Cloud Computing

 
Seems like the sky is the limit for cloud computing, whether it is to replace servers, manage mobile apps or handle system recovery. Cloud vendors are constantly coming up with new ways to utilize a platform that seemed like little more than vapor five years ago.
April 18, 2014
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Buckling under the weight of $750 million in debt, voice recognition and medical transcription company M*Modal has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
March 21, 2014
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The latest deployment of IBM's cognitive computing technology is at the New York Genome Center, where Watson will help oncologists speed their research for personalized cancer care.

March 21, 2014
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Cloud-based EHR company athenahealth is expanding again. This time the growth will be in research and development, and it's all happening in Austin, where there is already a core of 36 software developers at work, along with 20 more in other parts of Texas.
February 17, 2014
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To all the developers building applications in the cloud that need to comply with HIPAA privacy and security rules: You've just gained a big supporter. Internet behemoth Google recently announced its cloud platform will now be HIPAA-friendly and will support business associate agreements going forward.
February 11, 2014
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AT&T has tapped noted heart surgeon, geneticist and author Eric Topol, MD, as its chief medical advisor. Topol is expected to impact the design, development and delivery of AT&T's healthcare IT solutions, executives say.
February 6, 2014
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After a long tenure as "Best in KLAS Overall Software Vendor," Epic Systems has been beaten by athenahealth for the top spot in this year's award ranking, which is tallied based on feedback from thousands of providers.
January 31, 2014
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Last October and November, as HealthCare.gov struggled to accommodate visitors and offer its promised user experience, HHS staff and contractors were, among other fixes, "adding server capacity" -- suggesting that the U.S. CTO's goals of technological innovation remain to be seen in health programs.
January 30, 2014
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Medical Professional Services, one of Connecticut's largest multi-specialty independent physician associations is going all out for population health. MPS will employ new technology to improve care quality and coordination across its growing network of providers and patients.
January 24, 2014
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A pilot project OhioHealth rolled out with IBM has resulted in a 90 percent compliance with hand-washing standards. That's a 20 percent jump for the hospital -- and markedly better than most other hospitals around the country that are at 50 percent.
January 10, 2014
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One byproduct of the massive move toward digitization in healthcare over the past 10 years is a huge – and growing – amount of data.
December 20, 2013
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Merge Healthcare is partnering with athenahealth to offer providers the ability to receive and view diagnostic images, exam results and other patient information within their electronic health records.
December 16, 2013
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Within the wide scope of use for wireless communications, the ability to use radio frequency for identification and location tracking has become very prevalent. This white paper provides a look into how RTLS is helping hospitals save money and how early adopters have paved the way for a widespread acceptance.
October 2, 2013
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The case for telemedicine in today’s healthcare world is rapidly changing. Not only does it reduce the costs of chronic care, it has been shown to improve outcomes. This white paper discusses where Telemedicine is today and where it's headed, based on technologies that are available and the increasing rate of adoption.
October 2, 2013
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Seeking to improve daily workflow and decrease A/R days, Roanoke, Virginia-based Carilion Clinic discovered that through tight integration with its Epic HIS, SSI’s ClickON® Technology solutions could help the health system achieve its goals. With SSI, Carilion Clinic now boasts an impressive 47-52 A/R day range for hospital billing and 25-30 days for professional billing.
July 8, 2013
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At the precipice of the 5010 conversion, Hendersonville, North Carolina-based Pardee Hospital embarked on a change of billing vendors. With guidance from SSI’s acclaimed customer support, the nationally recognized, not-for-profit community hospital thrived during the transition and continues to benefit from ClaimSmart Suite®, SSI’s fourth generation Revenue Cycle Management solution.
July 8, 2013
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
May 23, 2013
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
April 2, 2013
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University of Tennessee Medical Center is a major medical center providing superior treatment and healthcare support to residents of the East Tennessee region. UTMC wanted to solve a number of challenges they were facing, such as an increasing volume of spam, an incomplete system for archival and retrieval, and a lack of a coordinated disaster recovery strategy. Read this case study to find out how UTMC used a single cloud service to solve all of these challenges, as well as reduced IT costs by 60 percent and reduced administrative time to less than 40 hours.
