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Mitochon and CureMD Partner to Deliver Targeted Clinical Content to thousands of Physicians

Mitochon Systems Inc., Laguna Hills, CA, June 12, 2013 – CureMD Healthcare, a leading national provider of award winning EMR, Practice Management and Billing Services and Mitochon Systems Inc., announced today a partnership to utilize Mitochons patented delivery platform for clinical content for physicians and patients, drug sample programs, co-pay vouchers, DME orders and pharma promotional messaging to the entire CureMD subscriber network.

Bill Hashmat, CIO and CO founder at CureMD Healthcare stated, “CureMD constantly strives for innovative approaches that benefit its subscribers though advances in patient safety, improving outcomes and quality while reducing costs” he continued. “The ability to connect with multiple content sources through a single connection is a significant factor in establishing this preferred partnership.” He further stated, “Mitochons deep understanding of the technical and workflow challenges that EHR vendors face in regards to content delivery, along with pharma demand for their patented Granular and Contextually targeted content made this an exciting partnership to enter.”

Mitochon content Service is a HIPAA compliant, patented delivery model for a variety of clinical and promotional content to the EHR community. It also provides support for Meaningful Use stage 2 compliance. The benefit of a simple internet based connection, eliminating the high cost of establishing custom API’s and the ongoing maintenance associated with them, is an attractive proposition to the EHR vendor’s. The significant incremental revenue stream from multiple content sources is also very attractive proposition to help subsidize EMR adoption.

“We are delighted to enter this partnership and further develop our patented content solutions within CureMD’s physician networks” said Chris Riley CEO at Mitochon. “In CureMD we have a forward thinking, agile partner who understands the dynamics in the market place in regards to declining ability to extract high prices from physicians for EHR systems and the need to develop significant revenue from other services. The patent was approved in April 2012 and we are on the move to deploy it with leading EMR venders across the nation.”

About CureMD
CureMD is an award winning provider of EMR, practice management and billing services to help optimize outcomes, quality and returns. CureMD is consistently ranked as the number 1 SaaS EMR by independent research organizations for the highest customer satisfaction rate in the industry.

About Mitochon
Founded in 2006 and awarded a patent for the delivery of targeted, contextual clinical and promotional content to EHR systems in 2012. Mitochon offers EHR vendors incremental revenue from the delivery of targeted content to their physician and patient communities, enabling better outcomes and assisting in reducing medical costs

June 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

Philips Healthcare and Vidyo Enable Enterprise-Grade Video for Remote Patient Monitoring

