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

Also: Surescripts partners with RiteAid and Allscripts releases new RCM technology

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.