Healthcare News March 29, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Senators hit HHS more than $70 million in Medicare overpayments

    A bipartisan group of Senate Finance Committee members said Thursday that the federal Medicare agency isn’t doing enough to prevent overpayments.

    The senators pointed to a new Health and Human Services Department report that says Medicare has lost $70 million due to overpayments to companies that supply durable medical equipment — heavy-duty items like hospital beds and wheelchairs.

    Most of the $70 million won’t be recovered, Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said.

  • Doctors push ‘doc fix’ in light of Medicare Advantage controversy

    The controversy over proposed Medicare Advantage cuts shows the need for Congress to pass a permanent “doc fix,” the American Medical Association said Thursday.

    The AMA — the nation’s largest lobbying group for doctors — latched on to a letter from Congress’s Medicare advisory board that recommended a permanent fix.

    The prospects for a permanent solution have brightened somewhat this year, thanks to a big price cut from the Congressional Budget Office. And there is bipartisan support for repealing Medicare’s payment formula, if lawmakers can agree on a way to pay for it.

  • GOP senators press HHS on Medicare fraud

    Republican senators on Thursday questioned why the Obama administration hasn’t used new fraud-prevention tools in its signature healthcare law.

    Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Tom Coburn (Okla.) pressed the Health and Human Services Department over its new power to place a temporary moratorium on admitting new doctors in areas that are susceptible to Medicare fraud.

    Certain types of medicine and certain geographic areas are known as hotbeds for Medicare fraud. The healthcare law gave HHS the power to suspend new doctors and suppliers who pose a high risk of Medicare fraud, but Hatch and Grassley said the department hasn’t used that authority.

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