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Verisma Launches First Online Request App Tailored to Patients and Requestors

Verisma Request App (VRA) Simplifies the Medical Records Request Process for Patients

Washington, D.C., September 13, 2016Verisma, the leader in release of information (ROI) automation systems for the healthcare industry, today announced the launch of an industry first – the Verisma Request App (VRA) – a self-service online request solution targeted to the specific needs of not just patients, but all types of requestors. VRA gives healthcare providers an additional tool for improving patient satisfaction by making the medical records request process available 24/7.  Ultimately VRA will facilitate not only automated requests but also automated fulfillment of requests.

Verisma is taking a phased approach to launching the new app. VRA Phase I focuses on patient access, specifically requests for medical records by patients and patient representatives. Via the hospital’s website or patient portal, patients and their representatives complete an intuitive online authorization form that replaces the current process of completing the form by hand and mailing it, faxing it, or delivering it to the provider. From the provider’s perspective, VRA helps drive traffic to the patient portal.

One of the challenges with paper authorization forms is they don’t educate the patients and their representatives about what they are signing. Patients and their representatives may not understand what it means to authorize the release of sensitive information such as that relating to mental health and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, genetic testing, or STDs. VRA helps providers mitigate this risk by including easy-to-understand, customizable descriptions with hyperlinks to additional information.

Verisma continues to strengthen its reputation as the industry leader in disclosure management security and compliance with the introduction of VRA. VRA is architected for 100% compliance with HIPAA, the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA). It requires multi-factor authentication and digital signature without making the processes burdensome to the patient or the patient’s representative.

Once the patient or their representative submits the online form, the data automatically creates a transaction in Verisma Release Manager (VRM) – the company’s flagship ROI Automation offering – thereby eliminating a significant number of steps performed on the front-end by the Release of Information Specialist. Since VRM and VRA are EHR-neutral, the request is easily fulfilled regardless of where the records reside (current EHR, legacy EHR, paper, or off-site storage).

“Verisma is innovating release of information from the patient’s perspective,” explains Andrew McManus, Senior Vice President of Verisma. “With VRA, hospitals will experience substantial ROI workflow efficiencies and greater productivity for their HIM departments. VRA significantly decreases the time, and in some cases the costs, for patients to receive their records. Overall, VRA is an automated medical records request process that maintains compliance and security, and ultimately improves requestor, patient, and provider satisfaction.”

Additional features include:

  • The ability for patients to request documents from any dates of service regardless of the source of the information
  • Online guidance embedded in the form, ensuring accuracy and completeness
  • Customized branding ensuring continuity within the provider’s website or patient portal

“VRA represents a big step forward for patients seeking greater access to their medical records beyond the data points available in EHR portals,” states Linda Kloss, RHIA, a health information thought leader and member of the Verisma Strategic Advisory Board. “It is also a big advance for ROI management.  Productivity and cost control are essential in ROI today, but they can’t be achieved at the expense of compliance short cuts.”

About Verisma

Verisma is a health information technology provider focused on delivering unparalleled Release of Information (ROI) solutions to the healthcare industry. The company’s flagship ROI Automation System, Verisma® Release Manager (VRM), is utilized by well-known health care organizations nationwide. VRM automates workflow to improve turnaround times, reduce errors, and drive down costs – effectively automating medical records release while delivering comprehensive release audit capabilities. It is the only release technology with integrated HIPAA guidance and compliance review support. For additional information, please visit our website at www.verisma.com, call 866-390-7404, email solutions@verisma.com or visit us at the AHIMA National Convention in booth #2213 for a VRA demo.

October 14, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HHS Issues MACRA Final Rule

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a final rule that emphasizes the importance of protecting public health and safety while also strengthening transparency and accountability in the ONC Health IT Certification Program (“Program”).

The “ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability” final rule will enable the ONC Health IT Certification Program to better support physicians and hospitals – the vast majority of whom use certified electronic health records (EHRs) –  and the rapid pace of innovation in the health information technology (health IT) market.

“More transparency and accountability in health IT is good for consumers, physicians, and hospitals,” said Vindell Washington, M.D., M.H.C.M., national coordinator for health IT. “Today’s final rule strengthens the program by ensuring that certified health IT helps clinicians and individuals use and exchange electronic health information safely and reliably.”

