Business, Free News Articles, Real Estate

SROA Capital Pays Quarterly Distributions – Sees Market Opportunity Ahead

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- SROA Capital, LLC ("SROA"), a West Palm Beach-based vertically-integrated real estate investment management firm with $1 billion of assets under management and owner/operator of Storage Rentals of America, announced today that it has paid its first quarter distribution of 1.85% or 7.4% annualized which represents the weighted average distribution yield across SROA's dedicated self-storage funds (*note 1).

SROA anticipates continuing to pay quarterly distributions uninterrupted, despite the current market environment. SROA recently launched Fund VIII and has started accepting investor commitments. It expects to begin investing the capital in late 2020 or early 2021 as opportunities arise as the pressure builds on sellers in a post COVID-19 world.

"We are pleased with the performance of our self-storage portfolio and remain focused on seeking to provide our investors with regular quarterly distributions and strong risk-adjusted returns," said Benjamin S. Macfarland III, Co-Founder and CEO.

"SROA is in a strong financial position thanks in large part to our hands-on management, conservative underwriting, modest portfolio leverage (approximately 50% LTV), and ample dry powder. We believe that we are uniquely positioned to weather this period of economic uncertainty and to capitalize on any dislocation that may arise in the self-storage market."

At a time when fixed income yields are at historic lows, investors have flocked to the private real estate equity and debt markets in search of yield. However, many real estate asset classes including retail, office, hospitality, and residential, have been adversely affected by the onset of COVID-19, causing managers to halt distributions. Macfarland believes that conservatively managed self-storage operators like SROA offer investors a safe alternative.

"Over the past two decades, self-storage has shown that it is not as sensitive to macroeconomic downturns as other real estate sectors," Macfarland added. "Over the past 5-, 10-, and 15-year periods, self-storage has outperformed all other real estate property types (*note 2) and self-storage REITs were the only REIT sector to post a positive total return in 2008 (*note 3)."

About SROA

In a recent article, SROA Capital acknowledged the impacts of COVID-19 on our communities and the private real estate market. SROA Capital, LLC is a vertically-integrated real estate investment and management company that specializes in non-traditional commercial real estate with an emphasis on self-storage. SROA owns and operates approximately 7 million rentable square feet under the brands Storage Rentals of America and Storage Zone.

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(1) Distribution does not include Elite Store Fund V which is self-storage development vehicle or SROA Capital Fund VIII which was recently launched and has yet to call capital.
(2) Green Street Advisors, April 2019.
(3) Self Storage Almanac 2015.

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Caption: Figure 4: List of commercial property return indices and their performance over a 5-, 10-, and 15-year periods (2004-2019)* (*Green Street Advisors, April 2019).

Caption: Benjamin Macfarland, SROA Capital Co-Founder and CEO.

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Business, Electronics, Free News Articles

VDC Display Systems Selected for MMD Program

COCOA, Fla. -- Video Display Corporation (OTC:VIDE) is pleased to announce that its VDC Display Systems subsidiary has been awarded a significant contract by a major US defense contractor for the delivery of its next generation Multi Mission Display (MMD) rugged display line.

The VDCDS 42-inch MMD Systems provides a state-of-the-art command and control and situational awareness display capability in a fully ruggedized package. The MMD System is designed for foundation mounting in Aegis class ships.

Each MMD System connects directly to the DiVDS video system, which provides a composite of 4 High Definition (HD) signals, and displays a single seamless image across a rigid Screen Panel system. In order to create this single seamless image, the system utilizes a pair of Power of Ethernet (PoE) feedback Calibration Sensors and specialized software to calibrate the imaging system. Finally, the MMD System provides a power interface module with conditioning and overload protection.

The VDCDS Multi-Mission Display (MMD) Driver Package (MMD-DP) is a software mechanism for graphics rendering that supports in situ image processing operations such as, but not limited to, geometry correction, image stitching and edge blending between multiple projectors. The MMD-DP presents a single desktop to the Operating System (OS) which contains the entire pixel space of the combined Projectors. The MMD System's available resolution is the composite pixel space of all attached Projectors less those pixels used for image processing.