Clinical Care and Coordination Is Revolutionized with Vidyo’s Next-generation Video Communications Technology Incorporated into Philips’ IntelliSpace eCareManager 3.9 Platform
Andover, MA and Hackensack, NJ – March 6, 2013 – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and Vidyo, Inc. today announced that the first Philips Healthcare solution incorporating enterprise-grade video for patient monitoring applications – Philips IntelliSpace eCareManager  3.9 enterprise telehealth platform featuring Vidyo’s VidyoRouter technology –  was launched during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 conference and exhibition in New Orleans.
The new remote patient monitoring platform follows an earlier announcement of the companies’ collaboration in April 2012, initiating Philips’ launch of an enterprise video conferencing platform for healthcare to be used for monitoring ICU patients. Technological features of the system incorporate multiple tools for enabling better coordination of patient care, care team collaboration, and patient engagement; allowing visual monitoring and access to vital patient information from remote locations, in a reliable and cost effective manner.
The platform combines Philips orb – a newly launched graphical dashboard – with Vidyo’s VidyoRouter Platform, which expands the ability for care provider devices to work across a broader range of networks. Orb’s ability to integrate practical data with visual technology helps clinicians to prioritize patient needs and streamline in-hospital care. The orb dashboard features circles that represent individual patients and their health status. By viewing these circles, clinicians can determine, at a glance, important patient or population-level information, such as which patients are in need of immediate care versus others who might be ready for hospital discharge. It also helps clinicians prioritize information that was previously unavailable due to the massive amount of data created by a single patient, whether they are providing care at the bedside, from the nurses’ station, or hundreds of miles away from a remote, centralized telehealth care team.
As the adoption of telehealth by health systems continues to increase, companies with complementary technologies are working together to support clinicians who are managing large populations of patients remotely but don’t have the capacity to manage multiple technical systems. Philips eCareManager 3.9 and Vidyo’s collaboration provides a continuous, single platform to reduce technological redundancies – from the Emergency Department to the ICU and discharge – and offers continuity for quality of care.
The integrated workflow provides healthcare facilities with the flexibility to manage large patient populations while maintaining visibility into individual treatment needs. The system enables an expansion of video telepresence across geographically dispersed locations, and aggregates clinical informatics solutions designed to improve the quality of patient care for patients in the hospital and in the home.
“Enterprise-wide deployment of next-generation telehealth services requires advanced video technology that is scalable and flexible enough to support the needs of today’s caregiver, family and patient, regardless of distance or setting.” said Lori Lazzara, Philips’ VP, GM Connected Care Solutions. “This newest version of our IntelliSpace eCareManager platform is the first system which meaningfully combines these innovative technologies from Vidyo and Philips, and underscores our shared commitment to enabling patients to be transitioned between acuity levels at the most appropriate time, to improve patient care and reduce costs.”
“When two leaders in technological innovation, such as Philips and Vidyo, combine forces, the result is game-changing for the healthcare market,” said Amnon Gavish, Vidyo’s Senior VP of Vertical Solutions. “The interface of our two platforms is a significant first step toward a longer- term vision of providing effective telepresence for improving patient management in the ever-evolving environment of healthcare.”
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 118,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc., pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways that interoperate with H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based broadcast solutions. Vidyo for Healthcare eliminates the access, performance and cost issues of traditional systems that require expensive MCU equipment and dedicated QoS. With its amazing quality, unmatched accessibility and market-shifting cost-efficiency, Vidyo for Healthcare provides hospitals, specialized medical centers and physician clinics with low latency telepresence-quality video conferencing from any mobile, desktop or room-based endpoint over the Internet, WiFi and 4G networks.  Vidyo delivers end-to-end encryption, provides HIPAA-compliant security, and easily integrates into existing healthcare environments with support for a variety of medical devices and interoperability with existing conferencing infrastructure. Learn more at www.vidyo.com, on the Blog or follow @vidyo on Twitter.
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 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

TigerText Opens Its Secure Communications Platform to Developers with Launch of TigerConnect API

Third Party Applications Can Now Integrate with TigerText, the Healthcare Industry’s Largest Secure Messaging Platform

 

New Orleans, LA, March 5, 2013 - TigerText, Inc., the leader in secure real-time messaging for the enterprise, today announced at the HIMSS 2013 Conference the opening of the TigerText platform to developers through TigerConnect, its open API.   TigerConnect allows developers to harness the power of TigerText’s platform to communicate with customers, partners and other third parties in a secure manner that complies with industry regulations.

“For healthcare providers that need fast response times and seamless care coordination, secure, HIPAA compliant communications is a must,” said Dr. Mark Singh, President and CEO, Clinicore. “We chose to integrate TigerText into our clinical solution, through the TigerConnect open API, because secure messaging is a must for our existing workflow. TigerText enables our users to securely exchange clinical documents and images as part of a communication thread in our existing software. With our integrated solution, our users have the flexibility to communicate in multiple ways, whether from their smartphone app or a desktop computer.”

By opening its platform, TigerText enables developers and organizations to extend the benefits of secure messaging beyond their own corporate directory.  With texting becoming the preferred method of communication amongst healthcare providers and doctors, organizations can use TigerText to send and receive all types of information securely on their smartphone, tablet or computer, all while complying with HIPAA regulations.  For example, lab and diagnostic companies can securely text critical lab results directly from their systems to physicians, saving time and resources trying to track doctors down by phone.  Doctors can also use TigerConnect to query third party systems to retrieve timely information such as who is on call, what room their patient is in, or any other information that lies within an EMR.  TigerConnect also enables secure communication with legacy systems and answering service software.