The final rule focuses on three key areas:

  • Direct Review:Provides a regulatory framework for ONC to directly review certified health IT products and take necessary action in circumstances involving: (1) potential risks to public health and safety; or (2) circumstances that present practical challenges for ONC-Authorized Certification Bodies (ONC-ACBs)—such as when issues arise involving multiple certified functionalities or products that have been certified by multiple ONC-ACBs. The final rule also focuses on corrective action plans to address issues and includes an appeals process under the Program for health IT developers that have products under direct review.
  • Consistent Authorization and Oversight:Establishes a process for ONC to authorize and oversee accredited testing laboratories (ONC-ATLs) to align with ONC’s existing oversight of ONC-ACBs, and facilitates ONC’s ability to quickly, directly, and precisely address testing and performance issues.
  • Increased Transparency and Accountability:Makes identifiable surveillance results of certified health IT publicly available to advance ONC’s overall commitment to transparency and provide customers and users with valuable information about the performance of certified health IT, including illuminating good performance and continued conformance with Program requirements.

More information on the final rule can be found here and on the ONC Health IT Certification Program here.

To find today’s Federal Register Notice of the final rule, visit: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/19/2016-24908/onc-health-it-certification-program-enhanced-oversight-and-accountability

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Clarifying the Confusion: Greythorn Launches Annual Healthcare IT Survey With New Twist

OCTOBER 4, 2016 (SEATTLE)—For years, the information healthcare IT professionals had about compensation norms was anecdotal: a friend who’d worked here made X, a colleague used to work there and only made Y but had a great benefits package. More recently, organizations have increased transparency about compensation, sites like Payscale and Glassdoor started aggregating salary data, and specialty recruitment firms like Greythorn have published salary reports based on annual surveys of HIT professionals. Industry members have more information than ever, yet confusion often remains due to lack of context. What do these numbers actually mean when one is looking for a new job?

That’s why this year, Greythorn’s Healthcare IT Market Report will be different.

“We recognize that past reports were useful as a snapshot of what was the current state of the industry,” explained Ben Weber, Greythorn’s Managing Director. “The aim of the 2017 report is to build on that foundation, and highlight trends that emerge from the last three years’ worth of data. This should help both job seekers and employers make more informed decisions about appropriate compensation packages.”

In order to provide this data, your help is needed. If you work in healthcare IT, please consider taking the 10-minute anonymous survey, which covers questions about salary, benefits, and career motivation. For every completed response, Greythorn will donate $1 to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, which helps families affected by autism live life to the fullest.

About Greythorn
Greythorn is a specialist technology and healthcare IT recruitment consultancy, placing highly skilled talent across the United States and Canada in full-time and contract roles.

October 6, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Wolters Kluwer to Acquire Emmi

Wolters Kluwer Health announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Emmi Solutions (Emmi), one of the leading U.S. providers of patient engagement solutions, for $170 million in cash.

Founded in 2002, Emmi is a leading provider of comprehensive and interactive patient engagement solutions supporting healthcare providers and insurance carriers in delivering effective healthcare.  Patient engagement solutions encourage patients to more actively participate in their healthcare, thereby improving outcomes and potentially reducing healthcare costs. Emmi’s offerings are a natural extension to our existing Clinical Solutions portfolio, in particular to UpToDate in decision support and Lexicomp and Medi-Span in drug information.

Emmi offers an enterprise-wide, integrated, and multi-media patient engagement platform with high quality, peer-reviewed content and personalized communications that span the spectrum of care from prevention, to treatment, to patient follow-up.  The company’s solutions are highly rated for ease of integration with electronic medical records (EMR) systems, technical capabilities, and overall user experience.

The U.S. market for patient engagement solutions is expected to grow at a double-digit rate in coming years, driven by the ongoing shift from a ‘pay for service’ to a ‘pay for outcome’ reimbursement model.  Emmi’s revenues are expected to reach approximately $29 million in 2016, driven by increasing penetration and product innovation. Over 90% of revenues are subscription-based and over 95% is derived from the U.S. market. The acquisition is expected to deliver a return on invested capital above Wolters Kluwer’s after tax cost of capital (8%) in 3 to 5 years and is expected to be enhancing to adjusted earnings in the first full year. Completion of the transaction is subject to Hart-Scott-Rodino regulatory review and other customary closing conditions.

