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Companies Partner to Meet Increasing Emphasis on Electronic Records for Cost Reduction, Security and Regulatory Compliance

eFileCabinet and ScheduleVIEW have integrated to offer advanced electronic records and schedule management for accounting and healthcare offices as well as small businesses that require scheduling clients, patients or dispatching employees. From within the ScheduleVIEW application, users will now have the ability to access, edit, manage and distribute electronic documents and records network wide. The integrated solution completes the paperless environment, combining electronic appointment scheduling and access to critical business records in an easy to use, scalable system.

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Bluetooth® Technology Chosen as Health Device Standard

Continua Health Alliance will include the upcoming Bluetooth low energy wireless technology specification in version two of its Continua Health Alliance Design Guidelines. The selection of Bluetooth low energy technology extends the current Continua standard for the Bluetooth Health Device Profile, the only wireless technology specification included in Continua’s Version One Design Guidelines. Bluetooth low energy technology is a power efficient, short-range, wireless technology that offers connectivity between mobile devices and small, battery powered devices such as watches, emergency pendants and health and fitness sensors. Bluetooth low energy technology features low power consumption, small size and low cost, and integration in mobile phones, all providing Continua a reliable solution to enable mobile devices for a wide range of personal telehealth audiences.

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e-MDs Commends American College of Physicians’ EHR Partners Program

E-MDs recently commended the American College of Physicians (ACP) for their leadership in developing and administering the ACP EHR Partners Program (EPP). The program was created to aid physicians in determining which EHR to implement by allowing physicians and their practices to compare EHRs through published user survey results. The EPP covers a broad spectrum of information, including user satisfaction ratings, objective assessments of the EHRs in use and detailed standardized pricing scenarios.

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Edifecs™ and Axway Partnership Targets Innovative HIPAA 5010 Migration Solutions

Edifecs and Axway have created a joint partnership to provide integrated migration solutions for healthcare organizations meeting the new federal HIPAA rules. An updated X12 Version 5010 transaction standard has been mandated for implementation by January 1, 2012 requiring significant data migration to support future nationwide electronic healthcare interchange initiatives throughout the United States.

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Maryland Signs EHR Bill Becoming Leader in HIT Development

Maryland's governor recently signed the HB 706 Electronic Health Records — Regulation and Reimbursement, making Maryland the nation’s leader in developing health IT. Maryland becomes the first state in the nation to build upon the HIT funding provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 by requiring the state’s private insurers to offer incentives to providers for the adoption of EHRs.

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Expert Panel Speaks Out on Need for Privacy, Access and Identity for Healthcare Information

Privacy, access and identity are vital to the Obama administration’s effort to modernize the nation’s healthcare information infrastructure, a panel of policy and technology experts told healthcare industry leaders, public policy makers and policy-influencing organizations at a National Press Club briefing in Washington DC. The topic is timely because healthcare IT is getting nearly a $19 billion boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The speakers agreed the sense of urgency and massive investment are good news, but that time pressure might also cause problems.

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Patients Reveal a Willingness to Trade Hands-On Medical Care for Computer Consultations

As President Obama calls for streamlining heathcare by fully converting to EMRs and as Congress prepares to debate issues of patient privacy, one question has gone unasked: What do patients want? The findings from a qualitative study led by a research team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) provide key insights into consumer preferences, suggesting that patients want full access to all of their medical records, are willing to make some privacy concessions in the interest of making their medical records completely transparent, and that, going forward, fully expect that computers will play a major role in their medical care, even substituting for face-to-face doctor visits.

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Imprivata OneSign Platform Named 2009 SIIA Codie Award Winner for Best Identity Management Solution

Imprivata®, Inc.'s OneSign® Platform has been awarded the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) prestigious CODiE Award for Best Identity Management Solution. OneSign is an appliance-based employee access management solution that enables organizations to protect enterprise information assets while improving user productivity and satisfaction.

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Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital Fined for Unauthorized Access to Patient Medical Records

According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital in Los Angeles County has been fined $250,000 after a determination that the facility failed to prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient medical information. This is the first time CDPH has assessed an administrative penalty under new legislation intended to protect the confidentiality of medical records. CDPH has determined that the hospital failed to prevent unauthorized access to patient’s medical information, as required by Section 1280.15 of the Health and Safety Code. The hospital compromised the privacy of a patient when 21 employees and two physicians improperly accessed records.

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Leading Healthcare Technology Companies Launch National Physician Education Program on Stimulus and EHRs

A coalition of technology innovation leaders are partnering to educate 500,000 U.S. physicians about opportunities aligned with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The act details President Obama's plan to improve healthcare quality, safety and efficiency through the secure exchange of electronic health information, and the adoption of EHRs and associated technologies.

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Indiana Translational Medicine Institute Pioneers Secure Federated Identity Management

Translational medicine researchers from across the country can now access a range of data and advanced technology resources using the user ID and password of their home institution. The Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) HUB provides federated identity management — allowing researchers to use resources such as medical databases, high performance computers and life science visualization tools in multiple distributed locations without the need to remember yet another password and login procedure.

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Glenwood Systems LLC's GlaceEMR Receives 08 CCHIT Certification

Glenwood System LLC's product GlaceEMR v3.0 is a Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) Certified® 08 Ambulatory EHR, and meets the Certification Commission's EHR criteria for office-based use. Ambulatory EHRs are designed for physician offices and clinics where most Americans get their healthcare.

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Michigan Physicians Gain HIT Access from New Collaboration to Improve Physician Practice Efficiency

Michigan physicians are the first in the nation to gain increased access to health information technologies (HIT) through a new collaboration announced by the American Medical Association (AMA) and Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) with Compuware’s Covisint. This collaboration builds on MSMS’ nation-leading “MSMS Connect” and comes just days after the AMA announced its agreement with Covisint to develop an AMA Web-based portal. The collaboration will increase the number of products and services available to Michigan physicians. MSMS Connect currently has a portfolio of services that help to improve patient care, facilitate efficient medical practice and ease the adoption of HIT. Later this year, through the AMA collaboration, MSMS members will be able to access even more secure tools and information in support of improved patient care and efficiency.

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Partners Consulting Expands Atlanta Office to Deliver Identity Management and GRC Solutions

Partners Consulting Services, Inc. has announced the addition of identity management (IdM), Access Management (AM) and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solutions to the IT consulting services currently offered by its Atlanta office. Partners Atlanta is targeting healthcare and other security-intensive industries across the mid-Atlantic and Southern business region.

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Cost Savings, Compliance and Protection of Patient Information Drives Healthcare Organizations to Adopt Online Backup Solution

Decho Corporation, an EMC Company, has announced the number of healthcare organizations using its industry-leading MozyPro® online backup solution to protect patient information has more than doubled in the past year. Mozy™ is the most trusted online backup solution for consumers and businesses.

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Healthcare Industry Leaders Agree: EHRs Are Coming

The recent HIMSS annual conference raised important questions about consumer privacy and security around EHRs. According to Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC, "There is no doubt that EHRs are coming. The question is whether or not consumers' privacy is a key issue or an afterthought. A lot of forces are driving the push for EHR. However, it is important that standards go hand-in-hand with policy so that it doesn't become the Wild West with every vendor and healthcare provider using different terms."

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Denver Health Selects InstallFree to Provide Application Virtualization

Denver Health is now implementing InstallFree as part of an IT strategy that will double the number of Sun Ray thin-clients to 3000 and accelerate delivery of virtualized applications to nearly 7000 users throughout the healthcare system. InstallFree virtualized applications, targeting users instead of machines, allows the desktop environment to follow the user as they move from hospital to clinic, enabling maximum mobility and support of HIPAA and other compliance requirements.

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Allscripts Ranked No. 1 in E-Prescription Routing for Second Consecutive Year

For the second consecutive year, Allscripts has routed more e-prescriptions over the Surescripts network than any other e-prescribing or EHR solution provider. Allscripts also had more active prescribers connected to the national network in 2008 than any other company.

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Palisade Systems DLP Technology Deployed by Gibson General Hospital to Protect EMRs

Palisade Systems has announced the addition of a new healthcare customer, Gibson General Hospital, that is using its data loss prevention technology, PacketSure, to protect its patients’ records. Gibson General Hospital represents a growing list of Palisade healthcare customers that are deploying its data loss prevention technology in order to ensure that they comply with HIPAA compliance policies that deal specifically with the security and privacy of patients’ EMRs.

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Netsmart Technologies Announces Partnership to Protect Behavioral Health Information Exchange

Netsmart Technologies, Inc. now has a partnership agreement with health information exchange (HIE) consulting firm Object Health LLC to provide the critical privacy and security policy, business sustainability and governance consulting for customers of Netsmart’s CareConnect™ behavioral health information exchange solution for clinical connectivity and integration.

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Mayo Clinic and Microsoft Deliver a Powerful and Personalized Consumer Solution for Managing Health

Mayo Clinic and Microsoft Corp. have launched the Mayo Clinic Health Manager, a privacy- and security-enhanced online application that provides people with a place to store medical information and receive individualized health guidance and recommendations based on the clinical expertise of Mayo Clinic. This interactive functionality extends the capabilities of traditional PHRs, using an individual’s health information to generate customized recommendations on which they can act to better manage their health and the health of their families.

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IASIS Healthcare Selects McKesson PACS to Help Enhance Physician Relations and Patient Care

IASIS Healthcare® LLC plans to help improve patient care and physician satisfaction with the deployment of a new picture archiving and communications system (PACS) from McKesson. IASIS expects to experience significant workflow advantages by making the move to Horizon Medical Imaging™ PACS, which gives time-crunched physicians easy access to medical images as part of the EHR. As a result, hospital clinicians will be able to spend less time locating information and more time on clinical activities and patient care.

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New York-Presbyterian Hospital Pioneers New PHR — myNYP.org

New York-Presbyterian Hospital has introduced a new electronic PHR, enabling its patients to access their medical information wherever and whenever they need it. Hospital leaders believe the innovative system — including its use of readily available software and platforms — is the first of its kind to be launched at a major medical institution and the only such system that provides security, privacy and portability to patients from all walks of life.

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Rapid Adoption of Identity Assurance as a Service Bodes Well for AdmitOne Security’s Mission

AdmitOne Security has announced that its new cloud-based AdmitOne Security Suite protects more than 50,000 identities less than 90 days after being launched. The rate of adoption of the cloud-based AdmitOne Security Suite reflects the importance of tying elastic identity assurance solutions directly to operational business results.

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Eighty Percent of Global Healthcare IT Executives Place Increased Reliance on Mobility

More than 80 percent of global IT decision makers within the healthcare industry stated that mobile technologies are more important to their organizations today than they were in 2008, according to a recent research study commissioned by Motorola Inc. Respondents cited key benefits such as increased order fulfillment accuracy, reduced manual errors and increased employee productivity due to the utilization of mobile technologies within various clinical settings.

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Humana and Availity Expand Deployment of CareProfile EHR to Kentucky

Availity, LLC and Humana Inc. have expanded deployment of the nation’s first multi-payor online health record, CareProfile®, into Kentucky. CareProfile is now available to all physicians, hospitals and associated administrative personnel throughout the state.

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Healthcare Organizations Deploy RSA Solutions to Improve Privacy and Efficiency of Patient Care

Leading healthcare organizations — including Apoteket AB, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Catholic Health System, Geisinger Health System, Mainline Health and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center — have implemented effective information risk management strategies and information-centric technologies from RSA, The Security Division of EMC, in order to help secure highly sensitive patient healthcare data and meet compliance mandates.

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway Activates Eclipsys EMR Solution

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway has successfully activated Eclipsys’ EMR solution, Sunrise Acute Care™. The on-time, on-budget activation marks the third hospital in the Robert Wood Johnson Health System to successfully adopt Eclipsys clinical solutions, demonstrating the software’s flexibility for use in both community and academic settings.

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CoSign Digital Signatures Enable Compliance with New HIPAA Guidelines

ARX's CoSign digital signature solution allows users to maintain compliance with the revised HIPAA regulations the United States Congress released in December of 2008, detailing the responsibilities healthcare providers have in maintaining the privacy and security of medical records.

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Healthcare Identity Management Is Necessary First Step to EHR Interchange

Government policy makers are looking carefully at the best ways to improve the efficiency of information systems in the healthcare industry. But current plans that emphasize EHR exchange are putting the cart before the horse, according to a new brief for government policy makers and other healthcare stakeholders from Healthcare Council industry experts at the Smart Card Alliance. Efforts to reduce medical errors caused by mistaken identities, modernize data exchange, reduce redundant testing and lower administrative costs must start with accurately linking patients with their personal medical information, while at the same time protecting their privacy, according to the new brief.

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Ownership of Electronic Health Information

The recently passed “stimulus” funding will create a huge amount of electronic medical information in the next few years, but legal uncertainty about who owns the information “presents a major obstacle to integrating and using” it to improve public health and healthcare, according to a national commentary co-authored by a Wake Forest University and a Duke University faculty member. Clarifying legal rights of patient control over EHRs could be the key to making the best use of the mass of potentially valuable information.

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NetMotion Wireless Boosts Mobile Productivity for Puget Sound Blood Center

Puget Sound Blood Center has chosen NetMotion Wireless' Mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution to provide its mobile clinicians with access to wireless data and applications as they move across Washington State, serving more than 185 hospitals and clinics. NetMotion Wireless’ Mobile VPN, Mobility XE, ensures that blood center workers can remain productive while connecting securely to applications, roaming seamlessly between multiple wireless networks and maintaining their applications even when users move in and out of wireless coverage areas.

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eFileCabinet Helps Medical Offices Realize Full Benefits of EMR Systems

eFileCabinet, Inc. has recently integrated its electronic document management (EDM) system with certified EMR and Practice Management (PM) systems, which are used by thousands of medical offices nationwide. eFileCabinet has leveraged X-Link middleware to bridge the gap between the EMR system and the rest of the office.

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Insurer PHRs: Can They Bridge the Information Gap?

While many major health insurers have created PHRs to allow enrollees to electronically store and organize their healthcare information, whether patients and physicians will embrace the new electronic tool remains an open question, according to a study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) published in the journal Health Affairs.

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Aveska Joins Center for Identity Management and Information Protection of Utica College

Aveksa, Inc. has joined the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection of Utica College (CIMIP) as its newest stakeholder. Aveksa will contribute to research-based projects dealing with identity and access risk, and share its expertise based on real-world access governance deployments at leading global organizations around the world. As the latest addition to CIMIP, Aveksa joins other stakeholders, including the United States Marshals Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service and Syracuse University’s CASE Center, in their efforts to solve growing problems related to identity fraud and theft, and information protection.

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New EMR System Helps to Prevent Medication Mistakes

The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has pioneered the new 100 percent Electronic Medication Verification for managing medications. This system calls for repeated scanning of electronic barcodes by caregivers, with verified accuracy checks when the medication is ordered, dispensed and then given to the patient. This highly reliable DMC verification system is based on a proven formula for preventing medication errors: “Right patient, right drug, right dose, right time and right route.”

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HITRUST Alliance and Healthcare Leaders Collaborate to Change the Way Health Information is Protected

To address the “implementation” gap that healthcare organizations are experiencing due to the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) will unveil the Common Security Framework (CSF) at its 2009 launch in California. This framework will implement security programs in an appropriate risk-based and consistent way, as well as help organizations in determining compliance against the myriad of business partner requirements and the numerous evolving state and federal regulations, along with industry standards.

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DB Technology Assists Hospitals in Complying with the New FTC Identity Theft Red Flag Regulations

DB Technology is assisting its hospital clients in meeting the new FTC's Identity Theft Red Flag regulations. With enhanced Enterprise RAS document management software, customers who use Enterprise RAS for image and forms management at registration will be able to capture the patient’s image at each visit and compare those pictures against the patient being registered. Beginning May 2, 2009, the FTC will require all healthcare providers develop programs to protect against identity theft in compliance with the Identity Theft Red Flag regulations as part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. Healthcare organizations also are required to implement policies and technologies to ensure patients do not receive improper care or are incorrectly diagnosed due to compromised EMRs with information from other patients.

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Fairfield Medical Center Cures Multiple Password Ailments with Imprivata OneSign

Imprivata®, Inc., the converged authentication and access management company, announced that its appliance-based OneSign® Platform has been deployed by Fairfield Medical Center, an acute-care facility in central Ohio. After extensive analysis of healthcare SSO solutions, Fairfield chose Imprivata’s enterprise single sign-on solution because of its ease-of-use, its inherent ability to secure access to and transactions within McKesson applications and the minimal impact on existing employee workflow.

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e-MDs Solution Series™ Receives 2008 CCHIT Certification

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) has approved the e-MDs product, Solution Series™ Version 6.3 software as a CCHIT Certified® 08 Ambulatory EHR, additionally certified for Child Health and Cardiovascular Medicine. The criteria for a CCHIT Certified 08 Ambulatory EHR includes: additional electronic prescribing features: access to the patient’s medication history, formulary and eligibility; better and safer medication dosing, adjusted for patient weight and other factors; better ability to prevent adverse reactions due to drug interactions or allergies; and other criteria.

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McKesson Launches Information Resources to Help Physicians Take Advantage of Economic Stimulus

As a response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, McKesson launched the Achieve HIT program for physicians and health systems. Achieve HIT is designed to help healthcare providers optimize and accelerate their efforts to improve care delivery as they put plans in place to achieve meaningful use and qualify for the new government incentives. The passage of the act includes landmark legislation designed to promote the use of healthcare information technology (HITECH) for all healthcare providers. The HITECH provisions endorse and provide incentives for the rapid implementation and meaningful use of technology to reduce healthcare costs by improving quality, safety and efficiency.

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Hospitals Turn to IBM to Help Build Millions of EMRs for Improved Patient Care

Capella Healthcare, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, Trillium Health Centre and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have turned to IBM to help build a smarter healthcare system for ensuring patient safety, improving efficiency and reducing medical errors through EMRs. IBM is helping hospitals worldwide integrate and access new intelligence, making EMRs become smarter with open technology. This can help them deliver smarter healthcare through real-time access to clinical and business information spanning multiple systems, as well as many sources of information. The technology can also be used for medical personnel that can now have instant access to pertinent information to respond more quickly to patient requirements.

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Health Information Trust Alliance Announces Common Security Framework

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has released its position on the importance of privacy and security in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For the past 18 months, HITRUST has been working with industry to develop a Common Security Framework (CSF) that will enable greater and more efficient protection of health information. By normalizing the variances and inconsistencies regarding “how” to implement various standards, regulations and policies, the CSF will help healthcare organizations with the efficient interpretation of and compliance with regulations, such as those imposed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Novell Strengthens Identity and Security Leadership Position Through Strategic Acquisitions

Novell has acquired the technology assets of Fortefi Ltd. and has also acquired a perpetual source code license to ActivIdentity's industry-leading single sign-on solution, SecureLogin, which had been previously available to customers through an OEM agreement as Novell® SecureLogin. The two deals cement Novell's leadership position in bringing together identity, access and security management technologies to help customers reduce cost, complexity and risk while proving compliance with industry regulations.

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CVS Caremark to Pay $2.25 Million to Settle HIPAA Privacy Case

CVS Caremark Corporation has entered into an agreement with the FTC and HHS' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concerning disposal of patient information at its retail pharmacy stores. The settlement resolves an investigation prompted by media reports from 2006 about alleged incidents of inadvertent disposal of patient information in dumpsters at a limited number of CVS/pharmacy locations in a manner that was inconsistent with the company’s waste disposal procedures.

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Google and IBM Partner for Online Health Records

IBM®, Google® and the Continua Health Alliance jointly announced new software that will enable personal medical devices used for patient monitoring, screening and routine evaluation to automatically stream data results into a patient's Google Health™ account or other PHR. This breakthrough extends the value of PHRs to consumers and also helps to ensure that such records are current and accurate at all times. Once stored in a PHR, the data can also be shared with physicians and other members of the extended care network.

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Survey of Healthcare Professionals Demonstrates Potential Impact of Economic Stimulus Plan on EHR Adoption

An online survey of 1,888 physicians, medical group executives and staff conducted by Allscripts concludes that U.S. physician groups are eager to accept a proposed multi-billion dollar package of government loans, grants and incentives designed to promote broader adoption of information technologies such as the EHR. The survey results reveal consensus among medical groups that funding is critical, with 82 percent of respondents strongly agreeing that the government should provide funding for EHRs.

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IOM Report: HIPAA Privacy Rule Fails to Adequately Protect Patient Privacy and Hampers Health Research

The HIPAA Privacy Rule does not adequately protect the privacy of people's personal health information and hinders important health research discoveries, concludes a new report from the Institute of Medicine.Congress should authorize the development of an entirely new approach to protecting personal health information in research, separate from the HIPAA Privacy Rule, said the committee that wrote the report. This new approach should apply privacy, data security, and accountability standards uniformly to information used in all health-related research regardless of who funds or conducts the research.

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Motion and Sig-Tec Partner to Provide Mobility and Identity and Access Management Solutions to Healthcare Organizations

Motion Computing® and Sig-Tec® have created a partnership to deliver industry-leading solutions for mobility, information security and clinical workflow. The partnership comes after several joint client initiatives at major healthcare and academic organizations where the companies implemented solutions that improve workflows, free up resources and improve patient experiences.

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First EMRs Network Established for the Personal Injury Industry

E-Medical Record Services is promoting and managing the nation’s first EMRs network for the personal injury industry. The network provides a HIPAA-compliant, Internet-based link to foster medical records interaction between the healthcare providers and attorneys that comprise its membership.

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Collaborative Medicine Soon a Reality for Providers in Southeastern Idaho

Noteworthy Medical Systems, Inc. now has a partnership between Portneuf Medical Center, Medical Resources of Idaho (MRI) and the Idaho Association of Physicians (IDAP) to form a community-wide health information exchange for providers in southeastern Idaho. Portneuf Medical Center, MRI and IDAP are providing sponsorship to access Noteworthy’s web-based technology. The application will facilitate improved patient care, communications among care givers and the sharing of detailed clinical data among community providers, the 14 community hospitals in The Hospital Cooperative, the referring lab and radiology groups, pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, health plans and other healthcare data providers in the region.

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Medsphere Successfully Implements Electronic Medication Administration Solution in West Virginia

Medsphere Systems Corporation successfully implemented Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) capability at all eight facilities in West Virginia's network of acute, psychiatric and long-term care hospitals. Medsphere provided Continuum Care, a pharmacy located in Barboursville, West Virginia, with secure access to the state's OpenVista EHR network so that the pharmacy could provide services to five West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) facilities.

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HIPAA Privacy Rule Limits America’s Promise in Research

The Privacy Rule of HIPAA continues to have a significant negative impact on the scope,pace and costs of research, according to The HIPAA Privacy Rule: Lacks Patient Benefit,Impedes Research Growth, the latest report of the Association of Academic Health Centers(AAHC). Findings from the report reveal that researchers have difficulty recruiting participants andthat the rule creates barriers to diversity in research studies. Such events arefundamentally changing the conduct of research and threatening the scientific credibility offuture research.

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Courion Recognized as a “Best of 2008” Identity Management Product

SC Magazine has recognized Courion® Corporation’s Enterprise Provisioning Suite as a “Best of 2008” identity management product, describing it as “an excellent overall product with ease of use and excellent pricing.” Courion’s solutions were recognized as a “Best of 2008” product after receiving a perfect score overall in all six testing categories: features; ease of use; performance; documentation; support; and value for money.

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Economic Stimulus Bill Mandates EHRs for Every Citizen Without Opt-out or Patient Consent Provisions

The Institute for Health Freedom (IHF) recommends that the economic stimulus bill mandating EHRs for every citizen should include opt-out or patient consent provisions. According to Sue A. Blevins, IHF president, "Without those protections, Americans’ EHRs could be shared — without their consent — with over 600,000 covered entities through the forthcoming nationally linked EHRs network."

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Trust Digital's Enterprise Mobility Management Platform Deployed by Leading Healthcare Organizations

Trust Digital’s technology has been deployed at several leading healthcare organizations across the country to help manage and secure smartphone devices used by doctors, nurses and pharmacists. Trust Digital’s comprehensive management and security solution supports a diverse environment of mobile devices, ensuring HIPAA compliance and faster access to data and real-time patient information.

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Michigan Cardiovascular Institute Selects Sage Intergy EHR to Streamline Clinical, Workflow and Reporting Efficiencies

Michigan CardioVascular Institute has selected the integrated Sage Intergy practice management (PM) and Sage Intergy EHR system to improve care, workflow, data access and reporting. The group also wants to standardize care and prepare for a pay-for-performance environment.

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HHS Issues Final ICD-10 Code Sets and Updated Electronic Transaction Standards Rules

HHS has released two final rules that will facilitate the United States’ ongoing transition to an electronic healthcare environment through adoption of a new generation of diagnosis and procedure codes and updated standards for electronic healthcare and pharmacy transactions.

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Medicare PHR Choice Pilot Program Offers Beneficiaries an Opportunity to Maintain PHRs

CMS launched the Medicare PHR Choice Pilot in Arizona and Utah. This pilot program will offer beneficiaries with Original Medicare the opportunity to choose one of the PHR products offered by the companies selected for the pilot. PHRs will allow beneficiaries to maintain their health record information electronically and Medicare will add claims data directly to the PHRs for this pilot.

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DataDirect Technologies Announces Support for HIPAA 5010 Electronic Transactions

DataDirect Technologies' DataDirect XML Converters® now support HIPAA 5010 transaction definitions established by CMS of HHS in August 2008. With robust support for X12 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards, DataDirect Technologies has provided healthcare organizations with a turn-key solution to modernize or enhance their existing EDI technology by allowing for scalable, automated conversion between EDI and XML. Building on its existing support for EDI extensions including X12 and HL7 clinical and administrative data standards, version 4.0 of the DataDirect XML Converters offers bi-directional conversion for the latest HIPAA EDI dialects including 004010A1, 005010 and 005010A1 messages.

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Healthcare Organizations Test HIPAA Transactions

Four leading healthcare industry organizations are collaborating with CMS on the formation of a 5010 Testing Project to address real-time testing of the new X12 HIPAA 5010 transactions implementation. The organizations include Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Initiative and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

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AccesStream Releases Open Source Identity Access Management Solution

AccesStream has released the beta version of its identity access management solution to the open source community. This initiative will allow developers worldwide to participate in the progress of AccesStream's innovative enterprise identity access management solution.

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Children's National Medical Center Selects eClinicalWorks for Children's IQ Network

Children’s National Medical Center of Washington D.C. has selected eClinicalWorks unified EMR and practice management (PM) software for its Children’s IQ NetworkSM. Children’s IQ Network is dedicated to improving connectivity, care and outcomes for children — and will be the first of its kind in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia region. Community pediatricians will be connected to Children’s National Medical Center through their eClinicalWorks EMR.

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NHIN Establishes Foundation for Interoperable Health Information Exchange

The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Forum showcased the groundbreaking work of NHIN trial implementations which began more than 14 months ago. This work, carried out by members of a public-private NHIN Cooperative lays the foundation that will serve as the next step toward secure nationwide interoperable health information exchange. By making information available when and where it is needed, nationwide exchange of health information promises to increase healthcare quality, reducing both cost and medical errors.

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UPMC Presbyterian Recognized for Advanced Use of EMR

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian has been recognized by the leading healthcare technology industry organization for its advanced use of a comprehensive EMR, achieving a technology and patient safety distinction earned by only 24 of more than 5,700 U.S. hospitals.

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CCHIT Offers Published Updated Drafts of Certification Criteria, Test Scripts for 2009

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology® (CCHIT) has published for public review updated drafts of its certification criteria and the first draft of its test scripts for the 2009 certification year. In order to continue to refine and improve the proposed criteria and test steps, the CCHIT opened a 31-day public comment period, closing January 21, 2009. The criteria and test scripts are for ambulatory, child health, cardiovascular medicine, inpatient and ED EHRs as well as for standalone e-prescribing systems and PHRs.

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Imprivata Nominated for Three SC Magazine 2009 Awards, Recognizing Broad Capabilities of OneSign Platform

Imprivata®, Inc. has been recognized by SC Magazine with three nominations for the 2009 edition of its annual SC Awards Program. Imprivata’s OneSign® Platform was named a finalist in the Reader Trust category of “Best Identity Management Solution” and the Excellence category of “Best Regulatory Compliance Solution,” while its OneSign® Authentication Management (AM) was named a finalist for the Reader Trust category of “Best Multi-and-Second-Factor Solution.”

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Colorado Among First States in Nation to Share Health Information Across Healthcare Organizations

Colorado has become one of the first states in the nation to demonstrate that e-health information can be securely shared between hospitals and healthcare organizations at a statewide level. This data exchange will benefit more than 1 million Coloradans. The effort aims to prevent medical errors, streamline care, improve quality, eliminate costly duplication of tests, and promote healthcare affordability through interoperability of health information.

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HHS Announces Health IT Privacy and Security Toolkit

In a keynote address to the Nationwide Health Information Network Forum, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced key privacy principles and a toolkit to guide efforts to harness the potential of new technology and more effective data analysis, while protecting privacy.

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Health IT Recommendations Issued to New Administration and 111th Congress

To ensure that health IT is appropriately addressed in anticipated healthcare reform policy in 2009, the HIMSS workgroup has developed unified recommendations for the new Congress and administration concerning the role of health IT in healthcare reform. The recommendations, which represent necessary measures to develop and sustain a robust IT infrastructure for healthcare, are contained in the new report, Call for Action: Enabling Healthcare Reform Using Information Technology — Recommendations for the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress.

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Greenway Medical Technologies' EHR Solution Wins Three "Best in KLAS" Awards

Greenway Medical Technologies Inc.'s fully integrated, single-database and interoperable EHR solution, PrimeSuite®, won three “Best in KLAS” awards in the annual 2008 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards report. For the third consecutive year, PrimeSuite received the Best in KLAS award in the ambulatory EMR category for practices having between six and 25 physicians. Additionally, PrimeSuite received the Best in KLAS award in the ambulatory EMR category as the top rated EMR for practices having between two and five physicians.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Maintains Healthy IT Servers with Third Brigade

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has deployed Third Brigade Deep Security for increased protection of patient and hospital data. BIDMC, one of four Boston-area hospitals to standardize on Third Brigade, safeguards the personal and medical data resulting from nearly three quarters of a million patient visits annually.

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Metropolitan Jewish Health System Awards EMRs Contract to SigmaCare

After an intense 18-month selection process, a proven commitment to clinical quality earned SigmaCare® a contract to deploy EMRs throughout Metropolitan Jewish Health System's (Metropolitan) skilled nursing facilities. With 15 years of health IT experience, SigmaCare takes a unique “big picture” approach to implementing EMRs in skilled nursing facilities.

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Synygy Adherence to Federal Privacy Standards Validated in Independent Third-Party Audi

Synygy, Inc. has announced that an independent third-party audit attests to the company’s adherence to HIPAA standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information. Synygy engaged an independent external reviewer, SunGard Availability Services, to conduct an overall enterprise security assessment as part of Synygy’s annual audit examinations. As the company with the highest sales compensation management (SCM) market share in the pharmaceutical and healthcare IT sectors, Synygy places the utmost value on guardianship of their clients’ confidential data.

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NoMoreClipboard.com to Provide PHR Accounts for Indiana University Students

The Indiana University (IU) Health Center has contracted with NoMoreClipboard.com to provide every student on the IU Bloomington campus with a PHR account. The PHR account will be one part of an IU Health Center service available to Bloomington students through OneStart, IU's Web-based portal that provides a common front door to online services.

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Leading California Healthcare Providers Invest in Automated Privacy Auditing

FairWarning, Inc. has been selected by the University of California San Diego Medical Center to further automate patient privacy auditing. Creating a culture of privacy, security and compliance is a rising priority for California healthcare organizations as new state privacy and discovery laws were put in place during 2008.

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VeriChip Corporation Selected by Microsoft to Offer PHR through Microsoft HealthVault

VeriChip Corporation recently announced that its PHR, used in conjunction with its VeriMed Health Link system, will be accessible through Microsoft® HealthVault™. Through this agreement, Health Link members will have the ability to open free HealthVault accounts and input, store, view and interact with their health data. Further, the data within Health Link members' existing accounts will be directly accessible through their HealthVault accounts.

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Rohati Named Among Network World's '10 IT Security Companies to Watch'

Rohati Systems, Inc.'s Transaction Networking System™ (TNS™) has been placed on Network World's exclusive '10 IT Security Companies to Watch' list. Rohati's TNS is the only identity and access management solution that was recognized in the prestigious industry ranking.

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Quest Software Adds Resource Access Management to Core Identity and Access Management Toolset

Quest Software, Inc. has further extended its Quest One Identity Solution. Organizations can now identify and manage user and group access to critical corporate data across the enterprise with the new Quest Access Manager.

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Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Move to EHRs with McKesson's Paragon Community HIS

Beaver Dam Community Hospitals (BDCH), Inc. has chosen to implement award-winning healthcare IT from McKesson to provide a fast track to EHRs. BDCH selected the Paragon® community healthcare information system (HIS) to provide integrated clinical and financial information systems and comprehensive EHRs for its new state-of-the-art hospital and facilities. Additionally, the organization will implement McKesson's document management solution, which will enable doctors to sign electronic patient records online and streamline the management of information for all hospital personnel — from physicians to coders.

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Benefit Informatics Offering Personal Health and Cost Management

Benefit Informatics has created the Personal Health and Cost Management (PHCM) desktop solution to provide payor customers with a web-based, private-labeled environment that can be customized with health, wellness, behavior change and predictive modeling solutions for each employer group and each employee or plan participant.

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Intel Announces its First Home Medical Device to Better Connect Clinicians with Patients

Intel Corporation has announced the Intel® Health Guide, a care management tool designed for healthcare professionals who manage patients with chronic conditions. The Health Guide represents Intel's entry into a new category of personal health systems that go beyond the simple remote patient monitoring systems available today.

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Medicare Selects Four Companies Where Beneficiaries Can Maintain Their Own PHRs

CMS has selected four PHR companies to participate in the new Medicare PHR Choice Pilot in Arizona and Utah. Beginning in early 2009, this pilot program will offer beneficiaries with Original Medicare the opportunity to choose one of the selected PHR companies to maintain their health record information electronically.

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Wandering WiFi Provides Ardent Health with Secure Wi-Fi for Patients

Ardent Health Services has successfully gone live with Wandering WiFi’s wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) service in six hospitals in Oklahoma and New Mexico. Ardent is offering free Wi-Fi Internet access for all its patients and visitors. When patients and visitors want to stay in touch, Wandering WiFi offers a secure way of delivering that service within HIPAA guidelines.

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Importance of URAC’s HIPAA Standards to Protect PHI Is Focus of New Issue Brief

URAC released a new issue brief to illuminate changes to its Privacy and Security accreditation standards. The brief, "Cashing in on Personal Health Information: The Importance of URAC HIPAA Standards to Protect Consumer Privacy," features the expert voice of HIPAA expert Bill Braithwaite, M.D., Ph.D., FACMI. Bob Poston III, privacy official for Humana Military Healthcare Service, adds on-the-ground insight into application of URAC's standards in a rapidly changing technology environment. In this issue brief, both Dr. Braithwaite and Poston noted the value of URAC accreditation to ensure that every employee who comes in contact with PHI is trained and understands their responsibilities under HIPAA.

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New Jersey's Horizon Health Center Selects eClinicalWorks' Unified EMR/PM Solution

Horizon Health Center has chosen eClinicalWorks unified EMR and PM solution to streamline practice operations between three locations — making it New Jersey’s first Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to implement an EMR/PM system. Providers will also have access to eClinicalWorks Enterprise Business Optimizer (eBO) for enhanced reporting capabilities.

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Survey Finds Most Companies Expect to be Compliant with PCI Standards within 18 Months

Imprivata®, Inc. has announced the results of a national survey examining Identity Management Trends in PCI Compliance 2008, covering the state of Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards (DSS) and compliance spanning companies over a cross-section of industries. Timely with the PCI Data Security Standard 1.2 being recently released on Oct. 1, 2008, this online survey of IT decision makers covered companies of all sizes and highlighted trends and the role of authentication and access technologies in achieving compliance.

