AJAX & REA Authors: Sebastian Kruk, RealWire News Distribution, Harald Zeitlhofer

News Feed Item

Kaweah Delta Partners With Trustnode for 2012 Open Enrollment Benefits Education and Enrollment Support

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/28/12 -- Kevin Dunn, Trustnode CEO, today announced that Kaweah Delta Healthcare District selected Trustnode as their benefit education and enrollment support platform for all of their 2012 open enrollment core and voluntary benefits offerings. Kaweah Delta Health Care District is a community-owned, 581-bed healthcare facility serving the Central Valley of Visalia via 3,200 employees on eight campuses in Tulare and Kings counties. Trustnode is the creator of an online, interactive benefits education and enrollment platform driven by The Potters and Friends™, a cast of programmable, animated cartoon characters linked to an insurance knowledge base.

Following the success garnered using Trustnode for voluntary life and long-term disability offerings during their 2011 open enrollment, Kaweah Delta asked Trustnode to create a comprehensive education and enrollment support platform for all of their 2012 open enrollment benefits offerings. The Trustnode platform, which has been integrated into Kaweah Delta's PeopleSoft HRIS, covers all of Kaweah Delta's core healthcare benefits offerings -- medical, dental, vision, FSA -- and includes the previously-offered voluntary life and long-term disability offerings. Trustnode is credited with increasing participation rates in these voluntary offerings during the 2011 open enrollment period 60% over the prior year's open enrollment period. During that period, Trustnode was used in conjunction with Kaweah Delta's paper-based benefits communications and accessed via a link within Kaweah Delta's employee benefits website.

"Implementing Trustnode within our existing PeopleSoft HRIS was painless. We planned out what we needed to meet our deadline, and it was really easy; no problems at all. The Trustnode platform was customized to our plans and greatly reduced the need for our HR and benefits staff to explain our benefits and answer frequently-asked questions -- Harvey was very well received by the employees and staff. This was our first year doing open enrollment online. We're really glad we took the initiative to use Trustnode to help us," stated Scott Lunsford, Kaweah Delta HRIS Manager.

"We're thrilled to be helping Kaweah Delta -- the premier health system and second largest employer in the Central Valley of Visalia -- educate their employees about their benefits offerings and support enrollment within their newly-expanded PeopleSoft HRIS. We're seeing significant increases in participation rates of voluntary benefits based on results from the more than 60 employer groups using our proprietary platform. Our built-in user-experience survey reveals that employees using the platform consistently identify their experience as 'extremely helpful,' the highest ranking. We're confident Kaweah Delta employees will think so, too," stated Kevin.

Trustnode's proprietary online, interactive platform is driven by The Potters and Friends™, a cast of programmable, animated cartoon characters linked to a benefits and insurance knowledgebase. These characters respond to user input to create a personalized, interactive conversation and educate prospects about benefits and insurance products using story-telling and dynamic data visualizations. Trustnode has developed conversation modules for each benefit and insurance product. A proprietary configuration utility enables Trustnode to quickly modify off-the-shelf product modules to conform with employers' specific benefit plan design.

About Kaweah Delta Healthcare District
Kaweah Delta Health Care District, formed in 1961, is a community-owned, 581-bed healthcare facility serving a 50-mile radius of the Central Valley of Visalia with 3,200 employees on eight campuses in Tulare and Kings counties. In 2010, Kaweah Delta received certification as a Level III Trauma Center, making it the only trauma center in the Greater Visalia Area. In 2013, through its affiliation with the University of California, Irvine, Kaweah Delta will offer GME residency training programs in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. Additional residency programs are planned for Psychiatry (2014) and General Surgery (2015).

