Net Health Acquires The Rehab Documentation Company (ReDoc): Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Software Leader

Net Health

Net Health

Net Health, the leading provider of software solutions for outpatient specialty care, announced today its acquisition of The Rehab Documentation Company (ReDoc), a provider of integrated clinical EMR and management solutions for the growing physical, occupational, and speech therapy markets.

Net Health CEO, Anthony Sanzo, explains the motivation to move into the rehabilitation sector, “At over 25,000 facilities today, this is a large, underpenetrated, and highly fragmented market. Based on the practice management, clinical, regulatory, and financial needs of therapists and facilities, a highly specialized solution is required. It plays right into our core strength of providing perfectly fitted software to outpatient specialty markets.”

ReDoc is a standout in the sector because it created a valuable focus on hospital-based outpatient facilities. Sanzo states, “We saw that the quality of their solution was so well regarded that it was adopted by some of the biggest names in hospital-owned rehabilitation therapy services.”

ReDoc CEO, Bill Southwick, adds, “The culture and customer-focused approach at Net Health made for a natural fit. The ReDoc team constantly develops and improves our products and services for an increasingly sophisticated rehabilitation customer base. As a component of Net Health’s integrated outpatient solutions, with a combined workforce of nearly 200 employees, ReDoc now has the opportunity to surpass customer expectations of service, integration, and connection to the broader patient care community.”

Net Health executives are complimentary about ReDoc’s development to date and deep roots in the rehabilitation market. Sanzo shares, “This is fertile ground, as we expect rapid adoption of rehabilitation solutions in general. The ReDoc acquisition allows us to extend rehabilitation solutions to our customers who would like us to support more needs of their outpatient facilities, as well as build a new rehabilitation focused client base.”

Net Health is a portfolio company of Spectrum Equity and is advised by Healthcare Growth Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Brentwood Capital Advisors LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to The Rehab Documentation Company in the transaction.

About Net Health
Net Health is the leader in software solutions for outpatient specialty care. Experts in The Art of the Right Fit™, its fully interoperable EMR/EHR solutions serve five medical specialty markets. Offering clients an end-to-end solution that includes practice management tools, clinical workflow documentation, revenue cycle management, and analytics, Net Health serves more than 34,000 healthcare professionals in more than 2,000 wound care, urgent care, occupational medicine, employee health, and workplace medicine facilities. Net Health is committed to strengthening patient care, outcomes, and facility performance with solutions that support more than $1.5 billion in health services each year. Learn more at www.nhsinc.com.

About ReDoc
ReDoc has been the leader in therapy documentation and management software for nearly two decades. With clinical, technical and management experience in the therapy industry, ReDoc understands the unique business and clinical needs of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists in hospitals and private practices. ReDoc is focused on providing solutions for therapists to efficiently document patient care to improve reimbursement, increase profitability, and enhance patient care and satisfaction. All of the company’s solutions maintain current industry standards with Microsoft and HL-7 and are interoperable with multiple office systems.

About Spectrum Equity
Spectrum Equity is a leading growth equity firm that provides capital and strategic support to innovative companies in the information economy. Spectrum Equity’s current and historical healthcare investments of note include HealthMEDX, a provider of long-term and post-acute care technology; MedHOK, a provider of care, quality, and compliance solutions for health plans; Passport Health Communications, a provider of patient access solutions for hospitals and physicians (acquired by Experian); and QTC Management, the nation’s largest provider of outsourced disability evaluations (acquired by Lockheed Martin). Spectrum Equity has been an active investor in Software & Information Services and Internet & Digital Media business including Ancestry.com, BATS, GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB), iPay Technologies (acquired by Jack Henry), lynda.com, Mortgagebot (acquired by Davis & Henderson), RiskMetrics Group (acquired by MSCI), Seisint (acquired by LexisNexis), SurveyMonkey, and World-Check (acquired by Thomson Reuters). Founded in 1994 with offices in Boston and Menlo Park, Spectrum Equity has raised $4.7 billion in capital across six funds.

