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Westbrook Technologies Delivers FortisBlue 2, Bringing Enterprise Content Management to the Cloud

Next-generation ECM software offers enterprise scalability, adds email integration, improves workflow, boosts mobile access, enhances security

BRANFORD, CT – March 19, 2013 – Westbrook Technologies, a leading developer of enterprise content management software (ECM), today announced the release of FortisBlue2, a powerful software solution that gives businesses the flexibility and convenience of a cloud-based offering without the security and governance risks inherent in fully cloud-based software. Featuring across-the-board upgrades and enhancements, FortisBlue 2 is designed to meet the diverse information management needs of today’s mobile, distributed enterprise.

Cloud-based software delivery models give users easy access to critical enterprise applications at any time on any device. But for many organizations, cloud computing introduces a host of concerns centered on application security, identity management and privacy as well as legal and information governance and compliance issues. FortisBlue 2 uses an innovative hybrid approach that bridges the worlds of cloud and on-premise.

“Businesses today must be able to absorb, process and use information – regardless of location or format – while at the same time keeping information safe and meeting governance requirements,” said Einar Haukeland, president and CEO of Westbrook Technologies. “Building on our proven track record in this segment, FortisBlue 2 points the way to a better approach to managing business content in the cloud that reduces costs and improves business agility and competitiveness – all without compromising security – now and in the future.”

Extensive enhancements, new features
In addition to its hybrid cloud delivery model, FortisBlue 2 offers an extensive set of enhancements and new features including enterprise scalability, improved workflow, robust email integration, multi-language support, extended mobile capability and enhanced security. Taken as a whole, these enhancements enable businesses to take immediate control over broken or inefficient content-centric processes, eliminate manual processes and make information easier to find and access either within a department or across the enterprise.

Proven track record
Compared to many vendors who have entered the content management industry in the last few years, Westbrook Technologies has more than two decades of experience in helping companies and government agencies do more with documents and content. This experience has now been brought forward to the cloud era with FortisBlue 2.

About Westbrook Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Branford, CT, Westbrook Technologies’ solutions help organizations of all sizes manage document- and data-intensive processes in compliance-centric industries. The company’s Fortis content management software is used by thousands of customers worldwide to capture, index, securely store and retrieve critical information instantly and securely. Its FortisBlue product line, accessible from the cloud, has an intuitive interface to make daily information management tasks effortless. All Fortis solutions are cost effective, fast to deploy and easy to use, and are supported by an extensive network of resellers. 

March 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Health Care Providers Give Cloud Vendors High Marks on Security

Yet 66% of non-cloud users say security and control are still an issue with cloud adoption

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Wednesday, March 6, 2013 –With an average satisfaction score of 4.5 out of 5 on security, cloud users feel safe. Non-cloud users though remain at bay-particularly with many questions still looming around the future of cloud computing in healthcare. The KLAS report titled Cloud Computing Perception 2013: The Hybrid Cloud in Healthcare looks at the evolution of the cloud in healthcare, provider concerns, as well as vendor performance.

Given the near-perfect satisfaction scores that cloud-users gave to their vendors, 66% of non-users surveyed said security was definitely the main issue stopping them from moving forward with adoption.

“The contrast in this report between cloud users and non-users is really telling.” said Erik Westerlind, research director and report author. “It really helps providers and vendors get a sense of the gaps that exist within current cloud offerings. Furthermore, providers will understand which vendors might be able to resolve their concerns.”

The rated vendors in this report are Allscripts, Cerner, and Siemens. To learn more about the cloud computing vendors and findings in this study as well as related reports that will publish in 2013, check out the full report, Cloud Computing Perception 2013: The Hybrid Cloud in Healthcare. This report is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.                                                                                                                     

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

March 6, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

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 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

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 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

ClearDATA Spotlights Latest Healthcare Cloud Computing Solutions at HIMSS13

HIMSS13, New Orleans, LA – ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced it will be exhibiting its HealthDATA™ Cloud Computing Platform and latest technology solutions at the HIMSS13 Conference being held March 3-7, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. ClearDATA will be exhibiting its services at the HIMSS Conference in Booth #1375 and HP Booth #1627.