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digiMedical Solutions, Inc. Rolls Out Easy-to-Use, Next Generation Prescription Software and Call Center Services

digiMedical Solutions, Inc. has rolled out its next generation prescription handling software and unique prescription reauthorization call center services for a cardiologist at the University Heart Institute in Pembroke Pines, Florida. digiMedical provides an easy-to-use, digital prescription toolset to both doctors and pharmacies to streamline the prescription process. Doctors use a handheld device or desktop computer to easily and quickly ‘write’ a prescription, which is then securely transmitted directly to the pharmacy of the patient’s choosing.

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Case Western Reserve University Professors Call for Regulation of EHRs

Cost and security concerns about bringing healthcare record-keeping into the 21st century through EHRs have led to a call for an effective regulatory and oversight system from a pair of Case Western Reserve University professors. The professors are responsible for one of the first scholarly studies to assess the need for federal regulation of EHR systems.

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AMA Endorses CAQH Core Effort to Standardize and Streamline Patient Administrative Data Exchange

The AMA has endorsed CAQH's Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) initiative. In addition to endorsing the initiative, the nation’s largest physician’s group will work with CAQH to educate AMA members about the efficiencies that the CORE rules can bring to provider practices. AMA also will help communicate strategies to its members for discussing CORE with their affiliated vendors and health plans.

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Aetna and Microsoft HealthVault Empower Aetna Members to Create a PHR

Aetna and Microsoft Corp. have collaborated to provide Aetna members with portability of their personal health information. Aetna members will soon be able to transfer the information in their Aetna CareEngine®-powered PHR directly to Microsoft HealthVault, a security-enhanced, Web-based consumer health platform. Information stored in HealthVault will be available to members — even if they change jobs or health plans — creating a truly portable record of their health.

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nTelagent’s New Red Flag Compliance Tool Effectively Addresses the FTC’s “Red Flag” Requirements for Healthcare Organizations

nTelagent, Inc. recently announced that its new “Red Flag Compliance Report” helps hospitals and other healthcare service providers to effectively address the Federal Trade Commission’s new “Red Flag and Address Discrepancy Rules” effective November 1, as well as other federal healthcare regulations. The Red Flag Compliance Report is an important component of nTelagent’s Self-Pay Management System (SPMS), The Retail Application for the healthcare industry.

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Kaiser Permanente Has Most Hospitals in Nation with Inpatient EHR

Kaiser Permanente has reached another milestone achievement in health IT — bringing the convenient and potentially life-saving technology of EHRs to 22 hospitals serving 4.8 million members, the most hospitals using EMRs of any civilian hospital system in the nation. The latest count results from full inpatient implementation of Kaiser Permanente's electronic health record, KP HealthConnect™, in 12 Southern California hospitals. All of the region's 3.3 million members are covered by an end-to-end electronic health record.

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McKesson's Practice Partner Patient Records Software Receives 2008 CCHIT Certification

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT®) has announced that McKesson's Practice Partner® Patient Records 9.3 software complies with updated interoperability requirements, is a CCHIT Certified® 2008 Ambulatory EHR, is additionally certified for child health and meets the Certification Commission's EHR criteria for office-based use.

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CA Acquires IDFocus LLC and Its Identity Management Technology

CA, Inc. has acquired IDFocus LLC and its identity management technology, ACE™. According to Corporate Senior Vice President and General Manager of CA Security Management Dave Hansen, identity management is essential to comprehensive IT security, and the integration of CA Identity Manager and ACE technology enables CA to deliver a robust and powerful identity management solution. The acquisition strengthens CA's ability to continually enhance critical elements of CA's identity and access management suite, which helps CA customers effectively manage employees' and partners' identity lifecycles and meet new compliance demands.

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Nation's Only Citywide eHealth Information Exchange: Improving Health and Lowering Costs

The Regenstrief Medical Record System from the Regenstrief Institute in Indiana has given birth to the Indiana Network for Patient Care, the nation's only citywide health information exchange. This metropolitan system allows ED physicians, with the patient's permission, to view as a single virtual record all previous care at any of more than 25 hospitals, improving quality of care and the efficiency of delivery of that care. Regenstrief investigators have been working with EMRs for nearly 40 years.

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StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. Joins Oracle Identity Assurance Partner Alliance Initiative

StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. has joined the recently announced Oracle Identity Assurance Partner Alliance. The purpose of the Alliance initiative is to combat online fraud, help eliminate identity theft and improve overall enterprise and client security. Members of the alliance plan to deliver solutions that integrate technologies, such as identity proofing, geographic location, two-factor and “Out-of-Band” authentication, endpoint security and secure remote access, to Oracle’s Access Management Suite.

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Iron Mountain Acts to Improve Health of Hospital Medical Records

To assist hospitals struggling to transition to an EHR, Iron Mountain Inc. will begin offering a diagnostic assessment that shows the nation’s largest hospitals how to process patient records more efficiently, speeding care and shortening revenue cycles. The diagnostic tool is part of Iron Mountain’s shift toward a more consultative approach in the healthcare space and is the latest in a string of recent moves by the company to support healthcare providers’ drive to lower costs while improving patient care.

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ZirMed Begins Readying Systems for Migration to HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10

ZirMed has begun readying its transaction processing platforms for the upcoming migration of the HIPAA transactions to version 5010, as well as the adoption of the ICD-10 code sets. ZirMed’s analysts actively participate in the standards-setting process through organizations such as X12 and WEDI and are keenly aware of the changes associated with the proposed rules. ZirMed is currently performing an extensive analysis of the impact that these changes will have on its customers and developing solutions to assist in the migration process.

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Wal-Mart Makes Healthcare Accessable and Affordable for Associates Through PHRs

In a continued push to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for its Wal-Mart Stores U.S. and Sam’s Club associates, Wal-Mart stores, Inc. is providing associates and their families access to information that will enable them to make smarter healthcare decisions, including PHRs. Associates will now have the tools and resources to access their own life-long PHR through a secure, personal healthcare account through WebMD that is powered by Dossia.

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VisionShare Inc. and Foresight Corp. Unveil New Online Self-Service System

Minneapolis-based VisionShare® Inc. and Foresight Corporation of Columbus, OH have introduced Total OnBoarding™, the groundbreaking online self-service system for healthcare payors and Medicare contractors as a way to streamline the entire process of building an authenticated trading community. This system will also help them prepare early for the March 2010 transition to the 5010 HIPAA mandate.

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MediConnect Offers to Donate Copies of Medical Records Lost During Hurricanes

MediConnect Global, Inc. will provide invaluable digital backup copies of archived medical records free of charge back to any patient or organization that has lost paper-based medical records as a result of Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Gustav or Tropical Storm Fay. MediConnect has retrieved or received requests to retrieve thousands of medical records from organizations in the areas most affected by Hurricane Ike, and thousands more from the areas affected by Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Fay. The company is offering to provide these archived medical records back to individuals, physicians, hospitals, law firms, insurance carriers or independent agents who submit requests accompanied by a HIPAA-compliant patient authorization.

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CAQH Creates National Provider Access to Patient Deductible Data, Moves Industry Closer to Electronic Connectivity Standard

For the first time, providers will be able to receive consistent electronic information about patient deductible balances from potentially any health plan at the point of care. This achievement is the result of voluntary business rules developed during the second phase of activities conducted by the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE), a collaborative healthcare industry initiative. The Phase II rules cover requirements for electronic connectivity, patient identification, claims status and reporting of patient financial responsibility for an increased number of service codes included in the HIPAA standards.

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McKesson Customers Turn to Imprivata to Solve Password Management Problems

Imprivata®, Inc., is receiving continued demand for its solutions from McKesson users. To date, leading healthcare organizations including Akron General, Fairfield Medical, Good Samaritan Indiana, OhioHealth, Salem Community Hospital and Southwest Washington Medical Center (SWMC) have deployed Imprivata’s OneSign® Appliance Platform, in conjunction with McKesson healthcare solutions, to leverage the combined power of strong authentication and single sign-on. Imprivata OneSign’s unique Application Profile Generator (APG) technology has been proven to easily SSO-enable a variety of McKesson applications. Additionally, Imprivata OneSign’s ProveID technology has been integrated into the McKesson environment and specifically with McKesson’s Horizon Expert Orders and Horizon Emergency Care solutions to provide an additional level of authentication at the moment of medication ordering and administrating.

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CMS Expands PHR Pilot in South Carolina to Include Data from Tricare

An interagency agreement between CMS and the Department of Defense (DoD) will enable beneficiaries who have original Medicare and also receive TRICARE benefits to be offered the option of adding TRICARE health data to their MyPHRSC PHRs, a South Carolina PHR pilot program. Under this expansion of the pilot, an eligible beneficiary may authorize the DoD to provide TRICARE data from the DoD systems directly to their existing MyPHRSC record. Initially, active medications will be made available. Other data may later be made available for existing MyPHRSC records and upon request by the beneficiary. Additional data may be made available for existing MyPHRSC records and could be requested by the beneficiary.

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California El Camino Hospital Funds EHRs System for Affiliated Physicians

El Camino Hospital of Mountain View, Calif., is financially supporting an EHR initiative for its affiliated physicians, the Independent Physicians of El Camino Hospital (IPECH). The group selected eClinicalWorks' unified EMR and practice management (PM) software for its members, which will interface with the hospital. Practices in the co-operative will also have access to eClinicalWorks Enterprise Business Optimizer (eBO) for enhanced reporting capabilities, and eClinicalWorks Electronic Health eXchange (eEHX) community health record to engage IPECH physicians and their patients in more effective medical management.

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Trust Digital Provides HIPAA Security for CSL Behring's HeliTrax System

Trust Digital announced recently that CSL Behring has deployed its mobility management platform to secure the HeliTrax(SM) system. HeliTrax(SM) is a web-based application that quickly and easily tracks patient medical data including patient records, contact information and detailed test data including medical events, an inventory of test medication and a history of medication usage. The HeliTrax application revolutionizes doctor-patient communication by replacing paper collection of data with an electronic process that captures patient information on smartphones and relays it wirelessly to the HeliTrax server. Device loss protection from Trust Digital helps ensure that HeliTrax is compliant with security requirements contained in HIPAA. The Trust Digital software client ensures that all patient data stored on the smartphone is protected by a power-on password and automatic encryption of the device and removable media.

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Allscripts Live with Google Health Integration for Real-Time Information Sharing Between Physicians and Patients

Allscripts ePrescribe™ integration is now live with Google Health. The web-based electronic prescribing solution from Allscripts has been offered free of charge to every physician in America via the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative™ (NEPSI™), of which Allscripts is a national co-sponsor. Google is the search sponsor of NEPSI. The integration between Allscripts and Google products provides physicians with a new means of sharing their patient's medication history securely over the Internet with their patients via Google Health.

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eHealth Initiative Survey Links Health IT to Lower Costs and Improved Outcomes

The exchange of health information electronically between physicians, hospitals, health plans and patients is decreasing the cost of care and improving outcomes, according to a new survey released by eHealth Initiative. The 2008 Fifth Annual Survey of Health Information Exchange at the state and local levels, which included responses from 130 community-based initiatives in 48 states, shows the significant impact fully operational initiatives are having on improving healthcare delivery and efficiency.

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IBM Named Overall Leader in Worldwide Identity and Access Management Software

In 2007, IBM led vendors worldwide in identity and access management security software, according to a new report from independent analyst firm IDC. Also, IBM's new Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On software recently became available, which was redesigned based on technology from IBM's March 2008 Encentuate, Inc. acquisition. This new software allows users to securely sign on once to their corporate network and then automatically handles subsequent authentication and access to a wide range of different applications. By automating password management and allowing users one password instead of several, employees can become more efficient and businesses can lower help desk costs associated with forgotten passwords.

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Administration's Proposed Rule for ICD-10 Will Cause Healthcare 'Meltdown' for Patients, Providers

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) supports the administration's move to 5010 and ICD-10 coding systems, but believes HHS proposed timeframes for insurers and providers to implement these massive changes are unworkable. The National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), the official adviser on HIPAA to HHS, recommends a two-year timeframe for implementing the first phase of these changes — the 5010, which must be done before starting work on ICD-10. Then, they support three years for conversion to ICD-10. BCBSA is strongly urging the administration to adopt the NCVHS recommendations to implement these massive systems changes.

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Motorola Enterprise Mobility Solutions Deployed at 20 Long-Term Care Facilities

SigmaCare®, a leading provider of point-of-care technology and professional services for the long-term healthcare industry, is deploying Motorola enterprise mobility solutions across 20 long-term care facilities — enabling improved staff efficiency and quality of patient care. This deployment is made possible by a recently issued $13.5 million grant from the State of New York for the Quality of Care Demonstration Project, to help long-term care facilities transition to EMRs from paper-based documentation.

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Aetna Helps Medicare Members Organize Medical Information and Monitor Health with CareEngine-Powered PHR

Aetna has made its CareEngine-powered PHR available to current Aetna Medicare members who purchased their Medicare plans individually. This unique, interactive tool is designed to better engage Medicare members in managing their own health, as well as make it easier for members to share health information with their physicians. Aetna's PHR combines a wide variety of health information gathered from across the healthcare spectrum — such as physician offices, labs, diagnostic treatment and pharmacies — with user-entered information such as family history or allergies, and houses it in a secure, online location.

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Merge Healthcare Launches Off-Site Disaster Recovery Services

Merge Healthcare, a leading medical imaging solutions provider, has recently launched its Managed Services initiative. The first service of the initiative is Merge Off Site Disaster Recovery, which provides HIPAA-compliant backup of radiology images and information. This service provides hospitals and imaging centers with a business continuity solution in the event of system failure, unplanned downtime or natural disaster.

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IBM Software Supports Shared Health's Mission to Improve Patient Care

Shared Health®, one of the largest public/private Health Information Exchanges (HIE) in the U.S., is using IBM InfoSphere software and services to power its newly launched Clinical Xchange™ data exchange platform. Information from Clinical Xchange can be accessed on demand in a secure manner by patients and healthcare providers. Whether a patient visits a PCP, specialist or an ED, Shared Health makes this important patient information available to accelerate assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

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EHRs Top List of Major Concerns for U.S. Hospitals and Health Centers

As hospitals and health centers continue to struggle with a range of challenges, including long wait times in the ED, increasing regulatory pressure and the rise of patient-driven healthcare, Picis recently conducted a poll of more than 300 physicians, nurses and hospital administrators to gain further insight into the most critical factors affecting today’s healthcare climate. The Picis poll revealed “the rollout of EHRs” ranked as the second biggest concern and raised additional questions about how government-funded EHR initiatives and joint ventures from companies such as Google and Microsoft will affect the future of hospital technology systems.

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QuadraMed Launches Next-Generation Identity Management Solution for Health Systems and HIEs

QuadraMed® Corporation recently announced the general availability of Smart Identity Exchange (Smart I/X), a next-generation identity management solution that helps hospitals and health information exchanges (HIEs) in their efforts to identify, reconcile and manage patient records to significantly reduce the potential for medical errors and needless expenses such as unnecessary tests and procedures. Adding another powerful tool to QuadraMed's Best in KLAS portfolio of identity management solutions, Smart I/X is both an enterprise master person index (EMPI) and a record locator/reconciliation solution designed specifically for organizations that require a means of more accurately identifying patients and establishing and maintaining a composite medical record across multiple data sources. The solution helps organizations comply with HIPAA and uses a probabilistic algorithm to analyze all records stored in an organization's MPI systems, cross-references and reconciles them, then assigns each patient a unique, enterprise identifier.

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University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust Implements Single Sign-On with Fast User Switching

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) has chosen Imprivata®, Inc. OneSign to support its clinical staff with single sign-on, including fast user switching capabilities. Around 4,500 of the trust’s staff will benefit from faster access to patient information, making them more efficient in delivering patient care, while also providing full audit reporting. The trust will also be using the NHS Connecting for Health smart card as a factor for strong authentication to its applications.

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Proposed ICD-10 Code Sets Would Improve DM, Speed Transition to an Electronic Healthcare Environment

HHS has announced a long-awaited proposed regulation that would replace the ICD-9-CM code sets now used to report healthcare diagnoses and procedures with greatly expanded ICD-10 code sets, effective Oct. 1, 2011. In 2000, under authority provided by HIPAA, the ICD-9-CM code sets were adopted for use in the administrative transactions by both the public and private sectors to report diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. Covered entities required to use the ICD-9-CM code sets include health plans, healthcare clearinghouses and healthcare providers who transmit any electronic health information in connection with a transaction for which a standard has been adopted by HHS. In a separate proposed regulation, HHS has proposed adopting the updated X12 standard, Version 5010, and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs standard, Version D.0, for electronic transactions, such as healthcare claims.

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Private Access and Genetic Alliance Announce Partnership to Accelerate Medical Research While Protecting Privacy

Private Access, Inc. and Genetic Alliance have formed a novel public-private partnership designed to simultaneously protect patients’ privacy rights while creating a faster and more cost effective way for researchers to connect with patients in order to find causes and treatments for chronic illnesses and diseases. Leaders of both organizations believe that their combined efforts will help transform today’s medical research environment, saving time and money and producing better outcomes in a manner that respects each individual patient’s right to decide with whom they share their confidential health information.

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Medicare Pilot Program Will Offer Beneficiaries Choices for Maintaining Their PHRs

CMS will soon offer a pilot program that will test options for beneficiaries with Original Medicare to maintain their health records electronically. Under this pilot in Arizona and Utah , a beneficiary may choose one of the selected commercial PHR tools, and Medicare will transfer up to two years of the individual’s claims data into the individual’s PHR. The program is scheduled to begin in January 2009 and is expected to offer Medicare beneficiaries in the two states a choice of several PHR options.

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Nation's Top Hospitals Select Sentillion's Identity and Access Management Solutions

Healthcare organizations across the United States continue to overwhelmingly select Sentillion as their Identity & Access Management (IAM) vendor. In Q2 2008, Sentillion signed new customers across its suite of identity and access management products for single sign-on (SSO), clinical workstations, user provisioning and virtualized remote access, resulting in 152,400 new user licenses. The organizations that selected Sentillion’s IAM solutions for enterprise-wide implementations range from single facilities to large, complex, multi-site health systems.

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digiMedical Solutions, Inc. Implements Next Generation Digital Prescription Software at Golden Gate Pharmacy

digiMedical Solutions, Inc. has implemented its next generation digital prescription handling software at Golden Gate Pharmacy in Naples, Florida. digiMedical software is being used by the pharmacy to manage and fulfill prescriptions quickly, accurately and in line with HIPAA and DEA requirements, enhancing and differentiating Golden Gate’s prescription fulfillment services to its customers.

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Evangelical Community Hospital Selects Allscripts EHR for 100 Physicians

Evangelical Community Hospital has selected the Allscripts EHR solution to automate and connect clinical processes for their 40 employed physicians and 60 affiliated physicians in independent practice. The agreement with Allscripts leverages recent changes to the federal Stark regulations that now allow hospitals to assist non-employed physicians in purchasing healthcare IT, such as EHRs. Evangelical Community Hospital will host the Allscripts solution and subsidize the cost and ongoing fees associated with providing the system to physicians in the community.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Taps Merlin International to Provide CA Solutions for Identity and Access Management

Merlin has been selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide CA’s robust identity and access management solutions to support the majority of the Department’s identity management and access management requirements. The solutions are designed to enable VA to leverage e-Authentication, verify proper access to information, protect data, simplify internal systems and enhance compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA), Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD) and HIPAA.

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Sevocity Named "Select EHR Provider" by Maryland Health Care Commission

Sevocity has been selected by the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) to participate in the Maryland EHR Adoption program. The MHCC is an independent state regulatory agency that is committed to advancing the adoption and utilization of health IT to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

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ACLU Urges Congress to Define Medical Privacy as Patient Control of EHRs

The American Civil Liberties Union recently urged the House Energy and Commerce Committee to require patient control of medical records and compensation for privacy breaches to be a part of the standards set for converting to electronic patient records. The ACLU cautions that H.R. 6357, the “Protecting Records, Optimizing Treatment, and Easing Communication through Healthcare Technology Act of 2008,” or the PRO(TECH)T Act, has insufficient privacy provisions and leaves patients vulnerable to bad, lost, stolen or misused data.

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Siemens Healthcare Signs Reseller Agreement with Imprivata Inc.

Siemens Healthcare and Imprivata® Inc. have entered a strategic partnership which enables Siemens to offer the Imprivata OneSign™ platform for strong authentication, enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) and physical/logical convergence to its customer base. Users of solutions such as Soarian® Portal, a Web-based portal that provides secure access, will be able to seamlessly integrate OneSign into their Siemens and non-Siemens application environments. OneSign is a non-invasive, appliance-based identity and access management platform that helps organizations enforce secure and compliant employee access to networks and applications. The need for physician and clinical network authentication and single sign-on systems is apparent as healthcare organizations are searching for solutions that help them solve the problem and inefficiency of accessing numerous applications, maintaining multiple sign-ons and expiring passwords, without having to alter their applications, directories or IT infrastructures.

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Park City Healthcare Chooses iMedica EHR and Practice Management Technology

Park City Healthcare in Utah has chosen iMedica Corporation’s EHR and Practice Management (PM) solution after an extensive search. Park City Healthcare searched for an EHR provider for more than two years before deciding on the iMedica Patient Relationship Manager™ (PRM). iMedica’s PRM is a fully-integrated solution that uses Microsoft’s flexible .NET technology, a unique feature that replicates data onto a tablet PC or laptop, enabling clinicians to access or update patient charts from anywhere and at anytime without being connected to the Internet, LAN or WAN.

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Lourdes Hospital Selects ICA to Implement Integrated Technology Solution

Lourdes Hospital has selected the A3Align Solution(TM) from Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) to provide a comprehensive EHR and tools to deliver better care. The hospital selected ICA for its ability to build upon their existing acute and ambulatory systems to align their hospital with physician practices. Its aggregation capabilities will give the hospital's providers easy access to a patient’s longitudinal record, with real-time access to results.

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Increased Need for Patient Privacy Protection Drives Triple-Digit Revenue Growth for FairWarning, Inc.

FairWarning®, Inc. has announced that in the first six months of 2008, the company more than doubled revenues over the same time period of the previous year. FairWarning has experienced a spike in sales of its privacy auditing solutions across every sector of the healthcare industry including: hospitals, health systems and major physician offices. The company attributes its triple-digit growth and growing customer base to a drastic increase in major identity theft and employee snooping incidents. Additionally, the news of HIPAA audits has fueled an industry-wide realignment of priorities with privacy and security compliance at the top of mind for healthcare organizations.

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BCHS Among the Top 100 Most 'Wired' Hospitals

Hospitals & Health Networks (H & H N) magazine listed Battle Creek Health System as one of the top 100 most 'wired' hospitals in the United States. The magazine selected BCHS because of the hospital's ongoing initiative called Genesis. In early 2005, BCHS took a giant technological leap by transitioning to a paperless EHR. By switching all inpatient nursing and ancillary documentation from traditional, paper-intensive medical charts to an EMR system, BCHS became one of only a handful of hospitals in the United States to 'go-live' with comprehensive, new technology that increases patient safety and cuts costs by reducing the potential for human error.

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VITL EHR Pilot Project Reaches Major Milestone

A $1 million pilot project by Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) to transform clinical practice by equipping independent primary care clinicians with EHRs systems has reached a major milestone with the selection of three EHR products. Allscripts HealthMatics, Allscripts TouchWorks and GE Healthcare Centricity EMR have been named the EHRs systems of choice by the five physician practices participating in the pilot project. HealthMatics and Centricity are each being used by two pilot sites, while TouchWorks is being used by one site.

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HHS, Providence Health & Services Agree on Corrective Action Plan to Protect Health Information

HHS and Seattle-based Providence Health & Services (Providence) have settled potential violations of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The agreement stems from two entities within the Providence health system, Providence Home and Community Services and Providence Hospice and Home Care. On several occasions between September 2005 and March 2006, backup tapes, optical disks, and laptops, all containing unencrypted electronic protected health information, were removed from the Providence premises and were left unattended. The media and laptops were subsequently lost or stolen, compromising the protected health information of over 386,000 patients. In the agreement, Providence agrees to pay $100,000 and implement a detailed Corrective Action Plan to ensure that it will appropriately safeguard identifiable electronic patient information against theft or loss.

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Children’s Community Pediatrics Launches EMR to Improve Quality of Care

After nearly two years of planning and implementing a pilot program, Children’s Community Pediatrics (CCP) is launching an EMR system as another way to continually improve patient safety, quality of care and health outcomes. The EMR system allows for quality improvement, best practice alerts in real time, health maintenance reminders, portability and much more.

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McKesson's Practice Partner Software Receives Top Ratings in EHR & Practice Management Study

McKesson has announced that its Practice Partner® solution suite of fully integrated EHR and practice management applications received top rankings in the 2008 AC Group Practice Management System (PMS) and EHR Vendor Functionality and Company Rating Report. Practice Partner’s integrated EHR and PMS software solution received an overall five-star rating — the best possible rating across all practice sizes, from small to large practices. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Practice Partner solution has received the report’s top rating.

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Sacred Heart Hospital Deploys ArcMail Defender to Support Compliance Efforts

For Sacred Heart Hospital, archiving email is not only a good business practice, it is critical for meeting certain compliance standards outlined by HIPAA and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). In an effort to meet these standards, Sacred Heart deployed ArcMail Technology’s Defender, an email archiving and management solution that runs seamlessly in the background of the hospital’s network infrastructure.

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e-MDs Applauds Saline Memorial Hospital Community Health Information Exchange

e-MDs applauds Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, Arkansas for the successful establishment of a community health information exchange (CHIE). The innovative program is being operated through e-MDs award winning EHR, Solution Series™, establishing a digital database of patient medical information for sharing within the hospital and ambulatory network. By providing a unified health information system accessible by hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and labs, providers in the community will have the ability to continually monitor the care of the patient.

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Digital Health Records Are Key to Transforming Medicine

Widespread adoption of EHRs could be enhanced if large, digitally advanced healthcare providers worked with smaller physician practices and community hospitals, a Geisinger expert said. A recent national survey found that just 4 percent of physicians have a fully functional EHR. In light of that survey, Geisinger Chief Information Officer Frank Richards said it’s important for systems like Geisinger to share resources, as well as lessons learned from implementing these systems.

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Piedmont Medical Labs Offer Physicians MedLink EMR/EHR Through Cost-Sharing Model

MedLink International, Inc. has announced that Piedmont Medical Laboratory will be offering in a cost-sharing model the MedLink TotalOffice EHR as the Piedmont Lab-sponsored EMR and EHR practice management system to select practices affiliated with Piedmont Labs. Piedmont will subsidize part of the cost of the system, enabling Piedmont to incorporate a powerful electronic ordering and results reporting tool into the care provider's workflow.

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Tracking CVS Prescriptions and Retail Clinic Visits through HealthVault

CVS Caremark and Microsoft Corp. will collaborate to offer consumer healthcare solutions to help people manage their health and wellness and control their health information using Microsoft HealthVault. Through this collaboration, consumers will be able to download a comprehensive list of prescriptions filled at CVS/pharmacy or through CVS Caremark by mail as well as save copies of their health records from visits to MinuteClinic, the retail-based health clinic subsidiary of CVS Caremark, into their individual HealthVault record. It will also be possible to upload personal health data from HealthVault into CVS Caremark applications for use by pharmacists or nurse practitioners in providing care.

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Physician Adoption of EHRs Low, Medicine at Tipping Point

Despite the promises it offers healthcare and quality improvement, only a small minority of U.S. physicians have embraced EHRs as a routine part of practice, says a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The survey of 2,758 physicians — the most up-to-date and comprehensive picture of EHR adoption trends — shows that only 4 percent have a fully functional EHR system and 13 percent have a basic one.

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Subcommittee Approves Healthcare IT Legislation

The Subcommittee on Health has approved H.R. 6357, the “Protecting Records, Optimizing Treatment, and Easing Communication through Healthcare Technology Act of 2008” or the PRO(TECH)T Act, which was forwarded to the full committee by voice vote. This bipartisan legislation is designed to strengthen the quality of healthcare, reduce medical errors and costs by encouraging the adoption of healthcare IT, and further protect the privacy and security of health information in the electronic age.

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Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Selects Allscripts for EHR Subsidy Program

Allscripts will offer qualified medical staff members of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif. preferred pricing on the company's EHR and Practice Management (PM) solutions. This is a major step in the Hoag Hospital's community-wide initiative to electronically link hospital services, physicians and other healthcare providers to offer truly integrated patient care.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Signs Agreement with Google Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) is partners with Google Health to expand options for members who want to create their own PHRs. BCBSMA is the first health insurance company to sign an agreement to integrate on the Google Health platform. After the integration is complete, BCBSMA members can import their claims data into their Google Health profile safely and securely.

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Unintended Consequences of HIPAA: Impeding Biomedical Research

The privacy rule of HIPAA is having a negative impact on the advance of biomedical research and the search for treatments that benefit society, says a newly released report by the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC). HIPAA Creating Barriers to Research and Discovery describes the unintended disruptive consequences of the rule, including confusion for patients, misinterpretation by research participants, barriers to patient recruitment, and burdensome administrative procedures that increase research costs. It also offers specific recommendations to address these critical issues.

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1200 Physician Practices to Receive Incentives for EHR Use in HHS Pilot

Over a five-year period, HHS will provide financial incentives to as many as 1,200 primary care physician practices in selected communities that use certified EHRs to improve quality as measured by their performance on specific clinical quality measures. In addition to the incentive payments, bonus payments may be awarded based on a standardized survey measuring the number of EHR functionalities a physician group has incorporated into its practice. Total payments under the demonstration for all five years may be up to $58,000 per physician or $290,000 per practice.

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Sharp Healthcare Prescribes CommVault to Alleviate Backup, Recovery Pain and Reduce Administrative Issues

Sharp Healthcare has reported that it has slashed backup time in half, increased disaster recovery capabilities and reduced the risk associated with non-compliance with HIPAA regulations since deploying CommVault® Data Protection, one of the five core modules in the Simpana® 7.0 software suite.

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AMA Offers Solutions to Help Promote HIT Adoption

The AMA testified recently to the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the topic of providing solutions to help promote widespread adoption of HIT by physicians. They provided input to help shape legislation that addresses the technology and privacy concerns that many physicians currently harbor as they consider purchasing HIT.

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Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Pilot Health Data Transfers

Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft Corp. have announced they will pilot health data transfers between Kaiser Permanente's My Health Manager and the Microsoft HealthVault consumer health platform. This pilot program is expected to unveil new strategies for expanding consumer access to online health information and management tools.

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St. Mary’s Launches EHRs

St. Mary’s Hospital has completed a conversion to EHRs in a project the hospital has named “Project Beacon.” As of May 31, the hospital's doctors and nurses can access patient information any where or any time, further enhancing the patient care received.

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Highmark Inc. Funds Physician Adoption of Health IT

Highmark Inc. has announced that it is contributing $29 million to help physicians acquire e-prescribing/e-health record technology for their practices. This initiative is an alternative to a similar program Highmark announced in 2005 in which the company contributed significant funding to promote the adoption of health IT by physicians.

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VeriChip for Access to Patient Records Decreases Emergency Care Charges

Use of the VeriChip for access to patient medical history verification significantly decreased the emergency care charges among critically injured patients in a randomized, blinded, prospective mass casualty scenario. The study, presented at the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine's annual meeting, discussed the benefits gained from providing healthcare workers with immediate access to patient medical records during a mass casualty scenario. The objective of the study was to evaluate the use of VeriChip for EMR access, and whether a patient implanted with the VeriChip would affect emergency charges in a prospective mass casualty exercise.

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Thornberry and SecureCare Offer Automated Electronic Faxing to Home Care Providers

Thornberry Limited and SecureCare Technologies (SCUC) have partnered to provide the first fully automated electronic fax system to the home care industry. The SfaxTM system eliminates the entire manual physician order fax operation and replaces it with an easy to use, automated fax system that is integrated within Thornberry’s NDoc® clinical management software. This secure internet-based fax system meets HIPAA guidelines for electronic exchange of patient health information (PHI), which includes faxing.

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CMS Reminder to Medicare Fee-For-Service Providers and Suppliers About NPI Deadline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds all Medicare providers and suppliers that beginning May 23, 2008, they are required to use only a National Provider Identifier (NPI) to identify health care providers in all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standard transactions used in the Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) program.

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BIDMC Joins Forces With Google Health

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is expanding options for users of its secure PatientSite portal by joining forces with Google to offer a new way to safely exchange medical records and other health data through Google Health, which launched to the public recently at a media event at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Google Health will enable BIDMC to extend its support for personal health records. PatientSite users will be able to access, store and share health information with designated family members and health providers. They will also gain access to other Google features such as drug-to-drug interaction checking and other safety and medical references.

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Thirty Applicants for HHS EHR Demonstration Project

More than 30 communities have applied for a new demonstration project that will provide Medicare incentive payments to primary care physician practices that use certified EHR to improve the quality of patient care. The EHR demonstration project is expected to reduce medical errors and improve the quality of care for an estimated 3.6 million Americans.

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SHPS receives full URAC Re-accreditation for HIPAA Privacy

For the third consecutive time, SHPS was granted full URAC accreditation for HIPAA Privacy. URAC developed the HIPAA Privacy accreditation to recognize best practices in protecting health information privacy in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. In awarding SHPS full HIPAA Privacy accreditation, URAC reviewed multiple practices in SHPS’ compliance processes, including the company’s dedication to supporting confidentiality of participant information through policies, processes and a secure room for medical records.

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MEDNET USA to Help Shape Nationwide Health Information Network

MEDNET USA Inc, has partnered with the Community Health Information Collaborative (CHIC) to receive a federal grant to help develop and to test a nationwide health information network that will facilitate the secure sharing of EMRs to improve patient care. The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), which is being developed by the H.H.S., will enable health information to follow the consumer, making it available for clinical decision-makers across the board, lowering healthcare costs, reducing medical errors and, ultimately improving patient care.

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Electronic Link Replaces Paper Records at Primary Health Medical Group

Primary Health Medical Group has announced the successful linking of their electronic health records (EHR) system with St. Luke’s Boise Laboratory. This technological partnership allows St. Luke’s to electronically transmit patient test results, such as blood tests, directly into the EHRs of Primary Health Medical Group patients. In addition to being a more efficient delivery system, the new connection will decrease the risk of errors and result in a higher level of service for patients.

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St. Jude Medical and Microsoft Collaborate to Easily Share Cardiac Device Data with Physicians

St. Jude Medical, Inc. recently announced a partnership with the Microsoft Corp. Health Solutions Group to research the integration of data from implantable devices with patient-controlled, personal health records. St. Jude Medical and Microsoft will work with physicians to determine the optimal level of integration (between the Merlin.net™ Patient Care Network and Microsoft® HealthVault) that will allow physicians to efficiently and confidentially share device information with their patients.

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Diversinet Demonstrates Breakthrough in Mobile EHRs

Launching its entry into the healthcare industry, Diversinet Corp. will help demonstrate a breakthrough in mobile EHRs at the 24th annual TEPR (Towards Electronic Patient Records) Conference being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 19-21. AllOne Health GroupSM (AHG), in conjunction with Diversinet, will demonstrate how MobiSecure™ Wallet and Vault products enable the new AllOne MobileSM service to achieve privacy compliance while giving consumers instant access to their PHRs — anywhere, anytime — through their mobile phones without the need for an Internet connection.

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CMS to Test PHRs for Medicare Beneficiaries in South Carolina

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a project that expands its efforts to encourage beneficiaries covered by traditional Medicare to take advantage of Internet-based resources to track their healthcare services and better communicate with their providers. The CMS pilot uses an on-line tool called a Personal Health Record (PHR) to give Medicare beneficiaries the ability to collect and then access information about their health or healthcare services, such as medical conditions, hospitalizations, doctor visits and medications and collect information about their health. CMS is ensuring that strict privacy and security safeguards are in place to protect all beneficiary data.

