Healthcare News October 24, 2012

  • Holtz-Eakin: IPAB will hurt innovation, ration care

    The cost-control panel created by President Obama’s healthcare law could move Medicare “dangerously close to a rationed system,” conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin says in a new policy analysis.

    Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director who was the chief domestic policy adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, is taking aim at the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

    The IPAB is a 15-member board of healthcare experts tasked with slowing the growth in Medicare spending. It has become a centerpiece of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s attack on the Affordable Care Act, as they charge that it will be a de facto “rationing” board for Medicare.

  • Verizon Introduces Cloud Portfolio to Help Health Care Industry Meet HIPAA Security Requirements

    Services Will Safeguard Electronic Protected Health Information; Industry to Benefit from Ability to Collaborate and Share Information 

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Enterprise Solutions today unveiled a comprehensive cloud and data center infrastructure portfolio specifically designed to help the health care industry meet the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for safeguarding electronic protected health information.

    Verizon is one of the first top-tier providers to offer these specialized services, which will include the secure storing of electronic protected health information (ePHI) in Verizon’s Terremark data centers. With the cloud, health care professionals can collaborate, share patient information in near real-time and store large volumes of data for electronic health records and radiology images. In addition, health care organizations can centralize their data so they can operate more efficiently.

    Available immediately, the new portfolio offers Verizon clients in the health care, insurance, pharmaceutical and supporting industries a full range of public and private cloud services that meet applicable physical, administrative and technical security controls under HIPAA.

    The new health-care-enabled services are:  Colocation, Managed Hosting, Enterprise Cloud, Enterprise Cloud Express Edition, and Enterprise Cloud Private Edition.  Along with each service, Verizon also provides a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement, through which Verizon works closely with clients to safeguard their patients’ ePHI*.

    “Today’s health care provider is faced with the enormous and costly burden of protecting personal health information for patients,” said Dr. Peter Tippett, chief medical officer and vice president of Verizon’s health IT practice. “To address this need, we are bringing to market a suite of cloud services that enables health care providers to secure patient data while offloading the burden of building and managing their own data centers.  By enabling a connected health care system, we intend to transform U.S. health care delivery.”

    Experts believe the market for secure and reliable computing and security solutions will grow rapidly through 2014 as physicians, clinics and hospitals move from paper-based to electronic record keeping in an effort to improve patient care and reduce costs.  The U.S. government has mandated that health care providers transition to electronic health records within two years or face penalties through reduced Medicare and Medicaid payments.

    “Health industry CIOs have a pressing need for reliable, financially secure third parties or business associates that will help address the technical, physical and administrative safeguard requirements under HIPAA security rules,” said Lynne Dunbrack, program director, Connected Health IT at IDC.  “Offering a secure computing capability backed by strong performance-level agreements will be compelling to these CIOs.”  .

    All health-care-focused offerings are provided from Terremark’s cloud-enabled data centers in Miami, Fla., and Culpeper, Va., which meet a rigorous set of applicable HIPAA security controls as well as other security requirements.  These include PCI-DSS Level 1 Compliant Service Provider, ITIL v3 based best practices, and facility clearances up to Department of Defense, Top Secret.  In addition, Terremark’s world-class facilities provide stringent service-level agreements on power, environmentals and availability in order to provide an enterprise-class experience for clients.

    Verizon’s health IT practice offers a comprehensive portfolio of managed, IT and consulting services for the health care industry to help transform patient care delivery, enhance access to care and better manage costs.

    *Each client remains responsible for ensuring that it complies with HIPAA and all other applicable laws and regulations.

    Verizon Communications Inc.

    (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 94 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 188,000.  For more information, visit

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    2. Mobile Clinician Practice Improves Efficiency & Security with Online Tech’s HIPAA Compliant Cloud
    3. ‘Simple, Common-Sense Approach’ to Data Security and Interoperability Are Key to Transforming U.S. Health Care System, Verizon Executive Says

  • Florida International University and CareCloud Partner to Provide Health Informatics Students Access to CareCloud Charts, Its National Electronic Health Record Platform

    MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The Chief Technology Officer of CareCloud, a Miami-based provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing software and services for medical practices, headed back to school at Florida International University (FIU) the other day. Tom Packert showed up for class in the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems program, but not as a student. Instead, he came to launch a unique partnership between CareCloud and FIU that will let students in the Master’s program access CareCloud Charts, its electronic health record software, as if they were physicians or practice administrators with their own practices.

    Mr. Packert described CareCloud’s holistic approach to the health care system, explaining the company’s perspectives on how to create and deploy a modern technology infrastructure in an industry that often runs on solutions built three or four decades ago. He also lectured the students on cybersecurity and defusing the threats posed by hackers and cybercriminals, showing them an online application that he uses to encrypt all of his website logins. For this HIPAA-compliant class, his advice was well-received.

