LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ZirMed, Inc. announces the release of a secure, national information exchange for healthcare providers. The innovative solution, called ZirMed Clinical Link™ harnesses the power of ZirMed's connected network of healthcare providers facilitating secure provider-to-provider communications from any EMR or information management system via ZirMed's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. "Unlocking and sharing patient information across the provider continuum is critical for healthcare providers to gain meaningful cost savings and promised patient care benefits," said ZirMed CEO Tom Butts. "The challenge is despite the HITECH and Meaningful Use incentives and adoption of EMR technologies, the information remains locked away in silos. ZirMed builds upon a platform of knowledge in securely moving patient information and the connectivity of over one hundred thousand healthcare providers from virtually every setting of care. With the power of our platform and scope of our delivery, the release of this solution will be immediately available to tens of thousands of healthcare businesses." ZirMed Clinical Link™ is HIPAA compliant provider-to-provider communication platform is immediately available to all ZirMed clients day one. The system was designed with the workflow and practice patterns of healthcare providers at top of mind by enabling authenticated users to invite their referral network to join the secure network and easily exchange information. Clinical Link enables providers to communicate directly with one another via secure messaging functionality, as well as transfer administrative and vital clinical information via structured or unstructured data as attachments. Clinical Link is not merely a secure email system. ZirMed worked with hundreds of providers to design a workflow automation system that enables providers to eliminate phone, fax, and mail used today for referrals and patient transition of care, and can avoid HIPAA compliance issues associated with standard email and dated processes. "The difference between ZirMed Clinical Link™ and legacy processes is night and day," said Bethany Williams, VP of Product Marketing. "The speed and availability of information makes clinical and administrative decisions fast - actions happen in minutes, not days. There are no more questions around mailing a chart or faxing the paperwork. With Clinical Link, the provider merely points, clicks and sends." ZirMed Clinical Link™ is built upon the ZirMed Link™ Platform. Unlike Health Information Exchanges, providers can easily transition patients and clinical documents between care settings without having the complex implementation of expensive and cumbersome architecture and point-to-point interfaces. Rather than rely on installed software and point-to-point integrations, ZirMed Clinical Link™ is a fully web-based solution, which is system agnostic and doesn't require major technical integrations. Clinical Link's framework is based off a social network approach that reaches a broader base of providers regardless of their IT budget, infrastructure, and technologies in place.