“For nearly 15 years, AMiON has been managing physician call schedules and delivering critical pages to doctors,” said Stuart Karon, Founder of AMiON.  “We support just about every messaging platform available. TigerText is the first we’re comfortable enough with to recommend. TigerConnect lets us integrate TigerText messaging seamlessly into our web service. Messages arrive on people’s devices almost instantly. They’re secure. And with free and pro levels, our customers can keep costs low or maintain enterprise-wide control over messaging.”

“As more organizations recognize the potential of secure real-time messaging and trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) emerge, we believe secure messaging will play a critical role in driving faster response times and improvements in organizational accountability through the use of TigerText’s “read notifications” capability. With our large and growing healthcare customer base, we have seen first-hand how much instant communication can improve care coordination and drive real productivity,” said Brad Brooks, president and co-founder, TigerText. “In turn, we believe that companies need a secure, reliable and scalable solution to drive real utility for their customers.  Today we send more than a million messages a day across our platform as a result of the rapid adoption of TigerText, so we are well positioned to deliver this utility.  When you consider that over two trillion text messages were sent in the US in 2011 alone, it is clear that secure and compliant messaging is set to transform enterprise communications, and we believe TigerText will lead this change.”

Beyond health care, TigerText can be utilized by government agencies, financial institutions and other organizations that have stringent regulations regarding the communication of sensitive information.  There is no charge to get started with the platform and message recipients don’t need the TigerText app to receive and send messages.

TigerText has previously announced integrations with Dropbox and AMiON, allowing their customers to securely share files and access information stored in the cloud.  In order to provide the widest range of connectivity, developers integrating with TigerText can leverage HTTP, SMTP, and WCTP protocols.  As part of today’s launch, TigerText will provide a Software Development Kit (SDK) for companies that want to integrate secure messaging within their own apps or services.

Developers can learn more about TigerConnect at http://developer.tigertext.com

FOR HIMSS 2013 attendees: To learn firsthand how organizations are using TigerText, please attend the TigerText panel presentation on Wednesday, March 6th at 11:15 at the Mobile Health Knowledge Center, Booth #8247.

About TigerText

TigerText is the leader in secure, real-time messaging for the consumer and enterprise.  TigerText allows healthcare providers and businesses to create a private and secure mobile messaging network with their own smartphone.  This controlled platform is HIPAA compliant and replaces unsecured SMS text messages that leave protected health and other confidential information at risk.  The speed, compatibility, and ease of TigerText increases workflow and employee satisfaction.  For more information visit: http://www.tigertext.com or http://developer.tigertext.com or https://www.facebook.com/TigerText or twitter.com/tigertextapp.

 

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

BridgeHead and ClearDATA Offer their Medical Archive in the Cloud

BridgeHead’s Unique Capabilities Enable ClearDATA to Provide Medical Archive that Supports both DICOM and Non-DICOM Data in the Cloud

Woburn, MA and Phoenix, AZ – March 4, 2013 – BridgeHead Software, the Healthcare Data Management company, today announced a partnership with ClearDATA Networks, the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, to bring comprehensive vendor neutral archive (VNA) and general Medical Archive services to the company’s HealthDATA cloud solution. BridgeHead’s unique capabilities to support DICOM and non-DICOM data will allow hospitals worldwide to store, protect and share both clinical and administrative data in the cloud.

“The partnership with BridgeHead is symbiotic as the company shares ClearDATA’s dedicated focus on supporting the healthcare environment,” said Darin Brannan, CEO of ClearDATA Networks. “BridgeHead’s unique Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution allows hospitals to efficiently and effectively manage all of their data. This, combined with our expertise in delivering cloud solutions, enables us to collectively offer a comprehensive solution to our customers. In addition, we hope to leverage BridgeHead’s significant presence in the healthcare market to increase cloud adoption by hospitals, clearly a priority for this unique collaboration.”

