SIOS Ensures Business Continuity for Electronic Medical Records

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SIOS Partners with Virtual Corp. for protecting EMR environments; companies to present Sept. 14 webinar on availability of critical medical data

SIOS Technology Corp. a leader in providing cloud computing, data center management and business continuity solutions to enterprises, today announced a strategic partnership with Virtual Corp. to support SIOS’ global business of protecting Linux and Windows Server environments used for electronic medical records (EMR).

Virtual, a leading business continuity consulting and software development company, works with SIOS through the company’s Continuity Assessment and Resiliency Evaluation (CARE) program, which assesses the data protection and business continuity needs of entities such as hospitals and healthcare facilities. The creator of the Business Continuity Maturity Model® (BCMM®), Virtual is enhancing its professional services with CARE, offering consulting, assessment and recommendations for improving business continuity platforms and procedures at hospitals and other enterprises.

There are two compelling reasons that healthcare organizations find this offering so timely. First, the federal government is providing incentives to qualifying doctors and healthcare entities that implement EMR systems at their facilities. Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), physicians and qualified healthcare organizations can receive up to $44,000 in Medicare bonuses once they have EMR systems in place. Second, once implemented, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires healthcare entities to develop a contingency plan for responding to downtime that impacts access to electronically-stored information. These organizations are responsible for backing up their data and implementing data recovery procedures.

“The issue that keeps many hospital CTOs and CIOs up late at night is the reliability, recovery and availability of electronically-stored data,” said Scott Ream, co-founder of Virtual “Healthcare providers need assurances EMR data is immediately accessible to doctors, nurses and other staff at the most critical times. Solutions protecting EMR systems should be comprehensive yet simple to use and maintain. Healthcare providers also are looking for cost-effective data protection platforms that evolve with their changing needs.”

SIOS and Virtual are presenting a webinar on protecting EMR assets, “Patient Information Availability - The Key to Quality of Care,” at 2 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The session will feature Ream explaining how hospitals and other healthcare facilities can best mitigate risks impacting EMR infrastructure. Get further details and sign up at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/251835515.

“Healthcare professionals are rapidly increasing their EMR use. As reliance on electronic records grows, so does the importance that access to this information isn’t hindered by unexpected downtime,” said SIOS Technology Corp. Chief Operating Officer Scott Armour. “Any EMR downtime is unacceptable. SteelEye’s technology ensures EMR data and applications are always available to medical personnel, especially during the most critical situations.”

Through its role in CARE, SIOS provides data protection solutions for Linux and Windows Server, sold under the SteelEye brand. These solutions meet the stringent requirement that healthcare organizations must ensure personnel have unfettered access to EMR data and applications. The company’s comprehensive, cost-effective platforms integrate seamlessly with existing EMR applications and can meet future data protection requirements as healthcare providers evolve their IT infrastructure. In addition, these solutions protect both physical and virtual server environments found in medical facilities.

SteelEye DataKeeper protects Windows Server configurations, including Hyper-V virtual servers. SteelEye LifeKeeper provides high-availability clustering for Linux and Windows Server. The company also has protection suites, technology for protecting virtual environments and other solutions that provide the highest level of protection for EMR data and applications.

The CARE™ program is designed to augment annual risk evaluations while delivering the useable, actionable information needed to ensure the consistency and accuracy of healthcare service delivery, even when critical data and systems are down.

Details on how SIOS’ business continuity solutions support EMR data protection requirements for healthcare organizations are at: http://www.steeleye.com/Healthcare_33.htm.

About SIOS Technology Corp.

SIOS Technology Corp. is assisting large enterprises move into cloud computing. Leveraging its experience in data center management and open source software, as well as the business continuity expertise of SteelEye Technology, SIOS Technology Corp. is delivering a private cloud platform as a service (PaaS) to enterprise customers along with market-leading business continuity solutions. The SIOS cloud platform is an on-premise solution allowing CIOs to maximize their existing investments in data center infrastructure while at the same time move IT resources safely and securely into the cloud. SIOS Technology Corp. is a unit of SIOS Technology Group based in Japan, a recognized provider of Web application software and data center infrastructure, with a focus on the development and distribution of open source software.

©2010 SIOS Technology Corp. All rights reserved. SIOS, SIOS Technology, LifeKeeper and SteelEye DataKeeper and associated logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of SIOS Technology Corp. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Virtual Corporation

In business since 1994 Virtual Corporation is a Business Continuity consulting and software company that assists healthcare organizations with all aspects of their business continuity (BC) programs. Virtual has helped numerous geographically disperse enterprises ensure that they can recover from clinical and business disruptions by designing and implementing sustainable business continuity programs. Headquartered in New Jersey, Virtual is a certified women-owned and small business enterprise. Virtual, CARE, Business Continuity Maturity Model and BCMM and associated logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Virtual Corporation.

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