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The annual PayerView Report from health IT company athenahealth, released today, reveals the healthcare payer that has the best relationship with providers and the one that has the most problems.
May 30, 2014
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It seems that everybody under the sun has been asking "you're in the cloud, right?" But it's important to take a step back and realize that not all clouds are equal. Maybe it's time for people to be asking, "Are you doing the cloud right?"
May 30, 2014
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UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Minneapolis-based Luminat, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients' end-of-life directives into their electronic health records.
April 22, 2014
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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 21, 2014
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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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Motivated by the success of other industries and the rapidly evolving health information technology landscape, healthcare organizations are investigating and evaluating cloud solutions. Cost savings, flexibility, performance and scalability are some of the key benefits other highly regulated institutions, such as financial services and government, have enjoyed by moving applications and workloads to the cloud.
August 27, 2014
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To make ITaaS (IT as a Service) work for you, what organizational shifts do you need to embrace? What internal and external steps do you need to take? And how can those steps directly impact the performance and availability of your EMR applications?
August 18, 2014
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Learn why cloud automation is a secure, reliable and cost-effective solution for streamlining manual processes, improving patient care and meeting the necessary industry regulations, including those associated with Medicare Part D and HIPAA.
August 14, 2014
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Microsoft Office 365 brings together online versions of Exchange, SharePoint and Lync along with our familiar Office Professional Plus suite. It is designed to help meet healthcare organizations’ need for patient-centered collaboration, robust security and adherence to privacy regulations, including full support for a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement.
August 8, 2014
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In January 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) strengthened the privacy and security protections for health information established under HIPAA in the final omnibus rule. As organizations increasingly leverage cloud platforms to improve efficiency and reduce costs across their IT environment, special care must be taken to ensure private health information is being properly protected and avoid penalties of up to $1.5 million per violation for non-compliance.
August 7, 2014
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Cloud computing is still a nascent market in the healthcare industry, yet healthcare organizations are beginning to incorporate the ability to use remote servers and networks to store, manage and process data into their short- and long-term plans. This in depth paper with actionable insight from industry leading speakers at the executive briefing is designed to help you navigate issues of moving to the cloud, new models of care, seizing the right opportunities and overcoming barriers.
May 20, 2014
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Is inefficient patient flow distressing your bottom-line and quality of care? Discover how Beaufort Memorial Hospital improved its patient flow and impacted its bottom-line. In this whitepaper, we discuss key industry issues such as 30-day readmissions, reimbursements, The Joint Commission’s patient-flow requirements, and more. We will review factors that hospitals must consider to achieve successful patient flow.
May 19, 2014
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Download the whitepaper to learn how Valley Regional Hospital improved their IT costs and increased their uptime to 99.5 percent with a Hosted IT solution. Not only were they able to reduce spikes in their IT spending but at the same time comply with the latest technology and regulatory requirements. Learn how to evaluate on-premise versus off-premise, hosted IT infrastructure and application management for hospitals, and the benefits that the proper choice can yield. A checklist is included that you can use to gage what is best for your hospital.
May 19, 2014
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HIPAA-compliant hosting can help healthcare organizations address issues in the areas of cost containment, cost predictability, rapid application rollout and expertise utilization. Any healthcare-related organization, including Business Associates of HIPAA Covered Entities, should consider the use of a well-qualified cloud provider that can host patient portals, health information exchanges, email and other services that healthcare organizations must manage. This white paper addresses some of the key issues in healthcare management and how a well-qualified, compliant hosting provider can help organizations to reduce costs and better meet their obligations. Understand the key focus areas on fulfilling Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements, managing medical image archives, enabling application decommissioning, implementing Disaster Recovery for EHR and EMR, and HIPAA-Compliant Hosting.
May 16, 2014
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Learn the challenges healthcare organizations have in locking down their HIPAA compliant applications in the cloud. See the latest data breaches and solutions to keeping your ePHI protected in the cloud.
March 25, 2014
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To create truly engaged communities of care, you must do more than implement a patient portal. By elevating your patient portal to a platform, you create a vehicle that connects patients, physicians and all stakeholders across the care continuum. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult (or costly) as you might think. Change the way you think about patient portals.
March 12, 2014
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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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An interesting challenge that healthcare companies face when making the transition into cloud computing is, what to move into the cloud? Putting aside the technology decision – be it public, private or a hybrid cloud – the return on investment decision can be daunting.
June 12, 2013
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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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LA Net, a community-based Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) focused on addressing health disparities reduction in Southern California, is working with Emerge.MD and services partner Burwood Group to implement Emerge.MD's Enterprise Consult Accelerator solution. This solution will solution will enable clinical collaboration between community based clinicians and specialists. LA Net supports the largest population of uninsured patients in the nation and their program is intended to emulate The University of New Mexico's nationally renowned ECHO Clinic.
April 27, 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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