About Video Display Corporation

Video Display Corporation designs, develops and manufactures unique solutions for display requirements for military, medical and industrial uses with emphasis on training and simulation applications. Its product offerings include rugged CRT and AMLCD displays as well as complete projection and direct-view display systems. For more information, visit the Company's web site at

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, from time to time, Video Display Corporation or its representatives have made or may make forward-looking statements, orally or in writing. Such forward-looking statements may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of the Company. Actual results could differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements as a result of a wide variety of factors and conditions.

Ronald D. Ordway
Chairman and CEO
Video Display Corporation


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Silver Solutions Offers Free Infographic Designed to Help Families Who Lost Loved Ones During COVID Crisis

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Silver Solutions, a company specializing in helping older adults and their families live safer, less stressful lives wherever they call home, today released a new downloadable infographic entitled “What to do with Mom’s Home after she passes” for posting or sharing.

For more than a decade, the company has been helping families in the metropolitan areas of New York City, Chicago and most recently South Florida, make growing older easier and less stressful through senior safe living home improvements, relocation to assisted to living and dissolving a family’s home after the loss of a loved one.

With the increase in COVID-19 deaths in recent weeks, the company’s Nothing Forgotten arm in New York City has been hard at work helping families that have suffered the loss of a loved one, by providing compassionate, professional help cleaning and emptying family homes and apartments. For Silver Solutions, the inspiration for the creation of this infographic, was to provide families impacted by the pandemic with a simple guide outlining the most immediate priorities for the home while also honoring the legacy of their loved ones.

“These are unprecedented times in every way and Silver Solutions work helping families has never been more important and urgent. Among the big changes we’re seeing during this pandemic are families seeking our help within the first 30 days after the loss of a loved one instead of the usual 60-90 days, especially where it involves a rental apartment or assisted living community,” notes Dan Lagani, Silver Solutions Co-Founder and CEO.

“Our work with seniors and their families over the past decade has help us create a professional and compassionate process that makes it easier for families to ready the home for sale while carefully curating all that made their loved one so special,” says Laura Olivares, Silver Solutions President and Co-Founder.

If you need help with honoring, sorting, distributing, donating, recycling and more related to the emptying of a family home, Silver Solutions just takes a click or call (877) AGE-SAFE for a virtual or in-home assessment.

Founded as Nothing Forgotten, Silver Solutions has been making growing older easier and less stressful for adults and their families for more than a decade in New York, Chicago and Florida. The business specializes in 3 areas: senior home safety improvements, downsizing/relocation and the dissolution of homes after the relocation or loss of a loved one. It is led by co-founders, Dan Lagani and Laura Olivares who are combining their expertise in communications, senior advocacy, organizing, home and health to make a difference in the lives of older adults.

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Business, Free News Articles, HVAC Heating and Cooling, Product Launches

Polar Controller Mitigates Possible Spread of COVID-19 with New Indoor Airspace Management Technology

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Now that the country is beginning to come out of lockdown, indoor airspace management is becoming a concern in managing the spread of COVID-19 according to Polar Controller. Unlike outdoor airspace, which scatters aerosol droplets over a larger area, indoor particulates hitch a ride on airspace currents, dispersing throughout business establishments.

Indoor airspace management focuses on the pressure and airflow within buildings. Kaleb Zeringue of Polar Controller explains, "When the envelope of a building is met with an imbalance of supply and exhaust air, a positive or negative pressure is created that disrupts normal airflow." Research has demonstrated medium-sized particulates which normally fall quickly to the floor (within 5-feet or 8 minutes) are suspended and blown further than 6-feet.

Airflow primarily refers to the speed and direction of air coming out of the vents. One case has been reported where someone with COVID-19 sitting upwind from 9 others in a restaurant, spread the virus to everyone downwind. In this case, social distancing has little benefit because the medium-size particulates are given an extended life.

According to ASHRAE's Executive Committee in the report Infectious Aerosols 2020, "Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through the air is sufficiently likely that airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures."