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Florida Cardiology to Integrate Practice Management and EHRs

To achieve its goal of enterprise-wide seamless integration to enhance patient care delivery and business office processes, Florida Cardiology has selected Sage Software’s Intergy EHR by Sage Electronic Health Records and Intergy by Sage Practice Management System. Florida Cardiology will deploy these Web-based integrated solutions at eight office locations equipped with full diagnostic facilities and a freestanding cardiac catheterization laboratory and two satellite offices in the greater Orlando area.

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Kaiser Permanente Completes Implementation of Outpatient EHR

Kaiser Permanente has announced that all of its 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia are now covered by an outpatient electronic health record (EHR). Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect™, is the world's largest privately funded EHR. All of Kaiser Permanente's 13,000 physicians now have electronic access to their patients' medical records in every one of their 421 medical offices and clinics.

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Aetna Helps Patients, Physicians Improve Health Outcomes With New Online Capabilities

Aetna is the first health plan to provide physicians evidence-based Care Considerations electronically. Care Considerations will now be sent through Aetna’s secure provider Web site via NaviNet, the multi-sponsor healthcare communication platform from NaviMedix. Care Considerations alert physicians to opportunities for improved care when care appears to have deviated from evidence-based medical best-practice standards.

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Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers and Axolotl Partner to Improve Patient Care

Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers, members of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, announced the selection of Axolotl Corp. to implement a regional health information exchange. With a commitment to delivering the highest quality of patient care, Elmhurst and Queens Hospital Centers will utilize Axolotl's advanced Elysium® technology to connect community healthcare participants and provide an electronic system for real-time delivery and sharing of clinical information among healthcare professionals.

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EDS Returns to Georgia with $391 Million Medicaid Win

EDS has been awarded a seven-year, $391 million contract by the state of Georgia to design, develop and implement a new-generation Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). The new system will provide fiscal agent and enrollment broker services and establish electronic health records (EHRs) for Medicaid recipients. This Web-based system will also provide Georgia with data analysis about healthcare trends and outcomes of the state’s Medicaid population to assess needs and impacts of current programs.

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Global DataGuard Ensures HIPAA Compliance for Electronic Protected Health Information

Global DataGuard, a provider of enterprise unified threat management (Enterprise UTM) for small and medium business to large enterprise environments, is offering a full suite of enterprise-class products and services to assist healthcare organizations in successfully implementing security standards outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Utilizing a fully integrated portfolio of enterprise UTM products and managed and professional services, Global DataGuard’s HIPAA compliance solution provides for risk-based network assessment, auditing and planning for administrative, physical and technical safeguards, and includes a comprehensive behavioral-based network security architecture to help organizations efficiently and cost-effectively protect confidential healthcare data and electronic healthcare transactions.

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HIMSS Survey Points to “Access” as the Number One IT Security Concern

According to a survey conducted at the HIMSS 2008 Annual Conference and Exhibition, 64 percent of respondents cited “access” as their number one IT security concern, highlighting the importance of controlling user access to clinical systems and applications in healthcare environments. Additionally, 60 percent of attendees surveyed cite the threat of a HIPAA compliance audit as the strongest driver for security initiatives.

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Community Hospitals and Physicians Partner to Deliver the Best Care Possible

McKesson announced that it has signed a record number of community hospitals for its Paragon® community hospital information system (HIS) and Practice Partner® EHR and practice management solution. These top-rated systems connect physician practices to the hospital, allowing instant access to the most comprehensive patient information and improving the providers’ ability to deliver the best care possible. McKesson currently supports more than 100,000 of the nation’s providers with technology solutions that address the needs of every practice size and specialty.

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Privacy Experts’ Roundtable Report Will Highlight Privacy & Security Week

A new report on key issues related to the privacy and security of health information — and ways in which the industry may best address those issues — is now available from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). “Online, on Message, on Duty: Privacy Experts Share Their Challenges," based on an AHIMA roundtable, was released in conjunction with AHIMA's 5th annual Health Information Privacy and Security Week. It offers insights on issues including better educating health profesionals on how to prevent breaches of the privacy of health information. This year's theme, “Confidential Is Essential—Protect Health Information,” will spotlight the necessity to educate and inform healthcare professionals, their employers, the media and healthcare consumers on the importance of privacy protection, confidentiality and security of PHRs.

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Global DataGuard Delivers Complete Managed Security Platform

Global DataGuard is offering a Managed Security Platform (MSP) module, providing comprehensive managed security service provider (MSSP) benefits and dramatic cost savings through significantly reduced capital expenditures, training and staffing. Part of its technology-leading family of Enterprise Unified Threat Management security products and services, Global DataGuard's MSP module provides a cost-effective, unified monitoring system for management and administration of multiple customer security consoles with actionable, real-time remediation information, turnkey service creation and order entry and fulfillment.

A typical MSSP model requires placing collection devices on the customer network. These devices then send alerts to an offsite central data center for processing and monitoring. With increasing regulatory scrutiny and escalating attacks targeting personal data, many businesses are uncomfortable with any confidential customer data leaving their premises.

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Center for Democracy & Technology Launches Health Privacy Project

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has launched a major project on health privacy and information technology. CDT is joining forces with the Health Privacy Project, which for 10 years has been an independent organization headed by privacy pioneer Janlori Goldman. The Health Privacy Project will become part of CDT and a new project director will lead the expanded effort.

“The combined strength of these organizations creates a program uniquely qualified to address the privacy challenges posed by the electronic exchange of personal health information,” said Leslie Harris, president and CEO of CDT. “The potential of health information exchange will be realized only if privacy is addressed,” Harris said.

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Two Million People Using Kaiser Permanente's Personal Health Record

Kaiser Permanente has announced that more than 2 million members are actively using the personal health record My health manager, a number that shows that consumers find Kaiser Permanente's personal health record an effective way to manage their care.

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HIXNY Awarded $4.6 Million NYS Technology Grant

New York Governor David A. Paterson recently announced that $105 million in grants have been awarded to 19 leading community-based health information technology (IT) projects. The grants are central to the state’s strategy to ensure that clinical information is in the hands of clinicians and their patients to help guide medical decisions and support the delivery of more coordinated, patient-centered care.

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Medical Records Institute Develops Criteria for Essential Medicolegal Requirements for EMRs

Standards and requirements for electronic medical records (EMR) systems remain in active development through the continuing efforts of multiple organizations including ASTM, HL7, and HITSP. Currently, though, the burden of proof (and risk) that a given EMR meets comprehensive requirements remains entirely on the purchaser. Furthermore, there are few resources for those who do take the time to execute a more robust due-diligence effort in comparing and contrasting higher level attributes as part of their selection process. The Medical Records Institute, in association with recognized experts in EMR functional assessments, have developed a new initiative to highlight key attributes of EMRs to support fundamental medical-legal requirements of medical records as business records.

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Golden Living Selects Aruba Secure Mobility Solutions for Corporate, Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities

Aruba Networks, Inc. will provide secure mobility solutions for HIPAA-compliant pharmaceutical management at Golden Living facilities across North America. Aruba Networks, Inc. is a global leader in wireless LANs and secure unified mobility solutions. Golden Living is a family of companies that provides care and services that directly or indirectly serve the elderly and disabled. This secure mobility solution will enable staff to manage medications for residents in a secure and efficient manner. The project encompasses 331 Golden Living Centers (skilled nursing facilities) and 19 Golden Living Communities (assisted living facilities) in 22 states. Each location will be served by approximately 10 Aruba access points, and more than 2,000 access points have already been deployed.

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Analysis Group Selects Ethidium's E-Health Platform for Global Medical Record Review

Ethidium Health Systems, a leading developer of clinical information management software and services, has announced that Analysis Group has licensed the company's e-health platform for use in capturing and managing clinical data as part of a multi-year, multi-national medical record review study sponsored by one of the world's top five global pharmaceutical companies.

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McLeod Health Selects Emergisoft for Emergency Department Information System Project

McLeod Health, one of South Carolina’s leading healthcare providers, has selected the EmergisoftED™ Emergency Department Information Systems (EDIS) for its facilities. The implementation of EmergisoftED at McLeod Health will empower the emergency department to streamline processes, ensure compliance with privacy regulations, enhance patient care, increase patient safety and allow the healthcare providers to focus on patient flow.

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Bright Health Physicians of PIH Selects HealthTrio’s Enterprise Application Solution

HealthTrio LLC, a leading provider of e-health and core business solutions for the managed care industry, has announced that Bright Health Physicians of PIH has selected HealthTrio xpress ™ and HealthTrio connect ™ as their Systems of Choice based on HealthTrio’s ability to deliver advanced technology, feature-rich functionality and client support. Through the unification of Presbyterian Health Physicians (PHP) and Bright Medical Associates (BMA) Bright Health Physicians of PIH will utilize HealthTrio’s enterprise application solution to administer world-class healthcare service to Whittier and the surrounding communities while developing a full continuum of comprehensive care management services.

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Crystal Run Healthcare Deploys Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Appliance

Proofpoint, Inc., the leading provider of unified e-mail security and data loss prevention solutions, recently announced that Crystal Run Healthcare has successfully deployed the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway™ appliance to defend against inbound spam and virus threats, as well as to prevent leaks of confidential information in outbound e-mail messages, including social security numbers, credit card numbers and patient data.

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Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center Selects Zix Corporation for E-mail Encryption Service

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp®), the leader in e-mail encryption and e-prescribing services, has announced that Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center in Nebraska has signed a three-year contract for ZixCorp's e-mail encryption service. As the leading e-mail encryption provider with over 10 million protected email recipients, ZixCorp's vast ZixDirectory™ allows seamless encrypted e-mail delivery to healthcare organizations, insurers, financial institutions and regulators, including the federal banking regulatory agencies.

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SquareLoop Introduces HIPAA-Compliant Secure Text Messaging Solution

SquareLoop Inc., a provider of wireless location-based services (LBS), has introduced a text messaging system to enable secure transmission of data over public wireless networks. The text messaging system, which is a new feature on SquareLoop's Mobile Alert Network, complies with Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA) regulations governing encryption of patients' electronic records and provides an application for secure mobile-originated text messages, giving the healthcare industry a unique data communications solution for its mobile workforce.

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Perimeter eSecurity Launches On Demand, Layered IT Security Solution for Healthcare Organizations

Perimeter eSecurity, the only provider of Complete Security On Demand, has launched their electronic Protected Health Information offering, ePHISecurity. ePHISecurity is the first and only on demand layered IT security solution for healthcare organizations. Entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 now have access to a complete, end-to-end security infrastructure, with over 50 pre-integrated security services, that traditionally only large healthcare organizations could implement and afford.

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Trust Digital Releases HIPAA Security Compliance and Mobility White Paper

Trust Digital, the leading smartphone security management provider, recently announced the availability of its HIPAA Security Compliance and Mobility white paper. This white paper lays the groundwork for implementing mobility best practices geared specifically toward healthcare providers so they are able to eliminate theft, prevent unauthorized access to records and reduce the threats associated with malicious attacks.

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Center for Democracy & Technology Launches Health Privacy Project

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has launched a major project on health privacy and information technology. The CDT is joining forces with the Health Privacy Project to take on key policy questions, including: the proper role of notice and consent, the right of patients to access their own health records in electronic formats, identification and authentication, secondary uses, and enforcement mechanisms. It will address both the traditional exchange of records among providers and payers, as well as new consumer access services and Personal Health Records.

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Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators May Expose Patients to Security and Privacy Risks

Some medical devices such as implantable cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers are now equipped with wireless technology, allowing for remote device checks and freeing patients from repeated doctor visits. But this convenience may come with unanticipated risks. A team of researchers from three leading universities has demonstrated that patients' private medical information could be extracted and their devices reprogrammed without the patients' authorization or knowledge.

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National Patient Safety Foundation Proposes Provider-Patient Compact

Recognizing the vital role that effective partnering plays in improving patient safety and healthcare quality, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has proposed a Universal Patient Compact to complement the Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. The Universal Patient Compact will build on the Consumer Bill of Rights to establish a mutual covenant between healthcare providers and their patients.

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New York Unveils State-of-the-Art Electronic Health Record Technology

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden recently unveiled the city's next-generation electronic health records (EHRs), already in use at more than 200 primary care providers across the city that care for more than 200,000 New Yorkers. Amidst a growing national debate about how to fix the healthcare system, the city is on track to meet its goal of equipping more than 1,000 local healthcare providers — many of them practicing in the city's poorest and sickest neighborhoods — with secure EHR systems by the end of the year, benefiting more than a million patients.

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ComputerProx Announces First Automated Workstation Locking Solution Tied to the Opening of a Door

ComputerProx has announced the newest addition to its walk-away security line of products — the DocLok. The DocLok is the first integrated solution that automates the locking of a workstation with the physical opening of a door. The DocLok was designed for the hospital or healthcare environment where physicians or staff frequently enter and leave examination rooms often leaving the workstation with patient information accessible. The DocLok solves this problem by locking the workstation as soon as the examination room door is opened, thus eliminating the possibility of confidential patient information being exposed.

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iMedicor Announces Agreement with Microsoft HealthVault

Vemics, Inc. (VMCI-PK), a leading provider of hosted, real-time learning and productivity portals, has formalized its relationship with Microsoft Corp. through the Microsoft HealthVault Solution Provider agreement. Launched in October, 2007, HealthVault is the recently announced software and services platform aimed at helping people manage and collect their personal health information. Through this agreement, Vemics' iMedicor HIPAA compliant EHRT (Electronic Health Record Transport) portal will give HealthVault subscribers a user-friendly conduit for patient-physician communication as well as expedited access to their medical records and images.

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States Advancing Common Approaches to Protecting Electronic Health Information

Most states have made substantial progress in defining their privacy and security approaches for electronic health information exchange, according to a report released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The thirty three states and Puerto Rico make up the Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC), which has gained a greater understanding of and ability to address the variation in business practices, policies, and state laws that affect the electronic exchange of health information over the past 18 months.

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Cleveland Clinic Collaborates with Google to Enhance Patients’ Healthcare Experience

Cleveland Clinic is collaborating with Google to pilot features and services of a new health offering. The Google offering, not yet publicly available, will assist providers to create a new kind of healthcare experience that puts patients in charge of their own health information. The pilot, an invitation-only opportunity offered to a group of Cleveland Clinic personal health record users, plans to enroll between 1,500 and 10,000 patients.

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Palms are the Key to Unlocking Patient Records at HIMSS 2008

With the passage of the HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), hospitals and other medical organizations are required to use two or more forms of authentication to access electronic medical records of patients. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative biometric security solutions, recently demonstrated the new PalmSecure™ PC Log-In Kit at the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in Orlando, FL. The PalmSecure PC Log-In Kit provides a fast and secure way to access highly sensitive patient information for healthcare professionals.

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Riverwood ER to Go Live with Electronic Charting

Electronic charting is going live for Riverwood Healthcare Center’s emergency department staff. ER patients will see doctors and nurses recording their vital signs and other medical data electronically instead of manually on a paper chart.

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Microsoft Announces the Amalga Family of Health Enterprise Systems

Microsoft Corp. has announced the Microsoft Amalga Family of Health Enterprise Systems. The Amalga product lineup is a portfolio of enterprise-class health information system solutions spanning clinical, operational and financial functions.

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Courion Helps Leading US Healthcare Organizations Automate Identity Management and Access Compliance

Courion® Corporation, the provisioning experts for results-driven operations, has announced the latest in an extensive list of US healthcare organizations that have selected the Courion Enterprise Provisioning Suite™ solution to automate critical identity management and access compliance processes.

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Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Selects VisionTree Optimal Care™ to Collect Quality of Life Patient Outcomes Data

VisionTree®, the leader in Web-based patient-centered health record management and provider communication systems, has announced that the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) through the American College of Radiology selected its VisionTree Optimal Care™ (VTOC) platform for collecting quality of life patient outcomes data for a pilot study conducted by the RTOG. RTOG will use the system at a select number of member institutions for a prostate cancer study in order to improve the compliance of the data collection, validation and reporting processes.

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SourceMedical Adopts New Technology to Improve Patient AdmissionProcess via the Internet

SourceMedical, the leading provider of outpatient information solutions collectively serving 6,000 ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals and rehabilitation clinics nationwide, announced recently a partnership with Medical Web Technologies (MWT) to offer One Medical Passport™ to its Vision, AdvantX and SurgiSource customers. The SourcePlus Medical Passport will allow facilities using SourceMedical applications the ability to have their patients complete their own registration and preoperative medical history securely via the Internet from the privacy of their own homes.

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New Patient Safety Proposed Regulation Aims to Improve Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

A proposed regulation to improve the quality and safety of healthcare for all Americans by fostering the establishment of Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) has been announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). PSOs are private entities recognized by the secretary to collect and analyze patient safety events reported by healthcare providers. They are new and separate from all currently existing entities that are addressing healthcare quality.

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The Mount Sinai Medical Center Selects Symantec for Endpoint Data Loss Prevention

Symantec Corp. has announced that The Mount Sinai Medical Center has selected Vontu Data Loss Prevention 8 from Symantec to protect electronic personal healthcare information (e-PHI) and other confidential data, as well as enable compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Mount Sinai has licensed Vontu Endpoint Discover and Prevent to discover confidential data on desktops and laptops as well as prevent such data from being downloaded to endpoint systems or copied to USB drives or other removal devices.

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California Department of Health Care Services Wins Network World's All-Star Award

GuardianEdge, the leading provider of endpoint data protection, announced that the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) garnered an honorable mention in Network World’s Enterprise All-Star Award competition based upon its proactive approach to data leakage protection. Network World was impressed with the approach DHCS took in its encryption of data on laptop and desktop personal computers, noting that DHCS’s use of GuardianEdge technology and its approach were examples of best practices for other entities handling sensitive information.

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VMware Desktop Virtualization Helps Healthcare Providers Improve Patient Care

U.S. healthcare providers of all sizes are turning to VMware virtual desktop solutions to relieve many of the “pain points” of desktop computing, including high management costs and low data security. National providers such as Kindred Healthcare and major regional providers including Huntsville Hospital and Metropolitan Health are now using VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to give care providers the mobility and reliability they need to access patient information at the point of care, and enable data center staff to manage IT more efficiently with the strict security controls required by government regulations and patient privacy needs.

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Health and Technology Leaders Tackle Challenge of Managing Consumers' Identities in Web-Based Personal Health Tools

The critical challenge of validating each person's identity online can be addressed through a mix of established and emerging techniques to help stimulate the growth of new electronic health services and personal health records, according to a new report released by Connecting for Health, a public-private collaborative group operated by the Markle Foundation. To make rapid progress toward enabling consumers to access their personal health information accurately and securely, the Connecting for Health Work Group on Consumer Authentication Policies for Networked Health Information recommends widespread adoption of several common practices for managing the identities of online consumers.

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Mayo Clinic, Microsoft Announce Strategic Agreement To Develop Consumer Health Management Tools

Mayo Clinic Health Solutions and Microsoft Corporation's Health Solutions Group will collaboratively develop tools that will empower people to manage their health and become engaged partners with their providers in a new model of healthcare. As leaders in their respective industries, both organizations recognize the potential for technology solutions to help bridge the gaps in the healthcare system, to facilitate closer patient-to-physician connections and to allow patients and consumers to better manage their health and wellness information.

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Imprivata Provides Physicians with Secure Application Access

Imprivata®, Inc., the converged identity and access management appliance company, announced that its OneSign™ Single Sign-On (SSO) solution has been selected by United Regional Health Care, a Wichita Falls, TX-based healthcare organization that offers state-of-the-art technologies and facilities, a broad spectrum of healthcare services and a level of quality care unmatched in the region. Implemented in conjunction with CDW Healthcare, a leading provider of technology products and services to healthcare organizations, Imprivata’s flexible, appliance-based single sign-on solution helps United Regional solve the password management frustrations its staff had been experiencing as new applications and login policies were added to their everyday routines.

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Maine To Launch Statewide Health Information Exchange

Maine residents will benefit from safer, better coordinated and more efficient healthcare thanks to a new statewide medical information-sharing network that will be launched this year. Physicians, hospital leaders and public health officials gathered in Augusta recently to announce that more than $4 million has now been raised to begin construction of the nonprofit HealthInfoNet network, placing Maine among the first states in the nation to build and operate a statewide electronic health information network.

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Identity Engines Has the Cure for the Healthcare Industry’s Network Security Ailment

Identity Engines, Inc., a leading provider of identity-centric network access management solutions, disclosed the recent surge in healthcare organizations deploying the company’s 802.1X identity-based network access solutions. The organization signed eight new healthcare customers in the second half of 2007, reflecting the increasing need for both healthcare providers and payers to control network access for data protection and regulatory compliance, enforce network resource allocation, and control patient and visitor wireless Internet access without impacting operations.

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LOGICARE Selects M2SYS Biometric Fingerprint Software to Ensure Patient Privacy and Protect Confidential Information

M2SYS Technology, an award-winning biometric fingerprint technology firm, announced that LOGICARE Corporation has enhanced its OnRecord™ healthcare solution for emergency departments and patient educators by integrating M2SYS’ Bio-Plugin™ fingerprint software for HIPAA Compliance, Patient Security, and Operational Efficiencies. The biometric module is now available to LOGICARE’s growing customer base for OnRecord™ solutions throughout the United States.

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Kansas Reaches 1 Million Patients in Immunization Registry

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has announced that the Kansas Immunization Registry Project, known as KSWebIZ, recently registered its one-millionth patient since its inception in August 2005. KSWebIZ reached 1 million patients in just over two years and has 148 immunization providers in the state using the system.

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Aetna Helps Individual Members Organize Medical Information and Improve Health with Unique, Interactive Personal Health Record

Aetna has made its CareEngine-powered Personal Health Record available to all Aetna Individual Advantage members in the 24 states (and Washington, D.C.) where Aetna Advantage Plans are currently sold. Aetna’s Personal Health Record is the first to use the CareEngine System, which is a proprietary technology platform developed by ActiveHealth Management, a branded, stand-alone business of Aetna. Besides providing a secure online location for health information and improving dialogue between members and their physicians, Aetna’s Personal Health Record also encourages members to become more involved in their own healthcare.

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Healthcare Organizations Improve Patient Accounting, Safeguard Clinical Data

DB Technology, a leading provider of automated information management and reporting solutions, has announced that several existing and new healthcare customers have signed contracts for the deployment of the company’s software in the fourth quarter of 2007. The healthcare facilities have adopted DB Technology’s automated information management and report distribution solutions to help automate business processes, improve financial and operational reporting and maximize corporate efficiency.

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OhioHealth Increases Security at State's First Paperless Hospital by Using Imprivata for Identity Access and Authentication

OhioHealth’s Dublin Methodist Hospital has implemented Imprivata Inc.’s OneSign Single Sign-On (SSO) to provide secure on-line access to digital information. As an added security measure for patient protection, Dublin Methodist uses Imprivata’s ProveID to meet state compliance requirements.

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Encentuate Automates Workflow, Strengthens Security for Marion General Hospital

Marion General Hospital, in Marion, Ind., has deployed Encentuate to improve user productivity and enhance security through multi-factor strong authentication, session management, single sign-on and graceful logoff. At Marion General, Encentuate automates workflow in the hospital's shared workstation environment through fast user switching, which allows staff to easily login and logout of the hospital's network and applications with a fingerprint or ID badge.

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Wayport Signs with Berkshire Health Systems for Wi-Fi

Berkshire Health Systems of Pittsfield, Mass., signed an agreement with Wayport, Inc., a provider of public and private network support and integration for healthcare facilities for wireless Internet service in its two hospitals: Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital. Access to the service will be available throughout each hospital, and is targeted toward enhancing the patient and visitor experience.

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AG Mednet To Provide Image Network for Southwest Oncology Group

Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), one of the largest federally funded cancer clinical trials cooperative groups in the United States, has selected AG Mednet to provide a secure, 21 CFR Part 11- and HIPAA-compliant image network. With the AG Mednet network, SWOG will be able to enhance quality and increase the speed and flexibility of image transfer among its more than 550 investigating centers, including 17 of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Centers, all while reducing associated costs.

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Ontario Ministry of Health Implements Tumbleweed To Secure Transfer of Patient Data

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has selected Tumbleweed Communications Corporation’s SecureTransport™ to ensure the secure transfer of electronic medical records and to eliminate the risk of accidental loss of personal health data.

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Delano Regional Medical Center Goes Live with Sentillion for Single Sign-On and Context Management

Delano (Calif.) Regional Medical Center (DRMC) has gone live with Sentillion's Vergence Clinical Workstation solution, delivering both single sign-on and context management capabilities to over 300 clinical users. Delano’s implementation of Sentillion unifies a wide variety of healthcare clinical and business applications including, MEDITECH Laboratory, Dictaphone PowerScribe®, GE Centricity™, PACS as well as Cerner® applications which are remotely hosted in Texas.

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Lincoln County Medical Center Secures Patient Data and Stops Spam and Viruses with the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Appliance

Lincoln County Medical Center has deployed Proofpoint Inc.'s Messaging Security Gateway appliance to ensure that sensitive and confidential information is not shared via email and that the organization is compliant with HIPAA and other data security regulations. Lincoln County Medical Center is also using Proofpoint to protect its employees from incoming spam and viruses.

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Advanced Imaging Capabilities, Enhance Range Of Patient Services and Complete a PACs Migration Project

Marlborough Hospital has benefited since joining the AG Mednet network 18 months ago. Marlborough Hospital sought to access a broader range of imaging capabilities, with a goal to increase the quality and scope of services offered to patients, while maintaining the highest levels of security and patient confidentiality. Marlborough Hospital was also looking for an effective and efficient way to migrate thousands of studies from their legacy PACS system to their new state of the art environment, a problem which is generally difficult to solve due to PACS storage incompatibilities across vendors.

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GEHA Selects Nevis Networks for Identity-Based Network Access Control

The Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) has deployed Nevis Networks' LANenforcer 2024 appliances to meet federally mandated HIPAA compliance requirements and enforce pre- and post-connect access controls to fully secure users on its internal LAN. GEHA’s large-scale deployment of LANenforcers extends to nearly 1,600 access switch ports and delivers secure access control for nearly 800 users.

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Healthcare Industry and Business Leaders To Develop a Common Health Information Security Framework

In an effort to improve the security of sensitive health information, major organizations from across the healthcare and employer spectrum have united to participate in the development of the first ever common security framework for the protection of health information.

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NCHICA and WEDI Announce Release of Regulatory Timeline

The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA) and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Timeline Initiative have released its first estimated timeline database addressing proposed healthcare standards, regulations and other initiatives announced by federal agencies and national standards organizations.

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Health Level Seven, AHIP and BCBSA Sign MOU To Collaborate On Portability Standards For Personal Health Records

Health Level Seven, Inc. (HL7), America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a collaborative process for the maintenance of portability standards for personal health records (PHR).

This MOU expands the number of stakeholders involved in the standards development process to help facilitate data portability between health insurance plans to give plan members the ability to move their personal health data when their health coverage changes.

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Data Breach Costs Continue to Rise

As companies grapple with the challenge of protecting their customers' private data, new research shows that the cost of failing to do so is on the rise.

Data breach incidents cost companies $197 per compromised customer record in 2007, compared to $182 in 2006. Lost business opportunity, including losses associated with customer churn and acquisition, represented the most significant component of the cost increase, rising from $98 in 2006 to $128 in 2007 — a 30 percent increase, according to "The 2007 Annual Study: Cost of a Data Breach" by Ponemon Institute.

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HealthAlliance Hospital Provides Anytime, Anywhere Access to Medical Images

HealthAlliance Hospital has implemented an IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS) to make patient records available to clinicians anytime, anywhere. HealthAlliance Hospital, a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, serves the communities of north-central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire with acute care facilities, a cancer center, outpatient physical therapy facilities and a remote home health agency. As an investment in continued high-quality patient care, the hospital has implemented a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) from Siemens Medical Solutions so that it can move toward digital health records while eliminating traditional paper and film.

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60% of IT Security Teams Spend At Least One Quarter of Resources on Compliance

In a recent survey of 103 IT security professionals, 60% percent stated that at least 25% of their team’s time is spent on compliance efforts. nCircle, the leading provider of agentless security risk and compliance management solutions, conducted the survey from August 16 through October 31, 2007.

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Healthcare Provider Selects Silanis E-Signatures to Help Improve Patient Care

National Counseling Group, Inc. (NCG) is among the thousands of organizations now using ApproveIt® Desktop electronic signature solution, by leading e-signature provider Silanis Technology, to streamline internal approvals in compliance with ESIGN, UETA and industry-specific regulations.

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Uniontown Hospital Completes Move to Lawson Hosted Services

Uniontown Hospital completed its move to Lawson Software's Total Care Platinum, a fully-hosted service for Lawson applications. Uniontown Hospital opted for the hosted service to help simplify its enterprise application ownership experience by significantly reducing demands on its internal IT resources.

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University of Miami Medical Group Transitions Toward Electronic Health Record System by Leveraging EMC® Documentum® ApplicationXtender® Platform

The University of Miami Clinical Enterprise Technologies (UMCET) is using EMC Corporation's Documentum® ApplicationXtender® software suite to transition the University of Miami Medical Group to an electronic medical record system. Using EMC technology, services and support, UMCET created a hybrid medical record system to manage both paper and electronic documents and patient records. Physicians and hospital staff benefit from a unified platform that aggregates, manages and archives all paper and electronic patient information, and presents it via an intuitive user interface customized to meet their needs.

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Lutheran Medical Center Jump Starts Identity and Access Management with Encentuate

Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York has deployed Encentuate's end-point identity and access management (IAM) suite to automate access and strengthen security across 20 core applications. Lutheran selected Encentuate for fast deployment and easy adoption for its more than 4000 end-users. Encentuate's software-based solution integrates seamlessly into Lutheran's physical and logical environment, without the need for changes to Lutheran's VMware virtualized infrastructure.

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Six Hospitals Sign-up for Sentillion's Single Sign-On Products

Berkshire Health Services, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc., Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Hendrick Health System, Northern Hospital of Surry County, Norton Healthcare, Scripps Healthcare, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust and Rush Copley Medical Center have signed on to use Sentillion's single sign-on, user provisioning, clinical workstations and virtualized remote access solutions.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children System to Implement McKesson PACS at 22 Hospitals Across North America

Shriners Hospitals for Children will implement advanced healthcare information technology (IT) from McKesson across its 22-hospital system. The contract includes implementation of McKesson’s top-rated picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as technology services that will create a secondary data center for improved disaster recovery. With the Horizon Medical Imaging™ system, radiologists, surgeons and other caregivers at Shriners Hospitals and its affiliates will be able to electronically capture, retrieve, view and store medical images, from ultrasound to multi-slice CT, at multiple locations. The goal is better access to information, reduced turnaround times and, most importantly, improved patient safety.

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Emergis' Oacis EMR To Be Implemented at Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) signed an agreement with Emergis Inc. for the implementation of the Java™ web-based version of Oacis, Emergis’ electronic medical record (EMR) system, throughout MUSC's clinical enterprise including its new state-of-the-art health care facility, Ashley River Tower. The new facility, along with the upgraded version of Oacis EMR, is expected to be in operation early next year. Oacis is the first Java™-based (fully web enabled) enterprise EMR solution available, resulting in enhanced flexibility as well as low cost and rapid deployment.

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University Hospital Birmingham Maximizes Storage Optimization and Compliance Benefits

The University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) has implemented Autonomy ZANTAZ’ Enterprise Archiving Solution (EAS) to efficiently manage its rapidly growing email volumes to keep them in line with regulatory requirements. With EAS, UHB has shortened its email retrieval process from weeks to minutes. Autonomy ZANTAZ’ partner, Essential Computing, was the systems integrator for the project.

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Encentuate Powers Identity and Access Management for Englewood Hospital

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey has deployed the Encentuate IAM Suite to strengthen access security across the organization. With Encentuate, Englewood automates access to web, desktop and legacy applications, using a combination of single sign-on and employee RFID badges for strong authentication. Encentuate goes beyond traditional identity and access management to provide Englewood with session management and fast user switching, as well as secure remote access. Opened in 1890, Englewood is in its second century of service, with 520 beds and more than 2,500 employees.

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Palmer College of Chiropractic Selects Colubris Networks to Provide Wireless Infrastructure

Palmer College of Chiropractic has selected Colubris Networks to provide a wireless infrastructure for its three campuses across the U.S. With Colubris, Palmer College will be able to provide full wireless coverage for its California and Florida campuses, while plans are underway to provide wireless coverage for most of the Iowa campus. In addition to this highly reliable wireless network, Colubris provides Palmer with critical security features for access control and healthcare industry compliance requirements.

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HITSP Defines Overarching Set of Healthcare Security and Privacy Standards

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) has identified a set of standards and specifications that will help to keep patient medical information secure in an electronic environment. The standards will also help to assure that this information will only be used by authorized personnel for official purposes.

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CGI Leads IT Integration of HHS Nationwide Health Information Network for Carespark Team

CGI Group, Inc., announced that, as a part of the CareSpark team, it has been selected as the lead systems integrator to link CareSpark’s regional health information network into the Health and Human Services (HHS) Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).

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Colorado Department of Human Services Chooses AirMagnet to Ensure its Wireless Network is Secure and HIPAA Compliant

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has selected AirMagnet Enterprise to secure its wireless LAN infrastructure. CDHS, the second largest agency in the Colorado state government, will use AirMagnet Enterprise to ensure the integrity of the wireless network and the confidentiality of personal information for thousands of Colorado residents.

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Heartland Health Signs with Palisade Systems’ PacketSure for Data Loss Prevention, Protocol Management

Heartland Health, an integrated health delivery system including a medical center, physician practices, foundation and a health plan, has deployed Palisade Systems' PacketSure 6.0, to protect private health information (PHI) from being transmitted out of their network. Palisade Systems’ DLP and compliance solution, PacketSure, is a multi-functional security appliance that monitors and enforces corporate remediation policies for sensitive, inappropriate, confidential or compliance information from leaving a network.

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Good Health Network Provides Instant and Secure Web Access to Personal Health Records using Authentify Out-of-Band Voice Identification System

Good Health Network (GHN), a provider of premium electronic personal health records for municipalities and businesses, has selected Authentify Inc. to prevent unauthorized access to Personal Health Records made available online. The Authentify service will provide security and privacy protection for Electronic Personal Health Records (EPHR) using a real-time authentication method that combines an automated phone call with biometric voice print matching. Authentify enables GHN to offer access to EPHRs without the typical lag time encountered when sending credentials to users via traditional channels like postal mail.

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Partners Healthcare Launches Courion PasswordCourier

Partners Healthcare has successfully completed the implementation of Courion Corporation's PasswordCourier® password provisioning solution, providing a foundation for the healthcare provider's best practices identity management security infrastructure. Since implementing PasswordCourier, more than 80 percent of Partners Healthcare employees have reset and strengthened passwords. The company expects 100 percent of its employee population will successfully reset and strengthen passwords by the end of the year.

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Axeda Selected for Remote Monitoring and Service of Automation Technologies

McKesson Automation, a division of McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), has selected the Axeda Corporation's ServiceLink solution for remote service of its automation technologies for hospitals, which ensure safety and accuracy throughout the medication use process.

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Vangent, Inc. Awarded Contract To Support Military Health System’s Executive Information and Decision Support Program

Vangent, Inc., a leading global provider of information management and business process outsourcing solutions, today announced it has been awarded the Military Health System Executive Information and Decision Support (EIDS) Infrastructure Operations, Security and Maintenance Support contract, valued at $18.2 million over 5 years. Vangent will serve as the prime contractor, with subcontractors CACI International, Inc. and Planned Systems International. The work will be performed at the four geographically dispersed EIDS sites and at Vangent team sites in Falls Church and Chantilly, VA.

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Western New York Healthelink RHIP Partners With Axolotl for Health Information Exchange Solution

HealtheLink, the Western New York Clinical Information Exchange, has selected Axolotl Corp. to deploy and maintain a secure and reliable infrastructure for the timely and accurate electronic exchange of clinical information among healthcare providers, insurers and other medical professionals. HealtheLink will be utilizing Axolotl's Elysium hybrid federated solution to connect community healthcare participants and provide an electronic system for real-time sharing of clinical information among healthcare professionals.