The HealthDATA solution comprises an ultra-secure, HIPAA-compliant, highly reliable and scalable cloud computing platform and hosting services designed exclusively for the healthcare market. As part of the ClearDATA family, BridgeHead’s Medical Archive, incorporating a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), provides an environment equipped to manage the full range of data within a hospital. From the clinical side this includes (but is not limited to) DICOM images from radiology departments or scanned patient information. Additionally, the solution manages more generic, unstructured file data such as emails, documents and spreadsheets found across the healthcare enterprise.

“ClearDATA occupies a unique position in the market as a healthcare-specific cloud provider. As a result, they recognize that healthcare has particular governance, compliance and data issues that need to be adhered to,” said Tony Cotterill, chief product officer and founder of BridgeHead. “We look forward to working with ClearDATA to bring the critical capabilities of cloud-based Healthcare Data Management to hospitals.”

Based on hardware from HP, a long-standing partner of both BridgeHead and ClearDATA, the new Medical Archive solution will offer a variety of options for healthcare organizations to archive clinical and administrative data in the cloud, depending on the specific level of service, availability and failover required by hospitals. For example, a customer can choose to simply store healthcare data in the cloud, or deploy a high availability gateway on site. BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution is well suited for both of these applications.

 

March 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

BridgeHead and ClearDATA Offer their Medical Archive in the Cloud

BridgeHead’s Unique Capabilities Enable ClearDATA to Provide Medical Archive that Supports both DICOM and Non-DICOM Data in the Cloud

Woburn, MA and Phoenix, AZ – March 4, 2013 – BridgeHead Software, the Healthcare Data Management company, today announced a partnership with ClearDATA Networks, the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, to bring comprehensive vendor neutral archive (VNA) and general Medical Archive services to the company’s HealthDATA cloud solution. BridgeHead’s unique capabilities to support DICOM and non-DICOM data will allow hospitals worldwide to store, protect and share both clinical and administrative data in the cloud.

“The partnership with BridgeHead is symbiotic as the company shares ClearDATA’s dedicated focus on supporting the healthcare environment,” said Darin Brannan, CEO of ClearDATA Networks. “BridgeHead’s unique Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution allows hospitals to efficiently and effectively manage all of their data. This, combined with our expertise in delivering cloud solutions, enables us to collectively offer a comprehensive solution to our customers. In addition, we hope to leverage BridgeHead’s significant presence in the healthcare market to increase cloud adoption by hospitals, clearly a priority for this unique collaboration.”

The HealthDATA solution comprises an ultra-secure, HIPAA-compliant, highly reliable and scalable cloud computing platform and hosting services designed exclusively for the healthcare market. As part of the ClearDATA family, BridgeHead’s Medical Archive, incorporating a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA), provides an environment equipped to manage the full range of data within a hospital. From the clinical side this includes (but is not limited to) DICOM images from radiology departments or scanned patient information. Additionally, the solution manages more generic, unstructured file data such as emails, documents and spreadsheets found across the healthcare enterprise.

“ClearDATA occupies a unique position in the market as a healthcare-specific cloud provider. As a result, they recognize that healthcare has particular governance, compliance and data issues that need to be adhered to,” said Tony Cotterill, chief product officer and founder of BridgeHead. “We look forward to working with ClearDATA to bring the critical capabilities of cloud-based Healthcare Data Management to hospitals.”

Based on hardware from HP, a long-standing partner of both BridgeHead and ClearDATA, the new Medical Archive solution will offer a variety of options for healthcare organizations to archive clinical and administrative data in the cloud, depending on the specific level of service, availability and failover required by hospitals. For example, a customer can choose to simply store healthcare data in the cloud, or deploy a high availability gateway on site. BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution is well suited for both of these applications.

