Merit Network Wins Computerworld Honors Program 21st Century Achievement Award: IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program announced that Merit Network, Inc. is the winner of a 21st Century Achievement Award in recognition of the REACH-3MC Project (Rural Education Anchor Community Health care – Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative). In an especially competitive year for the prestigious program, Merit was selected from more than 700 applicants from 29 countries to a class of 269 Computerworld Honors Laureates. Merit was then distinguished from that impressive class as a 21st Century Achievement Award Winner. Don Welch, Merit’s president and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of Merit and the REACH-3MC project. Welch was honored as both a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate and 21st Century Achievement Award Winner at the Computerworld Honors Program Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony held on Monday, June 3 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Computerworld Honors Laureates are honored for visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. From a pool of 700 applicants, 269 Laureates across 11 different award categories were selected after a rigorous application and review process. A panel of judges, made up of IT executives and Computerworld editors, choose the five most outstanding projects in each Laureate award category to be finalists for the 21st Century Achievement Award. The judges then select one finalist in each category as a 21st Century Achievement award winner, receiving special recognition by the Program Judges to be the very best among their peers. Merit and the REACH-3MC Project were selected as the winner of the 21st Century Achievement Award in the Mobile Access award category. REACH-3MC is a unique fiber-optic infrastructure build-out through rural and underserved areas of Michigan, Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. REACH-3MC improves access to digital information, programs and services for populations in its service area, and mobile access is a key byproduct of the fiber-optic infrastructure.
Merit Network is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities, owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. More at www.merit.edu.
Three More Patti Engineering Employees Achieve Siemens Global Technical Certification: Auburn Hills-based Patti Engineering Inc. has become one of only two companies in the United States to have 5 or more Siemens Global Technical Certified engineers, leading the technology advances in industrial automation. Steve Buffmyer, John Jowski and David Calme join an elite group of industrial automation professionals with exceptional expertise in Siemens SIMATIC Technology areas of S7 PLCs, SIMATIC HMIs, and SIMATIC Networking. Individuals achieving this Siemens certification are among an elite group of less than 150 professionals across the country. Patti Engineering’s Duane Edgar and Nick Hitchcock, have been certified for over two years. To even qualify for the rigorous two weeks of course work and testing requires an in-depth knowledge of Siemens product functionality, best engineering practices and efficiency in technical approach. Achieving certification requires a higher commitment to training and dedication to best practices, both of which are indicators of a high level of professionalism. In industrial settings, the more challenging the goals of an automation project, the more important it is to have a Siemens Solution Partner with Siemens Certified engineers on staff to deliver the project with a solution of the highest quality. Patti Engineering is a CSIA Certified control systems integration company offering high-caliber engineering and software development services. Patti Engineering’s technical expertise in electrical control and information systems provides turnkey control systems integration for design/build, upgrade/retrofit and asset/energy management projects. Industrial automation, production intelligence and shop floor IT solutions services include: project management, electrical engineering, hardware design, hardware procurement, software development, installation, calibration, start-up testing, verification, documentation, training and warranty support. Customer satisfaction and project success earned the company Control Engineering Magazine’s 2013 System Integrator of the Year. For more information, visit www.pattieng.com.
Covisint Debuts on List of Nation’s Top 100 Healthcare Technology Vendors: Covisint, a Compuware (Nasdaq:CPWR) company, today announced that it has debuted on Healthcare Informatics’ list of the nation’s top 100 healthcare IT vendors. The HCI 100 recognition reflects Covisint’s growing healthcare market penetration. Driven by changing reimbursement models and technologies, healthcare organizations need new ways to securely share and access sensitive information. To meet these demands, they increasingly turn to secure cloud environments to keep patients healthy, enable informed care-team decisions, maximize reimbursements and reduce costs. Covisint Healthcare meets healthcare organizations where they are in this important technology adoption, making them fully functioning, clinically integrated networks with multi-system integrations, team communications and advanced analytics. Covisint Healthcare offers a scalable, secure and proven cloud platform that benefits millions of patients through hundreds of hospital and provider organizations, major national payer organizations and the nation’s largest health information exchanges and accountable care organizations. Covisint delivers high value to accountable care stakeholders by supporting a comprehensive health information technology roadmap that helps improve health outcomes, increases efficiencies and fills the gaps left by existing technology investments. Covisint’s agnostic platform, which works with or without an existing EMR system, enables the free, secure flow of information with the customer in full control, helping healthcare providers avoid being reliant upon one vendor, payer or HIE. More at www.covisint.com.
Truven Health Analytics Professional Receives Accredited Health Care Fraud Investigator Credentialing: Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, announced today that Kristine Knutson, senior analytic consultant, is the latest member of the Truven Health staff to have earned the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association’s unique professional credential: Accredited Health Care Fraud Investigator. Knutson joins the growing rank of Truven Health employees who have earned AHFI credentials. Established in 2002, the AHFI program provides the first-ever formal accreditation of individuals who meet specific qualifications for professional experience, ongoing training, formal education, and demonstrated knowledge in the detection and investigation and/or prosecution of fraud against private or government-funded health insurance plans. Individuals accredited under the program also must meet stringent requirements of continuing professional education in order to maintain their AHFI status. Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the non-profit NHCAA is comprised of the anti-fraud units of private health payers and the formal law enforcement liaisons of federal and state agencies that have law enforcement or administrative jurisdiction over health care fraud. With over two decades of fraud, waste and abuse detection experience, Truven Health Analytics has assisted more than 25 Medicaid agencies, the federal government, over 50 employers and dozens of health plans in identifying and recovering millions of dollars in healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse. According to Truven Health research, approximately $125 to $175 billion is wasted each year on healthcare fraud and abuse. Despite the common myth that fraud and abuse are confined primarily to the public sector programs of Medicare and Medicaid, Truven Health estimates that 5-10 percent of payments in the private health plan market are inappropriate. More at www.truvenhealth.com.
Dow Electronic Materials Honored with ON Semiconductor’s 2012 Perfect Quality Gold Award: Dow Electronic Materials, a business unit of Midland’s Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), today announced that it has received ON Semiconductor’s Perfect Quality Gold Award for 2012. Dow earned the award based on its perfect quality score for both 2011 and 2012 in ON Semiconductor’s FE Supplier Performance Rating as a supplier of chemical mechanical planarization and lithography materials. Edward Orr, Strategic Account Manager, and Kirk Brown, Technical Manager of Dow Electronic Materials accepted the award in a ceremony at ON Semiconductor. This is the second consecutive year that the Dow team has received this recognition. Dow’s quality score was based on its support of ON Semiconductor at its U.S. locations in Gresham, Oregon and Pocatello, Idaho, as well as its international facilities in Belgium, the Czech Republic and Japan. Dow serves the semiconductor and related industries with leading edge technology that supports the advancement of device shrinks and increased power for semiconductor devices. For CMP, the company offers materials for planarizing and polishing semiconductors, silicon wafers and storage media including hard and soft pads and unique slurries. In lithography, Dow supplies advanced photoresists to define circuit patterns on semiconductor wafers and anti-reflectants to help improve imaging step and electroplating chemistries as well as developers and other ancillary materials. Dow Electronic Materials offers materials and technologies to the semiconductor, interconnect, finishing, photovoltaic, display, LED and optics markets. More information about Dow Electronic Materials can be found at www.dowelectronicmaterials.com.