Building science expert, Steve Burcham, suggests that "the hazardous indoor air conditions created by an imbalance in pressure and airflow can be addressed by experienced AC technicians or more comprehensive solutions like AI control technologies from Polar Controller."

Polar Controller's AI technology helps maintain the airflow and pressure balance reducing the likelihood for droplets to hitch a ride on indoor air currents. Learn more at

Polar Controller is a remote Artificial Intelligence technology for cooling equipment that assists businesses with indoor airspace management, reducing electricity consumption, decreasing the carbon footprint associated with cooling and improving profitability.

Kaleb Zeringue, CEO/CTO for Polar Controller is a master HVAC technician, authority in the field and inventor of the Polar Controller system.

Steve Burcham, COO for Polar Controller, Inc. is a building science expert specializing in airflow management with over 35 years in the field.

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Defense and Military, Free News Articles, General Editorial

Farewell to an American Hero: Juan ‘Skip’ Torres – Purple Heart Recipient, Korean and Vietnam War Veteran and Retired US Marshal

PINE ISLAND, Fla. -- The Family of Juan Manuel Torres announced today that Dr. Juan Manuel Torres of Pine Island, Fla.-a decorated Korean and Vietnam veteran and beloved father, grandfather, and friend to many-passed away this week at the age of 86-years-old after a courageous battle with cancer and pneumonia.

Dr. Torres, who earned a PhD later in life, was a true patriot and American hero. Born in Arecibo, P.R. and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., he joined the U.S. Army in 1949 at the young age of fifteen by "revising" his birth certificate. After enlisting in the U.S. Army, Dr. Torres was immediately deployed to Korea where he was assigned to the 21st Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division (Task Force Smith) and placed directly into combat against aggressing North Korean and Chinese ("the Reds") troops. Outnumbered five to one, his unit suffered heavy casualties over many months of sustained fighting.

During a battle where he was assigned to hold back the advancing Reds while his squad moved to another location, he was captured and beaten, yet later escaped while being marched to a prisoner detention facility. After Dr. Torres' squad leader was killed during an intense battle, he was given a field promotion to Corporal. While in a foxhole during one battle, his buddies affectionately called him "Skip," which is a name he kept for the rest of his life.

Skip was discharged and returned from Korea to New York after the Army discovered he was only 16-years-old. He was, however, later allowed to enlist in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Policeman (later changed by the USAF to Security Forces) where he spent the next 20-plus years, including a one-year tour in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. While in Vietnam, he was promoted to Technical Sergeant (TSgt) where he led the USAF Security Forces at Bien Hoa Air Base and protected U.S. jet fighters and bombers during the "Tet Offensive" when 100,000 Viet Cong attacked U.S. personnel and facilities, including the air base at Bien Hoa. During the offensive, the Viet Cong struck heavily with continuous artillery, mortar, rocket and machine gun fire in an attempt to take control of his base. TSgt Torres' security forces were the first line of defense and held back the invading Viet Cong while U.S. Army helicopter gunships and Air Force F-100 fighters took off to end the assault. TSgt Torres was injured during the battle while extracting U.S. troops from a burning Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), but declined any awards saying: "It was just my duty."

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Skip was chosen to lead the Honor Guard at Montauk Air Force Base in New York to commemorate the passing of the president and to demonstrate American resolve. Skip received the Purple Heart medal for injuries he sustained from gunshot and shrapnel wounds while in combat against the North Koreans and Chinese. He was also awarded numerous additional U.S. Army and Air Force distinctions, such as the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB) and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal.

After retiring from the U.S. armed forces, Skip was recruited by the U.S. Marshals Service as a Deputy U.S. Marshal and was later promoted to Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal where he led key task forces against drug cartels and mafias in the southeast and northeast regions of the United States. He was once again injured during a standoff between U.S. Marshals and armed mafia assailants. Skip retired from the U.S. Marshals Service after 30-plus years of combined U.S. military and government service.

