MMI Associates, Inc. Wins Best Places to Work Award

MMI Associates, Inc. Wins Best Places to Work Award



Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, Inc., a Raleigh-based marketing and public relations firm, has announced that the firm won the 2006 Best Places to Work award from the Triangle Business Journal at a luncheon Sept. 14 at the Embassy Suites in Cary.



Raleigh, N. C. (PRWEB) October 7, 2006



Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, Inc., a Raleigh-based marketing and public relations firm, has announced that the firm won the 2006 Best Places to Work award from the Triangle Business Journal at a luncheon Sept. 14 at the Embassy Suites in Cary. The PR firm finished among the top three in the small business category for the annual award, based on a survey performed by Triangle Business Journal with Quantum Market Research. The small business category encompasses businesses with 50 or fewer employees.



“I am honored that MMI Associates has received this award,” said Briguglio. “I have endeavored to make our company an attractive place for employees to do their job. I am particularly excited that four of our clients – Brogan & Partners, Iatria Day Spa & Health Center, The Castleton Group and The Executive Staffing Group – won this award as well.”



About the Best Places to Work Awards:



Workers in the Triangle nominated their employers as a Best Place to Work in the survey. Nominated companies received an online opinion survey to distribute to workers. Employees then were asked to gauge their level of agreement to a set of 40 quantitative questions that probed their opinions about the organization, managers, co-workers and their own jobs. The survey also allowed respondents to enter qualitative, general comments anonymously. A total of 100 local companies participated in the survey; 92 met the threshold of employee participation to qualify for the competition. Thirty companies received awards after the survey results were analyzed. Winners were the top 10 finishers among small, midsize and large businesses.



About MMI Associates, Inc.:



MMI Associates, Inc. is a full-service marketing and public relations firm offering a wide range of services to help clients achieve measurable results in brand awareness, name recognition, market penetration and crisis management. Established in 1994 in Phoenix, Arizona, this award-winning firm was named one of the top 10 public relations firms in the state by Arizona Business Magazine and bizAZ Magazine. In North Carolina, the Triangle Business Journal’s Book of Lists for 2004 and 2005 recognized MMI as one of the top public relations firms in the Triangle. The firm has received numerous MarCom Creative Awards, the 2005 Videographer Award and the 2005 Millennium Award. For more information, please call 919-233-6600 or visit the Web site at http://www. mmimarketing. com (http://www. mmimarketing. com)



Patty Briguglio



MMI Associates, Inc.



7406-H Chapel Hill Road



Raleigh, NC 27607



(919) 233-6600 • (919) 233-0300 (fax)



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Infinity Sun Custom Airbrush Tanning Now Available at SoBe TAN in Miami

Infinity Sun Custom Airbrush Tanning Now Available at SoBe TAN in Miami



SoBe TAN is the premiere Miami tanning salon to introduce Infinity Sun airbrush tanning - the same system featured on E! Television's Sunset Tan™ reality show. Infinity Sun's all-natural sunless tanner offers the ultimate UV-Free tanning experience which is why their celebrity clientele list includes the likes of: Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, Giselle Bundchen, Paula Abdul, Mandy Moore, David Beckham & countless others.



Miami, FL (PRWEB) December 28, 2009



SoBe TAN, http://www. tansobe. com, Miami's top-ranked tanning salon, is pleased to introduce Infinity Sun custom airbrush tanning. Infinity Sun's spray tan solution is made with anti-oxidants and pure botanicals that will leave your skin radiant with a natural-looking golden brown glow. In just a few minutes time, it's possible to have healthy-looking skin with a tan, sexy appearance. Imagine cellulite & skin imperfections virtually gone with a younger, thinner look!



There are numerous advantages to (hand spray-on) airbrush tanning. SoBe TAN's Infinity Sun trained airbrush technicians will customize your airbrush tan specifically to your body type & individual needs; want to go darker on the legs, lighter on the face (or vice versa)--anything's possible. Infinity Sun airbrush spray tanning at SoBe TAN is $55 per full-body airbrush session with package pricing as low as $39.90 each. Appointments are available 7-days a week.



In addition to Infinity Sun custom airbrushing, for those tanners seeking the simplicity of fully-automated voice-prompted UV-Free (machine) spray tanning, SoBe TAN continues to offer the Mystic Tan VersaSpa, http://www. tansobe. com/uv-free. html, spray booth. SoBe TAN's experience, having done over 15,000 spray tans, is second-to-none.



About SoBe TAN:

In 2009, SoBe TAN was voted a "Top 250" Salon by Looking Fit® magazine - the only tanning salon in Miami to receive this award. This coveted designation places SoBe TAN amongst the Top 1% of all tanning salons nationwide. SoBe TAN provides the full spectrum of advanced VHR, http://www. tansobe. com/vhr. com, and High-Pressure, http://www. tansobe. com/high-pressure. html, tanning in a private, upscale environment. SoBe TAN believes that being the best Miami tanning salon requires constant innovation while striving to exceed customer expectations at every opportunity. SoBe TAN's friendly staff does exactly that by utilizing industry-leading tanning technology to achieve superior results at an exceptional value.



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Personal Trainer 4 You Fights Against Scary Disease Risks

Personal Trainer 4 You Fights Against Scary Disease Risks



As cancer, stroke, and many other chronic illnesses plague the nation, one company makes it its business to provide two important elements, exercise and nutrition, in the fight against disease.



Muskegon, MI (PRWEB) September 21, 2006



Cancer, Stroke, Diabetes, Heart Disease... These words arouse strong emotions, but perhaps it is not enough emotion for change?



Everyone knows that regular exercise and a healthy diet help decrease disease-risks. However, Michigan is still ranked as one of the most obese states in the nation. Health professionals have stated over and over that obesity increases the risk for very serious, sometimes fatal diseases. Perhaps there's more to be done than raise awareness?



A fitness business in Muskegon, Michigan believes that it is its duty to help the community take action. Through seminars, nutrition consultations, and personal training, Personal Trainer 4 You motivates people to decrease their disease-risk profile.



"Just because your family history indicates such and such disease does not make it so," says Boualem Aggoune, owner of Personal Trainer 4 You. "Work against the odds. It's worth it!"



So how does Personal Trainer 4 You make it easier for individuals to fight against their health risk odds? The idea is simple. It provides support, a sort of net for the client to fall back on when their own desire to maintain a certain health status drains. In fact, when hiring a fitness or nutrition consultant, exercise and nutrition becomes an unquestioned part of the client's lifestyle. It becomes more like brushing your teeth and less like that lingering thing on the to-do list.



Nutrition Specialist of Personal Trainer 4 You, Amanda Aggoune, gives some advice on how each and every one of us can take part in the fight: "If you want to help decrease disease incidents, donate time and/or money to your favorite awareness or research organization. (These things are important.) However, don't forget that it is just important to keep your waistline in check and your diet monitored. Consider this the daily battle!"



For more information on Personal Trainer 4 You and how they can help you fight against disease risks, visit their website at www. personaltrainer4you. com.



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MiX Telematics Releases Top Four Business Practices to Improve Fleet Vehicle Operations in 2010

MiX Telematics Releases Top Four Business Practices to Improve Fleet Vehicle Operations in 2010



MiX Telematics, and its division SafeDrive International (SDI), announce the top four business practices that can help companies improve the efficiency of their fleet management operations in 2010.



Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) February 3, 2010



MiX Telematics (http://www. mixtelematics. net (http://www. mixtelematics. net)), the foremost global provider of vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, and its division SafeDrive International (SDI), announced today the top four business practices to help improve driver behavior. The solutions will help companies across North America improve the efficiency of their fleet management operations in 2010. It also released five trends that will most impact fleet operations this year.



"2009 was one of the most financially challenging years for companies that operate commercial vehicles," said Brian McCoy, vice president of sales and marketing at MiX Telematics North America. "Beyond the overall reduction in consumer spending, businesses operating commercial vehicles were also hit with increased fuel prices. MiX, along with SafeDrive International, identified four key business practices that can help companies improve their fleet operations with vehicle tracking and Driver Behavior Modification (DBM) solutions."



The top four business practices, also called DBM solutions, that should be implemented by companies with fleet vehicle operations in 2010 include:



1. Driver and Vehicle Performance Monitoring - Through web-based tracking of driver behaviors, (i. e. acceleration, braking, idling, etc.), companies can reduce unsafe driving habits and increase fuel efficiency. Managing this information through Performance Monitoring will benefit a company by reducing crashes and saving on liability costs as well as unnecessary fuel consumption.



2. Electronic Hours of Service - With an on-board, Internet-based solution that replaces DOT paper logs and complies with all U. S. and Canadian regulations, companies can improve internal auditing processes and minimize the administrative labor costs and time associated with driver data errors.



3. Automated IFTA Reporting - Through a fully automated, patented state line algorithm that precisely calculates interstate miles, companies can eliminate the use of manual trip sheets.



4. Comprehensive Driver Training - With new health and safety legislation, such as CSA 2010 and the new DOT Motorcoach Safety Action Plan, companies can receive customized driver training, which targets driver health and safety issues that are defined with IVMS technology.



