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Konica Minolta Enters Telephony Market With Acquisition of TLS.NET

Wednesday, July 26, 2017  
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Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (Konica Minolta) has announced its acquisition of Columbus, Indiana-based TLS.NET, a managed IT services company that specializes in voice, cloud and IT solutions.

The latest addition to the company's All Covered IT services division, TLS.NET technology expands Konica Minolta's rapidly expanding portfolio of workplace solutions, allowing clients to move their companies' voice services to the cloud — resulting in greater scalability and security. What is more, these solutions are compatible with a wide range of phone services and can be tailored to customer needs — an important feature in Konica Minolta's mission to create greater value for all its customers.

With roughly 30 years of industry experience, TLS.NET harnesses a deep understanding of the telephony industry. Together with Konica Minolta, the teams will work to enhance existing offerings and grow use of this technology among an established customer base in need of voice services.

"Since 1986, we have always been able to bring a passion for technology and a commitment to continuous improvement around our core base of clients in the Midwest," said Phil Luzius, owner and COO, TLS.NET Inc. "With this transition to become part of All Covered, we know that we have found an organization that will allow us to continue our entrepreneurial spirit while creating the global compliance and processes needed for today's cloud and cybersecurity challenges. The opportunities that lie before us in cloud, voice and managed IT utilize the strengths of both companies and allow us to bring the benefits to our clients, employees and, of course, our local communities."

"We are very happy to bring a strong and trusted player in the voice services industry to the Konica Minolta and All Covered family," said Todd Croteau, president, All Covered. "We are excited to integrate their services into our Workplace of the Future portfolio and to bring this much needed solution to our clients nationwide."

In other news, Konica Minolta has announced it has expanded its partnership with Kno2, the company that optimizes patient document exchange for everyone in health care. The partnership fortifies Konica Minolta's role in delivering meaningful electronic connectivity in health care as a much-needed replacement for fax. Konica Minolta integrates Kno2's interoperability platform into the bizhub MFP control panel as a core function under the option "Share Patient Information."

Traditionally, the convenience and ease of use of faxing capabilities in office technology equipment reduced the incentive for health-care organizations to transition to interoperable patient document exchange. As a prominent distributor of office technology devices within the health-care industry, Konica Minolta recognizes that this continued reliance on paper faxes interferes with the goal of widespread secure data exchange between all providers within the patient journey. As such, the company continues to invest in alternative document exchange solutions and is committed to eliminating fax as the default method of exchange in health care. The Konica Minolta health-care MFP, connected by Kno2, facilitates connectivity within the health-care network, instantly transforming clinical documents into usable, relevant and structured patient documentation within normal workflows. The result is that documents are compatible with electronic medical records (EMRs), solving interoperability at the source, the MFP.

Health-care legislation, changing reimbursement models and quality reporting require effective, efficient and secure sharing of patient documents. The Konica Minolta health-care MFP is engineered specifically to address these driving forces for health-care providers that are not connected due to the following challenges: paper-based patient charting system of records; non-certified EMR implementation; or lack of connectivity due to delayed capital-intensive technology investments.

"Health-care providers understand the costs and risks associated with faxing, yet it remains the habitual technology to exchange medical information in health care," said Jon Elwell, CEO, Kno2. "The Konica Minolta health-care MFP makes it simple and affordable for care providers to get connected, share interoperable content, reduce costs and mitigate HIPAA-violation risks."

Konica Minolta is the platform for connected care. Thousands of health-care organizations rely on Konica Minolta for the security, efficiency, innovation and quality that propels them into the future of health care. It has assisted organizations across the country to improve their ability to more securely and efficiently share patient information, especially in the post-acute, extended-care community where technology adoption has not been as rapid as in the hospital and physician-clinic segments. This is an exciting step in Konica Minolta's journey to improve interoperability and will be followed soon with a solution meant for the hospital environment to enhance its current use of secure, direct messaging.

"We listened to our customers' demands for meaningful connectivity throughout the health-care continuum, which is why we are able to place thousands of our MFPs into health-care organizations every year," said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Konica Minolta. "Our partnership with Kno2 enables us to provide the connectivity our health-care customers require — all within their normal workflows. Now our solutions can help providers deliver the right information, at the right place, at the right time and in the right format to drive better care coordination and improved patient outcomes. Better still, it does so without the need for heavy IT infrastructure or knowledge, allowing health-care organizations of any size to take advantage of the technology."

Health care represents a large vertical market for Konica Minolta. Focused on connecting the community of care, Konica Minolta has invested further in adding its relevant and differentiated Konica Minolta health-care MFP to its portfolio, thus fortifying the distribution partners' growth initiatives and positioning them to more easily capture incremental market share. Connecting care providers establishes the footprint upon which Konica Minolta's distribution partners will sell additional health-care document-related solutions.

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