 

 

 

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

TigerText Brings Secure Messaging to the Enterprise

Leader in HIPAA-Compliant Secure Messaging Solutions Announces Several Major Health Care Enterprise Customers Wins

SANTA MONICA, CA, (February 26, 2013)- TigerText, Inc., the leader in secure compliant real-time text messaging for the enterprise, today announced that in early 2013 it won four system-wide contracts with large U.S. health care organizations, including new clients Adventist Health California, Scottsdale Health Partners, Stamford Hospital, and University of Kentucky HealthCare.  These new additions, which comprise over 20,000 subscribers, join a rapidly expanding client base that includes more than 350 facilities across 37 states.

TigerText, which was launched in 2010, is a privately funded company that has raised more than $10 million to solve the secure communication challenge for enterprise organizations. The company has experienced rapid growth as its industry leading HIPAA-compliant communication platform and application have been widely adopted.  TigerText’s technology is used to secure communication between health care staff, doctors and patients, and to allow the sharing of large files such as critical lab reports – a solution that had previously been unavailable given strict industry regulations.

“This is a testament to the need Tiger Text is filling for the most important industry in the U.S. Having such esteemed customers entrust their daily communications to TigerText is a terrific validation of our product and our people,” said Brad Brooks, TigerText, founder and CEO.   “With the advent of SaaS, the Cloud and Mobility, TigerText stands at the epicenter of an opportunity to fundamentally improve the way daily healthcare communication occurs while saving money for enterprises through faster response times and better compliance.”

TigerText allows organizations to embrace text messaging with its HIPAA compliant application and secure messaging platform.  With its easy-to-use interface, organizations that deploy TigerText realize high adoption rates and improved communication with their workforce, ultimately leading to improved patient safety and physician satisfaction.  To support these large deployments, TigerText developed an Active Directory/LDAP integration to leverage existing user management systems, providing a huge benefit when implementing large enterprise customers with thousands of users.

 “After a long and thorough search of the marketplace, TigerText is the most mature solution that offered the features and flexibility to best meet our needs,” says Faron Thompson, CIO for Scottsdale Health Partners. “Even in the early stages of our implementation, TigerText has made real-time communication between our physicians easier, enabling them to collaborate more efficiently and effectively regarding patient care.”

TigerText will be announcing several key strategic initiatives at the upcoming HIMSS 2013 conference in New Orleans March 3-7, 2013 (Booth #4771).

February 26, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

Teladoc Aligns with HealthSpot to Form Strategic Partnership to Advance Telehealth Access

(LAS VEGAS) Jan. 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. EST -  Teladoc, the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider, today announced an agreement in principal on a new strategic partnership with HealthSpot, a pioneer in patient and provider driven health care technology. The initiative will enhance Teladoc’s current solution with the ability to offer an on-site option through HealthSpot’s cutting-edge telehealth system that provides medical diagnostic technology in a private, walk-in kiosk: the HealthSpot™ Station.

“Teladoc’s focus is on providing options for customers to access non-emergency, primary care and HealthSpot is a great complement to our current suite of solutions,” said Jason Gorevic. “Patients’ lives have become increasingly busy and the HealthSpot Station provides our members with one more choice in how they interact with a physician – via a physical kiosk, along with our current telephone or secure video options.This offering will accelerate our vision of transforming health care by providing patients with access to affordable, high-quality care when, where, and how they want.”

This partnership, reached in principal and subject to negotiating and executing a definitive agreement, will expand Teladoc’s current telehealth solution with another access point of care for employers, health plans, health systems and patients. For clients interested in adding this component to their telehealth solution, Teladoc will offer the HealthSpot Station, an 8-foot by 5-foot, ADA accessible, fully-enclosed kiosk furnished with a touch screen, audio system, and a two-way high-definition screen that includes multiple high-tech, digital biometric devices that transmits information to doctors through a secured HIPAA-compliant connection. Teladoc’s solution will provide a seamless, integrated experience for patients, whether they access care by phone, online video, health kiosk, or an upcoming mobile video option.

