VZB to Build New IT Platform

Verizon founds consortium developing standards, framework for handling digitized transcriptions of physicians' dictated notes

November 4, 2009

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J. -- A newly formed industry group, the Medical Transcription Service Consortium (MTSC), has chosen Verizon Business to build a new IT platform for the secure exchange of digitized transcriptions of physician-dictated patient notes.

The MTSC - of which Verizon is a founding member - will develop a common framework for the digitization of transcribed dictated records, including interoperability standards for the seamless and secure exchange of data among health care providers. The new IT platform is a key part of this initiative.

(A separate news release contains further details about the MTSC's initiative.)

The platform, which is expected to be available later this year, will leverage Verizon Business' broad portfolio of advanced IT, hosting and security solutions, as well as the company's global IP network. The platform will be designed to the specifications determined by the MTSC, including the use of security best practices, and will enable the objective testing and certification for privacy, security and interoperability.

"Interoperability within the health care industry is the linchpin to driving efficiency and improving patient outcomes," said Rajeev Kapoor, global managing director - health care, Verizon. "The vital services provided by the members of the MTSC are the foundation of every patient medical record, and Verizon Business' development of a common IT platform built to the standards and policies adopted by the consortium members will play an important role in expanding the adoption of electronic health records."

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