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Medweb Announces National Distribution Agreement with Ingram Micro

New Alliance Forged to Meet the Growing Demand for Telemedicine and RIS/PACS Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 4, 2013 – Medweb, today, announced that the company has formed a distribution relationship with Ingram Micro Inc., the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor. Through this agreement, Ingram Micro will distribute Medweb’s innovative medical imaging, telemedicine and teleradiology solutions to a variety of healthcare, government and educational institutions throughout the U.S. The unique offering is a scalable and patented web-based platform fully customizable to deliver value to customers and meet the needs of clinical specialists and administrators alike.

“Healthcare and the Public Sector are lucrative sales fields for channel partners who understand these markets’ unique needs and specialized IT solutions,” says Michael Humke, executive director, vertical markets, Ingram Micro U.S. “The addition of Medweb builds out our targeted IT solutions portfolio and will enable our channel partners to wrap even greater business value around the sale.”

According to Dr. Peter Killcommons, CEO of Medweb, “Teaming with Ingram Micro is a very important and exciting opportunity for us. Medweb and Ingram Micro share a keen understanding and dedication to marketplace needs, customer support, and innovation. Ingram Micro will play an important role in meeting Medweb’s distribution demands so that health care enterprises can continue to grow and use our pioneering medical technology and collaboration to solve their end-user business challenges.”

Channel partners interested in becoming an authorized Medweb partner or learning more about how Ingram Micro can assist them to enable their Medweb business should reach out to Amy Window, Medweb National Sales Director, at awindow@medweb.com or 415-541-9980 ext. 333.

About Ingram Micro Inc.  
Ingram Micro is the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions. As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics and mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving 145 countries on six continents with the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.

About Medweb

Medweb has been a leading provider of distributed RIS/PACS and Telemedicine for almost 25 years, with innovative, easy-to-use solutions for a variety of government, healthcare and educational institutions. Medweb’s scalable and patented web-based platform is fully customizable to meet the needs of clinical specialists and administrators alike.  Medweb’s core products and solutions include RIS/PACS, teleradiology, general telemedicine and specialty applications for teledermatology, teleophthalmology and stroke evaluation. For more information, visit www.medweb.com.

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 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.

BRIT Systems Awarded VHA Contract

DALLAS, TX, March 4, 2013 – BRIT Systems announced today that VHA, Inc., a national network of not-for-profit healthcare organizations, has awarded the company a three contract with potential for two expansion years that starts May 1, 2013.  The contract covers all BRIT Systems’ products, including PACS, RIS, teleradiology and critical results reporting.

“BRIT is delighted to become a supplier to VHA and to be able to support their large and growing membership across the United States,” says Shelly Fisher, President of BRIT Systems.  “VHA has a vigorous process of assuring their members receive industry best products and prices.  This contract allows members to purchase the entire portfolio of BRIT’s quality products at these negotiated discounts.  Additionally, BRIT qualifies as a diversity supplier for members, allowing them to fulfill their diversity purchasing goals.  BRIT shares VHA’s goals of providing the best products at the best prices and we look forward to a long relationship with them and their members.”

About BRIT Systems:

BRIT Systems is a technology company that provides custom, turn-key solutions for PACS, RIS, teleradiology, including ASP solutions, and digital reporting solutions. Founded in 1993 with the goal of providing affordable PACS based on standards, BRIT designs and deploys high-quality PACS/RIS based on the company’s comprehensive understanding of radiology departments, medical imaging, networks, DICOM integration, security and highly available computer systems.  BRIT is an employee-owned corporation headquartered in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at www.brit.com.

 

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 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.

Digital Overload of Healthcare Information and Looming Deadlines Driving New Challenges for IT Executives

Independent Study Commissioned by Level 3 Reveals Confidence Lacking in Network Security as Infrastructure Demands Continue to Increase

Broomfield, CO — Network security issues, vital infrastructure upgrades, Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation and impending federal deadlines will guide priorities this year, according to an independent research study of 100 healthcare provider CIOs and senior IT executives commissioned by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT). At the same time, healthcare CIOs and IT executives are less inclined to focus on mobile-enabled healthcare (mHealth) and slow to adopt cloud computing based on survey responses.

Research highlights and IT challenges for 2013 include:

—56 percent were only “somewhat confident” in their ability to prevent a privacy or security breach on their network
—76 percent of respondents are planning to upgrade their network infrastructure in the next two years
—24 percent reported they are using cloud-based computing, much lower than other industries
—Only 17 percent believe mHealth will have a significant impact on the healthcare industry
—80 percent agree that EHR-based systems will improve patient care
—More than 60 percent of respondents suggest EHR and Meaningful Use mandates are a “good idea” to support better quality patient care

Confidence in Security Lacking
The research study found that many healthcare organizations might not be prepared to deal with the scale of the security challenges headed their way, as more and more critical patient information is digitized. (Reference Exhibits 1 & 2.)

