Vendor Notebook - WebMD partners with Carolinas HealthCare on employee wellness plan

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WebMD is partnering with the Carolinas HealthCare System to develop a wellness plan that will pay employees to enhance their wealth and fitness. As part of the healthcare provider's LiveWELL Carolinas! Program, employees in the health plan will have the option to save anywhere from $200 to $600 annually based on meeting as many as 10 wellness criteria.

GE and Intel have announced an alliance and $250 million investment to develop and market home-based technologies designed to help seniors live independently and patients with chronic conditions manage their care from their homes. As part of the deal, GE Healthcare will market the Intel Health Guide, a care management tool designed for healthcare professionals who manage patients with chronic conditions.

GE Healthcare
and Varian, a developer of scientific instruments and vacuum technologies, have launched Discovery MR901, a new preclinical 7T magnetic resonance imaging system.

Healthland, based in Glenwood, Minn., has announced its support and recent success with the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange (LARHIX) telemedicine initiative.

Aspyra, Inc., has entered into an agreement with the Illinois-based Springfield Clinic to upgrade the multi-specialty physician group's laboratory information system (LIS) to version 7.2 of Aspyra's CyberLAB LIS.

Cerner has announced the successful implementation of multiple Cerner Millennium healthcare information technology solutions at Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Standing Stone, Inc.
, a Westport, Conn.-based developer of disease management solutions, has announced an agreement with Emmi Solutions, a producer of interactive health education programs, that will enable Standing Stone's customers to educate patients on self-management skills.

SXC Health Solutions
, a Lisle, Ill.-based provider of pharmacy benefits management services and IT solutions for the healthcare benefits management industry, has announced that it healthcare information technology (HCIT) group has been awarded a Medicaid Drug Rebate Services contract by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Medical Assistance Services.

The Medical Simulation Corporation
, based in Denver, has launched the SimSuite Central Line Management Program, which includes a Web-based course and two types of simulation to bring together national guidelines on CLABSI prevention and safe central line insertion practices.

Netsmart Technologies, Inc., a provider of software and services for healthcare and human services organizations, has announced a partnership with Object Health, a California-based health information technology consulting firm, to provide privacy and security policy, business sustainability and governance consulting for customers of Netsmart's CareConnect behavioral health information exchange.

Degama Software Solutions, Inc.
, has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of IgeaCare Systems, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of telephony based products with a primary focus on the healthcare sector. Under terms of the deal, IgeaCare Systems with spin out its Healthanywhere telehealth division prior to closing of the transaction.

WellCentive, an Atlanta-based provider of patient registry and chronic disease management programs, has joined the executive committee of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a Washington, D.C.-based organization of more than 400 members.

DRE, Inc., of Louisville, Ky., has unveiled the DRE ASM 6000 and ASM 6000 Pro patient monitors.
IBM has announced that the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia will roll out a new electronic health insurance card system throughout the country based on the company's technology.

MD On-Line, a Parsippany, N.Y.-based developer of electronic insurance transaction processing for healthcare providers, has achieved accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP) of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC).

MedAptus
, a Boston-based developer of charge-capture technology, has announced that the University of Minnesota Physicians multi-specialty physicians' group has selected the company's Practice Plus Edition for charge capture automation.

VendorClear
, an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based provider of Web-based vendor access services for healthcare facilities and their vendors, has rolled out a new Web site, www.vendorclear.com.

Glenwood Systems, LLC
, of Waterbury, Conn., has announced that the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has certified the company's GlaceEMR version 3.0 as a certified 08 ambulatory EHR, as well as meeting the CCHIT's EHR criteria for office-based use.

MEDHOST
, of Addison, Texas, has announced that the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has certified the MEDHOST EDIS version 4.2 as being compliant with the CCHIT's 08 Emergency department Electronic Health Records standards.

Verizon Wireless, based in Basking Ridge, N.J., has unveiled the HP Mini 1151NR notebook, designed to replace the more cumbersome laptop in busy settings like hospitals and health clinics. The company has also rolled out the MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, developed by Novatel Wireless, designed to allow customers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing Internet connectivity on the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

The CPM Resource Center of Grand Rapids, Mich., an Elsevier company, has announced a partnership with The Shams Group to provide small and medium-sized hospitals with evidence-based clinical content integrated into their current health information systems.

The AnyWare Group
, a Toronto-based provider of remote access software and services for hospitals and healthcare organizations, has launched ROAM 5.0, the latest release of its role-oriented access management platform, featuring single sign-on (SSO) functions, enhanced remote support tools and remote desktop access.
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Carestream Health, Inc., of Rochester, N.Y., has signed a two-year extension of its multi-source computed radiography agreement with Novation, making Carestream's CR systems available to more than 2,500 VHA, Inc. and University HealthSystem Consortium and more than 12,000 Provista members and facilities.

Pharmacy OneSource, Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., has added Advanced Rule Logic has been added to its Sentri7 Web-based clinical surveillance software application, allowing users to combine AND and OR functions into a single list.

Clinipace, a Morrisville, N.C.-based clinical research organization, has been awarded four projects, primarily dealing with electronic data capture and data management services, by Small Bone Innovations, a medical device firm offering a portfolio or products and technologies to treat trauma and diseases in small bones and joints.

Lantronix, Inc.
, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of remote management, device networking and data center management technologies, has announced that the Lehigh Valley Health Network has deployed the company's EDS hybrid Ethernet device server throughout the Pennsylvania hospital.

D2 Sales, LLC of Mequon, Wis., has unveiled the My Patient Passport Express Wayfinding Kiosk, a custom-designed kiosk for the healthcare industry that includes Wayfinding software and customizable hardware, allowing patients and visitors to easily find their way around a hospital or clinic.

The MRO Corp. of King of Prussia, Pa., has released Audit Tracker Online, a request management program designed to enable hospitals and health systems to manage payer audits and denials from the initial medical records request through appeals and payment resolutions.

The Compuware Corporation
of Detroit has announced a partnership with the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) to launch www.meaningfuluse.org, a Web site to promote discussion on the definition of "meaningful use" in relation to the HITECH Stimulus Act.

UPP Technology, Inc., of Downers Grove, Ill., has released IRMS Clinic Management, a clinic management module that incorporates commercial grade inventory management functions.

Merge Healthcare
of Milwaukee has announced a partnership with the China's Shanghai Kingstar Winning Co. to make Merge's clinical imaging solutions and services available to Kingstar Winning for use in more than 800 hospitals in that country.

Anakam, a San Diego-based provider of strong authentication and identity proofing solutions for large-scale identity management requirements, has launched version 3.5 of its Anakam Two-Factor Authentication (TFA) Identity Suite software.

MEDecision, based in Wayne, Pa., has completed its acquisition of HxTechnologies, Inc., allowing the company to embed HxTI's HIE software, particularly the iHistory HIE platform, into MEDecision's Alineo collaborative care management platform and Nexalign health information exchange service.

The Anoto Group, a Sweden-based developer of digital pen and paper technology with offices in Westborough, Mass., has unveiled the Anoto penPresenter, a PowerPoint add-on which allows for the use of digital pen technology in slide show presentations through Bluetooth technology.

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