Vendor Notebook - CancerCare of Maine picks Versus for RTLS

By Mike Miliard
06:00 AM

Versus Technology, Inc., the Traverse City, Mich. maker of real-time locating solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that CancerCare of Maine (CCOM), operated by Eastern Maine Medical Center, has selected the Versus Advantages solution for its new, state-of-the-art facility in Brewer. The Versus solution is used to automatically communicate patient care progression, room status and to maximize efficiency through integration with other systems such as digital phones, scheduling and nurse call.
Uptime Devices, the Austin, Texas-based maker of environmental monitoring, power control, and data center security devices, has announced the availability of the its Remote Physical Monitor (RPM) hardware platform. Responding to customers' requirements for advanced environment monitoring capabilities, Uptime Devices' Remote Physical Monitor Console Manager (CM) delivers Reliable Networking, Advanced Hardware, and Customizable Advanced Alerting. When the RPM CM is used in conjunction with the Remote Intelligence Multi Sensors (RIMS), the Uptime Devices RPM hardware platform creates a proactive monitoring solution.

HCI, the Cincinnati provider of healthcare grade televisions and patient infotainment systems, has announced the addition of a new 42” internet protocol television (IPTV) to its product line, which features built-in media player capabilities for patients, staff, and visitors to share movies, music, and pictures.  Built-in thin client capabilities can allow patients to access the internet without any extra equipment in the patient room; used in conjunction with HCI’s InnovaTV Patient Portal, patients gain access to surveys, gift shop, and food ordering.
Quest Diagnostics and MedPlus, its healthcare information technology subsidiary, are introducing Care360 EHR, an electronic health record solution which will enable physicians to embrace the benefits of digital healthcare and emerging government standards for meaningful use. The move by the Madison, N.J.-based company represents a big step as it leverages its expertise and strong footprint in the laboratory space to deliver a comprehensive solution to physicians.
Emergisoft, of Arlington, Texas, has announced its strategic partnership with MS2 Group a professional service firm that has developed the capabilities to enact rapid, cost-effective, comprehensive, and long-lasting transformation of emergency department (ED) operations and services. Together, Emergisoft and MS2 Group will assist hospitals in Puerto Rico by providing efficient ED services and better documentation procedures.

Medicity, Inc., of Salt Lake City, has announced that top-ranked health system Trinity Health, comprised of 44 hospitals and numerous healthcare facilities in eight states, went live with the first stage of its Novo Grid deployment - establishing electronic health information exchange (HIE) with 297 affiliated physician practices and 991 physicians in three months.
Summit Healthcare, the Braintree, Mass. provider of healthcare system integration and task automation, has announced five new agreements it has signed with hospitals in the second half of 2009, including Beaufort, South Carolina's Beaufort Memorial Hospital; Valhalla, New York's Blythedale Children's Hospital; Boulder, Colorado's Boulder Community Hospital; Ithaca, New York's Cayuga Medical Center; and Plymouth, Massachusetts' Jordan Hospital. Each has chosen Summit Healthcare as their sole integration partner as they migrate from their current Meditech platforms to Meditech 6.0. Summit Healthcare will provide these organizations with its expertise for interface management, data migration and dictionary maintenance to ensure successful, streamlined and secure migrations.

Venyu, the Baton Rouge-based maker of solutions for data protection, availability and recovery and InSite One, of Wallingford, Conn., the medical data archiving, exchange, and business continuance company, has announced a joint partnership aimed at helping healthcare institutions and providers manage soaring amounts of electronic medical data. Venyu, a PHNS subsidiary, also brings expansion opportunity to the partnership through geographically-diverse, SAS70 qualified, data centers.

CynergisTek, an Austin, Texas provider of security solutions for healthcare organizations, has announced the availability of a data loss prevention (DLP) solution designed to make high-end DLP practical and affordable for the broad range of healthcare organizations and to deliver the data-centric security required in today's environment. The new security solution leverages Code Green Networks' industry-leading DLP appliance to provide a powerful combination of cutting-edge detection technology and analytical expertise to help healthcare organizations eliminate leaks of confidential information especially via channels such as the network, personal email accounts, social media, removable storage and mobile devices.  