MiX Telematics also identified five trends that will most likely have the greatest impact on fleet management in 2010. According to Charles Tasker, Managing Director of MiX Telematics International, these trends include:



1. Carbon Emissions Reduction - A reduction goal of US emissions by 17 percent by 2020 has climate legislation looming over US companies. The US House of Representatives has already passed legislation that focuses on curbing greenhouse gases and utilizing renewable energy.



2. Anywhere, Mobile Access - The consumer market has seen an increased push on "go anywhere, do anything" mobile applications with new iPhone, Blackberry and Android technology. The same technology will begin to be more specifically tailored for mobile fleet management and data tracking solutions.



3. Location-based Services (LBS) and Personal Tracking - The general consumer market has seen a rise in LBS and personal tracking technology over the past year, which will be an interesting development for the telematics industry. Through the success of LBS in the consumer market, personal tracking becomes more and more popular with end users.



4. More Affordable Technology - Telematics technology has not only advanced dramatically, but also become more common and affordable. As a result, manufacturer and solutions providers will see begin to see "traditional" on-board computers replaced by advanced mobile devices that can communicate with vehicles as effectively.



5. Advanced User Interface - More sophisticated, faster Web applications will put more control in the hands of users and will be a key differentiator between telematics services.



"2010 presents many exciting new opportunities for growth for companies with fleet operations," added McCoy. "The sophisticated vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions already being deployed by MiX are a significant asset to companies seeking to increase their market share and stabilize the bottom line this year. From calculating CO2 emissions to assessing and modifying health and safety issues through DBM, MiX offers a wide range of products and services that deliver critical information ranging from vehicle and driver performance to vehicle tracking and navigation."



About MiX Telematics North America

MiX Telematics North America is a dynamic solutions company that helps U. S. and Canadian businesses overcome the toughest fleet management and vehicle tracking challenges. From proprietary Driver Behavior Modification (DBM) solutions to real-time vehicle tracking, the company successfully implements innovative technology for a broad range of commercial applications within oil & gas, utilities and local service industries. For more information visit www. mixtelematics. net or contact Brian McCoy at 972-641-6200.



About MiX Telematics

Founded in 1996, MiX Telematics is a global provider of vehicle tracking and fleet management products and services to consumers and companies of all sizes in over 75 countries on six continents. The company's commercial product range - formerly marketed under the VDO brand and sold by Siemens VDO for 10 years - helps fleet owners ensure driver and passenger safety, reduce fleet running and fuel costs, comply with selected industry regulations, and track and protect vehicles and drivers. For more information visit www. mixtelematics. com.



About SafeDrive International

SafeDrive International (SDI), a MiX Telematics subsidiary, was formed in January 2002 after professionals from the field of land transport risk management, fleet management, competency based training and assessment and behavioral psychology aligned. Since SDI's inception it has rapidly become a market leader in providing journey management solutions targeting the inherent risks associated with land transport operations, globally. For more information visit www. mixtelematics. ae



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Gotglued. com Announces the Launching of our Website Inspired by Mr. Bob Dougherty, the Gentlemen who “Gotglued” to the Toilet Seat at Home Depot

Gotglued. com Announces the Launching of our Website Inspired by Mr. Bob Dougherty, the Gentlemen who “Gotglued” to the Toilet Seat at Home Depot



Our mission is to try to take a negative or embarrassing experience and share it to relieve the stress. I hope to write a book to entertain everyone sharing the most embarrassing times of people from different walks of life and their opinions they have in regards to Bob's experience. I hope we can laugh at ourselves and everyone will feel better.



Simi Valley, CA (PRWEB) December 10, 2005



Gotglued. com announces the launching of our website inspired by Mr. Bob Dougherty, the gentlemen who “Gotglued” to the toilet seat in the Home Depot restroom in Louisville, Colorado, two years ago in October of 2003.



Gotglued. com thinks Bob Dougherty is courageous. We wish to thank Bob for sharing this embarrassing experience. We believe Bob is a hero to go public and take on a giant such as Home Depot.



We also believe that Home Depot’s customers are entitled to be provided safe basic services in the stores they patronize. It is our opinion that Home Depot should take responsibility for not coming to the aid of this customer whose health and safety was jeopardized in their Louisville, Colorado store, two years ago in October of 2003.



Gotglued. com will be collecting donations to assist Bob in his legal efforts to hold Home Depot responsible. Bob is a retired Navy Vietnam Veteran with limited financial resources. If you wish to make a donation, please send your check or money order payable to:



Mark Cohen, attorney at law



(Bob Dougherty Legal Fund)



C/O of Gotglued. com/Financial Network Recovery Inc.



Post Office Box 940730



Simi Valley, California 93094



Bob’s attorney, Mark Cohen, believes in this case and has agreed to take it on a contingency basis. However, there are considerable legal costs, including expert witnesses and depositions. Bob wishes to donate a portion of any proceeds he may recover after all legal expenses to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.



Gotglued. com’s founder, Larry Borovay believes that sharing life’s most embarrassing moments provides a healthy outlet. Laughter is the best medicine. Please share your most embarrassing experiences with us. Larry plans to write a book with the most interesting experiences to make everyone feel better. Larry also intends to donate proceeds from the book to charity.



Contact: Larry Borovay



Phone: 818-652-5770



Www. gotglued. com



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Wealth Masters International Introduces WMI 2.0 - What the Lifestyle Design Company Wants You to Know

Wealth Masters International Introduces WMI 2.0 - What the Lifestyle Design Company Wants You to Know



Wealth Masters International is proud to announce the debut of the all new and exciting WMI 2.0. Wealth Masters 2.0 encompasses new and innovative financial empowerment strategies and personal growth products that guide you to an exceptionally wealthy lifestyle. With products such as the Gateway Program, the Consultant Seminar Program (CSP), Empower Magazine, the Wealth Acceleration Program (WAP) 2.0 and the Premium Business Center, success is just around the corner.



Sugarland, TX (PRWEB) August 6, 2008



Wealth Masters International is proud to announce the debut of the all new and exciting WMI 2.0. Wealth Masters 2.0 encompasses new and innovative financial empowerment strategies and personal growth products that guide you to an exceptionally wealthy lifestyle. With products such as the Gateway Program, the Consultant Seminar Program (CSP), Empower Magazine, the Wealth Acceleration Program (WAP) 2.0 and the Premium Business Center, success is just around the corner.



The Gateway Program is the newest addition to the WMI product line. The Gateway Program contains select content from the renowned m1 Masters Program including (8) re-mastered m1 CDs focusing on a holistic approach to wealth, health and wisdom, as well as the branded Six Steps to Freedom and more. This program is sure to make an immense impact on one's financial future.



The greatly anticipated Consultant Seminar Program (CSP) was announced at the m2 Wealth Conference in Las Vegas, NV and is being launched at this time. The CSP is a turnkey seminar solution that will help piece together the fundamentals in online marketing and propel you to a multiple six-figure income. WMI is now accepting applications for the CSP and are available in the WMI Business Center.



Wealth Masters International has been featured in the latest issue of Empower Magazine which provides an in-depth look at WMI's innovative products and business plan. Empower Magazine is a beautifully designed 64 page magazine that contains both third party articles featuring top-selling authors such as Robert Kiyosaki and Paul Pilzer along with articles directly pertaining to Wealth Masters International. The magazines are available for members to purchase in the WMI Business Center.



The Wealth Acceleration Program (WAP) 2.0 consists of exclusive proprietary software custom built for Wealth Masters International. You will finally be able to manage, organize and plan your finances like never before. WMI expects the WAP 2.0 to be an enormous platform for all of you financial planning needs.



WMI has just released a speak peak of the new Premium business Center which will be available this September. The key features include exclusive private video conferencing from top marketers, enhanced lead management commissionable subscriptions and much, much more.



With the release of WMI 2.0, the Lifestyle Design Company is well on its way to providing meaningful educational products and the tools necessary for one to achieve more than they thought was possible. The vision of Wealth Masters International is plain and simple: To create success and wealth in others, one person at a time. They are truly the best at Wealth, Health and Wisdom.



About Wealth Masters International:



Wealth Masters International (WMI) is a Texas based L. L.C who was incorporated in January 2005 and is one of the fastest growing companies in this industry. WMI features a combination of world class education, services, and strategies along with proven Independent Consultants that have extensive, successful track records in their respective fields. WMI markets to individual consumers looking for cutting edge, powerful solutions that assist them in every important area of their life.

Working through top-ranked alliances, Members have access to financial and estate planning, wealth creation strategies, tax minimization, debt relief, health and wellness, credit planning and restoration, personal empowerment and an income opportunity uniquely structured for professional entrepreneurs.



Now is the time to join one of the fastest growing companies in the industry. Now is the time to join Wealth Masters International.



If you would like more information regarding this topic, please visit http://www. wmitoday. com or contact WMI directly at (832) 532-7655 or at Marketing@wmitoday. com.



Check out the Wealth Masters blog at http://www. wmiblog. com. Hear from Co Founder Kip Herriage at http://www. kipherriage. com and Co Founder Karl Bessey at http://www. karlbessey. com.



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Colorado Judge Orders Mother to Stop Smoking Around her Child and in the Home when the Child is There

Colorado Judge Orders Mother to Stop Smoking Around her Child and in the Home when the Child is There



A Colorado Man takes the mother of his daughter to court to persuade a Judge to not allow the mother to smoke around their child. The Judge who's also a smoker agreed with the father and said that the mother should use better judgement and ordered her not to smoke around the child or in the household. Children of smokers shouldn't be subjected to their parents unhealthy bad habits.



