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Cholesterol drug Repatha prevents heart attacks but is it too expensive? March 17, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
While some doctors are celebrating the medication as a major achievement against heart disease, others said they expect more from a drug that costs $14,000 per year.
Trump's budget proposal takes $15 billion from HHS March 17, 2017 | Henry Powderly - Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Finance
The president's proposal would move AHRQ into the NIH, cut $4.2 billion from LIHEAP, but add $500 million to support substance abuse programs.
5 ways the GOP health bill would reverse course on the Affordable Care Act March 13, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
The budget rule Congress is using limits them from repealing the entire law and they are likely to keep some of the most popular provisions. Here's a look at major changes.
Leaked ACA replacement reveals Republicans plans to drop tax credits for the wealthy March 06, 2017 | Bill Siwicki - Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News
If it passes, the latest version would enact Medicaid block grants to U.S. states and phase out Medicaid expansion for low-income adults.
HITRUST tunes security framework for smaller medical groups March 02, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
The new iteration comes after HITRUST heard from smaller practices who are looking to meet regulatory requirements and bolster cybersecurity.
Urban and rural hospitals dread losing ground with ACA repeal March 02, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals have already warned of "an unprecedented public health crisis" if Congress and Trump hastily repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Former House speaker John Boehner: Most of the ACA will remain intact February 27, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
The former Ohio Rep. pointed to coverage for pre-existing conditions and kids up to 26 years old as well as subsidies for those who can't afford insurance and aren't on Medicaid as provisions that Congress is likely to keep.
Q&A: Obama's drug czar says opioid crisis must continue to be a federal priority February 13, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Michael Botticelli, who ran the White House's Office of National Drug Policy, took a public health approach to fighting widespread opioid abuse and said that Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act could compromise anti-addiction efforts.
What made Obamacare succeed in some states? Hint: It's not politics February 13, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Insurer competition varied widely within states, with the most dramatic differences between urban and rural areas. The more populated regions tended to have more insurance competition and better-priced plans than rural areas.
Tom Price confirmed as HHS Secretary February 13, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
Price needed no Democratic nods in the 52-47 party-line vote as Republicans hold a majority in the Senate.
Employers fret job-based coverage vulnerable to fallout from GOP health law overhaul February 03, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Any new health law needs substantial revenue to replace the Cadillac tax as well as ACA taxes on health insurers, medical devices and high-income households that paid for care expansion -- assuming those measures are repealed. Otherwise, it risks stranding the millions getting government-subsidized Obamacare coverage.
5 things to know about Trump's Supreme Court pick February 03, 2017 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
Judge Neil Gorsuch has a history of pushing back on federal agencies and regulations particular to healthcare. Let's take a look.
6 Senators who confronted HHS secretary pick Tom Price have health care stocks too January 19, 2017 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
The major concern is that members of Congress will help pass laws to benefit companies in which they own stock.
NQF releases guidance to reduce unnecessary variation in quality measures January 06, 2017 | Mike Miliard - Contributing Editor
The National Quality Forum also called for a comprehensive database of measures.
Trump picks Homeland Security head December 27, 2016 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
The President-elect also gave the post a higher level of importance than it has had in the past, thereby signaling Trump's focus on cybersecurity, from IoT attacks to ransomware plaguing the healthcare industry.
Montana emerging as a model for Medicaid work requirement December 27, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
A voluntary work program in the state is helping to make people healthier and getting them off social programs while also preparing them for higher wage jobs.
If Republicans repeal health law, how will they pay for replacement? December 27, 2016 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Along with vowing to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Republicans pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats intended to pay for the law. Without that funding, the government will have far less money to spend on whatever they opt for as a replacement.
Data breaches spike 60 percent in November December 19, 2016 | Jessica Davis - Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
The cause of data breaches? Insiders were responsible for more than half and errors were more common than wrongdoing, according to a new report.
