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TIER3MD to Exhibit at North Carolina Pediatric Society's 2014 Annual Meeting
Posted by Michael H Brown
TIER3MD will be an Exhibitor at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the NC Pediatric Society.    One of only two Gold Exhibitors at this year’s Annual Meeting, Tier3MD will be offering free Network and Security Assessments with agreements completed by October 31, 2014.   

Event Date:  September 12-13, 2014

Location:  Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC

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Retail giant stakes out territory in primary care
Posted by Anthony Brino

The largest U.S. retail chain is switching up its healthcare strategy by installing and running its own primary care clinics.

After years of selling prescription drugs, co-branding a Medicare drug plan and partnering with local hospitals and providers for some 100 walk-in clinics, Walmart is now going to be a quasi-provider itself. The retailer has opened six in-store Walmart Care Clinics in Texas and South Carolina, and has plans for at least several more this year.
The clinics offer access to nurse practitioners for $40 ($4 for the company's insured employees) and dozens of low-cost lab tests. The prices, particularly the $4 per visit cost for some 1.1 million workers and dependents covered by the company health plan, are aimed at “setting a new retail price in the healthcare industry,” as Jennifer LaPerre, Walmart’s senior director for health and wellness put it at a press conference covered by the Charleston Post and Courier.
The clinics, staffed and run with the company QuadMed, are offering appointments and taking walk-ins. The clinics will be open every day of the week, but will have standard hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

A visit with an NP is $40 for uninsured and privately insured patients. The company said it also accepts Medicaid and fee-for-service Medicare, though it is not clear what those beneficiaries would be charged. Customers “will have plenty of time” to ask questions or share concerns, the company said.
Patients will also have access to a wide range of basic diagnostic tests. Point-of-care lab tests, with the results delivered the same day, include bladder infection, cholesterol and mononucleosis tests for $8, and hemoglobin blood sugar, urine protein and HIV tests for $15.
Walmart's move, along with clinics at CVS, Walgreens and Target, is “part of a whole larger trend where pretty much any retailer, big box, grocer and pharmacy is coming to stake a claim in consumer-driven healthcare,” said Lisa Bielamowicz, MD, the chief medical officer at the Advisory Board Company.

Walmart has been through an evolution in healthcare and this latest move — the company running its own clinics, rather than through the partnerships it has cultivated with entities such as the Mayo Clinic — is a fairly significant iteration, setting the stage for future dives into the healthcare economy.

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Securing Your Mobile Devices with Mobile Device Management
According to a recent study, each person has a minimum of 4 devices.  I myself have 6 devices.  A Mac desktop, Mac laptop, ipad, Windows laptop, smartphone, and a home windows PC. What does that mean?  That means I need to secure all 6 devices.  No easy feat!  So…in the medical office, how do they secure all the devices that all the staff uses?  Simple answer…as best they can.

If you really want to protect your devices, secure you devices with some type of mobile device management.   You will need good antivirus/antispyware, a good firewall, and rock solid policies and procedures.  Then…you need employees who understand the policies, and follow the correct procedures.  They also need to care about security, and are vigilant in what they do.  If you have all of that in place…you have a good chance at decent security.

Most of the data breaches I see on a regular basis, stem from lost or stolen laptops and smartphones.  First off, make sure you encrypt the laptops.  Second, I would have an MDM (Mobile Device Management) application loaded on the phones and tablets.  You want to be able to locate them, and wipe them of data at any time.  Third, I would have a good backup plan in place.  After that, I would implement solid policies and procedures, train the staff, and start to implement the policies.

I think with a good plan in place, you should be able to secure your devices, and protect yourself against hackers, thieves and data loss.
Sheryl J. Cherico,
CEO/COO, Co-Founder
Case Study: Pete Ghaleb, MD Family Medicine of Pooler
- Pooler, GA

"We set up our EMR system almost 3 years ago. For financial reasons, we initially opted to use a one-man IT company which was basically a pay-as-you-go program (hourly) and would only show up when something wasn't working."
"We quickly learned that this "less expensive" model would turn out to be the exact opposite, costing much more than expected because nothing preventative was installed.  When we tried a mid-sized IT company that didn't specialize in Health Care, we discovered that they were insufficient to meet our needs in the medical field for things such as conducting a Security Risk Analysis for Meaningful Use.  So we finally decided to try out Tier3MD, which was a larger IT company focused specifically on Health Care.  They offered the complete package of what we needed.  Since they monitor our network remotely and constantly add updates, we found that we didn’t require their physical presence as much.  The result was lower costs with fewer issues.  We also appreciated their team approach to IT solutions.  For example, when we requested an automated solution for uninterrupted Internet connectivity when one of our Internet Service Providers goes down, they immediately did a conference call with 2 other Tier3MD specialists to brainstorm the best solution.  The result was both quick and cost efficient."
Peter Ghaleb, MD
Family Medicine of Pooler – Pooler, GA
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