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About Dr. Leonardo Interactive Webservices

Dr. Leonardo originated as an internal software tool to increase development efficiencies for custom websites.

The software tool was in its early development stage when Congress passed a series of economic stimulus initiatives in 2009, including the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was allocated $26 billion to promote and expand the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR), and to set various meaningful use standards for implementing EHR software. Among the long list of HITECH standards were requirements for patients and third-party providers to have access to patient health records through the use of Patient Portals. Another standard would require doctors to provide their patients with patient-specific education resources (Point-of-Care).

It was obvious that the new HITECH Act would have a significant impact on web development business. So research and development was increased and functionality was added to leverage patient education databases. A Content Management System (CMS) was created to allow doctors to add or change all aspects of their websites including the point-of-care information. Features were added to change website design elements in order to customize a site for any practice. When a beta version was unveiled in early 2012, it immediately received a LISA (Long Island Software Award) for innovative software design.

The final step was to design a unique User-Interface (UI) that created a simple Do-It-Yourself (DIY) website builder that anyone could use. An Admin Panel was added for HIPAA-compliant secure communications between patients and providers.

Dr. Leonardo Interactive Webservices, LLC was then formed in 2013 to address the extraordinary growth potential associated with EHR adoption and its ultimate impact on provider websites. The company selected ClearDATA Networks as its Network Operations Center (NOC) for HIPAA security compliance, and then contracted with A.D.A.M. and Getty Images as contributing content partners for health-education.