Vendor Notebook - Boston Software teams with MEDHOST on HL7 compliance

By Eric Wicklund
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Boston Software Systems, a Sherborn, Mass.-based provider of workflow automation technology, has announced that MEDHOST, an Addison, Texas-based provider of Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) software, will implement Boston WorkStation technology in situations where customers are unable to support or withstand HL7 standards.

Royal Philips Electronics has announced the launch of its Remote Device Management Tool, allowing larger law firms and hospitals to centralize the configuration and administration of digital dictation hardware.

Hospira, Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill. has acquired Sculptor Developmental Technologies, a healthcare technology-based subsidiary of the St. Clair Health Corp. of Pittsburgh and the developer of the VeriScan Rx software application for bar code medication administration. As part of a related arrangement, St. Clare Hospital will serve as a development test site for Hospira medication management products.

Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a Mission Viejo, Calif.-based subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc., has announced that the MediCorp Health System has selected the company's Amelior ED system for emergency department tracking and documentation as part of MediCorp's expansion of emergency care services in northern Virginia.

Premiere Global Services, Inc. of Atlanta has been notified that the American Hospital Association, through AHA Solutions, has announced an exclusive endorsement of the company's Notifications & Reminders Solutions.

Misys Healthcare Systems of Raleigh, N.C. has announced that the Daughters of Charity Health System will use Misys MyWay for Communities to expand its health network across California to physician practices in San Jose, Los Angeles and Bay Area.  In addition, Misys will enhance Misys MyWay, its physician-friendly electronic medical record for targeted use within specialty medical practices through a contract with Wolters Kluwer Health, a Conshohocken, Pa.-based provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Eclipsys Corp. of Atlanta has signed an agreement to become a contracted supplier of Sunrise Enterprise clinical and financial solutions for Premier Purchasing Partners LP, one of the nation's largest healthcare group purchasing organizations with $31 billion in annual purchasing volume.

MyCareTeam, Inc. of Acton, Mass. has received clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for its flagship diabetes management software products, MCT-Diabetes, which enables people with diabetes to securely upload blood glucose readings from their meter and communicate electronically with their caregivers.

ACM, a Minneapolis-based healthcare benefits management company, has forged an agreement with Emdeon Business Services. Under the agreement, ACM's MedRxPrecision technology solution will add a claims management tool for drug claims processed under the medical benefit that features automated re-pricing and editing using NDC-level data.

Surgical Information Systems (SIS) of Atlanta has announced that the Daughters of Charity Health System has selected SIS to be the perioperative system provider for four of its California hospitals: Seton Medical Center, O'Connor Hospital, Saint Louise Regional Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Center.

 

McKesson has announced that it has recently signed several hospitals to implement its Paragon community hospital information system and Practice Partner electronic health record and practice management solutions. Among them are San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Benning, Calif. and York Hospital in York, Me.

SourceMedical, a Birmingham, Ala.-based provider of outpatient information management solutions, has announced that it will provide its TherapySource product to Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers, a new physical therapy and sports rehabilitation service based in Atlanta.

WellDoc Communications, Inc. a Baltimore-based provider of technology solutions to help people with diabetes manage their conditions through the Internet and cellphone messages, is teaming with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Owings Mills, Md. to study technology management systems and their effectiveness in monitoring diabetes patients. The study will be conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and track 260 people with diabetes for a year.

Navicure, an Atlanta-based provider of automated, Web-based claims management services for physician practices, has struck a deal with PCIS Gold, a Provo, Utah-based provider of practice management and electronic medical record software, to make Navicure's solutions available to PCIS Gold customers through a preferred vendor agreement.

DataDirect Technologies, a Bedford, Mass.-based provider of data connectivity and mainframe integration services and part of the Progress Software Corp., has announced that Benefitfocus, a Chareleston, S.C.-based provider of software and services for the healthcare benefits market, is using DataDirect XML converters to automatically transform thousands of X12-compliant EDI documents from insurance carriers to XML for accelerated processing.

Vocollect Healthcare Systems, Inc. of Pittsburgh has announced that the Heritage Ministries Management Company, Inc. of Jamestown, N.Y. will deploy the company's AccuNurse voice-assisted care platform across its network, which includes three skilled nursing facilities in Chautauqua County, N.Y., Heritage Green in Greenhurst, N.Y., Heritage Park in Jamestown, N.Y. and Heritage Village in Gerry, N.Y.

