Vendor Notebook: HealthGrades and CPM to merge

HealthGrades, of Denver, which provides information aimed at helping consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals, and Madison, Wis.-based CPM, which provides customer relationship management technology for hospitals, announced a definitive agreement to merge the two companies. The combination will create a single online company with more than 200 million annual visitors, providing consumers the ability to find, select and connect with physicians and hospitals by accessing its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and patient safety.

Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) announced that 12 hospitals using its certified technology solutions and consulting services from are among the first in Washington state to successfully attest and receive payment notice through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for meeting meaningful use Stage 1 criteria. Ranging from 25-bed to 623-bed facilities, each of the 12 Medicare and Medicaid-eligible hospitals demonstrated meaningful use by providing metrics on how each hospital has achieved the meaningful use objectives and clinical quality measures as reported to CMS' web-based Registration and Attestation System.

SourceMedical announced the release of the Vision HOPD clinical and business management solution. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that operate as Hospital Outpatient Departments have workflow requirements and information management needs that differ from that of independent ASCs and acute care environments.  While much of the workflow tends to mirror that of a standalone ASC, there are often unique billing requirements and complex data integration needs between the HOPD and the hospital IT infrastructure.


Philips announced that the third-generation SpeechMike (SpeechMike III), the latest device in the dictation microphone line, boosts an antimicrobial casing, which officials tout as the first and only device on the market to feature this type of surface. SpeechMike III is also one of the division’s first Philips-certified green products.


Apelon announced the availability of its first comprehensive, cloud-based terminology mapping solution. TermManager, a code set management and collaborative mapping application, cost-effectively supports healthcare data interoperability initiatives by enabling widespread access to national healthcare vocabulary standards including SNOMED CT, LOINC, ICD, RxNorm and NDF-RT. Using TermManager, officials say individuals and organizations can map legacy information to required standards for Meaningful Use incentive payments, departmental data consolidation and regional integration.