While 80 percent reported their organization had not experienced a security breach in the past 12 months, more than half (56 percent) of those respondents were only “somewhat confident” in their ability to prevent a security breach on their network. This indicates a strong lack of confidence for an industry that experiences a significant number of security breaches each year. In fact, a 2012 survey of 80 healthcare organizations from the Ponemon Institute found that 94 percent of the organizations had a least one data breach in the past two years, at an average cost of $2.4 million per data breach.

Security concerns are also a critical component of EHR implementations. Seventy-seven percent of respondents cited security breaches as either a major or moderate EHR implementation issue. The second top-rated concern with EHRs is patient safety, followed third by privacy issues. Security breaches and patients’ privacy issues were slightly more likely to be of “major concern” among large organizations, due to the sheer volume of patient information at risk. Lower on the list of EHR implementation concerns was penalty costs – 35 percent said security and compliance-related penalties were of little to no concern. (Reference Exhibit 3.)

“Patient privacy and the security of health records are weighing on the minds of healthcare CIOs,” said Karl Strohmeyer, Level 3 group vice president. “The ‘Future of Healthcare IT’ study reinforces that there is no room to take chances when patients’ privacy is at risk – ensuring the confidentiality of patient data should be a top priority. As more and more healthcare-related information is digitized and shared remotely, the need for secure networks and services to protect this data will continue to grow.”

Slow to Adopt Cloud Computing
Although many respondents recognized that cloud computing can offer cost-savings and capacity benefits, just 24 percent reported they are using cloud-based computing, which is a relatively low uptake compared to other industries.

Little Traction For mHealth
An even smaller percentage – 17 percent – believes mobile-enabled healthcare will have a significant impact on the healthcare industry, suggesting the healthcare IT industry may not yet be fully primed for a widespread move to mHealth technology and applications.

Telehealth Care Still Growing Trend
The survey results showed that telehealth is a growing trend, with two-thirds (67 percent) of organizations indicating that they currently have telehealth capabilities. The driving factor behind telehealth is patient care. Respondents believe these capabilities will offer both providers and patients better access to EHRs and, as a result, improve patient care. (Reference Exhibit 4.)

Additionally, more than one-third (37 percent) of respondents believe interconnectivity of healthcare facilities will have the greatest impact on the healthcare industry, and another one-quarter (27 percent) believes EHRs themselves will have the greatest impact.

Constant Infrastructure Upgrades In the Works
The study also showed that network infrastructure demands will continue to grow as healthcare organizations try to prepare for increased interconnectivity of healthcare facilities, security demands and other healthcare-related technology advancements. More than three-quarters (76 percent) of respondents are planning to upgrade their network infrastructure in the next two years driven by implementation of EHRs, interconnectivity between providers and facilities, and medical imaging demands. (Reference Exhibit 5.)

“The expansion of network infrastructure that we anticipate will allow healthcare organizations to store massive amounts of patient information securely,” said Strohmeyer. “Providers can access digitized information from any location in real time, ultimately resulting in substantial efficiencies in patient care. Interconnectivity and network security are essential to meeting the growing demands of the digital healthcare world.”

“EHR Deadline is Feasible”
The research also revealed that, despite feeling pressure to implement EHRs to meet new federal regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), most healthcare CIOs and senior executives support the efforts and believe ACA timeframes are feasible. More than 60 percent of respondents suggest EHR and Meaningful Use mandates are a “good idea” – due primarily to the fact that EHRs are expected to support better quality patient care with increased access to medical records and information by providers. In addition, 79 percent believe the 2015 EHR deadline is feasible.

Study Methodology & Demographics
Level 3 commissioned Corona Insights to conduct the “Future of Healthcare IT” study in November 2012. The 100-person respondent base was comprised of CIOs and other c-level and senior IT executives who are employed by hospitals, medical centers and physicians’ offices. The size of the organizations managed by these CIOs and executives range in revenues from $10 million to $1 billion.

To Learn More
To learn more about the research findings and Level 3’s solutions for the healthcare industry, please visit http://www.level3.com/en/solutions/industry/healthcare/.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com

February 9, 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.

ClearDATA Partners with National Council to Provide Healthcare Cloud Computing and Security Services to Behavioral Health Organizations

Phoenix, AZ – Washington, DC – May 29, 2012 – – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced a partnership with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) to provide its members — specialty healthcare organizations treating mental illness and addiction disorders — with a variety of HIPAA-compliant cloud computing and information security services.  These services will further National Council members’ efforts to deliver the highest quality care through services that reduce overall IT costs, improve productivity, and comply with privacy and security regulations.

ClearDATA’s Healthcare Cloud Computing Services include hosting of applications and data, offsite backup and storage, disaster recovery, and vendor neutral archiving (VNA) of PACS and other medical images. ClearDATA also helps organizations maintain regulatory compliance and reduce the chance of a security breach through HIPAA Security Risk Assessments, HIPAA Policies and Procedures Planning, and Remediation Assistance. 