“Partnering with Teladoc has proven invaluable to furthering HealthSpot’s mission,” said Steve Cashman, founder and CEO of HealthSpot. “With the HealthSpot Station adding a new platform for Teladoc’s vast network of state licensed, board-certified providers, we are able to extend the reach of care to patients who cannot access the care they require in a timely fashion. This creates an incredible opportunity by presenting an innovative solution to combat barriers to broad adoption of telehealth.”

Teladoc’s service may be used when a patient is unable to visit their doctor, such as after office hours, and is not a replacement for their primary care physician. Through the service, patients may receive treatment for non-emergency medical issues, such as allergies, bronchitis, pink eye, sinus problems, ear infection for adults and children and other conditions. Physicians may also write short-term prescriptions for non-controlled substances if medically appropriate.

About Teladoc

Founded in 2002, Teladoc is the nation’s first and largest provider of telehealth services. With 5 million members nationwide and an average response time of 16 minutes, Teladoc enhances access to affordable, high-quality medical care for adults and children via videoconferencing or telephone consultations. The U.S.-based, board-certified physicians meet or exceed National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards and delivers a 97 percent patient satisfaction rate. Teladoc partners with payers, corporations, organizations and patients that seek accessible and affordable high-quality medical care. Additionally, through its TeladocConnect service, physicians are able to offer the convenience of Teladoc and provide their patients with a high level of care around the clock.For more information, please visit www.Teladoc.com or www.TeladocConnect.com.

About HealthSpot™

HealthSpot is pioneering patient and provider healthcare technology with a comprehensive, turnkey system called the HealthSpot™ Station which enables patient access to medical diagnostics from board certified doctors via high definition video conferencing and interactive, digital telehealth tools. An innovative approach to the integration of telehealth and acute care, HealthSpot uses digital technology to empower doctors and specialists to provide care that is smarter, simpler and within anyone’s reach.

January 31, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently 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.

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.

October 24, 2012 I Written By

TigerText Secures Second Round of Funding of $8.2 Million

TigerText secures more than $8 million in new funding, adds veteran life-sciences and technology investors to its board

Feb. 2, 2012 (Santa Monica, CA) — TigerText Inc., the leading provider of secure mobile messaging for healthcare enterprises, has completed a second round of funding of $8.2 million, bringing the company’s total backing to more than $10 million.

The Series A investment is led by Easton Capital and New Science Ventures to accelerate development of TigerText Pro for Business, its HIPAA-compliant, easy-to-use messaging platform. Doctors, nurses and other clinicians in hospital and clinic settings are using standard text messaging because they need to communicate rapidly, but those systems don’t safeguard the privacy of protected health information. TigerText offers the same ease of use and rapid response by providing a private network controlled by the enterprise in compliance with patient privacy regulations.

Already, more than 20 healthcare organizations are enabling their clinicians to communicate both more effectively and more securely with TigerText’s private mobile messaging network, which works on all the major mobile platforms (Apple, Android, and BlackBerry) and on computers.

As part of their investment, John Friedman, Managing Partner of Easton Capital, and Somu Subramaniam, Managing Partner of NSV, have joined the board of TigerText, Inc.

“The addition of Easton Capital and New Science Ventures as partners significantly accelerates our development,” said Jeffrey Evans, TigerText Co-Founder. “John and Somu bring their incredibly rich experience, based on decades of advising life-sciences and technology companies, to our already strong board. Their leadership will help the Company reach its vast potential to transform the way physicians and nurses communicate, bringing in-hospital communications from the pagers of the 1980s to the smartphones of the 21st century.”

“This additional funding enables us to continue building out the unique features of the TigerText platform, the first service that meets the critical need of secure mobile messaging for healthcare enterprises,” said Brad Brooks, TigerText Co-Founder. “Our strong sales pipeline attests to the growing recognition that hospitals and physician practices need to provide doctors, nurses and other clinicians with a HIPAA-compliant alternative to unsecured texting.”