PwC: 10 changes coming to healthcare in 2017 December 19, 2016 | Jack McCarthy - Contributing Writer
The next 12 months promise opportunity alongside uncertainty, with the Affordable Care Act's fate coming into question as the industry moves into value-based care and girds for other advances.
OCR reveals onsite HIPAA audits are planned for 2017 December 09, 2016 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
The Office for Civil Rights within Health and Human Services offered advice about assessments.

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A primer on e-prescribing controlled substances June 08, 2015 | Aaron Gomez - EPCS and CSOS Program Director at Drummond Group
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New York is leading the way in requiring all prescriptions -- including those for controlled substances -- to be processed electronically. More states are expected to follow. Here's how to prepare for EPCS.
4 ways to optimize meaningful use, quality reporting and value-based care work May 21, 2015 | Beth Houck - Vice President of Client Services for SA Ignite
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Regulatory compliance efforts should not be viewed in a vacuum. Here's a fresh perspective for medical practices.
10 things to know about Medicare's new payment programs May 14, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Now that the sustainable growth rate saga has come to an end, a new era is upon us. Medical Practice Insider outlines the two basic pathways to payment and what you should understand about both.
SGR repeal opens doors to big data May 07, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act includes a section that could double the amount of claims data available for analysis intended to improve practice performance.
5 areas to watch for an SGR-fix amendment April 09, 2015 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Observers in Washington say politicians and lobbyists have been busy pushing their agendas during Congressional recess. Here's what could happen when the Senate reconvenes on Monday.
How to use CMS' Surrogacy program: Part One March 04, 2015 | David Zetter - Founder and Consultant at Zetter HealthCare
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Many practices are mired in confusion about online enrollment in various Medicare programs. Here's how you can simplify things.
HIPAA compliance on a small practice budget February 04, 2015 | Cam Roberson - Director of the Reseller Channel for Beachhead Solutions
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Audits show that small practices have a particularly tough time keeping up with requirements.
5 strategies for managing compliance January 28, 2015 | Dan Nerroth - Chief Information Officer at Stericycle, Inc.
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Regulatory compliance will always soak up time and resources. Here's how technology can help make your practice more efficient and cost-effective in areas such as OHSA and HIPAA.
5 surefire ways to lose your medical license January 06, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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These doctors came up with some creative, if not surprising, ways to find themselves out of a career. Here's a look at what not to do.
Promising payment changes coming to telehealth December 11, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Public and private insurers are moving in the same direction — increasing acceptance of mobile and connected health's capabilities. Physicians stand to benefit from new areas of authorized payment.
HIPAA-compliant file sharing tools for the medical practice December 03, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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A new class of software is emerging to help physician groups share information in a secure yet inexpensive way. And it may prove as simple as using a DropBox folder.
How does HIPAA handle armed robbery of physician's encrypted devices? November 20, 2014 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
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Boston's Brigham and Women's hospital is working through that question after a doctor was accosted at knifepoint and forced to hand over passcodes to a laptop and phone containing patient data.
Is your office in compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule? November 13, 2014 | Kimberly Danebrock, RN, JD - Senior Risk Management and Patient Safety Specialist for the Cooperative of American Physicians
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Failure to follow the rule could be costly. Avoid violations by implementing these measures.
Prevent business associates from putting your practice at risk October 13, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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While outsourcing PHI allows practices to keep pace with hospitals and giant health organizations, this very act is inherently risky. Do you know what your business associates are doing in the name of HIPAA security?
What to be wary of in the new site detailing industry money to docs September 30, 2014 | Charles Ornstein - ProPublica
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The government's new website on drug and device company ties to doctors will be incomplete and may be misleading -- for now.
How to talk to your patients about the Sunshine Act September 30, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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CMS has made public its "new system of records," and your patients probably have a lot of questions if they've been looking through the data. Find out how to answer them here.
8 usability traits that define the ideal EHR September 17, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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The AMA detailed a list of priorities to create more usable EHRs. Here's what an ideal system would look like.
