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IBM Targets Healthcare With Government Cloud

Medicare and other agencies will gain improve claims processing and analytics management with access to scalable, secure, certified data centers, says IBM.

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As IBM seeks to attract new federal clients for its Federal Community Cloud, agencies like Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with its complex bill and payment processing systems, are just the kind of customers it says it wants to help.

Announced last week, the Federal Community Cloud private cloud environment is part of IBM's established, dedicated federal data centers that provide comprehensive, certified computing capabilities to federal government clients.

IBM's Federal Community Cloud will enable agencies such as CMS to manage their data and services in scalable data centers that can be quickly accessed by federal organizations at a fraction of the cost.

According to Robert Ames, deputy chief technology officer of IBM federal, cloud computing capabilities can be used by federal health agencies to reduce costs and identify common business processes and requirements that are repeated across agencies.

"Those organizations focused on healthcare have opportunities to consolidate processes, and leverage a common capability that is available in the cloud, rather than creating, hosting, and supporting their own individual redundant capabilities," Ames told InformationWeek. "As an example, a billing/payment system that leverages common patient medical records and data is a possibility; or analyzing, identifying, and preventing fraudulent medical reimbursement claims."

The capabilities will help organizations meet government consolidation policies mandated by the Obama administration's chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, in February.

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