PaperTracer, a document-management service that helps customers comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), has moved to the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform to deliver its services to customers worldwide.

By backing its HIPAA compliance with the security features of Microsoft data centers, PaperTracer, a subsidiary of Health Asset Management, expects to boost revenues by 30% in the first year alone.

PaperTracer adopted cloud technologies early on, delivering its Web-based solution as a service since its founding in 1999. For the past decade the company has managed and maintained a server infrastructure that it hosted in a dedicated private cloud environment through a third-party provider.

PaperTracer wanted to expand its business overseas but found that potential international customers viewed its single-location, U.S.-based infrastructure as a concern.

“When customers are storing sensitive information such as patient data or intellectual property, they want to know that their data is stored locally,” Michael Tarpley, CEO of Health Asset Management, said in a statement. “Customers located outside the U.S. were not inclined to use PaperTracer.”

The company decided to move its services to a public cloud model, eventually selecting Windows Azure.

Working with Microsoft partner Arth Systems, PaperTracer migrated to Windows Azure. It hosts its application in Web roles in Windows Azure for background processing tasks and uses Microsoft SQL Azure for data storage. Using Windows Azure, the company packages its application and deploys it to the Microsoft data center nearest the customer’s location.




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