“Healthcare systems are striving to deliver consistent, safe, high-quality care while the economics of healthcare are increasingly demanding value in healthcare delivery. Patients who engage in their care have the potential to make better decisions and achieve improved health outcomes. We are pleased to add this state-of-the-art patient engagement product to our range of clinical solutions. Combining Emmi’s products with our UpToDate and drug information offerings, we can now uniquely provide healthcare systems and their patients a consistent, high quality, evidence based solution that spans the entire continuum of care,” said Diana Nole, CEO Wolters Kluwer Health.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2015 annual revenues of €4.2 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.

Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY).

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and organization, visit http://www.wolterskluwer.com/, follow@WKHealth or @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us onLinkedIn, or follow WoltersKluwerComms on YouTube.

About Emmi

Emmi® delivers interactive patient engagement solutions by combining an intimate understanding of people with expertise in behavioral and educational science. Emmi’s integrated, web-based programs and automated call campaigns, expertly designed through a rigorous development process and a human-centered approach, provide a scalable way for healthcare organizations to engage individuals to be participants and partners in their care, while improving operational and financial performance. Emmi creates empowered people, improved relationships and healthier populations. For more information, visit emmisolutions.com, or follow the company on Twitter,LinkedIn, and Facebook.

October 4, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HHS awards funding to help protect health sector against cyber threats

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded cooperative agreements totaling $350,000 to strengthen the ability of health care and public health sector partners to respond to cybersecurity threats. The agreements will foster the development of a more vibrant cyber information sharing ecosystem within health care and public health sector.

HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded acooperative agreement to the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) of Ormond Beach, Florida, to provide cybersecurity information and education on cyber threats to healthcare sector stakeholders. HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) awarded a cooperative agreement to NH-ISAC to help build the infrastructure necessary to disseminate cyber threat information securely to healthcare partners.

“These agreements mark a critical first step toward addressing the growing threat cybersecurity poses to the health care and public health sector,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “Creating a more robust exchange about cybersecurity threats will help the industry prevent, detect and respond to these threats and better protect patients’ privacy and personally identifiable information.”

“The security of electronic health information is foundational to our increasingly digitized health system,” said Dr. Vindell Washington, national coordinator for health information technology. “This funding will help healthcare organizations of all sizes more easily and effectively share information about cyber threats and responses in order to protect their data and the health of their patients.”

Security breaches and ransomware attacks on the public healthcare system have been on the rise in recent years, as has the average cost associated with these attacks. Today, the cost of cybersecurity breaches averages $3.8 million per attack, according to a recent study. While some healthcare entities have adequate resources to contract with information sharing analysis organizations that could to inform them about cyber incidents, smaller healthcare entities often do not.

Through a streamlined cyber threat information sharing process, HHS will be able to send cyber threat information to a single entity, which then will share that information widely to support the full range of stakeholders. This approach helps ensure that smaller health care providers have the information they need to take appropriate action.

The agreements also will help build the capacity of NH-ISAC to receive cyber threat information from member healthcare entities. Information about any system breaches and ransomware attacks will be relayed through a more robust cyber information sharing environment, as will information about steps healthcare entities should take to protect their health information technology systems.

ASPR leads HHS in preparing the nation to respond to and recover from adverse health effects of emergencies, supporting communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening health and response systems, and enhancing national health security.  To learn more about ASPR, visit the HHS public health and medical emergency website, phe.gov.

ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. To learn more about ONC, visit HealthIT.gov.

HHS is the principal federal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Mana Health Launches ManaCreate™ to Enable Agile and Efficient Commercialization of Healthcare IT Innovations

First Platform Targeted to Health System Innovation Groups to Spur Faster, More Cost Effective Innovation

NEW YORK, NY, September 27, 2016 — Mana Health, a leading technology provider for healthcare data access solutions, announced today the availability of ManaCreate, a technology and support solution designed to enable faster and more cost effective commercialization of healthcare innovation. Targeted to innovation and IT groups within health systems and hospitals, ManaCreate supports the process for testing and integration of new applications to support a more agile innovation process.

