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3 Small Companies Loving Health IT
March 25, 2013

3 Companies Loving Health IT

Don't tell Goliath, but it's not always large businesses that may be the big winners in health IT this year. Here are three:

1) Creative Computing Solutions

CCSi recently hired Maggie Bauer to expand its already thriving health informatics practice. The Rockville, Md.-based company has been building a health IT team over the last few months to pursue new business with agencies like NIH, CMS, and CDC. The company has been offering health services and health IT solutions for several years to VA and DOD with plans to grow one of the few areas where government is expanding. Deltek projects the market to hit $19.3 billion by 2017. CCSi's work ranges from helping with research analysis to more tech-focused program management work.

2) Ambit Group

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Ambit Group CEO Kim Hayes officially launched Ambit Health earlier this month to expand beyond the smaller health projects it's been winning for the last two years. The Reston, Va., company will help with standard health IT needs like program and project management and integration to EHR. It also partnered with Next Health, which makes patient transfer and mobility systems. Ambit will help bring the patient movement product to the federal market.

3) MAXIMUS Federal Services

MAXIMUS was recently awarded contracts by Minnesota and Connecticut to set up and operate health insurance exchanges required by Obamacare. (States have the option of using federal exchanges if they don't want to set up their own.) Federal services president Tom Romeo (third from left) says the health reform outlook is equally good for federal business as the company waits to hear on bids submitted for several large federal opportunities. The Reston, Va., company has been digitizing paper forms and automating work flow for Medicare appeals for 13 years.

Big Dogs Pitch to Startups at SwitchPitch

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Startups want to pitch to large companies. And large companies want startups to solve their tech problems. Why can't these Romeo and Juliets get together? Exhilarator's SwitchPitch event last week may have been the answer: 14 large companies like Motley Fool and LivingSocial pitched their tech-focused problems to 150 startups at 1776 in DC. Exhilarator organizers are now considering opening up the concept to federal and financial tech problems. But first it will try the same switch pitch concept in New York and other regions.

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Exhilarator director Michael Goldstein says he's inspired to continue the event considering 300 startups applied to listen to pitches and it drew DC Mayor Vincent Gray and AOL founder Steve Case. But he sees a future where they can be bigger and is looking for an entrepreneur to take over the concept. He also announced that the DC-based accelerator, which works with five consumer-facing startups, will start offering a fee-based service where it will help serial entrepreneurs get a business concept off the ground. Michael says the startup factory will be one way Exhilarator can generate revenue.

Farmers In The Clouds

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Verizon was hired recently to take USDA into the cloud under its Enterprise Data Center BPA. The company will provide its infrastructure-as-a-service to 34 USDA agencies and offices under the flexible agreement. Public sector markets SVP Susan Zeleniak says the conversation with federal IT leaders has changed over the past few years from questioning whether cloud will be successful to what applications should move to the cloud. The public cloud environment will be based in the Verizon-Terremark purpose-built Tier III federal data centers in Culpeper, Va., and Miami. (Coincidentally, a number of bytes are reporting vitamin D deficiencies and insisting they be assigned to Miami.)

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