Vendor Notebook: Citrix acquires Zenprise, with an eye toward BYOD

Also: Surescripts partners with RiteAid and Allscripts releases new RCM technology
By Mike Miliard
11:53 AM

Citrix announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Zenprise, which specializes in mobile device management. Citrix intends to integrate the Zenprise solution for mobile device management, with its Citrix CloudGateway and Me@Work solutions for managing mobile apps and data, officials say..

AT&T announced that it will deliver a new cloud-based RPM Software-as-a Service (SaaS) from Ericsson that utilizes its service enablement platform and Intuitive Health software to facilitate better management of chronic diseases and help reduce hospital readmissions. The service's video component will provide helpful coaching, reminders and health education, officials say. AT&T has been piloting the RPM SaaS solution with large health systems, academic medical centers and home care providers. It is expected to be available in 2013.

Surescripts and Rite Aid have announced that the pharmacy will leverage The Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability to electronically deliver patient immunization notifications directly to healthcare providers. The timely electronic delivery of immunization notifications from pharmacy to healthcare providers will help significantly improve coordination of care.

Edifecs announced that Bluegrass Family Health, a Kentucky-based, not-for-profit company offering group health insurance to businesses in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, has selected Edifecs as its strategic partner for Operating Rules compliance.

Infor announced the availability of Infor Cloverleaf Integration 6.0, the next generation of its interoperability solution for the healthcare industry that provides fast, reliable access to sources of clinical, financial and operational data at more than 2,000 healthcare organizations globally.

Allscripts has released Sunrise Financial Manager, a tool that can enable hospitals and health systems to manage revenue in an integrated way across the enterprise, officials say, noting that the technology breaks new ground with its Visual Workflow capabilities, allowing users to configure the financial process to meet the organization’s needs and to address constantly changing regulations and payment models.

GE Healthcare has launched Centricity Business 5.1, it's next-generation healthcare revenue cycle management solution. Aimed at integrated delivery networks, hospitals, and large practices, Centricity Business 5.1 features new capabilities to address emerging reimbursement models – shared savings, capitation, and bundled payments – as well new task management and clearinghouse enhancements to help drive greater profitability, efficiency and enhanced quality of care, officials say.

Omnicell announced its Omnicell G4 Unity platform, which features a single, shared medication database that connects all G4 Unity solutions to enable complete medication and supply tracking from the controlled substance vault to medication and supply cabinets, the OR and to the bedside. The unified database also helps to eliminate redundant data entry that can lead to errors, officials say.  

Health Language, Inc. (HLI) announced the release of a new terminology mapping designed to support providers and electronic health record vendors in meeting the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements for SNOMED-encoded problem lists. Under meaningful use Stage 1, hospitals, eligible providers and EHR vendors could record problems in ICD-9-CM or SNOMED CT. Stage 2 now calls for all problem lists to be reported in SNOMED CT. To support this requirement, HLI developed an updated mapping between ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT.

HP announced at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference that select HP Z Workstations are registered FDA Class I medical image storage devices and deliver the performance, reliability and expandability required for Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS).

The TriZetto Group announced that the largest independent physician association in Northern California has chosen integrated technology and service solutions from TriZetto to enhance operational efficiency. With more than 3,700 primary care physicians, specialists and consultants, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Inc., will leverage TriZetto’s consulting services to exploit the comprehensive capabilities of the firm’s enterprise core administration system, which replaces a legacy system that Hill Physicians has outgrown, officials say.

Siemens Healthcare announced the signing of an $11.7M, multi-year contract with Intermountain Healthcare, in Salt Lake City, to deploy Siemens Image Sharing & Archiving (ISA) vendor neutral archive to handle Intermountain Healthcare’s enterprise imaging needs. Siemens ISA is a hosted vendor neutral archive that stores images from any modality in the Siemens Healthcare Computing Center (HCC); images are redundantly hosted in a Dell data center, and the archive is managed with Dell’s clinical data management software, officials say.

Canon U.S.A., together with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Virtual Imaging, Inc., announced a two-year contract with Medical Management International, Inc., which does business as Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest general veterinary practice in the world, to provide the Canon CXDI-55G(B) Digital Radiography System to locations in North America and South America.

Nuance announced the launch of Assure, a clinical language understanding (CLU) offering for Powerscribe 360 | Reporting that will identify quality errors and omissions in radiology reports prior to final signature. Assure is the first product offering to leverage CLU and which will benefit from the recent acquisitions of Quantim and J.A. Thomas and Associates, strengthening Nuance’s solutions that help drive clinical documentation improvement (CDI) for radiologists and their referring physicians, officials say.

iSirona announced that Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be implementing iSirona's device connectivity software. Mercy plans to bring more than 150 devices online, including anesthesia and dialysis machines, to automate the flow of patient data directly into its Epic EMR.