November 27, 2012
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Summers Labs has relied on a customary AS/AV interface with features that were not typically user-friendly for their patients and did not include an archiving system. The small facility needed to complete their arrangement update effectively, while incorporating enhanced business continuity features such as email uptime. After evaluating a number of email management options, Summers Labs organized their migration to Exchange 2010 without distressing about email outages. Download this case study to learn how the facility guaranteed a comprehensive, workable server.
November 27, 2012
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Memorial Hospital of Converse County is a state-of-the-art facility, where Dave Patterson, CIO, understood that their existing email archiving and retrieval system was at a loss. Complying with government mandates and protecting patient and financial information became a challenge for Patterson and his team. Read this case study to learn how MHCC found that implementing an email archiving and business continuity solution was a ‘must have.’ In addition, this report explores the benefits of cloud-based email management, while ensuring regulatory compliance.
November 27, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with <a href="/directory/medicare" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">Medicare</a> to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
November 9, 2012
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Speed, immediacy and scalability are just a few of the rewards of using the cloud for your applications and data, and the reasons why so many healthcare companies are turning to the cloud to hold even their most critical data.
June 5, 2013
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Every organization is considering “cloud” approaches for their business, yet if you ask “what is cloud” you’ll get a wide range of answers. This variety of cloud options has an impact on healthcare organizations, especially those contemplating a future cloud strategy aligned to regulatory compliance.
May 6, 2013
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Africa has 433 million cell phone subscriptions and only 12 million landlines. Africans have enthusiastically adopted mobile technology because it is accessible, scalable, cost effective and available. By not investing in cloud solutions, today’s healthcare providers are theoretically building the landlines of Africa.
April 23, 2013
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All organizations have a business imperative to control risk. For healthcare companies that corporate responsibility extends to the protection of ePHI within their organization.
April 3, 2013
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America’s population is aging, insurance enrollment is growing, healthcare utilization is increasing, and the cost of delivering medical care is rising. As a result, many companies in the healthcare industry are being challenged to serve more patients and members, to improve the quality of care, and to reduce operational costs.
June 14, 2012
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I was chatting with a friend the other day about how to get people’s attention in this information-overload age, and we decided that the use of buzz words was a critical component of success. So I decided to test this catchy title and see if it leads to any more reader traffic than I usually get.
May 8, 2012
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Healthcare organizations have avoided the use of "public cloud" because of HIPAA/HITECH privacy concerns, lack of breach indemnification/data integrity guarantees, and the unwillingness of many cloud providers to sign business associate agreements.
April 13, 2012
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I was able to talk with Gary Thompson co-founder and CEO of CLOUD Inc. - also known as the Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data, Inc.
April 10, 2012
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While many industries are reliant on information technology to deliver services and drive innovation, none is so deeply entwined in IT than healthcare. As such, it should be no surprise that the potential impact of cloud computing is being felt, with mixed feelings, most acutely in this industry.
April 6, 2012
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While in Chicago recently, I was asked how we validated our quality measures when we moved from chart abstraction to automated computation of PRQS, Meaningful Use, Pioneer ACO, and Alternative Quality Contract measures via the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Quality Data Center (QDC).
March 20, 2012
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My ears perked up earlier this week when the radio show Marketplace ran a piece entitled “Megaupload Case Exposes Cloud Computing Risks.” I had read rumblings of the imminent shutdown of the file-sharing site, and sure enough, the Justice Department shut it down earlier this month for alleged copyright violation.
February 3, 2012
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Last year I started a series of “Dos and Don'ts” in hospital tech by focusing on wireless technologies. Folks asked a lot of questions about dos and don'ts in other tech areas so here’s a list of more tips and tricks.
January 11, 2012
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ADP® AdvancedMD, a leader in cloud, practice management (PM), medical scheduling software, billing applications and revenue cycle management (RCM) for medical practices, today announced a partnership with RamSoft®, Inc. a dedicated Radiology Information System (RIS) and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), and Teleradiology software company. This partnership will offer radiology practices world-class PM software combined with PowerServer RIS/PACS™ and Tele Plus™ radiology workflow and reporting solutions for imaging centers and radiology groups. RamSoft's PowerServer RIS/PACS and Tele Plus are among the few radiology products currently certified for meaningful use. By combining RamSoft's comprehensive RIS/PACS with ADP AdvancedMD's practice management software, Radiology practices can benefit from ease-of-use, functionality, and maximum revenue collection for the practice.