Aurora, CO (PRWEB) July 13, 2006



When a Colorado father had enough of the mother of their daughter smoking around their child, the father took the mother to Court to attempt to persuade a Judge to order her not to smoke around their daughter.



The Father, Oliver Maldonado is a well known Colorado businessman and Author who wrote "The Greatest Sales Book in the World" had attempted numerous times to convince the mother to stop smoking around their daughter. Although the mother agreed it seems she rarely followed through with the agreement until Maldonado had enough and took her to Court.



"I spoke with her on numerous occassions about smoking around our daughter, and she always denied it. I've told her several times that I could smell it on her clothes when she brought her back to me. Shortly after that she started bringing my daughter back in her diapers with no clothes on, but then I could still smell it in her hair and I had enough. I figured if I couldn't get her to stop, I would sue her and take her to Court. I'm extremely happy that the Judge who is also a smoker was looking out for my daughters best interest and ordered her not to smoke around my daughter", Said Oliver Maldonado when asked about the case.



When the mother said the reason their daughter smelled like smoke was because she and her family & friends smoked in the house when the child wasn't there. The Judge then ordered her, her family and friends not to smoke in the house at all even when the child isn't in the home so she didn't go back home smelling like smoke.



Some people are speculating that the father who is credited to be an expert salesman and Author of several books including The Greatest Sales Book in the World, might have used techniques he teaches from the book to persuade the Judge.



When Asked Oliver Maldonado replied, "Of course I used techniques from my book, like the assumptive and being persuasive and persistent. I used techniques from my book with the Judge and with my daughters mother. I know these techniques helped get the final outcome, but you have to give the judge some credit. Finally there's someone out there doing the right thing for children. I'm hoping that this dicession will help thousands if not tens of thousands of children of smokers around the Country and also the parents fighting for their childrens health".



Regardless of how this outcome came about, the fact is that 2nd hand smoke kills. It's a shame when you see parents smoking in the car with young children in the vehicle. It should be a crime for parents to smoke around children, especially in the car with them. Children have no choice and cannot control what the parents do. Just like it's illegal to contribute alchohol to minors, smoking around children gives them the same damage & effect as if they were smoking themselves.



Tests should be conducted by the government of teenagers of smokers to see how their lungs have been effected by their parents bad habits. This is a form of child abuse and the government should step in more often to protect the innocent children of smoking parents.



Parents interested in the Court case to use for their own cases should use this case as an example. Court filling in Arapahoe County Colorado. Case # Booc207096.



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American Visitor Insurance Introduces Comparison Tool for Travelers to the US

American Visitor Insurance Introduces Comparison Tool for Travelers to the US



Americanvisitorsinsurance. com, provider of a wide range of insurance plans to visitors, students, and new immigrants, announces an updated visitor insurance comparison tool on its website, which further simplifies the comparison of various plans and prices.



Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) December 1, 2010



Americanvisitorinsurance. com, a leading expert in visitor health insurance, has updated its online insurance comparison tool. Users can compare each insurance plan offered by the company, via its website, along with the pricing of each one. This enhanced tool is designed to help foreign visitors, students, and new immigrants obtain travel medical insurance in the U. S. and Canada.



Health care in the U. S. and Canada is expensive and minor sicknesses and injuries can lead to large medical expenses. The company works with all insurers who offer short term insurance for visitors, immigrants, and students. Its range of services include U. S. visitor medical insurance as well as global health, Europe travel, vacation travel, group travel, accident, dental, Visa, and missionary insurance.



Anil Chinniah, Director of Crossborder Services, LLC, said, “The updated comparison tool will enhance our abilities to assist travelers to the U. S. and Canada obtain the insurance they need. It also improves the effectiveness of our site, services, and dedication to every international visitor, student, and immigrant in our loyal customer base.”



Radhika Vaz, customer support executive, adds, “Our popular insurance comparison tool displays insurance plans in an objective manner. More user-friendly than ever, it helps visitor, student, and immigrant customers easily compare prices and all relevant information.”



The enhanced tool makes it easier for customers to determine which visitor insurance is right for them, but help is available any time. The licensed support staff of American Visitor Insurance has years of expertise in helping customers find the most appropriate insurance products, and cover different time zones for 24/7 customer support.



“More than just another interactive website gadget,” Christina Longbrake, customer support executive said, “the online comparison tool is a blessing for international travelers who need insurance and have been baffled by confusing offerings from our competitors. Americanvisitorinsurance. com makes the whole process so much easier.”



With globalization, overseas travel is common worldwide and often necessary, with travelers visiting relatives, taking business trips, immigrating, and going on exotic vacations. There are many risks associated with traveling out of one’s home country. Travel medical insurance is an absolute necessity, as health care costs are exorbitant. American Visitor Insurance simplifies the process of acquiring insurance with a comparison tool as well as various informational resources online.



About Americanvisitorinsurance. com

Owned and operated by Crossborder Services, LLC located in New Jersey, American Visitor Insurance specializes in providing insurance services for foreign students, travelers, and immigrants to the U. S. and Canada. The company employs a licensed support staff available 24/7 to accommodate different time zones. It is underwritten by reputable insurance companies such as American International Group (AIG), Nationwide, Lloyds, and Sirius International.



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IT Takes Steps to Help People With Joint Disorders

IT Takes Steps to Help People With Joint Disorders



A new generation of devices to help people with joint disorders walk with ease and comfort are becoming a reality thanks to the work of GAIT, which is creating the world’s first ‘intelligent’ mechanical devices to support knee and ankle joints.



(PRWEB) December 12, 2004



A new generation of devices to help people with joint disorders walk with ease and comfort are becoming a reality thanks to the work of GAIT, which is creating the world’s first ‘intelligent’ mechanical devices to support knee and ankle joints.



GAIT is developing the most advanced leg supports designed to date, combining biomechanics with information technologies to produce more comfortable and effective devices that could benefit millions of people.



“The orthoses we are working with are apparatus that are attached to the leg to support the knees and ankles of people who have joint dysfunctions or lack muscle strength,” explains José Luis Pons at the Instituto de Automática Industrial in Spain. “Traditionally they [orthoses] are purely mechanical devices that provide rigidity to the leg when a patient is standing and allow it to flex when they are walking.”



Traditional devices, which rely exclusively on mechanical components, are often uncomfortable to wear and though they provide necessary support they do not necessarily allow patients to walk normally and with ease. GAIT is overcoming those problems by incorporating IT into orthoses. “The orthoses we are designing are unique because they contain electronic sensors and actuators to monitor joint movement and adapt the orthosis to it,” Pons says.



Each leg orthosis contains two sets of sensors, one to measure the force being exerted by the patientÂ’s movements on the joint and the other to determine the pressure being exerted on the patientÂ’s leg by the orthosis itself. The actuators use the data obtained from the sensors to set and reset the movement parameters of the mechanical components of the orthosis, thereby allowing the patient to move more naturally.



“Without the incorporation of sensors and actuators, traditional orthoses often cause people to walk abnormally resulting in higher energy use and greater discomfort, something that is a significant problem especially for the elderly,” Pons notes. “With this intelligent system patients should be able to move more naturally because the device can react to the activities they are performing, providing them with greater comfort regardless of whether they are sitting, standing, walking or going up stairs.”



Besides giving the patient support, the mechanical components of the orthosis are designed to assist movement by acting much like a healthy joint, returning the energy from the patientÂ’s stride to the leg and reducing the restrictions to movement. The sensors also monitor the comfort levels of the patient, a critically important issue given that orthoses are often attached to patientsÂ’ legs for long periods of time.



“Because orthotic devices are attached tightly around the joints it is important that they are set correctly to ensure maximum comfort and reduce the risk of friction which could cause ulcers and sores when the patient sweats or when the weather is hot and humid,” he explains.



All the data collected by the sensors are stored in microchips in the orthoses which can be accessed and controlled wirelessly by doctors allowing specialists to accurately monitor how well the patient is responding to treatment and to adjust the movement parameters of the device with high precision and therefore better adapt it to patientsÂ’ needs.



The partners have so far developed several prototypes of their intelligent orthoses and have tested them on healthy people. According to Pons, GAIT is planning to run clinical trials with around a dozen patients in Spain and The Netherlands from next March as one of the final steps toward developing a commercially available variant of the system.



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TechCFO Enters Mid-Atlantic Market; Rick Rolandi Leads DC Metro Office

TechCFO Enters Mid-Atlantic Market; Rick Rolandi Leads DC Metro Office



TechCFO, the fastest-growing provider of outsourced CFO services in the U. S., today announced its entry into the Washington, D. C. metro market, and also announced the appointment of Rick Rolandi as the firm’s Managing Partner for the Mid-Atlantic region.



Potomac, MD (PRWEB) February 16, 2010



TechCFO (http://www. techcfo. com), the fastest-growing provider of outsourced CFO services in the U. S., today announced its entry into the Washington, D. C. metro market, and also announced the appointment of Rick Rolandi (http://techcfo. com/index2.php? script=rolandi) as the firm’s Managing Partner for the Mid-Atlantic region.



