By Mark R. Smith, Editor-in-Chief
Business Monthly Newspaper
Cloud computing. It can be a somewhat nebulous term, a new-ish catch-all that has been embraced by the information technology (IT) industry as technology continues its forward march.
While most observers say that cloud computing isn't really anything new, it's becoming a more appealing option to companies, especially smaller enterprises, that want to keep their technical operations up-to-date while concentrating their energies on their core missions and competencies.Read more...
Sidus BioData, leading provider of Compliant Cloud Hosting for Life Sciences and Health IT companies across the globe, announces that Jason Silva, CEO, will be presenting at the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joint Conference at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland June 11-13, 2013. The session, titled Controlling Pharma Data in the Cloud, will take place on Wednesday June 12, 2013 at 1:30pm.
About the ISPE Conference
For a second year, ISPE and FDA have collaborated to create a joint conference focused on the future vision of the pharmaceutical industry and the importance of driving a culture of quality throughout companies and regulatory agencies.
The event will assemble the entire supply chain to discuss industry’s commitment to identifying and adopting quality practices that continue to deliver a safe, consistent and available global drug supply.Read more...
Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 11:00 am
By SHANTEÉ WOODARDS
John Criswell needed a secure way to store sensitive client health data with around-the-clock access.
His Annapolis health care analytics company, Pulse8, lists insurers, assisted living facilities and health exchanges as its clientele. Pulse8 considered building its own data center, renting space elsewhere or using a hybrid of the two.
Pulse8 decided to host the services off site and after a “comprehensive evaluation” chose Annapolis-based Sidus BioData to handle its remote storage operations.
\In the end, we thought it made the most sense to deal with experts in this area that really understand the compliance (standards), that have all the certification and have the 24-7 security,\" Criswell said.
Sidus BioData has targeted firms like Criswell's for the past four years. The company falls under the Sidus Data umbrella, which hosts data for business and government clients.
As the nation shifts toward standardized electronic health records, the company sought to boost its business with in the health information technology and life sciences arenas. Now they have more than 20 clients — including Anne Arundel County based Schooner Healthcare Services — storing data with them on one to five year contracts.
\"It was a market that was relatively untapped,\" Sidus CEO Jason Silva said.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, mandates adoption of electronic health records, Silva said. Security is a pressing concern for health care providers and many contract with third-party vendors to house data systems off-site.
Health care executives are increasingly turning to information technology as a way to improve clinical outcomes and reduce medical errors, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. In its 2012 survey, participants identified compliance with patient privacy laws, inadequate security systems and breaches of security as top concerns for the security of computerized medical information.
Anne Arundel County officials are also trying to play a part in the industry. Earlier this year, the Chesapeake Innovation Center began seeking small health IT firms to add to its business incubator. At its April 11 showcase event, participants will be able to interact with CIC’s corporate partners for possible collaboration. Sidus, which is one of the CIC’s founding sponsors, has been invited to participate.
National security and intelligence sector firms can use the same tools they use to secure their clients data translate into protecting health care records, said CIC Executive Director Renée Winsky.
\"Let’s say we have some young company that comes in and has a tool that Sidus doesn’t have and it will complement a contract its going after with some federal agency,\" Winsky said of potential partnerships.
When Sidus contracts with a firm, the new client goes through a regulatory assessment to determine the type of data and its source. It does a needs analysis and offers recommendations on costs and services needed.
The process can take two to three weeks. Clients can pay anywhere from $2,000 to $2,500 a month to $35,000 to $75,000 a month, based on size and services needed.
\"It’s a pretty exciting space we live in now, due to health IT and life sciences,\" Silva said. \"(The field) is growing exponentially, whether it be Internet enabled glucose monitors to Internet-enabled heart monitors.\"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2013
Contact: Lisa Ackerson
Sidus BioData, leading provider of Compliant Cloud Hosting for Life Sciences and Health IT companies across the globe, announces that Jason Silva, CEO, will be participating at the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (DED), Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) and the Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Health IT Forum on May 21, 2013 at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Room 106-110, in the Academic and Research Building, Rockville, MD 20850, from 7:30 am to 10:00am The panel topic of discussion will be Analytics in Healthcare: Leveraging Data for Organizational Wide Improvements.Read more...
Until now, Seeds 4 Success (S4S), a four year-old grassroots organization headquartered in the Eastport Community Center, had limited website capabilities and preferred to spend its money helping children and families living in Annapolis public and subsidized housing communities. Upon hearing of the need for an improved website, Sidus Design stepped in, free of any charge and completely overhauled S4S’ website. Sidus Design’s CEO Jason Silva explained: “We were thrilled to support Seeds 4 Success. Doing so fits with Sidus’ mission to help local organizations that provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged youths. Our goal was to develop a site that is easily navigable by the busy S4S staff and board. It needed to be simple to manage. We think the end result is a well-crafted design that is aesthetically effective and true to S4S’ core mission.” Seeds 4 Success Executive Director Jessica Snell-Johns agreed: “Having such a professional, functional and easy-to-use website is a huge leap forward in our organizational capacity. This eye-catching site developed by Sidus exceeded our expectations in every way. It allows us to effectively communicate our story of what we do and how far we have come– from a loosely defined program serving 10 girls to an award-winning nonprofit with three programs serving 50 girls and boys and their families. Of course, we’re hopeful that we’ll attract more donors and volunteers who are looking to be part of a dynamic nonprofit that equips kids with knowledge, services, experiences and relationships that will help them grow into successful, healthy and contributing adults. Log on to www.S4Sannapolis.org and see for yourself!”
See the original article at http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2012/12/08/seeds-4-success-receives-early-holiday-gift-from-sidus-design