April 5, 2012
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Caduceus Software Systems Corp. (OTCBB:CSOC) - (The Company), is pleased to inform the public of some of its current project and software undertakings. The Company's flagship product, Caduceus MMS version 1.0, is an all-in-one software solution for medical offices which practitioners and medical clerks can use to manage patient bookings, patient private diagnoses and data (also known as Electronic Health Records, or EHR), and process billing (also known as Electronic Medical Billing, or EMB).
February 6, 2012
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Fusion Telecommunications International, Inc. (OTCBB: FSNN) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive Group Purchasing agreement for Cloud Services and Communications Solutions with the group purchasing organizations (GPOs) Essensa and Innovatix, LLC., subsidiaries of GNYHA Ventures, Inc.
January 25, 2012
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Today, cloud-based healthcare solution provider CareCloud announced its official entrance into the electronic health record (EHR) market. CareCloud Charts' breakthrough user interface is a revolutionary approach to maintaining and sharing patient medical information across the continuum of care while accelerating, rather than hindering, clinical workflow.
January 13, 2012
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Nuance Healthcare’s cloud-based, medical speech recognition technology is increasingly being used to power the mobile clinical environment. Today, healthcare provider organizations and independent software vendors including LifeDox, Massachusetts General Hospital, MedMaster, PhoenixOrtho, University of Miami and others are speech-enabling mobile healthcare applications to enhance clinicians’ mobile experience and to simplify their mobile interactions.
December 7, 2011
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Vitera Healthcare Solutions today announced that it will provide electronic health records (EHR) and practice management solutions to six additional healthcare facilities throughout the United States through its cloud-based Vitera Intergy On-Demand.
November 21, 2011
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Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) (TOKYO:6501), today unveiled its plans for helping customers transform their data into actionable information and harness its power as a strategic asset for business insight and innovation. To accomplish this, Hitachi Data Systems has aligned its product and solutions portfolio around a 3-tiered strategy of infrastructure cloud, content cloud and information cloud that builds on existing IT investments to provide a single virtualization platform for all data.
October 25, 2011
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According to the AMA, as many as 70% of all doctor visits could have been handled over the phone, and over 65% of ER visits are non-emergent. Patients seeking care in settings that are excessive for their needs is a major component of the estimated $300 billion spent annually on unnecessary, inappropriate or wasteful care. Telemedicine not only promises to dramatically reduce these costs, but at the same time make access to care easier for patients and make more revenue attainable for practices.
October 24, 2011
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athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), patient communication, and care coordination services to medical groups, today announced that Alexian Brothers Health System, a diversified Catholic healthcare organization providing care in the Chicago area through the Alexian Brothers Medical Group (ABMG), their employed provider network of 190 medical providers, has expanded its relationship with athenahealth by selecting the Company’s cloud-based EHR service, athenaClinicals®, and patient cycle management service, athenaCommunicator®, to help improve physician and patient care coordination.
October 20, 2011
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SafeNet, Inc., a worldwide leader in data protection, today announced the comprehensive educational webinar series, “Let’s Do It in the Cloud,” featuring presentations from some of the most experienced names in the cloud and software industries. Guest executive presenters from Agilis Solutions, Dell Boomi, IDC, SafeNet, THINKstrategies, and Zuora will walk webinar attendees through tips, tricks, and best practices for conquering some of the most challenging obstacles associated with cloud service delivery—from service development and integration to best practices for service pricing, packaging, and usage control, to service lifecycle management from trial to upsell and beyon
October 19, 2011
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It's estimated that 75% of all physiological clinical trial data is captured on paper. Clinical Cloud Inc. has found a way to reduce this percentage with electronic source data collection, which forms the core of the clinical trial process.
October 13, 2011
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MediKeeper, a leading health information integration company, and Wellmark, the leading health insurance company in Iowa and South Dakota, today announced the launch of a new secure member portal using MediKeeper’s customized solution. Focused on improving member access to health information, MyWellmark offers access to claims status, benefits reviews, health care expense tracking, and tools to reach wellness goals.
October 6, 2011
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