VeriCenter to Manage Enterprise Servers for MedAmerica, Inc.

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Hosted portal application enables leading healthcare company to provide web-based physician practice management solutions for well-known physician groups across the U.S.

The increasing requirements on IT infrastructure availability, combined with the rapid pace of change in today’s medical IT environment, present a significant business challenge, both in terms of people and hard dollars. That’s why outsourcing to VeriCenter’s managed services for our enterprise infrastructure is so important to our continued success.

VeriCenter, Inc. and MedAmerica, Inc. today announced that VeriCenter is providing managed hosting services for MedAmerica’s portal solution for physician practice management. MedAmerica is a nationally recognized medical practice support and consulting company.

“The resources required to operate and maintain IT infrastructure in the healthcare industry have grown exponentially over the past few years because of several factors, including government regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 24x7 access information and online applications,” said Nancy Burghart-Hall, CIO of MedAmerica. “The increasing requirements on IT infrastructure availability, combined with the rapid pace of change in today’s medical IT environment, present a significant business challenge, both in terms of people and hard dollars. That’s why outsourcing to VeriCenter’s managed services for our enterprise infrastructure is so important to our continued success.”

VeriCenter manages infrastructure from which MedAmerica’s Portal serves individual physicians and physician management practices across the country. The portal is a key component in delivering practice management services to 2,200 physicians and physician extenders at 120 hospitals, 36 ambulatory care and occupational health practices, and eight correctional medicine sites. These practitioners care for approximately 5 million patients annually.

“We’re not losing sleep over service interruptions and security issues as we had in the past,” Mike Harrington, MedAmerica CEO says. “Equally important, our users commented on a performance increase as soon as we went live with VeriCenter.”

MedAmerica provides a broad scope of services as well as expert consultation to some of the foremost medical groups in the country including California Emergency Physicians, the leading democratic partnership of emergency physicians in the country. Hospital sites consist of district and county hospitals and trauma centers, as well as independent non-profit and academic university hospitals, including Tenet, Sharp, Sutter, Memorial Health, CHW, Adventist, and the Hospital Corporation of America.

“Technology is central to successful delivery of healthcare services,” said Gray Hall, CEO and president of VeriCenter. “Yet that doesn’t mean technology needs to be managed internally. For healthcare organizations such as MedAmerica, moving to an outsourced hosting solution with VeriCenter provides greater efficiency and ensures availability of mission-critical applications at all times. We are pleased to add MedAmerica to our growing list of customers.”

VeriCenter’s SAS 70 – Type II compliant data center facilities are also critical to its healthcare customers. Healthcare providers must comply with regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, which ensures patients' privacy. The SAS 70 audit is designed to provide guidance to auditors engaged to issue reports on a service organization’s controls and make certain healthcare customers meet those regulatory requirements.

“By outsourcing these functions to VeriCenter, we’re able to better devote our IT resources to serve our healthcare practitioners instead of managing our IT infrastructure,” Burghart-Hall said. “Now my IT staff can focus on delivering the very best in customer service, database management and clinical information analysis, and application development.”

About MedAmerica, Inc.

Founded in 1975, MedAmerica is a nationally recognized medical practice support and consulting company. It offers innovative products and services to support emergency, primary, and hospital-based care. MedAmerica provides practice management services to 2,200 physicians and physician extenders at 120 hospitals, 36 ambulatory care and occupational health practices, and eight correctional medicine sites. These practitioners care for nearly 5 million patients annually. The MedAmerica family includes MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc., and MedAmerica Financial Services, Inc. Visit http://www.medamerica.com for more information.

About VeriCenter, Inc.

VeriCenter, Inc. is a leading managed service provider that delivers enterprise hosting and infrastructure outsourcing services. Customers can select from a comprehensive range of services including management of servers, storage, networks, appliances, databases and security. VeriCenter centrally delivers these services through automated systems via our nationwide data center facilities. Clients benefit from reduced network management costs and improved overall business operations by leveraging VeriCenter's infrastructure and managed services expertise. Please visit: http://www.vericenter.com or read our customer case studies http://www.vericenter.com/customers/index.aspx.

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