Troy, Ohio, November 11, 2010 – Agil IT, the region's leader in ambulatory healthcare information technology, today announced that they have been recognized by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine as one of the Top Healthcare VARs. According to IDC Health Insights, growth in implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) and health information exchange technologies will help spur worldwide growth of Healthcare IT spending over the next three years to over $13 billion. As a result, support levels for EMRs and infrastructure technologies have heavily increased, presenting an ideal opportunity for VARs in this market. This first annual list recognizes VARs, systems integrators, consultancies, platform specialists and developers that have taken advantage of this growing market and are seeing great success in the healthcare space.
Agil IT has experienced rapid growth and regional attention for its unique EMR consulting and healthcare infrastructure implementations. The expertise of the staff and the consultative approach specific to creating healthcare solutions has positioned Agil IT as a thought leader in the industry. Agil IT has a unique engagement framework which enables better business results, while mitigating risk for their clients.
“Increased regulations and the move to electronic health records are fueling an interest in the healthcare market,” said Kelley Damore, Vice President, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. “These 100 VARs saw the opportunity early and are now supplying healthcare providers with integrated and customized IT solutions to meet their demanding needs.”
“Agil IT is proud to be recognized as a leading provider of technology solutions to the healthcare industry,” stated Wes Gipe, President of Agil IT. “Our broad range of technology solutions and over a decade of experience provides our clients with the business efficiencies they need to survive in these challenging economic times.”
A special feature of the Top Healthcare VARs is in the October issue of CRN Magazine and expanded coverage will be featured online at http://www.crn.com.
About Agil IT
Agil IT enables operational and clinical excellence to the ambulatory healthcare markets by providing a wide variety of clinical, business, and IT solutions. Their comprehensive range of programs and services includes system implementation, integration, optimization, project management, custom reporting, education and knowledge transfer expertise. Agil IT consultants and principals listen, advise and strengthen their customers in the pursuit of their strategic IT initiatives.
Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com.
Today I received this press release from the Ohio Attorney General’s office regarding a new computer virus scam. I checked this one out and it’s legitimate so I thought we should let the tribe members know about it. If you have questions feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Posing as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scammers have found a new angle in the effort to exploit fears driven by the spread of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, sometimes called “swine flu.” Attorney General Richard Cordray today urges Ohioans to beware of an email which carries a computer virus that may infect your computer and provide a stranger with access to your personal information.
The bogus email announces the launch of a “state vaccination H1N1 program” and encourages the user to create a personal vaccination profile. It provides a link to a Web page that looks similar to the CDC site. Within the page are downloadable instructions for creating your personal vaccination profile.
Cordray warns that by downloading the instructions, visitors are downloading a virus onto their computers.
“Any time you receive an email from someone you are not familiar wth, I strongly recommend avoiding the provided links,” said Cordray. “clicking on that link can unleash downloadable viruses capable of capturing your personal information and sending it back to the scam artist.”
Because of these potential phishing attacks and email scams, Cordray encourages consumers who are interested in H1N1 influenza virus information to visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services informational web site at www.flu.gov or the Ohio Department of Health informational site, www.flu.ohio.gov. Cordray also offers the following tips to help Ohioans avoid phishing scams:
- Contact the institution yourself: Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for your personal information. Instead, contact the organization at a phone number or a web address you know to be correct.
- Don’t click on links in emails: Be cautious about opening any attachments or downloading any files from email messages. Links and attachments can make your computer vulnerable to viruses.
- Look for warning signs: Misspelled words or a lack of personal greetings may signal fraud. However, the presence of a personal greeting or a lack of errors does not guarantee legitimacy. Always be skeptical.
- Use spam filters, anti-virus software, anti-spyware software and a firewall: Update your security software regularly. The software can help stop your computer from accepting unwanted files that can be sent via phishing emails.
- Don’t give out personal information via email: Email is not a secure method of transmitting personal information. A bank or governmental agency will never request personal information via email.
- Monitor your accounts: Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them. If you find unauthorized charges, immediately notify your bank or credit card provider.
- Report phishing scams to the company or organization the scam artist is impersonating and to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Report this phishing scam or any other scam to the Attorney General’s Office atwww.SpeakOutOhio.gov or by calling (800) 282-0515.
