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June 6, 2019

Contact: Jason Shueh, (925) 659-3200, tshueh@accela.com

Accela Partners with cloudPWR’s AIRLIFT to Increase Data Privacy for Cannabis Patients

The partnership will enable state and local governments to decrease liability and privacy issues with AIRLIFT’s leading compliant registry solution and set a new standard for tracking and tracing medical and legalized cannabis

San Ramon, California- Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for government, today announced a partnership with cloudPWR, an agile software development company connecting people, information and government through cloud-based web forms. AIRLIFT, cloudPWR’s cloud-based patient registry platform, will now be offered to Accela customers to streamline the complex process of managing cannabis patient data and ensure HIPAA-compliance when toggling between recreational and medicinal cannabis users’ records. The integration of AIRLIFT into Accela’s full breadth of cannabis solutions for local and state governments provides customers with support at every stage of the regulatory process — from licensing to enforcement to patient registry — to empower safe and thriving communities.

“The partnership between Accela and cloudPWR is a natural fit,” says Greg Felix, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at Accela. “We are both committed to creating the best technology for governments, and AIRLIFT was the clear choice when we were looking for a proven patient registry solution to offer our customer community. AIRLIFT’s unparalleled technical capabilities will empower communities to harness the full benefits of medical and legalized cannabis without sacrificing HIPAA compliance and flexibility as the industry continues to evolve.”

Governments and businesses alike face major legal and regulatory hurdles in navigating the shifting nascent cannabis landscape. Managing sensitive patient data for medicinal cannabis and maintaining compliance is one of the top concerns, especially in the age of massive data breaches that can endanger user privacy and hold states liable for mishaps. As recreational and medicinal cannabis legalization unfold side-by-side in many states, more complexities have inherently emerged for government departments and agencies in keeping patient data private while keeping up with unprecedented citizen access and demand.

“As cannabis legalization spreads across the country, having the right tools and technology to safely serve communities without sacrificing flexibility and performance continues to be a major challenge,” says Shadrach White, Founder and CEO of cloudPWR. “Our partnership with Accela, the dominant player in government technology, is a testament to the last eight years of progress we made building an agile and dependable product that is highly valued by our customers.”

Many comparable cannabis solutions that include licensing, as well as track and trace systems, have been plagued by security issues such as data leaks and non-compliant mixing of patient and non-patient data. CloudPWR’s proven success with AIRLIFT in protecting cannabis patient privacy continues to establish it as a market leading solution. The company created the forms used in the retail marijuana application process for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. In 2016, cloudPWR entered into a contract with the Washington State Department of Health to transform the medicinal cannabis registry process to mirror the process used for recreational cannabis and comply with new state regulations.

“I cannot remember a time AIRLIFT was not available for me, says Kelly Ryan, Manager at 2020 Solutions’ Blue Guide and Blue Iron Street Stores. “cloudPWR has been an incredible asset for whenever the store needs help.”

“My experience with AIRLIFT’s support system has been exemplary; any issues that have come up are handled quickly and successfully,” said David Sloan, COO, VP and owner of Herbs House. “The system works for our needs and I have never experienced it not available.”

Accela’s partnership with cloudPWR comes on the heels of a renewed wave of collaboration with Accela and its implementation, technology and industry partners to further enable success for Accela’s customers and the citizens they serve.

To learn more about Accela’s solutions for cannabis regulation, please visit: https://www.accela.com/solutions/cannabis-regulation/.

To learn more about cloudPWR and AIRLIFT, please visit: https://cloudpwr.com/.

 

About Accela

Accela provides market-leading solutions that empower state and local governments to build thriving communities, grow businesses and protect citizens. Powered by Microsoft Azure, Accela’s fast-to-implement Civic Applications, and robust and extensible solutions platform, help agencies address specific needs today, while ensuring they are prepared for any emerging or complex challenges in the future. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, California, with additional offices around the world. For more information, visit www.accela.com.

About cloudPWR

Founded in 2011 in Olympia, Washington, cloudPWR focuses on building cloud software for the government and higher education sectors by leveraging modern development practices. Its proprietary software platform AIRLIFT was architected within the cloud to increase flexibility, productivity, compliance, and end-user satisfaction by simplifying antiquated and costly processes traditionally done by hand and moving them online. For more information, visit https://cloudpwr.com/.

Gov. Inslee signs Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1094, April 30, 2019. Relating to establishing compassionate care renewals for medical marijuana qualifying patients. Primary Sponsor: Brian Blake

HB 1094 – DIGEST Allows a health care professional to indicate that a qualifying patient qualifies for a compassionate care renewal of his or her registration in the medical marijuana authorization database and authorization card if the health care professional determines that requiring the qualifying patient to renew a registration in person would likely result in severe hardship to the qualifying patient because of the qualifying patient’s physical or emotional condition.”