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Texas Children’s Hospital Selects Hyland Software’s OnBase to Complete Electronic Medical Records Initiative

Texas Children’s Hospital has chosen Hyland Software, developer of the OnBase enterprise content management (ECM) software suite, to provide a document management solution.

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HHS Awards Contracts for Trial Implementations of the Nationwide Health Information Network

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has awarded contracts totaling $22.5 million to nine health information exchanges (HIEs) to begin trial implementations of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).

These contracts will create a secure foundation for basic health information exchange between select HIEs upon which more complex functions will be possible over time. This work will advance the nation toward the President’s goal of most Americans having access to secure electronic health records by 2014, by creating a secure foundation for health information exchange that can follow Americans throughout their lives.

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University of Tennessee Medical Center Deploys Compliance Commander™ for Protecting Patient Data

Intrusion Inc. announced today the successful deployment of at The University of Tennessee Medical Center has successfully deployed Intrusion Inc.'s Compliance Commander™ to protect against patient data leaks onto public networks. The high costs associated with patient data breaches, and the potential loss of patient confidence, are key drivers for adoption of this new technology.

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Piedmont Hospital Signs Contract With Dialog Medical for Informed Consent Application

Piedmont Hospital, a 458-bed acute tertiary care facility serving the Atlanta area, signed a contract for Dialog Medical's iMedConsent application. Dialog Medical is a provider of informed consent and patient education systems for hospitals and physician practices.

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Fragmented Governance, Risk and Compliance Efforts Can Thwart Companies From Achieving Business Goals

Most companies acknowledge the high cost and risks of fragmented governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) efforts, yet few have taken action, according to the 2007 Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG) GRC Strategy Survey.

“The survey revealed a higher degree of dissatisfaction and pain associated with current GRC approaches than we expected to find,” said Lee Dittmar, a Principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, a primary sponsor of the survey. “However, while respondents recognized the need to reduce unnecessary complexity and better integrate their risk and compliance needs with mainstream business processes, a relatively few have taken action to address the problem.”

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Palomar Pomerado Health Protects Patient Data with Vontu

Palomar Pomerado Health, North San Diego County's largest healthcare provider, has selected Vontu Inc.'s Data Loss Prevention to protect its confidential patient and employee information. With Vontu, the company can automate data loss prevention policies and demonstrate compliance with data privacy regulations including the Payment Card Industry's Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Sandia National Laboratories Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management for Employee Health Center

Sandia National Laboratories has selected the company's integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) solution to automate and connect clinical and administrative processes for Sandia’s on-site medical clinics.

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IT Security Pros Say Their Security Policies Do Not Have Clear Consequences

In a recent survey of 113 IT security professionals, 51 percent stated that their organization's security policies do not have clear consequences for security violations, highlighting the challenges in creating and implementing a coherent security policy. nCircle, the leading provider of agentless security risk and compliance management solutions, conducted the survey from May 7 to August 16, 2007.

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Healthcare Industry Must Do More To Protect EHR Systems

Commercial electronic health record (EHR) systems are vulnerable to exploitation given existing industry development and disclosure practices, according to a new report released by the eHealth Vulnerability Reporting Program (eHVRP.org), based on a fifteen-month study assessing the security risks associated with EHR systems. The study evaluated current industry information security practices, assessed level of risk related to EHR systems, benchmarked healthcare information security practices against other industries, and produced a set of recommendations relating to activities beneficial to protecting information systems in the healthcare industry.

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Concentra Prescribes Alert Logic's On-Demand Service for Internal IT Network Security

Concentra, Inc., a health care company with 320 medical centers in 40 states and hundreds of clinics at major employer sites, has selected Alert Logic Threat Manager™ to protect Concentra’s network from the latest threats that are capable of evading perimeter and endpoint defenses.

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Managers Believe in Motivational Benefits of Remote Working but Worry About Data Security

Data from over 1,000 managers endorses working remotely from home, though wired beaches are out; security and disaster planning are major unsolved issues.Business leaders and managers are becoming more comfortable with their staff working remotely, although concerns remain about the impact of the remote work force on computer security among other issues, according to a survey of more than 1,100 managers by secure infrastructure firm SonicWALL.

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GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform Selected by the General Services Administration Federal SmartBUY Initiative

The General Services Administration SmartBUY initiative has selected GuardianEdge's Data Protection Platform as a preferred encryption software solution by the Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) Data At Rest Tiger Team (DARTT).After a rigorous assessment, GuardianEdge endpoint encryption has been certified for its ability to protect all Data at Rest (DAR) storage devicesincluding hard drives, tablet PCs, smart phones, PDAs and removable storage devices.

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The Reading Hospital Selects Encentuate for Identity and Access Management

The Reading Hospital, in Reading, Pa., has selected Encentuate's Single Sign-On for the hospital's more than 1,000 caregivers. The Encentuate IAM Suite simplifies and secures access to applications and network resources, allowing caregivers to be more productive and to focus less on security and more on quality patient care. With Encentuate, Reading's IT staff maintains centralized control over user roles and rights, which ensures that private patient information is only accessed by authorized persons.

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How Healthcare Providers Are Leveraging Privacy and Security Compliance

Working toward compliance with HIPAA’s security rule and other regulations has been a grueling and resource-intensive effort­an achievement based, in some cases, on an unsustainable level of expenditure.

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Digital Signatures Enhance Alaska Sleep Clinic Drive towards Paperless Systems and HIPAA Compliance

ARX, Inc. (Algorithmic Research), a global provider of standards-based digital signatures (electronic signatures) and information assurance solutions, has implemented a CoSign® digital-signature solution at sleep disorder diagnosis provider, Alaska Sleep Clinic, Inc. (ASC). CoSign is ARX's non-forgeable, simple-to-use, standards-based digital-signature solution that allows users to digitally sign documents, records, files, forms, and other electronic transactions.

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Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Chooses Accellion to Safeguard Patient Data

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center has selected Accellion, Inc. to provide a secure means for sharing confidential patient data outside of its network. The Accellion solution has enabled Wyckoff to provide a consistent process for sharing billing information with outside vendors and government agencies without compromising patient confidentiality.

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Emdeon Business Services Renews EDI Services Agreement With Aetna

Aetna has renewed its EDI service agreement with Emdeon Business Services. Emdeon Business Services, a privately-held company, provides revenue cycle management and clinical communication solutions that enables payers, providers and patients to improve healthcare business processes. Under the agreement, which runs through September 2010, Emdeon Business Services will continue to provide the core set of HIPAA transactions and, in addition, the companies will collaborate to accelerate the adoption of Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) and the Electronic Coordination of Benefit (eCOB) claims.

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MedPartners to Implement the ikaEnterprise System as Its Total Technology Outsourcing Solution

MedPartners, a joint venture between Lutheran Health Network and Three Rivers Medical Associates Independent Physician Association has contracted with ikaSystems to implement its ikaEnterprise system as a technology outsourcing solution. The MedPartners organization provides employers with a variety of cost-effective options from which to choose a group health plan for their employees. The LutheranPreferred PPO is the flagship product of the MedPartners network, with over 14,000 physicians and 63 hospitals in over 28 counties in Indiana.

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SonicWALL Solution Delivers Cure for Saint Francis Medical Center's Email Ailments

For Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., securing email from harmful viruses, spam and malware is as much about protecting its nearly 1,000 email users as it is about protecting the organization and its patients. To combat the burgeoning spam epidemic and the looming threats of electronic viruses and malware, Saint Francis deployed an Email Security 500 appliance from SonicWALL.

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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Selects RedCannon KeyPoint Alchemy for Critical Care of Precious Patient Data

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) has selected RedCannon Security's KeyPoint Alchemy to ensure the encryption and protection of data kept on USB storage devices carried by physicians and other staff members.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized the need for implementing and enforcing mobile data security policies to balance staff efficiency with information security. The hospital implemented KeyPoint Alchemy from RedCannon which enables the transformation of any off-the-shelf USB device into a fully-managed, encrypted and protected data storage solution. With the RedCannon technology, the hospital can also deliver application and security policy updates directly to authorized devices to keep all parties informed and up-to-date.

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MedPartners to Implement the ikaEnterprise System as Its Total Technology Outsourcing Solution

MedPartners, a joint venture between Lutheran Health Network and Three Rivers Medical Associates Independent Physician Association has contracted with ikaSystems to implement its ikaEnterprise system as a technology outsourcing solution. The MedPartners organization provides employers with a variety of cost-effective options from which to choose a group health plan for their employees. The LutheranPreferred PPO is the flagship product of the MedPartners network, with over 14,000 physicians and 63 hospitals in over 28 counties in Indiana.

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Department of Defense Awards Northrop Grumman the Clinical and Health Data Repository Initiative Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Defense to deploy, enhance and maintain the Clinical and Health Data Repository initiative to help the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seamlessly share patient information. The Clinical and Health Data Repository initiative provides real-time exchange of computable health data between the Defense Department's electronic health record system, AHLTA, and the VA's HealtheVet patient record system, VistA. Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector developed enhancements to AHLTA for the Clinical and Health Data Repository project under a contract award in 2005.

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SonicWALL Solution Delivers Cure for Saint Francis Medical Center's Email Ailments

For Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo, securing email from harmful viruses, spam and malware is as much about protecting its nearly 1,000 email users as it is about protecting the organization and its patients. To combat the burgeoning spam epidemic and the looming threats of electronic viruses and malware, Saint Francis deployed an Email Security 500 appliance from SonicWALL.

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Rhode Island Awards EDS Contract to Create First Statewide Electronic Health Network

The Rhode Island Department of Health has awarded EDS, the state’s longtime Medicaid fiscal agent, a three-year contract to design, implement and manage the nation’s first statewide network for electronic health records. After securing a patient’s permission, the Rhode Island Health Information Exchange (HIE) will consolidate the health information of state residents in a secure network to provide authorized hospitals, doctors, pharmacists and other health care providers with a more complete patient health file to aid in patient care. The HIE system will be developed with strict adherence to patient consent policies and in conjunction with industry best practices with regard to security and privacy standards.

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HHS Selects BearingPoint to Provide HSPD-12 Credentialing Services

BearingPoint, Inc. has been selected to perform an Identity and Access Management Pilot and Full Capability implementation for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The objective of the pilot is to validate a process for supplying secure identification or “smart cards” to 112,000 HHS employees and contractors.

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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Renews Email Encryption Service

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System has renewed its 4,000-seat license of ZixCorp's policy-based Email Encryption Service for the next three years. The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System originally deployed ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service in April 2005.

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Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Chooses Accellion to Safeguard Patient Data

Accellion, Inc., a provider of on-demand secure file transfer solutions for enterprises, has been selected by Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to provide a secure means for sharing confidential patient data outside of its network. The Accellion solution has enabled Wyckoff to provide a consistent process for sharing billing information with outside vendors and government agencies without compromising patient confidentiality.

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Capital Health System Streamlines Data and File Management with RFID System from Intermec and Infolinx

The adoption of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996 has made managing and tracking patient information a top priority for health organizations. To help meet HIPAA compliance and improve efficiency, Capital Health System has implemented a file tracking system using a healthcare records management solution from Infolinx Systems Solutions and passive UHF (ultra high frequency) RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies from Intermec (NYSE:IN).

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States and Territories Begin to Reduce Challenges to Electronic Health Information Exchange

Varying interpretations and applications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, inconsistencies between state and federal privacy laws and lack of trust are among the biggest challenges to nationwide electronic health information exchange, according to a new report by RTI International for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

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Fujitsu PalmSecure Integrated Into Carolinas HealthCare System Patient Registration Program

The Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric authentication sensor is being deployed throughout the Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) Charlotte-area hospitals as a part of a solution to effectively register patient’s information, and protect their medical record and identity. As the largest healthcare system in the Carolinas, and the third largest public system in the nation, CHS expects to install these biometric sensors in all patient registration sites in their Charlotte-area hospitals.

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St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) Selects Wyse Technology Energy Sipping Clients to Go "Green"

St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), an integrated healthcare service provider based in Orange County, California, will deploy more than 1,500 energy efficient Wyse thin clients to automate and streamline patient care procedures throughout its hospitals and clinics. The Wyse thin clients will dramatically reduce energy costs and provide doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals with real-time access to vital patient information resulting in a quicker diagnosis and improved patient care.

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Health Systems Across the Nation Choose Vendormate

Rising regulatory requirements and growing security demands are driving healthcare providers across the United States to integrated business credentialing and compliance monitoring solutions from Vendormate. Increasingly, healthcare providers rely on Vendormate for on-going assurance that their business partners comply with the government security regulations and the providers’ own policies. Some new health systems that are implementing Vendormate VISION include: University of Chicago Medical Center, Vail Valley Medical Center, Covenant Health, Houston Healthcare, Children’s Hospital Central California, Miami Children’s Hospital and Alamance Regional Medical Center.

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Image Technology Laboratories, Inc. Signs Contract with Bon Secours Community Hospital of Port Jervis, NY

Image Technology Laboratories, Inc. has entered into a five year contract with Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. The Company will install their WarpSpeed RIS / PACS solution at BSCH during the month of August, including HIS connectivity, failover capability via a secondary server and secure Web access.

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Ireland’s Hermitage Medical Clinic Enables Critical Physician and Patient Services with Enterasys Secure Network

Dublin, Ireland-based Hermitage Medical Clinic has deployed an Enterasys Networks Inc.'s Secure Network infrastructure to provide secure network connectivity for hundreds of healthcare professionals and staff at its new state-of-the-art hospital. The network also enables the hospital to offer secure network access to patients and other guest users. The Hermitage Medical Clinic’s new 1,100-node network includes Enterasys Matrix™ N-Series flow switches at the core and 48-port Enterasys SecureStack™ C-Series secure edge switches with Gigabit ports at the distribution layer. According to Teresa Bowe, network manager at the Hermitage Medical Clinic, leveraging the security features embedded in Enterasys solutions enables the hospital to comply with healthcare security regulations.

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Extreme Networks Selected By Nuffield Hospitals For Next-Generation Wired And Wireless Healthcare Network

Extreme Networks, Inc., is working with specialist integrator Scalable Networks, a leader in secure convergence, to assist Nuffield Hospitals, the United Kingdom's largest network of charitable, independent hospitals, to design and implement a high performance wired and wireless network infrastructure connecting 40 separate hospital sites. The full-featured network solution helps provide investment protection to Nuffield by delivering a network that is well fortified, with bandwidth, security and high availability features, to support both the traditional voice/video over IP technologies, as well as specialized healthcare applications that are essential, such as PACS/RIS, Wireless IPT and wireless medical diagnostics equipment.

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Texas Children’s Hospital Chooses Sentillion To Expedite Creation Of User Accounts Associated With $1.5 Billion Hospital Expansion

Texas Children’s Hospital located in Houston is adding Sentillion Inc.’s Provisioning Manager to its existing deployment of the company’s single sign on and single patient selection solutions. Currently in the midst of an enormous $1.5 billion hospital expansion, the hospital will use Provisioning Manager to create and manage user accounts throughout their lifecycle.

Provisioning Manager will expedite the process for adding new Microsoft Active Directory® and Microsoft Exchange® accounts as well as accounts for accessing the Epic® electronic medical record system and PeopleSoft® applications. Provisioning Manager will also keep track of each transaction whenever application access is granted, modified, suspended or removed as well as details of all privileges granted.

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Claimsnet Signs Electronic Transaction Services Agreement with Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance

Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA) has signed an agreement with ClaimsNet.com Inc., a leading provider of electronic transaction services to the Healthcare industry for services associated with electronic healthcare transactions. CBHA is a provider-owned managed behavioral health organization dedicated to delivering quality mental health and chemical dependency services. Based in Winston-Salem, NC, CBHA is owned by three not-for-profit North Carolina medical schools: East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Under the terms of the agreement, Claimsnet will serve as the communications link between Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance and healthcare providers for the electronic delivery of claims and other related transactions.

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AHIP Launches New Certificate Program for IT Professionals

Information technology and business consulting professionals may now attain an industry credential demonstrating domain expertise through a new certificate program developed by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Infosys, a global consulting and information technology (IT) solutions company, is the first to offer this program to its employees.

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ZixConnect Allows Minnesota County to Send and Receive Secure Emails with Key Business Partners

St. Louis County has selected the Zix Corporation's latest encryption offering, ZixConnect(TM), a managed Transport Layer Security protocol (TLS) service designed for secure business communications. St. Louis County uses ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service and added on the additional ZixConnect service to communicate directly with the State of Minnesota. ZixCorp has many local, state and national government agencies that safeguard email communications with its policy-based service. The Company's government customers include county governments such as St. Louis County, various state health regulators, 13 state banking regulators and several federal banking regulatory agencies.

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nCipher joins SAFE-BioPharma Association Vendor Partner Program

nCipher plc has become a SAFE-BioPharma Association Vendor Partner. This non-profit organization was founded by the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a secure means of replacing hand-signed paper based documents and forms with legally approved digitally signed documents.

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Wireless Adoption Leaps Ahead, Advanced Encryption Gains Ground in the Post-WEP Era

The number of wireless access points - including public hotspots and business networks - continues to rise at an explosive rate in the world's major financial centers, as revealed by research commissioned by RSA, The Security Division of EMC. The survey's findings also indicate that the call for stronger security in wireless networks is starting to resonate among businesses. The largest year-over-year increase in wireless adoption was found in London, where there are 160 percent more wireless access points (APs) than in 2006. The percentage increase in New York was a substantial 49 percent; and in Paris, 44 percent. Looking purely at business access points, London also leads, with a 180 percent leap over last year, as compared to jumps of 57 percent and 45 percent New York and Paris, respectively.

As measured by the use of either advanced encryption or Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), London experienced notable improvement in the security of business wireless networks over the last year. In contrast, security levels in New York and Paris improved only incrementally. Over the course of the past year, use of wireless security measures in business networks increased as follows:

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Baptist Health System Strengthens Its Consumer and Employee Websites with MEDSEEK’s eHealth Solutions

MEDSEEK, a leading provider of enterprise e-health solutions with 600-plus hospital customers in the United States and Canada, announced today that it has been selected by Baptist Health System, Inc., one of the largest healthcare systems in Alabama, to assist the hospital system in strengthening its relationship with key constituents and their experience with the organization through its redesigned consumer and employee web portals. The contract includes MEDSEEK’s Content Management System, Strategic Marketing Services, Channel Manager Module and integrated health content from A.D.A.M., Inc., a leading publisher of interactive, visually engaging health and medical information.

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Evolve Technologies Links Southern Maryland Cancer Treatment Centers

Evolve Technologies (http://www.evolvetech.com), a company that specializes in providing information technology (IT) solutions for small businesses, announced today the successful completion of a project linking the two operating sites of the Chesapeake Potomac Regional Cancer Center (CPRCC). In a related announcement, Evolve Technologies will provide CPRCC ongoing IT support, including complete helpdesk services.

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CGH Medical Center Selects Dialog Medical

Dialog Medical, the leading provider of informed consent and patient education systems for hospitals and physician practices, today announced a new contract for its iMedConsent application with CGH Medical Center, a 99-bed community medical center based in the Rock River Valley region of northern Illinois. Implementation of the informed consent application is scheduled to begin in early July. iMedConsent includes consent forms for more than two thousand medical and surgical procedures; patient education documents for thousands of diagnoses and treatments; and an extensive anatomical image gallery that allows the provider to annotate images and simplify complex topics for the patient. In addition, the application automates the completion of patient documentation ranging from HIPAA disclosures to advance directives.

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CIGNA HealthCare Chooses SAS Business Intelligence for Member and Employer Group Informatics

CIGNA HealthCare, one of the nation's largest health services companies, has selected Vontu, Inc.'s Vontu 7 product to help reduce the risk of data loss and support compliance with HIPAA privacy regulations and PCI Data Security Standards. CIGNA plans to use Vontu to discover and protect confidential data, monitor and prevent such data from leaving the network and automatically enforce data loss prevention policies. In addition to content-aware detection capabilities, Vontu 7 also offers remediation workflow, role-based access control and incident correlation reports.

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Role Management and User Access Control As Top Identity Management Priorities

Role definition and prioritization of internal business processes are the most daunting barriers to getting started with provisioning, according to a new survey by Courion® Corporation on the priorities and challenges of implementing provisioning and access compliance strategies.

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Seafarer's International Union Selects Plexis Solution

Seafarer's International Union (SIU), the largest North American union representing merchant mariners, selected Plexis to provide benefits administration, electronic data interchange (EDI), web portal and scanning/OCR solution for Seafarer's Health and Benefits Plan.

The Seafarers International Union, Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters District, is based in southern Maryland and represents unlicensed United States merchant mariners sailing aboard U.S.-flag vessels in the deep sea, Great Lakes and inland trades. Today, the SIU is the largest North American union representing merchant mariners.

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CIGNA Selects Vontu for Data Loss Prevention

CIGNA HealthCare, one of the nation's largest health services companies, has selected Vontu, Inc.'s Vontu 7 product to help reduce the risk of data loss and support compliance with HIPAA privacy regulations and PCI Data Security Standards. CIGNA plans to use Vontu to discover and protect confidential data, monitor and prevent such data from leaving the network and automatically enforce data loss prevention policies. In addition to content-aware detection capabilities, Vontu 7 also offers remediation workflow, role-based access control and incident correlation reports.

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SwedishAmerican Health System to Implement Vendormate Vendor Credentialing and Integrated Badges

SwedishAmerican Health System has selected Vendormate to deliver its robust vendor credentialing and compliance monitoring solution to help manage vendor data and facility access. Rich Walsh, President, SwedishAmerican Hospital and COO for SwedishAmerican Health System, recognized a need for a more standardized and consistent method of collecting and verifying vendor information as well as better controlling vendor access to their facilities. “We wanted to know more about who we are doing business with, who is in our building and whether all vendors are doing the necessary things to keep SwedishAmerican compliant.”

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Nevada Office of Veterans Services Selects SecureWave Sanctuary to Prevent Installation of Malicious Applications and Removal of Sensitive Data

The Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS) is using SecureWave’s Sanctuary® endpoint security software to proactively enforce its policies regarding the use of removable storage media.

“An evaluation of our security posture revealed that removable storage media - including external hard drives and USB memory sticks­represented a serious threat to the proprietary data stored in our systems,” said Jeff Fuhler, information security officer at NOVS. “Active Directory did not allow us to prohibit employees from using portable storage media to remove information or install any malicious programs designed to alter or pilfer data. Someone - whether it was a disgruntled employee or a guest - could easily plug in a device and download proprietary information or even worse, install a malicious application or virus. This was a serious issue because much of the information we have on file is medical records, so we needed to do whatever was necessary to comply with HIPAA and keep that data safe. Sanctuary is the perfect solution for our situation.”

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George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates Deploys BIO-key® Biometric Identification Solution

The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) in Washington, D.C., has succcessfully deployedBIO-key International, Inc.'s biometric identification solution to protect patient medical records.

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3G Devices Provide Remote Voice and Data Capabilities for Clinical Managers

Abington Memorial Hospital (AMH), a 570-bed regional teaching hospital in southeastern Pennsylvania, is using a 3G-powered AT&T wireless solution that enhances the connectivity of the clinical management team and administrators beyond the hospital campus. AT&T is providing approximately 130 Samsung BlackJack™ smart devices that operate on the AT&T BroadbandConnect network to AMH physicians, department heads and clinical managers. The hand-held devices provide remote information access to key personnel. Clinical managers can use the BlackJack to contact physicians with critical patient updates, and physicians can use the same device to call the hospital or patient to discuss the case.

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Parkview Adventist Medical Center Combines Imprivata and Biometrics to Put Security at Physicians' Fingertips

Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Maine, has deployed Imprivata OneSign™ Single Sign-On (SSO). Working closely with Parkview Adventist Medical Center, Imprivata was able to get OneSign SSO up and running in just two days.

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UPMC Taps TriCipher To Protect Patient Health Information

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) will use TriCipher’smultifactor authentication solution to protect access to personal healthinformation on its online patient healthcare portal and physician network ­putting the medical center at the forefront of aggressively protectingpatients’ identities.

The $6 billion medical center’s Web site portal will become the centralinformation access point for more than 4 million patients worldwide. Inaddition, doctors will have secure access to patient health data across theentire medical center, improving patient care and increasing the efficiency ofthe medical center.

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Alta Bates Medical Group Chooses Panoratio Software for a Comprehensive View of Group Management Practices Throughout Their Network of Independent Physicians

Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG) will work with Panoratio´s Dynamic DataDiscovery solution­featuring their proprietary Portable Data Image™ (.pdi™) andPDI Explorer™­to obtain a complete understanding of optimal practice methodsthroughout their network.

As the entire Healthcare Industry continues to focus on delivering the highestquality of care to member populations, while at the same time optimizingefficiencies and reducing costs, forward­thinking companies like ABMG areimplementing solutions that help them derive greater value from one of theirmost vital resources­their data, and the resulting evidence­based medicaltreatments.

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TotalContracts Streamlines Administration, Identifies Opportunity for Savings and Supports HIPAA Compliance

Procuri®, the global leader in On Demand supply management, today announced thatPiedmont Healthcare, one of the largest multi-facility healthcare providers inthe Atlanta region, has selected Procuri TotalContracts™ to improve and controlcontract management across the entire organization.

Procuri TotalContracts will automate and streamline the healthcare networks’entire contract management process ­ from initial contract negotiation andauthoring to expirations and renewals.

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Silver Cross Hospital Deploys Oracle Infrastructure Software to Provide Physicians With Secure Remote Access to Critical Patient and Medical Data

Silver Cross Hospital, a Joliet, Ill.- based nonprofit healthcare system, has deployed a Web portal solution built on Oracle infrastructure software to provide physicians, clinicians and employees with secure, reliable and remote access to hospital applications and data. The solution enables the hospital to extend care beyond the hospital walls and into the communities it serves.

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DirectConnect Rolls Out at Catholic Healthcare West; Solution Co-Developed with IBM and Carefx Enables Clinicians Secure and Expedient Access to Patient Information

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California, has implemented a new web-based technology solution from Carefx Corporation and IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences that gives clinicians secure anytime, anywhere access to a unified view of integrated patient information.

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Emergis to Provide Electronic Health Record Solution to Hawkesbury General Hospital of Ontario

Hawkesbury General Hospital, a 69-bed community hospital in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) of Ontario, has purchased the Company’s Oacis electronic health record (EHR) solution. An EHR solution allows health care professionals to rapidly and securely access a complete record of a patient’s health history online and in real time. Hawkesbury General is the second hospital to purchase the Oacis solution in the Champlain LHIN after The Ottawa Hospital and the fourth in Ontario.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Deploy Portico's NPI

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), has successfully deployed the Portico NPI Solution, in support of compliance with the National Provider Identifier (NPI) as mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). EDS and Portico Systems together successfully implemented the Portico NPI Solution for BCBSMA.

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Mercy Medical Center Selects Consentry To Segment Users On The Lan And Protect Critical Medical Devices

Mercy Medical Center of Baltimore, Maryland, has deployed ConSentry Networks' LANShield™ platform to provide network admission control, gain traffic visibility, and enable identity-based control to resources on its network. Mercy Medical Center, one of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals, chose ConSentry to ensure that only its approved medical users can access its centralized servers and applications from diverse locations, including a 230-bed hospital, an outpatient surgery center, a women’s health center, physicians’ offices, and administration offices. By using the LANShield platforms, Mercy ensures that unauthorized users cannot access the LAN and can restrict access to sensitive data based on the roles of authorized users.

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Children's Hospital Boston Selects Ciena's CN 4200 Platform to Support Multi-Site Data Connectivity

Children's Hospital Boston, one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, has deployed Ciena® Corporation's CN 4200™ FlexSelect™ Advanced Services Platform to enable high-speed optical connections between multiple locations throughout its Boston campus, and facilities in nearby Waltham, Mass. and Needham, Mass., to ensure reliable, efficient data connectivity for critical applications and seamless business continuity and disaster recovery.

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Hackensack University Medical Center Selects Imprivata OneSign™ to Provide Staff Easy Access to Clinical Information

Hackensack University Medical Center has selected Imprivata OneSign™ Single Sign-On (SSO) to provide easy and convenient access to clinical information without compromise to patient care. By eliminating password problems that were plaguing its staff of nearly 8000, OneSign SSO will reduce time physicians and clinicians spend accessing applications and increase time spent with patients.

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Fairfax County Selects Nortel Government Solutions for IT Services

Fairfax County, Va. has awarded a blanket purchase agreement to Nortel Government Solutions, a U.S. company wholly owned by Nortel, under the County’s IT Services and Expert Assistance contract. The agreement covers five years and includes three, one-year renewal options. The new agreement enables Nortel Government Solutions to provide Fairfax County with IT services including database management system development and technical support, electronic records management and information services, and information security. It also includes management studies, a range of IT services associated with business issues, such as analysis and evaluation of systems and procedures, tactical planning, benchmarking, new technology analysis, performance measurement and economic analysis. Other examples include systems architecture planning and design, policy and procedures development, and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) compliance assessment and recommendations.

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Memorial Hospital and Medicity Complete Contract for Physician Portal

Memorial Hospital, a 313 bed acute care hospital in Belleville, Ill., and Medicity, Inc., a Salt Lake City-based clinical software company, have completed a contract for the implementation of Medicity’s MediTrust interoperability platform. The platform will stage patient information from hospital systems—MEDITECH HIS, PACS, EKGs, and document images—in its patient-centric, electronic health record for distribution to the practices of its Medical Staff. The Platform includes Medicity’s ProAccess suite which offers physicians options for electronic access to patient data, including web, fax and dedicated printer. Access of clinical data through handheld devices and integration with office EMRs via the Medicity EMR Gateway are components slated for later phases of the project. Patient information will be accessible from any Internet-enabled location while office staff will also be able manage incoming patient results to their office printers and fax machines. Security features and audit capability protect patient privacy as data moves to users.

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Partners HealthCare Deploys Coradiant Performance Analytics Equipment

Partners HealthCare is deploying Coradiant's Web.I TM Performance Analytics products. Coradiant's Web.I brings the power and flexibility of Business Intelligence (BI) technology to the challenges of web operations. Web.I provides exceptional visibility into the online user experience, and helps deliver error-free, high-quality web applications to Partners HealthCare's customers and users.

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Maimonides Deploys Verizon Business' Advanced Network to Securely Transport Electronic Medical Records

Maimonides Medical Center signed an agreement for Verizon Business to design and deploy a high-capacity, resilient optical network connecting the medical center's main campus buildings and 24 remote locations throughout Brooklyn. The new network, which Maimonides began to transition to in March, enables the secure and rapid transmission of electronic medical records, providing physicians at Maimonides and affiliated institutions with complete patient medical histories, including doctors' orders, prescriptions, lab results and radiology films.

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Eisenhower Medical Center Implements Sentillion Single Sign-On Solution To Improve Information Access

Eisenhower Medical Center of Rancho Mirage, California, has completed deployment of Sentillion's single sign-on technology throughout its facilities. The solution expedites the sign-on and sign-off process for six McKesson modules, two Cerner applications and a variety of other clinical, non-clinical, and homegrown programs. It also has been adapted to support Eisenhower’s clinical workflow.

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Minnesota's Community Health Information Collaborative Selects Zix Corporation's Email Encryption Service for New Information Exchange

The Minnesota-based Community Health Information Collaborative (CHIC) has selected ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service to serve as the initial infrastructure for its new information exchange initiative. The initial CHIC encryption pilot involves Carlton and Itasca counties, along with Ecumen, one of the country's largest non-profit senior housing companies. During the pilot, the participants will use ZixCorp's service to communicate securely and seamlessly via email.

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HP Helps University of Utah Health Care Improve Patient Care and Lower Costs Through IT Consolidation

The University of Utah Health Care is realizing patient care goals and holding flat staff increases through an IT consolidation project that helped improve its overall business technology. With a Hewlett Packard BladeSystem IT Consolidation Solution in place, the center is cutting desktop support costs by 100 percent and achieving 11 times improvement in server team productivity.

According to an independent study released by Thoughtware Worldwide, HP helped the university achieve a 346 percent return on investment, $4.8 million in savings and 146 percent internal rate of return over a three-year period. At the same time, doctors now have up-to-date information about patients with a consolidation solution that leverages virtualization and HP software technologies.

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Quest Diagnostics' MedPlus(R) Subsidiary Selected To Develop The Lab Information System For The Province of British Columbia's Electronic Health Record System

Quest Diagnostics' healthcare information technology subsidiary MedPlus, Inc., has been selected as a subcontractorby Sun Microsystems (B.C.) Inc., a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc., and subcontractors to develop and implement a comprehensive electronic healthcare system that is expected to transform the way laboratory results and other essential patient information is securely shared only among healthcare practitioners in the province of British Columbia.

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Texas Radiology Practice Chooses Evolutions for Advanced Billing Solutions

Dr. Charles M. Myers, a radiologist in Mineral Wells, Texas, has selected Evolutions, a national practice management and medical billing solutions provider, for its complete line of billing services.

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Study Recommends Ways to Resolve Health Information Security Issues

Establishing a health information exchange policy research and coordinating center for Wyoming is among the recommendations resulting from a year-long study of security issues in health information. Recommendations were discussed during a recent workshop in Casper, sponsored by the Center for Rural Health Research and Education (CRHRE) in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences.

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Meridian Health Selects Tablus Content Loss Prevention Solutions

Meridian Health, the premier health care provider in central New Jersey, has deployed Tablus Inc.'s Content Alarm NW and Content Sentinel content loss prevention products. The Tablus deployment expands the Meridian Health commitment to its more than 250,000 yearly patients that the sensitive content on its network of four hospitals and many partner companies will be protected with a proactive approach.

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St. John's Hospital Cures Security Headaches With Spectra Bluescale Encryption

St. John’s Hospital has purchased Spectra Logic's T950 and T120 libraries with BlueScale Encryption Professional Edition to secure all backed up data that leaves the hospital. St. John's will now encrypt all data sent offsite; because encrypted data is considered irretrievable without the keys, this protects the data from unauthorized use and the hospital from violating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and associated legal fall-out.

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Clalit Health Services Selects Imprivata OneSign™ Single Sign-On

Clalit Health Services will implement Imprivata Inc.'s OneSign™ Single Sign-On (SSO) throughout its management center, hospitals and clinics. Clalit Health Services is the world’s second largest health organization and the largest civil organization in Israel, with 32,000 employees.

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Maimonides Medical Center Deploys the PGP Encryption Platform

Maimonides Medical Center has deployed PGP Corporation's encryption to protect patient and employee privacy. Maimonides is an almost 100-year-old non-profit hospital that serves the diverse population of Brooklyn, New York. In implementing the PGP® Encryption Platform and platform-enabled PGP® Whole Disk Encryption and PGP Universal™ Gateway Email applications, the medical center has a robust and scalable solution for defending its data.

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WellSpan Health Chooses Vendormate VISION™ to Manage Vendor Data

WellSpan Health, a not-for-profit, community based health care system which was named to the 2007 Top 100 Most Integrated Health Networks by Verispan, will implement Vendormate VISION™, a unique vendor management solution. Vendormate VISION™ will help WellSpan Health to better manage the increasingly complex requirements to meet government mandated compliance regulations including HIPAA, Stark Law, OIG and OFAC as well as enforce its own internal policies.

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Agfa HealthCare Securely Connects U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Hospitals’ PAC

Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of IT enabled clinical workflow and diagnostic image solutions, has created a vital connection between the radiology departments at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda’s National Naval Medical Center and the James A. Haley Veterans Medical Center, Tampa. Now, physicians who are treating wounded soldiers can see critical images via a private, secure Internet connection within seconds instead of days. The additions necessary to connect the three existing IMPAX™ PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) systems were installed in less than a week.