Community Health Solutions of America (CHS), of St. Petersburg, Fla., will help its healthcare clients better manage their patient populations and track their clinical and financial objectives with quality-focused tools from MEDai, an Elsevier company and a leading provider of predictive analytic solutions. CHS has signed a multi-year contract to utilize MEDai’s Risk Navigator solutions for its care management and employer reporting needs.  CHS is responsible for providing innovative and comprehensive medical care management to a diverse client base, including commercial carriers, government sponsored health plans and large self-funded groups.
Carestream Health Inc., of Rochester, N.Y., has announced that its CR-based mammography imaging systems and multi-modality breast imaging workstation passed Mammography Image Integration Profile testing conducted by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) International at its recent North America Connectathon. This compliance helps ensure interoperability with other systems for a streamlined workflow. Mammography imaging is available on selected DIRECTVIEW CR systems in Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and other regions of the world where the CARESTREAM Mammography Feature is approved for use. The company’s CR systems offer enhanced workflow and productivity for healthcare providers by allowing the capture of both mammography and general radiology exams on the same imaging device. Specialized cassettes and screens are required for mammography imaging., of Atlanta, the premier online medical image cloud computing company, has announced new product enhancements that will forever revolutionize the future of medical image exchange. By fusing the social networking concept with cloud computing, any imaging facility, physician, or patient with Internet access can send and/or receive medical images with as much ease as uploading a photo to a web-based photo site.
Caribou Systems, Inc., of Bloomingdale, Ill., a provider of software products and information technology consulting services to healthcare payers, BlueCross BlueShield plans and Global 2000 firms, has announced that the company has achieved official certification as a Woman’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC). As a premier service provider of IT consulting for healthcare and insurance providers and Pharmacy Claims Audits for organizations, Caribou Systems is one of the few providers in this space to achieve this certification.
r4 Vascular, of Maple Grove, Minn., has announced the commercial availability of the new Duraspan Biomimetic Coated long-term hemodialysis catheter. A novel coating on the catheter surface mimics the glycocalyx layer found on natural endothelial tissue surfaces in vessel walls.  Laboratory tests of the Duraspan catheter have demonstrated an 87% reduction in platelet adhesion and thrombus accumulation compared to uncoated catheters.

Summa Health System
, of Akron, Ohio, has announced a $65 million plan to grow its comprehensive emergency services network by building two new full-service emergency departments and expanding three existing emergency departments. Free-standing, 24/7 emergency departments will be built on the Summa Health Center at Lake Medina campus (currently under construction) and in the City of Green to complement services offered at the Summa Health Center at Green.  The emergency departments at Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital and Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital will be expanded to allow for increased capacity and improved patient experience.
Viztek, the digital imaging solution provider, has installed a second U-Arm DR for existing customer Patients First Health Care of Washington, MO. The Viztek U-Arm DR was installed in the new St. Clair facility. The multi-specialty physician group with 70 physicians and 16 locations has opened new facilities throughout the Missouri area.

Broadlane, Inc., of Dallas, an end-to-end cost-management partner for healthcare providers, has launched Prolucent Workforce Management to help hospitals navigate the unprecedented staffing challenges expected to accelerate as the first baby boomer turns 65 less than a year from now.  Broadlane, which entered the clinical workforce management space eight years ago, believes that it will be imperative for hospitals to mitigate the challenges driven by the aging population and retiring workforce by increasing workforce efficiency and productivity with proven clinical staffing technologies, services and strategies.

Carestream Health has announced that its latest RIS platform is now available worldwide. The new CARESTREAM RIS can help enhance patient care through radiation dose tracking and user alerts, while critical results notification helps ensure confirmation of results delivery and appropriate follow-up by referring physicians. The new RIS also offers data collection and reporting capabilities that can equip managers to maximize revenue opportunities, while delivering gains in productivity for schedulers, radiologists and managers.

Pegasystems, Inc.
, of Cambridge, Mass., a maker of Business Process Management (BPM) software solutions, has announced that CMO, The Care Management Company of Montefiore Medical Center, has selected its Care Management Solution Framework (CMF) to transform its current and evolving processes into stronger business assets.  Built expressly for healthcare organizations, the Care Management Framework leverages Pegasystems unified SmartBPM platform to optimize the entire care management continuum so organizations can increase productivity and reduce costs.

Hyland Software
, of Westlake, Ohio, has announced the release of OnBase 9.2, the latest version of the award-winning enterprise content management (ECM) suite features 850-plus additions and enhancements, including a full-featured offline client, Mobile Workflow for BlackBerry and a workflow integration with Microsoft Outlook.

DR Systems, the San Diego maker of healthcare information systems, has announced that it is introducing the Unity Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS) this month at the upcoming annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Unity CVIS is designed to provide a cost effective, comprehensive cardiology solution for institutions that need a new cardiology system whether replacing aging, limited systems or moving from tape to a digital solution.

Royal Philips Electronics
and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), responding to the need for minimally-invasive interventions to address a spectrum of cardiac conditions, will jointly showcase the Hybrid OR Suite, a solution that combines, in one room, the equipment needed to perform both open and endovascular cardiac procedures. Built out of combined efforts by Philips and its network of alliances, the Hybrid OR Suite will help advance how clinicians attend to patients in cardiac procedures. The Hybrid OR Suite will be demonstrated at this year’s annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, March 14 to 16.