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HIPAA Compliant, Secure Texting Doc Halo App Lands Key Contract with Premier Healthcare Network

The Doc Halo app ensures confidential patient information remains private during the text messaging process for physicians and for healthcare networks.

Cincinnati, Ohio. March 21, 2013.  Doc Halo, the secure healthcare texting app that allows physicians and medical professionals to communicate within a HIPAA-compliant platform, has announced that a renowned healthcare network, TriHealth, Inc., has agreed to offer the Doc Halo secure texting solution to the TriHealth network’s affiliated physicians.

With the Doc Halo secure texting app, physicians can transmit critical and timely information to other healthcare professionals connected to the Doc Halo system.

Co-founder and CEO of Doc Halo, Jose Barreau, MD, explained that Doc Halo provides efficiency, immediacy, privacy, and technology to an industry entrusted with the health and well-being of patients.

“As a physician of more than 20 years myself, I know first-hand the need to communicate immediately – and yet securely – with my colleagues. The benefits that the Doc Halo smartphone technology offers are significant.”

Dr. Barreau added that several key elements have driven the Doc Halo app development team from the beginning. “It was critical to us that we perfect the mobile app to ensure that its operation is flawless, its technology is superior, its user interface is intuitive, and that its privacy compliance is HIPAA-secure at every touch-point.”

Doc Halo President and Co-founder, Amit Gupta, MD elaborated, “Texting and smartphone technology have become second-thought to many of us. In our everyday lives, we can see the value of accuracy and efficiency when we text a friend, family member, or business colleague. Those same fundamentals are needed in the medical field. And yet, ensuring patients’ privacy is equally paramount. Doc Halo offers that needed secure physician texting solution.”

The popularity of smartphones, tablets, apps and innovative communications mediums is pervasive today in popular culture. Similarly in the healthcare industry, this technology is in demand.

Participants, presenters and exhibitors at the recent March 3-7, 2013 HIMSS Conference in New Orleans generated a multitude of articles, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook and Google+ posts about mobile health (mHealth), health information exchange (HIT), electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Dr. Barreau commented, “There are many popular healthcare apps in the smartphone world. The bulk of those options have been, and are, in the areas of patient-to-patient apps, physician-to-public apps, and public-to-public apps. Doc Halo offers an important, new secure texting app technology.”

TriHealth serves the Greater Cincinnati area and is a unified health system of physicians, hospitals and communities.

For more information on the Doc Halo secure texting app, visit http://www.dochalo.com or call 1.855.362.4256.

About Doc Halo 
Doc Halo is the professional standard for HIPAA secure texting for physicians, medical practices, hospitals and healthcare organizations. The Doc Halo app is designed to streamline compliant physician sharing of critical patient information within a secure environment. Doc Halo is trusted by individual physicians, by their staffs, and by comprehensive healthcare networks for secure communication. Because of the intuitive operational structure of the Doc Halo app, physicians see efficiencies with their communications within minutes of registration.

March 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Riverside Healthcare Customer Case Study – Deployment protects distributed network of healthcare facilities from the latest threats, comply with new regulatory requirements

Riverside Healthcare Selects Fortinet® Enterprise-Class Network Security Platforms to Help Protect its Distributed Network of Healthcare Facilities from the Latest Threats, Comply with New Regulatory Requirements and Lower IT Costs

FortiGate, FortiAP and FortiMail Platforms Provide Cutting Edge Protection Against the Latest Advanced Persistent Threats; Simplified Management and a Lower TCO than Competing Security Platforms

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 5, 2013 - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) – a world leader in high-performance network security – today announced that Riverside Healthcare has deployed a multitude of Fortinet appliances to help protect its distributed network of healthcare facilities from the latest threats, comply with new regulatory requirements and to help lower their overall IT costs. Riverside has selected the FortiGate-1000C, FortiGate-80C, Fortimail-400C and FortiAP-221B platforms to provide encryption, advanced malware and messaging protection and wireless control throughout its core network, which hosts numerous applications for its distributed affiliate organizations.

“Fortinet’s network security platform allows us to address the latest compliance requirements and implement new IT services while lowering costs through consolidation,” said Erik Devine, CSO of Riverside Healthcare. “Our network of doctors and colleagues are continually impressed with our ability to quickly address the latest security challenges, such as providing secure BYOD for employees and patients and protecting against advanced persistent threats, all while maintaining compliance with strict regulatory requirements.”