“A cardiologist envisions treating patients faster with the right data points and providing targeted content. She is certain that with this experience she can improve outcomes.  With ManaCreate™ and an efficient development team, she can expedite the design process, integrate all the right data, and move into deployment mode faster for the betterment of healthcare,” explained Chris Bradley, co-founder, Mana Health.

Bringing any new healthcare IT system to market generally requires the same basic process of developing a first phase of a workable product, conducting testing, going to live deployment – in a HIPAA Compliant environment, and ultimately creating a minimal viable product (MVP). This can not only be time consuming but costly, with the typical new integration can be $200,000 to upwards of $500,000.

ManaCreate successfully removes the barriers of data flow by instantly providing a test environment that is pre-loaded with test patients, with a well-documented API and developer support, and the ability to switch to live data at any time using the production level ManaCloud™ platform. Specific features of the ManaCreate service include the following:

  • Thousands of test patients’ worth of clinical data
  • Ability to import additional custom records from your facility
  • Developer-friendly API, support, and documentation portal
  • Seamless path to EHR integration and live deployment
  • HIPAA-compliant data management

“As developers ourselves, it’s a passion for us to help reduce the barriers to innovation in healthcare. We created a health IT sandbox that enables anyone – from innovation teams at health systems and pharma companies to healthcare accelerators – to test new digital health services without the heavy lifting of creating deep integrations at the outset,” said Bradley. “To allow innovation to flourish in healthcare, more flexible systems are needed for the ‘test and learn’ process, along with more robust data output, and this is exactly what ManaCreate™ provides,” said Bradley.

ManaCreate becomes the third pillar of data access solutions from Mana Health, which also include ManaCloud and ManaPortal patient portal.  The ManaCloud architecture is the foundation of ManaCreate, and Mana Portal, an award winning untethered meaningful use patient portal.

ManaCreate is commercially available and being sold throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.manahealth.com/ManaCreate.

About Mana Health
Mana Health is a technology solutions company that enables streamlined data access in healthcare. Based in New York City, our solutions are deployed to major healthcare clients reaching hundreds of hospitals and millions of patients. Our passionate team has over 100 combined years of experience deploying software technology into large-scale enterprises in the healthcare, telecom, and government verticals. We are a member of the CommonWell Health Alliance and proud to be featured in publications such as HIT consultant, Health Data Management, Information Week, and more. To learn more about Mana Health, visit www.manahealth.com.

September 27, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

InstaMed Announces $50 Million Investment From Carrick Capital Partners

Capital to Drive the Growth of the InstaMed Network

PHILADELPHIA, PA and NEWPORT BEACH, CA (September 26, 2016)– InstaMed, healthcare’s most trusted payments network, today announced a $50 million investment from Carrick Capital Partners, an investment firm jointly based in Newport Beach and San Francisco, CA that focuses on technology-enabled businesses including SaaS, BPO and Transaction Processing.

The investment will be used to drive the growth of the InstaMed Network, accelerate go-to-market strategy and drive further innovation in healthcare payments technology. InstaMed’s solutions enable providers and payers to manage all of their healthcare payments on a single platform, integrated into any healthcare IT system. As consumer healthcare payment responsibility continues to soar, InstaMed’s innovative solutions offer ways for providers and payers to address the demands of consumerism while maintaining the highest levels of security and compliance.

“We are very excited to be working with InstaMed President and CEO Bill Marvin and his team, who are revolutionizing healthcare payments by simplifying the experience for providers, payers and consumers,” said Jim Madden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Carrick Capital Partners. “We identified InstaMed as part of our thematic sourcing efforts in healthcare technology and recognized the value of their unique single-technology platform, network effect business model and relentless focus on security and compliance,” he added.

Madden will join the InstaMed board of directors, and Chris Wenner, a Vice President at Carrick Capital Partners, will become an observer to the board of directors.