365 Data Centers Launches Services to Simplify the Data Center Experience for Businesses

365 Data Centers

365 Data Centers

365 Data Centers, one of the top U.S. colocation providers by market presence, today announced the launch of its new corporate identity and the introduction of 365 Quick Start, a solution bundle that marks the company’s first-step toward revolutionizing and simplifying the data center experience for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and the channel.

365 Data Centers has launched the company with a focus on serving SMBs, telecom carriers and cloud service providers through its 17 data center facilities across the U.S. With presence in more U.S. markets than most other colocation providers, 365 Data Centers is addressing the need for highly reliable physical data center services with cloud-like, commitment-free contract terms.

365 Quick Start delivers pay-for-use colocation service that caters to SMBs and the channel, and leverages its 17 data center facilities located in large U.S. cities. Serious about changing the data center accessibility game for SMBs, 365 Data Centers has simplified colocation services by offering online sign-up, downtown data center locations, and commitment-free terms – a practice virtually unheard of in today’s data center industry. 365 Quick Start specifically addresses the needs of the channel by allowing value added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs) and cloud providers to access on-demand colocation for private cloud deployments, temporary workloads and building new cloud services.

365 Data Centers also announced the appointment of two new executives, Chief Executive Officer John Scanlon and Chief Marketing Officer Keao Caindec. Industry veterans, Scanlon and Caindec have worked together at three companies prior: MCI, Internap and Yipes. They have become a well-known team for successfully building innovative businesses and driving transformation.

“365 Data Centers’ new direction reflects our broader mission of helping SMBs grow their businesses by making data center colocation services easier and more accessible than ever before,” said John Scanlon, CEO, 365 Data Centers. “We are reinventing the customer experience into one that fully meets their needs and reflects the way business is done in the rest of the technology realm. 365 Quick Start is our first proof point of that. SMBs want to take gradual steps into the cloud and we are dedicated to supporting them with local presence and national reach, providing services that facilitate a hybrid cloud-like model.”

New innovations have made technology more accessible than ever. Until now however, data center access has typically been restricted for SMBs and the channel due to the high barrier to entry, including complex multi-year contracts, high prices and a heavy focus on serving the needs of large enterprises.  365 Data Centers is changing the way companies consume and purchase data center services by mitigating risks for SMBs looking to take advantage of hybrid cloud environments and enabling them to scale up and down easily.

“Providers with geographically diverse footprints often neglect the SMB space, concentrating their efforts on enterprise business. Consequently, they lose sight of the SMB’s high-touch needs,” said Michael Levy, Senior Analyst of 451 Research’s Multi-tenant Datacenter practice.

“We believe the highly-connected data center is key to accelerating business growth on a local level, and we are making a commitment to work with the communities and cities to support these businesses that fuel economic development and make up the growing tech hubs where innovation is born,” continued Scanlon. “Our data centers are primarily located in emerging economic and job creation metros where SMBs tend to incubate so not only will the businesses sustain growth, the geographic regions will too.”

Availability of 365 Quick Start

365 Quick Start is immediately available for purchase online. To purchase or learn more about 365 Quick Start, please visit: 365datacenters.com/quickstart.

About 365 Data Centers

365 Data Centers provides secure and reliable colocation services that offer an easier way to scale business growth and connect to the cloud. Through its 17 U.S. data centers, 100% uptime SLA, and national network of carriers andcontent providers, 365 Data Centers offers flexible pricing models that let customers pay as they grow with no long-term lock in. Services are secure and tailored for small and mid-sized businesses, telecom carriers and cloud service providers. We partner with businesses, technology leaders and community leaders to build technology centers that enable economic growth. With 365 Data Centers as a local provider, driving business growth just got easier. For more information, visit 365datacenters.com.

Steps to take to protect your company from the Heartbleed bug

Ideal Integrations is the "Outsourced CIO" columnist for TEQ magazine.

Ideal Integrations is the “Outsourced CIO” columnist for TEQ magazine.

By Ideal Integrations, Outsourced CIO, TEQ magazine

The Heartbleed Bug is certainly causing some security concerns in the technology world this week.  We want to give you a few thoughts on what to do about the Heartbleed bug.

