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Good Samaritan Hospital Selects MEDSEEK to Improve Clinical Collaboration and Decision Making

September 12, 2007

New clinical web portal simplifies and improves physician access to patient information

Birmingham, Ala. – Sept. 12, 2007 – MEDSEEK, a leading provider of enterprise eHealth solutions that connect information and people for better patient care and community advocacy, announced today that Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., has selected its Clinical Portal solution to enhance clinical decision-making by simplifying and improving access to the hospital’s core and ancillary clinical systems.

“MEDSEEK met our rigorous selection criteria: superior software and services, clinical integration experience, and the ability to expand to future enterprise eHealth solutions,” states Cindy Moeller, CIO and vice president of Information Systems at Good Samaritan Hospital, a 408-bed tertiary care hospital and a world-class academic medical center affiliated with the USC Keck School of Medicine. “The combination of ease of use and enhanced clinical functionality supports our corporate goals to enhance patient care and clinical excellence while also continuing to attract and retain top-notch physicians to our medical staff.”

Grace Berenguer-Cortez, RN, BSN, Clinical Information Systems’ Physician Liaison on Good Samaritan Hospital’s selection committee, elaborates on the advantages of MEDSEEK’s clinical portal and data integration services stating “The new clinical portal solution will permit authorized users quick, remote access in a secure environment in order to facilitate the exchange of critical healthcare information. Easy access to real-time data advances informed medical decision-making and ultimately improves clinical outcomes.”

In addition to clinical benefits, Good Samaritan Hospital anticipates considerable time and cost savings in workflow improvements and enhanced collaboration among its medical and nursing staffs.

“Enhanced integration functionality throughout a medical enterprise yields immediate operational efficiencies including reduced paperwork, improved communications, better workflow management, and stronger relationships among clinicians, patients and the community, ” explains Mike Drake, CEO of MEDSEEK. “This new clinical Web platform will increase operational effectiveness for Good Samaritan Hospital, reduce its operating expenses and boost the bottom line.”

Good Samaritan Hospital is named as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2007 by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company. The recognition is based on outstanding clinical performance over a seven-year period. Good Samaritan Hospital is also recognized as Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence 5 years in a row.

About MEDSEEK
Birmingham, Ala.-based MEDSEEK provides healthcare organizations with Enterprise eHealth solutions to fully engage and strengthen relationships with key constituents – physicians, patients, employees, and consumers. By connecting information and communities to foster an enhanced experience with the organization, hospitals will improve community advocacy, revenue and patient throughput, and clinical decision making. MEDSEEK’s comprehensive technology platform and strategic consulting services create the infrastructure and provide the thought leadership for hospitals to deliver the most powerful Portal solutions. With more than ten years’ experience and 600+ hospital customers, MEDSEEK has the experience and expertise to meet the diverse needs of the healthcare community. MEDSEEK also maintains offices in Alabama and Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.medseek.com or call 888-MEDSEEK.


Birmingham-based Company Allows Consumers to See Who is Selling Their Email Addresses

August 12, 2007

“I’m sick of getting spam – everyone is. Most people don’t know how the spammers get their email address. I created this service because I wanted to know who was responsible for all the junk mail.” –Joel Lansden, mybigDot.com creator

Birmingham, AL, August 12, 2007 –(PR.com)– Anyone who gets a large amount of spam would probably like to know how their email address got into spammer hands. Now you can find out. myBigDot is a free service that enables users to blow the whistle on companies and websites who share your address with spammers. Sign up for a free account at myBigDot’s website – which requires no personal information – and you’re set to go. Signup takes about 30 seconds. myBigDot receives email on the user’s behalf and tags the message with an I.D. that reveals what website the address was submitted on. Should that address end up in a spammer’s hands, the I.D. reveals how it got there. myBigDot allows users to anonymously report the companies that engage in this practice and the list is posted on the myBigDot website. myBigDot creator Joel Lansden had this to say: “It’s not enough to block the spam with software. We need to find out who is making a quick buck at our expense. I get hundreds of unsolicited emails each day. It eats up resources, time, and money and I’m just plain sick of it. I feel like once we know who is disseminating our addresses to the spammers, we can limit or even stop our interaction with them.”

http://www.mybigdot.com


August PMI Meeting

August 8, 2007

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2007Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Speaker: Karen Threlkeld, President PMI-Birmingham
Topic: “PMI Facts for Members”
Location: Pelham Civic Complex
Cost including meal: $20/member, $25/nonmember, students/$5 at the door with valid ID, add $10 for walk-ins

The following topics will be covered:
– Overview of PMI Global Board of Directors
– PMI Global Volunteer Opportunities
– PMI Birmingham Library
– How to review your PMP CCR transcripts
– How to report your PDUs
– Quick review of PMI Members-Only area
– Review of PMI Birmingham website
– Overview and status of new website project

Those who register online in Acteva by 5pm on Thursday, August 16, 2007 are eligible for a door prize drawing if they are present at the meeting.