ProPoint Support increases information accessibility and improves efficiency
(Troy, OH – October 2009) Agil IT, a leader in healthcare information technology services, is pleased to partner with Oak Creek, OB/GYN, Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio. Agil IT will implement it’s ProPoint Support services at all three Oak Creek locations. With ProPoint’s management capabilities, Oak Creek will be ensured of fully manged support of all its voice, print, data and computing needs. Oak Creek will leverage Agil IT’s ten years of experience in the healthcare marketplace to manage their IT needs. Boasting 24/7 remote managed services and resolution capabilities; Agil IT’s Propoint solution will ensure uninterrupted availability and performance of Oak Creek’s patient care business support systems.
“Our focus is on patient care. When babies are being delivered at all hours of the day requiring access to our patient records on a 24 hour basis, uptime is critical. The team at Agil IT understands this and ProPoint Support helps guarantee it,” said Jayne Testa, Oak Creek’s Practice Administrator. “There’s no better peace of mind than knowing that our systems are constantly monitored by a company that can pro-actively address our needs quickly and efficiently.”
Agil IT offers a comprehensive range of remote computer and network support services that are priced to appeal to ambulatory healthcare organizations, like Oak Creek OB/GYN, Inc. Agil IT’s robust multi-platform services provide availability and performance reporting solutions built specifically for their customers.
“Agil IT has earned its reputation for providing efficient, reliable and cost-effective IT services for practices like Oak Creek,” said Wesley Gipe, Agil IT President. “Oak Creek is one of the most respected healthcare groups in the area and we’re pleased to be a part of that legacy.”
About Oak Creek OB/GYN, Inc.
Oak Creek OB/GYN, Inc. is committed to the practice of providing caring, compassionate, expert care to women of all ages. Their group of six, Board Certified Obstetrician Gynecologists, specialize in obstetrics (both regular and high risk) as well as gynecology services for every phase of their patients life such as menopausal care and family planning. Oak Creek also focuses on education and preventative medicine to help patients live a healthy lifestyle. They have offices located in Centerville, Beavercreek and Springboro, Ohio. Each office offers a variety of ancillary services on-site including in-office minor surgery, bone density scans (DEXA), 3D/4D ultrasound, Urodynamic Testing for incontinence and cosmetic laser treatment for skin and permanent hair reduction. For more information contact Oak Creek OB/GYN, Inc. at (937) 848-4850.
About Agil IT
Agil IT is an information technology provider who designs, builds, maintains and secures computer and voice networks for healthcare. Agil IT prides itself on offering personal attention and service with expert advice focused on their client’s goals and objectives with customer service second to none. Agil IT’s ProPoint Support includes a mix of customized services that help healthcare practices meet their business objectives. For an on-site ProPoint Support demonstration, contact Agil IT at (937) 440-9199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Step right this way, Sir..." Yep. I was the lucky one. Should have played that one last game of blackjack. Sure enough, I was the lucky one chosen at the Vegas airport to be the proud recipient of a TSA "exhaustive search". Why?!? Seriously? "What made you pick me?", I inquired, placing the business cards back into my pocket from the x-ray tub. "Those ... uh... THINGS! ... in your pocket. Are those magnets!?!", he asked, as if magnets were the next thing to a bottle of shampoo on the FAA "stuff that could be really deadly and dangerous on a plane" list. "No Sir, those are my business cards." Business cards?", he asked unbelievably. "Yes Sir.", I replied. "Whose stupid idea was it to print round business cards?", he asked smugly looking down his long nose at the blasphemous round objects. "Mine Sir.", I answered, wondering if he expected me to evaluate his mental capacity aloud in return. "Next time, keep those things in your briefcase. Anything that makes you stand out in an airport is not a good idea." "Yes Sir.", I said, channeling every ounce of self control within me to refrain from rolling on the floor laughing.
If you haven't already seen them our business cards are just like our approach to managing IT for our clients. Different. Other than conventional. Provocative. They're round. And, because we think too much pomp and circumstance goes into a title, we've made up our own creative titles - different, other than conventional, provocative titles. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. I've received calls from clients telling me how much they like them - and even that they aspire to "collect them all".
I've been preaching to our tribe, through this economic downturn, about interruptive contact. Every contact we have with our customers, partners and distributors - whether it be a phone call, email, personal visit, or thank-you card sent by snail mail - must be interruptive. Interruptive - so much that it gives the recipient pause and makes them think "wow - these folks are different!".
I am continually turned off by bland, safe, industry standard "me too" marketing. That's why we've chosen to market in ways that are interruptive. Interruptive in ways that scream out loud that we are real people with real personalities and real creative ability. Yes, it's perhaps risky in some ways, but it's different. And different is good. Even if it makes some folks uncomfortable. Especially the TSA guy in the Vegas airport. I left him my card. Twenty bucks says he shows it to his wife tonight when he gets home as he tells her the story.