The Computer Sciences Corp. of Dallas has announced an agreement to acquire the CompIQ Corp. of Irvine, Calif., a provider of workers' compensation claims review, re-pricing and software services, for $22 million.

Health Market Science of King of Prussia, Pa. has rolled out Prism, its new advanced analytics product for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets.

Sunquest Information Systems, a Tucson, Ariz.-based provider of laboratory information systems, has opened an office in London to serve as its international headquarters.

Benefit Informatics, a Tulsa, Okla.-based provider of healthcare data warehousing services for third-party administrators and other payers serving the self-insured market, has announced that Diversified Group Brokerage and the Diversified Administration Corp., its third-party administrator company, has chosen the company's Benefit Analyzer and Connect Edition products to improve data analysis, reporting and communication services.

GetWellNetwork, Inc. of Bethesda, Md., has introduced the GetWellNetwork Fall Prevention Package, a multimedia patient education module designed to help hospitals educate patients and their families about the risks of falls and the precautions they can take to avoid them.

Neoteric Technology, Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada has announced that the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto is the first institution in North America to implement the company's BloodTrack OnDemand blood dispensing system.

 

Visioneer, Inc., a Pleasanton, Calif.-based provider of imaging solutions, and PaperHost.com, Inc., a provier of document management services and software, have announced a certified Visioneer OneTouch Link to phCONNECT document management software. Using the Visioneer OneTouch Links Software Development Kit, the two companies developed a link that allows users to scan documents into PaperHost, a Web-based home of on-demand document management, through phCONNECT.

LabVantage Solutions, Inc., a provider of enterprise software packages for laboratories, and InforSense Ltd., a provider of embedded enterprise intelligence services, have announced an alliance to integrate the InforSense platform with LabVantage's Sapphire laboratory information management suite and for LabVantage to resell InforSense along with its Sapphire LIMS.

BidShift, a San Diego-based provider of software-as-a-service staffing solutions, has changed its name to Concerro, Inc.

HCPro, Inc., a Marblehead, Mass.-based provider of compliance and management products and services for healthcare professionals, has redesigned its online store at www.hcmarketplace.com.

Houston-based Eulogix has announced that it will release CTIS (Convergent Therapy Information System), browser-based electronic clinical records software for the mental/behavioral health community, beginning May 15.

Plano, Texas-based EDS will design and implement a new Medicaid management information system for the state of Georgia under a new seven-year, $391 million contract. The EDS Georgia interchange system will provide fiscal agent and enrollment broker services and establish electronic health records for Medicaid recipients.

The VeriChip Corp. of DelRay Beach, Fla. has launched Health Link, a bio-medical technology service for residents and hospitals in the Greater Palm Beach, Fla. area.

Hayes, Inc. of Landsale, Pa. has launched Hayes Technology Prognosis, an online service designed to provide hospitals, insurers and policy makers with a forward-looking view of the health technology landscape.

The IntelliDOT Corp. of San Diego has received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its CAREt Handheld hospital management system.

The InterSystems Corp. of Cambridge, Mass. has announced that the Medical University of South Carolina has implemented the second-generation DictAide medical transcription platform from AssistMed, Inc. in conjunction with the InterSystems Ensemble rapid integration platform.

Chicago-based Allscripts has announced that St. Luke's Hospital in Maumee, Ohio and The Heart Center medical Group of Fort Wayne, Ind. have selected the company's integrated electronic health record and practice management solution.

AirStrip Technologies of San Antonio, Texas, has announced plans to expand availability and reach strategic partnerships with mobile device manufacturers, cell phone carriers and vendor partners for its signature product, AirStrip OB. The software application provides obstetricians with real-time, remote access to waveform data from hospital labor and delivery units on their PDA or Smart Phone.

 

Patient Portal Technologies, Inc. of Baldwinsville, N.Y. has announced a partnership with the Rite Aid Corp. to pilot the MedEx Home Delivery service for hospital patients. The pilot program will be conducted with a Philadelphia healthcare system. Rite Aid will fill and deliver prescriptions free of charge to patients being discharged from hospitals so they don't need to stop at a pharmacy on the way home.