Healthcare organizations recognize the dangers, but largely haven’t acted on them. In a recent study, the Ponemon Institute found that 81% of surveyed healthcare organizations used mobile devices to collect, store or transmit protected health information – yet half of these organizations admitted that they do nothing to protect the data on these devices and fewer than a quarter use encryption.

“TigerText has staked a unique position in the healthcare space,” Easton’s Friedman said. “Not only is there a critical need for its product, but the Company also has already proven the robustness of its business model. With virtually no marketing effort, its platform has been adopted by more than 20 healthcare enterprises, with many more in its pipeline. I believe that its fantastic product and strong management team position the company to truly revolutionize communication in healthcare.”

TigerText previously closed $2.2 million of seed financing in 2010.

About TigerText

TigerText allows hospitals and physician groups to create their own private, HIPAA-compliant mobile messaging network for physicians, nurses and administrators. This controlled platform replaces the unsecured text messaging that leaves protected health information at risk. TigerText gives health care providers ultimate control over the messages they and their employees send, with features such as: Self-Deleting Messages (both on sender and receiver handsets), Message Recall and Forward Lock. TigerText works on all smartphone platforms and also has a desktop web interface. For more information, visit http://www.tigertext.com/.

February 2, 2012 I Written By

Acumen nEHR Surpasses 1,000 Nephrology Providers

Brentwood, Tenn., (July 7, 2011) – Health IT Services Group (HITSG) announced today that its core product, Acumen nEHR, has surpassed 1,000 nephrology providers this month, continuing its growth as the largest Electronic Health Record (EHR) provider for the nephrology specialty.  Built by nephrologists for nephrologists, the Acumen nEHR enables all providers within a care team to access and share patient information, so that regardless of who treats the patient, care delivered at each stage is consistently based on real-time clinical data.

“Acumen’s user growth is fueled by our continued efforts to work directly with nephrologists to deliver the most comprehensive and complete nephrology EHR tool in the healthcare industry,” said Dana Hensley, President of Health IT Services Group. “We continue to forge the electronic health record path for renal care practitioners and serving the needs of over 1,000 providers is a major milestone.”

Acumen is the only nephrology-specific EHR that is certified by CCHIT® and ONC-ATCB, and now supports over 5,000 daily users in 32 states and provides real-time access for almost 2,000,000 patient records.

Providing anytime, anywhere access to patient data via the Internet, Acumen nEHR not only provides the latest clinical data, charts and patient information, but also ensures that the data is HIPAA compliant, meets all national standards and provides nephrologists with a real-time clinical information and meaningful use dashboard to assist in care decisions.  In December 2010, Acumen nEHR, version 6.0, was 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB Certified for meaningful use and is a CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR. In addition to receiving these prestigious industry certifications, the Acumen product received a five-star usability rating, the highest possible score that can be achieved.

The company also operates one of the nation’s largest CMS-qualified reporting services for physicians who participate in the federal government’s clinical quality reporting initiative, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Over 70 percent of all nephrologists in the U.S. who reported data via a registry in 2009 and 2010 used Acumen PQRS. In addition, HITSG manages the Fresenius Medical Care CKD registry, one of the largest repositories of chronic kidney disease clinical data in the world.

About HITSG


HITSG was formed to develop and deliver intuitive software tools to assist nephrologists in the practice of medicine. HITSG partners with dialysis organizations and systems, hospitals, vascular access centers, laboratory systems, Health Information Exchange’s (HIE’s) and practice management systems to drive work-flow and effectively streamline access, storage, and distribution of patient treatment information into the Acumen system. HITSG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care North America, based in Brentwood, Tennessee. More information regarding Acumen EHR and Health IT Services Group can be found at www.AcumenEHR.com.

July 14, 2011 I Written By