The Fortinet platforms provide Riverside with firewall, IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, antivirus, intrusion prevention, application control and Web content filtering protection. In addition to protecting Riverside, its affiliates and customers from the latest threats, the platforms offer a simplified management console that reduces IT complexity and lowers total cost of ownership.

Prior to selecting Fortinet, Riverside used a combination of network security vendors to secure patient records and meet regulatory requirements; however they ultimately found this approach too difficult to manage on a day-to-day basis and proved to be extremely costly over time. Using Fortinet’s security platforms, Riverside was able to consolidate their security infrastructure, reduce costs and achieve compliance with Federal regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

About Riverside Healthcare

Riverside HealthCare is a fully integrated healthcare system serving the needs of patients throughout the Illinois counties of Kankakee, Iroquois, Will, Grundy and beyond. Riverside HealthCare is composed of five separate entities:

Riverside Medical Center is located in Kankakee, Illinois and is part of Riverside HealthCare, a fully integrated healthcare system. Riverside Medical Center is a 325-bed hospital that provides a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care. Riverside is a nationally-recognized, award-winning hospital with leading programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery and orthopedics. It is the area’s only Magnet® Recognized hospital and has been named a 100 Top Hospital four years in a row. Riverside also operates several community, primary and specialty health centers throughout the region.

Sojourn, a Riverside community, addresses the health care needs of the area’s elderly population. The four facilities that are a part of Riverside Senior Living Center include: Butterfield Court, an assisted living facility, Miller Center, a skilled nursing facility and Westwood Oaks/Westwood Estates, independent retirement communities.

Oakside Corporation operates the Riverside Health Fitness Center and also coordinates community counseling programs, pharmacy, health equipment sales and leasing and home health care.

Riverside HealthCare Foundation raises funds for the health system for use in facility construction and repair, new equipment acquisition, community health care education initiatives and clinical research.

Riverside Health Fitness Center is a 70,000 square foot medically-based fitness center owned and operated by Riverside HealthCare. It is a world class center that reflects Riverside’s commitment to improving the health and fitness of the community.

“Riverside Healthcare is a great example of a healthcare organization that is taking full advantage of Fortinet’s breadth and depth of products. They recognize that network security is more than just a firewall or a single point product that satisfies a single security function,” said Mark Hanson, director of healthcare sales at Fortinet. “The combination of FortiGate, FortiMail and FortiAP wireless access points provides a world-class security solution while addressing the budgetary constraints in healthcare of needing to do more with less.”

The full case study can be downloaded here: http://www.fortinet.com/sites/default/files/casestudies/Riverside-CaseStudy.pdf

Follow Fortinet Online: Twitter at: www.twitter.com/fortinet; Facebook at: www.facebook.com/fortinet; YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/SecureNetworks.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management (UTM). Our products and subscription services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security infrastructure. Our customers include enterprises, service providers and government entities worldwide, including the majority of the 2012 Fortune Global 100. Fortinet’s flagship FortiGate product delivers ASIC-accelerated performance and integrates multiple layers of security designed to help protect against application and network threats. Fortinet’s broad product line goes beyond UTM to help secure the extended enterprise – from endpoints, to the perimeter and the core, including databases and applications. Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices around the world.

March 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security Tablet Meets the Security, Manageability and Reliability Needs of Government Agencies, Financial Institutions and Healthcare Organizations

  • Dell Latitude 10 with enhanced security sets the standard for business-friendly tablets with more industry-leading security features than any other device
  • A third-party study finds Latitude 10 tablets are up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy than iPads in large scale enterprise implementations [1]

ROUND ROCK, Texas, Feb. 25, 2013 Dell today introduced the Latitude 10 enhanced security configuration, a business-ready tablet designed to address the costly and time consuming management and security challenges faced by organizations deploying tablets. The Dell Latitude 10 is ideal for highly regulated industries such as government agencies, financial institutions and healthcare organizations and builds upon Dell’s heritage of delivering trusted business PCs with industry-leading manageability, security and reliability.

