services and IT company in the world, McKesson is uniquely positioned to fill the connectivity gap and complete the chain of interoperability for the independent physician,” said David Henriksen, senior vice president and general manager of McKesson Physician Practice Solutions. “By utilizing McKesson Practice Choice and RelayHealth together, the physician practice can have confidence that the communication between systems can be flawless.”

In addition to the efficiency provided by this interconnectivity, McKesson Practice Choice is web-based and virtually maintenance free, with updates and upgrades streaming automatically to users, eliminating the need for manual installations and updates. And for providers connecting to a health system that uses the RelayHealth HIE, no interfaces are needed in order to make full use of electronic prescriptions, messaging portal functionality and laboratory and radiology results.

“The industry increasingly demands a more interoperable experience for all healthcare participants,” said Jeff Felton, president, RelayHealth. “McKesson Practice Choice is exceeding market demands by using RelayHealth for secure health information exchange. In fact, no other EMR integrates as easily to the RelayHealth HIE – it is truly a ‘plug and play’ solution. As a result, McKesson is creating a positive experience for its customers and their patients.”

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Brookings Health System Selects ClearDATA Virtual Data Center Service for HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Hosting of IT Infrastructure

Phoenix, AZ, September 27, 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, will be moving its data center systems and software to ClearDATA’s  HIPAA-compliant HealthDATA Cloud Platform.  By moving to the ClearDATA Virtual Data Center, Brookings Health System will eliminate significant capital expenses for servers, storage, and other hardware as well as reduce IT costs associated with support and maintenance.

ClearDATA will provide Brookings Health with a full complement of managed services to ensure reliability, security, and compliance including data encryption, system monitoring, backup and restore services, and more. ClearDATA manages its private cloud in highly secure, state of the art data centers. Redundant power feeds to the grid, multiple carriers with global connectivity, comprehensive HVAC and fire prevention systems are fully integrated with a unique ultra-secure HIPAA Compliant network architecture to ensure 100% uptime.

“Healthcare costs are rising in every category, and especially in the areas related to expanding IT requirements and HIPAA regulations,” stated Jason R. Merkley, CEO and President of Brookings Health System. “Brookings Health’s top priority is to provide optimum healthcare services to patients in the local community, and utilizing state-of-the art technology is key to achieving that goal. Moving our data center to the ClearDATA HealthDATA Cloud Platform enables us to significantly reduce IT costs, improve our overall system performance and reliability, and comply with government security standards. We chose ClearDATA because of its exclusive healthcare focus, HIPAA expertise, and excellent customer service reputation.”

“ClearDATA is pleased to be working with Brookings Health System to help them achieve their strategic IT goals through the effective implementation of cloud computing architectures and services,” said Darin Brannan, CEO of ClearDATA Networks, Inc.  “We commend their executive and IT staff for their foresight in recognizing the benefits of cloud computing and their due diligence applied towards choosing a solution that meets their technical requirements.”

About the HealthDATA Cloud Platform

As healthcare IT expenses for servers and storage continues to skyrocket, along with the required maintenance and support, many organizations are looking for virtual data center services strategies and architecture models to help reduce costs, improve productivity, meet security & compliance requirements, and increase reliability.  ClearDATA’s HealthDATA Platform meets these strategies and architecture needs with its unique private cloud healthcare design of multiple security layers combined with a state of the art robust and redundant environment.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

About ClearDATA Networks, Inc.
ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs, and 100% dedicated to the healthcare field. ClearDATA’s services enable providers to fully automate and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud and hosting infrastructure and managed cloud services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, healthcare information security and world-class support. The company also offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services to hospitals and providers in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of HIPAA security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use and to ensure a highly secure environment prior to enabling a HealthDATA Cloud platform installation. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales@)cleardata.net or visit: http://www.cleardata.net.

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Verizon Introduces Cloud Portfolio to Help Health Care Industry Meet HIPAA Security Requirements

Services Will Safeguard Electronic Protected Health Information; Industry to Benefit from Ability to Collaborate and Share Information 

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Enterprise Solutions today unveiled a comprehensive cloud and data center infrastructure portfolio specifically designed to help the health care industry meet the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for safeguarding electronic protected health information.

Verizon is one of the first top-tier providers to offer these specialized services, which will include the secure storing of electronic protected health information (ePHI) in Verizon’s Terremark data centers. With the cloud, health care professionals can collaborate, share patient information in near real-time and store large volumes of data for electronic health records and radiology images. In addition, health care organizations can centralize their data so they can operate more efficiently.

Available immediately, the new portfolio offers Verizon clients in the health care, insurance, pharmaceutical and supporting industries a full range of public and private cloud services that meet applicable physical, administrative and technical security controls under HIPAA.

The new health-care-enabled services are:  Colocation, Managed Hosting, Enterprise Cloud, Enterprise Cloud Express Edition, and Enterprise Cloud Private Edition.  Along with each service, Verizon also provides a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement, through which Verizon works closely with clients to safeguard their patients’ ePHI*.

