SOURCE: iMedicor

January 24, 2012 09:27 ET

iMedicor to Provide CMS-Certified Gateway for Secure and Private Exchange of Health Information Over the Internet

Builds on Company's NHIN Direct Project Solution to Benefit Entire Healthcare Community

NANUET, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2012) - iMedicor (PINKSHEETS: VMCI) today announced it is adding esMD (Electronic Submission of Medical Data) and HIH (Health Information Handler) technology and certifications to iMedicor's flagship service, the HIPAA-compliant Social Health Information Exchange (SocialHIE). With this latest enhancement, iMedicor puts doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers "almost a full year ahead" of the CMS (Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services) adoption deadline for the computer-to-computer exchange of protected health information -- and can dramatically cut staff time and costs by moving providers away from paper-based transactions.

CMS and its contractors routinely issue millions of requests for claims, audit and other medical documentation. Without esMD capability, each request requires staff to find, copy and send pages and pages of paper documents by mail or fax -- meaning a single request can tie up staff for hours. With iMedicor's new esMD capability, staff can respond using a few clicks of the mouse.

iMedicor is able to offer this capability through a partnership with The SunCoast RHIO, a Health Information Exchange and Regional Health Information Organization that services the Southwest Region of Florida and is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the state. The RHIO interacts with other organizations in Florida and in other states where its winter residents reside during other parts of the year.

Last week, iMedicor had announced the inclusion of the NHIN Direct project solution to its SocialHIE platform. The inclusion of the CMS esMD and HIH standards, technology and certification builds on the NHIN Direct project solution to benefit the entire healthcare community.

In addition to the transmission of data through the CMS system, doctors and hospitals within the SunCoast RHIO network will have access to many of the features and benefits that are currently available to members of iMedicor's SocialHIE, including use of a secure social network that is coupled with a Health Information Exchange and addresses 100% of the Meaningful Use requirements for Interoperability between disparate Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems.

"We are very excited about our alliance with The SunCoast RHIO; it represents the next major step in establishing iMedicor's SocialHIE as the most robust healthcare communications platform available today," said Fred Zolla, iMedicor CEO. "With esMD and HIH certification delivered through NHIN Connect Gateways, iMedicor can now provide doctors and large healthcare organizations with the highest levels of security and functionality."

Mr. Zolla noted that implementation and use of the most advanced health information technology continues to evolve under the supervision of The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). "With a strong partner like SunCoast RHIO, I am confident that SocialHIE will always be compliant with the highest standards and regulations established by ONC, and at the same time maintain its flexibility to offer communications options designed to fit each provider's own day-to-day clinical work flow."

"Our new association with iMedicor's SocialHIE allows The SunCoast RHIO to build upon the iMedicor technology with our planned certification of the CMS esMD and HIH platform beginning in April 2012," added Louis Galterio, CEO and Managing Director of SunCoast RHIO. "Being an HIH is a natural fit for us and allows the provider community a direct way to address reporting, security and compliance so that the revenue cycle is not slowed down by the introduction of new regs. In fact, our solution gives our participants new tools to enhance revenue. The iMedicor SocialHIE package is the perfect delivery method that wraps all the new standards and regulations into an easy-to-use format that we know the healthcare community will respond to in a very favorable manner."

About iMedicor:

iMedicor is a provider of comprehensive healthcare communications solutions that enable physicians and other healthcare professionals to optimize the use of technology in managing their practices and participating in the federally-mandated transition from paper to Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Through two primary services, iMedicor offers low-cost, easy-to-adopt solutions that can be tailored to the needs of individual practices or larger organizations:

  • SocialHIE, the first information exchange platform to offer secure messaging services within a social/professional networking architecture. SocialHIE enables any physician, clinic or hospital to transmit and share information such as patient data, test results and images within a secure, HIPAA-compliant environment -- and even between disparate HER systems. SocialHIE also offers additional advantages such as community development, the ability to create private healthcare information exchange networks with patient specific information, and access to a vast catalog of accredited continuing medical education (CME) programs.
  • Meaningful Use Consulting Services. iMedicor is qualified to assist primary care practices with EHR adoption and system integration, and to help them attain Meaningful Use and receive payment from the Federal Government for their compliance.

About The SunCoast RHIO

The SunCoast RHIO is owned and operated by SunCoast RHIO, Inc., a Florida Corporation and has been in existence since 2008. The SunCoast RHIO offers Health Information Exchange and other services to doctors and hospitals and other caregivers through an information clearinghouse. We offer technology support, and installation assistance for various healthcare technology products for private practices as well as clinics and hospitals. This includes Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Personal Health Records.

This press release contains certain statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of Section 27a of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and that involve risks and uncertainties.

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