NaviMedix, a Cambridge, Mass.-based provider of healthcare provider communications software, has launched the NaviNet Communications Suite, designed to help health plans, payers and other companies to interact with providers.

MEDecision, Inc. of Wayne, Pa. has entered into an agreement to deliver its Alineo Collaborative Health Care Management platform to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.

Sentillion has been issued a U.S. patent for its technology upon which system administration tooling for the company's context management solution is based.

Netsmart Technologies, Inc. of Great River, N.Y. has released the Netsmart Connect suite of on-demand and licensed software solutions for behavioral and public healthcare organizations.

Draeger Medical of Telford, Pa. has released version 2.2 of its Innovian Anesthesia suite, featuring a strengthened Web Application Programming Interface and ReportViewer.

Indianapolis-based WellPoint, Inc. has announced the launch of a mobile provider finder tool that will allow members of its affiliated health plans to search for local, in-network doctors and hospitals through any Web-enabled cell phone or hand-held device. The mobile provider finder is available now to affiliated health plan members in Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire and will expand to other WellPoint markets throughout 2008.

CompuMed, Inc. of Los Angeles has won a statewide contract in conjunction with Wexford Health Services, Inc. to provide electrocardiogram (ECG) remote interpretation systems and cardiologist overread services to the West Virginia Division of Corrections.

NewMarket Technology, Inc. of Dallas and digiMedical Solutions, Inc. have announced a combined healthcare technology service offering anticipated to achieve $20 million from organic sales within the first year following the launch. digiMedical Solutions, with operations in Texas and Florida, offers digital prescription handling software including digiRx, digiRxStream, digiReauth, digiRxComp and digiAcounting. NewMarket offers software solutions for inventory control of prescription drugs, medical office operations management and wireless vital signs collection and dissemination.

Toronto-based Medworxx, which offers a software platform that hospitals use to communicate, aggregate and analyze data, is partnering with Simulation Education Services, Inc., a Chicago-based provider of emergency preparedness training, exercise and assessment solutions.

Hologic, Inc. of Bedford, Mass. has announced that it has received an order for 17 Selenia digital mammography mobile systems, the first order placed under The Netherlands Breast Cancer Screening Tender. More than 50 additional digital mammography systems will be installed under the tender over the next four years.

The NVIDIA Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif. has announced that it is a founding member of Stanford University's new Pervasive Parallelism Lab (PPL), which will develop new techniques, tools and training materials to allow software engineers to harness the parallelism of multiple processors.

 

Omnicell, Inc. has introduced SafetyMed, a bedside point-of-care solution that extends medication safety software from the company's automated medication dispensing system to the patient's bedside.

JulySoft, of Tucson, Ariz., has announced the general availability of its new ReminderPro 2008 automated messaging system, designed to deliver appointment reminder messages via telephone and e-mail to patients of small, medium and large medical and dental practices.

Cardinal Health, a Dublin, Ohio-based provider of healthcare safety and productivity software solutions, has added a benchmarking tool to its MedMined software platform that allows hospitals to compare risk-adjusted infection rates in each unit to peer units in similar hospitals to help identify best practices and areas for improvement.

OnPATH Technologies, a Marlton, N.J.-based provider of automated connectivity solutions, has announced that it will be switching live 10Gb Ethernet traffic driven through a Fibre Channel test application using Intel 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapters.

D2 Sales, LLC of Mequon, Wis. has announced that Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. has chosen the My Patient Passport Express kiosk for its patient check-in program.

Medical travel service provider BridgeHealth International, Inc. of Denver has unveiled the BridgeHealth World-Class Provider Network, a system of providers comprised of more than 25 hospitals and 600 physicians, dentists and health professionals in more than 10 countries.

Nashville, Tenn.-based Premerus has launched www.yourmisdiagnosis.com, described as a social networking site to help patients and their families address the impact of medical misdiagnoses.

VISICU, of Baltimore, Md., has announced that its eICU Program, an intensive care unit technology platform, will be installed in intensive care units in six rural Maryland hospitals through a $3 million grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. The six hospitals are known collectively as Maryland eCare.

Rubbermaid Medical Solutions of Huntersville, N.C. has announced the launch of a medication expansion pack for its M38 Mobile Computing Cart line.