“We target our expansion in regions with the greatest concentration of venture and private-equity backed technology companies. The D. C. metro-Baltimore corridor has been a prized market for us since TechCFO was created,” said J. Kent Elmer, Managing Director of TechCFO. “Our challenge was finding the right partner to run our operations here. Rick Rolandi meets and exceeds all of our requirements. He is a dynamic and incredibly experienced executive.”



Mr. Rolandi brings more than 30 years of financial and operational leadership with a proven track record of execution, having served as CFO for both venture backed private software companies and public technology companies.



Mr. Rolandi’s recent experience includes overseeing the financial strategy, capital structuring and profit improvement of Vovici, a SaaS based provider of on-line survey solutions. Prior to Vovici, he served as CFO of Softek Storage Solutions Corporation, a leading provider of data migration software where he was responsible for overseeing the finance, legal, information technology, and human resources business functions. Softek was acquired by IBM in 2007.



Previously, Mr. Rolandi served as CFO of DataDirect Technologies, where under his leadership the Company's first two fiscal years as an independent company resulted in consecutive year-over-year increases in revenues and profitability, while also generating over 30% operating cash flows. DataDirect was acquired by Progress Software in 2004. Other prior experience includes roles as the CFO of Landmark Systems and Data Measurement Corporation both of which were publicly traded. Mr. Rolandi holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.



“For tech, this region is probably known first for telecom, digital media, and IT/Networking (http://techcfo. com/index2.php? script=industries) companies, but there is a rapidly developing community in biotech, health care and software (http://techcfo. com/index2.php? script=industries),” Mr. Rolandi said. “The diversity of the market is what makes it so appealing.”



In 2009, TechCFO was named #201 on the Inc magazine List of America’s 500 Fastest-Growing companies and was #19 in the Business Products and Services category.



About TechCFO

TechCFO is an executive services firm that provides experienced CFOs and senior finance professionals to deliver project and part-time financial and strategic services. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, Research Triangle Park and San Francisco, TechCFO was recently named to the Inc. 500. TechCFO combines deep practical experience, comprehensive resources and best-of-breed practices to deliver objective, high-value financial and management consulting services for private, venture-funded and publicly-traded businesses through all stages. TechCFO professionals have extensive experience with critical business and financial issues in the software, technology, and life sciences industries. TechCFO enables businesses to focus on core competencies by providing flexible, customized professional services. For more information, please call 1.866.962.4CFO or visit www. techcfo. com (http://www. techcfo. com).



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Non-invasive Colorectal Cancer Screening thru Private MD Lab Services

Non-invasive Colorectal Cancer Screening thru Private MD Lab Services



Private MD Labs is very pleased to be able to offer their patients a new, safe and more convenient method for colorectal cancer screening. PreGen-Plus™ is a test that analyzes human DNA extracted from the patient’s stool sample and looks for specific DNA mutations known to be associated with the presence of colorectal cancer.



Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 23, 2006



Many of us have endured the discomfort of a sigmoidoscopy or the daunting prospective of drinking a gallon of colon-cleansing laxative the day before a colonoscopy. Both of these procedures are costly, inconvenient and rather extreme for patients with no presence of rectal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease or a close relative that has had colorectal polyps or colon cancer. In the past, the only non-invasive cancer screening offered was the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) which identifies blood in the stool sample, but not the presence of cancer.



Private MD Labs is very pleased to be able to offer their patients a new, safe and more convenient method for colorectal cancer screening. PreGen-Plus™ is a test that analyzes human DNA extracted from the patient’s stool sample and looks for specific DNA mutations known to be associated with the presence of colorectal cancer. Stool collection is done by the patient in their home with materials and instructions provided by Private MD Labs. The patient delivers the stool sample back to the lab – there’s no hospital or clinic visit, no special diet prior to obtaining the sample and no medication or laxative necessary. It couldn’t be simpler.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if colorectal cancer is found and treated early, the 5-year survival rate for patients is 90 percent. Unfortunately, less than 40 percent of the patients diagnosed with colon cancer found it early. The CDC attributes this alarming statistic to low screening rates.



The makers of PreGen-Plus™, along with Private MD Labs, think this new method of colorectal cancer screening is so painless and easy that more patients will submit to testing. If you are age 50 or older, you should be tested. The CDC lists colon cancer as the third most common cancer in men and women, with 90 percent of all diagnosed colon cancer cases occurring in patients 50 or older.



How can you order your PreGen-Plus™ test? Visit the Private MD Lab Services Web site, http://www. privatemdlabs. com/lp/Colon_and_Rectal_Cancer. php (http://www. privatemdlabs. com/lp/Colon_and_Rectal_Cancer. php), locate a lab in your area and purchase the PreGen-Plus™ test. After processing, an e-mail is sent to you with instructions for stool specimen collection, which is placed directly into a pre-paid and pre-packaged airtight container and sealed immediately—there is no handling of the sample directly. Most test results are available with two or three weeks after your specimen is mailed or carried to the Patient Service Center. State and federal laws require licensed physicians to analyze the test data and provide the results. A second notification is sent to you, and through a secure link you may download the lab results confidentially. Otis A. Plunk, MD, Private MD founder and medical director, has invested in secure, user-friendly software and offers a network of over 1,000 Patient Service Centers for your testing convenience.



The following is a sample of the testing available through Private MD Lab Services: autoimmune diseases, blood and blood diseases, prostate cancer disease, diabetes, female specific tests, gastrointestinal diseases, general wellness tests, heart health and cholesterol, hormones and metabolism, infectious diseases, kidney disease, liver disease, male specific tests, musculoskeletal diseases and sexually transmitted diseases.



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The Harley Medical Group Selects bigmouthmedia to Run PPC Campaign

The Harley Medical Group Selects bigmouthmedia to Run PPC Campaign



Bigmouthmedia selected by The Harley Medical Group to lead its search marketing strategy.



Edinburgh, UK (PRWEB) February 6, 2009



Bigmouthmedia has been appointed to lead the search marketing strategy for Britain's biggest cosmetic surgery group, The Harley Medical Group.



The Harley Medical Group, which runs a network of over 23 Cosmetic Surgery clinics throughout the UK, selected bigmouthmedia following a competitive pitch process. Now responsible for managing the group's PPC (http://www. bigmouthmedia. com/products_services/pay_per_click_management/ (http://www. bigmouthmedia. com/products_services/pay_per_click_management/)) campaign, the agency has already begun its overhaul of its search advertising strategy.



Since opening its doors in 1983 Harley Medical has treated more than 400,000 procedures nationwide. Established as a leader in the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery, the group employs hundreds of specially trained doctors, nurses and surgeons and is approved by the Healthcare Commission.



"The Harley Medical Group is a high-quality brand, and running a PPC campaign that both promotes and protects such a reputation requires measured, sympathetic handling. We're delighted to welcome them as a client and are looking forward to a successful partnership," said Lyndsay Menzies, bigmouthmedia Chief Operations Officer.



The deal extends the working relationship already established between the two companies. After working with bigmouthmedia's SEO team for three years and its display team for 18 months, Harley Medical reports seeing a marked increase in traffic, top rankings in a very competitive market place and a marked increase in their online ROI.



"We were looking for a pair of safe hands capable of deriving real value from our digital marketing campaign. Bigmouthmedia's industry-leading PPC expertise and established track-record for managing big brand reputations online made them the natural choice," said Liz Dale, Marketing Director at The Harley Medical Group.



"The bigmouthmedia team is great to work with, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and is very much part of the Harley Medical marketing department, and we have confidence that this partnership will continue".



About bigmouthmedia

Founded in 1997, bigmouthmedia is Europe's largest independent digital marketing agency. With a team of over 200 staff located across 13 offices in 10 countries on 3 continents, the company maximises exposure for major brands online through a variety of fully integrated digital marketing channels: Search engine optimisation (http://www. bigmouthmedia. com/ (http://www. bigmouthmedia. com/)), PPC, Online Media Planning, Affiliate marketing (http://www. bigmouthmedia. com/products_services/affiliate-marketing/ (http://www. bigmouthmedia. com/products_services/affiliate-marketing/)), Social Networking, Brand Monitoring, Online PR and Web Analytics. Bigmouthmedia also provides up to date daily digital marketing news (http://www. bigmouthmedia. com/news_information/industry_news/ (http://www. bigmouthmedia. com/news_information/industry_news/)) to ensure clients are fully informed and aware of all industry developments.



High-res images available on request



For further media information please contact

Iain Bruce

Media Strategist

Bigmouthmedia

51 Timberbush

Edinburgh

EH6 6QH

(44) 131 555 4848

Www. bigmouthmedia. com



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Colorado and Wyoming Awarded Gold Medals for Achievement in Number of People Registering to be Organ and Tissue Donors

Colorado and Wyoming Awarded Gold Medals for Achievement in Number of People Registering to be Organ and Tissue Donors



Colorado and Wyoming were among just five states awarded with gold medals by Donate Life America in recognition of their achievements as part of the Donor Designation Collaborative (DDC), a national initiative to improve organ, eye and tissue donation rates with goals of reaching 100 million designated donors and a 50 percent donor designation rate.



Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 6, 2010



On November 3rd, Colorado and Wyoming were among just five states awarded with gold medals by Donate Life America in recognition of their achievements as part of the Donor Designation Collaborative (DDC), a national initiative to improve organ, eye and tissue donation rates with goals of reaching 100 million designated donors and a 50 percent donor designation rate.