    Ian Bjorsvik, CareCloud’s EHR specialist, then provided an overview of the electronic health record and practice management systems. As part of the new partnership, each student in the class will be given a login and full access to all of CareCloud’s software features, just as medical staff in a clinic would have. This new program will enable FIU students to work with the latest electronic health record technology for a unique perspective on how technology can impact every aspect of a medical practice.

    “The partnering between FIU and CareCloud is an example of how a major institution of education can work with local, innovative companies to prepare students for leadership positions once they graduate. By integrating health care management with training in the use of health information technology, FIU is working proactively to prepare a cohort of Master’s students for their role as agents of transformation in health care delivery,” said Faculty Director, MS HI&MS, Prof. Neera Bhansali. “This program combines practical applications of health information theories and concepts for more effectively managing an organization’s resources and improving the delivery of health care services.”

    “We are thrilled to partner with FIU on this exciting new collaboration that will allow its students access to our cloud-based platform. These students represent the next wave of healthcare professionals who will demand that all technology be as intuitive and easy to use as Facebook and Twitter – accelerating the industry’s current move away from antiquated stand-alone software and toward cloud-based technologies,” said Albert Santalo, Chairman and CEO of CareCloud. “ Given the growth of our platform, we envision working with additional universities to create a modern healthcare ecosystem and spur innovation.”

    Most of the students in the new FIU Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems program are health care professionals. With the hands-on experience of using the CareCloud software, they stand to gain valuable knowledge in the technology of health care’s future. Class instructor, Dr. Christopher Sullivan, notes “My students are eager to learn about medical informatics, so access to first class health care software like CareCloud optimizes their educational opportunity.”

    About Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School of Business

    The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems is designed for health care professionals who desire to increase their knowledge of health information management and improve their skills in health information technology. Each course is designed to integrate information technology and management principles with healthcare delivery processes. For more information visit:

    About CareCloud

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

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

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    3. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Names CareCloud CEO Technology Entrepreneur of Year

  • CapSite 2012 Ambulatory EHR and PM Study Released

    CapSite released their 2012 U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Practice Management (PM) Study.  Highlights include:

    • 43% of U.S. Physician Groups Plan to Join a Health Information Exchange (HIE)
    • Strategies Around Accountable Care
    • Primary Drivers Behind EHR Purchasing Decisions
    • Considered Vendors for Practice Management (PM) Solutions

    Burlington, VT, September 28, 2012 – CapSite™ announces the release of their 4th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Practice Management (PM) Study.  The study represents unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 950 physician groups on the market adoption, market share, market opportunity and vendor mind share across the U.S. physician market.

    The 2012 Ambulatory EHR & PM study is the most recent in a series of CapSite strategic industry reports focused on assessing the impact of the HITECH Act of 2009.

    This is our fourth in-depth assessment of the Ambulatory EHR marketplace, and we continue to see significant progress in the adoption of Ambulatory EHR solutions across all segments of the market.       

    Additionally, we found physician groups are making headway in attesting to EHR  Meaningful Use for Stage 1 and beginning to formulate strategies for transitioning to new accountable care reimbursement models.” says CapSite Sr. VP and GM, Gino Johnson.

    The study includes Voice of Customer (VOC) insight on physician group:

    • Progress on attesting to Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU)
    • Status on receiving incentive funding for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU)
    • Plans for purchasing or upgrading Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
    • Primary drivers behind decisions to replace current Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
    • Strategies for transitioning to accountable care reimbursement models

    Vendor Market and Mind Share coverage includes:

    Acumen, ADP AdvancedMD, Allscripts, Amazing Charts, Aprima, athenahealth, BioMedix, Cerner, CPSI, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway, Healthland, HMS, McKesson, Meditech, MedNet, MedPlus, MED3000, NextGen, OptumInsight, Practice Fusion, Siemens, Vitera

    About CapSite™

    The CapSite database provides unique transparency on healthcare technology pricing and packaging.

    CapSite is a healthcare technology research and advisory firm.  Our mission is to help our healthcare vendor and provider clients make more informed strategic decisions.  The CapSite™ database is the trusted, easy-to-use online resource, providing critical knowledge and evidence-based information on healthcare technology purchases.  The CapSite database represents more than 150 healthcare technology categories and 1,500 vendors.

    When it comes to healthcare technology research, it helps to see all the details. Those details are now available with CapSite™.

    To obtain a complimentary copy of the report Table of Contents, visit

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    3. Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) Partnering with CapSite to Assist Healthcare Providers in Adopting EHRs

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