Get ready for another round of OCR audits July 22, 2014 | Rick Kam, CIPP - President and Co-founder, ID Experts
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Beginning in Fall 2014, expect the Office for Civil Rights to specifically target HITECH provisions that were high sources of compliance failures during last year's first round.
Don't let your practice get stung by 'snooping' July 22, 2014 | Mary A. Chaput, MBA, HCISPP, CIPP/US, CIPM - CFO and Chief Compliance Officer at Clearwater Compliance
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The most common HIPAA violation happens when employees take an unauthorized look at the medical records of patients. Here's what you can do to prevent this form of willful neglect -- and the penalties that come with it.
Where to get free HIPAA help June 23, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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Practices don't need a high-priced consultant to shore up potential problem areas in protecting health information. These 3 resources can help practices get started.

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Forget Telemedicine Complexity. Get Reimbursed Faster. December 22, 2015 | Resource Central
Telemedicine reimbursement is one of the most common obstacles to telehealth integration. Review the benefits of telehealth to patients and practices, the challenges of reimbursement, and how to overcome complexities to quickly generate revenue.
Why small security breaches can be damaging December 14, 2015 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
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The actual harm in big breaches has thus far been minimal when compared to what happens when a particular individual's medical record is exposed.
ICD-10: The early days October 08, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD - Family Physician, South River, N.J.
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One doctor's experience with ICD-10 has been fraught with disruptive glitches.
So many state HIPAAs vexing providers July 13, 2015 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
With so many different regulations to manage, is now the time to revise or even kill HIPAA altogether?
Does SGR demise doom the private practice? May 18, 2015 | Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
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The SGR needed to be repealed, but the new law puts no responsibility on patients for bad lifestyle choices while doctors bear the financial burden.
Why even small HIPAA breaches can be costly and dangerous May 05, 2015 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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"New threat actors and agendas are changing the risk climate," while "settlements in individual cases could run to the millions of dollars."
Tweets you missed while screening for measles and researching HoloLens February 06, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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We detail the top health hashtags, tweets and twit pics that have emerged at the start of February.
Look who's talking about the frustrations of meaningful use January 09, 2015 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week, we focus exclusively on what you and your fellow providers had to say about meaningful use and why you're not attesting for Stage 2.
3 federal laws that impact physician salary December 02, 2014 | Christina Hynes Mesco - Attorney at the Prinz Law Firm
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Make sure your compensation arrangement does not conflict with pertinent regulations in these primary laws.
Why medical marijuana fell short in Florida November 06, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
Nearly a 9:1 favorable margin disappeared over the course of a few months. Did patients in need lose out or were opponents correct in saying the drug amendment had a dangerous loophole?
What the new Republican Congress means for healthcare November 05, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
GOP influence will likely be felt in a push for health IT reform, while physician reimbursement issues remain to be sorted out.
How will physicians cope with chaos in the healthcare system? Here's how three industry leaders see things shaking out.
Do we innovate or legislate our way out of the healthcare mess? September 25, 2014 | Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
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The efforts of entrepreneurs and the effects of government intervention aren't mutually exclusive when it comes to bending the cost curve.
Ebola has the President's attention September 09, 2014 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The Obama Administration considers the African outbreak a national security priority here in the U.S.
Clearing up confusion about new meaningful use rule September 04, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
CMS wants to set the record straight on providers' selection of the reporting period and the subsequent timeline for attestation.
Look who's talking about the FDA, practice independence and bad bills July 25, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
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Welcome back to "Doc Talk." This week is all about FDA app regulation, securing practice independence and bills gone bad.
Mobile medical apps could be too much to handle for the FDA July 14, 2014 | Eric Wicklund - Editor, mHealth News
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Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could be heading toward a showdown over regulation of mobile medical apps.