“We are thrilled to partner with Carrick Capital Partners and benefit from their deep experience in the healthcare marketplace,” said Bill Marvin, Co-Founder, President and CEO of InstaMed. “Carrick’s investment and experience will help drive the growth of the InstaMed Network and enhance the healthcare payment experience for providers, payers and consumers.”

Cowen and Company served as InstaMed’s sole financial advisor.

About InstaMed
InstaMed is healthcare’s most trusted payments network, connecting providers, payers and consumers on one platform. The InstaMed Network connects over two-thirds of the market and processes tens of billions of dollars in healthcare payments annually. InstaMed reduces the risks, costs and complexities of working with multiple payment vendors by delivering one platform for all forms of payment in healthcare, designed and developed on one code base and supported by one onshore team of experts in healthcare payments. InstaMed enables providers to collect more money from patients and payers while reducing the cost and time to collect. InstaMed allows payers to cut settlement and disbursement costs with electronic payments and facilitate consumerism for their members. Visit InstaMed on the web at www.instamed.com.
About Carrick Capital Partners
Headquartered in San Francisco and Newport Beach, Carrick Capital Partners is a growth-oriented investment firm that utilizes ABV (Approach to Building Value) to operationally scale fast-growing, technology-enabled businesses. Carrick adds value by taking a concentrated approach and dedicating significant resources post-investment. Leveraging decades of experience, Carrick helps scale great companies that deliver excellent returns for investors, stimulating economic growth and positively impacting the industry landscape. Working directly with CEOs and entrepreneurs, Carrick fulfills a vital need for investment capital and growth expertise.

 

September 26, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Huntzinger Management Group Announces Acquisition of Next Wave Health Advisors

SCRANTON, Pa.–The Huntzinger Management Group, Inc. (Huntzinger), a leader in healthcare advisory, managed, implementation, and supplemental staffing services, announced the acquisition of Next Wave Health Advisors, LLC (the Advisors). Founding Partner Bob Kitts, Chief Executive Officer of Huntzinger, made the announcement.

As part of Huntzinger, the Advisors will assist in providing healthcare advisory and managed services consulting. The Advisors will staff key advisory and managed services engagements with Huntzinger. Additionally, the Advisors will be actively involved in collaborating with Huntzinger leadership to formulate services most needed by and beneficial to the healthcare IT market.

The Advisors are a select group of experts who have helped shape the healthcare IT industry for the past several decades, and includes:

  • Frank Clark
  • Skip Hubbard
  • Ed Kopetsky
  • Peter Johnson
  • Rose Ann Laureto
  • Bill Montgomery
  • David Muntz
  • Sue Schade
  • Bill Spooner
  • Lynn Vogel
  • Jim Wagner
  • Eric Yablonka

“Huntzinger is a leader within the Healthcare IT industry. With the addition of the Advisors, Huntzinger has significantly expanded our knowledge base and resources within our advisory and managed service offerings. The Advisors and Huntzinger together provide sustainable strategic solutions for the healthcare IT industry,” stated Tanya Freeman, Huntzinger’s President, Chief Operating Officer, and Founding Partner.

Ivo Nelson, healthcare information pioneer, investor, and former Next Wave Health Advisors’ Chairman commented, “Finding the right partner for these preeminent healthcare leaders was our top priority, and Huntzinger is exactly such a partner.” He added, “Now there is a sound home for not only the current Advisors, but for future healthcare IT thought leaders as well.”

About The Huntzinger Management Group, Inc.
Huntzinger provides advisory, managed services, implementation, and supplemental staffing services to the healthcare industry. We focus on clinical and operational business performance optimization by ensuring alignment between IT, clinical, and ambulatory areas to position our healthcare clients for the future. For more information, visitwww.huntzingergroup.com.

About Next Wave Health Advisors, LLC.
The Advisors are preeminent leaders in healthcare information technology. Our team of executives played central roles in forming the modern-day HIT landscape over the past several decades, setting the bar in HIT leadership, management, technology, information security, business intelligence and organizational development. For more information, visit www.nextwavehealthadvisors.com

September 15, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Logicalis US to CIOs: Don’t be Held Hostage by Ransomware

Solution Provider IDs Five Proactive Steps CIOs Can Take Now

NEW YORK, September 12, 2016 – Ransomware, which holds business data hostage until a fee is paid, has taken a sharp upturn this year. In fact, a recent industry study found that nearly half of all U.S. businesses have experienced at least one ransomware attack in the past year alone. While organizations wrestle with the ever-pressing issue of whether to pay or not to pay if they’re victimized, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), suggests CXOs focus first on how to protect, thwart and recover from a potential attack before developing a pay or don’t-pay policy.

