Black Box Corporation, a provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, announces that Fremont Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio has deployed Black Box’s iCOMPEL digital signage system as a cost-effective communications platform for welcoming visitors and for promoting healthcare services in its facility. Read more »
ValGenesis, Inc., a leading provider of Validation Lifecycle Management solutions, announces the worldwide availability of Microsoft SharePoint Server integration with the latest version of ValGenesis 2.0 for increased enterprise productivity specifically for regulated Pharmaceuticals, Biotech and Medical Devices companies. This offering will seamlessly provide global access, retrieval and storage of corporate validation data and documents generated by ValGenesis within Microsoft SharePoint Server. Read more »
Vendor Notebook - Royal Philips Electronics acquires Traxtal Inc.
Royal Philips Electronics has acquired Traxtal, Inc., a Toronto-based developer of instruments and software for image-guided intervention and therapy.
Medversant Technologies, based in Los Angeles, has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office related to automatically verifying credentials on a continuous basis. The patent advances the company’s position in provider data management and covers technologies that allow healthcare organizations to manage provider information.
McKesson has announced that Maria Parham Medical Center of Henderson, N.C., has implemented the company’s Horizon Medical Imaging picture archiving and communications system. The PACS system is part of the hospital’s larger IT investment, which includes McKesson’s community HIS and document imaging systems.
API Healthcare, a Hartford, Wis.-based provider of human capital management solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that the Fremont-Rideout Health Group of Yuba City, Calif., the Bermuda Hospitals Board and Nyack Hospital in Nyack, N.Y., have signed contracts for the company’s software and services.
Report For Doc, a Denver-based healthcare research company, has launched an online patient survey tool designed to allow doctors to confidentially assess their individual professional performance.
iSALUS Healthcare of Indianapolis has announced that Rockford Nephrology Associates in Rockford, Ill., has signed a multi-year agreement to subscribe to the company’s OfficeEMR unified electronic medial record and practice management solution.
PracticeOne, based in Somerset, N.J., has announced that its e-Medsys EHR version 5.2, already certified by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology as an 08 Ambulatory EHR, has been additionally certified for Child Health and office-based use.
3M Health Care of St. Paul, Minn., has entered into agreements with Med-Tech Associates of Idaho Springs, Colo., and Med-Care Associates of Candia, N.H., to market 3M Infection Prevention products in the physician office market.
GuardianEdge, a San Francisco-based developer of endpoint data protection services, has been selected by Pittsburgh-based Highmark, Inc., one of the largest health insurers in the nation, to use hard disk encryption technology to secure all of the organization’s laptops as well as desktops designed for off-site work.
GenerationOne, based in Miami, has reported positive results from a mobilized diabetes care management pilot program conducted by the ECHO Healthcare Education Foundation for a member employers of the Employers Coalition for Healthcare Options using the GenerationOne Mobile Health Solution. Based on the results, the foundation is expanding the mobile care management solution to three additional member employers.
MxSecure, Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based provider of medical transcription services to group practices, multi-specialty clinics and community health centers, has released MxNotes, a Web-based transcription software designed specifically for solo providers and small medical practices.
Fujitsu Services has been awarded development rights for “La Historia de Salud” (The History of Health) by IB-Salut, the health services of the Balearic Islands. In conjunction with IT partners Oracle and Orion Health, Fujitsu will transform the area’s existing model of dispersed health information into an integrated electronic health record.
The Technology Solutions Company, a Chicago-based software and services company focused on the healthcare provider market, has filed a Certificate of Dissolution with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware and closed its stock transfer books, effective May 1, in accordance with the previously announced Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution of the Company that was approved by stockholders on April 27.
GE Healthcare has launched two new ultrasound systems for the women’s health market, the Voluson E6 and LOGIQ P3.
Vermedx, Inc., a Burlington, Vt.-based provider of decision-support IT for the diabetes market, has raised $500,000 in Series A funding, led by Fresh Tracks Capital.
Vendor Notebook - QuadraMed inks deal with Fremont-Rideout Health Group
The QuadraMed Corporation of Reston, Va., has announced that the Fremont-Rideout Health Group, a not-for-profit health system based in Yuba City and Marysville, Calif., will implement the company's Revenue Cycle and Quantum Health Information Management solutions.
Sage Software Healthcare of Tampa, Fla., has announced that Family Health Centers of Baltimore, StayWell Health Care, Inc., and HealthLinc (formerly Hilltop Community Health Center) have selected the Sage Intergy CHC community health management system. The community health centers have also purchased other Sage products, including the Sage Intergy EHR electronic health records system.
LodgeNet Healthcare, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., has announced that the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Care Center will implement several of the company's interactive patient television services, including DIRECTV satellite programming, professional services, high-definition interactive patient television and a patient education application.
Siemens has been awarded a contract by the Via Christi Health System of Wichita, Kan., to provide a wide range of technology and service solutions designed to contribute to the success of the health system's strategic plan - including the completion of a new hospital in west Wichita.