Look who's questioning HIEs, upcoding and patient safety July 11, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Welcome to this week's "Doc Talk," wherein we discuss due diligence for HIE participation, upcoding hype and an ideal national patient safety board.
Why Congress needs to create a national patient safety board July 09, 2014 | Matt Murray, MD - Emergency pediatrician at Cook Children’s Health Care System and chairman of the Texas Medical Association's health IT committee.
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In a phrase: Health IT-related risks. And the FDASIA report simply doesn’t have enough "teeth" in that respect.
Are vertical exchanges the future of HIX? July 08, 2014 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
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It's still early but exchanges are emerging to serve very specific populations in vertical industries. One such HIX, for instance, is geared toward bars and restaurants.
ACP reacts to Supreme Court decision on ACA's coverage mandates July 01, 2014 | David A. Fleming, MD, FACP - President of the American College of Physicians
Allowing employers to carve-out exemptions to the health law's requirements that insurance plans cover evidence-based preventive services without cost-sharing could create barriers to patients receiving appropriate medical care as recommended by their physicians.

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ZirMed introduces Direct Secure Messaging for Clinical Link April 22, 2014 | Medical Practice Insider Staff
New functionality enables secure, HIPAA-compliant provider-to-provider messaging with any provider in the U.S.
Meditab Software, developers of IMS has partnered with Surescripts to offer its clients a comprehensive Health Information Exchange service on a common platform.
DataMotion (www.datamotion.com), an established cloud-based data delivery provider, today announced DataMotion Direct, a secure email service that enables healthcare industry organizations to integrate with the Direct Project and meet real-world secure communications needs. This announcement also marks DataMotion’s expanded company focus as it begins operations as a health information service provider (HISP).
ADP AdvancedMD, a leader in all-in-one, cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM), and medical scheduling software as well as medical billing services, today announced a webinar titled “Preparing for the 2013 Medicare Cut and Improving Your Practice’s Long Term Financial Performance,” with Frank Irving, editor of PhysBizTech and Anne M. Dunne, Director of Healthcare Management Consulting, Grassi & Co, an ADP AdvancedMD partner. The complimentary webinar takes place on Thursday, October 18 from 12-12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9-9:30 a.m. Pacific time. Participants will learn about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) rule imposing a seven percent reduction in specialists’ pay for 2013, on top of proposed “sustainable growth” reductions of 27 percent.
MAXIMUS, a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced today that four of the Company’s leading subject matter experts on Medicaid program administration will be presenters at the Medicaid Enterprise Systems (MES) Conference: “Healthcare History In The Making.” The MES Conference, formerly known as the Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) Conference, brings together thought leaders from the public and private sectors to share ideas and information related to Medicaid systems and initiatives.
Practice Fusion – the nation's largest doctor-patient community – and the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) are teaming up to help medical professionals across New Jersey quickly and easily start using Practice Fusion's free Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The partnership, the first of its kind for Practice Fusion, aims to provide doctors with all the resources they need to qualify for up to $44,000 in Meaningful Use incentives, a federal program designed to promote EMR usage.
HIMSS, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and Healthcare IT News, the industry's leading news source for health IT, have partnered to present The Privacy & Security Forum. The event will bring together CIOs and IT executives for a day-and-a-half of collaboration, networking and presentations by leading health IT professionals, industry thought leaders and key government officials.
Over the past two years, Oregon's Health Information Technology Extension Center (O-HITEC) has been working with Oregon healthcare providers to overcome the challenges of adopting and implementing electronic health records (EHRs).
26% of primary care physicians report poor financial health in the most recent QuantiaMD Physician Wellbeing Index. This financial instability, coupled with mounting professional challenges, and a dearth of incentives, are major factors driving new physicians away from primary care and into more lucrative subspecialties. This trend is especially worrying at a time when key aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) rely heavily on primary care physicians for success.
CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic healthcare record (EHR) and medical billing software and services, today announced that Doctors Access, Inc., a nearly 20 year old practice management company and a division of iPractice Group, has entered into a unique partnership with CareCloud. Through this agreement, Doctors Access will utilize CareCoud’s platform in its new cloud-based practice management offering, Doctors Access Pro™, which will be made available to the approximately 500 current users of the Doctors Access practice management software.
A June 2012 report by the Office of the Inspector General offers a look into the utilization of electronic health records (EHR) solutions. This report, titled Use of Electronic Health Records in 2011 Among Medicare Physicians Providing Evaluation and Management Services, shows progress in adoption, signaling that many practices are on board.
As the global economy emerges from recession into a new period of growth, market data and analysis will become even more essential to companies seeking to compete on the global stage. Telemedicine, teleradiology, and telemonitoring systems are poised for tremendous growth through the middle part of the decade, and with premium market research from the world's leading publishers on the topic, Global Information Inc. will help businesses stay on the cutting edge with the best forecasts, research, and analyses.
Giffen Solutions, Inc., a market leading electronic health communications company founded by physicians, announced today that its revolutionary new app designed specifically for patients, MedXCom Patient, is now available for use by the general public. This is the only app on the market to offer a HIPAA compliant, secure way to communicate with your doctor and their office staff while giving you, the patient, total control of your medical information. The new app MedXCom Patient is available at the iPhone store at no charge.
In order to receive reimbursement for patient claims, U.S. healthcare providers must begin using a revised global system for classifying medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures by Oct. 1, 2014.  While more than two years sounds like plenty of time to implement a new system, the number of possible diagnostic codes will increase dramatically from 14,000 to 68,000, while the number of inpatient codes will increase from 4,000 to 87,000. Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., suggests steps that providers can implement ahead of the conversion deadline for a smoother transition.
ZirMed, a preeminent provider of revenue cycle and information solutions for healthcare, today announced it has achieved full accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). EHNAC's HNAP accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.
VigiLanz(R) Corporation, a leading digital health care software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider headquartered in Minneapolis, forecasted today that demand for real-time, clinical decision support surveillance systems to manage inpatient and outpatient populations served by health care providers across America will rapidly increase, as a result of the decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mobile devices—thumb drives, smartphones, external hard drives, tablets and laptops—are increasingly exposing protected health information (PHI) in the healthcare space, with threat risks growing, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Mobile devices pose significant risks for privacy incidents for healthcare organizations, providers and entities responsible for safeguarding protected health information (PHI) under Federal HITECH and HIPAA regulations. Since patient data can be moved, processed and shared via personal cell phones and tiny USB flash drives, the Bring-Your-Own-Device phenomenon can wreak havoc on a hospital. To assist healthcare entities reduce privacy incidents resulting from mobile risks, 13 experts—representing legal, data breach prevention, technology, healthcare IT, and security—offer top tips for healthcare organizations.
Ohio orthopedic center selects new EHR June 11, 2012 | Industry Release
eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, has announced that Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence, has chosen eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution for its 59 providers across multiple locations. Use of this technology will help improve practice speed and efficiency.
CipherCloud, a leading provider of cloud information protection gateways for public and private clouds, today unveiled CipherCloud for Gmail, the industry's first data-at-rest encryption solution for Gmail that addresses the challenges faced by organizations with data privacy and compliance requirements. The new solution, announced at Cloud Expo New York, also provides additional security capabilities without affecting application performance or the end user experience, and it requires no changes to the application.
DPR, a technology company that delivers intelligent imaging informatics solutions for the radiology industry, today announced it has entered into an agreement with M*Modal™, (MModal Inc.), a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ technologies. DPR has embedded M*Modal Fluency Direct™ technology, which fully leverages the contextual understanding of a physician's narrative, into CaseReader™, a highly advanced intelligent post-processing, structured reporting software solution. Integrating the products dramatically improves the efficiency, effectiveness and accuracy of managing, analyzing and organizing CT, PET-CT and MRI images.

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