Colorado and Wyoming reached the top tier in all five of the DDC’s mandatory categories for the period of July 2009 through June 2010 including: a 50 percent or greater donor designation rate [the rate at which individuals join the state donor registry as a percentage of licensed drivers and ID card holders]; 50 percent or more of all state residents age 18 and older registered as donors; and at least 40 percent of actual organ, eye and tissue donors authorized through state donor registries. Joining Colorado and Wyoming in receiving gold medals were Louisiana, Ohio, Utah and Washington.



Colorado achieved a donor designation rate of 64 percent; 59 percent of Colorado residents age 18 and older registered as donors and 56 percent of organ, eye and tissue donors were authorized through the Donate Life Colorado donor registry from July 2009 through June 2010.



Wyoming achieved a donor designation rate of 55 percent; 81 percent of Wyoming residents age 18 and older registered as donors and 42 percent of organ, eye and tissue donors were authorized through the Donate Life Wyoming donor registry from July 2009 through June 2010.



Awards were presented at the National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, November 3rd. The Congress is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance.



“I feel honored to accept these inaugural awards on behalf of Colorado and Wyoming in recognition of the work we have done as state teams to improve donor designation,” said Jennifer Moe, director of communications and public relations for Donor Alliance, the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization and an American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming. “Once again, Colorado and Wyoming residents have shown their generosity by taking action and registering as organ, tissue and eye donors, ultimately propelling their states' donor registries to the top in the nation.”



About Donor Alliance

Donor Alliance is the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization and an American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming. As a recognized leader in facilitating the donation and recovery of transplantable organs and tissues, Donor Alliance’s mission is to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. To achieve this mission, Donor Alliance employs an effective family approach and recovery programs in more than 100 hospitals. Donor Alliance also inspires the public to register as organ and tissue donors through community partnerships, public outreach and education campaigns throughout its donation service area. http://www. donoralliance. org



About Donate Life America

Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams, serving as a national voice and inspiring all people to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Donate Life America was founded by the donation and transplant community in 1992 to educate the public about organ, eye and tissue donation and avoid duplication of effort. For more information, visit http://www. donatelife. net.



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Do You Live With Passion?

Do You Live With Passion?



Enter the "Taking Action on My Passion" Contest at AmaZe Plus Size Magazine



Vancouver, WA (PRWEB) March 9, 2006



How do you live your passion? Have you overcome difficult obstacles in order to thrive? Are you a Successful career woman or entrepreneur? What about a devoted mom caring for her family? If you have a passion that drives you everyday to be a better person, AmaZe Plus Size Magazine wants to know.



Share your story in 300 words or less and you may be our winner of a 3 night / 4 day vacation package, sponsored by Life Success Navigators, for 2 in the "Taking Action on My Passion" contest.



The vacation package is valued from $700-800 and the winner can choose from over 60 destinations in the United States.



Entries must be received by midnight on March 17, 2006



About AmaZe Plus Size Magazine



Launched on June 1, 2005, AmaZe is a fashion and lifestyle magazine designed to inspire plus size women to live a ‘Well Rounded’ life.



This modern AmaZing woman thrives in her curves, and is one of more than 40 million females in the United States alone who wear a size 14 and up. This is a woman who craves contemporary fashions, desires the latest beauty advice, and designs her life on her own terms, without apologies.



AmaZe was created to be an online destination where these women can receive self-affirmation can laugh and learn, and where they can find the latest products and services, brought to them by companies who truly understand the buying power of this market.



Plus size customers represent significant buying power. Looking at apparel alone, according to the NPD Group, the curvy market for fashion is expected to hit close to $50 billion this year, up almost 50% since 2000, and with the number of vendors going after this market having grown from 200 just 10 years ago to now more than 2,000.



Since 1998, VenusDivas. com and parent company Venus Imaging, LLC, has been the top online portal pioneering content and inspiring the plus-size community. Now, with the birth of AmaZe magazine, Venus is taking the message to the next level. “What you will find in every issue are stylish fashions and beauty advice as well as empowering ideas for life, health and home,” states Valery Amador, the magazine’s creative director. “What you won’t find is a magazine filled with unrealistic expectations and images.”



“Our philosophy is clear and hinges on our belief that ‘Every Curve Counts’,” shares Michele Weston, Executive Editor, Style & News. “Our group of woman is 40 million strong and is an influential powerhouse poised to take ownership of this concept. AmaZe magazine offers the platform and resources for this industry to thrive.”



Amaze Magazine is headquartered on the west coast in Vancouver, WA with a studio office in New York.



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New Massage Therapy Studio Near Kansas City's Country Club Plaza Offers Introductory Prices for Massages -- Deep Tissue Specialists

New Massage Therapy Studio Near Kansas City's Country Club Plaza Offers Introductory Prices for Massages -- Deep Tissue Specialists



For a limited time only - one hour massages for only $50. Go to the website and click the "book now" button or visit http://imaginewholeness. genbook. com and enter LABORDAY in additional info for the discounted rate. Massages must be booked by September 15th to get the low introductory rate. Gift certificates can also be purchased through the website.



Mission, KS (PRWEB) September 2, 2010



Massage therapy in the kansas city area (http://www. imaginewholeness. com), with online booking available. Deep tissue massage, hot stone, pregnancy or simply relaxation. Imagine Wholeness' therapists are excellent at identifying and treating painful conditions that can alter how your body moves and how you feel.



Many insurance flex-pay plans accept massage as an approved expense. Check with your provider and use your plan to enhance your overall well being with massage. Online booking 24 hours a day. Go to the website and click on the http://imaginewholeness. genbook. com/bookings/slot/reservation/30023378 (http://imaginewholeness. genbook. com/bookings/slot/reservation/30023378)? ["book now" __title__ book now]button



The Mayo Clinic (http://www. mayoclinic. com/health/massage/SA00082) recently published an article on the benefits of massage. Many benefits were listed and a bold statement regarding the benefits:

"Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever"



The article goes on to say:



While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage helpful for:



Stress relief

Managing anxiety and depression

Pain

Stiffness

Blood pressure control

Infant growth

Sports-related injuries

Boosting immunity

Cancer treatment



Imagine Wholeness, LLC can come to your company to provide chair massage for your employees.



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Pegasystems joins IBM initiative for Business Performance Management

Pegasystems joins IBM initiative for Business Performance Management



Expands Pegasystems' presence in rules-based BPM market



CAMBRIDGE, MA (PRWEB) March 25, 2004 -



Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), a leading provider of smart, rules-based business process management software, recently announced at IBM’s PartnerWorld 2004 that it has joined IBM’s new Business Performance Management (BPM) Business Partner Program. The news follows closely on Pegasystems’ announcement earlier this month that it has joined IBM’s ISV Advantage Initiative to help deliver ‘smart’ business process management for on-demand computing needs, and that it has entered into an agreement with IBM Business Consulting Services (BCS).



Pegasystems will complement IBM’s BPM initiative by continuing to develop and enhance its rules-based solutions for key vertical markets such as financial services and healthcare. IBM’s new initiative offers Business Partners a set of BPM ‘frameworks’ for information, processes, events, business rules and workplace and business systems. The frameworks include tools for software developers, core IBM middleware technology, and technical education and support to enable Business Partners to provide customers with solutions unique to their industry.



“BPM combines business intelligence, integration, business service management and intelligent orchestration – all areas where IBM has demonstrated clear technology leadership in the industry,” said Marie Wieck, general manager of Industry Solutions and Business Integration, IBM. “We believe that our new BPM open standards framework and supporting partner program will help accelerate the market for these capabilities and on demand benefit that our combined solutions can deliver. We look forward to working with Pegasystems to address the needs of our mutual customers.”



“We’re not just maintaining our position as a business process management leader, but extending it into new and dynamic arenas,” said Alan Trefler, chairman and CEO, Pegasystems. “Not only have we recently been recognized as a leading BPM vendor by Forrester Research in their BPM TechRankings™ , but we are also positioned in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant in both Gartner Inc.’s Pure Play BPM and Business Rules Engine Magic Quadrants. ”



PegasystemsÂ’ smart BPM solutions utilise the companyÂ’s 20 years of expertise with many of the worldÂ’s largest financial services organisations, including eight of the top 15 card issuers, three-quarters of the nationÂ’s top 12 banks, such as Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase, and all 12 U. S. Federal Reserve Banks. The company provides a comprehensive suite of both horizontal and vertical, industry-specific BPM applications, for full, front-to-back-office integration of critical business processes.



Pegasystems applications support a number of IBM technologies including IBM WebSphere* Application Server, IBM WebSphere MQ, and IBM DB2* Universal Database software and run on the Linux and AIX platforms.



About Pegasystems



Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA) provides rules-based, smart business process management (BPM) software to large organisations, helping to deliver significant ROI and providing them with the flexibility and agility to respond to changing business needs. With annualised revenues of approximately $100 million and a blue-chip customer base, the company offers applications for the financial services, healthcare, insurance and government markets, as well as a cross-industry BPM application. Pegasystems is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., and has regional offices in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information, visit www. pega. com.



