Vendor Notebook: Carestream wins government contract

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Carestream Health has been awarded the U.S. government’s DIN-PACS III (Digital Imaging Network/Picture Archiving and Communications System) contract. This contract allows the company’s PACS systems, sub-systems and components to be purchased by Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, Indian Health Service and federal civilian agencies. The contract, for up to $45 million in purchases, is in effect until April 27, 2013. Two option periods are available and may be exercised in accordance with the terms and conditions of the solicitation and at the contracting officer’s discretion.

Summit Healthcare has entered into an agreement with Williamson Medical Center to upgrade and expand its existing interface technology by leveraging Summit Provider Exchange. Williamson Medical Center a 185-bed community-focused hospital in Franklin, Tennessee, will implement Summit Provider Exchange - a scalable, secure physician office integration solution that facilitates the bi-directional communication of patient data between the hospitals core information system and physician EHR practices around its community.

GE Healthcare IT announced the successful completion of interoperability testing at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Europe 2011 Connectathon in Pisa, Italy. During the weeklong event, GE Healthcare demonstrated the interoperability of its standards-based eHealth and imaging solutions with more than 130 healthcare IT systems from industry vendors.
 
CareCloud and Xpress Technologies have partnered to launch a combined EMR and practice management solution for urgent care facilities and hospital emergency rooms. The solution offers integration of EMR with daily operations - improving patient flow, decreasing wait time and alleviating stress for busy physicians and nurses. Combining CareCloud’s highly visual and intuitive navigation with Xpress Technologies’ proven EMR solution, the tool helps practices maximize efficiency and profitability.

Integer Wireless has founded the Integer Wireless Experience Center in Newport Beach, Calif., a 10,000-square foot facility providing a rare, hands-on opportunity to test a wide variety of enterprise-grade wireless solutions from more than 100 vendors, application developers and service providers. The company specializes in designing, installing and optimizing vendor-, operator- and technology-agnostic wireless solutions for a variety of verticals, including health care, general enterprise, sports and entertainment venues, retail stores, government and hospitality.
 
Medicity has been selected by the Ohio Health Information Partnership to create the technological infrastructure for CliniSync, which is the name of the state's new health information exchange. CliniSync will join the 760 hospitals, 125,000 physicians and 250,000 end users already served by Medicity's health information solution suite.

Orbital Therapy has completed recent ClearVue prone breast table installations at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, and Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. ClearVueTM offers a number of advantages over other commercially available prone position tables.  Our unique, patent-pending open design provides visual and treatment access to the breast, allowing the physician to plan and treat from multiple angles. The newly released Laser Alignment System provides an additional point of reference to better re-position the breast and increase targeting accuracy.

CareTech Solutions unveiled its iDoc Savings Calculator. Located on the company’s website, the online tool will estimate annual savings for an organization after it implements the company’s document imaging and management solution. CareTech Solutions’ iDoc is a HIPAA compliant document imaging software solution, hosted in a SAS 70 Type II Accredited certified data center that holds the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association.

Napatech announced the introduction of support for Intel Ethernet network adapters in its Napatech Software Suite. This allows Napatech’s OEM vendor customers to support both Napatech and Intel Ethernet network adapters using a single application software development effort. The Napatech Software Suite is an advanced software package including a number of advanced features for pre-processing data traffic including data merge from multiple ports and adapters.
 
INFINITT North America
announced that the INFINITT G3 RIS/PACS has been tested and certified as meeting the Modular EHR requirements for Ambulatory settings, in accordance with ONC-ATCB certification criteria.
 
MRO is participating with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in an electronic submission of medical documentation (esMD) gateway pilot program. Through this partnership, MRO will work closely with CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology and other health information handlers to drive the electronic end-to-end delivery of patient records for the healthcare providers.
 
CAQH announced that TennCare, the Tennessee Medicaid program, has contracted with CAQH to use the Universal Provider Datasource (UPD) to collect healthcare provider data for credentialing. TennCare will also use UPD SanctionsTrack, to monitor comprehensive sanctions and disciplinary actions data for its healthcare professionals. TennCare is one of the oldest Medicaid managed care programs in the country and one of two programs that enrolls the entire state Medicaid population in managed care.
 
QuadraMed
announced that the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC) has signed a five-year, $20 million agreement to extend maintenance and support for QuadraMed's Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution. Included in the purchase is QuadraMed's Interoperability Package, which consists of software and services to help clients attain Meaningful Use.
 
NextGen announced that Universal American Corp. will leverage NextGen Ambulatory EHR to facilitate better care collaboration across its network of participating physicians. Under this partnership, Universal American will offer participating physicians access to NextGen Healthcare’s EHR to help assess patient health risk and manage chronic disease.
 
GE Healthcare announced FDA clearance of READY View, a new MR advanced visualization platform to help clinicians process and analyze images anytime and anywhere.  A part of the Dexus workflow, READY View is accessible through any PC, PACS or RIS workstation, allowing access to process and analyze images in any office, meeting room or even at home.
 
Wolters Kluwer Health announced several new improvements have been added to Sentri7, a web-based, enterprise-wide electronic surveillance application that helps hospital staff identify at-risk patients. Pharmacy teams now have enhanced rule criteria when reviewing medications provided on an “as needed” basis, known as PRN.  This enhancement enables pharmacists to filter out PRN medication orders at will when it is not appropriate to display as part of their workflow.  Conversely, lists specific to include only PRN orders can be run, if needed.