ClearDATA provides HIPAA compliant cloud hosting, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image storage and VNA services, and related information security and privacy services  to healthcare organizations ranging from single provider practices to large hospital networks. Over 210,000 healthcare professionals currently access the ClearDATA Cloud Computing Platform.

“We selected ClearDATA as our cloud hosting services provider because of its exclusive healthcare focus and expertise, unique HealthDATA cloud platform, high standards for HIPAA compliance and security, and excellent reputation in the industry,” states Daniel Morreale, CIO of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Kingsbrook began its move to the ClearDATA HealthDATA Cloud in order to reduce capital expenses on hardware, lower IT costs, and minimize the risk of lost data due to hardware failures or natural disasters.

“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,” stated Jason R. Merkley, CEO and President of Brookings Health System.. Brookings is moving its data center systems, Meditech software and other applications to the ClearDATA HealthDATA Cloud to eliminate significant capital expenses for servers, storage, and other hardware as well as reduce IT costs associated with support and maintenance.

ClearDATA also partners with healthcare-specific software companies to offer healthcare providers secure, HIPAA-compliant private cloud hosting services to support their SaaS offerings or to cloud-enable their client-server offerings. Some of the largest and most successful brands in the industry as well as up and comers and mid-market healthcare software companies continue to choose ClearDATA’s HealthDATA Cloud Platform as the best-of-breed  platform and managed services provider of choice, and as an strong alternative to general cloud hosting providers that serve broad markets and numerous industries.

About ClearDATA

ClearDATA Networks, Inc. is the market leader for healthcare cloud computing and information security services for healthcare providers, software vendors and VARs, and 100% dedicated to the healthcare field. ClearDATA’s HealthDATA™ Suite of Cloud Computing Solutions enable providers to fully automate, protect, and securely manage healthcare medical records, applications, IT infrastructure and digital storage. The company provides HITECH HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting of infrastructure with managed services, offsite backup and disaster recovery, medical image backup and VNA, healthcare information security and world-class support. For more information, call 602-635-4000, email: sales@)cleardata.net or visit: http://www.cleardata.net.

March 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

American Sentinel University Details How Cloud Computing Has the Potential to Revolutionize Health Care

– Cloud-based Applications Benefit Nurses and Patients at Point of Care –

AURORA, Colo. – February 12, 2013 – Cloud computing has the potential to revolutionize health care administration by allowing providers to access information from a patient’s medical file at anytime from any where and that means patients receive better and more efficient quality care.

“Everything in health care today is so dependent on computers and cloud computing is the repository for all of these transactions,” says Suzanne Richins, DHA, MBA, FACHE, RN, chair, health information management and health care administration at American Sentinel University.  “Cloud computing benefits nurses at point of care because no matter where the patient has a diagnostic test, the cloud ensures that data is available everywhere.”

The ‘cloud’ is an intangible, but ubiquitous presence in our tech-laden lives, allowing health care professionals to access all patient data across multiple devices and from any location with an Internet connection.

As an IT strategy, cloud computing took the business world by storm, allowing companies to store massive amounts of data virtually, rather than making a huge investment in developing and maintaining their own information system storage. Yet, health care has been a relative latecomer to cloud computing, largely because of the industry’s unique data security, regulatory, and patient privacy concerns.

“Laws require protection of pertinent information to ensure both confidentiality and privacy and before a health care organization contracts with a cloud organization, management needs to ensure that the cloud can meet the requirements of both HIPPA and meaningful use,” says Richins.

The mandate to widely adopt electronic medical records (EMRs), however, is expected to change that and a recent report by research firm MarketsandMarkets projected health care-related cloud computing will become a $5.4 billion global industry by 2017, encompassing both clinical and non-clinical applications.

Health Care Benefits from Cloud Computing
The most significant benefit cloud computing offers health care is data access.

When patient information is stored in the cloud, providers can access lab results, imaging scans and other pertinent test results at anytime and in any place, allowing for improved care coordination and better decision-making.