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CMS Clarifies Guidelines for National Provider Identifier (NPI) Deadline Implementation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing a contingency plan for covered entities (other than small health plans) who will not meet the May 23, 2007, deadline for compliance with the National Provider Identifier (NPI) regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. The final rule establishing the NPI as the standard unique health provider identifier for health care providers was published in 2004 and requires all covered entities to be in compliance with its provisions by May 23, 2007, except for small health plans, which must be in compliance by May 23, 2008.

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University General Hospital Systems Signs Exclusive Agreement with Encentuate, Inc. for Single Sign-On

Houston-based University General Hospital Systems today announced that it has selected Redwood City, Calif.-based Encentuate, Inc. (Americas) as its preferred provider of single sign-on solutions.The University General Hospital flagship facility in Houston, which features the latest advances in medical technology and five-star service associated with luxury hotels, will be the first facility within the national hospital system to deploy Encentuate’s TCI Solution for Healthcare. University General Hospital Systems currently has plans to break ground on another physician-owned hospital in Houston’s Chinatown area, with additional markets such as Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, and others to follow.

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Tuality Healthcare Selects Network Chemistry to Secure Network Infrastructure and Applications

Network Chemistry announced today that Tuality Healthcare has deployed Network Chemistry's RFprotect™ suite of integrated security solutions to secure their corporate networks, wireless infrastructure and new productivity applications. The company is implementing the solution, which includes RFprotect Scanner, RFprotect Mobile and RFprotect Distributed at its largest hospital with plans to expand throughout the main campus.

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Maine’s HealthInfoNet Chooses 3M for Statewide Health Information Exchange

HealthInfoNet, Maine’s health information exchange (HIE), has selected 3M Health Information Systems Division as vendor of choice to provide the interoperability solution needed to build one of the nation’s first statewide health information-sharing networks. Following an extensive national search, 3M and its partners, Orion Health and Connectria, were chosen to create an integrated health information system designed to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery in Maine and, over time, make personal health information more available to patients. The parties are currently negotiating a definitive agreement.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Boosts Healthcare Delivery with High-Performance Brocade Solutions

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the clinical hospital of Columbia and Cornell Universities, is using Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN) directors to enhance diagnostic services and streamline administration for more than 1.5 million patients a year. In addition, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is using Brocade multiprotocol routing technology deployed by Brocade Professional Services for its first in-house disaster recovery solution, enabling the 2,200-bed institution to improve its business continuity by minimizing costly, critical service outages. Together, the Brocade systems and services facilitate the hospital's compliance with government security mandates, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Inova Health System Selects Fusion from Carefx and CA’s Identity and Access Management Solution

Inova Health System, of Falls Church, Va., has selected Fusion from Carefx Corporation and CA, Inc.’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution. The combined solution will be rolled out to more than 10,000 users at Inova’s hospitals and facilities throughout Northern Virginia.

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AtlantiCare Selects Third Brigade Host Intrusion Prevention System To Further Enhance Security of Data, Applications and Systems

AtlantiCare, a regional, not-for-profit healthcare organization based in southeastern New Jersey with more than 4,400 employees and 60 locations, has selected Third Brigade, a security software company that specializes in host intrusion prevention systems, to enhance security of data, applications and systems at AtlantiCare through Third Brigade's host intrusion prevention system.

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Maine Medical Center Protects Confidential eRecords with SecureMail Gateway™ by GlobalCerts

Maine Medical Center, one of the premier care centers in Northern New England, has implemented an email security solution by GlobalCerts – a secure messaging technology company with offices in Bedford, NH. The GlobalCerts SecureMail Gateway encryption appliance is considered an important part of Maine Medical Center’s Health Information Privacy Practices.

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Zix Corporation Email Encryption Service Selected by Lake Regional Health System

Lake Regional Health System, a six-clinic health system which includes pharmacies and rehabilitation services located throughout the region, has signed a three-year contract for the Zix Corporation's Email Encryption Service.

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CalRHIO Selects Medicity and Perot Systems to BuildStatewide Health Information Exchange for California

CalRHIO has selectedMedicity, Inc., teamed with Perot Systems , to build a statewide health informationexchange utility service that will offer California healthcare providers secure electronic access topatient medical records, where and when they are needed.

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UCSF Medical Center Uses Brocade Solutions and Professional Services to Boost SAN Security, Compliance, and Capacity

UCSF Medical Center is using high-performance Brocade's 48000 Directors to increase SAN capacity and scalability, and Brocade Secure Fabric OS(R) to help ensure SAN security and confidentiality of patient records. In addition, the medical center, which is part of the University of California, San Francisco, has implemented many security features recommended as part of a SAN Security Audit by Brocade Professional Services to help its SAN infrastructure comply with the mandates of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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Navicure Announces New Contract with Large Illinois-based Health System

Methodist Medical Group, a Peoria, Ill.-based health system, signed a contract with Navicure, a provider of automated, Web-based revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions for physician practices. Through this agreement, Navicure’s claims management solution will be used by all 26 multi-specialty physician practices in the Methodist Medical Group network. Thesepractices employ more than 100 providers.

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HHS Contracts with AHIMA, eHI and HIMSS to Develop and Disseminate Successful Practices for State Health Information Exchange Organizations

HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced a contract award to foster collaboration among state leaders in health information exchange (HIE) to identify and share emerging best practices. The one-year, $800,000 contract with the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) will start this month.

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Working Rx Chooses InMage For Its Business Continuity Needs

Working Rx, Inc., a provider of workers' compensation pharmacy claims processing, has deployed InMage Systems, Inc.'s business continuity solution, DR-Scout. The all-in-one, highly scalable disaster recovery (DR), data migration and application failover solution from InMage is based on the continuous data protection (CDP) technology and is being used in its customers' heterogeneous environments for applications such as Exchange, Oracle and SQL.

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Alegent Health Selects Carefx to Enhance Clinician and Patient Portal Strategy

Alegent Health, named one of the nation's top 25 "Most Wireless" and one of the 100 "Most Wired" health systems by Hospitals & Health Networks signed an agreement with Carefx Corporation for Carefax to provide end-to-end identity and access management to include Fusion from Carefx, as well as Fusion-certified Imprivata OneSign and Courion Enterprise Provisioning Suite.

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Atlantic Health Deploys EMC Information Infrastructure to Protect Vital Patient Records

Atlantic Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in New Jersey, has implemented EMC Corporation's storage, software and services to institute automated information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy for more cost-efficient and improved availability of critical medical and administrative information.

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AHIMA and MTIA Recommend Adoption of VBC as Standard Measure for Medical Transcription

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA) Joint Task Force on Standards Development recommends the adoption of visible black character (VBC) by all organizations producing medical transcription, including those using in-house staff to transcribe dictation. VBC is the total number of characters that can only be seen with the naked eye.

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CIGNA HealthCare Teams With Compuware Covisint to Automate and Standardize Provider Utilization Review Practices

CIGNA HealthCare has signed an agreement to use Compuware Covisint’s hosted IT infrastructure for standardizing and automating the exchange of clinical information between the carrier and its contracted health care providers. The new approach is designed to help simplify communications and alleviate the administrative burden of exchanging clinical information with providers. This approach will transform paper-based utilization review processes into an electronic environment without requiring providers to purchase new technology or significantly change business processes.

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UCSF Medical Center Uses Brocade Solutions and Professional Services to Boost SAN Security, Compliance, and Capacity

UCSF Medical Center is using high-performance Brocade 48000 Directors to increase SAN capacity and scalability, and Brocade Secure Fabric OS(R) to help ensure SAN security and confidentiality of patient records. In addition, the medical center, which is part of the University of California, San Francisco, has implemented many security features recommended as part of a SAN Security Audit by Brocade Professional Services to help its SAN infrastructure comply with the mandates of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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CSC and 'Connecting for Health' Team Successfully Demonstrates Nationwide Health Information Network Prototype

Computer Sciences Corporation and Connecting for Health team have successfully demonstrated the exchange of health information through a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) prototype. The team securely transferred healthcare data between MA-SHARE, the Indiana Health Information Exchange and the Mendocino Health Records Exchange, and local public health departments within the regions participating in the CSC consortium – Boston, Mass.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Mendocino County, Calif.

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AT&T Advances Network Security for Banner Pharmacaps Inc.

AT&T Inc. signed an integration solution and infrastructure analysis service contract with Banner Pharmacaps. Under the terms of the contract, AT&T will establish a network-based firewall for the leading global drug delivery and proprietary healthcare products company, which will help secure Banner's operations in North America and the Netherlands.

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Survey Identifies Need for Strong State Leadership to Meet National Electronic Medical Records Goals

Despite the high level of regional health information organization (RHIO) participation, few states have set timeframes for achieving statewide EMR use, according to a new study by Citrix Systems, Inc. of state- and private-sector health executives on electronic medical record (EMR) adoption and regional health information organization (RHIO) participation. Just 16 percent of state health executives and 6 percent of private-sector health IT executives said their states had set a timeline.

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Southern Illinois Healthcare Streamlines Secure Access to Mission-Critical Applications with F5

Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) is using F5 Networks Inc.'s products to deliver an easy-to-use secure remote access system that reduces total cost of ownership while meeting strict compliance requirements. Using F5's FirePass® SSL VPN, SIH has decreased remote access setup time by 90% and maintained rigid HIPAA standards through FirePass-enabled granular access permission policies, stringent end-point security enforcement, and detailed reports.

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MemorialCare Selects NTRsupport for Its Remote Support Software

MemorialCare has chosen NTRglobal's on-demand remote support software, NTRsupport, to better serve its teams of physicians and other healthcare service providers. MemorialCare's 10,000 employees serve patients at six not-for-profit, community-based medical centers in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California.

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HealthCare Partners Medical Group Deploys Wall Mounted Computer System as Part of Electronic Health Records (EHR) Software Deployment

HealthCare Partners Medical Group has deployed an innovative new wall mount computer solution from EnovateIT, an integrator of mobile computing solutions for the healthcare environment, to complement their upgraded electronic health record system. The wall mount solution, provided by EnovateIT, consists of PC blades mounted on the wall in each exam room with an extendable and height adjustable PC arm.

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RSA Solutions Help Enable EDS To Solve Business Problems Securely, Leveraging An Information-Centric Approach To Security

EDS has been successfully using a suite of RSA solutions, including the RSA enVisionTM solution acquired from Network Intelligence, with several EDS clients. EDS is also using the solution to monitor its own devices and network. EDS has a layered and scalable security model across all of its outsourcing services to promote the security and protection of client data, and to help meet the necessary compliance and reporting requirements to those clients.

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Diversinet Signs Licensing Agreement With Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Diversinet Corp., a provider of mobile authentication security and access solutions, has signed a licensing agreement with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) for Diversinet’s MobiSecure™ Wallet and Vault security products.

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Zix Corporation Renews MVP Health Care for Email Encryption Service Contract

MVP Health Care renewed its three-year Email Encryption Service contract for 1,000 users with Zix Corporation, a provider of hosted services for email encryption and e-prescribing services. MVP Health Care provides health insurance and employee benefits to 750,000 members and was recently among the leading health plans in the nation, based on the U.S. News & World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans 2006.

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Danbury Hospital Works with Symantec to Streamline Security Operations and Ensure Compliance

Danbury Hospital is using Symantec Managed Security Services to help ensure its critical patient information is secure, facilitate compliance, and optimize the hospital’s IT budget. Using Symantec Managed Security Services for monitoring and managing its security network, Danbury Hospital has dramatically reduced the number of threats to its network and eliminated the need to hire around-the-clock, in-house security experts.

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Samaritan Health Services Selects Quovadx Financial Interoperability Solutions

Samaritan Health Services, a network of Oregon hospitals, physicians and senior care facilities serving the mid-Willamette Valley and the Central Oregon coast, has selected the QUOVADX(TM) Cash Accelerator Suite and services to power its Financial Interoperability solutions, including INSURENET(R) Hub and INSURENET(R) Direct modules, to provide direct connectivity between the organization and its payer organizations and business partners.

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NextPhase End-of-Life IT Asset Management Services Deployed by Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island (MHRI), a Brown University Medical School teaching and research facility, has selected NextPhase to provide disposal, recycling, and remarketing services for their obsolete IT assets. MHRI maintains highly-secure mechanisms to protect data on existing IT assets, and continually evaluates and upgrades those assets.

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FamilyCare, Inc. Selects HEALTHsuite® from RAM Technologies

RAM Technologies, Inc., a leadingdeveloper of innovative software solutions for healthcare payers, has announced that FamilyCare,Inc. of Portland, Oregon has selected its HEALTHsuite® enterprise administrativesoftware solution to administer the complex needs of its Medicare and Medicaid product offerings.

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Medical X-Ray Center Delivers High-Bandwidth Digital Images with Secure, Reliable, Gigabit Wireless Connectivity from BridgeWave Communications

BridgeWave Communications, the leading supplier of gigabit wireless solutions, announced that Medical X-Ray Center, a state-of-the-art radiology center serving hospitals and clinics throughout South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, has deployed both BridgeWave AR60 and AR80 gigabit wireless links to extend high-speed network connectivity to remote sites while ensuring seamless, secure access to an all-digital Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS) and customized patient treatment plans.

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Sybase iAnywhere Technology Selected By Peoplefirst Rehabilitation

Sybase iAnywhere announced that its Afaria® frontline management and security technology has been selected by Peoplefirst Rehabilitation for its more than 6,200 therapists across the country. Peoplefirst Rehab developed the Mobile application for its therapists to document daily activities at the point of care, with the ability to synchronize data at regular intervals. Afaria will be used to centrally manage, secure and regularly update the application on Windows Mobile 5 devices used by Peoplefirst therapists. Using the Afaria Security Manager component, Peoplefirst will also be able to ensure that patient information is kept confidential and remains compliant with HIPAA regulations.

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Good Samaritan Hospital Board of Governors Approves Implementationof Paperless Medical Record

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Board of Governors approved a $1.1 million investment in McKesson’s Horizon PatientFolder, information technology that will create and operate the paperless medical record system. PresidentBush has called upon all healthcare providers to have electronic medical records that can communicate withone another by 2014. This system will help the hospital meet that goal a full seven years before the deadline.

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Asante Health System Selects Sentillion For Single Sign-On

After demonstrating that its single sign-on (SSO) solution can integrate quickly and easily with all types of applications and, most importantly, can do so at a competitive price, Sentillion today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Asante Health System (Asante), an award-winning healthcare organization in southern Oregon, which operates one of the nation's top cardiovascular facilities.

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HIPAA Security Guidance for Remote Use of and Access to Electronic Protected Health Information

CMS has released guidance for remote use of protected health information. This document is intended to provide HIPAA covered entities with general information on the risks and possible mitigation strategies for remote use of Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI).

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Community General Hospital and Pervasive SolutionsProtect Patient Heath Information

Syracuse’s Community General Hospital has teamed withRochester-based Pervasive Solutions, LLC to implement their Secure Email service. All outgoing emails willnow pass through Pervasive Solutions’ servers which will automatically encrypt any emails containingProtected Health Information (PHI).

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Olympia Medical Center Goes Live with Martti™ Interpretation Service

Language Access Network (OTC: LANW) is now providing live video interpretation services at Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. The service, known as Martti (My Accessible Real-Time Trusted Interpreter), is now available free to patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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EHNAC Approves Candidacy Status for Post-N-Track Corporation

Post-N-Track Corporation has been approved by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) for the EHNAC accreditation process. In Maryland and New Jersey, EHNAC accreditation is required of any entity processing healthcare transactions on behalf of healthcare organizations located in those states.

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Healthvision Signs Agreement with North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) To Build an Interoperable Health Information Exchange System

Healthvision®, a leading health information technology solutions company, will provide the Healthvision Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) platform, in combination with electronic medical or health record (EMR / EHR) applications from NextGen® and Allscripts®, to North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP). NTSP is a multi-specialty Independent Physician Association (IPA) based in Fort Worth, Texas, with 600 member physicians serving approximately 15,000 patients every day.

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Presbyterian Healthcare Deploys Array Networks for Instantaneous and Secure Remote Access

Array Networks Inc., a leading provider of optimized and secure universal access solutions, announced that Presbyterian Healthcare Services has deployed both Array's SSL VPN, and server load balancing solutions for instantaneous remote access. Array's powerful combination provides Presbyterian with a scalable and secure web-based portal, which allows authorized users to quickly access information essential in its day-to-day business operations.

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University of Michigan Health System Rolls Out Sentillion's Single Sign-On Solution To 19,000 Computer Users

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) has successfully completed an implementation of Sentillion's single sign-on solution for more than 19,000 individuals across multiple facilities. This large-scale deployment includes three hospitals, 30 health centers and 120 outpatient clinics. By leveraging Sentillion's strong authentication, single sign-on and context management solutions, UMHS has been able to improve caregiver adoption of its clinical information systems by making it easier for them to access applications while improving security and protection of patient information and overall patient safety.

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Northside Women’s Specialists Relies on OPESNET for Secure Wireless Network

OPESNET Corporation has successfully implemented a secure, wireless network environment for Northside Women’s Specialists’ four office locations in the Metro Atlanta area. Serving women for more than thirty years, Northside is one of the leading and most well-established, comprehensive women’s healthcare practices in the Southeast.

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State of Oregon Department of Human Services Selects SugarCRM to Achieve HIPAA Compliance

SugarCRM Inc., the world's leading provider of commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM) software, has added the State or Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), the largest state agency in Oregon, to its growing list of customers. DHS, which employs 9,500 people and controls a $10.7 billion budget, oversees child welfare, senior and disability services, Medicaid and public health in the state of Oregon. DHS selected SugarCRM to improve communications with 35,000 healthcare providers within the state and to achieve compliance with federal regulations.

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Rockingham Memorial Hospital Deploys EMC Storage for Core Clinical Systems

Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Virginia has deployed EMC Corporation's CLARiiON® CX3 storage systems and EMC NetWorker™ and EMC SnapView™ backup software to provide the capacity and performance needed for its core clinical and financial systems.

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Edifecs Announces Agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Stellent, Inc., a global provider of content management solutions, announced that Premera Blue Cross, a health benefits company serving more than 1.6 million members in the Western United States, has scaled Stellent Universal Content Management™ across its enterprise. Specifically, the Stellent system serves as the content foundation for Premera’s four public Web sites, four types of portals (seven in total), company intranet, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) document repository.

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Less Than 25% of Medical Privacy Complaints Merit HHS Investigation, Melamedia Seminar Reveals

Less than a quarter of the total medical privacy complaints lodged with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were deemed eligible for further federal investigation of the targeted healthcare organizations covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Melamedia, LLC reported today in its 3rd Annual Review of Medical Privacy and Security Enforcement.

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Maine Community Hospital Inoculates E-Mail Network against Spam, Using Espion’s Interceptor

Down East Community Hospital, a health care organization serving the residents of two northeastern Maine counties, today reported it has successfully stemmed the inflow of e-mail spam, using the Interceptor™ email security appliance from Espion International The hospital reported that from November 7-December 4, 2006, Espion’s Interceptor averaged an accuracy rate of greater than 99.99 percent in preventing spam messages from reaching Down East Community Hospital during this period.

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Premera Blue Cross Scales Stellent Universal Content Management Across Enterprise

Stellent, Inc., a global provider of content management solutions, announced that Premera Blue Cross, a health benefits company serving more than 1.6 million members in the Western United States, has scaled Stellent Universal Content Management™ across its enterprise. Specifically, the Stellent system serves as the content foundation for Premera’s four public Web sites, four types of portals (seven in total), company intranet, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) document repository.

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Innovative IT Goes Hand in Hand With Advanced Patient Care and Rapid Growth for PT Solutions

As data breach threats continue to become commonplace, a recent Entrust, Inc. survey discovered that most responding organizations aren't doing enough to protect sensitive customer information used by their mobile workforce and agree that technology solutions can help correct the problem. The 2006 Entrust Mobile Workforce Survey found that 98 percent of respondents state their organization allows remote access to their corporate networks, and 36 percent of employees carry laptops and other mobile devices that contain sensitive corporate data and customer information.

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Wayne Memorial Hospital Selects Colubris to Power Next-Generation Wireless Healthcare Applications and Services

Colubris Networks, Inc., the leading global provider of intelligent wireless LANs for enterprises and service providers, today announced that Wayne Memorial Hospital has selected the Colubris Intelligent Mobility System (CIMS) as its WLAN infrastructure for next-generation wireless healthcare applications and services.

Serving patients in northeastern Pennsylvania and parts of New York, Wayne Memorial Hospital selected Colubris based on its ability to deliver superior security, reliability, and ease of management and access. With these capabilities, Wayne Memorial will deploy a variety of new applications and services that improve patient care, privacy, and service while reducing administration costs.

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Sharp HealthCare Goes Live with Vontu

Vontu, Inc., the leader in Data Loss Prevention solutions, today announced that Sharp HealthCare, a seven- hospital, 1,800-bed health network located in the metropolitan San Diego area, has selected and implemented Vontu 6.0 to protect the group's sensitive patient and employee information. Sharp evaluated several solutions and selected Vontu 6.0 for its ability to protect both data in motion and data at rest, as well as its platform scalability and remediation workflow. Vontu 6.0 enables Sharp HealthCare to automate data loss prevention policies and support compliance with data privacy regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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WellStar Partners with Wandering WiFi to Offer Patients Free Internet Access

Wandering WiFi, a wireless technology solutions provider, announced today it has successfully integrated its high-security solution with WellStar Health System’s existing wireless network to offer patients and visitors free Internet access at all five of its hospitals. Using the virtual local area network (VLAN) technology already in place and integrating a virtual private network (VPN), Wandering WiFi was able to add an encryption layer to WellStar’s existing secure network to separate official hospital information from traffic generated by hotspot users.

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U.S. Corporations Face Mobile Device Compliance and Security Risks, New Study Reveals

The dramatic growth in the use of mobile devices in the workplace exposes many corporations to the risk of regulatory compliance violations and security threats, the newest study from the Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum reveals - and corporate executives are largely to blame. The research, sponsored by InfoExpress, Nokia and Sybase, reveals that while most businesses are integrating mobility into their organization, too few have policies in place to protect mobile device content for compliance and security purposes and fewer still have measures in place to enforce those policies.

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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Improves Patient Data Security with Vontu

Vontu, Inc., the leader in Data Loss Prevention solutions, announced that Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a full-service health benefits company serving members throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, has selected Vontu 6.0 to reduce risk and enable improved regulatory compliance. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care plans to use Vontu to discover and protect confidential data on its corporate network, monitor and prevent confidential data from leaving the network, and automatically enforce data loss prevention policies.

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State Leadership and Sustainable Business Models Are Vital for the Future Success Of Health Information Exchanges

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (the “Center”), a part of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, released two point-of-view reports that provide insight into Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) – multi-stakeholder organizations that enable the secure exchange and use of electronic health information. The first report, titled “States’ Role in Health Information Exchanges,” outlines several reasons why state governments are in an excellent position to lead other health care stakeholders in developing an HIE network model that will allow disparate, public and private health care clinical and business systems to connect and securely share health information data.

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PACSGEAR Introduces MediaSuite at the Johns Hopkins Hospital

PACSGEAR, Inc., a provider of document and multimedia solutions for medical image management, announced the successful introduction of PACSGEAR MediaSuite™ at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a world-renowned medical center headquartered in Baltimore. MediaSuite scans paper and includes electronic forms; digitizes plain film; and sends multimedia images such as JPEG and AVI/MPEG to any PACS from any department. MediaSuite features the ability to read external CDs created by the top ten vendors listed in the 2005 “Best in KLAS™” PACS report by KLAS Enterprises, LLC.

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Memorial Healthcare System Rolling Out Sentillion's Single Sign-On Solution To 7,000 Users

Sentillion, Inc. announced that Memorial Healthcare System, a four time recipient of the "100 Most Wired Hospitals" award and one of South Florida's leading healthcare systems, is engaged in an enterprise-wide deployment of Sentillion's single sign-on (SSO) capabilities. This expansion follows the daily use of Sentillion's single sign-on and single patient selection capabilities within each of Memorial's five hospital pharmacies for several years.

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New Mexico Heart Institute Selects Phoenix Health Systems for Comprehensive Compliance Outsourcing Services

New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI), Albuquerque, NM, has signed an agreement with Phoenix Health Systems for corporate compliance outsourcing services. Phoenix, a premier provider of integrated professional and technical services focused on the business goals of healthcare organizations, announced that it will manage NMHI’s Corporate Compliance Department, offering a full suite of regulatory compliance functions including planning, review/audit, training and awareness, standards of conduct, a compliance hotline, HIPAA privacy assessment and regulatory reporting.

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New York-Presbyterian Selects Patient Care Technology Systems’ Automatic Tracking Software for Perioperative Services

Patient Care Technology Systems announced that New York-Presbyterian Hospital has selected Amelior ORTracker® automatic tracking software to improve the efficiency of surgical care throughout its perioperative department. The software will be used to communicate the location of patients and mobile medical equipment in its perioperative department, receiving & post-anesthesia care units, and sterile support services.

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Juniper Networks to Secure Data Center for Israel’s Largest Healthcare Organization

Juniper Networks, Inc. is supplying integrated firewall/VPN devices to Clalit Health Services, Israel's largest health services provider, to protect data center operations and approximately 1,000 servers. The Juniper solution provides secure access between the data center and Clalit's hospitals, dental surgeries and clinics to simplify network deployment and security policy enforcement.

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Organizations Cite Data Encryption as Best Strategy in New Entrust Survey

As data breach threats continue to become commonplace, a recent Entrust, Inc. survey discovered that most responding organizations aren't doing enough to protect sensitive customer information used by their mobile workforce and agree that technology solutions can help correct the problem. The 2006 Entrust Mobile Workforce Survey found that 98 percent of respondents state their organization allows remote access to their corporate networks, and 36 percent of employees carry laptops and other mobile devices that contain sensitive corporate data and customer information.

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Fortis Selects Vordel To Secure and Manage its SOA-based Insurance Agent Distribution Channel

Fortis Insurance Netherlands has deployed an enterprise-wide licence of Vordel's award winning XML gateway, VordelSecure. Vordel is providing the secure framework for the rollout of products and services online to Fortis' 8,000 strong network of independent insurance vendors.

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Air Force Awards Fortify Software Contract to Provide Application Security Assurance

Fortify Software Inc., themarket-leading provider of security products that help companies identify,manage and remediate software vulnerabilities to mitigate enterprisesecurity risk, today announced that it has been awarded a contract toprovide application security assurance services to the United States AirForce (USAF).

Under the agreement, Fortify Software professional servicesstaff will conduct on-site analysis of mission-critical software beingmanaged, developed, and distributed by the Sensors Directorate of the AirForce Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohioand deployed to all Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance ComputingCenters as part of the DoD Software Protection Initiative.

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Standards Panel Delivers Interoperability Specifications to Support Nationwide Health Information Network

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), a multi-stakeholder group facilitating the development of interoperable healthcare data standards for the United States, recently recommended to the American Health Information Community (AHIC) three interoperability specifications in the areas of electronic health records, biosurveillance, and consumer empowerment.

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Juniper Networks to Secure Data Center for Israel’s Largest Healthcare Organization

Juniper Networks, Inc. is supplying integrated firewall/VPN devices to Clalit Health Services, Israel's largest health services provider, to protect data center operations and approximately 1,000 servers. The Juniper solution provides secure access between the data center and Clalit's hospitals, dental surgeries and clinics to simplify network deployment and security policy enforcement.

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MemorialCare Selects EpicTide FairWarning for Enterprise Patient Privacy Auditing

EpicTide, Inc., a leading provider of security solutions for the healthcare industry, announced today that MemorialCare®, the West’s second largest community hospital campus, has selected EpicTide FairWarning 2.0® for enterprise patient privacy auditing and information security monitoring. MemorialCare®, based in Long Beach, Calif., is recognized as one of the top integrated healthcare systems in America (Verispan 100) and one of the most technologically advanced healthcare providers in the U.S. (Healthcare’s Most Wired 100).

“By partnering with EpicTide, MemorialCare is taking a leadership role in protecting our patients’ privacy,” said Lynn H. Grieves, chief compliance officer of Memorial Health Services.

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InStar Systems International, Inc. Enters into Agreement with Texas Healthcare Network

InStar Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of a range of radiology practice management solutions for the diagnostic imaging industry, announced today that the company has entered into an agreement with Texas Healthcare Network (THN) for the provision of its radiology information system (RIS).

Under the agreement, THN, which provides an array of technologies to healthcare organizations with less than 200 beds in Texas, will make InStar’s top-rated radiology information system (RIS) available to its member base. This will enable more than 50 member organizations covered under the THN umbrella to easily access InStar’s RIS, as needed, through a co-op of information technology services offered through THN.

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Electronic Health Records Still Not Routine Part of Medical Practice, Says New Study

In the most comprehensive study to date that reliably measures the state of electronic health record (EHR) use by doctors and hospitals, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and George Washington University (GWU) estimate that one in four doctors (24.9 percent) use EHRs to improve how they deliver care to patients. However, less than one in 10 are using what experts define as a "fully operational" system that collects patient information, displays test results, allows providers to enter medical orders and prescriptions, and helps doctors make treatment decisions.

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HIPAA Security Rule Compliance Remains Low

Most "covered entities" have complied to some extent with most of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, but Security Rule compliance remains low among healthcare providers. Though the deadline for compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule passed over a year ago, 80 percent of payers and only 56 percent of providers who responded to the US Healthcare Industry HIPAA Summer 2006 Survey have implemented the Security standards. Of those claiming full compliance with the Security Rule, gaps remain; many "compliant" Providers and Payers could not confirm that they had implemented all key Security standards.

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Fallon Community Health Plan Offers its Network Providers Free Direct Connectivity With Post-N-Track

Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP) has signed an agreement with Post-N-Track Corporation to provide a free web services-based solution that enables the direct submission of claims by its network providers. Physicians’ offices, hospitals, labs and billing companies can now submit their claims online with direct delivery to FCHP, and receive immediate confirmation of receipt. Post-N-Track® is offered at no cost to providers in the FCHP network. Effective immediately, all providers may submit their claims utilizing this simple, secure, and HIPAA-compliant solution.

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GlassHouse Transitions HIP USA to Secure, Centralized Data Backup Environment

From strategy and design to full implementation, major regional health insurer Health Insurance Plans of New York (HIP USA) worked with GlassHouse Technologies to transform its decentralized data backup schematic to a custom-designed infrastructure that provides a secure, reliable foundation for the company's business and regulatory compliance operations. HIP USA medical insurance plans serve approximately 1.4 million individuals in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Due to recent growth through acquisitions, HIP USA inherited diverse data storage and backup systems which required individual management.

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North Dakota Establishes a Single System for State Government Information with FileNet Enterprise Content Management

FileNet Corporation, a provider of Enterprise Content and Business Process Management solutions, announced that the State of North Dakota has implemented a government-wide ECM solution built on the FileNet P8 platform. Additionally, the company announced that the State declared FileNet Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions as a standard for all state government agencies’ business process, imaging, records and content management requirements - becoming the tenth state in the nation to do so.

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Health Access Solutions Licenses Access Express Software To Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Health Access Solutions, the software marketing division of Pacific Partners Management Services, Inc. (PPMSI), announced that Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) has selected their web-based Access Express(tm)software to automate health system managed care communications. Beginning next month,Access Express will manage and track authorizations and referrals for 60,000 Valley Health PlanHMO members and 200,000 additional SCVMC patients covered by public programs or privateinsurance. This extends the existing business relationship between Valley Health Plan and PacificPartners Management Services, Inc.

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Zix Corporation Email Encryption Services Selected by Jewish Health and Home

Zix Corporation, a provider of hosted services for email encryption and e-prescribing, announced that Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System (JHHLS) has signed a three-year contract for ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service to protect outbound communication for 1,100 users. "ZixCorp's impressive client list and success rate in the healthcare sector gave us confidence with our email encryption decision," said Peter Bloom, director of IT technical services, telecommunications and corporate ISO for JHHLS. "Patient confidentiality is at the forefront of our concerns and we needed a solution that was easy to use and flexible. Using a hosted email encryption service allowed us to secure our communications and protect our patients with little work required on our end. ZixCorp was encrypting our email in less than 24 hours."

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Zix Corporation Selected by The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, which operates one of the most extensive ear, nose and throat clinics in the nation, has signed a three-year contract for Zix Corporation's Email Encryption Service.

"ZixCorp is a known leader for hosted encryption service in the healthcare industry," said Don Ushak, director of information systems for New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. "As a leading healthcare organization, we have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards, especially where patient confidentiality and security are concerned. ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service will help us meet and exceed these standards, allowing our organization to take a proactive approach to protecting sensitive information."

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Oakwood Healthcare System Signs up for Single Sign-On

Oakwood Healthcare System (OHS), a southeast Michigan healthcare provider, has selected Sentillion to improve security and enhance HIPAA compliance through the implementation of the Vergence single sign-on and context management solutions. OHS will provide Vergence to its 10,000 users as the organization looks to improve access to its current heterogeneous application set, including their legacy electronic patient record system, Siemens INVISION® and Microsoft® Outlook®, and paves the way for the impending implementation of GE Centricity® Enterprise (formerly IDX® Carecast™).

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Selects Portico® NPI Solution

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) has selected Portico Systems' NPI to facilitate compliance with the National Provider Identifier (NPI) as mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. BCBSMA represents the fifth large Blue Cross Blue Shield plan to date that is implementing the Portico NPI solution. Portico Systems and EDS are implementing Portico® NPI for BCBSMA.

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Provision Networks Helps the US Department of Veterans Affairs with Application Delivery and Remote Access

The Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) has selected Provision Network's Provision Management Framework(R) for enterprise application and desktop delivery, enabling the agency to centralize access to and storage of medical records in further compliance with HIPAA regulations.

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LifeBridge Health Prescribes EMC Information Infrastructure

LifeBridge Health deployed an EMC Corporation's information infrastructure to support its backup, archive and recovery strategies and drive its paperless initiative for cost-efficient patient care and streamlined IT administration in a continuously growing 24x7 environment.

Chris Panagiotopoulos, LifeBridge Health's Director of Technology, said, "We've been moving to a paperless environment to automate orders for medications, diagnostic tests and ancillary services. Having the flexibility to add storage, reallocate it from one host to another and support complete disaster recovery has been critical."

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ProHealth Care Standardizes on Citrix for Improved Web and Client/Server Application Delivery

ProHealth Care, a healthcare system serving Wisconsin residents in the Milwaukee area, has standardized on Citrix Systems, Inc.'s products as the most effective way to remotely deliver mission-critical applications to physicians and their medical staff offices. By implementing Citrix Presentation Server™ for client-server applications and Citrix® NetScaler® for web applications, ProHealth Care is able to ensure that all business applications have the fastest performance, highest security and lowest possible cost, regardless of the application type. By eliminating many of the traditional problems of application delivery, ProHealth Care has been free to implement innovative new ways to improve data sharing among its caregivers through its Virtual Electronic Health Record initiative.

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Global Healthcare Alliance Deploys Array Networks for Secure Network Access and Application Optimization

Global Healthcare Alliance has deployed Array Networks' SPX SSL VPN and Application Acceleration solutions. This combination from Array enables Global Healthcare to streamline network management while providing its users and customers with the industries fastest, on-demand secure universal access.

Arrays' SSL VPN enables Global Healthcare Alliance to offer its users high-performance, real-time universal access to the network, whether working internally, or from remote locations such as the home or a tradeshow. The high-performance SSL VPN delivers the shortest delay in the industry, giving Global Healthcare's employees and customers a true in-office experience, which in turn saves them substantial time no matter where they are accessing the Global Healthcare Alliance network.

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Research Highlights Increased Need for Single Sign-On Technology in the Healthcare Industry

Implementing single sign-on is a critical step in driving both electronic health record adoption and simplifying access to the applications required to improve patient care, according to a new healthcare IT study by HIMSS Analytics. Sponsored by Novell®, the study underscores the importance of a long term, comprehensive strategy around password management that addresses both healthcare and non-healthcare applications. The study concludes that single sign-on can be a valuable tool for healthcare organizations worldwide seeking to balance patient privacy with the need for access to patient health records.