RxEOB announced the launch of emWellics, a modular mobile platform that connects managed care plans, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and payers “one-to-one” with their members.  Leveraging RxEOB’s 10 years of experience deploying member-friendly, pharmacy-oriented web-based solutions for health plans and PBMs, emWellics empowers health plans and PBMs to reach millions of members with their own branded, HIPAA-compliant, mobile application, and to customize their mobile offering with an array of applications.

Carestream Health has begun worldwide shipments of its new compact DRYVIEW 5700 Laser Imager designed to meet the specialized radiology needs of clinics, imaging centers and other medical imaging services providers. Laser imagers are widely used to print radiology images from digital X-ray systems for diagnostic, referral and archival purposes. The DRYVIEW 5700 delivers affordable, tabletop output of CR, DR, MRI and CT exams onto medical film.

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Covisint and JVHL, a network consortium of 129 hospital laboratories located throughout Michigan, announced that they are delivering a statewide solution to automatically standardize laboratory orders and results, while still allowing physicians to use their preferred terminology and pick lists. The new tool will be made available in the coming months to Michigan's 22,000 patient care physicians through Amagine, Inc., a subsidiary of the American Medical Association (AMA), in collaboration with the Michigan State Medical Society.

Siemens Healthcare has attained ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Modular EHR Certification for Soarian® Quality Measures (SQM) v. VA57A, which enables healthcare providers to capture unstructured data from scanned or electronic text documents and paper documents, while expediting chart abstraction times. The SQM modular EHR component was certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ATCB.

MacPractice
, which develops practice management and clinical software for doctors’ offices on Macs, iPhones, and iPads, has announced the launch of MacPractice MD, DDS, DC, and 20/20 iPad apps. The apps streamline patient registration, saving time and reducing the risk of data entry errors, in addition to saving paper.
 
IOD Incorporated, a  provider of integrated HIM solutions to hospitals, health systems and physician practices, announced the completion of a strategic acquisition of Confidential Copiers Inc. The combination brings a full suite of end-to-end HIM service solutions to a greatly expanded Colorado market place.

EBSCO Publishing
’s evidence-based point-of-care clinical reference tool DynaMed has a new look. A new design and easier functionality are being introduced in a preview so users can explore the new features before the transition in completed in July. Some of the features include a new Spotlight area highlighting clinically relevant news and information and changes to the current Search Other Services area allowing users to easily navigate to other resources directly from DynaMed, improving access to additional information during diagnosis and treatment.

CareCloud, the company modernizing healthcare management with powerful cloud-based software and services, announced that it has been chosen as the informatics solution partner for OrthoSensor, Inc., the maker intelligent orthopedic devices. CareCloud will apply its advanced architecture and ubiquitous cloud computing platform to assist OrthoSensor in collecting and reporting specific clinical data to hospitals and surgeons.
 
ABILITY Network has received a $27 million capital investment from Bain Capital Ventures, the venture and growth affiliate of Bain Capital, one of the largest private equity firms in the world and Lemhi Ventures, a longstanding investor in ABILITY. This investment further validates ABILITY’s work in enabling secure use of the Internet for facilitating the exchange of health information between providers, payers, and other healthcare stakeholders.

Carestream Health announced an agreement with PenRad Technologies, of  Minnetonka, Minn., to market PenRad’s patient tracking and mammography information system (MIS) to U.S. healthcare providers. PenRad systems can be seamlessly integrated with Carestream Health’s mammography workstation, which can be connected to a PACS from Carestream Health or other vendors. This upgrade is available for existing users of Carestream Health’s mammography workstation as well as with new orders.

RadSite
announced that it has certified over 50,000 imaging systems located at over 20,000 imaging facilities across the United States. Since 2005, RadSite has developed and implemented the RadSite Assessment Program (RAP) to evaluate the quality and operational appropriateness of imaging practices.  RadSite has a number of new initiatives underway to expand its critical mission of assessing, tracking and reporting on imaging trends.

Emdat
has released an update to its popular Emdat Mobile app in order to make dictating and reviewing transcriptions remotely even easier for medical personnel. Key updates to the software include adjusted appointment sort order (patients are now sorted by their full name on the schedule screen, allowing for faster access to the needed file) and resuming of uploads (file transfers that are interrupted will be resumed automatically instead of restarting the entire upload).
 
Dossia has embedded HLI's Language Engine in the Dossia Health Management System, a Web-based infrastructure that aggregates users' personal health information from a variety of sources and makes that information actionable with personalized health management tools that enable users to take better control over their health and care. HLI's Language Engine will automatically translate clinical diagnosis and procedure descriptions into easily understood, consumer-friendly terms.
 
Sectra announced a multi-year agreement with Suffolk MRI, in Smithtown, N.Y., to deliver its web-based RIS. The RIS will be seamlessly integrated to Suffolk MRI’s existing Sectra PACS to increase radiology workflow efficiencies and patient throughput. This will enable Suffolk MRI to improve its level of service to referrers and patients.

GE Healthcare and PeriGen have united to build upon the decision support and monitoring capabilities of GE’s Centricity Perinatal suite. GE Healthcare will embed PeriGen PeriCALM Patterns in its Centricity Perinatal solution, and offer it to clinicians seeking to help improve the quality of care delivered.
 
Fovia Medical and BRIT Systems, a provider of PACS, RIS and teleradiology products, announced that BRIT Systems will natively integrate Fovia’s High Definition Volume Rendering technology in all of the company’s image viewers and PACS workstations. Through BRIT Systems’ browser-based viewing technology, clinicians will have 24-hour remote access to interactive advanced visualization.