After retiring from the U.S. Marshals Service, Skip earned a PhD in seminary studies and became an ordained minister where he faithfully served his community for the remainder of his life. For three decades, he volunteered to feed the homeless throughout central and south Florida nearly every week; participated in dozens of veteran's events; helped to create a veteran's museum; and delivered hundreds of sermons as an ordained reverend. He gave most of his U.S. military and government retirement pay to charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide, such as a Pakistan Relief Fund for victims of a devastating earthquake, the Feed the Children foundation, Jewish charities based in Israel where he traveled, as well as to veteran's organizations, such as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Skip was always a loving husband, father, grandfather, and loyal friend. He was an inspiration to his sons, grandsons and granddaughters who went on to become members of the U.S. military, civil servants and medical professionals. Skip will be greatly missed by his former spouse, Diana V. Torres, Director of Nursing and a career nurse in Kansas for over 50 years; his sons-John L. Torres, career business executive; Jerry W. Torres, retired Special Forces Green Beret; Russell D. Torres, former U.S. Army 82nd Airborne soldier; and Scott F. Torres, former Kansas Deputy Sheriff; daughters-in-law Rebecca Torres, career Kansas Supervisory Nurse and Mary Torres, career business executive; and grandchildren Maria Valeria Torres, currently serving with the FBI; Randall Torres and Nicholas Torres, former Kansas law enforcement officers; and Brianna Torres who is beginning her career as a hospital nurse in Kansas.

Dr. Juan Manuel Torres was one of the many proud Infantrymen of Puerto Rico who volunteered and served valiantly in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and he is one of the last surviving soldiers of Task Force Smith - The Battle of OSAN. He was part of America's greatest generation, and we thank him for his lifetime of service. He will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and his legacy will continue in the hearts of the countless people he influenced throughout his 86 years of life.

Editorial Note: Press release was written by Dr. Rebekah Dyer, Fairfax, Va. in collaboration with son Jerry W. Torres, Arlington, Va.

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Business, Free News Articles

SPODAK DENTAL GROUP Safely Reopens to Care for Community Members

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- It's been a trying time for everyone during the Coronavirus pandemic, but the Spodak Dental Group (SDG) team is reopening their doors to provide needed dental care to their community members. After following the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA) and Gov. DeSantis' guidelines for flattening the Coronavirus curve for the past several weeks, the SDG team will begin seeing all current and future patients for emergency and routine dental procedures starting Monday, May 11.

"We've taken measures to ensure a very cautious reopening route with a goal to open sustainably, safely, and for the long term," said Dr. Craig Spodak, general dentist at Spodak Dental Group. "In fact, the safety measures we've put in place are above and beyond the recommended CDC and dental board guidelines, so we are confident we are doing all that we can to ensure the safety of our patients, team and community."

The SDG team has taken careful consideration to implement health-focused additions to the company's standard of care, with a goal to provide the highest level of care possible and ensure a safe environment for both patients and team members.

Rotating Teams

In an effort to offer continuous service to patients, the office will be open from Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and teams will treat patients in two shifts. One team will serve patients from Monday through Wednesday, and the second team will serve patients from Thursday through Saturday.

Safety Protocols

While safety has always been a top priority for the entire team, the SDG team has implemented new and additional protocols and personal protective equipment to elevate their safety standards to the next level. A thermal scanner will be used to register the body temperate of all patients and team members prior to anyone entering the building. Additionally, all patients will be asked COVID-related questions when making an appointment, confirming an appointment, and at the time of the appointment.

LEED Gold Certified Facility

Not only does the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Facility have 66% more fresh air than than code requires, but 88% of the building is lit by sunlight, which research shows is germicidal and bactericidal. They've also installed UVC air filtration systems, which kills any germs or bacteria that can cause sickness, and perform nightly disinfecting protocols with high-grade cleaning products and a fogger that kills the COVID-19 virus.

Since 1976, the Spodak Dental Group, a 2017 Inc. 5000 honoree, has evolved to become South Florida's premier, comprehensive dental facility, and comprises a world-class association of dental professionals poised to provide full-service dental care second-to-none in both scope and skill. The Spodak Dental Group team includes General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Master Ceramic Artists and Anesthesiologists, as well as one of the nation's only in-office dental labs.

Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach, Fla. Please visit, email or call/text (561) 303-2413 for more information or to make an appointment.

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Business, Free News Articles, Legal and Law, Product Launches

Senior Kit Estate Planning: Will, Power of Attorney, Healthcare Agent, Living Will

AVENTURA, Fla. -- Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA has released a new service for Seniors in response to COVID-19. The service is called the Senior Kit, and it focuses on basic estate planning for seniors.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA noticed their phones ringing for basic estate planning for seniors more than usual. The staff of Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA held a Zoom meeting and explored several possibilities to help the seniors in the communities Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA serves.

After much discussion, Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA is proud to announce a service directed towards seniors in direct response to COVID-19. It is called the "Senior Kit," and includes a Will, Power of Attorney, Healthcare Agent, and a Living Will.

"We wanted to make a positive impact for the clientele we serve and make a difference," stated Yoni Markhoff, the attorney behind Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA.

"While it is always important to have Advanced Directives in place, it is so much more important today given the COVID-19 crisis," continued Yoni Markhoff.

Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA is offering the Senior Kit at a reduced price and is able to handle every aspect of the documents remotely, throughout the entire State of Florida.

Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA is a law firm based in South Florida that focuses on senior planning, including Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianships, and Probate. We protect the seniors' legacy for future generations.

Call Elder Solutions Law Firm, PA for a free consultation, (786) 463-4463.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

Innovation Technology Award Goes to OpenClose Loan Origination System

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- OpenClose(R), the industry-leading omni-channel loan origination system (LOS) and digital mortgage fintech provider, announced that it received PROGRESS in Lending Association's 2020 Innovation Award for its "truly game-changing solutions in the mortgage space." The award was given for OpenClose's newly combined end-to-end browser-based LOS, digital mortgage point-of-sale (POS) solution, native product and pricing engine (PPE), businesses intelligence (BI) capabilities, and RESTful API suite.

Award winners were selected by a panel of mortgage technology experts that selected winners based on each innovation's overall industry significance; the innovation's originality; the positive change the innovation made possible; the intangible efficiencies gained as a result of the innovation; and the hard cost and time savings that the innovation enables industry participants to achieve.

"We're ecstatic to be honored with this 2020 Innovation Award," said JP Kelly, president at OpenClose. "As PROGRESS in Lending acknowledged, we were the first to successfully create a single-source, 100 percent browser-based LOS and POS solution. The genesis of this model stemmed from us observing lenders having to deal with too many disparate technologies and vendors in order to automate digital lending processes, which can be prone to compatibility problems and increase cost per loan."

According to its website, PROGRESS in Lending states that while there are a lot of digital mortgage POS vendor offerings offering standalone solutions in the market, OpenClose was the ground-breaking vendor that decided to focus on developing the first truly consolidated digital mortgage POS and end-to-end multi-channel LOS solution offered by a single-source provider along with a native PPE, BI, and RESTful API suite.

We are the only mortgage fintech provider proven to implement a comprehensive, purely browser-based LOS with omni-channel digital lending capability," asserted Vince Furey, CRO at OpenClose. "As with any leader, our competitors are now copying our marketplace positioning, messaging and value proposition, but falling short. The entire team at OpenClose is appreciative of PROGRESS in Lending Association for recognizing our efforts with this award."

A complete list of the 2020 Innovation Award winners can be found on PROGRESS in Lending's website

About OpenClose:

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, OpenClose(R) is a leading enterprise-class, omni-channel loan origination system (LOS), POS digital mortgage and fintech provider that cost effectively delivers its digital platform on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis. The company provides a variety of innovative, 100 percent browser-based solutions for banks, credit unions, lenders and conduit aggregators. OpenClose's core solution, LenderAssist(TM), is comprehensive loan origination software that is completely engineered by OpenClose using the same code base from the ground up. The company offers a RESTful API suite that standardizes system-to-system integrations, making them easier to develop, quicker to implement and more cost effective. OpenClose provides lending organizations with full control of their data and creates a truly seamless workflow for complete automation and compliance adherence. For more information, visit or call (561) 655-6418.