What The Heartbleed Bug Is:

The Heartbleed bug is a vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library that allows stealing of information normally protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.  OpenSSL is open-source software that is widely used to encrypt web communications.  SSL/TLS is what normally provides secure and private communication over the Internet via websites, email, IM, and VPNs.  According to CNET, an attacker can exploit Heartbleed to essentially “get copies of a server’s digital keys then use that to impersonate servers or to decrypt communications from the past or potentially the future, too.”  Heartbleed is being taken so seriously because OpenSSL is widely used.

What Steps Your Organization Should Take:

Numerous technology providers have already provided a signature to prevent the bug, so check your environment to verify it is active and current on all subscriptions.  We also highly recommend you take steps to fix the issue by changing your certifications and resetting passwords to ensure you are protected.

Once all components of your infrastructure have been patched, we strongly suggest that you reset the passwords associated with those accounts.  All of these steps together will help to protect your environment from any threats from the Heartbleed bug.

What Steps You Personally Should Take:

We suggest that you also protect yourself personally as over half of all websites are potentially susceptible to this problem.  Be on the lookout for spammers  trying to take advantage of this situation and luring you to fake password reset websites.  Always go directly to the website in question and change your password there.

Click here for another great article on the matter of changing passwords and protection.

Should you need any further assistance or have additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at communications@idealintegrations.net.

Dan Proch Talks About Netronome

netronomeTEQ: So Dan, tell us about Netronome and what is your role in the company?

Proch: I am the Sr. Director of Product Management for Netronome. We are a fabless semiconductor company based in Cranberry Twp. building high-speed computer processors, accelerated network interface cards for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers, and reference hardware platforms based on our flow processors. Very interesting to have a computer processor company in Pittsburgh!

TEQ: We’d say it’s cool! So how did Netronome get its start?

Proch: TEQ readers might remember the Pittsburgh technology success story that was FORE Systems, a pioneer in high-speed computer networking products. After FORE Systems was acquired in 1999, some of the company visionaries moved on and founded other technology companies in the area.  Netronome was one of these startups, founded by several key members of the senior management and engineering teams at FORE Systems. One of Netronome’s founders, Niel Viljoen, was the Chief Technology Officer at FORE, and our other founders were key members of the company in the technology strategy and software engineering. Netronome was started in Pittsburgh in 2005 with funding from two of the founders of FORE Systems, one of whom remains our Chairman of the Board, venture capital, and with help from the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

TEQ: What was the vision of the founders at the time?

Proch: Netronome was founded on the promise of flow-based processing of traffic, open networks and virtualized networking functions in accelerated commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers, all of which are fundamental to new technology areas that are catching on today, including software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). These new technology areas and the more overarching move of computing and storage resources from private enterprises into the “cloud” is causing a tectonic shift in network architectures and networking devices. As happened in the generalized computer market, Netronome’s vision is that networking and security devices are transitioning away from incredibly complex and expensive customized hardware and software—as was the norm for networking devices—toward more general, commoditized platforms and open operating systems. Netronome realized, though,  that standardized COTS server platforms were not powerful enough to keep up the incredible growth in bandwidth and numbers of flows that we are experiencing in networks today, and that specialized processors are required to deal with these networking and security computing workloads.

TEQ: Tell us a little bit more about what’s happening in computer networks and how that affects your company vision?

Proch: The increasingly “networked” nature of everything in our daily lives has created a situation where it is no longer sufficient for devices in computing infrastructure to simply forward packets blindly. Rather, our communications network needs to be capable of intelligently and securely processing every piece of data to ascertain its nature rather than just its destination. At the same time as we need the ability to process traffic more intelligently, the bandwidth in our networks is growing like mad. Estimates say that in 2015, we will have a zetabyte of data traversing our networks… that’s a 1 with 21 zeroes. This incredible growth is fueled by your PCs, streaming movie downloads, tablets, gaming, and mobile computing as examples.

Just like there are computer processors that power our everyday tools like laptops and mobile phones, there are also very powerful processors that power and secure the networks that run our large data centers, the cloud networks, and even the Internet. To realize our vision, at Netronome, we build high-speed computing processors specifically designed for networking and security workloads. These processors are used to make networks faster and more secure at a time when more users and devices are coming on-line, causing networking speeds and overall throughput to explode.