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California Hospital Upgrades Data Network With AT&T Services

El Camino Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital ranked as a quality patient-safety leader in California and the United States, has signed adata services contract with AT&T. Under the terms of the five-year contract, AT&T will be the primary data services provider, delivering AT&T OPT-E-MAN® service and Internet service to the newly opened three-story 66,000-square-foot Melchor Medical Office Building on the hospital campus. Additionally, AT&T will supply managed security services, such as intrusion prevention, enhanced firewall administration and network management.

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CBaySystems Awarded Multiyear Contract With University HealthSystem Consortium

CBaySystems a leading provider of transcription services to the health care industry, has been awarded a contract by University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). Under terms of this contract, CBay will provide a full array of integrated medical transcription services, including dictation capture, medical transcription, and Web-based document management as one of two awarded providers to UHC's alliance of academic heath centers across the United States.

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Perot Systems and Catholic Healthcare Partners Sign 10-Year Technology Services Agreement

Perot Systems Corporation and Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP) have entered into a new 10-year technology services agreement. Financial details of the contract were not disclosed. Under terms of the agreement, Perot Systems will operate CHP's centralized clinical and administrative systems, and will also consolidate two CHP data centers into a new Perot Systems facility. "The increased efficiency and high quality of data security and support offered by Perot Systems will help Catholic Healthcare Partners focus on what we do best -- providing top quality patient care in the communities where we serve," said Rebecca Sykes, senior vice president, chief information officer of Catholic Healthcare Partners.

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AMICAS and Affinity Health System Announce Successful Image Management Partnership

Affinity Health System, Appleton, Wis., has successfully deployed AMICAS Vision Series PACS as their image management platform across three hospitals and numerous affiliated clinics. Affinity Health System is a network of 20 clinics, three hospitals, a long-term care facility and a health plan serving Northeast Wisconsin. Affinity Health System offers a broad variety of locations and services to ensure access and services for the entire spectrum of health care needs. Affinity Health System has successfully deployed the AMICAS Vision Series PACS platform at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Mercy Medical Center and Calumet Medical Center.

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Zix Corporation Selected by Albert Einstein Healthcare Network for Email Encryption

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, a private, not-for-profit Philadelphia-based health system with six major facilities and many outpatient centers, has signed a three-year contract for ZixCorp's Email Encryption Service for 5,200 users.

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Companies Still Using Costly Manual Processes To Comply With Multiple Regulations

Most corporations are not reaching acceptable levels of compliance, even as they spend more to implement multiple compliance mandates, according to the ControlPath Compliance Progress Survey. Managing compliance for regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, GLBA, and PCI is still highly manual and follows disparate processes for each regulatory compliance mandate boosting the cost of compliance to an all-time high.

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Lack of Accountability, Resources at Root of U.S. Corporate Data Loss Problem

Nearly two-thirds of security executives believe they have no way to prevent a data breach, according to the latest industry research by privacy and information management research firm the Ponemon Institute. What's more, most respondents believe their organizations lack the accountability and resources necessary to enforce data security policy compliance. These results were derived from a national survey on information security professionals' experiences in detecting and preventing the leakage of sensitive or confidential information to unauthorized parties, both outside and inside an organization, by the Ponemon Institute and PortAuthority Technologies, Inc.

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State of California's Department of Health Services Implements Pervasive Software for HIPAA Compliance, Cost Savings

The California Department of Health Services (CDHS) has successfully implemented Pervasive Software Inc.'s Business Integrator to achieve federal compliance for HIPAA transactions and ensure uninterrupted medical coverage for more than three million Californians. Pervasive's software, which provides a programmatic data transformation software solution, will handle approximately 10 million transactions per month and is embedded within the medical benefits programs that run on the state's mainframe.

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California Conservation and Liquidation Office Chooses Coveo

The California Conservation and Liquidation Office (CLO) has chosen Coveo Solutions Inc.'s Enterprise Search (CES) to streamline the audit process, support SOX and HIPAA compliance. "As a highly regulated entity, we are in a constant state of audit so we needed a search engine that was highly secure, highly accurate, yet easy to use for both users and auditors", said Mohammed Mojabi, IT networks operations manager. "Coveo Enterprise Search is very straight forward, easy to implement, and gets the job done."

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Elder Health Selects Foundry Networks for Complete Network Redesign

Elder Health, a provider of simplified and affordable Medicare Advantage health plans in four states plus Washington, D.C., has redesigned their network infrastructure with Foundry Networks Inc.'s high-performance switches to improve network control, increase reliability and leverage the benefits of Power over Ethernet (PoE) throughout their distributed locations.

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Lake Forest Hospital Deploys F5's FirePass® SSL VPN for Secure Remote Access and HIPAA Compliance

Lake Forest Hospital (LFH) has deployed F5 Networks Inc.'s FirePass® SSL VPN product to provide hospital physicians, nurses, engineers, and administrative employees secure remote access to its state-of-the-art medical and administrative network applications. Through FirePass, physicians are now able to consult with nurses when working from their homes, offices, or traveling-enabling medical professionals to deliver more efficient healthcare.

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eGistics, Inc. Supports Azima Health Services' Physician Revenue Cycle Automation and Management Solutions

eGistics, Inc. and Azima Health Services announced a long-term agreement in which eGistics will provide hosted image and data archival, management, and delivery services to support the new release of Azima's Chart-Mover(TM) solution and advance its unique approach to revenue cycle automation and management. eGistics will support capabilities in Chart-Mover(TM) 2.1 to provide Internet-based document imaging and workflow management to hospitals and hospital-based physician practices. Through its highly scaleable on-demand platform, eGistics provides tailored services that combine technology and tools for image management, workflow processing, rules-based decisioning, and image and data archival.

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Agency Awards $3.7 Million Contract to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Software Firm

All VA computers throughout the agency will be upgraded with enhanced data security encryption systems beginning immediately, according to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson. "I have promised America's veterans that I intend to make VA information security a model of data security and this expedited encryption program is a major step in that direction," said Nicholson. "A system-wide encryption program will be a tremendous step forward in improving the safety and security of sensitive veteran information."

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PGP Encryption Platform Helps Dekalb Medical Center Meet HIPAA Requirements While Cutting Costs

PGP Corporation, a provider of enterprise data security and encryption solutions, announced that DeKalb Medical Center, a Georgia-based hospital system, is using the PGP® Encryption Platform to monitor and secure the privacy of patients’ health records. Protection of "individually identifiable health information" is required by the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). DeKalb Medical Center is using PGP Universal™ for gateway email encryption to securely transfer confidential financial, patient, and billing information to doctors and insurers as well as accounting, third-party billing, and collection companies. The medical center is also using PGP® Command Line to protect files in storage and transit, eliminating the need for a virtual private network.

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Humana Secures Mobile Workforce with Array Networks Healthcare SSL-VPN Deployment

Array Networks, a provider of secure universal access solutions, announced that Humana Inc. is using Array Networks' high-performance SPX5000 SSL VPN system to provide secure system access as it rapidly expands its mobile and remote workforce. That expansion has been fueled primarily by Humana's leadership in providing Medicare prescription drug coverage nationwide. Humana previously relied on IPSec VPN for remote access. Today, Humana is using the SPX5000 SSL VPN as part of a comprehensive data security solution for all mobile and work-at-home associates and to gather detailed information and increase end-point security by enforcing workstation security compliance before remote users are allowed to enter the Humana network.

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Portico Systems Announces Deployment of Portico® PNO by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Portico Systems announced that it has successfully deployed a new state-of-the-art provider platform, the Portico PNO solution, with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), the largest health insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region. Developed by Portico Systems, the Portico PNO Solution is an enterprise-class system for healthcare payers to manage end-to-end Provider Network Operations and provider information.

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Courion Supplies Provisioning Solution to Catholic Healthcare West

Courion® Corporation, the provisioning specialist, today announced CatholicHealthcare West's (CHW) deployment of its Enterprise Provisioning Suite™solution. By leveraging efficiencies afforded by Courion, the healthcare systemof 41 hospitals and medical centers is provisioning its 44,000 plus users,including thousands of temporary hospital staff and volunteers, quickly andsecurely.

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University Hospitals and First Consulting Group Implement $2.5 Million Medical Record System

University Hospitals and First Consulting Group (FCG) announced theimplementation of a new $2.5 million FirstGatewaysTM physician/patient record system to serve the Cleveland market and beyond.

By design, this Internet web portal technology will enable University Hospitals physicians to access patient information and complete medical histories within seconds via a secure Internet server -- from every location where patients are being treated.

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Greene Memorial Hospital to use LiteScape's Collaborative Communications Solutions

Ohio’s Greene Memorial Hospital has selected LiteScape’s collaborativecommunications solutions to help improve staff communications and streamlinecall tracking and billing for patients. Specifically, the hospital staff willbe using LiteScape’s OnCast Directory to search and dial across multiple sites(the hospital also operates the Beavercreek HealthPark facility, also in Ohio).In addition, the hospital will use LiteScape’s CallTrack to provide automatedtracking and billing for patient calls.

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The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services Deploys the Learn.com Learncenter

Learn.com, the global leader in creating and projecting power-on-demand, today announced that the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services has deployed the Learn.com LearnCenter Learning and Performance Management Suite to support HIPAA compliance training throughout the state.

The Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services offers hundreds of services to more than one million people each year. These services are delivered through eleven major divisions and five support offices.

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Announcement to Help Speed Adoption of Electronic Health Records

The first round of ambulatory electronic health record products (EHRs) have been certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced. HHS awarded CCHIT a contract in fall 2005 to develop certification criteria and a certification process.

"This seal of certification removes a significant barrier to wide-spread adoption of electronic health records. It gives health care providers peace of mind to know they are purchasing a product that is functional, and interoperable and will bring higher quality, safer care to patients," Secretary Leavitt said.

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Most States Developing Roadmaps to Support Healthcare Quality Improvements Through Electronic Health Information Exchange

Over half of the states in the U.S. are either initiating planning as a result of state legislation or an executive order or have planning well under-way related to health information technology (HIT) adoption or health information exchange. And an additional seven states are in the process of implementation, according to new survey findings from the eHealth Initiative and its Foundation (eHI).

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Analex Awarded Contract for Indian Health Service Network Operations and Information Security Support

Analex Corporation, a provider of mission-critical professional services to federal government clients, has been awarded two new contracts by the Indian Health Service (IHS) division of the Department of Health and Human Services. Under these contracts, which have a combined total potential value of approximately $15.3 million if all options are exercised, Analex will provide network operations center and information security services for the IHS. The performance period of both contracts is for one year with four additional option years.

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State of Delaware Standardizes on Sigaba Security Solution

The State of Delaware has selected Sigaba, a provider of security software infrastructure and solutions, as the statewide standard for protected information sharing. Issued by Delaware's Department of Technology and Information (DTI) - the authority for implementing statewide and interagency technology solutions, policy, standards, and guidelines - the standard applies to all State communications and computing resources, such as systems associated with e-government and other Internet initiatives.

"The lack of security of standard e-mail, as well as federal regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Sarbanes-Oxley, are making secure communications of sensitive and private information a priority for the State of Delaware," said Delaware CIO Thomas M. Jarrett. "This is part of a larger initiative within the state to safeguard internal communications, as well as that with business partners and citizens."

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BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Deploys Sana Security's Anti-Malware Solution to Secure Critical Information Assets

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina has chosen Sana Security Inc.'s Primary Response(R) to provide immunity from known and unknown information threats. Driven by strict compliance regulations, BlueCross Blue Shield selected Primary Response for instant and constant protection that reduces attack risk, increases system efficiency, and improves visibility without relying on signatures, updates or scanning. Sana's anti-malware software leverages behavior-based heuristics and rules-driven decision making to protect enterprises from zero-day attacks, spyware, keyloggers, rootkits and Trojans.

An independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina provides health insurance to South Carolinians and serves Medicare beneficiaries and the U.S. military TRICARE health plan beneficiaries in numerous states.

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HHS Announces New HIPAA Privacy Decision Tool for Emergency Preparedness Planning

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a new Web-based interactive decision tool designed to assist emergency preparedness and recovery planners in determining how to access and use health information about persons with disabilities consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

"Being able to coordinate health information appropriately and in advance will help save lives," HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. "This new tool strengthens America's ability to better prepare for emergencies such as manmade and natural disasters."

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Zix Corporation Email Encryption Selected by Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative; Network Signs Three-Year Contract for Email Encryption Service

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), the leader in hosted services for email encryption and e-prescribing, today announced that Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) has signed a three-year contract for ZixCorp's award-winning email encryption service.

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Lifespan Selects Vericept to Secure Data and Protected Health Information

Vericept Corporation, the leading provider of comprehensive compliance and content control solutions, today announced that Lifespan, Rhode Island's first Health System, the second largest health network in the state, has selected The Vericept 360-degree Risk Management Platform to protect sensitive patient health information and organization data, ensure compliance regulations and enforce corporate acceptable use policies.

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HCA and Qualis Health Collaborate on Patient Privacy and Security Project; Project Focus Will Be on Security of Interoperable Patient Health Information Networt

Washington state has been awarded a federal contract to determine if its business practices and security and privacy policy support a system that allows patients and medical practices to exchange patient health records electronically, according to the Office of Governor Chris Gregoire and the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA).

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Report Outlines Approach for Secure Online Access to Patient Prescription Drug Records in Time of Disaster

With the nation bracing for the 2006 hurricane season, the Markle Foundation released Lessons from KatrinaHealth, a report outlining lessons learned in posting secure, online information about prescription drug histories of Katrina evacuees in the aftermath of last summer's disaster.

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Rex Hospital Partners with Local High-Tech Wireless Communications Solution Provider

Rex Hospital and Ascom Wireless Solutions Inc. announce a local partnership for improving patient care and increasing patient safety while accelerating the delivery of critical information. Rex Hospital is a 439 bed, all-private-room hospital that has provided superior care to Wake County, NC residents and the surrounding community since 1894. Ascom is a 50 year old on-site wireless communications company based in Switzerland with a local subsidiary headquartered in RTP, NC.

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Mt. Sinai Hospital Ensures Security with Mirage Networks

Mount Sinai Hospital has chosen the Mirage Networks endpoint security solution to secure its network interior.

Mt. Sinai faces IT security challenges common in hospital network environments: devices running on embedded operating systems (OSs), for which the availability of upgrades and patches is often slow, and applications in use that require a server, managed by an external vendor, be placed on the hospital network.

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Samaritan Healthcare Selects Imprivata OneSign ESSO

Samaritan Healthcare, a full-service health care organization located in Moses Lake, Wash., has selected Imprivata OneSign(TM) Enterprise Single Sign-On (ESSO). OneSign ESSO will provide the healthcare institution with the ability to quickly, affordably and securely Single Sign-On (SSO)-enable business-critical applications, allowing the company to achieve increased password security, enhanced employee productivity and reduced IT help desk costs.

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State-of-the-Art Pepin Heart Hospital Goes Live with Sentillion's Vergence(R) Product Suite

Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute (Pepin Heart Hospital) has implemented Sentillion's Vergence® strong authentication, single sign-on, and context management solutions. Pepin Heart Hospital is the most recent addition to the multi-facility University Community Health network and the first digital cardiovascular specialty facility in the Southeast.

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Bluegate Secures Health Care IT Contract with Diabetes Centers of America

Diabetes Centers of America (DCoA) signed an agreement with Bluegate Corp. for healthcare IT support. DCoA offers "first of its kind" advanced technology diabetes treatment and management centers with facilities in Houston's Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, Sugar Land Medical Building I, St. Catherine's Medical Center - Medical Plaza II, Bayshore Medical Center, Northeast Medical Center, and St. John's Medical Center.

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Massachusetts Dental Society Partners with AmeriVault

Massachusetts Dental Society entered into a partnership with AmeriVault Corp. As the Society's preferred vendor, AmeriVault will provide the Society and its members with an online data protection and recovery service to protect data and to fulfill HIPAA compliance mandates.

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Children's Hospital of Orange County Implements High Tower SEM 3210, Addressing Network Security, HIPAA Issues

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) has selected High Tower's SEM 3210 for security event management. CHOC's IT infrastructure must meet particularly stringent security standards, in part due to HIPAA requirements. Hospital IT staffers must carefully monitor security logs to identify and prevent reasonably foreseeable errors and threats resulting from malicious or criminal acts. This also includes monitoring for unauthorized instant messaging, worms and viruses, and other automated attacks or policy violations.

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AHIP Calls for More Time for Successful Transition to New Coding Requirements

America's Health Insurance Plans' (AHIP) President and CEO Karen Ignagni called for a longer period of time in reaction toCongress' discussions regarding improvements to health information technology through the adoption of International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 code sets for identifying medical diagnoses and procedures:

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St. Margaret's Health Thwarts Spam Epidemic, Ensures Business and Regulatory Compliance

St. Margaret's Health, a Catholic hospital facility in Illinois, has awarded a contract to SurfControl toachieve control over inappropriate inbound and outbound Web and e-mail activity contributing to greater employee productivity and a positive work environment. St. Margaret's Health, committed to individual quality care of patients and their families, relies on SurfControl to ensure that employee e-mail and Web-based activities are in strict alignment with both their internal Internet acceptable usage policy (AUP) and the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Samaritan Healthcare Selects Imprivata OneSign ESSO

Samaritan Healthcare, a full-service health care organization located in Moses Lake, Wash., has selected Imprivata Inc.'s OneSign(TM) Enterprise Single Sign-On (ESSO). OneSign ESSO will provide the healthcare institution with the ability to quickly, affordably and securely Single Sign-On (SSO)-enable business-critical applications, allowing the company to achieve increased password security, enhanced employee productivity and reduced IT help desk costs.

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Smart Document Solutions and Banner Health Exceeding Requirements in the Release of Information

Smart Document Solutions (SDS) has revolutionized the Release-of-Information (ROI) industry by providing a standardized, electronic data delivery system to make all healthcare documentation transactions compliant with HIPAA regulations. Processing over 700,000 pages per day, this system has changed the way Banner Health and other healthcare facilities across the country are doing business today.

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Zix Corporation Selected by VHHA Services as Exclusive Email Encryption Vendor

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), the leader in hosted services for email encryption and e-prescribing, announced it has been endorsed as the exclusive authorized email encryption vendor of VHHA Services, Inc., the shared services affiliate of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.

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Rex Hospital Partners with Local High-Tech Wireless Communications Solution Provider

Rex Hospital and Ascom Wireless Solutions Inc. announce a local partnership for improving patient care and increasing patient safety while accelerating the delivery of critical information. Rex Hospital is a 439 bed, all-private-room hospital that has provided superior care to Wake County, NC residents and the surrounding community since 1894. Ascom is a 50 year old on-site wireless communications company based in Switzerland with a local subsidiary headquartered in RTP, NC.

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Kodak Signs Contract With MedAssets Supply Chain Systems for Secure Email Services

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) announced MedAssets Supply Chain Systems has signed an agreement that makes Kodak's Secure Email Services available to more than 25,000 MedAssets customers.

Under the multi-year agreement, MedAssets' customers may begin purchasing KODAK Secure Email Services (SES) to help expedite secure communications between healthcare organizations and their business partners.

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Zix Corporation Selected by McQueary Henry Bowles Troy for Email Encryption Services

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) (Nasdaq:ZIXI) the leader in hosted services for email encryption and e-prescribing, announced that McQueary Henry Bowles Troy, L.L.P. (MHBT), one of the largest privately owned insurance and risk management firms in the United States has signed a three-year contract for ZixVPM (Virtual Private Messenger) and ZixPort email encryption services.

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The University of Texas School of Public Health Selects Xythos for Medical Research Collaboration

Xythos Software, a leading developer of basic content services software, announced that The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston is deploying its software in the first phase of a multi million-dollar project that includes web collaboration. Part of a state-funded public health training initiative, the project calls for Xythos to assist the seventh-largest recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding for schools of public health in the U.S. in implementing a web-based collaboration and resource management solution.

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El Centro Regional Medical Center to Implement MEDHOST's Emergency Department Technology

El Centro Regional Medical Center, located in El Centro, Calif., announced that it will implement MEDHOST's Emergency Department Information System (EDIS). MEDHOST's EDIS supplements hospital emergency departments (ED) with an easy-to-use and proficient technology platform that is proven to drastically improve charge capture, helps increase patient safety and reduces individual wait times. Accompanying its EDIS technologies, MEDHOST will provide El Centro Regional Medical Center with a full suite of consulting, support and training initiatives.

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HASC Encourages Standardization of Patient Health Insurance Identification Cards

To date, health care providers, health plans or payers, government programs and others have issued more than 100 million health identification cards to patients. The Healthcare Administrative Simplification Coalition (HASC), a public/private partnership of organizations committed to reducing the administrative costs and complexity of health care, today announced its support for efforts by the Workgroup on Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) to bring greater uniformity to the information, appearance and technology of those patient ID cards.

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Initiate Systems EMPI Powers RHIOs & NHINs, Helps Protect Privacy and Secure Information Exchange; Delivers 100 Percent Patient Accuracy in MA-SHARE's Connecting for Health Prototype

Initiate Systems, Inc., the recognized standard in enterprise master person index (EMPI) software for the healthcare industry, announced it is providing accurate patient identification capabilities to the most advanced regional and national health information networks. MA-SHARE is using Initiate(TM) software in its work with Connecting for Health, whose three-state prototype, announced in February, has linked approximately 20 million anonymized, clinically accurate medical records associated with 500,000 patients across networks in Massachusetts, Indiana and California.

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Exempla Healthcare Secures Medical Information Over the Web Using Blue Coat Systems

Blue Coat(R) Systems (Nasdaq: BCSI - News), the leader in secure content and application delivery, announced that Colorado-based Exempla Healthcare has deployed the company's high-performance SG appliances in a "reverse proxy" deployment for physicians to remotely connect to a medical center portal with the highest levels of security and the ability to assure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance. The Blue Coat SG appliances protect the portal and its associated medical applications and data and secure connections over the Internet from remote physicians.

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Cogon Systems Chosen to Provide Guidance for Regional Health Data Exchange Efforts

Cogon Systems, Inc., based in Florida, was chosen by The South Florida Health Information Initiative(SFHII) to provide program management and engineering services in supportof the State of Florida's FHIN grant program in the South Florida region.The FHIN grant program was developed to facilitate the development of astatewide privacy- protected health information infrastructure asrecommended by the Governor's Health Information Infrastructure AdvisoryBoard in its 2005 interim report to the Governor.

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Quest Diagnostics' Healthcare Information Technology Subsidiary to Test ePrescribing Technology Standards in Two New Pilot Programs

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX - News), the nation's leading provider of diagnostic laboratory testing, information and services, announced today that its healthcare information technology subsidiary, MedPlus, will test electronic prescribing standards in two new pilot programs starting in May.

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WellPoint Subsidiary Adopts AXIOM's TransSend(TM) Software Solution for Direct Submissions of Healthcare Claims Data

AXIOM Systems, Inc. announced that HealthLink, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WellPoint Health Networks, Inc. (NYSE: WLP - News), the nation's leading health insurance provider, has licensed AXIOM's TransSend(TM) software solution, enabling direct connections between HealthLink's 25,000 physicians and more than 300 hospitals and healthcare facilities and the 200 national and regional insurance carriers that utilize HealthLink's provider network for the transmission and repricing of healthcare claims.

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Odyssey Healthcare Deploys the Learn.com LearnCenter E-Learning Suite to Facilitate Easy Compliance to over 5,000 Employees

Learn.com®, the leader in creating and projecting power-on-demand e-learning, announced that Odyssey HealthCare, one of the nations largest hospice providers has deployed the on-demand LearnCenter e-learning suite to train over 5,000 employees at 80 Medicare-certified hospice programs in 30 states.

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Large Podiatry Group in Southwest Florida Contracts for MDwerks' Advance Funding and Automated Claims Management Solutions

MDwerks, Inc. (OTC BB: MDWK) announced that a large Florida podiatry group has contracted for MDwerks™ advance funding and automated claims management solutions. MDwerks' innovative, Web-based, HIPAA-compliant solutions will serve the group's multiple offices in cities throughout Southwest Florida. MDwerks' breakthrough technology helps physicians and healthcare organizations automate the costly processing and administration of insurance claims and obtain funding as claims are submitted. Claims are cleaned before submission, tracked, paid, and reconciled in a fully integrated secure electronic environment. As a result, doctors can realize substantially.

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Temple University Hospital Chooses AEP Networks and HealthCast to Deliver Web-based, HIPAA-compliant Remote Access to Patient Billing Information

AEP Networks and HealthCast® Inc. have announced a joint solution that secures and controls external access to patient accounts receivable information. The AEP/HealthCast solution provides financial service companies that contract with hospitals secure, web-based read/write access to patient billing records while meeting the demands of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The solution was installed at Temple University Hospital, a hospital within the Temple University Health System (TUHS).

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Study: Big hospitals benefit from health-related IT

Health-related information technology improves the quality of health care for big health-care institutions, but the jury is still out for small hospitals and medical practices, according to a new federal study.

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Survey Shows Need For Renewed Focus on Privacy Efforts

Privacy and security staff say compliance slipping, more support needed

19­The number of hospitals and health systems achieving significant compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations has dropped slightly in the last year according to a survey conducted by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

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Major Insurance Company Deploys ControlGuard Endpoint Security Solution to Secure Customer Data

ControlGuard, a leading provider of endpoint security solutions, today announced at The Twelfth National HIPAA Summit that Clal Insurance has implemented ControlGuard Endpoint Security Solution to protect customer data and proprietary information.

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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Enables Wireless Mobility for Employees and Patients by Choosing Trapeze Networks

Trapeze Networks(TM), the award-winning provider of the wireless LAN (WLAN) Mobility System(TM), today announced that it has been chosen by Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare to fulfill its mandate of wirelessly enabling all of the company's facilities throughout three states. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, the healthcare arm of Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc, headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois, is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization with more than 100 health and shelter organizations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Colorado.

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Inova Health System Selects Vericept for Data Protection

Vericept Corporation, the leading provider of comprehensive compliance and content control solutions, todayannounced that Inova Health System, Northern Virginia's leading not-for-profit health care provider has selected The Vericept 360 Degree Risk Management Platform to protect the health system's confidential patient and organizational data and to ensure the organization is protected against Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations.

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Kansas Community Health Record Initiative Launches

In an effort to enhance quality, cost-effective healthcare delivery, the state of Kansas, in conjunction with Cerner Corp. and FirstGuard, have partnered to launch a Community Health Record (CHR). The initiative, being piloted with the Medicaid population in Sedgwick County, will address many of the challenges that exist in today’s fragmented healthcare system.

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Parkview Health Plan Services to Implement the ikaEnterprise System as Its Total Technology Outsourcing Solution

Parkview Health Plan Services (HPS) a division of Parkview Health, has contracted with ikaSystems to implement its ikaEnterprise system as a technology outsourcing solution. Parkview Health is a not-for- profit, community owned system that is a major Northeast Indiana health care provider. Parkview Health owns seven hospitals with 777 beds and has more than 6,100 employees. Health Plan Services administers the Parkview owned Signature Care PPO with 9,000 providers throughout the State of Indiana and 60,000 members.

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HealthMeans and STHS Partner to Launch Smart Card Solutions for Connecting Rural Healthcare Communities in New RHIO

Southeast Texas Hospital System is an organization consisting of 8 hospitals with associated referring physicians, clinics and other rural health facilities that is committed to improving patient access, quality of care and cost efficiencies among the healthcare providers in the middle Gulf Coast region. This will be the first step towards building a virtually integrated Regional Health Information Organization and is specifically designed to deploy a set of clinically integrated pathways that provide a structured process for identifying and defining quality care, as well as providing a step-by-step guide to measurable positive outcomes.

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LifePlans Turns to Tumbleweed MailGate Email Firewall and MailGate Secure Messenger to Meet HIPAA Requirements; Providing a Highly Scalable and Customizable Solution for Encrypting Outbound Email

Tumbleweed(R) Communications Corp. (Nasdaq:TMWD), a leading provider of email security, managed file transfer, and identity validation appliance and software products, announced that LifePlans, a leader in the Long Term Care (LTC) industry for insurance writers, has implemented the Tumbleweed MailGate(R) Email Firewall and MailGate Secure Messenger(TM) to meet the critical regulatory requirements of HIPAA for privacy and compliance in emails containing protected healthcare information (PHI) by securely encrypting outgoing email messages.

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Geisinger Health System and Vignette Partner to Improve Patient Care Through RHIO Initiative; Healthcare Provider Surpasses Industry and Government Guidelines for Electronic Health Record Access

Well ahead of a key White House executive order to mandate electronic health records (EHR) within 10 years, Geisinger Health System, a leading physician-led healthcare system in Pennsylvania, is partnering with Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN) to build a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO). The RHIO, developed in conjunction with two community hospitals, will provide clinicians anywhere in the region with unprecedented access to a patient's complete electronic health record.

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Cabell Huntington Hospital Implements Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance(TM) to Complete Three-Tier Storage System; Archive Upgrade Provides Industry Compliance and Disaster Recovery Backup

Plasmon (LSE: PLM), the market leader for professional data archival solutions, announced that Cabell Huntington Hospital, a not-for-profit regional referral center located in Huntington, West Virginia, has implemented the Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance as the third tier in its storage system. Cabell Huntington Hospital installed the Plasmon G438 UDO Archive Appliance as part of its upgrade to a new GE Centricity PACS.

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Ohio State University Medical Center Selects HIPAA-Compliant Secured eMail Encryption ProductUnique Solution Safeguards Patient Data -- Increases Productivity

Secured eMail, the developer of secure messaging and encryption technologies, announced that Ohio State University Medical Center has chosen its Secured eMail product to meet HIPAA compliance and ensure secure email transmission of all sensitive and confidential information. Secured eMail provides the highest level of security without the requirement of cumbersome key codes. Users simply click on a single "Send Secured" button within MS Outlook to have their email and any attachments sent encrypted directly to its intended recipient without the possibility of being hacked over the Internet or on servers or gateways.

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StrandVision LLC, a provider of hosted digital signage services, announced that the Bircher Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic of Eau Claire has installed a StrandVision digital signage display in its front lobby.

StrandVision LLC (http://www.strandvision.com), a provider of hosted digital signage services, announced that the Bircher Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic of Eau Claire has installed a StrandVision digital signage display in its front lobby. The digital sign provides a range of general and health information for the clinic's clients.

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Baylor Health Care System Selects Phoenix Health Systems for Information Technology Leadership and Diagnostic Services

Phoenix Health Systems, Inc., a leading provider of consulting services to the healthcare industry, announced that it has been chosen by the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas to provide interim information technology (IT) leadership and perform focused IT diagnostic review services.

Click here to read this article in its entirety.H3>Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Anticoagulation Clinic Chooses DoseResponse Web-Based Anticoagulation Management Software to Improve Clinic Operations

The DoseResponse (R) anticoagulation management software system enables clinics, physician offices and health systems to create efficiency in their daily workflow, effectively manage their patients dosing with codified ACCP guidelines and effectively track compliance and outcomes of individual patients, as well as their entire practice.

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Convergence CT Completes Technology Integration at Kettering Medical Center Network (KMCN)

System consolidates hospital data into a secure Patient Data Warehouse

Citing its need to support existing research and expand its clinical trial program, the Kettering Medical Center Network (KMCN) has successfully completed the integration of Convergence CT'sDB*FOCUS(TM) product suite into its technology infrastructure. DB*FOCUS(TM), an innovative product that consolidates and manages patient health data for medical groups, hospitals, and clinics, affords Kettering and otherhealthcare providers a secure patient data repository that automatically downloads data from one or more data sources. It separates Protected Health Information (PHI) and de-identified patient data, encrypts the data, and provides researchers and analysts access to this data through a secure, web-based management system.

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Aurora Health Care Selects Lancope's StealthWatch for Internal Network Security; Scalable Network Behavior Analysis and Response Ensures HIPAA Compliance

Lancope, Inc., the pioneer and market leader in network behavior analysis (NBA) and response solutions with the most enterprise customers, announced Aurora Health Care, a Wisconsin integrated health care provider, has successfully deployed the StealthWatch System to ensure internal network security across its widely distributed network. As the second-largest private employer in Wisconsin, Aurora Health Care has 25,000 employees, 13 hospitals, over 90 clinics and more than 120 pharmacies across eastern Wisconsin.

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OnFiber to Deliver Purpose-Built Network for Virginia Hospital Center

OnFiber's Solution, Driven by AdaptiveBuild(R), Supports the Hospital's Disaster Recovery Infrastructure and Clinical Applications

OnFiber Communications, the premier source for purpose-built networks, announced that it is delivering a custom-built secure network that provides the critical disaster recovery infrastructure for Virginia Hospital Center. The converged transport solution will support storage, IP, data, voice and other clinical applications for the Arlington-based Hospital.

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Hattiesburg Clinic Chooses Misys Healthcare Systems to Cost Effectively Manage Processes for Increased Clinical and Financial Performance

Misys Healthcare Systems, a market leader in healthcare IT, announced that Hattiesburg Clinic has selected Misys Radiology(TM), an industry-leading radiology information system and member of the Misys Optimum(TM) family of clinical products and Web-based technologies. Hattiesburg Clinic will use Misys Radiology to improve patient care, greatly increase operational efficiency and improve system performance within the diagnostic imaging department.

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Geisinger Health System Selects Sun Microsystems to Improve Healthcare through Pennsylvania Regional Health Information Organization

At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced that Geisinger Health System selected Sun to power several major components of its Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in Pennsylvania. The Geisinger RHIO will initially connect three area hospitals, enabling them to electronically share health information and laboratory results, with a planned expansion to up to eight additional health systems within three years. Geisinger's ultimate goal is to join with other statewide RHIOs to form a larger coalition that will eventually connect into the National Health Information Network (NHIN). Regional networks are considered a critical step in developing the NHIN -- a primary goal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many Congressional leaders.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Selects CounterStorm to Ensure Internal Network Security; CounterStorm-1 Protects New York State's Largest and Most Comprehensive Hospital System from Targeted and Zero-Day Attacks

CounterStorm, Inc., the maker of the only internal network security solution that effectively stops zero-day and targeted attacks in seconds, announced that NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has selected the CounterStorm-1 product to protect the hospital's internal network. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is one of the foremost integrated academic health centers in the world, with approximately 15,000 employees across several campuses within and outside New York City.

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California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO) Announces Year Two Plans

The California Regional Health Information Organization, CalRHIO (calrhio.org), marked its successful first year with release of an aggressive 2006 agenda that promises to take California patients significantly closer to having secure electronic health records that are accessible when and where they are needed. CalRHIO is a collaborative statewide initiative to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of health care through the use of information technology and secure data exchange.

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Novell Helps Catholic Healthcare West Strengthen Security and Compliance Initiatives, Reduce Costs

Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) announced that Catholic Healthcare West, a 9,500-bed hospital system, hasimplemented a Novell(R) solution to increase security and strengthen itscompliance initiatives. The organization centralized identity management withNovell Identity Manager 3 to ensure only authorized users have access topatient data in accordance with HIPAA regulations, reducing administrationtime by 70 percent. The hospital system also anticipates saving $1.5 millionby deploying Novell's SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server for a more flexible,open environment.

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Allscripts Selected to Participate in CCHIT Pilot Study; Company Continues Leadership Role in Driving National Initiatives

From the floor of the 2006 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Allscripts (Nasdaq:MDRX), the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, announced that the Company has been selected to participate in the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology's (CCHIT) Pilot Study, designed to gauge the testability of CCHIT's certification criteria for the functionality, interoperability and security of ambulatory electronic health records (EHR) and to demonstrate the effectiveness of its process.

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Digital Persona Delivers MultiCare Healthcare System with Fingerprint Authentication to Enable Secure and Convenient Access

Biometric Technology Enables Healthcare Worker Authentication, Tracking for Regulations Compliance Processes and Alleviates Password Management in Shared Environments

Digital Persona, Inc. the leading provider of biometric authentication solutions for enterprise networks and commercial applications, announced that Washington based non-profit healthcare provider MultiCare Healthcare System has selected Digital Persona's enterprise solutions DigitalPersona® Pro Kiosk and DigitalPersona Pro. The newly acquired solutions improve access and control for MultiCare's shared computing environments and at nurses' stations. Utilizing the DigitalPersona Pro Kiosk and Pro products, MultiCare will securely authenticate nearly 3000 healthcare practitioners, enhance security, alleviate time consuming password management issues and boost employee productivity in over a dozen MultiCare locations.