For information, contact:



Jeremy Payne



Pegasystems Europe 



+44 118 965 1641 



Jeremy. payne@pega. com 



Alex Crawshaw



Pirate Communications



+44 (0)20 7760 7050



Alex@piratecomms. com



Forward-Looking Statements



Certain statements contained in this press release may be construed as “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, without limitation, our financial guidance with respect to 2004 revenue, profit before tax, tax rate, earnings per share and cash from operating activities. The words “believe,” “expect,” “hope,” “anticipate,” “plan” and similar expressions, among others, identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and involve various risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include volatility of our quarterly operating results, difficulty in predicting the completion of product implementations and consequently the timing of our license revenue recognition, the timing of term software license renewals, customer acceptance of our new PegaRULES Process Commander technology, our ability to develop new products and evolve existing ones, the impact on our business of the ongoing consolidation in the financial services market, historically our core market, our ability to attract and retain key employees, reliance on certain key third-party relationships, and other risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding these and other factors, which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, is contained in the Company’s most recent report on form 10-K and other recent filings on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent the Company’s views as of March 22, 2004. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements and there are no assurances that the matters contained in such statements will be achieved. Although subsequent events may cause the Company’s view to change, the Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements whether as the result of new information, future events or otherwise. The statements should therefore not be relied upon as representing the Company’s view as of any date subsequent to the date of this release.



NOTE: Pegasystems is a registered trademark of Pegasystems Inc. Other product and company names may be trademarks of their respective owners.



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Merriam-Webster Signs Agreement to Provide Digital Files with Worldwide Rights to Bookshare

Merriam-Webster Signs Agreement to Provide Digital Files with Worldwide Rights to Bookshare



Students and Individuals with Print Disabilities Will Have Equal Access to Critical Educational Reference Works -- Merriam-Webster, America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works, has signed an agreement to provide Bookshare with worldwide rights to its entire collection of key references works. This contribution will expand the Bookshare library which today serves over 90,000 members with print disabilities, such as blindness or low vision, a physical disability or a severe learning disability that affects reading.



Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) April 14, 2010



Merriam-Webster, America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works, has signed an agreement to provide Bookshare with worldwide rights to its entire collection of key references works. This contribution will expand the Bookshare library which today serves over 90,000 members with print disabilities, such as blindness or low vision, a physical disability or a severe learning disability that affects reading.



“Getting dictionaries into accessible formats opens up new avenues for individuals with print disabilities to look up words and information,” said Jim Fruchterman, CEO of Benetech, the non-profit organization that operates Bookshare. “As more publishers follow in the footsteps of socially responsible publishers, like Merriam-Webster, we will see all individuals having equal access to all categories of print content.”



“We are pleased to enter into this agreement which will expand access to key Merriam-Webster titles for all people who seek to improve their skills and understanding of the English language,” said John M. Morse, President and Publisher of Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.



Since 1831, Merriam-Webster has published a wide range of quality language-reference products, including dictionaries for all age ranges, bilingual dictionaries, dictionaries for English-language learners, geographical and medical dictionaries, and dictionaries of English usage. Non-dictionary publications include thesauruses, manuals and handbooks for writers, and vocabulary builders. The first three dictionaries from the Merriam-Webster collection contributed to Bookshare are titles commonly used by students in school from elementary grades through their postsecondary years:

 Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary – Introduces young students (grades 3-5) to a wealth of instructive and engaging information. This dictionary includes 36,000 entries, 600 full-color illustrations and thousands of examples of words used in context.



 Merriam-Webster’s School Dictionary – Developed for students in grades 9-12 and includes 100,000 entries, 1,000 illustrations and 15,000 usage examples. Synonyms and word history paragraphs help to clarify contextual meaning for deeper understanding.



 Merriam Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary – A leading college-level dictionary, updated annually, includes over 225,000 definitions ranging from the technical vocabulary of science to the everyday language of today's culture. Recent additions include new words that reflect concern for the environment, such as carbon footprint and green-collar; government activities, such as earmark and waterboarding; health and medicine, like cardioprotective, locavore, naproxen, neuroprotective; pop culture, such as fan fiction, flash mob, and online activities, like sock puppet, vlog, and webisode.



Bookshare will convert the dictionaries into the latest DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) and BRF (Braille Ready Format) formats. DAISY files are electronic files that allow easy navigation through a book or chapter. This versatile format supports individual reading styles and enables multi-modal reading using simultaneous text and computer-generated speech. The dictionaries in the DAISY format will be available with or without images.



Publishers interested in contributing digital files to Bookshare to provide timely access for individuals with print disabilities should contact Robin Seaman, Publisher Liaison. For a list of publishing partners, please visit the Bookshare website. 



About Merriam-Webster, Incorporated



Merriam-Webster Inc. acquired the rights to revise and publish Noah Webster's dictionaries in 1843. Since then, Merriam-Webster has maintained an ongoing commitment to innovation, scholarship, and love of language. Today, the company continues as the leader in both print and electronic language reference publishing with reference products, learning tools, and word games. Visit http://www. merriam-webster. com/



About Bookshare



Bookshare is the world’s largest online accessible library for people with print disabilities. Through its technology initiatives and partnerships, Bookshare seeks to raise the floor on accessibility issues so that individuals with print disabilities have the same ease of access to print materials as people without disabilities. In 2007, Bookshare received a $32 million five-year award from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to provide free access for all U. S. students with a qualified print disability. The Bookshare library now has over 70,000 books and serves more than 90,000 members. Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech, a Palo Alto, CA-based nonprofit which creates sustainable technology to solve pressing social needs.



The content of this press release was developed under a cooperative agreement, H327K070001, with the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U. S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.



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ErinoakKids Foundation Announces Seven Recipients of First Annual Pride & Joy Awards to be Celebrated at Inaugural Fundraising Event

ErinoakKids Foundation Announces Seven Recipients of First Annual Pride & Joy Awards to be Celebrated at Inaugural Fundraising Event



The ErinoakKids Foundation announced the recipients of its first annual Pride & Joy Awards, created to honour and celebrate the achievements of the children and families of ErinoakKids, Ontario’s largest treatment centre for children with disabilities.



Mississauga, Ontario (PRWEB) November 15, 2010



The ErinoakKids Foundation announced the recipients of its first annual Pride & Joy Awards, created to honour and celebrate the achievements of the children and families of ErinoakKids, Ontario’s largest treatment centre for children with disabilities. The recipients will be celebrated at the awards dinner on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.



The award categories and recipients are:

 Family Tree Award: Kieren Heilesen, age 6, of Milton has become a passionate advocate for his sister Lauryn, and through his touching example, he teaches people many times his age about inclusion.  Branching Out Award: Trevor Hill, age 14, of Mississauga, does not let the stroke he suffered in utero slow him down as he launches into life with determination and a positive attitude.  Reaching New Heights Award: Brock Richardson, age 19, of Brampton, courageously reached out to confront negative attitudes about disability at his school and hasn’t stopped since.  Roots of Learning Award: Justin Boateng, age 9, of Brampton has transformed from a student who had to be separated from others to a popular and admired youngster who excels in both academics and sports.  Little Acorn Award: Jordan Pires, age 5, of Oakville astonishes her team of health professionals with her fierce determination and refusal to acknowledge the words “never” and “can’t.”  Little Acorn Award: Maclain Agnew of Oakville is only 3, but he touches everyone he meets with his determination to overcome his hearing difficulties and communicate with others. Likewise, his parents’ unwavering commitment to helping him reach his full potential is an inspiration.  Mighty Oak Award: Lauren Boyce, age 27, of Georgetown has overcome the challenges associated with a childhood stroke and gone on to become a tireless advocate and fundraiser to help others like herself.



These seven outstanding individuals were selected from nominations received from parents, caregivers, clinicians and community members and exemplify what it means to be an ErinoakKid. Videos of the award winners and Don Cherry, who will host the awards dinner with his daughter, Cindy.



“The ErinoakKids Foundation is proudly looking forward to celebrating our recipients at our inaugural Pride & Joy Awards Dinner. These exceptional young people not only provide an opportunity for the community to embrace them and their amazing achievements, they challenge us as a community to look at disability differently, and they offer hope and inspiration to others facing similar circumstances,” said Anissa Hilborn, President, ErinoakKids Foundation. They represent the thousands of children and their families who rely on the treatment, rehabilitation and support services provided by ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.”



ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, the largest of 20 Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario, offers a comprehensive range of treatment, rehabilitation and support services to children with challenges in Peel, Halton and Dufferin counties. The Centre will serve approximately 9,500 children with disabilities and their families in 2010-2011. Currently, 2,200 children are on the wait list for services.



The 2010 Pride & Joy Awards are a highlight within the broader Pride & Joy campaign, launched by the ErinoakKids Foundation in September 2010 with a goal to raise funds for critical programs, initiatives and equipment not funded by the government. Additionally, the Foundation can use these funds to create new programs and services for those families who remain on the wait list, ensuring they are able to benefit from intervention at the earliest stage of their child’s recognized disability.



“Programs which go beyond government-funded core programs are critical because they enable kids to be kids,” said Hilborn. “These non-funded programs include music therapy, drama and arts, physical fitness and recreational programs. Our fundraising also helps ErinoakKids acquire essential equipment such as hearing testing devices and physical fitness equipment for rehabilitative and strengthening programs.”