“As the move toward accountable care organizations (ACOs) drives the need for a better flow of information between primary care providers, specialists and case managers, clinical use of the cloud is likely to expand to include mobile applications that deliver data to tablets and smartphones,” adds Richins.

Most importantly, cloud-based platforms can allow collaboration between providers in real-time, from nearly any device that can connect to the Internet so health care organizations can manage data with more agility when working in the cloud.

Cloud Computing at the Bedside
Cloud computing benefits IT staff, nurse informaticians involved with EMR implementation and even the hospital’s bottom line. But Richins points out that health care will start seeing innovative, cloud-based applications that benefit nurses and patients at the point of care.

One example is Ultimate Caregiver, a nurse call system which merges pull cord technology with the power of cloud computing and mobile devices to allow for wireless paging and generated staff response reports.

When a patient rings for a nurse, the call signal is processed in the cloud and alerts are sent to nurses in the form of texts, e-mails, pages, or phone calls. This allows nurses to be more efficient on the floor, as the closest staff member can respond quickly to the patient and no one is tied to a nursing station to track patient call signals.

The use of cloud computing will also have a positive impact on career nursing opportunities in nursing informatics.

Richins notes that all of the third-party payers, including the government require reporting of quality measures and nurse informaticists are responsible for analyzing the data for reporting to these organizations.

“Nurse informaticists are critical to identification of problems, the root cause and identification of solutions and now that the payers do not reimburse for certain diagnoses, readmissions and hospital-acquired infections, nurse informatics are critical to the process as all decision-making requires evidence that comes from the data,” says Richins.

Cloud-based computing is also a boon to home health nurses, giving them easy access to accurate data, allowing them to document visits and update charts in real-time and freeing them from the cumbersome daily synchronization routine.

Richins notes that health care is in need of nurses who can analyze technologies from both the bedside and IT perspectives.

“Health informatics is the new frontier of health care and one of the fastest growing fields today. Nurses with a nursing informatics specialization will be in high demand to manage health information systems critical to the mission of health care delivery,” says Richins.

She points out that while opportunities in nursing informatics are plentiful, nursing informatics is not an entry-level career.

“RNs who find work in this specialty typically have several years of experience and professional education in both information systems and nursing,” adds Richins.

A registered nurse with an associate degree in nursing can purse a nursing informatics degree by taking the RN to BSN courses or RN to MSN courses. If a nurse already has a BSN, they can enter directly into the MSN program with a concentration in nursing informatics.

American Sentinel University helps prepare nurses for a variety of careers in nursing informatics with an online Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Informatics specialization degree program that emphasizes understanding the infrastructure necessary to improve practice while safeguarding the security and privacy of data.

Learn more about American Sentinel University’s CCNE-accredited Master’s of Science in Nursing, Nursing Informatics program at http://www.americansentinel.edu/health-care/m-s-nursing/m-s-nursing-nursing-informatics.

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

February 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CareCloud Appoints Brad Blakey as Vice President of Sales

Healthcare IT Industry Veteran Brings More Than 20 Years of Sales and Operational Experience

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, revenue cycle management, electronic healthcare record (EHR) and medical billing software and services, today announced that the Company has hired Brad Blakey as Vice President of Sales. Mr. Blakey brings decades of experience establishing and scaling sales operations in the healthcare technology industry. He will join CareCloud as a member of its executive leadership team and will be responsible for managing and streamlining the Company’s growing sales organization. Mr. Blakey will report to Richard Lopez del Rincon, Executive Vice President of Sales.

Brad Blakey most recently served as Vice President of Sales at NextGen Healthcare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions. He was responsible for all new business sales in the Southern Region. Prior to his role at NextGen Healthcare, Mr. Blakey was Vice President of Sales at athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a provider of cloud-based revenue cycle management and electronic health record services. During his time at athenahealth, he worked to launch the company’s original web-based revenue cycle management service offering, athenaCollector, and established the company’s brand and sales operations in the Midwestern region.