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CareGroup Rolls Out Bio-surveillance System Built on InterSystems CACHE Post-Relational Database

InterSystems Corporation announced that CareGroup Healthcare System has gone live at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) with an application that delivers automatic healthcare information updates every 15 minutes to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. The groundbreaking bio-surveillance system, which feeds the CDC with information key to early identification of disease trends, is built on the CACHE post-relational database. InterSystems spotlighted the bio-surveillance implementation at the HIMSS 2006 conference in San Diego, Calif.

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Pulmonary Medical Practice Uses HERAE Payment Processing Solution to Cut Bill-to-Deposit Time Significantly

HERAE's HIPAA Compliant Payment Process Improves Leslie LungConsultant's Bottom-Line with Faster, Electronic Processing of HealthInsurance Payments and Increased Security Measures. HERAE, LLC, a provider of electronic payment processing providingDirect Deposit for Healthcare(TM), announced that Leslie LungConsultants, a pulmonary medical practice, has implemented HERAE to improve collections, reduce the chance for fraud, and speed upbilling-to-deposit time.

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Covenant Health Selects FileKeeper to Protect 3,000 Microsoft Office Users

FileKeeper, Inc., a leading provider of continuous data protectionsoftware for Windows laptop and desktop PCs, announced thatCovenant Health has selected FileKeeper Enterprise to provide real-timedata protection for over three thousand of its Microsoft Office users.

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OhioHealth Deploys Courion's Enterprise Provisioning Suite; Healthcare Provider Automates Its Identity Management Operations and Achieves Consistent Provisioning of Users Across Organization to Meet Stringent Audit Requirements

Courion(R) Corporation, the provisioning specialist, announced thatOhioHealth, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, organizationproviding healthcare services in 46 counties, has selected Courion'sEnterprise Provisioning Suite(TM) to automate its identity managementoperations. Courion will provide secure access to systems for its diverse user population while protecting critical patient information andcomplying with HIPAA regulations. With more than 18,000 physicians,nurses and students accessing patient data, OhioHealth can now beassured that the right people have the right level of access at the right time, so that the medical staff can better focus on patient care.

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American Postal Workers Union Health Plan Implements HEALTHsuite 6.0

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Health Plan has successfully implemented Version 6.0 of HEALTHsuite(R), the innovative healthcare administration and claims processing software solution from RAM Technologies,Inc. The APWU Health Plan implemented HEALTHsuite to administer its Fee-For-Service, PPO, and Consumer Driven benefit options.

HEALTHsuite is a comprehensive benefit administration software solution and claims managementprocessing system designed for health plans and benefit administrators.

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Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Completes 20 Node Ethernet Network With TelCove

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country, andTelCove, a leading provider of business critical telecommunications services to enterprise customers and carriers, today announced an agreement for a 20 node Ethernet network connecting Penn State Hershey Medical Center's core hospital facilities with remote offices and clinics across central Pennsylvania.

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Western North Carolina Health Network to Link 16 Area Hospitals to Electronically Share Critical Patient Information

Western North Carolina Health Network today launched a solution that will link 16 area hospitals together to electronically share critical patient information.

The innovative solution, which was implemented by IBM Global Services and AccessPt., is the first regional health information organization in North Carolina and one of the largest in North America. Four WNCHN hospitals, Angel Medical Center, Haywood Regional Medical Center, Rutherford Hospital and Transylvania Community Hospital, are currently connected, with a total of 16 hospitals scheduled to be linked to the system in the coming months.

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Physicians Applaud Gateway Health System's Move to Imprivata OneSign; Industry's Leading Enterprise Single Sign-on (ESSO) Solution Chosen to Secure Sensitive Patient Data and Speed Access to Vital Applications

Imprivata(R), Inc., the enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) appliance company, announced that Gateway Health System, a family of not-for-profit healthcare facilities, has selected Imprivata OneSign(TM) as its ESSO solution for 1,050 physicians, nurses and administrative staff. Gateway Health System chose Imprivata OneSign, the industry's only ESSO appliance, over other SSO solutions due to its proven track record in the healthcare environment, and the ease of use, implementation, and training for users and IT staff members.

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Bluegate Wins IT Contract with Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Expanding into a new market segment, Bluegate Corp. (OTCBB:BGAT) announced that it has signed an outsourced healthcare IT services agreement with Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (NWOMS). Bluegate is the nation's premier provider of outsourced healthcare IT solutions, professional technology consulting services and the Bluegate Medical Grade Network(TM).

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Army National Guard Bureau Salutes ImageNow Deployment

Perceptive Software Products Facilitate Delivery of Timely Medical Treatment to Troops Worldwide

Perceptive Software, Inc., announced that the Army National Guard Bureau selected ImageNow (R) integrated document management, imaging and workflow to provide instant document access, data security and other benefits that will support the Bureau's medical readiness initiative.

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McKesson Receives EHNAC Reaccreditation for Its Transaction Solutions Hub

Leading Healthcare Software Vendor Achieves Recertification Under New Rigorous Standards

McKesson announced that its EDI clearinghouse, the Transaction Solutions Hub™, has received full reaccreditation by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) for its compliance with industry standards and best practices. With more than 30 years of industry experience, the Transaction Solutions Hub processes more than 500 million healthcare financial transactions annually.

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Trover Foundation Hospital Buys ESPION's [MX]Lock HIPAA Compliance Device

ESPION International, Inc. (OTC: EPLJ), the leader in Artificial Intelligence based Enterprise Solutions, announced that Trover Foundation Hospital has purchased an ESPION Interceptor with ESPION's new email encryption module, [MX]Lock. Beta tests of the [MX]Lock module have also begun at a large Louisiana community bank, a multi-state insurance company, and a national electronic trading facility. Several hospitals and high tech firms are also evaluating the product.

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MedStar Health Chooses Aladdin eToken to Protect Access to Critical Hospital Applications

More than 1,500 MedStar doctors and nurses now rely on eToken to access patient data

Aladdin Knowledge Systems(Nasdaq: ALDN), the worldwide leader in Software Digital Rights Management(DRM) and USB-based authentication solutions, and a leading innovator inenterprise secure content management, announced that MedStar Health, a$2.7 billion non-profit, community-based healthcare organization serving theBaltimore/Washington region, selected the Aladdin eToken strong authenticationdevice to provide powerful security for doctors and nurses remotely accessingvital hospital applications.

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Children's Hospital and Health System Maintains High Level of Productivity and Network Security with Lancope's StealthWatch; Lancope Provides Extensive Capabilities to Detect and Analyze Harmful Network Behavior

Lancope, Inc., the leading provider of network behavior analysis and response systems, announced that Children's Hospital and Health System in Wisconsin has deployed StealthWatch for internal network security and HIPAA compliance. Children's Hospital and Health System relies on StealthWatch to identify and research network behavior anomalies that represent zero-day network attacks; locate misconfigured network devices; detect security policy violations; test firewall rules and perform network analysis. The award-winning StealthWatch System monitors over 200 servers and 2,500 workstations on Children's Hospital and Health System's enterprise network, which supports the main campus and hospital, two satellite hospitals, a health education center and more than 20 clinics.

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Lt. Governor Toni Jennings and Secretary Alan Levine Announce Recipients of Florida Health Information Network Grants

Lt. Governor Toni Jennings and Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Secretary Alan Levine, joined by representatives of the Tampa Bay Regional Health Information Organization, today announced the recipients of the Florida Health Information Network (FHIN) grants. The grants, totaling more than $1.5 million, are designed to facilitate the adoption and use of privacy-protected electronic health records in Florida.

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Bluegate Secures Healthcare IT Contract with New OKOmed Imaging Center

Bluegate Corp. (OTCBB:BGAT) a provider of HIPAA-compliant healthcare IT services, networks and managed security and interoperability solutions for hospitals, physicians and RHIOs (regional healthcare information organizations), announced today that it has signed a three-year contract with OKOmed Downtown Imaging, a new, privately owned imaging center that will be opening in Houston in February 2006, to provide OKOmed with the Bluegate(TM) medical grade network and install all servers for OKOmed's Merge eMed Radiology Information System (RIS) and Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS). Installations are expected to begin in January 2006, with completion targeted for February 2006.

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Leading California Bay Area Healthcare Clinic Selects CompassCare Inc.

Dameron Hospital (Dameron), a leading provider of occupational healthcare (OccHealth) in Stockton, California, announced its selection of CompassCare Inc. to provide a clinical information system and communications platform. Dameron serves the rapidly growing San Francisco Bay area community of Stockton, a city that has grown from 244,000 to 280,000 people in the last 5 years.

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New York's Tioga County Implements Xenos infoWEB(TM) to Automate Paper-Based Processes and Cut Operational Costs

Xenos Group, Inc. (TSX: XNS), a leading provider of solutions that automate the processing and delivery of data and documents, announced that New York's Tioga County has completed implementation of infoWEB, an enterprise class report and document management solution. Tioga County will rely on infoWEB to automate the processing of purchase orders and a wide variety of other eforms, and to electronically distribute internal reports.

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Zix Corporation Selected by Holyoke Medical Center for Email Encryption Services; Massachusetts Facility Signs Three-Year Contract for ZixVPM(R) and ZixPort(R)

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure email encryption and e-prescribing solutions and services, announced that Holyoke Medical Center has signed a three-year contract for ZixCorp's ZixVPM (Virtual Private Messenger) and ZixPort email encryption services.

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St. Vincent's Medical Center Upgrades to Next-Generation IDX(R) Carecast(TM)

Medical center will use advanced clinical IT to share electronic health records with non-affiliated ambulatory care facilities, pursue CPOE initiatives.

IDX Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: IDXC - News) announced it has signed an agreement with St. Vincent's Medical Center to upgrade to the IDX® Carecast(TM) enterprise clinical system. With Carecast, the long-time IDX customer plans to create and share patients' lifetime electronic health records (EHRs) with independent physicians in the region it serves, and support patient safety initiatives with computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and other advanced functionality. St. Vincent's is a 397-bed leading referral center for Westchester County, New York, and southern Connecticut.

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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to Improve Patient Care With IBM Storage Solutions

Health System Replaces HP Storage With IBM TotalStorage DS8300 and DS6800 to Support Information on Demand Business Environment

IBM announced that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has completed the first stage of a massive technology infrastructure overhaul that includes the installation of IBM's breakthrough enterprise and midrange storage systems.

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HIPAA Self-Directed Risk Assessment Successfully Implemented at Yoakum County Hospital

CynergisTek, Inc. and Blass Consulting, LLC, leaders in information security solutions, announced the successful launch of the Self-Directed Risk Assessment Solution (“SDRA”) at Yoakum County Hospital. Yoakum County Hospital is a 24 bed rural hospital in west Texas.

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Dimensions Healthcare System Commits to Second Renewal of IT Outsourcing Contract with Phoenix Health Systems

Dimensions Healthcare System of Prince George's County, Maryland has renewed its contract forcomprehensive IT outsourcing with Phoenix Health Systems. The one-yearcontract extension is the second extension of Dimensions' original 5-yearcontract with Phoenix, signed in 1998.

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PostX HIPAA Compliant Email Solution Deployed by Presbyterian Homes & Services

Leading Encrypted Email Provider and Only AHA Endorsed HIPAA Compliant Messaging Solution, Naming Largest Health Care Provider in Ohio as New Customer

PostX, the leader in the delivery of encrypted email communications for businesses and consumers, announced that its Messaging Application Platform (MAP) has been selected byPresbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) to provide a standardized encryptedmessaging solution allowing the organization to comply with stringent HIPAArequirements. PHS is an organization that offers a number of housing andmanaged care programs for senior citizens.

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Time Warner Telecom Delivers Voice and Data Network Solutions to Indianapolis' Community Health Network

Time Warner Telecom Inc. (Nasdaq: TWTC), a leading provider of managed voice and data networkingsolutions for businesses, announced the successful installation of highspeed voice and data services for Community Health Network's central IndianaCommunity Hospitals. Time Warner Telecom won the competitive bid earlier thisyear and has been transitioning data services since then.

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SEIU Local 36 Selects GlobalCerts and Connectivity Systems to Comply with HIPAA Regulations and Secure Protected Health Information (PHI)

GlobalCerts, a leading provider of secure messaging appliance solutions, announced today that SEIU Local 36 Benefit Fund has deployed the GlobalCerts SecureMail Gateway(TM). SEIU Local 36 Benefit Fund will use SecureMail Gateway(TM) to provide seamless email encryption services to benefit consultants and employees who need to email sensitive data to insurance carriers and union members.

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PostX Dominates Health Care Sector; Names Mercy Health Partners as New Customer

Leading Encrypted Email Provider and Only AHA Endorsed HIPAA Compliant Messaging Solution, Naming Largest Health Care Provider in Ohio as New Customer

PostX, the leader in the delivery of encrypted email communications for businesses and consumers, announced its newest customer in the health care sector, Mercy Health Partners (MHP), a recognized leader in providing quality, cost-effective health care. Mercy Health Partners, accountable to the newest HIPAA regulatory compliance, has deployed PostX's signature platform to ensure the fast, safe, encrypted delivery of all sensitive email communications.

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Leading Healthcare Organizations Select EqualLogic Storage Solutions

EqualLogic(R), the leading provider of complete, enterprise-class iSCSI storage area network (SAN) solutions, today announced heightened momentum within the healthcare industry, expanding the company's growth in the market. EqualLogic delivers to these organizations a comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) solution that ensures their compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) while simplifying storage management. EqualLogic's new customers include: Family Health Center of Laurel, Fulton County Health Center, Harborside Healthcare, LifeLink Foundation, Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, Royal Oaks Retirement Community, Tennessee Oncology and WestCare Health System.

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Highmark Opens New Data Center; New facility positions company for growth

It has enough disk storage space to hold the data equivalent of five Libraries of Congress. It can function for three days without outside supplies from any utility service. And it is capable of withstanding wind gusts equal to a Category III hurricane. So what is it?

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Sharp HealthCare Provides Secure Access to Patient Information with Courion's Enterprise Provisioning Suite

Achieves Transparent Compliance for HIPAA Privacy and Security Requirements

Courion Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise provisioning solutions, announced that Sharp HealthCare, an integrated, regional health care delivery system, has achieved the organization's objectives of controlling access to critical patient information and enforcing HIPAA compliance mandates by implementing Courion's Enterprise Provisioning Suite(TM).

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Cardiology Consultants Uses Yipes Ethernet Network to Link 22 Offices, Improve Patient Care & Centralize Data

Leading Medical Practice Taps Yipes' Speed, Security & Reliability for Electronic Medical Records, Digital Imaging and DR Needs

Yipes Enterprise Services, Inc. announced Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia(CCP) has selected the Yipes Ethernet network to link the group's 22locations, enabling the deployment of an electronic medical record database(EMR) and imaging system.

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Axalto and MetaPass Team Up to Strengthen IT Security

Axalto, the world's leading provider of microprocessor cards and MetaPass, Inc., a Silicon Valley security software company, have teamed up to strengthen IT security and simplify the user's experience. The new solution couples Axalto's Protiva(TM) strong authentication tokens or Cyberflex Access smart cards with MetaPass Single Sign-On (SSO) software. It allows users to access multiple computers, networks and applications without having to remember and type multiple passwords. It is fully compatible with Axalto smart card technology used for building security and ID credentials, so organizations can use one ID card for physical and information security.

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Major IT Transformation Enables Electronic Health Records at Bloomington Hospital

Go-Live of 18 McKesson Applications Is Highly Successful

Just 12 months after contract signing, Bloomington Hospital went live Oct. 1 on 18 McKesson solutions that are core to helping the hospital enhance patient outcomes and equip its caregivers with next-generation technology. Physicians are now connected to the hospital through the HorizonWP Physician Portal, giving them secure access to patient medical histories, test results, medication orders and other data needed for informed decision making. Nurses and other members of the care team are charting patient information electronically and simultaneously reviewing the patients' comprehensive electronic medical records. From a business office perspective, the health system is managing its administrative and financial operations using McKesson's STAR 2000TM healthcare information system.

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HIPAA Self-Directed Risk Assessment Successfully Implemented at Yoakum County Hospital

CynergisTek, Inc. and Blass Consulting, LLC, leaders in information security solutions, announced the successful launch of the Self-Directed Risk Assessment Solution ("SDRA") at Yoakum County Hospital. Yoakum County Hospital is a 24 bed rural hospital in west Texas.

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HHS Enters Into Agreements to Support Digital Health Recovery for the Gulf Coast

Partnerships Will Accelerate Electronic Health Records in Gulf States

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced that the department has entered into two agreements with organizations thatwill plan and promote the widespread use of electronic health records in theGulf Coast regions affected by recent hurricanes.

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U.S. Health and Human Services Department Selects Cisco to Help Develop Nationwide Health Information Network; HHS Takes Critical Step Towards Modernizing Healthcare System

Announced that it was selected by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to work with other technology firms to develop prototypes for a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) architecture.

Cisco will work with two of the four consortia selected, one led by Accenture and the other by IBM to bring together technology developers and health care providers in local healthcare markets to develop architecture and a prototype network for secure information sharing among healthcare providers. Click here to read this article in its entirety.

New Information Security Study Rates PGP Corporation the Lead Vendor in Email and Data Encryption Software

Results From TheInfoPro's Study of More Than 250 Enterprise Security Managers Confirm PGP Corporation's Reputation as One of the Most Trusted Brands Among Security Industry Giants.

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Metro Health Hospital Selects CareTech Solutions for Health Information Management Services

Electronic medical record (EMR) and transcription system upgrades to be managed as part of the partnership

CareTech Solutions, an information technology (IT) and Health Information Management (HIM) provider for hospitals and health systems, announced it has signed a five-year comprehensive HIM management agreement with Metro Health Hospital (formerly known as Metropolitan Hospital) in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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SAIC to Provide IT Services to U.S. Military Health System

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced it was awarded a contract to maintain and enhance functionality for the health care information systems within the Military Health System (MHS). This time and materials contract calls for a base term of one year along with two consecutive one-year option periods, which combined have a potential cumulative value of $154 million.Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Porter Selects Encentuate TCI for Healthcare for Enterprise Access Security; Encentuate Combines Physical and Logical Access into Single Security Solution for Indiana Hospital

Encentuate, Inc., a provider of enterprise access security solutions, today that Porter, a network of healthcare facilities throughout northwest Indiana, has selected Encentuate's TCI Solution for Healthcare to help improve access security and comply with industry regulations. TCI will be deployed initially for physicians, clinicians and nurses at Porter's network, with additional roll-out to remaining employees over the next several months. The solution will help reduce Porter's dependence on multiple usernames and passwords by incorporating access rights to both physical facilities and Porter's hospital information system into employees' HID badges.

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Beverly Healthcare Assures Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA Regulatory Compliance With NetIQ Solutions

Leading Healthcare Services Provider Implements NetIQ Operational Change Control and Policy Compliance Solutions to Automate and Centralize IT Systems

NetIQ Corp. (NASDAQ: NTIQ), a leading provider of integrated systems and security management solutions, announced that Beverly Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: BEV), a nationwide provider of long-term assisted living to the elderly and disabled, has implemented several of NetIQ's Knowledge-Based Service Assurance solutions to help comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and HIPAA requirements. Beverly Healthcare has deployed the NetIQ® Change Guardian™ for Active Directory, the NetIQ® VigilEnt™ Policy Center, and the NetIQ® Directory and Resource Administrator™ products to centralize its Information Technology (IT) systems to meet its change control, security management and compliance needs.

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Health Management Systems Selects Broadwing Communications' Converged Network for Secure Data Transmissions

Broadwing Communications LLC (Broadwing), a consolidated subsidiary of Broadwing Corporation (NASDAQ:BWNG), announced that Health Management Systems Inc. (HMS) has selected Broadwing's Converged Network to provide a flexible and secure multi-site data communications solution. Click here to read this article in its entirety.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Selects Voltage Security for Secure, Ad-Hoc Patient Communication

Voltage Security Solutions Selected for Superior Email Encryption and Efficiency

Information Security Decisions -- Voltage Security, Inc., (www.voltage.com), a global leader in enterprise privacy management for digital business communication, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), announced the selection of Voltage and the Voltage Enterprise Privacy Management Platform to provide secure and efficient, ad-hoc communication between physicians, administration personnel and patients throughout the extensive medical complex.

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Western Media Group and UCLA Launch a Secure HIPAA Compliant Database Prototype

Western Media Group Corporation (OTCBB: WMGC) is pleased to announce the official launch of its newly created, customized, secure database solution, the VCRN, designed in conjunction with the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities (UCLA).

The VCRN, or Virtual Children's Resource Network, was designed with two functions in mind. The first is to provide a secure and centralized database that can collect, track, and analyze individual and institutional records in compliance with the Health Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The second function combines this centralized database with video archiving, video conferencing, and unique database wizards that make public presentations and conferences produced by UCLA and its strategic partners as well as password protects sensitive information and materials.

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Baptist Health Care Safeguards Outbound E-Mail with CipherTrust's Secure Web Delivery Server; Award-winning Messaging Security Provider Automatically Encrypts Sensitive Messages and Monitors Policy Violations for Regional Healthcare Company

CipherTrust, Inc., the global market leader in messaging security, announced that Baptist Health Care (BHC/the Company), a major healthcare provider serving northwest Florida and southern Alabama, has selected the CipherTrust(R) Secure Web Delivery(TM) (SWD) server to help it comply with HIPAA regulations. SWD leverages CipherTrust's award-winning policy engine to automatically encrypt e-mails containing private healthcare information (PHI) and help ensure the security of personal information sent via e-mail. Click here to read this article in its entirety.

ACS and Princeton HealthCare System Announce Five-Year IT Outsourcing Agreement

Affiliated Computer Services,Inc., (NYSE: ACS), a premier provider of business process outsourcing andinformation technology solutions, and Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), aleading provider of healthcare, announced today that they have expanded andenhanced their successful information technology (IT) relationship. The newfive-year agreement is valued at $58 million.

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Health Care Provider Ensures Nonstop Network Availability With Infoblox Appliances

Infoblox Inc., a developer of essential infrastructure for identity-driven networks, today announced that St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), an Orange County-based integrated health care delivery organization, has selected and deployed Infoblox appliances to ensure nonstop delivery of domain name resolution (DNS) and IP address management (IPAM) services -- network identity services that are essential to the operation and access of IP networks and applications.

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SabrNet Supplies HIPAA Compliant Computer Network for Paperless Medical Office

SabrNet announced completion of delivery and installation of its SabrNet protected, HIPAA compliant, computer electronics suite for the newly opened paperless medical office of Vickery Pediatrics and Adolescence Medicine in Alpharetta, GA.Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Cornerstone Benefits Selects Sigaba(R) for Secure Email Communications and HIPAA Compliance

Sigaba, the leading provider of secure information sharing solutions, announced that Cornerstone Benefits, a leading human resource and payroll outsourcing company, has selected the Sigaba Secure Email solution to expand its customer support by ensuring the secure delivery and receipt of its clients' confidential medical and personnel records. By implementing the Sigaba Secure Email solution, Cornerstone Benefits will be able to safeguard its clients' privacy and provide them with increased secure customer data.

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RTI International to Support National Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC)

RTI International has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to support efforts to develop the National Health Information Network, a system in which electronic health records would be stored and shared among health care providers nationwide.

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New Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel Formed Under Contract by DHHS

ANSI partners with HIMSS, ATI and Booz Allen Hamilton to lead initiative

A contract award announced today by theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will support a newcollaborative effort to harmonize healthcare information technology standards.Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center and CareTech Solutions Help Babies Stay Safe with New Tracking Technology

CareTech Solutions assists Crittenton with implementation of technologies designed to improve patient experience

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, Mich., has activated two high-tech systems that willimprove the safety and care of patients as well as information access forvisitors with the assistance of CareTech Solutions, a Michigan-based providerof information technology (IT) and healthcare information management (HIM)solutions for hospitals and health systems.

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StoredIQ Announces Customer Deployment of Information Classification and Management Platform

Medline, Berkshire Hospitals, Atlantic Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona among Customers Choosing StoredIQ's Information Classification and Management Platform

StoredIQ, a leading enterprise software provider for the automated classification and management of unstructured data, today announced four new clients in the healthcare industry. These clients are using StoredIQ's newest release, Version 3.5, to locate and protect electronic protected health information (ePHI) in files across the network as well as in the general management and retention of files throughout the storage ecosystem.

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The Hurricane Katrina Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy and Disclosures in Emergency Situations

The Hurricane Katrina Bulletin: HIPAA Privacy and Disclosures in Emergency Situations, issued by OCR, emphasizes the broad range of permissible disclosures that covered entities may make to respond to the needs of evacuees in these situations. For example, health plans and health care providers may disclose prescription and other health information to health care providers at shelters to facilitate treatment of the evacuees. In addition, business associates that are managing such information on behalf of covered entities may make these disclosures to the extent permitted by their business associate agreements with the covered entities, as provided in the Privacy Rule.Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Security and Compliance in the Healthcare Industry

HIPAA has been a best practices driverfor NYU Medical Center, according to their Chief Information Security Officer,Hai Ngo. "It has helped us achieve best practices across IT and stay ahead ofother regulations such as JCAHO and SOX." If only all healthcareprofessionals had his attitude and business strategies. The NYU Medicalcenter is part of a '23% minority of healthcare organizations that are fullycompliant today,' according to the American Health Information ManagementAssociation.

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Sentillion Continues to Capture Market Share with the Addition of 12 New Customers in Q2 2005

22 New Customers Select Sentillion's Vergence Product Suite in First Half of 2005

Sentillion, Inc., the leading provider of identity and access management solutions for the healthcare industry, announced that it has signed 12 newcustomers in the second quarter of 2005, including nationally recognizedhealthcare organizations, Eisenhower Medical Center, INTEGRIS Health, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, part of Partners Healthcare of Boston, among several others. Sentillion also continues to make great strides in Canada, adding Chinook Health Region and David Thompson Health Region in Q2. TheCompany reported that in the past six months, 22 new healthcare organizations have purchased its Vergence(R) product suite to enhance thesecurity, patient privacy and caregiver access across the healthcare enterprise.

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IBM POWER5 Technology Roadmap Delivers Ten Times Faster Reporting Times

IBM announced that Byram Healthcare, a specialized provider of medical suppliesto customers in their homes, has transformed its custom-built, Informix-baseddistribution and billing system, by upgrading its technology platform to run on IBM's POWER5 microprocessor architecture. Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Care New England Selects BMC Software for Identity Management Solutions; Automated Processes Reduce IT Administration From Two Weeks to Two Hours

BMC Software, Inc. (NYSE: BMC - News), a leading provider of enterprisemanagement solutions, announced Care New England's selection of BMC for their identity service needs. Care New England will deploy BMC® Identity Manager for .NET solutions and v-GO SSPR for BMC CONTROL-SA by Passlogix,across five leading healthcare providers in the northeastern United States,encompassing more than 6,000 internal and external users. The solutions willautomate provisioning and de-provisioning processes and empower medical and administrative personnel with self-service password reset capabilities to help decrease patient wait times and improve the patient experience at Care New England facilities. The ability to align business services with identity needs, a cornerstone of Business Service Management (BSM), eliminates wasted time and costs accessing patient and care data, while automating processes forenhanced information security and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance.

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MedCom USA Signs Contract With Delta Dental Arizona to Promote the MedCom System to Their Dental Network

Arrangement Includes Establishment of Direct Connectivity for Benefit Verification for the Plan Members.

MedCom USA, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: EMED - News), a leading provider of HIPAA compliant dental, healthcare and financial transaction solutions for thehealthcare and dental industry is pleased to announce a partnership with DeltaDental of Arizona (Delta Dental) to promote its Point of Service (POS) System.

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VeriChip Expands Hospital Infrastructure: Trinitas Hospital Adopts the VeriMed(TM) System

Third New Jersey Hospital Chooses VeriChip for Emergency Room

VeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital (NASDAQ: ADSX - News)announced that Trinitas Hospital, a leading healthcare facility based in Elizabeth, New Jersey has agreed to implement the VeriMed(TM) microchip system and will initiate a clinical evaluation program of the System in its twoEmergency Departments for rapid patient identification purposes. Uponimplementation, each facility will be able to scan patients to obtain their VeriChip ID Number and utilize the associated database information. Trinitasbecomes the sixth hospital that has agreed to adopt the VeriMed System in their emergency department in the last five months and the third hospital in the State of New Jersey to employ the VeriMed System. Previously, Hackensack University Medical Center and another large hospital network in New Jersey selected the System for use in its emergency room. Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Fox Technologies and HP Collaborate on Secure Access Healthcare System to Improve Efficiencies and Patient Care for Stockholm County Council

New integrated portal ensures comprehensive patient information is securelyavailable across a large network of healthcare facilities, enabling healthcareproviders easier access to information for improved decision making.

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Concentra Deploys Palisade Systems' PacketSure 4.0 Appliances

Next Generation Content Security Appliance to Protect Electronic Medical Records, Patients' Personally Identifiable Information and Ensure HIPAA Compliance

Palisade Systems, a leading supplier of content security appliances, today announced that Concentra, Inc., the nation's largest provider of occupational medical services, will deploy PacketSure 4.0 to monitor and proactively protect electronic medical records and patient's personally identifiable information from leaving the network. Additionally, PacketSure will play a key role in the company's efforts to enforce compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Sarbanes-Oxley across all network communication protocols and programs.

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Largest Private Healthcare Carrier in US Selects UniPress Software's FootPrints Web-Based Service Desk for Scalable Support Automation to Its 6,000 Employees Located across 13 States

The Devereux Foundation Deploys FootPrints to Centrally Manage Help Desk and Track and Manage Human Resources, HIPAA Compliance, and Property Maintenance Activities

UniPress(R) Software, Inc., a leading mid-market provider of web-based service desk automation software, today announced that the Devereux Foundation, the largest private healthcare carrier in the United States, has selected its FootPrints(R) 100% web-based service desk software to centralize and manage IT support operations for employees located at 53 centers across 13 states. The non-profit organization is using FootPrints to automate its internal help desk, which logs an average of 1,800 issues a month from its 6,000 employees. Additionally, Devereux expanded its use of the FootPrints system to track and manage human resources, HIPAA compliance, and its property maintenance activities.Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Health Information Technology and the Electronic Health Record: Implications for Healthcare Organizations

A new study by Capgemini, the leading health consultancy in the U.S., addresses the key challenges and suggests ways the U.S. healthcare industry can take positive steps to implement EHRs, interconnect clinicians, personalize patient care and improve population health through preventative programs.

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CMS Ending Contingency For NON-HIPAA-COMPLIANT Medicare Claims

Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator, announced that CMS will notprocess incoming non-HIPAA-compliant electronic Medicare claimssubmitted for payment beginning October 1, 2005.

Prior to October 1, 2005, claims in a non-compliantelectronic format will continue to be paid. This process changes as ofOctober 1, 2005, when claims that do not meet standards required by theHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) willbe returned to the filer for re-submission as compliant claims.Non-compliant claims will not be processed.

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USAdmin Meets HIPAA Regulations with Authentica Secure Mail Solution; Professional Services Firm Protects Patient Information with Robust Authentica Solution

Authentica, Inc., the leader in enterprise rights management (ERM) solutions, announced that USAdmin Services LLC has implemented Authentica for secure email communications with clients, partners, and employees. The professional services firm, which specializes in employee benefit administration, is using Authentica to send and receive electronic messages securely over the Internet, thereby reducing the risks of identity theft and unauthorized disclosure of confidential protected healthcare information (PHI). Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), firms that do not adequately protect individually-identifiable information pertaining to customers, employees, and patients may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties. Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Offering Enhanced Consumer Directed Health Care Products

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) announced its plans to offer a number of enhanced consumer-directed health care products (CDH). Customers will be able to sign up for the enhanced Horizon MyWay HSA and Horizon MyWay HRA plans beginning in August for use starting October 1, 2005.

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New Health Bills Address Community Efforts to Improve Healthcare Through Information Technology

eHealth Applauds National Effort to Support Information Mobility and Health Information Technology in Regional and Community-Based Initiatives Focused on Improving Healthcare

The introduction of the Health Information Technology Quality and Improvement Act of 2005 and the Medicare Value Purchasing Act of 2005 marks a major milestone in a three-year effort to drive improvements in healthcare quality and safety through the adoption of information technology by the eHealth Initiative (eHI) and its Foundation. The bi-partisan legislation was jointly introduced in bills by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Max Baucus (D-MT) of the Senate Finance Committee and Sens. Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee

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Vancouver Coastal Health Awards Contract for Identity & Access Management Solutions to Sentillion

Vergence(R) to Play a key role in sharing patient information across Vancouver Coastal Health's facilities

Sentillion, Inc., the leading provider of identity and access management solutions for the healthcareindustry, announced that Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has selectedSentillion's Vergence(R) product suite to integrate information across its 556locations, including acute, residential and community health care facilities.Vergence will enable authorized clinical users to securely access patientinformation from any VCH facility, regardless of where the information islocated.

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Justice Department Limits Prosecution Under HIPAA

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an internal opinion in June limiting DOJ criminal prosecutions under the federal health privacy law, HIPAA. The information was leaked to the Internet last week. To read the opinion in its entirety, please visit:

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StillSecure(R) Survey Shows How Organizational Structure Influences Network Security

Majority of Security Professionals Still Report to IT Although Departmental Structure and Responsibilities Vary.

StillSecure, provider of an integrated suite of enterprise network security solutions, announced the results of a recent survey that shed light on how organizational structure affects how companies contend with day-to-day network security challenges. The 2005 Security Management Survey, conducted during June 2005 by StillSecure, received responses from almost 900 information technology and security professionals. Survey respondents included a mix of organizations in the commercial and government sectors.

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VeriChip Corporation Announces Three Additional Hospitals Adopt the VeriChip(TM) System for Patient Identification During the Month of July

Total of Five Hospitals in the Targeted Boston to Washington Corridor Have Now Agreed to Adopt VeriChip System.

VeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital (NASDAQ: ADSX), a leading provider of identification and security technology, announced that during the month of July, three additional hospitals in the Boston to Washington corridor have agreed to adopt the VeriChip(TM) System for patient identification. Overall, since the FDA clearance of VeriChip for medical applications, five hospitals have agreed to adopt the VeriChip system in their emergency departments. Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Largest Private Healthcare Carrier in US Selects UniPress Software's FootPrints Web-Based Service Desk for Scalable Support Automation to Its 6,000 Employees Located across 13 States

The Devereux Foundation Deploys FootPrints to Centrally Manage Help Desk and Track and Manage Human Resources, HIPAA Compliance, and Property Maintenance Activities.

UniPress(R) Software, Inc., a leading mid-market provider of web-based service desk automation software, announced that the Devereux Foundation, the largest private healthcare carrier in the United States, has selected its FootPrints(R) 100% web-based service desk software to centralize and manage IT support operations for employees located at 53 centers across 13 states. The non-profit organization is using FootPrints to automate its internal help desk, which logs an average of 1,800 issues a month from its 6,000 employees. Additionally, Devereux expanded its use of the FootPrints system to track and manage human resources, HIPAA compliance, and its property maintenance activities.

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IEEE-USA is concerned that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) authority to access and analyze personal information could lead to privacy breaches of one's personally identifiable health information.

"We believe DHS authority to access and disseminate personally identifiable health data should be restricted unless adequate controls are put in place to ensure the security and confidentiality of that data," according a position adopted 17 June by the IEEE-USA Board of Directors.

IEEE-USA recommends, among other things, that DHS implement procedures to ensure that personally identifiable health information is not inadvertently used to discriminate against someone in employment and insurance; and to establish accountability and significant penalties for the misuse or abuse of such information. .