Study Reveals Multiple IT Challenges of Deploying Tablets in Enterprise Settings
A recent Dell and Intel-commissioned Harris Interactive online survey [2] of 204 U.S. healthcare IT decision makers highlights the tablet management challenges faced by organizations today. The results show that tablets are increasingly becoming a standard IT device (51 percent of the healthcare organizations surveyed have deployed them). However, other studies show tablets can cost significantly more time and money to manage than other standard Windows-based devices such as laptops and desktops. According to the results of the Harris survey:

  • On average, those institutions managing tablets spend an estimated $2,235.20 configuring these devices to work within their organizations. These costs are often several times more than the actual expense of acquiring the device.
  • Fifty-one percent of tablet using institutions report that the devices required additional software or tools beyond what is used to manage laptops and desktops.
  • Forty-two percent of IT decision makers in tablet using organizations spent between 10 and 29 minutes per tablet to achieve the same level of security inherent in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chips.
  • Forty-four percent of those in tablet using organizations reported that there are applications that are currently used in their organization on desktop and laptop computers that cannot currently be accessed on tablets.

These results demonstrate that the introduction of tablets into enterprise environments has created a more expensive and difficult management process for IT managers in multiple industries. The Dell Latitude 10 was designed to overcome these challenges by combining a great user experience with ease of management and deployment by IT. The Latitude 10 fits easily and securely into existing IT environments to help improve IT efficiency and decrease total cost-of-ownership. Because it is managed like any standard Windows-based laptop, the Latitude 10 is significantly easier to deploy and manage than the Apple iPad in large scale enterprise implementations. According to third-party testing performed by Principled Technologies [1], when compared to the iPad the Latitude 10 tablet is:

  • Up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy saving approximately 580 hours in system prep and applications installation.
  • Up to 99 percent faster for software updates, saving approximately 197 hours with automated updates.
  • Up to 85 percent cheaper per device to maintain over a three-year period.

Industry-Leading Tablet Security
The Latitude 10 tablet, powered by the dual core Intel® Atom™ processor Z2760, delivers more hardware, authentication, data protection, tracking and recovery security features than any other tablet device on the market today and is ideal for organizations that must comply with stringent regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS). The Latitude 10 enhanced security configuration is the only dual-authentication Windows 8 tablet with both an integrated smart card and fingerprint reader, in addition to the Latitude 10’s already robust security features that include:

  • Dell Data Protection|Access providing an integrated end point security management suite that utilizes the fingerprint and smart card reader in the Latitude 10 as well as third-party security devices. A Dell wizard provides simple setup.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 hardware to allow networks to check device integrity and to assign full trust.
  • Microsoft® BitLocker Drive Encryption.
  • Computrace Support for stealth tracking software to allow the recovery of lost or stolen devices.
  • A Noble Lock slot for added hardware security.

Quotes
“Other tablets being deployed in business environments can cause more harm than good in the long run with unforeseen management costs and unsecure data protection and access,” said Neil Hand, Vice President of Tablets and Performance PCs, End User Computing, Dell. “With Latitude 10 enhanced security configuration, our customers will be able to give their workers the mobility and productivity they want while having the peace of mind they can easily enforce and adhere to some of the most rigorous security regulations.”

“While tablets can improve access to patient information for clinicians at the point of care, healthcare IT decision-makers should be informed about potential side-effects,” said Andrew Litt, M.D., Dell’s Chief Medical Officer. “The time and expense to connect, manage and secure these devices could be nearly five times the device’s purchase price2, which can be a significant concern for most healthcare institutions. Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet and integrated solutions like Mobile Clinical Computing address these concerns by simplifying device management and ensuring that information is both secure and accessible for patient care.”

“In our testing and analysis we found substantial advantages in managing the Dell Latitude 10 over an Apple iPad in an enterprise SCCM environment,” said Bill Catchings, co-founder of Principled Technologies. “Our analysis found that these advantages would translate to significant cost savings, especially when managing large numbers of these devices.”

Product Availability and Pricing [3]
The Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security is available worldwide today and costs $779USD.The Latitude 10 essentials 64GB configuration is available starting at $579USD. The Latitude 10 essentials 32GB configuration is available for $499USD.