“Ransomware has become one of the most sophisticated criminal enterprises the world has ever seen,” says Ron Temske, Vice President, Security Solutions, Logicalis US. “As anyone in the business of cybersecurity knows, we’ve long battled those who simply wanted to create chaos and disruption. We’ve seen nation states attack both military and civilian targets and ‘hacktivists’ who act for various social causes.  But ransomware is different in one key way: It’s all about the money.  Ransomware is a business, complete with sophisticated cybercrime-as-a-service offerings and world-class customer support to ensure its victims’ files are returned expeditiously once the ransom is paid. It’s a service business approaching $1 billion in annual revenue, something that would be heralded as an accomplishment if it weren’t based on such nefarious principles. The business of ransomware has even spawned a network of affiliates that provide redirection of an exploit kit for a cut of the profits.”

Five Ways to Respond to the Threat from Ransomware

To be ready for an attack before it happens, to detect and stop it while it’s happening, or to recover from it after it happens takes planning. To help, Logicalis’ security experts have compiled a list of the top five ways to respond to the threat ransomware poses today.

  1. Create a Modern Defense: Traditional signature-based anti-virus solutions are good to have, but they aren’t up to the job of thwarting a sophisticated ransomware attack.  Neither is your traditional stateful firewall. As a result, it is critically important to plan for the possibility of an attack by developing comprehensive visibility and access to extensive details on how the malware entered the organization’s environment in the first place. IT pros who are serious about heading ransomware off at the pass should focus intently on modern next-generation anti-malware and firewall solutions that can stop an attack before it starts.
  2. Take an Architectural Approach: In some limited situations, point solutions can be effective, but not with ransomware. The most effective way to address the threat posed by ransomware and other pervasive cyberattacks is to take a holistic architectural approach to security that encompasses the entire network including its systems and endpoints as well as the organization’s cloud and mobile strategies. Because so many of today’s threats are automated, solutions that rely on human intervention to detect and respond are neither affordable nor effective, making automation and orchestration key principals in a solid security architecture design.
  3. Prevent the Spread of Malware: If an attacker’s malware does enter the network, it has the ability to spread like a fast-moving cold among passengers on an airplane.  The key at this stage is to compartmentalize data using network micro-segmentation strategies that make it more difficult for malware to spread laterally within the environment.
  4. Plan Your Recovery: The unfortunate truth is, despite the security industry’s best efforts, no organization is entirely immune to attack.  Therefore, it’s critical to examine how the organization will recover if it is breached. First, be sure you’re backing up. Second, test, test and re-test the backup and restore process; a backup is only valuable if the data can actually be restored when it’s needed.  It’s also important to ensure that the restore can be done at the system level since file-based recovery may not be enough. Consider, too, how much redundancy is required; if the organization is hit, do you have an uncorrupted source from which you can immediately recover? And be sure to weigh the costs of various solutions against the cost of potential loss or downtime – not all data is equally valuable, which means not all data needs the same level of protection.
  5. Create a Pay or No-Pay Policy: Finally, the big question: To pay or not to pay? No vertical market is having a tougher time facing this question than healthcare is today; whether it’s critical patient-care data that hackers hold hostage or the threat of hefty regulatory fines imposed when protected patient health information (PHI) is breached, healthcare organizations have become prime targets for ransomware attacks. Before any organization – healthcare or otherwise – pays a ransom, however, Temske suggests examining how much damage will be done if you don’t pay. Do you have an uncompromised data backup from which you can restore? What is the cost to restore vs. pay – both monetarily and in terms of the business’ ability to function in the meantime? Ultimately, the decision comes down to how business-critical the compromised data is to the organization. If you do decide to pay, Temske has one word of advice: “Negotiate. In most cases, you can talk the price down, so it may make sense to consider not paying the first amount offered.”

