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The Quantum Group (Wellington, Florida) said it has submitted a final patent filing that covers unique solutions for optimizing performance and access in a cloud computing environment. PWeR, the Quantum technology platform, was built on a cloud computing architecture and is designed to integrate all of the principal applications a provider uses into one system including electronic medical records (EMR), the company said. Cloud computing is vital to PWeR as the platform facilitates the patient's entire care team, including primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals and any other provider that sees the patient, to share information and access the patient's complete medical record.

"We are at a key moment in the transformation of this industry as methodologies such as cloud computing become more prevalent," said Pete Martinez, Quantum senior VP and chief technology & innovations officer, who leads the team responsible for the development and innovation behind PWeR. "Shared access to patient information by the entire care team results in a much more comprehensive patient record readily available whenever and wherever it is needed. Cloud computing makes that possible and our patent ensures that even when there is severe competition for Internet bandwidth, we can provide continuous availability and responsiveness to the user. In particular, the system could detect and prioritize critical medical information over less vital billing or inventory transactions to assure effective operation even in a congested environment."

According to the company, most EMR applications capture patient data and only retain it in the computer of the recording physician or hospital. PWeR is architected as a system incorporating multiple applications, which include EMR, practice management, billing, e-Labs, e-Prescriptions, disease management, medical home, messaging, kiosks and many other key functions, Quantum said. EMR is simply one application in this comprehensive system.