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Vancouver Coastal Health Awards Contract for Identity & Access Management Solutions to Sentillion

Vergence(R) to Play a key role in sharing patient information across Vancouver Coastal Health's facilities

Sentillion, Inc., the leading provider of identity and access management solutions for the healthcareindustry, announced that Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has selectedSentillion's Vergence(R) product suite to integrate information across its 556locations, including acute, residential and community health care facilities.Vergence will enable authorized clinical users to securely access patientinformation from any VCH facility, regardless of where the information islocated.

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INTEGRIS Health Selects Sentillion to Enhance Security and Expedite Access to Patient Information

Oklahoma's Largest Not-for-Profit Healthcare Organization to Leverage Vergence(R) to Meet its Identity and Access Management Needs

INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma's largest not-for-profit healthcare organization, has selected Sentillion, the leading provider of identity and access management solutions for healthcare, to enhance security and expedite access to patient information across the health system. By leveraging Sentillion's Vergence® products, INTEGRIS Health will be able to meet the need for patient safety and privacy, streamlined workflows, regulatory compliance, and protection of data and information sources.

Click here to read this article in its entiretyNWG Technologies' SSL ClearView Reporter Selected By Trinity Health and St. John Health

NWG Technologies LLC announced that Trinity Health (Novi, MI) and St. John Health have selected its SSL ClearViewReporter(TM) application as an enhancement to their Juniper Networks SSL VPN installations. SSL ClearView Reporter logs data from one or more SSL VPN devices and generates feature-rich reports that help healthcare security professionals streamline information security management processes.

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Byram Healthcare Selects NetApp® Fibre Channel SAN and Data ONTAP™ 7G Software as Foundation for Proactive HIPAA Compliance Program

Network Appliance, Inc. announced that Byram Healthcare has deployed a NetApp Fibre Channel SAN solution to help address regulatory compliance concerns associated with the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the April 2005 compliance deadline for medical records security. Core to the solution is NetApp Data ONTAP 7G software with FlexVol™, a dynamic virtualization technology that enables Byram to manage its rapid data growth and scale its storage resources easily and cost effectively.

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INTEGRIS Health Selects Sentillion to Enhance Security and Expedite Access to Patient Information

Oklahoma's Largest Not-for-Profit Healthcare Organization to Leverage Vergence(R) to Meet its Identity and Access Management Needs

INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma's largest not-for-profit healthcare organization, has selected Sentillion, the leading provider of identity and access management solutions for healthcare, to enhance security and expedite access to patient information across the health system. By leveraging Sentillion's Vergence® products, INTEGRIS Health will be able to meet the need for patient safety and privacy, streamlined workflows, regulatory compliance, and protection of data and information sources.

Applied Digital's VeriChip Corporation Acquires Instantel, Inc., Including Its Health Security Division Xmark, Expanding Company's Position in Healthcare Security

VeriChip Corporation, a subsidiary of Applied Digital (NASDAQ: ADSX), announced that its Canadian subsidiary has completed the acquisition of Ottawa, Ontario-based Instantel Inc. (www.instantel.com and www.xmarksystems.com).

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NWG Technologies' SSL ClearView Reporter Selected By Trinity Health and St. John Health

NWG Technologies LLC announced that Trinity Health (Novi, MI) and St. John Health have selected its SSL ClearViewReporter(TM) application as an enhancement to their Juniper Networks SSL VPN installations. SSL ClearView Reporter logs data from one or more SSL VPN devices and generates feature-rich reports that help healthcare security professionals streamline information security management processes.

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ProHealth Care Prescribes NetScaler to Accelerate Medical Applications

Leading Midwestern Health Services Provider Secures and Optimizes Enterprise Applications at Four Data Centers With NetScaler's Application Delivery Systems

NetScaler, Inc., the global leader in accelerated application delivery systems, announced that ProHealth Care (PHC) has deployed the NetScaler application delivery system to a new, high-performance network being built by the health services provider. PHC selected the NetScaler based on its ability to enhance application response time while delivering superior global and application-specific load-balancing and security capabilities across a complex seven-layer network. The NetScaler helps assure high availability on PHC's new intranet service, which provides portals of critical information for thousands of physicians, clinicians and employees.

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St. Joseph's Physicians Association Selects Quest Diagnostics' Care360 Physician Portal to Help Physicians Deliver Better Patient Care

St. Joseph's Physicians Association (SJPA), an independent physicians association (IPA) that comprises nearly 400 doctors in the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area, announced that it has selected Quest Diagnostics' Care360 physician portal to help its physician members deliver better patient care.

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Greenwich Hospital Selects Fibertech Networks To Provide Fiber Optic Connectivity; Network Will Connect Multiple Locations Providing Significant Operating and Cost Efficiencies

Greenwich Hospital, a 174-bed community hospital serving lower Fairfield County Connecticut and Westchester County New York, has selected Fibertech Networks, a leader in building and operating metropolitan-area networks within mid-size U.S. cities, to provide a private, dark fiber optic network connecting its locations in Greenwich and Stamford, CT. Financial terms of the agreement has not been disclosed.

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Connecting for Health Statement on HHS Plans to Enhance Electronic Exchange of Health Information

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael O. Leavitt today announced the creation of the American Health Information Community, as well as his intention to head it, in a keynote address speech before the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in New York City. Connecting for Health lauds Secretary Leavitt for his extraordinary leadership.

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City Hospital Reduces Help Desk Costs and Improves Patient Security with Imprivata OneSign

Imprivata's Enterprise Single Sign-on Solution Enables Enhanced Security, Cost Savings, and Seamless Compliance with HIPAA Regulations

Imprivata(R), Inc., the enterprise single sign-on (ESSO) appliance company(TM), announced that City Hospital, a West Virginia-based, non-profit community hospital, has implemented Imprivata OneSign(TM) as its ESSO solution. After an in-depth review process, City Hospital selected OneSign, the industry's only ESSO appliance, for its ease of use and implementation, cost effectiveness and biometric capabilities. OneSign currently provides medical staff and nurses throughout the organization with the ability to quickly, affordably and securely SSO-enable for password management, allowing the hospital to more effectively protect business-critical applications, reduce IT help desk costs and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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WestCare Selects McKesson for Digital Healthcare Initiative

Paragon HIS to Transform Healthcare in Western North Carolina

McKesson recently announced that it will work with WestCare Health System in Sylva, N.C. to implement Paragon®, McKesson's hospital information system (HIS) especially designed for community hospitals, in an effort to create a completely digital healthcare system for the six-county community that it serves. The decision stems from WestCare's desire to transform the delivery and quality of healthcare in western North Carolina.

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Prototype for a Nationwide Health Information Exchange to Be Launched by Connecting for Health

Common Values and Common Technical Standards at the Heart of Effort to Enable Sharing of Health Information in California, Massachusetts, and Indiana

Connecting for Health, a public-private collaborative of more than 100 diverse organizations, announced that it is launching the first-ever prototype of an electronic national health information exchange or "health information-sharing environment," based on common, open standards. This effort is the first step in enabling patients and authorized physicians in all 50 states and DC to share important, even life-saving, personal health information on a completely voluntary basis in a secure and private manner.

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Bluegate Adds 1000th Member Physician to Its Secure Medical Network

Bluegate Corporation (OTCBB:BGAT), a provider of IT outsourcing and managed security solutions for the healthcare industry, announced today that it has reached the major milestone of 1000 member physicians in its secure medical network. The member physicians are from independent private medical practices throughout Texas and portions of Louisiana and utilize an array of Bluegate monitored security appliances and services, including: secured Internet services; managed firewall and virtual private networks (VPN); physician practice network maintenance; IT outsourcing for medical practices and hospitals.

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Zix Corporation Selected by Three Nonprofit Healthcare Facilities; ZixVPM Email Encryption to Secure Communications System-Wide for Each Organization

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, announced that three nonprofit healthcare organizations have recently chosen ZixCorp as their secure email provider: Seton Health System, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and Bay Area Medical Center.

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Enterprise Security Survey: Network Administrators are Comfortable With Security at Their Organizations, but Concerned About Their Users

One year ago, in a VanDyke Software-commissioned survey of 335 network/systems administrators and networking managers that asked the survey takers what "keeps them up at night," respondents indicated a lack of insomnia and a hefty amount of complacency. This year, Amplitude Research again surveyed network professionals and their responses indicated a heightened comfort level about their abilities to protect the enterprise -- with one caveat. Those who expressed that they are "losing sleep" about security management issues indicated that much of their angst stems not from attacks coming from outside the enterprise, but from employees, who through their ignorance or errors, remain a significant cause of security vulnerabilities.

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Methodist Hospital Gets HIPAA Secure Messaging from IM-Age

IM-Age Software Inc., a technology leader offering enterprise instant messaging solutions to ensure security, compliance and productivity for public instant messaging communications, today announced they have become The Methodist Hospital System's provider of secure instant messaging including both IM logging and encryption (including secure file transfer). This is critical as the April 21, 2005 deadline for HIPAA security compliance has expired.

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SecureCARE Adds Home Health Corporation of America to Its Fast-Growing Customer Base

SecureCARE Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SCUI - News), a leading provider of HIPAA-ready, Internet- based document exchange and e-signature solutions for the healthcare industry, has finalized an agreement with Home Health Corporation of America (HHCA) to provide its SecureCARE.net solution to eight HHCA locations in southern and central Florida.

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Medical Research Leader Ochsner Clinic Foundation Drives HIPAA Compliance With Application Security, Inc.

Application Security, Inc. (AppSecInc) (www.appsecinc.com) announced that Ochsner Clinic Foundation (Ochsner) is using the company's award-winning, application-level vulnerability assessment scanner, AppDetective(TM), to protect its proprietary patient and research information, and ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Bay Cove Human Services Selects Topio to Ensure Protection and Recovery of Patient Records

Replication from Remote Sites to Central Office Improves Recoverability, Simplifies HIPAA Compliance

Topio, (www.topio.com), the leading provider of enterprise software for data replication and recovery, announced that Bay Cove Human Services has selected the Topio Data Protection Suite(TM) (TDPS) to enable rapid disaster recovery and centralized backup of remote site data, in compliance with HIPAA regulations.

Based in Boston, Mass., Bay Cove Human Services is a private, not-for-profit corporation that provides highly specialized residential, day, outpatient and educational services to children and adults with a broad array of disabilities such as mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency and developmental disabilities. With over 80 program sites supporting communities in eastern Massachusetts, Bay Cove needed a simple, flexible way to reliably protect and recover patient data from a range of locations, platforms and storage devices.

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Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Selects CA's eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware to Address Patient Privacy Needs

Health Care Provider Helps Ensure HIPAA Compliance With Comprehensive Spyware Defense

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA - News) announced that Seattle's Northwest Hospital & Medical Center has selected CA's eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware to guard against the growing deluge of spyware and related threats.

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New Study for Secure Computing Finds Businesses are Spending More Time on Security as Concerns Rise; 79 percent more concerned about Spyware, 45 percent less concerned about spam

Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ:SCUR), the experts in securing connections between people, applications, and networks(TM), announced the results of an independent survey documenting the amount of time enterprise IT managers are spending on security, as well as their levels of concern about spyware, phishing, hacking and spam during the previous 12 months. The survey, titled "Running to Keep Up: Businesses Address the New Security Risks" was conducted for Secure Computing by TheInfoPro, Inc., an independent research firm. The study surveyed 102 enterprise IT managers across a broad variety of industries in April 2005, and is available at http://www.securecomputing.com/goto/runningtokeepup.

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Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust Finds a Cure for Spam With Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway

Proofpoint Protects 5,500 Inboxes From Offensive Email With Impressive Accuracy

Proofpoint, Inc., the leader in large-enterprisemessaging security solutions, today announced that Hammersmith Hospitals NHSTrust in London has deployed the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway(TM)appliance to eliminate spam across the organization's 5,500 email users. As aresult of deploying the Proofpoint appliance, employees are now protected fromunsolicited and offensive spam messages and Hammersmith has a reliable,flexible solution in place as future messaging security threats arise. TheProofpoint appliance was purchased through London-based channel partner DataIntegration (http://www.dataintegration.com), which provided installation andtechnical support for this deployment.

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VHA Renews Agreement to Market Sentillion's Identity and Access Management Solutions to the Healthcare Industry

Sentillion Inc., the leading provider of identity and access management solutions to the health care industry, announced that VHA Inc., a national health care alliance, has renewed an agreement to market Sentillion's Vergence® product suite to VHA members. VHA and Sentillion will collaborate to market technology solutions that improve information security, patient privacy and caregiver access to patient information across VHA-member health care organizations.

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Analysts Confirm Need for Proactive IT Security Risk Management Solutions; New SRM Solutions Provide Measurable Security ROI

Skybox(R) Security, Inc., the leader in Security Risk Management (SRM), announced that leading market analysts have confirmed the need for IT Security Risk Management solutions. Analysts have formally defined this new category in recently published reports, driven by numerous client inquiries. The client questions focused on how to transform security into a business process - changing the security dynamic within an organization from misunderstood to measurable return on investment (ROI), reduction of risk (ROR) and audit compliance.

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VERITAS Software Helps Unity Health Center Protect Critical Patient Data and Comply with HIPAA Regulations; VERITAS Data Protection Products Help Growing Hospital Meet Business Continuity Requirements for HIPAA Compliance

VERITAS Software Corporation (Nasdaq:VRTS) today announced that Oklahoma-based Unity Health Center is using VERITAS Backup Exec(TM) software to protect critical patient and hospital data and help comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations regarding data availability and disaster recovery planning. Unity Health Center also uses the VERITAS Backup Exec Desktop and Laptop Option to help ensure that critical information on employee laptops is fully protected and quickly recoverable in the event of equipment failures, disaster or other disruption.

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Enterprise Strategy Group Research Report Exposes Confidential Data Security Vulnerability; Majority of North American Organizations Never Encrypt Data for Backup and Off-site Storage

The Enterprise Strategy Group, a leading industry analyst firm focused on application infrastructure, information security, and storage and information management, today announced the availability of a new research report, "Information at Risk: The State of Backup Encryption," a unique research study to examine the backup encryption practices of large organizations. ESG undertook this research project in reaction to the February security breach at the Bank of America where unencrypted backup tapes containing customer accounts and social security numbers disappeared from a commercial airline flight in transit to a secure off-site facility.

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RippleTech Announces New Healthcare Clients for HIPAA Compliance Solution; LogCaster for HIPAA solution solves ePHI control and reporting needs for leading companies

RippleTech (www.rippletech.com), a leading provider of security, compliance and systems management solutions, announced that four leading healthcare organizations, including Pathology Service Associates, LLC (PSA), South Shore Mental Health Center, Glenn County Health Services, and Sisters of Mercy Health System, have selected their LogCaster for HIPAA solution. LogCaster for HIPAA is a pre-configured event log consolidation solution that ensures privacy and security controls for electronic protected health information (ePHI) are in place.

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Zix Corporation Adds Three New Healthcare Organizations to Client List; Regional Facilities Sign Three-Year Contracts for ZixVPM System-Wide Email Encryption

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, announced that three regional healthcare organizations have recently chosen ZixCorp as their secure email provider: STAR Anesthesia, P.A., Community Medical Center of Scranton, Penn., and The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

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Byram Healthcare Selects Voltage SecureMail for HIPAA Compliance

Voltage Security Products Featuring Identity-Based Encryption (IBE) Provide HIPAA Compliance for Leading Medical Supplies Provider.

Voltage Security, Inc., (www.voltage.com), a global leader in enterprise privacy management, and Byram Healthcare Centers, Inc., a leading provider of medical supplies to patients in the home, announced today that Byram has selected Voltage SecureMail(TM); to help meet HIPAA regulations by protecting private patient information in email. Byram employees in sales, mergers, acquisitions, billing, and customer service are using Voltage SecureMail to communicate securely via email with doctors, referral organizations, medical educators and other business partners.

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Diversified Data Design Corp. Selects Tumbleweed for Secure Data Exchange

Tumbleweed(R) Communications Corp. (Nasdaq:TMWD), the leading provider of e-mail and file transfer security solutions, announced today that Diversified Data Design Corp. (DDD), the nation's leading specialty processor of encounter data, has selected Tumbleweed to provide secure file transfer and email communications. DDD will incorporate two Tumbleweed products, SecureTransport and MailGate Secure Messenger, to build a secure infrastructure for sending and receiving electronic health care information.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Safeguards Private Health Information with Imperva

SecureSphere to Provide Unified, Automated Protection Against Web Application Attack, Database Breach and Worm Infection

Imperva, Inc., the developer of the world's first Dynamic Profiling Firewall, announced that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) is using SecureSphere Dynamic Profiling Firewall to secure its Web applications and databases from internal and external threats. SecureSphere provides protection for the applications and databases housing sensitive member information, supporting BCBST's commitment to safeguarding the private health information of their members and associates, as well as helping BCBST to demonstrate appropriate compliance to privacy and security regulations.

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Diversified Data Design Corp. Selects Tumbleweed for Secure Data Exchange

Tumbleweed's Secure Email and File Transfer Products to Enable Secure Exchange of Sensitive Patient Health Information.

Tumbleweed(R) Communications Corp. (Nasdaq:TMWD), the leading provider of e-mail and file transfer security solutions, announced that Diversified Data Design Corp. (DDD), the nation's leading specialty processor of encounter data, has selected Tumbleweed to provide secure file transfer and email communications. DDD will incorporate two Tumbleweed products, SecureTransport and MailGate Secure Messenger, to build a secure infrastructure for sending and receiving electronic health care information.

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Zix Corporation Selected by St. Peter's Health Care Services for System-Wide Encryption

New York Nonprofit Healthcare System Signs Three-Year Contract for ZixVPM(R) and ZixPort(R) for Email Protection Solutions

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, announced that St. Peter's Health Care Services, a New York nonprofit healthcare system based in Albany, has signed a three-year contract for ZixCorp services.

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Kaiser Permanente Selects Compliance Training & HIPAA Training From HCCS

Health Care Compliance Strategies, Inc. (HCCS), the leading provider of online multimedia healthcare compliance and competency training courses, announced that Kaiser Permanente, the leading integrated health plan, has selected HCCS compliance and HIPAA training courseware to educate its staff enterprise-wide.

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IPLocks Supports ITAA Inter-Industry Action to Fight Data Breaches

Preventative Steps Must Recognize that Identity Theft is Both External and Internal Threat

IPLocks(TM), the leading provider of enterprise information risk management solutions, announced its support of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) call for government agencies, the financial services industry, data aggregators and other technology firms to work together in implementing a strategy designed to enhance the privacy and security of data.

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Mirage Networks Enables Compliance with HIPAA Security Rules for Georgia Hospital Association Members

Security Initiative Helps Hospitals Become HIPAA-Ready for April 21 Enforcement Deadline

Mirage Networks, Inc., the pioneer in security solutions for Interior Network Defense, announced new benefits for members of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) in preparation for the HIPAA enforcement deadline of April 21, 2005. A key benefit is a complimentary, interior network security assessment with the award-winning CounterPoint appliance, which locates exposures to network threats and abuses that bypass traditional perimeter-based security solutions.

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AMR Research Predicts Compliance Is an $80B Issue

AMR Research released a study that predicts the cost of compliance over the next five years will reach the $80 billion mark. Specifically, the firm estimates that organizations will spend close to $15.5 billion on compliance-related activities in 2005. Though an average company will spend between $250,000 and $500,000, leading businesses are using these mandates as an opportunity to identify and transform business areas that need improvement.

“Compliance is an all-encompassing set of activities that cross business and IT groups,” said John Hagerty, vice president of research at AMR Research. “Companies that see the big picture will put these mandates to work for them and use them as a catalyst to improve or even rethink many parts of their organizations.”

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Scripps Health Selects Ascential Software to Power Clinical Data Warehouse

Scripps Health, a not-for-profit, San Diego-based healthcare system, has selected the Ascential Software Corporation’s Enterprise Integration Suite(TM) as a core component of its clinical data warehouse. Scripps has changed the way it makes health care decisions by leveraging more complete, timely clinical information. The Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite is a critical enabler of this new business initiative because it breaks down organizational information silos and brings together clinical and financial patient information in a common repository.

Variations in clinical treatment can dramatically affect the quality of patient care and have a fiscal impact on hospitals. With the Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite, the only end-to-end platform solution for enterprise data integration, Scripps will be able to access both clinical information, such as patient admissions and visits, lab results, procedures and discharges, as well as financial information, including eligibility, and claims and remittances data, to better understand how healthcare procedures can influence outcomes and affect operational performance.

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iTM Healthcare's Leadership Allows Pacific Medical Centers to Become the First Civilian Healthcare Company to Achieve DoD DITSCAP Security Accreditation

Pacific Medical Centers (PMC) is one of a handful of healthcare companies around the United States providing healthcare coverage through the U.S. Family Health Plan sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) for retired military and their dependents. In response to the increased awareness of terrorism in the United States and the theft of more than 500,000 personal health records from TriWest in 2003, the DoD is requiring all USFHP payers to pass an extensive physical, administrative, and information systems audit in order to retain their authority to operate (ATO). This required that no later than November 10, 2004, PMC meet and exceed by a huge margin the HIPAA Security rules effective on April 21, 2005!

Due to the impending DoD imposed deadline, iTM Managing Director Wayne Mackert assembled a team of Sr. Network Specialists, Windows 2000 Server Specialists, PC/LAN Technicians, Active Directory and Exchange Server Administrators, Documentation Specialists, and HIPAA Security Project Managers to accomplish a total upgrade and migration to compliant technology of more than 1000 computer and networking devices. This would normally take 9-12 months of planning and execution; however PMC only had 12 weeks to achieve the DoD certification or lose their authority to operate—a major blow to the company.

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Zix Corporation Selected by Sierra Health Services for Enterprise-wide Secure e-Messaging

Nevada Healthcare Company's Subsidiaries Include State's Largest HMO and Multi-Specialty Medical Group.

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, today announced that Sierra Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:SIE), a diversified healthcare company based in Las Vegas, has selected ZixCorp's ZixVPM(R) (Virtual Private Messenger) and ZixPort(R) solutions for system-wide email protection.

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International Healthcare Company Implements Validian Flash Communicator(TM) Pilot

Healthcare Company with More Than 20 Clinics in North America and Europe Begins Roll-Out of Validian's Secure, Scalable File-Exchange Solution

Validian Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: VLDI), a leader in the development of innovative application-level security software, announced that a leading international healthcare company is implementing an initial application of Validian Flash Communicator(TM) through licensed service provider, S.E. Networks, who will also host the service.

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Secure Elements Delivers Enterprise Vulnerability Management on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Secure Elements, Inc., a leader in enterprise vulnerability management and remediation, announced that its C5 Enterprise Vulnerability Management (EVM) solution is now delivered on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. In addition, Secure Elements is among the first independent software vendors (ISVs) to be certified on the recently released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

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BNX Security Survey Finds Identity Management Deployments for Healthcare Enterprises to Double in 2005

Survey Conducted at the 2005 HIMSS Show Polls Attendees on IT Drivers, Security Requirements and HIPAA Compliance Plans

BNX Systems(TM), a leading provider of enterprise Identity and Access Management solutions, announced that senior IT and security executives, surveyed at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Show, consider Identity Management as a top priority in their security strategy for 2005.

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Health Information Privacy (HIPAA) Notices Have Improved Public's Confidence That Their Medical information Is Being Handled Properly

However, public split on benefits of and privacy risks associated with Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

The new federal government regulations to protect the privacy of medical records appears to be having apositive effect in reducing abuses of privacy believed to be taking place andincreasing public confidence that personal information will be handledproperly. The number of U.S. adults who believe that their personal medicalinformation has been disclosed improperly has fallen, and most people who havereceived health privacy notices under the new regulations say this hasincreased their confidence that their privacy will be protected.

These are the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 1,012 U.S. adultssurveyed by telephone between February 8 and 13, 2005 by HarrisInteractive(R). This survey was designed with Professor Alan Westin ofColumbia University and the Center for Social and Legal Research.

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Question - Will Security of Patient Data Be Preserved? Bi-Annual U.S. Healthcare Industry HIPAA Survey Asks

Despite the Looming April 20, 2005, Deadline for the HIPAA Security Rule,the Survey Sponsored by Phoenix Health Systems and the Healthcare. Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Shows Low Compliance by Providers and Payers

Despite the April 20,2005, deadline for compliance with the Security Rule of the Health InsurancePortability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), only 30 percent of payers and 18percent of healthcare providers who responded to this bi-annual surveyindicate that they are compliant with these regulations. Results of theWinter 2005 survey, co-sponsored by Phoenix Health Systems and HIMSS, werereleased at the 2005 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Dallas, Texaslast week. The release of this survey marks the fifth year of tracking andreporting by these two organizations on the status of HIPAA compliance withinthe healthcare industry.

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Orthofix Deploys Intrusion's Compliance Commander to Handle HIPAA Compliance

State-of-the-Art Data Privacy System Eliminates False Positive Alerts and Blocks Potential HIPAA Violations

Intrusion Inc. (Nasdaq:INTZ) ("Intrusion") announced the successful deployment of its Compliance Commander HIPAA Compliance Module (HCM) at Orthofix International N.V. The HCM can instantly detect and block unencrypted electronic patient health information (ePHI) from being transmitted either deliberately or unintentionally. Additionally, the HCM forwards real-time alerts to Intrusion's web-based Compliance Commander monitor system to notify network administrators and HIPAA compliance officers of the violations. Alerts can also be sent via email and/or pager.

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Kasten Chase to Secure Sensitive Data for Ontario's Smart Systems For Health Agency

Kasten Chase (TSX:KCA), a developer of storage security solutions, has been selected by the Ontario Government's Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) to provide its Assurency(R) SecureData solution to secure the backup of sensitive health information.

"We are committed to the highest level of security and protection for personal health information," said Linda Weaver, Chief Technology Officer, SSHA, an innovative Ontario government agency that electronically connects doctors, hospitals, laboratories, public health offices, community care access centers and pharmacies, in order to improve the flow of patient information. "We believe that the introduction of encryption into our storage environment provides the information assurance necessary to meet our high standards of confidentiality."

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Survey: Safety Top Business Concern

Fifty-seven percent of surveyed health care information technology executives identified increasing patient safety as their most important business issue in the next two years, according to results of the 16th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, sponsored by Superior Consultant Co./ACS Healthcare Solutions, Dearborn, Mich.

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Zix Corporation Selected by Georgia Hospital Health Services to participate in the HIPAA Security Vendor Alliance

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, today announced it has been selected to participate in the Georgia Hospital Health Services' (GHHS) HIPAA Security Vendor Alliance.

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Leading Cause of Data Security Breaches Are Due to Insiders, Not Outsiders

Ponemon Study Reveals That the Most Likely Threat to Data Security Is Not the Outsider, But Rather Negligent, Incompetent or Malicious Corporate Insiders

According to a recent study jointly released by Vontu Inc., the leader in Data Loss Prevention solutions, and the Ponemon Institute, a research institute dedicated to privacy management practices in business and government, the most likely threat to information security is not the typical hacker, virus or worm, but rather the malicious or careless corporate insider.

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Top Hospitals Choose Sun Microsystems IT Platform for Enterprise-wide Healthcare Information Systems

Leading Clinical Applications Rely on Solaris, Sun's Highly Secure and Scalable Operating System

Leading healthcare delivery organizations, hospitals and medical centers are relying on SunMicrosystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) systems and software, including Solaris(TM),the most advanced operating system in the industry, to ensure the highestdegree of availability and security as they work to modernize their clinicalrecords systems. Sun is helping leading health care providers to securelymanage the patient data for hundreds of thousands of patients annually,including: The Children's Hospital, The Queen's Medical Center (QMC), and TheUniversity of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Sun's expertise insophisticated IT platforms combined with the premier software and services ofEpic Systems Corporation provides a secure platform for enterprise-wide healthcare information systems, which include electronic medical records (EMR) andcomputerized physician order entry (CPOE) technologies to help reduce medicalerrors, increase operational efficiencies and improve patient care.

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Banner Health Relies on HP and Bycast for Long-Term Storage of Medical Imaging Data

HP is making medical imaging storage and retrieval more reliable and manageable for Banner Health, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the United States.

Banner has selected a comprehensive HP solution in support of its Arizona Regional Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) Archive. By 2009, the archive is expected to grow to more than 1.2 petabytes of data -- more than 1,000 trillion bytes of data -- scaling to support seven medical facilities throughout central Arizona.

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Leading Healthcare Executives Cite Emerging Trends, Growing Role of Tablet PCs in Clinical Mobility Initiatives

Tablet PCs are playing an increasingly significant role in helping most leading health systems improve patient care and clinical productivity -- a trend expected to continue throughout 2005 and beyond, according to a consensus of independent healthcare executives comprising the Motion Computing(R) Health and Life Sciences Advisory Board.

In 2005, the advisory board also expects:

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Renews its Desktop/LAN IT-Infrastructure Contract with Concordant, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) has renewed its three-year agreement with Concordant. Under the agreement, Concordant assumes responsibility for optimizing and supporting the BCBSMA Desktop/LAN Services. This agreement expands the current number of services Concordant provides to BCBSMA to help address regulatory and security requirements.

"In the past three years, Concordant successfully completed several enterprise wide, strategic enhancements to our Desktop/LAN infrastructure," said Julie Atkins, Director Operation Delivery and Information Security, BSBSMA. "Based on their core competence in these technologies, combined with their knowledge of the regulatory compliance climate under which we operate, we look forward to another three-year partnership."

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HIPAA Alters Pharma Rep Strategy

As the number of pharma reps grows -- more than 85,000 pharma sales reps in the United States alone -- the fierce competition for physician face-time escalates. According to research from Cutting Edge Information, the sales reps who proactively address HIPAA guidelines with their target physicians will have greater access to discuss their own products.

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Caritas Christi Health Care's Network Receives Clean Bill of Health and Safeguards Online Patient Data Using Fortinet Network Security Platform

FortiGate(TM) Systems Eliminate Computer Viruses While Helping Health Care Provider Comply with HIPAA and Secure Internet Traffic in a Distributed 5,500+ User Network.

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Diagnostic Ultrasound Deploys Tumbleweed and Blocks Nearly 80% of Inbound Email as Spam; Tumbleweed's Dynamic Anti-Spam Service Blocks Unwanted Email at the Network Perimeter

Tumbleweed(R) Communications Corp. (NASDAQ:TMWD), the leading provider of email and file transfer security solutions, today announced that Diagnostic Ultrasound Corporation, a leading developer of innovative medical ultrasound devices, has implemented Tumbleweed's Email Firewall and Dynamic Anti-spam Service (DAS) to intercept spam, invalid email, and viruses automatically.

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S3 Investment Company Announces Contract with Queen of the Valley Hospital for Installation of COMPLY Enterprise HIPAA Compliance Solution Product

S3 Investment Company (OTCBB:SEIH) announced that TSPartner has reached an agreement with Queen of the Valley Hospital to implement the Securesoft COMPLY enterprise software solution as the comprehensive HIPAA compliance program for the hospital. The installation and implementation of the COMPLY product will take place over the next two weeks and be performed by the TSPartner technology implementation team headed by Chief Technology Officer Michael Salas.

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WellSpan Selects Courion for Automated User Provisioning; Courion's AccountCourier to Improve Service Levels, Increase Security and Reduce Costs

Courion(R) Corporation, a leading provider of self-service identity management solutions, announced that Wellspan Health selected Courion's award-winning user provisioning solution, AccountCourier(R), to improve customer service levels, increase security, achieve HIPAA compliance and reduce costs.

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Zix Corporation Chosen by Berkshire Health Systems for System-wide Secure e-Messaging

Massachusetts Healthcare and Teaching Hospital Signs Three-Year Contract for ZixVPM(R) and ZixPort(R) Services

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, announced that Berkshire Health Systems (BHS), a private, not-for-profit system that serves as the preeminent provider of healthcare services to Berkshire County and surrounding communities in Massachusetts, has selected ZixCorp solutions for system-wide email protection. The health system selected ZixCorp to assist with compliance of the secure email mandates of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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Zix Corporation Selected by Stormont-Vail HealthCare for e-Messaging Security

Kansas Hospital to Employ ZixVPM(R) and ZixPort(R) Communications Protection Services for 1,850 Users

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, announced that Stormont-Vail HealthCare, an integrated healthcare system that includes Kansas' second oldest hospital, has chosen ZixCorp solutions to protect its email system-wide. The health system selected ZixCorp to assist with compliance of the secure email mandates of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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Community Partnership of Southern Arizona Deploys GlobalCerts SecureMail Gateway for Email Encryption and HIPAA Compliance

GlobalCerts(TM) announced that Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA), a Tucson, Ariz.-based behavioral health administrative organization, has deployed the SecureMail Gateway(TM) in its network in Southern Arizona.

CPSA is the administrative organization responsible for the coordination of behavioral health treatment and prevention services in Southern and Southeastern Arizona. CPSA is a local, community-based, non-profit organization that is dedicated to ensuring individuals and families receive accessible, high-quality behavioral health services that are member and family driven, recovery oriented, respect cultural differences and foster hope and self-determination.

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HealthBridge Implements SSL VPN Remote Access Security Solution from Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:JNPR - News) announced that HealthBridge, an Internet service provider (ISP) and collaborative healthcare network serving the greater Cincinnati healthcare in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, has deployed its Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network (SSL VPN) solution to enable secure access to 28 different clinical applications and deliver more than 940,000 clinical results per month to 2,900 physicians.

"The NetScreen SSL VPN is the first technology that we have found that provides the level of remote access security necessary for the sensitive nature of healthcare data, as well as providing the flexibility and ease of administration necessary for managing a diverse network," said Rodney Cain, CTO at HealthBridge.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awards over $100 million in new contracts to CGI-AMS

CGI-AMS, part of CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), today announced the signing of several contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) totalingover US$100 million. CMS is the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responsible for the Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) programs. In addition, CMS is the primary agency responsible for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) implementation.

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Secure VPN Networks Help Pharmacies Increase Profits, Improve Customer Service

Net-Rx Uses SonicWALL VPN Solutions to Speed Transactions and Ease HIPAA-related Administration

Net-Rx, a specialist provider of IT operational consulting for pharmacies, announced that it is deploying secure VPN technology from SonicWALL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNWL), to help its 350 clients ensure business continuity, increase productivity and reduce the administration associated with HIPAA compliance, enabling pharmacy staff to spend more time serving their clients' needs.

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National Provider of Medical Reviews Uses Westbrook Technologies Document Management Software for HIPAA Compliancy, and Reduces Operational Fees

MCMC LLC (MCMC) is a national provider of independent medical reviews, examinations and related services. MCMC has an extensive panel of credentialed reviewers perform in excess of50,000 independent medical reviews and 18,000 independent medical examinations annually.

With Fortis document management software from Westbrook Technologies, MCMC complies with HIPAA regulations by e-mailing files among staff and making files available to physicians via an independent Web site that requires a security password.

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Cleveland Orthopedic Practice Uses Westbrook Technologies Document Management Software to Meet HIPAA Compliancy and Sees Over $150,000 in Savings

Founded in 1969, Horizon Orthopedic, Inc. has a distinguished reputation as a premier group of physicians providing non-operative and surgical orthopedic care to the greaterCleveland, Ohio area. With their latest technological advancement of creatingelectronic medical records, they are slated to save over $150,000 in filingcosts, supplies, outsourcing labor, space savings and copying fees over thenext two years.

Federal healthcare regulations including HIPAA, Medicare and Stark II haveset the stage for making electronic medical records a primary goal for thehealth care industry. In addition to addressing privacy issues, HIPAAestablishes a standard for electronic processing of health care claims includeestablishing security measures for all electronic data and an audit trail toidentify who is accessing health information.

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65% of Organizations Will Be Wireless by 2007, According to META Group; Advice to CIOs: Address Potential Challenges Before ''Unwiring''

By 2007, 65% of companies will deploy at least one wireless application, according to research released today by META Group, a leading provider of information technology (IT) research, advisory services, and strategic consulting. Messaging will top the most-wanted application list, with 50% of organizations enabling wireless e-mail within three years and 75% within four years. However, META Group projects that e-mail will serve merely as a starting gate for the enterprise wireless movement, not the finish line.

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