“CareCloud continues to add some of the top executive talent in the healthcare technology market. Brad brings tremendous sales management experience in an entrepreneurial environment, having been a key member of athenahealth’s sales team as it was scaling from less than $1 million in revenue to nearly $100 million by the time of his departure,” said Albert Santalo, Founder, Chairman and CEO of CareCloud. “Given the growing demand for our cloud-based technology, it’s vital that we have top sales leadership talent on the team to ensure that our sales engine is unrivaled.”

“I could not be more excited to join CareCloud at such a pivotal time in its evolution. Having worked in healthcare technology and been exposed to so many different technologies, it is very clear that cloud computing will be the dominant model for how doctors manage their operations and deliver care,” said Blakey. “I cannot think of a company better positioned or with a more disruptive business model than CareCloud. I look forward to working with the leadership and sales teams to bring in new business and sales opportunities.”

Mr. Blakey received his Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois University.

About CareCloud

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

CareCloud is helping more than 1,200 physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in over 30 states. The company was named a winner of IBM’s SmartCamp Silicon Valley 2010 for its innovative technology and received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit www.carecloud.com.

May 5, 2012 I Written By

ClearDATA Secures Funding from Norwest Venture Partners for Healthcare Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing segments in healthcare as organizations look to reduce costs of expensive hardware, maintenance, and support. ClearDATA provides HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting, backup, storage, and disaster recovery to hospitals and single practice providers. .

ClearDATA CEO Darin Brannan was the founder and CEO of Verio, Inc. and managed it through its successful IPO and later sale for over $6 billion.  This is the third company Norwest Venture Partners has backed with Brannan.

Capital to Meet Growing Customer Demand and Increase Market Penetration in Cloud Hosting and Information Security Services

Phoenix, AZ, March 28, 2012 ClearDATA Networks, Inc., the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, today announced it has secured funding from Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) and several industry angel investors. The company has demonstrated strong revenue growth through its existing customer base which ranges from single provider practices to small and large hospitals throughout the U.S.  Over the past three years, ClearDATA has entered into several strategic partnerships and currently provides cloud hosting and information security services to over 10,000 healthcare practitioners.  The funding will be used to grow the company’s products and presence in order to meet the increasing demand for its secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud computing services in the healthcare industry.

ClearDATA is serving the $35 billion Healthcare IT Market, which is growing at an estimated 20% annually. This industry includes thousands of healthcare providers who must migrate to electronic records and maintain vast amounts of data, which currently exist on paper charts, film or tape. These healthcare providers need storage and processing solutions that can be securely accessed and analyzed anywhere, and at any time.  ClearDATA’s solutions meet this need by providing its customers with measurable cost savings as well as increased efficiency and security that is auditable.

“We have great confidence in the ClearDATA team’s ability to cement its leadership position in the healthcare cloud computing market segment,” said Robert Abbott, general partner, Norwest Venture Partners.  “The healthcare industry is experiencing tremendous growth as the transition from paper based records and labor intensive processes to electronic based records and automated solutions. Providers have an increasing interest in cloud computing, but strong concerns about information security and patient privacy.  ClearDATA has successfully developed and implemented the industry’s most secure and cost effective HIPAA-compliant cloud computing platform. Healthcare software companies, VARs, hospitals, clinics and physician practices have already experienced a tangible return on their investment with ClearDATA, and we’re confident this trend will continue.”

ClearDATA CEO Darin Brannan is a veteran serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of combined venture capital, entrepreneurial and public company executive experience.  He was the founder of two successful NVP portfolio companies, Verio, Inc. and Website Pros (Web.com), both of which achieved successful IPOs and market leadership in their respective cloud/hosting segments. This represents the third time NVP has backed Brannan. 

“Norwest Venture Partners is the perfect partner for ClearDATA and we are extremely excited to have NVP as an investor,” said Darin Brannan, CEO of ClearDATA Networks, Inc.  “Our company is experiencing explosive growth with new and prominent customers throughout the entire spectrum of small, medium and large healthcare organizations and providers.  This funding will enable us to fully leverage our portfolio of service offerings to maximize our market position and revenue potential.” 