McKesson Provider Technologies of Atlanta has signed an agreement with VHA, Inc. to provide the national healthcare alliance with its Performance Analytics software as its preferred enterprise business intelligence solution. In addition, the company has announced contracts for its Horizon Enterprise Revenue Management suite with Health Quest Systems of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colo., Carroll Hospital Center in Westminter, Md., the HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minn. and the Suburban Hospital Healthcare System in Bethesda, Md.
The GammaTech Computer Corporation, a Fremont, Calif.-based developer of notebook computers, has unveiled the DURABOOK RT10 model with Intel health technology, designed for healthcare professionals.
Thomson Reuters' Healthcare and Science business has launched IDRAC Notes, an add-on commenting feature to IDRAC that allows colleagues within the same organization to create, update and share comments attached to IDRAC PDF documents.
Imprivata, Inc., a Lexington, Mass.-based provider of employee access management solutions, has seen an increase in demand for the OneSign Authentication and Access Management Platform in the healthcare market since signing a distribution deal with CDW Healthcare in 2007.
Medical Web Technologies of Norwell, Mass., has enhanced its One Medical Passport perioperative workflow solution to allow ambulatory surgery centers to display required CMS conditions for coverage and obtain patient acknowledgement of receipt in advance of a procedure, as required by Section 416.50 of the new CMS guidelines for ASCs.
Wandering WiFi, based in Atlanta, has announced that Proctor Hospital has successfully deployed the company's WiFi service for public wireless networks throughout its Peoria, Ill. hospital campus.
The ThinIdentity Corporation, a new, Denver-based IT company, has launched a virtual desktop infrastructure solution designed to improve access to healthcare data in the hospital setting by replacing PCs with thin-client terminals connected to the ThinIdentity Synchronizer.
Connectyx Technologies Holdings Group, Inc., of Palm City, Fla., has signed an agreement with Strategic Medical Communications, Inc., to promote its MedFlash Personal Health Record storage device to the pharmaceutical industry.
AuthenTec, a Melbourne, Fla.-based provider of fingerprint sensors and solutions, has announced that its fingerprint sensor has been integrated into the new Motion Computing J3400 tablet PC.
Infolinx System Solutions of Kensington, Md., has announced that The Cleveland Clinic has selected its Infolinx WEB RFID-based solution to track study-related patient files.
MMR Information Systems of Los Angeles has announced that former Congressman and Presidential candidate Richard Gephardt, a member of MyMedicalRecords, Inc.'s Board of Advisors, will work with the company to educate the public on the importance of starting a personal health record.
Technology Solutions Company (TCS), a Chicago-based software and services company based on the healthcare provider market, has received notice from the NASDAQ Stock Market that the company no longer satisfies Marketplace Rule 4450(a)(3), the requires an insurer to have stockholders' equity of at least $10 million. Company officials are seeking an exception to the rule in order to complete a recently announced Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution.
The Quantum Group, Inc., a Wellington, Fla.-based healthcare IT company and developer of the PWeR healthcare technology platform, has received notice from the NYSE Amex that it is not in compliance with Section 1003(a)(iv) of the Company Guide, and that the Exchange questions whether the company can continue operations or meet future financial obligations. Company officials intend to submit a plan by April 16 outlining their compliance strategy.
CoActive Medical of Ridgefield, Conn., has introduced new automated medical imaging solution for National Digital Medical Archive (NDMA) customers, designed specifically to meet the needs of those transitioning to a new storage solution as NDMA discontinues its traditional model for image archiving services.
Availity, LLC, based in Jacksonville, Fla., has expanded its relationship with Molina Healthcare to allow Florida providers to have access to Molina Healthcare via the Availity secure Web portal for the transmission of real-time eligibility and benefits, authorizations, referrals and claims.
SPi Healthcare, a Nashville-based provider of medical transcription solutions, has released the latest version of its eGlobal Enterprise transcription platform.
The Authentidate Holding Corp., a Berkeley Heights, N.J.-based provider of health information exchange and workflow management services, has announced that SuperCare Medical, Inc., a Southern California-based provider of home healthcare products and services, has implemented the company's Inscrybe Healthcare Web-based service to streamline the management of critical business workflows.
BoxTone, a Columbia, Md.-based developer of mobile user management services, is partnering with Wallace Wireless, a Toronto-based provider of Blackberry smartphone applications, to help healthcare providers and others extend the capabilities of their Blackberry platforms.
Entra Health Systems, an Alpine, Calif.-based provider of medical technology for the treatment of diabetes, has selected Sunderland in northeast England for its European base of operations, from which it will release MyGlucoHealth, a new Bluetooth-enabled Glucometer.
Halifax, Nova Scotia-based MedMira, Inc., a developer and marketer of rapid diagnostic technology and solutions, and Tri-Star Industries, a manufacturer and exporter of ground ambulances, are forming a strategic partnership to sell co-branded rapid diagnostics.
