Vendor Notebook - Microsoft to release new healthcare mobile apps

By Mike Miliard
08:09 AM

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.

CareTech Solutions, an information technology, web products and services provider for more than 150 U.S. hospitals, announced that it has signed a multi-year, renewal contract with long-time IT outsourcing client, Blanchard Valley Health Systems (BVHS), a non-profit, integrated regional health system based in Findlay, Ohio. The agreement is for the continuation of comprehensive IT infrastructure, applications, and web services.
DaVincian Technologies, a provider of intelligent revenue cycle management solutions for health care organizations, announced that Montefiore Medical Center has activated GUARDIAN, a real-time web-based workflow solution utilizing actionable intelligence that continuously monitors patient activity to assure the accuracy of all access management requirements.

Phytel has announced that Marquette General Medical Group has deployed Phytel's Proactive Patient Outreach, an automated care coordination and population health management solution, to further improve the delivery of preventive and chronic care and achieve patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designation through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Patient Centered Medical Home program.<br />
DSS, a leading provider of software development, integration, project management, implementation and support of VistA and vxVistA, today announced a national contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the use of DSS' Mental Health Suite (MHS) product. Through this agreement, the integrated mental health EHR module will be implemented across all 153 VA Medical Centers.
MEDHOST, rget="_blank" class="directory-item-link">provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, has announced that MEDHOST EDIS (Emergency Department Information System) version 4.2 has been tested and certified under lank" class="directory-item-link">Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records ONC-ATCB program.
InterSystems Corporationrong>, the maker of software for connected healthcare, today announced that Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has chosen the get="_blank" class="directory-item-link">InterSystems Ensemble integration and development platform for enterprise-wide integration. InterSystems specializes in advanced integration, database, and business intelligence technologies for breakthrough applications. YRMC is a 333-bed, not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing outstanding medical care to the residents of Yuma and the surrounding communities in southwestern Arizona.

InSite One has announced its first international distribution agreement with Xeikona Medical Solutions of Johannesburg, South Africa. InDex Vendor Neutral Enterprise Archive (VNA), will be deployed by Xeikona Medical Solutions as a central data repository for clinical data in hosted data centers. Xeikona Medical Solutions will also be deploying a full complement of IHE compliant, data management services, allowing multiple enterprises to share information in a secure and cost effective services model that mirrors the accomplishments of the same services in the US market.

Accelarad</strong> has debuted its innovative Turbo Gateway, which delivers images to and from a cloud-based image repository up to 300 percent faster than existing technologies. Part of the product suite, Turbo Gateway overcomes the limitations of the DICOM transfer protocol to speed data over a conventional Internet connection, while continuing to support a standard interface with all PACS systems and imaging modalities.

MedPlus, the healthcare IT subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics, has been chosen as an approved electronic health record (EHR) vendor by the eHealthConnecticut Regional Extension Center. In addition, MedPlus has been selected as a Management Service Organization (MSO) with the CRISP Regional Extension Center in Maryland. MedPlus will also serve as an Implementation and Optimization Organization (IOO), as well as a preferred EHR vendor, for the Massachusetts e-Health Institute REC.

, an enterprise imaging and informatics company, announced today that Siemens Healthcare will begin offering ScImage's comprehensive ECG Management System with their Cardiology Imaging IT solution, syngo Dynamics. Interface to ScImage's multi-vendor capable ECG Management system will extend the already robust capabilities of syngo Dynamics and empower its customers with the necessary tools to compete in today's changing world of cardiology.