Cloud security, automated syndromic reporting and a private network for the autism community highlight recent announcements from health information technology vendors:

* Mycroft Inc. and CA Technologies have introduced XSpectra, a cloud-based identity and access management service for providers. The technology includes user authentication, assignment of access rights and single-sign-on functionality to access multiple applications inside and outside of the cloud. The service offers usage-based pricing to reflect seasonal business fluctuations, and verified identity for remote logins based on geography, time and physical distance between login attempts and other factors.

* Hospital ancillary software vendor MEDHOST has launched YourCareLink, a service to automate the submission of syndromic surveillance data, lab results and immunization registry data to appropriate state public health agencies. Such reporting is a requirement under Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. The technology receives data feeds from a meaningful use-certified complete or module electronic health records system.

* The National Autism Network has launched a secure social network for the autism community, where many decline to use Facebook and other sites because of privacy and ethical concerns. The organization already offers a nationwide provider directory, discussion forums and news, among other information. How it has a HIPAA-compliant private network for parents and their children to communicate and share files with providers, and share experiences and tips with other families. More information is available at nationalautismnetwork.com.

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