INDUSTRY WATCH

June 24, 2011
Avanet Launches Healthcare Practice Tempe, Ariz.-based Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, is launching HealthPath, a healthcare practice

Avanet Launches Healthcare Practice

Tempe, Ariz.-based Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, is launching HealthPath, a healthcare practice dedicated to helping value-added resellers, independent software vendors system builders and OEMs take advantage of opportunities in the healthcare market.

Avnet HealthPath brings together the components critical to serving the healthcare market, according to Tony Vottima, vice president, business development, Avnet Technology Solutions.

“Avnet's first objective is to help partners understand the business and IT challenges faced by healthcare organizations and work together with them to deliver complete solutions to the healthcare community. We provide healthcare application vendors with the infrastructure, expertise and resources needed to deliver complete solutions to customers quickly, efficiently and profitably.”

MyMedical Records.com and MedicAlert Join Forces

Los Angeles-based MyMedicalRecords.com, an online provider of consumer-controlled medical records and docu-ment storage, and MedicAlert, a provider of personal health records, have signed an agreement whereby MedicAlert will make MyMedicalRecords.com's digitized record keeping services available to its members.

In teaming up with MyMedicalRecords.com, MedicAlert will be offering its members an online emergency medical information service that provides secure access to a MedicAlert member's medical records and documents in one place. Access can be gained from any Internet-connected computer using proprietary technology that exceeds HIPAA guidelines for safety and security, according to the company.

“Having immediate online access to comprehensive medical information in an emergency (saves lives and reduces medical costs through technology),” says Robert Lorsch, chairman and CEO of MyMedicalRecords.com. “In fact, a recent Rand study projected that the move towards health IT from paper-based systems can reduce healthcare costs by more than $180 billion annually and eliminate as many as 75,000 deaths per year caused by medical errors.”

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