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By Jack Beaudoin
12:00 AM

Emageon strikes deal with IBM Global FinancingBirmingham, Ala.-based Emageon and IBM Global Financing (IGF) are partnering to give Emageon customers a single source financing solution for all Emageon imaging products and services. "Finding one source to finance a comprehensive solution means medical facilities can implement new systems faster and take advantage of reduced operating expenses, improved service to referring physicians and resulting enhanced patient care," said Randy Pittman, Emageon's chief financial officer.

Micromedex supplies Bond EHR with clinical contentBond Technologies' latest EHR solution, Clinician EHR 2004, is now fully integrated with the entire suite of Thomson Micromedex's decision support tools, including its physicians reference, evidence-based clinical information and screening tools. The companies are touting the new release, unveiled at the 2004 TEPR show, as the first "intelligent EHR" in the market.

WebMD joins HHS in pilot projectHHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has announced the launch of a 9-month pilot project with WebMD Health to make HHS consumer health information more widely and more rapidly available to the public on a new HHS "channel" on WebMD. During the pilot, HHS will select health content supporting national priorities and relevant to a general consumer audience from the broad range of information produced by HHS agencies. WebMD will make the information available in an HHS-branded educational center on WebMD Health and through WebMD's partner health sites, including MSN Health with WebMD and AOL Health with WebMD.

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Cardinal Health acquires Alaris for $2 billionCardinal Health, Inc. announced that it has acquired San Diego-based Alaris Medical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of intravenous medication safety products and services, in a transaction valued at approximately $2 billion, including the assumption of outstanding debt. Under the agreement, Cardinal Health has agreed to make a cash tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Alaris common stock at a price of $22.35 per share. Cardinal Health officials say the acquisition will extend the company's portfolio of market leading products and services to health care providers.

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