ClearDATA has a strong partnership and success with HP in providing healthcare-as-a-service and private cloud IT infrastructure utilizing technology from across the HP enterprise portfolio, including servers, storage, networking, software and services. ClearDATA also recently joined the HP CloudAgile Service Provider Program.

“ClearDATA’s healthcare cloud computing platform and information security services provide an exceptional hosting solution to organizations seeking to securely store and manage their patient information and medical images,” said David DeAngelis, Health and Life Sciences CTO, HP.  “Together, HP and ClearDATA are helping healthcare providers realize the numerous benefits of the cloud with our converged medical infrastructure, while also maintaining the highest standards for data security and regulatory compliance.”

ClearDATA customers include numerous industry leading ISVs to provide cloud-enabled, HIPAA-compliant versions of their respective software solutions.  “Medicity selected ClearDATA as its western US iNexx and Grid hosting provider because we wanted the best possible cloud computing platform for our customers in terms of security, performance, and reliability,” said Scott Holbrook, executive vice president for Medicity, the industry’s largest provider of HIE technology.  “After utilizing ClearDATA for nearly nine months, they have surpassed our highest expectations for technical expertise and professionalism, and set new standards for information security and patient privacy.” 

Several industry angel investors also invested in ClearDATA Networks in this round of financing. This group of healthcare luminaries includes: Jeff Margolis, Angel and Founding CEO and Chairman Emeritus of The TriZetto Group; Evan Hackel, Angel and Board/investor at MD Tech Pro and others.

About Norwest Venture Partners (NVP)

Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) is a global venture and growth equity investment firm that manages more than $3.7 billion in capital. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, NVP has subsidiaries in Mumbai and Bengaluru, India and Herzelia, Israel and Hong Kong. NVP makes early to late stage venture and growth equity investments across a wide range of sectors including: information technology, business services, financial services, infrastructure, technology enabled services and consumer. NVP has actively partnered with entrepreneurs to build great businesses for more than 50 years and has funded nearly 500 companies since inception. For more information visit: www.nvp.com.

About ClearDATA Networks

ClearDATA 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.

March 28, 2012 I Written By

VNA Institute of Technology Re-Launches at RSNA 2011

Those who enroll at VNA Institute of Technology can participate in classes and seminars at their own pace. As a free online environment, students can enhance their careers and become more sought-after, valuable resources. Members of the VNA Institute of Technology can receive Continuing Education Hours for free. The sessions have been approved for continuing education (CE) hours, depending upon their length, and can be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS).

Online Educational Web Site Offers Free Continuing Education Hours and More Functionality at a Newly-Designed Site 

(MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – November 22nd, 2011)  The VNA Institute of Technology (VNAIT) was created to address an overwhelming market demand for industry education focusing on healthcare and imaging informatics. As a virtual place of learning located at www.vnait.org, the online educational web site enables its users to take continuing education coursework on DICOM, Vendor Neutral Archives and more advanced concepts. Perhaps the most revolutionary aspect of the site is that signup for VNAIT and all available coursework is free.

“The VNA Institute of Technology first premiered at RSNA 2010 and since then we have seen a tremendous interest from not only healthcare informatics personnel in the field, but also in the number of industry leaders who want to present coursework,” said Beth Roncke, Provost of VNA Institute of Technology. “We recently upgraded our site to feature more functionality such as forums, chats and more, and we encourage content from multiple industry sources on topics from the Cloud to Meaningful Use.”

Those who enroll at VNA Institute of Technology can participate in classes and seminars at their own pace. As a free online environment, students can enhance their careers and become more sought-after, valuable resources. Members of the VNA Institute of Technology can receive Continuing Education Hours for free. The sessions have been approved for continuing education (CE) hours, depending upon their length, and can be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS).