Mobile Aspects of Pittsburgh has announced that the University of Michigan Health System has implemented the company's iRISecure RFID-based tissue tracking solution to support the storage and use of implantable tissue products in the hospital's operating rooms.
Vendor Notebook - SXC to deliver IT, consulting services to Pharmerica
SXC Health Solutions, a Lisle, Ill.-based developer of technology and pharmacy benefit management services, has announced that its healthcare IT business group has been awarded a three-year, multi-million dollar contract to provide its long-term care claims adjudication and RCM technology and consulting services to the Pharmerica Corporation of Louisville, Ky.
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has announced the availability of the PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR Enterprise Edition identity management solution, which embed the Fujitsu PalmSecure palm vein identification technology into a PC mouse.
eClinicalWorks, based in Westborough, Mass., has announced that Children’s National Medical Center of Washington D.C. has selected the company’s unified electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management (PM) software for its Children’s IQ Network.
The Kryptiq Corp. of Portland, Ore., has been granted approval by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for two new patents, covering selective encryption of electronic messages and data and customizing messaging to prevent spam e-mails.
Ekahau, Inc., a Reston, Va.-based provider of Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), has been awarded a multi-year agreement to provide RTLS services to 294 member hospitals in the University HealthSystem Consortium.
RevenueXL, Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., has launched a new Web site the showcase the company’s revenue cycle management solutions for healthcare.
Brookwood Systems, a Fremont, Calif.-based provider of automated interactive customer service solutions, has donated an interactive personnel directory and map kiosk to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for installation at the California healthcare group’s Mountain View Center, formerly known as the Camino Medical Group.
Patient Portal Technologies, Inc. of Baldwinsville, N.Y., has announced new contracts to provide patient billing services to six hospitals in the Northeast. The contracts cover some 3,200 beds that provider services to more than 800,000 patients annually and are expected to add more than $3.2 million in revenue to the company.
Vocollect Healthcare Systems, Inc. of Pittsburgh has announced that Central Control, Inc. of Pineville, La. is deploying AccuNurse voice-assisted care in four of its skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities.
Emmi Solutions of Chicago has announced a strategic alliance with Boise, Idaho-based Healthwise to create Emmi + Healthwise, designed to give hospitals and clinicians more information and tools they can prescribe to patients to empower them to take an active role in their care.
MicroDose Technologies, Inc. of Monmouth Junction, N.J. has announced a collaboration with Nexus6 of New Zealand to investigate the application of Nexus6’s SmartinhalerLive remote patient compliance monitoring technology with MicroDose’s next generation electronic dry powder inhaler.
Nueterra adds information systems to three new hospitals
The three hospitals are in Great Bend, Kan.; McKinney, Texas; and Fremont, Calif. They are the first community hospitals to be developed and managed by Leawood, Kan.-based Nueterra.
Nueterra selected McKesson's Paragon community healthcare information system to provide integrated electronic health records and financial management systems for each hospital. The hospitals also will implement Horizon Medical Imaging picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) to provide electronic access to medical images and reports.
"Superior technology is the key enabler to seamlessly documenting, sharing and managing patient information for high-quality care delivery," said Michael McCoy, president of the Community Hospital Division at Nueterra Healthcare. "In addition, we need a health IT solution that can be flexible enough to meet the needs of each of our hospitals in their local communities."
The Paragon technology addresses the specific needs of a community hospital setting, according to McKesson executives. An electronic charting system will help streamline the charting and billing process at the hospitals by providing immediate access to patient information whenever and wherever the care team needs it. Point-of-care applications, such as bar-code medication scanning and automatic documentation of medication administration, are designed to ensure that physicians and nurses have the tools they need to provide the safest care possible in the hospitals.
"Nueterra Healthcare's selection of the Paragon solution speaks to McKesson's ability to provide a modern and easy-to-use system for the community hospital market," said James Pesce, McKesson's senior vice president and general manager for Paragon.
McKesson will work with Nueterra as the three hospitals are built to implement the medical imaging and HIS technology. Since the Paragon system is a Microsoft-based program, familiar Windows computer screens should help ease training once the hospitals open, McCoy said.
"Most people in the world use PCs everyday, and when you open Paragon, it looks like your computer screen at home," said McCoy. "It has a similar look and feel to what the staff is already used to, which should help them learn to use the system faster."
Gerber Memorial adds wireless power
“Azure demonstrated a strong understanding of wireless local area networks in healthcare,” said Peter Mulford, director, information technology at Gerber Memorial Health Services. “They took the time and effort to understand our current and future applications and designed a wireless network that accommodates those applications.” Mulford said Azure’s IntelliPlan wireless network design makes it possible for Gerber to implement a wireless network tailored to Gerber’s needs, and it can be expanded to support the most demanding applications without interruption or obsolescence. “As a result of Azure’s willingness to work with our application provider, we were able to realize the shortcomings of the wireless security capabilities of the hardware the provider was supplying and were able to change to client devices that offered more robust wireless network security,” said Howard Lee, Gerber’s director of laboratories.