About Logicalis
Logicalis is an international multi-skilled solution provider providing digital enablement services to help customers harness digital technology and innovative services to deliver powerful business outcomes.

Our customers cross industries and geographical regions; our focus is to engage in the dynamics of our customers’ vertical markets including financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, and to apply the skills of our 4,000 employees in modernizing key digital pillars, data center and cloud services, security and network infrastructure, workspace communications and collaboration, data and information strategies, and IT operation modernization.

We are the advocates for our customers for some of the world’s leading technology companies including Cisco, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. It is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the LSE, with revenues of over $6.5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

September 12, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Dizzion Secures $6.4M Series A1 Funding Led by Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners

Investment to support leading market advances in simple, secure cloud-delivered desktops that meet high demand for a remote global workforce

Denver, CO, September 7, 2016 – Dizzion, Inc., a full-service End User Computing (EUC) provider, announced today a $6.4 million Series A1 funding round co-led by investors Grotech Ventures and Access Venture Partners, with Point B Capital and Correlation Ventures rounding out majorinvestments. The round also marks the addition of retired ViaWest Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder Roy Dimoff, to Dizzion’s board of directors. Dizzion will leverage new resources to grow its staff, expand its partner program and further refine virtual desktop technologies to serve industries with some of the most challenging workforce environments including business process outsourcing and the healthcare, financial services and insurance industries.

Dizzion enables end users to securely access applications and data from their desktop on any device, responding to the enterprise shift to cloud and global workforce trends including third-party contracting, work-from-home programs and a greater requirement for organizations to protectdata. Dizzion is expected to achieve record growth in 2016, following three consecutive years of more than 100 percent year-over-year growth in terms of revenue, customer base and personnel. Specifically, Dizzion has experienced average annual revenue growth of 207 percent since its inception.

“Dizzion is addressing a colossal shift in the workforce toward remote employees, cloud computing and application integration—and it’s not an easy transition for most companies,” said Steve Prather, CEO, Dizzion. “We are committed to providing the only virtual desktop that eliminates the complexity of traditional desktop management while addressing endpoint security and compliance risk, and we want to thank our investors for sharing in this vision.”

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) market is expected to exceed $11 billion by 2023, which is underscored by the fact that Dizzion has grown more in the past six months than all of 2015. The company will use the recently acquired funds to invest in three key areas:

·       Expanding solutions for VDI and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) technology, including a specific focus on HIPAA and PCI compliance 

·       Refining and growing its channel partner program, which is currently responsible for 55 percent of overall revenue 

·       Growing its workforce by 130 percent in 2016 and again in 2017, with a commitment to a collaborative and transparent culture

“Industries like healthcare and finance are some of the fastest growing markets in the world and yet also the most at risk for security breaches, shrinking margins and talent drain,” said Joe Zell, General Partner, Grotech. “Dizzion has created a virtual workforce solution that makes it possible for these firms to expand the use of remote employees while actually improving security and compliance and lowering cost.”

“Dizzion is proving that a wide range of companies and industries can benefit from implementing these types of cloud technologies, including solving critical business challenges, lowering IT costs and mitigating risks—all qualities we value,” said Brian Wallace, Managing Director, Access Venture Partners. “We’re pleased to support Dizzion and look forward to accelerating its growth as it redefines how the world works.”

Dizzion services companies around the globe, including major brands like AARP, Delta Dental, and TELUS International. In addition to working with 40 plus channel partners, including ViaWest, Zayo, CarrierSales, SPS, and HOSTING.

Visit our blog to learn more about the funding announcement, and for more information on employment opportunities with Dizzion, please visit the careers page.

About Dizzion

Established in 2011, Dizzion, Inc. is a global provider of end-user computing services, including cloud-delivered Desktops as a Service (DaaS), paired with complementary offerings like secure endpoints, application delivery and storage. The company is delivering the next generation of virtual desktop solutions to meet the demands of a remote global workforce in industries with stringent security and compliance needs, including business process outsourcing, financial services, healthcare and insurance. Dizzion’s mission is to enable users to securely access applications and data from any device, anywhere increasing mobility and productivity. To learn more about Dizzion, visit www.dizzion.com

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September 7, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.