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MEDSEEK has been selected to develop consumer and employee portals by UCLA Healthcare, which includes UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. The annual U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" survey has ranked the Los Angeles-based UCLA Medical Center among the top five American hospitals and the best hospital in the western United States for 17 consecutive years. UCLA's hospitals and physicians will utilize MEDSEEK's PortalmakerE, which is used by more than 500 hospitals nationwide, to manage their consumer and employee Web sites. Enhanced Web site functions include Document Library – improves document management on the employee portal; eList Serve – increase the customer relationship management component of the Web and targets information to specific audiences; eForms Manager – creates and distributes more forms via the Web; Survey Maker – promotes surveys to consumers and patients and generates results; Channel Management System – cross-promotes service lines and related content from modules, etc. For more info, visit.

Hx Technologies (HxTI), a leading provider of radiology utilization management solutions and health information exchanges, announced that David J. Lenihan has been appointed to the company's Board of Directors. As founder and CEO of CareGain, a leading technology provider to health plans and third-party administrators and business unit of Fiserv, Lenihan brings deep healthcare payer and IT experience to the HxTI Board. CareGain's platform powers the consumer-directed health products of CIGNA, Blue Bank, NASCO, HealthNet, Mayo Clinic Health Plan, and others. CareGain is also the CDH Solution Partner of America's Health Insurance Plans. He led the company from inception in 2001 until its sale to Fiserv Health in January 2006. Lenihan continues to serve as CEO of what is now an operating company of Fiserv Health, which provides a full array of integrated health plan management, claims processing, and administration services for self-funded medical, dental, vision, and disability plans. For more info, visit.

Participating in and managing personal healthcare will bring the reality of EHRs to the 2007 Interoperability Showcase during the 2007 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Once again, attendees will be able to track their electronic health record through ambulatory and acute patient care scenarios during HIMSS07, scheduled for Feb. 25 to March 1, 2007, in New Orleans, La. Through the showcase, HIMSS continues to demonstrate the benefits of interoperable patient data exchange. The 2007 Interoperability Showcase will highlight the IHE framework for delivering interoperability across local, regional, and national health information networks. Featuring cutting-edge technology and standards in an interactive environment that simulates how health information is seamlessly passed among care providers to facilitate enterprise, community, regional, and nationwide health information exchange. In 2006, nearly 3,000 attendees visited the Interoperability Showcase, and 700 of them created and tracked their own EHR, reinforcing their need for information on interoperability and the transformation of a unified healthcare system. The attendees followed their EHR across some 40 vendors showcasing 50 different applications equipped with the IHE profiles, to ensure the interoperable exchange of information across healthcare settings. For more info, visit.

Tele-Tracking Technologies has signed a contract with Scripps Health to provide automated patient flow solutions at its La Jolla and Chula Vista, Calif., campuses. Scripps Health has chosen Tele-Tracking's suite of fully integrated Capacity Management Solutions to help address mission-critical patient care issues such as relieving emergency room overcrowding, reducing OR hold, and improving patient throughput. Scripps Health manages more than 1.5 million patient visits each year through its five campuses in and around San Diego. Given the population growth rate in the region, the demand on hospital services has been expanded significantly over the past decade, and is felt especially in the hospital's emergency department. maximizing the use of existing in-patient bed capacity, Tele-Tracking's solutions help improve patient flow, resulting in a decrease in emergency room overcrowding or diversions to other hospitals, shorter wait times for patients, and improved attention to patient care, the company says. For more info, visit.

TouchNetworks has entered into a partnership with Jewels et Jim, a medical ID bracelet company run by James Martin of James Martin Ltd., an internationally prominent couture jeweler, and Julia Van Hees-Aidner, a luxury branding specialist. Made of materials such as gold, silver, tiger's eye, mother-of-pearl, diamonds and rubies, the bracelets come with charms in a variety of designs, all bearing the caduceus medical symbol. First responders will find the patient's TouchNetworks H.U.B. emergency login information engraved on the underside of the charm. The bracelet provides predetermined, read-only access to an online H.U.B. account. Whether a crisis occurs in the supermarket or on holiday in Saint-Tropez, crucial health information is immediately available at any caretaker's fingertips. The idea behind a high-end medical ID bracelet is to encourage patients with critical conditions to wear them, when ordinarily it may be embarrassing or just plain unfashionable. For more information, visit.
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