About Trustnode
Trustnode is the creator of an online, interactive benefits education and enrollment support platform driven by The Potters and Friends™, a cast of programmable, animated cartoon characters linked to a benefits and insurance knowledgebase. The Trustnode platform enables insurance carriers and agents, benefits brokers, and employers to quickly and easily provide a personalized online experience that more effectively engages employees in the benefits enrollment process. Additional information is available at www.Trustnode.com.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Cloud Expo Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudian, Inc., the leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloudian is a Foster City, Calif.-based software company specializing in cloud storage. Cloudian HyperStore® is an S3-compatible cloud object storage platform that enables service providers and enterprises to build reliable, affordable and scalable hybrid cloud storage solutions. Cloudian actively partners with leading cloud computing environments including Amazon Web Services, Citrix Cloud Platform, Apache CloudStack, OpenStack and the vast ecosystem of S3 compatible tools and applications. Cloudian's customers include Vodafone, Nextel, NTT, Nifty, and LunaCloud. The company has additional offices in China and Japan.
The consumption economy is here and so are cloud applications and solutions that offer more than subscription and flat fee models and at the same time are available on a pure consumption model, which not only reduces IT spend but also lowers infrastructure costs, and offers ease of use and availability. In their session at 15th Cloud Expo, Ermanno Bonifazi, CEO & Founder of Solgenia, and Ian Khan, Global Strategic Positioning & Brand Manager at Solgenia, will discuss this shifting dynamic with an example of a top European Telco provider. Find out how they are leveraging the power of acloud-based consumption model services to offer more value to the mass market and enable a new revenue model that embraces the true meaning of the Third Industrial Revolution.
The emergence of cloud computing and Big Data warrants a greater role for the PMO to successfully manage enterprise transformation driven by these powerful trends. As the adoption of cloud-based services continues to grow, a governance model is needed to orchestrate enterprise cloud implementations and harness the power of Big Data analytics. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mahesh Singh, President of BigData, Inc., to discuss how the Enterprise PMO takes center stage not only in developing the appropriate governance model but also in collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure a successful transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that TechXtend (formerly Programmer’s Paradise), a leading value-added provider of server and storage virtualization, and r-evolution will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechXtend (formerly Programmer’s Paradise) is a leading value-added provider of software, systems and solutions for corporations, government organizations, and academic institutions across the United States and Canada. TechXtend is the Exclusive Reseller in the United States for r-evolution
Every healthy ecosystem is diverse. This is especially true in cloud ecosystems, where portability and interoperability are more important than old enterprise models of proprietary ownership. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mark Baker, Server Product Manager at Canonical/Ubuntu, will discuss how single vendors used to take the lead in creating and delivering technology, but in a cloud economy, where users want tools of their preference, when and where they need them, it makes no sense.
In today's application economy, enterprise organizations realize that it's their applications that are the heart and soul of their business. If their application users have a bad experience, their revenue and reputation are at stake. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management at CA Technologies, will discuss how a user-centric Application Performance Management solution can help inspire your users with every application transaction.
Come learn about what you need to consider when moving your data to the cloud. In her session at 15th Cloud Expo, Skyla Loomis, a Program Director of Cloudant Development at Cloudant, will discuss the security, performance, and operational implications of keeping your data on premise, moving it to the cloud, or taking a hybrid approach. She will use real customer examples to illustrate the tradeoffs, key decision points, and how to be successful with a cloud or hybrid cloud solution.
Cloud computing started a technology revolution; now DevOps is driving that revolution forward. By enabling new approaches to service delivery, cloud and DevOps together are delivering even greater speed, agility, and efficiency. No wonder leading innovators are adopting DevOps and cloud together! In his session at DevOps Summit, Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, will explore the synergies in these two approaches, with practical tips, techniques, research data, war stories, case studies, and recommendations.
The 16th International Cloud Expo announces that its Call for Papers is now open. 16th International Cloud Expo, to be held June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
14th International Cloud Expo, held on June 10–12, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York City, featured three content-packed days with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of cloud computing, Internet of Things, Big Data, and DevOps led by exceptional speakers from every sector of the IT ecosystem. The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service.
Hardware will never be more valuable than on the day it hits your loading dock. Each day new servers are not deployed to production the business is losing money. While Moore’s Law is typically cited to explain the exponential density growth of chips, a critical consequence of this is rapid depreciation of servers. The hardware for clustered systems (e.g., Hadoop, OpenStack) tends to be significant capital expenses. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mason Katz, CTO and co-founder of StackIQ, to discuss how infrastructure teams should be aware of the capitalization and depreciation model of these expenses to fully understand when and where automation is critical.
Over the last few years the healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record (HER) based systems. This evolution has helped us achieve much desired interoperability. Now the focus is shifting to other equally important aspects – scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), i.e., the largest single medical system in the United States.
In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mark Hinkle, Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix Systems Inc., will provide overview of the open source software that can be used to deploy and manage a cloud computing environment. He will include information on storage, networking(e.g., OpenDaylight) and compute virtualization (Xen, KVM, LXC) and the orchestration(Apache CloudStack, OpenStack) of the three to build their own cloud services. Speaker Bio: Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions, at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix open source efforts around the open source cloud computing platform, Apache CloudStack and the Xen Hypervisor. Previously he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc., a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 10...
Most of today’s hardware manufacturers are building servers with at least one SATA Port, but not every systems engineer utilizes them. This is considered a loss in the game of maximizing potential storage space in a fixed unit. The SATADOM Series was created by Innodisk as a high-performance, small form factor boot drive with low power consumption to be plugged into the unused SATA port on your server board as an alternative to hard drive or USB boot-up. Built for 1U systems, this powerful device is smaller than a one dollar coin, and frees up otherwise dead space on your motherboard. To meet the requirements of tomorrow’s cloud hardware, Innodisk invested internal R&D resources to develop our SATA III series of products. The SATA III SATADOM boasts 500/180MBs R/W Speeds respectively, or double R/W Speed of SATA II products.
As more applications and services move "to the cloud" (public or on-premise) cloud environments are increasingly adopting and building out traditional enterprise features. This in turn is enabling and encouraging cloud adoption from enterprise users. In many ways the definition is blurring as features like continuous operation, geo-distribution or on-demand capacity become the norm. NuoDB is involved in both building enterprise software and using enterprise cloud capabilities. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Seth Proctor, CTO at NuoDB, Inc., will discuss the experiences from building, deploying and using enterprise services and suggest some ways to approach moving enterprise applications into a cloud model.