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Spodak Dental Group Offers Free Dental Treatment to All First Responders Who Are Helping Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Spodak Dental Group is offering free dental care for first responders in an effort to say Thank You for the work they're doing to treat local community members during the coronavirus pandemic. Any first responder (police, fire, EMS, hospital worker, medical doctor, nurse or support staff) who is experiencing dental pain is invited to make an appointment for a free dental exam, X-rays and diagnosis.

WHO - Spodak Dental Group ("SDG"), a comprehensive dental destination providing all general and specialty services in one convenient, state-of-the art, LEED Gold Certified facility.

WHEN - Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday, May 11 through Monday, June 8, 2020.

WHERE - Spodak Dental Group, 3911 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Florida, 33445

WHY - "Our community first responders are tirelessly putting their life on the line fighting for the lives of our community members who are suffering from COVID-19. The last thing they should have to deal with is dental pain," said Dr. Craig Spodak, general dentist at Spodak Dental Group. "It's the least we can do to take care of those who are taking care of us, and we consider it part of our noble cause of making the world a better place through the power of compassion."

BOOK - Call or text (561) 303-2413 or email to make an appointment. All first responders who are experiencing dental pain are welcome to make an appointment.

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The Spodak Dental Group, a 2017 Inc. 5000 honoree, has evolved to become South Florida's premier, comprehensive dental facility, and comprises a world-class association of dental professionals poised to provide full-service dental care second-to-none in both scope and skill. The Spodak Dental Group team includes General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Master Ceramic Artists and Anesthesiologists, as well as one of the nation's only in-office dental labs. Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. Call or text (561) 303-2413 or visit for more information.

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Jocelyn Keegan Selected for New HITAC Task Force Focused on Intersection of Clinical and Administrative Data (ICAD)

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Today, Point-of-Care Partners announced the appointment of Jocelyn Keegan to the Intersection of Clinical and Administrative Data (ICAD) Task Force. ICAD was formed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology-administered Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC).

The ICAD was created to advance the merging of clinical and administrative data. The task force will focus its initial efforts on advancing industry use of electronic prior authorization (ePA), supporting work underway and leveraging existing information from HITAC and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics' (NCVHS) prior authorization hearings.

Keegan, a senior health information technology consultant with Point-of-Care Partners (POCP), is a Task Group lead of Pharmacy ePA at the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), former Task Group lead of Specialty Pharmacy Benefit Identification at NCPDP and leads POCP's team in support of ONC FAST (FHIR at Scale Taskforce). Her work cuts across key regulatory and standards organizations; Health Level Seven International (HL7(R)), X12, NCPDP, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and ONC. She currently serves as Program Manager for HL7 Da Vinci, a Payer/Provider led initiative to leverage HL7 FHIR(R) to exchange critical data required for Value Based Care contracts.

"It is critical to bring together industry investment in both clinical and administrative transactions. ICAD will serve a vital role in addressing gaps that exist due to the diverse standards and systems in play across pharmacy and medical prior authorization. As one of the only people in health IT with hands-on involvement in the rollout of new prior authorization tools across all major standards, Jocelyn is uniquely qualified to help ICAD bring together disparate clinical and administrative data sets," said Tony Schueth, CEO and Managing Partner of Point-of-Care Partners.

Keegan adds, "We are at an inflection point with the industry's move to value-based care and the evolution of available standards to create transparency and synthesize payer/provider data exchange to remove, reduce and streamline complex, often burdensome workflows like those that exist today for prior authorizations. I look forward to helping to drive forward industry and contribute to ICAD's mission in a meaningful way."

ICAD's goal is to produce information and considerations related to the merging of clinical and administrative data, its transport structures, and rules and protections for ePA. The task force's initial recommendations are expected to be issued this fall. Weekly meeting materials and transcripts are available on -

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Point-of-Care Partners is a health IT management consulting firm with in-depth expertise in ePrescribing, eMedication management, health information exchange, population health management and multi-stakeholder initiatives. To learn more about how Point-of-Care Partners can help your company improve prior authorization workflows, contact

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