Vendor Notebook - Microsoft to release new healthcare mobile apps

Microsoft has announced a new suite of apps in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. There are more than 50 applications listed in the health and fitness section of the marketplace, including OptumizeMe, a health challenge application from OptumHealth, a business unit of UnitedHealth Group that it blends healthier living with fun, entertainment and social networks; users can set up health and fitness challenges, track their progress, post results to Facebook, and compete or collaborate to reach their health goals. Additional health and fitness applications for Windows Phone 7 include MySymptoms 7, an application to help users determine the over the counter medicines that are best for their symptoms, Stay Glucose to Me, an application for tracking blood sugar levels, calorie and step counters, weight trackers, a GPS trainer, a couch to 5K app and a fertility calendar.

VHA has selected RadarFind, a TeleTracking company, to provide its real-time locating distributed sensor network to VHA's 1,400 member hospitals to track equipment, patients and staff for improved operational efficiency and patient care. RadarFind's patented real-time location system (RTLS) will help VHA members reduce capital expenditures and staff time spent on routine processes. VHA has also announced that Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind. has selected its price benchmarking service, VHA PriceLYNX, to improve the hospital's ability to achieve better pricing on the products they currently purchase, as well as those they plan to introduce into their health care organization in the future.

Sage North America has announced that the Sage Healthcare Division, a major provider of electronic health records (EHR) and practice management software serving approximately 80,000 physicians, will begin providing practice management and EHR solutions to several healthcare facilities which serve thousands of patients throughout the United States. The healthcare facilities that selected a Sage Intergy solution to enhance practice management will help more than 150 providers improve patient care in Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Nevada.  

NextGen has expanded its reach to small practices across the United States by partnering with over 25 federally-designated regional extension centers (RECs). More than 50,000 primary care providers now have the opportunity to leverage NextGen Ambulatory EHR – through purchased software licenses or a competitively priced SaaS subscription model – along with REC support services to help them qualify as meaningful users and secure federal stimulus money under the <a href="/directory/american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-arra" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link"><a href="/directory/american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-arra" target="_blank" class="directory-item-link">American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Vector Resources, which builds and maintains scalable voice, video and data networks, has announced that it has joined the Avaya Connect Channel Partner program, a reseller program encompassing more than 6,600 companies around the globe. As a member of the program, Vector Resources will sell and service Avaya unified communications systems and contact center solutions for small, medium and large businesses. Avaya is a leading global provider of business communication software, systems and services.

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