TEQ: Where are these processors used?

Proch: While the processors that we use every day in our personal computers have one to two brains, or “cores” as they are called, Netronome’s processors are very different. Netronome’s processors pack up to 216 processing cores on a single chip. That means that Netronome’s processors can process more than 200 billion bits of data per second while offering the capability to not only forward traffic based on its destination, but also look at all of the traffic intelligently and securely to understand its content, rather than only its destination.

These processors are used primarily in extremely high-speed networks like the hyperscale cloud data centers, carrier infrastructure, and enterprise Fortune 500 companies. Netronome’s solutions include flow processors, accelerated network interface cards (NICs) for COTS server platforms, and reference hardware platforms that scale to 400 Gbps. Along with these hardware offerings, Netronome has a variety of flow processing software that makes integrating Netronome’s processors into any solution a seamless process.

Target applications for Netronome’s technology are in cyber security, network analytics, test and measurement equipment, and intelligent switching applications: any type of high-speed networking and security applications where data need to be deeply analyzed at very high throughputs.

TEQ: How big is Netronome and do you have other locations?

Proch: In total the company is 210 employees with 90 in Pittsburgh, and we are growing like crazy. We also have locations in the heart of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, Calif., as well as Boxborough, Mass.

TEQ: Are you guys hiring in the area?

Proch: We sure are! Netronome is truly a Pittsburgh success story. The company has recently opened a state-of-the-art site in the Cranberry Twp. area and currently has 15 openings in Pittsburgh, mainly in hardware engineering, software engineering, and manufacturing. SEND US RESUMES!

TEQ: What else is going on in this market in the Pittsburgh area?

Proch: Two of Netronome’s major customers are opening
sites in the area so that they can be in close proximity to our technology.  It’s a guarantee, that without Netronome’s presence in the area, that these top-tier, global, cyber security vendors would not have a presence here—and that’s good for Pittsburgh. But now, Netronome needs to fight these companies for recruits.

Read the entire issue of TEQ online.

Interactive Technologies in Pittsburgh

Interactive technologies are becoming more and more a part of our culture. Simply put, interactive technology allows the user to experience technology in deeper, more engaging ways. Devices and software can respond to actions put forth by the user, allowing for a give and take between device and human. Pittsburgh interactive technology in particular is making major contributions to the field.

How Pittsburgh is Getting in on the Game

Focused on helping the world interact with and respond to technology, Disney Research in Pittsburgh is one of six labs throughout its network, encouraging exploration of the playful side of technology. The goal is to make the environment around us become living and active, according to scientists at Disney Research speaking to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Interaction Group as part of this project aims to enhance the physical world through the use of interactive technology, adding rich layers to the environment.

Up and Coming Innovations

Ishin-Den-Shin is one such innovation, using the human body as the interface. Users speak into a microphone, creating a high-voltage, low-current electrostatic field around the body. Then that electrostatic field transmits the message to whatever the user rubs. A chain of people can even transmit a signal through their bodies by holding hands with the last person making the message audible by touching another’s ear. The idea of creating sound by touching someone’s ear was unthinkable just a few years ago.

What about being able to feel 3D images on a touchscreen? That’s possible, too, thanks to another technology that boasts an algorithm allowing you to “feel” virtual bumps through the use of electrovibration. Another invention, called AIREAL, allows the user to feel objects against the skin without even having to touch anything or wear special equipment. Through different applications, you can feel a butterfly’s wings on your skin, or deflect a soccer ball with your palms through a video game. Not everything is super high tech, though, as evidenced by what the scientists call the paper generator, something that people can even make at home, comprised of conductive layers and electrical currents to produce interactive print materials.

The Goal of New Interactive Technology

Although the applications may be different, the end goal is always the same when it comes to interactive technology: to create an interactive, mutable environment that people can manipulate and respond to intuitively. These technologies can enhance experience and provide more meaningful interactions with technology and the world around us. As a center of technology and robotics, Pittsburgh interactive technology still has a lot to contribute to the field.