Door prizes for August meeting:
– $25 Amex Gift card
– $50 Amex Gift card (50+ attendees)
For more information contact,
Karen Threlkeld at
205.218.5755
or eMail vp-programs@pmibirmingham.org

Register for August Meeting


BBJ reporting that Microsoft Across America routing through Birmingham

June 8, 2007

See this posting for information about the Microsoft Across America bus tour’s stop in Birmingham next Friday.


Verari Systems Software’s Parent Secures over $20M in Equity Financing

June 5, 2007

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Verari Systems®, developers of platform-independent blade-based computing and storage solutions, today announced that it has completed over $20M in private equity financing. Verari’s latest round of financing was led by Carlyle Venture Partners, a fund managed by The Carlyle Group, along with Voyager Capital, Sierra Ventures and a strategic investor. The financing is expected to be expanded up to a total of $25M to include several other private investors. Verari will use the funds to bring its next generation of blade-based server and storage solutions to market and further its research and development of energy-saving technologies for the green data center.

Additionally, Verari Systems’ CEO David B. Wright has been elected chairman of the board of directors, replacing CTO David Driggers. Mr. Wright will continue to hold the CEO position at the company while Mr. Driggers will continue as CTO and member of the board. Mr. Driggers made the proposal to elect Mr. Wright to the position at Verari’s most recent board of directors meeting.

“It was an exciting week at Verari Systems. The completion of our financing marks a moment of affirmation for our technology. Since bringing David B. Wright on as CEO, we’ve seen increased growth across the board; in our customers and in emphasizing and evangelizing our responsibility to a green data center,” said David Driggers, CTO, Verari Systems. “It was my pleasure to recommend that David become the chairman of Verari’s board of directors as our financing round concluded.”

“I appreciate David Driggers’ support for my position at Verari Systems. As one of Verari’s original founders, he’s done a tremendous job and has been an insightful leader over the past ten years,” said David B. Wright, CEO, Verari Systems. “This is a great company, largely because of Dave, and I am enthusiastic about continuing to move Verari forward. I am delighted to assume the position of Chairman of the Board at such an exciting time in Verari’s growth.”

About Verari Systems
Verari Systems, Inc. is the premier developer of powerful, flexible and scalable platform-independent blade-based compute and storage solutions that are defining a new era in enterprise and high performance utility computing for the data center. Organizations such as Akamai, CGGVeritas, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm and Sony Imageworks, as well as top universities and research institutions worldwide, are among the customers who have chosen Verari Systems’ line of high density blade servers, modular storage blades, rack-optimized servers and award-winning software solutions. To learn more about Verari Systems and its unique solutions, please visit us on the web at http://www.verari.com or call (888) 942-3800.

About Verari Systems Software
Verari Systems Software, Inc., is a leading provider of cluster computing and embedded high performance computing software. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Verari Systems Software specializes in COTS and COTS+ solutions for enterprise parallel computing. Please visit the Verari Systems Software web site at http://www.verarisoft.com.


Securiant CEO Richard Campbell to Speak on Network Security at AET Conference

June 4, 2007

Richard J.B. Campbell, founder and chief executive officer of Securiant, Inc., a provider of network security and management services for the mid-size enterprise will speak on “My Network vs. MySpace: Beating Students at their Own Game” on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC) 2007, taking place at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Alabama.

In the one hour concurrent session Mr. Campbell will discuss how K-12 organizations can address inappropriate web content and the explosion of social websites like MySpace and YouTube while effectively securing their networks with a limited staff and budget.

Several academic institutions providing K12 to college-level education use Securiant’s network security products and services. These include Atlanta Public Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools, Mesabi Range C&T College, Saint Augustine’s College and Spelman College.

Securiant will be exhibiting at Booth number 603 during the technology conference which runs from June 12-15, 2007.

About the Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC)
Now in its 13th year the Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC) focuses on providing proven and practical solutions to the challenges facing the educator in the area of instruction and integrating technology into the classroom.  With the theme of “Technology – Keys to the Future” the 2007 conference will assemble 2,000 educators and industry leaders and provide access to concurrent sessions, general sessions, vendor exhibits and hands-on workshops from June 12-15, 2007.  For further information visit http://www.aetc.cc