About Dell
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

[1] Tablets in Large Enterprises: Dell Latitude 10 with Windows 8 vs. Apple IPAD, A Principled Technologies Test Report, Commissioned by Dell, Jan. 2013

[2] The Dell Healthcare and Technology study is a third-party study commissioned by Dell. It was conducted online within the US and UK by Harris Interactive on behalf of Dell between Dec. 27, 2012 and Jan. 17, 2013 among 204 US and 81 UK IT decision makers who work in the healthcare industry who were either hospital/clinic administrators or IT professionals working inside or outside a dedicated IT department, and who had at least a major influence on decision making regarding purchasing computer equipment for hospitals/clinics. 105 IT decision makers in the US and 50 in the UK report that tablets are used in their organization. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available here.

[3] Offers subject to change, not combinable with all other offers. Taxes, shipping, handling and other fees apply. Offers available only to qualified U.S. customers and subject to restrictions in your applicable contract, if any. Dell reserves right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors.

About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing our client’s research investment. Serving clients in more than 196 countries and territories through our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us – and our clients—stay ahead of what’s next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

About Principled Technology and Management Cost Methodology
Principled Technologies (PT) compared a set of typical enterprise IT management operations on the Latitude 10 and the Apple iPad. PT looked at what the cost of doing these operations would be in a typical enterprise with 1,000 of the devices using existing management tools like SCCM. Principled Technologies provides industry-leading technology assessment and fact-based marketing services relying upon extensive experience with and expertise in all aspects of technology testing and analysis, from researching new technologies, to developing new methodologies, to testing with existing and new tools. Principled Technology’s founders have worked in technology assessment for over 20 years. They created and led the Ziff-Davis Benchmark Operation, which developed such industry-standard benchmarks as Ziff Davis Media’s Winstone and WebBench. They founded and led eTesting Labs, and after the acquisition of that company by Lionbridge Technologies were the head and CTO of VeriTest.

Dell, Latitude and OptiPlex are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

 
February 25, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

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

CAQH CORE Operating Rules Adopted By HHS For Patient Eligibility And Health Claim Status Transactions

Rules to Ensure Electronic Data Transactions are More Predictable and Consistent

 WASHINGTON, DC – December 21, 2011 – CAQH® announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the use of many of the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange® (CORE®) operating rules regarding eligibility for a health plan and healthcare claim status transactions.  All HIPAA covered entities will be required to comply with these operating rules, which will make electronic healthcare transactions more predictable and consistent, by January 1, 2013 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We are pleased that HHS has recognized the valuable role of operating rules in achieving administrative simplification,” said Robin Thomashauer, Executive Director of CAQH.  “With the adoption of the CAQH CORE Phase I and Phase II operating rules related to eligibility and claim status transactions, the industry is taking an important step forward as we move to the next level of electronic solutions.”

CAQH CORE is a national industry multi-stakeholder initiative that is working to streamline electronic healthcare administrative data exchange and improve health plan-provider interoperability.  CAQH CORE rules build on existing standards, such as those in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act rules, to make electronic data transactions more predictable and consistent, regardless of the technology.

“The CORE participants are committed to leveraging their experience to assist in the successful implementation of the final operating rules, so health plans, providers, hospitals, vendors and other organizations can exchange more efficient and predictable patient-eligibility and claims-verification information,” said Thomashauer.

To date, nearly 60 leading national healthcare organizations are voluntarily certified as exchanging electronic administrative data in accordance with CORE Phase I and/or Phase II rules.

CAQH CORE is applying and hopes to continue to serve in the role as author of ACA mandated operating rules given its commitment to improving the efficiency of healthcare transactions.

About CORE

CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) is a multi-stakeholder industry collaboration developing operating rules that streamline administrative transactions. Over the past six years, CORE participation has grown to more than 130 organizations that represent approximately 75 percent of the commercially insured lives plus Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. CORE has a proven track record of operating rules adoption through voluntary certification and stakeholder return on investment.  CAQH CORE was recommended by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), a federal advisory committee to the HHS Secretary (NCVHS), to draft the EFT/ERA operating rules mandated by the ACA, and has testified to NCVHS on other ACA mandates for operating rules.  To learn more about CAQH CORE, visit www.caqh.org/benefits.php.

About CAQH

CAQH serves as a catalyst for industry collaboration on initiatives that simplify healthcare administration for health plans and providers, resulting in a better care experience for patients and caregivers. CAQH solutions help promote quality interactions between plans, providers and other stakeholders; reduce costs and frustrations associated with healthcare administration; facilitate administrative healthcare information exchange; and encourage administrative and clinical data integration. Visit www.caqh.org for more information.

December 29, 2011 I Written By