Ascent Data to Present 'Best Practices for IT Infrastructure' to Healthcare Executives

Western PA Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Regional Workshop

Sep 08, 2011, 09:32 ET from Ascent Data

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare executives throughout Western Pennsylvania will attend the Medical Group Management Association's workshop on September 16, at the Regional Alliance Center in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.

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Joe Jones, Chief Operating Officer of Ascent Data, will present 'Best Practices for IT Infrastructure and Data Security' as they relate to group practices, hospitals, assisted living facilities and clinics.

Jones will address various IT infrastructure threats, including power outages, physical breaches, cyber attacks, fire and natural disasters that can expose and put Electronic Health Records (EHR) at risk. Jones will also recommend cost-effective IT infrastructure solutions, such as Private Cloud Hosting, Colocation and Managed Services, that can be implemented to ensure data security and availability.

Two Ascent Data healthcare clients, Pediatric Alliance and Mercy Behavioral Health will be featured during the presentation. Jim Troup, CEO of Pediatric Alliance, is a member of the MGMA and will be in attendance at the workshop. Pediatric Alliance's primary IT infrastructure resides in Ascent Data's SAS 70 Type II data center. Troup said, "Ascent Data had everything we needed in a data center – secure location and connectivity, redundancy and a 24x7x365 senior-level technical staff. Colocating our IT infrastructure to Ascent Data has helped me to sleep at night. My time and resources are best spent managing our EHR applications, evaluating emerging technologies, working with our providers and improving patient services, not worrying about IT infrastructure security, data loss and downtime."

About Ascent Data

Ascent Data is Pittsburgh's trusted provider for data center services, including managed services, colocation, server virtualization, private cloud hosting, data security and business continuity solutions. Customer infrastructure and applications are protected in our secure, resilient, state-of-the-art SAS 70 Type II compliant data center in O'Hara Township, near Pittsburgh, PA. By outsourcing applications and infrastructure to Ascent Data, companies can dramatically improve operational efficiencies and reduce business risk, as well as free up human and financial resources to focus on core business objectives. For more information, please contact our sales team by email at, call 866.866.6100 or visit

About MGMA

MGMA is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. Since 1926, MGMA has delivered networking, professional education and resources and political advocacy for medical practice management. The Association started as a small network of clinic managers, called the National Association of Clinic Managers, which met for the first time in Madison, Wis., in 1926. The name was changed to the Medical Group Management Association in 1963 to reflect the diverse management roles found in group practice.

About Pediatric Alliance

Pediatric Alliance is devoted to providing high-quality, comprehensive primary care to infants, children and adolescents throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania from two specialty care offices for asthma, allergy and immunology, and pediatric endocrinology, and 10 primary care offices. In 1996, eight pediatric practices came together to form the Pediatric Alliance with the common goal of providing quality health care to patients, and has since grown to be the largest physician-owned group pediatric practice in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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