Corporate sponsors of the 2010 Pride & Joy Awards presented by Rogers Communications Inc. include Microsoft Canada, Tim Horton’s, Accenture Canada, Afexa Life Sciences Inc., Capital One Canada, and Empire Life Insurance Company.



“We are pleased to support ErinoakKids and to celebrate the unique abilities of the Pride & Joy award recipients who have had such a positive impact on their families and their communities,” said Terry Canning, Senior Vice President, Rogers Business Solutions, Rogers Communications. “Rogers Communications places great value on partnering with organizations like ErinoakKids to help children reach their full potential and to, ultimately, create healthier communities that are compassionate, welcoming and inclusive.”



For more information on the Pride &Joy Awards Dinner and the Pride & Joy Campaign please visit http://erinoakkidsprideandjoy. ca or contact Chris Stroud at 905-491-4305 or cstroud(at)erinoakkids(dot)ca.



About ErinoakKids

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC) – serving approximately 9,500 children and their families each year.



Our clients have a wide range of physical and/or developmental disabilities such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, traumatic injury and many other challenges including multiple and complex diagnoses. Some of the children have communication disorders, autism, are blind and/or deaf. They live in communities throughout Halton, Peel, Dufferin and, for some of our programs, Waterloo and Wellington. ErinoakKids has more than 600 staff and eight sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of medical assessment, therapy and support services to help children and their families.



Our main service areas include: the Child and Youth Rehabilitation Program, Autism Intervention Services, the Halton-Peel Preschool Speech and Language Program, Connections for Students, the Central West Infant Hearing Program, and the Central West Blind-Low Vision Program. Our goal is to help each child we serve to build on his/her unique strengths, and to maximize opportunities for independence, health and well-being. We also help families as they meet the challenges that come with having a child with special-needs.



ErinoakKids works from a family-centred philosophy, and our focus is on the strengths and resilience of our clients and their families. We have deep connections to the community, and partner with schools boards, other service providers and hospitals. The Ontario government funds our core programs through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). Additional programs and services at ErinoakKids, beyond those funded by government, are made possible through the generosity of private and corporate donors, as well as the time and expertise of volunteers.



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CardioCareLive, the Largest Virtual Congress on Cardiovascular Disease, announces May and December Online Events

CardioCareLive, the Largest Virtual Congress on Cardiovascular Disease, announces May and December Online Events



Continuing Medical Education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Available Tuition-Free to Primary Care Physicians and Specialists from Any Computer



Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 27, 2010 –



CardioCareLive (http://www. cardiocarelive. com/en_CA/guest/refcode=Press), the innovative online congress presented by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, today announced dates for its 2010 educational series: May 11th to 13th and December 7th to 9th. CardioCareLive was created for cardiologists, primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals interested in the latest breakthroughs in treating cardiovascular disease.



CardioCareLive 2010 will be the second edition of a groundbreaking new educational format and the world’s largest online virtual congress for clinical professionals treating cardiovascular disease. The event will feature live streaming video lectures, panel discussions and case presentations, an exhibit hall and the ability to interact with faculty and other participants in real time.



This year’s CardioCareLive Continuum Learning Series will focus on “Translating Science into Practice: Recent Advances Across the Spectrum of Cardiology Care,” a live online CME (Continuing Medical Education) program, offered under the auspices of Johns Hopkins. The educational program will enable physicians to attend highly interactive virtual sessions with many world-renown experts. Past speakers include Roger Blumenthal, MD, Professor, Division of Cardiology, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Peter Libby, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Clyde Yancy, MD, Medical Director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute.



Thematically, CardioCareLive 2010 will emphasize diagnostic methodologies for assessing patient risk, case studies in patient management and panel discussions and Q&A sessions that highlight new pharmacological and device treatments on the near horizon. Key research themes to be covered include:

 Cardiovascular risk prevention and the use of cardioprotective therapies  Chronic management of atherosclerosis  Acute coronary syndromes  Risk factor assessment in cardiology care  Management of atrial fibrillation  Management of heart failure  Advances in Multi-Modality Imaging and Devices in Cardiology



“The Johns Hopkins Office of Continuing Medical Education recognizes the needs of time-constrained healthcare professionals to stay current on the most compelling information in cardiometabolic patient care,” said Roger Blumenthal, MD, Professor, Division of Cardiology, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Based on the stellar faculty, content quality and success of the 2009 event, we are delighted to once again be working with PlatformQ to leverage the latest video streaming and internet technologies to provide a new level of interactivity for physicians’ continuing medical education and professional development. The CardioCareLive Continuum Learning Series is supported by educational grants to Johns Hopkins and is tuition-free for healthcare professionals who must remain abreast of the latest scientific advances in this fast-moving field. Johns Hopkins will also provide CME credits, required in forty states, for physician licensure.” To view a complete list of speakers, agenda, or to register now for free (http://www. cardiocarelive. com/en_CA/guest/app-registration/refcode=Press), visit http://www. cardioCareLive. com (http://www. cardioCareLive. com).



ABOUT CARDIOCARELIVE (http://www. cardiocarelive. com/en_CA/guest/refcode=Press)

CardioCareLive (http://www. cardiocarelive. com (http://www. cardiocarelive. com)) is a virtual medical congress produced by PlatformQ and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine which takes place entirely online. CardioCareLive enables healthcare practitioners and others interested in understanding and managing patients with cardiovascular disease to learn, connect and interact in real time. CardioCareLive offers Continuing Medical Education at no cost and delivers all the benefits of a physical conference, with live keynote presentations, lectures, peer networking and an exhibit floor, from the convenience of a computer.



CardioCareLive and PlatformQ are trademarks of PlatformQ, LLC. All other trademarks or service marks are property of their respective owners.



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Providers Say Health Plan Claim Denials Serious Business Problem; Millions of Dollars At Stake Management Conference Set to Focus on Solutions

Providers Say Health Plan Claim Denials Serious Business Problem; Millions of Dollars At Stake Management Conference Set to Focus on Solutions



Hospitals and other healthcare providers have been trying to deal with an alarming rate of health plan claim denials. Health plan claim denials are a serious business problem. A special telephone management briefing focusing on solutions to claim denials has been scheduled by the Managed Care Information Center (MCIC).



MANASQUAN, NJ (PRWEB) September 14, 2004



Prompted by a survey that found an alarming rate of health plan claim denials, a special telephone management briefing on denial management has been scheduled by the Managed Care Information Center (MCIC).



An average of 18 percent of health claims are routinely denied by managed care plans, according to providers participating in a survey by the MCIC. The survey results are being published in the Executive Report on Managed Care.



The management briefing, “How to Optimize Your Organization’s Cash Flow by Effective Denials Management,” is scheduled Wednesday, September 29, at 1:30 p. m. Eastern time.



“Feedback from surveys and comments by healthcare providers and health plan executives reinforce that claims denials are a serious business problem,” said Robert K. Jenkins, CEO of the MCIC.



“So much so that hospitals, physician practices, and other healthcare providers are estimated to be losing millions of dollars each year,” he added.



"50 percent of denied claims do not get followed up. They (health plans) bank on this," a manager of consulting services for a clearinghouse told us, Jenkins said.



The costs, both in lost revenue to health providers, and the labor costs of staff re-filing claims is significant, Jenkins said.



"The re-work associated with re-adjudicating claims to recover monies owed under the contract is labor intensive and time consuming not only for hospital staff but health plan staff." a medical center director of managed care operations told the MCIC.



There are two sides to the issue, the survey results revealed, Jenkins said.



“Among the problems that health and managed care executives told us were the principal culprits of denied claims are Ineffective claim processing systems, system interface issues, eligibility issues, poor quality control, improper coding, poor documentation, insufficient contract language, lack of training, and coding errors,” Jenkins reported.



The experts who will conduct the tele-briefing are Barbara Aubry, RN, CPC, CHCQM, clinical business analyst for Info-X Inc., and Bill Phillips, FACMC, CHC, vice president and CRO of Revenue Strategies Inc.



Conference topics will include:



The importance of knowing your 'denial rate' and your 'recovery rate', Current claim system, Edits – the different types of edits (field, utilization, compliance) that cause denials, and new types of edits being added Importance of appealing denials. Real life experience in dealing with claim denials



The 90-minute management briefing includes conference slide presentation materials and a ‘live’ dial-in question and answer period.



More details on the conference “How to Optimize Your Organization’s Cash Flow by Effective Denials Management,” are available online at:



Http://www. healthresourcesonline. com/edu/denials. htm (http://www. healthresourcesonline. com/edu/denials. htm)



For registration information by phone or for questions, call toll-free 1-800-516-4343.



The Managed Care Leadership Survey was conducted among health and managed care executives who are subscribers or members of the MCIC. Responses were gathered online at the MCICÂ’s Web site, www. themcic. com



Contact: Managed Care Information Center, 1913 Atlantic Avenue F4, Manasquan, NJ 08736, 800-516-4343, fax 888-329-6242.



For Information Contact:



Robert K. Jenkins



Managed Care Information Center



1913 Atlantic Avenue F4



Manasquan, NJ 08736



732-292-1100



Fax 732-292-1111



Rjenkins@themcic. com



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Walking While Working Could Reduce a Multitude of Health Risks, Study Finds

Walking While Working Could Reduce a Multitude of Health Risks, Study Finds



International research is proving that daily walking, such as that provided by the TrekDesk treadmill desk, can improve health and reduce the risks of numerous health concerns.



Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) November 19, 2010



An extensive research review, published in the December issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice, identified 24 physical and mental health conditions that could be prevented with regular moderate exercise, such as walking while working with a TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.



Physiotherapist Leslie Alford from the United Kingdom’s University of East Anglia reviewed 40 international research papers focusing on the impact of moderate exercise on health published during the past four years.



The review found that individuals engaging in daily moderate exercise (walking) could reduce the risk of 24 mental and physical health conditions including cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure.



Walking, it was found, for at least 30 minutes a day was associated with a reduction in cancer and walking 60 minutes a day decreased the incidence of cancer a further 16 per cent.



The study also reported that men who are more active at work -- not desk bound -- have lower rates of prostate cancer.



“This is further clinical evidence regarding the curative power of walking in restoring and maintaining health and the necessity to allow employees to move during the day,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk. com. “There are actually 58 diseases related to obesity alone, so we believe that this analysis has an even far greater positive health impact than reported.”



Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk is an affordable, full sized workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of exercise daily to maintain health, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation.



TrekDesk is currently available for sale online at TrekDesk. com for $479.00 including free shipping.



Join the TrekDesk “Movement Revolution” to learn more on TrekDesk’s Facebook page at http://www. facebook. com/pages/TrekDesk-Treadmill-Desk/80743563805.



CONTACT:



Steve Bordley

TrekDesk

Ph: 877-449-8588

FAX: 877-449-8588

Info(at)trekdesk(dot)com

Http://www. trekdesk. com



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Getupdated - Internet Marketing to Take Over Europe

Getupdated - Internet Marketing to Take Over Europe



Getupdatd Search Engine Marketing Firm recognized for "phenomenal growth."



Stockholm, Sweden (PRWEB) June 28, 2006



Getupdated - Search Engine Marketing Firm, today announced that it has become the fastest growing Search Engine Marketing in the Nordics. With newly built departments targeting Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland and Germany Eastpoint Media has definitive plans on taking over Europe.



"It's a clear strategy! We've quadrupled our sales force and technical production in less then one month." "With built in German, Norwegian, Danish, Polish and Swedish Departments, my goal by the end of this year is to make Eastpoint Media the largest Search Engine Marketing Firm in Europe," said Luar Buso, Vice President for Getupdated. Original from New York City with a MBA in Management, Luar Buso Consultant from Luar Internet Marketing has implemented a structural system based on the success of small groups whereby every Sales Director controls a certain part of the overall budget. Luar commented: "I developed this system with success as part of my thesis within my University Management Department." "The focus is to develop and delegate responsibility while allowing the possibility for every team member to grow rapidly within the company; as a result Getupdated can experiment fast growth."



Getupdated is part of the Eastpoint Group has proven to be one of the fast-growth success stories in the Nordics. "Since 1999, Eastpoint has trumpeted the power and reach of internet marketing as one clear marketing strategy. The company has dedicated significant resources to develop a proprietary set of tools and services that will effectively contribute to healthy growth and the capitalization of the Search Engine Marketing sector in Europe.



A tight-knit team of very talented professionals combined with some very powerful technology has helped Getupdatd to become the leading firm in the search engine marketing industry in Sweden," said Mattias Kaneteg CEO of Eastpoint Media. "We are ecstatic to be among the fastest growing SEM companies in Sweden and attribute the distinction to our dedicated and talented staff that has made our clients' search engine marketing successes their mission."



With the current fast growth of Internet Marketing it is a clear sign that Search Engine Marketing has found its path among the fastest growing sectors in Europe. Getupdated has become among the few providers in the market who offers a "One Stop Solution to a company internet needs." In the meanwhile, as Eastpoint plans to capitalize over Europe by the end of this year, a combination of their global business expertise, acquisitions in Sweden and Norway, customer and partner relationships, will make them a great addition to Sweden's Search Engine Marketing list of success.



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Consulting and Advisory Firm Specializing in Data Security Helps Health Care Organizations Comply with New Breach Notification Rules Concerning Encryption in HITECH ACT, within ARRA

Consulting and Advisory Firm Specializing in Data Security Helps Health Care Organizations Comply with New Breach Notification Rules Concerning Encryption in HITECH ACT, within ARRA



Experior Data helps health care organizations (covered entities and business associates) implement encryption and data security technologies to protect medical records. Encrypted medical information, called secured protected health information, exempts healthcare organizations from having to notify people in case of a breach. Breach notification, as specified in the HITECH Act within ARRA, can be very costly and could tarnish the brand and image of a healthcare organization. It can also subject healthcare organizations to substantial fines and in certain cases criminal prosecution.



New York, NY (PRWEB) August 28, 2009



Experior Data Security and Encryption (http://www. experiordata. com) launches practice in health care encryption in response to increasingly stringent privacy regulations for health care organizations. The New York City-based company's mission is to help health care organizations protect patient record information that exists in IT systems via specialized software and services.



"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides incentives for medical care providers to transition from paper health records to electronic health records. It is those electronic health records that we help secure", says Alex Zaltsman, a Founder and Director at Experior Data Security and Encryption.



The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ( HITECH ) Act, passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ( ARRA ) (http://www. experiordata. com/images/american_recovery_reinvestment_act. pdf), has substantially increased the penalties for health care organizations that suffer a security breach. Health care providers and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ( HIPAA ) (http://www. experiordata. com/images/hippasecurityfinalrule. pdf) are required to notify people if a breach or unauthorized access has occurred, and may result in a violation of privacy or even identity theft. In cases where a breach affects less than 500 people health care organizations must keep a log and submit it to the Department of Health and Human Services on a yearly basis. In cases where a breach affects more than 500 people health care organizations face considerable and serious consequences. They must notify a major media outlet, the federal government, and set up a hotline. They also face fines, in certain cases, as high as US $1.5 million per calendar year, and the possibility of criminal charges should the company or an individual be found willfully negligent. However, covered entities that secure health information through encryption or proper destruction are exempt from the notification requirements should a breach occur. Enforcement of breach notification requirements is expected to begin in February 2010, although the government reserves the right of enforcement prior to that date but no earlier than 30 days after the publication of the interim final rule in the Federal Register.



"It is critical to choose the right data security solution for your organization. Encryption software is prevalent and there are many software companies that offer seemingly simple and inexpensive products. However, deploying piecemeal encryption applications that are not part of a strategic plan (http://www. experiordata. com/blog/?p=60) nor centrally managed is dangerous and not recommended. There may not be proper encryption key management in place and companies may not be able to access the encrypted information after an employee leaves or is terminated. Organizations should identify the areas of vulnerability within their IT systems and strategically plan on securing those areas. Centralized management of any data security solution being deployed is highly recommended", says Zaltsman.



Experior Data Security and Encryption specializes in the installation and maintenance of the software and technologies necessary to encrypt sensitive information so that only authorized individuals can access protected health information. Each engagement is custom tailored to the customer's individual needs using systems and processes to ensure that customers obtain the most value from their investment in encryption technology products and services.



Experior Data researches best-of-breed technologies, saving health care organizations time and resources. They emphasize the value of implementing a platform as opposed to point solutions to help eliminate human error and enable management to think strategically about security and data encryption policies.



"There are four major points of vulnerabilities to protected health information (PHI) (http://www. experiordata. com/blog/?p=36) identified by the government: Data in Motion (http://www. experiordata. com/data_motion. php), Data at Rest (http://www. experiordata. com/data_rest. php), Data in Use (http://www. experiordata. com/data_use. php), and Data Disposed (http://www. experiordata. com/data_disposed. php). Protecting PHI at these four points requires deployment of other technologies, such as e-mail encryption, two-factor authentication, endpoint and storage security, and intrusion detection to help secure PHI", adds Zaltsman.



Health care entities are facing increasingly stringent penalties in the case of a data breach where unprotected patient information is at risk. With specialized services and technologies from Experior Data Security and Encryption (http://www. experiordata. com/why_chooseus. php), health care organizations can both protect patient health information and achieve compliance with HITECH and HIPAA.



In response to substantial demand for identification of vulnerabilities within health care organizations which are covered entities or business associates, Experior Data is offering reduced rates for those organizations that engage Experior Data's services by 9/30/2009. Organizations that contract with Experior Data by 9/30/2009 will receive a 30% discount on all services rendered until 12/31/2009.



Call 877-4ENCRYPT (877-436-2797) or e-mail urgent - at - experiordata. com to learn more about Experior Data's product and service offerings. You may also follow Experior Data's feed on Twitter (http://www. twitter. com/experiordata) to learn about the staff's immediate thoughts on relevant protected health information topics.



Experior Data is also seeking partners (http://www. experiordata. com/partners. php) such as law firms, value-added resellers, and healthcare and management consultants to work together on securing protected health information.



About Experior Data Security and Encryption



Experior Data Security and Encryption is a consulting and advisory firm specializing in helping customers comply with federal regulations related to health care such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The company performs its work by using best-of-breed products to protect personal health information. Experior Data differentiates itself by specializing in security and encryption of health records to ensure that health care organizations meet and/or exceed government requirements for securing protected health information.



This press release was prepared by Bedell Communications (http://www. bedellcommunications. com), a copywriting and consulting firm specializing in technology and B2B communications. Reach us at (509) 499-2793.



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