The Healthcare Industry is rapidly adopting cloud computing services as a means for organizations to grow and adapt their evolving technology requirements without incurring capital expenses, maintenance, and support costs. ClearDATA focuses exclusively on providing secure, HIPAA-compliant, cloud computing and information security services to the 5,000 hospitals and hundreds of thousands of clinics/medical offices in the U.S. market.

“ClearDATA is pleased to work closely with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare to help its members achieve cost savings and operational efficiency through cloud computing services,” said David Bean, executive vice president of sales and marketing, ClearDATA Networks, Inc.  “The National Council is recognized throughout the country for its commitment and vision towards promoting proactive and holistic healthcare practices and we are honored to partner with them in their efforts.”

“If behavioral health providers cannot adopt health information technology at a rate comparable with primary care facilities, hospitals, and physicians, it will soon become impossible to provide clinical care coordination for persons with mental and addiction disorders and to meet payer and service system demands in the changing healthcare marketplace. The National Council is committed to helping our member organizations remain on the cutting edge and we are pleased that ClearData will help bring important new technologies and services to our members,” said Michael R. Lardiere, LCSW, Vice President, HIT and Strategic Development at the National Council.

About the National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,950 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addiction disorders to 8 million adults, children and families in communities across the country. Learn more at www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

About ClearDATA Networks

ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs.  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 services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image archiving, information security and world-class support. The company offers HIPAA Security Risk and Remediation services through its U.S. Healthcare Compliance division to the healthcare industry in order to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales@cleardata.net or visit: www.cleardata.net.

June 5, 2012 I Written By

ClearDATA Provides HIPAA-Compliant Healthcare Cloud Hosting Services with HP – #HIMSS12

ClearDATA Delivers Cloud Hosting Services for Medical Imaging, EMR, Offsite Backup/Storage, and Disaster Recovery with HP 3PAR Utility Storage

HIMSS 2012, Las Vegas, February 20, 2012 - ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the fastest-growing provider of cloud computing services for the healthcare industry, today announced it is offering HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting services with HP.

ClearDATA will provide specialized healthcare-as-a-service and private cloud IT infrastructure services to their customers utilizing the HP Converged Infrastructure, leveraging HP 3PAR Utility Storage as the storage foundation. This new offering is designed to provide healthcare organizations with secure, compliant, and affordable cloud hosting services for EMI/Imaging, offsite backup and storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, EMR hosting, and genome research to the 5,000 hospitals and hundreds of thousands of clinics/medical offices in the U.S. market. ClearDATA will be exhibiting its services at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in Booth #12313 and the HP Booth #3845.

ClearDATA also partners with healthcare-specific independent software vendors to offer healthcare providers secure, HIPAA-compliant private cloud hosting services that enable access to their applications at anytime and from anywhere. 

“We are extremely excited with our new partnership as a premier supplier of HIPAA compliant cloud hosting services utilizing HP’s superior 3PAR Utility Storage Platform,” said David Jemmett, founder and CTO of ClearDATA Networks, Inc. “The combination of our healthcare exclusive hosting services with the HP Converged Infrastructure provides a uniquely secure, robust, and affordable solution to the healthcare industry and our customers.”  

“Healthcare organizations are challenged with securing huge amounts of data from medical records to comply with regulatory standards,” said David DeAngelis, Health and Life Sciences CTO, HP. “The combination of ClearDATA and HP solutions delivers a scalable, HIPAA-compliant services architecture that accelerates cloud adoption while providing data security.”

Healthcare organizations currently face enormous challenges modernizing their IT infrastructures from rapidly expanding volumes of medical records and imaging data to regulatory compliance.  Offsite data and application hosting has emerged as an attractive alternative to internal system management due to increased government regulation, operation efficiencies, cost savings, and data security standards.  

ClearDATA is also participating in the HP CloudAgile Program, which encompasses technology from across the HP enterprise portfolio, including servers, storage, networking, software and services.

ClearDATA provides:

  • ·      A scalable, high performance cloud services architecture based on innovative HP technology platforms
  • ·      Cloud computing and storage services that cost effectively provide enterprise grade technology to all sizes of providers – from the single doctor practice to the largest hospitals
  • ·      Information security through full HITECH HIPAA compliance

About ClearDATA Networks

ClearDATA is the market leader for cloud computing and information security services to healthcare providers, VARs, RECs and software vendors assisting them 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 services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, information security, and world-class support. The company provides HIPAA Security Risk Assessment and Remediation services through its U.S. Healthcare Compliance division to the healthcare industry to ensure that they meet the rigorous standards of security required for protected health information to demonstrate Meaningful Use. For more information, call 602-635-4006, email: sales@cleardata.net or visit: www.cleardata.net.

February 20, 2012 I Written By