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Launch of a nationwide consortium calling itself the Trusted Healthcare Information Solutions Alliance (THISA), a group of six charter-member information technology (IT) solution providers for healthcare, was unveiled during the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which opened Sunday in Dallas.

THISA members, all exhibiting at HIMSS, are Agile360 (Irvine, California), I-Access (Richmond, Virginia), DBLS (Burke, Virginia), DeVA Systems Group (Concord, Massachusetts), LANStatus (Trumbull, Connecticut) and Laurus Technologies (Itasca, Illinois).

THISA said the consortium offers “an alternative to healthcare companies looking for solutions providers that can deliver the same proven expertise, value, quality and support as large global vendors“ but with lower costs and higher service offered by smaller, “more foc-used“ companies. The group's members “cater to healthcare organizations of any size.“

“THISA was created to offer a better alternative,“ said Bert Short, president of I-Access and founding member of THISA. “We saw a need for improvement in healthcare IT that could be accomplished by combining our expertise, methodologies and best practices to deliver all the advantages of a large vendor, and more— without the high costs, the headaches and the sub-par service.“

THISA said its members' emphasis would be on “standardizing methodologies and best practices and offering access to the latest technologies and in-depth training and support.“

Diabetes to hit one in three, JAMA projects

Diabetic Treatment Centers of America (Salt Lake City) said that the Journal of the American Medical Association projects that if the rate of diabetes continues to increase, one in three Americans born in 2000 will be diagnosed with diabetes by 2050.

The study, which included information from more than 300,000 respondents, indicated that some 32% of males and about 38% of females born in 2000 would be diagnosed with diabetes. These individuals diagnosed with diabetes will have large reductions in life expectancy.

“The demand for effective treatment of diabetes will continue to grow as dramatically as the disease itself. Pulse Insulin Therapy slows, stops and sometimes reverses the medical complications brought on by diabetes and will provide the diabetic a pathway to a more normal lifestyle,“ said Arden Oliphant, CEO of Diabetic Treatment Centers of America.

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