“Today’s health care provider is faced with the enormous and costly burden of protecting personal health information for patients,” said Dr. Peter Tippett, chief medical officer and vice president of Verizon’s health IT practice. “To address this need, we are bringing to market a suite of cloud services that enables health care providers to secure patient data while offloading the burden of building and managing their own data centers.  By enabling a connected health care system, we intend to transform U.S. health care delivery.”

Experts believe the market for secure and reliable computing and security solutions will grow rapidly through 2014 as physicians, clinics and hospitals move from paper-based to electronic record keeping in an effort to improve patient care and reduce costs.  The U.S. government has mandated that health care providers transition to electronic health records within two years or face penalties through reduced Medicare and Medicaid payments.

“Health industry CIOs have a pressing need for reliable, financially secure third parties or business associates that will help address the technical, physical and administrative safeguard requirements under HIPAA security rules,” said Lynne Dunbrack, program director, Connected Health IT at IDC.  “Offering a secure computing capability backed by strong performance-level agreements will be compelling to these CIOs.”  .

All health-care-focused offerings are provided from Terremark’s cloud-enabled data centers in Miami, Fla., and Culpeper, Va., which meet a rigorous set of applicable HIPAA security controls as well as other security requirements.  These include PCI-DSS Level 1 Compliant Service Provider, ITIL v3 based best practices, and facility clearances up to Department of Defense, Top Secret.  In addition, Terremark’s world-class facilities provide stringent service-level agreements on power, environmentals and availability in order to provide an enterprise-class experience for clients.

Verizon’s health IT practice offers a comprehensive portfolio of managed, IT and consulting services for the health care industry to help transform patient care delivery, enhance access to care and better manage costs.

*Each client remains responsible for ensuring that it complies with HIPAA and all other applicable laws and regulations.

Verizon Communications Inc.

(NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 94 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 188,000.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

October 23, 2012 I Written By

Florida International University and CareCloud Partner to Provide Health Informatics Students Access to CareCloud Charts, Its National Electronic Health Record Platform

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Chief Technology Officer of CareCloud, a Miami-based provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services for medical practices, headed back to school at Florida International University (FIU) the other day. Tom Packert showed up for class in the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems program, but not as a student. Instead, he came to launch a unique partnership between CareCloud and FIU that will let students in the Master’s program access CareCloud Charts, its electronic health record software, as if they were physicians or practice administrators with their own practices.

Mr. Packert described CareCloud’s holistic approach to the health care system, explaining the company’s perspectives on how to create and deploy a modern technology infrastructure in an industry that often runs on solutions built three or four decades ago. He also lectured the students on cybersecurity and defusing the threats posed by hackers and cybercriminals, showing them an online application that he uses to encrypt all of his website logins. For this HIPAA-compliant class, his advice was well-received.

Ian Bjorsvik, CareCloud’s EHR specialist, then provided an overview of the electronic health record and practice management systems. As part of the new partnership, each student in the class will be given a login and full access to all of CareCloud’s software features, just as medical staff in a clinic would have. This new program will enable FIU students to work with the latest electronic health record technology for a unique perspective on how technology can impact every aspect of a medical practice.

“The partnering between FIU and CareCloud is an example of how a major institution of education can work with local, innovative companies to prepare students for leadership positions once they graduate. By integrating health care management with training in the use of health information technology, FIU is working proactively to prepare a cohort of Master’s students for their role as agents of transformation in health care delivery,” said Faculty Director, MS HI&MS, Prof. Neera Bhansali. “This program combines practical applications of health information theories and concepts for more effectively managing an organization’s resources and improving the delivery of health care services.”

“We are thrilled to partner with FIU on this exciting new collaboration that will allow its students access to our cloud-based platform. These students represent the next wave of healthcare professionals who will demand that all technology be as intuitive and easy to use as Facebook and Twitter – accelerating the industry’s current move away from antiquated stand-alone software and toward cloud-based technologies,” said Albert Santalo, Chairman and CEO of CareCloud. “ Given the growth of our platform, we envision working with additional universities to create a modern healthcare ecosystem and spur innovation.”

Most of the students in the new FIU Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems program are health care professionals. With the hands-on experience of using the CareCloud software, they stand to gain valuable knowledge in the technology of health care’s future. Class instructor, Dr. Christopher Sullivan, notes “My students are eager to learn about medical informatics, so access to first class health care software like CareCloud optimizes their educational opportunity.”

About Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School of Business

The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems is designed for health care professionals who desire to increase their knowledge of health information management and improve their skills in health information technology. Each course is designed to integrate information technology and management principles with healthcare delivery processes. For more information visit: http://business.fiu.edu/chapman/mshims/

About CareCloud

CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

CareCloud is helping thousands of physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in over 30 states. The company was named a winner of IBM’s SmartCamp Silicon Valley 2010 for its innovative technology and received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

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