St. Louis, Missouri – (The Hosting News) – October 20, 2008 – IT infrastructure services for business applications, Savvis, has signed an agreement to provide hosting, network, and managed security services to electronic health information exchange, Availity, L.L.C.
Under the terms of the three year agreement, SAVVIS will provide Availity with a variety of network, hosting, and professional services, including SAVVIS Foundation Hosting which allows customers to maintain control of their operating system (OS) but eliminates burdens such as server hardware procurement, racking and stacking, space and power management, and onsite support.
Mark Kloker, Senior Director of Service Assurance for Availity noted, ”The SAVVIS team quickly familiarized themselves with our personnel, our IT infrastructure challenges, and the requirements of our mission critical business applications. In addition to providing the SaaS IT infrastructure underpinning our transaction processing, they provide us with dedicated privacy and security managers to help administer security measures, which are an essential part of our business and our compliance with HIPAA.”
In addition, SAVVIS will provide comprehensive managed security services consisting of firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and log management services that provide customers with an easy method for storing and searching system logs and triggers alerts to help them respond to security threats in real-time. Services will be delivered from SAVVIS’ data centers in Dallas and Atlanta.
Availity is one of the nation’s largest information exchanges that process medical information. Through a software as a service (SaaS) model, the company handles more than 500 million transactions annually between health care professionals and providers across the U.S. As a result, Availity requires multiple security layers and reliable network services to underpin its large enterprise applications.
Over 47,000 customer organizations, including 95% of the healthcare provider practices in Florida alone, use Availity’s secure portal and EDI services daily to complete important transactions such as eligibility and benefits verification, claim submission, claim status inquiry, and electronic health record retrieval.
Bryan Doerr, Chief Technology Officer at SAVVIS remarked, ”’We are committed to providing a level of support and service that is unmatched for an enterprise deployment of this scale. SAVVIS has the SaaS infrastructure and IT resources to support Availity’s critical applications and ensure its customers process reliable, secure transactions every day.”
Availity optimizes the flow of information between health care professionals, health plans, and other health care stakeholders through a secure internet-based exchange. The Availity Health Information Network encompasses administrative, financial, and clinical services, supporting both real-time and batch exchange via the web, business to business (B2B) integration, and electronic data interchange (EDI). Availity is the recipient of several national and regional awards, including Consumer Directed Healthcare, A.S.A.P. Alliance Innovation, eHealthcare Leadership, Northeast Florida Excellence in IT Leadership, E-Fusion, Emerging Technologies and Healthcare Innovations for Excellence (TETHIE), and AstraZeneca-NMHCC Partnership.
SAVVIS, Inc. is a global IT infrastructure services firm for business applications. With an IT services platform spanning North America, Europe, and Asia, SAVVIS is an industry leader in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations. SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines virtualization technology, a global network and multiple data centers, and automated management and provisioning systems.
To learn more, please visit: www.savvis.net.