If you’ve never really put too much thought into the entire process of law making, you’re not alone, I promise! The law-making process is quite rigorous and involves numerous people to ensure that the majority are satisfied before it sails through. Following House Bill 1094 has enlightened me to the complex process of making state laws, and I can assure you that is not a simple task. My experience through the process of law making started off with a simple visit to the state capital for a public hearing for this bill.

The experience was not as intimidating as I had anticipated. Regular members of the public were all sharing ideas and opinions. To them, this was not just a bill, but something they were passionate about. Something that they knew would affect the lives of countless people across our state. They shared the advantages as well as the disadvantages of the bill and outlined all of the effects it would have.

To my surprise I learned that less than 10% of drafted or proposed bills actually become laws. The process involves a number of complex steps in which the bill must undergo committee procedures and hearings, pass from one house to another, and undergo several amendments. If the bill fails in any of these steps, it is dropped and can only be revived through the introduction and undergoing the entire process again. Bills may even take years to pass. This allowed me to see the bigger picture in life: that failure is never the end and that there is always an opportunity to get back up and keep going.

While keeping a close eye on the bill with every step that House Bill 1094 passed, it marked a step closer to being passed into law. As the weeks went on, House Bill 1094 moved through all the hurdles and the day finally came when this bill would be signed into law. I saw and felt the excitement, the passion, the relief, and the sea of smiles that were shared by everyone who had arrived at the Governor’s office that day. It was truly a moment of joy. While I waited in line to take a picture with the Governor, I got a chance to meet inspiring individuals that were celebrating months of hard work paying off in supporting this tremendous bill. As a result, qualifying patients suffering from physical and emotional ailments will no longer be faced with  hardships to renew their registration in the medical marijuana authorization database. Additionally, health care professionals can indicate whether a qualifying patient can receive a renewal of their registration in the medical database, lessening the burden of administrative work for healthcare professionals as well.

This experience not only had a profound impact on my knowledge of the law-making process, but left me with a much greater sense of appreciation for the actual people involved in helping shape the landscape of our state law. Seeing people work hard for what they believe in, people who devote themselves to what they are passionate about, genuinely changed me that day. It was inspiring to see the process come to fruition, and the result of everyone’s hard work paying off. In the end, It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time or the 100th time trying to accomplish something, what matters is not giving up and striving to succeed. What I witnessed that day at the capitol was the result of this devotion to succeed, and was a devotion to the people of the State of Washington to have a better quality of life.

Daniyela Varvaryuk
Executive Administrator

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Please follow this link for detailed information, to purchase tickets, submit a donation or simply share on social media to help us spread the word. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-coffee-oasis-evening-of-hope-tacoma-tickets-50472322074

There are many ways you can help make a difference in your community, helping young people struggling day-by-day without a place to live is a great place to start. The Coffee Oasis is a program designed to teach life skills, get job training and building towards a brighter future. You can find more information by visiting their website https://thecoffeeoasis.com/

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This milestone is extremely important for the many people who have worked together to promote our city as a technology hub for innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors. Together we have begun a journey that is still in the early stages of growth.

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to get to this point – this is a tremendous validation for our individual and collective efforts. I want to give a very special thank you to Lee Reeves for bringing so many of us together.

Yes, according to the Washington State Archives, a division of the Office of Secretary of State. The staff at State Archives provides valuable guidance and materials for best practices, training and records services statewide for agencies and records management professionals.

The OSOS has included important considerations to take into account when choosing a cloud provider. These considerations are detailed on their website.

Link to Guidance

If you are interested in joining the 85+ agencies using cloud storage services don’t delay. Now is the time to take advantage of aggressive pricing before it expires in May of 2019.

Look no further than WA State Master Contract 04913, which provides for secure cloud storage through Box at a third of standard pricing. Box is an Enterprise Content Management platform (ECM) that solves simple and complex challenges, from sharing and accessing files on mobile devices to sophisticated business processes like data governance and retention. At this time many State, City and County agencies all across Washington are utilizing this contract and made the move towards the future of working with content in the cloud. 

Box is also the ECM system of choice for thousands of users employed by the federal government from agencies such as:

  • US Department of State 
  • US Department of Justice
  • US Forest Service
  • US House of Representatives
  • US Dept. of Energy
  • US Dept of Forestry
  • US Air Force Recruiting Services

To see how Box can simplify and organize your document storage, collaboration, and retention policies, click here to watch a video demonstration.

Box is also integrated with AIRLIFT Respond, which is approved under master Contract 04913 and can be bundled with Box for further savings. AIRLIFT Respond is a cloud software platform for the management and retention of all public records requests. Respond also provides for annual JLARC reporting. Beginning July 1 2018, many local governments and state agencies are required to track metrics for annual JLARC reporting. These metrics include, but are not limited to, the average number of days to complete requests, average cost of request fulfillment, and reasons why a request might be denied partially or in full.

Please contact us with inquiries at 206-588-6861 or send us an email to info@cloudPWR.com

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