The Future of Healthcare IT is Open and Integrated

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Orchestrate Healthcare signs technology partnership with Bostech Corporation. The partnership brings together a common vision that the future of healthcare technology will be open and integrated, particularly in light of the new economic stimulus package and its focus on Health IT.

Bostech Corporation (http://www.bostechcorp.com) continues its strategic push to partner with leading healthcare providers by forming a partnership with Orchestrate Healthcare (http://www.orchestratehealthcare.com). The partnership brings together a common vision that the future of healthcare technology will be open and integrated, particularly in light of the new economic stimulus package and its focus on Health IT. Together, Bostech and Orchestrate Healthcare are able to provide perfect fit technology solutions to meet the requirements of today's healthcare industry.

The US Government's newly passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes billions of dollars in health information technology incentives for Healthcare IT to dramatically improve their operations. Payments under the Act are graduated in descending amounts from 2011 to 2015, followed by penalties for providers that do not use healthcare IT. The sooner a provider is ready to go with healthcare IT, the better their access will be to the funds and ability to avoid penalties.

For hospitals to qualify for incentives (starting at $2 million annually) providers must have certified electronic health record technology and be able to exchange and integrate electronic health information with other sources. Under the law's stipulations, healthcare IT must prove "meaningful use" and will require integrated applications to capture and report targeted data in order to claim incentives.

As a result, Healthcare organizations are pushing forward in anticipation of the requirements to make all levels of medical information easily exchanged. This open, yet integrated, flow of information will be the hallmark of healthcare technology initiatives going forward.

"The key is to look for solutions based on open standards and a more open architecture," says Charlie Cook, President, Orchestrate Healthcare, leading provider in Healthcare Technical Consulting Services. "Open standards promote easy interoperability of applications, which has not been the case with Healthcare solutions to date." A Service Oriented Architecture will simplify the ability to connect information within the hospital organization and allow for integration outside of the hospital as well. Cook continues, "The reality of an open, yet integrated, healthcare system enables organizations to do more with existing resources--especially important in these challenging times."

Orchestrate Healthcare was recently honored with the "Best in KLAS" Achievement Award for Technical Services. Orchestrate Healthcare offers consulting expertise and guidance for healthcare organizations considering the ramifications of the new requirements, and considering the potential of a more open, service-oriented platform, like Bostech's ChainBuilder ESB.

"One of our top corporate objectives is to partner with global consulting partners to support growth in the healthcare industry," says Jeff Bardash, Vice President of Sales and Strategic Alliances, Bostech Corporation. "Orchestrate Healthcare has a proven track record in healthcare, enabling Bostech to deliver cost-effective solutions. It is not as simple as hiring a software technician to make the transition, there is a need for qualified staff that know healthcare and hold experience with proven, service-oriented technology as shown with ChainBuilder ESB."

Open and integrated healthcare solutions, like the collaborative work provided by Bostech and Orchestrate Healthcare, align health organizations to not only comply but benefit from the future of healthcare IT allowing them to openly bridge and exchange content between their legacy applications, new technology, and into future requirements.

"We are excited to partner with Orchestrate Healthcare," says David Bourke, CEO, Bostech Corporation. He adds, "Orchestrate Healthcare shares our drive to represent the healthcare industry's best interests, especially at a time when healthcare providers who hold a vision for the future can reap tangible long-term benefits in terms of efficiency and also be rewarded monetarily by the government's healthcare initiative. It's a win for everyone -- both patient and healthcare provider."

To learn more about the future of Healthcare IT, visit the Orchestrate Healthcare booth (#368) at HIMSS 2009, April 4-8, in Chicago, IL. Or, email info (at) orchestratehealthcare (dot) com to schedule a face-to-face meeting at HIMSS.

About Orchestrate Healthcare (http://www.orchestratehealthcare.com)

Orchestrate Healthcare, the leader in Healthcare Technical Consulting Services, offers expert consulting services for healthcare technical projects. Orchestrate Healthcare works alongside internal IT department staff to provide technical services expertise, project management, project methodologies and process improvement. Orchestrate Healthcare earned the "Best in KLAS" Award for Technical Services in 2008 and has proven IT and healthcare expertise and a demonstrated knowledge of the competitive marketplace that enables them to bring its customers the best solutions.

About Bostech Corporation (http://www.bostechcorp.com)

Bostech enables companies to openly integrate new and existing software applications using an advanced middleware solution. The ChainBuilder ESB solution utilizes graphical interfaces to allow rapid SOA deployment through drag-and-drop functionality coupled with easy to use wizards. Bostech delivers a complete host of products, subscriptions and services so every client - from individual developers to software partners - can succeed. Bostech Corporation is privately owned with operations in the United States and China.

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