To learn about the benefits of enrolling in the VNA Institute of Technology, RSNA 2011 attendees are invited to stop by Booth 3002 in the South Hall of Chicago’s McCormick Place, November 27th – December 1st. All new registrants for the VNA Institute of Technology during this year’s RSNA show will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 VISA Gift card. New enrollees can visit Booth 3002 or go to www.vnait.org during the show days.

About VNA Institute of Technology

Operated by TeraMedica, Inc., the mission of the VNA Institute of Technology (VNAIT) is to provide healthcare professionals with the most up-to-date industry information in a convenient online setting. The Institute was designed to fill a void of available education on healthcare informatics. By taking the learner beyond DICOM, toward meaningful use (ARRA) and other global health initiatives, VNAIT’s end goal is to educate the industry. This offering is just the first step in an unparalleled recognition of industry demands for flexible, customer-built, patient-centric solutions for the emerging reality of personalized medicine. Visit the site at www.vnait.org.

November 30, 2011 I Written By

Polycom and HP Announce Broad Strategic Alliance

Polycom is acquiring HP’s Visual Collaboration Business Unit Including Halo, and Polycom becomes HP’s exclusive video communications partner (for resale and internal HP deployments).  In addition,HP will integrate Polycom’s video applications in HP’s WebOS Platform and HP Touchpad product line.  The acquisition of HP’s visual collaboration business unit is expected to close in Q3 2011.

Polycom to Acquire HP’s Visual Collaboration Business and Become an Exclusive Partner to HP for Telepresence and Certain Video Unified Communications Solutions

HP to combine its industry leading networking with Polycom’s leading UC to deliver comprehensive communication solutions to its customers

PLEASANTON, Calif. – June 1, 2011 – HP (NYSE:HPQ) and Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a global leader in unified communications (UC), today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Polycom will acquire the assets of HP’s Visual Collaboration business, including the Halo Products and Managed Services business.

In conjunction with this acquisition, HP and Polycom have agreed to establish a strategic relationship in which Polycom will serve as an exclusive partner to HP for telepresence and certain video UC solutions, including both resale and internal HP deployments.  The two companies have also agreed to make available Polycom’s video applications for HP’s WebOS platform.

The alliance extends Polycom’s leadership in the Unified Communications and Collaboration market with HP’s installed base of visual collaboration products and technology.  The exclusive partnership broadens the company’s strategic relationship with HP and expands the UC solutions HP offers its global customer base.

Under the terms of its agreements with HP, Polycom will provide expertise in software technology and UC infrastructure, covering the full continuum of integrated and secure mobile, desktop, room and telepresence solutions.  HP will provide its expertise and leadership in go-to-market strategies for UC solutions and will resell Polycom’s UC solutions including:  personal and group UC devices, UC infrastructure, UC managed services, and audio/video software.

This alliance combines HP’s networking scale and global reach with Polycom’s expertise in video conferencing to provide customers world-class video and UC solutions through Polycom infrastructure deployed on HP networking and systems. This also allows customers to capitalize on the critical importance of networking as the foundation for a superior video experience and tap the global services of HP for turnkey communications solutions.

“This announcement is a truly groundbreaking development in the UC industry, creating a path for Polycom and HP to offer customers an end-to-end UC solution with an unparalleled user experience, interoperability, investment protection, and ease of deployment,” said Andrew Miller, Polycom president and CEO.  “The transaction makes the most of the strength of two industry leading, customer-centric organizations to offer a seamless UC experience with high-quality, enterprise-class telepresence solutions to millions of customers. Our broadened relationship with HP underscores Polycom’s focus and commitment to bring the most advanced and innovative UC solutions to market.”

“Customers will benefit from this transaction and alliance because they will receive the focus of two world-class technology companies through greater service and product opportunities,” said Shane Robison, HP executive vice president and chief strategy and technology officer. “This transaction and alliance allows us to focus on executing our strategy in cloud computing and connectivity, while ensuring the long-term care of our customers and development of our services business.”

Polycom expects this acquisition to be slightly accretive to earnings upon closing.  The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Q3 2011.

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments, and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leading  telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions built on open standards.  Polycom powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visit www.polycom.comfor more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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